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The Anomalist

September 2

Despite the awkward puns (and infuriatingly frustrating website design), USA Today shares a pretty interesting profile on two Mississippi Bigfoot investigators who set out to solve the mystery themselves after having their own sightings of a large, hairy humanoid creature. Meanwhile, the Finding Bigfoot crew stomps, knocks and yells their way through the wilderness once again as they explore Pennsylvania in search of Bigfoot.

Giant Spider Stories Above Top Secret
Karl Shuker is still on his giant spider kick as he shares more disturbing giant spider encounters and ATSers chime in with their own run-ins with overgrown, eight-legged horrors. Fortunately, the reports of dog-sized spiders are likely still restricted to the realm of urban legends. However, another cryptid creature refuses to stay in the world of the impossible as more reports of black panthers surface in Virginia. Are these big black cat sightings real or just cat tales? Experts still continue to insist that cougars simply do not exist in the Blue Ridge Mountain area, and black cougars are so rare that it's highly unlikely one would be roaming the woods in Virginia, but witnesses give some very detailed sightings that seem to indicate the opposite.

We don't know about you but we've noticed a curious upswing in the amount of UFO sightings that involve a hovering craft lately. This particular UFO hovered in place for over two hours and resembled nothing less than a giant Christmas tree ornament, though some witnesses swear it was just a quadcopter. Just as with Photoshop and ghost apps putting a damper on genuine ghost photos, drones and quadcopters are edging out real UFO sightings...The Brisbane Times notes an increase in UFO sightings overall in the Queensland region, with quite a few of them being of the "classic" saucer shape variety. And finally, Kevin Randle takes a closer look at the supposed alien carved Roswell Rock and declares it yet another "failed artifact" associated with Roswell. As a commenter quips, "Sometimes a rock is just a rock." The Crop Circle Research Foundation shares quite a few examples of other Roswell Rocks which were sold as souvenirs at UFO conferences in the 1990s.

September 1

Director Dan Drasin gives us a full view of his as yet still unfinished documentary on EVP and ITC research. This is an excellent primer for people who aren't too familiar with the history behind EVP and ITC research, and the work of early researchers such as Konstantin Raudive and Sarah Estep. It also outlines the work of present day researchers and profiles the efforts of the Association Transcommunication with Tom and Lisa Butler, Big Circle and also the ongoing research of Anabela Cardoso and the ITC Journal. We consider this documentary a must-see, even if it is a little rough around the edges. On the subject of recording ghostly evidence, All About Occult has an interesting article on the debate whether or not EMF Meters, Voice Recorders, and Other Devices Are Unscientific. Unfortunately, the use of Comic Sans made our annoyance meters ping.

Doctors, nurses, hospice workers, and caregivers are often the ones who are the first to hear of a patient's near death experience, and their representatives on the discussion panels of the recently concluded International Association For Near-Death Studies 2014 Conference say that these experiences should be acknowledged and not dismissed or ridiculed. NDEs are far more common than we even imagine and a normal part of a brush with death, or the process of death itself, according to numerous researchers like Dr Carla Wills Brandon. So what are the next steps in NDE experiences? A panel of scientists and researchers discussed this question at the same conference, concluding that the most important points are to legitimize study in mainstream society, conducting further research in countries that have little or no such research being done, and creating a bigger picture of death experiences as a whole, linking near death experiences with deathbed visions and other aspects of dying.

The biggest mystery surrounding this gory discovery is that the experts continue to insist that the feet are simply a random occurrence and are not the work of some twisted serial killer, despite the fact that these feet are appearing in the same area of the Northwest and almost always during the month of August and have been since 1997. It remains a creepy, grisly mystery that may never be solved.

