That sound you hear is the rustling of money in pockets, being magically summoned to J.K. Rowlings’ bank account…
- Embargos are made to be broken, with rave newspaper reviews of the Harry Potter finale already comparing it to other fantasy classics such as The Lord of the Rings. Meanwhile, J.K.’s not happy, and her publisher has released the dementors (otherwise known as their legal team) upon the embargo breakers. All in all, wonderful publicity you couldn’t afford to buy (unless you’re…errr…J.K. Rowling).
- Has the Hessdalen Lights mystery been finally solved?
- Area 51 undergoes top secret construction work.
- Military prepares for a ray-gun war. Set them to stun!
- James Randi better start popping steroids and doing bench presses – Uri Geller is headed for US television.
- Also: Sci Fi announces new show called UFO Hunters.
- Korean bishop cracks down on controversial Marian shrine.
- Science fiction and no-way physics.
- Colorado professors receive death threats for teaching evolution.
- Freeman Dyson tells of our biotech future.
- Saturn gets a sixtieth moon.
- When publicity stunts offend pagans (sounds like a good name for a television series): following on from Homer and his doughnut beside the Cerne Abbas giant, pagans receive an apology for Long Man ‘defacement’. Can you say “goooooaaaaaaaaaal!!!!“?
- Viking treasure hoard uncovered.
- New British PM Brown signals a tougher stance on cannabis use.
- Vanuatu defends its famous brew kava.
- LSD-assisted psychotherapy trial to begin in Switzerland.
- Asian parasite to blame for vanishing bees says scientist. Also: Queen Bees brainwash workers with chemicals.
- More Bigfoot footage found to be hoax.
- Secret squirrel – Iran detains 14 squirrels on charges of espionage. If they offer them nuts, the jig is up…
Quote of the Day:
I can, of course, put myself into the sectarian scientist’s attitude, and imagine vividly that the world of sensations and of scientific laws and objects may be all. But when I do this, I hear that inward monitor of which W. K. Clifford once wrote, whispering the word ‘bosh!’ Humbug is humbug, even though it bear the scientific name, and the total expression of human experience, as I view it objectively, invincibly urges me beyond the narrow ‘scientific’ bounds.