Saturday, July 17, 2010

Legendary Humanoids - Orcs, the Warrior Monsters

Some mythical creatures have their origin in tradition and tales from the distant past. However, each culture is associated with a multitude of interesting and odd creatures, many of these beings are humanoids. One of these legendary humanoids is the Orc.

Traditionally, Orc is a word used to refer to various races of tough and warlike humanoid creatures in various lore settings. The Orc is a demon of Tyrol alpine folklore. It lives on mountains, Almen, rock holes, or valleys. It warn the noble game of hunters or can be savage and destroy cattle. As a dwarf, the Orc was a well-behaved kobold or house spirit in home wine cellars.

Orcs are often portrayed as misshapen humanoids who are brutal and warmongering (J. R. R. Tolkien's used Orks in Lord of the Rings or as Goblins in The Hobbit). However, some settings and writers describe them as a proud warrior race with a strong sense of honor (Morgan Howell's Queen of the Orcs). They are variously portrayed as physically stronger or weaker than humans, but always high in numbers. They often ride boars, wolves and wargs. In many role-playing and computer games, Orcs mainly have green skin (in such games as Warhammer Fantasy, Warcraft, Magic: The Gathering and Dungeons & Dragons). Usually Orcs use a shamanistic magic unlike several other races such as Elves. However, their fighting skill is honed to maximum power and efficiency.

In Tolkien's writings, Orcs are of human shape, of varying size but always smaller than Men...ugly, filthy, with a taste for human flesh. They are fanged, bow-legged and long-armed, and some have dark skin as if burned. In a private letter, Tolkien describes them as "squat, broad, flat-nosed, sallow-skinned, with wide mouths and slant eyes...degraded and repulsive versions of the (to Europeans) least lovely Mongol-types".

Orcs fight with ferocity so long as a guiding 'will' (ex. Morgoth or Sauron) compels/directs them. In some instances, Tolkien describes Orcs as mainly being battle fodder (ex. The Battles of the Fords of Isen). Orcs are used as soldiers by both the greater and lesser villains of The Lord of the Rings — Sauron and Saruman.

Orcs eat all manner of flesh, including human. In The Two Towers, Grishnákh, an Orc from Mordor, claims that the Isengard Orcs eat Orc-flesh, but whether that is true or a statement spoken in malice is uncertain; what does seem certain is that, true or false, the Orcs resent that description. However, knowing what they are like and from later events, it seems likely that Orcs do eat other Orcs.

There are few differences between Orcs and Goblins as described by fantasy enthusiasts. Goblins are a lesser kind of Orc who dwell in caves. They can see in total darkness and can scale walls which help them to survive. Orcs are basically warriors, though there are more menacing Orcs. For example, Morranon Orcs are the same height of just under 6 ft., whereas normal Mordor or Isengard Orcs are a lot smaller. Uruk Hai are an advanced breed of Orc (possibly a hybrid of Orcs and Men). Uruk Hai all stand about 6 ft tall and resist the light of the sun better than Orcs, though their night vision is limited. The Berserkers are the top tier Orc, as demonstrated in The Battle of Helms Deep. They are shock troops and are trained to just kill opponents and as fast as possible. They are about 7 foot tall, 300 pounds and use a 5 foot long sword. Berserkers are said to drink human blood before battle in order to turned them into frenzied killers. Traditional Berserkers where said to be a race of Norsemen who fought unclothed and sent ahead of the regular warriors in order to inflict as much horror as possible.

Orcs are described as male creatures, though earlier references may have originally included females. The word Orc may actually be inspired by an Old English word in the poem Beowulf. Orcneas is termed as 'evil spirits of the dead' and is further explained as originating from 'the practice of necromancy, by which evil spirits were conjured by means of corpses back from the world of the dead.' Thus, there may be no need for female Orcs for reproduction.

On the other hand, a Tolkien enthusiast has referred me to the following passage. "But of those unhappy ones who were ensnared by Melkor little is known of a certainty. For who among the living has descended into the pits of Utumno, or has explored the darkness of the counsels of Melkor? Yet it is held true by the wise of Eressea, that all those of the Quendi who came into the hands of Melkor, ere Utumno was broken, were put there into prison, and by slow arts of cruelty were corrupted and enslaved; and thus did Melkor breed the hideous race of Orcs in envy and mockery of the Elves, of whom they were afterwards the bitterest foes. For the Orcs had life and multiplied after the manner of the Children of Iluvatar; and naught that had life of its own, nor the semblence of life, could ever Melkor make since his rebellion in the Ainulindale before the Beginning: so say the wise." -The Silmarillion, Of the Coming of the Elves. His assertion is that female Orcs were kept separate for breeding purposes...only to have contact with the males when more warriors were needed.

Tolkien, J. R. R. - Christopher Tolkien, ed., Morgoth's Ring
Tolkien, J. R. R. - Christopher Tolkien, ed., The War of the Jewels
British Goblins: Welsh Folk-lore, Fairy Mythology, Legends and Traditions by Wirt Sikes

Legendary Humanoids - Orcs, the Warrior Monsters

Amazing: Bioluminescent Organisms Light Up Russian Caves

Bioluminescence is the production and emission of light by a living organism. Bioluminescence is a naturally occurring form of chemiluminescence where energy is released by a chemical reaction in the form of light emission. Some creatures produce the chemicals luciferin (a pigment) and luciferase (an enzyme). The luceferin reacts with oxygen to create light. The luciferase acts as a catalyst to speed up the reaction, which is sometimes mediated by cofactors such as calcium ions or ATP. The chemical reaction can occur either inside or outside the cell. In bacteria, the expression of genes related to bioluminescence is controlled by an operon called the Lux operon. Based on its diversity and phylogenetic distribution, it is estimated that bioluminescence has arisen independently as many as 30 times in the course of evolution.

The Vibrionaceae are a family of Proteobacteria, given their own order. Most bioluminescent bacteria belong to this family, and are typically found as symbiotes of deep-sea animals. Bioluminescence is most common in living creatures that has an habitat in pitch black darkness. Eerie white to blue-green bioluminescent bacteria and fungi is seen in the images of a cave in Russia.


Amazing: Bioluminescent Organisms Light Up Russian Caves

Fortean / Oddball News - 7/17/2010

New Sightings Reminder of Lithgow Panther

macarthur - Two sightings of a panther-like creature in the Macarthur area have been reported recently.

Sharon posted she had spotted the animal with her son while driving along Riverside Drive at Airds on Saturday, July 4. “Last night at about about 11pm my son who is learning to drive was driving along Riverside Drive at Airds as part of our driving lesson,” she posted.

“We saw this what appeared to be a black large animal run at lightening speed from one side of road into bushland.

“When I got a better look at it as went to go into the bush it appeared to be like panther.

“It wasn’t a dog as it was quite high in height. My son thought it was a greyhound at first. It was faster than I have ever seen a dog run and seemed to leap and bound as it ran. It freaked us both out and I was relieved my son did not hit it.”

On July 12, Tom posted he had seen a large dark spotted cat when driving through Menangle six months ago.

“At first I thought it was a large dog then I saw a long thick tail and it jumped over a barbed wire fence. I did a u-turn and ran into the bush with a small flash light as I couldn’t believe what I had just seen.

