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Meet the Mata Mata – A ‘Killer Spy’

by on Feb.17, 2014, under Lake/Sea Creatures, Odd

Here’s a real life horror break from your friends at Netherworld Haunted House. May we introduce to you the Mata Mata Mutant Turtle…well, mutant isn’t officially part of its name, but we think it’s fitting.

Mata Mata Turtle

A freshwater turtle, the Mata Mata Turtle lives in the Orinoco and Amazon basins in South America. Well camouflaged among the leaves and debris scattered on the river bottom, the Mata Mata turtle hides in wait, ready to ambush unsuspecting prey.

http://www.oceanfutures.org/learning/kids-cove/creature-feature/mata-mata

While not a mythical creature, the Mata Mata certainly looks like an animal of our nightmares! And it truly is the ‘killer spy’ of the animal kingdom. Well maybe not, but the word mata translates to ‘he kills’ in Spanish, and in Indonesian mata means ‘spy’.

Mata Mata Illustration

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Halloween Extreme!

by on May.10, 2013, under Odd

Be sure to come to HALLOWEEN EXTREME : A Halloween, horror and haunted house extravaganza! See Dr. Speculo’s Crypto Collection!

MAY 24-26, 2013 Rosen Center, Orlando Florida

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Werewolves?

by on Jun.10, 2011, under Odd

Jun 10, 12:18 AM (ET)

Wash. residents warned of ‘bloodthirsty’ dog pack

By NICHOLAS K. GERANIOS

(AP) In this May 2011 security camera frame grab provided by the Stevens County Sheriff’s Office, dogs…
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SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) – A “bloodthirsty” pack of dogs has killed about 100 animals in the past few months while eluding law enforcement and volunteers in northeastern Washington state, residents and authorities said.

The killings started in late March and have occurred in a wide area of mountains and valleys west of Deer Park, a small town about 40 miles north of Spokane.

“Trying to figure out where they are going to hit is next to impossible,” Stevens County Undersheriff Lavonne Webb said Thursday. “Nobody is claiming ownership of any animals involved in the pack.”

Most recently, the dogs killed a 350-pound llama Tuesday night. They’ve also killed goats and other farm animals.

So far, no humans have been attacked. But authorities are warning residents to take whatever steps are necessary to protect their families and animals because the dogs appear to be killing for fun rather than food.

“We have this pack that is out there killing for the sake of killing,” Webb said in a telephone interview from Colville. “What is going to happen if they come across a small child?”

Officers and volunteers have searched for the pack but had little success because the dogs seem to hunker down during the day and move only at night, she said. “We’ve only had one or two sightings during daytime hours.”

One resident managed to take some photographs of the pack, and it seemed to include four or five large dogs. It’s not clear if the dogs are wild or if some or all go home to owners during the day, Webb said. Their breeds also are unknown.

Webb added she has worked for the sheriff’s office since the 1970s and never encountered a similar problem. The number of kills alone makes the attacks a “major issue,” she said.

Deer Park resident Temma Davis agreed, telling KXLY-TV that neighbors are worried about kids getting off school buses or riding their bikes.

“They’re bloodthirsty,” she said of the dogs.

Davis compared the experience to the 1980s Stephen King book and movie about a vicious killer dog. “It’s like ‘Cujo,'” she said.

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Weird Links…

by on Apr.12, 2011, under Hominids, Lake/Sea Creatures, Odd

It happens every day. Some unsuspecting rural explorer with a video camera stumbles onto an unexplainable creature ambling through the woods, managing to capture a few brief seconds of blurry footage to substantiate his claim. As elusive as these mysterious beasts are, the wealth of news and information regarding them is easily found through the following resources.

Weird News Files (kinda sums it up): http://weirdnewsfiles.com/

The Cryptid Zoo offers up links to many crypto-themed articles and sites: http://www.newanimal.org/links.htm

Weekly Weird News features updated news and sightings from around the globe: http://www.museumoftheweird.com/category/weekly-weird-news/cryptozoology-and-strange-nature/

The Centre for Fortean Zoology [CFZ] is the largest professional, scientific and full-time organisation in the world dedicated to cryptozoology: http://www.cfz.org.uk/

Our friends on the opposite side of the world keep us well-informed on sightings and stories at New Zealand Cryptozoology: http://nzcryptozoology.ucoz.com/

John E.L. Tenney’s Weird Lectures – Tenney founded The Great Lakes Ghost Society and the Michigan Anomalous Information Network in 1995, in order to provide an open forum of ideas for those individuals seeking information regarding occurrences and news events that have their basis in the paranormal. You can find his postings at: http://weirdlectures.com/

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Proof of Alien Life?

by on Mar.05, 2011, under Alien, Odd

Seemingly reputable proof that alien life traces have been found in a meteorite has been found claims a NASA Scientist!

