Monday, November 24, 2014

Mystery Continues Over Why Paranormal ‘Ghost Hunter’ Stabbed Himself Inside Infamous ‘Ax Murder House’

Few details have emerged in the days after a man reportedly stabbed himself inside of the Villisca Ax Murder House, a popular tourist attraction in Iowa that was the site of a grisly murder scene in 1912 and is often frequented by paranormal investigators.

Robert Laursen, 37, was reportedly spending the night at the home as part of a family group investigating supposed ghosts last Friday when he inexplicably stabbed himself inside one of the rooms.

Few new details have emerged since the initial story broke, leaving the motive for the stabbing a mystery.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

10 Creepy Facts About Historical Burials

People have been burying the dead since before recorded history began. It is an essential rite shared by almost every culture. There are many unique beliefs about burial, and the human need to inter the deceased has led to many strange customs and events.

10. Suicide Victims Were Buried At Crossroads With Stakes Through Their Hearts

Suicide in England was once considered a heinous crime and the punishment extended even after death. To the English, suicide was self-murder and the perpetrators of unsuccessful suicides were charged as felons. The property of a suicide victim would be confiscated by the Crown after death which prompted families to disguise suicides to preserve their inheritance.

Another deterrent to suicide was that the victim would be denied Christian burial rites. People were concerned this would affect their afterlife and prevent their resurrection. Friends or family would also have to bury the body themselves.

The English enforced these laws to combat suicides but also because they feared them. Superstition held that a suicide victim’s spirit could return to haunt their home after death. In order to prevent spirits from roaming the town, the bodies of suicide victims were buried at crossroads. It was believed that being buried in such a manner would confuse the restless soul and prevent them from finding their way back home. A further safety measure included driving a stake through the corpse’s heart. In some cases, bodies were even buried near the seashore to prevent them from returning and terrorizing the living.

10 Authentic Historical Artifacts No One Can Explain

The world is full of bizarre and mysterious artifacts. While many of them are almost certainly hoaxes or have improbable theories attached to them, many more are truly mysterious or have outlandish histories.

It’s a shame that the same dubious artifacts get the lion’s share of attention on the Internet when there are so many true mysteries out there. Even some of the better-known artifacts have mysteries or bizarre features attached to them that are far more interesting than “aliens did it” or “Atlantis.”

10. The King List

The King List is an account of kingships stretching into the prehistory of the Sumerian people. About 18 nonidentical fragmentary versions of these stone cuneiform artifacts have been found, the most comprehensive of which is the Weld-Blundell prism in the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford. Researchers initially thought that they were straightforward historical documents, but as more complete versions came to light, it became obvious that many of the kings were either wholly or partially mythological. Rulers that should have been there were sometimes omitted. Others had implausibly long reigns or had mythical accounts attached to them or to the time of their reigns, such as the Sumerian account of a great flood and accounts of the exploits of Gilgamesh.

The question is: Why were the Sumerians so careful to document a line of kings while at the same time slipping in references that they had to know were mythological? This would seem to undermine the historical purpose of the document. One possible answer lies in the early history of Sumer. Cities such as Kish, Ur, and Akshak were all originally sovereign walled cities complete with their own gods, and political power belonged to the people. But as inter-city rivalry increased, the institution of kingship took hold, so the prevailing view is that the document became a political tool for cementing religious and political hegemony between the cities, providing the justification for the rulers to unite them into one civilization.

More fantastically inclined people have also made several claims about the King List. Its early chronology, recording the “antediluvian rulers” and early mythological accounts, has been used to try and confirm the Genesis of the Old Testament (and to provide evidence that Christianity was influenced by earlier mythologies). It was also used to support the story of Noah and the global flood. Some even believe that the long reigns of the early kings are actually true and that they were everything from gods to aliens.

University of California Scientists: ‘Camouflaged’ Aliens Live Among Us

Scientists of the University of California came up with an unusual hypothesis suggesting that space aliens have long settled on Earth and lived among us as observers.

Of course, there is no evidence of this, but according to ancient sources, including the Bible, our planet has been visited by representatives of extraterrestrial civilizations since its inception.

