Sunday, January 25, 2015

The World's 9 Most Haunted Bodies of Water

Ghost ships, watery pianos, vengeful spirits, shipwrecks, killer seaweed, and voodoo... haunted bodies of water come in all kinds and configurations. There's nothing scarier than water that's out to get you. Here are the nine most haunted bodies of water on Earth. Who's up for a swim?
 
1) Manchac Swamp, Louisiana

Bayous are generally pretty foreboding, what with all the snakes and gators and quicksand and such, but southeastern Louisiana's Manchac Swamp has its very own crew of local spooks. One is the bloodthirsty rougarou, a Cajun variation on the werewolf that's said to lurk in watery turf across Acadiana.

The other, though, is a woman variously named as Julie White or Julie Brown, described as a "voodoo priestess" who got her jollies freaking out her neighbors by predicting "One day I'm gonna die, and I'm gonna take all of you with me." Legend has it that her funeral was held the very day the deadly 1915 New Orleans hurricane struck, burying her entire town in its wake. Eerie, no?

Man Wakes Up From Coma After Smelling Money

This is the kind of thing that makes young people decide it’s not worth it to spend years in medical school and rack up huge student debts to become doctors. A man in Shenzhen, China, who had been in a coma for over a year was suddenly jolted back to consciousness when someone held a new 100 yuan note under his nose.

According to Central European News, in August 2013 Xiao Li spent a week in an Internet cafĂ© working round the clock without stopping for sleep. When he finally did pass out, he couldn’t be awakened and was declared to be in a coma. None of the usual medications or treatments for coma worked on Li.

Hoping to get a reaction with a sensory stimulus, the hospital’s chief medic Dr. Liu Tang asked Li’s family for some help.

We had asked his family what really drove him, and they were very clear that it was money.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Phantom white dogs and Celtic fairy hounds

Characterised by their sable-hued pelage, blazing red eyes, spectral nature, and their traditional association with disaster and death, the zooform phenomena known as Black Dogs have been extensively documented. Equally mysterious, but far less familiar, are their pallid counterparts, the White Dogs and fairy hounds. Nevertheless, these canine phantoms are by no means rare.

One of Great Britain's most famous White Dogs is Gally-trot, reported in the North Country and Suffolk, which resembles a bullock-sized dog with a white shaggy coat. Gally-trot earns its name from its tendency to chase after anyone who runs away from it, and from its fearsome demeanour ('Gally' translates as 'to frighten'). What may be the same apparition has also been recorded specifically from a marshy pool near Burgh, in Suffolk, called Bath Slough.

During the years leading up to World War II, a White Dog was often seen racing across the road linking the Norfolk villages of Great and Little Snoring, and on one occasion an unsuspecting motorist drove directly through it! Equally intangible is the white hound of Cator Common, Dartmoor, which, in one particularly memorable modern-day instance, abruptly disappeared in full view of a lady who had stretched out her hand to stroke it.

Even more extraordinary, as brought to my notice by cryptozoologist Jan Williams, is the White Dog reported from Leek Brook in Staffordshire. Just like its Black Dog equivalent, East Anglia's Old Shuck, this particular White Dog has no head! Another Black Dog trait mirrored by certain White Dogs is their association with chains - as demonstrated by the white hound of Bunbury, Cheshire, which is normally observed dragging a length of chain behind it.


Dubai: Landlords 'blame goblins' for property fires

Landlords seeking compensation for house fires in Dubai have sometimes told police the blaze was started by supernatural beings, it's been reported.

Owners claim their properties were set alight by goblins or jinns in order to claim insurance money or even to get a new house, the Khaleej Times website reports. A police fire expert has rubbished the idea as little more than a scam, telling the paper that their investigations suggest the fires are often either started deliberately or caused by negligence.

"Fire experts follow scientific methods according to specific rules," says Ahmed Mohammed, a senior fire expert at the Criminal Evidence Department of the Dubai Police. "There have been cases in which a person or persons tell lies, and make weird claims that a jinn is behind the fire," he says, adding that many people don't know how to deal with fires when they start. A straightforward solution would be to set up CCTV cameras in buildings, Mr Mohammed says.

Ever Wake Up and Think You See a Ghost? Here's What's Happening!

It was an ordinary night, but Salma, a 20-year-old student at The American University in Cairo, had a particularly frightening experience. She woke up, unable to move a muscle, and felt as though there were an intruder in her bedroom. She saw what appeared to be a fanged, bloody creature that looked like "something out of a horror movie," standing beside her bed.

She later explained her experience to researchers who were conducting a survey about sleep paralysis, a common but somewhat unexplained phenomenon in which a person awakens from sleep but feels unable to move. Up to 40 percent of people report experiencing sleep paralysis at some point in their lives, and a few, like Salma, hallucinate shadowy intruders hovering over them.

"Sleep paralysis can be a very frightening experience for some people, and a clear understanding of what actually causes it would have great implications for people who suffer from it," said Baland Jalal, a neuroscientist at the University of California, San Diego.

Witness Describes Humanoid / UFO Encounters

From phantomsandmonsters.com

My friend & colleague Albert Rosales forwarded a humanoid report from the MUFON CMS. I must admit...this one is quite compelling:

Reigelsville, PA - June 15, 2012 - 2am

This report describes only one encounter. The one that has left me with the most unanswered questions. However, I have had many sightings and feel as though I may be under surveillance. My experiences started when I was eight and persist to this day. I need to speak with someone who has experience with these matters. I need to understand.

I only want to be contacted via email. I do not want my name associated with this report.

A couple years ago, I had been out with friends until around 1:00 am. I was driving home the way I always go. I have a heavy foot and was enjoying an exciting drive on empty roads.

