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A highlight from The Skeptics Guide #855 - Nov 27 2021
"Know, it's really a beautiful, very beautiful city. The big sky country, the landscapes, it's amazing. Very different from what we're used to in Connecticut. They can't get all hills and trees, so you're always under a Canopy. Big sky country. Well, that's Montana. Yeah. Steve, we talked about it. We had talked about this. There's mountains. There's a lot of mountains here. The far away. They don't look far away. They sort of block the open. Farther away than I thought though. This is like a huge flat mountain top or something that Denver's song. A mile from mile high, right? High plank. High planes. High planes. High planes. Yes, and it's literally a mile high. I learned that the 13 step of the capitol building is actually exactly one mile above sea level. It doesn't fluctuate after a year or two, like centimeter or something. Do they keep shifting the step? They're gonna have to lift the building up. Yeah, would fluctuate with the tides? Because the tides actually there's a tide on the land as well. It's very minor, but it's measurable. Change the steps a lot. So when you see level then with respect to the ties, they take an average or is it low tide? It's mean sea level, means sea level. That makes sense. Why don't they take nice sea level? I knew he was going to mention that. Hip hop. So I've never been to Denver before. What? What? Yes. Now remember for the first time here. I used to you'd never been to Denver before? Oh yeah. You haven't dealer? I used to live here. I'm very excited to. I lived in englewood in 1982. Anyone with mangle wigs? I went to is it still there? Cherry creek middle school. Is that? Yeah. Does that bring a bell? Oh, cherry cake high school. What was the middle school? It was attached to the high school. Campus, thank you. That was. Thank you. Wow. So it's good to be back. So you weren't
A highlight from 26.21 MU Podcast Delta Force
"Back on Friday or something. And it is mental, and curse you, Steve Kirkwood art at S Kirk would art on Twitter. Because it's the kind of book where, in order to progress the plot, you need to know the background. It takes people. It takes like a side story into 50 pages of the most complex political intrigue political conspiracy you can imagine. He's the entire history of the Iran contra scandal in order to understand the character John. So painful. No, it's actually great. No, but it's painful getting to the information. Hard to research. I just wanted to do like a little pol to book for the show today. And you just thought against that? No, just I'm stuck with this political conspiracy. So I take it that magie and we're talking about political intrigue, we're talking about Margaret Thatcher. Well, I didn't know that. You see the cover of the book has what looks like a demonic clown on the cover. The whole time I was reading it. I'm like, when is this demon clown on the cover going to make an appearance in the story? It wasn't until the afternoon. This is how dumb I am. I look closely. I'm like, oh, that's his face. And that's Mikey, that's Maggie. Okay, I get it now. It's not there's no demonic clown coming at all. But by then, I was too committed to the story that I have to do it on the show today. But is it the book about her? Why didn't you say I just didn't ever make the kid? I never made the connection. Look at the photo of her. She looks like it does look like a demonic clown. I will give you that. She looks like an extra in the movie it. She does. Yeah, it's got a kind of it feeling to it. What have you got today? Well, I'm going to go into alien energy, UFO's ritual landscapes and the human mind by Andrew Collins. I ordered this a while back, and it's finally arrived. You know how shipping is just crazy at the moment. It's impossible to get anything. Finally turned up. So I thought, you know, this will just be a light read. I'll just thumb through it. Is this Andrew Collins from crop circle history fame? Yeah, he's incredible. He's done a lot of work with people like Martin capeman Graham Phillips. I mentioned some of their work on the show before. In fact, when you're away, I went into that great story about the I of fire. It really fantastic researcher. And this book, it just went in a direction I didn't expect. And it gives some real insight into, I guess it's kind of a cross between the stone tape theory about why we have haunted phenomena in certain locations. Ties in with the idea of why people see poltergeists or experience strange shadow like apparitions in their homes, after seeing UFOs. It all relates to something about us. There might be some type of phenomenon that's going on in our minds. That when you interact with a certain location, some, and there could be some ancient kind of group we don't really know, but there's an ancient force of ancient energy on this earth that when modern humans interact with it, it releases this explosion of not to simply light phenomena, a lot of that comes up, but also strange basically figures entities, visions of the past. Anything that's particularly high strangeness seems to pop up when you have these encounters where all these locations. So everywhere, they're all across the world. We're going to start in Australia and we're going to make them here. There's some here. And it even comes down to this crazy concept, right? That crop circles are actually temporary temples. What? They're like worship locations, their locations where, you know, people obviously go to temples. People go to temples because they have a spiritual meaning. And you go to these locations and they have an importance to them. And so if you look back to neolithic times and where we see these ancient stone structures that are being constructed, seemingly on very important sites around the world. I mean, very important energetic locations around the world. And from a modern archeological perspective, we just go, oh, we don't really know why they put them there, but they did. But some more controversial archeologists and people in researchers in this field have said, well, no, there was an importance to placing it on that site because how it's a power spot. It might have some psychic influence. It might generate energy of some kind. Well, that all kind of ties in with the idea of being unknown energies. And then these particular sites, yes, the ancients knew about putting permanent ones in, but whatever the intelligence is behind possibly crop circles. It actually puts in those crop circles because they're temporary temples and people flock to them because they do. Generating this sigh energy, which causes an occurrence of high strangeness. It sounds completely insane. I love it. It is fantastic. It's very different to what I've got coming up. I'm sure what you've got coming up is quite insane. Jeffrey gilson is the author of this book. Maggie's hammer came out in 20 15. And let me just set the same for his life. This is back in November of 1988. He was 32 years old. He was living in the same small English town that he'd grown up in. And he considered his life to be pretty ordinary as an ordinary guy. Ordinary life, and he had this great friend. He had met his friend Hugh Simmons when they fenced with each other on the political scene in their hometown, though from the same hometown. This is in beaconsfield in Buckinghamshire. And they became close friends. And they started to, as they got older, rise to the ranks of the British Conservative Party. And they said, this ambition to become members of parliament? Jeffrey says hey was a step or two behind Hughes because Hugh was 9 years older. But he then managed to screw up a couple of opportunities. He had some conservative parliamentary seats that were basically lined up for him. And because of certain personal circumstances, he ended up losing them. One of them was that his wife was against fox hunting and one of the seats was like Cambridge. And you can not be against fox hunting in Kane. No. That is. Unheard of. But he basically became, well, he set up his own law practice. He did the older guy in bacon's filled and Jeff said he became his senior employee. And like he said, ordinary guy, ordinary life. Then one fateful November morning. He found and this is like the crappiest start to the week. It's probably a Monday. He finds himself staring down at his friend and bosses dead body. In the clearing of some local Woods. And he said, I couldn't for the life of me work out why he might have committed suicide. But the weirdness had only begun. What do you mean though that he found himself that he missing time? I'll get to it. I'll get to it in a moment. Back at the lore office, this is why it's a bad day at work. He discovered that some 5 million pounds was missing from the firm's clients account. He said look, I was devastated by his death. I was confused by the theft, and concerned for his children because there was no suicide note left. But he said the primary reason I started poking around was a lot more prosaic. I needed to clean my name. He was the fall guy. He was set up. Everyone thought he was an accomplice to this missing money. Society needed a scapegoat, he said, who was alive? And that was me. I fit the bill. So he started to ask questions and that's when he was launched into this roller coaster adventure. Of international mystery and intrigue. And he says it's an Odyssey that continues even now. So let me go to that fateful day. It was November 15th, 1988. He Jeff arrives at the office and Martin Pratt's there. He was a close friend of Hughes. Wondering where the hell he is. Nobody had seen him. Shortly after this conversation, he said, Jill, the receptionist, ranked through to say that there was a hoax call or on the telephone. She's like, can you take care of this? And if there's someone calling and he's saying he's a police officer and they found a body. Can you just get rid of him? So he takes the call. And it's this place constable on the line, saying he had found one of the shared company cars with a dead body in it. It looked like a suicide. Now Jeff's skeptical he still thinks it's a prank, but the guy in the funds really serious, so he drives out to meet him these local Woods. Where the car's been discovered. And he arrives at the spot and he realizes this is the real deal. This police everywhere. And
