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That will be $6852, please.

It’s a real-life horror story: Wellington Library’s most-overdue book has been revealed, and its borrower owes a theoretical $6852 in fines.

The Dunwich Horror and Others, by HP Lovecraft, was due back on February 12, 1988.

Although the library charges fines at 80c a day, it sets a cutoff at 28 days, meaning the borrower, if he or she is eventually tracked down, will be liable for a fine of only $22.40.

via Stuff.co.nz.

August 5, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | Comments Off on That will be $6852, please.

“New Jersey Is No Stranger To Mysterious Creatures”

Bigfoot spotters in New Jersey are reporting their own version of Sasquatch in ever-increasing numbers. Called “Big Red Eye” by locals, the sightings started in the 1970s and have been getting a little more attention lately, possibly due to the popularity of television shows heating up the subject.

But New Jersey is no stranger to mysterious creatures stalking the extensive, and still somewhat remote, forests of the state. Their NHL team gets their name from the most pervasive legend, the New Jersey Devil. So this new Bigfoot legend is a relative newcomer.

via Gather

August 5, 2011 Posted by | animals, Bigfoot | Comments Off on “New Jersey Is No Stranger To Mysterious Creatures”

Giant Mermaid In Alster Lake

This is no little mermaid.

Workers in the German city of Hamburg are assembling an eye-catching aquatic sculpture called “Giant Mermaid” in Alster Lake.

The 12-foot-tall floating artwork was reportedly designed in three pieces by Oliver Voss, artist, advertising executive and head of the advertising academy Miami Ad School.

via ‘Giant Mermaid’ Floats In Alster Lake In Hamburg, Germany.

Is that guy blowing in her ear?

August 2, 2011 Posted by | Art? | Comments Off on Giant Mermaid In Alster Lake

There’s a fungus among us.

The most massive fruiting body of any fungus yet documented has been discovered growing on the underside of a tree in China.

The fruiting body, which is equivalent to the mushrooms produced by other fungi species, is up to 10m long, 80cm wide and weighs half a tonne.

That shatters the record held previously by a fungus growing in Kew Gardens in the UK.

via BBC Nature

August 1, 2011 Posted by | cool stuff, Strange | Comments Off on There’s a fungus among us.

Quote:”I can hear my eyeballs moving.”

Doctors were baffled when a British man told them, “I can hear my eyeballs moving”.

But they finally diagnosed that Stephen Mabbutt had a rare ear condition in which sounds inside the body are heard very loudly, The Sun reported.

Mr Mabbutt, 57, could also hear his heart beating – and when he chewed food, the noise was deafening to him.

via News.com.au.

August 1, 2011 Posted by | Strange | Comments Off on Quote:”I can hear my eyeballs moving.”