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“The dark dangerous forest is still there, my friends. Beyond the space of the astronauts and the astronomers, beyond the dark, tangled regions of Freudian and Jungian psychiatry, beyond the dubious psi-realms of Dr. Rhine, beyond the areas policed by the commissars and priests and motivations-research men, far, far beyond the mad, beat, half-hysterical laughter... the utterly unknown still is and the eerie and ghostly lurk, as much wrapped in mystery as ever.”
- Fritz Leiber -
This week Conspiracy Journal brings you such jaw-dropping tales as:
- Warp Drives Might Be More Realistic Than Thought -
- Ancient Papyrus Refers to Jesus' Wife -
- Is There a Lake Monster in Siberia? -
- 7 Signs of Poltergeist Activity -
AND: 9/11 Survivor "Surfed" 15 Floors Down Collapsing Tower
~ And Now, On With The Show! ~
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- SCOTTY, WARP FACTOR 2 DEPARTMENT -
Warp Drives Might Be More Realistic Than Thought
"Perhaps a Star Trek experience within our lifetime is not such a remote possibility." These are the words of Dr. Harold "Sonny" White, the Advanced Propulsion Theme Lead for the NASA Engineering Directorate. Dr. White and his colleagues don't just believe a real life warp drive is theoretically possible; they've already started the work to create one.
Yes. A real warp drive, Scotty.
When it comes to space exploration, we are still cavemen. We got to the Moon and sent some badass robot to Mars. We also have those automatic doors that swoosh wide open when you get near them, but that's about it. It's cool, but we are far from being the space civilization we'll need to become to survive for millennia.
With our current propulsion technologies, interstellar flight is impossible. Even with experimental technology, like ion thrusters or a spaceship's aft pooping freaking nuclear explosions, it would require staggering amounts of fuel and mass to get to any nearby star. And worse: it will require decades—centuries, even—to get there. The trip will be meaningless for those left behind. Only the ones going forward in search for a new star system would enjoy the result of the colossal effort. It's just not practical.
So we need an alternative. One that would allow us to travel extremely fast without breaking the laws of physics. Or as Dr. White puts it: "we want to go, really fast, while observing the 11th commandment: Thou shall not exceed the speed of light."
Searching for warp bubbles
The answer lies precisely in those laws of physics. Dr. White and other physicists have found loopholes in some mathematical equations—loopholes that indicate that warping the space-time fabric is indeed possible.
Working at NASA Eagleworks—a skunkworks operation deep at NASA's Johnson Space Center—Dr. White's team is trying to find proof of those loopholes. They have "initiated an interferometer test bed that will try to generate and detect a microscopic instance of a little warp bubble" using an instrument called the White-Juday Warp Field Interferometer.
It may sound like a small thing now, but the implications of the research huge. In his own words:
Although this is just a tiny instance of the phenomena, it will be existence proof for the idea of perturbing space time-a "Chicago pile" moment, as it were. Recall that December of 1942 saw the first demonstration of a controlled nuclear reaction that generated a whopping half watt. This existence proof was followed by the activation of a ~ four megawatt reactor in November of 1943. Existence proof for the practical application of a scientific idea can be a tipping point for technology development.
By creating one of these warp bubbles, the spaceship's engine will compress the space ahead and expand the space behind, moving it to another place without actually moving, and carrying none of the adverse effects of other travel methods. According to Dr. White, "by harnessing the physics of cosmic inflation, future spaceships crafted to satisfy the laws of these mathematical equations may actually be able to get somewhere unthinkably fast—and without adverse effects."
He says that, if everything is confirmed in these practical experiments, we would be able to create an engine that will get us to Alpha Centauri "in two weeks as measured by clocks here on Earth." The time will be the same in the spaceship and on Earth, he claims, and there will not be "tidal forces inside the bubble, no undue issues, and the proper acceleration is zero. When you turn the field on, everybody doesn't go slamming against the bulkhead, which would be a very short and sad trip."
The energy problem, solved
There was only one problem with all this: where does the energy come from? While we knew that warp drives were theoretically possible, physicists have always argued that they would require a ball of exotic matter the size of Jupiter to power it. Clearly, that was not practical. But thankfully, Dr. White has found a solution that changes the game completely.
The Eagleworks team has discovered that the energy requirements are much lower than previously thought. If they optimize the warp bubble thickness and "oscillate its intensity to reduce the stiffness of space time," they would be able to reduce the amount of fuel to manageable amount: instead of a Jupiter-sized ball of exotic matter, you will only need 500 kilograms to "send a 10-meter bubble (32.8 feet) at an effective velocity of 10c."
Ten c! That's ten times the speed of light, people (remember, the ship itself would not go faster than the speed of light. But effectively it will seem like it does).
That means that we would be able to visit Gliese 581g—a planet similar to Earth 20 light years away from our planet—in two years. Two years is nothing. It took Magellan three years to circumnavigate around our home planet—from August 1519 to September 1522. A four year roundtrip to see a planet like Earth is completely doable. And there are even closer destinations where we can send robots or astronauts.
The important thing is that there is now a door open to a different kind of exploration. That, like Dr. White says, "perhaps a Star Trek experience within our lifetime is not such a remote possibility." We may be witnessing the very beginning of a new age of space exploration, one that would finally take us from our pale blue dot back to where we belong.
