Dr. Fong's Super Poll Update!

Dr. Fong Says:
Gnomes may not ever reign supreme but their race will survive to watch our star die.

The battle for supremacy rages on and what a race it has been so far! The Dogmen and Flying Polyps have been neck and neck since the start of the poll. Neither one seems to be able to gain the momentum to pull ahead into any kind of lead.

The Flying Polyps being right at the top is really no surprise. These things are only partially matter and can fly by unknown means. How the heck do you deal with that?

The Dogmen, fierce warriors from a distant star, are making a surprise showing. It must be our proximity to Halloween and the fact that it is the 7th year of the decade that is giving them so much power.

Perhaps most surprising of all is that Humanity is actually holding it's own. Yes, those scrappy little bald apes, that all of us love, may just make something of themselves yet.

Make sure to vote for your favorite!

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Japanese Ghost in the Mirror - Video

Dr. Fong Says:
Happy Halloween!

This Japanese video really creeped me out when I first watched it. The video shows some sort of apparition appearing in the mirror as the little girl turns her head.

The thing is, I wouldn't call it a ghost, considering that is still the living girl's reflection in the mirror. Maybe it is some sort of Demonic Doppelganger? I still wonder, if it is not a fake, how was that done, why was it done, and was a ghost responsible?

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Special Report: Disappearing Bee Crisis

Peter Soma Says:
It's hard to type when hundreds of bees are covering your face!

During the last few years beekeepers have noticed a devastating decline in the honey bee population. It all started around 1995, when apiaries noticed some bees were not making honey. These previously hard-workers were now flying around "drunkenly."

Some scientists
blamed the behavior on a genetic disorder, others claimed that the saturation of cell phone towers had thrown off the bee's inner compass. With all the confusion I decided to find out for myself.

I have been dealing with bees for many years. Sometimes the bees even whisper secrets to me when I am inspecting their hives. According to my sources in the local honey bee
community, this bee population collapse has been caused by a dangerous and new horrifying monster, the parasitic monkey bee.

The parasitic monkey bee inserts it's stinger into the back of the honey bee's head. Amazingly the monkey bee is then able to take control of the body of the honey bee, clumsily "driving" it back to the hive, were it lays it's eggs and infects the whole hive.

One honey bee source stated, "Folks up top are trying to keep this on the D.L., they think if the workers find out about this it will create an awful buzz."

Update: Mysterious Stone Head

Dr. Fong Says:
Another mystery solved!

"You can read more about the stone head here, apparently it was destroyed by revolutionaries in the early 80s who used it for target practice."

"I get the impression that it's still some what of a mystery because it doesn't fit with the local style of carving."

Thanks to "My Paranormal Life" and an anonymous commenter for helping to solve the mystery!

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Dr. Fong needs your help - Mysterious Stone Head

Dr. Fong Says:
I have always loved giant stone heads.

This one is a real mystery. I found this picture on a forum with the same question that I am going to ask you... What is this giant stone head, where is it, and does it still exist?

The original forum was no help at all in identifying this picture. I know that the
readers at Dr. Fong's House of Mysteries know more about most things than most people, so I thought I would pose the question to you, my dear readers.

Please post in the comments if you have any information about the above picture. At this point, I wouldn't even mind some wild speculation about lost civilizations.

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Mandrake Maximum Postcard

Dr. Fong Says:
And Reuben went in the days of wheat harvest, and found mandrakes in the field, and brought them unto his mother Leah.

This postcard is from an excellent series of showing interesting plants. Each card also has a stamp on the face and an interesting cancel featuring the same plant. I have two cards from this series and the Mandrake is the only one I can identify.

Mandrake or Mandragora belong to the nightshades family. Because their curious bifurcations cause them to have a resemblance to the human figure, their roots have long been used in magic rituals.

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Dr. Fong Says:

Yog-Sothoth knows the gate. Yog-Sothoth is the gate. Yog-Sothoth is the key and guardian of the gate. Past, present, future, all are one in Yog-Sothoth. He knows where the Old Ones broke through of old, and where They shall break through again.
"Imagination called up the shocking form of fabulous Yog-Sothoth — only a congeries of iridescent globes, yet stupendous in its malign suggestiveness."
Protoplasmic flesh flowed blackly outward to join together and form that eldritch, hideous horror from outer space, that spawn of the blankness of primal time, that tentacled amorphous monster which was the lurker at the threshold, whose mask was as a congeries of iridescent globes, the noxious Yog-Sothoth, who froths as primal slime in nuclear chaos beyond the nethermost outposts of space and time!

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House of Mysteries: Sideshow Updates

Dr. Fong Says:
I have a great respect for the Sideshow.

