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January 20

Here is an outstandingly weird tale of a September 1989 series of paranormal encounters on the sandy Atlantic shores of Conil de la Frontera in the Spanish province of Cadiz. The shape-shifting beings headlining the well-told tale are only the central focus of a grab-bag of strange sights and stranger doings, and we can't wait for Red Pill Junkie's Part 2. In a follow-up to a September 26, 2016 Daily Star story, we are informed that a British UFO Hunter Demands a 'Scientific Inquiry' into Police Footage of a Mysterious Black Object Flying over the Bristol Channel. UFO Truth Magazine editor Gary Heseltine wants more information about a September 24th sighting by Britain's National Police Air Service which included seven minutes of IR video. Trouble is, only about 75 seconds of the video, showing something like a balloon or a sky lantern but flying against the wind, were made available. The earlier Daily Star post is at 'Invisible' UFO over UK Revealed by Police Thermal Cameras in Shock Footage. (WM)

There's a house in a Bellaire, Ohio, neighborhood that seems fairly nondescript if you don't take into account the phantoms at the windows, the abandoned mine and native burial ground the house is built upon, the human remains in the basement, and its nearly dozen portals to the other side. Strangely enough it's still not ranked among the most haunted places in the world. Dana Matthews is looking to change that, reporting on her own experiences at the Bellaire house and urging ghost hunters to ensure they never overlook an innocuous haunted location in favor of a more publicized spook show. Equal opportunity for all terrifying experiences, that's our motto. Next up, Dana tells our readers, I Spent the Night Investigating Niagara’s Haunted Fort George and Captured Ghostly Soldiers on Camera. Included with this report is a frame from the video taken showing what appears to be a ghostly soldier staring out from a window at the Fort--no doubt to make sure all investigators were not overstaying their welcomes. But what if a spectral visitor is not so much a ghost as a harbinger of what is to come? A Look Into The Realm Of Ghostly Forerunners. Melissa Dawn recounts the story of a young woman for whom the deaths of family members were foreshadowed in the strangest of ways--yet still she was left helpless to prevent tragedy. (CM)

In what is both good and strange news, a witness in China snapped a photo of a creature that was believed to only exist in Chinese mythology. The Qilin was purported to be a gentle creature, both deer and horse combined into the body of one beautiful, peaceful anomaly. The current political state of the area makes further investigation unlikely at this present time, unfortunately. (Did anyone else think "drone" right away?) And while we're on the topic of politically unfriendly cryptid hotspots, The Biggest Yeti Of All? is Nick Redfern's review of On the Track of Unknown Animals by Bernard Heuvelmans, focusing on the Himalayas in Tibet where at least 3 species of yetis are said to exist. The largest of the three is called Nyalmo, and may range in height from 4-to-5 meters. It also has an appetite for human flesh, so there is very little chance that we're going to go about actively trying to meet one. (CM)

Stan Gordon's UFO Anomalies Zone -- Stan Gordon Veteran paranormal researcher Stan Gordon provides a rundown of some of the more outstanding reports the Keystone State has provided this past year. We found Stan's tales of hairy humanoids with glowing red eyes particularly creepy. So we were pleased to hear that a New 'Mothman' Documentary Recounts Actual Events in the 1960's. Sounds like a Kickstarter campaign may be needed to help move the film through post-production. John Keel wasn't mentioned in the short article, so we'll remedy that with Special Cases – The Long Island File (22): “She Needs Thy Help”. Blog guardian Doug Skinner surely seems correct in relating the latest weirdness as "more like classic channeling than hoaxing to me, but, as always, it's a 'confusing situation.'" Aliens infiltrating Montessori schools, however, sounds more like a hoax story. (WM)

Damon Simms writes of his Staffordshire friend, Tina and her nocturnal visits from a ghostly "female with no distinguishing features and transparent looking" who surprisingly didn't frighten her. Meanwhile further north we go from a Grey Lady to a Woman in White in this piece which tells us of a Death Angel in Lancashire, allegedly seen by spiritualist Mrs. Ellen Green, whenever the death of a loved one was imminent. (LP)

