Thursday, October 02, 2014

Daily 2 Cents: Witch Season in Salem -- School Room Disappears -- China's 'Supercave' World's Most Enormous Cavern


Witch season kicks off in Salem

SALEM — October in the Witch City might seem like tourist territory, but this year there’s plenty of witchcraft-related events that even a jaded local could love.

Beginning tomorrow and building until the city celebrates Halloween on Friday, Oct. 31, Salem is slated to host a wide array of tours, speeches, balls, films, art shows and other events, much of it highlighting the region’s spooky past.

But nestled among the myriad events — all of which are outlined on a city website at www.hauntedhappenings.org — are numerous gems for the local who thinks he or she has heard it all before.

“There’s really something for everyone, and there’s something really great about being a tourist in your own backyard,” said Kate Fox, the city’s tourism czar. “Walking away and saying, ‘I lived next door all my life, and I’ve never done that. That was really fun.’”

Fox said the city is always trying to appeal to the local mindset, in part because a large percentage of tourists come to Salem in October with friends or family who live locally. Thus, locals find themselves at costume balls, on guided tours, at the Witch Museum — and loving it.

“You don’t have to be a tourist to enjoy these things; they’re fun for everybody,” Fox said. Read more at Gloucester Times

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Loss of smell predicts death

The loss of a sense of smell can predict death within five years, according to research published today in the online journal PLOS ONE.

The study was from the National Social Life, Health and Ageing Project (NSHAP) and involved more than 3000 US participants aged between 57 and 85. It was conducted by Jayant Pinto and colleagues from the University of Chicago.

They asked the participants to identify five common odours – rose, leather, fish, orange and peppermint – as a way of assessing the accuracy and robustness of their sense of smell.

After five years, the participants were asked to take the test again. During the five year gap, 430 participants (12.5% of the total) had died, with 39% of those who failed the first smell test dying before the second test. Of those who had scored moderately well on the first test, 19% had died by the second test, while only 10% of those who had a healthy sense of smell on the original test had died during the period.

Surprisingly, loss of smell was a more accurate predictor of imminent death than a cancer diagnosis, heart disease or lung failure.

However the researchers argue smell loss does not cause death. The smell receptors, on the tip of the olfactory nerve, are continuously regenerated by stem cells, which makes them unique in the human body. One hypothesis is that the production of stem cells falls away as we age, affecting our sense of smell and indicating the body can no longer repair itself. - Cosmos Magazine

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School Room Disappears

So this was a few weeks back in senior year of high school, and after school on a Friday I was looking for a quiet place to get some studying done and I was wandering around and went into the choir hall, which is just one long hallway with many rooms off either side, so I'm walking then I get to the end of the hall and there is a door I've never seen before. I open it and inside is a well-lit room with mirrors covering all walls. I walk in and close the door behind me. I sit down at the piano and mess around for a while, and once I'm done, I proceed to walk to a door on the side that leads outside. I get outside and walk to my car that is nearby in the main parking lot. Short walk. I drive off and think nothing of it. Fast forward a few weeks and I don't feel like going home, so I'm going to play some piano then head home. I walk into the choir hall, and I walk all the way down, only to find a blank wall. This confused me, especially because there was a water fountain with the same sharpie mark on it as there had been outside of this mystery music room. I walked back up to the entrance, to double-check I was in the right place. "Choir Hall" looked back at me above the door in bold lettering. I walk back down, and there, like nothing ever happened, is this door. I try the handle but it is locked, so I look in and the room I knew was there. I can't figure out what happened, and now the room is there every time I check. - Reddit.com

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China's “Supercave” Takes Title as World's Most Enormous Cavern


China's immense Miao Room cavern, hidden beneath rolling hills and reachable only by an underground stream, is the world's biggest cave chamber, an international mapping team reported on Sunday. Read more at National Geographic

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The Messengers: Owls, Synchronicity and the UFO Abductee

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Impossible Realities: The Science Behind Energy Healing, Telepathy, Reincarnation, Precognition, and Other Black Swan Phenomena

I Am the Word: A Guide to the Consciousness of Man's Self in a Transitioning Time

Silent Invasion: The Pennsylvania UFO-Bigfoot Casebook

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Don't Look Behind You: Following Ghost Roads Into the Unknown

Beyond the Seventh Gate: Exploring Toad Road, The Seven Gates of Hell, and Other Strangeness in York, Lancaster, and Adams Counties

