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- New Class of Extrasolar Planet is A 'Waterworld' -
Happy Birthday Brad Steiger -
- Spying on the Saucer Writers -
- Visitors Report Mysterious ‘Lake Music’ at Yellowstone Lake -
AND: Ghosts: Assholes of the Afterlife

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New Class of Extrasolar Planet is A 'Waterworld'

An Earth-like planet found orbiting a nearby star is rich in water - a major step forward in the search for worlds like our own, U.S. scientists say. This new class of planet is enshrouded by a thick, steamy atmosphere.

An international team of astronomers led by Zachory Berta of the Harvard-Smithsonian Centre for Astrophysics made the observations of the planet GJ 1214b using the NASA/European Space Agency Hubble Space Telescope. GJ 1214b is smaller than Uranus but larger than Earth, and is located in the constellation of Ophiuchus, just 40 light-years away.

"GJ 1214b is like no planet we know of," said Berta, lead author of a paper published in the Astrophysical Journal. "A huge fraction of its mass is made up of water."

The "newfound world" is too hot to sustain life as we know it, according to the researchers. However, its density suggests that it "is composed of about three-fourths water and other ices and one fourth-rock," they said.

The ground-based MEarth Project, led by the Harvard-Smithsonian Centre for Astrophysics' (CfA) David Charbonneau, discovered GJ 1214b in 2009. This super-Earth is about 2.7 times Earth's diameter and weighs almost seven times as much. It orbits a red dwarf star every 38 hours at a distance of 2 million kilometres, giving it an estimated temperature of 230 degrees Celsius.

In 2010, CfA scientist Jacob Bean and colleagues reported that they had measured the atmosphere of GJ 1214b, finding it likely that it was composed mainly of water. However, their observations could also be explained by the presence of a planet-enshrouding haze in GJ 1214b's atmosphere.

Berta and his co-authors used Hubble's Wide Field Camera 3 to study GJ 1214b when it crossed in front of its host star. During such a transit, the star's light is filtered through the planet's atmosphere, giving clues to the mix of gases. "We're using Hubble to measure the infrared colour of sunset on this world," Berta said.

Hazes are more transparent to infrared light than to visible light, so the Hubble observations help to tell the difference between a steamy and a hazy atmosphere.

The team found the spectrum of GJ 1214b to be featureless over a wide range of wavelengths, or colours. The atmospheric model most consistent with the Hubble data is a dense atmosphere of water vapour. "The Hubble measurements really tip the balance in favour of a steamy atmosphere," said Berta.

Since the planet's mass and size are known, astronomers can calculate the density, of only about 2 grams per cubic centimetre. Water has a density of 1 gram per cubic centimetre, while Earth's average density is 5.5 grams per cubic centimetre. This suggests that GJ 1214b has much more water than Earth does, and much less rock.

As a result, the internal structure of GJ 1214b would be extraordinarily different from that of our world. "The high temperatures and high pressures would form exotic materials like 'hot ice' or 'superfluid water', substances that are completely alien to our everyday experience," said Berta.

Scientists suggest that GJ 1214b formed further out from its star, where water ice was plentiful, and migrated inward early in the system's history. In the process, it would have passed through the star's habitable zone, where surface temperatures would be similar to Earth's. How long it lingered there is unknown.

Source: Cosmos


Happy Birthday Brad Steiger

Last Sunday (Feb. 19) was the birthday of our good friend Brad Steiger, the famous author of many books on cryptozoology, Forteana, and the unexplained.

Brad was born Eugene Olson in Fort Dodge, Iowa, on February 19, 1936. In 2012, Brad is alive and well, living quietly and secretly in a hidden location in the Midwest, avoiding stalkers, people who misunderstand his books, and the frequent autograph hound. Well, I’m sort of kidding, but Brad’s fan base has expanded so much in recent years, he rarely makes public appearances and enjoys his calm life writing his next book or two.

Brad began his early adult life as a creative writing professor in Iowa. The stories I first heard about Brad, who has been a friend of mine for decades now, was of this mild-mannered professor who would run upstairs to his near-attic-like office, and pound out books at an incredible rate to support his family.

Brad’s life continued along a path that would merge his writing with a pen-name that became his own (he has officially changed his name). He found the time and space to allow himself the freedom to leave his former restrained framework behind him, and he shares his life today with his beloved Sherry.

Brad has written books since 1965, and his total output is at about 170 books, with over 17 million copies in print, until his next one appears.

