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This week Conspiracy Journal brings you such migraine-inducing stories as:

 - Stepping into a Parallel Dimension -
- From Giant Lemurians to Underground UFO Bases -
- (Big)foot in Mouth: Bigfoot Language -
Scientist Believes Woolly Mammoths Can Be Resurrected
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Secrets Of Mount Shasta And A Dweller On Two Planets



Now read our UPDATED NEW EDITION – Edited And Grammatically Revised For Easier Comprehension For The Modern Reader By Sean Casteel With New Material Added By Nick Redfern, Timothy Green Beckley And Paul Dale Roberts.

The original DWELLER ON TWO PLANETS is said to be one of the most important texts of the 19th Century. For over a hundred years it has been passed around among those seeking the true Spiritual Path to life. Many have said it has impacted them greatly. Actress Shirley MacLaine had little interest in the occult when she went browsing in a Hong King bookstore only to have this work literally fall into her hands. It led to many changes in her life and a metaphysical best seller of her own, Out On A Limb.

Young author/channel Frederick S. Oliver spins a tale so compelling and so spiritually uplifting that it is doubtful that it was written by him alone as a human being. The reader will immediately see that this book contains such a wealth of detail about Atlantis and the spiritual realms that it could not be conjured from the imagination of an eighteen year old while working as a simple fencer mender for his father who raised cattle near their home along the base of the mysterious and legendary Mount Shasta in Northern California.

Oliver foreshadows much of what would come after him, like the feminist movement of the 20th Century, the coming of UFOs with their external multicolored revolving lights and the interiors of the craft lit by some unseen source, details verified repeatedly by modern day alien abductees and UFO contactees. In fact, many of the illustrations in this book of cigar-shaped craft look remarkably similar to the ships said to have been photographed by George Adamski and others many decades later. Oliver, while in the channeling state, of an Atlantian and ancient Tibetan soul also predicts television, and cell phones in a time that predated even rudimentary radio.

Says Sean Casteel who updated this major work into modern grammar and phraseology: “The moral dynamics of the story will hold you spellbound, as the sins of one man’s incarnation in Atlantis are repaid in his life as a gold miner in the American West. The story of the latter’s initiation into a deeply secret gathering of spiritual adepts and how it leads to adventures in other dimension will open your eyes to mysteries you never knew existed. . .This book is truly a message from the other side, and contains within it countless solutions to the many enigmas we contemplate today, and will restore your faith in the coming of a New Age promised land.”

In addition to the “modernized text” you will join researcher Nick Redfern, Tim Beckley and Paul Dale Roberts as they reveal the many mystical secrets of Mount Shasta, a widely regarded transformational vortex. Learn of inner earth entrances, Count Saint Germain the man who lives forever, the existence of Bigfoot on Mount Shasta, as well as ghostly stories that will captivate you.

The book is fully illustrated and graphically designed by “Adman” William Kern. Printed in large format, it will captivate and entice the reader and provoke much thought.

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Stepping into a Parallel Dimension
By Jason Offutt

Parallel universes, dimensions that nearly resemble our own, were once pondered by Plato, and proposed mathematically by Princeton University graduate student Hugh Everett III in 1954. These parallel worlds, common in myth, have been staples in science fiction since Edwin A. Abbott’s 1884 novel, “Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions.” More modern science fiction, like the dimension-jumping television program “Sliders,” and Philip K. Dick’s novel “The Man in the High Castle” (in which the Axis won WWII), gives us exciting glances at worlds like, yet unlike, our own. Exciting unless you stumble upon one of these alternative dimensions yourself as Carol Chase McElheney did in early March 2006.

Rain pounded McElheney’s car as she drove through San Bernardino, California, to spend a few days at a sheepdog trial in Perris, California. As she topped a hill south of the city, she saw a road sign for nearby Riverside. Her family roots were put down in Riverside in the early 1800s and she wanted to visit familiar places, such as her old house, and the cemetery where her grandparents are buried. “I’ve been going to Riverside since I was a baby,” McElheney said. “I’m real familiar with the city. I know my way around. I knew where my grandmother lived. I’ve been to the cemetery. I knew where I was going.”

As McElheney thought of visiting her grandparents’ graves, a chill ran through her. “Just as I decided to visit the cemetery, a huge blast of cigar scent entered my car,” she said. “It was pouring rain out, and I had my windows rolled up. My grandpa smoked cigars, and he died when I was five and that’s all I remember about him.”

Just as quickly as the smell floated through the car, it was gone. She drove past Riverside and on to Perris where she checked into a hotel and attended the dog show.

The next day McElheney attended the first sheep dog trial, then drove to Riverside. She didn’t like what she saw. “I could not find anything familiar,” McElheney said. “I used to live there after college.” Her street wasn’t the same, it was just wrong. The bungalows with small yards looked the same age as her old house, and the numbers were right, but her house wasn’t there. “I could not find my old place,” she said. “I thought they couldn’t have torn the house down and built another house in that 1920s style to fit into the architecture. None of the houses looked familiar. They all looked different.”

