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The strangest movie I have ever seen: “The Osterman Weekend” and the story behind it.

Not long ago from Netflix I received a DVD of a film I was curious about. Though I’d never seen it, I recall reading something years ago about a movie … Continue reading

April 24, 2014 · Leave a comment

Not-so-funny bone: the great Calaveras Skull hoax.

Just after the Civil War, on February 25, 1866–148 years ago today–some miners were prospecting in an old mine on Bald Mountain, in Calaveras County, California, when they happened to … Continue reading

February 25, 2014 · 1 Comment

It started with a bad glass of wine: the St. Scholastica Day riots.

Six hundred and fifty-nine years ago today, on February 10, 1355, two Oxford University students, Walter Spryngeheuse and Roger de Chesterfield, went down to a local pub, called the Swindlestock … Continue reading

February 10, 2014 · 3 Comments

Fake me to your leader: the great Gulf Breeze UFO hoax.

Gulf Breeze, Florida is a fairly sedate suburb of Pensacola, located in the western panhandle on the state. Not much ever happens there–I once knew someone from the town who … Continue reading

February 1, 2014 · 4 Comments

Incredibly odd: the dead tea woman of Nevis.

Sometimes you find some really, really odd things when you’re doing historical research. Witness this tidbit that I happened to find in the Naval Register, the official journal of the British Navy, … Continue reading

January 11, 2014 · 6 Comments

The Turk: the incredible story of the amazing 18th-century chess-playing robot.

In 1770, Wolfgang von Kempelen, a Hungarian-born inventor who was something of the “Doc Brown” of 18th century Europe, unveiled an amazing new machine at the court of Austrian Empress … Continue reading

January 6, 2014 · 1 Comment

Activate sensors, Mr. Spock: the real-life search for planet Vulcan.

One-hundred and fifty-four years ago today, on January 2, 1860, a French mathematician named Urbain Le Verrier made a startling announcement to the French Academy of Sciences in Paris: he … Continue reading

January 2, 2014 · 2 Comments

The Voice of Vrillon: The mysterious Southern Television broadcast hijack of 1977.

Thirty-six years ago tonight, at 5:10 in the evening of Saturday, November 26, 1977, viewers of the UK station Southern Television saw and heard a very strange thing. In the … Continue reading

November 26, 2013 · 2 Comments

What’s a “gravity hill”? And does it really defy gravity? [video]

A “gravity hill” is a mysterious place where objects roll uphill. The most well-known example is a road where cars set in neutral will roll uphill, but the effect can … Continue reading

November 26, 2013 · 3 Comments

Reblog: Soviet juvenile SF films from the 1970s.

Originally posted on The Cedar Lounge Revolution:
Here’s a real oddity, a Soviet juvenile SF film from the early 1970s, Moscow-Cassiopeia, that is clearly influenced by 2001: A Space Odyssey……

November 23, 2013 · 1 Comment

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