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Iowa's Haunted Railroad

In 1877, an apparition of a "woman in white" appeared to several employees of the southwestern division of the Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad, on a lonesome stretch of track between Perlee and Pleasant Plain in southeastern Iowa. This ghost, believed to be the spirit of a woman who was raped and later succumbed to her injuries, was said to appear whenever her tormenters were passengers on the line.

The following is an article which appeared in the August 31, 1877 edition of the Jefferson City (MO.) State Journal:

According to the Fairfield Ledger, the shape, whatever it may be, was seon on Wednesday night, of last week, by Engineer Moore, on train No. 9, between Perlee and Pleasant Plain. It was walking up the track toward the engine and the careful engineer, thinking it a thing of flesh and blood, actually whistled for brakes and almost brought his train to a standstill. Just as the form was within a few feet of him it disappeared.
He saw the face plainly, and supp…

Statue of Jesus contains human teeth, x-rays reveal

Earlier this week, during a restoration of a 300-year-old statue of Jesus in Mexico, researchers discovered that the inside of the statue's mouth contained real human teeth. Researchers at the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) in Mexico made the strange discovery after performing x-rays on the three foot tall statue, known locally as the Lord of Patience.

The small statue, which is less than four feet tall, is from a church in San Bartolo Cuautlalpan, approximately 30 miles north of Mexico City. “It is common for statues to have teeth, but they are normally made of wood or carved individually out of bone,” said Fanny Unikel, an expert in Mexican art restorationr. “In this case, he has eight adult teeth. You can even see the roots.”

Unikel believes that the teeth were donated to the church out of gratitude. Researchers at INAH believe that the statue dates back to the 18th century.



(more on this story here)

Petition to Add Bigfoot to Endangered Species List Gains Momentum

In 2012, Peter Weimer implored the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation to provide endangered species protection status to the creature known as Bigfoot. His request, however, was met with ridicule.

"This mythical animal does not exist in nature or otherwise," stated a Nov. 6, 2012 letter from DEC's Chief Wildlife Biologist Gordon R. Batcheller. The letter continued: "...the simple truth of the matter is that there is no such animal anywhere in the world. I am sorry to disappoint you."

The rejection was picked up by newspapers around the country and the story went viral, but even after nearly two years of public derision, Weimer hasn't abandoned his quest to see Bigfoot on the endangered species list. As of right now, Weimer's petition to the New York governor on Change.org to have Bigfoot added to the endangered species list has gained momentum; nearly half of the required signatures are already on the petition, which reads:

I respectf…

The lethal injection conspiracy

In spite of three botched executions this year involving experimental drugs, the Supreme Court has remained mum on the issue- specifically, on the issue of where these drugs are manufactured and which companies are supplying them to the states where execution by lethal injection is legal.

Even after Arizona inmate Joseph Wood took two hours to die, snorting and gasping like a tortured trout, the court rejected Wood's claim that he was entitled to information about Arizona's execution procedures and, more importantly, the source of the deadly "experimental"  drugs used in the procedure.

It seems, at least from our perspective, that a sickening conspiracy is taking place within our judicial system.

Now, this isn't a matter of whether the death penalty should be abolished, it is simply a matter of transparency. You can still be in favor of the death penalty while opposing the lethal injection methods used in the United States. Yet, sadly, this discussion is sidelined…

Dinosaurs roamed the earth during the construction of Stonehenge

What does the construction of Stonehenge, the invention of glass, and the domestication of horses all have in common? The answer, of course, is that all of these things occurred around 4,000 years ago. However, one scientist insists that he has proof that dinosaurs, particularly the triceratops, also roamed the earth during this time.

Rather than being rewarded for this jaw-dropping discovery, however, Mark Armitage- the scientist who made the discovery- was fired from his position at California State University at Northridge.

Is this a case of Creationist zeal run amok, or more proof of the systematic suppression of evidence by mainstream science? It appears that this issue may be resolved in a court of law. Armitage claims that he was fired because of his anti-evolution views, according to the July 22 lawsuit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court against Cal State Northridge.

This lawsuit comes in the wake of a discovery made by Armitage in 2012 while digging at the  world-famous Hell C…