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- Scientists Clock Particles Faster than the Speed of Light -
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Coroner Rules Man Burned to Death from Spontaneous Human Combustion -
- Human Belief Systems Face an Enormous Challenge -
- Did Zombies Roam Medieval Ireland? -
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- WAS EINSTEIN WRONG DEPARTMENT -

Scientists Clock Particles Faster than the Speed of Light

It is one of the most fundamental pillars of physics – but Einstein's theory of relativity could have been proven wrong. Scientists at the world's largest physics laboratory say they have recorded subatomic particles, known as neutrinos, travelling faster than the speed of light.

According to Albert Einstein's 1905 theory of special relativity – known by the equation E=mc2 – that feat is impossible.

If the findings are correct, it would force a major rethink of the fundamental laws of nature, including how the universe works.

James Gillies, a spokesman for the European Organisation for Nuclear Research, or CERN, said the readings have so astounded researchers that they are asking others to verify them before claiming a discovery.

'The feeling that most people have is this can't be right, this can't be real,' he said. 'They are inviting the broader physics community to look at what they've done and really scrutinise it in great detail.

'They are inviting the broader physics community to look at what they've done and really scrutinize it in great detail, and ideally for someone elsewhere in the world to repeat the measurements.'

Einstein's theory states that energy is equal to mass multiplied by the speed of light squared, so firing an object faster than that would require an infinite amount of energy.

After the findings, scientists at the competing Fermilab in Chicago have promised to start such work immediately.

'It's a shock,' said Fermilab head theoretician Stephen Parke, who was not part of the research in Geneva. 'It's going to cause us problems, no doubt about that - if it's true.'

The Chicago team had similar faster-than-light results in 2007, but those came with a giant margin of error that undercut its scientific significance.

Outside scientists expressed skepticism at CERN's claim that the neutrinos - one of the strangest well-known particles in physics - were observed smashing past the cosmic speed barrier of 186,282 miles per second (299,792 kilometers per second).

University of Maryland physics department chairman Drew Baden called it 'a flying carpet,' something that was too fantastic to be believable.

CERN says a neutrino beam fired from a particle accelerator near Geneva to a lab 454 miles (730 kilometers) away in Italy traveled 60 nanoseconds faster than the speed of light.

Scientists calculated the margin of error at just 10 nanoseconds, making the difference statistically significant. But given the enormous implications of the find, they still spent months checking and rechecking their results to make sure there was no flaws in the experiment.

'We have not found any instrumental effect that could explain the result of the measurement,' said Antonio Ereditato, a physicist at the University of Bern, Switzerland, who was involved in the experiment known as OPERA.

The CERN researchers are now looking to the United States and Japan to confirm the results.

A similar neutrino experiment at Fermilab near Chicago would be capable of running the tests, said Stavros Katsanevas, the deputy director of France's National Institute for Nuclear and Particle Physics Research.

The institute collaborated with Italy's Gran Sasso National Laboratory for the experiment at CERN.

Katsanevas said help could also come from the T2K experiment in Japan, though that is currently on hold after the country's devastating March 11 earthquake and tsunami.

Scientists agree if the results are confirmed, that it would force a fundamental rethink of the laws of nature.

Einstein's special relativity theory that says energy equals mass times the speed of light squared underlies 'pretty much everything in modern physics,' said John Ellis, a theoretical physicist at CERN who was not involved in the experiment. 'It has worked perfectly up until now.'

He cautioned that the neutrino researchers would have to explain why similar results weren't detected before, such as when an exploding star - or supernova - was observed in 1987.

'This would be such a sensational discovery if it were true that one has to treat it extremely carefully,' said Ellis.

Source: The Daily Mail
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2040735/So-did-Einstein-wrong-
Scientists-clock-particles-travelling-faster-speed-light.html

- A CASE TOO HOT TO HANDLE DEPARTMENT -

Coroner Rules Man Burned to Death from Spontaneous Human Combustion

A baffled coroner has ruled that a man who burned to death in his home died as a result of spontaneous human combustion.

Dr Ciaran McLoughlin, the coroner for West Galway in Ireland, said that although Michael Faherty, 76, had been found lying on his back close to a fire in an open fireplace, that blaze had NOT caused his death.

He said a detailed investigation into all other possibilities had offered no other explanation, so he was delivering such a verdict for the first time in his 25 years as a coroner.

