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September 26

Neil Rushton examines the story of Anne Jeffries who, in the mid 1600s, was reputed to have been "abducted" by fairies. In the midst of witch trial madness, somehow Jeffries avoided the accusation of practicing witchcraft but continued her contact with the fairy realm. Present day medical knowledge would indicate she suffered from a form of epilepsy that allowed for mystical experience, with abilities resembling those of shamans. But what really happened? The same question can be asked regarding the Pryor Mountain Little People. Considered by many North American aboriginal peoples to be the "Owners of the Earth," the Nirumbee are reported to impart both medicine and wisdom to the peoples with which they share the land. Unwary visitors are encouraged to leave offerings to these small, cryptid beings, in much the same way we try not to arrive at a dinner party empty handed. (CM)

The Mantell Analyses A Different Perspective
Kevin Randle links to two differing, serious evaluations of one of the most iconic, and tragic, UFO cases and asks his readers to engage in something long hoped-for and seldom realized--an intelligent and respectful discussion about it online. With UFO Origins: Saucers that Time Forgot & the Outer Limit Curt Collins advertises another of his blogs, which is "exclusively focused on the forgotten history, folklore and origins of ufology." The Saucers that Time Forgot has just completed a five-part series on a 1949 short story that seems crammed with what would become standard UFO-related memes. (WM)

As much as we love other worldly mysteries, there is still something very satisfying about solving a puzzle that is very much of this world. Case in point, a murder case from 1997 where it seemed the only logical explanation was--wait for it--time travel. DNA evidence indicated otherwise though, as well as uncovering a morgue practice that could have undermined other investigations. Here's another example; the disappearance of the S.S. Clifton in 1924: Mysterious Great Lakes Ship Disappearance Finally Solved. While it wasn't surprising that Lake Huron took another ship down, it seemed inexplicable that barely any wreckage could be found. Enter "David Trotter — Great Lake’s shipwreck discoverer, deep diver, author and owner of Undersea Research Associates." It took him 15 years, but he solved the mystery.  We'll finish this trifecta with Pyramid of Giza Mystery Solved?. Utilizing the notes found on an ancient piece of papyrus, archeologists in Egypt have solved the mystery of how enormous limestone blocks were transported to the pyramid's base by humans. While the solution proposed is not mystical, it is as impressive as the notion of alien intervention. (CM)

The History Channel's "popularizing" of its television programming has led it far astray of what its mission should be, Jon Coumes argues in a hard-hitting post. Coumes associates this evolution with "far-right" politics and anti-Semitism as symptomatic of a larger and crucially negative trend in American society. View this from the more narrowly ufological implications or accept Coumes' wider expansion as one will, this is an article that demands reflection. The Pensacola News Journal has a rather lighter historical topic in 30 Years after Gulf Breeze UFO Sightings, is the Truth Still Out There? Likely hoax or not, Ed Walters' series of UFO reports and photographs celebrate their 30th anniversary beginning in November. The local Florida MUFON State Section Director makes the important point that Gulf Breeze and Pensacola are historically interesting from a UFO standpoint--with or without the Walters case. (WM)

September 25

It comes as no surprise that combat veterans report having NDEs in the thick of battle. What is surprising, and disheartening, is that they cannot speak to their fellow soldiers, commanders, or even doctors without fear of being labelled unstable or putting their positions with the military in jeopardy. This stinks. These people risk their lives and sacrifice normal family relationships trying to keep our world safe. The least everyone else can do is listen without judgement. If folks need an example of what real crazy is, take a look at What Happened at the 2017 IONS Conference. Evidently Dr. Edgar Mitchell was afflicted with a conspiracist who refused to believe the Apollo 14 moon mission really happened. Seems to us those are the guys who need labeling, like "Warning: Does not play well with others." (CM)

