UFOs are the Paranormal “Stars” – UFO Conjectures

Rich Reynolds continues trying to distinguish ufology from Bigfoot, MIB, ghost, and other study categories subsumed under the term “paranormal.” Rich argues that “UFOs are flush with possibilities,” whereas these other pursuits, even if some are eventually accepted scientifically, just add another animal or weirdo to what’s already known. One might think that establishing the “real” existence of ghosts might open up rather more questions than the other two listed instances, but Rich has a point about the universe of “next questions” some UFO categories might open up. One problem in studying what UFO data exists is demonstrated in Forensics in UFO Research or Study. Rich links to an article whose implications can be applied not only to ufology, but make one more uncomfortable about the accuracy of the legal system. In An Odd Encounter, but Dubious Rich, and contributor “Dr. Dee,” offer an example where “extraneous information…can potentially cause bias” in a UFO as well as a legal case. This last Reynolds piece explores whether subsequent witness claims can affect the perceived credibility of an initial account. (WM)

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Australian Cops Share Eerie Video – Coast to Coast AM

Well, if some bloke with a brush apparently sweeping out his garage is eerie, then the fuzz down-under scare easily. Meanwhile, the Hull Daily Mail gives us a round-up of The UK’s 9 Most Haunted Roads – including one in East Yorkshire. Driving on UK roads is rarely fun these days, but dodging spectral Roman soldiers and the odd werewolf certainly makes it more interesting. (LP)

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Exploring Canadian Monsters: Manitoba – Mysterious Universe

Canadians are a hardy species, Manitoban’s doubly so. If you doubt this, go stand on a corner in downtown Winnipeg for 10 minutes in January. Somehow it just makes sense that the waters of Manitoba are reputed to be populated by monsters. Of course, they are. It isn’t just in Texas that the critters grow bigger. Jason Offutt does a great job of summarizing cryptid Canada with a photograph of Manipogo, which alone makes his entire piece worth reading. Since we all have chattering teeth just thinking about Canadian winters (and springs, come to think of it lately), let’s go far south and warm up in The Lost World: Mysterious Accounts of Living Dinosaurs in South America. One thing that this subject lacks is photographic proof, but the anecdotal evidence suggests that locals are hyper-vigilant to the goings on in their environment. Typically that indicates the existence of something to be feared, or at least very concerned about. General consensus leans toward large, reptilian creatures that enjoy swampy environments. It being a warm climate, the swampy areas being flush with food, it seems possible that certain creatures could grow to large sizes and scare the heck out of the population from time to time. (CM)

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Ufological Seppuku: Why We Shouldn’t Disembowel MUFON Just Yet – Terra Obscura

In the wake of another high-ranking member severing ties with the Mutual UFO Network, MJ Banias offers some reasons why he thinks the organization should stay afloat. It depends partly upon whether, in spite of decisions that have been made consistently at the top levels of the organization, the MUFON data collection system is sound and its quality reliable enough to provide a worthwhile research resource. Also, is MUFON still a worthwhile place for witnesses to contact? Greg Bishop considers MUFON’s state and alternative possibilities with his guest on Miguel Romero–Catching Up with Red Pill Junkie. The two bat around ideas for truly “useful” UFO conferences, and opine on the nature of Reality and whether UFO encounters alter it in ways similar to those caused by Near Death Experiences and psychedelics. Greg and Miguel also worry about the “insularity” in ufology that militates against information sharing, especially across international borders- even after 20 years of the internet. Maybe we need more international UFO-related festivals, a potential candidate coming up this Thursday as discussed in National Alien Day: Extraterrestrial Fans Prepare for Alien Day on April 26. Ciaran McGrath tells us about an observation that began in England as a “tribute” to the Alien movie science-fiction franchise starring Sigourney Weaver. (WM)

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Government Accidentally Releases Documents On “Psycho-Electric” Weapons – Popular Mechanics

Imagine Curtis Waltman’s surprise when he issued a FOIA on antifa and white supremacists, only to be redpilled on the government’s inquiry into psycho-electric weapons. We’re with David Grossman wondering if this was an ‘accident’, or if they’re connected. Also lurking in the waters of dark money are Army Researchers Developing A Self-Aware Robot Squid You Can 3D Print In The Field. Todd South has all the unsettling details, leaving us wondering if a few proof-of-concepts already exist off the drawing board. (CS)

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Mysterious Sloth Monster In Patagonia – Dr. Beachcombings Bizarre History Blog

Did giant sloths survive the (literal) slings and arrows of humanity? Or are sightings of these giants trundling o’er the pampas, and yarns of encounters, woven from so much whole cloth? To the surprise of Dr. Beachcombing, it may be a little from Column A and a little from Column B. No stranger to critters who elude extinction, Karl Shuker takes it upon himself to Demystify The Dodo Of Nazareth. The real mystery lay in which Nazareth he’s talking about here. Alien black cats, or Shadow Cats (US/UK), are no less fantastic, but easier to find thanks to Michael Mayes’s Updated Black Panther Distribution Map for Texas. We’re still waiting on Linda Godfrey’s dogman sighing map to go live, especially after this confounding Michigan Dogman Roof Stalker encounter. (CS)

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The Illusion Of Time – Nature

Einsten deconstructed our perceptions of time with relativity. Quantum physics further twisted time into a moebius pretzel, magnifying its mysterious nature. Now Carlos Rovelli’s analysis of the two strongly suggests time as-we-know-it is an illusion, made up of a series of events. If comprehending loop quantum gravity gives Andrew Jaffe a migraine, Check Out Entangled Time where particles connect across time rather than space. If the future informs the past, or if every event is happening all at once but humanity doesn’t perceive it that way, what does this say about presentiment? Recently Precognition Was Discussed In A Psychology Journal much to Carlos Alvarado’s excitement. Why? The leading lights of anomalistics make a solid argument for precognition being measurable and reproducible, despite the opinions of staid grayfaces. (CS)

