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ARCHER SETS WORLD RECORD…WITHOUT ARMS!

"Using a release aid, he hooks the string to his shoulder before taking aim and letting go."

 There’s no better example of “Where there’s a will, there’s a way.” than Matt Stutzman. You would think that being born with out either arm would make things a bit more difficult when wanting to participate in some activities, especially ones that usually require two arms. We now say “usually” because of Matt. Not only does he participate, he breaks world records!

Matt Stutzman takes aim.

MSNBC writes:

If you’ve ever wondered what determination looks like, take a good long stare at Matt Stutzman.

You wouldn’t be the first.

Stutzman was born without arms, but he compensates with creativity and the will to succeed.

“Even at a young age, I remember always trying to do stuff and I’d ask for help with my parents and my parents would always tell me, in a nice way, ‘Try to figure it out first before we help you,'” he says.

He turned his determination into success on the archery range.

Two years ago we figured out his unique release system.

Stutzman adjusts the bow with this toes, holds it with his right foot, and brings up the arrow with his left.

“My feet are my hands, so I just and hold it the same way they would with their hands,” he explains.

This man is incredible and should be an inspiration for anytime you feel you’re not good enough to even try something you really want to do. Even though the world believed Matt Stutzman lacked the proper tools for his trade, he put his will and creativity into action, accomplished exactly what he set out to do and left the entire world changed because of it.

Read more at msnbc.msn.com


SCIENTIST DISMISSES ALIENS AS DREAMS

From "Squee" by comic book artist and creator, Jhonen Vasquez.

Scientist Michael Raduga claims to have solved our little alien problem we seem to have.

Apparently, he has proven that they don’t exist at all…period.

So, you can disregard the testimonials from  millions of  people, the thousands of encounters recorded in history, the few but well documented encounters from not only our own governments but, the majority of the world’s governments as well, AND the evidence that stretches back thousands of years and sleep a little more soundly tonight knowing that it’s all just your imagination.

MSNBC writes:

Researchers say they have conducted “the first experiment to ever prove that close encounters with UFOs and extraterrestrials are a product of the human mind.”

In a sleep study by the Out-Of-Body Experience Research Center in Los Angeles, 20 volunteers were instructed to perform a series of mental steps upon waking up or becoming lucid during the night that might lead them to have out-of-body experiences culminating in encounters with aliens.

According to lead researcher Michael Raduga, more than half the volunteers experienced at least one full or partial out-of-body experience, and seven of them were able to make contact with UFOs or extraterrestrials during these dream-like experiences.

Raduga designed the experiment to test his theory that many reports of alien encounters are actually instances of people experiencing a vibrant, lifelike state of dreaming. If he could coach people to dream a realistic alien encounter, he said, that could prove that reports of such encounters are really just a product of our imaginations.

“When people experience alien abductions in the night, they usually don’t know they are actually in REM sleep and having an out-of-body experience,” Raduga told Life’s Little Mysteries, adding than an estimated 1 million Americans have such experiences each year.

“It’s very realistic and people cannot understand how it happens. [Our study] shows that it’s not about aliens, it’s about human abilities, and it can happen to almost anyone.”

So there you have it. It’s just that simple! He had 6 out of 20 people in a study, where he told them specifically to “contact aliens” in their dreams, actually say that met up with aliens and from these 6 random people, decided that he has proven aliens just plain don’t exist. That since we see them in dreams, that’s the only place they are. Well, how helpful! Thanks for clearing that up for us.

We should use his highly complicated and technical scientific process to test some more folks at random and get rid of that old belief in ghosts or dinosaurs that seems to linger around. I mean, despite the huge piles of evidence for them, have YOU ever hung out with said aliens, ghosts or dinosaurs? What’s that you say? “You haven’t.”? But, you have had a dream about them once? Oh, well then, problem solved, we just proved they don’t exist!

Please, read more at msnbc.msn.com

 

 

 

 


FULL-SIZE ADULT DEER FOUND INSIDE FLORIDA PYTHON!

Workers pull the snake from their craft, showing it's size.

Wow, how would you like to be working in the swamps and stumble upon this python the size of which you only see in movies?
…yeah, me neither.
MSNBC writes:

EVERGLADES NATIONAL PARK, Fla. — Officials in the Florida Everglades have captured and killed a 16-foot-long Burmese python that had just eaten an adult deer.

