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December 25

Merry Christmas from The Anomalist crew, Patrick, Chris, Crystal, Bill, Linda, and our own beloved Christmas spirit Mel. Be good to one another. (CS)

December 24

It ain’t comets nor is it aliens, true believers. After figurative months of creeping arXiv, Paul Seaburn’s struck gold with a new study suggesting a pedestrian explanation for the unusual characteristics of Boyajian’s Star. Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater, as Sheikh, Weaver, and Dahmen’s hypothesis needs to be compared against known stellar models. Don’t forget the persnickety question of, “If this avalanche theory isn’t so outlandish, why hasn’t it been seen before?” Finally I have a bit of a tangent. Barnard’s Star isn’t called “Eddie’s Star” nor Kapteyn’s Star isn’t “Jake’s Star”, so why in sam hill does the media insist on using the diminuitive of Dr. Tabetha Boyajian’s name for KIC 8462852? I’m no social justice warrior but every time I hear “Tabby’s Star”, it makes me think some elderly astronomer’s giving Dr. Boyajian a smack on the ass, chuckling, “Good job, jiggles. Go make us some coffee.” Get with the times and show a little respect. (CS)

Are they abandoned pets? Circus refugees? Perhaps they’re leaking through Australia’s Dreamtime to North America, piquing the curiosity of Loren Coleman and Linda Godfrey? They’ve certainly captured Eric Grundhauser’s undivided attention, considering his splendid gift to the cryptozoological community. What makes Eric’s article so awesome are his citation of actual sightings, not heresay from liquored up vagrants. Speaking of abandoned pets, looks like Sam Lincoln’s gonna need a bigger boat after Finding A 16-foot Snake In A Frozen River. Elsewhere serpents are taking to the skies, and Nick Redfern’s scared up some Strange Tales Of Flying Serpents guaranteed to make Quetzalcoatl greener with envy. What about the really outlandish critters like The Basilisk And The Cockatrice? Karl Shuker’s got you covered with his inquiry into those lizards guaranteed to get you stoned. Y’know, like a statue. (CS)

It’s three minutes to midnight in America, 32 years after Ronald Reagan announced America will be prouder, stronger, and better. Rather than boldly going where no one has gone before, we’re stuck with a hamstrung space agency, austere budgets, and we’ve handed the reins to someone no better than Henry Potter of Bedford Falls. If the U.S. of A isn’t going to lead humanity off the planet, maybe it’s a good thing Red China’s preparing for the diaspora. Who knows, maybe some red-blooded mavericks who don’t have their heads shoved up their pseudoskeptical keisters will cobble together their own starship to lay claim to Mars and all points beyond. It’s time for ‘science’ to stop arguing talking points and use some elbow grease while there’s still time to escape the inevitable doom of January 20th. (CS)

December 23

David Weatherly updates the story of the untimely death of conspiracy theorist-ufologist Max Spiers. Debate is ongoing regarding whether Spiers had overcome a purported pattern of drug abuse that could have caused or contributed to his passing. It now appears that a new inquest into the death is underway, a review that Spiers’ mother has been seeking all along. The Kent Online news article that Weatherly references and links to is accompanied by Comments on Spiers’ extreme conspiracy theories and possible medical causes for the “black liquid” Spiers supposedly vomited before his death. Whatever the man’s opinions and the cause of his ultimate demise, he was surely troubled at the time of his tragic end and we continue to hope that his family will find answers to ease their minds. In a different UFO-related area, we hear that the Raelian UFO Cult Struggles to Recruit New Followersin Cambodia. It’s an interesting piece with speculations on why the Raelian Movement hasn’t made much progress in this developing country. (WM)

