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May 24

According to casino.org reporting statistics, the Southeastern US is not a particular UFO "hot spot." Nonetheless, here are four cases from the Mutual UFO Network Case Management System, courtesy of Roger Marsh, each with its own special interest. First up is a low-flying, rectangular object, seen by a cigarette-smoking couple rather before midnight. The thing emitted a painful "deep, low, thrumming hum," then "tilted to its side and then zoomed off." A Rectangular Object Described Over Alabama produced no perceived sound, but the sighting left the female witness nauseated and her husband's cellphone on the fritz. The Flying Disc Reported Over Florida performed "impossible" aerial maneuvers. And a South Carolina UFO Disappeared Into 'Portal', per the headline. That last word may have been supplied by someone other than the witness, whose "Long Description of Sighting Report" makes no mention of the word "portal," stating the round object "looked like it was moving into another dimension or something." The witness also said two rather interesting and enigmatic words kept coming to mind afterwards. (WM)

We like to believe the truth is out there, waiting to be discovered, so it's particularly edifying when tidbits slip through at times and places where we really weren't looking. Micah Hanks profiles the published work of Muriel Wylie Blanchet which describes her family's adventures boating along the British Columbia coast--and some strange creatures and icons she met along the way. This Canadian province is known for its Squatchy activity, with Bigfoot Sightings At Pitt Lake among the most prevalent. The Hairy Man often seems to just want to be left alone, but there are still reports of mischief and vandalism that point to great strength and a dislike of visitors. Perhaps the initials of BC are secret code for Bring a Club. Or Be Careful. (CM)

Rich Reynolds hates Facebook, especially for what it seems to do to people, particularly ufologists in this case. He explains why in this article. With The Mathematical Impossibilities [sic] of Extraterrestrial Visitation Rich lays out his case for probabilities being against the notion of ET excursions to Earth. A reader asks what about all those things people are seeing? For one thing, Almost 1,000 Canadians Reported Seeing UFOs Last Year. Vice's Mack Lamoureux summarizes the Chris Rutkowski-led "2018 Canadian UFO Survey," a fascinating breakdown of the prior year's UFO reports, which may be accessed through links in the article. Quebec, Canada's Gal Post writer Lilly Nice relates one foreign sighting with In Thailand Filmed a UFO Inside a Strange Red Cloud. We didn't see the "high speed flying object of unknown form and origin," but the cloud certainly is eerie and eerily beautiful. (WM)

Man Films Flying Humanoid? Coast to Coast AM
Man certainly films something, although "flying" is not what is being done. Floating, or perhaps sinking. Or deflating. But if you want to look up to get frightened, mark June 7 on your calendar because Seth Breedlove has done it again. “Terror in the Skies” — A New Film From Small Town Monsters focuses on all things winged and creepy, from prehistoric bird sightings, to Mothman, flying humanoids, and more. (CM)

May 23

People are silly, especially those strung out on candy. (And then they're sleepy--don't ask us how we know this.) But using some of those sweets as Nessie bait is both silly and a tribute to the power of advertising. We're glad the Old Girl is getting publicity, even though it promotes tooth decay. On a more serious note, Glasgow Boy investigates Finlay's Monster and Cobb's Speedboat, and makes an intriguing suggestion. Given that Finlay had spotted the wake of something large in the Loch just several weeks prior to Cobb trying to break the speedboat record, it would have made sense to delay the trial. Could it be that Nessie played an unwilling role in the calamitous end of John Cobb in 1952? (CM)

Fox News has a rather belated article on the Navy's apparent recent course correction, borrowed from the New York Post's Steven Greenstreet. But it is noteworthy that "mainstream media" is continuing with the story. Space.com has itself borrowed from The Conversation an article pondering Why is the Pentagon Interested in UFOs?. Iain Boyd downplays the almost-incredible flight characteristics displayed by the 2004 "tic tacs," as well, perhaps, as the capabilities of the integrated sensor system the Nimitz Carrier Strike Group possessed at that time. But he does make the hard-to-refute argument that what the Navy seems to be doing is a Good Thing. A Good Thing for publicity, too, as History writers Missy Sullivan and Greg Daugherty say These 5 UFO Traits, Seen by Navy Fighters, Defy Explanation. These characteristics demonstrate a qualitative "leap" such that experts have to invoke "breakthroughs" in physical technologies to keep vehicles demonstrating such as designed by earthly engineers. The outrageous figures being thrown about for the Nimitz objects' performance are supported by That SCU Analysis of the 2004 Tic-Tac [UFO] Encounter, which report remains impressive to Rich Reynolds. Rich's suggestion of a possible "Mother Ship" is, of course, a conjecture based upon human understanding, but it is not unreasonable and is supported to some degree by other UFO sightings. And if someone hasn't looked into this possibility, they should to whatever extent is possible after 15 years. (WM)

