Unexplainable

Jerome of Sandy Cove

One lovely summer afternoon on September 7th, 1863 fishermen were tending to their nets and lobster pots in the Bay of Fundy, right off Digby Neck. While they were working they noticed an odd white ship in the distance. However, full-rigged ships in the bay were quite common and they went about the work. But, after some time whispers began arising that the ship didn’t look quite right.

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Some fishermen commented that it looked like a foreign ship. As they worked the ship continue to hover right offshore going back-and-forth on the same short course. This furthered curiosity among the fishermen and they could not decide on a logical explanation for why a ship, especially a foreign ship, would be acting so strangely in the bay.

The next day something even stranger happened. On September 8th, 1863 8-year-old George Colin ‘Collie’ Albright discovered a figure huddled by the rock. At first, the strange shape could have been mistaken for a seal or other detritus from the bay but upon closer inspection, Collie discovered it was a young man who was horrendously hurt. He went back home and got his family to go and help the man.

The man appeared to be in his mid-twenties. When he was found he was partially conscious and mumbling indistinctly in what people believed to be an unidentified foreign language. The sand around his body was deeply stained with blood from his very recently amputated legs. Besides this man were a loaf of bread and a jug of water. There were footprints on the beach, clearly not made by this man. Although the injury seemed dastardly what remained of his legs were skillfully and purposefully bandaged. His clothing was also strange. He had a wonderfully lined waistcoat with a pattern not seen before in Digby Neck, his shirt was made from extremely lovely linen, and his knee-length pants were equally strange and wonderful.

The man had been moved to Mr. Gidney’s in Mink Cove. Within hours the word has spread of the strange and injured visitor and people from all over made their way to the Gidneys. Many people tried to speak to him in languages other than English including Latin, French, Spanish, and Italian. The man responded positively to none of these languages.

According to the Gidneys he only really uttered one recognizable word, ‘Jerome’ which is what he then became known as to the community. After moving around the community a bit, locals unsure what to do with him but not wanting to abandon him, Jerome finally found a somewhat permanent home at the Nicolas.

Jerome seemed comfortable at the home of Jean Nicola and would stay for over seven years. Early in his time with the community he would growl at people trying to ask him questions, remain aloof, or simply smile sadly.

Wanting to help out Jerome without too much strife the community petitioned Nova Scotia to help pay for his keep. The government gave the family that cared for him $2 a week to help support him.

After seven years at the Nichola household Jeans wife, Juliette, passed away and Jean decided to return to Europe. Jerome then moved in Mrs. Deider Comeau. The Comeau family did use Jerome a bit and charged an admission to those who wished to visit with him. Jerome did not seem to put out by this idea and would remain with the family until his death.

The only true joy people saw in Jerome was when he was around children. In fact, when he was positive there were no other adults to overhear him he would speak ever so slightly to the children. He was reported saying in French ‘Non, non, non’ when children asked why he didn’t speak to other adults. On another occasion, a child asked what happened to his legs and he responded simply with ‘chains.’ He would also laugh and smile around children. Digby Neck stories report that “Not many months before he died, a Mrs. Doucet visited Jerome. She was the daughter of Jean Nicola and had been a child when Jerome lived at her father’s home. Mrs. Doucet had pleasant memories of the strange man who loved to watch children at play. Jerome’s eyes lit up as she entered the room. She appealed to him to speak to her. Tears came to his eyes as he leaned forward and tried to speak. But the words would not come. Evidently, the vocal cords, idle so long, would not respond.”

So, it appears, the man had some joy in his quiet and removed life.

He did utter a few words. According to Digby Neck stories, “Once, when asked where he came from, he snapped a reply: "Trieste." Another time someone asked what ship brought him to Nova Scotia, and he answered: "Colombo.” Each time he spoke even just one word to an adult he would withdraw and grow even more sullen and aloof. These moods would last for weeks after he had spoken.

Jerome spent his last thirty years alive in complete silence. He died on April 15, 1912, without ever having discussed where he had come from, what happened to his legs, or any other identifying information. He was believed to be in his mid-70s. He was buried and his headstone simply says ‘Jerome.’

However, theories abound with who Jerome was before he was found in 1863. One of the most logical answers is that he was a sailor who incited an unsuccessful mutiny. He was punished with the double amputation before being laid on the beach with the provisions where he would be found. Perhaps his silence stems from PTSD or even just the shame of going against his Captain. However, it was reported he had smooth hands and was dressed in finery which seems a bit odd for a sailor.

Others believed he was some kind of disgraced nobleman who had perhaps tried to gain more power or went against a higher-ranking noble and was cast off and crippled purposefully.

Others believe he had suffered some kind of head wound that impaired him (perhaps in the same accident that led to the loss of his legs or perhaps he lost his legs as a result of his injury and impaired judgment.) He was said to have rage, fear, and other problems controlling strong emotions and this could have been linked to an inability to clearly express himself because of his brain injury.

What do you think happened to Jerome?

Thanks to Neil A for this #blogstonishing topic suggestion!


The above image is not directly linked to the story. It is made available in the Public Domain and is entitled, “The war in America : the Federal steamer Chesapeake, seized by Confederates, landing crew and passengers off Musquash harbour, Bay of Fundy.”

The Lead Mask Case

On what began to a normal day on August 20th, 1966 in Rio de Janeiro ended as anything but that. An 18-year-old, Jorge da Costa Alves was enjoying a beautiful afternoon flying a kite. As he walked back and forth on Vintem Hill, he came upon something undeniably grisly.

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What he saw would forever change his life. After walking through some tall weeds he saw two bodies lying side-by-side on the ground in front of him. Both of the men were dressed in attractive suits with rain jackets. Oh, and both men had lead masks over their eyes. In addition to what Jorge initially saw, both men also had two towels, an empty water bottle, and a note.

Jorge alerted authorities as soon as he was able to. Surprisingly, despite Jorge being able to get up there the police force could not reach the spot until the next day due to the rough terrain. Perhaps this was because they had more to carry or simply weren’t as in good of shape as the 18-year-old Jorge...or maybe it was a way to put off the inevitable.

When the police officers and investigators finally reached the bodies and examine the scene, they found a note in the pocket of one of the men. It read, quite simply, “16:30 be at the specified location. 18:30 ingest capsules after the effect protect metals await signal mask.”

It appears, according to the scene, the note’s instructions were carried out to a T.

