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April 24

Michigan Dogman Roof-Stalker Lindagodfrey's Blog
File this report under creepy. Linda Godfrey proposes that Dogman encounters might be less than random. What if Dogman chooses you--for life? The witness interviewed for this piece described a creature that just didn't want to be seen and showed signs of communication and intelligence. One has to wonder then if tales of werewolves are real, and that the canine monsters are rooted in humanity in some level. Interestingly, this is so much easier to consider than Bizarre Recent Cases of Dog Monsters Caught on Film. We're not buying it, although admittedly the clips did make us a bit uncomfortable at first. The first clip is out of focus enough to keep us guessing, although the gym shorts on a Dog Man seem a bit ridiculous, as does the front yard setting of the estate in the scene. The second clip on the highway could be anything, but somehow we doubt any cryptid would be scurrying across an interstate highway. Color us skeptical on this one. (CM)

Abduction Memory Flooded Back Phantoms and Monsters
A 35-year-old mid-Michigan abduction is recalled by the witness, and it indeed does tie into other types of reports. Strange encounters, black Cadillacs, and a discovery "that the MIB were turning people into evil, mindless zombies" would become part of John Keel's memories of the New York State contactees in Special Cases--The Long Island File (83): Agar's Sister. And Mark O'Connell's in a sort of quandary over memories, as well. In the process of looking through his notes for a reference to an early UFO sighting by Dr. J. Allen Hynek, O'Connell stumbled upon evidence of yet a third sighting Mark had missed while researching the recent Hynek biography The Close Encounters Man. If anyone has information about Hynek's Ontario "cabin sighting," please contact Mark at his site. (WM)

Checking several online sources for a video or story often provides helpful viewpoints and context. We personally get suspicious of "UFO" videos gussied up with two-minute introductions and accompanied by lots of music, even if occasionally a favorite song is included. And we didn't "get" the "dwarf planets" that were supposedly visible in the amazingly beautiful Arizona sunrise at the end of this 13-minute-plus piece courtesy of Tim Binnall. For more likely explanations of some of the celestial fireworks see ufologist Nick Pope's remarks and columnist Joe Pinkstone's "chemtrails" and "conspiracy theories" insets at Proof the Military is Controlling the Weather? Footage of Purple Beams. Skeptical photoanalyst Mick West has additional info on the matter at Purple UFOs/Beams in Arizona [Insects]. Jason Colavito will take note: Coast to Coast's listed source for the original video is Sputnik News. Similarly, there are two versions of the events in the article titled: Argentina: Alleged Contactee Experience in Salta. We enjoyed Paul Seaburn's Argentine Firefighter Claims Aliens Contacted Him with Flashing Lights better than the more artless reporting of the Inexplicata piece. (WM)

CNN reports on biologically male "gender non-conforming psychics" in Burma and Thailand who dress as women and claim to contact the spirit world. Traditionally rejected by their "conservative societies," in this role these men achieve "respected social positions," filling the gap left by women who nowadays can find status in other occupations. Moving further east, we learn How Taboos About Death Hold Back Chinese Archaeology. "To traditionalists, grave robbers and spade-wielding historians are one and the same," but writer Zhang Jizhou hopes that this perception might be gradually changing. (LP)

April 23

Rich Reynolds continues trying to distinguish ufology from Bigfoot, MIB, ghost, and other study categories subsumed under the term "paranormal." Rich argues that "UFOs are flush with possibilities," whereas these other pursuits, even if some are eventually accepted scientifically, just add another animal or weirdo to what's already known. One might think that establishing the "real" existence of ghosts might open up rather more questions than the other two listed instances, but Rich has a point about the universe of "next questions" some UFO categories might open up. One problem in studying what UFO data exists is demonstrated in Forensics in UFO Research or Study. Rich links to an article whose implications can be applied not only to ufology, but make one more uncomfortable about the accuracy of the legal system. In An Odd Encounter, but Dubious Rich, and contributor "Dr. Dee," offer an example where "extraneous information...can potentially cause bias" in a UFO as well as a legal case. This last Reynolds piece explores whether subsequent witness claims can affect the perceived credibility of an initial account. (WM)

Well, if some bloke with a brush apparently sweeping out his garage is eerie, then the fuzz down-under scare easily. Meanwhile, the Hull Daily Mail gives us a round-up of The UK's 9 Most Haunted Roads - including one in East Yorkshire. Driving on UK roads is rarely fun these days, but dodging spectral Roman soldiers and the odd werewolf certainly makes it more interesting. (LP)

