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The Anomalist

September 4

The Warminster Thing is generating a lot of buzz much as it did 50 years ago when it terrified an entire town with not only odd noises but explosions and flames in the sky, dead birds and some utterly bizarre poltergeist-eque activity back in 1965. Of course, the BBC staunchly denies the accusation that they'd do such thing as edit out a genuine UFO sighting and while they're at it, they also deny having any footage of UFOs ever, "A BBC spokesperson said: "We have a lot of things in the BBC archive but no aliens or flying saucers." Talk about CYA tactics...Billy Cox takes on SETI's Seth Shostak's dirge on the lack of interesting new UFO cases to study and wants to know why Shostak isn't taking a critical look at the Aquadilla, Puerto Rico UFO encounter recorded by an actual federal agency. The case is about as well-documented as possible, and short of a UFO landing on the White House lawn is the best of the best in recent years. Cox says this is another case of whistling past the graveyard.

Is Nessie's American cousin Harry putting in appearances for the public again in Vermont's Harriman Reservoir? If so, is this many-humped gigantic creature seen surfacing the water just recently a giant sea snake? A giant eel? Or a creative attempt to stir up tourism in the area? Meanwhile, Glasgow Boy studies a graph from the Mirror that shows interest in Nessie on the rise in recent years and adds one of his own showing a steady rise in printed matter regarding the Loch Ness Monster. The graph asks, "Are we obsessie with Nessie?" and the answer seems to be a resounding "Yes!" (MB)

This article points out the very thin line between scientific fact and outrageous beliefs that have no real basis in actual science (eg., vaccines cause autism, if evolution was real, why are there still apes around?). It also introduces us to a brain-meltingly stupid use of the phrase "quantum mechanical," which we hope isn't going to become this year's "awesome." Obviously, blind faith in phenomenon that aren't scientifically proven isn't wise but sometimes the evidence gathered over years makes for a very good case, as in the much-debated practice of using physics in police investigations. Micah Hanks directs our attention to the fact that a British Group Issues Guide for Using Psychics in Police Investigations because the practice has become so commonplace not just in the UK but around the world. (MB)

September 3

This video is alarming and frightening but not because we think it's a ghost. This does not sound like any "ghost voice" we've ever heard and it's obviously a very real human speaking to this kid. Even more disturbing is what Daily Star calls, a Dad posts terrifying clip of ghoul crawling into four-year-old daughter's bed, which is the same exact story spun in a different direction. So, for their sake we hope it's a hoax because that's no ghost singing along with a toddler in the middle of the night. It reminds us of this creepy case that fascinated Reddit last year when a single mother living alone with her young daughter had a very strange experience using Sleep As Android app. The app recorded an unidentified male voice in the room with her as she slept. (MB)

This is a thoughtful essay on the subject of UFOs showing well-documented interest in our nuclear weapon capabilities over the past few decades, a phenomenon that really should be getting a lot more attention than it currently does. Taking a cue from Dr Edgar Mitchell, the author says "it is time for the political media to be responsible in investigating this important subject which impacts all other issues and is the greatest threat to the Planet we have today." Meanwhile, Micah Hanks wants to know What Was This Massive, Eerie UFO Seen Over the North Pacific? This 1988 sighting was witnessed by a number of US military officials on Johnston Island, which happens to be the launch site for ballistic missiles and was once a launch site for nuclear weapons testing. But at least one very bizarre sight in the night sky recently has an obvious rational explantion, despite its utter weirdness when a Rocket launch creates UFO-like light display of a teardrop shaped smoke ring in the sky over Florida. (MB)

September 2

UFOs: The Trail Is Stale Huffington Post
Seth Shostak of SETI joins the growing ranks of those disenchanted with the stagnant evidence pool of UFOs and alien visitation, stating that his own research has turned up the unsurprising conclusion that the bulk of important UFO cases occurred in the first half of the past 76 years since the dawn of the modern UFO era in the 1940s. Shostak thinks it's possible our alien visitors are simply done with us and have packed up their probes and left the galaxy. What the world needs is another huge UFO event, like Roswell or the Phoenix Lights or even another WOW signal to revive the whole shebang. Here's a prime example of Shostak's theory, case in point-the case of the Warminster Thing, a UFO event that took place 50 years ago when a UK town 'invaded by UFOs and eerie noises that killed flocks of birds and stopped cars'. Of course, interesting UFO cases do still emerge, as this very detailed report from NARCAP indicates when a Glider Pilot and Passenger [Had a] Close Encounter with Non-Aerodynamic Object over New York just last month. (MB)

