Is This Mysterious Space Rock Actually An Alien Spaceship? – NBC News

With ‘Oumuamua’s dimensions having a ratio of 10 to 1, harkening to Arthur C. Clarke’s tedious Rendezvous With Rama, no one’s nuts to consider this interstellar interloper as a wayward starship. Now astronomers like Seth Shostak are tuning in, hoping they’ll eavesdrop on some alien radio chatter. Seth’s in good company as UPenn’s Jason Wright Claims This Asteroid Is A Von Neumann Probe. Of course Dr. Wright probably doesn’t believe ‘Oumuamua is a self-replicating craft, but it’s an interesting thought experiment for Paul Seaburn’s fevered dreams and yours. (CS)

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Police Appeal After Irish Man Dies After Bursting Into Flames On London Street – Belfast Telegraph

How will pseudoskeptics dismiss the curious circumstances surrounding John Nolan’s death? Was he drunk? Perhaps a skyscraper focused a sunbeam on him, sparking the blaze? Maybe a curious disease with a penchant for hyperbolic fevers? Maybe they’ll keep their mouths shut and reconsider their stances on the phenomenon of spontaneous human combustion. If there’s an alternative hypothesis, this editor would suggest Mr. Nolan was the target of a Russian pyrokinetic assassin. In other news, plants are intelligent, just not as we apprehend it. Lacking a discernable brain and nervous system, thanks to zoochauvinism, biologists are starting to tease out the green secrets of our vegetable friends. From Arabidopsis thaliana to Mimosa pudica, Sally Davies reviews the bleeding edge of plant research illuminating The Minds Of Plants echoing our own. (CS)

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Unknown Creatures And Strange Rituals Found In Venezuelan Petroglyphs – Mysterious Universe

Humanity loves leaving their mark, and with the passage of time archaeologists and aviators are finding more of our graffiti. What does it all mean? Brett Tingley has more than a few clues, reckoning you deserve his brilliant insight regarding the matter. After all, they may be cryptids still lurking Venezuela’s sultry jungles, or Barbara Wood house’s very own backyard. If you reckoned marsupials were Australia’s intellectual property, you gotta make the acquaintance of her Perplexing Pouched Skunk. Karl Shuker’s kicking up a stink about this beastie, lining up some of the unusual suspects for your consideration. Humble investigations of ordinary cryptids often contribute to The Origins Of A Monster-Hunter, like Nick Redfern. Today he pays his respects to Richard Freeman who has maverick zoology encoded in his DNA, beginning with his grandfather’s experience and the craziness of Hammer Films sparking one of the greatest adventures you’ll ever imagine. (CS)

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The Witch Report – The Magonia Blog

Witches went through a rough patch in medieval times, and Lynn Picknett thinks it’s a damned shame those crimes go unremarked in Gordon Napier’s Maleficarum. While frought with niggling details certain to irritate witch-logists ’round the world, Lynn grudgingly admits Gordon’s latest text is a worthwhile read for newbies, especially if they bone up on the deeper motivations Maleficarum glosses over. Elsewhere on God’s green internet, John B. Alexander’s been welcomed by Jim Harold to talk Reality Denied On The Paranormal Podcast, tantalizing listeners with some of the crazier stories from his book. Afterwards, Cyndi Dale talks about chakras and the importance of their alignment. (CS)

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Louie, King of the Ebu Gogo – Joshua Cutchin

This piece seems to come  a bit out of left field, but the further you read  the deeper you–quite willingly–go down the rabbit hole. Joshua Cutchin, the author most recently of The Brimstone Deceit, examines both the classic novel and movie The Jungle Book, viewing them through a cryptozoological lens. His ability to draw parallels between purported ancient hominid species and the monkey kingdom in this classic work is oddly enthralling, and whether or not his connections are accurate, Cutchin’s writing is both imaginative and intriguing. Keeping it hairy, Nick Redfern presents us Some of the Most Discussed Pieces of Bigfoot Footage Ever. Redfern focuses on several of the most well known examples of Sasquatch activity, and includes links to video footage. It’s a walk down crypto-memory lane, and it’s very satisfying–poor video quality be darned. (CM)

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UFO or Solar Simulator Claimed over Crazy Horse Memorial – Mysterious Universe

“Sometimes the speculation on what a UFO might be is more informative than the photo or video itself.” So begins Paul Seaburn’s article about two photographs of something apparently hanging over the Crazy Horse Memorial, a monument of the great Lakota leader both near, and perhaps a Native American answer to, Mount Rushmore. If the image captured in the two photos by “Jonathon” isn’t some kind of camera artifact, then it does have more than passing interest. Until such an explanation can be provided, Paul provides some of the wilder possibilities. We’re not as intrigued with Argentina: Not a Bird, Not a Plane…Was there a UFO over Las Heras? Accessing the indicated video frankly doesn’t incline us to reject any potential explanation. With Alleged UFO Photos over China Lake Analyzed Philip Mantle provides more of a back story and four separate analyses of some snapshots supposedly taken ten years ago. Paul Seaburn reported on this case on November 15th at Donuts, Bowls and Rings are the Popular New UFO Shapes. Paul noted then that “Hoax is getting the most votes here,” and it seems that these analyses mostly incline towards the suspicious. (WM)

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Watch: ‘Ghost Child’ Filmed in England? – Coast to Coast AM

Sorry, but we looked at this clip several times and had to use an awful lot of imagination to detect anything remotely ghostly. Having said that, it was probably ridiculously eerie being in that abandoned building and maybe if we’d been there ourselves we would have thought we saw something otherworldly too. Perhaps that British paranormal team should have flown over to Newfoundland, Canada, to find something more camera-worthy: Ghosts on the Loose after Old Canadian Orphanage is Torn Down. Paul Seaburn reports that since opening in 1826 the orphanage was known for abusing its young charges, so it’s not surprising that things got ghostly when the building was converted into a schoolhouse in 1967. The question that remains to be answered is whether its unsettled spirits have found their peace with the building’s destruction, or if they have just transferred their angst elsewhere. (CM)

