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The Anomalist

October 20

Youtuber Crow Tripplehorn is an avid moon watcher and has caught some very interesting video clips over the past couple of years but this particular video clip is gaining steam and hitting several mainstream outlets right now. He's captured a mysterious object that appears to be skimming above the surface of the moon that does not move in a totally straight line, which would indicate it's a satellite. If it's not a satellite, then what is it? Tripplehorn also shows how large this object is and states that this is one of the smaller of the objects he's caught on video. As strange as this sighting is, Tripplehorn flatly denies he thinks it's a UFO of alien origin because he doesn't have proof that it is. He simply refers to it as "technology". This Examiner article covers possible explanations, including pixel anomalies and even hoaxes and Crow Tripplehorn has posted an indepth response to Huffington Post with Facts, including reasons why it's impossible that this object is a camera glitch or pixel bleed. Tripplehorn's work has been on our radar for awhile and we think his results are intriguing though controversial (listen to the above response video for an eyeopening experience he had at a MUFON meeting.)

With the recent Ebola hysteria that's gripped the US over the past month, it isn't hard to see why people in the Dark Ages were deeply superstitious and fell victim to their own sort of hysteria regarding vampires. This poor soul was apparently labeled a bloodsucker and pinned in his grave with a stake to make sure he stayed put. There was no "Vampire Czar" appointed to ease the fears of the populace of Easter Europe and the problem of vampires persisted well into the 18th century, as Esoterx shows us with the tale of Johannes the Vampire Slayer and the Reluctant Revenants during an outbreak of vampires in Serbia...If you are worried about pale, gaunt bloodsuckers of either the brooding Lestat or the glitter-covered Twilight sort, don't despair as this upcoming auction has got you covered. This Heirloom vampire hunter toolset can be yours at a starting bid of $7000. As Chris Savia points out, it is even fully stocked with a knife, an axe, mysterious potions and...oregano. For all your vampire hunting/pizza party needs.

SA McNally of Visit Cryptoville highlights some of the biggest issues inherent in the "monster hunting" trend that is currently overrunning cable tv channels, spawned by the behemoth original monster hunter porn, "Finding Bigfoot". These days, crytpo hunter shows are a dime a dozen with some worth considerably less than even a dime with their hastily produced, shoddily filmed "hunts" for Bigfoot and other cryptid beasts. The main problem with these shows, says McNally is that they cast a negative light over the entire cryptozoology field with their worthless evidence gathering, cgi enhanced recreations and fake-out commercial break cliffhangers (cameraman in peril!). The antics of these shows make a laughing-stock out of anyone who actually takes the subject seriously, and surprisingly, McNally praises "Finding Bigfoot" for its efforts, aside from the ridiculous trademark knocking on trees and yelling method of luring Sasaquatch. At least they have a resident skeptic debunker onboard and send out their evidence for study. Meanwhile, Karl Shuker starts our week off with a one, two punch with a look at the Mythic and Mystery Beasts of Hawaii, where mythical crypto creatures and "hitherto little-realized variety of anomalous wildlife" roam the islands. Hawaii is home to giant lizard deities, a version of fairies called the menehune, giant octopus and the ever-present big cats which seem to be found on every continent in the world at this point. Next up, Shuker tackles a "longstanding herpetological mystery": St Paul and the non-existent viper of Malta. And a special note about that puppy sized spider story that has been making the rounds on the internet lately--yes, it's very real and no, comparing it to a cute, cuddly puppy does not make it any less terrifying. Some of us here at The Anomalist find this headline very misleading, unless "surprises" also means "shriek in horror and climb the nearest tree": Puppy-sized spider surprises scientist in rainforest.

