Tuesday, February 24, 2015

VIDEO: Holy spirit scared of handcuffs

At a temple in Thailand, a woman claims that she is possessed by a holy spirit as she sits in a meditating posture and makes strange moves to draw attention. A monk tells the people standing around the woman that she is not possessed and that she is trying to deceive them. But the woman insists she is possessed. A man then approaches her and asks for her hands. The woman suddenly stands up and returns to a normal state as she sees he is carrying a pair of handcuffs. The woman says she is still possessed but the holy spirit needs to make a phone call to her daughter. The man tells her that the spirit can make the phone call at the police station. The woman quickly walks out of the temple. The incident was caught on camera and posted on social media on Sunday by Ohozaa Clip.

Ancient Chinese Buddha statue has a mummy with surprises inside

Heboh, Mumi Kuno di Dalam Patung Budha
Viva - Heboh, Mumi Kuno di Dalam Patung Budha

A 1,000-year-old Buddha statue from China has revealed some surprises, after being given a thorough medical exam, including CT scans and an endoscopy.
The statue contains the mummified body of the Buddhist master Liuquan of the Chinese Meditation School, according to the Meander Medical Center in Amersfoort, Netherlands, where the statue was scanned.

The Drents Museum in Assen, Netherlands, which exhibited the statue last year as part of its "Mummy World" exhibition, said the monk lived around the year 1,100.

Some scans showing the mummy were taken prior to the exhibition, and a second round of scanning was done in September after the exhibition was taken down.

"The discovery of the mummy is of great cultural significance, not only because it is the only one of its kind, but so far the only Chinese Buddhist mummy that is available in the West for scientific research," said a Google translation of a Dutch news release from Meander Medical Center about the research.

The research team was headed by Erik Bruijn, an expert in Buddhist art and culture and a guest curator at the Wereldmuseum Rotterdam, and included gastrointestinal and liver specialist Raynald Vermeijden and radiologist Ben Heggelman.

The striking images from CT scans went viral this week after being published in the U.S. art and design blog, This Is Colossal.

Chinese writing found in belly

The endoscopy revealed that in the abdominal cavity where there had once been organs, there was instead an unidentified material and scraps of paper printed with ancient Chinese characters.
The researchers also took bone samples for DNA testing.

The Drents Museum says it suspects this mummy could be a case of self-mummification. That was a practice by Buddhist monks in Asia that involved a strict diet, including poison, to the point of near starvation in order to promote preservation of the body. When they were near death, they were buried alive.

The mummy is now on display at the National Museum of Natural History in Budapest as part of the Mummy World exhibition. The exhibition will head next to Luxemburg in May 2015, the Drents Museum says

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Monday, February 23, 2015

Eerie figure frequents haunted Boston pub

Unexplained noises and an unwanted presence have spooked staff members at the city's Robin Hood pub.

The historic building, which was once a coaching inn, has already seen its fair share of ghost stories over the years but now current landlord Rob Hancock, who is himself a skeptic, has experienced several peculiar incidents that he cannot explain.

Many of these have involved instances of sudden loud noises and doors slamming by themselves, but most of the activity at the pub has centered around sightings by several different staff members of a tall mysterious figure wearing a long coat.

In one case a man visiting the pub with his dog reported witnessing the apparition in the lounge.

"His dog was in the other room and it went ballistic and its fur was standing up on end," said Hancock. "He then looked in the doorway and could see a figure. He thought it was someone messing around. It was a tall man in a long trench coat, with a hat."

Several of the loud noises heard in the building have also caused alarm among the staff.

"We have all experienced lots of noise, bangs and crashes," said Hancock. "One day me and the cleaner were in the kitchen and I thought a lorry had come through the pub wall."

The disturbances got so bad that a paranormal group was called in to investigate. During their time in the building they experienced cold spots, doors slamming and disembodied voices.

No definitive explanation for the activity has yet been found.

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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Woman 'pushed by a ghost' in Santiago

34-year-old Cecilia Carrasco was inexplicably flung to the ground while standing beside a reception desk.

Bizarre CCTV footage has emerged this week showing a Chilean woman standing next to a desk in the lobby of her lawyer's office when she is suddenly thrown backwards on to the floor by an unseen force to the surprise of those around her.

When asked about the incident she claimed that she had felt two hands pushing her just before she fell down and couldn't believe that the culprit hadn't been picked up on the video.

"I wasn't aware of anybody in front of me as I passed the reception desk talking to a girl, and as I looked towards the receptionist I suddenly felt two pairs of hands shove me over," she said.

"I hit the floor but when I looked up I couldn't see anybody, and I thought they probably had run off."

Cecilia ended up spending three days in hospital as a result of her injuries and had to take time off work. The incident left her so shaken that she is now reluctant to leave her house.

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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

10 Weirdest Looking Insects

1  The Darth Vader Ant

The Darth Vader Ant
The ant Cephalotes atratus is bigger than average, dresses all in black, wears a scary helmet, and appears to have super powers. It's called the Gliding Ant, but it resembles Darth Vader. This ant's super power was discovered in 2004 by Stephen P. Yavoniak as he was sitting high up in the rainforest canopy.

While hanging around in the canopy waiting for mosquitoes to bite him (for research purposes rather than the fun of it), he brushed several dozen ants from him and noticed something odd.

