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UFOs - Wicked This Way Comes: The Dark Side Of The Ultra-Terrestrials
EXPOSING THE UFO “FEAR FACTOR”. . .
Stories of encounters with the supposedly friendly "all-too-cute" ETs are NOT always the norm and represent only one side of the coin. Little Elliot may have befriended Steven Spielberg's cozy, cuddly alien, but all too often our almond-eyed visitors have their own agenda, which frequently puts them at odds with our earthly well-being. They have been known to abduct, dice and slice and put us through a universe of utter torment.
Not only can the Ultra-Terrestrials be damned ornery but they have the power to interfere with both our physical and mental states and put dread into our hearts. Thus the term “UFO Fear Factor.” They can oftentimes wreak havoc on an entire household following what might seem like a benign close encounter but which ends up going well beyond a cosmic one-night stand. The Ultra-Terrestrials possess various characteristics in common with spirits from the dark corridors of demonology and have been known to produce the same sort of phenomena at UFO landing sites as you would find in a haunted house or at a seance.
HERE ARE AUTHENTIC ACCOUNTS FROM THE “TWILIGHT ZONE” OF UFOLOGY
* Witness grows 5 inches following close encounter! Hair of observer changes color overnight!
* West Virginia man abducted by weird “vegetable”-like Ultra-Terrestrials.
* Valuable objects vanish upon arrival of strange shadow beings in New Jersey home.
* The mystery of the “Crawling Stumps” in Oregon.
* Giants bully youngsters in Brazilian UFO terror attack.
* “Fireballs” cause massive blackout.
* A man named “Fred” (a pseudonym) recalls under hypnosis a horrifying sexual experience involving a half human/half animal creature.
* Dr. Karla Turner, who passed away from breast cancer after she started reporting on the negative aspects of the UFO abduction phenomenon, noted: *** A surprising number of abductees suffer from serious illnesses they didn’t have before their encounters. These have led to surgery, debilitation, and even death from causes the doctors can’t identify. *** Some abductees experience a degeneration of their mental, social and spiritual well-being. Excessive behavior frequently erupts, such as drug abuse, alcoholism, overeating and promiscuity. Strange obsessions develop and cause the disruption of normal life and the destruction of personal relationships.
* Noted author/researcher Brad Steiger offers evidence that many individuals hear the guttural voices of Ultra-terrestrials commanding them to do demonic deeds, such as the case of a self-declared prophet of a new religion linked to the slain bodies of a family of five—all victims of human sacrifice necessary to persuade the “forces” to present the Ohio-based cult with a magical golden sword.
* Some of the human implications of what the Ultra-terrestrial “invasion” represents are so potentially disturbing and disruptive that well-known talk show personality/investigator Peter Robbins declares that he has no doubt that there are “those” who are capable of just about anything in their efforts to keep the subject from us, including possibly being involved in the untimely deaths of certain truth seekers whose lives have been decidedly entangled with the Unknown.
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- MYSTERY ON THE RED PLANET DEPARTMENT -
No Sign of Methane on Mars
by Charles Q. Choi
NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has revealed no trace of methane, a potential sign of primitive life, on the Martian surface, contradicting past evidence of the gas spotted by spacecraft orbiting the Red Planet, researchers say.
The Mars methane discovery, or rather the lack thereof, adds new fuel to the debate over whether the gas is truly present on Mars. And not all scientists are convinced that methane is missing on Mars.
The first and only attempts to search for life on Mars were the Viking missions, launched in 1975. Those probes failed to find organic compounds in Martian soils, apparently ruling out the possibility of extant life on the Red Planet. [7 Biggest Mars Mysteries of All Time]
But in the past decade, probes orbiting Mars and telescopes on Earth have detected what appeared to be plumes of methane gas from the Red Planet. The presence of colorless, odorless, flammable methane on Mars, the simplest organic molecule, helped revive the possibility of life once existing, or even currently living, just below the planet's surface.
On Earth, much of the methane in the atmosphere is released by life-forms, such as cattle. Scientists have suspected that methane stays stable in the Martian atmosphere for only about 300 years, so whatever is generating this gas did so recently.
Now, the new findings from NASA's Curiosity rover unveiled online today (Sept. 19) in the journal Science suggest that, at most, only trace amounts of methane exist on Mars.
