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The Anomalist

November 26

Remember when The UFO Iconoclast(s) went off the air earlier this year? Some conjectured it happened in a fit of pique. Now Anthony Bragalia gives his version of the sordid mess, and its connection to the 'Roswell slides'. There's alleged threats, hackings, FBI involvement, and Anthony's deleted blog posts spurring the brief death of Rich's site. It'd be specious to believe deleting a whole website is evidence of guilt, and in the spirit of balanced and fair coverage, Rich Reynolds shares The Real Truth, About The Slides, Mr. Bragalia's Postings, And UFO People, and responds, point by point, to The Bragalia Saga. Rich suggests there's more to be made. What's important is both parties have Resolved The Roswell Hacking Story. But if you thought that was the end of the story, it's not: Hacking, Tony and the Roswell Slides, Part II.(CS)

An ill-tempered, violent, and angry boat captain refuses to leave his home in Maysville, NC, despite the fact he's been dead for close to 100 years. He also doesn't want anyone else living there either, much less renovating the old house and has successfully chased away anyone foolhardy enough to try. Now the house stands ramshackle and empty...well, almost empty as a medium explains. The house has other ghostly residents, too, including an even older Indian chief and children. A cantankerous former home owner refusing to leave even after death is one pretty familiar ghostly archetype seen time and again, but even more popular than those old guys is the sad ghost girl wandering about, seeking her long-lost lover, as in this legendary haunt in Grimsby, England where They say the ghost of a lovely maiden still walks in Irby Dale and has for several decades. This particular ghostly lady is said to be looking for her lost love as well, which seems a bit silly since he's the one that supposedly murdered her. Meanwhile, Exorcists called in to deal with school spirit at public school in the Philippines where 35 students claimed to be possessed by the angry spirits of two mango trees that were cut down to make way for an expansion of the school buildings, aka a very creative way to get out of classes for a day or two. Despite the mass hysteria, no students (or mangos) were harmed in the incident. (MB)

Ken Summers of Who Forted has unraveled the mystery of the "Green Man" who reportedly haunts an abandoned train tunnel in Pittsburgh, an urban legend that's spooked kids out for a thrill for the past half a century. Summers uncovered the truth and proved that, as usual, truth is stranger than fiction and in this case, also a lot sadder than fiction. We sincerely hope that "Charlie No-Face" isn't doomed to roam the train tracks as a ghost because his sad life certainly gave him more than his fair share of misery. (MB)

November 25

This investigative report covers no new ground, really, and focuses on the work of Jose Escamilla who has devoted many years to studying the RODS mystery. The usual skeptical arguments present themselves--it's birds, bugs, distant airplanes, and one skeptic even tests the theory by taking photos of a porch light surrounded by moths and produced pictures of...blurry moths that look similar to RODS. But Escamilla insists that the phenomenon he's seen in some photos are in the distance and up to 100 feet long. That's a big bird, bug, or airplane...Over in Brazil, a UFO Follows a GOL Airliner Tuesday Afternoon Off Santa Catarina and a passenger captures it in photographs not once but dozens of times, and not only that but he also managed to take photos of another similar object on the other side of the plane. What were these luminous spheres traveling fast enough to keep up with an airliner? And why are they commonly sighted over the Amazon? Lastly, there seems to be much drama afoot in the case of those Roswell slides that are not getting attention from mainstream media. According to The UFO Trail, the Roswell Slides Saga Involved Email Hacks and Surveillance, Community Member Claims. The hacks and surveillance involves some well-respected names in the UFO community and the source of these claims said their communications about the slides were intercepted by a "three letter agency". (MB)

This cute little guy that looks like a cross between a tapir and a rhino was likely exactly that--a missing link that joins up rhinos, tapirs and horses on the evolutionary line, confirming what many scientists believed but could not yet prove until the fossils of the Rhino Horse were discovered recently in India. Meanwhile, Karl Shuker follows up on a anomalous bird mystery that's bugged him since 1972 as he explains how he's been Ogling the Ogridge, outdoors and online-identifiying a longstanding mystery bird of mine. (MB)

