UFO Seen at US Capitol 65 Years after Famous DC UFO Incident – Mysterious Universe

A recent Fox News video shows a blurry object crossing the camera’s field of view in front of the U.S. Capitol Building. Naturally, this has spurred the usual UFO-centered excitement among some people, but it’s almost certainly nothing otherworldly. Paul Seaburn seizes the opportunity to provide data on a real past UFO event, or more appropriately two events separated by a week’s time. These happened on the nights of July 19 and 26, 1952, and involved multiple radars at different sites, and visual sightings by pilots and ground personnel. Seaburn does his usual fine job of covering the basics of the flap and its aftereffects, but fuller accounts of this “climactic event in UFO history” are available, such as the account in UFOs and Government: A Historical Inquiry, by Michael Swords, Robert Powell, et al., and are worth consulting. The authors are correct in their assessment of the importance of the D.C. flyovers, for the confusion and communications jams caused by these events so concerned the CIA that it eventually created the Robertson Panel, whose conclusions and recommendations forever altered the course of UFO studies in the U.S. and, by extension, worldwide. And as an aside, the still photograph(s) and even video(s) purporting to show part of this flyover have been debunked in, among other places, Photo Fakery: Washington, DC Flying Saucers 1952. Curt Collins shows how the original photo itself is real but convincingly explicable as lens flares, and further illustrates how certain organizations have used it and “improved” versions for their own ends. The fakery is a disappointment and severe detriment, for it creates “noise” obscuring the fact that this major, and pivotal, UFO case resists explanation a full 65 years after its occurrence. (WM)

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Eternal Nightmare: Sleep Paralysis Found to be Linked to Traumatic Experiences and Stress – Daily Grail

Most of us have at one time or another in our lives experienced the living hell that is sleep paralysis. Typically accompanied by the perception our worst nightmares have become a reality, researchers have been able to ascertain that sufferers are neither crazy nor tortured. However, it is likely they have experienced traumatic events that trigger the episodes, so that’s not the best of news. Continuing on this downhill slide, Nick Redfern reports on letters from his readers, Mothman And Nuclear Nightmares. End of the world you say? Winged harbingers of doom perchance? Well, if the quantity of nightmares reported has anything to do with outcomes we might want to start digging big holes and stockpiling canned goods. But wait! There’s more…to worry about, that is. Riders on the storm point out the celestial omens that abound at this time of escalating hostilities between world powers. Solar eclipses don’t have great track records in peace keeping. Just saying. (CM)

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What Was It? Mystery Figure Filmed ‘Stalking Paranormal Researchers’ Near Stonehenge – Express

Crop circle investigators picked up an unsettling image on camera as they checked out a newly formed circle near Stonehenge. What looks an intergalactic snowman, or perhaps a stack of orbs, is clearly visible in the field beyond the circle, as if observing the researchers. As suddenly as it appears, it disappears. Maybe the aliens want to know what’s making those designs in the wheat fields, too. But if so, they’d best open their wallets. Frustrated Farmer Charges for Viewing Crop Circle. We seldom spare a thought towards the farmers who lose literal tons of wheat to crop circles every year. It doesn’t matter the origin, the end result is the same: large financial losses. So we think this farmer in Wiltshire is an innovator we can get behind. Now dig deep if you want to gawk. (CM)

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Asylum Earth: The Voices in My Head are Scientists – EsoterX

Aaron Dabbah is at it again, mixing history and wisecracks in with an examination of one of the “Great Questions” that humans who pride themselves as reflective like to worry about–the Fermi Paradox. Basically, if ET civilizations exist, why haven’t they contacted us? If you accept that some sort of contact hasn’t happened, then you have to hypothesize the answer from a sample of One, and Dabbah does that, often rather hilariously. In the process we are reminded about many human foibles. We also could consider–and here’s the history part–whether Emanuel Swedenborg’s Jovian spirits are correct in their assessment of humans, or have themselves committed a sampling error. Over at Phantoms & Monsters, Lon Strickler posts the opinions of a self-described Reptilian abductee on Reptilian Speech: Commonalities in Alleged Recorded Evidence. Lon is fairly noncommittal about the author’s particular narrative. (WM)

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Mysterious Metal Starfish Found Off Coast of Rhode Island – Mysterious Universe

Paul Seaburn makes us want to get into the Anomalist van and head to Rhode Island ASAP. A strange metallic object looking like something someone important would not want you meddling with has been found off the shore at low tide at East Beach in Westerly. Since no one is coming forth and claiming ownership, the local tree service has been called to remove it and we really want to get over there ahead of the efforts either to check it out for ourselves or be on the lookout for black ops helicopters during the removal. It really seems like the east coast of North America wants to reveal something because up in Prince Edward Island a Mysterious Ringed Structure Appears on Canadian Beach. The tide has made it difficult to establish a positive identification so far, but researchers are leaning toward an ancient shipwreck. Dig for gold, anyone? (CM)

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UFOs Flying Dark – Open Minds