Here's confirmation of our report on September 20 that the "Alleged Alien" in Corrientes, Argentina's Mitra Park is, in fact, the star of a clip from a horror film. "O.V.N.I." is a 2016 Spanish independent film on the order of The Blair Witch Project. The local Center for the Investigation of Unknown Aerospace Phenomena has a short video in Spanish, complete with creepy music, explaining the deception, remarking upon its viral effect, and darkly suggesting the hoax could be part of a "psychosocial experiment." In the same vein, a Salt Lake City video we reported on September 22 as likely a Navy parachute team performing before a University of Utah football crowd has been confirmed as just that, exposing another hoax that had transplanted the action to a different state. Were UFOs Spotted over Oklahoma City? discusses this fabrication and includes some very cool video of the parachute jump from a participant's point of view. Hoax or not, the real-life British equivalent of the X-Files' "I Want to Believe" poster once adorned Nick Pope's office wall when he joined Great Britain's UFO project. The Disappearance of the UK's "Most Spectacular" UFO Photo is Alejandro Rojas' intriguing account of a human-based mystery that's part of the UFO phenomenon/a. (WM)

Mermaid Monday: Connomara Siren Beachcombing's Bizarre History Blog
Dr. Beach continues his fascination for fishy females and tells of a sighting in 1819 made by a pregnant woman "of the lower order" and later witnessed by 300 people - but can you help the good Dr trace other press reports of this event? And our next question is, would you like to see Some Nessie Photos from William Jobes? If so, Glasgow Boy has the goods, retrieved from Jobes photo-files of 2011. Meanwhile, on the Outer Hebrides, Unexplained Strange Howling Noises Terrify Scottish Island. Wolf, dog or drunken teen? Even bagpipes don't wail like this, so have a listen to the video clip and see what you think. (LP)

September 24

Some people get over their fear of death with psychedelics. Others, like Camille Charluet, prefer the 21st century's technological cure: virtual reality. Just the other day she hit up the Creative Care Lab and underwent a curious experiment with the intent of emulating proprioceptual hallucinations for a new perspective on existence. Some senses may be fooled, other senses are sharper than you can imagine. Even without technological enhancement, Your Brain Sees Faces Even When You Don't. If you read between Tracy Staedter's lines, you'll see there's the potential for people to read your minds. (CS)

Why would monks bury a porpoise with full honors typically reserved for humans? Philip de Jersey, the discoverer, doesn't know nor does Sarah Gibbens, which means there's a free-for-all on theories behind this curiosity. Sarah offers two, but maybe those monks knew how porpoises are wicked smart and respected 'em as humans. Another ancient mystery tickled Paul Seaburn's fancy after hearing how Orkney Stone Circles Were Neolithic Nighttime Party Spots. Did they find beads? Empty bottles? The evidence isn't that titillating, but at least time travellers know where to go on their next jaunt. (CS)

UFO DNA Invasion! High Strangeness
Caveat emptor is Mark O'Connell's battle cry as he addresses the recent wave of 23 and Me ads flooding television. He has a crazy idea or two up his sleeve on their potentially sinister purpose, and how it all ties back to you-know-who. (CS)

Our planet's chubbiest dictator hasn't been grandastanding for the sake of Washington D.C. according to some maverick media sources. Instead, as Paul Seaburn writes, Un's fixin' to save the world for the glory of Best Korea. It's September 23rd, Earth is still here, does it mean the project was a success? We're a bit let down after all the hype for the apocalypse. First there was the Mysterious UK Crop Circle Inferred As A Sign Of Nibiru Coming On September 23rd, and Sean Martin even had experts interpreting those glyphs. Americans bore witness to some End Of The World Predictions Interrupting TV Broadcasts In Orange County. If we can't trust Scott Schwebke nor Cox Communications, who can we trust in these crazy times? Be grateful we're still here and crackpot theories remain crackpot theories. (CS)

