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Sunday, July 31, 2011

Top 10 More Best Ghost Photos Ever

by Joan Seth

Our previous topic, Top 10 Best Ghost Photos Ever has been the of our most popular postings on Asia Paranormal. Finally we have decided to do a sequel article due to popular demand. Let us take a look at 10 more ghostly photographs.

1. The Eastern State Penitentiary Ghost

These two photos were taken in 1988 at the Hotel Vierjahreszeiten in Maurach, Austria. Several vacationers gathered for a farewell party at the hotel and decided to take a group photo. One of the party, Mr. Todd, set up is Canon film camera on a nearby table and pointed it at the group. (The table is the white band at the bottom of the photos.) He set the self-timer on the camera and hurried back to the table. The shutter clicked and the film wound forward, but the flash did not fire. So Todd set the camera for a second shot. This time the flash fired.

The film was later developed, and it wasn't until one of party members was viewing the photos that it was noticed that the first (non-flash) photo showed a somewhat blurry extra head! (In the sequence above, the second (flash) photo is actually shown first for the sake of comparison.) No one recognized the ghostly woman, and they could not imagine how her image appeared in the picture. Besides being a bit out of focus, the woman's head is also too large compared to the other vacationers, unless she is sitting closer to the camera, which would put her in the middle of the table.

The photo was examined by the Royal Photographic Society, the photographic department of Leicester University, and the Society for Psychical Research, all of which ruled out a double exposure as the cause.

2. The Toys 'R' Us Ghost

The Toys 'R' Us in Sunnyvale, CA, is home to a spirit named John, and that's him leaning against the wall in the photo above. This photo was taken during a TV filming of the show That's Incredible, and no one who was in the room at the time saw the man, yet he turned up on the infrared photograph.

Psychics like the renowned Sylvia Browne have visited the store multiple times and have conducted seances in which they found out John's name, etc. The story is that John was a preacher and a ranch hand back in the 1880's on the land where the store now sits. Reports of how he died vary, but the general consensus is that he bled to death while chopping wood.

Employees of the TRU say that John often plays pranks on them and on customers, including following people into the Ladies' room and turning on the water faucets, tossing dolls off the shelf, and whispering employees' names in their ear, only to have them turn and see no one standing near them.

3. Ghost of Grandpa

Denise Russell took this photo of her grandmother in 1997. Her granny lived independently into her 90's, and during a family picnic just before her death, Denise snapped this picture. No one noticed the man standing behind her grandmother for over three years, but when they finally noticed him they recognized him to be none other than Denise's grandfather, who had been dead since 1984.

Old black and white photos of her grandfather confirmed their suspicions.

4. Ghost Baby

In 1946, a woman named Mrs. Andrews took this picture of her deceased daughter's gravestone in Queensland, Australia. Her daughter had been just 17 when she'd died the previous year. When the film was developed, Mrs. Andrews was shocked to see the image of an infant girl looking directly into her camera.

There had been no children in the cemetery that day, and Mrs. Andrews didn't know any babies whose pictures she'd have taken with her camera. She also remarked that the child did not look like her own daughter when her daughter was an infant.

Years later, Australian paranormal researcher Tony Healy investigated the case and found the graves of two infant girls very near to Mrs. Andrews' daughter's grave.

5. Ghostly Farm Boy

Photographer Neil Sandbach was taking pictures around a farm in Hertfordshire, England, when he captured this astounding picture. When Sandbach looked at the digital photo later, he couldn't believe his eyes; he was certain that he had not overlooked a child hanging around the farm that day.

He later asked the farm owners if they'd ever had any supernatural experiences there (he did not tell them about the photo), and the owners confirmed that they had witnessed the specter of a boy in white night clothes many times before.

6. The Phantom Pilot

Mrs. Sayer and some friends were visiting the Fleet Air Arm Station at Yelverton, Somerset, England in 1987 when this photo was taken. They thought it would be cute to take a picture of her sitting in the seat of retired helicopter. No one, Mrs. Sayer insists, was sitting next to her in the pilot's seat... although a figure in a white shirt can clearly be seen sitting there. She told an investigator with the Society for Psychical Research that she remembered feeling rather cold sitting in that seat, even though it was a hot day. Other pictures taken at the same time did not come out.

Worth noting is that the helicopter was used in the Falklands War, but there is no information as to whether or not a pilot died in that aircraft.

7. Ghosts of the SS Watertown

James Courtney and Michael Meehan, crew members of the S.S. Watertown, were cleaning a cargo tank of the oil tanker as it sailed toward the Panama Canal from New York City in December of 1924. Through a freak accident, the two men were overcome by gas fumes and killed. As was the custom of the time, the sailors were buried at sea off the Mexican coast on December 4.

But this was not the last the remaining crew members were to see of their unfortunate shipmates. The next day, before dusk, the first mate reported seeing the faces of the two men in the waves off the port side of the ship. They remained in the water for 10 seconds, then faded. For several days thereafter, the phantom-like faces of the sailors were clearly seen by other members of the crew in the water following the ship.

On arrival in New Orleans, the ship's captain, Keith Tracy, reported the strange events to his employers, the Cities Service Company, who suggested he try to photograph the eerie faces. Captain Tracy purchased a camera for the continuing voyage. When the faces again appeared in the water, Captain Tracy took six photos, then locked the camera and film in the ship's safe. When the film was processed by a commercial developer in New York, five of the exposures showed nothing but sea foam. But the sixth showed the ghostly faces of the doomed seamen. The negative was checked for fakery by the Burns Detective Agency. After the ship's crew had been changed, there were no more reports of sightings.

