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Archive for December, 2011

GRAVEYARD LOSES A LOST RELATIVE!

Whenever you lose a relative it’s a very sad day, when you lose a lost relative, it’s a very strange day indeed.

That’s exactly what happened in Louisiana just the other day when a flood hit the area so hard it uprooted some coffins and sent at least one for a ride down the river.

The Huffington Post writes:

Flooding in Louisiana washed a casket away from its burial place and into a murky pond where it was found by workers cleaning up a nearby cemetery.

Heavy rains in St. Francisville on Sunday into Monday wrecked havoc on Magnolia Baptist Church’s cemetery, according to TV station KYTX.

Cleanup crews called in by church officials to work on graves damaged by the downpour found the dislodged coffin in a nearby pond, TV station WBRZ reports.

Read more at huffingtonpost.com


“YETI” FINGER DEBUNKED

The "Yeti" finger that was brought back from a monastery hidden in the mountains of Nepal.

Well, we here at The Museum of the Weird were certainly excited about this suposed “Yeti” finger that was to be tested and were hoping for final proof of something that we all believe to be very real.

The hand, the finger tested was removed from, along with a scalp of unknown origin.

Unfortunately, science was not on our side this time and debunked what was looking to be a very promising path to proof of the Nepalese “Yeti” or, Abominable Snowman.

Cryptomundo writes:

The Pangboche Yeti finger was rediscovered while on display at London’s Royal College of Surgeons. The late Dr. William Charles Osman Hill, a consultant to the Tom Slick expeditions, bequeathed it to the Hunterian Museum, which is a division of the Royal College of Surgeons.

The alleged Yeti finger from the Pangboche hand was found by the UK’s Daily Mail reporter Matthew Hill, several months ago and has undergone DNA testing. This certainly has been a year of surprises coming forth from the Tom Slick expeditions of the late 1950s.

Today, on a BBC program, the results of a new DNA test were broadcast. The result of the DNA analysis were announced on a program entitled “Yeti Finger” on BBC Radio 4 on December 27, 2011, at 11 am local time.

For the detailed results and MUCH more info and even videos from the original expedition to Nepal in the 50s, head on over to cryptomundo.com


FAMILY GOT A GIANT SNAKE FOR CHRISTMAS!

While the rest of the neighborhood celebrated Christmas days with unwrapping presents and eating warm cookies from the oven with a glass of milk, this family didn’t quite know what to make of this extra scary gift Santa dropped off this year on Christmas day.

“What gift would that be?” you ask?

Well, a giant burmese python in the pool of course!

The Huffington Post writes:

On Christmas, one South Florida family encountered an unwelcomed guest in their pool and it wasn’t a jolly guy with a big white beard.

Miami-Dade Fire and Rescue captured a 13-foot Burmese python in the swimming hole of one Palmetto Bay home. Visit NBCMiami for the full story.

Burmese pythons are classic headline-makers in South Florida. In 2005, one exploded after trying to eat a six-foot alligator whole. And last October, aBurmese python became a celebrity for having a whole 76-pound deer in its belly.

But those two serpentine incidents occurred out in the Everglades. Finding a ravenous constrictor snake in a suburban pool is a different story.

Read more @ huffingtonpost.com


Storewide Christmas Sale this weekend!!!

We are keeping the store open on limited hours this weekend for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day!  If you are in town visiting family or friends, bring them on down to see the Museum of the Weird, and take advantage of our extended Christmas Celebration Holiday Sale!

We are offering FREE admission (normally $5) all weekend long if you spend $20 in our gift shop, Lucky Lizard Curios & Gifts.  Or just buy a Lucky Lizard or Museum of the Weird t-shirt, and you will also get a FREE admission!

Also, if you spend over $75 in Lucky Lizard Curios & Gifts, you will get an additional 20% off!!!  This is the perfect holiday sale for all you last minute shoppers out there, so COME ON DOWN!!!


