Saturday, March 10, 2012

Just the Facts?: Lightening Strike Tattoo -- Stewardess Onboard 'Crash' Panic Attack -- Rapture...Oops, Sorry

Helluva way to get a tattoo....

It's a terrifying way to get a temporary tattoo. To get the feathery looking, fern-like pattern running down this man's left arm, he first needed to be struck by lightning.

Known as a "Lichtenberg figure," for the German physicist who first described seeing a similar pattern while experimenting with static electricity, these reddish fern-leaf patterns are a skin reaction to a lightning strike.

These dramatic "keraunographic" marks are sometimes referred to as "lightning flowers" or "lightning trees." They tend to occur on the arms, back, neck, chest, or shoulders of lightning strike victims.

As the tech blog Gear Diary reported, Winston Kemp earned this intricate body art during a spring storm when he went outside to save his pumpkins. Ironically, Kemp is an electrician, but it wasn't his job that put him in contact with this electrical jolt; it was a bolt from Mother Nature in his own backyard.

The 24-year-old says he saw something bright and heard something loud hit his neighbor's yard, but he didn't feel a thing.

"I just came back inside like nothing was wrong. Umm ... my arm was sore. But I didn't ... I don't think I saw any marks until 30, 45 ... [it was] maybe an hour before I saw the marks," he tells Gear Diary.

Kemp says it didn't hurt when it happened, but a few hours later his arm started to feel achy and sore. Big blisters started forming on his skin the next day, which his girlfriend, a pre-med student, carefully lanced and covered to prevent infection.

"The feathering marks are formed by the transmission of static electricity along the superficial blood vessels that nourish the skin," says Dr. Mathew Avram, director of the Dermatology Laser and Cosmetic Center at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

"They're the kind of marks that when an emergency medicine doctor sees it, you know exactly what the diagnosis is -- a lightning strike," he explains.

"These are an unbelievably rare thing to see," adds Avram.

What you tend to see is a superficial burn to the top part of the skin, he says. If the person was wearing a belt buckle or the skin was sweating a lot during the lightning strike, the fern-leaf patterns may be deeper.

Although Kemp did not go to an emergency room, Avram said a trip to the ER is generally a good idea, so you don't get any secondary infections from the skin wounds.

Usually the red marks fade within hours of the lightning strike, though Kemp's lasted longer than that. It's a good idea to put an antibiotic ointment or Vaseline on the affected skin several times a day until they completely heal.

Even a month after the lightning strike, Kemp said he still felt "random pains" running down his left arm and the skin felt tender.

"That's not surprising," says Avram. "Any time there's an injury to the skin you can get nerve sensations afterward and the redness from a burn can last for months."


Air Stewardess Suffers 'Crash' Panic Attack

An American Airlines flight in Texas was delayed after an air stewardess had a panic attack about the plane crashing.

The aircraft was still on the ground at Dallas international airport when the flight attendant started screaming over the plane's PA system.

Passengers helped to restrain her in a seat, while the plane returned to the gate.

"She was just in a manic state, making some comments about the plane and 9/11, that she had memories of that. Obviously she was not herself," one passenger said afterwards.

Another passenger, Whitney Bessler, told Dallas Morning News: "She said she just wanted to save people and that she wouldn't be responsible if the plane crashed."

The FBI and airport police both said they did not plan to charge the woman with any crime, instead she was taken for psychiatric evaluation.

It was an "unfortunate but non-violent confrontation involving a flight attendant aboard an aircraft preparing for take-off," the US flight attendants union said in a statement.

When the flight finally got under way with a new cabin crew, passengers who wanted drinks were served for free. - sky


Coke and Pepsi make changes to avoid cancer warning on labels

Coca-Cola and Pepsi have altered their production processes so they won’t have to put a cancer warning on labels.

The firms are changing the way their caramel colouring is made in the US because of health fears about a chemical it contains.

Bosses have told manufacturers of the additive to reduce its levels of 4-methylimidazole, which can be formed during the cooking process and has been linked with cancer.

Coke and Pepsi’s decisions follow a law being passed in California forcing drinks which contain a certain amount of carcinogens to carry a cancer warning.

Coca-Cola spokeswoman Diana Garza-Ciarlante said: “While we believe there is no health risk that justifies any such change, we asked our caramel suppliers to take this step so our products would not be subject to a scientifically unfounded warning.”

The colouring was put on California’s warning list after a study on mice.

But American Beverage Association bosses say there is no evidence it causes cancer in humans.

They add that someone would have to drink more than 1,000 cans of cola a day to reach the doses that showed links to the disease in rodents.

Coke has altered its recipe for drinks sold in California and the changes will be rolled out across the US.

But the firm says things will not alter in Europe.

A Coca-Cola statement said: "The caramel color in all of our products has been, is and always will be safe, and The Coca-Cola Company is not changing the world-famous formula for our Coca-Cola beverages.

"Over the years, we have updated our manufacturing processes from time to time, but never altered our Secret Formula.

"We have asked our caramel manufacturers to modify their production process to reduce the amount of 4-MEI in the caramel, but that will have no effect on the formula or on the great-tasting, high-quality products that consumers expect from us. These modifications will not affect the colour or taste of Coca-Cola.

"Our commitment to the highest quality and safety of our great brands remains our top priority. And we will continue to rely on sound, evidence-based science to ensure that our products are safe." - mirror


Dentist to probe 'cavities' inside Great Pyramid - and unlock the Pharaoh's last secret chambers, unseen for 4,500 years

A Hong Kong dentist is wielding forceps to help solve the last mystery of the Great Pyramid of Giza.

He is part of a team that hopes to to solve the mystery surrounding the doors blocking two narrow shafts in the pyramid, which is the tomb of the Pharaoh Cheops, also known as Khufu.

The shafts have puzzled archaeologists since they were found in 1872 - with some speculating that Khufu's burial chamber lies beyond, with fabulous treasure possibly within.

Ng Tze-chuen, 59 has designed a tiny 'gripper' for an insect-sized robot which will finally reach beyond the doors inside the pyramid.

The robot will travel up the shafts, which are so narrow only a small robot could fit, to eventually drill through the two doors. It carries a camera to record what it finds.

The international team, which will take the name Djedi - after the magician with whom Khufu is thought to have consulted for the pyramid layout - plans to use the robot this spring, depending on when the license to do so will be issued, Ng said.

‘The Chinese have more experience with chopsticks. And a dentist has more experience in gripping with forceps,’ said Ng.

‘Why Egypt is so interesting, it’s because of the hieroglyphics. It’s like a detective story. It’s all waiting for me to use my grippers.’

Inspired by dental forceps - he has designed 70 of his own to properly grip the tricky crevices of patients’ teeth - Ng said his team will mount tiny grippers on an insect-sized robot expected to gently trek the winding shafts of the pyramid without causing damage to the walls. Continue reading at dailymail


Harold Camping Admits Rapture Prediction 'A Mistake'....Well, Yeah!

Ninety-year-old Harold Camping predicted that the world would come to an end on May 21, 2011. And then again on October 21, 2011.

And while it has been clear for months that the world, in fact, did not end on either date, Camping has finally issued an official statement admitting the mistake.

According to "When is the Rapture?," an article written by Camping, the Rapture is the end of the world and happens when "our Lord comes to judge the world."

On the day of the Rapture, "the believers in Christ who have not experienced physical death will be changed into their glorified bodies," Camping wrote. "At that time, they will be caught up in the air to be with Christ."

At the time of the first prediction, Camping was the president of Family Radio, a non-profit radio network that, according to its website, acts "with the express purpose of sending the Christian Gospel into the world."

When May 21, 2011 came and went with no sign of the Apocalypse, Camping still said he was not entirely wrong about the prediction. Speaking to the media outside the headquarters of Family Radio on May 23, Camping said that while the world had not ended, the spiritual Rapture had begun.

