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- ANGELS OR ALIENS DEPARTMENT -
Vatican Scientist Says It's OK To Believe in Aliens
that the universe may contain alien life does not contradict a faith in
God, the Vatican's chief astronomer said in an interview published
The Rev. Jose Gabriel Funes, the Jesuit
director of the Vatican Observatory, was quoted as saying the vastness
of the universe means it is possible there could be other forms of life
outside Earth, even intelligent ones.
"How can we rule out that life may have
developed elsewhere?" Funes said. "Just as we consider earthly
creatures as 'a brother,' and 'sister,' why should we not talk about an
'extraterrestrial brother'? It would still be part of creation."
In the interview by the Vatican newspaper
L'Osservatore Romano, Funes said that such a notion "doesn't contradict
our faith" because aliens would still be God's creatures. Ruling out
the existence of aliens would be like "putting limits" on God's
creative freedom, he said.
The interview, headlined "The
extraterrestrial is my brother," covered a variety of topics including
the relationship between the Roman Catholic Church and science, and the
theological implications of the existence of alien life.
Funes said dialogue between faith and
science could be improved if scientists learned more about the Bible
and the Church kept more up to date with scientific progress.
Funes, an Argentine, said he believed as
an astronomer that the most likely explanation for the start of the
universe was "the big bang", the theory that it sprang into existence
from dense matter billions of years ago. But he said this was not in
conflict with faith in God as a creator. "God is the creator. There is
a sense to creation. We are not children of an accident ...," he said.
"As an astronomer, I continue to believe
that God is the creator of the universe and that we are not the product
of something casual but children of a good father who has a project of
love in mind for us," he said.
Funes said science, especially astronomy,
does not contradict religion, touching on a theme of Pope Benedict XVI,
who has made exploring the relationship between faith and reason a key
aspect of his papacy.
The Bible "is not a science book," Funes
said, adding that he believes the Big Bang theory is the most
"reasonable" explanation for the creation of the universe. The theory
says the universe began billions of years ago in the explosion of a
single, super-dense point that contained all matter.
Funes urged the church and the scientific
community to leave behind divisions caused by Galileo's persecution 400
years ago, saying the incident has "caused wounds."
In 1633 the astronomer was tried as a
heretic and forced to recant his theory that the Earth revolved around
the sun. Church teaching at the time placed Earth at the center of the
"The church has somehow recognized its
mistakes," he said. "Maybe it could have done it better, but now it's
time to heal those wounds and this can be done through calm dialogue
Pope John Paul declared in 1992 that the
ruling against Galileo was an error resulting from "tragic mutual
The Vatican Observatory has been at the
forefront of efforts to bridge the gap between religion and science.
Its scientist-clerics have generated top-notch research and its
meteorite collection is considered one of the world's best.
The observatory, founded by Pope Leo XIII
in 1891, is based in Castel Gandolfo, a lakeside town in the hills
outside Rome where the pope has a summer residence. It also conducts
research at an observatory at the University of Arizona, in Tucson.
Source: Yahoo News
- LOOK, UP IN THE SKY
Britain Releases Batch of Files on UFO Sightings
- The most comprehensive Government files on UFO activity have been
opened to the public and they disclose that even air traffic
controllers and police officers have seen mysterious craft in the skies
The sightings range from incredible tales
of little green men visiting the Wirral to corroborated accounts from
policemen and pilots of Unidentified Flying Objects hovering above
towns and cities.
All are recorded on official forms, held
by air bases and police stations, and compiled by the Ministry of
Defence between 1978 and 2002.
Disclosed for the first time is a report
from three experienced air traffic controllers who attempted to "talk
in" a UFO which landed on the runway before them. The men were
experienced, calm professionals. Nobody was drinking. But they were so
worried about losing their jobs that they demanded their names be kept
off the official report.
In the control tower a senior air traffic
controller (satco) was supervising his deputy and an assistant.
