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Inferno 1883 News
'THE PROTECTOR' CULT RISES IN FRANCE
A new cult following a being known as 'The Protector' has arisen among our
neighbours across the Channel. This divinity had been lost to human memory,
apparently, but was recently rediscovered and has now returned to shield
the French people. He is accompanied and assisted by three Avatars,
according to the legend, and many superstitious French folk are claiming
that their Emperor, his consort, and leading scientist Tallow Directrix are
these Avatars in human form.
TYLER THE NEW MESSIAH?
Thousands of people gathered at Stonehenge last week for what was perhaps
the most momentous religious gathering for the Christian faith since the
Sermon on the Mount. Jonathan Tyler, somehow clearly audible and visible
through the swirling black mist, talked not of Ragnarok but of the Rapture,
and of the spiritual crossroads facing humanity. He claimed to carry God's
message to his people, to guide them through this difficult time as was
promised. Many who were not there on that day have dismissed him as a false
prophet, another religious con man taking advantage of the current
situation, but I was there, and I swear that the presence of this man was
awesome, and that as he spoke a golden halo blazed out around his head.
There were miraculous healings and demonic entities were torn from the
skies in bolts of flame. I have never seen its like, and I know that I
never will again.
DONAVELLI FINDS HIS MISSION
Italian politician Giacomo Donavelli has returned from a month in the
Sahara Desert bearing a book of prophecy and telling of the rise of an
assortment of ancient African gods. Thanks to a missionary tour he has
undertaken, worship of these beings has taken off throughout North Africa,
particularly in Libya. Christianity and Islam have both been set back
considerably, the former now barely existing in the continent of Africa.
QUEEN SETS THE TONE
The drastic changes in the nature of our world have left many people
confused and frightened. Not so Queen Victoria. Under the guidance of the
newly appointed special advisor on the 'new world', head of the British
Museum Augustus Egarts, she has assured her subjects that Britain will
continue to flourish in the new conditions.
>From 'How Do You Do?' magazine: ROMANCE OF THE DECADE?
Good news for romantics from Russia, where we hear love is blossoming in
the Russian court. Karl Davchenko seems to be getting over his shyness, and
is rumoured to now be actively courting the lovely Grand Duchess Anastasia.
Where this leaves Count Korensky, who was previously said to have his eyes
on the Tsar's daughter, we cannot say, but perhaps he has been persuaded to
step aside for the better man. If rumours are to believed, an engagement
could be announced before the spring.
IS IT JUST ME OR IS IT DARK IN HERE?
Unusual weather conditions have cloaked the globe in darkness. Thick fogs
seem to cover much of the world, creating difficulties in communication and
transportation. Weather experts say they have little idea what has caused
these unusual conditions, but confidently predict that the fog will have
dispersed by the weekend.
POPE SLAMS CULTS, FRENCH, ANNABELLA
In his annual Easter address, Pope Pius XI laid heavily into the false
cults which have sprung up in such numbers around Europe. He reminded the
faithful of the passage in Matthew predicting the coming of "false Christs,
and false prophets" in the last days before Judgement, and urged a return
to the true Church. He singled out France, whose current ruler had toppled
a God-anointed Emperor and now sought to turn himself into a deity. Emperor
Joffre's consort, the former Princess Annabella of Liechtenstein, came in
for the strongest words, though: the Pope saw the passage in Revelations
describing the appearance of a woman "arrayed in purple and scarlet colour,
and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in
her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication: and upon
her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, MOTHER OF
HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH" as being particularly significant in
this context. He predicted that the hand of divine wrath would shortly fall
Even with the world in its present state, people have not stopped turning
to games to escape from their humdrum existence. Doubts over Technology:
The Gubbins's future were grounded last week after a hugely successful
tournament in London, in which prizes were awarded by the stunning
Elizabeth Siddal, once again displaying her talent for rocking the fashion
world with her new 'Gothique' image.
INTERNATIONAL GANG OF THIEVES STRIKE AT FACTORIES
Disturbing news of a crime wave hitting factories all around the world has
reached us. During the New Year break thieves entered many large factories
and removed stocks of raw material and newly created items. They seem to
have struck around the world, concentrating almost exclusively on new,
DISASTER ROCKS PARIS
The centre of Paris was devastated by a series of huge explosions on
Bastille Day, with a number of important buildings slumping into the ground
and many thousands of people killed. Witnesses claimed that the odour of
sulphur and brimstone hung all about, and that they glimpsed fiery
underground caverns, but this is being put down to the excitable French
nature. As a result of this tragedy, France has turned back towards
Christianity in a big way.