Then she drove to the street where her grandmother once lived, stopped the car, and looked around in amazement. “It was totally different,” she said. “None of the houses were anything like I remembered. No tall trees, her house wasn’t there. The numbers were in the same range, but the houses were all new. Grandma’s house and my aunt and uncle’s house next door were gone.” All the homes on what should have been her grandmother’s street were modern ranch-style houses lined by bushes, nothing like her Grandmother’s big, Tudor home with towering eucalyptus trees in the yard. “It was just gone.”

So was the cemetery. “The cemetery where my grandparents were buried was just not there,” McElheney said. “I drove around the block where it was supposed to be, and it was just fenced off with weeds inside. No gate, driveway or anything.”

Confused, McElheney pulled away from the empty lot to see if she could find anything familiar. She did. She recognized Riverside City College and Central Middle School. “Some of the other stuff was right. The college looked right, the middle school looked right,” she said. But when she pulled onto University Avenue, things were markedly different. “University Avenue was a main drag and there were scary looking people, so I got out of there,” she said. “I looked for the Mission Inn and it wasn’t there.”

University Avenue, once home to restaurants, insurance companies, banks and motels, was now, “completely ghetto,” McElheney said. “It was all graffitied-up and deserted.” To the point she was afraid to stop and ask directions. It was on University Avenue she realized something otherworldly was happening to her. “The thing that occurred to me is if I got out of my car something weird would happen,” McElheney said. “I thought if I talked to someone I’d be forever caught in this weird version of the ‘other’ Riverside, or that they weren’t going to be human. The more places I tried to recognize, nothing matched up. Nothing looked familiar.”

After a couple of agonizingly frustrating hours, McElheney turned the car around and went back to Perris. “Everything was normal,” she said. “I was afraid I’d go back and the hotel wouldn’t be there or my key wouldn’t fit. Everything was as it should be.”

A few years later McElheney’s father died and was to be buried in the same cemetery as her grandparents, the cemetery she saw as an empty fenced-off, weedy lot. “It was back to what I remembered,” she said. “He was buried next to my grandparents. The rest of the city looked like it did when I lived there after college in the ’70s. My cousin was there and she said her house and my grandma’s house are still there. University Avenue was normal looking and the Mission Inn was there. We had lunch there. I felt comfortable. I didn’t go back to the other areas to check them, but I knew they would be okay.”

What happened to Carol Chase McElheney? She’s convinced she slid into another dimension – one that was less than friendly. “I just got the feeling if I got out of the car and talked to someone I was going to fall off the edge of the earth. I’d end up being missing,” she said. “It must have been a dimensional thing. It looked like it was 2006, but I’d taken a different path. It looked like Riverside had just taken a different direction.”

Source: Mysterious Universe


                            From Giant Lemurians to Underground UFO Bases               
   By Sean Casteel

It is a given that many of the beliefs currently held by the New Age movement have their origins in ancient times. Nevertheless, the modern incarnation of the New Age community of belief, which often dovetails quite neatly with the UFO phenomenon and its attendant benevolent aliens, can be said to have begun much more recently, in the late 1800s, long before Kenneth Arnold's sighting and the Roswell crash of 1947.
One of the primary pieces of evidence for this assertion is the recently republished book "The Secrets Of Mount Shasta And A Dweller On Two Planets," a seminal work that lays the groundwork for so much of what was to come after. The book is the latest release in the tireless campaign by Timothy Green Beckley's publishing house Global Communications to revivify works nearly - but not completely - forgotten in the annals of UFO and paranormal lore.
The authorship of the primary section of "The Secrets Of Mount Shasta And A Dweller On Two Planets," which was published in 1905 as "A Dweller On Two Planets," remains a cloudy issue even today. While it was in practical, real-world terms credited to a young American named Frederick S. Oliver, Oliver himself claimed it was channeled through him by an entity he called "Phylos," an entity from lost Atlantis who chose Oliver to be a conduit for his strange wisdom. However, the book is not a philosophical treatise but instead a gripping "novel" that spans countless centuries in telling its tale. The plot itself is something in literature sometimes called a "conceit," an idea that is fanciful yet achingly profound. To put it in its simplest terms, it is the story of an ambitious young man in Atlantis who climbs the ladder both socially and professionally, attaining both high rank and entering into a marriage with the daughter of another highly ranked Atlantean official. It is also a cautionary tale along the lines of "Be careful what you wish for because you just might get it."

In spite of all he gains, the young Atlantean, called "Zailm," also breaks the heart of a young woman of lower station than his chosen bride. The rejected woman commits suicide in public at the wedding of Zailm and his trophy wife, using a method of Atlantean magic/technology that renders her a lifeless piece of stone. Thus Zailm begins to accumulate burdensome sins that he must carry with him into his future incarnations.

The second half of "A Dweller On Two Planets" takes up the tale of Walter Pierson, a 19th century American who makes his fortune as a gold miner in the mountainous area that includes Mount Shasta. Pierson is Zailm reincarnated, and must balance the sins of his forgotten life in Atlantis in his new existence as a young seeker of material wealth in faraway California. But Pierson continues to have a strong spiritual curiosity and is driven to search for truths beyond the prosaic yet colorful world of the Old West.

