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- Wisconsin Crop Circle Eyewitness Report -
- The Haunting at No. 16 -
- A Brief History Of Time Machines -
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- CIRCLES OF THE DAMNED DEPARTMENT -
Wisconsin Crop Circle Eyewitness Report
By Charlie Hint
Retired truck driver Arthur Rantala was in his workshop drinking his first cup of coffee on the morning of July 4, 2003 when it happened. He had been watching the storm roll in across Dodge County, dark clouds moving across the wide swath of sky over the wheat field across the street. The hill Arthur’s property sat on a few miles outside the town of Mayville, Wisconsin gave him a spectacular view of the countryside.
Arthur poured a cup of coffee and watched out the window as a strong wind picked up and rain started to fall. It was about 7:40am when Arthur noticed the wind was peeling the bark from the hickory nut tree about ten feet from the workshop.
That’s when the trees across the street in his neighbor’s field caught Arthur’s eye. He noticed the trees begin to blow around violently. Then his gaze shifted to movement in the field. The tall stalks of wheat flattened into three circular formations seemingly on their own as Arthur watched.
“The one on the left appeared first and it looked like a black hole,” Arthur told a local newspaper, “then the one on the right and then the one in the middle. All in a matter of 10 to 12 seconds.”
Arthur said he didn’t want any “notoriety” for what he witnessed. It was actually his sons who spread the word.
Investigating the Mayville Crop Circles
Wisconsin has no less than three towns claiming to be the “UFO Capital” due to the amount of sightings that occur in those areas. Extraterrestrials once served pancakes to an Eagle River man. A Dundee resident, where some suspect a large glacial formation known as Dundee Mountain may contain a secret alien base, was in contact with an extraterrestrial who visited from many light years away to watch the Green Bay Packers. Despite all of this, crop circles are not a very common occurrence in the state.
It is even more rare to have an eyewitness.
“Mr. Rantala’s important eyewitness observation to the crop circles forming may be the first ever recorded in the USA, and is certainly one of only a couple of dozen reported world wide in the last 50 years,” a field report from an investigation of the crop circles states. “Mr. Rantala reported that there was no apparent means for the wheat to have been swirled and flattened – nothing unusual in the sky, no lights, no unusual sounds, and no unusual odors. Whatever the energetic force was that caused the circles to form, it was beyond the range of visible sight.”
Many locals came to see the circles for themselves and stand inside them. Gary Kahlhamer shared photos online, which caught the attention of out-of-state investigators Dr. Charles Lietzau, Jeff Wilson and Roger Sugden. Lietzau and Sugden were both members of MUFON (Mutual UFO Network) and Wilson had previously investigated an estimated 100 crop circles.
The four men conducted a scientific investigation of the circles from July 23-24. They discovered several anomalies that caused them to conclude Rantala’s account was accurate and it was not a hoax.
One of these anomalies was the presence of blown node collars, also known as expulsion cavities, in the joints of the flattened wheat.
“This happens when the base of a leaf at the node is flash heated and causes the node to explode like popcorn,” Lietzau explained. “It is distinct and can be easily distinguished from damage caused by trampling crop plants.”
In the team’s report, Wilson writes, “There is no known technology that is able to duplicate this blown node collar effect on thousands of plants in these downed areas of crop fields. However, this effect has been reproduced by putting stems into a microwave oven, and cooking them for a short time. The appearance, then, of these blown node collars is conclusive evidence – in itself – that these circles were not flattened by human-mechanical means.”
These and other deformities were discovered in the wheat within the circles, as well as in other “randomly-downed” patches throughout the field as far as 500 feet from the circles. They also discovered the soil in those areas to be highly magnetized.
The report also details the unique geology of the area, such as the iron-rich area of Iron Ridge, the rocky formation known as the Ledge, where the Niagara Escarpment rises up from under the great lakes, the high concentration of Native American effigy mounds (more than 500 in a 15-mile radius), petroglyphs aligned with the rising of the solstice sun, and vast limestone deposits.
“Crop circles around the world have been noted to occur along aquifers, or water-bearing rock formations, notably limestone and greensand,” the report says.
The group’s findings also note the close proximity of the power lines running along the road opposite the field – another common factor among crop circle formations.
