Saturday, October 27, 2012

Still Getting Sorted Out....

Hi folks...my internet service is back, but I'm still sorting things out. No posts on Saturday, but will start back up on Sunday. Thanks for reading! Lon

Friday, October 26, 2012

Strange Howls / Grunts - Southeastern Cambria Co., PA


I received the following report from Ron Gallucci, who is a fellow member of the Pennsylvania Bigfoot Society:

Strange Howls and Grunts

Date: Tuesday Oct. 23rd and Wednesday Oct. 24th, 2012

Location: Southeastern Cambria County, PA

Time: No time given, late last night and early this morning

Here is the actual message I received from the homeowner:

Heard very strange noises last night in large wooded area behind house. At first I thought coyote with dogs answering but my dogs didn't alert. Then it got louder and was a mix of high pitch and lower vocalizations, almost like doe alerting but much louder. Heard again this morning, the doe snort sound. Dogs went nuts trying to go after it. Any sightings or reports in the area?

"I went up and looked around the area for about 1 1/2 hours this afternoon. At one point I spooked something on the hill above me. Heard loud crashing and something running but did not see anything. Most likely deer but was enough to get my heart racing. I attached photos of the area. The sounds were coming from down over the hill behind the shed on the edge of the property. The area was full of old coal boney piles and thick pines and very hilly. There were two interesting finds: 1 possible impression that measured 13 inches and some type of stick structure. (See photos)

The sighting location is only a 10 minute drive from my house. I gave the homeowner my cell phone number to contact me if they hear the sounds again so I can head back out to witness them myself. If so I will get them recorded. Until next time...."

Ron later noted "There have been sightings in this area in the past but not since the 80's and 90's. Maybe it supports the fact that they are creatures of habit and do migrate through the same areas. If I get a follow up I'll let you know. I may head out there tomorrow for a bit to look around again. Maybe come in the woods from the opposite side to see if I can find a travel route."






NOTE: The Pennsylvania Bigfoot Society has a list of Cambria County sightings and incidents. I'm fairly familiar with the area just north and east of the general location. In fact, I am aware of at least 2 incidents from 2009 in and around Glendale Lake (near Prince Galitzin State Park). Here is one of the incidents that was chronicled by the BFRO and other assorted incidents in Cambria County over the years. We don't want to get too specific with where this incident occurred. I do have to hand it to the membership of the PBS...they are all about research and protection. I'm proud to be a part of these committed folks...Lon

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Just the Facts?: The Apeman of the Amazon -- UFO at Stonehenge? -- Maya Demand End to Doomsday Myth




The Apeman of the Amazon

Could these pictures dated from the 1930s of a supposed apeman found in the jungles of Brazil be proof for the much sought after missing link?

His giant lips and furrowed brow and awkward monkey-like gait appear to be simian and the Dutch magazine Het Leven which published them in 1937 certainly seemed convinced, describing the pictures as those of a mystery apeman.

However, in spite of any excitement at the zoological and anthropological find of the past one hundred years, many online observers have cast a keen eye onto the pictures and found the tell-tale signs of prosthetic make-up on the face of the apparent monkey-man.

Rather than changing the perceptions of scientists across the world, it appears that the apeman's mouth and brow are stuck into place using rudimentary make-up.

Visible in one picture is the line of the prosthetic mouth which covers the chin up to the bridge of the nose.

And other observers have pointed out that the forehead will always be covered with hair in any make-up situation to blend in the prosthesis.

Another shrewd onlooker has pointed out that for a man recently found wild in the jungles of Brazil, he is remarkably well shaven and has a particularly neat, if unfashionable haircut.

Others online have made the sad claim that this apeman is most likely an unfortunate individual born with birth defects and exploited to wear the make-up and prosthetics to pose and pretend to be a newly discovered apeman.

Indeed, throughout the 20th century and into the 21st, reports of wild and mythic ape-like beasts living in remote and far-flung locations have fascinated readers across the world. Read further at Daily Mail

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UFO at Stonehenge?