The 9000-year-old Kennewick Man now has a face, and we know that he was a seal hunter who suffered several broken bones and injuries throughout his life. But as each mystery is solved about Kennewick Man's life, other mysteries emerge. Surprisingly, he resembles Asian or Polynesian people rather than Native Americans and the evidence seems to clearly indicate that Kennewick Man originated from as far away as Asia. How did he end up in North America? Was he alone or did he migrate with a group? This seal hunter may have been the loneliest man in the world during his lifetime, but in a twist of bizarre irony, he's now at the center of constant, endless debate and publicity...Meanwhile, another ancient skeleton may solve part of the enduring mystery surrounding the origin and way of life of the Sumerians as Scientists Prepare to Solve Mystery of Sumerian DNA via the skeleton's intact set of teeth. Nicknamed Noah, the skeleton was rediscovered in the basement of the Penn Museum after being misplaced for 80 years following a 1930 Ur expedition.

August 31

We're in for a wild ride, anomalists. Conducting the first leg of our journey is Paul Dale Roberts, working a hot tip about xenophobic reptilians living in northern California. Let's just say the person who called upon Haunted and Paranormal Investigations is far stranger than she claims of her neighbors. Plus there's a nifty ghost hunt! In Russia, witnesses pursue giant humanoids. But in America, Giant Humanoid Pursues Witnesses. What a country! Lon Strickler, by way of Albert Rosales, sets up the story of a Spaniard being tasered by an unseen force, then chased by glowing spheres, 'til stumbling into the aforementioned colossus. Queerer still is what they found upon returning to the scene the very next day. Of course anyone can tell a story, but photoshopping... er, taking a picture takes effort. Was the 'Ghost Of A Little Girl' Photographed In The Notorious Haunted Mansion Loftus Hall? Ollie McAteer has the original shot and a blown up section featuring the spook, but we'll leave it to you to decide on its veracity.

Mid-to-late August is jellyfish season at the Jersey shore, but finding a luminous specimen in one's backyard is ridiculous! Roger Marsh has a report from Washington Township where a lady might've encountered an atmospheric organism hovering six feet above her lawn. Next in the UFO traffic report, our man in the field, Alejandro Rojas, covers a UFO Photo Taken At Van Lake In Turkey. The photographer claims not to have seen the eerie purple glow, leading Alejandro to wonder if it was just lens flare. Since we don't know what kind of device was used to capture this shot, the camera's sensitivity to infrared may have played a role here since the iPhone 3GS is known for taking pictures in that spectrum. As for the rest of the fleet, one 'Huge' UFO Was Reported Hovering Over A Small Texas Town last weekend. Less interesting are some UFOs Caught On Video Over Skyros Island In Greece. From the footage, it's just two red dots, and halfway through, the footage is slowed down 50% with no discernible effect. Sigh.

These lights made the rounds last week, but good ol' Lee Speigel boosts the signal amidst noise from jokers, debunkers, and big-s skeptics. He points out how shortly after the Houston video hit YouTube, similar videos were posted with mainstream media and earnest armchair UFOlogists attempting to correlate 'em. Prepare to facepalm once you see how far MSM twisted the story into watered-down filler rather than seriously addressing the topic. Jesse Ferrell's coverage of some Weather Mistaken As UFOs, Recent Pennsylvania Reports continues to confuse the issue. At no time does Jesse say what kind of weather phenomenon caused those red lights over Stephanie Wilkerson's house. If this was meteorological, it could've been a red sprite in this anomalist's estimation. Instead, we have a thoughtless attempt at debunking couched as 'skepticism', with a few half-hearted quotes from UFO chasers portrayed as wackjobs rather than as serious researchers.

August 30

Nazca lines. The Cerne Abbas Giant. Saskatchewan? Long before the white man left an indelible mark upon Mount Rushmore, Native Americans graced the landscape with mysterious geoglyphs. David Rookhuyzen joins Linea Sundstrom, Ian Brace, and Adrien Hannus for a roundtable discussion of these enigmatic effigies, and the cultures responsible for making them. Glaringly omitted is Alberta, Canada's indian face found on Google Maps many moons ago. Too tame for you armchair anthropologists? Dig Dr. Greg Little's discourse on Ancient Astronauts Possibly Influencing American Mound Builders's Beliefs About Death. Greg outlines the startling, stellar synergy between Native American thanatology, and curious artifacts lending gravitas to the otherworldy origins of indian tribes. He and Andrew Collins go further in depth on the topic in their book Path Of Souls.

