Sunken Pyramids of Wisconsin's Rock Lake

Since the early 1830s, when the first pioneers arrived in the southern part of Wisconsin between -what is now- Milwaukee and the capital at Madison, the native Winnebago or Ho Chunk residents told of a “sunken village of rock tepees” under the Rock Lake. Their tradition was dismissed as mere Indian fable until two duck hunters peered over the side of their boat during a water-clarifying drought at the turn of the 20th century. They beheld a huge pyramidal building sitting dark and massively in the depths of Rock Lake. Since then, declining sub-surface visibility, abetted by pollution, has veiled the sunken structure in controversy.

On April 11, 1936, Dr. Fayette Morgan, a town dentist and early civilian pilot in Wisconsin, was the first person to see Rock Lake from the vantage-point of altitude. From the open cockpit of his spindly bi-plane circling at 500 feet, he spied the black forms of two rectangular buildings on the bottom of the lake near its center. He executed several passes, and saw clearly their uniform dimensions and prodigious size, which he estimated at more than 100 feet each. Landing to refuel, Dr. Morgan dashed home for his camera, then took off at once to capture the sunken objects on film. By the time he returned over the lake, its underwater monuments had vanished in the late afternoon light.

Subsequent and repeated flights to photograph or even rediscover them from the air failed until 1940, when a local pilot, Armand Vandre, and his rear cockpit observer, Elmer Wollin, spotted them again. But as their single engine airplane banked over the south end of the lake at less than a thousand feet, they were awestruck by an entirely new sight. Below them, under less than twenty feet of water, lay a titanic, perfectly centered triangular formation pointing due north. A pair of black circles was side-by-side near its apex.

Mysterious triangle at the bottom of Wisconsin’s Rock Lake

Beneath the surface of Rock Lake lie at least ten structures. Two of these have been mapped and photographed by skin divers and sonar. Structure no.1, which has been dubbed the Limnatis Pyramid, has a base width of 60 feet, a length of about 100 feet, and a height of 18 feet, although only about 10 feet protrude from the silt and mud. It is a truncated pyramid, built largely out of round, black stones. On the truncated top, the stones are squarish. The remains of a plaster coating can be discerned.

Vandre and Wollin estimated the length of each side of the delta’s equal sides at 300 feet. Northeast of the triangle was the configuration of a small, narrow sunken island, perhaps 1,500 feet long and 400 feet across. More surprising was a straight line that led from the southeastern shore under water toward the apex of the sunken delta.

When Frank Joseph discussed the sighting with Lloyd Hornbostel, a local geologist, he suggested the line was the remains of an extensive stone canal that connected Rock Lake with Aztalan, three miles away.

Aztalan is today a 21-acre archaeological park featuring a stockaded wall partially enclosing two earthen temple mounds known as the Pyramids of the Sun and Moon. During its florescence in the late 13th century, the ceremonial center was twice as large. Then it comprised three concentric walls abutted with watch-towers surrounding a trio of pyramidal earthworks surmounted by wooden shrines.

In its final stage, beginning around 1100 A.D., Aztalan belonged to the Upper Mississippian Culture that flourished throughout the American Midwest, into the South, although carbondating tests revealed its earliest known origins in the 3rd century B.C. Its population maxed out at an estimated 20,000 residents, who lived on both sides of the walls. They were led by astronomer-priests, who precisely oriented their pyramids for the computation of numerous celestial phenomena, including the winter solstice, phases of the moon, and positions of Venus.

Around A.D. 1320, the Aztalaners inexplicably set fire to their city, abandoning its flame-engulfed walls. According to surviving Winnebago oral tradition, they fled far to the south. Interestingly, their migration coincided with the sudden rise of the Aztec state in the Valley of Mexico.

"The discovery of underwater structures there may foreshadow a far greater one to come, when we at last turn our investigation into the sea, and probe its depths for the lost fountainhead of earthly civilization—Atlantis. Rock Lake is notable for the sunken stone structures it contains—pyramidal burial mounds of men who worked the copper mines of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula from 3000 B.C. to 1200 B.C. The mines were probably excavated and operated by engineers from Atlantis, so at least some of the underwater tombs  contain the remains of Atlantean workers", said Frank Joseph.

Sources:
Atlantis Rising Magazine Vol. 25: "Rock Lake Unveils Its Secret - Fly over Makes New Underwater Discoveries" by Frank Joseph;
The Atlantis Encyclopedia by Frank Joseph;
http://www.science-frontiers.com/sf066/sf066a01.htm

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Atlantis Rising Magazine Vol. 25 page 34
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The Curse of Dudleytown

Dudleytown is a ghost town which located in northwestern Connecticut within the town of Cornwall. Many unexplained events, mysterious disappearances and ghost sightings reported in this small town. According to local legend, the founders of Dudleytown were descended from Edmund Dudley, an English nobleman who was beheaded for treason during the reign of Henry VII. From that moment on, the Dudley family was placed under a curse, which followed them across the Atlantic to America.

The name of Dudleytown was given at an unknown date to a portion of Cornwall that included several members of the Dudley family. All Dudleys can trace their heritage back to a Saxon named Dudd, who was titled Duke of Mercia and died in 725 A.D. It was Dudd’s land that would eventually become the site of the Dudley castle.


An old English word for land was “leigh,” so the area was called Dudd’s leigh. Many centuries later, when the taking of a surname became necessary, some people took a name based on their occupation (such as Smith or Baker) and others took their surname based on the land they came from, i.e., Dudley.

The area that became known as Dudleytown was settled in the early 1740s by Thomas Griffis, followed by Gideon Dudley and, by 1753, Barzillai Dudley and Abiel Dudley; Martin Dudley joined them a few years later. Other families also settled there.

The story about the curse has been traced to an English nobleman, ancestor of the Dudley brothers who settled the town. Back in England, old Edmund Dudley got his head chopped off for plotting against King Henry VII. Someone or something put a curse on Edmund that followed his family to the New World and took root in Dudleytown.

In what is often cited as the first manifestation of the curse, one of the Dudley brothers went insane. Other strange incidents: At a barn raising, a man fell to his death. Lightning struck and killed a Dudleytown woman, right on her porch.

Several residents of Dudleytown are also said to have gone insane, and two local women, Mrs. Greeley, better known as Mary Cheney and Harriet Clarke, is said to have hanged herself in Dudleytown in 1872, the latter having reported visions of demons prior to her death.

Following the Civil War, Dudleytown slowly became a ghost town. Residents of the town left for better places where they had access to more things. However, John Brophy decided to keep his family there, even though everyone else had left. These would prove to be a fatal mistake.

Brophy saw his entire life change within just a few short months. His wife died, and immediately after the funeral, his only two children walked into the woods and seemingly disappeared. His house then caught fire mysteriously and Brophy finally disappeared himself.

Following the last resident's death, Dr. Clarke purchased a large plot of land in the area and officially became the owner of Dudleytown, or at least what was left of Dudleytown. Legend claims that the man left his wife there for a few days, and returned to find her completely insane. After screaming about the creatures in the woods, she killed herself in their house.

A few years later the man remarried, and built a new house for his bride. Together with a group of their friends, the couple formed the Dark Entry Forest Association. With trees and forests being destroyed across the country, they hoped to preserve the land here. Clarke and his second wife died during the 1940's, but their descendants still live nearby.

Rev. Gary P. Dudley, a Texas resident and the author of The Legend of Dudleytown: Solving Legends through Genealogical and Historical Research (Heritage Books, 2001), disputes these accounts of the troubled town.

In tracing the genealogy of his name, he found virtually no historical basis for Dudleytown's cursed reputation—no genealogical link to Edmund Dudley, no mysterious illnesses or deaths. As for Mary Cheney, he says she never set foot in Dudleytown.

An independent film about Dudleytown, called Dudleytown Curse - The 49th Key is currently in post-production. Unfortunately in December 2011, eight members of the cast and crew were arrested by Connecticut State Police for allegedly trespassing on private land that comprises Dudleytown.