"We have to be looking at all of this a little bit more spiritual, but it won't be spiritual on Oct. 21," he said. "Because the Bible clearly teaches that then the world is going to be destroyed altogether."

Shortly after he said that, Camping suffered a stroke on June 13, 2011, and retired from Family Radio.

When Oct. 21 also came and went with no sign of the Rapture, Camping was publicly silent until now.

"We humbly acknowledge we were wrong about the timing," his statement reads. "We tremble before God as we humbly ask Him for forgiveness for making that sinful statement."

But Camping and Family Radio say they believe that while the prediction was a mistake, it was all in God's plan.

"Though we were wrong God is still using the May 21 warning in a very mighty way. In the months following May 21 the Bible has, in some ways, come out from under the shadows and is now being discussed by all kinds of people who never before paid any attention to the Bible," Camping wrote. "Even as God used sinful Balaam to accomplish His purposes, so He used our sin to accomplish His purpose of making the whole world acquainted with the Bible."

And, the statement reads, Family Radio will not announce a new prediction for the end of the world.

"We also openly acknowledge that we have no new evidence pointing to another date for the end of the world. Though many dates are circulating, Family Radio has no interest in even considering another date. God has humbled us through the events of May 21, to continue to even more fervently search the Scriptures (the Bible), not to find dates, but to be more faithful in our understanding." - yahoo


Friday, March 09, 2012

Reader Submissions: Strange Encounters

I received this email that references an alien encounter:

I was asleep on the second story of the house facing the backyard. I was asleep, but felt like I was underwater...all sounds were muffled. I felt total peace and contentment. I felt warm and safe. I opened my eyes and saw a small slightly glowing alien. He (I say he because I “felt” the alien was male) was pulling a long, red, thin, firm strand out of my left elbow. His “graceful” fingers were extra long and thin grasping and pulling.

He was pulling out the strand smoothly in a rhythm that was methodical and gentle. He was not touching me in any way, only pulling out the strand. I gazed slowly into his face. His face was at the same level as mine as I lay on my back in my bed. There was light from the moon shining through the leaves of the branches in the backyard through my window. My bed was located right under the picture window which had no drapes or blinds. The backyard was massive with tall old growth trees planted in rows so there was a canopy over the backyard. Each night I went to sleep looking up through those treetops. He glowed in the moonlight slightly. I don’t recall any smell and the sound was muffled as if I were underwater. His large dark eyes were large, and without pupils but I was not was as if I had seen him before and knew him. I knew that he would not hurt me. I didn’t notice any nose or mouth or ears but he was without clothing or any hair.

All of a sudden, I began to feel confused...maybe a little afraid. I broke my gaze from his and began looking at those long fingers again steadily pulling, pulling, pulling the long, red strand out of me...from my left elbow. Then the strand broke, I looked back to his face with a question to ask the same time he turned his face to the strand...he turned his face back to me. I felt “worried” and confused. I wanted to ask him “something” but I can’t remember what. Before I could make a sound he just stared at me and was gone, as if he were never there…

I sat up in the bed and looked up to the moon through the canopy. Then I remembered the strand and went slowly into the bathroom to check my elbow...the strand was red the color of blood but, I wasn’t bleeding. There was no cut or scar I could see on my elbow. I went slowly back to bed and I thought of the face of the alien and I cried myself to sleep. I felt so lonely, so abandoned, so sad as if someone I truly loved had passed away, someone who adored me too. Even as I commit this experience to the written word, I am weeping. I still feel that sadness of missing him and feeling so alone, so lost...grieving.

Am I hopeless?


This incident was forwarded by Albert Rosales:

Camajuani, Las Villas, Cuba - December 1953 - night

Modesto Cabrera was on his way to visit his girlfriend and was walking through an isolated field. At about 30 meters from his girlfriend’s house he suddenly noticed by the trunk of a nearby palm tree a small hovering green light. He stopped staring at the light when it suddenly disappeared and in its place was a bizarre being leaning against the trunk of the tree. The being, according to Cabrera was the size of a man and resembled a cross between an iguana, a chameleon and an alligator, it had arms and legs like a human, and it had long black claw-like nails. It had a long tail that was moving slowly from side to side.

Afraid he ran towards the house but thought about it and returned to the site to verify what he had seen. The creature was still standing by the trunk of the palm tree. Cabrera then ran towards it armed with a knife as it ran around the trunk of the palm trying to avoid him. It then suddenly performed four incredible leaps and ended up on the top of the palm tree. At this time the green light returned however this time it was directly above the palm tree and it was larger. Moments later the light disappeared and the creature was also gone.

Source: Hugo Francos Parrado “Bestiario Tropical” quoting Feijoo “Mitologia Cubana”

Comments: Date is approximate


I received this email a few days ago:

I was sleeping in my bed, then all of a sudden I woke up. It was dark in my room and as my eyes adjusted, I so two dark grey figures with skinny bodies and big heads with large, black eyes. I panicked and I heard a voice in my head saying to stay calm and everything would be alright. I believed them and they asked me to follow them. They went right through the wall, and I stopped. The voice in my head told me to walk through the wall, and when I did, I was floating in the air! I saw the ship. It had flashing red lights, and many, many windows. I was led into it and I remember being put on a table, naked, and being examined. After it was done, I remember nothing else that happened after that. I woke up in my bed with different pajamas that I had never seen before! I told this to my mother and she said she had no idea where I had gotten the pajamas.


Here is an interesting anecdote:

My mother is a few months old and in her cot next to my grandmothers bed. Grandfather has gone to work on his late night shift in the mines. As my grandmother sings soothing songs to her child a noise is heard beyond the bedroom. The noise is presumed to be a rat - yep, back then such things where rampant and that's why old folk had cats :) Grandmother returns to her songs and then feels something leaning on her back. She spoke of it feeling like a lump pressing against her. She cant recall to much else as her next move was to take it by surprise and wallop it! One last look at her child revealed a baby with wide open eyes looking towards this thing. When my grandmother turned to surprise the visitor it had already left the bed and was running towards the closed door. She described it as being naked, very small, obese body with thing arms and legs. Its head was large like a potato. It ran and passed through the door like a ghost. She tucked her child into her bed and said prayers to God.

My mother at the age of six also had an experience with a "little man". One afternoon, she raced into the house with her doll in hand. As she approached the lounge area she found it felt colder. She saw her mother sat listening to the radio as normal. She stopped in shock as she saw a little man sitting crossed legged in front of the fire. It was smaller than her dollies in size. It rested its head between its two hands with long fingers in a V shape. Its ankles sat upon its knees. It was dressed in green although much of its clothing looked aged. It turned its head to look at my mother and just stared at her. Its face was ugly and looked very old even though its body looked young. She screams and tells her mother to look at the elf near the fireplace. Grandmother remembers this and does state that the room felt cold for some reason but she could not see the figure sat getting a warm by the fire. The figure near the fireplace then stood, turned and moved away into the stone work surrounding the fire.

Grandmother often talks of people back then putting curses on people and casting things into fires. Saying prayers not found in the bible. Back in her prime, DragonBlood (herb?) was the main thing used to hurt another. The gossip back then was "be careful of your enemies - they take a strand of hair from your coat, a clutching of your coats fluff or change from a pound from you and then hurl it into a fire with Dragon Blood to curse."

The house my Grandmother raised her family had many strange events. Doors would slam shut and open in the night. The pet dog tried to claw his way out of the kitchen at night as this door opened and closed. One room contained a chest full of old clothes. One of her brothers stayed in that room shortly after the end of the war (WW2). He was the "hard has nails" type of man. He soon came to his sister and asked about the chest. It made strange noises and left him scared awake some nights. He`d moved it one night and found it back near where it always was the following morning. He soon left.

