Friday, January 31, 2014

Die Glocke

When I was kid, we used to play this stupid game, in which we’d all sit in a row with a mirror behind us, and the person in front would take a flashlight and shine it over everyone’s heads into the mirror. The concept was that if the photons bounced off the mirror in just the right way, we’d achieve time travel. Obviously, we only ever traveled through time the natural way, but it kept us busy for a few minutes.

So, what would you do if you had the ability to travel through time? Would you hunt dinosaurs in the Cretaceous? Would you go back and see some historic event? Would you try to confirm the existence of religious figures like Jesus or Buddha? Would you interfere with the past? Would you try to change the future?

Some believe Germany was trying to develop a time machine during WWII, an acorn or bell shaped device referred to as Die Glocke or The Bell, which they would have used to surprise their enemies and win the war.

Well, actually, it seems to be unclear as to what The Bell would do, some say it might levitate, or travel through time-space using extremely high amounts of power, or it might possibly even create free power. It contained a variant of mercury that was red, or maybe violet, in color.

Nobody even seems to know of the project’s existence until 2000, when Igor Witkowski wrote an article about Nazi miracle weapons, claiming he was allowed to transcribe project documents in 1997.

Perhaps we’ll never know the truth without a time machine of our own. 

And now, because I don’t want your brains to atrophy, here’s a puzzle!
2 clear, 1 blue, 2 clear.
5 blue.
1 blue, 3 black, 1 blue.
5 blue.
1 blue, 1 white, 1 blue, 1 white, 1 blue.
5 blue.
1 blue, 1 white, 1 blue, 1 dark blue, 1 blue.
5 blue.
1 blue, 1 dark blue, 1 blue, 1 dark blue, 1 blue.
5 blue.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Do Llama Instinctually Fear the Chupacabra?

At one time, we had neighbors who kept llamas. They also had a big white guard dog. Initially they suggested we bring our dog over to play with her, but said it wasn’t going to work when they realized our dog was black. They explained this extremely awkward moment, and apparently llamas are afraid of black dogs. As you know, recent descriptions from Texas describe Chupacabra as a grey or black dog.

Now of course, this may be a natural reaction to some predator native to their natural environment, right?

Since North American llamas were imported from South America, I looked up what relatives of dogs live in South America. Now, there’s lots of canids in South America, but they are considered a relatively recent addition to South America’s ecosystem, and come in a variety of colors. This of course means, that such a fear is less likely to be ingrained at an instinctual level, and that all dogs, regardless of color, should be feared equally. 

However, scientist believe llamas themselves originate in Central America. But the story here is similar, less species of dogs, but a variety of colors.

But, perhaps it is not dog specific, but simply the quadruped body shape combined with black skin/fur they fear. Both panthers and spectacled bears live in these areas. Could it be one of these predatory creatures they fear, or something even more sinister, like the chupacabra?

Friday, January 24, 2014

Paranormal Phenomenon List - Rejected Entry Archive

In what I guess is called pre-spring cleaning, I’ve decided to remove certain entries from my Paranormal Phenomenon List, that I feel are redundant (such as the numerous ghost haunting entries without a specific location; in this case the entry Ghost Hauntings with general info will be replacing 5 entries). Incase anyone wants access to them; I’m posting them here, but I will not be adding anymore items like these to my list.

Curse Haunting 001 - Moving objects, hidden religious artifacts, black shadows, chanting, cat dead and frozen. Blessed twice the house was still active. A friend had sent them a hoodoo Voodoo doll, and after the first blessing they burned it, the head did not fully burn. Entity growls in reply. Doll is bound in cloth with salt.
[Location: Washington, PA]
[TV: Paranormal State - Episode 39: Good vs.. Evil]