Ebola's all the rage, if you follow mainstream news, but there's stuff out there far stranger than a fatal virus that only melts you from the inside. One in seven people suffer from 'confusional arousal' which isn't as fun as you'd think! We're happy Tanya Lewis isn't prone to this malady, lending lucidity to investigations behind this queer, pathological grogginess. And soon to be trending on some anti-vaxxer website is the Associated Press's coverage of Hundreds Of Teenage Girls In Colombia Struck By Mystery Illness. Columbians are demanding an investigation into Gardasil's potential negative effects of on their daughters after 200 girls in El Carmen de Bolivar complained of non-specific symptoms after receiving shots.

Grayfaces can complain this phenomenon can be boiled down to a case of selective attention. Maybe paranoia, among the more open-minded debunkers. If they reviewed the data, rather than dismissing it, statistics show something is happening here. Tara MacIsaac outlines the data and methodologies of Dean Radin and Rupert Sheldrake, which eliminate the phenomenon being random chance. If science can prove something is happening with the sense of being stared at, Can Science Shed Light On Film's 'Out-Of-Body' Plot? Maybe, but but Keith Mulvihill does a bang-up job showing both sides of the coin, and illustrating some techniques to try at home. Whether this phenomenon is a proprioceptive hallucination or something beyond our understanding demands further inquiry. Do these experiences answer J.B. Rhine's eternal question, "Is There Anything Non-Physical About Man?" Rhine would say it's more important to look at the statistics, rather than the personal anecdotes that draw forteans like moths to a flame. With a mix of his unsurpassed erudation, and a few old copies of FATE, The Professor presents an article that gives Wikipedia's entry a run for its money.

August 29

Do you have an extra 5k or so (definitely “or so,” actually) burning a hole in your pocket? Why not place a bid for the historic Shipton Yeti footprint photographs taken during the 1951 Everest expedition. Christie’s has them on offer at the moment. Then, if you want to do the right thing, donate them to the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine. It’s the best way to make these historical items available to all cryptozoologists. In other cryptozoology news of note, Glasgow Boy takes on an old skeptic’s argument which goes: since steamship tourism was popular on Loch Ness during the time of Queen Victoria, why do we not hear of any Nessie sightings from these passengers in the archives of books and newspapers? A thorough analysis of the issue, complete with actual numbers, leads Glasgow Boy to conclude that, in fact, “the claim … is not borne out by the numbers.” And speaking of numbers, after A Decade of Sorting Out Monkey Business: Researcher Describes Five New Species of Amazonian Saki Monkeys, all of which came from the examination of 36 museums in 17 countries.

Mrs Wakeman vs. The Antichrist Beachcombing's Bizarre History Blog
Professor Beachcombing reviews Robert Damon Schneck’s forthcoming book and it looks to be a winner: “…we welcome now onto the stage a dauphin, who just arrived through the post, Robert Damon Schneck author of a new book Mrs Wakeman vs. the Antichrist. RDS provides ten chapters all of which take on an event or a theme and ‘shake them to death’, and there can be no greater compliment from one historian to another.” Schneck’s cases, which include the delusional Mrs Wakeman, the man in Room 41, and a bigfoot encounter in Ape Canyon, have been “chosen carefully from the wine cellar of the past for their strange boquet and dark colour by a truly diabolical sommelier.” It should be noted that Schneck's previous volume of diabolical historical deconstructions is The President’s Vampire: Strange-but-True Tales of the United States of America, published by Anomalist Books.

Greg Taylor says goodbye to a long-standing Fortean mystery, the wandering stones of Death Valley, California. After 50 years of speculation, scientists have actually seen the process that causes the rocks to move on the desert lake bed. Turns out that in the winter, a pond freezes atop the playa, then when it eventually breaks apart into sheets of ice, these ice sheets — blown by wind — move the rocks across the lake bed. But wait, Greg notes, it seems the wandering stones have also been reported in the summer, when there are no sheets of ice on the playa. So are we burying this fortean mystery prematurely?