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Hilarious Hopelessness: The Wisdom Of John Cleese – Consciousness Unbound

Why is it a nation, whose primary industry concerns killing people, doesn’t have any change in their couch cushions to find out what happens after death? A thorny question, courtesy of a persnickety Monty Python alum, making philosophical conundrums an unmitigated hoot. We’re just happy Michael Grosso was a fly on that wall. ‘Til some enterprising soul shares that night on the YouTubes, it’s not too awful to hear out Dr. Bernardo Kastrup On The Growing Acceptance Of His Controversial Theories Of Consciousness. They’re not so controversial for anomalists, like Alex Tsakiris, but Kastrup is causing quite a stir in academic circles. Why? Scholars are seriously considering his theories. (CS)

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The Stone Book – Haunted Ohio Books

Many odd, stone artifacts were recovered from Indian mounds by George U.S. Hovey through his lifetime. Upon his passing, these goodies fell into Kansas University’s hands only to be lost to the ages! Deeping the mystery for Chris Woodyard, some vintage reports entertain the possibility they’re the handiwork of brownies. If you reckon fairies are the new black of forteana, school yourself on the connection twixt Fairies and the Folklore Society between 1877 and 1945. Let’s just say the profound depth of fairy lore illustrates how Francesca Bihet’s comprehensive thesis only scratches the surface. (CS)

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Mysterious Boom In Cleveland Followed By Eruptions Of Cleveland Volcano – Mysterious Universe

Holy synchromysticism! Something weird’s happening in the Mistake on the Lake and even Paul Seaburn finds himself at a loss for these queer correspondences. Is the end nigh? What does all this have to do with former President William Henry Harrison? Here’s hoping the rocking and rolling remains with the city’s Rock and Roll Hall of fame. Beneath the surface of the Earth in his bunker, Brent Swancer’s begun cataloguing telluric mysteries like Mel’s Hole, Devil’s Holes, And Other Paranormal Pits In The Earth. You’ll be surprised how deep these rabbit holes go. (CS)

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“Mass Possession” Grips School In Colombia – Coast To Coast

In America, students must face the possibility of facing off with a crazed shooter. Elsewhere on the planet, everyone’s worried about their kids being possessed by evil spirits. Here’s some disturbing footage, courtesy of Tim Binnall, certain to chill your blood. Add this incident to Brent Swancer’s growing collection of Unexplained Cases Of Mysterious Mass Hysteria. (CS)

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The Threat of UFO Invasion – Inexplicata

Well, Scott Corrales may have the Star Wars movie numbered incorrectly–“Attack of the Clones” being Episode II–but the rest of the article makes for interesting and unsettling reading. One might ask, “If we’ve been invaded, what happened to the invaders?” Of course, the answer to that might be even more unsettling. Maybe Alfonso Salazar is seeing them over Ciudad de Mexico, as in Mexico: Len-Shaped UFO over MCIA. Farther south, Jaime Barrera reports from Argentina: Flying Object over the El Toro Viaduct (Salta). If not a Google Balloon, then probably a bird, as Luis Burgos notes the comments. In Remembering the UFO I Never Saw, Robbie Graham does powerful, lyrical justice to a story that has played out, innumerable times, with different details, and yet leaving the same emotional residue, before and in the thirty years since that particular focal event occurred. David Halperin ponders the possibilities of a “classic” UFO shape making it into the “Zeitgeist” in “The Stranger” and the Westall UFO–Some Afterthoughts. Physical invasion or not, UFOs have become a staple of 20th-21st century thought. (WM)

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Nazi Coin From the Future Claimed as Proof of a Parallel Universe – Mysterious Universe

Confession Time: These two excellent pieces from Mysterious Universe made us giggle just a little bit. We can’t help but appreciate the tongue-in-cheek approach taken to reviewing these reports of time travel, and the (lack of) evidence thereof. Sequoyah Kennedy starts us off with a Nazi coin from the future, one in which Mexico seems to play a role in Aryan commerce. Don’t ask, we know what you’re thinking: Of course the coin is authentic. (Authentic rubbish, that is.) Then, Paul Seaburn tells us all he knows regarding Slovenian Man Claims Homemade Time Machine Took Him to 45th Century. It was a 20 second trip evidently, and while the “traveler” was able to determine the state of architecture, alien contact, and the automotive industry, he wasn’t able to bring back proof, demonstrate the process, or grow a conscience if his story of using human guinea pigs was even remotely true. “David,” here’s a Nazi coin–go make a phone call to someone who buys your story. (CM)

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Strange ‘Metal-Melting’ Stone Found in Myanmar – Coast to Coast AM

We watched this video and thought it felt a little bit like watching an apple turn brown, but we stuck with it. And we have to agree with its critics, it really looks like a parlor trick with a super heated rock and a cheap nail. Probably good that they performed their hocus pocus outside, since breathing in vapors from metal doesn’t have any health benefits. Next, Brett Tingley presents the evidence suggesting Diamonds from Almahata Sitta Meteorite May Be Evidence of Lost Planet. Calm down all you Niburu fans waiting for the hidden planet to find its way into our little corner of the galaxy. No one is saying the diamonds are from Planet X. But the composition of said diamonds in indicative of an origin a whole lot bigger than a meteorite. Think of it as forensic galactic map making, only without a specific destination. (CM)

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The Serpo and the Apple – Mysterious Universe