Cursed Haunting 002 - A family moves into a house, planning on restoration. Activity is childish at first. Then the teen living with them gets into witchcraft. The Ouija board they used won’t stay gone, despite the uncle’s desperate attempts to discard it, nor burn despite the grandmother’s attempts. She finally broke it up with an ax. The teen admits to killing a cat to perform a dark spell, and is admitted to an institution. The activity continues. Blessing seems to help, but activity returns. A paranormal investigation team is brought in, activity spikes.  And the board returns! Activity includes, funny sounds, giggling, possessed items, apparitions, apparitions in windows, and dark figures.
[Location: Zieglersville, Pennsylvania]
[TV: A Haunting - Episode 71: Black Magic]

Demonic Haunting 001 - A man and his family are tormented by demonic forces. He has the gate to hell tattooed on his back, which he has been told may be a real portal. Activity includes, voices, a evil presence, anger and rage, interesting Ovulus results which coincide with the claims, and possible possession.
[Location: York, PA]
[TV: Paranormal State - Episode 45: Hell’s Gate]

Demonic (and possible Ghost) Haunting 002 - Activity includes; apparitions of a little girls and an inhuman girl. The family’s daughter is blamed for her previous behavior, including buying a satanic bible, which her friend tried to burn, but could not.
[Location: Georgia]
[TV: Paranormal State - Episode 86: Night Terrors]

Demonic (and  Ghost) Haunting 003 - Family with 2 teen daughters and a young son purchase a house for cheaper than it should be. Oldest daughter feels like something is wrong with house. After weeks of the son crying out in the night, the grandma moves in to help put the kids at ease, she soon leaves out of fear. Warren comes and decided the activity is a demon. EVPs later suggest there’s three human ghost trapped by a demon. Both records of past home owners and Indian burial sites are found. Activity includes; strange noises including knocks, EVPs, doors open/closing, being attacked in bed, electronic malfunctions, apparitions, possession with automatic writing and painting and speech and backwards prayers, feeling like being watched, objects being thrown.
[Location: Seymour, Connecticut]
[TV: A Haunting - Episode 5: Hell House]

Energy Vampire Haunting 001 - They’re looking for a home, and suddenly get a call from a man looking to have them move into a house they can’t find any evidence they looked at, with a good offer price. After moving in, the mother has 2 miscarriages in a row. And the dog often seems upset about something. The kids tell their mom about activity, who tells her boyfriend, who doesn’t believe. Eventually he decides they need to move, and everyone feels better. Then the animals start acting odd again, and the dog has to be removed from the new home. Then the activity returns. The boyfriend finally sees it. They contact PRISM who come to investigate, they leave when a investigator is thrown down the stairs, but continue research. They found the boyfriend’s aunt had once lived in the first house, fell down the stairs causing a miscarriage. A demonologist comes in, and believes it’s a energy vampire created and feed by human tragedy within the family. A ceremony is preformed to draw out the vampire and banish it, and the mother is scratched by the entity, but activity disappears afterwards.  Activity includes, footsteps, odd noises, a disturbing presence, shadows/dark mists, sense of dread, family members are drained/over tired (and prescribed stress meds they claim didn’t work), and people attacked.
[Location: Edgewater & Annapolis, Maryland]
[TV: The Haunted - Episode 3: Stalked by a Vampire]

Ghost Haunting 001, Nannie Womack- A rebuilt home and it’s yard is believed to be on the location of a murdered little girl’s old home and the location of the murder (100 years ago in 2008). The murder is real, but controversy exists over the girl’s age, she may have been only 8 as her family says, or 13 as the papers claim. Activity includes, a little girl apparition that appeared to several people, eyes only apparition, a little girl’s voice calling mama, and odd sounds.
[Location: Russell Springs, Kentucky]
[TV: Paranormal State - Episode 57: The Anniversary (this is episode 39 by wikipedia’s count)]

Ghost Haunting 002 - Two drowning are known to have occurred nearby. Activity Includes; something in the bathroom that hides in the dark areas, disturbing presences, ghost kids from the backyard, disembodied heads, voices, thermal anomalies (debunked),
[Location: Maryland]
[Paranormal State - Episode 59: The Drowned]

