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On the Hunt for the Lost Wonders of Medieval Britain - Atlas Obscura
"When, sometime between the 9th and 12th centuries, a native son took up the task of listing the Wonders of Britain, he included a lake with 60 islands in it and a fountain of salt, a levitating altar and a shape-shifting royal burial mound—all told, 26 natural phenomena and small miracles."
maps  history  mysteries 
march 2018 by kevan
Mystery Solved: “Sailing Stones” of Death Valley Seen in Action for the First Time | Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego
"On sunny days, the ice begins to melt and break up into large floating panels, which light winds drive across the playa, pushing rocks in front of them and leaving trails in the soft mud below the surface."
stone  ice  mysteries 
august 2014 by kevan
600 year old mystery manuscript decoded by University of Bedfordshire professor -
The Voynich. "But already my research shows conclusively that the manuscript is not a hoax, as some have claimed, and is probably a treatise on nature, perhaps in a Near Eastern or Asian language."
history  secrets  mysteries  language 
february 2014 by kevan
Monument to ‘god of chaos’ mysteriously appears in front of Oklahoma City restaurant - NY Daily News
"The bizarre concrete block weighs several hundred pounds. A bronze plaque attached to the monument bears these words, 'In the Year of Our Lord 2012 Creer Pipi claimed this land for Azathoth.'"
art  mysteries  stone 
september 2013 by kevan
Oldest Gaming Tokens Found in Turkey : Discovery News
"[The] elaborate pieces consist of 49 small stones sculpted in different shapes and painted in green, red, blue, black and white."
board  games  history  mysteries 
august 2013 by kevan
Charles A. A. Dellschau Dreams of Flying: The Amazing Story of an Airship Club That Might Never Have Existed - Rebecca J. Rosen - The Atlantic
"The whole idea that during the Gold Rush, a group of men would have gathered weekly to drink while concocting designs for balloons, dirigibles, and other flight craft is 'totally plausible,' according to Baker-White. It's more the specifics than the notion of the Sonora Aero Club that are historically suspect."
transport  air  mysteries  history 
march 2013 by kevan
What Is the Mystery Flavor of Dum Dums? | Mental Floss
"The Mystery Flavor pop is a mixture of two flavors that come together when the end of one batch of candy meets the beginning of the next batch [rather than] shutting down to clean out the candy equipment between flavors."
food  secrets  mysteries 
march 2013 by kevan
The Real Weird Twitter Is Espionage Twitter | The Awl
"The string of characters always ends with zeroes, occasionally with the location service turned on, so you can see that 554705fa00000000 was allegedly tweeted from the "Region of Khabarovsk." This has been going on all day and all night, for years, with more than 318,000 tweets posted since 2009. But why?"
twitter  secrets  mysteries  via:lmg 
march 2013 by kevan
Advent Locker: the Advent Calendar treasure hunt.
"Every day December 1st–24th, we'll announce a code to get into an Amazon Locker in London. First one there wins whatever's inside."
mysteries  games  via:tomscott 
december 2012 by kevan
Acoustics Monitoring Program - Icequakes (Bloop)
"Icequakes are of sufficient amplitude to be detected on multiple sensors at a range of over 5000 km. Based on the arrival azimuth, the iceberg(s) generating “Bloop” most likely were between Bransfield Straits and the Ross Sea, or possibly at Cape Adare, a well know source of cryogenic signals."
ice  sound  mysteries  via:brendan 
november 2012 by kevan Kashiwa Mystery Cafe
"At this cafe, you get what the person before you ordered. The next person gets what you ordered."
food  mysteries  art  japan  shops  via:waxy 
october 2009 by kevan
How We Caught Missing Wired Magazine Writer Evan Ratliff - The NewsCloud Blog
"On August 15th, Ratliff disappeared. According to the contest rules, the first person who photographed Ratliff and said the word "Fluke" to him received a password to claim the $5,000 prize. The winner was Jeff Leach of Naked Pizza in New Orleans."