As I was coming up to a nice S curve I noticed what I thought to be a deer moving thru the brush to my right about to cross the road in front of me. I braked hard to avoid a collision.

As the "deer" crossed the road in front of me, I was just clearing the bend and could see the road ahead.

I immediately saw the glowing Kashmir blue light brightly emanating from the "mask/helmet/face" of a tall "man" standing on the left side of the road. "He" must have stood seven feet tall or more. The "deer" ran up to the "man" and stopped directly in front of "him".


Friday, January 23, 2015

The Hellish Monster Flew

Like so many other villages in the ancient county of Devon, England, Widecombe-in-the-Moor has a curious history attached to it. On October 21, 1638, the village church, St. Pancras, was badly damaged by a lightning strike that killed four people and injured sixty-two. It transpires that there is far more than initially meets the eye with respect to this particular lightning strike.

At the time of its occurrence, the clergyman was one George Lyde, who was born at Berry Pomeroy in 1601, and who was standing in the pulpit when the lightning struck. Fortunately, he narrowly avoided serious injury – if not death, even.

Interestingly, although at the time the event was seen as the work of the Devil, there’s a school of thought that suggests the event was caused by that rare aerial phenomenon known as ball-lightning.

Indeed, the phenomenon that led to both death and severe injury in the church was said to have been provoked by nothing less than a “great ball of fire.” Goodness gracious…

Rare microfilms of alien sightings are now available online for free!

In 1948, the US government launched several inquiries into UFO sightings, which many believed were sparked by Cold War paranoia.

In what became known as 'Project Blue Book,' more than 12,000 encounters with UFOs were looked into by the Air Force.

Now, decades after the files were closed, the microfilms have been made available online for free – allowing anyone to re-examine the evidence.

The USAF says that the Blue Book included 12,618 sightings reports, with 701 of which remained 'unidentified' – or around 5.5 per cent of the files.

The files, which can be accessed here, were previously only available by visiting the National Archives in Washington, according to a report in openminds.tv.

'There is plenty of work for amateur investigators to try to come up with explanations they never had time to consider or research,' Nigel Watson author of the UFO investigations Manual told MailOnline.

Siberian woman becomes latest victim of unexplained mass sleep epidemic

A Siberian woman visiting relatives in Kazakhstan has become the latest victim of a strange epidemic that has spread through a remote village sending people to sleep.

Novosibirsk resident Aliya Kurukhtina, 59, had travelled to Kalachi to be with her family and celebrate New Year when she suddenly fell ill.

Having unexpectedly fallen asleep, and showing other symptoms of the mystery condition, she was taken to the local hospital on the evening of January 1. Doctors gave her a diagnosis of the brain disorder 'encephalopathy of unknown aetiology', but it is thought she is a victim of the unexplained illness that affecting the town.

Four other women were treated on the same evening for the same symptoms of the condition, which has so far puzzled scientists and doctors.

The hospital said that a week earlier several other people were admitted, including a 58-year-old bank clerk, a 52-year-old nurse and a nine-year-old schoolboy.

The development comes as the heads of neighbouring districts say they are prepared to help move villagers to new homes and jobs elsewhere.

According to Saule Agymbayeva, the deputy head of the Esil district, the priority is moving families with children, with as many as half the residents prepared to leave.

New DNA technique may reveal face of killer in unsolved double-murder

There were no witnesses to the gruesome murder of a South Carolina mother and her 3-year-old daughter inside a busy apartment complex four years ago. But a new technology that can create an image of someone using DNA samples left at crime scenes might bring police closer to catching the killer.

Reston, Va.-based Parabon Nanolabs, with funding from the Department of Defense, has debuted a breakthrough type of analysis called DNA phenotyping which the company says can predict a person's physical appearance from the tiniest DNA samples, like a speck of blood or strand of hair.

The DNA phenotyping service, commercially known as "Snapshot," could put a face on millions of unsolved cases, including international ones, and generate investigative leads when the trail has gone cold.

"This is particularly useful when there are no witnesses, no hits in the DNA database and nothing to go on," Dr. Ellen McRae Greytak, Parabon's director of bioinformatics, told FoxNews.com.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Former Nopeming nursing home, sanitarium to be featured on 'Ghost Adventures' TV show

The owners of a long-shuttered nursing home and sanitarium near Duluth are cashing in on the dilapidated facility’s spooky qualities.

The former Nopeming nursing home — originally built as a sanitarium to care for people with tuberculosis — will be featured Saturday on an episode of the Travel Channel’s “Ghost Adventures.”

A group of local volunteers operating as Orison Inc., a nonprofit organization, continues to pursue a goal of one day transforming the facility into an agriculturally-focused charter school serving children with special needs. Orison assumed ownership of the property in December 2009, but it has not yet been able to raise the money needed to make its vision reality.

The spot on “Ghost Adventures” will help Orison through the costly winter months, said Tanya Graysmark, who serves on the nonprofit’s board of directors.

“It’s just something that paid the bills,” she said.

Graysmark said Riki McManus, director of the Upper Minnesota Film Office, has been shopping Nopeming around as a venue.

“She’s been pretty instrumental in helping us get some funding to pay electric bills, heating bills and alarm system bills,” Graysmark said of McManus.

Easter Island collapse theory challenged

A new study has called in to question conventional theories about the disappearance of the islanders.

A small land mass of only 60 square miles, Easter Island has remained something of an enigma for years. Its army of strange stone heads and the unexplained disappearance of its inhabitants are mysteries that continue to draw both intrigue and puzzlement.

For a long time it was thought that the people of Easter Island had been in steady decline long before Europeans arrived there in 1722 and that their overuse of the island's natural resources had been the biggest contributing factor in their eventual demise.