Scott Hardin, exotic species coordinator for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission, said workers found the snake on Thursday. The reptile was one of the largest ever found in South Florida.

Hardin said the python had recently consumed a 76-pound female deer that had died. He said it was an important capture to help stop the spread of pythons further north.

The python, killed by workers, with a very full stomach.

Why they had to kill it, I don’t know. It’s not exacty going to be the fastest, most dangerous snake after consuming a 76 pound deer. In fact, I betcha he wasn’t moving at all when the workers stumbled upon him during his well earned afternoon nap. I mean, I feel pretty lazy myself after eating a nice dinner, which usually isn’t anything more than a handful of food but, I couldn’t even begin to imagine how tired this dude was after eating an entire, full-sized animal in one sitting.
Read more at msnbc.msn.com

8:00PM TONIGHT! WALKING DEAD VIEWING PARTY! BYOB!

8:00pm tonight (Sunday, October 30th), the Museum of the Weird continues our newest weekly event: The Walking Dead Viewing Party!

Each week when there is a new episode of the AMC hit series, The Walking Dead, we will be screening it here at the Museum’s newest addition, the Weird Theater!  The theater is located inside the Museum on the second floor*, and all screenings for The Walking Dead will be free with purchase of Museum admission (currently $5.00 per person).  The Weird Theater is extremely small, and seating is limited to a maximum of 30 people, so show up early or purchase your tickets in advance in the store or on our website (CLICK HERE!).

We want everyone to come and join us for a good time!  We are allowing this event to be a “BYOB” affair, so that adults will be able to enjoy the viewing experience while imbibing their favorite alcoholic beverage.  That being said, we ask you to follow a few simple rules:

• Please arrive at least 30 minutes prior to the 8:00pm screening time to enjoy the Museum of the Weird and to ensure seating.

• Anyone bringing in alcoholic beverages will be asked to show their proof of ID. Absolutely no sharing of alcoholic beverages with minors will be tolerated, and will result with the offending parties being ejected from the theater.

• No outside food or drink is allowed EXCEPT for alcoholic beverages in sealed personal containers, including bottled or canned beer, wine coolers, and malt and cider beverages. Non-alcoholic beverages and snacks are available for purchase in our gift shop, Lucky Lizard Curios & Gifts.

• Excessively loud and obnoxious guests will be asked to leave, and forfeit their admission without a refund.

• Anyone who arrives already visibly intoxicated will be denied admission into the Museum.

As long as everyone abides by these rules and respects each other’s viewing experience, we should all have a great time tonight.  We look forward to seeing everyone here at the Museum of the Weird tonight by 8pm, and remember to please show up early!

 

*NOTE: Second floor access is currently limited to use of the stairs, and there is no elevator for wheelchair access at this time.  We apologize for the inconvenience.


Saturday, October 29th: Weird Theatre Spook Show featuring “House of Frankenstein” and “Creature from the Black Lagoon”!

Weird Theatre Spook Show at Museum of the Weird

This weekend, the Museum of the Weird in Austin, Texas is hosting their very first WEIRD THEATRE SPOOK SHOW for kids!  Starting promptly at 11:00am and running through the afternoon, we will be showing a double feature of the Universal horror classics House of Frankenstein and Creature from the Black Lagoon!

The WEIRD THEATRE SPOOK SHOW is a brand new weekly event at the Museum of the Weird aimed towards kids and family-friendly fare (with an emphasis on weird, of course)!   Every Saturday afternoon, we will be showing a good old-fashioned matinee of classic monster movies, adventure films, and science fiction and fantasy masterpieces from yesteryear!  The best thing is, admission to the WEIRD THEATRE SPOOK SHOW is FREE with purchase of a regular ticket to the Museum of the Weird (currently $5 for adults and $3 for kids under 8).  Since seating in the Weird Theater is very limited, we recommend reserving your tickets here.

http://www.luckylizard.net/catalog.php?item=599&catid=Tickets


VIETNAMESE RHINO LOST FOREVER…

A White Rhino calf with it's mother. Javan Rhino's are very similar in apperance but have smaller, more rounded horns.

