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November 17

Greg Taylor pens a fine tribute to Robert Jahn, a Princeton University aerospace engineer turned parapsychologist, who passed away on Wednesday at the age of 87. Jahn was a scholar of the highest order, a pioneer who brought respectability to the field of parapsychology despite unrelenting skepticism from the media and mainstream scientists. Bill Bengston, current president of the Society for Scientific Exploration, of which Jahn was a founder, called Jahn "a peerless giant among anomalies researchers" and "a magnificent human being" And it is indeed quite "hard to imagine there will be another like him." Farewell, Bob. (PH)

"Something quite out of the ordinary occurred in the skies over Oregon on October 25th, 2017." Thus Tyler Rogoway begins a most interesting story of "a mystery aircraft" that frustrated radar, jet interceptor, and visual efforts at identification. Rogoway details what is known about the incident and his efforts to get more information on the matter. He also links to the air traffic control audio exchanges during the event. Rogoway further links to a Reddit thread that is also a key source, and offers some theories as to the nature of the apparently white object that flew between 35,000 and 40,000 feet over the Beaver State. The thing was seen by commercial airliners, but distance and sun made its shape and size impossible to guess. Note: the Reddit thread user "The Flying Beard" whose detailed statements are quoted in the article apparently has "deleted his posts/account," according to another Reddit poster. Rogoway has filed FOIA requests, and hopes to update his readers eventually. (WM)

This repost from 1996 smacks of believability and depicts a large hairy cryptid reacting in the way one would expect any sentient creature to react when faced with humans in the dead of night. Just for that, we're putting Ohio on our road trip list. Just don't roll your eyes, and Don’t write off Sasquatch. Let’s research him. While some may not like the idea of homo sapiens coexisting with another hominid species, recent archeology would indicate that similar side by side evolutions have occurred throughout history.  On a lighter note, when we consider how shaggy our beloved Hairy Man reportedly is, we're not surprised by the stories of The Hair-Braiding Bigfoot and More!. Witches, fairies, hairy men...who do you blame when you awaken with a hair style you didn't have the night before? Was braiding horses manes the 13th century equivalent of cow tipping? Or do Sasquatch have a pliable trade? (CM)

The "Col. W.V. Brown" who was one of three USAF officers to see a Project Blue Book "unknown" on August 20, 1950 was Colonel Willard Van Deman Brown, "one of the principal strategic deception planners from the early UFO era." So argues James Carrion. Carrion then goes through his evidence for connecting the Joint Security Control officer with the UFO witness, and it seems he's made his case. But even if Carrion is correct, this is just a mere coincidence, right? Nope, says James: "There is far more than meets the eye here. Stay tuned." (WM)

The Ghost of my Mother Hayley Is A Ghost
Our deepest condolences go out to Hayley Stevens who lost her mother very unexpectedly this past September. This piece is both poignant and wise, and of course very fortean. We agree with Hayley's opinion that whether or not a loved one can haunt us is not nearly as important as the comfort imparted by that belief. In other news, Ghost Smashes Glass at UK Pub? We're not buying the next round on this one. Hands up who among our readers has had a glass of beer go to pieces moments after it was placed on the table because the cold beer was too much for a hot glass fresh out of the dishwasher? Besides, if we were ghosts we'd drink the beer before smashing the glass. (CM)

November 16

Nick Redfern's piece on the famous Kelly-Hopkinsville "goblin attack" covers one of the outright weirdest and most frightening cases in UFO history. And it produced an Air Force "explanation" even more outrageous than the claimed events. Staying with UFO history, Luis Burgos offers a 1975 photo in Argentina: As Seen on the X-Files. Though classified at the time as "QUESTIONABLE," the Punta Cuevas UFO photo has become a source of pride to Argentinian ufologists, and the story Burgos tells is a pleasant one. Don't read Paul Seaburn's Donuts, Bowls and Rings are the Popular New UFO Shapes while hungry. You just may stop at the first case and head out to buy a dozen of the heavenly-looking fried cakes like the one pictured in the article. But then you'd miss Paul's premise, which holds even if all three photographic cases have plausible mundane explanations. With El Salvador: UFO Causes Social Media Uproar we're not so sure what produced the tiny light seen in the photo Ivan Gomez links to, which isn't the image heading the article. We couldn't access the video through the provided link, but found the mentioned Noticias Ya article at VIDEO: Reportan Un OVNI en la Capital de El Salvador. Its author Jackeline Quijano dates the sighting to Wednesday the 8th, instead of Gomez' stated "this [past] weekend." (WM)

