Bits and bytes from the edge

Multiple ‘Water Bodies’ Found Under Surface Of Mars The IndependentIt’s not life, just liquid water. Liquid water can mean anything in the same measure as phosphines in Venus’s upper atmosphere could mean anything! So check out Andrew Griffin’s scoop and contemplate the available data. As for our other neighbor, many greyfaces are scrambling to raise the doubt signal like the dynamic duo of John Stonestreet and Shane Morris who have something to say about Life On Venus And Why ‘Settled Science’ Is Often Hot Air. Who said anything about the phosphines in Venus’s atmosphere being settled science anyway? Even us woo-peddlers at The Anomalist appreciate more observations are necessary to eliminate the possibility of noise and false positives. On the positive side, they do make a case for some scientific announcements being blown out of proportion. Speaking of hot air and blowing, did you catch wind of the The Case Of The Disappearing Planet? If there was any life on there, it had better develop space travel if it wants to survive its catastrophic circumstances. Not every ball of mud in the cosmos is Edenic, and Rick Robinson has a few words to say in his elegy. (CS)
Why Does Science Embrace The “Talking Animals” Myth? Mind MattersDo critters communicate with each other? What about with humans? A recent paper suggests it’s a strong possibility, but Denyse O’Leary has some strong questions about the study and its conclusions, while entertaining the possibilities with regard to true animal intelligence. Of course it’s a bit of fun having science catch up with what animal lovers have known all along. Keeping with the theme, George Dvorsky reckons Magic Tricks Can Help Us Better Understand Animal Intelligence. Searching the YouTubes, there’s a plethora of videos showing humans wowing apes and dogs, but do these simple interactions illustrate something greater about their capacity to perceive and interact with the world? If so, this could help explain The Evolutionary Origins Of Consciousness. Ralph Lewis urges you to join him in the Wayback Machine to apprehend the ancient beginnings of subjective experience before mammals were even on the drawing board. (CS)
A Letter from Lynn Catoe, April 9, 1968 Not an Authority on Anything”Riots, racism, and viruses, all from 1968″ are contained in the last letter John Keel site manager Doug Skinner will post from the Keel/Catoe correspondence. A first-person account of the background difficult times through which they, and some of us, lived–and perspective perhaps for coping with our present experience. Regarding that last, Al Mercy (1) begins two chapters from an unfinished Keelian spy novel for “some diversion in these troubled times.” In this first installment we accompany “dashing hero” and WWII secret agent Al Mercy as he parachutes onto a tiny island containing a nudist colony and a General Whom He Must Kill. In Al Mercy (2) Mercy meets up with whom we’re pretty certain is his female contact in this endeavor. “It’s pretty silly,” says Doug, but it does give a sense of Keel’s other literary work–and maybe a needed smile or two. (WM)
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Utah Man Steals Truck for Alien Encounter, but Felt Bad and Returned It KMYUPeople react to UFOs in different ways, and this first case is one of the strangest. The man claims he needed “to get on a flight with alien diplomats.” Now he’s in the Utah County jail. In a second instance, a man tried to avoid an alien encounter, as reported in Chile: 100 Kilometer Car Chase Involved UFO. Though “the driver felt very tense” during this long pursuit, the anonymous individual apparently took “several photographs” of the supposedly pursuing object. This next person couldn’t do anything more than take a photograph of a ‘UFO’ with Flames Spotted over Worcestershire, UK. Steven Collins has the image and particulars from the astronomer who snapped the photo. (WM)

Top Paranormal News Links

This Norwegian Island Claims to be the Fabled Land of Thule Smithsonian MagazineF. Salazar’s article takes us on a journey of historical discovery and controversy with modern economic implications. The sometimes-lyrical piece chronicles the claims for Pytheas’ farthest northern spot where “the earth and sea and all things together are suspended,” and how the inhabitants of the island of Smola are themselves suspended between their rather insulated present status and the possibilities of ramped-up tourism. Among former visitors to Smola are a group about whom comes the astonishing news that the World’s Largest DNA Sequencing of Viking Skeletons Reveals They Weren’t All Scandinavian. “The history books will need to be updated,” concludes one contributor to a huge six-year international study of Viking remains. The findings upend traditional concepts of who the Vikings were and show how interconnected they were with other Eurasians. More light is being shed on a smaller pre-Viking conundrum as Archaeologists Unearth 3,000-Year-Old Hillfort Built By The Mysterious Votadini Tribe. Jocelyne LeBlanc covers the discovery of a remarkable construction atop the picturesque extinct Scottish volcano called “Arthur’s Seat.” (WM)


Before the Crop Circle There Was the “UFO Nest” Mysterious UniverseHappily not the sort that might contain alien eggs, but “saucer nests” found in Tully, Australia, in 1966. Nick Redfern takes a look back at this and other cases from down-under and then reminds us that Long Before Crop Circles There Were…Crop Circles! Looking back through some older accounts, he reads that in 1674 even the devil himself was scything circles in the English countryside. (LP)
UFO Exploitation: Targeting Children The Saucers That Time ForgotFlying Saucers were commercialized soon after they started hitting the headlines in 1947. Curt Collins has a lavishly-illustrated cavalcade of early buyables and media aimed at the younger set. Of particular interest is some 1950-style “fake news” in My Weekly Reader, for goodness’ sake, exemplary of the mind-set of the times. Nick Redfern makes more points supporting his controversial thesis that UFO, Mind-Altering Drugs, and a Secret Experiment were at the heart of the December 1980 Rendlesham Forest Incident. “Controversial” can’t begin to describe the weirdness in Flying Saucers and Giant Aliens Described in a Possible Declassified FBI File. Paul Seaburn has the entertaining story about “Memorandum 6751,” almost certainly a hoax, and Paul lays bare some of its problems. (WM)

The Day Bigfoot Stalked Workers in a Cornwall Forest Cornwall LiveThe jobs we’ve had in our younger years often have a special place in our hearts. The freedom, the simplicity, the run-ins with 7-foot-tall man-beasts…This British  encounter from about 20 years ago ended harmlessly enough but we have to wonder how many Bigfoot were actually involved given the wood knocks described. It might have concluded differently if the witness’s ride had arrived a quarter hour later.  Yet even as we add this to an enormous anecdotal collection of Sasquatch encounters, we still can’t prove the Hairy Guy is real. Nick Redfern explores this issue more in  Bigfoot: Why Can’t We Get the Proof? He reaches a conclusion that is both incredible and yet entirely believable: We can’t find evidence of an enormous flesh and blood creature because Bigfoot is something else. He is Other, and until we adjust our expectations and methods to this possibility, we will never uncover usable proof. (CM)
NUFORC Data Shows Increase in Reported UFO Sightings Began Well Before Pandemic Shutdowns Singular ForteanTobias Wayland takes a closer look at information from Peter Davenport’s National UFO Reporting Center than did a Wall Street Journal article. Te-Ping Chen’s WSJ piece UFO Spotting Has Replaced Bird Watching as Pandemic Obsession does however emphasize the individual human element behind the numbers. Other studies note a large monthly spike in reports at the beginning of the Pandemic, followed by a fairly precipitous plunge, with some moderate recovery in those numbers since. Recent sightings include ‘Was it an Alien?’: Mysterious Lights in South Carolina Sky Spark UFO Debate, whose video “result is not doing justice to what they saw”; a Scottish example in UFO Mystery as ‘Craft’ Captured above Town by Largs Schoolgirl; and in Mexico: Amateur Observer Records UFO Over Mazatlan. Expert analysis might prove helpful in all three cases. (WM)

