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July 14

As he nears completion of his musings upon Things Faery, the Professor takes a professedly-large step "by going far beyond the data into the bizarre lands of speculation." Here he sketches how the "old cultures" viewed the Faery world, and separates Faery from three other types of anomalous "distinct realities." He considers, and discards, several competing theories both old and new, including the notion popular in some circles of meaningful similarities with encounters during psychotropically induced states. In their place Swords offers a "Middle Angels" theory that could comport with mythologies cultural and even book-fictional. In Summa Faeryologica, Pt 5 The Professor launches into full "Out Proctor" territory (which term he explains for those unfamiliar with his previous blogging). The huge question here is "Do UFOs Explain Faery?" Before getting to The Answer, Dr. Swords discusses the history behind that notion. He then explains how he came to his conclusion, Which Shall Not Be Spoiled Here. But he concludes this piece with his farthest "Out Proctor" "goofy speculation," in the form of a Question that begs for at least one more episode in this remarkable series. (WM)

About 70 years ago, give or take, in Kansas City a legend was born of a large serpentine creature calling a land-locked pond (puddle, really) home. Sinkhole Sam was reputedly as big around as a tire and had the unexpected reputation of being vegetarian. While he seems to have been more marketing ploy than monster, his legend persists, although one has to wonder how a sinkhole with a maximum depth of 15 feet hasn't dried up at least once during a hot summer to reveal its mythical contents. More recently, in China a Mysterious 10-Foot-Long “Lake Monster” Captured On Video. Filmed swimming across a pond at a notable speed, the unknown creature has some claiming they have China's answer to Nessie. Others aren't so quick to blame a cryptid for the uproar, blaming enormous schools of fish or alligators for the uproar. Just another reason not to go swimming, if you ask us. (CM)

We need to adjust String Theory. At least, that form that posits string was invented "only" about 50,000 years BP, says Jocelyne LeBlanc. And this Israeli find of a seashell necklace that must have employed string more than doubles the previous French record for that technical application. On the other hand, Jocelyne tells us that the Cerne Abbas Giant May Not Be As Old As Previously Thought. The huge Dorset, England hillside chalk figure has been regarded by some as ancient, by others as perhaps only 17th century. And it's shells--in this case of land snails--that lowers the likely date of origin. LeBlanc covers the various guesstimates, and explains how the snails bring the dates at least up to the 13th and 14th centuries. The Archaeology World Team presents a puzzler that has seemingly been solved. They tell us that Over Half A Century Ago, Deep In The Jungles Of Guatemala, A Gigantic Stone Head Was Uncovered. But a stone head with Caucasian-appearing features, since supposedly disfigured beyond all such association. Naturally, much speculation has arisen--as has an explanation, by archaeologist Lee A. Parsons in "A Pseudo Pre-Columbian Colosal [sic] Stone Head on the Pacific Coast of Guatemala," in the Proceedings of the International Congress of Americanists (41st session, Mexico, 1974), vol. 1, pp. 519-21). Jason Colavito had the details in his 2013 The Mysterious Stone Head of Guatemala: A Case Study in Willful Ignorance and Deception. The head was actually carved in pumice in 1936 by a "farm administrator" to commemorate his dead wife. But Tom Metcalfe reports a case where a seemingly "sun-struck" identification may be gaining acceptance as some Lumpy Flint Figurines May be Some of the Earliest Depictions of Real People. (WM)

July 13

It's not so much what former Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program (AATIP) head Luis Elizondo says in this article. Rather Aristos Georgiou's straightforward treatment in Newsweek rates a second look. Similarly, Live Science's Mindy Weisberger offers Are UFOs a Threat? We Need to Investigate, Says Former Head of Secret US Program. The national-security emphasis in the Season Two premiere of Unidentified: Inside America's UFO Investigation is geared to raise pressure on the Government regarding UFOs, and it certainly caught the attention of these mainstream media outlets. Some sectors of ufology will be uncomfortable with that continued "threat" theme in Unidentified, but To The Stars...Academy of Arts & Sciences knows the buttons it's pushing have a far better chance of actuating Congressional attention--and resources--towards a hopefully comprehensive approach towards resolving the UFO conundrum. Weisberger's characterization of the National Investigations Committee on Aerial Phenomena (NICAP) as "a federal agency" (it wasn't) is sure to raise eyebrows across the UFO spectrum and beyond, however. Series devotees seemed uniformly pleased with the second season's inaugural episode, Media, Entertainment, Arts Worldwide's Aharon Abhishek writes in 'Unidentified: Inside America's UFO Investigation' Season 2 Episode 1: 'Are Humans the Threat?' Ask Curious Fans. (WM)

