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Strange news archive: March-April 2008





David Blaine
Blaine sets breathtaking record
(Apr 30, 2008)


Magician David Blaine has set a world record by holding his breath for 17 minutes and four seconds on Oprah Winfrey's US TV show in Chicago. The star was pulled from a water-filled sphere, and then said he had begun to doubt if he would achieve his goal as he considered his heart rate too high. The previous record, which was 32 seconds shorter, was set in February.

Read more. Source: BBC

world's oldest known tree
Swedes find 'world's oldest tree'
(Apr 18, 2008)


A tree said to be the oldest on the planet – thought to be nearly 10,000 years old – has been found in Sweden. Scientists from Umeaa University discovered the spruce on Fulu Mountain in Dalarna province while carrying out a census of tree species there in 2004. The age of its genetic material was recently calculated using carbon dating at a laboratory in Miami, Florida.

Read more. Source: BBC

scene from Poltergeist
'They're here': The mechanism of poltergeist activity
(Apr 1, 2008)


The sight of small blonde girls watching television is guaranteed to strike fear into the heart of anyone who has watched the movie Poltergeist. We're right to be terrified, say physicists. Children generate poltergeist activity by channelling energy into the quantum mechanical vacuum.

Read more. Source: New Scientist

Turin shroud
Shroud mystery 'refuses to go away'
(Mar 22, 2008)


There are very few Christian relics as important and as controversial as the Shroud of Turin. This linen cloth, measuring about 4.4m by 1.1m (14.4 × 3.6 feet) holds the concealed image of a man bearing all the signs of crucifixion. Scientific tests have proved that there are blood stains around the marks consistent with a crown of thorns and a puncture from a lance to the side.

Read more. Source: BBC

Moko the dolphin
NZ dolphin rescues beached whales
(Mar 12, 2008)


A dolphin has come to the rescue of two whales which had become stranded on a beach in New Zealand. Conservation officer Malcolm Smith told the BBC that he and a group of other people had tried in vain for an hour and a half to get the whales to sea. The pygmy Sperm whales had repeatedly beached, and both they and the humans were tired and set to give up, he said.

Read more. Source: BBC

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