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  1. blessmycottonsocks

    Mountain Ghosts

    Just to add to the real-life horrors of Everest, unseasonably warm temperatures are melting the ice and some of the 300 or so long-dead bodies are "coming out" : https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/mar/21/mount-everest-melting-glaciers-exposing-bodies-dead-climbers
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    Creepiest Fortean Story?

    Agreed. Whilst I'm a big John Hurt fan, his version tinkered with the story too much. The Hordern version was minimalist, but creepy as hell.
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    Creepiest Fortean Story?

    That gave me a flashback to the 1968 TV ghost story "Whistle and I'll Come to You" .
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    Confessions Of A Computer Game Addict

    Been thnking about all the 3D Maze/Dungeon Crawl games I've played over the decades, from Akalabeth on the Apple 2, Skull and the Bard's Tale on the Spectrum, Dungeon Master on the Amiga etc. It's put me in the mood to try something similar on my Xbox One. Looking for an atmospheric, ideally...
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    Wacko Jacko

    Which is how it should be. But I bet your mate more closely resembles his biological father, just as Paris Jackson more closely resembles Mark Lester and those baby bunnies on YouTube adopted by a mother cat, haven't turned into kittens.
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    It's Paedogeddon!

    Didn't The Sun start a campaign to introduce mandatory life sentences for cases that combined sado-masochism, necrophilia and bestiality? I think the Lord Chief Justice told them they were flogging a dead horse with that one..
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    Political Correctness Rides Again

    Do you not cut your own...?
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    Cluedo/Clue: The Game Of Murder

    My fondest memories of playing Cluedo were with my parents and a schoolfriend, back in the 70s during one of those frequent power cuts we used to get in England. A candlestick in the middle of the board added much to the atmosphere!
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    Wacko Jacko

    Exactly. Lester was her biological father, but Jackson was the father she knew who brought her up. Incidentally, there doesn't seem to be a convenient and explicit antonym for biological father in the English language. Stepfather is close, but doesn't quite work in this case.
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    Wacko Jacko

    By no stretch of the imagination is this a "mixed-race" woman. There is no resemblance whatsoever to Michael Jackson. She looks exactly what a daughter conceived by Debbie Rowe and Mark Lester ought to look like:
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    Population Growth: The Real Apocalypse

    A while back, the advice doing the rounds on the Internet ecology forums was to put an object, such as a house brick wrapped in a plastic bag, in your toilet cistern. This reduces the water flow by 1 to 1.5 litres per flush. Great! Except that the reduced water flow proved insufficient to...
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    It's Paedogeddon!

    Fair comment Ramon, but when I was 16, I definitely knew right from wrong and certainly didn't want to rape anyone, let alone young boys. I do agree with the concept of innocent before proven guilty though, so let's see what the court decides.
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    They've Broken New Zealand

    Prime Minister Ardern's very public decision not to name, or give any publicity whatsoever to the terrorist, reminded me of Margaret Thatcher's very similar policy to deny the IRA of any publicity, following their latest terrorist atrocity. Problem was that the media bypassed it by bringing in...
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    Population Growth: The Real Apocalypse

    Exactly. I was a paid-up Green Party/ Ecology Party member back in the Jonathon Porritt days, when they advocated a sustainable rate of population. Sadly they subsequently sold out. I know it's not the trendy thing to say, but pretty well every problem facing humanity today stems from...
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    It's Paedogeddon!

    Labour peer Lord Ahmed to be inducted into the paedo hall of shame? https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/mar/19/lord-ahmed-appears-in-court-charged-with-child-sexual-offences
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    Wacko Jacko

    "If Michael Jackson's heritage included at least one 'white' relative in the past few generations, then some European genes will have been passed on through him and it is entirely possible that one of his children with a 'white' woman could indeed look 'white'. He may indeed be her genetic...
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    Hypogeum Of Hal Saflienti (Malta): Missing Schoolchildren, Etc.

    Rumours that some of the elongated skulls have gone missing. I certainly didn't see any on display last time I visited the Valletta museum. Good photo of one of them in this article, which also repeats the, uncorroborated, disappearance story...
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    Population Growth: The Real Apocalypse

    Another manifestation of gross overpopulation in the UK is that an acute water shortage is looming: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-47620228 But rather than do something sensible like strive to limit our population to a more sustainable level, the emphasis will be very much on discouraging water...
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    Suggestions For A Good Read

    I'm half way through Charles Maclean's 1983 psychological thriller The Watcher. Thoroughly enjoying it! Full of Fortean themes - hallucinations, night terrors, alternative realities and, delightfully, a past-life regression linking to legendary mystic and explorer Percy Fawcett (of Lost City of...
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    Current State Of The War Against Terror

    Turkish dictator Erdogan repeatedly broadcast videos of the Christchurch attack at a rally. Did that provoke the Turkish jihadi to perpetrate the attack in Utrecht? https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/mar/18/erdogan-shows-christchurch-attack-footage-at-rallies
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    FT 377

    Loved the classic timeslip account of the two girls, who had a close encounter with a steam train, on a long-since abandoned railway track.
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    Current State Of The War Against Terror

    Well done to the Dutch police for catching the terrorist. According to this BBC report, he had links to jihadi groups in Chechnya and had previously been questioned about links to the Islamic State, but released without charge: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-47615231
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    Current State Of The War Against Terror

    Death toll has risen to 3 and gunman, Turkish-born Gökmen Talis, still at large.
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    They've Broken New Zealand

    Suspect is Turkish-born Gökman Tanis. https://www.google.co.uk/amp/s/www.standard.co.uk/news/world/several-injured-after-shooting-on-tram-in-utrecht-a4094321.html?amp
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    The R.I.P. Thread