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The First Men in Black? – UFO Conjectures

Rich Reynolds proposes that Biblical “messengers from God” and modern versions such as apparitions of Mary, the mother of Jesus, share commonalities with the “Men in Black” who supposedly didn’t surface until the so-called “modern UFO era.” Rich continues the examination of humanoid-human communication through the ages with Albert Rosales’ Humanoid Encounters [Redux]. Rich introduces the “1 A.D. – 1899″ Rosales volume with a charming fairy-type account whose sources are George Eberhart and Jerome Clark. Whatever reality may lie behind these stories of non-human message-bearers and denizens of a “Middle Earth,” Rich sees an Incipient Madness (in Ufology and Society), that goes unnoticed by many in both the smaller and the overarching communities. So what’s the difference between “UFO-madness” and the general craziness going on in this world, epitomized by out-of-control social networks that “are starting to erode the social fabric of how society works,” to quote a former Facebook executive who apparently won’t let his kids use the site, and “even he’s backed away from using it”? Rich offers what he considers an important distinction. Rich considers another such possibility in Mining Empty UFO Troves. He’s got a theory why certain “moldy oldies” iconic UFO cases never die: ufology’s “lesser lights” seek to carve niches for themselves by unearthing one more snippet of data that will attach their names to a long tradition, without adding much of value to the understanding of already-fathomed cases. (WM)

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Wanted: Just a Smidgeon of Curiosity – Herald Tribune

Billy Cox returns for another scathing look at the failure of current mainstream journalism to do its duty regarding the UFO question, aka The Great Taboo. This in the guise of The Atlantic publishing lengthy excerpts from Kurt Andersen’s new book Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire, A 500-Year History. Cox has no problem with the basic thesis of the book, but, as so often happens when commentators and historians get hold of a great “hammer,” everything starts looking like a nail, and Cox finds Andersen’s application of his premise to UFOs simplistic, overreaching, and poorly-supported. But there is another lesson here, and Cox pointedly makes it; and of course it deals with journalistic responsibility, the application of which to the matter of Tom DeLonge’s To The Stars Academy of Arts & Science should be a no-brainer. So far, however, investigative journalism has not touched this subject. (WM)

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Why Is The Unicorn Scotland’s National Animal? – Inside the Goblin Universe

An interesting question which, disappointingly, is not answered in the article. Lots of info on how it developed from something with the characteristics of numerous beasts, but as to its place in Scottish imagery, we are none the wiser. However, if we want to know What Extraordinary Discovery Led to Unicorn Cave Magically Transforming into a Cash Cow, the answer appears to be an early example of Fake News. Ancient mammal bones found long ago in a German cave have been hyped over the centuries to create a belief in the existence of Unicorns and the medicinal powers of their skeletal remains. In other doubtful enterprises, there’s No Doubting Dowsers. “It’s witchcraft” insists a UK professor in response to the revelation that some UK water companies use dowsers to locate H2O. However, in Ireland, where folklore still counts, they prefer to employ geologists to find leaks because dowsing was shown in the past to be wholly unreliable. (LP)

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Paradigm Shift Man Has Been Trickling Out of Africa for 120,000 Years, Archaeologists Say – Haaretz

One of the challenges of archeological discovery is the way that certain finds can turn our perspective of history as a species on its head. Case in point: while we’ve grown up with the understanding that 60,000 years ago homo sapiens left Africa in a mass exodus and populated the rest of the world, current studies would indicate we were in process of moving away from home at least 120,000 years ago in what is being described as a trickle. What that means in terms of interbreeding between hominid species is still inconclusive, but scientists expect that at least some of our modern DNA has a new story to tell. What Newly Discovered Ancient Civilizations Can Teach Us? For one thing, they can show us evidence of climate change and its impact on the population and culture at that time. Looking more closely, we may even find signs of other civilizations predating the original discovery. Even discoveries made quite some time ago continue to reveal new information about their peoples and culture. Stonehenge ‘casts phallic shadows as part of cult’s fertility play’. Think of an enormous, earth based, erotic calendar and blend it up with some magic and awe. Seriously, you’ll want to catch the next flight to Scotland. (CM)

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A 1954 Travis Walton-like Event (But Told in 1977) – UFO Conjectures

Rich Reynolds provides a “Deansfest” of venerable UFO cases from Australian researcher Paul Dean. First up is a flat-out abduction scenario set in England, but as Rich notes, “compromised by being recalled in 1977.” With A 1952 UFO Report from USAF Files (via Paul Dean) we have an August 25, Pittsburg, Kansas, CEIII report with possible CEII–damaged vegetation. But, as Rich points out, perhaps the most outrageously noteworthy element in this report is a “series of small ‘propellers’ along the outer edge of the object.” What’s with that? A 1954 Sighting (from a 1954 Report) is a detailed English account including entities looking a lot like George Adamski’s “Orthon,” according to Rich, and a commenter includes more data that might indicate a “prepared” main adult witness. But what to make of the case referenced in An Hallucination? Probably Not? Rich goes through the “likely suspects” for an explanation to this CEIII case, and finds no easy answers. While it’s worth noting that the report came to NICAP 15 years after the experience, Rich observes that this “upside-down submarine-with occupants” story is just one variant of many such cases in the Dean collection. (WM)

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Astronomers to Check Mysterious Interstellar Object for Signs of Technology – The Atlantic

