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July 31

If there's one story defining forteana for the final week of July 2021, it's this gem from the pen of the legendary Tim Binnall involving a little kid, a ghost, and getting all the facts right. Did a little kid see the specter of Sandra Hughes, because it sure as heck seems like it. If you don't believe, the Sierra National Forest is notorious for The Restless Spirits Of Shuteye Peak as enumerated by Tim Christensen which are equal parts Missing 411, true crime, and campfire stories. While an incident around a national park may grab headlines, we're glad Jorge Vela is on the case when there are Ghost Sightings Reported On Laredo's Mines Road and among those are La Llorona! While the blurry photo may not be worth a damn, these first person accounts are welcome chills on a hot Texas summer day. Continuing our journey southwards, Scott Corrales tells of A Voice From Beyond The Grave. Just before a fishing expedtion, someone heard a weird and disembodied voice which precipitated one of the strangest days ever recorded. (CS)

And you thought dreams of being late for class while naked were bad, pity the saga of Daniel Porter. What Oddity Central's contributor completely avoids addressing, despite the superficial details presented, is the nature of memory and how those old memories are fresh after two decades and trauma. On the other hand, Paul Seaburn is our man in Rajasthan with the tale of Man In India With Rare Disorder Who Sleeps For 300 Days A Year. Come discover the magic of HPA Axis hypersomnia and why too much sleep is as dangerous as too little. (CS)

Some may be confused by the omission of Jeremy Kenyon Lockyer Corbell in Brent Swancer's dissertation, but remember that Corbell doesn't really present lies. Rather crumbs for the gullible to "weaponize their curiosity". Shade aside, Swancer always provides quality material and his collection of crapumentaries would certainly make for a fun TV watching weekend, or date night with that someone or something special. Of course fakery shenanigans go way back, and Dr. Karl Shuker recounts Koch's Monstrous Missourium And Horrid Hydrarchos from the 19th century and the other P.T. Barnum, Dr. Albert C. Koch. While Missourium and Hydrarchos aren't gaffs, these chimerical displays certainly put butts in the seats. Part one concerns the magnificent Missourium, but Part Two addresses the impressive Hydrarchos, two exhibits which helped Dr. Koch seek out other marvels. (CS)

July 30

The then-Weapon Systems Officer who made the famous 2004 "Tic-Tac" recordings gives his first on-camera interview, telling how he came up with that now-historic moniker and why he thinks what he "captured" is so significant. Commander Chad Underwood affords Jeremy Corbell yet another coup in a dialogue highlighting yet-unreleased radar data, underscoring that multiple sensory systems support his encounter. Duncan Phenix notes salient points and offers a transcript from the entire exchange at Navy Aviator ho Recorded Tic Tac Video Speaks on Camera for First Time. CNN Business continues an outstanding theme in that Underwood interview and provides context at The 'Baffling' Thing about UFO Tech That Has Security Experts Worried, while Keith Basterfield extends the discussion internationally in The Recent SIGMA2 3AF French Report on UAP. Keith summarizes an English-language summary of the 377-page document and tells where to get the complete French-language Report. (WM)

A radio station in Texas is currently engaged in one of our favorite activities--stirring the proverbial Bigfoot pot. Describing possible sightings in the area over the last 20 years, the station has declared that Bigfoot is overdue for an appearance. But don't pay attention to the Somerset Insider page on Facebook, which has what they claim are Several Photos of Possible Bigfoot Near Kentucky Lake — Or Are They? It's a parody site. Here's an even murkier report: Second Possible Bigfoot Sighting Reported in Ashland County, Ohio, in Less Than Two Months. The witness--if indeed that's what he was--was cutting the grass and didn't have his cellphone with him to snap a photo because it had just rained hard. Who cuts their grass right after a hard rain? Sounds sketchy. We finish up this flurry of Sasquatch reports with Man Photographs Possible Bigfoot in Iowa. The photos unfortunately don't offer a lot in the way of sizing perspective, so the teeny tiny dark image could be a Bigfoot. Or a crow. Or a bear. Or a dude in rain gear. Even the BFRO hasn't published the photo, which speaks volumes. (CM)

