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July 17

Canadians may be best known for saying "sorry" too often--and for that diabolically artery clogging potato version of crack called Poutine--but they're also not afraid of getting their weird on. Case in point: to celebrate the 1967 Centennial, a town in the province of Alberta built a UFO landing pad attached to their local chamber of commerce in case ET wanted to know the best neighborhoods to abduct--er, we mean, to meet--human citizens. Fifty years later it appears they have gotten the invitation: Canadians spotted 3 UFOs per day in 2017: survey. Granted, only a small number of those sightings have been declared worthy of notice, while many were the result of media showers and the remaining few were more suited to tabloids than news. Still, it keeps this Canadian hopeful that one day she is going to look up at the sky, see something, and run away screaming. (CM)

The Saucers from Atlantis Blue Blurry Lines
This typically interesting and visually captivating article starts with double ironies about the 2017 "UFO Researcher of the Year" and one of the sources for his inspiration about a UFO-Atlantis connection. While skeptics may ponder whether there can in fact be a connection between two things that do not exist, most serious ufologists shudder when the two topics are thus intertwined. Be that as it may, Collins' is a worthwhile summary of the relationship. But is the story of something else that sank beneath the waves, only in the waters off of 1967 Nova Scotia, similarly an entertaining myth? Well, Brett Tingley says that Jacques Cousteau's Grandchildren and the Infamous Shag Harbor UFO Incident have become associated. Well, more properly, next month Celine and Fabian Cousteau will visit the area and, with a diver who was involved in the original investigation, search for evidence to support "Canada's Roswell." We wish them all the best. Just two years prior to the Shag Harbour episode, a team at the Argentinian Antarctic base Belgrano saw "strange objects" but decided not to talk, as sketched in 1965: "He Saw The Saucers". Though not the only historical Antarctic UFO case, this one would be worth further pursuit while possible witnesses may yet be interviewed. (WM)

The impending third edition of one of the ten most significant serious works of ufology is the occasion for this almost-lyrical musing by David Halperin. Halperin recalls a more than 50-year long distance friendship with Jerome Clark, editor-author of The UFO Encyclopedia, and Halperin's article is more than just a promo; it's a bit of UFO history as well. As Halperin himself has a magnum opus he's always wanted to "pen" on the subject, Halperin has a melancholy yet comforting feeling "that the enterprise that the two of us began together, and pursued the next half-century along our different paths, is drawing to its close." Much as we anticipate the publication of these two works, we fervently hope and believe that they will not be the last ufological salvos in either man's career. (WM)

July 16

Marissa Armas' KOAT-7 video report captures some of the enthusiasm and excitement of those seeing where it all supposedly "happened" in July of 1947. Casey Torres's KOB-4 piece After 71 Years, Roswell UFO Crash Site to Open to Public provides additional context, including details on the backgrounds of the three young women behind the just-concluded tours. Kevin Randle's latest post on the "iconic incident" concerns Jesse Marcel's Journal, which has apparently surfaced within a "treasure trove" of documents recently discovered by Marcel's surviving relatives. Controlled anticipation is in order. But Rich Reynolds just despairs over The Roswell "Gridlock." Moths attracted to a floodlight that periodically activates might be even better an analogy than locusts and ancient Egyptians, but Rich is almost certainly dead-on here. We remember twenty years ago reading a letter to the MUFON UFO Journal basically arguing that, if one did not "believe" in Roswell, then one didn't "believe" in UFOs. There was and is too much wrong with this to elucidate, but it is no exaggeration that "Roswell has kept ufology from moving into areas where an explanation for the enigmatic phenomenon might be found." (WM)

Kickapoo National Park in Illinois may be the place to hang out if you're hoping for a bit of Bigfoot action. While activity is not frequent, it appears to be consistent. If the accompanying photo of an enormous footprint in the mud doesn't make you want to head there pronto, well there's just no hope for you at all. But if you'd rather go abroad, you might wonder: Bigfoot in the Andes? Malcolm Smith shares a translation of a piece detailing run-ins--or legends of run-ins--with the Abominable Snowman. Most interesting are the descriptions of the locals' experiences and perceptions of the creature, lending credence to the possibility that Yeti is real and known to the Andean population. (CM)

Strange Things Below London Mysterious Universe
If you've ever been on the London Underground you'll have seen plenty of scary creatures, but claims of supernatural sightings there go back many years, as explained in this piece by Nick Redfern. Chris Woodyard also looks back to a story not far from London involving a Charm from Cheltenham. In 1918, a young British pilot lost his nerve but had it restored thanks to a lucky charm carried on his person. Did it really protect him or was he just, well, lucky? (LP)