Back in October of this year our concept of how planets are formed was turned on its head as our solar system welcomed its first guest. Oumuamua, Hawaiian for “first messenger,” bears no resemblance to any space rock ever before detected, nor does it seem to be artificially created by an interstellar life form. So what the heck is it? Fortunately for science, Russian billionaire Yuri Milner is going to use his giga-bucks-investment Breakthrough Listen to find out if the wildly spinning and oddly elongated object is emitting radio waves. Exciting? Yes. As pointed out in this article, the possibility of alien life is very, very small. But it’s not zero. And it’s that not zero that’s got everyone all a-tingley. To quote Milner, “If you look more, everywhere, I think chances are that eventually you will find something.â€� Fingers crossed. (CM)

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The MJ12 Documents: The Government’s Position – Mysterious Universe

We begin with a three-article “Redfernfest” with Nick detailing the early and little-known history of government interest in the MJ-12 Documents. Nick finds that a few loose ends remain in that story. With The Government’s Files on the Men in Black Redfern considers FBI interest in Gray Barker and Albert Bender, whose story about being “hushed up” by “three men in black suits” seems to have as much intrigued the Bureau then as it does us now. In George Adamski: Aliens, the FBI, and the Air Force Nick recounts contactee George Adamski’s public version of his meeting with the Venusian Orthon, and Adamski’s account on same to an FBI and an Air Force Office of Special Investigations agent at his home in January of 1953. The entire Adamski story is a fascinating one, although Nick reports that the photographs Adamski provided the agents were apparently debunked within the government. (WM)

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Gulf Breeze UFO Phenomenon: 30 Years Later, Sightings Still Divide Public – Pensacola News Journal

Troy Moon provides a straightforward piece on the now-30-year-old Gulf Breeze UFO photographic controversy. Moon succinctly lists the major elements of this controversial case, and some reasons pro and con about taking the Gulf Breeze 1987-88 UFO flap seriously. Taking us back even farther is Not Quite a Crop Circle, But… takes us back even farther. Nick Redfern has been rummaging around in old government files again, and here details an Air Force investigation into a September 1952 Arlington, Virginia “lawn circle” which was most likely a “fairy ring”. Nonetheless, the thoroughness with which the USAF investigators and FBI analysts employed on the matter is interesting. Even more fascinating is site-minder Doug Skinner’s Special Cases–The Long Island File (66): Background on the Principal Witness. This analysis by John Keel of his main Contactee contact with the aliens/androids adds much to our understanding of John’s reactions to the “messages” Jaye Paro conveys and hijinks she reports getting involved in. It is truly astounding, as Skinner observes, that all that we’ve been following in Keel’s writings on this subject has taken place over just four months. We also get an inkling of why Keel felt that Paro was not up to knowingly carrying off a hoax. (WM)

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Mothman: Evil Incarnate with Loren Coleman – Other Side Podcast

Loren Coleman is this week’s guest on the Other Side Podcast and he doesn’t disappoint. On Friday, December 15 his newest book Mothman: Evil Incarnate hits the shelves in memory of the 50th anniversary of the Silver Bridge Tragedy. Loren’s summary of misfortunes befalling those who have investigated the Mothman phenomenon, himself included, will leave you chilled, even as he reminds us that accidents can happen to anyone. And if this makes you want to review the origins of the story, Nick Redfern brings us Mothman: From ’66 to the ’67 Bridge Collapse, noting the key incidents that sparked public interest in the 1960s and started the legend/demonization of the Mothman. (CM)

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“Don’t Assume it’s a UFO”: Military Aircraft Caused Mystery Lights in Colorado Skies – CBS News

Last Saturday night the skies and social media consequently lit up as an echelon procession of a dozen-plus flashing lights flew over the Denver metro area. Locals weary of Denver Broncos losses had something new to worry about, until a military spokesman explained that the hubbub had been caused by C-17 transport aircraft heading over from South Carolina to Nevada to participate in a nighttime high altitude military parachuting exercise. From a bit further north comes ET INVASION? God Says Evil Aliens in UFOs will Soon Invade Earth, Warns ‘Prophet’. Jon Austin reports that Boulder resident Marshall Vian Summers has a new book of revelations and admonitions that sound drearily similar at face value to what we’ve been hearing since, well, the dawn of the atomic age. Speaking of belief, we find that a worldwide Survey Sheds Light on ET Beliefs. Nearly half of the 27,000 people in a Glocalities 24-country poll on the possibility of ET life believe there are “intelligent alien civilizations in the universe.” Whether those of us so inclined are extrapolating from, or in spite of, a sample of One is questionable, but company Research Director Martijn Lampert calls such respondents “Homo Universalis,” “[B]ased on their fascination for science, arts and life in the universe.” (WM)

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13th Dismembered Foot Found On British Columbia Shore – CNN

Adding the thirteenth installment to what has become a macabre and unplanned tradition, a dismembered foot still clad in its owner’s shoe washed up on the shores of a British Columbian beach last week. The RCMP claims there was no foul play involved in this or past footish discoveries, but when questioned the BC coroner’s office declined to comment. Somebody somewhere is hiding something that smells terribly fishy. No doubt that was the scent in the air when Mermaid Baby Found on Scottish shores in 1898. From reports it would seem the small body was missing its head, which is perhaps why some reports declared it a “young mermaid” while others assured their readers it was nothing but a baby seal, although it seems to us there shouldn’t be that much trouble telling the two apart. (CM)

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Woman Gives Up on Men — Prefers Sex With Ghosts – Mysterious Universe