>From the US local newspaper 'Roswell Review':
QUAKE, RATTLE AND ROLL
Residents were still being treated for shock today, after an inexplicable
localized earthquake struck the region late last night. The only major
damage seems to have been to a large government installation on the
outskirts of the town, which some residents claim they saw literally
swallowed up by the earth. Scientists are still at a loss to explain the
ARMIES AND POLICE SUFFER FROM DESERTIONS
There has been an outbreak of desertion from the ranks of the police and
armed forces in Britain and abroad. The desertions seem to have been timed
to coincide with the arrival of the strange weather on New Year's Eve last
year. Officials have been keeping quiet on whether there was some kind of
conspiracy behind the disappearances, but one unnamed source was heard to
say 'It was as if the men just vanished overnight.'
BAGGIO PUBLISHES 'REVELATIONS'
Noted theologian Cardinal Gino Baggio has published a new book. It explains
that the event known popularly as Ragnarok was not the end of the world, as
foolish pagans suggest, but that it was a sign that the Last Days are upon
us and that we will shortly face divine judgement and must prepare our
souls with thorough repentance. This book, together with the disaster at
Paris, has been responsible for a huge wave of return to Catholicism
HOUDINI SPILLS THE BEANS
Harry Houdini, who has baffled audiences throughout Europe with his amazing
escapes during live performances, has revealed how he accomplished one of
his earlier tricks, in which he escaped from a sealed milk churn filled
with water. Many people have tried to follow this up by explaining some of
his later tricks, but they still seem to defy explanation. Will we have to
wait for Houdini to reveal them himself, or can someone work them out
first? Certainly people seem keen to try.
UNDERWATER KILLER STRIKES?
A British cargo vessel trading in South African waters was sunk by what
survivors swear must have been some sort of submersible warship.
FOG WILL CLEAR 'ANY DAY NOW' SAY WEATHERMEN
The black fog has remained, and continues to cause problems for the world
as a whole. Weathermen are still unsure as to what has caused it, but say
that it is unlikely to continue for much longer.
RUSSIA IN TURMOIL - REVOLUTION DECLARED AT ENGAGEMENT PARTY
The international community is reeling from news that has just come out of
Russia. It should have been the social event of the year - the announcement
of the engagement of Count Karl Davchenko, to Grand Duchess Anastasia.
However, General Davchenko had an entirely different announcement to make.
He made the following speech: "My dear Comrades, we are gathered here
tonight to witness a truly historic event which shall secure the prosperity
of our country for all time. Today at the stroke of midnight I shall fulfil
my life's work for at this moment it is my great pleasure to announce the
convening of the People's Revolutionary Government which marks the
beginning of the Dictatorship of the Proletariat. For reasons of national
security I am now obliged to place you all under military arrest. Anyone
who attempts to leave the building will be shot. Workers of the world
unite, we have nothing to lose but our chains."
It took time for the consequences for this announcement to be fully
understood, but with the traitor Davchenko having an iron grip on the
armies of Russia, he was soon able to seize control. The fate of the Tsar
and his family is as yet unknown, but Russia no longer exists as it once
DI TRIORA PROGRAMME BACK ON TRACK
Florentine stateswoman Ariadne di Triora has resumed control of the social
programme which bears her name, and is now operating her enlightened
policies throughout Italy, with the cooperation of the Pope and President
Garibaldi. At this rate it will surely not be long before the Italians are
almost as fortunate as British citizens in their welfare, legal and
NEW WORLD ORDER FORMED BY MOLTKE
Senor De Moltke continues to show himself to be a man of ideals and a
citizen of the world. His New World Order League will break down the
boundaries between all nations in a joint drive to return the planet to
normality: its representatives include PM Mey of Britain, Empress Annabella
of France, Herr Rudolf von Moltke of Prussia, and Senator Bruckheimer.
Under Senor Moltke's inspired chairmanship taxes have been raised across
the globe to fund what will surely be speedy relief of the problems
currently besetting the human race.
