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Friday, February 26, 2010

Zombies to sue police for wrongful arrest

An appeals court in the northern United States has allowed a group of zombie-dressed protesters to press ahead with their lawsuit against police who arrested them for disorderly conduct.

The Minneapolis appeals court in Minnesota overturned a lower court in finding the group of seven zombies had been wrongfully detained during a 2006 shopping mall protest against consumerism.

The three-judge panel ruled Minneapolis police lacked probable cause to arrest the demonstrators for disorderly conduct.

At the time of the protest, the zombies were wearing make-up including white face powder, fake blood and black circles around their eyes that gave them a "living dead" look.

They lurched stiff-legged through the halls of the mall, urging shoppers to "get your brains here" and "brain clean-up in aisle five".

The protesters carried audio equipment in various bags, including loudspeakers and wireless phone handsets, which police described as "simulated weapons of mass destruction".

But the appeals court sided with the protesters in ruling police had no reason to imprison them for two nights simply for "dressing as zombies and walking erratically in downtown Minneapolis".

"An objectively reasonable person would not think probable cause exists under the Minnesota disorderly conduct statue to arrest a group of peaceful people for engaging in an artistic protest by playing music, broadcasting statements and dressing as zombies," the appeals court ruled.

The decision allows the protesters to revive their lawsuit against Minneapolis and its police.

Original story can be found here.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Sheep gives birth to human-faced lamb

A sheep gave birth to a dead lamb with a human-like face. The lamb was born in a village not far from the city of Izmir, Turkey.

Erhan Elibol, a vet, performed a caesarean on the animal to take the lamb out, but was horrified to see that the features of the lamb's snout bore a striking resemblance to a human face.

“I’ve seen mutations with cows and sheep before. I’ve seen a one-eyed calf, a two-headed calf, a five-legged calf. But when I saw this youngster I could not believe my eyes. His mother could not deliver him so I had to help the animal,” the 29-year-old veterinary said.

The lamb’s head had human features on – the eyes, the nose and the mouth – only the ears were those of a sheep.

Vets said that the rare mutation most likely occurred as a result of improper mutation since the fodder for the lamb’s mother was abundant with vitamin A, reports.

A goat from Zimbabwe gave birth to a similar youngster in September 2009. The mutant baby born with a human-like head stayed alive for several hours until the frightened village residents killed him.

The governor of the province where the ugly goat was born said that the little goat was the fruit of unnatural relationship between the female goat and a man.

"This incident is very shocking. It is my first time to see such an evil thing. It is really embarrassing," he reportedly said. "The head belongs to a man while the body is that of a goat. This is evident that an adult human being was responsible. Evil powers caused this person to lose self control. We often hear cases of human beings who commit bestiality but this is the first time for such an act to produce a product with human features," he added.

The mutant creature was hairless. Local residents said that even dogs were afraid to approach the bizarre animal.

The locals burnt the body of the little goat, and biologists had no chance to study the rare mutation.

Link to the original article can be found here.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

UFO researchers called in to investigate strange object that crashed in Mongolia

Could this 2 ton metal object be part of a UFO?

Very little information accompanied a photo of what is claimed is an object that fell from the sky near the Mongolian capital, according to a report filed February 23 with the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) witness database.

The report states that two objects fell near the Mongolian capital on February 19. The first object, according to the report, weighed 10 kg, while the second larger object weighed "approximately 2 tons."

Could this simply be an engine that fell off a jet?

Ulan Bator is the capital city of Mongolia.

Reports of crashed UFOs and the construction of an alien embassy were reported out of nearby Kazakhstan in 2009, but an American living there reported to the UFO Examiner that the stories were posted to advance tourism.

Link to the original story can be found here. And thanks to Brodiemash over at the Dumbdrum for sending me the link.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Couple call 911 after Bigfoot sighting

San Antonio police have released a 911 dispatch call reporting a "Bigfoot" sighting.

The audio recording between a dispatcher and the homeless couple lasts more than eight minutes. In it, the primary caller appears sober and deliberate as she describes the beast Nov. 30.

“And I know you guys are going to think I'm crazy, but I'm dead serious," she says on the recording. "This big thing was 75 feet away from me, smelled awful, devoured a whole deer carcass, and then took off and screamed, screeched, and took off across the street.”

“I'm going to tell you right now, I've lived in the woods six years. Swear to God, I've never seen nothing like this. I'm 6'3"; it's bigger than me,” said her 63-year old husband.

The couple claims the creature walked upright as it carried the deer carcass off into the woods.

Police reports indicate dispatchers sent an officer by the location that night, but he found no sign of the couple or the beast.

The callers said they were living in a tent in the woods in northwest San Antonio, near the intersection of Highway 151 and Loop 1604. The area has acres of wooded terrain surrounding it.

Original article can be found here.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Haunted bar in Bozeman, MT is remodeled using timber from Fresno

This rumored haunted hotel was remodeled using materials
from Fresno.