A highlight from Ross and Carrie Meet Carol Tavris: Anger Edition
"Hello, welcome to wrestling Carrie the show where we don't just report on French science spirituality claims of the paranormal, no, no, no, no, no. We either take part ourselves and or talk to someone who's an expert. Yep, when they make the claims we show up so you don't have to. I'm Ross blacher. I'm Carrie poppy. This time we showed up at an author's house. Yes, we showed up at the home of doctor Carol tavris. I was excited that you'd reached out to Carol tavr because well, she's one of my favorite authors. She wrote your actual favorite book. The actual favorite book. I've talked about it on the podcast before. If you know me I've probably put this in front of you at some point. It's called mistakes were made, but not by me. How we justify foolish beliefs, acts, hurtful decisions, something like that. I'm paraphrasing the subtitle. This subtitle is why we justify foolish beliefs bad decisions and hurtful acts. There we go. It's fantastic. It's all about cognitive dissonance on personal level all the way up to governmental actions. Just how this affects our lives. And one of those things where if you're aware of it as sort of a tool in your life, I don't know, for me, it's the best version of a self help book because it's just educating you about a piece of psychology that's so useful. And that's doctor Carol tariffs beat social psychology. Yes. So she got her PhD in social psychology from the University of Michigan in 1971, and since then she has spent a lot of her energy on educating the public about psychological issues, which I really appreciate as a person who's obsessed with these things. It's such a skill to actually understand this on an expert level and be able to translate it to a popular understanding. Right. She's one of those like top ten people in the U.S. who can do that very, very well. Yes, she has that special mix of skills where not only does she understand the importance of the science and the content of the science, but also, she is a gifted explainer. A very good writer. And just a funny person as well. Just really funny. Good sense of humor. In fact, when we came to her home to record this because she welcomingly invited us to her home. I came to her door and I must have been doing some like jumpy little motion as I sort of looked around at my surroundings. And so she started doing this dance and then I started doing a dance and we're just dancing at each other before she even opened the door. Yeah, I love her energy. And she's got a lot of great books, including one very relevant to our last episode. If you heard it, hopefully you did on rage rooms. Yeah. Especially rage ground Los Angeles. That's where we were. She wrote anger, the misunderstood emotion. Yes. Funny enough, I had bought this book a while ago, she used bookstore. I was like, oh, Carol Thomas wrote a book about Ingrid. I had no idea. And so when this came up, I was like, oh, I think I have a book by Carole tavr somewhere about this. Fantastic. And in particular, one thing that I was always interested in and never really knew what the science says about it is whether anger, whether catharsis works basically. Whether anchor is something that gets pent up and you have to let it out or whether just waiting it out is just as effective if not more. I really didn't know the answer to that question. And so we'll explore that with Carol here. And it's also very well articulated in her book, which we recommend. Yeah, so here we are at her kitchen table. She's given us some fine New Zealand wine. She sure did. That was good wine. And here it is. So welcome doctor Carole tariffs. Very happy to be talking with you both. Yes. Good to have you here. I probably already because we'll record a separate intro. I probably already bragged, but Carol tamers is the author of my all time favorite book. Mistakes were made but not by me, which I recommend to everybody carries me to do it many times. I'm surprised I still have my copy, because I've lent it to so many people. Yeah, this isn't Ross blowing wind up your butt. He really talks about your book a lot. But Carol has another book that's very relevant to our discussion today and our last episode. And that's anger. The misunderstood emotion. I would say that drawing on important new research anger actually explodes virtually everyone of our conventional assumptions about this crucial emotion and how it affects our lives. Just off the top of your head. Yeah, that's kind of how I describe it. Well, welcome, Carol and why are you so angry? Yeah. Well, absolutely. First of all, I'm really angry that I wrote this book so long ago and has anyone taken my advice from the science of anger. We don't seem to be living in a pacifistic quiet, mild mannered culture these days do we and so my book was effective. That was the, of course, people are supposed to read this book and take the science and trickle down. Yeah, exactly. Annoying that they didn't. Yeah, do you feel that that's sort of the takeaway message of the book? You don't know. One of the interesting things about the book is that people heard the message was going to be anger as bad, never get angry, never express your anger, just shut up and seethe. And of course, that was never the point of the book. It is a social psychology of anger, not a clinical psychology of anger that anger is, you know, you've been having an anger disorder and anger problem and it's sitting there in you and you have to get it out. That is to say the individual way of looking at anger. I look at anger as a transaction between people or between us and the world. You rarely sit around in your living room just sitting there quietly feeling angry, you feel angry when Fred walks in relation to others. In relation to others, exactly. So the question is not, should we or shouldn't we express anger? The question is, how and when and where should we express anger to achieve the goals we want. And that's a very different question. If people want to express anger by yelling and giving you the finger and lord knows all the road rage we see in Los Angeles.
What Lurks Beneath: The Legend of the Loch Ness Monster
"The modern day fascination with old nasty started in nineteen thirty three when aldy mckay and her husband were driving along loch ness and we all know that lock is scottish for lake right so they were driving along the loc when less than a mile out in the water. Algae mckay reported seeing a tremendous upheaval on the lock which previously had been a calm as a proverbial mill pond. That was my scottish accent. Mckay said she saw what she thought looked like the body of some huge creature resembling awale rolling and diving churning the water into a bubbling foam. The creature was large enough that when it took its final dive under the water sent out huge waves. Mckay and her husband stayed on the road for half an hour waiting to see if they would spot whatever it was again. But in that time it never resurfaced the only paper that ran a story about the mckay. Strange encounter was the inverness. Corier other than that. No one seemed very interested less than three months later married. Couple mr and mrs spicer. We're driving south along loch mess. When they claim to see a huge prehistoric creature. Cross the road in front of them headed toward the lake according to an interview. The spicer's gave to rupert gould. Who wrote the first book about the loch ness monster. The creature had a long neck and a low thick body about four or five feet high. Mr spicer said he couldn't see legs or tail but he did see something flopping up and down which he later thought was a tail curled around toward the front of the animal. The couple said they couldn't tell if they're creature entered the water because their view was obstructed. And they couldn't hear anything over the sound of their engine. The author gould however claimed to have been watching the lake the same day. The spicer's say they witnessed this thing cross the road and he confirmed that the water was particularly choppy and noisy at roughly location. The spicer's claim they saw the animal. Gould went into the interview skeptical but based on their description and a drawing. Mr spicer made he came out. Short that the spicer's were telling the truth and had in fact seen the loch ness monster.