Canadians are a hardy species, Manitoban's doubly so. If you doubt this, go stand on a corner in downtown Winnipeg for 10 minutes in January. Somehow it just makes sense that the waters of Manitoba are reputed to be populated by monsters. Of course, they are. It isn't just in Texas that the critters grow bigger. Jason Offutt does a great job of summarizing cryptid Canada with a photograph of Manipogo, which alone makes his entire piece worth reading. Since we all have chattering teeth just thinking about Canadian winters (and springs, come to think of it lately), let's go far south and warm up in The Lost World: Mysterious Accounts of Living Dinosaurs in South America. One thing that this subject lacks is photographic proof, but the anecdotal evidence suggests that locals are hyper-vigilant to the goings on in their environment. Typically that indicates the existence of something to be feared, or at least very concerned about. General consensus leans toward large, reptilian creatures that enjoy swampy environments. It being a warm climate, the swampy areas being flush with food, it seems possible that certain creatures could grow to large sizes and scare the heck out of the population from time to time. (CM)

In the wake of another high-ranking member severing ties with the Mutual UFO Network, MJ Banias offers some reasons why he thinks the organization should stay afloat. It depends partly upon whether, in spite of decisions that have been made consistently at the top levels of the organization, the MUFON data collection system is sound and its quality reliable enough to provide a worthwhile research resource. Also, is MUFON still a worthwhile place for witnesses to contact? Greg Bishop considers MUFON's state and alternative possibilities with his guest on Miguel Romero--Catching Up with Red Pill Junkie. The two bat around ideas for truly "useful" UFO conferences, and opine on the nature of Reality and whether UFO encounters alter it in ways similar to those caused by Near Death Experiences and psychedelics. Greg and Miguel also worry about the "insularity" in ufology that militates against information sharing, especially across international borders- even after 20 years of the internet. Maybe we need more international UFO-related festivals, a potential candidate coming up this Thursday as discussed in National Alien Day: Extraterrestrial Fans Prepare for Alien Day on April 26. Ciaran McGrath tells us about an observation that began in England as a "tribute" to the Alien movie science-fiction franchise starring Sigourney Weaver. (WM)

April 22

Imagine Curtis Waltman's surprise when he issued a FOIA on antifa and white supremacists, only to be redpilled on the government's inquiry into psycho-electric weapons. We're with David Grossman wondering if this was an 'accident', or if they're connected. Also lurking in the waters of dark money are Army Researchers Developing A Self-Aware Robot Squid You Can 3D Print In The Field. Todd South has all the unsettling details, leaving us wondering if a few proof-of-concepts already exist off the drawing board. (CS)

Mysterious Sloth Monster In Patagonia Dr. Beachcombings Bizarre History Blog
Did giant sloths survive the (literal) slings and arrows of humanity? Or are sightings of these giants trundling o'er the pampas, and yarns of encounters, woven from so much whole cloth? To the surprise of Dr. Beachcombing, it may be a little from Column A and a little from Column B. No stranger to critters who elude extinction, Karl Shuker takes it upon himself to Demystify The Dodo Of Nazareth. The real mystery lay in which Nazareth he's talking about here. Alien black cats, or Shadow Cats (US/UK), are no less fantastic, but easier to find thanks to Michael Mayes's Updated Black Panther Distribution Map for Texas. We're still waiting on Linda Godfrey's dogman sighing map to go live, especially after this confounding Michigan Dogman Roof Stalker encounter. (CS)

Einsten deconstructed our perceptions of time with relativity. Quantum physics further twisted time into a moebius pretzel, magnifying its mysterious nature. Now Carlos Rovelli's analysis of the two strongly suggests time as-we-know-it is an illusion, made up of a series of events. If comprehending loop quantum gravity gives Andrew Jaffe a migraine, Check Out Entangled Time where particles connect across time rather than space. If the future informs the past, or if every event is happening all at once but humanity doesn't perceive it that way, what does this say about presentiment? Recently Precognition Was Discussed In A Psychology Journal much to Carlos Alvarado's excitement. Why? The leading lights of anomalistics make a solid argument for precognition being measurable and reproducible, despite the opinions of staid grayfaces. (CS)