(Thanks to Wm. Michael Mott for bringing this article to our attention.)
Ancient Papyrus Refers to Jesus' Wife
A historian of early Christianity at Harvard Divinity School has identified a scrap of papyrus that she says was written in Coptic in the fourth century and contains a phrase never seen in any piece of scripture: "Jesus said to them, 'My wife …'"
The faded papyrus fragment is smaller than a business card, with eight lines on one side, in black ink legible under a magnifying glass. Just below the line about Jesus having a wife, the papyrus includes a second provocative clause that purportedly says, “she will be able to be my disciple.”
The finding is being made public in Rome on Tuesday at an international meeting of Coptic scholars by the historian Karen L. King, who has published several books about new Gospel discoveries and is the first woman to hold the nation’s oldest endowed chair, the Hollis professor of divinity.
The provenance of the papyrus fragment is a mystery, and its owner has asked to remain anonymous. Until Tuesday, King had shown the fragment to only a small circle of experts in papyrology and Coptic linguistics, who concluded that it is most likely not a forgery. But she and her collaborators say they are eager for more scholars to weigh in and perhaps upend their conclusions.
Even with many questions unsettled, the discovery could reignite the debate over whether Jesus was married, whether Mary Magdalene was his wife and whether he had a female disciple. These debates date to the early centuries of Christianity, scholars say. But they are relevant today, when global Christianity is roiling over the place of women in ministry and the boundaries of marriage.
The discussion is particularly animated in the Roman Catholic Church, where despite calls for change, the Vatican has reiterated the teaching that the priesthood cannot be opened to women and married men because of the model set by Jesus.
King gave an interview and showed the papyrus fragment, encased in glass, to reporters from The New York Times, The Boston Globe and Harvard Magazine in her garret office in the tower at Harvard Divinity School last Thursday. She left the next day for Rome to deliver her paper on the find on Tuesday at the International Congress of Coptic Studies.
She repeatedly cautioned that this fragment should not be taken as proof that Jesus, the historical person, was actually married. The text was probably written centuries after Jesus lived, and all other early, historically reliable Christian literature is silent on the question, she said.
But the discovery is exciting, King said, because it is the first known statement from antiquity that refers to Jesus speaking of a wife. It provides further evidence that there was an active discussion among early Christians about whether Jesus was celibate or married, and which path his followers should choose.
“This fragment suggests that some early Christians had a tradition that Jesus was married,” King said. “There was, we already know, a controversy in the second century over whether Jesus was married, caught up with a debate about whether Christians should marry and have sex.”
King first learned about what she calls “The Gospel of Jesus' Wife” when she received an e-mail in 2010 from a private collector who asked her to translate it. King, 58, specializes in Coptic literature, and has written books on the Gospel of Judas, the Gospel of Mary of Magdala, Gnosticism and women in antiquity.
The owner, who has a collection of Greek, Coptic and Arabic papyri, is not willing to be identified by name, nationality or location, because, King said, “He doesn’t want to be hounded by people who want to buy this.”
When, where or how the fragment was discovered is unknown. The collector acquired it in a batch of papyri in 1997 from the previous owner, a German. It came with a handwritten note in German that names a professor of Egyptology in Berlin, now deceased, and cited him calling the fragment “the sole example” of a text in which Jesus claims a wife.
The owner carried the fragment to the Divinity School in December 2011 and left it with King. She said she was initially suspicious, but it looked promising enough to explore. Three months later, she carried the fragment in her red handbag to New York to show it to two colleagues, both papyrologists: Roger Bagnall, director of the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, at New York University; and AnneMarie Luijendijk, an associate professor of religion at Princeton University.
They examined the scrap under sharp magnification. It was very small — only 4 by 8 centimeters. The lettering was splotchy and uneven, the hand of an amateur, but not unusual for the time period, when many Christians were poor and persecuted.
It was written in Coptic, an Egyptian language that uses Greek characters — and more precisely, in Sahidic Coptic, a dialect from southern Egypt, Luijendijk said in an interview.
What convinced them it was probably genuine was the fading of the ink on the papyrus fibers, and traces of ink adhered to the bent fibers at the torn edges. The back side is so faint that only five words are visible, one only partly: “my moth[er],” “three,” “forth which.”
“It would be impossible to forge,” said Dr. Luijendijk, who contributed to Dr. King’s paper.
Bagnall reasoned that a forger would have had to be expert in Coptic grammar, handwriting and ideas. Most forgeries he has seen were nothing more than gibberish. And if it were a forgery intended to cause a sensation or make someone rich, why would it have lain in obscurity for so many years?
“It’s hard to construct a scenario that is at all plausible in which somebody fakes something like this. The world is not really crawling with crooked papyrologists,” Bagnall said.
The piece is torn into a rough rectangle, so that the document is missing its adjoining text on the left, right, top and bottom — most likely the work of a dealer who divided up a larger piece to maximize his profit, Dr. Bagnall said.
Much of the context, therefore, is missing. But King was struck by phrases in the fragment like “My mother gave to me life,” and “Mary is worthy of it,” which resemble snippets from the Gospels of Thomas and Mary. Experts believe those were written in the late second century and translated into Coptic. She surmises that this fragment is also copied from a second-century Greek text.
