, the guy at left here, is the President of the Republic of Kalmykia of the Russian Federation. He is also a chess champion, a publisher
, a multimillionaire, and a very eccentric dude. In a recent television interview, he claimed to have been abducted by aliens back in 1997. Now, a fellow member of the Russian government wants him investigated—over concerns that his alien abduction claims either mean he's a crackpot, or that he's undergone an experience of great military and political significance to Russia, and possibly leaked state secrets to extraterrestrial visitors.
Ilyumzhinov said the aliens didn't make themselves known to the rest of the world because they weren't ready, adding that he communicated with them telepathically because there wasn't enough oxygen.
"I believe I talked to them and saw them. I perhaps wouldn't believe it if it wasn't for 3 witnesses - my driver, my minister and my assistant," who were apparently in the apartment at the time, Ilyumzhinov said.
The Book of Miracles (also known as the Augsburg Book of Miraculous Signs) is a compendium of beautiful 16th-century illustrations of cosmic anxiety and apocalyptic surrealism. The new edition from Taschen, edited by Till-Holger Borchert and Joshua P Waterman, is a perfect introduction to the Renaissance obsession with signs, portents and the damned weird.
When occult historian Mitch Horowitz’s excellent 2009 book Occult America was published, he received a phone call from an admiring fan: Stephen K. Bannon. Over at Salon, Mitch writes about the right wing’s weird connection to New Age mysticism: (Bannon) professed deep interest in the book’s themes, and encouraged me in my next work, “One […]
Bamboo has lots of uses beyond just being panda food. Things like bikes, roads, scaffolding, and musical instruments are made from the fast-growing grass. But unless you are participating in a tropical-themed LARP, you probably wouldn’t want a shirt made from bamboo stalks. So why do bamboo bed sheets make any sense? Because yarn extracted from […]
If you want to work in tech, but don’t have any desire to code web apps to help businesses sell things to other business, you might want to consider a career in cybersecurity. Judging from the apparent complete infiltration of Russian hackers in American cyberspace, it seems fair to speculate that there’s a major shortage of […]
All moms are different. But all moms like getting flowers on Mother’s Day, and that’s a fact (not, however a fact we can document in any fashion.) Instead of getting chewed out for forgetting to call her on the second Sunday of May, you can take care of it ahead of time with Teleflora’s flower […]