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April 22

Maybe it's been a slow news week, or perhaps people need relief from the usual onslaught of bad news, but a creature spotted on the surface of a pond in Ohio has caught the media's attention. But it seems to us the video is better used for wetlands preservation than as documentation of a monster. Akron’s ‘Pond Monster’ Versus Ohio’s Many Water Cryptids makes it easy to understand how one could get carried away spotting weirdness in the water. Ohio has some bizarre and even frightening stories of unknown creatures rising up from its waters and wreaking havoc. Just not from a fishing pond in Akron. (CM)

Knowing local agencies respond better to FOIAs than do major governmental units, retired police officer Tim McMillan provides and analyzes a two-page "Agency Assist" report from the Laingsburg, Michigan, police department. This concerns a raid by the FBI and other departments on the United Nuclear Scientific business of famed Area 51 whistleblower Bob Lazar. It's unlikely the raid related to Lazar's controversial UFO claims, and it most likely was connected to the appalling 2015 murder of a young Upper Peninsula woman. We're not sure why the Daily Mail is bringing this next story up now, but it's published a typically-interminably-headlined article entitled 'Area 51: An Uncensored History': Journalist Shares Photos Connected to the Infamous Roswell UFO Incident of 1947 as She Claims it was Hoax Designed by Soviet Union and Joseph Stalin. But the article introduces, to those unaware of them, Annie Jacobsen's 2012 book and its controversial "takes" on both the secretive Nevada base and the almost mythical-1947 crash of "something" in New Mexico. And if that doesn't push the oddity scale, how about a Man Busted for Shooting Gun at Fireflies Mistaken for 'Alien Lasers'. Tim Binnall has the dirt on this weird story. But a major business organization believes unusual beliefs can make money, as Nike Releases Flat Earther's UFO and Illuminati-Themed Shoes on 4/20. Brett Tingley relates how pro basketball luminary Kyrie Irving's latest sneaker version goes "to the stars" for its inspiration. (WM)

Lon Strickler has posted another of our favorite type of Bigfoot encounters, the kind where descriptions are unembellished, and details are missing because the witness wasn't looking for a meetup with any big, hairy creatures. This report may take some of the carefree out of your camping vacations, though. In the meantime, Filmmaker Seth Breedlove Talks New Miniseries “On The Trail Of Bigfoot”. Utilizing a different, more "verité" style, Breedlaw is bringing a sense of realness to his documentary as he travels across the US contacting experiencers. We will keep our eyes open for a release date. (CM)

Nick Refern's "gone mental" with these three articles. This first asks whether similarities in three very weird stories of night attacks indicate an operation "to screw with the human mind." Nick finds more possible coincidences in Photographing a Zombified Man in Black. This story may be recognized from The Zombie Book: The Encyclopedia of the Living Dead, which Nick wrote with Brad Steiger, and has lots more creepy tales from Hollywood as well as real life. And Nick closes the trio of posts with UFOs, Rocket Tests, and "Demented" Animals. In this case the humans of Somaliland weren't the ones mentally altered, but they did get very strangely ill from unknown but variously speculated causes. (WM)

April 21

Wildcats in Ireland? Karl Shuker doesn't try to weasel out of explaining these curious sightings, presenting some of the best accounts with the most plausible of the unusual suspects. Meanwhile, a mere 190 kilometers away, Tim Binnall reports Another Big Cat's Been Spotted In Britain. Well that's a bit of a misnomer since this is a melanistic moggy rather than a spotted kitty. Make sure you watch the damned video, because the preview still doesn't give one perspective on the beast's size. Down Mexico way, one farmer claims an industrious Chupacabras Has Slain 71 Farm Animals. That's more than MS-13 on a good day! Good lord *choke*! Maybe a wall isn't such a bad idea? We leave you in Tim's able hands as he gently breaks this story. (CS)

Humans are a terrible species, and we've taken a few more steps downward by rebooting severed pigs heads. If there's anything redeeming, the process involves a chemical to prevent the re-emergence of consciousness which may inflict more horror upon these poor piggies. From Roni Dengler's account of macabre science, Harvey Sullivan picks up the thread by noting When You Die "You Know You’re Dead Because Your Brain Keeps Working". Certainly explains the outcomes of certain elections, but jokes aside Dr. Sam Parnia weighs in on the developments precipitating from zombie pig heads. On the bright side, a Man Brought Back From The Dead Mysteriously Dies Again. We've all heard about terminal lucidity, but this is ridiculous. Even for you, Paul Seaburn! (CS)