Miguel (“Red Pill Junkie”) Romero speculates that there’s more to the “Project Serpo” story than just some creative weaving-together of UFO memes by someone with a lot of time on their hands. It’s an informative and, here it comes–a little unsettling–article. Have to admit, the Apple and Serpo connection seemed to go well with Jason Colavito’s title Two Credulous Professors Hold Symposium on UFOs as Replacement Religion. Operating from his own skeptical perspective, Colavito finds much to criticize in presentations recently given by Drs. Jeffrey Kripal and Diana Walsh Pasulka at The Ohio State University. One would imagine that Walsh Pasulka’s understanding “that belief in aliens is a type of faith” is, in fact, more nuanced than what Colavito got from her presentation, and will be reflected in her upcoming book American Cosmic. Finally, Colavito’s When the Textbooks Spoke of a Lost Race of Mound Builders solidly makes Jason’s point and illustrates the American version of an ugly racial part of European intellectual history. (WM)

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The Ongoing Search for UFOs by the U.S. Military – UFO Conjectures

The first in a series of Rich Reynolds-dominated links begins with Rich ruminating about why the military remains interested in UFOs, and directing us to Kevin Randle’s recent Moon Dust and the 4602 AISS. Kevin’s article provides documented evidence of a UFO-related Air Force program that extended at least until 1985, and likely continued beyond that year under a code name different from the then-compromised “Moon Dust.” But why is it, that after however many years of research in however many projects under however many code names, we still do not know what UFOs are? Well, aside from some convenient grand conspiracy theories, maybe because UFOs–or more cogently, UFO “reports”–aren’t of merely physical objects, reported exactly as they may exist. UFO reports are a more complicated result of, perhaps, some outside stimulus as perceived through all sorts of immediate neurological, psychological, and experiential filters by individuals, who then do their best to convey that information through the limitations of their own vocabulary. Rich Reynolds ponders whether UFOs are a Subjective Reality, and gets high-level help from some of his usual contributors. Rich explores this on the more specific level in Jonah in the Whale (Or into Something). Maybe its apparent irreducibility to simple explanation has fatigued those formerly ardent towards the UFO subject–not helped by recent “fiascoes” in the field. Yet Rich sees more to it in Ufological Entropy. The mortality of the best remaining researchers, and perhaps insufficiencies within younger generations of UFO writers, have Rich more than gloomy for ufology’s future. (WM)

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Poltergeists and PhDs: An Interview with Dr. Christopher Laursen – Mysterious Universe

Robbie Graham plies his interview skills in this conversation with the “world’s foremost scholar on poltergeist phenomena.” Dr. Laursen focused his Ph.D. studies on noisy ghosts, specifically the history of the idea “that the intelligence of the poltergeist possibly resided in the unconscious of a living person who seemed to be at the centre of the physical manifestations.” While others may differ, Laursen is absolutely the guy we want to be seated beside the next time we attend a dinner party. And it seems interest in these topics is becoming less hidden, as a University Offers Fellowship to Study Papers of Psychic Ingo Swann. The University of West Georgia is accepting applications for its first Ingo Swann Research Fellowship. The lucky recipient of the fellowship will be spending their time “working on projects that require on-site consultation of University of West Georgia parapsychology collections in Ingram Library’s Special Collections.â€� Sadly the program is not open to the general public or undergrads. (CM)

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Watch: Russian Man Films Bigfoot? – Coast to Coast AM

Reading up on all things paranormal is a pretty great way to spend one’s time, but every so often we are faced with “news” that just makes us shake our heads and wonder how in heck humans ever made it to the top of the food chain. Case in point: this video from Russia taken by a gentleman who claims he saw Bigfoot on the side of the road and decided to chase him through the bush. At night. All alone. What could possibly go wrong? Not much, other than whoever it was in the monkey suit failing to alter his stride so he might look less like a kid at the mall and more like an actual Sasquatch. And since we’re already feeling disgust, let’s move on to the “Demon Dog” Photographed in Argentina. Folks, it’s a really ugly dog and someone needs to give it a home and some good food. If it is connected in any way to deaths of small animals in the area, then it’s because it’s starving. Alternatively, just as Coast To Coast AM says, it could be a digitally modified dog or creature from television. Either way, none of us are buying it. Update: it now turns out we were right: Argentinian “Demon Dog” Debunked. (CM)

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Newly Discovered Ancient Culture May be Evidence of ‘Distinct Human Species’ – Mysterious Universe

Today’s fields of archaeology, anthropology, and “hoaxology” are remarkably vibrant and complicated. Sequoyah Kennedy takes us ‘way back with a new find that may explain the origin of some of that “archaic DNA” that differs from the majority of human DNA and yet is not ascribable to Neanderthal and Denisovan donors. Brett Tingley gets us nearer to the present with Evidence of a Lost Human Civilization Discovered Under the North Sea. Well, it may be premature to claim that “primitive stone tools in North Sea sediment” constitute a “civilization.” Also, stationary Mesolithic fishing traps and an admittedly very enigmatic antler tool “covered in inscriptions which have yet to be translated” wouldn’t necessarily indicate a “Swedish Atlantis,” but Tingley’s article, as Kennedy’s, is fascinating. In the area of modern “creative archaeology,” Jason Colavito says that Graham Hancock’s Ideas about Ancient North America Were Proposed 200 Years Ago, by a Plagiarist and Fraud. Colavito has covered some of the same ground Hancock will be treating in their respective upcoming books, and Jason is sure Hancock will uncreatively repeat centuries-old drivel. (WM)

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The Latest Black Panther Sightings From Texas – Texas Cryptid Hunter

Michael Mayes is fresh back from having his newest book Shadow Cats: The Black Panthers of North America published by Anomalist Books, and he is blogging up a storm addressing the many new sightings of large black long-tailed cats in Texas. There are no shortage of reports, and Mayes is as objective and discerning a fortean as always. Mayes doesn’t let his interest in the subject get in the way of his observation skills, and we like how that keeps his reports both credible and interesting. Across the pond, Beach is also digging through the reports of what British media refer to as Alien Black Cats: ABCs: When and What. The doctor suspects that these felines are not of supernatural origin (appearances first starting in the 1960s), however he doesn’t rule out the possibility since simple zoo escapees can’t really account for the numbers reported. (CM)