Retired Pilot From Nimitz Tic-Tac UFO Incident Talks About Mysterious UniversePaul Seaburn seizes upon a Cmdr. David Fravor remark about what he engaged in 2004 to “amp up” two points: that the “bogey” he faced likely didn’t come from an Earthly assembly line, and that the thing–or another “Tic Tac” like it–committed an “act of war.” The extensive Fravor dialogue with podcaster Dr. Lex Fridman at David Fravor #122 Lex Fridman is likely the most comprehensive source for Fravor’s life and personal views on a matter of related topics as well as his “take” on the Nimitz incident. Nick Redfern researches the history behind the “LGM” meme in Taking a Look at the “Little Green Men” Phenomenon. Regarding another favorite Refernian topic Nick asks about Roswell: Why Can’t We Get the Proof? He examines why each of the three military explanations won’t hold water, then considers why no “alien crash” documentation exists while there is some support for his thesis about a U.S. experiment gone awry. (WM)


The Pros and Cons of Filming Paranormal Encounters Haley Is A GhostHere are a pair of enlightening pieces illustrating some of the challenges faced by paranormal researchers. Hayley Stevens describes the pitfalls of capturing photographic evidence, providing a narrative of a personal comedy of errors and demonstrating the limitations of our ever-present cellphone cameras. Next, Nick Redfern describes how easily dots can be connected when an investigation’s outcome is decided ahead of the facts. In The Peril of the Paranormal: Putting Threads Together That Have No Real Connections he is quick to point out that this is a favorite tactic of conspiracy theorists. Keep this in mind the next time your neighbor warns you about microchips in vaccines. (CM)
Surprise Find! Thermal-Drones Spot Ancient Earthwork in Kansas Ancient OriginsThe second-largest pre-European settlement in North America is yielding more of its secrets thanks to drone-based imaging, says Ashley Cowie. Despite some issues, a video presentation about Etzanoa gives more details. Elizabeth Dohms-Harter offers an eye-opening article behind her assertion that Wisconsin’s Effigy Mounds Connected People to Spirits. The amazingly rich prehistory of “a sculpted land” and the loss of so much of those religious and artistic creations stand out here. Modern techniques are also helping Scientists Recreate Prehistoric Acoustics of Stonehenge, per David Keys. 3D printing a 2.5m diameter Stonehenge and studying the result in a sound laboratory produced several conclusions about the auditory properties of Stonehenge in its heyday, before 50% of its larger monoliths were lost. And another case of modern technology combatting the depredations of time and humanity is April Green’s Destroyed Ancient Temple Now Open for Virtual Exploration. The heartbreaking destruction of Palmyra’s Temple of Bel during the Syrian civil war has been somewhat mitigated by an interactive point-cloud digital tool created by UC San Diego. (WM)

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5TH Dimensional Monster?

One of the most fascinating aspects in the research of paranormal phenomena is how strange things can really get. Most perplexing is when different types of phenomena overlap. This is sometimes the case with the Bigfoot phenomenon. Some researchers report that there is often something peculiar about sightings of the creature – something ghostlike or alien. Sightings have been linked to UFO phenomena. A trail of Bigfoot footprints sometimes ends abruptly, as if the creature simply vanished into thin air. Such mysteries have led some researchers to speculate that what we know as Bigfoot or Sasquatch could be an interdimensional creature – a being that can move from its dimension to ours at will. That is certainly not a theory that is widely accepted by cryptozoologists, but encounters like the one related by Bill cause one to wonder. This is Bill’s story:

My friend Mike and I swore each other to secrecy about that night in 1985. We promised we would never tell anyone whathappened, but since that night, things for both of us seemed to change somehow.

Mike and I used to do what we called “all-nighters”: we’d get in the car with some munchies and soda; Mike would bring his guitar and we would drive for at least two or three hours on the back roads of Pennsylvania, out to the middle of no-man’s land. Basically, our intent was to drive until we got lost, then switch drivers and find our way home. In our part of Pennsylvania, getting lost in the sticks isn’t too hard.

Getting Lost

That night was the last day of our sophomore year in high school, so we decided to celebrate with an all-nighter. We loaded up my car and off we went. I was driving out because it was my turn to get us lost. The early summer night was very hot and the sky was clear. Mike was playing some tunes on his guitar, and we were having a great time. I should mention at this point that we were not in the least intoxicated. Mike is diabetic, so liquor was never part of our all-nighters. After about two or two-and-a-half hours of driving, we were pretty well out in nowhere land.

And that’s when it happened.

I was at the wheel and turned down a dark road by an old broken-down farm house. Suddenly, there was a flash of light and a bang! I hit something! It was just that quick, all happening in an instant. I slammed on the brakes and Mike and I looked at each other. I uttered a few choice words and immediately opened my door to get out of the car. But Mike screamed at me, “Stay in the car! Stay in the car! Let’s get the hell outta here! What was that? Let’s go!”

Strangely, I was fairly calm, ignoring the fact that there was a bright flash (or whatever it was). I thought I hit some animal. I wanted to get out to see if there was any damage to my car. I did get out and looked around. Mike, meanwhile, was having a fit because we were not buggin’ outta there. I looked carefully. No damage to the car, nothing in the road or under the car. Yet I felt strange… like I was being watched.

And just that suddenly I was hit with an overwhelming sense of terror. I had to leave that place and leave it right away.

“Mike, we’ve got to get out of here NOW!” I said.

Mike was really starting to freak out. “What is it?” he said. “What is it?!”

“I don’t know, but we have to move – NOW!”

By this time Mike had already slid over to the driver’s side of the car and had it running. I hopped in the passenger seat. Mike turned the car around and floored it.

The White Monster

We drove for a mile or two down the road without saying one word to each another. Our eyes were focused intently out the windshield. Then we saw, crouched by the right side of the road, this “thing.” It looked like a Bigfoot… only different. It looked into our headlights, stood up and ran in front of the car, across the road and into a large grove of trees. Mike hit the brakes as we both screamed.

“What in God’s name was that?” he yelled.

“How the hell should I know,” I yelled back. “Get the hell outta here!”

Mike jammed on the accelerator and off we sped at about 80 mph. We didn’t say a word all the way home.

What Was It?

The next day we talked about the entire night before: that strange flash of light, the bump, the feeling for horror and that “thing” we saw. I can only describe it this way: When it stood, I’d say it was about 6 feet tall, ape looking but human looking at the same time. It was extremely thin and covered in scraggly white or gray hair. It had an oversized mouth with lots of teeth. And its eyes… God, its eyes looked human and frightened. I think we may have scared it as much as it scared us. I don’t know.