According to the report, the deputy was
in contact with a light aircraft preparing to land on runway 22 when
the satco noticed lights approaching the other runway.
The unidentified object came in at speed,
made a touch and go on runway 27 then departed at terrific speed in a
near vertical climb, according to the files.
It was described as a "brilliant solid
ball of light, bright silvery in colour". The file noted that
"witnesses do not wish to be identified in case their professional
integrity is questioned".
Others in the aviation industry also
encountered unidentified flying objects, including a Sea King
helicopter crew who tracked two objects on their radar for 40 miles,
travelling at almost one nautical mile per second, in September 1985.
Four months later two constables in
Woking police station, Surrey, saw a white light with a tail above the
town centre which then "descended into the Horshall area".
They reported it to their inspector, who
recorded it as a "genuine report" but noted that the officers were
slightly embarrassed because Horshall Common features in the works of
the science fiction writer HG Wells.
They were not alone. In June 1984, three
officers at Edgware station in north London had been called to a garden
after a sighting in Stanmore.
On their arrival the uniformed officers
found a "flashing light 45 degrees up in the sky" with a "dome on top
and underneath" which they watched through binoculars.
"We observed the object for one hour.
During this period of time the object moved erratically from side to
side, up and down and to and fro, not venturing far from its original
position," wrote the officers, who also sketched a cartoon-like image
of the spacecraft.
But a couple in the Wirral claimed to
have had an encounter of an altogether closer kind. The husband
reported visiting bases in Cheshire of green aliens, including one
called Elgar who was killed by another race in 1984.
His wife saw their craft crash over
Wallasey Town Hall but the official response was recorded as a terse
The documents are contained in eight
files that have been released under the Freedom of Information Act.
Over the next four years more than 150 files will be made available at
the National Archive in Kew, south-west London.
Nick Pope, who worked for the MoD for 21
years and was responsible for investigating the sightings, said: "Most
of the UFO sightings here are probably misidentifications of aircraft
lights and meteors, but some are more difficult to explain."
Ministry of Defense officials indicate in
the files that UFO reports were only investigated to make sure no enemy
aircraft had illegally entered British airspace. This was crucial
during the Cold War when Russian planes posed a threat.
Officials said they did not try to solve
UFO riddles once an enemy attack had been ruled out.
The vast majority of UFO reports come
from members of the public who see strange things in the sky and jump
to the conclusion that a UFO is involved even though there are logical
explanations for what they observe, experts said.
"The most common things are aircraft
lights, bright stars and planets, satellites, meteors, airships and
things like that," said Nick Pope, another UFO expert who helped the
Ministry of Defense investigate the phenomenon.
That was the case when a number of people
leaving a Tunbridge Wells pub one night reported seeing a strange craft
"with red and green" lights, according to the released documents.
Asked by police where the object seemed
to be traveling, the pub crawlers said it appeared to be heading for
London's Gatwick Airport. It didn't take a scientist to figure out it
was a commercial plane making a routine approach.
Source: Yahoo News
- STRANGE CREATURES FROM TIME AND
SPACE DEPARTMENT -
The Lizard Man of South Carolina
There have been no
official sightings of the Lizard Man of SC since August of 1988. The
first person to see the creature was Christopher Davis, a 17 year old
boy from Bishopville, SC, who was driving home from work at 2AM on the
morning of June 29th in 88. It was when Chris stopped his car on a
secluded road by Scape Ore Swamp to change a tire that he encountered
the monster. It was quite a shock for the young man and at first he
thought the moonlight was playing tricks with his vision, as he only
saw the outline of something big moving towards him. By the time the
creature was as close as fifty feet, Chris knew it was time to get out
Chris Davis described the horrendous being as able
not only to walk upright on its' two hind legs, but run. It was taller
than the average man, had red glowing eyes, not unlike the eyes of a
gator at night and a face unlike anything the boy had ever seen before.