Ghost Haunting 003 - Family moves into dad’s dream house. Keeps some of the old tools from the previous owner’s workshop, and begins renovations. Activity starts up, slow at first, until the father goes to talk to a priest who tells him ghosts aren’t real and that the family should pray together, so the father researches it alone. They then tell the kids and pray with them. The activity mellows down for a bit, but then after the father talks to a psychic at a party the activity starts up again. The mom thinks a child had been hurt in the basement, so on a friend’s suggestion they contact a spiritual healer. She’s immediately drawn to the basement, and the cupboard the father had dreamed about being attacked from, a dark mist emerges, and the healer and her husband force it from the house. The prior owner’s property is removed, his workbench destroyed, the property boundary magically reinforced, and a pagan prayer preformed. - The father now starts to see the ghost outside the house. Nightly they cleanse the house in catholic-ish rituals, until the family is miserable. The entity finally leaves when the father addresses the issue with forgiveness and kindness. - Activity included, feeling of being watched, wind in the house, apparitions, nightmares/daymares followed buy being touched and something punching/sitting on the pillows, clapping along with guitar being played, re-cognitions, and a dark mist.
[TV: A Haunting - Episode 58: Dark Dreams]

Ghost Haunting 004 - Dog barks constantly by the garage, until he is hit by a car despite the fence’s still being wired shut. Then the daughter starts to have conversation with someone that isn’t there, Nick, who she draws as a mutilated body.  She then claims there’s a bad skeleton in the garage. After the mother is nearly run over, the daughter claims Nick is a good skeleton who scared off the bad skeleton. Nicholas, a motorcycle enthusiast, used to live in the house, but ran into a tractor-trailer and died, right where the dog died, and where the mom had almost died. After a Vietnamese ceremony, Nick is gone.  Activity includes; nightmares, being touched, bad feelings, voices calling to be joined in the water and a compelling urge to walk across the highway in the dark to get there,
[Location: Yosemite?]
[TV: Paranormal Witness - Episode 17: The Good Skeleton; Hollywood Sign Haunting]

Ghost Haunting 005 - The Irving family excitedly move into a larger country home. Six week later, minor activity starts, like footsteps and clanking noises in the kitchen. The family’s two girls start playing with a Ouija Board. Their mom later throws it on the burn pile, and unusual colored flames shoot out. Activity worsens; nightmares about something begging to get in, hair pulled and being touched or shoved or scratched, apparitions, levitating furniture, candles go out on their own, mirrors smash. They then find an older woman died in their house. Later the grandma has a heart attack and the family moves, feeling the ghost killed her. The house is later torn, and the lot abandon.
[Location: Chesapeake, Virginia]
[TV: When Ghosts Attack - Episode 8: Voices of the Dead]

Historic Haunting 001 (Underground Railroad) - A white families’ black visitors (and live in boyfriend) see a woman in the daughter’s room. Under the house are tunnels that were used by the Underground Railroad. The team finds artifacts in the tunnel. The woman’s photo was found in the tunnel (given a line-up of copies of old photos, Larry picks it, as does the psychic). Psychic identifies her as a protective spirit, who does not approve of wedlock.
[Location: Pittsburg PENN]
[TV: Paranormal State - Episode 17: The woman in the window]

Judy Road Incubus - Four women experience an evil presence that tries to rape at least one of them.
[TV: Unexplained Mysteries - Episode 18: The Young & The Haunted]

Poltergeist Haunting 001 -  Matt, girlfriend Susan, and their daughters Jamie and Marie move into their dream house. Major messy poltergeist activity, recorded in photos and video - culminating in a attempted fire trap. After the family moved out, others on the block started to move out too. Did the activity jump houses?
[Location: Southern CA]
[TV: Paranormal Witness - Episode 4: The Poltergeist; Watched in the Wilderness]