November 24

Peter Wiemer is leading a grassroots movement to give Bigfoot protection on the Endangered Species list, but judging from the reactions of his local Chautaugua, New York legislators he's got a long way to go. " “You’re not going to be looked at as being crazy,” said Wiemer, who spoke during the public portion of the meeting when citizens are given a chance to address the legislature. Some of the lawmakers rolled their eyes, while others covered their mouths, perhaps to hold back their laughter." Meanwhile, another spokesperson for Bigfoot has had a lot to say recently, and you can watch Todd Standing Speaking at Sasquatch Summit, courtesy of Bigfoot Evidence. Then after your mind has attempted to digest that, wander over to Karl Shuker's blog and read some cryptic news that's slightly easier to swallow as Shuker discusses the Flying toads and flying gurnards (and add "gurnard" to your list of obscure words to use in Scrabble.) Then read on as Shuker grouses about the Rackelhahn: A spectacularly cross-tempered crossbreed of the feathered variety. (MB)

Not much to say about this story because there's no evidence to say anything about since Tom Carey refuses to release the actual images to the media, and here's a word of caution--the image at the top of this aticle and just about every other article about this is not one of the actual images. It's a still from the infamous alien autopsy video from 1995. In other words, without the images this is a non-article. Not news. The opposite of information. Without the photos in question, this story is the Dead Parrot of news stories and we are so unimpressed we're pining for the fjords ourselves...Bill Chalker issues a slightly more useful word of caution as he passes along the fact that a blimp has been sighted over Sydney recently and is something to keep in mind when catching sight of unusual lights in the sky in Australia. He asks, Did a "Lightship" airship help create the alien abduction mileu? (MB)

The 1300 year old codex inscribed on parchment contains vital spells that any ritual practitioner might need in his day-to-day spellcasting, from medical treatments to love spells. This witchy wiki has been translated into english but 20 pages of handwritten, free-flowing words and illustrations turns out to be just 6 pages in a modern day book, explains author Dan Harms, who recently reviewed the Coptic Handbook of Ritual Power and cautions that though you can own a printed copy of it for $100 but it's only 6 pages and the rest is very expensive filler. It'd be easier and cheaper to conjure up your own translation using the magical powers of the internet. (MB)

November 23

At a loss for a cover design to Darklore 8, Greg Taylor fell in love with Steve Richard's highly-detailed drawings. One would think Steve's been at it for years, but the "Cosmic Joker" has been drawing these masterpieces since December 2012. Guess the Mayans were right about something for someone. While his art may be immortal, Steve remains mere flesh and blood. If we lose him, and we fervently hope we don't, maybe there's a way to back up his talent? One Physicist Says Human Intention Physically Exists, Can Be Imprinted Into a Machine. Recently, Tara MacIsaac was able to get Dr. William Tiller to tell her all about his experiments, reminiscent of Masaru Emoto, and the crazy gadget with a miraculous ability to record one's intent. Also of interest is the curious, non-coherent energy in a vacuum some call zero-point energy. Bringing us to Strange Electromagnetic Dimensions: The Science Of the Unexplainable. Covered in Louis Proud's latest book is the curiously tragic tale of Roy Sullivan, the "Human Lightning Rod". We leave it to you to decide if it's a case of being subject to the Laws of Attraction, or bad luck. (CS)

Amateur astronomers, and space agencies, have been keeping an eye on something the Russkies put into orbit last May. This gadget isn't alone, notes Alejandro Rojas, with the Chinese maneuvering Shijian 15, and the Americans having recently brought home their X-37B. Are earthlings gazing up at a new Cold War in low-earth orbit, or are our major powers teaming up against a greater, outside threat? Take that Triangle UFO Hovering Over Alabama I-495's Bridge last Wednesday. The MUFON report says it appeared to be a two-seater plane, but Roger Marsh has a few ideas of his own. Turning to our mistaken identity department, Ashley Feinberg presents A Brief History Of People Thinking Google's Loon Balloons Are UFOs. (CS)

