Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Happy New Years from All of Us!!!!

From All of the staff here at ParaPalooza.  Happy New Years!  
Here's hoping 2014 becomes the year you need it to be.
Post is by Jason Mansfield: Paranormal Investigator with Paranormal Studies of Arkansas found at www.hauntedarkansas.net, Voice Over Artist for several Paranormal Radio Shows, Film maker at Binary Entertainment www.binaryentertainment.com, Folklorist, Writer, & Legend Hunter

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Say Hello to my Little Friend: Meet the Mud Volcano Worm

Mud volcano worm
They resemble low budget horror movie monsters but Scottish Natural Heritage say people should care about the protection of these strange, green sea creatures.

Cradled in the hands of a marine scientist, the mud volcano worm (Maxmuelleria lankesteri) looks like a slimy gherkin with a tail.

Down on the bottom of deep blue seas, the burrowing animals create mounds of mud up to a metre (3ft) high.

Last week, Scottish Natural Heritage said the "UK's biggest and best known example" of this unusual habitat had been found in Loch Sween, a sea loch in Argyll. The mounds cover an area of about 1,630 acres (660ha) on the loch bed.

Scotland has some of Europe's largest areas of burrowed mud, which is made by mud volcano worms and other burrowers such as brittlestars, crabs and shrimps.

These areas are found in the Minch, Moray Firth, Firth of Forth, the northern North Sea and in deep water around the St Kilda archipelago and Rockall.

Mud volcano worm mounds Muddy mounds of up to a metre (3ft) high have been found in Loch Sween

According to SNH, burrowed mud is a "surprisingly important" marine habitat that supports a "rich community" of animals.

The burrowers churn up mud and fine sand, oxygenating it and mixing in nutrients and minerals.

This environment attracts shellfish, tube worms, sea pens, fireworks anemone and fish.

Many of the animals that are drawn to the burrowed mud have an economic value.

They include langoustine, which is caught and then sold to markets in France and Spain, and also commercially fished cod, haddock and whiting.

Original Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-25436793

Friday, December 27, 2013

Possible UFO? Seattle Tunnel Drill Encounters Possible Alien Artifacts

Originally reported by UFO Sightings Daily on December 24, 2013, Bertha, a huge tunnel boring machine was already digging down in the native glacial soil when it suddenly stopped in its tracks.

Project manager Chris Dixon, did not expect that this colossal machine would hit anything with the depth of the digging they were already at.

"Well theoretically, we're down in the native soils, we're below the zones that they fill. We're not expecting to find artifacts or railroad locomotives or ships or something like that down there".

Many speculated that Big Bertha could have hit the side walls of one of the many alien bases on Earth.

Feliks Banel, Seattle's historian elaborated on the history of the place 100 years ago. As a working waterfront, the object could be a part of a locomotive or a part of an old ship. However, he also did not discount the possibility of the presence of UFOs and extra-terrestrial activities.

"Maybe it's some ancient artifact, maybe there is an ancient civilization here that goes way back that nobody's even considered."

Feliks Banel is hoping that whatever it is that is stopping Bertha, it would be something cool.

Christmas Day Chaos, Piranha's Attack 70 Swimmers in Argentina.

Red belly piranha (Pic:Getty Images)
Red belly piranha (Pic:Getty Images)
A group of men, women and children were victims of a horrifying piranha attack on Christmas Day in the Parana River in Rosario, Argentina.

Reports are 60 to 70 people were injured, including children who were swimming in the river to cool down from the heat.

Thousands of swimmers were cooling off from 100-degree temperatures in the Parana River in Rosario on Wednesday when swimmers suddenly began complaining of bite marks on their hands and feet.  Swimmers raced out of the water bleeding from wounds and shouting for help while the parents of children in the water rushed to their aid to drag them to safety.

A paramedic described the disturbing scene: some children had lost entire fingers and toes in the fish attack.    A seven-year-old girl lost part of one of her fingers. Other swimmers suffered deep cuts to their ankles, fingers and hands.

The attack, blamed on a piranha cousin called palometas, was the most serious of its kind in the city since 2008 when 40 swimmers were hurt.

The meat-eating fish are reported to have been attracted to the coast by bait left by local fishermen.

A local government spokesman described the attack as a rarity.

Post is by Jason Mansfield: Paranormal Investigator with Paranormal Studies of Arkansas found at www.hauntedarkansas.net, Voice Over Artist for several Paranormal Radio Shows, Film maker at Binary Entertainment www.binaryentertainment.com, Folklorist, Writer, & Legend Hunter

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Oklahoma Hunters captures Kangaroo on Film

NewsOn6.com - Tulsa, OK - News, Weather, Video and Sports - KOTV.com |

An Oklahoma hunter encountered something unexpected on the prairie, and now his video of the incident is going viral.  Andrew Rice says he was hunting ducks and geese near Adair on Monday, December 23, 2013, when he saw an animal he never expected to see running across the Oklahoma plain.
It was a kangaroo.
His video recorded the sight, but it also recorded his reaction to the unexpected sight. Watch the video to hear what we mean.
He's been overwhelmed by the reaction to the video.
"This is so funny," he posted on his Facebook page on Tuesday. "I uploaded this video thinking a few of my friends are going to think that is funny. I had no idea it was going to go viral all over Facebook. But I guess it is a pretty funny video when I can't even stop watching it over and over and it's my own video!"
Andrew, a 21-year-old from Claremore, says he was hunting with five friends when it happened. They first spotted it when it was about 200 yards away, thinking it was a deer.
As it ran toward them, it quickly became obvious it was a different animal. Andrew grabbed his phone and turned on the camera.
"I hunt a lot and I see some crazy stuff but this is the topper," he told News On 6.
He says the feedback has been all positive, aside from a little bit of flak for using some colorful language.
"I did use a little bit of course language. All I can say is I was in shock, I was just throwing words out there," he said with a laugh.
The sighting brought back memories of a kangaroo that disappeared from her owner's home in Shawnee last December.

Original Source: http://www.newson6.com/story/24298651/watch-oklahoma-hunter-records-video-of-unexpected-animal

When Seatbelts are a Must!, woman tossed 20 meters in car accident. {VIDEO}

I do not know what country this took place in.  But this Video was pointed out to me wanting to know if fake or real.

After careful review, and utter amazement I believe this is the absolute real deal. 

And it will be amazing to know if she survived this ordeal.


