History Magazine / ForteanTimes

27th Oct '16 2:28:27 PM AgProv
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* DesignStudentsOrgasm: they've toned it down a bit recently and hopefully listened to reader criticism. Experimenting with different styles of font and background colour is all very well and in the eyes of a keen designer, probably a lot more fulfilling than that boring unimaginative black-type-on-white-page, but what got lost in the enthusiasm was that it still has to be ''readable''. Combinations like yellow type on black background could make the pages horribly hard to read. FT went trough a phase of things like this.

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* DesignStudentsOrgasm: they've toned it down a bit recently and hopefully listened to reader criticism. Experimenting with different styles of font and background colour is all very well and in the eyes of a keen designer, probably a lot more fulfilling than that boring unimaginative black-type-on-white-page, but what got lost in the enthusiasm was that it still has to be ''readable''. Combinations like red or yellow type on black background could make the pages horribly hard to read. FT went trough a phase of things like this.
27th Oct '16 2:26:42 PM AgProv
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* DesignStudentsOrgasm: they've toned it down a bit recently and hopefully listened to reader criticism. Experimenting with different styles of font and background colour is all very well and in the eyes of a keen designer, probably a lot more fulfilling than that boring unimaginative black-type-on-white-page, but what got lost in the enthusiasm was that it still has to be ''readable''. Combinations like yellow type on black background could make the pages horribly hard to read. FT went trough a phase of things like this.
11th Oct '16 3:42:08 PM AgProv
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* ScoobyDooHoax: Paranormal investigators and parapsychologists are, after long experience, open to the possibility that in some cases they might be manipulated for financial ends. One British ghost-hunter, called to investigate an alleged haunting at a country hotel, spent a month looking and mounting vigil, on and off over the course of a year. When he finally said to the owner that he was almost absolutely certain nothing was there, the hotel owner begged him to make something up and fabricate a ghost, as it would be so good for business to be able to advertise his business as a haunted hotel. The same ghost hunter noted, some time later, the hotel was advertising itself as "having repeatedly been investigated by psychic detectives and ghost-hunters".... The Scooby-Doo Hoax is a whole interesting Fortean area on its own and regularly covered for what it has to tell concerning greed and gullibility.

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* ScoobyDooHoax: Paranormal investigators and parapsychologists are, after long experience, open to the possibility that in some cases they might be manipulated for financial ends. One British ghost-hunter, called to investigate an alleged haunting at a country hotel, spent a month looking and mounting vigil, on and off over the course of a year. When he finally said to the owner that he was almost absolutely certain nothing was there, the hotel owner begged him to make something up and fabricate a ghost, as it would be so good for business to be able to advertise his business as a haunted hotel. The same ghost hunter noted, some time later, [[ShamelessSelfPromotion the hotel was advertising itself itself]] as "having repeatedly been investigated by psychic detectives and ghost-hunters".... The Scooby-Doo Hoax is a whole interesting Fortean area on its own and regularly covered for what it has to tell concerning greed and gullibility.
5th Oct '16 12:08:24 AM Fireblood
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* SuspiciouslyStealthyPredator: the Alien Big Cats suspected to be resident in Great Britain, one of the most densely populated countries in the world, which are frequently glimpsed but never definitively proven.

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* SuspiciouslyStealthyPredator: the The Alien Big Cats suspected to be resident in Great Britain, one of the most densely populated countries in the world, which are frequently glimpsed but never definitively proven.
17th Aug '16 3:26:57 AM AgProv
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* SuspiciouslyStealthyPredator: the Alien Big Cats suspected to be resident in Great Britain, one of the most densely populated countries in the world, which are frequently glimpsed but never definitivelty proven.

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* SuspiciouslyStealthyPredator: the Alien Big Cats suspected to be resident in Great Britain, one of the most densely populated countries in the world, which are frequently glimpsed but never definitivelty definitively proven.
17th Aug '16 3:24:44 AM AgProv
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* SandWorm: The Olgoi-Khorkhoi (Mongolian Death Worm), a legendary beast said to inhabit the Gobi Desert, is a 2-5 foot long worm capable of spitting acid and able to electrocute prey. FT regularly covers Mongolia to summarise the latest reported sightings and seeks to evaluate the evidence, using cryptozoologists who have made expeditions here as a sort of "roving reporter".
28th Apr '16 10:28:28 AM AgProv
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* BigfootSasquatchAndYeti;
10th Apr '16 1:10:01 PM AgProv
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* BlackEyesOfEvil: the BEK (Black Eyed Children) as above.
14th Mar '16 3:35:01 AM morenohijazo
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* RainOfSomethingUnusual: The magazine loves this sort of story. In fact, one of the UrExample Fortean phenomena was a mysterious shower of fish and shellfish over Cromer, Norfolk, in 1887. Explained away as a mysterious, unwitnessed and never-found Mad Fishmonger who went around town in the early hours of the morning flinging buckets of produce everywhere, the mystery may have been solved. UsefulNotes/EastAnglia gets [[DoNotTouchTheFunnelCloud tornadoes]] (yes, we have them in Britain too, but not to Mid-Western standards of severity or destruction). A waterspout originating at sea might have travelled inland, depositing marine life it picked up as it ebbed and died. Similar rains of fish have been reported world-wide and have happened often enough and to too many people to be dismissed as hoaxes or delusions. People have reported seeing fish seemingly flying through the air in high winds and storms...
9th Mar '16 2:17:43 AM AgProv
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* BlackBeadEyes: The panic about "[[http://www.snopes.com/horrors/ghosts/blackeyed.asp Black-Eyed Children]]" who are weird and sinister and not all they seem to be. The magazine has explored this phenomena which is on the borderline of being an [[UrbanLegends Urban Myth]], noting that these sinister entities are said to approach isolated people, claiming to be children in distress needing help, but who radiate malevolence and sinister intent. They are often drawn/depicted with the classic Black Bead Eyes and depictions of them can be very sinister-looking indeed. A far cry from cuteness, humour or whimsy.



* WorldOfWeirdness: We live in one.


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