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Fortean Times #242 (November 2008)

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  • Release date: 16 Oct 2008
  • Cover price: £4.25
  • US Edition is dated December 2008 with a cover price of $11.99 USA (CAN $13.25, AUS $12.95, NZ $16.90)


  • 44 Project Kugelblitz - Evidence that the US military planned to harness the power of ball lightning
  • 30 Beyond Our Ken - We bid a fond farewell to the great Ken Campbell
  • 36 The Tocci Brothers - Lives of the conjoined twins
  • 48 The Spider Monster of Issoir - Giant spiders beneath the streets of Paris
  • 76 Easter Island - The people and the moai of Rapa Nui


36 On Tour With the Tocci Twins (Cover Story)
Jan Bondeson tells the tragic story of conjoined twins Giovanni Bapista and Giacomo Tocci, who spent the first 20 years of their lives touted around Europe by their parents as sideshow freaks - and, it can now be told, even made it to Britain.

44 Project Kugelblitz
Recently released files, says Nick Redfern, reveal that the US Military planned to harness the power of ball lightning for a secret weapon. Could this revelation help explain some high-profile UFO cases?

50 Goodbye, Zeta Reticuli
The Marjorie Fish star chart - a 3D interpretation of a 'space map' drawn by abductee Betty Hill - has long been held up as proof that aliens have been visiting Earth. But, argues Brett Holman, new astronomical data pose serious problems for its supporters.


55 Local weirdness by Ulrich Magin

56 Laughing with Charles Fort by Simon Wilson


34 Britian's X-Files - No 13. Intercept and Destroy by Dr David Clarke

42 Fortean Bureau of Investigation - No 95. Weird Weekend 2008 by Gail-Nina Anderson

48 Blasts from the Past - No 2/3. Mysterious Communications by Peter Hassall & The Spider Monster of Issoir by Theo Paijmans

76 Fortean Traveller - No 60. Easter Island by Jaine Fenn

Strange Days

Satanists eat Goths; millionaire flees haunted mansion; animal adoptions; furnished cave discovered; false alarms; dead people show up alive; towns upset by humming sound; thieves turn obsessive - and much more.

  • 13 ABC Diary
  • 14 Medical Bag
  • 16 Archaeology
  • 20 Ghostwatch
  • 21 Classical Corner
  • 24 Konspiracy Korner
  • 26 Science
  • 30 Necrolog
  • 31 Strange Deaths
  • 32 The UFO Files



  • 02

UnCon Registration

  • 15


  • 54

Back Issues CD-Rom

  • 58


  • 59


  • 67


  • 71

It Happened to Me

  • 75


Tales from the Vault

  • 80

Reader Info

  • 78


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