The Harvard astronomer who's just co-founded The Galileo Project joins John Greenewald to discuss the initiative and its rationale. Loeb reiterates his theme of guidance by evidence rather than philosophy, theory, or emotion; he believes it's nothing "extraordinary" to conceive of possible ET intelligences; and he maintains that whatever this activity discovers will be a "gain." Besides outlining The Galileo Project, Loeb recounts how the 'Oumuamua discovery marked a turning point in his thinking, and identifies those whose recent generosity galvanized his thoughts and created the Project. Kevin Randle offers impressions of the Monday announcement in his Galileo Project and Avi Loeb, while linking to a January 28th podcast interview with Loeb on 'Oumuamua. Miguel ("Red Pill Junkie") Romero atones for an oversimplified characterization of the "martyrdom" of Giordano Bruno with a typically provocative discussion of the Loeb and co-founder Frank Laukien Announcement with Avi Loeb's Galileo Project: Raising the Middle Finger to UFO Whistleblowers & the ET Search Establishment. And Loeb joins old friend (and The Galileo Project Scientific Advisory Board Member) Brian Keating in a more personal discussion of Loeb's experiences since 'Oumuamua's discovery, illustrating some fundamental problems within the scientific community at The Galileo Project: Systematically Searching for Evidence of Extraterrestrial Technological Technology!. (WM)

July 29

John Greenewald dissects documents recently received through FOIA, with his headline featuring the most significant finding. John also learned separately that the "Preliminary Assessment: Unidentified Aerial Phenomena" released on June 25th and its classified annex "are substantively consistent and the key conclusions are the same in both." Luis Elizondo has now revealed that the Pentagon Has Extremely Clear 23 Minute UFO Video Showing 'Multiple' Craft Moving in Strange Patterns, Claims Insider. Henry Holloway says Elizondo's recent interviews have provided eyebrow raising "snippets of information," including that this particular UFO footage is "'compelling' and enough to make you go 'woah'." Well, Chris Impey would like to see it, because such Government UFO Data Should Be Studied By Scientists, This Astronomer Says. Micah Hanks notes how Impey's recently "weighed in on the debate over UFOs" and summarizes an Impey perspective differing from that behind Harvard astronomer Avi Loeb's new initiative. Impey confesses that "historically I had sort of been interested in it [the UFO topic] as the sort of archetype of pseudoscience." This attitude David Bates attacks vociferously in What's the BBC Got Against UFOs? Bates holds up the BBC as the "archetype" of "the historical disconnect between the reality of the UFO phenomenon and mainstream journalism." Bates asserts "No, ufologists are not pseudo-scientists, and they are not scientists. They are journalists," and tells unserious mainstream media outlets "It's time to cut the crap." (WM)

Mid-July brought some unwelcome excitement to a community in Argentina. A farmer seeking to understand why two recently born calves were left to fend for themselves in his field was met with a horrific sight. His 400 kg heifer lay dead and mutilated some 5 km away, with incisions cauterized and no trace of blood on the ground. The authorities were notified, resulting in investigation by a police veterinarian and a ufologist. Wanting an exciting and somewhat easily explainable conclusion is one thing, but getting it is quite another. So Nick Redfern asks the question Cattle Mutilations: Who or What are the Culprits? His answer may surprise you because while it does involve conspiracy and governmental coverup, no aliens are involved. (CM)

"Japan's Pyramid" got its nickname from its "orderly triangular sides," but there's much more to this "mountain of many mysteries" than just myth. Hikoshi Tamura says an archaeological investigation only added to the place's fascination. There's a much wider-reaching surprise and conundrum in Secret Patterns Found in Arrangement of Medieval Islamic Tombs. "They were set up a little like galaxies in the universe." Owen Jarus isn't saying there's necessarily a celestial connection here, but studying locations of a staggering 10,000 monuments in Eastern Sudan with the "Neyman-Scott cluster process"--formerly used in astronomy--has produced remarkable results. Locations figure in our next case, but here it's Ancient Coins in Out of the Way Places: When a Group of Scientists Looked at "Anomalous" Coin Claims. Micah Hanks' tale of the conclusion from a 1980 study of ancient coins discovered in the Americas reminds us of the ufological-based controversy between some members of the 1968 Condon Committee and its director. For a comprehensive account of such anomalies in the New World see Columbus Was Last: From 200,000 B.C. to 1492: A Heretical History of Who Was First, by Patrick Huyghe (Anomalist Books). And Ashley Cowie tells us sometimes the mysteries are confined in time and place, as with an 18th-19th century East Yorkshire, England Mystery Bottle Discovered Between Woman's Legs in Hull Burial. (WM)

