EdgeScience 42


NOTICE: News stories appear in new browser windows. Stories are not archived; links may expire without notice.

CONTACT: Please email your news tips to the News Editor.

Archives for the Unexplained
Singular Fortean Society
Bigfoot Base
Connecting with Coincidence
Open Sciences
Beachcombing's Bizarre History Blog
The Fairyist
CryptoZoo News
Ancient Origins
Atlas Obscura
Historic Mysteries
Science Frontiers
Public Parapsychology
Project 1947
The Books of Charles Fort
The Cryptozoologist
The Condon Report
The Roots of Consciousness
Fortean Times
Reality Carnival
Society for Scientific Exploration
Blue Book Archive
The Parapsychological Association
Mind Hacks
Daily Grail
UFO Conjecture(s)
National UFO Reporting Center
Ufo news app
Ufo sightings app
Anomaly Archives
Library of Exploratory Science
National Aviation Reporting Center on Anomalous Phenomena
Anomalist Books
Zetetic Scholar
Larry W. Bryant’s UFOview
Geister News
OMNI Magazine

Anomalist Books

The Anomalist

August 11

UK tabloids are abuzz with UFO reports. Colorado's been the scene for some strange aerial antics recently, but Oli Smith shows this one was credibly explained. So too for this UFO Sighting: Expert Unravels Mystery behind Boston UFO Footage - 'As Suspected'. Smith's Express colleague Sebastian Kettley has the story how this case has an even firmer solution. We often see the recycling of old "UFO" videos by such tabloids with new dates and locations, so it's good to see media outlets resolving many UFO cases so quickly--even if some internet sites want to play them up. There's even a recent instance where a "UFO Event" was predicted per Edinburgh Lights: Why There has been Mysterious Illuminations over the Capital this Week. EdinburghLive's Dayna McAlpine explains the "'ghostly' illuminations" whose appearance presaged an homage to a cancelled festival. And DevonLive's Colleen Smith relays the videographer's appeal for a solution as the Woman Films 'Silent UFOs' above River Exe. (WM)

A family trio reckon they've snapped a spook at a ruined mine and provide a mobile phone pic in which a man "can clearly be seen." Okay, and moving right along, Nick Redfern asks The U.K.’s “Alien Big Cats”: A Daimonic Phenomenon? His determination to believe in the "supernatural" origin of ABCs is bolstered in a book on the subject authored by Merrily Harpur, upon which Nick heaps praise. Finally, he cogitates upon When Strange Creatures Appear at Loch Ness, But They’re Not Nessies and believes it's not "just a coincidence" that ABCs have been up to no good around the Loch. (LP)

Here is a first-hand account from someone seeking answers at a spiritualist colony in Florida about what exists beyond this life. It's not just any spiritualist colony, mind you, but one where certification is requisite to reside there and where the gift of mediumship is taught and accepted as normal. It's not what you'd expect, so keep an open mind. Sometimes the subject of the afterlife is more disturbing, however, like these Eerie Cases of Answering Machine Messages from the Other Side. We aren't talking about loving goodbyes from the dearly departed, although those are part of this story. This report describes incidents that might be more apt to cause you to shout "Leave me alone!" Writer Brent Swancer even has a suggestion at the end to "enhance" your experience. (CM)

Esprit Parapsychology Foundation Blog
We hope you are all enjoying the news brought to you seven days a week at The Anomalist. Please show your support for what we do by purchasing some of the books we publish at Anomalist Books. Esprit is a glowing review by the Parapsychology Foundation's Lisette Coly of Men and Women of Parapsychology in Esprit, Volume 2 and Esprit, Men and Women of Parapsychology Personal Reflections Volume 1, both edited by Rosemarie Pilkington. Says Coly: "Taking the two volumes in their entirety you can see they literally present a Who’s Who of Parapsychology!  What a service to not only those presently engaged in study but for future generations to give support to their opportunity to carry parapsychology’s banner having such guidance and experience available to draw on." (PH)

August 10

An enduring mystery may have a remarkably commonplace explanation, if amateur archaeologist Ronald W.B. Morris is correct. And Morris' simple theory strengthens the notion that humans past and present are more alike than different. That goes for geography, too, as the Prehistoric "Woodhenge" Discovered in Portugal may demonstrate. Jocelyne LeBlanc reports that "a unique structure in the Prehistory of the Iberian Peninsula" bears similarities to Stonehenge, which may indicate "that those living across Europe were much more connected with each other during the Neolithic period than previously thought." And similarities may extend beyond modern humans, as Stephanie Pappas demonstrates that a Mystery Ancestor Mated with Ancient Humans. And its 'Nested' DNA was Just Found. New research pushes back the first intermixing of modern humans and Neanderthals by well over 100,000 years, and suggests a prior intermingling with an as yet unidentified hominin ancestor to maybe 1,000,000 years BP. (WM)