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Top MUFON Official Quits Over Organization’s Continued Support of John Ventre a Year After Ventre’s Racist Rant – Jason …

The institutional problems for the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) continue, as its latest director of research has resigned over last year’s John Ventre scandal. “I was told that he was no longer involved in any capacity, and took that on faith. Fool me once, shame on me. Fool me twice…” says Dr. Chris Cogswell in the Comments beneath his twitter resignation statement posting at Mad Scientist Pod! Colavito uses the execrable Ventre affair to point out racist and unscientific elements in the Ancient Astronaut subfield and their apparent tolerance by the wider UFO community. Jack Brewer gives some wider perspective on the organization’s issues with Who’s Been Running MUFON?. Brewer is certainly accurate in saying he doesn’t “profess to conclusively know much about what all is being reported and witnessed.” However, he raises questions and gives examples illustrating serious systemic weaknesses within the organization. Paul Seaburn highlights a smaller hullabaloo in his excellent Controversy Brews over Historic UFO Monument. Seaburn provides his usual valuable complementary links; we found the Sheffield UFO Monument Defaced, to be Relocated provided further background helping to round out the history of that brouhaha. (WM)

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The Observer at Infinity: J.W. Dunne vs. the Volcano – EsoterX

Just when we had started feeling good about our very basic grasp of physics, multiverses, relativity…Esoterx comes along with a twist on the concept of time that is both simple and mind bending, courtesy of John Dunne (1875–1949). To have linear time–past, present, future–requires having an observer outside that timeline on another timeline, and so on, and so on, to the perspective of the “observer from infinity.â€� Dunne would not have been at all surprised by this story of precognition: Predicting Lincoln’s Death by Horoscope, Trance, and Manual Alphabet is a glimpse by Chris Woodyard into what constituted repeated foreshadowing of the late president’s assassination. If all elements of the reported tales are accurate, then clearly that point in infinity that Esoterx was talking about was trying to make itself known. (CM)

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UFOs and the Pulitzer Prize – High Strangeness

Mark O’Connell has a pair of rather light-hearted but informative posts for us. In the title article, Mark describes his role as “Pulitzer (self)nominee” for his recent biography of Dr. J. Allen Hynek, The Close Encounters Man. With The Strange Case of the Left-Handed UFO–Part IV, Mark probes how to test whether there are unusually more “left” than “right” references in UFO cases, and what that might mean. Turns out there are fairly straight statistical rules for testing Mark’s hypothesis, but the procedural methods for collecting the data are practically beyond his means–right now. “Angel donors” out there, take note! Is there some meaning behind the number behind the title Special Cases–The Long Island File (82): 28,000 Large Seagulls? Probably not, although the father of John Keel’s friend and alien/android(?) contactee Jaye Paro is having a repetitive nightmare about an avian invasion. This latest in John Keel’s journal entries about the craziness he was bound up with has many other events more unsettling than that. (WM)

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Rumour of New Sighting and Photograph – Loch Ness Mystery

Just a few days ago witnesses reported seeing something in the dark waters of Loch Ness that undulated in an up and down motion and gave its viewers quite the fright. Apparently there was a photo taken so until it is released the proverbial suspense will be killing us. Until then, Beach has a report on another watery cryptid sighting from a few centuries ago: Killed with Sticks. As the narrative goes, fishermen in Exeter were pulling in their nets when a two legged creature leapt out and ran away down the shoreline. The fishermen in hot pursuit, the creature sprung a tail and succumbed to murder by the fishermen armed with sticks.  Sounds like an 18th century swarming. (CM)

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Government Lies and Stalls on Freedom of Information Act Request on UFO Metals Analysis, Wants over Two Years to Respond…

Ufology and communication matters interface here. Anthony Bragalia is unhappy that his FOIA request for information bearing upon an aspect of the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program is being stymied, in spite of the narrowness and clarity of his enquiry. That’s not really news; researchers like Robert Powell and John Greenewald have been encountering similar problems for years. What is new is what Bragalia says he’s doing about it. One who’s apparently had more uniform success in extracting the “saucer files” from his country names his favorites in Clarke on the Top Ten UFO Documents in the National Archives (UK). Pennsylvania State University History professor Greg Eghigian links to the Clarke blog article and properly praises Clarke for his work in bringing such primary documentation to light. It’s also a potential money-maker for the UK’s National Archives. In He’s Doing it for America, Billy Cox goes after the Main Stream Media (MSM) for lack of discernment in its coverage of, particularly, Steven Greer’s attempt to keep the sad story of the “Atacama Alien” “Ata” going as one of his money-making endeavors. (WM)

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Elementary, My Dear Fairy – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Spiritualism – Anglotopia Magazine

John Rabon reminds us that the creator of Sherlock Holmes, that most scientific and pragmatic of detectives, developed an intense interest in spiritualism, which rather detracted from his otherwise fine reputation, particularly with respect to the hoaxed Cottingley Fairies photographs. Still doubted by some is the story of The Enfield Poltergeist, which remains perhaps England’s most famous haunting. Malevolent spirit or mischievous kids? Witnesses are interviewed in the linked radio discussion. (LP)

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The Paranormal (and Nick Redfern) – UFO Conjectures

