The following encounter was forwarded by a reader, Will:
In the early sixties, my friend Elaine and her family lived in Australia (she now lives in the Caribbean). We were talking about crop circles one day and Elaine mentioned that she vaguely remembers that her dad saw a UFO near a place called Innisfail. She immediately sent her father (who used to be a trained hypnotherapist) an email asking him about the incident and this is the email that her father sent back to her from the UK.
We have seen a number of crop circles recently on the TV, those you have shown were new to me and spectacular! The incident you asked about re. Sam's Pies, I recall very well. It happened when we lived in Innisfail, in 1963. Sam Nightingale, the proprietor of Sam's Pies, had a call from nature at about 2 a.m. looking out of the bathroom window he saw a extremely bright vertical beam of light moving slowly across the field behind his house, the light stopped moving over the Johnstone River for some 15 minutes. Looking up he could see a huge shining object with slowly revolving coloured lights around the edge. He called his wife (Flo') and son James (aged 12) to the window all of them saw this happening. He ran next door and then down the street - many of his neighbours came out and witnessed the same sight. The sightings lasted some 25 minutes - the UFO then shot off to the right totally silently, and at great speed. One of his neighbours was the sergeant of police (whom I also new quite well). In short - it created quite a stir, eventually two R.A.A.F. officers arrived in Innisfail and took statements from everyone involved. I was called in to hypnotise Sam and some of the others. ALL THEIR STORIES WERE THE VIRTUALLY IDENTICAL. We were all told not to say anything about it, to anyone, unfortunately for the R.A.A.F. the story had already made the local newspapers! Many years later back in Innisfail I met James Nightingale, he asked me to hypnotise him at length - he had total recall! Remember this was long before any jet aircraft were in the skies above North Queensland, no military, no helicopters etc. About the only variation was - some saw it as a long oval 'cigar' shape, others as a disc. Other folk in the town came forward saying they had also witnessed the same sight, as did folk from South Johnstone, Mena Creek and the villages around Innisfail. There was no comment from the government - eventually a 'D' notice was issued, which effectively closed it down.
Well, that's it. The closest I have ever come to the unexplained.
Hope you and Will find it interesting. I was certainly convinced that 'there was something up-there'.
Cheerio for now, all my love,
Dad x x x x x x
So, there you go – a story that has been ‘under wraps’ for 47 years…
I found it most interesting and I hope that you do too.
Thanks for all your fantastic posts – I read as many as I can!
<-- Is this a ghost? Could it be the apparition of Washington Irving?
TP - On June 26, 14-year-old Rachel Lambert saw something a bit unusual in a photograph she took earlier during her trip to Washington Irving's Sunnyside.
After seeing Tim Burton's film, "Sleepy Hollow," Rachel pursued her interest in the paranormal and convinced her family to take a trip from Rotterdam, N.Y. to see what the town of the horseman is really like.
They ended up wandering the estate of Tarrytown's Sunnyside and as they did, Rachel saw something strange in a window of Irving's cottage. She snapped a picture and moved on, as not to miss any of their tour guide's fascinating historical speech. When Rachel got home the next night and viewed the picture on the 27-inch screen of her computer, she found that the creator of the Legend of Sleepy Hollow had not let her down (see attached video).
She and her family were able to make out a figure that looks like the head and upper body of a ghost holding a quill pen. Rachel determined that before her eyes was a picture of the ghost of Washington Irving.
Rachel's father Ed believes that his daughter's sighting of the spirit may not have been a sheer streak of luck. Just before the family stopped outside the cottage, they were having a conversation with the guide about Rachel's achievements as an English honors student and her dream of becoming a writer. They additionally spoke about her interest in Sleepy Hollow and how she had planned out sights to see and goals for the trip, which included stopping at Washington Irving's grave in the Sleepy Hollow cemetery beforehand. The family thinks that Irving's spirit may have overheard this conversation and acted. Perhaps Irving's thoughts were, "I'm gonna let her see this and do this for an aspiring author," as Rachel's father put it.
When Historic Hudson Valley, the organization entrusted to maintain the estate, was contacted, spokesperson Rob Schweitzer said he was "unaware" of any ghosts at the estate.
But some ghost enthusiasts maintain the Sunnyside is known for holding the spirit of Washington Irving.
"The legend says he still haunts the house," said Donna Davies, of Haunted Hudson Valley. "He passed away in the house. If he was going to haunt any place he would haunt Sunnyside."
Another ghost hunter, Linda Zimmermann, has written many books on the hauntings in the Hudson Valley and agrees with Davies' assessment in her book Ghost Investigator: Hauntings of the Hudson Valley, Volume 1:
* "Irving made his home at Sunnyside in Tarrytown. Some people claim that to this day, he still resides in his beautiful mansion. That are reports that Irving's spirit walks the halls and rooms of Sunnyside, and that he particularly favors the tower know as the Pagoda. It seems to be poetic justice that the man most know for his ghost story would pass on and create one of his own."
Rachel was certainly excited by this sighting and claims that she is now even more interested in Sleepy Hollow, Irving and ghost stories. As for her parents, Rachel's mother emphasized that they have always been open about the paranormal with their children and allowed them to explore its possibility rather than fear it.
Ed however, stated that he always thought there could be a potential for the spirit world, but that there are also other scientific ways to explain such mystical events. "Do we make these things up in our minds or are they there?" he initially thought. But after taking several close looks at the photograph he said, "I think it's there."
Many family members and friends that were shown Rachel's photograph were similarly shocked by the image and questioned their ideas about the spiritual world.
"I think it made some people believers," said Ed Lambert.
Some even said that it looks like there are several ghosts in the image, besides Irving's spirit. The Lambert family believes that some kind of paranormal investigation should be done to determine what is really in the photograph and at Sunnyside.
The Lambert family plans to return to Sleepy Hollow and Tarrytown in the fall to see the scenery of the season, and perhaps to further explore the possibility of the supernatural in the villages.
Although Rachel is likely to also pursue her interest in the paranormal elsewhere, her recent experience and haunting souvenir caused her to admit, "I think there's something special about Sleepy Hollow.
********** The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
Ichabod Crane, a Connecticut schoolteacher, arrives in Sleepy Hollow in 1790 and is immediately attracted to the supernatural tales told by the area’s Dutch housewives, particularly the tale of a headless horseman. According to the story, he is a Hessian cavalryman who was decapitated during a battle in the American Revolution. Each night he rides out searching for his lost head.
Crane also spends his time pursuing a young woman, Katrina Van Tassel, the "plump," 18 year-old daughter and sole child of a wealthy farmer. This infuriates a rival for Katrina’s hand, “Brom Bones" Van Brunt, a handsome but rather rowdy and brutish man who subjects Crane to ridicule.
One Autumn night after attending a party at the Van Tassel home, Crane encounters the headless horseman near a bridge and the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery. A pursuit through the countryside follows during which the spectral horseman hurls his “head” at Crane. The next day the schoolteacher is missing, leaving behind a riderless horse, a trampled saddle, Crane’s hat, and a smashed pumpkin.