Now The Dark Entry Forest Association owns the land, and entry is no longer permitted. There is a warning note from the Connecticut State Police: Those who go, or attempt to go to Dudleytown will be arrested for trespassing and/or parking. The fines start at $75.00 per person and rapidly increase.

Sources:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dudley_Town;
http://voices.yahoo.com/the-legends-history-dudleytown-connecticut-1395381.html;
http://www.ghostvillage.com/legends/dudleytown.shtml;
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2002/10/1030_021030_BirdersJournal.html;
http://weeklyworldnews.com/mutants/12945/dudleytown-haunted/

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Jinn from Arab Who Has a Twitter Account

In June 2013, a twitter account named @s_2017_s has sparked an online frenzy because the owner of the account claim he is a real Jinn (genie) who lives in Saudi Arabia and want to befriend with humans. At that time his follower has boasting over 100,000 followers. He also upload pictures of his residence from 100 years ago. Some photos showed an old farm in Yemen which he claims was like heaven.

His twitter account is titled "I am a real Jinn” and says: To all humans… I am the first Jinn to use Twitter… some might think that I am pretending and that I am human… actually, I am a real Jinn and you will see wonders in the future on my Twitter account. I am a real Jinn who likes to be a brother to all humans. I am peaceful and do not like to hurt anyone. I like to mingle with humans and know their behavior. I live in a deserted house in Saudi Arabia.”

Screenshot of the Jinn's Twitter Account (@s_2017_s)

The Saudi Arabic language "Daily Ajel" which first publish this phenomena reported that there was a user tried to interact with the Jinn's account using a pseudonym but surprisingly, the Jinn's account quickly reveal the identity of the person who tried to deceive him. "He mentioned my real full name and where I live, including the name of the neighborhood and the city. I was shocked and instantly uttered prayers," said the anonymous user.

One of the pics show a farm in Yemen which he claim from 100 years ago.
(Courtesy: Daily Ajel via Emirates247)

Until Friday (19 July 2013), the account already has 183.034 followers and tweet 309 times, but he is not follow anyone account. However, now the Jinn's twitter account (@s_2017_s) has been suspended for unknown reason.

Twitter Account:
https://twitter.com/s_2017_s

Sources:

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Mystery of the Smoking Rock

In February 2013, Luo Yuanshui found a strange looking stone in the mountains of Shangyou, Southeast China. He claims that the head-shaped rock can inhale a cigarette in five minutes. When the first time he found it, his instinct was to place a cigarette in what looked like a mouth.

Naturally, cigarettes with variations for length and brand, take around six minutes to burn down if left unsmoked. But somehow his nicotine-loving rock puffs them even faster, said Mr. Luo.



This mysterious rock can smoke a cigarette in under five minutes

Mr Luo, from Fujian province, shows the 2.2kg (4.9lb) marvel to visitors, with an ashtray close by so it can indulge its vice. A lot of visitors -including a couple who appeared transfixed by the geological marvel- interested with its haggard appearance, because it certainly looks like a hardened smoker and until now mystery still surrounds the nicotine-addicted rock.

Sources:
Fortean Times Magazine Vol. 303 July 2013: "Stoned Smokers";
http://metro.co.uk/2013/02/21/smokin-rock-can-puff-cigarette-in-five-minutes-3507696/;
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2281248/Heavy-smoker-Chinese-collector-proudly-displays-prize-rock-inhale-cigarette-minutes.html

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Fortean Times Magazine Vol. 303 July 2013: "Stoned Smokers" page 12
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Legend of Asmodeus

Asmodeus also known as Ashmedai or Asmodai is an “archdemon” who rules lechery, jealousy, anger, and revenge. He is one of the most prominent and evil of fallen angels which has wings, three heads (an ogre, a ram, and a bull), feet of a cock, rides on a dragon, and breathes fire. He also has 72 legions of demons under his command. According to Binsfeld's classification of demons, Asmodeus is referred to as one of the seven princes of Hell under Lucifer the emperor, each one of these princes represents one of the seven deadly sins (Lust, Gluttony, Greed, Sloth, Wrath, Envy, and Pride). Asmodeus is the demon of lust and his goals are to prevent intercourse between husband and wife, wreck new marriages, and force husbands to commit adultery. He also frequently blamed in cases of demonic possession.

Asmodeus has his roots in ancient Persian mythology, in which he is identified with Aeshma, one of seven archangels. The Jews absorbed him into their mythology, where he attained the highest status and most power of his legends. According to Jewish lore, he is the son of Naamah and Shamdon. He is part of the Seraphim, the highest order of angels, but fell from grace when Lucifer was cast from heaven.

Illustration of Asmodeus

According to the Testament of Solomon, Asmodeus lives in the constellation of the Great Bear (Ursa Major). He spreads the wickedness of men, plots against newlyweds, spreads madness about women through the stars, ruins the beauty of virgins, and commits murders. He is thwarted by Raphael and the smoking liver and gall of a fish, especially the sheatfish, which lives in Assyrian rivers. He has knowledge of the future.

Asmodeus is brought to the presence of King Solomon by the Prince of Demons, Beelzebub. He tells the king he was born of a human mother and an angel father. Solomon will have only a temporary hold over the demons; his kingdom eventually will be divided, and demons will go out again among men and will be worshiped as gods because humans will not know the names of the angels who thwart the demons. He also admits to hating water and birds because both remind him of God.

Solomon binds Asmodeus with care, puts him in chains, and surrounds him with jars full of water, which makes the demon complain bitterly. Asmodeus is forced to make clay vessels for the temple. Solomon also burns the liver and gall of a fish beneath the demon, which quells his nasty tongue.

A rabbinic tale relates how Asmodeus is captured by King Solomon and then steals his magical ring. In order to cut stone for his Temple of Jerusalem, Solomon requires a Shamir, a stone-cutting worm. Asmodeus knows where the worm is, for he comes to earth to watch debates in the house of learning and to take a drink of water from a stone-capped mountain well.

Solomon sends his chief man, Benaiah ben Jehoiadah, to the well with a chain engraved with the divine name, a ring engraved with the divine name, a bundle of wool, and a skein of wine. Benaiah drills a hole and drains the well and stuffs the hole with the wool. He fills the well with the wine. Asmodeus comes and drinks the wine and falls asleep. Benaiah chains him about the neck and traps him with the seal of the ring.

Asmodeus and other demons are forced to build Solomon’s temple. After completion of the temple, Solomon tells Asmodeus that he cannot understand why demons are so powerful when their leader could be so easily chained. Asmodeus says he will prove his greatness if Solomon will remove his chains and lend him the magical ring. Solomon does so, only to be hurled far away from Jerusalem. Asmodeus steals the ring, forces Solomon into exile, and becomes king himself. He throws the ring into the sea. But Solomon’s lover, the Ammonite Namah, finds the ring in a fish belly, and the king regains his power. He is immediately transported to Jerusalem when he puts on the ring. As punishment, he puts Asmodeus in a jar.

In the Greek text of Tobias, Asmodeus plagues a young woman named Sarah by killing her husbands on their wedding nights in the bridal chamber before the marriages can be consummated. God allowed the demon to slay these men because they entered marriage with unholy motives. Raphael instructs Tobias to take the liver, heart, and gall of a fish and burn them to make a foul incense that will drive away Asmodeus. Tobias is dubious, but Raphael assures him the trick will work, and Tobias will be able to claim Sarah as his wife. Tobias becomes betrothed to Sarah, and, on their wedding night, prepares the foul smoke to repel Asmodeus. The demon is driven out and flees to Egypt, where he is bound up by another angel.

Asmodeus appears in Christian demonology as one of Satan’s leading agents of provocation. Witches in the Middle Ages were said to worship him, and magicians and sorcerers attempted to conjure him to strike out at enemies. The medieval Grimoires of magical instruction sternly admonish anyone seeking an audience with Asmodeus to summon him bareheaded out of respect.

