Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Bizarre - Five -year-old girl found living with cows

The 5-year-old was found living with cows in Rural Russia and is only able to communicate by mooing.

The alarm was raised by a neighbor who lived close to the Solikamsk district farm run by the girl's parents, authorities were told that the girl was living rough outside in a cowshed with the animals. When officials arrived they discovered that the report was true - the girl had never been to school and couldn't speak aside from emulating the sounds of the animals that she'd been living with.

Fortunately the girl has now been taken to a rehabilitation center where she is receiving proper care.

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Mystery creature washes up in New York, puzzles New Yorkers

Photographs of a mysterious carcass likened to the 'Montauk Monster' have been circulating the internet.

The pictures were taken by Denise Ginley who spotted the creature beneath the Brooklyn Bridge and dubbed it 'The East River Monster'. The New York City Parks Department claimed that the animal was a pig until keen-eyed observers pointed out that it had claws as oppose to trotters. "Several other people were looking and taking photos, and everyone had a different opinion about what it was (suggestions included giant rat, dog, pig, monster, and seal)," said Ginley.

"Obviously I thought it was gross, but it was just so strange looking I wanted to get closer ... strangely enough, it did not smell, maybe because it had been in the water so long."

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Monday, July 30, 2012

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Creepy robot baby developed in Japan

Known as Affetto, the eerily realistic robot has been created for use in various behavioral experiments.

Featuring a life-like torso and arms that flop around in a way reminiscent of a real baby, scientists at Japan's Osaka University are aiming to use the robotic infant to investigate how human higher cognitive functions develop.

22 pneumatic actuators help to provide the torso with life-like flexibility and "babyish looseness." The team has released the video below demonstrating what the robot is like and inviting viewers to look their eerie creation in the face.

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Dealing with the dead in S’pore: a gravedigger’s story

Extracted from Yahoo news Singapore :

Alex Wong, a professional gravedigger, shares real and personal stories of his encounters with the supernatural.

Ghosts hover near him when he works, but that doesn’t bother him one bit.

They’re friends by now and he’s not afraid, shared professional gravedigger Alex Wong.

Affectionately known to his friends as “Tua Ya Pek”, a Taoist god of the spiritual underworld, Wong has been exhuming graves for the past 30 years. Often, his services are needed when the government decides to make way for development. One such project is the eight-lane highway that will cut through Bukit Brown early next year.

But the dead are not always ready and willing to move, said Wong in a recent two-hour interview with Yahoo! Singapore at a kopitiam in Toa Payoh.

“There’re times I hear them cry as I dig their graves, ‘Why are you digging my hole? I’ve stayed here for so long, why are you chasing me out?’” he recounted, in a smattering of broken English and Hokkien. “But this is the government’s land and they want it back. I’ve got no choice… forgive me, I’d say.”

Wong called it a give-and-take process.

“Before digging, I’d usually pray and ask the spirit to ‘hold my hand’,” he explained. “Then I’d try my best to do things the proper way and sometime later, I’d burn them some offerings… it’s like table manners.”

He added, “Some people (other gravediggers) don’t care, but for me, I must follow my law. We cannot play a fool with these spirits. If I don’t do my job well, my future will not look good. I may fall sick, my family members may not be well… things can happen.”

Ghostly encounters
The 54-year-old, who estimates he has dug up more than 4,000 graves, said he often hears the spirits when he’s working at the cemetery – some are mournful, choking muffled sobs while others are much louder and more vocal, protesting through deafening shrieks. Occasionally, he’d hear children laughing and playing among themselves.

The sounds are very different from those of human beings, Wong said. They’re sharp, very high-pitched and often echo through the site.

It can be quite a sight when he sees the spirits, which are all around the cemeteries, he added.

Without blinking an eye, Wong said matter-of-factly, “Sometimes they look just like human beings but, other times, scarier. Their faces can be quite ugly, if they died horribly. They walk like we do, but their legs never touch the ground. And when they do fly, you see lights – blue and green. It’s fascinating.”

Aware that sceptics may not believe in the existence of the supernatural, Wong shrugged. However, he did warn that humans must not “play” with the spirits.

 “We have flesh and blood while they don’t, they’re devoid of feelings,” he said. “You dare to disturb them?” he asked this reporter. “I don’t.”

Wong recalled how he was once "punished" after he pocketed a “nice jade bangle” in a moment of greed, which he later sold for S$3,000.

“The spirit came to look for me over the next few days. It’d knock on my bedroom door, call my name and once even whistled into my son’s ear, scaring him badly,” he said.

It was only after Wong got hold of the jewellery, which the buyer had given back after experiencing constant tugging at her forearm while she was wearing it, and “returned” it to the rightful owner, complete with prayers and offerings, did things go back to normal.

Wong said he’s not the only one who’s experienced such ghostly visits.

