Weekend Weird: Mothman in Chicago, bears in Vlad’s castle, and more
Some human remains get lost, some are stolen, some get used in cocktails.
Today is the 7th anniversary of Cult of Weird! Seven years…what the hell have I been doing with my life? While I try to fend off the existential dread, here is this week’s roundup of weird news, science, archaeology, and more. Of particular interest is the latest expedition to the uninhabited island of Nikumaroro to find the remains of Amelia Earhart, this time with bone-sniffing dogs.
Also, the search for Fenn’s treasure leads to death, Mothman flying around Chicago, and let’s not forget the medieval sword unearthed from a peat bog in Poland. Oh, and NASA wants to probe Uranus….
Cult of Weird shares it’s birthday with Pink Flamingo Day
Someone stole the mummified human toe used to make the Yukon’s famous Sourtoe Cocktail
Stolen brain of St. John Bosco found in kettle
New expedition will use forensic dogs to find the bones of Amelia Earhart
The search for Fenn’s Treasure claims another victim
Newly discovered diaries document cannibalism during the Nazi siege of Leningrad
Why are people seeing flying humanoids over Chicago?
A historical sighting of a minotaur-like creature in Virginia
ZOZO demon: Real or fake?
Michael Phelps to race a great white during Shark Week
Cats domesticated themselves, because they do whatever they want
NASA wants to probe Uranus in search of gas
The Mummy Returns: Egyptian dignitary’s face and brain reconstructed
A bear and her cubs have taken over Vlad the Impaler’s castle
Dried lizard penis being sold online as India tantric root
Trove of Nazi artifacts found in hidden room of Buenos Aires home
Did Hitler’s obsession with the occult lose him the war?
Iowa’s “cemetery in the middle of the road” hit by rogue driver
Curiosity rover photographed from Mars orbit
Bigfoot crossing signs go up in Round Rock, Texas
14th century medieval sword found in peat bog
Beginning of the end: Celebrating the Pagan Summer Solstice
Hamelin hasn’t forgotten the children lost to the Pied Piper over 700 years ago
Viewers terrified by hellish footage of underwater monster
Thousands of witches cast a spell to bind Donald Trump
Stephen Hawking calls for a return to the moon as Earth’s clock runs out
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I recently picked up this vintage Replogle Moon Globe from my friends over at Kadywumpus Antiques & Oddities. Replogle is the largest manufacturer of globes, and their 1960s moon globes are particularly interesting. They show the moon’s major topographical features, as well as the locations of the Apollo moon landings. However, since the moon is tidally locked to the Earth and we always see the same side, no one knew what the far side of the moon looked like. Because of this, early moon globes had a large blank area on the back where Replogle printed their logo.
These blank areas weren’t able to be filled in until Russian probes captured the first photos of the Moon’s dark side, Luna-3 in 1959 and Zond-3 in 1965. Moon globes from at least 1966 still lack the details gleaned from those photos, so I’m not sure when the Russian photos were made public.
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Stay safe out there this weekend, folks.