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- CRYSTAL SKULLS ARE HERE TO SAVE US
Secret of the Skulls -- The Story Behind the Latest "Indy"
of archeological intrigue as captivating as any Indiana Jones plot is
behind his new death-defying adventure in the "Kingdom of the Crystal
Skull", which was released on May 22.
"We always find an artifact that is real,
that people believe in, that archaeologists have looked for or already
found and that has a supernatural aspect to it," George Lucas told
journalists at Cannes.
The story began in 1924 when famed
British banker-turned-adventurer Frederick Mitchell-Hedges, then on a
search for the lost continent of Atlantis in the Central American
jungle, turned up a sculpted human skull carved in a block of
translucent quartz crystal.
His daughter, who toured the world with
it until her death at 100 in 2007, claimed experiencing strange
sensations on touching it and having dreams of ancient Mayan rituals at
Dubbed the "Skull of Doom" due to its
supposed supernatural power to bring misfortune, the artifact ,
Mitchell-Hedges said, was close to 3,600 years old.
Subsequently other crystal skulls turned
up, some finding their way into prized museum collections, others
privately owned -- and all giving rise to speculation on their origins
Some said the skulls were wrought by
aliens, others that they contained psychic energy.
"All of the artifacts that have been
looked for have never been proven to exist or have been proven to have
the powers that have been ascribed to them," Lucas added. "But there
are a lot of people who believe in it."
But over the past decade experts voiced
growing doubts over the Aztec origin of the crystal skulls, one of
which is in the British Museum, another at Washington's Smithsonian
And last month, a Paris museum
acknowledged its own star exhibit crystal skull was not what it was
cracked up to be.
One of only a dozen such skulls known to
exist worldwide, the Quai Branly museum's piece was acquired in 1878
from another Indiana Jones-type explorer, Alphonse Pinart, as an Aztec
masterpiece believed to be hundreds of years old, the remnant of an
ancient and mysterious civilisation.
The museum now says that rather than
dating from the Aztec period, it was probably made in the 19th century.
From May 20 the Paris skull goes on view
to coincide with the world release of the fourth installment in
Harrison Ford's archaeologist's adventures since the 1981 blockbuster
"Raiders of the Lost Ark".
Legend has it that the Paris skull
represents the Aztecs' Mictlantecuhtli, who reigned over the land of
the deceased, Mictlan. Reuniting all 12 existing skulls plus a
supposed-to-exist 13th could prevent the earth from tipping over,
according to fable.
The Quai Branly said results of an
analysis of its skull in 2007-2008 by the country's C2RMF research and
restoration centre "seem to indicate that it was made late in the 19th
The London skull was examined twice, in
1996 and 2004, and both studies tended to prove it was a fake, though
the final conclusions have not been made public.
Fashioned in clear quartz crystal and 11
centimetres (4.4 inches) high, the Paris skull is marked by grooves and
perforations that "reveal the use of jewellery burrs and other modern
tools," the museum said.
"Never has such technical precision been
found in pre-Colombian art."
C2RMF engineers Thomas Calligaro and Yvan
Coquinot told AFP that three months of analysis of the skull
highlighted that the piece "is certainly not pre-Columbian, it shows
traces of polishing and abrasion by modern tools."
Analysis by a particle accelerator had
also shown traces of water dating from the 19th century, they said.
Like the London skull, the Paris piece
was once in the hands of Eugene Boban, a controversial Paris dealer in
archeological objects believed to be well aware of the production of
But though no crystal skull yet found at
archeological digs has proved to be authentic, the 12 located around
the world continue to arouse interest and speculation.
Apart from the Paris, London and
Smithsonian skulls, nine belong to private individuals -- the skull of
doom, the Sha-Na-Ra skull, the synergy skull, the Max skull, the Mayan
skull, a so-called E.T. skull, the amethyst skull, the reliquary cross
skull and the pink crystal skull.
Each skull was supposed to correspond to
12 worlds in which human life was present. They were brought by the
Itza, the ancient people of Atlantis, to their civilisation in order to
pass on their knowledge to man.
The 13th world, the land, also had its
own crystal skull, and all 13 skulls were kept in a great pyramid by
the Olmecs, the Mayas and ultimately the Aztecs.
The Aztecs are said to have been
responsible for the dispersal and loss of the skulls, which when
brought together possessed great powers, including being lined up on
the last day of the Mayan calendar -- December 21, 2012 -- to prevent
the earth from tipping over.
