Thursday, November 20, 2014

4-acre spider web found in Baltimore building

Arachnophobes might want to avoid taking a job at the Back River Wastewater Treatment Plant in Baltimore, a building that has become infested with millions of spiders.

While the arachnids themselves are not believed to be harmful, their activity in the plant has produced webs so extensive that they cover 95% of the building's four-acre ceiling.

Experts believe that there are 35,176 spiders per cubic meter.

Crews Have Been Pulling Zombies Out Of Lake Michigan

Call them the floating dead.

Rescue crews in Chicago have been hard at work pulling zombies out of Lake Michigan after a Halloween barge sank off Navy Pier on Oct. 31.

The roughly 50 zombies on the boat have continued to surface throughout the week, WGN reports.

Founder Of Skeptic’s Society Rattled After Witnessing A Paranormal Event

Michael Shermer is a well respected man amongst his community. He is the founding Publisher of Skeptic magazine, a monthly columnist for Scientific American, a regular contributor to Time.com, and Presidential Fellow at Chapman University. He is very skeptical and scientific by nature and until now had never had a supernatural or paranormal experience.

“I just witnessed an event so mysterious that it shook my skepticism.” Michael Shermer
 
A Shift In Perspective

In his 2006 TED talk, we see a very skeptical and almost condescending Shermer. Nonetheless his talk is certainly an interesting one and well worth watching. Although much of the time he pokes fun at “odd” theories, he makes some good points about how we choose to see and hear things and form beliefs as a result.

On an observational level it is still interesting to hear someone, who clearly has a bias towards certain subjects, call out others who have bias’ in an attempt to explain why we believe weird things. For example, he pokes fun at something like UFO’s and aliens stating “it’s very likely they are not real.” He does this in a manner that some skeptics do where they use words to divert from the evidence and call upon the more ridiculous claims in an attempt to debunk the entire phenomenon. Perhaps he hasn’t seen the abundant evidence that exists including declassified government documents on the subject?

Either way the point here is simply that from a standpoint of discovery, sticking true to the scientific method is important in all cases when we’re looking for external validation of an idea. Leaving bias or methodology to prove a point by finding the most obscene examples of a theory out of the equation is the best bet. Being skeptical is OK, but being a skeptic in true form does not mean being closed minded, it simply means being open to questioning and exploring new ideas without simply believing it.

From his talk I can see why so many skeptics are not humble in their beliefs and often feel superior to others who don’t share the same beliefs. It almost seems to be ‘skeptic culture.’ But given his latest experience, perhaps Michael will have an entirely different view towards some of the claims others have made during his career?

Man's horror as 20 live maggots are found living under his skin after Africa trip

A man was found to have 20 maggots living under his skin after he complained of sore and itchy blotches on his body.

The man, surnamed Ma, from Guangzhou, China, had spent six months working in Africa, according to Apple Daily.

When he returned home, he went to see local doctors about his itchy skin but his condition did not improve.

He endured the itching for another two weeks before seeing a dermatologist at the Shenzhen Nanshan Hospital.

The dermatologist examined the man's pus-filled sores and determined that maggots were nestled underneath under the skin of his abdomen and right thigh.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Why did 37 million bees fall out of the sky?

Millions of bees mysteriously fell from the sky and wiped out beekeepers' profits in an instant in Canada.

The shock incident came just weeks after genetically modified corn was planted in Ontario, according to the local honey gatherers.

Beekeeper Dave Schuit lost about 37 million bees, which is around 600 hives.

He told urbanhomesteadhoney.com: "Once the corn started to get planted our bees died by the millions."

A collapse in the global honeybee population has caused widespread concern with many pointing to pesticides as the cause in the decline of colonies.

The insects are vital to the food chain and their decline is a major threat to crops.

Girl's Princess Wand Is Actually Beyond Scary Demonic Toy

What the hell?

A Dayton, Ohio, mom was horrified when the toy she thought was a princess wand turned out to have an image of a demonic-looking girl slitting her wrists, WHIO reports.

Nicole Allen told the station her two-year-old daughter peeled back a piece of foil on the toy to reveal the disturbing image.

"I’m outraged," Allen said. "I wanna know how they think that is suitable for a child."

Ghost of guilt-ridden nanny spotted

The ghost of a guilt-ridden nanny who allegedly saw a child die in her care during the Second World War has been spotted in an Oxfordshire bed and breakfast, experts believe.

During a ghost tour of the historic area, an outline of her spirit is thought to have been captured in an eerie photograph of Langsmeade House in Thame.

The house, which was built in 1924, has previously been listed on local websites as a hotbed for paranormal activity where guests reported hearing footsteps and ghosts 'clearing their throats'.

It is the first time the ghost has been seen on the property but guests have mentioned others in the past, its owner said.

Michelle Morris was taking part in a 'paranormal investigation' in the house on Halloween when she heard 'activity upstairs'.

The 42-year-old said: 'I was outside with a group of guests and we were investigating the grounds,' the 42-year-old said.