Some of Brad Steiger’s books clearly show that his beginning interests overlapped with where the assignments in publishing wanted him to go, through some Hollywood connections. For example, his book Valentino (first edition, 1966) served as the basis for the 1977 motion picture, Valentino, directed by Ken Russell and starring Rudolf Nureyev, Michelle Phillips, and Leslie Caron. Steiger’s book, Unknown Powers (New York: Berkley, 1981) was adapted into the documentary scripted by Don Como, Richard Cory, and Steiger. The nonfiction movie won the Film Advisory Board’s Award of Excellence for 1979. The film featured Jack Palance as narrator with Will Geer, Roscoe Lee Browne, and Samantha Eggar.

His books also demonstrate his ability to dive into other subjects deeply. The Johnny Cash Story (New York: Lancer Books) and The Country Music Scrapbook (New York: Lancer Books) were both published in 1970.

Here’s a partial list of books that Steiger has authored or co-authored of special or near interest to most of us here:

Monsters, Maidens, and Mayhem: A Pictorial History of Hollywood Film Monsters. Chicago: Merit Books, 1965.

Master Movie Monsters. Chicago: Merit Books, 1965.

The Abominable Snowmen. New York: Award Books, 1969. London: Tandem Books, 1969.

Weird Unsolved Mysteries. New York: Award Books, 1969.

The Under People. New York: Award Books, 1969.

Mysteries of Time and Space. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 1974.

The Strange World of Brad Steiger (Collection of newspaper columns of the same name). New York: Kensington/Zebra, 1975.

Monsters Among Us. Rockport, MA: Para Research, 1982. New York: Berkley, 1989. Lakeville, MN: Galde Press, 2006. This is Brad’s most comprehensive cryptozoological book. His chapter on Momo is unique. His contributions added new details on the sightings of this now famous 1972 Missouri “Eastern Bigfoot” or “Marked Hominid.”

Mysteries of Animal Intelligence. New York: Tor Books, 1995. Reissued by Tor/Amazon, 2007.

The Werewolf Book: The Encyclopedia of Shape-Shifting Beings Detroit: Visible Ink, 1999, which was recently revised and updated as The Werewolf Book 2nd Edition (Visible Ink Books, 2012).

Out of the Dark: A Complete Guide to Beings from Beyond. New York: Kensington, 2001.

The Gale Encyclopedia of the Unusual and the Unexplained. Three Volumes. Farmington Hills, MI: The Gale Group, 2003.

Source: Cryptomundo


Faster Than Light? No, Loose Cable

Recently, rumors were circulating that last year's faster-than-light neutrino results had been undone by a simple mechanical mishap: one of the fiber optic cables connecting a GPS unit to a computer may have been loose.

Last year, physicists published the results of a 3-year experiment that timed about 16,000 neutrino packets launched from CERN facilities in Geneva, travelling through Earth and arriving 2.43 milliseconds later to the subterranean facilities of Italy's Gran Sasso National Laboratory. There, the Oscillation Project with Emulsion-tRacking Apparatus (the OPERA particle detector) recorded the hits.

When scientists discovered that the particles were arriving 60 nanoseconds faster than the speed of light—with only a 10 nanosecond error margin—they freaked out. Most physicists pointed out that this must be a mistake, since Einstein's theory clearly establishes that nothing can travel faster than the speed of light.

But CERN repeated the experiments and found the same results, which further puzzled out everyone. Still, they vowed to find the cause of the problem or definitely confirm the shocking findings. Now, it seems that there may be a simple answer to the whole problem.

Researchers at CERN have found out that a bad fiber-optics link between a GPS unit and a computer was causing the 60 nanosecond timing discrepancy that was driving everyone mad. Once they realized this, the cable was tightened and the difference was gone. Yes, the faster-than-light neutrinos are not real (at least, we haven't detected them if they exist) and the Universe can breathe once again and keep destroying galactic wonders.

Apparently, the 60 nanosecond difference comes from the time it took to the data to travel through the cable, which fully accounts for the unexplainable 60 nanosecond neutrino speedup.

At the time, anonymous sources "familiar with the experiment" were the best anyone could come up with in the way of an authoritative reference, but late last night, the OPERA Collaboration (the team of researchers that first announced the FTL-findings) issued a formal statement.

The statement confirmed two things:

1) Yes, the team's FTL-findings have recently been called into question
2) Yes, a fiber optic cable may well be the culprit behind the experiment's puzzling results

But according to OPERA physicists, there may be a second hangup. The statement reads in full:

    The OPERA Collaboration, by continuing its campaign of verifications on the neutrino velocity measurement, has identified two issues that could significantly affect the reported result. The first one is linked to the oscillator used to produce the events time-stamps in between the GPS synchronizations. The second point is related to the connection of the optical fiber bringing the external GPS signal to the OPERA master clock.