The Ladies of Strange Read Submitted Ghost Stories
"In a factory. There's this guy named. I don't know how to pronounce this. Fema oh sure they kind of took me under his wing anyway. The owner was cheap and did makeshift stuff to steam boiler or something that does not sound good anyway. It blew up killing female apologized saying that incorrectly. I found him. Oh fudge the place. Shut down after that years later. Bunch of my friends decided to go explore the now empty factory with only flashlights. We hit the second floor. It's a bad idea who with only flashlights. We and the thing and lower. I wanna like who intensity. I don't know how to read as i was walking. I heard voice saying stop. The and i looked down and saw a huge hole in the floor. Above a bunch of rusty machine parts. I would have died kudos to you for not. It wouldn't have died because he stopped. You know he said run our he said stop and i would have took off running like no voices voices loud noises His ghost saved my life. Look at job. Oh i hope that you served your purpose and now you can pass onto whatever otherworldly nonsense series out there. What other religion my tiffany. I hope you peacefully pass onto whatever otherworldly nonsense there is after this okay and my last
Crop Circles: Alien Messages or Man-Made Hoaxes?
"One of the first stories that got people talking about crop circles began one morning in january nineteen sixty six when banana farmer george pedley entirely a town in north queensland australia was driving his tractor through his farm passed a lagoon. George hurt a high pitched hissing. Sound assuming it was a pierce tire. He stopped the tractor to check but immediately saw what he later described as a flying saucer. Rise up at great speed from the lagoon and sip away disappearing into a cloud of blue vapor after registering his complete shock. He went to investigate the site from which he saw the object rise there in the lagoon. George found what looked almost like a massive nest of flattened reads fused together floating on the surface of the water spinning clockwise. It was almost thirty feet across later in the day. George called his friend albert to check it out. It seems to me if you see a flying saucer and a floating nest from where it took off you call someone immediately but george was like. Wow i just saw. Ufo oh well. These bananas are gonna pick themselves. Maybe he was a man who has priorities in order one harvest bananas to call friend about ufo citing when albert got to the lagoon. He waited out in to get a closer look and notice that the reads weren't just bent over but rather it looked like they'd been pulled up by their roots at this point. One of the men alerted the media. I'm guessing it was albert since george seemed to be taking a slightly more lazy fair approach to the whole thing when the local press arrived to more smaller circles were found in one. The reads went clockwise. Counterclockwise also found was a six by five foot rectangle of empty space in the reeds where the reads it seemingly been pulled up from their roots and were missing completely
The Pascagoula Alien Abduction
"Sometimes life just throws you a curve ball. An unexpected event happens that totally changes your outlook on life. It could be the death of a loved one. A natural disaster. A big break in your career today story is about one of those moments amplified to the max. Something's worth shatteringly. Strange happens to two men in pascagoula mississippi that not only changes their outlook. It completely ruined the rest of their lives. It's october eleventh. Nineteen seventy three in forty. Two year old. Charlie hickson in nineteen year old calvin parker or fishing on the pascagoula river despite the age difference or super close family friends. Charlie's always been kind of a father figure to calvin and today they're celebrating. Calvin recently got engaged and to help pay for the wedding. He started to work as a welder. The shipyard were charlie's a- format by nine pm. The sun has set in. They're about ready to pack up but before they go home they try out one last fishing spot appear by the old shopping or shipyard and that's when things get weird as charlie reaches into his tackle box for a piece of bait. Here's this zipping. Sound coming from behind him. It's loud enough. That he and calvin both turn around and they see this vehicle in the distance. That has these blue flashing lights at first. Calvin some cops are poking around his car. But the lights start to get closer and calvin realizes it can't be the police. He's never seen any squad car. That's the size of a yacht and floats in mid air. Yeah whatever this vehicle is is now about seventy feet away hovering two feet off the ground. And it's huge about thirty feet long charlie. In calvin stare at this thing in total confusion. They have absolutely no idea what to do or what to make of it and before they can formulate a plan a super bright light shoots out of the. I guess you'd call it a ship. The lights coming from a door on the side of the ship which is opening and something is coming out of it
The Cult of Synanon
"We're going to be talking about something that even if you don't recognize the name you'll recognize the stories. Certainly the tactics. Some of the habits themes at the very least it will touch on rehabilitation and wellness culture. That i feel like we're immersed in every day you'll recognize the story because we hear it over and over through lots of fringe. Religions gone mainstream and wellness initiatives turned oppressive. We're talking about the original west coast. Insane fucking kalt posing as sober wellness cinnamon and i hope i'm saying that right. Some people say sign on some people say and on. I'm gonna go with sin and on addiction has always been a really complicated diagnosis and nobody surprise has been around since humans have been making mind altering substances the bible references. Noah's drinking habits and intoxication abuse of opium in syria and the century. Bc coca leaves in the andes to chinese cannabis to on and on and on and it was always this mysterious thing to be an addict even up until the nineteen fifties. The general idea of most addiction was in medical communities that it could not be cured if it was treated at all it was by doctors in hospitals and more often than not those suffering from addiction. Eventually were sent to jail until cinnamon though it was not the first rehab or structure around wellness. Synonym did a ton to convince the american public that addicts could be saved. It really started the idea of sponsorship that recovery could happen and that those in recovery could help other people in recovery and while there were good things about sin and on it was founded on the shoulders of charles dietrich and became a cult. Unlike anything else. I had ever seen so it all started with this guy charles dietrich a sales exempt from ohio who moved to so cal after his first divorce after spending almost twenty years as a pneumatic alcoholic he remarried in nineteen fifty six and again at the bequest of his probably very frustrated wife gave a try. Second marriage didn't last but the program did and he quickly became a huge promoter of the alcoholics anonymous lifestyle. The one thing dietrich didn't like was that a didn't accept other substance
The Haunted Hallway
"As a kid. I used to have a lot of issues asleep arouses. I didn't know at the time it was. And that was pre internet pre dr phil kind of thing But i used to wake up a lot in the guy felt like goes being pulled from my bed. i used to have a lot of. I guess like hallucinations. Because i know there's a medical description for sleep paralysis but often see a lot of strange things in my room so there was a lot of times i spent a lotta nights sharing a room with my brother because i was just terrified to go to sleep at night. I don't think that had anything to do with what was going on in the house. But it kind of made me. I don't know maybe open to just being scared and looking for those kinds of things. That would terrify a child. Because i couldn't understand what was happening to me at nights and And i never really talk my parents about it until as an adult so they never really knew how how much i struggled but Yeah basically the house was a nineteen fifties rancher. My dad always told us like a post second world war house. He bought it off a gentleman who is actually terminally ill with cancer and basic. The previous owner. As far as i know passed away but part of the house was left unfinished an area of the house that we call the room. It was kind of a no go zone especially when we were kids later did become a bedroom but the house was a basic rancher on one side it had a garage on the opposite side of the house that had a living room and kitchen and it was just connected you know the two sides are connected with the long hallway had three bedrooms and a bathroom. The two bedrooms that me and my brother had were across from each other closes to the garage in the bathroom has crossed my parents closer to the living room in the kitchen. So i do. I'm a little nervous. It's hard for me to kind of figure this stuff out but Yeah it's all good man. Yeah my Basically the hallway was just kind of unspoken no-go zone for me and my brother. And i actually spoke to him yesterday. He's not as open to the subject as i am but It was just an area of the house. You didn't go especially as a kid. We never walked in the hallway so he had to leave your benjamin go to the kitchen me. It was leave your bedroom. Go and run in a full sprint. Was never just nonchalantly walking minding your business. We didn't play in the hallway as kids until we got older. We it would just be a full sprint from the living room to the bathroom from the bathroom to the garage. It didn't matter where you're going. You never walk in the hallway
Is Time Travel Possible? Stories About Potential Time Travelers
"In july of nineteen. Fifty four as passengers filed through customs at tokyo international airport. A middle aged white man stepped up to a customs agent and handed over his documents. His passport from the country of torrid looked official enough if slightly different than other countries passports had to stamps from japan from that year alone showing that this was his third trip to the country. Despite that the customs agent was like Torrid and the man was like yep or whatever the japanese equivalent of yup is. Apparently he spoke japanese french and a few other languages and the customs agent was like I've never heard torrid whereas it and the man was like. What do you mean. You've never heard of torah. It is gone tree. Ask two point two tore it on a map. However the man pointed to a country between france and spain called andorra and was genuinely confused. He said he had no idea what andorra was and that his country of torre had a rich one thousand year old history for further proof. The man pulled out his checkbook but the customs official who had now gotten involved trying to sort out. The situation couldn't find bank matching the name of the bank of the checks. He was also carrying currency for many different countries. Which was what you had to do back before. Debit cards are bitcoin. Or whatever the kids are using these days which at least indicated that he did indeed travel internationally a lot so now this guy is starting to seem pretty suspicious walking around with checks from a non existent bank and a nonexistent country. The customs people were like okay. If you're here on business what company you work for the man happily provided the name of the company he worked for but when officials called the company they learned that while it did have a branch in japan. it didn't have one in torrid. It also had no record of this man either working for them or having an appointment with anyone in the company.