August 28

The pilot and co-pilot of a Boeing 747 on the way to Alaska witnessed first a lightning bolt that appeared to shoot up from the surface of the water, then 20 minutes later a collection of red glowing lights beneath the plane. So what was it? Probably a volcanic eruption, which have been known to produce their own lightning. Chalk up yet another thing that can be mistaken for a genuine UFO. Another strange red glowing light appears in a photo of a UFO seen by several witnesses over an extended period of time in Lower Paxton Township : Police Witness UFO in Pennsylvania. If not for the photo, we’d say it was a planet. In another report, musician Tom DeLonge sees UFOs in San Diego . From the looks of the video, we call this one fire balloons. Where are the real UFOs? And UFO Entities: Where did they go? Rich Reynolds wants to know. While they certainly are not being reported in the same numbers as in the 1940-1950s timeframe, they are still being reported, according to a database compiled by Albert Rosales: Humanoid Sighting Reports & Journal of Humanoid Studies. Is the media ignoring these reports? That's doubtful. They certainly don't seem to be ignoring anything else that's potentially embarrassing.

We like this line: “Photographing ghosts is hard.” Oh, yeah. So how did Elizabeth Moran go about trying to document the ghost whose footsteps her mother heard in their old house in Memphis, Tennessee? She started by following around her technology-toting, ghost-hunting uncle whose room in the house seemed to be the ghost’s favorite hangout. But she has yet to be convinced of the reality of the ghost and believes that most people who think they’ve captured a ghost on film are “simply seeing their camera flash reflected back at them.” Could that explain the weirdness captured by a reader in Spooky Images of Strange Ghouls? At least there doesn't seem to be any fabrication involved here, which is more than what we can apparently say about you-know-who: James Randi’s “Evidence” Against ESP Turns Out to Be Fabricated .

Hunting dogs alerted their masters in San Andrés in the state of Tuxtla, Mexico, to a grisly scene of a dead animal hanging on a wire fence. Chupacabras? Noooo, we don’t think sooooo. Elsewhere Linda Godfrey reports that American Monsters now uncaged.... Her latest book is not just about upright, wolf-like creatures but about all the other furry, scaly, red-eyed, bat-winged, fanged, dripping-clawed, oversized pack of slavering unknown creatures that people report. Linda believes there has got to be “something more to these anomalous events than mass hallucination, the occasional hoaxer, or misidentifications of known animals.”

August 27

Do We Need A Threat? Herald Tribune
…to get the US to pay serious attention to the UFO issue? Billy Cox poses that question and muses: “Imagine the windfall of public interest if even a modestly financed and transparent American project, based on the Chilean model, collaborated with international perspectives on this tenacious mystery. Of course, for domestic consumption, the trick would be how to turn it into a reality show …” Sad, but true. But the reality may be even worse, if this story is true: FBI Interrogates NBC Cameraman For Filming UFO - NBC News Report. A recent news broadcast showed a rod-like UFO in a clip from a cameraman’s 2002 footage. The TV station supposedly called the police (why?) who then notified the FBI, and they in turn interrogated the cameraman for 7 hours and had him take a polygraph. Why?

This podcast (and transcript) is the personal story of a health crisis in which Alex Taskiris, the host of Skeptiko, turned to sociologist William Bengston and long distance energy healer Bernadette Doran for help. Despite his skepticism—How can a person 2,000 miles away use a very structured, ordered technique to somehow channel energy to someone?—his health steadily improved. Was it “just” a coincidence? Which brings up this story of Dutch artist Peter Teekamp who saw hidden faces in the works of Paul Gauguin and who stumbled upon and subsequently purchased an unsigned and undated charcoal drawing of a famous Gauguin painting. A forensic testing of the drawing leads to the story entitled Can Multiple Coincidences in Your Life be Proof of Reincarnation? You can also check out the YouTube video documentary on the subject: Reincarnation Evidence? Discovery. Mystery. Art HIStory.

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