Saturday, November 30, 2013

The Monster of Ravenna


A monster was said to have been born at Ravenna, in the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy. It was described with a horn on its head, straight up like a sword, and instead of arms it had two wings like a bat. On the height of its breasts it had a Y-shaped mark on one side and a cross on the other. At the waist there were two serpents, and it was a hermaphrodite. The right knee had an eye, and its left foot was like an eagle.

A later account of this being was published in 1906:

A Famous Monster

An Old Time Wonder That Had an Eye In Its Knee

In the writings of both Licetus and Zahn may be found descriptions and illustrations of a monster born at Ravenna, Italy, in the year 1511 or 1512, the exact date being somewhat uncertain. This monster had a body and shoulders like those of a young woman. There was but one leg, gradually tapering from the hips down and terminating in an immense scaled claw, like that of a turkey buzzard. There were fourd toes, each tipped with a bony nail, three of them pointing to the left and one to the right. The creature had wings in place of arms and always held them in an erect position, as though ready to take flight at the slightest provocation. From the hips to the single knee the flesh was covered with large, well arranged feathers. From the knee joint to the foot the leg was scaled, like that of the common barnyard fowl, the spot where the feathers left off and the scales commenced being marked with a large lidless eye, which seemed to be altogether incapable of involuntary motion. The neck, head and general outlines of the face were those of woman, but the ears were large and set very low, almost on the neck.

The head was covered with a queer mixture of scales, feathers and hair, but the oddity of the whole upper story was a pointed horn, which rose just in the edge of the hair on the center of the forehead. This horn was three inches in length, and, according to Zahn, even a farmer would have mistaken it for the horn of a two-year old heifer had it been removed and shown to him.

The old time wonder mongers all give pictures and descriptions of this horned Italian monster, but none tells how long it lived or what was done with the body after death. - Indiana Weekly Messenger, Indiana, Pennsylvania - 7 March 1906

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In March 1512, a Florentine apothecary named Lucca Landucci was writing his diary. War had come to northern Italy. Maximillian of Germany and Louis XII of France were locked in combat with the Spanish, English and Pope Julius II for control of the Venetian Republic. Ravenna was ravaged and fell eighteen days after the monster's birth. 'It was evident,' wrote Landucci, 'what evil the monster had meant for them! It seems as if some great misfortune always befalls the city when such things are born.'

Landucci's account is of a drawing that was on public display in Florence, after the monster had been starved to death by order of Julius II. Printed woodcuts and engravings spread the news of the monster throughout Europe. The monster acquired a new, posthumous, existence. When it left Ravenna it had two legs; by the time it arrived in Paris it had only one. In some prints it had bat wings, in others they were more like a bird's; it had hermaphrodite genitalia. It became mixed up with the images of another monster born in Florence in 1506, and then fused with a medieval icon of sinful humanity called 'Frau Welt' - a kind of bat-winged, single-legged beast who grasped the globe in her talons.

As the monster travelled it continued to mutate. Italians took it as a warning of the horrors of war. Some said that it was the child of a respectable married woman; others that it was the product of a union between a nun and a friar. But it seems likely that it was simply a child who was born with a severe, rare, but quite unmysterious genetic disorder. One can even hazard a guess at Roberts's Syndrome, a deformity found in children who are born with an especially destructive mutation. That, at least, would account for the limb and genital anomalies, if not the two serpents on its waist and the supernumerary eye on its knee. - Histoires prodigieuses (édition de 1561)

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Described, among others, by Ambroise Paré, this being was meant to have been born in Italy in 1512, contemporaneous with the bloody Battle of Ravenna, in which King Louis XII and Pope Julius engaged in combat. It survived to grow into a hulking brute which, naturally enough, terrorized the countryside. It was considered an omen of God's anger with the Italian people and, as such, it various disjointed parts could be "read" metaphorically. The arms never developed, scholars claimed, because the Italians showed a conspicuous lack of good deeds. Because the Italians had no firm dedication to any cause, their fickle, flighty nature was reflected in the Monster's wings. The beast was a biological hermaphrodite, and its double set of genitals illustrated sexual immorality: lust, sodomy, bestiality. The great ugly claw was greed, and the knee-mounted eyeball betrayed a covetous love of material things; the single horn-- overweening pride. The only positive side to this scaly abomination, which was in fact not always mentioned (note its exclusion from the above illustration), was a cruciform marking on the beast's trunk. This, of course, was interpreted as Christ's willingness to save all His people-- if they would only reform. - Mutants: On Genetic Variety and the Human Body

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Daily 2 Cents: Proof of Alien Life? -- Norway's 'Vertical Cemetery' -- Drummer's Bizarre UFO Experience


Scientist Has Proof of Alien Life?

