Date: January 7, 2000 Location: Busch Wildlife Area, Missouri, United States
Summary: Saw craft appear out of darkness when clouds of ionized gas, or corona effect, appeared at back end of craft. The blue corona lasted for about 3 or 4 seconds. Craft was moving slowly westward, at altitude of 500 to 1000 feet.
Date Reported: 12/11/2005
Sighting Time: Approx 9:00 pm
No. of Witnesses: 2
Duration: 3 to 4 seconds
Appearance / Description of Object(s):
Flat oval back end, flat bottom, sides curved away from the rear ( as if the craft were oval shaped toward the front, not triangular shape ). I could not discern the color of the craft, only the blueish corona cloud, or ionized gas looking cloud that covered the back end.
Size of Object(s):
Back end approx 60 to 100 feet across, 15 to 30 feet high. Did not see the entire length of the sides, but it appeared longer than the width.
Distance to Object(s) & Altitude:
Approx one half mile away or less. Estimated 500 to 1000 feet altitude.
Description of Area / Surroundings:
Rural area, west end of the Busch Wildlife Area. Scattered houses along the state highway that it was crossing as it headed west.
Full Description & Details:
I was driving south on Hwy DD approaching stop sign at Hwy D, on the west end of the Busch Wildlife Area. Just past the intersection ( estimated one half mile from me ) the craft appeared in the darkness when a blueish corona or ionized gas cloud appeared at the back end of the craft. The blue corona effect lasted for 3 to 4 seconds. During this time, the light from the corona illuminated the side of the craft forward from the rear, until the sides curved out of the line of the light source, soI was able to see the craft for some distance forward of the back end.
The back end was a flat oval shape, and the bottom appeared flat. I estimate that it was 60 to 100 feet across at the back. The craft was moving very slowly to the west, or to my right.
Two nights after my sighting ( the following Sunday ), there were TV news reports of the sightings in Illinois on the east side of St Louis the previous Wednesday. Proir to those tv reports, I was not aware of the Illinois sightings which occured two days before my sighting west of St Louis.
There were obvious differences between my sighting and the Illinois sightings. In Illinois they reported lights shining to the ground, like searchlights or running lights, which were not evident in my sighting. They reported a craft that was triangular in shape, whereas in my sighting the craft appeared to have sides that curved from the back to the front, as if the craft was shaped like a long oval with a flat back end. Although I could not see all the way to the front fo the craft.
Can sighting be explained as any conventional man-made or natural object?
It appeared to be a man made craft, but unlike any I have ever witnessed. It appeared to travel much too slow to be a winged craft. The blue corona effect at the back end is unsual for any plane I know about. I have worked in the aircraft industry, and I can't explain how the craft was getting lift.
Electrical Engineering Degree, Private Pilot's License, worked in military aircraft company. Well read on 'UFO' sightings, and have had two previous sightings of unidentified flying objects which I do not have an explanation for, and for that reason I do not form conclusions about what they were.
Views on UFOs, before and after sighting:
I am as open minded about the possibility of UFO's as anyone, but I honestly don't believe interstellar travel is as likely to explain these types of sightings as military advanced craft can be. I have no doubt that there are other civilizations out there in the cosmos, but the distances are in my mind far too enormous to travel in metal ships. However, we know from the past 60 years that the military produces advanced craft that are seen by people long before they are publically acknowledged by the military, for reasonable security reasons.
Reported Sighting? Yes
Reported To: MUFON
Location: New Melle, MO, USA
NOTE: There is at least one huge underground facility at this location - Video - Underground as well as 90+ bunkers spread throughout the Busch Wildlife Area. There are other underground facilities in the Ozarks and throughout Missouri. Taking this in account...is it possible that these facilities are related to the higher than average UFO sightings in Missouri? Lon
In April 1944, a German submarine prowling the waters off Nantucket torpedoed an American tanker caught straggling behind its convoy. The U-boat took cover beneath the sinking ship to avoid detection, but the flagship USS Joyce closed in and delivered a punishing depth charge attack that forced the damaged vessel to the surface.