What if one day you came up against something so weird you could not identify it? How would you feel? What would you do? For many people, this is not a rhetorical question. Linda Zimmerman’s article on “blacked out” UFOs intrigues not just for the descriptions of the objects seen at night, but for the witness reactions to these strange, unlit triangles, rectangles, and discs. Now let’s take the matter a step further, into the “high strangeness” realm, for The Most Mind-Bogglingly Weird Alien Encounters. Brett Swancer brings it “up close and personal” with some of the wildest CE-IIIs imaginable. Of course, the Kelly-Hopkinsville, Kentucky “goblins” figure prominently among this motley crew of “jelly bags”, ten-foot-tall “reptilians,” and “floating brains.. Swancer’s colleague at Mysterious Universe Paul Seaburn shows that even the most terrifying ordeal can be merchandized in The Little Green Men Days Festival and the Total Eclipse. The August 21 solar eclipse will occur 62 years to the day after the “Kelly-Hopkinsville” siege, and the good folks of Kelly, Kentucky, are making the most of the coincidence. Now, the Kelly-Hopkinsville “goblins” are connected to a UFO only by the testimony by one of the principal human participants that he had seen something odd land nearby prior to the night’s horrific events. Similarly, Inexplicata offers us Costa Rica: Pilot Records UFO. A video taken by a commercial pilot has been pronounced as showing an “extraterrestrial spacecraft.” The video is interesting, but the particular diagnosis seems premature and we’d like to hear from other photoanalysts before accepting such an out-of-this-world conclusion. (WM)

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The Jaws Of Megalodon – Shark Of Nightmare…And Reality? – Shuker Nature

Dr. Shuker analyzes the data for the most lethal and enormous shark in the history of Earth, and while we might argue he enjoys this topic a little too much, truthfully his enthusiasm is contagious. Who needs Shark Week? Of course, sharks are not the only beasties lurking in the deep. Brent Swancer reports on Going Fishing for Lake Monsters across the globe. While these serpents of legend are unapologetically elusive, hope springs eternal in the hearts of those who hunt for proof of their existence. (CM)

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Interview with Don Schmitt – A Different Perspective

Kevin Randle and former Roswell co-investigator Don Schmitt began their conversation with the recent 2017 Roswell UFO Festival. They bemoaned the fact that the overall roster of topics focused less on the core issue of what fell to earth relatively nearby 70 years ago than on other UFO-related themes, in order to fill seats. Kevin and Don reminisced interestingly about their difficult relationship with the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON), and agreed that the organization has expanded its “umbrella” to welcome in some fringy people and topics to gain popularity. A good discussion was had on the several layers of bureaucracy in the Air Force, above the Project Blue Book level, that were decidedly interested in UFOs. And JP Robinson relates some of this history in Project Moon Dust: UFO Crash Retrievals. (WM)

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Bigfoot Sighting In McDowell: Fur-Clad Tourist Claims Responsibility – Citizen-Times

You’ve heard of civil war re-enactors, haven’t you? Show of hands! Okay, how about re-enacting the “The Epic of Gilgamesh” dressed as a Bigfoot? Don’t feel badly if you didn’t raise your hand–we didn’t either. Okay, next question: Did you know a Living Gargoyle [Was] Reportedly Seen Flying in Spain? Paul Seaburn looks into this report, and comes to an interesting conclusion. Could the mothman/human-bat phenomenon currently taking place in Chicago actually be a living gargoyle? And just in case you think all this is a bit much to digest, don’t think you can get away with a nice calm game of golf: ‘Chupacabra’ Spotted on South Carolina Golf Course. Granted, experts are claiming the creature in question is a known canine species with mange, but the images will still haunt you. (CM)

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A Bizarre Spate of “Airship Incidents” in 1907 Tennessee – UFO Conjectures

On Sunday Rich Reynolds posted some quite interesting accounts from Theo Paijmans via Albert S. Rosales’ Humanoid Encounters: The Others Amongst Us 1900-1929. Are these merely different examples of journalistic “tall tales”? Are they precursors to similar stories also implicating German aeronauts and Zeppelins in the 1909 British “Scareship” flap? Bringing us a little more than halfway to the present is this post: Argentina: Remembering the 1968 UFO Fly-By, which sounds somewhat like another famous UFO-related case, the Lubbock Lights. Juan Jose Alarcon y Figueroa’s report does recall the outstanding characteristics of the Texan events, and one wonders how late in the Argentine summer the overflight occurred. Migrating birds, just maybe? Another bit of ufological history is considered in Arthur Exon and the Investigative Teams. Kevin Randle has chanced upon a document that may point to the actual existence of a suspected group that investigated the really strong UFO cases that Project Blue Book consultant J. Allen Hynek suspected he never saw. (WM)

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NASA Hiring Planetary Protection Officer and USAF Seeks to Create Space Corps. Who are the Enemies Lurking in Space? – O…

In a somewhat whimsical but nonetheless informative article, Alejandro Rojas covers some recent developments surrounding NASA’s long-time position of “Planetary Protection Officer.” There’s a cute story in this piece that will make more than one reader recall her or his early interest in the U.S. space program. In an interview whose tenor will resonate on another plane, Enrique Garabeytan talks to a South American functionary in Argentina: The Argentinian X-Files–An Interview with Ruben Lianza. It’s useful to know that another important country has some active study going on in the ufological field, but the main thrust of the dialogue seems to be that “everything is under control” and explicable, rather than the search for new knowledge that UFO reports can sometimes offer. Of course, the Comision de Estudio de Fenomenos Aeroespaciales is a military group, so its overriding task must be the protection of Argentina’s population. But some of the interviewee’s statements seem more than a bit simplistic and beside the point. (WM)

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Flying Pigs – In Pursuit Of Pigasus And Other Porkers On The Wing! – Shuker Nature