January 19

Central Intelligence Agency records of UFO sightings and from the Stargate Project, which used remote viewers to collect intelligence, are among around 13 million pages of declassified documents now released online, after a November promise by the CIA to do so. Actually, much information had been available since the mid-1990s, but in a scenario reminiscent of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy's plans for a Vogon hyperspace bypass, it wasn't actually convenient to access. However, legal efforts since mid-2014 and on-site, Kickstarter-supported work by journalist Mike Best since then forced the CIA's hand to open the files online, rather sooner than the 28 years the agency had originally forecast it would take. Information once accessible only to a relative few dedicated researchers is now open to the larger ufological community. Other "plums" include records of psychic testing of Uri Geller in 1973, and several sure-fire recipes for invisible ink! (WM)

For those among us who love the willy inducing cries of what we hope is Sasquatch, link on over to this post for your fix of screams and mutterings. And, yes, we completely understand the conflict of suspecting something we are listening to is less than authentic, and desperately wanting it to be real at the same time. Enjoy your serving of cognitive dissonance. (You're welcome.) If you still haven't had enough, come along On the Trail of Bigfoot in North Dakota where an Ellendale Man Believes Huge Footprints Belong to Bigfoot. The activity in question occurred in late December, with the witness tracking something with a 4-foot-long stride and enormous feet in the Ellendale snow. Maybe Bigfoot is thinking of moving into the neighborhood? Ellendale is in the heart of pheasant country, and its known for having good schools. That should keep the housing prices interesting.(CM)

San Antonio, Texas, was not especially safe back in the 1800s, as Nick Redfern reminds us in this tale taking place near the city of Elm Creek. This is an intensely sad story where good does not prevail, the bad guys win, and a desperate soul remains shrieking in pain and desolation near the creek under which she ended her life. Not a bedtime story. (CM)

Getting one over on "the old country" is a long-established Aussie pastime, so this item which tells of a large deposit of ancient stone slabs which "can literally rewrite world history" will delight many down-under. Further up the globe in India, we learn of The Great Wall of India: 80km "diwaal" is an ancient mystery no-one knew about. There is currently no agreement about the age and origin of this lengthy structure, nor any knowledge of what was its purpose. And still further up the northern hemisphere in Yorkshire we hear of Nessie-Hunter Gordon Holmes, of Shipley, says carving on Baildon Moor is 4,000-year-old self-portrait. Holmes has had a life-long interest in the astronomical stone carvings on the Moor and believes he has found one which may represent the ancient artist himself. (LP)

Rich Reynolds discusses his fascination with the spectrum of different UFO stories that have been recorded over the ages, says odds are there's something behind many of them, holds that rafts of these are credible enough for further real research, and again challenges those who affect an affection with UFOs to animate themselves actually to do something about it. In the "Comments" section Rich relates three strange sightings he had, two at least seen by gobs of other people at the same time, which pique his curiosity to this day. Additional remarks provide his thoughts on more ufological questions. He's also bothered by Those UFO Lights. Reynolds argues that both organic and technological evolution would be so unique to different sentient species that it's "ludicrous" to think that ET craft visiting earth would be lit like our home-grown stuff. (WM)

January 18

Uncertain Future For UFO Archive Norrköpings Tidningar
AFU-Sweden's Archives for the Unexplained is facing a money crunch as government-sponsored funding for its workers is ending and the institution is being forced to look for other financial support. Anders Liljegren and his collaborators are hoping that new volunteers will self-identify for the sometimes onerous but important work of preserving material on UFOs and other anomalous phenomena. (Original link.) To learn more about AFU Sweden and its activities see AFU Archives for the Unexplained. In other news, UFO May Have Been Looking for Something in Bodmin Moor has links to much interesting information on the strange sights, natural and perhaps otherwise, of Cornwall, on the southwest tip of England. Note: the CornwallLive articles' texts and their embedded videos don't always agree, and the so-called "Cornwall Triangle of UFO Activity" has to be very much enlarged to contain the headlining, recently-reported, 2009 sighting of a huge black triangle. (WM)

And more particularly, Rebecca Davis of the Daily Maverick wants to know if anyone has information on a Mr. G.E. Taylor and/or the Nessie footage he believed he had taken back in 1938. A recent ad in the Sunday Times, placed by an Edinburgh researcher, is asking for info on the man and his film. Off the western coast of Scotland, the island of Iona is the setting for the tale of Marie Fornario: Death on the Faerie Mound. In 1929, this unfortunate woman may have dipped her toe too deep into occult waters and become "the victim of a psychic attack." However, once dead, she remained so, unlike a deceased former slave who is the subject of Screaming Skulls Part Two. According to Devon legend, he never rested after being buried away from his native homeland; but even more mysteriously it seems that the supposed skull of the slave isn't what it has long been thought to be. (LP)