July 28

Ever wonder how people got the notion of telepathy? Tom Froese with the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology builds upon prior evidence showing how humans synchronize with each other under many circumstances. What makes Dr. Froese's research so provocative is the suggestion that consciousness may emerge from many minds rather than one. For a little more on the topic, Claire Groden wrote back in 2013 about how Singing Syncs Up Heart Rates, eliciting physical responses similar to those achieved by practicing yoga. Weirder still, before the planet went into lockdown, the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology let slip how Brains of Birds Synchronize When They Sing Duets, so it's not just eusocial primates who experience the phenomenon. (CS)

A rather elaborate crop circle has been discovered in Dorset, England. We have to assume by the tone of this article that such an event is completely underwhelming given that crop circles are manmade in origin (the Echo's words, not ours). Perhaps there have just been so many formations in England that the automatic media response is to tell people to calm down. (Buzzkills!) It's the opposite situation on the other side of the Atlantic, where Curious 'Crop Formation' Causes Commotion on Mexican Farm. The owners of the farm are trying to come up with natural explanations to keep their property from being overrun by  thrill-seekers, but the media is having far too much fun to downplay the event. We should add that if the formation is manmade, whoever made it needs to take a few art classes. If its origin is other than manmade, it's a rather disturbing change as the result is not what we would typically label "harmonious." (CM)

The relationship between science fiction confrontations, UFO reality, and conspiracy theories can get complicated. Nick Redfern offers three fictional productions that dealt with uniting Earth's disputing countries against a common alien foe. Nick's Part 2 suggests that a peculiar alternative Roswell 1947 crash story may have been concocted from those precursors. He previews a significant date and proposes a contrarian version of the event it commemorates in The 60th Anniversary of the Betty & Barney Hill Abduction - Really a "Mind-Control" Experiment? Nick connects the 1961 Hill abduction with the iconic 1957 Villas Boas case "and the very strange saga of Gerry Irwin (of 1959)," per No Return: The Gerry Irwin Story, UFO Abduction or Covert Operation? (Anomalist Books). Nick suggests they're clandestine staged incidents visited by human operatives upon unsuspecting people. And Brent Swancer conveys how a science-fiction production itself became "fact" to many people with The McPherson Tape: The Strange Story of an Allegedly "Real" Alien Abduction Video. (WM)

A set of older UFO events is led off by a sampling of CEII and CEIII cases from a declassified Australian report. Jak Connor finds them to be "relevant today"; they're also very interesting. Don't let this next title Best Clear Photo Of a UAP 2021 mislead; the footage was allegedly taken about seven years ago. The Schoolkids Who Said They Saw 'Aliens' is a short BBC News piece on the 1994 Ruwa, Zimbabwe, Ariel School mass sighting. It's a very short article, but the embedded video of the investigation by the late Cynthia Hinds will be precious to ufologists who knew her. And Scott Corrales' Haunted Deserts: UFOs in the Emptiness has a bevy of UFO encounter reports from arid regions south of the U.S., going back to the 19th century. (WM)

July 27

On Monday, Harvard Astronomer Avi Loeb and Frank Laukien, the CEO of Bruker Corp. proclaimed a new effort toward "the systematic scientific search for extraterrestrial technological artifacts." Already with almost two million dollars in resources, The Galileo Project starts with, but goes beyond, the 100 or more ground-based telescope and multispectral detection systems organized into a computer-aided, data filtered network. The first stage sounds like a UFODATA or MADAR proposition writ large and backed by largely academically-placed individuals without well-known interests in UFOs. The co-founders should consult previous science-based efforts for determining their instrumentation, but won't study past UFO cases, which generally lack the needed scientific data richness and reproducibility they think their project can supply. The project expressly distances itself from anecdotal reports and "legends," and won't employ "alternative physics or science hypotheses." It also will eschew classified data as that would constrain a free information dissemination goal. Announcing a New Plan for Solving the Mystery of Unidentified Aerial Phenomena is a Loeb summary of the project. Aaron Reich's Harvard Astronomer Revolutionizes Search for Alien Life with New Project discusses the origins of the initiative. One wonders whether the donors Loeb mentions there saw his proposal in last month's What We Can Learn from Studying UFOs"? For more information go to The Galileo Project. Amid all this excitement, one might want to consult aerospace and astronomy journalist Bruce Dorminey's Current UAP Debate Could Use An Injection Of Common Sense. Has Loeb indeed "covered all the bases"? (WM)

