Saturday, July 12, 2014

Odd UFO Over Bethel Park, PA



I receive this report last evening (7/11/2014) for a UFO sighting over Bethel Park, PA:

Lon,

My boss and friend, a very credible business man, called me tonight around 10pm. He had just left the shop and was leaving the industrial park approaching a red light when he notices what he said looked like a ball of fire.

Before I continue with his description, I would first like to say that he is a very reserved, logical and practical man. He is very familiar with aircrafts and aviation through his hobbies. He has little to no time for interest in things outside of normal reality like this. And thus, when he called me, was hesitant to describe this until I think I broke the ice with the word "UFO" and then I heard that comfort in his voice as if it was assuring him I would not think him crazy for what he was about to tell me.

So he's approaching the red light when he notices this fireball in the sky. At first he thought it was a star by initial glance but immediately realized it was moving at an incredible rate when it then slowed down very quickly to a point of "almost" hovering (I believe he really wanted to say it stopped and hovered but wanted to hold some level of reservation even in his awe). This is when he noticed that it had what he called a "sparkler effect" almost as if the same look as sparklers you see people waving on the 4th of July and such, coming from what he assumed was the back end based on its direction.

He had with him a good digital camera and snapped this photo. The bright light on the left is a street light - the small cigar shaped orange object in the center is the UFO. He says he pulled over and got the camera rather quickly, however, he is not very familiar with the hardware and originally intended on taking video footage, but in haste and fear of losing a shot entirely, took this photo as is without zooming or anything.

So he pulled the car over and took this photo. He says he believes in the time that he grabbed the camera it began moving in a new direction again and thinks it looks cylindrical like that because it was in motion. Right after taking the photo, he looked down at the camera to make sure a picture had actually taken and when he looked back up a second later it was gone. He doesn't know if it disappeared or flew away, but it happened so fast that that aspect alone amazed him as much as the sighting in the first place.

Judging by the picture, its saturation level is very bizarre - and it almost looks more like an illuminated object with a hard surface of little reflectivity rather than a light object or a highly reflective surface. He described it as spherical and a light source like fire. Very odd in comparison to the photo. Could this be a morphing ufo? I would assume that the streaking of an object in motion would have a faded tail, but I can't tell which direction it's going or if it even is moving.

It's a perplexing photo to me really, and I'm sure it's 100% legit. Just taking a photo and getting it to me in an email is the extent of his technological capabilities concerning tampering with a photo, not to mention his trustworthiness.

Normally I'd say I have no fear or shame in attaching my name to this kind of stuff, but I don't want my bosses reputation to be at any risk. If you have any questions send me an email and if there is a high interest I could see if he would be willing to share more under anonymity.

Thank you, Anonymous

NOTE: The object seems to be somewhat 'fluid' in structure, though that's difficult to judge because of the distance. It's very similar to other bio-form UFOs I have seen in the past...which have become more prevalent worldwide in recent years. What is your assessment? Lon

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Dowsers in Big Demand During California Drought

Some call it dowsing, water witching or divining. Others call it flaky.

Whatever it's called, the ancient method of discovering water underground is finding new life in drought-ridden states such as California.

"I've found at least eight wells for our vineyard, and hundreds of wells for farmers and homes," said Marc Mondavi, who not only helps run the family-owned Charles Krug Winery in California's Napa Valley, but is also a dowser for hire.

The 59-year-old Mondavi said he's been dowsing for 40 years, but the extreme drought in the Golden State is generating at least 50 percent of his customer base these days.

California is now in its third year of severe drought. Mondavi claims that the state hasn't developed any new water sources since the 1960s, so the calls for dowsing are only increasing.

Dowsing is the technique of searching for underground water, or even minerals or oil, by observing the motion of a pointer. The pointer can be a forked stick, or bent wires or brass rods. They are often referred to as divining rods.

Dowsers walk over a parcel of land and let the rods guide them to a spot or spots where water lies underground.

Not all dowsers use rods.There's no official certification for the process, and while it can be taught, anyone can call themselves a dowser. And they don't actually drill for the water.

The practice goes back at least 5,000 years, say experts. There's even a group dedicated to promoting and teaching the practice, called the American Society of Dowsers.

What makes a good dowser is listening to what nature is telling you, said 68-year-old Gregory Storozack of Edgewater, Colorado, who's been dowsing for 32 years.