Possession (possible yuurei [hungry/vengeful ghost] or demon) 001 - Two deaths occurred in the home, a sleeping pill suicide and drunken fall down the stairs. Activity is said to bet he worst in the basement, attic, and second floor, as well as at 3.00 am. Activity includes, apparitions (man and woman), odd sounds, whispering, suggestions of self harm coupled with nightmarish visions, dark figures, beds and doorknobs shake, feeling of a presence, hands in the attic, extremely high EMFs. PS brings in a psychic and a priest.
[Location: ? ]
[TV: Paranormal State - Episode 74: Suicide Possession]

Possession (possible demon Attachment) 002 - Band member and recent widower, and her daughter, start to experience activity as they plan to move. Activity includes, being touched, apparitions of late father/husband, objects moving, tall shadow figures, strange sounds of knocks and growls, and nightmares. She meets another man, that they both like, and he notices the activity too, and she shares her concerns that in might be her late husband, which get the couple talking about Ghost Hunting. When her daughter starts to have nightmares she doubles her efforts to find a new house, and finds an abandon house she wants to investigate on Halloween. There they see shadows, and one enters her and takes over. Her attitude changes, she sees dark figures attacking her, believes the entity to have killed her husband, hears it speaking, and gets scratches and burns. They invite Paranormal Investigators to the house, and she is attacked again, and a priest is contacted. The priest does a test with holy water and tap water, then initiates a exorcism, during which participants see a shadow figure. They learn the demon’s name and force it from the house, and blesses the house, but the priest warns it may return if she does not keep the faith.
- She had a second exorcism in 2012.
[Location: Social Circle, Georgia]
[TV: A Haunting: Back From the Dead - Episode 9: The Exorcism of Cindy Sauer]

UFO Sighting 001 - Carlos De Los Santos, pilot who encountered 3 UFOs over Mexico, 3 saucers with cockpit windows. They temporarily take control of his airplane and damage the landing gear. Some experts assume he suffered hypoxia. - Things get weirder when he’s threatened by people on the ground.
[TV: The Unexplained Files - Episode 4: Spontaneous Human Combustion and Mexican P…]

Werewolf Encounters:
- Palmyra Werewolves - Avid hunting family with an injured father moves to a nice farmhouse in a wooded area. When they see funny slowly flashing lights in trees, father and son go to investigate, but find no evidence. The son and his girlfriend find a huge den while walking their dogs. The family takes refuge in the house when wolf-like creatures interrupt their relaxing evening, and spend the rest of the night in a terrible fight for their lives. In the morning they find tracks that look like a cross between human an wolf prints.
[Location: Palmyra Maine]
[TV: Paranormal Witness - Episode 28: The Wolf Pack
* SEE Gevadan Killings
* SEE Beast of Bray Road
* SEE Dogtown

Friday, January 17, 2014

Rendlesham Forest Incident: Notes and Timeline

I’ve learned a good deal about the Rendlesham Forest Incident since my last post about it. At this point, over 30 years later I don’t expect to stumble upon anything previous researchers have missed, but rather I have a whole world of articles and resources at my disposal, to better understanding this event. (There is a list of resources at the end of this post, and I encourage you to check them out for yourself.) And like any UFO sighting, misidentification, or hoax, I believe understanding this event will help paint a cleared picture of the UFO phenomenon as a whole.

That said, while I still find this case fascinating, I must admit on a scientific level that there are several read flags, including:
* Local police, who better knew the environment, had reasonable explanations for all the ‘evidence’ of the UFO, and when they got to the ‘landing site’ they were able to see the local lighthouse.
* The first public reports of the UFO event appear in a tabloid, supplied by an officer who assumed a false name for the article.
* Witnesses’ stories contradict one another, and emotions clearly played a part in individual’s perceptions. Emotions alone may be reasonable enough explanation for any embellishments, you can hear this at work on the Halt Tape.

Below is a list of officers involved, followed by my preliminary timeline. It is color coded with the officers involved for your convenience (or your annoyance, depending on your temperament).

Identified Personnel Involved:

Colonel Charles Halt
- Wrote Halt Memo, Recorded Halt Tape
- It is suggested that his position makes the case credible, however Col. Conrad opposed his point of view rendering that argument invalid.

