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October 20

This story sounds a bit like a conspiracy theory, but Psychology Today isn't known for that sort of thing. It's hard to argue with science--if we don't possess the technology to launch pinpoint assaults with sonic weapons, it's a bit ridiculous to blame the Cuban government for whatever maladies recently struck down recent visiting US diplomats. In short, according to author Dr. Bartholomew, something strange is going on, and it's not strange sound waves. But if you want disturbing sounds, Brent Swancer has compiled Mysterious Disturbing and Sinister Audio Recordings. Make no mistake, these sound bites are deeply unsettling so we seriously urge our readers to use their own discretion before clicking the play button. (CM)

This story leaves us scratching our heads. A gentleman in Mississippi spotted what looked to be an unnaturally large cat--in other words, a Big Cat. Captured on video, the creature certainly looks large enough to merit notice. Authorities are passing it off as a really large house cat though. What are they feeding their pets in Mississippi lately? Further north a White Bird-Like Humanoid Accosts Rural South Dakota Witnesses. This account given to Lon Strickler is unembelished and clear, interesting and believable enough to leave you searching for similar accounts. (CM)

Dr. Phil & UFOs High Strangeness
Mark O'Connell describes the slant one program apparently uses to present UFO close encounter stories, reflecting something larger about how television shows treat the human condition in order to make advertising dollars. With An Atavistic Fear of the Unknown O'Connell launches from headline-grabbing considerations into a deeper rumination about what is at base the human urge to discover, and perhaps even meet, a truly "Other" intelligence in the cosmos. O'Connell notes that by the early 1980s Dr. J. Allen Hynek had come to believe that UFOs constituted "a new form of religion with some people--a dissatisfaction with the old-time religions in which people are looking for a scientific twist." Jose Antonio Caravaca senses a theme more fundamental than "ufology as religion" in Fatima Apparitions and the False Myth of UFO Supremacy. Caravaca's "Distortion Theory" disputes the notion that the Fatima apparitions were actually "UFO events" interpreted in a religious sense. Caravaca suggests that reports of the whole gamut of anomalous experiences are "a co-creation between the so-called external agent and the witnesses themselves," as explained in the Comments to this post. (WM)

Typically when we fall down we blame it on clumsiness, tripping over something, or being intoxicated. It's doubtful many of us have tried this Ohio woman's excuse of a ghost possessing her and making her tumble. But if she was telling the truth, many of us can start feeling much better about our lack of athletic prowess. And now for something just a teensy bit funny: Men flee Telangana village claiming a female ghost is attacking men. During the attacks, all the women of the village remained safely untouched. We suspect they have been having one large, extended girls' night since the mass male exodus to anywhere else. (CM)

Rich Reynolds does a "non-review" of Kevin Randle's new study of the 1964 Socorro, New Mexico Lonnie Zamora sighting. Rich basically just says "go out and get the book"--it's that good. Well, Reynolds does praise Encounter in the Desert for its completeness and objectivity, even though Rich somewhat shivers at a perceived "lean" toward an ET explanation for UFOs in the tome. Kevin's Tony Angiola and Ben Moss Interview reinforces the impression given by the Reynolds article. Almost incidentally, Randle here shows an enviable command of the case, including its more peripheral elements as well as the larger questions it raises. (WM)

October 19

Anthony Bragalia reveals a never-before-published photo and reports on the photographer's identity and certain features on the image, again both public "firsts" for this interesting December 1966 case. Bragalia also provides detailed information about the people most involved with this sighting and its photos. About 100 miles' distance and eight months after the Wanaque event, John Keel is recording his further adventures with the local contactees and their alien/android friends. With Special Cases--The Long Island File (59): Gerda, Joe, and a Letter from Apol, we see Keel's girlfriend, Gerda, experiencing odd happenings related to the alien Apol and his ilk. An occurrence slightly nearer the present is marked by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch in Pascagoula Alien Abduction Incident Anniversary. Local Fox News reporter Gina Tomlinson and her video camera person had some fun shooting the piece, but give us a largely straightforward exposition. The video features a person who was present when Charles Hickson and Calvin Parker came into the Jackson County, Mississippi, sheriff's department for questioning after their outlandish experience. The former deputy's account shows why this particular 1973 event is regarded with the credibility it has in ufological circles. (WM)

