Reading a good magazine can be a great way to pass the time, especially while you’re waiting in the doctor’s or dentist’s office. More and more magazines are going electronic, and the only way to view them is with a computer or other gizmo. Thanks to the increase in Wi-Fi networks around the country, it is not too difficult to read those magazines just about anywhere you are. The increase in electronic publishing is also making it possible for many subjects and topics to receive attention since it much cheaper to put up something on the Internet than it is to put it into paper format. With that concept fresh on our minds, we head for today’s Warped site.

The name of the site is Fortean Times, a magazine about the world of strange phenomena. It is a monthly magazine of news, reviews, and research on strange phenomena and experiences, curiosities, prodigies, and portents. It was founded in 1973 to continue the work of Charles Fort. He spent most of his life seeing how scientists formulated their theories based on their own beliefs, not necessarily on solid scientific fact. Those scientific facts were usually either explained away as inconsequential, or they were discredited or simply ignored. (Kind of sounds like the media coverage we see on television and the newspapers these days).

The magazine covers a wide range of topics in its articles. Some of them include sonic weapons in modern warfare, an antidote for a tarantula spider bite, and some rare photographs of Theodore Dreiser. The site is well constructed, with an abundance of links to supplement the articles and reviews of various subjects ranging from comic art to history and UFOlogy. Pay particular attention to the “It Happened to Me” message board. That is a most interesting forum site.

Charles Fort has a place in the hearts of scientific fans everywhere, especially Star Trek ones. He is given credit for coining the word “teleportation.” Without that, where would we all be every time Jim, Scotty, Bones, and Mr. Spock needed to leave the Enterprise. Warp-o-Meter rating on this site is an 8.5. Beam me up, Scotty.

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