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- Aliens May Destroy Humanity to Protect Other Civilisations -
- Former U.K. UFO Project Chief Apologizes For 'Spin And Dirty Tricks' -
- Reptilian Quest -
- Spirits on the Information Highway -
AND: Revealed: Sex Hormone Plan to Feminize Hitler
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Alien Space Gods Of Ancient Greece And Rome - Revelations Of The Oracle Of Delphi
WAS THE MEDITERRANEAN REGION OF OUR PLANET VISITED BY A RACE OF "SUPER BEINGS" IN ANCIENT TIMES?
WAS THE ORACLE OF DELPHI A CONDUIT FOR PROPHETIC MESSAGES FROM OUTER SPACE -- PERHAPS THE FIRST TELEPATHIC CHANNELER?
British historian W. Raymond Drake is one of the most careful researchers of the "Ancient Astronaut" theory which maintains aliens arrived on earth and interacted with the human race throughout antiquity and in all parts of the globe. Author of a dozen works on the Space Gods phenomenon, Drake's work complements that of Chariots of the Gods? by Erich Von Daniken, his first book appearing in print prior to Von Daniken's international bestseller.
In this work about the ancient Mediterranean's strange relationship with the Sky Gods, Drake utilized over fifty writers of antiquity and scrutinized their main works through a UFO "lens." His astute contributions regarding the Land of the Gods have been expanded upon and updated by contemporary researchers Timothy Beckley and Sean Casteel.
Questions That You Will Find Answered. . .
Did giants from space establish a UFO base atop the picturesque Mount Olympus?
Were they the gods and goddesses of "Mythology" idolized and given names such as Apollo, Hades, Athena, Hermes, Zeus, Artemis and Hestia?
Did the powerful deities of Greece help save Athens from being invaded by the mighty armies of Atlantis in 10,000 BC?
Is there reason to believe that the Greeks and Trojans were inspired to fight for the beauteous Helen, surely a space queen?
Do the great plays and sublime philosophies of the supreme thinkers of the ages show a reverence for the gods' who intervened at Marathron and Salamis, sending flying shields to aid Alexander storming the walls of Tyre?
Did a UFO encountered near Troy save the army of Lucullus from destruction?
Were omens observed in the sky just before the murder of Caesar?
How does one explain the manifestation of mysterious voices and apparitions in the heavens as Hannibal ravaged Italy?
In a marvelous update, recent activities, including encounters with humanoids and men in black-like individuals, are taken into consideration offering proof that the ancient aliens of antiquity are returning to their original haunts and are guaranteed to make open contact soon!
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- HOW NOT TO BE NOTICED DEPARTMENT -Rising greenhouse emissions could tip off aliens that we are a rapidly expanding threat, warns a report
Aliens May Destroy Humanity to Protect Other Civilisations
It may not rank as the most compelling reason to curb greenhouse gases, but reducing our emissions might just save humanity from a pre-emptive alien attack, scientists claim.
Watching from afar, extraterrestrial beings might view changes in Earth's atmosphere as symptomatic of a civilisation growing out of control – and take drastic action to keep us from becoming a more serious threat, the researchers explain.
This highly speculative scenario is one of several described by a Nasa-affiliated scientist and colleagues at Pennsylvania State University that, while considered unlikely, they say could play out were humans and alien life to make contact at some point in the future.
Shawn Domagal-Goldman of Nasa's Planetary Science Division and his colleagues compiled a list of plausible outcomes that could unfold in the aftermath of a close encounter, to help humanity "prepare for actual contact".
In their report, Would Contact with Extraterrestrials Benefit or Harm Humanity? A Scenario Analysis, the researchers divide alien contacts into three broad categories: beneficial, neutral or harmful.
Beneficial encounters ranged from the mere detection of extraterrestrial intelligence (ETI), for example through the interception of alien broadcasts, to contact with cooperative organisms that help us advance our knowledge and solve global problems such as hunger, poverty and disease.
Another beneficial outcome the authors entertain sees humanity triumph over a more powerful alien aggressor, or even being saved by a second group of ETs. "In these scenarios, humanity benefits not only from the major moral victory of having defeated a daunting rival, but also from the opportunity to reverse-engineer ETI technology," the authors write.
