WEIRD WORLD PT13/January 2012
The events noted in this blog does not include massive animal deaths because I have a series covering this. It does not include the most weather or earthquake events due to the massive numbers involved. I also don’t include the sinkhole due to the series covering this on the blog as well.
- Sun, 01 Jan 2012 08:43 CST
On the streets: Estimates put the dead bird count well into the thousands. Ancient Mayan legend says that 2012 will bring the end of the world. A small Arkansas town might have shown the first example of that as approximately 5,000 blackbirds dropped dead from the sky last night in the early hours of the new year. As if the incident was not strange enough, it is the second time in two years that the birds have fallen as the calendar year change.
- Tue, 03 Jan 2012 14:23 CST
The Three Sisters area — which contains five volcanoes — is only about 170 miles (274 km) from Mount St. Helens, which erupted in 1980.Volcanic activity is causing the earth to rise in Oregon, scientists have found. Though whether such uplift is a sign of an imminent eruption remains uncertain. As early as the summer of 1996, a 230-square-mile (600-square-kilometer) patch of ground in Oregon began to rise. The area lies just west of the South Sister Volcano, which with the North and Middle Sisters form the Three Sisters volcanoes, the most prominent peaks in the central Oregon stretch of the Cascade Mountains. Although this region has not seen an eruption in at least 1,200 years, the scattered hints of volcanic activity here have been a cause of concern, leading to continuous satellite-based monitoring. Now 14 years of data is revealing just how the Earth is changing there and the likely cause of the uplift – a reservoir of magma invading the crust 3-to-4 miles (5-to-7 km) underground.
- Thu, 05 January 2012 11:59 GMT
The monster ants, which use their size to protect the entrance to their nests, are a throwback to their ancestors that lived millions of years ago. Supersoldier ants can be born naturally but are rare. They breed in the deserts of American and Mexico where they have evolved to protect their colony from invading ants. But the man-made specimens were created from ordinary Pheidole morrisi ants, which contain the genetic tools necessary to develop into supersoldier ants. Scientists in Canada used a special hormone on the larvae of ordinary worker ants to create the monster ants. The research was published in the Science journal.
- Thu, 05 Jan 2012 11:01 GMT
Almost 10,000 users have watched the footage since it was posted on YouTube on January 1. The short video, filmed in a car driving along a snowy road in foggy conditions, shows two bright lights moving quickly across the sky. The YouTube user says that the video was shot on a dashboard-mounted camera by a Scottish mountain rescue team. There are no details as to where or when the video was actually shot, or which mountain rescue team was involved. The video sparked a debate among users to the site as to whether it was a genuine sighting of something unexplained or if it had a more mundane explanation. Many suggested that the recording just shows the lights of a passing car reflected on the windscreen. Freezing the footage and expanding the picture suggests that there are in fact four points of light, corresponding to the four front lights of the passing car. But the theory was disputed by others, with comments from users including: “None of the lights are moving at the same speeds as any of the cars.” They add: “They clearly pass behind the car and they color is way off for any kind of reflection. I don’t know what this is but it’s no light glare.” Others make the point that an earlier car passing the camera does not make such a reflection, and point out other inconsistencies with the theory, including “If it’s lens flare, how come the lower blue light goes under the light to the top?”
- Fri, 6 Jan 2012
First there was the octopus that mimicked fish; now researchers say a fish is copying the octopus.
The mimic octopus is known to impersonate lionfish and sea snakes by adapting their movement and color
- Mon, 9 Jan 2012
You know those urban legends about 3-foot rats roaming the streets of New York? Yeah, turns out those are true. This destroyer of worlds was found in a Foot Locker in the Bronx. It’s probably a Gambian pouched rat, not the first found in New York.
- Mon, 9 Jan 2012
SERIOUSLY?-Church charges for calls to mobile phone-carrying angel-An angel with a mobile phone at the St Jan cathedral in Den Bosch can still be reached by her 06 number, even though the church authorities have introduced a premium rate line, the Telegraaf reports on Monday. A 06 number and a Twitter account in the name of ut Engelke (the little angel) were put up by an unknown woman as a joke last year, although the initiative is now attracting some thirty callers a day.
- Mon, 9 Jan 2012
Two kittens have been discovered with 18 extra toes between them. Ned and Fred were handed in to the Gosport Town branch of Cats Protection in Hampshire. Normally cats have five toes on their front paws and four on their rear, but Ned has an extra eight toes and his brother Fred has 10 extra.