After the recent collapsed sinkholes in Siberia, Solikamsk is the first inhabited area to be evacuted after the bottom fell out, writes Sarah Zhang. The cause is less mysterious, but the correspondence between both phenomena is intriguing. If the good people of the Perm region decide to rebuild, The Anomalist recommends browsing their local history books, or consulting Derek Lambie. He wants to know Who Built This Unusual 1,300-Year-Old Siberian Palace... and Why? Archaeologists suggest the Russians didn't build this 8 acre complex, nor was it inhabited year 'round. It appears Por-Bajin could be our planet's first ghost city. (CS)

Lions and angry rhinoceroses are no match for Africa's weirdest denizens. Take the nefarious tokoloshe, best known for raising all kinds of mischief. Outside Soweto a family took care of one infestation, a giant rat, only for someone to curse their home with muthi guaranteed to draw a tokoloshe. Other Africans might be pursuing drastic methods to cleanse their homes, as Saliu Gbadamosi-Bauchi reports 9 Houses Burnt In Another Mysterious Fire in Bauchi. Officials are at a loss regarding the agency behind these fires since the tokoloshe are wily li'l bastards. (CS)

November 22

Usually Billy Cox discusses the Great Taboo, but today he tackles the Great Tease. Once again the "Roswell slides" have entered the scene, like Chekov's gun, and Tom Carey missed last week's opportunity of a lifetime at American University to put up or shut up. Instead, anomalists got everything but the images, amounting to so much swamp gas. Rich Reynolds says it best about The Roswell Slides: The Alien Autopsy All Over Again! Fingers crossed Rich doesn't get his supreme moment of gloating. After all, gloating isn't seemly for one of the internet's prominent UFO researchers. Everyone can agree, the photos passed off today as 'flying saucers' just don't measure up like The William Rhodes UFO Photo. Ah, nostalgia. (CS)

This isn't your ordinary bigfoot encounter. A lady calling into the Sasquatch Chronicles recalls a harrowing chase that brought her face-to-face with a hairy biped. Her description of the beast's skin, fur, and behavior, coupled with the palpable anxiety in her voice recalling the encounter, lends credibility to the tale. A great find from Craig Woolheater! Bigfoot's not the only cryptid leaving footprints all over the place, as Chris Chaos remembers The Devil's Footprints in Devon, England circa February 1855. He doesn't say if this devil is related to New World counterpart, but reading between the lines the connection is clear. And while waiting for the Xanax to kick in, relax with Glasgow Boy as he shares a New Dinsdale Letter For The Archive mentioning a rare sighting of Nessie ambling ashore. (CS)

If this "ancient CD-ROM" is an homage to motherhood, then the Voynich Manuscript is a weirdly illustrated King James Bible. While Gareth Owens has his own hypothesis behind its meaning, Dilip Rajeev disagrees with his own, leaving Martin J. Clemens with the unenviable task of refereeing this academic dust-up. Why can't they be more like Dr. Beachcombing, uncovering obscure texts full of juicy curiosities. For example, an Arab's description of an Ethiopian Boat Arriving In The Mediterranean. In this case, those plucky sailors took the scenic route. Except their trip didn't take 'em around the Cape of Good Hope. This supposition is less controversial than the Spirit Pond Inscriptions Showing The Holy Grail Was Taken to North America. April Holloway shares Scott Wolter's outrageous proposition, making The Da Vinci Code read like The Rise And Fall Of The Roman Empire." If Templars and Ethiopians can traverse the globe, is it so crazy to believe Jesus Christ spearheaded theology's most famous prison break? EsoterX is in talks with major film studios to bring the heretical story of The Harrowing Of Hell to theaters near you for Summer 2015. Another great read is Owen Jarus's summary of a recently deciphered Ancient Egyptian Handbook Of Spells, compiled by yet another group of heretics known as the Sethians. And check out Dan Harms' review of the book in Today’s Review. (CS)

