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The Anomalist

May 25

With the presence of the faked you-know-what slide on the first page, this article didn't look too promising, but it actually turns out to be a nice, short rundown of the most interesting reports from the past month (although convincing isn't entirely accurate for some of these cases.) At the top of our list for this entire year would be all the weirdness going down in Russia right now that should probably be getting a little bit more attention than it is. Paul Seaburn rounds up the latest details of the high-strangeness Russians are reporting, including what sounds exactly like the plot of a sci-fi alien takeover novel: Russian Villagers Find Strange Crater and See Stranger UFO. There's also these Strange lights spotted hovering over deserted countryside [that are] sparking alien theories in Russia as well. Has the desolate Russian countryside become the hottest vacation destination for our alien neighbors? If so, why?(MB)

Several eyewitnesses including law officers come forward and talk to a local Arizona news channel about their encounters with the tall humanoid they call the "Big Hairy Man," whom they say is venturing out of his territory and into theirs much more frequently lately. Meanwhile, Week in Weird is Waving Goodbye to Bigfoot [With] An Interview With Brad Abrahams, Director of “Swan Song of the Skunk Ape”, a documentary that centers on the near-mythical comings and goings of Florida's version of the big, hairy guy. And on a slightly related note, Ancient-Origins delves into the bizarre (and possibly fictional) history of giant humans in ancient America and are convinced that The Establishment Has Already Acknowledged A Lost Race of Giants - Part 1 connected to the equally as mysterious man-made earthen mounds scattered across the United States. (MB)

May 24

No. Unless dogman is a statue. It doesn’t move. The woman who took the video claims that bigfoot and dogmen visit her property often. Which brings us to Topkapi's Mummified Crocodile Boy And America's Monkeyfied Alligator Men - A Curious Quartet Of Genuine Fakes!. Years ago Turkish archaeologists found, inside a wooden sarcophagus in a museum, the upper parts of a young boy fused to the lower half of a crocodile. WTF? Had the boy been killed and partially eaten by the crocodile? Or was the pseudo-conjoined mummy deliberately created as a sacred artefact? Karl Shuker profiles a number of other impossible monstrosities, including the Jack the Alligator Man. (PH)

Sometimes you just can't please anybody, and by that we mean both the living and the dead. Esoterx regales us with the the cautionary tale of an impudent 18th Century necromancer named John George Schrepfer of Leipzig, who managed to piss off his Duke, his secret society, and the dead. Of course, he wound up dead under suspicious circumstances. Esoterx thinks he should have stuck with coffee. Why? Read on. From necromancer to Ufological fixture, Tim Beckley is aka “Mr. UFO,” “Mr. Creepo,” among other monikers. Beckley, who has been around for a long, long time in UFO circles, has managed to infuriate the UFO upper crust while celebrating the weirdness that is all things UFO-illogical. His latest take is that the UFO intelligence is trying to communicate with us in “strange ways,” including coincidences and synchronicities. (PH)

May 23

There are several explanations for this bizarre, unidentified aerial phenomenon over Holland. Jets, sprites, hole-punch clouds, and wormholes are just a few. Who else but Paul Seaburn could scoop the internet with the niftiest snaps this side of Area 51? Leslie Kean is vying for Paul's position, sniffing out a New Video Of Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon From Chile. We're already enchanted with her use of UAP instead of UFO. CEFAA's footage, which lain under the radar since 2012, shows an odd light but the cinéma vérité doesn't do anyone any favors. Still Leslie has a bang up review of all the circumstances surrounding the sighting. Complimenting our otherworldly traffic report are dispatches from Roger Marsh and Alejandro Rojas at the venerable OpenMinds. Rog's rundown concerns a CB Alerting A Texas Trucker To Multiple Hovering UFOs verified by more than one eyewitness. Meanwhile a Refrigerator-Sized UFO Reported Hovering Near An Alabama Highway a little while ago, and Alejandro has the details of a close encounter of the second kind with burnt grass and other oddities. No word if this was a metric or imperial refrigerator. (CS)