Our first reaction to this question is hardly scientific. Why wouldn't loads of people see pterodactyls? We see lake monsters, Sasquatch, chupacabras ,and skinwalkers. What if pterodactyls just want to join the paranormal party? Seriously though, this report demonstrates that no distinct pattern exists between sightings, making them random and altogether inexplicable. Just how are we supposed to respond When Strange and Monstrous Creatures Attack People? Running away as fast as our little human legs can carry us seems an appropriate answer. However, when the attack is from an enormous flying reptile over the water, running doesn't work so well. And if a group encounters 8-foot-tall apelike creatures wielding bats, chances are the hairy angry mob is going to run faster than any thinking group member. Point is, it's a dangerous world and we should all prepare for it with good running shoes and hard hats and acquaintances who run more slowly than we do. (CM)

Drone Morphs Into UFO Jazma Online Forum
"Drone delays" are now a major league (baseball) problem, but don't possess the import of these stories. "Demon Warrior" Paul Dale Roberts relates a story stranger than his moniker. It's almost a relief that three MIBs were involved, to ground us in some sort of reality. "EditorDavid" has latched onto that potentially scarier drone story we reported on August 3rd: Last Fall a Drone Swarm Surveilled America's Largest Nuclear Reactor -- Twice is worth repeating. But potentially dangerous drone doings are not a relatively recent development, per Nuclear-Powered Drones? The CIA May Have Had Them in the 1970s. Paul Seaburn tells a story that seems a bit beyond belief, were it not covered in a declassified CIA record. Documentary drone disinformation? (WM)

August 9

Tim Binnall notes the presence and possible explanation for the passage of an odd aerial object in a deadly serious and important tv segment. Luis Burgos provides another recent event in Argentina: Strange Object Crosses the Skies of La Pampa; Captured by Security Cams. It's interesting that the camera began "panning" to follow the course of the apparent object across the sky. Spain: A "UFO" over Solana de los Barros tells of a short 1975 "flap" whose witnesses "kept the events to themselves to preserve their respectability." But not for long; the newspaper picturing the late July story is dated August 5th. And Nick Redfern tells us about The Night a UFO Crashed - or Didn't. Crediting Andy Roberts, whose book on "The Welsh Roswell" Nick recommends, Redfern sketches the background and basic uncontested facts about the event. (WM)

This first set of stories comes from a young man growing up on the Navajo reservation in Arizona. One story involves a skinwalker running alongside a car; another is about a shapeshifting coyote. Skinwalker Appears Twice in Canyon de Chelly, Arizona describes what happens if we look these abominations in the eye and let them know we see them. Our final group of tales deals with Scary 'Skinwalker' Encounters in Arizona & Utah. The most frightening encounters are the ones where we see the least but learn the most. Suddenly, we're not so bummed about cancelled campouts and delayed road trips. (CM)

Many UFO-related encounters, especially of the distant kind, produce enthusiasm and interest in the beholder. But some generate absolute astonishment, confusion, and other less-positive emotions. What "is possibly the first abduction story to come out of contemporary China" will also likely rank as one of the strangest. Tristan Shaw brings this ill-known and uber-puzzling account to us. Brent Swancer offers The Truly Bizarre Tale of the Hunter and the Alien, which like the Chinese account has not avoided the suggestion of "hoax." And what to make of witness reports When Aliens and Strange Creatures Materialize and Dematerialize? Nick Redfern recounts cases familiar and otherwise, all pretty stupefying. (WM)

August 8

Billy Cox detects "a hunger for empiricism" in the current culture exemplified in the Ravi Kopparapu/Jacob Haqq-Misra Scientific American article's reasoned and reasonable case for studying UFOs/UAPs. Billy cites historical precedent for his position, believing the present attitude generally inclines towards taking these phenomena seriously. Yes and Maybe Somewhat No for UFO respectability, implies David Halperin. Weighing in upon The New York Times and the UFO - Leslie Kean, Ralph Blumenthal, Harry Reid, David critiques the current major media article exemplifying/helping create the changed situation. He suggests "UFO believers" Kean and Blumenthal to a certain extent have made "the nation's classic 'newspaper of record' part of that crusade." In the shadow of these events, Kevin Randle's interview spotlights Matt Tiller and the SCU. Tiller edits the Scientific Coalition for UAP Studies' SCU Review, and discussion centers around the SCU's informational efforts, analysis of the "Ubatuba fragments," MUFON and To The Stars...Academy of Arts & Science. About TTSA Tiller claims "They have a lot of great stuff ready to roll, and for one reason or another, they are told to stop." This might explain the way information has been emanating from that organization, but Tiller is not at liberty to specify the evidentiary basis for that quote. (WM)

