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UFO Sightings Map: What Weird UFO Shape Does Your State See? Huffington Post
Fireballs? Spheres? Classic flying saucers? The most obvious fact shown by this infographic is that there isn't one state that didn't have any UFO reports in 2013. Spheres seemed to show up everywhere and Texas and California leads the pack in sheer number of UFO sightings. With a total of 6,500 sightings reported to MUFON last year, it's pretty safe to say that UFO encounters are not dying down nor is interest in them waning, as alleged by a few disgruntled UFO bloggers lately. Citing stats from the National UFO Reporting Center, Maine UFO trackers say that We are not alone, as 700 UFO reports show. The number of Maine sightings may be cases of mistaken identity, say skeptics, but still, those numbers are impressive. Also according to the National UFO Reporting Center, South Carolina boasts a total of 1200 reports, and shares this video from 2011 in which a Myrtle Beach man shares UFO experience on national TV.
They're called sariras or ringsels and they are considered sacred and are treated like holy relics, which means they've never been officially tested to find out their composition. This poorly written article doesn't even attempt to answer its own question, but instead quotes studies in which the "energy surrounding" the sacred stones has been "tested", meaning someone stood near some sariras and observed them, very unscientifically. Not only that, but this article also states the objects are so sacred they are not available for testing but then mentions you can find them for sale on eBay for $10...Despite the silliness of this article, the subject of sacred sariras is a fascinating one and it didn't take us long at all to do a little research of our own to discover a plausible theory or two. The prevailing theory is that sariras are actually gallstones or kidney stones left over after cremation. (Philosophy Dude also has an amazing collection of Buddist mummies on that page, mummies that were created through a slow, careful natural process in order to convert the entire body into a sacred sarira.) The always fascinating Atlas Obscura has a pretty nifty collection of different sorts of these human pearls also.
It's hard to believe it's been 17 years since the Phoenix Lights made their now famous appearance in the night sky over the city. It's not as hard to believe that 17 years on, we're no closer to an explanation than we were back then. Were they flares, as the official reason states? Planes flying in formation? Most of the myths behind one of the most significant UFO events in history have been successfuly debunked, including the ever-popular flare theory.
This excellent article chronicles the hauntings in LA's famous Aztec hotel, the inner dynamics of a ghost hunting group (GHOULA), and an attempt to monetize ghost hunting that eventually tore the group apart. The members of GHOULA butted heads on the idea to charge a fee for anyone who wanted to participate in an active investigation, which led to not only conflict within the group, but also herds of people tromping carelessly through the rooms of historic locations. The whole article really serves as a cautionary tale in the end, showing that exploiting the history of a haunted location can cause pain and suffering both for the living and the dead...Fear Net brings us the exciting news that the infamous Waverly Sanatorium in Kentucky will Soon Reopen as a Haunted Hotel. The Waverly is very well-known for its incredible amount of paranormal activity and also for its ghost investigation-friendly owners. In a place where phantom footsteps and disembodied voices are the norm, we wonder how much activity will be stirred up along with renovations...On a much lighter note, we've uncovered a new and rather unconventional way to deal with unwanted hauntings in your own home, but we caution you to employ this highly unconventional method of ghostbusting very carefully.
California Farmers Hire Dowsers To Find Water Washington Post
Dowsing is a method that's been around for centuries. Dowsers have some pretty presitigious clients, including wine maker Bronco Wine, the makers of "Two Buck Chuck (sidenote: ingesting Two Buck Chuck to better understand the art of dowsing won't make it any clearer, but you may see more than one dowser after that, which may count as twice the research depending on the amount of Chuck imbibed.) It's nothing new but only seems like it when mainstream media catches wind of it on a slow day. It's still a mysterious process not completely understood by scientists or the even the dowsers themselves. While we're on the subject of old ideas turning up fresh, Chris Savia has a few choice words to say on the subject of Everything Old Is New Again: Psi Ops, Reagan, And The Star Gate Project and while everyone is in an uproar over the disinformation information Edward Snowden discovered, Savia reminds us that the same sort of methods may have been employed by the powers-that-be...or powers-that-were, in this case here in the US.
Suada Hamzića talks openly about several close encounters he had as pilot back in the early 1970s that happened "repeatedly" as he flew over the Adriatic Sea. The UFOs were multicolored and zipping around unlike any known aircraft. The most disturbing aspect of his experiences is that they continued even after Hamzica left the Army...Roger Marsh relays a very close encounter from Oregon in which the witness photographs UFO landing site after watching a diamond-shaped, white UFO touch down next to a rural road. The witness then adds this curious detail, "All of a sudden, not as long as a minute, but not as fast as a blink of an eye, it seemed the whole world got black" , which makes us think he might want to check for missing time.