Add this to your list of cryptids: The Big Grey Man (BGM), a being reportedly able to induce fear and panic in any with whom it crosses paths. Witnesses (victims?) have described their encounters on mountainous, foggy paths as preceded by heavy footsteps and a sensation of approaching menace. The first documented account in 1791 described the BGM as a massive figure stepping out into the open. Not much else was reported after that due to the witness fleeing in terror as fast as his feet could carry him. (Seems like a reasonable reaction to us.) Other experiences from the 20th century were similar, although not all included an actual sighting. Some ran for safety before the BGM could appear. Others were seemingly stalked as they descended the mountain but were not overtaken with fear. Clearly Big Max can pick and choose when he wants to terrorize the villagers, so to speak. Like Bigfoot, BGM has been described as massive, with heavy footsteps and a hair covered body. And both are reportedly capable of inducing fear–infrasound perhaps? Our curiosity is piqued: does anyone know of a travel agency with direct flights to the Cairngorms plateau? (CM)

Today we travel back in time to Siberia in June 1908. On that day the skies were lit up by a detonating asteroid which leveled 800 square miles of forest. This explosion came to be known as the Tunguska Event. But what if it wasn’t an asteroid that caused so much devastation? What if it was an experiment gone wrong in a lab more than 5000 miles away? Xavier Ortega explores the possibility that Nikola Tesla was the actual source of what was perceived as a massive cosmic event. That’s the sort of thing that’s hard to top in a lifetime. And as we ponder history, a Mysterious Lost Greek City Dating Back 2,500 Years Is Discovered Hidden Under Hill Near Athens. A hill near Athens that had been dismissed as mere geography has been excavated to reveal what appears to have been a thriving city. Anyone’s guess why it wasn’t discovered sooner since it was right under the archeologists’ noses. For one last mystery in time we look at Karl Shuker’s The Turkey, The Tapestry, And Some Fowl Play In The Cathedral! where an ancient tapestry is scrutinized in order to determine when turkeys were first domesticated in the New World, or if in fact other exotic fowl were imported from overseas. As usual, Shuker pulls apart every detail like the thread from which the tapestry is woven. (CM)

We have another installment to the journal of Unexplained Lake Monster Sightings, this one from the 1930s by a credible witness, an officer in British Columbia’s Archives–so we hope he’d been competent with details. Seems the creature he saw was about 80 feet long, with a mane that resembled seaweed. It reminds us of earlier descriptions of Nessie, so maybe, just maybe, they’re from the same Mother…or time portal. Although, considering BC only went wet a decade before, it’s not impossible that a certain amount of overindulgence might have been involved. But we could be completely off base. The latest news on gigantic serpents is that the Loch Ness Monster is ‘an alien’ – new theory on Scotland’s mythical beast. But to be honest, there’s a big gap in logic to this theory. A UFO spotted over the loch does not necessarily mean the loch’s inhabitants are aliens or spaceships. It only means something was flying over the loch. Maybe we’re all just trying too hard to prove something that we not yet capable of understanding. (CM)

December 22

A report of “a close encounter with a ‘gigantic, triangular UFO'” is colored by the witness’ remark that “When I saw it, I immediately thought UFO, as I usually do if it’s not during the day.” The witness may be completely genuine and clearly reporting what he saw and videoed, but this statement and other aspects of the report mar its value. Rather more interesting is the story about Multiple UFOs Reported 20 Feet over Pennsylvania Homes. In this case the single reporter (who was accompanied by two children) seems more objective, and his second sighting of two triangular craft following the first pair is interesting and possibly helpful for a final resolution. He also claims a subsequent sighting of 20-30 “balls of light” on the same excursion, but seems not to make any necessary connection with the triangles. In Argentina: Animal Mutilations and Two Strange Beings in La Pampa, an August cattle mutilation event may have been caught in progress. Farmhands ostensibly encountered and fired upon two “beings” with “scaly backs and ugly grey faces.” The next morning one of the two beings was supposedly found, but it’s unclear whether the creature was apprehended or merely seen. Prints on the ground spaced 10 meters apart were apparently recorded, and the police have been joined in the investigation by Argentina’s national agricultural food safety and quality service. We await their final report. (WM)