A fellow gravedigger once came across a skull with several gold teeth intact and tried to extract them using a small changkol (backhoe in Malay). He missed and hit the skull instead.

A month later, the gravedigger’s infant daughter suffered a bad fall which saw her skull cracked in an eerily similar manner.

“It’s never good to trifle with the dead,” Wong said. “If you meet a good ghost, you’re heng (lucky in Hokkien). But if your luck isn’t good and it ends up following you home, you’ll have a big problem.”

Dying tradition
Back in the olden days, Wong often had to exhume two or sometimes three graves in a day. It would take him up to an hour to exhume one, depending on how deep he had to dig.

 For each grave, he would be paid at least S$150, but not anymore. The “market rate” today has suffered an almost-threefold dip, with many jobs only paying out a mere S$50.

“I used to do it every day but the market is very quiet these days as more families opt for cremation, the cheaper and easier option,” shared Wong, who now takes on odd jobs such as house painting and repairs.

“And for the old-timers (experienced grave diggers like himself), we won’t do it for S$50. It’s a very tough job, very dirty and very smelly too. If the money’s so low, who will want to do it?”

Tough as it may be, exhumation is also a delicate procedure that takes years of experience to master, explained Wong, who doesn’t tolerate slipshod efforts.

Few of the skeletons he recovers are complete, and the bones and their coffins are mostly decayed, but he said he still does all he can to ensure every remaining bone is accounted for, no matter how small.

“You must also know to gauge the depth at which the bones are buried so you will not break them with the changkol,” he said.

“Sometimes, the coffin may have shifted after years of being deep in the soil, or the body could be buried at a different position from the tombstone. You need to know where to dig, and when to slow down.”

Every once in a while, Wong said he would still get surprise visits from his “companions”, requesting for him to return to the cemetery.

“Sometimes the spirits would come and find me and ask me to go back to work. They’d tell me, ‘I want you to do mine, you’re good!” Wong said with a laugh. “It’s funny, and very hard to explain too.”

Before the interview came to an end, Wong turned somber when he talked about the respect the dead are now accorded in Singapore.

“It’s sad that people nowadays have changed, especially the younger generation,” Wong continued. “Many people just don’t seem to bother anymore. They’re too lazy to visit the temples and pay their respects to their dead grandparents.”

“But the truth is, these old people who’ve died, they’re still thinking of their children, missing their family,” he said.

“They shouldn’t be forgotten.”

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

'Cannibal cult' members held for seven deaths

Sorcerers in Papua New Guinea 'killed and eaten' because they were over-charging

A total of 29 people have been accused of murdering 7 'sorcerers' and making soup from their organs.

The bizarre case involves members of a suspected cannibalistic cult who had set out to deal with witchdoctors accused of overcharging for their services. The cult believed that by consuming the brains and other organs of their victims they would themselves gain supernatural powers.

"They don't think they've done anything wrong; they admit what they've done openly," said police commander Anthony Wagambie. Law enforcement officials believe that the cult could consist of as many as 1000 members, all of whom may have consumed human flesh at some time or other over the last few years.

Twenty-nine people accused of being members of an alleged cannibal cult have been arrested in Papua New Guinea for killing seven suspected sorcerers, eating their brains raw and making soup from their penises.
"They don't think they've done anything wrong; they admit what they've done openly," said the police commander of Madang province, Anthony Wagambie. Cult members reportedly wanted to weed out witchdoctors who charged excessive sums for services such as casting out evil spirits. By eating their victims' organs, they believed they would themselves gain supernatural powers, Mr Wagambie told the Associated Press news agency.

Armed with home-made guns fashioned from rubber, and long-bladed knives they consider to be "possessed", the accused have allegedly killed four men and three women in isolated jungle territory since April. Four were murdered last week.

The 29 – who include eight women, a 13-year-old boy and a teacher in his 50s – were arrested in a raid on their village, near the town of Madang. Two men, including a local councillor believed to be the cult leader, are still on the run. Police expect to make another 100 arrests over the weekend.
Many Papua New Guineans still believe in sorcery – known locally as sanguma or puripuri – often blaming it for deaths, accidents, illnesses and misfortunes. While black magic is prohibited under the 1971 Sorcery Act, "good" magic – aimed at curing illness or banishing evil spirits – is legal.
The Law Reform Commission recently proposed repealing the act, following a spate of murders of people suspected of practising black magic.

Mr Wagambie said those arrested believed their victims were sorcerers who had been extorting money from poor villagers and demanding – in addition to their traditional payment of a pig, a bag of rice and 1,000 kina (about £300) – sex with their clients' wives or teenage daughters.

One man told The National, a local newspaper: "We ate their brains raw." Cult members also drank their victims' blood, and cooked and ate body parts "such as livers, hearts, penis and others," he added.
Mr Wagambie said the cult had 700 to 1,000 members in the remote interior in the north-east. All of them might have eaten human flesh, he said.