Monsters Beneath Our Feet Mysterious Universe
Nick Redfern digs deep and unearths stories that seem to indicate the creepy possibility of numerous monsters lurking underground in the UK, using old mines and the London Underground to come up to the surface. Meanwhile, Roland of Loch Ness Mystery takes another look at the legend of the Cromarty Mermaid, another Scottish sea creature that caused a panic in the 18th century when it apparently surfaced for air and was spotted: Here Be Mermaids! Matt Staggs of Disinfo ponders another sort of monster and where our fear and fascination for Lizard Men, Reptoids, and Sleestaks: The Fear and Awe of Reptilian Humanoids originated.
Roger Marsh explains how military maneuvers from Camp Pendleton (Exercise Iron Fist) and the launch of sky lanterns combined to create the perfect storm of UFO sightings across the Anaheim area in California. The one video that was not explainable by military exercises turned out to be a police helicopter with a spotlight. So, case closed on this flurry of sightings and although it was a dead end for genuine UFO sightings, it is a goldmine for helping to identify future possible UFO videos and photographs...And speaking of photographs, a Texas man photographs UFOs near tornado-shaped cloud. We're pretty sure the "tornado shaped cloud" is just a jet contrail. The lights are a different story and look more like a reflection of some sort rather than UFOs...For every unexplained UFO photo or video, there is always a half dozen different explanations and so it is with one of the most famous UFO cases-Roswell. Nick Redfern continues onto Part 2 of his exploration into just How Many Scenarios there are floating around out there concerning Roswell, including Nazis, humans from the future, a hoax and Japan. And finally, feeling a little cross-eyed and painless Billy Cox delivers his verdict on the GCHQ powerpoint on deceiving the public that was recovered from Edward Snowden's files. He focuses on the handful of UFO shots and ponders just what it was the GCHQ was attempting to pull off with their convoluted message within the "Art of Deception".
Ellen Degeneres' Mansion Is Haunted The Nation
Some critics have remarked that Ellen was a little off her game while hosting the Oscars last Sunday night and perhaps this had something to do with it. It's hard to get a good night's sleep when renovations have stirred up ghosts along with dust in your home. Ellen's home is in the hills of LA and she just recently moved in. Apparently, the former residents don't approve of the remodeling and are making their presence known with footsteps and voices in a pretty typical fashion...for ghosts anyway. Meanwhile, Kelly Roncace shares a reader's experience with a bizarre sighting and asks was running ghost an apparition or a premonition ? A couple catches sight of a ghost running through their living room on two separate occasions that looked exactly like a friend of theirs who was still living at the time. This sounds a lot like the spooky doppelgänger experience, which is a lot more common than we initially thought after reading through these experiences on Reddit's Glitch in the Matrix. Ghost Village's Deonna Kelli Sayed tells us Why ghost hunters are culturally cool and should be considered "historical preservationist and archivists" as well as storytellers, multimedia artists and help create better communities. We agree...at least concerning the vast majority of ghost hunters who are respectful of property and follow the law and don't make the rest of us look like just the opposite of all of Sayed's points.
A "Skywatcher's Mobile Unit" built by an astronomer is perfect for stargazing but it also turned into a makeshift UFO hunting tool when it captured 3 different angles of a UFO. The SMU gives us a entirely new perspective on UFOs and plenty of evidence to examine, and we think this guy should go into business producing more of these gadgets for UFO research. This particular Canadian UFO was huge and slow moving, says Charles Lamoureux, and even if someone nearby was simply watching the stars without the help of fancy cameras and equipment, they would have spotted it over Vancouver. IF so, he'd like to hear about it...Meanwhile, this story from California is quietly picking up steam as a fourth report emerges of California witness videotape[ing]a military helicopter chasing UFO again in Anaheim. According to MUFON, this is the 4th case in 12 days...Over in the UK, a Lewisham family of UFO buffs spot 'intelligently-controlled' craft heading towards Kent. The craft made "impossible" turns and movements, says the witnesses. The video is a bit of a disappointment since it's a computer simulation of the sighting rather than actual footage, but these witnesses did create their own helpful graphics to better explain their sighting.