"Because methane production is a possible signature of biological activity, our result is disappointing for many," said study lead author Christopher Webster, an Earth and planetary scientist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif.
But the findings still puzzle scientists.
"It's a mystery surrounded by an enigma here," said imaging physicist Jan-Peter Muller of University College London, who is a Curiosity rover science team member but is not one of the authors of this latest Mars methane study. "This clearly contradicts what has been measured from space and from Earth."
Methane mystery on Mars
The Curiosity rover has analyzed the surface and atmosphere of Mars with an arsenal of advanced scientific instruments ever since its spectacular landing on Mars in August 2012. Measurements from the rover's Tunable Laser Spectrometer, a device specially designed for measuring the gas on Mars, say the most methane that could currently exist in the Martian atmosphere is 1.3 parts per billion by volume. [Latest Mars Photos by the Curiosity Rover]
"Based on earlier observations, we were expecting to land on Mars and measure background levels of methane of at least several parts per billion, but saw nothing," Webster told SPACE.com.
When the researchers first looked for methane using Curiosity, they found strong signals that they quickly realized were coming from the little methane that they had taken with them, Webster said — that is, "'Florida air' that had leaked into one chamber during the long prelaunch activities. This contamination has been removed in stages, but each attempt to look for methane from the Mars atmosphere has resulted in a non-detection."
The original plan of the researchers was to analyze the carbon isotope ratios of methane on Mars to get insight on whether that gas could be biologically produced. "However, the lack of significant methane has denied that latter experiment," Webster said.
This new measurement is about six times lower than previous estimates of methane levels on Mars. Webster and his colleagues suggest this severely limits the odds of methane production by microbes below the surface of Mars or from rock chemistry.
"It's an excellent piece of science," Muller told SPACE.com. "However, it's not to say that what is measured 1 meter (3 feet) above the ground is representative of the atmosphere in total — that's a matter of interpretation, not necessarily a matter of fact."
Is the methane hiding?
For instance, past measurements of methane in the atmosphere of Mars analyzed a region much higher above the surface, "so these might be very different measurements," Muller said. "It does leave a little wiggle room in terms of interpretation."
Moreover, when it comes to places on Earth where methane leaks out, scientists can detect large volumes of methane right at the plumes but practically none away from them, Muller said.
"It's difficult to know whether the null measurement from Curiosity has to do with being in the wrong place at the wrong time, or whether it is representative of Mars," Muller said.
"We are often asked if our measurements at Gale Crater represent the planet as a whole," Webster noted. "We remind others that the lifetime of methane on Mars is very long, about 300 years, compared to the short mixing time — months — for the whole atmosphere, so we feel our measurement does represent the global background value."
Curiosity experiment may hold the key
The Sample Analysis at Mars suite of instruments on Curiosity has yet to conduct a "methane enrichment" experiment that will increase the sensitivity of the rover's Tunable Laser Spectrometer even further — by a factor of at least 10, Webster said. "It's possible that we may then see methane at extremely low levels — or, alternatively, we will not, and our upper limit will go down much further," he added.
The ExoMars spacecraft, planned for launch in 2016, will study the chemical composition of Mars' atmosphere to learn more about any methane there.
"It can look at the vertical distribution of methane on Mars, see if it's lofted some way high up in the atmosphere or if it's near the ground," Muller said. "If it's near the ground, that's likely reflective of it seeping out of the ground; if it's high in the atmosphere, some exotic photochemical process may be responsible."
Webster stressed that Curiosity will continue its mission to assess the habitability of Mars.
"The Curiosity rover will continue to make its measurements of both atmosphere and rock samples to discover if organics other than methane exist on Mars," Webster said. "To that end, the jury is still out, as these important measurements are being made in a series of studies that will extend many months into the future. Stay tuned!"
- LAIR OF THE BEASTS DEPARTMENT -
Sasquatch and Space-Aliens
By Nick Redfern
It’s the dirty little secret of monster-hunters just about here, there and everywhere. It’s the one aspect of the subject that Bigfoot-seekers prefer to ignore. And it’s the angle that most people who indulge in studying bizarre creatures are happy to write-off via hoaxes, misidentification, or pranks. So, what am I talking about? Well, I’ll tell you.
That particular aspect of Cryptozoology that makes creature-seekers cringe is the association between Bigfoot and another infamous aspect of the world of the unknown. Like it or not (and most Bigfoot enthusiasts hate it) there are far more than a few reports on record where Bigfoot and UFOs have been seen not just in the same time-frame, but also in the very same location.
