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WHAT KNOWLEDGE OF UFOS DID OUR PAST PRESIDENTS REALLY HAVE?

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The folks over at ghosttheory.com have pulled together a fantastic review of our past presidents and their relationship/ knowledge of UFOs and extraterrestrials.

Ghost Theory writes:

E Pluribus Unum: Out of many, One is what it says on the Seal of the President of the United States of America. Traditionally the phrase is meant to express that out of the many colonies that formed the nascent new country a single nation was born. In a more modern context it could be interpreted equally to mean that out of many cultures and beliefs the people who form a nation are derived. In the context of this article it could also be said that out of many in power there is one we presume to have answers. Even out of many who have held the office, the one currently in office should be in possession of the answers so many of us would like to hear. The question is; What do we really know about UFOs?

There have been a number of US Presidents who have addressed the UFO issue and it makes you wonder. Twelve Presidents have held office in what we will call the UFO Age, that period of time during which UFOs have been both figuratively and literally on the radar of the population of the Earth. During that time the United States has evolved from a partner to other nations in attaining peace from threats, to a parent scolding others for threatening actions and seemingly falling back again to a partner who must work with others in place of imposing rules upon them. Still the question of whether or not there is a larger threat, or greater parent hangs over our heads. Yet whenever a question faces the world at large there are few if any who do not turn to the United States for their knowledge, their influence, their protection, or for someone to blame soIF there are UFO secrets to be had, and there almost certainly are whether they be to prove or disprove, it seems likely those secrets reside within the borders of the United States at the very least.

Which brings us back to asking “What does the President know?” It is a facet of short term thinking to believe that the office of President gives some sort of ultimate power when it comes to running the government, when in truth it is a temporary posting lasting just four to eight years, at least during the time frame of the UFO Age, while those who keep the wheels turning, or I guess put on the brakes in some regards, have longer careers that are not dependant upon current office holders. If there is a secret to be kept, a secret that has implications far beyond the immediate state of affairs of any nation who do you tell? If you are one of the secret keepers a person who has a short term agenda would not be on that list. So far several Presidents have announced an intent to learn the truth of the UFO phenomenon, but none have done carried out that intent, at least so far as to inform the public.

Let’s start at the beginning.
Two events mark the start of the UFO Age; those being the Kenneth Arnold sighting at Mt Ranier on June 24th 1947, and the Roswell crash(s) of July 1947. Harry Truman as Vice_President to Franklin Roosevelt assumed office in April of 1945, following the death of Roosevelt, and so became the first US President to be faced with the real potential of contact with beings from another world here on Earth…

Read more at ghosttheroy.com


MAN FILMS UFO THROUGH AIRPLANE WINDOW

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Whenever I fly, if I’m not trying to get shut-eye I usually stare out the airplane window and let my imagination take over. I start scanning the skies to see if I find anything “unusual” and hope for the rare chance to witness a UFO. Well, it looks like for one man, staring out the airplane window may have actually paid off with some amazingly detailed footage of an Unidentified Flying Object.

Check out this cool video posted by Mauricio Ruiz, who was flying on a SouthWest Airlines flight from LaGuardia to Houston when he captured this footage. He submitted the video to the FAA and is awaiting a response.

What do you think? Could this be a reflection from inside the cabin?  A light from somewhere on the plane itself?  As Mr. Ruiz wisely comments in the video description, “Be skeptic my friends, but stay focused.”

 


TOP TEN STORIES OF UNEXPLAINED PHENOMENA AROUND THE WORLD

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The folks over at the online news  source, huffingtonpost.com,  have pulled together a neat little top ten list of their best and favorite ufo and unexplained phenomena headlines of the year!  Take a look at some of the stories they mention, many of which were reported on right here at museumoftheweird.com, and you’ll see just how fascinating this year really was!

The Huffington post writes:

The world didn’t end in 2012, nor did our fascination with UFOs.

Did a UFO hover over the summer Olympic games? Can we believe an ex-CIA agent who claimed that extraterrestrials caused the 1947 Roswell incident? Will DNA tests prove the existence of Bigfoot?

Those questions were at the heart of 2012’s list of the top 10 UFO and unexplained phenomena news stories. Scroll through the list to see them all.

One hint about our number one story of the year: it had nothing to do with UFOs, but captured the attention of people all over the world.

To read more and check out the full slideshow of stories, head to huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/28


STROKE VICTIM WAKES UP SPEAKING ANOTHER LANGUAGE

After suffering a stroke, Alun Morgan woke speaking a different language and was unable to remember English.

After suffering a stroke, Alun Morgan woke speaking a different language and was unable to remember English.

The mysteries of the human brain never cease to amaze me.  It’s said that we only use a very small portion of our grey matter, but this story makes me wonder if somewhere in the inner recesses of the mind we all have the innate ability to learn another language simply by being exposed to it and learning it subconsciously.

What do you think?  Do you believe there will be a day when scientists will discover the secret of how to unlock each individual’s suppressed knowledge and hidden abilities?  Read this story from The Telegraph and share your opinions.

 

Alun Morgan, 81, was evacuated to Wales during the Second World War but left 70 years ago.

During his time there he was surrounded by Welsh speakers but never learned the language himself.

He left the country aged 10 and lived his life in England and recently suffered a severe stroke.

But when Mr Morgan regained consciousness three weeks later, doctors discovered he was speaking Welsh and could not remember any English.

It is thought that the Welsh Mr Morgan heard as a boy had sunk in without him knowing and was unlocked after he suffered the stroke.

Mr Morgan, who is retired and lives with his wife Yvonne in Bathwick, Somerset, is now being taught to speak English again.

