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  • Remember I posted news of an Australian man who claimed to have shot a panther or leopard near my hometown? DNA tests have confirmed it’s nothing but a feral domestic cat.
  • What lurks in the depths of Belize’s Blue Hole? Perhaps it has something to do with this.
  • The world’s largest primate, a 10-foot-tall giant with inch-wide teeth, lived in southeast Asia for many centuries alongside human beings, according to a leading researcher. No wonder Bigfoot has never smiled for the camera.
  • The Spaniards who settled New Mexico at the beginning of the colonial era brought with them their Old World notions of monsters and mythical beings.
  • Ancient tools found at a site overlooking the Mojave Valley River could be as old as 135’000 years.
  • Seven sacred Native American stones are to be moved to make way for a road.
  • From Malta, the difficulties and conflicts that arise when developers want to build on or near historic sites.
  • An archaeological project seeks to find the beginnings of Chinese civilisation, in the largely unknown period between 4500 and 3500 BC.
  • Ruins reveal the chilling massacre of Mayan Royalty. Considering how many common-folk were sacrificed to avert the end of the world, one could say they got their comeuppance.
  • Heavy rain is eroding the foundations of the Acropolis. Will our grandchildren get to see these ancient monuments? Greece’s deputy Culture Minister says there is no danger of the Parthenon collapsing. Here’s a photo of the Parthenon after heavy rain.
  • 12000-year-old flints found on Cyprus may be the earliest evidence of sea-faring in the eastern Mediterranean. Yarr.
  • French and Canadian expeditions will explore Iran’s mysterious Mazandaran Caves. Sounds like a Harry Potter book.
  • The creation of Chile’s 7000-year-old Chinchorro infant mummies may have been inspired by lead and arsenic poisoning.
  • Two rare coins from the medieval reign of Norwegian King Haraldur were found in Iceland. One day they’ll find the remains of an armoured polar bear.
  • CS Lewis’ Narnia chronicles are often accused of Christian allegory, but is Aslan the lion really Mithraic?
  • Was Jesus a successful or failed prophet? Depends if you believe in miracles.
  • A Nepalese boy who sits motionless from dawn to dusk may not be the next Buddha, because no one knows what he gets up to at night.
  • As the Pope’s astronomer, Guy Consolmagno must reconcile faith and science, then work out what to do if ET phones Rome.
  • The Canadian Government is being pressured to hold public hearings on exopolitics.
  • It wouldn’t happen in Hong Kong, because the people there are skeptical of UFOs.
  • This survey however says belief in alien encounters and UFO sightings, along with a fascination for outer space, are alive and strong in Asia.
  • Mormon Mesa in Nevada is a hotbed for UFO sightings. Salt Lake City is a hotbed for Mormon sightings.
  • National Enquirer journalist and UFOlogist Robert Pratt has passed away, aged 79.
  • Are the Earth’s computer systems open to Extraterrestrial hackers? They’re hanging out with Bill Gibson in Tokyo.
  • When the machines revolt, will you be prepared for it? How to Survive a Robot Uprising: Tips on Defending Yourself Against the Coming Rebellion by Daniel H Wilson (Amazon US or UK). I’ll buy you a copy for Christmas, Kat.
  • An 11-year quest to create disappearing coloured bubbles finally finds success. At last, I can decorate the quarantine bubble I live in.
  • Jeremy Harte, who has been away with the fairies, has been presented with this year’s Folklore Society’s award for the best book about folklore. Explore Fairy Traditions, by Jeremy Harte (Amazon US or UK).
  • Colin Andrews’ attempt to sell his entire archive of Crop Circle research on Ebay has failed. Let’s pass the hat around, Greg.

Quote of the Day:

“… children know such a lot now, they soon don’t believe in fairies, and every time a child says, ‘I don’t believe in fairies,’ there is a fairy somewhere that falls down dead.”

Sir James Matthew Barrie, from Peter Pan