I wonder how many people have stopped to take a look at the House of Mysteries Sideshow (normally in the right sidebar). It is a collection of some of the strangest images I have found in my travels.

It has been neglected for far too long so I updated it with a bunch of new strange and wondrous pictures today. I hope you like it.

If you have any pictures that you think should be added to our sideshow please let me know with a link in the comments or an email containing the picture.

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The Shadow Out of Tim

Dr. Fong Says:
My mind begins to strain by "Blackout" and snaps about halfway through "Ride The Flying Polyp."

"The Shadow Out of Tim" is a great new album from the band The Darkest of the Hillside Thickets. I just got it the other day from iTunes and am starting to really get into it. It follows the same basic story of H.P. Lovecraft's "The Shadow out of Time."

The songs tell the story of Tim, a marine biologist, whose mind is swapped with that of one of the Great Race of Yith. His brain returns to its rightful body years later to find that his family has abandoned him and thinks him mad.
"How long have I been gone, tucked down inside this limbo while my dreams are crushing me? Enormous gulfs enormous glyphs enormous galleries. Fragmented visions of a nightmare city full of cone-shaped beings and me"
Tim finds that he has has vague memories of a giant city and of the cone-shaped Great Race who inhabit it. He sets off on a voyage of horror to find the truth behind his nightmare visions.

I had planned to write a list of my favorite songs from the album here, but when I look at the list of tracks and try to decide I realize that I am really digging most of them by this point. If you like H.P. Lovecraft you should really give these guys a listen!

Songs from "The Shadow out of Tim":
  1. Theme To An Earthquake
  2. A Marine Biologist
  3. Blackout
  4. No Way
  5. Strange
  6. Return To Melanesia
  7. Cultists On Board
  8. A "Need To Know" Basis
  9. Operation: Get The Hell Out Of Here
  10. Ride The Flying Polyp
  11. Some Things Man Was Not Meant To Know
  12. Sleestak And Yeti
  13. Downtown (In The Cenozoic)
  14. Nyarlathotep
The Darkest of the Hillside Thickets Website

iTunes Store Link - The Shadow out of Tim
The 30 second clips on iTunes really don't do it justice. Take the plunge and buy it.

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Mystic Stone Calendar Disk

Dr. Fong Says:
The Chamula are a very wise people.

This is a stone disk of the mystical Chamula people of central Mexico. After weeks of study I have finally been able to translate the hieroglyphics on this ancient stone disk. It seems it is some sort of archaic calendar. According to my translation the writings read as follows:
"Our calendar, ancient and mysterious, lasts 278 days every three years, and 71 days the other two in a sequence that varies depending on whether the number of chicken sacrifices we make in the previous two years is an odd or even number. It is all very complicated..."
Fascinating! I find it astonishing that thousands of years ago these supposedly primitive people had such advanced knowledge of the workings of the cosmos.

To Summon Bloody Mary

Dr. Fong Says:
Bloody Mary! Bloody Mary! Bloody Mary! Bloody Mary! Bloody Mary! Bloody Mary! Bloody Mary! Bloody Mary! Bloody Mary! Bloody Mary! Bloody Mary! Bloody Mary! Bloody Mary!

Chanting "Bloody Mary" thirteen times in front of a candlelit mirror in an otherwise dark room will summon her vengeful spirit.

Bloody Mary is believed to be the spirit of a mother who murdered her children, or a young mother whose baby was stolen from her, which made her go mad in grief and eventually commit suicide.

Summoning - A how-to for beginners: Go into a room with a mirror and turn all the lights off. Bathroom
s seem to be perfect for this since they almost always have a mirror and are usually dark at night with the lights off and the door closed. Light a candle, look into the mirror, start chanting "Bloody Mary". You have to do this 13 times, closing your eyes for the 13th repetition. Bloody Mary will manifest behind your left shoulder after the thirteenth invocation.

Should this method fail to summon Bloody Mary try the following method. For the most powerful summonings, the you must say, "Bloody Mary, I killed your son!" or "I killed your baby." This fierce taunting will cause her to become so cross that she will surely appear.

She has been reported to:
  1. Kill the person calling her
  2. Scratch their eyes out
  3. Drive the person mad
  4. Pull the person into the mirror with her

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An Offer from the Gray Race

Mi-Ra Tertius emissary of the Gray Race Says:
This sure is a nice planet you have here.

Greetings Humankind,

I am Mi-Ra Tertius, official emissary from the Gray Race to Humankind. I come with a message of peace and prosperity for humanity. We
extend our hands to you in galactic brotherhood.

The Gray Race bring you the knowledge and science of a thousand races. We bring you an end to hunger, disease, and death.

We will share our knowledge of faster than light travel with you. This will allow you to explore your Universe and will help relieve the wanderlust that most of you have been feeling.