"For me, it's knowing that when you are over a target, it's just there," said the retired municipal recreation worker.

Bill Getz of Schoharie, New York, said he's found more than 1,000 water wells, locating his first at the age of 13.

"I use an apple or willow Y branch," said the 71-year-old, who's retired from his job at the New York state education department. "I look for where water accumulates."

The cost of dowsing can vary. Some dowsers offer their services for free and just want their expenses covered. Others ask only for donations. Mondavi said he charges $500 per site visit.

Dowsers don't offer guarantees of finding water, but most stand by their work.

"I missed on a well once, and that was a long time ago," Mondavi said.

However, skeptics of the method, who often include professional water drillers, say there's little scientific basis behind dowsing.

The United States Geological Society said in a report about dowsing that what accounts for "successful" water dowsing is that in "many areas underground water is so prevalent close to the land surface that it would be hard to drill a well and not find water."

"I thought it was the biggest bunch of bull I ever heard in my life," said Greg Storozack, who explained that it was his cousin who turned him on to the practice in an effort to find water for the family years ago. "I tried it, and I pictured an underground stream in my mind, and I started walking and the rods opened up. We found water."

As for the drought that's roasting much of the Southwest, Storozack said he's working on getting dowsers from across the country to offer their services to towns and ranches in the hardest hit areas.

He would ask only that their expenses be covered.

Bill Getz, who said he's not against the idea, would prefer to see dowsers get paid for their services. Getz charges around $300 plus travel time.

"It makes it more legitimate in people's minds if our services are compensated," he argued.

Krug Winery's Mondavi said the agricultural community has always believed in dowsing — but more so now in what seems to be a never-ending drought.

"Most farmers won't drill a well unless a dowser has been there," he said. - NBC News

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Strange Apartment

Some background, so I've been living in this apartment for about a year now and to be honest I'm happy to be out of my childhood home for the reason I always felt on edge in my bed there.

So it all started with a case of sleep paralysis something I haven't had since I was a kid. I awoke one night in my bedroom and it appeared the sun was shining through a slit in my blinds so I tried to move and have a look at the weather when I found myself unable to move I could look around but when I did my vision started to close from the sides like a narrowing corridor, until there was just a spec of light then I was awake and it was dark outside, I was slightly confused but passed it off and fell back asleep.

Now fast forward about a month, I went to sleep about 4am like another night but this time I woke up outside my room panting with my palms and back flat against the wall looking down the hallway into the kitchen and through the window where I could see it raining. I didn't want to move but I could, my room door was closed and I was anxious about opening it so I stayed in that position for about 2 minutes trying to figure it out in my head. I don't remember leaving my room I've never sleep walked until this point.

A week later I woke up around 5am and had the urge to leave my room I was semi awake and aware of my intentions to leave my room. (The best way to describe it is if you wanted to take a piss you kinda shamble to the bathroom and get it done) But this time I walked into my living room where I was looking through my window (I'm on the third floor and my window has a clear view of the horizon) when my sight caught this star I couldn't help but stare, until it kinda just dropped for a second then moved off like a shooting star. At this point I had no clue if I was still dreaming or not so I stood there transfixed on the point where the star was. I was fully conscious.

Now onto last night, I had a vivid dream of being in my apartment it was completely empty like a void, I was alone but I had the feeling I wasn't welcome. There is more to the dream but I don't know how relevant it is. But when I got up my face felt like it was burning and when I went to the bathroom I found intersecting scratches on my face. I could of done it in my sleep but never had done so before. - Reddit.com

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Making 'The Blair Witch Project'

Ed Sanchez remembers the night in 1998 when he walked through desolate Maryland woods at about 3 a.m. with The Blair Witch Project co-director Dan Myrick. Sanchez, a first-time filmmaker, says he had an epiphany.

"We were carrying flashlights, batteries and food to the actors" of the $60,000 movie, Sanchez recalls. "I told Dan, 'This is either going to be a great movie, or we're going to be the joke of the year.'"

The joke, it turns out, was on the movie's skeptics. Hollywood's first "found footage" flick, which turns 15 years old Wednesday, launched a sub-genre in Hollywood horror.

Sanchez, 44, who is directing episodes of the upcoming BBC paranormal series Intruders, says he and Myrick knew their fictional story of three missing student filmmakers, told through grainy footage, was a novel idea, but had no notion it would resonate to the tune of $141 million, the highest-grossing found-footage film of all-time.

