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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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(CAPUCINE DESLOUIS) RIP STAN LEE Along with the rest of the world, we at Fortean Towers were saddened to hear of the death of Stan Lee in November 2018 (obit. p30). At 95, The Man had enjoyed a good innings, but the loss of such a formative figure in modern popular culture – and, indeed, of someone we had blithely assumed would somehow always be there, because he always had been – was as keenly felt by us as it was by the millions of others around the world whose imaginations had, at some point in their lives, been fired by the work of the indefatigable force behind Marvel Comics.Your current editor could probably date his first realisation that such a job existed to an early engagement with the…

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double or quits

(CARL COURT / GETTY IMAGES) In an email entitled “It’s Real Me, President Buhari Responds to Cloning Allegation”, Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari (above) denied claims that he had died and been replaced by a Sudanese impostor, scotching a rumour that had circulated on social media for months. Buhari, running for re-election in February, spent five months in Britain in 2017 being treated for an undisclosed illness, prompting the rumour that he had been replaced by a lookalike from Sudan called Jubril, an idea spread by videos on YouTube and Facebook. “It’s the real me, I assure you,” insisted Buhari, addressing Nigerians in a town hall session on 2 December in Poland, where he was attending a conference. “A lot of people hoped that I died during my ill health. Some…

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the conspirasphere

SURVEYING THE CONSPIRASPHERE On 24 November, a major research project into belief in conspiracy theory, undertaken by Cambridge University and YouGov, published the results of an international survey testing the traction of a number of conspiracy theories in nine countries – eight in Europe, plus the United States. The survey also asked about trust: in government, the media, academia, and the people around us, presumably to establish a context of sorts for the specific questions – 10 of them – which constitute ‘conspiracies’ for the purposes of the study.The survey uncovered a consistently low level of trust in government, traditional media, religious leaders and corporate bigwigs. More surprising is the relatively high level of optimism for the future; and, perhaps, the responses that suggest most people are more…

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extra! extra!

MAN IS JAILED IN FAKE DVD CASE Loughborough Echo, 24 May 2017. Man buried by cheese (Adelaide) Sunday Mail, 8 May 2016. 4 YEARS IN PRISON FOR USING A PLASTIC BAG D.Mail, 29 Aug 2017. Scam cash spent on trip to moon Durham Advertiser, 31 May 2018. COWS ALLOWED TO VISIT SWEDISH NUDIST BEACHES DURING HEATWAVE BBC News, 10 Aug 2018. Slaughtered pigs now outnumber Spaniards D.Telegraph, 20 Aug 2018. JOBS IN THE PIPELINE AT FORMER SEWAGE WORKS Wolverhampton Chronicle, 27 Sept 2018. ■…

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brocken spectre

Allan Donald, 48, from Dumbarton, spotted this natural spectacle, an exceptional Brocken spectre, while camping on Beinn Reithe on the Ardgoil Peninsula in Argyll, Scotland. The optical illusion occurs when magnified shadows are cast upon clouds, when the sun shines from the opposite direction. A rainbow spectrum appeared to form a circle around Mr Donald’s own shadow. Dundee Courier & Advertiser, 2 Nov 2018.SWNS.COM ■…

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heavenly views

MID-AIR POLE A passenger on a flight from Malaga in Spain to Bristol 6 December 2016 spotted this mystery object poking through the clouds. The photograph was taken above the Bristol Channel around 11am as the Ryanair Boeing 737 was passing over Brean Sands in Somerset. The unnamed man used flight map information to gauge he was at an altitude of 4,600ft (1,400m) at the time and posted a picture on an image-sharing site, commenting: “If it’s not something on the ground, which I find inconceivable as I was over the sea, then what is it?” Some suggested it was an alien craft, while others saw it as a scratch on the plane window. Many years ago, an FT correspondent had a similar sighting of a long pole…