Sadly, these beautiful creatures are never again to be seen in the country of Vietnam.

The Javan Rhino has been hunted to extinction by illegal poaching.

You hear about species being added to the Endangered Species list all the time, but when a particular animal is crossed off that list and it’s NOT because they’ve grown in number and are now safe, it’s a sad day for all of mankind.

The BBC News writes:

critically endangered species of rhino is now extinct in Vietnam, according to a report by conservation groups.

The WWF and the International Rhino Foundation said the country’s last Javan rhino was probably killed by poachers, as its horn had been cut off.

Experts said the news was not a surprise, as only one sighting had been recorded in Vietnam since 2008.

Fewer than 50 individuals are now estimated to remain in the wild.

“It is painful that despite significant investment in Vietnamese rhino conservation, efforts failed to save this unique animal, ” said WWF’s Vietnam director Tran Thi Minh Hien.

“Vietnam has lost part of its natural heritage.”

One of the few pictures of a Javan Rhino caught on a trap cam.

These animals are amazing, intelligent, and this should never be allowed to happen to anything else, ever again.

This is just so sad.  I know that the only reason we’re hearing about this particular animal is because the rhino is one of the larger mammals on Earth, and I know there are tons more creatures that disappear from that list every year that we never hear of…

….and that’s NOT ok.

Read more at bbc.co.uk


WORLDS LARGEST PUMPKIN HAS BEEN CARVED…INTO ZOMBIES!!!

Sorry, but zombies never get old.
No seriously, they don’t. Look it up.
Being “dead” and all pretty much guarantees a stop to that troublesome aging process.
Any-who, these zombies carved by sculptor Ray Villafane that are popping out of these pumpkins look absolutely amazing!
Being a master food sculptor, Ray has quite a portfolio of 3D carvings, a few of which can be seen here.
This carving of the world’s largest pumpkin is definitely the most impressive of his work that I’ve seen to date.
The details are amazing!
The Laughing Squid writes:

Last weekend, The New York Botanical Garden brought on master food sculptor Ray Villafane to carve zombies out of two giant pumpkins, one of which was the world’s heaviest pumpkin. He used the “pale flesh Brant and Eleanor Bordsen’s 1,693 pound pumpkin for the zombies” and the world record-holding 1818.5 pound pumpkin from Kelsey and Jim Bryson was used as the base.

We recently posted about Ray’s amazing 3D pumpkin carvings.

Ray’s entire pumpking carving process at The New York Botanical Garden event was captured in a beautiful time-lapse video.

Read more at laughingsquid.com

Here’s the time-lapse of the whole event Ray Villafane participated in while creating this behemoth of a temporary monument to zombies!!!


The Museum of the Weird is officially haunted…

… so we have asked our resident “Texas mojo man”, Doc Ravencraft, so help get to the bottom of things.  This Halloween weekend, Doc will be performing a series of old-time séances to try to contact the spirit (or spirits) that are roaming the Museum’s corridors.

Would you like to take part?  Well you can!  Doc Ravencraft is reserving a very select few seats for guests who would like to attend and take part in contacting the spirits here.  You can get more info and reserve your seat here.


WOMAN HAS AGED 50 YEARS IN ONLY 5!

Not sure why they couldn’t dress her up a bit. Maybe, put her in a nice dress or something for the newer photo.
Either way, Nguyen Thi Phuong of Vietnam has an unfortunately severe allergic reaction to seafood that has caused her to skin to make her look dramtically older than she actually is.
Thankfully, she has this man that truly loves her for her and has stuck be her side ever since they were married years ago.
The Daily Mail writes:

These pictures may look like an attractive woman in her 20s and her grandmother. But they are said to be the same person – apparently taken just days apart.

The young Vietnamese woman at the centre of the improbable medical case, Nguyen Thi Phuong, claims the transformation may have come about because of an extreme allergy to seafood.

Nguyen, 26, says she developed this puffy face and sagging skin in 2008 but was too poor to seek treatment. Earlier this month, doctors said they would examine her free of charge.

Nguyen’s husband, carpenter Thanh Tuyen, insists the story is true and his love has not faded for his once-beautiful wife.