The meaning of the words, “my wife,” is beyond question, Dr. King said. “These words can mean nothing else.” The text beyond “my wife” is cut off.
King did not have the ink dated using carbon testing. She said it would require scraping off too much, destroying the relic. She still plans to have the ink tested by spectroscopy, which could roughly determine its age by its chemical composition.
King submitted her paper to The Harvard Theological Review, which asked three scholars to review it. Two questioned its authenticity, but they had seen only low-resolution photographs of the fragment and were unaware that expert papyrologists had seen the actual item and judged it to be genuine, King said. One of the two questioned the grammar, translation and interpretation.
Ariel Shisha-Halevy, an eminent Coptic linguist at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, was consulted, and responded in an email in September, “I believe — on the basis of language and grammar — the text is authentic.”
Major doubts allayed, The Review plans to publish King’s article in its January issue.
The owner has offered to donate the papyrus to Harvard if the university buys a “substantial part of his collection,” King said, which Harvard is considering. She said she will “push him to come forward,” in part to avoid stoking conspiracy theories.
The notion that Jesus had a wife was the central conceit of the best seller and movie “The Da Vinci Code.” But King said she wants nothing to do with the Code or its author: “At least, don’t say this proves Dan Brown was right.”
Source: NY Times
- GHOSTS AND RESTLESS SPIRITS DEPARTMENT -
An Ode to Terror: The Steiger Effect
by Micah Hanks
It always happens around this time each year: I’ll receive an email in my inbox that features either a story or article that just gives me the creeps , or maybe a clever video with a goblin that jumps out toward the end and reminds me of the kind of primal terror seldom afforded most adults in the Western world. True, in the modern day, our fears are primarily those that arise from doubt or worry associated with the collapse of the banking industry, or perhaps the imminent threat of international conflict. Some of us are terrified of how we’re going to manage to get our bills paid on time, or more simply, what unknown challenges tomorrow may hold.
Getting back to those emails from earlier, I should probably mention the man behind such mischief, for his is not only the playful variety that reminds us of the fun and laughter celebrating the macabre can bring this time of year, but it is also steeped in the serious, and perhaps most thorough study of the strange and unusual that any one individual has undertaken since Charles Hoy Fort. Indeed, the seeker of strange of which I speak here is none other than Brad Steiger, a veritable master of the mysterious and author of almost countless numbers of books and articles on the unexplained.
Brad’s work is very unique because, to me, it is capable of evoking a kind of unsettling nature that is both fun and frightening. As children, the kinds of things we associate with fear are far different from the “real world” fears I had described earlier: we might imagine a creature hiding under our beds or peering in our windows; we might just as well have feared the nighttime visitations of some ghostly onlooker, standing (or hovering) over our beds and watching us while we sleep. For me, these are the fears of days long past, and in retrospect, that variety of “fear” is one that I’ve almost grown to miss; there is a certain nostalgia associated with it, and without question, the late night viewings of classic monster films I recall as a child were the kind of “terror” that not only kept me awake at night, but kept me wanting more.
Though I don’t often write gushing dissertations on my heroes, let alone long examinations of their life and work, Steiger makes for a definite exception here (which brings to mind the new updated edition of his Real Ghosts, Restless Spirits, and Haunted Places that came in the mail the other day). My justification, in this instance, is because the life and work of Brad Steiger is far too broad, complex, and fascinating for any Fortean to overlook. His influence has indeed been profound, and his eloquent approach to the study of strange phenomenon has both entertained–and terrified–his readers for half a century. Few, if any, can lay claim to such an immense scope of material as that which Brad has covered in his years of probing the dark corners of reality in search of the impossible.
I first became acquainted with Brad Steiger’s work as a child, discovering books like The Seed and Real Monsters, in addition to various editions of such things as the Project Blue Book files, for which Steiger had been the editor. In my early twenties, I actually began to correspond with Brad, after being “introduced” to him during a guest appearance he made on Joshua Warren’s radio show, Speaking of Strange (which, at the time, I had been serving as the producer and engineer). My interest in the unexplained, and more importantly, building a career around writing about the unexplained, soon prompted an interview I conducted with Brad, which to this day stands out among the most fascinating I’ve ever shared with a guest.
Steiger, while well versed in many fields of interest, is not best known as a cryptozoologist; his contributions to such areas as ufology, the contactee phenomenon, and of course, ghosts and hauntings, have been innumerable; hence, at the time, I felt that Brad’s perspective on Bigfoot and other mysterious creatures might be particularly interesting, if not a bit off the beaten path. Not only was his commentary unique, as I had surmised that it would be, I was floored by not just his knowledge of the subject, but also by the number of incredible experiences he described having over the years.
For instance, Steiger recalled receiving a phone call late one evening, only to hear whipping and howling wind in the background, serving as eerie accompaniment to the familiar voice of Scottish zoologist Ivan Sanderson, who had been exclaiming excitedly about having found something remarkable.
“What did you find, Ivan?” a young Steiger, who was then still quite new to the field himself, had asked.