“Sadly I couldn’t see anything but could hear rustling noises.”


MUFON Abruptly Deep-Sixes Member Forum

NOTE: I was informed that MUFON took down their popular member forum yesterday morning without notice, comment or warning to the Administrator or MUFON's 10,000+ members. The MUFON forum was started by James Carrion, the former International Director. Carrion turned over the forum to an interim administrator, Starchild, who then turned the forum ownership to the MUFON Board of Directors.

Yesterday, Friday, 7-16-2010, MUFON's board requested that Proboards, their forum provider, take the forum down. MUFON forum members can now go to the Open Minds Forum for the latest news, to contact fellow forum members, and to participate in active discussions. There is an information and discussion thread at the following link - Information/Discussion...Lon


Witchcraft Madness in Africa...Three Recent Incidents

- Chitimukulu Sets Up Own Prison, Locks Up Witches - Paramount Chief Chitimukulu of the Bemba speaking people in Northern Province (Zambia) has allegedly established an illegal prison at his palace to confine people being suspected of practicing witchcraft in his Chiefdom.

- Cameroon: Six Women Jailed For Witchcraft - Six elderly women all from the Bangwa ethnic group of Lebialem Division in the Southwest Region of Cameroon but settled in the municipality of Muyuka, Fako Division, have been jailed for two to six years, for killing through witchcraft.

- FIDA Expresses Concern About Activities of Witch Doctors - The International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA), has expressed concern about the emerging witchcraft centres in some parts of the Upper East Region (Ghana). The Federation, cited a recent incident involving one Mrs Comfort Aseka, a 57- year- old woman, who was accused of witchcraft by her family, who sent her to a witch doctor at Zaare in the Bolgatanga Municipality, where she was stripped naked and detained for a number of days.


The Remarkable Voyager 2 Marathon Continues

NASA - NASA's plucky Voyager 2 spacecraft hit a long-haul operations milestone on June 28 -- operating continuously for 12,000 days. For nearly 33 years, the venerable spacecraft has been returning data about the giant outer planets, and the characteristics and interaction of solar wind between and beyond the planets. Among its many findings, Voyager 2 discovered Neptune's Great Dark Spot and its 450-meter-per-second (1,000-mph) winds.

The two Voyager spacecraft have been the longest continuously operating spacecraft in deep space. Voyager 2 launched on August 20, 1977, when Jimmy Carter was president. Voyager 1 launched about two weeks later on Sept. 5. The two spacecraft are the most distant human-made objects, out at the edge of the heliosphere -- the bubble the sun creates around the solar system. Mission managers expect Voyager 1 to leave our solar system and enter interstellar space in the next five years or so, with Voyager 2 on track to enter interstellar space shortly after that.

Having traveled more than 21 billion kilometers (13 billion miles) on its winding path through the planets toward interstellar space, the spacecraft is now nearly 14 billion kilometers (9 billion miles) from the sun. A signal from the ground, traveling at the speed of light, takes about 12.8 hours one-way to reach Voyager 2.

Voyager 1 will reach this 12,000-day milestone on July 13, 2010 after traveling more than 22 billion kilometers (14 billion miles). Voyager 1 is currently more than 17 billion kilometers (11 billion miles) from the sun.

The Voyagers were built by JPL, which continues to operate both spacecraft. Caltech manages JPL for NASA.


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This 5 year old male was a pet in a home, and now lives at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center. This little guy had been given an apple to eat, and seems to act more like a puppy than a porcupine!

Fortean / Oddball News - 7/17/2010

Friday, July 16, 2010

Xiaoshan Airport UFO Investigation to Begin....2nd Sighting in Chongqing

tucsoncitizen - Witnesses saw it again yesterday.

Around 8pm in the evening, a UFO was spotted hovering over Chongqing’s Shaping park for more than an hour. Eyewitnesses describe the same UFO that closed Hangzhou’s Xiaoshan Airport on July 7th. It appeared exactly one week after the last one, but it was observed in a different location.

A witness surnamed Chen gave an account to the media. “I stared at it and it did not move,” Chen said. “After hovering for an hour, the thing started to fly higher and finally out of people’s sight.”

A probe into the UFO incident that closed the airport last week has turned up nothing. A team of UFO experts from Shanghai and Beijing gathered in Hangzhou to assist with the investigation.

The experts aren’t receiving much cooperation from airport officials, though. The officials say again that the radar caught nothing and refuse to turn over radar images from July 7th.

abcnewsAn unidentified flying object (UFO) forced Xiaoshan Airport in Hangzhou, China to cease operations on July 7. A flight crew preparing for descent first detected the object around 8:40 p.m. and notified the air traffic control department. Aviation authorities responded within minutes, grounding outbound flights and diverting inbound ones to airports in Ningbo and Wuxi.

A UFO in China's skies forces Xiaoshan Airport to cease operations for one hour.

Eighteen flights were affected. Though normal operations resumed an hour later, the incident captured the attention of the Chinese media and sparked a firestorm of speculation on the UFO's identity.

"It is a hidden U.S. bomber flying toward China," one Internet user wrote on Monday. Another wrote on Sunday night, "In my opinion, the UFO is neither a U.S. missile nor a Russian satellite. Suggestions that it is extraterrestrial are even more preposterous. Everyone, use your head. This is clearly a man-made phenomenon. Would the U.S. or Russia risk provoking China's anger by firing a missile or satellite rocket in Chinese skies, without warning? I believe the Chinese military is responsible for the UFO. It is a new missile or aircraft being tested out."

Fueling speculations further, Hangzhou residents released photos, taken in the afternoon before the delays, of a hovering object bathed in golden light and exhibiting a comet-like tail. Less than an hour before the Xiaoshan airport shut down, residents said they also saw a flying object emitting red and white rays of light.

Resident Ma Shijun was taking a nighttime stroll with his wife when he saw the object.

"I felt a beam of light over my head. Looking up, I saw a streak of bright, white light flying across the sky, so I picked up the camera and took the photo. The time was 8:26 p.m. However, whether the object was a plane, or whether it was Xiaoshan Airport's UFO, I don't have a clear answer," Ma told the Xinhua news agency.

The photos taken by Hangzhou residents may be unrelated to the UFO that shut down Xiaoshan Airport. According to Hangzhou meteorological authorities, residents in the afternoon probably saw light reflecting off of an airplane. As for Ma's nighttime photo, Beijing Planetarium curator Zhu Jing told Xinhua that the object looks just like a plane shining its strobe lamps.

For now, the UFO's identity remains shrouded in mystery. A spokesman from the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) confirmed to ABC News that the matter is under investigation. He declined to disclose further details. A day after the sighting, however, an anonymous source told China Daily that authorities already discovered the identity of the UFO after an investigation but could not publically disclose the information because "there was a military connection." An official explanation is expected to be released on Friday, the source said.

Today, five researchers from the Beijing UFO Research Society and the Shanghai UFO Investigative Research Center traveled to Hangzhou to study the phenomenon.

"We have several places to visit on our agenda, including the Xiaoshan Airport and the CAAC East China Regional Administration," the director of the Shanghai UFO Investigative Research Center, Lou Jinhong, told ABC News. "I cannot offer an opinion on this case, because we have not yet collected all the relevant documents and data. It's not clear how long the investigation will take."

