LOS ANGELES - "Contact" star Jodie Foster was among donors helping to revive the 42 radio telescope dishes at a key California institute searching for extraterrestrial life, the group said Tuesday.
The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) Institute in California, which got a direct hit from federal and California budget cuts, had to halt operations in April for its telescopes pointed toward outer space.
But after a public campaign launched on its website, SETI said it had received $223,000 - exceeding its $200,00 (S$240,680) goal - from 2,557 donors, Foster among them. >> READ MORE
It's Hungry Ghosts or Phor Thor festival now. The Chinese equivalent of Halloween, the festival is still very much alive in predominantly Chinese areas like Penang, and believers are now busy appeasing the spirits through ritual food offerings, burning of joss paper, and stage shows.
According to Taoist ghostbuster Ong Q Leng, spirits are at their most powerful during the seventh month of the Chinese calendar but those released from the gates of hell are not harmful.
"The harmful ones are the restless spirits that roam the earth freely throughout the year," says Ong, who claims to have seen them all, from office hauntings to eerie bodily possessions. >> READ MORE
KUALA LUMPUR: Cutting hair, shaving, going for outings and hanging clothes outside the house are among the things people should avoid doing at night throughout the Hungry Ghost Festival.
People should also avoid moving house and getting a new vehicle, as it is believed that the chances of bumping into ghosts are higher by doing all these.
"Keep away from the walls because ghosts love sticking to it," said Master Szeto Fat-ching, a famous exorcist and feng shui guru from Hong Kong.
He said although ghosts are around during daytime, they are more active at night. >> READ MORE
Women are more prone to seeing ghosts than men, according to Master Szeto Fat-ching, a famous exorcist and Feng Shui guru from Hong Kong.
He said based on the Yin and Yang philosophy, women come under the Yin category - just like ghosts - and so it is easier for them to 'click' with each other.
"There's nothing to be scared of because the ghosts are more afraid of human beings than we are of them. Most of them are harmless," said Master Szeto, who has been dubbed the "Ghost King of Macau". >> READ MORE
A mysterious cloud formation resembling a human head was caught on tape during a storm in Canada this week.
Cameraman Denis Farmer caught the spooky film from his back yard in Grand Falls, New Brunswick as a storm brewed over the east Canadian town. The clouds seem to form a human profile before disappearing into the haze. >> READ MORE
The man - known as “Ah Wu” - was handcuffed and taken away in a police car.
A man went crazy and tried to bite people after getting his hair cut in a hair salon. He was eventually subdued by five policemen and Civil Defence personnel.
The man - who is in his 50s - visited a hair salon in Blk 12, Telok Blangah yesterday afternoon.
He fell asleep in the barber’s chair and was unable to wake up. The salon staff feared that something had happened to him and called for an ambulance. >> READ MORE
Come this 1st August 2011, Spears Productions will be releasing their upcoming movie, Wujud Atau Tidak (Exist Or Not) straight to the DVD. Its a film by Mr Hirmie A Rahman and Zack Smoke. For info, this is the first horror DVD that is supported by SFOGSzeRo.com. Below are the synopsis of the movie. >> READ MORE
WUNSIEDEL, Germany - The remains of Nazi leader Adolf Hitler's deputy Rudolf Hess have been exhumed from a grave in Bavaria after it became a pilgrimage for thousands of right-wing extremists.
A church official in the southern town of Wunsiedel said on Thursday the tomb had been razed and its headstone removed after consulting with Hess's family over how to handle the grave site.
"The bones were removed and brought to the crematorium, and the ashes are to be scattered at sea," Peter Seisser said. >> READ MORE
KUALA TERENGGANU, Malaysia - A 26-year-old man who may have been suffering from mental illness is believed to have died after a Siamese bomoh subjected him to a "liquid cleansing" ritual.
Faizal Harun was taken to the bomoh's home in Kampung Pulau Rusa, Merchang at about 7.45pm on Wednesday, after complaining that "supernatural beings" had been disturbing him for the past four years.
Accompanied by his father, the victim met the female bomoh known only as Kak Yah in the hope of curing the "strange illness". >> READ MORE
HONG KONG - For the seven million citizens of Hong Kong, living comfortably in the one of the world's most densely populated cities is difficult enough, but dying presents is own set of challenges.
Around 43,700 people died in the territory in 2010. By 2020 that number is expected to rise to almost 53,000. A majority will be cremated, since land shortages forced most people to abandon burials in the 1980s and cremations became acceptable.
But now the city's public columbarium, where relatives can keep ashes in an urn in a 30 cm (one foot) crevice in a wall, has run out of space. >> READ MORE