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Archive for January, 2011

BREAKING NEWS: UFO descends over Temple Mount… then zooms away!

Posted by Steve Busti
Amazing footage has surfaced on the internet in the past couple of days that shows not one, but two, unique video clips taken from two distinct vantage points of what can only be described as a UFO.
What makes this footage quite remarkable however is not only the fact that it was presumably shot by two different individuals at separate locales, but the fact that it appeared over one of the most sacred (and controversial) sites in three religions: The Dome of the Rock, which stands on the Temple Mount.
Check out these two videos, and let us know what you think, and if real, what it could possibly mean?

Out-of-place objects and mass animal deaths: are UFOs to blame?

Posted by Steve Busti
In light of the recent UFO videos emerging from Jerusalem, one has to wonder if that can be the explanation for the following out-of-place objects that recently showed up in the news?
First we had this strangely errant piece of timber floating on top of — of all places — an iceberg:
I’ve heard the Southern Ocean attracts a hardy individual but a block of wood on an iceberg is ridiculous.

This lonely piece of timber was spotted on the top of a small berg at 66 degrees south, just north of Commonwealth Bay.
Wildlife watchers near Aurora Australis’ bridge first thought it was a relaxing seal but it was soon apparent it was rectangular in shape.
How it got to such a prominent position, instead of just floating around, is anyone’s guess.

Read more: http://blogs.abc.net.au/news/2011/01/a-chip-off-the-old-block.html
Then there was this story reported by Britain’s Daily Mail a couple of days ago about an out-of-place grand piano (gotta love their headline — “Were they trying to tuna fish?…”):
It certainly strikes a discordant note – but then again, this is near the Florida Keys.
A 650lbs grand piano has mysteriously appeared on a sandbar in Miami’s Biscayne Bay – and no one appears to be coming Bach for it.

The piano was placed at the highest point along the sandbar, about 200 yards from shore, so that it doesn’t disappear underwater during high tide.
But who put it there – and, almost more importantly, why – remains unknown.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1350590/Piano-beach-Biscayne-Bay-650lbs-grand-mysteriously-appears-Florida.html#ixzz1CfhUwv9o
Obviously, in both cases, the UFOs are to blame.
And now, in the latest case of mass animal deaths, UFOs are really to blame. That is, if you ask the locals of El Llanitos, Columbia what’s responsible for killing off their fish:
In Llanitos neighborhood, north of the city of Barrancabermeja, the collective death of two thousand fish is being attributed by the locals, to aliens. Witnesses said that saw an unidentified object that was hovering above the waters of a mangrove. The UFO emitted a bright light and then, in few seconds disappeared. After that, the fish began to appear floating dead in the water. These fish showed signs of burns on the scales and gills.

A woman that is community leader from El Llanitos reported that the apparition of UFO phenomenon’s lasted about 20 seconds. In the district of Puente Sogamoso, Puerto Wilches city, other people reported that they also saw the object, which was round and flew over the area with lateral movements.
Read more: http://brazilweirdnews.blogspot.com/2011/01/ufos-and-dead-fishes.html
So what do you think, readers? Is this the result of aliens trying to send us a message?
I guess the crop circles weren’t working.

19 year old invents ‘death ray’ satellite dish

Posted by Santellana
Death Ray Satellite Dish?? You’ll shoot yer eye out kid!


A ‘death ray’ satellite dish that could heat objects 5,000 times the power of the sun has got internet users hot under the collar.

Eric Jacqmain, from Indiana in the US, covered an ordinary fibreglass satellite dish with 5,800 tiny mirror tiles.

When aligned correctly it can generate a spot a couple of centimetres across, with an intensity of 5,000 suns, the 19-year-old claims.

The inventor then posted the video of his invention on YouTube, with people commenting in awe of the power of the satellite.

The ray generates enough power to melt steel, vaporize aluminum, boil concrete, turn dirt into lava, and obliterate any organic material in an instant.

It stands at 5ft 9 and is 42 inches across.

Jacqmain, commenting on YouTube said : ‘I drilled a small hole in the dish and glued a piece of PVC pipe on the back. ‘Light shines through the hole and hits the translucent plastic on the end of the pipe. All I had to do was aim the dish once and mark the spot. ‘As long as the target doesn’t conduct heat away too fast it will melt or vaporize just about anything eventually. ‘I have vaporized before carbon, which occurs above 6,500 Fahrenheit.’

The American teenager called his invention the R5800 solar ‘death ray’. Putting it into context, just the tiny fraction of the Sun’s energy that hits the Earth (around a hundredth of a millionth of a percent) is enough to meet all our power needs many times over. In fact, every minute, enough energy arrives at the Earth to meet our demands for a whole year – if only we could harness it properly.

Unfortunately for Jacqmain, his ‘death ray’ dish met it’s own grisly end when it was destroyed in a shed fire. Jacqmain added: ‘Yeah. It "committed suicide". It’s very likely that it was the cause of the fire. Nothing left of it but half melted wagon parts and the adjustable mount.’ If there was ever a case of self-destruction, this was it. But Jacqmain’s despair at the death of his ‘death ray’ has simply spurred him on to develop a yet more powerful alternative. ‘Plans already in place for the new one, he added. ‘The goal is to use about 32,000 mirrors this time.’

Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1351935/Eric-Jacqmain-invented-Death-ray-dish-intensity-5-000-suns.html

Carnivorous plant lures bats to feed on their guano

Posted by Santellana
If I ever get reincarnated as a plant, I think I’d be happy to be any plant except Nepenthes Rafflesiana.


Carnivorous plants tend to make their homes in peat bogs and heaths—environments that have notoriously nutrient-deficient soils. They deal with these deficiencies by trapping insects, lizards, and even small mammals, absorbing nitrogen and other nutrients from their prey as they are slowly digested inside the plant.

For one pitcher plant however, survival is less dependent on snaring unsuspecting prey than it is on making a cozy home for a particular species of bat.

According to recent research, Nepenthes rafflesiana—native to Borneo, Sumatra, Malaysia, and Singapore—has adopted several unique adaptations that makes it less apt at catching insects and more hospitable for roosting Hardwicke’s woolly bats.

Typical pitcher plants have a conical shape and interior walls coated in a slippery liquid. When curious prey wanders into the pitcher’s mouth, they begin to slide to the bottom, where a pool of digestive liquid drowns them and slowly breaks down the carcass.

Nepenthes rafflesiana has considerably less slippery liquid and a more shallow pool at the bottom of its pitcher. In addition to this, it has a girdle, mid-way down, the helps keep bats from slipping to the bottom. This makes it easy for bats—which sometimes roost as whole families in one plant—to make their home in the pitcher, a container that provides parasite-free protection from the bat’s predators.

In exchange, the bats provide nutrients for the plant, delivered in the form of nitrogen-rich guano dropped down the pitcher. It’s only the second known instance in which a carnivorous plant has developed a mutualistic relationship with a mammal species.

Source: http://www.treehugger.com/files/2011/01/carnivorous-plant-lures-bats-to-feed-on-their-guano.php

First dead birds, then dead fish… now crickets

Posted by Santellana ( of “Tarot by Santellana”, one of the Sideshow Performers at the Museum of The Weird )
As a performer, hearing the sound of crickets from the audience is distressing. These poor crickets are no longer making a sound and well I think that is even more distressing.
The dead crickets article reminded me of this SATIRE article from the onion ~ http://www.theonion.com/articles/paranoid-duck-convinced-cia-killing-off-us-bird-po,18953/ ( and yes kiddos, satire means it ain’t real).
PORT ALLEN, La. — A virus has killed millions of crickets raised to feed pet reptiles and those kept in zoos.

The cricket paralysis virus has disrupted supplies to pet shops across North America as a handful of operators have seen millions of their insects killed.

Some operations have gone bankrupt and others have closed indefinitely until they can rid their facilities of the virus.

Cricket farms started in the 1940s as a source of fish bait, but the bulk of sales now are to pet supply companies, reptile owners and zoos, although people also eat some.

Most U.S. farms are in the South, but suppliers from Pennsylvania to California also raise crickets.

The virus had swept through European cricket farms in 2002. It was first noticed in 2009 in the U.S. and Canada.

The virus marks the latest in a recent series of mass animal deaths.

Blackbirds fell out of the sky on New Year’s Eve in Arkansas. In the days that followed, 2 million fish died in the Chesapeake Bay, 150 tons of red tilapia in Vietnam, 40,000 crabs in Britain and other places across the world.

However, biologists say these mass die-offs happen all the time and usually are unrelated. Federal records show they happen on average every other day somewhere in North America.

In the past eight months, the U.S. Geological Survey’s National Wildlife Health Center has logged 95 mass wildlife die-offs in North America and that’s probably a dramatic undercount, officials say.

The list includes:

* 900 some turkey vultures that seemed to drown and starve in the Florida Keys.
* 4,300 ducks killed by parasites in Minnesota.
* 1,500 salamanders done in by a virus in Idaho.
* 2,000 bats that died of rabies in Texas.
* And the still mysterious death of 2,750 sea birds in California.

Officials blamed the deaths of 5,000 red-winged blackbirds in Beebe, Ark., on New Year’s Eve fireworks. Experts say the loud cracks and booms likely sent the birds into such a tizzy that they crashed into homes, cars and each other before plummeting to their deaths.



Eerie lake phenomenon turns waters and swimmers luminous blue

Posted by Santellana ( of “Tarot by Santellana”, one of the Sideshow Performers at the Museum of The Weird )
I’m sure die hard Avatar fans are just going wild.

When I want to glow in the dark I put on my Museum of the Weird t-shirt I bought from Lucky Lizard Curios & Gifts.


Swimming is supposed to give you a healthy glow, but these swimmers weren’t quite sure what was going on when they took a late-night dip and turned a fluorescent shade of blue.

‘It was like we were playing with radioactive paint,’ said photographer Phil Hart who snapped the bizarre sight as his friends emerged from a lake in the dark of night.

The light is created by a chemical reaction called bioluminescence, which happens when a naturally-occuring micro-organism in the water is disturbed.