Post is by Jason Mansfield: Paranormal Investigator with Paranormal Studies of Arkansas found at www.hauntedarkansas.net, Voice Over Artist for several Paranormal Radio Shows, Film maker at Binary Entertainment www.binaryentertainment.com, Folklorist, Writer, & Legend Hunter

10 bizarre Christmas traditions from around the world

A monster costume in the street
Photo: Giulio GMDB

Mummering is a Newfoundland tradition whereby people dress up in disguises and go house to house seeking libations and kitchen parties. It’s now illegal — you can imagine how showing up in a stranger’s home wearing mitts on your hands and a pillowcase over your head might lead to some scary situations. Ah, we miss those simpler days. The parade is the modern solution.
But Mummering is a tame tradition compared to some of these.
Czech Republic’s St. Mikulas Day
St. Mikulas Day is when trios of people dressed as an angel, a devil, and St. Nicholas walk around handing out candy to children who sing a song or recite a poem. Later, when people have house parties, the devil covered in coal will show up in Santa’s place, thus terrifying little children. The children must sing a song for the devil to prove they’ve been good, otherwise they get a potato and the devil threatens to take them back to hell in his potato sack.
I’m not sure what potatoes have to do with sin, but nobody wants a potato for Christmas.
Southern Germany’s Christbaumloben
When you visit someone’s house, whether it’s a neighbor, friend, or relative, you tell them how beautiful their Christmas tree is and you get schnapps for the praise. This is most common in Southern Germany’s rural areas, where locals will walk from house to house, collecting schnapps and presumably getting shittered. I picture the conversation going something like this:
    “Your tree is more magnificent than a kitten suckling a pig.”
Krampus and Perchta the Christmas monsters — Alpine countries (especially Austria)
Krampus is a Christmas monster, and like the Czech devil, he threatens bad children by saying he’ll put them in a sack and drag them to hell. Celebrators dress up as Krampus with long spirally mountain goat horns and roam the streets beating people with sticks. It’s also a night of drinking, so people are likely too drunk to feel such beatings. I hope that’s the case, anyway.
Krampus is a mild demon compared to Perchta, however, who will apparently rip open the abdomen of naughty children, pull out their guts, and stuff them with straw. Seriously. Be grateful the worst threat you received was a stocking full of coal.
Venezuelans roller skating to Mass
In Caracas, early on Christmas morning you’ll find streets closed to traffic as everybody roller skates to Mass. Some children will tie a piece of rope to one of their toes to dangle out the window when they go to sleep the night before, and as people head to Mass the next morning, they’ll tug at any rope they see hanging down to let the children know they should wake up and watch the spectacle.
Yugoslavians tying their mothers to chairs
Two weeks before Christmas, children in the former Yugoslavian republics will sneak up on their mothers and tie their feet to chairs. Then they’ll dance around her singing, “Mother’s Day, Mother’s Day, what will you pay to get away?” Then she’ll give them presents. The next week they’ll do the same to their father. I’m pretty sure this teaches children that if they abuse their parents long enough, they’ll get rewarded. But whatever.
Catalonian children feeding a pooping Christmas log
Every year on December 8, children begin feeding a log that the family keeps in their home. They cover it up in the evenings so it doesn’t get cold, and then on Christmas Eve the children beat the log so that it will poop out their presents. The logs typically have little legs to prop them up, and their faces are painted with broad smiles. A smiling, pooping Christmas log. When the log is all pooped out, it’ll leave behind something unfavorable, like garlic.
Poop seems to be a favorite Catalonian theme, because there’s also something known as Caganer, a porcelain figure of a man squatting down and shitting. He’s placed somewhere in the Christmas nativity. It’s meant to offer good luck — apparently the poo fertilizes the land and brings a good harvest.
Catalan Christmas log
Photo: Greg Gladman
The Welsh Mari Lwyd
Meaning “gray mare,” this Welsh tradition involves a person covered in a sheet holding a horse’s skull on a pole (and is a part of the Newfoundland mummering experience). The jaw is spring-loaded so the mouth can open and shut, and the holder of the skull will walk around town snapping at people and causing chaos.
Japan’s KFC obsession
Kentucky Fried Chicken has somehow convinced an entire country that their greasy disgusting chicken is a holiday staple. It’s such a popular idea that most people will call to reserve their buckets of chicken months in advance. Nobody really knows how this tradition got started, but I suppose it saves people the hassle of having to deal with a turkey.
Goat burning in Sweden
In Sweden’s town of Gävle, a huge goat is constructed every year from straw, and every year vandals try to burn it down. For whatever reason, nobody seems very good at policing the whole ordeal, because the goat has only survived 10 times over the holidays, and this has been going on for decades. Only four people have been prosecuted, however, and the tradition continues despite it all.

Original Source: http://matadornetwork.com/abroad/10-bizarre-christmas-traditions-from-around-the-world/

US judge allows annual New Year's Eve 'Possum Drop' over animal-lovers' protest {VIDEO}

RALEIGH, N.C. - A North Carolina judge has approved a mountain town's New Year's Eve celebration in which organizers capture a possum and hoist and lower it in a cage at midnight.

Attorneys for the Wildlife Resources Commission and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals were in court in Raleigh on Monday. The animal-welfare organization sought to block the annual Possum Drop in Brasstown next week. A PETA lawyer says the lights, noise and crowd of people can wreck a possum's nerves and health.

The state commission issued a permit Friday allowing the organizer to capture the animal.

The judge ruled the show in Brasstown can go on with a captured possum.

Possum Drop Brasstown NC
The most exciting thing that we do in Brasstown, besides going to the John C. Campbell Folk School and dance with the pretty Danish girl, is "Lowering the Opossum on New Year's Eve." If New York can drop a "Ball", Georgia can drop a "Peach", then we can lower the Opossum."
We have a lot of opossum thangs and stuff like canned opossum run over here in front of Clay's Corner by Mercer Scroggs...We even have the new Diet Lite for you over achievers at the supper table. There are T-shirts, bumper stickers, videos, coffee mugs, refrigerator magnets, and Clay's Corner Bubble Bath to keep ya clean. So, if you need something for that special someone who has it all, get him some of this stuff!...
And, if you stop by, you can fill-er-up at the gas pump, grab a fresh-dipped ice cream cone, and listen to the finest Bluegrass music in the South on Friday nights, when the local musicians take a turn pick'n and a grin'n until closing time

Visit the OFFICIAL Website for Possum Drop Events : http://www.clayscorner.com/

Post is by Jason Mansfield: Paranormal Investigator with Paranormal Studies of Arkansas found at www.hauntedarkansas.net, Voice Over Artist for several Paranormal Radio Shows, Film maker at Binary Entertainment www.binaryentertainment.com, Folklorist, Writer, & Legend Hunter

Biodegradable scaffold may spur wound healing.