“I’ve found what I’ve searched a lifetime for,” Sanderson said over the howling wind. “Proof that the Abominable Snowmen do exist!” Of course, he had been referencing the events that transpired around the time of the discovery of the so-called “Minnesota Iceman,” a cryptozoological case which later was said to have involved a large rubber model of a caveman-esque troglodyte. However, Sanderson and his associate, Bernard Huevelmans, had maintained that the initial specimen they examined, which had been encased in ice, had been quite authentic… right down to the stench associated with the frozen corpse as the ice around it had begun to melt. Even in those tender years, Sanderson had thought enough of Steiger to issue a call to him at such an hour, with hope that he had secured proof of the extraordinary.
But what had always drawn me to Brad’s writing over the years, in particular, had been the way he could manage to take a very matter-of-fact approach to his writing, and yet still maintain a certain mystique. When you read Brad’s words, they are not only interesting, they are at times captivating… and yes, they are often very frightening. He writes of amazing events and circumstances that could only exist in the embellishments of most popular fiction authors today, and yet he makes you believe what you’ve read, often with a clarity and honesty our finest historians have lacked. But unlike the historian, or the novelist, for that matter, Steiger’s works are perhaps most captivating because he has lived the circumstances he divulges; his are not remembrances derived from first hand accounts of yesteryear, nor are they the stuff of the imagination; his experiences are more often his, or of those who have bravely shared their stories with him over the course of the last few decades.
And Steiger, as a result of having lived the life of a true Fortean paranormalist, believes these stories himself, in addition to helping make his readers believe them, and the infinite possibilities this universe can hold. Thus, while there are times where we can seek to look for the general message that this haunted universe may be trying to send our way, in this instance, perhaps the medium itself is most important. Without question, Steiger and his work are a living example of the strange and unusual right in our very midst. To wit, having written and cataloged so much material on the strange and unusual might in itself constitute being called “paranormal.” And when it comes to simply wanting to read something that still manages to capture that nostalgic fear of yesteryear, ten-to-one I’ll always rely on what I call “The Steiger Effect” and go retrieve one of his many volumes from the wall… a perfect compliment for any time of the year, although around Halloween, it becomes a very special treat indeed.
Read, and enjoy… but be warned: world-view shifts of the terrifying variety may ensue throughout!
Source: Mysterious Universe
- NESSIES EASTERN COUSIN DEPARTMENT -
Is There a Lake Monster in Siberia?
A Moscow scientist is calling for a new scientific expedition to solve the mystery of a huge 'monster' claimed to be living in remote Lake Labynkyr in Siberia.
Known as 'Russia's Loch Ness Monster', the accounts of the creature in Yakutia predate the Scottish claims yet in many ways are similar.
Intriguingly, too, there are theories that Labynkyr - which has unusual cracks on its 60 to 80 metre deep floor - is connected by underwater channels to another lake, Vorota, where monster sightings have also been recorded, including by respected Soviet geologist Viktor Tverdokhlebov, an academician not given to hyperbole.
Associate Professor of Biogeography Lyudmila Emeliyanova revealed to The Siberian Times that on her own scientific mission to Labynkyr she recorded 'several seriously big underwater objects' with sonar readings.
She is not the only researcher to have done so.
'It was our fourth or fifth day at the lake when our echo sounding device registered a huge object in the water under our boat,' she said.
'The object was very dense, of homogeneous structure, surely not a fish nor a shoal of fish, and it was above the bottom. I was very surprised but not scared and not shocked, after all we did not see this animal, we only registered a strange object in the water. But I can clearly say - at the moment, as a scientist, I cannot offer you any explanation of what this object might be.'
The readings were repeated and she became convinced there was more than one large living object in the pure waters.
'I can't say we literally found and touched something unusual there but we did register with our echo sounding device several seriously big underwater objects, bigger than a fish, bigger than even a group of fish.
'This is why I fully support the idea of a new trip there and extra research.
'I would love to take part in another visit to this lake. I know how to organise it and know enough good local people who can help on the spot. It is a hard trip I must say but it is definitely worth doing it again. This mysterious and very deep lake still has some secret to tell us.'
Freshwater Labynkyr, some 5,000 km east of Moscow, is mysterious for another reason, too. It is only around 60 kilometres from the settlement of Oymyakon - the coldest inhabited place on Earth - yet, astonishingly, the lake does not freeze over completely in winter, in contrast to virtually all lakes in the region. The ice that does form, unusually, can be too thin to walk on. It is not uncommon to driver cars on lakes in Yakutia in winter: but not Labynkyr.
One unproven theory is that Labynkyr, where much of the rock is volcanic, is warmed slightly from below by a fissure in the Earth's crust.
Dr Emeliyanova, from the Biogeography Department of the Geographical Faculty of Moscow State University, is struck by historical accounts of monsters in Labynkyr and Vorota and believes they are credible.
They date from the late 19th century, while accounts of the Loch Ness monster are usually held to have emerged in the 1930s.
On the basis of 'sightings' there has been speculation that Labynkyr and Vorota might be inhabited by a school of ichthyosaurs, prehistoric marine reptiles resembling dolphins or sharks, or plesiosaurs, a popular theory concerning 'Nessie' in Scotland which is often depicted with a long neck.
Another version has speculated that relic killer whales could have become marooned in Labynkyr. Some accounts even suggest the 'creature' makes a hideous primeval cry as it attacks its prey.
'Personally, I do believe that when the information about something strange circulates among local people for so many years, it just can't be groundless, it means something is there,' she said. 'I know the local people very well - they are ingenuous but they do not lie,' she said previously.