Phil, 34, put his camera on a very slow shutter speed and threw sand and stones into the water to cause the reaction and capture as much of the blue haze as possible.

These images are particularly stunning because the concentration of the micro-organism ‘Noctiluca Scintillans’ was abnormally high when he took the photos at Gippsland Lakes in Victoria, Australia.

Phil said: ‘To be there watching this bioluminescence is spellbinding and to see it like this is very rare.

‘I am a program director with an organisation that has been running canoeing camps on the Gippsland Lakes for 50 years. Nobody can remember the bioluminescence ever being as bright as this.

It is believed the combination of bushfires and floods created the high levels of nutrients in the lakes for the organisms to feed. ‘It may not happen again in my lifetime,’ said Phil. ‘I feel fortunate to have been there to see it and to have had my camera gear there to record it.’

Phil, from Melbourne, added: ‘While the luminescence was obvious to the eye, the bright blue colour is only apparent in photos. ‘When the first photo I took appeared on screen I could hardly believe it – the people in the water looked freakish.

Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1350686/Glowing-dark-Eerie-phenomenon-turned-swimmers-brighter-shade-blue.html

Tonight on The Shadow Hour – Healing energies with Elizabeth Pellegrin

10:00 PM CST, TONIGHT: For years, shamans and healers have used energies to influence people who have disease and other afflictions. Elizabeth Pellegrin is a Reiki practitioner who will share her insights about these techniques and what they might mean to us.

As always, the lines will be open and we encourage you to call in with your questions. The call in number for tonight’s show is (347) 826-9662 or call toll-free at (877) 867-0829.

Listen right here with our blogtalkradio widget below. You can listen to past broadcasts at any time, or tune in tonight (Wednesday, January 19th) at 10pm Central for the live broadcast. See you in the shadows…

Scientist says alien life an unlikely probability

Posted by Steve Busti
Although this latest claim would help solve Fermi’s paradox (which states that if there is such a high likelihood of intelligent life in the universe, where are all the aliens and why haven’t we been contacted yet), I just can’t believe that in all the infinite reaches of the universe we are utterly alone.

But what do you think? Are we really the only intelligent life forms in the universe? Read this story from Britain’s Daily Mail website and you decide.


Still waiting for little green men to make contact? Don’t hold your breath.

A leading astronomer has concluded there probably aren’t any aliens out there – meaning we are entirely alone in the universe.

Even though there may be tens of thousands of other distant planets similar in size to Earth, the conditions on them are likely to be too hostile to support life-forms such as ET.

Dr Howard Smith, a senior astrophysicist at Harvard University, believes there is very little hope of discovering aliens and, even if we did, it would be almost impossible to make contact.

So far astronomers have discovered a total of 500 planets in distant solar systems – known as extrasolar systems – although they believe billions of others exist.

But Dr Smith points out that many of these planets are either too close to their sun or too far away, meaning their surface temperatures are so extreme they could not support life.

Others have unusual orbits which cause vast temperature variations making it impossible for water to exist as a liquid – an essential element for life.

Dr Smith said: ‘We have found that most other planets and solar systems are wildly different from our own.

‘They are very hostile to life as we know it.’

‘The new information we are getting suggests we could effectively be alone in the universe.

‘There are very few solar systems or planets like ours. It means it is highly unlikely there are any planets with intelligent life close enough for us to make contact.’ But his controversial suggestions contradict other leading scientists – who have claimed aliens almost certainly exist.

Read the entire article at: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1349786/Despite-discovering-planets-chance-finding-aliens-unlikely.html#ixzz1BynSkKwU

Earth ‘to get second sun’ as supernova turns night into day

Posted by Steve Busti
I’m sure doomsday theorists will have a field day with this one (skimming over the part that it may not happen yet for another million years, of course).

Will it be a scene reminiscent of Luke Skywalker’s home planet Tatooine (as seen in the photo)? Only time will tell.

The Earth could soon have a second sun, at least for a week or two.
The cosmic phenomenon will happen when one of the brightest stars in the night sky explodes into a supernova.
And, according to a report yesterday, the most stunning light show in the planet’s history could happen as soon as this year.
Earth will undoubtedly have a front row seat when the dying red supergiant star Betelgeuse finally blows itself into oblivion.
The explosion will be so bright that even though the star in the Orion constellation is 640 light-years away, it will still turn night into day and appear like there are two suns in the sky for a few weeks.
The only real debate is over exactly when it will happen.
In stellar terms, Betelgeuse is predicted to crash and burn in the very near future. But that doesn’t necessarily mean you have to rush out and buy sunglasses.
Brad Carter, Senior Lecturer of Physics at the University of Southern Queensland in Australia, claimed yesterday that the galactic blast could happen before 2012 – or any time over the next million years.
‘This old star is running out of fuel in its centre,’ Dr Carter told the Australian website news.com.au.
‘This fuel keeps Betelgeuse shining and supported. When this fuel runs out the star will literally collapse in upon itself and it will do so very quickly.
‘This is the final hurrah for the star. It goes bang, it explodes, it lights up – we’ll have incredible brightness for a brief period of time for a couple of weeks and then over the coming months it begins to fade and then eventually it will be very hard to see at all,’ he added.
The Internet is abuzz with doomsday theories linking the supernova to the Mayan calendar’s prediction of an Armageddon in 2012, fueled by the association of the word ‘Betelgeuse’ with the devil.
But experts claimed that even if the big bang is looming, it will still happen way too far from Earth to do us any harm.
‘When a star goes bang, the first we will observe of it is a rain of tiny particles called nuetrinos,’ said Dr Carter.
‘They will flood through the Earth and bizarrely enough, even though the supernova we see visually will light up the night sky, 99% of the energy in the supernova is released in these particles that will come through our bodies and through the Earth with absolutely no harm whatsoever.’
When it happens, the Betelgeuse supernova will almost certainly be the most dramatic ever seen.
It is the ninth brightest star in the night sky and the second brightest in the constellation of Orion, outshining its neighbour Rigel – or Beta Orionis – only very rarely.
It’s distinct orange-red color makes it easy to spot in the night sky.
If it was at the centre of our solar system, its surface would extend past the asteroid belt, wholly engulfing Mercury, Venus, Mars and the Earth.

Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1349383/Betelgeuse-second-sun-Earth-supernova-turns-night-day.html

Poe boys

Posted by Santellana ( of “Tarot by Santellana”, one of the Sideshow Performers at the Museum of The Weird )
Two from BoingBoing. One is about an upcoming movie about Edgar Allen Poe starring John Cusack, and the other is a post about the mysterious visitor with a secret signal NOT showing up to visit Poe’s grave on his birthday.
“As noted earlier here on Boing Boing, guestblogger and pal John Cusack is starring as Edgar Allan Poe in the James McTeigue-directed film The Raven, due out in Fall, 2011. Here’s a photo gallery of on-set snapshots just shared with us by Cusack, who looks impossibly bad-ass as Poe in these shots. I am so psyched to see this film. Happy birthday, Edgar Allan Poe.”

( Note from Santellana – The photo that BoingBoing blogged about was removed shortly after they posted. Something about a movie studio not wanting to actually publicize their film. )


In 1993, the visitor began leaving notes, starting with one that read: "The torch will be passed." A note in 1998 indicated the originator of the tradition had died and passed it on to his two sons.

The sons didn’t seem to take the duty as seriously as the father. One left a note in 2001 referencing the Super Bowl and another in 2004 implying criticism of France over its objections to the U.S. invasion of Iraq, upsetting many of the traditionalists. When the Poe toaster didn’t show last year, Mr. Jerome theorized that the 200th anniversary of Poe’s birth in 2009 might have been considered the appropriate stopping point.

Or, it was thought at the time, perhaps the toaster just had a flat tire on the way to the cemetery.

But that’s the sort of happenstance unlikely to happen two years in a row. Mr. Jerome says he’ll return one more year. If the visitor fails to show in 2012, he’ll considered the tradition over and done.

"It’s sort of like a marriage that ends," Mr. Jerome said. "Part of you still wants the warmth that was part of it, and you go looking for the same woman. No, it’s over with. And if it’s over with, it’s over with. If people want to continue the tradition, it’s going to be without me."



Dumb, dumber and dumbest: Burglars snort ashes of a man and two dogs after they mistook them for cocaine

Posted by Santellana ( of “Tarot by Santellana”, one of the Sideshow Performers at the Museum of The Weird )
Just when you thought that MAN-BITES-DOG story could not be topped- here we have a men-snort-dog story

It sounds like a scene from an inane comedy movie – three gormless burglars break into a house and snort what they believe to be drugs that turn out to be a dead man’s ashes.

However, it actually happened in the Florida town of Silver Springs Shores on December 15, according to a police report.

And the vacant stares in these police mugshots won’t do much to help the case of the accused.

Waldo Soroa, 19, Matrix Andaluz, 18, and Jose David Diaz Marrero, 19, have all been arrested on charges of burglary and grand theft.

They, along with two juveniles who cannot be named, allegedly stole the cremated remains of a man and two dogs, which they hoped might be cocaine, from a woman’s home.

As well as an urn containing the ashes of her father and another container with the ashes of her two Great Danes, they also took electronic equipment and jewelry, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office said on Wednesday.

Investigators learned what happened to the ashes after they arrested five teens in connection with another burglary attempt at a nearby home last week. ‘The suspects mistook the ashes for either cocaine or heroin. It was soon discovered that the suspects snorted some of the ashes believing they were snorting cocaine,’ the sheriff’s report said.

Once they realized their error, the suspects discussed returning the remaining ashes but threw them in a lake instead because they thought their fingerprints were on the containers, sheriff’s spokesman Judge Cochran said.

Police divers were trying to recover the ashes. The suspects were jailed on numerous burglary and other charges.

Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1348820/Burglars-snort-ashes-man-2-dogs-mistaking-cocaine.html#ixzz1BcWvjKi0

Tonight on The Shadow Hour – Texas Ghost Show Kick-off

10:00 PM CST, TONIGHT: Welcome once again, as we bring you another mind-expanding episode of “The Shadow Hour,” with your host, Chris Walden.