Nick Redfern rounds up more tales of monkeying about on mainland UK and speculates on the "supernatural nature" of these hairy scary critters, with accounts going back to Norman times. He follows on with The Weird Saga of a Welsh Wild Man who in days of yore was making a proper nuisance of himself in Snowdonia, leaving the locals both hungry and angry. A hirsute thief who moved with "the skill and precision of a deer," he found himself minus a hand thanks to an axe-wielding local lady. (LP)

Troy discoverer Heinrich Schliemann must be turning over in his grave--or maybe not, as Jason Colavito is in his wheelhouse in this rejoinder to yet another relocation of a fabled yet potentially real ancient place or story. Colavito fairly demolishes the claims of one Bernard Jones through literary and historical arguments alone. Rest easy, Heinrich. In other archaeological news, Paul Seaburn tells us how a 1,000-Year-Old African Coin Could Change Australia's History. "Making history is tough. Changing it is even tougher," concludes Paul on this interesting story, which has some weaknesses in supporting its proponents' claims, but just could add to an improving understanding of old trade patterns. And noteworthy is the role that modern technology--in the guise of micro-CT scanners and eBay(!)--plays in this case. (WM)

May 22

Comedian/Actor John Cleese has made no secret of his interest in the survival of consciousness beyond death. This video of his discussion with Dr. Jim Tucker from the Division of Perceptual Studies (DoPS) at the University of Virginia on this topic will prove fascinating to anyone with a similar interest.  But it does raise a significant question: Can You Trust Your Earliest Childhood Memories? Apparently not, as studies suggest the infant mind, while capable of forming memories, is not capable of forming lasting ones. And so we pose two questions to these researchers: What if an infant's first memory is of adult life (just not the current one)? More importantly, what if that first memory is of a Silly Walk? (CM)

Before Roswell Phantoms and Monstersn
This earliest and least known of three older UFO cases concerns a crash-retrieval in New Mexico in 1945. It's an interesting, detailed, and of course potentially significant tale. Micah Hanks gives the background to and offers a Leon Davidson explanation for The 1952 UFO Incident Over Washington: What Really Happened?. Hanks also notes a significant flaw to Davidson's covert ECM operation diagnosis. The next two posts deal with one of the iconic CE-II physiological cases, the 1967 Manitoba Stefan Michalak incident. Sam Thompson's UFOlogists to Converge on Site of 1967 Falcon Lake Encounter is a straightforward mainstream media account of the original event, upon the occasion of its 2019 commemorative activities held on May 18-20th. The article features interviews with the late Michalak's son Stan and with Canadian investigator Chris Rutkowski. UFOs at LAC: The Falcon Lake Incident - Part 1 is an official Library and Archives Canada podcast transcript delving further into the encounter and subsequent events, with another Canadian author, Palmiro Campagna, joining Michalak and Rutkowski. (WM)

Jerry Clark Interview A Different Perspective
Easily one of the most important UFO-related works ever is Jerome Clark's The UFO Encyclopedia, now in its third edition. Kevin Randle has Jerry on to discuss the latest incarnation of this massive, highly informative and readable, compendium. Kevin rightly emphasizes its source list at the end of each entry. For those intending to do research or just to find different sides to an issue, this feature is invaluable. Kevin and Jerry discuss the mystery airship wave of 1896-7, which turns out to have been a worldwide phenomenon; Clark's particular "take" on that matter, which is influenced by his own separation of "event" from "experience" anomalies; and his distinction between UFO abductees and contactees. (WM)

May 21

Keeping things going on the Big Story and launching off of the recent Navy reporting about-face, former government insider and TTSA's Chris Mellon contributes an opinion piece to The Hill. Mellon leads with "Since 2015, dozens of Navy F-18 fighter jets have encountered unidentified aerial phenomenon (UAPs)...off the East Coast of the United States, some not far from the nation's capital." Mellon's statement, restricted to the last four years and East Coast, is interesting. He also scathingly analyzes systemic issues within the military and "almost feudal security apparatus" that inhibit information flow and actions based therefrom. Mellon links to a Navy Times article, which well illustrates both the seriousness and lack of background the mainstream media may now be bringing to this subject. The relatively straightforward Aliens, Ahoy! Navy Developing Guidelines on Reporting UFO Sightings credits the "GO FAST" video as the catapult for TTSA's appearance on everybody's radar and has "former Sens. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, and Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii" as openly backing, in 2017, the establishment of the AATIP--both men having been dead for some time by that year. Mellon correctly notes "one possible, disturbing conclusion: A potential adversary of the United States has mastered technologies we do not yet understand to achieve capabilities we cannot yet match." (WM)

