Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Odds & Ends: UFO and Lost Time -- Dead Woman Revived After 42 Minutes -- Unexplained 'Fire-Balls' in Texas

UFO and Lost Time

Laurel, Indiana - 1973 - unedited: Myself and a now deceased friend were out cruising on a back country road somewhere between Laurel and Connersville,Indiana.We had stopped to use the restroom.After getting out of the truck my friend said look a flying saucer pointing to a light in the sky.I had just finished my tour of duty with the U.S.A.F.Security Police and trying to impress him and started to explain why it was not a UFO.Both of us became in grossed in watching the light that travelled from one side of the horizon to the other.First that night there was dead silence,one of those nights were sound travels.We could hear cars in the distance but see no lights anywhere.The object that passed over made no sound.A helicopter or light planes engine should have been heard as it passed by us.The object seemed to move to slow for a copter or plane it just seemed to drift slowly.During the sighting my friend and I did not speak till the object was out of sight.Afterwards we jumped back in the truck just sitting there being silent.My friend then looked at me and said when that thing passed by the moon did you see a (and before he could finish I said a dome).My friend then got two sheets of scrap paper and said draw what you saw and ill do the same.The drawing were almost exactly the same except the angle of view.After this we discussed this just a little trying to figure out the one diffence on the objects lights.We then went home and all thought we always got together every week we never spoke to anyone else about our experience not friend nor lover or co-workers.It was not for fear of ridicule we just shut up about it for at least a year.At this point it sounds like an average report until one night while rehashing the incident together we both realized that we saw the object from a distance that was to far away to see all the details we described and both drew on the paper.And to this day I have been haunted by this experience.It never goes a way for any length of time.Ive always want to be regressed to relive the experience.Gentleman I have to sign off for not in at work using their computer,i know this report is almost forty years old but its like yesterday to me.Last but not least I was a trained observer in USAF since then ive worked for two local police organizations im not a nut and and the description of the object will if contacted amaze you.There are no known planes the have this lighting pattern. - MUFON CMS

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Unexplained 'Fire-Balls' in Texas

The San Antonio Light - 2 August 1942

For centuries, men have told tall tales of weird and mysterious balls of fire that suddenly appeared–almost always in remote graveyards or on lonely moors–and then vanished. And now, a new case has just come to light on an isolated gravel road just outside the little town of Slidell, Louisiana.

Walking down this lonely road one dark night, Fritz Schaefer, a 17-year-old youth, was swinging past a woods in the direction of Bayou Liberty when suddenly he stopped short for, not a hundred feet down the road, was a tiny ball of fire. It was about two feet off the ground. As he watched, in amazement, the ball grew larger and larger. Then it burst in a great globe of flame and disappeared.

The terrified youth lit out for home. Excitedly, he told his father, Fred Schaefer, all about the strange and luminous apparition he had just seen. The older man. at first skeptical, agreed to return with the boy.

Just as the two approached the spot, another fire-ball appeared in the identical manner. The elder Schaefer ran toward it but the glowing ball burst and vanished.

Schaefer couldn’t explain the phenomenon. He had often heard the old men of Slidell talking about mysterious fireballs that had appeared on the Bayou Liberty road way back in Civil War days, but he had always dismissed such stories as fantastic.

Convinced now that he and his son had seen the real thing, Schaefer went in to the village, rounded up the curious, and the entire party headed back for the lonely road. And they were not disappointed. Just as they approached, the orange-like ball appeared, rose about six feet in the air and blacked out. Before that night was over, excited residents from all over the countryside had come to see the strange apparition and the story of the fire-balls spread rapidly.

The next night, people came swarming into Slidell from as far away as New Orleans. The fire-ball proved to be a tolerant entertainer. It put in an appearance, sending the skeptics scudding for the nearest tavern and a stiff drink, and the devout for the closest church and a prayer.

E. H. Zimmerman, credit manager for a large New Orleans department store, saw the fire-ball on three different occasions.

“It came from the ground,” he said, “like a white burst of flame and rolled itself into a ball of fire–then it disappeared.”

A New Orleans newspaper reporter, who made the trip to Bayou Liberty, described his experience: “I was standing with others, about a dozen persons, when the glow came from the road and lifted to about five feet in the air. It became as large as an automobile headlight and then flickered out like a candle. It remained visible for about two minutes, at least.”

The Schaefers, the Slidell residents, and the New Orleans visitors, all agree that they have seen the fire-ball but none can offer an explanation. The more scientific minded believe the ghostly sight is nothing more than so called fox fires — the burning of swamp gases. Oil men, however, report there are no such gases in that area. There is no doubt that the glowing ball has its explanation, if all the facts were known.

The first fire-ball story in that part of Louisiana appeared 80 years ago–and with the recent interest in the latent strange phenomenon, Mrs. David Bany, 93, a former resident of Bayou Liberty, who now is living in New Orleans, told newspapermen how, when she was a girl, such sights scared the Negroes of the area, and some whites, half out of their wits. The old fire-ball legend of the Civil War days had its setting on the same gravel road.

The fire-ball legends in many different sections of the world lead one to wonder whether they all come from the same natural phenomenon. Scientists explain many of these apparitions as nothing more than unusual kinds of lightning or electricity in the air.

It was a long time before the savants gave any credence to the reports of mariners who described what they called “Saint Elmo’s fires” on their voyages—flickering balls of fire on the tips of masts, yardarms, or other projecting parts of the ship. As soon as static electricity was discovered, it became evident that the reports of sailors were undoubtedly correct, and that fire-balls had formed during a storm at sea or when the air was otherwise highly charged.