Exactly two months after this broadcast some of the most interesting people in the world of the paranormal will be gathering in Beaumont, Texas for the Texas Ghost Show. We’ll be talking to the show founder, Don Dennis, about what is happening this year.

As always, the lines will be open and we encourage you to call in with your questions. The call in number for tonight’s show is (347) 826-9662 or call toll-free at (877) 867-0829.

Listen right here with our blogtalkradio widget below. You can listen to past broadcasts at any time, or tune in tonight (Wednesday, January 19th) at 10pm Central for the live broadcast. See you in the shadows…

Man’s best meal: Bone fragment confirms dogs were bred for food 9,400 years ago

Posted by Santellana ( of “Tarot by Santellana”, one of the Sideshow Performers at the Museum of The Weird )
Man’s best,…meal?! Wow, this actually is a MAN-BITES-DOG story!
Man’s best friend has long provided protection and companionship. But researchers now believe that 10,000 years ago, dogs were not only our loyal friends, but sometimes also our meals.
While this may not come as a shock to people in Korea where dog is still eaten to this day, the scientists found a bone fragment from what they are calling the earliest confirmed domesticated canine in the Americas.
From this, they have concluded that the animals were bred to be eaten as well as serving as hunting dogs and even pets. However, it remains unknown whether the dogs were eaten out of necessity.
Samuel Belknap III, a University of Maine graduate student, came across the fragment while analysing a dried-out sample of human waste unearthed in south-west Texas in the 1970s.
A carbon-dating test put the age of the bone at 9,400 years, and a DNA analysis confirmed it came from a dog – not a wolf, coyote or fox, Mr Belknap said. The fragment was found deep inside a pile of human excrement and was the characteristic orange-brown colour that bone turns when it has passed through the digestive tract.
Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1348546/Bone-fragment-confirms-dogs-bred-food-9-400-years-ago.html#ixzz1BVmUrbRu

200 dead cows found in Wisconsin

Posted by Santellana ( of “Tarot by Santellana”, one of the Sideshow Performers at the Museum of The Weird )
Really, cows… was Wisconsin THAT bad? MOOOOOve along people, nothing to see here,…unless they manage to come back to life after three hours like Arun Bhasin?

200 cows were found dead Friday on a farm in Portage County, Wisconsin. The dead cows had to be removed with semi-trucks. The rest of the farm has not been quarantined, as officials say no threat is posed toward humans or other animals, according the The AP.

The owner of the dead cows was working with a local veterinarian, who initially believed a virus such as infectious bovine rhinotracheitis (IBR) or bovine virus diarrhea (BVD) could be the culprit, according to The Wausau Daily Herald. WSAW News reports that more recent updates have suggested pneumonia as the cause of the mass cow deaths, though such widespread cases of pneumonia are rare. Tests are still underway to determine what is responsible. See WSAW’s full video report here.

Though likely unrelated, many other incidents of mass animal deaths have been reported in the U.S. and around the world in the past month. Thousands of dead birds fell from the sky in Arkansas on New Year’s Eve, following a massive fish kill just 100 miles away days earlier. In the week following, other mass bird deaths were reported in nearby Louisiana and Kentucky. Birds were also reported to fall dead from the sky in Italy and Sweden, and more recently similar incidents have been reported in California and Alabama.

Mass fish kills have also been reported in Chicago, Maryland, Brazil and New Zealand, along with 40,000 dead crabs that washed ashore on England beaches. Many explanations have been offered for the various mass animal deaths, with everything from fireworks, semi-truck collisions, overeating and cold weather blamed for the birds’ deaths. Cold weather has also been pinned to likely be the cause of many of the fish and crab deaths, as well. According to The AP, mass animal deaths are not all that uncommon.

Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/01/18/200-dead-cows-wisconsin_n_810248.html

Man who was dead for three and a half hours brought back to life

Posted by Santellana ( of “Tarot by Santellana”, one of the Sideshow Performers at the Museum of The Weird )
Man defeats Death! For his next trick maybe he can defeat Taxes?
A man whose heart had stopped was brought back from the dead after three and a half hours thanks to a machine that performed 20,000 life-saving compressions.

Arun Bhasin, 53, was found lying unconscious in Croydon in December temperatures of -10C. He was rushed to Croydon University Hospital but suffered a cardiac arrest.

Luckily for him he was under the care of two leading resuscitation doctors, who hooked him up to a revolutionary cardiac support machine.

The Zoll AutoPulse pump, which is battery operated, performed 100 compressions per minute. It maintained Mr Bhasin’s heartbeat for more than three hours while he was stabilised by medics and needed four full batteries to keep going.

He is now back at his home in East London and well on the road to recovery.

Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-1347074/Patient-heartbeat-brought-life-machine-3-hours.html#ixzz1BVkDcOSU

Dangerous lead levels cause Toxic Waste Candy Bar recall

Posted by Santellana
In the “Truth in Advertising” Department comes today’s story reported by the Daily Health Report:
A popular candy bar made in Pakistan, the Nuclear Sludge Chew Bar by Toxic Waste has been recalled due to high lead content. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) allows lead content of 0.1 parts per million and these candy bars were measured as high as 0.24 parts per million.
The recall was voluntary by the company after discovering the high lead content during a lot test.
While all flavors of the candy bar were recalled (sour apple, blue raspberry, and cherry), a cherry flavored group was found to have dangerously high levels of lead. Levels so high, in fact, they could cause health problems for infants, children, and pregnant women.
As a cautionary measure, the company is working to recall all candy bars distributed since 2007.
No health reports have been made related to the candy bars, according to the FDA.
The candy bars were available at retail stores throughout the United States.
Due to the recall, the company has willingly stopped distribution of all flavors and is currently working to resolve the issue.
Source: http://www.dailyhealthreport.org/dangerous-lead-levels-cause-toxic-waste-candy-bar-recall/933/

So kids, instead of eating Toxic Waste candy, it might be safer to just eat the sugar directly…

Tetris Sugar designed by Danil Zdorov.

Source: http://www.likecool.com/Tetris_Sugar–Design–Gear.html

in fact, stop eating so much sugar and try eating some vegetables. At least that won’t kill you…
…or will it???

Source: http://laughingsquid.com/salad-alien-made-out-of-vegetables-by-till-nowak/

Jason Willis brings Eerie Publications and Johnson-Smith’s Horror Record to life

Posted by Steve Busti, Museum of the Weird owner
Remember those ghastly monster mags with names like Tales Of Voodoo, Terrors of Dracula, and Tales From The Tomb? These were just some of the macabre titles produced by Eerie Publications from the mid-60’s to the early 80’s, when the “monster kid” craze was at it’s height.
If you’re not familiar with the infamous Eerie Publications (not to be confused with Warren Publishing’s “Eerie” magazine), these comic magazines featured some of the most gruesome and gore-filled artwork ever to grace the printed page!

One of Eerie’s returning artists was our old friend, eye-poppin’ Dick Ayers, who had contributed the inks to some of my pencilled covers for Bizarre Fantasy and Fantastic Worlds back when I first launched Flashback Comics in the mid-90’s.

Well, recently I discovered this devilishly delightful animated video created by scarstuff.com’s Jason Willis that I just had to share with you. Jason spent a month painstakingly collecting, scanning, and animating cover art from several titles from Eerie Publications using a combination of Photoshop, Motion, and Final Cut Pro to produce this masterpiece homage to the genre. In addition, Jason synced up the artwork to what he describes as “the Worst-Best Halloween Record” ever made, the old Johnson-Smith Horror Record that used to be advertised in all the comic books of the day. If you grew up in that era like me, even if you may not have ever heard the record you almost surely were familiar with the iconic artwork of the ads.

I was so impressed by Jason’s animation that I had to post it here, I hope you enjoy it as much as I have.

Meanwhile, if you’d like to learn more about Eerie Publications, over at BoingBoing.net there’s a recent article about Mike Howlett’s new book The Weird World of Eerie Publications, which covers everything you ever wanted to know about the sordid magazine publisher.
And now you can also buy Mike’s book right here through our web store, luckylizard.net! Get it now before they’re all gone!

Sources: http://www.boingboing.net/2011/01/11/-myron-fass-publishe.html


Astronomers want to add 13th sign of zodiac -Ophiuchus

• Horoscope horror because Earth has ‘wobbled’ out of alignment with the moon
• Most who thought they were Virgo are actually Leo – but only in the East
If your horoscope has never made any sense to you, there may be a good reason why – it could be out of date.
Astronomers have called for the zodiac signs to be overhauled because they no are no longer accurate.
The ancient Babylonians based zodiac signs on the constellation the sun was ‘in’ on the day a person was born.
But during the thousands of years since, the moon’s gravitational pull has made the Earth shift on its axis and created a one-month shift in the stars’ alignment.
Astronomers are now proposing to move all the star signs back one month and introduce a 13th star sign, Ophiuchus, to help readjust the zodiac calendar.
The change will come as a shock to many who will discover they have been reading the wrong star sign their entire lives – and will not necessarily be happy with their new ones.
Those under dominant and creative Leo could now find themselves a Cancer, which means they are moody and sensitive.
A passionate Scorpio could become a more diplomatic and balanced Libra whilst if you were a Taurus, you could now find yourself a stubborn Aries.