Chris said it looked reptilian but also somewhat human. Davis went on
to say that the beast was covered with greenish brown rough skin and it
had a long heavy tail, also much like that of a gator.
The young man also noticed that the monster had three
big fingers on both hands and feet that ended in long heavy dangerous
looking claws. He got a pretty close look at these claws because the
monster jumped on Davis' car when the youth hopped back into the
vehicle and raced away from the area. Chris said he had to do some
pretty fancy driving to shake the thing off.
When Chris got home, he and his father examined the
vehicle; finding that the creature's terrible claws left clear puncture
marks and deep scratches on the automobile. His side-view-mirror was
badly damaged and there were scratch marks where the creature had sunk
his claws into the metal to hang on. There was no other evidence of
Davis' encounter with the monster, but his parents could see that the
boy was badly shaken. The Lizard Man made front-page news that day.
In the weeks that followed other reports of a large
lizard like creature were called into different local police stations.
These sightings were mostly in areas close to the swamp. There were
also reports of odd mischief done to personal property. People
complained of unusual damage done to their vehicles more than any other
vandalism. People said they not only found deep scratches, but what
appeared to be bite marks which punctured metal. These reports came in
from areas close to and around Bishopville, but reports show that
Bishopville residents suffered the most damage.
On August 5th of the same year, an airman stationed
at Shaw Air Force Base, named Kenneth Orr reported that he had had an
encounter with the beast while driving on highway 15. Orr said he
stopped his car and shot at the creature, but only wounded it. He saved
a few scales and a small amount of blood as proof. There are no records
to show whether any forensic or DNA tests were preformed on these
The Lizard Man got a lot of press that year. And
since 88 there have been other reported sightings of the Lizard Man,
mostly in swampy areas, but no physical evidence was ever found
connected to these sightings. The later reports were made by hunters or
fishermen, but these encounters left no damage to humans or property
and none of these witnesses claimed to have harmed the Lizard Man in
any way, so there was never any further blood or biological evidence.
There was never anything to instigate another investigation, so the
reports were filed and then forgotten. Things were quiet with the
creature for a good long time and the odd life form seemed to stay out
of sight and out of the minds' of men for years.
All that changed March 4th, 2008 when the creature
made another appearance. March 4th was the day Bobby and Dixie Rawson
of 990 St. Charles Rd. in Bishopville, SC, woke up to find that their
2002 Dodge Grand Caravan had been chewed up during the night. It looked
as if someone had gone at it with a can opener. The couple could
clearly see the damage to the van, which had been parked in there
driveway, from the back door. Cautiously they went out to examine the
vehicle more closely. They were stunned at what they found.
Again there were bite and claw marks found on the van
that punctured the metal. Experts said the bite presser of the creature
that did the damage to the Rawsons' vehicle must be as great as that of
a gator. The scratches were so deep in the metal, even the stoutest of
hearts would think twice about tracking the beast down.
The Rawsons also found that most of their 17 cat were
missing. The couple said they believe that the damage was done to the
car when this odd life form attacked the cats who must have sought
refuge under the vehicle. There was more than a bit of blood on the
front and sides of the van, ominously suggesting a fight to the death
for the cats.
The Rawsons called the police, the local paper and
also contacted a Columbia TV station, the story was aired on CNN. Again
the monster made front-page news.
This publicity and new evidence attracted famous
monster hunter from California, Tom Biscardi. Tom has been searching
for Bigfoot for some 35 years and has made some interesting
discoveries, documenting evidence of Big Foot in different area of the
Biscardi and his five-man team came to SC to conduct
a scientific study to determine if it was a Bigfoot, rather than the
Lizard Man that caused the damage to the Rawsons' property. They came
prepared to work, equipped with thermal imagers, high-tech cameras and
sound recorders, among a number of other scientific devices. First they
conducted initial forensic tests on the blood and other tissue found on
the van. The samples and evidence collected were quickly sent back to a
lab in California. Biscardi said he has used this lab for years and
trusted their findings.