It seems that each unique geographic region of our planet is home to its own unique hairy hominid. Micah Hanks reports on China's version, the Yeren, indigenous to Hubei Province. Similar to Bigfoot but somewhat shorter, with distinctive longish red hair, the Yeren first began its series of appearances 1976, drawing the attention of the Chinese Academy of Science and resulting in a large research expedition the following year. Prior to this endeavor, folktales and legends existed that ensured the lines between fairy tale and reality were sufficiently blurred. By way of illustration, The Buckwheat Beast: A Curious Legend of a Chinese “Monster” was written in the 18th century, seeming to serve as both folk tale and warning regarding an enormous hairy biped that was strong enough to kill a man with one bite should the urge strike. Probably a good thing to keep in mind regardless of whether the tale is fact or fiction: Don't poke the hairy biped. (CM)

Rob Swiatek and MUFON A Different Perspective
Kevin Randle interviews Mutual UFO Network Board member Rob Swiatek, one of the high character people in ufology. Rob doesn't shy away from some pointed questions about MUFON, and discusses the challenges involved in data collection, like Fran Ridge's MADAR system and the older Ambient Monitoring Project (AMP), which recorded conditions in the homes of UFO abductees. Rob mentioned someone may finally be able to do consistent analysis of the stored AMP data. At the end Kevin expresses dissatisfaction with the June 25th "Preliminary Assessment: Unidentified Aerial Phenomena," calling it a "high school" report. He's voiced this theme in UAPs and a Couple of Current Reports. Here Kevin delves into the past to show what kinds of data were apparently overlooked in preparation for the Assessment, and offers some cases that "provide a bit of flavor as to what is going on today." "High school" is back in session in EM Effects and UAPs, but Kevin's focus is electromagnetic effects cases old and relatively (2004--Chad Underwood) new. While Operation Mockingbird sounds like just another UFO conspiracy theory, Kevin explains it really was a media-management effort that has him suspicious of present government motives behind that June 25th Assessment. Kevin suggests another very recent event deserving further notice. (WM)

July 26

The tales of time travelers from the future are multiplying, making us wonder if TikTok has become the place from which aspiring writers will be plucked in the same way Youtube has provided a veritable harvest of young singers. Regardless, we start this trio of time traveling tales with a fellow claiming to be stuck 6 years in our future where humanity has ended but hydro, internet, and roads are still maintained. Then there's this guy: ‘Time Traveler’ Reveals When Giant Aliens Will Land On Earth — and It’s Soon. Giving the world less than one year's warning, he's telling us these tall strangers with large, misshapen heads mean us no harm until the military pick a fight with them. Lastly, we have the story of either a time traveller with terrible planning skills or the dumbest inside trader ever: The Bizarre Tale of the Time-Traveling Stock Trader details the rise to wealth of an alleged time traveller who in 2003 turned a handful of cash into a multi-million dollar fortune over a two week period. Maybe the film industry is to blame for our unrealistic expectations, but wouldn't you think individuals who travel through time to be more worldly or informed? Or careful? Color us jaded on this trio. (CM)

If you've ever wondered what sort of life Steve Feltham has, this will give you the answer: it's pretty darn good. For three decades, this man-in-a-van has lived a carefree existence, doing just what he wants, with a bit of Nessie-sleuthing thrown in. Maybe he spotted Glasgow Boy, who was recently Up at the Loch again and doing a bit of what makes him happy, with camera, metal detector, and a nice bit of touring in the local area. And who wouldn't be happy doing that? (LP)