Irving leaves it to the reader to decide if the horseman was an actual specter or Van Brunt in disguise. The Sleepy Hollow Cemetery
The cemetery in Sleepy Hollow is a beautiful Victorian era cemetery with many hills and valleys in a gothic park-like atmosphere, situated on the east side of the Hudson River. It contains the final resting place of Washington Irving, the author of the Legend of Sleepy Hollow – Ichabod Crane's encounter with the Headless Horseman. Washington Irving wrote, in a letter addressed to the editor of Knickerbocker Magazine, “I send you herewith a plan of a rural cemetery projected by some of the worthies of Tarrytown, on the woody hills adjacent to the Sleepy Hollow Church. I have no pecuniary interest in it, yet I hope it may succeed, as it will keep that beautiful and umbrageous neighborhood sacred from the anti-poetical and all-leveling axe. Besides, I trust that I shall one day lay my bones there.” Washington Irving’s gothic revival home, known as Sunnyside, is situated not far from his gravesite, along the Hudson River.
Also buried at the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery are other luminaries such as: Andrew Carnegie, Walter Chrysler, William Rockefeller, and Elizabeth Arden. The television series “Dark Shadows”, which featured vampire Barnabas Collins, witches, ghosts, and other supernatural creatures, inspired a film, “House of Dark Shadows”. In the film, Lyndhurst, a gothic revival mansion in nearby Tarrytown, was the Collinwood estate and a mausoleum in the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery was shown as the Collins family tomb. The cemetery is rather renowned and guided tours are offered in October. It is also adjacent to the cemetery of the Old Dutch Church, which is the resting place of those who inspired Irving's characters of Katrina Van Tassel, Brom Bones, and the headless Hessian soldier.
The British theoretical physicist, trapped in a body paralysed by motor neurone disease, and author of the best seller A Brief History of Time, spent three years to finish the series, which airs this weekend on the Discovery Channel.
The 68-year-old suggests in the first episode that extraterrestrials are almost certain to exist.
He points out the universe has 100 billion galaxies, each with hundreds of millions of stars, and that in such a huge place Earth is unlikely to be the only planet where life has evolved.
"To my mathematical brain, the numbers alone make thinking about aliens perfectly rational," he said. "The real challenge is to work out what aliens might actually be like."
Among the theoretical aliens are terrestrial herbivores and carnivores, lizard-like predators with limb membranes that allow them to glide using venom-loaded stingers to bring down a two-legged herbivore that has a huge vacuum snout to suck up food.
Such land-based aliens would probably feed and move in ways similar to animals on Earth.
Prof Hawking also came up with a squid-like creature that could feed on the bottom of the salty ocean thought to exist below the icy crust of Jupiter's moon Europa.
Life on planets where the average temperatures are below -150C would require organic components and physiologies radically different than those found on terrestrial planets largely dependent on liquid water.
Eye Telescope Implant Approved by FDA
cbc - A U.S. regulator has approved the use of a small telescope that can be implanted in one eye to help some patients suffering a loss of vision.
Two versions of the implantable miniature telescope can replace the natural lens and provide an image that is magnified by 2.2 or 2.7 times, the Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday.
The telescope magnifies and projects images onto a healthy portion of the retina, but can be used in one eye only; the other eye is needed for peripheral vision.
The device could help some patients suffering from end-stage age-related macular degeneration, a disease related to aging that is a leading cause of vision loss for people over 60.
The telescope is intended for patients 75 and older with severe to profound vision impairment caused by blind spots, the FDA said. Because the brain must merge the views from two eyes into a single image, patients will need rehabilitation after the surgery to make it work, the FDA said.
A clinical test of the telescope involving 219 patients found that 75 per cent had their vision improve from severe or profound impairment to moderate impairment.
Due to the size of the device, implantation can cause other problems, including the need for a corneal transplant, the FDA warned.
The agency and manufacturer VisionCare Ophthalmic Technologies Inc. of Saratoga, Calif., agreed to create detailed labelling to communicate the risks.
And as a condition of approval, VisionCare must conduct two studies, following up existing patients and beginning a study of 770 new patients, the FDA said.
The telescope costs $15,000 US, VisionCare said.
Death by Condiment
news.com.au - Six workers drowned after falling into a giant vat of tomato sauce at a factory in India, the Indian Express reported.
The horrifying incident unfolded Wednesday evening when a female worker slipped and fell into the 6m deep tank.
As five colleagues dived in to grab her they were all overcome by fumes given off from fermenting vegetables and drowned, the newspaper said.
Two more workers were in a hospital following the tragic incident at the Akansha Food Products unit in Lucknow, in the Uttar Pradesh region of northeastern India.
Investigators say the woman, named as Usha, was scooping up fermented vegetables from the vat when she slipped off her ladder and plunged into the raw material used to make the sauce.
“When the woman fell in, the other workers jumped in to help her,” said Rajiv Krishna, Lucknow's Senior Superintendent of Police.
The factory owner was taken into custody, the Indian Express said.
Fish Can Talk...Also Listen
telegraph - Far from being a place of deep silence, the underwater world is abuzz with the sound of fish sweet-talking the opposite sex, warning others of danger, giving directions, and general background chatter.
Predators may even hunt out prey by intercepting fish talk, researcher Shahriman Ghazali of Auckland University said.
"All fish can hear but not all can make sound -- pops and other sounds made by vibrating their swim bladder, a muscle they can contract," he said.
Mr Ghazali, who is presenting a paper on his research to fellow marine scientists in Wellington this week, hopes to decipher the contexts for different types of communication.
"This is the next step. We are 99 per cent sure they are fish sounds.
"Now we want to find out what the sounds mean," he told the New Zealand Herald.
The main reasons appear to be attracting mates, scaring off predators, and orientating themselves around reefs, he said.
He placed groups of fish into tanks in a laboratory, gave them a few weeks to settle in, and monitored them using an underwater microphone and instruments that detect water movement.
It emerged that gurnard are among the most talkative, making distinctive grunts and keeping up a pattern of chatter throughout the day.
Cod, on the other hand, stay mostly silent, except while spawning when they become very vocal.
"The hypothesis is that they are using the sound as a synchronisation so that the male and female release their eggs at the same time for fertilisation," Mr Ghazali said.
"Outside spawning season, you won't hear a sound from them."
Fish known as bigeyes produce a popping sound, which appears to operate as a sort of Morse code.
Mr Ghazali debunked a commonly held belief that crayfish in New Zealand waters make a similar popping sound when divers approach.
"I didn't get any sound from any of them," he said.
He also advised pet owners who tap the bowls of goldfish not to hold their breath for a reply.
"Goldfish have excellent hearing but they don't make any sound whatsoever," he said.
NOTE: I must have had some dumb and/or deaf fish because they never listened to me. Though, I'm positive that the corals heard me...Lon
Texas - or the Lone Star State, as it is affectionately and widely known - is the second largest U.S. state in both area and population, spanning no less than an astonishing 268,820 square miles, and with an ever-growing population that is currently in excess of 24 million. Houston is its largest city and the fourth-largest in the United States; while Dallas–Fort Worth is the biggest metropolitan area in the state, and the fourth-largest in the nation. Other major cities in this diverse and multi-cultural state include San Antonio, and the capital: Austin.
