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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Daily 2 Cents: Circular UFO w/ Lights -- Black Eyed Ghoul in London's Underground -- Tomb of Jesus Christ...in Japan

Circular UFO w/ Lights

California - 10/27/2014 - was out taking photos of the Sun setting through trees weed excetera. when reviewing my photos later I noticed a strange object in one photograph I have no idea if it is a UFO or some kind of crazy lens flare or what so I am hoping you will examine and inform me. I am attaching the original photo taken with my phone Samsung S3 and two crops that I made of it to see what it was. - MUFON CMS


Black Eyed Ghoul in London's Underground

Reports of a girl with “coal-black pits for eye sockets” first emerged in the capital in the 1980s - but experts now say she is back.

The last sighting was just two weeks ago and a paranormal investigator says he has been flooded with reports.

One terrified traveller said he and his wife were waiting for the tube with their child when they heard the chilling sound of a little girl giggling in the tunnel.

“To our amazement, a child, no taller than one meter in height appeared as if out of nowhere further up the track in front of us,” he said.

“We stopped dead in our tracks after noticing her eyes had no colour.”

The investigator, who did not want to be named, said: “I have received nine different reports in the last two years from seemingly credible witnesses.

“During interviews most of their stories have been very similar.”

It comes after a recent surge in reported sightings of screaming black-eyed child ghosts across the UK.

The ghost of Cannock Chase, in Staffs, has returned after 30 years.

One of the haunted places is the area’s Four Crosses pub.

Ghouls have also been spotted frequently in Cannock Chases’s spooky woodland.

Legend has it they are the ghosts of three children murdered by car mechanic Raymond Leslie Morris in the 1960s.

The recent ghoul sightings in the London Underground are not the first in the capital.

As well as the black-eyed child being spotted in the 1980s, other ghosts are said to have haunted the tracks of various stations for years. - DailyStar


Tomb of Jesus Christ: Shingo, Japan

The small village of Shingo in Japan’s Aomori Prefecture is known not only for its cattle ranches and yam production, but thanks to one rogue cosmoarcheologist the village is also home to the supposed Tomb of Jesus Christ.

According to apocryphal religious writings known as the Takenouchi Documents, it was not Jesus who was crucified on that bloody Golgotha, but in fact it was his younger brother, Isukiri. After being captured by the Romans, it is said that Jesus escaped by switching places with his younger brother, taking only a lock of the Virgin Mary’s hair and one of his brother’s ears while he fled to Japan. After settling down in Shingo, Jesus is said to have had three children with a local woman before dying of natural causes at the age of 106. It is even believed that many of the village’s current inhabitants are the descendants of that holy blood. See more at Disinfo


World's Longest Snake Has Virgin Birth—First Recorded in Species

Virgin birth has been documented in the world's longest snake for the first time, a recent study says.

An 11-year-old reticulated python named Thelma produced six female offspring in June 2012 at the Louisville Zoo in Kentucky, where she lives with another female python, Louise. No male had ever slithered anywhere near the 200-pound (91-kilogram), 20-foot-long (6 meters) mother snake.

New DNA evidence, published in July in the Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, revealed that Thelma is the sole parent, said Bill McMahan, the zoo's curator of ectotherms, or cold-blooded animals.

"We didn't know what we were seeing. We had attributed it to stored sperm," he said. "I guess sometimes truth is stranger than fiction."

Virgin births have been observed in other reptiles before, including other pythons and snake species, said James Hanken, a professor of herpetology at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Fatherless reproduction in animals that normally require two parents is called parthenogenesis.

This phenomenon occurs when polar bodies, or cells produced with an animal's egg that normally die or disappear, behave like sperm and fuse with the egg.

The number of species known to be capable of virgin births—pythons, boas, birds, sharks, and more—has grown significantly in recent years, noted study leader Warren Booth, a biologist at the University of Tulsa in Oklahoma.

For instance, until now, scientists had never witnessed the phenomenon in reticulated pythons.

"Pythons are an old, ancient species. We've seen this in more advanced species like garter snakes," said Booth, adding that the discovery helps scientists learn more about the snakes' evolutionary family tree.

It's still a mystery as to why parthenogenesis happens, though Booth hypothesizes that geographic isolation from males and captivity may have a lot to do with it.

In Thelma's case, her virgin birth may have been triggered by ideal living conditions, zoo curator McMahan speculates.

"It takes a lot out of [pythons] to reproduce, and she had everything she needed. I had fed her a really big meal, 40 pounds [18 kilograms] of chicken. She was living in an exhibit larger than the typical size. There were heat pads. Everything was optimal," he said.

Despite having only a mother, Thelma's offspring are all half-clones.

Three of them look like her, retaining her intricate reticulated pattern. The others display a "super tiger" pattern of bright yellow with black stripes.

While the six snakes are all healthy behind glass doors, Booth doubts their ability to survive in the wild as they're "highly inbred and often die early."

Overall, the discovery reveals that there's a lot left to be discovered about parthenogenesis.

"It's something we used to consider an evolutionary novelty," Booth said, "that's much more common than we thought." - NatGeo



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