Saturday, August 07, 2010

Fortean / Oddball News - 8/7/2010

Grandpa's Ghost in Granny Photo - This photo was received from Denise Russell. "The lady in the color photo is my granny," she says. "She lived on her own until age 94, when her mind started to weaken and had to be moved to an assisted living home for her own safety. At the end of the first week, there was a picnic for the residents and their families. My mother and sister attended. My sister took two pictures that day, and this is one of them. It was taken on Sunday, 8/17/97, and we think the man behind her is my grandpa who passed away on Sunday, 8/14/84.

We did not notice the man in the picture until Christmas Day, 2000 (granny had since passed away), while browsing through some loose family photos at my parents' house. My sister thought it was such a nice picture of granny that she even made a copy for mom, but still, nobody noticed the man behind her for over three years! When I arrived at my parents' house that Christmas day, my sister handed me the picture and said, "Who do you think this man behind granny looks like?" It took a few seconds for it to sink in. I was absolutely speechless. The black and white photos below show that it really looks like him.


New Atlantis Claim...Found on 'Google Ocean'

telegraph - The network of criss-cross lines is 620 miles off the coast of north west Africa near the Canary Islands on the floor of the Atlantic Ocean.

The perfect rectangle – which is around the size of Wales – was noticed on the search giant's underwater exploration tool by an aeronautical engineer who claims it looks like an "aerial map" of a city.

The underwater image can be found at the co-ordinates 31 15'15.53N 24 15'30.53W.

Last night Atlantis experts said that the unexplained grid is located at one of the possible sites of the legendary island, which was described by the ancient Greek philosopher Plato.

According to his account, the city sank beneath the ocean after its residents made a failed effort to conquer Athens around 9000 BC.

Dr Charles Orser, curator of historical archaeology at New York State University told The Sun that the find was fascinating and warranted further inspection.

"The site is one of the most prominent places for the proposed location of Atlantis, as described by Plato," the Atlantis expert said. "Even if it turns out to be geographical, it definitely deserves a closer look."

Bernie Bamford, 38, of Chester who spotted the "city", compared it to the plan of Milton Keynes, the Buckinghamshire town built on a grid design. "It must be man made," he said.

Google Ocean, an extension of Google Earth, allows web users to virtually explore the ocean with thousands of images of underwater landscapes.

Launched earlier this month, it lets users swim around underwater volcanoes, watch videos about exotic marine life, read about nearby shipwrecks, contribute photos and watch unseen footage of historic ocean expeditions.

The legend of Atlantis has excited the public imagination for centuries. In recent years "evidence" of the lost kingdom has been found off the coast of Cyprus and in southern Spain.

Plato described it as an island "larger than Libya and Asia put together" in front of the Pillars of Hercules - the Straits of Gibraltar. He said Atlantis was a land of fabulous wealth, advanced civilization and natural beauty destroyed by earthquakes and floods 9,000 years earlier.


Chinese Man Hibernates Six Months of the Year

thesun - A man in China has baffled doctors with an incredible condition that sees him sleep for six months of the year — then stay AWAKE for the rest of it.

Li Zhiming's long suffering family have to care for the 74-year-old throughout the entire time he's asleep.

They say they have to sit him up and pour warm soup down his throat to feed him.

They also have to make him wear a nappy because he doesn't even wake up to go to the bathroom.

His daughter-in-law Fu Yip, 42, said: "When he is sleeping it is like he is in a coma.

"We can't rouse him at all - if we put spoonfuls of soup in his mouth he swallows automatically but otherwise there's no response.

"Then when he wakes up he doesn't sleep for six months - wandering around the streets at night to amuse himself or watching television."


100 Square Mile Ice Sheet Breaks off From Greenland Glacier

BBC - A giant sheet of ice measuring 260 sq km (100 sq miles) has broken off a glacier in Greenland, according to researchers at a US university.

The block of ice separated from the Petermann Glacier, on the north-west coast of Greenland.

It is the largest Arctic iceberg to calve since 1962, said Prof Andreas Muenchow of the University of Delaware.

The ice could become frozen in place over winter or escape into the waters between Greenland and Canada.

If the iceberg moves south, it could interfere with shipping, Prof Muenchow said.

Cracks in the Petermann Glacier had been observed last year and it was expected that an iceberg would calve from it soon.

The glacier is 1,000 km (620 miles) south of the North Pole.

A researcher at the Canadian Ice Service detected the calving from Nasa satellite images taken early on Thursday, the professor said.

The images showed that Petermann Glacier lost about one-quarter of its 70km-long (43-mile) floating ice shelf.

There was enough fresh water locked up in the ice island to "keep all US public tap water flowing for 120 days," said Prof Muenchow.

He said it was not clear if the event was due to global warming.

The first six months of 2010 have been the hottest on record globally, scientists have said.

Thousands of icebergs calve off Greenland's glaciers annually, but they are seldom so large.


Mammoth Lakes, California: Witness Has Encounter With UFO, Attempts Communication

Case Number: 24906
Log Number: US-08022010-0014
Submitted Date: 2010-08-02 19:26 GMT
Event Date: 2010-06-30 22:35 GMT
Status: Assigned
City: Mammoth Lakes
Region: California
Country: US
Longitude: -118.972079
Latitude: 37.648546
Shape: Star-like
Distance: Over one mile
Location: Mountain
Terrain: Mountains
Visibility: Clear
Weather: None
Entity Type: Reptile-like
Vallee Index: FB1

Witness statement: I parked my vehicle for the night (having finished my shift), got out, and then stopped to look at the night sky. The stars are absolutely incredible here in the mountains. I wanted to orient to the Milky Way and pick out constellations and stars (a good way to relax).. when I noticed something moving across the sky. I often notice planes at night, so I did my own checklist - speed? flashing white/red light? approx. altitude? direction? Well the direction was off. Most often in this area, planes travel from the east towards the west. This "craft" was traveling from the north towards the south, slightly east of the Eastern Sierra mountains (not on top of them) on a direct, straight course - no zig zags; not stationary; no acrobatics. I could not discern the shape because it was so high up; there was no flashing light, only a continuous white light. It looked just like a pinprick star in the night sky, only moving. And it was moving much faster than an airplane. As I watched it, and thought that it might be a ufo, I decided to reach out with my mind. I focused on it and thought, "Who are you?" A moment or two later it disappeared. Like someone had hit a "stealth" switch. I looked ahead of its intended direction - nothing. I looked where it had been - nothing. I couldn't find it! And there had been no change; no light change, etc. Just gone.

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