Aliens are living above the clouds, a team of British scientists says.

University of Sheffield researchers launched a balloon 27km into the stratosphere on July 31, using microscopic studs to act as a kind of "fly paper" to harvest samples from the edge of space.

When the balloon landed, it had carried back small biological organisms.

Professor Milton Wainwright said he was "95 per cent convinced" they originated from space.

"There is no known mechanism by which these life forms can achieve that height. As far as we can tell from known physics, they must be incoming," he said.

The team's findings are published in the Journal of Cosmology. - MSN

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Norway's 'Vertical Cemetery'

A "vertical cemetery", in which the dead are buried in a modular high-rise tower, has been commended as "a highly original contribution" at an Oslo conference for Nordic cemeteries and graveyards.

"Existing cemeteries will slowly be removed to provide land to the city's living souls," Martin McSherry, a student at the Royal Danish School of Architecture, wrote explaining his proposal.

"The vertical cemetery, with its open front, will become a significant part of the city and a daily reminder of death's existence. In time, the city's tallest and largest building will become a grave for all its citizens - the city's ever-changing monument."

The tower was one of nineteen submissions in a competition held for young architecture and design students by the Nordic Association for Graveyards and Crematoria, prizes for which were given out at the Nordic Congress of Cemeteries and Crematoria in Oslo this September.

McSherry envisages the the city's different communities each having their own floor, with Jewish, Muslim and Christian cemeteries slotted on top of each other, alongside memorial areas for non-believers, and floors holding the urns of those cremated.

At the side of the building, a crane would be permanently installed to deposit new layers as the old cemeteries are removed or new burial space is required.

The competition was won by McSherry's classmates Katrine Harving Holm and Henriette Schønheyder van Deurs, who proposed replacing individual graves and tombstones with a collective place of memorial. - TheLocal

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Growing Dandelion Removed From Girl's Ear

A dandelion seed that had sprouted and had been growing in the ear of a 16-month-old girl was removed Monday by a doctor who said the roots had embedded themselves in the tot's ear canal, Beijing Morning Post reported today.

The parents of the girl, who live in the Tongzhou District in Beijing, went to see an ear, nose and throat specialist at the Capital Institute of Pediatrics.

The parents said something like a seed fell into the left ear of their daughter about four months ago, but they didn’t pay too much attention to it until recently, when the girl started scratching the ear.

It took Gu Qinglong, director of the department, about 10 minutes to remove the plant with the help of several assistants.

The dandelion seed was tenacious and not easy to remove, the doctor said.

Gu reminded parents that they need to pay attention to all parts of a child's body to spot problems before they become serious. - ShanghaiDaily

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Vannucci's Bizarre UFO Experience

The Killers' drummer has recounted his own experience with a UFO during a recent magazine interview.

Now a staple part of one of the world's biggest pop-rock bands, it's difficult to imagine that Vannucci once worked as a luggage carrier for an airline. In a recent interview for Q Magazine he revealed that during his stint at the job he experienced something that he was never able to explain.

He had been on a road trip to Nevada as part of the job when he saw something strange in the sky. "I was driving to the middle of Nevada on (Route) 95 North and I saw this red dot in the sky, almost like a laser pointer kind of red but it was bigger and it was doing all these motions like normal flight patterns and then it would zip down and go really quick," he said.