9/26/2012 - unedited: I was at Stonehenge with a lot of other people for about 2 hours. It was peaceful even though crowds get me a little irritated. The sun was going in and out of the clouds all day. Right before I left I decided to take a picture with my phone to mark my location on the map. The following day as I looked closer I noticed this black oval object in the clouds. Could it be dirt? I took several pictures in a row and didn't notice any dirt or interference on those. To me it doesn't look like a plane or a helicopter as I only see an oval or circular object. The few people I showed said that it was a bird but it seems too far away to be that big.

Who knows what it is. But what I do know is that it is not something normal in my life. And that is what has peaked my beliefs into thinking something more. - MUFON CMS

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Top 10 Mobile Phone Insurance Claims

1. A farmer in Devon claimed his phone had disappeared inside the back end of one of his cows when he’d been using the torch on his iPhone whilst assisting the cow during calving. The phone later made an appearance, but was damaged.
2. A lady in her early 40s from Nottingham claimed that she’d baked her Nokia 6303i into a Victoria Sponge she’d been making for her daughter’s birthday. It didn’t endure the heat of gas mark 5.
3. A lady in her 30s claimed she’d been walking her Cocker Spaniel on Barry Island beach, Wales, when a seagull swooped down and took her Samsung Galaxy from her hand.
4. A woman in her late 20s from Bristol claimed the vibration function on her BlackBerry Bold 9900 phone had stopped working whilst she was using it as an adult toy.
5. A 40 year old construction worker said his iPhone 4S had fallen out of his back pocket when he pulled his jeans down before sitting on the toilet. Not realising, he went about his business and flushed the chain. The phone didn’t flush, but underwent serious water damage.
6. A man in his 30s claimed he’d been filming monkeys from the car window in Longleat Safari Park with his HTC One X when a monkey climbed on the roof and snatched it.
7. A couple re-enacting the "I'm King of the World!" scene from Titanic lost their phone over the side of their cruise ship, whilst trying to take a photo of themselves.
8. A pyrotechnician was setting up a show for the National Fireworks Championships in Plymouth, and having left his iPhone 3GS within the "blast zone", it was nowhere to be found when he returned post-show, having been fired 3,000 feet into the air before exploding in a stunning display.
9. A lady in her 20s from Liverpool admitted she’d thrown her HTC Desire X at her boyfriend, whom she’d discovered was cheating, but it missed him and hit a wall; breaking the handset.
10. Rather than paying £60 for a ticket to see Blur at their sell-out Hyde Park shows, one customer tried to film the event on his iPhone from up a nearby tree - he got a little too excited as the band came on stage though, and dropped his phone onto the ground below. - Telegraph

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Maya demand an end to doomsday myth

Guatemala's Mayan people accused the government and tour groups on Wednesday of perpetuating the myth that their calendar foresees the imminent end of the world for monetary gain.

"We are speaking out against deceit, lies and twisting of the truth, and turning us into folklore-for-profit. They are not telling the truth about time cycles," charged Felipe Gomez, leader of the Maya alliance Oxlaljuj Ajpop.

Several films and documentaries have promoted the idea that the ancient Mayan calendar predicts that doomsday is less than two months away, on December 21, 2012.

The Culture Ministry is hosting a massive event in Guatemala City—which as many as 90,000 people are expected to attend—just in case the world actually does end, while tour groups are promoting doomsday-themed getaways.

Maya leader Gomez urged the Tourism Institute to rethink the doomsday celebration, which he criticized as a "show" that was disrespectful to Mayan culture.

Experts say that for the Maya, all that ends in 2012 is one of their calendar cycles, not the world.

Gomez's group issued a statement saying that the new Maya time cycle simply "means there will be big changes on the personal, family and community level, so that there is harmony and balance between mankind and nature."

Oxlajuj Ajpop is holding events it considers sacred in five cities to mark the event and Gomez said the Culture Ministry would be wise to throw its support behind their real celebrations.

