Sakhalin Sea Monster

Written By Tripzibit on Jul 3, 2015 | 02:43

The remains of an unidentified sea animal with fur on its tail have been washed ashore in the Far East. Found near the airport at Shakhtersk, on Sakhalin Island, its appearance is unlike anything ever found in Russia. Judging from the remains the creature was giant and about twice the length of a human, and it had a huge nose like a bird’s beak.

Nikolay Kim, deputy head of the Forecasting Department at the Sakhalin Research Institute of Fisheries and Oceanography, said he believed it to be "some big dolphin".

"According to a characteristic of the skin, it is a rare species," he said. "I doubt that it lived in our waters. Most likely, the animal was brought by a warm current."

Another expert from Essex University told The Daily Mail that the sea animal could be “pre-historic specimen frozen in the permafrost,” like a mammoth. The fur on this mysterious creature seems to quickly dispel the dolphin theory but the jury is still out on this one.
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Mysterious Fiery Pit In Chinese Mountain

Written By Tripzibit on Jul 2, 2015 | 22:05

Geologists have been left baffled by this extraordinary fiery hole which has opened up on the side of a Chinese mountain. The small hole has been glowing bright orange due to its intense heat since it was spotted on April 2015 by builders and villagers in Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region.

The intense heat and bright orange glow of the hole led to it being nicknamed the "Gateway to Hell", a similar moniker to the "Hell's Gate" natural gas fire in Turkmenistan which has been burning continuously for over 40 years.

The mysterious fiery pit

Geologist Hu Tan who is leading the investigation into the 80 cm wide hole said: 'The air blasting out of the hole is so hot, that if you hold a branch near to it it bursts into flames.

His colleague Cao Jianwen recorded a temperature of 792 degrees Celsius.

This isn't actually the first time a pit like this has opened up in the region either, especially given that the area had once been home to an active coal mine back in the 1970s.

This one however is unlikely to be around for much longer as concerns over fumes emenating from the hole have prompted authorities to begin efforts to seal it off.


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Dighton Rock

Written By Tripzibit on Jun 30, 2015 | 22:29

Dighton Rock is gray-brown crystalline sandstone of medium to coarse texture. It has the form of a slanted, six-sided block, 5 feet high, 9. 5 feet wide, and 11 feet long. Dighton Rock and its inscriptions have been the object of curiosity and controversy for over 300 years. For centuries, the boulder sat in the mud (and sewage), at this point in the Taunton River, its broad westward surface tempting passersby to carve their messages.

When Dighton Rock lay in the riverbed, (until 1963), it was covered by tidal water all but four hours each day. At high tide, the top of the rock was covered by three or four feet of water. In the winter, when the Taunton River was frozen, the rock remained hidden under an ice cap. These harsh conditions, ironically, protected the inscriptions from vandalism.
Inscription on Dighton Rock

The rock is noted for its petroglyphs ("primarily lines, geometric shapes, and schematic drawings of people, along with writing, both verified and not."), carved designs of ancient and uncertain origin, and the controversy about their creators.

Four of the most popular of these are presented in the museum panels. Through drawings, photographs, and direct quotations, theories are presented, chronologically of their suggestions, supporting: 
(1) American Indians; 
( 2) Phoenicians; 
(3) Norse; and 
(4) Portuguese.

In 1912 Edmund B. Delabarre wrote that markings on the Dighton Rock in Massachusetts suggest that Miguel Corte-Real reached New England. Delabarre stated that the markings were abbreviated Latin, and the message, translated into English, read as follows: "I, Miguel Cortereal, 1511. In this place, by the will of God, I became a chief of the Indians."


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Nam Koo Terrace The Haunted House

The Wan Chai Haunted House or Nam Koo Terrace is a Grade I Historic Building located at No. 55 Ship Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, China. The two-storey red brick building was built in c.1915-1921 and owned by a wealthy Shanghai merchant family by the name of To. It sits on the top of the granite-laid steps from Ship Street which before the 1921 reclamation overlooked Victoria Harbour. The two-storey red brick house got a reputation for being haunted after its owner To Chak-man died of unknown causes inside it during WWII. 
Nam Koo Terrace
People who have entered the building say there is just something plain wrong with the feel of the place. What it feels like at night they are not quite sure, as not many people are brave, or stupid enough, to visit it after the sun goes down.

Nam Koo Terrace is also known as a suicide house, a location where people come to end their own lives. As recently as 2010 bodies have been recovered from the rooms of the house, or cut down from the branches of the gardens trees. It is not known how many people have ended their lives in the house, but estimates put it at higher than 30. Murder is also said to have taken place on the grounds several times.


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