There aren't many taboos that you could truly consider global, but cannibalism is one of them. Thus it is perhaps not surprising that the act of violating the taboo is often considered to be an extremely powerful one.
On the morning of the Newtown shooting, a 69-year-old retired psychologist named Gene Rosen stepped outside to feed his cats. To his surprise, he found "four terrified children hiding out in his driveway." The children told Rosen that their teacher was dead. He stayed with them while the tragedy continued to unfold at Sandy Hook Elementary, about a block away.
Alex Jones is a central figure in the contemporary field of conspiracy theories. His radio show has taken over a huge segment of what used to be Art Bell's audience, back in the day. His websites and podcast and articles are nutty, sure, but you would hardly have expected the kind of insane ranting that he burst into when interviewed by Piers Morgan.
The first few times I heard about this, I dismissed it out of hand. But it keeps cropping up, with supporting comments from people all over the country, so I am finally willing to concede that it is A Thing. Apparently, organized shoplifting rings are targeting, of all things, jugs of Tide liquid laundry detergent.
On December 20, a man named Elijah Prychodzko described as an "amateur astronomer" was looking into the late afternoon sky over Sacramento, CA when he recorded an unusual sight. According to his account, it was a bright light that was hovering, circled by a smaller white light, and then it exploded.
If you have a superstitious dread of the number 13 (a condition technically known as "triskaidekaphobia") then this will be a bad year for you. Unlike the floors in multi-story buildings, we can't just skip 2013 and call it 2014 instead. But you can count your luck that there isn't a thirteenth month, otherwise you would have to suffer through 13/13/13!