BRAZILIAN CHILD BORN W/ TWO HEADS!

A Brazilian mother expecting twins, birthed a single body with 2 heads instead.

This definitely does not happen everyday, and surely gave the mother, who was told by doctors to expect twins, a very big surprise.

It’s unfortunate when anything is born into this world with birth defects and even sadder when it’s a human child. It’s not uncommon for them to have shortened life-spans due to the many medical complications that are associated with birth defects but, in this instance, it seems life has given these little ones pretty good odds of making it due to them both having full sets of functioning organs.

If you ever get the chance, come on down to visit us on 6th street in downtown Austin, Tx and check out our collection of animals that have been born with all kinds of different mutations, from a one-headed lamb with two bodies to a piglet born with one large eye like a cyclops and a nose that protrudes from its forehead like a alien antenna!

The Huffington Post writes:

One mother learned her baby had two heads just moments before giving birth via Cesarean section in northern Brazil Monday morning.

Doctors say the babies, which have two heads and share one body, are conjoined twins with functioning organs.

The mother did not receive ultrasound scans throughout her pregnancy, but later told doctors she was initially told she was expecting twins, the Daily Mail reports.

The babies each have their own spines but share one heart, liver, pelvis and pair of lungs. She named the boys Jesus and Emanuel.

Read more @ huffingtonpost.com


MILITARY CAUGHT TRANSPORTING UFO!

This image of the ufo in question was captured by a passing vehicle while it traveled through the usually, quiet Kansas road.

What a site this must have been!

Imagine driving to work just like any other day, maybe running a little bit behind, thinking to yourself  “Oh man, I’m totally gonna be late for… wait, what is that? Is that a UFO on the back of that truck? In Kansas?”

I bet this town was quite the flurry of activity and chatter trying to figure what just drove through their homely little town.

Not to spoil the fun I’m having here but, it turns out it was just a new kind of American military drone being transported to a nearby base

… so they say.

UFO or drone? Either way it looks rather impressive and deadly.

The Huffington Post writes:

What do you call a flying saucer that isn’t flying?

That’s what residents of Cowley County, Kan. are asking themselves after a mysterious 32-foot-long shrouded object that closely resembled sci-fi depictions of UFOs rolled down US 77 on a flatbed truck.

“There was this funny sphere that went through on this big trailer and my first thought was, ‘That looks like a UFO’,” Kammi Root told ABC-7.

The UFO — in this case an unidentified freight object — was so big that police had to remove signs so it could turn a corner, Sheriff Don Read told the station.

“They told us that it was an aircraft and that they had explored other ways to transport it but this was the best way for them to do it and they asked us not to say a whole lot about it,” Read said.

Read more at huffingtonpost.com


STONEHENGE ORIGIN REVEALED!

Well, the amazingly large stones of Stonehenge have been traced back to where they came from, a quarry in Wales over 150 miles away, how insane!

If you’ve ever been to Stonehenge itself, located in Amesbury, Wiltshire, in the United Kingdom, you would think that moving stones of this size from such a distance, or any distance really, would be impossible. Yet, somehow, our ancestors of thousands of years ago knew methods and secrets of doing so that we are still trying to figure out today but, we’re getting closer and closer to the how of it all every day.

Now the only question we really need to answer is, “Why?”.

The Huffington Post writes:

For the first time ever, scientists say they have determined the exact origins of some of the rocks that make up England’s famous Stonehenge.

By studying the mineral make-up and texture of fragments of the stones, two geologists claim to have traced the rocks that form a horseshoe and the innermost ring of the prehistoric landmark to an outcropping 160 miles away, according to the BBC.

The rhyolite debitage rocks — dubbed bluestones — come from a 230-foot cluster in Pembrokeshire, Wales, called Craig Rhos-y-Felin, The Independentreports.