Another brother was shell shocked after the war and spent his life afraid. One other brother spoke of mountains. He saw machines that didn't have wings. He didn't understand what they where but they had the Nazi aircraft emblem upon them. They looked like mines. He often later spoke of "things in the sky" and said they where made in the war.

When my Grandmother was a child, she had to sleep with her sisters in one large bed. They had this chest in their room. A monk like figure was seen on a few occasions by many of the sisters. They described it floating near the window and looking at them. To start with they thought they had a ghost. They later said prayers with eyes closed thinking it was an angel. They still found that it scared them afterwards and left them thinking it wasn't from God. So, as children they prayed more and took this as a sign to follow the bible.

In current day such things would invoke ideas of other dimensional beings or things from outer space. One idea left with me is that such things exist and we normal folk haven't got a clue about what they are. No wonder such streams of idea lead to classified. Mark

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Just the Facts?: Phoenix Flash Mystery -- Girls Commit Suicide to Become Time Travelers -- Pope St. John Paul II

Mysterious Light Flashes During Traffic Report

At 8:31 AM, on Thursday morning March 8, 2012, during live traffic report on Phoenix FOX 10 KSAZ, a large, bright flash of light appeared behind traffic reporter for a fraction of a second in the general direction of the Phoenix South Valley. Fox 10 contacted the Arizona power utility, APS, and the Salt River Project
“to see if a transformer had blown, but that was not the case.”

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How this strange new material repairs itself – and your internal organs

Self-healing materials are substances that can knit themselves back together after being torn or broken. Here you can see a new self-healing hydrogel that could revolutionize how we treat internal wounds to the stomach.

Hydrogels are squishy polymer chains that look something like gummi bears. They are very useful in medicine, because they contain so much water they're as flexible as biological tissues. Now, new research out of UCSD offers a way to make these gels stick together with incredible strength. Researchers pulled off this trick by adding dangling hydrocarbon side chains to the polymer network that makes up the gel. With these in place, exposure to an acidic environment causes the self-healing hydrogel to knit together (exposure to a basic one makes it separate again).

That means that two pieces of the hydrogel can be stitched together, or damaged areas can knit together, simply by exposing it to environments of pH 3 or lower for just two seconds. High pH environments split it apart again, but the process can be repeated many times without ill effect. Not only that, but the strength of the bond is impressive. After just 10 seconds of bonding the join can take 2 kPa of stress - and when it breaks, it breaks in the middle of the gel, not at the join. The material continues to strengthen for up to 24 hours of exposure to the acid, eventually being able to handle 35±3 kPa of stress.

The potential applications of this are just freaking incredible — but some of the most interesting possibilities lie in medicine, especially for treating stomach wounds. After all, the gut is an acidic environment. You could hold closed stomach perforations until they heal, knowing that the hydrogel would heal itself from any damage due to the constant low pH exposure. - io9


Pope John Paul II could soon be canonized

A second miracle attributed to late Pope John Paul II has been reported, and he could be made a saint soon.

The miraculous healing occurred just weeks after John Paul II's beatification last May 1, which put him on the path to sainthood just six years after his death, Italy's Panorama newspaper said overnight, citing documents sent to the Vatican.

It was attended by over a million people.

The first miracle attributed to the late pope was the healing of a French nun, Sister Marie Simon-Pierre, who recovered from Parkinson's disease.

To be officially certified as a miracle by the Catholic Church, healings have to be instantaneous, irreversible and without scientific explanation.

The second miracle, about which no details were released, was chosen from among four reported and documented by the promoter of Karol Wojtyla's canonisation, Bishop Slowomir Oder, Panorama said.

The magazine said the case was being studied by experts from the Congregation for the Cause of Saints and could lead to the canonisation of the late pope within the next 12 months.

Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi declined to comment on the report, stressing that only a decree from the Congregation could confirm it.

Many Catholic faithful want John Paul II to be made a saint as soon as possible. - couriermail


Chinese girls commit suicide thinking death will make them time travelers

Two 12-year-old Chinese girls have killed themselves in bizarre circumstances after leaving suicide notes saying they believed their deaths would enable them to travel back in time.

The tragic chain of events began when one of the girls decided to take her own life because she was so distraught at losing a house key.

Her best friend, not wishing to live without her fifth-grade classmate, vowed they should die together.

They each wrote suicide notes and hid them in a cupboard before jumping into a pond to drown themselves.

In a message left by one of the girls, Xiao Mei, she said her friend, Xiao Hua, was terrified of being punished for misplacing the remote control to the rolling door of her house in Zhangzhou.

Xiao Mei penned that she dreamt of travelling back to the Qing Dynasty, which ruled between 1644 and 1911, it was reported on People's Daily Online.

Their deaths have reignited a fierce debate in China about time travel TV programmes, which were banned by the government last year in a move heavily criticised as a gross over-reaction.

Some shows feature storylines in which women travel back in time and fall in love in the Qing Dynasty after a car crash or being struck by lightning.

Sun Yunxiao, deputy director of China Youth and Children Research Center, told People's Daily Online: 'Schoolchildren are rich in curiosity, but poor in judgment.

'I have heard of children jumping from high buildings after watching an actor flying in a magic show.

'This kind of imitative behavior is in the nature of young children, but it's very dangerous. So we should give some sort of warning for children on TV programs.' - dailymail



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Thursday, March 08, 2012

This Week on 'Beyond the Edge Radio': Chris and Dana Wingerd - N.E.P.I / Phenomenology 104

Join Eric & Lon as we welcome our good friends Chris and Dana Wingerd from N.E.P.I Northeastern Paranormal Investigations this Sunday night to update us on the latest news from N.E.P.I and fill us in on the upcoming Phenomenology 104, coming to Gettysburg in less than two weeks.

Dana is the lead investigator and founder of North Eastern Paranormal Investigations and Phenom Events. She has been experiencing the paranormal since she was two. Dana feels like it is her duty to help those who are fearful and do not understand, when they are experiencing a haunting. She has empathy for her clients because of her own experiences.

Chris is also a lead investigator and co-founder of North Eastern Paranormal Investigations. Chris is also the co-founder of Phenom Events. He is a Police Officer and his experiences with detailed Police investigations is a beneficial skill for the documentation of paranormal investigations. He also has experience in construction, which has been useful in the debunking of what appears to be paranormal activity. Chris takes a skeptical approach to every case. His main goal in very investigation is to put the client at ease and explain to them that what they are experiencing may have a scientific explanation.

Phenomenology 104: Parapalooza, one of the largest paranormal conventions on the east coast, launches March 22 for the fourth annual gathering of the most diverse collection of celebrities and authorities in the field. With appearances by personalities Chip Coffey (“Psychic Kids,” “Paranormal State”), Kris Williams (“Ghost Hunters International”), Chris Fleming (“Dead Famous”), Patrick Burns & Marley Harbuck (“Haunting Evidence” & “Ghost Huntress” author) with Madi & Boo (“Paranormal Kittehs”), Mark and Debby Constantino (“Ghost Adventures”), and many others, the event allows fans to investigate famous haunted locations with the celebrities, and is the only convention of its kind that delivers the full spectrum of well-known paranormal experts.

Hosted by Maryland-based North Eastern Paranormal Investigations, Phenomenology benefits both newcomers and enthusiasts alike. Lectures will explore a variety of topics to educate, entertain and dispel myths about the paranormal.

Several historic locales will be investigated including General Lee's Headquarters, Eisenhower Farmhouse and the Farnsworth House – and this year, for children (accompanied by a parent), there will be a Junior Ghost Hunting Experience with Scream Paranormal.