It is believed to be the first case of its kind in Ireland, although a number of unexplained cases are reported each year around the world.

The term spontaneous human combustion (SHC) describes alleged cases of the burning of a living human body without an apparent external source of ignition.

Mr Faherty, of Ballybane, Galway, died on 22 December 2010. The inquest was told that forensic experts were certain that a fire in the fireplace of the sitting room where the badly burnt body was found had not been the cause of the blaze that killed him.

There had been no trace of an accelerant, such as petrol or alcohol, and there had been nothing to suggest foul play.

While his body was totally destroyed by fire, it had not spread and the only minor damage in the sitting room was to the ceiling above him and the floor beneath him.

Dr McLoughlin said he had consulted medical textbooks and carried out other research in an attempt to find an explanation.

'This fire was thoroughly investigated and I'm left with the conclusion that this fits into the category of spontaneous human combustion, for which there is no adequate explanation,' he said.

Mr Faherty's daughter Mairin said her family was satisfied with the investigation and they accepted the inquest's findings. However, she added: 'Unfortunately, it doesn't provide us with any real explanation.'

Claims about SHC have been made for centuries. The gin-drinking character Krook the alcoholic in  the Charles Dickens novel Bleak House is said to spontaneously combust.

Relatives of a British woman who died in 1982 said they saw her burst into flames in her north London home but coroner Dr John Burton said there was 'no such thing' as SHC and recorded an open verdict.

The human body is mostly water and its only properties which burn readily are fat tissue and methane gas.

Temperatures of nearly 2,000F are required to reduce a body to near ashes.

Spontaneous combustion occurs when an object -- in the case of spontaneous human combustion, a person -- bursts into flame from a chemical reaction within, apparently without being ignited by an external heat source.

The first known account of spontaneous human combustion came from the Danish anatomist Thomas Bartholin in 1663, who described how a woman in Paris "went up in ashes and smoke" while she was sleeping. The straw mattress on which she slept was unmarred by the fire. In 1673, a Frenchman named Jonas Dupont published a collection of spontaneous combustion cases in his work "De Incendiis Corporis Humani Spontaneis."

The hundreds of spontaneous human combustion accounts since that time have followed a similar pattern: The victim is almost completely consumed, usually inside his or her home. Coroners at the scene have sometimes noted a sweet, smoky smell in the room where the incident occurred.

What makes the charred bodies in the photos of spontaneous human combustion so peculiar is that the extremities often remain intact. Although the torso and head are charred beyond recognition, the hands, feet, and/or part of the legs may be unburned. Also, the room around the person shows little or no signs of a fire, aside from a greasy residue that is sometimes left on furniture and walls. In rare cases, the internal organs of a victim remain untouched while the outside of the body is charred.

Not all spontaneous human combustion victims simply burst into flames. Some develop strange burns on their body which have no obvious source, or emanate smoke from their body when no fire is present. And not every person who has caught fire has died -- a small percentage of people have actually survived what has been called their spontaneous combustion.

These are just a few of the many hundred reported cases of "spontaneous human combustion":

In 1938, a 22-year-old woman named Phyllis Newcombe was leaving a dance at the Shire Hall in Chelmsford, England. As she descended the staircase of the hall, her dress suddenly caught fire with no apparent cause. She ran back into the ballroom, where she collapsed. Several people rushed to her aid, but she later died in the hospital. Although the theory was that Newcombe's dress had been ignited by a cigarette or a lit match thrown from the stairwell, no evidence of either was ever found. Coroner L.F. Beccles commented on the incident, "From all my experience I have never come across a case so very mysterious as this."

In 1951, a 67-year-old widow named Mary Reeser was at home in St. Petersburg, Florida. On the morning of July 2, a neighbor discovered that Mary's front door was hot. When she broke into the apartment with the help of two workmen, they found Mary in an easy chair with a black circle around her. Her head had been burned down to the size of a teacup. The only other parts of her that remained were part of her backbone and part of her left foot. Other than Mary's charred remains, there was very little evidence of fire in her apartment. A forensic pathologist, Dr. Wilton Krogman, said of the incident, "[It's] the most amazing thing I have ever seen. As I review it, the short hairs on my neck bristle with vague fear. Were I living in the Middle Ages I'd mutter something about black magic." But the police report cited a far less supernatural explanation for the cause of death: a dropped cigarette, which ignited Mrs. Reeser's highly flammable rayon-acetate nightgown.

