Fortean Times 401

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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United Kingdom
Dennis Publishing UK
4,85 €(IVA inc.)
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12 Números

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3 min.
strange fenomena and more

Welcome to our first issue of 2021, in which you’ll find plentiful and wide-ranging weirdness to greet the new year, including the first in a brand new series examining the mysteries of Lincolnshire, starting with the strange story of ‘The Ruskington Horror’ (p32). Could Lincolnshire prove to be not just the flattest but the weirdest of English counties? Over the coming months, in the company of intrepid road ghost hunter Rob Gandy, we hope to find out. Elsewhere, there’s an artistic theme to the issue: Robert Weinberg hails the work of Britain’s female Spiritualist artists (p40), JeffreyVallance invokes the ghost of the world’s first frozen chicken and explains its relationship with his own artistic projects (p46), and the Hierophant’s Apprentice goes in search of Van Gogh’s ear (p52). Meanwhile, SD…

3 min.
mystery of the monoliths

Utah officials were puzzled when they caught sight of a mysterious monolith in a remote canyon, while counting bighorn sheep by helicopter in mid-November 2020. Wildlife Resources officers aboard a Utah Department of Public Safety helicopter spotted the steely, triangular 10-12ft (3-3.5 metre) tall monolith, situated at the bottom of an isolated sandstone gulch. “During the counts we came across this, in the middle of nowhere, buried deep in the rock,” the Department’s Instagram post read. “Inquiring minds want to know, what the heck is it? Anyone?” Pilot Bret Hutchings described how one of the biologists first spotted the anomalous object as they flew directly over the top of it, quite by chance. “He was like, ‘Whoa, whoa, whoa, turn around, turn around!’ And I was like, ‘what’. And he’s like, ‘There’s…

2 min.
the case of the purloined penis

GERMAN PHALLUS MYSTERY A two-metre (7ft) wooden phallus situated on a German mountainside has mysteriously disappeared, prompting a police investigation. Officers in the Bavarian town of Kempten are leading the probe, although it is not yet clear whether a crime has been committed. Only a pile of sawdust remains where the sculpture once proudly stood. It appeared on the 1,738m (5,702ft) high Gruenten mountain some years ago, and had attained celebrity status as a destination for hikers, even appearing on Google Maps as a ‘cultural monument’. It is rumoured among locals to have been a prank birthday gift for a young man whose family didn’t appreciate the joke, and so the 200kg (440lb) sculpture was hauled up the mountain and left there. Days after its disappearance, a similar wooden carving appeared in…

5 min.
covid corner

WANDERING SEAL A disoriented elephant seal wandered the streets of a Chilean seaport town after taking a wrong turning. Residents of Puerto Cisnes, 1,500km (932 miles) south of the capital Santiago, said they are accustomed to seeing the creatures offshore in the water, but were surprised to see one hauling itself down the middle of a street several blocks from the shore. Witnesses said the seal was not acting aggressively, but appeared confused and frightened. A group of police, navy officers and concerned locals used black tarpaulins to persuade the large animal to turn round and head back towards the sea. “I was a bit startled to begin with, but because they move slowly, I calmed down and told my son to film it,” a local woman told journalists. “I’d never seen…

6 min.

RECYCLED RUBBERS Police in Vietnam confiscated an estimated 345,000 used condoms which had been cleaned and resold as new. After the raid on a warehouse in the southern province of Binh Duong, police detained a woman who explained that the used prophylactics were first boiled in water then dried and reshaped on a wooden phallus before being repackaged and resold., 25 Sept 2020. MUSICAL MUTT Gwenda Wilkin, known as “Britain’s leading lady accordioniste”, died on 6 May 2020 aged 86. She dyed her hair pink, toured with Vera Lynn and Gracie Fields to entertain the troops in the 1940s, and performed on Workers’ Playtime and Wilfred Pickles’s Have a Go on the wireless. She often performed with her dog Danny, whom she taught to bark in time to one of Liszt’s Hungarian…

6 min.
fortean follow-ups

UNEXPECTED FINDS IN CHRISTMAS TREES [FT389:10] Each year in New York City, the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree is erected at Rockefeller Plaza. This year’s tree was found to harbour an unexpected stowaway – a very small owl. The tree was cut down in November at Oneonta, New York State, and the owl – later determined to be a Saw-whet owl – discovered while the tree was being transported to Manhattan. The Saw-whet owl (Aegolius acadicus) is one the smallest species of owl in North America, typically 17-22cm (6.7-8.7in) tall with a 42-56.3cm (16.5-22.2in) wingspan. The owl, dubbed ‘Rockefeller’ or ‘Rocky’, is now recovering at the Ravensbeard Wildlife Center in Saugerties, New York, which reported: “So far so good. His eyes are bright and he seems relatively in good condition with all he’s…