- Mon, 9 Jan 2012
HONG KONG — It may not be everyone’s idea of a dream home, but for bargain hunters in Hong Kong’s turbocharged property market apartments that belonged to the recently deceased are proving irresistible — and the more gruesome the occupant’s demise the better. Popular belief in a city awash with superstition runs that the ghost of a person who dies in unnatural circumstances — a suicide, murder or bad accident — inhabits their home, passing misfortune onto the new occupants.
- Mon, 9 Jan 2012
Dark matter: we know it’s there but we don’t not what it is-Researchers have released the biggest images yet detailing dark matter, the mysterious substance that makes up 85% of the Universe’s mass.
Each image, a billion light-years across, shows evidence of dark matter clumps scattered through the cosmos.
- Tue, 10 Jan 2012
An extreme weather video posted to YouTube produces awe at the power of nature, but is also igniting an old debate: do UFOs hide in clouds? It’s a natural conclusion, one that even the ancients drew. Lightning from the clouds was often construed as anger from the Gods. But in the modern world, especially thanks to Steven Spielberg, such anvil-shaped clouds are thought, in some circles, to be camouflaging extraterrestrials and their UFOs. What’s interesting, and awe-inspiring, about this video is the clear blue sky surrounding the anvil hammerhead cloud. It’s startling to see such fierce electrical activity on an otherwise cloudless day.
Usually, when a lightning storm erupts, the bolts from the blue come from all around, not one centrally located spot. It’s a testament to the power of the natural world that the conditions are ripe for such majesty emanating from a single, threatening cloud head. No wonder the ancients interpreted such extreme weather in the only way they could. And it’s easier to understand, in the modern world, why some would argue that clouds like these must be hiding UFOs and visitors from another world.
The comments in the video channel are sprinkled with such pronouncements as “The truth is revealing itself” and questioning why there are no thunderclaps.
Here’s the video:
- Tue, 10 Jan 2012 21:29 CST
When you consider the millions of words published as “news” about global warming, a massive hoax based on the theory that an increase in the Earth’s levels of carbon dioxide (CO2), a minor atmospheric gas (0.0380%), it boggles the mind that reporters for a respected newswire, Reuters, would still be writing utter rubbish about it.
- Tue, 10 Jan 2012 12:10 CST
Rider battles thick smog in Beijing on January 10, 2012. More than 150 flights to and from Beijing have been cancelled or delayed as a thick cloud of acrid smog shrouded the city, with US figures saying the pollution was so bad it was off the scale.
- Wed, 11 Jan 2012
During the first week of 2012, UFO reports streamed in from around the world as numerous eyewitnesses described and videotaped strange things in the sky. The 14 states that haven’t reported in so far are Alaska, Arkansas, Delaware, Hawaii, Maine, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming — but the year is young.
- Wed, 11 Jan 2012
A frog species that appears to be the world’s smallest has been discovered in Papua New Guinea by a US-based team.
At 7mm (0.27 inches) long, Paedophryne amauensis may be the world’s smallest vertebrate – the group that includes mammals, fish, birds and amphibians.
- Thu, 12 Jan 2012 20:08 CST
Authorities say the boom was not a volcanic eruption or a supersonic aircraft-Monday morning started off with a bang for residents of the Central Valley when a loud, as yet unidentified, series of booms rattled windows about 30 minutes after midnight. Many did not hear it, but enough people did to cause a firestorm of comment on social media such as Facebook and Twitter. The strange sound was prolonged – many described it as lasting for five minutes or so. Perhaps the only one making no comments were scientists and government authorities, who were reticent about commenting or speculating. A few things it wasn’t: Volcanologists discounted a volcanic eruption; nor was it a supersonic aircraft, because the powerful radar at Juan Santamaría International Airport outside of San José picked up no planes at the time, not even subsonic ones. Also, there were no climatological phenomena or strange weather conditions. By nightfall Monday, the speculation was still going along briskly with the major vote going to fireworks at the festival at Zapote, in San José. But many said it sounded like no fireworks they had ever heard. Mario Sánchez, spokesman for the National Meteorological Institute, discounted a storm because the only thing that would sound like the noise described would be a storm accompanied by lightning – and early Monday morning was clear with a full moon.
- Thu, 12 Jan 2012
Tourette Syndrome is a neurological disorder defined by involuntary motor and vocal tics. Wednesday night, administrators said all 12 students have been diagnosed and are being treated. They are not releasing causes due to HIPAA laws. They said they found similarities among some cases but wouldn’t elaborate.
