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Showing posts with label Weird News. Show all posts
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Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Did Archaeologists Discover an Ancient Alien Cell Phone?


Archaeologists digging in Austria found an ancient clay tablet that looks like a cell or cordless phone with keys etched with cuneiform characters that would imply it originally came from Mesopotamia. What is it? Is it evidence of an advanced civilization or time travel?

The tablet was reportedly found earlier this year by archaeologists digging in Fuschl am See, a city in the Austrian state of Salzburg. There’s not much information on what the researchers were digging for in this region but it probably wasn’t cuneiform tablets. Yet that’s what they found. Even more shocking, the tablet strongly resembles the cell phones they were most likely using to take pictures of it.

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Thursday, March 14, 2013

Top 10 Unsolved Murder Mysteries



These slayings have triggered countless theories and accusations. Join http://www.WatchMojo.com as we count down the top 10 unsolved murder mysteries.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Pamela Haag: Valentine's Day: Its Gory, Unromantic Secret History

valentinesday-300x207The origin of Valentine's Day has nothing to do with love and everything to do with "torturous martyrdom." On second thought, perhaps the origin of Valentine's Day has a great deal to do with love*

Originally, the feast day of St. Valentine honored two third century martyrs by the name of Valentine who were elevated to sainthood in the early middle ages. Both Valentines -- one the Bishop of Terni and the other a priest in Rome -- were allegedly decapitated by their persecutors on February 14.

Incidentally, St. Valentine (as the two Valentines seem to have merged into one figure by the 9th century) is the patron saint of epileptics, not lovers.

Medieval miracle plays based on the Bishop of Terni Valentine show him brutally beaten, bloodied, and decapitated before angels transport him to heaven. It really puts you in a mood for love.

According to author Leigh E. Schmidt, several locales in Europe claimed Terni's relics, as they were widely dispersed. Several different shrines claimed possession of his skull.

There was no link between St. Valentine's Day and love until the 14th century. At that time, some scholars claim that Chaucer associated Valentine's Day with lovers by describing it as the day on which birds select their mates.

More plausibly, writes Elizabeth White Nelson, the tradition of expressing love on Valentine's Day comes from the Roman festival of Lupercalia, a fertility rite held on February 15. Typically, the medieval church would try to combine saints' feast days with pagan festivals, to boost Church loyalty and participation.

Whatever the reasons, by the 1500s the link between Valentine's Day, courtship, and love was established. The religious meanings of the day faded; its amorous meanings grew.

Rituals emerged in Europe in the 1600s and 1700s to divine future spouses on Valentine's Day. Some young people went to churchyards at midnight to await an omen, but drawing lots was the most common practice of divination. Clergyman Henry Bourne explained in 1725,
It is a ceremony, ... to draw Lots, which they term Valentines... The names of a select number of one Sex, are by an equal Number of the other put into some Vessel; and, after that, every one draws a Name, which for the present is called their Valentine, and is also look'd upon as good Omen of their Man and Wife afterwards.

The "drawing lots" ceremony could get ugly, and vicious. In France this celebration of the lottery of love became fractious. In France, explains Elizabeth White Nelson, once the valentines had been chosen, the woman prepared a meal for the man, and they attended a public dance. If the man was displeased, he would leave her, and she would remain in seclusion for eight days.

But, at the end of this time, "all the women who had been spurned gathered in the town square and burned their valentines in effigy."

This carnival of romantic revenge often escalated into riots, such that in 1776 the French parliament outlawed the ritual, and it had practically disappeared by ...read more
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Mexican 'Ape Woman' Buried After 150 Years

SINALOA DE LEYVA, Mexico -- An indigenous Mexican woman put on display in Victorian-era Europe because of a rare genetic condition that covered her face in thick hair has been buried in her home state in a ceremony that ends one of the best-known episodes from an era when live human beings were treated as collectible specimens.



With her hairy face and body, jutting jaw and other deformities, Julia Pastrana became known as "ape woman" after she was taken to the U.S. by showman Theodore Lent in 1854, when she was 20. She died in childbirth in 1860 and her body ended up at the University of Oslo, Norway.


After government and private requests to return her body, the university shipped her remains to the state of Sinaloa, where they were laid to rest Tuesday afternoon.