October 19

Many abductees keep mum about their encounters for fear of ridicule. Others are forthright, like Travis Walton and the Hills, leaving us conflicted regarding David Huggins's exploitation of his... adventures. Andy Cush says it all, but David's paintings must be seen to be believed. Outsider art aside, pun intended, it's a terrific segue to Rich Reynold's declaration of The "Trickster" As An Anthropomorphized Metaphor Is For Lunatics. The intersection of mythic figures and modern UFO encounters rubs Rich the wrong way, and for good reason. On the other hand, he remains enamored with saucer heraldry, noting A UFO With A Common Symbol, even if it doesn't illuminated the odd glyph associated with Socorro. At the opposite end of the UFOlogy spectrum, Kevin Randle's been a busy beaver writing his follow-up to Government UFO Secrets, sharing some events from Fort Itaipu, echoing Rendlesham in 1957 Brazil back in '57. Kev pulls no punches with the details.

We'll give 'em an E for 'effort', but Jari Louhelainen made a really basic mistake. It's a case of "if the shawl doesn't fit, you must acquit", making a point of mainstream media being so hungry for headlines, and ad revenue, they'll print anything before it's peer reviewed.

In lieu of a proton pack, The Donald has taken it upon himself to rid his latest property of its most enduring tenant. He's renovating the Menie House, turning the grounds into a golf course so exclusive that one must be a living WASP. All is not lost, since Paul Seaburn reveals spooks may be more tenacious than Trump's toupee. Another historic location, this time in Florida, has civilians and paranormal investigators wondering, "Are There Ghosts At The Deering Estate?" With Hallowe'en around the corner, it's no surprise that visitors have an opportunity to see for themselves. We're just envious Jackie Salo was among the first to get a glimpse. Which reminds us of Mr. Hallowe'en himself, Lon Strickler, sharing the gems from his steady stream of supernatural situations. What we have here is a Wandering Object, a cardboard tube with a painting, moving about like the coffins of the notorious Chase Vault.

Actually, he doesn't. Eben has a roadmap to encourage materialists to engage in a dialogue by speaking their language. Patricia Pearson puts it best as a reconciliation twixt gnostics and agnostics by putting hard data alongside personal experience, possibly transcending science and religion as we know it. If one's still curious about Mysteries From Another Dimension, look no further than Andrew May's conceptualization of the higher dimensions. Just beware, many have gone off the rails of conventional physics into spiritualism, while others have gone insane imagining bulks outside our three dimensions. Despite such cautionary tales, many mavericks continue to rush in where scientists fear to tread, outlined by Adam Clark Estes in A Brief History Of Scientists Hunting For Time Travelers. For a greater appreciation of those unafraid of criticism, thanks to their cachet in mainstream science, check out Carlos Alvarado's interview with Richard S. Broughton, current president of the SPR.

October 18

While western culture is looking outward at the physical world, India's yogic traditions plumb humanity's depths, putting both philosophies at odds. Straddling two worlds, practicing hard science by day, and seeking Truth by night, Don DeGracia talks turkey with Alex Tsakiris on the philosophy of science. Running the gamut of mysticism and hard science, Don suggests an approach to reexamine questions long dismissed by his materialist colleagues. Of course it's not all navel gazing in India, after all they gave us an early analogue of the Big Bang theory, the zero, and then there's this one Indian Sage Who Developed Atomic Theory 2,600 Years Ago, long before Democritus was a thorn in Plato's side. April Holloway is pleased to introduce everyone to Acharya Kanad, the teacher of small particles. Not only did Kan convey the philosophy behind unimaginably small particles, he elegantly conceptualized their value in the macroscale world. If we didn't know better, John Dalton might've plagiarized him.

Talk about a spicy meatball! A decade after a rash of unexpected fires, the good citizens of Canneto di Caronia are busy ringing up the fire brigade as unknown forces set fire to their material possessions. Weirder still, the affected appliances weren't connected to the grid before bursting into flames. We can only imagine Paul Seaburn's wry smile as he finds an official, government report blaming aliens. South of the Mediterranean, aliens don't even enter into the equation when there's shenanigans going on. Down in Kenya, some Parents Shut Down School Over Demons possessing a girl to recruit others into performing evil acts. Less intense is the sanguine countenance of the Craggy Face Of 'Cliff' Appearing In Rocks On The Devon coast. He is the handiwork of Mother Nature, not aliens nor demons, gazing across the English Channel. There would be no surprise if he were contemplating the rising tides, spurred by global warming, that carved him.

