Archive for July, 2007

A new Da Vinci conspiracy?

This is interesting. From the London Daily Telegraph:

New claims that Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper contains a hidden image of a woman holding a child are provoking a storm of interest on the internet.

The figure allegedly appears when the 15th Century mural painting is superimposed with its mirror image, and both are made partially transparent.

British military opens UFO files

From our favorite British isles newspaper, The Scotsman:

The Ministry of Defence has for the first time opened its real-life ‘X Files’, detailing how its experts have examined photographs of UFOs hovering over the UK.

While the images range from the baffling to the risible, there is no doubting the seriousness that officials reserve for the issue of extraterrestrial life.

Correspondence between the MoD and members of the public who report sightings of strange objects reveals that Whitehall mandarins remain “totally open-minded” about the existence of UFOs.

The letters – obtained by Scotland on Sunday through the Freedom of Information Act – confirm that the MoD has a procedure of scrambling fighter planes to confront any unidentified craft or object that enters UK airspace.

Although the story doesn’t say it, many of the descriptions sound like the SR-71’s replacement, the Aurora.

A secret, underground city under Tokyo

From The Japan Times:

During the Gulf War in 1991, Shun Akiba was one of only two foreign journalists reporting from Baghdad, along with Peter Arnett of CNN. With such experience and expertise, it would be reasonable to imagine him in great demand right now. Wrong.

Shun Akiba, a former high-level foreign reporter, has identified hundreds of kilometers of Tokyo tunnels whose purpose is unknown and whose very existence is denied.

Shun is on some kind of invisible blacklist. His book “Teito Tokyo Kakusareta Chikamono Himitsu” (“Imperial City Tokyo: Secret of a Hidden Underground Network”), published by Yosensha in late 2002, is already in its fifth edition. Yet Shun has found it impossible to get the media to take serious note, write reviews or offer interviews.

This is very strange because he has a great story — evidence of a network of tunnels and possibly an underground city beneath Tokyo that the public is totally unaware of. “Why am I ignored? Can I be on to something, and there is a conspiracy to silence me? I believe so.”


What changed his life was finding an old map in a secondhand bookstore. Comparing it to a contemporary map, he found significant variations. “Close to the Diet in Nagata-cho, current maps show two subways crossing. In the old map, they are parallel.”


Shun claims to have uncovered a secret code that links a complex network of tunnels unknown to the general public. “Every city with a historic subterranean transport system has secrets,” he says. “In London, for example, some lines are near the surface and others very deep, for no obvious reason.”

Sitting on the Ginza subway from Suehirocho to Kanda, he says, you can see many mysterious tunnels leading off from the main track. “No such routes are shown on maps.” Traveling from Kasumigaseki to Kokkai-gijidomae, there is a line off to the left that is not shown on any map. Nor is it indicated in subway construction records.

At Tameike-sanno on the Ginza Line, the first basement level is closed off, for official use only. “Go to the toilet on B2 and there is a door to B1, but locked.”

Also he investigates three large buildings in Hibiya that share an enormous underground car park. “This space was there before the buildings were independently constructed. What was it for?”

As for the Diet Library, this runs to eight floors underground, all closed to the public. A magazine that asks repeatedly to look around is always denied access.

Entire story well worth a read, but I thought I’d give the highlights for those in a hurry.

Astronauts drinking before launches

Would this be a RWI, Rocketing While Intoxicated? Perhaps they misunderstood and thought that it was a two martini launch.

Vampire dance party

Forgot to put this up yesterday.

Pixies: Gigantic.

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Bubblegum cards, mad monsters and the weird

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I get emails fairly regularly from people asking me to pimp their blog or their movies on demand. I try to be supportive. If I think it’s something the readers will like, I’ll do it. When the PR people offer to send me movies or books to review, I only agree if it’s something I think I’ll like. Many other bloggers do a much better job with reviews and I’m often time starved so I’m going to do it only if I’m certain I like it. There was one book that I was certain I was going to love, an archaeologist writing on many of the same sites I’d love to visit. Unfortunately the writing was so dry and scholarly that while the book was intended for a general audience, it just was unreadable. And I hate writing negative reviews. Oh, I love reading them, but when I try to write them I always feel like my writing, which normally flows very easily, becomes forced. So that’s why you so rarely see negative reviews here.

So I have two emails today from people, one a PR person for new horror movies on Video On Demand. They’re not my type of movies (no vampires or werewolves), but others might like them so I put up the notice but don’t ask for a review copy.

The other email is from a guy who runs three web sites (how does he find the time?) and asks me to put links to them.

Bubblegum-Cards really isn’t my thing but I can understand why people would like collecting them.

Weird Encyclopedia is nicely written, a quick reference source for people looking on information from the Akashic records to Yeti.

Mad Monsters though is AWESOME. Movie stills and posters, monster magazine covers.

It’s one of those sites I could spend more time than I can afford just clicking through images.

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‘No blogs in hell’

I think PeterW nailed it.

Movie pimping

I try to be generous in my pimping and horror fans will probably like this news. From an email:

Hello Everyone over at The Mystery of The Haunted Vampire,

As per your blog, I thought you might be interested in alerting your
readers to RHI’s world film premieres Something Beneath and Croc,
currently available on Time Warner Cable’s VOD system for $3.99.
Something Beneath, a horror-thriller, starring Kevin Sorbo, involves a
massive cellular organism, highly intelligent and deadly, living in the
sewer system beneath a conference center. As attendees of the Clean
Planet conference are picked off one by one, a group of scientists band
together to stop the ooze in its tracks. Separately, Croc, featuring
Michael Madsen, has residents and tourists of a beach resort town in
Thailand petrified after a killer croc is cut loose and left to roam the
swamps-and backyards-of the locals. The feeding frenzy also raises the
stakes in the competition between two competing croc farmers who are
liable to lose an arm and a leg if business drops off.

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But, but, but… Won’t someone think of Bat Boy?

I can only find two references to the Weekly World News on The Mystery of the Haunted Vampire, but still – given their influence on pop culture, I was saddened to read that WWN will be shuttering both their print and web operations in early August.

Enjoy “The World’s Only Reliable Newspaper” while it lasts.


Ancient mariner tools discovered off Cyprus

Do Deep Ones use tools:

of ancient mariners, which they believe were used by foragers more than 10,000 years ago — before the island had permanent settlements.

The underwater discovery of what archaeologists said were the oldest materials recovered off the island’s coast could shed fresh light on the early history of Cyprus and Mediterranean seafaring.

Earlier this month, divers located the pre-Neolithic finds — chipped stone tools and ground stone implements — in several areas off the western coast, near Aspros, an archaeological site discovered in 2004.

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