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Strange news archive: September-October 2008

F-86 Sabre
U.S. pilot was ordered to shoot down UFO
(Oct 22, 2008)

Two U.S. fighter planes were scrambled and ordered to shoot down an unidentified flying object (UFO) over the English countryside during the Cold War, according to secret files made public on Monday. One pilot said he was seconds away from firing 24 rockets at the object, which moved erratically and gave a radar reading like "a flying aircraft carrier."

Read more. Source: Reuters

calm water
Mysterious 'dead water' effect caught on film
(Oct 22, 2008)

In 1893, Norwegian explorer Fridtjof Nansen and his ship Fram were victims of a strange phenomenon as he sailed past the Nordenskiöld Archipelago, north of Siberia. Nansen wrote afterwards: "Fram appeared to be held back, as if by some mysterious force, and she did not always answer the helm ... We made loops in our course, turned sometimes right around, tried all sorts of antics to get clear of it, but to very little purpose."

Read more. Source: New Scientist

Alitalia jet
Airliner had near miss with UFO
(Oct 20, 2008)

A passenger jet bound for Heathrow Airport had a near miss with a UFO, Ministry of Defence files reveal. The captain of the Alitalia airliner shouted "Look out" to his co-pilot at the sight of a brown missile-shaped object shooting past them overhead. Civil Aviation Authority and military investigations could not explain the 1991 incident near Lydd in Kent.

Read more. Source: BBC

Himalayan goral
'Yeti hairs' belong to a goat
(Oct 14, 2008)

Scientists in the US who have examined hairs claimed to belong to a yeti in India say that in fact they belong to a species of Himalayan goat. They say that DNA tests on the hairs – obtained from the north-east Indian state of Meghalaya – show that they are from a goat known as a Himalayan Goral. The rough-haired creature has a grey-brown coat and is between 95-130cm (37-51in) in length.

Read more. Source: BBC

giant diamond found in Lesotho
Massive diamond found in Lesotho
(Sep 24, 2008)

Miners in Lesotho have discovered a huge gem stone which may become the largest ever polished round diamond. The stone weighs 478 carats and is the 20th largest rough diamond ever found, said Gem Diamonds. The company said the uncut rock was recovered recently from the Letseng mine, owned by the company in Lesotho.

Read more. Source: BBC

out-of-body experience
Is it possible to have an 'out-of-body' experience?
(Sep 19, 2008)

Floating above one's body or travelling down a long tunnel leading to a white light has become such a clichéd description of near-death experiences that many remain deeply suspicious of them. And yet time and again people from different walks of life have described the same scenario. A coalition of British and US scientists has launched an experiment to study more than 1,500 heart attack patients over the next three years to see if people with no heartbeat and brain activity can have genuine "out-of-body" experiences.

Read more. Source: The Independent

Martialis heureka
'Ant from Mars' found in Amazon jungle
(Sep 16, 2008)

A unique, blind, subterranean, predatory ant has been discovered in the Amazon rainforest. On first sight, legend of evolutionary biology and ant expert Edward O Wilson of Harvard University quipped that it was so unusual that it must have come from Mars. Unfortunately, the specimens dried up and crumbled before they could be formally described.

Read more. Source: New Scientist

Basking shark
New clues to mystery sea monster
(Sep 6, 2008)

Fresh clues have been found to help a scientist in her efforts to identify a mystery creature found on Orkney. Geneticist Dr Yvonne Simpson has researched the Stronsay Beast and will reveal her latest discoveries at the Orkney International Science Festival. The creature's carcass, which some said was that of a basking shark (like the one shown here), was found off Stronsay in 1808.

Read more. Source: BBC


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