September 23

Nobody ever sees themselves as the bad guy, or gal, but folks at the fringes seek comfort from figures like them. There's Batman, but he's a closeted, authoritarian fascist incapable of making lasting changes with Gotham's crime problem. On the other hand there's Mothman, the Flatwoods monster, and the Babadook making everyone uneasy just like LGBT people before the 21st century. You don't have to be queer to accept John Paul Brammer's sentiments, just know how it feels to be marginalized and know in your heart society won't let you fit in. But who's the most fabulous of them all? Satan. Some outcasts seek comfort, and fellowship, amongst His Dark Majesty's followers, making for a Devil Of A Tale from Ruben van Luijk. Gareth Medway got an advance copy of Children of Lucifer, detailing the origins of modern religious Satanism from the 17th century up to the writings of LaVey. Just remember Satanism's not about the worship of evil, rather the celebration of diversity in thought, philosophy, and deed. Others, like Chris Woodyard, content themselves with urban legends, tall tales, and things going bump in the night. She's tickled pink over Central Ohio Legends & Lore's unique yarns. Essential reading for weirdos like you. (CS)

This isn't a case for CSI: Shetland Islands, since the bodies have been around since the 14th century, but perhaps the spirits of Windhouse may finally find peace. Perhaps some ghost hunters can ring up Tim Binnall for the rest of the story. Better yet, ping your local skeptics and introduce them to The Hobgoblin Club. Not everyone born before the 20th century were credulous buffoons, as Dr. Beachcombing has an intriguing profile of an early sketpic's club and the minutes from one of their meetings. (CS)

Glitch? I say Biaviian mothership. Source is NASA, the messenger is Brett Tingley and he has a snappy summary of one of Cassini's final, and most curious, observations. Until puny humans decide to hurl another 'bot into the yawning void, we'll be kept guessing at "Peggy"'s true nature. Same goes for a li'l snowball designated 288P. While the name doesn't inspire, Elizabeth Howell's jazzed about this Bizarre New Object Spotted In Our Solar System By Hubble and you should as well. Why? Well, The Anomalist loves you, but we're not going to spoonfeed you. Also in anomalous astronomy news, a new study from Harvard's maverick Avi Loeb suggests Mysterious Bursts From Space Occur Every Second. From Alison Klesman's write-up, it isn't hard to imagine we're surrounded by wayward alien transmissions but we're not clever enough to tune in. (CS)

September 22

As forteans, we find this piece very intriguing. Most paranormal researchers are aware of the adage, "the more you look into the paranormal, the more it looks back at you." Put another way, if you want to be a big enough fish in the paranormal pond that something notices you, there will be consequences. Protect yourself. Just don't ask Ms. Paltrow what to do, as the Celebrity Lifestyle Guru Selling 'Psychic Vampire Repellent'. Gwyneth, the last time anything you did was remotely believable, you were playing the role of executive assistant to a super hero. Stick to acting, or go into real estate. Texas Couple Can't Seem to Sell Their Haunted House. Truly a case of buyer beware, even paranormal groups don't want to put an offer in on this home in Mineral Wells. But it could turn out to be a prime location for a snake oil salesman (or woman) to set up shop, what with the strange vibes and higher than average public profile. (CM)

UFO Reported near Augusta, Georgia Baltimore Post-Examiner
Reporter Anthony C. Hayes contributes a factual and very fairly written article concerning a recent nighttime sighting of an apparently wedge-shaped object flying over Grovetown, Georgia. What's more, the writer obviously took some time and effort to speak with Georgia MUFON personnel, and tied these efforts in with Maryland area investigators and the Mysteries of Space and Sky Conference to be held on October 21st in Gambrills, Maryland. UK's Daily Mirror furnishes a different sort of article with "Definitely Looks Extra-terrestrial!" Weird Flashes of Light with No Thunder over Los Angeles Perplex Scientists. The "Scientists" don't seem to be identified in the article, and the commentary in the video isn't extraordinarily high-level, either. Reporter Rebecca Taylor adds short references to a recent Mirror article about researcher Kathleen Marden and the UFO experience her aunt and uncle Betty and Barney Hill had in 1961 New Hampshire, and a more recent, explained Utah sighting on September 16th. This event is covered in Strange Lights Spotted in Sky above Salt Lake City. Those lights were likely a Navy parachute team performing for the University of Utah football crowd. We also have More Lights Dancing around Sky in UFO Video, This Time in Great Britain. Alejandro Rojas thinks the September 18 video from Livingston, West Lothian, Scotland shows drones, though the witness thought the light sources moved too "effortlessly" for them. Rojas furnishes a video of a UK drone competition along with the witness video for reader contemplation. With no more definition available, we'd vote drones, too. (WM)