The Hangzhou incident comes after a string of recent UFO sightings in China. On June 30, residents in Xinjiang province saw a flying object bathed in a fan of white light. Sightings have also been reported in Hunan, Shandong and Jiangsu provinces.

NOTE: I've sat back and have watched this story develop...trying to gather facts apart from the mainstream. Now, this second sighting in Chongqing has stirred the pot again. We'll just have to wait and see where this goes...Lon

Xiaoshan Airport UFO Investigation to Begin....2nd Sighting in Chongqing

A Challenge to You: The Interdimensional Sasquatch

Since the recent 'Mr. Mike Backyard Bigfoot' incident and all the hoopla and ruckus because of it, I starting thinking more about my theories regarding this creature. I've maintained for the past year or so that Sasquatch may be something other than just a flesh and blood terrestrial being. There have been countless sightings (including myself) of this creature as compared to the amount of physical evidence retrieved. This fact has forced me question the true nature of the beast, Sasquatch an interdimensional entity? Is it possible that Sasquatch has the ability to move in and out of this plane of existence into an alternative universe? Perhaps you may think this creature is simply not an earth bound entity because it is actually extraterrestrial or of alien origin.

I would like to read your opinion on this topic. Please forward your response to Send us an email. I would appreciate well written detail of your theory so it can be published on 'Phantoms and Monsters'.

I plan to periodically ask some of the more intriguing alternative questions to my readers so they can respond, share and learn with others. Thanks...Lon

A Challenge to You: The Interdimensional Sasquatch

Paranormal Group Involved In Missing Person Case

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wcsh6 - A group of volunteers who normally search for signs of paranormal activity and unexplained phenomena are joining in the search for a woman missing since 1986.

Kimberly Ann Moreau went out with some friends on the night of May 9, 1986 and never returned home. Her family and police have spent the past 24 years searching for answers.

"There was a mention that she might have been thrown into the Androscoggin River at a location, so we are going to go down there because no one has searched the river," explained Harold Murray, the founder and lead investigator with the Bangor Ghost Hunters.

"Kim's case is the first case for Bangor Ghost Hunters being a missing persons. There are a lot of unanswered questions, a lot of unexplained things."

The group has met with Dick Moreau, Kim's father, numerous times over the past year. They have searched forests and fields in the area and followed leads developed by looking through information gathered by the family and investigators.

"I'm not saying we are going to go out there and we are going to find her," said Murray. "The odds of us finding her are pretty astronomical. We might come across something that might help Richard and his search."

"At this point we haven't been successful finding her anywhere else," said Dick Moreau. "Another set of eyes says how come nobody has ever looked down the river. We've gone through and says ok, what are the things that have not yet been done, and searching the river was one of them."

A group of about 20 volunteers from across the state will meet on Friday in Mexico to launch their canoes loaded with gear. They are hoping to search islands in the river throughout the weekend for any trace of Kimberly Ann Moreau.

"I'm a father. I have a daughter. I would be doing the same thing that Richard Moreau is doing, too," explained Murray. "He wants closure. If it was my little girl, I would be doing the same thing."

"There is a hope that we are going to come across something, somebody will finally speak, I mean how much longer can you hold it?" questioned Moreau. "We are going to be there until she comes home."

"If anybody does know what happened to Kim, if this was your daughter, wouldn't you want to know? Please come forward and give us the information," added Murray.

The group is welcoming more people to join their search and are looking for some logistical support for their effort, like places along the river to stop and recharge their gear. Contact the Bangor Ghost Hunters for inquiries or call 1-207-659-4053

Paranormal Group Involved In Missing Person Case

Fortean / Oddball News - 7/16/2010

Photos: Recent Crop Circle Formations

A trio of intriguing crop circles have appear recently. The top image is that of a crop circle found on July 13th, 2010 at Guys Cliffe, near Old Milverton, Warwickshire. The middle image was taken at Clay Hill, Warminster, Wiltshire on July 11th, 2010 and the last image was taken the same day in another location in Wiltshire.

The crop circle phenomenon started in Westbury, just three miles north of Warminster in August 1980 and last month 200 crop circles have appeared in one elaborate formation in the nearby village of Mere.

Some believe Westbury's proximity to the prehistoric stone circles at Stonehenge and Avebury is the reason for the strange goings-on.

Others say it is because it lies on the confluence of two so-called leylines, which link spots said to have 'mystical energy'.

Conspiracy theorists put them down to the proximity of Salisbury Plain, home of secret military work.


*One-Armed Man Charged With Unarmed Robbery

masslive - Police charged a one-armed man with unarmed robbery early Wednesday afternoon following an incident that occurred about noon on Wednesday a block away from the police station.

The suspect, Manuel Hernandez, 28, of 52 Avon Place, goes by the street name of Lefty, Sgt. John M. Delaney said.

Hernandez robbed a 58-year-old man of his wallet at the corner of Chestnut and Mattoon streets about noon, Delaney, aide to Police Commissioner William J. Fitchet said. The wallet contained $354 in cash, he said.

The victim reported the robbery at police headquarters, 130 Pearl Street, and provided a description of the suspect.

Sgt. Mark Rolland spotted Hernandez a short time later on Worthington Street and arrested him, Delaney said. The victim identified Hernandez as the man who robbed him.

Police recovered the victim's wallet -- including the $354 in cash -- from Hernandez's pocket.

Hernandez entered an innocent plea at his arraignment Thursday in Springfield District Court. He was ordered held on $10,000 bail and is due to appear in court again on Aug. 12 for a bind-over hearing to determine if his trial will take place in district or superior court.

*NOTE: Sounds like a draft title and storyline for a new sitcom...or at least a country song. Lon


Romanian Official Responds to Flood Devastated Town: 'We have beautiful shoes for you...'

dailyrecord - A tourism minister sparked outrage by offering female flood victims high-heel shoes.

Romanian politician Elena Udrea turned up in a devastated town with boxes of the slinky black footwear.

She told the disbelieving women: "We have beautiful shoes for you."

She said they were intended to cheer up women who had lost everything.

But one woman in the town of Saucesti said: "I would like to see her try walking over a mud-filled road in high-heel shoes."

The eastern town was hit by severe floods earlier this month.

Rain-swollen rivers burst their banks and killed 22 people across Romania, destroying crops, bridges and hundreds of homes.

In Saucesti, more than 2000 people were evacuated after the River Siret flooded their houses.

Angry locals gathered at the town hall protesting about the failure to start work on a protective dike.

President Traian Basescu promised that the £5million scheme to defend the community from disasters would begin as soon as possible.

Udrea, who also took chocolate to Saucesti for children, later hit back, saying the shoes were part of 20 tonnes of aid she had taken there.

She added : "Women appreciate the chance to be elegant and to not have to wear Wellington boots any more."

...another gem out of Romania...

Dead Man to Get Liposuction to Fit in Burial Casket

Romania's fattest man Cristian Capatanescu, 54, it is to get a post-mortem liposuction so that half of him can be buried in a regular sized coffin - and the other half cremated.

Capatanescu, pictured here being moved by fireman from his home in Ramnicu Valcea, died of multiple organ failure in a Bucharest hospital bed while waiting for doctors to carry out a stomach reduction surgery to help him lose weight.