Pierson's Chinese servant, a spiritual adept named Quong, leads him to an inner chamber in a mountain where the young American is quickly initiated into a secret society of shamanic wonderworkers. Pierson is swept up into a spiritual odyssey into alternate dimensions and various levels of the afterlife that combine to form a fascinating education into what lies beyond our physical senses. As strange as the journey is, it seems plausible and consistent with what we have learned since through alien abduction and Near Death experiences. The astral world is undeniably there, and it is possible to travel into and out of it and return with the other reality's profundities still ringing in one's ears. 

By rescuing a young woman from poverty and squalor, even eventually making her his wife, Pierson manages to balance the negative karma from his Atlantean incarnation that came from his duplicitous dealings with the young female suicide. Meanwhile, his generosity with his American gold redeems him from the blind ambition of his political ascendancy in Atlantis. Pierson makes the most of his second chance, and thereby hangs the tale of what it may mean to be "born again." 

Which brings up another important point about "A Dweller On Two Planets": No matter how far into the long ago, ancient past of Atlantis, or how esoterically bizarre the experiences of Pierson, there is a continual and heartfelt affirmation of the Christian faith made by the author/channeled source. The entity sees no conflict between occult beliefs and Christianity, and even declares that both are needed for true spiritual salvation in Christ. This presages the kind of New Age religious liberalism that is so increasingly widespread today and is a refreshing alternative to repressive, greedy Christian fundamentalism and indeed religious fanaticism of all kinds.


There are also several interesting predictive elements to the story told in "The Secrets Of Mount Shasta And A Dweller On Two Planets." The denizens of Atlantis are already equipped with things like television and even cell phones that permit users to see one another's faces as they speak. Atlanteans travel in airships that exceed the speeds of our most modern jet airplanes. As a further example of prescience, Oliver provides drawings of the airships, some of which closely resemble some of the UFOs sighted by contactee George Adamski much later in the 20th century. In Atlantis, comfort and luxury are everywhere, even for the poorest of citizens. The latter may be wishful thinking when applied to our times, but who knows where the New Age will lead us politically and in terms of the general welfare?

Returning to the subject of the book's authorship: The mortal conduit for Phylos the Tibetan and his engrossing story was the aforementioned Frederick S. Oliver. He began the "writing" in his adolescence and completed the book in his twentieth year, 1886. Oliver explains that he does not consider himself to be the true author, but is forced to say so as a matter of publishing protocol. That a story so richly complex in plot and moral gravity could come from a mere teenager is doubtful at best, and it is more credible to take Oliver at his word and acknowledge that it was received by him from elsewhere. Oliver died in 1899, in his early 30s, and, six years later, his mother arranged to have the book published in 1905. It has been a rock of New Age literature ever since.


But Beckley and Global Communications don't leave us there. The new edition also includes a short but thoughtful introduction by Beckley in which he grapples with channeling and whether it is grounded enough in reality to be trusted. He notes that the actress Shirley MacLaine was said to have begun her own interest in metaphysics and the New Age after reading "A Dweller On Two Planets," which resulted in her bestseller "Out On A Limb" and its sequels. From "Rat Pack" follower to modern day believer, MacLaine was also moved by the heartfelt story transmitted by Phylos the Tibetan.

"In addition," Beckley writes, "we find that Mount Shasta, where the epic was channeled, is a wondrous place in itself, a zone of pure enlightenment. People go to this incredible natural landmark not only to hike and sightsee but to meditate and have a spiritual experience."

The celebrated British paranormal writer Nick Redfern continues this theme in a chapter called "Mount Shasta: The Most Magical and Mysterious of All Mountains!" Redfern offers up Native American lore about Mount Shasta dating back thousands of years about a battle between the god of the underworld and the god of the skies. There is also the Hopi legend of a race of lizard-like people that built thirteen underground cities along the Pacific Coast, one of which is said to still exist deep within the cavernous bowels of Mount Shasta.

Mount Shasta is also said to be the former home of a race called the Lemurians, who occupied a Pacific continent long ago lost in eons of time. The story was picked up by Helena Blavatsky, a cofounder of the Theosophical Society, the original mandate of which was the study and clarification of occultism.

According to Blavatsky's findings, the Lemurians stood around seven feet in height and "were egg-laying hermaphrodites that, while not overly mentally developed, were, spiritually speaking, far more advanced than those who came before them. They   were ultimately destroyed by appalled and angered gods after they, the people of Lemuria, turned to bestiality and in doing so sealed their doom, around 12,500 B.C.," Redfern writes.

However, unbeknownst to the gods, some of the Lemurians escaped to Mount Shasta, which was a central belief of Frederick S. Oliver as well.


"The book caused a firestorm of controversy," Redfern writes, "with its claims that the Lemurians shared a lineage with the Atlanteans, and that those Lemurians that escaped the pummeling wrath of the gods made their secret and collective way to Mount Shasta, just as Blavatsky had asserted. And they weren't just living ON the mountain, but deep WITHIN it, too, in certain secret cavernous depths that Oliver claimed could be accessed if one only knew the specific and secret entrance points of old."

