Author: Leo Ashcraft

California Burn Scars from Above. Credits: NASA Earth Observatory images by Joshua Stevens, using Landsat data from the U.S. Geological Survey. 1

NASA Reveals ‘California Wildfire’ Aftermath Satellite Imagery

California Wildfires: Aftermath from NASA Viewpoint As California wildfires are raging, the damage inflicted upon the terrain is well documented and abundantly apparent. What may not seem so obvious is the sheer magnitude of damage left behind on the scorched earth after the flames are contained. To that end, NASA has recently posted satellite imagery of scars left behind by the intense blazes. We’ve long known that enormous fires are visible from space, but these images reveal that the aftermath upon the landscape is notably distinguishable from our planet’s outer orbit. Origin of NASA Images The Operational Land Imager (OLI) on Landsat 8 captured false-color view of the...

Bentham, with his head at his feet. (Cult of Weird) 0

Corpse of Bentham Publicly Dissected by Pals, Taken to Parties

Corpse of Bentham Publicly Dissected by Pals, Taken to Parties The next time your friend asks you for an annoying favor, be glad that friend isn’t the late British philosopher Jeremy Bentham. In a story resembling a cheesy 80’s movie starring Andrew McCarthy and Jonathan Silverman, Bentham’s dying wish was to be publicly dissected by his friends and taken about town. Bentham, who died in 1832 at age 84, wanted his buddies to dress his skeleton in his own clothes, topped off with his mummified head so that they could then escort his corpse to collegiate meetings and social gatherings....

Alleged psychic Gina Miller is being charged with theft, following a string of reports that she threatened harm upon clients and their families if demands of large sums of cash and other luxury items were not met. (Fox 8) 0

‘Fear Psychic’ Charged With Theft of Cash, Luxury Items

‘Fear Psychic’ Charged With Thieving Cash, Cars, Jewelry (Mentor, Ohio) A woman is now in custody after being charged for theft of money and luxury items from her clients. 40 year old Gina Miller was discovered with over $20,000 in cash, in addition to leased cars, fine jewelry, credit and gift cards with excessive available spending limits. The psychic allegedly blackmailed customers into giving her these assets by ” convincing several clients that harm would come their way,” according to WJW Channel 8 News in Cleveland. They also speculate that Miller threatened harm upon some of the victims’ families. Miller’s bail has been set at $140,000. Police are...

A birthday card signed by Charles Manson, complete anachronistic butterflies and flowers on the front cover. (Murderacution.com) 0

Murderabilia: Macabre Mementos offered for sale by Murderauction.com

Murderabilia: Macabre Mementos offered for sale by Murderauction.com The first Bizarre on a Budget feature focused on an eBay listing that contained what the seller claimed to be the soul of an ancient Sumerian woman. But for this edition, the bizarre is found on an auction website that may be even darker than even the murkiest depths of eBay’s “weird” category. Murderabilia is a category of collectible items that have a link to murderers. The sale of such items was officially banned from eBay in 2001, according to the Houston Chronicle. However, the ban has not stopped those who seek to...

Dr. Jack Kevorkian's infamous rusty vVan (Photo: JC Reindl, Detroit Free Press) 1

Ghost Hunter Purchases Kevorkian ‘Death Van’

Ghost Hunter Purchases Kevorkian ‘Death Van’ The infamous “death van” once owned by Dr. Jack Kevorkian has been purchased by well-known ghost hunter Zak Bagans. The star of the Travel Channel’s Ghost Adventures paid $32,500 for the poorly conditioned 1968 Volkswagon used to carry out some of the estimated 130 doctor-assisted suicides performed by the controversial Kevorkian, who died in 2011. Prior to the purchase, the dilapidated van was parked alongside classic cars and lawnmowers in the warehouse of a pawn shop on 8 Mile in Detroit. Kevorkian lived out of the van during portions of his life and his...

Nefertiti bust (Egyptian Museum, Berlin) 0

Archaeologists Given Go-Ahead to Search for Nefertiti

Archaeologists Given Go-Ahead to Search for Nefertiti A digital art preservation group might have discovered the secret chambers of Nefertiti’s final resting place behind the walls within King Tutankhamun’s tomb. In light of this, Egyptian authorities have given British archaeologists the go-ahead to search for her potential lost remains, according to reports. A paper just released by the Amara Royal Tombs Project outlines details of the archival of Tut’s burial chambers, through scans of the chamber by an art house this year. A call for digital preservation of the ancient site comes in light of a request by Egyptian authorities, from damages...