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WATCH: UFOs Light Up The Melbourne Sky

UFOs are reported all over the world, and over the weekend, they made an appearance in the skies above Melbourne, Australia.

Three very bright objects were videotaped maneuvering in a variety of ways, as well as turning their lights on and off as part of the show, reports the International Business Times.

At approximately 1:52 of the video -- posted to YouTube by FindingUFO -- one of the odd lights suddenly shoots away, seemingly from ground level, at incredibly fast speed.

Watch these Melbourne, Australia UFOs maneuver around in the sky in early February:

While the individual who took the videotape doesn't provide any personal information, commenters to the video suggest they, too, have seen similar light shows in the sky.

According to onlyMelbourne.com, "We receive UFO sighting reports in Melbourne at the rate of one a week. The vast majority are lights at night, and a few with a video evidence."

And then there's Lou20764, who (Warning! Warning!) has posted several UFO videos on his YouTube channel, like the one below, where he writes: "One of the most amazing sights I have ever recorded. Objects not visible to naked eye. 'Invasion' may be the wrong title, but that's what I felt. I hope they are benevolent."



In the UFO world, people who are known as "repeaters" are almost always immediately considered suspect. The more times you claim to photograph something unusual, the less credibility you seem to have.

Since we at Huffington Post don't tend to pass judgment, we leave it to you to decide if Lou20764's following UFO armada video, from Melbourne in November, is legit or not.

UFO videographer Lou20764 uses an infrared camera to allegedly shoot many unexplained aerial objects.

"When I first started, I used to get a few captures per week, then every day," he writes in the comments section of his video. "Whatever 'they' are, there are lots of them -- all over the world."

UFOs have many explanations. Try some of these on for size:

 

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Monday, February 11, 2013

Postcard Arrives Almost A Half Century Late

Bert Jacobson was just 13 when he took a trip with his father and cousins to the East Coast and wrote his mother a postcard to describe the fun he was having. At that time, in 1967, Lyndon B. Johnson was president, the Beatles were groovy and postage home cost 4 cents.



That postcard never reached Jacobson's mother -- not until this week, that is, when the letter, dirtied and tattered, arrived at his family's concrete business P.O. Box.



"It was an awesome trip," Jacobson recalled, according to local outlet News9 in Oklahoma City, Okla.



Marilyn Hubbard, Bert's sister, told the station that their mother "wasn't surprised that Bert had written her a card, but she was very surprised to took 46 years to get here."



Letters delivered decades late are often received with joy rather than frustration.



The Chicago Sun-Times reported in April 2012 that a postcard mailed in 1958 had finally reached its intended addressee, 71-year-old Scott McMurry. The postcard, originally sent by Scott McMurry's mother, found its way to him with help from social media.



And in November, the New York Daily News reported that a card mailed July 4, 1943, had at last made its way to the (former) home of sisters Pauline and Theresa Leisenring of Elmira, N.Y. Postal official Karen Mazurkiewicz told the Daily News, “Generally, if old mail pieces are uncovered in a postal facility, they are put in the mail with information about where the items are found.”



The Postal Service has been in dire straits lately, as it continues its search for ways to trim budget costs. In August, the USPS moved to cut hours at more than 13,000 rural post offices, according to USA Today. On Feb. 6, the USPS said it plans to cut Saturday deliveries (with the exception of packages) by August.

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Real-Life 'Vampire' Is Addicted To Drinking Blood

By: Megan Gannon, News Editor
Published: 02/08/2013 03:46 PM EST on LiveScience

In a chilling case report, doctors in Turkey have described what they claim to be a real-life vampire with multiple personalities and an addiction to drinking blood.

The 23-year-old married man apparently started out slicing his own arms, chest and belly with razor blades, letting the blood drip into a cup so he could drink it. But when he experienced compulsions to drink blood "as urgent as breathing," he started turning to other sources, the doctors said.

The man, whose name and hometown were not revealed in the report, was arrested several times after stabbing and biting others to collect and drink their blood. He apparently even got his father to get him bags of the ghastly drink from blood banks, according to the report released today (Feb. 8) by the Journal of Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics. The case study was published last fall.

