Weirdo Book Club: Poor Man’s Paranormal

The Poor Man’s Paranormal is a guide featuring instructions on how to turn common household items into handy-dandy ghost-busting equipment. Written for the “paranormal MacGyver”, this manual claims to be able to show you how to:

  • Use a flashlight to communicate with the dead,
  • Create a “ghost trap” using a jar and aluminum foil,
  • Use a necklace to tap into your psychic abilities, and
  • Communicate with the Beyond using only toilet paper, flour, balloons, and a wristwatch.


I honestly want to buy this just to see how the balloons come into play.

Homer Simpson: Gourmand


Dear Japan: I Love You, Part 2

Continuing in their tireless quest to freak the rest of us out, Japan recently introduced the world to the most metal meal ever — the all-black cheeseburger. Available at Japanese Burger Kings (and presumably the seventh level of Hell), the black cheeseburger features an ebony bun and cheese made with bamboo charcoal, because of course.

Oh, Japan… shine on you crazy diamond.

black cheeseburger

Test marketing was discontinued in the U.S. because it kept getting shot by the police. 

Your Day in Oddness: The Snail Telegraph

On this day in 1851, an unusual device called the Pasilalinic-sympathetic compass was demonstrated. Nicknamed the Snail Telegraph, the machine supposedly demonstrated telepathic communication by clairvoyant snails. In a shock to no one ever, the machine was later proven to be a hoax.   054087-giant-snail After budget cuts, hiring policies at The Psychic Network took an ugly turn.

Lights in the Sky: San Francisco Edition

Bay area residents were startled early Friday (09/13/14) morning to see a mysterious fireball shooting over the sky.  Multiple witnesses described the object as a white light with fog or smoke billowing out of it.

“I am used to seeing planes early in the morning with lights, but this was different,” said one bystander. “This had something coming out of it, it wasn’t just the light. I could see it spraying something.”

Witnesses in Nevada and Oregon also reported seeing the object. The U.S. Air Force confirmed that there were no missile launches from the closest base – Vandenberg A.F.B. – that morning.

Local astronomers reported that it was a meteorite. But that doesn’t explain the spraying. So what was this object and – more importantly – what was it spraying over a California town last week?


Glade’s marketing campaign for its new Moonlight Breeze scent has gone horribly awry.   

Fun Fact of the Day: RoboCop Trivia

Because the bottom half of the RoboCop suit was too bulky to fit into a squad car, every time you see RoboCop driving in the film, he’s not wearing pants.


Could you find my badge for me, Miss? It’s shaped like a wrench.

New Mexico UFO Conference – Oct. 4, 2014

The 2014 New Mexico UFO Conference will be held in Rio Rancho, NM next month. Not only does it feature some pretty awesome UFO-book authors as speakers, the evening will end with an after-dark field trip to a “secret” air base near Albuquerque to witness mysterious test flights. Not sure how secret the Manzano-Sandia testing facility can be if I know about it, but I still want to go. :-)


New Mexico: Come for the Hatch chilies, stay for the UFO lectures. 




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