This account, complete with photographs, gives the feeling of something distinctly unnatural, as if a genetic experiment went awry, or steroids got into the water. Or perhaps an extreme emission of gamma rays? This certainly was not Kangaroo Jack. Since we're already in Australia, let's look at The Monsters of the Murray - and the Macquarie. Malcolm Smith provides a brief history of the Bunyip, i.e. the Australian water monster (not to be confused with the buff kangaroo mentioned above). We agree with his conclusion that stories of sea serpents have a way of rearing their long necks when news gets dull, which incidentally explains why no one has had a good sighting of Nessie in some time. (CM)

Reporter Keith McLeod has a short piece about threats made by Rendlesham witness-claimant Larry Warren against one Scottish UFO researcher. McLeod has only a small piece of the story, as a number of others who have clashed with Mr. Warren over his Rendlesham account and other activities have reported such threats and harassment over the years. The book that Warren co-wrote with fellow American Peter Robbins about the strange late December, 1980 events outside of an American air base in Great Britain has now been pulled from distribution by its current publisher, Cosimo Books. Mr. Robbins, who has admitted that he had been "had" by Mr. Warren, has now stated on Facebook: "I am in full if sad agreement with our publisher's decision to temporarily suspend publishing [Left at East Gate], and will more than understand if they ultimately decide to make this decision permanent." It appears that all of the Warren additions need to be purged from the story of "Britain's Roswell," unless independent and believable corroborating evidence is found for individual elements. A much simpler but still tragic story is recounted in Man Blames Aliens for Crime Spree. The confessed vandal states he is schizophrenic and his parents say he was off his medication and not eating or sleeping, and the sorry details of this article are in line with those claims. George Noory notes the similarities between this case and that of the recent Wyoming "time traveler," who was only arrested for public intoxication. (WM)

Jason Colavito reviews newly released promotional materials for Andrew Collins’s next book, The Cygnus Key: The Denisovan Legacy, Göbekli Tepe, and the Birth of Egypt. He describes it as "a bizarre and highly speculative revisionist history of civilization." There's an understatement. So perhaps it's no surprise then that Chapman University Survey Finds Majority of Americans Now Believe in Ancient Advanced Civilization, While a Third Believe in Ancient Astronauts. We just hope that the survey made a mistake in how it used the word "belief" because while believing in the possibility of an unknown is quite fortean, flat out believing in something that just happens to be hitting popular culture is a mistake. (CM)

Rich Reynolds has been delving profitably into old UFO magazines of late, and here are four good offerings from that effort. First up is an 1890s-style airship/crew encounter updated to the c. 1946 Ghost Rocket era--and perhaps beyond, more closely to the event's first publication in 1971. Rich sees it as a fictional tale expressive of post-WWII fears. With A 1956 UFO/Humanoid Appearance at Mitchel Air Force Base Rich gives us two fairly dramatic cases of humanoids and landed UFOs reported by the same individual from 1956 but separated by a few months and thousands of miles. Whatever the reality of these stories, Rich notes they aren't currently "part of the UFO topography." The obvious next question is: if that is true, why? With Serious Air Force Attention to Adamski "Saucer" Prototype Rich discusses the work of one William Clendenon, who took the classic George Adamski photograph of a "chicken brooder" UFO as the real deal, and whose work was in the late '60s taken seriously enough by some serious people. And ETs in Indiana (and I Missed Them?) has a potpourri of strange tales indicating that The Hoosier State is indeed more than merely a place one goes through to get somewhere else. Topping them all is a 1975 report of small silver-suited beings that "'skipped and floated across the road, in a slow motion manner'". This brings up the question by a Commenter, similar to that posed by the 1956 UFO/Humanoid article, of "Where oh where did all the encounter cases go?" (WM)

October 18

Bettina Rodriguez Aguilera is running for a U.S. Congressional seat from Florida. She's in the 27th District Republican primary against two much-better-known candidates, and her campaign chest is very low. But what's making you read this piece is that two videos have surfaced of Ms. Rodriguez Aguilera describing her experiences as an alien abductee. Reporter Joshua Rhett Miller has a relatively low-key treatment of the matter, sketching the background story and claims, and the connections and qualifications of the woman. In UFOs and Politics, Mark O'Connell has a sensible and sensitive commentary about this particular situation and its wider implications. (WM)

The tsunami that decimated Japan in 2011 continues to draw attention to itself, 6 years after causing a nuclear accident at the Fukushima reactor. Recently a small fibereglass boat completed its unmanned journey across the Pacific accompanied by a species of invasive algae capable of destroying any ocean ecosystem it decides to call home. This was definitely not the kind of ghost ship we at the Anomalist want to find. News from the other side of the world has Newlyweds Flying to the Bahamas Vanish in the Bermuda Triangle. Truth be known, it's been one heck of a storm season and the couple was flying a private plane, so anything could have taken them down. For now they are among statistics of those who planned their voyage through the notorious triangle, never to be seen again. (CM)