This is the kind of news that should make any fortean sad. The Morbid Anatomy Museum, a great place with wonderful guest speakers in Brooklyn, NY has closed its doors after two and a half years in operation due to money troubles. Run as a non-profit, it seems unbelievable to us that such an attraction should have had to struggle to remain operational. But Emma Whitford for Gothamist reports that it might not be goodbye just yet, with the museum’s board looking at other ways of bringing the macabre to the public arena. In other news–and not nearly as hopeful–A 627-Year-Old ‘Blood Miracle’ Failed To Occur, Heralding Disaster For 2017. We are most assuredly not endorsing panic and End of the World preparations. And we know full well the worlds of faith and belief are filled with inexplicable events that we term Miraculous. But we also think most frightening concepts can be “logicked” through, as it were. Maybe the vial of blood powder had a minuscule crack and the sample was contaminated. Maybe the saint from whom the blood came knew something naughty about the Cardinal performing the rite. Maybe after 627 years all the holiness had left the ampoule. Or maybe it worked out just fine, and powder turned to liquid blood, and the Church covered it up so as to induce fear and encourage more followers. We’re thinking if the Anomalist doesn’t work out, we’d make great conspiracy theorists. (CM)

While NDEs have no doubt been occurring since the dawn of consciousness, their study has become a growing phenomenon with more and more individuals speaking out about personal experiences. Consistent descriptions include feelings of peace, acceptance and love from some kind of omniscient being, and an understanding of the meaning of life. Way to put a positive spin on a terrible experience for loved ones waiting outside the surgical unit… Another NDE story – Car crash victim reveals what being dead feels like after dying for an hour – adds to our compendium of NDE experiences by recounting how angels serenaded a man who briefly died in a car crash. It’s the ones who don’t make it back that result in stories like this: ‘Ghost’ workman appears in front of paranormal investigator. Although in fairness, stories like this can also be due to tricks of the light, chemical imbalances, and a bit too much Yuletide nog. Hard to say since we weren’t there ourselves, either to mock (Boo!) or to witness. (CM)

Karl Shuker wants to know more about the origins of both the object and the source material of this pottery elephant figurine. The object was found near Lake Titicaca in Bolivia and was recently discussed in a lecture given by Russian historian Andrey Zhukov. Is it a fake, or a genuine ancient representation and if so, how did it find its way to South America? Karl appeals for more info. Elsewhere, David Weatherly gives us a December 2016 BEK Update, with the latest reports of creepy encounters with Black-Eyed Kids. (LP)

It is 1967 and the ufological convention is over, but the “dirty tricks” still continue, with tales of bogus postal inspectors, odd phone messages to Jaye Paro, and apartment invasions, including one literally more than close to home. Oh, and Agar gives Paro a message with end-of-time prophetic content while Apol debunks the apparitions of the Virgin Mary and the Archangel Michael which supposedly occurred at San Sebastian de Garabandal in northern Spain from 1961 to 1965. “Lia” in the article’s title is apparently Jaye’s new “contact,” a pregnant woman Jaye met who was reading “Who’s Who” in the Farmingdale Library. You’ve got to read the piece to understand the story — if full understanding is really possible. (WM)

December 21

For anyone convinced that remote viewing has little or no basis in reality, you may find yourself changing your mind after reading this piece. The US military has long held a keen interest in psychic espionage. Post Cold War officials had no intention of giving the project up and enlisted the support of numerous high ranking men, including the late John Glenn, astronaut and senator. Glenn’s support of the Stargate project contributed in no small part to the project continuing for 5 years before its dismantling in 1995. Needless to say, the types of seers Uncle Sam was interested in were not the same as what we see in mainstream media nowadays. The Hollywood Medium has a secret. Tyler Henry is charming, intelligent, charismatic and oozing with empathy. It is truly disheartening for those of us who are taken with his earnest sweetness that he is not what he is presented as being on television. Once again the paranormal world must contend with individuals who diminish the value of credibility hard won over the years. Naughty, naughty Tyler…Seems the seers with the least media coverage may be the seers worth seeing. Eusapia Palladino: III. Variety of Phenomena seems to come very close to actual evidence of psychic ability. The amount of sheer plodding through data published by Eudsapia’s researcher Italian psychiatrist Enrico Morselli lends itself credibility, as no hoaxer in their right mind would produce such dry marketing material. (CM)