Exclusive: NASA Scientist Claims Evidence of Alien Life on Meteorite
By Garrett Tenney

Published March 05, 2011
FoxNews.com

We are not alone in the universe — and alien life forms may have a lot more in common with life on Earth than we had previously thought.

That’s the stunning conclusion one NASA scientist has come to, releasing his groundbreaking revelations in a new study in the March edition of the Journal of Cosmology.

Dr. Richard B. Hoover, an astrobiologist with NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, has traveled to remote areas in Antarctica, Siberia, and Alaska, amongst others, for over ten years now, collecting and studying meteorites. He gave FoxNews.com early access to the out-of-this-world research, published late Friday evening in the March edition of the Journal of Cosmology. In it, Hoover describes the latest findings in his study of an extremely rare class of meteorites, called CI1 carbonaceous chondrites — only nine such meteorites are known to exist on Earth.

Though it may be hard to swallow, Hoover is convinced that his findings reveal fossil evidence of bacterial life within such meteorites, the remains of living organisms from their parent bodies — comets, moons and other astral bodies. By extension, the findings suggest we are not alone in the universe, he said.

“I interpret it as indicating that life is more broadly distributed than restricted strictly to the planet earth,” Hoover told FoxNews.com. “This field of study has just barely been touched — because quite frankly, a great many scientist would say that this is impossible.”

In what he calls “a very simple process,” Dr. Hoover fractured the meteorite stones under a sterile environment before examining the freshly broken surface with the standard tools of the scientist: a scanning-electron microscope and a field emission electron-scanning microscope, which allowed him to search the stone’s surface for evidence of fossilized remains.

He found the fossilized remains of micro-organisms not so different from ordinary ones found underfoot — here on earth, that is.

“The exciting thing is that they are in many cases recognizable and can be associated very closely with the generic species here on earth,” Hoover told FoxNews.com. But not all of them. “There are some that are just very strange and don’t look like anything that I’ve been able to identify, and I’ve shown them to many other experts that have also come up stumped.”

Other scientists tell FoxNews.com the implications of this research are shocking, describing the findings variously as profound, very important and extraordinary. But Dr. David Marais, an astrobiologist with NASA’s AMES Research Center, says he’s very cautious about jumping onto the bandwagon.

These kinds of claims have been made before, he noted — and found to be false.

“It’s an extraordinary claim, and thus I’ll need extraordinary evidence,” Marais said.

Knowing that the study will be controversial, the journal invited members of the scientific community to analyze the results and to write critical commentaries ahead of time. Though none are online yet, those comments will be posted alongside the article, said Dr. Rudy Schild, a scientist with the Harvard-Smithsonian’s Center for Astrophysics and the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Cosmology.

“Given the controversial nature of his discovery, we have invited 100 experts and have issued a general invitation to over 5,000 scientists from the scientific community to review the paper and to offer their critical analysis,” Schild wrote in an editor’s note along with the article. “No other paper in the history of science has undergone such a thorough vetting, and never before in the history of science has the scientific community been given the opportunity to critically analyze an important research paper before it is published, he wrote.”

Dr. Seth Shostak, senior astronomer at the SETI Institute, said there is a lot of hesitancy to believe such proclamations. If true, the implications would be far-reaching throughout the fields of science and astronomy, the suggestions and possibilities stunning.

“Maybe life was seeded on earth — it developed on comets for example, and just landed here when these things were hitting the very early Earth,” Shostak speculated. “It would suggest, well, life didn’t really begin on the Earth, it began as the solar system was forming.”

Hesitancy to believe new claims is something common and necessary to the field of science, Hoover said.

“A lot of times it takes a long time before scientists start changing their mind as to what is valid and what is not. I’m sure there will be many many scientists that will be very skeptical and that’s OK.”

Until Hoover’s research can be independently verified, Marais said, the findings should be considered “a potential signature of life.” Scientists, he said, will now take the research to the next level of scrutiny, which includes an independent confirmation of the results by another lab, before the findings can be classified “a confirmed signature of life.”

Hoover says he isn’t worried about the process and is open to any other explanations.

“If someone can explain how it is possible to have a biological remain that has no nitrogen, or nitrogen below the detect ability limits that I have, in a time period as short as 150 years, then I would be very interested in hearing that.”

“I’ve talked with many scientists about this and no one has been able to explain,” he said.

http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2011/03/05/exclusive-nasa-scientists-claims-evidence-alien-life-meteorite/

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World’s sixth mass extinction may be underway: study

by on Mar.04, 2011, under Odd

by Richard Ingham and Laurent Banguet Richard Ingham And Laurent Banguet – Fri Mar 4, 12:58 am ET

PARIS (AFP) – Mankind may have unleashed the sixth known mass extinction in Earth’s history, according to a paper released by the science journal Nature.

