Here is today's TDG news, I hope you enjoy our tales of Santa, Knights and philosophs, of UFO's and weirder things.
- New island rises from the sea in the Maldives. I was so disappointed when I found it was manmade - I wanted to be the first to claim it was Atlantis.
- Members of the local Knights Templar claim a clue to the Holy Grail lies in a Hereford church window.
- A legendary monster hunter has fled Loch Ness after his home was vandalised.
- The frontpage of the "Scotland Midlothian UFO & Paranormal Files" website claims to have pics of Nessie and a UFO. Two hits for the price of one - pity they aren't in the very same pics together!
- Spy chief is main suspect in the poisoning of Ukrainian opposition leader.
- Visitors will be able to "take part" in an historic 18th century battle at a new virtual reality visitors centre.
- The Deep Impact comet-smashing mission is now set to launch on January 12th.
- School distributes satanic sex calendar- Texas parents infuriated by explicit material. Hey Greg, when does the TDG Calendar come out?
- In the "they should have tried this years ago" awards, hot favourite is "American Indians set to manage US bison reserve".
- The iceberg cometh: it's 76 miles long, 17 miles wide and contains enough water to supply the population of the UK for 60 years. Impressive? Not if you're a penguin.
- Many happy returns - the hunt for proof of reincarnation.
- Newropean Magazine slams a recent US survey that said Europeans are just as religious as Americans - mainly because secular France was missed out of the survey but Turkey added.
- Controversy dogs the planned demolition of historic artefacts in a Kenyan church over alleged links to Freemasonry.
- Shiny white UFOs interrupt a barbeque in Victoria, Australia.
- Looking for something different to make a statement or set the tone? Try hiring a UFO.
- How do you reconstruct Santa's face? What St. Nicholas really looked like.
- What do you get if you cross a tank of water, seven hungry sharks and one very long piece of copper wire? The answer is the first direct evidence that sharks can detect changes in the Earth's magnetic field.
- The Bush administration plans to be able to take the GPS system offline if needed for national security reasons.
- An eco-bot developed at Bristol University, England eats dead flies and rotten apples as fuel.
- The very readable Annalee Newitz of Techsploitation tells an interviewer why she thinks transhumanism sucks.
- From the same e-mag - Daniel Pinchbeck talks about his forthcoming book and 2012, the 'year of the singularity'.
- Professor debunks internet rumours that he has ceased being an atheist.
- A Starship Troopers moment (the book, not the movie). Real life exoskeletons are here at last. This might keep Rico happy till his jet-pack arrives.
- The Belarusian Army is having an internet sale to clear stocks of old equipment. Next week, maybe the US will sell broken "missile shield" interceptors on ebay?
- Part 5 of the BBC's "Planet Under Pressure" series looks at climate change and global warming.
- A millionaire activist who believes the September 11 terrorist attacks in 2001 were and "inside job" is offering a $130,000 reward to anyone who can prove him wrong.
Quote of the Day:
To be a philosopher is not merely to have subtle thoughts, nor even to found a school, but so to love wisdom as to live according to its dictates a life of simplicity, independence, magnanimity, and trust.
Henry David Thoreau