Other kinds of close encounter may be less rewarding and leave much of human society feeling indifferent towards alien life. The extraterrestrials may be too different from us to communicate with usefully. They might invite humanity to join the "Galactic Club" only for the entry requirements to be too bureaucratic and tedious for humans to bother with. They could even become a nuisance, like the stranded, prawn-like creatures that are kept in a refugee camp in the 2009 South African movie, District 9, the report explains.
The most unappealing outcomes would arise if extraterrestrials caused harm to humanity, even if by accident. While aliens may arrive to eat, enslave or attack us, the report adds that people might also suffer from being physically crushed or by contracting diseases carried by the visitors. In especially unfortunate incidents, humanity could be wiped out when a more advanced civilisation accidentally unleashes an unfriendly artificial intelligence, or performs a catastrophic physics experiment that renders a portion of the galaxy uninhabitable.
To bolster humanity's chances of survival, the researchers call for caution in sending signals into space, and in particular warn against broadcasting information about our biological make-up, which could be used to manufacture weapons that target humans. Instead, any contact with ETs should be limited to mathematical discourse "until we have a better idea of the type of ETI we are dealing with."
The authors warn that extraterrestrials may be wary of civilisations that expand very rapidly, as these may be prone to destroy other life as they grow, just as humans have pushed species to extinction on Earth. In the most extreme scenario, aliens might choose to destroy humanity to protect other civilisations.
"A preemptive strike would be particularly likely in the early phases of our expansion because a civilisation may become increasingly difficult to destroy as it continues to expand. Humanity may just now be entering the period in which its rapid civilisational expansion could be detected by an ETI because our expansion is changing the composition of the Earth's atmosphere, via greenhouse gas emissions," the report states.
"Green" aliens might object to the environmental damage humans have caused on Earth and wipe us out to save the planet. "These scenarios give us reason to limit our growth and reduce our impact on global ecosystems. It would be particularly important for us to limit our emissions of greenhouse gases, since atmospheric composition can be observed from other planets," the authors write.
Even if we never make contact with extraterrestrials, the report argues that considering the potential scenarios may help to plot the future path of human civilisation, avoid collapse and achieve long-term survival.
- MAKE THEM LOOK CRAZY DEPARTMENT -
Former U.K. UFO Project Chief Apologizes For 'Spin And Dirty Tricks'
By Lee Speigel
As the British National Archives continues to release UFO-related documents, the former Ministry of Defense (MoD) UFO Project chief is openly admitting to being part of what he claims was a U.K. policy of ridiculing UFO reports and the people who reported them.
The U.K. made public 34 previously-classified files, totaling about 9,000 pages of documents covering the years 1985 to 2007. For three of those years, 1991 to 1994, Nick Pope was in charge of the official MoD office.
"What's abundantly clear from these files is that, while in public we were desperately pushing the line that this was of no defense interest," Pope told
The Huffington Post. "We couldn't say 'There's something in our air space; pilots see them; they're tracked on radar; sometimes we scramble jets to chase these things, but we can't catch them.' This would be an admission that we'd lost control of our own air space, and such a position would be untenable."
"Every time we got a report from a pilot, we were checking the radar tapes. So it was an interesting sleight of hand. We were telling the public we're not interested, this is all nonsense, but in reality, we were desperately chasing our tails and following this up in great detail," he added.
One file reveals how officials were afraid to be embarrassed if the public learned that UFO research was hindered by a lack of funds and higher priorities.
Another case, from 2007, took place in the vicinity of the Channel Islands and involved a small commercial aircraft.
"The pilot and several of his passengers saw a UFO, which they said was essentially a mile long," Pope recounted. "And several other pilots saw it, but said, 'We're not going to report this.' And here's the great little get-out-of-jail-free-card for the MoD: Just by a matter of maybe a few hundred meters, it turned out that this was in French air space, so MoD was given this little get out to say, 'Well, it happened in French air space, so it's not an issue for us.' Clearly, that was an absolutely outrageous abrogation of responsibility."
A file from 1993 (while Pope was chief of the UFO Project) describes how European Union funds had been wasted on a report that included a theory that aliens had established a base in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter.
It turns out that Pope may have been directly involved with this case.