Dr. Shuker waxes whimsical in this foray into the search for feathered swine, reminding us that even in childhood the seeds of forteana are planted amongst the curious and insightful. Next, Brent Swancer brings us Beyond Strange: Incredibly Weird, Far-out, and Ridiculous Crytpids, effectively dashing all childhood whimsy and discouraging his readers from getting anywhere near the water. Or going out at night. Or into the woods. In fact, curling up inside a fort made of blankets and clothespins is starting to sound really good right about now. (CM)

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Spouting Forth About The Gargouille – A Lethal Water-Spurting Dragon From The Seine – Shuter Nature

Dr. Shuker indulges himself, sharing his research into this fascinating old tale of a French water dragon of the most literal sort. Seems this moody serpent didn’t breathe fire but instead had a penchant for flooding out villages. In more recent times, we have the Nessie Tourist Season Drawing to a Close. While it may seem slightly bittersweet to Glasgow Boy, we are fairly certain Nessie herself will be glad for some peace and quiet. Perhaps in her “off” time she will read Dr.Beachcombing’s Married Life with a Mermaid: Six Useful Rules. We are inclined to agree with Beach that there aren’t many advantages to marrying a fishtailed lady. Besides, it’s never a good idea to bring home anyone you found lolling about the craggy shore at any hour of the day. (CM)

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Peter Robbins Interview – A Different Perspective

Kevin Randle and Peter Robbins had an interesting conversation about Peter’s early life and his work with Budd Hopkins, as well as the problems of using hypnotic regressions for people aware of anomalous experiences. The interview was 2/3rds over before the 800-pound gorilla named Rendlesham came into play. Kevin, freely admitting he’d been “had” as a 30-ish UFO researcher of the Roswell crash retrieval stories, went relatively easy on Peter for his mistakes regarding the veracity of Rendlesham witness-claimant Larry Warren. Peter does not want Left at East Gate, the book Robbins and Warren co-wrote about the strange December 1980 events outside two NATO air bases in England rejected outright for its falsehoods. However, the method Peter suggests for readers to do their own sorting of fact from fiction in that tome seems unrealistic. Hopefully Peter will follow up on a commitment to review all of the items that have been questioned and set the record straight. He’s made a good start on this, with a long paper put online on June 12th which Kevin has also published at Peter Robbins Explains His Take on Left at East Gate (Part One) and Peter Robbins Explains His Take on Left at East Gate (Part Two). Massive questions remain, not the least of which are qualms about Larry Warren’s direct participation in the Rendlesham events, and the conclusions drawn from soil samples of an area Warren claimed was affected by a UFO. (WM)

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Ghostly Activities Reported at Famous Texas Haunted Hotel – Mysterious Universe

Paul Seaburn brings us this security footage from the Magnolia Hotel in San Antonio County, TX. The ghost expert who uploaded the clip makes some strong claims about black mists and spinning white vortexes. We can certainly see something on the recording that makes us curious but our imaginations might have to stretch a bit further to perceive mists and vortexes. A little more research perhaps? Dr. Beachcombing is never short on his research: The Ludgvan Ghost Riot occurred around 1830 and, although it was described as a bit of a spirit-free-for-all, nothing was formally reported in any newspaper. As always, Beach welcomes additional information on this or any other spectral riot with which his readers are familiar. (CM)

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Special Cases–The Long Island File (49): From the Pickwick Motor Inn – John Keel

Continuing our saga into the weirdness surrounding the late John Keel, Doug Skinner posts a transcription of another message from John’s alien/android main contact Apol. Skinner picks out some points from this rambling document that do seem especially interesting and must have been particularly meaningful to John himself. Things pick up again, in earnest, in Special Cases–The Long Island File (50): Gin Rummy, an Alien Baby, and Passwords. Missing time (in 1967!), an alien/android who likes to play Gin Rummy, and a very strange birth and even stranger “instant wellness” machine seemingly from the close of the 2013 movie Elysium are featured in this installment. And that’s not all of the weirdness, either. (WM)

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August Update: International Cryptozoology Conference 2017 – CryptoZoo News

In case you were not aware of it, the annual cryptozoology conferences are back! And the next one is just two weeks away. The 2017 International Cryptozoology Conference will be held in Portland, Maine, on Sunday, September 3, 2017. Presented by the International Cryptozoology Society and International Cryptozoology Museum, this second annual conference features a remarkable line-up of speakers and events involving Joseph Zarzynski, Linda Godfrey, Robert Damon Schneck, Craig Woolheater, Steve Bissette, Joe Citro, Seth Breedlove, Paul LeBlond, Bruce Champagne, and host Loren Coleman. Ticketing, lodging, and full program details are available on the website. (PH)

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Aliens May Be Even More Elusive Than We Thought – Syfy Wire

A team of Chinese, Canadian, and US-based scientists has just added more support to the “Rare Earth” hypothesis that complex life is scarce in this universe. Syfy Wire contributor Elizabeth Rayne tells us that volcanic eruptions, or the lack thereof, may be the key to many worlds potentially evolving into biospheres–at least for life as we know it. Just being in the not-too-hot, not-too-cold “Goldilocks Zone” of distance from a star just isn’t enough. Well, that’s a bummer, but British Columbia resident Mike Allen not only thinks “they may be out there,” but that some of them may even be here. UFOs Puzzle Camosun Neighbourhood Resident is Victoria News reporter Travis Paterson’s account of how a skeptic was turned into, well, almost a believer by what he’s seen and photographed. And Northern Star reporter Samantha Elley has a similar feeling about her Light in the Sky after Night out with Stars. The New South Wales, Australia, resident specifies “only 2.5 glasses of wine (earlier in the evening),” a video that “is probably the most anti-climactic vision of alien lights ever,” and a raft of other possibilities she entertained while stopped by this aerial apparition after attending a cancer benefit–yet still remains puzzled, too, by what she saw. Read this article and then look up “Min Min” lights, and you’ll likely have added a new phenomenon to your knowledge of naturally-occurring “balls of light.” Aliens, probably not, in both cases–but we are constantly reminded that this Earth is a pretty interesting place. (WM)