Spiritual Image Appears In Portland Dorset Echo
Here's a roundup of some odds and ends of Forteana that wouldn't fit anywhere else today. This is a short article. Not much too it. One might say it's paper thin. At least this time Simulacra Jesus was helpful instead of just standing around being all two-dimensional on the side of a tree or building. This time he appeared on a paper towel and was used to mop up a water leak. And from Italy comes this really bizarre video footage of a tiny rain shower that is happening in the middle of a street. This Strange ‘rain’ phenomena in Palermo, Italy is very much like the mythical Fantozzi cloud, which is the fancy name for the stereotypical tiny rain cloud that hovers over unfortunate individuals in cartoons. This appears to be real, so far as it is an actual event taking place on a street-people are reacting to it authentically. We think it just might be viral marketing for something, as another ATSer suggests. And finally, 67 Not Out shares a little research into the black stick men who stalk our world, or at least our imaginations. As far as we can tell, experiences with the tall, gangly, longlimbed stick figure men are a relatively recent phenomenon and seem to be an off-shoot of Slenderman. Slenderman is entirely fictional and we suspect that the stick figure men are from the same family tree. We haven't seen any convincing evidence to the contrary yet. The image from the video at the top of this page was debunked as a fake awhile back. Still, the stick men appeal to some primal fear center in our brains and give us a chill, fictional or not.
Greg Taylor shares the beautiful experience that took place as George Harrison passed over surrounded by loved ones. His dying experience was accompanied by visible, tangible physical occurrences that affected everyone in the room, a phenomenon which is often experienced at the time of death but not often spoken about...Did Dave Tango's ghostly EVP captured on a ghost investigation give new clues to a century old possible murder? Linden ghost hunter uncovers new clue in 1887 Rahway murder mystery of unknown woman as he investigated a haunting at the Merchant And Drovers Tavern Museum in New Jersey. Tango isn't saying much but reveals the EVP evidence provided him with a name.
Bigfoot Leaves His Muddy Mark Near Ahousaht Hashilthsa.com
Even Sasquatch takes a load off every once in awhile and when he does, people notice. When an Ahousaht man caught sight of Sasquatch taking a breather on a log in the Canadian wilderness recently, he was more than a little startled. Fortunately, he returned with other fellow villagers to find footprints that the resting Yeti had so thoughtfully left behind. Photos were taken and the elders of the village simply commented, "We saw what we saw; we'll just leave it alone now." which is quite a refreshing attitude. The First Nations people of Canada have a long history with the Yeti, the existence of whom they have woven into their own mythology: mythology and legends. Meanwhile, The Professor digs even further in his files and uncovers a rare treat on the subject of linguist and researcher Rinchen Y-Byambyn and the Central Asian Wildmen, including a 1958 article Rinchen wrote detailing the existence of the almass, Mongolia's wildman. Not only did the Mongolians encounter the almass on a regular basis, they also had different names for males and females, considered them a normal part of life and oftentimes a threat which resulted in Almass being shot and killed.
Astronaut Leroy Chiao Opens Up About His 2005 UFO Sighting Huffington Post
Back in 2005, when Leroy Chiao was floating outside the ISS installing antennas, he caught a glimpse of a fleet of lights flying in a checkmark formation, but don't get too excited. While the usual go-top explanations of weather balloon, airplane or swamp gas can definitely be excluded, the possibility of the lights being a reflection from a line of fishing boats far below on earth are the explanation du jour this time. Even Chiao is doubtful that he saw real UFOs and says he doesn't believe there has been any tangible evidence that proves UFOs have visited us. Back here on earth, Stan Gordon rounds up quite a few 2013 incidents of high-strangeness such as Low level UFO incidents, Mysterious Creature Encounters [which are] Among the 2013 Weird Incidents Reported from Pennsylvania. Perhaps there's a lack of UFO activity above the earth because they're all down here prompting sightings of bipedal humanoids, giant birds and causing the ever-popular mystery booms.
My Experience With The Loch Ness Monster Jonathan Bright
Jonathan Bright shares his full experience behind his 2010 sighting and photograph, which was featured in Fortean Times and created quite a stir across the internet including here. Bright covers all angles of possible explanations and skepticism, from fakery to some pretty impressive wave pareidolia and even delves into the realms of the paranormal. It's worth another look at Loch Ness Mystery's Roland's excellent Analysis of the Jonathan Bright Picture from back in December too. Cryptids of ginormous proportions seem to be the crypto topic of the day with this announcement from Karl Shuker concerning a possible update of his book, In Search Of Prehistoric Survivors-How it came to be, and will be again and also the controversy surrounding it.
The New "Wow!" Signal - SETI's Recent Close Encounter With An Unidentified Emission Above Top Secret
ATSer JadeStar shares an impressive write-up on the iconic "Wow" signal picked up by SETI in 1977 and the latest "Wow" signal discovered in 2010. This second signal lasted a mere 10 seconds but behaved very much as an interstellar beacon would be expected to behave, which elevates the signal above any sort of routine, random noise. So what was it? JadeStar and other ATSers put forth their own rather intriguing theories, including the possibility that it might be a signal beaconing out into deep space looking for other intelligent life just as we are doing.