mysteries  puzzles  travel  via:waxy 
september 2009 by kevan
Numbers Station Bingo
A clear, steady voice reading out a stream of numbers and repeating them each time - it's obvious, in retrospect. This is a quick online version of a game that I'll be running at this week's Sandpit.
creations  games  radio  secrets  mysteries 
april 2008 by kevan
Empire State Building car zap mystery
"Some phantom transmission appears to cause the remote keyless entry systems of scores of car owners to go haywire and stop talking to their vehicles." [...] "We get about 10 to 15 cars stuck near there every day."
transport  mysteries  technology  radio  via:hoaxes 
january 2008 by kevan
The Maltese Falcon (1941)
Great, no-nonsense Bogart, cutting short any deception subplots by tersely admitting things and walking out of the room to do something else.
filmlog  3stars  mysteries  crime  secrets  birds  death 
september 2007 by kevan
The Search for the Giant Squid - Richard Ellis
The past eight years have done a lot to dent the mythical status of the living giant squid, but this still stands up as a solid history of all sightings and contexts. It trawls in some tenuous sea monsters as potential suspects, but they're all good.
booklog  squid  history  mysteries  via:mattgreen 
september 2007 by kevan
Forbidden Planet (1956)
Robust fifties sci-fi, with some surprisingly good sets and special effects, and some awful electronic music.
filmlog  3stars  space  aliens  robots  mysteries  apocalypse  brains 
august 2007 by kevan
The Lonely Planet Guide to Experimental Travel
Disappointing: a minimally expanded list of the one-sentence tourism ideas from the Latourex website, padded out with flat and patronisingly overexplanatory summaries, and random-weblog-standard "laboratory results" from people who've taken the journeys.
booklog  tourism  travel  random  dice  secrets  mysteries 
june 2007 by kevan
Last Tango in Aberystwyth - Malcolm Pryce
Good, deadpan, Welsh-seaside noir parody, with nuggets of well-written genre in there. The silliness has a better edge of coherency to it, this time, but the plot's a sprawling mess of afterthoughts and needless cameos.
booklog  mysteries  death  secrets  police  tourism 
may 2007 by kevan
The Believer - The Codex Seraphinianus
"Like a Borges story, this is as much about the quest for knowledge as it is about the knowledge itself. It involves books missing from libraries, lost translations, and people not answering letters."
books  mysteries  language  art  borges  via:warrenellis 
may 2007 by kevan
Voynich Manuscript - a photoset on Flickr
"Good scans of the Voynich Manuscript are hard to find. These are from the [Yale Library], though unfortunately in a proprietary graphics format, which I converted to jpeg. [...] Being 500 years old, the Voynich Manuscript is not under copyright."
books  history  mysteries  via:leonard 
april 2007 by kevan
Clue (1985)
Cheerfully nonsensical vagueness that only really works if you know the three endings are coming, and doesn't really work that well anyway. The isolated-house murder-mystery trope is always fun, though.
filmlog  2stars  mysteries  death  board  games  meta  crime  secrets  weapons 
april 2007 by kevan
Memories Of Murder (2003)
South Korean police procedural - an idealistic by-the-book city cop being stationed among cynical provincial detectives, their beaten confessions involving a lot of flying kicks. A slow film with some weird dead-end tangents, but nice aesthetics.
filmlog  3stars  police  death  mysteries  lies  cheating  crime 
april 2007 by kevan
The Stars My Destination - Alfred Bester
The Count of Monte Cristo in Space, with a straightforwardly amoral protagonist; driven and ruthless, with no attempts to be arrogant or likeable. The good, undated writing style makes it easy to forget how groundbreaking the random sci-fi tropes were.
booklog  space  mysteries  secrets  technology  science  prison  future  lies  business  skin  via:alex 
march 2007 by kevan
Brick (2006)
Overlaying film noir onto American high school at a well-judged moment, when everyone's growing up and becoming capable of anything. Nuances of dialogue were wasted on me, though, when my view of American schools is based entirely on films to begin with.