Rich Reynolds continues his good-natured clash with Nick Redfern over the practical separation of UFO studies from those of subjects such as ghosts, Bigfoot, Nessie, and Men in Black (MIBs). Review the Comments section, where the debate continues, with Nick arguing that “MIB cases abound in ufology,” then slide over to Nick’s More on the UFO-Paranormal Issue. Nick instances a really creepy UFO-MIB-shape-shifting case from 1973 California to support that “the UFO phenomenon isn’t all that it appears to be. It’s much more.” But we’re not yet done with Nick. More Thoughts on Bob Lazar and Area 51 notes similarities in a story Paul Bennewitz told about the supposed Dulce New Mexico underground alien base and one Bob Lazar related for Area 51’s S-4 facility, contained in briefing papers Lazar claims he read there. Both tales smell strongly of disinformation, which would support Nick’s suggestion that Lazar may have been an unwitting patsy faithfully repeating falsehoods he honestly believed. Nick had first offered this hypothesis in his April 7th Mind-Games at Area 51? 30 Years Later. That was the first of Nick’s three-part series observing the 30th anniversary of “the saga of Bob Lazar.” The trilogy concludes with The Strange Saga of Edward Teller and Area 51. Nick wonders whether “the father of the hydrogen bomb” knew about the conjectured “mind-games” being performed on Lazar at Area 51. (WM)

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“Pyromaniac Poltergeist” Plagues Russian Family – Coast to Coast AM

A Russian family in the city of Nizhnekamsk claims that they have been unable to let their guard down since spontaneous fires began manifesting in their home some time ago. The family has moved several times and had electrical wiring checked, all to no avail. Now they are looking into possible paranormal causes for their dangerous affliction and hope that by going public with their story a solution may be found. Perhaps we’re being grumpy, but until there’s a bonafide investigation into possible causes, we’re inclined to point the finger at whichever spouse took out a life insurance policy on the other. In other weird world news, an English Town Shoots Down Street Light Conspiracy Theories. Evidently there have been factions in the town of Gateshead spreading stories that the street lights are killing wildlife, harming unborn children, and causing nosebleeds.  Seriously? It escapes us how in these times of multiple world crises there are individuals who think it pertinent to add to the chaos. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’r Gary Lachman was recently interviewed in a See You On The Other Side podcast, and he suggested that there are those among us whose sole purpose is to spread disharmony and chaos. We confess, we have to agree. (CM)

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How Science Has Changed: Who Are the Scientists? – Skepticism About Science and Medicine

Henry Bauer reviews, in three parts, how scientists have changed over the centuries, both in terms of public perception and in their methods of working. Part I reminds us that scientists are no longer an elite group of trustworthy boffins: their alliance with giant corporations means that their integrity cannot be entirely relied upon. In Part II: Standards of Truth and Behavior, Bauer digs deeper and tells us that by the 1960s “competition for resources and career advancement had increased to a quite disturbing extent.” And in Part III. DNA: Disinterest loses, competition wins, we learn that Watson and Crick’s discovery marked not just a watershed in science, but in ethics, too. None of this bodes well for the future. (LP)

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And On That Farm He Had A Ghost – Fortean Ireland

This piece makes for a great paranormal travel promotion around the Irish countryside. We seldom think of the farming life as being anything other than hard work, solitude, and more hard work. This story will make you change your perspective because evidently ghosts enjoy fresh air and big farmhouses as much as the next (departed) person. Not a good mix really, considering how much harder it is for a farming family to pull up stakes and run for the hills than it would be for a family in the city. Speaking of the city, Urban legend, Asian myth, or historical figure: Who was the ghostly Poinciana Woman? Hailing from the area of Darwin, Australia, this tale of an angst-ridden Aboriginal ghost hunting for male suitors to murder (or variations thereof) has been around for as long as anyone can remember. Strangely enough, no one seems certain of its true origin, or of how the departed woman now haunting the countryside met her untimely demise–hence the “urban legend” label. The story is definitely fodder for campfires and ghost hunts, though. (CM)

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Was There a Civilization on Earth Before Humans? – The Atlantic

A favorite speculation in popular archaeology is whether any advanced technological civilizations could have existed in the past, without leaving discernible traces of their ever having been. Astrophysicist Adam Frank and climatologist Gavin Schmidt extend the discussion not for the ten or so odd thousands of years common among current writers, but to the tens of millions of years’ timeframe. Greg Taylor introduces and links to a pop-archaeology icon with “We are a Species with Amnesia”: Graham Hancock Gives a Two Hour Masterclass on ‘Alternative Archaeology’. Jason Colavito focuses on another fantastic theorist with In Radio Interview, Scott Wolter Returns to Familiar Themes, Promises New Claims and Evidence at Some Future Date. Colavito counters most of the far-reaching revisionist statements by forensic geologist and former TV series America Unearthed host Scott Wolter on a podcast called “Earth Ancients.” NOTE: the Wolters segment of this podcast doesn’t begin until about 53 1/2 minutes into the audio embedded in Colavito’s article. Colavito turns to another alternative theorist in Review of “Secret History of the Watchers” by Timothy Wyllie. The late Wyllie’s book transmits information from the “angel Georgia” about human events 10,000 years ago, and gets the single star of shame from Colavito. (WM)

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Dean Radin – Can Science Examine Magic? – Radio Misterioso

Mr. Radin’s answer is familiar to anomalists, but Greg Bishop encourages the maverick to elaborate upon his single-word answer. Thrown into the mix are conversations about every little thing on Greg’s mind, making for a particularly uplifting episode. After you’re done burning through Radin’s Real Magic, there are a few tomes worthy of joining your black library. A good sorceror pursuing the Magical Arts knows the importance of consensual reality, or Occulture. Carl Abrahamsson illustrates how art and magic compliment each other since time immemorial. Somewhere within those countless millennia this practice was exemplified upon a Magical Island known as Great Britain. Robin Melrose explores Magic in Britain, outlining the history of medieval and earlier practices. Europe isn’t the only game in town, evinced by the Amish culture of western Pennsylvania. For a better appreciation of Going Dutch, apprehend Gareth Medway’s review of Richard Orth’s thesis concerning the Folk Religion Of The Pennsylvania Dutch. (CS)