John Irving Bentley was a physician who burned to death in the bathroom of his house in Coudersport, Pennsylvania. Bentley was last seen alive on December 4, 1966, when friends visiting him at his home said goodnight to him at about 9:00 P.M. On the following morning, December 5, Don Gosnell, a meter reader, let himself into Bentley’s house and went to the basement to check the meter—since Bentley could only move about with the help of a walker, Mr. Gosnell had permission to enter as necessary.

While in the basement, Gosnell noticed a strange smell and a light blue smoke. Intrigued, he went upstairs to investigate. The bedroom was smoky and in the bathroom he found Bentley’s cremated remains. All that was left intact of the aged doctor was the lower half of his right leg with the slipper still on it. The rest of his body had been reduced to a pile of ashes on the floor in the basement below. His walker lay across the hole in the floor generated by the fire. The rubber tips on it were still intact, and the nearby bathtub was hardly scorched. Gosnell ran from the building to get help, screaming “Doctor Bentley’s burned up!”

Robert Francis Bailey was a homeless person who allegedly died by spontaneous human combustion. At 5:21am on 13 September 1967, an unnamed member of a group of female office workers phoned the London Fire Brigade. While waiting for their bus to work, they had noticed flickering blue flames visible through an upper window of 49 Auckland Street, Lambeth, London. They presumed it was burning gas. The first fireman to the scene said:

“When I got in through the window I found the body of a tramp named Bailey laying at the bottom of the stairs leading up to the second floor. He was lying partly on his left side. There was a four-inch (102 mm) slit in his abdomen from which was issuing, at force, a blue flame. The flame was beginning to burn the wooden stairs. We extinguished the flames by playing a hose into the abdominal cavity. Bailey was alive when he started burning. He must have been in terrible pain. His teeth were sunk into the mahogany newel post of the staircase. I had to prise his jaws apart to release the body. The fire was coming from within the abdomen of his body. [...] There’s no doubt whatsoever, that fire began inside the body. That’s the only place it could have begun, inside that body.”

At inquest, it was found that the cause of Bailey’s death was ‘asphyxia due to inhalation of fire fumes’. Bailey had suffocated on the fumes of his own combustion. A search of his body revealed no portable sources of ignition (lighters, etc) or inflammable substances. He was a non-smoker.

In 1982, a mentally handicapped woman named Jean Lucille "Jeannie" Saffin was sitting with her 82-year-old father at their home in Edmonton, in northern London. According to her father, a flash of light caught his eye. When he turned to his daughter, he saw that her upper body was enveloped in flames. Mr. Saffin and his son-in-law, Donald Carroll, managed to put out the blaze, but Jeannie died of her third-degree burns about a week after entering the hospital. According to Carroll, "the flames were coming from her mouth like a dragon and they were making a roaring noise." There was no smoke or fire damage in the room. Some have wondered if an ember from her father's pipe ignited Jeannie's clothing.

There have been people who have apparently survived spontaneous human combustion. 

On Christmas Eve 1984, Mrs Christine Middlehurst was sitting in the lounge after friends had gone home, and her common-law husband was upstairs. He came down to find her in flames.

He threw water over her, shouted for help and got his hands, arms and body burned as he tried to put out the flames.

Mrs Middlehurst ran outside screaming and a neighbor took her upstairs and put her in a bath of water, where her skin 'floated off'.

The house at Newton Abbot (Devon) was virtually untouched by the fire.

In September 1985, Debbie Clark was walking home when she noticed an occasional flash of blue light. As she claimed, "It was me. I was lighting up the driveway every couple of steps.

"As we got into the garden I thought it was funny at that point. I was walking around in circles saying: 'look at this, mum, look!' She started screaming and my brother came to the door and started screaming and shouting 'Have you never heard of spontaneous human combustion?'"

Her mother, Dianne Clark, responded: "I screamed at her to get her shoes off and it [the flashes] kept going so I hassled her through and got her into the bath. I thought that the bath is wired to earth. It was a blue light you know what they call electric blue. She thought it was fun, she was laughing."

Paul Hayes, a 19-year old computer operator living in London, was walking along a quiet road in Stepney Green late on the night of May 25 1985. Suddenly, he found himself surrounded by intense flames from the waist up. he reported his experience:

"It was... like being plunged into the heat of a furnace... My arms felt as though they were being prodded by red-hot pokers, from my shoulders to my wrists. My cheeks were red-hot, my ears were numb. My chest felt like boiling water had been poured over it. I thought I could hear my brains bubbling.

