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2 min
editorial

It’s over half a century since Frank Herbert’s SF epic Dune appeared in print and captured the imagination of readers around the world, many of whom will doubtless be looking forward to seeing Denis Villeneuve’s new film adaptation this autumn. FT founding editor Bob Rickard counts himself among the hallowed ranks of Dune fandom, and in this issue he not only previews the new movie but digs deep into the book’s surprising origins. While some of its ecological concerns – the 1960s ‘dunification’ of the Oregon coast was one of the issues that got Herbert thinking about desert planets – have a striking contemporary resonance, it was Herbert’s research into some of the odder corners of the Abrahamic religions that Bob explores in his article (which, as eagle-eyed readers will…

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7 min
where's wally?

While China has been transfixed by the elephants trekking across Yunnan (FT407:4), Europe has spent the summer distracted by the antics of Wally the wandering walrus. Normally confined to the Arctic Circle, walruses do not usually venture as far south as the British Isles, but in mid-March one was spotted by Alan Houlihan and his daughter Muireann basking on on Valentia Island, County Kerry, Ireland. “The size of the thing was astronomical. It was the size of a big bull,” said Houlihan. “He disappeared into the sea for a while, and he then came back and put himself on a rock for a good couple of hours. It was fantastic.” The next day, though, there was no sign of the creature, and Marine biologist Kevin Flannery of Dingle Oceanworld Aquarium…

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5 min
the vinlandmap

Since it was made public in 1965, the Vinland map has been mired in controversy. It was claimed to be a 15th century map that shows the east coast of North America, drawn before Columbus discovered the continent and informed by Norse exploration; but despite high-profile endorsements, there have always been doubts as to whether it was genuine. Besides showing the American coast, the map shows Africa, Asia and Europe, as well as Greenland, and possibly Japan. The map first came to light in 1957, bound with a mediæval text called Hystoria Tartarorum (usually translated as Tartar Relations) when it was offered to the British Museum by two book dealers, Irving Davis and Enzo Ferrajoli de Ry. The museum declined to buy it, but de Ry then sold it for…

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1 min
the circle game

While crop circles are well past their early-90s peak as a phenomenon, they seem to be having a bit of a moment in 2021. New Zealand singer Lorde (right) announced her recent Solar Power album with a video featuring the album’s logo as a crop circle (left); it was in fact created in the UK at Walker’s Plantation, near Broad Hinton, Wiltshire. Meanwhile, the video game phenomenon Fortnite has also been foreshadowing its next major iteration with a prominent in-game crop formation, which also had a physical manifestation at Uffcot, also in Wiltshire (right). Gamesradar.com, 4 Jun 2021, cropcircleconnector.com, 15 Jun 2021.…

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3 min
ghost photos

GHOSTLY PHALLUS Among New Orleans’s many supernatural attractions is the supposedly haunted John Lafitte’s Blacksmith Bar, lit only by candlelight and named after a local 18th century pirate. While attending a hen party at the venue, ghost hunting podcasters Corinne Vien and Sabrina Deana-Roga took a number of photos in the hope of capturing supernatural presences. On examining the pictures later, they found that they had not captured any phantom figures, but, speaking on their podcast, Vien said: “We did not catch a photo of anyone’s face, but we did capture a penis.” While, as far as we can tell, a photo of an incorporeal penis is unique in the annals of ghost hunting, the Urban Dictionary defines “ghost penis” as “a clumpy fold in your pants that looks like an…

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4 min
ignobels 2021

Awarded every year by the Annals of Improbable Research, the IgNobel Prize rewards research that makes people laugh, then think. Previous years have seen the prize go to papers that involved homosexual necrophilia in ducks, the physics of dripping teapots and showing Star Wars films to locusts,. The 2021 crop is no less startling and diverse. Handed out by real Nobel laureates, although in an online ceremony thanks to Covid, this year’s IgNobels rewarded researchers from 24 countries on six continents. Winners of the 10 prizes included Commander John A Mulrennan (retired) of the US Navy, who received the entomology prize for eradicating cockroaches on submarines with a powerful organophosphate insecticide. The ecology prize went to researchers from Spain and Iran for a paper entitled “The Wasted Chewing Gum Bacteriome”, which…

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