Now relatives have asked if it would be possible for doctors to cut away a few bits anyway so that he will fit in a regular sized coffin. Capatanescu's family say that they cannot afford a large sized reinforced coffin and as a result want to incinerate part of his body - and bury the rest in a regular sized coffin.

His wife told local media they would have two funerals - a traditional burial and also a service for the part of him that was cremated.


Anthony Bourdain Pwned and Schooled by 10 Year Old

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NOTE: I like Anthony Bourdain, even though he's mostly an a**hole (even in person) and he proclaimed my city 'a dump'...but he has a very good show and he does keep it interesting. Tony is schooled by a young fan on a brand new episode of Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations. The new season continues Monday at 10pm E/P on Travel Channel.

Fortean / Oddball News - 7/16/2010

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Legendary Humanoids - Tikbalang, the Demon Horse

Some mythical creatures have their origin in tradition and tales from the distant past. However, each culture is associated with a multitude of interesting and odd creatures, many of these beings are humanoids. One of these legendary humanoids is the Tikbalang.

The Tikbalang (many different spellings are used - translates as 'demon horse') is a creature of Philippine folklore said to lurk in the mountains and forests of the Philippines. It is generally described as a tall, bony humanoid creature with disproportionately long limbs, to the point that its knees reach above its head when it squats down. It has the head and feet of an animal, most commonly a horse. It has been compared to the half-man, half-horse centaur from Greek mythology. It travels at night to rape female mortals who will then give birth to more Tikbalang. It is sometimes believed to be a transformation of an aborted fetus which has been sent to earth from limbo.

Tikbalangs are very playful with people, and they usually make a person imagine things that aren't real. Sometimes a Tikbalang will drive a person crazy. Legends say that when rain falls while the sun is shining, a pair of Tikbalangs are being wed. Since horses only arrived in the Philippine archipelago during the Spanish invasion, there is a theory that the image of a half-horse, half-man creature was propagated by the conquistadors to keep the natives afraid of the night. There are stories claiming that the Tikbalang are actually half-bird, half-man creatures, much like the Japanese Tengu.

A traveler who finds himself lost and suspects that a Tikbalang is leading him astray may counteract it by wearing his shirt inside out. Another countermeasure is to verbally ask permission to pass by, or to avoid making too much noise while in the woods so as not to offend or disturb the Tikbalang.

Folklore says that one can tame a Tikbalang and compel it to be one's servant by plucking three golden hairs from its mane. There are also stories where a Tikbalang asks its intended prey a riddle. Someone who manages to answer correctly will be rewarded with a pot of gold.

Other legends depict the Tikbalang as a monster of the night, with eyes that glow red. This version of the Tikbalang casts it as a fearsome creature, a real danger to people. It is believed that when it is angered - and it is easily angered - it stomps on people with its hooves until they die. In these tales, the Tikbalang is always accompanied by the stench of burning hair and smokes great big cigars.

It is said that delirious town folk who have stumbled their way into town after long absences tell of how an apparation resembling a Tikbalang pushed and slapped them, often knocking them over and not allowing them to right themselves; all the while shaking with nervous, childish giggling. People say that the cessation of resistance or protest will suddenly lead a victim to find themselves alone in the woods, plunged into darkness; the sun long set. The path home, recalled by the few who return after a disappearance, is hampered by a severe sense of disorientation and a forest that seems to curl in on itself repeatedly.


Legendary Humanoids - Tikbalang, the Demon Horse

Upcoming Press Conference: UFOs Shut Down Nuclear Weapons

technorati - Despite the U.S. military’s insistence that UFOs ceased to be of any scientific or national security interest after publication of the Condon Report in 1968, nuclear missile installations around the world have been a frequent target of UFO activity and, in some cases, otherwise inexplicable shut-downs.

This is a fact verified by both government documents obtained through FOIA requests, as well as eyewitness testimony.

One such incident occurred at Malstrom AFB, home of the 341st Missile Wing in central Montana. On the morning of March 16, 1967, Deputy Missile Combat Crew Commander (DMCCC) Robert Salas was on duty inside Malstrom’s subterranean Oscar-Flight Launch Control Center (LCC) capsule near Roy, Montana when he received a call from a “clearly frightened” topside security officer reporting that a UFO was hovering over the front gate.

Alarms sounded moments later as, one after another, up to eight Minuteman missiles went into “no-go” (inoperable) condition.

On September 27 of this year, Robert Salas, together with UFO researcher Robert Hastings, will host a press conference at the National Press Club addressing the issue of UFO interference with nuclear missile facilities over the years.

This interference, widely-known and well-documented, is glaringly inconsistent with the U.S. military’s repeated statements that it has no interest in UFOs. According to Hastings, more than 100 former U.S. Air Force nuclear weapons installation personnel have come forward with information that contradicts the military’s no-see-um stance.

Upcoming Press Conference: UFOs Shut Down Nuclear Weapons

STOP Killing 'Blue Dogs'!

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NOTE: These creatures are not 'chupacabras'. Most likely, these 'blue dogs' are a hybrid species of Mexican wolf and another canine species. Ken Gerhard and Jon Downes have done extensive study and have written about this cryptid canine. I just wish people would stop killing the 'blue dog' just because it's been given the 'chupacabras' moniker. Below are previous posts on this cryptid...Lon

STOP Killing 'Blue Dogs'!


Searching For 'Texas Blue Dogs' Facts

kdnews - Mystery and science fiction novels are a weekend hobby for some, but one local couple is turning their free time to attempting to solve strange mysteries in nature.

Richard and Naomi West just returned from a weeklong trip around Texas collecting pictures and video based on reports of strange blue-skinned, dog-like animals around the state that some have called the answer to the "chupacabre."

The Wests, along with the founder of a British nonprofit supporting cryptozoology, hope their reports from the expedition will help them gain support for a more in-depth mission to study and hopefully capture what they believe is not a being of folklore, but a new species of canine similar to a coyote.

"It is a very weird and very interesting member of the dog family; it has nothing to do with this weird folklore," said Jonathan Downes, a former zoological journalist and self-taught amateur "cryptozoologist" from West Devon, England.

Almost 20 years ago, Downes founded the Centre for Fortean Zoology, a nonprofit devoted to cryptology with more than 400 amateur and professional members interested in cryptozoology, the study of unknown species.

Naomi West, an English teacher at Copperas Cove High School, said she was always interested in reading about mysteries and strange phenomenon, but two years ago she joined the student book club and ran across an interesting book during "books with bite" week. While her students were reading about monsters and vampires, Naomi found a somewhat fictionalized account of Downes' cryptozoological expeditions to find new species, "Three Men Hunting Monsters."

She was hooked and contacted Downes about her interest. Eventually, Naomi and her husband began helping Downes by tracking down through the grapevine and media reports of the blue-skinned chupacabre creature.

The media have reported from Elmendorf to Blanco to Cuero about sightings of a mysterious blue-skinned creature as a possible chupacabre.

The chupacabre is a Spanish folklore creature that sucks the blood of livestock, and has been reported in various kinds of animals from small and reptilian to the blue-skinned canine all over the world from Russia to Puerto Rico to Texas.

John Young, the non-game mammologist with the Texas Department of Parks and Wildlife, is the state agency's expert on the Texas chupacabre reports of strange blue-skinned animals. His responsibilities cover the state's cats, bats, rats and other smaller mammals.