8. Ghost of the Seven Gables

While touring the historic House of the Seven Gables in Salem, Massachusetts – the birthplace of American author Nathaniel Hawthorne – Lisa B. snapped this remarkable photo. The ghostly image of a small boy seems to be in the shrubbery, peering over the wooden fence.

The most amazing part of the story of this photograph is that she subsequently did some research about Hawthorne and the house. While looking through a library, she came across one of Hawthorne's books, Twenty Days with Julian & Little Bunny by Papa. On the cover of that book is a portrait of Hawthorne's five-year-old son, Julian. And as you'll see by clicking on the photo at left, the portrait of little Julian bears a striking resemblance to the ghost in Lisa's photograph.

9. Railroad Crossing Ghost

A strange legend surrounds a railroad crossing just south of San Antonio, Texas. The intersection of roadway and railroad track, so the story goes, was the site of a tragic accident in which several school-aged children were killed - but their ghosts linger at the spot and will push idled cars across the tracks, even though the path is uphill.

10. Ghostly Grip

This interesting photo was taken sometime around the year 2000 in Manilla, Republic of the Philippines. According to The Ghost Research Society, two girlfriends were out for a walk one warm night. One of them entreated a passing stranger to photograph them using her cell phone's camera (hence the low-resolution picture). The result is shown here, with a transparent figure seeming to tug on the girl's arm with a firm if friendly grip.

Without further information on this photo, we have to admit that the ghost could have been added with image processing software. But if it's genuine and untouched, it certainly qualifies as one of the best ghost photos.

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Saturday, July 30, 2011

Sakurajima Volcano Eruption Videos

Part 1

Part 2


Friday, July 29, 2011

Giant Black Cubes near the Sun

It seems that recently a new fashion has developed with the SOHO images.

More and more black cubes are seen on the pictures of the sun. We think the picture clearly shows cutting of pixels within certain areas.

Why would NASA cut these pixels out of the pictures? Why do they make it seems so obvivious?

What is there to hide?

The next picture is a very remarkable one from January 2010 and might show something they want to hide!

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Thursday, July 28, 2011

Unknown object streaks across the sky in Bangkok, Thailand, 2011


Wednesday, July 27, 2011

New trace of 'Shennongjia Wildman' found in SW China

Five footprints, believed to be traces left by the legendary "Shennongjia Wildman," have been found in Chengkou county, part of Southwest China's Chongqing Municipality, according to a report from cqnews.net on Monday.

The report says that the alleged "Wildman" was first found by Wang Taizhao, a local villager, on the morning of June 2 while he was fertilizing his corn field.

"I was so scared," Wang said, "First I heard a strange noise from the woods near my corn field, which I thought to be the bark of a dog. Then I spotted a human-like creature approaching. I took a flight to my house with great haste."

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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Riddle of the Hills

The latest feature-length film from CFZtv. At the end of 2010, a five man expedition from the Centre for Fortean Zoology went to the Garo Hills, in Meghalaya, Northern India to look for the Mande Burung - an Indian analogue of the Yeti. This is their story...

Directed and edited by Jonathan Downes for CFZtv


Monday, July 25, 2011

An Israeli algorithm sheds light on the Bible

Software developed by an Israeli team is giving intriguing new hints about what researchers believe to be the multiple hands that wrote the Bible. The new software analyzes style and word choices to distinguish parts of a single text written by different authors, and when applied to the Bible its algorithm teased out distinct writerly voices in the holy book.

The program, part of a sub-field of artificial intelligence studies known as authorship attribution, has a range of potential applications - from helping law enforcement to developing new computer programs for writers. But the Bible provided a tempting test case for the algorithm's creators.

For millions of Jews and Christians, it's a tenet of their faith that God is the author of the core text of the Hebrew Bible - the Torah, also known as the Pentateuch or the Five Books of Moses. But since the advent of modern biblical scholarship, academic researchers have believed the text was written by a number of different authors whose work could be identified by seemingly different ideological agendas and linguistic styles and the different names they used for God.

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Sunday, July 24, 2011

7 of the Weirdest Human Enigmas

By Stephen Wagner

MOST KIDS love reading the color funny papers on Sundays. As a kid, one of my favorite strips was "Ripley's Believe It or Not." It always featured some fantastic facts or coincidences. Often it would tell of people with unusual abilities, characteristics, or circumstances: a man with a birthmark in the shape of a perfect heart on his chest; a woman whose head was shaped like a Ming vase; twins with six ears between them. Stuff like that.

It makes interesting reading and, of course, I'm still fascinated by such amazing tales. Here are 7 of the strangest stories of most mysterious people of unknown origin, fate or astonishing, unexplained abilities.

1. The Green Children

In 1887, two small children were found alone near the town of Banjos, Spain. But these were no ordinary children who had been lost or abandoned by parents. They were discovered by field hands who were distracted from their work by frightened cries. Upon investigation, they found a small boy and girl, scared and crying, huddled near the entrance to a cave. Their language was unknown to the workers – it certainly wasn’t Spanish. More mysterious still, they wore clothes made of a strange metallic cloth… and their skin had an odd green tint.

After being taken to the village to be cared for, the boy soon died since it was difficult to get either of them to eat anything. But the girl survived, and when at last she was able to communicate in Spanish with her caregivers, she told them that she and her brother had come from a place that had no sun, but a land of perpetual twilight. When asked how they came to be at the cave, she said that they had heard a loud bang, were pushed through “something,” and then were in the cave.

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2. A Modern Jonah

The Bible records the account of Jonah who was swallowed by a whale or a great fish, but was later freed from the beast. In 1891, a British sailor lived through the same fate. The seamen aboard the whaling ship The Star of the East struggled to kill a great sperm whale and bring it on board. In the battle between man and beast, two sailors disappeared. But when the whale’s stomach and liver were hoisted onto the deck of the ship, it was noticed that something was moving inside the stomach. Cutting open the stomach, the crew found James Bartley, one of the missing men, curled up, unconscious, but still alive.