Attendees of the Probe International Conference got more than they bargained for last Sunday spotting something hovering over Blackpool. Cynics are writing it off as a balloon, but eyewitnesses remark how the object stayed in place for a long time, unlike a balloon at the mercy of the winds. We share Jason McClellan's frustration that there is video, but it's nowhere on the internet. Much to our disappointment, Paul Seaburn has No Explanation For The Boom And Debris Field Over Louisiana last Monday. There's radar and witnesses galore, echoing Stephenville in 2008, but so-called 'investigative' journalists continue to ignore the elephant in the room. Weird events on Tuesday and Wednesday leave the readership of the Sunshine Coast Daily wondering, "What's Up With The Strange Lights At Mooloolaba?" That aussie isn't alone, since Lois Swoboda's publishing a MUFON report addressing some Strange Lights Reported On St. George Island, Florida. Looming over Marmet were Three 'Football Field Sized' UFOs Reported Low By Multiple West Virginia Witnesses. For those of you playing along at home, we presume they're American, not Association, football fields. If such gigantic objects aren't terrifying enough, Roger Marsh notes they were dead silent hovering over the Mountain State.

Hot on the heels of his latest contribution at The Daily Grail on The Origin Of Robotics, Martin J. Clemens examines the legends behind the golem, their parallels with the creation of Adam, and these constructs continue to inspire popular culture. Less animated are Over 50 Ancient Geoglyphs, Including Swastika, Discovered In Kazakhstan thanks to Google Earth. Of course they're not the evil swastikas, but the lucky Asian ones trying to regain their former reptuations. Curiouser still, April Holloway reveals other hidden swastikas 'round the globe. Taking a wee break from his pursuit of Nessie, Glasgow Boy invites you to hear about The Treasure Of Urquhart Castle along the shores of Loch Ness. Below its ruins are two chambers, one filled with enough gold to bring a tear to Atahualpa's eye, and something ominously described as pestilence. Here's hoping it's not one of the Four Horsemen. Not your cup of tea? EsoterX outdoes George R.R. Martin in the murder and intrigue realm with an exposé of The Dangerous Lives Of Necromancers.

October 17

A couple of Bigfoot items today. The first is from Australia where recently a man driving home from work at night spotted a big hairy thing with long arms and an oblong-shaped head crossing the road in front of him. As Chris Savia rightly points out in Yowie Alert In Port Douglas, where’s the dashcam when you need one? Had this occurred in Russia, we would have a taped record of this event. In the second item, a gratuitous mention of the Big Guy appears a Forbes article: High Oil Prices: Neo-Malthusians And Bigfoot, where it's noted that interpretations usually advanced for oil price movements are as misguided as “the fringe Bigfoot researchers who interpret everything as proof of the existence of Sasquatch, Yeti, Skunk Ape, etc.” If not for the word "fringe," we would be all over the writer.

Billy Cox almost sounds like a Disclosure advocate in this latest post where he wonders if all the recent high-level talk about the possibility of intelligent life beyond Earth might not be an indication of “a subtle shift in the weather.” And with the upcoming American University panel discussion on “UFOs: Encounters by Generals, Pilots and Government Officials,” there are indeed hints that a responsible and ongoing conversation about The Great Taboo might be in the exoplanets. As he notes: “Someday, our descendents will look back and wonder what the hell we were so afraid of.” How about Nazi tech? Now, would you believe the Roswell UFO Mystery [has been] Solved, According To German Documentary? They claim that what crashed in New Mexico was a test fight of a top secret Nazi craft called the Bell, which supposedly combined rocket and helicopter technology. Nothing new here, and apparently the filmmakers fail to actually link the Bell to the Roswell crash. And speaking about Failing to Explain, Magonia’s Joihn Harney trashes the latest version of the Robert Salas book, Unidentified. The UFO Phenomenon: How World Governments Have Conspired to Conceal Humanity's Biggest Secret where Salas even admits to trouble recalling his UFO experience while he was a crew commander at the Malmstrom nucear missile site. Salas, who by the way was interviewed recently on The Paracast, also claims to have been abducted in 1985. But his experiences surely must pale when compared to those of David Huggins, who has documented his extraterrestrial escapades in a series of NSFW paintings. An Abductee Outsider Artist’s Tender Documents Of His Extraterrestrial Romance will feature in an upcoming documentary called Love and Saucers and are now available in a book entitled Love In An Alien Purgatory: The Life and Fantastic Art of David Huggins.