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A Fossilized Finger Bone May Be From The Earliest Humans On The Arabian Peninsula – New York Times

Are things getting older, or are institutions loosening the purse strings because they realize Graham Hancock’s theories have merit? More eyes means a greater likelyhood of discovering anomalies once relegated to Fortean Times but never The Gray Lady. Nicholas St. Fleur best encapsulates Michael Petraglia’s remarkable conclusion and why it upsets the proverbial apple cart. The “Out of Africa” hypothesis may hold water, but only if the clock is radically turned back. Remember those 850,000-Year-Old human Footprints Found In Norfolk? Do paleoanthropologists reckon Homo antecessor conveniently died out to make room for Homo sapiens migrants in Norfolk, completely dismissing the potential of H. antecessor evolving in situ? Genus Homo does get around, and we remain a randy lot even without internet porn. Combining both factors argues Africa wasn’t necessarily the only crucible for humanity as we know it. With archaeologists heading In To Asia to wind history back, and the controversy surrounding Graecopithecus freybergi, the idea humanity has always been here could gain traction in legitimate circles. (CS)

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The Boy Who Came Back From the Dead Didnt And Is Now Suing – Mysterious Universe

After a traumatic accident, and months-long coma where he “went to heaven”, Alex Malarkey’s still trying to get his life back. Paul Seaburn’s provides an amicus brief on Alex’s behalf, explaining why Tynedale House’s case is full of holes. Speaking of which, Malcolm Smith recalls the time when The Floor Gaped Open and how similar collective hallucinations are far from rare. Unlike the meme of time-travel videos clogging the toilet of YouTube. The latest contribution from a Slovenian Man Unveils His Homemade ‘Time Machine’. How does it work? By harnessing the free energy from Tim Binnall rolling his eyes at this nonsense. (CS)

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Vale Art Bell, The Voice Of The Paranormal – Daily Grail

Knock us over with a feather, Art Bell has crossed the rainbow bridge. At least it was on a Friday the 13th, as Greg Taylor notes in his reflection upon Art’s life and contriutions to weird. For a more comprehensive overview of Bell’s oeuvre, Loren Coleman honors Art Bell Making His Final Exit On Friday the 13th by listing gol’ durn everything exceptin’ the names of all of Art Bell’s pets over the years. Here at The Anomalist, we reflect upon the good times he gave us through those long nights like The Frantic Caller from Area 51. More au courant is this caller who claims to have met his Time-Travelling Grandson. Heck, Art interviewed Bob Lazar long before Jeremy Kenyon Lockyer Corbell made UFOs cool for millennials. Of course if life imitated art, then Art would be back in 6 months claiming he was on the run from suspicious men in black parked outside of his home. Instead we’ll have to cross our fingers he picks up when we drag out the Ouija board, or at least he has voicemail in the afterlife. (CS)

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Why Scientists Are Starting To Care About Cultures That Talk To Whales – Smithsonian

Ever been visited by a whale during a near-death experience? It’s not so outlandish should you share a heritage with the tundra’s indigines. The relationship twixt whales and the Inuit goes very far back, and becomes quite intimate, illustrating a nigh-supernatural connection between species worthy of Krista Langlois’s pen. We’re pretty sure a skywhale wasn’t breaching after this Strange Sighting Freaking Out Passengers On A Plane. Cheers to Damon Beard for the find, but where’s the original footage? After all if it’s courtesy of one of YouTube‘s UFO hoax factories. Whales aren’t the only clever critter on our weird world, as owls loom large in ancient and contemporary folklore. In this case Red Pill Junkie’s heard the owls speak of Mike Clelland’s Stories From The Messengers, and an exclusive excerpt from his 2015 book. (CS)

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A Cosmic Gorilla Effect Could Blind The Detection Of Aliens – Science Daily

Aliens might be out there in the wild, dark yonder but they’ve remained more elusive than bigfoot. Perhaps humans are too focused on the wrong things, turning us blind to high strangeness when it’s figuratively in front of our faces. That, or humans are just too quick to try and debunk anything which upsets our paradigm’s applecart. Should aliens have a metabolism similar to our own, they’d need this One Scarce Element Which May Be Why We Haven’t Found Alien Life. Fortunately Paul Seaburn’s cornered the market on the stuff in hopes of luring the greys to our backdoor, while garnering a pretty penny. If phosphorus is rare, maybe that’s why some eggheads reckon Space Aliens Died Out Long Ago leaving behind a cosmic playground full of abandoned toys of the gods for clever apes with smartphones, like Seth Shostak, to discover. (CS)

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Argentina: Strange Creature Slays Two Dogs In Santa Fe – Inexplicata

We love Scott Corrales for many reasons, but most of all we admire his incredulity the most. He kicks off our cryptozoology section with a wild tale from Argentina that doesn’t measure up. We knew it was a hoax from the start, since the image was so clear. More concerned with real cryptozoology, promulgated by the likes of Coleman, Heuvelmans, and Sanderson, is Brent Swancer’s thesis concerning Steller’s Strange Menagerie of Cryptids. Among the many birds and sirenia catalogued, there were more than a few curiosities which have naturalists scratching their noggins to this day. (CS)

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When Statues Cry Real Tears – Consciousness Unbound

Michael Grosso puts an unexpected spin on the subject of tears wept from holy statues. We’ve heard the basics of the story before: Statue weeps (or bleeds), and miracles ensue. Grosso isn’t arguing against miracles, by the way. In fact, he’s suggesting we learn to look at the miraculous in a new way. What if the tears seemingly shed from a statue are not being shed at all, but are actually manifesting in much the same way that poltergeist activity manifests? What if the intense angst of an individual in peril produces a psychic thread that results in tears, as an example, and therein moves in some mysterious way toward healing? Grosso’s intention is not to usurp the religious beliefs of the devout. Instead, he aims to create a “new healthcare paradigm” wherein the healing potential of all individuals is taken into consideration. (CM)