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Wood Knocks Volume 1: A Journal of Sasquatch Research

Wood Knocks Volume 2: A Journal of Sasquatch Research

Wood Knocks Volume 3: Journal of Sasquatch Research

The Black Eyed Children

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The Essential Guide to Bigfoot

The Lake Michigan Mothman: High Strangeness in the Midwest

Hunt for the Skinwalker: Science Confronts the Unexplained at a Remote Ranch in Utah

The Monster Book: Creatures, Beasts and Fiends of Nature

A Menagerie of Mysterious Beasts: Encounters with Cryptid Creatures

The Mothman Prophecies: A True Story

The Time Before the Secret Words: On the path of Remote Viewing, High Strangeness and Zen

The Zozo Phenomenon

The Djinn Connection: The Hidden Links Between Djinn, Shadow People, ETs, Nephilim, Archons, Reptilians and Other Entities

Beyond the Seventh Gate: Exploring Toad Road, The Seven Gates of Hell, and Other Strangeness in York, Lancaster, and Adams Counties

The Beast of Boggy Creek: The True Story of the Fouke Monster

Lizard Man: The True Story of the Bishopville Monster

Momo: The Strange Case of the Missouri Monster

Beyond Boggy Creek: In Search of the Southern Sasquatch

The Beast of Bray Road: Tailing Wisconsin's Werewolf

Real Wolfmen: True Encounters in Modern America

Monsters Among Us: An Exploration of Otherworldly Bigfoots, Wolfmen, Portals, Phantoms, and Odd Phenomena

The Royal Arch of Enoch

The Real Men In Black: Evidence, Famous Cases, and True Stories of These Mysterious Men and their Connection to UFO Phenomena

The Van Meter Visitor: A True and Mysterious Encounter with the Unknown

Monsters of West Virginia: Mysterious Creatures in the Mountain State

Venus Rising: A Concise History of the Second Planet

Final Countdown: Rockets to Venus

Cosmic Ray's Excellent Venus Adventure

The Brimstone Deceit: An In-Depth Examination of Supernatural Scents, Otherworldly Odors, and Monstrous Miasmas

Thieves in the Night: A Brief History of Supernatural Child Abductions

Voices From the Cosmos

Humanoid Encounters Series - Albert S. Rosales

Monsterland: Encounters with UFOs, Bigfoot and Orange Orbs

The Chilling, True Terror of the Black-Eyed Kids: A Monster Compilation

Beasts of Britain

Abduction: Human Encounters with Aliens

Passport to the Cosmos

Weird Winged Wonders: The Twilight World Of Cryptid Creatures

Fingerprints of the Gods

Into The Fringe: A True Story of Alien Abduction

The Candle and the Crossroads: A Book of Appalachian Conjure and Southern Root-Work

Creole Religions of the Caribbean: An Introduction from Vodou and Santeria to Obeah and Espiritismo, Second Edition (Religion, Race, and Ethnicity)

Slenderman: From Fiction to Fact

The Starchild Skull -- Genetic Enigma or Human-Alien Hybrid?

Passport to Magonia: From Folklore to Flying Saucers

Grimoire for the Green Witch: A Complete Book of Shadows

The Lost City of the Exodus: The Archaeological Evidence behind the Journey Out of Egypt

Moses and Akhenaten: Brothers in Alms

The Crystal Bible

Encyclopedia of Crystals, Revised and Expanded

Winged Cryptids: Humanoids, Monsters & Anomalous Creatures Casebook

Alien Disclosure: Experiencers Expose Reality

Mothman Dynasty: Chicago's Winged Humanoids

Haunted Rock & Roll: Ghostly Tales Of Musical Legends

Angel Medicine

Toward the Light: Rescuing Spirits, Trapped Souls, and Earthbound Ghosts

Light the Way: A Guide to Becoming a Rescue Medium

Owl Medicine

Hoodoo Herb and Root Magic: A Materia Magica of African-American Conjure

Pow-Wows, or Long Lost Friend: A Collection of Mysterious and Invaluable Arts and Remedies, for Man as Well as Animals

Energy Essentials for Witches and Spellcasters

Powwowing Among the Pennsylvania Dutch: A Traditional Medical Practice in the Modern World (Pennsylvania German History and Culture)

The Mothman Prophecies: A True Story

Operation Trojan Horse: The Classic Breakthrough Study of UFOs

The Eighth Tower: On Ultraterrestrials and the Superspectrum

Our Haunted Planet

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