Three mainstream media treatments of "UFO" sightings from across the country. Julie Thompson recounts a March 17, 1981, law enforcement sighting of an unusual light associated with an even stranger noise that sounds taken directly from a '50s sci-fi movie. Reporter Julie Thompson updates the article with a light-hearted interview with the current Police Chief on response plans to a UFO landing. There's also an online poll showing that a surprisingly high percentage of the (self-selected) respondents think that aliens exist and have visited Earth. Fox News asks 'UFO' Spotted over Yellowstone Volcano? It shows a disappointing video, unless one likes counting geyser plumes. The piece meanders off into discussing a recent spate of earthquakes at Yellowstone, and states that "the risk of the Yellowstone supervolcano erupting is quite low, with a probability of one in 730,000." That claim as stated is missing something, which may also be true of the article. And ABC 13 Eyewitness News of Houston, Texas, has been getting some mileage lately from UFOs; its latest post being Strange Lights Appear over Grand Parkway in Katy. The lead embedded video is much less than exciting, but the other three are somewhat better.(WM)

After viewing this video you'll agree that whatever the school girls saw, it scared the living bejeebers out of them. True terror is hard to replicate. No idea what it was they were looking at, however as the creature/person/cryptid in the distance is far too small to identify. Dr. Beachcombing takes a shot at identifying The Monster of Ryde off the southern coast of England during World War II. Beach welcomes any information that would aid in identifying the strange creature that, while eventually hunted down and killed, was never positively identified. (CM)

October 17

In a hard-hitting and detailed article Kathleen Marden attacks positions and statements Dr. Carl Sagan and Dr. Benjamin Simon made about the experience her aunt Betty Hill and Betty's husband Barney had on September 19, 1961. Marden describes an evolution in Simon's thinking or public expressions and would ascribe his final expressions to self-interest and perhaps a real inability to accept the notion of space aliens interfering in human affairs. Sagan comes off as seeking to get "the entire UFO problem" off of the U.S. Government's back. Sagan's tactics chronicled by Marden in this case and by Mark O'Connell in his recent biography of Dr. J. Allen Hynek The Close Encounters Man may have sprung from additional considerations, as well. (WM)

Little Fairy on The Prairie Beachcombing's Bizarre History Blog
Fairies and fish occupy Dr. Beach this week. He looks back to the writings of Laura Ingalls Wilder hoping for rhyming revelations about prairie fairies but digs up only doggerel. Undeterred, he presents Singing Florida Mermaids, a fishy story from 1870, which told of the "siren, or mermaid fish" which was heard by a fisherman and his guide. But, cautioned the latter, don't eat 'em, or you'll be overcome with piscine passion. (LP)

A long time ago, a grad school colleague remarked "I hate facts; they get in the way of my theories." That sounds to be a guiding principle in the new Travel Channel series Expedition Unknown: The Hunt for Extraterrestrials. Jason Colavito eviscerates the second episode and its after show. If anything, the "After the Hunt" show sounds even more depressing, because the knowledge and attitudes of the folks responsible for the series would surely express themselves in the rest of its episodes. The sad thing is that the core of the "Ancient Astronauts" theory--that exotic civilizations may have visited this planet in the past--is worth consideration. Perhaps in the same vein is Weekly Observer reporter Anastasios Manaras' article Do We Share Our Planet with New Kinds of People? Doctor Researcher Claims to Have Found Evidence. It's unclear what "doctor-researcher" level degree Mary Rodwell holds, but she does claim a ton of different competencies and experience. Is this background and is the "evidence" enough to support Rodwell's notion that "some of the Asperger and ADHD conditions diagnosed in ... ["Star"] children are in fact a sign of hidden abilities arising directly from genetic manipulation by a technologically advanced extraterrestrial breed"? Or are there other possibilities less unlikely and perhaps more productive of assisting such individuals? (WM)

Joshua Cutchin on BoA:Audio Binnall of America
Super-casual host Tim Binnall and the chatty author of A Trojan Feast and The Brimstone Deceit shoot the breeze for almost three hours, focusing mostly on Cutchin's recent trip to Ireland and his investigations into fairy forts and lore there, which will be the subject of his third book, out next year. There are a few tangents into politics and the gun culture in America as well. Elsewhere, Carlos S. Alvarado conducts a print interview with David Luke, Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Greenwich, on the subject of his latest book: Otherworlds: Psychedelics and Exceptional Human Experience.(PH)