Instead of falling randomly away from the tree, the ants formed a mini cascade and landed right back on the bark. Intrigued, he then painted the hind legs of some ants with white nail polish (perhaps part of the usual insect ecologist's kit?). It was discovered that the ants approached the tree backwards, hit it, and then hung on for dear life. While most ants were successful, some would fall down the tree a little farther. A few would plummet down to the earth.

Odder still is the ant's ability to make a 180-degree turn while gliding through the air! This trick helps the ants stay in their lofty home, as they always do their best to glide back to the tree on which they live. (Via)

2  Hello Kitty Caterpillar

Hello Kitty Caterpillar

This is actually the caterpillar form of the Chinese Bush Brown Butterfly (Mycalesis gotama), but that face is familiar all over the world as Hello Kitty. As you can probably imagine, these cute caterpillars are quite the hit in Japan, the caterpillars' native region.

We don't know much more about this insect, except that they are totally cute. (Source)

3  Elvis Presley Shield Bug

Elvis Presley Shield Bug

A photographer was left "all shook up" after spotting the face of Elvis on the back of a bug. With markings on its back resembling human eyes, nose, mouth, and a pompadour hairdo, the unusual stink bug bears an uncanny resemblance to the King of rock 'n' roll.

Photographer Darlyne Murawski from Massachusetts, US spotted the Pentatomoidea bug, also known as a giant shield bug, by chance.

Darlyne was on a photographic assignment with National Geographic in the Khao Chong Forest Reserve in southern Thailand when she came across the unusual creature sitting on a leaf.

The bug has previously been spotted in the forests of Singapore, where it was likened to the Sesame Street character Bert. (Source)

4  Donald Trump Caterpillar

Donald Trump Caterpillar

You can see the resemblance, can't you? This is a Megalopyge opercularis, or flannel moth caterpillar. It was spotted by photographer Jeff Cremer and biologist Phil Torres in the Peruvian rainforest. They look furry, and will become a fluffy moth as well, but don't touch it! Its "fur" is made up of venomous spines that can cause painful swelling that lasts for days. (Source)

5  Wattle Cup Caterpillar

Wattle Cup Caterpillar

Evolution doesn't exactly have a lot of common sense, does it? First it decides to make the most colorful and enticing caterpillar on the planet, then it decides to cover the creepy-crawly in thorns - and lots of them! Found only throughout various parts of Northern Australia, we've heard that this quirky caterpillar, known as Calcarifera ordinate, has a potent sting that is more painful than three simultaneous wasp stings! (Source)

6  Hummingbird Moth

Hummingbird Moth
Look! It's a hummingbird! No, a bug! No, a hummingbird...

It's probably Hemaris thysbe, the Hummingbird Clearwing Moth or Common Clearwing (wingspan 38-50 mm), which so closely resembles a hummingbird when feeding that many people never really notice that it's a moth hovering over the flowers.

The diurnal nature of many of these moths (most moths are nocturnal) and its similarities to the hummingbird in size, foraging behavior, and feeding structures often makes it one of the most common cases of mistaken identity in nature.

The Hemaris thysbe moth feeds through a proboscis, a long, straw-like tube kept curled under the head when not in use. Its range includes Alaska and the Northwest Territories south through British Columbia to Oregon, east through the Great Plains and the Great Lakes area to Maine and Newfoundland, and south to Florida and Texas. Central Texas residents know that its range incorporates the Texas Hill Country, especially in the spring. (Source 1 | Source 2)

7  Alien Caterpillar

Alien Caterpillar

Caterpillars are more vulnerable to predators than during their later butterfly stage, so many have developed scary appearances for protection. This green alien is a native of the Philippines and seems to have taken the fake eye spots to an extreme, making its “face” quite large and scary. Normally, a caterpillar's face is much smaller, and not on the second abdominal segment. (Source)

8  Darth Maul Bug

Darth Maul Bug
The Oncopeltus fasciatus is also known as the Large Milweed Bug. But the Darth Maul Bug is way cooler. It feeds mainly on grains, particularly those of the milkweed. (Source)

9 Snake Caterpillar

Snake Caterpillar
Deilephila elpenor, known as the Elephant Hawk-moth, is a large moth of the Sphingidae family. The species is found throughout Britain and Ireland.

The larva is about 75 millimetres (3.0 in) long and is green and brown in color. When startled, the caterpillar draws its trunk into its foremost body segment. This posture resembles a snake with a large head and four large eye-like patches. Caterpillars are preyed upon by birds, but these shy away (at least for some time) from caterpillars in “snake” pose. It is not known whether the birds believe that the caterpillar actually resembles a snake, or whether they are frightened by the sudden change of a familiar prey item into an unusual and boldly-patterned shape. (Source)

10  Flower Caterpillar

Flower Caterpillar

Which is the flower and which is the caterpillar? The camouflaged looper inchworm (Synchlora aerate) is a genius at camouflage (hence the name); it glues bits of flowers to its back in order to blend into its surroundings. Depending on what plant they are feeding on, they may adorn all types of different colored plants in hopes of avoiding detection. When the petals begin to wilt and discolor, they will discard their outdated camouflage and replace it with a new "coat." (Source)

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