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The Anomalist

February 13

They're ba-aa-ack! The foot-count has been ratched up by one as unlucky number thirteen washes ashore in British Columbia. These tales are old hat for Jake Ellison, making him the best man on the PI's team to bring us up to speed with this enduring mystery. And since one measures a circle starting anywhere, the enigmatic Minnesota Stan piques our interest with a Severed Foot In The Garden Of Earthly Delights. Is it a case of life imitating art, or was Hieronymous Bosch the 16th century's answer to Quentin Tarantino? (CS)

Fox News will say anything for attention, current Presidential race aside. Same goes for their sports division where Jeff Wade made the aforementioned announcement on the air. Ken Gousseau, and several Canadian politicians, have a good laugh at Wade's expense. More "fair and balanced" reporting from Fox as J. Fotsch Hunts Bigfoot. He's not really hunting the big guy, instead he's making dopey "skeptical" faces behind Steve Robinson's back as they review the latest evidence. Sigh. If J. Fotsch wants to mug for the camera and be serious about it, he should catch up with Scott Corrales. Over in Spain reports of The Formigal Yeti have been thoroughly debunked as a hoax perpetuated by a ski resort. Global warming's pressuring winter sports to desperate advertising. More level-headed research is going on in Texas, courtesy of Mike Mayes. His Black Panther Distribution Map is now online, outlining Texan hotspots best for tracking ABCs. (CS)

Paging Ben Hansen! A little girl put Barry on the spot asking about aliens. Funny thing, his laconic answer leaves plenty of room for interpretation. Same goes for his response regarding the mythical Book of Secrets. The executive branch might be forthcoming, after a fashion, there's still No Comment From The Dome which really grinds Billy Cox's gears. One would think with Congress's approval ratings being in the toilet, they'd be desperate for any good PR. Bureaucratic obfuscation aside, there's plenty of evidence something's going on. Nick Redfern's sitting atop a mountain of declassified docs, sharing what he found regarding UFOs And Radar: A Classic Case from 1951. Did aliens notify NORAD of their maneuvers? Was the object our own? 'Cause if it was the Russkies, it would've been brown trousers time. Next up, David Halperin re-opens the classic case of John Lennon, May Pang, And The UFO. David sets up the thesis for the flying saucer being symbolic of a love triangle, rather than a flying triangle. Those polygons loomed large in Belgium And With The UFO Issue in the early nineties. (CS)

Is this anonymous woman crazy and someone's bleeding out in a Minnesota alleyway, or could this be the biggest ghost story yet of 2016? Erik Forsberg shares the scant details of the incident, making us wonder why nobody's spotted some poor bloody bastard staggering through suburbia yet. It's this Intersection Of Anomalies And Beliefs where the rubber hits the road. While nobody dies in EsoterX's latest, the circumstances surrounding a Professor of Moral Philosophy's brush with the strange best illustrates how perfectly normal people attract high weirdness. And what could be weirder than being haunted by the ghosts of apes? Heck, humans are primates so why can't they also monkey around in the afterlife? Our bestie, Chris Woodyard, has a brace of tales perfect for the Year of the Fire Monkey, full of tales regarding those Aping The Devil. (CS)

February 12

Maybe Bob Lazar was onto something when he claimed back in 1989 that alien craft manipulated gravitational waves to power their flight. These waves have long been theorized about, but now their existence is confirmed. This follows the 2014 discovery of Element 115, which Lazar said was a key part of the aliens' propulsion system, so he must be feeling a little more vindicated. For a quick refresher on his comments on the latter subject take a look at: Bob Lazar explains Element 115 and its new discovery. And for a more skeptical take on the gravitational waves discovery, check out Wave Bye-Bye. (LP)

Iceland is a magical place. Going bankrupt after 2008 instead of bailing out big banks. Prosecuting banksters and making the charges stick. So we're not surprised to see one of the University of Iceland's professor emeriti bucking convention with serious investigation into near-death studies. Tara MacIsaac shares Erlendur's research on a possible reincarnation and past-life memories. She continues with his research of Death Bed Visions from America and India. Let's just say ghosts still have booze on their breath. There are some Americans giving Dr. Haraldsson a run for his money. Theresa Cheung's Interview With Dr. Julie Beischel illustrates the formidible methodologies of the Windbridge Institute, and how their data lays the foundation for a new branch of science. (CS)