A "vanishing" of a different sort for The Anomalist. There's something rotten in China, but you knew that already. And so does Eric Haseltine who's returning to review Google data on searches for "coronavirus" and "severe acute respiratory syndrome." Where there were once hits on the globe's greatest search engine, those spikes have vanished, raising many questions and potential explanations for this curiosity. (CS)

The world is filled with innumerable cryptids, with Bigfoot perhaps being the most well known. But don't expect evidence of a British Hairy Man to be released anytime soon. Researchers have concluded that not only are the British Isles incapable of sustaining a Bigfoot population, but encounters with the mythical beast are more probably "Zooforms," i.e. spiritual entities with animal characteristics. This leads us to A Strange Saga of a “Phantom Ape” which was neither animal nor ghost, but instead something--or a series of somethings--manifested by an abundance of evil intent. But we'll finish off this report with a tale of more earthly goings on, carried out with kinder motives. Very Strange Firefighter Bigfoot Encounters detail incidents involving wildfires and unexpected Sasquatch rescues by very human emergency responders. Don't expect to read about these in any newspapers though. Authorities had a keen interest in keeping the strange heroics out of the news. (CM)

Most of this remarkable essay is a deep analysis of how a very much misunderstood classic Hollywood movie finally came to be recognized--still only "sort of"--for what it portrayed. Jason Colavito's inaugural "Long Form" series offering will be a tough act for him to follow. It makes solid points about how changing mores in society shaped the movie's near-total perception and discussion. Jason's application to the UFO problem will not persuade so many readers, but the result is interesting. One might have only wished for some treatment of the "memorable part" the character Marietta Canty played as the maid of Sal Mineo's family in the movie, and what this says about African-American stereotypes in the '50s. (WM)

July 12

Dear univese, we know humanity has its foibles but maybe stop making stuff like this happen even though Paul Seaburn needs to buy groceries? But with a pandemic and a looming pole shift, nobody's going to need to buy groceries for much longer. While under lockdown, Chris Davies and Catherine Constable have been hard at work sussing out the unknown variables of the dreaded pole shift and why our planet remains in a state of flŭ. While 'Spooky' Quantum Movements Seen Happening To Large Objects may not be sign of the end times but harnessing quantum noise to affect macroscale objects is remarkable according to Andrew Griffin! And it's all thanks to the same science which detected gravitational waves. A little too staid and greyface-y for you, true believer? Look no further than Alex Tsakiris calling out Rick DeLano's Terrific Quantum Science Film Tainted by Catholic Nonsense. As usual addressing these topics can be complex, which always makes for great listening especially when Alex is on a tear. (CS)

Why does humanity reach for the stars? Because they're there. But once astronauts, cosmonauts, taikonauts, and others bear witness to them first-hand then some of that allure and magic is diminished and distilled through the skein of experience. It's a heady problem for David Metcalfe remembering the admonitions of his friend Dr. Eagle and appreciating the conflict between the soul of the universe and the spirit of capitalism. There's plenty more strange about Earth's largest satellite, as explained by Klas Häger in his eye-opening Moonolith essay. From cyclical events, mass anomalies, and celestial coincidences are only the tip of the iceberg for the mysteries 238,000 miles away. (CS)

Fuel is the greatest limitation to humankind's designs upon the heavens. Not only must one carry fuel to lift the rocket, but also the remaining fuel in the rocket! Professor Jau Tang and his colleagues, who made it through Wuhan's coronavirus, have a maverick proposal to mitigate most of that challenge for humanity. They may not be harnessing the same telluric energies of Nikola Tesla, but Brent Swancer has more than a few things to say about Nikola Tesla's Mysterious Earthquake Machine. Take a deep dive into telegeodynamics, where Earth's oscillations were transformed into electricty with remarkable destructive potential as well. (CS)