In addition to spirit oriented offerings, UFOlogy and cryptozoology will be featured at the convention as well. Stan Romenek will discuss ABDUCTION: Alien Agenda; Eric Altman of the Pennsylvania Bigfoot Society will offer Sasquatch evidence, filmmakers Scared! will present their latest documentary, and Jeff Belanger will host “30 Odd Minutes Live!” with guests: Chip Coffey, Chris Fleming, Patrick Burns, Ben Hanson, Aaron Sagers, Bob Murch. There will also be numerous vendors at the event, giving attendees the chance to purchase the latest investigation equipment, books and apparel, along with a social mingle with celebrities and nightly “Scary-oke”.

Phenomonology 104 is coming to Gettysburg PA in just two weeks, March 22 - 25, 2012 and will feature some of the biggest names in paranormal, UFO and cryptid research speaking. The event will also feature a large vendors room, and ghost hunts. For more information go to or

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Just the Facts?: 400 Million Year Old Machine? -- Dad on Ice -- Woman's Reaction to Bigfoot Sighting

Machine dated at 400 million years found in Russia

In the remote Kamchatka peninsula, 200 km from Tigil, University of St. Petersburg archaeologists discovered a strange fossil. The authenticity of the find has been certified. According archaeologist Yuri Golubev, occurs that, in this case the discovery surprised scientists by its nature, at least - unusual, able to change history (or pre-history).

It is not the first time that is an artifact, an ancient object, something like this is found in that region. But, surprisingly conserved, this specific artifact is - at first glance, inlaid in rock (which is understandable since the peninsula is home to numerous volcanoes). Subjected to analysis, the conjunct showed to be made of metal parts that seem to form a mechanism, a gear which may be of a type of watch or computer. The astonishing is that all the pieces were dated in 400 million! of anos.Yury Gobulev commented:

We got a call from the prefec of Tigil. He told us that hikers that were walking in place, found these remains in rock. We went to the place indicated, and initially we not understand what we saw. There were - hundreds of toothed cylinders which appeared to be parts of a machine.

They were in perfect state of conservation, as if they were frozen in a short period of time. It was necessary control the area, because soon the curious began to appear in large numbers. Other scientists, Americans geologists, defined the piece as an amazing and mysterious artifact.

Nobody could believe that 400 million years ago could have existed on Earth even a man [even more a machine]. At that time, the forms of vida were very simple, but the finding, [simply] - clearly suggests the existence of intelligent beings capable of such technology. Certainly, such beings would had come from other planets. It is possible that a spaceship can had was damaged [or there was an accident] and it was abandoned in place.

It was found also that the parts have reached to the fossilization state in a period of time historically and geologically short. Possibly, the "machine" fell into a swamp. Despite the findings, cautious, scientists prefer to consider that the evidences are not definitive - yet. And Gobulev ponders: Refuse the existence of technology [even in past as indented] is a serious mistake because evolution is not linear.

NOTE: posted this for the 'bizarre' factor...Lon


Bat invasion in northern Australian town prompt disease warning

A town in northern Australia has been invaded by more than 250,000 bats, prompting warnings of a potentially fatal disease related to rabies.

The Centre for Disease Control (CDC) warned residents in Katherine to stay away from the fruit bats, which could carry the Australian Bat Lyssavirus.

The disease can be transmitted to people if they are bitten or scratched.

Authorities have closed down the main sports ground in the town 300 km south of Darwin in the Northern Territory.

The colony of fruit bats - little red flying foxes - arrived in the town late last month. In recent days numbers have begun to fall but large numbers continue to roost on the outskirts of town, reports the BBC's Phil Mercer.

The bats could be attracted to the area by native flora, or driven to the area because of habitat destruction or changing climatic conditions, John Burke, a senior wildlife ranger, told the BBC.

''Obviously in the town area there's a lot of exotic plant species that are fruiting and flowering throughout the year,'' he said. ''So it's more like a drive-through, I suppose, a drive-through take-away.''

CDC Director Vicki Krause told Australian media that the virus was carried in bat saliva.

Some victims have died but that is rare, our correspondent adds, and a vaccination is available.

If bitten, people should wash the wound thoroughly and seek medical attention as soon as possible, Dr Krause said. Vaccinations were effective if given immediately, she added.

Experts say the presence of so many flying foxes in the Northern Territory town only takes place two or three times each decade. - BBC


Woman falls in love with Statue of Liberty

The iconic Statue of Liberty is adored by millions around the world.

But while most appreciate what it stands for, or are in awe of its design, few would profess their undying love for it.

That is unless you are smitten Amanda Whittaker who says she has fallen head over heels for the famous New York monument.

The 27-year-old shop assistant from Leeds suffers from an unusual condition called objectum sexuality, whereby she falls in love with inanimate objects instead of people.

And speaking in the Sun on Sunday Amanda says she has installed a shrine to the landmark in her home to show her love for it and confesses to a passionate love affair with a drum kit in her teens.

She said: 'She is my long-distance lover and I am blown away by how stunning she is.

'Other people might be shocked to think I can have romantic feelings for an object, but I am not the same as them.'

She even says she has thought about tying the knot with 'Libby' as she affectionately calls it but opted not to 'because so many others love her too'.

Amanda says she first fell in love with the monument after a friend posted a picture online of herself with the 151ft copper statue.

She has since visited the statue in person four times, where she admits to caressing it and leaning out of a window to kiss its hair.
And so she can have regular contact with her copper companion she has created a shrine to Libby in her home, with hundreds of miniature statues, and a 6ft replica in her bedroom.

In recent years a number of people suffering with objectum sexuality have hit the headlines with their own unusual relationships.

Erika Eiffel, an object-sexual, married Paris's Eiffel Tower in 2007 while Eklöf Berliner-Mauer is believed to be the first person to go public with the condition, when she announced her love for a Swedish red fence. - dailymail


Daughter Kept Dad's Body On Ice To Collect Social Security

A Louisiana woman apparently kept her father's severed body in an ice chest at her apartment for at least two years as she collected his Social Security check, police said.

At some point, she cut off his hands so that identifying him would be difficult, authorities said, but she never dumped his body as she had planned. The woman and her roommate recently went to police to tell their story after deputies came to the apartment when they wouldn't let maintenance workers inside the home.

"We all go through life and think some things are stranger than fiction," St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Jack Strain Jr. said Wednesday. "And this fits that description."

The woman has not been identified but she told police she is the man's daughter. Police think the 83-year-old man, who also has not been identified, died of natural causes. The coroner is working to verify that part of the women's story.

Instead of reporting the death, the woman left his body on a bed at the apartment in Slidell, a suburb about 30 miles east of New Orleans. As it began to decompose, the woman told police she amputated the hands and placed them in a box in her freezer. She moved the rest of the body to a 160-quart ice chest, where much of it began to turn into liquid.

The man was apparently bed-ridden and rarely seen by neighbors, Strain said, making it easy to conceal his death.

Deputies were asked to check on the apartment after workers trying to fix the air conditioning were rebuffed, Strain said.

"We believe that was probably the first step for making the people living in the apartment concerned about the body they had in the ice chest," Strain said.

The apartment conditions were deplorable, with stifling heat and "beyond what human beings should live in," the sheriff said.

The Social Security check was believed to be the woman's only income, Strain said. She told police she intended to eventually dump the body.

"Time just got away from them and a couple of years went by," Strain said.

No charges have been filed. The woman was taken for a mental evaluation and her roommate checked out and released.

Investigators are waiting on a coroner's report before deciding what to do next.

"Then we'll see if this is a horrible crime or is it a devastating tragedy where that woman felt that was the only course available," Strain said. - THP


Video: Women sees Bigfoot...goes ape shit! the point where she screams and almost drops the camera.

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Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Native Hominid Lore

I would like to offer a few narratives referencing cryptid hominids from the native people's point of view:

Apache Tribe Reveals Encounters With Bigfoot

Footprints in the mud. Tufts of hair on a fence. Ear-piercing screeches in the night. These are only fragments of the stories now coming from the White Mountains in Eastern Arizona.