It is in one of these caverns that Walter Pierson, the gold miner of the latter half of the book, meets his spiritual instructors and begins his amazing otherworldly adventures. Redfern recounts the story of another prospector named J.C. Brown who claimed to have seen a similar structure deep inside Mount Shasta, but added the chilling detail of finding the skeletons of numerous gigantic humanoids, specimens of nothing less than a race of ancient giants, strewn across the floor. Both amazed and frightened, Brown fled the scene and said nothing for several years. When he went public with his story some decades later, he intended to return to the cavern but disappeared mysteriously on the eve of his departure for Mount Shasta and was never seen again.

 In the discussion of channeling in Redfern's chapter, the late flying saucer contactee George Hunt Williamson's story is told. Williamson had a checkered past that included time spent with William Pelley, who headed a fascist organization called the "Silver Shirts." Williamson helped to produce the group's monthly publication, "Valor." Occult lore had fascinated Williams since he was a teenager, and under Pelley's influence he began to take an interest in flying saucers as well, eventually trying to contact extraterrestrial intelligence through occult methods like automatic writing. Williamson later teamed with the better known contactee George Adamski and helped pioneer the modern flying saucer channeling movement, a direct descendant of Frederick Oliver's work.

In 1930, Guy Ballard, an occultist and the leader of a movement called I AM, said that during a visit to Mount Shasta he encountered the Count of Saint Germain, an 18th century alchemist often credited with finding the secret of immortality, which enables him to turn up repeatedly in our own time and create still another New Age legend.

During this experience on Mount Shasta, Redfern writes, the Count told Ballard many things regarding America's future role in ushering in a new era for the people of Earth, as well as his personal knowledge of the so-called Ascended Masters, who included the living Christ. By the 1940s, Ballard's followers exceeded the one million mark, people who apparently believed Ballard had been chosen to impart words of deep wisdom sent to him by the Ascended Masters. Unfortunately, Ballard also had ties to the fascistic Silver Shirts, led by the racist and anti-Semitic William Pelley.

After Ballard's death in 1942, his widow and son were charged with 18 counts of mail fraud on the grounds that the claims made in their literature relative to the Ascended Masters and Mount Shasta, in books and pamphlets sold through the mail, could not be proven. They were convicted on all 18 counts, but the convictions were later overturned in what turned out to be a landmark case concerning what claims could and could not be made in the name of religion.

Now, more than 70 years after Ballard's passing, devotees of his movement continue to hold an annual event on Mount Shasta called the "I AM Come!" pageant which gives praise to Jesus Christ.

Redfern also touches on the many Bigfoot sightings on Mount Shasta and the fact that the magical mountain is also a part of the same Cascade Range as Mount Rainier, where Kenneth Arnold had his famous 1947 sighting this is often said to be the beginning of the modern UFO era. The lore surrounding Mount Shasta is complex and varied, and Redfern does an excellent job of summarizing many of the highlights.


Paul Dale Roberts, a writer Beckley calls the "King of Mount Shasta," has long written about the mountain and the strange events that seem to continually take place on its slopes. The town nearest Mount Shasta, called Weed, is often the scene of ghostly activity in the local hotels, and Roberts has interviewed many witnesses to some of the more recent hauntings. Also featured in the chapter by Roberts is a brief account of a creature called "Batsquatch," a huge creature with leathery wings seen around Mount Shasta by an anonymous source who contacted Roberts in the hope of getting answers to the bizarre sighting mystery.

In the interest of full disclosure, I must say that I helped to modernize the language of the actual "A Dweller On Two Planets" portion of the book. Timothy Beckley felt that the 21st century reader might not enjoy slogging through some of Frederick Oliver's antiquated language. Particularly the first section of the book, set in Atlantis, might bog the reader down with frequent "thous" and "thees," as well as expressions and phrases that have long ago passed out of common usage. I attempted to make only small, subtle changes that do not disturb the lovely poetic quality of Oliver's writing, and it is up to future readers of this newly revised edition to determine if I have succeeded.

In any case, if you believe in the coming of a New Age paradise or have an interest in learning more about the seeds of metaphysical and occult thinking currently blossoming in our own time, then you owe it to yourself to read "The Secrets Of Mount Shasta And A Dweller On Two Planets." Frederick S. Oliver has done mankind a service in serving as a channel for a voice that comes from the ancient past and foresees a future of previously unknown bliss, perhaps more of a service than the adolescent author ever dreamed possible.





[If you enjoyed this article, visit Sean Casteel's "UFO Journalist" website at www.seancasteel.com]


Divers Share True Tales of Underwater Ghosts
By Christy Gordon

Spooky stories abound about spirits in gloomy castles and crumbling, old mansions, but tales of underwater ghosts are far less common. However, they do exist. Here are five true tales from real-life scuba divers.