Karri Peifer notes there's a long tradition of Virginians mistaking house cats for cougars, but in this case officials have physical proof casting doubt on the domestic moggie hypothesis. Might this be a phantom cat, or evidence of cougars returning to the Old Dominion? Further north in yankee territory, Lake Pepin Town Hopes Its Own Loch Ness Monster Draws The Curious. We're thinking the reward of $50 grand is an even bigger draw, forteana or not. If you don't believe, there's more than a few books covering Pepie's history and a face-to-face encounter by a local diver. Another book to pack on your expedition comes from Tea Krulos, and our pal Loren Coleman Reviews Monster Hunters. Monster Hunters profiles... well... monster hunters, rather than solely focusing on the elusive critters hiding at the fringes of the forests. Not to mention a ton of insight on the method to their madness, and the clues of these critters being flesh and blood rather than sheer imagination. (CS)

Some things are scarier than what a director can imagine on the silver screen. Take the curiosities collected by Peter Jordan, shared with Jim Beckerman, of some real ghosts. It seems the restless dead are more about unsettling their living roommates, than actually causing them harm, by opening doors and tossing objects across the room. If you haven't flicked on the lights, do it now 'cause Dana Matthews's shares The Creepiest Images That Hit The Web This Week. Just don't stare at the Pond Spirit Photograph too long, it even gives us the willies. (CS)

Don't sign up your little anomalists for the summer at Camp Hero, know this's a military base. Having returned through a rip in spacetime, Greg Newkirk dishes the dirt on the Montauk Monster, weird teleportation experiments, and a menagerie of aliens 'round the north end of Lawn Guyland putting Mos Eisley to shame. Just don't think too hard about the potential horrors lurking on the nearby Plum Island Animal Disease Center. (CS)

May 22

The editor in chief of the world's best known medical journal, The Lancet, and his colleagues are declaring a considerable number of published research is false. Outright lies, not simply peddling woo or sharing Before It's News links easily debunked by a golden retriever on a smartphone. For self-styled skeptics visiting The Anomalist with Do Not Follow, Arjun Walia's piece provides cites and sources with handy-dandy links for your instant gratification. This isn't the first time where 'publish or perish' proves to be a liability, rather than an asset. If Dr. Richard Horton can't trust science, What Is Really Real? This philosophical question has been haunting academia since the dawn of quantum theory, and Zeeya Merali has a rundown of the latest experiments to challenge the veracity of parallel worlds, the ambiguity of wavefunctions, and even deeper mysteries 'neath the surface. Still with us? Ben Goertzel takes a moment to confess How He Came To Accept The Paranormal. Was it a vision of his sainted grandmother? Tripping on DMT? Alien abduction? Thanks for playing, but the answer lay in the data. The courage to investigate outré topics opened his eyes to new possibilities, and evidence of something bigger and stranger happening under our noses. (CS)

Addressing the intersection of superstition and the abduction phenomenon is one of, if not the most, respected forteans writing today. Theo Paijmans isn't looking at the usual correspondence between fairies and greys, but the profound impact of slavery writ large in African-American culture and its comcomitant legends and lore. Accounts of black people encountering the night doctors have basis in fact, drawing a terrifying parallel with the contemporary alien abductions beginning with Betty and Barney Hill. Did these legends influence the Hills's recollection of September 19th, 1961? Be forewarned, Theo pulls no punches! (CS)

Colony collapse disorder has nothing on the sudden extinction event looming over Central Asia's saiga. Disease and pollution from the nearby Baikonur space complex are among the usual suspects, but Mark Baker and Merhat Sharipzhan aren't able to find a consensus among experts. Further from home, a Small Human And Prehistoric Creature Spotted on Mars by Paul Seaburn just the other day. This may be another case of pareidolia, but these shots gotta be seen to be believed. Less ambiguous is Glasgow Boy trumpeting a Sonar Hit Of Nessie. Even if this anomaly ain't the big girl, it's gonna give her a run for the money. (CS)

Internet veterans know the drill, "When you see it..." Dana Matthews presents one of the eeriest images this side of the veil, saving us the trouble of squinting and questioning OP's moral character. Extra cool, she tweaks the image's levels to enhance our paranormal experience. With a retread of 1982's Poltergeist opening today, Scott Hallam explores the Historical Origins Of The Poltergeist. Recorded accounts of noisy ghosts go back to 94 C.E., and Scott's found a few more spookological gems like the Bell Witch and the infamous Epworth Rectory haunting. Saving the best for last, Nick Redfern introduces us to the unholy hybrid of a vampire, ghoul, and zombie with the admonition to Beware The Deadly Aswang! Nobody in their right mind would want to meet these female filipino phantoms in a dark alleyway, regardless of how much baby flesh they have on hand to sate their appetites. (CS)