We will also help you save this planet, which you have been grinding into garbage for the last 150 years. But we are not here to judge you. We are here to help you.

The Mysterious Lot # 138

Dr. Fong Says:
Strangely, the House of Mysteries has been unusually rat free lately...

This is an interesting piece indeed. From my initial appraisal I thought it to be just a partially mummified head in a box. Known originally only as Lot # 138 the staff and I have affectionately nicknamed him "Harold".

After I found people gazing at him for obscenely long periods of time and I started wondering if maybe there wasn't something more sinister going on and his box was removed from display.

Since then I have on two separate occasions found Harold unwrapped and out of his box when I thought him securely stored in the back room.

I'm not worried yet but I must admit that the thought of Harold moving around the House of Mysteries on his own scares me to no end.

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Reader Submitted Weirdness: Dope Fairies?

Dr. Fong Says:
It was certainly you and your cousin who were laughing like little girls, little girls high on dope!

"In 1974, I was cross-country skiing with my cousin in the woods of northern Michigan and I encountered something weird. We were moving along and all of a sudden we heard giggling coming from up ahead. It sounded like it was coming from two little girls but there was no one there!"

"We were in an area of the forest made of very small trees so no one could have been hiding. We stopped and listened to them laugh for about a minute, then they stopped. To this day my cousin and I joke about the giggling "fairies" we heard in the forest that day."

"PS: We had smoked some marijuana at the start of our day of skiing."

- Submitted by a reader -

Stephen Colbert & Dennis Kucinich: Secret Handshake?

Dr. Fong Says:
It definitely wasn't a regular handshake. So what is going on here?

While watching the Colbert Report the other night I noticed
something funny. Stephen had Dennis Kucinich on and had challenged him to empty his pockets. Stephen was very nice to Kucinich throughout and I thought it was a little strange that there was very little of Stephen's usual snarkiness.

Then right at the end of the interview it happened. They shook hands and I noticed something funny. It looked as if they did some sort of secret handshake. In this image you can see Dennis Kucinich's finger way up past Stephen's WristStrong Bracelet pressing on the inside of his wrist.

Earlier, when Dennis Kucinich emptied his pockets there was even a tiny Stephen Colbert inside. So is there some strange brotherhood here? Or am I crazy?

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Beware of Dangerous Forest Trolls

Dr. Fong Says:
They must be forest trolls because they don't have the same powerful stink of the cave trolls. They have a different powerful stink.

I haven't been getting much sleep lately because a few local trolls keep getting into my garbage at night.

I think that they must be forest trolls because they seem to travel in packs and the larger mountain trolls are usually seen alone.

Forest trolls are said to live in underground complexes, accessible from underneath large boulders in the forests or in the mountains. In their living quarters, they hoard gold and treasures.

Opinion varies as to whether or not the trolls are thoroughly bad or not, but often they treat people as they are treated. Trolls can cause great harm when feeling vindictive or playful, and regardless of other things they have always been feared.

Trolls are also great thieves, and like to steal from the food that the farmers have stored (or broken magical items from my garbage cans). Trolls can enter the homes invisibly during feasts and eat all the food, or spoil the making of beer and bread so that they failed or did not end up plentiful enough.

The trolls sometimes abduct people to live as slaves or at least prisoners among them. These poor souls are known as bergtagna ("those taken to/by the mountain"), which also is the Scandinavian word for having been spirited away. To be bergtagen does not only refer to the disappearance of the person, but also that upon returning, he or she has been struck with insanity or apathy caused by the trolls.

Anyone can be taken by the trolls, even cattle, but at the greatest risk were women who had just given birth and babies. Occasionally, the trolls steal a new-born baby, leaving their own offspring – a bortbyting ("changeling") – in return.

To ward off the trolls you can always trust in Christianity: Church bells, a cross or even words like "Jesus" or "Christ" are supposed to work against them. Like other Scandinavian folklore creatures they also fear steel.

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The Shadow People

Dr. Fong Says:
They seem to be everywhere these days. Much more than the limited sightings of 10 years ago.

The Shadow People (also known as shadow men, shadow folk, or shadow beings) are said to be shadow like creatures of supernatural origin that appear as dark forms in the peripheries of people's vision and disintegrate, or move between walls, when noticed.

Reports of shadow people are similar to ghost sightings, but differ in that shadow people are not reported as having human features, wearing modern/period clothing, or attempting to communicate. Witnesses also do not report the same feelings of being in the presence of something that 'was once human'.

Some individuals have described being menaced, chased, or attacked by shadow people. There have also been reports of shadow people appearing in front of witnesses or lingering for several seconds before disappearing. Witnesses report that encounters are typically accompanied by a feeling of dread.

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