The Paranormal Divers

Paranormal investigators are a dime a dozen, but Florida’s Paranormal Divers aren’t your typical ghost hunters. The world’s first underwater paranormal investigation team has searched for spirits in just about every type of water there is and have had a few eerie experiences along the way.

In one expedition, the Paranormal Divers spotted “a weird unexplained light phenomenon” in the water under Tampa’s Sunshine Skyway Bridge. The original Skyway collapsed in 1980, sending 35 motorists plunging to their death. The bridge is also a popular site for suicides. Over 200 people have jumped to their death since the new span’s construction in 1987, and one man was forced to leap at gunpoint. Could these deaths have something to do with the strange lights?

In another expedition, the Paranormal Divers snapped what they call the world’s first underwater ghost photo (below). Taken in a flooded underground cavern at 130 feet, the photo reportedly shows a diver’s face mask floating in murky water. A member of the team snapped the pic after hearing screams coming from the bottom of the cavern.

“We panned deeply and shot the black water and the sound of the screaming voice which was the exact site of a diver death,” reads a report on ParanormalDivers.com. “This is the real thing. To our knowledge, it’s the first underwater ghost photo ever taken.”

The Ghost Machines of Truk Lagoon

Situated halfway between the Philippines and Hawaii, Truk Lagoon was the site of a major battle between the U.S. and Japan in 1944. Around 60 ships and 275 planes sank beneath the waves during a U.S. attack known as Operation Hailstone, and thousands of men went along with them. Human remains litter many of the 69-year-old shipwrecks, but it’s the machines that appear to live on.

Japan’s Hoki Maru ship went down with a cargo full of trucks. Now, divers reportedly hear the sound of engines turning over and starting up, even when there are no boats on the surface. Strange reports also come from the Fuji Kawamaru where grinding noises eminate from the ship’s engine room.

The crew of Destination Truth explored the underwater ruins of Truk Lagoon, and was perplexed to hear an engine idling underwater. They also recorded something that sounded like a human voice, as well as human-like heat signature.

Disappearing Divers

A common theme in underwater ghost tales is that of the disappearing diver. Several reports speak of men and women who appear in the water and then disappear without a trace.

Last year, scuba instructors in Santa Rosa, CA reportedly saw a diver with a pink tank floating near the bottom of a local blue hole. When they got closer, however, the diver disappeared. The instructors reported the strange event to police only to learn that they weren’t the first people to encounter the mysterious figure at the bottom of the hole.

A similar account appeared in the Toronto Sun in 2007. After an eventful afternoon exploring the waters around Grenada, a group of divers returned to their live-aboard ship to compare notes. One man asked the rest of the group if they’d seen the diver in the white shirt. The other divers thought he was kidding, but the man insisted he’d seen someone.

“He was wearing a white T-shirt, and a scuba tank. He waved at me!”

The ship’s crew immediately took a head count, but no one was missing and there were no other boats in sight. They never did solve the mystery of the man in white. A hallucination, perhaps?

However, not all ghostly divers disappear. A diver on the forum scubaboard.com shared this odd story:

“One of my friends dived a wreck the day after his friend’s funeral,” the man writes. “He went down the line and saw his friend slowly waving to him from the deck of the ship. He ascended for a bit then went back down and the guy was still there waving at him so he abandoned the dive. He was that freaked out.”

Do ghosts truly haunt underwater caverns and decades-old shipwrecks? I’m sure not strapping on a scuba tank to find out!

Source: Mysterious Universe


Mysterious Hum Driving People Crazy Around the World
By Marc Lallanilla, LiveScience

It creeps in slowly in the dark of night, and once inside, it almost never goes away.

It's known as the Hum, a steady, droning sound that's heard in places as disparate as Taos, N.M.; Bristol, England; and Largs, Scotland.

But what causes the Hum, and why it only affects a small percentage of the population in certain areas, remain a mystery, despite a number of scientific investigations.

Reports started trickling in during the 1950s from people who had never heard anything unusual before; suddenly, they were bedeviled by an annoying, low-frequency humming, throbbing or rumbling sound.

The cases seem to have several factors in common: Generally, the Hum is only heard indoors, and it's louder at night than during the day. It's also more common in rural or suburban environments; reports of a hum are rare in urban areas, probably because of the steady background noise in crowded cities.

Who hears the Hum?

Only about 2 percent of the people living in any given Hum-prone area can hear the sound, and most of them are ages 55 to 70, according to a 2003 study by acoustical consultant Geoff Leventhall of Surrey, England.

Most of the people who hear the Hum (sometimes referred to as "hearers" or "hummers") describe the sound as similar to a diesel engine idling nearby. And the Hum has driven virtually every one of them to the point of despair. [Video: Listen to 6 Spooky Sounds]

"It's a kind of torture; sometimes, you just want to scream," retiree Katie Jacques of Leeds, England, told the BBC. Leeds is one of several places in Great Britain where the Hum has recently appeared.

"It's worst at night," Jacques said. "It's hard to get off to sleep because I hear this throbbing sound in the background. … You're tossing and turning, and you get more and more agitated about it."