- Fri, 13 Jan 2012
FLESH-EATING BACTERIA-Using illicit drugs can cause lots of bad things to happen. But being attacked by flesh-eating bacteria usually isn’t one of them. Yet that’s what happened to an unfortunate young woman who had injected the increasingly popular stimulant drug called “bath salts.” The 34-year-old woman showed up at a New Orleans hospital with a painful, swollen arm after she attended a party. She had a small red puncture mark on her forearm. The doctors diagnosed a skin infection and put her on intravenous antibiotics. Things got better. But two days later, the swelling suddenly returned. At that point, she told them that she had injected the bath salts (not to be confused with real bathing aids) at the party. The doctors cut open the skin on the woman’s forearm and discovered a raging infection and dead muscle. They knew immediately that she was in serious trouble. As they cut skin farther up her arm in an effort to find healthy tissue, the infection was moving so fast they could see flesh dying right before their eyes. In the end, doctors amputated the woman’s entire right arm and shoulder to stop the infection, and also performed a radical mastectomy and skin grafts. The woman survived, and is now in rehabilitation. Her case was reported online in the journal Orthopedics. This tale certainly got Shots’ attention. Bath salts is a relatively new problem in the world of recreational drugs. The name covers several synthetic chemicals, including mephedrone and MDPV, short for methylenedioxypyrovalerone, that give a stimulant high similar to meth or cocaine. The stuff is sold under names like Vanilla Sky or Ivory Wave. The Drug Enforcement Administration invoked emergency powers in October to make the drug illegal. Until recently most people who have taken bath salts have either snorted or smoked the drug. But injection gives a quicker, stronger high, so drug abuse experts aren’t surprised to see some people going that route. This appears to be the first known case of a person contracting a flesh-eating infection from shooting up bath salts. Infections with flesh-eating bacteria are rare, fortunately. But there’s a risk of infection with any sort of injection, even in a hospital. And as Robert Russo, an orthopedic resident who helped treat the woman, tells Shots: “When you’re out in the street with these drugs the risk is significantly higher.” Russo had gotten used to treating gunshot wounds in the ER, but was still shaken by this case. “It’s one of those horrible things that starts out as no big deal,” he says. “Then the person ends up losing an extremity.” Bath salts is a bad drug, Russo adds. This woman’s nightmarish experience “is just one more reason to stay away from it.”
- Fri, 13 Jan 2012 15:30 CST
As the following night-time TV report from Costa Rica points out, these weird atmospheric sounds have got people talking and networking through social media. If at least some of these sounds are real (as this one clearly seems to be, provided we accept for a moment that Costa Rican mainstream media are not conspiring to sell a hoax on their viewers), then it stands to reason that vested interests in maintaining the status quo will be doing all they can to ensure that people remain confused as to what these sounds really portend. Controlled 2012 apocalyptic fever is being deliberately propagated to distract us from the fact that something wicked this way comes.
- Sat, 14 Jan 2012 18:17 CST
After the Fukushima nuclear accident, Canadian health officials assured a nervous public that virtually no radioactive fallout had drifted to Canada. But last March, a Health Canada monitoring station in Calgary detected an average of 8.18 becquerels per litre of radioactive iodine (an isotope released by the nuclear accident) in rainwater, the data shows. The level easily exceeded the Canadian guideline of six becquerels of iodine per litre for drinking water, acknowledged Eric Pellerin, chief of Health Canada’s radiation-surveillance division. “It’s above the recommended level (for drinking water),” he said in an interview. “At any time you sample it, it should not exceed the guideline.” Canadian authorities didn’t disclose the high radiation reading at the time.
- Sat, 14 Jan 2012 12:21 CST
An apparition of polar stratospheric clouds is underway around the Arctic Circle. “It is almost as good as the aurora borealis,” says Göran Strand, who took this picture last night from Östersund, Sweden: Location: Östersund, SwedenEric Schandall of Oslo, Norway, adds this report: “We have seen them for three evenings over Oslo, with the ones on Jan. 13th being the most dramatic and beautiful so far.”
- Mon, 16 Jan 2012
UPDATE (Jan 19, 2012): The strange sounds phenomenon continues to spread, with videos popping up from Canada and around the world featuring similar noises. The weird sounds have allegedly been recorded in a number of cities, including Winnipeg, Chicago and Glasgow. While many viewers are intrigued, others are equally skeptical about the strange sounds.
