Nazi Germany 'Sun Gun' Plan
Back in 1945, Life magazine revealed to its readers how “U.S. Army technical experts came up with the astonishing fact that German scientists had seriously planned to build a ‘sun gun’.”
This, the magazine explained, would have been a gigantic orbital mirror that would “focus the sun’s rays to a scorching point on the earth’s surface.” The German army, readers were told, “hoped to use such a mirror to burn an enemy city or to boil part of an ocean.”
The idea had been originally proposed by the seminal rocket scientist, Hermann Oberth, in 1923. As late as 1957, he was still convinced that his space mirror would become a reality.
“My space mirror,” he wrote, “is like the hand mirrors that schoolboys use to flash circles of sunlight on the ceiling of their classroom. A sudden beam flashed on the teacher’s face may bring unpleasant reactions...I was a schoolteacher long enough to have collected certain data on the subject.”
Life magazine could only speculate on how the German space mirror could be built. Its editors and illustrator imagined it assembled from prefabricated sections. These would eventually form “a slightly concave disk one mile in diameter.” Life thought such a satellite should be built in a geosynchronous orbit. “The Germans,” the editors sniffed, “complicating the problem, planned to build their mirror at 5,100 miles.”
The Life version of the mirror would be a manned space stations, with 30-foot holes in which supply rockets could dock, hydroponic gardens to provide oxygen and solar powered generators for electric power. The entire surface of the mirror---front, back and edges---would be mirrored, “otherwise [the sun’s rays] would burn occupants of disk to death instantly.” Which might be a clue to how much Life's editors knew about outer space.
In reality the building of the mirror would begin with the launch of a single unmanned rocket. Once in orbit, it would unreel six long cables, each only 1/2 to 1 1/2 inches thick. Spinning the rocket on its axis would extend the cables radially.
Illustration from 1929 showing the first stages in constructing the space mirror and an illustration from Oberth's original 1923 description, showing the mirror-supporting web and how the mirrors could be used to illuminate and warm the polar regions.
These would span 90 miles. Astronauts---working like spiders creating a web---would use these cables as the foundation for fashioning a network of hexagonal cells, each “several kilometers across.” The rotation of the structure would keep the entire thing taut. Each of these cells would contain a movable circular mirror made of thin sodium-metal foil.
Oberth thought it might take ten to fifteen years to assemble a complete mirror at a cost of $3 billion. The pressure of sunlight on the vast surface would be used to maneuver it in orbit, with steering accomplished by adjusting the angles of the individual mirrors.
Life's editors pooh-poohed the entire notion of an orbiting solar death ray. The scheme, they said, "is proved physically impossible by a simple axiom of optics. This is that light cannot be brought to a sharp, pointed focus with lenses or mirrors unless it comes from a sharp, pointed light source. Since the sun appears in the sky as a disk and not as a point, the best any optical system can produce is an image of this disk....At the distance the Germans proposed to set up their mirror (3,100 miles) the image of the sun cast on the earth would be about 40 miles in diameter and not hot enough to do any damage."
The nearly 5000-square-mile mirror, he said, would create a bright, heated “spot” on the earth’s surface about 2000 square miles in area. This heat and light, he admitted, would be “no stronger than that normal at the equator.” But, he went on to say, if “the mirror were double the size mentioned...the irradiation would be four times as strong...The temperature on the surface...would be 392°F.” Maybe not enough to melt cities and blow up battleships, but certainly enough to give one pause for thought. - io9
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Nudist Gathering Attracts Bigfoot to Oregon Campground
My ex returned from a little camping trip one summer morning looking tired and terrified. He and most of the group he was with had spent a large part of the night wide awake and quietly freaking out. I can tell you one thing: he isn’t a very good liar and the others adamantly insisted that this thing happened (except for one, and we’ll get to that). Frankly, if I were going to make up a story, I’d probably avoid some of the atypical details of this account.
There is a rock quarry between Klamath Falls and Ashland (Or.) He went up there with his then girlfriend, his brother, and both of my kids to camp. They had planned to swim but when they got there, met by the foster mother of his brother, there was a large nudist gathering and the nudists were swimming, sunbathing and variously cavorting– you know, just enjoying their clothing-optional lifestyle. That turned into a bit of a fiasco, but that’s different story.
Fast forward to night. All of the nudists have high-tailed it back to town, as it’s way to cold for those shenanigans in the mountains. So, the campers did a little cook out and suchforth as one might imagine. Then they bedded down. I seem to recall that the ex, his gf and my daughter and son were in the tent, while the brother was in the back of the pickup. It had a canopy. They were starting to doze off when they heard something strange. Continue reading at Nudist Gathering Attracts Bigfoot to Oregon Campground
Pluto's Gate Uncovered in Turkey
A “gate to hell” has emerged from ruins in southwestern Turkey, Italian archaeologists have announced.
Known as Pluto's Gate -- Ploutonion in Greek, Plutonium in Latin -- the cave was celebrated as the portal to the underworld in Greco-Roman mythology and tradition.
Historic sources located the site in the ancient Phrygian city of Hierapolis, now called Pamukkale, and described the opening as filled with lethal mephitic vapors.
“This space is full of a vapor so misty and dense that one can scarcely see the ground. Any animal that passes inside meets instant death,” the Greek geographer Strabo (64/63 BC -- about 24 AD) wrote.
“I threw in sparrows and they immediately breathed their last and fell,” he added.
