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September 19

One of the most dramatic details of the December 29, 1980, Cash-Landrum case is the large number of helicopters the witnesses said accompanied the UFO that seems responsible for their serious injuries. Curt Collins examines the evidence behind the "23" choppers that Betty Cash said she counted, and questions how that many "Chinook" craft could have been in the air just northeast of Houston, Texas, that holiday season evening. Oddly enough, Chinooks figured in Military Swamped Beach after Spate of UFO Sightings in New 'British Roswell'. Two Chinooks disgorged a passel of RAF personnel on a beach in Yorkshire County, in Northeastern England, just a day after a couple had seen from 30 to 40 boomerang-shaped UFOs congregating over a tumultuously-churning sea there. This was part of a spate of sightings collectively called the "Wilsthorpe Incident," which occurred between May and September of 2009. UK researcher Paul Sinclair discussed those events at a recent UFO Conference. Jon Austin continues his coverage of this story in Couple Saw '40 UFOs' Hovering over British Beach before Major Military Operation. (WM)

FYI Readers: the stars are aligning, according to Biblical prophecy, and the world is ending. Again. Or not. Apparently accuracy doesn't rank high on the priority list of the "doom mongers," so don't worry if you miss this apocalypse, there's sure to be another. In the meantime, we've got an ‘End of the World’ Exhortation From Eminent Exorcist but as Paul Seaburn explains, as long as we can sneak a celebrity exorcist into North Korea, we might just stand a chance of survival. (CM)

Michael Grosso takes us on a philosophical journey past the physical confines of consciousness and into the realm of what may lie beyond. Looking at the concept of NDEs as a metaphor for change, he perceives the experience as "an explosion of consciousness, even as the brain shuts down." This is a fascinating and heady read. And if you want evidence of life after death, The Trumpet Shall Sound...and levitate, and act as a medium for the voices of those who have crossed over. Assuming you believe in that sort of thing, of course. Mark Russell Bell's examination of voice mediumship over the past century never gets old. (CM)

David Booher Interview A Different Perspective
Kevin Randle discusses the new work published by Anomalist Books No Return: The Gerry Irwin Story, UFO Abduction or Covert Operation? with its author, David Booher. Booher's research has taken the story of the odd 1959 disappearance(s) of a young army soldier far beyond what was known to other ufologists, but the core experience that changed Gerry Irwin's life remains a mystery to this day. Randle and Booher explore most of the unusual factual details of the case, but time ran out before they could get fully into the matter of possible earthly shenanigans or medical/psychological causes rather than a (very early) UFO abduction for its central mystery. (WM)

September 18

Alas, "more" doesn't mean progress on this intriguing idea to test the waters of Loch Ness for DNA. The team estimate the cost of the research at around £100K, which leads Glasgow Boy to wonder, "if this project will ever get off the ground?" or indeed into the water. Meanwhile, Dr Beach takes us back almost half a million years in his piece Mermaid Monday: Creepy Mermaid Writes. This fishy tale from Babylonia seems to refer to Oannes, who was not a mermaid but a "merman" with human head and feet and piscine parts in between. He spent his days educating humans and his nights beneath the briny. But was he just a joker in a "fish costume"? (LP)

Interest in UFOs began to wane in the 1980s, when the phenomenon largely shifted from "nuts-and-bolts" stuff often bearing occupants to what are often now termed "LITS"--"Lights In The Sky." At least Rich Reynolds says this is true for himself, and believes this holds for others as well. "This explains why many of us UFO long-timers hark back to alleged sightings of old," says Rich. As if in support, Inexplicata gives us a real "saucer-type" exciting case from just before the transition in Peru: Pilot Offers Further Details on 1980 Sighting. And Alejandro Rojas describes the enthusiasm of Rich's "heyday of flying saucers" in Spielberg Offered to Aid in United Nations UFO Effort during Close Encounters Era. This article results from a Lee Spiegel interview about a late 1970s initiative initiated by then Prime Minister of Grenada, Sir Eric Gairy. Side note: Rojas presents the standard view that the Close Encounters of the Third Kind movie character played by Francois Truffaut was a fictional insertion of J. Allen Hynek protege Jacques Vallee, but Mark O'Connell's recent book The Close Encounters Man presents strong evidence that Claude Lacombe actually represents another Hynek French colleague, Claude Poher. (WM)