- Mon, 16 Jan 2012
Purple Calf Born…
- Mon, 16 Jan 2012
In the latest UFO news, a cloud-like, unidentified flying object near Rome, Italy, is mystifying experts because of its unusual properties. What is it?
- Thu, 19 Jan 2012 10:11 CST
The online community have been spooked by a series of videos uploaded to YouTube and other video sharing websites which appear to show loud noises rumbling apparently from beneath the ground. People from a wide ranges of cities and countries have uploaded videos. While some appear to be relatively obvious hoaxes, others remain unexplained and ideas as to what the noises might be range from the mundane to the arguably ridiculous. Some people on social networking sites, online forums and video sharing sites have suggested the strange noises might be the work of HAARP or High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program. HAARP is a US-based research project that studies the ionosphere – a part of the Earth’s upper atmosphere – and it has regularly been the subject of conspiracy theorists’ discussions.
- Thu, 19 Jan 2012 07:37 CST
Police say a tourism operator has been mauled by a shark at Coral Bay, about 150 kilometres south of Exmouth. It is believed a three-metre tiger shark attacked the 26-year-old man this afternoon. Police say the man’s injuries are not life-threatening but it is believed he has sustained severe lacerations to his right forearm arm. He has being flown to Royal Perth Hospital for treatment and is in a stable condition.
- Thu, 19 Jan 2012 07:18 CST
Beaches south of Newcastle are closed indefinitely after yesterday’s shark attack on a 44-year-old man at Redhead Beach. Glen Folkard was surfing on Wednesday afternoon when he was attacked by what is believed to be a bull shark. He suffered serious injuries to his upper leg and torso as the shark struck, taking a large chunk out of his board. Eyewitness Steve Tidey says Mr Folkard did not panic, but instead alerted nearby surfers to his plight. “He yelled out I’ve been hit, I’m in trouble,” he recalled.
- Thu, 19 Jan 2012 12:06 CST
WARNINGS??? Hey, stranger! This guy must have taken a wrong turn somewhere.-A Seattle resident recently got a big surprise when she discovered a strange-looking furry visitor on her property. “She woke up and it was lying on her dock, hanging out and sleeping – just chilling,” said Matthew Cleland, district supervisor in western Washington for the USDA’s Wildlife Services, and the recipient of a photo of the bizarre intruder. “I thought, ‘That’s an interesting-looking creature,'” Cleland told OurAmazingPlanet. “I had no idea what it was.” A quick glance through a book in his office soon revealed it was a ribbon seal, an Arctic species that spends most of its life at sea, swimming the frigid waters off Alaska and Russia. Somehow, the seal turned up on the woman’s property, about a mile from the mouth of the Duwamish River, a highly industrialized waterway that cuts through southern Seattle. In 2001, the EPA declared the last 5.5 miles (9 kilometers) of the river a Superfund site – an area contaminated with hazardous substances in need of cleanup. The sighting was “pretty exciting,” said Arctic seal researcher Peter Boveng, leader of the National Marine Mammal Laboratory’s Polar Ecosystems Program. “It’s really unusual.”
- Fri, 20 Jan 2012 12:24 CST
Four people have been struck by lightning and thousands are without power as dangerous weather sweeps Perth and the outer metropolitan coast.-Lightning strikes at Secret Harbour beach this morning at around 1am. The State Emergency Service has warned people to stay safe as the storm sweeps through Perth and the coast from Lancelin to Mandurah. A man was hit by lightning in Mandurah at 4am and St John Ambulance confirmed later today that a man was struck by lightning in Baldivis and was taken to Rockingham Hospital. Another person was struck by lightning in Welshpool. None of the lightning victims have life-threatening injuries. A St John Spokeswoman said that they had received a call for a fourth person struck by lightning in Myaree but that the ambulance was cancelled.
- Fri, 20 Jan 2012 11:52 CST
There have been an increased number of shark attacks in Australia this year with three attacks occurring in the past three weeks of 2012. David Pickering, a 26-year-old snorkeling guide, was the latest victim of a shark attack on Thursday.There have been an increased number of shark attacks in Australia this year, with three attacks occurring in the first three weeks of 2012. David Pickering, a 26-year-old snorkeling guide, was the latest victim of a shark attack on Thursday. Pickering was leading a group of snorkelers, a couple and their two children, in a lagoon at Western Australia’s Coral Bay, when he was attacked. A 10-foot tiger shark swam up to the snorkeling guide and sunk its teeth into his arms. “I turned around and boom, there he was,” Pickering told The Associated Press. “[The force] was enough to actually bring me forward and under him because I scraped my knee on his belly.” After the shark bit him, Pickering punched the animal with his other arm. The creature quickly backed off. The AP reports Pickering warned the other snorkelers to get out of the water and then swam 300 feet back to shore.