    These two issues can modify the neutrino time of flight in opposite directions. While continuing our investigations, in order to unambiguously quantify the effect on the observed result, the Collaboration is looking forward to performing a new measurement of the neutrino velocity as soon as a new bunched beam will be available in 2012. An extensive report on the above mentioned verifications and results will be shortly made available to the scientific committees and agencies.

Did you catch that? Both of the proposed sources of error are related to the experiment's use of GPS, but each one would skew the neutrinos' measured flight time in a different direction; the issue with the oscillator would actually increase the size of the measured effect, while the error associated with the fiber optic cable would diminish it. So what's the net effect?

Reuters is reporting that the loose fiber optic cable appears to "be more significant" than the problems posed by the oscillator, but it will still be a few months until we know for sure. CERN has also weighed in on the cable fiasco with a release that echoes the points addressed in the OPERA statement, but adds that "new measurements with short pulsed beams are scheduled for May."

So whether it's a cable, an oscillator, or something else entirely, it sounds like we'll have to wait a few months before we know the net effect of the two opposing sources of error. Nevertheless, it's nice to know these physicists actually have some tangible leads to follow — even if it does mean debunking what would have been the biggest paradigm shift in recent history.

Source: io9


Spying on the Saucer Writers
By Nick Redfern

On a fairly frequent basis, I get asked if I think there could be one or more “secret government files” on me. Well, as someone who writes about UFOs in terms of what officialdom knows about the subject, I can never say for sure that such files do not exist. And, one of the reasons for this is that the Freedom of Information Act has clearly demonstrated that certain authors of books on the UFO subject have indeed been secretly watched by officialdom – even to the extent of having their books reviewed by government agencies!

Although not widely known, the FBI has on various occasions taken more than a passing interest in monitoring publications on the UFO subject. To illustrate this, June 1966 saw the first printing by Lyle Stuart Publishers of Frank Edwards’ book, Flying Saucers – Serious Business. By October of that year, Edwards’ book was in its third printing.

On 16 October, it was announced in the This World supplement of the San Francisco-based newspaper The Examiner & Chronicle that the Congressional Representative of Michigan (and later US President) Gerald Ford, was pressing for Congress to look into the UFO matter. It was also announced that the US Air Force had commissioned a University of Colorado physics professor named Edward U. Condon to conduct an in-depth study of unidentified flying objects.

An FBI memo of 19 October 1966 stated: “…The [This World] article also points out that since last summer pressure has been mounting for the establishment of an independent, civilian controlled investigative agency to look into the UFO problem…[Edwards’ book] is probably a contributing factor to the current controversy.”

That both Edwards and his book were of interest to the FBI is something spelled out further in the 3-page Bureau document of 19 October, which – given its significance and relevance – I will quote at length:

“In [Flying Saucers – Serious Business] Edwards points out that flying saucers were observed in the spring of 1946, in Scandinavia and Russia (which he points out is about a year from the date of the testing of the Alamogordo atomic bomb), and the book documents many reports throughout the world of UFOs since that date, and claims that 1965 was the year of the greatest number of UFO sightings and that these were observed by multiple witnesses.

“It is author Edwards’ contention that UFOs are space vehicles sent to observe activities on earth and the Air Force, which is charged with the responsibility of investigating UFOs, has deliberately withheld information and given misleading explanations because it was fears a mass panic by the public if the public were told the truth.

“The book describes UFOs as polished metal objects, radiating heat and light (sufficient to have burned witnesses who were too near), and emitting some force field that interferes with electromagnetic instruments and power sources. Colors range from brilliant white to dull reds and brilliant orange. Some objects have carried blinking lights. There are three basic shapes: 1) Zeppelin-shaped ships up to 300 feet long; 2) disk-shaped objects ranging from a few feet in diameter to 100 feet, with many reported at about 30 feet diameter; and 3) egg-shaped objects, which according to the author are the ones most recently sighted.

“According to the book, the objects move silently and attain fantastic speeds, yet can hover motionless in mid-air; they have been reported to land and take off with great speed, usually with a burst of light from the underside, which in some cases has left the ground beneath them scorched.

“Many of the persons named in the book who have reported them are reliable individuals, including law enforcement officers, military personnel on official duty, military pilots, commercial airline pilots, civilian defense officials, etc. A number of photographs of the objects have been reproduced in the book, some reportedly taken by reputable persons. Many reported sightings are from atomic and missile research areas.

“Wreckage of crashed saucers has been reportedly recovered on at least three occasions, in one case described as a magnesium alloy, in another as pure magnesium, and in a third case, attributed to an official of the Canadian government, the material was described as an exceptionally hard unknown metal, actually a matrix of magnesium orthosilicate which contained thousands of 15-micron spheres throughout, and showing evidence of micro-meteorites on its surface.

