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August 16

Dr. Shuker indulges himself, sharing his research into this fascinating old tale of a French water dragon of the most literal sort. Seems this moody serpent didn't breathe fire but instead had a penchant for flooding out villages. In more recent times, we have the Nessie Tourist Season Drawing to a Close. While it may seem slightly bittersweet to Glasgow Boy, we are fairly certain Nessie herself will be glad for some peace and quiet. Perhaps in her "off" time she will read Dr.Beachcombing's Married Life with a Mermaid: Six Useful Rules. We are inclined to agree with Beach that there aren't many advantages to marrying a fishtailed lady. Besides, it's never a good idea to bring home anyone you found lolling about the craggy shore at any hour of the day. (CM)

Peter Robbins Interview A Different Perspective
Kevin Randle and Peter Robbins had an interesting conversation about Peter's early life and his work with Budd Hopkins, as well as the problems of using hypnotic regressions for people aware of anomalous experiences. The interview was 2/3rds over before the 800-pound gorilla named Rendlesham came into play. Kevin, freely admitting he'd been "had" as a 30-ish UFO researcher of the Roswell crash retrieval stories, went relatively easy on Peter for his mistakes regarding the veracity of Rendlesham witness-claimant Larry Warren. Peter does not want Left at East Gate, the book Robbins and Warren co-wrote about the strange December 1980 events outside two NATO air bases in England rejected outright for its falsehoods. However, the method Peter suggests for readers to do their own sorting of fact from fiction in that tome seems unrealistic. Hopefully Peter will follow up on a commitment to review all of the items that have been questioned and set the record straight. He's made a good start on this, with a long paper put online on June 12th which Kevin has also published at Peter Robbins Explains His Take on Left at East Gate (Part One) and Peter Robbins Explains His Take on Left at East Gate (Part Two). Massive questions remain, not the least of which are qualms about Larry Warren's direct participation in the Rendlesham events, and the conclusions drawn from soil samples of an area Warren claimed was affected by a UFO. (WM)

Paul Seaburn brings us this security footage from the Magnolia Hotel in San Antonio County, TX. The ghost expert who uploaded the clip makes some strong claims about black mists and spinning white vortexes. We can certainly see something on the recording that makes us curious but our imaginations might have to stretch a bit further to perceive mists and vortexes. A little more research perhaps? Dr. Beachcombing is never short on his research: The Ludgvan Ghost Riot occurred around 1830 and, although it was described as a bit of a spirit-free-for-all, nothing was formally reported in any newspaper. As always, Beach welcomes additional information on this or any other spectral riot with which his readers are familiar. (CM)

Continuing our saga into the weirdness surrounding the late John Keel, Doug Skinner posts a transcription of another message from John's alien/android main contact Apol. Skinner picks out some points from this rambling document that do seem especially interesting and must have been particularly meaningful to John himself. Things pick up again, in earnest, in Special Cases--The Long Island File (50): Gin Rummy, an Alien Baby, and Passwords. Missing time (in 1967!), an alien/android who likes to play Gin Rummy, and a very strange birth and even stranger "instant wellness" machine seemingly from the close of the 2013 movie Elysium are featured in this installment. And that's not all of the weirdness, either. (WM)

August 15

In case you were not aware of it, the annual cryptozoology conferences are back! And the next one is just two weeks away. The 2017 International Cryptozoology Conference will be held in Portland, Maine, on Sunday, September 3, 2017. Presented by the International Cryptozoology Society and International Cryptozoology Museum, this second annual conference features a remarkable line-up of speakers and events involving Joseph Zarzynski, Linda Godfrey, Robert Damon Schneck, Craig Woolheater, Steve Bissette, Joe Citro, Seth Breedlove, Paul LeBlond, Bruce Champagne, and host Loren Coleman. Ticketing, lodging, and full program details are available on the website. (PH)

