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Mysterious Booms Baffling Residents in the Tucson, Arizona Area

Something is shaking the southwest and it’s been baffling southern Arizona residents for years.

The latest struck this morning, Tuesday, Feb 5, at 8:39 a.m. I felt it myself on the northwest side of town not far from Ina and I-10. I posted it on Facebook and the responses were immediate.

Faye DeHoff wrote, “first it was a major rattle…like a huge truck about to plow into my home…then the boom..that shook my windows…I was sure some of them were broken but they didn’t…my dog jumped up! I’m at River & Campbell.”

Ray C. Merrill wrote, “Oracle and Roger, it was shaking pretty good, and long enough for me to watch the blinds dance around, then get up and walk to the doorway, and it was still shaking.”

There was a similar sensation last week on Thursday, Jan 31 at 8:51 a.m. The same phenomenon; a rumble causing homes to shake and windows to rattle. I felt this one too on the northwest side and once again, so did so many others on Facebook all across Tucson and surrounding areas.

I checked with the three closest military installations. Davis-Monthan Air Force Base reported no sonic booms and neither did the 162nd Fighter Wing. Sean Clements from Luke Air Force Base’s public affairs unit confirmed two sonic booms near Sells, Arizona, about 60 miles southwest of Tucson. BOOM. Mystery solved. Until he gave the times. The first happened at 9:36 a.m. and the second at 10:14 a.m. The incident so many reported feeling and hearing happened at 8:51 a.m. The times are off by more than a half-hour. Not even close.

Earthquakes might be more common that you might think in Arizona. Looking at the U.S. Geological Survey earthquake detector, there were no quakes at these particular times eliminating that possibility.

I checked with the Department of Geosciences at the University of Arizona regarding the January 31st incident. Eric Kiser, an assistant professor, noticed readings on the measuring machine, “there is a high frequency signal on the Tucson seismometer between 8:51 a.m. and 8:52 a.m. today (see picture below), but the signal looks quite a bit different than what we observed when the widespread tremors were felt about a year ago. In particular, last year’s signal lasted a few seconds, where as the signal from today lasts 40 to 60 seconds.”

Assistant professor Kiser provided information regarding another incident that occurred on Nov. 28, 2017 saying, “I looked through the Tucson station seismic data this morning, and there definitely is an event that shows up around 8:11-8:12 p.m. (See picture below). The seismology group looked at the waveforms today, but it is difficult to determine what the source is, using one seismic station. Generally, we would expect a sonic boom to not be as impulsive as this signal. A mine blast could be the source, but I would be surprised if they were blasting that late.”

Mining is big business in southern Arizona and blasting is very common so I spoke with Debbie McMorrow at ASARCO mining which owns and operates several mines around Tucson. She says ASARCO doesn’t usually conduct blasting in the mornings and certainly did not conduct any today or last week during the times people felt the shaking.

CalPortland also conducts blasting operations but an employee told me today the company has not done any blasting in the Tucson area since January 29.

Through the process of elimination for these three incidents, it can be concluded that these booms/rumblings were not caused by a sonic boom, earthquake, or mine blasting operations. And so the mystery continues…

Seismometer Reading Jan 31, 2019

© Professor Kiser

© Professor Kiser

Seismometer Reading Nov 28, 2017

© Professor Kiser

© Professor Kiser

Dan Marries
KOLD

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Vienna Cemetery Introduces Funeral LEGO Sets

Kids will have a blast assembling a LEGO crematorium, hearse, grave and more now available from the Vienna Funeral Museum.

Lego crematorium

Lego crematorium oven set available from the Vienna Funeral Museum

Build your own funeral piece by piece with these LEGO kits from Bestattungsmuseum, the Vienna Funeral Museum in Vienna’s Central Cemetery. The museum’s gift shop and online store recently unveiled custom Lego sets designed to help kids answer the big questions like “What happens to grandpa in a crematorium?”

“Taboos create fears and uncertainties,” the Vienna Psychotherapy Association said. “The child feels that something is wrong, and then he is left alone with that.”

So to teach kids about death, the museum partnered with a company to produce some gloriously morbid Legos.

“For the small and large undertaker of tomorrow,” the description from the Historical Hearse set reads.

Other sets currently available include a WWI-era funeral tram, Lego graveyard with tombstone and excavator, a fourgon used to transport the deceased, a crematorium oven with a casket and urn, a horse-drawn “corpse carriage,” a bereaved family with the skeleton of the deceased, and minifigures in mourning.

Lego bereaved family

Lego bereaved family minifigures with the deceased

Lego graveyard

Lego cemetery with casket, gravestone, and excavator for digging your own graves

Lego horse-drawn funeral carriage

Lego horse-drawn corpse carriage with coffin

Historic Vienna funeral tram

WWI-era Vienna funeral tram with 2 coffins and Lego undertaker

Lego hearse

Lego hearse

These morbid LEGO sets are available now right here.