We urge the anomalists among us to reign in their excitement, because the "goblin attacks" described are apparently no more than the power of suggestion on a superstitious and somewhat isolated people. We would be remiss not to point out that supernatural creatures have long been blamed for the nefarious, strange, or foolish actions of mere mortals, so perhaps the title of this piece should be changed to "Goblin Scapegoats." Susceptible minds are also responsible for the success of businesses that sell Haunted eBay Items. David Weatherly provides an entertaining tour of the shadowy passages of eBay, but he can't scare us. We know that all the really great haunted items are housed in the Traveling Museum of the Paranormal and the Occult. (CM)

We have to admit, just typing the title of that post makes us giggle a little bit. But apparently Jemima Packington in Bath, UK, takes the process of vegetable divination very seriously. Our only gripe is that the general nature of her predictions makes us wonder if the Great Beyond might respond better to licorice straws, or chocolate. For those of our readers who would like to know more about the ins and outs of psychic phenomena, Learn More About Psi Research in This Free Online Course. It's already started but the Parapsychology Foundation is offering a certificate to those interested students who complete a minimum of 10 courses. Get a move on and sign up! (CM)

January 17

Holy Giant Beavers! Mysterious Universe
Forget what you've heard about everything being bigger in Texas. Looks like Manitoba, Canada might be taking that prize after we examine stories dating back to the 1800s of human-sized giant beavers. Now speaking from our own experience, beavers can be pretty big to start with. If you approach one from behind, (assuming you don't notice the flat tail, of course) its rounded back is truly reminiscent of a small bear. Cross paths with one in a dark forest or on a murky lake and you might decide to change your route a wee bit. Wouldn't surprise us if there were giant beavers. Wouldn't surprise us if there weren't. Just don't ask us to sneak up on one. But if you think that by avoiding bodies of water you can avoid a bit of a startle, we would like to disabuse you of that notion right away. There are tales of Possible Upright Wolf - Southeast Manitoba. Doesn't matter how familiar a person is with Canadian wildlife, wolves walking on their back legs just isn't normal. So either there are crazy folks seeing things living in the forests, or there are creatures that look like wolves but behave otherwise. We suppose it just depends on how you want to hedge your bets. (CM)

How many of us as children realized that the Haunted Mansion at Walt Disney World was designed to showcase nefarious historical characters and not simply "friendly ghosts"? Walt put a great deal of thought into all his mansion's inhabitants and put even more thought in to who would be excluded, because he wasn't just a brilliant showman, he was a smart business man. Turns out that around the time of the inception of the Haunted Mansion, Rasputin still had some relatives among the living and Walt wisely decided that angering the descendants of a man who couldn't be killed would be bad for business. More frightening to a child though would be A Brief Encounter With Shadow People. Reverend Matt Cook recounts his own experience at 5 years of age with a dark humanoid figure that passed through the hallway of his home while his grandmother was watching him one evening. (CM)

Colonel Charles Halt Interview A Different Perspective
Kevin Randle's guest this time was the senior officer who participated in the Rendlesham Forest Incident (RFI) of late December, 1980. Colonel Charles Halt's testimony during this episode was crisp, informative, and straight to the point. While Halt's new book on the RFI is 800 pages and even by Halt recommended more for the "serious" questioner of just what did happen, the radio interview sketched out an understandable basic narrative and also delved into more specific details in a fascinating way. Halt's opinions on the debriefing of the young servicemen most involved are most direct and incisive, as are his statements regarding the veracity of witness-claimant Larry Warren's account of the events. Halt also maintains unequivocally that, whatever else was involved that late December, the core element was extraterrestrial. (WM)

In a display of medical guesswork and incompetence which is still practiced by Britain's National Health Service, the doctors of 16th century Strasbourg were unable to diagnose or treat an ailment which caused "hundreds of people" to "dance, hop and leap into the air." This was no joyful exhibition but a mystery affliction which caused agony and even death for some. (LP)

