From Weirdness takes many forms, and 2009 had its share of weird events. Here’s a look back at the strangest news stories of the year drawn from the realms of pseudoscience,…

Insane story. Doug Stanglin writes in USA Today: RIA Novosoti, the Russian news agency, says the incident occurred while the unidentified 25-year-old student at Ukraine’s Kiev Polytechnic Institute was working at a…

In the explanation race I’m voting for time travelers, we all have seen the crazy-looking portals and vortexes in the movies. Here’s a bit from the Daily Mail, where some “scientists” speculate it was a Russian missile test:

Tromsø Geophysical Observatory researcher Truls Lynne Hansen was certain the light had been caused by a missile launch. He told Norwegian media that the missile had likely lost control and exploded. The spiral, he claimed, was the result of light reflecting on the leaking fuel. He was quoted as saying the light was sunlight, despite the strange lights showing up at night.

The Barents Observer quoted Norwegian Defence spokesman Jon Espen Lien as saying that the Norwegian military does not know what the lights were — but that they were probably from a Russian missile. He said it was normal for Russia to use the White Sea and the Barents Sea as a testing ground for missiles.

C’mon, time travel is so much more fun…

Darragh Worland writes on Tonic:

This story is so peculiar and conjures so many images and questions that we just couldn’t resist mentioning it. Model-turned-talk-show host Tyra Banks had what she called an “international exclusive” interview on her Tyra show Friday with a woman who says she was born with two vaginas.

Yes, you heard right!

Banks opens the interview by saying, “It’s already tough enough having one vagina, and you have two. So, OK: two of everything?”

Lauren, 29, whose last name isn’t mentioned, seems to have a good attitude about her double trouble. She answers Banks’ questions without embarrassment, admitting that she “thinks” she has two periods given that hers last a whopping 21 days. Yikes! (More on Tonic)

Every night throughout the world hundreds of people dream about this face.

WEIRD. This is like something out of Twin Peaks. Or a Todd Barry comedy routine.



In January 2006 in New York, the patient of a well-known psychiatrist draws the face of a man that has been repeatedly appearing in her dreams. In more than one occasion that man has given her advice on her private life. The woman swears she has never met the man in her life.

That portrait lies forgotten on the psychiatrist’s desk for a few days until one day another patient recognizes that face and says that the man has often visited him in his dreams. He also claims he has never seen that man in his waking life.

The psychiatrist decides to send the portrait to some of his colleagues that have patients with recurrent dreams. Within a few months, four patients recognize the man as a frequent presence in their own dreams. All the patients refer to him as THIS MAN.

From January 2006 until today, at least 2000 people have claimed they have seen this man in their dreams, in many cities all over the world: Los Angeles, Berlin, Sao Paulo, Tehran, Beijing, Rome, Barcelona, Stockholm, Paris, New Dehli, Moskow etc.

At the moment there is no ascertained relation or common trait among the people that have dreamed of seeing this man. Moreover, no living man has ever been recognized as resembling the man of the portrait by the people who have seen this man in their dreams.

The aim of this website is:
– to help those who have seen this man in their dreams and to foster communication among them;
– to understand who this man is and why he appears in an apparently pattern-less array of situations in the dreams of such diverse human subjects.


Finally! The good folks at Inexplicata: The Journal of Hispanic Ufology decided to break this down for us. Enjoy. Silvia Pérez Simondini writes:

“There Can Be No Better Proof”

Many years ago, ever since 2002, VISION OVNI was expecting evidence such as this, simply because it is one of the most analyzed hypotheses that our team has worked with, since no traces of blood are ever found next to the mutilated animals, certainly indicating that animals were not being mutilated on site. Rather, they were being removed to another location, and evidently, no black helicopters were involved — only UFOs, unidentified flying object.


At this point in time I would like to know what happened to the red-muzzled mouse, what became of the famous Chupacabras, the yellow jacket, and the other explanations put forth by officialdom to dodge the subject of mutilations.

Personally speaking, I am more than pleased, as the number of animals seen by our team over the years deserved knowing that at least someone tried to find an answer to their deaths. And these answers came from a phenomenon we never dismissed out of hand, but rather, we always knew was the result of unknown hands, regardless of their origin.

More on Inexplicata: The Journal of Hispanic Ufology

Reported on the Daily Mail:

In what could have been a scene from the film Independence Day, a luminous ring-shaped cloud could be seen hovering over the city of Moscow last week.

The pale gold ‘halo’ could be seen above the Russian capital city’s Western District on Wednesday, and was captured on film by stunned Muscovites.

Meteorologists rejected any theories of the supernatural however, calling it an optical effect.

TED: Ideas Worth Spreading (Video):

Taryn Simon exhibits her startling take on photography — to reveal worlds and people we would never see otherwise. She shares two projects: one documents otherworldly locations typically kept secret from the public, the other involves haunting portraits of men convicted for crimes they did not commit.

Watch video in high res here.

Robert Quigley writes on the Austin American-Statesman: A University of Texas researcher has been awarded the tongue-in-cheek “IgNobel” prize for answering this age-old question: “Why don’t pregnant women tip over?” Liz Shapiro,…



Or at least, that’s what the owner of the museum claims. Then again, he’s also previously claimed that simply viewing the penis can cure men of impotency, when frankly we think it’s more likely to put them off sex for quite some time.

This is the somewhat disturbing prize specimen in Russia’s first ever museum of sex and erotica – the preserved 12inch penis of legendary lover and mystic Grigori Rasputin.

The erotica exhibition in St. Petersburg hosts a variety of sculptures and paintings – but the main attraction is the alleged 30 centimetre penis, preserved in a jar, looking unsettlingly like a Graboid from the film Tremors.

This is not the first time that people have claimed to be in posession of Rasputin’s severed member, which has reared its implausible head many times over the decades since his murder in 1916. No putative penis has ever been proven to be Rasputin’s, however.