- Mon, 23 Jan 2012 05:47 CST
Stingrays can fly… Almost? A six-year-old boy has been bitten on the finger by a stingray at a theme park on Queensland’s Gold Coast. It happened at a Sea World exhibit yesterday morning. The boy’s wound was treated by a nurse at the theme park and he was taken to hospital as a precaution. Sea World says it is the first time such an injury has occurred since the Ray Reef attraction opened in 2009.
- Tue, 24 Jan 2012 19:22 CST
Apocalyptic Sounds from Around the Globe!!! 2011 – 2012
- Sat, 28 Jan 2012 15:43 CST
Bird enthusiasts are reporting rising numbers of snowy owls from the Arctic winging into the lower 48 states this winter in a mass southern migration that a leading owl researcher called “unbelievable.” Thousands of the snow-white birds, which stand 2 feet tall with 5-foot wingspans, have been spotted from coast to coast, feeding in farmlands in Idaho, roosting on rooftops in Montana, gliding over golf courses in Missouri and soaring over shorelines in Massachusetts. A certain number of the iconic owls fly south from their Arctic breeding grounds each winter but rarely do so many venture so far away even amid large-scale, periodic southern migrations known as irruptions. “What we’re seeing now — it’s unbelievable,” said Denver Holt, head of the Owl Research Institute in Montana.
- Tue, 20 Sep 2011 17:25 CDT
28 January 2012: In light of the spate of strange ‘trumpet-like’ metallic sounds being observed around the world in recent weeks. The sounds heard by a National T.V. audience and the people at the Tampa Bay Rays game the evening of Aug 23, 2011, the day the earthquake hit the East Coast of the United States.
- Mon, 30 Jan 2012 16:22 CST
Richard H. Hahn snapped this stunning picture of a lenticular cloud over Rocky Mountain National Park just after sunset on Jan. 5, 2012. This spectacular, multi-hued formation of lenticular clouds was observed soon after the sun set over Rocky Mountain National Park near Estes Park, Colo., on Jan. 5. Professional photographer Richard H. Hahn was on the south side of the park’s Deer Mountain when he noticed the unique cloud formation in the dusk sky. He rushed to find a shooting angle that would place the colorful clouds in the context of the valley and mountains, and he snapped the magnificent view at 5:02 p.m. MST (7:02 EST). “The great colors lasted only a few minutes, so it was a lucky observation,” Hahn told OurAmazingPlanet. “I felt very grateful to be in a high-enough elevation with a favorable shooting angle to capture this scene with perspective.” Lenticular clouds are characterized by their smooth, symmetrical oval or round shapes, and because of this, they are often referred to as “flying saucer” or “UFO” clouds. They can appear near the lee side of a mountain ridge, which is the portion of the mountain sheltered from winds. “I have seen quite a few interesting lenticulars during my nine years in Colorado, but never one quite like this,” Hahn said. “The significance of this particular atmospheric event was the dramatic shape and color of the cloud. It really did look like the mothership UFO.”
- Mon, 30 Jan 2012 17:36 CST
A Burmese python is wrapped around an American alligator in Everglades National Park, Fla. A burgeoning population of huge pythons – many of them pets that were turned loose by their owners when they got too big – appears to be wiping out large numbers of raccoons, opossums, bobcats and other mammals in the Everglades, a study says. The study, published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, found that sightings of medium-size mammals are down dramatically – as much as 99 percent, in some cases – in areas where pythons and other large, non-native constrictor snakes are known to be lurking. Scientists fear the pythons could disrupt the food chain and upset the Everglades’ environmental balance in ways difficult to predict. “The effects of declining mammal populations on the overall Everglades ecosystem, which extends well beyond the national park boundaries, are likely profound,” said John Willson, a research scientist at Virginia Tech University and co-author of the study. Tens of thousands of Burmese pythons, which are native to Southeast Asia, are believed to be living in the Everglades, where they thrive in the warm, humid climate. While many were apparently released by their owners, others may have escaped from pet shops during Hurricane Andrew in 1992 and have been reproducing ever since.