13, 1990 July)
Mystery over water in
Advertiser 1998, August 3)
1500-year-old coffin in a church near here, once the resting place of
two saints, is baffling scientists by continually filling with
crystal-clear water of exceptional purity.
have jacked it up on bricks to prevent condensation from the
ground, covered it to keep out the rain, mounted a round-the-clock
guard to make sure no-one was sneaking in with a jug, but still the
water keeps on coming, apparently from nowhere.
year some 500 to 600 litres of water are drained from the "holy
tomb", and on July 30 each year there is a religious ceremony
culminating in a distribution of the water, which is drawn off from a
copper siphon wedged between the sarcophagus and its heavy,
in the sixth century church in the south-western French village
of Aries-sur-Tech, show that in 1529 visiting Spanish soldiers drew off
1000 litres from the 1.93 metre long white marble coffin in a few days.
call it a miracle, and prize the water for its reportedly
curative properties. The coffin was reputedly made for the body of a
fourth or fifth century monk, but folklore has it that the phenomenon
dates back to 960. – AFP
Swedish lake mystery
Times 1968, April 5)
SWEDEN, April 4. –
"incredibly powerful" has smashed a huge hole through the ice
covering a lake in central Sweden, but scientists and military experts
are uncertain about what it was.
hole, discovered yesterday near Malung by two villagers, is 700
square yards in extent and was made through ice almost 3ft thick.
Defence Ministry was notified of the discovery by the police and
sent experts to examine the hole. Colonel Curt Hermansson, who is
leading the investigation, said today that an aircraft crash was out of
are no traces round the hole, only big blocks of ice which have
been thrown up, indicating that whatever went into the lake was
incredibly powerful," he said.
experts think the hole is too big to have been made by a
meteorite. All the information so far gathered is being studied and the
possibility of sending down divers is being considered. Reuter
Advertiser 1990, May 12)
Five people were beaten, hacked and set alight after
villagers accused them of casting a spell on a young girl who drowned
while fetching water from a well. Police said one woman and four men
were dragged from their homes in northern Transvaal after a local
medicine man accused them of witchcraft.
After the fall, salvation
Advertiser 1989, June 17)
South Carolina: A jury awarded $US300,000 ($407,010) to a
woman who swooned and fell at a faith-healing ceremony and fractured
her back. Evelyn Kuykendall, 67, of Marshville, North Carolina, spent
two months in a hospital after no one broke her fall during a "laying
on of hands" in 1988. The faith healers, Charles and Frances Hunter of
the City of Light Ministries, told the court Kuykendall had fallen in a
"peculiar way" and their "catchers" were not able to reach her.
Kuykendall said she still had faith. – Associated Press
Boy's hot pants trauma
Advertiser 1990, May 2)
Chinese doctors are alarmed at a new medical mystery – a young
boy whose body can spontaneously ignite in the most sensitive places,
burning through clothing, an official youth newspaper reported.
trauma of four-year-old Tong Tangjiang is said to have begun a
fortnight ago when his grandmother saw smoke pouring from his trousers.
hole 3cm square was burnt through two layers of clothing. Just 50
minutes after he was rushed to a hospital in the southern province of
Hunan, Tong started smoking again.
the two hours from 8am to 10am Tong spontaneously ignited four
times. His right hand, armpits and private parts were burnt, the
newspaper said, quoting doctors as saying the boy's body had a strong
electric current running through it. –Reuter