In 2000 scientists of the University of California, led by Professor Jonathan Malkisom, held a press conference, during which the sensational news that representatives of extraterrestrial civilizations have long been among humans was reported. They adopted human appearance and closely monitor our every move. 

“It’s like an extreme version of the camouflage found in some insects and animals. Moreover, according to historical records, there have been aliens on Earth from the beginning of creation,” says Adrian Kent of the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in Canada. 

Middle-aged people going missing in New York and New Jersey

It’s like a Sci-Fi movie — middle aged people are disappearing in the New York/New Jersey area by the dozens.

On Oct. 12th, Katharine Adams, 50, walked out of her West Village home, leaving behind her keys, cellphone and watch. She’s never been seen again, and her mother, Abagail Westlake, says the NYPD missing person’s bureau seems to be missing too, since she can’t get a call back.

In January, Wall Street Journal reporter David Bird, 55, took a quick walk without his cell phone or ID, never to be seen again, joining the dozens upon dozens of middle aged people who’ve gone missing in the area in the last two year alone.

Even if someone wanted to disappear in 2014, it’s nearly impossible. How the hell are all these people vanishing without a trace?

Saturday, November 22, 2014

France maintains state-run UFO research unit

France is now the only country in Europe to maintain its own state-run UFO investigation center.

Britain's Ministry of Defence might have shut down its official UFO desk back in 2009 but elsewhere in Europe France's own state-run UFO group is still going strong.

Known as Geipan, which stands for Study Group and Information on Non-Identified Aerospace Phenomenon, the team of four staff members and one dozen volunteers continues to accept and investigate reports of UFOs from across the country.

Man set to be eaten alive by giant snake

Paul Rosolie will don a special suit so that he can be eaten by an anaconda for an upcoming documentary.

It goes without saying that most of us would prefer to avoid being eaten by a giant snake, yet Rosolie is setting out to make this happen deliberately so that the whole thing can be filmed.

The naturalist and filmmaker is no stranger to dangerous situations having previously traveled in to the jungle with poachers to document the illegal trade of endangered wildlife. This latest stunt however is likely to be the riskiest thing he has ever done.

Denmark assigns $428k to research trolls

Trolls are a staple part of the myths and legends of Scandinavian folklore and now a researcher exploring the impact of these stories on the local environment has been awarded a sizable research grant to expand on his studies.

In particular the project will focus on the enigmatic island of Bornholm in the Baltic Sea where tales of a troll by the name of Krølle Bølle have been told for years.

CCTV footage ‘shows UFO picking up car from street’

Friday, November 21, 2014

CIA's Bin Laden 'Devil Doll' Up For Auction

An Osama bin Laden "devil doll" created almost a decade ago by the CIA is going on auction this month.

The agency came up with the idea of the action figurines as a way to scare children away from Bin Laden and counter his influence.

The plan, code-named Devil Eyes, was devised in 2005, when the terror mastermind was still America's most wanted man.

The 30cm (12in) dolls featured traditional clothing and had faces painted with dissolving material that would peel off and show a demon-like red complexion with black marks and green eyes.

Ghost town for sale... includes ghosts?!

Count Dracula explained by science! Irresistible blood scent identified!

A single chemical component of blood creates the pungent metallic scent Count Dracula found so irresistible, research has shown.

In Bram Stoker's original vampire novel, the sharp-toothed Count can hardly contain himself when his guest, Jonathan Harker, cuts himself shaving.

Now scientists know what the undead aristocrat was reacting to - an organic "aldehyde" compound called trans-4,5-epoxy-(E)-2-decenal.

In tests with zoo animals, lumps of wood impregnated with the lab-made chemical triggered a strong response from African and Asian wild dogs, South American bush dogs, and Siberian tigers.

On its own, the compound produced the same reactions - sniffing, licking, biting, pawing and toying - as horse blood.

The carnivores were not bothered with logs coated with fruit essence or a near-odourless solvent.

Tigers were lured most strongly by the blood compound while South American bush dogs lost interest more quickly than other species.

Lead scientist Professor Matthias Laska, from Linkoping University in Sweden, said: "For predators, food scents are particularly attractive, and much of this has to do with blood.

"We wanted to find out which chemical components create the scent of blood."