The change was suggested by Professor Parke Kunkle, who teaches astronomy at Minneapolis Community and Technical College.
Astronomers study space and the stars from a scientific viewpoint whilst astrologers write horoscopes and claim that celestial bodies can give clues to personality traits.
Professor Kunkle said that those who read their star signs could have been reading the wrong one their whole lives and should readjust accordingly.
‘When astrologers say that the sun is in Pisces, it’s really not in Pisces,’ he said.
‘Historically, people looked at the sky to understand the world around us. But today I don’t think people who are into astrology look at the sky very much.’ The signs of the zodiac have roots in mythology and relate to the legend of how the 12 Olympian gods took animal shapes to flee the monster Typhon who was causing havoc on Earth.
They date back to Roman and Babylonian times and are based on the ecliptic, which is the path of the sun over the celestial sphere, or imaginary path around the Earth for a year.
In the beginning your star sign was indeed determined by the constellation in the sky that the sun lined up with at the time of your birth.
Since then, however, astrologers have adopted a mathematically equal division of the sky, so the position of the constellations is no longer relevant.
The proposed 13th star sign, Ophiuchus, is a constellation in space and existing prints of its symbol indicate it is a heavily muscled individual holding a snake to the sky.
Those born under Ophiuchus are said to have lofty ideals, enjoy longevity and are inventive. Those who are currently Scorpio or Saggitarius could make the switch.
The story has sparked controversy and debate around the world and instantly became the most popular topic of conversation on microblogging site Twitter, where some users were aghast at the change in their fortunes.
One woman summed up the feeling of many when she wrote: ‘I am now a Cancer. I went from being the top of the zodiac..Leo the courageous lion – to a crab!’ Daily Mail astrologer Jonathan Cainer vehemently denied Professor Kunkle’s claim and said that it was the work of a ‘jealous astronomer’.
‘He is right that the Earth has moved but astrologers have not for years based their predictions on the constellations,’ he said.
‘The star signs are named after the constellations of stars but they are not based on them or their positions in the sky.
‘For thousands of years we have used mathematically equal divisions of the ecliptic.
‘This is either willfully ignorant or mischievous and malevolent and shows that the scientific community reacts in a bigoted way when faced with mysticism.
‘There is no need for people to adjust their star signs or for a 13th star sign to be introduced. This is just a load of nonsense’.

Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1347140/Horoscope-change-2011-Sidereal-astrology-reveals-13th-OPHIUCHUS-zodiac-sign.html

Mammoth ‘could be reborn in four years’

The woolly mammoth, extinct for thousands of years, could be brought back to life in as little as four years thanks to a breakthrough in cloning technology.
Previous efforts in the 1990s to recover nuclei in cells from the skin and muscle tissue from mammoths found in the Siberian permafrost failed because they had been too badly damaged by the extreme cold.
But a technique pioneered in 2008 by Dr. Teruhiko Wakayama, of the Riken Centre for Developmental Biology, was successful in cloning a mouse from the cells of another mouse that had been frozen for 16 years.
Now that hurdle has been overcome, Akira Iritani, a professor at Kyoto University, is reactivating his campaign to resurrect the species that died out 5,000 years ago.
"Now the technical problems have been overcome, all we need is a good sample of soft tissue from a frozen mammoth," he told The Daily Telegraph.
He intends to use Dr Wakayama’s technique to identify the nuclei of viable mammoth cells before extracting the healthy ones.
The nuclei will then be inserted into the egg cells of an African elephant, which will act as the surrogate mother for the mammoth.
Professor Iritani said he estimates that another two years will be needed before the elephant can be impregnated, followed by the approximately 600-day gestation period.
He has announced plans to travel to Siberia in the summer to search for mammoths in the permafrost and to recover a sample of skin or tissue that can be as small as 3cm square. If he is unsuccessful, the professor said, he will ask Russian scientists to provide a sample from one of their finds.
"The success rate in the cloning of cattle was poor until recently but now stands at about 30 per cent," he said. "I think we have a reasonable chance of success and a healthy mammoth could be born in four or five years."

Source: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/science-news/8257223/Mammoth-could-be-reborn-in-four-years.html

Tonight on “The Shadow Hour”: Numerology with Diane Parma

10:00 PM CST, TONIGHT: Welcome once again, as we bring you another mind-expanding episode of “The Shadow Hour,” with your host, Chris Walden.

At the metaphysical fair in Austin Texas, Chris met Diane Parma. Diane is a Numerologist, Card Reader and Reiki Practitioner, but we will be focusing on her experience with numerology. Since the days of Pythagoras people have looked at how numbers are reflected in and may affect the world around us. Learn a little about why this might make sense and some numbers that you may want to look for in your life.

Diane provides classes and personal readings, both in person and remotely. You may contact her through her web site: lifebynumbers.com.

As always, the lines will be open and we encourage you to call in with your questions. The call in number for tonight’s show is (347) 826-9662 or call toll-free at (877) 867-0829.

Listen right here with our blogtalkradio widget below. You can listen to past broadcasts at any time, or tune in tonight (Wednesday, January 12th) at 10pm Central for the live broadcast. See you in the shadows…

Man shot in head sneezes out bullet

An Italian man who was struck in the head by a stray bullet during New Year’s Eve celebrations is recovering after sneezing the projectile out of his nose.
Darco Sangermano, 28, was hit in the temple by the .22 calibre bullet while wandering with his girlfriend through Naples – a city in Italy notorious for its rowdy New Year celebrations, often involving firearms and powerful fireworks.
The bullet went through the right side of his head, behind his eye socket and lodged in his nasal passage but miraculously did no serious damage.
Bleeding heavily, he was taken to hospital in an ambulance shortly after midnight, but while waiting to be seen by doctors he sneezed and the bullet shot out of his right nostril.
Mr Sangermano, a craftsman from Turin, returned to his hometown after being released from hospital.
"The route of the bullet broke his temporal bone, near his temple, and this slowed down the bullet which grazed his eyeball without hitting it directly," Dr Guglielmo Ramieri told Gente magazine.
Surgeons operated on the eye, removing splinters of bone that the bullet left in its wake.
"The operation lasted several hours but he is fine," said Mr Sangermano’s uncle, Vito Sangermano. "The doctors agree that he will not lose the use of his eye, even if for now his sight is blurry."
In the next few weeks Mr Sangermano will undergo laser surgery to repair damage to his retina and is expected to make a full recovery.