For years the White Mountain Apache Nation has kept the secret within tribal boundaries. “We’re not prone to easily talk to outsiders,” said spokeswoman Collette Altaha. “But there have been more sightings than ever before. It cannot be ignored any longer.”

It is a creature the world knows as “Bigfoot”.

“No one’s had a negative encounter with it,” said Marjorie Grimes, who lives in Whitewater, the primary town on the reservation. Grimes is one of many who claim to have seen the creature over the last 25 years. Her first sighting was in 1982. Her most recent was in the summer of 2004, driving home from the town of Cibecue. She becomes more animated as the memory comes forth. “It was all black and it was tall! The way it walked; it was taking big strides. I put on the brakes and raced back and looked between the two trees where it was, and it was gone!”

Grimes’ son Francis has a story. Their neighbor Cecil Hendricks has a story. Even police officers have had strange encounters. Officer Katherine Montoya has seen it twice. On a recent night dozens of people called into the tribe’s radio station to talk about what they’d seen. Others came in person.

Oh-Mah - The 'Boss of the Woods'

I received the following email on November 5th, 2008:

My question to you is 'have I seen something unusual?'

In August of 2006, I was working in Northern California and was interested in finding bigfoot prints. I have a friend who is a member of the Hoopa First Nation. I contacted him and then spoke to an elder. I was taken to an area where some footprints had just been found. Being skeptical, I took my right boot off and stepped down next to the foot print. I am 7' 1" tall and weigh 395 pounds and wear a size 17 street shoe or a size 19 boot (as boot sizes are often mislabelled). I am of Scot and Lakota Sioux lineage and speak a number of First Nation languages.

After putting on my boots, we heard a screaming howl. My friends started saying Oh-mah was coming and we had to leave. My friend Dave told his elder about what I had done and we went back to the site three hours later. There were numerous large footprints surrounding mine and what I believe to be a large finger hole in the middle of my footprint.

I was contacted a couple of weeks later and invited back to the reservation as they normally lose a good portion of their apple crop to Oh-mah but in 2006 they didn't lose anything. They wanted to know if I could come back every year and walk around barefoot to intimidate Oh-mah and if I have any big friends my size.

Oh-mah either saw me with the much shorter native indians and thought I was another Oh-mah or recognized the footprint as a threat. The elder thought Oh-mah didn't want a confrontation with something almost as big as he and left the area.

The Oh-mah footprint was the same length as mine but an inch and half wider at the ball and 3/4 of an inch wider at the heel. The depth of the print was the same.

I have spoken with some so-called experts from the BFRO and from the Bigfoot Discovery Project and got laughed at but then they wanted me to come with them and speak to the bigfoot via bull horn in either native language. I rather not be used by someone who is too narrow minded for me to speak to the kononpaiochis (literally the people of the north who don't comb their hair -- bigfoot).

Sincerely yours,

Don Talks With Owl Campbell

Note: I have been told that the native tribes in this area (Hupa and Yurok) both use the name 'Omah' or 'Oh-mah' translated as 'boss of the woods'.

Giant Cannibalistic Man

The Algonquin on the western shores of Lake Champlain told of seeing the windigo or "giant cannibalistic man" who, according to legend, roamed the countryside. One modern-day Native American account of the windigo describes it as "a giant thing, swift"¦ and covered with hair, and has eyes like two pools of blood. And there's this smell, like rotting meat." This description is similar to Bigfoot reports today.

The Iroquois have a similar oral history of flesh-eating stone giants who possessed powerful physiques.

Across the border in Quebec, the Algonquin-speaking Attikamekw called these creatures Kokotshe.

In his ship's log chronicling his voyage of discovery on the St. Lawrence River 1604, Champlain wrote how numerous Indian tribes in the region had told eerie stories of a giant, hairy man-beast that was known to the natives as "the Gougou." Champlain wrote that so many of the tribes recounted such stories that he believed there must be some truth to the tales.

"And what makes me believe what they say, is the fact that all the savages in general fear it, and tell such strange stories of it."

In northern Vermont, Abenaki traditions tell of a huge, hairy, man-like creature known as the Forest Wanderer who would leave giant, human-like footprints behind. In the 18th and early 19th centuries, many early Vermont settlers in Essex and Orleans counties told of encountering a mysterious bear that moved swiftly through the woods on two legs, always managing to elude capture.

In the forests of Northern Wisconsin, Michigan and East Central Canada, between about 42 to 48 degrees of latitude, there have been a resurgence of reports of a large, bipedal carnivore, within the past several years. There is a notable resemblance in the descriptions to a being in the lore of native tribes: the Windigo, a tall, ferocious creature with a wolf-like head on the body of a man or bear. It also fits the descriptions from European legends of the werewolf.

The cryptic creature is reported to have unique characteristics that differ from the appearance of a Sasquatch or Bigfoot. Generally smaller and less stocky than a Sasquatch, it is said to be closer to the height of an average man, and the arms and legs are similar in proportion to the human. The hands or fore-paws are said to have long curving, sharp claws. The feet, judged by footprints, are said to be elongated somewhat like the human, but the toes are shorter and configured more like a canine. But the most striking feature, according to the accounts, is the elongated muzzle with large protruding canines and pointed incisors.

Accounts of sightings of the creature are often in conjunction with a fresh kill, usually a deer. Its demeanor is hostile and aggressive, according to reports. The non-human expression is said to be malevolent, and the glaring eyes and snarling grimace are said to provoke a deep sense of dread.

Chickasaw People and the Lofa

One day a number of men went hunting and camped a considerable distance from home. Afterward they scattered to see what they could find but remained within call of one another, having made an agreement that if anything happened to one of them he should shout for help. But one of them ventured farther than he was aware and got a long distance off. Presently he got tired and sat down to rest, but while he was there a lofa (means “skinner.” The being was thought to have long hair like an animal) came up and said: “What are you doing here? You are intruding upon my land and had better get up and return to your own place.”

But the Indian believed himself to be strong enough for any situation, so he sat still without speaking.

Presently the lofa ordered him off again and added, “If you do not get up and go away I will tie you up and carry you to my place.”

“You may do so if you can,” the man replied, and upon this the lofa seized him.

At first it seemed as if the man were the stronger of the two and he was able to throw the lofa down, but the latter smelled so bad that it was too much for his antagonist, and the lofa overcame him, hung him up in a tree and went away.

The man hung there all night, and when he did not make his appearance at camp the other hunters began a search for him and, when they found him, cut the grapevine by which he was fastened so that he fell to the ground. They asked him what had treated him in this manner but he would not speak and they thought he might have seen a ghost or something of that sort.

Some time later, however, he came to himself and related what had happened. Afterwards, thought he was very fond of hunting and knew that he would be successful, he would not venture out unless someone were with him.

Other Stories

Bigfoot sighting stories are no surprise to the Native American tribes living in the Sierra. To them Bigfoot was just like the bear, mountain lions, wolves and coyotes. Ron Goode of the North Fork band of Mono Indians states, "We have an understanding that Bigfoot was here, is here. That he once he existed. The Mono's have two names for him. One that was in the mountains, Kooseekoosnow, and then one for the foothills is Kakownow, Kakownah." Goode says he hasn't seen a Bigfoot, but thinks he smelled one. "It had kind of followed me along and really scared the heck out of me because I was running for a little bit and I could smell this thing and it smelled terrible."

I once received a telephone call from a woman in British Columbia who said she was the daughter of a Kootenai shaman. She stated that most Native tribes seem to believe Sasquatch is a non-physical creature. Some tribal elders mention that they have seen the creature shapeshift into a wolf. She said her father thought that the creatures lived in another dimension from our physical plane, but can come here as it wishes. He also believed that Sasquatch has great psychic abilities and that the creature can be visible to some people, while at the same time remain invisible to others in the same group.