Though significant, the discovery by geologists Robert Ixer and Richard Bevins doesn’t answer one of Stonehenge’s biggest mysteries: How exactly the builders of the ancient site transported the rocks such a great distance.

Read more @ huffingtonpost.com


LIGHT BULB-EATING WORLD RECORD!

Now here’s a skill not everyone has, although we know one or two around here at the Museum of the Weird that eat a bit more glass than the doctor recommends.

One stunt man, RJ Williams, has perfected his glass lightbulb eating so much so that he’s  set a world record!

The Huffington Post writes:

If  R.J. Wiliams doesn’t feel so light on his feet right now, there’s good reason: He just swallowed a lightbulb in 33.86 seconds.

The resident of Brooklyn made his mark on history (and his gastrointestinal track) on December 9 and the adjudicators at recordsetter.com were there to make sure that everything was on the up-and-up as the lightbulb went down.

The rules that Williams followed were simple: He had to use a standard, household light bulb; he had to eat everything excluding the metal parts; he could only use his teeth to break and eat the light bulb and he could only wash it down with water.

The video is a little dark, (not surprising, considering Williams was eating the very thing that could have improved the picture quality), but you can definitely see Williams chowing down.

Bon appetit!

Read more @ huffingtonpost.com

 

Watch the video here to see RJ and his wild ability in action!

I’d love to hear the, I’m sure to be crazy,  story that goes with the discovering such a talent.

Have any weird talents we should know about? Let us know in the comments!

 

 


20% OFF STOREWIDE SALE – TODAY ONLY!!!!

TODAY ONLY!!!! – Saturday, December 17th!

The Museum of the Weird’s gift shop, LUCKY LIZARD CURIOS & GIFTS, is having a one-day surprise Holiday Sale — 20% off almost everything in the store!*

PLUS ONE FREE ADMISSION to the Museum of the Weird with each $20 purchase!!!!

 

* Certain restrictions may apply.


DEMON-DOG! POSSESSED POODLE RUINS LIVES!

I think this more than qualifies many times over as being weird news! What do you think?

Ever have any possesions or contact with spirits in your life?

Leave us a comment and let us know all about it!

The Huffington Post writes:

Are your children misbehaving at school? Are your loved ones suffering from medical ailments? Is your home infested with bedbugs?

If you answered yes to all of these questions, you’ll be happy to know that there’s a simple reason you are experiencing these seemingly unrelated misfortunes: Your dog is possessed by a demon.

And, thankfully, there’s a simple solution: A $197 pendant sold by a woman who claims her poodle was inhabited by a demonic spirit.

But wait, there’s more!

New York artist Olga Horvat started designing demon-deterring accessories after she adopted Princess, a pure-bred toy poodle that she credits — or blames — for literally tearing her life into pieces.

Read more @ huffingtonpost.com


RARE BRIGHT BLUE LOBSTER SAVED FROM DINNER

This beautiful blue lobster was born with a genetic mutation that turned him a bright, electric-blue rather than the dark, midnight-blue that just about all the other “blue” lobsters are born as. One fisherman just couldn’t let the little guy make it to somone’s dinner table so he scooped him up and gave him to a local aquarium for the world to see, how nice!

The Daily Mail writes:

An incredible electric-blue lobster has been saved from the dinner table after it was spotted at a fish market and rehomed.

The striking crustacean was found by stunned fishermen off the east coast of Scotland and displayed for sale at a fish market in London.

However, fishmonger Rex Goldsmith thought the stunning lobster was too nice to eat and bought it before handing it over to researchers at the Natural History Museum.

Scientists at the museum believe the European lobster, traditionally a much darker shade of blue, hatched out with the unusual colour due to a rare genetic variant.

Read more at dailymail.co.uk


RUSSIAN MAN FOUND WITH 29 CORPSES IN APARTMENT

The 45 year-old man accused of robbing graves for bodies.

This is weird, really weird.

A man from Russia has been arrested for robbing graves and taking the corpses home to dress them up as dolls and pose them around the house.

