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By Rachel Nuwer, Science NOW Walter Tschinkel may not have solved the mystery of the fairy circles, but he can tell you that they’re alive. Tens of thousands of the formations — bare patches of soil, 2 to 12 meters in diameter — freckle grasslands from southern Angola to northern South Africa, their perimeters often marked by a tall fringe of grass. Locals say they’re the footprints of the gods. Scientists have thrown their hands up in the air.
“ It was nothing of this earth, but a piece of the great outside; and as such dowered with outside properties and obedient to outside laws. ” “ The Colour Out of Space “, by H.P. Lovecraft (1927)
The Tanganyika laughter epidemic of 1962 was an outbreak of mass hysteria – or mass psychogenic illness (MPI) – rumored to have occurred in or near the village of Kashasha on the western coast of Lake Victoria in the modern nation of Tanzania (formerly Tanganyika ) near the border of Kenya. [ 1 ] The laughter epidemic began on January 30, 1962, at a mission-run boarding school for girls in Kashasha. The laughter started with three girls and spread haphazardly throughout the school, affecting 95 of the 159 pupils, aged 12–18. [ 2 ] [ 3 ] Symptoms lasted from a few hours to 16 days in those affected.
Sailing stones , sliding rocks , and moving rocks all refer to a geological phenomenon where rocks move in long tracks along a smooth valley floor without human or animal intervention.
Charles Bonnet syndrome ( CBS ) is a condition that causes patients with visual loss to have complex visual hallucinations, first described by Charles Bonnet in 1760 [ 1 ] [ 2 ] and first introduced into English-speaking psychiatry in 1982. [ 3 ] [ edit ] Characteristics Sufferers, who are mentally healthy people with often significant visual loss, have vivid, complex recurrent visual hallucinations (fictive visual percepts).
The Voynich manuscript , described as "the world's most mysterious manuscript", [ 3 ] is a work which dates to the early 15th century (1404–1438), possibly from northern Italy. [ 1 ] [ 2 ] It is named after the book dealer Wilfrid Voynich , who purchased it in 1912. Some pages are missing, but the current version comprises about 240 vellum pages, most with illustrations. Much of the manuscript resembles herbal manuscripts of the 1500s, seeming to present illustrations and information about plants and their possible uses for medical purposes.
A colourised SEM of MRSA Methicillin -resistant Staphylococcus aureus ( MRSA ) is a bacterium responsible for several difficult-to-treat infections in humans. It is also called multidrug-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and oxacillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (ORSA). MRSA is any strain of Staphylococcus aureus that has developed, through the process of natural selection , resistance to beta-lactam antibiotics , which include the penicillins ( methicillin , dicloxacillin , nafcillin , oxacillin , etc.) and the cephalosporins . Strains unable to resist these antibiotics are classified as methicillin-sensitive Staphylococcus aureus , or MSSA. The evolution of such resistance does not cause the organism to be more intrinsically virulent than strains of Staphylococcus aureus that have no antibiotic resistance, but resistance does make MRSA infection more difficult to treat with standard types of antibiotics and thus more dangerous.
Alien hand syndrome , sometimes used synonymously with anarchic hand or Dr Strangelove syndrome , [ 1 ] is a neurological disorder in which the afflicted person's hand appears to take on a mind of its own. Alien hand syndrome is best documented in cases where a person has had the two hemispheres of their brain surgically separated , a procedure sometimes used to relieve the symptoms of extreme cases of epilepsy . It also occurs in some cases after brain surgery , stroke , infection , tumor , aneurysm and specific degenerative brain conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease and Creutzfeldt–Jakob disease . [ 2 ] Other areas of the brain that are associated with alien hand syndrome are the frontal, occipital and parietal lobes . [ 3 ]
The Phaistos Disc (also spelled Phaistos Disk , Phaestos Disc ) is a disk of fired clay from the Minoan palace of Phaistos on the Greek island of Crete , possibly dating to the middle or late Minoan Bronze Age ( 2nd millennium BC ). It is about 15 cm (5.9 in) in diameter and covered on both sides with a spiral of stamped symbols. Its purpose and meaning, and even its original geographical place of manufacture, remain disputed, making it one of the most famous mysteries of archaeology . This unique object is now on display at the archaeological museum of Heraklion . The disc was discovered in 1908 by the Italian archaeologist Luigi Pernier in the Minoan palace-site of Phaistos, and features 241 tokens, comprising 45 unique signs, which were apparently made by pressing hieroglyphic "seals" into a disc of soft clay, in a clockwise sequence spiraling toward the disc's center.
Raymond "Ray" Robinson (October 29, 1910 – June 11, 1985) was a severely disfigured man whose years of nighttime walks made him into a figure of urban legend in western Pennsylvania . Robinson was so badly injured in a childhood electrical accident that he could not go out in public without fear of creating a panic, so he went for long walks after dark. Local residents (who would drive his road in hopes of meeting him) called him The Green Man or Charlie No-Face , and they passed on tales about him to their children and grandchildren.
Things That Generate Space-related Hoaxes | Mystery Missiles & Weather Balloons, UFO’s & Aliens | Life's Little MysteriesIntro <p class="MsoNormal">It doesn't take much to convince people that they've seen an experimental missile or a UFO. A funny-looking cloud or an exceptionally bright planet will usually do the trick. Here, our top 7 things that drive space-related hoaxes.</p> 7.
Health :: Ask the Experts :: September 1, 2011 :: :: Email :: Print A disorder of the inner ear called superior canal dehiscence syndrome causes every sound within the body to be amplified, even the movement of one's eyeballs, all the time. Sounds strange, but it is true (and treatable) By Larry Greenemeier A CACOPHONY OF BODILY FUNCTIONS: Superior canal dehiscence syndrome (SCDS) is caused by a small hole in the bone covering part of the inner ear ( in blue ). Such a hole results in distortion of hearing and, often, impaired balance.
Even the elders in Pakistan's Sindh province admit they've never seen anything like it: whole trees encased in webs by millions of invading spiders. The mysterious phenomenon may be an unexpected result of the devastating floods that swept over Sindh, reports Wired . According to scientists, the spiders likely collected in the trees after fleeing from the rising floodwaters. At their height, the floods covered as much as a fifth of the country and displaced as many as 20 million people.
Credit: cliff1066 tm . Patient TN was, by his own account, completely blind. Two consecutive strokes had destroyed the visual cortex of his brain, and consequently, his ability to see. It is not uncommon for stroke patients to suffer brain damage, but the case of TN — referenced by his initials, the general practice in such studies — was peculiar.
It was dusk when the first fireball burst from the Mekong. A glowing pink orb hovered over the chocolaty waters for a split second then accelerated noiselessly skyward, winking out some 100 meters above. Minutes later, another soared from the roiling river.