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3. The Disappearance of Bernardo Vazquez

Twenty-year-old Bernardo Vazquez was obsessed with the unknown and black magic, as well as getting rich. People who knew him in San Juan, Puerto Rico say he may have succeeded with a bizarre experiment that made him invisible. After consulting his books on the occult, he one day told his mother that he had learned how to become invisible – through a strange ritual involving a black cat, wood from an old coffin and a tin can. He believed that by boiling the cat and using a resulting bone to place under his tongue he could be invisible at will.

One night be barricaded himself in his room at the back of the house to carry out the ritual. His mother became concerned when he never came out, and she called the authorities. They had to break into his room where they found the disturbing remnants of his ritual – the burned wood and a disemboweled black cat. But Bernardo was nowhere to be found. Did he indeed become invisible… or did he vanish into the unknown?

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4. Firestarter

Benedetto Supino’s astonishing and dangerous abilities came to public attention in the early 1980s, when he was just 10 years old. Benedetto, of Formia, Italy, could set things afire just by staring at them. More often, his power to start fires was involuntary, erupting merely by his presence. The first incident took place in 1982 in a dentist’s waiting room. Without cause or warning, the comic book Benedetto was reading suddenly caught fire.

One morning he was awakened by a fire in his own bed – his pajamas were in flames and the boy suffered severe burns. On another occasion, a small plastic object held in his uncle’s hands began to burn as Benedetto stared at it. Just about everywhere he went, furniture, paper, books and other items would start to smolder or burn. Some witnesses even claimed to see his hands glow at these moments.

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5. The Delphos Wolf Girl

There are many stories of feral children – children who apparently have been raised in the wild, sometimes by animals and adopting animal-like behavior – but the story of the wolf girl sighted near Delphos, Kansas in the early 1970s is one of the strangest. Weirder still, it might have a UFO connection.

It began in July 1974 when reports began to come in of the sighting of a wild-looking girl of about 10 to 12 years of age. Witnesses said she had matted yellow hair and wore ragged red clothing. Upon being sighted, the girl would scamper away like an animal on all fours. During searches for the girl by authorities around the central Kansas town, some people were attacked and scratched by the girl.

The possible UFO connection actually begins two years earlier in 1971 when 16-year-old Ronald Johnson claimed to see a mushroom-shaped UFO land in a wooded area near Delphos. He further claimed that seeing the UFO had injured his eyes but had also given him psychic powers. It was during this time that he said he encountered a wild, blonde-haired girl who ran away from him on all fours. Was it the same girl… and was there a connection to the UFO?

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6. Zana the Apewoman

Zana’s story is that of another feral female, but her story is quite different than others. While feral children are wild and animal-like in behavior but always human, Zana actually looked somewhat less than human. Discovered in the mid-1700s in the Russian province of Georgia, Zana, as she was named, had many ape-like features: thick arms, legs, and fingers, and she was covered with hair. Some have speculated that she was a survivor of the Neanderthal race… or perhaps a female Bigfoot… or some human/ape hybrid.

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7. Defying Gravity and Belief

Daniel Dunglas Home may not be as familiar a name to us today as Harry Houdini, but perhaps he should be. Either he was one of the greatest psychics of the 19th Century, able to demonstrate remarkable (some say paranormal) feats, or he was one of the greatest magicians. At séances he could make heavy tables and chairs (often with people sitting in them) levitate. Under close observation he could place his hands and face into red-hot coals without harm. He could make himself grow and stretch up to 12 inches taller.

In his most famous demonstration, he is said to have floated out of a window of a four-story building and then appear outside an adjacent window, which he then climbed in, to the astonishment of his audience. Unlike many mediums of his day, Home welcomed scrutiny by scientists and skeptics. None were ever able to prove his feats were tricks or to explain how he accomplished them.

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Saturday, July 23, 2011

Contact From Beyond the Grave Through Dreams

The loss of a loved one is a very serious thing, and so when one passes beyond, it’s always good to hear a final message of assurance from that other side. Skeptics have often addressed this phenomenon by suggesting that dreams involving loved ones who are no longer with us are a sign of distress and come purely from the memory. But what if the truth was somewhere between that interpretation and the purely spiritual one?

Perhaps one day the final mysteries of the paranormal will be in relation to the mind and its complex myriad processes. Though we can estimate the neurons and even get generalized ideas of the regions of the brain surrounding each emotion and even mental state, it’s difficult to take an objective look at how the brain works and say just what is going on. In fact, when it comes to the true deeper mechanism behind the brain it’s more mystery than fact.

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Friday, July 22, 2011

Scientists says Comet Elenin has massive UFO Fleet following in formation in it’s tail

Based on reports published by China’s space agency, Sergio Toscano, director for Astronomical Research in Missions, said that behind the comet Elenin could be approaching a UFO.

“Behind the comet, discovered in December last year, Chinese scientists say that is something they called cluster, which means globular cluster, or perhaps alien spacecraft,” said Toscano.

According to the report quotes the astronomer mission, the space body would be found in the comet’s tail and was analyzed after the mysterious signals that came off of an unknown formation “strange and obscure.”

In the words of Toscano, the Chinese have said that the spacecraft is stationed in the same place for ninety days, ”before that looked like it was coming from an extraterrestrial civilization,” said Argentine scientist.

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Thursday, July 21, 2011

The Nanjing Belt

Beachcombing always comes to China with a certain trepidation. After all, he doesn't have much Mandarin (i.e. absolutely zilch), he has an embarrassingly modest knowledge of Chinese historiography and yet he must admit to having nothing but fascination for the exotic flowers that grow in the swamps of the Chinese past – recent oriental posts have included manned kite flight and (alleged) Roman legionaries in ancient China.