She has always worn wear a mask in public to hide her appearance from prying eyes, but she has now sought help from doctors to see if they can reverse the ‘ageing’ effect.

Displaying photos of a beautiful 21-year-old woman on her wedding day in 2006, Mrs Nguyen said: ‘Five years ago, I was rather pretty and not so ugly like this, right?’

Mrs Nguyen believes her condition was caused by a life-long allergy to seafood.

She said she had suffered a particularly bad reaction in 2008. ‘I was really itchy all over my body. I had to scratch even while sleeping.’

Read more at dailymail.co.uk



MAN SENT GIANT SLIPPER BY MISTAKE

I don’t think this guy’s left foot is quite this size…

The Daily Mail writes:

Sometimes when you buy a pair of shoes, one of them can feel snug while the other one does not quite fit.

Tom Boddingham certainly knows the feeling.

When the 27-year-old ordered a special monster-design slipper to fit his oversized left foot, he was sent this size 1,450 one – because manufacturers failed to spot a decimal point.

He had requested a 14.5, as well as a smaller size 13 for his right foot. The pair cost £15.50.

However, manufacturers in China misread the measurement and accidentally made the whopping seven foot-long slipper, which was shipped to him along with the correct smaller size.

Now 6ft 7in Mr Boddingham, who wears custom-made shoes because of the different sizes of his feet, will sell it on eBay.

‘It was sent directly from Hong Kong and measures 210 x 130 x 65cm – the same length as a grizzly bear or a family car,’ said Mr Boddingham, from Ilford, Essex. ‘I must be the owner of the biggest slipper in the world.

‘I’m going to sell it online, and if I can make a few quid out of it then all the better.’

Online slipper company Monster Slippers – which is based in Dunmow, Essex, and has the motto ‘for the animal in you’ – apologised to  Mr Boddingham and has not charged him any extra. A spokesman explained the mistake occurred because of a ‘translation error’.

‘We are making him a replacement slipper of the right dimensions,’ he added.


Read more at http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2051081/Tom-Boddingham-slipper-Decimal-point-error-sees-size-size-1-450-order-China.html


8:00PM TONIGHT! WALKING DEAD VIEWING PARTY! BYOB!

8:00pm tonight (Sunday, October 23rd), the Museum of the Weird is launching our newest weekly event: The Walking Dead Viewing Party!

Each week when there is a new episode of the AMC hit series, The Walking Dead, we will be screening it here at the Museum’s newest addition, the Weird Theater!  The theater is located inside the Museum on the second floor*, and all screenings for The Walking Dead will be free with purchase of Museum admission (currently $5.00 per person).  The Weird Theater is extremely small, and seating is limited to a maximum of 30 people, so show up early or purchase your tickets in advance in the store or on our website (CLICK HERE!).

We want everyone to come and join us for a good time!  We are allowing this event to be a “BYOB” affair, so that adults will be able to enjoy the viewing experience while imbibing their favorite alcoholic beverage.  That being said, we are laying down a few ground rules:

• Please arrive at least 30 minutes prior to the 8:00pm screening time to enjoy the Museum of the Weird and to ensure seating. Once the program begins at 8:00pm, so as not to disrupt the viewing experience we will not be allowing any more entrances into the theater.  So please show up early!

• Anyone bringing in alcoholic beverages will be asked to show their proof of ID. Absolutely no sharing of alcoholic beverages with minors will be tolerated, and will result with the offending parties being ejected from the theater.

• No outside food or drink is allowed EXCEPT for alcoholic beverages in sealed personal containers, including bottled or canned beer, wine coolers, and malt and cider beverages. Non-alcoholic beverages and snacks are available for purchase in our gift shop, Lucky Lizard Curios & Gifts.

• Excessively loud and obnoxious guests will be asked to leave, and forfeit their admission without a refund.

• Anyone who arrives already visibly intoxicated will be denied admission into the Museum, period.

As long as everyone abides by these rules and respects each other’s viewing experience, we should all have a great time tonight, and if it’s successful we will host this every week!  So we look forward to seeing everyone here at the Museum of the Weird tonight by 8pm, and remember to please show up early!

 

*NOTE: Second floor access is currently limited to use of the stairs, and there is no elevator for wheelchair access at this time.  We apologize for the inconvenience.