It appeared last Monday in a field near the community of Devizes in the UK. The design consists of a large circle surrounded by a ring that features four smaller spheres...with a tree in the middle. It may be the fist of its kind. On a more mundane note, companies looking to promote their products have carved out Commercial Crop Circles Created in Kansas and New York. One consists of elaborate artwork that extols the virtues of a CBD brand, the other consists of the logo of a clothing brand embossed into a field. We've seen it before with Bigfoot and Nessie and UFOs--the amazing marketing power of the paranormal! (PH)

Nick Redfern critiques the 1971 Jan-Ove Sundberg CEIII from several angles. The 1932 Lieutenant McP Fordyce encounter reference makes the whole article fun. "Interplanetary Travel By Men From Venus" - Alleged Aliens and A Government Agency is interesting and a trifle mysterious. It underscores Nick's consistent contention that the FBI was interested in UFO contactees of the '50s and '60s for reasons other than supposed ET connections. Nick extends this theme to the present, admonishing UFO Researchers: If There's a "Secret File" on You, It's Because of Your Politics. Not Aliens. (WM)

August 7

With apparently extremely grudging acceptance the conservative Washington Times Editorial Board says it's time for all Americans to take UFOs seriously. This due to the "UFO threat" potential and seeming Department of Defense flexibility with information. Alejandro Rojas' TTSA Advisor Chris Mellon Tells CNN Potential UFO Crashes Should be Taken Seriously features that Michael Smerconish interview and makes "two crucial points" about Mellon's crash retrieval comments. Rojas supports his contentions with a link to Dr. Eric Davis: Investigating and Experiencing the Paranormal - April 30, 2019. This interview shows the status of Dr. Davis' knowledge of UFO crash retrievals at least at that time. This may help evaluate how soundly based is "evidence" for that most significant aspect of the current UFO story. The actual Davis dialogue begins at almost 26 minutes into the podcast. (A transcript possesses errors at some of the more important parts of the audio.) With this background, evaluate Seth Shostak's UFOs: Hoping for the Proof. A predictable opinion piece from someone whose often cash-strapped organization's avowed purpose would be compromised were UFOs actually to be proven ET. (WM)

"My favourite theory is that it was a woolly mammoth or a crash-landed alien," says one observer of a very strange, decomposing critter found on the shoreline at Liverpool. Whatever it was, it's nonetheless a conundrum which perhaps the marine biologists at the city's university can solve. Update: Karl Shuker has identified the remains as those of a baleen whale. Meanwhile, up in bonny Scotland, Glasgow Boy gives us his Loch Ness Trip Report July 2020. Though Nessie remained camera shy during loch lockdown, as GB's trailcams attest, there was still plenty to see and do in the local area. And finally, Malcolm muses about Lost 20th Century Sea Serpents, as reported in the Singapore press of long ago. (LP)

UFO encounters often leave lasting impacts upon individuals. Mark Russell Bell proffers a brief and lesser-known Finnish "flap" that left its witnesses perplexed, angry, and--maybe--dead. Skeptical Nigel Watson differs with Irena McCammon Scott's speculations in Inside the Lightning Ball: Scientific Study of Lifelong UFO Experiencers. Yet even in this review, Dr. Scott's first-hand collisions with the Unknown are engrossing. The matter of really close meetups with aliens also appears in Hakan Blomqvist's "They Have Hidden Behind the Extraterrestrial Myth". Taking his cue from a John Keel letter, Blomqvist thinks "earth-based and undiscovered aliens" would pose "an even greater enigma than extraterrestrial visitors." Blomqvist's article about possible Terran ufonauts features sources published by Anomalist Books. And Keel himself is the recipient of A Letter from Lynn Catoe, January 19, 1968. It concerns a troubled investigator who thought most other UFO researchers were really "'extraterrestrials' or 'devils'," one of whom (or which?) claimed to be his father. (WM)