From left, Scott Guelcher, Ph.D., Jeffrey Davidson, Ph.D., Christopher Nelson and Craig Duvall, Ph.D., showed that an enzyme-blocking molecule released by a biodegradable scaffold can enhance wound healing in a mouse model. (photo by Susan Urmy)
Biomedical and chemical engineers at Vanderbilt University, working with a pathologist, have constructed a sponge-like, biodegradable tissue “scaffold” that releases an enzyme-blocking molecule to indirectly activate endogenous pathways and enhance tissue regeneration and wound healing.
If further animal studies confirm the initial findings, the drug-containing scaffold could provide a new approach to healing chronic wounds, which afflict millions of patients with diabetes and other diseases and cost the U.S. health care system more than $25 billion a year, according to one estimate.
Small interfering ribonucleic acids (siRNAs) can block translation of messenger RNA into proteins, including enzymes that regulate the activity of transcription factors, as was done in this work. One of the biggest challenges is delivery — getting siRNA into the cell.
In their report, posted online Dec. 16 by the journal Advanced Materials, the researchers demonstrate they did this in a mouse model by “packaging” the siRNA in protective nanoparticles and embedding the particles in a porous polyester urethane scaffold.
The study was supported by National Institutes of Health (NIH) grants EB021750 and AR056138.
“This innovative approach and effective method for local siRNA delivery could have wide applications including diabetic wound healing, a significant and growing problem across the globe,” said Christine Kelley, Ph.D., division director in the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering, part of the NIH.
The study was led by Craig Duvall, Ph.D., assistant professor of Biomedical Engineering, and Biomedical Engineering graduate student Christopher Nelson using scaffolding developed by Scott Guelcher, Ph.D., associate professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering.
The nanoparticles protected the siRNA from degradation, which would destroy its activity, and were optimized to ferry the siRNA into the correct intracellular compartment where its activity occurs. The scaffold, inserted into the wound, allowed sustained and “tunable” release of the siRNA nanoparticles for up to a month.
In this case, the siRNA blocked translation of an enzyme called PHD2 (prolyl hydroxylase domain 2), which inhibits the pro-angiogenic transcription factor Hif1-alpha (hypoxia inducible factor 1-alpha).
Hif1-alpha serves as an “alarm bell” for low oxygen, and triggers the expression of factors that spur the growth of blood vessels and can help heal the wound. That’s what the researchers showed – a three-fold increase in vascular volume in 33 days.
“These data convincingly demonstrate the regenerative potential of this platform, as formation of robust, mature vessels is one of the primary challenges of tissue regeneration,” they concluded.
As many as a quarter of people with diabetes will develop a diabetic foot ulcer, and a fifth of them will ultimately lose their limb as a result, said Jeffrey Davidson, Ph.D., professor of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology who contributed to the study.
“The typical diabetic patient would be very pleased if you could close that persistent wound, prevent the infection and avoid amputation,” Davidson said. “The attractiveness of siRNAs as drugs is that they are very precise. They hit one very specific gene target.”
While studies in humans are at least five years away, Duvall said their “upstream” approach of manipulating transcription factor activity allows “a better orchestrated and holistic response” that could be applied to other challenges, such as generation of new cardiac tissue damaged by heart attack.

Original Source: http://news.vanderbilt.edu/2013/12/biodegradable-scaffold-may-spur-wound-healing/

Monday, December 23, 2013

UCA professor explores Arkansas monster lore

— The creatures are stirring. Mark Spitzer investigates some of the most incredible monsters of Arkansas myth, folklore and possibly fact in his new book, Crypto-Arkansas (Spuyten Duyvil, $12). Spitzer, associate professor of writing at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway, reports his findings by means of "investigative poetics." Crypto-Arkansas is a book of poems based on fact-finding research, some of which took him tromping into the wilds in search of oogie-boogies. He writes of the supposed Lake Conway Monster, for example:
Deep in muck of tupelo cyprus knees and gatorweed mucks a mucoused froggy beast twisting up a monkeyface.

The shores of Lake Conway "have been dripping with this mystery for more than half a century," the poem goes on.
As proof, Spitzer cites a headline from the April 11, 1953, edition of the Log Cabin Democrat newspaper in Conway: "Mysterious Creature in Lake Conway Target of Two Bullets by Fishermen."
And this, from later that year: "Lake Monster Swallows Boy's Rod. Reel. Line."
The book deals in similar fashion with all manner of growling and burbling things. Interviews, newspaper accounts, folklore, drawings and photographs back up Spitzer's free verse about a half dozen of the state's most elusive residents, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported (http://is.gd/53f2eq).

"I guess I was just always interested in monsters and mythologies," Spitzer, 48, says. He rates Arkansas's heritage of "crazy tall tales" second to none.

The White River Monster, the Terrible Green Gowrow, Heber Springs Water Panther, Catfish Creatures of the Ozarks and the hairiest mystery of all — "Arkasquatch!" — stalk these 82 pages.
Arkasquatch, especially. Spitzer's catch-all term includes any and all of those apelike creatures that people claim to see, but nobody has caught, around the state.

Tipped by a "Sasquatch expert" on where to look for such a bugaboo in the woods, Spitzer went to see for himself. "All I got was lost," he says, "and freaked out." But he came away "convinced on how imaginative this culture is."
Sasquatch, Bigfoot, skunk ape, gorilla-guy: The author describes more than 50 sightings, and adds, "That ain't even the half of it."

He omits the "untrustworthy" and the over-publicized, and so gives hardly a shaggy nod to the famous Fouke monster. The made-in-Arkansas Legend of Boggy Creek (1972) and two horror movie sequels are based on tales of an ape creature in the swampy muck near Fouke, south of Texarkana.
Instead, he points to such lesser-known sightings as "a big brown oranguthang" in Washington County; a growling, stinking "reddish-looking creature" near El Dorado; and "a dirty old hairy hippie with glowing eyes" near Hot Springs.

In another case, Spitzer writes:
1994, Benton County:
a good ole boy out four-wheeling
"seen the boog foot walking" .
Starting at home with the Lake Conway Monster, Spitzer says he studied the state's monster stories in order to write a straightforward, nonfiction book. But then, "I didn't feel like writing in prose form."
The idea of reporting through poetry is one he credits to several other writers, including Ezra Pound and activist poet Ed Sanders, a writer in residence at UCA in 2012.
"I set a personal challenge to see what I could make of it," Spitzer says, applying poetic license as well as a fishing license.

The White River Monster is right up Spitzer's waterway as an expert on big fish. His 20 other books include Season of the Gar: Adventures in Pursuit of America's Most Misunderstood Fish, (2010).
The gar is a knife-shaped fish with sharp teeth. An alligator gar can reach 10 feet long, and "many cultures have labeled these sorts of fish devil fish," Spitzer says.
Despite the look of something that might tug on the devil's own bobber, "they are not evil at all," he insists.