Under fierce attack, U-550 sank stern first. There it lay, its final resting place an enduring mystery for nearly 70 years.
But earlier this week, after years of research and days of painstaking searches of the ocean floor, a crew discovered the elusive craft about 70 miles south of Nantucket. Crew members said the submarine was among the last undiscovered German warships along the Eastern Seaboard, where it once attacked merchant ships and forced blackouts in coastal cities.
“They’ve looked for it for over 20 years,” said Joe Mazraani, a shipwreck diver from New Jersey. “It’s another World War II mystery solved.”
The seven-person crew announced the finding Friday and said they would return to document the wreck site.
Over two voyages, the crew searched 100 square miles of ocean, using sonar to survey the ocean depths. Traveling at 5 knots, the ship scanned the vast expanse for signs of the sunken vessel, a tedious process crew members likened to “mowing the lawn.”
Just when it looked as if the search would end in vain, the downed ship came into view. A second scan confirmed the finding, setting off a wild celebration at sea.
“It was jubilation,” Mazraani said. “We were jumping up and down, giving each other high-fives. It was awesome.”
Mazraani dove down to confirm the discovery with pictures. Sonar images provided by the crew show the 250-foot submarine sitting upright and tilted to the starboard side. The images and the general location match that of the sunken German ship.
“She’s totally intact, amazingly,” said Garry Kozak, a specialist in undersea searches who works for a Wareham firm that designs sonar imaging systems.
With only a general idea of where the submarine went down that April day, the crew had to sweep a vast area, making the eventual discovery that much more satisfying.
“The gods were with us,” Kosak said. “It’s fantastic when it pops up on the screen and you know you’ve solved the mystery.”
The crew would not divulge the exact location of the wreck or the depths involved, so that others would not disturb the site. But they said the wreck can be reached by expert divers.
Embarking from the tip of Long Island, the crew traveled for half a day before beginning their search. They had studied naval records in search of clues to the submarine’s whereabouts, but could only narrow the location so much. That, coupled with unpredictable weather conditions, posed a steep challenge.
“The area is very large because of the uncertainty,” Kosak said. “And clearly just getting there is an ordeal.”
Because the submarine had eluded discovery for so long, crew members were beginning to doubt it could be found. As the hours passed, hope dwindled.
“It was really nerve-racking,” Mazraani said. “We were down to our last hour.”
The group began searching the area last summer after several years of planning and research.
After the submarine was forced to surface, the Germans began firing their deck guns, according to a Coast Guard history. Three US ships returned fire and one rammed into it. There were 44 casualties and 12 survivors.
The prisoners of war, and the survivors of the American tanker, were taken to Great Britain.
The crew plans to notify families of those involved in the battle, including the German casualties.
“It’s their final resting place,” Mazraani said. “There’s a certain reverence to it.” - bostonglobe
UFOs believable to many despite unidentified proof
A metallic flying aircraft with a disk-shaped body, surrounded by an eerie glowing light moves so quickly across the night sky that if you blink, you just might miss it. Unidentified flying objects have played an iconic part in popular culture since the 1950s, especially in science fiction, and have become synonymous with the idea of extraterrestrial life.
According to a 2012 National Geographic survey, about 36 percent of Americans believe that UFOs are real and 11 percent claim to have seen one themselves. If one hasn’t seen a UFO, 20 percent of Americans know someone who has allegedly seen one in their lifetime.
One of the earliest and most notable works to include this idea is The War of the Worlds, written by H.G. Wells in 1898. Its later 1938 radio broadcast by Orson Welles led to a widespread panic by listeners, some who truly believed that the events were real and that Earth was being invaded by aliens. Years later, some are still skeptical about whether or not aliens exist, while others believe it wholeheartedly.
