Yesterday I posted the first half of a list of the top 50 most popular stories on The Daily Grail in 2014. Today, here's part two: #25 down to #1:
- A Gnostic Vision of the Conquest: A Review of Graham Hancock's War God
- The Shape-Shifting Son of God
- Sight Unseen: Humans Are Able to See Infrared Light (Really)
- UFOs in Norway: Are the 'Hessdalen Lights' Sparks From a Giant Geological Battery?
- Mysterious Forces: Exploring the Poltergeist Phenomenon
- Does Quantum Physics Imply That You Are Immortal?
- A Reality Beyond Death?
- Have Russians Discovered Ancient 'Super-Megalithic' Architecture in Siberia?
- Are Super-Intelligent Aliens Hiding Within Our Atoms?
- Researchers Use ESP to Make Thousands of Dollars on the Stock Market
- Brian Dunning on the Joe Rogan Experience: A Masterclass in Bad Skepticism
- The Last Alchemist
- Do Humans Have the Ability to Sense the Future? This Survey of Experiments So Far Says....Yes!
- Telepathy Between the Dead
- The Mysterious Celestial Spheres of the Ancient Mughal Empire
- Moonwalking? Strange Silhouette on Lunar Surface Goes Viral
- Synchronicity or Coincidence? Parapsychologist Dean Radin Tells a Strange Personal Tale
- AWAREness Beyond Death?
- This UFO is Real, According to a Government Agency
- Magic Mushrooms were the Inspiration for Frank Herbert's Science Fiction Epic 'Dune'
- Visions of the Past - How Far Should We Go in 'Restoring' Ancient Monuments?
- Our Alien DNA
- UFOs Finally Turn Up in Documents Leaked by Edward Snowden
- Did Roger Ebert Have a Deathbed Vision?
- Scientific Research Suggests We Unconsciously React to Events Up to 10 Seconds Before They Happen
To all the Grailers out there: thanks for your support in 2014, and best wishes for a fun and fascinating 2015!
Here at The Daily Grail we certainly don't measure the worth of a story by its popularity (the world has enough clickbait rubbish without us adding to it). But given we don't go out of our way to entice readers to our articles - apart from simply trying to write something interesting - the popularity of each post does provide one rough way of picking out a segment of 'good reads' for an end of year summary (from the 600+ posts in total over the course of 2014). So over the next two days, without claiming the placing reflects the worth of any particular post, I'll post the top 50 most popular stories on The Daily Grail this year, so readers can catch up on some fascinating posts they might have missed. Today, here's #50 down to #26:
- 'The Slenderman' Blamed for the Attempted Murder of a 12-Year-Old-Girl
- Waking Up to the Devil in Your Room
- Leading Skeptic Brian Dunning Sentenced to 15 Months Prison for Fraud
- Review: Interstellar
- Australian UFOs, More Than 100 Years Ago
- New Research Suggests Autistic Savants May Have Enhanced Telepathic Abilities
- Consecration of the Host - You Are Legion, For You Are Many
- Can Science See Spirits?
- Is Precognition Real? Positive Replications of Daryl Bem's Controversial Findings
- Retrocausality: Physicists Ponder Whether the Future Can Influence the Past
- Return to Life - The Reincarnation Research of Dr Jim Tucker
- Bring Out Your Bigfoot: How 'Science' is Failing at Educating the Public
- Graham Hancock, Live
- Did the Great Sphinx of Egypt Originally Have a Different Head?
- Scientists Call For Open, Informed Study of Psi Effects and Consciousness
- Mars Rover Sees a Light on the Horizon
- "Not Fit to Be Printed": The Suppressed Alchemical Papers of the Great Scientist Sir Isaac Newton
- Are We All Persons of Interest?
- Pulling The Cosmic Trigger - The Kazimier, Liverpool, UK, 23 February 2014
- What the Dying Know
- The Mystery of the Blinking Mummy
- Dream Telepathy Research Reborn
- Graham Hancock: "New Archaeological Discoveries Uncover The Mysteries Of A Lost Civilisation"
- Total Death Experiences
- The Art of Dying: Beatles Guitarist George Harrison 'Lit Up the Room' When He Died
Tomorrow, #25 to #1!
Happy Xmas to all, and to all a good night!
- Crowds gather for the winter solstice at Stonehenge.
- The amazing sky calendar that the ancients used to track the seasons.
- The truly ancient astronomical mythology of Australia's indigenous people.