Some demonologists of the 16th century assigned a month to a demon and considered November to be the month in which Asmodeus's power was strongest. Other demonologists asserted that his zodiacal sign was Aquarius but only between the dates of January 30 and February 8. According to Johann Weyer, a 16th-century physician and demonologist, Asmodeus also ruled the gambling houses.

In 17th-century France, Asmodeus was one of the infernal agents blamed for the obscene sexual possession of a convent of nuns, during the height of the witch scare that ran through Europe. The incident occurred at a convent in Louviers in 1647, and involved 18 nuns who allegedly were possessed through the bewitchments of the nunnery’s director and the vicar of Louviers. According to confessions—most extracted under torture—the possessed nuns committed unspeakable sexual acts with the devil and demons; attended witches’ sabbats, where they ate babies; and uttered obscenities and spoke in tongues. The nuns were subject to public exorcisms. The vicar, Father Thomas Boulle, was burned alive. The body of the nunnery director, Mathurin Picard, who died before sentencing was passed, was exhumed and burned. A nun who broke the story to authorities, Sister Madeleine Bavent, was sentenced to the dungeon.

Sources:
The Encyclopedia of Angels by Rosemary Ellen Guiley;
http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/01792c.htm;
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asmodeus

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The Sky Serpent Sightings

The stories about Sky Serpents first appear in medieval sources. In earlier centuries, these things were called dragons, the subject of a part of international folklore, mythology, and even (sometimes) sighting reports. Some Sky Serpents look very much like ordinary snakes, except that they are huge and in the wrong place. Other Sky Serpents have some dragon features, including the ability to breathe fire or lightning. The first reported sighting, according to the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, occured in A.D. 793: "These were exceptional flashes of lightning, and fiery dragons were seen flying in the air, and soon followed a great famine.” Nineteen years earlier, in 774, “red signs appeared in the sky after sunset, and horrid serpents were seen in Sudsexe, with great amazement,” wrote Henry, Archdeacon of Huntington, in Historia Anglorum.

In April 1388 a “flying dragon was seen . . . in many places,” according to the Knighton’s Continuator. On December 5, 1762, a “twisting serpent” lit up the sky as it slowly descended and vanished over Bideford,Devonshire, England. It was visible for six minutes.

Illustration of Sky Serpent

In the mid-1800s Nebraska settlers claimed to have witnessed comparably bizarre sights. Western historian Mari Sandoz noted, “Back in the hard times of 1857–58 there were stories of a flying serpent that hovered over a Missouri River steamboat slowing for a landing. In the late dusk it was like a great undulating serpent, in and out of the lowering clouds, breathing fire, it seemed, with lighted streaks along the sides.” A frontier folk ballad from the period refers to a “flyin’ engine/ Without no wing or wheel/ It came a-roarin’ in the sky/ With lights along the side/ And scales like a serpent’s hide.”

The reference to a “flyin’ engine” may suggest that the object was some sort of unearthly machine rather than a living creature, but other tales indicate otherwise. In June 1873 farmers near Bonham, Texas, sighted an “enormous serpent” in a cloud, the Bonham Enterprise asserted, and were — no surprise — “seriously frightened.” The account goes on:

"It seemed to be as large and as long as a telegraph pole, was of a yellow striped color, and seemed to float along without any effort. They could see it coil itself up, turn over, and thrust forward its huge head as if striking at something, displaying the maneuvers of a genuine snake. The cloud and serpent moved in an easterly direction, and were seen by persons a few miles this side of Honey Grove."

A few days later, in its July 6, 1873, edition, the New York Times declared this the “very worst case of delirium tremens on record.” It had nothing to say, however, about another manifestation, chronicled in a Kansas newspaper, the Fort Scott Monitor, a few days earlier, on June 27:

"A strange and remarkable phenomenon was observed at sunrise yesterday morning. . . When the disc of the sun was about halfway above the horizon, the form of a huge serpent, apparently perfect in form, was plainly seen encircling it and was visible for some moments."

In 1882 there was sightings of sky serpent reported on The Gridley Herald. The story were told by two lumberjacks called Thomas Camp and Joseph Howard. At 4 pm on 10 March 1882, they were startled by the sound of many wings flapping in the air when they were cutting wood five miles northeast of Hurleton, California. Looking up, they saw -not more than 40ft above the tree tops- a creature that looked something like a crocodile.

When Howard fired a shotgun round, the pellets rattled as if they had struck sheet iron. The creature itself uttered a “cry similar to that of a calf and bear combined but gave no sign of being inconvenienced or injured”. A “number of Chinamen” also allegedly saw the thing. The Herald concluded the account with a statement affirming that Campbell and Howard were“reliable men”who should be taken at their word.

Another sky-serpent story comes from a man who signed himself “R. B.” in a letter to the editor of the Frederick News, a Maryland paper, on November 29, 1883. At 6:30 one morning, he averred, he had been standing on a hilltop when he saw, over Catoctin Mountain, that a “monstrous dragon with glaring eye-balls, and mouth wide open displaying a tongue, which hung like a flame of fire from its jaws, reared and plunged.”

A short article from the New York Times which published on 27 May 1888 tells the story of three sisters in Darlington County, South Carolina, who while walking in the woods, spotted a hissing 15ft serpent sailing above the treetops. The creature was moving at the speed of a hawk or buzzard. The Times noted that other residents of the area had reported the same phenomenon earlier in the day, though it provided no details.

John B. Rosa recalled an 1897 Detroit experience in a 1961 letter to a city newspaper:

"Going down Grand River for my papers (the Morning Tribune), about 4 in the morning, the policeman I was with and I saw an object that looked to be about three feet in diameter. It was about 1,000 feet in the air and was heading east. It was a silvery color and had a tail about three blocks long.

It traveled like those big sea serpents you read about skimming over the top of the water. It made a low hissing noise that we could just hear. My dad,who was leaving our home for work, also saw it as it seemed to pass right over our house on Rivard between Leland and Alexandrine."


In F.W.Holiday's book "The Dragon and the Disc" (1973) contends that the ancients had it right: Nessies and their relatives (Sky Serpents) are dragons in the most literal, traditional sense; they are supernatural and evil. He goes on to link dragons with UFOs, which have a sort of symbiotic relationship (reflected in many ancient religions) with these creature sightings.

Sources:
Unexplained: "Strange Sightings, Incredible Occurences & Puzzling Physical Phenomena" by Jerome Clark;
http://www.forteantimes.com/features/articles/1975/sky_serpents.html;
http://cryptidz.wikia.com/wiki/Sky_Serpents

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Black Shuck Sightings

Black Shuck are particularly common in the British Isles where it is also known as the Gyrtrash, Old Shock (in Suffolk), Old Shuck (in Norfolk), Shuck, Shucky dog. These phantom black dogs have terrorized England’s churchyards and crossroads for centuries. Its has size of a calf. Shaggy black dog with glowing eyes. Some eyewitnesses say it has only one eye. Usually appears before bad weather. Accompanied by the sound of chains, sometimes walks and growling behind people and then suddenly vanished.

On November 1945 John Harries was followed by a Black Shuck as he cycled from East Dereham, Norfolk, to the Royal Air Force (RAF) station at Swanton Morley. Whenever he stopped, the dog would stop, and it kept pace with him even at 20 miles per hour. When he got to the base, it vanished.


Illustration of Black Shuck

Researcher Theo Brown has divided the phantom black dog (Black Shuck) into three separate categories: 
  • a shape-shifting demon dog;
  • a large black dog about the size of a calf with dark shaggy fur;
  • a dog that manifests in association with particular ancient festivals in various parts of the country.
The Black Shuck's sightings is not just happening in the northern Europe, but also occurs in America. On January 14, 1971, a large, black dog received the blame when six hogs and three dogs were found slain, mutilated, and partially eaten at two farms a short distance east of Waterloo, Iowa.