The Somercotes Ghost Beachcombing's Bizarre History Blog
A street in this Derbyshire town was experiencing "much uneasiness o' nights" back in 1930, thanks to a ghostly gal with "eyes like electric light bulbs." But perhaps this was preferable to The Old Lady with the Nails, who was not a senior manicurist, but a specter alleged to be a harbinger of death for young Scots lads in the 19th century. Similar tales of hitting the nail on (indeed, into) the head are exhumed by Chris Woodyard, who wonders if there are "other examples of spectral carpenters?" (LP)

Or not, depending upon how you read Mark Whittington's article. Subject author Dr. Lynne Kitei certainly sees a debunking purpose in the post, which touches upon her claims "several years ago" (apparently in 2013) about the absence of military aircraft in the air on the night of March 13, 1997. The events of that evening are still in dispute, although the number of people who say they saw multiple aircraft, not one single gigantic monstrosity, fly overhead that night is greater than popularly understood. In other major UFO incident news, Numismatic News informs us that New Coin Marks UFO Anniversary. The anniversary is, of course, Roswell, and the coin has been produced for the island of Niue. The coin itself is something unique: it's got a convex reverse side and when the coin is viewed on edge, it does look rather like the dome-shaped UFO so popular with the media. The reverse also bears fictitious alien text, and if the coin is put near a light source for half a minute or more, it glows in the dark! But the "2 Dollar" proof coin doesn't come cheap; prices quoted online begin at a smidgeon under $200 and go up from there. Who says there's no money in UFOs? (WM)

September 17

Imagination is older than you can, well, imagine. Here's a robust argument on its origins based in science and philosophy. Woven amidst those strands is the possibility of imagintion being universal. Just not fully realized in animals by humans. What Brigid Hains artfully avoids are the unsettling origins of people in white make-up, wearing brightly-colored costumes, bearing red balloons. That's why we pinged The Scarlet Woman to give her 2¢ on Coulrophobia: The Childhood Fear Of Clowns. Oh Scarlet, clowns aren't just for kids. Now please excuse me, I'm going to hide in my couch-cushion fort before Bobo comes for my soul. I can hear him honking down the hallway. (CS)

Where did fairies come from? Are they half-remembered tales of some forgotten and diminuitive race of hominins passed down through generations? Cultural tulpas perpetuated through oral traditions? Maybe they really exist, like Addison Nugent exists to drill down into the folkloric strata to reveal their origins. If you're not moved by their mystery and enchantment, perhaps a good scare will jumpstart your ticker. Dr. Beachcombing shares the brief story of Annie Kidnapped By Fairies. It's the most contemporary tale of abduction by the fae Beach could find, but he's eager to be proven wrong. (CS)

The local man is a Florida Man, but don't dismiss him as a nude tweaker streaking through his Wal-Mart. Dustin Teudhope isn't a stranger to northern Florida's forests and Kelly Grosfield tagged along to bear witness to his bigfoot-related discoveries. By the way, Dustin also wrote a book on Bigfoot too. What a coincidence! It's no coincidence that after Hurricane Harvey a Monstrous Sea Creature's Discovered On A Beach In Texas, but is it a genuine cryptid? We wish Tim Binnall would've followed up with Loren Coleman's expert analysis on this poor critter. Less sensational from Tim's desk are reports of an Extinct Tiger Seen Alive In Java just the other day. We love these kinds of stories since they make a case many extinct animals may simply be elusive. But if you're keen on meeting a monster, a North Carolina Woman Claims Her "Bigfoot Juice" Attracts Bigfoot. Brett Tingley got a whiff, and boy howdy, it's not something anyone could forget if they tried. 'Til Elon Musk invents Smell-O-Vision, we'll have to live and squatch vicariously through Brett. (CS)

