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Catfish Named for Star Wars Character

Naturalists names a newly discovered species of catfish the Peckoltia greedoi, in honor of Greedothe Rodian bounty hunter who was killed by shot in self-defense by Han Solo in the original 1977 Star Wars movie. You can see the resemblance below:

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Note the identical glassy eyes and itchy trigger finger. 

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Admiral Ackbar could not be reached for comment. 


Mystery Voice Guides Rescuers to Unconscious Baby in Salt Lake City Car Wreck Case

First responders to the scene of a tragic car accident that left a young mother dead and her toddler in the hospital told CNN’s Anderson Cooper that they heard a voice coming from inside the submerged vehicle asking for help before they knew there were any survivors.

Three police officers and two firemen arriving on the scene of an accident heard an adult voice saying “Help us! Help me!” coming from in the partially submerged car, which had gone off a bridge into the Spanish Fork River on Saturday, March 8. When they flipped the vehicle on its side, the driver – 25-year-old Lynn Jennifer Groesbeck – was clearly deceased and baby Lily was unconscious but still alive. The 18-month-old was suspended from her car seat, which had kept her out of the freezing river for 14 hours until she could be rescued. At last report, Lily was recovering well with her family.

“The four of us heard a distinct voice coming from the car,” Officer Jared Warner told CNN. “To me, it didn’t sound like a child’s voice.”

Other first responders agreed. “All I know is that it was there, we all heard it, and that just helped us to push us harder, like I say, and do what we could to rescue anyone inside the car,” Tyler Beddoes, another officer at the scene, told Anderson, on CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360.”

But the question still remains: with the mother visibly deceased and the toddler unconscious, whose voice did the first responders hear urging them to rescue the endangered baby?

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Harrison Ford Injured in a Plane Crash / Blade Runner 2 Cancelled?

Harrison Ford (AKA Han Solo, Indiana Jones and – most importantly Rick Deckard from the best movie ever made: Blade Runner) was injured today in an airplane crash. This tragic turn of events means that the much-heralded sequel to Blade Runner (which I may or may not have titled Blade Runner 2: Deckard Visits Fort Worth in my head) is now in jeopardy.

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Get better soon, Harrison. Blade Runner fetishists need you! Don’t judge.


“A Monster of the Vasty Deep”: The SF Sea Serpent Q&A Interview

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Okay, I didn’t actually get to interview Frannie the San Francisco Sea Serpent herself. However, I DID have the pleasure of interviewing Friends of the Blog (FOBs) Bill and Bob Clark, the best-known Frannie witnesses and proprietors of the SF Sea Serpent, which chronicles their 1985 sighting of what the Los Angeles Herald called a “monster of the vasty deep” in an 1882 article. (Sea serpent fans will definitely want to check it out.)

Below is the Q&A about their legendary 1985 encounter. Many thanks to Bill and Bob for their participation!

Q: In addition to being so diligent about writing all the details of your first sighting of Frannie down, you also took the extra step of having your separate accounts notarized. Whose idea was it to take that extra step?

Bill and Bob: Bill thought of it so that we wouldn’t have to remember all the details for future reference and also as proof that we reported the sighting in 1985.

Q: How did the notary react?

Bill and Bob: She didn’t react one way or another. She didn’t read either of the accounts. We verbally told her what they said while she was signing them.

Q: Do you recommend that for anyone documenting their own paranormal sighting or encounter?

Bill and Bob: Yes. *Editor’s Note: I agree with the Clarks; you might get some funny looks from the Notary but I think it would lend credibility to your statement — which in turn would be helpful to organizations like MUFON, etc.

Q: What do you think Frannie is? Surviving relic from prehistoric times or as-yet-undiscovered new species?

Bill and Bob: We believe it’s both an as-yet-undiscovered new class of animal and a surviving relic from prehistoric times.

Q: In regard to Frannie’s appearance and behavior, what aspect did you find most unusual or unexpected? (Not that there’s anything expected about seeing a sea serpent.)

Bill and Bob: The way it could form the radical vertical folds in the upper portion of its body.
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Mixtec-Aztec Breastplate image from SF Sea Serpent blog illustrating the way Frannie was able to fold her upper body behind her head. 

Q: How did you feel when marine biologist Forrest Wood (from the International Society of Cryptozoology) described Frannie as “an impossibility” after reading your submitted report? Especially as you gentlemen (and other witnesses dating back to the late 1800s) have seen her on multiple occasions?

Bill and Bob: That didn’t bother us at all because he was only saying based on all of the animal’s characteristics and movements, it was a scientific impossibility for it to be to any known class of animal not that we didn’t see what we saw.

Wood makes it clear that he believes we saw something unknown when he says: “The idea that they made up a story, individually typed accounts several pages long, prepared numerous drawings, and went to the trouble of having their reports notarized, all in order to perpetrate a hoax and gain publicity, strains credulity.”

Q: Are you still working on trying to catch further evidence of Frannie on film or video? 

Bill and Bob: Yes and we already have more video evidence.

So if you’re out San Francisco way, and  you see something weird and slimy in the bay, be sure to contact Bill and Bob so they can add your sighting to the growing number of reports on their site. And say “Hi” to Frannie for me!


Jesus Wept

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Jesus realized too late that the Apostles were not the sharpest knives in the drawer.


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