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Automated nuclear-powered lighthouses were built along the freezing northern coast of Russia to guide cargo ships, but they all fell into disrepair. Finally, they were looted by ignorant scrap-seekers who also contaminated the entire site with radioactivity and probably killed themselves with cancer in the process.

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Via Fortean Times, The Oklahoma Evening News reported in 1919 that a mad German scientist had replaced the brain of a wolf with that of a German soldier (who had gone insane with hatred of the British) and then let the wolf loose into Belgium’s No Man’s Land during WWI.

I’d love to hear about modern ghost stories from Iraq or Afghanistan.

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Via National Geographic, Climatologists are shocked at new evidence of ice nucleating bacteria affecting weather patterns for their own benefit.

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five_fistsI just finished The Five Fists of Science. by Matt Fraction and Steven Sanders. It’s an entertaining story, like  a Steampunk Ghost Busters by E.L. Doctorow. It’s a comic adventure about Mark Twain and Nikola Tesla stopping J. P. Morgan and Andrew Carnegie from summoning a Cthulhu-thing to destroy New York City. Personally, I prefer historical fiction to leave the actual figures in the background and invent fictional main characters. Like in this book, Thomas Edison goes on a hunt for the Yeti in Tibet, which has nothing to do with either the story or the historical Edison. If it hadn’t been Edison, I would have thought it was just an interesting sidebar. The Batman book Detective No. 27 was more my style, with an old-timey Bruce Wayne as the main figure and Teddy Roosevelt and others making appearances lasting just a few panels.

The writing and art are pretty good, and it’s a quick read. Actually, now that I count it, it’s actually 100 pages long! — it just wasn’t very memorable. It’s mainly inspired me to find more pulp science fiction.

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When you think you have too many problems, remember this guy.

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Was H.P. Lovecraft correct? Is the reality we experience just an island of reason in an otherwise incomprehensible universe? Or multiverse?

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