A discovery of “some sort of recurring pilgrimage site” in a cave on the beautiful Channel Island of Guernsey is pushing back yet further our understanding of our Neanderthal ancestors. Despite the popular image of this species being grunting knuckle-draggers, we continue to find evidence of their sophistication. And on the island of Pulau Upeh, Skeletal remains of larger-than-usual man [are] found in Malacca cave. Archaeologists have yet to confirm whether the remains are those of a human 9-to-16-feet tall, or whether just the grave itself is extra-large. (LP)

Congratulations are due to Linda Godfrey who, 25 years ago, published the story of the Beast of Bray Road, garnering international attention and propelling Linda’s career into the limelight as an investigator of strange creatures. Thank you for all your efforts this past quarter century Linda. “ARH-WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!” And now in other news, Dr. Shuker tells us it’s Time To Meet And Greet My Hippo-Cat! Another Mystifying Crypto-Carving(?) From Africa. A spotted cat blended with a great big red hippo, what is there to be confused about? We enjoy Karl’s enthusiasm as he goes through the checklist, untangling minute details that could point in either the direction of cryptid carving or cultural composite. (CM)

Christmas comes but once a year and given the scary tales related here by Chris Woodyard, it’s perhaps just as well. She writes of “a distinct cycle of legends” in Norwegian folklore which tell of the calamities which befell many a poor soul at this supposedly joyful season. And speaking of legends, you probably don’t know Why Ghosts Haunt England at Christmas but Steer Clear of America. The answer, it turns out, lies with the long tradition of Christmas ghost stories in the UK, the most famous of which is probably Dickens’s “A Christmas Carol.” While we are at it, here is Chris Woodyard again with O tödliche Baum! O tödliche Baum!, the deadly Christmas tree. (LP)

Kevin reports the information Rob Swiatek had provided him on Kevin’s X-Zone radio program about two very similar UFOs photographed at different times and locations by different people. Both events occurred in Brazil; the first in 1976, the second two years later. An interesting short piece. Micah Hanks asks about The Strange Streaking “Projectile” of Long Island: Was it a “Ghost Rocket”? Hanks wonders if there are more than mere similarities between the recent greenish UFO over South Africa that Paul Seaburn had featured on Mysterious Universe as we relayed on Friday, and a 1995 incident over Long Island Sound. Maybe not, but the transcript of that event supplied by the National UFO Reporting Center’s Peter Davenport certainly makes for interesting reading. (WM)

December 20

Residents of Spokane Valley are finding it hard to sleep at night recently thanks to a dusk til dawn racket coming from…where? Described by some as trumpeting, the cacophony has been discounted as snow ploughs working through the night to remove snow, northern lights, or even tectonic plates rubbing together. No one wants to come right out and say what everyone is thinking: just postpone the marching band practice until morning. Sheesh. Seriously though, we’ve got some seriously weird sounds emanating from our planet as of late. For example, Otherworldly Biological Noise Recorded Deep In Mariana Trench. Of course, scientists can come up with some perfectly logical explanations for the BioTwang, as they’re calling it, but no one can say conclusively what’s happening down at the bottom of the dark dark sea without a submarine and a deep sea diving team. We’d volunteer but being underwater causes us considerable dismay; we prefer our monsters up at the surface, preferably posing with us for selfies. (CM)