The danger, of course, is that the sirens pull you into the mud and before you know it the water’s pouring over the top of your Wellington boots. And how much worse that water feels when ‘China’ combines with another unknown like, say, ‘metallurgy’. Welcome, please, oh reader, the Nanjing Belt.

Beachcombing will quickly get the routine details out of the way. The Nanjing Belt was discovered in a tomb in 1952 around a skeleton. The tomb and the body dated to the Jin Dynasty that brings us back to the early centuries A.D (265-420) and luckily the name of the occupant was established through an inscription. He was one Zhou Chou (obit 297) who died fighting, of all people, the Tibetans.

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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Hidden Treasure of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple

On June 2011 a treasure which included antique gold ornaments, diamonds, golden crown, golden bow, golden vessels, and other precious stones were found in the secret chambers (Nilavara in temple) of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.

Unofficial estimates say that the treasure discovered so far over four days of inspections may be valued at more than 25 billion rupees ($500m). But historians say that assessing the true value of these objects is likely to be extremely difficult. The local rulers sealed immense riches within the thick stone walls and secret vaults of the temple, over at least a millennium, as offerings to Lord Padmanabhan.

Sree (Sri) Padmanabhaswamy temple is known for its architectural elegance and long rows of granite columns with exquisite engravings, have Lord Vishnu reclining on the multiple-headed serpent Anantha as the presiding deity. This temple is one of the famous Hindu temple dedicated to god Vishnu maintained by the erstwhile Travancore Royal Family and located inside East Fort in the city of Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala state, South India.

The temple is considered to be one of 108 Divya Desams (Holy Abodes), which are principal centres of worship in Vaishnavism. The date of the temple is unknown, but the temple is mentioned in the ancient writings of the Alwars (6th-9th centuries AD), and renovations are thought to have taken place until the 18th century. Lord Padmanabhaswamy is enshrined here in Anananthasayanam posture (in eternal sleep of yognidra). The main idol inside the sanctum sanctorum and viewed from three doors is in the reclining posture.

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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Indonesia's Mount Lokon Erupts - Right on Schedule!

Mount Lokon, a volcano in central Indonesia, erupted in fury late Thursday, scattering nearby residents and wreaking havoc. But, because volcanologists have become so skilled at predicting eruptions, there were no fatalities. And none are expected.

For more than a week the mountain has been rumbling and scientists warned that an eruption was imminent. In the past such warnings may have gone unheeded until it was too late.

But because geologists now have such advanced prediction equipment at their disposal, and because of vast experience in other parts of the world, this time local officials were able to evacuate the area long before the mountaintop was blown away by the massive explosion.

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Monday, July 18, 2011

Singapore Court House Haunting

This story is contributed by Allen

After reading the “Malaysia Court House Haunted” post, I recalled one of the stories mentioned by my friend working as a court guard in one of the Singapore Court House 2 years ago.

This story was told by my friend who working as a court guard in Singapore.

As usual, rumours have been spreading around by the seniors when my friend started work. But one particular incident in the past has changed the routine of the court guard duties and a new rule has been made to ensure that similar incident does not happen again.

Firstly, let me briefly tell you about the responsibilities of a court guard. There are usually 2 shifts available – Day and night. During day time, court guards are required to serve duty in the courts, escorting suspects to courts and make sure everything is in order. At night, there will be far lesser guards on duty, usually around 3 guards every night, 2 guards will be doing their regular routine duties including switching off the lights in every courts at 9pm, and another guard will remains in the control room monitoring the safety cameras (he can actually sees the other 2 guards through his monitors).

On this particular night, Guard A, B and C were on duties and the routine today was guard A will be staying in the control room and guard B and C will be doing their duties. Coincidently, guard C was a new joiner who has just started this job a couple days ago and he hasn’t really heard any rumours about any paranormal incidents.

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Sunday, July 17, 2011

The Bizarre Case of the Kera UFO Encounters

In a case that might have served as one of the inspirations for the Steven Spielberg, J.J. Abrams blockbuster “Super 8,” a group of Japanese kids had repeated run-ins with a small, silver UFO, which they managed to not only photograph, but actually capture for a brief time during the summer of 1972.

There is inexplicably little information to be found — in the western world anyway — regarding the strange series of events that began on August 25th, 1972, in the Kera area of Kōchi City, which is the capital of Kōchi Prefecture on the Shikoku island of Japan. On the afternoon in question a 13 year-old student named Michio Seo was on his way home from middle-school when he allegedly caught site of an unbelievable metallic object hovering over a rice field.

The awestruck Seo watched the odd apparatus zip back and forth above the waterlogged paddy. The airborne object resembled a dull, silver hat with a flat bottom and a narrow lip. The curved dome atop the lip was relatively steep and level at the apex. Seo would later compare the objects movements to that of a bat making hairpin turns in pursuit of its insect prey.

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Saturday, July 16, 2011

Flying/Levitating/Jumping in Modern Tibet

Beachcombing knows virtually nothing about Tibet and has rarely visited the country in this blog – though he does have some happy memories of reincarnation and Queen Victoria. However, he recently stumbled on a fascinating account of levitation or flying in the Himalayas that he could hardly pass by.

Our source is a western author, which is usually a bad sign, given that in the early 1900s Tibet was being Blavatskied and more generally being made into the magic lantern of spiritual types in Europe and the Americas. But our author was the real deal. She lived and travelled in Tibet in the 1920s. She was a French Buddhist – naturally – and was a first-class witness and a stimulating writer.