1879 UFO Mothership Was Over New York City Syracuse New Times
Our section on anomalous lights in the sky begins with some vintage fringe. Frintage? Either way, Cheryl Costa presents a 135 year old sighting report over the Big Apple, confirmed by three astronomers. The fun doesn't stop there, as Cheryl's culled modern accounts from the big city, lending a whole new dimension to the term 'cosmopolitan'. Meanwhile, 164 miles to the north Roger Marsh relates a MUFON dispatch where a Schenectady Witness Says An Oval UFO Moved Low And Slow Over Neighborhood last Wednesday. Turns out this vehicle is a frequent visitor of this bustling metropolis, having been spotted last November. Way down south, Missouri's living up to its nickname of the "Show-Me State" as some Photos Suggest A UFO Mystery. A Heavy Storm May Have Carried More Cargo Through Area. An odd way to phrase it, Murray Bischoff, but this is another account where the objects weren't visible 'til the photos were developed. Encounters like these are just one part of the complex tapestry of our sweet science. If only someone would approach the topic with equal measures of earnestness and sincerity, Billy Cox could finally dare 'To Dream ... The Impossible Dreeeeam' where flying saucers are elevated from carnival side-show to compelling mysteries.
Ideas In Collision Magonia Blog
For ages, folks have labored under the presumption the iconic Worlds In Collision was a refutation of conventional cosmology. Not so, proposes Michael Gordin in The Pseudo-Science Wars: Immanuel Velikovsky and the Birth of the Modern Fringe, as the idea of religion, i.e. Judaism, came first and science was a distant second. A provocative thesis, finds John Rimmer, where Freud's interpretation of the biblical Moses, and Velikovsky's understanding of Judaism's origins, make a perfect countercultural storm still blowing in the 21st century. Also on the shelf is Malcolm Smith's copy of the Journal Of Cryptozoology, Volume 2 covering extant Flores 'hobbits', king cheetahs, monstruos del lago, and an engaging piece regarding the odd primate known as 'koolookamba'.
We've survived Harold Camping's prognostications. Turns out the Mayans weren't right. Ragnarok was a sad excuse for beard contests. But what about other eschatological traditions? Look no further than EsoterX's blog of wonders, celebrating doomsday diversity from India, China, Persia, while going even deeper into the lovingly detailed Christian catastrophes foretold in Revelations.
Communicating With Spirits On The Supernatural Superhighway Weird Australia
Today information travels at the speed of light, but more than a century ago it travelled at the speed of thought. How else could an elderly, blind Australian know of his brother's death in London? Just like the living, some spirits are good, helping authorities solve murders, and some are bad, compelling some to commit murders, Andrew Nicholson's fascinated how little has changed in the 21st century. We still communicate with spirits, but our modern planchettes are keyboards.
Craigslist Conjurations The Eyeless Owl
Best known for purveying the oldest profession, it came as a surprise to this editor that the second oldest, and most lucrative, profession has a strong presence at Craigslist. It's one part charming local color, with an equal measure of wild superstition, perfectly fine for a giggle. Then again, you never know when you'll need an occult detective. Perhaps that's how A Man Called Da-Da met Medium Charlie. His psychic has an interesting take on a Wild Bill Hickok Conspiracy. And A Solution For The Amelia Earhart Mystery, channeled from the other side to Da-Da's keyboard. Just don't ask about Jack the Ripper. Light-heartedness aside, even in the new year Dean Radin finds Facts Are Still Not Allowed In Wikipedia. Reductionist trolls continue their quixotic quest to undermine psi research through edit wars. In this case, Dean presents the math from Rhine's research, but remaining marginalized as his post is considered an 'unreliable source'. Radin does provide a cite from Google Books, but we recommend citing items from ESP After Sixty Years's bibliography in support of these conclusions.
Can you say, 'fractoluminescence', anomalists? We knew you could. So can a clutch of Rutgers researchers investigating the enduring earthquake enigma that's been ignored in the past, says Charles Choi. Try as they might, these physicists can't 'write-off', or damn, the strange currents generated by shifting particulates, leaving them to wonder what happens as the experiment scales up. Following up on another development in maverick science, fresh from China, a Ball Lightning Video Presents First Evidence Of The Strange Phenomenon.
