Wednesday, September 13, 2006

'Face' on a tree

Miah Majid, 60 years old, found a 'face' on her pinang (or betel nut) tree in Kampung Paya, Kedah last week. The 'face' is imprinted on the frond of the tree. As word about the tree spread, streams of visitors have been flocking to the village to look at the tree, which stands at 7.25m. The image faces east.

“The frond will probably last another two weeks. By then it should shed naturally. So far, nobody has asked to keep the frond,” she added.

Latest I heard was that people are trying to dig up the roots of the tree because they think that it might have some medicinal powers.

Monday, September 11, 2006

Eating aborted foetus in China - truth or urban myth?

Beware: Not for the faint of heart!!!

There's been a lot of articles flying around on the internet about the Chinese people in China eating aborted foetus as health food.

Did anybody see the movie 'Dumpling', starring Mirian Yeung and Tony Leung? It's about the wife of a prominent rich man who buys some special dumplings which will apparently sustain her youth and beauty. What she doesn't know is that the ingredients in the dumplings are made from minced foetus!

A lot of people has claimed that this is only an urban myth. After looking at the following pictures, I'm wondering if the stories are true somehow.

You can alo read more from the following article:

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Ghouls may come alive in museum

Not sure how many of you visited the 'Ghost' exhibition at the Shah Alam Museum. I didn't go myself probably because I was too scared :-) Anyway, there's so many articles in the newspapers recently about the exhibition.

The Director of Selangor Museum Board, Mohd Lotfi Nazar claims that 90% or the exhibits are real. Lotfi said he came up with the idea of exhibiting the ghost collection when he was involved in a project in Kuala Selangor. As he had a deep interest in the mystical world, several villagers who were also involved in the project convinced him to visit the Muzium Nurul A'la owned by Safuan Abu Bakar and which has rare items including a ghost collection.

Here are some pictures from the exhibition:

The following article was published in The Star yesterday:
The owner of the supernatural items being exhibited at the Sultan Alam Shah Museum here may finally have the opportunity to bring his “ghouls” to life.

And if the event takes place, Safuan Abu Bakar will be doing it at an annual paranormal conference held in Britain.

Bob Rickard, founding editor of a British paranormal magazine, who visited the exhibition recently, said he would source for sponsors to send Safuan as well as his team and exhibits to Britain.

“I will speak to my publisher as well as others who may be interested in seeing Safuan bring his exhibits to life,” said Rickard who founded the monthly magazine Fortean Times more than 30 years ago.

Rickard who visited the exhibition after reading about it in The Star also had a lengthy discussion with Safuan at the museum.

Sufi master Safuan had claimed that he could bring some of the supernatural items such as langsuir (vampire) to life to prove that they were genuine.

However, he said he would respect the wishes of the religious authorities, which prohibited him from doing so on grounds that the action would contravene Islamic norms.

“I won’t do it in Malaysia but if Bob (Rickard) manages to get me sponsorship to do it in Britain, I will do it there as part of a paranormal experiment,” he said.

Meanwhile, Rickard described the exhibits as some of the best that he had seen.

“I have gone to many exhibitions highlighting similar items but they are nothing near to what I’ve seen here,” said Rickard.

He praised the museum authorities for organising the exhibition to give the Malaysian public a glimpse into their cultural heritage.

“It is an excellent effort by the museum to bring this topic into discussion as well as to open the people’s eyes to their own historical and cultural identity,” said Rickard.
For me,I think it's all just a big publicity stunt to pull in the crowds. What do you guys think?

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Photo of Ghost Girl

This photograph was taken by amateur photographer Tony O'Rahilly on 19th November 1995, as Wem Town Hall, Shropshire, England, burned to the ground. When O'Rahilly took the photo, neither he, nor other onlookers, saw the little girl in the doorway. The picture was taken with a 200mm lens from across the road because O'Rahilly and other onlookers were prevented by police and fire personnel from approaching the burning structure.

After the image was developed, O'Rahilly submitted it to the Association for the Scientific Study of Anomalous Phenomena. They, in turn, sent the picture and the negative to photographic expert Dr. Vernon Harrison, former president of the Royal Photographic Society. Dr. Harrison analyzed the print and negative and reported that he was satisfied that the picture is genuine. "The negative is a straight forward piece of black-&-white work and shows no sign of having been tampered with," said Harrison.

A fire ravaged the town hall once before in 1677. The historical record indicates that the 1677 fire was caused by a young girl named Jane Churm, who had been careless with a candle and set the thatched roof of her home on fire. Many people of the town have reported seeing her ghost in the years since 1677, and many residents believe this photo to be her.

Despite the international publicity and visits from teams of 'ghostbusters', the image of the girl in the photo has never been properly explained.

Skeptics, including Dr. Harrison, have claimed the child is nothing more than the convenient arrangement of smoke, flame, light, and shadow at the moment of exposure. But what are the odds of smoke, flame, light, and shadow randomly forming the shape of a girl in the doorway of a building allegedly haunted by a girl, at the very moment a photographer took this picture?

Monday, September 04, 2006

Ghostly image in car park

Footage taken from CCTV in a car park. Scary man!!

Friday, September 01, 2006

Sea-Monster or Shark

On the 25th of April 1977, a Japanese trawler named Zuiyo Maru was trawling for mackerel about 30 miles east of Christchurch, New Zealand when it caught a strange, unknown creature in its net. The creature was thirty-three feet long and weighed about four thousand pounds. It had a one and a half meter long neck, four large, reddish fins and a tail about two meters long (which sort of resembles the Loch Ness monster).

The crew was convinced it was an unidentified creature, but despite the potential biological significance of the curious discovery, the captain decided to dump the carcass into the ocean again so not to risk spoiling the caught fish. However, before that, some photos and sketches were taken of the creature, measurements were taken and some samples of skeleton, skin and fins were collected for further analysis by experts in Japan.

The discovery resulted in immense commotion in Japan. Professor Tokio Shimaka from Yokohama University was convinced that the remains was of a supposedly extinct plesiousaur (or prehistoric 'sea-monster'). However, other scientists were more skeptical.

So was this a great basking shark or was it a relic from the past, a dinosaur or some other imcredible creature that may still live in our oceans today, trawling the depths of the only last undiscovered country on the planet. Other scientists have argued that it was actually a decayed basking shark.

So was this a great basking shark or was it a prehistoric sea-monster?