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Friday, July 15, 2011

Is the JNIMS hospital spooked ?

If reports are to be believed, the gynaecology department in the JNIMS hospital is haunted. The exact spot where the strongest paranormal activity has been reported is the area from the toilet and the entire stretch of the corridor leading to it from the ward.

Affected people describe the experience of sensing the presence of someone close by, or tingling sensations, or changes in temperature, or heavy footsteps following them when there was clearly not a single person in that are, that is apart from the victims themselves.

These experiences have been related mostly by attendants of patients, but it seems the staff on night duty have had similar experiences.

What makes this story relevant is how such activities, which only be described as paranormal, affect the attendants of seriously ill people.

It is traumatic enough tending after near and dear ones and to top it all face paranormal activity could be nerve wracking. One step to clam frayed nerves could be establish the facts, that is, whether paranormal activity is going on or not in that ward.

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Thursday, July 14, 2011

Easter Island: Fountain of Youth Discovered?

Easter Island has long stayed in the collective unconscious of civilization as one of the most mysterious locations on Earth. The mysterious statues, the Moa with their long staring eyes looking into the distance as if warding off invaders or beseeching distant travelers to come closer, are still the center of archaeological debate. And now it seems once again Easter Island is a center of wonder as scientists unearth a new compound that may cure one age related illness and could one day kill off the aging process altogether - from the island’s soil.

It might sound strange to look for the fountain of youth in the soil of one of the most mysterious islands in the world - or it might sound like precisely the sort of place eternal life may lie. As scientists dug up the soil they found it contained what would eventually become a drug known as Rapamycin. At first it was tested on cells from children who suffered from a disease commonly known as Progeria. Sufferers of this disease often age incredibly rapidly and in fact cannot keep their bodies from deteriorating as time goes on.

Unfortunately, without a proper treatment they would undergo the aging process of decades within only a few years without any of the growth that normally comes with it. The end result was often heart breaking as cells caused a child to age before their parent’s eyes. But it appears scientists may have found an answer to this mysterious but tragic illness in the form of drugs made from the soil found on Easter Island.

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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Ghostly apparition of entire city appears over Chinese river... but is it just a mirage?

Residents in a Chinese city have been stunned after a giant mirage of a 'ghost city' towered across the skyline.

The apparition appeared earlier this month after heavy rainfall and humid conditions along the Xin'an River in Huanshan City in East China.

Tall buildings, mountains and trees appeared to rise up through the ghostly mist that had descended over the river at dusk. There is usually nothing buy sky across the horizon.

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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

What To Do with Your Premonitions

By Stephen Wagner

In the weeks following the terrible events of September 11, 2001, I received dozens of e-mails from people who claimed to have had premonitions of the attacks days or even weeks before that fateful day. (See the article, "Visions of the 9/11 Attack.")

I'm not about to discount or dismiss those claims, but neither can I verify them. I have only the word of the authors that their claims of these premonitions are true. And therein lies the problem with the vast majority of alleged premonitions - they are not documented. Anyone can say they've had a premonition about a train wreck, World Series outcome or some other event after the fact. What makes them worthy of serious consideration is proof that you indeed had the premonition well before the event.

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Monday, July 11, 2011

The Mystery of Miniature Humanoids in Malaysia

Source: Humanoid Encounters in Malaysia by Ahmad Jamaludin, published in MUFON UFO Journal, No. 141, November 1979 (USA)

CASE 1: Johor Bahru, 1970 Four boys going to school one morning saw a small UFO and tiny 6-inch tall creatures. The boys soon reported it to the headmaster and since it occurred in the school premises, the news broke out and soon the whole school was combing the area looking for the creatures. One small burnt patch on the ground was found. The UFO was gone.

CASE 2: Gambang near Kuantan, 1973 Two schoolboys claimed to have seen tiny humanoids only 3-inches tall in the school compound. It is said that one of the creatures was actually caught by the boys, which attracted the attention of a teacher. He arrived in time to see it before the tiny creature finally managed to escape.

CASE 3: Bukit Mertajam, 1973 A group of boys playing football in a school field sighted a small UFO landed nearby. From it emerged tiny creatures which immediately one of the boys tried to catch. A beam of light was fired at the boy¡¦s hand. The UFO flew away.

CASE 4: Ipoh, 1973 A small UFO carrying tiny humanoids landed in a school field. Several schoolboys who sighted it excitedly called their teachers. They came just too late to see the object speeding away.

CASE 5: Miri, Sarawak, 1973 Several boys saw a humanoid about 6 inches tall wearing a white suit cutting a fence wire with an intense beam of light. They tried to catch it but it was lost in the bushes. No UFO was sighted.

CASE 6: Miri, Sarawak, 1973 Several people on vacation along the beach sighted a group of tiny beings wearing white suits. There were about six or seven of them. They wore no mask and resembled humans except for their tiny size. This group consisted of possibly males and females. The females were notable because of the long hair. An attempt to catch them failed. No saucer was sighted.

CASE 7: Bukit Mertajam, 1979 A small UFO landed on a field near some boys. A boy tried to catch a 3-inch creature that emerged from it. It fired a beam that temporarily paralyzed his right arm. The UFO then flew away.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

UFOs and Occupants Sightings in South East Asia

Source: UFO Reports in Southeast Asia, 1800-1996 by Ahmad Jamaludin.

These are just a tip of the iceberg of UFOs activities in South East Asia, and we do not intend to cover all cases in this article. The main purpose is just to show the readers that there were and there still are strange things going on in our sky.

