Where are all the aliens?

The stats are a bit of a mystery. There should be plenty of chances for life out there in the universe. There should have been plenty of time for that life to grow, evolve and become a space travelling race.

The question is: where are all the aliens?

We don’t know. This is known as the Fermi Paradox.

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Where do you think all the aliens are? Does your religion hold the answer?

Pranking bookstores with “The Beginner’s Guide to Human Sacrifice”

Prankster Obvious Plant created some pretend books and left them hidden at a local bookstore.

Imagine how people must have felt as they reached for this particular pretend book and discovered they held in their hands “The Beginner’s Guide to Human Sacrifice”.




The text says;

There’s no better place to start your journey into the world of satanic death rituals than Lord Bing Shipley’s Beginner’s Guide to Human Sacrifice.

This simple introduction to human sacrifice has been purchased and enjoyed by thousands of people looking to strengthen their personal relationships with the dark Lord Satan.

Put your questions to rest and build the confidence required to get the job done right!



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Where does this rank on your prank scale? Funny or not?

The weird ant that uses acid to shield itself from enemy venom

In this odd video from the New Scientist we encounter the tawny crazy ant. This ant successfully takes on the dread fire ant.

How? The invasive fire ants have been doing lots of harm to southern American states since they arrived there in 1930. Their sting is powerful enough to kill small animals and no native ant can stop them.

Until now.

In the last ten years the tawny crazy ant battles the fire ant for food – even invading nests. The trick the tawny crazy ant uses (called crazy because of the way it runs) is to wash itself with its own acid and use that as a shield. After the encounter the tawny crazy ant washes itself clean.

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What’s the most remarkable creature you know?

Worried about ants and your pets? In the UK Pet-Supermarket.co.uk is the largest online pet store. In the US, In Pure Spirit readers might like to know about Only Natural Pet that helps out with pets in a positive way.

Most of the water on Earth is actually alien

Unlike the other planets in our solar system Earth’s surface is about 70% water. Why is that? Shouldn’t the sun have dried out all the water long ago?

As it turns out our water is alien. We’ve Carbonaceous Chondrites from beyond the frost line to thank.

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What do you make of the science? Is it surprising that water isn’t native to this planet? Imagine what that means for holy water, hydrotherapy, aromatherapy and countless other water based activities.

A cute Loch Ness monster for your kitchen

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This is a rather cute Nessie is no monster. This Nessie is actually a ladle that would be happy swimming around in your stews, soups and perhaps even a batch or chilli or not.

You can see how the two might get confused. Here’s the side by side comparison of the two.


This Lessie is designed by OTOTO and can be bought from Animi Causa. Just click I need this Nessie Ladle.

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Are you tempted to add Nessie to your kitchen collection? Perhaps it would amuse your own little monsters?

The floating tree illusion

Okay, although you can see the wrinkles this illusion is simple and surprisingly effective. It was created by spraying paint onto foil and then wrapped around a tree outside Potsdam.

The painting was done by Daniel Siering and Mario Shu.

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Do you have any favourite illusion videos on YouTube? Why not share the links in the comments below.

Spellbook ring!

You buy this book of magic ring from Think Geek.

Isn’t this pewter with brass inlay ring clever? As you can see it actually opens and there’s a little stud clasp. It’s sold in various sizes too.

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Would you ever wear a ring like this?

32 superstition origins that may surprise you

Do you know why you belief in some superstitions and not others? Do you even know where some of these superstitions came from? A lot, of course, are due to old religions.

We’ve got four-leaf clovers, Friday the 3th (fear of Friday the 13th is called Friggatriskaidekaphobia), lucky 7, 666 the number of the beast, throwing salt over your left shoulder, walking under a ladder and a host more.

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Are you superstitious? Which superstitions do you pay the most attention to?

The Jorvik Viking Festival 2015 set to be a good one for authors

The Jorvik Viking Festival is taking place in York this year from 14th February to the 22nd. The festival is always a good one, I’ve been, a chance to experience history in a way that you don’t often get to.

This year there is no shortage of good news for storytelling, books and authors. Event organisers Danielle Daglan has announced a range of great events.


Vincent Atherton kicks off the action with an event on Monday the 16th at 2pm at York Mansion House. Tickets cost £3 or £4 and pre-booking is strongly advised. Atherton is part of the festival to discuss his book “Viking Voices: The Sword of Amleth” and the effort needed to keep fact and fiction apart. The book follows Ragnald, a man who became both king of Dublin and York.

The following day, at the same location, Matthew Townend of the University of York, will be sharing fascinating insight into his new book “Viking Age Yorkshire”. This is the first ever full-length study of Yorkshire’s Vikings.

Children’s author Jeremy Strong is likely to sell out. Tickets are currently available from £7.50 per person (which includes a free child’s ticket to the Jorvik Viking Centre). Strong is at the merchant Adventurers’ Hall on Wednesday the 18th. Visitors will be able to meet the man and get books signed.

On Friday the 18th, bestselling historical novelist Giles Kristain will be talking about his book “God of Vengeance”, a prequel to his Raven trilogy, that follows Sigurd, son of Jarl Harald.

Each day there will be living storytelling taking place at 11am, 1pm and 3pm at the Vikings central camp on Parliament Street. Visitors will be able to see a Viking longship ready for war, learn about Norse weapons and warfare as well as discovering some secrets to Viking health and healing.

This year the Jorvik Viking Festival has the conclusion of the third Bloodaxe Book Challenge. The Festival organisers, York Archaelogical Trust, run this with Explore York Library Service, with the aim of getting children to read over the winter holidays. More information about the Bloodaxe Book Challenge can be found online.

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Have you ever been to the Jorvik Viking Festival? Tell us what it was like in the comments below. If not; is this the sort of history-meets-entertainment-meets-education festival you would go to if you could?