July 11

The COVID-19 Crop Circle Crop Circle Connector
Are our space sibings sending a message, or are artsy types who work in cereal catching the zeitgeist of pandemic Earth? There's quite a bit of analysis of this fun new glyph from Jerry Kroth, and you might learn a thing or two. What does it all mean? Crop Circle Season Is Beginning Around The World and George Knapp and Duncan Phenix have more than you want to know about the enduring phenomenon of agriglyphs. And what is an agriglyph anyway? A sigil. And what's a sigil? Naught but the manifestation of Will in written form, which is a kind of magick of which EsoterX is intimate with after a few shots of twelve year old scotch. While COVID-19 is relatively new, malaria had its own sorcerous cure which is part of Pandemic Magic outlined in this brief history of abracadabra! While it may be the reward of Ra Hoor Khut, this invocation, among others, has proven more potent and resilient in the face of any malady than knocking back a shot of bleach. (CS)

Don't let the term "orc" fool you, as Mara Johnson-Groh isn't talking about pig-nosed brutes with 1d8 hit dice. These odd radio circles are unlike anything seen before, and they're only visible in radio wavelengths which is leading to some wild speculation based on what they aren't. Also from astronomical circles, Natalie Wolchover notes The Hidden Magnetic Universe Is Beginning To Come Into View. Magnetism pervades the universe, possibly more than radio waves, and new inquiries and observations into primordial magnetism are laying the foundation for a better appreciation of the magnetic soul of the universe. (CS)

Neandethals are super neat for many reasons, like giving us ginger girls, but Stan Gooch was obsessed with our cousins. One one hand there's obsession, but on the other hand there's a kind of obsession which is absolutely all-encompassing which Nick Redfern is intimately familiar. One creepy event helped spark Stan's paleological blaze and it's bound to capture your imagination. One can also find inspiration through mindfulness and other exercises of consciousness, which is why The Anomalist heartily recommends this Interview With James Carpenter concerning consciousness, psi, First Sight and why the phenomenon can stand on its own two feet in scientific circles, much to skeptical consternation. At the intersection of psi and the paranormal are poltergeists, which are the focus of John Rimmer's review of S.D. Tucker's Blithe Spirits's imaginative history of the poltergeist. It's 350 pages of a deep dive into things going bump in the night, tangenting flying saucers, trickster spirits, and so much more in this Trick And Treat. Except it lacks an index. All the better to make one read it through and annotate, maybe? (CS)

Calvin Parker — Second Interview A Different Perspective
Pascagoula abductee Calvin Parker returns for another chat with Kevin Randle, a propos Calvin's new book Pascagoula - The Story Continues: New Evidence & New Witnesses. Kevin and Calvin discuss the local folks who've come forward corroborating Calvin's 1973 encounter, and Calvin describes a much later experience that may be connected to the event he shared with Charles Hickson. Brent Swancer sets the stage for Kevin's next contribution with The Mysterious UFOs of Levelland, Texas. Brent sketches out the particulars and mentions 17 different reports for the September 1957 events, while the Air Force Record Card lists just six observers. The exact number of witnesses may never be ascertained, but Kevin Randle has tackled the question and has qualms about one Frank Williams and Levelland. Kevin feels only vindication regarding another kind of witness to another mysterious happening--Roswell--as The General Exon Quotes... Again illustrates. (WM)

July 10

Four Body Language gurus examine Bob Lazar's evolving Area 51/S4 story and Lazar's maturing smoothness of delivery. It's fascinating to follow the discussion, and "analyzing the analysts," who periodically perform the obligatory "No one more than I would like to believe him," and continually praise how Lazar has polished his act since its debut. Keith Basterfield discusses another hot UFO topic in Did The Guided Missile and Astronautics Intelligence Committee [GMAIC] Prepare a Contribution to SNIE 1-61-E? That last term in the headliner is the so-called and highly-contested "1961 Crash Retrieval document," and Keith evaluates how likely it was that the document existed but was a redacted agenda item from the year's GMAIC meetings. Another issue to the Big UFO Story since December 2017 is exactly how Tom DeLonge Bridges Gulf between UFO Questions, Government Secrets. As he did for Robert Bigelow's paranormal career, Greg Haas provides numerous videos and links to stories plus a timeline covering DeLonge's UFO activity to-date. And on yet another aspect of the Big UFO sensation, "UFO Joe" Murgia asks Anatomy Of A UFO Crash Retrieval Story: What's Taking the NYT So Long? Murgia enlists George Knapp, who describes how KLAS-TV originally decided to go with Bob Lazar's tale, and an anonymous Managing Editor to craft a believable set of circumstances why "The Gray Lady" seems to be dithering on publishing a story it's widely believed to be developing. (WM)

