Top Ten Stan Lee Quotes

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Stan_Lee_(5774478466)Excelsior! To celebrate the great man’s 91st birthday, Mysterious Times is pleased to present a selection of his wit and wisdom. So, in no particular order, here are ten great quotes from the Marvel that is Stan Lee.

  • 1. “I’m a frustrated actor. My … goal is to beat Alfred Hitchcock in the number of cameos. I’m going to try to break his record.”  (Interview 2006)

  • 2. “With great power there must also come – Great Responsibility!” (The actual words used in the first Spider-Man story in ‘Amazing Fantasy #15’ August 1962)

  • 3.  “What did Doctor Doom really want? He wanted to rule the world. Now, think about this. You could walk across the street against a traffic light and get a summons for jaywalking, but you could walk up to a police officer and say “I want to rule the world,” and there’s nothing he can do about it, that…

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Published in: on 28 December, 2013 at 10:11 pm  Leave a Comment  

Jack the Ripper Strikes: Mary Ann Nichols

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aaa 400px-NicholsDiscoveryAt just before 3:40am on the 31st  August 1888, Charles Cross, a carriageman for Pickfords,  headed for work through the Whitechapel district. Passing through Bucks Row he saw what he took to be a bundle of rags lying in a gateway. Moving closer to inspect it, he discovered that it was a woman lying on the ground. As he approached her he was joined by Robert Paul, who was also on his way to work. Cross held the womans hand which was quite cold. Paul checked to see if she was breathing and as he leant over, touched her chest which moved “I think she’s breathing but very little if she is” he said. He wanted to try to sit her up but Cross refused to touch her and they decided to continue on their way and alert the first Policeman they could find. Before they left they…

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Published in: on 18 December, 2013 at 12:30 pm  Leave a Comment  

A Short Meditation upon Meditation

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Meditation, contemplation, or focusing the mind has been practiced for several thousand years. Hinduism and the Vedic religions confirm this and it may well have been practised as part of the rituals of the Bronze Age Indus Valley Civilization.

Certainly it is part of the practices of almost all religions in some form and is particularly important in Eastern faiths such as Hinduism, Yoga, Taoism, Krishna Consciousness and the many forms of Buddhism.

It has been integrated into other religions including Christianity, Islam and Judaism and embraced by New Age spiritual practices, gathering particular fame and popularity in the 1960’s throughout the West largely due to The Beatles and their association with the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi and Transcendental Meditation.

The benefits reported by practitioners are great and cover a range of claims from aiding relaxation and concentration, reducing stress, lowering blood pressure and other medical benefits to the more outlandish…

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Published in: on 5 December, 2013 at 11:27 am  Leave a Comment  

Snake Oil

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This revealing chart shows exactly where a number of dietary supplements and popular treatments lie in relation to the actual scientific evidence supporting the claims made for them.




I have received comments that Omega3 appears more than once in the above chart. This is because there are a variety of claims made against the supplement and the chart attempts to show the level of evidence with regard to the different claims. The designers have produced another graphic which is hopefully a little more clear on these points so I have added this below.


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Celebrity Satanists

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Spraguealtar1Anton Szandor LaVey (born Howard Stanton Levey) founded the Church of Satan on April 30th (Walpurgisnacht) 1966. It was founded on a religious philosophy championing Satan as the symbol of personal freedom, individualism and indulgence, it being argued that this represented the true carnal nature of humanity. The philosophy behind the religion was not so much the worship of Satan (which doesn’t happen) but the rebellion against ‘God’ whose religions were considered by LaVey as impeding the progress of freedom, science and mankind throughout the ages.

One of LaVey’s main collaborators was the underground filmmaker and author, Kenneth Anger, a follower of Aleister Crowley’s ‘Thelema’ and member of the OTO. The formation of the Church of Satan and the Hollywood connections of its founders soon began to attract a number of celebrities to their ranks. Although membership lists are private, there are some celebrities who are publicly known as Satanists.

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Published in: on 2 December, 2013 at 12:14 pm  Leave a Comment  

Jack the Ripper’s first victim?

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Outside of the ‘canonical’ five victims of Jack the Ripper, the murder of Martha Tabram is often hotly speculated as being the first known victim of the Ripper.

TabramOn 7th August 1888 at 4:45am , John Reeves, a labourer at the riverside having risen at this time to go to work,  discovered the body of Martha Tabram, a local prostitute, lying on her back in a pool of blood in the George Yard buildings off the Whitechapel High Street. Reeves would later recall her clenched hands and disarranged clothes as well as the absence of any blood around her mouth. He went immediately in search of a policeman and returned with PC Thomas Barrett. Although violent attacks were not unknown in Whitechapel , the murder stood out due to the ferocity of the attack. At Post Mortem, Tabram was found to have been stabbed 39 times with wounds ranging from…

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Published in: on 1 December, 2013 at 8:00 am  Leave a Comment  

The Enfield Poltergeist

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Much has been written about the classic Poltergeist case which began in 1977 and became known as ‘The Enfield Poltergeist’.  The incidents were investigated at the house by  SPR members Maurice Grosse and Guy Lyon Playfair over a period of 13 months.  Playfair documented the investigation in what has become regarded as the definitive account of the haunting/poltergiest activity; his book This House Is Haunted, first published in 1980.

Thanks to coverage by the Daily Mirror and Grosse and Playfair, the case is world famous. There is much to cover as regards the case but I will concentrate here on one famous aspect – the photographs which were published, purportedly showing Janet Hodgson, around whom the activity seemed to centre, being ‘levitated’ in the air by unknown forces.


Above is the classic picture you will see reproduced in many magazines and websites showing Janet high in the air whilst her…

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Published in: on 30 November, 2013 at 7:59 pm  Leave a Comment  

Will Storr Vs. The Supernatural

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Will Storr Vs. The Supernatural: One man’s search for the truth about ghosts

  • ISBN: 0091910137

Publisher: Ebury Digital (31 May 2013)

I shall begin this review with a confession; I’d seen this book around for a long time before I actually read it and then it was a case of ‘Oh well – I’ll give it a go’ because it was in a bargain bookstore for a quid. I’d looked at the blurb before but I will admit that I was put off by Will Storr being known as a ‘Lad’s Mag’ writer and was not expecting anything beyond that standard of journalism. How wrong I was.

Storr has managed to put together the most candid and earnest account of Supernatural exploration that I have ever read. Approaching the subject as an interested and eager-to-learn novice, he takes the reader on an engaging personal journey driven by his own desire…

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Published in: on 28 November, 2013 at 7:59 pm  Leave a Comment  

Gloomy Sunday

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gloom1Gloomy Sunday was a song written in 1933 by the Hungarian composer Rezső Seress. The Hungarian lyrics were written by the poet László Jávor and its title changed from “Vége a világnak” (End of the world) to “Szomorú vasárnap” (Sad Sunday). According to legend, Seress suggested to his girlfriend that they should get married after he finished writing it. The next day, she poisoned herself leaving a suicide note reading “Gloomy Sunday” (or rather “Sad Sunday”).

The song was first recorded in 1935, in Hungarian by Pál Kálmar in 1935. The recording became popular in Hungary but then a number of suicides were linked with the song. Stories reported in the press included drownings, overdoses and hangings, each time with a connection to the song; the victim having the sheet music about their person, quoting from the lyrics in suicide notes, heard whistling the tune beforehand. As is usual with…

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JFK Cluedo

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Been playing the new JFK Cluedo. No-one got the right answer…

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