But that is not all: all across Texas there lurks a wide array of monsters, mysterious beasts and diabolical creatures that science tells us do not exist – but that a significant percentage of the good folk of Texas certainly know otherwise.
In Monsters of Texas, you will learn a great deal about countless bizarre critters, including the following:
· Giant winged-things: feathered batmen, huge birds, pterodactyl-like beasts, and glowing-eyed gargoyle-style entities that haunt the Texas-Mexico border; · Texas’ very own version of Puerto Rico’s infamous vampire-like monster, the Chupacabras; · Blood-thirsty, predatory werewolves said roaming the wilds of Texas by the eerie light of a full moon; · Texan equivalents of the famous Loch Ness Monster of Scotland: water-based beasts of unknown origin and identity that occasionally surface from the murky depths; · The legend of the hairy wild-man, and wild-woman, of the Navidad that struck terror into the minds and souls of the people of the area way back in the 1800s; · Encounters of the distinctly Bigfoot kind in central and east Texas; as well as in the state’s legendary and mysterious Big Thicket woods; · Out-of-place animals: those creatures that are found within the Lone Star State, yet that have apparently strayed – sometimes inexplicably so - far away from their normal habitats; · Those truly ominous beasts that may be far less than flesh-and-blood in nature, and far more paranormal and supernatural in origin; · The diabolical, cloven-hoofed Goat-Men that haunt the dark woods of Lake Worth, the old Alton Bridge at Denton, and Dallas’ White Rock Lake;
· PUBLISHED BY CFZ PRESS (www.cfz.org.uk) · AVAILABLE FROM ALL GOOD BOOK-SELLING OUTLETS!!! · ISBN: 978-1-905723-57-7 NOTE: Nick and Ken will be on 'Beyond the Edge' radio talking about their new book 'Monsters of Texas' - July 11th at 9 pm ET...Lon
The following was forwarded to me from Jeffrey Gonzalez, MUFON State Section Director/Investigator and founder of the Sanger Paranormal Society:
MUFON CMS #24103 - Short Description of UFO Event: 2 bright lights huge object no sound thought we were going to die
Detailed Description of the UFO Event:
Im not sure how long it lasted because we thought we were going to die but you will understand in this description. It felts like minutes but I know it was seconds because we really thought we were going to die! Here is the story: I am reporting this in sadness because of this event my dog died! My daughter went to get the dogs from outside to bring them in (she's 15) and she ran screaming "get out a plane is going to hit us" "run" and she was hysterical. Me my husband and my son and I went running downstairs and my husband went to the backdoor (running) to investigate because my daughter is very meek and quiet and never screams. The next thing I know my husband is yelling "run" "its gonna hit us" and he started praying to God that we lived and if not take us to Heaven and let it be quick. We ran straight out the door as fast as our legs would go. Myself and my son never heard or saw anything we were just running for dear life. My husband told us to stop behind the trees because he thought at any moment it would hit and we wouldnt get much father ( didnt atually even think we would make it out the front door) and we live in the country so its all mostly open space in front of us. When nothing happened after a few seconds he told us to keep running as I horrifyingly saw him turn back toward the house. We kept going hurrying down the road and as we went we were trying to call our dogs that had escaped with us. My husband returned in his truck to state the object simply was gone/vanished he had no idea where it went but it never hit our house or flew over us and not a single sound was heard. So we continued the search for our dogs however one was struck by a car and killed. Later when I spoke with my husband and daughter I was informed it had 2 bright lights and was up in the sky they could see the back neighbors house below it and it made no sound and teetered a little back and forth but the lights were always horizontal to each other. This object made no sound what so ever and my husband said he saw the silhouette and it was as big as our back pasture across and very dark. I am very saddened but wanted to report this because weird things have occurred before here that we never mentioned to people. Like for one instance our laser pointer lights (we would play with our dogs with) when we would point them in the field they would disappear at some points but would be seen all the way to the orchards at other points and we always laughed that it was like something invisible was sucking up the light at that spot. Im now truely scared and wanted this reported in the case something happens to us. Now it is time for me to grieve. I am afraid to sleep. I truly believe it must have landed in our pasture but everything appears normal. Something very wrong happened here tonight...please help!! Has anyone else ever experienced this? Jeff noted: Hey Lon, here is a case I am working on for MUFON....MUFON case #24103
The media here picked up on the story but did a piss poor job...and you can say I said that...they left out very important points...which I gave them. Here is the video link of the newscast, go ahead and use this so people can see when they compare to the actual MUFON report...also, they used a video in the news clip that had nothing to do with the report...Someone posted this on you tube which they recorded on the night of the sighting and they used it to make the news clip more exciting....that's not what this family saw that night..Here are 2 links to youtube. I recorded 2 unmarked vans sitting across the street of the house that reported the sighting the night before...These vans were parked out front the following morning....I was working that day ( AT&T Telephone) in that same area and as I was driving past the house I noticed the first van then a second one showed up...I parked 3 houses away in my van and started to record them...They both were wearing suits and this drew a flag because we are talking Saturday morning out in the country....
I received the following email from a reader in California:
The encounter I am about to share with you happened early December 2009. I do not wish to share the exact date because we were trespassing on private property at 1am at a Marysville, CA cemetery I'm keeping our names unknown for now.
It all started with...
I play drums in a band from San Francisco, Ca. The trip consisted of myself and three other band-mates/friends. (Singer, bassist, myself, and our good friend the photographer.) We went up north to play a festival in Quincy, California. This was a day trip so we drove up early to Quincy, played and headed back. We drove through Marysville, California on the way up during the day and noticed an amazing old cemetery. Thought nothing of it blah blah blah. However, on our drive down from Quincy, at around midnight, we were stopping off the side of the road in various places to take advantage of some "out of the box" photo ops. We then all started to remember the old graveyard we passed on the way up during the day and were all kinda joking about how cool it would be to take photos there at night.
We are finally drawing near the location of the cemetery in which the only land mark was a distant gas station, so we saw the gas station and turned around to find the entrance road to the cemetery. We enter this little road leading to the cemetery and there is a huge bar blocking any further access to the road. So we park the car and get out, walk about 300 yards to the old iron gate leading into the graveyard. It's padlocked (obviously)... it was 1am at this point. We read the sign posted at the gate stating something like "Access by appointment only, cemetery closed to the public, call ##### for appointments".
At this point I was like, "guys it's closed lets just get out of here" the bassist (my brother) says "no way, lets jump the fence and take some band pictures, this place is sick" The singer and I are saying NO WAY, we were all a little creeped out anyways, let alone trespassing in the middle of the night. Lo-and-behold, what do we do...we all jump the fence and make our way into the cemetery.
There is only one very orange light in the center of the cemetery, and numerous motion activated lights throughout as well. Chills were crawling through all of our spines only due to the fact that is was an adventure in itself. We never even brought up ghosts or any feeling related to that. At this point is was plain creepy being that it was in fact an old rickety cemetery late at night, in the middle of bum-f**k nowhere.