One of the mummified bodies dressed as a doll and posed as if sitting on a couch.

Just plain creepy.

CNN writes:

Moscow (CNN) — A historian has been arrested in central Russia after police found the corpses of 29 women, dressed as dolls, in his apartment, authorities said this week.

The 45-year-old man, who police did not identify, has been charged with desecrating bodies and graves, officials said.

Video released by police showed an eerie collection of what looks like life-sized dolls, outfitted in shabby dresses and headscarves, their hands and faces wrapped in fabric. Authorities say the man also stole clothes from the graves when he took the bodies.

Russian Interior Ministry spokesman Gen. Valery Gribakin told CNN police couldn’t figure out for a long time who was behind the “numerous blasphemous acts against the graves and the dead bodies” at several cemeteries in and around Nizhny Novgorod, about 250 miles east of Moscow.

Read more at cnn.com


JOIN US FOR A SCREENING OF THE DICKENS’ CLASSIC, A CHRISTMAS CAROL!

A Christmas Carol

6:00pm: Friday, December 16th. The Museum of the Weird is proud to present a special holiday installment of the Weird Theatre SpookShow, featuring the 1951 version of Dickens’ classic, A Christmas Carol, starring Alastair Sim. Admission is $5.00, and includes entry into the Museum of the Weird. Tickets can be purchased in advance at museumoftheweird.com, or call 512-476-5493.


JOIN US FOR AN EVENING OF CHRISTMAS GHOST STORIES!

FREE EVENT! Come join us this Thursday, December 15th, for an evening of Christmas Ghost Stories!

Thursday, December 15th
8:00pm
The Museum of the Weird presents
An Evening of Christmas Ghost Stories
with your host Richard Whittaker

Come warm your bones with some hot chocolate and egg nog as we gather for an age-old Christmas tradition– listening to spooky tales of days of yore! Featuring two terrifying tales by British master of the macabre, M.R. James, as read by resident Englishman Richard Whittaker.

The event is FREE and includes free admission to the Museum of the Weird! Seating is extremely limited, so even though it is free, we recommend making reservations ahead of time by calling 512-476-5493.


WHO WANTS A WOOLY MAMMOTH?!

With the long strides in medical and scientific research and discoveries that are happening more and more often it looks like we have a whole lot of really cool and, once thought impossible, things coming our way.

One of recent interest and, one I find absolutely fascinating, is the ability to clone animals, which has been proven possible many times over but, what about the animals that lived on earth thousands of years ago?

Seems like we’re in luck.

CBS News writes:

(Livescience.com)  Woolly mammoths — shaggy, long-extinct relatives of modern elephants — could be easier to clone than one might think, researchers say.

Still, even if any such efforts succeed, they might take decades to accomplish, not the five years in which scientists from Russia and Japan reportedly have said they can achieve it.

Woolly mammoths (Mammuthus primigenius) wandered the planet for more than a million years, ranging from Europe to Asia to North America. Nearly all of these giants vanished from Siberia by about 10,000 years ago, although dwarf mammoths survived on Wrangel Island in the Arctic Ocean until 3,700 years ago.

Scientists regularly conduct research on the DNA of these shaggy giants, extracting it from tusks, bone and teeth. With all this genetic material on hand, there lies the distinct possibility mammoths might be cloned one day.

Although some sources say the cloning of a wooly mammoth will happen soon, possibly within 5 years,others, such as CBS News, think it may take just a bit longer than that.

What I do know is that, if they can clone a mammoth, they can probably make a tiny version of one as well, right? Now, just try and convince me that a Mini-Mammoth would not be the greatest pet ever.

Read more at cbsnews.com

 


FBI SET TO CLOSE D.B. COOPER CASE AFTER 40 YEARS

Forty years after a man in a suit commandeered a 727 jet and parachuted into the night carrying $200,000, federal investigators may be close to cracking the only unsolved airplane hijacking in U.S. history.