Mike and I didn’t talk much after that night. But he did tell me that he began to “see things” every now and then. I admitted that the same was happening to me too. We both seemed to see, for lack of better terms, “monsters”… “things” – I don’t know, just things that shouldn’t be here. I don’t know what the heck we drove through that night or what it did to us, but it definitely did something.

My friend Mike passed away last year. He died in a car accident. Another person who saw the accident said it looked like he “swerved to avoid something.”

I know this all sounds crazy, and this is the first time I’ve ever told this story. Something did happen to us that night. A vortex, a time hole, a doorway into or out of a different dimension… I don’t know. Whatever it was, both Mike and I began to see things after that night, and they’re not ghosts.

What the heck happened to us that night 18 years ago… and why has it never left us?

Stories of interest from around the Net

Jersey’s got its devil. West Virginia has its Mothman. Texas has… gargoyles? Good ol’ Nick Redfern’s got a clutch of tales from America’s belt buckle featuring these stony nightmares in the sky. This ain’t prosaic stuff, since one of the yarns from a west Texas town draws a parallel with Arthurian legend. Further down the rabbit hole, Craig Woolheater caught wind of Werewolves In Maine with a nifty sighting report. We’re tickled that SKiss would be more flustered if the creature wasn’t a lupine, affirming her suspicion that her hubby has gone off the deep end.
Titanoboa was as long as a semi truck, but paleontologists reckon they’ve been pushing up the daisies for millions of years. Enter Karl Shuker and a file folder brimming with tales of relict ophidians. There are many reasons to be skeptical, the sheer number of accounts in recorded human history may point to the truth lurking in the darkest jungles.
We gather that one must live in a monarchy to effectively prove the emperor has no clothes. Best known for skewering capitalism, western imperialism, with accompanying historical foibles, Robert Newman’s set his sights on atheist messiah Richard Dawkins. Dominic Cavendish wants to show you how Robert deconstructs Dawkins with more class and wit than Ricky Gervais can ever aspire. After all, if it is a dog-eat-dog world, how many cannibalistic canines do you know?
A History Of Elves LiveScience
Long ago and far away, before greys entered our consciousness, elves held sway in the night and the shadowy corners of our minds. Ben Radford runs down the evolution of these fair folk over the centuries, musing upon their persistence in pop culture. Having whet your appetite, hie thee to your local bookseller to acquire Sherry and Brad Steiger’s Real Encounters, Different Dimensions, and Otherworldly Beings. Encyclopedically enumerated for your pleasure, those merry Steigers cover more than pointy-eared entities. Don’t just take our word for it, the man so nice they named him thrice, Paul Dale Roberts just scratches the surface to tickle your fancy for this volume. A fitting centerpiece of any fortean’s library. Less cut and dried isThe Neuroscience Backlash covered by Rich Reynolds. Citing several skeptical treatises upon free will, psychology and neuroscience, it appears mainstream scientist authors have inadvertantly provided an explanation for alien abductions. Rounding out our section, almost as a non-sequitor, is Alejandro Rojas with a UFO Video Over Belfast Believed To Be Flying Entity. Funny bit is there have been similar sightings in the past, and the facts have borne out the object or entity was only a balloon.
Huzzah! Dr. Beachcombing, with a little help from his friends, has found the original Portuguese text claiming American Indians made their way to Germany. Why is this so important? Rather than working on a secondhand account, Beach can give an accurate translation, check for apocrypha, making the tale far more compelling. Rummaging deeper in our grab bag of maverick news, we find Andrew May tut-tutting how an Ig Nobel was foisted upon a paper covering The Scarab And The Stars. While everyone was giggling over dung beetle astrology, the scarabs are more concerned with preparing their brooding balls than cracking jokes about human foibles and fables. Floating high over Anomalist Towers is a Ghost Blimp piloted by no other than Henry Paterson. He regales us with a story of the flying Mary Celeste and its unsolved mystery. Finally, don’t miss picking up Richard Toronto’s latest War Over Lemuria: Richard Shaver, Ray Palmer And The Strangest Chapter Of 1940s Science Fiction. Chronicling the singular life of Richard Shaver, from institutionalization, travelling cross-country, and a collaboration with Ray Palmer setting the UFOlogical field on its ear. Even if you don’t pick it up, John Rimmer admirably runs down this engaging biography as befitting a Pelicanist.