Sugar Out Of Nowhere Malcolm's Anomalies
Miracles are typically pretty gross, with the faithful manifesting blood in strange places or statues producing tears. Here's a puzzler where a girl produces sugar cubes from nowhere, leaving laity and the faithful scratching their heads. Should this pique your curiosity, Malcolm Smith links to the source material for further inquiry. But that tale's from 1840, us 21st century folk are enlightened and not easily duped by mere religion. Or are we? Tim Binnall heard about Hundreds Gathering In Germany Hoping For A Marian Apparition. Let's just say, "You hadda be there." If you're curious, and don't deny it, open your mind and soul to the possibility that Miraculous Visions And Miracle Healings Are Common Occurrences For Pat Chalfant. This Oregon psychic shares her transcendent experiences which resonate with fortean phenomena. (CS)

September 16

Much like dead Cthulhu, sleeping in his house in R'lyeh, many unfortunate souls lay in dreamless slumber. Their horror isn't tentacles but knowing what's going on around them and being unable to do a thing. The diagnosis of "minimally conscious" ain't new, but folks like Constance Gustke and medical doctors are pushing the boundaries of consciousness. When these folks finally stir and return, what stories and dreams would they share? Might they undergone changes like Brent Swancer's Mysterious People Who Emerged From Accidents With Amazing Powers? Don't be too surprised, as near-death experiencers often present bizarre electromagnetic powers. Maybe it has something to do with where they were during their convalescence but they ain't talking. Nor are the reincarnated like this Three-Year Old From UP Claims His Real Family From His Previous Life Is In Punjab. Kids say lots of crazy stuff, but when they prove their outlandish claims that's when anomalists prick up their ears. (CS)

Anomalists can be a smug lot, looking down their self-righteous noses at hard-working scientists sussing out the real world's mysteries. Yet scientists have one trick up there sleeve that forteans and anomalists hate: causality. Sure there's the nonsense of an associative universe, but reality slavishly follows time's arrow with everything happening for a reason. By no means does this imply the world isn't weird like EsoterX. In fact it's far stranger as he illuminates the concept of practopoietic causation, guaranteed to blow your puny mortal mind. Or at least give you something to talk about when someone insists on using the urinal right next to yours in a large, empty bathroom. (CS)

Are celebrities screwing with Brett Tingley, and the rest of the world, by playing the Illuminati card? Or are they also-rans like The Stonecutters? You'll be surprised how this all ties into the perennial tabloid conspiracy behind the death of a child beauty queen. This state of affairs is enough to make anyone wonder, "Who Died And Made You The Illuminati?" Far more venerable, lurking at the cleaner fringes of popular western culture's cesspoool, is the story how the Cayman Islands became tax exempt. Could the yarn behind the Ten Sail's sinking be an Urban Myth? Maybe not, writes Paul Kennedy. For those of us dying for the apocalypse, mark your calendars for September 23rd as Planet X Is Predicted To Split The U.S. In Half. Who the heck needs solar eclipses, comets, or Republican demogogues when we've got Paul Seaburn to give everyone a case of the "brown trousers". Over the next seven days distract yourselves from impending doom with The Eerie Phenomenon Of Numbers Stations. Lewis Bush shared his photos of these sites broadasting their mysterious signals with Ellyn Kail, and she's itchin' to give you a tour of these forbidden places. (CS)

September 15

On the eve of his speaking tour of Australia, filmmaker James Fox is "publicly announcing" his $100,000 reward for truly believable evidence of extraterrestrial activity on Earth. Fox had initially mentioned the award "among UFO circles during a conference in 2013" but so far nothing probative has come in. Naturally, the current offer is a great opening for Fox to talk about other initiatives, and for reporter Joe Hildebrand to mention the fiery conclusion to the remarkable career of the Cassini spacecraft in the clouds of Saturn today. Chris O'Brien makes note of a macabre end that marked a beginning in Snippy the Horse: The Birth of a Meme. The animal mutilation expert discusses the background to the now 50-year-old story of "the most well-known unexplained livestock death ever reported." O'Brien shows how the "Snippy Case" helped formulate a significant cultural element regarded, along with crop circles--and for better or worse--as somehow ancillary to the study of UFOs. (WM)

