Category: Culture

Skull and hands buried together in Brazil is oldest known example of decapitation burial ritual in Americas. (Danilo Bernardo/CNN) 0

9,000-year-old Skull is Oldest Known American Ritual Decapitation

9,000-Year-Old Skull  is Oldest Known American Decapitation Academics generally accept that decapitation was practiced by Amerindians. A new discovery has revealed that the practice may have been both older and more widespread, and may even have been performed for different reasons, than previously known. A team led by André Strauss of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Germany has used accelerator mass spectrometry to date a male skull, cervical vertebrae, and hands found buried together in Lapa do Santo, Brazil.  The remains were dated at 9,000 years before the present. Previously, the oldest known examples were only 3,000 years...

Lines continued to flow in Mecca for the annual Hajj, despite the recent stampede which claimed the lives of over 700 pilgrims. (BBC World News) 0

Over 700 Die During Stampede Amid History of Tragedies at Mecca

Over 700 Die During Stampede Amid History of Tragedies at Mecca (Saudi Arabia) Over 700 people have been declared dead following a stampede during the Islamic pilgrimage of Hajj to Mecca, yesterday, around 7:00 PM GMT. Over two million pilgrims were lined up to perform the final rite of throwing stones at a pillar representing the Devil during the celebration, when the incident occurred. The lines stretched across a valley, where witnesses observed the two lines converging on one another approximately 3 miles away from Mecca. Temperatures we said to have been as high as 114 degrees Fahrenheit during the event. This...

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Voodoo Village: Haiti

Voodoo Village: Haiti The Dark Matter News Team is familiar with some weird drugs, but powdered pufferfish? Tetrodotoxin, a powerful neurotoxin derived from pufferfish, is the main ingredient in so-called ‘Haitian Zombie Powder.’ It’s said to put people into a stupor so powerful that Doctors have signed death certificates. Similar to the “Devil’s Breath” scam, the victim is secretly dosed with the powder and descends into a death-like trance. Once pronounced dead, the victim is buried. They’re later dug up by witchdoctors in the dark of night, to be spirited-away to rural plantations. If family members think their loved one...

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Did Aliens Invent Chess For Humans?

World Chess Federation President Abducted By Aliens.  The current president of the International Chess Foundation (FIDE), Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, claims that he was abducted by aliens in 1997, who told him they invented chess. He has held the president position since 1995 after defeating former world chess champion Garry Kasparov. One evening he was abducted from his flat in Moscow by humanoid aliens and taken to a planet in another solar system. “It was not in our Russian space vehicles, but with aliens. They came in a flying saucer, picked me up, and I spent a whole day in outer space. The...

A birthday card signed by Charles Manson, complete anachronistic butterflies and flowers on the front cover. (Murderacution.com) 0

Murderabilia: Macabre Mementos offered for sale by Murderauction.com

Murderabilia: Macabre Mementos offered for sale by Murderauction.com The first Bizarre on a Budget feature focused on an eBay listing that contained what the seller claimed to be the soul of an ancient Sumerian woman. But for this edition, the bizarre is found on an auction website that may be even darker than even the murkiest depths of eBay’s “weird” category. Murderabilia is a category of collectible items that have a link to murderers. The sale of such items was officially banned from eBay in 2001, according to the Houston Chronicle. However, the ban has not stopped those who seek to...

Dr. Jack Kevorkian's infamous rusty vVan (Photo: JC Reindl, Detroit Free Press) 1

Ghost Hunter Purchases Kevorkian ‘Death Van’

Ghost Hunter Purchases Kevorkian ‘Death Van’ The infamous “death van” once owned by Dr. Jack Kevorkian has been purchased by well-known ghost hunter Zak Bagans. The star of the Travel Channel’s Ghost Adventures paid $32,500 for the poorly conditioned 1968 Volkswagon used to carry out some of the estimated 130 doctor-assisted suicides performed by the controversial Kevorkian, who died in 2011. Prior to the purchase, the dilapidated van was parked alongside classic cars and lawnmowers in the warehouse of a pawn shop on 8 Mile in Detroit. Kevorkian lived out of the van during portions of his life and his...

Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield looks out of the observatory module of the International Space Station 0

NASA Commander Chris Hadfield Launching First Album Recorded In Space

Space Sessions: Songs from a Tin Can album cover (Chris Hadfield) All Systems Go For Release of Space Man’s Full Length Album Next Month    Space Sessions: Songs from a Tin Can is the first album set to be released by retired Commander Chris Hadfield on October 9. His guitar and vocal tracks were entirely recorded in space during a 6 month stay on the International Space Station with the rest of the album being multi-tracked back on earth. Hadfield had brought a guitar to the MIR space station on his first space mission as a gift about 20 years ago. Some tracks were earlier compositions while...

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Iconic ‘Back To The Future’ Auctions End Wednesday

Iconic Back to the Future Auctions End Wednesday Sometimes you just can’t get enough of the Bizarre, so here’s a special update to hold you over until the next Bizarre on a Budget feature. Stories about hoverboards and other Back to the Future II related technology have dominated the news as we approach the upcoming important fictional date of October 21st 2015. Now that we are only a month way from being ‘in the future,’ you have chance to own pieces of that future, before it even arrives. You may have seen Haunted Skeptic’s previous post about Star Trek memorabilia being...

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The Village Where Everyone Has Dementia

The Village Where Everyone Has Dementia The unique model village of Hogeway near Amsterdam is a safe haven for those suffering from the debilitating realities of dementia. Coined “Dementia Village” by CNN, Hogewey is a cutting-edge elderly-care facility — roughly the size of 10 football fields — offering residents the chance to live as close to normal lives as possible. After her experiences working for standard Dutch nursing homes, and facing the realities of her mother’s aging, Yvonne van Amerongen became committed to making nursing homes “more livable and less of a departure from reality for their residents.”  Over the next 20 years, she worked...

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Voodoo Village : Southern USA

Voodoo Village : Southern USA Has witchcraft sold out? Just like the ‘hipster’ who claimed they were into a particular band before anybody else had a chance to listen to them, many practitioners complain that the atmosphere surrounding American Voodoo has become decidedly commercial. Most web searches into the subject reveal an off-putting commercial veneer, mostly turning up high-priced “haunted tours” and the accompanying merchandise and souvenirs (at prices more shocking than any supernatural revelation). The collective fear in the practice undoubtedly arose from it’s mysterious nature; American Voodoo was scary because it was on the periphery. Originally brought to...

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Living Life the Victorian Way

Living Life the Victorian Way Is history a lot like the game of telephone in which stories are repeated over and over again until the final retelling bears little resemblance to the truth? This is what Sarah A. Chrisman and her husband Gabriel believe. In 2010, they made a life-changing decision. Frustrated with the complexities of daily life and fascinated by the secrets of the past, the Chrismans, both of whom are history buffs, chose to time travel in a way, transporting their lifestyle back to the late Victorian era of the 1880s and 1890s. Nothing But Primary Source Materials...

Fashion designer Vivienne Westwood drove a white Armored Personal Carrier tank to UK Prime Minister David Cameron's home in protest of hydraulic fracking. (Independent) 0

UK Protester Drives Tank to Cameron’s House Over Fracking

UK Fashion Designer Drives Tank to Cameron’s House In Protest Over Fracking (United Kingdom) 74-year-old Fashion designer Dame Vivienne Westwood purportedly drove a military-style convoy including a white armored personnel carrier, to the home of UK Prime Minister David Cameron in Oxfordshire on Friday, to protest against hydraulic fracking for the purposes of extracting fossil fuels. She claims that the process is, “forcing toxic, life threatening fracking chemicals on his own people, against the advice of his own Chief Scientist,” calling for a “regime change in Britain.“ Fracking licenses spanning over 1,000 square miles have been recently issued for exploring mineral rights in...