January 16

Veteran Australian researcher Bill Chalker uses a combined "Afterlife Explorers Conference" and "Close Encounters Conference" in Byron Bay, New South Wales, to make several cogent points about the mentality behind much of "popular ufology." He remarks how redolent of the 1960s "Space Brotherism" is the modern cant, argues that critical thinking is in order, and recommends Dr. Thomas Bullard's outstanding 2010 work The Myth and Mystery of UFOs as a possible corrective. Bullard discusses how a UFO "event", whatever its reality may be, is perceived by a witness, is reported to, and then becomes part of a community's common understanding of the larger phenomenon. Peru: Strange Object Recorded over the Ocuviri District -- a UFO? deals with local reaction to video of a perceived aerial anomaly. Some residents, still jittery just days after an earthquake in the area, suggested a connection. And Rich Reynolds treats this mixture of phenomenon, perception, and belief in Return to Magonia (and The Anomalist). Reynolds uses Chris Aubeck's and Martin Shough's book Return to Magonia: Investigating UFOs in History as his primary source for discussing medieval and more recent tales of beings (and anchors) descending from the sky, provoking much comment from the locals. Though Rich has some issues with the Aubeck/Shough tome, other researchers think very highly of it, and its use and that of two other works to pose some worthwhile questions indicates he's had a good time with this post. (WM)

At first glance, this story reads like a Jedi dream. Back in 2013 random Star Wars quotes began proliferating throughout the Twitterverse. But here was the problem--nothing should have been able to break through Twitter's defenses and essentially spam its users. If any conspiracy theorists would like to become agitated over this piece of information, we wouldn't mock them for it. Sounding like a trailer for yet another installment of the beloved franchise, scientists have disclosed New Theory Says Planet 9 May Be a Captured Rogue Planet. As if having your social media feed hacked with incredibly cool quotes wasn't awful enough, we now need to worry about a planet that has broken free of its solar system and may be rambling about our sun like a drunk toddler. Douglas Adams was right: "There is a theory which states that if ever anyone discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable. There is another theory which states that this has already happened." (CM)

Roswell has long been an undeserved litmus-test for "belief" in the possibility of extra-terrestrial visitation and a particular bane for confirmed skeptics. Thus, Kevin Randle's evolution of opinion regarding the core mystery is being hailed by some as nearly on the level of the return of the Prodigal Son. Others more positive towards the field have long tired of the excessive focus upon the case. This article asks "Can this please be the end of all the Roswell business?" But The "Harassed Rancher" Roswell Article shows that, commendably, Kevin hasn't let go of his efforts to get at that "core" Roswell mystery. As we noted on January 11, researchers find "some disturbing things" in the newspaper article presenting a changed version of the Roswell "facts." Kevin Randle says the article "raises more questions than it answers" and "there is actually nothing in this article that eliminates any of the answers for the Roswell crash...and nothing in it to support any of the answers." Looks like the "Roswell business" goes on... (WM)

It's high time someone was critical of critical thinking, and it seems EsoterX has done a lot of thinking on the matter. What's the matter? Logical fallacies made by logical types hoping to perpetuate their mode of thinking, and so much more. (CS)

January 15

There's a feeling of smug satisfaction for cryptozoologists when cryptids are validated, which is swiftly tempered by mainstream science stealing the credit and writing off cryptozoologists as nutcases. Our world keeps getting weirder, and Marshall Connolly is quite complimentary towards the search for hidden animals as he announces the discovery of the horse-deer. Cranking strangeness up another notch, Georgia Brown's hears of Lost British Birdsong Discovered In New Zealand Birds. While the yellowhammer's a transplant they haven't given up the former brogue, giving ornithologists a glimpse into the 19th century. Far more enduring is the Ancient Serpent Stone Of Loch Ness, a neolithic relic still causing headaches for 21st century skeptics and debunkers. While it's not on public display, Glasgow Boy is kind enough to share the image with you. (CS)

"Life imitates art," as the adage goes, but we're reaching for the Ativan after learning of strange synchronicities echoing current events. Dan Evon's due diligence supports the urban legend of an old Western T.V. show plot concerning a man named Trump and his protective wall. Another cliché is, "If you love something, set it free. If it doesn't come back, it wasn't meant to be." Case in point: The Book This Professor Just Bought On Amazon Is The Actual One She Lost 5 Years Ago. Seem familiar? Something similar happened to Anthony Hopkins back in 1974 with a special edition of The Girl From Petrovka. It's high-strangeness like these tales which lure forteans ever deeper into the rabbit hole. (CS)