Mike Mayes brings us a Pre-Patty sighting from Sherman, Texas, where reports were made of a 7- foot-tall “gorilla” lurking about the area in 1960. Reports such as this are especially interesting because once the Patterson-Gimlin footage was released in 1967, folks seemed to be taken over by a Sasquatch-mania, seeing the big hairy people all over the place. Dr. Jeffrey Meldrum Interview, brought to you by the Paracast, will also provide food for thought for the serious Bigfoot researcher. These are not the rantings of a wannabe hunter/celebrity. Dr. Meldrum only appears rarely, so be ready to hang onto every word of this foremost investigator. (CM)

Rich Reynolds attacks a key problem in ufology (“besides its inherent madness and delusion”): researchers spending their time on insignificant side issues and not probing the core mystery. Rich suggests that many UFO cases could at least be more intelligently understood if investigators spent more time digging for answers to their core issues and less time at UFO conventions. Then there’s A Missing Scientist’s Personal Diary Proves Existence of Aliens, UFOs, and Secret Government Projects. This is one of the stranger articles we have recently encountered. It links to a document called “Pulsar Project” whose information supposedly came from the “personal notes of a scientist” (unnamed) who fled the country before he could be terminated. The document, which has been kicking around for some time, is a cobbled-together, poorly-written mishmash, and one wonders whether the author of the article about it actually was fooled by the thing. Our personal favorite example is the structural formula and explanation for “Ryetalyn (Vrietalyn)”, which “is a cure for a dreaded bubonic like plaque [sic] disease, Rigelian Fever.” Yup, “Rigelian Fever”. “Ryetalyn” is listed right after the “element” “Kironide”. Those who remember the original Star Trek TV series will hear the alarm bells ringing. Rather better is an article on The Airline Stewardess who Starved Herself to Death for Aliens. This is a short piece on the career and sad end of Gloria Lee, a 1950s-60s contactee whose meetings with the Jovian “J.W.” all took place in her head. The extraordinary part of an otherwise typical contactee story comes at the end in Lee’s willingness to starve herself for her beliefs and her supposed continued psychic career afterwards. (WM)

The good Doctor, together with Chris Woodward from Haunted Ohio, has gone on an obsessive journey to discover precisely when fairies were first depicted with wings. More importantly, WHY were they depicted with wings when everything we know about fairies would indicate their actual physical appearance to be the exact opposite of Tinkerbell. Questions aside though, over time it became almost commonplace to use replicas of these envisaged wings for masquerade and play purposes. Hence, Dr. Beachcombing has also looked into Making Fairy Wings. This of course raises the next question: what are Fairy Wings: Bat, Bird or Insect? This entire trilogy is fascinating, both as a study of local lore and how a culture creates its own superstitions to explain the world. And Beach’s habit of referring to himself in the third person lends a quirkiness to the pieces that makes them all that more palatable. (CM)

The Journal of a UFO Investigator
First off, if you haven’t yet seen the current movie Arrival, you should probably not read this post until you have. We just viewed this on Thursday and are still sorting out our impressions of what exactly happened in, or around, the movie, and the several interpretations that may be drawn from it. Suffice it to say that our first impression of the two main human characters’ relationship was similar to that which Halperin draws, but we can’t extrapolate from that to his conclusions about “the most essential theme of the real-world UFO myth.” Which just goes to show how people can draw different meanings from art. But we don’t have to wait for the aliens to contact us; they’ve been doing so for quite some time, if Margit Mustapa — A Little-Known Contactee and a number of better-known intermediaries were, and are, right. Nick Redfern provides an interesting look at this woman, whose story and philosophy seem to have been “mainstream” for the 50s and 60s Contactees. A link in this post sends you to Martin S. Kottmeyer’s article in The Anomalist listing 213 failed predictions in ufology. These illustrate both “Fetridge’s Law” and Kottmeyer’s conclusion that “You can safely ignore aliens and ufologists in figuring out how to live your life.” (WM)


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