A big gar might have fooled people into reporting a sea serpent in the river close to Newport in 1937. Sightings persisted, and the state Legislature set aside a refuge for the monster in 1973, protecting from harm a creature that might not exist.

Whatever it is, the monster has grown with the telling: a "half-horse-cow," according to one witness in the book, and even "a thousand-pound unicorn-whale."

The Gowrow is a giant lizard with tusks, said to prey on cattle in the northern neck of the woods. Spitzer found stories that pinpointed the creature's lair in Devil's Hole, a cave in Boone County.
Trusting to a Google map, he relates, he discovered a sinkhole full of "colorful Arkansas garbage:"
kitchen sinks, brush cuttings and a bright pink bowling ball.

Catfish creatures populate any part of Arkansas where a catfish might lurk. But a "slippery slimy catfishman," as Spitzer writes, is not to be confused with dinner. This man-sized monster fish is apt to have arms and legs and a "menacing glare."

The coldblooded, staring-eyed catfish creature is the fish-faced Southern cousin of the Creature from the Black Lagoon. It is spawned from the penchant that people have to "demonize fish," Spitzer says.
Even so, he rates a mean catfish more likely than another menace said to lurk in the water around Heber Springs, the fabled Water Panther:

I mean, come on:
a half bigfoot half panther . ?

Even the Water Panther might be true — who knows? — but as Spitzer says he was told by "a crabby old man" in regard to hunting monsters:

"Son, you're just chasing bull (asterisk) (asterisk) (asterisk) (asterisk) around."
The author agrees, sort of, claiming to have made "absolutely nothing" of his creature hunting so far. But that's not to say he came back with an empty bag.
His discovery turned out to be the psychology of monster-spotters: what makes people believe in seeing monsters. What makes some people trick other people into seeing things that aren't real.
Better than the question of whether Bigfoot is real, Spitzer says, is "why we create these things in our imaginations."

In the hunt for Bigfoot, well — "science can't prove they don't exist," he says, and people believe what they find believable. But monsters sometimes crawl out of hidden motives.

Submerged in the story of the Lake Conway Monster, Spitzer finds a ruse to scare off unwanted visitors. In the White River Monster, maybe a way to collect tourist dollars.

For now, he is at work on his next book, Beautiful Grotesque Fish of the American West, celebrating the likes of the well-named humpback chub.

But just on the chance "there are other monsters out there," he vows to keep an ear out for the unearthly cry of the Wampus Cat.

Monsters "are the proof that our imaginations are intrigued," Spitzer says. "We like to consider the possibilities. Our inner child wants there to be something, and that's why we go out to look for something." Original Source: http://www.kansas.com/2013/12/22/3189451/uca-professor-explores-arkansas.html

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Airline pilot DUCKS as UFO heads straight towards cockpit

The captain of the packed Airbus A320 spotted the silver object heading straight for the cockpit as his plane flew above Berkshire


A terrified airline pilot ducked to avoid a UFO he feared was going to smash into his plane at 34,000ft.
The captain of the packed Airbus A320 spotted the silver object heading straight for the cockpit as his plane flew above Berkshire.
He was looking out of the left window a split second before the bizarre incident.
A safety report said: “As he turned to look ahead, he perceived an object travelling towards them at what appeared to be the same level, slightly above the flight deck windscreen.
“Having very little time to focus, he was under the apprehension that they were on a collision course with no time to react.
“His immediate reaction was to duck to the right and reach over to alert the first officer; there was no time to talk to alert him.”
The stunned captain blurted out: “Did you see that?”
But his bemused deputy had not seen the UFO and replied: “See what?”
The pilot’s behaviour made him fear there was a fault with their plane.
“The first officer turned and looked at him thinking some was wrong with the aircraft,” the report revealed.
The captain was so spooked by the incident in July that he reported the sighting to safety watchdogs at the UK Airprox Board , which investigates near-misses in British airspace.
He told experts he saw a flying object shaped like a cigar or rugby ball, which was “bright silver, metallic”.
The “near-miss” happened 20 miles west of Heathrow Airport, according to a report published last week.
An official probe said: “The pilot was subjected to a powerful impression of immediate danger caused by his perception of an object closing rapidly on his aircraft.”
But investigators, who did not reveal which airline was involved, failed to find any unidentified aircraft in the area at the time.
They added: “It wasn’t possible to trace the object or determine the likely cause of the sighting.”

Original Source: http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/weird-news/pilot-ducks-sees-ufo-heading-2952440

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

A California Ghost Hunter Falls 30 feet

Emergency Services were called to the location on Clovis Ave. near Aslan in the early morning hours on Monday.

The report states that several people were inside when a female fell approx. 30 feet from a walkway.  It was unclear that they were doing at the time, however a family member said the group were out ghost hunting.

Curt Fleming, Clovis Police Dept. said "I'm not sure what they were doing, it is a old spooky building, but they were up to no good and goofing around that's for sure"

The female victims name has not yet been released, but was taken to the local hospital and is expected to survive.

Trespassing charges could be pending.

   Post is by Jason Mansfield: Paranormal Investigator with Paranormal Studies of Arkansas found at www.hauntedarkansas.net, Voice Over Artist for several Radio Shows, Filmmaker at Binary Entertainment www.binaryentertainment.com, Folklorist, Writer, & Legend Hunter . Owner of ParaPalooza.Com

Crows/ Ravens could hold the secret to Understanding Aliens!?

Could crows hold the secret to understanding ALIENS? Bird's exceptional intelligence could help scientists shed light on extraterrestrials' brains
  • Crows have been shown to make strategic decisions, similar to humans
  • They way they think tells us about non-mammalian intelligence
  • The learnings could be applied to the intelligence of alien species
Scientists have long suspected that corvids – the family of birds including ravens, crows and magpies – are highly intelligent.
Now, neurobiologists have demonstrated how the brains of crows produce intelligent behavior when the birds have to make strategic decisions, the same as humans, despite our lack of a common ancestor.
The research could give us an insight into the workings of the mind of a non-mammalian - including extraterrestrial life forms.
Soaring intelligence: The intelligence of crows and other corvids could give us insight into how alien races think
Soaring intelligence: The intelligence of crows and other corvids could give us insight into how alien races think

Lena Veit and Professor Andreas Nieder, from Tubingen University in Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany, have published a study in Nature Communications that provides valuable and exciting insights into the parallel evolution of intelligent behaviour.
'Many functions are realised differently in birds because a long evolutionary history separates us from these direct descendants of the dinosaurs,' sais Ms Veit.

