Fortean Times

Fortean Times 383

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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3 min.

THE DEVIL'S BUSINESS Two years ago in these pages (FT356:40-47) Gary Lachman marked the 50th anniversary of the ‘Summer of Love’, tracing the downward trajectory of the hippie dream of personal, sexual and psychedelic liberation as it played out on the streets of San Francisco’s Haight Ashbury during 1967. If the hoped-for revolution in consciousness faltered and died in the Haight, there was far worse to come. In this issue we look back at what for many – along with Altamont a few months later – came to mark the nadir of the Sixties: the horrific murders masterminded by Charles Manson and carried out by his cult-like ‘Family’ 50 years ago. James Riley (p34) examines the various occult currents washing around the late Sixties counterculture, creating a web of ‘Satanic’ connections…

4 min.
global swarming

• A wet spring in Las Vegas, Nevada, has spawned hordes of grasshoppers so large they’re showing up on the weather radar. It looked as if there were two storms – one north of Las Vegas (that was actual rain) and another right over the city; but the second one wasn’t moving as rain normally would, and was actually massive swarms of grasshoppers. In late July they covered the city, often concentrated around the Vegas lights and green spaces. Practically the whole city is covered in ultraviolet lights, the most iconic being the Sky Beam shooting up from the pyramid-shaped Luxor. Many videos on social media show grasshoppers swarming around the Sky Beam. The pallid-winged grasshoppers are from the Acrididæ family and range from Argentina to British Columbia, but are concentrated…

1 min.
extra! extra!

ELVIS PRESLEY DENIES THREATENING MAN WITH KNIFE AT LAUNDRETTE Independent, 15 Mar 2019. ‘Dinosaur disco’ discovered in Scotland Toronto Star, 5 Dec 2015. UNICORN TO BLAME AS BURGLAR ALARM ANNOYS RESIDENTS Scotsman, 6 May 2016. Sex-crazed peacocks terrorise village in Durham Yahoo News, via Irish Independent, 7 May 2016. DEAF JUROR GETS A HEARING (Brisbane) Courier Mail, 26 July 2015. Hobbit spotted in country park Nottingham Post, 9 Nov 2016. VACUUM CLEANER TO HEAL CHRONIC WOUNDS D.Mail, 22 Nov 2016.…

4 min.
the conspirasphere

Q BACK After a month’s absence from the ether, Q is back and Q is busy. Recent posts consist of the usual smorgasbord of quasi-constitutional posturing, numerological riffs (on B2 bombers, for instance: the Anon seemed to take particular pleasure in that one), pro-life propaganda, cryptic allusions to various public figures, and calls to arms for the followers. The new accusations against shamed tycoon Jeffrey Epstein figure prominently; it’s a nice opportunity for alt-righters to drag out pictures of all the famous people who ever flew on a plane (not a B2) with him, and for Q to egg them on with a few well-chosen crumbs. One news item that Q signally has not commented on is the story – which featured in quite a number of broadsheets, as well as Rolling…

1 min.

FALSE ALARM A Dutch UFO website was flooded with reports after a “train of stars” was spotted crossing the sky, sparking fears of an alien invasion. It turned out to be 60 satellites launched by Elon Musk’s SpaceX as part of its “starlink” plan to provide Internet services from space. (Sydney) D.Telegraph, 1 June 2019. MASSIVE POWER CUT A power cut left an estimated 48 million people in South America without electricity on 16 June. All of Argentina and Uruguay and parts of Brazil, Chile and Paraguay were affected. A transmission system at Yacyretá Dam on the Paraná River, near Ayolas in Paraguay, had failed “without human intervention”. In some places, power was nor restored until the next day. D.Telegraph, 17 June 2019. SPHERICAL IRONY On 23 May, the University of Sussex Flat Earth Society…

4 min.
strange days animal oddities

THREE-EYED SNAKE This three-eyed snake was found on Arnhem Highway near the town of Humpty Doo just outside of Darwin in northern Australia last March. Nicknamed Monty Python, the 15in (40cm) long baby carpet python died just weeks later. It had been struggling to eat due to its deformity. In a Facebook posting, the Northern Territory Parks and Wildlife Service said: “The snake is peculiar as an X-ray revealed it was not two separate heads forged together, rather it appeared to be one skull with an additional eye socket and three functioning eyes. It was generally agreed that the eye likely developed very early during the embryonic stage of development. It is extremely unlikely that this is from environmental factors and is almost certainly a natural occurrence as malformed reptiles are…