Instead, he says, the directors simply wanted to emulate the true pioneer of found footage, Leonard Nimoy. Nimoy hosted In Search of..., the documentary television show dedicated to mysterious phenomena, from 1977 to 1982.

"We loved those," Sanchez says. "Those grainy pictures of UFOs and Bigfoot? Those were a lot scarier than the movies." Read more at USA Today


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Amazing UFO Sighting in Fayetteville, Arkansas

The following UFO sighting report was submitted to Open Minds on July 11, 2014 - It was forwarded to me by a reader:

8:00 p.m. July 10th 2014 Fayetteville, Arkansas . Daylight. My son Rocky was outside when he observed a strange blackish colored object that seemed to come straight into the atmosphere. At that moment he yelled for me to come outside that he was seeing something strange. As we observed the object it was hovering at this point at or around 1000 ft. The object appeared to be shaped like a stop sign. The object makes a sudden movement north at a speed that was just amazing. It disappeared in just a flash. Standing there in amazement we continued to look in the sky for a few mins. and then the object was then right above us at around 500 ft. It moved to the west slowly and then hovered and then it started to glow this huge round amber light. It was enormous. If I was to hold up a newspaper you could not cover the object from end to end. It glowed like this for approx. 1 to 2 min then began to fade and rotate and as it rotated counterclockwise we could see what looked like a huge square glowing amber orange window on the side of it. It remained still for maybe another min then just disappeared. I have been a flight attendant for 12 years and my son is ex military. I have no idea what we saw.

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Friday, July 11, 2014

Mysteries of Rosslyn Chapel


According to Christian belief, the Holy Grail was the dish, plate, or cup used by Jesus at the Last Supper...supposedly possessing miraculous powers. Joseph of Arimathea, according to 12th century legend, receives the Grail from an apparition of Jesus and sends it with his followers to Great Britain. Ownership has been attributed to various groups, including the Knights Templar. There are cups claimed to be the Grail in several churches, for instance the Saint Mary of Valencia Cathedral, which contains an artifact, the Holy Chalice, supposedly taken by Saint Peter to Rome in the first century, and then to Huesca in Spain by Saint Lawrence in the 3rd century. Other stories claim that the Grail is buried beneath Rosslyn Chapel or lies deep in the spring at Glastonbury Tor. Still other stories claim that a secret line of hereditary protectors keep the Grail, or that it was hidden by the Templars in Oak Island, Nova Scotia’s famous “Money Pit”.

I believe the Holy Grail was a metaphor associated with the medieval period's fascination with Christian relics. The myths originated in Europe during the Middle Ages and promoted the theological link between Christ's blood and the communion wine. These beliefs culminated into the Holy Crusades...an ideal of reclaiming the Holy Lands and their treasures.

But there lies the mystery. If a Holy Grail does exist, either as a physical object or a metaphoric legend, where would it be?

Rosslyn Chapel, located at the village of Roslin in Midlothian, Scotland, has many mysteries surrounding it. Beyond it's secret association with the Knight's Templar and the Holy Grail, there has been a more recent conundrum involving the discovery of human bones buried in the chapel floor.

ROSSLYN CHAPEL AND THE TEMPLARS

As with many other aspects of this mystery, the importance of Rosslyn Chapel is unclear and seems to have been obfuscated, unfortunately. Its owners, the Sinclairs, claim to be the hereditary patrons of Scottish Freemasonry, to have explored the New World (particularly Nova Scotia and Oak Island) a century before Colombus, and to be connected to the Templars through marriage and descent. Some of this appears to be in doubt, because it's based on the work of Jacobite historian Father Hay, who used documents that were lost in a fire... in any case, we do know William Sinclair did build Rosslyn in the 1400s, it does contain very unusual carvings (particularly people who look like Templars engaging in things that seem like Masonic rituals), and it does incorporate unusual geometry (some say that this geometry replicates the Temple of Solomon). Pierre Plantard seems to have changed his name to "de St-Clair" in order to claim affiliation with the Sinclairs of Scotland.

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THE ROSSLYN CHAPEL BONES

In early 2010, workers discovered what were thought to be human remains at Rosslyn Chapel...the world-renowned religious site made famous by The Da Vinci Code. The bones were discovered at the chapel in Midlothian by workers carrying out conservation work.

