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The Templar Frog

November 20th, 2011 · 3 Comments

While thumbing through a scrapbook of lodge emblems, I found this anthropomorphic frog, who apparently represents some of the activities of the Knights Templar — that is, the Masonic order, not the original 12th century group.  Frogs can symbolize many things; I can’t say what he means here.  But I like the Templar Frog; and […]

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Tags: Animals · Clubs and Associations

The Language of the Crows

August 31st, 2011 · 2 Comments

Pierre Samuel du Pont de Nemours (1739-1817) was an ardent naturalist, and earned a bit of notoriety in his time for his research into the language of birds.  In his 1807 work, Quelques mémoires sur différens sujets, la plupart d’histoire naturelle, ou de physique générale et particulière (Some notes on different subjects, mostly on natural […]

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Tags: Animals · Language

The Panther at the Airport

November 17th, 2009 · 2 Comments

There are many reports of Alien Big Cats (ABC’s, as their devotees like to call them) in the fortean database.  This one, which I found in the French daily Libération (July 25, 1994), and passed along to the INFO Journal at the time, seems to have been overlooked.  I was unable to find a follow-up, […]

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Tags: Animals · Forteana · Mysteries · Places

A Spirit Drawing From Victor Hugo

June 29th, 2009 · 2 Comments

Spiritualism was all the rage in France in the 1850s; like many others, Victor Hugo and his household experimented with seances, table-rapping, and channeled communications.  This intriguing drawing dates from sometime around 1854. Hugo’s large body of graphic work may be unfamiliar to some of you: he left behind more than 3500 drawings.  He had a particular […]

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Tags: Animals · Belief Systems · Diversions · Literature

Moses Battles the Pterodactyls (9)

May 1st, 2009 · No Comments

[The flurry of activity that went into our event, “Medi-Vaudeville,” delayed the last installment of this talk on Darwinism.  Please do read the earlier parts; it’s all connected.] If “BC” could introduce the Bible into the caveman cartoon, then, obviously, the next step is to introduce the caveman cartoon into the Bible. So, busy theologians […]

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Tags: Animals · Belief Systems · Eccentrics · Education · Forteana · Politics

Moses Battles the Pterodactyls (8)

April 5th, 2009 · No Comments

[Darwin continues to munch on a birthday cake with 200 candles; and we continue to cheer him on with my talk on his cultural impact.  We’re now in the full cry of the Cold War, watching the Scopes Trial be rewritten as “Inherit the Wind.”  Oh dear.]  In fact, “Inherit the Wind” departed so much from […]

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Tags: Animals · Belief Systems · Education · Misconceptions · Politics

Happy Birthday, John Keel

March 25th, 2009 · 3 Comments

Today is the birthday of John Keel, the author of Jadoo, The Mothman Prophecies, and many other books close to the heart of the Ullage Group.  For those of you who are counting, he’s now 79.  Anthony Matt and I visited him Sunday: we took him out to lunch, helped him shop for groceries, and […]

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Tags: Animals · Forteana · Literature · Mysteries

Moses Battles the Pterodactyls (3)

February 27th, 2009 · No Comments

[We continue to mark Darwin’s bicentennial by serializing my talk on the cultural impact of his work.  So far, we’ve touched on some of the popular misconceptions of his ideas, and on the flurry of legislation leading up to the Scopes Trial in the U.S.] Meanwhile, paleontologists, like dirty little kids, had been scrabbling in […]

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Tags: Animals · Belief Systems · Education · Misconceptions · Politics

Moses Battles the Pterodactyls (1)

February 14th, 2009 · 1 Comment

[It’s the Darwin bicentennial; it’s time to party like primates.  I’ll tip my bit into the punchbowl by serializing, sip by sip, a talk I gave at the 2006 “Fortean Times” UnCon and the 2007 INFO (International Fortean Organization) FortFest.  It’s mostly about the confused interbreeding of evolution and American culture.  I’ll update it a bit as I post it; […]

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Tags: Ancient History · Animals · Belief Systems · Education · Forteana · Literature · Misconceptions

Laws and Sausages (2)

December 20th, 2008 · 2 Comments

To our earlier post (10/21/08), illustrating the classic axiom, we add this variant.  It’s from 1902, from Underwood & Underwood; the caption reads “Try our sausages!  Made while you wait!– you can see just what you’re getting!” (Posted by Doug Skinner)

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Tags: Animals · Belief Systems · Politics · Stereoscopy · Symbols