- NATURE OR MANMADE
Morgellons Disease May Be Linked to Genetically Modified Food
Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has given care giant Kaiser
Permanente over $300,000 to test and interview 150 to 500 patients
suffering from Morgellons Disease. The study will be done in northern
California where many Morgellons patients live.
Prior to this news, people had written
off the disease as a hoax or the result of hypochondria. But recent
evidence suggests that the disease is indeed real, and may be related
to genetically modified (GM) food.
What is Morgellons Disease?
On August 1, 2007, the CDC issued the
following statement regarding Morgellons Disease: “Morgellons is an
unexplained and debilitating condition that has emerged as a public
health concern. Recently, the CDC has received an increased number of
inquiries from the public, health care providers, public health
officials, Congress, and the media regarding this condition. Persons
who suffer from this condition report a range of coetaneous symptoms
including crawling, biting and stinging sensations; granules, threads
or black speck-like materials on or beneath the skin; and/or lesions
(e.g., rashes or sores) and some sufferers also report systemic
manifestations such as fatigue, mental confusion, short term memory
loss, joint pain, and changes in vision. Moreover, some who suffer from
this condition appear to have substantial morbidity and social
dysfunction, which can include decreased work productivity or job loss,
total disability, familial estrangement, divorce, loss of child
custody, home abandonment, and suicidal ideation.”
As of February, 2007, approximately
10,000 families had registered with the Morgellons Research Foundation
(MRF) and felt they or a member of their family met criteria for
Morgellons as defined by the MRF. Of the U.S. families in the MRF
registry, 24% reside in California with geographic clustering in the
San Francisco metropolitan areas.
In New Science magazine, Sept. 15-21
edition, Daniel Elkan describes a patient who for years has been
“finding tiny blue, red and black fibers growing from intensely itchy
lesions on his skin.” These fibers appear like pliable plastic and can
be several millimeters long. Some appear in a zig-zag pattern. These
fibers can be as fine as spider silk, yet they are strong enough to
distend the skin when pulled.
A May 18, 2006 story carried by KGW, a
local news channel in Oregon, recounts the story of a family practice
doctor experiencing the disease. She reported feeling like bugs were
crawling under her skin. “If I fully tell people what has gone on with
me medically, they think they’re in the twilight zone,” said Dr.
Drottar who woke up with the feeling that fluid was flowing just below
her skin. When black or blue hair-like fibers protruded from her skin,
she reported thinking she had been exposed to asbestos. “I thought I
was having asbestos fibers come out of my skin. I was pulling long,
thin, small hair-like fibers that were extremely sharp that could
literally pierce through my finger nail.”
According to Dr. Drottar, these symptoms
were accompanied by severe depression, chronic fatigue and a weakened
immune system. This debilitating condition forced her to give up her
Effective treatment for Morgellons
suffers has been elusive. Doctors have claimed that this type of
disease must be caused by a parasite, but even the strongest
anti-parasitic medications have not helped. In the past, psychologists
have insisted that this was a new version of delusional parasitosis, a
form of psychosis in which suffers hold a delusional belief that they
are infected by parasites.
The Morgellons, GM Link
According to the CDC statement, the
etiology of Morgellons is unknown, and the medical community has
insufficient information to determine whether persons who identify
themselves as having the disease have a common cause for their
symptoms. In April, 2006, the CDC recommended an epidemiologic
investigation. It was not until January 16, 2008 that the care grant to
Kaiser Permanente was announced.
In the meantime, a research team from
Oklahoma State University lead by Dr. Randy Wymore, studied some of the
fibers sent to them by Morgellons patients. They discovered that fibers
from different people looked remarkably similar to each other and yet
seemed to match no common environmental fibers.
Ahmed Kilani, a specialist in infectious
disease detection, claimed to have broken down two fiber samples and
extracted their DNA. He found that they belonged to a fungus.
In an even more provocative finding,
Vitaly Citovsky, Professor of Biochemistry and Cell Biology at Stony
Brook University in New York, discovered that the fibers contained the
substance Agrobacterium, a genus of gram-negative bacteria capable of
genetically transforming not only plants, but also other eukaryotic
species, including human cells.