News of interest

Ah, nothing says summer like the smell of BBQ wafting through the air, the sounds of kids playing in the pool, afternoon thunderstorms and freaky, bloated,mysterious carcasses washed up on the beach. It really is becoming a summer tradition, this time with a new one popping up on the shore of the East River in New York. The “official” consensus is that it’s a pig, which is pretty remarkable considering pigs generally don’t have claws. A reluctant Loren Coleman has the rest of the story of That Bloated Beast Under Brooklyn Bridge. On a much gentler (and less disgusting) note, Beachcombing brings us tales of Victorian encounters with Mutant Hares, Modern Satyrs and Centaurs. Being Victorian, the witnesses in all cases reacted exactly as you would expect, giving a discreet shriek and running ladylike away from the strange creatures. In an encounter with a giant mutant rabbit, one woman defied her upbringing and actually struck the oncoming beast with her parasol. Then, we presume, she shrieked and ran away.
UFO Magazine’s Larry Bryant wants to see the elusive box full of Roswell secrets that former CIA agent Chase Brandon claims he saw. Supposedly, via the Freedom of Information Act, the contents of that box should be released to him and anyone else curious enough to file a request with the CIA. While it’s a worthy endeavor, we think it’s highly unlikely the request will be granted. Whether that is because the CIA will conveniently lose the files or because it simply doesn’t exist in the first place is the question of the day. UFO Iconoclasts delve deep (really deep) into the nature of UFOs and wonder about the possibility of Quantum UFOs: Entanglement?
There seems to be a serious lack of communication going on between the “Chasing UFOs” crew and the NatGeo channel because the show’s crew complains that they were not aware of the ominous sounding “major shift in programming flavor” for the channel and say that NatGeo is less concerned with the truth than with entertainment value. NatGeo is trying to mop up the publicity disaster by saying basically that the crew of the show knew what they were signing up for. We think they should just be sent to their respective corners to take a timeout and think about what they’ve done.
After years of ridicule and being dismissed as a party trick, hypnosis is now attracting attention from scientists because its effects are very real and can be proven. Recent research has discovered that during a brain scan if a person is asked to fake being hypnotized, the resulting brain activity is very different than that of a person who is genuinely hypnotized. Meanwhile, there’s a good chance you’ll run into hypnotists and scientists alike at the 55th Annual Convention of the Parapsychological Association in Durham, NC.
There’s nothing quite like reading about lost civilizations to really make you feel your mortality. What happened to the huge cities of these ancient people? Oftentimes, the civilization that abandoned these locations were advanced, which makes it even more puzzling. Did they simply move on to be closer to food and water sources? Were they conquered by invaders? Was there something more sinister behind the disappearances? It seems that just when archaeologists have settled on a date when we humans truly began to be civilized, more evidence surfaces (literally) to prove otherwise. Archaeologists uncover Palaeolithic ceramic art dating back to the last Ice Age that redefines our timeline and knocks the discovery of ceramics back several thousand years. Lastly, the Pelicanist reviews Nick Redferns The Pyramids and the Pentagon which deals with the notion of ancient advanced civilizations and ancient artifacts and their impact on modern times: Pyramid Selling. The Pelicanist calls it “cleverly written” and says there is something for skeptics and believers both.
Loren Coleman shares a story from artist Jeff H. Johnson concerning reports of wildmen seeking revenge for the killing of their kind in Vietnam. There is an equally disturbing story in the comments about US soldiers in Vietnam having to recover bodies quickly because “apes” would come out of the forest and eat them. As the commenter says, “there are no apes in Vietnam”. Coleman points out that there could very well be a lot more of these sorts of stories from that part of the world but we will likely never hear them. Forteania bids happy birthday to Momo the Missouri Monster – 40 yrs On. The tall, hairy, smelly and infamously dog-eating creature was spotted only during a brief period in 1972, but Missourians haven’t forgotten him.
Want to give your brain a jolt? Consider this: you may be asleep and dreaming right this moment. Brain Pickings tells us that it is very likely and that with way our brains work and the nature of dreaming, it could be impossible to discern the difference between reality and dreaming at times. There is no real way to tell. We’d hope that our brains would come up with something a bit more interesting than the mundane details of our daily lives though. It’s a bit frightening to realize how easily our brains are manipulated, and on a more serious note Loren Coleman gives us another example of this as he takes an unconventional look at the bigger picture surrounding the recent Aurora tragedy. The sensationalism of the story has saturated the media resulting in some very defined images being imprinted on our cultural conscious already. The fallout from the tragedy casts a long shadow over pop culture and may augur further developments in Aurora: Synchromystic Wonderland.
Canada seems to be the most recent UFO hotspot with an average of 3 sightings reported each day. Ontario seems to be getting the most attention though, according to this study. Break out the Barry White album, it’s time for Part 2 of Eros & Ufos: The Repressed Sexual Aspect of Mystical Experiences (Part 2). Sexual repression has always led to troublesome results throughout history and and alien abduction may be yet another result. Intrepid Magazine’s Red Pill Junkie wonders if alien abductions are related to the same repressed energy that is theorized to be the cause of poltergeist activity. It would certainly explain the popularity of UFO reports involving tall, beautiful Venusians in the 1950s and 60s.
In 1979, a Scottish forestry worker Robert Taylor ventured into the woods off of a highway in Dechmont Law. He encountered a saucer-shaped craft on the ground and was attacked by two metal spiked spheres that dragged him toward the ship. He awoke later with torn pants and was unable to talk. The “official” explanation for his strange experience? Venus! Not only was the planet responsible for his sighting but it also apparently triggered a seizure and hallucinations, despite the fact that local police found evidence that something had landed in that spot. We suppose that all the weather balloons were grounded that day. In another infamous case, the powers that be took quite a different tactic of disinformation and ordered the main eyewitness to continue spreading his tale of the The Aztec UFO and Psy-Ops. Apparently, what he reported seeing (a crashed UFO with several dead aliens) was so outlandish that they figured he was doing a pretty good job spreading disinfo himself.
Frogmen stalked the banks of the Little Miami River in Loveland, Ohio in 1955 and were reported in three separate incidents. The creatures were described as tall, bipedal frogs and in one incident, one of them seemed to be brandishing a metal wand. No official explanation was ever given but it’s interesting to note that “frogmen’ were a part of local Native American lore long-before the modern sightings. Beachcombing has a report of a 1980 encounter with The Trolls That Tuck You In from 1980 and the most unbelievable part of the story is that the witness went right to sleep after being tucked into bed by several tiny people that mysteriously appeared in her hotel room. And on a final note, Paranthropology Vol. 3 No. 3 Now Available to Download.

Contacting the Dead in the Electronic Age

No one can deny that computers and electronics have revolutionized life on this planet. There are electronic controls and computer chips in everything from the small appliances that toast our bread to the cars we drive, and make possible myriad forms of new entertainment, from DVDs to video games and iPods. We’re just at the beginning of this remarkable revolution.

And now many serious and casual researchers are claiming that some of this gadgetry can be useful in a quite unexpected way: to contact the dead… or at least allow the dead to contact us.

Obviously, these claims are highly controversial. They make many assumptions: that there is life after death, that the dead are interested in contacting us, and that they have the means by which to do so. Assuming all that, many people experimenting with electronic voice phenomena (EVP) and instrumental transcommunication (ITC) say they have received messages from “the other side” through tape recorders, VCRs, televisions, telephones and even computers. It seems we may no longer exclusively need Ouija boards, psychics and mediums to contact dear deceased Uncle Harold… just turn on the TV instead. Yes, even spiritulism has entered the electronic age.

These phenomena have manifest themselves since the appearance of the instruments themselves. EVP (electronic voice phenomena), for example, has been reported for well over 30 years: unexplained voices heard faintly on magnetic recording tape. It’s said that even Thomas Edison experimented with devices for spirit communication. Investigators around the world are trying to get to the bottom of EVP and ITC, endeavoring to explain, in one way or another, how these voices are encoded on audio tape, how unexplained images appear on video tape and TV screens, where phantom phone calls come from and how computers can relay messages from “the beyond.”

Here are some interesting cases of EVP and ITC, about which you can read more at the links provided:

Audio tape

Two of the pioneers of EVP were Konstantin Raudive, a Swedish psychology professor, and Fredrich Juergenson, a Swedish filmmaker. In the late 1950s, Raudive began to hear words recorded on blank audio tape and eventually made more than 100,000 recordings. (A CD of some of this recordings is even available.) Around the same time, Juergenson first captured unexplained voices while taping bird songs outdoors. He continued his research for over 25 years.

Is ITC phenomenon genuine? relates how Belling and Lee, a British laboratory, conducted some experiments in EVP, suspecting that the “spirit voices” were actually caused by ham radio broadcasts bouncing off the ionosphere. The tests were conducted by one of the leading sound engineers in Britain, and when phantom voices were recorded on factory-fresh tape, he was baffled. “I cannot explain what happened in normal physical terms,” he is quoted as saying.

Another interesting case is that of two Italian Catholic priests who in 1952 were trying to record a Gregorian chant, but a wire in their equipment kept breaking. Out of desperation, one of the priests asked his dead father for help. Then, to his amazement, his father’s voice was heard on the tape saying, “Of course I shall help you. I’m always with you.” The priests brought the matter to the attention of Pope Pius XII, who reportedly accepted the genuineness of the phenomenon.

Today, many individuals and groups are experimenting with and gathering EVPs. Dave Oester and Sharon Gill of the International Ghost Hunters Society travel the US collecting EVPs from various haunted sites, and they post many of their recordings on their site.

Radio

In 1990, two research teams (one in the U.S. and one in Germany) claimed to have independently developed devices that allowed them to talk to the dead. Using a modified form of ham radio that receives 13 different frequencies at once, the researchers claimed to have held conversations with several people who have passed on to another plane of existence. Dr. Ernst Senkowski, in Germany, said that he contacted a Hamburg dockmaster who died in 1965. “We verified this information,” Senkowski said. “He told us he was well and happy.”