A team of Chinese, Canadian, and US-based scientists has just added more support to the "Rare Earth" hypothesis that complex life is scarce in this universe. Syfy Wire contributor Elizabeth Rayne tells us that volcanic eruptions, or the lack thereof, may be the key to many worlds potentially evolving into biospheres--at least for life as we know it. Just being in the not-too-hot, not-too-cold "Goldilocks Zone" of distance from a star just isn't enough. Well, that's a bummer, but British Columbia resident Mike Allen not only thinks "they may be out there," but that some of them may even be here. UFOs Puzzle Camosun Neighbourhood Resident is Victoria News reporter Travis Paterson's account of how a skeptic was turned into, well, almost a believer by what he's seen and photographed. And Northern Star reporter Samantha Elley has a similar feeling about her Light in the Sky after Night out with Stars. The New South Wales, Australia, resident specifies "only 2.5 glasses of wine (earlier in the evening)," a video that "is probably the most anti-climactic vision of alien lights ever," and a raft of other possibilities she entertained while stopped by this aerial apparition after attending a cancer benefit--yet still remains puzzled, too, by what she saw. Read this article and then look up "Min Min" lights, and you'll likely have added a new phenomenon to your knowledge of naturally-occurring "balls of light." Aliens, probably not, in both cases--but we are constantly reminded that this Earth is a pretty interesting place. (WM)

Rich Reynolds has "Mini" Stroke A Different Perspective
Ufological gadfly Rich Reynolds has suffered a "mini" stroke and will be in hospital for a few days. Kevin Randle is posting this unnerving and unhappy news at Rich's request. I have followed Rich's UFO Conjectures blog for a relatively short time, but, in spite of often differing with him in many instances, have come to value his contributions towards making ufology a more rigorous and, shall we say sane, endeavor. Rich puts a considerable amount of thought into his generally short offerings, and attempts to get the reader actually to think about the subjects he covers--not merely swallow information uncritically and for a shallow mental "high". This seems to us to stem from the fact that Rich cares about the field and its proper execution, not just from a crusty attitude towards those who don't seem to be using their intelligence properly. We wish Rich a complete, speedy, and uncomplicated recovery, and look forward to his future contributions. (WM)

Life gets weird in the Mojave, especially as the specter of humidity rolls over those ancient sands. Ken Layne celebrates the high strangeness of the high desert on one of the best new podcasts to hit God's green internet. Today's episode features a call-in from Brendan Maze scheming his UFO experience destination and the unlikely target audience. Still not sold? Join us 'round the campfire to hear about Elvis, his mystic hairdresser, and how the heavens heralded the birth of the King of Rock 'n Roll. (CS)

August 14

Here are three rather "fun" UFO reports. Alejandro Rojas of Open Minds has a June 2008 case, just reported, of an apparently massive, "beautiful chrome-ish" triangular object. The witness report is charming, and includes a fairly stunning CGI image. Alejandro has another report for us, too, as a Brazilian UFO Witness Captures Video of Strange Object. In the late afternoon of the 6th of this month and about 120 miles north of Sao Paulo, a person took images of a really strange-looking object that seems to be changing its shape. Rojas suggests airborne debris as a possibility, but the witness disagrees. Rojas does not note whether either of these two cases is being investigated by MUFON. The Mirror's Rachel Bishop reports a Mystery as Massive Green UFO Shaped Like Orb Spotted in Sky above 'Sacred Mountain'. A group of UFO hunters with some seriously beautiful imaging gear recorded something in the vicinity of Stawamus Chief Mountain, right next to Squamish, British Columbia. This occurred on July 22 and is apparently still under investigation by MUFON, although its Canadian Head of Investigations says "this footage has been authenticated as actual footage of an ORB." The sighting, video, and claim have engendered a considerable amount of back-and-forth and we'd be interested in the final MUFON report. (WM)

Canadians are known for their hospitality to strangers, so perhaps it comes as no surprise that the town of Gimli, Manitoba, takes its elven accommodations rather seriously. Makes sense really--Gimli was founded by Icelandic settlers (ancient believers in the little people) who no doubt were the only ones with sufficient stamina to face the Manitoban winters. Diversity is a wonderful thing. No doubt Dr. Beachcombing agrees, bringing us this report of a London Fairy Roadrunner from around 1800. Seems the length of one's legs has nothing to do with how quick (or how snappy a dresser) one may be. Although we are left pondering what use a fairy might have for London real estate. (CM)

If you're already aware of Mark O'Connell's series on the August 1955 Kelly-Hopkinsville "siege," one of the most classically scary high strangeness stories ever, you've likely already read this post and also Little Green Men--Part IV. If you're new to the surpassingly weird event and/or Mark's well-written and documented account, start from the beginning and work your way through to Part VII. (Note that the original "Part III" was plagued by BlogSpot formatting gap problems; Part III B is the full substitute.) Parts IV through VII deal with the aftermath of the horrifying encounter, and provide numerous insights into Dr. J. Allen Hynek's fascination with the investigation conducted by Isabel Davis and Andrew (Bud) Ledwith III. The odd behavior of the Air Force towards the case, and two remaining "unsolved mysteries" about the event also stand out in this outstanding series of posts. A full study of the case by ufological stalwarts Isabel Davis and Ted Bloecher is available for free in pdf form on the Center for UFO Studies website at Close Encounter at Kelly and Others of 1955. (WM)