Being dismissed as crackpots or whiners only exacerbates the distress for these complainants, most of whom have perfectly normal hearing. Sufferers complain of headaches, nausea, dizziness, nosebleeds and sleep disturbances. At least one suicide in the United Kingdom has been blamed on the Hum, the BBC reports.

The Hum zones

Bristol, England, was one of the first places on Earth where the Hum was reported. In the 1970s, about 800 people in the coastal city reported hearing a steady thrumming sound, which was eventually blamed on vehicular traffic and local factories working 24-hour shifts.

Another famous hum occurs near Taos, N.M. Starting in spring 1991, residents of the area complained of a low-level rumbling noise. A team of researchers from Los Alamos National Laboratory, the University of New Mexico, Sandia National Laboratories and other regional experts were unable to identify the source of the sound.

Windsor, Ontario, is another Hum hotspot. Researchers from the University of Windsor and Western University in London, Ontario, were recently given a grant to analyze the Windsor Hum and determine its cause.

Researchers also have been investigating the Hum in Bondi, a seaside area of Sydney, Australia, for several years, to no avail. "It sends people around here crazy — all you can do is put music on to block it out. Some people leave fans on," one resident told the Daily Telegraph.

Back in the United States, the Kokomo Hum was isolated in a 2003 study financed by the Indiana city's municipal government. The investigation revealed that two industrial sites — one a Daimler Chrysler plant — were producing noise at specific frequencies. Despite noise-abatement measures, some residents continue to complain of the Hum.

What causes the Hum?

Most researchers investigating the Hum express some confidence that the phenomenon is real, and not the result of mass hysteria or hearers' hypochondria (or extraterrestrials beaming signals to Earth from their spaceships).

As in the case of the Kokomo Hum, industrial equipment is usually the first suspected source of the Hum. In one instance, Leventhall was able to trace the noise to a neighboring building's central heating unit.

Other suspected sources include high-pressure gas lines, electrical power lines and wireless communication devices. But only in a few cases has a Hum been linked to a mechanical or electrical source.

There's some speculation that the Hum could be the result of low-frequency electromagnetic radiation, audible only to some people. And there are verified cases in which individuals have particular sensitivities to signals outside the normal range of human hearing.

Medical experts are quick to point out that tinnitus (the perception of sound when no external noise is present) is a likely cause, but repeated testing has found that many hearers have normal hearing and no occurrences of tinnitus.

Environmental factors have also been blamed, including seismic activity such as microseisms — very faint, low-frequency earth tremors that can be generated by the action of ocean waves.

Other hypotheses, including military experiments and submarine communications, have yet to bear any fruit. For now, hearers of the Hum have to resort to white-noise machines and other devices to reduce or eliminate the annoying noise.

Leventhall, who recommends that some hearers turn to cognitive-behavioral therapy to relieve the symptoms caused by the Hum, isn't confident that the puzzle will be solved anytime soon.

"It's been a mystery for 40 years, so it may well remain one for a lot longer," Leventhall told the BBC.

Source: NBC News

(Big)foot in Mouth: Bigfoot Language
By Karen Stollznow

Human characteristics are attributed to many legendary creatures. As part of this anthropomorphization, these mythological animals are often given language abilities. Fairies, elves, gnomes, goblins and genies of folklore speak human languages, and usually in addition to their own tongues. Many fiction writers have created artificial languages and writing systems for these creatures, including J. R. R. Tolkien’s Elvish languages. As for the undead, vampires retain the language skills they had when they were still alive. Zombies are no longer sparkling conversationalists, but they can still mutter “brains!” In popular paranormal theory, ghosts and spirits are believed to communicate with the living, although they often require a medium, or a device designed to contact the dead.

Cryptids are alleged animals whose existence has not been proven scientifically, like the Loch Ness Monster. According to legend, some cryptids are believed to have language skills too, especially hybrid-human creatures, such as Spring-heeled Jack, the Mothman, mermaids, and monkey men. An early version of the mythical goat-sucking chupacabra could allegedly understand Spanish, although not speak it. There are numerous anecdotal reports that the Indonesian cryptid Orang-Pendek (“small human”) communicates using vocalizations similar to non-human primates. What about the most infamous cryptid of all: Bigfoot?

The evidence for Bigfoot is abundant, but not compelling. There is a wealth of eyewitness and folkloric evidence, while cryptozoologists, Bigfoot hunters and tourists have collected numerous examples of physical evidence, including Bigfoot tracks, samples of hair and blood, and photographs and videos of alleged Bigfoot. However, proving the existence of Bigfoot is not about quantity of evidence, but quality, and the quality of evidence is poor. Photos are blurry and unconvincing, and footprints prove to be pranks. Through DNA testing the physical samples are revealed to come from bears or other animals, and there are never specimens of Bigfoot bodies or bones. Despite the ongoing controversy regarding the authenticity of the famous 1967 Patterson-Gimlin film, the evidence for Bigfoot is invariably revealed to be cases of mistaken identity, or hoaxes.

