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The Anomalist

October 6

Nick Redfern discusses David Jacobs' new book Walking Among Us: The Alien Plan to Control Humanity, a tale not of abductions but about how abductees are allegedly being used to assist alien-human hybrids whose role it is to infiltrate human society. So we read stories about abductees assisting the hybrids in the real world, driving them around, feeding them, teaching them how to dress and blend in at baseball games, K-mart, and the pizza parlor. It's a scenario that Jacobs himself admits leads to a "ridiculous conclusion." In Part 2 of his overview of the book, Redfern points out the similarities between these hybrids and the Men in Black (MIB), which Redfern has studied extensively. Both, says Redfern, have a fascination for pens, are awkward around food, and often look "sickly." Redfern has a good point, but we must say that the Jacobs hybrids seem to blend in much better than their MIB counterparts. The better to infiltrate us, no doubt! (PH)

On an island off the coast of Sweden, a fantastic landscape of boulders and caverns has been the site of ancient ritual for 9,000 years, and archaeological investigation is starting to uncover some of its curious secrets. Locals have long ascribed the island with folkloric tales of mysticism and witchcraft, and thanks to recent scientific expeditions, it's not difficult to see why. One of the caves, for example, features a massive natural hollow or grotto that has served as a natural amphitheater of sorts, complete with a bone-riddled firepit that can be spied from an open-air ledge above. Archaeologists hope to return to the island soon to continue to explore the boulders and chasms where Stone Age shamans have spoken with spirits for time immemorial. According to a Possible Ancient Chinese Disk Strangely Found in a Kentucky Garden, the anomalous jade artifact seems to have just appeared out of thin air. The two faces of the disk depict a mythological bird, dragon, and various spiritually-significant alphabetic characters, and resembles ancient disks found in China dating from five to two thousand years before present, as well as similar disks on the western coast of Mexico. The American continents are rife with anomalous artifacts that seem to be out of time and place, such as the Kensington Rune Stone from Minnesota, though such fantastic finds are often met with more than skepticism from the archaeological establishment. More sophisticated analysis of the Kentucky disk, including a detailed examination of surface marks to determine its tools and methods of manufacture, could help determine whether it will rewrite ancient history or be remembered as yet another unfortunate hoax. (MS)

Ghost Pills! Beachcombing's Bizarre History Blog
See a ghost? Aha, a case of phantasia. Science to the rescue! Take this pill. You'll get instant stomach relief and the ghost will go away. Or so claimed this ad in a 19th century Irish newspaper. In Late Shift: Nurses Share Their Spooky Encounters, Xavier Ortega shares some nurse tales of encounters their patients had with the unknown posted on the All Nurses website. These include stories of "black" shapes up in the air or standing over the bed, and mysterious nurses in white, like the urban legend of Nurse Betty, who wore a nurse's hat long after nurses no longer wore hats. (PH)

India has long fascinated the West, having birthed the rich mystical and spiritual traditions of Hinduism and Buddhism, hosted colorful, grandiose ancient temple complexes, and over the centuries has been witness to a panoply of incredible paranormal occurrences that range from the grotesque to the divine. The Epoch Times reintroduces us to four of the subcontinent's most interesting phenomena, from the sonic booms that seem to have riddled skies throughout the world of late, to a large stone that levitates when lightly touched by the fingers of the faithful...all par for the course in a land where the abnormal can seem quite normal. (MS)

October 5

Robert Hastings digs up one of the earliest reported sightings of a UFO over one of our nuclear facilities—the Hanford plutonium-production plant in Washington State. It happened on three different nights in January 1945--before Hiroshima and Nagasaki--according to former U.S. Navy Lieutenant Junior Grade Clarence R. “Bud” Clem. The report is backed up with an official document from the Headquarters of the Fourth Air Force. In another case of military pursuit of a UFO, Inexplicata reports that a Military Aviator Recalls UFO Sighting Over Menorca in November 1979. The pilot was intercepting some red lights that were stalking a commercial flight, which was forced to make an emergency landing. (PH)

As if Wiltsire farmers haven't had enough to contend with, thanks to those pesky crop circles of recent years, at least one may have been the target of mischief in 1963 when it was claimed that something otherworldly had crashed into his potato field. Nick Redfern re-examines this case in a two-part article that recalls the investigation followed by the admission of a hoax, but then followed by the retraction of that admission. An odd case which remains without resolution. (LP)

Ramey Memo Update A Different Perspective
Kevin Randle writes of the famous memo seen held in the hand of General Ramey while being photographed with the infamous Roswell balloon wreckage. The writing remains tantalizingly obscure despite the efforts of many over the years to clarify it. Randle hopes that it will be made available to the internet community to perform analysis in same way that the "Roswell Slides" placard was successfully clarified. Now that would be a Roswell story worthy of global attention. (LP)