"I'm a little bit apologetic about this because obviously, when I was in MoD, I had to play this game myself. To really achieve our policy of downplaying the UFO phenomenon, we would use a combination of 'spin and dirty tricks.'
"We used terms like UFO buffs and UFO spotters -- terms that mean these people are nut jobs. In other words, we were implying that this is just a very somewhat quaint hobby that people have as opposed to a serious research interest."
But Pope said the ridicule policy went much further than that.
"Another trick would be deliberately using phrases like 'little green men.' We were trying to do two things: either to kill any media story on the subject, or if a media story ran, insure that it ran in such a way that it would make the subject seem ridiculous and that it would make people who were interested in this seem ridiculous."
Pope further admits that he may have been the one who drafted actual MoD statements that contributed to the ridicule policy.
"If it was my words, then I apologize, I'm very sorry for that. I believe in open government and freedom of information. I believe that the UFO phenomenon does raise important defense, national security and air safety issues, and if I helped kill any initiative on that, I'm deeply sorry."
Some U.K. cases were apparently easier than others in trying to make them seem non-credible. Like the file that describes UFOs reported at the June 2003 Glastonbury Music Festival.
"It was very easy to find an incident where something is seen at an event like a rock concert," Pope noted. "You don't even need to say a thing without the public or media perception being that drugs and alcohol might have played a part. It was all part of the way in which we spun the subject, to try and discredit it."
Despite the thousands of pages of documents released -- with one final batch of files yet to come, sometime early next year -- Pope concedes there's still no written evidence confirming alien visits to Earth.
"Not just yet -- there's no spaceship-in-a-hangar smoking gun. However, there are plenty of sightings that I think show that we're dealing with more than just aircraft lights and weather balloons."
Source: The Huffington Post
- GUEST AUTHOR DEPARTMENT -
By Diane Tessman
When did it become written in stone that some of the UFO occupants visiting us are somehow related to reptiles? On top of this question, I wonder if humans are projecting their ancient fear of reptiles in general, and of serpents specifically, onto UFO occupants.
I hasten to add that some people feel that reptilians send smaller big-eyed E.T.s out to harass us, and to experiment on us. While others feel the reptilians inhabit our government and so are not the background overlords hiding somewhere beyond Saturn, but instead are running our lives – and perhaps have for generations.
I am not trying to shoot down anyone’s beliefs or other writers’ works. I sincerely wonder about the reality of reptilians, however.
I don’t need a lesson in “thinking outside the box” writers and channels, I’ve read most of them. David Ike was one of the first and is still very convincing, in his “reptilian” concepts. Reptilians are shape shifters, too, according to some, which means they are basically energy beings and not organic.
If this is so, then do shape shifters even have a “flesh and blood basic species,” in this case, that of a reptile? So why are we picking on reptiles?
Wouldn’t a sentient reptile be flesh and blood? Then shape shifting would be as difficult for that reptilian as for you and me. To be shape-shifting, one has to be, at heart, a blob of energy who can change self into whatever form he or she wishes.
So, this is one of the confusions I run into when thinking about reptilians.
However, let’s say the extraterrestrial reptilians are flesh and blood: There is a debate in scientific circles as to whether the dinosaurs were hot blooded (endothermic) or cold blooded (ectothermic). A space-going intelligent race, however cruel they might be, would probably be an endothermic species.
Endothermic, warm blooded animals seem to gain more intelligence as the eons go by than the cold blooded species. There are all sorts of issues about circulation, speed, perception, and other traits. Maybe a few warm blooded dinosaurs somehow survived, went to space, because they were the top of the dinosaur predator/intelligence ladder, and at some point came back to be our overlords?
Could be. However, is there any proof or even evidence of this? Many abductees have seen the big-eyed grey beings but there are few reports of being confronted by a large, mean, intelligent reptile.
However, let’s say someone was abducted by a reptilian or managed to catch a glimpse of one. Was it kindred to a turtle?
Or did it slither like the serpent who kicked Adam and Eve out of the Garden of Eden?
Was it more like an alligator? A lizard? Was it the Gorn?
If it wasn’t any of the above, how come we call it a reptile-relative, who is apparently called “a reptilian?”
In environmental crises as we have on Earth presently, reptiles are among the canaries in the coal mine. Turtles, and sea turtles in particular, are fast disappearing, leaving only their shells behind to prove they once ambled Earth.
