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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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2 min.
time lords of forteana

The year definitely got off to an auspicious start for us, with a completely unexpected appearance by Fortean Times in the first episode of the new series of Doctor Who! While we were extremely chuffed, it turned out that it wasn’t the good Doctor but none other than (SPOILER ALERT!) the Master – evil Time Lord and nemesis of the Doctor for decades – who not only reads FT but owns a complete set of back issues “in mint condition”. A screen grab provided by another FT reader shows that the issue on display in the episode is FT68, from way back in April 1993. Opening a copy now (yes, like the Master, we have a complete collection, though not necessarily in mint condition) transports us to another fortean country, where…

4 min.
occult crime wave

In an echo of Dr Eric Dingwall’s work as a police consultant on criminal cases with occult angles [see FT300:50-54], the Police Pagan Federation (PPA) have been called in to assist Hampshire Constabulary, who are investigating a series of grisly crimes with elements of black magic in and around the village of Bramshaw. During November 2019, two sheep were found to have been stabbed to death, with pentagrams and the number ‘666’ spray-painted on them, two heifers stabbed in the neck, and the exterior and interior of St Peter’s, the village’s parish church, was desecrated. Inverted crosses and phallic symbols had been spray-painted in gold on church doors and windows. Nearby road signs and noticeboards were similarly defaced. Three cows were also found stabbed in nearby Linford. The 200-strong PPA was…

3 min.
the nspirasphere

Forget the Twitter hysteria about WWIII, says NOEL ROONEY, it’s another Amrican civil war we should be worrying about – atleast according to rumblings from the Conspirasphere CIVIL WAR CRIES The rhetoric of the alt-right and the patriot movement regularly adopts avague bellicosity that hints at the potential for civil war, or a militarised patriotic response to government (or Deep State) activity. This aggressive defensiveness has always been part of the American political scene, so it’s hardly a surprise that the language of war has infected parts of the Conspirasphere fairly frequently. The notion that some core set of principles is under attack and needs to be defended at all costs is implied in conspiracist thinking. But recently, the war rhetoric has been ramped up anotch or six, and the vague timelines and…

1 min.
extra! extra!

FT’S FAVOURITE HEADLINES FROM AROUND THE WORLD NEW DINOSAUR FOUND HIDING IN PLAIN SIGHT IN SOUTH AFRICAN MUSEUM Guardian, 5 Aug 2019. Fire truck-driving elf in RFS battle over scarecrow incident Sydney Morning Herald, 10 Aug 2018. MIGRATING RUSSIAN EAGLES RUN UP HUGE DATA ROAMING CHARGES BBC News, 25 Oct 2019. Angus man who tried to fly drone into Perth prison claimed Romanian circus stole his chihuahua Dundee Courier, 25 Oct 2019. ANTS IN FLORIDA COLLECT THE SKULLS OF OTHER ANTS TO DECORATE THEIR NESTS Newsweek, 16 Nov 2018. Big foot is found… in Hull Sun, 28 Sept 2019.…

6 min.
back from the dead

A 34-year-old woman whose heart stopped for a record six hours was brought back to life by doctors in a Barcelona hospital. Audrey Schoeman, an English teacher born in Kent but who resides in the Spanish city was hiking in the Pyrenees with her husband Rohan Schoeman, 36, on 3 November 2019. They became lost during a blizzard and sheltered behind a rock for several hours, where Rohan managed to phone friends and alert emergency services. By this time, Audrey had no pulse – hypothermia had triggered cardiac arrest. When rescuers reached her at around 3.40pm, she was displaying no vital signs; nevertheless, when she arrived by air ambulance at Barcelona’s Vall d’Hebron Hospital at 5.45pm, her body temperature was 18°C (64.4°F), half the normal 37°C (98.6°F), and in addition, her…

2 min.

DONNA TIPPETT HERE A 39-year-old woman was caught dumping a trampoline and mattress in woodland near her home in Plymstock, Devon, and was hit with a court bill for £1,000. Her name was Donna Tippett. D.Mirror, D.Star, 23 Nov 2019. PLUMMET #1 When Linda Taylor-Whitt and her family returned home to Lynwood, Illinois, on 5 October, they found a wheel lodged in the bathroom ceiling. SummerSkyz, Inc., a flight school operating a helicopter at Lansing airport nearby, took the blame. The wheel was from machinery used to move helicopters between airport hangers and had somehow stayed attached to the chopper before falling off above her home. [UPI] 8 Oct 2019. PLUMMET #2 In late October a woman was in her house in Brailes, Warwickshire, when she heard “a strange loud thud”. A chunk of yellow…