Sasquatch: Webster's Timeline History, 1899 - 2007

The Collector: David Douglas and the Natural History of the Northwest

Just the Facts?: Bear City, CA / Muscle Shoals, AL UFOs -- World's Largest Albino Family

Big Bear City, California UFO Sighting

Case Number 36298
Log Number US-03072012-0003
Date Submitted 03/07/2012 02:06 UTC
Date of the Event 03/01/2012 09:30 UTC
Source MUFON
Disposition Unresolved
Summary going up mountain took 12 pics 1 showed alien in ship
Tags ufo photo

Sighting Location

City Big Bear City
Region California
Country United States
Latitude 34.2505709
Longitude -116.8029174
Location Resolution Geometric Center

Sighting Specifics

Viewing Distance Unknown
Sighting Duration Undisclosed
Object Features Patterned Surface, Unknown
Object Flight Path Stationary
Object Shape Circle, Fireball, Star-like
Weather Factors Unknown

Sighting Details

took 12 pics at nite saw what looked to be a star very brite but it was to low.i asked my girlfriend what she thought it could be she did not no so i asked her to pull over i always carry my camera with me so she pulled over and i took the pictures we talked about it all the way home when i got home i put the chip in my computor and i have microsoft picture it premium 9 so i tried to focus in on each photo and one photo 2689 i zoomed in on and if you look closely you could see a alien or what ever it is sitting in a chair with its arm up in the air the ufo looked to be green red and white its been in big bear now for 5 days at nite when you see it at nite it is very bright.would like to no if what i saw is real darren


Scary UFO Encounter in Alabama

Muscle Shoals, Alabama - 1/2/12 - unedited: Just came on duty, [profession and place of business removed/CMS/dr]. still dark. Work gate by myself. plant is out in the country. eating some mcdonalds standing outside guard shack and noticed off in the distance over a stretch of pasture what looked at first to be a helicopter slowly traversing field. about a mile away or less. watched it for a min or two as it came closer to plant. realized that I did not hear any rotor noise. looked closer as it came toward new construction( new smelter building) it disappeared behind building for a min then came right over the top and it was then I realized that I had no Idea what it was. took out my cell phone and tried to get camera on, my hands where shaking pretty bad. got it on looked up and it was almost directly over me at I would guess about fifty feet. I took a couple of shots as it began to ascend. it got up pretty high Im not sure maybe a thousand feet and then it just vanished. after the fact I remembered that it did not make noise but it did vibrate my chest and head. very strange feeling and hard to explain. it had three distinct lights on the underside that changed in intensity as it took off... very blue and slightly violet. no heat. the top side was very dark and I could not see any detail. not a saucer sape but a circle cut in half. flat side down. no lights on top. My air force buddy tried to tell me its one of ours but he is wrong. I am familiar with most aircraft and this was not one of ours. - MUFON CMS


Man dies after failed attempt at setting new 'buried alive' world record

A Sri Lankan man has died while trying to break an informal local record for the longest time spent being buried alive, police say. Janaka Basnayake, 24, allegedly buried himself with the help of family and friends in a trench sealed with wood and soil in the town of Kantale.

The government has urged the public not to attempt similar "high risk events". Mr Basnayake went underground on Saturday morning, and was pronounced dead the same afternoon, police say.

Doctors say that a post-mortem examination has not determined the cause of death and further medical investigations are being conducted. The trench in which Mr Basnayake was buried was 10ft (3m) deep.

His family say he was buried alive on two previous occasions - for two and a half hours and six hours respectively. It is unclear whether there is an official world record for the longest time buried alive.

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Titanic disaster blamed on freak Moon event

Although a collision with a vast tower of ice ultimately brought the passenger liner to its sticky end, it was a freak lunar event three months earlier that put the obstacle in its path, a new study claims.

An incredibly rare combination of astronomical factors including the closest approach of the moon to Earth in 1,400 years caused an unusually high tide in January 1912, researchers found.

This once-in-a-lifetime swell would have swept a vast field of icebergs from their normal resting place off the coast of Canada and caused them to drift further south.

It would have taken them almost exactly three months to reach the shipping lanes where the Titanic sank on April 14 at a cost of 1,500 lives, the scientists reported in Sky & Telescope magazine.

Prof Donald Olson of Texas State University, who led the study, said: “They went full speed into a region with icebergs, that’s really what sank the ship, but the lunar connection may explain how an unusually large number of icebergs got into the path of the Titanic.”

Unusually high tides known as spring tides are caused when the moon and sun line up in a way that means their gravitational pulls are enhanced.

On January 4, 1912 the Moon came closer to Earth than at any point in the previous 1,400 years, and reached its nearest point within just six minutes of a full moon.

This rare coincidence happened just a day after the Earth made its closest annual approach to the sun, and the freak combination of factors against overwhelming odds caused a record spring tide.

This would have been enough to dislodge huge numbers of icebergs from the shallow waters around Labrador and Newfoundland and sweep them into southward currents, leaving them just enough time to reach the Titanic’s path by April, the researchers said.

Prof Olson added: “We don’t claim to know exactly where the Titanic iceberg was in January 1912 – nobody can know that – but this is a plausible scenario intended to be scientifically reasonable.” - telegraph


World's largest albino family

A white-skinned Indian couple are set to enter the record books along with their offspring, after becoming the world's biggest albino family.

The ten members of the Pullan family, headed by Rosetauri, 50, and his wife Mani, 45, all have the extremely pale skin and near-white hair of albinos.

But despite years of prejudice and suffering the poor vision which is a side effect of the condition, the Pullans and their eight other family members are set to land a Guinness World Record.

The Pullan's sons Shankar, 24, Vijay, 25 and Ramkishan, 19, and daughters Renu, 23, Deepa, 21 and Pooja, 18, inherited their albinism, according to The Sun.

Renu married a man who also had albinism, Rosheh, 27, and the couple's son Dharamraj, 2, also inherited the condition from his parents.

The family live in a one-bedroom flat in Delhi, and say many fellow Indians find it hard to believe they were born and bred in the country.

Roseturai Pullan told The Sun: 'I've heard people call us 'angrez', which means 'English'.

'All we know is that we can't see properly, and we can't sit under the sun for long, but we live the best we can.

'People in Delhi are a little more open-minded, but many think we're foreigners.'

Albinism affects around one in 17,000 people.

Those with the condition do not produce enough melanin pigment, which gives colour to the skin, hair and eyes and protects the body from the sun's rays.

Albinos such as the Pullans often suffer from extreme short-sightedness and a severe sensitivity to light.

After marrying in 1983, Rosetauri and Mani moved from southern India to Delhi.

The couple say they have had a 'tough life' and often been treated as outsiders, but mother Mani says despite the family's setbacks she sees the condition as a 'gift from God'.

A spokesperson for Guinness World Records said they would be contacting the Pullans to verify the record of them being the world's biggest albino family.

It is thought the current record is held by a six-strong family who live in the U.S. and Canada. - dailymail

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Mysteries in the Tex-Mex UFO Corridor

The Laredo UFO crash site photograph (above) with the 'Tomato Man' depicted in the left frame and sketched in the image on the left

The Laredo, Texas UFO Crash is a case in which at least two U.S. military aircraft allegedly chased a 90-foot diameter silver disc-shaped UFO across Texas before watching the object crash approximately 30 miles south-southwest of Laredo, Texas on July 7, 1948. U.S. servicemen were reportedly dispatched from a nearby military base to cordon off the UFO crash site until a special U.S. retrieval team arrived to examine the wreckage and carry it away to a military base in San Antonio, Texas. Supposedly, the badly burned body of a non-human entity was recovered from the crash site.