Of course, I know full well why so many Bigfoot hunters deny the link between these two, seemingly unconnected, mysteries. It’s because they perceive the big old hairy geezer to be nothing stranger than an unknown type of large ape.
Bringing aliens and flying saucers into the mix blurs the lines, and suggests that Bigfoot is something far more (or far less) than just a North American equivalent of, for example, a silverback gorilla. I, however, am quite comfortable with blurring the lines.
But, as much as those that perceive Bigfoot to be some form of ape and nothing else, the fact is that there is an abundance of data and testimony available that links the two topics that most don’t even want to think about being connected.
Take, for example, Stan Gordon. He is a long-time Bigfoot researcher and the author of an excellent book titled Silent Invasion. It’s a book that focuses upon a massive wave of Sasquatch-style activity in rural Pennsylvania in the early 1970s. It was activity dominated by UFO sightings in the same time and place of the Bigfoot reports, as Stan repeatedly makes clear.
Stan even tells of visits to the home of Bigfoot witnesses by military personnel, who were clearly fully aware of the reality of the high-strangeness nature of the hairy phenomenon.
Moving on to Texas, just outside of the city of Houston is a massive area of forest called the Big Thicket. Sightings of Bigfoot absolutely abound in those thick, dark woods. And they have done so for a very long time. There are even encounters from more than a century ago of so-called “hairy wild men” roaming around the thicket.
On top of that, however, there’s the curious fact that running through the heart of the Big Thicket is a 6-mile-long road called Bragg Road. This is where many of the Bigfoot encounters have occurred. It transpires that, locally, Bragg Road is known as “Ghost Light Road.”
It takes its nickname from the many reports of strange, unidentified, balls of floating and flying light that are regularly seen in and around the woods. That the brightly-lit, ghostly orbs are sometimes viewed in conjunction with Bigfoot again amplifies the connection.
Moving across the Atlantic, on the East coast of England, and for centuries, people have been reporting sightings of a mysterious, large, ape-like creature known as the Shug-Monkey – “Shug” being an old English word meaning “demon.” It transpires that most of the reports of the Shug-Monkey come from an area of woodland called Rendlesham Forest.
Rather coincidentally (or, as I suspect, not coincidentally) Rendlesham Forest just happens to have been the location of Britain’s most famous UFO encounter. In December 1980, numerous military personnel reported seeing strange lights, a triangular-shaped UFO, and even dwarfish, humanoid figures in the dense woods.
Also in the UK, the woods and canals around an old English village called Ranton – which is located in the county of Staffordshire – have their very own hairy man-beast in their midst. Its name is the Man-Monkey, and sightings of the infernal monster dates back to the 1870s.
And, yes, you guessed it: UFOs are hardly unknown in Ranton either. In 1954, as just one example of several, a woman named Jessie Roestenberg had a very weird UFO encounter in her Ranton home that involved a classic flying saucer-shaped craft hovering over the house at a perilously low level.
I could go on and on, and tell you of countless similar stories from all around the world. But I won’t. I’m sure you get the picture. Saucers and Sasquatch might not seem to be deeply connected at first glance. The fact is, however, that in some strange and admittedly unfathomable fashion, they are…
- PRESTO CHANGE-O, WHERE DO THEY GO DEPARTMENT -
The Ultra-Terrestrial Invisibility Factor
By Sean Casteel
As a companion piece to my earlier article on UFOs and levitation, we now take up the subject of invisibility and UFOs. The book “Levitation and Invisibility” by Commander X and Tim R. Swartz is once again our primary guide.
According to the authors, the power of invisibility has been sought by mankind since ancient times, and some have managed to achieve it, using secrets that are said to be available even to this day.
“With the new millennium,” they write, “the time is now right for these lost teachings to be revealed to those willing to take on the great responsibility that such powers can endow in an individual. But be warned. Such powers can command a high price for those who would use them for evil purposes or selfish gains. Powers such as these are not to be trifled with. The universe has its own built-in safety mechanisms, ready to take down those who would trifle with the laws of the cosmos.”
But for the sufficiently pure in heart, the authors maintain that it is possible to learn to become invisible by using the prayers and spells they lay out in the book. I will leave it for those who actually read “Levitation and Invisibility” to see the details and perhaps do their own experiments with the instructions provided.
