Fortean Times 406

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.

País:
United Kingdom
Idioma:
English
Editor:
Dennis Publishing UK
Periodicitat:
Monthly
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52,12 €(IVA inc.)
12 Números

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3 min.
abcs, ufos & uavs…

This is probably the first issue of the year where the weather beyond the windows of Fortean Towers has been warm enough to tempt us outside. With that in mind, we bring you a trio of features with an outdoor feel: Merrily Harpur returns to the pages of FT with an update on her quest for Britain’s Anomalous Big Cats (p32); David Clarke looks skyward, asking if a spate of recent near-miss reports means we should be worrying about hostile drones rather than old-fashioned UFOs (p38); and Jan Bondeson digs down to the roots of some arboreal folklore to trace the legend of the once majestic Maud’s Elm (p44). Elsewhere, SD Tucker concludes his trilogy of tales about South American generals (p50), and we celebrate the lesser known fortean side…

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4 min.
dating a dorset giant

The giant figure of a naked man on the hillside at Cerne Abbas in Dorset has puzzled and amused people for centuries – but no one has ever been sure exactly how many centuries. There has been no shortage of theories: is he an Iron Age fertility symbol? A Roman figure of Hercules? A Saxon god? Or even a satirical cartoon of Oliver Cromwell? In early 2020 archæologists from the National Trust decided to settle the question, to mark 100 years of the Trust owning the site. At least that was the plan. “The results of the research have been very surprising,” says senior archæologist Martin Papworth. “What we imagined and what we found were two different things.” The giant was created by cutting an outline into the steeply-sloping hillside and ramming…

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3 min.
suez incident: uri to the rescue

A huge container ship blocked the Suez Canal for one week, initially causing a 100-boat tailback, but eventually leaving 300 ships stuck on either side. The Taiwan-owned, Panama-registered MV Ever Given had lost power around four miles (6.5km) into the 120-mile (193km) canal as it was heading north, bound for Rotterdam as part of a 20-ship convoy. About 12 per cent of global trade passes through the Suez Canal, which connects the Mediterranean Sea to the Red Sea and provides the shortest sea link between Asia and Europe. An alternative route, around the Cape of Good Hope on the southern tip of Africa, can take two weeks longer. Some shipping companies had to re-route vessels around East Africa, raising fears over pirate attacks. The Ever Given blockage was holding up…

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6 min.
covid corner

ANTI-VAX BOMBER Netherlands police arrested a 37-year-old man on suspicion of plotting to bomb a Covid vaccination centre. The man was arrested on 18 March after police learned that he planned to attack a former town hall now repurposed as a vaccination centre in the northern port of Den Helder, 90km (55 miles) north of Amsterdam. Police are now investigating whether the suspect had any accomplices. In early March, a blast caused by what police described as a “homemade device” smashed windows at a Covid testing centre in a small Dutch town. And in January, rioters torched another testing facility in the fishing village of Urk on the first night of the nationwide curfew imposed as part of the government’s latest coronavirus lockdown. Prosecutors are treating the alleged plot as a…

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7 min.
sidelines…

TACO SURPRISE After a motorbike accident, an unnamed 38-year-old Idaho man had to have his foot amputated. He was allowed to take it home with him, and later invited 11 friends to share a once-in-a-lifetime culinary adventure. Ten said yes, and a chef friend prepared a chunk of meat from the top of the shin, marinating it overnight and sautéeing it with peppers, onions, and lime. It was served with corn tortillas and a tomatillo sauce. iflscience.com, 25 Mar 2021. WOOLLY WONDERS A sheep beat odds of a million to one when it gave birth to five lambs, with each weighing around 7.5lb (3.4kg), at Hartpury College, Gloucestershire. Sun, 8 April 2021. SHRINKING HEARTS Space travellers will need to follow a high-intensity exercise routine to stop weightlessness shrinking their hearts. Without gravity, the organ doesn’t…

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3 min.
future shocks

ROBOT SEX CLONES Robotic ‘clones’ of customers’ dead partners could be created with 3D scans in the near future, with the ability to walk and perform other functions, according to sex robot company Lux Botics. The firm claim their artists would use 3D scans to create a mould into which would be placed a robotic ‘skeleton’. The basic model would be painted and fitted with lips, nails, eyebrows and all other required features. The robot manufacturer says it produces “ultrarealistic humanoids” and uses a flagship model called Stephanie, which comes with speech control, a facial recognition function, and artificial intelligence. But Lux Botics anticipate some clients will commission a custom-built companion based on photos of deceased loved ones. The costs are estimated at $5,000-$10,000 for the artists’ work and one scan, with…

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