When digging up the dirt reveals a host of skeletons

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 11 November, 1997, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 11 November, 1997, 12:00am

This month, a 4,000 year-old burial ground recently discovered on Ma Wan island will be bulldozed beneath a new housing development.

In Hong Kong, this may not have raised many eyebrows, but to many on the Internet, the SAR's attitude to its cultural inheritance is quite strange.

Tales of the odd, the outrageous or the ridiculous are the main reason many of us get on-line and they are an ideal antidote to research fatigue.

The Ma Wan story has just appeared in The Fortean Times (http:// www.forteantimes.com), listed alongside tales of headless frogs and condoms in Big Macs.

Billing itself as 'the journal of strange phenomena', Fortean Times has been chronicling the strange and the unknown for almost 25 years.

It is not all news clippings though; Fortean Times also has built a reputation for scholarly research and recent articles have covered such topics as artificial intelligence, NASA conspiracies and the identity of the next pope.

If the film Men In Black was anything to go by, the National Enquirer (http://www.nationalenquirer.com) is one of the best sources of news available.

That may be true if you are hunting aliens, but for the rest of us, the National Enquirer is a standard-bearer for all that is rank and ludicrous in journalism. Why else would it be so popular? Headlines like 'He proposes marriage just to get her kidney - then dumps her!' get the interest going in a way that property speculation leads rarely can.

The Enquirer also hosts celebrity forums, where visitors can chat and speculate over a handful of their favourite stars, and the Insider News service, which will e-mail stories, hot-off-the-press, direct to your inbox.

If you use E-mail, you probably have heard of the Darwin Awards. (http://www.officialdarwinawards.com). The Darwin Awards are given to groups or individuals who find the most ridiculous methods to remove themselves from the gene pool.

It is here that you will learn the truth behind the hospital cleaner who disconnected life-support machines to plug in her floor polisher, the Arizona driver who strapped a rocket to his car, and a host of regularly e-mailed urban legends.