If there's life elsewhere in our solar system, most agree Europa, Enceladus, or Mars are solid bets. But Venus? High above its hellish surface, conditions are amenable to life-as-we-know-it and some mavericks make their case for cytherian biology. A little less than 239,000 miles away from our ball of mud, Scientists Solved The Mystery Of Strange Glow Clouds On The Moon and one could interpret the data as evidence for the controversial "Electric Universe" hypothesis. From Brent Tingley to Paul Seaburn, another theory about the strangest star in our universe has popped up among the other mushrooms. Tabby's Star May Be Dimming Because It's Digesting A Planet. As a bonus, Brian Metzger's going to test his hypothesis the next time Boyajian's Star undergoes her dimming. (CS)

Since they're so important to the most vulnerable in our world, hospitals should be safe spaces. The operative word in Brent Swancer's research being should. He shares more than a few curious tales still confounding authorities to this day. If all these people are going missing, but they're still alive, maybe they've got a book to pitch? Whether it's out of shyness, or something completely different, plenty of writers prefer to stay under the radar. While no one's being outed here, Brent knows you'll eat up The Bizarre World Of The Most Mysterious Authors On Earth. One thing to consider here is if the 21st century authors are really artificial intelligences based on the circumstances surrounding John Twelve Hawks's reclusiveness. For everyone who vanishes without a trace, or avoids the spotlight, there are plenty more who'll take their place. Brett Tingley raises plenty of Questions About The Discovery Of A Teen’s Six Doppelgängers. Maybe Area 51 has given up on UFOs and they've taken to cloning Santana Gutierrez. (CS)

January 14

Bigfoot? In Ireland? What really takes the cake is Paul Seaburn says the forest is haunted by dead WWII soldiers. Take a gander and see what you think. We passed this snap 'round the office and gotta say we're stumped. Usually the big guy's haunting forests in America's Pacific Northwest, but from time to time his cousins appear in the darnedest places. For example, Sam Uptegrove's Mysterious Case Of The Oklahoma Bigfoot is a splendid tale where human and Sasquatch meet and contemplate each other's existence. If we haven't turned cryptozoology upside-down, David Weatherly's just dug up some Winged Creature Attacks In The Bronx back in 1904. Most reckon this beast's an owl of dire proportions, while Dave figures it's the Mothman, but why couldn't it be the Jersey Devil? Finally from our "It's gotta be seen to be believed" file, Paul's back with a Possible Chupacabra Sightings In Puerto Rico And Texas. (CS)

The tradition of Italian stonemasons goes back further than imagined, writes Michael D'Estries. A forgotten solar calendar has come to light after Giuseppe La Spina and pals did some poking around, and it still tickin'. Pushing the clock back even further, Charles Choi has a serious scoop with the discovery of the Oldest Evidence Of Silk Found In 8,500 Year-Old Tombs despite those textiles disintegrating long ago. More durable are the Stone-Tipped Spears Predating The Existence Of Modern Humans By 80,000 Years, raising the possibility ancient humans learned these "advanced" technologies from our cousins. If that's the case, did H. heidelbergensis and H. neanderthalensis not go extinct, but leave the planet so H. sapiens could be fruitful and multiply? For all we know, our medical procedures could also be hand-me-downs based on April Holloway's Discovery Of 2,600-Year-Old Knee Screw Left Experts Dumbfounded. Feeling doubtful? The "skeptical" Wikipedia doesn't use "pseudo-" once in their write-up of Usermontu. (CS)

Isolated? Check. Murder scene? Check. Ghosts? You betcha. Dana Matthews shares a sordid tale where a lighthouse keeper went off his rocker before Prozac was a gleam in Eli Lilly's eye. Turns out the murder spree didn't stop with his wife, and visitors to Seguin gamble on their own in hopes of spotting a ghost. If you do dare, bone up on things that go bump in the night with Carlos Alvarado. His latest paper covering a Poltergeist Case illustrates how certain people are the flame to the moth-like poltergeists. Our final haunt isn't so much scary, but it's bound to scare you stiff. The Czech Republic Church Of Ghosts is an avant-garde exhibit that's plenty spooky, and Matt Cook shows us what we're missing. (CS)


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