Fortean Times 400

Fortean Times chronicles the stranger side of life, delivering a heady mix of weird world news, up-to-date reports and features on every aspect of the unexplained: myths, monsters, ghosts and UFOs rub shoulders with ancient wonders and future science, while expert columnists bring you the latest on everything from cryptozoology to conspiracy theory. Open-minded, well informed and maintaining a healthy sense of humour, Fortean Times is the only place to go for a sensible look at our mad planet – it will change the way you see the world.

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A FESTIVE 400th We’re not sure that any of us expected to one day be looking at a continuous 400-issue run of Fortean Times, but here we are, at the end of what has been a difficult year for everyone, at just such a landmark. If there’s one thing we can offer thanks for at this point, it’s the incredible loyalty and support of FT readers, who have not only got us to the 400-issue line but have helped keep us sane throughout 2020 with encouraging messages, cheering Tweets, kind words and, of course, some of the best letters to be found in any magazine anywhere. So to celebrate our 400th issue, we’ve chosen to focus on some of these; for our cover feature (p.34), we present a (necessarily small) selection…

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the devil finds work…

THRONE OF BAAL Over 70 artworks and ancient artefacts housed in Berlin museums and galleries were vandalised in October 2020 in what appears to be an organised attack on “global Satanism”. The priceless objects included Egyptian sarcophagi, stone sculptures and 19thcentury paintings held at the Pergamon Museum, the Alte Nationalgalerie and the Neues Museum on Berlin’s famous Museumsinsel. The attacks, news of which were kept from the public for over two weeks, occurred on 3 October and employed an “oily substance”. The Pergamon Museum is apparently regarded by some as the centre of the “global Satanism scene” because it has a reconstruction of the ancient Greek Pergamon Altar on display (see FT260:46-48 for the full story). There is a possible precedent for such attacks; in 2018 two women were arrested in Greece…

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year of the two-headed snake

Florida wildlife officials are looking after a two-headed snake brought in by a Ms Kay Rogers, after the cat had dragged the small, speckled snake into her Palm Harbor home in October. It was later identified as a juvenile Southern black racer (Coluber constrictor priapus), a small, nonvenomous snake commonly found in the southeastern United States. It had been captured by Olive, the family cat, and was named Dos (Spanish for ‘two’); each head is able to move its eyes, neck and tongue independently, and Dos has two brains and two throats. “His biggest problem is eating,” Ms Rogers had posted on Facebook: “We are trying lots of things, but he has trouble coordinating his two heads.” Dos is now being cared for by Florida’s Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission after Ms…

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saved by the whale!

A train driver in Spijkenisse on the outskirts of Rotterdam had a lucky escape when his metro train crashed through a barrier at the end of the tracks. Instead of plummeting 10m (33ft) into the water below, the train was left suspended in mid-air, having collided with an art installation – a large sculpture of two whales’ tails emerging from the water at the De Akkers metro station. The sculpture was originally titled Whale Tails, but has now been renamed Saved by a Whale’s Tail by the local authority. It was created by architect and artist Maarten Struijs and was installed in the water beneath the elevated metro line in 2002. Mr Struijs was surprised the structure did not break. “It has been there for almost 20 years,” he said. “You…

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covid corner

COVID VS MINK Mink are the latest victims of the coronavirus. Utah ranchers have lost at least 8,000 of the ferret-like animals, farmed for their silky, luxurious pelts. Utah’s state veterinarian Dean Taylor said the virus was first detected in the mink in August, shortly after some farmworkers fell ill with Covid-19. Initial research indicates transmission of the virus from humans to animals; so far there have been no cases suggesting the opposite. This is the first outbreak among mink in the United States, though other cases have been detected in Denmark, the Netherlands and Spain. Denmark is the world’s biggest producer of mink fur, its main export markets being China and Hong Kong. At the end of October, the Danish government began culling mink held in its fur farms after a…

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AIR ARM A one-armed man crashed his plane after a DIY prosthetic limb became detached mid-flight. The 69-year-old amputee, formerly a doctor specialising in prosthetics, had created a homemade device to replace his missing left forearm, but this became disconnected from the controls while the plane was around 5ft (1.5m) above ground. The pilot was uninjured but his Jodel D117A light aircraft was damaged. He has subsequently attached the prosthetic limb to the control column with a Velcro strip. D.Mail, 17 Apr 2020. MERSEY CLOWN TERROR A “creepy thug” wearing a black-and-white clown outfit chased two frightened young girls through a Liverpool park, jumping out from behind a bush before laughing hysterically like “something out of the movies”. The two girls, both aged 12, were walking in Liverpool’s Walton Hall Park around 9pm…