Further investigation revealed the identities of the two men were electronic technicians from a nearby town called Campos dos Goytacazes. The men were named Manoel Pereira da Cruz and Miguel Jose Viana. Witnesses noted they left their town on August 17th and told friends and family they were going to purchase work materials in Niteroi, where their bodies would later be found. According to the Vintage News, “A local waitress remembered them entering the bar where she worked and buying a bottle of water. She stated that one of the men looked extremely anxious and kept checking his watch all the time.”

There seemed to be no physical altercation or struggle on the part of the men before their death. No trauma was left on their bodies. Frustratingly, no toxicology tests were performed on the bodies. Even worse, the bodies were not put into cold storage. The two men’s bodies had already been out in the elements for three days, and because there was no room in cold storage for the two men they eventually declared too decomposed for reliable testing. The cause of death for both men was cited as heart attacks.

The deaths of these men are surprisingly for more reasons than just their cause of death. They were both married with young families, had many close friends, and enjoyed their jobs. In fact, anyone who knew them said they dreamed of starting a business together. So, why the strange and unexplained deaths of two men who seemed to be passionate and happy in life?

According to True Noir Stories when Miguel and Manoel saw Miguel’s uncle and told them they were heading to Niteroi to buy equipment and even a car, “Miguel also mentioned during this encounter, that upon their return, the men were expecting to have had some kind of definitive spiritual revelation. Religiously, both Manoel and Miguel were avowed spiritualists, and according to one friend, they were interested in attempting to “contact extraterrestrials or spirits.”

As you can imagine, dozens of theories have cropped up among those who have heard the strange stories of the Lead Mask Case. One of the most plausible theories is that the two men may have been a part of a religious cult of technological spiritualists in which psychedelic drugs played a big part. In fact, there is some resemblance to the Heaven’s Gates suicides (another religious doomsday cult). This is supported by the direction to ‘take one capsule.’

In a similar theory, others believed that they desired a connection to extraterrestrials and were told taking a certain drug at a certain time in a certain place (the hill they went was a rumored UFO hotspot) would allow them to make contact. Perhaps it also caused their death. Again, this theory is supported in the note which orders them to ‘take one capsule.’

However, the above two theories don’t really take into account the need for lead masks as a major component of the strange way the bodies were found.

A bit of a woo-woo theory that places the lead mask theory front-and-center is that the men believed they had found a wormhole on this strange hill. The lead masks were supposed to be eye protection so the could safely travel through the wormhole. But what about the capsules?

Overall, we don’t quite know what happened and it seems that every theory, from the skeptic to the woo-woo, presents holes and questions that cannot be answered or filled.

So, what do you think happened?

Thanks to Jeffrey S. for the suggestion!

The above image is of Niteroi, but not the specific hill. It was taken by Flickr User Gus Valentim and is licensed under Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0).

Man from Taured

July 1954 was a fairly unremarkable month at the Haneda Airport in Tokyo. That is until the man from Taured arrived. The man, who would become known as the Man from Taured, looked at first glance like any other smartly dressed businessman. While going through the motions of normal border control he was why he was traveling. The man said it was just another business trip, one of many, that he had taken this year. However, something about this man demanded further questioning and that is when his strange background was discovered.

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The man was purportedly caucasian and his primary language was believed to be French. However, he was able to communicate effectively in Japan and also said he spoke several other languages. His bags included currency from several recognizable European countries which seemed to confirm his statement that he traveled often for business.

Up to this point, the questioning was proving unnecessary as everything the man was saying could be verified. However, things went wrong when airport officials asked his country of origin. Nonplussed, the man responded he was from Taured, a country he clarified was on the border between France and Spain. Airport officials were completely baffled because no country named Taured had ever existed.

Surprisingly, the man pulled out a Taured passport which seemed legitimate enough considering that country didn’t exist. However, it did show corresponding stamps for his travel to Japan as well as other European countries.

Likely annoyed at this time, the man from Taured encouraged airport officials to call his company. However, when that company was called where he was supposed to have a meeting they reported they had never heard of him. His hotel that he was supposedly booked for did not have his reservation and the bank listed on his checkbook was shown to not exist.

Confused and afraid of trafficking or another scam, they decide to put the man from Taured in a room while officials figure out next steps and contact the authorities. However, when they return to the room (which was several stories up and contained no openable windows) the man is, inexplicably, gone.

So, was the man from Taured a time slip that corrected itself? Was an interdimensional or time traveler that went to the wrong dimension or time? Or, is this just a clever and creative story propagated and made real by the internet?


Thanks to Bruce C for the suggestion!

The above image is not connected to the story and is by Ian Mackenzie, entitled Passport stamp: Grenada. It is licensed under CC-BY-SA 2.0.


Mandy the Doll

There is something strange and unsettling around certain dolls (to find out why that may be, you can check out this post). You may have heard of Robert the Doll and Annabelle the doll, but have you heard of Mandy? Mandy is a porcelain doll, believed to have been constructed in the early 20th century, specifically sometime between 1910-1920. She was donated, with much surprise, to the Quesnel Museum in British Columbia in 1991.

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The Quesnel Museum is not a paranormal museum, a doll museum, or a toy museum. It is a small, local museum in British Columbia that centers on the community of Quesnel and shares its space with the visitors center. Mandy first came to, as the museum staff says, “live here” in 1991. Her doll clothing was far from prim and proper, parts of her limbs were ripped, and her little porcelain head had cracks in it. Now, this isn’t unheard of for a doll that is close to 100 years old...but how did she end up there?

The donor, who remains anonymous to this day, had several chilling experiences and wanted to get rid of Mandy. Not wanting to destroy the historical doll that had survived so much, she didn’t just want to throw Mandy away. The donor came to the end of their rope one night when they heard chillingly loud cries in the middle of the night. The donor got up and traveled to where the sound was coming from when they realize the sound was radiating from the basement, where the doll had been kept for some time.

There was no baby in the home.

After hours of trying to ignore the noise, the donor realized they had to stop the shrieks. They mustered all the courage they could and ran down the basement stairs. Once at the bottom of the stairs, they see nothing is amiss in the room beside an open window. Shockingly, Mandy was nowhere to be found.

But, she made her return the next morning.

Shaken and at the end of the rope but still not wanting to throw away the doll, the owner drove to the Quesnel Museum. While she shared the brief story of her final night, the only other detail the donor gave was scant at best.

Part of me wonders what would prevent the donor from just throwing Mandy away, burning her, or simply getting rid of her and not donating her to a museum. Although it is a historical object, it wasn’t necessarily unique or recognizable, nor was it in the best shape. Why would the donor feel compelled to ‘keep’ her ‘alive’ in some way? Was it just in reaction to preservation? Or, was Mandy herself exercising some strange will over the donor to preserve her own ‘life.’