Much has been written about the strange body found in the Laredo UFO crash remains. He has been derisively called "Tomato Man" by the usual detractors in such cases. The fact is, this body was reportedly photographed in the remains of the UFO that came down in the crash.

U.S. Secretary of State, General George C. Marshall, reportedly intervened directly with the Mexican Government and obtained permission for U.S. Army personnel to recover the remains of a U.S."Special Test Vehicle" that had gone out of control and crashed in Mexico. Col. John W. Bowen, USAF (Retired), then Provost Marshall at Cars-well AFB, was sent over to take immediate charge of cordoning off and controlling the area. The bulk of the residue was picked up on big Army Transporter Trucks and hauled to San Antonio Air Depot for study.

But before removal, a special photographer with a very high security clearance was flown down from White Sands Missile Test Genter in New Mexico in a light weight, special slow-flight photo-liaison airplane. As soon as a complete set of 8"x1O" prints were made, Commander Smith took than and left for Washington and the photo people never saw him again. The source of the two photos furnished claimed he had 40 negatives in all showing this crash scene.

Information was extracted from a series of letters from the original photographer to MARCEN, a fledgling UFO Journal. The following is from that report:

"What that team observed and photographed was an unearthly-shaped craft made up of earthly-looking debris. The basic structure looked as if it could have been built by earthly hands. Things were badly burned by the time the photographers got to the site, but they noticed a complete absence of any type of wiring, rubber, glass, plastics, wood, or paper products.

"Our source noticed what was some supportive structures, which were held together by what appeared to be conventional bolts but when "the mechanics attempted to unscrew them with wrenches, they would not turn at all. They had to be eventually chiseled off and the metal was very hard, The Army was using carbide and diamond drills and diamond saws for the final disassembly. There appeared to be two kinds of metal involved. The first and most abundant could not be cut by the oxy-acety-lene cutting torches brought in. The second immediately began burning when the cutting torches were used on it.

"The structural skin of the craft was apparently blown away in the explosion when the device crashed as the whole valley was littered with fragments of what appeared to be foil, very much like our cigarette packages, only much harder. You could not bend the material-Before anyone could leave the site, the MPs searched them and confiscated all fragments that had been collected.

"As best the source could ascertain, the craft was nearly perfectly circular and was about 90 feet in diameter and about 28 feet in thickness at the center and tapering off to about 5 feet thick at the perimeter.

"There appeared to be 5 or six levels in the center of the craft and they were told some sort of instrumentation and machinery were removed before they had arrived. No propulsion system or mechanism was apparent to the source.

"There was only one body, and it was badly burned at that, still in the structure. Our source photographed it in place in the structure as best he could with the intense heat from the still smouldering remains • and the burning hot sand. After they had taken photos of the entire scene and attempted to use multiple flash guns and a tripod to record the overall scene from a nearby hillside, The Air Force crash and rescue firemen on the scene dragged the body from the craft and put it on a nearby bank so they could photograph it away from the intense heat.

"During their briefing, before photographic work began, one of the team members asked what this was and where it came from. The commander told him not to ask. An Army Captain who assisted them said the little fellow we were photographing did not come from this Earth.

"They only saw and photographed one body but rumors were floating around the site that two or more creatures had been blown out of the vehicle and were captured and taken away injured severely but still alive. Our source said he had no confirmation of this aspect of the case.

"The body they photographed was 4' 6" long. Its head was extremely large for the body size by human proportions. The eyes were gone from the fire but the eyesockets were much larger than in humans and were almost wraparound as if to give 180 degree vision. There were no visible ears or nose but there were openings where ears and nostrils would have been in humans. There were no lips and the mouth was just a sort of slit with no teeth or tongue. There were two legs of normal proportions with short feet having no discernible toes. The two arms were longer than in humans and the hands had four claw-like fingers each with no apparent thumbs. The arms and legs appeared to have joints in approximately the same places as in humans.

"There were two Army doctors that arrived on the morning of July 8th and they made a superficial examination of the body. Cur source listened to them while taking photos of their work. There was no teeth or tongue in the mouth and no apparent duct connecting the mouth to any part of digestive system. There was no reproductive organs visible by human standards. The most remarkable thing he overheard was that no stratified (sic) muscle fibre was discovered in any of the extremities. The tissue, which was gray in color was extremely smooth and the doctors compared its consistency to the tissue of a human female breast. They said that the bone structure in the extremities too was more complicated than in humans and speculated that motion may have been accomplished through the supporting bones instead of muscles. The entire abdomen was encased by a rib-like structure all the way to the hips. The doctors were amazed that the right arm extremity had a metallic joint at the elbow, No external examinations were made at the site.

"The hands each had four digits, longer than human fingers,and they tapered to an almost claw-like appearance at the tip. There were no opposing digits like thumbs. There was no visible evidence of toes and the feet came to a blunt point. The body appeared to have been clothed in a metallic-like material, most of which had been burned away.

"The doctors said there was no evidence of hair growing on the head or other areas of the body as they found no immediate evidence of hair roots. The only fluid found in the apparent veins in the extremities was colorless with a slight green cast and a strong sulfurous odor.

"Our source noticed a strong sulfurous odor and an ozone smell when working around the burning structure.

In November 1979, MARCEN was able to obtain the negative from which a print was made. This original negative was then analyzed by Kodak and other photo laboratories. Eastman Kodak concluded that their analysis indicated a negative that had been processed at least thirty years previously. Their tests also showed no evidence of deliberate hoaxing, at least photographically, in making the negative.

In May 1980 the contact sent a second negative shewing the body it lay in vegetation on a slope. That one was also examined and and found to be equivalent to the first. Now there were two photos.

On August 22, 1980 the photos were released to the Associated Press in two areas and to newspapers and broadcast stations.

After the release, most of the reaction was that this was a hoax though other photo analysis concurred Kodak's previous conclusions. As well, MARCEN was looked upon as the party responsible for initiating the ruse.

The crash site is about 30 miles SSW of Laredo not far from the highway to Mexico City, and near where the Rio Sabinas joins the Rio Salado before they empty into the Rio Grande, in The Sierra Madre Oriental.

Texas Monthly magazine recently included the Laredo UFO Crash on a list of the eight most significant UFO cases in Texas history. Interestingly, this case is said to have occurred almost exactly one year after the more famous Roswell UFO Incident. Rumors about this case first began circulating in the 1950s, although details were not widely known until 1977. This case shares similarities with the Del Rio, Texas UFO Crash of 1955 and the Coyame UFO Incident of 1974, both of which reportedly also occurred along the Texas-Mexico border.

Authors Noe Torres & Ruben Uriarte visit a debris field 6 miles north of Coyame, Mexico, where a small plane slammed into the Chihuahuan Desert, scattering parts over a quarter of a mile. This debris field may be related to the 1974 mid-air crash of a UFO and a small airplane in the Coyame area.

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The Coyame UFO Incident was a reported mid-air collision between a UFO and a small airplane. Some conspiracy theorists believe the UFO was retrieved by a United States rapid response team assembled by military and intelligence agencies.

On the evening of 25th August 1974 the US Air Defense radar detected a UFO about to cross into American airspace coming up from the Golf of Mexico. The object was tracked at speeds of up to 2500 mph at an altitude of 75,000 feet. Continuing on this course the object would enter US airspace over Texas.

At first it was thought that the object may be a meteor. However while over Mexico the UFO leveled at 45,000 feet, descended to 20,000 feet, leveling for 5 minutes at each altitude. After tracking the object for about a minute the UFO slowed to 1900 mph and began to descend and turn at the same time. The descent was “stepped” and not curved as a meteor would have been. Also the speed of the object changed, a meteor would not have changed speed on descent, i.e. slowed.