Texas Parks and Wildlife's take on these reports has been simpler than a new animal or a mythological beast.

"None of them have been confirmed as anything other than a coyote or a fox," Young said.

Even though people may know what coyotes look like normally, Young said a severe case of mange can cause a coyote or fox to lose all of its hair, sometimes leaving just a strip along the back.

Without fur to protect its skin, the coyote is exposed to sun and elements that can give them a blue or blue-black appearance over time. The sickness can cause the animal to act strangely, and once it has died from the mange the animal's skin pulls back giving it the appearance of larger teeth than normal.

Of course, there are also some people who have attempted to create their own chupacabre creatures, Young said, but most people aren't doing that.

"The majority of people … they're honestly seeing an animal that baffles them," he said. "But we have yet to have found one that didn't tie back to a coyote or one of our other native canines."

Downes said that coyotes with mange are the solution to several of the reports, but there is also another unknown creature that deserves to be studied to identify a potential new species.

Downes and the CFZ believe there are physical differences, particularly visible in one blue-and-black skinned creature that was shot and stuffed in Cuero that show the creature nothing like a coyote.

The main point of Downes' trip to Texas with his wife, Corinna, and their expedition with the Wests has been to prove that there is a potential new species that deserves to be studied.

"What they are, why they are like that and where they fit into the ecosystem," he said. "I spend a lot of time trying to convince people this is a canine that is deserving of being studied."

Attempting to stir up interest

For now, the Wests and the Downes are just trying to stir up interest. And in their recent trip, Richard West said they found a lot of interest in cryptology and other weird phenomena that they want to encourage.

Naomi West wants to start a Web site aimed at children to help use their interest in new species and mystery creatures to get them interested in sciences and mysteries.

"It's something I'm interested in and it's something the kids are always interested in," she said. "There's a gap in the sciences and I have a sincere interest in helping the science aspect of it."

NOTE: there certainly have been many reports of these creatures just to simply state these are coyotes with mange. I heard that Mexican Wolf DNA turned up in one of these animals....but I can't confirm that. Is this a strange hybrid or possibly a new species. The fact that Jonathan Downes of the Centre for Fortean Zoology and Texas Blue Dogs, who I have considerable respect for, is investigating these creatures adds credibility to this study...Lon

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Bizarre Animal Captured In Oklahoma....Blue Dog?

bin - A bizarre-looking animal that has been roaming the countryside of rural Mayes County has been captured and turned over to wildlife experts in Claremore.

Jeremy Scheffel says he first encountered the creature on his back porch a few weeks ago. When he turned on the outside light he saw the animal scurry away. It looked so strange, he says he thought he was losing his mind.

Scheffel decided to try to capture it. His friend Josh Cook set out a trap and within 24 hours had succeeded."It looks like a huge rat. It's kind of creepy," Scheffel said.

He says it's known as the Dry Gulch chupacabra, after the legendary animal that supposedly sucks the blood of goats.

NOTE: Possibly a 'Blue Dog', though this one seems to be smaller...check out Jonathan Downes' Texas Expedition 2010 blog.

Bizarre Animal Captured In Oklahoma....Blue Dog?

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Eckhart Encounters - SyFy 'Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files'

NOTE: I have been informed that the David Eckhart's alien encounters / abductions will be covered on SyFy's 'Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files' on Thursday, July 15th at 10 PM ET. As well, there is a very good possibility that NBC Universal will produce a 1 hour presentation of David's experiences sometime in the future. I can't go into this any further until details are worked out. For those not familiar with the case, I have posted the links to the case information and investigation by our team. BTW, we are still working on this case and expect more to evidence to surface as time goes on...Lon

A link to the trailer: 'Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files' Promo

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Eckhart Encounters - SyFy 'Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files'

Video: The Climbing Entity

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NOTE: I ran across this unusual capture of a supposed 'shadow person' or dark entity on a gas station surveillance camera. The form suddenly manifests and walks towards a doorway. It then appears, towards the end of the clip, that the entity attempts to climb something. There's a possibility that a set of stairs may have existed in that location at one time. I'm not going to say much on the validity of the video but it is very interesting nonetheless...Lon

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Photo: Laguna del Monte Humanoid - Partido de Almirante Brown, Argentina

Scott Corrales of Inexplicata reports on a strange story in Diario Popular:

Sebastian Aranguren, writing for the July 12 2010 edition of Diario Popular, discusses an unusual photo of an "invisible humanoid" whose presence was captured only by a digital camera after the waters of Laguna del Monte were inexplicably stirred as if by an external force.

The photo was taken by an anonymous businessman from the city of Almirante Brown. Luis Burgos of the Fundación Argentina de Ovnilogía and his photo analysis team have determined that it is a "clean" image showing no signs of manipulation. "There are very few photos of humanoids in the world," Burgos is quoted as saying, "and this case acquires major significance in national ufology."

The photo was taken on March 14 of this year -- Easter Sunday -- at 15:56 hours by "Ivan" (surnames withheld) in the company of his wife and children.

FAO researchers say the image shows a neckless figure wearing a sort of diving suit that sags at the knees. "The intruder appears to be standing on the water itself, looking back at the eyewitness.

Photo: Laguna del Monte Humanoid - Partido de Almirante Brown, Argentina

Fortean / Oddball News - 7/13/2010

Overhaul of Vlad Dracula's Reputation Underway

telegraph - Vlad the Impaler, the medieval Romanian prince who inspired the character of Count Dracula, was not a blood-thirsty tyrant, he was simply a misunderstood victim of bad Western European propaganda, a new exhibition has claimed.

The show, which has just opened in Bucharest, attempts to rehabilitate Vlad Tepes, also known as Vlad Dracula or Vlad the Impaler, who ruled Wallachia in the 15th century.

"Vlad Dracula was doubtlessly cruel, but not more so than other princes of his time," said Margot Rauch, the Austrian curator of the exhibition, entitled "Dracula - Voivode and Vampire".

Vlad was born in the town of Sighisoara, in Transylvania, in 1431. He ruled over Wallachia, now a region of Romania, between 1456 and 1462 and was reputed to have killed thousands of political opponents, common criminals and captured Turkish soldiers by having them impaled on sharp wooden stakes. It is estimated he had 50,000 people put to death.

He is also said to have committed other atrocities, including torturing, roasting, dismembering and drowning his enemies.

But despite the historical evidence, according to Ms Rauch, "In fact he was a victim of bad propaganda".

She said historical studies presented in the exhibition show legends related to Vlad Dracula were "aimed at presenting eastern Europe as a primitive land and a source of evil".

The exhibition includes portraits of Vlad from the Kunsthistoriches Museum in Vienna and the Schloss Ambras museum in Innsbruck, as well as manuscripts which depicted him as a blood-thirsty maniac.

One of the engravings, dating back to 1500, shows him having a meal under the eyes of a dozen impaled men, while others have their limbs lopped off and their heads boiled in cauldrons.

Many Romanians regard Vlad as a hero because he fought the invading Ottoman Turks.

The legends about his rule inspired Bram Stoker's novel "Dracula", published in 1897, and later formed the basis of countless books, films and television dramas.

The famous image of Dracula, with his deathly pale skin, dark cape and blood-stained fangs, came largely from seven Dracula films made by Universal Studios between 1930 and 1960.

