; Phantoms and Monsters: Pulse of the Paranormal

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Daily 2 Cents: Rare Albino Blue Marlin -- 'We were all violated...' -- Nine Unopened Dead Sea Scrolls Found

Rare Albino Blue Marlin

Los Suenos, Costa Rica – Capt. Juan Carlos Zamora with Carlos Espinoza Jimenez and Roberto Salinas Hernandez on the Spanish Fly out of Los Suenos Marina captured these images of an extremely rare albino Blue Marlin. This is some of the best shots we have seen, with numerous jumps as well some shots close to the boat. Thanks very much to crew on the Spanish Fly for sharing these awesome photographs!

Update: We have spoken to number of Billfish experts and they are indicating that this may be the first ever captured on film. - Billfish Report


'We were all violated...'

Cave Creek, AZ - 7/20/2003: We were on a camping trip in the black mountains about 45 miles north of downtown Phoenix. We first felt an abundance of static electricity in the calmnight air. We stepped out of our tent to get some air when we saw numerous swirling lights. We were all very startled and stayed close together not knowing what to expect. We watched intensely as we saw the lights merge intoone and slowly descend into a clearing approximately 75 feet away. We walked towards the object and saw three beings walk out and slowly look over their craft as if something was wrong with it. They beings looked man like but walked in an exaggerated upright way and very stiffly. It was at this moment that wewere noticed and we all walked toward the beings against our wishes. It felt like we were on a treadmill being drawn toward the craft. The next 45 minutes are very hurtful and make me sick to even think about. I will gladly speak tosomeone in person about the experience. We were all violated in different ways. - MUFON CMS


World's Oldest Underground Fire Has Been Burning For 6000 Years In Australia

A subterranean coal seam fire in Australia has been burning continuously for more than six millennia.

The region is known as 'Burning Mountain', a hill North of Sydney that was first documented by European explorers. Originally believed to be volcanic in nature, the smoke rising from the ground on the hill wasn't recognized as a coal seam fire until 1829.

It isn't clear exactly what sparked the fire in the first place however possibilities include a lighting strike, a forest fire or even aboriginal burning practices.

In some regions coal seam fires are actually quite common, especially in places where coal mining has exposed the seams to heat and oxygen. Often extremely difficult to put out the fires can last for a long time, but 6,000 years is still a record that is unlikely to be broken any time soon. Read more at Gizmodo


Nine unopened Dead Sea Scrolls found

Nine newfound penny-sized pieces of parchment belonging to the Dead Sea Scrolls laid unopened for nearly six decades before they were rediscovered in Israel.

The scrolls went unnoticed for years until one scholar came across them while searching through the Israel Antiquities Authority's (IAA) storerooms, the Times of Israel reported.

"Either they didn’t realize that these were also scrolls, or they didn’t know how to open them," the IAA's head of artefact treatment and conservation Pnina Shor explained.

The tiny scrolls were found inside three phylacteries, small leather boxes with Biblical versus written on them (called tefillin) that are worn by Jews during their morning prayers. Their discoverer, Yonatan Adler, had the boxes scanned by CT at a hospital in Israel in hopes there would be parchment inside.

He was right.

Once unopened, the scrolls are expected to shed new light on the religious practices of the Jewish people during the Second Temple Period between the years of 530 BC and 70, an era named for a holy place of worship for the Jewish people that was constructed by the builder of ancient Jerusalem King Herod. The Dome of the Rock stands today where the Second Temple purportedly once stood.

At least two dozen phylactery scrolls were discovered in the 1940s and 50 along with the rest of the Dead Sea Scrolls in a limestone cave in the West Bank's Qumran in Israel.

"[I] found a number of fragments of tefillin cases from Qumran Cave 4, together with seven rolled-up [phylactery] slips," Adler told the Times of Israel.

Until now, the scrolls remained bound inside the phylacteries for approximately 2,000 years.

The IAA has been tasked with the difficult job of unrolling the scrolls without damaging them.

“We’re going to do it slowly, but we’ll first consult with all of our experts about how to go about this,” said Schor, who would not reveal when the process would start. “We need to do a lot of research before we start doing this.”

Remains of more than 900 religious manuscripts were found in 11 caves near the Dead Sea in the 1940s and 50s in Qumran. - Fox News

The Dead Sea Scrolls: A New Translation

The Dead Sea Scrolls Bible: The Oldest Known Bible Translated for the First Time into English



Does Your Dog Actually Have Psychic Powers?

Haunted Travel: Illinois' Haunted Insane Asylum

The Fascinating Story of the Man Who Remembered the Future

The Great Horror Campout

The Day Mysterious Fireballs and Men in Black Descended on Philadelphia

Unexplained Mysteries of the 20th Century

Unexplained Mysteries of Heaven and Earth: Surprising Insights About Our World and Beyond

The Mammoth Book of Unexplained Phenomena