- 13,800-year-old archaeological site found underwater in Canada.
- Viking women were most certainly not stay-at-home moms.
- Archaeologists are excavating a synagogue where Jesus likely preached.
- Ten pseudo-historians and their bizarre theories. Trigger warning!
- The mysteries of the Tombs of the Giants.
- Elongated skulls are not a mystery.
- Some people not only share their life but their moment of death with loved ones. Are these 'shared-death experiences' real or a mirage?
- Highly unlikely events happen all the time. But can we summon them at will?
- The five worst ghosts of 2014.
- Why ghosts haunt England at Christmas but steer clear of America.
- This neuroscientist is trying to upload his entire brain to a computer.
- Ray Kurzweil says don't listen to Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk about artificial intelligence.
- There's a serious proposal to send astronauts to a floating cloud city in Venus's atmosphere before heading to Mars.
- Quantum physics just got less complicated.
- Working toward a warp drive: man aims to bend fabric of space in his home garage lab.
- Mathematicians make a major discovery about prime numbers.
- Heroic monkey saves friend after near-electrocution.
Quote of the Day:
Christmas is not a time nor a season but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy is to have the real spirit of Christmas.
- Tracking data shows that birds 'evacuated' their nesting sites a day before tornado outbreak.
- Exploding the myth that the dying star Eta Carinae will kill us all.
- Could Interstellar actually undermine human expansion into space?
- Curiosity rover confirms organics on Mars.
- Weird sea ghost breaks record for the deepest living fish.
- Antibiotic resistance will kill 300 million people by 2050.
- The slow, humble return of the
- Five Leonardo da Vinci inventions that could have revolutionised the history of technology.
- Archaeologists unearth entryway to King Herod's palace.
- Did the ancient Egyptians have airplanes?
- Building a tunnel under Stonehenge could wreck chances of unlocking the ancient site's secrets.
- Evidence of successful brain surgery and ancient pharmaceutical warehouse found in Turkey.
- Britannia Obscura: mapping hidden Britain.
- Vladimir Putin cites claim about US designs on Siberia traced to Russian mind readers.
- The 12 most important moments in science in 2014.
- Image of Day: A collection of
Quote of the Day:
It is a well-known fact that those people who must want to rule people are, ipso facto, those least suited to do it... anyone who is capable of getting themselves made President should on no account be allowed to do the job.
It's beginning to look a lot like...something.
- Enigmatic symbols and carvings in man-made cave in England confound experts.
- Million mummy cemetery unearthed in Egypt.
- Curiosity rover did
notfind methane on Mars.
- Massive Chinese dam is slowing the Earth's spin.
- Scientists challenge 'Abominable Snowman' DNA results.
- The most amazing science images of 2014.
- Dalai Lama says "I would rather be the last Dalai Lama than see a stupid person take my place.
- Look out Sasquatch. Biologists have a clever way to detect animals they can't find: Enviromental DNA.
- Can humans hibernate?
- U.S. secretly infiltrated Cuba's hip-hop scene to spark anti-government movement. The question needs asking: did they use funky cold medina?
- Young boy saves Fulham shop after spotting mysterious square fire.
- Image of the Day: Butterflies will never look the same.
Quote of the Day:
If you deny my request for a pardon, I will serve my time knowing that sometimes you have to pay a heavy price to live in a free society. I will gladly pay that price if it means we could have a country that is truly conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all women and men are created equal.
- Cryptophasia: the secret language of the twins.
- Cracking the code of James Hampton's private language.
- If we want to safeguard our languages, stories and ideas against extinction, we should study Egyptology.
- The epigenetics of The X-Files.
- Residents of a small village in Kazakhstan are falling asleep at random, sometimes for days at a time, and no one knows why. *ahem*
- An in-depth look at the mystery booms being heard around the world.
- Miles-long band of mysterious and unexplained holes in Pisco Valley, Peru.
- Australian 'hairy man' report from 1882.
- Newly discovered files show British government spent the equivalent of £84,000 investigating the Beast of Bodmin Moor.
- New analysis finds 1962 Alcatraz escapees might have survived.
- Are sports stadiums becoming the temples of the modern world?
- The Sun's colossal glowing loops, up close and personal
- Nine legendary monsters of Christmas.
- The true story of the Fanny-scratching ghost of Cock Lane.
