Creepy and abandoned homes

Creepy images of run down homes from Photographer Seph Lawless' book, Autopsy of America, which documented the decline of the U.S. economy in memorable portraits of abandoned malls and empty factories. His ongoing project, also called "Autopsy of America," and aims to raise awareness of the struggles faced in the Deep South and Rust Belt regions.

Weird jellyfish-like creatures taking over West Coast beaches

Strange blue sea creatures that started washing up along shorelines in Washington, Oregon and Northern California earlier this summer have now invaded Southern California beaches, officials say.

Velella velella, jellyfish-like creatures also known as "by-the-wind-sailors," have been reported carpeting beaches from Oxnard, north of Los Angeles, down to San Diego, they report.

They get their "sailor" nickname from their transparent fin that sticks up out of the water from their blue, 3-inch-long bodies.

That fin allows the winds to push them across the ocean surface with tentacles trailing down into the water to capture plankton and floating fish eggs as their food.

"Out at sea, they look like bubbles on the surface of the ocean until you get up on them," says Julie Bursek from NOAA's Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary.

It's because that upright fin puts them at the mercy of the winds that they've been carpeting West Coast beaches, scientist say.

"Every now and then, the currents and the winds will change and these guys will, instead of being pushed out to sea, they actually wind up on the beach," says David Bader, director of education at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, California.

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Psychic Gary Busey actually spoke to Patrick Swayze’s ghost days before entering Celebrity Big Brother house

Celebrity Big Brother oddball Gary Busey actually saw Patrick Swayze’s GHOST days before entering the house.

And no, we don’t mean the film.

Hollywood star Gary claims the spooky experience occurred just days before he entered the CBB house on Monday. So yep, as well as being an Oscar-nominated actor he is also a psychic and can speak to the dead.


Gary revealed his spooky senses during a chat with axed Strictly Come Dancing professional James Jordan yesterday.

‘He [Swayze] came through me the other day…I’ve been to the other side, after my death…so I have a connection to that spiritual world,’ Gary revealed. More story here...

Ghana’s ‘witches’ face lifetime of persecution

How many avid soccer fans, well used to the theatrics that are part and parcel of the World Cup, would have anticipated that witchcraft would enter into the discussion of wins and losses? Yet, despite their overall lackluster showing, the Ghanaian Black Stars received support from an unexpected quarter: Ghanaian spiritualist Nana Kwaku Bonsam, who claimed that he used witchcraft to conjure the knee injury that threatened the continued participation of Portuguese footballer Cristiano Ronaldo in the World Cup.

While Bonsam's claims may have been an amusing interlude in the World Cup brouhaha, it overshadows a much more serious recent incident involving witchcraft allegations in Ghana, a situation that is misunderstood and has received insufficient and inadequate international attention.

In northern Ghana, where poverty is rampant, witchcraft is a disturbing manifestation of violence against women. Women, and even young girls, can be accused of using supernatural power to harm individuals and bring misfortune onto their communities. These women are ostracized by their families and neighbors, rejected by their communities, subjected to life-threatening assaults and often brutally murdered. Some women are fortunate to find their way to one of the "witch camps" dotted across northern Ghana. These camps provide sanctuary to women persecuted as witches.

On June 18th, the United States Ambassador to Ghana Gene Cretz announced that the United States would collaborate with the Ghanaian government to disband the witch camps in the Northern Region. The reason is the conclusion that the camps are inconsistent with the image of modern Ghana. The Americans have pledged to donate one million cedis ($355,000 C), to support Ghana's Minister of Chieftaincy and Culture to research how best to eliminate the camps.

This announcement was welcomed by Ghanaian governmental authorities, who have been under increasing international pressure to take action against the deplorable persecution of women alleged to be witches.

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New Jersey County Becomes Site of "Bigfoot" Search

It's big, it's hairy and people in New Jersey claim to have seen it. Now, a television series has joined the hunt for the infamous Bigfoot, also known as Sasaquatch.

The Animal Planet network's "Finding Bigfoot" crew came to Sussex County last week to search the rural area for the legendary -- some would say mythical -- creature who has eluded capture despite numerous purported sightings.

The crew held a town hall-style meeting to hear about local sightings before taking to the field. The Daily Record of Parsippany reports that more than a dozen people shared stories.

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