Paul Seaburn is rather underwhelmed by pictures taken by a couple of professional photographers who are convinced they've snapped "a mysterious creature" on the waters of Loch Creran. Similarly, a Curious "Chinese Nessie" Creature Caught on Camera fails to impress Brett Tingley. Video footage shows what seems most likely to be garbage bobbing about on a lake. (LP)

August 13

Two boys were found dead on a railroad track back in '88, but was it an accident or homicide? The circumstances surrounding their deaths are deeply curious considering how the authorities worked against investigators, implying a cover-up. Even then, what was the motive? Certainly not to give Brent Swancer a juicy cold case that continues to haunt America's railroads. Unlike trains, automobiles can travel where they please and afford tremendous freedom to their drivers. Sometimes folks take that legendary left turn at Albuquerque, joining the ranks of Mysterious People Who Drove Off The Face Of The Earth. Perhaps the next phantom hitchhiker you meet is one of these lost souls. (CS)

It's a shame folks don't have enough common sense, nor gun discipline, to know well enough to hold their fire. A sighting 'round Charlotte has locals getting itchy trigger fingers in hopes of proving Loren Coleman right. Except they don't know Loren wouldn't want the big fella hurt in any way. Mark Price at The Charlotte Observer has more details from the North Carolina Group Reporting The Bigfoot Sighting that ruffled so many feathers. From Chris Perez in the Big Apple to the Palmetto State's Chucktown, Brooks Brunson's raising the signal as Agencies Advise On Possible 'Lizard Man,' 'Bigfoot' Sightings during next week's solar eclipse. If you don't recall how dangerous lizard men can be, Brooks shares the report bringing these beasts into popular consciousness back in 1988. As the sun is obscured by the moon on August 21st you may want to be listening, than actively looking into the daytime gloom, for bigfoot. Famous for signalling to others by banging clubs against trees, Nick Redfern's found the perfect manual for the discerning squatcher to detect and understand Bigfoot Wood Knocks. It's a rare collection of intelligent voices addressing the phenomenon, reviewing sightings, and so much more. (CS)

How long has the Illuminati been in power? Millennia? Centuries? More like decades if you swallow Sophia Smith Galer's disinformation campaign to pin the blame squarely on Robert Anton Wilson's shoulders. Germinating from the rich soil of the 1960's counterculture revolution, RAW's celebrated trilogy continues subverting our history and future. Also keen on raising the noise-to-signal ratio is Hamish MacPherson's Debunking The Myths Of Scottish History. Nessie? Pish-posh! Selkies? A load of foofaraw! Kelpies? Well... let's leave that up to Hamish. As for other attempts to explain the world with the secret socities-of-the-gaps and the fairies-of-the-gaps, Clive Prince shares a treasury of times when science was caught Leaping In The Wrong Direction. Clive does find it disturbing with Charles Wynn and Arthur Wiggins equating saucer-chasing and bigfoot hunting with Holocaust deniers. Godwin's Law much, Chuck and Artie? (CS)

A Haunting On Fuencarral Street Bizarre and Grotesque
Poltergeist activity tends to be associated with adolescent girls, but Tristan Shaw's found a case involving an 18th century polymath! Not given to flights of fancy, Diego de Torres Villarroel recorded some terrifying goings-on at the home of a local Countess. When you're too chicken to spend a night in a haunted house, why not let the ghosts come to you? Chris Woodyard's gathered a convoy of specters, spooks taking the reins of her blog. Perhaps the next time someone comes a'knocking, you'll think twice if they're Phantom Coaches At The Door. (CS)