"It's time to see Vlad Dracula in another light than that given by Hollywood," said Ms Rauch.


UFO Museum’s Rocketing Attendance Defies Skeptics

thechronicleherald - Something really strange is happening this summer at Shag Harbour’s UFO museum.

Attendance is up by more than 70 per cent over last year at this time, say local UFO statisticians.

"Isn’t that wonderful," said Cindy Nickerson, chairwoman of the Shag Harbour Incident Society Museum.

The Shag Harbour incident, of course, is the Oct. 4, 1967, crash of what many believe to have been an unidentified flying object into the harbour.

Even without a ferry from Maine to Yarmouth this summer, 42 American cars stopped in June and the first week of July, Nickerson said Monday.

And an opinion poll being taken by UFO museum staff this summer seems to indicate that those who come to visit are believers in extraterrestrial life.

So far, 22 of the 28 people completing a questionnaire asking if they believe in out-of-this-world life forms said yes.

And 13 folks said they are confident the Shag Harbour UFO was an alien spacecraft.

Last year, a number of cycling tours had come through the village by this time.

"There were 30 Americans on bicycles last year that didn’t come this year, (but) Americans in cars are up," said Nickerson. "I’m really surprised because I didn’t think we were going to have any."

A lot of Ontario and New Brunswick vehicles have also stopped, she said.

The UFO museum is one of the few museums that does not charge an admission fee.

"That makes a difference," Nickerson said.

Soon the UFO museum will have a UFO flight simulator visitors can try out on a computer. This is also the first year in its new location, a former general store in the centre of Shag Harbour that has more floor space and better parking.

The museum has always had over 1,000 annual visitors in the five years it has been open.

Last year, they had 1,049 people drop by during the June-to-October season.

Now they’re closing in on 500 visitors in the six weeks they have been open.

Last summer, a recreational diver, David Cvet, explored the seabed off Shag Harbour, where the UFO is said to have crashed in 1967.

He said last year he came across a couple of dish-shaped depressions, each about six metres in diameter. The ocean bottom anomaly was found about 20 metres below the surface in the spot where witnesses say an alien craft swooshed low over the Shelburne County coast.

Cvet will dive again this year on July 24, said Nickerson. He will make a video that folks will be able to view at the museum.

The 2010 UFO festival in Shag Harbour is set to go Aug. 6 and 7. Boat rides to the UFO crash site and a UFO symposium are planned. Details may be found at the festival website,


King Tut’s DNA is Western European? Is This Another Attempt To Discredit African Races?

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eutimes - Despite the refusal of the Secretary General of the Egyptian Supreme Council of Antiquities, Zahi Hawass, to release any DNA results which might indicate the racial ancestry of Pharaoh Tutankhamen, the leaked results reveal that King Tut’s DNA is a 99.6 percent match with Western European Y chromosomes.

The DNA test results were inadvertently revealed on a Discovery Channel TV documentary filmed with Hawass’s permission — but it seems as if the Egyptian failed to spot the giveaway part of the documentary which revealed the test results.

Hawass previously announced that he would not release the racial DNA results of Egyptian mummies — obviously because he feared the consequences of such a revelation.

On the Discovery Channel broadcast, which can be seen on the Discovery Channel website and YouTube, at approximately 1:53 into the video, the camera pans over a printout of DNA test results from King Tut.

Firstly, here is a brief explanation of the results visible in the video. It is a list of what is called Short Tandem Repeats (STRs).

STRs are repeated DNA sequences which are “short repeat units” whose characteristics make them especially suitable for human identification.

These STR values for 17 markers visible in the video are as follows:
DYS 19 – 14 (? not clear)
DYS 385a – 11
DYS 385b – 14
DYS 389i – 13
DYS 389ii – 30
DYS 390 – 24
DYS 391 – 11
DYS 392 – 13
DYS 393 – 13
DYS 437 – 14 (? not clear)
DYS 438 – 12
DYS 439 – 10
DYS 448 – 19
DYS 456 – 15
DYS 458 – 16
DYS 635 – 23
YGATAH4 – 11

What does this mean? Fortunately, a genius by the name of Whit Athey provides the key to this list. Mr Athey is a retired physicist whose working career was primarily at the Food and Drug Administration where he was chief of one of the medical device labs.

Mr Athey received his doctorate in physics and biochemistry at Tufts University, and undergraduate (engineering) and masters (math) degrees at Auburn University. For several years during the 1980s, he also taught one course each semester in the electrical engineering department of the University of Maryland. Besides his interest in genetic genealogy, he is an amateur astronomer and has his own small observatory near his home in Brookeville, MD.

He also runs a very valuable website called the “Haplogroup Predictor” which allows users to input STR data and generate the haplogroup which marks those STR data.

For those who want to know what a haplogroup is, here is a “simple” definition: a haplogroup is a group of similar haplotypes that share a common ancestor with a single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) mutation.

Still none the wiser? Damn these scientists.

Ok, let’s try it this way: a haplotype is a combination of multiple specific locations of a gene or DNA sequence on a chromosome.

Haplogroups are assigned letters of the alphabet, and refinements consist of additional number and letter combinations, for example R1b or R1b1. Y-chromosome and mitochondrial DNA haplogroups have different haplogroup designations. In essence, haplogroups give an inisight into ancestral origins dating back thousands of years.

By entering all the STR data inadvertently shown on the Discovery video, a 99.6 percent fit with the R1b haplogroup is revealed.

The significance is, of course, that R1b is the most common Y-chromosome haplogroup in Europe reaching its highest concentrations in Ireland, Scotland, western England and the European Atlantic seaboard — in other words, European through and through.

NOTE: Since the influx of western Egyptologists, there has been an attempt to discredit Africans, especially black-skinned Africans, as being the race of the early and advanced Egyptian dynasties. I truly question the information in this article and leave the interpretation up to you...Lon


Aussie Teacher Files Lawsuit...Claims Larynx Damaged From Yelling At Students

heraldsun - A teacher who claims she damaged her larynx yelling at children, including some with special needs, is suing the Government for more than $400,000. Valissa Julietta Bauer, 39, claims she had to over use her voice in an attempt to control the pupils in her composite Year 6 and 7 class at Thabeban State School in Bundaberg, Queensland. Her claim, filed in the Supreme Court in Brisbane, said the class included 31 special needs children, including a diabetic child who required insulin injections, two autistic children, a child with cardiac disorders and a few children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.

As a result of her duties over the course of her employment with the school from about May 2006, Ms Bauer developed an injury to her larynx, her claim filed by Shine Lawyers said. Ms Bauer, who no longer teaches at the school but is believed to work part time teaching at a private Bundaberg school, claims she has been left with a permanent disability and has lost considerable income.

The teacher is suing over the school putting her in charge of the composite class without providing her with adequate classroom assistance. She claims the school failed to regularly rotate her between various duties, to reduce her contact with the composite class. Ms Bauer also blames the school for failing to supervise or ensure that the correct number of staff were available to monitor the high number of students in the Year 6 and 7 class. She also claims she received inadequate training to prevent her being injured.

Her claim is for almost $420,009 in damages for personal injury as a result of alleged negligence, breach of contract or statutory duties. It includes amounts for general damages, past economic loss, future impairment of her earning capacity to age 65 and medical expenses. The State Government is yet to file a defence and declined to comment.