More than half of Guatemala's population of nearly 15 million are from indigenous groups of Mayan descent. The Mayan calendar has 18 months of 20 days each plus a sacred month, "Wayeb," of five days.

"B'aktun" is the larget unit in the time cycle system, and is about 400 years. The broader era spans 13 B'aktun, or about 5,200 years. The Mayan culture enjoyed a golden age between 250 AD and 900 AD. - Phys Org

The 2012 Story: The Myths, Fallacies, and Truth Behind the Most Intriguing Date in History

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Thursday, October 25, 2012

10 Million Dollar Prize: Prove Bigfoot Exists


Spike TV Teams with Lloyd's of London to Offer a Ten Million Dollar Prize to Prove Bigfoot Exists

The network has already begun casting contestants for "10 Million Dollar Bigfoot Bounty," a 10-episode competition series.

PRESS RELEASE

SPIKE TV TEAMS WITH LLOYD'S OF LONDON TO OFFER A TEN MILLION DOLLAR PRIZE TO PROVE BIGFOOT EXISTS

New Competitive Reality Show Features Various Teams of Explorers on a Quest to Answer the Question of Whether Bigfoot Truly Lives

New York, NY - October 25, 2012 - Spike TV is raising the stakes in the endless quest to discover the truth about the legendary creature known as Bigfoot, the seemingly mythical being that roams forests of the world, avoiding mankind. The network is announcing a new one-hour reality show, "10 Million Dollar Bigfoot Bounty," featuring ambitious teams of explorers on a brazen exhibition to unearth real evidence of Bigfoot's existence. The $10 million in cash, underwritten by Lloyd's of London, would be the largest cash prize in television history.

"10 Million Dollar Bigfoot Bounty" is produced by Charlie Corwin's Original Media ("Swamp People," "Ink Master") with Corwin, Michael Riley and Emmy(R) Award-winner Jon Kroll ("The Amazing Race," "Big Brother") as Executive Producers. Spike TV has ordered 10 one-hour episodes.

The network has already begun casting contestants for "10 Million Dollar Bigfoot Bounty," which will feature scientists, zoologists, seasoned trackers, and actual Bigfoot hunters who all believe in the infamous creature's existence. The teams will be faced with the daunting task of proving to a group of experts that Bigfoot, the hairy ape-like sasquatch, exists with the irrefutable evidence. The winner will be the first team to secure proof - and win the unprecedented $10 million bounty.

Each episode will follow the different teams as they ply their extensive research and presumed knowledge of the legendary creature, often battling nature's inhospitable conditions.

The series will be shot in various locations throughout the country.

Sharon Levy is Spike TV's Executive Vice President, Original Series, Tim Duffy is Senior Vice President of Original Series for Spike TV, and Chris Rantamaki and Justin Lacob serve as the network's Executives in Charge of Production.

Show updates will become available at bigfoot.spike.com.

About Spike TV:

Spike TV is available in 98.7 million homes and is a division of Viacom Media Networks. A unit of Viacom (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB), Viacom Media Networks is one of the world's leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms. Spike TV's Internet address is www.spike.com.

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NOTE: I can only imagine the list of 'Bigfoot Hunters' partaking in this venture. Rest assured...to the general public, it'll be another black mark on the serious people who are doing the serious work. Lon

Just the Facts?: I Remember the Alien -- Clark Kent Quits the Daily Planet -- Bigfoot Protected in New York?