“I’d not lived in Wales since I was evacuated there during the war. Gradually the English words came back, but it wasn’t easy,” he said.

Mr Morgan had been watching the lunchtime news when his wife noticed he was not responsive and called an ambulance.

He was rushed into hospital where he spent three weeks being stabilised and assessed.

Doctors diagnosed Mr Morgan with aphasia, a form of brain damage which causes a shift in the brain’s language centre.

He was helped by the Communication Support Service, run by the Stroke Association in Bath.

In 2012 grandmother Kay Russell, 49, of Bishop Cleeve in Gloucestershire, suffered a migraine and began speaking in a French accent.

Sarah Colwill, 35, of Plymouth, Devon, also suffered a migraine and began speaking with a Chinese accent.

Doctors say they suffered Foreign Accent Syndrome, a condition which damages the part of the brain that controls speech and word formation.

More than 150,000 people have a stroke every year in the UK, and a third end up with aphasia as a result.

 

READ MORE:  Englishman wakes up from stroke speaking fluent Welsh


UFO FILMED FROM PLANE OVER HOUSTON

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What is this thing able to be seen from the window of an airplane? At least it’s not on the wing. Screenshot credit to YouTube user Mauricio Ruiz

A recent video posted on YouTube recently by Mauricio Ruiz has caused quite a stir recently. As you can see in the video yourself, the UFO/whatever it is outside this guys plane window is definitely there and is not a reflection from something inside the cabin, which he even thought was the case for a moment. Take a look at the footage below and let us know what you think in the comments at the bottom of the page.

Ghost Theory writes:

According to the YouTube account of Mauricio Ruiz, the following footage was shot from the window of a SouthWest Airlines flight from La Guardia airport to Houston, Texas.
Ruiz goes on to say that he has submitted the video to FAA officials and is waiting further review from them.

The video shows an object outside the cabin of the airplane. The object does not appear to be a reflection of anything from inside. It does not look like a reflection of light on the window, especially not when the camera zooms in and we can see details on the supposed craft.

From Ruiz’s YouTube:
“The actual footage in its original content was sent to the FAA for further review. UFOlogist and investigators please be patient. Let FAA do their review in fairness to all. Thanks.”

Read more at ghosttheory.com/2012


UFO hovers over Pennsylvania town on Christmas Day

Stills of UFOs filmed in Chester Springs, PA on Christmas Day. The shimmering object on the left appeared after the black object on the right was first seen hovering in the sky.

Stills of UFOs filmed in Chester Springs, PA on Christmas Day. The shimmering object on the left appeared after the black object on the right was first seen hovering in the sky.

 

Here is some interesting footage that was just reported to MUFON by a resident of Chester Springs, PA. The eyewitness account took place on Christmas Day, December 25th, 2012.  The shimmering unidentified flying object that can be seen in both videos was hovering below another black object first seen floating in the sky above it.

 

Pennsylvania witnesses at Chester Springs reported and videotaped a black object that hovered with flashing lights for two hours on Christmas day, according to testimony from the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) witness reporting database.

The couple took their kids outside to play with new toys when a “black spot in the sky” was noticed in a hovering position.

“I pointed it out to my husband and my mother and we couldn’t figure out what it could be,” the reporting witness stated. “After about a half hour, we went back inside. Every few minutes, we’d peek outside to see if it was still there – and it was.”

Then the couple’s power went out.

“Then our power randomly went out for a minute max – no storms, no wind, nothing else going on to cause a power outage.”

The couple then noticed [another] object [with] flashing lights.

“We immediately went out onto the deck and began filming. The lights appeared to be flashing randomly (or perhaps the object was spinning?) and it was mostly horizontal. However, there were times where the lights tilted and then went into a vertical pattern. The lights were hovering right behind some low lying clouds.”

The witness provided one image and two video clips with the MUFON report, which was filed on December 26, 2012. Image 1Video 1 and Video 2.

More cloud coverage moved in and the couple eventually lost sight of the object.

 

READ MORE:  http://www.examiner.com/article/video-christmas-day-ufo-hovers-over-pennsylvania-town


IS THIS ‘FIGURE OF INTEREST’ THE BIGFOOT OF OREGON?

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What is this figure highlighted on the left? Photo credit to bigfootlunchclub.com and YouTube user Matt Stansberry.

Back in 2010 a very interesting video was posted by Youtube user Matt Stansberry. Now, what he thought he was uploading was just a some footage of him and some buddies rafting a river in Oregon but, upon further inspection realized he got a little, or should I say a BIG, something extra! I can’t seem to find any updates to this story so, if you have any info, leave it in the comments below.

You can watch the video here:

BIGFOOT Lunch Club writes:

On August 30th 2010, BFRO.net posted a video that was filmed nearly two years ago during a fishing trip on Oregon’s McKenzie river.

Preview of the post here:

“This YouTube video shot in 2008 briefly shows what may be a sasquatch in central Oregon, on the McKenzie River. At this stage it is just a “figure of interest”. A dark, long-armed figure stood up and walked away from the edge of the river as the two whitewater row boats passed by. The cameraman was shooting a YouTube installment for a fly fisherman’s blog site.

Oregon bigfoot investigator Cliff Barackman will find out the technical details from the cameraman, and ask him to submit a full report to the BFRO’s database. That has not happened yet, so we don’t know all the details at this point.”

In our minds it seems very little to go on, but when we saw Cliff Barackman was to investigate, it peaked our interest. The video below is cued 5 secs before the the appearance of the dark figure.

Read more at bigfootlunchclub.com


Merry Christmas from everyone at Lucky Lizard / Museum of the Weird!