A spokesperson for Lothian and Borders Police confirmed the discovery, but said it was not being treated as a crime.

The famous building, built in 1446, has long been linked with a role in the history of the Freemasons and the Knights Templar. Most notably, it has also suggested as the burial place of the Holy Grail...the cup used by Christ at The Last Supper or even the resting place of the mummified head of Jesus Christ.

Following the release of Dan Brown’s hit book The Da Vinci Code in 2003, the chapel was thrown into the worldwide spotlight. The work was then made into a film starring Tom Hanks, who filmed at the chapel for some scenes in the film. The Hollywood legend subsequently made a cash donation to the restoration and conservation of the chapel.

The bones, which were found on February 19, have now been removed from the site to be examined by archaeologists to discover their age, type and if they are human or animal. They were discovered under a slab while a new heating system was being installed inside the chapel. There is no record of a burial site in this particular area of the chapel.

Rosslyn Chapel declined to comment on the discovery.


A few years ago, researcher Jeff Nisbet offered the following article for publication in 'Phantoms & Monsters':

By Jeff Nisbet - Photographic pioneer and artist Louis Daguerre’s 1824 painting, The Interior of Rosslyn Chapel, shows two workmen crouching by the base of a pillar, with three Templar Knights nearby. One workman is staring intently at some bones they have found beneath the flagstones.

For a bizarre example of life imitating art, let’s fast-forward 186 years.

On March 1, 2010, Scottish Television reported that workmen at Rosslyn, the chapel made famous by The Da Vinci Code had discovered remains in an area with no recorded burials. The remains, continued the STV report, had been “removed from the site to be examined by archaeologists to discover their age, type and if they are human or animal.”

The local police confirmed the find but said “it was not being treated as a crime.” Rosslyn Chapel declined comment.

Two things aroused my interest.

First, I was sure that even an untrained eye would be able to distinguish between animal and human remains and wondered why the archaeologists could not do the same. Second, I wondered exactly where the remains had been discovered. The idea they might have been found in the spot Daguerre showed in his painting made me chuckle.

It would take me a year to get some answers.

During that time, I searched for news updates. There were none. I also broached the subject with two St. Clair/ Sinclair clan online forums. Since a William St. Clair had built the chapel in the mid-fifteenth century, these groups share an abiding interest in its history. No one knew anything.

Finally, on Feb. 21, I wrote to a Rosslyn Chapel executive. There was no reply.

Someone knew more, but no one was talking.

Two weeks later, however, my inquiries finally bore some fruit—an Email containing four remarkable photos of the excavation, before the remains had been moved.

One showed leg bones that were undoubtedly human, confirming that one of the stated reasons for their removal was, as I suspected, clearly bogus.

Two showed the exact location of the remains, but it was not the area shown in Daguerre’s painting. Instead, they had been found at the threshold of the west door.

The fourth showed a skull, face down, with a ragged-looking wound just a short distance above the foramen magnum, the natural aperture that allows the spinal cord to connect with the brain.

Taking just a small leap of the imagination, what might this tell us?

There’s a long-lived legend that Rosslyn’s master mason, returning from Rome after studying the design of an exquisite pillar in person, found an apprentice had carved the pillar in his absence. Flying into a rage, he slew the apprentice with a blow to the head, a legend that resonates with the eponymous murder of Hiram Abiff, chief architect of Solomon’s Temple, absolutely central to the Freemasonic ritual of the Third Degree.

Could the skull belong to the apprentice? The teeth were in remarkably youthful condition, and the shape of the head wound appeared consistent with the stone-trimming end of a mason’s hammer.

Researchers skeptical of the chapel’s claimed Masonic roots scoff at the legend, protesting that it’s not exclusive to Rosslyn. While there are indeed similar tales told about other ecclesiastical buildings of the day, I’m not so quick to throw the baby out with the bathwater. As a speculative researcher, and in the absence of the forensic evidence already more than a year in coming, I’m happy to present some speculative thoughts about the Rosslyn bones.

Above the area of discovery are three carved heads. Rosslyn tradition describes the one in the southwest, gazing northeast, as the head of the apprentice; the one in the northwest, gazing southeast, as the head of the master mason; and, on an adjacent wall, the apprentice’s mother, weeping for her son. The chapel’s website describes the master’s gaze as his punishment, forever condemned to look southeast towards the now-famous Apprentice Pillar. Not much of a punishment for murder, certainly.