I remember the alien

Land O Lakes, Minnesota - 7/3/1986 - unedited: This is extremely difficult for me to share... but it feels therapeutic nonetheless.
I was attending our family reunion at my uncle's cabin in north central Minnesota in the first week of July, 1986. I clearly remember the fireworks my dad and uncle had been letting off; this must have been over the Fourth. There were about 25 of us present, including my aunts, uncles, and cousins. It was the first night at the cabin and all the children were set up in tents outside. That night me, my two older brothers, and my cousin shared a four person tent about 150 feet away from the cabin.
I was nearly four years old at the time or possibly five, but my memory has not faded. Ive just recently become more fearful of it.
We were all sleeping, I guess it was around 3 am. I was sleeping on the far side of the tent. And for some reason I woke up in the middle of the night. I was lying flat on my back and I found myself looking directly into the eyes of something. It was standing on my left near my head and appeared to be studying me before I woke. The image of its face that I can still picture vividly in my head is similar to others drawings that Ive seen later in my adult life. Somewhat normal sized head, though large for its body. Couldnt have been more than four feet tall. grey/green wrinkly face. Very small nostril holes. The nose was almost flush with its face. The eyes... The frightening part about its eyes was the way that it was looking at me. Or maybe I misunderstood its reaction to my terror. It was wearing a collared uniform of sorts-- a trench coat that came down to the floor with seams on the front. He was important. It was dark fuchsia/purple in color and appeared to be a dull suede texture. The moonlight made his face and coat sort of glow. The suite had a tall collar. I got the feeling that this was a very important being of sorts. This all happened in a few seconds. I remember being terrified and immediately trying to scream but nothing happened. My brothers didnt wake. I just remember the very serious look that came over its face as if I did scream. His head tilted back like he was scorning me, or disappointed.
Then there is a break in my memory.
The next portion of my memory picks up shortly after. I remember being very cold and wet and beginning to wake again. This time I am on the ground in the weeds about fifteen feet from the tent. It took all of five seconds after waking on the ground before I remembered the face that I just saw looking down at me from inside the tent, and I let out a terrifying scream. I remember I screamed so violently that I woke my aunt who was sleeping in the cabin over 150 ft away. I saw her silhouette over the sink after she quickly flipped on the lights to investigate. I ran to the tent and my brother was still scrambling to unzip the door. I remember the sound of the zipper when finally opening it, and he reached his arms out and pulled me in. He was asking me what was wrong. I was scared, I was confused. He had me lie back down. As I lied there I told him what I had seen in the tent with us. He told me to just go back to sleep. I never told him that I also just woke up outside. That wasnt supposed to be the important part!
The next morning there were about ten other people who were talking and asking around if they knew who it was that was screaming at 3:30 in the morning. No one would say. My aunt chimed in and said she heard it too, and how she had quickly looked out the window and couldnt see who it was. This also frightened me because I thought it was apparent to everyone!!! I went and found my mom and whispered to her that it was me, that "I screamed last night."
She appeared worried and asked why.
"I saw an alien."
I remember the nervous pause before she whispered back "...dont say that to anyone, okay?"
"Okay, mom."

--Thanks for letting me share this. - MUFON CMS

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Clark Kent quits working for the Daily Planet

Superman is giving up his once-promising career in journalism.

Alter ego Clark Kent is resigning from the post of star reporter at the Daily Planet, the Metropolis newspaper where he has worked since the first Superman comics were published in the 1940s.

DC Comics, which publishes the Superman stories, says Kent will walk out in protest that hard news has given way to too many "soft" entertainment stories.

The move has been prompted by the Daily Planet's takeover by a conglomerate.

The publisher has hinted that the Man of Steel might even go the way of many journalists and become a blogger, in an effort to get his views across to a wider audience.

"Why am I the one sounding like a grizzled ink-stained wretch who believes news should be about, I don't know, news?" says a disillusioned Kent, according to a leaked panel from Wednesday's edition of the comic that appeared on the Newsarama.com website.

New Superman writer Scott Lobdell told USA Today newspaper: "This is really what happens when a 27-year-old guy is behind a desk and he has to take instruction from a larger conglomerate with concerns that aren't really his own." - BBC

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Bigfoot Protected Species? New York State Denies Putting Sasquatches On Protected Animals List

A Bigfoot enthusiast in Chautauqua Lake, N.Y., wants sasquatches to be safe from Empire State hunters.

Peter Wiemer of the Chautauqua Lake Bigfoot Expo declared in a press release that the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation put Bigfoot on the Protected Species list.