WE’RE STILL HERE BUT, WHEN WILL THE EARTH REALLY END?

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So, as we all expected, everyone woke up from their slumber this morning. Some are safe and sound in warm beds and some are getting ready for another day at work. Both, are not worried about the world coming to it’s end… at least not yet.

So, when will the world really end. Like, reeaaallly end. Luckily for us lamen, there’s the fine folks of Discovery News to bring us the actual science behind answering these types of questions. Read on to see what they have to say and be comforted that, barring human error, the Mother Earth has many, many, maaany more years ahead of her, far beyond what we could ever hope to see.

Discovery News writes:

Content provided by Amanda Doyle, Astrobiology Magazine

Billions of years from now, life on Earth will be extinguished when the dying sun scorches the surface of our planet. New research has aimed to determine what the last life forms on Earth will be, and what kind of abodes they will cling to before the Earth becomes sterilized.

We are fortunate that our planet orbits a star that has a long main-sequence lifetime. However, the sun’s luminosity is gradually increasing, and in about one billion years the effects of this will start to be felt on Earth.

Surface temperatures will start to creep relentlessly upwards over the next few billion years, which will increase the amount of water vapor in the air. This will act to further increase temperatures and will thus signify the beginning of the end for life on Earth.

The rising temperatures will cause excessive amounts of rain and wind, and thus increase the weathering of silicate rocks, which will suck extra carbon from the atmosphere. (Top 10 Ways to Destroy Earth)

Ordinarily, the carbon is replaced via plate tectonics in the carbon-silicate cycle as it is released in volcanic gases. However, the oceans will start to evaporate as the temperatures continue to rise, which will probably put a stop to plate tectonics as scientists believe that water is an essential lubricant for the motion of tectonic plates on Earth. This will deplete the number of active volcanoes, and the carbon will not be replenished in the atmosphere.

The lack of carbon dioxide will effectively choke plant life on Earth, since plants require atmospheric CO2 for their respiration. The death of oxygen-producing plants will in turn lead to less oxygen in the atmosphere over a few million years. This will spell disaster for the remaining animal life on Earth, with mammals and birds being the first to become extinct. Fish, amphibians and reptiles would survive a little longer, as they need less oxygen and have a greater tolerance to heat.

The last type of animal present on the far-future Earth would likely be invertebrates. Once the insects finally succumb to the increasing temperatures, the Earth will once again be solely populated by microbial life, just as it had been for the first few billion years of our planet’s history. The last lingering life will desperately seek out niches of the planet that are still habitable, but  even extremophile forms of life will find this to be a challenge.

Read more at news.discovery.com/earth


TONIGHT: AN EVENING OF CHRISTMAS GHOST STORIES WITH RICHARD WHITTAKER!

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Friday, December 21th, 2012 @8:00pm

The Museum of the Weird presents its 2nd Annual:

An Evening of Christmas Ghost Stories
with your host Richard Whittaker

Come warm your bones with some hot chocolate as we gather for an age-old Christmas tradition– listening to spooky tales of days of yore! Featuring two terrifying tales by British master of the macabre, M.R. James, as read by resident Englishman Richard Whittaker.

The event is $5 and hot cocoa will be served.  Seating is extremely limited, so we recommend buying your tickets now!

You can order your tickets online now at LuckyLizard.net or, call the Lucky Lizard Curios & Gifts shop @ (512) 476-5493 to reserve your seats early.


COLLECTION OF CREEPY PHOTOS

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The fine folks over at Daily Mail Online have collected a fantastic set of extraordinarily creepy photos from cemeteries, abandoned houses, in the woods, and even a few normal photos that were taken during the daytime, all with an unexpected guest!

The Daily mail writes:

These are the things that go bump in the night.

From murdered slaves to tortured hospital patients to forgotten sailors, ghost stories will send a shiver down most people’s spines.

But this collection of images will call into question everything you think you know about the spirit world… and how easy it may be to cross back over from the ‘other side’.

Paranormal investigators have spent decades painstakingly researching each photograph, debunking some and failing to disprove others.

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Take the tale of the white lady of the Philippines.

Locals of Quezon City steer clear of Balete Drive at night as they say that a woman in white with long black tresses, face covered in blood, stands in the centre of the road, staring at oncoming vehicles.

Drivers try to avoid the street at all costs – but if they must pass, they pack their backseat with passengers because if there is one empty seat, an uninvited guest just might take it. In photographs,  she appears as a bright, white light in the road, legs barely visible.

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Or consider the story of Chloe the inquisitive slave.

Chloe lived at the house of Myrtle’s Plantation in St Francisville, Louisiana. She would often listen in on conversations she wasn’t supposed to, snooping in on her master’s private talks.

One afternoon, Chloe was caught. According to legend, her master cut off her ear as punishment.

For revenge, Chloe baked a cake out of oleander leaves, which are poisonous. She wanted her cruel master to taste it, but his wife and daughters beat him to it.

She fled the house, but was lynched by her fellow slaves. She still haunts the plantation to this day, listening in on the conversations of its visitors. Chloe can sometimes be seen hiding behind the doors, columns, or bushes on the residence.

But not all ghosts have been scorned.

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An Australian woman named Mrs Andrews was visiting the grave of her daughter in a cemetery in Queensland, in the 1940s when she took a photo.  Her daughter Joyce had died the year before at the age of 17. She was shocked to find a child in the photo that she did not recognise sitting on top of the grave.

Australian paranormal researcher Tony Healy visited the cemetery in the late 1990s to find out what had happened. He found that near Joyce’s grave, two infant girls were buried.