Rumor has it that over the years, nine people have died in the Bozeman Hotel and its annex. “I don’t know how much truth there is to that, but we definitely hear some weird noises around here,” said Chad Yurashak, owner of Bar 9, a new bar and restaurant scheduled to open this spring. The name, Bar 9, pays tribute to the rumor, to the fact that this is Yurashak’s ninth business, and to the nature of the Western-style branding logo. The business will be housed in two storefronts of the old hotel at Main Street and Rouse Avenue. The space is already being remodeled and filled with copper, steel and old wood. The fir timbers that form the bar were reclaimed from a World War II bunkhouse in Fresno, Calif.

“I’m calling it a ‘Western-industrial’ look,” Yurashak said. “It has a rustic feel, but still caters to the modern day.” The space will be split between the restaurant and bar, which will also include a stage for live music. But it is still a work in progress. “We’ve had a few concepts, but none have come to fruition,” Yurashak said. Outside Bar 9, Yurashak is setting up a patio directly behind the building, under the large trees, with Bozeman Creek babbling beside it. “I feel it’s unparalleled in Bozeman,” Yurashak said. “It’s going to be a very interesting and unique place.” Once open, Yurashak said he hopes Bar 9 will help enhance a downtown demoralized by the March 5, 2009, explosion. “Anything being down here will help increase foot traffic and boost downtown,” he said.

Original story can be found here. And thanks to Kiel over at Archop for sending me the story.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Radio-controlled planes have some Modesto residents seeing UFOs

They come in peace.

Those lights you've seen swooping and swerving across the Modesto night sky are not extraterrestrial. They do not want to be taken to your leader. They're not even unidentified anymore.

Instead, the culprits are a bunch of model plane enthusiasts who have attached lights to their radio- controlled aircraft and fly them through the night sky for fun.

"This was never intended to be seen as a UFO," said Robert Merrill, the de facto captain of the Nor Cal Nite Fliers. "We figured we'd try something, fly at night. Next thing you know people are calling the cops, TV and thinking they're UFOs. We never really thought it'd be this kind of a spectacle."

The 39-year-old Modesto resident and a group of about eight other men often meet at Modesto Hobby & Crafts, off McHenry and Bangs avenues in north Modesto, for their night flights.

They've flown all over Modesto and across the area, including Ripon and Tracy.

The crafts have about a 6-foot wingspan and weigh about 2 pounds. Each flier has customized his lights design.

Merrill, who had been flying model planes for about eight years, came up with the idea in August when he found the lights online from a manufacturer in Hong Kong.
The 1-meter adhesive LED strip is about a quarter-inch wide and comes in red, white, blue, green and amber.

Because they run on batteries and turn off to glide at altitude, the crafts are nearly soundless. In flight, the planes resemble a graceful, digital albatross.

So why fly a $250 model plane at night when it's, well, dark?

"I think (it's) just the calmness of it. The whole thing is, when you get off work, you bring your plane out to the park and literally kick back in a chair and fly them," Merrill said. "Nighttime, you can fly it farther because the lights are so bright you can see it farther than in the daytime."

Some members admit the E.T. factor adds to the excitement.

"Honestly, the most fun is messing with people," said Modesto resident Rick Sanchez, 40. "People will see the lights (from their cars) and their heads will hang out the windows. It's amazing how many people think they are UFOs."

The group flies almost every night that the sky is clear. Manteca resident John Gilmore, 46, started about eight months ago.
"The challenge of it interested me. And it's definitely a challenge," he said. "We're having fun. We're not trying to freak anyone out or cause problems. It's just good, clean fun."

The Modesto Police Department is well aware of the group. Lt. Clint Raymer said he first saw the lights driving to his north Modesto home. He has since talked with the men and discussed the pertinent municipal city codes.

"They're not supposed to fly them in the city limits," he said. "But the industrial area (off Bangs) is fine. I see the cars pulled over and people gazing at those things in the sky. They catch people's attention; they're neat to see."

He said the planes haven't set off anything close to a "War of the Worlds"-level hysteria. While the department has fielded a few UFO calls, Raymer said "it's not a burden."

"Whenever I see people looking, I pull over and tell them it's remote-control planes," he said. "It kind of takes the fun out of (it) then."
Modesto Airport has fielded a handful of calls about the lights in the sky. Airport manager Jerome Thiele said the Federal Aviation Administration has an advisory circular with guidelines for model aircraft standards.

The circular encourages "voluntary compliance" and includes cautions about operating near airports, hospitals and schools. It recommends flying no higher than 400 feet.
"I just want to make sure that they don't intentionally fly close to the airport and keep clear of the medical helipads close to the hospital and other populated areas," Thiele said.

No specific complaints about the model crafts have been filed with the FAA's Flight Standards District Office in Fresno. FAA Inspector Jim Henry said the advisory circular is meant to encourage hobbyists to be careful in the airspace.

