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Star Tours Ghost

The Ghost That Rides Star Tours

Speaking of Walt Disney World, here’s an image taken from the original version of Star Tours over at Disneyland. You see it, right there in the seat? Apparently, a strange figure would occasionally pop up on one of the ride monitors (allegedly cabin 2). Just a shade, a shadow. A ...

Image: NASA's Seven Minutes Of Terror

NASA Embarks On Seven Minutes Of Terror

July 15, 2012 Space

Seven minutes of terror. It sounds like a theme park attraction you’d find at Walt Disney World or Universal Studios, maybe a distant cousin to The Twilight Zone: Tower Of Terror. But this is no thrill ride: it’s the fate of NASA’s Mars-bound Curiosity rover when it enters the Red ...

Image: NASA/SDO/AIA.

Even More X-Class Solar Flares? Hold On To Your Butts

July 14, 2012 Space

Sooner or later, I’ll catch an aurora. Sure, living in the Midwest, that might be a bit difficult. But if the Sun keeps throwing solar fastballs at Earth, you figure eventually we’ll get a light show down here. In fact, I might get the chance sooner than I thought. It’s ...

NOAA: Mermaids Aren't Real

By Poseidon’s Beard! Mermaids Aren’t Real?!

July 4, 2012 Cryptids

You might want to sit down, because I have some bad news. According to NOAA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, “No evidence of aquatic humanoids has ever been found.” Check it out:  NOAA: No evidence of aquatic humanoids has ever been found. I know. This is a sad, sad day ...

Observation Of Potential Higgs Boson
Image: CERN

“Particle Consistent With The Higgs Boson” Discovered At CERN

July 4, 2012 Science

Today, the crackpot scientists at CERN revealed the detection of something resembling the Higgs boson. Or, if you want, a detection consistent with a Standard Model Higgs. That’s a far cry from several media reports claiming a definitive “discovery,” but something’s there. Whether it’s actually the Higgs or an entirely ...

The Riddle Of The Toynbee Tiles

So I’ve just finished watching Resurrect Dead: The Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles. It’s a 2011 documentary about the cryptic plaques found embedded in asphalt streets throughout the United States and South America. There’s a lot of variation between the tiles, which began to appear (or at least became noticed) in ...