He tried to escape the flames by running, but fell on the pavement and curled up into a ball, thinking he was dying. Then, about thirty seconds after it began, his ordeal was over. I opened my eyes. There was no flame, no smoke. For a few minutes, I lay still, terrified. I began to shiver with shock."

Hayes managed to stumble to a nearby hospital, where he was treated for burns to his hands, forearms, face, neck and ears.

The most well known survivor is Jack Angel. On the evening of November 12, 1974, Angel, a travelling clothes salesman, parked his camper at the Ramada Inn in Savannah, Georgia, and settled down to sleep. He awoke later than usual, around midday, feeling rather odd. Looking down, he was horrified to see that his right hand was burned black; other burns dotted his legs from groin to ankle.

In a state of shock but in no pain, Angel showered, dressed and made his way to the hotel. Here he discovered that the date was 16 November - he had been asleep for 4 days. He collapsed and was rushed to a nearby hospital.

His leg injuries healed, but his hand had to be amputated.

Angel hadn't been smoking on the night of the fire, nor was he scalded by boiling water from a kettle or the radiator in his camper. The van's electrical circuits were perfectly sound. The possibility of freak lightning was also ruled out.

Source: The Daily Mail
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2041099/Spontaneous-combustion-kills-OAP-recorded-case-Ireland.html

- GUEST AUTHOR DEPARTMENT -

Human Belief Systems Face an Enormous Challenge
by Diane Tessman

There is speculation about the panic and chaos that might follow when UFO disclosure occurs, and when, possibly, UFO occupants land on Earth for all to perceive. Will governments collapse, will society disintegrate as people are gripped with fear and foreboding? And will the human religions of this world fail to be of service to their many people? Will UFO landings be the end of religions?

If this occurred, it would be worse than governments and societies failing, because humankind turns to "The Spiritual" when threatened and traumatized. We might logically, intelligently think our way out of one problem, but when something enormous occurs, we ask our Supreme Being or Beings to help us. God, we do, don’t we? It is just in us.

However, I believe humankind and its many religions will survive and perhaps even flourish as the enormity of it all sinks in, giving new inspiration, new thoughts, new experiences which will be spiritual in nature, too. I am not talking "love and light," I am saying that any enormous event and experience is a wake-up call to our inner spirit.

I have a friend of many years. If she were Native American, we would call her an Elder of Great Wisdom. Her family was "white Russians," her father a doctor of both homeopathic and medical training. They were chased from Russia by Bolsheviks and fled to Czechoslovakia. They finally got a chance to come to the United States where they became good citizens and hard workers. My friend is proudly Russian, still speaking Russian to her beloved German Shepherds, and she is devoutly Russian Orthodox. However, she is also fiercely Pagan, feeling great empathy and reverence for Mother Nature, sensing the sprites and invisible nature spirits all around, crying with the Native Peoples of the world as they, like the animals and birds, are thrown off their land so developers can make billions of dollars from grazing land and parking lots. She enjoys "Ancient Alien" DVDs, knowing that there is light and dark, good and bad, in the Universe and she is young again as she listens to the music of Andre Rieux; music speaks to her spirit! She explains that she realizes she is both Russian Orthodox and Pagan; it is "no problem at all," she exclaims.

Hers is an enlightened and amazing spirituality. She has arrived at her spirituality through intelligence and experience, through touching the Earth often, and through feeling her spirit.

If humankind can find this magic within itself, we will be alright as a species if/when the existence of UFOs in Earth skies is disclosed, and if/when aliens land.

It is tempting to wonder which of the Earth’s religions will do better in accepting the existence of extraterrestrials and perhaps other-dimensionals. This is a purely subjective exercise. I might guess that the Hindus with their avatars and multiple deities would adjust without too much panic.

I also feel the Buddhists have a cosmic mindset which does not include a hierarchy of actual gods or god; each individual strives to become the god spark within, fully, completely. This might serve one well when meeting an alien whom, you hope, also has that spark of the creator.

Pagans, who come in a variety of specific beliefs, include the living spirit of Mother Earth as a part of the cosmic wonder of the all-that-is. It would seem that the more tolerant and adaptable one’s basic beliefs, the less one would panic to meet life forms from Elsewhere.

How will agnostics and atheists do? Probably ok, who knows!

