Saturday, December 20, 2014
The YouTube clip titled "Monster Energy drinks are the work of SATAN!!!!" features author Christine Weick and has garnered close to 7 million views as of Monday afternoon. The video makes the claim that the M used on the can represents the numbers 666 in Hebrew.
"There's a gap right here in the letter M, it's never connected," said Weick, explaining what she believes is the true meaning behind the M artwork. "So you go into Hebrew (writing). The letter vav is also the number six. Short top long tail."
She then shows how the M on the can is comprised of three separate lines or vavs with a "short top" and "long tail" that would spell out 666 when viewed side by side.
"I could just tell you that it's not true," Janet, a Monster Energy drink representative with the consumer relations deptartment (who declined to give her last name), told The Christian Post on Monday. "The M claw represents [the letter] M scratched on the can and doesn't represent anything else."
The unexplained signals were the real reason that the Rosetta mission targeted Comet 67P, the email published by the blog UFO Sightings Daily claims.
Earlier in November, the ESA actually announced that it was, in fact, picking up mysterious signals from the comet, calling the signals “a mysterious ‘song’ that Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko is singing into space,” calling to mind the musical form of communication use by the fictional aliens in the classic Stephen Spieleberg sci-fi film Close Encounters Of The Third Kind.
“The comet seems to be emitting a ‘song’ in the form of oscillations in the magnetic field in the comet’s environment,” the ESA said in a November 11 online post. “It is being sung at 40-50 millihertz, far below human hearing. To make the music audible to the human ear, the frequencies have been increased in this recording…”
Friday, December 19, 2014
When the merchant ship Mary Celeste set sail from New York on November 7, 1872, all signs pointed to an uneventful journey. When it was discovered just under a month later — completely abandoned, yet still in seaworthy condition, and with personal effects from its missing crew intact — it quickly entered maritime lore.
Almost exactly 142 years later (reports differ if it was December 4 or 5), the Mary Celeste still fascinates; its strange tale inspired a Sir Arthur Conan Doyle story, a Doctor Who storyline, deep-sea adventurer and novelist Clive Cussler, and multiple songs and novels.
What happened aboard the Mary Celeste? Why did its crew and passengers, which included captain Benjamin Briggs, his wife Sarah, and their toddler daughter, simply vanish, leaving a ship full of cargo (including enough food and water for six months) behind? A mystery this juicy has obviously inspired plenty of theories (Mutiny? Pirates?) and speculation (Kraken attack? Aliens?) over the years.
One guess has to do with the fact that the ship was toting over 1,700 barrels of industrial grade alcohol in its hold, though not all Mary Celeste experts agree.
In 2007, documentarian Anne MacGregor made The True Story of the Mary Celeste. The film, which was partly funded by the Smithsonian, used contemporary technology to launch a forensic investigation into the case.
The practice of ridding a body of a troublesome spirit dates back thousands of years. But to date, we have trusted only ordained ministers of the church to liberate people from the clutches of evil. Now the kind ministers at the Lighthouse Church, nestled between two homes on Route 15 and just across the street from the Wyoming Town Hall, are conducting classes which aim to teach common folks the dangerous act of pulling out evil spirits from a live human being – a practice commonly referred to as an exorcism.
The church’s door is adorned with a large banner that urges people to enlist in “God’s Army” to help eradicate Satan through the church’s teachings. Alongside pink and white flowers, the church also hangs an Israeli flag and weapons like a broadsword to complete the effect and ensure people they mean business.
But did these events actually occur - did Moses really part the waters of the Red Sea? As it turns out there is a scientific basis to support the idea that something like this could happen.
In a recent study, software engineer Carl Drews created a computer model to demonstrate that a phenomenon known as "wind setdown" might be the key to explaining what happened.
Thursday, December 18, 2014
By broadcasting formulae of aromatic chemicals, she says, aliens could reconstruct all sorts of whiffs that help to define life on Earth: animal blood and faeces, sweet floral and citrus scents or benzene to show our global dependence on the car. This way intelligent life forms on distant planets who may not see or hear as we do, says Paterson, could explore us through smell, one of the most primitive and ubiquitous senses of all.
Her idea is only the latest in a list of attempts to hail intelligent life outside of the Solar System. Forty years ago this month, the Arecibo radio telescope in Puerto Rico sent an iconic picture message into space – and we’ve arguably been broadcasting to aliens ever since we invented TV and radio.
However in recent years, astronomers, artists, linguists and anthropologists have been converging on the idea that creating comprehensible messages for aliens is much harder than it seems. This week, Paterson and others discussed the difficulties of talking to our cosmic neighbours at a conference called Communicating Across the Cosmos, held by Seti (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence). It seems our traditional ways of communicating through pictures and language may well be unintelligible – or worse, be catastrophically misconstrued. So how should we be talking to ET?