It is looking more and more likely that the Yeti is in fact a type of bear, most likely an ancient species of Polar Bear. We admit, that's not nearly as exciting as say, finding out the abominable snowman is an albino Sasquatch, or put here by aliens, but DNA studies of 36 samples are hard to ignore. We can't argue with legitimate research, unlike A Lying Lion And An Anaconda Con - Exposing Some More Fake Animal Photos Online. Karl Shuker gives readers some pointers on how to recognize photographic hoaxes, as well as a glimpse into his mind as a veritable encyclopedia of cryptozoology. (CM)

Red Pill Junkie--aka Miguel Romero--confesses to a long-time fondness for Star Trek: The Next Generation, as a lead-up to mentioning the September 15th episode of The Grimerica Show, in which RPJ got to interview Dr. Jacques Vallee. RPJ used some tidbits from that podcast both to tantalize us and to launch into a typically enthusiastic and mind-blowing range of speculations with historical allusions thrown in and spiced with, again typically, a quirky sense of humor. Jose Antonio Caravaca's discourse with Rich Reynolds is dead earnest in A 1974 Spanish Sighting Similar to the 1964 Socorro Event (and a Clarification of Jose Caravaca's Distortion Theory). Might Caravaca's "External Agent" involved in creating material sequelae (wounds, traces) be similar to an RPJ-type "Matrix"--only aware, intelligent--or, failing that, with its possible manipulators, such as those beings in the Star Trek: The Next Generation "Encounter at Farpoint" episodes RPJ mentions? (WM)

September 21

Wampahoofus of Vermont sounds like a good title for a  children's book. In an amusing twist we are given the tale of the creation of the lopsided beast said to inhabit the mountains, walking about in a circular path and trying not to fall over. Regardless of how lighthearted the subject may seem, we are left really, really wanting it to be real. And that leads us to Karl Shuker's latest post, My Interview For 'The X Factor' - No, Not 'That' One!. Taking three key interviews as they appeared in the UK cryptid magazine about 20 years ago, Dr. Shuker warns us not to be put off by his hard nosed stance at the time on Bigfoot. As he says, "I am nowadays far less sceptical than I previously was concerning this cryptid's reality there." And so goes the evolution of a cryptozoologist. Finally, you might be amused by the Bigfoot in this Toyota ad, which was created by the same person (Erik Gosselin) who made the P.T. Barnum FeeJee Mermaid, now at the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine. (CM)

Kathleen Marden's attendance at a conference in West Yorkshire, England, furnished the opportunity for Lauren Windle's article on the Betty and Barney Hill sighting. It's a little unfortunate that this story was used as a vehicle for links to some rather goofy, unrelated material, but at least the Hills' experience is recounted fairly and Kathleen's sensible points are noted. In Special Cases--The Long Island File (55): Frank Davis is in Trouble John Keel's friend and intermediary with the aliens Jaye Paro is off to California, but not before she imparts more confusion and concern to John. It would seem that the apparent "kidnapping" of a man watching her restaurant radio broadcast should have been reported to the police; it's probably 50 years too late for that now. Of course, there's more goofiness, too. (WM)