Eva Weinstein posits in this article that perhaps the news has become bleak enough that we are prepared to accept the magical, the paranormal, and the cryptic as a means of not just distracting ourselves from the chaos and tragedy of daily life, but as a way of fostering hope and giving us a sense of control, however fleeting it may be. We've always thought the world needed to be more Anomalistic. Next, Chris Woodyard shares this tale of what may have been an encounter with an 18th century Polish fairy: Christopher Crellius and the Savior of the Swamp.  Given the dire circumstances of the main characters, one would have to at least entertain the notion that something "atypical" occurred the night a fleeing Unitarian family became hopelessly trapped in a swampy wood. Definitely not a story about goblins and swamp beasts. (CM)

Rich Reynolds shows how certain UFO cases, like philosophical questions, Latin translations, and great classical musical pieces, can intrigue the minds of some of us to a degree deemed extreme and certainly impractical by others. Rich's argument may seem supported by Zamora Versus People, Kevin Randle's attempt to split hairs about what exactly Lonnie Zamora reported (and saw) on April 24th, 1964. Yet that has important practical implications for Kevin's reconstruction of that iconic case in his new book Encounter in the Desert: The Case for Alien Contact at Socorro. And Jason Colavito's article Weekend Roundup: Tom DeLonge Rakes in Cash, "Curse of Oak Island" Rakes in Viewers, and a Russian Man Claims a Mars-Sphinx Link indicates there's apparently a wider market than just ufology "buffs" for this sort of thing, though at a crasser level. The contrast with the truly horrifying, disgusting, but critically and fundamentally important issues underlying the other news Colavito discusses might command reflection. (WM)

Father Emil Kapaun lived a short but impactful life, serving as military chaplain during the Korean War and receiving posthumously the Medal of Honor in 2013. His time in between was spent saving soldiers, fostering hope where there would otherwise be none, and serving as an example of both faith and courage during his time as a POW. Today, the Church is taking steps to have Father Kapaun venerated, and may one day have him declared a Saint. Next, a story relayed to Nick Redfern of A Wartime Hairy Human On The Loose has all the elements of a historical adventure--Nazis, crashed planes, men in black (sort of), and a doctor working to uncover a congenital, life altering disease. (CM)

November 15

So it turns out that the man nominated by President Trump to the Federal District Court in Montgomery, Alabama--a man who has never tried a case, who is married to a White House lawyer, and who has been dubbed as unqualified by the American Bar Association--is also a ghosthunter and noted horror writer. His questionnaire for the Senate Judiciary Committee notes that he was a member of The Tuscaloosa Paranormal Research Group from 2009-2010. He's also written two non-fiction books about haunted Alabama, as well as a handful of horror novels, for which he has received significant praise: he won the 2011 Horror Writers of America Bram Stoker Finalist for Superior Achievement for a First Novel. It's title? That Which Should Not Be. (PH)

Paul Seaburn discusses a video showing stills from a purported 1992 Swiss photo shoot of a chilled extraterrestrial. Some commenters on the video say they saw this years ago, and other versions of the story place the site where the photos were made as Quebec of that same year, where snowmobilers happened upon the corpse. Paul concludes that "For now, the needle on this video is pointing close to 'hoax.'" In view of its uncertain provenance, we'd be inclined to put the pointer right squarely towards that designation. With Honduras: UFO Recorded over San Pedro Sula, Ivan Gomez tells us about a video made "some time ago" by a cell phone user in this northwest Honduran city. The video has supposedly raised a ruckus on the internet, with numerous commenters claiming hoax. We're satisfied with that diagnosis, as well. Finally, Scott Corrales asks if there is A Case for Underwater Aliens? This is a substantial and very worthwhile piece featuring some very strange "fish tales." (WM)

On October 29, 2017, photographs were taken by Edgard Valverde of what is being described as a flying humanoid, or something similar. There's a URL that links to the photos, but be warned, without a good dose of pareidolia you're not going to see a winged entity. But at least you won't be seeing Nude Scottish Mermaids either. Dr. Beachcombing recounts a tale from 1833 of what were no doubt partially clad wannabe skinny dippers making waves in 19th century Scotland. Just always remember to Beware Of The Little Folk. Nick Redfern recounts a report from 1975 when a British couple had a truly terrible date night--car trouble, an ambush by small unidentified creatures, and time loss. Interesting parallels to the UFO abduction phenomenon, too. (CM)

Gene Steinberg and Chris O'Brien finally get the Executive Director of the Mutual UFO Network to explain some of the actions that organization has taken of late. The podcast gave Mr. Harzan the opportunity to air more fully his views on ufology and business issues, which makes for important, if not sometimes trying, listening. The dialogue probably won't change the mind of anyone who has been following the John Ventre matter, MUFON's "Inner Circle," and the 2017 MUFON International Symposium. About the connected exodus of many of MUFON's "best and brightest" who had served the organization faithfully for many years, Harzan said "we lost a handful of people who are very conservative in their viewpoints on things, but we picked up hundreds more." (WM)