April 21

Why is it a nation, whose primary industry concerns killing people, doesn't have any change in their couch cushions to find out what happens after death? A thorny question, courtesy of a persnickety Monty Python alum, making philosophical conundrums an unmitigated hoot. We're just happy Michael Grosso was a fly on that wall. 'Til some enterprising soul shares that night on the YouTubes, it's not too awful to hear out Dr. Bernardo Kastrup On The Growing Acceptance Of His Controversial Theories Of Consciousness. They're not so controversial for anomalists, like Alex Tsakiris, but Kastrup is causing quite a stir in academic circles. Why? Scholars are seriously considering his theories. (CS)

The Stone Book Haunted Ohio Books
Many odd, stone artifacts were recovered from Indian mounds by George U.S. Hovey through his lifetime. Upon his passing, these goodies fell into Kansas University's hands only to be lost to the ages! Deeping the mystery for Chris Woodyard, some vintage reports entertain the possibility they're the handiwork of brownies. If you reckon fairies are the new black of forteana, school yourself on the connection twixt Fairies and the Folklore Society between 1877 and 1945. Let's just say the profound depth of fairy lore illustrates how Francesca Bihet's comprehensive thesis only scratches the surface. (CS)

Holy synchromysticism! Something weird's happening in the Mistake on the Lake and even Paul Seaburn finds himself at a loss for these queer correspondences. Is the end nigh? What does all this have to do with former President William Henry Harrison? Here's hoping the rocking and rolling remains with the city's Rock and Roll Hall of fame. Beneath the surface of the Earth in his bunker, Brent Swancer's begun cataloguing telluric mysteries like Mel's Hole, Devil's Holes, And Other Paranormal Pits In The Earth. You'll be surprised how deep these rabbit holes go. (CS)

In America, students must face the possibility of facing off with a crazed shooter. Elsewhere on the planet, everyone's worried about their kids being possessed by evil spirits. Here's some disturbing footage, courtesy of Tim Binnall, certain to chill your blood. Add this incident to Brent Swancer's growing collection of Unexplained Cases Of Mysterious Mass Hysteria. (CS)

April 20

Well, Scott Corrales may have the Star Wars movie numbered incorrectly--"Attack of the Clones" being Episode II--but the rest of the article makes for interesting and unsettling reading. One might ask, "If we've been invaded, what happened to the invaders?" Of course, the answer to that might be even more unsettling. Maybe Alfonso Salazar is seeing them over Ciudad de Mexico, as in Mexico: Len-Shaped UFO over MCIA. Farther south, Jaime Barrera reports from Argentina: Flying Object over the El Toro Viaduct (Salta). If not a Google Balloon, then probably a bird, as Luis Burgos notes the comments. In Remembering the UFO I Never Saw, Robbie Graham does powerful, lyrical justice to a story that has played out, innumerable times, with different details, and yet leaving the same emotional residue, before and in the thirty years since that particular focal event occurred. David Halperin ponders the possibilities of a "classic" UFO shape making it into the "Zeitgeist" in "The Stranger" and the Westall UFO--Some Afterthoughts. Physical invasion or not, UFOs have become a staple of 20th-21st century thought. (WM)

Confession Time: These two excellent pieces from Mysterious Universe made us giggle just a little bit. We can't help but appreciate the tongue-in-cheek approach taken to reviewing these reports of time travel, and the (lack of) evidence thereof. Sequoyah Kennedy starts us off with a Nazi coin from the future, one in which Mexico seems to play a role in Aryan commerce. Don't ask, we know what you're thinking: Of course the coin is authentic. (Authentic rubbish, that is.) Then, Paul Seaburn tells us all he knows regarding Slovenian Man Claims Homemade Time Machine Took Him to 45th Century. It was a 20 second trip evidently, and while the "traveler" was able to determine the state of architecture, alien contact, and the automotive industry, he wasn't able to bring back proof, demonstrate the process, or grow a conscience if his story of using human guinea pigs was even remotely true. "David," here's a Nazi coin--go make a phone call to someone who buys your story. (CM)

We watched this video and thought it felt a little bit like watching an apple turn brown, but we stuck with it. And we have to agree with its critics, it really looks like a parlor trick with a super heated rock and a cheap nail. Probably good that they performed their hocus pocus outside, since breathing in vapors from metal doesn't have any health benefits. Next, Brett Tingley presents the evidence suggesting Diamonds from Almahata Sitta Meteorite May Be Evidence of Lost Planet. Calm down all you Niburu fans waiting for the hidden planet to find its way into our little corner of the galaxy. No one is saying the diamonds are from Planet X. But the composition of said diamonds in indicative of an origin a whole lot bigger than a meteorite. Think of it as forensic galactic map making, only without a specific destination. (CM)