Why do we project our basest human impulses onto animals, anyway? Even alligators and crocodiles usually try to avoid us unless their food supply is gone. Most snakes see us and slither the other way as fast as they can.
Jacque Vallee and John Keel, among others, felt that UFO and paranormal phenomena somehow are intermixed with the incredibly strange, wonderful and frightening mass human subconscious. Jungian psychology tends to enhance these theories.
Have we made the ultimate bad guys, the cruelest of possibilities in The Unknown, a projection of our ancient hang-up on The Serpent?
In very ancient times, serpents were acknowledged as fascinating life forms and even worshipped by Pagans, but Christianity has been planted in our minds for hundreds and hundreds of years.
The serpent chased Adam and Eve out of The Garden. Is this why we just accept the unproven theory that space reptilians are mostly very bad guys?
Beyond this, might we be creating them as we embrace a potential falsehood?
Vallee theorized that humans have some hand in creating The Unknown as well as being visited by it. Is The Unknown actually formless clay which the human mind molds and shapes with its hopes and fears?
Quantum theory adds some credence to this idea as well. We not only perceive our reality, we participate in creating it.
Fear is a tricky thing, and also very powerful. As we hope for UFO disclosure and then, wonder of wonders, for possible UFO landings and perhaps face to face look-see’s, let’s be careful to keep our old subconscious human fear under control.
And in preparation for all that might happen, let’s not adopt a lynch mob mentality about reptilians! If I were a betting woman, I’d bet that a being based in reptile DNA does not emerge from a flying saucer. But I could be wrong.
Visit Diane Tessman's website at: earthchangepredictions.com
- E-MAIL FROM THE DEAD DEPARTMENT -
Spirits on the Information Highway
Do you believe that a spirit can haunt a person via the internet? If I were asked that question before January 2006, I would have probably smirked and answered "impossible". What happened to me may just bea case of a spirit conjured up by thought; not necessarily a haunting by computer. Either way, the medium at hand was the internet. I've always been a believer in the paranormal despite never having had an outstanding encounter.
I love to roam around the net browsing the plethora paranormal sites, relishing the many spine tingling stories of ghostly experiences. This chilly winter day was different than no other, except that I took a look at some sites devoted to ghost towns and abandoned mines. I came across the site for The Bureau of Land Management that gives statistics on abandoned mines as well as safety reminders for those who are out exploring. There is also a section devoted to the unfortunate souls who failed to heed the warnings posted at the entrances to dangerous mines.
There were a few stories that were particularly shocking, but the one that really bothered me was about a man who had fallen down a shaft that was about eight stories high. When his remains were found some time later, the medical examiner stated that the man more than likely survived the fall with nothing more than a broken leg. What killed him was a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.
This person was a well prepared explorer who packed plenty of survival gear including a gun. I began to imagine, very vividly, the man at the bottom of this mine shaft in complete darkness...in complete agony. His pain, both emotional and physical, must have been unbearable.
As the hours passed and his anxiety escalated, he began to accept that he was too far out in the terrain for someone to come by. The chance of rescue was nil. He began having thoughts about his family, his life. I could picture the man completely breaking down and sobbing, knowing that there was only one way to end his suffering. I felt so saddened, and wondered to myself what I would have done.
I immersed myself in these feelings of terror and hopelessness for some time, so much so that I began to feel a sickening feeling in my body. Although I was shocked and moved by this tragic story, I proceeded on to another site. That's when the lamp on the desk next to me began flickering, making a buzzing noise that sounded like an electrical surge.
I figured the bulb was loose, so I checked it and found that that wasn't the case. At that point, my stomach dropped to my knees when I began to feel the presence of someone or something around me. I sat back down and carried on, not wanting to tip off my "visitor" that I was aware of what was going on. The lamp flickered again. I ignored it. A short time later, I went into the bathroom when the light in the ceiling did the same strange flickering as the lamp. At this point, I became frightened and bolted.
Over the next few days more bizarre electrical occurrences happened. I was at the stove cooking when suddenly the oven timer went on, scaring the you know what out of me! That same day the bathroom light went on the fritz again and this time I was already, um, seated.
