Monday, October 13, 2014

Daily 2 Cents: Ghost Writes Letters -- Viking Treasure Hoard Found -- Thousands of Spiders 'bleed out of the walls' of House


Ghosts ‘possess woman and then write letters using her hands’

This woman claims she allows ghosts to possess her and then use her hands to write letters.

It may sound like a scene from the Ghost film but Catherine Kennedy swears she is being manoeuvred by a spirit that has inhabited her.

The video shows her sitting at a desk in Scotland and then beginning to ‘automatically’ write.

Kennedy claims to have brought together her husband Antonio and one of his dead friends Ivo after writing a letter in Italian, despite not being able to speak it fluently.

‘At first he (husband) didn’t believe me, but when he read the letters he said it was obvious it wasn’t me,’ she said.

‘He was amazed at my flawless translation.’

If that wasn’t enough Kennedy also says she was told what goes on in the afterlife.

She can’t tell you of course because the ghost made her promise to keep it a secret. - Metro

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Viking treasure hoard found in Scotland

With a shout of “Viking!” as he waved aloft a silver arm-ring, metal detector enthusiast Derek McLennan knew he had found something remarkable.

What he did not realise was that the treasure trove of more than 100 items – including gold and silver jewellery, ingots and a unique enamelled cross – was one of the most significant Viking hoards ever discovered in Scotland.

When the spot where Mr McLennan, 47, made his original find was fully explored, an archaeologist unearthed a silver cup containing more items wrapped in cloth.

The contents of the Carolingian cup, engraved with animals and one of only three known in Britain imported from the Holy Roman Empire of Charlemagne and his successors, are still to be X-rayed and their provenance revealed.

The discovery, the largest and most important Viking treasure found in Scotland since 1891, was made while Mr McLennan was exploring fields owned by the Church of Scotland in Dumfries with fellow detectorists the Rev David Bartholomew and the pastor of Elim Pentecostal Church, Mike Smith, both from Galloway.

Mr McLennan said he was rendered speechless at what he had unearthed two feet beneath the ground – well below the depth his machine should pick up a signal.

Among the items was the early Christian solid silver cross with enamelled decorations, thought to date from the ninth or tenth century.

Mr McLennan, who thinks the decorations could represent the four evangelists Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, said: “I believe they resemble the carvings you can see on the remnants of St Cuthbert’s coffin in Durham cathedral. For me, the cross opens up the possibility of an intriguing connection with Lindisfarne and Iona.”

Experts said while the hoard shares elements with other spectacular Viking age finds, this new hoard is of international interest because of its unique mixture of gold, silver, glass, enamel and textiles.

Church of Scotland trustees have reached an agreement with Mr McLennan for an equitable sharing of the reward when the hoard’s value is assessed.

Other items include a golden bird pin, silver stamp-decorated bracelets from Ireland and beads commonly found in Scandinavia.

Mr Bartholomew said: “It was tremendously exciting, especially when we noticed the silver cross lying face-downwards. It was poking out from under the pile of silver ingots and decorated arm-rings, with a finely wound silver chain still attached to it.”

Fiona Hyslop, the culture secretary, said: “It’s clear these artefacts are of great value in themselves, but their greatest value will be in what they can contribute to our understanding of life in early medieval Scotland, and what they tell us about the interaction between the different peoples in these islands at that time.” - Scotsman

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Thousands of spiders 'bleed out of the walls' and force family from home

A family was driven from their suburban St Louis home by thousands of venomous spiders that fell from the ceiling and oozed from the walls.

Brian and Susan Trost bought the $450,000 home overlooking two golf holes at Whitmoor Country Club in Weldon Spring in October 2007. Soon after that, they started seeing brown recluse spiders everywhere, the St Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

Susan Trost told St Louis television station KMOV-TV that in 2012 the spiders “started bleeding out of the walls”, and at least two pest control companies were unable to eradicate the infestation.

The couple filed a claim in 2008 with their insurance company, State Farm, and a lawsuit against the home’s previous owners for not disclosing the brown recluse problem.

At a civil trial in St Charles County in October 2011, University of Kansas biology professor Jamel Sandidge – considered one of the nation’s leading brown recluse researchers – estimated there were between 4,500 and 6,000 spiders in the home. Making matters worse, he said, those calculations were made in the winter – when the spiders are least active.

The jury awarded the couple slightly more than $472,000, but the former owners declared bankruptcy, the insurance company still didn’t pay anything and the couple moved out two years ago.

The home, now owned by the Federal National Mortgage Association, was covered with nine tarps this week as workers filled it with a gas that permeated the walls to kill the spiders and their eggs.

“There’ll be nothing alive in there after this,” said Tim McCarthy, president of the company hired to fix the problem once and for all. - The Guardian

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