The Serpo and the Apple Mysterious Universe
Miguel ("Red Pill Junkie") Romero speculates that there's more to the "Project Serpo" story than just some creative weaving-together of UFO memes by someone with a lot of time on their hands. It's an informative and, here it comes--a little unsettling--article. Have to admit, the Apple and Serpo connection seemed to go well with Jason Colavito's title Two Credulous Professors Hold Symposium on UFOs as Replacement Religion. Operating from his own skeptical perspective, Colavito finds much to criticize in presentations recently given by Drs. Jeffrey Kripal and Diana Walsh Pasulka at The Ohio State University. One would imagine that Walsh Pasulka's understanding "that belief in aliens is a type of faith" is, in fact, more nuanced than what Colavito got from her presentation, and will be reflected in her upcoming book American Cosmic. Finally, Colavito's When the Textbooks Spoke of a Lost Race of Mound Builders solidly makes Jason's point and illustrates the American version of an ugly racial part of European intellectual history. (WM)

April 19

The first in a series of Rich Reynolds-dominated links begins with Rich ruminating about why the military remains interested in UFOs, and directing us to Kevin Randle's recent Moon Dust and the 4602 AISS. Kevin's article provides documented evidence of a UFO-related Air Force program that extended at least until 1985, and likely continued beyond that year under a code name different from the then-compromised "Moon Dust." But why is it, that after however many years of research in however many projects under however many code names, we still do not know what UFOs are? Well, aside from some convenient grand conspiracy theories, maybe because UFOs--or more cogently, UFO "reports"--aren't of merely physical objects, reported exactly as they may exist. UFO reports are a more complicated result of, perhaps, some outside stimulus as perceived through all sorts of immediate neurological, psychological, and experiential filters by individuals, who then do their best to convey that information through the limitations of their own vocabulary. Rich Reynolds ponders whether UFOs are a Subjective Reality, and gets high-level help from some of his usual contributors. Rich explores this on the more specific level in Jonah in the Whale (Or into Something). Maybe its apparent irreducibility to simple explanation has fatigued those formerly ardent towards the UFO subject--not helped by recent "fiascoes" in the field. Yet Rich sees more to it in Ufological Entropy. The mortality of the best remaining researchers, and perhaps insufficiencies within younger generations of UFO writers, have Rich more than gloomy for ufology's future. (WM)

Robbie Graham plies his interview skills in this conversation with the "world’s foremost scholar on poltergeist phenomena." Dr. Laursen focused his Ph.D. studies on noisy ghosts, specifically the history of the idea "that the intelligence of the poltergeist possibly resided in the unconscious of a living person who seemed to be at the centre of the physical manifestations." While others may differ, Laursen is absolutely the guy we want to be seated beside the next time we attend a dinner party. And it seems interest in these topics is becoming less hidden, as a University Offers Fellowship to Study Papers of Psychic Ingo Swann. The University of West Georgia is accepting applications for its first Ingo Swann Research Fellowship. The lucky recipient of the fellowship will be spending their time “working on projects that require on-site consultation of University of West Georgia parapsychology collections in Ingram Library’s Special Collections.” Sadly the program is not open to the general public or undergrads. (CM)

Reading up on all things paranormal is a pretty great way to spend one's time, but every so often we are faced with "news" that just makes us shake our heads and wonder how in heck humans ever made it to the top of the food chain. Case in point: this video from Russia taken by a gentleman who claims he saw Bigfoot on the side of the road and decided to chase him through the bush. At night. All alone. What could possibly go wrong? Not much, other than whoever it was in the monkey suit failing to alter his stride so he might look less like a kid at the mall and more like an actual Sasquatch. And since we're already feeling disgust, let's move on to the "Demon Dog" Photographed in Argentina. Folks, it's a really ugly dog and someone needs to give it a home and some good food. If it is connected in any way to deaths of small animals in the area, then it's because it's starving. Alternatively, just as Coast To Coast AM says, it could be a digitally modified dog or creature from television. Either way, none of us are buying it. Update: it now turns out we were right: Argentinian "Demon Dog" Debunked. (CM)