A new study that applies advanced language and geography-based analytic techniques to legendary folk tales such as Rumpelstiltskin, Beauty and the Best, and others made ubiquitous by Grimm in the 19th century has revealed a rich oral history of the famously fantastic stretching back into the Bronze Age, some four to six thousand years ago. Before the Indo-European language group spawned English, Italian, and French, European ancestors were trading stories of The Boy Who Stole Ogre's Treasure, which would go on to be renamed Jack and the Beanstalk, or of the strange Animal Brides, one of which we commonly know as "Beauty and the Beast." The study also reveals some other primeval Western myths, such as The Smith and the Devil, which like so many stories traded by mouth down through the ages has not entered the common modern folkloric vocabulary. Then again, though, there have yet been no signs that Disney will cease reconfiguring allegory and myth into popular narrative any time soon, and all that is old may be made new again. (MS)

A new discovery of the remains of 14 women buried approximately 4,000 years ago in the heart of one of the earliest rings of Stonehenge has UK archaeologists emphasizing the role of high-status females at the famous sacred site. Overall, archaeologists have recovered more burials of women than men at Stonehenge, which could coincide with an ancient sea change when the location of sacred and commemorative sites shifted from the sources of riverine waterways, which are typically situated on higher unoccupied ground, to sites on lower grounds near courses of water where ancient communities gathered. Archaeologists argue that such locations have been demonstrated to correlate with matriarchal, or female and mother-dominated, power structures where artifacts such as bone pins and striated stone mace heads correspond with the burials of cremated females of young adult to adult age. Readers should be weary, though, of assuming that those interred beneath the Sarcen stones were the same as those who were venerated by the hands that erected them. (MS)

We know that smoking is bad for the health, but it proved fatal for one Madrid teenager in the 1980s. During an interrupted ouija-board seance, Estefania Lazaro inhaled smoke which arose from the planchette and thereafter lived a tormented life until her unexplained death soon after. In 1990 her parents became terrorized by shadowy and violent figures at their home, which scared the local police just as much. No explanation has ever been found for these unsettling events. (LP)

In the first part of her new unpublished memoir, Carol Rainey reflects on her years married to UFO abduction researcher Budd Hopkins, who died in 2011. In this lengthy piece she recalls how she began to question his investigative methods when she was confronted by one of his cases, one that involved a mother and her severely disabled child. (LP)

February 11

Are deathbed visions actual experiences or simply the dying brain's attempt at comforting the person experiencing death? It's a question that's perplexed doctors, experts and philosophers alike for centuries and recent research seems to have gotten a bit closer to an explanation but it still remains a mystery...except to those who have experienced it and lived to tell the tale. While there's been plenty of research into the subject of consciousness and brain activity at the end of life, what about the brain of a newborn? There’s More Going On in a Baby’s Consciousness Than We Are Aware Of, according to an alternative healer who specializes in working with infants. Soren Dreier draws on many years of personal experience and concludes that babies can recall the trauma of birth and any upsetting events afterwards such as being abused or abandoned. Not only that, she says, but most infants are also able to recall their past lives up to aage 3 or 4. Dreier says this explains a myriad of early childhood issues and problems later in life. Coincidentally, Michael Prescott's got a lively discussion going on over his blog about the differences between the conscious, the subconscious and the superconscious and other Perspectives in consciousness. (MB)

Above Top Secret is buzzing about this odd archaeological find that sounds less like an actual, genuine event and more like the plot of a horror novel in which an ancient burial site unleashes all the malevolent powers of trapped demons when the supposed marble casket is opened. (And on a creepily amusing side-note, EsoterX offers some advice on how to choose a demon to chat with should the need ever arise. He supposes that Hell has many different regions much like earth, and separate languages and dialects for each one and says, They Talk Funny in West Hell: Babbling with Demons.) Still, the discussion about the beautiful Russian"Sleeping Beauty," a woman who was found in 1969 several meters underground within a vein of coal encased in a marble box wearing modern looking clothing along with a metal box that might have been a cell phone is still a fascinating read. We have a few questions though, as do our fellow ATSers, mainly how did the marble coffin survive being buried for millions of years (800 million, supposedly; really?) without being crushed and why are there no photos or any other evidence ? Unfortunately, (and conveinantly) the body and casket were whisked away by government officials in properly dramatic fashion in a helicopter and nearly every single person involved with the discovery has since died. ATS calls hoax. Meanwhile, the Daily Grail shares a much more believable story about a mysterious sleeping girl, The Sleeping Girl of Turville: A Real Life Sleeping Beauty. In this case, it was an 11 year old girl in 1871 England who fell "asleep" after suffering seizures. There's plenty of evidence, both scientific and sensational when newspapers began to update the girl's sad state. The girl's mother took care of her sleeping daughter until she herself fell ill and died after which the girl "woke up" none the worse for wear. She went on to live a normal life, and was hopefully unaware of the fact that her dedicated mother had also sold tickets and displayed her daughter to the public...(MB)