“A few witnesses have reported seeing crewmen who have landed from the objects, who are described as three and a half to four feet tall, wearing what appear to be space suits and helmets.”

The FBI noted, in their final words on the matter: “Author Edwards concludes this book with a prediction that in the near future UFOs will make an ‘overt landing’ or deliberate contact with earth. A copy of this letter is being directed to Denver, in view of the contract to Dr. Edward U. Condon. The above is being called to the Bureau’s attention in view of the press report of mounting pressure for a civilian controlled investigative agency to handle UFO matters.”

Having discussed the issue of UFOs with a number of journalists in the mainstream media, I know that many view the hypothesis that government and intelligence agencies are taking an interest in the activities of civilian UFO researchers as little more than paranoia. Yet, as the remarkably detailed document cited above makes clear, those of us that enter the field of UFO research and begin publishing the details of our discoveries, can expect to soon attract the attention of the official world…

Source: Mysterious Universe


The Mystical Power Of Dolphins

From The Book: Kahuna Power: Authentic Chants, Prayers and Legends of the Mystical Hawaiians by Timothy Green Beckley

The boat pitched back and forth as we climbed aboard. There was a bit of a breeze out on the ocean, and it took us a few minutes to get our water legs.

Psychic Penny Melis and her daughter Mayven had joined me on my return trip to the Islands. On an earlier voyage I had discovered the most amazing things about the legends and lore of the 50th State. I found out for example, that UFOs were considered by many of the native Hawaiians as being part of the spirit world. That they had experienced many astounding sightings and encounters going way back in their history. And that in recent years contact apparently had even been made with alien beings and the wreck of a crashed UFOs had been found on the beach. Being a sensitive whose roots lay with the shamanic community, Penny wanted to experience for herself the mysticism of the Hawaiian culture, and in particular undergo her own close encounter with the friendly aquatic creatures that populate the waters of the Pacific.

Mayven had seen dolphins on television and in the movies, and even though she was not an experienced swimmer—hell, she was only four at the time of our expedition—she genuinely pushed her mother to take her on the adventure of a lifetime, one that would certainly grow with her as she matured. To say that Mayven took to water is hardly the way to explain her ability to adapt to an unknown venue. She was bobbing and weaving in the clear blue ocean, safely secured in a life jacket and held in the experienced hands of a seasoned swimmer.

The captain of our sea-faring vessel later commented on how she felt almost certain more dolphins followed our boat than was usual, picking up the friendly vibes of the child as well as the even temperament of those who had come onboard to make friendly contact with another species. Of course, some believe that if you can establish communications with dolphins you can possibly “speak” with Et.

Captain Nancy, as she prefers to be called, has degrees in both geology and oceanography and a solid academic background that serves her well in her current profession as a seafaring tour guide in Hawaii. But her real expertise involves the kinds of things they don’t teach you in any college or university. Captain Nancy is, as you will see in the following chapter, one who not only swims with the dolphins but also speaks their language.

The story begins sort of tragically. It was 1994, and Captain Nancy had suffered injuries from four separate car accidents and was not fully recovered.

    “I wasn’t doing very well physically,” she said. “I was feeling a lot of neurological challenges.”

After attending a seminar on the local dolphins in Kona, Hawaii, she experimented with swimming with the creatures.

    “I just felt tremendously better,” Captain Nancy said, “after one week of swimming with the dolphins. I stayed for another two and a half months and then never went home.”


In the ensuing years, she learned that the dolphins do indeed have their methods for communicating with human beings.

    “All you have to do is think a thought,” Captain Nancy explained, “and your thoughts carry a vibration. The dolphins are very sensitive to vibrations, and they will pick up whatever vibratory energy you’re putting out. Then they will send you a   vibration back. It’s as simple as any other vibrations we’re picking up from humans or other animals. In my case, I just sort of know. I just get an answer when I’ve asked a question. The thought process comes back very clearly, very distinctly, of ‘This is your answer.’

    “It’s changed my life completely,” she added. “I’m a very different person than I was before I swam with the dolphins. It really opens your heart.”


The changes made by the dolphin experience may even penetrate to the cellular level, according to Captain Nancy.

    “My belief is that even my DNA has changed tremendously,” she said. “I’ve softened greatly. I’m much more compassionate and understanding of people than I was before I came out here and worked with the dolphins. I have information that gets ‘downloaded,’ the best way that I can explain it, that I don’t know where I ever learned it. It just shows up in my mind.”

    When Captain Nancy does her briefing of her passengers each morning before her tour sets out, she characterizes what she typically says as “dolphin channeling.”

    “Every time I do a briefing on my boat,” she said, “it’s a different set of information. And I know that that’s information that the dolphins want any particular group to hear.”