The Truth Behind Sleep Paralysis
"Everyone who goes through sleep. Paralysis says the same thing. They weren't dreaming. They were awake when it happened because they could see and hear everything going on around them and everyone who only hears about sleep. Paralysis says the same thing. There's no way these people were actually awake. It was probably just an extra vivid nightmare but once you hear stories about people who experience sleep paralysis. You realize there's a problem with that theory. You start to wonder if it wasn't real. Then why did they all see the exact same thing. This question haunted. A man named david hovered in nineteen sixty three david's a college student studying in williamsport pennsylvania. One night he wakes up in his dark off-campus bedroom to find himself completely paralysed. He can't lift a finger in fact he can't move a single bone in his body. He tries to call out for help but his vocal chords aren't responding either. Nothing like this has ever happened to him before so he has no idea. If it's ever going to end. He feels more helpless and more vulnerable than he's ever been in his life and that's when it gets a thousand times worse david. Here's a faint shuffling sound. It takes him a second to realize that. It's the sound of footsteps. There's someone in his bedroom. He tries to roll over and switch on the light but his muscles still won't cooperate. Meanwhile the footsteps are getting closer then he feels the bed sink down like something's climbing in david tries to scream but no sound comes out. And that's when he feels a sudden pressure on his chest like something's kneeling on him pressing him down into his mattress. You can't see it. He can only feel it but whatever it is grabs his throat and starts to suffocate him.
The Curse of the Crying Boy Painting
"The middle of the night in the early nineteen eighties in south yorkshire in england. A beautiful country home caught on fire and it burned to the ground. The living room was nothing but charred wood in ashes. The house was owned by ron and may hall and they lost everything in the fire except for a painting that they had hanging on the wall of the living room. It was the painting of a crying young a boy for some reason. Everything in the house was destroyed except this one painting of a crying boy. Is it a valuable painting. No it's it's not a valuable painting it. It was a mass mass produced painting in fact why are we mass producing paintings of crying. Children will when you think about some of the mass produced pictures not just paintings but photos that you find in frames at stores when you buy a frame at a store. They'll put a photo in there. Yeah they're not. Always the most tasteful. They're usually a little tack sweeping kid. And since these paintings were created mass if you will. This was not the first time that the picture of a crying boy was found as the only artifacts to survive in a house fire. In fact over the years there have been dozens and dozens of these
Near Death Experiences
"To be clear. Pam's heart and brain were both stopped. She was d- di dead. The plan was when the surgery was finished. They would warm pam's body up to regular alive person temperature and then do the shock paddle thingies to restart her heart like jumping a dead car engine. There were molded ear. Buds in pants ears playing clicks decimal level of a jackhammer or jet. Engine taking off that way. If any part of pam's brain registered the sound it would appear on the monitor and they would know that brain activity was not all the way dead and look. I'm no brain surgeon. So i don't know what happens when the patient you're working on is supposed to be dead. And then isn't like they're about to cut out the aneurysm. And then all the sudden the monitor shows brain activity. What do you do be like. I guess she's not dead enough. Why anyone goes into. This line of work is beyond me. But i applaud you as pam later reports as the surgery is beginning pam. Dear lifeless pam. Here's the drill. Turn on its buzz coming out like a natural d. The doctor or nurse by her legs reported that the artery was too small. I don't know if you know this but apparently they go through your legs to get to your brain during surgery. I may have mentioned before that. I'm not a surgeon. Another doctor says to try the other leg pam then says she popped out of herself through her had she could see twenty doctors in the room which seems like an immense number of people. But i don't know how brain surgery works. She looked down on the scene and could see the tray with the drill. Bits and the drill itself which she said looked like the handle of her electric toothbrush. That's when she was pulled toward the bright white light as she stepped into the light. Her dead grandmother greeted her pam wondered to herself if she deserve to be there. She wasn't a perfect person. She thought i'm not sure how she knew where there was. But i imagine if you're dead and you're walking toward a bright light. It's a good guests. You're in heaven and her grandmother said as a child. We expected that you would spill your milk. It's the manor which you clean it up. That gives us cause for pride
The Haunting of Chaonei No. 81
"June giggled as she covered her eyes and counting to ten but once he reached wives she peered through her fingers. She could see mainly heading toward the a number eighty one a creepy old house and their neighborhood. June knew that it was cheating to peak but mailing wasn't playing fair. Either she wasn't supposed to go near the abandoned mansion. June was just leveling the playing field june followed nailing climbing over the mansion cement wall and dropping into the overgrown yard on the other side. Kids always told stories about this house. They claimed it was haunted. Anyone who went inside disappeared but june wasn't afraid of ghosts. She wasn't afraid of. Even though the owners had boarded up the place she spotted an opening where someone had wrenched away. The wood june hoisted herself through hole and climbed inside. She smiled when she saw pink bow. Sitting in the cop. Cobwebbed doorway may laying was here. June turned as she heard a clatter coming from an open door beneath the stairs as she walked toward it she suddenly heard a voice yell for help jones pulse quickened. It was mailing. She raced to the door in time to hear a blood-curdling scream echoing from the basement. June leapt alvis chairs and unto the dirt floor frantically looking for a light switch. Finally she pulled on a chain and a single. Bare bulb illuminated the room. But it was empty. may ling was gone.