Anonymous samples were provided to
Professor Citovsky by the Morgellons Research Foundation to use in
investigating the potential presence of Agrobacterium in biopsies from
Morgellons patients. Control reactions included samples provided by
healthy donors. Only Morgellons, not healthy subjects, tested positive
in these studies.
According to a statement issued by
Professor Citovsky, this observation does not imply that Agrobacterium
causes Morgellons or that Morgellons is indeed an infectious disease.
However, it does encourage future studies to determine (1) statistical
significance of data, (2) whether Agrobacterium is not only present
extracellularly, but also causes genetic transformation of the infected
tissues, and (3) whether infection of laboratory animals with
Agrobacterium can recreate symptoms of Morgellons.
“Background information on the
involvement of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in
the investigation of Morgellons disease in the U.S.", published by the
“Skin Disease May Be Linked to GM Food”,
Whitley Strieber’s Unknown Country, Oct. 12, 2007.
“Serious Study of Mystery Disease”
Whitney Strieber’s Unknown Country, Jan. 31, 2008.
“GMO Disease Epidemics: (10) Bt-cotton
Fiber Disease”, Myron Stagman, Ph.D., Portland independent media center
Morgellons Watch, "Clarification from
Source: Natural News/Barbara L. Minton
- SEEING IS BELIEVING DEPARTMENT -
UFOs Do Exist - We've Seen Them
They may sound too
bizarre to be credible, but they make gripping reading nonetheless —
the first-hand accounts of five ordinary Britons who claim to have seen
UFOs in our skies.
After the Ministry of Defence released details last
week of around 7,000 sightings since 1977 — including reports from
policemen, military pilots and air traffic controllers — FEMAIL went
back to five of them to hear their incredible stories.
RUTH NOVELLI, 61, lives in Bushey, Hertfordshire,
with husband Bruno, 60. In 1984 Ruth reported a UFO sighting to the MoD.
She says: To this day, my children have never
forgiven me for not waking them up the night my neighbour and I spent
several hours gazing at what looked like a UFO in the night sky.
Twenty-four years on and it's come back to haunt me
with the previously secret Ministry of Defence report in which my
sighting is recorded.
It was April 26, 1984, and as night fell, we saw out
of the kitchen window what looked like a huge shining star in the sky.
It started to change colour — pinks, reds, blues and greens — and there
were balls of light coming off the sides.
The object stayed in the sky, occasionally moving
sharply back and forth and side to side. We lived close to the Bentley
Priory RAF headquarters so initially decided that if it wasn't a star,
it was perhaps military equipment being tested.
Suddenly, an almighty flash of bright light passed
over our houses and we were so panicked that we called the RAF HQ. They
claimed they knew nothing about it, so my neighbour and I called the
Almost immediately, they came and blocked off our
road while scrutinising the sky. We were asked to fill out lots of
forms detailing what had happened.
Nobody ever told us what it was we'd seen, but the
following day local papers carried reports of strange lights sighted
above the Thames. A friend of a friend said she'd seen something
similar on the same night.
The weirdest part of the whole episode was when a
local UFO enthusiast called me a few days later.
LYNN JONES, 33, lives in Wrexham, Wales, with partner
Leigh, 32, and their three children. In 2007, she saw strange lights
hovering over the town. The MoD was alerted but the lights remain
Until the day I saw a UFO myself I had never even
thought about them — I didn't believe such things happened. But even
now, when I look back on what I saw, I can feel the fear creeping over
me again — it was a truly terrifying experience.
It was 12.30am and I was in bed when Leigh came
rushing in saying he could see strange lights in the sky. I felt so
sleepy I waved him away, but he drew back the curtains and I literally
gasped at the sight.
There in front of us was a formation of seven
brilliant white and yellow lights, which together had formed the shape
of a cigar. Leigh and I were dumbstruck. We opened the window and
listened for any noise but there was none.
Yet, the lights above us were clear as could be —
they were incredibly white and mesmerising. We decided to use the video
camera so we could zoom in on the sighting.
As I went to find it, I felt frightened. I hoped that
looking through the video would reveal it was just a plane, but it
The next day I phoned my local paper to see if anyone
else had seen anything. It turned out the police had received a phone
call in the middle of the night — and the paper had also received
sightings from around six other people in the area all describing the
Since then I've been contacted by a number of UFO
enthusiasts all wanting to see the film.
Through them I've discovered that this area is
renowned for UFO sightings — it was near here that the "Welsh Roswell"
happened in 1974 in the Berwyn Mountains when one day a huge tremor was
felt and police later found the remains of an unidentified object.
