They say Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned, but what if that woman is Mother Nature, herself? Can these seemingly natural acts of fury really be retribution from Gaia, or is the answer even more Weird or What?
The Bell Island Boon
One day, the Canadian island of Bell Island experienced 3 deafening booms accompanied by devastating destruction. Homes exploded, livestock dropped dead, and reports of mysterious orbs of light began to circulate around the town.
Though some were quick to attribute the incident to military testing or a Tesla-inspired atmospheric super weapon, Science Journalist Brian Dunning believes that Bell Island simply fell victim to the aftermath of a supersonic jet passing overhead. During the summer months, these early Concords would divert their flight path over Nova Scotia in an attempt to conserve fuel - placing Bell Island directly within the crosshairs.
Others, like Karl Stephan from Texas State University, blame rare, positively charged super lightning. Though most bolts of super-lightning strike on the open seas, Bell Island would not have been an impossible target.
Others still blame the Soviets, blaming their "Woodpecker Signal," a missle detection system that may have created a standing columnar wave around the island that could produce vortices of powerful electromagnetic energy. Regardless of the Cause, the Bell Island Boom was definitely Weird or What!
A yachter's boat is surrounded by a mysterious fog, disorienting passengers and causing them to emerge two hours later despite having felt like the experience only lasted a few minutes. Psychologists are quick to attribute this to disorientation as caused by sensory deprivation - a condition easily replicated in gentle laboratory settings. In one such test, subjects claimed to have experienced 5 minutes of darkness despite having endured a full 20 minutes of sensory deprivation.
Pilot Bruce Gernon, however, calls this phenomenon "Electronic Fog." He describes this fog as attracted to metal objects so that those who sail through it are not sailing through a stationary weather system, but rather a fog that follows them on their path. Believed to be caused by anti-matter remitted from potent storm systems, electromagnetic fog is thought by some to be capable of opening rifts in space and time, and thus claims responsibility for many of the Bermuda Triangle disappearances.
If that wasn't zany enough, Alternate historian David Childress claims that so-called "ley lines" connect the world's ancient monuments in a powerful grid upon the lines of which paranormal events are prone to occur.
Watch Your Bang Meter!
On September 28, 1979, a satellite picked up data that suggested nuclear warhead testing in the Indian Ocean. World leadership was immediately thrown into a tizzy with many assigning the blast to Israeli defensive testing in the face of overwhelming aggression from the Middle East.
White House-appointed physicist Richard Muller, however, believes that the whole ordeal was much ado about nothing. He explains that space dust merely clung to the lenses of the satellite's bang meters, reflecting the sun's light into the equipment at a range of a few inches and mimicking the brightness of a nuclear blast from the Earth's distance. We're lucky that this one didn't turn out too much weirder!
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