Captain Nancy said her dog Pluto also communicates with the dolphins by imitating the noises they make.

    “He can hear their vibrations and their sounds,” she said, “that we can’t hear. So he’s learned to mimic their noise.”


The dolphins also seem to be aware of future events.

    “The days when the tsunami was coming,” Captain Nancy said, “two Christmases before, we had very strange days out here. Everybody was back at the harbor saying, ‘Gosh, the dolphins are acting peculiarly.’ We didn’t know what was happening. We just knew that something was happening. The same thing happened when the Iraq war broke out, a similar kind of strange behavior. I don’t always necessarily know what that behavior is going to translate into. In my case, it’s more like I just know something’s wrong.”

At the time the interview was conducted, in the spring of 2006, the dolphins were pretty much in a state of gentle contentment.

    “We haven’t seen any unusual behaviors,” Captain Nancy said, “in the last few weeks that I would say was pertaining to something special. What we mostly find, and what’s very interesting, is how they change from person to person. Sometimes they’ll start to get very close, what we call ‘kissing distance.’ And there are other days when we have a harder time finding the dolphins, and when we do, they don’t want to interact with these people. It’s always curious to me.”


The dolphins often react with Captain Nancy’s passengers in a way that seems perfectly suited to the passengers’ specific needs.

    “We had a wonderful lady who was having some relationship challenges,” Captain Nancy said. “She had her own set ideas. She really wasn’t certain about this idea of communicating with dolphins, but she would try it. Basically, she went out with the dolphins and finished the swim just buzzing. She could feel her whole body vibrating. The end of the story was that she ended up meeting the man of her dreams that night and falling in love and soon after got married and had a child. She had been just about to marry somebody else and was sort of ‘close-minded,’ but she came out here and thought, ‘Gosh, I wonder what the dolphins have to say?’ She was headed left and she suddenly turned right. We hear stories like that from people all the time.”

Captain Nancy explained further about what she felt had happened to the woman.

    “She went back to the mainland,” Captain Nancy said, “and just absolutely fell in love with this man and said that it was all so clear when she was with the dolphins, that this was generated by the shift that she needed to make within herself, to be ready for this more perfect man for her. It was an internal shift that happened within her that prepared her to be with somebody who was more appropriate to her new energy field that went with the dolphin experience.”


In addition to their matchmaking skills, the dolphins are playful and seem to enjoy a good joke now and then. They can also perhaps impart a valuable lesson at the same time. Captain Nancy told the story of a family she took out on her boat one day.

    “The mother and the children were having this amazing dolphin experience,” Captain Nancy recalled. “But the father kept coming back to the boat and saying, ‘Nancy, I haven’t seen the dolphins.’ I’d watched this dolphin following him all day long, right behind his hip. I said, ‘The dolphins are right behind you. Just look behind you.’

    “He went off and swam again and here’s this dolphin right behind him. And he still came back to the boat and said, ‘I haven’t seen a single dolphin. My family’s having this amazing experience, with the dolphins so close, but they’re not coming to me.’ So finally he gave up. I just couldn’t help but ask him, ‘What is there in your life that’s behind you that you don’t want to look at?’ Because he wouldn’t look behind him to see the dolphins. Sometimes they’re little tricksters and they play games with people like that.”


Along with the humor, however, there are also tears.

    “One of my saddest stories,” Captain Nancy said, “is about a little boy named Eli. He was very sick with cancer. He was about six years old, and he and his mother and I were out swimming with the dolphins. When you’re swimming with the dolphins, when the sun is shining, you see this gorgeous light that looks like this vortex. And I kept getting it in my head, ‘Tell this lady that when Eli dies, he’s going into this light.’ I kept thinking, ‘I can’t tell this woman her child is going to die. She’s brought him here to be healed with the dolphins.’”

The message to Captain Nancy’s head persisted, growing louder and louder.

    “Finally, I tried very tactfully,” she said, “to say to her, ‘You see this light? This is what Eli is going to go to when he passes on and makes his transition.’ So about six months after they were here, I started to get emails from them saying Eli isn’t doing very well, but he wakes up every morning from a dream, saying ‘Mommy, Mommy, don’t wake me up. I want to stay with the dolphins. I keep dying, but the dolphins keep saving me.’

    “About a month after that,” Captain Nancy continued, “Eli did make his transition. His mother said that up to the moment that he was passing on, he kept saying, ‘Mommy, it’s okay. I’m going to go into the light with the dolphins.’ They made a stained glass window in honor of Eli with the dolphins swimming up into the light. His family was very touched. His mother said the most calming thing she remembered was swimming with me and the dolphins and me showing her the light and reminding her that Eli is just going to the light. I think, had I never said that to her, and if I hadn’t gotten that message in my head—it would never occur to me to tell a mother, ‘Your child is going to die and go into the light.’ But that’s some of the communications that the dolphins give.”