I have since received, however, another dispatch that suggests a stiffer sentence: There were two skeletons found at Rosslyn, in a single grave. Could one be the master?

That they were found at the threshold of the chapel conjures up a plump scenario of darkly poetic justice.

History records many examples of human remains being buried in the foundations of buildings, and at their thresh­olds, but the reasons are varied. Legend has it that Saint Dunstan ordered his own burial to be under the threshold of Winchester Cathedral as a testament to his humility; Scotland’s St. Columba, by contrast, is said to have buried a man alive at the foundations of a cathedral in order to ensure the building’s structural stability with blood sacrifice; and I will give a third example, later on, where the practice was meant as an insult to the deceased.

Another robust legend that may connect Rosslyn with threshold sacrifice is the widespread belief that the chapel’s ground plan is based on that of Solomon’s Temple, although skeptics point out that Rosslyn’s is identical to that of Glasgow Cathedral, which, except for the enormous difference in scale, is true.

But what if the similarities between Rosslyn and Solomon’s Temple, at least for Freemasons, were meant to be more symbolic than actual and that both skeptics and true believers have been looking at things the wrong way?

In Albert Mackey’s Encyclopedia of Freemasonry is the following entry: “Over the Sacred Lodge presided Solomon, the greatest of kings, and the wisest of men; Hiram, the great and learned King of Tyre; and Hiram Abiff, the widow’s son, of the tribe of Naphtali. It was held in the bowels of the sacred Mount Moriah, under the part whereon was erected the Holy of Holies. On this mount it was where Abraham confirmed his faith by his readiness to offer up his only son, Isaac. Here it was where David offered that acceptable sacrifice on the threshing-floor of Araunah by which the anger of the Lord was appeased, and the plague stayed from his people. Here it was where the Lord delivered to David, in a dream, the plan of the glorious Temple, afterward erected by our noble Grand Master, King Solomon. And lastly, here it was where he declared he would establish his sacred name and word, which should never pass away—and for these reasons this was justly styled the Sacred Lodge.”

Might not the floor of Rosslyn Chapel be symbolic, then, of a place that predates Solomon’s Temple—the threshing floor of Araunah and a place of great Biblical sacrifice, which in many ways it still is? Claimed as a holy place by Christians, Jews, and Muslims, the rock over which now stands Jerusalem’s Dome of the Rock has become, over millennia, a most costly piece of real estate.

Also revered as “The Foundation Stone,” the rock from which the world was made, it was the place where Biblical patriarch Jacob is said to have dreamt of a ladder reaching to Heaven, with angels ascending and descending—which brings us to Scotland’s unique connection with the place. Whether or not the block of stone now safely enshrined in Edinburgh Castle is Scotland’s fabled Stone of Destiny, one of its popular monikers is “Jacob’s Pillow.” And then there is the theory that the Scots are, in fact, a “lost tribe of Israel.” When historians, Biblical scholars, and adherents to British Israelism debate that theory, things get noisy.

But let’s return to the Rosslyn bones, continuing to suppose that the remains belong to the jealous master and the slain apprentice. What better place for the apprentice to be buried than beneath the carved head of his grieving mother? And what greater insult to the master than to be condemned, forever, to be trod underfoot by God-fearing Scots?

As it happens, though, the head of the apprentice is also gazing at an exquisitely carved pillar—one attributed to the master’s hands. Curiously, there is evidence that the Master’s Pillar, as it is now known, had been concealed under a plain exterior for over 400 years and had been rediscovered by architect David Bryce during his 1860’s restoration efforts. Might it not have been concealed because it was, after all, the work of an arch sinner? The Scots have historically done much more about a lot less, particularly over matters of morality.

Whether or not there is any truth to the slain apprentice legend, it is the height of coincidence that Rosslyn’s most enduring legend involves the murder of one man by another, by a blow to the head, and that the murder has been memorialized by the carved heads of the murderer and the victim, on the wall above the unmarked grave of two recently discovered bodies, one of which shows indications of having been killed by a blow to the head.

But until the forensic experts release their findings, we must consider the possibility that the bones were put there more recently.