During a separate investigation, researcher Mary Sutherland and her husband Brad, of the Burlington UFO and Paranormal Research Center, noticed another unusual detail. They detected a crackling or warbling sound emanating from around and inside the formation, a phenomenon they say has been a common characteristic of crop circles since the early 1980s.
They have provided what seems to be a recreation of this sound right here.
Crop Circle Investigation Unit
The US government has finally admitted to the existence of UFOs, or UAP – Unidentified Aerial Phenomena – after the recently leaked (now officially released) videos of Air Force pilots tracking strangely shaped crafts.
A military presence in rural Mayville, however, was more X-Files than CNN primetime news in 2003.
Locals had reported military helicopters surveying the field in the weeks following the appearance of the circles, which Kahlhamer, Lietzau, Wilson and Sugden were able to confirm.
On the second day of their investigation, the team was working in the field when a military helicopter arrived (to their “excited amazement,” they noted) and circled low over the formation for some time before eventually flying off and out of sight.
About 45 minutes later, they noticed a man in camouflage watching them with binoculars from the hill up the road. The man then drove down the hill, got out, and approached them in the field. He was a soldier wearing a US Air Force uniform and identified himself as a member of a special crop circle investigative unit from Scott Air Force Base in Illinois. He said they were temporarily based out of Milwaukee for the last couple weeks while investigating the Mayville formation.
The soldier walked around the circles while the team, who had already planned to release their research publicly, anyway, shared their findings with him. They noted that he declined to answer most of their questions, took their contact information, and left.
“In all the crop circle reports in the USA in my database (over 250),” Wilson notes in the report, “I have never seen one that mentioned overflights by US military helicopters, or that the US military might be interested in crop circle reports. Of course, we have seen this repeatedly in the UK, but not in the USA.”
US Air Force investigates the Mayville crop circles on July 24, 2003
The US Air Force investigates the Mayville crop circles on July 24, 2003. Photo from the field report by Jeffrey Wilson, Charles Lietzau, Gary Kahlhamer and Roger Sugden.
The wheat was eventually harvested that year, and with it all evidence of the crop circles. Arthur, whose phone didn’t stop ringing for some time, was happy to have life get back to normal. When pressed about what he saw, Arthur said he believed the circles were formed by the storm.
“We know that electromagnetic energy is the cause,” Lietzau explained. “The source of that electromagnetic energy is unknown; therefore it is completely open to speculation.”
“People are going to believe what they want to believe,” Arthur said. “I saw what I saw and I didn’t see any spaceship or aliens.”
After the Sutherland’s investigation, however, Mary and Brad confidently put the speculation to rest. They determined that “the reason Mr. Rantala couldn’t see what formed the circle is because of them being able to manipulate light. By bending the light, they could physically be there but invisible to the viewer.”
Source: Cult of the Weird
- THINGS THAT GO BUMP IN THE HOUSE DEPARTMENT -
The Haunting at No. 16
Poltergeist activity is usually clearly centered around one person: most often a child or teenager. However, what makes the following case unusual is that the paranormal activity did not appear to be fixated on any individual, but on a house.
No. 16 Waterdales is a small, semi-detached residence in Northfleet, a town about twenty miles from London. The house was built in the 1930s, and for years showed no sign of being anything other than the common run of unassuming council houses. That all changed very suddenly and dramatically in 1962, when Mr. and Mrs. Sidney Maxted and their three young children moved in.
The first sign that something unusual was going on came only a short time after the family moved in. When the couple was downstairs, they began hearing sounds like footsteps in the front bedroom, which was located directly above the living room. It was as though someone was pacing back and forth over their heads. The Maxteds did their best to persuade themselves that the sounds were merely caused by residents of the adjacent house. Just the sort of thing that happens when two homes share a party wall. Nothing to be concerned about.
Then the Maxted children began hearing scratching noises under their beds at night, and invisible hands yanking off their bedcovers and slapping them. The disturbances became so frightening, the children insisted on sleeping in their parents’ room.