'WILD' PARTIES TO COME TO LONDON
It seems that the unusual weather conditions are affecting more than our
ability to see. Some irresponsible sorts seem to take it as evidence of
'the end of the world' and see this as an excuse to forget their
responsibilities, and to 'party until we drop'. A recent announcement was
found all over London that read "If your life seems to be in a fog, if the
world seems to be a darker and more scary place, then enter the streets of
London and party! Live hard, die young and be as beautiful and free as you
can be." Some seem to have taken to heart these irresponsible suggestions,
and several large parties have broken out in the capital. The unpleasant
individuals involved have even gone as far as breaking the law - raiding
clubs and pubs for more 'fuel' for their 'celebration'. Instances of drug
abuse have also been reported. We at The Times cannot condemn this attitude
strongly enough - the world may, indeed, seem a little peculiar at the
moment, but this is no excuse for frivolity. We must always remember that
above all else we are British, and that demands certain standards of
decorum and behaviour whatever the weather.
ODINSSON PLAYS DOWN RAGNAROK
The Odinsson and his devout followers have been touring major cities in
Europe, preaching to the masses about Ragnarok and stressing that there is
still hope for humanity, and that fate can be altered. However, some see
this as a sign of weakness in the prophet, who previously seemed so certain
that Ragnarok would be the end of the world. Certainly his efforts have not
been helped by the black mist, which has made it increasingly difficult for
prominent figures to address large crowds in recent months.
SHAH BITES THE DUST
The Shah of Baghdad has been murdered by one of his own palace guards and
is succeeded by his son, who is co-incidentally fortunate enough to be the
son-in-law of the great statesman Senor Juan Fernandez de Moltke. His young
wife Juanita Evita is reported to be making great progress with her
TENNYSON PULLS IT OFF
Thanks to Alfred, Lord Tennyson's persistence, and a certain amount of
political nous, the Lobotteries (Banning) Act is now law. The people of
Britain can lay their heads easy on the pillow at night once more!
BRAIN FEVER STRIKES LONDON
Hospitals and asylums throughout London were once again in turmoil last
night after another strike from the serial killer dubbed 'Lobotomy Jack'.
Five nurses and psychiatric patients were found with their skulls torn open
and their brains missing. Some people believe the killer's perverted
behaviour is due to rumours of the National Lobottery in recent years.
THEY'RE SO CUDDLY!
A range of fluffy toys modelled on some of the more terrifying of the
demonic 'entities' currently ravaging the planet has enjoyed moderate
commercial success in the cities of Europe.
THE SHOW GOES ON
Impresario Beerbohm Tree has vowed not to let the current situation affect
the theatre-going public's enjoyment, and is keeping all his halls open.
This year he presented Ibsen's new play 'When We Dead Awaken' to mixed
reviews, and also revived his popular staging of 'A Midsummer Night's
RED MENACE SPREADS TO PRUSSIA
Taking its cue from the successful revolution in Russia, a Bolshevik
uprising in Prussia took control of several outlying areas but was
eventually crushed by the Kaiser's superior forces. The discovery that the
Bolshevik leaders were worshippers of the pagan Norse religion and taking
their orders directly from Iceland has caused the Kaiser to withdraw
support for the Norse Gods from the Prussian state religion, returning
instead to a more mainstream brand of Christianity.
CORRUPTION RIFE IN SOUTH AFRICA
An investigation by the Dutch authorities in South Africa has uncovered
evidence of massive corruption among the bureaucrats of their far-flung and
long-neglected colony. A new broom has been promised, to sweep the whole
structure of government clean.
FRANCE SKINS ARABS
Marshal Joffre's military incursion into the Middle East has met with
little resistance. The Arab peoples have called upon Senor de Moltke to
save them from the plundering rapacity of the mad French Emperor.
GRAND DUCHESS ANASTASIA REAPPEARS AFTER REVOLUTION
The Grand Duchess Anastasia has reappeared after the momentous events in
Russia. It seems she has been sheltering in Britain, but now is visiting
her relatives and important heads of states around Europe, presumably to
brief them on the Russian situation, and organise some attempt at a
PRUSSIA CONDEMNS PAGANS
Count Charles Piontkowski has led a moral crusade on behalf of the Kaiser
to unite god-fearing Christendom against the pagan Norse. The Kaiser spoke
to the assembled religious heads of Europe as follows: 'We consider the
recent Bolshevik uprising to be the work not only of those poor misguided
fools, but also of the insidious prophet Odinsson and his followers the
Asatru. The Norse religion is herewith outlawed within all the lands of the
Prussian crown and all its followers are to be hunted down as the criminals
they are and executed. Any allied with them will be dealt with in a similar
fashion. I call upon all good people, not only the subjects of the Prussian
Empire, but also of all the Northern Alliance countries and the lands of
the South to deal with these fiends in a similar fashion.'