The tracks found at the scene of the slaughter puzzled authorities. Some experts insisted that the prints were those of a large mountain lion that had somehow found its way to Iowa. Later three lawmen reported that they had sighted and trailed a large black dog that they believed had been responsible for killing the nine farm animals, but the savage animal had easily escaped the hunt. “He was an extraordinarily big dog, and pretty fast, too,” said Walt Berryhill, a La Porte City police dispatcher. “We saw him jump over fences.”

Then, just as suddenly as they had begun, the attacks of the Black Shuck ceased. After a month had gone by, the black large dog with the voracious appetite had ceased to sample any more plump Iowa livestock. Farmers in the Midwest often encounter unidentifiable footprints left by unknown animals that have mauled their livestock—then disappeared without a trace.

A California man who prefers to be identified only as John claims three encounters with Black Shuck. Each incident occurred at a time when his life was in jeopardy. One night in late December of 2002, John and his girlfriend were sitting in the living room of his home in a town, which he noted, was built over a Chumash Native American burial ground. The couple was watching TV when suddenly they both felt a strong urge to look at the front window. Staring back at them was a black dog with red, glowing eyes. It stood at least five feet tall on all fours, and John noticed that although its muzzle was right next to the glass, the window did not fog. The dog’s appearance was “ethereal,” said John, yet he and his girlfriend both saw it clearly.

John estimated that they gazed at it in shock for 15-20 seconds before he gathered his wits and jumped off the sofa to fling open the door. But there was no dog—or any other creature—in sight.

A few days after the dog’s appearance, John was almost killed in a car crash that wrecked his 1987 Caprice Classic station wagon. But it would take two other incidents before John began to connect the dog with dire moments in his life.

The next year, in 2003, John was put on a pain medication for a chronic medical condition. He suffered an adverse reaction to the drug, and was rushed to the emergency room by ambulance. On the way, he happened to look out the vehicle’s rear window and was stunned to see the same black dog staring at him with those glowing red eyes! As it turned out, he nearly died before doctors were able to treat the reaction.

Incredibly, the Black Shuck would make one more appearance. In 2004 John suffered yet another life-threatening reaction to medication for the same ailment, and this time, he was pronounced clinically dead for over two minutes. The last thing he saw before his heart stopped was the huge black hound, standing next to his hospital bed, its red eyes boring into John’s as he lost consciousness.

John was never sure whether the creature’s visits were intended to usher him into the next life, to warn him of danger, or if the dog simply came to observe like some type of spiritual vulture. In any case, he hopes never to see it again.

Sources:
Mysteries, Legends and Unexplained Phenomena: "Mythical Creatures" by Linda S. Godfrey;
Mysterious Creatures: "A Guide to Cryptozoology" by George M. Eberhart;
Real Monsters, Gruesome Critters, and Beasts From the Darkside by Brad Steiger

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Real Monsters, Gruesome Critters, and Beasts From the Darkside by Brad Steiger page 46
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Project Paperclip

Almost seventy years ago, shortly after the end of World War II, Allied intelligence agencies launched a concerted treasure hunt for German military and scientific inventions, including rocket and jet-engine technology. Both sides in the coming cold war benefited greatly by picking through the ruins of Adolf Hitler’s war machine, but the U.S. War Department’s Joint Intelligence Objectives Agency (JIOA) scored a particular triumph with a covert operation known as Project Paperclip, authorized by President Harry Truman in September 1945. Its aim was simple: "To exploit German scientists for American research and to deny these intellectual resources to the Soviet Union."

The range of Germany's technical achievement astounded Allied scientific intelligence experts accompanying the invading forces in 1945 such as: Supersonic rockets, nerve gas, jet aircraft, guided missiles, stealth technology and hardened armour were just some of the groundbreaking technologies developed in Nazi laboratories, workshops and factories.

Even though the JIOA's recruitment of German scientists began in Europe on 8 May 1945 after the Allied victory, President Harry Truman did not formally order the execution of Operation Paperclip until August 1945. President Truman’s original order specifically barred recruitment of anyone found “to have been a member of the Nazi party and more than a nominal participant in its activities, or an active supporter of Nazism or militarism”.

Those restrictions would have rendered ineligible most of the leading scientists the JIOA had identified for recruitment, among them rocket scientists Wernher von Braun, Kurt H. Debus and Arthur Rudolph, and the physician Hubertus Strughold, each earlier classified as a "menace to the security of the Allied Forces".

Samuel Klaus, the State Department’s JIOA representative, complained that many of the scientists enlisted were “ardent Nazis,” but JIOA Director Bosquet Wev overruled that protest, declaring that “the best interests of the United States have been subjugated to the efforts expended in ‘beating a dead Nazi horse.’” Furthermore, Wev cautioned, Soviet (Russia) posed a “far greater security threat to this country than any former Nazi affiliations which they may have had or even any Nazi sympathies that they may still have.”


Project Paperclip Team at Fort Bliss, Texas

Nazi's imported scientists under Project Paperclip included:

Arthur Rudolph, director of the Mittelwerk factory at Dora-Nordhausen concentration camp, where 20,000 slave laborers died. A National Socialist since 1931, Rudolph was described in Allied files as “100% Nazi, dangerous type, security threat. . . . Suggest internment.” The JIOA found “nothing in his records indicating that he was a war criminal or an ardent Nazi or otherwise objectionable.” Rudolph became a U.S. citizen, designed the rocket used in the Apollo Project moon landings—and fled to West Germany in 1984 when his record of war crimes was reopened.

Werner von Braun, Hitler’s technical director at the Peenemunde rocket research center from 1937 to 1945 and developer of the deadly V-2 rocket. He later worked on guided missiles for the U.S. Army, served as director of NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, and became a national celebrity in the 1960s as one of Walt Disney’s “World of Tomorrow” experts. In the 1970s he served as associate director of National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

Kurt Blome, another Nazi scientist who admitted experimenting on concentration-camp inmates with plague bacilli. Blome was acquitted of war crimes at Nuremberg in 1947 (although most observers accepted the fact of his guilt). Two months after that acquittal Blome was in Maryland, consulting with the U.S. military on germ warfare. The U.S. Army Chemical Corps hired him in 1951 to continue his life’s work and passion.

Walter Schreiber, a Nazi major general who, according to Nuremberg testimony, “assigned doctors to experiment on concentration camp prisoners and had made funds available for such experimentation.” Only Schreiber’s detention in Russia (1945–48) spared him from trial as a war criminal. He next surfaced at the Air Force School of Medicine at Randolph Field, Texas. Columnist Drew Pearson revealed Schreiber’s crimes in 1952, whereupon the U.S. government arranged passage for Schreiber to join his daughter in Argentina.

Hermann Becker-Freysing, convicted and sentenced to 20 years imprisonment at Nuremberg for conducting experiments on Dachau inmates, including force-feeding of seawater that was chemically treated to make it “drinkable.” Even before his trial Becker-Freysing was paid by the U.S. Air Force to report on his sadistic experiments.

Siegfried Ruff, a codefendant with Becker- Freysing at the Nuremberg “Doctor’s Trial,” where he narrowly escaped conviction on charges of killing 80 inmates in a low-pressure chamber designed to simulate altitudes above 60,000 feet. Like Becker-Freysing, Ruff was sought (and paid) by the U.S. Air Force in the interests of “national security.”

Reinhard Gehlen, while not a scientist, was one of the THIRD REICH’s top intelligence officers who were linked to the torture and murder of countless victims. The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) recruited him in 1950 to coordinate its secret war against Communism in Europe.

Klaus Barbie, the Nazi “Butcher of Lyon” and another prized CIA intelligence asset, whose association with the U.S. intelligence service spared him trial and execution for war crimes.

By 1955 more than 760 German scientists were granted U.S. citizenship, their dossiers “sanitized” to remove any taint of active involvement with Hitler’s genocidal regime. A 1985 exposé in the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists revealed that author Linda Hunt had secured more than 130 files on Project Paperclip immigrants and that she found that everyone “had been changed to eliminate the security threat classification.”