The Maxteds were far from happy at No. 16, but felt they couldn’t afford to give up housing that was both inexpensive and convenient. They rapidly changed their minds thanks to one night in February 1965. Around 2 a.m., Mrs. Maxted got up to change the diapers of her youngest child. After dealing with the baby, she was startled to see a small child coming into the bedroom. Assuming it was her four-year-old, Linda, she called the child’s name. As the figure approached her, it suddenly increased in size, until it became a giant form looming ominously over her. When she screamed, the thing instantly disappeared.
The Maxteds did not wait around to see what else the house had in store for them. The following morning, they gave their notice and moved out.
The town council allocated the home to another young family: Eric and Margaret Essex and their baby. Eric had heard of what the Maxteds had experienced, but felt the need to have a good home outweighed the risks of possibly sharing it with a ghost.
Trouble for the new residents started out the same way it had with the Maxteds: with the sound of mysterious footsteps in the upper bedroom. As the days went by, the family was also troubled with strange and unpleasant moldy smells throughout the house. They would also sometimes hear a low-pitched hum echoing through the rooms.
As had been the case with the previous tenants, the couple did their best to ignore these disturbances until they were confronted with something too frightening to overlook. One night in August 1966, Eric was awakened by the now-familiar sound of footsteps, but this time located in the hallway and on the staircase. When he went to investigate, he saw and heard nothing. After he returned to bed, he began hearing a weird whistling sound. Then the bed started shaking violently. When he sat up, he was confronted by the figure of a woman in a long dress, glowing with an orange light. A woman lacking her head.
The family fled the next morning, vowing they’d sooner live on the streets than go anywhere near that house again.
After word got out about this new horror, the council found they had a hard time finding tenants for No. 16, especially since neighbors continued to hear uncanny sounds emanating from the empty house. Margaret Harrison, who lived in the adjoining house, often heard heavy footsteps going up and down the stairs next door. One night, she heard a loud booming sound, as if some heavy object was thudding around the house. The pounding noise then hit the hall ceiling, which was directly above her bedroom, followed by a noisy scraping sound. It was as if something underneath her was trying to scratch or claw its way up into her room. She was so frightened by the experience that she too moved out.
What makes this reported haunting even stranger is that it appears to have ended as inexplicably as it began. A house that had been tenanted without incident for nearly thirty years suddenly became the site of paranormal terror. Then, after about four years, it ended. The house still stands today, with no further reports of any unusual activity within its walls. This relatively obscure case is an excellent example of how the more one looks at poltergeist reports, the more difficult it becomes to find a “one-size-fits-all” explanation for the phenomenon.
Source: Strange Company
- DAYS OF FUTURE PAST DEPARTMENT -
A Brief History Of Time Machines
The dream of time traveling, to the past or future, is probably as old as the human imagination. When H.G. Wells published The Time Machine in 1895, he called it a "scientific romance" because no one knew whether time travel was possible.
A mere 10 years later, Albert Einstein would put forth his theory of special relativity, and part of the question would be answered--to the astonishment of many--in the affirmative.
One of Einstein's predictions, now verified by countless experiments, is best illustrated by the parable of the twins. One twin stays home while the other makes a round-trip voyage into outer space, traveling at nearly the speed of light for 10 years, as measured by the stay at home twin. When the traveled twin returns, she finds her sister has aged 10 years, while she has hardly aged at all. The traveled twin has jumped 10 years into the future.
This is the "time-dilation" effect of special relativity, and although it is most noticeable when extreme velocities are involved, it is happening around us all the time. As we move relative to each other we are--all of us--traveling into the future at different rates. The differences in these rates are very small, sure, but they are real. Time travel into the future is inescapable, a consequence of the structure of the universe.
Time traveling to the past, or returning back from a trip to the future, is a somewhat more challenging proposition. Until a few decades ago, the subject was consigned to science fiction. In fact, a query from a first-time science-fiction author provoked the beginnings of the first serious and sustained study.
In 1985, astronomer Carl Sagan was working on the manuscript for his novel Contact. The book's heroine required some means of rapid interstellar transit, and since Sagan wanted to get the physics right, he solicited advice from his friend Kip Thorne, a Caltech theoretical physicist. Thorne recommended the use of a "wormhole," a tunnel-like shortcut through space and time predicted by Einstein and well known among science fiction aficionados. Sagan dutifully incorporated the suggestion.