WATER, WATER EVERYWHERE
Public-spirited scientist Ariadne Digitalis has added more water filters to
London's supply, and also set up similar systems in Vienna, Paris, Antwerp
and Bern. Thanks to her efforts, cholera may be a thing of the past in
London before this generation is out. She has also established a stall in
Trafalgar Square to hand out an antidote to the drug, known as Substance D,
which is such a problem among the poor of the city.
INSOMNIA PLAGUES EUROPE
Citizens throughout Europe are finding it increasingly difficult to sleep
in the half-light that seems to permeate both day and night in this strange
new environment. The almost uniform illumination, seemingly independent of
the presence of the Sun or Moon, has been playing havoc with people's
natural sleep patterns and causing widespread exhaustion and irascibility.
PIONTKOWSKI GETS THE BOOT
Count Charles Piontkowski has been removed from his prominent role in
Prussian politics after he misguidedly attempted to talk the Kaiser into
concessions for the Odinsson and his followers amongst the Prussian nation.
The Kaiser proved he was not a man to be manipulated by politicians by
exiling the Count on pain of the same execution reserved for any other
Odinsson sympathiser found on Prussian soil. It is believed that
Piontkowski may have also put in a good word for the 'foul practitioners of
witchcraft' who are the secondary targets of the Kaiser's purge, though why
such a lofty personage should have jeopardised his political career for
such undesirables is quite unknown.
'ENTITIES' A REAL MENACE?
Worrying developments in France, where reliable accounts confirm that at
least some of the demonic entities roaming the land are capable of
manipulating and interacting with physical objects. What guarantees can the
government offer us that these creatures will not soon decide that it is
their role to supersede the human race?
GRAND DUCHESS GIVEN SHORT SHRIFT BY RELATIVES
Grand Duchess Anastasia has been thrown out of several heads of states
around Europe. She has recently been visiting numerous relatives amongst
the heads of state around Europe, but has on each occasion been given only
a brief audience. It seems far from wishing to organise an attempt to place
the Tsar back on the throne of Russia, she has been giving pro-Communist
propaganda! Heads of state are said to be shocked that she should have
turned her back on her upbringing, and betrayed her family by accepting the
new order that has removed her father from power. Some have even gone so
far as to say she has been brain-washed by Davchenko, and that she is no
longer in her right mind.
SEND THEM VICTOR-IOUS
The British Army is now the proud owner of three mighty land fortresses,
designed and constructed by Professor Hugo Victor. Look out Johnny
CLOCKS LOSE THEIR GRIP
Public transport has become increasingly unreliable recently due to
problems experienced with clocks over recent weeks. Even once reliable
timepieces seem to be giving inaccurate and inconsistent readings.
Scientists are blaming the effect on the black mist, claiming that it
damages the delicate clockwork in the devices. Whatever the problem is, it
seems set to become even more troublesome as time goes on.
FRANZ JOSEF SLATED BY PRESS
The Austrian royal family has had a hard time in the press recently - a
series of damning exposes has revealed how the ineffectual Emperor would
have been all but useless in the European political forum had it not been
for the tireless efforts of the great reformer Friedrich von Ardsburg to
keep the nation afloat.
GRAND DUCHESS JOINS THE PARTY
More worrying news from Russia, where the former Grand Duchess Anastasia
has returned to her home country to a blaze of publicity. She gave the
following statement to the press: "I have done my best to learn all I can
about Communism, and can see that this is a great opportunity for the
people of Russia. I am returning to do my part to ensure that this 'brave
new world' lives up to all the hopes and dreams that have been invested in
it. All births are painful, no doubt the transition will be difficult, but
I intend to join the rest of the Russian people in their work to make sure
that none suffers." It was later revealed that she has joined the Communist
Party, although this move has apparently not been popular with many. One
insider said "What does she know of the needs of the people? Having lived a
life of luxury it's an insult to all that she thinks she can just walk in
here and start working with us. Let her go and work on a farm for twenty
years, then maybe she'll understand enough to do some real good."