Some conspiracy theories supporters maintain that the postwar scientific looting of Germany also included secrets concerning UFOs (anti-gravity technology) which remain classified to this day.

Sources:
The Encyclopedia of Conspiracies and Conspiracy Theories by Michael Newton;
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Paperclip;
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/magazine/4443934.stm

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Project_Paperclip_Team_at_Fort_Bliss.jpg
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Unsolved Mystery of Atacama Skeleton

Ten years ago on 19 October 2003, Atacama Skeleton was found by a Chilean man called Oscar Munoz in La Noria, a ghost town in Chile’s Atacama Desert when he was looking for historical value objects. He said he found an odd-shaped objects near an abandoned church which apparently the skeletal remains of a tiny creature wrapped in cloth. The 15 cm (6 inch)-long “Atacama Humanoid” – nicknamed Ata – had a bulging head with a lump on top, hard teeth, dark, scaly skin, and nine ribs. Although initially thought to be older, the remains have been dated to the last few decades. Judging from the odd head shape, Ata may have also suffered from Oxycephaly. There are several hypotheses about what Ata is. It's odd rib count and huge head led some to think it was some kind of extraterrestrial creature. Others suggested it was a monkey or an aborted foetus.

Atacama Skeleton

After studying a DNA sample from bone marrow in one of the creature’s ribs, a group of scientists have concluded that Ata is an “interesting mutation” of a male human that had beaten the odds at birth and lived for between six and eight years.

Garry Nolan, the director of stem cell biology at Stanford University’s School of Medicine in California said, he absolutely sure that it's not a monkey. During the DNA analysis, the B2 haplotype group was found. Combined with the alleles from the mitochondrial DNA, it suggested that Ata is indigenous to the west of South America. It is closer to human than chimpanzees. How Ata survived is unknown.

“After six months of research by leading scientists at Stanford University, the Atacama Humanoid remains a profound mystery,” said Dr Steven Greer, founder of the Disclosure Project. The test results are included in a recent documentary called Sirius, which explores the subject of UFO and ET visitation, the disclosure of secret UFO files, and the investigation of advanced energy and alleged alien propulsion technologies.

Curiously, another tiny ‘humanoid’ had allegedly been found in Chile a year earlier, in October 2002.The discovery was made under some bushes in the southern town of Concepcion by a small boy called Julio Carreno.

Sources:
Fortean Times Magazine Vol. 302 June 2013: "Chilean Humanoid (The 'Atacama alien' is a human, say scientists - if a very small one)";
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atacama_skeleton;
www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2313828/Is-really-human-DNA-tests-inch-skeleton-alien-looking-creature-sized-head-prove-actually-human-claim-scientists-new-documentary.html

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Fortean Times Magazine Vol. 302 June 2013 page 7
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Captain M'Quhae's Sea Serpent

On August 6, 1848, Captain Peter M’Quhae and officers of the HMS Daedalus saw a 60-foot serpentine animal in the South Atlantic between the Cape of Good Hope and the island of Saint Helena, on passage from the East Indies to England, about 300 miles off the coast of Namibia. At about 5:00 P.M. M'Quhae, Lieutenant Edgar Drummond, and William Barrett, sailing master, were pacing the quarterdeck when suddenly a seaman reported a strange object off the starboard beam. Apparently, the creature kept its head and short neck about 4 feet above the surface of the water. The animal moved at a steady speed in the water and was about 600 feet away at the closest point. The color was dark brown, with yellowish-white on the throat. A horselike mane or dorsal fin was visible on its back. They watched it for five minutes with the naked eye and fifteen more minutes through a spyglass. What they saw prompted the captain to exclaim, “This must be that animal called the sea-serpent.”

When Daedalus reached London, immediately Captain M’Quhae submitted a report about the description of the creature to Admiral Sir W. H. Gageto and to The Times. He also supervised a detailed drawing of the 60 feet-long creature that was visible for 20 minutes, as follows:

"It was discovered to be an enormous serpent, with head and shoulders kept about four feet constantly above the surface of the sea, and as nearly as we could approximate by comparing it with what our maintopsail-yard would show in the water, there was at least sixty foot of the animal a fleur d’eau [showing above the surface], no portion of which was, to our perception, used in propelling it through the water, either by vertical or horizontal undulation. It passed rapidly, but so close under our lee quarter that, had it been a man of my acquaintance, I should have easily recognized his features with the naked eye; and it did not, either in approaching the ship or after it had passed our wake, deviate in the slightest degree from its course to the southwest, which it held on at the pace of from twelve to fifteen miles per hour, apparently on some determined course.



The Sea Serpent observed by Captain Peter M’Quhae and the crew of HMS Daedalus on August 6, 1848 (two views). (From the Illustrated London News)

The diameter of the serpent was about fifteen or sixteen inches behind the head, which was, without any doubt, that of a snake; and it was never, during the twenty minutes that it continued in sight of our glasses, once below the surface of the water; its color, a dark brown, with yellowish white about the throat. It had no fins, but something like the mane of a horse, or rather a bunch of sea-weed, washed about its neck."

The objectivity characteristic of ships’ officers who are accustomed to describing and analyzing dispassionately what they see is obvious.

However, his story was rejected by palaeonto­logist Professor Richard Owen, who insisted the crew had seen a giant seal. Sceptics immediately suggested floating seaweed or a giant python or crocodile that had lost its bearings as explanations for the Daedalus sighting.

Sources:
Seafaring, Lore and Legends: "A Miscellany of Maritime Myth, Superstition, Fable and Fact" by Peter D. Jeans;
Mysterious Creatures: "A Guide to Cryptozoology" by George M. Eberhart;
http://www.forteantimes.com/strangedays/cryptozoology/3715/ships_logs_and_sea_monsters.html

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Mysterious Creatures: "A Guide to Cryptozoology" by George M. Eberhart page 480
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Mysterious Hole In Bosnia

Recently, another mysterious hole appeared in the remote village of Sanica, northwestern Bosnia on November 2013. The "abyss" - that's what the local villagers called it - has been swallowing up a 20 meter village pond overnight. The pond usually filled with fishes and bobbing with green algae with willow trees lined around it, but now the beautiful pond was gone replaced by a large hole with diameter around 50 metres and 30 metres deep.

Rezak Matonic, one of the villager said he was shocked when he found a large mysterious crater where the village pond used to be. It's like something from a science fiction movie: a sinkhole swallowed the water, the fish and even nearby trees.

Cemal Hasan, one of the eyewitnesses said that at the time of the incident he was sitting by the pool while sipping plum brandy, and then suddenly there was panic. Fish were jumping out, and a big plum tree suddenly disappeared as if someone were pulling it down from the bottom of the pond.

Large sinkhole in the village of Sanica, Bosnia

The scientists say the sinkhole could be caused by the drying of groundwater flow, or change due to irrigation and it is not rare that ponds and small lakes suddenly disappear because of it. Milanko Skrbic also offered an explanation of how the sinkhole appeared, he said maybe a giant underground cave that opened its doors. Or a volcano.

Another theory one that experts dismiss along with the others proposed by townsfolk is that fish could have triggered the explosion of one of several World War II German bombs believed to have been thrown into the pond by an old woman after the war. According to Cemal Hasan's story, the old woman died when one of the bombs exploded in her arms.

However, some villagers still not convinced with the explanations, instead they connect the incident with the ghost story.

"About a month ago, Hasan, the owner of the pond died. Maybe he took it with him. Because few days before Hasan passed away he said that he will take everything with him when he die. And that's what he did," Motanic said. "His daughter saw him walk on the pond the night he died."

Husein Nanic said it could be a sign that the end of the world is near: "All sort of miracles happen before the doomsday," he said.