In the U.S., George Meek, director of the MetaScience Foundation in Franklin, N.C., said that more than 25 times he has talked to Dr. George J. Mueller, an electrical engineer who died in 1967 of a heart attack. “Dr. Mueller told us where to find his birth and death certificate records” and other details, Meek said. Supposedly, it all checked out.

TV/VCR

In 1985, according to Instrumental Contact with the Dead?, German psychic Klaus Schreiber started receiving pictures of deceased family members on his television. Sometimes just voices would come across, telling Schreiber how to tune his TV for better reception. When Schreiber died soon after, his own image began to show up on the TV screens of some European ITC researchers.

Some researchers have claimed success in capturing ghost images with an instrumental transcommunication (ITC) set-up. With this technique, a video camcorder, connected to a television, is pointed at the television screen. In other words, the camera is recording the image it is simultaneously sending to the TV, creating an endless feedback loop. The frames of the video are then examined one by one, and sometimes ver distinct human faces can be seen. You’ll find examples here:

Telephone

In January 1996, ITC researcher Adolf Homes received a series of paranormal phone calls, according to Is ITC phenomenon genuine? Reportedly, a female voice said, “This is mother. Mother is going to contact you several times on your phone. As you know, my thoughts are sent in different speech patterns. The vibrational ties with your equipment make our contacts possible…”

Of course, there are also many documented cases of phantom phone calls, or phone calls from the dead. You can read several chilling examples in my article on the subject.

Computer

The seeming ability of entities to make contact through a computer were first noticed in Germany in 1980, according to Electronic Links to Other Dimensions & Entities. A researcher received a spontaneous message that appeared first as a series of letters, then words and finally phrases that referred clearly to a deceased friend of the investigator. Four years later, an English professor claimed to have exchanged messages (supposedly this was not e-mail) for over 15 months with a group of advanced entities living in the year 2019 as well as a man from 1546.

In 1984-85, says Instrumental Contact with the Dead?, Kenneth Webster of England said he received 250 communications via several different computers from a person who lived in the 16th century.

Can we believe such stories? Some are so far out that they should be taken with a megadose of salt. And the field of spiritualism and contact with the dead has always been so rampant with charlatans and fraud that there’s no reason to think that that tradition is not being continued with the assistance of electronic devices. But it’s always best to keep a cautiously open mind and welcome legitimate research into this dark, nebulous region of the paranormal.

What’s new in the paranormal news

CREATURES:

“Finding Bigfoot” hoax exposed – by the cast!
The TV show Finding Bigfoot has a lot of critics debunking the evidence that the legendary cryptid really exists. That now includes the people who appear on the show itself…

An editorial: What impact will “Finding Bigfoot” have?
Loren Coleman: It seems like a good time to take a long-term look at what influence and impact the Finding Bigfoot series may have on the future interactions of television and cryptozoology, especially as they relate to what educational role Finding Bigfoot is filling for youthful students of cryptozoology and hominology…

Sasquatch, man, ape or something else?
For the first time, scientists from many disciplines put the most compelling Sasquatch evidence under the microscope and apply forensic science to the on-going mystery. ..

Sea monster sightings debated
Sea monsters like those described in ancient mariners’ tales down the ages really could exist, some experts claim. But they are probably not Jurassic Park-style survivors from the dinosaur age…

Is the government hiding evidence of Bigfoot?
Every now and then one does hear rumors that the “government” is hiding a carcass of Bigfoot, or a Sasquatch was taken from the ruins of the eruption of Mt. St. Helens…

Sea monsters really DO lurk beneath the waves, scientists claim
From krakens to gigantic sea serpents, terrifying monsters of the deep have haunted the imaginations of generations of mariners. Now experts in marine life claim sea monsters might actually exist…

GHOSTS, HAUNTED PLACES AND POLTERGEISTS:

A closer look at ‘ghost hunting’ shows, the pros and the cons
Here are my reviews of my four favorite ghost hunting shows. You are welcome to share the pros and cons of your favorite shows in the comments section…

Haunted Niagara: Urban legends or a glimpse into the paranormal?
Laurie Collins-Koehn: Niagara has been called the most haunted region in Canada and I decided to learn more about the folklore of this area.

GHOSTS, HAUNTED PLACES AND POLTERGEISTS:

Is Rose Hill Cemetery haunted?
Although the only thing living in the cemetery seems to be a vivid history of Matawan, even the tour guide, Al Savolaine of the Matawan Historical Society, claimed the cemetery is haunted…

Personal experience creates a paranormal believer
About two hours north of Phoenix lies the small town of Jerome. It is nestled into the side of a mountain overlooking a beautiful valley and is full of art, amazing food, and site seeing. Oh yeah, and ghosts…

PSYCHIC PHENOMENA:

Nurse claims psychic abilities led to persecution
Lori Niell, a former occupational nurse in Colorado Springs, says she unfairly lost her job because of her psychic abilities…

LIFE AFTER DEATH:

Whoopi Goldberg was a nun in previous birth
Hollywood actress Whoopi Goldberg was apparently a nun in her former life, according famous psychic twins Linda and Terry Jamison…

EARTH MYSTERIES:

Strange fruit: The costs and benefits of rural mysticism
Whether extraterrestrials or pranksters are to blame, in the Wiltshire countryside crop circles are costly: around £1,000 each, says Tim Carson, a farmer in the village of Alton Barnes, whose land has been dotted by 125 circles since 1991…

HUMAN MYSTERIES:

Out-of-body experiences linked to neural instability and biases in body representation
Although out-of-body experiences (OBEs) are typically associated with migraine, epilepsy and psychopathology, they are quite common in healthy and psychologically normal individuals as well…

LOST WORLDS:

A lost world? Atlantis-like landscape discovered
Buried deep beneath the sediment of the North Atlantic Ocean lies an ancient, lost landscape with furrows cut by rivers and peaks that once belonged to mountains. Geologists recently discovered this roughly 56-million-year-old landscape using data gathered for oil companies.

When Time Goes Crazy

IN THE MOVIE Star Trek: Generations, Captains Kirk and Picard join forces to fight Dr. Soran, a madman who viewed time as his enemy. Picard, however, came to see time as a companion that accompanies us on our journeys through life.

Throughout the many experiences of our lives, we regard time in both ways: as a kind of enemy when we’re late for something or eager for something to happen; but on an everyday basis as something we can rely on. One thing follows another, cause and effect, twenty-four hours in a day.

Every once in awhile, however, time seems to go haywire, gets fouled up in a glitch, moves impossibly fast or impossibly slow. Is it time itself that gets screwed up? Or is it just our perception of it? Consider these reports from people who suspect that the flow of time (or the flow of their lives through it) went mysteriously wrong.

TIME MOVED TOO SLOWLY

Don and his wife had their encounter with missing time in the Nevada desert in 1997. They were driving their small, three-cylinder Geo Metro to Laughlin, Nevada from San Diego, California. “We took the back way to Laughlin on 8 East through the desert to 95 North,” says Don. “Around dusk, our windshield had a rather large collection of bugs, so we pulled into the only gas station at Vidal Junction to clean the glass.”