I became angry (and brave)yelling out "Do you mind?! I'm trying to use the bathroom here!!" With that, a tiny little flicker of the light, and then it ceased.
My pet cat was also acting strangely, his eyes seemingly following something or someone who was not there. At other times he would awaken out of a sound sleep with a jolt; focusing on one part of the room blinking in curiosity. I eventually smudged my house with a sage stick and the activity abruptly stopped. Could it have been that my strong feelings and thoughts about this man enticed his spirit to me? Or perhaps another random entity I picked up on the information highway that day? Who knows. I firmly believe that the human mind is even more powerful than we realize, and that those on the other side can tune into that power.
So I'll ask again: Do you believe that it's possible a spirit can haunt a person via the internet? I do.
Source: Unexplained Mysteries/Melyssa Glennie-Puckett
- ONE STEP BEYOND DEPARTMENT -
'Psychic Kindergarten' Teaches How to Explore Psychic Abilities
Long before J.K. Rowling ever conceived Hogwarts, a small group of students in Berkeley, Calif., were learning what Harry Potter would have called "divination."
It's called "psychic kindergarten," beginner lessons for clairvoyants, where they learn how to read colored spirits, feel chakras and "blow roses." Susan Bostwick, the president of the Berkeley Psychic Institute, is also one of its teachers.
"What we do is teach people to discover, go in and find out what your abilities are, and how do you want to use them for the greater good," she said.
Bostwick stressed that, unlike Harry Potter and his friends, what she and her students are practicing is not magic.
"We talk about magic and miracles, [but] it's allowing yourself to have what you're experiencing in life as a miracle," she said. "I'm teaching people to use their psychic ability. They already have it."
The institute, which is an offshoot of the Church of the Divine Man, is a new age religious group, which bases its teachings on the Bible's New Testament and has been around for 38 years. It has had 300,000 participants come through, according to Bostwick.
When the students are asked to "blow roses" in "psychic kindergarten," it means they are being asked to imagine a rose as a way of focusing the mind. In their minds' eye, they then visualize the rose exploding, which is supposed to clear their thoughts, getting rid of any distracting psychic energy.
The students also spend time talking about colors of psychic energy. Each of the colors has different meanings. For example, gold means spiritually awakened or inspired.
"In kindergarten, you're just there to play and learn and discover," said Bingo Marasigan, director of the Berkeley Psychic Institute. "That's what we do here. We provide the space. It's a playground for you to play with energy."
After graduating from the institute, the participants use their skills in many different fields. One is a clairvoyant debt counselor; another, a self-styled psychic hairdresser. Another, named Nysa, lives near Napa Valley, Calif., where she reads people's auras -- the psychic energy that surrounds our bodies in vivid colors.
Places, such as a house or an apartment, also can have auras from the psychic energy people have left behind. A group of psychic healers from the institute now work in real estate conducting "house healing," at the request of a real estate agent. They clear the rooms of any negative energy left over from the previous owners.
Real estate agent Luis Castillio-Munoz says he uses the healers purely to help houses sell. He had them come to one house where the former tenants were out of work and couldn't afford to pay the rent for six months.
"It's my business, so if I want to sell a house, you put energy in, energy comes out," he explained. "We'll do whatever it takes to get it sold."
However, the house in question still hasn't sold.
Bostwick said that part of what they teach in "psychic kindergarten" is how to put the disappointments of life in perspective because they believe there is more reality than people can see.
"Learn to be amused by the things around you," she told her class. "When you're amused, the problems tend to get a lot smaller."
Source: ABC News
- STRANGE CREATURES FROM TIME AND SPACE DEPARTMENT -
Unsolved: Flying Humanoids
By Stephen Wagner
Astonishing accounts of "people" who fly - with wings or without.
Monsters and unusual creatures of almost every description have been reported over the centuries. From dinosaur-like animals to fairies to bizarre hodgepodges like the Jersey Devil, there seems to no limit to the variety of unexplained creatures people claim to have seen with their own eyes. One of the most curious types of sightings - and quite rare - are those of human-like beings that fly. "Human-like" because in most respects they look like us, except that they have wings. In most cases, these odd creatures are not assumed to be either angels or devils (as traditional depictions have them as human-like beings with wings), but as something else. Something quite unusual.
