Fortean Times 408

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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12 Números

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3 min.
disclosure deflated

The weeks leading up to the release of the Pentagon’s UFO report saw more ink spilled on the topic than we remember in many a year. Suddenly, there was a feeding frenzy of interest in a subject the mainstream media – tabloids aside – don’t usually care for; broadsheet newspapers and ‘respectable’ periodicals carried lengthy pieces about why it was now OK to talk about UFOs, discovering in the process that these ambiguous objects had morphed into UAPs. Meanwhile, for old-school saucer-botherers everywhere, disclosure seemed imminent… In the event, the report from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (“Preliminary Report: Unidentified Aerial Phenomena”) looked like a brief footnote to the acres of verbiage preceding it: a mere nine pages of distinctly unsensational findings accompanied by sober and sensible suggestions…

3 min.
rodent invasions

MOUSE PLAGUE IN OZ Australia is in the grip of a plague of mice, described by Steve Henry, of Australia’s national science agency CSIRO, as “monumental”. The plague, which is devastating agriculture along the eastern seaboard, threatens to reach Sydney by the end of this year, with experts warning city dwellers to “rodentproof your food”. Australia suffers periodic mouse explosions when the environmental conditions suit them, as a single breeding pair of mice can produce 500 offspring in a year. They start breeding at six weeks old and can have litters of up to 10 pups every 20 days. Even by Australian standards, though, this is an apocalyptically bad year.Video from Australian farms shows torrents of rodents raining from grain silos, swarming across roads, and destroying everything before them. One grain farmer…

2 min.
the brood x files

May 2021 saw the latest appearance of Brood X (ten) cicadas, the biggest brood of periodic cicadas, along the east coast of America. The insects, which are up to two inches (5cm) long, appear in huge numbers every 17 years when temperatures reach 18C (65F) reaching densities of up to 1.3 million per acre as billions and possibly trillions emerge at once. Once they emerge, they shed the protective shell in which they have hibernated and set out to attract a mate, with the males making a strident buzzing sound to attract the females. At such high densities, this can be deafening; at its peak, the sound of massed Brood X cicada males calling tops 96 decibels, making them louder than a jet landing at Heathrow. Females do not sing…

7 min.
covid corner

COVID’S CONTESTED ORIGIN From the start of the pandemic there have been rumours about the origin of the SARS-CoV-2 virus (also known as SARS2) that causes Covid-19, suggesting that it was the result of an accidental release from a research lab and that it was a virus engineered by scientists. Swiftly picked up by conspiracy theorists, they were just as swiftly debunked by Western scientists, with letters by groups of leading virologists appearing in The Lancet and Nature Medicine. While suspicion was aroused by the presence of China’s leading coronavirus research lab, the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV), in the virus’s presumed city of origin, there seemed to be absolutely no evidence that it had anything to do with the infections and it was deemed more likely that the city’s wet…

7 min.

RUBBER GLOVE RAMBO Rambo the Rottweiler had to be rushed to the vet for emergency surgery after he vomited a surgical glove. On being given an endoscopy his stomach was found to contain 29 more that had to be removed during a three-hour surgical procedure. His owner, Darren Coyne, kept a box of gloves in his car and said Rambo must have eaten them when travelling to and from walks. Vet Keith Leonard said though Rambo arrived “seemingly without a care in the world,” Mr Coyne’s quick thinking had “saved his life.” BBC News, 6 May 2021. OUT OF PLACE PENSIONER Elizabeth Mahoney, 89, spent 10 weeks in hospital battling Covid before being discharged, but her family grew worried after she did not arrive back at her home in Newtown, Powys. On investigation,…

2 min.
redtape casualties

NOAH’S ARK STUCK IN IPSWICH A full-size replica of Noah’s Ark is at the centre of an escalating international incident after being stranded in Ipswich docks since November 2019. The 70m (230ft) long Ark, which houses a biblical museum, was towed over to Ipswich from its base in the Netherlands and is docked at Orwell Quay, but has been unable to leave due to a dispute with the UK coastguard. The £2.6million attraction, owned by Dutch TV producer Aad Peters, has been impounded by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA). They deem the vessel unseaworthy as it is 61 years old and does not have the required certification, and will not release it until the work to obtain the correct certification has been done. The owners, on the other hand, maintain…