Fortean Times 404

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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3 min.
poltergeists and portals

MOVE OVER, ENFIELD In this issue’s cover story, parapsychologist Dr Ciaran O’Keeffe tackles one of the best documented, but perhaps least known, poltergeist events on record. Starting in 1956 with a steadily escalating series of fairly typical phenomena, the Battersea Poltergeist case proved unusual in a number of ways. Firstly, its duration – 12 years in all – marks it out as unique; in addition, the sheer range of phenomena on display – bangings, tappings, levitations, vanishings, apports, written messages, drawings on walls, mysterious fires and even Christmas greetings and gifts for the unfortunate family at the centre of it all – is astonishing (see the detailed timeline on pp32-36 to have your mind truly boggled).Then there are the multiple personæ adopted by the polt – he started out as ‘Donald’,…

4 min.
a miniature mystery

A woman out walking her dog in St Helens, Lancashire, claims to have made an amazing discovery after returning home and examining the photos she’d taken with her new smartphone. One appeared to show a tiny humanoid seemingly crossing a disused road covered in fallen leaves and about to pass over some double-yellow lines in front of a lamp-post and heading towards park railings on the left. The photographer, local woman Mellisa Braham, recalled: “It was my birthday recently and as a gift I received a new smart phone. On Friday, February 26, seeing as it was a nice day I decided to take my dog for a walk in the afternoon. I also took my new phone to test out the camera. During the afternoon I took several short video…

3 min.
navy’s ‘science fiction’ patents

Patents filed by the US Navy tell of mysterious and outlandish-sounding technological research. Areas of investigation include work on a compact fusion reactor that could power cities, an engine that works using “inertial mass reduction”, and a “hybrid aerospace-underwater craft”. It is reported that the Navy has had to construct prototypes for some of these strange devices in order to prove that they work. The man behind the patents is said to be one Dr Salvatore Cezar Pais, who has worked for a number of different Navy departments, including the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAVAIR/NAWCAD) and the Strategic Systems Programs, the latter being responsible for developing the technology behind the submarinelaunched Trident class nuclear missiles. The various patents have one thing in common; at their core, the so-called ‘Pais…

5 min.
covid corner

WHO INVESTIGATORS BACK BEIJING The Chinese government’s insistence that the SARS-CoV-2 virus (that causes the Covid-19 group of illnesses) didn’t originate from Wuhan’s Institute of Virology laboratory has received backing from the World Health Organisation (WHO), whose investigative team have concluded their fact-finding mission, calling for “no further study into that theory”, despite some evidence from US and other intelligence agencies to the contrary. At the outset of their mission, the WHO team were criticised when it was announced that the Wuhan lab was to be off-limits. In fact, the investigators, who stayed in China for one month, were permitted to examine the Institute of Virology – for a period of under four hours. They reported meeting with Chinese scientists there, including Shi Zhengli, one of China’s leading experts on bat coronaviruses…

6 min.

OWL RESCUE An eagle owl trapped in a well at a ruined castle in northern Germany was rescued after a local resident heard distressed hooting noises. After failing to lure the owl into a sack with bait, rescuers abseiled down the 40m- (131ft) deep well, as the Bad Segeberg fire service pumped oxygen into the shaft. The young owl is now in safe care at a local bat sanctuary. BBC News, 27 July 2020. LONG COVID Suzy Klein, BBC Radio 3 Essential Classics presenter, says she is making mistakes because long Covid left her with “brain fog”. “Carmen’s ‘zesty gipsies’ became ‘chesty zipsies’. Tchaikovsky came out sounding more like ‘Shislovsky’”. D.Telegraph, 26 Jan 2021. TAKEOUT’S BUM DEAL A takeaway restaurant was ridiculed after a punctuation error left it named “Anus Kitchen” on flyers. The leaflets…

7 min.
medical bag

INTRAVENOUS SHROOMS A man who brewed a magic mushroom tea and injected it into his veins was rushed to hospital several days later where he spent over three weeks, including eight days in an intensive care unit being treated for multisystem organ failure. After injecting himself, the man experienced lethargy and nausea with his skin turning yellow. He soon developed diarrhoea and began to vomit blood. His family took him to the hospital’s emergency room, where doctors observed that he seemed very confused and was unable to participate in a meaningful interview. He was transferred to the ICU after several organs, including his liver and kidneys, began to fail. His blood tested positive for Brevibacillus bacterial infection and Psilocybe cubensis fungal infection: the magic mushrooms were growing in his bloodstream. In addition…