That same year, Thorne realized that if you treated the two mouths of a wormhole as you treated the twins--keeping one mouth fixed, moving the other at a velocity near the speed of light and then returning it to the vicinity of the fixed mouth--you could create a time machine. If the traveling mouth had been moving for 10 years as measured by the fixed mouth, then Thorne could jump into the traveling mouth and emerge from the fixed mouth 10 years into the past.
Physicists had been skittish on the subject of time travel, considering it science fiction. But Thorne's work was license to take it seriously, and suddenly there appeared a torrent of papers, many of which were published in the most prestigious journals. By the mid-1990s there were at least half a dozen ideas for other ways to twist and fold space-time like origami.
All this thinking was decidedly theoretical--no one was building a time machine in his basement. One reason was that in most cases, the plans required a kind of anti-gravity called negative energy to sustain the warping of space and time. Negative energy is difficult, if not impossible, to produce in the quantities necessary. Still, the idea of time travel was getting serious attention.
Naturally, not all that attention was enthusiastic. Stephen Hawking, for one, suspected that by some as-yet-undiscovered mechanism, nature prohibited traveling back in time. One sticking point was the "grandfather paradox": If I traveled back in time and killed my grandfather, I could not have been born. But if I have not been born, I cannot live to travel back and kill my grandfather.
The Russian-born physicist Igor Novikov, an enthusiastic investigator into the subject of time travel, has suggested that the paradox doesn't apply because space-time is probably self-consistent. That is, I may be able to travel back in time and somehow become interwoven into a past of which I was already a part, but I will not be able to kill my grandfather, quite simply because I have not killed him already.
Novikov has also thought a good deal about the other time travel conundrum--the "bootstrap paradox." Suppose I travel to 2009, find a design for a zero-emission automobile engine and return with it to 2008 and patent it. Suppose further that the patent is developed into the design that I find in 2009.
The obvious question: Who would have invented the zero-emission engine? The answer is, no one would have invented it. The design would have been generated quite literally from nothing, courtesy of a time machine and (perhaps) a skirting of some yet-to-be-written intellectual property laws.
British physicist David Deutsch, invoking the "many-universe" interpretation of quantum mechanics, believes that "pastward" time travel would require travel to another, parallel universe--one in which I could kill my grandfather and in which I (therefore) would never be born. Via a time machine, I would have removed myself from this universe to take up residence in that one.
The idea has some interesting implications. Deutsch has suggested that one reason we have detected no extraterrestrial civilizations may be that, using time machines, they have left this universe, preferring to live in another.
Metaphysical and philosophical questions aside, exactly how realistic is the physics of pastward time travel? Each of the several schemes for making a time machine creates a region in which pastward time travel is possible and separates it from a region in which time travel is impossible. The boundary between these regions, the "chronology horizon," has remained a mystery, in part because its nature depends upon the characteristics of space-time on the smallest possible scales.
We have at best a dim understanding of these scales, and we will not have a real understanding until we have developed a full theory of quantum gravity. This is the holy grail of theoretical physics: the so-called "theory of everything" that would eliminate disparities between relativity (which explains nature on very large scales, where gravity becomes important) and quantum mechanics (which explains nature on very small scales, where quantum effects become important).
Some physicists think the theory of everything is 10 years away; others suspect it is a good deal further off. For the moment, then, the question of whether time travel is possible has been put on hold.
The recent (and, no doubt, temporary) decline of interest in traveling to the past is welcomed by physicists who argue that work in less fanciful areas might yield a greater intellectual profit. New Zealand physicist Matt Visser, himself the architect of a number of theoretical time machines, calls that attitude overly cautious and "boring."
More than two decades after Thorne's seminal work, we still don't know whether time travel is possible. But one thing is certain: Even as an idea, it's anything but boring.
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'Magnetic Boy' Keeps Crashing Computers
An American schoolboy appears to have developed a special talent – for crashing computers. Joseph Falciatano, a 12-year-old from New York state, has taken on the moniker 'Magneto Man' after continuously causing his school's computers to stop working.
Experts are baffled as to why the youngster has the bizarre power but believe it is down to the unique amount of static electricity he produces. In order to keep their IT suite running, the school put a grounding pad under Joe and gave him an anti-static wrist-strap.