If photoanalysis is your thing, you might want to have a go at the images provided here by poster Pain Fly. Taken about 8 years ago in Tombstone, AZ, they appear to show a shadowy female figure lurking in the background of the antique interior. Analysis by a third party enthusiastically confirms that something tangible was photographed, though a bit of imagination may be needed to pick out the details. You probably won't want to read this next item--Zombism Spreads Being Eaten In The Insect World--while eating your breakfast and after reading it, you'll be glad you're not a caterpillar. Nucleopolyhedrovirus is a tongue-twisting name for a lethal pathogen that liquifies infected caterpillars from the inside, rendering them delicious to their healthy chums, who eat them and then succumb to the same ghastly fate, thereby perpetuating the infection. Yuch! (LP)

Psychiatrist Bernard Beitman, who is attempting to kick-start the discipline of Coincidence Studies, explains how coincidences are not only fascinating but enormously useful--if you pause long enough to take notice of them. They have proven useful not only to psychiatrists in helping them treat patients, but to scientists in helping them make great discoveries. And to everyday Joes and Janes in their personal, work, and spiritual lives, as explored in Why Study Coincidences?—Part 2. (PH)

October 4

No surprises here, since the man at the center of Alejandro Rojas's story is John Podesta. Lena Dunham interviewed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, and Podesta encouraged Lena to go deeper with his friend. Wait and see, we guess. If it wasn't cloudy in your neck of the woods that media-dubbed Blood Moon Brought Out The UFOs, and Paul Seaburn rounds up the top sightings from September 27th. For our pals across the pond Andrew Watt addresses the elephant in the room, "Where Are The UFO Hotspots In Bedfordshire?" Don't live there, mate? He has 5 of the best in the whole UK for review. Don't forget Australia, with its rainbow serpents, yowies, and home to the Knowles Family UFO Encounter. Xavier Ortega brings us up to speed on this unique encounter involving more than the Knowles family and some insistent aliens. (CS)

While the long headline may be Daily Mail-worthy, Greg Newkirk's journalism remains par excellence re-opening the case which put him on the fortean map. Much like John Keel and Point Pleasant, Greg just can't shake the activity surrounding the ongoing weirdness 'round Hopkinsville. Be grateful it's Sunday, as the emails collected since Greg broke the story in 2012 and his investigations have turned up volumes of data, and a familiar fortean face. Also catching lightning in a bottle, Joshua Warren presents his White House Ghost Photo Report taken 65 years ago with compelling video commentary on this unearthly image. (CS)

Slow Swan Song The Biggest Study
And now the end is near, and so The Professor faces the final curtain. My friends, he'll say it clear, with the best UFO cases of which he's certain. His cabinets are full, of lights, over many highways, and more, so much more than this, The Professor did it his way. Aw man, we're getting a little choked up by Prof putting the chairs on the tables and turning out the lights. With his impressive curriculum vitae and voluminous archives, he opines on more than saucers with Part Two of his slow swan song. For our readers without a touch of gray, and who haven't been touched by a grey, he shares plenty of wisdom and some of the best forteana he's encountered over the years. (CS)

Buried deep in the archives of The Wide World, the second officer of the good ship Tresco shared a remarkably detailed encounter with a sea serpent. Bernard Heuvelmans found some issues with the account, but Malcolm Smith plays devil's advocate for the tale. If this whets your appetite for cryptozoology, Nick Redfern's got a book for you. His review of A Manifestation Of Monsters by Karl Shuker illustrates why Karl Shuker is the love child of Heuvelmans and Sanderson, and doing them one better with his academic approach to cryptozoology. Equal parts skepticism, and maverick theories, even Nick finds himself in awe of the sheer depth and breadth Karl brings to the table, rather than rehashing yet another hairy hominid. Be the first on your block to snag a copy. (CS)

October 3

Shakespeare And Roswell UFO Conjecture(s)
"What light through yonder clouds break? It is the Greys, come to probe me." The Bard of Avon didn't write that, but many of his themes resonate with UFOlogy's most notorious chestnut. Putting quill to parchment Rich Reynolds demonstrates why the R-word should finally be rounded with a sleep, using allusions to Shakespeare. If our wish be granted, what will fill that void? Over in the Land of the Rising Sun, a Mysterious UFO Museum Is Being Investigated By The FBI over a memo reminiscent of The-Crash-Which-Shall-Not-Be-Named. Fingers crossed that Hakui doesn't become 2016's Mexico City. A tip of the ol' fedora to Paul Seaburn for his take! Another bee in the bonnet of America's alphabet soups has Jon Austin wondering, "Will NSA Whistleblower Snowden Release Proof Of An Alien Visitation To Earth?" The reasoning? Snowden worked at the Center for Advanced Study of Language, and talked S.E.T.I. with Neil Tyson, Q.E.D., aliens. If you're still skeptical Jon cites Scott Waring, the godfather of 21st century UFOs. Take from it what you will, anomalists. (CS)