This article gives perfectly rational and scientific explanations to explain autoscopic phenomenon, including out of body experiences or doppelganger encounters. These explanations discard the notion of an actual soul becoming temporarily separated from the human body and instead insists it's nothing more than powerful hallucinations invented by the brain. Frankly, the possibility that our brains are powerful enough to cause us to hallucinate leaving our body is even more unnerving than simply believing the soul can travel...Discussions on subjects like these lead to wondeing How Come Some People Believe in the Paranormal? Apparently, the answer lies in the way some people process things. Intuitive thinkers generally tend towards believing in things like UFOs and ghosts and other supernatural phenomena, which honestly sounds like a vaguely insulting way to say that intuitive thinkers are kinda dumb. (MB)

The boy and his father say they ran across this track on the muddy bank of a Siberian river while on a camping trip. We have only one question--why is there only a single print? The entire area is muddy and just as footprint-ready as that one spot. It appears that the golden rule of news headlines applies here. If the headline ends in a question, the answer is almost always "No.". Meanwhile, some very clever game developers have come up with an entertaining play on the most prominent feature of Bigfoot: Blurriness. In the reverse stealth game "Found Bigfootage" You are Bigfoot, so don't let anybody film you as you make your blurry way through the forest. (MB)

September 1

Unusual museums are all the rage these days. It may have started with The Museum of Jurassic Technology in Los Angeles, and certainly one of the best is the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine. Here is a profile of a relative newcomer, the Morbid Anatomy Museum. which appears to be doing quite well with its collection of curiosities. And their talks apparently draw pretty good crowds. In fact, if you are in Brooklyn on Tuesday Sept. 8, be sure to check out the talk by UK physician Ian Rubenstein: Medicine, Mediumship & Messages. Rubenstein is the author of Consulting Spirit: A Doctor's Experience with Practical Mediumship, published by Anomalist Books. (PH)

Peter Rogerson of Magonia casts a critical eye over this attempt at an "encyclopaedia" of the paranormal, edited by Matt Cardon. Such a difficult undertaking is unlikely to find universal appreciation, and Rogerson finds the work lacking in many areas. He feels it "falls on its face" due to "lack of a clear editorial direction and appreciation of what and who are important in the field". (LP)

Dream studies have been around for a long time and this item looks at the theories of Jungian therapist Tayria Ward and those of Robert Gongloff, President of the International Association for the Study of Dreams. Both believe that dreams are trying to tell us something, from hidden desires to health warnings and that there is "little separation between dreaming and waking worlds". (LP)

August 31

The geographical oddness of the peninsula seems to attract more than its fair share of ghostly activity, according to the Upper Paranormal Research Society who pursues spirits or whatever else might go bump in the night across the area. It's not only otherworldly visitors either, the ghost hunters say they've also debunked plenty of non-ghost cases as well. Debunking a haunting can be as easy as discovering the source of a water leak, as in this case of a haunted scrap metal business but when Terrified workers fear that ghost of an old lady is haunting them after 'face' appears at the window, the situation becomes a little harder to explain. But for every somewhat truly spooky ghostly mystery, there are also stories like this in which a Paranormal investigator claims he's found Elizabeth Taylor’s ghost who 'breathed on his neck' and appeared in front of him, that conjures up a laugh instead. This guy also says Vivien Leigh showed up at the same session, and anyone with even a passing knowledge of old Hollywood royalty knows those two grand dames would never, ever share the spotlight with each other even if it is on the Other Side. And lastly, Mark Russell Bell finishes up his fascinating case study on the Centrahoma Poltergeist with some Family notes and other data. (MB)

The bizarre phenomenon of unsubstantiated big cat sightings is not just an Australian or UK phenomenon, it also happens here in the United States, mostly in the southern states from Virginia all the way down to Georgia. People are quite adamant about what they've seen prowling the woods near the Appalachian trail or in backyards in North Carolina, despite experts' claims that the mountain lion simply no longer exists in the eastern US. It's become such a widely reported occurance that some have taken to calling them UFOs--unidentified furry objects...Karl Shuker explains the origin of an even more unlikely cryptid, Antlered elephants or unlikely uintatheres in Wyoming. (MB)

August 30

"Those who fail to learn from UFOlogy are doomed to repeat it", and the idiocy of disclosure fanatics has Nick Redfern at his wits end. In hopes of keeping his sanity, we want everyone to catch up with previous attempts to avoid being stupid. Again. If you really, really, really want disclosure KTRE reports Strange Lights Seen Near El Paso Are Part Of A Military Exercise. Natch. Our next story from Alejandro Rojas might ring true of disclosure as an Alleged UFO Abduction Is Commemorated With A Monument In Massachusetts. These markers can commemorate an event, but also people of historic interest who may or may not be known for tall tales. Again, not disclosure by any stretch of the imagination. On the front of serious UFO research, Rich Reynolds asks if Ecphrasis is okay for UFO study? He has some choice words for people who feel the need to be academic blowhards, rather than get down to brass tacks. (CS)