It's often said that things were better in the old days, but does anyone ever get a real taste of the past? Well, if you fancy a trip to England's county of Norfolk, you may find yourself caught up in a "Time Slip" and have a glimpse of what life was like centuries ago. Mind you, Norfolk is one of the nation's most beautiful counties, so it's worth a visit even in the present. And while there, look out for Black Shuck prowling in Blakeney - have you seen the devil dog? Those who don't like canines will find nothing to change their feelings in the tale of "Old Shuck," the two-headed "devil dog" whose ghostly presence has been unsettling folk in this village for a good long time. Finally, further north, in Liverpool, we learn that Cries For 'Help' From 'Girl in White' Creep Out Ghost Hunters on the Ralla, where Spirit Boxes and baseball caps abound in the search for tortured souls. (LP)

A recent genomic investigation not only puts another stake in the heart of European colonialism as the first influence since the initial peopling on the Native American heritage, it also "shakes up the most popular model of where Native American genes first took root in Polynesia." Lizzie Wade explains the import of this "excellent, exciting study." But it's a giant leap beyond for another popular idea, as Jason Colavito says The Ireland-as-Atlantis Crew Are Back, Now with Alleged Egyptian "Evidence." Jason's arguments sadly outweigh this son of Eire's nationalistic pride regarding such a connection. And if that's not weird enough, Jason then reports Bruce Fenton Thinks Aboriginal Australians Have Sacred Alien A.I. Probes. It's not Polynesian or Irish, but "alien" signals in our DNA that Fenton would like to find. Jason argues Fenton's apparent illogic of ETs doing slight tinkering with the genome versus a far-less time-consuming overhaul. An Ice Age Mining Camp Found 'Frozen in Time' in Underwater Mexican Cave is altering what's accepted about early human groups in the Americas' engagement "in complex activities that went much beyond their own survival," "intergenerational knowledge being passed down," and maybe even "bug repellant"! Laura Geggel's article also boasts an absolutely stunning and informative video, and provides an excellent example of archaeological cooperation. (WM)

A very interesting round-up of serpent stories of the lesser known varieties, starting with encounters by St. Columba in 6th century Scotland. Reports from this time were not only of saintly Nessie banishings, but included other unidentified water monsters that may have been whales, sharks, or even jellyfish. Then in Not A Lake Monster: A Pool Monster Instead we are reminded that not all aquatic beasties live in large bodies of water. Be careful of the ponds you decide to picnic next to lest you become the picnic for an unidentified slithering creature. Finally,  Lost 19th Century Sea Serpents is a round-up of water monsters you have probably never heard of, but which could still put you off splashing in the water. (CM)

July 9

Another Hat in the Ring Herald Tribune
History's Unidentified, Season 2, starts up this Saturday. We learn this as Billy Cox introduces us to a former Air Force aviator whose non-combat sighting may be featured in the premiere episode. Larry "Kimo" Rider's huge triangle story apparently will be one of many such accounts, as the trailer says "Now, the floodgates have opened." Danny Silva may be giddily jumping the gun with Senator Mellon, Representative Elizondo? UFO "czar" surely, but a lot more is going on in this country and world besides UFOs. Greg Haas nearly pens an encomium honoring a remarkable individual in Deep Pockets, Dreams of Space: Robert Bigelow is in a Class of His Own. The article features six Bigelow-related videos, plus a timeline and links to additional articles, ending for the present with the layoff of the entire Bigelow Aerospace staff in late March. (WM)

