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The Extremely Real Science behind the Basilisk’s Lethal Gaze

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The Extremely Real Science behind the Basilisk’s Lethal Gaze

The Extremely Real Science behind the Basilisk’s Lethal Gaze:

The basilisk, which slays its victims with a single glance, seems as fantastical as the scorpion-tailed manticore or the Barnacle Tree, which sprouts goslings like fruit. But there was a perfectly reasonable scientific explanation for the basilisk’s lethal look: the extramission theory of vision.

According to the extramission theory, which was developed by such thinkers as Plato, Galen, Euclid, and Ptolemy, our eyes are more than the passive recipients of images. Rather, they send out eye-beams—feelers made of elemental fire that spread, nerve-like, to create our field of vision. These luminous tendrils stream out from our eyes into the world, apprehending objects in their path and relaying back to us their qualities.

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The Grave of Johnny Ringo

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The Grave of Johnny Ringo

The Grave of Johnny Ringo:

His death was ruled a suicide and he was buried where his body was found. Upon learning of his death, the Tombstone Epitaph published that, “Many friends will mourn him. And many others will take secret delight in learning of his death.” Many have also questioned the circumstances of his demise.

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Scientists Restore Some Function In The Brains Of Dead Pigs

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Scientists Restore Some Function In The Brains Of Dead Pigs

Scientists Restore Some Function In The Brains Of Dead Pigs:

The brains of dead pigs have been somewhat revived by scientists hours after the animals were killed in a slaughterhouse.

The Yale University research team is careful to say that none of the brains regained the kind of organized electrical activity associated with consciousness or awareness. Still, the experiment described Wednesday in the journal Nature showed that a surprising amount of cellular function was either preserved or restored.

The implications of this study have staggered ethicists, as they contemplate how this research should move forward and how it fits into the current understanding of what separates the living from the dead.

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On the Trail of Florida's Bigfoot—the Skunk Ape

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On the Trail of Florida's Bigfoot—the Skunk Ape

On the Trail of Florida’s Bigfoot—the Skunk Ape:

The first time Dave Shealy saw a skunk ape, he
says, he was ten years old. It was 1974, a few years after his father had come
upon a set of footprints left by the creature—an Everglades version of Bigfoot
named for its supposedly pungent odor. Dave was out deer hunting with his older
brother, Jack, in the swamp behind his house, in what’s now Big Cypress National
Preserve
, when he encountered the ape incarnate.

“It was walking across the swamp, and my brother spotted
it first. But I couldn’t see it over the grass—I wasn’t tall enough,” Shealy
says. “My brother picked me up, and I saw it, about 100 yards away. We were
just kids, but we’d heard about it, and knew for sure what we were looking at.
It looked like a man, but completely covered with hair.”

Continue
reading at The Smithsonian.

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What are Hobart's most famous ghost stories?

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What are Hobart's most famous ghost stories?

What are Hobart’s most famous ghost stories?:

Hobart’s convict history and grand old buildings make for
ripper spooky stories, so it is not surprising ghost tours have popped up
around Hobart’s Battery Point, the Hobart penitentiary, Willow Court Asylum and
nearby Port Arthur Historic Site.

An anonymous questioner asked Curious Hobart about the
city’s most famous ghost stories and haunted houses.

The owner of Ghost Tours of Hobart and Battery Point,
Jacques Imbriotis, is convinced Hobart is one of the most haunted places in
Australia.

“We have a lot of old buildings that are almost as
they were when that person moved on,” he said.

“They’re the boards that they walked when they were
living and they continue to do that when they’re dead.”

So where are the sites of Hobart’s most famous ghost
stories?

Continue reading at ABC News Australia.

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The shocking number of ghost sightings police called to in just 5 years

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The shocking number of ghost sightings police called to in just 5 years

The shocking number of ghost sightings police called to in just 5 years:

Police have been called to reports of ghosts, spirits and
paranormal activity 66 times over the past five years, new figures suggest.

A Freedom of Information request has revealed that West Midlands Police even had to
deal with reports about poltergeists, ghosts and hauntings.

While officers are used to dealing with criminals lurking
in the shadows – they may have to up their game to catch the things that go
bump in the night.

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