A more compelling conspiracy is NASA's withholding the discovery of martian water 'til Hollywood saw fit to release The Martian. This is eerily familiar to Billy Cox as he read something similar in Robbie Graham's newly released Silver Screen Saucers: Sorting Fact From Fantasy in Hollywood Movies. Is this a case of one hand washing the other? The tail wagging the dog? Next on the docket, Greg Taylor entreats everyone to Support High-Quality UFO Research through the magic of crowdfunding. Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck are publishing a revised edition of Wonders in the Sky in a deluxe collector's edition which will be a gorgeous and enlightening addition to your library. (CS)

From the Bard of Avon to Bradford-On-Avon, Hayley Stevens takes umbrage with the spooky version of YouTube's Thirdphaseofmoon. She goes from debunking their images to their lies, like claiming one submitter was anonymous even though they met with the person. When will folks learn popularity comes from quality, not quantity? The gold standard for the paranormal remains Art Bell, breaking the story of Van Owner Snaps Pic Of Ghost That 'Vandalised' His Vehicle. A shame, since Paul Friday seems a good enough bloke for a white van man. Should one find themselves with an itch to debunk nonsense John Rimmer admonishes everyone, "DON'T PANIC!" He recommends picking up A Colorful History Of Popular Delusions, running the gamut of panics, hysterias, and crazes illustrating humanity at its most irrational when it comes to fads and the otherworldly. (CS)

Backmasking satanic messages on albums is old hat, but might there be sinister tunes working both ways? Peter Beckman and his pal Stephen were listening to the Rosemary's Baby soundtrack when high strangeness came to call. To say there's a je ne sais quoi about Polanski's film is an understatement in Nick Redfern's opinion. Part Two recalls an acupuncturist receiving a midnight call while watching the film, with all the trappings of MIBs, black eyed kids, and ancient evil. It's enough to make one wonder if Polanski adapted and directed a real world version of The Ring. (CS)

October 2

The Alien Hunter shares a bizarre case from India in which a woman claims to have been visited by what she calls the "monkey people" who left mysterious marks on her body and also what she says is an implant right under her skin on her shoulder. While it actually looks like a compacted hair follicle, Alien Hunter explains that it's in a "biologic casing." The object was removed surgically and is awaiting testing. This is a very well-documented case and we'll keep you posted on the outcome. Speaking of creepy creatures that lurk in the dark, Chris Woodyard has complied quite a collection of 18th and 19th century accounts of encounters with Elemental devils, or "Nature's poltergeists." These were the big baddies that would likely send ordinary run-of-the-mill poltergeists off sobbing into the night...if you believed the tales, of course. (MB)

It's been an unusually busy week for UFO traffic in Texas for some reason, as this bright, flickering UFO was first spotted back in March in Houston and the same lights have reappeared in the same area almost every night, says the eyewitness who has gathered so much footage he's now producing a documentary on the lights. Over in Seguin, Texas, a a woman reports possible UFO and captures it on video as well. This shape-changing, morphing object seems to have a lot in common with the Houston UFO. What's going on down in Texas? (MB)

And finally, if you're in the mood to listen to tales of high-strangeness and adventure, here are some mysterious podcasts to listen to at you leisure over the weekend. First up, is Walter Mosley discussing the travels and adventures of 19th century explorer Richard Francis Burton who may have found what he was looking for back in 1868 on an expedition that he never spoke about. Meanwhile, Binnall of America talks to Nick Redfern on the subject of his "latest esoteric offerings," with a little something from every corner of the paranormal world from chupacabras to black eyed kids. (MB)

October 1

Perhaps local mythology is worthy of more serious academic attention than we typically imagine. Public works projects in the city center of Puebla, Mexico, have revealed a network of tunnels as old as the colonial city itself. Puebla's underground passageways have long been relegated to the realm of folklore. The 300-to-500 year old tunnels were excavated to provide channels of communication and escape to Puebla's political and spiritual leaders. They can't blame Joaquín Guzmán, 'El Chapo,' for these tunnels. Likewise in America, there are ancient centers littered with stone structures of controversial, provocative, if not folkloric, origin and purpose. Take, for example, Coral Castle in Florida, or the vast networks of cairns and stone walls blanketed throughout New England. The great state of New Hampshire certainly has its own lithic complex, and Yahoo asks America's Stonehenge: New Hampshire rocks history or hoax? Though the skeptical community agrees the lithic structures are likely the work of a 19th century shoemaker, some locals prefer more ancient, mythical, explanations, and prefer in their own way to live free to believe them, or die. (MS)

