Fortean Times 407

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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Dennis Publishing UK
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12 Números

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3 min.
editorial

While holidays to far-flung destinations may not be on the cards for most of us in 2021, this issue of FT at least offers the chance to take some imaginary journeys around the British Isles. In an extract from his long-delayed memoir, Australian cryptozoologist Tony Healy recalls his 1979 lake monster safari to Loch Morar, where a number of Loch Ness Monster hunters had decided to vary things a bit by searching for Nessie’s less famous cousin, Morag (p44). Bob Fischer finds himself catching up (well, sort of) with Erwin Saunders, the elusive pixie-hunter whose latest YouTube videos see him exploring the wilds of Dartmoor in his ongoing quest to record the doings of the Little People (p40). Meanwhile, Rob Gandy returns to the haunted roads of Lincolnshire in pursuit…

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3 min.
real bogus social workers

A rare case of ostension (in which real-life events mirror an urban legend or folkloric motif) has seen the Bogus Social Worker (BSW) phenomenon being put to criminal use. Five men, described as “survivalists” by the French police, were arrested in April after two of them successfully posed as child protection officers to kidnap eight-year-old Mia Montemaggi from her grandmother in the town of Les Poulière in theVosges region of France. The five, aged from 23 to 60, met on social media where they moved in extreme right-wing circles and it is alleged that they were recruited by Mia’s mother, Lola Montemaggi, 28, to kidnap her daughter after she lost custody of her. Mia was put in the care of her grandmother in January after Lola was reported to have made…

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3 min.
somerton man exhumed

Police in Australia have exhumed the body of Somerton Man, the mysterious individual at the heart of what is sometimes known as the “Tamám Shud” case (see FT351:30-35). The man was found dead, slumped against the sea wall on the beach at Somerton, South Australia, on 1 December 1948. He was dressed in a suit and tie, but his pockets contained nothing to identify him and the labels had been cut out of his clothes. All attempts to discover who the man was, or to ascertain the cause of his death, failed; but investigators did find a tightly-rolled piece of paper in one of his pockets with the words “Tamám Shud” – meaning “It is finished” in Persian – printed on them. The paper turned out to have been torn…

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2 min.
a museum that’s hard to swallow

The Disgusting Food Museum in Malmö, Sweden, introduced a drinks menu in the form of a temporary exhibition, which opened last September. Most of the drinks on display are beverages commonly consumed somewhere in the world, but which would revolt outsiders unfamiliar with the taste – including bitter herbal liquors like Gammel Dansk, drunk in Denmark, and Fernet-Branca, an Italian amaro. The museum opened in 2018 with the intention of provoking reflection on how our notions about what is delicious or disgusting are culturally determined. Items on regular display include a bull’s penis, frog smoothies from Peru, a wine made of baby mice consumed in China and Korea, a strong Scottish brew poured from the mouth of a dead squirrel, and Sweden’s surstromming, an infamously putrid fermented herring – and, of…

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6 min.
covid corner

MASKED ANTI-MASKERS The ever-evolving world of antivaccine/anti-mask/Covid denial conspiracy theories has now come almost full circle. As more and more people are vaccinated there are now concerns among antivaccine groups that individuals could be at risk from ‘vaccine shedding’, which proposes that those who have had their shots will now be shedding Covid virus spike proteins that will cause irregular menstruation, infertility and miscarriages. These concerns are completely without scientific validity and are based on a misunderstanding both of how vaccines work and of the interaction between viral proteins and fertility, and derive from the belief that Covid-19 is an engineered pandemic intended to depopulate the world and that the vaccine is part of this process. Either that, or that the virus was a hoax designed to get us to submit…

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6 min.
sidelines…

SQUID STATUE The coastal town of Noto in Japan decided to spend 25 million yen (£164,700) of the 800m yen (£5.3m) in government covid relief it received on building a 13m (43ft) long bright pink statue of a squid instead of medical staff or long-term care facilities. A spokesman for the town was unrepentant and told Fuji News Network that it was part of a strategy to celebrate flying squid, a local delicacy, to attract tourists after the epidemic was over. BBC News, 4 May 2021. ASBO SWAN An antisocial swan has been tormenting a Northampton neighbourhood for the past five years by hammering on doors and rattling letterboxes with his beak. Nobody is quite sure why ‘Cedric the Asbo Swan’ has been behaving in this way, sometimes for up to three hours.…

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