Strange things afoot at the Museum…

Old sketch of Doc RavencraftI know that you’ve come to think of me as a fountain of wisdom, but today I’m going to be crassly commercial.

It’s Friday, and that means that I’ll be presenting at the Museum as a special attraction.  What does that mean?  It means for only $5 extra you get to go beyond the back door of the Museum, into the courtyard, up the stairs and into the new Inner Sanctum Theatre.  It’s the only way that you’ll get to see the incredible life-size King Kong (and take your picture with him).  Once there, you’ll also get to spend some special time with yours truly for an excursion into the weird.

What awaits you?  I’ll bring out some of the strange artifacts from the Museum and my own collection and share their bizarre stories.  (Be prepared.  These things sometimes like to show off a little when they get some attention and it’s very likely that something weird will happen.)  You’ll experience psychic phenomena, due to the strong qualities of the Museum’s location.  (I believe it’s a combination of ley line placement and it’s central location to so much haunted activity in Austin.  Whatever the reading, it’s  a great place to perform psychic experiments so we may have a chance to read each others minds!)  We’ll also see if the Museum’s resident ghost is in the mood to communicate.

What an incredible deal for the price of an adult beverage (if you have good taste).  I’ll open the doors tonight at 7:00, 8:00 and 9:00.

I’ve also confirmed that we will be holding séance presentations over Halloween weekend for a lucky few.  There will be two sessions per night at 7:00 and 9:00 PM and tickets will be $25.  Seating is extremely limted, with only 10 people per session.  I will demonstrate for you the methods used by old school ghost hunters in your great, great grandparent’s day.  We’ll try to connect with the Museum’s ghost and some of the others who are in the area.  Everyone will have the chance to have a question answered by the spirits.  If you are a fan of the paranormal this is a unique opportunity to experience the spirit world.  This close to Halloween I expect the veil to be quite thin.  We should get good results.  All seats must be reserved in advance.  Do it now!  Contact the Museum by phone at (512) 476-5493 or email steve@museumoftheweird.com.

ALL PROGRAMS ARE FOR ENTERTAINMENT PURPOSES ONLY

 


MAN BEATS WOMAN WITH FROZEN ARMADILLO

An armadillo.

Folks, we couldn’t make these stories up if we tried.

 

DALLAS – A man used a frozen armadillo to attack a 57-year old Pleasant Grove woman, Dallas police said.

The incident happened on Sept. 29 in an apartment complex parking lot.

According to investigators, the altercation occurred when the suspect was selling the carcass to the victim, who planned to eat the animal.

The pair apparently began arguing over the price of the item when the man twice threw the armadillo at the woman.

The animal first struck the woman in the leg and then in her chest.

She was reportedly bruised by the attack.

Detectives have been unable to find the man, who could face assault charges.

Source:  http://www.myfoxdfw.com/dpp/news/unusual/101811-Man-Allegedly-Beat-Woman-with-Frozen-Armadillo#ixzz1bLydV2CG

 


Lone Star Spooks with Nate Riddle on The Shadow Hour

The Shadow Hour

The Shadow Hour

10:00 PM CST, Wednesday, 10/19/2011: It’s that time of the week… time to ease into your favorite chair, sit back and relax as we explore the sublime world of the strange, the odd, and the unusual. It’s time once again for… The Shadow Hour.

Nate Riddle joins us to talk about his book “Lone Star Spooks.”  It should be another great discussion of haunts in Texas.

As always, you can listen right here with our blogtalkradio widget! You can listen to past broadcasts at any time, or tune in tonight. (Wednesday, October 19, 2011) at 10pm Central for the live broadcast. Be sure to check out the show notes, too. See you in the shadows…


SHARK SURFING! THE NEXT BIG THING!

Now THIS guy has some guts! Or, just some decent photoshop skills.

Ok ok, maybe that’s not exactly true, but read about how this guy below ended up trying it out!

The Telegraph writes:

Doug Niblack was trying to catch another wave before going to work, when his longboard hit something hard as rock off the Oregon Coast and he suddenly found himself standing on the back of a thrashing great white shark.

Looking down, he could see a dorsal fin in front of his feet as he stood on what he described as 10 feet of back as wide as his surfboard and as black as his own Neoprene wetsuit. A tail thrashed back and forth and the water churned around him like a depth charge went off.

