High Strangeness


Nigeria: How Mysterious Fire Rendered Villagers Homeless

A mysterious fire which started when there were no male members of a village has razed down most houses in Saifawa Unguwar Jajaye in Dawakin-Kudu local government area of Kano state. Pyramid Trust reports.

It is a popular saying among women in recent times that what a man can do a woman can do even better. Much as this saying remain an issue of debate, the women of Saifawa Unguwar Jajaye village in Dawakin Kudu local government area of Kano state have with their action proved the saying wrong. At a time when they were suppose to do something however small to curtail the spread of mysterious fire that started when every male member of the village was away to a nearby village for the Friday prayers, they fled their village paving way for the fire to ravage the village.


When 'weather balloon' excuse sounds more credible: 'Natural' explanation for 'strange' cloud in Australia

A strange looking cloud that appeared to the west of Cobar last Wednesday evening and then vanished in an instant, has been explained by the Bureau of Meteorology as a rare lens shaped formation or in technical terms an 'Altocumulus Lenticucaris'.

Green Street resident Denise Kosef said she and her mother were watching the unusual cloud at about 7.45pm when it disappeared in a flash.

"We couldn't believe what happened," she said.

"One moment the cloud was reflecting the last rays of the sun, then whoosh, it was gone. We had never seen anything like it before and were amazed.

Bizarro Earth

UK: Birmingham named "weirdest place"

It;s official - Birmingham is the weirdest place to live in the UK.

With freakish weather, including a tornado and a shower of frogs and tales of alien visits, the Second City comes first place in a spotters' guide to the country's real twilight zones.

Almost two-thirds of Brummies believe in the supernatural after reports of giant hailstones hitting city streets and Martians dropping in for mince pies at the Rowley Regis home of Jean Hingley in 1979.


Memphis, Tennessee, US: Saved By The... Smell? Odor Evacuates Germantown High School

Hundreds of students were evacuated from Germantown High School and officials can't pinpoint the mystery odor that drove everybody out. Whatever created the smell also made five cafeteria workers sick. They were sent to the hospital and investigators shut down part of the campus as a precaution.

Around 12-30, sirens blared from fire trucks at Germantown High as hundreds of students evacuated building 'A'. Chris Hanford, a sophomore, was among them. "We heard something about chemicals and that's all we knew," he says.

Officials say the five cafeteria workers went to the hospital complaining of itchy skin, trouble breathing and tight chests. Hazmat crews went in with special equipment, but found nothing. Whatever caused the noxious odor must have disappeared before they got there, surmised officials. The mystery odor sparked rumors of a stink bomb or pepper spray.


US: New Mexico and Wisconsin UFO hotbeds

The next time you're out at night, and there is clear weather, you might want to spend some extra time looking up at the skies -- and understand that folks in New Mexico are doing the same thing.

Wisconsin ranks second to New Mexico in number of UFO sightings. The two states are considered hotbeds of interest for those fascinated by such phenomena, and who or what might be visiting.

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Tim Hildebrandt witnessed this from Dundee in 2000


England: Unexplained light above Halifax helps make West Yorkshire UFO hot spot

A large unexplained beam of light above Halifax has helped put West Yorkshire in top hot spot in a national league of close encounters.
Two people witnessed the circular beam of light above Halifax which moved quickly and erratically from side to side.

The Halifax UFO was one highlight among an astounding 34 unexplained sightings in West Yorkshire alone.

West Yorkshire is ranked number one in 'The Virgin Media Files' - a specially complied list of Britain's top 10 UFO hot spots.


UK: Plenty more UFO sightings to report in Luton area

In the varied world of local newspapers, we find that there are few things that get people talking quite as much as possible "UFO" sightings.

Since last week's article about mystery lights in the skies over Luton and Houghton Regis, this news desk has been inundated with readers sharing their own experiences.

From witnesses, sceptics and self-professed UFO fanatics, here is a selection of the responses....


Florida: UFO captured on tape in Pasco

Wesley Chapel - An unidentified flying object caught the attention of some Pasco County residents early Friday.

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The UFO featured three white lights and a blinking red light.

Many described the object -- a rotating triangle of three white lights plus a flashing red light that stayed put -- as a UFO.


'Creepy gnome' terrorising Argentinian town - video

Residents of a small town in Argentina have been spooked after several sightings of bizarre-looking figure that was captured on video in the middle of the night.

Locals claim the 'creepy gnome' stalks the streets at night. The little 'person' who wears a pointy hat has a distinctive sideways walk was caught on video last week by youngsters who claim to have been terrified.

©Jose Alvarez
This image, taken by an Argentinan teenager on his mobile, shows what appears to be a gnome-like figure walking a field


UK: Yorkshire is 'UFO hotspot'

People are more likely to spot a UFO in the skies over West Yorkshire than any other region in the UK, new research suggests.

There is a UFO sighting every four months in the area, dubbed "West York-fear", according to Virgin Media.

The most recent incident was on February 17 when three orange objects were spotted in the night sky in Leeds.

The study was conducted by Nick Pope, a former government UFO advisor, and taken from data going back to 1994.

The areas taking second and third place in the Top 10 UFO hotspots in the country are Nottingham and Lancashire.