We’ve been hearing about this for the past decade or so, and it’s always been that it will take thousands of years for the Earth’s magnetic field to completely switch. But now scientists have reconsidered that original estimate and think it might happen in as little as 100 years. Maybe soon they will also rethink how such an event might change the way we live on Earth— from eh to OMG!

October 16

What? No? Welp, the BFRO has a handy dandy method requiring nothing more difficult than division. Keep in mind, this is just an estimate rather than an actual number. The numbers are surprising, especially for those living in New Jersey, one of the most urbanized states of the Union. Just as surprising, Chris Savia gasps "Oh My Stars!" at the headlines regarding an alien horror caught off the coast of Singapore. With a little help from Dr. Karl Shuker the abomination's identity becomes clear, but the video footage is no less fascinating. Among other wayward critters, Loren Coleman's caught wind of a Cryptic Beaked Whale Washing Ashore On Redhead Beach, Australia. Whether it was spotted because someone was scopin' redheads along those shores, or not, is up in the air just like its taxonomy. The unusual specimen, common in deep waters, is awaiting examination at the Australian Museum.

If we didn't make that left turn at Albuquerque, one of us would've appeared at the Paradigm Symposium. Renowned for forteana, it also has a reputation for being able to rub shoulders with great minds like Graham Hancock, Micah Hanks, among others. Adnan Ademovic took full advantage of the convention culture, getting an earful about how UFOs should be considered a global phenomenon, embrace new hypotheses, and consider the role of consciousness science in encounters. That Mexican guy? Red Pill Junkie, and he shows us all how he earned that moniker. Picking up RPJ's ball and running with it is Robbie Graham, declaring "Disclosure Movement RIP!" Invoking the Greek aphorism of "Know Thyself", it becomes clear disclosure is more than submitting a blizzard of FOIA requests to groups that don't know and don't care. Instead, the phenomenon is far more profound than imagined. Key quote: "The ultimate irony of the Disclosure movement is that it deeply distrusts officialdom, while simultaneously looking to officialdom for the truth." Greg Taylor thinks this Disclosure is Dead piece “is probably the best thing you'll read this week, or perhaps this entire year…”

Resuming their investigation of Cockenzie House, the plucky team from Lanarkshire Paranormal are spilling the beans on a woman in black crawling nearby. She's not the first entity they've encountered, and connecting the dots between the ghosts one might apprehend the story the sppoks are re-enacting every night. No stranger to haunted history, Ken Summers has been busy setting the mood of the season by enumerating The Real Ghosts Of Sleepy Hollow. Covered here isn't their notorious headless horseman, but ghost ships, imps, drowned spirits, the Lincoln Funeral Train, and the tragic tale of their Lady in White. Perpetuating stories like these is simple, once one understands The Language Of Hauntings. Drawing upon his extensive experience ghostbusting, Mark Boccuzzi presents the evolving methodologies for analyzing data in an excerpt from the Windbridge Institute's newsletter Winds of Change. Finally, we encounter Tara MacIsaac holding vigil atop a peak in Darien with accounts of Visions Of Dead Loved Ones Not Yet Known To Have Died. Of especial interest is the tale of a dying woman seeing her father who preceded her in death by an hour!

Since the E-Cat came on the scene, Andrea Rossi has been squirrely about its inner workings. Unsurprisingly, pseudoskeptics and cynics have rolled their eyes and whined "Hoax!" At long last, Rossi's finally allowed a brace of boffins to run the gadget to evaluate its potential. While the scientists don't explicitly declare in their paper the process is cold fusion, they're at a loss as to how to describe its working properties typically associated with nuclear transformations.