As they pulled into the mini mart station, Don noticed a seedy looking character at the pumps staring at him and his wife. He had greasy hair, a disco shirt and a leather vest, and was driving a beat up, early ’70s Toronado. Don quickly cleaned his windows and got back in his car. The greasy dude was still staring at them.

Darkness was quickly approaching as Don pulled back onto 95N, hoping the creepy stranger would not follow them. But he did. “Immediately, I had a bad feeling,” says Don, “knowing that in the lonely desert there are bandits who prey on tourists, nudging their car, then robbing them after they pull over for a fender bender.”

Don knew his Geo Metro was no match for the stranger’s aging muscle car, but tried to outrun him anyway. Even managing to reach 80 mph, the stranger stayed on his tail. Don and his wife began to get frightened. “I told my wife to get the gun out of our backpack we travel with for protection.”

But then something weird happened. “A split second later, with no turn offs, we were suddenly alone on the highway,” Don remembers. “No greasy dude, no one but oncoming traffic miles ahead. A few minutes later we were at 95N and Hwy 40 in Needles. But it was 7:00 p.m. when we left Vidal Junction, and Interstate 40 is fifty-five miles north of there. Now it was only 7:20 p.m. Somehow we’d made the entire fifty-five miles in twenty minutes! No Geo Metro can fly like that. We would have had to go at least 130 mph or more on a two-lane that twists through some mountains. The other strange thing was we had a strange floating feeling just as the other car disappeared.”

TIME MOVED TOO QUICKLY

Two years later, in August 1999, Kim and her husband also had a weird experience near Laughlin, Nevada. Instead of their trip taking a far shorter time than it should have, it took inexplicably longer. “I was following my husband home from Las Vegas to Kingman, near Laughlin,” Kim says. “He was on his Harley and I was following in my car. We had made this trip several times before and knew exactly how long it took to reach home from the Hoover Dam – one-and-a-half hours.”

The weirdness began with their perception of the weather. “My husband swears it was raining in the distance and lightning was so close he could almost feel the electricity,” Kim says. “I swear it was dry as a bone. Also, I had a hard time keeping up as he was going very fast around the corners. I could see him in the distance, and suddenly there were a lot of cars ahead of me and behind him. I thought that was odd since there was a mountain up one side and a sheer cliff down the other. There was nowhere for those cars to have come from. Oddly enough, as soon as I thought that was weird for them to be there, they were gone.

“It seemed as though the trip was taking forever and I was getting really tired. When we arrived home, I thought it was really late and so did my husband. We looked at the clock and the one-and-a-half hour trip had taken over four hours! We are afraid of what happened to us during that missing time.”

MISSING TIME AND A BROKEN CLUTCH

John and his wife also seem to have experienced a serious amount of missing time, and their car was also physically affected. “It was about 10 a.m. when my wife and I departed home in our jeep heading toward the local mall,” reports John. “This was a trip we had undertaken a hundred times before. The entire event would normally take about three hours and we would be back home around 1 p.m. The drive to the mall takes about ten minutes.”

John parked in their usual area, and he and his wife went into the mall to shop. “As we departed the mall, we both looked at each other and we both felt that something was just not right,” John says. “First, for some unknown reason, I had parked the vehicle in an unfamiliar area of the mall, a parking area that I had never used before. Then when we entered the vehicle, it would not start. Finally, when it did start, the clutch would not engage, like it was loose or broken. We noticed the sun was setting! I looked at my watch and noticed it had stopped. I looked at the clock display on my dashboard and it read 5:30 p.m.!

“My wife and I still can’t figure out how we lost almost five hours of our lives. We did nothing unusual or out of routine. And I don’t understand how a brand new vehicle gets a broken clutch while sitting in a parking lot.”

OUT OF TIME AND PLACE

Such instance of missing time can be quite confusing and stressful, especially when it occurs among other people who are unaffected. Consider the case of a young medical student we’ll call Jim. One weekend he was at the beach with several of his friends from medical school. They had arrived together at the hotel where they would stay, and Jim didn’t really pay attention to the hotel’s name or its location. They left their luggage and went off for some beers, walking.

Jim recalls that he was walking behind the others, talking to one of his friends at around 2 p.m. Quite suddenly he found himself at the beach, and it was already very dark. His first reaction was confusion, as he knew he was lost, followed by anger, sure that his mates were playing a joke on him. He tried to figure out where he was, walked a little bit, but the beach was deserted.

When he finally made it to the town, he hired a cab. Because he did not know the name of the hotel, it took them two more hours to find it. When Jim went into the room, he was sharing with his friends, he was very upset and said clearly that their joke was not funny. As he demanded them to reimburse him his cab fare, he noticed the puzzled expressions on everyone’s faces, as if they were seeing a ghost. One of them said, “Where the hell have you been? We have been to the police, to every hospital, and we have looked for you for ages!” They were very upset.

Apparently, what for Jim had been a blink of an eye, for the others was actually five hours. To this day, none of them can explain how Jim “disappeared” while talking to his friends and appeared at a different place… and where he actually was during those five hours.

PORTAL TO A FUTURE SOCIETY

As if such experiences aren’t weird enough, sometimes they get even weirder. On these occasions, people seem to slip not only through time, but also into other dimensions of reality. One night Ben was walking with a friend on a dirt trail between the closely connected towns of Hurley, Wisconsin and Ironwood, Michigan.

“We were half way to his house,” Ben recalls, “when suddenly I was standing outside a huge skyscraper building in what I, for some reason, believe to be Detroit. I entered the building and there was a lady with platinum blonde hair. Her clothes didn’t look odd or anything. She told me that I was on time for my appointment, so I followed her to an elevator. We stepped inside and she pushed the button for the fifty-third floor.

“When we got out of the elevator, I followed her to an office. The walls and the floor were done in a decorative business-like way. We got to the door and she told me to go in and sit down. When I went into the office, it looked huge. I don’t think I have ever seen a view so panoramic and beautiful as that one. A man told me to sit. He then started to tell me that they – they meaning the company or something – were happy that I had joined and I would be a perfect fit.

“All of a sudden, I was in a good-sized hallway with about fifty other people, standing in a military-type line. We all had the same blue and black uniforms on and were marching toward a big open garage-style door.”

Suddenly it all ended, and Ben was back in Ironwood, kneeling on the ground by some bushes. “My friend asked me what was wrong,” Ben says. “I asked how long I had been kneeling and he said just for a couple of seconds.”

GARDEN OF THE FIFTH DIMENSION

James also believes he glanced into an alternate reality. James loved to garden, and when he moved into a three-bedroom house complete with a 150-ft. garden, he hardly made time for anything else. “After planting some new borders,” he says, “I proceeded to my den for a quick cup of tea and a snack. The den itself was very small and had one window and a small gap near the roof for spying out of.