February 10

Greg of Daily Grail thinks his readers will enjoy this glimpse into the multiple realms of Fortean creatures that make their home in Iceland, imagined and real, and as his readers we do and are sure our readers will as well. After all, it's not too surprising that the same place that brought us Bjork is also populated with a healthy number of elves and other fanciful creatures. Here's another icy sort of Fortean mystery that's a lot less cuddly and cutesy than Iceland elves (or Bjork). It's the controversy surrounding The Curse of the Ice Mummy, Otzi, who was discovered in 1991 in Italy. The mummified remains of the 5,000-year-old hunter-gatherer is a treasure trove for archaeologists and anthropologists but it seems that the discovery came with a heavy price. Several people directly associated with Otzi have died, and at a rate that raises this mystery slightly above simple coincidence. (MB)

While the authorities aren't entirely sure it was technically an unidentified object from space, whatever it was left a five-foot-deep crater and a very dead bus driver. The poor guy at least now has the dubious distinction of being the first man "officially" killed by a rock from space. Meanwhile, a photobombing UFO terrifies an entire family and proves that Seeing is Believing - Family Photographs an Alleged UFO at La RInconada in Argentina and David Weatherly ups the creepy factor of alien abuction experiences by sharing a possible link between Shadow Figures & Abductees, two Fortean topics that unfortunately go together as well as peanut butter and chocolate. (MB)

February 9

The Phoenix Lights of 1997 may be the most well-known of all Arizona UFO cases, by far, but the state has a few more intriguing cases stashed away in its X-Files...And a few states over in Montana, UFO enthusiasts have debated whether or not there's actually a A Crashed UFO in a Montana Lake since 1949. Hebgen Lake is the supposed site where not just one but 7 UFOs were sighted in August of that year, hovering over the water. Oddly enough, an earthquake hit the area exactly 10 years later almost to the day of the strange sighting. Meanwhile in Australia, a UFO investigator urges Far North Queenslanders to keep watching the skies and report their sightings to UFO Research Queensland. UFO reports are on a decline throughout the whole country due to general confusion as to where to lodge official reports, laments Alec Brimacombe, rep for URQ. Most people have started to simply dump their sightings at random on social media where there's no official accounting of them...There's at least one case in which social media seems to be helping rather than hindering, although it's not yet clear whether this particular case merits the help of UFO investigators like MUFON or mental health professionals, as a so-called Stranded 'alien being' pleads with UFO investigators for help, claiming it has become marooned inside a human's body and is unable to escape. It also claims to be a form of electromagnetic energy but has learned our curious human ways and habits in order to perfectly mimic us. But we're confused...if it's a being made up of pure energy then how exactly is it trapped? And how is it communicating and what happens if its human host rubs his socks on the carpet and then touches a doorknob...okay, it's been a long day today and frankly, our brains can't quite summon up the, err, energy to process this line of thinking so we'll just wish this ethereal being good luck. (MB)

What New Hampshire lacks in size it makes up for in monsterous beasts that lurk within its borders. It's got chronically angry "Wood Devils" and exceedingly creepy "Devil Monkeys," along with easily angered Pukwudgie. All of these creatures were said to enjoy children in particular for dinner, so it wouldn't be surprising if New Hampshire's child population has been remarkably quiet over the past couple of centuries. And Glasgow Boy's got some interesting reading on the subject of Animal Behaviour at Loch Ness in the form of late 19th and early 20th century newspaper clippings of encounters with creatures in the waters of the Loch that seem to support the giant eel theory. (MB)

February 8

Yes, this is the same Gary, Indiana house in which a family claimed they were tormented by evil spirits and a young boy was apparently possessed. This story made big headlines and quite a stir in the paranormal community a couple years ago, and soon after the house was put up for sale. The buyer was none other than Zac Baggins of "Ghost Hunters," and we are quite frankly surprised he's decided to throw in the towel and have it torn down because this is one case that even we have a hard time being entirely skeptical about given the startling first-hand evidence from not only the family but also from police officers, medical professionals and members of the clergy. However, the case has its fair share of skeptics including Doubtful News who gives their take on Zak’s Demon House docu [being] delayed and why they don't accept all the evidence as ultimate proof of true paranormal activity. Meanwhile, the Merry Ghost Hunter offers up some early 20th century alternatives to Ghostology 101: Two Theories that Ghosts Aren’t Exactly Ghosts and Two Crows Paranormal shares a video of their recent investigation of Paranormal Roads: Bellaire House, courtesy of Haunted Road Media. (MB)