In 1846, during a lecture at London’s Institute of British Architects, antiquary John Britton criticized the lines in Walter Scott’s Lay of the Last Minstrel that suggest ten Rosslyn barons were buried, in full armor, below the chapel. Also in attendance was William Burn, architect in charge of the chapel’s 1830’s restoration. Burn supported Britton by claiming he had dug trenches up all three of the chapel’s aisles, finding only one vault with a wooden coffin (presumably the vault long known to be accessed under flagstones in the north aisle, towards the rear of the chapel).

Burn makes no mention of having found human remains in the center aisle. But since his work was mainly concerned with the exterior of the chapel, there remains the possibility that Burn lied to support Britton’s skeptical opinions, because the restoration of the chapel was the subject of a heated and ongoing debate. Thirty-four years later, in 1880, architect Andrew Kerr, under the direction of Robert St. Clair-Erskine, the 4th Earl of Rosslyn, added the bap-tistery to the chapel’s west end. If, as I suspect, the recently discovered bones stretched beneath the common threshold of both buildings, then there remains the interesting possibility that the bones were deposited there at that time, to be conveniently “discovered” at a later date. Kerr and the Earl have a well-documented conversa­tion about the Slain Apprentice legend that appears on page 6 of the official Rosslyn Chapel guidebook, and it should be noted that both men were high-ranking Scottish Freemasons. The Earl, in fact, was the fraternity’s 63rd Grand Master.

While this article has been hampered by the lack of more available evidence, further revelations may soon be made public.

At the time of this writing, I have learned that Ashley Cowie, “resident historian” for STV’s The Hour Show, was recently seen at the chapel, shooting a new documentary series titled Legend Quest. Aired in July, the show is described as “an action-adventure series that follows real-life symbologist Ashley Cowie as he travels the world in search of hidden, mystical artifacts. Each episode is designed to combine Indiana Jones-style adventure and Da Vinci Code-type connections as theories are explored.” While that description hints the show will do for archaeology what The Deadliest Warrior has done for the history of military warfare, perhaps Cowie will surprise us. Stranger things, as we will now see, have happened.

Late in my research for this article, I stumbled upon a curious tale connecting the 4th Earl of Rosslyn with yet a third skeleton. This one, though, was the property of his widow.

On March 15, 2002, Sotheby’s auctioned the contents of Ken Paul’s London theatrical-prop company. One paragraph of the Sotheby announcement reads as follows: “The ultimate conversation piece has to be the mystery clock in a full-sized inlaid mahogany coffin, dated c. 1900—complete with real skeleton—used in the opening scenes of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. The skeleton is rumoured to be the remains of the young Italian lover and secretary of the Countess of Rosslyn. After his death she couldn’t bear to be separated from him, so she immortalized him in the clock and took him everywhere with her!” Acquired by Ken Paul from an unnamed music-hall escape artist, the clock was won by an anonymous bidder for £35,000.

The Countess of Rosslyn at the time of the skeleton clock’s manufacture had been married to the 4th Earl from 1866 until his death in 1890. Her own death, in 1933, would have provided the perfect opportunity for the rest of the family to offload Grandma’s Italian paramour to the escapologist—at an eminently negotiable price, I’m sure.

Interestingly, besides appearing in The Rocky Horror Picture Show, the clock had most recently been hired to appear in a then-unreleased film about Jack the Ripper, From Hell, which presented the theory that Jack was a Freemason.

But the story of the clock’s connection to the Countess of Rosslyn seemed suspect. I knew of only one Scottish luminary who was intimately involved with an Italian secretary—none other than Mary, Queen of Scots. On March 9, 1566, secretary David Rizzio was stabbed to death in Holyrood Palace for being the queen’s confidant and lover and for being a Catholic. It has also been bandied about that he was the father of Mary’s son, the future king of both Scotland and England.

Although a plaque in Edinburgh’s Canongate Kirkyard reads “Tradition says that this is the grave of David Rizzio,” who really knows? Could the countess and the queen have traded places in the telling of the tale over the years? Might not the bones in the clock be the bones of David Rizzio? Moreover, in a macabre concordance with the Rosslyn bones, there is an Edinburgh tradition that Rizzio’s body was first buried at the threshold of Holyrood Abbey as a sign of disrespect.

My speculation that the clock’s skeleton is David Rizzio’s is not that outrageous.

It is well known that the Freemasons have made ritualistic use of skeletal remains. One short sentence in the 1896 minutes of Edinburgh’s Mary’s Chapel Lodge reads that “Brother Hay’s presentation of a skull was accepted with thanks,” and in the 1851 minutes we find an even more bizarre entry: “The Lodge was upon this occasion presented with two Thigh Bones of a Nun by Dr. McCowan.”

