About 32,000 years ago in Siberia, a squirrel industriously hoarded a whole lot of seeds and fruits in a river bank. Last winter, a team of Russian scientists coaxed some of the seeds into blooming in the lab, and an ancient white flower has been brought back to life.
The death of Hollywood star Natalie Wood has long been the subject of bitter conspiracies. In a surprising move, after nine months of investigation, today the Los Angeles County Chief Medical Examiner has stricken the word "accidental" from Wood's death certificate, and ruled her cause of death as "drowning and other undetermined factors." It's a small move, but for many, it is a move in the right direction.
As a cat lady myself, I have long been fascinated with the strange puzzle that is the toxoplasma parasite. Alarmingly, a new study shows a strong correlation between toxoplasmosis in women and suicide attempts. Odder still, women with toxoplasmosis are more likely to commit suicide by violent means (stabbing, gunshot, jumping) than non-infected women.
eBay is continually updating their rules, and continually ticking off huge segments of their community. This time, they are ticking off the magickal community, and you have to wonder if this wasn't a particularly unwise move on their part.
This is something that has been floating around on the Internet along with all the other crazy-ass chain mail email letters that your grandma forwards to you. I was reminded of it last night when I was watching a "King of the Hill" re-run, of all things. When Megalo-Mart buys out the organic food co-op, the co-op's butcher takes early retirement and reportedly buys a condo on a cruise ship.
A lot of complicated diplomatic negotiations go into the laws that dictate which countries can take which fish from which international waters. But the business of high seas fishing is as lucrative as it is difficult to police. And who can say which fish really came from which waters? Many officials are inclined (with bribes) to look the other way. Others may not even realize there is a problem with a load of fish that are actually from mixed sources.
Last week I ran across a mention of UFOs and aliens as depicted in petroglyphs, and I have been utterly smitten with the topic ever since. Petroglyphs abound throughout the world, with many found right here in the United States. Petroglyphs themselves are fascinating, being a record of someone's doodle (or religious ceremony, or depiction of real life events, or whatever other meaning you want to assign to them - most likely, "all of the above, depending on the petroglyph") from tens of thousands of years ago.
Described by a witness as "the weirdest thing I've seen in 18 years at sea," the New Zealand Royal Navy is currently investigating a vast swath of white pumice found floating atop the South Pacific Ocean.
I recently saw a trailer for a new Sam Raimi movie coming out this fall called "The Possession." It purports to be "based on a true story," that of the infamous Haunted eBay Dybbuk Box. But how real is it all?
This Louisiana pizza parlor claims to be haunted, and they have published the videos to prove it. But despite - or perhaps because - of the national attention Stocky's Pizza has received, many people in the paranormal community are convinced that these videos are simply hoaxes.