Sierra Leone goddess of fertility

On this New Year's Day in the African republic of Sierra Leone, an ancient seed-sowing ceremony is performed in honor of, and to appease, the powerful goddess of fertility who watches over the crops.


Red Rectangle: a message from god?

An image of star HD 44179, surrounded by an extraordinary structure known as the Red Rectangle.

This image was captured by the Hubble Space Telescope.
Credit: ESA/Hubble and NASA 

The source of the red light emitted by the Red Rectangle baffled scientists for more than 30 years. The same kind of red emission was seen throughout the Milky Way and in other galaxies, but scientists weren't sure what created it. The mystery was finally solved in 2007: The glow comes from strange activity at the molecular level inside clusters of dust.

According to, the star at the center of the Red Rectangle is similar to Earth's sun and is responsible for those evenly spaced lines as it releases gas and other material to create the nebula and its distinctive shape. NASA experts now believe the star is also a close binary (meaning it has a stellar partner), and is surrounded by a dense area of dust, according to the statement.
The star at the center of the Red Rectangle will eventually leave behind a hot white dwarf that will give off brilliant ultraviolet radiation that will cause the surrounding gas to glow.

I'm glad they settled that.  Still looks like an angel message from god to me.

Dr TV Boogie


Happy Palilia!

On this day an annual festival called the Palilia (Feast of Pales) was celebrated in ancient Rome to honor the pastoral goddess Pales.  In the country, special purification rites were performed to keep the sheep disease-free.  Shepherds, followed by their flock, would traditionally leap through bonfires.  In the city of Rome, the festival was celebrated with wine and merriment.


A good day to have a Penis.

Huffington Post calls it The Penis Festival.  It's the Festival of the Iron Phallus (Kanamara Matsuri) is celebrated annually in Kawasaki City, Japan.  The ancient Japanese deities associated with sexuality and human reproduction give their sacred blessings and encouragement, especially to couples who wed late in life or to men who suffer from declining potency.


Titanic sank on this date.

According to superstitious belief, the fourteenth day of April is a very unlucky time for travel, especially by ship.  (Yes, it was on this date in the year 1912 that the Titanic sank).  Whether the Titanic tragedy spawned the superstition or merely served to reinforce it is unknown.

Maryamma (or Mariamne), the Hindu goddess of the sea, is honored in India with a sacred festival which begins annually on this day.  Hmmm, probably not a good date to be polluting the oceans with a diesel ship.


Toronto area had 78 UFO sightings last year, survey finds

Toronto area had 78 UFO sightings last year, survey finds

The truth is out there. For at least 78 people in Toronto, the truth was also flying right in front of their eyes during 2015, according to the annual Canadian UFO survey. Conducted by Winnipeg-based Ufology Research, the survey compiles reported UFO sightings across Canada each year appearing in various sources, most of them online. Each…


UFO in the mountains?

A story appeared at the Drudge Report and linked to the Mirror on Thursday suggesting that the Arizona mountains are harboring an unidentified flying object.

So here are the details from that story:

The story says someone who was "flying" around on Google Earth discovered the alleged UFO. The coordinates place it near the Arizona-New Mexico border in a place called Swaggart Springs. The Google Earth screen capture shows some sort of structure and parked next to it is a white SUV. Roads seem to be non-existant in the area, but, that doesn't really mean much. 

So, what could this image depict? It could be a housing structure of some sort. It could be an inflatable of some sort. It could be a UFO. It could be nothing.

Here are the map coordinates for those of you who want to do your own satellite imagery interpretation: 31° 26′ 43″ N 109° 04′ 30″ W


The Haunting of Bachelor's Grove

Chicagoland's most desolate cemetery, just outside of downtown Chicago, is said to be one of the most haunted places in the country. In the Chicago suburbs, screened from the city by the nearby Rubio Woods Forest Preserve, lies an abandoned graveyard widely believed to be the most haunted place in the region. Over the years, more…


Is Daniel P Whittier, right about Planet 9?

You've all heard about it by now.  How recently discovered Planet 9 visits the Kuiper belt  every 20,000 years and knocks astroids throughout the universe.   Daniel Whittier, a professor at the University of Louisiana, thinks so.  And who is he?  Well, judging from his shitty AOL type webpage , I don't think we have anything to worry about.  Still, it goes something like this in the NY Post:

Planet Nine — a new planet discovered at the edge of the solar system in January — has triggered comet showers that bomb the Earth’s surface, killing all life, says Daniel Whitmire, of the University of Louisiana.

The astrophysicist says the planet has a 20,000-year orbit around the sun and, at its closest to us, it knocks asteroids and comets toward Earth.

Fossil evidence has suggested most life on Earth is mysteriously wiped out every 26 million to 27 million years.

Daniel Whittier's Webpage:

I hope they invest more in their telescopes than they do their webpages. 


Festival of Kuan Yin

Every year on this day (April 5), Kuan Yin (the powerful Chinese goddess of healing, mercy, compassion, and forgiveness) is invoked for protection, love, mercy, and wisdom.  Offerings of incense and violet-colored candles are placed on her altar, along with rolled-up pieces of rice paper upon which various wishes have been written.


The festival of Cybele

The annual festival of Cybele, the Megalesia, was celebrated on this date in ancient Rome.  She was a goddess of fertility whose cult originated in Phrygia. Her male attendants were self-castrated priests and worship of her was wild and orgiastic.

Where do I sign up?


Are Plants Intelligent?

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All Fools' Day

The month of Venus begins with April Fool's Day (also known as All Fools' Day), an occasion for playing practical jokes on friends, family, and coworkers.  This custom dates back to olden times when inmates of insane asylums were allowed out in the streets for one day each year for the sadistic amusement of those who were (supposedly) normal.

And for your Fool's Day enjoyment, a visit to the mental hospital.

Thanks For Being!

Thanks For Being!