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Rich Reynolds has “Mini” Stroke – A Different Perspective

Ufological gadfly Rich Reynolds has suffered a “mini” stroke and will be in hospital for a few days. Kevin Randle is posting this unnerving and unhappy news at Rich’s request. I have followed Rich’s UFO Conjectures blog for a relatively short time, but, in spite of often differing with him in many instances, have come to value his contributions towards making ufology a more rigorous and, shall we say sane, endeavor. Rich puts a considerable amount of thought into his generally short offerings, and attempts to get the reader actually to think about the subjects he covers–not merely swallow information uncritically and for a shallow mental “high”. This seems to us to stem from the fact that Rich cares about the field and its proper execution, not just from a crusty attitude towards those who don’t seem to be using their intelligence properly. We wish Rich a complete, speedy, and uncomplicated recovery, and look forward to his future contributions. (WM)

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Campfire Stories And Elvis In The Mojave – Desert Oracle

Life gets weird in the Mojave, especially as the specter of humidity rolls over those ancient sands. Ken Layne celebrates the high strangeness of the high desert on one of the best new podcasts to hit God’s green internet. Today’s episode features a call-in from Brendan Maze scheming his UFO experience destination and the unlikely target audience. Still not sold? Join us ’round the campfire to hear about Elvis, his mystic hairdresser, and how the heavens heralded the birth of the King of Rock ‘n Roll. (CS)

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Witness in Georgia Claims to Spot “Massive” Metallic Triangular UFO – Open Minds

Here are three rather “fun” UFO reports. Alejandro Rojas of Open Minds has a June 2008 case, just reported, of an apparently massive, “beautiful chrome-ish” triangular object. The witness report is charming, and includes a fairly stunning CGI image. Alejandro has another report for us, too, as a Brazilian UFO Witness Captures Video of Strange Object. In the late afternoon of the 6th of this month and about 120 miles north of Sao Paulo, a person took images of a really strange-looking object that seems to be changing its shape. Rojas suggests airborne debris as a possibility, but the witness disagrees. Rojas does not note whether either of these two cases is being investigated by MUFON. The Mirror’s Rachel Bishop reports a Mystery as Massive Green UFO Shaped Like Orb Spotted in Sky above ‘Sacred Mountain’. A group of UFO hunters with some seriously beautiful imaging gear recorded something in the vicinity of Stawamus Chief Mountain, right next to Squamish, British Columbia. This occurred on July 22 and is apparently still under investigation by MUFON, although its Canadian Head of Investigations says “this footage has been authenticated as actual footage of an ORB.” The sighting, video, and claim have engendered a considerable amount of back-and-forth and we’d be interested in the final MUFON report. (WM)

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Witness in Georgia Claims to Spot – Open Minds

Here are three rather “fun” UFO reports. Alejandro Rojas of Open Minds has a June 2008 case, just reported, of an apparently massive, “beautiful chrome-ish” triangular object. The witness report is charming, and includes a fairly stunning CGI image. Alejandro has another report for us, too, as a Brazilian UFO Witness Captures Video of Strange Object. In the late afternoon of the 6th of this month and about 120 miles north of Sao Paulo, a person took images of a really strange-looking object that seems to be changing its shape. Rojas suggests airborne debris as a possibility, but the witness disagrees. Rojas does not note whether either of these two cases is being investigated by MUFON. The Mirror’s Rachel Bishop reports a Mystery as Massive Green UFO Shaped Like Orb Spotted in Sky above ‘Sacred Mountain’. A group of UFO hunters with some seriously beautiful imaging gear recorded something in the vicinity of Stawamus Chief Mountain, right next to Squamish, British Columbia. This occurred on July 22 and is apparently still under investigation by MUFON, although its Canadian Head of Investigations says “this footage has been authenticated as actual footage of an ORB.” The sighting, video, and claim have engendered a considerable amount of back-and-forth and we’d be interested in the final MUFON report. (WM)

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Small Canadian Town Provides Homes for Elves – Mysterious Universe

Canadians are known for their hospitality to strangers, so perhaps it comes as no surprise that the town of Gimli, Manitoba, takes its elven accommodations rather seriously. Makes sense really–Gimli was founded by Icelandic settlers (ancient believers in the little people) who no doubt were the only ones with sufficient stamina to face the Manitoban winters. Diversity is a wonderful thing. No doubt Dr. Beachcombing agrees, bringing us this report of a London Fairy Roadrunner from around 1800. Seems the length of one’s legs has nothing to do with how quick (or how snappy a dresser) one may be. Although we are left pondering what use a fairy might have for London real estate. (CM)

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Little Green Men–Part III B – High Strangeness

If you’re already aware of Mark O’Connell’s series on the August 1955 Kelly-Hopkinsville “siege,” one of the most classically scary high strangeness stories ever, you’ve likely already read this post and also Little Green Men–Part IV. If you’re new to the surpassingly weird event and/or Mark’s well-written and documented account, start from the beginning and work your way through to Part VII. (Note that the original “Part III” was plagued by BlogSpot formatting gap problems; Part III B is the full substitute.) Parts IV through VII deal with the aftermath of the horrifying encounter, and provide numerous insights into Dr. J. Allen Hynek’s fascination with the investigation conducted by Isabel Davis and Andrew (Bud) Ledwith III. The odd behavior of the Air Force towards the case, and two remaining “unsolved mysteries” about the event also stand out in this outstanding series of posts. A full study of the case by ufological stalwarts Isabel Davis and Ted Bloecher is available for free in pdf form on the Center for UFO Studies website at Close Encounter at Kelly and Others of 1955. (WM)

