Romane ite domum.
- Scientists have used mathematics to explain why the silly walks of Monty Python’s John Cleese never caught on. It also really hurts my back.
- Romanian witches have decided to move with the times, offering spells and potions online. Email viruses can now turn you into a newt.
- Pravda interviews ghost expert Leslie Rule. Coast to Coast Ghosts: True Stories of Hauntings Across America by Leslie and Ann Rule (Amazon US or UK).
- Getting ready for the release of the final Harry Potter book, Anthony North discusses the Devil and his archetypes on Beyond the Blog.
- JK Rowling refuses to rule out future adventures for Harry Potter — or is this a foiler to cover-up his death in the final book? Oops, sorry Kat.
- The Chinese have used dinosaur bones in traditional medicines for centuries, believing they belonged to dragons.
- Seasonal winds, from the Devil’s Wind in Los Angeles to winds in Geneva and Israel, can cause irrational behaviour in people. So do people who blow hot air.
- Chemist’s have created a liquid that can be changed to any colour of the rainbow by applying a magnetic field.
- An extract from Michael Talbot’s classic 1982 book, The Holographic Universe (Amazon US or UK).
- The National Research Council in the US says we should be looking for extraterrestrial life, but not as we know it.
- Retired police detective James Clarkson now investigates UFOs, and says the majority of reports come from ordinary, honest people who have seen something extraordinary.
- Irish company Steorn claim to have invented a device that produces free energy, but is it wishful thinking? Is this article part of a misinformation campaign?
- Nick “the UFO Mystic” Redfern discusses sinister technology that targets people under 20 and is being used to curb anti-social behaviour. Good thing I turn 34 on Saturday.
- A study of 400 college students claims to have busted the myth of quiet men, chatty women. Compare the lengths of Kat and Jameske’s news briefs.
- Conservation biologists say the dingo needs to be reintroduced into the Australian bush to help control feral animals such as cats, foxes and tourists.
- It took over 2000 years, but the Nabataeans have finally received recognition for building Petra.
- Last seen at Petra, Indiana Jones can now be found in 1950s America.
- Two climate scientists are packing their families on a camping trip to Chaco Canyon.
- Is the BBC drama Rome an immoral fest of gore and debauchery, or a jolly good romp through Roman history? I have a vewy gweat fwiend in Wome called ‘Biggus Dickus’
- A bonny article from Philip Coppens exploring the forgotten megalithic landscape west of Aberdeen.
- A team of 12 will sail a reed boat based on Incan design from Spain to New York in an effort prove there was trans-Atlantic trade long before Columbus and the Vikings. The spirit of Thor Heyerdahl lives on.
Quote of the Day:
I have never been able to grasp the meaning of time. I don’t believe it exists. I’ve felt this again and again, when alone and out in nature. On such occasions, time does not exist. Nor does the future exist.