Then Biscardi's crew setup cameras, planning to
observe the area for a few nights. After three nights of filming,
Biscardi's team found no clear cut proof that the damage to the
Rawsons' van was caused by a monstrous freak of nature. They didn't
find anything that would prove that a monster was not in the area
Biscardi said he hasn't ruled out the possibility
that a bear may have been the culprit, but local wildlife experts say
they never heard of a bear attacking cats or cars. The Big Foot hunter
admitted that he doesn't know if Bishopville's latest incident is
related to the Lizard Man, or if the creature that did the damage is
more like a Big Foot, adding whatever it is, he thinks it must be
territorial. The only thing he was sure of is that there are certainly
grounds for more investigation.
Source: Jeanne Evans
- HE FLOATS THROUGH THE AIR WITH THE
GREATEST OF EASE DEPARTMENT -
The Ancient Secrets of Levitation
structures and megaliths around the world stand as mysteries to how
they were constructed. Is it possible their builders possessed the
powers of defying gravity?
Did ancient civilizations possess knowledge that has
since been lost to science? Were amazing technologies available to the
ancient Egyptians that enabled them to construct the pyramids -
technologies that have somehow been forgotten?
The ruins of several ancient civilizations - from
Stonehenge to the pyramids - show that they used massive stones to
construct their monuments. A basic question is why? Why use stone
pieces of such enormous size and weight when the same structures could
have been constructed with more easily managed smaller blocks - much
like we use bricks and cinderblocks today?
Could part of the answer be that these ancients had a
method of lifting and moving these massive stones - some weighing
several tons - that made the task as easy and manageable as lifting a
two-pound brick? The ancients, some researchers suggest, may have
mastered the art of levitation, through sonics or some other obscure
method, that allowed them to defy gravity and manipulate massive
objects with ease.
The Egyptian Pyramids
How the great pyramids of Egypt were built has been
the subject of debate for millennia. The fact is, no one really knows
for certain exactly how they were constructed. The current estimates of
mainstream science contends that it took a workforce of 4,000 to 5,000
men 20 years to build the Great Pyramid using ropes, pulleys, ramps,
ingenuity and brute force.
And that very well may have been the case. But there
is an intriguing passage in a history text by the 10th century Arab
historian, Abul Hasan Ali Al-Masudi, known as the Herodotus of the
Arabs. Al-Masudi had traveled much of the known world in his day before
settling in Egypt, and he had written a 30-volume history of the world.
He too was struck by the magnificence of the Egyptian pyramids and
wrote about how their great stone blocks were transported. First, he
said, a "magic papyrus" (paper) was placed under the stone to be moved.
Then the stone was struck with a metal rod that caused the stone to
levitate and move along a path paved with stones and fenced on either
side by metal poles. The stone would travel along the path, wrote
Al-Masudi, for a distance of about 50 meters and then settle to the
ground. The process would then be repeated until the builders had the
stone where they wanted it.
Considering that the pyramids were already thousands
of years old when Al-Masudi wrote this explanation, we have to wonder
where he got his information. Was it part of an oral history that was
passed down from generation to generation in Egypt? The unusual details
of the story raise that possibility. Or was this just a fanciful story
concocted by a talented writer who - like many who marvel at the
pyramids today - concluded that there must have been some extraordinary
magical forces employed to build such a magnificent structure?
If we take the story at face value, what kind of
levitation forces were involved? Did the striking of the rock create
vibrations that resulted in sonic levitation? Or did the layout of
stones and rods create a magnetic levitation? If so, the science
accounting for either scenario is unknown to us today.
Other Astonishing Megaliths
The Egyptian pyramids are not the only ancient
structures constructed of huge blocks of stone. Far from it. Great
temples and monuments around the world contain stone components of
incredible size, yet little is known about their means of construction.