We did a few snap-shots here and there under the orange lighting and in front of some old marble tomb stones. We then started to just have a little fun, running around joking, and trying to scare each other.
About twenty minutes into our antics, my brother (bassist) mentions that he wanted to go deeper into the cemetery, the rest of us were saying "hell no, no way". It was pitch black beyond the orange light in which we were standing. A few minutes after while discussing going deeper in we heard this very clear, LOUD, noise coming from one end of the cemetery. The sound was as if someone had a very large sheet of metal and was rubbing it on a rock. shhhhhingggg! Chills ran up all of our backs.....we all stood there and asked each other "did you hear that?" "yes, yes, yes".....everyone heard it. We stood quiet for a moment......the sound happened again. shhhhhingggg!...in the direction in which we thought the sound was coming from a motion activated light came on....I'd say about 100 yards from where we were standing. It then turned off almost as fast as it came on. Then, a little to the left, another light came on, and then off, as if something was triggering it. Yet we saw nothing. We ALL at once ran to the fence and jumped over to the outside of the cemetery. We thought maybe it was someone coming to tell us to get out and that we were trespassing. We ran all the way to the car and caught our breath. There was no one in sight. Just us. The sound kept occurring all the while...about once every 30 seconds or so. We stood bewildered by the car, quiet and a little confused as to what the sound was and as to why those two lights were triggered. We were a bit spooked but also very curious about what was happening. So we remained standing by the car. I lit a cigarette and gazed into and around the cemetery. I SH*T you not...this next part is all true with four of us to varify it.
I heard it first....
A young girl's voice giggles in the distance. This sounds cliche, I know, but it is a very real experience. I ask the guys to "Shhhhhh, did you hear that?" We all stand very quietly, the giggle happens again and everyone heard it plain as day. A third time it happened and at that moment foot steps running very fast in our direction followed. We freaked and all jumped into the car. We started to drive off and then my brother and myself said, "stop the car...stop the car". We were having such REAL experiences out here that we wanted to try and catch something on film. Why not right? So my brother and I get out of the car with our friends camera. We stand up above the cemetery and start filming. We catch on film, crunching noises, tractor engines. We actually caught on film what we still think to this day is an apparition of a woman in a dress. Here is the youtube video.......bad quality because of the transfer to youtube, but if you are interested I will send you the raw HD footage. You say the word.
NOTE: Something does walk in front of the orange light and something does light up near the light. As well, there are noises and voices. I took a screen capture and enlarged it...not sure what that is. I have requested from the witness any further evidence available. I will post if it arrives...Lon
UFO Disrupts Air Traffic Over Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, China
peopledaily - An unidentified flying object (UFO) disrupted air traffic over Zhejiang's provincial capital Hangzhou late on Wednesday, the municipal government said on Thursday.
Xiaoshan Airport was closed after the UFO was detected at around 9 pm, and some flights were rerouted to airports in the cities of Ningbo and Wuxi, said an airport spokesman, who declined to be named.
The airport had resumed operations, and more details will be released after an investigation, he said.
A source with knowledge of the matter, however, told China Daily on Thursday that authorities had learned what the UFO was after an investigation.
But it was not the proper time to publicly disclose the information because there was a military connection, he said, adding that an official explanation is expected to be given on Friday.
Inbound flights were diverted to the nearby airports in Zhejiang province's Ningbo and Jiangsu province's Wuxi. Outbound flights were delayed for three to four hours.
A staff member at the airport's information desk said the airport had "no idea" how many flights were affected by the closure.
At around 11 pm on Wednesday, a netizen wrote three entries announcing the airport's closure in his microblog at Sina.com, but they were all soon deleted.
He posted an apology at midnight, saying the news had not been confirmed and asking those who had republished his earlier entries to delete them.
Oldest Person in the World Turns 130
dailymail - Authorities in the former Soviet republic of Georgia claim a woman from a remote mountain village turned 130, making her the oldest person on Earth.
Antisa Khvichava from western Georgia was born on July 8, 1880, said Georgiy Meurnishvili, spokesman for the civil registry at the Justice Ministry.
The woman, who lives with her 40-year-old grandson in an idyllic vine-covered country house in the mountains, retired from her job as a tea and corn picker in 1965, when she was 85, records say.
'I've always been healthy, and I've worked all my life - at home and at the farm,' Antisa said, in a bright dress and headscarf - and red lipstick.
Sitting in the chair and holding her cane, Antisa spoke quietly through an interpreter - since she never went to school to learn Georgian and speaks only the local language, Mingrelian.
Her age couldn't immediately be independently verified. Her birth certificate was lost - one of the great number to have disappeared in the past century amid revolutions and a civil war which followed the collapse of the USSR.
But Meurnishvili showed two Soviet-era documents that he says attest to her age.
Scores of officials, neighbors, friends, and descendants backed up her claim as the world's top senior.
The Gerontology Research Group currently recognizes 114-year-old Eugenie Blanchard of Saint Barthelemy, France, as the world's oldest person. Antisa would make Eugenie look like a spring chicken - but the research group is yet to examine Antisa's claim.
She has a son, 10 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren and six great, great grandchidren.
Her 70-year-old son Mikhail, who was also at the party, apparently was born when his mother was 60.
She said she also had two children from a previous marriage, but says they died of hunger during World War II.
Mikhail said that, although his mother had difficulty walking and had stayed largely in bed during the past seven years, she made a point of hobbling unaided to the outhouse on the other side of the yard, because she hates to be a nuisance.
Though her body has all but quit on her - her fingers cramped by age mean she can no longer maintain her love of knitting - relatives say her mind remains sharp.
'Grandma has a very clear mind and she hasn't lost an ability to think rationally,' said Khvichava's granddaughter Shorena, who lives in a nearby village.
To mark Antisa's birthday, a string ensemble played folk music out on the lawn, while grandchildren offered traditional Mingrelian dishes like corn porridge and spiced chicken with herbs to all guests as the party.
********** Brazilian Footballer's Ex-Girlfriend Was Strangled, Fed to Dogs
bbc - The missing former lover of a top Brazilian football star was strangled and then fed to dogs, police say.
Eliza Samudio, 25, was a former girlfriend of Bruno Fernandes, goalkeeper for Flamengo, Brazil's most popular club.
He handed himself into police after a warrant was issued for his arrest over her disappearance nearly a month ago.
Mr Fernandes, 25, has denied any wrongdoing, and said he has a "clear conscience".
But police say a teenage cousin of Mr Fernandes has given evidence that the goalkeeper was involved in her kidnap and suspected murder.
Ms Samudio had said that the married footballer was the father of her baby. Search for remains
Police say Ms Samudio was taken by force from a hotel in Rio de Janeiro on the day of her disappearance and was strangled in the city of Belo Horizonte.
They say her body was cut up and parts were fed to dogs, while the rest was buried under concrete.
Police are still searching for her remains, but say her death is "materially proven". Flamengo goalkeeper Bruno Fernandes in a file photo from May Bruno Fernandes is team captain of Rio de Janeiro's Flamengo
Police have also arrested Mr Fernandes's wife, Dayane Souza, and several of his friends.
They say interrogation of the other suspects has backed up the account given by Mr Fernandes's teenage cousin.