Both Christianity and Islam center on prophets who certainly were not common humans, and/or not humans at all, so this may be of help to them.

Who knows what spirituality would do best as we humans prepare to join the galactic community!

Albert Einstein and Nikola Tesla are examples of two exceptional human beings who were astounding scientists but – they not only acknowledged The Spiritual – they received their scientific inspiration from it.

"Great spirits have always met with violent opposition from mediocre minds," said Einstein.

I happen to believe that up the road of human evolution, The Spiritual and The Scientific meet, and then humans will be able to perceive reality itself in a larger, more accurate way. I also happen to believe that some of the aliens who are "up there," have already made this evolutionary step.

This is the secret also of my Russian friend. There is no contradiction! She is Russian Orthodox, she is Pagan, she is highly intelligent, and the spirituality to which she has evolved, is breathtakingly amazing.

So, can we humans come up with one sentence or phrase which will encompass our spirituality when it has become greater than the sum of its two parts (Spirit/Science)? How can we illustrate tolerance, wonder, positivity, even love, and a protectiveness and responsibility toward our planet? We need a statement to take us into our future!

I am not quoting "Star Trek" because it is "Star Trek." I am quoting it now because somehow, someway, they came up with what I feel is a wise statement:

Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combinations

How does one describe one’s spiritual and scientific regard for Earth’s life forms, including humans, but not exclusively humans? IDIC!

How does one express what one feels for the Rainforest Frog, the Spotted Owl and the Siberian Tiger? IDIC!

How does one express what one feels for a Grove of Sacred Oaks or a small blossom of purple clover? IDIC!

How does one meet a life form who drives a ship so advanced we almost consider it magic? IDIC! Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combinations – has just landed!!

Yes, we can anchor ourselves spiritually and mutter, "IDIC!" as that scout craft sets down in the field.

I am not saying we must then run up and hug the aliens, who will then love us forever more. Maybe the first aliens to land will eat a few humans – I doubt it. However, there is, as my Russian friend says, good and bad in the Universe.

But as that scout craft sets down, we are going to mutter to ourselves, "God!" or "Allah!" or "Mother Mary!" or "Jesus Christ!" or "Holy sh--!" or "Gaia, protect me!" or something!

I am planning to mutter, "IDIC!" and hold the fort of my emotions, perhaps after I pee my pants.

Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combinations was not a human saying on "Star Trek," it was Vulcan. Let’s hope beyond hope, the aliens who land, have embraced that belief as well.

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- LAIR OF THE BEASTS DEPARTMENT -

Creatures of the Spectral Kind
by Nick Redfern

Over the years I have interviewed a number of people who have claimed close encounters with animals that…well…didn’t sound quite like real animals. Let me explain what I mean by that: What do you do when someone tells you (as they have told me) they have seen, in very recent years, either a wooly Mammoth or an honest-to-goodness Saber-Tooth Tiger?
 
Given that both creatures have reportedly been extinct for a very, very long time, most people would be inclined to dismiss such accounts as the ravings of complete lunatics and nothing else. But, what about when the witnesses assert that those same animals appear ghostly, spectral and ethereal in nature – to the point where they literally vanish in the blink of an eye?
 
Could it be that certain animals of a strange and fantastic nature seen today are actually the spirits or ghosts of creatures that became extinct thousands of years ago? As fantastic as such a scenario might sound, maybe we shouldn’t outright dismiss it.
 
Indeed, paranormal expert and good friend Joshua P. Warren, the author of the highly-relevant book, Pet Ghosts, told me that he had extensively investigated a series of encounters with apparitional, ancient animals on farmland at Lancaster, South Carolina – one of which seemed to resemble nothing less than a spectral pterodactyl. Josh seriously mused upon the possibility that the ghostly presence of certain extinct animals might very well help explain sightings of monstrous beasts in our presence to this very day.
 
“Maybe Bigfoot is a phantimal,” said Josh to me, utilizing a term he uses to describe ghostly beasts, “perhaps even the ghost of a prehistoric creature, similar to the enormous extinct possible ape, Gigantopithecus, or maybe even the spirits of primitive humans.”
 
And, in a similar fashion, Josh told me, he was not at all adverse to the idea that the world’s most famous lake-monster, Nessie, might actually represent some form of “ghostly plesiosaur,” rather than a literal, living animal or colony of animals.
 