Rumours are that the military destroyed a UFO.
To be honest, I have tried to put it out of my mind.
I found it very unsettling and going over it all again raises more
questions than it answers.
Nevertheless, it would be correct to say I am now
more open-minded to the possibility that we may not be alone.
YVONNE UNDERWOOD, 51, lives with husband Richard, 54,
in Northampton. At 9.30pm on February 3 this year, she saw a UFO.
My husband and I live in a beautiful location, next
to a golf course, and because we don't have any close neighbours we
never draw the curtains.
Then one day, while I was watching a film on TV, I
glanced out the window and was left aghast. There in the sky I could
see five bluey-white lights. I leapt out of bed to get a better look.
They were moving steadily and very low in an oblong
formation. I felt my mouth go dry wondering if it was some aircraft
going to crash land. We often have police helicopters fly over our
house but this was something else — there was no noise at all.
I shouted to Richard to come and look. But as he did
the lights seemed to pass by the house and out of view of the bedroom
window. I ran to the front of the house, where from one of the bedrooms
there is a balcony.
As I opened the door my hands began to shake. It
sounds silly now but I wondered what on earth I'd find. The lights had
been so low I almost expected to see something in the front garden. But
there was nothing at all.
I came back in the house visibly shaking and terribly
frustrated that Richard hadn't seen it as well.
A few days later I was still so bothered that I
contacted our local newspaper. I wanted to know if anyone else had seen
them or if there was some logical explanation.
They contacted the MoD, who confirmed nothing
untoward had gone on that night — however, there had been 27 such
sightings in Northamptonshire in the past decade.
Over the next few weeks I was teased by a few friends
and I think my children thought I had lost the plot. I kept going over
the incident in my head but I still couldn't come up with any
I even tried to work out if what I saw was car lights
reflecting on to the road that runs past our house.
A few weeks later I then discovered through my
father-in-law that another man walking his dog nearby had also seen the
same thing. Like me, he'd been astounded. His sighting tallied with
It was a relief because until then I'd felt as if I
were going mad. I've always had an open mind about UFOs but until
February it never crossed my mind to even look at the sky for one.
Truthfully, it has shaken me — the worse thing is not
having an explanation and realising however much you try to analyse
what you saw, you will never know the truth.
SEAN TIERNEY, 46, runs the Hull UFO Society. He
spotted a UFO in 2001 and reported it to the MoD, but no explanation
was given. Sean says:
Vicki and I were driving through Scarborough in
February 2001. It was just a normal night but it was clear and cold.
Suddenly, I saw two bright white balls of lightmoving steadily, one in
front of the other, about 4in apart.
I was so excited that my first reaction was to call
my son Sean to come and meet us and video what we were witnessing. For
me, it's more evidence in my mission to prove UFOs exist.
Since the age of 11 I have believed in the existence
of alien lifeforms — it was also the same age I saw my first UFO, when
I observed strange lights and what looked like meteor showers in the
As an adult I was more interested than ever and aged
21 went to my first Hull UFO Society meeting. Now I'm running it. I've
lost count of the exact number of times I've reported sightings to the
MoD but it must be between 20 and 30 now.
During this particular sighting in 2001, though, we
watched the lights for about eight or nine minutes before they were
lost behind a building or a cloud.
I wasn't alarmed, just intrigued to watch it making
its way across the sky.
When I looked on the Hull UFO Society website, I saw
that other people had posted messages in the sightings section saying
that the lights had been seen as far away as Nottingham.
I have tried to rationalise what I saw, but as there
was no noise or flashing lights I'm sure it wasn't a military plane.
Just to be certain I wrote letters to Humberside
Airport, Humberside Police and all the local RAF bases and the MoD, who
all assured me there'd been no planes in the sky that night.
Intriguingly, the MoD confirmed that there'd been
other sightings that night, although it refused to offer an
explanation. I'm certain that what we saw was a UFO.
Source: The Daily Mail
- STRANGE CREATURES FROM TIME AND
SPACE DEPARTMENT -
The Biggest, Baddest Thunderbird of Them All
March 2008 reports
of strange, flying creatures in Chile and other areas of South America,
coupled with the November 2007 sighting made by Frank Ramirez of a
large, bird-like creature buzzing South Texas, has set me to thinking
about one of my favorite monsters, the Great Thunderbird. The Texas
sightings included many accounts other than those made by Ramirez.