Kidneys, as depicted in a diagram. (Wikybrew) 0

Lab Grown Kidneys Transplanted Into Animals For Very First Time

Lab Grown Kidneys Transplanted Into Animals For Very First Time (Japan) Researchers at the Jikei University School of Medicine in Tokyo have detailed the alleged successful transplant of functional kidneys created in a lab for the very first time in both rats and pigs. Using a technique they call the “stepwise peristaltic ureter” system (SWPU) researchers were able to successfully attach the partially lab-grown kidneys into host subjects, allowing for continued growth of the new kidney while avoiding problems like hydronephrosis (blockage of the ureter tubes disallowing the passage of urine from kidney to  bladder). Kidneys were grown from embryonic tissue in...

Mark Constantino is suspected for the murder of his wife Debby Constantino. (KTVN 2 News) 8

Debby Constantino Shot Dead; Husband Mark Suspected for Murder

Debby Constantino Shot Dead; Husband Mark Suspected for Murder Tragedy Strikes the Paranormal Community (Nevada) A standoff with police ended tragically yesterday, as Debby Constantino was shot dead following a manhunt and the reported death of a male friend, Tuesday afternoon. A friend had dialed 9-11 to find that her male roommate in the 2300 block of Escalera Court in Reno had been shot to death, citing that Debby was also reported missing. 53-year-old Mark Constantino was found in the home of one of their adult children at Courtside Apartments with Debby in Sparks, after police had traced her cell...

Walter Andrus Jr. (Examiner) 1

MUFON Co-Founder, Walt Andrus Jr, Dies

Article submitted by Alanna Fox Starks Former MUFON Executive Director, Walt Andrus Jr., Dies MUFON, the Mutual UFO Network released this breaking news. On September 16, 2015, Former International Executive Director of MUFON, Walter H.  Andrus, Jr. has passed away. On September 21, 2015, mid-morning funeral services were held for him in Seguin, Texas at the Goetz Funeral Chapel. Walt Andrus was 94 years old.  It’s assumed he died of natural causes. Andrus had been retired from his 30-year service in MUFON for the past 15 years.  He was referred to simply as “Walt” by those who knew him well. Andrus...

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Quantum Teleportation Distance Records Quadrupled

Quantum Teleportation Distance Records Quadrupled Scientists with the National Institute of Standards and Technology have just released details of a new distance record set in the quantum teleportation of photons. The record of 15.5 miles set last year was just shattered by the Institute with a record-breaking distance of 63 miles—over four times that of previous attempts. Not Your Star Trek Teleporters Before science fiction fans get excited, the methods of quantum teleportation are quite a bit different from the fictional Star Trek Transporters, ‘beaming’ objects from point A to point B. Quantum teleportation in this sense works by sending...

Shadow Person captured in the "Zombie Road" area of Missouri (Paranormal Task Force) 0

‘Shadow People’ Caught on Tape

‘Shadow People’ Caught on Tape As we edge closer toward the beginning of Fall, Dark Matter News presents an intriguing look at the alleged paranormal phenomenon known to many as ‘shadow people.’ Numerous accounts of incidents involving alleged encounters with shadow people have been reported over recent years. While the phenomena of witnessing a ‘shadow person’ might be explained away by ‘tricks of the mind’ as it interprets the presence of objects and entities which might not be there (despite pareidolia and visual hallucinations made manifest through sensory deprivation) the videos of such murky apparitions continue to make for quite an interesting...

Downtown Orlando. Courtesy of Wikipedia. 0

Florida Man #0 – The Mysterious Origin Issue – Take a Journey of Discovery to Attempt to Find Out Why Florida Man Possesses his Strange Powers

Florida Man #0 – The Mysterious Origin Issue – Take a Journey of Discovery to Attempt to Find Out Why Florida Man Possesses his Strange Powers If you’re reading internet news like this article, you’re bound to already know about the Florida Man phenomenon.  For years, Florida man has kept bystanders entranced with his super-human ability to do the weirdest things you can imagine—and even better than that, get caught doing it. But there has been little explanation offered for why Florida has so much strange stuff going on. Yes, there was the Salon post from 2 years ago and...