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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Daily 2 Cents: Ebola Virus Came From Space? -- Locals Celebrate Carbondale UFO Legend -- Flying Ray Sighting

British Scientist Claims Ebola Virus Came From Space

As the deadly Ebola virus spreads across other countries, strange theories how the virus came into being keeps buzzing.

The latest theory from a British engineer is that the virus is alien, and did not originate on Earth.

Ashley Dale, who is pursuing an engineering Phd in Bristol University, claimed that there is a possibility that the deadly bug landed on Earth from space, the Daily Star UK has reported.

"There is always a chance the Ebola virus could have come from outside this planet, at some point during the evolutionary process, " Dale told the newspaper.

"We have meteorites from Mars landing on our planet every year, and we know bacteria can survive the journey. There is every chance Ebola arrived on this planet from somewhere in space," he added.

"Virus particles can also make it through space undamaged, so there is definitely a possibility something could have arrived back in the evolution of the planet that we are seeing now."

Dale told the newspaper that there is every possibility that the virus survived the planet's evolution, which is why it's making its presence feel now.

According to a World Health Organization (WHO) report, the Ebola epidemic has already claimed nearly 1,000 lives in Africa while the tropical disease continues to spread Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.

Nigeria and Benin governments have also confirmed there are cases of Ebola in those countries.

Meanwhile, Nigerians are falling victim to a rumour which says that Ebola can be cured by bathing in "hot water and salt".

Around 20 Nigerians have also been hospitalised from eating salt and bitter kola to prevent infection. Despite the Nigerian government issuing warnings that the treatment isn't effective, the rumor is being spread by text message and social media. - IBTimes


Two-headed dolphin washes up on beach in Turkey

The remains of a two-headed dolphin have been discovered on a beach in Turkey.

Stunned holidaymaker Turgul Metin spotted the dead dolphin as it washed up on shore in the district of Izmir, on Turkey’s west coast.

The 29-year-old sports teacher said one of the marine mammal’s eyes “were not fully formed”, the Turkish Times reports.

“I was completely shocked,” he explained.

“I noticed the dolphin in the sea and watched as it washed on to the beach.

“I couldn't take it in at first, I thought my eyes were playing tricks on me.

“I've never even heard about a dolphin like this let alone seen one with my own eyes.”

The dolphin pup was approximately 12 months old and measured one metre (3.2ft) in length.

Mr Metin called the police who removed the conjoined corpse from the beach.

Mehmet Gokoglu, a marine biologist from Akdeniz University who will be studying the unusual animal, said a conjoined dolphin was “very rare”.


Locals Celebrate Carbondale UFO Legend

On a chilly Saturday night in November 1974, three teenage boys lit up a Carbondale, PA silt pond and sparked a UFO legend that still glows 40 years later.

The boys, including Robert Gillette Jr., reported to police on Nov. 9 they saw “a red, whirring ball fly over Salem Mountain and into the mine pond.”

What would become known as the “Carbondale UFO” drew police officers, military, UFO enthusiasts and curious spectators from across the country. The glow lasted nine hours. After two days, a diver emerged from the murky waters with nothing but an old railroad lantern in hand.

Twenty-five years later, Gillette admitted throwing the battery-powered lantern into the pond to scare his sister, but the legend lives on.

The city plans to mark the upcoming 40th anniversary of the “close encounter” during the Pioneer Nights - Ethnic Heritage Festival with the Carbon D. Alien Regatta on Saturday.

Alex Kelly, co-owner of Icon Technologies, grew up down the road from the silt pond. He doesn’t remember any UFOs or little green men but he does recall the “chaos the next day.”

“There were cars everywhere, we couldn’t get out of our driveway,” he said.

A Scranton Times reporter described seeing licenses plates from 17 states and Canada at the pond. A story published on Nov. 12, 1974, reports that crowds showed up from New York and Connecticut. Every regional newspaper, radio and television station was live from the scene including a three-man news crew from Philadelphia. UFO specialists from New York, New Jersey and Northwestern University in Illinois investigated. A lengthy report by Matthew J. Graeber from the UFO Research Investigation Center in Philadelphia is still on file today at the Carbondale Historical Society.

Police manning the overwhelmed phone lines reported calls from as far away as England. People of all backgrounds and occupations surrounded the pond behind Russell Park, making the light in the water the lesser of then-police chief Francis Dottle’s worries. He was more concerned about the masses on the shore.

Kelly said believers and non-believers of the legend are separated into a few groups. Some believe the glow was caused by a lantern thrown into the pond. Others insist a craft from outer space landed in the small pond and the government covered it up.

One popular theory is that the illumination came from a fallen spy satellite, maybe from Russia, maybe from the United States, he said.

Jim Racht, also a co-owner of Icon Technologies, said, “People either roll their eyes or say, ‘Yeah, they took something out of there.’”

Involved with the Carbondale Historical Society and the Route 6 Task Force, Kelly and Racht began researching the event after an interview for WVIA’s “My Town” documentary about the city. Kelly said when Michele Bannon, city clerk, suggested including the UFO landing in the town’s history, the two men raised their hands and got to work. One question they asked themselves was if there was a UFO, who drove the craft?

Shortly after the documentary premiered in 2012 the two men started the website, carbondalien.com. The site features old and new photos of Carbondale doctored to include the life-sized green extraterrestrial plastic figure, which they took to the WVIA documentary premiere. A comprehensive history of the lore is also on the site.

In Racht’s 2010 book about the history of Carbondale, he dubs the incident the “Birth of a Suburban Legend.”

Sitting in their office next to a nearly five-foot-tall green extraterrestrial-looking figure wearing a white T-shirt, Kelly and Racht said one thing that most Carbondale residents agree that a flat bed truck hauled something covered by a blue tarp away from the scene all those years ago.

What it concealed remains a mystery. - CitizensVoice


Flying Ray Sighting

I received this information today:

It was two days right after hurricane Wilma in October 2005 in North Miami Beach, Florida, we had a black out for about three weeks.

I'm sitting outside with a friend looking at the stars and we saw a manta ray shaped object, looked like it was trying to camouflage in the sky. All of the sudden starts moving and what it looked like a star had started to move and realized it was a light in the center front of this object, kind of a pale orange color flickering.

It was moving west to east and disappeared behind the buildings next door. The "wings" rippled like a real manta ray would. Half an hour later we saw big white throbbing lights right in front of us, we got scared and ran inside.

It was definitely not from this planet! I keep doing research since, I would never forget what we saw! Just wanted to share, thanks.



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