“When I proceeded to take a peek out of this hole, I was amazed at what I saw: There was a small pond and beautiful palm trees surrounding it. The dull light green lawn of my garden was replaced with lush, dark green grass, and it was tremendously sunny! The shed was already on the property when I bought it, but the previous owner – a middle-aged man who never went in there – said he had no need for it, so he left it. It was about 10-20 years old and in great condition.

“Could it be that this shed is some sort of portal, depicting another place on this earth? The garden itself had not changed when I took a look out the normal window. Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to take a look at that paradise-like place even when I look out the gap… although I’d be eager to see if people on the other side can see me!”

Paranormal News Update

PSYCHIC PHENOMENA:

Want to participate in a psychic experiment?
“Primetime Nightline: Beyond Belief” is looking for twelve male volunteers in the New York City area to participate in a fun experiment for an upcoming segment about psychic powers…

CREATURES:

The Lake Utopia Monster
Everyone is familiar with Nessie or the Loch Ness Monster, but few people outside the local area of Lake Utopia or in the field of cryptozoology have heard about the Lake Utopia Monster…

Claims sea monster lives in fjord
A diver conducting an investigation of Geirþjófsfjörður believes he may have found evidence of a sea monster living in the fjord…

Flying cryptid sightings: Weird bat-like creatures / large bioluminescent birds

GHOSTS, HAUNTED PLACES AND POLTERGEISTS:

Nottinghamshire Police witchcraft, ghost and UFO reports
Nottinghamshire Police received more than 80 reports of ghosts, witchcraft and UFO sightings in the last six years…

Haunting of Hyde Hall
Over the past 200 years, Hyde Hall has evolved from a prestigious family home in Cooperstown to a National Landmark. Starting July 6th, a tour will take a look at the home and its history with the paranormal, as told by ghosts of past and present…

Scary amateur video shows paranormal activity in kids’ bedroom
A family captured paranormal activity or evidence of ghosts when they set up a video camera in their children’s bedroom after being told that there were unexplained noises and shadows in the room. ..

Simon Cowell isn’t spooked by haunted house
Simon Cowell has confessed that he has become fascinated with the idea of ghosts and the afterlife…

FORTEAN PHENOMENA:

Man struck by lightning for sixth time
An Upstate man has again disproved the old adage about lightning never striking the same place twice after being struck for the sixth time on Monday.

 

What made the news lately

CREATURES:

Bigfoot press conference June 23, 2011
On June 23, 2011, the Sanger Paranormal Society will present potentially the most convincing evidence of Bigfoot since the Patterson film of 1967. The media event, scheduled for 4:00 p.m. PDT at the Piccadilly Inn in Fresno, CA, will feature a full upper body impression, including half of its face, on the passenger side window of a pickup truck. The driver’s side window features a Bigfoot’s nostrils, nose, and lips…

Deeper understanding: The unexplained and the unimaginable
Charles Fort – that first scribe of the forbidden – stated in his works “something, somewhere, asserts a legal right to this earth.” At best, the human race was the tenant of an unknown landlord, uncertain of the terms of the lease or when rent was due; at worse, our world was a hunting preserve for an uncaring suzerain…

Argentina: Residents terrified by “striking imp”
Local residents state that the small creature appears in dark places and pummels people. Police has issued a statement asking people not to walk alone in the dark…

Searching for Bigfoot in the Aragonese Pyrenees
Since time immemorial there has been speculation surrounding the existence of “wild men” in certain isolated of the Pyrenees where access is difficult. This likelihood has regained currency following the information supplied by recent expeditions made in to the region of Bielsa, Huesca (Spain)…

GHOSTS, HAUNTED PLACES AND POLTERGEISTS:

Ghost trackers hunt history, spirits
Ghosts aren’t just for giving people that creepy feeling anymore. They also are for providing history lessons. The Indiana Ghost Trackers group got permission recently from the city’s Board of Public Works and Safety to conduct another walk through Maplewood Cemetery…

Paranormal Housewives hunt for ghosts in Ventura County
Call them ghost hunters. They prefer their official title: the Paranormal Housewives. “We are a drama-free, all-women paranormal investigative team,” said co-founder Kirsten Thorne, sitting on a wall bordering a graveyard outside Fillmore. She acknowledged skeptics are everywhere and include her husband, though his certainty sometimes wobbles…

PSYCHIC PHENOMENA:

Stymied by animal psychic
A person we know just hired an animal psychic to talk to a cat who is terrorizing the neighbor lady. The cat told her he does it for fun. The psychic told the cat he cannot go over to the neighbor’s house anymore. This psychic also was hired to talk to a horse with an issue. The second time she came, the horse refused to talk to her…

Psychic called to help solve mysterious death
A Clarkson woman desperate to solve the mysterious death of her niece, who was found burnt in a car 11 years ago, has called on a British psychic. Kathleen Cox said the inquiry into Deborah Michelle Anderson’s death was “gathering dust” so she turned to Diane Lazarus as her “private investigator”…

LOST WORLDS:

Pumapunku: Human ingenuity or complete mystery?
The recent discovery of 17 pyramids, 3,000 separate structures and up to 1,000 tombs beneath the surface of the Egyptian desert via infrared satellite scan once again raises the inevitable question; just how much do we really know about the past history of the Earth and the resourcefulness of ancient cultures worldwide?

 

We are not alone in the universe!

It’s become an almost silly question to ask…are we alone? If we are, then there’s a lot of wasted space out there! Seriously, it’s almost absurd to even think we are the only species in such a vast expanse of space. An interesting video non-the less! Enjoy this video.

About the video: An interesting BBC movie about a question that man kind has always arises: “Are we alone in the universe?”

News from the paranormal side

CREATURES:

Sasquatch face print
Cryptomundo : The folks at Sanger Paranormal put out a news release, and now AOL News has broken the story in the mass media. But despite Sanger’s desire to keep the imagery secret until their news conference of the 23rd, in a move that is strangely similar to the leaks of the “Georgia Bigfoot” under ice hoax of 2008, Sanger has leaked the face print of the Sasquatch early. It was found on their site, and then quickly removed. But here’s what they posted, which was saved by a Cryptomundo reader, Rick Sheen and forwarded to Cryptomundo…

Bigfoot investigators hope DNA test will confirm existence of two man-beasts
California Bigfoot investigators were shocked over Memorial Day weekend when they found strange markings and hair on their pickup truck windows. Now, they’re hoping DNA tests will prove once and for all the existence of the legendary man-beast…

Daniel Boone’s Yahoo = Bigfoot?
Long before it became the brand of a search engine, the creature whose uttered cry gave it a name haunted Kentuckians. Daniel Boone told tales of “killing a ten-foot, hairy giant he called a Yahoo,” says John Mack Faragher in a 1992 biography of Boone. The Yahoos are hairy man-like creatures in Jonathan Swift’s “Gulliver’s Travels,” one of Boone’s favorite books…

io9 Offers $2000 bounty for authentic photos of cryptids
This summer, io9 is going cryptozoological. We’re offering a $2000 bounty to the person who sends us the best authentic photo or video of a “cryptid,” or mystery animal. And that’s just the beginning of Cryptid Summer…

Looking for Bigfoot? County has had its share of mysterious sightings
If you happen to see an eight-foot-tall, very hairy fellow wearing sunglasses, a straw hat and strings of old Mardi Gras beads at this week’s Handy blues festivities, don’t be alarmed. It’s merely Bigfoot, a.k.a. Sasquatch or Yeti, who has snuck into town to enjoy the music, eat some red beans and rice, and watch folks lose their inhibitions and break into impromptu dance.