The museum notes that soon after they required Mandy but before they placed her in a specific display, “weird and unexplained events; lunches would disappear from the refrigerator, and be later found tucked away in a drawer; footsteps were heard when no one is around; pens, books, pictures, and who knows what else would go missing, some never to be found and others which would turn up later. Of course, it was passed off as the staff being more absent-minded than usual.”

It took a bit of time for Mandy to pick her spot because, once again, there seems to be a strange influence or power exerted by Mandy to pick where she would like to be and seems to have rejected the first few placements. First, they had her in a chair ‘greeting’ the visitors, although visitors complained or shared feelings of being watched, uncomfortable, or even disturbed by the doll. So, the museum moved her into a case with other dolls but, according to rumor, she began ‘hurting’ the other dolls. Perhaps out of jealousy or an unwillingness to be anything but the center of attention.

Finally, she found her choice spot in a private display away from other dolls.

According to Helly Star, “One of them admitted that once Mandy fell awkwardly on the floor, real blood flowed from his head and several cracks appeared. Ruth Stubbs is a very Cartesian person, but faced with the scale of the phenomena, she decided to contact a retired curator known to have the gift of perceiving vibrations by touching objects. When he took the doll in his hands, he felt cold chills all over his body, and urged the curator of the Quesnel Museum to contact the former owner, to get more information about Mandy.”

One of the strangest events was also reported on by the Helly Star, “Thinking that she was alone in her window, the employees decided to buy him a little sheep to keep him company, but the next day they found him at the foot of the window while the latter was closed. In any case since her arrival, she has never hurt anyone and never has anyone.”

However, while Mandy has done some disturbing things and even thrown a tantrum or two she has never shown negative aggression or violence towards humans. In fact, it even seems she pranks or plays with people (the missing lunches are a great example of this).

The above image is not a photo of Mandy the Doll by Florian Lehmuth, entitled bisque doll. Liscensed under Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-SA 2.0).

The Omen's Curse

Scary movies are just that -- movies. They are fictional. However, the Omen has some horrifying elements that are not very fictional at all. In fact, many go as far as saying that the Omen movie set was cursed.

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Back in the 1970s, horror movies were all the rage: The Texas Chain Saw Metro, Jaws, The Hills Have Eyes, and the Exorcist, and, of course, The Omen. The Omen was directed by Richard Donner, written by David Seltzer, and largely filmed in the UK (with brief shooting in Israel and Rome). Filming began, funny enough, in October 1975 and wrapped in January of the same year. It was released in 1976 and received acclaim from the general public and critics alike.

However, the production wasn’t necessarily the easiest few months.

It all began with Robert Munger, a born again Christian who pitched Hollywood on the idea of an antichrist movie in the wake of Rosemary’s Baby. Harvey Bernhard agreed and signed on to make The Omen a reality. However, once the idea began gaining steam Robert Munger seemed to backtrack on the idea. In fact, he said “I warned Harvey at the time. I said, ‘If you make this movie you’re going to have some problems. If the devil’s greatest single weapon is to be invisible and you’re going to do something which is going to take away his invisibility to millions of people, he’s not going to want that to happen.”

He wore a cross throughout production.

The beginning of filming started off with a bang...literally. When Gregory Peck took off in October 1975 to begin filming, his plane was struck by lightning, an ominous start to the Omen. The lightning strike caused an engine to catch fire and the plane came dangerously close to crash-landing in the Atlantic. Just a few weeks later, Mace Neufeld, a producer, was on his way to film and his plane was ALSO struck by lightning while crossing the Atlantic. And, because all things happen in threes, screenwriter David Seltzer also was riding on a plane towards the set as well...and, you guessed it, he also had a non-fatal lightning strike.

This wasn’t the only aerial issue the Omen production had. The crew was on the list to hire a local small plane to get some aerial shots for the Omen. However, at the last minute the plane’s crew decided to ex the film production and rented it to a group of tourists. Some, unsupported, gossip says that it was several people on a business trip who paid a better price. The Omen crew was told they could have the plane...but that they’d have to wait until later in the day to film. The plane the crew was supposed to be on? It crashed. Upon take off, it flew into a flock of birds. The birds disoriented the crew and obstructed the view and the plane crashed through a fence and crashed into a car.

The IRA also seemed to play a part in the curse. When Mace Neufeld and his wife were staying at the Hilton Hotel in London the Irish Republican Army blew up the building. Thankfully, neither of them were in the hotel at the time. Just a few days later, the IRA struck again! Several producers, Neufeld, and Gregory Peck were headed to a restaurant that the IRA bombed just minutes before their arrival.

The stunt  people, unsurprisingly, had it worst of all. In the escape from the cemetery scene, Gregory peck has to work with rottweilers. These dogs were trained to attack a stuntman and avoid Peck. However, when the dogs were set lose for filming...the dogs began viciously attacking him. They attacked him so viciously they decimated the protective gear and ignored their trusted trainer who they were normally obedient to. The stuntman did survive, although he did not escape unscathed.  Alf Joint believes the curse followed him. Like John Richardson, who we’ll talk about soon, he also went off shortly after The Omen to begin work on A Bridge too Far. In one shot he had to jump off a tall building and land on an airbag - for an experienced stuntman like him, it was something he had done a thousand times before. However, he jumped in an awkward, seemingly mistaken way, and landed on the ground. After regaining consciousness in hospital following treatment, he immediately told others it felt like he had been pushed by an unseen force.

After wrapping on the special effects for the Omen, designer John Richardson shortly began work on designing for another film - A Bridge too Far. While on-location in Holland he and Liz Moore (a talented special effects designer in her own right) were driving along a scenic, but empty, road one night. Shockingly, they hit another car head-on. Richardson, the driver, was knocked unconscious but Moore was decapitated when one of the front wheels viciously tore through the floor. If this isn’t gruesome enough in its own right, if you saw the Omen you might be making another connection. Richardon, just months before, had designed a gruesome decapitation scene in The Omen. Richardson also noted a road sign for the own, Ommen...guess how far away it was? 6.66 kilometers away.

Whether these events were just some strange accidents or actual works by the devil, it is impossible to say that the Omen production wasn’t, at the very least, an unlucky time in many of the cast and crew’s lives.

