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Ever get the feeling that we live in peculiar times? Well, it seems that last year was the weirdest on record. This is according to Fortean Times, the magazine which tracks all sorts of strange phenomena-from mass hallucinations to inexplicably exploding pigs. The carefully calibrated FT Weirdness Index, published last month, shows that 1998 was 4.1 per cent weirder than 1997. Weeping statues and miracles were up, although spontaneous human combustion was down, while sightings of mystery big cats were stable.

But this is only reported weirdness which, as all stats-watchers know, is not necessarily the same as actual weirdness.…

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