17 July 1810, Meklong, Thailand: HMS Nereid, a British merchant schooner was moored in the vicinity of Meklong and while the captain, Augustus Tweed was on watch, he sighted a display of lights in the night sky. The lights appeared in the eastern sky and flew and turned until they abruptly vanished from sight. Captain Tweed witnessed the lights again on 31 July and 9 August. Apparently they plunged into the sea on 9 August.

28 August 1810, Meklong, Thailand: Dr. Jacob Hazlitt, a missionary and physician living in Siam reported that he saw a man made all of silver on the road outside Meklong. His skin was gleaming and had only one eye.

September 1810, Thailand: A young woman claimed that she was awaken by some unknown force one night. She described the evening as being devoid of all animal sound. (This could be due to the subject is in fact in an altered state of consciousness. Ufologist Jenny Randles call this the Oz Factor) Looking into the yard beyond her house, she claimed to have seen a man made all of metal. The man had only one eye. She added that she was abducted to an undersea palace of lights.

14 March 1969, Thailand: A KC-135 tanker was flying over Thai airspace when the crew sighted a cylindrical object larger than the tanker and holding position at their altitude. The plane commander cautiously banked toward the UFO and it veered away in a matter of seconds.

10 August 1944, Sumatra, Indonesia: Captain Alvah Rieda, a B29 bomber commander had been ordered to stay behind and photograph the damage inflicted on a Japanese oil depot in Sumatra after US planes had bombed the area. Then an oval-shaped UFO appeared off his right wing. He frantically tried to shake it off but the UFO matched every turn he made. After 8 minutes the UFO shot upward and disappeared in the overcast.

16 June 1909, Dong Hoi, Vietnam: At 4.10 am, an astronomer, M. Beljonne, sighted an elongated object described as truncated at both ends, flew over the city on a west-east course. The UFO was casting a great luminosity. 4 other witnesses, all fishermen who were fishing at sea reported that the phenomenon lasted from 8 to 10 minutes. The UFO was reported to have fallen into the sea at about 6 kilometers from the shore.

11 June 1967, Da Nang, Vietnam: U.S. military personnel at the DaNang base reported sighting a cylindrical, silver-coloured object over the base in daytime. F-102 jets were sent up to intercept but the pilots were unable to locate the UFO.

22 July 1947, Ayer Rajah Road, Singapore: Regimental Sergeant Major T.J. Needham reported that he had sighted a saucer-shaped object at 6.45pm. The object appeared to be flying with a spiral motion and with slight dips. Witness called another soldier, RQMS Crump who also saw the UFO which was flying at a pace slower than a jet fighter.

28 April 1952, South Canal Road & Raffles Place, Singapore: Hundreds of witnesses sighted a cigar-shaped silvery object with smoke spouting from it streaking across the sky at 3.45pm. Yee Hong Phoy reported that the UFO flew towards the harbour from the north then turned back for about two minutes before going towards the sea again. The object was flying very high and very fast. Another witness William Osborne reported a slip stream of vapour trail behind its body. His friend, Lee Chin Ghee said the sighting lasted for about 10 minutes.

28 April 1952, Singapore: Members of the Singapore Swimming Club reported sighting a flying disc at 7.15pm. The object was described as big with a sort of bright flame on one side of its body. It was spinning parallel to the earth and flew towards the west.

24 February 1953, Seria, Brunei: Hundreds of witnesses saw in the clear blue sky a tiny but exceedingly bright star-like object hovering at a height estimated to be at 30,000 feet altitude. The object appeared to be rotating slowly with two jets, vapour or cloud formation appearing and disappearing at the edges. The sighting lasted for about 40 minutes.

24 August 1967, Kuala Belait, Brunei: A police officer sighted a large round object with dim white light underneath it at 7.45pm. The UFO was reported to the traveling across Kuala Belait from the direction of Miri, Sarawak, and going towards Seria. It seemed to be moving at about 30 mph but was completely silent.

1 November 1968, Baros, Philippines: A witness reported sighting a white object with red lights. Through its transparent canopy, the witness could see two beings wearing white coveralls. One of the occupants was taller than the other. In the same area, another farmer reported sighting a white low slung saucer-shaped object which landed and then took off again. Two beings were observed in the UFO. The farmer described them as Caucasian about 6 feet tall, wearing white suit with no identification (Nordic?). They wore glasslike headgears.

24 March 1972, Tukuran, Philippines: A witness claimed to have seen a UFO and he fired his .45 caliber pistol at it. He claimed that his pistol cracked after the shooting and the object vanished.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

The Oz Factor

Defined by Jenny Randles in her 1983 book, UFO Reality, as "the sensation of being isolated, or transported from the real world into a different environmental framework...where reality is but slightly different, [as in] the fairytale land of Oz." E.g., UFO witnesses commonly report that their neighborhood strangely lacked, during the sighting experience, the usual background sounds of barking dogs or other animal sounds.

UFO investigators may note that there were no other witnesses to a daylight sighting in a populated area, or that no motor vehicles were seen on what is normally a busy city street. Randles adds: "There appears to be a zone of influence surrounding these close encounters. If you are inside of it, then you experience the episode in all its glory and as a total reality. If you are outside of it, then the UFO sighting might as well not have happened.

"The Oz factor certainly points to consciousness as the focal point of the UFO encounter...Subjective data that override objective reality could be internal [from our subconscious], external [e.g., from some other intelligent agency], or both...The encounter has a visionary component. You might interpret that as meaning it is all in the imagination. But it really means that there is a direct feed, if you like, from the source of the encounter to the consciousness of the witness...Some witnesses report a strange sensation prior to the encounter -- a sort of mental tingling as if they are aware that something is about to happen. They just have to look up and see what is there, as if it had called to them silently...Then time seems to disappear and lose all meaning."