When is a physical relationship with the dead not necessarily a mental disorder? When it takes place between a consenting spiritual guidance counselor and any number of ghosts, that’s when. For those who have grown tired of Tinder and wants their own dose of Ectoplasmic Polyamory, we recommend instead some cold showers and sessions with a therapist who specializes in the living. If that’s not helpful, nightmares are always effective distractions: The Surreal and Scary World of Dream Demons. While it’s clear this phenomenon is strongly connected to sleep paralysis and night terrors, those who experience it firsthand would be hard pressed to separate the frightening trance from waking reality. But when the end result includes physical injuries it becomes more difficult to dismiss the entire experience as a sleep disturbance or mere bad dream. (CM)

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The UFO Phenomenon Is Neutral: Basic Differences with the Theoretical Model Proposed by Vallee or Keel – UFO Conjectures

Concerned by what he regards as an attempted transformation of ufology to a “dark and demonic…paranormal enterprise,” Rich Reynolds offers another explication by Spanish thinker and ufologist Jose Antonio Caravaca of his novel “Distortion Theory.” This adds to our understanding of Caravaca’s interesting and perhaps unfolding thought upon the matter, and invites us to hope that he will soon produce a full-length exegesis. In this particular instance, it might be helpful for the general readership were Mr. Caravaca to summarize explicitly the Vallee and Keel theoretical models’ key characteristics as well. Caravaca potentially extends this process to other (paranormal?) phenomena in “all the supposed communications obtained from the ‘beyond’ for centuries.” (WM)

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Years of the Inverness Courier and the Loch Ness Monster – Loch Ness Mystery

Glasgow Boy takes us back to the earliest mention of our favorite cryptid in this newspaper, from 1833, which shows that the story predates by a century the better-known reports that began today’s Nessie fever. Turning to other folklore, Dr. Beach stretches a point to tell us of The Rise of the Vegan Fairies, which is not a culinary movement among the fey, but an observation at how fairies have undergone a perceptual change among humans. No longer seen as “a mirror for human communities,” Beach reckons they’re now “spirits of vegetation.” Vegans, of course, eat neither fish nor meat, which would be one less worry for a “mermaid” brought out of Aberdeen harbor in 1886: A Mad Mermaid? Lacking scaly tail and requisite comb, this “sea-nymph” proved to be a confused young woman who tried to drag her rescuer with her to the depths. (LP)

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Lonnie Zamora as the Hoaxster – A Different Perspective

Kevin Randle has been getting a lot of mileage mopping up what he, with reason, considers less satisfactory scenarios than purely “unidentified” for the April 24, 1964 Socorro, New Mexico CEIII. Here he considers one that J. Allen Hynek and others soon on site had considered, but rejected, long before Phil Klass suggested it. Though Randle terms the Officer Lonnie Zamora-as-primary-hoaxer explanation the “simplest,” he lists numerous reasons here why it just won’t wash. With Lonnie Zamora, Lance Moody and Purrgurrl Kevin attacks some loose ends readers have thought they discerned that might support the hot air balloon student hoax theory or the other-type of balloon theory offered by Tony Bragalia. And with Lonnie Zamora’s Sobriety Kevin properly attacks and soundly defeats what Kevin calls “one of the most outrageous statements about the Socorro UFO landing case.” (WM)

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Avrel Seale Interview – The Paracast

The author of the new book, Monster Hike: A 100-Mile Inquiry Into the Sasquatch Mystery, published by Anomalist Books, is interviewed by Gene Steinberg and Christopher O’Brien, who gets in a few Bigfoot stories of his own. Avrel explains what convinced him of the reality of these creatures, and what he found, or didn’t find, when he went out to look for them himself. By the way, you might be curious to hear why he insists on calling them bigfoots and sasquatches, contrary to cryptozoological convention: “…one of the biggest barriers to belief stems from the fact that when people hear ‘bigfoot’ or ‘sasquatch,’ the vast majority still envision a single creature roaming the woods. This being the case, I will always use the plural form of either word unless I am in fact talking about an individual. Further, I use lowercase to put these terms in parallel with the names of other animals: horse, not Horse; cheetah, not Cheetah, humans, not Humans, etc. In some small way, I think these stylistic changes will help lead readers away from the assumptions that put these creatures in the same category as Babe the Big Blue Ox.” (PH) 

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Distinguishing Science from Sci-Fi in the Search for Extraterrestrials – The McGill Tribune

McGill University prof Lyle Whyte is an exobiologist who thinks sci-fi films help stimulate the imagination at a time when the opportunity for truly big discoveries requires truly open minds. So finds reporter April Barrett, who also muses upon why the Cold War-era alien “was a poignant monster.” Greg Eghigian asks: When Did Alien Sightings Turn into Alien Abductions? He contrasts in particular the 1950s Contactee Movement with the Hopkins-Jacobs-Strieber-and-even-John Mack media phenomenon of the 1980s and 1990s. Greg’s short piece suggests the possible impact of larger cultural issues in this transition of the public mind, although he does note that “some of the first claims of kidnapping and experimentation at the hands of extraterrestrials emerged as early as the mid-1960s.” Eghigian’s “space brother” (and “sister”) aliens of Adamski, Bethurum, et al. and Barrett’s “poignant monster” of sci-fi films and books can coexist in the general fantasy world without impact upon whatever might underlie a “real world” contact phenomenon. But occasionally the two worlds do intersect, Nick Redfern might have us believe; for instance in the case of George Adamski: “A Rather Comical Anarchist”. Contactee George Adamski was, says Nick, “at his ‘height'” in the early-to-mid-1950s. Adamski had a lasting magnetism with many who met or listened to him then, and as such became of interest to the U.S. Intelligence apparatus. Nick relates a 1959 instance of surveillance and gives a number of Cold War-impacted security and more general psychological reasons for government attention towards the man and his views. (WM)

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How Will Humanity React To Alien Life? Psychologists Have Some Predictions – Washington Post

While Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking fret over how aliens will react to us, Ben Guarino consulted ASU psychologist Michael Varnum to gauge humanity’s expectations of first contact. Of interest is how Varnum suggests mainstream media’s manipulating its audience into being overly hospitable, rather than cautious. When the big day arrives, Sam Dresser foresees a sea-change in human culture. Different philosophies, and alternative perspectives of god and religion are just scratching the surface of How The Discovery Of Extraterrestrial Life Would Change Morality. In hopes of bringing the planet together for a greater good, Jill Tarter tells James Temperton how An Alien Signal Isn’t Coming To The US, It’s Coming To Planet Earth. We don’t blame our space brothers for not targeting the U.S.A., otherwise someone would have to build a ceiling in addition to their wall. (CS)

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Wärndorfer And The Poltergeist Of Lerchenfelderstrasse 158 – EsoterX

There is much to love in EsoterX’s latest philosophical defense of anomalistics, supported by the circumstances of a famous German poltergeist case. In case you didn’t know, German poltergeists are the best kind of poltergeists since Germans coined the word. Deconstructing the fallacies of pseudoskeptics, and the creeping threat of positivism in our culture, should a narrow-minded debunker deign to read they might learn something. Should they claim to be “too busy”, one can hear EsoterX chew the fat with Seriah Azkath on Where Did The Road Go, or as we like to call it Radio Free EsoterX with a lively discussion of obscure ghost ships. (CS)

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Ghost Appears in Selfie at Haunted Plantation? – Coast To Coast AM

We’re not chilled by the face of an phantasmal African-American woman in the reflection of a window, but the fact that Karen, Susan, and Debra aren’t using Snapchat filters nor presenting “duckfaces“. On the bright side, Tim Binnall’s added those gals’s numbers to his little black book. Sadly there are no windows left at St. Johns’s most notorious haunted destination for its spooky residents. The Demolition Of An Abandoned Orphanage Raises Questions About The Fates Of Its Ghostly Presences. The question we hoped Kevin Bissett would ask, “Why not adopt a poltergeist?” was stridently ignored. Even in death, nobody wants to adopt orphans. Homeless now, those souls will roam Newfoundland and Labrador much like this Phantom Victorian Schoolboy Spotted On A Railway Line by Damon Simms’s mate, Gareth. (CS)

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A Monster In Lake Tahoe? – Mysterious Universe

Nessie’s cousins are wide-ranging and after a fishing trip in Lake Taho, Nick Redfern considers the existence of Tessie. We’re not talking a giant goldfish fished out of Lake Tahoe a few years back, but a gen-u-ine cryptid spotted by many over the decades. Navigators of the Tasman Sea and all points south are aware the waters ’round New Zealand are boiling with Sea Serpents Galore! Strangely enough, these accounts are from the 19th century leaving one to wonder if 20th century fishermen wiped ’em out on the sly. For the landlubbers, Doc Karl Shuker’s certain he won’t have bad luck should one of these black cats cross his path. After Delineating The Darker Side Of Leopards, he poses the question if some mystery cats are pseudo-melanistic. (CS)

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People Having Sex Outdoors Are Joined By Sexy Fairies For ‘Magical Dogging’ – Metro

Immortality belongs to Dr. Simon Young, author of a new book concerning the fairy faith, as British tabloids have a field day with a single sexy encounter featured in Magical Folk. Rob Waugh’s attention turns to a gangbang in a public park enjoined by curious fairies, and runs with it. On the bright side, at least folks will be snapping up copies left and right. When fairies aren’t peeping on humanity, maybe they’re leaving their mark in other ways. Take this Cryptic Message Found On A Viking Runestone In Norway has experts like Brett Tingley scratching their heads. Considering its content, it could be part of a Viking suicide note… or a Viking Blair Witch Project. (CS)

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Impact-Related Microspherules In Late Pleistocene Alaskan And Yukon – Scientific Reports

Are humans entirely to blame for wiping out America’s megafauna, or did they just make matters worse for those colossal critters? A new study by Jonathan Hagstrum and pals lends more gravitas to Graham Hancock’s bombardment theory by re-examining Pleistocene bones, astronomy, and the Mount St. Helens eruption. And what were early humans to do with this largess of celestial iron? A New Analysis Proves Most, If Not All, Bronze Age Iron Came From Space, and it’s no longer a sample of one being King Tut’s ceremonial dagger. Making this conclusion more poetic is those meteoric iron weapons plunged into the hearts of men formed in the hearts of planets and asteroids. Speaking of Graham Hancock, his pal Bibhu Dev Misra turns his attention to The Sphinx Of Balochistan, wondering if it is man-made, rock-cut, or an architectural marvel? On the surface it may appear artificial, but Bibhu has a grand time making a compelling case for further investigation of this formation. (CS)

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U.S. Military Interest In The Paranormal With John B. Alexander – New Thinking Allowed

Does John Alexander speak the truth about his paranormal experiences? The written word only goes so far, while hearing John talk about his extraordinary experiences lend a chilling dimension to his accounts. Set a spell with Jeffrey Mishlove and bear witness to stories they don’t want you to hear. Maybe pick up a copy of Reality Denied (UK/AU) for the holidays. Clues to outre phenomenon and secrets continue bubbling to the surface in the form of Chirps, Hums And Phantom Noises. Avi Selk peels away the layers to illustrate how bizarre events in Cuba changed embassy workers’s brains over the last two years. With so many voices weighing in on the events surrounding the U.S. Embassy in Cuba, even the paranormal can not be dismissed as a factor. Maybe our puny minds need some help, as Ashley Knibb suggests with the rise of machine learning. Cound Artificial Intelligence Help Understand Paranormal Experiences? Chew on Ashley’s proposal for a while, then consider how an artificial intelligence’s concept of paranormal phenomena could be orthogonal to our own. (CS)

