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Is my eyesight getting worse from staring at a computer screen, or is it the news?

  • A psittalinguist — a person who interprets budgie-speak — says birds have cognitive abilities, and talk about spiritual matters. And Shadows thought Captain was just a foul-mouthed parrot with the vocabulary of a sailor.
  • New research has confirmed that humpback whales use syntax in the complex songs they sing, making them better songwriters than most bands in the top 40.
  • Mice testicles may provide an “ethical” source of embryonic stem cells for research. You mean … Mrs Frisbee was once a man?!
  • Australian water diviner locates legendary underground river, but only had to pay the ferryman AUS$1.75 due to the exchange rate.
  • A Malaysian construction worker gave up his day job to hunt the Johor bigfoot full-time. One day, Greg … one day.
  • The Johor Government is serious (but not enough to give up their day jobs) about investigating and protecting the wild hairy ape-folk hiding in the jungles. This conflicts with recent news that local Johor authorities are bulldozing and destroying physical evidence of the Johor Bigfoot.
  • Loren Coleman’s Cryptomundo has a great summary of the world’s best cryptozoo museums.
  • An interview with British Cryptozoologist Richard Freeman, author of Dragons: More Than A Myth (Amazon UK only).
  • Here’s a video report of a leprechaun spotted hiding in a Mobile Alabama tree. I haven’t laughed so hard since my Harry Potter book spontaneously combusted. Priceless.
  • A 243-year-old pre-Columbus world map may be authentic, proving the Chinese explored the globe. Don’t pop the champagne cork just yet, Gavin Menzies, there are still doubters.
  • A gallery of magnificent Ancient Chinese jade Bi Disks, used in the Dropa hoax.
  • What is jade, and why were (and still are) the Chinese obsessed with it?
  • Symbols found on 7000-year-old pottery offers clues to the origin of Chinese characters.
  • The Cassini space probe has sent back stunning images of Saturn’s moons and rings.
  • Not to be outdone, the new Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has relayed spectacular images of the martian surface.
  • A fresh look at the mid-1990s controversy of the Martian meteorite many claimed to contain evidence of life.
  • Are we living in the End Times? An overview of apocalyptic predictions.
  • Michael Jackson has slammed reports he is desperate to meet an extraterrestrial, but he would like to share a bed Noddy-and-Big-Ears-style with Spielberg’s ET.
  • A New Interpretation of Psi Phenomena — an excerpt from Renee Haynes’s The Hidden Springs: An Enquiry Into Extra-Sensory Perception (Amazon US or UK).
  • A group of researchers conducted a scientific study of the prayer healing phenomena, and received mixed and controversial results.
  • The Other Side Of Truth’s Paul Kimball talks about J. Allen Hynek vs. The Psychics, and links to a classic 1977 tv appearance.
  • A review of Ray Kurzwell’s The Singularity is Near (Amazon US or UK). I’ll be going on 78, but better late than never.
  • Why was Michael Scott, the wizard who tutored the Pope, condemned to eternal torment in Dante’s eighth circle of hell? Don’t panic Mike, there’ll be plenty of TDG regulars to keep you company, including yours truly.

Quote of the Day:

“The next, who is so slender in the flanks,
Was Michael Scott, who of a verity
Of magical illusions knew the game”

The Divine Comedy, Inferno, canto XX