filmlog  3stars  education  drugs  death  love  mysteries  america  language  via:brendan 
march 2007 by kevan
Hot Fuzz (2007)
Good double-parody of complex-motive ITV village-detective mundanity and exploding American cop films. Missing references makes some scenes oddly pointless, and the gore doesn't fit either genre, but Pegg and Frost carry it engagingly for two hours.
filmlog  4stars  police  death  mysteries  comedy 
march 2007 by kevan
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney (Nintendo DS)
A simple, plodding show-item-to-person detective adventure game, brightened up by the ridiculous manga styling - presenting evidence during witness testimony in court, with a triumphant text-flash "objection!" explosion. Linear but time-killing.
gamelog  2stars  law  crime  puzzles  lies  death  mysteries 
february 2007 by kevan
Arabesque (1966)
Decent double-crossing hieroglyph-translating mystery nonsense, feeling a lot like randomly shuffled Hitchcock scenes, but with an endearing gimmick of shooting bits of scenes through mirrors and lenses. And an excellently bored villain.
filmlog  3stars  mysteries  language  lies 
february 2007 by kevan
The Long Goodbye (1973)
Pillar-to-post detective work, the sliders for both "decade" and "mood" set at proportional values between Bogart and The Big Lebowski, although Gould has some nice touches of timelessness.
filmlog  2stars  mysteries  crime  money  lies  death  police 
january 2007 by kevan
The Singing Detective (2003)
Jumped a bit too quickly and unevenly between its stories, and Downey just came across as shoutily, shallowly annoyed rather than genuinely bitter. Made me want to have watched the whole of the original, but not to actually watch it.
filmlog  2stars  crime  mysteries  skin  death  love  medicine  delusions  writing  via:catriona 
january 2007 by kevan
Les Diaboliques (1954)
A slow and dark Hitchcockian murder mystery, with the mystery in unexpected places. A good strong twist at the end, and an even better title card telling the audience not to give away spoilers when talking to their friends about it.
filmlog  4stars  death  mysteries  crime  france  secrets  education 
december 2006 by kevan
Catfishing - A Wikipedia Category Guessing Game
"Catfishing is a guessing game built from Wikipedia articles. Given a list of all the categories that an article belongs to, you must guess its secret identity." Game concept from Sumana, script and silly name from me.
creations  games  wikis  mysteries  via:sumana 
december 2006 by kevan
The Man Who Knew Too Much (1955)
Very weak Hitchcock, with characters happening to end up in the right place through chance, and being justifiably confused when asked why they're there. One great scene of some silent-movie-style matter-of-factness played underneath a loud orchestra.
filmlog  1star  mysteries  death  children  secrets 
november 2006 by kevan
The Prestige (2006)
Duality and sacrifice among stage magicians. Could have very easily been ridiculous, with the same plot elements, but it's all constructed flawlessly, built with an intricacy that unfolds with reflection, rather than causing plot-holes to creak open.
filmlog  5stars  magic  secrets  illusions  technology  mysteries  science 
november 2006 by kevan
Kingdom Come - J.G. Ballard
Suburban violence in the gravity well of an out-of-town shopping centre. Running a little too close to Millennium People, and feeling a little dilute, but it's good, strong Ballard, a string of blatant setups and sudden dodges of the obvious.
booklog  shops  society  politics  death  mysteries 
october 2006 by kevan
Explorers of the New Century - Magnus Mills
Perfectly-pitched simmering mundanity - slightly less of an edge of malevolence than his previous books, at least so far, but there's a lot of good, bleak pointlessness in a formal, undated expedition to an Agreed Furthest Point from civilisation.
booklog  travel  mysteries  maps 
october 2006 by kevan
superbunker » i feel better after i type to you
"This 254 page book is an un-edited reproduction of the search queries of AOL user 23187425 from May 2006. This strange server log autobiography was found in the released AOL search queries by Thomas Claburn."