Over the past 540 million years, five mega-wipeouts of species have occurred through naturally-induced events.

But the new threat is man-made, inflicted by habitation loss, over-hunting, over-fishing, the spread of germs and viruses and introduced species, and by climate change caused by fossil-fuel greenhouse gases, says the study.

Evidence from fossils suggests that in the “Big Five” extinctions, at least 75 percent of all animal species were destroyed.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20110304/ts_afp/environmentbiodiversityextinction_20110304055833

Palaeobiologists at the University of California at Berkeley looked at the state of biodiversity today, using the world’s mammal species as a barometer.

Until mankind’s big expansion some 500 years ago, mammal extinctions were very rare: on average, just two species died out every million years.

But in the last five centuries, at least 80 out of 5,570 mammal species have bitten the dust, providing a clear warning of the peril to biodiversity.

“It looks like modern extinction rates resemble mass extinction rates, even after setting a high bar for defining ‘mass extinction,” said researcher Anthony Barnosky.

This picture is supported by the outlook for mammals in the “critically endangered” and “currently threatened” categories of the Red List of biodiversity compiled by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

On the assumption that these species are wiped out and biodiversity loss continues unchecked, “the sixth mass extinction could arrive within as little as three to 22 centuries,” said Barnosky.

Compared with nearly all the previous extinctions this would be fast-track.

Four of the “Big Five” events unfolded on scales estimated at hundreds of thousands to millions of years, inflicted in the main by naturally-caused global warming or cooling.

The most abrupt extinction came at the end of the Cretaceous, some 65 million years ago when a comet or asteroid slammed into the Yucatan peninsula, in modern-day Mexico, causing firestorms whose dust cooled the planet.

An estimated 76 percent of species were killed, including the dinosaurs.

The authors admitted to weaknesses in the study. They acknowledged that the fossil record is far from complete, that mammals provide an imperfect benchmark of Earth’s biodiversity and further work is needed to confirm their suspicions.

But they described their estimates as conservative and warned a large-scale extinction would have an impact on a timescale beyond human imagining.

“Recovery of biodiversity will not occur on any timeframe meaningful to people,” said the study.

“Evolution of new species typically takes at least hundreds of thousands of years, and recovery from mass extinction episodes probably occurs on timescales encompassing millions of years.”

Even so, they stressed, there is room for hope.

“So far, only one to two percent of all species have gone gone extinct in the groups we can look at clearly, so by those numbers, it looks like we are not far down the road to extinction. We still have a lot of Earth’s biota to save,” Barnosky said.

Even so, “it’s very important to devote resources and legislation toward species conservation if we don’t want to be the species whose activity caused a mass extinction.”

Asked for an independent comment, French biologist Gilles Boeuf, president of the Museum of Natural History in Paris, said the question of a new extinction was first raised in 2002.

So far, scientists have identified 1.9 million species, and between 16,000 and 18,000 new ones, essentially microscopic, are documented each year.

“At this rate, it will take us a thousand years to record all of Earth’s biodiversity, which is probably between 15 and 30 million species” said Boeuf.

“But at the rate things are going, by the end of this century, we may well have wiped out half of them, especially in tropical forests and coral reefs.”

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Spider infestation leads to recall of 65,000 Mazdas

by on Mar.03, 2011, under Odd

Spider infestation leads to recall of 65,000 Mazdas

Recommend Under the heading of strangest recalls ever, Mazda today is weaving the most bizarre of all: 52,000 Mazda 6 in the U.S. are being recalled because of possible spider webs. The fear is that they can lead to blockages that will eventually cause fuel tanks to leak.

The Mazda 6 is being recalled because of spider webs in an engine part.

By Larry Armstrong, for USA TODAY

The recall of 2009 and 2010 Mazda 6s is due to “a certain type of spider” that “may weave a web in the evaporative canister vent line and this may cause a restriction in the line,” the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says on its website. Another 13,000 of the cars sold in Puerto Rico, Canada and Mexico are also being recalled.

The web may restrict the line and cause pressure problems in the fuel tank as the emission control system tries to purge vapors. The pressure could cause the fuel tank to eventually crack, resulting in spillage. Mazda has found 20 cases so far, says Jeremy Barnes. The problem involves the Yellow Sac spider, which lives predominately in the U.S. and apparently it doesn’t like cold.

“Why it chose the Mazda 6 over any other vehicle I’m not sure,” Barnes told Drive On. ” Apparently, the spider likes to go zoom zoom.” The Mazda 6 is built in Flat Rock, Mich., and the recall covers only the four-cylinder version.

Dealers are going to inspect the cannisters and if they find spider webs, are going to install a spring that keeps the spiders from getting inside the part — before they can weave a web of destruction.

http://content.usatoday.com/communities/driveon/post/2011/03/spider-infestation-recall-web-mazda6-mazda/1

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