The term “flying saucer” was first coined in the late 1940s when a chain of nine UFOs was seen flying across the sky by a pilot named Kenneth Arnold. Reaching nationwide coverage, this became the first post-war UFO sighting in the United States, leading to numerous more within the ensuing weeks.
Joshua Colwell, a professor at UCF’s physics department, has studied planetary sciences and astronomy for years. He finds the topic fascinating but says there is a big difference between the existence of UFOs and extraterrestrial life.
“I believe that [it’s] very likely that there is life elsewhere in the universe,” he said. “However, I do not believe that there is any evidence to support a claim that any of that life has ever come to this planet.”
Without having any direct evidence to support the claim that there have been signals sent from alien intelligence or that other life forms exist, it is difficult to say for sure if people from Earth are alone or not. One of the simplest reasons that Colwell believes that society accepts the idea of life elsewhere is because of the extent of life here on Earth.
“The life on our planet seems to be remarkably robust and exists in virtually every habitat that there is on the planet,” Colwell said. “So even in the most extreme conditions, on our own planet, we find some form of life. It ranges from the most dry and cold regions of the Antarctic to the deep sea, the bottom of the ocean.”
Lorelei Metcalf, a 2010 UCF alumna, has never seen a UFO but she doesn’t necessarily believe that people on Earth are alone.
“I believe they could exist; there could be [life on other planets],” she said. “I guess I’m open to the possibility of it because, I mean, humans exist, so there are strange things that could happen, absolutely. I’m sure it’s not anywhere nearby in our galaxy or anything. But I don’t know what’s out beyond there, so I’m open to it.”
Although UFOs are exciting to spot, a majority of the time these so-called alien spacecrafts can be mistaken for not-so-exceptional, everyday things. According to LifesLittleMysteries.com, airplanes, missile tests and strange cloud formations have been confused with flying saucers, but the most famous and most contemplated of them all are military experiments, more specifically, the Roswell UFO incident.
Colwell has not seen any evidence to support those claims and does not believe that there was any alien involvement in the incident. He said that the average person associates the title of UFO with extraterrestrial beings, not an object that is typically seen on Earth. Although the literal meaning is an unidentified flying object, society will sometimes allow their minds to believe in the unbelievable, he says.
Angie Berry, a UCF accounting junior, believes that there is something out there, but she’s not ready to jump to conclusions just yet. While she says that it is a big possibility that there are other life forms in the universe, she also knows that they are going to be different from what is presented in movies.
“I think they’re going to look a lot like us,” Berry said. “I don’t think they’re going to look like what they portray on TV, like they’re going to look weird and stuff like that.”
The UFO debate is still present today, with both sides eager to prove the other wrong, but without the proper evidence to support any claims, the uncertainty still lingers. If there is one thing that we can agree on, it is the fact that our imagination is our only limit, Colwell said.
A mystery force field that blocks wireless car keys from working has Yonkers Avenue business owners, residents and even the police commissioner stumped.
Yonkers Police Commissioner Charles Gardner visited the area near Yonkers and Page avenues on Tuesday after reports surfaced that drivers were unable to unlock or start cars with their wireless key fobs because of some kind of radio interference. Gardner left as baffled as anyone else, but ordered the department to begin an investigation and notify the FCC and utility companies, police said.
Drivers were left wondering what renders their keyless remotes useless on the block. Many have been left stranded, but when their cars were pushed or towed a few blocks away from the mystery zone, the remotes suddenly work again. The zone stretches approximately from Yonkers Avenue and Orient Street to just past the intersection of Yonkers and Page avenues.
Jane Holden became the latest victim of the dead zone Tuesday afternoon when she tried to lock her doors with the remote. Holden, who lives on the opposite side of the city, pushed the remote repeatedly but to no avail.
“It’s frustrating,” Holden said. “I was about to go buy a new battery. I’ve never had this problem before.”
Eric Marden, manager at Marden Hardware, said that is the common reaction from drivers. The store sold dozens of batteries for the remotes in the past six months before employees suspected something was going on. Now, the hardware store refuses to sell the batteries to stranded motorists.