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UFO Scientists Claim to Find Loch Ness Monster in Wrong Loch – Mysterious Universe

Paul Seaburn is rather underwhelmed by pictures taken by a couple of professional photographers who are convinced they’ve snapped “a mysterious creature” on the waters of Loch Creran. Similarly, a Curious “Chinese Nessie” Creature Caught on Camera fails to impress Brett Tingley. Video footage shows what seems most likely to be garbage bobbing about on a lake. (LP)

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The Mysterious Case of the Arkansas Train Deaths – Mysterious Universe

Two boys were found dead on a railroad track back in ’88, but was it an accident or homicide? The circumstances surrounding their deaths are deeply curious considering how the authorities worked against investigators, implying a cover-up. Even then, what was the motive? Certainly not to give Brent Swancer a juicy cold case that continues to haunt America’s railroads. Unlike trains, automobiles can travel where they please and afford tremendous freedom to their drivers. Sometimes folks take that legendary left turn at Albuquerque, joining the ranks of Mysterious People Who Drove Off The Face Of The Earth. Perhaps the next phantom hitchhiker you meet is one of these lost souls. (CS)

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Cops Warn Civilians Not To Shoot Bigfoot After Sighting – New York Post

It’s a shame folks don’t have enough common sense, nor gun discipline, to know well enough to hold their fire. A sighting ’round Charlotte has locals getting itchy trigger fingers in hopes of proving Loren Coleman right. Except they don’t know Loren wouldn’t want the big fella hurt in any way. Mark Price at The Charlotte Observer has more details from the North Carolina Group Reporting The Bigfoot Sighting that ruffled so many feathers. From Chris Perez in the Big Apple to the Palmetto State’s Chucktown, Brooks Brunson’s raising the signal as Agencies Advise On Possible ‘Lizard Man,’ ‘Bigfoot’ Sightings during next week’s solar eclipse. If you don’t recall how dangerous lizard men can be, Brooks shares the report bringing these beasts into popular consciousness back in 1988. As the sun is obscured by the moon on August 21st you may want to be listening, than actively looking into the daytime gloom, for bigfoot. Famous for signalling to others by banging clubs against trees, Nick Redfern’s found the perfect manual for the discerning squatcher to detect and understand Bigfoot Wood Knocks. It’s a rare collection of intelligent voices addressing the phenomenon, reviewing sightings, and so much more. (CS)

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The Accidental Invention Of The Illuminati Conspiracy – BBC Future

How long has the Illuminati been in power? Millennia? Centuries? More like decades if you swallow Sophia Smith Galer’s disinformation campaign to pin the blame squarely on Robert Anton Wilson’s shoulders. Germinating from the rich soil of the 1960’s counterculture revolution, RAW’s celebrated trilogy continues subverting our history and future. Also keen on raising the noise-to-signal ratio is Hamish MacPherson’s Debunking The Myths Of Scottish History. Nessie? Pish-posh! Selkies? A load of foofaraw! Kelpies? Well… let’s leave that up to Hamish. As for other attempts to explain the world with the secret socities-of-the-gaps and the fairies-of-the-gaps, Clive Prince shares a treasury of times when science was caught Leaping In The Wrong Direction. Clive does find it disturbing with Charles Wynn and Arthur Wiggins equating saucer-chasing and bigfoot hunting with Holocaust deniers. Godwin’s Law much, Chuck and Artie? (CS)

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A Haunting On Fuencarral Street – Bizarre and Grotesque

Poltergeist activity tends to be associated with adolescent girls, but Tristan Shaw’s found a case involving an 18th century polymath! Not given to flights of fancy, Diego de Torres Villarroel recorded some terrifying goings-on at the home of a local Countess. When you’re too chicken to spend a night in a haunted house, why not let the ghosts come to you? Chris Woodyard’s gathered a convoy of specters, spooks taking the reins of her blog. Perhaps the next time someone comes a’knocking, you’ll think twice if they’re Phantom Coaches At The Door. (CS)

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What Astrologers Know About Eclipses That You Don’t – Medium

There’s one thing astrologers don’t know about eclipses that’s plain as the nose on your face. Folks are going crazy. Crazier than usual. The kind of crazy that has us boarding up the windows at Anomalist Towers, hoarding potatoes, and stocking up on ammunition. We rather avoid mentioning He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named, but the astonishing coincidences enumerated by Donna Woodwell are guaranteed to make you reach for the Xanax. How deep into this do you want to go? Spend an hour or two flipping through Wade Caves’s Notes From The Watchtower, his guide to interpreting the Great American Eclipse in addition to the wild prognostications and portents surrounding it. Those of you who follow, and believe, mainstream news He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named‘s polling numbers are in the toilet. How can HWMNBN get them to tick up, even temporarily? A White House pregnancy. It’s the perfect reality show gimmick for ratings! Not to mention its aligning with the Revelation 12 Sign. Hopefully He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named will be beaten to the punch by this cat-loving dude in San Francisco: Someone’s Looking To Produce Super Baby, Man Seeks Women To Impregnate During 2017 Solar Eclipse on Craigslist. Amidst the madness, headlines like Agencies Advise On Possible ‘Lizard Man,’ ‘Bigfoot’ Sightings In South Carolina During Eclipse are relatively mundane. Still we’re happy The Post and Courier’s Brooks Brunson is keeping a level head and spreading the word lest anyone get winged during this celestial event. May Fort and Corliss have mercy upon us all! (CS)