Commander X and Swartz also give a brief overview of scientific advances in our own time that may lead to achieving invisibility through human technology. So far, scientists have managed to create an “invisibility cloak” that can conceal a miniscule object of the tiniest fractions of an inch. The Pentagon is particularly interested in achieving true invisibility for any number of military uses, and the use of “meta-materials” to bend light rays and somehow deceive the eyes continues to be a promising area of research.
Invisibility is also part of the secret doctrines of Hinduism, found in a section of the Upanishads called the “Yogatattva.” An ancient Hindu text claims that concentration and meditation can make the body imperceptible to other men, canceling direct contact with “the light of the eyes” and thus causing one’s body to disappear. A non-Biblical legend of Moses disappearing into a cloud is also provided, and the historical accounts of certain Catholic saints, in a way similar to the material in my earlier levitation article, are alluded to briefly.
It is not uncommon, in this era of quantum physics, for science and mysticism to find common ground, and the phenomenon of invisibility is no exception. But what about invisibility as it applies to UFOs and alien contact?
Once again, Commander X and Swartz have no lack of fascinating anecdotes for us. Drawing from the case histories of hypnotherapist Donna Higbee, who runs a support group for alien abductees, the authors illustrate how invisibility is but one more aspect of alien contact that, even though frequently reported, is still a completely unexplainable phenomenon.
When Higbee first heard from a woman in her support group about an invisibility episode, Higbee’s initial reaction was to think the woman was “highly imaginative.” When a second person reported the same thing, Higbee felt the situation required further study.
The first woman, given the pseudonym “Vera,” had driven her car to the post office to purchase stamps. She walked in and took her place at the end of the line.
“Soon thereafter,” the authors write, “a man walked in and asked the man directly in front of Vera if this was the end of the line. The man ahead of Vera answered that he was indeed the end of the line, at which point Vera spoke up and said she was the end of the line. No one looked at Vera or acknowledged that she had spoken, and in fact she was almost stepped on as the second man took up the end position in line.
“Vera thought to herself,” the authors continue, “how rude these people were and moved slightly to the side of the line, so as not to be jostled; she continued moving up with the other people. When her time came to go to the counter to be helped, she walked up and stated her business and, quite to her amazement, the man behind her walked right up and did the same. The postal clerk never acknowledged Vera but began assisting the man. Vera announced loudly that she was there first, but no one paid the slightest attention to her.”
Vera was now very upset at what she felt was the extreme rudeness she had just suffered and walked out of the post office and went home. Several days later, she was trying to get some assistance in a store and no one would help her or even acknowledge that she was there. It seemed as if she was invisible to the people around her and also couldn’t be heard when she spoke.
Higbee was told of another case of invisibility. A woman was sitting on her sofa at home, letting her mind wander as she stared at the wall. The wall seemed to take on a less-than-solid form, which she found fascinating. When she finally came out of her reverie, she was astonished to realize her husband was searching the house for her and was adamant that she had not been there. Although she was physically present, she was completely unseen by another person.
Having heard two such stories now, Higbee consulted with other researchers, many of whom had been told similar stories and sometimes knew personally someone who had experienced something akin to spontaneous invisibility. In every case Higbee looked into, the person was physically still present but could not be seen or heard. From the point of view of the invisible person, the world looks normal and they have no idea they can’t be perceived by the others present.
Yet another similar anecdote reached Higbee. A man named Peter, in Gloucestershire, England, was at a private party in 1987. He walked upstairs to use the bathroom and was followed by a woman who also wanted to use the bathroom. The woman motioned for him to go in first and stood outside the door to wait her turn. Peter used the bathroom, opened the door and walked out into the hallway, closing the door behind him. He went back downstairs and approached some friends and began to talk to them. They all ignored him completely, which he thought was some kind of joke they were playing on him. So he found his girlfriend and asked for a cigarette. She too acted like she neither saw nor heard him.
At this point, Peter was getting angry and was clearly not amused by the “joke.” He decided to go back upstairs and ask the woman coming out of the bathroom for a
cigarette. She was standing outside the bathroom door, clearly still waiting for him to come out.
“When she saw me,” Peter later reported, “her face dropped in surprise, obviously because she thought that I was still in the bathroom.”