Now she adds: 'I have been on a dozen expeditions to this region and I can say I know the character of local people quite well. They are emotional - but are not intended to show their emotions and they are very true and honest by nature, often more honest than is necessary. This is why I am not ready to reject all these stories.'
For her another factor is how the stories of monsters in Yakutia relate solely to these two lakes out of more than 800,000 across this giant region.
'There are many lakes in Yakutia and around the Indigirka River, hundreds of them, big and small, their shores are more or less populated, but all the talk is about Labynkyr and Vorota lakes, and it has gone on for many dozens of years. It makes us think about it. And these stories about the local monster are older than those about the Loch Ness monster.'
Even so, she insisted of her 2002 trip: 'I did not go there to chase the lake monster: as a biogeographer I was interested mainly in that very territory, I wanted to visit and study it.
'As a scientist I know this is not enough to locate and study some unknown creature. I can put it like this, however. I believe there is a mystery in this lake because there is no smoke without fire.
'I am sure that numerous legends which exist and circulate for many years just can't be groundless. I read many different legends but the account below is what I heard with my own ears.
'Several fishermen who visit this lake from time to time say they experienced the following when fishing from a boat in this lake: during quiet, and not windy, weather when there were no disturbances in the lake, some strange waves coming from under the water suddenly heavily shook their boats.
'It was as if a big body was moving under the water and producing waves which reached the surface and shook the vessel.'
She explained: 'These stories shook me up, for instance, about a boat which was lifted by something or somebody. Two fishermen were fishing in the middle of the lake in late Autumn, they were in a 10 metre long boat when suddenly the bow began to rise as if somebody was pushing it from under the water.
'It was a heavy boat, only a huge and strong animal can do such a thing. The fishermen were stuck by fear. They did not see anything, no head, no jaws. Soon the boat went down.'
In a book 'Trip to the Cold Pole', author Gennady Borodulin recounts a tale from Labynkyr in the 1920s.
'An Evenk family of nomads followed their reindeer and reached the shore of Lake Labynkyr. They decided to stay overnight on the shore. A five year old child went to the bank of a stream which led into the lake while adults were busy. Suddenly the adults heard the boy screaming.
'The father and grandfather rushed to the bank. They stopped on the edge of water and saw the child being carried away by an unknown animal to the centre of the lake. It was a dark creature, with a mouth looking like bird's beak. It held the child and moved away with quick rushes, then it dived leaving huge waves and dragged the child under the water.
'The granddad swore to revenge the 'devil. He took a sack made of animal skin, stuffed it with reindeer fur, rags, dry grass and pine trees needles, put a smouldering piece of wood inside. He attached the sack to a huge stone on shore with a rope and then threw the sack far into the waters of the lake.
'At night there was noise and splashes and terrible screams of the 'devil'. In the morning the waves brought the huge dead animal, about seven meters long with a huge jaw, almost one third size of the body, and relatively small legs and fins.
'The old man cut the animal's stomach, took out the body of his grandson, and buried him on the bank of the stream. Since then this stream is called 'The Stream of a Child'.
'It is hard to say what happened to the remains of the animal but this jaw was put like an arch on the shore.'
Could it have really happened? Only a fully fledged scientific mission can hope to answer whether the Labynkyr Monster is myth or reality.
Source: The Siberian Times
- WEIRDEST OF THE WEIRD DEPARTMENT -
Centaurs in North America
When you think of a 'Centaur' the vision is usually of a mythological creature from Greek origin. It's head, arms, and chest are those of a human and the rest of its body, including four legs, hindquarters, and a tail is like that of a horse.
There is the legend of Ixion who was purified by Zeus of a first murder of kin, a horrifying deed. The shameless man repaid this honor by trying to seduce Hera. The goddess told her husband. When Zeus learned about this passion he made a disguised model of Hera, a cloud likeness, to see how obsessed he was with his wife.
Ixion was so deeply in love with Hera that he slept with the disguised model. Zeus punished Ixion by chaining him to a winged and fiery wheel, which revolved forever in Tartarus. The cloud gave birth to a creature named Centaurus. It was Centaurus that descended upon a herd of Magnesian mares and conceived the Centaurs.
There have been stories of similar creatures throughout the ages but in locations that you'd most likely not imagine.
I received the following email from M.B. who is Native American:
Hey Lon...this is a second hand account that I heard from my father's trusted friend. I'm sorry I can't provide any more details than what I was told from the witness.
When my father's friend was younger he was a Deputy for the Apache Reservation Police. I believe it happened in the early 1980s, but not sure. One night he was on patrol in his squad car alone on the reservation. He was driving along the deserted highway that passed through town. When he reached the church he saw something moving back and forth along the church, peering into the windows. He stopped the car on the highway, and observed for a while. It was too dark to make out much at first. Then, the dark shape took notice of him and began moving out of the shadows and into the front of the church.
I forget exactly whether he then moved the police car into the parking lot to intercept the man, or if he stopped the car shortly after making a move but either way the headlights helped illuminate what he saw.
