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Fortean Times, named after maverick American writer Charles Fort, is one of the world’s most individual and best loved magazines. For over 35 years FT has been chronicling 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, FT 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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editorial

THE FATE OF THE FTMB Some of you will be aware that the Fortean Times Message Board, our online forum, which has acted as a meeting place for forteans for nearly 20 years, is no more. By the time you read this, the FTMB will have closed down (as if by some cruel irony, on midnight on Hallowe’en). Dennis Publishing took the decision to shut the forum in reponse to the legal problems it posed in relation to the new General Data Protection Regulations and the EU Copyright Directive. Obviously, we were saddened by the decision, even while we could see the rationale behind it; after all, the FTMB has remained a true community, an island of friendly discussion in a sea of online shoutyness, and a repository of valuable fortean…

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gay penguin kidnappers!

Two male king penguins at Odense Zoo in Denmark “kidnapped” the chick of a rival pair they thought was being neglected. Penguins are known to form homosexual relationships just like humans. The incident led to a raucous battle between the grownup birds. Zookeeper Sandie Hedegard Munck blamed the chick’s biological father. “I went to the enclosure and could see something was wrong,” she said. “The parents were gone and their offspring had been kidnapped. The female is very caring for the kid. I think she had been out to get her bath, and it had been the male’s turn to care for the kid. He may have then left and the [gay] couple thought, ‘It’s a pity, we’ll take it’”. Footage showed the mother later squawking in distress as she…

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the conspirasphere

THE BIG SORT In previous columns, I’ve commented on the increasing presence of conspiracy theory material in the mainstream media. At the time, I suggested this migration of a hitherto marginal phenomenon into the centre of the public domain was a consequence of the need for media outlets to attract quick clicks for advertising revenue; and I still think this is a core factor in the Conspirasphere’s odd lurch into the spotlight. However, there may also be deeper cultural reasons behind this attachment of fringe ideas and beliefs to our information gatekeepers. These cultural shifts are most obvious in the USA, although they are clearly happening in Europe and other parts of the world. The surface symptoms are the rise of populist political parties and leaderships, and the increasing (and increasingly baleful,…

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definitely dead

Almost from the moment Hitler died, a cottage industry of conspiracy theories sprang up to say he was still alive. In Berlin: The Downfall, Antony Beevor described how Stalin had been keen to reassure himself that Hitler was dead, but equally keen to hide this news from his supposed allies Britain and America. Instead, Pravda said rumours that Hitler’s body had been found were a fascist provocation. The Soviet authorities spread the “alternative fact” that Hitler was alive and well and being looked after by the treacherous Americans in their zone of occupation. Stalin even misled his commander-in-chief Marshal Zhukov by berating him over the supposed failure to find Hitler’s body. This may help explain why, when a group of high-ranking RAF officers tried to visit Hitler’s bunker in 1946,…

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sidelines...

CURRY CURSE Business was booming at Manohar Kunwar’s Nepalese diner in Tansley, Derbyshire, until it was hit by power cuts, gas problems, flickering lights, fewer customers and bad reviews. We started to think there was some witchcraft,” said Manohar, 45, “maybe by a rival.” In August, he found a three-headed snake statue hidden in the restaurant. After he threw it away, business picked up. Sun, 10 Sept 2018. GOOSE FALL Over 50 dead geese were found in an Idaho Falls parking lot, with more discovered on nearby rooftops, bringing the total to at least 112. Conservation officers believe the geese were struck by lightning during a severe hail and thunderstorm. Fox 13 (Salt Lake City), 9 April, idahostatesman.com, 10 April 2018. BURGLING BADGER A badger crept into a house in Linlithgow, West Lothian, and ate…

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squirrel kings

A US wildlife centre saved five young grey squirrels after their tails became dangerously fused together. The siblings had become entangled with the grass and plastic strips their mother used to build the family nest. They were taken to the Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre at the Wisconsin Humane Society, which worked to save their tails and possibly their lives. The five were cut free with scissors while under anæsthetic. Squirrels need their tails for balance and warmth, so it was important to try to preserve them as much as possible, the centre said on its Facebook page. “You can imagine how wiggly and unruly (and nippy!) this frightened, distressed ball of squirrelly energy was, so our first step was to anæsthetise all five of them at the same time,” the centre said.…

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