Recently the forces of nature came together over Argentinian skies to produce what many are calling a sign from Heaven, courtesy of perfectly timed sunlight and cloud formations. Regardless of whether you're on Team Angel or Team Coincidence, the image is beautiful and worthy of at least a small degree of awe. Want something to roll your eyes at? Skeptical Sightings: Texas Chupacabra, California Flying Humanoid and British Witches will make you slap your forehead and wonder if the human race is doomed. (The answer is yes, if survival is connected to gullibility.) Ridiculous stories going viral puts the credibility of serious paranormal researchers at risk, and leaves the rest of us with bruises on our foreheads. You've been warned. Consume your media carefully. (CM)

In what might seem a belated April Fool's story, Naomi Rea reports that a University of Bristol research associate with the unfortunately suspicious name Cheshire seems to have claimed to have solved--in just two weeks after an initial "series of 'eureka' moments"--a translational puzzle that rivals the decipherment of Egyptian hieroglyphs. "Not so fast!" -- says Paul Seaburn, echoing a gaggle of scholars who claim that The Code of the Voynich Manuscript HAS NOT Been Solved ... Yet. Seaburn's article well captures the crux of the issue, although History Today dissenter Dr. Kate Wiles herself errs in calling "hieroglyphics" a language rather than a writing system. Jason Colavito contextualizes the news in his University of Bristol Backtracks Furiously on Voynich Manuscript Deciphering Claims. Colavito rather aptly characterizes the academic brouhaha. (WM)

May 20

Now this story is flat out intriguing. Back in 2003 on the island of Flores in Indonesia there were found skeletal remains of what were nicknamed Hobbits, aka Homo Floresiensis. It just so happened that Flores was already home to stories of a small, hairy people known as the Ebu Gogo, who seemed to have similar characteristics to those assumed for the Hobbits. Were the Ebu Gogo and Homo Floresiensis the same? Nick Redfern thinks it likely. Then In Search of Sumatra’s Mysterious Ape: Orang-pendek he shares reports of another small hairy non-human primate. Elusive, with tremendous upper body strength, and a spectacular mane of hair, the similarities between this cryptid and Sasquatch are most likely not coincidental, but they are for the time being impossible to prove. (CM)

More themes working themselves out in news about the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program (AATIP) and To The Stars...Academy of Arts & Science (TTSA). Billy Cox describes the "reservations" FOIA-author extraordinaire John Greenewald raises about a relatively small point behind the release of three gun-camera videos of UFOs. The back-and-forth highlights some of the problems with how the "revelations" that began on December 16, 2017, have been handled, and raises implications in Billy's mind for future potential "whistleblowers." Alejandro Rojas writes The X-Files Revealed: The Paranormal Roots of the Pentagon's UFO Program. This article provides a brief history of the AATIP and its predecessor, the Advanced Aerospace Weapons Systems Application Program (AAWSAP). Rojas mentions a related documentary by George Knapp and the nearly-imminent tv series Unidentified: Inside America's UFO Investigation, a collaboration between the History channel and TTSA. Former AATIP head Luis Elizondo and others in the field promise this series will knock our collective UFO-themed socks off. Jason Colavito seizes upon the media and merchandising aspects of TTSA with In New SEC Filing, To the Stars Academy Reveals a Portrait of a UFO Infotainment Business. Much of what Jason says is, at this company's early stage, not particularly surprising. Some of his "catch-phrases" are rather unfortunate. (WM)

You know how people like to say Canadians are never impolite? After reading this story they may well say we don't get out much either. We love our river monsters as much as the next country, but please don't call any of our beasties the Loch Ness Monster. Seriously, buy an atlas. Paul Seaburn digs a little deeper into this story with More Alleged Water Monsters Spotted in Canadian Lakes and Rivers and comes out and says what we are too polite to say ourselves: That's a photograph of a log.  Not a monster. You want to find a monster? Ask a park ranger. Parks Manager Spots a Monster in Canada’s Kamloops Lake. Not only was this fellow rational and informed, he was Twitter savvy and had his photo posted with invitation to comment pretty much immediately. No we don't know what it was in the lake, but we like this guy and hope he keeps us up to date with his investigation. (CM)

UFO sightings old and new. Lon Strickler describes two different pre-Kenneth Arnold Ft. Duchesne Uintah County, Utah, sightings. Robbie Graham continues his worthwhile canvassing of the state and history of ufology in UFOs Around the World: Norway. Terje Toftenes answers Robbie's standard questions, and a trailer for Toftenes' The Portal: The Hessdalen Light Phenomena is included in the article. And Tim Binnall presents a short video whose most interesting characteristic is who captured it in Watch: Turkish Airlines Pilot Films UFO? (WM)

