World Weird News
Weird news from throughout the world. Stuff that makes you hmmmmm... or sometimes ewwwww!
Indian official drains reservoir to retrieve mobile phone
With great power comes great responsibility. So, you are a government official and you drop your phone in a reservoir. What do you do? You send a diver? You use insurance to replace it? If you are a certain food inspector in India, you panic because you think your phone has sensitive government secrets and you have the reservoir drained. More than 2m litres (approximately 52,8344 gallons) of water, was enough to irrigate 600 hectares (1,500 acres) of farmland was drained in this exercise. It took four days to find the phone and it was too waterlogged to use. The official has been suspended. India has serious water issues, making…
The Occultist behind NASA’s moon rockets
Believe it or not, one of the early pioneers of NASA’s rocket program was a dedicated occultists who credited that aspect of his life with much some of his success. In the early days of science, it was natural for intellectual explorers to look at multiple paths of thought. Sir Isaac Newton was an alchemist. Galileo practiced astrology. There are many others. Normally we pass that off as an idiosyncrasy of the olden times. Ancient peoples were just not very bright. (Try navigating by the stars rather than your GPS next time you’re heading somewhere.) So, it’s interesting to find someone who is a significant figure in what we think…
Man bitten by decapitated snake!
A man suffers a bite from a decapitated snake. How is this possible?
X-Ray of John Dee painting reveals grim details
Researchers have discovered that x-raying paintings may reveal unusual details, such as areas that were painted over. In the case of John Dee performing an experiment before Queen Elizabeth I, by Henry Gillard Glidoni, a famous painting of the scientist and occultist at work, some startling changes in tone are seen. X-Ray reveals that before it was painted over, Dee stood in a circle of skulls to perform his ritual. Other features appear to have changed, such as the removal of various glassware. Why were these changes made? Were they trying to downplay the occult nature of what Dee was demonstrating? Did the artist feel that it was just too…
Unruly otter wreaks havoc in family home
Two septuagenarians were shocked when a crazed otter broke into their home and proceeded to vandalize the place. It tossed cushions around and smashed a candleholder. Finally ending it’s little crime spree with a nap in their very own bed, like a small, furry Goldilocks. Along the way the little hooligan helped itself to the cat’s food and was sick on the carpet. The couple was home the whole time and completely unaware of the shenanigans happening under their very noses. Read more at walesonline.co.uk.
It sounds like an episode of Bevis and Butthead, but in Lom Sak, Phetchabun, a northeastern Thailand village, more than 100 people participated in a special ceremony inspired by a couple of termite mounds which took the shape of enormous breasts. (Insert juvenile laughter here.) Janpheng, the 57-year-old owner of the land noticed the mounds side by side, but did not appreciate their significance until rain formed pointy nipples on their tops. Clearly this called for action, as people gathered together with joss-sticks, flowers and various offerings to divine the next lottery numbers. There was no word as to whether any participants selected winning numbers. See more at the aseannow.com.
Sharing your house with the “others”
From time to time people will talk to me about dealing with spirit activity in their homes. My first question is always what they want. Banishment is not always the answer. If a spirit is malevolent and disruptive getting it to move on may be the only choice. In many cases, though, co-habitation with a spirit makes perfect sense. It can merely be a matter of expressing your authority and laying down some rules, such as no disruptions after 11:00 pm. When you establish a respectful relationship with spirits, they can be a guardian of your home, better than any watchdog. Could you live with a ghost in your home?…
Terrifying “dragon” discovered in Australia
In a startling discovery, PhD Candidate, Tim Richards, from the University of Queensland in Australia, analyzed the fossil of a jaw, discovered on Wanamara Country, near Richmond in North West Queensland. It is the largest specimen of flying reptile ever discovered in Australia. This truly “terrible lizard” would have been a frightening predator, taking advantage of its air power and thirty-foot wingspan to annihilate ground-bound creatures. In this video, researchers take us behind the scenes on the discovery and implications of this amazing beast. See more about these gigantic flying dinosaurs in this clip from National Geographic. Read the full story of this discovery in the original article below. Researchers…
Hard to know who to root for
According to Anxiety House, Arachnophobia, fear of spiders, and Ophidiophobia,fear of snakes, are the two most common phobias. So, when you have a case of spider vs. serpent, who do you root for? It is said that Australia is the land where everything in nature wants to kill you. One such example is the Redback spider Latrodectus hasselti-Australian Redback Spider. Photo by Don Horne. (CC-BY-4.0) This feisty little spider has a body about the size of an m&m candy, but is venomous enough to kill a snake. The article cited below gives more detail about how snakes are captured and killed in this tiny spider’s web. If you have a…
Dowsing on the rise in California
Coast to Coast AM reports that due to the drought in California, that many are turning to dowsing to find water. Dowsing is using the motion of tools such as a Y-shaped stick, L-shaped rods, or pendulums, to find information. In the case of the “water witches,” dowsing is used to find the right locations to dig wells. Traditionally, the dowser will wander the property with a Y-shaped stick and, when they approach the right spot, the stick will dip down, as if attracted to the spot. Dowsing can be used for other purposes as well. Pendulum dowsing is used to find lost objects, answer questions and even connect with…