Cannibalism was traditionally practised in Papua New Guinea before the colonial era and has survived in isolated pockets, where human flesh is known as "long pig". Last year, a man was reportedly found eating his screaming newborn baby during a sorcery initiation ceremony. In 2009, a young woman suspected of being a witch was stripped, gagged and burnt alive at the stake.

One MP, Ken Fairweather, told a radio station "nearly everybody" still believed that black magic was used to curse, poison and kill. "There's even political leaders today [who] are terrified of puripuri, absolutely terrified."

The 29 cult members appeared in court this week but their case was adjourned for further inquiries. Mr Wagambie said no remains of their victims had been found. "They're probably all eaten up," he reflected.


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Monday, July 16, 2012

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Remembering 'Momo the Missouri Monster'

40 years ago a small town in Missouri became the center of attention in the hunt for a mysterious beast.

The first to witness the creature was 15-year-old Doris Harrison and her brothers who all witnessed a 7ft tall hominid completely covered in dark hair with a dead dog under its arm. Afterwards a number of other people in the area reported sightings of the beast, one farmer reported his dog had gone missing while resident Ellis Minor claimed to have seen a strange creature in the road.

Once word of the sightings got out news crews flocked to the small town of Louisiana and soon tales of "Momo the Missouri Monster" were making headlines around the country. Before long however the sightings stopped and the case of the mysterious creature remains unsolved to this day.


The UFO Files: Tony Blair briefed on alien defence policy

The former Prime Minister received a full MoD briefing after expressing concerns over UFO disclosure.

In 1998 Nick Redfern wrote to Number 10 requesting disclosure of all information pertaining to UFO sightings and reports. Concerned about the release of such data, Blair asked the Ministry of Defence for a full briefing on the topic and was told that while the MoD had only a limited interest in UFOs they felt that it was important to remain "open minded" about the possibility of aliens.

In his response to Redfern Blair stated that some data could be released subject to certain clauses including privacy and confidentiality. He concluded by saying that "there is no Government sponsored research into the UFO phenomena and there are no plans to initiate such work." The details of the exchange have been made available as part of 6,700 pages of correspondances released by the National Archives.


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Thursday, July 12, 2012

'Frankenstein' mummies found in Scotland

Archaeologists have discovered two mummies made up from the body parts of several other people.

The remains are believed to be over 3,500 years old and were found on South Uist off the western coast of Scotland. The skeletons were found in a fetal position and show evidence to suggest that the islanders had taken steps to preserve them by placing them in a nearby peat bog for a time before taking them out and then burying them.

Analysis of the remains has revealed that each is made up of parts from multiple individuals, none of which appear to be related in any way. While the specific purpose and significance of producing these composite mummies is not understood it is generally believed that the practice would have served some sort of ceremonial purpose.


Thursday, July 5, 2012

Giant killer crocodile breaks world record

A seven metre-long crocodile has been confirmed as the largest in captivity.

A massive crocodile caught in the Philippines has been confirmed as the largest in the world.

At a staggering seven meters in length, the enormous reptile was caught after an extensive effort by villagers who had become concerned about their safety when a child was killed by the creature and a fisherman had gone missing. The villagers finally managed to capture it after a three-week hunt using steel traps, it took 100 people to hoist the beast on to the back of a truck.

The crocodile ( nicknamed Lolong ) has since become a star attraction at a new ecotourism park. "We're really proud because it proves the rich biodiversity of our place but at the same time, there are fears that Lolong may not be alone," said town mayor Edwin Cox Elorde. A new team of hunters is currently combing the surrounding area.

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Ex-FBI employee claims she saw angels at Flight 93

Lillie Leonardi believes she saw angels at the United Airlines Flight 93 crash site in Pennsylvania.

Leonardi had been the liaison officer between law enforcement agencies and the families of those who died after the plane was hijcaked and crashed on September 11th. Arriving about three hours after the plane went down, she saw what at first she described as "shimmery lights" but which then appeared to take the form of "angels".

"That's when I started seeing like shimmery lights ... and it was kind of misty and that's when I first saw, like, the angels there," she said. Fearing the reaction from her colleages Leonardi decided to keep the story to herself until finally writing about her experiences in a book - "In the Shadow of a Badge: A Spiritual Memoir".

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Mysterious African 'Fairy Circles' Stump Scientists

The smallest are about 6.5 feet (2 meters) in diameter, while the largest can be almost 40 feet (12 m) across. Eventually, plants move back in, re-colonizing the circles and leaving only slightly indented "ghost circles" behind.
CREDIT: Mike and Ann Scott of the Namib Rand Nature Reserve

Nobody is able to explain the strange, bare circular patches that appear in the Nimibian grasslands.