A fascinating category of evidence involves claims of a Bigfoot language. Eyewitnesses report hearing howls, whoops, growls, screams, mumbles, whistles and other strange vocalizations in the wild, and attribute these to Bigfoot. Variant forms of Bigfoot are found across cultures, and the Sasquatch, Himalayan Yeti, Australian Yowie and other alleged creatures are similarly believed to produce vocalizations. Other Bigfoot communication includes the mimicry of wildlife and forest sounds, wood-knocking, rock-knocking and rock-throwing. Bigfoot is also thought to form patterns with sticks and rocks as a kind of writing system. In wilder claims about wild men, Bigfoot are believed to have the ability to communicate telepathically, and use their large feet to send infra-sound communication over long distances. Bigfoot are also claimed to speak and understand human languages, and to have their own Bigfoot language.

There is little evidence to support these claims, other than the anecdotal kind. The Sierra Sound recordings, also known as the Berry/Morehead tapes, are touted as the gold-standard of evidence for a Bigfoot language. During a number of expeditions to the Sierra Nevada Mountains between the years 1972-1975, Alan Berry, Ronald Morehead and their crew captured audio recordings of alleged Bigfoot encounters. They recorded a total of 90 minutes of Bigfoot language and vocalizations using a microphone dangled from a tree branch attached to a reel-to-reel recorder. Over the years they also found 18-inch footprints of Bigfoot, and experienced many sightings…just not during the recordings!

Morehead and Berry (until his death in 2012) staunchly deny that the recordings are a prank. However, for a number of reasons, it is highly probable that the recordings are a hoax, or that the crew were hoaxed. The expeditions were undertaken specifically to hunt for Bigfoot. “Bigfoot” was heard but never seen when the recordings were made. It is obvious that other animals made some of the sounds, such as bears. The wood knocks are easy to re-create, while the “language” itself is unconvincing. The vocalizations are an amateur impression of how a proto-language might sound if it evolved from non-human primates. This “Bigfoot” is likely human, and the Sierra Sounds a combination of hoax and misidentification, like all of the other evidence for Bigfoot.

Self –proclaimed “Bigfoot language expert” R. Scott Nelson has taken the Bigfoot language claims one-step further. As though it is the Linear B of Bigfoot language to be deciphered, Nelson has created a transcription of the Sierra Sound Recordings. He is a retired U.S. Navy Cryptologic Technician Interpreter who speaks Russian, Spanish and Persian. He also believes he can speak “Bigfoot”.

Nelson claims he has identified not only vocalizations such as whistles, grunts, and snarls, but also individual phonemes, i.e., the sounds that combine to create words. Nelson has created a pronunciation key for these phonemes, and he uses the Latin alphabet, diacritics and various other symbols to represent these sounds. He calls this the Sasquatch Phonetic Alphabet (SPA), or the Unclassified Hominid Phonetic Alphabet (UHPA). It is unclear why he doesn’t use the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA), the standardized representation of the sounds of spoken language.

Bilingualism (speaking two or more languages) and working as a translator doesn’t qualify someone to identify or describe undocumented languages. This is an area of anthropological linguistics, although it appears as if many cryptozoological fans confuse “crypto-linguistics” as a field that researches the language of cryptids. The Sierra Sounds are used not only to support the claim of a Bigfoot language, but also to legitimize claims of Bigfoot’s existence. As Nelson argues, “The existence of the Sasquatch Being is hereby assumed, since any creature must exist before his language.” However, there are still prior questions. Does Bigfoot exist, and if so, could Bigfoot speak?

For arguments sake, if Bigfoot did exist, the species would likely have developed its own system of communication, like chimpanzees and Vervet monkeys. Similar to the claims of the (so far mythical) Orang-Pendek, Bigfoot would probably communicate using vocalizations. However, non-human primates don’t have the physiology to produce a wide variety of speech sounds, so it is unlikely that Bigfoot would have developed language, or would be able to speak existing human languages. At any rate, this is all starting off on the wrong (Big)foot. There is no solid physical evidence to support the existence of Bigfoot. Before we establish the existence of Bigfoot language, we would need to establish the existence of Bigfoot.

Source: Scientific American


Aristocrat Warns Visitors After 'Big Cat' Photographed on Estate
By Sam Marsden

An aristocrat has put up warning signs for visitors to his estate after a member of his staff photographed a “big cat” prowling through the grounds.

Baronet Sir Benjamin Slade believes that the creature has already killed foxes, an otter and some of his chickens, and he fears that it could go on to attack his prized pedigree sheep, a dog or even a guest.

The “beast” was photographed by the night porter at the 98-acre Maunsel House estate, near Bridgwater in Somerset, in the early hours of the morning about a fortnight ago.

The pictures are blurred but appear to show a large black animal with powerful haunches walking through a meadow of tall grass and wildflowers.

Sir Benjamin, 67, suggested that the creature might live on the nearby Somerset Levels and travel to his grounds overnight looking for food.

In recent months he and his staff have found piles of feathers from dead chickens and the mangled remains of a fox.

He is convinced that the picture shows a big cat, but admitted that it is not entirely clear.