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Green Country Lake-Goer Finds Octopus In Grand Lake – Fox 23 News

Everyone knows the legend, but does it have legs? Perhaps tentacles would be more apt in this case, leaving Greg Brown a bit tickled by what the authorities claim is afoot in Grand Lake. But Could An Octopus Really Be Terrorizing Oklahoma’s Lakes? Katherine Harmon Courage is skeptical, providing the necessary insight for the former incident. A little less sketchy is the Mystery Alligator Captured In An Ontario’s Backyard. Perhaps Ben Hooper’s toilet was backing up… (CS)

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Large Gliding Being Over Elgin, Illinois – Phantoms & Monsters

If you thought the mothman flap ’round Chicago wound down, think again! Lon Strickler has yet another eerie encounter for your consideration. What’s astonishing about the incident are the circumstances surrounding the sighting. Perhaps these entities are related to A Plague Of Goblins In Argentina unearthed by Malcolm Smith. Let’s just say Hopkinsville has absolutely nothing on these fifteen accounts from around the state of La Pampa. Don’t believe us? Perhaps you’ll believe a professional wrestler like Bo Dallas. This WWE Star Reveals A Shock Belief About Reptiles Living Underground who rule the planet. But is this kayfabe, or might the terrifying proof lay beneath Vince McMahon’s human costume? (CS)

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Mysterious Egyptian Pharaoh May Have Been A ‘Giant’ – Mysterious Universe

Giant is relative, notes the erudite Paul Seaburn as he rifles through his well-thumbed copy of The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology. Sa-Nakhat was tall for an ancient Egyptian, but does it mean he’s descended from the Annunaki or nephilim? We’ll leave that explanation up to Paul. While Brunswick’s Creepy Bridge may not have the same cachet as Giza’s pyramids nor the Sphinx, give ’em a couple thousand years and these 25 concrete, noseless faces will haunt our children’s children’s children as much as this bridge freaks out Liam Mannix. (CS)

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NSA Fully Releases ‘UFOs and the IC Blind Spot’ Doc Following FOIA Request – The UFO Trail

Jack Brewer’s efforts to get two redacted sections of a significant government document bearing upon UFOs declassified have now borne fruit, and he discusses the results in this post. The document deals with problems many individuals have in addressing “perceived unusual phenomena,” and what to do about it. The now-liberated sections have to do with an actual example in which individuals at an American “listening post” reacted variously to a novel phenomenon being reported among Eastern Bloc countries, and specific suggestions on organizing information handling teams to deal with such challenging information. Both sections make for interesting reading, as do the lessons Brewer draws from them and their context. (WM)

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Ancient Fairy Curse Is Causing Dips In Road, Claims Irish MP – Telegraph

On the Emerald Isle they know a thing or two about fairies, and Danny Healey-Rae reckons that road repairs on the N22 have disturbed a “fairy fort,” resulting in subsidence. Mind you, considering that such tampering is said to sometimes result in “early death,” a dip in the tarmac isn’t too bad. Back in 1950 James McAnespie and the Fintona Fairies made the news when the former used the latter’s “little sacred tree” as firewood, an act he no doubt regretted when he found himself frozen to the spot. (LP)

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Mysterious Metatron’s Cube Crop Circle Found – Mysterious Universe

The only mystery, perhaps, is that the perp’s never get caught, but vandalism-as-art has “cropped” up again in Wiltshire and this time it resembles a formation that puts Paul Seaburn in mind of local legends connected with the Devil himself. Far more intriguing however is a Mysterious Russian Ghost Radio Station [which] Defies Explanation. Since 1973, from an abandoned radio station near St Petersburg, “two mysterious tones and some occasional numbers and words” have been broadcasting continuously. Their purpose is unknown, but speculation is intense among those who tune in regularly. (LP)

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Alien Abduction Author Stanley Romanek Found Guilty on One of Two Child Pornography Accusations – Loveland Reporter-Hera…

Alien abduction claimant Stanley Romanek has been found guilty by a 12-member Colorado jury of knowing possession of child pornography. He is out on bond until October 19 and his sentencing hearing on this felony charge. The trial came three years after the Loveland, Colorado, resident was arrested on two counts of sexual exploitation of a child; Romanek was acquitted of the more serious allegation of knowingly disseminating such pornography. Reporter Sam Lounsberry briefly sketches some of the sideshow elements to the case, including Romanek’s controversial status in the UFO community being played down before the jury, and the matter of one of the investigators allegedly being corrupt. (WM)

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The Inside Story of Disney’s Mythic UFO Documentary and Conference: Part One – Mysterious Universe

This two-part article by Robbie Graham centers around supposed “promos” for a mid-1990s Disneyworld attraction called “ExtraTERRORestrial Alien Encounter.” Part One focuses on a very “pro-UFO” and even frightening TV documentary that only briefly aired in a very few locations and at odd times of the day. Part Two deals with a major UFO conference packed with high-profile speakers that was astonishingly badly promoted. Benefiting from conversations with, and research about, some pivotal figures in the Disney-U.S. governmental connection, Graham crafts a plausible theory on the purpose behind such apparent nonsense. Curt Collins furnishes similarly little-known information and informed speculation on a more “core” area of ufology in General John A. Samford’s 1952 UFO Disclosure. It just may be that an “interview” with the Chief of Air Force Intelligence, which included some surprising statements about ET visitation, may never have occurred. We particularly appreciate Collins’ provisions for reading original sources, as well as acknowledging contributions by fellow ufologists Yvan Defoy and Jan Aldrich. (WM)