This interesting post actually has two elements. First is a kind of practical argument that no UFO encounter absolutely "screams" for an extraterrestrial cause. Then there's the Comments-based rumination on just how paltry and inconsequential we (or anybody else would, no matter how "hot" their technology and hopefully more importantly mental and perhaps spiritual development) rank within even a single Universe. Rich Reynolds and his top correspondents might leave one--well--a bit despondent here; they certainly challenge one to develop their own thoughtful answers.(WM)

July 15

NASA fans are ga-ga over the prospects of life on, or in, Enceladus. Especially after Cassini detected markers for life on the giant snowball. Pouring gasoline on the fire, Ali Sulaiman released radio waves between the satellite and Saturn. Could it be aliens? Of all people to answer this question, Brett Tingley knows the score. Should we happen upon intelligent, spacefaring life, would Aliens Really Be What They Seem To Be? Let's just say humanity's current understanding of aliens is twisted, if not confused, bringing us back to Mac Tonnies's maverick theories and the seduction of Antonio Villas Boas. You don't need to read The Cryptoterrestrials to appreciate Nick Redfern's thesis, but you'll be all the more wiser if you do. (CS)

The Spirit of Mary Surratt Haunted Ohio Books
Historians question the true guilt of Mary Surratt, whether she was collateral damage from the Lincoln assassination or if she truly helped plot the course of Booth's bullet. If Chris Woodyard had her say, the fact Mary still haunts her boarding house is enough for legal experts to revisit her case. Adding fuel to this fire, she presents some other circumstantial curiosities to chew upon this morning. Also from The Anomalist's police blotter, a Mother Who Blamed Baby's Skull Fracture On A Ghost Is Arrested On Felony Charge In Carrollton. According to Loyd Brumfield, it wasn't the first lie about the baby's injury. (CS)

Bigfoot In The Andes? Malcolm's Cryptids
Rather than merely enumerating accounts of bigfoot sightings throughout South America, Malcolm Smith makes a highly interesting read connecting Asia and South America with a thread of hairy hominids. There's a je ne sais quois concerning these encounters, illustrating similarties betwixt them and those in Tibet. Meanwhile in Red China, they weren't particularly interested in absurd animal observations. At least until a Creepy Humanoid Creature Washed Ashore In China just the other day. Sadly it bears no resemblence to Tim Binnall, but Tim finds several aspects to this anthropoform oddity worth sharing on this here internet. (CS)

Speaking for myself, if you care, I've learned never to trust party lines since they're written by the victors. These winners are pushing an agenda, and amidst vanquished enemies, the new battle's all about "hearts and minds" than hard facts. Fortunately anomalists and forteans alike are skeptical, looking beyond burnished mounds of bullshit for their fruiting bodies offering a new perspective. Besides The Anomalist, there's The Daily Grail brimming with so many fortean red pills that one of their crack writers calls himself Red Pill Junkie! Going deeper in the pursuit of Truth is Forbidden Histories addressing the reality of occult phenomena, the supernatural's sway on society, and all kinds of interesting tit-bits enriching humanity's extraordinary legacy. (CS)

July 14

A Trojan Feast, one of the most significant works of forteana in the 21st century, captivates anomalists and folklorists. His follow up, The Brimstone Deceit leads us further down the rabbit hole by exploring an oft-neglected sense. Now Joshua Cutchin just finished Thieves In The Night much to Ben Grundy and Aaron Wright's delight, getting together to talk about fairy, alien, and other supernatural abductions. If you're a Plus subscriber, the boys discuss thought forms with their usual erudation and humor. While we're at it, The Wickedest Man In America isn't about contemporary politics but Aleister Crowley visiting the Colonies back when he was running at his wildest. It's equal parts saucy, occult, and espionage much to Geraldine Beskin's, and your, delight. (CS)

Are coincidences truly coincidences, or are they meaningful messages from a trickster-inhabited universe? Perhaps it's a mix of both with a dash of psychology as Cody Delistraty suggests in his meditation upon the phenomenon. On the other hand, Graham Hancock and Red Pill Junkie reckon coincidence is one of the epiphenomena of consciousness. We suggest turning off the 24/7 news cycle concerning the 21st century's highly-distributed World War 3 and give Graham Hancock a few minutes of time. There's another war raging, A War On Consciousness and how the most important human asset is our soul. (CS)

Forget your 1.21 gigawatts 'cause you're not gonna need a flŭ capacitor for Mark Boccuzzi's maverick gadget holding anomalistic promise. Not many have heard of a Symbolic Hieronymus Machine, making for a fun little DIY project to while away a lazy summer Saturday. Rest assured a SHM isn't behind that mystery booms in Pennsylvania, which Brett Tingley brings us up to speed upon, and a possible association with NASA's New "Quiet" Supersonic Aircraft. Maybe they're connected to those Trumpe Sounds Heard Over Mendoza, Argentina just the other day. Officials are blaming planes and trains, but Scott Corrales sifts through the storm on social media to make sense of the phenomenon. (CS)