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Strange Conspiracies And Conundrums At New York’s Mysterious Plum Island – Mysterious Universe

Tuck your pants in your socks, true believers, as Brent Swancer is your tour guide at the east coast’s answer to Area 51. From Lyme disease, to the Montauk monster, and a mysterious corpse paint an perplexing portrait of Plum Island. If Plum Island is meant to be so secret, how come it’s so well known? Dr. Beachcombing’s applied a little of his sociological expertise with An Experiment In Transmitting Urban Legends. You have more than a few seconds today to begin spreading this meme like so many government-engineered viruses. (CS)

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Legendary Female Pilot and UFO Hunter ‘Madam MiG’ Has Died – Mysterious Universe

Dead at age 86 is a true trailblazer for women’s flight, who just happens to have recorded three UFO encounters as well. Marina Popovich’s determination and status as a setter of 102 aviation world records apparently made people take her UFO interests seriously, especially after Mikhail Gorbachev’s rise and the subsequent fall of the Soviet Union. Paul Seaburn gives us the particulars on this remarkable person’s UFO (and other related interesting!) opinions. Marina’s life story makes fascinating reading, not even considering her marriage to Cosmonaut Pavel Popovich. Back to the present (and future), Coast to Coast AM with George Noory posts about some Odd Activity Observed at Area 51. No alien runabouts this time, but speculation seems to favor something called the “B-21 Raider” behind it all. (WM)

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The Doctor, Barrister, Civil Servant And Cambridge Academic Who Say They Have Proof There’s An Afterlife – Daily Mail

Still sitting on the fence regarding the existence of life after death? Want proof? These four very-much-not-flakey individuals say they’ve got the proof. And just in case you find yourself on an unexpected trip to the other side, never fear because there is an official  travel guide: The Amazing Similarities Between Modern Accounts Of Near-Death Experiences And The Ancient Tibetan Book Of The Dead. We have even more good news: It bears absolutely no resemblance to anything you may have seen while watching The Evil Dead. Just don’t be too stubborn to stop and ask for directions or you may not find your way back and, last we checked, postcards don’t translate really well between dimensions. (CM)

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The Singing None – Haunted Ohio

Chris Woodyward shares an account from 1913 of a family vacation and some unexpected  musical interludes. For the record, we get what Chris was saying when she commented on chanting. (Preaching to the Choir, Sister.) And since we’re discussing sounds without source, this story about Humming Noises And Cryptid Critters will briefly satisfy your thirst for electrical buzzing and enormous birds of prey. We suppose it goes without saying you should stay off the hydro poles. (CM)

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Ufology: Stuck in a Retro-Stasis – UFO Conjectures

Rich Reynolds presents his brief on why old UFO cases “enliven” some of us “UFO buffs,” even those minds enervated by the “golden oldies” that are now under review, detail by detail, by others. Maybe those of us interested in archaeology are the only “sane” ones in the bunch? But for all of us buffs, Rich gives us three vintage examples, courtesy of ufologist Paul Dean, beginning in chronological order of occurrence with A 1917 Adamski-like Proto “Abduction”? This Finnish case is indeed interesting, but, as noted in the Comments section, was written up in June of 1978, and little really additional information is available. A 1950 Humanoid Encounter (Remembered in 1977) is an Estonian CEIII experienced by a 6-year-old girl but reported when the percipient was aged 33. Rich points out the problems of memory but seems not to exclude the possibility of “the memory and account being close to what was actually experienced” in a “real incident.” With A 1950 UFO Encounter, But… the hesitation behind acceptance of yet another “historical anecdote” stems from its even later appearance in the literature–1981–than the other 1950 event. This last is a French account that might support the “excited delirium” possibility emphasized in Rich’s first article, with its symptom “hyperthermia” here displayed in the then-14-year-old female witness. (WM)

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Massive Mysterious Stick Structures Concern Forest Officials in NM – Coast to Coast AM

There is a mystery a-foot in the Santa Fe forest presently. And yes, it may in fact be a-very-bigfoot. Or it might be highly ambitious Boy Scouts. Giants anyone? All kidding aside, something tells us the forest officials are going to be sorely disappointed if they think knocking down the massive structures and issuing warnings are going to halt the Whoever or Whatever from leaving its unique architectural mark. Speaking of which, Mysterious Engraved Stones May Prove Links Between Neolithic Coastal Settlements. Micah Hanks brings us news from the field of archeology in Cyprus. It seems a discovery of ancient stone carvings has pointed to “significant architectural and social change” around the end of the Early Bronze Age and the start of the Middle Bronze Age. Researchers are now in agreement that this proves contact between Neolithic cultures around Cyprus and the adjacent coastlines. And this was before cellphones. (CM)

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Police Thwart Washington Man’s War on Sinister ‘Lizard People’ – Coast to Coast AM

George Noory has a “You Can’t Make this Sort of Thing Up” kind of story about a man who stepped out of his car in Parkland, Washington, brandishing an AK-47 and a handgun. He intended to cause a commotion and media sensation, so his methamphetamine-tinged story about President Trump asking him to fight “the lizard people” would get publicized. Coast to Coast sees to that. But what to make of Canadian radio engineer Wilbert Smith, an important figure in early 1950s UFO history? Smith surprises article author Sean Casteel as one of the early contactees in Project Magnet “Exposed. This is a part-history, part “promo” for a new book compiled by Timothy Green Beckley from Smith’s writings and those of the late John Musgrave. Musgrave’s contribution is a Canadian CEIII catalogue; the book also contains “updated revelations” by the always-fun Grant Cameron. And lastly, John Keel continues to have his own 1967-style Contactee issues in Special Cases–The Long Island File (65): A New Set of Developments. It clearly seems that the ongoing association with the Long Island contactees and the supposed alien/androids was taking over John’s life and mind. (WM)