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Are Alien Implants Real? – The Paranormal Podcast

Jim Harold welcomes artist and filmmaker Jeremy Kenyon Lockyer Corbell to discuss Corbell’s many projects. First up is Patient 17, a full-length Netflix documentary focusing on the removal of a suspected “alien implant” from an abductee. Corbell claims that analysis of that object shows it is not meteoritic, it was fabricated, it is advanced, and “it does have an isotopic ratio not from Earth.” Yet Corbell indicates that more testing is needed, so stay tuned. Corbell also has projects on Bob Lazar and the Skinwalker Ranch coming out this year, and discusses his role in the Nimitz “Tic Tac” video story. Jim Harold engages Peter Robbins in A Discussion on UFO Disclosure. Peter has a logical take on why “Disclosure” in the sense of a President “telling all” voluntarily just won’t happen, and he sees both a positive and a negative side to the role Tom DeLonge is playing. There’s a good discussion on Peter’s research about James Forrestal, with a possible 2-Act 1-actor play being produced eventually. Near the end of the podcast, Peter takes on the Rendlesham Forest Incident fiasco, noting that he too long ignored the evidence against Larry Warren’s story and has since tried to make amends with those he has wronged over the years he spent defending it. (WM

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Guy Lyon Playfair (1935 – 2018) – Society for Psychical Research

This past Sunday marked a great loss for the paranormal world when psychical researcher Guy Lyon Playfair passed away in London at the age of 83. Born in India, well traveled and extensively published, Playfair was not an immediate fan of the paranormal. However, following an impactful experience with a psychic while living in Brazil, he became a devout psi investigator. Establishing himself as an expert in the fields of poltergeist activity and hauntings (Guy was extensively involved in the Enfield Poltergeist investigation), Playfair also delved into mediumship and investigated claims of psychokinesis and telepathy. Always a skeptic until no option other than the paranormal could be accepted, he set the standard for fortean research. It will be some time before the paranormal world finds a way to fill the gap left behind by Playfair. (CM)

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Canadian Classic UFO Case Coin? That’s Mint! – Daily Grail

Miguel (“Red Pill Junkie”) Romero alerts us to a new commemorative issue from The Royal Canadian Mint. Alas, the coin honoring the 1967 Stefan Michalak CEII appears to have sold out immediately after “RPJ’s” posting. Romero’s worthy article also links to the Royal Canadian Mint description, which supplies additional interesting information presented in a relatively straightforward manner. Speaking of recent issues, Kevin Murphy reviews a recent book in The Fight of the Century. No, this is not the Frazier/Ali fight of March 8, 1971. Rather, it is a longer-running contest between two of the greatest inventors of all time–Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla. Murphy voices a mild quibble and speculation about how William J. Birnes and Joel Martin co-authored the work, but seems very favorable towards the book that resulted: Edison vs Tesla: The Battle over Their Last Invention. We’re going to have to bide our time, however, for “Intimate Alien: The Hidden Story of the UFO”–Coming 2020 from Stanford University Press. But its author-to-be David Halperin has waited over a half-century to be able to say “And now I’m writing the book I always wanted to write.” It promises to be a very readable and thought-provoking exposition of Halperin’s “third way” of viewing the UFO conundrum. (WM)

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Alleged Picture of Ghosts of Pomeroy Brothers Taken at UK’s Most Haunted Castle – Mysterious Universe

Sequoyah Kennedy brings us a report on Pomeroy Castle in Devon, England. Recently a group of late night visitors snapped some photographs and came back with an image that looks, if one uses their imagination, like a pair of men on horses. Setting your imagination aside, it looks like fog combined with an unsteady hand and a smudge on a camera lens. Having said that, you’d be hard pressed to find a place with a more dismal history than Pomeroy Castle, so if some meandering spirits were looking for a location to have a go at unfinished business, that would certainly be the spot. Elsewhere, in a cemetery in Toowoomba, Australia, Speculation ramps up after Drayton Cemetery ‘ghost sighting’. We’re inclined to agree with the quotes added by The Chronicle. We’ve taken far too many out of focus photographs to get very excited when something blurry appears behind another blurred object. Not to be jaded or anything, but cemeteries don’t always equate to hauntings. Just saying. (CM)

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Preston Dennett–The Life of a UFO Researcher – Radio Misterioso

Greg Bishop welcomes prolific (22 books and counting) researcher Preston Dennett, famous for his “UFOs over _____” (insert the name of a state). Dennett’s oeuvre includes a variety of other paranormal subjects, among them levitation, “hairy humanoids,” and out-of-body experiences. One interesting non-UFO item was Dennett’s experience, over the many cases he’s reviewed, that twice as many women as men report seeing ghosts. But Dennett and Bishop exchanged views on a variety of UFO-related topics, especially revolving around Preston’s strong ETH beliefs, with Greg offering his own somewhat more nuanced agnosticism, yet without any trace of rancor or proselytizing on either’s part. So the conversation moved easily through matters such as crashed saucers, ETs seeming to prefer interacting with artistic-type humans, the nature of reality, and possible purposes for alien visitation. Alien purpose was a major concern in another podcast, this including Rev. Dr. Barry Downing with Don Ecker. Downing accepts many of the Biblical passages that are rolled out as involving aliens instead of angels or ecstatic visions, seeing them as evidence of some sort of ET Plan whose exact goal may be elusive. Co-host Don Ecker lends his historical perspective, bringing in the work of the late “Ancient Astronaut” theorist Zecharia Sitchin and the possible role of the “Anunnaki” in human development. (WM)