Trailer: The Willy Wonka Horror Show

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NOTE: Creepy orange colored little people working in a chocolate factory never really appealed to me...I'll stick with the Keebler Elves or the Little Chocolatiers. Lon

Fortean / Oddball News - 7/13/2010

Monday, July 12, 2010

Lan Lamphere: '....the story falls within the realm of the pretentious and mean nature of the Bigfoot community'

Sharon Lee at The Bigfoot Field Reporter has posted the following on her blog:

I just got off the phone after a quite lengthy conversation with the now well known to you, Lan Lamphere of Overnight AM radio.

Overnight AM is an internet talk show that touches on many subjects. A successful radio show is designed to entertain, enlighten, instigate discussions and encourage people to open their minds and consider other points of view.

Lan’s interests have never been Bigfoot oriented as it is well known that he is a UFO enthusiast.

When William Birnes came to his good friend Lan about Mr. Mike, (and yes his name is Mike) they had no idea how cruel and devastating the shark filled waters of Bigfoot Research could be. As I stated in my previous blog post, the people in this field can be quite nasty to one another, even their so-called friends.

Lan wants you all to go away. He doesn’t care if you listen to his show ever again.

The story of Mr. Mike will most likely end tonight as far as Overnight AM is concerned but not without a bang. Overnight AM is not a dedicated Bigfoot show and Lan would like to get on to producing his show as he has done for the past 9 years.

I have a statement from Lan that I would like to pass on to you, the Bigfoot community.

“The reports of Mr. Mike’s encounters with Bigfoot have been highly exaggerated and over exaggerated not on the part of Overnight AM but on the part of Mr. Mike. He is suffering from a form of dementia. Now this is according to the researchers that were there. Whether that is true or not I do not know because I was not there. I only have the Bigfoot community and these researchers inside of it and their integrity and moral compass to go on. That’s all I have. That’s all that anyone who listens to this program has. But there’s more to this story than just hallucinations or chain of events that have led to him reaching out to this radio show and to UFO magazine. There’s more to it than meets the eye. And I think that the story falls within the realm of the pretentious and mean nature of the Bigfoot community as a whole rather than falling back to Mr. Mike’s “alleged” mental illness, hallucinations or instability.”

Overnight AM did not make any claims that this event was real. Mr. Mike’s opinion and testimony was confessed on Overnight AM in his own words.

Did Lan hire a private investigator? Yes. Did the private investigator discover any negative information about Mr. Mike? No. Did the Bigfoot community attack and shred the story as the witness told it? Yes. Do you trust that any Bigfoot Research group is going to tell you the truth about what they found on the property? Even when people in this field turn on each other every day?

Tonight Overnight AM will put the Mr. Mike saga to rest. But rest assured my “friends” the story is not over.

In the words of the infamous Bill Green, “To be continued indeedy!”

And I can guarantee that The Bigfoot Field Reporter will be the only place to get the real story.

More will unfold in the weeks to come, but ask yourself who do you trust? Who can you believe?

NOTE: Well, Lan...go back and listen to your broadcasts. You stated that this claim was 'true' and you claimed that your PI had 'photos' and 'confirmed' Mr. Mike was correct. What about the claim you made that a police dispatcher had told you they noticed a report from a local police patrol officer of a 'naked woman covered in hair' dumpster diving behind a business...than you embellished the claim on the next radio broadcast that there were reports of '2' of the 'naked women covered in hair' spotted in the area. Was I hearing things? Voices in my head? Dementia, possibly? Just because your ego got shot to hell doesn't give you an excuse to modify your previous statements. You know exactly what you where trying to convey to your you just want the troublemakers to go away. Don't come up with this sad story that Bigfoot researchers have misconstrued the way this fiasco was presented and that they reacted in a mean and improper manner...Lon

UPDATE: I'm listening to Lamphere's show currently...the arrogance, hypocrisy and bullshit is simply unbelievable. Like he gives a damn about Mr. Mike or anyone else. I was told a ton of tales about this bozo the last few days, but now I'm starting to realize why his reputation proceeds him as a right wingnut trying, and failing, to think outside the box. He saw a story that would garner interest, ran with it, embellished the facts and got burnt! Lon

UPDATE: 12:35 am - OK...Lamphere was talking to the investigator (Jack) who was explaining that there was a small hot spot on the FLIR while looking into the wood behind Mr. Mike's house. During the discussion, Lamphere suddenly springs on Jack an allegation that he had hidden cameras setup that Jack didn't know about. He stated that one of these cameras pick up a 9 ft. tall 'dark shadow' that appeared then suddenly disappeared. Then Lamphere describes his personal experience as a kid witnessing a Bigfoot in Washington and that the creature turned, took two steps forward and literally disappeared. Now...why is he bringing all this up all of a sudden. He is an known UFO he trying to give credence to his Mr. Mike's sighting by using the theory that Bigfoot is an non-terrestrial creature and can move in and out of parallel planes or alternative universes? If so, then I may agree with him...but, does he REALLY believe this? this just a means to give validity to Mr. Mike's sightings? Lon

Mother and Son Witness a Flying Apparition - UPDATE

An ectoplasm cloud photographed in a western North Carolina cemetery
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This is an update email that refers to subsequent activity the witnesses, Pema and her son, have experienced in the past year. The original incident was documented here and is posted again (after the update email). Pema appreciates the response she received from the original post and would gladly invite further information of similar encounters. It can be posted as a comment or sent directly to me...then I can forward to Pema:


Hi Lon,

Last year I had sent you an email regarding our sighting (Sunday, August 16, 2009 Mailbag: Mother and Son Witness a Flying Apparition) of the strange cloudlike thing that flew past our apartment building.

We saw the same thing several other times after that, once, flying again in the same direction at approx the same speed and height. Another time flying the same direction but at a lower distance at about the level of the second floor and again at the same speed.

At three other times we saw it but falling from above as though dropping from the sky to the ground at a terrific speed. My son and I both ran out to see where it had gone but there was nothing and no sign of it at all. The duration of the time in that instance where we went to see was about 1-2 second from the time we saw it falling to the time we reached the balcony edge. We saw it drop twice within a few days from the same area above the opposite building to the ground. Both times there was no trace of anything on the ground. The third time it dropped/fell right outside my balcony area whereas before it was in front of the other building 60 ft away. At this time my son became very frightened and refused to go out on the balcony at all after that. During each of these times the wind speeds were negligible and the temperature was hot and humid.

I've discussed this with many people including engineers to ascertain if it was possible for a cloudlike mass to act in this manner and not to disperse or lose mass or shape. Thus far all agree that it wouldn't be possible but are scratching their heads about it. I have even asked within the native community about such a being in their mythologies and thus far haven't found any corresponding stories or creatures.

My feeling after seeing the repeated visitations was that this is some kind of being maybe physical and energy that hasn't been recorded or noticed because it has the perfect looks just like a cloud. I also sensed from the way it appeared and disappeared that it was hunting, the way any flying predator would...stalking,searching and then pouncing (flying rapidly like a hawk towards its prey-whatever that might be.) I noticed that you had posted a couple of other sightings from people in different areas of the world of same sort of thing.