Numerous individuals claimed to have seen a very large, raptor-like
bird with an 18 to 20 foot wingspan.
Interestingly, in the last 100 years or so, many
people have claimed to have seen a great bird, far larger than the
eagle, flying overhead. In fact, numerous witnesses have claimed to
have seen creatures that resembled pterodactyls, the winged reptiles
that should have been extinct 60 million years ago.
A few weeks ago, my friend, author-researcher, Jerome
Clark, knowing of my fascination with Thunderbird/pterodactyl reports,
sent me an October 4, 1890 account of a “strange monster with wings, a
monstrous head, with horns, a mouth like an alligator’s, its body green
and covered with scales…and it … sounds like a combination of the roar
of a lion and the scream of a wildcat.” This winged monstrosity was
sighted near Independence, Iowa, over a hundred years ago, but we need
not travel as far back in time to detail other very impressive
On April 9, 1948, a farm family outside of Caledonia,
Illinois saw a monster bird that they all said was bigger than an
airplane. In different parts of the state on the same day, a Freeport
truck driver said that he, too, had seen the creature. A former army
colonel admitted that he had seen a bird of tremendous size while he
stood talking with the head of Western Military Academy and a farmer
On April 10, several witnesses saw the gigantic bird.
One man said that he had at first believed it to have been a type of
plane that he had never before seen.
On April 24, back at Alton, a man described it as an
enormous, incredible thing, flying at about 500 feet and casting a
shadow the same size as that of a Piper Cub at the same height. Two
policemen said that the monster bird was as big as a small airplane.
Numerous reports of birds the size of small airplanes
were reported in southwest Pennsylvania in the summer and early fall of
On June 13, A resident in Greensville, who said that
he was familiar with the wildlife in the area, at first mistook the
huge bird for an ultralight aircraft. He estimated the wingspan to be
about 15 feet and the body to be nearly five feet in length.
In July, a witness in Erie County claimed to have
seen a large, black-colored bird with a wingspan of about 17 feet.
On September 25, a witness who said that he had a
strong interest in ornithology, encountered a massive bird with a head
about three feet long and a wingspan of 10 to 15 feet. On that same
date, a witness sighted a giant bird flying over South Greensburg,
Pennsylvania. Researchers soon found other witnesses who claimed to
have had similar sightings in Westmoreland County, PA.
On November 5th, a resident of Bristol, Connecticut,
who was out walking his dog at dawn, said that he had sighted a giant
birdlike creature the size of an ultra-light plane flying over a
In October 2002, Alaskan villagers in Togiak and
Manokotak reported seeing a huge bird larger than anything they had
seen before. Pilot John Bouker, owner of Bristol Bay Air Service, said
that while flying to Manokotak he and his passengers sighted a large
“raptorlike” bird with a wingspan that matched the length of his Cessna
207, about 14 feet. When Moses Coupchiak, a heavy equipment operator
from Togiak, spotted the monster bird flying toward him, he said that
he thought it was a small airplane until it banked to the left and flew
Biologists in the region said that they believed the
witnesses sighted a bird known as the Steller’s sea eagle, a species
native to northeast Asia, that occasionally shows up on the Aleutian
islands and on Kodiak, Alaska. The Steller’s sea eagle can have a
wingspan of eight feet and is about three times as large as a bald
Many scholars over the centuries have attributed the
Native American tribal myths of the Thunderbird to their reverence for
the eagle, the largest of indigenous birds in North America. The
Thunderbird figures prominently in the tribal traditions of many Native
American tribes. For some, it is the flapping of the Thunderbird’s
great wings that one hears during rainstorms rumbling in the skies and
it is the Thunderbird’s eyes and beak that flash the lightning. To the
Lakota of the prairie, the Thunderbird is an embodiment of the Great
Mystery, the Supreme Being, that created all things on earth. For the
tribes of the Iroquois Confederacy of the northeast, Hino, the
Thunderbird, guardian of the skies and the spirit of thunder, could
assume the form of a human when it suited its purpose. The cosmology of
many of the western tribes establish a Thunderbird in each of the four
corners of the world as guardians and protectors, fighting always to
keep away evil spirits.
In addition to the ancient Native American legends of
the Thunderbird, there are certain old pioneer records that support the
existence of giant birdlike creature in the skies of North America.