The Mysterious Death of Bobby Fuller
"This is the story of the mysterious and still unsolved death of bobby fuller of the band. Bobby fuller four people are like i'm not three hundred years old. I don't know who that is. Well i am three hundred years old. So i'm going to tell you if you're familiar with the song i fought the law. Yeah they did a cover of that and that was probably their biggest hit was their version of i fought. The law isn't a little bit faster and kind of lower. It's kind of like an you know mid sixties rockin. I think version is great. There's a ton of covers of it. Dead kennedys the clash has a pretty pretty popular version. But i would say it's up there with those mitsu. Pretty pretty uptempo and a lot of people have covered it. It's an out wall song. I resonate with because i'm such an outlaw myself. That's true but the law always win so law always wins. Because i don't defy it. Yeah okay fair on. July eighteenth nineteen sixty six. Bobby fuller was found dead inside of his car at the age of twenty three in hollywood california so we have la story. That's why i was always so interested in this and the circumstances around his death are sort of mesmerizing in with all the different bits of information that are at play And i think it's always been ruled as a suicide somewhat dismissive but people are still looking into it and people really feel like they don't have answers and based on the information it doesn't make a lot of sense and twenty three to twenty three in the sixties is like he already has grandchildren and listen rock and rollers. Burn out the twenty seven club. You know we've talked about janis joplin. We've talked about many musicians. This doesn't seem to be any of those things it's not like he was a star for a while and then just kind of reaping those rewards of being a rockstar and it took a toll on him although i can't speak to what's going on in the human being's mind really kind of on the verge of being star and that ended in the early hours of july eighteenth nineteen sixty six bobby fuller received a phone call left his hollywood apartment his mother lorraine was out. I think she was living with him or near him. She was out from el paso and it was her oldsmobile that he borrowed gotta nice big. I think i learned how to drive in an oldsmobile. Big green one. I love like the ones that are wood-paneled and really long like a hearse it is. It's pretty solid piece of machinery on it and really. This oldsmobile essentially becomes his tomb in a way so the the car is somewhat important. It's an important figure in this is because that's where he was found and a lot of strange things. Circumstantially have taken place but there's no answers.
Living Statues: The Sleeping Pandemic
"On a cold winter morning in nineteen eighteen english dr. Aj hall made a house call in london. His new patient was a young boy who didn't have any visible illness in fact to doctor hall there didn't seem to be anything wrong with child at all but the boy complained that he was constantly exhausted and he had fevers that lasted for weeks. He grew physically weaker each day. While other children ran jumped and played. He could hardly lift himself out of bed with such broad symptoms. Doctor hall couldn't make an accurate diagnosis within a few days of his visit. The boy's condition deteriorated quickly. He started slurring his words and the boy wasn't the only case of this strange disease. There were many many more over the next few weeks. Doctor hall visited several other patients experiencing exhaustion and muscle weakness. Some slept for days on end others suffered from mania and delirious nece still others simply up and died without any known cause many patients fell into a catatonic state. Unable to move or communicate. They became trapped inside their bodies for all intents and purposes living statues doctor hall had no idea what he was dealing with but he knew it was spreading soon reports of immobile unresponsive patients cropped up all over the world thousands of people became infected. This wasn't an isolated mystery illness. It was a pandemic and there was no cure.
Kryptos: A Monument to CIA Secrecy
"In the late nineteen eighties. The cia added a new headquarters building to their complex in langley virginia to celebrate the planners wanted to place an art installation between the old headquarters and the new one after a long search for the perfect artist. They awarded a two hundred fifty thousand dollar commission to a sculpture named jim. Sanborn sanborn was known for creating puzzling interactive art. Many of his previous sculptures involved cosmic images compasses and hidden meanings. He saw the cia's commission as an opportunity to explore another interest of his cryptography. Cryptography is the art of making and breaking codes. Sanborn wanted his sculpture to contain a series of secret messages and he wanted the coach to be incredibly difficult to crack so he contacted edwards shite. The head of the cia cryptography department. Sanborn goal was to make a code so tough that challenged even the most seasoned members of the cia. He met with shy in secret. And the cryptology expert taught him how to create ciphers a method of hiding a message by replacing or shuffling around its letters with sheds help sanborn wrote an encrypted four messages. Then he started work on the sculpture itself. The artwork began with a large copper sheet. Sanborn saw about eighteen hundred capital letters into the metal interspersed with the occasional question mark. It looked like an unsolved crossword puzzle. Well sanborn carved these odd patterns others at the cia. Compound tried to spy on the artist. Word of the sculpture had spread among employees and their interest was piqued
The Haunted History of Casa Loma
"Tenor sunk is mop into the bucket of soapy water and slapped off to the hardwood. There was a lot of floor at castle. Aloma thousands of square feet of it. The place had dozens of rooms with. Wall-to-wall would lush red velvet furniture and our nate chandeliers. And it was tanner's job to make it spotless. He side weekends cleaning and old tourist. Hotspot wasn't exactly the most fun job but at least it gave him some cash and he was saving up for something. He couldn't stop thinking about a drum set. Tanner tapped out a beat. On the panel in lived for percussion he spent most of his time drumming out new rhythms or listening to imaginary solos. Crashing has had his obsession got yelled at at school for not paying attention but he found something he loved. Why should we give it everything he had. He stopped drumming for a moment to dip them up back in the bucket but tapping continued. Kenner looked around the room. Trying to find the source he finally craig's next appeared directly behind him his stomach drawn a woman was tapping your fingers rhythmically on the wall glaring tanner. His blood went cold. This was no tourist. Her cheeks restrict with tears. Enter white dress was soaked through with blood adrenaline rush through tenders fans. He dropped the mom but before he could run. She reached out and grabbed his arm but tapping sound grew louder and louder until he felt like a skull would burst. She leaned forward her voice in bishops. Whisper and told tanner to get out of her house.
The Phenomenon Of "Coffin Births"
"Francois are a vias dissuade so lifted a living baby boy out of his wife's coffin. He thought it was a miracle to celebrate his son's birth he named the child. Feast dilatot french for son of the earth. The boy's name would forever be synonymous with coffin births. But he wasn't the only example of a post mortem delivery or even the first there had been other documented examples like one from roughly two hundred years prior during a time of gruesome bloodshed in europe in sixteenth century spain. The inquisition was a tool for catholic. Monarchs to keep control to stop rebellion before it started. Inquisitors traveled around the country and rooted out heresy including anti-catholic and anti royal sentiment. Those accused of betraying the throne were punished severely with practices that ranged from torture to execution. Nobody was safe not even pregnant women in one case in fifteen fifty one. The inquisition tried and sentenced a pregnant woman to death by hanging. These deaths were meant to be examples for the public reminders. Of what happens to those who choose to defy the powerful institutions that govern their lives. The woman's body remained dangling from the gallows long after her death about four hours. After the execution passersby noticed something strange according to his self-proclaimed medical professional from the time quote two living children fell from her womb. This was the first written record of what is now called postmortem. Fetal expulsion given. There aren't any other accounts of this incident. It's impossible to verify. It could have been falsified or exaggerated to illustrate the brutality of the spanish inquisition. But it's probably fair to say that until this moment humans never magin. A corpse could deliver a child
Mystery of the Flathead Lake Monster
"Oscar sat on the dock sipping coffee from chipped mug while he stared across the peaceful bluewater. The son had yet to make its way over the mission mountains. It was picturesque almost worth getting up at this hour. Almost oskar was no early bird after the army. He vowed to never again get up before sunrise. It was the main appeal of his job at the bank but he wasn't going fishing for himself. He was doing this for his best friend. The roar of a model a rumbled behind him. Oscar smiled. He knew that sound that bought that car from his dad. When oscar and matt got back from the war it was ancient them and that was nearly a decade ago. Oskar chugged his coffee and gave himself a pep talk. Matt needs this so don't complain. He smiled and waved. As matt backed up the car and the twelve foot john boat he towed behind it down the ramp and the water that called out to oscar. Figured you'd be wearing your bank. Close today matt's blue eyes looked sharp and clear and he was already busting oscars chops like used to those. Were good signs. Oscar worried about matt. Who was a little unstable these days. Not that oscar blamed him matt had been laid off. His wife had left him but they weren't going to talk about the sad stuff today. Today was about fishing. one thing. The two friends could still agree on after all these years or at least it was one thing matt loved that oscar could tolerate. Oscar hated hiking and hunting to him. It wasn't too different than being in the army. So fishing it was. He hadn't been on the lake years and he prayed for still waters matt hopped out of the truck and wrapped oscar in a bear. Hug you ready to catch the flathead lake monster. I saw it last week. Oscar i swear. Oscar chuckled matt. Had to make everything an adventure.