One of the strangest cases Nick Redfern's investigated surrounds the deaths of engineers working for Marconi Electronic Systems. What makes it so queer are Gordon Creighton's allegations of otherworldly entities working to undermine Reagan's Strategic Defense Initiative, or Star Wars. In this case, the culprits aren't aliens. Part Two takes us deeper down the rabbit hole with allegations of Faustian bargains among government agents to put the kibosh on SDI. And that's only the tip of the iceberg, true believers. (CS)

Loren Coleman remembers the well-liked researcher/archivist from Hillsboro, Oregon, who founded the Western Bigfoot Society. And the New York Times notes the passing of Ionel Talpazan, Whose U.F.O. Art Had Sightings All Over, Dies at 60. Talpazan, an outsider artist from Romania, witnessed, at the age of 8, a strange, hovering shape slowly that descended from the sky and enveloped him in a celestial blue light. His art dealt obsessively with UFOs. (PH)

That's what one YouTuber believes she has captured on a viral video from the land of Old Faithful in Montana that is making noise in the local news. The clip seems to depict a large, dark, bipedal figure interacting with a small group of bison down a snow-swept valley. Unfortunately, it seems as though this video has yet to receive a sophisticated examination that could provide such details as the creature's height or speed in rough terrain. What about the creatures and cryptids we cannot see, but that still wreak havoc throughout the sprawl of our suburban and rural landscapes? A Mysterious Creature Rips Apart Cars in Oklahoma, and law enforcement is baffled about the culprit. As of late, a car lot there has routinely had the bumpers of its vehicles ripped off by an unknown creature that seems to be leaving tear marks, hair, and blood on the vehicles. Hopefully the phenomenon is not revealed to be a gimmick on he part of the auto dealer in order to garner publicity. (MS)

If there is ever to be a high holiday for UFOlogy, it's not gonna be July 8th. One date, two weeks before Roswell, seems to be a magnet for all things related to saucers. Taking on the grim task, Nick Redfern recounts those who met their maker on the 175th day of the year. In Part Two, he remembers someone most folks forget had an abiding interest in flying saucers, whose star power got him an audience with alien corpses, before dying 14 years later on June 24th. (CS)

Back in the 19th century, some scientific attention was given to flowers which glow in the dark, but it seems that it's become a forgotten phenomenon. Certain plants with flowers in the red/yellow range were noted to emit a glow at twilight, though the cause was not sufficiently investigated at the time. The comments that follow Karl Shuker's piece are just as interesting as the article and overall this seems a subject worthy of modern research. (LP)

September 30

Get the behind the scenes take on Travis Walton's infamous abduction experience as it was adapted to a screenplay and filmed back in 1993, a process that seems just as fraught with drama as the original experience. Meanwhile, here's another helping of high-strangeness from the surface of Mars as apparently Two Guys, a Lizard and a UFO See Water on Mars. Now that it's confirmed that water once flowed and still flows across the surface of Mars, doesn't that possibly explain the oddities found in some rocks and other parts of the landscape? Of course, it doesn't exactly explain Marshenge. Our own Chris Savia takes a close look at the peculiar rock formation and wonders, tongue in cheek, Did Martian Druids Build Marshenge? He busts out some math to determine the actual size of the circling stones, which only adds to the mystery that likely won't be solved until humans have "boots on the ground," Savia says. (MB)

The world is full of anomalies and curiosities that defy explanation but ultimately, one of the biggest mysteries resides within our own human brains. It's mostly an unexplored frontier that science has only just begun to understand, and this recent research on blindsight is a perfect example of one of those inexplicable mysteries. How are people able to still perceive the world around them with startling accuracy with partial and even total blindness? And while we're all up in the brain, here's some unexplained but understandable research that indicates Men like to be right. Novel experiment demonstrates link with psychic abilities and other oddities. This Skeptiko interview with Dr. Julia Mossbridge probes a little deeper than the title suggests, of course, and it's a fascinating read. On a somewhat related note, Epoch Times informs us that a recent study shows that Coincidences [Are] More Frequent for People Who’ve Had Near-Death Experiences, which really does make a strange sort of sense. (MB)

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