Under the orange light of the street lights was a 8 foot tall Demon-Centaur!!! The bottom half was indeed a dark haired horse, while where the neck and head should have been was the upper torso of a man. The man was staring right at him as it strolled by, all 4 hooves clanking on the pavement. His skin was a dark red and it had horns on either side of his head. He said they were like ram horns, curled around on either side of his skull. He was terrified and while the thought of shooting the beast crossed his mind, he reasoned against it. He didn't want to provoke it and have it attack him. It completed crossing the road, and down a steep slope into a farmland field below. Once it reached this open ground, he watched as it started to run away as fast as possible until it disappeared into the darkness and trees beyond.
He was deeply troubled after the encounter and couldn't reason why a demonic creature would be looking into a building as holy as a church. The way he told the story, you couldn't help but believe it to be true and I'm sure that it actually happened.
I've had weird encounters myself, and lots and lots of 2nd hand stories from friends/family on the Navajo and Apache Reservations. I shouldn't talk about many of those though. Being Native American, talking about these weird things can have negative repercussions to those involved. M.B.
I contacted my friend JC Johnson who confirmed that there have been similar sightings in the Four Corners/Navajo Reservation area for some time. In fact he forwarded a sketch of one of these creatures by Leonard Dan. (Seen at top of article.)
I recall a strange sighting in Michigan in 2006:
Location: Between Battle Creek & Bellevue, Michigan - January/February 2006 - night
A woman driving alone on a road between both towns had to slow down for a stop sign. Suddenly a creature of very large size jumped up over a snow bank and ran “10 yards a second”. It was coming towards the car. She further described the creature as “enormous and its body as white as the snow around it”. It had tiny little legs, like animal goat legs but very small. She had the impression that parts of it were like a man and other parts of it were an animal. According to her it either grabbed, or reached for the door handle but he car was locked. She said its fingers were incredibly long, “long, long fingers and nails”. It was so incredibly fast that she did not see a face or anything else. She mentioned that another car of people had also seen it too; they had stopped and looking at it at one point.
Source: unknowncreaturespot “2006 Michigan centaur sighting”
There was another incident in Melbourne, Florida:
"Three friends and I saw an apparition, possibly of a demon, when we were all around 10 years old. Myself, another boy and his two sisters were riding bikes together down a sidewalk that ran along the outskirts of our neighborhood The end of that sidewalk is at a beach-side highway in Melbourne, Florida.
Nearing the highway, with me leading the pack, the boy put his hand on my shoulder and made me stop riding. When I looked back at them, both girls were staring straight ahead with tears in their eyes, and the boy pointed for me to look. Not knowing what they could be pointing at because I had just been looking that direction when they stopped me, I looked and saw what I can only say was a centaur on the sidewalk in between us and the highway. The sun had just risen above the horizon and was at the creature's back, so the whole figure was cast in shadow, but I could make out that it had a very muscular, had a reddish torso, a horse's four legs and was over six feet tall. Next to it was a thicket of palmetto and palm trees from which a person could have jumped out in a clever costume, although the quickness of appearance and the incredible detail of the creature would make me doubt that.
Needless to say, my first move was to turn around and jet, and the others had already done so. Before we pedaled around the corner, I looked and it was still standing there, and I was very relieved that it was not chasing us. After we had reached a safe distance, we celebrated our escape.
Unfortunately, I lost touch with my friends when I moved away that year. When I came back at the age of 15, I lived right by the sidewalk again, and one night from my room, I heard frantic yelling by the road, and came out to discover that a kid had been struck by a car crossing from the beach over to the sidewalk where I had seen the centaur. The family was much too shaken up for me to talk with them, and the boy had been killed instantly, so I won't know if he saw something, but it is a very odd coincidence, if that.
I've just started trying to recontact my friends to see if they saw the same creature as I, or if we all saw our own version of what we thought the devil looked like, as we didn't discuss it in detail at the time." - paranormal.about.com
A few years ago, there were Centaur-like sightings in the Cree Nation of Alberta, Canada:
"There is definitely a growing phenomena up here in Alberta, Canada. Specifically, the location is better known as Hobbema, a place comprised of 4 distinct Cree Indian reservations. These sightings I speak of occur on the Samson Cree reserve, in and around the high school area.
When I first heard about it, I was skeptical and proceeded to tease my friends, thinking they were trying to pull to wool over my eyes. They were neither insulted nor deterred from sharing with me that in conjunction with their own personal experiences, there is an actual video tape of this "centaur" creating violent havoc inside the school in a hallway near a main exit. Other stories they shared have to do with sightings at night, where the centaur actually chases them or appears suddenly out of nowhere.
It is far to easy to pass this off as "something in the water," for the Hobbema Cree peoples of this area have experienced generations of trauma. The brief history of this location has everything to do with the discovery of rich deposits of oil in the middle of the 1900's. Once harvested, the residents of this area became incredibly rich. However, due to the lack of a holistic education, and decades of dysfunction throughout the community wrought by the Canadian government and the Churches, the locals were unable to fathom and properly adjust to their fortune to the fullest extent.
This resulted in various forms of chaos throughout the later part of the century, for the oil royalities were distributed to every reserve member, and their children as well when they turned 18. The mortality rate increased over time in this area, most due to suicide and murder. Today, we see an entire generation of youth, that have completely bought into the ghettoization of their communities and are largely atheist.
In regards to the phenomena of the centaur sightings, it is known throughout the remaining Spiritual community of this area that these "beings" are making themselves known because in the eyes of the youth, there is nothing to believe in anymore. Sightings as such are creating panic and fear, and the phenomena has therefore become demonized by word of mouth.