He returned to the party downstairs and everything was normal again. He could be seen and heard. When he questioned his friends and his girlfriend about why they had ignored him, they all swore that they had never seen or heard him, just as the woman upstairs had not seen him leave the bathroom and go downstairs.
An even stranger episode of invisibility happened to a woman named Jannise, of Minneapolis, Minnesota. Jannise has had a number of invisibility experiences, including an incident that occurred when she was as teenager. She had fallen in with a bad crowd, who decided to see if they could steal something from a department store and get away with it. The entire group was caught and taken into custody, including Jannise. They were questioned at the police station one by one, except for Jannise.
“Although she was standing right there,” Commander X and Swartz write, “no one paid the slightest attention to her; not the police, the guards or the office personnel. She finally just got up and walked out of the police station without ever being questioned or anyone attempting to stop her. When she later talked with her friends about what happened at the police station, ‘They didn’t even recall me being brought into custody at the department store. Yet I rode in the police car with everyone else, and they thought I was still at the store.’ No one had seen her from the moment the police arrived on the scene in the store until some time after she had walked out of the police station unhindered.”
Higbee is curious as to whether there is a correlation between those individuals who believe they have been on an alien craft and those who are experiencing this invisibility phenomenon. One theory suggests that, in passing through the force field of an alien craft, the abductee’s own vibrational frequency is somehow changed or raised and that this triggers the spontaneous invisibility.
“Levitation and Invisibility” also recounts a short history of the jinn, the demons of the Islamic faith. The authors quote Gordon Creighton, from his article “The True Nature of UFO Entities,” which declares that in the normal state, the jinn are not visible to ordinary human sight, but they can materialize and appear in the physical world, as well as make themselves visible or invisible at will.
Budd Hopkins also grapples with the invisibility phenomenon in his 2003 book “Sight Unseen: Science, UFO Invisibility and Transgenic Beings,” co-written with his then wife, Carol Rainey.
“Beginning sometime in the early 1980s,” Hopkins writes, “a few abduction researchers were forced by the data to hypothesize that the aliens possessed an ‘invisibility technology’ that enabled them to carry out abductions in daylight in densely populated areas without being seen. The subject was, however, talked about only in private. I recall a conversation I had with my colleague David Jacobs around 1983, in which we discussed the aliens’ capability of operating so that neither they, their craft, nor their abductees were visible to the naked eye. Both of us felt that there was no way that abductions could be carried out on the scale the evidence implied unless total visual cloaking was possible.
“But in 1983,” Hopkins continues, “the idea that UFO abductions were extraordinarily frequent and widespread was, in itself, highly controversial, even among those who took the UFO phenomenon seriously. Therefore, to suggest in published articles or even in public lectures that the UFO occupants possessed a technology of invisibility was to court disbelief and rejection even among our colleagues. And so abduction researchers kept silent on the issue, confining our public statements to other aspects of the phenomenon for which abundant evidence exists.”
Hopkins then heaps praise on fellow alien abduction researcher Dr. David Jacobs for his bravery when Jacobs first broached the subject at a UFO conference in Santa Barbara, California, in 1990. Jacobs presented a carefully researched paper that argued that the abduction reports REQUIRED a condition of temporary UFO and abductee invisibility. Hopkins delivered his own paper on the subject several years later at a conference in Virginia, but added that both venues had been intimate enough that “the general public was unaware that such a radical idea was being taken seriously.”
Either for good or evil, Commander X and Tim R. Swartz have no such qualms, as they take on the subject of invisibility head-on in their book, “Levitation and Invisibility.” Is invisibility a skill the dedicated student can learn? Or is it only the prerogative of alien abductors who need invisibility to carry out their mysterious agenda as they harvest among the human race for whatever their purposes may be? Reading “Levitation and Invisibility” may not give you all the answers, but it will at least help you to see a large portion of what is currently known on the subject.