From the big sleep to merely sleeping, David Robson addresses the curious phenomenon of unremembered dreams. You don't have to be a philosophical zombie to never recall dreams, as the phenomenon happens to everyone. Is it an act of self-censorship or may another agency be at work, preventing one from apprehending the future? Perhaps there's an answer in Bernardo Kastrup's Meditations On Sleep And Cyclicality. For those of you with dimming eyesight, one can click a photo -> context menu -> view image -> then click the image to zoom in. Zoom in more using control-+. The more you know! (CS)

April 20

In 1969, "Paul is Dead" was a meme but how does an occultist who's been dead for 22 years figure into the mix? At best Crowley was on the cover of Sergeant Peppers, but he also wrote The Winged Beetle. Take the key to imagination which Andrew Arnett has handed you, and learn how deep the rabbit hole goes. If these kinds of conspiracies seem counterfactual, lend Ed Simon an ear as he reads some of the great missives from other worlds contained within The Literature Of Parallel Universes. Sometimes the worlds that might've been profoundly inform our own culture and histories, sometimes muddying the waters. If you're not much for books, for shame, join Eliene Augenbraun to catch The Best of the Quantum Shorts Film Festival. If you continue the journey deeper Into The Twilight Zones, you'd be well-advised to take along Mike Jay's Stranger Than Fiction as a trip sitter. From opium to laughing gas, these subtances threw wide the doors of perception with their tales fuelling John Rimmer's fevered imagingings. (CS)

Aside from being a keen skeptic, we love how Hayley Stevens sticks to her princples. Just last week, as the crow flies, she called out pseudoskeptics and their pantomime of debunkery and the late Lorraine Warren gets a bit of the same treatment? Too soon? It's the 21st century. It's never "too soon" anymore. Speaking of good paranormal researchers, look no further than Paul Cropper and his latest investigation of The Haunting Of Nicasio Torres. Señor Torres's remarkable case involves thrown stones and bones, along with a possible manifestation of the unsettled spirit behind these events. No word if the same's been experienced as Simon Cowell's New Mansion 'Haunted By Gay Lover Of A Roman Emperor' Whose Spirit Was Unleashed By The Previous Owner. Who doesn't enjoy a little bit of history and the paranormal when it comes to celebrity worship? Let alone the occupant possibly meeting his fate at the hands of this fabulous phantom. (CS)

Wasn't the celebrated Boleskine House on the market recently? Apparently the fire which ravaged the residence spared enough square footage that it remains livable, according to Brett Tingley. Why would anyone who isn't a nutjob or LedZep fan live there? Why its enviable views of dreaded Loch Ness! Imagine driving home from work along those murky waters and being paced by its most notorious inhabitant. Just fifty years after Dr. Rory Cameron's grampa had his own encounter, this Inverness Man Spotted The 'Loch Ness Monster Speeding' Through The Water and caught it on film. Skeptical? Watch the footage for yourself. Not too far away, Glasgow Boy's Revisiting The Margaret Munro Site where the aforementioned witness spotted Nessie coming ashore, possibly to lay eggs or pick up a curry. Glasgow Boy lays out why the sighting and the surroundings are key to appreciating this important case. (CS)

Keep some cold iron handy, as Kitty Phelan shares a close encounter from her gran illustrating how the Good Folk can be clever in their shenanigans. But not all fairies are fairies, nor are all mothmen always mothmen, as a Ghost Hunter Reports Collision With "Miniature Mothman" Near Wittenberg, Wisconsin. Wonder if Pep Boys has heavy-duty windshield wiper fluid. (CS)

April 19

Put together the words Bermuda, Triangle, and Killing and you've got a headline which builds expectations. Alas, they're not met in this somewhat prosaic account of When Key Fobs Go Bad. Similar disappointment arises from the question, was this a 'Demon Dog' Photographed in England? Perhaps, but as close inspection of the snap indicates, it would need to have at least one metal-jointed foreleg. And to round off the theme of expectations not met, we learn that the Second Fairy Photo Sale Underwhelms. The infamous Cottingley Fairy pics went under the hammer again recently and didn't do well. Representing the fake news of their time, they can't compete with the 24/7 barrage of the stuff we get today and consequently seem to have lost their magic. (LP)