GHOSTS, HAUNTED PLACES AND POLTERGEISTS:

Marlins reliever spooked at ‘haunted’ hotel
With the Marlins in Tampa to start a weekend series against the Rays, relief pitcher Steve Cishek felt an eerie presence at the team’s hotel, and let his Twitter followers know all about it. Too bad he didn’t find out whether the ghost could help the team break its ongoing losing streak…

Sandra Bullock fears home is haunted
Sandra Bullock reportedly fears that her temporary home in London is haunted. The 46-year-old actress is in town filming sci-fi thriller Gravity with George Clooney, and is apparently being kept awake by things that go bump in the night…

Spirits said to inhabit former jail
Laugh if you please, but Medina County Judge Jim Barden isn’t joking when he says an other-worldly spirit has made its presence known in the former jail building that now houses his staff. He recently was spooked into leaving by the sound of unexplained footsteps as he worked alone, after hours…

PSYCHIC PHENOMENA:

“Psychic sheep” detects cancer, saves farmer’s life
A shepherd claims her ‘psychic sheep’ saved her life by detecting that she had breast cancer. Alfie, a five-year-old sheep is being hailed a hero by some in the UK and now has a following of hundreds of friends on Facebook…

Dogs likely born with canine telepathy
Dogs are so in tune with us that they can read our minds, according to a new Learning & Behavior study that also determined canines are probably born with the ability. Practice makes perfect, however, so the more a dog hangs around humans, the better he or she becomes at “canine telepathy,” which actually relies upon hyperawareness of the senses…

EARTH MYSTERIES:

Wichita, Kansas experiences bizarre “heat burst”
At 12:22am on June 9 temperatures in Wichita, Kan., rocketed from 85 degrees Fahrenheit to 102 F in the space of twenty minutes. What caused this heat burst?

The Latest Paranormal Links

EARTH MYSTERIES (more)

Crop Circles: Created by Sound? (added 6/16)
The force of sound may be a logical explanation for the previously unexplained phenomena of crop circles.

Scientific Proof of Burning in Crop Circle Plants (added 5/5)
There have been many reports over the years about possibly “burned” plants in crop formations, but in 2010 seedheads from a Dutch formation have provided scientific proof of actual burning.

GHOSTS and HAUNTINGS (more)

Tales of the Unquiet Dead (added 5/19)
Is the funeral industry shy about reporting their ghostly incidents? Here are some haunted goings-on at the funeral parlor.

Who Or What Are The Shadow People? (added 5/26)
Shadow people, also known as shadow folk or shadow beings, are usually attracted to one person or location for unknown reasons, this site says.

HUMAN MYSTERIES (more)

The Astral Plane (added 4/21)
The author tells of his remarkable discovery of the astral plane when he was a young boy in England, and then later in Connecticut.

Crystalinks: Doppelganger (added 3/17)
A doppelganger is the ghostly or in some cases, a physical double of a living person. The term has come to refer to any double or look-alike of a person, most commonly in reference to a so-called evil twin, or to bilocation.

Vampires and Disease (added 5/19)
This monster did not keep a polite distance; he was a friend, a neighbor or husband. He was a corpse who returned from the grave to kill.

LIFE AFTER DEATH and REINCARNATION (more)

How to Run A Home Séance (added 5/5)
Does mediumistic ability exist within the circle of your family and friends? Here is how you may find it and put it to work.

What Happens During a Life Review? (added 3/17)
This study is a review of 319 NDErs responses to questions about the near-death experience and the life review, changed beliefs, life changes, and universal order/purpose.

LOST WORLDS and MYSTERIOUS CIVILIZATIONS (more)

Ancient American Artifacts (added 4/14)
Video: Fascinating evidence in the form of artifacts from northern Michigan that provide evidence of European habitation of North America long before Columbus.

MAD SCIENTISTS and WEIRD SCIENCE (more)

Anti-Gravity Machines, Devices, Propulsion and Research (added 5/19)
Here you will find information on anti-gravity inventions, machines, perpetual motion inventions, and much more related to anti-gravity technology.

MYSTICS, PROPHETS and PROPHECIES (more)

The Occult World of CG Jung (added 7/23)
How a near-death experience transformed the psychologist’s attitude to the world of mysticism and magic.

OUIJA BOARD and DIVINATION (more)

Ouija Board – A History (added 6/9)
This article examines the Ouija’s origins, its paranormal aspects, the psychological angle, and more.

PARANORMAL BASICS (more)

The Bent Spoon Magazine (added 6/9)
This online magazine in PDF format labels itself as “the skeptical magazine for the true believer,” and includes Q&As between those with opposing viewpoints, interviews with investigators and thinkers, and articles critical of believers and skeptics alike.

PLANETARY and LUNAR ANOMALIES (more)

Mars Fossil Images (added 5/26)
This site presents several photos taken by the Mars rovers that show objects that look very much like fossils found on Earth.

NASA’s Anomalies Above the Moon (added 6/9)
This YouTube video is a compilation of NASA film taken by the Apollo missions that include anomalies on and around the moon. Some are rather intriguing.

PSYCHIC PHENOMENA (more)

10 Ways to Develop Psychic Abilities (added 6/16)
Everyone has some psychic tendencies, this site says. We are all born with psychic abilities, but society conditions us to hide them. Here are 10 ways to improve your psychic abilities.

Psychic Spies (added 4/7)
Whatever happened to America’s remote viewers? To understand what has happened to remote viewing since the death of the programme, it helps to understand why the programme was killed.

Psychic Test (added 5/26)
This site presents several different visual tests you can try to see if you might have some psychic ability.

RELIGIOUS MYSTERIES and MIRACLES (more)

The Apparition at Knock Ireland, 1879 (added 5/5)
The apparition was like a three-dimensional, life-like sculpture that never moved, like a well done holographic projection.

What Is a Demon? (added 4/21)
Demonology is a hot topic in Fortean circles currently. But what is a demon? There are various theories by various experts with varied world views.

TIME-DIMENSION TRAVEL (more)

Train Ride to a Parallel Dimension (added 11/18)
A fascinating tale and analysis of a woman who had a bizarre experience traveling in Scotland. When she stepped off of her train, did she enter a time warp?

WEIRD CREATURES and MONSTERS (more)

Bownessie (added 4/7)
No one is sure if the sightings of strange creatures in the lake over the years are linked, but they are treated that way by those who have witnessed the “lake monster”.

Congo: Mystery Beasts from the Heart of Darkness (added 4/21)
There a number of other lesser known mystery animals with allegedly dinosaurian identities from in and around the Congo basin region.

Top 20 Bigfoot Sightings (added 6/16)
This article should more properly be called the “Top 20 Bigfoot Sightings on Video” since they are all fairly recent, except for the Patterson-Gimlin film. They vary in quality.