He said: “They don’t exactly stand still and pose, which is the problem. It’s got a long tail and seemed to be quite big.

“Apparently these things will do 30 to 40 miles in a night. We are next to the Somerset Levels, which are 250 miles of fields and bogs where nobody lives.

“There is a possibility that this thing is bigger than a puma – it is probably quite frightening.

“We have put signs up telling people to keep their dogs in the car because there is a big cat about.

“We need this thing out of the way before it eats somebody. I’ve got a wedding business here and we are very worried about our guests – they might wander off piste and get gobbled up.”

Sir Benjamin said hunters up and down the country had contacted him asking if they could come to his estate to look for the cat.

“I might be able to sell the shooting rights if it goes on like this,” he jokes.

The next time a dead chicken or fox is found, he plans to take samples of hair and droppings from the scene and send them off for DNA analysis.

Danny Bamping, founder of the British Big Cats Society, said it was impossible to tell what the photograph shows.

“Like most pictures of big cats in Britain, it is inconclusive because there is no sense of scale and it is blurry,” he said.

“However, that is not to say that the person who took the picture did not think it was a big cat at the time.”

He noted that there have been a “substantial” number of reported sightings of big cats in Somerset in the past year.

The existence of big cats in the British countryside has been debated for decades. Most of the alleged sightings have come since the Dangerous Wild Animals Act of 1976 made it illegal to keep untamed pets.

Some experts have suggested that this led to owners of exotic cats, such as pumas or lynx, simply releasing their animals into the countryside.

Source: The Telegraph


Scientist Believes Woolly Mammoths Can Be Resurrected

Woolly mammoths could roam Earth again, according to one eminent scientist who believes frozen DNA from newly discovered frozen mammoths could be the key to the species' resurrection.

Stem cell scientist Sir Ian Wilmut who is best known for cloning the world's first mammal, Dolly the sheep, thinks modern techniques could be used to create a replica of the prehistoric animal.

While he believes the ancient animal could be re-introduced to the world - an idea reminiscent of Jurassic Park - there are ethical dilemmas.

Sir Ian said told The Guardian: 'I've always been very sceptical about the whole idea, but it dawned on me that if you could clear the first hurdle of getting viable cells from mammoths, you might be able to do something useful and interesting.'

'I think it should be done as long as we can provide great care for the animal. If there are reasonable prospects of them being healthy, we should do it. We can learn a lot about them.'

The source of viable mammoth cells could come from  a number of frozen bodies discovered in the Siberian permafrost in recent years.

The giant beasts lived in the late Pleistocene period, tens of thousands of years ago.

Their numbers were thought to have fallen across North America and on mainland Eurasia around 10,000 years ago, probably as a result of hunting by our ancestors as well as a changing climate.

Just last month,the most complete body of a woolly mammoth was recovered and captured the science community and the general public's imagination about the possibility of seeing the giant creatures walk Russia's plains again.

The baby mammoth, called Yuka, lived around 39,000 years ago and her body is currently on display in Yokohama, Japan, where visitors can see her incredibly preserved fur and tissue.

Samples from the little mammoth have been sent to laboratories in South Korea and Russian researchers hope to clone her.

Interestingly, Sir Ian told the newspaper he is not terribly optimistic about the scientist's chances as there are many technical challenges.

Writing for academic publication The Conversation, Sir Ian said in order to clone a mammoth, hundreds of thousands of eggs from closely related species such as the Asian Elephant and plenty of healthy mammoth cells would be required to even stand a chance of achieving the scientific feat.

Mammoth cells are needed that still have their DNA intact, but they degenerate quickly as the snow and ice that has kept them preserved for so many years melts away.

Sir Ian wrote: 'By the time you've got a bone sticking up in the sunshine, it's effectively too late. You need to get it straight out of the deep freeze, as it were.'

The process of cloning also requires a female - in this case probably an Asian elephant - to provide eggs and carry a baby, which would be part created using a cloned embryo, but elephants themselves are rare.

Sir Ian believes it is 'inappropriate' to collect 500 eggs from the animals when they themselves are at risk of extinction.

He suggests that the best way to create a woolly mammoth is to re-programme good quality cells extracted from frozen mammoths using modern stem cell techniques.

The cells - if they exist - could be transformed into different types, including sperm and eggs, which could create a new mammoth life.

The technique has already been used to give birth to mice.

Sir Ian thinks it could be 50 years before the technology is developed enough to create a woolly mammoth, but at least the time frame could give scientists a chance to work out if the idea is a good one, in order to avoid a disastrous scenario reminiscent of Jurassic Park.

Scientists are reportedly concerned that a 'modern' mammoth would not be able to adapt to cold conditions, when its mother lived on hot, dry plains.

They also worry that the science must be developed enough to create friends for a mammoth very quickly in order to care for the animal's welfare.

However, none of these concerns will matter if scientists cannot get good quality cells from bodies of frozen mammoths and while Sir Ian says the prospects of reintroducing the mammoth to the Earth is 'fairly unlikely' he thinks there is a chance.

Source: The Daily Mail

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