Weird news stories

We just sent a message to try to talk to aliens on another world
17th November 2017 | newscientist.com | Space, Tech, Weird

Astronomers have sent a radio message to a neighbouring star system – one of the closest known to contain a potentially habitable planet – and it’s nearby enough that we could receive a reply in less than 25 years.

Scientists Have Engineered Beetles With a Fully Functional Third Eye
14th November 2017 | sciencealert.com | Animal Life, Humans, Tech, Weird

Researchers have intentionally genetically modified a common beetle to develop a third functional eye, right in the middle of its forehead.

The Egyptian Magic All Purpose Skin Cream Is Going Viral on Amazon
9th November 2017 | allure.com | Ancient, Humans, Weird

It’s chock full of nourishing ingredients — olive oil, beeswax, honey, bee pollen, royal jelly, and bee propolis — which, according to Egyptian Magic, may actually be a replica for a legendary skin cream found in ancient Egyptian tombs.

Why Are We So Superstitious?
1st November 2017 | mnn.com | Humans, Weird

Interesting article from Mother Nature Network conveys reasons why humans are so superstitious:  Superstitions helped us survive, they help us cope, and they give us something to believe in.

Merovingian Necropolis with Warriors, Horses, and Possible Witch Burial Unearthed in Germany
31st October 2017 archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com | Ancient, Humans, Weird

Fifteen graves dating from the Merovingian era, which lasted from the 5th century to AD 751, have been discovered in a hamlet of Zeitz, Germany.  Among the most surprising remains are those of a young woman aged between 16 and 18 buried face down with her hands tied and an iron bar piercing her chest. She may have been buried in this way so that her soul would not abandon the tomb, or if she had special perhaps inexplicable abilities and was simply regarded as a witch.

The Long Strange History of Flying Saucer Patents
31st October 2017 | atlasobscura.com | Tech, Weird

According to Google Patents, around 192 flying saucer patents are listed as being produced in the US, with three particular surges in their creation—an initial jump in the years between 1953 and 1956, a second wind between 1965 and 1971, and an unusually dramatic surge in such inventions between the years 2001 and 2004, with 37 flying saucer-related patents filed during that particular period.

Sasquatch Researcher Sues Canadian Government to Prove Apeman Exists
30th October 2017 | cbc.ca | Weird

Todd Standing filed a civil lawsuit in British Columbia Supreme Court earlier this month, alleging the government is in dereliction of duty because it won’t recognize his efforts and evidence which he says prove the Sasquatch exists.  He argues that the Sasquatch has a right to be recognized as a distinct and protected species.

Lucy in the Sky with Doctors
30th October 2017 | bostonglobe.com | Humans, Weird

Marijuana went medical, then mainstream. Are psychedelics next?  Article from the Boston Globe a details story about a young Harvard undergraduate who was blackmailed into snitching on a professor who had given him psilocybin as part of a series of wildly unorthodox experiments.

Ancient Hindu Manuscript Reveals Interplanetary Travel and Flight Existed 7,000 years ago
30th October 2017 | ancient-code.com | Ancient, Space, Weird

A book recently made public in India centers on Maharashi Bharadwaja, one of the greatest Hindu Sages in the ancient world, said to have described an aviation system even more advanced than what we currently have today.

Giant Glowing Orb Photographed in Sky Over Siberia
29th October 2017 | mnn.com | Space, Weird

The orb certainly had a ghostly quality, almost like a specter of the moon. Witnesses also claim that as it hung in the sky, it began to expand, giving the initial impression that it might consume the night sky, before eventually forming into an arc and dissipating. One witness said they went outside for a smoke and thought it was the end of the world.

Study: Americans Believe in Ghosts and Ancient Aliens, not Bigfoot
29th October 2017 mysteriousuniverse.org | Weird

Bigfoot fans should address their hate mail to Chapman University whose recent study called Survey of American Fears 2017 found that their favorite cryptid does not poll well against ghosts, ancient aliens, Atlantis, or psychics.

Burials Unearthed in Poland Open the Casket on Secret Lives of Vampires
29th October 2017 | smithsonianmag.com | Ancient, Humans, Weird

What people actually did to prevent the dead from rising again was very different than what Hollywood would have you think. Fiction- and film-driven fantasies bear little resemblance to the centuries-old beliefs and practices that some Polish villagers turned to in an effort to ward of the misfortunes that befell them. By excavating graves from a 17th century Polish cemetery, anthropologists are finding that people attempted to protect themselves from the occult using vastly different methods than those portrayed in horror films.

When You Die Your Brain Knows You’re Dead
27th October 2017 | cbc.ca | Humans, Weird

Dr. Sam Parnia, director of research in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and director of the Human Consciousness Project, lead his team to interview 140 fatal flatliners after they got their hearts pumping again.  The data collected was, scientifically speaking, creepy.  Even after all clinical signs of life as we recognize them had stopped, the brain stayed aware.

Should the Funerary Industry Decide What Happens to Your Body After You Die?
21st October 2017 | washingtonpost.com | Humans, Weird

In some Indonesian villages, families live with and care for the bodies of their loved ones for months or years after they die. In Mexico, mummified babies and children were once revered, and people would hold parties and games for them. The new book From Here to Eternity: Traveling the World to Find the Good Death, written by a female mortician, crisscrosses the globe to look at how diverse and even healing death can be.

Can Psychedelics Tune You Into the Divine?
21st October 2017 webcache.googleusercontent.com | Earth, Humans, Weird

The field of archaeology has provided fossil evidence showing that the use of psychedelic substances in ritual ceremonies goes back 10,000 years. Psychoactive plants were used for centuries by indigenous Amazonians, who believed they permitted their “holy men” to treat physical and mental diseases and communicate with forebears and gods.

The Mountain Sphinx in Bușteni, Romania
20th October 2017 | atlasobscura.com | Ancient, Earth, Weird

In the Bucegi Mountains of Romania, there lies a rock formation shrouded in mystery and conspiracy theories. From a certain angle, its outline resembles that of Egypt’s Great Sphinx of Giza. Over millions of years, the elements carved the nearly 40 foot tall rock until it resembled something akin to a woman’s face. But the Mountain Sphinx is a hotbed of folklore and conspiracy theories. Some say it sits atop a cave with a strong energetic force field, one of the Earth’s supposed chakras. Others say an ancient civilization carved it to represent some sort of supreme god.

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