The dolphins have come to Earth as messengers, Captain Nancy believes.

    “They really are our brothers and sisters of the sea,” she said. “They’re more intelligent than we are. They truly come as messengers. Some people call them ‘the angels of the sea.’ Why? You’d have to ask the dolphins.

    “We get people that want so badly to connect with them,” she went on. “I think that is the dolphins ‘calling’ people. It’s the dolphins’ mission, and it’s why they’re here on the planet. When they get a significant number of people that have been touched with this energy that they are evoking through their sonar, then indeed I think we’re going to see that New World Order that we’ve been talking about. It’s beginning to happen. It’s beginning to form.

    “The dolphins and the whales are both a very critical piece, connected in with the ETs, and it’s all a divine triangle of helping mankind to evolve into our next level of evolution. That’s the energy that the dolphins are trying to give us, by connecting with us, ‘sonar-ing’ us, implanting information for people to live a life in more harmony. A world of peace, everything that we all dream to be—that’s what the dolphins say you can have every day.”

To contact Captain Nancy Sweatt and make reservations for a dolphin swim of your own, call 808-329-3030 or 808-384-1218. Or email her at: info@dolphinjourneys.com

Kahuna Power: Authentic Chants, Prayers and Legends of the Mystical Hawaiians available through Amazon.Com


A Kindle ebook edition is also available.

Source: UFO Digest


Ghost Vanishes After Painting is Returned

As ghosts go, she was rather a cultured specimen.

The pale Edwardian figure made frequent visits to the mansion home of Alan Smith, always accompanied by the music of Chopin, according to the startled souls who bore witness.

Her interest in the house was a mystery – until the discovery of a long-lost painting that appeared to feature the very same person, sitting at a piano.

When the portrait was returned to Heale House’s drawing room, the sightings stopped.

Mr Smith was so fascinated he decided to investigate the history of the painting – and uncovered the sad story of the uninvited guest.

He identified the woman as a Mrs Bell, one of the 15-bedroom mansion’s previous occupants, who had been bankrupted and forced to sell all her possessions – including her beloved portrait – shortly before her death in the early 1900s.

Mr Smith said her ghost ‘would walk along the corridors and in the bedrooms, usually at about one o’clock in the morning’.

He continued: ‘She was usually wreathed in a blue haze and just drifted around – you couldn’t see her legs. Sometimes she would even arrive at the bottom of my bed in the middle of the night.

‘I thought there must be some kind of scientific explanation, but other people who visited the house were terrified – and they now believe she’s been put to rest because she got her painting back.’

Mr Smith’s family had seen the apparition many times at the house, near Bideford, Devon, before Mr Smith was approached by the owner of a local junk shop, who asked him: ‘Are you the master of Heales?’

She told him she had something that should be returned to its rightful home and showed him the picture, thought to be by Cyril Roberts, a prominent painter who was based in Paris.

The face was eerily familiar to Mr Smith and he quickly realised it depicted the woman his family had been visited by – and she was seated at a piano in his drawing room.

His research unmasked the subject as Mrs Bell, wife of an Argentine beef rancher who lived in Heale House in the early 1900s.

‘From what we know about Mrs Bell, she was a very cultured lady,’ said  Mr Smith.

‘It must have been sad for her to see all of her possessions sold.’
He confirmed that after the portrait was placed in the drawing room, ‘she never appeared again’.

‘We even tried to use a Ouija board to bring her back but it looks as if she’s gone forever,’ he added.

The story came to light when Mr Smith, 70, took the picture to be appraised on the Antiques Roadshow.

Source: The Daily Mail


Visitors Report Mysterious ‘Lake Music’ at Yellowstone Lake

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK — Yellowstone Lake and the rugged backcountry that surrounds it is a place where millions go seeking solitude and silence. Yet it in a well-documented but rarely discussed phenomenon, some visitors to the Lake area have experienced remarkable celestial sounds of unknown and unexplained origin.

“They resemble the ringing of telegraph wires or the humming of a swarm of bees, beginning softly in the distance, growing rapidly plainer until directly overhead, and then fading as rapidly in the opposite direction,” wrote Hiram M. Chittenden in 1895 in his book, “The Yellowstone National Park.”

Chittenden’s description is one of several in the historical record — as well as many more from popular anecdotal accounts — of strange sounds or “lake music” coming from the skies around Yellowstone Lake and Shoshone lake.

Chittenden was an accomplished engineer with rigorous scientific discipline who built roads and bridges in the park, as well as locks in Seattle’s Lake Washington Ship Canal. He was not given to idle speculation or unsubstantiated gossip about seemingly magical events.

