mysterious fires (or, demon possession) in Italy

Has any­one else heard about these mys­te­ri­ous cas­es of spon­ta­neous com­bus­tion in an Ital­ian vil­lage? Appar­ent­ly, things rang­ing from microwave ovens to fur­ni­ture have been burst­ing into flames for no appar­ent rea­son (even after the pow­er had been cut off). There are sci­en­tists look­ing into the mat­ter, but so far have not been able to explain this strange phenomenon…and so oth­ers have claimed that it is the work of demons, and sug­gest an exor­cism (which, of course, is always the ratio­nal response for any unex­plained phe­nom­e­na!). (Read about it at CNN.com)

4 thoughts on “mysterious fires (or, demon possession) in Italy”

  1. I’m inclined to be skep­ti­cal, giv­en the date that the arti­cle was post­ed… And although it’s sup­pos­ed­ly been going on for months, I’ve found very few men­tions of it that pre­date the April 1st piece. One of those, how­ev­er, there was a Feb. 17 report that claimed that the prob­lem had been suf­fi­cient­ly explained by sci­en­tif­ic means… some­thing to do with geo­chem­i­cal emis­sions and the town’s prox­im­i­ty to the vol­canic Eolie Islands.

  2. Wes,

    Real­ly? I had­n’t real­ly done that much research on this (although I did find an arti­cle post­ed a few months ago in a UK online newsite). You may well be right, though, that this has already been explained…although, you’d think that CNN would know that!

  3. Oh, I’m think­ing CNN knew (or could­n’t care less about the sto­ry to begin with)…but with it being April 1st and all, cer­tain “lib­er­ties” are allowed…

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