Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Black Eyed Kids: Are They Killers?

Via phantomsandmonsters.com by Lon Strickler

I recently received the following account:

I just read your BEK story about the guy who lost time. I live in Broward County, Florida. Something odd and frightening occurred last Summer. I woke up during the night around 2AM to a boy and girl knocking on my front door. I thought there may be an emergency, so I opened the door and the two were just standing there staring at me. I asked what was going on and they told him they needed to come inside. I asked why, but they didn't answer me. I then asked them if they were in some kind of trouble or lost, but they just stared at me. I was getting pissed and starting to 'wake up' at this point. That's when I took a closer look at these two kids and noticed that neither had whites in their eye...in fact, they didn't seem to have pupils. I freaked out and told them to go home and quickly shut the door. I called the local cops and told them that two kids were knocking on doors. A cruiser was sent out to the neighborhood but they didn't find anyone walking around. They figured it was just local kids messing around.

Medieval villagers feared the walking dead

Via bbc.com

Human bones excavated from a deserted medieval village in North Yorkshire show people mutilated and burnt bodies to stop them rising from the dead.

Knife marks were found on 137 bones dating between the 11th and 14th Centuries, discovered at Wharram Percy.

Experts said it was the first evidence of ancient practices to stop "corpses rising from their graves, spreading disease and assaulting the living".

The study was conducted by Historic England and Southampton University.

'Dark side'

Researchers studied the remains of about 10 people and discovered the bodies had been decapitated and dismembered.

Knife marks were mostly in the head and neck area but there was also evidence for the burning of body parts and deliberate breaking of some bones after death, the team said.

10 Unexplained Mysteries Of The Jungle

Photo credit: Heiko Prumers
Via listverse.com by Joe Drury

The jungles and forests of Earth have terrified the human race for years. There’s just something unsettling about not knowing what could be lurking behind the next tree. That hasn’t stopped us from exploring them and searching for the lost cities and treasures rumored to be inside. In recent years, the world has become a much smaller place, with everything mapped out and no location hidden from satellites. However, the jungles still hold their secrets, with large amounts of land still unexplored, tribes unmet, creatures undocumented, and things never seen before hidden beneath their thick canopies.

10. The Amazon Rings

A series of ring-shaped ditches can be found throughout the Brazilian Amazon, which predate the rain forest itself. These structures remain a complete mystery, and archaeologists are unsure what to make of them. It is suggested that they served as burial grounds or a form of defense, but no one knows for sure. A further-fetched theory is that they are marks left by UFOs that once landed there before the forest grew. These blemishes are similar to the Nazca lines in that there is no confirmed reason as to why they exist. It is assumed that these rings were constructed by the early people who inhabited the area.

A further question is, “How did the early men get the tools to create them?” This is also unanswerable, as there is no proof that any tools sophisticated enough to have created the rings even existed at the time they were constructed.

9. Maricoxi

The Maricoxi are essentially the sasquatches of South America. They are reported to be huge, ape-like beings that can stand up to 3.7 meters (12 ft) tall. Although they appear primitive, they’re said to be fairly intelligent, wielding bows and arrows and even living in villages.

According to British explorer Colonel Percival H. Fawcett, who allegedly encountered the creatures while mapping out the jungles of South America in 1914, they were extremely hairy and lived north of a tribe called the Maxubi. They could only speak in grunts and were extremely hostile toward humans. In the colonel’s book, Lost Trails, Lost Cities, he describes how he and his men were nearly attacked by the beasts when they got close to their village. However, they were able to keep the beasts away by firing their guns into the ground by the creatures’ feet, sending them running in terror.

In 1925, Fawcett disappeared along with all his men while on an expedition to find a lost city. Theories suggest that they were killed by local tribes or died of starvation. However, some say they were killed by the Maricoxi, although there is no evidence to back this up.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Elon Musk seeks to merge man with machine

Via wired.co.uk by Liat Clark

Elon Musk is attempting to combat the rise of artificial intelligence with the launch of his latest venture, brain-computer interface company Neuralink.

Little is known about the startup, aside from what has been revealed in a Wall Street Journal report, but says sources have described it as “neural lace” technology that is being engineered by the company to allow humans to seamlessly communicate with technology without the need for an actual, physical interface. The company has also been registered in California as a medical research entity because Neuralink’s initial focus will be on using the described interface to help with the symptoms of chronic conditions, from epilepsy to depression. This is said to be similar to how deep brain stimulation controlled by an implant helps WIRED Health 2017 speaker Matt Eagles, who has Parkinson’s, manage his symptoms effectively.

This is far from the first time Musk has shown an interest in merging man and machine. At a Tesla launch in Dubai earlier this year, the billionaire spoke about the need for humans to become cyborgs if we are to survive the rise of artificial intelligence. "Over time I think we will probably see a closer merger of biological intelligence and digital intelligence," CNBC reported him as saying at the time. "It's mostly about the bandwidth, the speed of the connection between your brain and the digital version of yourself, particularly output."

