UFO Studies to be taught at major university

December 27, 2018
Duke University in North Carolina is known for its excellent academic programs, high number of Rhodes Scholar graduates and outstanding basketball teams. All of that pales in comparison to the recent announcement that Duke will now host a course (through its Osher Institute for Lifelong Learning at Duke (OLLI)), in UFOs taught by a religious studies professor who is also a well-known UFO researcher. Is that enough to convince your parents not to cut off your tuition money when they find out you’ve changed majors to UFOlogy?

Man quits his job to wait for “Dream Girl” he made eye contact with for 10 seconds in a bookstore

December 22, 2018
To say that this 26-year-old man is a firm believer in love at first sight would be an understatement. He is so convinced that the woman he saw in a popular Beijing bookstore back in September is the girl of his dreams that he quit his job and has been staying in the bookshop every day from 11am to 7pm, hoping to meet her again so he can tell her how he feels. To improve his chances of bumping into the mystery woman again, the man, surnamed Sun, has been passing out hand-drawn sketches of her to other bookstore visitors, and recently tried to sue her for emotional distress, even though he doesn’t even know her name.

The brutal crimes of mass murderer Richard Speck

December 21, 2018
Though it’s unclear what Speck would have done had neighbors Suzanne Farris and Mary Ann Jordan not appeared, what happened next was a massacre. After killing all three of the women, Speck went back for the remaining victims he had been keeping in a separate room -- taking them out one by one, raping and killing them, until no one was left.

This 17-year-old boy stayed awake for 11 days, for science

December 21, 2018
Here’s something you might not know: the Guinness Book of World Records doesn’t accept entries for the longest period spent without sleeping. That’s because it’s pretty dangerous to stay awake for days and weeks on end. But they did at one time, and what happened to the current record holder is the very reason they stopped taking submissions. Meet Randy Gardner. You Snooze, You Lose

Captured by the light: Alien abductions, their origins, and misconceptions

December 20, 2018
Known to those who study unexplained aerial phenomena as UFO or alien abduction, the earliest UFO literature was essentially void of any references to such captures or kidnappings. However, beginning in the 1960s popular books on the subject, namely John G. Fuller’s The Interrupted Journey, began to chronicle the claims of those like Betty and Barney Hill, a New Hampshire couple who alleged they were taken aboard a flying saucer and examined by aliens while returning late one night from a vacation at Niagara Falls.

The mysterious drummer of Tedworth

December 16, 2018
TALES of various ghostly phenomena go way back in time. This is a mystery that has captured our imagination since practically time unremembered, and there are numerous cases that go far back into history. We constantly look over and discuss such cases, but many of them are lost to the mists of time, never to be fully understood. One very early account of an inexplicable, well-witnessed, and even malevolent haunting goes back hundreds of years way back to the 17th century. Here we have a case of ghosts, curses, strange phenomena, and possibly even demons.

10 monarchs who executed their sons

December 14, 2018
These monarchs didn’t settle for a time-out or a slap on the wrist when they felt that their children were misbehaving. Being the child of a monarch could prove to be deadly as these royal kids found out the hard way. Here are 10 monarchs who felt that crowns were thicker than blood.

Mysterious and mighty magical weapons of the ancients

December 09, 2018
Humankind has always pursued better ways to more effectively kill each other. It is the nature of the beast for us to want the means to gain the upper hand against our enemies, to better and annihilate them if need be. We have been in a perpetual arms race since time unremembered, practically since the first flickers of consciousness danced within our ancestor’s brains, going from hand, to stick, to stone, to sword, and beyond, ever trying to outdo those who would threaten or oppose us.

Animals reveal their secrets to cheating death

December 07, 2018
When your body breaks down food, it produces free oxygen radicals that damage DNA and cause mutations. These mutations accumulate and ultimately result in aging and cancer. Eating less is, so far, the best way we know of to extend life. But this “secret,” which we only recently uncovered, has actually been out for millions of years, and some animals have gone all out in their quest for immortality.

Pet psychic uses her powers despite being allergic to animals

December 07, 2018
Does your job make you sick? Lots of ‘yes’ answers to that one. Does your job make you sick even though you really like it? That question gets one ‘yes’ answer from Nyack, New York, where a pet psychic loves her job and shows up for work every day despite being allergic to … you guessed it … animals! Her clients and their humans certainly appreciate her efforts and are more than willing to put up with the sneezes. How does she know? Have you been paying attention?

Why ancient egyptians loved cats so much

December 07, 2018
AT the ancient site of Saqarra, just outside Cairo, a 4,500-year-old tomb has yielded an unexpected bounty: dozens of mummified cats and cat statues. The ancient Egyptians’ affinity for animals is well documented. Archaeologists have discovered pampered pet dogs and even private zoos. Cats, however, occupied a special space in Ancient Egypt.