The doctors said they found traumatic events in the man's life leading up to his two-year bloodsucking phase. His 4-month-old daughter became ill and died; he witnessed the murder of his uncle; and he saw another violent killing in which "one of his friends cut off the victim's head and penis," the researchers write in the journal article. [The 9 Most Bizarre Medical Conditions]

The man had been seen talking to himself, and he claimed to be tormented by an "imaginary companion" who forced him to carry out violent acts and attempt suicide. He also had memory gaps in his daily life and reported instances of being in a new place without any idea of how he got there.

"Possibly due to 'switching' to another personality state, he was losing track during the 'bloody' events, did not care who the victim was anymore, and remained amnesic to this part of his act," the report said.

The doctors, led by Direnc Sakarya, of Denizli Military Hospital in southwestern Turkey, ultimately diagnosed the man with dissociative identity disorder (DID), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), chronic depression and alcohol abuse. To their knowledge, the man is the first patient with "vampirism" and DID.

Dissociative identity disorder was made famous by the story of Shirley Mason, or Sybil, who was diagnosed as having 16 separate personalities as a result of physical and sexual abuse by her mother. The authors of the vampire case study note that DID is often linked to childhood abuse and neglect. The blood addict's mother apparently had "freak out" episodes during his adolescence in which she attacked him, but the man also claimed to have no memory of his childhood between the ages of 5 and 11.

In a follow-up six weeks after he was treated, the doctors said the man's blood-drinking behavior was in remission, but his dissociative symptoms persisted. He also apparently insisted that his "drugs were merely sleeping pills, they would not cure him."

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Sunday, February 10, 2013

Confederate Flag Mistakenly Raised Over Mississippi Supreme Court Building

The Confederate flag was mistakenly raised for a few hours over the Mississippi Supreme Court in Jackson on Friday.



A replacement was needed a Mississippi state flag that was tattered and torn, Kym Wiggins, public information officer for the state Department of Fiance and Administration told the Clarion-Ledger.



Calling the incident, "highly unusual," Wiggins explained to the paper that a local vendor was tasked with the job of purchasing new state flags to replace the one that was torn. Wiggins claims they were given two boxes labeled "Mississippi State Flag," but the boxes actually contained Confederate battle flags. After a maintenance worker raised the flag, the mistake went unnoticed for a couple of hours.



Part of the problem may have been that Mississippi state flag features the old Confederate flag's saltire along with three horizontal stripes in red, white and blue.



"Without the wind blowing, you know, it's about a 10-by-15-foot flag," Wiggins explained to MSNBC's Maddow Blog. "You don't hook it on and lay it out flat first. The bars and stars do show in the upper left corner."



According to The Associated Press, Mississippi is the last state with a flag that includes the Confederate battle emblem -- a symbol that has been on the state flag since 1894 -- and it's a symbol Mississippi voters fought to keep. In a 2001 statewide election, voters decided nearly 2-to-1 to keep the emblem.

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Saturday, February 9, 2013

Tony Phillips: The Brazilian Spider Issue

SANTO ANTONIO da PLATINA, Brazil - Welcome to Brazil. Here's your amulet and electrified umbrella.



Those of you planning a getaway to someplace not beset by the winter's discontent might want to scratch Brazil off your list of destinations. It seems that while Nature dumps her frozen fury on our nation's northeast, Hell hath another torment wrought on our Brazilian brethren. Trust me on this, it's true.



It's raining spiders in Brazil.



Ok. Not actually. There are not little arachnid droplets falling from clouds. There are, however, veritable hordes of cooperative spiders, a million-legged menace dangling from electrical lines and all manner of overhang, forming what spider-behaviorist-types call "sheet webs." At least one Brazilian town currently teems with Anelosimus eximius, a species well known to science and, one presumes, to Satan.



I don't give much credence to End-of-Times nutjobs, the kind of guys who encourage you to stock up on canned fruit, heavy artillery and duct tape. I don't believe in Mayan prophecies, global conflagrations or horsemen of the apocalypse. I do believe that spiders are icky. I believe, moreover, that spiders by the gazillions building communal webs to trap everything that moves are ickier still. Ickiest of all is the fact that A. eximius cooperate like octopedal Borg in the construction of said webs and the consumption of prey vastly larger than themselves.



I've always wanted to visit Brazil. My wife and I have discussed attending either the 2014 World Cup or the 2016 Olympics in that country. We have even considered wintering their when she finds a million dollars in drug money stashed beneath a seat on the trolley.