It is entirely possible that ball-lightning, swamp gas fire-balls, and other phenomenon explain some of the tales of saints as well. The famous Miracle of Tours, in which a ball of fire is said to have come down from the skies to rest on the head of Saint Martin, can scarcely have been anything else. This probably explains the ancient stories of shining halos around the heads of saintly individuals.

Lightning fire-balls actually have been photographed by Professor J.C.Jensen of the Department of Physics of Nebraska, Wesleyan University. One theory, formulated by Professor W. M. Thornton of Armstrong College, in England, is that such phenomena are composed of ozone, in some peculiar state of high electrification. Still another, based on experiments at the University of Leeds in England, is that they are produced in some unknown way out of highly electrified dust.

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Person who put cigarette in bat's mouth may have rabies

Jefferson County public health officials issued a warning to whoever may have handled a dead bat, putting a cigarette in its mouth, about a possible rabies scare.

The bat was found on a park picnic bench in Harriman Park near the corner of West Quincy Avenue and South Kipling Street, according to a news release from the Jeffco health department.

"The bat had been placed on a woman's floral shirt and had a cigarette placed in its mouth, indicating it had been handled," according to the release.

The bat was submitted for testing, but due to the poor condition of the animal, tests could not be run, the release states.

For safety concerns, health department officials are assuming the bat was positive for rabies.

Anyone who handled the bat may have been exposed and should seek medical treatment immediately, according to the release. - Denver Post


Australian doctors bring woman back from the dead

An Australian woman has lived to tell the tale after being brought back to life from being clinically dead for 42 minutes, doctors said on Monday.

Mother-of-two Vanessa Tanasio, 41, was rushed to Monash Medical Centre in Melbourne last week after a major heart attack, with one of her main arteries fully blocked.

She went into cardiac arrest and was declared clinically dead soon after arrival.

Doctors refused to give up and used a compression device called a Lucas 2 -- the only one of its kind in Australia -- to keep blood flowing to her brain while cardiologist Wally Ahmar opened an artery to unblock it.

Once unblocked, Tanasio's heart was shocked back into a normal rhythm.

"(I used) multiple shocks, multiple medications just to resuscitate her," Ahmar said.

"Indeed this is a miracle. I did not expect her to be so well."

Tanasio said she had no history of heart conditions and was grateful to be alive.

"I remember being on my couch, then the floor, then arriving at hospital, and then two days go missing," Tanasio said.

"I was dead for nearly an hour and only a week later I feel great. It's surreal."

The Lucas device physically compresses the chest, like during cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), allowing doctors to work non-stop to put a stent into a blocked artery.

It is the first a time a patient has successfully used the device, which was donated to the medical centre, for such a length of time in Australia, the hospital said.

Clinical death is a medical term for when someone stops breathing and their blood stops circulating. - Yahoo


Man arrested for conducting exorcisms with penis

A Guangzhou man purporting to be a Taoist priest defrauded a woman of 20,000 yuan after convincing her to have sex with him to 'exorcise demons', Shenzhen Media Group reports.

According to Haizhu district police, on July 23 a man, surnamed Huang, visited a feng shui store and struck up a conversation with the sales assistant Xin (pseudonym). After a brief display of what sounds like basic cold-reading, Huang convinced Xin that he had supernatural powers and told her he was a 'Master Dragon Seeker'. Huang also introduced Xin to his female disciple, Youxin, a "female geomancer".

On July 30, Youxin and Xin met for tea. After Xin confessed an unrequited love for an older man, Youxin told her to book a room at a nearby hotel, specifically Room A12 on the 4th floor as that was where the "chi" was most powerful. "We've done many rituals there before," Youxin said.

After she had taken a shower, Xin was told to put on some lingerie. "This way, we can see what's in your body", said Youxin. After examining her the "geomancer" told Xin that someone had put a curse on her and that "only my master can set you free".

After the "Master Dragon Seeker" arrived he told Xin that the person she was in love with had placed a curse upon her. Xin and Huang began negotiating the cost of the ritual he would perform, with the sales assistant settling on the cheapest ritual at a bargain price of 32,000 yuan. Xin admitted that she could only afford 20,000 yuan however, so Huang "convinced" Youxin to loan her the remaining 12,000. Xin was told she had to pay back the loan within 49 days or the ghost would come back to haunt her. Ghosts are sticklers for things like that.

When she arrived at Huang's house the following day, Xin was reportedly too freaked out to sleep (the ritual apparently required that she be asleep) so she was given sleeping pills which she gulped down with a bottle of beer.

Xin was again made to shower (ghosts hate cleanliness) and then dress in the lingerie Huang had chosen. "I see a demon in your vagina," the exorcist told her. The only way to exorcise the demon from her vagina was with a penis. Xin acquiesced to the penis-cism. Though Huang was adamant that they weren't having sex as he had a condom on. "A Taoist priest cannot have relations with women," the man with his penis inside her reportedly told Xin.

Xin would later tell police that Huang claimed to have exorcised the evil spirit in under five minutes. "He also claimed to have been a virgin and had never touched women before, so the entire ritual was a huge sacrifice for him," she said.

Feeling like she might have been duped, Xin confided in her boss. When the two arrived at the conman's apartment they found that he had vanished. Youxin was also out of contact.

Huang was apprehended by police on August 1, after which he claimed not to have had sex with Xin.

"We Taoist priests are not allowed to do such things. If you don't believe me, we can get a doctor to check. I have very severe diabetes and have long been impotent. I'm also almost blind," Huang said.

Pressed for information on the exorcism itself, Huang said that there were some things that "metaphysics and science cannot explain". - s1979



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