books  web  secrets  mysteries  language 
october 2006 by kevan
My Favorite Brunette (1947)
Another accidentally-public-domain film, from a job lot of fifty mostly unwatchable ones. Bob Hope in a thin detective parody, with a few good scenes. Surprisingly little fourth-wall breaking, except for the brilliantly absurd ending.
filmlog  2stars  mysteries  crime  police  photos  secrets  delusions  comedy 
august 2006 by kevan
Nearly Departed
A point-and-click adventure in the SCUMM style; a zombie investigating his own death is a great premise, but the puzzles are completely arbitrary, and the interface is so over-simplified that it's easy to solve them by mistake.
games  zombies  if  mysteries 
august 2006 by kevan
Buffet Froid (1979)
Entertainingly casual deflation of the murder mystery, every guilty character confessing immediately and nobody really caring.
filmlog  3stars  death  mysteries  france  police  memory 
july 2006 by kevan
The Big Sleep (1946)
Slow, heavy film-noir cogs, Bogart having a magnificently tired invulnerability as he collects people's guns and hides listlessly behind things.
filmlog  4stars  crime  police  mysteries  death  money 
june 2006 by kevan
Cryptozoology: Out of Time Place Scale
Art exhibition. "The theme out of time place scale provides an opportunity to challenge the taxonomic limitations of hierarchy, linearity, chronology, and/or context that museums and art history manipulate to control presentation and reception."
art  mysteries  monsters  museums  mutation  via:wmmna 
june 2006 by kevan
The Trouble With Harry (1955)
Cheerfully casual murder mystery with another Hitchcock corpse-as-unemotional-prop, being dug up and reburied. Snappy dialogue that spirals into outright borderline-insane non-sequiturs towards the end.
filmlog  3stars  death  secrets  mysteries  underground 
june 2006 by kevan
Murder By Death (1976)
An elaborately pointless and talent-wasting parody of fictional detectives, and the isolated-mansion mystery story. I'd forgotten how enjoyable the genre itself could be, though.
filmlog  2stars  death  mysteries  meta 
may 2006 by kevan
Yahoo! News - Komodo dragon births leaves experts foxed
"Either female komodo dragons are spermthecal, meaning that they have the ability to store sperm or fertilised eggs for long periods, in this case for two years, or they are parthogenetic, [...] they produce clones of themselves."
lizards  mysteries  genetics 
april 2006 by kevan
The Usual Suspects (1995)
Hadn't seen this for a while. Still stands up well, although it's a bit frustrating to know how much to make of unfolding events when you know the basis of the narrative.
filmlog  4stars  mysteries  crime  secrets 
april 2006 by kevan
The Game Tree
"The Game Tree has been created to investigate the spread of The [Existentialism] Game, and ultimately to establish its origin."
games  memetics  history  mysteries 
march 2006 by kevan
The Third Man (1949)
Plot and dialogue is quite unfocused and flat, for Greene, but the film takes in a vivid few scenes and settings. Easy to forget that this was filmed in 1949, that what feels like an underused Vienna was fair enough at the time.
filmlog  3stars  death  crime  mysteries  medicine 
february 2006 by kevan
The Epoch Times | Henan Man Impossible to Photograph
"They took images of Ye Xiangting with other people. They were stunned when the other people showed up in the computer images, but not Ye. [...] Ye Xiangting said that he has never encountered this kind of problem before."
photos  mysteries  china 
january 2006 by kevan
Enantiodromia - The Parser at the Threshold: Lovecraftian Horror in Interactive Fiction
"This is the moment [when] everything the protagonist has learned comes to bear in the right here and right now - when the giant is revealed to have been slumbering beneath the investigator's feet this whole time, and now it is about to awaken."
if  writing  monsters  religion  psychology  mysteries 
january 2006 by kevan
time tales
Old photographs. "Found at fleamarkets, thriftshops, some are scooped up from streets and alleyways, fallen from an overstuffed bag or torn pocket. Others turn up in a cabinet's hidden compartment, found while wandering the rooms of an abandoned house."