If you're a normie, you'll probably express surprise The Anomalist isn't constantly posting British tabloid nonsense, Russia-sponsored bullshit, and the latest breathless headlines about saucers from some fly-by-night news aggregate. We delve deep, but endeavor to be accessible to novice anomalists yet to get their cherry broken. Nick Douglas's listicle touches upon our sweet science, folklore, and things which are just too damned weird for their own good. Now that Nick's whetted your appetite, hie thee to Wikipedia's section dedicated to high and low strangeness. There's bound to be a red pill somewhere in there. (CS)

July 13

Living with uncertainty is part of any archaeologist, historian, or ufologist's existence: come to think of it, the same goes for the "exact" sciences (ever hear of "experimental error" and "confidence levels"?). Julia Crawford thankfully doesn't go the "Ancient Astronauts" route, mostly, in this useful "Top Ten" article. Even for one whose background training and practical experience suggests the ETH as the least unacceptable theory for some UFOs, Crawford's list is intriguing but, as it turns out, pretty mundane. Take the story of the "Dropa Stones," a tale whose main researcher protagonists apparently never existed, and whose solid-sounding Beijing Academy of Ancient Sciences also has less reality than Hogwarts. But herein lies that value of such a tally: every one of these ten mysteries has an entertaining factual history, and following through on each of their stories is extraordinarily worthwhile. Some, like "The London Hammer" or "Paracas Skulls," may be the focus of a continuing but subsiding controversy. The unravelling of other cases has taken years of creative collaboration among a variety of disciplines. Insights into an entire historical era also become available, as in the case of the "Saqqara Bird" and Antikythera mechanism. These come from a time closer to ours than to the great pyramids, an age featuring another of those rhythmic collisions between Greek and Near Eastern civilizations that provided such fertile soil for philosophic, literary, scientific and technological discoveries and knowledge. Questions still remain--the Piri Reis Map having been a personal favorite-- but there is romance enough in the story of the human past without the need to get all spooky about it. Tolerate the ambiguity, and use this article as a springboard for some fascinating, and fun, research. (WM)

"This has got to be one of the more fascinating episodes in the UFO field," so says Gene Steinberg about the strange story of William Cooper, as told by Dark Matters Radio host Don Ecker. Steinberg does not exaggerate. Ecker relates to Gene and Paracast co-host J. Randall Murphy a complicated tapestry of relationships, UFO personalities, and conspiracy claims. The engrossing Cooper saga takes up about three-fifths of the podcast. Ecker then skims over more generally familiar parts of early UFO history, largely featuring the role played by Major Donald Keyhoe. In Donald Keyhoe and Thomas Mantell Kevin Randle believes he's found two flawed assumptions the Major made about what led Captain Thomas Mantell to his doom on January 7, 1948. Randle is reexamining the sources for that iconic incident. (WM)

If you're planning a camping trip this summer, Brent Swancer is the guy you want to bring along to ensure nights by the campfire are more than marshmallows and squashed bugs. Want some (hopefully) urban legends to keep the kids zipped into their sleeping bags? How about the Billywhack Monster, a ram-horned sasquatch-like creature that enjoys terrorizing teenagers? Or have him share reports on Mysterious Vanishings in Humboldt County, California. So numerous have the incidents of unexplained missing persons been that authorities suspect a serial killer. Evidence is close to zero however, although links have been found between the missing and certain unsavory residents in the area. Sounds like a scary movie in the making, only these cases are real. (CM)

July 12

Miguel (Red Pill Junkie) Romero has an interesting piece about how Terence and Dennis McKenna's transformative psychedelic experimentations, particularly in "The La Chorrera Experiment" of 1971, bear similarities to those of UFO abductees. "RPJ" notes some commonalities with many Near-Death Experiences, as well. He could have expanded the comparison to worldwide religious, mythic, and psychological odysseys, as discussed in the late I.P. Couliano's Out of this World: Otherworldly Journeys from Gilgamesh to Albert Einstein. Different anomalous experiences may take on the trappings of a similar structural theme, just as different maladies may produce the same symptoms. (WM)

A recent hoax featuring posted warnings from the US Forest Service regarding the presence of Bigfoot in Montana has come to an end. So well played was this bit of mischief that the flow of tourists into the state was impacted, both positively and negatively--a hairy wash, if you will. Not so harmless were the Three Times Bigfoot Chased Humans. While witnesses all escaped unscathed (physically at least), these incidents serve as warning to anyone venturing into the wilderness. Remember folks, the great outdoors are filled with wild creatures and it doesn't matter what you believe in, a threatened animal will attack. Have smart fun. Don't drop down on the food chain. (CM)