Source: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/italy/8250812/Italian-man-shot-in-head-sneezes-out-bullet.html

First WikiLeaks UFO “revelation” not so revealing

Anyone who even slightly believes there may be more life in the universe than just planet Earth perked their ears slightly when Wikileak’s founder Julian Assange said in an interview with the Guardian “it is worth noting that in yet-to-be-published parts of the cablegate archive there are indeed references to UFOs.” More speculative parts of the internet believed that the Cablegate archives could contain the smoking gun in a UFO coverup. The New Zealand Defense Force even got a little spooked and released thousands of files on reported UFO sightings.
Unfortunately, the first UFO Wikileak fell short of anything remotely interesting or even unknown. In a 2007 diplomatic cable from Minsk, an official is asked why his department no longer “investigates paranormal phenomena.” He responds: “Unlike during the USSR, the department is not engaged in studying paranormal phenomena. [Back then], we had greater means and opportunities which we could spend on anything and everything. Today the situation is different. Then, when society was excited by something, it entered our sphere of interest. But when it comes to healers, UFOs and such, we just can’t deal with them any more.” In other words, the biggest revelation so far on UFOs and other paranormal activity is that the Russians ran out of money to spend on hunting Aliens sometime after the Cold War.

While plenty more documents that reference UFO’s probably exist in the Cablegate archives, it’s more than likely they’re about as big a let down as when Geraldo opened Al Capone’s vault. Still, it’s well known governments fired wads of cash to study all different sorts of “paranormal phenomena.” The U.S. spent untold amounts on Project Blue Book. Americans still have no idea what goes on in any number of secret or so-secret-they-technically-don’t-exist facilities-around-the-globe. Even Julius Levinson knew the Pentagon didn’t spend thousands of dollars on a toilet seat. It’s more likely the real secrets will still stay buried for quite some time, since Proxima Centauri has no embassies. Yet, anyway.

Source: http://www.diatribemedia.com/2011/01/11/first-wikileaks-ufo-revelation-not-so-revealing/

Real-life superhero fights crime In US city

A real-life Superhero dressed in tights, a mask and a black and gold lycra suit, says he is helping to make the streets of Seattle safer by scaring away criminals.
The man, called Phoenix Jones, wears a bullet proof vest, and also has stab protection as well as being armed with a taser and tear gas.
He says when he walks into an area, criminals leave because they see the suit and do not want to take him on.
It is almost a case of Superman meets Batman as on most nights Phoenix walks into a comic store, enters a back room hidden behind shelves and is transformed into his character.
He has already managed to stop a man breaking into a car and possibly stealing it.
The would-be victim, known as Dan, was walking back to his vehicle in a car park when he saw a man with a metal strip trying to open his car.
Dan said: "He started sticking it down between the window and the rubber strip."
Dan began to call 911, but said help arrived before he even finished dialling.
He explained: "From the right, this guy comes dashing in, wearing this skin-tight rubber, black and gold suit, and starts chasing him away."
Phoenix is not the only costume-clad crime-fighter in Seattle.
There are eight other members of his Rain City Superhero group who also walk the streets, looking out for crime and prepared to fight it.
Since Phoenix started his crusade nine months ago, he has been stabbed and was threatened with a gun several times, but received no serious injuries.
Unfortunately, he did not find the man who was breaking into Dan’s car.
He told CBS: "When I walk into a neighbourhood, criminals leave because they see the suit.
"I symbolise that the average person doesn’t have to walk around and see bad things and do nothing."

Source: http://news.sky.com/skynews/Home/Strange-News/US-Real-Life-Superhero-Called-Phoenix-Jones-Helps-To-Make-Streets-Of-Seattle-Safer/Article/201101115882064?lpos=Strange_News_First_Strange_News__Article_Teaser_Region__3&lid=ARTICLE_15882064_US%3A_Real-Life_Superhero_Called_Phoenix_Jones_Helps_To_Make_Streets_Of_Seattle_Safer

Tonight on “The Shadow Hour”: Tell us your paranormal resolutions

10:00 PM CST, TONIGHT: As we move into a new year, leaving behind the first decade of a new millenia, Chris Walden, host of The Shadow Hour, will be looking to you for your paranormal resolutions.

What will you be exploring that you’ve never dared before? Will you tap into your own hidden psychic talents? Will you finally take the first step to making contact with a ghost? Will you join a group? Improve your group?

Call in and share your resolution with all of us. Assistant Producer, Mark Faulkner, will also be on hand. That call in number is (347) 826-9662 or call toll-free at (877) 867-0829.

Now you can listen right here with our blogtalkradio widget! You can listen to past broadcasts at any time, or tune in tonight (Wednesday, January 5th) at 10pm Central for the live broadcast. See you in the shadows…