Known as 'fairy circles', the mysterious circles of bare land seem to appear and then disappear again, often years later, for reasons that nobody is yet able to determine. The circles range in size from 2m across to as much as 12m across with some lasting as long as 75 years. The remote region in which the phenomenon occurs has made it difficult for researchers to investigate.

Biologist Walter Tschinkel has been trying to get to the bottom of the mystery since first encountering the circles while on Safari in 2005. Theories considered and ruled out include underground nests of harvester termites and types of plants able to draw resources towards them; but despite his best efforts nothing to date seems to satisfactorily explain what is creating them.

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Students film 'Bigfoot' in Idaho woods

 Footage has surfaced of a large dark figure filmed in woodland by students on a school project.

The students were on a field trip in Franklin County when they reported seeing a dark figure watching them from a nearby ridge. "It just didn’t look human like," said one of the group. "I don’t know what that is, it’s not a bear, it’s not a moose or anything. It was big and bulky and black."

Fortunately someone had brought a camera along and was able to record footage of the incident, the students also climbed up on the ridge and photographed large footprints at the same location.

Scientists ‘95% Sure’ Bigfoot Lives in Russian Tundra

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The Legend of Bigfoot roadside attraction outside Richardson Grove State Park in California

An international team of experts has concluded that there is a 95% chance of the creature's existence.

Consisting of experts from as far afield as Canada and Sweden, the team met up for a day-long conference in Tashtagol, a town in the Kemerovo region of Russia 2,000 miles from Moscow. Last year an expedition was organised to seek clues in the region's Azassky cave and Karatag peak, an endeavor that allegedly uncovered "irrefutable evidence" of the creature.

"Conference participants came to the conclusion that the artifacts found give 95% evidence of the habitation of the ‘snow man’ on Kemerovo region territory," said a statement. "In one of the detected tracks, Russian scientist Anatoly Fokin noted several hairs that might belong to the yeti."

Why are there so many versions of Bigfoot ?

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The legend of Bigfoot has endured throughout the years. This huge model was used in the 1977 shooting of Frank Kramer's film "Yeti." 
The US isn't the only home to legends of a large, mysterious bipedal ape prowling through the woods.

Russia, Australia, Tibet and Canada are just some of the countries that have their own Bigfoot stories and legends. In Australia the Aborigines tell tales of a hominid ape known locally as the Yowie. In Russia there are tales of the Yeti (or Alma) that lives in the cold wastelands of Siberia, similar to the Yeti that is said to live in the Himalayan mountains.

Are there really several different species of undiscovered ape living in various parts of the world ? If not, then how did such myths propagate so far and wide and where did they originate ?

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'Vampire-slaying kit' bought by Royal Armouries museum

The box contains a prayer book and "vampire-slaying equipment"

The Royal Armouries museum obtained the box containing everything you need to fight vampires.

The box is believed to be from the 19th century but the contents are from the early 20th century, it is thought that the kit was put together to help capitalize on the popularity of Bram Stoker's Dracula novel. Inside is a crucifix, a pistol, several wooden stakes, a mallet and a prayer book, among other things.

"These kits are often said to have been made as novelties in the Victorian period, but research shows they are later than this," said the museum's firearms curator. "We've yet to establish a firm date for our kit, but we know it will attract a lot of interest from our museum visitors."

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Mermaids do not exist, US government declares

Image credit: CC 3.0 Mehgan Heaney-Grier

In an unusual announcement the US government has assured people that mermaids most likely don't exist. In a statement from the National Ocean Service officials were keen to emphasise that the aquatic sirens of legend are fictitious following the broadcasting of an Animal Planet documentary entitled "Mermaids: The Body Found". The program portrayed what the creatures might look like and why they've stayed hidden for so long. "No evidence of aquatic humanoids has ever been found," read the official statement in an announcement strangely similar to another made by the CDC following the 'zombie cannibal' attack last month which prompted them to state that "the CDC does not know of a virus or condition that would reanimate the dead".

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Sunday, July 1, 2012

UFOs Exist, Say 36 Percent in National Geographic Survey

video platformvideo managementvideo solutionsvideo player According to the results of a new National Geographic survey, over 36% of Americans believe in UFOs. Crucially however the poll failed to define 'UFO', meaning that it doesn't necessarily mean that those who voted 'yes' believe such objects to be extraterrestrial in origin. According to the results, 10% believe that they've actually witnessed a UFO first hand while nearly four-fifths were under the impression that the government was withholding information on the topic. In another question voters were asked who they would rather see leading the country in the event of an alien invasion, with Obama winning with 65% of the vote. National Geographic Senior Vice President Brad Dancer was keen however to emphasise that the poll was intended only as a bit of fun and that it shouldn't be taken too seriously. "We were trying to have a little fun and see if pop culture references have had an impact on people's beliefs," he said. "It's intended as a fun survey of public opinion."

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