Today's fields of archaeology, anthropology, and "hoaxology" are remarkably vibrant and complicated. Sequoyah Kennedy takes us 'way back with a new find that may explain the origin of some of that "archaic DNA" that differs from the majority of human DNA and yet is not ascribable to Neanderthal and Denisovan donors. Brett Tingley gets us nearer to the present with Evidence of a Lost Human Civilization Discovered Under the North Sea. Well, it may be premature to claim that "primitive stone tools in North Sea sediment" constitute a "civilization." Also, stationary Mesolithic fishing traps and an admittedly very enigmatic antler tool "covered in inscriptions which have yet to be translated" wouldn't necessarily indicate a "Swedish Atlantis," but Tingley's article, as Kennedy's, is fascinating. In the area of modern "creative archaeology," Jason Colavito says that Graham Hancock's Ideas about Ancient North America Were Proposed 200 Years Ago, by a Plagiarist and Fraud. Colavito has covered some of the same ground Hancock will be treating in their respective upcoming books, and Jason is sure Hancock will uncreatively repeat centuries-old drivel. (WM)

April 18

Michael Mayes is fresh back from having his newest book Shadow Cats: The Black Panthers of North America published by Anomalist Books, and he is blogging up a storm addressing the many new sightings of large black long-tailed cats in Texas. There are no shortage of reports, and Mayes is as objective and discerning a fortean as always. Mayes doesn't let his interest in the subject get in the way of his observation skills, and we like how that keeps his reports both credible and interesting. Across the pond, Beach is also digging through the reports of what British media refer to as Alien Black Cats: ABCs: When and What. The doctor suspects that these felines are not of supernatural origin (appearances first starting in the 1960s), however he doesn't rule out the possibility since simple zoo escapees can't really account for the numbers reported. (CM)

The institutional problems for the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) continue, as its latest director of research has resigned over last year's John Ventre scandal. "I was told that he was no longer involved in any capacity, and took that on faith. Fool me once, shame on me. Fool me twice..." says Dr. Chris Cogswell in the Comments beneath his twitter resignation statement posting at Mad Scientist Pod! Colavito uses the execrable Ventre affair to point out racist and unscientific elements in the Ancient Astronaut subfield and their apparent tolerance by the wider UFO community. Jack Brewer gives some wider perspective on the organization's issues with Who's Been Running MUFON?. Brewer is certainly accurate in saying he doesn't "profess to conclusively know much about what all is being reported and witnessed." However, he raises questions and gives examples illustrating serious systemic weaknesses within the organization. Paul Seaburn highlights a smaller hullabaloo in his excellent Controversy Brews over Historic UFO Monument. Seaburn provides his usual valuable complementary links; we found the Sheffield UFO Monument Defaced, to be Relocated provided further background helping to round out the history of that brouhaha. (WM)

Just when we had started feeling good about our very basic grasp of physics, multiverses, relativity...Esoterx comes along with a twist on the concept of time that is both simple and mind bending, courtesy of John Dunne (1875–1949). To have linear time--past, present, future--requires having an observer outside that timeline on another timeline, and so on, and so on, to the perspective of the “observer from infinity.” Dunne would not have been at all surprised by this story of precognition: Predicting Lincoln’s Death by Horoscope, Trance, and Manual Alphabet is a glimpse by Chris Woodyard into what constituted repeated foreshadowing of the late president's assassination. If all elements of the reported tales are accurate, then clearly that point in infinity that Esoterx was talking about was trying to make itself known. (CM)

Mark O'Connell has a pair of rather light-hearted but informative posts for us. In the title article, Mark describes his role as "Pulitzer (self)nominee" for his recent biography of Dr. J. Allen Hynek, The Close Encounters Man. With The Strange Case of the Left-Handed UFO--Part IV, Mark probes how to test whether there are unusually more "left" than "right" references in UFO cases, and what that might mean. Turns out there are fairly straight statistical rules for testing Mark's hypothesis, but the procedural methods for collecting the data are practically beyond his means--right now. "Angel donors" out there, take note! Is there some meaning behind the number behind the title Special Cases--The Long Island File (82): 28,000 Large Seagulls? Probably not, although the father of John Keel's friend and alien/android(?) contactee Jaye Paro is having a repetitive nightmare about an avian invasion. This latest in John Keel's journal entries about the craziness he was bound up with has many other events more unsettling than that. (WM)

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