Those plans might never come to pass. I don't care if David Beckham in his underwear is bending corner kicks around Django Reinhardt's re-animated corpse, something I'd otherwise pay to watch -- I'm just never going to a place bewebbed by cooperative spiders.



Note to Brazil: The world is coming. You need to deal with that whole spider thing.



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12-Year-Old Used Replica Gun To Rob 11-Year-Old Classmate

Police say a 12-year-old boy robbed an 11-year-old classmate in a bathroom inside a Chicago elementary school using a replica of a handgun on Friday afternoon.



According to the Chicago Tribune, the boy was in police custody Friday in the robbery, which took place around 2:40 p.m. at Palmer Elementary School, 5051 N. Kenneth Ave.



Police learned of the incident after the 11-year-old who was reportedly robbed confronted the suspect to get his $5 back, a scuffle during which ammunition fell from the suspect's backpack, CBS Chicago reports.



According to the Tribune, the BB gun was plastic, but also had a magazine and slide that could take live ammunition.



Nobody was hurt in the incident and, as of Saturday morning, no charges were filed against the suspect, according to ABC Chicago.

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LOOK: Amazing Photo Taken In B.C.

fire splash sunset white rock
A B.C. photographer is behind an amazing photo of what looks like a splash of fire coming out of the Pacific Ocean, and it's capturing people's attention around the world.

Rob Leslie's image was featured as National Geographic's Photo Of The Day on Friday. The incredible photo depicts the moment a rock was thrown into the water against a winter sunset in White Rock.

Leslie, who is owns a multimedia production company, explained that he was "simply throwing rocks into the ocean" using a two-second shutter delay and a "cheap little tripod in the dirt."

"Totally encourage people around the world to try this out as it is a lot of fun," he added in the National Geographic's comments section, in response to people's questions as to how the photo was taken.

Leslie said he actually dropped his digital SLR camera in the water while attempting to take the shot.

The sunshot splash, which was taken in 2011, has become one of the National Geographic's "most liked" photos of the day.

"This is the greatest day in my photography career and only the beginning of what I will create," commented Leslie. "Been a fairly rough couple of years trying to get my photography and video business going in Vancouver, BC, Canada and this is a real breath of fresh air after so much hard work."

And if you cynics out there were questioning the photo's authenticity, here are some of Leslie's outtakes in a YouTube video:

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Friday, February 8, 2013

Gini Graham Scott: Forget Your Wallet, Go to Jail

When I read the story about the Italian tourist who was arrested and spent the night in jail after forgetting his wallet at a trendy, New York Steakhouse, I could really relate.



Ironically, earlier that day I had been crossing a $5 toll bridge from Hayward to go to San Francisco, when I discovered I didn't have the $5 bill I thought was in my wallet. I had only a little over $4 in change, but experienced very different results. The two stories got me thinking about what we should be doing as a society when such things happen.



The story about the Italian tourist has been all over the news, and probably at this point the Smith & Wollensky Steakhouse is regretting that it called the police on the hapless tourist, since the negative publicity could well cost it far more in lost business than the $208.77 bill, which the tourist offered to pay for in various ways. There is even a debate started on a Zagat blog about what a restaurant should do if someone forgets their cash. Ironically, the Italian tourist, Graziano Graziussi, is a lawyer from Naples, so if anyone is in a position to sue over what happened, he probably could easily do so.



Basically, what happened is that Grziussi had gone to the steakhouse on 3rd Avenue near 49th in central Manhattan for a traditional meal. But after racking up a $208.77 bill, he discovered he had forgotten his wallet. So he couldn't pay the bill, and he offered to pay it by retrieving his wallet at his hotel. He even offered to leave his iPhone worth about $500 and vital to his business or go back to his hotel with a busboy, but the restaurant decided no dice and called the police. When the police arrived, Graziussi even asked for an escort to his hotel. But after telling him, "We're not a taxi service," the police officer took him to jail, where he spent the night, though a judge dismissed the case the next day after Graziussi promised to return to court to pay the bill the following week.