"Another student could use a computer, and it would be fine. But if Joe was on it, weird things started to happen," Marie Yerdon, computer lab teacher at Lura Sharp Elementary School in Pulaski, told local newspaper The Post-Standard.
"I think there's something in his body chemistry, something in his makeup that causes the computers to go haywire."
The school also emailed his parents to inform them of their son's capacity to stop electrical devices – a tendency they also see at home.
Joe also had problems with his Xbox console, and was 'forced' to upgrade to an Xbox 360 as a result of the issues the wired controller on the older model was having.
The Xbox would freeze whenever Joe tried to use it and even with the wireless controller used on the Xbox 360 he has to sit across the room from the games console.
Joe's special powers also almost resulted in the cancellation of an awards ceremony for his fellow students and their parents after a slide show of the fifth-grade schoolchildren began to crash because he was too near.
"They were going through the slide show, and my son was sitting quietly," Joe's dad, also called Joe, said.
"And all of a sudden, the music started to slow down and get distorted, and the pictures were messing up, stuff like that. As parents, we didn't think anything of it, until two teachers sprinted over to get to Joe. We're thinking, 'What did he do? Did he do something wrong?'
"The teachers moved him away to the side of the room, and then the slide show started going again, and the computer went back up to speed. And then we realized that it wasn't that Joe was misbehaving. They were moving him away from the hard drive so the computer wouldn't crash."
Static experts have been called in to monitor the youngster but have been so far unable to pinpoint the cause, admitting that his super-static ability remains a "mystery".
- GET OFF MY LAWN DEPARTMENT -
Mystery Creature Hits Man with Salmon
A man who claims a salmon was launched at his back in the woods says the 'large dark shape' he saw earlier could have been the thrower.
Last month a dog walker's bizarre experience in the notoriously spooky Culbin forest in Moray, Scotland, was reported to British bigfoot researcher Deborah Hatswell.
Deborah explained in her blog that the area has a history of myth, witchcraft and more recently ghostly pilots of downed planes during the Second World War.
A relative of the man who claims to have been target practice for something in the woods, says it was just the latest in a series of unexplained events.
The family member said: "He saw a very 'large dark shape' which stopped when it saw him and It turned back into the forest. When he described the height of this shape It was approx 7ft tall.
"It happened too fast for him to get a photograph of it, and it was over in a matter of seconds.
"Then last night as he was walking the dog he had a large salmon thrown at him, but he couldn't see the thrower. He said all was totally silent out in the forest, there were no bird sounds, no small animals, nothing.
"He did manage to get a photo of the Salmon though. Have to say I had a similar thing happen at Cloddymoss a couple of years ago now."
Culbin forest is located right off the Scottish coastline but how a fish found its way from the water to flying through the woodland, left the dog walker with only one possible conclusion - the beast he previously saw lurking in the shadows.
His relative continued: "I cant work out where the Salmon was thrown from. I think the only explanation is a passing Osprey, but there are none in the area that I know of?
"He might have been more grateful for the salmon if it hadn't hit him on his shoulder really hard, but as you can see from the photo it had taken a bit of a knock before reaching him."
This was not the first time the dog walker claims to have witnessed strange phenomena in the area as only weeks before the sounds of a 'big cat' alarmed his pets at home.
A loud crashing noise in the woods later sent deer bolting out of the forest, something he suspects was the work of a bigfoot type creature.
They added: "A few weeks back now he was sitting watching tv when there was a very loud yeowling noise that sounded like a big cat! It was dark, around 10.30 pm, but his German Shepherd Dog shot to the window with his hackles up and growling.
"The area overlooks fields and forestry land. His two house cats shot off the couch and ran for cover, they hiding under a bed hissing furiously when he tried to get them out again.
The yeowl lasted for approx 90 seconds. There was nothing to be seen even with a torch, but he could hear loud rustling noises beyond his garden. The Dog stayed behind him growling as whatever it was moved away.
"Last week as he took the Dog for his late walk before bedtime they made their way round one of the fields. As they were walking three Roe Deer came running straight out of the forestry at high speed about 20 yards ahead of him.
"He had just managed to grab the Dogs collar to stop him chasing after the Deer when there was a loud crashing noise that sounded like something big shoving through the trees.
Source: Daily Star
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