That professor's name? David Jacobs, and he recounts the available evidence leading him to his conclusion. If this nefarious scheme is well underway, then aliens have a head start having abducted more than a million Americans. What would hybrids look like anyway? One possibility being a Boy Born With 8 Limbs Causing A Religious Panic in India. Appreciating the science-fictional themes in Indian epics, this poor kid might be a prime example. In the meantime, Paul Seaburn's waiting for the DNA test results proving the baby's really out of this world. More physical evidence could be found in A Fossilized Dragon-Man. Check the comments, for once, as Tfry puts Chris Savia straight on this museum piece. (CS)

The power of YouTube compels you... to watch this video. Reddit user Ugmar insists the participants are sincere, but crossposting it to /r/atheism reeks of shenanigans. Things are a bit more controversial in the Philippines with 14 Students Possessed around Cebu City. Emergency prayers and holy water have been administered, and the kids are recovering nicely according to Jessa Agua. On the other hand, politicians insist this is a case of mass hysteria. Let's see how hysterical they are when the pea soup is flying. Meanwhile in the Land of the Rising Sun, last Sunday a Suicidal Spirit Startled Straphangers at Izumiōtsu Station. Turns out incidents like this aren't uncommon in Japan. Commenters make a good point, demanding "Where's the security footage?" If Amy Bruni Can Share A Ghostly Apparition Of An Old Lady In Her Family Photos, how can Earth's largest technocracy not cough up some spooky video? Getting back to Amy, her picture echoes the Solway Firth Spaceman, and Nannette Richford has the rest of this eerie story. (CS)

Our coverage of these booms was lacking, not because they weren't anomalous enough, but our staff were hiding under our desks. Good thing Paul Seaburn's made of sterner stuff, reminding us how all roads lead back to Wright-Pat. Maybe, just maybe, the same terrifying noises were heard over Cydonia Mensae many aeons ago. After all, one Scientist Says Aliens Nuked Martians And We May be Next. This startling pronouncement comes from Dr. John Brandenburg's Death on Mars: The Discovery of a Planetary Nuclear Massacre, and Paul makes sense of the madness with maps, images from NASA, and maverick science beyond imagining. (CS)

November 21

Much like his American cousin Bigfoot, the Tek Tek has made national parks his home and routinely frightens and fascinates visitors. Also like Bigfoot, his reputation and extremely bad smell precedes him in encounters. Meanwhile, Tek Tek's other brother from another mother, the Yeti was caught up in history during World War II when the Nazis Thought Yeti Could Be Progenitor of Aryan Race. Luckily for the Yeti, the Nazis abandoned that theory pretty quickly after being told the creature was likely the Tibetan bear instead. Aside from that rather embarrassing blip in its history, the Yeti has played a long-running part in the culture of Nepal where the cryptid is honored in local festivals. (MB)

The Swedish singer discusses UFOs, abductions and life on alien worlds with Lee Speigel. Yes, it's every bit as bizarre as it sounds. Apparently, having mentioned UFOs in one song makes one some sort of UFO expert...It'd take a really special sort of expert to rationally explain this latest Mars anomaly until we really believe that the Giant Skull-Like Object on Mars Could be From 10-Foot Alien. Yes, it does look a lot like a skull in the "after" image after a lot of photo manipulation and a good deal of imagination, but it's more like seeing images in clouds. We're a lot more intrigued in the video at the end of this article that purports to show an alien riding an ATV-like vehicle across the surface of Mars! All you need is a bit of sun reflection, some blurry pixels and Spongebob Squarepants' Imaaaaagination Box in order to see what's not really there on the surface of Mars, like the ruins of a castle. Nope, Huffington Post, it sure doesn't get "more intestine than studying an ancient culture on another world." (MB)

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