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ETCHINGS: The return of ‘Unsolved Mysteries’

Netflix is rebooting the 1980s true crime and paranormal show Unsolved Mysteries.

The show, which ran from 1987 to 2010, and was hosted by the likes of Dennis Farina and Robert Stack, will run a 12-part format will only focus on one storyline per episode, unlike its forerunner that ran with three to four vignettes.

Stranger Things executive producer, Shawn Levy is spearheading the project with his company 21 Laps Entertainment.

The opening of Unsolved Mysteries

YOU SPIN ME RIGHT ‘ROUND, BABY

A spinning disc of ice, discovered by a drone in the Presumpscot River in Westbrook, Maine created a stir online.

Some cranks thought it was alien in its origins, but simply it is natural.

Ted Scambos, a senior research scientist at the National Snow and Ice Data Center at the University of Colorado-Boulder, called it unusual but nothing out of the ordinary.

“I think you can see how it is formed — that side of the river has a large eddy in the water current that traps the ice,” Scambos told Live Science. “Because of the rotation, and probably occasional bumping into the shoreline — and the fact that the ice is freezing into a solid plate, the ice that gathered in the eddy was trapped and worked into a giant disk.”

Special thanks to the Associated Press

GETTING A LIFT OUT OF LIFE

Paranormal investigator Steve Wesson got a surprise when one of his cameras picked up something inexplicable.

On Jan. 3, during an investigation of Nottingham’s Old Picture House and Haunted Museum, Wesson captured the benign scene from one of the rooms in the museum.

But the handle on an old hearse was suspiciously lifted by an unseen force.

Wesson collected the footage the day after and was taken aback.

“Caught on camera, I saw the handle being pushed up in the air with great force being falling back down to its original place — it was very scary but also amazing!” he told Caters News Agency.

Though the action could be passed off, Wesson is convinced it’s ghost-related.

Special thanks to Inside Edition

WHITE (AS A GHOST) WEDDING

Ghost unions, or spirit marriages, are an uncommon ceremony in China where one or both of the deceased are wedded both in life and the afterlife.

The body of an 18-year-old woman was exhumed and stolen from her grave by robbers in Chengde, Hebei in early January.

Though it’s not suspected the young woman was to be wed while still alive, families also purchase or steal corpses of unmarried individuals if their own children die single.

China outlawed the trading of corpses in August 2006. If found guilty, the responsible party faces up to three years in prison.

A LITTLE TOO EXCITED

Paranormal investigator Mark Davies and three friends, took a trip to Kennall Vale, at Ponsanooth, Cornwall and recorded what they presume to be solid evidence of a ghost.

However, the silhouette captured on film, across a small bridge that leads to abandoned mills, is blurring at best.

The group admits they could not see the presence they captured on film, however they did feel it.

There are reports from the area of a cat-like cryptid that walks on its hind legs.

Special thanks to Cornwall Ghost Hunting

GHOST HUNTERS SLIDE INTO TROLL HUNTING

The Gloucester Paranormal Investigation Services’ Ed Francis and Paul Cowmeadow challenged their critics openly in a new video.

Facing criticism over their chosen field of study the two let loose in a two-and-a-half minute video.

“We are paranormal investigators and our findings are very transparant. We have nothing to gain from fabricating anything,” Francis said.

“We sit for hours behind our computers watching the footage. Each time we think we have seen something we stop and document it. It is quite time consuming,” Cowmeadow added. “With all of the research, we have done before we are able to debunk quite a lot that we think could have been paranormal.”

Sounds as time consuming as transcribing hour-long interviews.

HARVARD STICKS TO ITS ‘OUMUAMUA THEORY

After the scientist who discovered ‘Oumuamua called Harvard professors Abraham Loeb and Shmuel Bialy’s theory as wild speculation, the university’s chairman of the astronomy department is defending his claim.

Loeb told the Israeli newspaper, Haaretz, that he was unfazed by the crticism he and colleague Bialy are facing.

“Science isn’t like politics, it is not based on popularity polls,” he said. “After all, academic tenure is intended to give scientists the freedom to take risks without having to worry about their jobs.

“Unfortunately, most scientists achieve tenure — and go on tending to their image.”

‘Oumuamua first caught astronomers’ attention when the 400-meter diameter object sped up while in space.

“If radiation pressure is the accelerating force, then ‘Oumuamua represents a new class of thin interstellar material, either produced naturally, through a yet-unknown process in the (interstellar medium) or in proto-planetary disks, or of an artificial origin,” Bialy and Loeb said in their report.

GUESS MY AGE

A recumbent stone circle in Leochel-Cushnie, Aberdeenshire was thought to be wonderful discovery.

That is until archaeologists in Scotland realized the stony outcrop was actually created in the 1990s.

The bearer of bad news was the previous landowner who told the Historic Environment Scotland and Aberdeenshire Council that it was a replica.

A real stone circle can be dated as far back as 3,500 to 4,500 years ago.

Special thanks to News Watch

ROSWELL CRASH SITE CHANGES HANDS

The Lincoln County ranch — 120 kilometres northwest of Roswell — where an alleged UFO crashed in 1947 has new management.

Bogle Ltd. Co. sold the property to Dinwiddie Cattle Co. in November.

The former ranch of J.B Foster had something land its backyard back after WWII and the army referred to it as a “flying disc”. The debris was later identified as a high-altitude weather balloon.

YOU’RE A WIZARD, MERLIN

Michael Richardson of the University of Bristol’s Special Collections Library was looking for material for students in Medieval Studies when he happened across seven parchment fragments which are thought to be texts from the Vulgate or Lancelot-Grail cycle.

The 13th century texts, found inside a four-volume edition of the works of Jean Gerson, name dropped Arthurian names.

Richardson contacted Dr. Leah Tether at the International Arthurian Society to verify the finds.

“These fragments of the Story of Merlin are a wonderfully exciting find, which may have implications for the study not just of this text but also of other related and later texts that have shaped our modern understanding of the Arthurian legend,” she told the University of Bristol.

Special thanks to Live Science

SUSAN HILLER, PARANORMAL ARTIST, DEAD AT 78

American conceptual artist turned British resident, Susan Hiller, died Jan. 28. She was 78.

Known for her work with the British Conceptualists of the 1960s and ’70s, she admitted to being drawn to occult powers, which found its ways into her “paraconceptual” practice.

Hiller was born in Tallahassee, Fla, and was inspired by a Margaret Mead brochure about anthropology. Her artwork would channel that sensibility in installations that involved automatic writing, psychic abilities, feminism and ufological touches.

“She was exacting, irreverent, mercurial, warmly mischievous, caring, and considerate,” Andreas Leventis, Lisson Gallery’s associate director, told ARTnews. “Expert on a diverse array of subjects, she wore her knowledge lightly and questioned everything.”

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