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The huge funnel-like cloud was spotted by renowned photographer Ana Filipa Scarpa in Vila Franca de Xira, north of Lisbon, Portugal
Ana, 54, spotted the 1,000-foot-high swarm of bugs which was thought to be made from red locusts in an area known as Leziria Grande - meaning big plain.
The massive tornado of insects was about a quarter of a mile from Ana when she took these amazing pictures on March 9.
Ana, who has had work selected for the Sony World Photography Award 2014, said it was a mixture of awe and fear when she realised it wasn't wind making the cloud.
She said: "At first I believed it was a wind twister, the animals around me were very nervous.
"I stayed in my place and looked for a safe place, but there was none, and at the same time the twister was never reaching me.
"So I entered my car and drove towards it. After same metres I realised that an enormous amount of insects were in fact the tornado.
"I suppose it would be better a wind twister, than a bug twister. I cannot imagine what could happen to me if they had caught me.
"It's not known for sure what kind of bugs make up this swarm, but they may be red locusts.
"The swarm extended perhaps 1,000 ft. It was nearly a quarter of a mile away from my position and I took the picture with a 200 mm lens.
"Perspective makes the leading edge of the swarm appear smaller and thus tapered." - Canters News Agency
Pentagon document lays out battle plan against zombies
Never fear the night of the living dead -- the Pentagon has got you covered.
From responses to natural disasters to a catastrophic attack on the homeland, the U.S. military has a plan of action ready to go if either incident occurs.
It has also devised an elaborate plan should a zombie apocalypse befall the country, according to a Defense Department document obtained by CNN.
In an unclassified document titled "CONOP 8888," officials from U.S. Strategic Command used the specter of a planet-wide attack by the walking dead as a training template for how to plan for real-life, large-scale operations, emergencies and catastrophes.
And the Pentagon says there's a reasonable explanation.
"The document is identified as a training tool used in an in-house training exercise where students learn about the basic concepts of military plans and order development through a fictional training scenario," Navy Capt. Pamela Kunze, a spokeswoman for U.S. Strategic Command, told CNN. "This document is not a U.S. Strategic Command plan."
Nevertheless, the preparation and thoroughness exhibited by the Pentagon for how to prepare for a scenario in which Americans are about to be overrun by flesh-eating invaders is quite impressive. Continue reading at CNN
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UFO Crashes In China
Resident in the Heilongjiang province in China reported seeing three UFOs darting across the sky and apparently one of them came crashing down into in a man’s vegetable garden.
According to Chinanews.com, villagers in Mengchang saw three objects falling from the sky this morning. Soon after they heard a “huge piercing sound,” and a huge ball of flame came crashing down into the vegetable garden of one of the villagers.
What they found in the garden looks straight out of a science-fiction movie. It appears to be a large metal ball covered by a layer of jagged material. According to China Radio International, China Central Television news is reporting the object to be about 2 and a half feet wide and weighing nearly 90 pounds.
Chinanews.com has suggested that the object could be related to the failure of a Russian rocket at about the same time. The rocket launch was at 3:42 am local time in Kazakhstan, which is 5:42 am in Beijing. The rocket failed 540 seconds into the flight at an altitude of nearly 100 miles.
The Proton-M rocket was carrying an advanced satellite. However, the head of the Russian national space agency, Roscosmos, told Russia Today the rocket and cargo burned up in the atmosphere and should not have caused any damage on the ground.
The Heilongjiang province is a long distance from Kazakhstan, but the timing is coincidental.
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Woman lynched in Brazil after being accused of witchcraft on Facebook
In a bizarre incident, a mob reportedly lynched a Brazilian woman - suspected of being a witch - to death after a Facebook post for a local news outlet spread an alert, claiming that she had been seen abducting children.
The woman died in Guaruja city near Sao Paulo last week.
“Housewife Fabiane Maria de Jesus, 33, died on May 5 after being beaten by a group of people from Guarujá two days before,” said a report from Folha de Sao Paulo, the country's largest newspaper on Tuesday.
“The lynching was motivated by a suspicion that Fabiane was connected to child abductions in the region thought to be linked to black magic rituals. According to military police, however, there is no indication that she had committed such a crime,” the report added.
According to the report, a sketch of the woman was included with the alert on Facebook and resembled the victim.
However, administrators for the Facebook page have released a statement denying responsibility for the attack. - Mid-Day
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