Needless to say, the case seems an example of poor customer service in the extreme, and the blogosphere seems to have come down strongly on the side of the hapless tourist. As one user Laurkir commented at the end of the ABC News Article by Kevin Dolak, "Seriously? Everyone forgets something once in a while. The restaurant was totally out of line here as were the police for detaining the man." Brian P. had this to say: "Dude was willing to leave his $600 phone behind to ensure he was coming back to pay the bill... Leave it to New York to be rude and inconsiderate." And Yourallguilty observed: "My bet is that any staff who accompanied the tourist back to the hotel would not only have solved the problem, but would have ended up with ...read more
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WATCH: It's 'Raining' Spiders In Brazil?

Arachnophobes would be wise to steer clear of Santo Antônio da Platina in Brazil.



According to a video uploaded to YouTube on Feb. 7, spiders appear have taken to dangling from the city's electric lines and other surfaces.



These seem to be fairly large critters, too, plainly visible when the camera is zoomed all the way out, with a rough approximation of size given by nearby transformers on the electric poles.



It isn't immediately clear why these spiders are congregating in such a manner, but it's worth noting several species of arachnid cooperate in colonies and weave (ahem) fairly extensive social networks.



Leticia Avilés, an arachnid expert at the University of British Columbia in Canada, previously told New Scientist that of the estimated 39,000 known species of spider, only 20 or so have been documented to cooperate.



Anelosimus Eximius, one such species of "communal" spider, inhabits tropical environments throughout South America. Scientists have determined that social spiders work in teams to catch much larger prey than otherwise possible.



(h/t Reddit)

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'Buckwild': Tyler Has To Eat Raw Deer Meat

The kids of "Buckwild" continued their tradition of presenting things that just aren't seen by most people in everyday life. This week, it was Tyler's Sissonville initiation, and like any initiation into an elite group, there was a difficult challenge to face.



For Tyler, his challenge was to eat raw deer meat. And he was all for it. "Give me a little taste!" he shouted.



Without chewing -- as he was advised not to -- Tyler swallowed the raw meat. Sure, it was disgusting, but he successfully passed the initiation, and that makes it all worth it!



The show is proving a worthy replacement for "Jersey Shore" on MTV, too. The network recently announced that they'd picked up the series for a second season.



For now, continue enjoying Season 1 of "Buckwild" every Thursday at 10 p.m. EST on MTV.



TV Replay scours the vast television landscape to find the most interesting, amusing, and, on a good day, amazing moments, and delivers them right to your browser.

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Andrew J. Lederer: Monopoly: Cat Got Your Iron?

Okay, so now there's a cat instead of an iron. This isn't the first time they've changed the game pieces, though doing so flies in the face of the benefits of a monopoly.



On Monopoly. One of the foundation board games of human experience.



Seems desperate to me, though, this public, "We're changing something and you can help." Must be a function of declining western birth rates. Clearly, we're not increasing the population enough to sell the many games required to keep continued printing viable. But -- as remastered CD packages do -- an altered Monopoly will move bushels of new units to those who already have the hopelessly archaic, now-outmoded versions. How I weep for the familial traditions that prevailed when I was a kid.



Our kaboodle had -- before finally upgrading of necessity -- a passed-down '30s or '40s version of Monopoly, in a small box with a larger board on the outside and wooden houses and etcetera and all that. Which we thought was cool. If we wanted something new, we could get a more modern game, like the futuristic Trouble, where board movement was determined entirely within a domed control city, essentially a brain in a globe, portending what will one day become of us all.



The best of the old and the best of the new, each redolent of its geological epoch. The science-doubting, business first radicals of today simply won't allow it.



But who will be hungry if not hippos?

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Most Extreme Celebrity Tour Riders

Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey may be bitter enemies right now, but they can definitely bond over one thing: their crazy tour riders.



Both divas, but certainly not them solely, have bizarre demands whenever they go on tour or are chosen to perform somewhere. Like what? Oh, like 20 white kittens and 100 doves, for example (Ms. Mariah), or buckets of spicy fried chicken -- no thighs, lot of wings (Ms. Minaj).



In light of the recently discovered tour rider of Lady Gaga, which includes one mannequin with puffy pink pubic hair, we decided to go back and check: what are the world's biggest stars' most outrageous demands?