'This means that bird brains can show us an alternative solution out of how intelligent behaviour is produced with a different anatomy.'
Crows and primates have different brains, but the cells regulating decision-making are very similar. They represent a general principle which has re-emerged throughout the history of evolution.
Not alone? Because crows are non-mammalian, their thought processes give us an insight into the thought processes of other species
Not alone? Because crows are non-mammalian, their thought processes give us an insight into the thought processes of other species
'Just as we can draw valid conclusions on aerodynamics from a comparison of the very differently constructed wings of birds and bats, here we are able to draw conclusions about how the brain works by investigating the functional similarities and differences of the relevant brain areas in avian and mammalian brains,' says Professor Andreas Nieder.
Far from being 'bird-brains', crows are so smart behavioral biologists have even called them 'feathered primates' because the birds make and use tools, are able to remember large numbers of feeding sites, and plan their social behavior according to what other members of their group do.
This high level of intelligence might seem surprising because birds’ brains are constructed in a fundamentally different way from those of mammals, including primates – which are usually used to investigate these behaviors.
The Tubingen researchers are the first to investigate the brain physiology of crows’ intelligent behavior. They trained crows to carry out memory tests on a computer.
The crows were shown an image and had to remember it. Shortly afterwards, they had to select one of two test images on a touchscreen with their beaks based on a switching behavioral rules.


They use tools
Crows have been observed using cars as nutcrackers. They drop the nuts into the road and when they are smashed open dive in to eat.
They talk to each other
scientists debate whether or not crows actually have what we call a language, but they do communicate at an advanced level.
They have incredible memories
Crows have been known to change their entire migration pattern to avoid farms where even a single crow has been killed in the past. Generations upon generations later, they still remember specific houses where one measly bird has died.
Crows can remember faces 
Scientists in Seattle did an experiment where they tagged crows and released them while wearing masks. The birds became angry when they saw thwe researchers in masks, but left them alone when they were removed.
Source: cracked.com
One of the test images was identical to the first image, the other different. Sometimes the rule of the game was to select the same image, and sometimes it was to select the different one.
The crows were able to carry out both tasks and to switch between them as appropriate.
That demonstrates a high level of concentration and mental flexibility which few animal species can manage – and which is an effort even for humans.
The crows were quickly able to carry out these tasks even when given new sets of images. The researchers observed neuronal activity in the nidopallium caudolaterale, a brain region associated with the highest levels of cognition in birds.
One group of nerve cells responded exclusively when the crows had to choose the same image – while another group of cells always responded when they were operating on the 'different image' rule.
By observing this cell activity, the researchers were often able to predict which rule the crow was following even before it made its choice.

Original Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2525244/Could-crows-hold-secret-understanding-ALIENS.html

Sunday, December 15, 2013

British Model Peaches Deldof has Ghostly hand appearing in Instagram selfie with her Son.

Peaches Geldof' says that a ghostly hand appeared on right shoulder and it isn't hers or her son's.
An unexpected guest appeared in a photo with a woman and her son recently. She uploaded the self portrait on Instagram earlier this week and her celebrity father noticed a ghostly hand in the image, Fox News reported yesterday.

Irish singer-songwriter Bob Geldof noticed something strange in a photo that his 24-year-old daughter Peaches took recently. British model, journalist, and television presenter Peaches Geldof and her son Astala were taking a bath earlier this week when she decided to take a close-up photo of them to post on Instagram. In the photo, a strange ghostly hand can be seen on the socialite's right shoulder.

“Close-up shot of the mystery ghost hand in pic I took of Astala and me in the bath!” Geldof said on her Instagram account. “And no that isn't my hand, one of mine was round his waist to hold him during the photo, the other holding the camera to take the shot. Also the hand is around my shoulder so totally weird angle if I did it myself! How terrifying!”

Some of Geldof's friends think the hand is actually her hand. Geldof insists that the hand isn't hers or her son's. She believes that the hand belongs to a spirit of a woman and that the ghost is friendly and maternal. Geldof says that there is a good feeling in the home and she thinks the ghost likes being around young children.

“If you actually look really closely at the background you can actually see a boy standing in the mirror behind that thing,” Aria Montgramary, a friend of Geldof said.

Geldof lives in an old home in Southeast England with her husband and their two young children. Geldof's husband thinks that the hand belongs to a woman that committed suicide in the house over 100 years ago. According to the family, this isn't the only time that they've encountered her spirit.

Original Source: http://www.examiner.com/article/ghostly-hand-appears-woman-s-instagram-selfie

Police: Pastor Raped Girl to ‘Take the Demons Out’

Jacoby Kindred

A 61-year-old Minnesota pastor has been charged with raping two teenaged girls for nearly a decade, the Huffington Post reports.
The man, Jacoby Kindred, pastor of One Accord Ministries, has been accused of sexually abusing the daughters of his son’s girlfriend, according to a criminal complaint obtained by the Pioneer Press, telling one victim that “the devil was inside her and he could take the demons out of her.”
The alleged abuse "involved fondling, oral stimulation, and rape," and took place mostly at Kindred's Maplewood, Minn., home, while the victims, now 14 and 16, stayed over, KARE 11 reports. The abuse is said to have occurred over a decade, the report shows.
Police began investigating Kindred in July after the girls' mother said she discovered a letter written by one of her daughters describing sexual acts with Kindred.
Kindred denied the allegations when reached by phone by the Pioneer Press, charging that the girls' mother forced them to tell "lies" about him because she was angry.

Original Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/12/13/jacoby-kindred-pastor-rape-girls-devil-inside-them_n_4439216.html?ir=Black%20Voices&utm_hp_ref=black-voices


Giant lobster catches man off California coast

The Buzz: Giant lobster catches man off California coast
What do you do when you’re hungry — head to Chuy’s? Stop at Whole Foods or the H-E-B? Or maybe you jump into Lady Bird Lake and catch dinner with your bare hands.

The Associated Press reports that Huntington Beach, Calif., resident Joseph Ali recently took a dive for dinner after closing his dad’s business, Zack’s Pier Plaza, for the night.

“I’ve been doing this for about seven or eight years,” 27-year-old Ali told the Orange County Register. Ali suspects onlookers thought he was drunk when he dove off the pier, according to the AP, but he surfaced holding an 18-pound spiny lobster that was likely older than he was (estimates suggested the creature was at least 30 years of age).

Ali was swimming 15 feet below the calm surface and chasing a smaller lobster when the larger critter actually grabbed onto him which, frankly, would have led me to lose my appetite (if not my lunch).

Original Source: http://www.austin360.com/news/entertainment/the-buzz-giant-lobster-catches-man-off-california-/ncKWP/

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Birdzilla Spooks Driver in Texas

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AUSTIN, Texas — There was an unusual animal encounter Monday night.