I am not a community member of this area. Nor have I seen or witnessed anything of the like. However, I have heard this from more than one person from that area and at this stage, I cannot write it off to just coincidence. When I heard of this website, and the kind of work being conducted in communities across the United States, I realized I had to submit something herein in the hopes of generating interest, and hopefully to come across someone else that believes in something of this sort." - pennstateprs.com
Then there was this follow-up to the post:
"I have heard of many stories like this in First Nation reserves in Saskatchewan. I actually have heard of one in Cotes FN, Kawcatoose FN, Kamsack area and in 2003 there was the sighting of a Centaur at Standing Buffalo's FN Pow Wow. I think that it appears to people to tell others that there's something wrong. That there is something wrong in the community. Maybe black magic? We all know as native people that there native people who do practice the bad ways. Sure, there are the good ways but on the other hand so is the dark ways. Personally, I think that when native people practice these dark ways that this centaur or thing will appear to help those ones that practice such bad practices. This thing helps them. I have heard so many stories of this centaur. the most famous one is the sighting at Standing Buffalo powwow. I do not know what the Elders did over there. One Elder had to have a special ceremony and singers were requested from far away to help in the ceremony. The singers who were traveling from far away could sense this evil thing and one singer actually turned around and didn't attend the ceremony because he was afraid. The spirits were afraid of the old man conducting the ceremony. But the spirits helped by taking that evil thing centaur and banishing it to the pits of the mountains. I know there are a lot of native people who have heard such stories and I am curious to know what did their Elders do in such circumstances?" - pennstateprs.com
Source: Phantoms and Monsters
- A HAUNTING WE WILL GO DEPARTMENT -
7 Signs of Poltergeist Activity
By Stephen Wagner
Here is how to recognize when your home might be experiencing poltergeists.
DETERMINING THE DIFFERENCE between poltergeist activity and ghost or haunting activity can be difficult. While ghost and haunting activity is the result of spirit energy, poltergeist activity - also known as "recurrent spontaneous psychokinesis" or RSPK - is the result of psychic energy generated (usually unconsciously) by a person, referred to as an agent.
But how do you know there might be poltergeist activity in your home? Most often, you'll know it if you have it because it is out of the ordinary and pretty obvious: sounds, movements, and odors of unknown origin.
Below are 7 of the most common types of poltergeist activity. Let me be clear, however: Because you experience - or think you experience - one or more of the activities listed below does not automatically mean that it definitely is poltergeist activity. There could be more mundane, everyday causes for the activity. For example, smells of unknown origin could be wafting in from an open window; lightings flickering on and off could be faulty wiring.
You should seek logical explanations before jumping to the conclusion that it is poltergeist activity because true poltergeist activity, although it is a well-documented phenomenon with many hundreds of real cases, is relatively rare. A professional investigator might be able to help you to determine the cause of what you are experiencing.
Having said that, here are 7 signs to recognize:
1 - DISAPPEARING OBJECTS
You put your set of keys or your cell phone down in the place you always put it. You turn around a minute later and it's gone. You and your family search high and low for it, but it cannot be found. Later - sometimes days later or longer - the object mysteriously reappears in the very place you always put it. Or, more bizarrely, you later find it in a most ridiculous place, like high on a bookshelf, in a shoebox in the closet... or some other spot where you'd never put it in a million years. Read more about this particular phenomenon in the article Disappearing Object Phenomenon.
2 - OBJECTS LEVITATING OR THROWN
You're sitting there watching TV, totally engrossed in a dramatic movie, when suddenly the bowl of popcorn you've been munching from rises from the coffee table, floats through the air a few feet, then drops to the floor. Or... you're having a loud argument with your teenage daughter, and as she storms out of the room, books and knick-knacks come hurtling off of the bookcase, as if reacting to the young girl's anger.
The movement of physical objects like this can be quite dramatic and can be as slight as a box of Tic Tacs sliding a few inches across a table top or as amazing as a heavy refrigerator levitating off the kitchen floor.
3 - SCENTS AND ODORS
No one in your house smokes, yet on occasion the distinct smell of cigarette or cigar smoke can be detected in the bathroom. Or... as you're dressing for bed, suddenly the overpowering scent of lilacs fills the room.
As stated above, all kinds of smells can enter your house from the outside, even from a passing car, so such scents might not necessarily mean poltergeist.
Such scents and odors can also be a sign of ghost activity as they might be associated with a spirit or with a residual haunting.
4 - ELECTRICAL INTERFERENCE
Johnny is having a tough time in school, and sometimes when he enters the living room with that scowl on his face, the overhead light and lamps flicker. Or... It's 3 o'clock in the morning and you're shocked out of sleep by the stereo in the den turning on full blast - and it's doesn't have a remote control that could have set if off accidentally, either from inside or outside the house.
5 - POWER FROM NOWHERE
That antique clock on the fireplace mantle hasn't worked in years, but it's a family heirloom and you like how it looks there, so you've kept it. Quite suddenly, it begins to chime and the second hand resumes moving, even though the clock hasn't been wound in ten years. Or... it's 9:15 p.m. and the little kids are sound asleep in bed when suddenly Billy's little choo-choo train begins to chug across the living room floor. You think that's odd, but you switch it off and put it back down. A few minutes later, the little train starts up again. Thinking there's something wrong with the switch, you open the battery compartment to remove the batteries... but there are no batteries in it!