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TV News Crew Films Ghost at Haunted Michigan Brewery? – Coast to Coast AM

Here’s something most of our readers probably didn’t know. There is a brewery in Michigan that is housed inside a repurposed church. Employees at this brewery regularly report ghostly encounters, so it made sense that a craft beer was launched to celebrate the building’s paranormal roots. Still with us? Well, a news crew was dispatched to the brewery to report on the newly released brew and during filming one camera picked up a filmy white something gliding across the space. As always, the origin of the Something is fairly impossible to prove, but it’s one heck of a good story. So if this has enticed anyone to make a road trip to Michigan, why not turn it into a cross country adventure and go to Nevada as well. Ghost of Michael Jackson haunts Las Vegas show: “He’s right there on the stage with us”. Cirque du Soleil is currently performing “MJ One” and the show’s choreographer believes Michael is up there on stage with the cast every performance. If brilliance begets brilliance, then we have no argument with his statement. (CM)

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Elon Musk Warns of Takeover by Immortal A.I. Dictator – Mysterious Universe

Technological entrepreneur extraordinaire Elon Musk is afraid we’ll be “Terminated” by our own amoral devices. And Musk’s scenario recalls the hyperspace bypass for which the Vogons destroyed the Earth in Douglas Adams’ The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Paul Seaburn has fun with this article while noting some of the real-world concerns implicit in human development of artificial intelligence. Micah Hanks has some qualms as The Search for Alien Life Gets a Little Help from Artificial Intelligence, too, but he’s more concerned about whom, or what, will get credit for discovering alien life. Jason Colavito has even more prosaic worries as the Atacama “Humanoid” DNA Test Controversy Unveils Connections between Robert Bigelow and Tom DeLonge’s To the Stars. Colavito has serious problems with the research process employed by Dr. Gary Nolan on the corpse of the Atacama child. Colavito then transfers some of his concerns to Nolan’s employer To The Stars Academy of Arts & Science and to yet another technological entrepreneur extraordinaire in Robert Bigelow, detailing several connections and highlighting it all by references and links to the outbursts coming from Dr. Steven Greer against Nolan and even the United States government. (WM)

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Floating “Humanoid” UFO Seen over Brazil Similar to Sightings in Sydney and Abu Dhabi – Mysterious Universe

“Unidentified Flying Humanoids” (UFH) have been a part of UFO lore for many years. Sequoyah Kennedy talks about recent “flying” people sightings in three widely-separated places, but it appears that the two “still” photos from the referenced Abu Dhabi sighting are just different levels of magnification taken from the Sydney video. Compare features of the edge of the building in each article’s first still image, and note background similarities in the two second-placed images in the articles. The Abu Dhabi phenomenon also was claimed to be “flaming,” which also doesn’t match the pictures in that article. That being said, the Brazilian and Sydney videos are interesting, especially if someone can explain the kind of “aura” that seems to outline each “figure” in the images, and which might be taken by an unkind eye as evidence of fakery. Still on the subject of things that may not be what they seem, Paul Seaburn headlines ‘Secret UFO Video’ from 1996 Space Shuttle Mission Not So Secret. Paul notes the Micah Hanks article we profiled on the 10th, then fixes errors in a follow-up article the Daily Star did to the one Hanks had to correct. Seaburn also praises “the mundane groundwork” so important for space program success. Alejandro Rojas and the International UFO Congress recognized this holds for ufology, too, as reported in Rojas’ 2018 UFO Researcher of the Year Award and Acceptance–International UFO Congress. The article’s video explains the thought and gives some idea of the hard work Cheryl Costa and Linda Costa Miller put into UFO Sightings Desk Reference: United States of America 2001-2015, a truly remarkable primary source. (WM)

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Hartford Filmmaker Focuses Documentary On Shadow People – Sun Journal

How do you make the most ridiculously terrifying horror movie? Base it on documented encounters, religious beliefs, and sprinkle it with eyewitness descriptions. Watch the trailer now and make a note on your calendars folks: Supernatural Assault is slated for rerelease this fall. Until then, ponder this query from Esoterx: What’s the Market Value of the Devil? We’ve all heard of possession by the devil. But what are the economic and cultural ramifications of possession of the devil? The only certainty is a deficiency of morals. Economics majors are welcome to comment. (CM)

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More Than 50 New ‘Nazca Lines’ Discovered in Peruvian Desert – Daily Grail

Archaeology keeps providing new and intriguing theories and finds. Greg Taylor recounts the remarkable story of high-tech and amateur collaboration combining to elucidate the past. More sleuthing is apparent in Some Stonehenge Stones Were Already in Place When Humans Arrived. Paul Seaburn gives a good account of the “radical theory” of Stonehenge student Mike Pitts, who suggests that a natural alignment of two of the massive blocks got the locals thinking about repositioning them slightly, then completing the construction of the rest of the monument. Speaking of theories, Jason Colavito asks Did the Hopi Migrate to America from Mu in the Pacific Ocean? Jason’s opinions are predictable, but one gets a sense of the real complexity in the study of Native American traditions in this article and in the rather contentious comments. (WM)

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A Collection of Truly Bizarre Encounters with Baffling Mysterious Beasts – Mysterious Universe

Too often in our anomalous world we become accustomed to the strange, taking it for granted and growing a little blind to its esoteric qualities. Brent Swancer changes that with this rather quease-inducing piece. Hope you don’t have problems with anything resembling maggots…Next, Swancer keeps us on our toes with Mystery Beasts of Japan’s Southern Islands. Focused on reports of a smallish, ape-like creature called a Kenmun, we are reminded of a young Bigfoot, albeit a spectacularly stinky one. Also discussed is the Kijimuna, which may well be a species of hominid or pigmy. However small the land mass, there seems no end to the mystery it holds. (CM)

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