Wiemer's rationale? Because there is no designated hunting season for sasquatches, they are therefore a protected species.

"By not being listed in the hunting syllabus of NYS," Wiemer wrote in the release, "any non-listed species then becomes a Protected Species per my phone conversation with [DEC spokesperson] Mark Kandel."

In an email to The Huffington Post, Kandel denied that his department took any such action.

"New York State has taken no action with regard to listing or protecting Bigfoot," he said.

But sasquatches aren't without some legal protections, according to a previous email from Kandel to Wiemer which stated that, "there is no open season on Bigfoot and they may not be taken."

Though the state does not acknowledge the existence of Bigfoot, Kandel asserted, "we are confident that the current laws and regulations afford adequate protect for Bigfoot if one were to be found in New York."

Kandel went on to explain that Bigfoot believers are welcome to pursue sasquatches for "the purpose of documenting their existence," provided none are harmed.

This will likely come as welcome news to sasquatches, who are currently allowed to be gunned down without consequence in Texas. - THP

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Kids went to see 'Madagascar 3'...got 'Paranormal Activity 4' instead

There’s a school of thought that suggests that children can deal with horror stories better than grownups normally expect. That said, NewsFeed suspects that few movie theaters would intentionally put that theory to the test.

At the Cineworld movieplex in the British town of Nottingham, a theater full of families ready to watch the kid-friendly animated adventure Madagascar 3 were instead treated to a screening of the horror film Paranormal Activity 4.

Almost immediately, as many as 25 families rushed their kids out of the theater, but not before a gruesome opening sequence — in which a bloodied female corpse is thrown at the camera — was witnessed by children as young as five. “They started playing the movie and I thought – this doesn’t look right,” Natasha Lewis, mother of eight-year-old Dylan, told Yahoo UK. ”Everybody just scrambled for the exits, all you could hear were children crying and screaming. Everyone was very upset.”

A clearly mortified Cineworld immediately tried to make amends. “All customers who were affected by the incident were offered refunds and complimentary tickets,” a spokesperson said. “We also invited customers to watch the screening of Madagascar 3 half an hour later.”

The Cineworld representative blamed the incident on “a technical error with the projector,” and promised to look into the issue. “We take matters such as this very seriously and are currently working with technicians to ensure this does not happen again.” - Time

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Strange Encounters in the Heartland


In July 2009, I received the following anecdote from a reader. At the time, he was asking that witnesses of this phenomena to come forward. I received a few inquiries but there were no other witnesses to the event:

I'm not sure if this is something you'd even be interested in, and the only other person there (former roommate in college) is dead.

I had just purchased my first motorcycle in Holdrege, Nebraska...just a little 360 Honda. My roommate had a larger bike that we went to Holdrege on. I'll explain the circumstances, because it won't make sense without it since it was dark.

My roommate knew the dealer and had him looking for a cheap bike for me. He found one, and I was excited. He asked when I could get there, and my roommate said "We'll go after I get off work at 5!" So that's what we did.

Since it was early April (1985 if my memory serves...slight chance it was 1986), we took warm clothes. Long story short, I bought it, and we headed back to Hays, Kansas. I think it was about 9 or 9:30 PM when we left the dealership. Leaving out the details, we come to a spot where the highway meets another highway, and is dirt if we went straight. My roommate explained that if we go straight, we'll get to his parents' house sooner (spending the night there), and I was freezing, but had little experience on a bike, and didn't wanna wreck on the gravel. So we went east, I think it was, toward Republican City, Nebraska. We go a few miles on a hilly highway, and pop over a large hill, and several miles in front of us was this burning ring of fire (I assume a ring...it was slowly going down on the horizon, and we could only see a little over half of it). We heard NOTHING, and this thing was HUGE! It looked larger than a sunrise in the morning, with obvious flames around the outside, but completely black inside of that. I know about atmospheric aberration and that type of thing, so I won't restate how big it was.