But he is hardly the only — or even the first — prominent Yellowstone visitor to write about the strange and unexplained lake sounds.

Edwin Linton, a professor of biology at Washington and Jefferson College and a specialist in marine parasites was working in Yellowstone in the summer of 1890 as part of a project for the U.S. Fish Commission. Linton, his colleagues and his guides heard the mysterious sounds more than once during that trip, and he drew from his own diary entries when he wrote an account of the odd experience for the Nov. 3, 1893 edition of the prestigious journal Science.

“On the following morning, we heard the sound very plainly,” Linton wrote. “It appeared to begin directly overhead and to pass off across the sky, growing fainter and fainter towards the southwest. It appeared to be a rather indefinite, reverberating sound, characterized by a slight metallic resonance.”

Linton and others have described the sounds as “harp-like” or similar to human voices or the sound of metal cables crashing against each other, but no satisfactory explanation has yet been offered for their origin.

Lee Whittlesey, historian at Yellowstone Park and a longtime resident of the region, said that the Yellowstone Lake sounds aren’t often discussed by park insiders.

“You have to have a real interest in Yellowstone history to even be familiar with it,” said Whittlesey, who has written several books and articles about Yellowstone history.

“There are a number of pieces written about it, but it’s often deeply buried in the literature,” he said.

Despite how far-fetched the phenomenon sounds, Whittlesey said he’s confident the sounds have existed and the historical accounts about them are credible.

“It has been reported by too many people for it to be any kind of Bigfoot thing or something like that,” he said.

Respected scientists and prominent park figures have reported hearing the sounds, and accounts have appeared in books, journals and newspapers, Whittlesey said, although the last new written report may have been as far back as the 1930s.

Typically, accounts of the sounds state that they take place at or near Yellowstone Lake or Shoshone Lake on a clear day when there is little or no wind and the waters are still, usually in the morning.

Geologist Frank H. Bradley explored and documented Yellowstone’s natural wonders as a member of the Hayden Expeditions, and wrote in 1873 about hearing odd sounds along the shore of Yellowstone Lake.

“While getting breakfast, we heard every few moments a curious sound, between a whistle and a hoarse whine, whose locality and character we could not at first determine, though we were inclined to refer it to water-fowl on the other side of the lake,” Bradley wrote in his account of the geologic survey of the area.

“I have listened for it because I found it so interesting,” said Whittlesey, who has lived and worked around Yellowstone for more than 35 years.

“I first learned of it in the early 70s, and over the years kept running into references to it here and there,” he said. “So I listened for it any time I was camped in the backcountry anywhere near Yellowstone Lake or Shoshone Lake, and I never have heard it.”

Terry Dolan, a tour guide based in Cody, Wyo, said he has not only never heard the sounds, but was not familiar with details of the historical accounts of them.

There have been various explanations proposed for the sounds, ranging from fanciful speculation to educated guesses, often centered around the park’s unique geology.

An August 1930 article in Popular Science magazine cited “mild earthquakes, their sounds possibly magnified in underground caverns like sound boxes” as one potential explanation.

The article also referenced a theory put forward by F. C. Marvin, chief of the U.S. Weather Bureau, who based his ideas on observations by Glen Jefferson, a Yellowstone meteorologist.

Marvin noted that temperature inversions are not uncommon above Yellowstone Lake, where warmer air above the lake sits atop cooler air near the water’s surface.

He posited that such inversions “may alter the normal way that the air conducts sound,” the article states. “It might produce sound mirages, in which distant noises of geysers, birds or steamboats might appear to come from near at hand.”

Other theories are referenced dismissively by Stephen Forbes, of the Illinois State Natural History Survey, who wrote about hearing the lake sounds while on the same expedition as Linton.

“No scientific explanation of this really bewitching phenomenon has ever been published, although it has been several times referred to by travelers, who have ventured various crude guesses at its cause, varying from that commonest catch-all of the ignorant, ‘electricity,’ to the whistling of the wings of ducks and the noise of Steamboat Geyser,” Forbes wrote. “It seems to me to belong to the class of aerial echoes, but even on that supposition I cannot account for the origin of the sound.”

If the sounds are related to the park’s geology, they come and go along with thermal features like geysers or hot springs, which wax and wane over years or even decades depending on a complex set of natural factors.

It’s possible that some people in recent years have heard the sound but kept mum about it for fear of sounding foolish or being ridiculed, Whittlesey said, but for whatever reason, the lake sounds are not a topic most guides discuss with visitors.

“I was a tour guide and a ranger naturalist, and I don’t remember ever using it in a program,” Whittlesey said. “It’s just not something that is well known among Yellowstone interpreters or Yellowstone tour guides.”

