World in Briefs (10.23.13)
If a man told you that he dreamt about a hidden pile of gold, would you go search for it? Well, the Indian government would. Hindu village sage Yogi Swami Shobhan Sarkar says he dreamt that 1,000 tons of gold was buried under a ruined palace. He wrote the central bank describing his dream, and the state Archaeological Survey of India sent a team of archaeologists. Swami Sarkar worries for his country’s future with the current economic crisis and wishes for the government to use the money to help it recover. “It is a hidden treasure for the country,” he says. The team is planning to dig two 100-square-meter blocks besides the palace in the village of Daundia Khera. Even if the results prove disappointing, at least they took a shot at this golden opportunity.
Kristopher Wenberg is a pretty typical guy—aside from the fact that he got hit by a train and walked away. Authorities say that the 25-year-old Kansas man was reportedly walking on railroad tracks wearing headphones when a train hit him from behind. The train conductor slowed the train down and blew the horn, but Wenberg could not hear him. After the incident, Wenberg quickly got back up, called someone on his phone, and walked away. He was treated at a hospital for some cuts on his legs and shoulder. Since it is illegal to walk on railroad tracks, Wenberg is likely to be cited for the event. Considering the facts that he is a Kansas man and he walked away from being hit by a train, it is safe to assume that Wenberg is, in fact, Superman.
The ocean is a terrifying place. Sharks can smell one drop of blood in a million drops of water. Jellyfish can grow to be two meters in diameter. Oh, and the oarfish exists. One of these huge snake-like creatures appeared on the beach in the city of Oceanside, California. The 4.3 meter fish was found dead by beachgoers. Another oarfish was found on Santa Catalina island just a few days before. Social media has blown up with rumors of an earthquake, as an ancient Japanese myth relates oarfish sightings to tremors. Scientists remain skeptical about any earthquakes, but the two sightings are rather strange. The oarfish lives as deep as 1,000 meters under the sea and can grow up to 15 meters; that’s as long as a school bus (yes, it is okay to be scared). One good thing is likely to result from this event—a sequel to the hit 2006 film Snakes on a Plane called Seasnakes on the Beach. That’s a movie worthy of The Asylum.