October 15

This story is one we missed from last month, but it’s worth mentioning. Someone named Lyle Northcott, from Nelkson, British Columbia, has come forward to claim that he’s responsible for the Bigfoot sightings that have taken place in this Canadian province for the past 50 years. That even tops the claim made by ol’ Doug and Dave of Crop Circle fame. Could Lyle Northcott be the one-man Doug-and-Dave of Sasquatchery? Somehow we don’t think so. UPDATE: Looks like we were fooled by a parody show. Elsewhere, Thomas Brisson has tracked down what may the story of The Original Frankenstein. In one of the early issues of Denmark’s first newspaper, he found a report from February of 1673 of the ungodly body of a man by the name Henrik Krahlen, who with his wife and daughter “unearthed dead people and removed their hearts and lungs in order to make a powder.” Of course, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein was supposedly inspired by the life of Johann Konrad Dippel, who was born at Castle Frankenstein in 1673. But Brisson wonders if Dippel himself might not be based on the Krahlen story. So far, Krahlen has not come forward to claim responsibility.

UFO round-up time! A passenger on a flight landing at LAX noticed a “silver sphere” just a few feet from the wing of the plane. Unfortunately, he apparently didn’t call anyone’s attention to it, making the sighting essentially worthless. A little better, if for no other reason a than the availability of a video, are the UFOs caught on video in South Wales, which could just be flares. More impressive is the Video [which] shows v-shaped UFO over Charlotte. But a little digging by a news reporter found a likely explanation: a military flyover that took place nearby at a NASCAR race. Then we have the story of three South Dakota campers [who] encounter UFO at ground level. It began as a star-like object which got closer until “it fell, it exploded and burnt up in vibrant colors of blue, turquoise and aqua,” which sounds a bit like what a meteorite might do. Not sure what to make of a Strange Object [which] Startles Residents of San Isidro in Peru, but what, really, can we say about an “an odd green light” which was apparently also seen in Lima: Greenish, Shapeshifting Object Over Peru Seen Two Days Earlier in Canada? Are the green fireballs of yesteryear back in our skies? And, yes ,UFOs are also being seen in Argentina: Are "They" Here? They are everywhere, it seems. But all in all, there's little of evidential value in these reports. Next!

October 14

A photograph posted on the Weird Whitstable website shows a massive crab the width of a dock in the waters off this seaside town. It it an unusual sand formation? An odd bit of driftwood? Or a hoax? (Snopes weighs in on Crabzilla.) If not the latter, then Nessie has some competition in the UK. Though Nessie was never thought to be a giant crab, the possibility of giant turtles certainly crossed people’s minds early on when Nessie first popped up in Loch Ness. Speculation at that time focused on anything big and could swim, including the Atlantic Green Turtle and the Leatherback Turtle. But as Glasgow Boy points out, neither the famous Hugh Gray picture, nor the Spicer creature could convincingly be regarded as a form of turtle. So it was back to the drawing board. Much less well know in the UK are its reports of Bigfoot. Nick Redfern covers the various names that have been used to describe the hundreds of reports of Britain’s Bigfoot: Naming the Beast. They include: the Man-Monkey, the Shug Monkey, the Orford Wild Man, the Beast of Bolam, the Big Grey Man, Martyn’s Ape, and much more. But whatever you call them, just about all reports of this creature in the UK have paranormal aspects attached to them.

Did Joan of Ark see Fairies? Beachcombing's Bizarre History Blog
Well, it certainly seems so, but there was nothing unusual about that as Joan grew up in a world where fairies mattered. But it’s unclear exactly what relations she had with fairies. For one, there was an old confusion between Mary and fairy, which was carried over into modern times at Lourdes and Fatima. And her grandmother was said to be a fairy seer. So did Joan walk into a trap set up by the lynch mob of priests and bishops with her answers to questions about fairies? Beach thinks so, and elaborates on the subject in detail. For more modern accounts of encounters with fairies, check out Seeing Fairies: From the Lost Archives of the Fairy Investigation Society, Authentic Reports of Fairies in Modern Times, recently published by Anomalist Books.

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