Sources:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-25101009;
http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/11/26/21628087-the-abyss-sinkhole-leaves-villagers-in-bosnia-in-shock?lite;
http://news.yahoo.com/bosnians-panic-sinkhole-swallows-village-pond-072935587.html

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http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/11/26/21628087-the-abyss-sinkhole-leaves-villagers-in-bosnia-in-shock?lite
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Mysterious Skeleton Seen On Newfoundland Iceberg

In May 26th 2007, Eli and Donna Norris a retired Canadian couple took several pictures of what appears to be a large mammalian skeleton jutting from an iceberg off the east coast of Newfoundland. One month later, in June 2007 the picture was widely circulated. Marine scientists in Canada and elsewhere are puzzled by bizarre photographs. It seems they were at a loss to identify the remains but speculated that it could have been preserved in the ice for quite some time.

The six pictures show what looks like a brown rib cage and spinal column, slightly bent, sticking out of a crust of ice. It appears that there is some tissue still attached to the bones, but no one can be sure.

Gary Stenson, a marine mammal scientist with Canada’s federal fisheries department, said he is quite sure the photo is not a hoax, but also said he couldn’t be sure what it was. He said he was told the backbone was roughly 2.4 metres out of the ice, leading him to believe the spine belonged to a large mammalian creature.

Large Skeleton jutting from an Iceberg

When Stenson want to confirm the authenticity of the pictures with the couple, the Norris family couldn't be reached for comment at that time. Ruth Knee (the couple's friend who forwarded the pictures to the Fisheries Department) said they didn't want to be interviewed, but said she could vouch for the authenticity of the photos.

The skeleton which were seen near Newtown, in Bonavista Bay, at least superficially, bears some resemblance to a plesiosaur, a creature said to have been extinct for millions of years. Unfortunately the skeleton has not been seen again so it appears there will be no definitive answers as to its true identity and fate.

Stenson's colleagues have been debating whether the carcass belongs to a bearded seal, a walrus or a beluga whale. But without the actual specimen in his hands, Stenson said he can't resolve the mystery.

Sources:
Atlantis Rising Magazine Vol. 65: "Mystery Skeleton Seen On Iceberg";
http://www.thestar.com/news/2007/06/04/photos_show_skeleton_sticking_out_of_iceberg.html

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Atlantis Rising Magazine Vol. 65: "Mystery Skeleton Seen On Iceberg" page 10
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Lady Lovibond The Legendary Ghost Ship

There is a legendary story of a ghost ship called the Lady Lovibond that appears every 50 years near Kent, England which was reputedly involved in one of the hundreds of marine tragedies associated with the hazardous Goodwin Sands. The Lady Lovibond's legend is one of the most famous ghost ships which overwhelmed with romance, jealousy, and revenge. Also involve an old sailors' superstition that it was bad luck to bring a woman during a cruise.

The legend began when Simon Peel (some account named Simon Reed), the newly wed captain was celebrating the occasion with a cruise on February 13, 1748. The ship was on its way from London to Oporto in Portugal. However, John Rivers, the ship first mate, fell in love with the captain's bride, Annetta. Filled with jealousy and anger, he deliberately steer the ship towards the Goodwin Sands, which often causing a shipwreck. The crash killed all passengers almost instantly, leaving no survivors.

The sightings of the Ghost Ship Lady Lovibond was first seen in 1798. On February 13th, 1798, the Edenbridge's skipper made a log entry to the effect that he had almost collided with a schooner, a three master, which was sailing straight for the Goodwin Sands. Fifty years later, the next sightings occured in 1848, when the lifeboat crew from Deal went to the rescue of a schooner that seemed to be in distress on the notorious sands. When they reached the spot where they had last seen it, there was no trace of any vessel at all.

Witnesses over the centuries have claimed not only to have seen the ship's ghostly outline, but they also have heard the happy voices of the celebrating guests immediately before the phantom vessel ran onto the Goodwins. In 1898 and 1948 it was seen again. According to the fishermen in the area, the ghost ship was last seen in 1998. And the next sighting will occur in the year 2048.

Sources:
Unsolved Mysteries of The Sea by Lionel & Patricia Fanthorpe;
Fakta-fakta Misteri Hantu Dunia oleh Ajen Dianawati;
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lady_Lovibond

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http://www.theflyawayamerican.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/goodwin.jpg
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The 13th Door Haunted House

The 13th Door Haunted House, a seasonal haunted house attraction was used to be a Washington Square's old Regal Cinema, built in the 1970’s which located at 10125 SW Washington Square Rd, Tigard, Oregon 97223, next to the Bank of America. The grayish hulk of a building has four cavernous theatres and an elongated room upstairs where the projector rooms used to be located. Prior employees of the movie theater insist they have experienced an unexplained phenomena, including the faint sounds of a music box, doors opening and slamming on their own, being pushed down the stairs, children’s muddy handprints on the film screens, and film reels flying off their projectors and being flung toward employees.

Ray Latocki, the owner and operator of the 13th Door, said, "The hauntings are nothing but a big plus for me!. Doing a haunted house in a facility that is already haunted brings me a lot more customers."

The 13th Door Haunted House

According to Pacific Paranormal Research Society, as of 2011, the building has been demolished. There is one recorded death on the property and that is of a woman who O.D.’d in her van in the parking lot during a summer heat wave in the 1980’s (and according to security staff, was not found until 2 weeks later). Past employees from when it was the Regal Theatre claim that a young man hung himself upstairs in what is called the “Blue Room,” even though no records have proven this.

There are approximately five ghosts that have been documented and encountered here. There is an older, grumpy man in black that is nicknamed “Lurch,” a little girl aged 8 to 10 in a pioneer dress, a woman in her 30s, a young man in his late 20s, and a “ghost cat.” There is a legend of a young man committing suicide in the brightly painted blue storage room located upstairs. Although the police claim to have no recollection of this, prior theater employees say it is indeed true.

Latocki admits that some of the ghosts he rubs elbows with can be a trite rambunctious. "I don’t mind the cold refrigerated breezes, the tapping, touching, footsteps, voices, dark shadows, or when they steal or bring me my building materials,” he says with a laugh. “But I have had employees refuse to work in Theatre One and have threatened to quit after one night in there. Plus, I’ve heard quite a few of my customers describe to me in awe about the wisps of white that were running after them through the haunt. They think it’s some amazing sort of special effect or illusion, but, believe me, I could not create something like that on my own!"

With regard to the 13th Door Haunted House ghost flashlight tours, the Pacific Paranormal Research Society comments that they cannot guarantee that you will see, feel or hear any ghosts, however the ghostly activity has proved to be mischievous and fairly regular throughout the years.

Sources:
Encyclopedia of Haunted Places: "Ghostly Locales From Around The World" by Jeff Belanger;
http://www.nwpprs.com/About_Us.html;
http://voices.yahoo.com/the-best-halloween-haunted-house-portland-oregon-93334.html?cat=8

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Encyclopedia of Haunted Places: "Ghostly Locales From Around The World" by Jeff Belanger page 205
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Mystery of the Tulli Papyrus

The translations of hieroglyphic records from the Tulli Papyrus reveal that one winter morning around the year 1482 B.C., Thutmose III, who reigned Egypt at that time first saw a fiery disks or UFO. They were probably spacecraft from a mother ship. According to Zecharia Sitchin, author of the book The Stairway to Heaven, "Thutmose III was also taken aboard one of the alien spacecraft", said UFO expert and biblical scholar.

The Tulli Papyrus was found by Alberto Tulli, a director of the Egyptian section of the Vatican museum, during a visit to Cairo in 1933. He found it in an antique shop. However, the price was too high, and a copy was made of the text, which was then recopied, replacing the original hieratic script with hieroglyphic. This is copy of a copy, that has been translated and widely reproduced.

Later in 1950's an Italian nobleman, Prince Boris de Rachewiltz, claimed to have found the original papyrus, "untranslated and unpublished," among the papers which had been left by the deceased Tulli. In introducing his find to Doubt magazine in 1953, he described the original fragment as written in hieratic, that the script was faded, and that it had several gaps in the text.