Alfredo B. says he is thankful he didn’t lose control of his vehicle on the icy road.
“I was able to steer the truck right away you know, but it was my fault for not paying attention to the road,” says the 32 year old truck driver.
According to the only witness, the creature looked like a big bird with a “horn and claws on its elbows.”
“I was driving south on the I-35, when I heard something on the roof. It goes like bam! bam! like steps, you know?  I say what the hell? what in the hell was that? Roll down the window freezing my face off, look up, and I see a portion of its foot on the side of the roof. Long claws, each the size of my feet. It was transparent, I could see a thick vein going up the base of each toe.”
The rest of the feet were formed by scales that didn’t resemble the typical anatomy of a common bird.
“The foot was grey and greenish, it looked like snake skin,” he reports.
But it wasn’t just the feet that Alfredo was able to study in that short time frame: He describes a head, and part of the wings.
“It didn’t last long, maybe five seconds? As soon as I saw the feet I kind of panicked. I am an experienced truck driver but this is new to me,” he explains. ” I don’t know how the animal could hold on to the roof for so long without being swept away by the wind, I was doing 80 (mph). So I try to spook it away but it spooked me instead. So hold on, get this, I grab a magazine I had with me in the truck and I wave it at the animal through the window, but wait to see what happened,” he laughs.
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“Right away I feel something pulling the magazine out of my hand, I look up and there it is, huge grey head with a horn and a long deformed pink beak, I about had it when I saw part of the wing trying to hook on to the rear-view mirror, it had something like hooks attached to it or somethin’, like a bat. I scream at it, I wasn’t gonna let it climb down inside the truck, you know, so I roll up the window and I must have caught part of its wing on it or somethin’ cause it made a loud noise. Damn I swerved to the right and I almost got out of the road, ice everywhere, but I managed to steer the truck right away. It was my fault anyway, should have known better to watch the road. I even used the CB radio to alert other drivers, and so I look up and I see it flying. I can’t imagine how such a huge bird can fly that high…it was, maybe 12 feet? I have no idea what it was,” says Alfredo, trying to fix the sticky base of a religious effigy hanging half way on the side of his truck’s dashboard. “It was a close call, you know.”
Birdzilla, also known as “Thunderbird” among Native Americans, is a giant bird that allegedly shares dinosaur features and is reminiscent of  the long extinct pterodactyl. Its diet is based on carrion, although there are reasons to believe that they have turned to a more predatory nature similar to the case of the European vulture. The first documented event happened in 1890, and was published on the Arizonian newspaper The Tombstone Epitapth. Cryptozoology News also covered a similar incident last summer, when a father and son witnessed a possible pterodactyl in a corn field in Missouri.

Original Source:  http://cryptozoologynews.com/birdzilla-spooks-driver-austin-tx/

UFO mystery as bizarre flying saucer shape is captured in the sky above Cyprus - [VIDEO]

The footage is just the latest in a series of incidents of unidentified objects in our skies.
A resident of Limassol has been left stunned after spotting what appeared to be a UFO in the sky above the city.

The resident, who is unnamed, left a statement along with amateur footage on Youtube claiming that: “I saw this strange light hovering on the sky which also changed colours to green. At first I thought it was a plane but as it got closer this thing was quite big and was hovering on the sky for about an hour and 5 minutes.”

The photographer zoomed in on the object - but was still unable to identify what it could be.

The crystal clear video, which was filmed at the end of September, shows what appears to be a UFO floating above the city.

The object, which looks like a bright white ball of light slowly moves around, with the photographer capturing its every move.

But many internet users, viewing the footage, believe otherwise.

“It is an unmanned aircraft called Icarus, used for search and rescue,” claimed one viewer.

The footage is just the latest in a series of incidents of unidentified objects in our skies.

In 2007, a local TV cameraman also posted a clip he filmed on the Youtube website of a 'strange craft' in the skies of Limassol.

The three-minute video, which was viewed by over 100,000 people showed a circular object hovering over the city.

The UFO was a bright orange orb, which later changed to a rugby-ball shape.

One of the earliest accounts of a UFO in Cyprus was in 1950, when two American soldiers described a "small, round, bright object flying fast, straight and level for 15-20 seconds across Nicosia".

In 2002, the self-styled Egyptian UFO Hunter, Dr.Ibrahim shot a five-minute video of a UFO above the carpark at Larnaca airport. The film shows a green 'shaking' object and can be seen on his website. (http://www.ufo-egyptian-hunter.org).


NASA's Curiosity Finds Signs of Ancient Aliens in Martian Lake Bed

Curiosity explores the ancient lakebed.
Curiosity explores the ancient lakebed. (Photo : NASA)

The famous NASA Curiosity Mars rover may have uncovered evidence of ancient life on the Red Planet.
"We have determined that the rocks preserved there represent an ancient geological environment that was habitable for microbial life," Department of Geosciences professor Scott McLennan, said in a Stony Brook University news release.

"Curiosity carried out the work in an area on Mars called Yellowknife Bay, within [the] Gale crater. The rover fully characterized this environment in terms of its geological and geochemical relationships," Joel Hurowitz, another Stony Brook researcher, said.
One theory about Martian history suggests the planet was once rich in running water and clay minerals four billion years ago; if this was the case there is a good chance life would have existed there as well. A drying condition may have transformed the planet to be more "acidic and briny."
The team set out to see when the minerals in Yellowknife Bay formed. Older minerals would sit on the lips of craters, where rock is believed to have originated; rock that formed later on would have been deposited into the crater flowing water.
 McLennan and his team believe the Yellowknife Bay particles were carried by ancient rivers, and did not experience an abundance of chemical weathering until much later.
This finding indicates Yellowknife Bay (believed to be the remnants of a lakebed) was filled with mild water that was not overly salty or acidic. The elements present at the time could have acted as a perfect energy-source for life similar to Earthly "primitive rock-eating microbes."
"This demonstrates that the geological environments on early Mars were conducive for life," McLennan said. "It justifies further investigations to determine if life actually existed on Mars. The age of these rocks is perhaps a little younger than thought was likely to contain such environments. This means that the current paradigm for the evolution of surface conditions on Mars may require some reinterpretation."
The Curiosity rover has been on a mission to uncover Mars' secrets by taking rock and soil samples as well as looking at atmospheric conditions and radiation. It is also on the hunt for "building blocks of life" such as carbon.  The researchers have high hopes for Curiosity because many of the rocks the rover has spotted were extremely well preserved.
"Finding ancient sedimentary rock that hasn't been 'chewed to pieces' is exceedingly difficult to do on Earth," Hurowitz said. "But such rocks appear to be commonplace on Mars, making it an excellent target for understanding the early history of watery terrestrial planets in our Solar System and beyond."