    Like many of you I suppose, I only discovered Dick Dale's unique sound after Tarantino chose Misirlou as the iconic opening theme to Pulp Fiction. Playing that Strat like a mandolin (or perhaps Bazooki is more appropriate, given the Greek origins of Misirlou) and riffing on just one string was...
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    Video & Computer Game Urban Myths

    Blimey that takes me back. I remember playing what sounds like the same game on a large Atari console version in a pub back in the late 80s. Was playing in 2-player challenge mode and I'd just completed a level, when the flying saucer landed and the alien gets out for a comfort break near the...
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    Neanderthals: New Findings & Theories

    Part 2 of Meet Your Ancestors was pretty good too and focused mainly on the DNA and evdence for interaction between Neanderthals and other humans. I already knew that most people of European origin have 2.5% or so of Neanderthal DNA, but what I didn't know was that we don't all have the same %...
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    Weird Tales From Reddit

    Worth reading for the sighting of Bigfoot snacking on roadkill.
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    What Music?

    Some of the best guitar-work I have heard in my life. Utterly astonishing!
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    They've Broken New Zealand

    I understand that emotion is still so very raw, but no, terrorism like this will not break New Zealand, any more than the PLO broke Germany after the Munich atrocity or France broke after the Charlie Hébdo and Bataclan attacks, Australia after the Bali bombing, the USA after 9/11 or U.K. after...
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    They've Broken New Zealand

    Oh come on Yith. That goes way beyond edgy. Whether he actually stated those vile words is immaterial. He clearly had no qualms being associated with such sentiment. I'm sure there are grounds to kick the scumbag out.
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    They've Broken New Zealand

    Clicked on your link and was disgusted to see that "PewDiePie" has moved to the UK. Given the vile statements he has been associated with (Death to all Jews and Hitler did nothing wrong amongst them) haven't we got a strong case for kicking him out back to Sweden? The fact that a miscreant like...
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    Newly Discovered

    Just imagine the size of the holes in your skirting board!
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    They've Broken New Zealand

    This Guardian article claims Christchurch has "an active white supremacist sub-culture." I found that rather surprising. Is The Guardian exaggerating? https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/mar/15/multiple-fatalities-gunman-christchurch-mosque-shooting
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    Newly Discovered

    Absolutely remarkable that mammoth cells are still capable of some biological activity after almost 30,000 years. Sounds like creating a living, breathing baby mammoth is still a very long way off though.
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    Something New Every Day: Random & Newly Found Facts

    Absolutely right - it's 6 nines. My bad. As for "all the zeroes" , in an infinitely long calculation, I guess they would appear eventually. Does my head in just thinking about it. Would an infinite number of monkeys be able to type it out? The Carl Sagan sci-fi novel "Contact" speculated on...
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    Night Of The Lepus

    Weren't Jesse Hutch and Martin O'Hare in it too? And wasn't there a brief cameo by Jasper Carrott?
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    Is The Era Of The Petrol-Head Drawing To A Close?

    I guess we're of a similar age and the only almost silent vehicles I can recall from my childhood were milk floats.
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    A Strange Room Around A Train Station

    Thought this story reminded me of something: https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/body-found-under-motel-bed/
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    It's Paedogeddon!

    Erstwhile Liberal Party leader David Steel suspended from party after admitting he assumed rumours about notorious paedophile Cyril Smith were true, but did nothing about it (and even nominated Smith for a knighthood). https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-47573243
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    Is The Era Of The Petrol-Head Drawing To A Close?

    You forgot the b'ddm tisch! If you're ever in Prague I thoroughly recommend a trip on the historic tramline 91/41. A 1920s Skoda original, with a beautiful polished wooden interior. The driver and ticket inspector dress in period costume. It rattles and clanks a bit, but is a palpable piece of...
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    Chinese Hardware-Hacking

    Another reason not to embark on the Huawei to Hell. Smartphone becomes pocket-rocket: https://www.theregister.co.uk/2019/03/15/huawei_phone_explode_lawsuit/
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    They've Broken New Zealand

    Shocking news. Looks like the ringleader is an Australian national. Claims his motive was 'revenge'. Calls to reassess NZ's liberal gun laws. How easy is it to acquire an assault rifle over there? Unless the attackers brought their weapons in from Australia - which raises questions about...
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    Is The Era Of The Petrol-Head Drawing To A Close?

    Scale them up and call them...... trams!
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    Something New Every Day: Random & Newly Found Facts

    At position 768 in the calculation of Pi, there is a sequence of 999999999. At position 17,387,594,880 the sequence 0123456789 occurs. https://theconversation.com/pi-might-look-random-but-its-full-of-hidden-patterns-55994
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    Thor's Black, Death & Viking Metal Thrash Thread

    Brilliant! Can never get enough Finntroll. My Finntroll go-to track is En Mäktig Här.
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    Is The Era Of The Petrol-Head Drawing To A Close?

    I can recall The Green Cross Code, the central tenet of which was "look and listen". The growing number of almost silent vehicles has negated the aural part of that.
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    Neanderthals: New Findings & Theories

    Just watched part 1 of the BBC programme Neanderthal - Meet Your Ancestors. Very good overall (albeit annoying that the presenter kept pronouncing what should be the silent H in Neanderthal). Came to the conclusion that they were much more like modern humans than previously thought. The...
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    Strange Statues

    Plans to rebuild the Colossus of Rhodes. Hope this does go ahead, but they will need to make it earthquake-proof. I was staying just south of Rhodes at the time of the last major earthquake in July 2017...
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    My First Encounter With Strangeness

    Some great video in there! Hope the OP can view it and tell us if that looks like the unusual bird he saw.
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