photos  history  mysteries 
november 2005 by kevan
Flaubert's Parrot - Julian Barnes
The mysteries and vagaries and pit-traps of literary biography - slightly too random musings on Flaubert, stitched together with not quite as much narrative as it looked like it was going to have.
booklog  books  france  birds  history  secrets  lies  mysteries 
september 2005 by kevan
Aberystwyth Mon Amour - Malcolm Pryce
The brilliantly unlikely fractal border between pulp detective thrillers and Welsh cultural stereotypes. "In those days, everything in town was controlled by the Druids."
booklog  crime  mysteries  death  wales 
august 2005 by kevan
Carter Beats the Devil - Glen David Gold
An amusingly breakneck opening, despite the thickness of the book - throwing out tantalising "okay, you'll come back to this 100 pages later, I'll wait" mysteries with a flourish, but then explaining them immediately and moving onto something else.
booklog  magic  death  mysteries  secrets 
august 2005 by kevan
BBC NEWS | Experts 'decipher' Inca strings
"We suggest that any khipu moving within the state administrative system bearing an initial arrangement of three figure-eight knots would have been immediately recognisable to Inca administrators as an account pertaining to the palace of Puruchuco."
history  language  mysteries  business  via:richardr 
august 2005 by kevan
Unidentified Sea Creature Found After Typhoon
"Partly rotten, with its spine exposed, it has been impossible to identify, but has been described as having some hair, and orange stripes across a three to four-meter wide belly."
water  monsters  mysteries 
august 2005 by kevan
Yahoo! News: Canadian divers search for missing cheese
"The dairy, established four generations ago, discovered that deep depths are good for cold storage and water pressure accelerates the cheese aging process." Their divers can't find it again, though.
food  water  mysteries  via:yoz 
july 2005 by kevan
China Daily: A novel without a word telling a love story?
"Although the novel consists of only 14 Chinese punctuations, he insisted that it tells a touching love story, with ups and downs and a complete outline, which he spent a whole year on the novel."
china  love  books  puzzles  mysteries  lunacy  via:quin 
july 2005 by kevan
Cluedo Crusade
Bracing and neatly-overlaid ludemetic hybrid, with some nice rules for attacking detectives to steal their clue cards. "Marines and Chaos creatures cannot carry or use any of the Basic Cluedo Weapons, as they do not recognise them as weapons."
games  board  mysteries  death  aliens  weapons  via:yoz 
june 2005 by kevan
Independent: Mystery of 'piano man' who plays but remains silent
"He has been playing the piano to a very high quality for up to four hours at a time and staff say it is a real pleasure to hear it. But we still have no idea who he is because he is not speaking to us."
music  mysteries 
may 2005 by kevan
The New Yorker: Fiction: Where I'm Likely To Find It
New Murakami short story. "She fell silent again, her lips closed, her eyes gazing steadily at me. She was probably waiting for me to agree with her."
murakami  books  death  mysteries 
may 2005 by kevan
Guardian Unlimited Books | Detective work
Jonathan Coe obsessing about a glimpsed film again. "And when [The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes] is next shown on television, I have a brilliant idea: I connect my tape deck to the earphone socket on the television, and record the complete soundtrack."
films  mysteries  nostalgia  secrets 
april 2005 by kevan
Times Online - Mystery of toads that explode in the night
"Suddenly, after nightfall, they start to balloon to more than three times their normal size and can barely crawl before popping. Their entrails are expelled distances of up to one metre."
frogs  death  mysteries  pestilence  germany 
april 2005 by kevan
LiveScience: Mystery of Large Squid Caught on Video
Luring predators to a mounted camera using screaming electronic jellyfish, and catching a glimpse of a mystery squid. "It has body and tentacle characteristics different from any known squids."
squid  videos  mysteries  surveillance  technology 
march 2005 by kevan
Mythical Creatures: The Sea Monk
"He spake not a word. All manner of meates he gladly did eate, but more greedilie raw fishe, after he had crushed out all the moisture. [...] At length, when he was not well looked to, he stale away to the sea and never after appeared."