“It was pretty terrifying just seeing the shape emerge out of nothing and just being under me,” he said. “And the fin coming out of the water. It was just like the movies.”

The several seconds Mr Niblack spent on the back of the great white Monday off Seaside, Oregon, was a rare encounter, though not unprecedented, according to Ralph Collier, president of the Shark Research Committee in Canoga Park, Calif., and director of the Global Shark Attack File in Princeton, New Jersey.

Read more at thetelegraph.com


SPOKE LIKE YODA OUR ANCESTORS DID

According to a new study of the history of human language, it turns out our ancestors of long ago actually spoke the way Master Yoda does in a movie series you might be familiar with, Star Wars.

Does George Lucas know something we don’t?

…probably not.

New Scientist writes:

What form did the first human language take? According to some linguists, all known languages descend from a proto-language, perhaps dating back to the first behaviourally modern humans 50,000 years ago. But little else is known about how our ancestors spokeSpeaker.

Now two maverick linguists say they have clues. Merritt Ruhlen of Stanford University in California, and Murray Gell-Mann, at the Santa Fe Institute in New Mexico created a family tree for 2200 languages, living and dead, based on how they use similar sounds for the same meanings. Most modern languages use subject-verb-object sentences: “I see the dog”, while most dead ones, such as Latin, go subject-object-verb – “I the dog see”.

On Ruhlen and Gell-Mann’s tree, subject-verb-object languages always descend from subject-object-verb languages, but never the other way around. “This tells us that the putative ancestral language had subject-object-verb word order,” says Ruhlen. However, mainstream linguists are dubious about the tree’s validity.

Read similar stories at newscientist.com


Take a walk on the weird side…

Old sketch of Doc RavencraftOK, folks. It’s started. We broke the cheap champagne to open the private show room at the Museum of the Weird. For all of you who came by to watch the Zombie Movies with us last weekend, I hope that nothing followed you home. Bwa-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha!

This Friday I am going to begin what we are calling an “Extra Attraction.” For an extra $5 (the price of an adult beverage if you have good taste) you will be able to go beyond the museum and up into the show room for some special time with Yours Truly for what will promise to be some truly weird entertainment.

I’m going to take advantage of the unusual psychic an ghostly nature of that space to delve into the paranormal. You’ll get to know the ghost of the Museum as well as the many that surround the building in downtown Austin. We’ll find out if it’s true that people are more psychic when they are in the Museum. I may also be able to drag out some of the undisplayed artifacts that really should not be viewed without some supervision.

If you are curious about the paranormal, if you have always wondered what it’s like to have a ghostly encounter or a psychic experience, if you just like things a little on the weird side, come join me at the Museum of the Weird, starting this Friday, 10/14/2011 and most Fridays after that.

Presentations are at 7:00 PM, 8:00 PM and 9:00 PM.

Entrance is $10, which includes access to the Museum ($5 value).  You can purchase your tickets here.


PHOENIX JONES, REAL-LIFE SUPERHERO, UNMASKED!!!

Right on the heels of his unfortunate arrest and his secret identity being revealed due to said arrest, Phoenix Jones has publicly released his face and identity.

Phoenix Jones, or Benjamin Fodor, rocking a haircut worthy of a superhero. This is a man who looks and acts the part of true crime-fighter. Good on ‘ya my friend! We here at The Museum Of The Weird salute you!

Here’s video from CNN of the famed unmasking.

 

Hopefully this will not prevent Phoenix from performing his regular duties as protector of the night for Seattle.

If so, we invite Phoenix Jones to Austin, Tx!

C’mon down partner!


PHOENIX JONES, SEATTLE’S GREATEST CRIME FIGHTER ARRESTED AFTER HELPING!

Here is Phoenix Jones, one of Seattle’s toughest, smartest and prolific real-life super heroes…

Yet, he can’t catch a break. First, he had his nose broken earlier in the year defending the city’s residents and now Seattle PD arrests him for trying, succesfully, to stop a fight.