The Cecil Hotel: Terror, Murder, and Death in the World's Scariest Hotel
"The great depression changed the cels neighborhood. Dramatically downtown. la once a hot spot for tourists and nightlife became a hub for newly homeless. Thousands of people flocked downtown with nowhere to live and the area. Around the sel hotel became skid row. No longer a west coast. Gatsby esque destination. The hotel became known as a hang out for drug addicts runaways and as opposed on all that interesting dot com. Put it quote criminals far from its first days as the paul of the great depression settled over the country. The seasonal became home to a growing number of suicides and unfortunate deaths. The first successful suicide on record at the seoul was in nineteen thirty one forty six year. Old w k norton was found dead in his room after having taken poison pills he was found only a few hours after he died by the made. Police found more poison capsules in his pocket. Norton had checked into the hotel is james willis from chicago but police were able to correctly. Identify him from the numerous checks. He had with them. Made out to mrs m. c. norton in manhattan beach california just about a half an hour south of la in nineteen thirty to twenty five year. Old benjamin dotage was found in his hotel room having shot himself to death. Benjamin left no note two years after that. A former sergeant in the army medical corps fifty-three-year-old. Louis de bordon slashed his own throat in his room at the hotel. He cited ill health as the reason in his suicide note. Nine hundred thirty seven. Another military veteran jumped to his death from the top of the hotel landing on a skylight below. There is maddeningly little information about these people other than how they died. Apparently the appetite for true crime wasn't quite so hardy. A hundred years ago there were so many suicides at the c. soul that by the nineteen forties. The hotel had earned the nickname the suicide
New York's Legendary Mole People
"On a cold evening in nineteen ninety two journalists jennifer toth accompanied six new york police officers on their patrol through the new york city subway. She'd been inside the tunnels before. But this was the first time with a police escort. The cops hopped onto the tracks. Flashlights in hand. Toth was careful as she climbed down after them. Stepping over the electrified third rail the tracks were live which means that one accidental touch of the rail could kill her instantly as they walk deeper into the tunnel. Toth noticed a few discarded. Needles and glass vials. That used to hold crack cocaine a disgusting odor filled the space. She spotted human feces everywhere. The tunnel was silent except for the faint echoes of dripping water and scratching rats. Then a figure moved in the darkness. A behead heavy footsteps move toward them. One of the cops swung his flashlight around his hand drawn to his sidearm. Ready to draw and fire bay saw the figure race up a rusty ladder leading to a small room hidden in the tunnel. Ceiling toke was sure. It was one of the infamous mole people. She and the cops gave chase but the figure seemingly vanished. The cops weren't willing to go any deeper into the tunnel so to meet the real mole. People toth had to go into the darkness alone.
The Legend of Charles Hatfield: Rainmaker
"Since ancient. Times wanted to understand the weather but without science they had to invent creative ways to explain it so the greeks told stories about a pantheon of gods who used whether for their own ends. The book of genesis gave us the story of noah and the catastrophic flood but by the time the industrial age was in full swing. People wanted to do more than explain the weather. They wanted to control it. After all by the nineteenth century powers that once seemed impossible. Even supernatural becoming commonplace humankind had harnessed electric light in glass bulbs. Couldn't someone figure out how to control the rain. The first man to vie for the title of scientific rainmaker was james pollard. Espy an american meteorologist. He believed that he could set these massive forest fires that would heat the air up and create enough condensation to make rain. Unfortunately for him and the forest he obliterated his theory didn't work. Throughout the rest of the nineteenth century other would be rainmakers had similar non results and pretty soon people began to suspect that the whole concept of weather modification was just wishful thinking until the early twentieth century. When a self taught weather aficionado enter the picture with a bit more optimism. His name is charles hatfield as a young man. Charles is working a day job as a sewing machine salesman when he comes across these stories about rainmakers like james pollard. Espy and he's like these guys are pedaling something valuable more than hope. They're selling life. Charles spent his youth working on his father's ranch in california so he understands the importance of rain. Water crops means a healthy harvest which means enough food to eat. If you could find a way to prevent droughts there might never be another famine. Sure every attempt at actually doing it has been a pretty big failure but maybe charles can crack the code and if he can he can definitely make a pretty penny off the deal. So charles learns everything he can about meteorology atmospheric pressure humidity wind patterns. It's not a formal education. But he feels like he really has a knack for it and when he's done with his books. Charles starts experimenting. He climbs a windmill tower near his father's ranch and starts messing around with some chemicals to create his secret formula. I'm not exactly sure what these experiments are or what goes into his miraculous rain potion. Charles never tells anyone his secrets. But i do know that by nineteen for a twenty nine year. Old charles is ready to go public with his new technology. He plays some ads in the local paper calling himself. A moisture accelerator. His work isn't magic. He stresses he says quote. I do not make rain. That would be an absurd claim. I simply attract clouds and they do the
The Arctics Mysterious Ping
"In two thousand sixteen. A man piloted his sailboat. Through the fury and hecklers straight in the northern canadian territory of nunavut as he cut through the water his sonar equipment emitted a peculiar sound. It was a single long tone high pitched and shrill to consistent to be run of the mill background noise after a few moments. The sound stopped but it had already kick started a mystery. The sailor was the first person to hear the nunavut ping. We don't know how word spread but soon news of the pain had reached the local at town of igloo. Lick as with many small hamlets in northern canada. A lot of glue lick residents relied on the ocean. They made their living hunting seals and other water mammals and they usually found their prey in the fury and hecklers straight. This waterway boasted an abundance of seals and was free from ice year round but recently hunters had struggled in the fury and hekla straight. Nobody knew why but the animals were disappearing win. The glue lick heard about the ping. They assumed a connection. The southbound must be driving the seals out of the fury and heckler straight even more concerning the ping hadn't done away over the next few weeks other hunters and if few vacationers on yachts detected it as well. If they listened carefully they could hear it through their hall but it appeared clear as day on sonar witnesses described it as a beep abuzz or most commonly ping no one could figure out where it came from
The Haunting of Pfister Hotel
"Celeste sped up trying to outpace her mother as they walked through the opulent lobby of the pfister hotel. The night had been going fine until she mentioned. Celeste boyfriend daniel. Her mom launched into a tirade that he was going nowhere and not good enough for her. Now all celeste wanted was to pack and catch the first plane out of milwaukee as she approached the grand staircase for mom called out to her. Celeste spun around and put her hands on her hips. She told her mother that she didn't want to hear it. Celeste was tired of her expectations if her mom at screwed up her own life. That was her problem. It didn't give her the right to control everyone else. So less words rang through the empty lobby but her mom didn't respond. Celeste realize that her mother's face had gone white and she was trembling. Celeste harp plummeted. She'd gone too far. She'd been angry but she hadn't meant to hurt her mother like that. Celeste started to apologize but her mom cut her off racing shaking finger to point toward the stairs. Celeste turned and saw women's standing behind her. She wore an old fashioned dress with the bodice of blue lace for wide skirt in long black hair billowed out around here as though blown by an unseen wind. Her eyes were wide with and your arms flailed wildly as though she'd lost her balance but it wasn't the woman's appearance that made celeste blood. Run cold it was the fact that she fluted three feet off the ground.