Just two years later, in 1853, the 4th Earl of Rosslyn is listed as Deputy Master of the Canongate Killwinning Lodge, still located on Edinburgh’s St. John Street, just a hundred yards or so from Rizzio’s Canongate Kirk grave. That’s 1,750 miles closer than Prescott Bush, President George W’s grandfather, trekked to bring the skull of Geronimo back to Yale University’s most storied secret society, Skull & Bones.

Or could the escapologist have made the whole tale up?

Until the unnamed buyer steps forward and allows the bones to be studied, we can only speculate about the skeleton clock. - from The Rosslyn Bones - Jeff Nisbet

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Revealed: The UFO files of the German Secret Service

For several decades, German government officials have claimed there was never an official interest in investigating or studying the topic of unidentified flying objects (UFOs). But now, the editor of the German news-blog on frontier sciences and the paranormal, Andreas Muller, was able to access formerly secret UFO-files compiled by the German foreign secret intelligence agency “Bundesnachrichtendienst” (BND), which tells a complete different story.

Background

It was in 2008 that the German Federal Minister of the Interior of that time, Dr. Wolfgang Schaeuble, repeated what other officials said several times before over the last decades, when they were asked about an official interest of German governments and the military’s interest into the topic of UFOs and its investigation, by saying:

… I have no knowledge of any official agency, institution or body that deals with or investigates sightings of unknown flying objects, so-called UFOs. Furthermore I have no knowledge of any such official projects whatsoever.

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Hot 'Haunted' Real Estate Market

If you think haunted houses are impossible to sell, then you’re in for the fright of your life.

"There are buyers out there that think it’s cool to own a home that may have ghosts,” real estate agent Cindi Hagley told ABC News’ “20/20.”

Based in California, Hagley runs Past Life Homes, specializing in the selling of so-called “stigmatized properties,” and that includes haunted houses.

“Right now we are in a seller’s market in almost all of northern California,” Hagley said. “You can have a dead body swinging from the chandelier, and I’m still going to have ten offers on the phone.”

Hagley said plenty of houses for sale come with supposed tenants of the supernatural type, who have allegedly lived there for hundreds of years. In some states including California, realtors are required by law to tell buyers if a home purportedly has ghostly inhabitants.

Even after telling potential buyers that the house is haunted, Hagley said many are still interested.

“Some don’t care. Some expect a huge discount,” said Hagley.

A Realtor.com survey found that 62 percent of Americans would consider buying a haunted house, while 35 percent think they’ve lived in a haunted house.

John Gochá told “20/20” that his home is haunted.

“I know it’s haunted,” Gochá said. “I see ghosts here on a pretty much weekly basis.”

His Los Angeles house, which was featured in the Emmy-winning TV show, “American Horror Story,” is currently for sale.

“Every time I go by the laundry room with the washing machine on I hear conversations, people having conversations clear as day,” said Gochá.

While Gochá finds the ghosts in his home friendly, Hagley said she has a team of paranormal investigators for when a house she is selling is haunted.

“It’s not like on TV where you see, you know, these alleged Ghostbusters calling these ghosts out,” Hagley said. “We’re gentle in our approach.”

When the home buyers want the spirits to leave, Hagley has her medium, Mark Christopher Nelson, ask the paranormal presence to go elsewhere.

“We’re not evicting them. We’re helping them,” said Hagley.

While most people shy away from buying haunted homes, Hagley said there are those who are excited about the prospect.

“I usually call a security guard to protect me because they’re usually nuts,” said Hagley. - ABC News

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Bears Face Being Shot For Grave Robbery

Terrified mourners were chased out of a cemetery in Russia after local bears discovered the graveyard was filled with sweets and other food left as tributes for the dearly departed by Orthodox Christian believers.

Members of the Orthodox Russian church believe that leaving an offering of food can help ease their loved ones journey to the afterlife but the bears have also discovered that it eases their job of looking for something to eat.

As a result the bears have been heading to the local cemetery and chasing off the mourners so that they can eat their fill in peace.

Local resident Alexander Koltsov, 48, said: "I was always told if you see a bear you should raise your hands in the air to make yourself seem bigger and hope it leaves you alone. When I saw this bear though I just ran for it, and luckily it didn't seem interested in chasing me further as it began munching honey cakes."