 

The FBI could soon solve the mystery of DB Cooper, the man sought by authorities since the 1971 hijacking of a Northwest Orient Airlines flight from Portland to Seattle, according to a witness who has been described by the agency as credible,NWCN reports.

Investigators are currently attempting to link fingerprints left behind on the airplane with fingerprints obtained from the toothbrush of a man known as LD Cooper, the uncle of a tipster who contacted authorities with suspicions about her relative earlier this year.

Marla Cooper says her uncle was injured when he arrived at her family’s home in Sisters, Ore. the day after the hijacking, but he blamed his wounds on a car crash.

“I knew he did it, it wasn’t speculation, I was there when he pulled into the driveway,” Marla Cooper told the news station.

LD Cooper died in 1999.

The hijacker bought his ticket under the alias “Dan Cooper,” but news reports misidentified his name as DB Cooper.

The FBI won’t comment on the specifics of the investigation, but Marla Cooper says a lead investigator informed her that the case was winding down.

“Regardless of the findings of the fingerprints, he told me the case was closing because they were certain my uncle did it,” she said, according to told the news station.

The agency recently confirmed that it has started conducting forensic tests on evidence including partial fingerprints that could be linked to the hijacking.

 

Source:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/12/05/db-cooper-case-solved_n_1129511.html


NASA PHOTO REVEALS “CLOAKED” ALIEN SHIP

Large photo of the Coronal Mass Ejection from the sun in front of Mercury. No UFO yet..

Did NASA finally release proof of alien life, on accident?
According to some sources and commentors on various blogs, that’s the case after NASA released a series of photos and video of a coronal mass ejection from the sun that seems to have captured a “cloaked” space ship becoming visible for just a moment.

Is the cylindrical object to the right of the CME and Mercury an alien spaceship revealed?

The Huffington Post writes:

A NASA spacecraft has captured the image of a huge “cloaked” alien ship near the planet Mercury. Unless, of course, it didn’t.

On Dec. 1, NASA’s Heliospheric Imager-1 telescopephotographed a huge coronal mass ejection (CME) streaming from the sun.

But ever-observant, keen-eyed ET hunters claim that the short video also reveals a previously hidden or cloaked giant spaceship.

Read more at huffingtonpost.com
Comment below and give us your thoughts.

THE SHADOW HOUR – REVEREND MARK – PARANORMAL COUNSELOR

The Shadow Hour

10:00 PM CST, Wednesday, 12/7/2011: 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.

Reverend Mark Manly is different from many of the paranormal investigators that we’ve spoken with in the past on The Shadow Hour. He is an ordained minister with a Doctorate degree in philosophy and a secondary degree in psychology. He is also a certified grief counselor. What would lead a man such as this into the world of the paranormal? He’ll explain what drew him to this path and how his spiritual perspective affects how he deals with what some would label “the supernatural.”

We’ll also talk about how his experience has led him into some new activities as a public speaker and Master of Ceremonies for events.

Listen here at the Museum of the Weird site using the player on this page.  You can also see the show notes.


WORLD’S MOST ADVANCED ROBOT!

Honda has upgraded THE most advanced robot in the world but luckily, for us living in fear of the day the droids take over, this guy’s most advanced move is pouring some juice. Looks like the world of “I, Robot” is just a little further down the line so, have no fear, we’re safe for another day.

This guy is still pretty fancy though. Have a look:


ARK OF THE COVENANT FINALLY REVEALED?

It seems as though one of the most important relics in human history could possibly be shown to the public!

Check back here for details as they develop!

The Daily Mail writes:

A very British problem of a leaky church roof could be about to give the world the chance to glimpse the legendary Ark of the Covenant.

That’s because the claimed home of the iconic relic – a small chapel in Ethiopia – has sprung a leak and so the Ark could now be on the move.