Publisher/investigator Timothy Beckley says he is all too familiar with the UFO
“invisibility factor.” He says he has run into this odd link between the Ultra-Terrestrials and the psychic realm on a number of occasions. “While I was in the United Kingdom speaking at the House of Lords’ informal UFO committee presided over by the late Earl of Clancarty, Brinsley Le Poer Trench, I took a side trip out to the town of Warminister, located very near Stonehenge, where a persistent UFO flap had been going on for over a decade. During my journey I spent an evening with Arthur Shuttlewood, the editor of the ‘Warminister Journal,’ the town's daily newspaper. Arthur had started out as a skeptic but had turned into a full fledged UFO believer after hundreds of sightings from several vantage spots just outside of town. The sightings included landings and contacts with the Ultra-Terrestrials. Many times, Shuttlewood says he could feel the presence of these beings, but they could not be seen with the human eye. Bushes would part and ‘they’ could be heard moving about and even mingling with the observers, though they remained invisible, except for a few times when a vague outline of their form (up to seven feet tall) could be seen against another object such as a fence or a tree. One time, a group watching UFOs over Starr Hill maintained that a heavy metal gate swung up and closed by itself. They were convinced it wasn't the wind or a freak of nature, but that something used substantial force to accomplish the feat.” Beckley notes that these invisible beings in other cases would turn television sets and air conditioners on and off and cause front doors to swing open. “But who are they and where do they go?" Beckley says he can't really come to any firm conclusion, though this phenomenon tends to make him believe they are able to occupy another realm and can pass back and forth at will.
Beckley, who has studied the coming and goings of the Ultra-Terrestrials (so identified because the well-established publisher believes there is no direct proof they are aliens from outer space, but more likely come from other realms, likely “invisible spheres,” and can transcend time) states that over the decades he has established friendships with a variety of UFO contactees and abductees who maintain that these “cosmic souls” can easily come and go undetected because they can make themselves invisible on demand. “The late Howard Menger,” Beckley adds, “who had a long-running history of UFO communications around his home in High Bridge, New Jersey, even produced a number of interesting photographs showing him in the company of light forms whom he claimed were really his ‘space brother’ friends in the process of ‘fading in and out of this reality.’ Likewise, Ted Owens, who insisted he had established contact with ‘them’ since an early age, told me that his SI associates never liked to show themselves because to us they might seem hideous looking, and thus they keep to themselves by staying invisible. Now you see them, now you don’t, I would guess.” As rock superstar Bob Dylan sang, “You’re invisible now. You’ve got no secrets to conceal.” If you can wrap your head around that line, you’re halfway there.
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Levitation and Invisibility: Learn To Use The Incredible Super Powers
Within You! http://www.amazon.com/Levitation-Invisibility-Incredible-POWERS-Within/dp/1606111434/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1379288179&sr=1-1&keywords=levitation+and+invisibility
How To Contact the Space People by Ted Owens http://www.amazon.com/How-Contact-The-Space-People/dp/1606110012 [To read more by Sean Casteel, visit his website at www.seancasteel.com]
- YOU WILL DIE LAUGHING DEPARTMENT -
Northampton Clown Speaks Out
LONDON — So the mysterious clown that has been giving residents in and around Princess Diana's home county of Northamptonshire the heebie-jeebies lately has finally had his say.
The Northampton Clown has spoken exclusively — albeit anonymously — with local paper the Northampton Chronicle & Echo.
And guess what?
First, he's a he, according to the Northampton Chronicle & Echo story.
Second, the sinister, silent appearances in various locations around the East Midlands town of Northampton, population approximately 200,000, in recent days have all been just a bit of old-fashioned fun.
"I just wanted to amuse people," the creepy Pennywise-lookalike said Thursday. Pennywise is a character from Stephen King's 1990 horror movie It.
"Most people enjoy being a bit freaked out and then they can laugh about it afterwards. It's like watching a horror movie, when people get scared they usually start laughing."
Except that not everyone was laughing.
One Facebook user named Tony Taylor commented on the "Spot Northampton's Clown" Facebook page: "Is it safe to approach him?" Another, Sarah Maley, wrote: "I am unsettled by this."
Yet another longtime former resident of Northamptonshire who asked not to be identified — full disclosure, she is married to the author of this story — said that there are "way more scary people in Northampton than this clown." She did not elaborate.
The Northampton Clown did not immediately respond to a message sent via Facebook, and the journalist who bagged the world exclusive with the clown, Callum Jones, was on lunch when USA TODAY first tried calling the Northampton Chronicle & Echo offices.
However, in his story Thursday Jones said that during his interview with the Northampton Clown the jester "regularly made references" to King's drama that the Internet Movie Database says it about "an evil demon who poses as a child-killing clown."