 

 

The above image is unrelated to the story and is entitled 'Many crows in a dark tree at New Orleans Square in Disneyland' by Jesse Weinstein (JesseW) - Own work. (ID# 16a) and is liscensed under CC2.0

The Devil’s Toy Box



What buildings come to mind when you think of places you might be driven mad by purely existing in them? Perhaps the post office, the doctor’s office, the DMV. Or, maybe something more sinister comes to mind like an abandoned building or a sanitarium. According to those in the know, none of these places can compare to the Devil’s Toy Box.

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It is not entirely clear if the The Devil’s Toy Box is all urban legend, creepypasta, hints at truth, or is completely true. For the purposes of this post, I am going to go with the middle option - that there is something about this story, this type of place, that gets at truth.

Now, where is this alleged evil place? Northern Louisiana. In fact,  its creation was inspired by the Clive Barker Hellraiser movies. Although some debate remains about its creation and location, the most accepted explanation is that it was an attraction set up in the annual halloween attraction, Farmer Grave’s haunted Orchard.

Unlike the movies, however, this toy box is not something you can fit in your hand or even a room.

The Devil’s Toy Box is described as a shack. From the outside, it is unappealing and average. But the interior of the Devil’s Toy Box is what gives this strange room its lasting reputation. According to several sources, the inside of the shack consists of floor-to-ceiling mirrors, including the walls.

No one can last more than five minutes in this room.

People who have been unlucky enough to stumble upon this room have been hospitalized, driven mad, and run out screaming.

The man alleged to last the longest was Roger Heltz, who lasted four minutes and 37 seconds. Heltz was, by all accounts, fairly normal. He was a 52-year-old family man and father of three. Sadly, his experience in the room severely damaged him and, since that day, he has been unable to speak. Heltz’s is only one of the tales of madness and terror. Dozens of teenagers have been seriously disturbed, horrified at what lay inside, or otherwise unable to last more than just a few seconds inside the attraction.

So what happens in the room? ThoughtCatalog reports  “According to the legend, if you stood inside this mirror-room alone for too long, supposedly the devil would show up and steal your soul. In most versions of this story, he did so by flaying you alive. I mention all of this because about two weeks ago, I got an email from an 18-year-old girl located in Northern Louisiana who we’ll call “Erin” (the specific town where Erin lived shall go unnamed for reasons that will soon become clear).”

The rumor mill was spinning so local law enforcement quickly stepped in and closed down the attraction. Even after it was shut down, several teens attempted to visit the property (accessible by a two-lane road near the Sawyers’ property), but it has never been discovered again.

 

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Paranormal Ectoplasm

If you're a lover of the paranormal, you've probably heard about ectoplasm. And, if you haven't, it was created long before Ghostbusters ever made it famous. There have been famous photos, especially at the turn of the last century, that depict a strange substance coming out of people in spirit photography. You can see some of those images here

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Although it wasn't quite understood what it was, many believe it is either materialization of  the spirit itself, or a substance inherent in the human body, but was excited or coaxed out by the experience of a séance.

This substance was also seriously investigated by several well-known, and respected, scientists at the time. The study of ectoplasm was spearheaded by a study, and paper, conducted in 1890 by Charles Robert Richet.

Richet was incredibly respected, and even won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1913 for his research on anaphylaxis. In addition to finding out some life-saving things about anaphylaxis, Richet also coined the term ectoplasm in the aforementioned study.

Ectoplasm is typically described gelatinous-appearing substance that seeps from mediums while they performed séances, and it was often believed to be the materialization of spirits. 

In his own words, Richet described ectoplasm occurring in a medium, “In the early stages there are always white veils and milky patches and the faces, fingers, and drawings are formed little by little in the midst of this kind of gelatinous paste that resembles moist and sticky muslin.”

Despite a hefty amount of research during this time period, anyone who studies contemporary paranormal news will notice that ectoplasm rarely makes headlines anymore. So, was it all a hoax? Were great minds fooled by clever party tricks? Or, was it something else?

Well, it was found that these were actually a parlor trick of the highest degree. One of the reasons so many prominent scientists dedicated their time and talents studying this faux-phenomena was because of a new scientific study which proved the existence of another kind of plasm. 

In the mid-1800s, scientists discovered a gelatinous substance, also known as “plasm”, inside both plant and animal cells. At the time, they believed to be the basis for all life on Earth. So, by the turn of the 19th century the idea of plasm, and of plasm existing in cells, was pretty common and well-studied. Thus, they thought they could link the extrusion of plasm, aka ectoplasm, from the body during extreme human experiences, like a seance. 

Later, with the emergence of molecular biology it was revealed that heredity is stored not in a cell’s jiggly plasm...but in the acids of its nucleus. And, with that discovery, the menion of ectoplasm slowly disappeared.

 

The above image depicts a séance with ectoplasm present. It is liscensed under Flickr's The Commons. The image can also be found on Wikimedia Commons.

Is the Gateway to Another Dimension in New Jersey?

The New Jersey Pine Barrens houses dozens of long-abandoned, or barely inhabited, towns. But there’s a town in the spiraling, seemingly endless Pine Barrens that has become a bit too strange to ignore. Located on the unassuming Magnolia Road is the infamous Ong’s Hat.

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In fact, Ong’s Hat was a lively town at the time, and has been on record since 1778 The name, it is believed, comes from an overnight shelter built by a farmer whose surname was Ong. There’s another wonderful folk tale, common amongst Pine Barren settlers, about the legendary Ong.  The story goes: Ong had a fabulous silk hat, a luxury at the time. But, a jealous lover stomped on his hat, ruining it, and in frustration Ong tossed the elegant hat into the air, where it got caught on a very high pine branch. The hat remained there for many years and served as landmark which identified the small village.  This isn’t the only version of the strange tale of Ong. Another version says Ong was a tavern keeper who either painted a silk hat on his sign or threw his hat into a tree after getting angry with a woman. The town seems to reflect the silk hat was renowned for alcohol, bootlegging, and ever prizefighting.

But, by 1936 Ong’s Hat, though still on maps, practically did not exist. By that time, nothing existed except a clearing, an abandoned shed, some crumbles of brick, and remnants of roofing that suggested houses had once been situated there.

So, what does all this have to do with other dimensions? Hold on – we’re getting to that.

Recently, “Ong’s Hat: The Beginning”, authored by Joseph Matheny, has brought the town gone in the blink of an eye back into the spotlight. Matheny does not clarify completely whether he intended the work as fact or fiction. He’s said, “The split between who believes the book is fiction versus nonfiction is pretty even.”  Some claim that the book is pure fantasy, others a hoax, some folklore, and others a hint of truth.

