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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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STRANGE NEW WORLD As so many people have noted, within just the few weeks since our last issue, the impact of the Covid-19 virus around the world has left us feeling as if we’re all living in some strange dystopian fiction: rising death tolls (75,000 worldwide at this point), countries in lockdown, deserted city streets, closed churches, field hospitals set up in parks, shortages of toilet paper, hand sanitiser or yeast, the Prime Minister in intensive care, websites where we are encouraged to snitch on our neighbours, bizarre conspiracy theories and fake news circulating on social media, and now even arson attacks on 5G phone masts suspected of somehow causing the coronavirus. All we can really do under the circumstances is to carry on as usual, bringing you some of the more…

12 min.
strange days

COVID19: LIFE UNDER LOCKDOWN Coronavirus finds us in a new world of silent cities, virtual church services and resurgent wildlife CONSPIRACY THEORIES A viral Facebook post purportedly written by ‘Scott W’, a retired CIA agent, claimed the coronavirus pandemic was ‘implemented’ by world leaders as a scapegoat, designed to distract the world’s population from a fast-approaching comet due to collide with Earth and cause the “death and extinction of every living organism we know to exist, a complete global annihilation from which there will be no survivors or Earth as we know it”.This deadly comet was allegedly discovered in November 2019 by “NASA and theVatican Observatory”. Once scientists had established there to be no escape from the coming apocalypse, the UN decided to manufacture Covid-19 as a decoy in order to prevent mass…

3 min.
the conspirasphere

RUMOURS OF WAR One of the hidden side effects of the coronavirus pandemic is the appearance of schisms in the alt-right Trump fan base. This novel form of social distancing is down to interpretations of the origins and purpose of the virus (there must be a purpose; there are no accidents or coincidences in the religiously oriented world of the alt-right): among the QAnon community, a whole range of theories has arisen, the most Q-ish of which is the idea that the whole thing is a cover for the Storm – finally Hillary and her Democrat baby-eaters will be arrested, and there will be no riots because everyone is indoors; for the more traditional, anticommunist right wing, however, this is the beginning of a war against an external foe – China. The…

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DETROIT SLIME A green liquid found oozing onto Interstate 696 in the Detroit suburb of Madison Heights caused authorities to block off portions of the highway and call in federal agencies to investigate. It was later established that the mysterious liquid was hexavalent chromium (aka chromium-6), featured in the film Erin Brockovich. Usually produced during industrial processes like plating, it is known to cause cancer and damage many organs. It was leaking from the basement of a local business. edition.cnn.com, 22 Dec 2019. HANGOVER MUSEUM Croatia’s latest tourist attraction is the Museum of the Hangover, which opened in December 2019. It features a collection of unusual items that people found after a night of heavy drinking, a ‘beer goggles’ reflex-testing room, and an interactive area where visitors can share their own hangover experiences.…

6 min.
cult captives

JERUSALEM CULT Further to two recent stories from the Netherlands and California of families being held captive in cult-like conditions (FT386:4, 389:16-17), news from Israel emerged in January of a self-described rabbi arrested on suspicion of running a cult. Aharon Ramati, 60, was accused of having enslaved and sexually abused dozens of women and children at the Be’er Miriam compound for several years. Eight women accused of abetting him were also arrested. Be’er Miriam is situated in Jerusalem’s Bukharim quarter, an area with many Haredi (strict Orthodox) Jewish residents. Police say Be’er Miriam operated under the guise of a women’s religious community but that “what happened at the seminary was not Torahlearning”. Ramati was arrested in 2015 for similar crimes, but was freed after women living at Be’er Miriam testified to his…

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TROUBLE AND STRIFE A West Virginia man fired a handgun through a table because his wife was not listening to him. His wife told police he had put the handgun to his head after firing it at the glass table one foot (30cm) away from where she was sitting. Lonnie Smith, 55, told police that his wife was on the phone and he wanted to get her attention. wsaz.com, 26 Dec 2019. PARROT WANTS OUT When Lake Worth Beach residents heard spine-chilling cries and the words “Let me out!” they dialled 911. Florida law enforcement officers attending the scene discovered the cries to be those of a 40-year-old parrot named Rambo. The bird’s owner explained that he had taught Rambo to scream “Let me out!” as a boy, when the parrot lived in…