Original Source: http://www.hngn.com/articles/19338/20131211/nasas-curiosity-finds-signs-of-ancient-aliens-in-martian-lake-bed.htm

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

UFO, Alien Research Being Examined By U.S. House Of Representatives Hearings On Astrobiology And Search For Biosignatures

UFO, alien research.

As UFO and alien life theories and claims continue to spread around the world, a recent hearing at the U.S. House of Representatives has piqued many enthusiasts' interest.
The topic of the hearing is "Astrobiology: The Search for Biosinatures in our Solar System and Beyond," and was held last week.

"The purpose of this hearing is to examine astrobiology research and the search for biosignatures in our Solar System and beyond. The hearing will include a general assessment of the multi- and interdisciplinary nature of astrobiology research, including the role astrobiology plays in formulating NASA space missions," says the summary of the hearing.
"It will also examine the techniques and capabilities necessary to determine the potential for the existence of biosignatures within our Solar System. With the discovery of potential Earth-like planets outside of our Solar System, the hearing will also investigate what methods are being used to determine if any of these planets may harbor life. The hearing will explore existing and planned astrobiology research strategies and roadmaps."
What this means for UFO and extraterrestrial believers, is that the fate of future space missions and funding could tailor to the need to confirm or deny the existence of alien life.
The entirety of the hearing can be seen below:

So far, reactions to this hearing have been mixed.

Original Source: http://www.kpopstarz.com/articles/68852/20131209/ufo-alien.htm

30 new species found living under Antarctic

This Juvenile King Crab is among 30 new species found living under the Antarctic. Picture: SWNS

More than 30 new species of sea creatures living under the Antarctic have been discovered by a British team of scientists.

Marine biologists from the British Antarctic Survey have been surveying the Amundsen Sea five years ago after the ice shelf began to break up.
Scientists have compiled a list of 275 marine species, including 30 new creatures.
A brain-like sea cucumber called Psolus Byrdae, and a bathysciadiid limpet - a type of sea snail - with a taste for dead octopus are among the team’s strangest finds.
A new species called the flabelligerids, which has now been referred to as the “bristle-cage-worm” because of its bright neon yellow bristles, was also among the discoveries.

Original Source: http://www.scotsman.com/lifestyle/arts/visual-arts/30-new-species-found-living-under-antarctic-1-3226513

"Spiritual Contact" on a Hotel Ghost Tour Is Just a Guy Hiding in the Attic

Self-professed psychic medium Chris Date (who hilariously calls himself the Knight Guider) recently led a paying group of customers on a ghost hunt through a supposedly haunted hotel, where he proceeded to make contact with a phantom spirit through a series of knocks on the hotel ceiling, because ghosts do that in movies, right?
A few of his suspicious guests waited around after the tour to see if anyone climbed down from the roof of the attic, and to the surprise of absolutely nobody on the planet, someone totally did. The man denied responsibility for the spooktacular knocks, and the Knight Guider himself jumped in his car and drove away before he could be questioned, because he needed time to come up with a response other than just an incoherent string of nervous stuttering.
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Original Source:  http://www.cracked.com/quick-fixes/5-insane-ways-people-are-actually-trying-to-be-ghost-hunters/

Monday, December 9, 2013

Scientists solve bizarre mystery of Mima mounds – they are not the work of aliens…

Scientists solve bizarre mystery of Mima mounds – they are not the work of aliens…
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Mima mounds are named after the Mima Prairie in Thurston County, Washington
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New research suggests geological anomalies are not Native American burial sites but are created by gophers over hundreds of years


Scientists claim to have solved the mystery behind Mima mounds – large bubble wrap like geological anomalies which bulge out of the ground – that have puzzled experts for centuries.
New research suggests tiny burrowing animals such as gophers are their constructors but it takes the creatures hundreds of years to make them. The natural mounds, which are common in North America, can number in the millions.

The lead researcher Dr Manny Gabet, of San Jose State University, told BBC News: “The big mystery surrounding Mima mounds is that, until now, nobody really knew how they formed.

“Over the past couple of hundred years, people thought they might be Native American burial mounds, or they were caused by earthquakes or glaciers. Some people even suggested extraterrestrials.”

Dr Gabet created ‘digital gophers’ to analyse the role of the rodents in the formation of the small hills in real life and discovered that Mima mounds formed in his virtual landscape.

“The [computer] model results look so similar to the mounds in every way - not just the dimensions, but also the way they are packed and how many you get per area,” he said.

The computer program suggests that gophers start pushing soil toward any existing high spots, and these budding mounds continue to beckon later generations of builders to form the landscape over hundreds of years.

Dr Gabet believes moles could also create the formations as gophers can only be found in America whilst Mima mounds are found in every continent but in Antarctica.

Original Source: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/scientists-solve-bizarre-mystery-of-mima-mounds--they-are-not-the-work-of-aliens-8993237.html

Snake bites man's penis!

A 34-year-old man at Faaman near Mankranso in the Ahafo Ano South District of the Ashanti Region had his penis bitten by a snake while attending to nature’s call.

Kwabena Nkrumah was attending to nature’s call at a public toilet facility in a deplorable state at Faaman when he suddenly felt a sharp pain at the tip of his manhood.

When he starred deep into the toilet, Nkrumah, who is a porter, nearly collapsed as he saw a big black snake which was about to pounce on his dangling manhood once again.

The man then shouted for help and jumped from harm’s way to a place on the toilet where the snake could not reach him, Mallam Yahaya of Kessben FM said.

According to him, the incident occurred around 10:00 am on Wednesday, adding that Nkrumah’s sudden wail for help, caused panic and fear among other people who were also attending to nature’s call.

He said Nkrumah’s shouts of “snake, snake, snake,” intensified the panic among the people as they ran helter-skelter without even cleaning themselves to avert being hurt by the serpent.

Mallam Yahaya said Nkrumah reported to the people that he had, indeed, been bitten at the tip of his penis by the black snake, complaining further that he was feeling severe pain at the tip of his manhood.

He said the people around hurriedly rushed Nkrumah, who was feeling a bit dizzy, to the hospital where he was treated. Nkrumah had since been discharged from the medical facility.

Recounting his horrific experience on Kessben FMs ‘Breaking News’ programme, Nkrumah told Ali Baba, host of the show that, he initially thought the pain he felt was normal until he saw the black snake lying just beneath him. He noted that he started shivering and yelled for help. He however said he was now feeling better.