Astronomers are working on their own version of "Which came first, the chicken or the egg?" as it applies to the age of the universe, and the stars with which it is populated. Astrophysicist Ethan Siegel believes that kind of uncertainty is a thing of beauty that will push the boundaries of what we believe we know about the universe and its history. Also in the category of timing, a team of researchers lead by astronomer Jason Wright are postulating 100,000 Nearby Galaxies Reveal No Signs of Advanced Technological Civilizations --"One May Have Existed Right Here in Our Neighborhood". While that might be considered a perfectly reasonable argument, there are critics of this theory who may believe its more important to be right than to make new discoveries. (CM)

Malcolm Robinson claims it is "the most remarkable UFO picture he has come across" since he began investigating the phenomenon in the 1980s, reports Jon Austin, of the interesting but blurry image featured in this article. There's a story and a named witness behind the photograph, which potentially helps. Inexplicata has a very interesting piece in Argentina: An Alleged UFO over Carlos Paz. The headline event has a photo and a substantive backstory, including a number of apparently separate sightings of what could be the same object. Yet it's the much older narrative concluding this article that stands out, for "the visitor of the La Cuesta motel" sounds rather like a "Nordic" alien, back in 1968. This and the links Scott Corrales lists provide a good appreciation of this case--"among the most controversial in South American UFO studies." (WM)

The plot thickens around the mystery of the flying cryptid in the skies of Chicago. More witnesses are coming forward with descriptions of an overwhelming feeling of dread providing cohesion between their stories. Not surprisingly, photographic or video proof is not forthcoming and since most sightings take place in the evening, it's arguable if anything useful would be captured for later viewing. In other news, Karl Shuker pays tribute to a good friend and associate. Remembering Trevor Beer - From Exmoor Beasts To Wolverines is the Doctor's heartfelt tribute to a man who dedicated his life to nature conservation, the investigation of mysterious large cats, writing nature columns, and owning his own wildlife reserve. To quote Dr. Shuker, because he says it best, "If anyone wishes to seek Trevor's monument, visit Exmoor and look around, and there you will see it, on every side, everywhere." (CM)

Paul Seaburn reports on the recent deciphering of a strange letter written by Sister Maria Crocifissa della Concezione in 1676 Sicily, purported written in Satan's mother tongue. Apparently Satan rambles a lot, or the Sister's shorthand left a lot to be desired because the translation just adds credence to the theory that the poor woman suffered from an untreated mental illness. If that doesn't satisfy your taste for darkness, this Paracast interview with Daniel Liszt, the Dark Journalist just might. Liszt has all the info on what some call conspiracies, and others call cutting edge news. Expect to feel uncomfortable. (CM)

September 14

A woman in Montana is focusing on a lifelong obsession to prove the existence of Bigfoot. Misty Allabaugh was 17 when she first saw the hairy guy, and while she is passionate in her research she doesn't allow that to get in the way of her objectivity. Misty is also a successful fiction writer, so she's really living the dream. Not everyone is so lucky, as Nick Redfern points out. He shares with us a story of a hunter Haunted by a Phantom Ape, courtesy of a Batak woman's curse. As Nick points out, while the possibility of a ghost is tantalizing, it's also possible that the gentleman in question needed safer pursuits than exploring Indonesia's forests. (CM)

Could "some modern UFO sightings be chalked up to secretive military testing?" asks Brett Tingley. This in the wake of a plane crash on the 5th that wasn't reported until the 8th, and whose aircraft type "is classified and not releasable." It's a good question, especially in view of the "low and (often) slow" triangular-shaped craft that seem in vogue among UFO reports nowadays. But Brett is careful to note that there is an overriding tragedy here, as pilot Lt. Col. Eric Schultz perished in the crash, leaving a wife and five children behind. (WM)