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Thursday, February 7, 2013

Flight Attendant Fired For Giving The Middle Finger Is Rehired

The Russian flight attendant who was fired after posting a photo of her flipping the middle finger at a plane full of passengers has been rehired.



Tatiana Kozlenko, a flight attendant for Russia's Aeroflot, has been rehired after her middle-finger photo went viral, a spokesperson for the airline tells The Huffington Post.



"Earlier this week after having examined her multiple requests for re-hiring, our Director General Mr. Vitaly Saveliev decided to take her back," Head of International Relations Alexander Lukashin told HuffPost in an email on Thursday. "We hope our passengers will understand this. Tatiana Kozlenko pleaded guilty and understood that such things are not allowed."



Kozlenko voluntarily resigned from her position as an airline hostess, Lukashin said. Her reinstatement includes a six-month probation period.



"This girl was just in love with the sky," Andrew Sogrin, head of Aeroflot Public Relations, told Russian news agency RIA. She reportedly requested her job back in a letter sent to one of the airline's managers.



Facebook posts have been known to get employees in trouble in the workplace, and one former flight attendant says that Kozlenko should have known better. Photos like the one of Kozlenko flipping the middle finger could damage the reputation of the entire airline.



Airlines are very strict about their image. It's why most of us don't post photographs of ourselves in uniform on our own personal Facebook pages,” Heather Poole, a veteran flight attendant and author, told NBC News. “One false move and we're gone. Buh-bye. Adios. Sayonara. No one is willing to give up their flight privileges for a few laughs.”

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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Scientists Say ETs May Be Much Closer To Us Than We Ever Before Thought

If ET phones home today, his long distance charge might not be as much as people believed when Steven Spielberg's classic film came out three decades ago.



That's because recent data from NASA's Kepler space telescope suggests that billions of Earth-like planets are much closer than ever before imagined.



"The information we presented today will excite the general public because we now know that the nearest potentially Earth-like world is likely within 13 light years of the sun," astronomer aCourtney Dressing said.



While we don't know if intelligent life exists on any of these planets, it raises the chances of that possibility.



"Astronomically speaking, 13 light years is practically next door."

Watch this video about the red dwarf suns and Earth-like planets:





The scientific team studied the huge number of red dwarf stars in our galaxy -- stars that are smaller and have a longer life span than our own sun.



Just doing the math, the odds of Earth-like planets in our galaxy are, well, astronomical.



Scientists estimate 6 percent of the 75 billion red dwarf stars may have Earth-size planets orbiting them at a possible habitable distance. That works out to approximately 4.5 billion Earths out there.



"Before today, it could have been that Earth-like planets did not exist, or that they were so rare that the closest one would be beyond the reach of any telescope we might construct. Thus we would never know whether or not we were truly alone," astronomer David Charbonneau told HuffPost in an email.



Charbonneau, co-author of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics study, acknowledges the intense interest the public has in the search for extraterrestrial intelligence.



"I would say that the single greatest question in all of science is 'Are we alone?' The announcement today moves the ball downfield significantly toward answering this question.



"In my conversations with people around the world, I have found that this great question provides enormous perspective on our lives, in much the same way that knowing the physical size of the Universe has humbled our view of our place in the cosmos," Charbonneau said.



But even if a planet like Earth is only a stone's throw away, at 13 light years from us, how could we even see it with our current technology?



"Future missions, such as the NASA James Webb Space Telescope (the successor to Hubble) and proposed extremely large ground-based telescopes, like the Giant Magellan Telescope, will be able to probe the atmospheres of nearby habitable planets," Dressing said.



"Those missions will be able to search for biosignatures, like oxygen, and possibly lead to the first announcement of life on another world."



The results of Dressing's and Charbonneau's study will be published in The Astrophysical Journal.








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AlaskaDispatch.com: For Sale: 1970s-Era Igloo Hotel, 200 Miles From Nowhere, Alaska

In a well-traversed but often overlooked corner of the Alaska Highway system sits an irregular structure. As the years cross over its craggy skull, bringing the unrelenting malice of winter weather, the gawking of confused onlookers and the cruelty of vandals and thieves, the melancholy white dome known to many as "Igloo City" persists -- unabated, but with little faith.



