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Fortean Times #275 (May 2011)



  • 28 Bones with Bling - Jewel-encrusted skeletons preserved in European churches
  • 42 You've Been Trunkoed! - Identifying a cryptozoological mystery
  • 36 Holy Waters - Can a well make you well?
  • 32 Cosmic Trickster - Andy Kaufman's amazing life in comedy
  • 12 Canine Sentinel - Pet refuses to leave owner's grave


28 Jewelled Skeletons (Cover Story)
Long before Damien Hirst, skeletal bling was all the rage across 16th-century Catholic Europe. Paul Koudounaris discovers an amazing golden age of mediumistic clerics and dodgy relics...

32 Television's Trickster
Comedian Andy Kaufman was ahead of his time in challenging audiences with his uncomfortable routines. Brian J Robb asks whether Kaufman was a modern embodiment of the mythical Trickster figure.

36 Holy Waters
Folklore about the curative powers of holy springs and healing waters can be found all over the world, while many of Europe's holy wells still draw pilgrims today. Are they survivals of an ancient tradition or a modern-day, invented one to plug a spiritual gap? Ted Harrison investigates.

42 You've Been Trunkoed!
Dr Karl Shuker solves a long-running cryptozoological puzzle, identifying a white-furred, proboscis-endowed sea monster seen of South Africa's shore in 1924.


72 Fortean Traveller - No. 74. Penang, Malaysia by Bob Rickard

77 Stories from the Illustrated Police News - No. 3. The Jumping Ghost of Peckham by Dr Jan Bondeson


49 Constantine's vision by Patrick Maloney

50 Capron and the crop circles by Marinus van der Sluijs

52 Wiseman goes cherry-picking by Guy Lyon Playfair

Strange Days

Earthquake and tsunami survivors; Moon-caused quakes; celestial visions; Lady with a lamp; fated to be together; parking tickets for the dead; brain anomalies; doggie oddities; strange snacks; who was Christopher Columbus? plus a royal French relic found - and much more.

  • 14 Science: What Scientists really said about the alien invasion
  • 16 Ghostwatch: Celebrity ghosthunting
  • 17 Mythconceptions - 141. Drunken Elephants
  • 18 Archaeology
    • Ancient Meaty Soup
    • 8,000-Year Coca Habit
    • New Broze Age Civilisation
    • Stone Age Milling
    • Of Lice and Men
  • 19 Classical Corner - 137: Some Old Book Cases
  • 23 Konspiracy Korner: How we're hardwired to discover conspiracies
  • 24 Necrolog
    • Kenneth Grant
    • Noel Cashford
    • Samuel Cohen
  • 25 Strange Deaths: Couples who just couldn't bear to be parted...
  • 26 The UFO Files
    • Flyingsaucery
      • Rock'n'roll Abduction?
      • Iran Fakes UFO?
      • Bad UFO Videos - Are they Good?
      • Bols Down Under
    • UFO Casebook: Plane Spotting



  • 02 Putting monsters on the map


  • 48 Fortean Times Exclusive Monster Mug


  • 55 BOOKS
    • Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity to Modern Times by Jacques Vallee and Chris Aubeck - ISBN 9781585428205
    • Visions of the Multiverse: Do Parallel Realities Exist? by Dr Steven Manly - ISBN 9781601631299
    • Circus and Carnival Ballyhoo: Sideshow Freaks, Jaggers and Blade Box Queens by AW Stencell - ISBN 9781550228809
    • Paranormal Media: Audiences, Spirits and Magic in Popular Culture by Annette Hill - ISBN 9780415544634
    • Pseudoscience: A Critical Encyclopedia by Brian Regal - ISBN 9780313355073
    • The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements by Sam Kean - ISBN 9780857520265
    • Real Enemies: Conspiracy Theories and American Democracy, World War I to 9/11 by Kathryn S Olmsted - ISBN 9780199753956
    • Also Received
    • Roaring Dorset by Merrily Harpur - ISBN 9781906651015
    • There's Something in the Woods by Nick Redfern - ISBN 9781933665320
    • The Book of the Gods by Chas Saunders and Peter Allen - ISBN 9780752458045
    • History's Greatest Deceptions by Eric Chaline - ISBN 9780752457710
    • Dark Intrusions by Louis Proud - ISBN 9781933665443
    • The Trinity Secret by Marie D Jones and Larry Flaxman - ISBN 9781601631459
    • Temple Antiquities edited by Odvar Olsen - ISBN 9781846943256
  • FILM & DVD
    • The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec - Director Luc Besson, 2011
    • 13 Assassins - Director Takahi Miike, 2010
    • Monsters - Director Gareth Edwards, 2010, Vertigo Films
    • Dark Star - Director John Carpenter, 1974, Fabulous Films
    • Shorts
    • Rubber from Optimum Home Entertainment
    • Primevil from Revolver Entertainment
    • Exorcismus from Entertainmentone
    • Total War: Shogun 2 from SEGA/Creative Assembly


  • 62 The Twilight Zone on Blu-Ray


  • 67

It Happened To Me

  • 70

Simulacra Corner

  • 71


Tales from the Vault

  • 80

Reader Info

  • 78


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