I am now keeping a log/journal in case I do see it again this summer, (nothing appeared like that in the winter) and my camera ready just in case. Please let me know if you do hear of or see any material that might be related.


Originally posted - Sunday, August 16, 2009

Mother and Son Witness a Flying Apparition

I've been trying to research my incident online and have come up with zero references for so perhaps some of your readers may have insight into it.

The other night, my son and I were on the couch in our apartment watching TV. All of the lights were off. Suddenly we both jumped at the same time as we saw a strange apparition fly by our balcony. We're on the third floor so not too high up and the door and curtains were open giving us a clear view to the outside. What we saw was large and judging from the distance between our building and the neighboring building which is approximately 60-70 ft away, it was halfway between the two.
It was a whitish, slightly opaque-like amorphous blob about 10ft by 15ft across. It moved as though it was like a cloud or a mist being blown in a very brisk wind, changing shape constantly. There was no noise aside from the usual street noises.

However, if it were that windy, a mist or cloud wouldn't retain its shape for that long. We saw it pass our balcony and then the further window in a straight line as though traveling toward some goal in the distance. The way it moved indicated that it was purposeful as though in a breeze yet the weird thing is there was no breeze at all. I went out later to test if there was wind and its speed and direction and noted that a very slight air movement was coming out of the north to the south and that thing was traveling in the opposite direction from the south to the north.

We both looked at each other afterward in amazement and said at the same time, "did you just see that? and Yes! What was that thing?!" We exchanged our brief descriptions of what we had both seen and tentatively looked out the balcony door to see if we could see it...but it was gone.

A side note...if it had been any sort of material traveling in a freak wind at that moment its direction, speed and height from the ground would have brought it directly into a grove of trees at the edge of the property where it would have been tangled in the branches or fallen to the ground in a parking lot and swept to the edges of the property into a chain link fence. Further searches of these areas have yielded nothing that would fit the description of this thing.

If anyone out there has seen or heard of such a thing I would sure love to know about your experiences or thoughts.

Thanks kindly,

Mother and Son Witness a Flying Apparition - UPDATE

Ruth Ellis' Ghost Believed to Haunt Buckinghamshire Churchyard

bucksfreepress - She was the last woman ever hanged in Britain and she could still be haunting a churchyard in Penn.

Or so a paranormal researcher believes.

Author and photographer Eddie Brazil, 54, has been researching for his book about haunted churches around England.

His work has led to him to the idea that the ghost of Ruth Ellis – who was executed in 1955 – may be returning to the site where she murdered her lover David Blakely.

The first tale of ghostly apparitions comes from a Penn farm worker who was killed when he fell from his horse in the 18th century.

His ghost was said to appear up in the churchyard.

In 1980s the figure of a woman in white was seen to leave the churchyard by the east gate and walk down the hill which runs by the side of the churchyard.

Hazlemere resident Eddie explained: “Nobody knows the identity of the apparition but the Crown Public House across the road - they have a woman in white.

“We found out that David Blakely, who was murdered by Ruth Ellis, is buried in Penn churchyard, – and they used to drink in the crown pub.

“She told Blakely's parents that she loved him and ghost identification is a weird business.

“We thought could it be the ghost of Ruth Ellis still pining for Blakely?”

Eddie said he is a believer in ghosts and thinks eventually science may prove their existence.

“It's my opinion that ghosts do exist. There's a theory gaining ground on the scientific table in the last few years called non-locality theory which suggests mind and brain are separate, that the mind acts through the brain, but when you have bodily death the mind or consciousness can carry on in some from.

“The analogy would be like a television or radio signal which requires the nuts and bolts of the television to convert the sounds and pictures.

“If you were to destroy the TV or radio i.e have bodily death you wouldn't destroy the signal or consciousness.”

Eddie, who had his first paranormal experience at age of 10 in London, wants to hear from Buckinghamshire residents about their own sightings and stories – not just about churches – but all paranormal activity.

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Ruth Ellis' Crime and Execution

Ruth Ellis, aged 28, was the last lady executed in the UK. Her trial at The Old Bailey and execution at London's Holloway Prison on 13 July 1955 aroused great public interest and coverage by the newspapers of the day. This contrasted with the lack of media interest in the case of two other ladies executed before Ruth Ellis: Louisa Merrifield in 1953 and Styllou Chrisofi in 1954.

Ruth Ellis was part of the Soho nightclub scene of 1950s London. She was a hostess at a night club. During this time she met and had a stormy love affair with a car racing driver called David Blakely. However, Blakely had been pointedly avoid Ellis and she had continued affairs with several other men.

On Good Friday 1955 Ruth Ellis caused a disturbance outside the Hampstead flat where David Blakely was staying with some friends. Blakley refused to come out and he did not answer several phone calls that Ruth Ellis made to the flat. Ruth Ellis eventually left the scene when Blakely telephoned the police from the flat.

On Easter Sunder, 2 days later, at 9pm, Ruth Ellis saw David Blakely through a window of the Magdala Tavern, a pub located on the edge of Hampstead Heath. However, Ellis did not enter the pub and she waited outside.

Blakely left the pub with his friends at 9.20pm, ignoring Ruth Ellis who he noticed was waiting outside. Ellis took out a loaded revolver from her handbag and fired a shot at Blakely. This first shot missed Blakely, but ricocheted off a wall, injuring a passer-by. Ellis's fired a second shot and this hit David Blakely and he fell face down on the roadside. Ruth Ellis then walked over to where Blakely laid and fired four bullets into Blakely, emptying the revolver. An off duty policeman came from the pub and took the revolver from Ellis, who offered no resistance to the police officer. David Blakely was dead on arrival at hospital.

A newspaper paid for two defending barristers at her subsequent trial for Blakely's murder at the Old Bailey in London. Ellis seemed not concerned that she was on trial for her life, and was asked the following question by the prosecution at her trial:

Prosecutor: "Mrs Ellis, when you fired that revolver at close range into the body of David Blakely, what did you intend to do?"

Ellis: "It is obvious that when I shot him I intended to kill him."

Ruth Ellis was found guilty of murder and sentenced to death by hanging. The newspapers clamored for a reprieve, but the Home Secretary announced on 11 July that the execution would go ahead as planned. Two days later, Ruth Ellis was hanged at Holloway Prison in London.

After her execution, her Post-Mortem was carried out by Professor Keith Simpson at Holloway Prison. She was then buried within the prison's graveyard.

In 1971, her remains were exhumed and re-buried at St. Mary's Church in Amersham, Buckinghamshire.

After every execution, a Post-Mortem examination was performed on the executed criminal's body. The main purpose of the examination was to find out whether the execution had been carried out correctly, and the prisoner had not been asphyxiated by a bungled hanging. The pathologist report would be presented to the coroner's inquest, which would normally return a decision that the deceased had died as a consequence of judicial hanging.

Normally, the reports are not published but the Post-Mortem Examination performed on Ruth Ellis was published. The Post-Mortem examination on Ruth Ellis was carried out on 13 July 1955 at London's Holloway Prison.

In this case, the Post-Mortem was conducted by the pathologist Professor Keith Simpson in the morning just after her execution. The inquest was held later in the afternoon, and Ruth Ellis was buried within the prison grounds. She was later exhumed and re-buried in Amersham, Buckinghamshire.

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