Once again, this is a perfect example of that strange phenomenon in which asking a question in a headline almost always has "No." for an answer. It's even more evident with incredibly ridiculous headlines such as this one. It's only February and we've already got a contender for Stupidest Headline of the Year. In fact, this one might even win 2015 retroactively...Moving on to far less ridiculous theories, here's a Paracast interview with Eric Ouelett who has approached the UFO phenomenon as a possible para-psychological event rather than a purely physical one. However, there's also plenty of physical aspects to a UFO encounter, like this unusual case from Spokane Valley, Washington that features a very rarely witnessed (much less filmed) incident of a Glowing sphere UFO drops object to ground level Is it a probe? A drone? Some sort of natural phenomenon that no one has yet identified? It's just plain weird. (MB)

February 7

The X-Files is inspiring mainstream journalism to revisit fortean events. Episode 1 of season 10 piqued Daniella Miletic's curiousity with Kelly Cahill's 1993 abduction. Bring yourself up to speed on why this case is so ding-darned important to UFOlogy. Let's move onto the harder stuff, like Chris Holly's Endless Journey. The Stories Of Two Abductees are guaranteed to give pause to seasoned anomalists. One appears to suffer from scotopic sensitivity, presumably from her experience. The other understands rage is a gift, using it to prevent further encounters. (CS)

Are We E.T.?
If the Anthropic Principle is right, why are so many humans in awful shape? It's as if our environment's conspiring against our anatomy, leading Ryan Sprague to believe Earth isn't home. He's not the lone voice crying in the wilderness, as several other scientists and NASA have seriously considered the possibility. Challenging the mainstream paradigm is Micah Hanks, finding himself in good company while considering The UFO Problem spanning science, social movements, and the theory of knowledge. Humans know what a flying saucer is, but how do we know what we think we know? Those assumptions illustrate The Devolution Of UFOs And UFOlogy. Ever the iconoclast, Rich Reynolds argues saucers are mere folklore than a 'nuts 'n bolts' phenomena. Try telling that to Billy Cox's face as he enumerates several pre-Roswell sightings by America's enlisted men. Should Podesta and Clinton be genuine about disclosure then they should scrounge up an appropriate anthem. If only the Foo Fighters Revisit Their Namesake. Perhaps Rich would be interested in these Ten UFO Cases Studied By The Kirchner Administration. If they are to be believed, as Scott Corrales suggests, the wholesale dismissal of the phenomena as tall tales is patently specious. (CS)

They Are Among Us Phantoms and Monsters
Are you still on the fence about getting a Costco membership? One tale submitted to Lon Strickler may make or break your decision. Sometimes the mask does slip, but over a slice of pizza? And where are these expat Greys coming from anyway? The Mysterious People Who Appeared From Nowhere are all red-blooded Homo sapiens, even if some are a pallid shade of green. Brent Swancer's done his homework, uncovering more than the usual, unusual suspects. We can be sure stories like these aren't keeping Martin J. Clemens up at night. Could the same be said for Señora Ines Fernandez, a.k.a. The Woman Who Stayed Awake For 30 Years. Or did she... as Marty's dug up evidence to the contrary. (CS)

Begotten By A Ghost Haunted Ohio Books
Sex with ghosts is happening, but has anyone ever gotten pregnant from these shenanigans? Leave it to Chris Woodyard to scare up a vintage tale of virgin birth with a supernatural twist. It's not all sober storytelling, as Chris shares a couple of jokes in this vein. Next, Brent Swancer dabbles in the paranormal with several tales of The Ghosts Of Golden Gate Park. Foremost among this ghostly crew is the "White Lady" who may be a whitewashed La Llorona. (CS)

Red Fairies: Do NOT Use The Chimney Beachcombing's Bizarre History Blog
We've seen some strange superstitious traditions, but Dr. Beachcombing's latest takes the cake. Santa isn't the only elf scampering down chimneys, and the good subjects of Britain adopted extreme measures against the Good Folk. Continuing on the topic, Beach finds some details Added In Translation connecting bandits with the fae. Hopefully someone with a firmer grasp of Welsh can help him make sense of this etymological intersection. (CS)

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