November 14

Finally we have an answer to the burning question, "Are there skanky ghosts?" Apparently, yes, assuming Stephen Briggs from Horncastle, England, actually happened upon specters in the loo and wasn't just trying to come up with an excuse for why he was in the bathroom for such a long time. All kidding aside, who here would take on the job of Haunted Hospital Patrol? Clearly a hospital would be where all the serious ghosts hang out, if you're wanting to call yourself a ghost hunter. And if you are, this fellow could probably use some help: New York man swears he’s being haunted by ‘Dear David’—and he’s got photos. Coincidentally, he's also an author with an upcoming book release, so either Adam Ellis is a marketing genius, or he really, really needs to get himself a real estate agent ASAP. (CM)

Hairy Dwarfs on the Rampage Mysterious Universe
Yep, Nick Redfern's article title caught your eyes, too; and the rest of the piece does not disappoint. In November and December of 1954, Venezuela saw a spate of reported human encounters with short humanoids that ended poorly for Our Kind. Those unfamiliar with URECAT--UFO Related Entities Catalog--should follow Nick's "hairy dwarfs of Venezuela" link as introduction to Patrick Gross' amazing compilation of UFO cases. Back in the US, UFOs over Oklahoma Caught on Video with Cell Phone is Alejandro Rojas' invitation to guess what are two weird squarish objects seen on the ninth of this month. These things were floating and tumbling upwards into the late afternoon sky above Moore, part of Oklahoma City's metropolitan area. Finally, we have a Coast to Coast AM with George Noory presents a 'UFO' Cluster Filmed in Ukraine. The article gives no date for the video, which shows something like six "Chinese lanterns" floating in the night sky. The Ukrainian military has a likely mundane if not detailed explanation, but some viewers prefer ET. (WM)

Scientists who have recently discovered a "big void" above the grand gallery of the Great Pyramid of Giza are being met with heaping mounds of skepticism. Egyptologists who have made it their lifework to know all there is to know about the pyramid are none to happy to have physicists tinkering with their concept of history. Now for  your reading pleasure, here are A Couple of Odd Anecdotes about the Giza Pyramids, brought to you by Jason Colavito. He claims to have suffered from a slow news week, but we think he's historically funny. (CM)

Greg Bishop has William Shatner fan Erica Lukes on for a typically convivial discussion of what's wrong--and, just as importantly, what's right--in ufology. In a dialogue recorded on the October 11th announcement of Tom DeLonge's To The Stars Academy of Arts and Science Lukes advocates some restraint in reflexive panning of the nascent enterprise, making the solid point that many of the knee-jerk reactions come from people who've never run a business before. She also cogently notes the lack of respect and civil behavior in ufology, a topic that Greg and other podcasters have been repeating, although Erica may underestimate the difficulty of maintaining proper credit for one's original work. But Lukes doesn't just pose problems, she promotes answers, for example in her "getting out of the armchair" and going to the "Science Camp Hessdalen" and out in the field in the Uintah basin of her residence state, Utah. Other highpoints include a creepy story of her experiences in a former home, Erica and Greg's visit to the Aetherius Society's American Headquarters, and Erica's list of good UFO books, with Greg chiming in with a couple of contributions. (WM)

November 13

HM Elizabeth II has probably heard it all during almost a century on Earth, but when she visits the city of Hull, she may get to converse with the only person who's heard the national anthem more times than she has. Local fellow Ron Goldspink has a rare affliction which causes him to hear "God Save The Queen" sung 240 times a day. Perhaps, given that Andrew Lloyd Webber was made a Lord for inflicting doggerel upon us, Mr. Goldspink might get at least a handshake for suffering it in silence. And staying with unwelcome noises, More Unexplained Booms and Tremors Rock Northeast U.S. and after barely a week of respite, these Bizarre Booms are Back in San Diego and New Jersey. Official sources claim no knowledge of these unsettling events, so maybe it's just swamp gas? (LP)

Both Alejandro Rojas' conversation with Alexander and that of the Paracast's in Col. John B. Alexander Interview center upon Alexander's new book Reality Denied: Firsthand Experiences with Things that Can't Happen--But Did, published by Anomalist Books. Access Dr. Alexander's website and you'll get some notion of the varied and colorful career and interests of this brilliant but matter-of-fact man. Both interviews consider Alexander's personal challenge to current conventional science as being wrong or at least incomplete in fully explaining the Universe. Rojas' interview with Dr. Alexander begins at about 25:45 into his program, and features Alexander's thoughts on the Chris Bledsoe alien close encounters; dolphin communication; and cures ascribed to "John of God," "The Miracle Man of Brazil." Paracasters Gene Steinberg and Chris O'Brien focus upon Near Death Experiences; John's work with the National Institute for Discovery Science long-term study of Utah's "Skinwalker Ranch"; some of John's experiences with ghosts; and the "trickster" element that seems to course through the paranormal. These interviews help widen the door to those whose paranormal interests may be attentive towards a subset of the vast, and wonderful, world outside the boundaries of "consensus reality," and more than coincidentally support acquiring Dr. Alexander's new book. (WM)