Read more and check out all the spooky specters caught on film over at dailymail.co.uk/news


FOUND IN MEXICO: HUMAN SKULLS ELONGATED TO LOOK ALIEN

The skeletons were found in a cemetery near Onavas, South Sonora.

The skeletons were found in a cemetery near Onavas, South Sonora.

Now these things look crazy! This is absolutely fascinating!

Full bodied skeletons were found in a cemetery of southern Mexico with severely elongated skulls.

The ultimate question of course, is why? What prompted them to do this?

Did they do it of their own accord or, were they possibly emulating someone, or something, else?

The Huffington Post writes:

Excavation of an ancient burial site in South Sonora, Mexico, has revealed a series of skeletons with intentionally deformed skulls.

Of the 25 sets of human remains found close to the Mexican village of Onavas, 13 had deformed craniums and five had evidence of dental mutilation.

According to Past Horizons, misshapen skulls have not been recorded before in the Sonora cultural groups, although they are documented among Mesoamerican peoples.

Some of the skeletons, believed to be 1,000 years old, wore nose rings, bangles, earrings,  by Savings Sidekick” href=”http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/12/19/alien-skulls-deformed-craniums-mexican-cemetery-_n_2328404.html?utm_hp_ref=uk#”>necklaces and pendants made from shells found in the Gulf of California.

One was found with a turtle shell laid over its abdomen.

Archaeologist Cristina Garcia Moreno said: “This unique find shows a mix of traditions from different groups of northern Mexico.

“The use of ornaments made from sea shells from the Gulf of California had never been found before in Sonoran territory and this discovery extends the limit of influence of Mesoamerican peoples farther north than has been previously recorded.”

Moreno is director of the research project, which is being carried out on behalf ofArizona State University , with the approval of Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH).

She added: “Cranial deformation in Mesoamerican cultures was used to differentiate one social group from another and for ritual purposes, while the dental mutilation in cultures such as the Nayarit was seen as a rite of passage into adolescence.”

Elongated skulls have previously been misinterpreted as being of extra-terrestrial origin.

The process of elongating a skull usually begins in childhood with a process called “cradle-boarding”.

Ryan Matthews of Science Channel series Oddities told HuffPost Weird: “They would put two boards around the head and wrap it very securely.

“Because the head of a child is very soft, it can be manipulated forward, but the process would take several months.”

Read more at huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012


YOUNG BOY HAUNTED BY GREY-SKINNED MAN

Dagan Gerrity who is only 5 years old, is troubled by visions of a 'man with grey skin'.

Dagan Gerrity who is only 5 years old, is troubled by visions of a ‘man with grey skin’.

It would seem this young boy is living in what some would call a real living nightmare. That is… if you believe him.

The Daily Mail Online writes:

A father has told how his five-year-old son claims he has been troubled by visions of a ghostly man with grey skin who speaks to him in the night.

Dave Gerrity, 41, said his son Dagan first complained about seeing something in his bedroom in the family’s Bridlington home around six months ago.

Mr Gerrity said: ‘Dagan is scared about it. He cries about it. He’s told us that at night he can’t sleep because a man with grey skin comes and sits on his bed and keeps him awake talking to him.

‘The first time it happened, Dagan’s mum Emma and I heard him crying on the baby monitor. I went up to him and he was just crying his eyes out.

‘At first I thought it was just his imagination, or he had had a bad dream.

‘Of course you never expect this kind of thing to be true, I’ve never believed in this kind of thing before. But there’s no denying it now. ‘There have been times when we’ve been in the room with him and we see him looking up into the corner of the room and speaking.’

Mr Gerrity also told how the ‘ghost’ was seen shuffling furniture in his son’s bedroom.

He added: ‘We have a double bed in the room which is balanced on its side, and there’s a blue plastic table on top of it. ‘Dagan told me that in the night, the table was picked up and moved by itself. ‘This table is much too high for him to reach himself. I’ve put him to bed when the table has been on top of the bed, then come back in the morning to find it moved.

Mr Gerrity told how guests to his home say they have also spotted the face of a man on the walls on the dining room of their three-storey house after it was re-plastered.

‘The wall was completely stripped back before it was plastered and there was nothing on it, no pattern. ‘But when the plaster was drying, we could see a face start to appear. Now there is a 6ft by 6ft face of a man on the wall. ‘People come round to our house and see it straight away – you can’t miss it. It spooks everybody out. ‘I’ve been plastering for 24 years and never seen anything like this before.”

Read more at dailymail.co.uk/news


CONSTRUCTION CREW FRIGHTENED BY APPARITION OF HEADLESS MONK

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Most construction sites don’t end up on top of a ancient burial ground, but this one did.

While building a new water side addition to the Thorpe Park in Chertsey, Surrey, England, construction crews were haunted by a rather frightening apparition of a headless monk. When inspectors came to see what all the fuss was about, they realized the new water slide was possibly being built on an old burial ground. After some consideration and discussing whether or not a headless monk ghost was something they wanted as part of their theme park, they decided against scaring the heck out of people and rather, letting them slide to the pool in peace.

Daily Mail Online writes:

A headless monk, a sudden chill, objects moving of own accord.

A new ride at an amusement park? No, the strange, seemingly paranormal, behaviour was experienced by workmen building a water ride at Thorpe Park, one of the country’s biggest theme parks.

There were reports of workers feeling like someone was watching over their shoulder and sudden cold feelings being experienced.

As a result of the ghostly sightings, and fears that an ancient burial ground has been disturbed, the project was moved to another site.

A paranormal detection agency was then called in to the park in Chertsey, Surrey, to carry out tests and found that a burial ground or settlement could have been disturbed.

Managers at the park decided to relocate the ride to another area of the park and also called in a forensic team to carry out further investigations.