fish  religion  squid  monsters  mysteries  food 
february 2005 by kevan
Mythical Creatures: The Sea Bishop
"A fish that appears like a bishop. This idea may be based on the belief that everything on land has a corresponding creature in the sea. [...] Might be: a giant squid. Squids have heads shaped like a bishop."
fish  squid  mysteries  monsters  religion 
february 2005 by kevan
BBC NEWS | Underwater gnome threat 'returns'
Lake-bottom garden gnomes lure curious divers to their death. "Now police divers say there is a rumour that the garden has returned at a depth beyond which they are allowed."
death  water  mysteries  secrets 
february 2005 by kevan
RedNova News - Can This Black Box See Into the Future?
Burbling random-number generators that suddenly register "huge deviations from the norm" during (or slightly before) significant world events. Doubtful.
random  future  technology  lunacy  maths  mysteries 
february 2005 by kevan
Guardian Unlimited | Vampire takes a bite out of Brum
You've got red on you: "According to the rumours, he bit a man walking along the street, then pounced on neighbours who came to his aid." ("Police think he is probably nothing more than a bogeyman.")
mysteries  zombies  police  monsters 
january 2005 by kevan
Blue Ridge Country: There's A Skeleton In A Trainyard In East Tennessee
"This is where Murderous Mary, a five-ton cow elephant with the Sparks Brothers Circus, was hung by the neck from Derrick Car 1400 on September 13, 1916."
death  elephants  history  law  mysteries  transport 
november 2004 by kevan - Square bacteria grown in lab for the first time
"Cultivating 'Walsby's square archaeon' in the lab has been a holy grail for microbiologists studying salt-loving (halophilic) bacteria."
bacteria  design  mysteries 
october 2004 by kevan
Telegraph | Villagers speak of the small, hairy Ebu Gogo
Local cultural references to Homo floresiensis, which stole food and mimicked speech, according to legend, and may have been alive as recently as the 19th century.
bones  evolution  history  mysteries  society 
october 2004 by kevan
komo 4 news | Huge Squid Wash Ashore Near Long Beach
"An estimated 1,000 to 1,500 Humboldt jumbo flying squid - typically found off the coast of Mexico - have washed up on southwest Washington beaches in the past few days."
death  mysteries  squid 
october 2004 by kevan
Guardian Unlimited Film | In a secret Paris cavern, the real underground cinema
"Police in Paris have discovered a fully equipped cinema-cum-restaurant in a large and previously uncharted cavern underneath the capital's chic 16th arrondissement."
electricity  films  france  mysteries  secrets 
september 2004 by kevan
Wikipedia: Numbers stations
"Numbers stations are shortwave radio stations of uncertain origin that broadcast streams of numbers, words, or phonetic sounds. It is publicly not known with certainty where their signals originate or what purpose they serve."
mysteries  radio 
august 2004 by kevan
Univers Revolved
A pleasantly unreadable solid-object font made from the spheres, cones and cylinders of revolved letters.
fonts  mysteries 
august 2004 by kevan | Everything you were afraid to ask about "Donnie Darko"
Basically: if you consider the film in terms of some made-up time travel theories (which weren't detailed in the film), then the plot makes boring sense in terms of those theories. Feh. Good to read a plotline, though.
films  future  mysteries  pointless  time 
july 2004 by kevan
Crypt Of Civilization : Most Wanted Time Capsules
"Time capsules usually are lost due to thievery, secrecy or poor planning."
future  history  mysteries 
july 2004 by kevan
The Woman Who Vomited Frogs
"When Dr. Thomas Rheinesius, a great physician from Saxony, decided to study Catharina's case, she seemed to stop vomiting frogs."
cheating  frogs  mysteries 
june 2004 by kevan
Hunt The Buddha!
Charity text-message Buddha-statue hunt on the streets of London, starting next month. "Discover weird statues, strange inscriptions and abandoned underground stations..."
events  london  mysteries  phones  religion  tube  walking 
june 2004 by kevan
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