Abandoned and neglected, this dilapidated four-story shell sits 180 miles north of Anchorage along the George Parks Highway on the quiet drive to the Interior Alaska city of Fairbanks. The Igloo's nearest neighbor, Cantwell (population 222), has witnessed the Arctic bungalow and its accompanying gas station thrive, dive and slowly age under the elements and the shuttering lenses of passing motorists, during its 40-plus years in existence.



In its infancy, the Igloo was someone's "dream," but due to some missteps in original construction, economic hardship and the rapid increase in fuel prices this Alaskan oddity never realized its original potential.



Brad Fisher, of Fisher's Fuel Inc. in Big Lake, is the current owner of the Igloo, the gas station and the 38 acres they sit on. Unlink most of the Internet's musing on the structure and its "string of owners" Fisher reports that his family is really only the second set of hands the Igloo has passed through.



The End of an Igloo


The Fishers acquired the property from the Smiths, the original owners. To be fair, the Smith patriarch, Leon, had sold the structure three times before, but in all instances he had been forced to reclaim it because the new owners were not making their payments.

According to Fisher, toward the end of Smith's life, as his health was fading and his concern for the security of his wife growing, he came to Fisher and simply told him that he needed to "get rid" of the Igloo.



"He said 'give me an offer,' but we didn't really want to buy it, so I gave him a low price and, after about 20 minutes out in his car, he agreed," Fisher recalled. "I didn't have a use for a property and I remember thinking 'Oh no, that's not really what I wanted to happen!'" Fisher laughed, "But we bought it and put a few generators up there and put in a sewer system. Our plan was just to keep the traffic going for now and make the updates as we went along."



Following the purchase, Fisher employed families to run the gas station and the cabins behind the property and act as Igloo caretakers while he made plans to renovate the building and turn it into a working hotel.



"Basically," Fisher said, "The windows in that place are too small. They weren't put in according to the blue prints, I don't know why ...



Read the complete story only at Alaska Dispatch.

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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Michael Lutin: 2013: The Year of the Black Snake

Anarchy: a state of lawlessness or political disorder due to the absence of governmental authority. A state of disorder due to absence or nonrecognition of authority OR utopian society of individuals who enjoy complete freedom... absence of government absolute freedom of the individual, regarded as a political ideal.



The year of the black water snake means there is going to be fire in the water. Geologically, watch and see what happens.



Both in global politics and your personal life, you are likely to see the growing force of anarchy. Everything could be hunkey-dunkey, just as long as you are hip enough to make an effort to understand what true anarchy suggests. Then you will see why the black water snake is an apt image.



By and large, snakes mind their own business and don't usually go looking for trouble. They're pretty in their own zone, unless and until their personal space is invaded or they or their own are threatened.



While snakes protect the environment and help keep the balance of nature, they still give so many people the total creeps with their slithery, slimy, yukky, scaly and totally alien-like bodies and their weird eyes and wicked tongue. Once a long time ago, though, I saw Steve Irwin lie down in front of what he said was the most dangerous serpent in the entire world. It came out of its lair and approached him, virtually nose to nose. When he whispered something like "Hello Beautiful, my you're a pretty one, aren't you?" it crawled back into its hole. And I thought, probably to call up its girlfriend and say, "You will never in a million years guess who almost kissed me!



And so it is in 2013.



Live and let live.



Until a perceived danger of attack. And then watch out.



People everywhere are striving to survive on their own path. Yes, they can be predatory at times, but apart from just going out to "kill what they can eat", they prefer to conduct a live-and-let-live existence.



They (you, me, everyone), are searching for a utopian existence, especially with Uranus squaring Pluto now. It's a life free and apart from any external or intervention. When perceived as a threat to their way of life, even cloaked as protection, people will strike out, liberal and conservative alike. This is obviously playing out in the world as protests and insurrections in every corner of the Earth.



In your personal life, your private personal space is treasured above all things. Any invasion or unwanted or uninvited intervention of any kind can be met with a violent reaction.



The message is this! The year of the black water snake begins with the entrance of Mars into Pisces on Neptune and Chiron.



There is fire in the water.



Unimaginable beauty lies there, juxtaposed to potentially lethal poison. Geologically, the will play out literally.



In your life... what is pure in the water is tainted with contaminants. The trick is to change the water from poison to a healthy potable substance. If you know Frank Herbert's great work, Dune, then
Source: Weird News Blog