Thanks to Dead Sled Brand for putting this on my radar.

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THE ROCKWOOD FILES: Read all about a world of weird news

It’s not easy to closely follow the national news these days. It can be frustrating and depressing at times. But recently I’ve found a refreshing option that gives news junkies like me a good dose of information, minus the political circus. It’s called strange news.

If you do an Internet search for weird or strange news, you’ll find a few different sources. NBC has a collection of it, as does the Huffington Post. But my favorite stash of strange news is compiled by the National Public Radio’s website. It’s the kind of place where you can read about a rare sighting of the world’s largest bee — an insect described as a “flying bulldog” with a tongue that measures more than an inch long. Or you can read about how a group of nearly 3,000 people dressed up like Smurfs and gathered in a town in Germany. They came in hopes of setting a record of the largest gathering of Smurfs. In order to be counted, participants could not show even a sliver of “non-blue skin.”

But my favorite strange news topic is about animals because they never fail to entertain. For example, a story about a pigeon named Olive made me realize that all types of parenting — even pigeon parenting — comes with its share of challenges.

According to the story by reporter Vanessa Romo, Olive the pet pigeon went on an outing with her human mother, Marlette, in Phoenix, Arizona. Although she had never done it before, Olive suddenly flew away from home upon returning from the outing. The family was devastated.

But four days later, in a town 10 miles away, a ruffled, hungry Olive was found by a woman who must have known instantly that she was not a run-of-the-mill pigeon. Why? Because Olive was wearing a rhinestone-studded flight suit. (No, really. She was.)

The kind stranger took the bedazzled bird to a nearby bird rescue shelter. The shelter’s owner, Jody, said she’d never seen a bird wearing bling before and knew she must be a pampered pet who didn’t know how to be a bird in the wild. She also assumed that Olive was most likely a teenage bird. “They kind of rebel at that age,” Jody said, “and that’s probably why she decided to go off on her big adventure.” (Apparently teenage pigeons are just as cocky as their human counterparts.)

With the help of a viral Facebook post, the shelter was able to locate Olive’s human family, and mother and pigeon were joyfully reunited. Hopefully, they both learned a valuable lesson. The human learned never to trust a teenage pigeon who thinks she knows it all. And perhaps Olive the rhinestone-studded pigeon learned that the only people putting out a food bowl for her live at home.

Olive’s mother replaced the missing rhinestones in Olive’s vest with new, even shinier crystals, and she and Olive have done a few television appearances since the bird’s homecoming.

Can you see the appeal now of strange news? No horrific natural disasters. No violent shootings. No poisonous politics. Just blingy birds, crazy-big bees and blue people trying to set records. It’s Smurf-tastic!

And if Olive the rhinestone-studded rebellious bird isn’t strange enough for you, this last one weighs in even weirder. According to a report by Sam Hoisington, a man in India flew to New York last year to have the fingernails on his left-hand cut. He started letting those fingernails grow when he was 14, and he didn’t cut them until he was 82.

It took a small circular saw to cut through the nails. The 82-year-old now holds the record for the longest nails on one hand, with a thumbnail that measured 6 ½ feet. The combined length of his nails measured nearly 30 feet (or roughly the length of a London bus, according to Guinness.)

Those fingernails, which are as gnarly and gross as you might imagine, are now on display at a Ripley’s Believe It or Not museum in New York City’s Times Square. Welcome to the bizarre (but oddly refreshing) world of strange news. Read all about it.

Gwen Rockwood is a syndicated freelance columnist. Her book is available on Amazon.

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Mashed potato mystery endures in Mississippi

Image Credit: Michaela Lin / WJTV 12 News

Who is responsible for leaving this here ? 

An unknown individual has taken to leaving bowls of mashed potatoes around a Jackson neighborhood.

The peculiar enigma has been reported by numerous residents of the city’s Belhaven district where Styrofoam bowls of the mashed up tubers have been found on top of mailboxes, on garden walls, balancing on top of cars and in other strange places outside of people’s homes.

“I walked outside yesterday morning at 7 a.m. and I got in my car and that’s when I noticed a white bowl on my windshield,” local resident Jordan Lewis told WLBT-TV.

“It was full of rainwater. I threw it away and I was grossed out by it.”

Some residents believe that the stunt may have some connection to Belhaven University.

“So far I have realized some of the ‘victims’ of the mashed potatoes are actually staff or Belhaven students or alumni,” said Michaela Lin. “I feel like there has to be a connection there!”

While the act of leaving mashed potatoes around the neighborhood may seem harmless enough, some locals have raised concerns over the potential for more sinister motives.

“Some people were thinking maybe the mashed potatoes were poisoned to kill animals,” local resident Sebastian Bjernegard told WJTV. “I didn’t taste it… but some people were worried.”

A local news report covering the phenomenon can be viewed below.

Source: Fox News

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