Kimberley fossil tracks are Australia's 'Jurassic Park'

Via bbc.com by Jonathan Amos

Scientists have described a remarkable collection of dinosaur tracks on beaches in the Kimberley region of Western Australia.

More than 20 different types of fossil footmarks have been captured in sandstone rock.

Some are over 1.5m in size, recording the movement of sauropods - the giant beasts with long necks and tails.

The trackways, many only visible at low tide, were "globally unparalleled", claimed the lead scientist involved.

Steve Salisbury called the 25km-long coastline collection Australia's own Jurassic Park.

"This is the most diverse dinosaur track fauna we've ever recorded," he told BBC News.

"In this time slice (127 and 140 million years ago) in Australia, we've got no other record - there's virtually no other fossils from any part of the continent. This is only window, and what we see is truly amazing.

"Twenty-one different types. There are about six different types of tracks for meat-eating dinosaurs; about the same number for sauropod dinosaurs; about four different types of ornithopod dinosaur tracks - so, two-legged plant-eaters - and really exciting, I think, are six types of armoured dinosaur tracks, including stegosaurs, which we've never seen before in Australia."

How Do I Get Rid of a Shadow Person?

Via thoughtco.com by Stephen Wagner

Question: How Do I Get Rid of a Shadow Person?
"Could you please tell me how to get the shadow person out of my home?" writes Crystal S.

Answer: How do you get a shadow person out of your home? Turn on the light. Ba-boom-ching!

But seriously, folks... In order to get rid of something we first have to know what we're dealing with. For example, if you had either ants or squirrels invading your home, an exterminator would deal with them in entirely different ways.

So first it would be very helpful to know exactly what a shadow person is. Unfortunately, no one knows. In fact, although there are many reported sightings of such things, we have not been able to actually verify that they are real.

Let's say that they are real... What are they? Theories include: ghosts, interdimensional beings, time travelers and demons. And like the exterminator example, each would be dealt with in a different manner.

10 Fascinating Early UFO Sightings

Via listverse.com by Ronald Eayre

There have been many unidentified flying objects sighted throughout history. This list details some of the earlier sightings that have been written down or passed on. Some are exciting, and some are just plain weird. Several surprisingly big names have reported UFOs throughout history.

10. Edmond Halley

Astronomer Edmond Halley, who documented Halley’s Comet, has seen two unidentified craft in his career. The first was in March 1676. He described it as having a “vast body apparently bigger than the moon.”

By Halley’s estimations, the object was about 64 kilometers (40 mi) above him. He said it made a noise, “like the rattling of a great cart over stones.” After watching the distance it traveled in several minutes, he calculated that it was moving faster than 15,500 kilometers per hour (9,600 mph).

9. Alexander The Great

In 329 BC, Alexander the Great and his army were crossing a river during wartime. Then, his men saw silver shields, with fire around the rims, in the sky. The objects began repeatedly diving at the men until the war elephants and horses were spooked. Alexander and his men gave up trying to cross the river and waited until the next morning to cross.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Aliens have never been to Earth, claims former astronaut

Via cnet.com by Chris Matyszczyk

I'd always thought that aliens have visited us from quite a few planets.

Each time, they took one look, snorted: "Primitive creatures. Sad!" and left us to our own pitiful devices.

Former moonwalker Alan Bean, though, is of a different view.

Speaking to Australia's news.com, Bean -- an Apollo 12 astronaut and one of only 12 humans to have ever walked on the moon -- mused: "I do not believe that anyone from outer space has ever visited the Earth."

That's quite a belief. Hasn't he ever looked around the world -- goodness, he lives in Texas -- and wondered about a few of his fellow beings and where they might have originated?

Bean, though, insisted: "Civilizations that are more advanced are more altruistic and friendly -- like Earth, which is better than it used to be -- so they would have landed and said, 'We come in peace and we know from our studies you have cancer that kills people, we solved that problem 50 years ago, here's the gadget we put on a person's chest that will cure it, we will show you how to make it.'"

What is ZoZo?

Via thoughtco.com by Stephen Wagner

ZoZo is one of the most prominent and well-known demonic beings. ​From reality television shows to literature, ZoZo is commonly reported for being behind paranormal activity and hauntings.

​What Is ZoZo?

​No one knows what ZoZo actually looks like or what being he really is. But those who have come into contact with him report terrifying experiences.

Most commonly contacted through the use of an Ouija board, he seems to be a powerful demonic being with the potential to do significant physical and mental harm.

​He sometimes goes by other names, such as ZoSo, ZaZa, Zo, or Pazuzu. ​He has been around for hundreds of years, with reports going back as early as 1906.

Is ZoZo Limited to Ouija?

​While ZoZo is most often connected with using an Ouija board, it is possible that he can contact people outside of the game as well through other means. ​People have reportedly made contact with him during hypnosis, autowriting sessions and electronic voice phenomena (EVP).