May 21

If Adam Dew et al thought they had come up with something new in Mexico, they were mistaken. Theo Paijmans writes of a similar case that caused a stir in France in 1864—a four-foot mummified corpse claimed to be from another world. Like its recent counterpart, however, it was exposed for the hooey it really was. And staying with theme of the "Roswell Slides" debacle, Fake News and Lazy Journalism is critiqued by Andrew May. Among other cases, he cites two UK tabloids who trotted out the slides story as the real deal without checking their facts.(LP)

This cautionary tale illustrates a much-studied area of psychological research, in which witnesses recall events with apparent clarity, yet are found to have unwittingly created a different version. In this case, surveillance images showed that a police officer neither shot dead a fleeing suspect, nor shot him after he was handcuffed, contrary to the detailed recollections of two eyewitnesses. Research has shown that around 36% of witnesses "found ways to plug holes" in their memories of traumatic events. Now, if that doesn’t give you a sinking felling, this might: Woman Still Sea-Sick Three Years After Norwegian Cruise. Hoping for an introduction to cruising, this poor lady got more than she bargained for. Mal-de-mer set in during her voyage and has never left her. Disgracefully brushed off by her doctor as a "funny lady,” she has since been diagnosed with a rare condition that leaves her almost permanently staggering about with motion sickness. (LP)

Beware of the Bunny Man! Mysterious Universe
If you thought that a large white rabbit was a cute guide to Wonderland, think again. Brent Swancer ponders the alleged recurring appearance of the "Bunny Man,” whose gory antics have been reported for over a century in Virginia. Urban myth or something more sinister, perhaps. Moving up north, In the Psychic Town of Lily Dale, New York, The Veil Between Life and Death is Especially Thin, and you can check into a (haunted) hotel there and spend time consulting an entire town of psychics. And if you don't get what you were promised, you can ask for a refund. Maussan and Dew please take note.(LP)

It's always intriguing to hear that creatures long thought extinct have survived. Protulophila is a "living fossil" known of from the Jurassic period, though we won't see it stomping across the landscape in a reign of terror—it's microscopic and lives quietly underwater in "the chalky tubes of marine worms.” Scientists now intend to sample it for gene sequencing. (LP)

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May 20

Pilot Andy Danzinger says he saw a UFO back in 1989, and once again recounts the details of his close encounter with the giant glowing ball of light that kept pace with the turboprop plane as it flew over Kansas. His story rings true, and pilots are among that highly trusted group of eyewitnesses that set the gold standard for UFO sightings, along with police officers and astronauts. Meanwhile, we'd really like to know what is going on in Siberia lately what with all the mysterious holes, crop circles, and now yet another Strange UFO Spotted Over Siberian UFO Hotspot. This array of lights reminds us of a typical triangle-shaped UFO and also a bit like the Phoenix Lights. The official explanation floating around on Russian media is that it's a rocket separation, which, as you can see, looks absolutely nothing like lights perfectly aligned in the sky. (MB)

Ghostly girl Trece may just be the best haunted house employee in history because she's allegedly an actual ghost roaming the halls of the 13th Floor. Both employees and visitors have reported run-ins with a little girl who appears so real that she's sometimes mentioned as the favorite feature of the haunted house. Of course, this sounds like a whole bunch of publicity-gathering, but the owners claim that the ghostly activity is real and indeed when the Kens 5 news did a report from the location, a couple of unexplained things happened that spooked them. Then again, that's exactly the point of a haunted house...This week marks the 1536 anniversary of the beheading of the unfortunate Ann Boleyn, and it seems only proper that Chris Woodyard would share examples of An Indignant Anne Boleyn Defend[ing] Her Honor from Beyond the Grave via 19th century mediums. Understandably, she's still a tad upset five centuries later. (MB)

In a very creepy, shudder-inducing follow up to yesterday's story about angel hair/spiderwebs in Australia, here's some photos documenting the whole terrible incident. Bravo to the brave souls who ventured out into that alien landscape to take photos. (MB)

Thanks to Henry May, we can all watch the entire thing from the comfort of our living rooms. This is a must-watch. (MB)

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