August 6

Here's one of the strangest headlines we've seen starring SpaceX founder Musk. Tim Binnall provides the comment and its aftermath, but why one of today's smarter brains made that statement is mysterious. It's preparation for viewing Alex Tsakiris' productions about Bruce Fenton on UFO/ET Contact 780,000 Years Ago. Tsakiris, alternate archaeological theorist Fenton, and "The Snake Brothers" discuss some of the science behind Fenton's "crystal ship" destruction construction speculation. A "movie project episode" from Tsakiris explains what circumstances led to Fenton's theory of how doings in the unbelievably ancient past formed present Homo sapiens. Clearly Fenton has latched onto the current upheavals in palaeoanthroplogy stemming from dating controversies and genetic research. A more finite example of grandiose claims is a Biblical Archaeology Review piece suggesting a 3,000-year-old Head May be Face of God. Owen Jarus tells why the Institute of Archaeology at Hebrew University chief thinks a two-inch-tall clay head depicts Yahweh, and why others believe Yosef "Garfinkel's article is riddled with factual inaccuracies and a flawed methodological approach" (they disagree). (WM)

Given the events and circumstances of this year it's not surprising that people are finding innovative ways to get jiggy with one another that don't require hazmat suits or glory holes (as suggested by an official Canadian health agency recently). If you're lucky enough to have an accommodating spook nearby, perhaps pour them a glass of cabernet and initiate an automatic writing session to take your relationship to the next level--haunting with benefits. No ghostly partner available? No worries. MIT Scientists Develop a Device to Manipulate Dreams, and they're achieving impressive results so far. In the most basic terms, the device catches us before we reach REM sleep, whispers sweet nothings in our ears, and influences our upcoming dreams. Sounds slightly nefarious and potentially embarrassing, albeit effective. Then again, we usually know how to find all the good haunted houses. Sweet (private) dreams folks. (CM)

Should much weight should be put on the wording, or wording changes, and by whom, in Powerpoint slides? Probably so, and John Greenewald at least has etched the problem in sharper relief. He's also noted another significant correction to the recent New York Times story. Greenewald sets the slide controversy in the context of "bizarre" 2020's so-far News overburden. To this Jason Colavito adds that President Donald Trump Says He'll Be "Totally Guided" by "UFO Expert" Lou Dobbs. One does not know how to take this information and whether its historical context is an indicator of political choices. (WM)

August 5

Brent Swancer takes us for a meander down the darker side of reality, where dimensions intersect and our minds struggle to hold on as the world warps around us. This first tale comes from a highly respected cryptozoologist on a research grant with his wife in Haiti. Except for that time they found themselves in 15th century Paris together. And then they weren't. Not so idyllic is A Bizarre Case of a Doorway to Another World in the Wilderness. A strange swirling fog bank lures a witness into a strange and menacing world reminiscent of an intro to a Stephen King movie. We close with The Bizarre Wilderness Vanishing of Aaron Hedges, where an experienced outdoorsman wanders off an established path, gradually unburdens himself of boots and backpack, and is never heard from again. All three of these reports kind of make us want to tie one end of a rope around our waist and the other end to our vehicle before taking even the shortest stroll into the woods. (CM)

The rather excited headline and coarse language of the videographers may be influenced by the recent New York Times article, which TMZ expressly notes with a concluding suggestion of imminent Disclosure. But it's not "just California" that's reporting perplexing observations, as Magdalene Dalziel reports about Mysterious UFOs Spotted in the Skies above Edinburgh. Scottish observers treated the sky show with humor, possibly due to the "Lights-In-The-Sky" having less material substance than the Long Beach stuff. Turns out that there's an explanation for the phenomena that's also reflective of the news. And with Venezuela: A UFO Mothership Sighting? the witness, Julio Cesar Colmenares, has a rather more mystical and integrated interpretation. (WM)

John Greenewald Interview A Different Perspective
A "Randlefest" begins with a two-part dialogue with FOIAmaster John Greenewald, on current issues ufological. AATIP and MUFON figure heavily; interestingly, Greenewald is a little more tolerant, perhaps pragmatic, than others regarding that controversial Mutual UFO Network 2017 Symposium speaker roster. Jan Harzan and the Decline of MUFON is a concise summary of problems in the organization's history regarding many forms of discrimination. With Too Young to Be Believed: The White Sands Sightings Kevin makes a strong point against yet another kind of discrimination that makes no sense. And in Awakening Sleeping Dogs - Or Billy Meier Kevin asks for help finding a Wendelle Stevens book with an early publication date. (WM)

Copyright 1996-2020. The Anomalist, Box 6807, Charlottesville, Virginia  22906 USA.