October 16

Still Looks Like Rain Herald Tribune
Mainstream journalist Billy Cox comes back out of "UFO semi-retirement" to offer a solid three-pronged article. First up is an anecdotal story about a former colleague who, while in the service, "was there" during an October 1968 Minot Air Force Base UFO incident. The current news in the piece is Cox' discussion of the Tom DeLonge crowd-sourcing effort behind his To the Stars Academy of Arts & Science. Whatever the worth of DeLonge's ideas or purpose underlying the PR, Cox misdoubts the current Mainstream Media's interest in the initiative and consequently the project's ultimate success. The overall and more fundamental takeaway is Billy Cox' despair over "how deeply into denial and aggressive ignorance our culture has descended." Kevin Randle weighs in on Tom DeLonge and UFOs with a more than cautionary look at the DeLonge project. Kevin uses a Jason Colavito analysis of the "financial arrangements of the organization" DeLonge and his colleagues hope to launch to cast doubt upon the company's main purpose. And Randle provides his own analysis of the history and current claims DeLonge has proffered, underscoring that, so far, the actual deliverables haven't matched the hype. (WM)

A family in Malaysia has been under siege recently with a spate of unexplainable house fires. The family is blaming spirits, but exorcists have been unable to make an impact on the incendiary situation. Without knowing more about what the house is built on, or built from, it's very difficult to guess, but we'd recommend looking past the ethereal and examining more carefully the electrical.  We also have more on the Mysterious Explosions Are Being Heard Around the World. As a ginormous chunk of space rock came disturbingly close to Earth on Friday and the folks at NASA rubbed their hands together with glee at the thought of trying out their new defense system, a fellow in Australia has taken a walkabout and found the smoking gun. Or rather, the smoking hole. Do all these sky explosions mean our planet is being bombarded with meteors? (CM)

Professional ghost hunters Dana Matthews and Greg Newkirk recently took civilian Eliza Thompson on a job with them. While their guest may have had her life flash before her eyes several times, she didn't seem overly traumatized. Come to think of it, she didn't seem in a hurry to go on another hunt either. One thing you won't find the curators of the Traveling Museum of the Paranormal and the Occult doing is damaging public property or the environment in the name of the chase. Not so over the pond, however: Ghost Hunters 'Haunt' UK Forest, Dering Woods specifically, an area with a rich paranormal history. Unfortunately, the media and intrepid investigators are ruining the area as they descend upon it with television crews, campsites, and littering. This is why angry nightmare idols were invented. Don't say they weren't warned. (CM)

The go-to source for Hispanic UFO reports has three short and intriguing older cases. Alfonso Salazar provides images relating to a purported July 29, 1977, UFO crash into a mountain range in Puebla State, in east-central Mexico. Salazar is writing a book about this case, which is said to feature a "UFO battle" and subsequent NASA recovery effort. We move to 1998 and South America for Chile: Inquest into Paihuano UFO Crash Requested 19 Years after the Event. This sounds rather like the Mexican story and an "X-Files" program with its crash, government retrieval, and conflicting explanations. Forward to a September 5, 2006, case with Mexico: A Mothership over Nuevo Leon?. No crash here, but an interesting video, a frame of which shows what looks to be some type of weird balloon that was said to disgorge "dozens of spheres" over about a quarter of an hour's time. Looking at the video, "dozens" seems to be an underestimate. (WM)

October 15

Are ghosts a liability or an asset? What kind of prospective homeowner is cool with a spooky roommate? Alejandro Rojas prove he knows more than just flying saucers by tackling the tricky topic of g-g-ghosts. After crunching those numbers, Michael Grosso shares A Supernatural Incident In The Vietnam War from a Clifton, NJ cop. Was the cop's life saved by an otherworldly being, or could it have been an admonitory hallucination? Wrapping up, Chris Woodyard has a horse of a different color in the form of some Cats Of Many Colors from the Isle of Islay. Brave readers who tackle the transcribed dialect will find their curiosity satisifed, bringing them back to Haunted Ohio Books on a regular basis. (CS)