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Recalling London Zoo’s Lijagupard – The Subject of a (very) Crossbred Controversy – Shuker Nature

Back in the days when it was fashionable to kidnap creatures from their natural habitats and display them to humans, a big cat thought to be an unknown species was exhibited, but it turned out to be only “the complex product of genetic intermingling.” Less easy to explain is The Glow-in-the-dark Werewolf… maybe, which in 1913 allegedly bit a police officer and kept the fearful residents of The Bronx indoors for many nights. (LP)

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“No Return”–UFOs, Government Mind-Control, or AWOL? – Mysterious Universe

Two little-known and mysterious cases from the past. In the first case, Nick Redfern reviews a new book from our own Anomalist Books, No Return: The Gerry Irwin Story, UFO Abduction or Covert Operation? by David Booher. Something very strange happened to a young soldier coming back from leave one Utah evening in the late 1950s. Author Booher has, says Nick, described a major mystery in a research process that is itself now part of the story. Jacques Vallee thought enough of the book and its crafting to write the foreword. Over at the new blog The Saucers That Time Forgot, Curt Collins has posted 1946, Before Saucers, Kareeta: UFO Contact in California. It’s a fascinating quick take on an October sighting that experts said was a misidentification of a comet. However, ufologist/parapsychologist Meade Layne contended that it was a space ship from an etheric planet–this learned through telepathic communication with its owners. The article discusses the influence that Layne would have on ufology in its early days and again in the present. (WM)

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The Unseen Hand: A New Exploration of Poltergeist Phenomena – Society for Psychical Research

Tom Ruffles reviews this veritable survey of the poltergeist phenomenon in all its variety. Jenny Ashford, who compiled this volume, essentially dismisses the survival hypothesis. Her view is that “poltergeists are generally unconscious projections of psychokinetic energy by individuals as a manifestation of extreme emotional stress…” Perhaps Jenny included a category for Asking For Trouble: Possessed Doll Continues Reign of Terror on New Owner. Paul Seaburn relays this story from Rotherham, South Yorkshire, detailing the activities of paranormal investigator Lee Steer, a fellow who probably shouldn’t continue using those credentials on his business cards. (CM)

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Alien Abductees and Government Spying–More – Mysterious Universe

Nick Redfern turns a previous article–Are UFO Abductees Being Secretly Watched?–into a trilogy. From that first post dealing with a type of abduction called “Milabs,” short for “Military Abductions,” Redfern’s next piece, featured here, tries to strengthen his case that current-day abductees are possibly being tracked by the Government as the same thing happened in the ’50s and ’60s with “Contactees.” These people claimed direct contact with aliens on a relatively equal footing, preached pacifist and conservationist as well as spiritual messages, and got on the nerves of at least some in the U.S. Government at the height of the Cold War. Redfern points out that FBI files were kept on at least the leading contactee figures. He thinks that the abduction phenomenon may be viewed by some in power as potentially subversive. This is because many abductees report the same kind of concerns on the part of their abductors that the contactees claimed bothered their “Space Brother (and Sister!) friends. In “Were The Motives Magical, Ufological, Or Political?” Nick narrates another outstandingly weird story. He suspects “shadowy forces” harassed a well-known paranormalist, but, again, for his political rather than his more exotic beliefs. (WM)

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Ghosts Exist…What Now? – Paranormal and Society

Have you ever pondered the philosophical and ethical dilemmas that would follow conclusive proof of the existence of ghosts? This article does just that, and leaves us wondering if maybe, just maybe, some mysteries are best left unsolved. But What Causes Spooky Out-of-Body Experiences? It Could Be Your Ears. Apparently being described as dizzy may not be an insult anymore. It may mean we are in touch spiritually. Or it might mean we need to see a doctor. But rather than being a blanket explanation for OBEs, one psychologist admits that this is unlikely to be “the only explanation for out-of-body experiences.” (CM)

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The Mythology of the Hambro Tragedy – Loch Ness Mystery

Glasgow Boy tells us the intriguing story of Mrs. Hambro, a society wife who drowned during a boating trip with her family on Loch Ness in 1932. The other Hambros survived, but she disappeared beneath the icy waters and GB speculates on why she didn’t make it back to shore. Meanwhile, Paul Seaburn takes us over to Massachusetts where a Strange Creature Stirs Memories of the Nantucket Sea Serpent. Recently posted YouTube footage shows a decomposing critter on the beach, which has revived a story from 1937 in which a fisherman was “pop-eyed” by the sight of a “green sea monster.” (LP)

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The Hall of Records, Resurrected: Researchers Say the Great Sphinx is Older Than Believed – and it ‘Guards’ a Hidden Cha…

Do you like your history cast in stone–literally? Well, it’s time to become more flexible. Writing on the stone walls inside the Great Sphinx is leading researchers to believe it may be older than first anticipated. Meanwhile, archeologists on Scotland’s northeastern shore have discovered new information about the ancient Picts. Fort Built by Mysterious Ancient ‘Painted People’ Unearthed, and not destroyed by the town of Burghead Fort built directly on top. (Talk about pushy neighbors.) And finally, the tall and gangly among us can take heart: Ancient Egyptian Pharaoh Sa-Nakht May Have Been a Giant, New Study Suggests. It’s good to know even the high and mighty in history may have stood out awkwardly from the crowds. (CM)