Like in a grade B horror flick, and without even looking at each other, we eventually slowed to a stop at the exact same time after a couple more hills. We just sat there for a few seconds, in the bottom between two other hills, and said nothing. I finally asked him, "Did you see that?"

He replied rather unsure, "See what? We're going the other way!" And we did. I don't know if he was checking his mirrors, but I didn't much. Too worried about wrecking.

I assumed due to the magnitude of the thing, there would be all kinds of news stories about it...but nothing. Not even a whisper about anything bizarre. I wish I hadn't listened to Mark, and I'd gone to see what it was, IF that were possible. I have contacted several sites to see if anyone else saw something...but I'll never forget what I saw.

Now, not trying to sound like a crackpot...I also witnessed three UFO's in southern Kansas on the 5th of July (2008) at about 2 AM. And no, they weren't fireworks. Fireworks don't go from the northern horizon to the southern horizon...especially with no noise, and with about a hundred yard streak behind them. All three (diamond shapes, golden in color) followed the exact same arc, and were at the exact same speed, like a formation. I may have a few drinks, but I don't do any drugs or mushrooms or anything like that. Just happened to be walking my dog to prepare him for bed in the house. Tried to get a pic, but #1, wasn't fast enough, and #2, the town I was in has HORRIBLE cell phone service. It's in a valley, and my cell rarely works there, but it was my second thought. First thought was "WOW!"

Hope I didn't bore you to tears with something you didn't want to read, and I really hope you don't have a filter that keeps you from getting this. I love reading about these kind of things, and if I had loads of money, I'd do physical investigating.

Thanks for your time. If you have anything, I'd appreciate hearing about it. If you want any more info, I'll give you what I can. If not, I'll just keep reading your site. It is great. jkh

The next narrative was received around the same time as the previous anecdote:

On June 25, 2009, we were driving from Colorado to the St Louis, Missouri area at 11 25 PM. We were heading East on I-70 in Kansas. We were driving a 4 door Infiniti sedan G20, so we could see all of the way around our vehicle without obstruction.

We just passed mile marker 25. It was a very clear dark night - not a cloud in the sky, we could see for miles. There were off in the distance, several antenna type (red lights) flashing sequentially, continuously in unison. We commented on the red lights and was wondering why so many antenna were in the area.

While traveling approximately 70 mph heading East bound, we witnessed a flash of light to our right near the outside of our car. It seemed to be just above the height of the car, off in the distance about 20 feet out from the car behind the passenger head / shoulder area.

Then another flash light a huge very bright quick LED about a foot back farther from the first. Then a third flash closer in time, but further in distance toward the rear of the car. (As if it were a old fashioned photo flash bulb), only very bright and much Larger.

We both looked at each other. I slowed the car. I said:

"Did you see that?"

She said: "I saw the bright light flash 3 times, but not at the same time as if it was in a delayed pattern."

I agreed. We decided to pull over on the side of the shoulder to see if we could see anything more.

I looked behind us and there was not a car in sight for miles, but I could see an overpass ahead. We pulled over to the shoulder on the right side of the road just past the overpass. We stopped the car and pulled to the side of the road but there was nothing.

We took off back onto the interstate. We were going about 50 miles hour increasing our speed when another bright flash occurred. Closer this time, almost touching the car hood, in front middle.

The light floated to the passenger side of the vehicle almost as if it was hugging or surrounding the car. Again, it was off the ground above the car approximately at the height of the rear view mirror.

The second blink or short surge of light was directly even with the car at the passenger window. The third flash again in a later 2 second delay pattern from the first.

It was if something was flying like a very large Lightening Bug, only with a very bright LED light flash about the size of a volleyball. After each flash, it appeared to have a diamond-shaped light or a cross formation as it dimmed out.

We kept driving in disbelief as to what we just saw. We never did see an object. Just very bright Orb-like LED lights in 3 sequential flashes, but with a delay between the 2nd 3rd flash, 2 separate times.

