Friday, June 8, 2012
Thursday, June 7, 2012
Gloucestershire Police have received several reports of a rather spirited "man" in Longhope wearing a blue "morph suit" and face-paint -- specifically described as looking like a Smurf. A witness described the blue creature as having waved at women to get their attention and doing star jumps.
While there have been many reports of the ethereal Green Man in the wild, this is, I believe, the first case involving a Smurf. Below is a photo that police have circulated of the suspect, and any leads are welcome:
You've seen this scene in various movies and TV shows a dozen times before: a person reanimates during their own funeral, sending everyone swooning and screaming. Apparently, this actually happened in Brazil, at a service for 2-year-old Kelvin Santos. Right before Kelvin's actual funeral, he unexpectedly (obviously) sat up in his open casket and asked his father for some water.
Antonio Santos, Kelvin's father, explained to a reporter:
"Everybody started to scream. We couldn't believe our eyes. Then we thought a miracle had taken place and our boy had come back to life."
But the joy was, unfortunately, short-lived:
"Then Kelvin just laid back down, the way he was. We couldn't wake him. He was dead again."The funeral was delayed in hopes that he might once again return to life, but eventually it was accepted that the poor boy was truly dead.
While it would be tempting to attribute the supernatural to the anomalous event, Kelvin's dad suspects medical malpractice is the blame:
"Fifteen minutes after rushing him away for resuscitation, they came and told me he was dead and handed me his body. Perhaps they didn't examine him properly. Dead people don't just wake up and talk. I'm determined to find out the truth."
Monday, June 4, 2012
The recent discovery within the wood wall of a private library of a painting depicting a semi-nude woman might hold the answer. According to Discovery News, the links between the portrait of the strangely familiar female and "Mona Lisa" artist Leonardo Da Vinci are numerous, including a note by its original owner, Cardinal Joseph Fesch (Napoleon's uncle), indicating that it was "the portrait of the Mona Lisa, mistress of Francis I, by Leonardo da Vinci." The Cardinal had in his possession another Da Vinci piece, "St. Jerome," which adds to the plausibility that the "Naked Mona Lisa" might have been painted by the famous artist.
But the painting has quite a bit of testing ahead of it before it can be confirmed as being created by Da Vinci, the Cardinal's note not being enough to establish verification. But that hasn't stopped experts like Da Vinci scholar Carlo Pedretti from speculating that it is the real thing, possibly even part of a series of such paintings by the master and his pupils, called the "Monna Vanna": "There are at least six nude version which are very close to Da Vinci's hand. All are attributed to the Da Vinci school. The most likely scenario is that his followers got inspired by a now-lost original."
Staring into this poor kitty's lifelike -- and yet lifeless -- eyes, I had to wonder if his owner had secretly planned to do the deed to him eventually. He was named after famous aviator Orville Wright, after all.
No matter what came first, the cat or the helicopter, the "Orvillecopter" is making a big splash at the Kunstrai art festival in Amsterdam, where people can view the
Check out the whole spectacle for yourself:
Via Daily Mail