“We could have sold hundreds more,” Marden said. “We had to tell people every day ‘you don’t need a new battery.’”
Marden said the hardware store suspected the problem was caused by interference from a utility pole in front of the store. But a radio frequency expert hired by the owner of the utility pole determined the source was coming from across the street.
Vic Joseph, a clerk at Yonkers Mini Mart and Deli, said the problem needs to be fixed soon because the deli has lost some customers who had to have their cars towed away.
“It’s a bother because some people say they will not come back to the store,” he said. “It’s not good to have this.”
Though uncommon, these events are not unheard of. In 2004, The Washington Post reported similar problems in Waldorf, Md., after residents were left by the roadside when their remote starters wouldn’t work. That same year, residents in Las Vegas, Nev., reported similar problems that were later determined to be caused by a faulty radio signal repeater, according to the Las Vegas Sun.
Three years earlier, thousands of drivers in Bremerton, Wash., were left without access to their cars, according to multiple reports.
In the past, however, faulty keyless remotes may have been simply an annoyance, as drivers used their standard keys to unlock the doors and start the engine. But today, more and more cars depend on the keyless starts.
An Edmunds report shows the number of car models offering keyless start has grown from 40 in 2006 to 163 last year, more than half of all new cars and trucks sold in the United States, the site reports.
Those car owners might want to think twice about driving to Yonkers, though. - dailyvoice
Girl Raised by Cows Found in Urals
Social workers in Russia's Urals have taken into their care a five-year-old girl who spent most of her life in a cowshed and had cigarette butts for toys, media said on Thursday.
The girl’s mother and stepfather, both farmers in Perm region, did not take her to kindergarten and forced her to stay with the farm animals to keep her off their hands, Uralinform.ru said.
The girl was also frequently locked in a cupboard when she got in the way of her alcoholic parents, Moskovsky Komsomolets said. The father also frequently beat her up, the report said.
The girl cannot speak or eat with knife or fork, Uralinform.ru said. Instead, she grunts and drinks milk straight from the pot.
A case was opened into the incident. The girl was sent to a rehabilitation center, but may never fully recover after years of neglect, Moskovsky Komsomolets said.
The girl is not the only neglected child in the area: last winter, social services took away from local parents a seven-month-old infant who had to live in an unheated house on a diet of chips and pickles he would steal from the parents’ table. - rian
FOIA Request to CIA re: Its Knowledge of the Roswell Incident
TO: Ms. Michele Meeks
U. S. Central Intelligence Agency
Washington, DC 20505
FROM: Larry W. Bryant
8415 Orcutt Avenue
Newport News, VA 23605-1415
DATE: July 26, 2012
1. Reference: My classified advertisement posted at http://www.classifiedads.com/community-ad17365818.htm, the text of which is printed below.
2. This freedom-of-information request seeks a photocopy of all your agency's records comprising the content of the CIA files box, labeled "Roswell," as witnessed by former CIA executive Charles "Chase" Brandon during one of his official visits to a vaulted area of the Agency -- an area that, he says, houses the Agency's "historical intelligence collection." If the sought-for records have been destroyed or transferred to another agency's custody, please send me a photocopy of all CIA records documenting that disposition.
3. Please note that this FOIA request serves not as a generic UFO-info request but as an investigatory probe into the extraterrestrial nature of the retrieved Roswell materiel and into the aftermath of the incident's official analysis, exploitation, and subsequent cover-up.
4. I submit this request as a representative of the news media (principally as a columnist for the newsstand periodical UFO Magazine) -- a requester status that affords me preferential waiver of all records-search/review fees incident to your fulfillment of this request.
5. By USPS mail, I'm sending to you a signed printout of this e-formatted letter.
LARRY W. BRYANT
Columnist for UFO Magazine
Copies furnished to:
Editor, UFO Magazine
Chair, U. S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence
The cat - described as the size of a Labrador dog - was spotted on Steel Brow, Arlecdon, near Whitehaven, at 7.30am last Monday.