The Navy-data-based "Preliminary Assessment: Unidentified Aerial Phenomena" apparently didn't mention "what seems to be going on underwater." Brent Swancer offers some U.S. and Russian accounts that leave us all perplexed. Then there are Unidentified Submarine Objects and Strange Cases of UFOs Entering and Exiting the Water. Brent relates some very unsettling and confounding events, one involving up to a thousand people. And Brent has some Strange Cases of UFOs Stealing Our Water. Included here are stories that "show us that this is something that can be at times completely and truly bizarre beyond words." Maybe it's a relief that Paul Seaburn's contribution is a more pedestrian one headlined First American Female Cruise Ship Captain Records UFO Near Ship. Yet it likely took some moxie to go so public with the story about what looked like "a gigantic black jellyfish" as it sailed over her ship, sank into the water, and disappeared. (WM)

Veteran UFO archivist Jan Aldrich gives co-hosts Gene Steinberg and Randall Murphy his own "insider's view" of early UFO history and his dedicated efforts to preserve it. Jan's story of his initial involvement in anomalous phenomena was a surprise, as were details of his odyssey across the country under funding from Robert Bigelow through the UFO Research Coalition. Jan's also not lacking in informed opinions on numerous hot-button subjects. Curt Collins joined Gene and Randall just prior to the June 25th appearance of the UAPTF "Preliminary Assessment" to discuss it and the state of ufology. That conversation remains fascinating particularly for Curt's largely point-on suggestions about the Assessment's contents and, at least so far, aftermath. Micah Hanks invites the University of Arizona's Chris Impey for UFOs and Science: An Astronomer's Perspective. Besides Impey's explanations of the scientific need for multiple sensory data, the problems militating against scientists studying UFOs/UAPs, and the likelihood that we might not even recognize ET robotic study efforts, Hanks has things to say about Steven Greer's attacks against Lue Elizondo and the less-elevated motivations driving some towards prominence within the UFO Community. (WM)

July 25

A new study casts doubt upon the abductee phenomenon according to a press release for a new dream study. Participants were told to dream of contacting extraterrestrials. When Michael Raduga and colleagues reviewed those accounts, they found some intriguing parallels with real-life incidents along with many reports sleep paralysis. Best of all, their paper is available online. Dreams also play a part in another fortean phenomena, And knowing how our little lives are rounded with a sleep then it makes perfect sense to consider Dreaming Beyond Death, helping people come to terms for when the time comes to pop. Pop? David Halperin makes his metaphor beautifully clear in his book review and subsequent meditations upon the topic. Is there anything dreams can't do? Mark Frauenfelder is beside himself after learning how A Person In A Dream Co-Authored A Math Paper. While the paper in question is unfathomable to laity, but the incident which inspired involves someone who "popped" 94 days before it was written. So far these oneirological explorations aren't very dark, but leave it to Nick Redfern to reveal When Nightmarish Things Find Their Way Into Our Dreams. Men in black and their kin aren't just for the waking world anymore. (CS)

Peter Dockrill's, or his editor's, headline sums up the odyssey of Gonzalo Montoya Jiménez but doesn't answer the question, "What did Gonzalo see, if anything?" As for the circumstances surrounding the rumors of his death, there may be one clue worth investigating here. (CS)

Becky Ferreria's article is fertile ground to make politician jokes, except the discovery is tremendously fascinating. Slime molds may very well have a brain, just not as we know it, and researchers from the Wyss Institute at Harvard University and the Allen Discovery Center at Tufts University have unambiguous data demonstrating thought in slime molds. One question, how does The Root-Brain Hypothesis Of Charles And Francis Darwin align with this conclusion? Might they have a higher consciousness, or upper story, like humanity? Often folks access this altered state through entheogens, but Michael Grosso's revelations concerning Getting Into The Upper Story Of Our Minds doesn't require transcendence with chemicals. All of these articles are a heady brew, pun intended, but Will We Soon Be Able To Test Theories Of Consciousness? The theories surrounding consciousness are diverse, and Denyse O'Leary has her work cut out for her illustrating each and how they can, and can't, be tested with science-as-we-know-it. But Can Consciousness Be Explained By Quantum Physics? Well Cristiane de Morais Smith reckons her research takes us a step closer to finding out. (CS)


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