The 64ft-tall water ride, Storm Surge, was originally planned for an area known as Monk’s Walk, an old footpath that has linked the ruins of nearby Chertsey Abbey to Thorpe Church since AD666.

The ride’s foundations would have been over an area of the park where stone coffins have previously been excavated.

Mike Vallis, divisional director of Thorpe Park, said: ‘It became apparent that something strange was going on when teams started clearing Storm Surge’s initial site.

‘Staff reports of eerie goings-on shot up and the only physical change in the park, at that time, was the beginning of ground preparation work for the new ride.

‘As employees were getting freaked out, we decided to call on an expert to see whether there was anything to report but had no idea of the dramatic effects.’

Jim Arnold, of South West London Paranormal, said: ‘We carry out these kinds of investigations quite regularly, with medium to weak results being reported on a weekly basis.

‘Thorpe Park, however, was more striking as results were picked up immediately, with orbs, ghostly images in photography and ouija reaction results being strongest around the site where they were proposing to build Storm Surge.

‘The results were so strong, we felt the only explanation could be that an ancient burial ground or settlement was being disturbed, prompting the extra paranormal activity.’

Read more and check out some pictures at dailymail.co.uk/news


THE FALCON PROJECTS ASKS YOU TO FUND ITS SEARCH FOR BIGFOOT

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Have you always wanted to find Bigfoot? Well, now you can get as close to searching for the big guy as possible without actually leaving your own home!

With as little a a $1 donation you can fund “The Falcon Project” that plans on sending a blimp to the most remote areas of the world to find Bigfoot and capture him on film. Check out their Kickstarter Project and watch the video below for more information.


AUSTRALIAN PRIME MINISTER RELEASES ‘END OF THE WORLD’ MESSAGE TO PUBLIC

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Julia Gillard has released a PSA to the people of Earth. Not your average PSA mind you, but one addressing the end of the world!

Watch the video below and read what The Herald Sun of Australia had to say:

The Herald Sun of Australia writes:

THE Prime Minister has delivered a chilling message confirming what many people around the world feared: the Mayans were right.

Julia Gillard’s 50-second message addresses her “dear remaining fellow Australians”. She steps in ahead of CSIRO scientists to foreshadow the world’s impending doom.

Ms Gillard lists the likely doomsday bringers to be flesh-eating zombies, demonic hell-beasts…. or K-Pop. But not the carbon price.

According to the Mayan calendar, the world will meet its fiery end on December 21, 2012. Which means that, according to Doomsdayers, we’ve got a cool 15 days left to check everything off our bucket lists.

NASA has even taken the unusual step of publishing a fact sheet calledBeyond 2012: Why The World Won’t End.

OK, so it’s just a commercial for a Triple J breakfast show but, more importantly, SAVE YOURSELVES.

With clinical, emotionless delivery, Ms Gillard warns us all, says she will always fight for us and closes by saying: “good luck to you all”. Oh and “at least this means I won’t have to do Q & A again”.

When contacted, the Prime Minister’s office said: “What Australian doesn’t mind a laugh from time to time? Anyway, the world’s going to end tomorrow so shouldn’t you be writing about that?”

It’s Dr Karl Kruszelnicki’s fault the PM is spooked – he came up with the theory the world will end tomorrow, two weeks earlier than the far-more-popular prediction of December 21.

Dr Karl, the prolific science writer and author of 50 Shades of Grey Matter, said he came up with the date after developing a complex algorithm using the Mayan calendar, the Gregorian calendar, mathematics, and comedy.

Unfortunately the algorithm was far too complex for most of us to understand, but suffice to say the logic behind it is as rock solid as the logic behind the idea that because a Mayan calendar runs out on December 21 the Earth will come to some sort of devastating end.

“I was using science for the purposes of science and comedy,” Dr Karl said.

“On the 21st of December, inconveniently only two shopping days before Christmas the Mayan calendar will click over.

“But to say the world will end is like saying today’s date is the 29th and therefore your cut lunch will turn into a shoe. That’s how rational and logical it is.”

“So I tried to turn December 21 back into December 7.”

Read more at heraldsun.com.au/news


GIANT SQUID CAPTURED ON VIDEO IN IT’S NATURAL HABITAT

Photo of the Curiosity submurisble before being launched to incredible depths. Image credit Discovery Channel

Photo of the Curiosity submurisble before being launched to incredible depths. Image credit Discovery Channel

This is great! For the first time ever, Discovery has sent a tiny submarine known as Curiosity to the deepest parts of the ocean and has captured the ever elusive GIANT SQUID in natural habitat! They’re holding on to the footage until January of next year and you can bet that’ll be one thing on tv I’ll be sure not to miss.

Laughing Squid writes:

For the first time ever, the elusive giant squid has been captured on video in its natural habitat. Discovery Channel will show the footage on January 27, 2013 in the season finale of Curiosity in the episode, Monster Squid: The Giant Is Real. NHK will air their special on the first-ever footage of the giant squid in early January 2013. According to Discovery Channel, Japanese channel NHK will air the footage in early January 2013.

“When Discovery does natural history it sets the bar high, and this ground breaking project features the very first-ever footage of a live giant squid in its natural habitat. Our crew came face-to-face with the giant squid, and it’s the ideal season finale for our Curiosity series that stirs the imagination of our audience, bravely asking questions and fearlessly seeking answers. This latest production, four years in the making, is a world-first achievement for television, and I’m excited to share it,” said Eileen O’Neill, Group President of Discovery and TLC Networks.”