Brooklyn Batman. Over 100 years ago, a man named W. H. Smith told the New York Sun that he saw a "winged human form" flying over Brooklyn, New York on September 18, 1877. Just about three years later, there were multiple reports from Coney Island, Brooklyn, of a man with bat-like wings flying overhead at approximately 1,000 feet. The man was flying toward the New Jersey coast, witnesses told the New York Times, and that he bore a "cruel and determined expression" on his face.
Wingless Angel. It's easy to dismiss such sightings as misidentified birds or alcohol-induced illusions when one or two people report them. When as many as 240 people, however, attest to seeing the same thing, the reports are far more difficult to discount. Such a sighting look place over several of days in June, 1905 in Voltana, Spain. The accounts consistently described a woman dressed in white flying through the air - without the aid of wings. The woman sometimes flew against the wind, and one woman said she might have heard it singing as it passed overhead.
Flying Robot. It was the winter of 1936 in the Pavlodar region of Kazakhstan in what was then the U.S.S.R. when this sighting took place. Mrs. E. E. Loznaya was a 15-year-old girl then, and one day as she was walking to school on a quiet road, her attention was caught by a strange figure above her. Flying quickly across the sky was a man-like figure dressed completely in black. Despite its speed, the girl was able to see and describe it clearly. He was "of medium height and his black clothes covered him completely, like overalls," she said. It made a rumbling noise and appeared to her to be wearing a helmet of some kind, had a black surface where the face should have been, and wore a "rucksack" on its back.
Russian Legend. There had been legends of a flying man in the Soviet Union, but not quite like the one described above. Hunters around the Sikhote Mountains near Vladivostok claimed to have come across prints of a barefoot human that ended abruptly, as if he had taken off into the air. Such a creature was actually seen by writer V.K. Arsenyev in July, 1908. "I saw the mark on the path that was very similar to a man's footprint... then something rushed about nearby trampling among the bushes. Then I stooped, picked up a stone and threw it towards the unknown animal. Then something happened that was quite unexpected: I heard the beating of wings. Something large and dark emerged from the fog and flew over the river."
Brazilian Birdmen. In the early 1950s, a couple was taking an evening stroll near their home by the sea at Pelotas, Brazil. When two fast-moving shadows crossed their path, they looked up to see what they at first thought were two enormous birds flying about 30 feet above the ground. It was soon evident to the couple that these were not birds at all when the two flying creatures descended vertically and landed not far away. It was then clear that they looked like men, standing about six feet tall. Discovering they were being watched by the couple, the two "birdmen" squatted close to the ground, as if trying to hide. The female half of the couple convinced her husband to leave - and quickly.
Mad Inventors? Several people saw a flying man over Chehalis, Washington on January 6, 1948. Bernice Zaikowski was one of them. She was soon joined by some schoolchildren who asked to come into her garden to get a better view of the aerial mystery. The man, in an upright position, was hovering just 20 feet above her barn, she estimated. He was apparently kept aloft by long silver wings that were strapped to his body. He seemed to have controls of some kind on his chest, which he worked to maneuver himself with a lot of whizzing noise.
A strikingly similar case was reported eight years later in Falls City, Nebraska. On a fall afternoon in 1956, "John Hanks" saw a winged creature flying only about 15 feet above the ground. Its wings were like shiny aluminum and had multi-colored lights running along their underside. The wings, spanning 15 feet, were clearly attached to the man by means of a shoulder harness. This flying man also had some kind of control panel affixed to his chest, and he manipulated the dials as he flew. This sighting could be attributed to some remarkable invention if not for the witnesses description of the flying man himself: leathery wrinkled skin, large watery blue eyes and a face that was "very frightening, almost demonic." The witness also attested that he was paralyzed as this "man" flew over.
In April 1948, in the city of Longview, Washington, two witnesses saw no fewer than three helmeted men flying around in a similar manner. The witnesses could see no motors or propellers, yet it seemed to them that they could hear motor-like sounds. (It's worth noting the similarity of these last three accounts to ultralight aircraft or hang gliders; but of course, they hadn't been invented yet.)