'We decided to head towards the house and when I looked up there was a lot of activity on the top floor.

'That’s when I started taking photos as I knew it was something paranormal.'

Mother claims her child is haunted by ghost of Marine

A terrified mother believes the ghost of a dead marine could be haunting her four-year-old son.

Michelle Lucas from Virginia Beach claims four-year-old Andrew talks about the life of Sergeant Val S Lewis who was killed during a terrorist bomb attack in Beirut, Lebanon, in 1983.

She told News Channel 3: 'He just starts crying hysterically and I say, "What's wrong Andrew,' and he says "Why did you let me die in that fire".'

'Scared me, scared me— I didn’t know if there was a spirit coming out of him. I didn't know if there was a spirit coming out of him.'

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

VFW members hang around even after death

Penns Grove Memorial VFW Post 8840 has many members.

Some are alive and kicking, and some have passed on.

The question is, have they left?

Earlier this month, Jersey Unique Minds Paranormal Society was asked to investigate the VFW based on many claims of personal experiences.

"They originally called us because there were several stories told through the years of people experiencing things there," said JUMPS Founder and CEO Doug Hogate Jr. "Basically they wanted to validate whether the stuff that was happening was true or if there was another explanation."

After setting up several infrared cameras and audio recorders, investigators Susan Sacavage, along with her daughter Sammi and investigator Cara Davidson, began investigating in the bar area of the old building.

"At the bar, they pour a shot for the dead person and leave it out," Davidson said.

She said she was asking if anyone wanted a shot.

"I thought I heard a 'no' response throughout the night when we offered beer," Davidson said. "I was reviewing the recorder and you can hear us offering drinks and I got the EVP (electronic voice phenomenon) 'Don't like beer, I drink (unknown)."

The last part of the EVP wasn't understandable.

The bartender, who participated in the investigation, commented that "no serviceman wants a beer," and an EVP was captured saying "no."

Paranormal expert photographs Nessie’s ‘head’

An international paranormal investigator turned monster hunter has photographed what appears to be Nessie’s head emerging from the waters of Loch Ness.

And the image captured by Jonathon Bright, who is Greek but is known around the world by his English name, is remarkably similar to the underwater picture taken by a world-renowned scientist.

Boston-based Dr Robert Rines spent years researching and searching for the elusive waterhorse and brought sophisiticated underwater camera and sonar equipment to the Highlands in 1972 in a bid to solve the mystery.

He died in 2009 never having obtained conclusive proof but his ‘gargoyle head’ picture and one of what appears to be a long-necked beast swimming through the water plus a close-up of a flipper remain the best images of what could be Nessie.

Although Bright is not claiming to have a photo proving Nessie’s existence, he plans to return to Loch Ness after examining thousands more photographs he has taken in and around Loch Ness on his second trip there this week.

Ghost hunter reportedly stabs self while investigating ax murder home

A man described as a ghost hunter was taken to the hospital after reportedly stabbing himself in the chest while staying at an infamous Iowa home where six children and two adults were killed by an ax murderer in 1912.

Robert Laursen of Rhinelander, Wisconsin, was staying overnight in the Villisca Ax Murder House when the terrifying incident unfolded.

The 37-year-old man was said to be part of a group of paranormal investigators who were exploring the home for supernatural phenomena when he stabbed himself with an unknown object, the Daily Mail reported.

The details of what unfolded are unclear, though reports claim that Laursen was alone inside one of the rooms inside the home — which has no working plumbing or electricity — when the stabbing unfolded just before 1 a.m. Friday morning.

“It’s kind of shocking to wake up and hear that someone has nearly died at your tourist attraction,” Villisca Ax Murder House owner Martha Linn told the Omaha World-Herald, adding that she’s “sick” over the incident. “I can’t imagine why somebody would do something like this to himself.”

15 coffins unearthed when property owner digs for pool on edge of French Quarter

When Vincent Marcello began planning to install a swimming pool on his French Quarter property, he suspected construction crews might find something other than dirt in the backyard.

Specifically, Marcello thought workers may unearth human bones, knowing his luxury condo near North Rampart and Toulouse streets sat on part of the city's first burial grounds.

So Marcello hired Ryan Gray, an archaeologist, to do a test dig in April 2010. Four feet down, Gray's shovel struck wood.

It was the first of what would turn out to be 15 coffins from the old St. Peter Cemetery that had to be removed to make way for the pool. People had been reminded of its existence in the 1980s, when skeletons turned up during the construction of another condo project.

Because state law requires respectful treatment of human remains, archaeologists carefully removed the caskets, some of which were waterlogged because they were buried below the water table.

"This is not easy," said Gray, who participated in that endeavor. "An adult coffin, intact, probably weighs 600 to 800 pounds, and we were moving these without heavy equipment."

The skeletons were sent to Baton Rouge, where they are being studied in LSU's Forensic Anthropology and Computer Enhancement Services Laboratory.