A Ton of UFO Debris! High Strangeness
Mark O'Connell is up in arms about two different things: (1) a book that claims, wrongly, that J. Allen Hynek was a proponent of the "Extraterrestrial Hypothesis" and (2) a newspaper reporter who claims she was at "the" Roswell crash site. He's right, of course, in both instances, but this reviewer has some difficulty berating journalists when the UFO "experts" can't even agree, after years of debate, upon the number of Roswell crash sites. And this reviewer remembers the odd emotion when he first realized Lonnie Zamora's April 1964 Socorro, New Mexico, encounter happened upon the same 24th day of a month that Kenneth Arnold in June 1947 had noted nine strange objects exceeding the speed limit near Mt. Rainier, Washington. Well, Loren Coleman has gone a lot farther. In UFO-Related Death of June 24, 2018? Loren has assembled a whole list of June 24th events, many of them, well, final. "June 24th becomes a date to watch every year," Loren says. The article is informative and interesting, although this reviewer, for one, isn't worried. At least until next June rolls around. (WM)

Paul Seaburn reports on the sorry tale of Charles Byrne, an 18th century fellow who suffered and died from Gigantism. Seen as a curiosity when alive, he remained so in death because his bones were exhibited until recent times. Perhaps now he'll get his wish to be given a dignified burial. Meanwhile, Brent Swancer takes us on a tour of tall tales, or tales of the tall, mainly from the days of the conquistadors in this round-up of Explorers' Mysterious Historical Encounters with Real Giants in The New World. (LP)

July 11

The Virgin Weeps The Fortean
Is it possible the world has maxed out on bad news, so much so that now our religious icons and relics are getting in on the action? Reports are multiplying recently of statues of the Virgin Mary weeping. Sometimes tears, sometimes scented oil, sometimes blood. The blood captured the interest of the Vatican, so we'll have to wait to hear their findings. But as we've said before: if something happens that gives people hope in the midst of all the current bad news, that's fantastic. Not so fantastic is when a Mysterious Blood Rain Falls in Siberia. Not apocalyptic blood rain, although the results might end up being the same in the long run. But red goo falling from the skies, accompanied by shaky, ill prepared explanations by government officials. Nothing fortean about environmental pollution, but certainly monstrous in its impact. (CM)

Robbie Graham gives a detailed look into his personal crop circle experience. Although a confirmed believer that crop formations are the work of human--not alien--hands, his tale is rife with high strangeness. Perhaps the question we need answered is not "Who is responsible for crop circles" but rather "What kind of weirdness do crop circles attract?" But if human hands can make something beautiful and seemingly magical, they can also be equally destructive: Vandals Attack Crop Circle Exhibition and Paranormal Website. We can argue that the destruction was motivated by a desire to stop the truth from being told, but in these cases we have to accept that the only motivation was a desire to destroy or to stop the spirit of free speech. If we want to find monsters in our universe, some individuals don't have to look further than the bathroom mirror. (CM)

"UFOs tell us, I think, that our known reality consists of something more, something that indicates extra attention should be paid to outside-the-normal exigencies of our everyday lives." This is perhaps the best observation in Rich Reynolds' thoughtful outburst about what makes unidentified flying objects at once so mysterious and, perhaps, valuable to Anomalists everywhere. Rich seizes upon one challenging aspect of the phenomenon(a) in The "Mystery" of Selectivity and the Calculation of Exploitation (with UFOs et cetera). He may somewhat overemphasize the general lack of sophistication of UFO witnesses in "iconic" cases; for instance, the participants in the 2004 "Nimitz" and other military encounters seem not to fit that profile. Ignorant Comment(s)! has what might mostly interest an ancient historian, save for the valuable points that skeptical arguments on Constantine the Great's promoted "vision" "are remarkably similar to those for the Airship wave(s) of 1896-1897," and the likely cause for a "descent into dementia that John Keel was experiencing in the latter part of his life." We would question Rich's Comments statement that "Constantine made the Church the official religion of Rome"--that action we would prefer ascribing to Theodosius I. (WM)

Upfront, site manager Doug Skinner provides useful context which those new to John Keel's personal journals will appreciate. Be sure to read the "odd letter from Gray Barker," whether before or after the bewildering array of nuttiness that ensues in the October 23, 1967, Keel post. Now it's not been clear whether John ever talked directly to the supposed "alien/android" entities. In the conversation Keel has with the character "ARGO" Keel mentions the latter beginning to "yell angrily." Does this mean there actually was someone in the room with Helen when she called John? (WM)


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