The witness - who has asked that his name is withheld - has an interest in wildlife but said: "It was very unusual. I have not seen anything like it wild in the British Isles."
He said: "I was driving to work from Arlecdon to Whitehaven and got to the bottom of the hill, over the bridge and was about a quarter of the way up. The animal came out of the hedge and onto the road.
"At first I thought it was a small roe deer as I have seen these several times on the same journey.
"I became suspicious as it was too low to the ground to be a deer and had cat-like features."
He said it was light brown in colour, had a long and thick tail and, after making its way across the road, went through an open gate on the right hand side.
Ian Topham, of the Mysterious Britain and Ireland website, said he had received no other reports. The last big cat stories were in January this year when large prints were spotted in the snow at Borough Park, Workington.
Bit cat sightings have been reported all over the UK and there are many photos and film clips. But they remain elusive and unidentified. There are, however, wild cats in Scotland. - timesandstar
One of the most primitive snake fossils ever found hints that the slithery reptiles might have originated on land, not in the sea as has been proposed.
The animal, which lived at the same time as the dinosaurs, probably emerged from a line of burrowing reptiles that lost their legs.
Where and how snakes diverged from their legged cousins the lizards has been a mystery.
Details of the find appear in the journal Nature.
The debate over snake origins has been complicated by the scarcity of transitional fossils (those with features in between two groups of creatures).
But new fossils from eastern Wyoming, US, belonging to the ancient snake Coniophis precedens - which lived some 65-70 million years ago - could help clear up the mystery.
According to the analysis by Nicholas Longrich from Yale University and colleagues, Coniophis lived in a floodplain environment and "lacks adaptations for aquatic locomotion".
They describe it as a "transitional snake, combining a snake-like body and a lizard-like head".
"This thing quite probably would have had small legs," Dr Longrich told the AFP news agency.
The ancient reptile's small size, along with physical features of its spine, suggest that it burrowed. And analysis of its jaws show that it fed on relatively large, soft-bodied prey.
But it did not have the flexible jaws that allow modern-day snakes to swallow prey many times their own body size.
"The genesis of the Serpentes (the biological name that defines what we understand as snakes) that began with the evolution of a novel means of locomotion, followed by adaptations facilitating the ingestion of ever larger prey, thereby enabling snakes to exploit a wider range of ecological niches," the researchers write in Nature journal. - BBC
A large log dug up in Cambodia has drawn thousands of visitors who believe it has healing powers and can predict winning lottery numbers.
Some 4,000 to 5,000 people have already been to see the 13-metre-long log (42 feet) that was discovered earlier this month when a family excavated a pond in western Pursat province, Prey Yeang village chief Hun Nov said. "They believe the log has magical powers," he said, adding that visitors were coming loaded with offerings such as pig heads and boiled whole chickens after some locals who touched the wood won money in the lottery.
"At least one hundred people a day visit the log to ask for lottery numbers and to cure their illnesses," he said. "They believe in superstition." Cambodians are highly superstitious, particularly in the countryside where people continue to merge animist practices with Buddhism.
Hun Nov said some believers rubbed talcum powder onto the wood, hoping to see lucky lottery numbers, and others drank water from the pond and smeared nearby mud onto their bodies in a bid to cure their ailments. While the village chief himself is not convinced of the log's powers, "We, the authorities, have no right to stop them," he said. - telegraph
It's been said there's no such thing as bad publicity, but when the stars of your own show give it a thumbs-down, that might be the exception.
The National Geographic Channel premiered "Chasing UFOs," an eight-episode reality TV show last month, focusing on a trio of investigators traversing America in search of the truth of unexplained UFO reports, alleged alien abductions and reported military cover-ups.
On the heels of less-than-positive reviews and viewer comments, two of the show's stars -- James Fox and Ben McGee -- revealed their own dissatisfaction with "Chasing UFOs," complaining that the show had placed more emphasis on entertainment value than a serious look at the UFO subject.
