This week we welcome author, naturalist, historian & science writer Matt Bille to Arcane Radio.
Matt Bille ia a former Air Force officer and the author of over 20 technical publications and articles on space-related topics. He is the lead author of the NASA-published history The First Space Race: Launching the World’s First Satellites (Centennial of Flight Series) a groundbreaking account of the early Space Age. He wrote two books on the world’s rarest and least-known animals, Rumors of Existence: Newly Discovered, Supposedly Extinct, and Unconfirmed Inhabitants of the Animal Kingdom and Shadows of Existence: Discoveries and Speculations in Zoology He has been a freelance contributor to reference books including Grzimek’s Animal Life Encyclopedia and the Nature Yearbook of Science & Technology. He is a member of the National Association of Science Writers and is a member of the History Committee of the American Astronautical Society.
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Voodoo Festival Transforms Haitian Village
A village in northern Haiti is transformed over two days each July into the spiritual center of the Voodoo religion.
Thousands of Haitians make their way to Plaine-du-Nord for the annual festival, riding for hours in packed buses or on the backs of overloaded motorbikes to celebrate a religion that is an integral part of life for many in this nation.
The pilgrims who trek to Plaine-du-Nord take ritual baths of mud, light candles and make offerings to the spirits. Voodoo evolved in the 17th century among African slaves and incorporates elements of the Roman Catholic faith that was forced upon them by French colonizers.
At Plaine-du-Nord, people pray and make offerings at the Catholic church of St. James, who is known as Ogoun Feraille and revered by followers of Voodoo. They then make a three-hour walk to the top of a mountain, near the country's famed, 19th century Citadel fortress, where St. James is believed to have once appeared. Read more at Voodoo Festival Transforms Haitian Village
Iowans spreading old urban legend about body found on road
AMES, Iowa —Ames police are answering questions this week about an internet post being circulated on Facebook and by email.
The story claims a woman found a body on a road and kept driving while calling 911 later to find out it was a robbery with people waiting in the road ditch.
The old urban legend story has recently been updated to include Ames in the text and event KCCI-TV.
Ames police said, "The urban legend seems to have started in the late 90s with possible origins in South Africa."
SAMPLE OF URBAN LEGEND TEXT:
"~~WARNING: WOMEN!!!!!!!!!! a co-worker was driving back from Ames and saw somthing laying in the road (about the Jefferson area) . As she got closer she noticed it was a body. She kept going an called 911. The officer called her back later and said she was lucky she did not stop because there was two other guys waiting in the ditch to mug her. I also had a man try to flag me down between Boone and Ogden... So if this happens to you DON'T STOP, and call 911, they are also using dolls in car seats to get women to stop. Re-Post this to warn others. THIS IS REAL Iowa people! Reposted from a friend-watch KCCI news tonight !!~~" - Iowans spreading old urban legend about body found on road
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