From the mouth of the Illinois River at Grafton to Alton (Illinois), a
distance of twenty miles, the Mississippi River runs from west to east,
and its north bank (the Illinois side) is a high bluff. When the first
white men explored the area, they found that some unknown muralist from
some forgotten tribal culture had engraved and painted hideous
depictions of two gigantic, winged monsters. The petroglyphs were each
about thirty feet in length and twelve feet in height.
Father Marquette, the celebrated Jesuit
priest-explorer, wrote in his journals of discoveries of the
Mississippi, published in Paris in 1681. In a small volume published in
1698, Father Hennepin, another early explorer of the wilds of the west,
had also described the two enormously large petroglyphs.
In my book Worlds Before Our Own (Anomalist Books,
2007), I tell of how I was gifted with the loan of a leather-bound
48-page booklet, The Piasa or The Devil Among the Indians (Morris,
Ill., 1887) written by P. A. Armstrong . This venerable text described
the creatures as having “the wings of a bat, but of the shape of an
eagle's. . . . They also had four legs, each supplied with eagle-shaped
talons. The combination and blending together of the master species of
the earth, sea, and air . . . so as to present the leading and most
terrific characteristics of the various species thus graphically
arranged, is an absolute wonder and seems to show a vastly superior
knowledge of animal, fowl, reptile, and fish nature than has been
accorded to the Indian."
Whatever the petroglyphs truly represented, all the
native tribes of what then constituted the Northwest Territory
experienced dreadful encounters with with the creatures they called the
Piasa (or Piusa). Some of the stories of the native people state that
the Piasa was fond of bathing in the Mississippi and was a very rapid
swimmer. When it was splashing about in the Father of Waters, it raised
such a commotion as to force great waves over the banks. Other ancient
traditions state that when the Piasa was angry it thrashed the ground
with its tail until the whole earth shook and trembled. The Piasa was
generally feared because of its propensity for snatching tribespeople
and making off with them.
n the legends of the Miami tribe, the Miamis were
fighting their traditional enemies, the Mestchegamies, at the upper end
of the lower canyon near the cave of the Piasa. As the fighting was
reaching its climax, the war whoops apparently disturbed the Piasa, and
two fierce, winged creatures emerged from their caves, “uttering
bellowings and shrieks, while the flapping of their wings upon the air
roared out like so many thunderclaps.”
The awful winged beasts swooped low over the heads of
the combatants, and each snatched a Miami chieftain in its massive
talons. The Miamis became instantly demoralized, believing that the
Great Spirit had sent the Piasa to aid and assist their enemies. The
Miamis were so crippled as a nation that the survivors fled toward the
Wabash River and did not feel safe until they had crossed its waters.
Here they remained for generations before returning to Illinois
If these stories are true, then the seeming
assistance by the Piasa to the Mestchegamies in their desperate battle
with the Miamis near Alton, Illinois, proved to be a terrible curse
instead of a sudden blessing. Soon after the Piasa had flown off with
the screaming and struggling Miami chieftains in their talons, the
monsters apparently developed a taste for human flesh. Consequently,
the Mestchegami came to pay for their victory over the Miamis through
an unending sacrifice of their people to feed the ever hungry Piasa,
which now seemed insatiable in their forays for human flesh.