August 12

There's one thing astrologers don't know about eclipses that's plain as the nose on your face. Folks are going crazy. Crazier than usual. The kind of crazy that has us boarding up the windows at Anomalist Towers, hoarding potatoes, and stocking up on ammunition. We rather avoid mentioning He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named, but the astonishing coincidences enumerated by Donna Woodwell are guaranteed to make you reach for the Xanax. How deep into this do you want to go? Spend an hour or two flipping through Wade Caves's Notes From The Watchtower, his guide to interpreting the Great American Eclipse in addition to the wild prognostications and portents surrounding it. Those of you who follow, and believe, mainstream news He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named's polling numbers are in the toilet. How can HWMNBN get them to tick up, even temporarily? A White House pregnancy. It's the perfect reality show gimmick for ratings! Not to mention its aligning with the Revelation 12 Sign. Hopefully He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named will be beaten to the punch by this cat-loving dude in San Francisco: Someone's Looking To Produce Super Baby, Man Seeks Women To Impregnate During 2017 Solar Eclipse on Craigslist. Amidst the madness, headlines like Agencies Advise On Possible 'Lizard Man,' 'Bigfoot' Sightings In South Carolina During Eclipse are relatively mundane. Still we're happy The Post and Courier's Brooks Brunson is keeping a level head and spreading the word lest anyone get winged during this celestial event. May Fort and Corliss have mercy upon us all! (CS)

Everyone knows the legend, but does it have legs? Perhaps tentacles would be more apt in this case, leaving Greg Brown a bit tickled by what the authorities claim is afoot in Grand Lake. But Could An Octopus Really Be Terrorizing Oklahoma's Lakes? Katherine Harmon Courage is skeptical, providing the necessary insight for the former incident. A little less sketchy is the Mystery Alligator Captured In An Ontario's Backyard. Perhaps Ben Hooper's toilet was backing up... (CS)

If you thought the mothman flap 'round Chicago wound down, think again! Lon Strickler has yet another eerie encounter for your consideration. What's astonishing about the incident are the circumstances surrounding the sighting. Perhaps these entities are related to A Plague Of Goblins In Argentina unearthed by Malcolm Smith. Let's just say Hopkinsville has absolutely nothing on these fifteen accounts from around the state of La Pampa. Don't believe us? Perhaps you'll believe a professional wrestler like Bo Dallas. This WWE Star Reveals A Shock Belief About Reptiles Living Underground who rule the planet. But is this kayfabe, or might the terrifying proof lay beneath Vince McMahon's human costume? (CS)

Giant is relative, notes the erudite Paul Seaburn as he rifles through his well-thumbed copy of The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology. Sa-Nakhat was tall for an ancient Egyptian, but does it mean he's descended from the Annunaki or nephilim? We'll leave that explanation up to Paul. While Brunswick's Creepy Bridge may not have the same cachet as Giza's pyramids nor the Sphinx, give 'em a couple thousand years and these 25 concrete, noseless faces will haunt our children's children's children as much as this bridge freaks out Liam Mannix. (CS)

August 11

Jack Brewer's efforts to get two redacted sections of a significant government document bearing upon UFOs declassified have now borne fruit, and he discusses the results in this post. The document deals with problems many individuals have in addressing "perceived unusual phenomena," and what to do about it. The now-liberated sections have to do with an actual example in which individuals at an American "listening post" reacted variously to a novel phenomenon being reported among Eastern Bloc countries, and specific suggestions on organizing information handling teams to deal with such challenging information. Both sections make for interesting reading, as do the lessons Brewer draws from them and their context. (WM)

On the Emerald Isle they know a thing or two about fairies, and Danny Healey-Rae reckons that road repairs on the N22 have disturbed a "fairy fort," resulting in subsidence. Mind you, considering that such tampering is said to sometimes result in "early death," a dip in the tarmac isn't too bad. Back in 1950 James McAnespie and the Fintona Fairies made the news when the former used the latter's "little sacred tree" as firewood, an act he no doubt regretted when he found himself frozen to the spot. (LP)

The only mystery, perhaps, is that the perp's never get caught, but vandalism-as-art has "cropped" up again in Wiltshire and this time it resembles a formation that puts Paul Seaburn in mind of local legends connected with the Devil himself. Far more intriguing however is a Mysterious Russian Ghost Radio Station [which] Defies Explanation. Since 1973, from an abandoned radio station near St Petersburg, "two mysterious tones and some occasional numbers and words" have been broadcasting continuously. Their purpose is unknown, but speculation is intense among those who tune in regularly. (LP)

Alien abduction claimant Stanley Romanek has been found guilty by a 12-member Colorado jury of knowing possession of child pornography. He is out on bond until October 19 and his sentencing hearing on this felony charge. The trial came three years after the Loveland, Colorado, resident was arrested on two counts of sexual exploitation of a child; Romanek was acquitted of the more serious allegation of knowingly disseminating such pornography. Reporter Sam Lounsberry briefly sketches some of the sideshow elements to the case, including Romanek's controversial status in the UFO community being played down before the jury, and the matter of one of the investigators allegedly being corrupt. (WM)


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