According to Matheny’s book, the Moorish Orthodox Church of America was founded in the 1950s by a group of white jazz musicians, poets, and artists that were formerly members of the Newark-founded Moorish Science Temple. Its members traveled the world, learning philosophies and spiritual practices from all different masters of the eastern world. One of the more important travelers was Wali Fard.

When Fard finally returned home in 1978, he spent all of his savings on a large swath of land, 200 acres to be specific, in the New Jersey Pine Barrens. Along with a ragtag group of runaway boys from Paramus and two lesbian anarchists, he moved onto the property and left the Moorish science Temple for an even MORE exclusive sect, the Moorish Science Ashram.

Fard then published a series of newsletters proclaiming his beliefs and those of the Moorish Science Ashram. Those on the fringe who read his words and seemed to gravitate towards him, and the Pine Barrens. Soon, he had people flocking to his land. Among these new believers were two scientists looked down upon for their radical views — Frank and Althea Dobbs.

If those names sound familiar to you budding UFOlogists, you’re not wrong. the Dobbs twins were raised in Texas in a UFO worshipping cult that was founded by their father. However, these siblings weren’t exactly something to mess with. Before the commune, both were working at Princeton where they submitted their PhD on something they called ‘cognitive chaos’.

When they finally arrived at Fard’s land in the Pine Barrens, they set up a laboratory in a trailer…and began to make discoveries that shook the commune to its very core.

In the remote locale provided by the Pine Barrens, they were free to work further on their ideas that pushed them out of the mainstream science community. So, what is ‘cognitive chaos’? Well, the Dobbs twins believed that people could tap into unused/under-used portion of their brains and do some incredible things, such as stop aging and get rid of diseases. Their research allowed the Ashram  to found the Institute of Chaos Studies.

Within three years the twins, and the community at large, had stumbled upon an extraordinaryly bizarre device that came to be known as “The Gate” by the small community. This was one of a series of strange devices that the Dobbs, and others in the Institute of Chaos Studies, referred to as “The Egg.” In short, people were hooked up to computers and then their brain waves were charted. By experimenting with sex, drugs and other mind wave manipulators, the scientists learned how to control the chaos they found within the mind in hopes of being able to control it.

Multiple reiterations of the Egg were tested, but it was the fourth iteration that finally made something…’happen’.  One of Fard’s Paramus runaways was the test subject. When the 4th Egg was activated, he and the device itself disappeared. Allegedly, moments later, it rematerialized. The boy claimed that he had traveled to the dimension next door to ours.

This was the opening of ‘The Gate’.

But on the heels of this discovery, disaster struct. The community had to leave their Pine Barrens compound due to a chemical spill from the nearby Fort Dix, which was leaking nuclear material into the surrounding area. But, instead of fleeing out of the Pine Barrens…they fled dimensions. The community used the gate to transports themselves, and all of their possessions, into an alternate dimensions. In this dimension, they claimed, they still lived in Ong’s Hat but humankind had ceased to exist.

After a return to our dimension, they claim that the government got wind of the kind of experiments being conducted at Ong’s Hat and stormed the compound there, and even killed seven members of the group.

Some say it was Delta Force who did the killing, while others blame operatives of the Russian or Danish militaries.

 

This picture is from Flickr user Jim Luckah, and while it is not a picture of Ong’s Hat…it is a picture of the Pine Barrens, and is licensed under Creative Commons.

Is the Gateway to Another Dimension in New Jersey?

The New Jersey Pine Barrens houses dozens of long-abandoned, or barely inhabited, towns. But there's a town in the spiraling, seemingly endless Pine Barrens that has become a bit too strange to ignore. Located on the unassuming Magnolia Road is the infamous Ong's Hat. link

In fact, Ong's Hat was a lively town at the time, and has been on record since 1778 The name, it is believed, comes from an overnight shelter built by a farmer whose surname was Ong. There's another wonderful folk tale, common amongst Pine Barren settlers, about the legendary Ong.  The story goes: Ong had a fabulous silk hat, a luxury at the time. But, a jealous lover stomped on his hat, ruining it, and in frustration Ong tossed the elegant hat into the air, where it got caught on a very high pine branch. The hat remained there for many years and served as landmark which identified the small village.  This isn't the only version of the strange tale of Ong. Another version says Ong was a tavern keeper who either painted a silk hat on his sign or threw his hat into a tree after getting angry with a woman. The town seems to reflect the silk hat was renowned for alcohol, bootlegging, and ever prizefighting.

But, by 1936 Ong's Hat, though still on maps, practically did not exist. By that time, nothing existed except a clearing, an abandoned shed, some crumbles of brick, and remnants of roofing that suggested houses had once been situated there.

So, what does all this have to do with other dimensions? Hold on - we're getting to that.

Recently, “Ong’s Hat: The Beginning”, authored by Joseph Matheny, has brought the town gone in the blink of an eye back into the spotlight. Matheny does not clarify completely whether he intended the work as fact or fiction. He's said, “The split between who believes the book is fiction versus nonfiction is pretty even.”  Some claim that the book is pure fantasy, others a hoax, some folklore, and others a hint of truth.

According to Matheny’s book, the Moorish Orthodox Church of America was founded in the 1950s by a group of white jazz musicians, poets, and artists that were formerly members of the Newark-founded Moorish Science Temple. Its members traveled the world, learning philosophies and spiritual practices from all different masters of the eastern world. One of the more important travelers was Wali Fard.

When Fard finally returned home in 1978, he spent all of his savings on a large swath of land, 200 acres to be specific, in the New Jersey Pine Barrens. Along with a ragtag group of runaway boys from Paramus and two lesbian anarchists, he moved onto the property and left the Moorish science Temple for an even MORE exclusive sect, the Moorish Science Ashram.

Fard then published a series of newsletters proclaiming his beliefs and those of the Moorish Science Ashram. Those on the fringe who read his words and seemed to gravitate towards him, and the Pine Barrens. Soon, he had people flocking to his land. Among these new believers were two scientists looked down upon for their radical views -- Frank and Althea Dobbs.

If those names sound familiar to you budding UFOlogists, you're not wrong. the Dobbs twins were raised in Texas in a UFO worshipping cult that was founded by their father. However, these siblings weren't exactly something to mess with. Before the commune, both were working at Princeton where they submitted their PhD on something they called 'cognitive chaos'.

When they finally arrived at Fard's land in the Pine Barrens, they set up a laboratory in a trailer...and began to make discoveries that shook the commune to its very core.

In the remote locale provided by the Pine Barrens, they were free to work further on their ideas that pushed them out of the mainstream science community. So, what is 'cognitive chaos'? Well, the Dobbs twins believed that people could tap into unused/under-used portion of their brains and do some incredible things, such as stop aging and get rid of diseases. Their research allowed the Ashram  to found the Institute of Chaos Studies.