International observers are still confused about Anastasia's apparent rapid
change of affiliation - some even being so bold as to suggest that she
plotted with her lover Karl in order to overthrow her father and seize
power for herself. It has also been announced that Anastasia is shortly to
MEDICI BANK BACKS TECHNOLOGY
Florence's prestigious Medici Bank is to commence a programme of investment
in new technology and innovation, announced director Lady Apollonia earlier
BRITAIN STEPS IN TO BAIL OUT SOUTH AFRICA
Following evidence of massive corruption in the Dutch government in South
Africa, British troops have stepped in to maintain order in the colony. A
provisional government headed by Gottfried Dammerung has been established
in the interests of the local people, and many high up officials in the
previous government have been arrested and held by British troops. Some of
the corruption was even uncovered by a Dutch investigation, but this has
been dismissed as 'too little, too late' by Mr Dammerung. It still remains
to be seen whether the Dutch will launch a full scale counter-offensive to
regain control of their colony.
TAMERLANE ROUSES BARBARIANS
The Mongol Horde appears to have arisen once again, with Comrade
Davchenko's blessing and patronage. Led by a warlord calling himself
Tamerlane Khan, boasting hundreds of demonic entities amongst their ranks
and gathering more wherever they travel, the Horde has re-established
itself in a bloody baptism and in its westward march looks set to meet
Marshal Joffre on the borderlands of Europe and Asia.
EX-GRAND DUCHESS'S EFFORTS NOT APPRECIATED BY THE PEOPLE
The former Grand Duchess Anastasia has been attempting to improve her image
with the people, and 'educate' them in the ways of Communism. However, she
has become an unpopular figure within the serf communities, as she is seen
to have betrayed her father. It seems her previous work, apparently aimed
at popularising the Tsar with the serfs, has now backfired, as those serfs
loyal to the Tsar now hold Anastasia in contempt for bringing about his
downfall. Many have been heard to say that she will be damned eternally for
betraying her father the way she has.
FRENCH BARREL IN
In a noteworthy example of cross-Channel cooperation, French scientist
Tallow Directrix has lent his artillery expertise to design a range of
ship- and airship-mounted guns for the British armed forces.
BOLSHEVIKS TOLERATE CHRISTIANITY
A Communal Church has been established in Russia, allowing freedom of
worship to all, it is said including demonic entities, who are not Pagan.
MATHEN ENTERPRISES SUFFERS AT THE HANDS OF COMMUNISM
The Mathen set of companies has suffered considerable financial loss this
year, as a direct result of the Communist revolution in Russia. Mathen is
believed to have been investing heavily in Russia in recent years, and now
has found that all Russian accepts have been nationalised, without
compensation. Whether this will rock the financial leviathan of the Mathen
group remains to be seen, but such a loos on investments much be causing
FINANCIAL CHAOS IN RUSSIA
Many investors have suffered badly from the nationalisation of all Russian
industry. The common man on the other hand is already benefiting from
initiatives such as General Davchenko's massive 'Campaign Against The
LAUNCH OF MATHENCARDS COULD BRING FINANCIAL REVOLUTION
Minotaur Commodities have announced the launch of the MathenCard, a
proposed aid for those who don't like to carry a large amount of money with
them. The card will be used to register a transaction with a company, the
money being paid at a later date via a central clearing company. Several
large banks have signed up to the scheme, but others wait to see whether
the new technology can stand the strains of the financial world, before
investing in it.
SAINT STEPS IN
Saint Cawrdav joined battle in the snowy northern wastes against the
demonic army, although he stayed aloof from the pagan forces, preferring to
fight his own fight. Although Cawrdav was one of the most impressive
figures to take the field that day, the odds were too heavily against him
and he was pushed back in parallel with the armies of Valhalla.
