ETs, help me, please! My ship crashed in an H2O ocean on Earth – obviously the insane asylum of this solar system – and this place is driving me nuts! You can pick me up about halfway between the equator and the south magnetic pole (which Earthlings, unsurprisingly, call the North pole), on the Eastern side of a huge mountain chain, which Earthlings have unimaginatively named the Rockies. Just telepath your chosen landing site on arrival, and I’ll be there in a jiffy.
Today’s news — better than that burnt piece of barbeque you’re gnawing, and more engrossing than fireworks!
- Piles of jewels, sacks of diamonds, and tonnes of gold: Kerala temple’s secret vaults yield £12.5 billion in treasure. More to come, as they’re opening another vault today.
- Ancient Egypt treasure gate belonging to Nubian King Shabaka unearthed near Luxor’s Karnak temple.
- More Egyptian protests calling for the head of Zahi Hawass.
- The Pharaoh of Thuringia: Archaeologists puzzle over opulent prehistoric burial find.
- Cambodia completes Temple of Angkor’s 50-year renovation puzzle.
- Family ties doubted in Stone Age farmers.
- Painting which once sold for £45 is long-lost Leonardo worth £120million.
- Todd Standing: He’s Baaack! With New Sasquatch Video!
- NASA Conspiracies – not all controversial: An exclusive interview with Nick Redfern. While you’re there, check out that close-encounter in the comments.
- Has the Millennium Falcon been found at the bottom of the Baltic Sea?
- Scientists calculate Neptune’s spin time. Nice video. Where’s the rest of it?
- Folklore of South Africa’s Shangaan people points to an alien visitation as the cause of the area’s famous white lions.
- A review of Jason Hribal’s Fear of the Animal Planet: The Hidden History of Animal Resistance (Amazon US & UK).
- Easy, tiger! Incredible moment huge animal is released back into the wild after being rescued from a poacher’s snare.
- Cheeky monkey ‘says cheese’! Critically-endangered macaque borrows photographer’s camera, takes wonderful self-portraits and a shot of the photographer pleading for his camara back.
- The hippies who built Utopian communes — two centuries ago.
- Coffee could ward off Alzheimer’s Disease.
- Senior arachnid moments: The older a spider gets, the more chaotic its web becomes.
- Portugal’s experiment in decriminalising drug use has cut addiction numbers in half.
- Is this the end of the Space Age? The Economist wants to know!
- UFOs, mercury and antigravitic forces.
- The mysterious island of Hy-Brasil: The ‘other’ Atlantis.
- Searchng for undiscovered species? Try your bellybutton.
- Albino child who disappeared on way home from school ‘was kidnapped by witch doctors for tribal sacrifice’.
- Pagan couple being driven out of UK town by hostile Christians who urinate on their windows, stack firewood against their door, and shout ‘burn the witches’ as they go past.
- Divine Hunger? The Cannibal War Machine.
- Journey into the CIA’s heart of darkness: Ex-agent reveals ‘torture’ of terror suspect in secret prison dubbed ‘Hotel California’.
- Ernest Hemingway driven to suicide by FBI surveillance.
Quote of the Day:
It’s the worst hell. The goddamnedest hell. They’ve bugged everything. That’s why we’re using Duke’s car. Mine’s bugged. Everything’s bugged. Can’t use the phone. Mail intercepted.
Ernest Hemingway, to his friend A. E. Hotchner, regarding his surveillance by the F.B.I..