May 19

It's too purty to spend a day indoors, especially way down in the Lone Star State so pick up where Max McNabb left off with the Texas Bigfoot Research Center's map of recent sightings. You're bound to spot something 'round those clusters, even if you follow your nose like Kelly Garrahan. Who? She's the one who found that Bizarre Animal Carcass Found In Florida just the other day, and fortunately Tim Binnall was sunning himself in a nearby trailer park to get the 411. As for everyone else, find smug satisfaction in Nick Redfern's Strange Tale Of A Strange Tail from when humans are born with a little extra. Those of you who might be antiquing today, keep an eye out for Loren Colman as he's announced Wanted: Menehune Bank to expand his exhaustive collection over at the International Cryptozoology Museum. (CS)

Just when you thought physics was stagnating, Shanhui Fan and pals turn the paradigm on its side by doing the seemingly impossible: harnessing negative illumination. Who even knew there was such a thing as negative illumination in the first place? Stranger still, these eggheads are harvesting heat as they produce lower temperatures. Perhaps the cryo-arithmetic engines imagined by Alastair Reynolds aren't too wild of a possiblity. Also from the hallowed halls of science, Researchers Shed New Light On The Atomic Wave Function demonstrating our ability to observe quantum mechanics. While such observations are a pipe dream on the macro scale, the Joint Quantum Institute, National Institute of Standards and Technology, the University of Maryland, along with the University of Chicago have measured the positions of 100,000 atoms. It's enough to make one wonder which of those ytterbium atoms exist in a Nazi parallel world. Physics not your cup of tea? An Artificial Life Form Has Been Given Synthetic DNA paving the way for designer bacteria or biogenic weapons. Not sufficiently frightened nor awed? Roland Pease spills the beans for potential future applications of this emerging field of biology. (CS)

May 18

King Tut's dagger, among artifacts, aren't the only out-of-this-world objects known to Nighted Khem. A new study uncovered by Peter Dockrill illustrates how the cosmic and telluric came together to create something wonderful. A little more on the exotic side, turns out Antimatter Behaves Exactly The Same As Regular Matter In Double Slit Experiments. As if the simplest proof of the quantum universe wasn't already awesome enough, Matt Williams lays out the fundamentals and how a brace of brainiacs have turned the paradigm upon its ear. Further afield, Paul Seaburn takes a break from his stargazing to break the news how a Strange Star In The Big Dipper Is From Another Galaxy. While stopping short of building a dyson sphere to keep out intergalactic interlopers, Paul describes how earthbound astronomers can trace the "genetics" of the poetically-named J1124+4535. Maybe someday the humanities will have a resurgence. (CS)

RIP Stanton Friedman Coast2Coast AM
What else is there to say about one of UFOlogy's luminaries who passed away on Monday. From personal correspondence, many are still processing Stan's life and legacy much like Tim Binnall. Looking askance at Friedman's contributions? He was on Coast2Coast AM more than forty times. Many of you haven't touched that many women. Also speaking from the heart, and throwing around his weight as Stan's heir-apparent, Red Pill Junkie gets a little choked up typing out RIP Stanton Friedman. He remembers the time he met Friedman with Greg Bishop, and the following conversation deserving of everyone's envy. Since RPJ is a class act, he gives Tim a callback for the late and lamented Binnall of America where Stan piped up every now and again during their holiday spectaculars. (CS)

As if the Black Monarch's name, and sordid history, weren't sexy enough for Paul Seaburn, he's dug deeper into the good red earth of Colorado to uncover a web of high strangeness surrounding it in the sleepy town of Victor. Running with this theme, Tim Binnall's been puzzling over this Ghost Photographed At Infamous Haunted Spot In Scotland leading to some curious conclusions. As the oppressive heat and humidity encroaches upon the northern hemisphere, Brent Swancer has the right idea by investigating Hauntings Along Alaska’s Historic Iditarod Trail and the spooks we know you'll love. (CS)

Past Lives Of A Preschooler The Good Men Project
Here's Jeremy Barnes's brush with possible reincarnation regarding his daughter. Kids seem to remember more, and Jeremy looks at some of the nuts and bolts behind the phenomenon. In case you don't have a little one to share the secrets of the universe, Jenny Randles reckons Jens Schlieter's What's It's Like To Be Dead is a challenging, but informative primer on What To Do In Magonia When You're Dead covering every aspect of near-death experiences. (CS)


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