With "input from the Scientific Coalition for UFOlogy," Newsweek's Callum Paton has evaluated 25 UFO cases. Some will dispute some of the lowest-ratings, as did Kevin Randle for the Levelland close encounters, while a few cases seem a trifle overrated. But the article is noteworthy both for coming from a mainstream media source and for showing some of the variety of UFO reports. But what causes those reports that resist explanation? In The God Copout Michael Prescott rather takes himself to task for having resorted to one big "Unknown--the "collective unconscious"--to explain a whole raft of "unknown" paranormal phenomena, not merely UFOs. Well, one gentleman was clear that some UFOs were real nuts-and-bolts craft that crashed and could be "reverse-engineered." Nick Redfern writes of this in The Roswell UFO: The Corso Claims. But Nick's not out to defend technological history from the late Col. Philip J. Corso. Instead, Nick calls to our attention Corso's assertions about the supposed Roswell crash victims. Nick also notes some ufologists suspected Corso of spreading UFO disinformation, which takes us in yet another direction, one whose tour guide is Jack Brewer. Brewer's UFOs as Espionage Tools touches upon the passably-known Boyd Bushman mystery, then turns to the much lesser-known case of the late Vincente DePaula. Brewer lists 41 hours of government interrogation of this individual on where DePaula got the information behind his drawing of an alien head. And that mystery seems to deepen. (WM)

Being a Contactee in the '50s and '60s wasn't totally fun. That's one takeaway from Hakan Blomqvist's portrayal of a darker aspect to Danish New Age Swedish language publisher Edith Nicolaisen. This is another fascinating look at the many-sided, brilliant, and we now find troubled, figure and the movement she promoted. With The Reeves Papers (2) we continue John Keel's perhaps unpublished article on "two sheets of supposedly alien writing reported by contactee John Reeves." (For the first installment, see The Reeves Papers (1).) In installment #2, Keel identifies the first sheet as a "patent hoax," but he's much more hopeful about the second one. John lists some features his so-called "silent contactees" note about "the Ufonauts" that one can see could support Keel's beliefs the saucer-folk may not be ETs. The Reeves Papers (3) returns to the notion, brought up initially in the first installment, that "the UFOs might be using a system of symbols based upon the Bliss-Reiser concepts" and goes some way to explain those ideas and Keel's speculation. The Reeves Papers (4) acknowledges that the whole of those papers could be a hoax, but explains how "an unexpected set of circumstances" militates against their outright rejection. In its own way, this matter of "UFO occupant" writing rivals for strangeness much of the Long Island contactee files Keel site manager Doug Skinner has given us over the past couple of years. (WM)

Those of you who like to dismiss stories of crocodiles in the sewers as urban legends are about to feel less comfortable around the subject. And any family living in the deep south of the US? You might find yourself warning them to stay away from bayous and swampy areas. And those of you who find monkeys terrifying (it can't be just me) are going to want to shout "I told you so! They are monsters!" after reading Chupacabras? No: Rhesus Monkeys! This report is truly one for the Weird Nature category. And maybe a horror movie. (CM)

April 18

A triangular pattern of Lights in the Sky gives this Houston news outlet a lot of opportunities to "dig deep" when it comes to UFOs. Aside from the title video, we learn about the top 9 places for UFO sightings in the Houston area, and old footage about a still-mysterious sighting in Houston suburb Dayton, Texas is once again trotted out for view. Some media outlets more than others recognize that UFOs, even when treated skeptically, attract viewers. From Houston we go to Dallas--well, not the Texas city--for a Rectangle UFO Spotted Moving over Oregon. Roger Marsh gives us this case of what looked like "a barge or aircraft carrier" seen and reported last June. In the intervening time the case has been investigated and closed as an "Unknown Aerial Vehicle." Sequoyah Kennedy reports how a Video Shows Huge "Space Station" UFO Flying Behind the Moon. Kennedy notes how the video supports a theory he's been promoting about exhibitionist ETs, but disses it anyway. He's most likely right about the legitimacy of the footage, although his story as to how it got published is highly speculative. (WM)

Anthropologists have been reconstructing faces of humans for decades, so why not dogs? Over in the Orkneys, dogs were very important to those ancient, indigenous peoples, and Esther Addley takes a moment to gaze upon this goodest of boyes. Meanwhile, in the 21st century, Amelia Heathman dares you to Watch A Pack Of Boston Dynamics Robot Dogs Pulling A Full-Sized Lorry To Show Off Strength. What's strength without a cold wet nose and a sloppy kiss to greet you after a long day? While dogs are honored for their seeming capacity for forgiveness and love, Marc Beckoff raises the thorny question of, "Do Dogs Hold Grudges?" The answer is complex, and surprising, even for dog lovers. (CS)