Within three years the twins, and the community at large, had stumbled upon an extraordinaryly bizarre device that came to be known as “The Gate” by the small community. This was one of a series of strange devices that the Dobbs, and others in the Institute of Chaos Studies, referred to as “The Egg.” In short, people were hooked up to computers and then their brain waves were charted. By experimenting with sex, drugs and other mind wave manipulators, the scientists learned how to control the chaos they found within the mind in hopes of being able to control it.

Multiple reiterations of the Egg were tested, but it was the fourth iteration that finally made something...'happen'.  One of Fard's Paramus runaways was the test subject. When the 4th Egg was activated, he and the device itself disappeared. Allegedly, moments later, it rematerialized. The boy claimed that he had traveled to the dimension next door to ours.

This was the opening of 'The Gate'.

But on the heels of this discovery, disaster struct. The community had to leave their Pine Barrens compound due to a chemical spill from the nearby Fort Dix, which was leaking nuclear material into the surrounding area. But, instead of fleeing out of the Pine Barrens...they fled dimensions. The community used the gate to transports themselves, and all of their possessions, into an alternate dimensions. In this dimension, they claimed, they still lived in Ong's Hat but humankind had ceased to exist.

After a return to our dimension, they claim that the government got wind of the kind of experiments being conducted at Ong’s Hat and stormed the compound there, and even killed seven members of the group.

Some say it was Delta Force who did the killing, while others blame operatives of the Russian or Danish militaries.

 

This picture is from Flickr user Jim Luckah, and while it is not a picture of Ong's Hat...it is a picture of the Pine Barrens, and is licensed under Creative Commons.

What are the Origins of these Weird Pings?

From the floor in one of Canada's northernmost territories a strange pinging is happening..and officials have yet to identify the source or cause. And it isn't necessarily new, in fact it has been happening for months. Link

The pinging can be heard in the aptly named Fury and Hecla Strait, a channel of water in the Nunavut region of Canada. Canadian Department of National Defence was informed of these strange noises and have searched for its cause, but it has not been a fruitful search and they came up blank.

They had a variety of theories. They did not rule out it could be a submarine at first, though they quickly found that was not the case. Ashley Lemire, a department spokeswoman, said that various multisensor searches in the area, including a 1.5-hour acoustic search, failed to detect any anomalies that could account for the sound."The crew did not detect any surface or subsurface contacts," Lemire told The Guardian. "At this time the Department of National Defence does not intend to do any further investigations." Several reports were passed to the military, which sent a CP-140 Aurora patrol aircraft to investigate on November 1st.

More concerning is hunters in the area claim the sound is scaring away wildlife. This is an interesting development, as if it was a natural or naturally occurring noise it might have less affect on the wildlife.

In fact, legislative assembly member, George Qulaut has been quoted saying,  "That passage is a migratory route for bowhead whales, and also bearded seals and ringed seals. There would be so many in that particular area," Qulaut said, recalling his own days of hunting there. "This summer, there were none." So, not only is it driving away animals...it is completely diverting them from their regular migratory routes.

Other theories have arisen. For example, they claimed a mining company that has operated nearby. However, the company denies having any equipment in the water. Other locals have surmised that Greenpeace could be behind the sound, scaring wildlife away from the hunting ground. However, a spokesperson for the environmental organization has denied these allegations.

Even more interesting,  not everyone can hear it. Another local legislator, George Qulaut, told CBC that he couldn’t. However, it should be noted that said he is nearly deaf. But boaters passing through the area have said they heard it, as well as a number of callers to a local radio show

At this time the Canadian Department of National Defence does not intend to do any further investigations.

 

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An Update on One of Astonishing Legends' Favorite (real) Creatures!

As our listeners know, we're big fans of a little creature called Tardigrades, also known as water bears. They may be only half a millimeter long, but they can live through astonishing conditions such as -458 degrees (fahrenheit) or as high as 300 degrees! In early fall 2016, researchers in Japan published a new analysis of the entire genome of this fascinating animal. link

One of their best survival tricks is called "cryptobiosis" which basically an extreme form of hibernation where ALL metabolic functions stop. This suspends the creature between life and death, thus allowing it to survive almost anything. Even more impressive, it can even be dried out to roughly 3% of its normal water content and come back to life with a simple spalsh of water. But how is this possible?

Geneticist Takekazu Kunieda, along with his colleagues, from the University of Tokyo found some of the genetic tricks that have helped the tardigrades to survive in extreme environments. However, the process of this research was a bit complicated.

First, because it is easier to study these processes when housed within mammalian cells. So, in order to create a successful study the researchers cultured humans cells to produce bits of the tardigrade genome. From this space the cells of the tardigrade could be manipulated to figure out exactly which genes give these creatures their incredible resistance to all sorts of environments.

In living creatures, dehydration can wreak havoc among cells and even rip apart DNA. For example, Humans are made of, depending on age/gender, about 55-65% water. Imagine that shrinking to 3-10%...needless to say, it would be drastic and likely impossible. However, unlike humans tardigrades have a protein called Dsup. Dsup has the ability to hold DNA together, even under the stress of drying out.

Additionally, when Kunieda and his team pinpointed this impressive protein, they also found that it protects the DNA from radiation. Kunieda says, "Tolerance against X-ray is thought to be a side-product of [the] animal’s adaption to severe dehydration,"

One of the most important takeaways is that the researchers found that human cells, aided by Dsup, reduced x-ray damage by up to 40%. The future of medicine may heavily affected by this seemingly minuscule creature!

 

The picture above comes from Flickr User Eden, Janine and Jim and is licensed under Creative Commons.

The Central Point of Origin for our Monsters

Our fears, whether you are a true believer of monsters or not, all start in one central place: our minds. And what better time to explore the origin of ghosts and ghouls and vampires and hard AI than Halloween? Link

It appears there are certain sects that we cleave our monsters into, and each embodies a deep, perhaps even primal, fear. However, they all appear to be rooted in scientific and social advances. From the first groups of people living together to enclaves of religion to the Enlightenment and even in the modern day, our monsters seem to spring from our own advancement, and our fear of that advancement.

Our first, perhaps most primal and desperate fear, is embodied in the monsters that remind us of the irrevocable and uncontrollable power of nature. We see these in the classical world like the Minotaur of ancient Greece, Grendel from Beowulf, and the Sphinx of Egypt. However, these monsters did not stay in our mythology books, like us - they evolved. We see them in the famous creature-features of the 1950s and 1960s, and even in the contemporary era in films like Jurassic Park and, dare I say, Sharknado. We are fascinated, and terrified, when reminded that nature has a will all its own and will, likely, never reveal its full hand.

