Wikipedia: Alternative 3:
Alternative 3 is a television programme, broadcast once only in the United Kingdom in 1977, and later broadcast in Australia, Canada, and New Zealand, as a fictional hoax, an heir to Orson Welles’ radio production of The War of the Worlds. Purporting to be an investigation into the UK’s contemporary “brain drain”, Alternative 3 uncovered a plan to make the Moon and Mars habitable in the event of climate change and a terminal environmental catastrophe on Earth.
The programme was originally meant to be broadcast on April Fools Day, 1977. While its broadcast was delayed until June 20, the credits explicitly date the film to April 1. Alternative 3 ended with credits for the actors involved in the production and featured interviews with a fictitious American astronaut.
Via: World Net Daily:
Bill Clinton’s appearance earlier this month on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” – where he was asked about his interest in UFOs – has been subjected to body-language analysis by an investigator of paranormal claims, who says the former president exhibited signs of “significant apprehension, stress, and guarded behavior.”
Update: Definite Hoax
I’m more than 99% certain that this is just more of the usual fare on 4chan. EXIF GPS data can be easily manipulated. GeoSetter is a free program than can do it.
But there hasn’t been a Backchannel post in a long time…
I have been held hostage by unknown military personal after my flight was hijacked (blindfolded). I work for IBM and I have managed to hide my cellphone in my ass during the hijack. I have been separated from the rest of the passengers and I am in a cell. My name is Philip Wood. I think I have been drugged as well and cannot think clearly.
Related: Discussion on Reddit
Via: New York Daily News:
Once released from his brother’s grasp, the 9-year-old allegedly started head-butting his grandmother.
Campbell took his hand and started to pray when the boy walked backward up a wall and onto the ceiling. Once there he flipped and landed perfectly on his feet.
Washington’s DCS report is corroborated by Willie Lee Walker, a registered nurse, who was in the room with them.
“He walked up the wall, flipped over her [the grandmother] and stood there,” Walker told The Star. “There’s no way he could’ve done that.”
Washington, in her report to police, described the boy as “gliding.”
Via: South China Morning Post:
Another origins-of-life chemist, Steven Benner of the US-basedWestheimer Institute of Science and Technology has suggested that assembling RNA would have been very difficult on the ancient earth. Speaking at a conference in August, he presented results indicating that boron and molybdenum minerals can significantly help the process. But three billion years ago, the earth was too wet and the atmosphere had too little oxygen for these minerals to have been sufficiently common and in the right forms.
Instead, Benner suggested that Mars had the right chemistry, and life may have come to earth on a Martian meteorite. “The evidence seems to be building that we are actually all Martians; that life started on Mars and came to Earth on a rock,” he remarked.
Within days of Benner’s presentation, a paper was published that had reached similar conclusions regarding the “phosphate problem” – concerning the phosphorus compounds crucial for RNA, DNA and proteins. There would have been few such compounds in the water on early earth, but Martian phosphates were both more soluble and plentiful, making the “red planet” appear a better nursery for life.
Just possibly, fossil microbes have been found in meteorites from Mars. The most famous of these meteorites made world news in 1996, when Nasa scientist David McKay argued that tiny structures were fossils of life forms smaller than any known cellular life.
Meteorites from asteroids are another otherworldly source of ingredients for life. They can be rich in organic material such as amino acids, which may form as comets crash into moons or planets. After a meteor fell to earth over California in April last year, researchers at the University of Arizona gathered fragments for study. At first, they were disappointed to find few organic molecules. Then, they took insoluble material and baked it for six days in conditions akin to those around hydrothermal vents.
“And lo and behold, this meteorite left behind something we have never seen,” team leader Sandra Pizzarello told New Scientist. There were long molecular chains that can form scaffold-like structures. Rather than soapy bags, it might have been this scaffolding that trapped organic molecules which led to life.
Who would cut the tongues and take the reproductive organs from several cows? That’s the mystery police in a small town 90 miles away from Kansas City are dealing with.
Robert Hills, Henry County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy, says the first cow was discovered in December of 2011, the second and third this summer. All were female cows and were owned by rancher Lyn Mitchell.
“We couldn’t see any signs of trauma, and it doesn’t appear that there was any type of wild animal, such coyotes, that were involved,” Hills told KMOX.
The first cow discovered on Mitchell’s ranch had her tongue and ear removed. Mitchell told KSHB-TV she assumed the mutilation was part of a sacrificial ritual or just teenagers, so she didn’t report it.
The next two discovered on July 9th and 19th of this year had their tongues removed along with their udders, anus, reproductive organs, and ears. A veterinarian wasn’t called to examine the first two cows.
But one did examine the third one.
Mitchell said the veterinarian told her the cuts to the cow were precise and surgical. Also what seems to be the common denominator of all these incidents is the lack of blood and other bodily fluids surrounding the area and inside the animal.
Mitchell told the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) that the third cow’s heart was removed and exposed, but was not taken. She believes that maybe whoever did this was interrupted and she does not rule out the possibility of aliens.
3am + Internet on a 56K modem + Doom + 12 Pack of Moosehead + Art Bell. Ahh the 1990s.
Art Bell, radio’s master of the paranormal and outward edges of science, will return to the microphone on Sept. 16 with a new nighttime show on Sirius XM Radio.
Bell was one of radio’s top syndicated voices in the 1990s before walking away from his nightly show in 2002 due to family issues. He worked occasionally after that but hasn’t been on the air since Halloween 2010.
“I missed it terribly,” said Bell, 68, whose weeknight show will air live from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. ET. Sirius is building a studio at Bell’s rural Nevada home where he will work.
A Sirius representative contacted Bell through social media a few months ago, leading to the formation of his show, “Art Bell’s Dark Matter.” He’ll talk about things like UFOs, ghosts, near-death experiences and weird aspects of science. He’ll do interviews and take calls from viewers.
The message inside “the world’s most mysterious medieval manuscript” has eluded cryptographers, mathematicians and linguists for over a century.
And for many, the so-called Voynich book is assumed to be a hoax.
But a new study, published in the journal Plos One, suggests the manuscript may, after all, hold a genuine message.
Scientists say they found linguistic patterns they believe to be meaningful words within the text.
Whether or not it really does have any meaningful information, though, is much debated by amateurs and professionals alike.