Billy Cox lost his notes on who was "easily the most provocative and entertaining speaker at last month's Scientific Coalition for Ufology's Anomalous Aerospace Phenomena Conference." Billy tells why we should look forward to SCU's publishing Travis Taylor's presentation on its website. Cox praises the SCU (now "Scientific Coalition for Unidentified Aerospace Phenomena Studies") for open-mindedness in scheduling the controversial, energetic, outspoken, and academically decorated Taylor. Taylor's arguments on possible malevolent ET intent and why the Government might rightly choose not to reveal what it knows about ETs "surely ran counter to the expectations of the majority of the audience," notes Cox, who also has an interesting take on "the most conflicted SCU speaker" at the March 15-17 event. (WM)

Between fossilized remains and cave paintings, we can safely draw the conclusion that Earth has long been home to widely diverse populations of wildlife, some of it very strange. But what's really intriguing is when parallels can be drawn between those remains and paintings, pointing toward extremely effective and long standing oral traditions among indigenous peoples. Speaking of strange creatures, Nick Redfern outlines his dream vacation in Monsters: Three Potential Expeditions. It's good to know that even after a lifetime of investigation into the unknown, he is still not jaded and enthusiastic, which bodes well for those of us wanting to hear about his adventures and live a little bit vicariously. (CM)

April 17

A Terrifying Case of Precognition Consciousness Unbound
There are times one has to wonder if psychic gifts are in fact poorly wrapped curses. This story by philosopher Michael Grosso details the lifelong precognitive experiences of a woman who, in spite of her best efforts, has never been able to change the course of events she is warned of in her dreams. In some places in the world, keeping silent about such things is a survival skill.  North Korea Executes Fortune Tellers, which probably doesn't come as a surprise, even to the non-psychic types. There's been a crackdown on "superstitious activities" so anyone even hinting that the North Korean leader isn't the one supreme being isn't long for this world. (CM)

Evil Archaeology The Paranormal Podcast
Mainstream academic archaeologists and historians only have themselves to blame for the popularity of weird theories gobbled up by an ignorant and interested public. So says "renegade archaeologist" Dr. Lynn Heather. She's largely right, and the lesson could be extended to other fields. Jim Harold's interview with the controversial author of Evil Archaeology: Demons, Possessions, and Sinister Relics is an absolute hoot from beginning to end, and it certainly sounds like the new book is as well. Speaking of new books, Jason Colavito dissects one element in Graham Hancock's America Before: The Key to Earth's Lost Civilization. Jason's article Graham Hancock Describes the Telekinetic Powers of His Lost Civilization lists some of the book's more fundamental speculations, predictably finds them unsupported, and especially focuses upon what he considers an "about face" regarding the population of Hancock's posited early civilization. Colavito also informs that Robert Clotworthy Says "Ancient Aliens" Seeks Humanity's "Purpose". The "voice of Ancient Aliens" did a recent interview which seems to puzzle Jason, but one reader may have the answer to why Clotworthy speaks the way he does about the tv series he narrates. And Sequoyah Kennedy relates the story of his own first name, the tale of a remarkable linguistic achievement, and a horrendous moment in American history. Mysterious Cherokee Inscriptions in Alabama Cave Decoded also provides information about Cherokee cultural practices and spiritual beliefs. (WM)

What's in a name? Alejandro Rojas covers a brief history of the Pentagon anomalies study program that ran from 2007 through 2012, mutating as it did, and continues through today under a new, unannounced title. MJ Banias launches from AATIP's present incarnation both backwards and forwards in time with Is it All Just Ufological History Repeating? Banias stands off from the ufological fray to ask some pointed questions and provide a tentative answer to the "point" of it all. Robbie Graham asks us to accompany Banias further on his cultural and philosophical journey in Believers, Experiencers, Scientists and Spooks: Meet 'The UFO People'. This Graham/Banias interview covers more of the material specifically in Banias' new book The UFO People: A Curious Culture. The book's overriding purpose is to have the UFO community critically look at itself, what it is studying, and how it is prosecuting that study. (WM)

A tiny and perfect cluster of islands off Panama are home to a people called the Cunas, who have the highest incidence of albinism in the world. Those born with this condition suffer greatly with the effects of a hot, sunny climate, leaving one to wonder if evolution took a bit if a holiday while the Cunas developed. Next we have The Mysterious Ghostly Whistle People of Indonesia, known as the Orang Bunian. An elf-like clan of supernatural beings, it is said they inhabit the woods and lure hikers away from this world with their beautiful song. Modern day reports of this phenomenon only add to the mystery, with stories of hallucinations, behavior changes, and a desire to wander off the path. (CM)

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