This latter point was echoed by investigative author Jim Marrs, in his book PSI Spies. While digging deep into the subject of the U.S. Government’s secret research into the realms of so-called remote-viewing and psychic-spying, Jim learned that elements of the official world had attempted to focus their skills upon solving the riddle of what lurks within the deep and dark waters of Loch Ness, Scotland.
 
It was no easy task, however, as Jim noted:
 
“Several sessions targeting the famous Loch Ness monster revealed physical traces of the beast – a wake in the water, movement of a large body underwater. Their drawings even resembled a prehistoric plesiosaur, often identified as matching descriptions of Nessie. But when the viewers tried to discover where the object came from or returned to, they hit a dead end. The creature seemed to simply appear and disappear. Considering that reports of human ghosts date back throughout man’s history, the Psi Spies seriously considered the possibility that the Loch Ness monster is nothing less than a dinosaur’s ghost.”
 
Do the spirits of long-extinct animals still roam the Earth? It’s certainly an intriguing idea, and might very well go some significant way towards explaining how and why so many strange creatures that surface from time to time always seem to remain utterly elusive and manage to carefully avoid capture.
 
Source: Mania
http://www.mania.com/lair-beasts-creatures-spectral-kind_article_130936.html

- REALM OF THE WALKING DEAD DEPARTMENT -

Did Zombies Roam Medieval Ireland?

Two 8th-century skeletons with stones shoved in their mouths suggest that the people of the time thought so.

Two early medieval skeletons were unearthed recently in Ireland with large stones wedged into their mouths -- evidence, archaeologists say, that it was feared the individuals would rise from their graves like zombies.

The skeletons, which were featured in a British documentary last week, emerged during a series of digs carried out between 2005 and 2009 at Kilteasheen, near Loch Key in Ireland by a team of archaeologists led by Chris Read from the Institute of Technology in Sligo, Ireland and Thomas Finan from the University of St. Louis.

The project recovered a total of 137 skeletons, although archaeologists believe that some 3,000 skeletons spanning from 700 to 1400 are still buried at the site.

The "deviant burials" were comprised of two men who were buried there at different times in the 700s.

One of the men was between 40 and 60 years old, and the other was a young adult, probably between 20 and 30 years old. The two men were laid side by side and each had a baseball-sized rock shoved in his mouth.

"One of them was lying with his head looking straight up. A large black stone had been deliberately thrust into his mouth," Chris Read, head of Applied Archaeology at IT Sligo, said.

"The other had his head turned to the side and had an even larger stone wedged quite violently into his mouth so that his jaws were almost dislocated," he added.

Initially, Read and colleagues thought they had found a Black Death-related burial ground. Remains of individuals buried at the end of the Middle Ages with stones stuck in their mouths have hinted at vampire-slaying rituals.

It was believed that these "vampire" individuals spread the plague by chewing on their shrouds after dying. In a time before germ theory, the stone in the mouth was then used as a disease-blocking trick.

Since the vampire phenomenon didn't emerge in European folklore until the 1500's, the archaeologists ruled out this theory for the 8th century skeletons.

"In this case, the stones in the mouth might have acted as a barrier to stop revenants from coming back from their graves," Read told Discovery News.

Revenants or the "walking dead" tended to be people who lived as outsiders in society, according to Read.

The two Irish men could have been considered potentially dangerous people, such as enemies, murderers, rapists or they could have been ordinary individuals who died suddenly from a strange illness or murder.

Anything outside the norm would have caused the community to fear that these people could have come back to life to harass their loved ones or others against whom they had a grudge.

The mouth was seen as a key part of the body for such a transformation.

"It was viewed as the main portal for the soul to leave the body upon death. Sometimes, the soul could come back to the body and re-animate it or else an evil spirit could enter the body through the mouth and bring it back to life," Read said.

According to Kristina Killgrove, a biological anthropologist at the University of North Carolina, the burials' dating is particularly interesting as it appears to predate historical records on revenants.

"I'm also intrigued by the fact that the two males were not buried at the same time but were nonetheless buried side-by-side in this non-traditional manner, which suggests these burials were not accidental or careless," Killgrove told Discovery News.

