Saturday, April 19, 2014

Did Apple's maps find the Loch Ness Monster ?

A satellite high in the atmosphere, accessed using Apple's satellite map app, may have provided proof that the legend lives on - with amazing images of a creature swimming below the surface of the world famous lochSo large that it can be seen from space, it is enough to send shockwaves through even the most cynical Nessie sceptic.

This shadowy form measuring around 100ft long and seemingly with two giant flippers powering it through the waters of Loch Ness was photographed by a satellite.

For six months the image has been studied by experts at the Official Loch Ness Monster Fan Club, where excitement is mounting after various explanations for it were ruled out... leaving them to conclude it is ‘likely’ to be the elusive beast.
A satellite high in the atmosphere, accessed using Apple's satellite map app, may have provided proof that the legend lives on - with amazing images of a creature swimming below the surface of the world famous loch

The location was just south of Dores, were beamed from Apple's satellite map app and could only be viewed on some iPads and iPhones
The location was just south of Dores, were beamed from Apple's satellite map app and could only be viewed on some iPads and iPhones


Club president Gary Campbell, who keeps a register of sightings, said: ‘We’ve been looking at it for a long time trying to work out exactly what it is.

‘It looks like a boat wake, but the boat is missing. You can see some boats moored at the shore, but there isn’t one here. We’ve shown it to boat experts and they don’t know what it is.

‘Whatever this is, it is under the water and heading south, so unless there have been secret submarine trials going on in the loch, the size of the object would make it likely to be Nessie.’

He said other ‘logical’ explanations – such as a floating log or a seal causing ripples – could not be used to account for the imposing shape either.

 Read Full Story: Daily Mail UK

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The “World’s Most Haunted Island” Is For Sale

Who wouldn’t want to have their own island in Venice? Romantic views, historic architecture, great gondola parking–living on Poveglia should be any eccentric millionaire’s dream. Providing you know a good exorcist, that is.

Poveglia lies in a lagoon between Venice and Lido. The Italian government has put the now-deserted property up for sale and will be auctioning it off to the highest bidder on May 6th. But beware: as I’m sure a grizzled fisherman/prophet will appear to tell any prospective bidders, the island comes with a gruesome history.

Poveglia’s past has been obsessively chronicled by numerous “ghost hunting” shows and websites which, to be fair, are probably not the most historically accurate sources of information. During the Roman Era the island was used to quarantine plague. When the Black Death came through Europe centuries later, Poveglia was once again used as a dumping ground, and anyone suspected to be sick was taken to the island and burned. An estimated 160,000 people died on the island during that time, so get ready to have a lot of tombmates roommates.

If that isn’t an eerie enough backstory to convince you to get your AmEx out, in 1922 the island was also turned into a mental hospital. According to one website – which, again, may not be the definitive source of historical information — inmates on the “Island of Madness” reported seeing thousands of ghosts. One of the hospital’s doctors jumped or was pushed from the island’s belltower (which incidentally, would probably make a lovely breakfast nook) and a nurse on the island at the time reported that the doctor actually survived the fall but was then killed by a mist that arose from the earth to swallow him up. The hospital was then closed down. Good call there.

Read Full Story: Geekosystem