"We can do the enforcement if it's an egregious danger to the public," he said.

Merrill said he was familiar with the FAA advisory and that the group never tries to interfere with active aircraft.

"If we see a plane fly by, we'll move away," he said. "We try to stay out of people's way."

The group caused a minor commotion over Super Bowl Sunday when members flew their planes near Briggsmore Avenue. Modesto Hobby & Crafts owner Joe Keevil said drivers stopped along the busy thoroughfare to rubberneck at the night sky. Police later came and asked them to stop.

"We try to stay away from busy roads now," said Keevil, who doesn't participate in flying planes but knows all the men from his store, where they all met.

Even from their north Modesto flight area, the planes and their lights can be seen all around town. Merrill said he can fly as high as 1,000 feet with his craft. He has heard reports of sightings as far away as Maze Boulevard near Highway 99 and in Riverbank.

"Every single night (we fly) somebody comes out and wonders what they are, if they're a UFO," Merrill said. "We sort of laugh about it."

Original story can be found here.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Police chase Chupacabra and get it on tape.

While on duty, Sheriffs deputies in Texas came across a strange animal they could only describe as a Chupacabra. The animal was hairless and the deputies described it with a short front snout and having shorter front legs than the back ones. The county sheriff said he is willing to work with credible researchers to help determine what this creature actually is.

Honestly to me this looks like another case of a dog or coyote having a case of mange and being misidentified as a Chupacabra. Though I do find it interesting that the sheriff is taking this so seriously, most just write it off as something mundane. Guess they take the problem of the Chupacabra in Texas seriously.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Lady Gaga says ghost saved her

NEW YORK - AMERICAN singer Lady Gaga has claimed that the ghost of her dead aunt - who lives within her - saved her from an addiction to cocaine and LSD.

The controversial pop star told British tabloid News of the World that she would lock herself in a room and snort 'bags and bags' of cocaine and also got high on LSD as she tried to find inspiration for her music.

However Lady Gaga, whose real name is Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, said her deceased aunt, Joanne Germanotta, saved her from addition: 'I thought I was gonna die, I wanted to be the artists I loved, like Mick Jagger and Andy Warhol - and I thought the only way to do it was to live the lifestyle.

'But then I realised my father's sister Joanne, who'd died at 19, had instilled her spirit in me. She was a painter and a poet - and I had a spiritual vision I had to finish her business,' Gaga wrote in her new biography.

'My cocaine soundtrack was always the Cure. I would lock myself in my room and listen to Never Enough on repeat while I did bags and bags of cocaine. It was about being an artist. I wasn't a lazy addict. I would make demo tapes and send them around. At the time I didn't think there was anything wrong with me, until my friends said, 'Are you doing this alone?' Um, yes. Me and my mirror.'

Gaga also claimed that her dead aunt, who she never met, remains her closest companion. She dedicated her Fame Ball tour to Ms Germanotta last year. 'I never met her - but she's been one of the most important figures in my life,' Gaga wrote.

Original article can be found here.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Ghost hunters investigate spirits at Manteca bar

A bar in Manteca claims to have special "spirits", but they can't be found on the menu.

The owner of Finley's Bar and Grill has always felt like someone was with her even when she was alone. Debora Finley says she's seen glasses fall and a dark figure lurking in the bar. Customers and employees have gotten so spooked that some of them left and never came back.

Ghost Research Investigators of the Paranormal came to search for answers. They took pictures of the bar and rooms using night vision. They found a white speck and an orb in some photos they took. They claim it was the ghost trying to manifest him or herself.

The investigators also used tape recorders, and claim a faint sound on the recordings says "I'm right here".

"I was so scared my knees were knocking. I couldn't make them quit." said Finley "As soon as she asked 'Would you give us a sign?'" the pans would fly off. It startled them and it startled us."

The bar building has been around since 1903, but Finley says she doesn't know the history of the building or who might be lurking.

Click here for a video on the story and here for the link back to the original article.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Is a Fresno home plagued with poltergeist activity?

Is this small house in Fresno plagued with poltergeist activity?

Over the years on a street called Tyler, there is a house that has changed owners more times than of those surrounding it. Rumors of red eyes staring out from darkened closets and bedrooms intermixed with that of objects flying off counter tops. There was once a report of someone finding a mutilated cat carcass in the attic space.

No one really knows what was the cause of this activity, or why it's been occurring for so many years (most poltergeist activity last only a few weeks at the most). I did have the chance to investigate the house both in 2001 and 2007, but both times I did not witness anything out of the ordinary. I was able to talk to the realtor of the house and was able to confirm the high number of owners (at least 20 over the past 15 years). Though this could be due to the location of the property, it's not in the best location and there have been reports of gang activity there.

Last I checked the house was up for sale again. Perhaps it's just another victim of the housing crisis. Or perhaps there is something else there keeping people from living in it.