North Staffordshire, England, was a hotbed of UFO activity 50 years ago, and this post gives the history of the sightings there in the summer of 1967. The article is even-handed, although the accompanying illustrations are a bit kitschy. Reporter Richard Ault has delved into the Stoke-on-Trent's Sentinel archives to give a flavor of the times. He's also included a short video and other historical links more worthy than the general sort that accompany UFO stories. Similarly, the Sun has a good article, even if its title is rather misleading, in Truth Is Down There: US Navy is Running Top Secret Programme to Detect Alien Spacecraft under the Ocean, UFO Expert Claims. Emma Parry interviews Marc D'Antonio about an interesting experience he had on board a US Navy submarine in the North Atlantic. The piece also describes the UFO detecting ground units of the UFOTOG II system that Marc and visual effects pioneer Douglas Trumbull have been designing. This, and other systems such as the UFODATA project, provide a chance for collecting real-time scientific information on anomalous aerial phenomena. (WM)

Brent Swancer gets his creep on with this and the next piece, Mysterious and Chilling Photographs of Unidentified People. Just in case you weren't already suffering from sleeplessness, these articles focusing on cryptic online content and photos that go beyond alarming will ensure you don't have a restful night for sometime to come. Similar to psychic backlash, when we are drawn into the darkness of unsolvable crimes and ciphers we can expect to lose our own sense of well being and safety. Be careful what you go looking for, you may find it. (CM)

September 20

Take note readers who may not consider themselves sports fans. This post from MLB.com proves that you can find interesting bits of paranormalia anywhere. Saltalamacchia's tale, as shared between home runs, is a little chilling, largely due to the sheer earnestness with which it is told. Next up is Joshua Black on the Paracast. This week's topic of discussion is grief dreams and how they may be genuinely connected to our deceased loved ones. Most of us can relate to this topic, so be sure to catch the podcast. (CM)

Corrientes, Argentina, radio station LTZ AM 900 published a goofy story and a goofier photo of a supposed "Grey" on its Facebook page on Tuesday, September 13. Inexplicata gives more on the matter in Argentina: Further Detials on the Parque Mitre "Alien", with a link to a larger image. More recently, LTZ AM 900's Facebook page has a very short clip of the same park scene sans alien but with the "discovery" that the "alien" is actually from a horror film, and that "We know that there is only one Ghost in the park". Well, maybe one mystery has been solved--but another remains? Closer to home, the story of George Warren Shufelt's lost city of gold has been resurrected in Map Exposing Hollywood Reptilians Living under Los Angeles Goes Viral. The embedded video starts by informing us that the words "Los Angeles" translate to "Lost Angels," and seems to take "Lizard People" literally rather than as a group identifying with a particular animal. Otherwise it is rather better in recounting a failed but fascinating "Indiana Jones" tale apparently spurred by a geophysical mining engineer's taking literally a supposed Native American story and using a tripod-mounted x-ray device he had invented to go after an underground reptilian El Dorado. (WM)

Before The Simpsons planted in America's mind that Donald Trump could one day become president, the 1950s television western Trackdown displayed some eerie foreshadowing, featuring a gentleman of questionable character named Trump who kept the townsfolk in his thrall by way of fear mongering and talk of a protective wall. And before you dismiss this  as mere coincidence, ponder if you will Mysterious Murders and The Matrix. No longer in modern times do criminals claim the devil made them do it, rather the claim of a Matrix-like conspiracy seems to fuel the crazy fire and land perps in rooms with mattresses on the walls and no purple crayons with which to color or stab unwelcome visitors. (CM)

Steve Berg on BoA:Audio Binnall of America
Actor, comedian, and huge UFO fan Steve Berg joins Tim Binnall for a wide-ranging conversation on the nature and current state of ufology, the characters who populate the field, and a bit about Berg's own career outside and relating to the paranormal. Berg is gung-ho about "portals," and just might do something about that if Tim gives him the set of coordinates to one. There's not a lot of "new" information or knowledge on a specific subject; just two apparently good friends musing sensibly and occasionally saltily about a variety of things. We enjoyed it immensely. Somewhat over halfway through the podcast, investigative filmmaker Jeremy Kenyon Lockyer Corbell's new initiative comes up; it's described in Hunting the Skinwalker. The article leads with a 5 1/2-minute video starring George Knapp, co-author with Colm Kelleher of the 2005 book Hunt for the Skinwalker, and that was enough to raise our "intrigue rating" greatly. (WM)


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