* The Temple of Jupiter at
Baalbek, Lebanon has a foundation that contains the three largest stone
blocks ever used in a man-made structure. Each block is estimated to
weigh as much as 1,000 tons! No super crane in existence today could
lift one, yet they are positioned together with such precision that not
even a needle could fit between them. Nearby is an even bigger stone.
Known as Hajar el Hibla - the Stone of the Pregnant Woman - it lies
abandoned in its quarry, never used. But the giant rectangular block is
the largest piece of stone ever cut by humans, weighing an incredible
1,200 tons. It is estimated that it would require the strength of
16,000 men to even budge it, and represents a formidable challenge to
20th century machines and technology.
* On an isolated plateau at
Tiahuanaco Bolivia, 13,000 feet above sea level, stands an impressive
monument called Puerta del Sol, or Sun Gate. The elaborately carved
gate weighs an estimated 10 tons, and how it arrived at its present
location is a mystery.
* Nan Madol, sometimes called "the
Machu Pichu of the Pacific," is a great ruins on the island of Pohnpei,
capitol of the Federated States of Micronesia. This lost city,
constructed around 200 B.C., is made up of hundreds of stacked stone
logs, each about 18-feet-long and several feet in diameter. The logs,
stacked like cordwood, constitute walls that are 40 feet high and 18
feet thick. Each stone log is estimated to weigh about 2.5 tons. How
they were moved and lifted into position is unknown.
What was the secret these diverse and ancient
cultures possessed to manipulate these great stone blocks? A massive
supply of slave labor straining human muscle and ingenuity to their
limits? Or was there another more mysterious way? It's remarkable that
these cultures leave no record of how these structures were
constructed. However, "in almost every culture where megaliths exist,"
according to 432:Cosmic Key, "a legend also exists that the huge stones
were moved by acoustic means - either by the chanted spells of
magicians, by song, by striking with a magic wand or rod (to produce
acoustic resonance), or by trumpets, gongs, lyres, cymbals or whistles."
Tibetan Secrets of Levitation
In his book The Bridge to Infinity, Bruce Cathie
recounts an amazing story that he says originated in a German magazine.
It tells the story of astonishing feats of levitation accomplished by
priests in a monastery high in the Tibetan Himalayas. Here, in English
translation, are excepts from that German article:
A Swedish doctor, Dr. Jarl...
studied at Oxford. During those times he became friends with a young
Tibetan student. A couple of years later, it was 1939, Dr. Jarl made a
journey to Egypt for the English Scientific Society. There he was seen
by a messenger of his Tibetan friend, and urgently requested to come to
Tibet to treat a high Lama. After Dr. Jarl got the leave he followed
the messenger and arrived after a long journey by plane and Yak
caravans, at the monastery, where the old Lama and his friend who was
now holding a high position were now living.
One day his friend took him to a
place in the neighborhood of the monastery and showed him a sloping
meadow which was surrounded in the north west by high cliffs. In one of
the rock walls, at a height of about 250 metres was a big hole which
looked like the entrance to a cave. In front of this hole there was a
platform on which the monks were building a rock wall. The only access
to this platform was from the top of the cliff and the monks lowered
themselves down with the help of ropes.
In the middle of the meadow. about
250 metres from the cliff, was a polished slab of rock with a bowl like
cavity in the center. The bowl had a diameter of one metre and a depth
of 15 centimeters. A block of stone was maneuvered into this cavity by
Yak oxen. The block was one metre wide and one and one-half metres
long. Then 19 musical instruments were set in an arc of 90 degrees at a
distance of 63 metres from the stone slab. The radius of 63 metres was
measured out accurately. The musical instruments consisted of 13 drums
and six trumpets. (Ragdons).
