Welcome to another of our random round-ups of weird tales and WTF news from around the known universe...
• The Vatican has released a game called Follow JC Go based on the augmented reality game Pokémon Go. Rather than chasing Pikachu, the Vatican version involves collecting saints and other Biblical figures. The game is available for both iOS and Android, although only in Italian and Spanish language versions at the moment. See full report below...
• MIT Media Lab is hosting a mass online social experiment on Halloween at 11 pm EDT. Called BeeMe the goal of this "dystopian game" is to let participants control an actor and defeat an evil artificial intelligence program. Internet users will program the actor by crowdsourcing commands and then voting on them. BeeMe's creators say they want the project to stoke conversations about privacy, ethics, entertainment, and social interactions. Sounds like an episode from Black Mirror...
• Finally NASA... Long ago, sky watchers linked the brightest stars into patterns reflecting animals, heroes, monsters and even scientific instruments into what is now an official collection of 88 constellations. Now scientists with NASA’s Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope have devised a set of modern constellations constructed from sources in the gamma-ray sky to celebrate the mission’s 10th year of operations. The new constellations include a few characters from modern myths. Among them are the Little Prince, the time-warping TARDIS from Doctor Who, Godzilla and his heat ray, and the antimatter-powered USS Enterprise from Star Trek: The Original Series.
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Descended from a motley crew of smugglers and witches, Christian was born a chime-child with a caul and grew up in a haunted medieval house by the harbourside in the Yorkshire seaside town of Scarborough.
According to folklore a caul-shrouded chime-child can't drown at sea but can see and talk to faerie folk and also has protection against spells cast by malevolent sorcerers. And yes, he was once commissioned to go on a werewolf hunt on the night of a full moon by a newspaper. Spoiler alert: he didn't find one. (Or it didn't find him.)
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