We read about a lot of weird goings on here at the Anomalist, so forgive us if hiring an exorcist prior to the demolition of an Icelandic building sounds pretty common sense to us. Iceland is known for its strong belief in elves, while its elves are known for reacting strongly to having their natural homes disturbed. See? Common sense. So let's follow that up with a good, commonsensical question: Do Ghosts Wear Masks? Haunted Mansion For Sale During Pandemic. It could be a money maker as long as its permanent ethereal residents abide by safety measures. Want a piece of the paranormal action? Would you like to try A Mathematical Formula for Finding Ghosts? There's no telling if it works or not, but we're inclined to do our own research anyways. Maybe just write the formula down and stash it on your cellphone just in case. (CM)

The bombshell notes physicist Eric Davis purportedly took after a 2002 conversation with Admiral Thomas Wilson have an independent support, per Keith Basterfield's questioning of a man who claims to have seen a communication regarding Wilson's frustration "about programs dealing with UFOs and crashes that he didn't have access to." "UFO Joe" Murgia's referenced exchange with Dr. Robert McGwier on the matter is at Dr. Bob McGwier: I Saw Mail Where Admiral Wilson Confirmed Details Of Meeting With Dr. Eric Davis. Joe Murgia has several new posts on the larger background controversy surrounding crash retrievals, a 1997 Pentagon briefing, and denied access to Special Access Programs. Most notable among the articles is Edgar Mitchell in 2008: Sounds Like [Admiral Wilson] Has Joined The Other Side", whose "Prologue" by Giuliano Marinkovic sketches out the base facts behind the Wilson/Davis notes, followed by a history of research attempts to unravel the whole mystery. Marinkovic also tends The Pentagon 1997 UFO Briefing for those desiring a complete "deep dive" into this weird aspect of the Big UFO Story that truly broke into public awareness in December 2017. (WM)

July 8

UFOs and geometric objects course through these stories. Paul Seaburn asks us what we think created the remarkable "harenaglyphs" (made that one up!) that appeared during UFO Week. Mysterious Universe colleague Nick Redfern gives formal historical context with The Flying Triangles: UFOs That Are Nothing New. Regaling us with a raft of past examples, Nick makes a provocative but valid point about their probable origins. Curt Collins rounds out the series with a rather whimsical look at The UFO-Kite Connection. Conical and even "polymorphic" kites created excitement, lawsuits, and Project Blue Book entries. (WM)

What Happened to Dennis Martin? Texas Cryptid Hunter
The summer of 1969 in the Great Smokey Mountains National Park was marred by the disappearance of a small boy that brought out one of the largest volunteer search parties to date. As such, it may well be inaccurate to say Dennis Martin disappeared without a trace, as the sheer numbers and widespread lack of experience on the parts of many search party members resulted in both destruction of some evidence and dismissal of other clues. Stranger still was the involvement of US Special Forces troops and police dogs that refused to follow a scent. And what about the report of a "bear man" walking upright in the woods? There would be no closure for this child's family, nor the family of this next individual. The Weird Vanishing of Susan Adams is similar to our first report, in that a sane and content person walked into the forest and seemingly ceased to exist. Attempts to search the area turned up nothing, even as temperatures dropped and hypothermia reduced her chances of survival. What is it about these deep pockets of nature that keep their secrets so close to their chests and never give up their lost? (CM)

Perhaps the earliest true civilization remains largely mysterious, thanks to the intractability of its writing. Scholars aren't even agreed upon what the Indus Valley civilization symbols were for, report Qaseem Saeed and Ruth Schuster. But what is known about the people of Mohenjo Daro is fascinating and well-covered in this article. It's not even established why the Indus civilization's cities were vacated, but Paul Seaburn gives us a Modern Reason Why the Maya Abandoned Ancient City of Tikal. A multi-disciplinary study has reached an undramatic yet believable and ultimately sad conclusion about this particular Mayan site's downfall. A surprising, revolutionary archaeological technique is profiled in The Dogs That Sniff Out 5,000-Year-Old Bones. Jill Neimark has the story, which makes a lot of "scents." Okay, dogs assisting archaeology, check; how about "mud burglars"? Ghulam Hussain Khawaja takes us to a location in Pakistan's Sindh Province, with the Ruins of Ancient Fort 'Accidentally' Discovered in Thatta after Two Decades of Research. It wasn't even grave robbing that finally unearthed Dollah Darya Khan's fortress. (WM)


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