Here's an odd bit of sync. On October 2nd, we tweeted out a list of creepy urban legends from every state mentioning the Westfield Watcher House as New Jersey's best. As of this week, the media's reporting how the house is back on the market. Coincidence? The asking price, cited by Justin Zaremba, has dropped but it's hardly a steal. Fortunately some trolls stick to the internet, rather than real life which is infinitely malleable when it comes to opinion. Case in point: Indiana Jones And The Cosmic Schmucks where people who think they're right argue with those who are right yet still get everything wrong. By the way, new design at The Daily Grail and now it's mobile-friendly! Will wonders never cease? Perhaps not as Red Pill Junkie Channels Fátima on the Miracle of the Sun's centennial, mixing faith and UFOs. Dan Brown wishes he could uncover a conspiracy of this magnitude with psychics, Venus, and war. (CS)

Can Truth Prevail? Skepticism About Science And Medicine
Can political correctness adversely affect science? Henry Bauer shares his opinion about how walking on eggshells may be a disservice to topics like HIV, global warming, among others. Another obstacle to practicing science is letting one's personal beliefs and prejudices get in the way of data, writes Chris Reeve, especially for those appreciating Science As A Personal Journey. Just remember to keep an open mind, but not so open that your brain falls out. Speaking of which, everyone's favorite stoner and MMA color commentator invites Russell Brand To Talk About Changing The Paradigm And Transforming Our Consciousness on Joe's popular podcast. We're grateful that Greg Taylor warns us to stop listening sometime in the second half where the banter becomes more focused on mixed-martial arts than raising humanity's 5D vibrations. (CS)

October 14

Thor Heyerdahl's Kon-Tiki expedition proved the feasability of South America's population spreading into Polynesia, but how does it jibe with reality? Humanity's favorite new toy, DNA analysis, raises serious questions for this maverick theory. From Nicholas St. Fleur to Brett Tingley, we have another revelation concerning ancient mariners. A Deciphered Ancient Tablet Sheds Light On Mysterious 'Sea People' notorious for causing nothing but grief for ancient Egyptians. Fred Woudhuizen and Eberhard Zangger have deciphered this curious text but mainstream archaeologists are skeptical, since the original tablet wound up destroyed for use as building material leaving only a rubbing for posterity. (CS)

While Greg doesn't want his last name published, he's keen on spreading the word about a potential extant Thylacinus specimen roaming his neighborhood. Fortunately Christian Tatman was nearby to spread the word to the faithful. Another romantic who doesn't want to disbelieve is Jane Goodall. She's still Open To The Idea Of Bigfoot-Like Creatures existing out in the bush and the mononymous Rich shares her elevator pitch. We're just concerned at the use of "bigfoot-like", as if it gives mainstream biologists an out to discredit cryptozoologists should there be hard evidence of a sasquatch. Forteans laid out decades of groundwork, but if a few details don't match up with reality then forteans are still cranks for not being 100% correct. Take Valdar's admonition, "The Common Western Depiction Of The Yeti Is Wrong" and how expectations often don't match reality. Whether we have the facts straight or not, Carl Zimmer Can't Rule Out Bigfoot for one reason: the null hypothesis. Rather than dismissing 'squatching out of hand, the null hypothesis encourages us to continue searching in hopes of disproving the big guy. (CS)

If there's one topic that raises mainstream science's hackles, it's consciousness. Since we don't understand consciousness, it leaves the door open to lots of crazy theories based on strong data. Like near-death experiences, and Stuart Preston welcomes Edward Kelly for an in-depth analysis of the survival of consciousness and its non-material nature. Another contentious issue is meditati^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H mindfulness. Everybody's doing it and reaping the benefits, according to Bret Stetka some eggheads wonder, "Where's the Proof That Mindfulness Meditation Works?" Maybe they're going about it the wrong way. Yet another mystery is being untangled, but its far from unravelling the knotty hard problem of consciousness. A little bird told Dave Roos how The Nocebo Effect Showing Pain Isn't All In Your Brain. (CS)

Oh about yay-tall, hairless, big black eyes, and gray skin. Oh! We're talking about "science". What makes Doug Bonderud's article particularly intriguing is Now is part of Northrop Grumman which may tickle your fancy. Maybe Northrop's already implemented a starship using the contentious EmDrive as a propulsion source, and Doug's hinting at their yet-to-be released data from their secret space program. Speaking of which, Robby Berman is curious if pilot wave theory Is The Big Secret Behind The Mysterious EmDrive. An interesting proposal, considering there's New Support For An Alternate Quantum View making the model more mainstream than fringey in quantum physics. To be brief, it's a new take on the mechanism behind the double-slit experiment with provocative implications. Meanwhile, up in New Hampshire, David Brooks insists "No, A Meteorite Didn't Start That Forest Fire In The North County." Why? Well, you'll have to see how John Gianforte weighs in on the topic. (CS)

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