The Ark – which The Bible says holds God’s Ten Commandments given to Moses on Mount Sinai – is said to have been kept in Aksum, in the Chapel of the Tablet, adjacent to St Mary of Zion Church, since the 1960s.

According to the Old Testament, it was first kept in the Temple of Solomon in Jerusalem for centuries until a Babylonian invasion in the 6th century BC.

Since then it’s been the goal of many adventurers and archaeologists to find it. Most-famously, but also fictitiously, Indiana Jones was shown in the 1981 Steven Spielberg film Raiders of the Lost Ark.

There has also been a long-running claim from the Orthodox Christians of Ethiopia that they have had the Ark for centuries, and since the 1960s it has apparently been kept in the chapel.

Read more at dailymail.co.uk


“MAN’S BEST FRIEND” TURNS ENEMY!

Looks like this canine got tired of seeing his owner have all the fun shooting ducks and decided to get in on the action…who knew he’d be such a good shot?!
The Salt Lake Tribune writes:

There’s probably not a whole lot more humiliating than being shot in the buttocks by your canine buddy.

Box Elder County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Kevin Potter says that’s what happened at the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge while two duck hunters were getting set up for a morning on the water.

“One of the hunters was inside the boat with the dog, and the other hunter was in the water,” Potter said. “The guy in the water had put his 12-gauge shotgun across the bow of their boat.”

It turned out to be a doggone recipe for a painful end to the day’s outing.

“The dog got excited, was jumping around inside the boat and then it jumped on the gun. It went off, shooting the [decoy setter] in the buttocks,” Potter said.

Read more at sltrib.com


WORLDS LARGEST INSECT FOUND JUST YESTERDAY!

This newly discovered and not-so-little weta bug being fed a carrot like a pet! photo courtesy of The Sun.

Everytime you think you’ve seen all the crazy bugs out there and finally decide that they aren’t so scary, THIS guy comes along!

The Sun writes:

AN EXPLORER has found the biggest insect ever on record – so large it can scoff a carrot.

She’s called a Weta Bug and has a huge wing span of SEVEN inches and weighs as much as three mice.

Former park ranger Mark Moffett, 55, discovered the cricket-like creature up a tree on New Zealand’s Little Barrier Island.

He spent two days searching for the creepy crawly which were thought to be extinct after Europeans brought rats to the island many years ago.

American Mark, 53, said: “Three of us walked the trails of this small island for two nights scanning the vegetation for a giant weta.

“We spent many hours with no luck finding any at all, before we saw her up in a tree.

“The giant weta is the largest insect in the world, and this is the biggest one ever found.

See more images and read more at thesun.co.uk


BORN W/ OUT BACK LEGS, PIG WALKS ON FRONT LEGS!

This pig born without front legs is learning to walk on his front ones.

Here’s another great example of where there’s a will, there’s a way.

Seeing animals with birth defects isn’t uncommon in the world of mass breeding of animals, and this little guy definitely did not get the worst of it. Here at the Museum of the Weird we have a few of the rarer kind on display like our siamese piglets, cyclops pig, 2-headed calf and chicken as well as a slew of other freaks of nature.

You should come check them out!

Here’s video of this awesome pig doing his thing!

The Huffington Post writes:

This pig won’t let the world bring him down.

According to the video’s Youtube description (as translated by Google Translate), this hog was reportedly born in July without any hind legs, but nonetheless learned to walk.

Nearby Chinese villagers call it “strong pig.” And we think it’s fair to say he is quite athletic, as he carries all 66 pounds of his own body weight over its head.

But is his talent enough to keep him from becoming bacon? We don’t know for sure, but we definitely hope so. If Charlotte could save Wilbur, handstands better be able to save this little guy.

It’s also necessary to note that though this video was uploaded just a few days ago, there’s always a chance this video is old, or possibly not even real. While it can’t be confirmed either way, it’s still a sight to see.

Read more at huffingtonpost.com