A spiral similar to that seen in Norway in 2009

The 2009 Norway Spiral Anomaly

On the evening of December 9, 2009, worried onlookers inundated the Norwegian Meteorological Institute with phone calls. Something remarkable had appeared in the sky, which could be seen from Northern Norway and Sweden. It was a bizarre spiral of light that seemed to hover in the atmosphere for nearly three full minutes. White-gray and circular, …

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The watery entrance to a cave

The Origin of Vril and “The Coming Race” by Edward Bulwer-Lytton

Edward Bulwer-Lytton is known for many things. He’s the man who coined the phrases “pursuit of the almighty dollar” and “the pen is mightier than the sword.” He gave us that most (in)famous of opening lines, “It was a dark and stormy night,” which spawned the Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest. He was a novelist, a poet, …

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Fragment of Ancient Egyptian Sphinx Found In Israel

A fragment of a sphinx statue that once belonged to the Egyptian ruler Menkaure has been discovered in Israel. Dating back to around 2,500 BC, the fragment was found at the Tel Hazor dig site, and is of the two front paws of a sphinx. Between the paws is a heirogliphic inscription naming the Egyptian king …

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Kuchisake-Onna, the Slit-Mouthed Woman

“Watashi kirei?” she asks. Am I pretty? Your answer will determine your fate. Say “No,” and she will cut off your head. Say nothing, and she will cut you in half. Say “Yes,” and she will give you scar, a cut from the corners of your mouth up to your ears, something called the Glasgow …

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