Later, Jones told USA TODAY that during his discussions with the clown the latter had joked that he was "298 and only wakes every 30 years." When pressed, Jones said that his organization agreed to not reveal the identity of the funny man, although it was not quite clear if that identity was made available to the Northampton Chronicle & Echo.\
"Naturally, some people would have been extremely frightened by what they saw, but I hope many are starting to see it as a bit of harmless fun," said the clown, attempting to further clarify his position.
The (comic?) entertainer, who has nearly 130,000 likes on his Facebook page, and whose creepy antics have attracted global attention, appears to regularly use two catch phrases on social media: "Beep Beep!" and "I'll be seeing you soon."
But in one post, the clown says he does not use "Twitter as it confused the heck out of me."
Source: USA Today
- BIG FOOT COMES A STOMPIN' DEPARTMENT -
Could Large Footprint Be From a Northern Ohio Sasquatch?
By: Mark Johnson
CLEVELAND - It measures 7 inches wide from toe to toe. And its bigger than a normal man's foot. What's more: this footprint was left behind by someone, or something, right here in northern Ohio.
Wendy was doing yard work in her Ashtabula County backyard on Aug. 11 when she noticed the very large footprint.
"It was in a low spot in our backyard. The ground was wet," she said. She called her husband over and then ran for a tape measure and cell phone camera. The footprint, complete with five recognizable toes, is a full 7 1/2 inches wide. "Its much larger than anything me or my husband has ever seen."
The footprint tapers back several inches before disappearing onto firmer ground. "It's hard to tell how long it is. Wendy added, "But, it's not a footprint anyone around here recognizes."
Indeed, Wendy has shown the print to several local hunters. The location of the find is right off State Route 167 in Jefferson, right near Mill Creek. There is abundant wildlife around.
"We have deer and turkey here all the time. Even a rare black bear sighting," she said. "The hunters agree, it's not a bear. These are definitely toes. They are not claws."
So, is this the footprint of a Sasquatch, otherwise know as Bigfoot? For Wendy, this is not her first encounter with strange happenings in her neighborhood.
"It started about five years ago." she remembered. "My husband took the dog outside during the night. That's when he heard it."
He described the sound as a loud, booming growl "like no other animal you've ever heard."
"It made his skin crawl." said Wendy. "Whatever it was, it was large."
About three years ago, Wendy had the same experience. She was walking her dog out in the backyard watching the stars. It was pitch black. "All of the sudden my dog stopped. That's when I heard what sounded like a truck shifting gears driving on the next street. It was a loud growl, not from the street over. It was coming right from the back of my house just a few feet away! It was nothing like you've ever heard before!"
Then, last year, Wendy saw something strange. "Just down the road, at dusk, we were driving across the railroad tracks. I caught a quick glimpse of a large dark figure. It appeared to be dressed in all black running across the tracks. I thought to my self, why would a hunter be dressed in all black at sunset?"
She describes what she saw as an extremely large figure, dark in color, which moved quickly into the woods.
Wendy says these strange happenings, which include loud late-night knocking from the woods nearby, always occur in late summer and fall. "Whatever it is," she said, "seems like its just passing through each year."
The latest unexplained event happened just a few weeks ago, over Labor Day weekend, 2013.
"My husband was in the bedroom at the back of the house." recalled Wendy. "I was in the kitchen. It was about 9:30 at night. Something pounded on the outside wall of the house. We both heard it and came running. Since it was dark we couldn't see anything outside."
Wendy said she often leaves scraps of food outside off the patio for the animals to munch on. "Maybe whatever it was was letting us know he was hungry."
Experiences like these are not uncommon in Ohio. According to the group Bigfoot Field Research Organization, Ohio has logged more than 200 sightings since the 1970s.
Many call it the "Ohio Grassman."
The latest, aside from Wendy, occurred on the Ashtabula/Lake County line on March 14, 2013. Here's what that witness describes:
"I was simply driving east on Route 90, I had just passed the Lake County/Ashtabula County border and I was looking around as I usually do and I look over at this woodline hoping to see some deer or turkey and to my surprise there was what looked to be a Bigfoot walking through the woods about 100 yards from the roadway. At first I thought I was imagining things but other drivers slowed to look as well. It was about 3:10 p.m. and the weather was partly cloudy, the temp was about 33 degrees and there was a dusting of snow on the ground. The Bigfoot was tall about 9-11 feet if I had to guess and it had broad shoulders and it was brownish grey in color. It was walking east then turned south toward the Grand River. I told others about this and some think I'm crazy and others believe me. I do hope to see it again, I was amazed yet unsettled at the same time."