UFO Photos In Latest Release Of Snowden Documents Educating Humanity
While these images aren't the smoking gun UFOlogists have been awaiting for the past 67 years, it sheds new light on the dark world of psy-ops. Associated with "dirty trick" tactics, the papers and photos are strongly suggestive of the GCHQ and NSA's broad campaign of disinformation. Should you have a better idea about the context of these photos, drop Alejandro a line, or tell us at our Facebook page, or at Twitter. Keeping with the theme of disinformation, UFO Sighting Caught On Fox News Video Interview In San Diego As Glowing Orb Appears In Los Angeles. It's disinfo 'coz it's Fox News, and there's no UFO in the video. The second video posted by Robert Kuang, on the other hand, is far more compelling. Fortunately there's Rich Reynolds, a trusted name in saucerdom, having a laugh, shouting "Look! A UFO!"
Hours after being pronounced dead, Walter Williams became the luckiest man in the world. Two morticians had a bit of a scare, but Walter appears to be recovering nicely after his thanatological sojourn. Interesting to note, Walter's nephew remarked his uncle was still around. Lucky guess? A potential medium? A statement of faith? We leave it to you, anomalists, to consider.
Ohio's weird enough, being home to Ken Summers, but Cleveland may be middle America's answer to Roswell. Despite it's proximity to Wright-Patterson and the Glenn Research Center, the powers that be are keeping mum on the strange lights known for haunting the skies since 1867. As one mystery remains resolute, future mysteries are less certain as Chris Savia presents some Spoilers: April UFO Sightings Won't Be Worth A Damn! Some RC airplane and drone enthusiasts are planning on some worldwide trolling of the unsuspecting with their toys on the 5th of April.
10 Weird And Wonderful Cryptozoology-Linked Locations In Britain Enterprise Magazine
From Bala Lake to Renwick, Karl Shuker leads us on a merry tour of Britain's strangest locales. Nestled 'neath early spring's shadows are oddities which captured Karl's imagination so many years ago. It's a pleasure to find Scotland hasn't cornered the market on lake monsters, nor is Cannock Chase alone in harboring horrors. While watching the bucolic English countryside speed past our train car, pick up The Emergency Sasquatch Ordinance for a primer on strange laws. Of special interest to us are the laws surrounding the North American wood ape. Joining our journey is the frabulous Dr. Beachcombing, near bursting with enthusiasm to share the tale of Colonel Fowler And The Mammoth, 1887. A curious tale of an Inuit's encounter with extant mammoths with six tusks related to the adventuresome soldier. Kudos to Beach and his audience for rummaging up more tales in a similar vein.
Meteor Reports Light Up Phone Lines, Social Media Wisconsin Rapids Tribune
And also the sky over much of the East Coast from Maryland to Virginia to as far south as South Carolina. The meteor was described as "colorful" and appeared to descend vertically. A squad car dash cam even captured the fireball as it streaked overhead in Madison, Wisconsin. Some witnesses said it looked like a plane on fire. For those keeping track at home, this is approximately the bazillionth meteor reported in the last 2 years.
EsoterX proposes the depressing possibility that we might really and truly be alone in the universe, on our tiny planet, just a speck of dust in the vast universe...but while Esoterx thinks planet earth is undergoing an existential crisis, William Shatner declares otherwise and cryptically announces that aliens do exist. And how does he know that? Because, he says, “The discovery of life in outer space is something I have been part of.” Well, he is the one and only William Shatner so who are we to question his great wisdom? Actually, we think he is simply referring to being a part of the groundbreaking series Star Trek that paved the way for more open-mindedness on extraterrestrial subjects, fictional or not. Although maybe he's just remembering all the green-skinned alien women he seduced too...
The asteroid called Hektor is shaped like a peanut, has a mini-moon and a very weird and wobbly orbit in the shadow of Jupiter. If that wasn't weird enough, Hektor may be old enough to be made up of planet forming geological features that could give big clues to the origin of our galaxy.
Rememberance Of UFOS Past UFO Digest
Brad Stieger reveals his own first-time UFO sighting from 1966 that he says was far more impressive than anything Hollywood could ever produce. Not only did he see one UFO, he saw what he calls a UFO armada that swooped and made impossible right turns in the sky above Stieger's town in Clinton, Iowa. It got even weirder as Stieger and several other witnesses watched the UFOs drift downward below tree level...Billy Cox is less than impressed with the Science Channel's upcoming annual event, "Are We Alone" week, or as he calls it, 'Haven't We Been Here Before?” Week, as he says they rehash the same stories, cases and supposed evidence over and over...Meanwhile, Kevin Randle wonders just how much Project Blue Book has been edited, since there are known additions to the reports added in after the project was closed. Randle ponders the idea that much may have been removed also: Project Blue Book, the RB-47 and Moon Dust.
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