Driving at that speed we were just dumbfounded as to what it could be. Especially after the second incident, as it was in front of the car and we were traveling over 50 miles an hour, but it seemed to mock our speed and hang in the air right with us. We never heard any odd sounds.

The next account details another odd encounter in the Kansas countryside:

One evening in the Spring of 1975, my girlfriend and I were driving through the Kansas countryside. After crossing a cement bridge that spanned a river, we pulled into a farmer's access road and parked at the edge of a field alongside a bend in the river with the car pointing east. Not long after we stopped we noticed a strange light that suddenly approached our location in a quick "blur". Suddenly, hovering above the tress was a dark object, rectangular in shape with on red & one green running light positioned together on the lower part of the craft at its center. We stared in amazement and couldn't take our eyes off the object.

After 5 minutes or so, we noticed the craft's position had moved to the right. It seemed to move in a very slow motion to the other side of the river. After another 5 minutes I decided to drive away from the area. As we turned onto the county road and subsequently onto the cement bridge we saw that the craft had returned to its original position, above us and slightly back from the bridge. I stopped again and got out to look at the craft.

The object was about 20-25 ft. wide and now I noticed a large rectangular glass window, or what appeared to be glass, running across the middle third of its front. Standing inside to the left side looking down on us were two beings, which I could see only from the waist up but could tell that theses beings were about 4 ft tall, with abnormally large heads and large black eyes. The eyes seemed devoid of emotion and their skin was pure white, like the moon, the texture resembling that of an albino salamander. Their eyes ran almost north/south with their heads. The craft hovered silently the whole time. After about a minute of eye contact with the humanoids I got back into the care and rapidly drove away from the area. We could still see the craft hovering where we had left it.

My girlfriend and I eventually married and still live very near to the location where we witnessed this craft. Sometimes, we both get an urge to return to the spot and just sit there and talk about our shared experience, kind of hoping these beings would stop by. BB

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Just the Facts?: Spooky Green Figure in Scotland -- Really Stupid Bank Robber -- 'Tar Sands' Devastation



Scots couple capture spooky green figure on camera

A stunned couple yesterday told how they captured a spooky green man on camera at their home.

Gary and Amanda Linney said the strange figure was spotted running away from their cottage as they experimented with a new camera.

The bizarre snaps emerged just days after another family claimed to have filmed a UFO floating above their house about 25 miles away.

Former policeman Gary, 52, said there was no explanation for the figure.

He said: “It looks like a little green man running. It just disperses into the surface of the road.

“If you look closely, you can see a head. It’s very surreal. I was a policeman and a pilot for 20 years and have never seen anything like this before.”

Hotel owners Gary and Amanda, 46, from Collieston, Aberdeenshire, tried to recreate the picture but have never seen the strange light since.

But they said they weren’t spooked by the images after experiencing a string of paranormal happenings at the Slains Estate house.

Dad-of-three Gary said: “This wasn’t a reflection. We live in two old cottages and my children have seen orbs floating around and heard footsteps. It’s usually around the staircase.”

Amanda, 45, said staff at their hotel – which is also thought to be haunted – suggested the ghostly figure may have come from there.

She said: “I have no idea what it was. We have used the same setting, taken photos in the same location and in different locations and nothing has appeared again.

“We have experienced a lot of strange things since we took over the place two years ago so the staff think something spooky had followed me home that night.”

Last week, Morag Ritchie, of Fraserburgh, told how she was woken in the night by flashing lights outside her house.

The 50-year-old claimed several members of her family saw a UFO. Her daughter Cara’s fiance, Scott Bower filmed footage on his phone.

A Ministry of Defence spokeswoman could not explain the sighting and Grampian Police said there had been no reports of lights in the sky.

Scottish paranormal investigator Malcolm Robinson is now reviewing the footage.

He said: “That area has one of the highest concentration of UFO reports in the UK, particularly the Aberdeenshire town of Muchalls.” - Daily Record

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Live Shark Found at California Golf Course

You’ve heard the saying “it’s raining cats and dogs.” It’s supposed to signify a heavy rainfall. But what does it mean when it starts raining sharks?

