No, not the least popular Transformer ever made, a scary nuclear test from the 1960s.
Starfish Prime was a high-altitude nuclear test conducted by the United States on July 9, 1962, a joint effort of the Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) and the Defense Atomic Support Agency (which became the Defense Nuclear Agency in 1971).
A Thor rocket carrying a W49 thermonuclear warhead (manufactured by Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory) and a Mk. 2 reentry vehicle was launched from Johnston Island in the Pacific Ocean. The explosion took place above a point southwest of Johnston Island. It was one of five tests conducted by the USA in outer space as defined by the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI). It produced a yield equivalent to 1.4 megatonnes of TNT. [...read more]
Hello! I've written a book, it's a sci-fi detective story that deals with issues of identity in a near future world where one social network knows everything.
A very odd little skeleton. Is it an alien? Probably not.
Ata is the common name given to the skeletal remains of a -long human that was found during 2003 in a deserted Chilean town in the Atacama Desert, hence the abbreviated name. Since that time, Ata has been placed into a private collection in Spain.
Although initially thought to be older, the remains have been dated to the last few decades, and found to contain high-quality DNA, suitable for scientific analysis. Ata has an irregularly shaped skull and is missing two ribs. Furthermore, a professor of medicine, Ralph Lachman, said that dwarfism could not account for all the features found in Ata. While it has been claimed that Ata is an alien by ufologists, this speculation is inconsistent with the human genetic material that is present in the remains. [...read more]
12,000 year old discs containing encoded information. This is worse than the return of vinyl.
The Dropa stones, otherwise known as the Dzopa stones, Dropas stones or Drop-ka stones, are said by some ufologists and pseudoarchaeologists to be a series of at least 716 circular stone discs, dating back 12,000 years, on which tiny hieroglyph-like markings may be found. Each disc is claimed to measure up to in diameter and carry two grooves, originating from a hole in their center, in the form of a double spiral. The hieroglyph-like markings are said to be found in these grooves. There is no concrete evidence of the discs' existence. [...read more]
This chap is allegedly both the world's luckiest, and unluckiest man.
Frane Selak (born 1929) [...read more]
An insane 80s-style action short featuring gaming guns? Well, why not. As a bonus, yours truly composed the soundtrack - true story.
I'm sure we've all been convinced that we're going to give birth to puppies once or twice in our lives, right?
Puppy pregnancy syndrome is a psychosomatic illness in humans brought on by mass hysteria.
The syndrome is thought to be localized to villages in several states of India, including West Bengal, Assam, Bihar, Jharkhand, Orissa, and Chhattisgarh, and has been reported by tens of thousands of individuals. It has been noted that it is far more prevalent in areas with little access to education. Victims are said to bark like dogs, and have reported being able to see the puppies inside them when looking at water, or hear them growling in their abdomen. It is believed that the victims will eventually die – especially men, who will give birth to their puppies through the penis.
Witch doctors offer oral cures, which they claim will dissolve the puppies, allowing them to pass through the digestive system and be excreted "without the knowledge of the patient".
Doctors in India have tried to educate the public about the dangers of believing in this condition. Most sufferers are referred to psychiatric services, but in rare instances patients fail to take anti-rabies medication in time, thinking that they have puppy pregnancy syndrome and thus the witch doctor's medicine will cure them. This is further compounded by witch doctors stating that their medicine will fail if sufferers seek conventional treatment.
Some psychiatrists believe that the syndrome meets the criteria for a culture-bound disorder. [...read more]
You've got to laugh, haven't you?
The Tanganyika laughter epidemic of 1962 was an outbreak of mass hysteriaor mass psychogenic illness (MPI)rumored to have occurred in or near the village of Kashasha on the western coast of Lake Victoria in the modern nation of Tanzania (formerly Tanganyika) near the border of Uganda.
The laughter epidemic began on January 30, 1962, at a mission-run boarding school for girls in Kashasha. The laughter started with three girls and spread haphazardly throughout the school, affecting 95 of the 159 pupils, aged 12–18. Symptoms lasted from a few hours to 16 days in those affected. The teaching staff were not affected but reported that students were unable to concentrate on their lessons. The school was forced to close down on March 18, 1962.
After the school was closed and the students were sent home, the epidemic spread to Nshamba, a village that was home to several of the girls. In total 14 schools were shut down and 1000 people were affected.
The incident inspired an extended monologue in Della Sisto's long-running one-woman show, "The Dellagation", which appeared at the original Vortex Theatre in Austin, Texas, during the early 1990s. Previously, "Witches: The Unburning" held the title of longest-running show at the Vortex. [...read more]
A particularly strange UFO encounter, in that the abductees continued to discuss their ordeal in terrified tones when left alone shortly afterwards.
The Pascagoula Abduction is a purported UFO sighting and alien abduction alleged to have occurred in 1973 when co-workers Charles Hickson and Calvin Parker claimed they were abducted by aliens while fishing near Pascagoula, Mississippi. The incident earned substantial mass media attention. [...read more]
A private investigator with prosthetic hands - sounds made up? Well, it isn't.
Jay J. Armes (born Julian Armas; August 12, 1932) is an American amputee, private investigator, and actor. He is known for his prosthetic hands. [...read more]