Flamengo have suspended Mr Fernandes's contract and say the club lawyer will no longer be acting in his defence.
He had been goalkeeper of the Rio de Janeiro club since 2006, and captained them to the Brazilian championship last year.
Mr Fernandes has expressed regret that the allegations could damage his chances of playing for Brazil in the 2014 FIFA World Cup finals.
NOTE: he regrets he may not play soccer in 4 years...but has no regret that his ex-lover was killed and fed to the dogs? Lon
Witchcraft Doomed Cameroon World Cup Team
allafrica - The phenomenon of witchcraft in football resurfaced as a hot topic of debate in the Cameroonian media after Cameroon were eliminated from the 2010 World Cup. This situation has whipped up doubts as to the potency of witchdoctors who were part of the Cameroonian delegation.
During the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, one of Africa's supposed strongest contenders, Cameroon, had a strong team of witchdoctors in their delegation. However, the Indomitable Lions were one of the first teams to be sacked from the competition.
In the aftermath of their elimination, many Cameroonians joined in what has become a national debate on the Lions' failure to proceed to the second round.
In the streets of Yaounde and in drinking spots around the government ministries, there is passionate debate on why the government allocated huge sums of money to the players, staff and a number of witchdoctors in the delegation, only for them to put on a poor performance.
The debate even reached the Cameroon National Assembly at the end of its June session. During the heated plenary session, Hon. Abakar Mahamat from the Logon and Shari constituency of the far north region, expressed the bitterness of Cameroonians. He sought to know why the Lions put up such a dismal performance after huge sums of tax payers' money were disbursed to the team, what happened to the balance of the money and what measures could be taken to take the Lions and football out of the abyss.
The question to the Sport Minister was hinged on the fact that the performance of players was not commensurate to huge sums spent for the 2010 South African trip.
Answering the parliamentarians, the Minister of Sports and Physical Education, Michel Zoah on July 2, declared that, "witchcraft, besides mysticism, internal wrangling, jealousy and disorder was the cause of the Lions debacle".
The declaration seems to confirm allegations of a witchdoctor, Adamou Amadou, at the Melen Market neighbourhood in Yaoundé who claims that, "players always consult witchdoctors whenever their performance seems to fade, as was the case with the Lions' striker Samuel Eto'o Fils. He had to go to Gashiga in Garoua to regain his ability to play again".
The witchcraft debate has taken a wider dimension owing to the fact that witchdoctors were part of the official delegation to the African Cup of Nations in Angola and recently in South Africa, unlike in the past when they were hardly noticed.
Jean Calvin, a journalist, confirms that he was lodged in the same hotel room with a witchdoctor called Dr. Eli, in Angola whose behaviour was "absurd."
"He carried about a box of matches but does not smoke, lit candles in broad daylight and was seen in the company of weird persons," Calvin said about the witchdoctor. It was therefore an open secret amongst journalists that witchdoctors like Dr. Eli were amongst the juju men present in South Africa.
These witchdoctors were given special treats using tax payers' money. They received transportation fare, accommodation, and it is rumoured that they got the same 45million FRS as the players. Government officials have, however, denied such allegations. They did, though, receive an allowance from the Ministry of Sports like every member of the delegation and not the football federation.
Cameroonians have expressed indignation at the squandering of public funds and questioned the importance of witchdoctors if they could not use their magic in Cameroon's favour.
A famous Indomitable Lions photographer, Ebanga Maurice, who covered the World Cup, exclaimed after the Cameroonians lost to Denmark in Tshwane, Pretoria, "Look at them, heads down in shame, what is the use of witch doctors if they cannot deliver the goods?" he said, booing the witch doctors.
Claiming that he was not aware of the witchdoctors at Lions' Oyster Box Hotel in Umhlanga in Durban, the Team Press Officer, Linus Pascal Fouda acknowledges that they were part of the delegation, presented to him as the federation's administrators. But he questions, "What were they doing and what purpose did they serve?"
Many have wondered why church services were organised to pray for the Lions on the eve and on departure to South Africa at the Yaounde Nsimalen Airport only to fall back on witchdoctors.
Why did the witchdoctors fail in South Africa?
Many Cameroonians like Essambe Livinus who hails from the Southwest region known for witchcraft practices, point to the fact that the selection of witchdoctors that travelled to South Africa was based on influence, relationship and kickbacks for their mentors.
Adamou, the witchdoctor who claims to have spent six months under the waters of River Benue in the northern region, seems to agree, "Witchdoctors from the south region of the country are selected even if they do not possess any powers".
Adamou seems to hold to the fact that witchdoctors are of different calibres. Those from the north, Bassas and Bamelikes, are held in high esteem, though he chips in, "If I had been contacted, Cameroon would have gone to the quarter finals".
Witchcraft practices seem to have taken Cameroonian society hostage as Essambe Livinus confirms that witchcraft is not just in football.
"Ahead of cabinet shake up, government officials indulge in witchcraft practices such as sleeping in the cemetery and at the municipal lake to be appointed to ministerial positions," he says.
But has black magic ever worked in football?
Adamou, the witchdoctor, is confident that black magic works for football. He narrates how such practices work, "All I need to do is have a name of one player from the opposite side and I either make them fall, unable to run, tie their legs, or have the opponents miss their balls". He further boosts, "I made Kameni, the Lions' goalkeeper, move to France. I equally work for the presidency".
However, the power of magic in football is gradually waning and Cameroonians are now realising that football scores cannot be manipulated by incantations and magic.
If Cameroon had gone beyond the first round to the semi-finals stage, many like Adamou would have tapped their feet and beaten their chest that they had done it.
Essambe Livinus thinks that technology is the best witchdoctor as, "matches can now be viewed critically for a better evaluated taking into account speed, techniques to counter the opponent." To him, society has evolved and there is need to abandon certain practices.
We introduced the story of “Mr. Mike”, who claims that he is experiencing repeated Bigfoot sightings in the backyard of his home, on July 3, 2010 when “Mr. Mike” joined the program and we found ourselves inadvertently making history.
I’ve met with some criticism due to a badly placed headline on my website that the skeptics have already begun using as a means of detracting from my efforts to validate, and verify, the story of ‘Mr. Mike’s’ Bigfoot encounter. I take personal responsibility for that mistake.
The headline on my web site was placed very quickly due to being up against a deadline for the beginning of the show on July 3, 2010. Of course I wanted to grab peoples attention, but not mislead the world. I should have stopped to rethink my words of choice, but I didn’t. I was in a hurry to get on the air as I was running behind and had hardly been able to prep for the show after spending 11 hours on the phone with virtually every person in the field of Bigfoot research, or trying to reach them.
It’s not often that I make apologies on my radio show, or on my web site. Most of the time it is not needed. But this event has quickly become larger than the show. I’ll be the first to admit that when we decided to cover this story on the show that the topic was viewed as a venue to bolster our listening audience because of world wide interest in the subject of Bigfoot. It’s not like we don’t choose to cover the strange and unusual on Overnight AM. The whole radio show was built around, and for, strange and sometimes unprovable subjects and speculation. But then the story became ‘real’ based on our own research, conversations and other historical evidence. It was then that I choose to stop, back up and re-evaluate my position, and my responsibilities to this audience, which frequently happens when hind-site becomes 20/20.
