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Meteorites in Cult & Religion 1
"The tribes of the Clackamas in Oregon claim that they once worshiped the giant Willamette meteorite, one of the largest irons known, weighing about 15 tons. Prior to hunting, the Clackamas dipped the heads of their arrows and lances into the water that had gathered in the large cavities of the iron - they were convinced that this ritual would harden their weapons and grant them success in their hunt."
history  cult  weird 
9 weeks ago by warrenellis
The Doves Type Revival | The Casual Optimist
"Between August 1916 and January 1917 Cobden-Sanderson, a printer and bookbinder, dropped more than a tonne of metal printing type from the west side of the bridge. He made around 170 trips in all from his bindery beside the pub, a distance of about half a mile, and always after dusk. At the start he hurled whole pages of type into the river; later he threw it like bird seed from his pockets. Then he found a small wooden box with a sliding lid, for which he made a handle out of tape—perfect for sprinkling the pieces into the water, and not too suspicious to bystanders."
printing  history  crime  weird 
january 2015 by warrenellis
Mozambique links contaminated beer deaths to crocodile bile | World news | theguardian.com
"When a crocodile is killed, its gallbladder must be immediately removed and buried in front of witnesses to stopped the bile being used as a poison, according to some African traditions."
weird  crime 
january 2015 by warrenellis
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weird  pol  cult 
january 2015 by warrenellis
Islamic State Terrorists Appear to Have a New Deadly Weapon | TheBlaze.com
"It’s a 10-foot-long sniper rifle that shoots bullets three times the size of ordinary rifle bullets. The weapon is so big, it requires two tripods to support it, instead of just the shooter’s arm."
weapons  weird 
december 2014 by warrenellis
Secret Alien Base on Mars: US Marine 'spent 17 years on Red Planet protecting human colonies from Martians' - Mirror Online
"The retired officer, known only as Captain Kaye, also claims to have served in a secret 'space fleet' run by a multinational organisation called the Earth Defense Force"
weird  mad  parapolitics 
december 2014 by warrenellis
BBC News - Why the French state has a team of UFO hunters
"The team is called Geipan. That's a French acronym for Study Group and Information on Non-Identified Aerospace Phenomenon."
weird  gov  ufo 
november 2014 by warrenellis
BBC News - Pablo Escobar’s hippos: A growing problem
"A herd of hippopotamuses once owned by the late Colombian drug baron Pablo Escobar has been taking over the countryside near his former ranch - and no-one quite knows what to do with them."
weird  crime 
october 2014 by warrenellis
Is our universe a conscious hologram?
"Yes, and I have solved it" - good god, Dr. Jack Sarfatti is still alive
mad  sci  weird 
september 2014 by warrenellis
Paranthropology Vol. 5 No. 2
"Profane Illuminations: Machines, Indian Ghosts, and Boundless Flights through Nature at Contemporary Paranormal Gatherings in America"
weird  parapolitics  history  magazine  shamanism 
august 2014 by warrenellis
BBC - Future - Hypnosis: The day my mind was 'possessed'
"Scientists are using hypnosis to understand why some people believe they’re inhabited by paranormal beings."
hypno  neuro  cult  weird 
july 2014 by warrenellis
Timothy Ray Murray Isn't A Robot - Business Insider
"Rep. Frank Lucas, and a few other Oklahoma and other States’ Congressional Members were depicted as being executed by The World Court on or about Jan. 11, 2011 in Southern Ukraine. On television they were depicted as being executed by the hanging about the neck until death on a white stage and in front of witnesses," Murray wrote. "Other now current Members of Congress have shared those facts on television also. We know that it is possible to use look alike artificial or man-made replacements, however Rep. Lucas was not eligible to serve as a Congressional Member after that time."
weird  mad 
june 2014 by warrenellis
Jeff Bezos Is Incredibly Creepy at Breakfast
"You're the octopus that I'm having for breakfast," Rutledge remembers Bezos saying. "When I look at the menu, you're the thing I don't understand, the thing I've never had. I must have the breakfast octopus."
epic  weird  EPIC+WEIRD 
june 2014 by warrenellis
Tzadikim Nistarim - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"As a mystical concept, the number 36 is even more intriguing. It is said that at all times there are 36 special people in the world, and that were it not for them, all of them, if even one of them was missing, the world would come to an end."
magic  occult  weird 
june 2014 by warrenellis
In His Image: Cloning of a Man
"In 1978, J.B. Lippincott Company published as fact a story previously told only as science fiction: the tale of an eccentric, wealthy businessman longing for a son -- but not exactly a son. Instead, the California millionaire in his twilight years is looking for more than an heir: he is looking for a clone of himself."
sci  weird  bullshit? 