Though the papyrus was damaged and contained several gaps, Prince Boris de Rachewiltz managed to translate it and declared that the papyrus "was part of the Annals of Thutmose III." Following is a translation of the papyrus:

Thutmose III

"In the year 22, of the third month of the winter, sixth hour of the day [...], the scribes of the House of Life found that there was a circle of fire coming from the sky. It had no head. From its mouth came a foul odour. Its body was one rod long and one rod wide and it was noiseless. And their hearts became terrified and confused, and they fell upon their bellies. They reported to the Pharaoh. His Majesty [ordered that] the scrolls [located] in the House of Life be consulted. His Majesty meditated on all these events which were now going on.

After few days had gone by, these things became more numerous in the sky than ever. They shined in the sky more than the brightness of the sun, and extended to the four supports of the heaven. Dominated in the sky was the station of these five circles.

The army of the Pharaoh looked on with him in their midst. It was after the evening meal when these five circles ascended higher in the sky towards the south. Fishes and birds fell down from the sky. A marvel never before known since the foundation of this land. And Pharaoh caused incense to be brought to make peace with Earth [...] and what happened was ordered to be written in the Annals of the House of Life so that it be remembered for ever."

Questioning the authenticity of the papyrus, Samuel Rosenberg, the researcher of Tulli Papyrus writes a letter to the "Egyptian section of the Vatican Museum seeking more information about both the 'papyrus' and the 'de Rachewiltz translation.'"

The Inspector to Egyptian Vatican Museum, Gianfranco Nolli, sent the following reply:

"Papyrus Tulli not propriety [sic] of Vatican Museum. Now it is dispersed and no more traceable."

Another inquiry was sent to Dr. Walter Ramberg, Scientific Attaché at the US embassy in Rome, who replied:

"... the current Director of the Egyptian Section of the Vatican Museum, Dr. Nolli, said that Prof. Tulli had left all his belongings to a brother of his who was a priest in the Lateran Palace. Presumably the famous papyrus went to this priest. Unfortunately the priest died also in the meantime and his belongings were dispersed among heirs, who may have disposed of the papyrus as something of little value."

Recent study by Franco Brussino, revealed that the Tulli Papyrus is probably a forgery, made up by a kind of collage of fragments taken from nine different papyruses.

Sources:
Ancient UFO Artworks in a Religious Context;
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The Cove Stones of Avebury

In 2003, the discovery of a previously unsuspected giant standing stone at Avebury has made historians scratching their heads again. For sheer size the latest find rivals anything at nearby Stonehenge, and in fact its 100-ton weight makes it one of the largest known megaliths in England. The surprise discovery came to light during an attempt to straighten two stones known as the cove on the ancient circle (said to be 4,500 years old).

It has long been accepted that the standing stones of Avebury represent male and female characteristics with the two surviving cove stones being perfect examples of the types chosen. The pair were thought to be in danger of falling. At the north side there once was a third stone which completed the cove and faced the existing slender "male" stone. One of the stones which stands at 14 feet above the ground, it was realized, goes down at least seven feet below ground and maybe as much as 10 feet. This one fell in 1713 and was destroyed.

The “Cove” at Avebury (Photo by Ralph Ellis)


Constructed about 3000 BC the coves have been found to be the earliest of the components that form the henge. As well as that within the north circle there is another in the Beckhampton Avenue and evidence that another may have existed in the West Kennet Avenue. Researchers believe that they were representations of the forecourts and stone chambers that were a part of the long barrows and tombs of earlier years thus they would have had funerary rituals associated with them. They appear to be the foundations on which the rest of the henge was built. That of the northern circle must have been fundamental to the function of the whole monument.

As for questions over how the presumed primitive builders managed to quarry and move stones weighing more than a modern diesel locomotive, using log rollers, ropes and pulleys, the scholars remain as clueless as ever.

Sources:
Atlantis Rising Magazine Vol.40: "Enormous Proportions Detected For Mysterious Standing Stones";
http://www.avebury-web.co.uk/the_cove.html

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Atlantis Rising Magazine Vol.40 page 11
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Earthquake Predictions of Xiao Hongyun

Xiao Hongyun, a 53 year old teacher in Hunan province, China, claimed that she can predict an earthquake which occured in her country few days before. Usually she suffers dizziness, tinnitus and palpitations, before a major earthquake hit a city. The most recent occasion was in April 2013 before the 7 Richter magnitude scale quake in Ya'an, Sichuan province, which claimed around 200 lives. She fainted while giving a lesson and was sent to hospital, but after the doctor check her health conditions she appeared to have nothing wrong with her. Two days before, she told her husband about her bad feelings: "I'm afraid an earthquake is about to happen somewhere." She said that she was began to feel dizzy on the 18th April and she could not fall asleep during the night, especially on the 20th April; she was still awake at 4am, feeling very tired as if she were in a boat swaying on the water. Later It seems her prediction came true when she watching the TV on the morning of 20 April, the quake hit Ya'an.

Xiao Hongyun showing her diary that contain her earthquake predictions
Xiao said her quake sensitivity was triggered from an electric shock that she suffered at the age of 13. "At that moment, my whole body went numb and I collapsed on the ground. Luckily I was not hurt badly." Since then she experienced dizziness and other symptoms, but medical examinations have never revealed abnormaities. One day when she was 16 years old, she heard a roar while working in a rice paddy, but the people next to her didn't hear anything. Many days later, she learned that the Tangshan earthquake in northeast China had happened on that same day (26 July 1976) killing hundreds of thousands of people. However, she didn't associate her abnormal physical symptoms with quakes until 23 years later, when she saw a TV report on a major quake in Taiwan on 21 September 1999, the day after she suffered strong physical reactions.

Since then, Xiao watches the news every time she feels out of sorts. "After my physical reaction, most likely there will be an earthquake," she said. "Based on the degree of the ringing in my ears, I can judge how far, how strong, and in what direction approximately a quake will be." Because nobody believed her, she started recording every premonition that had been verified by a quake, asking her family and colleagues to sign the pages as confirmation. The closest predicted quake occured in Linli county, Chendu, and the furthest occured in Chile.

The day before the Yushu quake of 14 April 2010, Xiao contacted Sun Shihong, a retired professor who had worked at the Chinese Seismograph Station, telling him she had a strong physical reaction and that this usually happened the day before a quake. Sun Shihong came to believe in her unusual talent; since then, experts from various seismic stations throughout Hunan province have visited Xiao to investigate. They have concluded that she can sense the infrasonic vibrations in advance of seismic events. The higher magnitude, the stronger the ringing in her ears.

Sources:
Fortean Times Magazine vol. 304: "Sensing Earthquakes-The Woman Who Feels Seismic Events Before They Happen";
http://www.bjlnm.com/2009/12/accurately-predict-the-yushu-female-teachers-xiaohong-yun-earthquake-map/

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Fortean Times Magazine vol. 304 page 8
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Yowie Sightings

Yowie, an unknown hairy hominid has been reported mostly in New South Wales and along the Gold Coast of Queensland, Australia. The creature's long history can be traced back to Aboriginal legends. Similar with bigfoot/sasquatch, this creature has long been a feature of the cryptozoological landscape down under. It has physical description such as: an apelike with the height around 5–7 feet; some witnesses reported its height around 8–10 feet. Covered in brown, tan, white, gray, or black hair. Black skin. Dome-shaped head. Flat face. Minimal forehead and chin. Yellow or red eyes are deeply set. Two large canine teeth. No neck. Broad back with huge shoulders. Arms reach almost to the ankles. Arm-hair is long and shaggy. Sharp nails or claws. Spindly legs, with calf short in proportion to thigh. Feet, 18 inches long. Toes are long in proportion to foot.