Read more at laughingsquid.com/giant-squid-captured-on-video-for-first-time/


AUDIO TAPE CONFIRMING ROSWELL UFO CRASH RELEASED AFTER MANS DEATH

As the years go by, more and more people involved with, or privy to, any information relating to the infamous Roswell, New Mexico UFO crash of 1947 come forward to share what they know with the world.

As the years go by, more and more people involved with, or privy to, any information relating to the infamous Roswell, New Mexico UFO crash of 1947 come forward to share what they know with the world.

Walter Haut, a Lieutenant Colonel and Press Officer at Roswell Army Air Field (RAAF) at the time of the crash, has left the public an audio tape of an interview conducted in secret that has him spilling the proverbial beans.

The Bragalia Files writes:

A Lieutenant Colonel and Press Officer at Roswell Army Air Field (RAAF) in 1947 left a testament to the reality of fallen ET in a rare audio recording that was meant to be heard after his death. A portion of it is revealed here publicly for the first time.

It is in this taped message that Walter Haut (a decorated bombardier and Purple Heart recipient) first openly acknowledged his personal witness to an alien-piloted craft found on the desert floor in New Mexico. And people who knew Walter well have now come forward about what he had said about the matter very early on- and why he did not release all of this information until the winter of his life.
Walter would of course go on to sign a notarized declaration in December, 2002 of his full knowledge of the Roswell incident as a piloted, extraterrestrial event. This was famously reported in mainstream media based on the publication of the bestseller Witness to Roswelland the work of the book’s authors Tom Carey and Don Schmitt.
But it was four years before this in 1999 that Walter Haut had admitted for the first time to someone outside of a small circle what he knew about the entirety of the Roswell event.And he allowed it to be recorded.
Like the notarized affidavit, Walter did not wish this 1999 recorded confession released until some point after his death, which occurred in 2005 at age 83. This enabled him to honor his oath during his life to the ultimate secret: the recovery and retrieval of beings not from earth.

Read more at bragalia.blogspot.co.uk/2012


CAN’T TEACH AN OLD DOG NEW TRICKS BUT, IT CAN LEARN TO DRIVE!

New Zealand now has Driver's Ed... for dogs!

Well, looks like the SPCA New Zealand has a new trick to teach dogs that even some humans still can’t seem to figure out, driving.

Seriously, watch the video below for a preview of what the future may hold for our K-9 friends:

Ghost Theory writes:

Yes, it’s a topsy turvy world, filled with amazing and bizarre things. However, this is one that I don’t think anyone ever expected. The following story may not be paranormal, but on the freak you out scale, it ranks right up there, especially if you happen to be sitting in the vicinity.

This is the story of Monty, Porter and Ginny, three lovable K-9s in New Zealand. Of course they spend their days doing what dogs do, barking, playing, begging for affection and treats. However, there is more to this motley crew than you would expect. In fact, they are involved in intensive training and it ain’t to catch Frisbees.

The SPCA (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) has decided that it would be quite an effective publicity tool if man’s best buddy could be taught how to drive a car. Yes, I said it! Drive a car!

What better way to show just what our four legged friends are capable of than to put them behind the wheel of a 3,000 Lb. battering ram. I mean, come on! They couldn’t do any worse than half the population of America, right?

Commentary from Sky News:

“Three rescue dogs in New Zealand have been taught how to drive a car.

Monty, Porter and Ginny have learned the skills to prove how intelligent dogs can be, in an attempt to encourage more potential owners to come forward.

The drive for publicity by the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals saw the four-legged friends spend weeks getting to grips with four wheels.

The dogs, a giant schnauzer, a whippet cross and a beardie cross can change gear, steer and brake.

They sit in a driving position on their haunches responding to instructions called out from the dog behaviour experts.

Animal trainer Mark Vette and his team began training the animals using a mock vehicle before introducing them to a real car – a Mini especially adapted for paws.

He said: “We chain behaviours together … in this case we’ve got 10 behaviours we’re putting together. Then you put them into a sequence. It’s a lot to do, and for the dog to actually start to get an idea of what actually is happening takes quite a long time.

“So we’ll start the car, get into position, brake on, gear in place, back onto the steering wheel, accelerator, take off and hoon (drive fast) along the straight and then stop.”

However, the animal trainer says things did not always go smoothly when the dogs got into the real car.

“A couple of days ago the car was going too fast, the trainer nearly got run over,” he said.

Now the animals can start a car, accelerate and steer they are scheduled to show off their skills on live TV in New Zealand next week.

For the final test the dogs will also have to brake as they are driving along a narrow lane.

Trainers are hoping they won’t become too distracted driving past any lamp posts.”

I for one think this is a terrific way to show us just how valuable discarded dogs can be and I applaud the SPCA for their ingenuity.

Read more at ghosttheory.com/2012/12/06


OLDEST EVER DINOSAUR FOSSIL FOUND IN TANZANIA

This is the humerus, or upper arm bone, of Nyasasaurus parringtoni next to a cross section of the bone. The many colors indicate that the bone fibers are disorganized, much like those of early dinosaurs.Credit: (c)Natural History Museum

The more we dig into our Earth’s history, the more realize we barely know anything about it at all. Paleontologists have discovered dinosaur fossils that date back 10-15 MILLION years further than all previous specimens we have, which is incredible!

EurekAlert! writes:

Researchers have discovered what may be the earliest dinosaur, a creature the size of a Labrador retriever, but with a five foot-long tail, that walked the Earth about 10 million years before more familiar dinosaurs like the small, swift-footed Eoraptor and Herrerasaurus.

The findings mean that the dinosaur lineage appeared 10 million to 15 million years earlier than fossils previously showed, originating in the Middle Triassic rather than in the Late Triassic period.