Long ago on the Emerald Isle, witches had to be multi-talented and turned their wands to crime-solving, along with parting the gullible from their cash. Mind you, a witch's spell might have been helpful in The Saga of Ireland's Ghostly Animal-Man, which Nick Redfern thinks was "a wild man by the name of the gelt." And Yahoo News tells us that a Haunted high school in Ireland has a second video and our stomachs just dropped again. Perhaps a few jaws dropped too, while yawning. It must be mighty boring in the afterlife if this is what the dear departed do with eternity. (LP)

Rich Reynolds notes the difficulties readers have been having in comprehending Spanish journalist and UFO researcher Jose Antonio Caravaca's "Distortion Theory." In particular, the idea connoted by Caravaca's term "external agent" seems to attempt to explain one mystery by introducing another--a postulated outside entity. Rich suggests that Jose's "external agent" is rather a part of an individual's makeup, "a mental configuration assuming the role of a controlling agency within humans," which reduces the problem. Rich also proposes a number of books which will help serious readers better comprehend this concept. (WM)

November 12

If real estate is about "location, location, location", then why would someone build a city in the middle of an ocean? Certainly makes one scratch their noggin, and archaeologists are still puzzled by the discovery of Nan Madol, or The Space Between. The space between what? From Rachael Revesz's announcement, we turn to Jason Colavito who's disgusted how the "Daily Mail" Suggest That Nan Madol Offers Evidence For Atlantis. Dude, it's The Daily Mail. Their audience doesn't care. Everyone else looks askance on The Mail. For those of you curious about the threads connecting Nan Madol, Mu, and Atlantis will find Jason's treatise illuminating. Just wish he looked a bit closer at the curiosities peppering the Pacific, like Pulemelei, Yonaguni, Gunung Padang, House of Taga, the Leluh ruins, and many more. (CS)

Speaking of "location, location, location", what better way to succeed in life than by honing the talent of bilocation? Fort knew of a handful, but the Holy Roman Catholic Church has canonized more than a few for their knack as EsoterX discovers. Being skeptical, was bilocation merely an excuse for monks knocking off to the pub and pinch a few bottoms lest their aescetic lifestyle get the best of them? It's hard questions like this which motivate Andrea Quintero to address Why Enlightenment, Spiritual Gurus and Higher Consciousness Are a Con. (CS)

Who is Dennis Muigai Ngengi? Bilocator extreme? Disinformation agent? Extremely lucky guy? Tim Binnall is on the case, finding more twists and turns than a New Jersey jughandle. Imagine our disappointment learning how Dennis never encountered Jan Mokito. Who? Clearly you've been living under a rock since Jan's the man who told Modiri Michaels how he Walked 140 Kilometers To Get Away From Tokoloshe. Far more terrifying are the yarns surrounding Houston's Batman, one of the city's urban legends and he's certainly no superhero. (CS)

Supersymmetry, dark matter, string theory, and SETI are acceptable woo peddled by mainstream science's faithful. Since they have several letters after their name, and been published, somehow those theories have traction. Subodh Patil is much kinder than us, enumerating those contemporary mysteries and explaining why someone might be fascinated. On the other hand, chasing those dragons may be a pretext for securing tenure. If you still believe monetary rewards are an effective carrot for scientific advancement, then you could be part of the reason why Science Is Broken. Note how Siddhartha Roy and Suobdh are using facts, rather than beliefs and logical fallacies like conspiracy theorists and Russian disinformation agents. Surprisingly, Cecile Borkhataria, at The Daily Mail no less, argues Conspiracy Theories Really Are For Losers. There's some sympathy for the devil, or Alex Jones, since these poor souls are just trying to deal with their own lack of agency in the world. (CS)

While everyone else is becoming a vegetable browsing reddit and Facebook, Red Pill Junkie has startling news concerning plant intelligence. Unlike politicians, they can count and communicate without a discrete brain. Just remember most DMT comes from plants, which may clue us into the connection twixt The Pineal Gland And Higher Consciousness. We wouldn't blame you for following Jimmy Licauco down this particular rabbit hole. When you've reached the bottom, recall Mat Auryn's advice on How To Receive A Better Psychic Reading. The one admonition he does avoid is to stay frosty to avoid the malarkey of cold readings. (CS)

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