The Fox Sisters: A Mysterious Haunting
"Today story begins in december of eighteen. Forty seven when the fox family moves to the rural community of hides new york the plan to build their own home in the new town but the winter is pretty brutal so the construction comes to a stop in the meantime. John and margaret fox rent a modest house near the town centre and move in with their two young daughters. Fourteen year old maggie and eleven year old kate. This rental house is small like the four of them have to share a single bedroom. The parents asleep in one bed in maggie in kate and another and while it's kind of tight the fox's are relatively happy. John is a reformed alcoholic with a new outlook on life. Margaret is a super sweet mother who lives for her children as for maggie and kate. They're pretty much glued at the hip so they're never bored. Most nights in the new house are pretty unremarkable. After doing some chores and blowing out the candle they slip into their beds and fall asleep to the peaceful sounds of the river nearby. Of course there are other sounds too you know. The standard creepy sounds that come with living in a tiny shack in the middle of the woods. The wind howling the creaking of old trees. The pitter-patter of creatures scuttling through the night but on a cold march night. The fox's wake up to something different something other worldly. There's a sudden wrapping on the walls thumping on the ceilings and vibrations all around them naturally. Everyone's a little alarmed so they re light the candle and investigate this sound has to have a source an open window rattling an animal trapped inside a woodpecker on the roof. It could be any number of things but after checking every corner of the room and popping their heads outside. They don't find anything out of the ordinary. Which is a little weird sure. But it's the middle of the night in everyone's tired. So john margaret maggie and kate all go back to bed hoping that the sounds will just go away on their own. But that's wishful thinking.
The Disappearance of Brandon Swanson
"Year old brandon. Swanson loved the landscape of minnesota. His home state as a teenager growing up in the small town of marshall one of his favourite activities was speeding down the countryside in his green chevrolet lumina he also loved. Seeing the wind turbines that dotted the landscape. Brandon was passionate about the environment and believed in the importance of renewable resources in two thousand seven after graduating from marshall high school he enrolled at the local technical college to study wind turbines located in the town of can be. His college was only a thirty mile drive from home. The proximity allowed him to commute to classes without having to stay on campus. Five days a week brandon made the forty minute. Try a straight shot down. State highway sixty eight may thirteenth. Two thousand eight was the last day of the academic year rather than go home after his final classes random state out and celebrated with his friends. He started the night at a house party in lind minnesota a town about seven miles south of his home in marshall. He had a few drinks over the course of several hours and then said he was heading to another party in can be friends at the party. Didn't believe brandon was drunk at the very least. He wasn't acting like it so they didn't worry about him. Driving brandon made the mile journey back to can be without incident in joined a second set of friends. He had another shot of whiskey but still he seemed sober enough to drive around one. A m brandon finally headed back home. He said goodbye climbed back into his chevy lumina and drove off into the minnesota night. It was the same drive. He'd made so many times before right down highway sixty eight but this time. He was driving toward disaster at one fifty four. Am and net and brian. Swanson woke up to the sound of ringling cell phone when they answered the call. Brandon told him. He needed their help. He recounted the accident describing how the car slipped off the gravel road and into a small ditch while he wasn't injured and the car wasn't damaged. Brandon said he needed to be picked up. The swanson's asked for their sons location. He said he was on state highway. Sixty eight somewhere between the towns of marshall and lind is parents hopped in their car and drove. It wasn't far brandon and his parents believed they were within a ten minute drive of each other but when a net and brian swanson arrived at the midpoint of the desolate highway between lind and marshall. They didn't see their son anywhere.
Is There a Haunted Lake Near Oregon's Very Own Area 51?
"And what many people call oregon's area fifty one not far from oregon's lincoln city downtown is the six hundred and eighty five acre devil's lake. One hundred years ago. It was called indian bay. That is until it was invaded by an evil spirit. Said that indian warriors attempted to cross late one night when returning from a hunting trip never reached the other side subtler till i'll how tentacles came out of the water wrapped around the indians canoe and pulled them under to this day. Many locals will not approach the lake at night. Although the devils like monster hasn't been seen in a hundred years it said that dust the spirits of the warriors can be viewed at the water's edge searching for their canoes continued travelling north from lincoln city on route eighteen. And you enter the twelve mile van doozer cord or where it said you'll pass by oregon's own area. Fifty one many drivers using a corridor as a commute to lincoln city. Say they often feel like their cars being driven by an unseen force. Some reports seen lights in the sky. Others say they've seen people along the road who disappeared before there is. These are business men and women. This could be attributed to the haunting of a ghost town along the corridor. Just east rose lodge. But perhaps he's reports aren't supernatural to hikers in the woods parallel to the corridor claim to have spotted a military base locals. Report that forested road branching off the twelve mile corridor recently was blocked off and there actually is a government testing facility not far from that section of route eighteen lights in the sky people disappearing an unseen force. It takes over passing cars. Next time you visit oregon's lincoln city be sure to visit devil's lake and drive the twelve miles of van doozer corridor. Then you decide supernatural or the results of testing at a secret government base now joe out of bright
How Is The Piri Reis Map so Accurate?
"Born around fourteen sixty five in gallipoli. A turkish peninsula across the gene see from greece. Pirie reece's real name was haji. Ahmed mouhidin puree. The word res actually referred to a rank. He acquired later in life. As a captain in the ottoman navy. From a young age. Pirie felt at home on the sea. It only twelve years old. He joined a crew of pirates led by his uncle. Kamal for fourteen years kamala attack christian trading ships in the mediterranean sea with periods side. The islamic ottoman empire was expanding but it wanted to avoid open warfare with italy. Spain and portugal. So it empowered private captains like kamal to do its dirty work period. Uncle taught him how to pilot a ship and navigate. Using the stars together they fought battles and stole plunder. The even rescued jews and muslims fleeing catholic persecution in the spanish peninsula and in fourteen ninety five. The empire officially inducted inducted puree and kamal into the imperial ottoman navy. Kamal died in fifteen ten leaving forty-five-year-old pirie without his captain and mentor freed from obligation. He hung up his pirate boots and turned to his. True passion cartography. He returned to gallipoli and to work on a map that he hoped would capture the whole world on a single page. This daunting task took three to complete period gathered more than twenty different charts created over the preceding two thousand years. One of his sources was an ancient map supposedly drawn from the reign of alexander. The great sometime between three thirty six and three twenty. Three b c e. Many others were drawn by portuguese and arabic explorers to combine all these charts period had to match the contours of each continent's coastlines to each other like fitting together pieces of a puzzle. Even with modern technology. This would be difficult but at the time. The task was nearly
The Persian Mummy
"On october. Nineteenth two thousand pakistani police raided a house in karachi looking for a suspect named ali abar after subduing off bar detective superintendent for rukh iran. His team searched his home and discovered a suspicious videotape. Like the picture's oscar must guerrilla received at the metropolitan museum of art in new york. The video showed a li akhbar advertising a persian mummy for sale. While the pakistani police hadn't found evidence they could use in their murder case. The vhs tape was arguably more incriminating in pakistan. It's highly illegal trade in antiquities. The pakistani government considers it immoral to sell relics for personal profit ancient artifacts freely and rightfully belong to the country and its citizens as part of its shared heritage as such the attempted sale of the relic was a crime and akbar seemed destined for prison but when questioned by police ottmar claimed. The mummy wasn't actually in his possession. He was merely a middleman to save his own skin. He told the cops where they could find the real seller detective for rukh iran and his team followed off bars lead to quetta about four hundred and thirty miles north of karachi. They arrested a man named wali mohammad. Rica who indeed was in possession of the mummy. The police impounded the sarcophagus in called an expert for analysis. Dr oz might you brahim the curator of pakistan's national museum brought a small team of researchers to ricky's house. She told the police to leave everything. Exactly as they'd founded the mummy was contained in two layers the first of which was the wooden sarcophagus. The top of the sarcophagus was intricately carved in on its outer sides were engraved images of the zoroastrian creator. God a harare mazda. Inside was carved stone
The Legend of Grendel
"Grendel comes from the old english story of wolf. A heroic warrior from the southern portion of the country now known as sweden bill travels to denmark and back as he sleighs monsters and forges alliances. Grendel is his first major conquest. The second is brindles morning. Mother and the third is a great dragon. That menaces bail wolves home. When he's near the end of his life most scholars place the transcription of tail between seven hundred and one thousand ce. But it's generally held that the poem is set much earlier likely around the year. Five hundred ce. We don't know the name of the author but we do know. This is a story about a magical pre christian world likely written by a recent convert to christianity. And it's fascinating to parse through. Its mix of pagan and christian references. The anonymous author of the poem writes that grundel is descended from the line of monstrous giants fathered by biblical villain cain and grendel. I attacks dame's because he's jealous of their joyful harmonious relationship with god but grendel and his mother also seem to have far more power than forces of evil should within christian cosmology. We see this in their canning's or old english descriptive monikers. The most notable art shadow walker and mark stepper which can both be interpreted as references to griddles ability to move outside the bounds of god's natural laws. That's what makes grendel a truly horrifying house guest.