Lost in translation?
We have always wanted to send messages about humanity beyond the planet. According to Albert Harrison, a space psychologist and author of Starstruck: Cosmic Visions in Science, Religion and Folklore, the first serious designs for contacting alien life appeared two centuries ago, though they never got off the ground.
In the 1800s, mathematician Carl Gauss proposed cutting down lines of trees in a densely forested area and replanting the strips with wheat or rye, Harrison wrote in his book. “The contrasting colours would form a giant triangle and three squares known as a Pythagoras figure which could be seen from the Moon or even Mars.” Not long after, the astronomer Joseph von Littrow proposed creating huge water-filled channels topped with kerosene. “Igniting them at night showed geometric patterns such as triangles that Martians would interpret as a sign of intelligence, not nature.”
But in the 20th Century, we began to broadcast in earnest. The message sent by Arecibo hoped to make first contact on its 21,000 year journey to the edge of the Milky Way. The sketches it contained, made from just 1,679 digital bits, look cute to us today, very much of the ‘Pong’ video game generation. Just before then, Nasa’s Pioneer 10 and 11 space probes each carried a metal calling card bolted onto their frame with symbols and drawings on the plaque, showing a naked man and woman.
Yet it’s possible that these kinds of message may turn out to be incomprehensible to aliens; they might find it as cryptic as we find Stone Age etchings.
From the ages of 2 to 6, children are more likely to talk about being someone else, often someone who experienced trauma—a soldier who died in the line of fire, a pilot who crashed, a murder victim. After the age of 6, they often lose interest or even forget what they’d previously said. The memories, whether really from a past life or imagined, can have a negative psychological impact on the child.
Some become emphatic and distressed about having left their other family or home and wanting to return. Some have debilitating phobias seemingly related to the traumatic death they remember. Some are haunted by the traumas of their purported past lives in flashbacks or nightmares.
Japan is a land full of mountainous, wilderness terrain, but what are we to make of large hairy hominid accounts originating from this island nation? The “Japanese Bigfoot,” commonly referred to as the Hibagon, is said to lurk in the forests of Mt. Hiba in Northern Hiroshima, from which it gains its namesake, as well as its surrounding wilderness. The Hibagon is typically described as being reddish brown or black in color, and sometimes reported as having a patch of white fur on its chest or arms. It is said to be a foul smelling and ugly creature, with a fierce face covered in bristles, a snub nose, and glaring, intelligent eyes. The ape-like face is sometimes said to be long and somewhat protruding rather than flat like a human’s, and the head is often reported as proportionately large, and shaped somewhat like an inverted triangle.
The Hibagon is much smaller than its North American counterpart, the Sasquatch, and is most commonly reported as around 5 feet in height and estimated as weighing about 180 pounds. The creature is also reported to be more ape-like and animalistic than the Sasquatch as well. The Hibagon is often described as looking more like a gorilla or giant monkey than human-like, and although it is most often seen moving bipedally, many reports tell of the creature moving about on all fours quite easily. Some eyewitnesses even claim the animal was hopping along “like a monkey.” Other notable features of reports are the Hibagon’s apparent curiosity, its lack of fear of people and the absence of any sort of vocalizations in the reports.
The Hibagon is mostly known from a series of sightings in the Mt. Hiba area lasting from 1970 to 1982. Probably the first Hibagon sighting account occurred in early 1970, when a group of elementary school students out picking wild mushrooms in the forests of Mt. Hiba were terrified to come across an ape-like beast noisily crashing through brush nearby. The creature became perturbed at the presence of humans in its vicinity, and made some threatening gestures and snapped some branches, much like a gorilla’s bluffing display it might be noted, before darting away into the underbrush. The children immediately rushed bak to their teacher to report what they had seen, but upon further investigation the creature was gone. All that remained in its wake were swaths of smashed underbrush and branches that seemed to have been twisted apart, something that would take far more strength than a school child would possess.
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Last month Google reported that Ouija boards were fast becoming one of this year's most popular Christmas gifts thanks to the popularity of Halloween movie 'Ouija', but now exorcists and paranormal investigators have warned that people should avoid purchasing them unless they know what they are doing.
Despite being sold in toy shops, Ouija boards have long been associated with the occult and some believe that their misuse can have unpleasant consequences.
"It's easy to open up evil spirits but it's very hard to get rid of them," said one priest who wished to remain anonymous. "People can be very naive in thinking that they are only contacting the departed souls of loved-ones when they attempt to communicate with the dead using the boards."