Phoenix Jones has gained notoriety from being a comic book-style super hero badass and making friends with one, Rainn Wilson, who himself has donned a crime-fighting costume to defend the streets of his own defenseless city in 2011’s “Super”. Despite legitimately helping citizens of Seattle, Phoenix, who’s real name has been released due to this arrest, but you will not see it here for we believe in keeping his secret-identity, secret, faces many challenges outside of the criminals he battles relentlessly, like particular officer’s of Seattle PD who do not approve of Phoenix Jones’ vigilante ways.

Does this seem like the people of Seattle have an issue with this guy?

MSNBC writes:

SEATTLE — Instead of the bad guys, it was Seattle’s most prolific self-styled superhero that ended up in handcuffs.

Police officers arrested the 23-year-old man who calls himself Phoenix Jones early Sunday after he was accused of assaulting several people with pepper spray. He was booked in county jail on four counts of assault, with arraignment set for Thursday, police said Monday.

Jones, who wears a black mask with yellow stripes and a bulging muscle bodysuit, said he was only trying to stop a street brawl.

“Just because he’s dressed up in costume, it doesn’t mean he’s in special consideration or above the law. You can’t go around pepper spraying people because you think they are fighting,” said Seattle police spokesman Det. Mark Jamieson.

In capital letters, Jones wrote on his Facebook page that said he wouldn’t “ever assault or hurt another person if they were not causing harm to another human being.”

He also released a video shot during the alleged assault on his Facebook page which he said shows that he used the spray after being attacked. It could also be found at www.vimeo.com/30307440.

Read more at msnbc.com

Despite the bad rap he sometimes gets, we here at the Museum Of The Weird fully support Phoenix Jones and his gang of do-gooders!

Godspeed fellas!


PROOF OF THE RUSSIAN BIGFOOT? NOT YETI!

Pictured above is an animatronic Yeti, built and used for a commerical. Sadly, it's the closest thing to a real one there is.

 

Ouch, that was a sad attempt at a joke, but guess what…

…that happened and I’m leaving it.

So, apparently there is some big news waiting to come out of Russia about the existence of the fabled “Snow Men”, or Yeti. The Russian bigfoot has been in dispute for many, many years and doesn’t seem likely to be settled anytime soon. Unless we’re about to get a huge smack in the face with some evidence, which would be a nice change from the annoying prodding of maybe, maybe nots we know all to well, but where is this evidence? The same question we all ask of anyone claiming to have “proof” of anything.

Until we see something that blows our minds and the cap off cryptozoology, we’ll wait by the screen, repeatedly hitting refresh until that day comes.

The Telegraph writes:

The Russian coal-mining region of Kemerovo said in a statement on its website that footprints and possibly even hair samples belonging to the yeti were found on the research trip to its remote mountains.

“During the expedition to the Azasskaya cave, conference participants gathered indisputable proof that the Shoria mountains are inhabited by the ‘Snow Man’,” the Kemerovo region administration said.

The expedition was organised after Kemerovo’s governor invited researchers from the United States, Canada, and several other countries to share their research and stories of encounters with the creature at a conference.

“They found his footprints, his supposed bed, and various markers with which the yeti marks his territory,” the statement said. The collected “artifacts” will be analysed in a special laboratory, it said.

Read more at telegraph.co.uk


DO YOU DARE ATTEMPT ‘THE WORLD’S MOST DANGEROUS PATH’?

Teetering along a crumbling walkway more than 330ft high, a group of intrepid climbers carefully inch their way across what has been dubbed the most dangerous path in the world.

And they’re not alone. Adrenaline-junkies have been flocking to southern Spain to experience the 110-year-old El Caminito Del Rey before work begins to refurbish it next year.

Companies have now begun offering unofficial tours after a video of a walker tackling the hair-raising trail went viral on YouTube.

Don't look down! Climbers braving Spain's El Caminito Del Rey tackle a sheer a cliff face where the dilapidated walkway has completely fallen through

 

And you don’t need to be an experienced climber either, the only requirements are that walkers should be at least twelve years old and have a good head for heights.

On the edge: A close-up shows the hair-raising crossing. Adrenaline junkies are flocking to take on the path after a YouTube video appeared of a walker tackling the trail wearing minimal safety equipment

The trail, also known as the King’s Pathway, was originally built in 1905 for workers to travel between two hydroelectric power plants but was closed-off in 2000 after two walkers fell to their deaths.