Sometime in the 1840s, Professor John Russell of
Jersey County, Illinois, explored the caves which the Piasa were said
to have inhabited and reported that the roof of the cavern was nearly
20 feet high and vaulted. The shape of the cave was irregular, but so
far as Professor Russell and his guide could judge the bottom averaged
According to Russell: “The floor of the cave
throughout its whole extent was one mass of human bones. Skulls and
other bones were mingled together in the utmost confusion....we dug to
the depth of three or four feet in every quarter of the cavern and
still found only bones. The remains of thousands must have been
Professor John Russell published an account of the
Piasa's insatiable appetite for human flesh in the 1848 July number of
The Evangelical Magazine and Gospel Advocate:
“[the Piasa] was artful as he was powerful, and would
dart suddenly and unexpectedly upon an Indian, bear him off into one of
the caves of the bluff and devour him. Hundreds of warriors attempted
for years to destroy him, but without success. Whole villages were
nearly depopulated, and consternation spread through all the tribes of
According to P.A. Armstrong's little book and his
recounting of the Miami tradition, the Piasa existed “several thousand
winters before the palefaces came.” Armstrong goes on to suggest the
Piasa could have been surviving pterodactyls from the age of the great
“The fossil remains of some 25 species of this
monster have been found [circa 1887], and it is sometimes called the
pterosaur or flying lizard,” he writes. “But the most singular monster
of the age yet discovered [and its shape and component parts analyzed]
is the ramphorhyneus, which seems to be a connective link between
birds, beasts, and reptiles. Its body and neck resemble that of the
Piasa, while its tail is identical with it, except it is pictured as
dragging behind instead of being carried around the body or over its
back and head. The shape of the head is drawn to resemble that of a
duck, with the long bill of a snipe or bittern, but it is full of
sharp, round teeth, like those of the crocodile. It had four legs, with
eagle’s talons, and a pair of bat-like wings...its entire length from
head to tip of tail was probably thirty feet or more. In many respects
the Piasa is a faithful copy of the ramphorhyneus. The form, shape, and
description of the Piasa, according to the Indian tradition, were
painted from actual sight of the living subject....Thus may the
traditions of these Indians be true....”
And if those traditions are true, then there may
still be some Piasas--true living Thunderbirds--flying around in the
skies above us today.
Source: UFO Digest/Brad Steiger
THE RESTLESS DEAD DEPARTMENT -
Ghosts Shouting For 'Help'
Among Cyclone Survivors
In the middle of the night, in the worst-hit areas of the Myanmar
villagers hear voices from the fields.
"Hey …. help us, Hey … help us," the voices say. But when villagers
search the fields with their torch lights, no one can be seen.
"We believe it must be the ghosts of those who died, because they died
unnaturally in the cyclone," said a villager from Peinneakone village
in Laputta Township, Irrawaddy Division, where Cyclone Nargis struck
Most Buddhists believe that the spirits of those who died in accidents
are restless and continue to dwell near their loved ones.
"I heard people say they see their friends and family who died in the
cyclone still sitting beside them," said a social worker who visited
Kun Chan Kone Township in Rangoon Division.
"The spirits just stayed and move around their children as if they were
Many survivors were traumatized after they lost parents, children and
belongings before their eyes.
A volunteer physician in Rangoon who is helping cyclone survivors in
the Delta region said, "I think the survivors of the Cyclone have been
mentally traumatized and they tend to lose control and see things and
images and hear sounds. It might seem normal in the daylight but when
night falls, people tend to hear the voices of their loved ones and see
"So, they might think it is spirits or ghosts," said the doctor.
Many dead bodies were floating on the water while survivors tried to
escape from villages to get food and water near the township.
Burmese believe the ghosts cannot harm them, only haunt them.
One of the ghost stories being told goes like this: A soldier had a
dream last week that the ghost of a woman slapped him, complaining that
the soldier took her body away before her family had a chance to see
it, and to confirm that she was dead. She also complained that the
soldier took her body away without any clothing – in full view of the
WHAT THE HELL WAS THAT DEPARTMENT -
Ghost Girl Blamed For Car
The ghostly apparition of a girl is being blamed for a series of
crashes on a stretch of country road.
Spooky sightings of a girl aged about five, in Victorian dress, on a
road in the West Midlands are now being investigated by paranormal
The late-night 'visions' are occurring along Oldnall Road in Halesowen,
near Birmingham, and are believed to have been responsible for a number
of crashes and near-misses in the area in recent years.
David Taylor, chairman of the 'Parasearch' group which has been
investigating the claims, said he had not found a rational explanation
He added: 'Although the people who have reported the sightings didn't
actually crash, they were close to it because they had to swerve around
the apparition and up on to the pavement.
'It could be an optical illusion of some sort.
'The area around there is an accident blackspot and there have been
some serious incidents, so maybe they had all seen the same thing.'
Mr Taylor has been investigating claims of paranormal activity for 22
He said: 'Most of the time there is a logical explanation but, so far,
I haven't found one for this case.'
Resident Jimmy Lahn, 54, said: 'We've had quite a few accidents on that
road. I wouldn't be surprised if this ghostly figure has something to
do with it. It is seen as a bit of an accident blackspot around these
parts – and maybe now we know why.'
A West Midlands Police spokesman said the most recent incidents
included a crash involving a motorbike and a car in November while last
July a woman was taken to hospital after a collision on the same
Source: The Metro (UK)
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