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Bizarre Underwater Encounters with Ghosts and Mysterious Monsters – Mysterious Universe

We’re not sure how many of our readers have seriously considered the possibility of underwater hauntings, but since reading Brent Swancer’s report on its many forms we must confess, it makes sense. Shipwrecks, diving accidents, murders–there certainly doesn’t seem to be any happy reason for a person to perish under water, which makes the details all the more chilling. And of course since Goblet of Fire, we know mermaids are neither beautiful nor friendly.  You might find yourself holding your breath for this read. Back on the surface, Nick Redfern asks if a chupacabra was responsible for Mimicking A Monster Movie? He relays this story from a witness in Puerto Rico who claims a mysterious creature compelled her psychically to enter the thick of the rain forest at night, if only so it could have a witness to its existence. Strange indeed. (CM)

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Morrison, Brandstetter, Jones and Jason – The Paracast

A recovering Chris O’Brien joined Gene in welcoming three Paracast Community Forum contributors and an Administrator to one of the best public debate-discussions we can remember. This stemmed from a discussion thread begun by Thomas R. Morrison on October 30th called The Extraterrestrial Hypothesis: Fact and Fallacy which as of this writing had recorded 338 replies. Despite representing their own personally-informed views, which often had them arguing contradictory points with passion, the group conducted themselves with a civility and productive-oriented goal that this listener found a wholly refreshing vacation from the contest of egos rather than ideas that permeates so much of the UFO discussion today. Of course, the Forum debate is more uninhibited. But the podcast medium allowed the participants to summarize and contest their ideas, already honed in the fire of the discussion thread, more directly and point-by-point, and therefore more efficiently than possible through the intermediary of a website forum. All participants agreed on some general issues, but matters often diverged sharply from there and the fun really began. (WM)

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Could a Ouija Board Contact Black Eyed Children? – Coast to Coast AM

Just when you thought nothing more foolhardy could happen than a lawyer incriminating himself on behalf of his client, a pair of British paranormal investigators are hard at work on a project to contact BEK’s via a Ouija board. What in the name of Black Eyed Spawns of Satan are they thinking? It doesn’t matter where you stand on the issue of real or imagined with these subjects, the intensely strange events that proceed involvement in either cannot be ignored. We wish the intrepid researchers the best of luck and reluctantly admit we’ll be waiting to hear news of their findings. (CM)

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Aliens in New England? A Timeline of UFO Sightings and Unusual Encounters – New England Today

Joe Bills offers a straightforward piece on New England history, starting with the 1639 “figure of a swine” and ending with a 1987 case that, like some of the rest, we’d not heard of before. And, yes, the 1967 “flying saucer” photographs do look “a bit hokey.” From New England to Europe and a “flying pig” to “smoked teeth” we go to ‘Flying Saucer’ Spotted in Photo Taken in Slovakia. Paul Seaburn has a typically fun piece with informative local color on what was recorded by the photographers. Paul offers that if the thing in the photograph is a REAL ET-mobile, it could be looking for silver, which some think explains a number of UFO sightings in South America. Such is not likely with Jaime L. Liencura’s article Chile: UFO Recorded in Cajon del Maipo. Apparently there are no silver mines in this part of central Chile, southeast of Santiago, but there are thermal springs and the area is billing itself as an energetic traveler’s mecca. Liencura’s article discusses a video and local experts who are reserving judgment on what they saw. The witness in Ivan Gomez’ article Mexico: Cab Driver Records UFO over San Luis describes a “classic” CEII-EM vehicle stoppage. This complements the cabby’s recent video of something that “appeared to have been following him.” The short clip probably won’t persuade many, but the 1:30 am occurrence certainly was unnerving. (WM)

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Tech Bro Guru: Inside the Sedona Cult of Bentinho Massaro – Medium

It seems one never has to look far to find a false god, be it money, power, or the desire for world domination. A self titled Guru in Sedona–who claims he can control the weather and talks about aliens and government conspiracies–is working his way toward this goal and finding it very easy to add to his following because, as Be Scofield describes him, he’s a blend of Steve Jobs and Jim Jones. This report really is a must read…but don’t take our word for it. Jason Colavito also sings Scofield’s praises in Spiritual Guru Bentinho Massaro Folds “Ancient Aliens” Style ET and Nazi Conspiracies into New Age Belief System. Colavito debunks the “miracles” in a rather entertaining fashion, and calls out Massaro as a “ridiculous New Age guru with an ideology that combines a strange mixture of Theosophy, Eastern mumbo-jumbo, ufology, and world domination.” Couldn’t have said it better ourselves–and we tried. (CM)

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Socorro Solution–A Hoax? – A Different Perspective

Kevin Randle writes a lengthy and detailed response to Tony Bragalia’s “college student prank” explanation for Officer Lonnie Zamora’s CEIII outside of Socorro, New Mexico, on April 24, 1964. Randle scores on points, including anonymous sources and hearsay, additional witnesses, and the complete lack of details about how a hoax of this magnitude and intricacy could have been pulled off. He also instances old and new assessments by skeptics in support. On this matter Rich Reynolds posts Socorro Incident: Refutation Of The Student Prank. Jose Caravaca matches Zamora’s statements against the hoax theory, and finds the matches to be poor ones. Particularly good here is the work of William T. Powers and the “errors of bulk” that Caravaca cites, along with potential issues with theoretical hoax planning. (WM)

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From a Ouija Board to Sasquatch – Mysterious Universe