MAGEFIGHTER LAUNCH ENDS IN MISERY
The launch of a new form of entertainment in London ended in confusion
yesterday. 'MageFighter' promised to be a great step forward in
'interactive' entertainment, apparently allowing contestants to duel
without having to hurt each other. A great structure containing the
technology required to make this possible had been constructed in London,
and packed crowd waited to watch the first ever round of 'MageFighter'. We
were informed that the two contestants - lightly drugged in order to be
able to interact with the machinery - would control two 'illusory' wizards
who would fight it out. However, when the contestants took their place we
were surprised to see them suddenly float up into the air, and vanish into
the machinery. The two 'wizards' then appeared, and began to duel -
throwing magical spells at each other. This caused great excitement in the
crowds, however some were concerned at the apparent pain and injury the
contestants inflicted on each other. With time a clear victor emerged, and
the defeated mage collapsed. The winning contestant re-emerged from the
machine, taking his place back on his chair, but of the vanquished there
was no sign. I am informed he has yet to re-emerge from the machine, and
concern for him is growing. MageFighter has been shut down until further
BRITAIN TAKES LEAD INTO SPACE
Prince Albert has set up the Society for the Conquest, Research and
Exploration of Worlds Unknown in London, to patronise human expansions to
the stars and beyond.
>From 'How Do You Do?' magazine:
LIZZIE LAUNCHES NEW 'GOTHIQUE' LOOK
Yes, black is very much in this year! The fog looks like it's here to stay,
the sun doesn't seem to want to shine, so why not embrace the drab tones,
and go out all in black? This is the message of Elizabeth Siddal, who is
being seen around town with a wonderfully wicked new look. Black flowing
clothes, topped off with unusual make-up - black nail varnish, and
red-tinted eyes. It looks like this could catch and be the fashion wave of
MATHEN FACTORIES HIT BY TERRORISTS
More problems for Mathen Enterprises, as a number of the new M5 factories
have been hit by terrorists. In France and England unknown attackers have
lain dynamite within the factories, doing enough damage to halt production
for many months, and requiring extremely expensive repairs to be made to
the machinery. On top of the robberies earlier in the year, it seems
someone has it in for the Mathen group.
MISSIONARIES SAY NO TO FETISH EDICT
British missionaries to darkest Africa were up in arms as orders from above
commanded them to promote the worship of any native devil gods willing to
fight against non-indigenous spiritual beings.
ELIZABETH SIDDAL WINS PLAFOND TOURNAMENT
Elizabeth Siddal, partnered by the previously unknown Gottfried Dammerung,
has won the Plafond tournament in the newly established Plafond club in
London. The competition was close, but Miss Siddal showed considerable
talent and skill to eventually win through.
PRINCE CONSORT SHOWS HIS CHARACTER
Prince Albert has been one of the few European leaders to make a concerted
effort to reassure his people in the face of the grotesque crisis that has
afflicted the world this year. Although it was hard for some to put on a
brave face after all they had suffered, the tremulous voices of Britain
were united in their adoration for the charismatic Prince Consort, and we
can be sure that stiff upper lips of the doughty Britons will be the last
things to falter no matter what the future may have in store.
FRANZ LISZT GOES MAD
The once great composer Liszt has been struck down by insanity. Having
withdrawn from life to take Holy Orders some years ago, he had been living
a sheltered existence for some time. However he recently set forth from his
monastery to preach that "Lilith has returned and is amongst us - the Queen
of demons is here, and wishes to draw me into hell." He is also said to
claim that it was a sinful affair with Lilith that forced him to take holy
orders and repent, but after 'the darkness came to the world' she had drawn
strength, and returned to him. Eventually other monks came from the
Monastery, and persuaded him to return and rest in his cell.
GREMLINS, PIXIES, SPRITES? 'RUBBISH,' SAY SCIENTISTS
Scientists have hit back at the 'ridiculous' claims that since the arrival
of the black fog the world has been infested with small gremlin-like
creatures. "This is dark-age talk," said Sir Marmaduke Fossett of the Royal
Society, "Modern science has entirely done away with these foolish beliefs
- just because there is all this fog around people are starting to imagine
things and are jumping at shadows." Unfortunately the next day Sir
Marmaduke was found dead in his office, with his spleen stretched across
his head like a swimming hat. Police are baffled by this bizarre murder.
MIRROR, MIRROR, ON THE WALL
Scientists report a newly discovered optical property - mirrors are, it
seems, a lot more complex than was previously thought. "The image seen in a
mirror seems to be somewhat dependent on situation, and not merely what is
directly front of it" stated one scientist involved in the research.