Instead of roses and chocolates, I bring you today’s news with a whole lotta love.
- Italian forensic experts have developed a picture of Jesus Christ. It’s comforting to know even Jesus can have a bad driver’s license photo.
- Mexican drug gangs are forcing indigenous tribes to grow drug crops and worship Jesus Malverde, Patron Saint of Drug Runners.
- New research suggests it’s unlikely lobsters feel pain. Has anyone conducted a study to see if researchers feel pain? I wonder what they ate for dinner that night. I’m going to run a nice hot bath for Pinchy now …
- Do scientists shy away from controversial research?
- Brain-damaged people who appear unaware of their surroundings may in fact be fully alert, but unable to respond.
- Scientists are baffled by an American man’s shrinking brain. A Bush joke would be too obvious.
- High achievers and smart people who worry too much are more prone to break under pressure. Why does this article have a picture of me?
- Having your heart broken really can put stress on your heart. What about when a woman rips open your chest, tears out your heart, throws it on the ground, stomps on it, then kicks it down a drain? Fear not, heart-renewing cells have been discovered that might one day replace open-heart surgery.
- Is Valentine’s Day healthy for you? It’s certainly not healthy for your wallet. In Saudi Arabia, people are defying a Valentine’s Day ban.
- Did Neanderthals die out because they couldn’t adapt to the cold? Maybe male Neanderthals had their hearts broken by cruel modern women.
- Homo Floresiensis fossils go missing again. Does this make it the Missing Link?
- How the elephant got its ears has just become more complicated due to a tiny 115-million-year-old fossil. Haruki Murakami told me elephant ears are made in an elephant factory: read The Dancing Dwarf from his short story collection, The Elephant Vanishes (Amazon US or UK).
- Strange corpse has people muttering chupacabra. No, it’s not Michael Jackson, it’s an ocean skate.
- How much is that New Age healing in the window?
- Hong Kong’s lucky Lam Tsuen tree proves unlucky for some. Maybe it’s just branching out into petty violence.
- My theory is confirmed (see TDG’s poll): US spy drones over Iran could explain UFO sightings.
- The European Space Agency successfully launched the Ariane 5 rocket.
- How does a star get flung from a galaxy?
- The Huygens Space Probe has successfully measured Titan’s winds.
- The bizarre moon of Iapetus and it’s bulging equator.
- Researchers are convinced life exists elsewhere in the universe. It’s just a question of whether it’s simple microbes, intelligent civilisation or somewhere inbetween (I think it’s all of the above).
- Perhaps a little black box can tell us. I love the opening sentence, DEEP in the basement of a dusty university library in Edinburgh lies a small black box. It’s a heart-warming tale of scientists who take paranormal phenomena seriously.
- Is this an extraordinary UFO photo, or an ordinary hoax?
- Oil production in Libya may be endangering priceless Saharan rock art.
- Excavations continue at Iran’s 5200-year-old Burnt City.
- An Afghan archaeologist seeks the 1000-foot-long Sleeping Buddha.
- The December 26th Tsunami reveals ancient ruins along the coast of Southern India.
- There is a lost city in the jungles of Johor, Malaysia, but government officials dispute which city it is exactly. Dr Chandran Jeshurun insists it is the lost city of Kota Gelanggi.
- Does a mysterious city made of black stone exist in the Malaysian jungles? It appears the Chinese may have been there too.
- A Tibetan religious site up to a thousand years old and containing 383 stone buddha shrines has been discovered in Sichuan, Southwestern China.
- A large section of the Great Wall of China has been destroyed by a road crew plundering supplies. Perhaps they should be buried alive within the wall if it’s repaired?
Thanks Bill and Kat.
Quote of the Day:
You are permitted in times of great danger to walk with the devil until you have crossed the bridge.