The Bird Man
"The three massachusetts towns of abington rehoboth and freetown exist a triangular slice of land. That has become home to hundreds of reports of unexplainable phenomenon. It's known as the bridgewater triangle though. Some call it the black triangle or the devil's triangle. It might not be swallowing up. Fighter jets and colonial era ships like the bermuda triangle to the south but its history is just as storied and mysterious. One of the areas within. The triangle is the hawks swamp. It's a seventeen thousand acre wetland near bridgewater massachusetts in the sixteen hundreds it was inhabited by the wapping noah tribe of native americans and the fort. They built inside. It became a strategic location for them during king. Philip's war in sixteen seventy four one legend details how during this time of upheaval and invasion by the colonies. A powerful artifact was lost in the swamp. now. I can't find anything beyond a small wikipedia entry to confirm this but the story tells of how an object known as the wadham belt was lost during the war and as a result the swamp became the home to restless spirits. Ever since the swamp has been the source of nearly endless supply of unexplainable sightings one of the most dramatic and best documented reports was made by local police officer. Sergeant thomas downey on a summer night. In nineteen seventy-one downey was driving toward the town of eastern near a place known as bird hill that sits at the edge of the swamp as he approached the hill he caught sight of an enormous winged creature. Downey claims that it was over six feet tall and had a wingspan of almost twelve feet. After reporting the sighting to the east police he quickly earned the nickname of the birdman about you but it seems odd that a police officer would risk his reputation on such an unusual claim. If it was just a joke officer. He clearly saw something that night. Just what that thing was of course is open to debate
The Miracle of the Sun
"The sun was low on the horizon when physics professor gustafsson stepped outside his office in november. Two thousand two. He smiled as he felt. That chile belgian air brush past him. The sky was clear. The afternoon was perfect. He strolled through the university of leuven campus. Until he found a vantage point it was an ideal spot to watch the sunset. But that wasn't exactly what the professor had in mind for months. Meese in had been obsessed with the miracle of the sun. A spectacular event witnessed by nearly seventy thousand people on october thirteenth nineteen. Seventeen a massive crowd in the village of fatima. Portugal had watched the sun dance across the sky today. Mason wanted to see it too. He took a deep breath in steeled himself for what was coming next. After a moment of hesitation he opened his eyes wide and looked directly into the sun. He knew he was risking damage but he had to be sure of what happened that day. Five years earlier as he stared into the sun he was astonished. The crowd was right. it was some miracle.
The UFOs the Government Couldn't Explain
"Most ufo stories are typically difficult or impossible to verify at the center of today's story. Though we have eyewitnesses. Who aren't your average. Joe shmoe off the street. They're trained pilots and technicians with years of experience. Working for the us military and the events all happened not long ago. It's the fall of two thousand. Four and two ships are parked about a hundred miles south west of san diego the cruiser uss princeton and the aircraft carrier u. s. s. Nimitz besides the ships crews they're loaded with navy pilots running routine flight drills keeping their skills sharp as they wait for deployment as the pilots hit the skies. Radar technicians back on the ships. Track their flights. It's all pretty standard stuff but sometime around the end of october. A few technicians notice unusual blips registering on their equipment as many as five to ten objects. Keep flying within ten miles or so of where they're running these drills they're all cruising at about twenty eight thousand feet which is too high for them to be birds but they're moving too slowly to be planes. The texts broadcast radio transmissions asking who these aircrafts are. They don't receive any replies. The even recalibrate their equipment thinking the blips could be some bugs in their software. But they're not they're screens keep showing these unidentified flying objects now thanks to pop culture a lot of people here unidentified flying object think alien spaceship despite its very literal meaning. I mean a balloon can be considered a ufo until someone confirms. It's just a balloon in this case the ufo's could be anything. A spy plane a missile or even a drone smuggling drugs into the country so on november fourteenth. Two thousand four the navy. Dispatches squadron commander david favor to intercept the objects whatever. They are but a half hour into david's flight. Radar technicians spot one of the blips. They give him some coordinates and he has out in that direction mentally preparing for what he'll do if the ufo is actually hostile near the ordinance. His plane infrared camera picks up on something and it's directly below him.
The Miracle of the Sun
"On a spring day in nineteen sixteen. A trio of children from the village of fatima headed out to the countryside with a flock of sheep. Nine year old lucia let her two cousins eight year old francisco and six. Jesse enter into the rich pasture. Land outside of their town deuce was daily routine for the three kids. Their families were shepherds and the children's spent most of their days with the sheep. They played games and cheese each other around the fields. It was a peaceful mostly uneventful life. Children and their families were devout catholics every morning before breakfast francisco and just jessica would say their prayers. Lucia carried a rosary with her into the passenger on this particular morning. It started to drizzle while the children watched the flock so they decided to hike up to a nearby cave and wait for the rain to pass in the cave. The kids took lunch break which included saying their prayers before breaking bread not long afterward gusts of wind began to shake the olive trees outside of the cave startled by the severity of the breeze. That children peaked outside to witness the storm but there was no storm as the kids stood in the mouth of the cave. The sky cleared in a blinding lights suddenly appeared above the nearby trees. The children were confused. The like wasn't coming from the sun and it didn't look like anything they'd ever seen but one thing was certain delight was coming toward them as it got closer. The kids saw take on a familiar shape until they could distinctly make out a human face then. The lights spoke. The children were terrified by its deep masculine voice. Little just seemed to start to cry. But the eldest lucia bravely stepped forward to protect her cousins.