Fox: "I know how disappointed all of you are. I am too. It's not the show that was sold to both myself and scientist Ben. Two months into it, we were off to a great start; good locations, solid witnesses and some opportunities for Ben to apply his field research as a geologist at some crash sites. Very exciting stuff. Unfortunately, when we actually got out in the field, we began to realize that they were more interested in poking around at night than allocating the time necessary during the day as, apparently (so we were told), Americans love watching others sneak around at night from the comfort of their couches. For the most part, it was gratuitous nighttime baloney. ... I promise I'll either quit or change my position within the show because at least I can make it all make some sense. The show does get a bit better further down the road, but not a lot. ... My credibility and reputation has, deservedly, taken a serious hit."
McGee: "When we were brought onboard, the project certainly had a much harder inclination than its final realization, and as a career scientist, I was excited that NatGeo was at the helm (unaware of their desire for a major shift in programming flavor). Our intentions were very sincere. ... James and I both had expectations and (for our own reasons) hopes of an ultimately serious product. We both saw the project heading in a different direction as time went on and were powerless to influence it. Injecting science into mainstream media is also problematic, and I am suffering heat in my own circles for the lack thereof on the show." - Continue reading at THP
When news spread around New York City this week about the discovery of a grisly-looking, bloated, unidentified animal under the Brooklyn Bridge, many wondered if the legendary Montauk Monster had returned to the New York area.
Various New York media outlets -- The Village Voice, Gothamist, Fox News -- and overseas media, including the U.K.'s Telegraph, that reported on this animal, raised questions of its similarity to another grotesque creature that washed ashore in Montauk, N.Y., in 2008.
Denise Ginley previously told the Huffington Post, "We found the dead creature lying on the strip of sand beside the East River, on the Manhattan side. ... It looked like the tide probably washed the carcass up there along with some driftwood." Continue reading at THP
Above: the 'original' Montauk Monster
...and subsequent 'Montauk Monsters'
Original article - translated - 7/25/12
Carcass found in New York: Leftover BBQ or mutant monster?
UNUSUAL - An unidentified animal was found Sunday on the banks of the East River of New York ...
The pigs have five clawed fingers, it does not exist, and that's a shame. It would have helped explain the presence of a mysterious animal found Sunday on the bank of the East River, near the New York neighborhood of Brooklyn.
Rather round, the size of a pig, the animal has floppy ears, a long thin tail, a mouth full of sharp teeth and skin slightly singed by fire, hairless. The carcass was found by a hiker Sunday, Denise Ginley, who has photographed from all angles, surprised by the appearance of the unidentified animal ( photos, posted on Flickr, are visible here ). Several U.S. media have seized on, and especially sites animalnewyork.com and the Daily Intel. In France, this is the blog of the World Big Browser who spotted the info .
Remember, the summer in Montauk ...
In addition to the appearance of the beast, it is the memory of another mysterious creature that has drawn attention to the carcass: the Montauk Monster, found during the summer of 2008 in a hamlet near New York . An animal partly calcined at physical strange that would, according to the most plausible theories , a raccoon who have spent some time in the water after it was half burned.
Concerning the animal Brooklyn, the thesis proposed by the authorities, contacted by animalnewyork.com, is that it is "a pig abandoned after a barbecue." But how, then, explain the five clawed fingers? Pigs have only four, including two larger on which they rely to walk, and they have no claws. The heat of the grill could have split hooves of a pig, but the transformation seems surprising - especially given the appearance of pig's feet to the French.
Given the size and appearance of the animal, it could also be a dog. That's what we think 20 Minutes, but Denise Ginley, who does not believe in the theory of the pig, looking rather on the giant rat. The mystery will be drilled at least not by looking more closely at the animal: it was recovered by authorities, who claim to be cleared. - 20minutes
NOTE: I've posted this as 'general information' only. Hundreds of bloated corpses of known animals wash up all over the NYC/NJ metro area each year (including humans)...Lon