Breathe a sigh of relief, gang. It's not a case of humanity having a small talent for war, but words being put in Edgar Mitchell's mouth by The Mirror earlier this August. Lee Speigel wonders why someone would make up quotes from a disclosure proponent. Curiouser still is Jasper Hamill standing by his journalism after the (alleged) interview with Mitchell. (CS)

"What happens in Arlington, stays in Arlington", said nobody ever. A good thing since Nick Redfern's dug up some dirt on the US government's interest in ESP back in the fifties. An enterprising railroad employee made extraordinary claims to various alphabet soups, inviting them to the local Marriott for a demonstration. What William Foos didn't count on was the seriousness of the inquiry. Were his daughter's talents up to snuff? Part Two breaks down the investigation with official documents, casting light on the involved parties and the seriousness of their curiosity. (CS)

August 29

Fuelling the 24 hour myth cycle, EsoterX ponders the nature of coffee alongside the corporate appropriation of things which go bump in the night. Might this be an effort to defang our bogeymen, or ensure their cultural legacy? While regular folks aren't awake 24 hours, some jobs keep 'em up late at night and almost guarantee otherworldly encounters. With tales of the Tower of London ghosts fresh in his mind, Dr. Beachcombing returns to the topic of Sentries and Ghosts. Other times strange happenings come out of the blue, like a trail of dead birds leading Nick Redfern to ponder the connection between Birds, Death, And The Afterlife. His evocative reflection upon avian omens is peppered with links for further inquiry, along with insight from his (aptly-named) friend Raven Meindel. In lighter news, a little bird told Paul Seaburn about Joan Rivers's Haunted Penthouse Was Gutted By Its New Owner. It's an exercise in futility, since Paul discovered Joan's attempts at renovation didn't faze the resident phantom. (CS)

Ben Wade kicks off his piece with a bit of heresy, declaring "Science is fallible and should be questioned and debated by everyone". In an age of reddit-fueled scienceyness, science can do nothing wrong in the eyes of the proletariat thanks to dogmatic popularizers. In an uncertain world, certainty is a virtue and lends comfort to people. Ben can't emphasize enough that his colleagues need to not only convey facts, but the scientific method keeping the field fluid rather than static and deterministic. Charles Eisenstein found himself in a similar situation exploring the Electric Universe theory, witnessing the appeals to authority from its debunkers. Since he's not a physicist, what else could he do? Mr. Eisenstein argues The Need For Venture Science to support maverick research. No institution wants to gamble their reputation on outlandish theories, but there are plenty of millionaires and billionaires willing to flush money down the toilet for an Angry Birds clone. Why not flush it down science? Doubling back, who is Ben Wade to talk anyway? He happens to be a molecular microbiologist, and Nick Redfern gives cause for concern as he investigates some Mysterious Deaths And Microbiology. Here's hoping the cabal gives him a pass. Over at Greg Taylor's nifty blog, he's sharing Jim Al-Khalili's TED talk on Weird Quantum Effects Holding The Key To Solving Biological Mysteries, running the gamut from photosynthesis to bird navigation. (CS)

Origins Of The Trickster Beachcombing's Bizarre History Blog
From The Rebirth of Pan, to John Keel's writings, and the realm of deep myth, tricksters play a powerful role in human culture. Even cropping up in the Bible, and not as Satan! But Dr. Beachcombing wants to know who first coined the term? One of his correspondents, Bruce T, leads us through a gallery of warrens raising more questions on the genesis of tricksters. He notes Loki was a hearth god, leading this editor to ponder if tricksters are natural storytellers, challenging our assumptions and the status-quo. After all, the best tales are woven 'round a flickering fire. Even if it bears the aquarium-blue hue of television. Meanwhile, Jessilyn Justice got redpilled by Face Like The Sun asking, "Are These 27 Events in September-October Mere Coincidence?" Distancing oneself from FLTS's religious rhetoric, there are some tantalizing correspondences too good for any fortean to pass up. Or might these be more rabbit shit for us to trip over? (CS)

A Volcano In Ohio Haunted Ohio Books
Long ago in the magical Buckeye State, Copperas mountain raised quite a stir with locals fearing the peak would become the next Mount Pelée. Instead, the situation was akin to the fall of Centralia, Pennsylvania. With due diligence, our pal Chris Woodyard presents the curious history of Copperas along with other putative volcanoes reported throughout the lower forty-eight. Also catching the telluric buzz, Paul Seaburn's scouting new musical talent. An enterprising PhD candidate named Brian Garbet hopes to remix the Mysterious Windsor Hum Into A Hit Song. This is one earworm we won't welcome. (CS)

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