Source: Discovery News
http://news.discovery.com/history/zombie-skeletons-ireland-grave-110916.html

- CALLING ALL INTERPLANETARY SPACESHIPS DEPARTMENT -

The Mysterious “Lead Masks Case”
by Javier Ortega

It’s 1966, Jorge da Costa Alves finds himself flying a kite one afternoon in the nearby Vintém Hill, in Niterói, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. As the 18 year old Jorge walks around Vintém Hill, he makes the macabre discovery of two bodies laying side by side in the tall weeds. The bodies were of two men, who appeared to be dressed identically. Both men were dressed in matching suits and wore impermeable coats. Which wasn’t out of the ordinary since the area had been drenched by recent showers. What was out of the ordinary were the protective lead masks over their faces. The type of masks used to protect against radiation poisoning. Here, laying dead in the rain-soaked vegetation of Vintém Hill are two mean in suits, a rain coat and lead masks over their faces.

As young Jorge realizes that he just stumbled onto two dead bodies, he makes his way to the nearest phone to call in the find. The local police and journalists tried to put the puzzle pieces together from what little evidence they had, only to come out scratching their heads. 45 years later the mystery known as the “lead masks case” is still riddled with theories such as suicide, murder and alien abduction.

Manoel Pereira da Cruz and Miguel José Viana were electrical engineers who made a living repairing televisions. As the story goes, the men lived in Campos dos Goytacazes. An area north of Rio de Janeiro. The two were good friends and were often seen working together. On August 17th, 1966, the men had mentioned to their relatives that they needed to buy some supplies for work and would be gone for the afternoon. The men then hopped on a bus heading to Niterói. Three hours and one hundred and sixty miles away. Three days later, on August 20th, Jorge stumbles onto the bodies of the two television repairmen.

Police and journalists make their way to the bodies only to find them in a severe state of decomposition. Immediately the investigators make note of what was found near the bodies. An empty bottle of water, a package containing two towels and a notebook with what is described as a cryptic note.

“16:30Hs be at the determined place.  18:30 swallow capsule after effect protect metals wait for mask signal.”

I wonder what the detectives thought of when they read the cryptic note. Suicide? Maybe. But what about the lead masks? Murder then?

If Manoel Pereira and Miguel José were murdered, what was the purpose? Obviously money would be an objective, but I doubt both men had a lot of it. Could it be some form of cult-like suicide? No mention of any cult or religious activity has been pinned to the dead men by friends and relatives.

f we step out of our realm for a momentary alternate explanation, we can ask if the men were time travelers. Could these men have been ages ahead of 1960s technology and actually found a way to travel through time? This theory is a popular one when discussing the “lead masks case”. People speculate that since both Manoel and Miguel were fascinated with UFOs and electronics, maybe they had found a way to bend space and time in such manner that allowed them to glimpse or visit distant worlds. Which sounds like a far-out theory that reminds me of some other scientist, one who wore a permeable coat and radiation protection mask as well.

But come now! Let’s get serious for a moment. We all know what this mystery is about, don’t we? I’m talking about UFOs people!

Both Manoel Pereira and Miguel José were avid UFO enthusiasts who were aware that 160 miles away was a recent UFO hotspot. Vintém Hill was known as a local UFO hotspot after many residents claimed to have witnessed strange aerial lights. As one theory suggests, the men were in contact with extraterrestrials and had made the 160 mile final destination with the intent of committing suicide to join the mothership. I wonder if Manoel and Miguel wore these Nike shoes?

Yes, that’s the infamous “Heaven’s gate suicide” photo with the members shown wearing Nike shoes. Something of a pop culture phenomenon I suppose.

Of course I use it not to make light of the mass suicide that occurred in 1997, but to point out that the “Heaven’s Gate” cult believed that suicide would assist them in getting on board an extraterrestrial mothership which they believed was following the Comet Hale-Bopp.

Maybe this is how E.T. harvests humans, by communicating with us telepathically and telling us that in order for us to hitch a ride with them, we must kill ourselves first. If that’s the case, E.T. is one evil-trolling son of a bitch.

So then, what really happen on Vintém Hill ?

Did the men make contact with a UFO? Or were they the victims of a robbery gone wrong? If we opt to go with the robbery explanation, then what do you make of the cryptic note, the distance traveled by the men and the fact that no signs of foul play were found?

Now, if you were to go with the UFO explanation, then you will be surprised to learn that residents in Vintém Hill, had reported seeing strange UFO-like lights near the vicinity in which Jorge, the kite-flying teenager, had his world flipped upside down when he met the men in the lead masks.

Source: Ghost Theory
http://www.ghosttheory.com/2011/09/18/the-mysterious-lead-masks-case

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