Sgt. Jim Penniston
- Supposedly interacted with craft, and made sketches of the symbols on it.
- Later, under hypnosis, attributed the incidents to human time travelers from the future.

Airman Larry Warren (alias: Art Wallace)
- Reports the incident to News of the World tabloid paper.
- Some sources debate his involvement at all. 

Colonel Ted Conrad
- Is mentioned in early interviews and reports, but denies the events are significant.

Airman First Class John Burroughs
- Part of the first investigation with Penniston, but tells a different story of the events.

Officer Cabansag
- ?


Late Dec 1980
(Note: The Halt Memo, written 2 weeks later, suggests events started on the 26th, but Halt admitted that it may be flawed. Date discrepancies has been a research issue for some time now.)

Dec 26th (27th by Halt Memo, 26th on Police Reports):
- 3 am - East gate security patrol sees lights descend into forest.
- 3 to 4 am - Officers enter the forest to investigate, suspecting a crash. Sgt. Penniston claims to have sketched, touched, and interacted with the craft; however he does not initially report that there was a craft and the dates on his sketches are out of sync with other accounts (27th). Burroughs on the other hand, claims they’d just encountered the craft, when it took off. Officer Cabansag is also present.
- 4 am - local police are called in, but they can only see the lighthouse.
- Daybreak - indentations and burn marks are visible. Colonel Conrad is said to have lead this investigation.
- 10:30 am - local police are called again, but they believe the indentations to be made by rabbits, and burn marks are logging cuts. (Halt Tape later refers to them as abrasions, accurately enough.)

Dec 27:
- The officer’s dinner is interrupted by men saying the UFO is back, however the identities and first hand accounts of these witnesses are not know. (Alternate accounts suggest this happened on the 26th, regardless, it may be a key spark for further investigation efforts.)
- Witness accounts are taken, and an investigation team is selected and briefed.

Dec 28th (29th by Halt Memo):
- Early Morning - Colonel Charles Halt leads a second investigation to check for radiation, readings are debated. He has with him a tape recorder (Halt Tape), and the recording suggests the radiation levels to be background radiation, or not much higher.
- Animals in the woods (misidentified as farm animals), seem agitated, crying out. (Spooked by aliens, or just humans being there at night?)
- Halt and his men see a yellow/green light flashing. (It is debated if they are able to see the lighthouse at the same time. The light is described as going side to side and winking, much like a lighthouse, and the timing is correct to the lighthouse in question, but the color Halt describes is red, while others call it yellow/green. Perhaps Halt is colorblind. [1])
- It should also be noted that no residents of nearby towns are known to have reported anything.
- This is followed by flashes and circular objects, and possibly light beams over the base.
- Objects may or may not have been on radar.

Jan 13th
- Halt writes his memo, it is not labeled as classified.

- Airman Larry Warren reports sightings to tabloid, mentioning Colonel Ted Conrad‘s involvement.

- Great Storm of 1987 wipes out much of the forest, though some of the incident locations were still identifiable.

- In a interview, Burroughs claims to have heard screaming.
- Halt claims the nearby livestock went crazy (there actually was no livestock, but there were deer and other animals in the forest).

- September 27 - Halt is one of six to testify that the US covered up Alien threats.
- June - Halt signs an affidavit claiming that US and UK governments have covered up the incident. Some of the facts contradict the Memo and Tape.
- Colonel Conrad makes counterclaims, and insinuates that the story has been further embellished over the years.

[1] - I have not been able to locate any information on when the US started testing airmen for colorblindness, but even if tested, certain diseases can cause colorblindness to develop.