A direct feed, from causative agency to consciousness of the witness, appears in cases of astro-alignment. E.g., witnesses may be sky watching, perhaps with binoculars or small telescope, and see a lighted object slowly approach the moon and then move precisely around the edge.

Parallax would prevent other observers, even a short distance away, from seeing the same display. Witnesses get the impression the display was staged precisely for them. An isolated case of such astro-alignment could be coincidence but there are multiple instances.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Dogu statues

These Japanese Dogu statues were made by the Jorom people and dated to about 5000 BC. They can be found in the Japan Archaeological Collection of Tohoku University, Sendai. These statues are one of those anomalies that, if you really want to look with an open mind, will bring you volumes to read written by people who are convinced these are beings in pressurized suits and even those who believe they have "translated" the designs on them; they can be correlated to actual mechanical and technical equipment as we know it today. Tightly cuffed armbands, mouth filters, pressurized suits, eye wear to see in our atmosphere, shoulder pads, gloves, equipment?

For basic starters, the figures are wearing goggles which were unknown then. Not only are they goggles with a tiny slit in them, but we're talking some serious eyewear equipment here. Sitting on a face that doesn't really look very human. They have four fingers. Compared to the other statues/art made at this time, they are much more advanced and detailed.

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Thursday, July 7, 2011

The Intuition Continuum: 10 Ways to Develop Psychic Abilities

How often have you told a caller or someone you ran into, "I was just thinking about you!" Do you ever know who is on the phone before you answer it without looking at Caller ID? Do you often guess what someone is going to say next? Do you invariably wake up two minutes before the alarm goes off? Do your hunches ever come true?

Everyone has some psychic tendencies. We are all born with psychic abilities, but society conditions us to hide them. Our rational, logical left brain is encouraged at the expense of the intuitive right brain. Still, be assured there is nothing weird or strange about psychic abilities, and they can be yours again if you are willing to work for them.

Being psychic is about personal and spiritual growth. As you travel to new spiritual realms, you will learn about your life's purpose, be in contact with your higher self, and be guided by your soul, not your lower self or ego. Put your faith and trust in your Higher Power's hands, the Collective Mind or the Universe, and trust that they will lead you to use your gifts wisely and well.

Here are 10 ways to improve your psychic abilities:

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Wednesday, July 6, 2011

The Ouija Debate: Portal to evil or harmless game?

By Stephen Wagner

THERE'S AN ongoing debate about the powers and realities of the Ouija board. Essentially, there are three basic positions:

It is inherently dangerous, can open portals to evil entities and should never be used.

It is only dangerous if used with evil intent, but can be a useful tool for spirit mediumship if used properly and with good intent.

It is inherently harmless and has no real powers of mediumship for good or evil; its effects, if any, are only psychological in nature.

Which is true? Talk to any group of people and you'll find strong proponents for each argument. A few years ago, I conducted a survey of readers on this subject. It results showed that 65 percent of those who responded felt the Ouija was dangerous, and 35% felt it was harmless. There is also a lively discussion on the matter in our Paranormal Forum.

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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Shrouded Deathbed Vision


This is something my grandfather told us sometime in 1980. We were living in Kandy, Sri Lanka in my grandparents' house. My grandfather was very ill and was in and out of hospital for about a month and we were sure he was not going to make it through.

His bed used to face a window that opened out into the garden. On this particular evening he was lying in bed, ill and in pain, when he said he saw someone standing at the window, shrouded in a long robe with a hood. He said he could see no face, but the figure nodded to him, as if calling him to come. My grandfather then shook his head, "No, not yet..." and he says the figure disappeared.

Within a day or so, my grandfather recovered. It was then that he related this story to us. He also insisted that when he dies, his body should be covered from head to foot with a while cloth (representing the shroud that the figure wore).

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Monday, July 4, 2011

How Powerful Is Willpower?

By Natalie Wolchover, Life's Little Mysteries Staff Writer

In 1982, Angela Cavallo, a Georgia mother, lifted a Chevy Impala off of her trapped son. He had been doing repairs to its underbelly when the car jack broke. An average-sized woman, she held the 3,000 pound vehicle up for five minutes while the neighbors pulled his wounded body out from under it.

We've all heard stories like this, but what's the science behind them? Can shear strength of will — "I must lift this heavy object to save my child," for instance — really give you the muscle to lift cars in an emergency? Just how powerful is willpower?

Alas, scientists can't put a discrete number to it, beyond noting that, in some cases, it's clearly enough to amplify one's muscles to the point that a person who might normally max out lifting several dozen pounds can suddenly lift several hundreds.

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Sunday, July 3, 2011

Lost City of Iram

The great H. P. Lovecraft, achieved early fame with his 1921 story, The Nameless City. It tells the story of Abdul Alhazarad, an Arab scholar whose quest for the secrets of black magic led him into a remote, forbidding area of the Sahara Desert. There, he stumbled upon an ancient city unknown to the outside world, a center for sorcery and witchcraft, inhabited by djinni and afreets, the ghouls and demons of Semitic folklore.

Passing through the dark streets and among the lofty columns of Iram, as the gloomy city was known to its residents, he entered the temple of their patron deity, Cthulhu, a satanic figure. The high priest in attendance entrusted him with a thaumaturgic tome, the Al Azif. But translating its horrific text into Latin as the Necronomicon proved too much for Abdul, and he went raving mad before completing his task. While most readers assume The Nameless City was an entirely original creation of Lovecraft's fertile imagination, he actually based it on ancient Arab oral accounts.

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Saturday, July 2, 2011

The Invisible Man

Source: UFO Roundup

Location: Tambunan, Keningan, Malaysia - February 18, 2001 - night

Yabi Gistubod had been reported missing and was later found sitting in a bush in a stupor. They gave him a medical check up, and he was found to be in good health. He told family members that he had encountered a strange man with a square body, who he believed was an alien.