The Bigfoot Research group has logged many incidents from northern Ohio:
Ohio sightings by county:
(sightings since 1960)
According to the research group, Portage County is the Ohio hotbed for Sasquatch sightings, having logged 20 since 1962. One farmer near Ravenna claims a family of Bigfoot live somewhere on his vast property. Here's his description from a sighting in 2003:
"I myself have had many different occasions with the creature I have dubbed "Fang." I have come to understand through self experiences that there is more than one creature in our area. I go hiking quite often in the same area and know exactly where they usually are, as they tend to follow me most of the times I am there. I fear people coming to our area and trying to find Fang and his clan. I feel somewhat of an understanding and a protective closeness, and I feel they should be left alone. Anyone who has had the wonderful experience of seeing one with their own eyes knows the truth. The world would only want to capture and destroy them if given the chance I fear. I would be willing to talk to someone about my experiences, but I do not really want to tell everyone, due to my beliefs. My children have heard their cries out in the woods, and we have gotten rather close enough for their smell many times. Just last week my younger son and I found footprints in the woods by a thicket too dense for us to walk into."
Source: News Net 5
- NOT JUST SANTA'S LITTLE HELPERS DEPARTMENT -
A History of Elves
By Benjamin Radford
Elves have been a popular subject in fiction for centuries, ranging from William Shakespeare's play "A Midsummer Night's Dream" to the classic fantasy novels of J.R.R. Tolkien 300 years later. But it's only recently that elves have been confined to plays, books, and fairy tales: In centuries past, belief in the existence of fairies and elves was common among both adults and children.
Like fairies, elves were said to be magical, diminutive shape-shifters. (Shakespeare's elves were tiny, winged creatures that lived in, and playfully flitted around, flowers.) English male elves were described as looking like little old men, though elf maidens were invariably young and beautiful. Like men of the time, elves lived in kingdoms found in forests, meadows, or hollowed-out tree trunks.
Elves, fairies, and leprechauns are all closely related in folklore, though elves specifically seem to have sprung from early Norse mythology. By the 1500s, people began incorporating elf folklore into stories and legends about fairies, and by 1800, fairies and elves were widely considered to be simply different names for the same magical creatures.
As with fairies, elves eventually developed a reputation for pranks and mischief, and strange daily occurrences were often attributed to them. For example, when the hair on a person or horse became tangled and knotted, such "elf locks" were blamed on elves, and a baby born with a birthmark or deformity was called "elf marked."
Indeed, our forefathers trifled with elves at their peril. According to folklorist Carol Rose in her encyclopedia "Spirits, Fairies, Leprechauns, and Goblins," though elves were sometimes friendly toward humans, they were also known to take "terrible revenge on any human who offends them. They may steal babies, cattle, milk, and bread or enchant and hold young men in their spell for years at a time. An example of this is the well-known story of Rip Van Winkle."
Another type of elf emerged, one with a somewhat different nature and form than the mischievous and diminutive sprites of yore. Some elves, such as those depicted in J.R.R. Tolkien's "Lord of the Rings" trilogy, are slender, human-sized, and beautiful, with fine — almost angelic — features. Tolkien's characters were drawn largely from his research into Scandinavian folklore, and therefore it's not surprising that his elves might be tall and blond. Though not immortal, these elves were said to live hundreds of years. They have also become a staple of modern fantasy fiction.
Gary Gygax, co-creator of the seminal role-playing game Dungeons and Dragons, was not only influenced by Tolkien's elves but also instrumental in popularizing them, even including elves as one of the character races (along with humans) that gamers could play.
In either form, elves are strongly associated with magic and nature. As with fairies, elves were said to secretly steal healthy human babies and replace them with their own kind. These changelings appeared at first glance to be human babies, but if they became seriously sick or temperamental, parents would sometimes suspect that their own child had been abducted by elves. There were even legends instructing parents on how to get their real child back from its elven abductors.
Each generation seems to have their own use for elves in their stories. Just as leprechauns have historically been associated with one type of work (shoemaking), it is perhaps not surprising that many common (and commercial) images of elves depict them as industrious workers — think, for example of Santa Claus' toymaking elves or even the Keebler cookie-baking elves. Folklore, like language and culture, is constantly evolving, and elves will likely always be with us, in one form or another.
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