We've got another reincarnation story for our readers, one that sounds credible enough to leave the skeptics at least puzzling over the situation. A child in India in 1930 claimed to remember a previous life as a married woman who died shortly after childbirth. Descriptions of her past life panned out, and while she chose not to have a family (again?), she gave many interviews and confounded the scientists who wanted to disprove her claims. When Ian Stevenson made a case for Life after Death in 1966, he published Twenty Cases Suggestive of Reincarnation, a reference work that included detailed information on identifying a reincarnation situation, as well as the impact on the reincarnee and their family. Once again, scientists were left perplexed by their inability to disprove claims that multiple lives were a real thing. (CM)

"Apparently there are hundreds of saucer people and contactees on Long Island." So said the late John Keel in one of the more substantive yet outrageous journal entries chronicling his ongoing involvement with apparent "android aliens" and their human intermediary Jaye Paro. The rescue narrative that makes up most of Keel's entry is just flat out bizarre. It also recalls, somewhat, stories UFO abductees sometimes relate about important tasks they trained to perform while under control of their abductors. (WM)

September 13

British researcher Russ Callaghan claims to have found evidence that a helicopter belonging to the US Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron had to drop a practice "Apollo-type" capsule on the night of December 25th, 1980 in Rendlesham Forest, and the item was recovered the next day. Experts point out numerous facts about the Rendlesham Forest Incident and its documentation that are not explained by Callaghan's theory. In UFO Hoaxes: Some Were Pretty Good, Rich Reynolds runs through a series of famous UFO-related cases, with reasons for considering them out-and-out fabrications or stemming from other, more intriguing causes. Rich puts in a plug for Kevin Randle's upcoming book on the Socorro case--which Reynolds thinks falls into that "more intriguing" category. (WM)

Professional research is not for the faint of heart, particularly in this internet age of tweeting trolls. But a gentleman studying the Voynich script recently took a chance and put his theory out there that the unbreakable cipher was actually a women's health manual written in shorthand. Seems like too simple an explanation to us, but the pros in the field apparently enjoyed ripping a strip from their fellow researcher. Try to play nice, guys. We still have a Cryptic Note Left by Antarctic Explorer Baffles Historians. An archivist looking over the CV for Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton found marginal notes that have left researchers puzzled. Or possibly hungry, because for now, it's unknown if the notations form a treasure map or are a listing of Shackleton's favorite sushi takeout. (CM)

Geologist David Bressan tackles the subject of Earthquake Lights (EQLs) such as those said to be seen over Mexico City during last week's deadly earthquake. The highly informative article contains little about UFOs save for its headline, but EQLs themselves are controversial and Bressan covers the history of the debate about their existence. Similarly, Paul Seaburn posts a profitable and fun piece noting that Earth May Be under Surveillance by Nine Alien Civilizations. Well, actually the odds of that exact number are vanishingly small, since the (named) exoplanets aren't considered good candidates for life "as we know it." But, hold on--Paul advises that as planetary detection projects continue, planets located both in the "Goldilocks" and what are called "transit zones" are certain to show up. Alejandro Rojas immediately dashes the title implication in his Lights Dance around the Sky in Arizona UFO Video. But the short piece well demonstrates how a modicum of reflection can explain footage some would immediately hail as ET. (WM)

If you ever wondered how the occupation of ghost hunter got to the point where EVP devices were just considered basic office equipment, you need to read this piece. A veritable compendium of how-we-got-to-where-we-are-today, this reference article isn't afraid to also dig into the possibility that what we consider voices from beyond the grave might in reality be simply a case of hearing what we want to hear. The fact is, sometimes there is Smoke Without Fire Part One.  Rens van der Sluijs offers his perspective on ancient indigenous Mexican illustrations depicting the planet Venus with a smoke trail. Was this a literal event, or a symbol of astronomical activity? Rens puts on his historian hat and delves into several long held theories. He goes into further detail in Smoke Without Fire Part Two. But When the Flame Leans Over, it's bad news, especially if you're working in a Virginian mine in the 1800s. Take your canary and go home.(CM)

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