“If the newly named Nyasasaurus parringtoni is not the earliest dinosaur, then it is the closest relative found so far,” according to Sterling Nesbitt, a University of Washington postdoctoral researcher in biology and lead author of a paper published online Dec. 5 in Biology Letters, a journal of the United Kingdom’s Royal Society.

“For 150 years, people have been suggesting that there should be Middle Triassic dinosaurs, but all the evidence is ambiguous,” he said. “Some scientists used fossilized footprints, but we now know that other animals from that time have a very similar foot. Other scientists pointed to a single dinosaur-like characteristic in a single bone, but that can be misleading because some characteristics evolved in a number of reptile groups and are not a result of a shared ancestry.”

The researchers had one humerus – or upper arm bone – and six vertebrae to work with. They determined that the animal likely stood upright, measured 7 to 10 feet in length (2 to 3 meters), was as tall as 3 feet at the hip (1 meter) and may have weighed between 45 and 135 pounds (20 to 60 kilograms).

Read more at eurekalert.org


CSI BIGFOOT? CLIFF BARACKMAN BLOGS ABOUT FINDING BIGFOOT’S 3RD SEASON

Finding Bigfoot is now in it’s third season and is still searching for sasquatch but, Cliff Barackman follows his heart and does what none of the other Bigfoot believers seem to do, actually go look.

Here you can read a portion of his heartfelt review of their recent trip to Oklahoma City. Continue on to his website to read the rest of this blog and others that he has posted.

Cliff Barackman writes:

When I first heard that Finding Bigfoot would be heading to Oklahoma, I immediately assumed we would visit the southeast corner of the state where there are mountains and thick forests. I was a little surprised when I found I was incorrect, and that we would be going to Oklahoma City instead. Certainly there was more bigfoot activity around Honobia and the other small towns down in the southeast. However, the evidence that was bringing us to Oklahoma City was compelling enough to make me very excited about what we’d be doing.

We were to meet with a man named Roger Roberts who had been looking into bigfoot encounters on a nearby Indian reservation. This reservation had quite a bit of activity over the years, including rumors of a video taken on a surveillance camera from the parking lot. This video purportedly showed a bigfoot raiding the grease trap behind a casino. The video is reported to had been destroyed at the direction of the tribal elders, though a number of witnesses had seen the video before it disappeared. The elders were rightly concerned because after word leaked out that bigfoots were being seen on the reservation, several horses were shot dead. Apparently, people would drive onto the reservation at night spotlighting the woods, and when they saw eye shine at a good height above the ground, they would shoot to kill (This is just one of many, many reasons I strongly advocate NOT trying to kill a sasquatch.). Roger had some footprint evidence, as well as some hair samples that he collected from the same time period that he strongly suspected was of sasquatch origin.

The footprint evidence was interesting. While the photos and the cast were a bit blobby due to the substrate the creature walked in, there were some interesting details that were visible, including toe impressions and a nicely rounded heel. The impressions measured over 17 inches, but the cast indicated that the foot was somewhere between 15 and 16 inches in length (the impressions do not necessarily indicate the length of the foot, but rather the length of the damage done to the ground by the foot). The step length was up to 57 inches. Ranae tried to duplicate the step length, which she did successfully, but failed to replicate this step length in combination with the lack of straddle that is so commonly found in bigfoot footprint trackways.

Of most interest to us was the hair sample. The hair sample had been found by a tribal game officer on an animal trail leading from a location where a bigfoot had been recently seen. It was found on some broken branches more than eight feet above the ground, which would seem to rule out that it was buffalo (which are kept nearby), bear, deer, or human hair. Roger had in his possession enough hairs to spare some for us to have tested for DNA material. In hair, all of the viable DNA is found in the medulla, or hollow center shaft of the hair. This is a bit problematic because bigfoot hair tends to have fragmentary medullas, if any is present at all. However, a DNA lab in Oklahoma City called DNA Solutions offered to test the sample to see if any material could be extracted for testing. If nothing else, they could examine the hair and tell us what animals the could eliminate as a possible source for the hairs.  Also of value is that they could get the results back to us in about a week.

Read more at cliffbarackman.com


HAS BIGFOOT BEEN PROVEN REAL?

Has recent DNA evidence proven the existence of the Bigfoot?

We recently posted a fantastic story about Dr. Ketchum in Texas, actually claiming to have gotten and examined DNA evidence of a human-primate hybrid, what we would call a Bigfoot, and has confirmed it as real as can be! More information is slowly coming out and as it does, we’ll keep you posted on anything new so, check back here often and let us know what you think!

The Huffington Post writes:

Bigfoot is real. At least that’s what veterinarian Melba S. Ketchum claims after a five-year study of more than 100 DNA samples that she believes comes from the elusive hairy beast.

Under Ketchum’s direction at DNA Diagnostics in Nacogdoches, Texas, a team of researchers has concluded that the creature may be a human relative that somehow developed around 15,000 years ago as a result of a hybrid cross between Homo sapiens with an unknown primate.

Ketchum’s research has yet to stand the scrutiny of independent researchers. While many people have claimed to have seen the creature, its existence has never been confirmed, despite a plethora of photos and footprints. The ongoing search is the subject of Animal Planet’s “Finding Bigfoot” television series.

“Well, it came to me, I didn’t go after it, that’s for sure,” Ketchum said of the evidence of Bigfoot’s existence in an exclusive interview with The Huffington Post. “I did not believe in these creatures. But my lab did a lot of animal testing, and we did species identification. We didn’t have any hits on anything interesting until five years ago.”