It snakes its way along cliff edges high up in El Chorro Gorge, thirty miles from Malaga.

Much of the one-metre-wide walkway is crumbing away with rusting supports, gaping holes, no handrails and sections that have completely fallen down.

A makeshift wire has now been attached to the rock face which walkers and climbers can clip themselves on to in order to have some degree of security – but many still prefer not to use any safety equipment at all.

Work is now due to start on an 8.3 million project to make the pathway safe again and attract more tourists to the area.

History: El Caminito Del Rey, also known as the King's Pathway, was originally built in 1905 for workers to travel between two hydroelectric power plants but was closed-off in 2000 after two walkers fell to their deaths

No walk in the park: The final stages of the path have fallen through so walkers must abseil down around 100 metres in order to complete the trail

 

 

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2047032/Are-sure-right-way-Thrillseekers-risk-lives-taking-walk-worlds-dangerous-path.html#ixzz1aVr4B2ok

 


TODAY: Meet THE DEAD director Howard Ford!


 

Come visit Austin’s Museum of the Weird today between Noon and 2:30pm and meet THE DEAD director Howard Ford live in person!  Howard is our special guest today, and is signing copies of this awesome poster above!   This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to have a personal meet and greet with the director of a soon-to-be classic  of the zombie genre!


TODAY: THE WEIRD THEATRE MIDNIGHT SPOOKSHOW and ZOMBIE MOVIE MARATHON!

 

All this week, the Museum of the Weird is celebrating our undead friends… ZOMBIES!… as we get set to launch our new eagerly-anticipated live horror host show, the Weird Theatre Midnight Spookshow, premiering TODAY (Friday, October 7th) at the Museum of the Weird (live on stage)!  Tickets are only $10 for a full day pass for all the movies, and includes admission to Museum of the Weird!

To help celebrate all things zombie, Thursday at 2:00pm we gave away free tickets to the upcoming zombie film, The Dead, opening in Austin October 7th!  The passes are for a special midnight screening tonight, October 7th, at the Alamo Drafthouse on West Anderson Lane. While the free tickets are gone, you can still buy tickets to any of the screenings today, which will feature a Q&A with director Howard Ford.

We’ll also be hosting guests galore tonight and tomorrow:

• Meet Doc Ravencraft, Authentic Texas Mojo Man, who consults behind the scenes at the Museum and for The Shadow Hour.   He’ll be hosting the Weird Theatre Midnight Spookshow weekend, featuring an undead smorgasbord of classic zombie-themed flicks, including Night of the Living Dead, Zombie and more!

Aron Houdini, great nephew of the legendary Harry Houdini, will be performing on stage tonight at 9pm.

• The Dead director Howard Ford makes an appearance this Saturday from Noon to 2:30pm.

Greg Lawson, author of the book “Zombie Advocacy” will be signing advance copies on Saturday from 2pm-5pm.

• Plus possible surprise guests from the Paranormal Convention!

Check back here or follow us on Facebook and Twitter to get more details as they become available!


2PM TODAY: FREE TICKETS TO SEE “THE DEAD”

 

Attention all zombie horror fans!  At exactly 2:00pm today (Thursday, October 6th), the Museum of the Weird in downtown Austin will be giving away a limited number of passes for you and a guest to see the midnight screening tomorrow night of the new zombie film, THE DEAD, directed by the Ford Brothers.

Shot on 35mm in Ghana and Burkino Faso, West Africa, THE DEAD explores new terrain in zombie tales, using all indigenous African actors as the ever hungry flesh-eating undead. Braving the harsh condition of deep Africa, Howard has fashioned a zombie film in the vein of grand master George Romero, crafting a hyper-realistic terrifying film without the use of CGI gimmickry or flashy camera movements.

This movie is genuinely creepy, I had the opportunity to catch it during last years Fantastic Fest. Trust me, you don’t want to miss this one!  It is screening at Midnight, Friday, October 7th at the Alamo Drafthouse on West Anderson Lane.

Passes will be given away at exactly 2:00pm on a first come, first serve basis, so don’t wait or they may be all gone!  Limit one per customer (each pass is good for two people).  The Museum of the Weird is located at 412 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78701.  See you here!