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Israeli psychic starts paranormal fad

JERUSALEM - When the young Uri Geller packed his spoons and self-styled supernatural powers to seek fortune abroad, no one could have predicted he would return to his nativeIsrael in triumph 35 years later as a reality TV star - no one, presumably, except Uri Geller.

The premise of Geller's new show, "The Successor" - which has received smash ratings here and started something of a paranormal fad - is that the psychic celebrity, now approaching his 60th birthday, has come home to choose an heir.


Out of this world solution to a Scottish standing stone

Newton StoneTHE NEWTON stone is a small, rather unassuming pillar in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. On one side is faded, ancient writing, on the other a curling snake and cylindrical patterning. Many would say that it is a typical example of a Scottish standing stone.

Yet one man claims that this is no ordinary stone, that instead it holds the secret of our missing pre-history. That it shows the birth of Jupiter from Saturn and more explosively, that it proves that someone was around to witness this planetary catastrophe and that this someone may not be human.


D�j� Vu Research Is Outta Sight

The first case study of a blind man suffering d�j� vu has overturned traditional theories about how the effect occurs. It was previously thought that d�j� vu was triggered when images from one eye arrived in the brain a few microseconds after images from the other eye - causing a feeling that something was being seen for the second time. But University of Leeds researchers have just reported about a blind person experiencing d�j� vu through smell, hearing and touch.


Will sue to avoid goblins

H�kon Robertsen has refused to tear down a condemned barn for fear of reprisals from 'little people' and is ready to sue local authorities to protect the building.


Scientists to unveil secrets of Mona Lisa

PARIS - Scientists are due to unveil some of the secrets behind Western art's most enigmatic smile this week, when they present the findings of the most extensive three dimensional scan ever undertaken on the Mona Lisa.

Leonardo da Vinci's 16th century masterpiece, perhaps the world's most famous painting, is considered a milestone in the art of portraiture and an icon of European culture.

A comprehensive examination of the work, painted at some time around 1503-06, was undertaken in 2004, using special 3D technology developed by scientists from Canada's National Research Council (NRC).


Water from a 'miracle tree' heals villagers in Madhya Pradesh

Bhopal: Superstitious villagers in Madhya Pradesh have started drinking water from a 'miracle tree' in order to get rid of their ailments.

An old peepul tree standing tall in the Sonagiri locality has become the centre of attraction for villagers.


SLIders & the Streetlight Phenomenon

Do streetlights suddenly go out when you pass beneath them? Do watches or credit cards stop working in your possession? Perhaps you are a SLIder


Nepal unearths new 'glass-growing' prodigy

Kathmandu: After a kid who sat in mediation in the same posture without food or drink for months and a child who measured only 20 inches grabbed headlines, Nepal has now found a new teen prodigy - a girl who "grows glass".

Sarita Bista, a fifth grader in Tikapur town in western Nepal, has been "generating" glass pieces from her head for the last eight months, says Nepal's official media.


Vault believers want new dig

WILLIAMSBURG - Advocates of our version of "The DaVinci Code" were back in town Friday, calling for another excavation to locate the "secret vault" of Sir Francis Bacon, which they still allege is buried beneath the churchyard of Bruton Parish Episcopal Church.

It is a replay of a saga from 14 years ago that put the church in an awkward position of dispelling some very weird myths. A media circus resulted.


The perfume that smells of cheese

The perfume industry has long followed conventions: nice-smelling ingredients, usually derived from flowers and plants, are blended into a harmony of aromas, creating fragrant concoctions to allure and delight.

But an emerging trend is seeing perfumers break with tradition, as they look to diversify in an over-flooded market. Cheese, cars and the smell of sweat are just some of the latest scents to be captured and bottled for a market eager to try unique and individual new perfumes.