Original Source: http://www.ghanaweb.com/GhanaHomePage/NewsArchive/artikel.php?ID=294628

Sunday, December 8, 2013

The Archives: Tennessee woman shoots at ghost hunters

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Tennessee woman shoots at ghost hunters

Brandi Lea Amey allegedly opens fire on ghost hunters
A BB gun-wielding woman allegedly fired shots at a car of people that stopped near her home to explore a haunted tunnel. She was charged with five counts of aggravated assault today.

According to Hawkins County Sheriff Deputy Michael Lipe, on Thursday, June 13, at around 11 p.m., 20-year-old Jessica Winstead and four of her teenage friends stopped on Big Elm Road to explore the Sensabaugh Hollow Road railroad tunnel. The group had heard the tunnel was haunted and planned to take some photos. A nearby neighbor, 28-year-old Brandi Lea Amey came out of her home and told the group to leave. As Winstead and her friends were driving away, Amey allegedly opened fire on the car, hitting the rear of the vehicle.

“Jessica stated that a female with blond hair (later identified as Brandi Lea Amey) came out from the residence next to the tunnel and told them they needed to leave. As the male was getting back into the vehicle, they observed some type of firearm in Amey’s hand. Jessica said she saw the female cocking the firearm, and as they drove off, Amey fired it at them, striking the rear of the vehicle.” Lipe also stated in his report that Winstead's left taillight was damaged.

Amey told authorities that the tunnel attracts a lot of people due to its haunted tales and she's fed up with it. She was arrested early Friday morning and charged with five counts of aggravated assault. Amey is currently out on $10,000 bond awaiting her preliminary hearing scheduled for July 29.
The Sensabaugh Hollow Road railroad tunnel is located off of Big Elm Road in Church Hill, Tennessee. The location is rumored to be haunted by railroad workers.

Original Source: http://www.examiner.com/article/tennessee-woman-shoots-at-ghost-hunters

The Archives: ghost adventure ends up with ten people hurt and one killed

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A Ghost adventure ends up with ten people hurt and one killed

17-year-old Kara Conley was killed while on a ghost adventure

A search for the supernatural sends ten people to the hospital and leaves one dead this week. According to the West Virginia Gazette, a pickup truck loaded with eleven people crashed on Wednesday killing a 17-year-old girl.

Early Wednesday morning, 18-year-old Issac Murphy packed ten of his friends into a Ford F-150 pickup truck to go on a ghost hunting adventure to find haunted chimneys in Clay County, West Virginia. While en-route to one of the alleged haunted locations, Murphy lost control of the vehicle, swerved and struck a guardrail sending the truck plummeting down into a stream bed.

Six people were crammed into the cab and five of them were riding in the bed of the truck when it crashed. The only female passenger was 17-year-old Kara Conley who was pinned between the pickup and bank of the creek. She died about an hour after the accident.

Nearby resident and Army Veteran Jeremy Mullins witnessed the crash and called 911 immediately then went to help. Mullins pulled the injured teens from the vehicle and onto his porch and treated their wounds until paramedics arrived.

Police officers found marijuana at the scene and also said that alcohol may have played a role in the deadly crash. Authorities are still waiting for a toxicology report to determine if any of the occupants were intoxicated. So far no charges have been filed against the driver.

Original Source: http://www.examiner.com/article/a-ghost-adventure-ends-up-with-ten-people-hurt-and-one-killed

The Archives: Paranormal After-Death Experiences 'Explained'

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Paranormal After-Death Experiences 'Explained'

A mysterious surge of brain activity observed in dying rats may explain reports of near-death-experiences (NDEs), researchers claim.
Even after the animals' hearts stopped beating and no blood was reaching their brains, they appeared to show signs of conscious perception.
The study is the first to take a systematic look at the neurophysiological state of the dying brain after a cardiac arrest.
It suggests something happens at the brink of death that pushes the conscious brain to a high level of arousal.
This may trigger the visions and sensations associated with NDEs, scientists believe.
As many as a fifth of people who survive cardiac arrests report having had an other-worldly experience while being "clinically" dead.
Typically NDEs involve travelling through a tunnel towards an intense light or being separated from the body.
Others encounter long-departed loved ones or angels and undergo some kind of judgment of "life review".
Some emerge from NDEs as transformed individuals with a completely altered outlook on life, or a new belief in religion.
But many scientists believe near-death-experiences are nothing more than hallucinations induced by the effect of the brain shutting down.
The new research involved recording the electrical nerve impulses of anaesthetised rats whose hearts were artificially stopped.
Within 30 seconds after suffering a cardiac arrest, all the animals displayed a short-lived surge of widespread, highly synchronised brain activity.
"We were surprised by the high levels of activity," said Dr George Mashour, one of the US researchers from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
"In fact, at near-death many known electrical signatures of consciousness exceeded levels found in the waking state, suggesting that the brain is capable of well-organised electrical activity during the early stage of clinical death."
The findings are reported in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Previously it was assumed that brain activity ceases when the heart stops.
"This study tells us that reduction of oxygen or both oxygen and glucose during cardiac arrest can stimulate brain activity that is characteristic of conscious processing," said lead scientist Dr Jimo Borjigin, also from the University of Michigan.
"It also provides the first scientific framework for the near-death experiences reported by many cardiac arrest survivors."
British expert Dr Martin Coath, from the Cognition Institute at University of Plymouth, said: "This new research is genuinely interesting.
"But the conclusion that these are 'neural correlates of heightened conscious processing' isn't strongly supported, unless you take it to mean 'more of some types of activity that are associated with being awake' which is a bit of a stretch.
"As the induced cardiac arrest happens while the rat's brain is anaesthetised, the results show the response of an unconscious brain to critical lack of blood flow and oxygen.
"It is certainly interesting that this causes some types of activity in the brain to increase in a predictable and coordinated way well after the heart has stopped, but hardly surprising."
Dr David McGonigle, from University of Cardiff, said: "Do we know if animals experience 'consciousness'? Most philosophers and scientists are still at loggerheads over what the term refers to in humans, let alone in other species.
"While recent research now suggests that animals may indeed have the kind of autobiographical memories that humans possess, the kinds of memories that allow us to place ourselves in a certain time and place, it seems unlikely that near-death-experiences would necessarily be similar across species."

Original Source: http://web.orange.co.uk/article/news/paranormal_after_death_experiences_explained

The Archives: Ghost Hunter Steals Nearly $2,500 from Norristown Preservation Society, Police Say

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 Ghost Hunter Steals Nearly $2,500 from Norristown Preservation Society, Police Say

Steven Foersch, a volunteer with the Pennsylvania Underground Paranormal Society, is accused of stealing $2,472 that was supposed to be used to book the Selma Mansion.