Behind each instrument was a row
of monks. When the stone was in position the monk behind the small drum
gave a signal to start the concert. The small drum had a very sharp
sound, and could be heard even with the other instruments making a
terrible din. All the monks were singing and chanting a prayer, slowly
increasing the tempo of this unbelievable noise. During the first four
minutes nothing happened, then as the speed of the drumming, and the
noise increased, the big stone block started to rock and sway, and
suddenly it took off into the air with an increasing speed in the
direction of the platform in front of the cave hole 250 metres high.
After three minutes of ascent it landed on the platform.
Continuously they brought new
blocks to the meadow, and the monks using this method, transported 5 to
6 blocks per hour on a parabolic flight track approximately 500 metres
long and 250 metres high. From time to time a stone split, and the
monks moved the split stones away. Quite an unbelievable task. Dr Jarl
knew about the hurling of the stones. Tibetan experts like Linaver,
Spalding and Huc had spoken about it, but they had never seen it. So Dr
Jarl was the first foreigner who had the opportunity to see this
remarkable spectacle. Because he had the opinion in the beginning that
he was the victim of mass-psychosis he made two films of the incident.
The films showed exactly the same things that he had witnessed.
The English Society for which Dr
Jarl was working confiscated the two films and declared them
classified. They will not be released until 1990.
Were the films of this fascinating feat released in
1990? Did they ever even exist? Or is this just another tall tale that
lends more mystery to the land of Shangri-la?
How unfortunate that these secrets of levitation - if
they ever existed - are lost to antiquity or the remoteness of the
Himalayas. They seem to be forever elusive to modern Western man. Or
Beginning in 1920, Edward Leedskalnin, a 5-ft. tall,
100-lb. Latvian immigrant, began to build a remarkable structure in
Homestead, Florida. Over a 20-year period, Leedskalnin single-handedly
build a home he originally called "Rock Gate Park," but has since been
named Coral Castle. Working in secret - often at night - Leedskalnin
was somehow able to quarry, fashion, transport and constructed the
impressive edifices and sculptures of his unique home from large blocks
of heavy coral rock.
It’s estimated that 1,000 tons of coral rock were
used in construction of the walls and towers, and an additional 100
tons of it were carved into furniture and art objects:
* An obelisk he raised weighs 28
* The wall surrounding Coral
Castle stands 8 ft. tall and consists of large blocks each weighing
* Large stone crescents are
perched atop 20-ft.-high walls.
* A 9-ton swinging gate that moves
at the touch of a finger guards the eastern wall.
* The largest rock on the property
weighs an estimated 35 tons.
* Some stones are twice the weight
of the largest blocks in the Great Pyramid at Giza.
All this he did alone and without heavy machinery. No
one was ever witness to how Leedskalnin was able to move and lift such
enormous objects, although it is claimed that some spying teenagers saw
him "float coral blocks through the air like hydrogen balloons."
Leedskalnin was highly secretive about his methods,
saying only at one point, "I have discovered the secrets of the
pyramids. I have found out how the Egyptians and the ancient builders
in Peru, Yucatan and Asia, with only primitive tools, raised and set in
place blocks of stone weighing many tons."
If Leedskalnin had indeed rediscovered the ancient
secrets of levitation, he took them with him to his grave.
HISTORIES MYSTERIES DEPARTMENT -
German Archaeologist on
Trail of Ark of the Covenant
BERLIN — It is only a breathless Hollywood script: treasure-hunter
Indiana Jones races with German archaeologists to track down the fabled
Ark of the Covenant, the chest that held the stone tablets on which the
Ten Commandments were etched.
Now German researchers claim to have found the remains of the palace of
the Queen of Sheba — and an altar that may have held the Ark.
The discovery, recently announced by the University of Hamburg, has
stirred skeptical rumblings from the archaeological community.
The location of the Ark, indeed its existence, has been a source of
controversy for centuries. Regarded as the most precious treasure of
ancient Judaism, it is at the heart of a debate about whether
archaeology should chronicle the rise and fall of civilizations or
explore the boundaries between myth and ancient history.
