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Saturday, January 25, 2014

Daily 2 Cents: Chupacabras In Russia? -- Bufeo Colorado Legend - 'There Are No Black Holes'

Moscow Region Officials Formally Deny Existence of Chupacabra

It’s official: At least one corner of Russia is free of “fairytale creatures.”

The legendary monster chupacabra was blamed for the recent inexplicable death of 60 sheep in a remote corner of the Moscow Region.

The livestock’s killer left no footprints in the snow, which prompted farmers and media in the town of Beloomut, 150 kilometers southeast of the city of Moscow, to look for supernatural explanations.

But the region’s Agriculture Ministry formally denied that a chupacabra could have been involved.

Rangers who investigated the incident believe that the culprit was a dog, either a stray or a pet that someone intentionally set on the sheep, the ministry said in a statement on Thursday.

All traces of the attacker were covered by the fresh snowfall, the statement said.

“There are no fairytale creatures in the Lukhovitsky district of the Moscow Region,” the ministry said.

The chupacabra, accused of attacking goats and sucking their blood, is a cryptid, a creature whose existence has been suggested but not confirmed.

The legend originated in Latin America in the mid-1990s. The name chupacabra literally translates as “goat sucker.”

No scientifically proven sightings of the chupacabra were reported. Scientists blame attacks attributed to the creature on dogs and coyotes with mange.

In 2010, villagers in western Ukraine claimed that a chupacabra killed their rabbits. However, no supposed chupacabra was discovered during the subsequent sweep of the area. - RIA

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Stephen Hawking: 'There are no black holes'

Most physicists foolhardy enough to write a paper claiming that “there are no black holes” — at least not in the sense we usually imagine — would probably be dismissed as cranks. But when the call to redefine these cosmic crunchers comes from Stephen Hawking, it’s worth taking notice. In a paper posted online, the physicist, based at the University of Cambridge, UK, and one of the creators of modern black-hole theory, does away with the notion of an event horizon, the invisible boundary thought to shroud every black hole, beyond which nothing, not even light, can escape.

In its stead, Hawking’s radical proposal is a much more benign “apparent horizon”, which only temporarily holds matter and energy prisoner before eventually releasing them, albeit in a more garbled form.

“There is no escape from a black hole in classical theory,” Hawking told Nature. Quantum theory, however, “enables energy and information to escape from a black hole”. A full explanation of the process, the physicist admits, would require a theory that successfully merges gravity with the other fundamental forces of nature. But that is a goal that has eluded physicists for nearly a century. “The correct treatment,” Hawking says, “remains a mystery.”

Hawking posted his paper on the arXiv preprint server on 22 January1. He titled it, whimsically, 'Information preservation and weather forecasting for black holes', and it has yet to pass peer review. The paper was based on a talk he gave via Skype at a meeting at the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics in Santa Barbara, California, in August 2013. Continue reading at Nature


Cops flee from station as family dumps goblin

A family from Bulawayo's Nketa 7 suburb dumped its tenant's "goblin" at the Tshabalala Police Station, sending cops fleeing in different directions.

The incident occurred at about 8 pm on Wednesday.

A family that claimed a lodger owned the goblin brought it to the station in a suitcase.

"We heard some screaming from the charge office and most officers who had knocked off rushed to see what was happening. At first everyone gathered around the suitcase, wanting to see what was inside," said a cop.

The officer said a traditional healer who had come with the family opened the suitcase and a weird looking creature jumped out of a bottle that was filled with blood.

"No one told anyone it was time to run. One minute, the charge office was full, the next, it was empty. I think some people went out through the windows because we could not all have fitted through the door. Fat cops and slim cops all ran for their lives screaming," said the cop.

Police officers gave differing versions about how the goblin looked. Some said it looked like am snake with the head of a dog and others said it was a dog with scales like a pangolin.

They all agreed that it smelt terribly.

The traditional healer is said to have overpowered the goblin and burnt it.

Contacted for comment, Bulawayo deputy police spokesperson Assistant Inspector Bhekimpilo Ndlovu confirmed the incident. - Bulawauo24


Bufeo Colorado Legend

While reading Brad and Sherry Steiger's Real Aliens, Space Beings, and Creatures from Other Worlds I came across an account of the Bufeo Colorado - a legendary river elemental who inhabits the Amazon River in Peru.

According to local legend, the Bufeo Colorado falls in love with a girl then adopts the appearance of a handsome man who woos her with lavish attention and presents. Before long, the girl is drawn to the bank of the river and throws herself into the water to be with the Bufeo Colorado - forever.

In 1966 the now-defunct Marineland of Florida made an expedition to Iquitos, Peru to collect Amazon freshwater dolphins (Inia geoffrensis). In its native waters this dolphin is known locally as bufeo blanco or bufeo rojos, depending on size and color. Adults are often entirely white or pink in color. After six weeks on the Amazon, the collectors returned to Marineland with several dolphins for research and exhibition. But it was the native superstition surrounding this species that compelled Marineland's curator, Dr. David Caldwell to mention it in his 1969 SEA FRONTIERS article, 'The Ugly Dolphin'. Unexplained pregnancies among young unmarried women that live alongside the river in Peru are attributed to this dolphin, which is said to adopt a human appearance and come ashore to make love with the native girl. http://math.ucr.edu/home/baez/puzzles/24.html Also, the pink Amazon dolphin is the only known species of dolphin to bring 'gifts' to its mate. Male dolphins have been observed brings tree and palm-frond branches to female dolphins in a courting ritual http://www.eversostrange.com/2011/02/08/amazon-river-dolphins-give-bouquets/ - Greg May

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