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Fortean Times #178 (December 2003)

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  • Release date: 15 Nov 2003
  • Cover price: £3.20
  • US Edition is dated January 2004 with a cover price of $7.25 USA (CAN $7.50)
  • Cover: Alex Tomlinson/Etienne Gilfillan


  • 36 Wright or Wrong? - Early aviation's pioneers and pretenders
  • 54 Up the Hill Backwards - Spook Hill and other "magnetic" oddities
  • 48 Dowsing for the Dead - Paranormal policing in wartime Britain
  • 76 Sussed in the dust - A fortean visit to Burning Man 2003


30 Dragon Dreams (Cover Story)
Paul Devereux recounts the story of the Dragon Project Trust's dreamwork programme, in which volunteer dreamers slept at ancient sacred sites. Would the mists of prehistory part for these unusual explorers?

36 Wright or Wrong?
Amid celebrations of 100 years of aviation, Philip Jarrett examines claims that the Wright brothers were beaten to the first successful powered flight and presents a gallery of early aeronautical oddities.

46 Aviation books, games and DVDs reviewed and the chance to win a heap of goodies in our centenary of flight giveaway.

48 Dowsing for the Dead
Nick Redfern and Andy Roberts uncover the records of the WW2 British bobby who used his divining powers to locate missing bodies.

54 Up the Hill Backwards
Where in the world does your car roll uphill? Paul Sieveking and Jim Conlan roam the backroads to locate the weird places where the law of gravity appears to be defied.


76 Fortean Traveller - No 27. Burning Man, Black Rock City, USA - Carnival in the desert: Burning Man 2003.

Strange Days

Joseph Stalin vs John Wayne, IgNobel prizes, red mercury, earthlights, animal magic, killer icon, drainpipe mistaken for mammoth tusk and more.

  • 05 Extra Extra
  • 14 Science
  • 16 Classical Corner
  • 17 The Heirophant
  • 17 Konspiracy Korner
  • 18 For all the Saints
  • 20 Archaeology
  • 24 UFOlogy
  • 26 Alien Zoo
  • 28 Mythconceptions
  • 29 Strange Deaths



  • 02 Flights of fancy


  • 27

US Subscriptions

  • 58


  • 59 Books
  • 64 Film & DVD
  • 66 Games


  • 71

Simulacra Corner

  • 71

It Happened to Me

  • 75


Tales from the Vault

  • 80

Coming Next Month

  • My sister Kate - Sex and spiritualism in Victorian London
  • One way ticket... Book a ride on the Necropolis Railway
  • In search of the Deathworm - On the track of Mongolia's fearsome cryptid
  • Fortean Times Issue 179 on sale 13 Dec 2003

Reader Info

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