april 2014 by warrenellis
The Junkie Genius - James Parker - The Atlantic
"Call Me Burroughs records a quasi-magical revenge attack on a Boulder deli from which two of his opiated friends had recently been thrown out. First, Burroughs arranged for a surreptitious tape recording to be made inside the deli—ambient noise, kitchen clatter, waitress-customer banter—and then, days later, with equal surreptitiousness, he played it back from a cassette recorder inside his coat as he sat at one of the tables. As Miles writes: “Over the next hour he increased the volume so that you could just about hear it, but no one appeared to notice.” Yet subliminal damage was being inflicted: discontinuous time streams, information feedback. “After forty-five minutes … one of the waiters threw down his apron and stalked out, followed by the owner, arguing loudly. The owner returned and began to scream at the serving staff, sending two of the women running to the ladies’ room in tears.” Burroughs, psychic vandal, was 63 years old at the time of this incident."
writers  weird  psychogeo 
march 2014 by warrenellis
Prehistoric forest arises in Cardigan Bay after storms strip away sand | UK news | The Guardian
"A prehistoric forest, an eerie landscape including the trunks of hundreds of oaks that died more than 4,500 years ago, has been revealed by the ferocious storms which stripped thousands of tons of sand from beaches in Cardigan Bay."
history  weird 
february 2014 by warrenellis
The Phantom Time Hypothesis • Damn Interesting
The Phantom Time Hypothesis suggests that the early Middle Ages (614-911 A.D.) never happened, but were added to the calendar long ago either by accident, by misinterpretation of documents, or by deliberate falsification by calendar conspirators.
history  weird  mad 
august 2013 by warrenellis
What is the meaning of the 'vampire graves' unearthed in Poland? | World news | The Guardian
In 2008, archaeologists found a 4,000-year-old grave in Mikulovice in the Czech Republic in which the skeleton had been weighed down at the head and the chest by two large stones. "Remains treated in this way are now considered as vampiric," Radko Sedlacek, the director of the East Bohemia Museum, told reporters at the time. "The dead man's contemporaries were afraid that he might leave his grave and return to the world."
crime  cult  occult  weird 
july 2013 by warrenellis
Weaving the World's End | Articles | Features | Fortean Times UK
At the heart of Westminster Abbey is an enigmatic artwork that reveals the date of Doomsday
weird  fortean  architecture  art 
july 2013 by warrenellis
Rhizome | Xul Solar's Possible Futures
"Only collective inventions have any real value, Xul Solar once told his close friend and fellow Porteño Jorge Luis Borges, trying to convince him (unsuccessfully) to write in Neo-Criollo, one of the two languages he had invented and the one he himself preferred to use for writing and conversation.  Such was the importance to Solar of friendship, sodalities esoteric and otherwise, and cooperation.  These days the artist, who died 50 years ago this month and whose close friendship with Borges is at the heart of an ongoing exhibition at the Americas Society in New York, is remembered less for his hermetic, often illegibly coded mystical watercolor paintings than for the collective séance that he made of his particular corner of Buenos Aires' cosmopolitan avant-garde of the 1920s and the decades that followed."
witers  writing  weird 
april 2013 by warrenellis
Wikipedia's 'Goan war' unmasked as elaborate hoax
"It went undetected for five years on Wikipedia, but now a seemingly meticulous entry about a 17th century conflict between colonial Portugal and India's Maratha empire has been outed as a hoax."
weird  counterfactual  culture  net 
january 2013 by warrenellis
BBC News - Bournemouth resident mystified by 'blue sphere shower'
"Mr Hornsby, a former aircraft engineer, said: "The sky went a really dark yellow colour. "As I walked outside to go to the garage there was an instant hail storm for a few seconds and I thought, 'what's that in the grass'?""
fortean  weird 
january 2012 by warrenellis
BBC News - German police seek help over mystery 'forest boy'
Berlin police have appealed for information to help them establish the identity of a teenager who appeared in the city saying that he had been living in the woods for five years.
september 2011 by warrenellis
Scientists take first step towards creating 'inorganic life'
Scientists at the University of Glasgow say they have taken their first tentative steps towards creating 'life' from inorganic chemicals potentially defining the new area of 'inorganic biology'.
sci  weird 
september 2011 by warrenellis
BBC News - Uganda lightning strike kills school children
"Up to 28 people have been killed by lightning (in Uganda) and scores injured in the past week..."
june 2011 by warrenellis
Philip Taylor Kramer - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"Philip Taylor Kramer (July 12, 1952 – February 12, 1995) was a bass guitar player for the rock group Iron Butterfly during the 1970s. After this he obtained a night school degree in aerospace engineering, worked on the MX missile guidance system for a contractor of the US Department of Defense and later in the computer industry on fractal compression, facial recognition systems, and advanced communications. His disappearance on February 12, 1995 caused a mystery lasting for years."
weird  60pp 
june 2011 by warrenellis

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