Because ‘Mr. Mike’s Bigfoot encounter began to show signs of being a very real, and scary event, I uncharacteristically re-positioned myself, and the show, in my commitment to discover, and report, the facts rather than focusing on the entertainment. However, It’s not my responsibility to take the position of trying to single handedly save a sacred cow from slaughter if a story doesn’t pan out just the way the audience expects. In fact, I’ll be the first to slam a knife into it and carve myself out a fat steak to chew on.
On July 3, 2010 I stated on air inside an interview with “Mr. Mike” that we had plans to send a camera crew to his location and document the events around his home regarding what he calls Bigfoot. I also said that we would not leave the Bigfoot Research Field Organization out of the loop, and welcomed their participation. Since then, some members of the BFRO have become critical of this story, without knowing all of the facts.
It’s for that reason that I have elected to forgo the inclusion of the BFRO in any field research and have turned over the responsibility of hand picking a team of qualified experts to investigate these events to Mr. Bill Birnes (UFO Hunters – History Chanel / Publisher of UFO Magazine/Author).
The Camera Crew
The Camera Crew will consist of one, or more, trained professionals inside of the field of wildlife photography. This is the arena that I’ve had the most inquiry about, and have received the most advice on, over the past seven days via email and phone conversations.
The World Responds
At this time the story of Mr. Mike’s experiences have met with open ridicule and support from opposing factions inside the arena of interested Bigfoot enthusiast. That was expected. I appreciate healthy skepticism just as much as I appreciate healthy interest and enthusiasm. My position has been to establish the credibility of Mr. Mike, and his story, before money, time, effort and energy was spent on what could easily be, or become, a farce or scam not only on me, but on this audience.
I do not enjoy being removed from my postion as a talk show host and forced into the arena of investigator. I said that we would move quickly on this story on July 3, 2010 in Mr. Mike’s first interview on Overnight AM, and I was serious. I just didn’t tell the audience what I had in mind to validate Mr. Mike’s story. I had a story on my hands that couldn’t be confirmed, but had body and form. Sure the story was a great avenue for a Overnight AM show. It was right up my alley. A great entertainment avenue for any listener who was interested in the subject of Bigfoot. But after listening to the show again, and again, and again- I came to the conclusion that Mr. Mike was telling the truth and I decided to act on it. I even went as far to write Bill Birnes a email after seeing that this story was beginning to build more momentum, and that the character assassination of Mr. Mike, myself and anyone else involved, was a real threat. If we were going to do this we had better commit to it 100%. Otherwise we would be placing ourselves in a precarious situation if this story wasn’t investigated and acted upon correctly. What’s happening now?
Time schedules were rearranged. I’ve slowed the progression of the investigation. Specific people are being sought out with plans to contractually bind them to Security-Nondisclosure Agreements for the protection of Mr. Mike, the creatures (if any) and anyone else involved in this story. A feature length article is being prepared for Overnight AM’s Intrepid Magazine. Right, wrong or indifferent.. the story continues.
NOTE: I know this statement is going to piss off a few people, including friends and associates, but it needs to be said. These groups, ex. BFRO, exist because their quarry is a legend and a mystery. If Sasquatch is proven to exist beyond any doubt, their appeal as a research group will diminish immensely. Thus, they are usually the first to question ANY claim...again, that is the case here. Granted, they have been burned by hoaxers on numerous occasions...but, IMO, their efforts to discredit witnesses is extremely detrimental...Lon
THIS IS A SUMMARY OF UPDATES AND EVENTS RELATED TO THIS CASE:
Craig Woolheater of Cryptomundo is reporting the following:
Overnight AM - Overnight AM producers have been contacted by a man claiming to have found Bigfoot living in his backyard somewhere in North America (Location: Confidential). The evidence is substantial based on eyewitness testimony of a man whose life has been turned upside down by the creatures, a family of four; two adults and two infants, who bed down in his backyard every evening. UFO Magazine & Clearly Skewed Entertainment has dispatched a film crew to the area to document the events as they unfold on camera.
Tonight, Mike (last name withheld), a 70 year old veteran with no interest in the field of Bigfoot research, will join Lan Lamphere and the Overnight AM radio show audience to describe the events of the past few weeks and his encounters with this family of Bigfoot who have taken to living in the forest behind his home appearing every night to bed down in his backyard to escape biting mosquitos.
Lan Lamphere Overnight AM
From Cryptomundo - Listen to the program here. You will need to open the file with one of the followings applications: iTunes, RealPlayer or WinAmp.
I have contacted William Birnes, publisher of UFO Magazine and a facebook fan of Cryptomundo by the way, to see if he can share any additional details regarding this case.
I have only had a chance to listen to the first twenty minutes or so of the program, so I have not listened to “Mike” or any of the investigators who were guests of the show.
What do the readers of Cryptomundo think after listening to the program?
Lan Lamphere said on the show that he had contacted the BFRO and that Darcy Stoffregen of Maple Ridge, British Columbia was investigating.
NOTE: since the time this was posted, a few discrepancies have/are developing. Nancy Birnes of UFO Magazine states...“I don’t know who wrote that at the Overnight AM site, but no film crew has been dispatched. Possibly someone will go there and check it out, but at this point nobody has.” So, we'll see what happens. Frankly, I noticed the original announcement a few days ago but waited to see what was going to develop. I'll attempt to keep this updated. If anyone has further information on this, please feel free to comment or contact me...Lon UPDATE: 1:30 pm ET - I just listened to the interview...I think there may be something to this. One of the local law enforcement officers had made a report of seeing a 'naked woman covered in hair' eating from dumpster sometime before this sighting was reported to Bill Birnes at 'the History Channel'. My theory that most Sasquatch type creatures are non-terrestrial (alien visitors) may be bolstered by this encounter...namely because this group of creatures seem to be in a small forested area in a urban setting. The group has been dumpster diving behind a nearby restaurant according the witness. I feel that these creatures come from an alternative universe or plane. Like spirits, I think that these entities and others can move across the great divide between our worlds. Yeah, I know it sounds fantastic but I have come to this theory based on my experiences and the thousands of eyewitness encounters by others. BTW, this story is burning through the internet today...Lon
UPDATE: 4:15 pm ET - OK...a reader, Bill Green, talked to the Overnight AM producer by telephone and found out that Lan Lamphere will be presenting further evidence tonight (July 8th - 10pm ET / 9pm CT). I don't know if they're intentionally stringing this out but I'll keep an open mind nonetheless. If you want to listen to the show, go to Overnight AM for the live stream. You will need to setup a free account for access. The location has not be disclosed...but there is some speculation. Like I mentioned earlier, BFRO has been contacted and they are sending a crew there. I really hope they warned the witness to avoid 'our friend Tom' from the 'Georgia Bigfoot Hoax' and other fiascos...Lon
UPDATE: 8:50 pm ET - Well, cryptozoologist Darcy Stoffregen, who was interviewed by Lan Lamphere in reference to this sighting, has posted the following statement on his Facebook profile "Not involved any more. He never called yesterday like he said he would and I just found out why". Stoffregen was suppose to hook up with the witness 'Mr. Mike' I think. Anyway, his message was too vague for me to understand what he meant. BTW, the original radio interview of 'Mr. Mike' was conducted this past Friday...Lon
UPDATE: 10:10 pm ET - Lan Lamphere of Overnight AM is reporting on his live show that there were actually 2 reports of a 'hairy woman' before the original report. Starting the show, Lamphere stated that the Sasquatch report is 'absolutely true'. Seems that the Sasquatch have migrated towards the front of the house and 'Mr. Mike' states he is communicating with them. Also, more Sasquatch have arrived and there are at least 2 infants! A private investigator was hired to perform a background check on 'Mr. Mike'...and he checks out OK. The PI was at the location for 2 hours and confirms that the Sasquatch are REAL (one apparently walked up behind him in the dark and grunted) and there are PHOTOS! A crew is now on the way to investigate this weekend. BTW, the location is a northern U.S. state...that's all that has been disclosed so far. Stay tuned...Lon
16 hours ago: Man with Sasquatch Behind his House: UPDATE. A very capable researcher, whom I know well and can vouch for, will be at the property tonight, July 10, and for the next several nights, if he can confirm "Mike’s" claims. He has thermal cameras, etc. Let's all keep our fingers crossed that he is able to document the...situation without disturbing the visitation, or "habituation," that may be occurring.