Nick Redfern is an excellent story teller and he doesn’t disappoint with this account of teenagers who may have been a little too effective with an old ouija board. The Bigfoot spin towards the end doesn’t so much smack of a hairy man sighting but rather of common sense making itself heard rather clearly. Definitely a tale for the fireside on a dark night. But perhaps we shouldn’t be so quick to dismiss the experience as Paul Kimball on BoA:Audio would no doubt be quick to point out. Paul is described as a “paranormal pundit” and he seems to have experienced a little bit of everything in the world of weirdness and anomaly. It’s the final season celebration at Binnall of America Audio so you’ll want to tune in. (CM)

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The Top Ten Best Cryptozoology Books of 2017 – CryptoZoo News

Every year Loren Coleman, director of the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine, issues a series of top ten lists. One of them, the Top Ten Best Cryptozoology Books of the year, is certainly good news for all the authors. This year’s winners include Lyle Blackburn for Beyond Boggy Creek: In Search of the Southern Sasquatch (The Best Cryptozoology Book of the Year), Avrel Seale for Monster Hike: A 100-Mile Inquiry Into the Sasquatch Mystery (one of several Best Personal Bigfoot Hunting Books of the Year), Stephen R. Bissette for Cryptid Cinema: Meditations on Bigfoot, Bayou Beasts & Backwoods Bogeymen of the Movies (Best Popular Culture Cryptid Book of the Year), and Daniel C. Taylor for Yeti: The Ecology of a Mystery (one of two Best Skeptical Cryptozoology Books of the Year), among others. Thank you, Loren, for giving awards to two books published by Anomalist Books. (PH)

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“The Close Encounters Man”–Mark O’Connell on J. Allen Hynek – Journal of a UFO Investigator

The always-thoughtful David Halperin pens an elegant review of the first biography of pivotal figure in UFO history Dr. J. Allen Hynek, hired by the U.S. Air Force to explain away UFO reports. Hynek was converted into a believer by the significance of such reports, and, eventually and more dramatically, in some sort of physical reality and perhaps even intelligence behind them. He left a legacy of outstanding books and papers, a Center for UFO Studies and disciples to continue his work, and an imprint on popular culture that biographer Mark O’Connell emphasizes. Hynek also contributed a great deal to astronomy, championed collective and cooperative international scientific efforts, and educated many college students. Halperin is blunt and perhaps a trifle over-zealous though accurate in recounting flaws in this important work, to the detriment of mentioning its numerous strong points. But David Halperin’s special perspective leads him to pose questions that others so far have missed. Does Halperin make too much of the “mystical Hynek” and of the possible influence his parents’ death exerted upon the still-young man? With UFOs and Their Limited Crews of Two Rich Reynolds focuses upon an even smaller element in a new book, Nick Redfern’s 365 Days of UFOs: A Year of Alien Encounters. Whatever the ultimate nature–or natures–of UFOs, is there an “ideal” number of reported UFO occupants–dictated by average “nuts-and-bolts” craft size or the capacity of the human mind to conjure or note? Has any study tried to total and compare actual numbers of entities reported per CEIII? Rich’s follows up that story today with An Odd Two-Man UFO Crew? (WM)

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Adam Dew and the “Not Roswell” Slides – A Different Perspective

Kevin Randle’s guest this week was the documentary-maker centrally involved in the development of the Roswell Slide affair. The occasionally contentious but generally civil back-and-forth allowed Adam Dew to air his version of the unfortunate events, which if for no other reason makes the interview a significant historical source of information. Dew’s line is that he is a businessman with zilch knowledge of ufology and made some honest mistakes, while others with their own often different agendas did most of the non-technical ball-carrying. Several interesting points came out of this dialogue, and we were particularly interested in Kevin’s assessment and reasons for viewing the Roswell Slides as not a “hoax,” but a case of peoples’ judgments being overtaken by their enthusiasms. (WM)

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A Mysterious Stone, Ancient Seafaring Mysteries and Sir Isaac Newton – Mysterious Universe

For many Europeans, Malta is a great beach holiday destination, but its ancient history runs deeper than a good tan. The enigmatic Tal-Qadi stone, discovered in the 1920s, shows astronomical symbols that geographer Dr Kai Helge Wirth thinks may be “the world’s earliest representation of the Zodiac.” He intends to use a replica to test out Newton’s theory that the “constellations corresponded to the topography of different shorelines around the world” and were used as a navigational chart by ancient mariners. And from Cambodia we learn of The mysterious ‘foreigners’ carved into the temples of Sambor Prei Kuk. Who were the moustachioed-men whose likenesses are carved into these ancient structures, and why were they important enough to be depicted in this way? Many questions, but no answers. Next we head beneath the waves where Mystery Surrounds Underwater Castle Found in Turkey. What may be a structure “over a kilometer in circumference” has been discovered. Its age and origin are creating much speculation and future excavations are planned which it’s hoped will provide answers. And finally we ask Were there pyramids in early St Louis civilization? Author Mark Leach makes that case. Collectively known as “Mississippians,” the ancient people of the region have left behind “burial chambers for tombs and treasures, which are reminiscent of the pyramids of Egypt.” Have a listen to the radio link provided to learn more of this fascinating theory. (LP)

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Unidentified Submarine Objects in Argentina–A Conspiracy? – Inexplicata

Luis Burgos’ article reflects the anguish of a nation grieving in the wake of the loss of 44 lives and the submarine ARA San Juan at sea on November 15. Burgos asks some hard questions of Argentina’s policy makers, both from a military preparedness standpoint and from a matter he feels still as unsettled as is the tragedy’s cause: what motives are guiding the participants in the search efforts? But what makes this article germane from an anomalies viewpoint is the–albeit slight–chance that the San Juan met its fate due to an exotic encounter. Burgos relates the surprisingly rich history of USOs (Unidentified Submarine Objects) in Argentinian waters from 1947 to the present. He concludes that “the existence of an unknown intelligence operating under the waters…is far from being a mere hypothesis and more of a fact.” (WM)

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