Announced this month at a conference on Italian archaeology in Istanbul, Turkey, the finding was made by a team led by Francesco D'Andria, professor of classic archaeology at the University of Salento.
D'Andria has conducted extensive archaeological research at the World Heritage Site of Hierapolis. Two years ago he claimed to discover there the tomb of Saint Philip, one of the 12 apostles of Jesus Christ.
Founded around 190 B.C. by Eumenes II, King of Pergamum (197 B.C.-159 B.C.), Hierapolis was given over to Rome in 133 B.C.
The Hellenistic city grew into a flourishing Roman city, with temples, a theater and popular sacred hot springs, believed to have healing properties.
“We found the Plutonium by reconstructing the route of a thermal spring. Indeed, Pamukkale' springs, which produce the famous white travertine terraces originate from this cave,” D'Andria told Discovery News.
Featuring a vast array of abandoned broken ruins, possibly the result of earthquakes, the site revealed more ruins once it was excavated. The archaeologists found Ionic semi columns and, on top of them, an inscription with a dedication to the deities of the underworld -- Pluto and Kore.
D'Andria also found the remains of a temple, a pool and a series of steps placed above the cave -- all matching the descriptions of the site in ancient sources.
“People could watch the sacred rites from these steps, but they could not get to the area near the opening. Only the priests could stand in front of the portal,” D'Andria said.
According to the archaeologist, there was a sort of touristic organization at the site. Small birds were given to pilgrims to test the deadly effects of the cave, while hallucinated priests sacrificed bulls to Pluto.
The ceremony included leading the animals into the cave, and dragging them out dead.
“We could see the cave's lethal properties during the excavation. Several birds died as they tried to get close to the warm opening, instantly killed by the carbon dioxide fumes,” D'Andria said.
Only the eunuchs of Cybele, an ancient fertility goddess, were able to enter the hell gate without any apparent damage.
“They hold their breath as much as they can,” Strabo wrote, adding that their immunity could have been due to their "menomation," “divine providence” or “certain physical powers that are antidotes against the vapor.”
According to D'Andria, the site was a famous destination for rites of incubation. Pilgrims took the waters in the pool near the temple, slept not too far from the cave and received visions and prophecies, in a sort of oracle of Delphi effect. Indeed, the fumes coming from the depths of Hierapoli's phreatic groundwater produced hallucinations.
“This is an exceptional discovery as it confirms and clarifies the information we have from the ancient literary and historic sources,” Alister Filippini, a researcher in Roman history at the Universities of Palermo, Italy, and Cologne, Germany, told Discovery News.
Fully functional until the 4th century AD, and occasionally visited during the following two centuries, the site represented “an important pilgrimage destination for the last pagan intellectuals of the Late Antiquity,” Filippini said.
During the 6th century AD, the Plutonium was obliterated by the Christians. Earthquakes may have then completed the destruction.
D'Andria and his team are now working on the digital reconstruction of the site. - Discovery
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Pregnant Woman's Entity Encounter
Cleveland, Ohio - 7/18/1988 - unedited:
1. Where were you and what were you doing at the time?
Pregnant and Sleeping next to my husband.
2. What made you first notice the object?
I woke up and heard and saw a small like bird hitting the window. Then entered the room. I tried to wake my husband but he wouldnt wake up.
3. What did you think the object was when you first noticed it?
Just a small robin bird hitting the window or injured bird trying to enter through the window.
4. Describe the object and its actions and motions in detail.
When the bird entered the room, through the window, a vortex opened in the middle of the ceiling. Out of the vortex was a huge massive shadow of a winged structure. The wings spread across the bedroom ceiling. As the wings were flapping, tons of grey dust-like triangular flakes started to fall. As the dust flakes started to land on me, they turned very pretty platinum white flakes but they disappeared. I was screaming and the entity was holding me down and had my arms and hands pinned down spread across the bed. I told the entity that I am so scared that I am having a heart attack and my chest was solidly tight. But the entity said nothing but started this heavy wind gust down on me, as if it was trying to rid me of negativity and fear. I also told the entity that I have sinned and that I have problems with family and relationships. The entity took my advice and spread my legs and entered me with an appendage and pressing on my chest and pressing my babys head. As the entity was pressing on my chest with doctor like hands, all I could see was the cherib-like angel (that was sitting on the left wing of the angel taking notes with an ancient stylus pen and ancient tablet. At the same time, many cheribs were attached to each of the wings and they were all talking to each other about me and problems of the world. At this point, I was relaxed and stated I saw that pen in a history book and the paper tablet looks like papapyrus cloth. When I said that, the head on the entity turned from the monk like hood to a lions switching and shaking the head as if it was battling an evil entity that came out of me. I started to stare with the impression of why these two entities are fighting over me. As I was staring also it elevated me in the air and pulled me into a pasture were there were thousands of sheep and beyond the horizon, I saw a man with his back turned staring onto the horizon sunset with the sheep and I in back of him. As I was walking through the herds of sheep there was a disfigured sheep that looked as if it suffered radiation because it had many eyes and the head was larger than the rest of the herd.As I looked at one of the eyes, it had my reflection in it, as if it had been watching me for many years.
Then I floated back in my body and the entity stated "FEAR NOT, DANGER AHEAD". It was staring at me,for 5-10 minutes after the statement and then folded the vortex like a thin flat inch 70inch flat screen tv and the huge bird like human monk-like animal spirit shrunk like a robin bird and flew out the window. I was yelling please take me I dont want to be here anymore. The little bird flew out the window without acknowledging what I said. - MUFON CMS
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