Then there is the man-made monster, a beacon of the power and destruction man can bestow upon the world, even if s/he does not mean to. We see it as far back as the first iteration of Frankenstein by Mary Shelley and it has reappeared again and again, especially throughout the entertainment series. It seems, to me, that there are two distinctions within this category. First is the accidental monster - the zombie, the ruination of our Ozone layer, or even a deathly virus. These man-made monsters are uncontrollable, insatiable and thoughtless. Then, the second subsection of the man-made monster: the cognizant monster. This is like Frankenstein's monster who rebels, or an AI that becomes more and more aware of its unfair plot in 'life' and plans to enact revenge or even a scourge upon the world.

Similar to the man-made monster is the monster within. This kind of monster was born from the study of the brain, of psychology, and of the notion of the individual. This brings to mind the idea that humankind is the only real 'monster' that exists. These human monsters, rarely supernatural, remind us of the dark side and the malevolent power that lays dormant (or worse, active) in every person. This can be found, perhaps, in the obsession of true-crime, which became popularized in the 1800s with Penny Dreadfuls, and continues with now-classic films like Silence of the Lambs and The Shining.

The fourth category is the so-called "monster of the past". These are distant memories of the past turned villains, like how Vlad the Impaler became the forever-feared Dracula. It is a reminder, as professor Leo Braudy says, "that, however powerful our science and understanding, we can't escape from the dark lore of the past."

We seem, again and again, to resurrect and recreate and birth anew these monsters in these four simple, yet endlessly fruitful, categories. Are the simply ways of imagining our fears and controlling the narrative? Or, are they the result of deep-rooted, impossible to remember primal fears that were given to us at a time none of us can remember?

Have a spooky halloween, hope this gives you something to chew on! - Astonishing Legends

The above picture comes from Flickr User Victor P. and is licensed under Creative Commons.

Birds, Snails, and Parasite-Induced Zombism (Oh My!)

We've all heard about human zombies, but what about snail zombies? There is a dastardly devious worm that hijacks a snail's brain and leads that brain to sacrifice itself. Link

The parasitic worm is called "Leucocholordium Paradoxum" and lives primarily in north america and Europe.

Once it infiltrates the snail's body, it crawls not the snail's tentacles. These tentacles, for added spookiness, are translucent and you can actually see the worm working its will from within.

Snails typically have the instinct not to crawl up plants, because it is safer to stay away from the light. But this worm is so intense that it turns the snail against its instincts in order to get the snail visible to birds.

Want one more layer to this complicated plan? Birds don't really like snails -but they do like caterpillars. It's tentacles, and the worm inside, resembles a caterpillar on a leaf and the bird becomes interested. Typically, they snatch one of the tentacles, allowing the worm to enter its guy and travel through it its rectum. In the bird's rectum, it becomes an adult and produces.

Once the worm is 'passed' with the birds droppings, snails come across and feed on them.

And then the parasite's eggs get into a new snail...and so on and so forth.

The above picture is not infected with Leucocholordium Paradoxum and is from Flickr User Andy Powell and is licensed under Creative Commons.

 

Curiosities Coming to Light at the Harvard Museum

The Harvard Museum is renowned institution dedicated to anthropology. Recently, it's going through some big changes to re-establish its role in the field of study. For one day only some of its odder holdings will be showcased to celebrate the museum's 150th anniversary. Link

It's called "All the World is here: Harvard's Peabody Museum and the Invention of American Anthropology" and the exhibit opens in April. It will feature approximately 600 objects!

Some of the curiosities that will be featured will be Lewis and Clark's grizzly bear claw necklace, the infamous Fiji mermaid, and prehistoric earthwork. However, some items, like the mermaid, will soon be re-established so they can be permanently viewable by the public.

The museum currently houses over 1 million artifacts, but only a fraction are currently on active display. This is a push to show-off and share with the public all the museum has to offer.

Jeffrey Quilter, the Peabody's director, says These collections are never dead. They're constantly being revitalized by people who come back with new ways to study them." This is a certainly a lively way to prove that.

It is interesting to note that P.T Barnum curiosities still provide wonder for those who view them, just as they did when they were actively carted around the world.

There is, Surprisingly, a Plan to Find the Next Earth Within a Decade

  Astronomers recently confirmed the discovery of an earth-sized world that orbits the Proxima centauri, about 4.25 light years away. Now, a team of ex-NASA scientists are jumping on this hope of a similar earth. These scientists are seeking out private funding to scour the Alpha Centauri for habitable planets. This opens up a wider discussion of privately funded science, and its power.

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While the project seems wildly exciting, the biggest question remains: does the Proxima Centauri really have hospitable life? Or is it merely a hopeful gamble?

 

In theory, they harbor rocky world, similar to earth. Additionally, there is, allegedly, a rocky, habitable-zone planet at Proxima Centauri. However…it is around a red dwarf star. This adds another questions: could human life really survive around a red dwarf star? Scientists believe that by capturing photos of them, we may get important answers to these difficult questions.

 

Nonprofits in early October launched Project Blue to support this effort. They plan on building small, but powerful, space-based telescopes that are capable of photographing these potential worlds. It is a risky endeavor with no clear path to success – which is why NASA is not behind it.

 

Jon Morse left his job as head of NASA’s Astrophysics Division several years ago because, as quoted “[he wanted to] go out and try to do something really hard”. In this case, the ‘something really hard’ appears to be finding other potential real estate for humans in the galaxy. If all the funding comes in, his two-year mission should launch by the end of decade.

This photo comes from Flickr user Kevin Gill and is licensed under creative commons.

Did Supertramp Reveal Freemasons Knew About 9/11?

Astonishing Legends in no way supports the idea that 9/11 is a conspiracy, however, who doesn't like to read about a crazy conspiracy based on the album "Breakfast in America" by Supertramp. link

According to the video found on a David Icke conspiracy forum, the Supertramp financier was a mason and used the cover art of the best-selling "Breakfast in America" to reveal details about the upcoming, "planned", event against the world trade center.

The video suggests that the now iconic album cover uses "predictive programming". Predictive programming is a notion that our overlords embed certain messages into pop culture as a way to psychologically prepare the population for certain events. Apparently, Breakfast in America was an attempt to prepare citizens for an event over two decades in the future.

