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First India bans cash, now it’s targeting gold

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IN November of last year, India banned certain cash notes in a bold move to force businesses into the banking system to better harvest more taxes from its livestock. Now, under the guise of “improving transparency” and forming a “common…

‘We beheld the frightful monster’

IN October 1907, a remarkable and terrifying encounter with a water-monster occurred on the Solimões das Águas, Colombia. The story came from a respected German explorer and adventurer, Franz Herrmann Schmidt, who, along with a companion, Captain Rudolph Pfleng, spent…

Animal oddities: Conjoined lizards and a human-faced pig

THIS week in animal oddities, we’re looking at (and possibly turning away quickly from) the world’s first recorded conjoined monitor lizards and a piglet born with a human face and some other odd features. (Be forewarned -- the piglet pictures…

Three-fingered mummified humanoid reportedly found in Peru

ONE of the most often-used lines in the paranormal world (outside of the Nazca lines -- more on those later) is “This will change everything.” More often than not, more appropriate lines might be the titles of two famous sketches…

Nanny sought for ‘haunted’ house in the Scottish Borders

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A BORDERS couple are offering £50,000 a year for a nanny -- but the successful candidate must be prepared to face potential “supernatural incidents”. Five nannies in the past year have blamed their departure on spooky happenings in the “haunted”…

The Great Mull Air Mystery

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THE skies have always beckoned to us. We wish to fly up within the clouds and the clear blue yonder, to untie the tethers that bind us to land. It is a primal desire, this wish to rise up into…

The Professional UFO skeptic who believed in aliens

THE Close Encounters Man tells the unlikely story of how the government’s astrophysicist debunker became the phenomenon’s most expert defender. If you’re jonesing for an extraterrestrial, you should check out The Close Encounters Man by Mark O’Connell. O’Connell, a writer…

The Majestic 12 Documents are back…

JUST like an over-the-hill, bloated rock band that doesn’t know when it’s time to retire and go away forever, the notorious saga of Majestic 12 is hitting the road and touring again. Will this be its final farewell? A tearful…

Dueling and witchcraft are coming back to Canada

DUELING (or duelling as it’s spelled in Canada) has been brought back into the public eye by the success of the musical “Hamilton” just as witchcraft (spelled the same way in Canada) was made fun again by the success of…

Giant frog encounter in Loch Ness

IN one of those curious synchronicities that often seem to occur when delving into strange topics, several weird cryptid encounters involving frogs, frog-people and giant frogs have crossed my radar since I was in Loveland, Ohio. For those not familiar…

Poltergeist rocks town: The stone-throwing ghost of Guyra

IN April 1921, the small farming community of Guyra was rocked, literally, by an apparent stone-throwing spirit and series of other unusual happenings. Along with the ghostly attacks, an elderly woman, with a potato in each hand, vanished into thin…
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