- Video of the Day: Carnivora Gardinum
Quote of the Day:
Here's what we can do to change the world right now to a better ride. Take all that money we spend on weapons and defence each year and instead spend it feeding, clothing and educating the poor of the world, which it would many times over, not one human being excluded.
A summary of all the stories and news briefs posted on The Daily Grail over the past week. Feel free to share anything interesting!
- News Briefs 08-12-2014 (Monday)
- Evidence Mounts for Early Greek Celestial Expertise
- News Briefs 09-12-2014 (Tuesday)
- Are These Amazing Underwater Structures Evidence for a Lost Civilisation?
- News Briefs 11-12-2014 (Thursday)
- A Fortean Feast with Joshua Cutchin
- Carnivora Gardinum: Timelapse Video of Carnivorous Plants
- News Briefs 12-12-2014 (Friday)
- We Wish You A Graily Christmas - Fortean Holiday Reading From Our Book List
Have a good weekend!
- Marie Celeste reveals how strange life in dark water can be.
- Younger Dryas comet impact enfolded in Giza Pyramids?
- Geminid meteor shower visible this weekend.
- Organic compounds synthesized by cosmic impacts?
- Deepening mystery behind source of comet’s water...
- Ice on comet suggests different origin for oceans.
- The Great Green Wall fights sands of time.
- Staring into the imaginary abyss.
- Final destination altered by from psychic.
- Unraveling the algorithm of your dreams...
- Life on Mars?
- Leaf butterflies and evolution.
- Ornithological family tree unveiled.
- Focusing the scope of NASA’s search for life on other planets.
- Space & Time, via Christopher Nolan.
- Thawing climate change policies in Peru?
- Aquilops, the bunny-shaped dinosaur.
- Rising temperatures and dwindling water supplies.
- Shocking evidence of the looming robot uprising.
Endless thanks for another enlightening year at TDG. Here's to a brilliant, bountiful 2015!
Quote of the Day:
Last News Briefs of 2014 for me. My, how time flies when you're having Fort!
- "Bigfoot stole my hot cocoa!"
- Scientists implant human brain cells in mice to create "super mouse." Obligatory 90's pop reference.
- G(esp)tapo? Berlin police is considering deploying crime-predicting software.
- Too smart to wear a badge: Some police depts reject high-IQ candidates.
- The city New York sets up the scene for the Rise of the Planet of the Apes.
- Water World: Curiosity finds more evidence on how Earth-like Mars used to be.
- After a deep slumber, the New Horizons probe has awakened, and it's prepping for its Pluto flyby.
- What secrets may be deduced from the über-geeky patches of US spy satellite launches?
- ISS astronaut's awkward response when asked about UFOs: Lost in translation or coverup?
- Looks like the Mos Eisley cantina will not be enough to satisfy J.J. Abrams' alien crave.
- Luxor's Got Talent: Spanish archeologists discover the tomb and mummy of "Amun singer."
- Check out the swag found in a Ming dinasty's tomb.
- Fight Science with Science: Conner Habib interviews Skeptiko's Alex Tsakiris.
- The man with 2 hearts, or how our inner blood pump might influence our personality. The story reminded me of this most excellent film.
- The path of the Sacred Clown: Where the Trickster and the Shaman converge.
- Red Pill of the Day: Have a Sarumany Xmas!
Thanks to the whole TDG community for another stellar year. Enjoy the holidays!
Quote of the Day:
“If the fool would persist in his folly, he would become wise.”
Short and sweet so that I can sleep!
- Are these amazing underwater structures evidence for a lost civilisation?
- 'Unknown' ancient civilisation located between the Black and Caspian seas may have created a major group of modern languages, spanning English, German, Russian and Hindi, among others.
- The lost treasure of Oak Island and the centuries-old quest to find it.
- Evidence mounts for early Greek celestial expertise.
- Debunking the king of the debunkers, James Randi. Warning: includes mention of crazy woo-woo site, The Daily Grail.
- Is space-time shaped like a spiral? Cue galactic music!
- RIP Frank and Louie, the two-faced 'Janus' cat.
- Seriously, f**k Discovery and its 'Eaten Alive' by an Anaconda show.
- The Bigfoot of Japan.
- What happened when we tried to publish a real paper investigating time travel.
- Giant crater on Mars was once a vast lake.
- Photographing the invisible world of the paranormal.
- Image of the Day: The simple beauty of a standing stone
Quote of the Day:
To have faith is to trust yourself to the water. When you swim you don't grab hold of the water, because if you do you will sink and drown. Instead you relax, and float.