Interestingly, this unknown primate first known as Yahoo which according to some accounts was an Aborigine term meaning "devil" or "evil spirit." The first known printed reference of Yahoo, appears in 1835, in J.Holman’s Travels, where it is said, “The natives are greatly terrified by the sight of a person in a mask calling him ‘devil’ or Yah-hoo, which signifies evil spirit.”

In an 1842 issue of Australian and New Zealand Monthly Magazine, an article titled “Superstitions of the Australian Aborigines: The Yahoo” notes: The natives of Australia have, properly speaking, no idea of any supernatural being; at the same time, they believe in the imaginary existence of a class which, in the singular number, they call Yahoo, or,when they wish to be anglified, Devil-Devil. . . . On the other hand, a contested point has long existed among Australian naturalists whether or not such an animal as the Yahoo existed, one party contending that it does, and that from its scarceness, slyness, and solitary habits,man has not succeeded in obtaining a specimen, and that it is most likely to be one of the monkey tribe.

Two years later Mrs. Charles Meredith, in her Notes and Sketches of New South Wales During a Residence in the Colony from 1839 to 1844, wrote of the terror the yahoo inspired in the aborigines. The yahoo, she reported, “lives in the tops of the steepest and rockiest mountains,which are totally inaccessible to all human beings.”


Illustration of Yowie, seen by Charles Harper in Southeast Australia in 1912
In 1847, George Osborne allegedly saw an apelike animal climb out of a tree and run away on all fours near Avondale, New South Wales. It was covered in black hair except for a tan streak from neck to abdomen, and it had feet like an iguana’s. William and Joseph Webb shot the creature near Flea Creek in the Brindabella Range, New South Wales, in about 1885. Its head was set deep between its shoulders, and it was ellowing deeply. They didn’t know whether they hit it because it ran away as soon as the gun went off. Its tracks were humanlike, with spreading toes and a long stride.

In 1912, Charles Harper, a surveyor from Sydney, and his companions were camping in the jungle along the Currickbilly Mountain range in New South Wales. They heard some sounds and saw a Uhuge, manlike animal" in the light of their fire. It was beating its chest. This beast had a very small, chinless human face with deeply set eyes and long canine teeth. It was bipedal, covered with long redbrown hair, and stood almost six feet tall. It seemed to have large breasts or a potbelly hanging down between its legs. Harper and his party were happy when the animal moved away.

On October 12, 1912, George Summerell rode up close to a gray-haired creature that was drinking from a creek near Creewah, New South Wales, Australian poet and bushman Sydney Wheeler Jephcott visited the spot the next day and was able to make plaster casts of hand- and footprints.

Sometime in the 1970s, the term "Yowie" supplanted "Yahoo." A modern aboriginal writer remembers that in his youth members of his tribe (the Wiradjuri of southwestern New South Wales) spoke of the “hairy youree — the huge shaggy man-like creature that the whites call ‘yowie’.” Perhaps “yowie” is a corruption of “youree.” Since then, Yowie became a popular figure in Australia, and the newspapers report on each new sighting.

In 1971 a team of Royal Australian Air Force surveyors landed in a helicopter on top of inaccessible Sentinel Mountain and were astonished to find huge manlike tracks (though too big for a man) in the mud left over from a recent rain.

Alwyn Richards and his sister saw a 9-foot Yowie staring at them near Killawarra, New South Wales, in 1974. It stepped over a 4-foot fence without breaking stride.

On April 13, 1976, in Grose Valley near Katoomba, New South Wales, five backpackers allegedly encountered a foul-smelling, five-foot-tall yowie — a female judging from its pendulous breasts.

On August 10, 1977, in Woodenbong, Queensland, a woman was awakened by hearing her dog yelping and a high-pitched screaming outside. Only about 5 feet away from her back door, she saw a bad-smelling, apelike creature covered with brownish hair holding her dog tightly to its chest. When it saw her, it dropped the dog and backed away, watching her intently. It made some deep grunts and then ran out into the street, its arms hanging loose. The witness said it was 6 feet tall, with a small head, broad chest, narrow hips, and strong legs. Its hair was close-cropped except on its arms and shoulders. She had to wash her dog with antiseptic to get the smell out. Her husband heard the grunts, and neighbors heard the barking. One footprint, 8.5 inches long and slightly over 4 inches wide at the toes, remained, along with three strands of long, reddish hair on a fencepost.

On October 22–23, 1977, twenty students (one of whom later became a senator) at Koonjewarre Campgrounds near Springbrook, Queensland, saw a 9-foot Yowie approach their cabin several times. It ripped 3-foot-tall shrubs out of the dry ground with ease. One time, they watched it through binoculars, and on another occasion, it came within 30 feet of their sleeping quarters. Trapezoidal footprints were found, longer than 13 inches, very narrow at the heel, and more than 7 inches wide at the toes. Other incidents were reported in the same area for the next five months.

On March 5, 1978, a man cutting timber near Springbrook on the Gold Coast reportedly heard what sounded like a grunting pig and went into the forest looking for it. “Then something made me look up,” he related, “and there about 12 ft. in front of me, was this big black hairy man-thing. It looked more like a gorilla than anything. It had huge hands, and one of them was wrapped around a sapling. . . . It had a flat black shiny face, with two big yellow eyes and a hole for a mouth. It just stared at me, and I stared back. I was so numb I couldn’t even raise the axe I had in my hand.”

On December 28, 1979, Warren Christensen and Tony Solano ran into a 9-foot Yowie while hunting pigs at Sandy Creek near Kilcoy, Queensland. After shooting at it, they found three-toed tracks that were 19 inches long and 6 inches wide.

On January 2, 1987 at 2 A.M. , Stella Donahue and Bill Johnstone woke up at their campsite to see an 8-foot ape standing waist-deep in the water at Lake Dulverton, Tasmania.

On February 1993, Neil Frost, the Blue Mountains resident reported to local police that he encountered an ape-like creature in thick bush near his backyard. He said, It was like an elephant on two legs wearing size 20 boots.

On January 22, 1995, two boys saw an 8–9-foot Yowie walking along a road bordering the Ballengarra State Forest southwest of Kempsey, New South Wales. It was massive and looked “in between a human and a gorilla.” Sixteen footprints 11.8 inches long and 7 inches wide were found at the spot two weeks later.

Cast of a supposed Yowie track made near Springbrook, Queensland,
by Andre Clayden in mid-1998
In 1997, a woman residing in Tanimi Desert was awakened at 3:00 A.M. by a horrendous animal-like sound. On searching for the cause of the disturbance, the startled woman became fiercely nauseated when she caught wind of a terrible smell, and then she saw a seven·foot hairy creature destroy her fence as it fled. The following morning, law-enforcement officers found a chewed piece of pipe and huge tracks.

Rex Gilroy, who formed the Yowie Research Center in the late 1970s, says he has collected more than three thousand reports. He also alleges one or more sightings of his own.

However, Australian scientists remain resolutely skeptical. As one puts it, “The first and only primates to have lived in Australia were human beings.” Australian National University anthropologist Colin P. Groves dismisses all the reports as “of little value as evidence.” People see, he says,what they expect to see. He rejects the Harper report in 1912 as “over the top.” On the other hand, Graham Joyner, who has written extensively on the controversy, contends — alone among chroniclers of the mystery— that the “Yahoo was an undiscovered marsupial of roughly bear-like conformation, which was referred to intermittently throughout most of the 19th and early 20th centuries. The Yowie, on the other hand, is a recent fiction which came into being in 1975. It, of course,has no history, although one has been invented for it.”

Sources:
Cryptozoology A-Z by Jerome Clark;
Mysterious Creatures: "A Guide to Cryptozoology" by George M. Eberhart;
The Fortean Times Paranormal Handbook by David Sutton;
Unexplained: "Strange Sightings, Incredible Occurences & Puzzling Physical Phenomena" by Jerome Clark

Pic Source:
Cryptozoology A-Z by Jerome Clark page 256;
Mysterious Creatures: "A Guide to Cryptozoology" by George M. Eberhart page 617
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