Professor Helmut Ziegert, of the archaeological institute at the
University of Hamburg, has been supervising a dig in Aksum, northern
Ethiopia, since 1999.
"From the dating, its position and the details that we have found, I am
sure that this is the palace," he said.
The palace, that is, of the Queen of Sheba, who is believed to have
lived in the 10th century B.C. After she died, her son and successor,
Menelek, replaced the palace with a temple dedicated to Sirius.
The German researchers believe that the Ark was taken from Jerusalem by
the queen — who had a liaison with King Solomon — and built into the
altar to Sirius.
"The results we have suggest that a Cult of Sothis developed in
Ethiopia with the arrival of Judaism and the Ark of the Covenant, and
continued until 600 A.D.," an announcement by the University of Hamburg
on behalf of the research team said.
Sothis is the ancient Greek name for the star Sirius.
The Ark was made, according to the Bible, of gold-plated acacia wood
and topped with two golden angels. It is said to be a source of great
power. In about 586 B.C., when the Babylonians conquered the
Israelites, the Ark vanished.
For many centuries finding it has been one of the great quests —
inspiration not only for the 1981 film "Raiders of the Lost Ark," but
also for countries seeking to position themselves in the mainstream of
Many archaeologists believe that their profession should not be in the
business of myth-chasing. Even if the Ark were found, it would be
impossible to establish scientifically whether it was the original
receptacle for the Ten Commandments.
Iris Gerlach of the German Archaeological Institute in Sanaa, Yemen,
believes the religious centre of Sheba is in present-day Yemen.
Although she does not go head-to-head with her colleague Professor
Ziegert, the message is clear: A relic such as the Ark would have been
stored in an important religious city rather than in Aksum.
— The location of the Ark has been put in Egypt, Zimbabwe and even
Ireland, where the Hill of Tara was excavated.
— The Ethiopian holy town of Aksum is regarded as a more credible site.
— Ethiopians believe that it is defended by monks in the church of St.
Mary of Zion and is seen only by the guardian of the Ark, making it
impossible to verify.
Source: Fox News
WHERE IS MY DIVING SUIT DEPARTMENT -
Capture Lake Pepin Lake
Monster For $50,000
There's one creature in Minnesota that's so hard to track that $50,000
reward is out for proof it exists.
Ever since the 1800s, residents around Lake Pepin in Lake City, Minn.
say they've spotted a sea monster. They call him, Pepie.
"It was very strange," said Larry Nielson, who says he's seen the
mysterious creature. "We watched it for quite a while and we watched it
for about 15 minutes and could not figure out what it might be."
Steve Raymond shares the same story.
"Now, I'm the third person who's reported it. I distinctly remember
three humps, with one hump looking like a head," recalled Raymond about
his experience on Lake Pepin.
The first sighting of the creature was in April 1871. An artist has
tried to show what the monster, with a hypnotic red-eye and demon-like
head, might look like. It's said to live within the depths of Devil's
"So you never know what you're going to see out here," said Nielson.
"There have been stories of something mysterious here."
Boaters have told stories of being attacked while on the water, first
hearing several loud knocks on the hull, followed by several violent
back and forth swings of the boat.
Nielson wants people to try and see for themselves because this
mysterious monster that's eluded most cameras for more than a century.
He's offering $50,000 for undisputable photographic and scientific
"The idea behind the reward is make sure you come up with a camera. You
might catch Pepie, but the worst thing that's going to happen is that
you're going to get pictures of some of the most beautiful scenery in
the world," said Nielson.
This reward is also a marketing tool for Lake City. The local tourism
bureau hopes the chance to see Pepie and get money for it will bring
people to the area.
Whether anyone finds anything specific on Pepie is yet to be seen.
Nielson and Raymond don't need more proof from the public, because they
already agree that they've seen something strange in the lake.
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