The parish priest, Spiridon Bezrukov, at the cemetery in Apatity, a town in Murmansk Oblast in north-west Russia, said: "I have not even been able to stage funeral services recently because of the bears. Although most of the food seems to have been eaten, there is a mother bear there with two cubs that seems to have taken up residence and won't leave."

The local council however said that as the hunting season on bears had now started, they had hired hunters to shoot the mother bear and cubs. They defended themselves against critics who said that the bears should be anaesthetised and moved to a new location by claiming that they could not afford the cost.

Council spokesman Prokhor Abramov said: "Putting a bounty on the head of the bear is the easiest way to solve the problem, because almost anybody with a gun will be able to carry it out. To have to anaesthetise them we would need special guns and vehicles and it's dangerous and risky – and far more expensive."

Hungry bears have been a particular problem in Russia this year with the animals increasingly heading into built-up areas in search of food, causing conflict with the people living there. - Austrian Times

NOTE: when I first read this story, I thought the bears may be digging up corpses. Ugh...Lon

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Man killed boy because he ‘changed into a tiger’

Durban, SA - A man claims he acted in self-defence when he killed a 7-year-old Chatsworth boy because the child and his friends had transformed into tigers before his eyes.

Sibusiso Madiya, 26, of Savannah Park, pleaded not guilty to a charge of murder in the Durban Regional Court on Thursday.

Madiya told the court through his Legal Aid attorney, Hycenth Mlotshwa, he saw the “tiger” – Grade 1 pupil Lindokuhle Mabhena – approach him at a Shallcross park in June last year and thought he was going to attack him.

He had stabbed the boy with a knife he had found on the ground earlier.

It was only after a group of people arrived that he realised it was not a tiger but a human being, he said.

Madiya made this admission at the start of his murder trial yesterday before magistrate Trevor Levitt.

Mlotshwa told the court his client believed in supernatural powers and even in the prison where is being held during the trial he saw fellow inmates transform into animals.

Prosecutor Krishen Shah said the accused had been referred for mental observation and was deemed mentally fit to stand trial.

Mlotshwa said at around midday on June 15 last year, Madiya was skateboarding at a park in Peak Street, Shallcross, when seven young children, who had been following him, approached him. He said they all suddenly transformed into tigers.

Lindokuhle’s friend, who is now 10 years old and cannot be named because he is a minor, testified in camera on Thursday.

Sitting with his back to Madiya and facing the magistrate, the boy bravely recalled the day he tried to help save his friend.

In Grade 3 at the time, he was the oldest in the group of friends who went to play in the park that day. The others were all in Grade 1.

He said they had played on the swings and were on their way out of the park when they noticed Madiya, who they did not know, sitting on the ground with his skateboard. He said the accused asked them to find him a container for water and they had obliged.

Madiya told them to fill it with water for him, so they walked to a nearby garage to do so. When they returned, the accused took them to nearby bushes, saying he could not eat in front of people.

The boy said the boys followed him and Madiya shared his bread and chips with them.

He told them to look for more empty containers and promised them more food but they refused.

The boy said Madiya lent them his skateboard and the friends, except for Lindokuhle, played with it on the steep road near the bush. Lindokuhle sat on the verge of the road and Madiya went further into the bushes as if he was looking for something.

“We were going up and down the road on the skateboard. While we were playing, we had our back to Lindokuhle and (Madiya). We then saw the uncle (Madiya) running towards us and he took the skateboard, saying he was going. When we looked back, I saw Lindokuhle lying on the ground and we ran to him,” he recalled.

“He was bleeding from a hole in his neck. I carried him to the lawn nearby and I lay him down. He was crying softly. I asked him what happened and he pointed out to the uncle (Madiya). We could still see him. I called to another uncle for help and he said he’ll call the police,” he testified.

The police arrived and the man who had called for help questioned the little boy about what had happened and he described a young man wearing different coloured shoes.

The man said he knew who the child was talking about and informed the police, who went in search of the suspect.

Under cross-examination, Mlotshwa argued that Madiya said “something strange happened” at the park when the boys transformed into tigers and that Lindokuhle had threatened injury to his client.

The child witness said he and his friends were just playing and had not done anything wrong to Madiya.

The trial is set to resume next month. - iol.co.za

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