Perplexed by the spectacle, Vannucci pulled over and watched it for a while. "It went behind this mountain range. It was night so the sun was going down and there was this giant flash of light afterwards, like a strobe, and it was gone," he said. - Gigwise

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Friday, November 29, 2013

Daily 2 Cents: UFO / USO Flap At Indian Rocks Beach, FL -- Boy Hit By Meteorite -- British Village 'Devil Cat'


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Indian Rocks Beach, Florida- unedited: Far to much to list I have called MUFON twice asked to get investigators out to my location. Since 9pm October 27th I have brought dozens of witnesses including law enforcement to watch craft come out of the water, space and within our atmosphere. We have witnessed on 2 occasions 2 different entity types and had HD cameras rolling for all events! I have Hours of HD video and after the past month I can read through MUFON reports and tell you a few other reports people made I have seen with my own eyes. Please call me after 8pm or before 11:30am mon-fri or anytime on weekends. You will not be dissapointed! - MUFON CMS

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Boy injured after being hit on head by meteorite fragments

7-year-old Steven Lippard from Loxahatchee, Florida had to have three staples in his head after his dad says he was hit with meteorite fragments while playing in his driveway.

Initial testing at Florida Atlantic University indicates the little stones - pea sized and smaller - are metallic, a good sign they came from space.

His dad Wayne initially thought it might be from a golf ball or maybe a bird swooping down.

Moments later they found the little rocks. Scientists are now doing further chemical testing to confirm that they are meteorites.

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Did Comet Ison Survive?

According to early sources, the 'comet of the century' didn't survive its close encounter with the sun and appears to have broken up.

While it was always a possibility that the solar radiation and gravitational forces of the sun would prove too much for the comet to endure, astronomers are nonetheless disappointed that things didn't go quite as hoped. All indications point to the likelihood that Ison failed to survive its close encounter with the sun and has instead broken up in to pieces.

Not all is necessarily lost however as there have since been signs that a piece of the comet may have survived. A single glowing chunk of Ison has been picked up by observatories and there is a chance that its tail could grow back. Due to the unpredictable nature of the comet however it is too early to tell exactly what will happen.

Even in the worst case scenario there is still a silver lining for scientists though, if Ison has indeed broken up then astronomers should still be able to benefit from having the rare opportunity to observe the comet's interior.

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'Devil Cat' sending British villagers to hospital in attacking spree

A pet cat in a British village is accused of attacking residents and pets, putting them in the hospital.

According to The Telegraph, Shiny has been nicknamed "Devil Cat" after police received five calls over the feline's violent behavior.

Locals of the Cornish village of Little Treviscoe say that Shiny chases children, fights dogs and bursts into their homes to claw and scratch them, The Telegraph reported.

Residents say that they grab hoses and mugs of hot tea when they see Shiny on the street.

According to The Telegraph, police are powerless because laws designed to combat dangerous dogs do not apply to cats.

Shiny's owners tell the newspaper that they are trying to stop the cat's antics. He has been neutered and is going to see an animal psychologist.

"[My mother] had a large skin tear down the arm, which we had to dress every day for about three weeks, and two big puncture wounds on the back of her leg," Carol Ballsdon said. "It is just four sets of claws and a set of teeth coming at you."

"Twice when I've gone out to get my cat and it has attacked me," Julia Terry said. "I had to throw hot tea over it, it was the only way other than bashing it against the wall to get it off my arm." - Fox News

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Using Hate to Hurt Others


I hope everyone is enjoying their holiday weekend. I felt compelled to write the following statement:

Most people involved in some facet of the paranormal will occasionally experience 'haters' or receive venom from those who feel obligated to cause trouble. These annoyances are usually benign and not worth any mention. But in some instances, parties will play a dangerous game in order to extract vengeance. Simply stated...the involvement of innocent others.

For the past few days, I have been mulling over an exploit, by a supposed spirit advocate, to deliberately frighten one of my clients. The action was very simple...an electronic message that read "I think you and your sister need to contact me very soon for your own sakes..."

Upon receiving the message, my clients responded "is everything OK?". The answer was "can't talk at the moment girls, am in a meeting but can you go on Skype tomorrow about 5 your time?" This spirit advocate had previously worked with my clients, so they knew who this person was.

I was immediately contacted by the frantic victims. The cryptic message was enough to send my clients, who have been preyed upon by a malevolent entity for several years, into a familiar emotional panic. This time they were being preyed upon by the living.

I attempted to alleviate their fear, but the damage had already been done. Someone had intentionally used my clients as pawns...delivering their twisted version of retribution in order to somehow injure me.

How does someone react to such brutality? I expressed my disgust by email and electronic message...but never received an answer. I ask you...how can anyone feel justified by taking out their frustrations on blameless others? Lon

“Hate, it has caused a lot of problems in the world, but has not solved one yet.” ― Maya Angelou



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