Ketchum’s professional work includes nearly 30 years in genetics research and forensics. After her team attempted DNA sequencing of hair samples from an alleged Bigfoot encounter, they found some unusual things in the hair. But there wasn’t enough DNA to conclusively verify what they were seeing.

DNA Diagnostics received more samples to investigate — including hair, blood, saliva and urine, all reportedly from various Bigfoot sightings.

Ketchum’s team consists of experts in genetics, forensics, imaging and pathology. The researcher said she believes that over the past five years, the team has successfully found three Sasquatch nuclear genomes — an organism’s hereditary code — leading them to suggest that the animal is real and a human hybrid.

Ketchum’s study showed that part of the DNA her team sequenced revealed an unknown primate species, she said, which suggests that Bigfoot is a real creature that resulted from this primate “crossing with female Homo sapiens.”

“They’re not any of the large apes — they branch off as a separate lineage,” Ketchum said. “My personal theory is that it probably branched off and evolved in parallel with the rest of the primate lineage.”

The overall results of Ketchum’s study will soon be revealed, she said, after a peer-reviewed journal is published. But skeptic Benjamin Radford is dubious about the outcome of this latest attempt to give credibility to the existence of Bigfoot.

“If the data are good and the science is sound, any reputable science journal would jump at the chance to be the first to publish this groundbreaking information,” Radford, the deputy editor of Skeptical Inquirer magazine, wrote in LiveScience.com.

Radford suggests that if the mitochondrial DNA is identical to Homo sapiens (modern humans), it could mean one of two things.

“The first, endorsed by Ketchum, is that Bigfoot ancestors had sex with women about 15,000 years ago and created a half-human hybrid species currently hiding across North America.

“There is, however, another, simpler interpretation of such results: The samples were contaminated. Whatever the sample originally was — Bigfoot, bear, human or something else — it’s possible that the people who collected and handled the specimens accidentally introduced their DNA into the sample, which can easily occur with something as innocent as a spit, sneeze or cough,” Radford wrote.

Not so, counters Ketchum.

“Early on, we started getting human results on the mitochondrial DNA — that’s maternally inherited and it can show where you’re from,” Ketchum said. “Different labs had already tested alleged Sasquatch samples, and all of these labs were getting human results, so they just threw it out.

“We split the samples with another forensic lab — one worked on it manually while the other did it robotically, extracting the DNA — and we ran several tests to confirm there was no contamination. And we ended up getting human sequences on many samples.”

Read a whole lot more and watch video over at huffingtonpost.com/2012


‘ALIEN MUMMIES’ COMING TO A TV NEAR YOU

An ‘Alien Mummies’ tv show is set to begin airing on Nov. 30, on the Science Channel, and promises to use all of the best technology available  to determine once and for all whether certain ‘Alien Mummies’ that have been claimed to be found, are real or not. Of course, you don’t get an entire series on tv by solving the problem in the first episode,  so keep an eye out for the show and come back here to discuss any ideas and thoughts you may have.

The Huffington Post writes:

Metepec, Mexico, is a rural community in Central Mexico that is home to cows, chickens and other farm animals.

But one night in May, 2007, one resident discovered a bizarre creature about 19 inches tall that didn’t resemble any known animal in the world: A pink, mostly hairless creature with large luminous eyes.

Although a picture of the creature exists, many believe it’s all just an elaborate hoax, while others are sure this is proof of alien life.

A new Science Channel special, “Alien Mummies,” debuting Nov. 30 at 10 p.m. EST, purports to solve the mystery of this creature using cutting edge science, advanced scanning technology and DNA testing, finally seeks to resolve this five year old mystery, and other E.T. anomalies as well.

The advance clip shows off the Metepec monster, but, you’ve been warned, it’s cute and cuddly like E.T.

Read more and watch the commercial for the show at huffingtonpost.com


TRAIL CAM PHOTO OF “BIGFOOT” ANALYZED

A still from the original video showing the trail cam photos of the alleged Bigfoot.

Here’s a fantastic review and analysis by Scott McMan at one of our favorite sites, ghosttheory.com, of a man in Vermont who has come forward with some of his own trail cam photos that he says, have captured Bigfoot on film!

Watch the original video of the Vermont man claiming to have the proof below:

Scott McMan at Ghost Theory writes:

Many of you may remember a couple weeks back when I turned the latest and greatest Bigfoot photo into a deer and demonstrated the desperate measures many will go to in order to prove the existence of said beast.

Since doing that I thought, wouldn’t it be interesting if I could find another alleged Sasquatch photo and prove a similar theory? Well, the truth is I didn’t do that at all…at least until I happened upon the now famous Vermont Trail Cam photo, again….today. It was then that the previous article popped into my head.

As I pondered the possibilities, my eyes affixed on the subject and bam, there it was! I immediately froze the video and to my amazement, I won the Powerball! Well, not the actual Powerball. I mean, come on! If I had won the Powerball, I wouldn’t be here trying to entertain the likes of you lose….Uhh, wonderful readers!

Getting back on track, Yes, you guessed right, I did see what appeared to be a different animal entirely. As I began to look for parts that made it all come together, they seemed to fall into place like so many dominos. Of course, we are rarely going to get enough visibility to see every aspect of these pictures, but there was enough to clearly prove the photo was and is not that of the elusive Bigfoot…

Many of you may know, the untrained eye is going to follow along with what it recognizes and that can be different from person to person. However, enough people were in favor of it being Sasquatch, that the picture soon went viralicity.

As I said, people see what the want to see, but I try to reconstruct these photos from body part to body part. This picture was no exception and it was actually quite easy to break it down.

Read the entire fantastic analysis with photo breakdowns at ghosttheory.com/2012

We’re looking forward to checking back and reading more soon!