Despite the lack of any recently documented lake sounds and the lack of a solid explanation for them, Whittlesey is sure the sounds existed as described.

“I feel quite certain these people all heard what they wrote about,” he said.

Source: Yellowstone Gate


Ghosts: Assholes of the Afterlife

It's moving week at the CAC household. Truck rented, boxes ready, dust everywhere. While carefully packing away my bacon syrup, I stopped to reflect on our time here. It was quiet, spacious, a great place to relax. Our landlord was the best we've ever had, and always quick to respond to any issues we came across. Anything was a quick fix here. Well, almost.

We had to deal with a ghost. After dealing with it, we have come to the same conclusion: ghosts are just assholes.

Call them whatever you like: specter, spirit, ghost, the undead. I think they are just a bunch of jerks without the decency to just go away. We knew these people when they were alive. The same guys who would cut in front of you on the freeway. Who count change penny by penny at the drive-thru. Test every piece of noisy equipment at 3am. Loud, pestering, obnoxious, life-sapping jerks.

Ours in particular was insufferably annoying. Lights would go on and off (SoCal Edison was probably in cahoots with the phantom, which makes sense because in life jerks still find a way to be employed), the constant sensation of being watched, the poking, the thumping, the rattling of the blinds, the footsteps, and the worst of it: the sensation of someone leaning over you when you are trying to sleep. That last bit is hard to describe, so let me pitch it in a different way.

You know when you go to a Denny's, and you order extra bacon and extra pancakes, and there's always some obese, Rascal-riding jerk in the booth behind you leaning over and staring at your food, breathing heavy? No concept of personal space or manners. It is an awkward, irritating feeling.

With our move, the activity has spiked a bit. First I can't sleep, then the soon-to-be misses can't, then we both fall asleep, and the lights turn on. I pity the next couple that rents here. I think our particularly jerky spirit is upset with us leaving, and like a petulant child told no, its throwing a tantrum.

Some people yearn to talk to the dead. They think they will get some great truth out of the conversation. They assume the mysteries of life, the universe, and everything are all resolved the second you croak. Many actively seek an encounter with a ghost. There are now whole tourist divisions dedicated to encounters with the unexplained.

These people are painfully misguided. They don't understand the true nature of what they are dealing with. Ghosts, I now firmly believe, are the assholes we encounter in our daily lives, doomed to walk the earth because nobody wants to put up with their nonsense. Neither the Creator nor His detractor has the time or the patience to deal with people who whine at a Starbucks barista that they won't put caramel and whipped cream on their (free) water.

So back to the world of the living are they forced to wander about. Every now and then, a camera crew, a fat plumber, and a few anorexic goth chicks will come around and give them some undue and seriously undeserved attention. But for much of their existence in non-corporeal form, they continue to do what they always did, and irritate the lot of us.

Here is a good example of ghosts just being downright obnoxious. David Conway, author of the book "Magic: An Occult Primer", talked about during an interview a pair of ghost that used to visit him as a child.

"Every night after my mother put me to bed, two elderly ladies would appear at my bedside. The taller one would stand back a little, while her companion made a big show of nodding and smiling and blowing kisses in my direction. At some point one of them, usually the taller woman, would lean over and tickle me.

Every evening without fail, thin, bony fingers would reach down and begin the same relentless tickling while I, powerless to stop it, thrashed about in bed.

Throughout it all my tormentor's expression stayed blank, disconcertingly so, with no hint of a smirk or scowl, just a mindless, unflinching resolve. Apparently my screams could be heard outside in the street.

Night after night my parents would try to persuade me it was all a bad dream, but some weeks later I was taken off to see our elderly family doctor."

David explained to the doctor what he saw:

"I went on to describe them in detail and even provided him with their names, as well as diminutives that they encouraged me to use."

It was recommended that David's bed should be moved to another room. After this the visits stopped and never returned. Only several years later did he find out what the doctor had told his parents:

"Years earlier, it seems, he (the doctor) had attended two patients in what was now our house, elderly sisters now long dead. Not only had I described them in remarkable detail - their hair, their clothes, even the consumptive cough of the older woman - but I had given him their names as well as the pet names each used for the other. A mystery he called it."

The doctor may have thought it "a mystery" but to me these ghostly visitors were simply being annoying jerks. It is bad enough to have to go through life being forced to deal with people who talk on their cell phones at the movies, or steal your lunch from the company refrigerator...but to think that these idiots could stick around after kicking the bucket is almost too much to bear. So here is some advise to all of you inconsiderate twits, when the time comes, go towards the light...go towards the light...

Source: Ace of Spades HG

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