The evidence? The cover depicts NYC through the POV of an airplane. A waitress holds a glass of OJ over the center of the World Trade Center. Now, you may be wondering why she doesn't carry coffee or a milkshake or a stack of pancakes. Well, that's easily explained - she HAS to be carrying OJ to represent the fireball that would tear through the buildings on 9/11. But, that's not all - there's some typographical evidence as well! If you hold a mirror up to the record, the U and P from "Supertramp" resemble the numbers 911. Not to mention that the attacks happened during breakfast time.

Is There Such a Thing as a Welcome Ghost

Link to original article  Is there a world where ghost children aren’t terrifying? Well, defying all belief lies the zashikiwarashi lore in Japan. The zashikiwarashi, otherwise known as a child ghost, are supposed to bring good luck to all who see them. The living inhabitants of the house often welcome zashikiwarashi, as they typically bring good fortune, despite being a little mischievous.

A lucky homeowner, Mashairo, from Japan caught one of his little houseguests on Facebook and the viewcount has already surpassed a half a million views.

The video shows the front room of Mashario’s home and an eerily translucent child-like figure cross the room from one end to the other.

Many have doubts about the video, for example, the camera angle seems a bit strange and unnatural, the high “quality” of the potential ghost, and the strange music playing in the background all contribute to the skepticism of this strange video. But, it is an interesting clip nonetheless.

Whatever you may believe, give the video a look because, like the lore says, you may just get lucky.

Now This is One Old Lady

From your hosts:

Mysterious Russian Statue Is 11,000 Years Old - Twice As Old As The Pyramids

Covered in code no one can decipher

 

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A mysterious wooden idol found in a Russian peat bog has been dated to 11,000 years ago - and contains a code no one can decipher.

The Shigir Idol is twice as old as the Pyramids and Stonehenge - and is by far the oldest wooden structure in the world.

Even more mysteriously, it is covered in what experts describe as ‘encrypted code’ - a message from a lost civilisation.

Professor Mikhail Zhilin of the Russian Academy of Sciences' Institute of Archeology said: 'The ornament is covered with nothing but encrypted information. People were passing on knowledge with the help of the Idol.'

Russian experts think that the strange carvings may contain a belief system, the equivalent of the Bible’s Genesis.

The statue had been dated as being 9,500 years old, after its discovery in a peat bog 125 years ago.

But new research in Mannheim, Germany used Accelerated Mass Spectrometry n small fragments of the sculpture, and found it is at least 11,000 years old.

That means the sculpture dates from the very beginning of the Holocene epoch - the era when man rose to dominate the world.

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Reach Out and Touch The One You're Afraid Of

From Your Hosts -  This piece speaks to Episode 22 of our show and highlights the great tragedy of Einstein passing away before mankind even got Sputnik launched. Was he right about reaching out to our alien neighbors? What's better? Radio waves or light?

ALBERT EINSTEIN BELIEVED IN ALIENS, BUT DOUBTED OUR METHODS TO CONTACT THEM – WAS HE RIGHT?

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Albert Einstein, the man who correctly theorized astounding facts about our universe,also felt we were not alone in the cosmos. Moreover, Einstein speculated the reason we had not encountered any aliens was because the search methods were not ideal for the quest.

Albert Einstein may have died about two years before man could hurled the first satellite into space – the sputnik – but space travel and rocket flight have been theorized and fantasized about for decades by then. Surprisingly, although the digital editions of Albert Einstein’s papers have been released, so far, none of them have made any mention about rockets or space travel. Even though Einstein’s contemporary, physicist Hermann Oberth, regularly discussed the possibility and practical application of rocket science and sending man into the space with the intention of studying the vast unknown beyond the confines of earth, Einstein seems to have ignored the subject in his papers.

Exploring the vast regions of outer space that had not been disturbed by humans was certainly a very exciting prospect, and Albert Einstein was already quite famous for postulating about the universe and the materials that made it up.

Hence, when a Daily Mail correspondent asked the Nobel laureate about his opinions on extra-terrestrial or alien life, Albert Einstein said, “There is every reason to believe that Mars and other planets are inhabited.” One can only wonder what qualified as life from Einstein’s perspective.

It seemed Einstein was pretty confident that earthlings are bound to run into aliens beginning with Mars. Though modern science has yet to find conclusive evidence of “life on Mars,” conspiracy theorists and UFO hunters are convinced that Einstein felt there was life on the red planet.

As with all of his ideas, Einstein had a hypothesis about alien life, stating, “Why should the earth be the only planet supporting human life? It is not singular in any other respect.”

Interestingly, Albert Einstein’s argument has been proven right on multiple occasions when the various international space agencies, the most notable being NASA, found multiple earth-like planets which could support life. Yet, no alien life has been found nor have any aliens tried to contact us, as far as we know, based on our current understanding of the concept of inter-species communication.

Apparently, Einstein had a clear idea why the aliens weren’t communicating, confidently declaring, “But if intelligent creatures do exist, as we may assume they do elsewhere in the universe, I should not expect them to try to communicate with the earth by wireless [radio].”

What Einstein was implying was that an organization like SETI, the world’s largest earth-based array of dishes tuned to listening for any “radio waves,” is simply wrong. At the very least, SETI’s methodology is not the ideal way of trying to communicate with aliens.

Instead, Einstein proposed another method of searching for life in the cosmos, saying,”Light rays, the direction of which can be controlled much more easily, would more probably be the first method attempted.”

Interestingly, it seems Albert Einstein might have been right about the approach being wrong. Though long radio waves more easily penetrate the pervasive dust in interstellar space, optical waves can be precisely aimed by any life-form actively looking to establish contact. Or is even that presumption an arrogant, human concept?

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The Scariest Film of All Time Just Got Scarier

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German news outlets are reporting that the head of “Nosferatu” director F.W. Murnau has been stolen from his family plot in a cemetery in Stahnsdorf, Germany. The filmmaker of the early silent vampire movie, recognized as one of the scariest horror movies of all time, died in 1931.

In a story reminiscent of one of his own movies, grave robbers opened a metal coffin to access the filmmaker’s embalmed body, said the newspaper. Stahnsdorf is about 12 miles southwest of central Berlin. The nearby graves of his two brothers were not disturbed. Spiegel Online said some wax residue had been found near the grave, pointing to a possible occult connection.

Released in 1922, “Nosferatu” was an unauthorized adaptation of Bram Stoker’s novel “Dracula.” Murnau worked in Hollywood for several years, directing “Sunrise,” which won several Oscars at the first Academy Awards. He died in a car crash near Santa Barbara but was buried in his native Germany.