The man wanted him to go to a strange place. The night before he disappeared, he was wearing white and seemed to be floating just above the ground, according to his wife who touched his shirt and saw it turned black. Yabi then passed out. He vanished again on the 20th and was found 11 days later walking towards his home.

He had his eyes closed and was communicating in sign language. According to his wife, Yabi became invisible the second night he vanished right before her eyes.

Friday, July 1, 2011

7 Things That Create Great Space Hoaxes

By Bjorn Carey and Remy Melina, Life's Little Mysteries Staff Writers

It doesn't take much to convince people that they've seen an experimental missile or a UFO. A funny-looking cloud or an exceptionally bright planet will usually do the trick. Here, our top 7 things that drive space-related hoaxes.

1. Lightning

Mysterious UFO sightings may go hand-in-hand with a natural weather phenomenon known as sprites — flashes high in the atmosphere triggered by thunderstorms. Sprites suddenly appear when lightning from thunderstorms excites the electric field above the storm, producing dancing flashes of bright light.

Sprites can take the form of fast-paced balls of electricity, although they can also form streaks or tendrils. "Winter sprites" are common in the northern hemisphere during winter months.

The appearance of a "sprite" (about 30 miles high by 30 miles wide), flashing above a distant thunderstorm. The "sprite" is about 175-250 miles away from the camera.

2. Missile Tests

In December 2009, a spectacular spiral light show appeared in the sky above northern Norway: A giant spiral, with a green-blue beam of light shooting from its center, lit up the sky in a raindrop-ripple effect pattern.

It looked like a wormhole to another dimension, but it turned out that the lights were caused by a Russian missile that failed just after launch, according to Russia's defense ministry. The botched Bulava ballistic test missile spun out of control, thus creating the mysterious rotating spiral effect.

Norway residents got front-row seats to a bizarre light show: a giant spiral with a green-blue beam of light shooting from its center and lighting up the sky.

3. Weird Cloud Formations

Last October, footage of a giant halo in an overcast sky over Moscow surfaced on YouTube. The video had everything needed to ignite UFO rumors. It's grainy. At one point, a dark pointy object appears to bolt out of the ring. There's even a panicked-sounding Russian radio broadcast in the background.

Cool-headed meteorologists were quick to put the story to bed: It was just an optical illusion, the cause of sunlight hitting a cloud disturbed by wind or plane traffic in just the right way. Most likely it was what is known as a hole-punch cloud. These occur in cirrus or cirrostratus clouds, which are often composed of ice crystals and super-cooled water droplets – water that is below freezing temperature, but still in liquid form. The physical properties that hold these clouds together are delicate, and when disturbed – by a jet plane, wind or even cloud seeding efforts – the droplets can freeze instantly or evaporate, the latter of which will form the hole.

4. Balloons

Unlike Balloon Boy, not all balloon-driven hoaxes are intentional. In the afternoon of Oct. 13, hundreds of people in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood saw a cluster of silvery, shiny lights glittering from above. Naturally, initial descriptions of the supposed UFO varied wildly: Some folks reported seeing one large, slow-moving object full of lights, while others say they saw nearly a half-dozen entities.

The strange, shimmering lights turned out to be caused by 12 helium balloons that escaped from an engagement party held for a teacher at the Milestone School in Mount Vernon, Westchester County, about 15 miles away. The balloons were inadvertently released at 1 p.m., and the first of the "UFO" sightings occurred around 1:30 p.m.

5. Venus

The planet Venus often gets mistaken for a UFO. To viewers on Earth, the second planet from the sun appears as a bright light that hangs in the sunset sky, seeming to slowly hover in the twilight as it outshines every star except for the sun. Because Venus orbits the sun inside our own orbit, from our perspective it constantly darts out on the either side of the sun, which people often mistake for a moving UFO.

6. Airplanes

Here's proof that anything funny-looking in the sky can cause an uproar. This past Monday, most of the U.S. woke up to reports that a mystery missile had launched off the coast of California. The sightings were spurred by video of a condensation trail, or contrail, streaking through clouds lit up by the rising sun. No one could conclusively say what it was at the time—officials at the Department of Defense reported no scheduled missile launches, NORAD and USNORTHCOM detected no foreign activity and the FAA hadn't cleared any commercial space launches in the area. After a thorough investigation, many experts now believe that the streak was a – wait for it – a run-of-the-mill jet aircraft contrail that happened to hang around longer than usual. Contrails appear most vivid around sunrise or sunset, and it's not uncommon that one showing up in an unexpected location will generate whispers of a UFO or experimental military aircraft.

Lights in the sky, especially when viewed by pilots, can also cause a stir, but are almost always revealed to be running lights of other aircraft, or flares dropped by weather research craft.

7. Military Experiments

The late 1940s and early 1950s were a great time for spotting UFOs and aliens in New Mexico, primarily because that's where the Air Force was conducting some of its top-secret research. One such program was known as Project Mogul and involved floating microphone-carrying balloons to high altitudes in an attempt to pick up the sound waves generated by Soviet atomic bomb tests. The Air Force has since confirmed that a 1947 crash of one of those balloons created the debris that birthed the Roswell UFO Incident.

Another military experiment provided the bodies for that UFO. In the 1950s, Air Force scientists dropped several dozen anthropomorphic dummies from planes to test new high-altitude parachutes and determine whether the bodies would enter a dangerous spin as they fell. Results from these studies contributed to designs for the parachutes and pressurized suits that fighter jet pilots and early astronauts would wear. The Air Force was more than happy to allow Russian spies to think New Mexicans were a little kooky than to reveal the true military origin of the sightings.

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