Flying Man Returns. In 1952, Sinclair Taylor, a young soldier on guard duty at Camp Okubu near Kyoto, Japan, likewise saw a flying thing he first thought was a bird. As it came closer and hovered above him, the guard could distinguish that it had a man's body that, if he were standing, would be seven feet tall. Its wingspan was also estimated at seven feet. Feeling threatened, he fired at the being with his rifle, but whatever it was had vanished. Strangely, when the guard reported the incident, his sergeant revealed that another guard had a similar experience the previous year.
Fantasy Flier. Some marines got Bob Hope as entertainment during theVietnam War. Others were even luckier. Three U.S. Marines standing guard one night in Da Nang, Vietnam in 1969 were also approached by a winged creature, but this one was tantalizingly different. As the creature flew closer and closer, they could see that it had the form of a naked woman. She was completely black and had enormous bat-like wings. She glowed, they said, with an eerie greenish light.
Texas Batman. On June 18, 1953 in Houston, Texas, three people were enjoying a hot summer night on their front porch. The night turned unbelievably strange when they saw a winged creature alight in a nearby pecan tree. It was, they said, "the figure of a man with wings like a bat. He was dressed in gray or black tight-fitting clothes. He stood there for about thirty seconds, swaying on the branch of the old pecan tree." They further described him as wearing a cape and quarter-length boots. Most oddly, one witness claimed he was enveloped in a "halo of light."
How can we account for such sightings? Men and women flying with bat's wings are hard to explain. Even the cases in which the people seem to be flying by some mechanical means appear to be out of time, using technology that hadn't been invented yet... or if it had been invented by these "pilots," is entirely unknown.
Sources: Paranormal.about.com, Unexplained! by Jerome Clark; Visible Ink, 1999. Unexplained Mysteries of the 20th Century by Janet and Colin Bord; Contemporary Books, 1989.
- I'M A PRETTY GIRL DEPARTMENT -
Revealed: Sex Hormone Plan to Feminize Hitler
Some tried bombs to neutralise the Führer, others tried bullets. All failed.
Now it has come to light that British spies looked at an even more audacious way of derailing the man behind the German war machine - by giving him female sex hormones.
Agents planned to smuggle doses of oestrogen into his food to make him less aggressive and more like his docile younger sister Paula, who worked as a secretary.
Spies working for the British were close enough to Hitler to have access to his food, said Professor Brian Ford, who discovered the plot.
He explained that oestrogen was chosen because it was tasteless and would have a slow and subtle effect, meaning it would pass Hitler's food testers unnoticed.
Speaking about the scheme, Prof Ford, a science writer and fellow of Cardiff University, said: "There was an Allied plan that they would smuggle oestrogen into Hitler's food and change his sex so he would become more feminine and less aggressive.
"Their research had showed the importance of sex hormones - they were beginning to be used in sex therapy in London."
He went on: "There were agents who would be able to get it into his food - it would have been entirely possible."
Because Hitler had tasters, Prof Ford said there was "no mileage to putting poison in his food because they would immediately fall victim to it."
But he went on: "Sex hormones were a different matter."
Paula Hitler was the only one of Adolf's full siblings to survive to adulthood. She worked as secretary in Vienna in the 1920s, and received financial support from her brother until his suicide in 1945.
After the war she was interrogated by American agents but released, and lived a secluded life until her death in 1960.
The oestrogen plan is outlined in a new book Prof Ford has written called Secret Weapons: Technology, Science And The Race To Win World War II.
He said the idea was just one of many strange attempts to bring a swifter end to the war.
Other possibilities included dropping glue on Nazi troops in an attempt to stick them to the ground and disguising bombs in tins of fruit being imported to Germany.
They also considered dropping boxes of poisonous snakes on enemy troops.
However, he said a plan for a giant water-borne Catherine wheel full of explosives - dubbed the Great Panjandrum - for an assault on the Normandy coast was the oddest of the lot.
"It couldn't have worked yet they spent what, in modern parlance £1 million on the idea, testing it over the waters of Cardiff and Western Super Mare."
Developed in top secret, it was nonetheless paraded on the waterfront at Westward Ho! in north Devon.
Prof Ford unearthed details of the hare-brained schemes by looking through stacks of recently declassified files.
Despite chronicling the war's more outlandish schemes, the book, published next month, also looks at how competition between the powers spurred on technology.
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