New orchid species features the face of Satan

This is a close-up of the new orchid species Telipogon diabolicus showing its flower resembling a devil's head. Photo: Marta Kolanowska

Best orchid species ever: Telipogon diabolicus!

From EurekAlert:

Discovered by Dr Marta Kolanowska and Prof Dariusz Szlachetko, both affiliated with University of Gdansk, Poland, together with Dr Ramiro Medina Trejo, Colombia, the new orchid grows a stem measuring between 5.5 - 9 cm in height.

With its only known habitat restricted to a single population spread across a dwarf montane forest at the border between departments Putumayo and Nariño, southern Colombia, the devilish orchid is assigned as a Critically Endangered species in the IUCN Red List.

[via] Read the rest

Some of our favorite monsters from “Compendium Of Demonology and Magic” (ca. 1775)

The Prince of Darkness, Dagol devouring human limbs
Credit: Wellcome Library, London.
A most bizarre book from the late 18th century.

The occult gambling game giving out amulets of real gold

What in the unknown world is Jason Rohrer up to now?

Video of the ritual destruction of a Guardian laptop with the Snowden leaks, as ordered by Prime Minister David Cameron

Remember when UK Prime Minister David Cameron ordered government officials to go to the offices of the Guardian in London and demand the symbolic destruction of a laptop with the Edward Snowden leaks on it? It was a bizarre kind of high-tech exorcism, a bizarre ritual in which one of many, many copies of the Snowden documents were ritually destroyed, because, in the Prime Minister's words, "We've had enough debate about them."

The Guardian has posted a video of the exorcism, showing how the stern officials oversaw the piece-by-piece systematic destruction of the machine. It's not embeddable, but it's a remarkable piece of footage that you should really go and watch.

Revealed: the day Guardian destroyed Snowden hard drives under watchful eye of GCHQ – video

(via Techdirt) Read the rest

Man destroys own apartment after meeting homosexual demon

Jeremy Jarnell Anderson, 22, was taken to jail and charged with arson Thursday after "going ballistic" in his Oklahoma City apartment, reportedly kicking doors off hinges, pouring salt and soap over himself, and setting fire to it. Officers arrived to find him "screaming random things on the front porch," according to KFOR-TV: "Anderson told officers he met a “possessed homosexual demon” who wanted drugs from him and performed sexual acts on him." Read the rest