4 hours ago: Man with Sasquatch Behind his House: UPDATE. My colleague has been able to determine that "Mike" was simply seeing things. "Mike" himself came to realize this during the course of the night on-site, when the "creatures" did not materialize before the thermal cameras. His initial account was compelling, and persuasively articulated, so I think the responsible follow-up was performed. Yes, this outcome is disappointing, but let's look at it, also, as good news: It restores Sasquatch, for us, to its true nature, which is NOT to set up camp night after night in someone's backyard, allowing him to come near them. If this were their MO, the species would not have been able to survive alongside us for eons, at least not as an autonomous creature not dominated by Homo sapiens.
Now, this was received by me from Lan Lamphere's radio network:
On July 12, 2010, the complete story of our friend “Mr. Mike” will be revealed on Overnight AM. The team of researchers, “Hero’s”, that took on this case have made history. The Bigfoot Researchers world was turned on it’s head, discredited, abused and shamed by those looking to profit from the popularity of Bigfoot’s legend a little more than a year ago.
Bigfoot Researchers, world wide, have been redeemed publicly, and communally, as of today.
Tune in On Monday, July 12, 2010 to Overnight AM to get the complete, and full, story of “Mr Mike” and his reported encounter with a family of Sasquatch, and the investigators that broke the case wide open and restored all Bigfoot Researchers credibility. NOTE: Was Lan Lamphere simply stringing this out in order to gain listeners? I'll update this as other information comes forth...Lon
radiovop - Makande rural clinic situated 60 kilometres south-west of Karoi town was forced to close for two weeks after nurses fled following attacks by ‘’goblins’’ prompting traditional leaders to hire people to exorcise the area (tsikamutandas).
Makande-a malaria prone area is under Chief Musampakaruma of Nyaminyami’s Kariba rural.
Villagers said the goblins attacks came at a time when nurses were busy with a malaria programme aimed at reducing malaria related deaths, which are prevalent in the area.
Villager Edmore Mukapa of Kadziro area said, ‘’we were not expecting goblins to attack nurses who are trying hard to reduce malaria outbreak here. It’s unfortunate for us’’
A teacher at Makande primary school said school children were also causalities of attacks daily.
‘’Attacking nurses with goblins leave us vulnerable. Goblins owners do not accept payments to their demands. You can not force them to accept the payments because of the Witch-craft Suppression Act. It’s a complicated issue’’ said a teacher who refused to be named for fear of victimisation.
Currently the Witchcraft Suppression Act makes it criminal to label anyone a witch or wizard.
Chief Musampakaruma hired tsikamutandas late last month to expose suspects possessing goblins after nurses were attacked.
Villagers hailed the move to hire tsikamutandas to ‘’clean up witchcraft’’ although Chief Musampakaruma was not available for comment.
Nyaminyami council chief executive officer Isaac Mackenzie confirmed that traditional leaders hired tsikamutanda following complaints by victims of the attacks.
Although tsikamutandas are accused of sowing divisions among families and villagers, in Makande rural their presence is a reprieve.
‘’The attacks on nurses was unwarranted. Nurses are the last line of duty to combat malaria which is common here. Traditional leaders believe hiring of tsikamutandas will clean the area.’’ said Mackenzie.
It could not be independently verified from Hurungwe hospital that covers Makande of recorded malaria related deaths as the officials were out of office. Mashonaland West has had an outbreak of malaria since May.
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Zimbabwe Schoolboy Experiences Bouts With 'Goblin'
A thirteen-year-old Visitation Makumbe High schoolboy cut short his studies in February after he was afflicted by a strange condition that causes him to physically fight an invisible “monster”.
Confirming the boy’s condition, Visitation Makumbe High School resident priest Father Barnabas Mukumba last week said the boy initially complained of stomach pains that were followed by bouts of unconsciousness.
The Form One student was described as intelligent and scored four units in last year’s Grade Seven national examinations.
The school authorities believe that the invisible “monster” could be a “goblin”.
Although the school authorities could not confirm it, the boy’s parents say their child experienced a “transfiguration” on February 10, the night before a major fight with the invisible opponent caused his body to glow.
“The boy would complain of stomach pains that would end in him being unconsciousness. At times he would be taunted by the invisible monster which would force him to scream and use his hands to fight it.
“One could actually see the boy simulating a fight with something or someone we could not see.
“On the first occasion, the boy claimed to have seen a short-bearded man wearing a black cloak. During his initial contact with the invisible creature, he would scream and try to ward off the invisible attacker and we later taught him to pray as a way to fight it off,” said Fr Mukumba.
He said the school authorities initially tried to assist him through psychological counselling until they eventually handed over the matter to the priests for spiritual guidance.
“Together with other priests we took him through spiritual counselling and discernment. I initially suspected the boy was playing tricks so that he could go home and be with his family.
“After further probing we realised the problems were greater than what we had anticipated. We later invited the parents and they then asked us to assist him through prayer and use of holy water,” said Fr Mukumba.
The boy would experience relief after prayers and on realising this, the school authorities arranged for him to stay with the priests.
“On one occasion he screamed during lesson time and said a short old man was trying to forcefully take his pen away. He struggled with his invisible tormentor for some time until he became unconscious.
“He is an intelligent young boy who achieved four units at Grade Seven,” said the deputy school head.
The boy’s father (name withheld to protect the minor’s identity) told The Sunday Mail from his Chitungwiza home that he believed his son had spiritual powers that enabled him to fight goblins.
“The boy is gifted spiritually and that enables him to fight evil spirits. There were numerous reports from his school and we asked the priests to assist him.
“They have been praying for him until February when we decided to withdraw him from school because he was attracting unnecessary attention from the other pupils,” said the boy’s father.