6 - KNOCKS, RAPPINGS, FOOTSTEPS, AND OTHER NOISES
You're in your office trying to balance the checkbook, but you find it hard to concentrate when your husband is in the other room banging on the wall for some reason. You go to investigate, but then remember your husband is out bowling - he isn't even home. No one else is. So where's that knocking coming from? Or... the family is the kitchen table deep into a heated game of Monopoly. Suddenly, all the chatter stops when everyone's attention is drawn to the sound of footsteps coming up the basement stairs. Dad checks it out, but of course there is no one there.
7 - PHYSICAL ATTACKS
Twelve-year old Alyssa can't stand how her parents are always fighting. The constant yelling and screaming are driving her crazy. She sits on the floor in the corner of her room, crying with her face in her hands. She winces from a sudden pain on her back. When she checks it in a mirror, she finds fresh scratches. Or... the poltergeist activity - from unexplained bangs to flying coffee pots - has been escalating at the Ferman household, and young Becky seems to be the center of it all. It got at its worst when visiting Uncle Donald received sharp slaps across the face, seemingly from an unseen hand.
Physical attacks such as these have been documented in such cases as The Bell Witch and the Amherst poltergeist, but they are exceedingly rare and occur only in the most severe cases.
HOW DO YOU RECOGNIZE A POLTERGEIST CASE?
An experienced paranormal investigator or parapsychologist might be able to help you determine if what is taking place in your home is poltergeist activity or a haunting - which can sometimes exhibit similar effects - or whether there is a logical, non-paranormal explanation.
In the case of a poltergeist, the investigator will look for other factors. Since poltergeist activity is a psychic effect rather than a spirit-based one, the investigator should try to determine who the agent is - the person who is generating the telekinetic activity.
Various kinds of stresses can be the cause of this activity, including emotional, physical, psychological, and even hormonal stresses, and so the investigator should try to examine the personal and family dynamics and very well might need to seek the help of therapists or counselors.
Or not. Most cases of poltergeist activity or short-lived, lasting only days or a few weeks. It is rare indeed that they stretch out for months or more. Most of the time they just fade away on their own.
- FACT OR FAKE DEPARTMENT -
9/11 Survivor Claims He "Surfed" 15 Floors Down Collapsing Tower
A man has spoken about how he survived the collapse of the Twin Towers by "surfing" down the falling buildings on a block of concrete.
In the aftermath of 9/11, there were reports that one man had survived the collapse of the North Tower by "surfing" down the falling building, through a blizzard of debris.
However, the man was never traced and the story was dismissed as the stuff of legend.
Now documentary-makers have tracked down Pasquale Buzzelli, who believes he is "the world's luckiest man" and gained expert testimony from rescuers, engineers, and eyewitnesses to piece together his story.
Mr Buzzelli, 43, told The Sun newspaper that he had avoided speaking publicly until now because he found it hard to talk about his experiences and felt "survivor guilt" after losing 14 colleagues in the tragedy.
Close to 3,000 people died in the 9/11 attacks, after four hijacked passenger planes were crashed into the World Trade Center in New York, the Pentagon and a Pennsylvania field.
The deaths included at least 200 of those at the Twin Towers who fell or jumped to their deaths.
Mr Buzzelli was in a lift in the North Tower when the first plane hit it between the 93rd and 99th floors, he said.
When the lift stopped, on floor 44, he saw scenes of panic, but the structural engineer who worked for the New York Port Authority continued to his own office on the 64th floor.
His wife Louise, then seven months' pregnant told how her husband telephoned her, and asked her to switch on the television to find out what was going on.
She saw that the plane had hit his building, which was alight. Then Mr Buzzelli and colleagues clustered around a television to see a second plane hit the neighbouring tower.
He and colleagues began to make their escape, but by the time he reached the 22nd floor the building began to collapse.
Watching the scenes on television, his wife was sure that her husband was dead.
However, as the walls around him began to crumble, Mr Buzzelli began to free-fall, he said.
"I've never jumped out of a plane but I guess I was experiencing that feeling of surfing down, just riding the air and getting buffered around, as if I was on a rollercoaster," he said.
After experiencing a bright flash, he fell unconscious, to awake three hours later, lying on a ledge of the ruins seven floors up. Despite falling 15 floors, he had only suffered a broken leg and a crushed ankle.
Mr Buzzelli did not speak publicly about what had happened but he and his wife kept a diary for their two children.
He said: "I lost 14 colleagues who were with me when the tower collapsed. They were the last people I saw, then they were gone. They were the victims and I was the survivor. So I had a sense of guilt. I just wanted to pretend it didn't happen."
Documentary-makers met the firemen who rescued him, and scientists and engineers who said the account was plausible.
Prof Thomas Eagar, from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, said the winds from the falling towers were strong enough to lift a man into the air.
However, medical examiner Shiya Ribowsky, who helped lead the forensic investigation into 9/11 was less convinced, saying the chance of surviving a fall beyond five floors are "pretty grim".
"9/11: The Miracle Survivor" aired in the UK on September 10 on Channel Four.
Source: The Telegraph
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