That’s exactly what happened Monday at San Juan Hills Golf Club, when a 2-foot-long shark was spotted thrashing about on the 12th tee box.

(You read that right. A live shark was found at the golf course.)

The shark was discovered around 4 p.m. by an on-duty course marshal, who immediately called the clubhouse to report the displaced fish.

“It was just wriggling around,” Director of Club Operations Melissa McCormack said. “Honestly, this is the weirdest thing that’s happened here.”

The marshal picked up the shark, placed it in the back of his golf cart and drove it back to the clubhouse. There, cart attendant Bryan Stizer, a San Juan Capistrano resident, briefly placed the shark into a bucket filled with water and a bit of salt, before clocking out on his break to drive the shark out to Baby Beach in Dana Point, where it was released back into the ocean.

"I thought he was dead," Stizer said. "When I dropped him into the water, he just lied their for a few seconds, but then he did a twist and shot off into the water."

McCormack believes the shark was picked out of the water by a predatory bird and was dropped onto the course, which is less than 4 miles away from the Pacific Ocean. The shark was found bleeding from puncture wounds near its dorsal fin.

“It had a little blood on it, but it was still alive,” McCormack said. “We didn’t want to waste any time. Poor guy, he got dropped onto a golf course.”

McCormack said the shark was light brown in color with black spots and could have been a leopard shark.

Leopard sharks are a common species in local ocean waters, said Julianne Steers, chief aquarist at the Ocean Institute in Dana Point. Steers confirmed the species after viewing a photo.

According to the state Department of Fish and Game’s website, leopard sharks can be found in bay environments and shallow waters along the West Coast, from as far south as Mazatlan, Mexico northward to Oregon.

Steers added that it's not as common to find leopard sharks so close to the shore this late in the year.

As for how the shark got to the golf course, Steers said there are predatory birds in the area known to prey on fish in shallow waters, but she could not confirm without seeing the shark for herself.

"I have seen peregrine falcons and we do have ospreys. Between the two of those, ospreys are probably more frequent. Those are the only two that would've had the strength," Steers said.

It's also possible the shark got to the golf course by human hands.

"I have heard and seen instances," Steers said. "You hate to think a human could do this."

Read more: The Capistrano Dispatch - Fish Out of the Water Live Shark Found at San Juan Hills Golf Course - The Capistrano Dispatch

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Bank robber returns to scene of crime complaining he didn't receive amount demanded

A bank robber was quickly captured Monday morning when he returned to Alliance ÂBank — the scene of the crime — after discovering the teller had not given him the full $20,000 he had demanded, Syracuse police said.

Arthur Bundrage, 28, of 306 Kinne St., East Syracuse, was charged with fourth-degree grand larceny. He is being held in the Onondaga County Justice Center pending arraignment in Syracuse City Court.

Here’s what police said happened:

About 9 a.m., Bundrage entered the Alliance Bank at 1001 James St., walked up to a teller and demanded $20,000 in cash.

The teller told him no. When Bundrage demanded again, the teller gave him an undisclosed amount of cash.

Bundrage then left, and the bank immediately called 911.

As officers were responding, Bundrage discovered the teller had not given him the full $20,000 amount he had asked for.

Officers found him standing at the front door attempting to get back in.

He was taken into custody without incident. - Syracuse

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The Devastating Price for Oil

These incredible pictures show the bleak landscape of bitumen, sand and clay created by the frantic pursuit of 173billion barrels of untouched oil.

The Tar Sands in Alberta, Canada, are the world's third largest oil reserve - but lush green forests once blanketed an area there larger than England.

The region where the blackened earth now stands has been dubbed as the most destructive industrial project on earth by shocked environmentalists. Continue at Once this landscape was a pristine wilderness roamed by deer now it’s ‘the most destructive industrial project on earth’ for photos and commentary.

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