Resources and Further Reading:

Dr David Clark, Folklore and Journalism, New light on Rendlesham,
Last update unknown, prior to 17 January 2014

Ian Ridpath, The Rendlesham Forest UFO Case,
Last updated in August 2013

“Rendlesham Forest” Alien Mysteries (TV series)

“The Rendlesham Files” Paranormal Witness (TV series)

Wikipedia, Rendlesham Forest incident
Last updated 1 January 2014

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

The Sensation of Sleep Paralysis

I’ve already posted on what Sleep Paralysis is, so today, while it’s fresh in my mind, let’s discuss what it feels like, for those lucky people that have not experienced it. Roughly 1/3 of people will have an isolated Sleep Paralysis experience, which probably makes it easier to attribute it to a haunting or other paranormal experience. While Sleep Paraylsis can be brought on by stress and panic disorders, depression, narcolepsy, or sleep apnea, it also occurs in people without any history of these, and is not harmful itself.

(The Nightmare, 1781, by JohnHenryFuseli)

After a night of restless sleep in which I woke from, and fell back into several dreams, and my REM cycle was clearly interrupted several times, I woke, or rather half-woke into the dim light that comes just before sunrise. In all probability my eyes may still have been closed, but this is how it appeared from my point of view. At this point I realized I couldn’t really move, and felt the sensation of some small entity, around the size of a large house cat crawling up my legs. Now clearly, this strange predicament is normally cause for abject terror, as reported by many Sleep Paralysis sufferers, and that is how I felt the first time I half-work up, unable to move even though there was no entity. However, at this point, having done this before, and knowing a lot more about it, highly unnerved is a better description for what I felt. But the sensation soon passed, I woke fully, and when back to sleep.

Now, as for the entity. As convincing as it was, it is clear to me it was not there. Our dreams often conjure up people and animals who are not there, or not even real. And on top of that, our brains have been scientifically proven to be capable of conjuring the sensation of outside entities under certain conditions while awake. Whether this is an evolutionary trait intended to help us deal with the concept of death and a finite universe, or a intentional construct to help the divine contact us, is up for debate, but this area of the brain exists and can be intentionally activated.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014


Well, yesterday I saw evidence that my suspicions about the recent crop circle were right, though apparently some experts were buying it. I don’t know anything about that, but as soon as I read that there were amazingly timed YouTube videos, that sent up a red flag:

Also, and amazingly relevant to my last post in content and timing, a hunter claims to have a Bigfoot body that he’s going to take on tour. My studies in Art and Anatomy kind of lead me to believe the fuzzy picture is a gaff, but from one picture it’s hard to tell exactly what you’re looking at beyond that. He claims studies have been done on the body, but doesn’t seem to be presenting any of this supposed evidence that the body is real. Instead he plans to take it on tour across the US like some modern Fiji Mermaid:

Then again, if I’m wrong… well, a world with proof of Bigfoot would be interesting.

Monday, January 6, 2014


Clearly I’ve watched the series Finding Bigfoot multiple times, it’s all over as TV references in my Paranormal Phenomenon List. Bigfoot, or Sasquatch, is defiantly on the list of things I’m interested in, but… and this is no secret, I don’t really believe in Bigfoot. The evidence just doesn’t add up. Or rather, there is lack of evidence.

I admit, the sheer number of witnesses is tempting, but there is very little evidence that hasn’t yet been proven to be a mistake or a hoax. Pretty much everything submitted for genetic testing (hair, bones, flesh, and poop) has been a hoax or mistake.

And then, in some cases I feel like people are grasping at straws. In one episode, the guys are out in Montana and they have a supposed photograph of a Bigfoot footprint, which they claim to show Bigfoot’s long toes and mid-foot ridge. Have a look for yourself:

(This image is a screenshot from Animal Plant’s Finding Bigfoot Evidence Map, located at: )

This is what they think is going on:

And this is what I think is going on:

Please go ahead and look at the original un-obscured photo again, and judge for yourself, you’re allowed to have your own opinions, but I’ve given you mine.

Moreover, sightings and population estimates don’t leave me feeling like there’s a viable population. If Bigfoot do exist, they’re obviously dying out. I also would have expected to see some sign of them by now. I pretty much live in the woods, and have seen the tracks and evidence of deer, elk, coyote, bears, cougars, raccoons, rabbits, and even feral goats. But, Bigfoot? Nope.