NOTE: these Zimbabwe 'goblin' tales are regular fodder in the local media...very interesting stories though. Lon
“Eventually, it will be necessary to have a kind of Noah’s ark there, a diversity of species from the biosphere."
Bernard Foing, Chief Scientist/Research, European Space Agency
dailygalaxy - If the human species should be destroyed on Earth, our future may reside on the Moon if plans.being drawn up for a “Doomsday ark” on the moon by the European Space Agency are carried through. The Ark will contain the essentials of life and human civilization, to be activated in the event of earth being devastated by a giant asteroid or nuclear war.
The construction of a lunar information bank, discussed at a conference in Strasbourg last month, would provide survivors on Earth with a remote-access toolkit to rebuild the human race.
A basic version of the ark would contain hard discs holding information such as DNA sequences and instructions for metal smelting or planting crops. It would be buried in a vault just under the lunar surface and transmitters would send the data to heavily protected receivers on earth. if no receivers survived, the ark would continue transmitting the information until new ones could be built.
The vault could later be extended to include natural material including microbes, animal embryos and plant seeds and even cultural relics such as surplus items from museum stores.
As a first step to discovering whether living organisms could survive, European Space Agency scientists are hoping to experiment with growing tulips on the moon within the next decade.
The first flowers – tulips or arabidopsis, a plant widely used in research – could be grown in 2012 or 2015 according to Bernard Foing, chief scientist at the agency’s research department.
Tulips are ideal because they can be frozen, transported long distances and grown with little nourishment. Combined with algae, an enclosed artificial atmosphere and chemically enhanced lunar soil, they could form the basis of an ecosystem.
The first experiments would be carried out in transparent biospheres containing a mix of gases to mimic the earth’s atmosphere. Carbon dioxide given off by the decomposing plants would be mopped up by the algae, which would generate oxygen through photosynthesis.
The databank would initially be run by robots and linked to earth by radio transmissions. Scientists hope to put a manned station on the moon before the end of the century.
The databank would need to be buried under rock to protect it from the extreme temperatures, radiation and vacuum on the moon. It would be run partly on solar power. The scientists envisage placing the first experimental databank on the moon no later than 2020 and it could have a lifespan of 30 years. The full archive would be launched by 2035.
The information would be held in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish and would be linked by transmitter to 4,000 “Earth repositories” that would provide shelter, food, a water supply for survivors.
Man Crashes Into Strip Club...Blames it on Martians
channel3000 - A 50-year-old man is facing multiple charges after allegedly crashing his car into a strip club on East Washington Avenue in Madison, WI on Tuesday night.
Police said Keith Rasmussen, 50, of Racine, was asked to leave Vision's Night Club after he vomited in the VIP area. Rasmussen got in his SUV in the parking lot, put it in reverse and slammed it into the front of the building, authorities said. A witness told police he and a woman had to jump out of the way to avoid being hit.
After hitting the building, Rasmussen's vehicle jumped the curb and drove down East Washington at a high rate of speed, according to police. A concerned citizen called 911 after seeing Rasmussen's SUV pull into a parking lot at a high speed.
When police made contact with Rasmussen in the parking lot, they asked him how he was doing. Rasmussen said, "Not good," but he had "seen some nice strippers." Police said Rasmussen then denied driving the SUV, telling police Martians helped get him to his current location.
Rasmussen was arrested on suspicion of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, reckless driving, hit and run, and entering or leaving a controlled access unlawfully.
Viper - Super Hero, Crime Stopper
He may not have any super powers but a college student donning a tight costume and patrolling the streets of Columbia, Tennessee is causing quite a stir.
The man-- who calls himself Viper-- says he's out to stop crime, by reporting to police when he sees it happening.
But last week, the Viper found himself at the center of authorities' attention... because he was breaking a city ordinance banning people from wearing masks in public.
Authorities say he was carrying a utility belt that was holding a screwdriver and wrenches.
They say they also found ninja stars in his car.
Now, the Viper's becoming a household name around town.
Police let the college student turned superhero go... but they did urge the green clad man to leave crime fighting to the men and women in blue.
Tiger Trainer Saved by Inflatable Dolphin
dailymail - A wildlife park worker had a lucky escape after slipping during a dangerous game of cat and mouse with a giant Bengal white tiger.
A crowd of onlookers held their breath as the park worker narrowly escaped a mauling after falling over while running from the fearsome beast.
The dramatic scene was captured during a daily 'tiger splash' event at the Out of Africa Wildlife Park, in Arizona, U.S.
Park worker Jeff Harwell participates as the prey during a daily routine with the cats, where they chase an inflatable toy being held by him.
The tigers are usually so excited about capturing and popping the toy they do not harm the park workers.
The workers then jump into a pool with the tiger at the end of the game.
But this time Mr Harwell slipped over on the wet grass - and found himself between the two-year-old white tiger called Chalet and his inflatable toy.
Thinking quickly, Mr Harwell managed to throw the toy into the pool, distracting the young tiger.
Chalet leapt in to the pool after the toy, as Mr Harwell scrambled to his feet.
Gasps of horror were heard from the audience.
But Mr Harwell - who was unharmed in the incident - continued to play with the tigers.
The tigers who are not being trained to perform tricks at the park but are playing these games to tap into their natural instincts.
Wildlife photographer Kathleen Reeder, who took the pictures said: 'It's an unbelievable event to watch and even more unbelievable when situations like this occur.
'The reaction of the crowd was nothing less than jaw dropping.
'We could tell Jeff's fall was unexpected and that he could easily be injured if he didn't react instantaneously.
'The other park workers were ready to jump in to help and watched intently while he reacted swiftly.
'Without missing a step, Jeff successfully diverted the tiger's attention, and the show went on as though this is all part of the event.
'The tigers are treated with a lot of loving care, so the workers are more like friends and the tigers have no reason to intentionally hurt them.
'However, they have to be very careful when doing this event to avoid accidents resulting from the cats just being cats.'
********** Dissolving the Dead
telegraph - The controversial new method is said to be less expensive and more environmentally friendly than running highly polluting crematoria or using up valuable land for graves.
The departed would go into the sewage systems of towns and cities and then be recycled in water processing plants.
The proposals are being studied by the EU and if approved, it would mean the procedure could be used across Europe.
However, opponents of the plans say it smacks of a Frankenstein callousness towards the dead and one survey in Belgium found many people found the idea "disturbing."
"The idea is for the deceased to be placed in a container with water and salts and then pressurized and after a little time, about two hours, mineral ash and liquid is left over," said a spokesman for the Flemish Association of Undertakers.
The European Commission is investigation whether the resulting liquid could safely be flushed into the sewage system. Authorities in the northern Belgian region have yet to decide whether to approve the process.
Six states in America – Maine, Colorado, Florida, Minnesota, Oregon, and Maryland have recently passed legislation that allow the process to be used.
Although experts insist that the ashes can be recycled in waste systems, the residue from the process can also be put in urns and handed over to relatives of the dead. NOTE: well, it seems my state is allowing this process to be used. I need to look into this...choices, choices, choices. Lon