10 Horrifying Facts About America’s First Serial Killer

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Via listverse.com by Duane Wesley

You walk into a room, and the door suddenly slams behind you. You hear gas hissing. A sinister eye stares hungrily at you from a hole behind you while you gasp and scream for your life—just before you die. That was H.H. Holmes on a good day. Even before Jack the Ripper stalked foggy streets and black alleys in Whitechapel, “Dr. Henry Howard Holmes” was working on fulfilling his own sinister fantasies in plain sight.

Holmes would become the United States’ first (and some argue worst) serial killer. He was actually named Herman Webster Mudgett at his birth on May 16, 1861, in Gilmanton, New Hampshire. At the time of his execution on May 7, 1896, the police suspected him of nine murders, and he confessed to at least 27. Nobody can be really sure how high his final head count was, since he used so many aliases throughout the Northeast, Midwest, and Canada. Some estimate as many as 200 victims. Local Chicagoans knew the monstrosity on Wallace and 63rd that Holmes constructed as “the Castle.” After he was arrested, they dubbed it “Murder Castle.”

10. Holmes Was Abused And Ridiculed As A Child

Both emotionally and physically abusive toward their son, Herman Webster Mudgett’s parents probably set the boy off on the wrong path right from the start. Although they both deprived him of food and locked him up alone for long periods of time, his father was especially abusive to Herman and his siblings. He would allegedly hold kerosene-soaked rags over his children’s mouths to quiet them down when they cried too much.

Herman would go to a nearby set of woods to escape the horrors at home, and it was there that he is believed to have started cut animals up and develop an unhealthy interest in all things dead. Since most serial murderers never form meaningful relationships and are six times more likely to have experienced abuse at home, many researchers feel that Mudgett’s childhood ordeal most certainly led to his uncanny ability to fool people into falling for his traps time and time again.

Mudgett’s parents weren’t the only source of abuse in his life, either. On the way home from school one day, he was allegedly accosted by some older boys, who took him into a local doctor’s office and introduced him to a human skeleton, making him touch it. Scared at the time, he would later claim that the event not only helped him face some internal demons he had, but it led directly to his interest in human anatomy and to his enrollment in Michigan’s University’s medical school.

9. Holmes Robbed And Mutilated Corpses

While attending medical school at Michigan University, Holmes helped pay his way by stealing cadavers from the morgue and mutilating them to appear as if they had been injured in some violent accident. He’d then attempt to collect life insurance on the corpse by claiming that it died “naturally.”

Dying in an accident is something that would have been very believable in late-1800s Chicago. For instance, from 1889 to 1893, over 1,469 pedestrians were killed in the Chicago area just by trains alone, and the figures increased yearly. In 1889, 257 people were killed by trains, and by 1893, the figure had risen to 431. Dying a horribly violent death in the young, bustling metropolis of Chicago was tragically quite commonplace.

Obviously, this fact wouldn’t have been lost on Holmes, who would perfect his grisly insurance fraud scamming techniques over time, making a reported $12,000 on a single scam, not to mention the $10,000 Pitezel scam he temporarily got away with. These were no small fortunes in the late 19th century, when a skilled laborer made less than $20 a week.

Discovery in Ireland Revives Stories of Haunted Orphanages

Via mysteriousuniverse.org by Paul Seaburn

The sad and horrific story of the bodies of children found beneath the Bon Secours Mother and Baby Home and orphanage in Tuam, Ireland, reminds us yet again of the atrocities that the human species continues to be capable of, especially against the most helpless members of society. It’s no wonder that some of the most haunted locations around the world are former orphanages and so-called ‘hospitals’ and ‘homes’ for those with physical and mental challenges.

Briefly, a mass grave containing the remains of as many as 800 babies and young children was discovered in an underground structure at the site of the former Bon Secours Mother and Baby Home in Tuam, County Galway, confirming decades of suspicions about the atrocities conducted at the facility, which was closed in 1961. While there are no well-publicized ghost appearances at the site, there are undoubtedly many that have gone unreported and paranormal investigators will certainly be searching for them and more.

Unfortunately, there are other more well-known orphanages alleged to be haunted by the spirits of those tortured and abused there. One is St. John’s Orphanage, also known as the Goulburn Boys Orphanage, in Goulburn, New South Wales, Australia, was in operation from 1913 to 1978 and rumored to be a place here beatings and abuse were common. The abandoned structure still stands and is reputed to be haunted.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Woman Blames Car Crash On Bigfoot

Via huffingtonpost.com by Ed Mazza

An Idaho motorist told the local sheriff’s department that a Bigfoot sighting caused her to crash her car last Wednesday night.

According to Pullman Radio, the woman, who was not identified, told the Latah County Sheriff’s Office that she saw a Sasquatch chasing a deer on a stretch of US-95 outside of Potlatch.

She said the creature was “shaggy” and between 7 and 8 feet tall, the Moscow-Pullman Daily News reported.