On entering Mexican airspace about 40 miles south of Brownsville, Texas, the US continued to track the object until it disappeared from the radar screens close to the town of Coyame, in the state of Chihuahua.

Two military radar stations tracked the object while it made its descent. When the UFO disappeared from the radar it was assumed that it had just gone below the radars detection range. No one expected this to be a UFO crash landing. The object failed to return onto the radar screens.

Fifty two minutes after the UFO disappeared from radar the first indication that a civilian aircraft had come down in the same vicinity was noted via civilian radio communications. Both the civilian aircraft and UFO had been in the same airspace at the same time. The civilian aircraft had been on route from El Paso to Mexico City and could not have been the same object that was tracked across the Gulf of Mexico.

Early the following morning, after the UFO crash, the Mexican authorities started the search for the missing aircraft. At about 10.30 a.m. a report came over the radio that the wreckage of the plane had been found. At about the same time a further report was of made that a second aircraft was on the ground a couple of miles away from the first. This second aircraft was circular in shape, in one piece and only slightly damaged. A few minutes later a radio silence on all search activity was ordered by the Mexican military.

Radio intercepts were made by the CIA and by maybe two or three other US agencies, it is thought that the intercepts refered to a UFO crash landing rather than to the civilian aircraft going down. This has never been confirmed.

A recovery team that included three Huey helicopters and one Sea Stallion helicopter was assembled. Such was the speed by the US to assemble the team, it is believed this was not the first time such an incident had taken place.

The Mexican government refused requests from the US to allow the recovery team to cross the border to investigate the UFO crash and to assist in the recovery efforts. The Mexican authorities denied the UFO incident, they said they were "investigating a plane crash."

By 9.00 p.m. the following day the US recovery team had been assembled at Fort Bliss along with unmarked helicopters, all in a secured area ready to go to the UFO crash site.

Recognizance flights earlier that day revealed that the debris had been moved from both the UFO crash site and the aircraft's crash site. The UFO had been loaded onto a flatbed truck. The convoy was seen heading south.

The next day the US had to decide whether or not to send the recovery team in. Later recognizance flights revealed that the convoy had stopped in the desert. With no radio activity, unusual considering the circumstances, a lower altitude recognizance flight was ordered. Recognizance photos taken showed the convoy halted, with truck doors open and two bodies lying in the dirt near the trucks.

With this new turn of events the order was given to send in the recovery team. It took the four helicopters more than two hours to reach the convoy, what they found would make a lasting impression. When the team arrived at the scene they found that all of the Mexican team were dead. The majority of the bodies were still in the vehicles.

Members of the US team dressed in biochemical protection suits strapped the UFO onto a cable ready to be hoisted away by the Sea Stallion helicopter. They then proceeded to destroy with explosives, all of the convoys vehicles including the bodies and the remaining wreckage of the civilian aircraft. In under an hour the recovery team had recovered the UFO and “cleaned up” the scene.

On returning over the US border the UFO was transferred to a sealed lorry for transportation to Atlanta, Georgia. Other reports suggest the UFO was transferred to Wright-Patterson AF Base, or possibly an unnamed base. One possible destination may have been Area 51.

The UFO is said to have been a little over 16 feet in diameter and 5 feet high. Looking like two upside down saucers joined together. The disk was silver in color with no visible windows or doors. No means of propulsion could be identified. The craft had sustained some damage in the crash, a hole about a foot across, and a dent about 2 feet across. It is not clear if anything could be seen “inside the hole.”

What caused the deaths of the Mexican recovery team is not known. The US team seems prepared for this kind of incident. The one thing they did not do is transport the bodies of the Mexican team back to the US. This could have either been because they did not have the equipment with them to launch a full scale chemical recovery operation, or the order of the day was “to destroy all evidence”.

The Coyame UFO Incident first came to light in 1992, when an account of the case was mailed anonymously to a number of UFO researchers in the United States and Europe. After the report surfaced in 1992, the story of the Coyame UFO incident lay dormant until 2005, when producers of the cable television series UFO Files, shown on the History Channel, created a show based on the report. The show, called "Mexico's Roswell," was one of several episodes about UFO crashes similar to the 1947 Roswell UFO Incident.

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Retired U.S. Air Force Colonel Robert B. Willingham, a former fighter jet pilot says that he chased a UFO across West Texas and watched it crash along the Rio Grande River near Del Rio, Texas. Shortly after, he visited the crash site and saw a metallic object unlike any aircraft he had ever seen “sticking into the side of a hill.” Willingham, 82, a decorated World War II and Korean War veteran discloses his strange 1955 encounter in a book titled The Other Roswell: Ufo Crash On The Texas-Mexico Border written by UFO researchers Noe Torres and Ruben Uriarte.

“It’s one of the most amazing UFO stories I have ever heard,” said Uriarte, a 25-year veteran UFO investigator and director of the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) in Northern California. “Rarely do you have such a highly credible eyewitness to an event of this magnitude come forward with information that is guarded so closely by various intelligence agencies.”

Willingham, who lives near Wichita Falls, was one of America’s earliest jet aviators, during the time when the military was transitioning away from propeller-driven planes. It was also a time when UFO sightings had become commonplace throughout the United States, especially in and around top-secret military bases.

“He was flying as part of a group of F-86 fighter jets that were escorting a B-47 bomber across West Texas,” said Noe Torres, a lecturer, researcher, and member of the MUFON chapter in Texas. “It was a Cold War simulation designed to follow the route that bombers would take to reach Russia in the event of a nuclear war.”

A radio message warned Willingham and the others about a fast-moving UFO that was approaching Texas from the northwestern U.S. “Suddenly it came into their view, looking like an intensely bright light – like a bright star seen through a telescope,” Torres said. “It blazed across the sky past them, and everyone in all the planes saw it. But, because of the location of Willingham’s jet, he was in the best position to see what happened after the object flew by.”

Willingham estimated that the object was traveling at 2,000 miles per hour, and he saw it make a sudden 90-degree turn, without slowing down. As the UFO streaked toward the Texas-Mexico border, Willingham received permission to break from the formation and pursue the object in his F-86 fighter. Following the object’s vapor trail, Willingham followed it down to near Del Rio, Texas, where he saw it suddenly begin to wobble and descend rapidly.

As the pilot watched in stunned silence, the UFO plunged toward the Rio Grande River, plowing into the ground just south of Langtry, Texas and digging out a 300-yard long furrow before finally coming to rest alongside a sandy hill. Uriarte said, “Willingham had heard a lot of discussion about UFOs, and now suddenly, he had one down on the ground. As he flew over the awesome scene, he decided that he was going to switch planes and return there as quickly as possibly to look at the thing up close.”

The aviator returned to the scene of the crash a few hours later, according to Uriarte. “They landed the small plane right alongside the crashed UFO and noticed that a large number of Mexican soldiers had already taken control of the crash site. They had cordoned off the area and would not allow Willingham or Perkins to approach the main part of the wreckage. However, what they were able to see and look at was so amazing that it forever changed their lives.”

Before being forced to leave the area by the Mexican military, Willingham picked up a chunk of strange metal debris that was about the size of a man’s hand. He later tried to burn it, cut it, and otherwise deform it, but he was not able to. “It was a piece of something not of this world,” Uriarte said.

Torres and Uriarte are active members of the UFO research community with many years of experience investigating UFO cases in the Southwestern U.S. and Northern Mexico. Their research has appeared on the History Channel's UFO Hunters and UFO Files TV shows. Their first book, Mexico's Roswell: The Chihuahua Ufo Crash published in 2007, received wide critical acclaim and was the basis for a February 2008 episode of UFO Hunters, in which the authors appeared. The authors have appeared frequently on UFO-related TV and radio shows and have spoken at many conferences and events. Source: Phantoms and Monsters


UFO researchers Noe Torres and Ruben Uriarte

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