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The Never-Ending Search for UFOs and Extraterrestrial Intelligence – Washington Post

Here’s a mainstream science reporter’s short appraisal of three important new books: Mark O’Connell’s biography of J. Allen Hynek The Close Encounters Man: How One Man Made the World Believe in UFOs, Sarah Scoles’ Making Contact: Jill Tarter and the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence, and Jim Al-Khalili’s Aliens: The World’s Leading Scientists on the Search for Extraterrestrial Life. Reviewer Sarah Kaplan is upfront about her bias against UFO belief, and overall is fair and respectful to the Hynek book, although she’s not completely accurate that Carl Sagan “was unwilling to believe that extraterrestrials might have visited Earth” and her list of reasons for the Air Force closing Project Blue Book is somewhat deficient. She makes a good case for purchasing the book about SETI researcher Jill Tarter and the Neanderthalian challenges females still face in science and engineering. Kaplan’s description of the Jim Al-Khalili collection of essays makes clear the range and fascination of its topics. And Kaplan illuminates the connectedness Al-Khalili’s Aliens has with the other two works, for “The world in which this book was published is one that Hynek and Tarter helped make.” A very worthwhile review. (WM)

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4 Alleged Bigfoot Sightings and Evidence from July 2017 – Stranger Dimensions

Rob Schwartz offers several strange examples of what some claim are Bigfoot sightings. We can’t say for sure, but we like Rob’s approach of presenting the data and objectively assessing the situation. But be warned, the final example, titled “A Weird Creature Surfaces In Azerbaijan” goes beyond the usual strangeness and moves well into downright unsettling. Still talking Bigfoot, Brett Swancer gives us a pleasant dose of woo with Truly Bizarre Accounts of Spontaneously Vanishing Bigfoot. If we take into account how challenging it is to find clear footage of Sasquatch, the concept of vanishing doesn’t seem all that far fetched. And finally, we want to thank Week in Weird for information about the upcoming Cryptid Con: New Event Brings the Hunt for Bigfoot, Monsters, and Legends to Kentucky. Cryptid Con will be held at the Capital Plaza Hotel in Frankfort, Kentucky, on Saturday, September 9th and Sunday, September 10th. Tickets can be purchased online at Cryptidcon.com. (CM)

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Billy Meier and Planets Beyond Pluto – A Different Perspective

Kevin Randle has raised the ire of Swiss contactee-claimant Billy Meier supporters, and these two recent installments of Kevin’s review of Meier claims will surely add fuel to the fire. Randle first focuses on Meier’s prediction that humans would eventually discover two planets beyond Pluto, both of which are smaller than that former ninth planet. Kevin’s arguments vary in strength, but the article is informative and fun. So is The Moons of Jupiter and Billy Meier. Here Kevin’s points again carry differing amounts of weight, and we’re still wondering why Meier was apparently more accurate about the size of Amalthea than was the contemporary New York Times. We’re also not sure of the ore concentration in the “dirt” Anthony Bragalia’s collected about Former Press Secretary Dana Perino’s Roswell Crash Confession. Whether Bragalia’s stitching together of remarks widely-separated in time and occasion, and making much of a President George W. Bush “wink” are fully warranted, at least a couple of Ms. Perino’s interesting comments seemed sincere, thoughtful, and to come from her core beliefs. (WM)

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New Survey Shows Nearly Half of Americans Believe in Aliens – Open Minds

We’re not sure how much of a surprise this should be to folks who keep up on things UFO, but a survey done for 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment found that 47% of the respondents “believe in aliens,” and “18% of the group said they believed in alien abduction,” which figure seemed to surprise our reporter Alejandro Rojas. But if one considers that to qualify for a “yes” to this question, a person in the poll first had to believe that aliens existed (47%), that 18% value isn’t so small, relatively speaking. The survey was part of the promotion for the blu-ray release of a movie which is apparently a mixture of the real 1997 Phoenix Lights event and The Blair Witch Project. “Phoenix Forgotten” a UFO Sighting Revisited is a review of said movie by Aced Magazine film critic John Delia. He says it’s “A nicely made mystery thriller,” and gives some solid reasons behind this praise–but if you’re inclined to see the movie, be sure to read Delia’s review before going through the “bonus features”! (WM)

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Who is Doing This? Global Wave of Animal Mutilations Defies Explanation – Sputnik News

A good introduction to this most grisly and still-mysterious phenomenon often regarded as kind of a peripheral subtopic of ufology, like crop circles. Linda Moulton Howe and Chuck Zukowski, representing the earliest and more recently popular researchers of cattle mutilations, have their say, and Chris O’Brien has his own spirited rejoinder in the comments. The worldwide nature of the problem is also highlighted. Rather less serious but still puzzling is The Weird Thing about the Fireball That Just Flashed over Seattle. Rafi Letzter is right; a 13-second transit across the sky on July 29th is an occasion for some head-scratching, but the operations manager for the American Meteor Society has high confidence that he knows the cause of the Pacific Northwest display. Over at High Strangeness, author Mark O’Connell has his publisher’s permission to put some edited parts of his book on J. Allen Hynek, The Close Encounters Man, on his blog. It may not be “Masterpiece Theater,” but Little Green Men–Part I is a good read with a cliff-hanger ending, followed by Part II. (WM)

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