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Strange news archive: January-February 2010





Giant George
Giant George enters record books as world's top dog
(Feb 23, 2010)


A Great Dane from the US state of Arizona has been officially recognised by Guinness World Records as the tallest dog ever on record. Giant George, owned by David Nasser, stands 43in (1.09m) tall paw to shoulder, and weighs 245lb (111kg). Guinness officials say there were conflicting reports about Giant George's height, so they sent a judge to his home in Tucson to verify it.

Read more. Source: BBC

Sketch of a triangular UFO
UFO 'sightings' revealed in archive files from 1990s
(Feb 18, 2010)


Thousands of UFOs have been spotted in the last 20 years around the UK, according to newly released documents. More than 6,000 pages of reports describe people's experiences with unidentified flying objects between 1994 and 2000. They include reported sightings over Chelsea Football Club and former home secretary Michael Howard's Kent home.

Read more. Source: BBC

The initials SH in the cosmic microwave background
Found: Hawking's initials written into the universe
(Feb 8, 2010)


Is Stephen Hawking a galactic graffiti artist? Hidden away in the cosmic microwave background, the afterglow of the big bang, the initials "SH" are clear to view (see picture). We took a closer look and spotted a donkey, a deer and a parrot.

Read more. Source: New Scientist

Boa Sr, the last speaker of the Bo language of the Andaman Islands. Image credit: Alok Das/Survival/Survival
Ancient tribal language becomes extinct as last speaker dies
(Feb 4, 2010)


The last speaker of an ancient tribal language has died in the Andaman Islands, breaking a 65,000-year link to one of the world's oldest cultures. Boa Sr, who lived through the 2004 tsunami, the Japanese occupation and diseases brought by British settlers, was the last native of the island chain who was fluent in Bo.

Read more. Source: The Guardian

Mount Everest
Could a frozen camera dethrone Hillary and Norgay as the first to summit Everest?
(Jan 27, 2010)


On June 8, 1924, George Mallory and Andrew Irvine left their camp less than a kilometer from the summit of Mount Everest on a mission to be the first mountaineers to ascend the world's highest peak. They were never to be heard from again. Whether either man reached the summit – almost three decades before Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay's historic 1953 climb – has been an open question for nearly 86 years.

Read more. Source: Scientific American

purported alien autopsy
Astronomers hopeful of detecting extraterrestrial life
(Jan 25, 2010)


The chance of discovering life on other worlds is greater than ever, according to Britain's leading astronomer. Lord Rees, the president of the Royal Society and Astronomer Royal, said such a discovery would be a moment which would change humanity. It would change our view of ourselves and our place in the cosmos, he said.

Read more. Source: BBC

snail fish
Meet the creatures that live beyond the abyss
(Jan 23, 2010)


It is pitch black, icy cold and the pressure is phenomenal. The deepest parts of the ocean are some of the least hospitable places on Earth – yet footage from recent expeditions reveals that life in the oceanic trenches is thriving.

Read more. Source: BBC

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