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.

Maybe Pluto Doesn't Want Us to Know What Lurks Beneath?

Something 'scary' went wrong with NASA's probe to Pluto

Link to Original Article at Business Insider by Jessica Orwig

On July 4, NASA got an unexpected surprise: Its spacecraft, New Horizons, cut off communications with Earth as it was headed toward Pluto.

New Horizons is scheduled to fly by Pluto on July 14 and use the seven instruments on board to collect information that will significantly advance the way we understand this tiny, icy world that's floating in space 4.67 billion miles away.

However, that goal is now in jeopardy.

At 1:54 p.m. ET on July 4, something happened that caused New Horizons to cut communications with Earth, NASA reported. Scientists are now trying to figure what that "something" was.

Fortunately, the agency was able to reestablish a connection with the spacecraft within the next 90 minutes. They reported that the spacecraft is still "healthy" and on course to fly by Pluto.

That's the good news.

The bad news is that in order to reestablish connection, the spacecraft kicked itself into safe mode and is now no longer collecting scientific data. So all of the photos and scientific measurements that scientists have been looking forward to for nearly a decade, since New Horizons launched on January 19, 2006, might never be collected.

"This is scary," wrote Emily Lakdawalla for The Planetary Society. "It's not what the team wanted to be dealing with right now."

The main objective now for the New Horizons team is to get the spacecraft back into normal operating mode. Within hours of the reported problem, the team convened a review board that is now "working to return New Horizons to its original [science] flight plan."

But that's going to take longer than anyone would like because of how far away New Horizons is from Earth. And with only nine days until the spacecraft is scheduled to fly by Pluto, the clock is ticking.

It takes 4.5 hours for the spacecraft to transmit information about what might have happened to it back to Earth. NASA reported that "full recovery is expected to take from one to several days."

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/nasas-new-horizons-spacecraft-unexpectedly-went-into-safe-mode-2015-7#ixzz3f4cRGLum

Photo Credit: Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute (JHUAPL/SwRI)

Swimming Mammoth?

Dolphin or Mammoth? Bizarre Creature With "Fur and a Beak" Washes up Along Russian Shore

July 1, 2015 | by Justine Alford

photo credit: SakhalinMedia via Siberian Times

Looking somewhat like an attempted hybridization between Falkor the Luck Dragon from The Neverending Story and a dolphin gone horribly wrong, images of this utterly bizarre creature are spreading though the media like wildfire following its recent discovery in Russia.

Found along the shores of Sakhalin Island, the decomposed and partially eaten animal has been arbitrarily sized as “twice the length of a human.” What is perhaps most perplexing is that the creature seems to sport both fur and a long beak, the combination of which doesn’t seem to be present in any living species.

As reported by Siberian Times, its long body and extended nose have prompted some to speculate that it could be a Ganges River dolphin, but it seems highly unlikely that a freshwater dolphin could make it all the way from India to Russia and survive in a marine habitat. Not only that, but Ganges River dolphins don’t have fur, nor are they nearly as large as this specimen.

In fact, no dolphin species has fur except shortly after birth, but that hasn’t stopped one expert from “confidently” asserting that it is indeed some kind of dolphin.

“Judging by the appearance of the head, this is clearly some big dolphin,” said Nikolay Kim from the Sakhalin Research Institute of Fisheries and Oceanography. “According to the characteristic of the skin, it is a rare species.

“I doubt that it lived in our waters. Most likely, the animal was brought by the warm current. Here often appear tropical and subtropical species. On cooling, they stay here and then die.”

If it is indeed some kind of dolphin, the fur issue may be resolved by an idea put forward by David Smith, Professor of Marine Biology at Essex University. He suggested to the MailOnline that its hair-like covering may actually be some kind of filamentous algae. Alternatively, Smith suggests, it could actually be an ancient species that until now had been preserved in permafrost, perhaps even a mammoth. Warming temperatures could have defrosted the animal, and a crumbling cliff could have led to it being deposited into the ocean. While it may look nothing like a mammoth, Smith isn’t the only one to put forward this proposal, as Oxford University’s Professor Alex Rogers also believes this is a possibility.


UFO Mechanic Drops Screw

13 APRIL, 2015

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April Holloway

Is this a 300 million-year-old screw or just a fossilized sea creature?

A Russian research team known as the Kosmopoisk Group, which investigates UFOs and paranormal activity, claims to have found a one-inch screw embedded inside a rock that is 300 million years old. They say the screw is the remains of an ancient form of technology that proves extra-terrestrials visited Earth millions of years ago. However, scientists say the ‘screw’ is nothing more than a fossilized sea creature called a Crinoid.

The Russian team were investigating the remains of a meteorite in the Kaluga region of Russia in the 1990s, when they came across the strange object. A paleontological analysis was carried out, which revealed the stone was formed between 300 and 320 million years ago.  The team also claim that an x-ray of the stone shows that another screw is present inside it. However, they have not allowed international experts to examine the object, nor have they revealed what the screw is made of.

Since the initial finding, much debate has surrounded the discovery, with scientists scoffing at the suggestion that it reflects an ancient screw and suggesting there is a much less exciting explanation.

Location of Kaluga Oblast in Russia, where researchers claim to have found a 300-million-year-old screw

Location of Kaluga Oblast in Russia, where researchers claim to have found a 300-million-year-old screw (Wikipedia)

The Mail Online reports that scientists who have examined photographic evidence of the object say that there is a more earthly answer to the phenomenon – the ‘screw’ is actually the fossilized remains of an ancient sea creature known as a crinoid.

Crinoids are a species of marine animal that are believed to have evolved around 350 million years ago. They are characterized by a mouth on the top surface that is surrounded by feeding arms.  Today, there are around 600 crinoid species, but they were much more abundant and diverse in the past.

A stalked crinoid drawn by Ernst Haeckel.

A stalked crinoid drawn by Ernst Haeckel. (Wikipedia)

Over the years, geologists have found countless fossils representing whole crinoids or their segments, some of which do resemble screws. Scientists have suggested that the screw-like shape seen in fossil samples may be the reversed-shape of the creature, which dissolved while the rock was shaped around it.

Left: The fossilized remains of a whole crinoid. Right: Fossilized segments of crinoids

Left: The fossilized remains of a whole crinoid (Wikipedia). Right: Fossilized segments of crinoids (Wikipedia)

“It is thought that the fossilised creature in the mysterious rock is a form of ‘sea lily’ – a type of crinoid that grew a stalk when it became an adult, to tether itself to the seabed,” write the Mail Online. “However, some say that the stalks of crinoids were typically much smaller than the ‘screw’, with slightly different markings, and have discarded the theory.”

Nigel Watson, author of the UFO Investigations Manual told Mail Online: “Lots of out-of-place artefacts have been reported, such as nails or even tools embedded in ancient stone. Some of these reports are…misinterpretations of natural formations.”

“It would be great to think we could find such ancient evidence of a spaceship visiting us so long ago, but we have to consider whether extra-terrestrial spacecraft builders would use screws in the construction of their craft,” he added. “It also seems that this story is probably a hoax that is being spread by the internet, and reflects our desire to believe that extra-terrestrials have visited us in the past and are still visiting us today in what we now call UFOs.”

For now, the controversy surrounding the object remains very much alive, and unless the Kosmopoisk Group releases detailed information regarding the material of the ‘screw’, it is unlikely that consensus will be reached any time soon.

Featured image: A stone dated to around 300 million years, which appears to show a screw embedded inside it. Source: ancient-code.com

By April Holloway

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Previously Unknown Amelia Earhart Footage Uncovered

Watch Newly Discovered Footage of Amelia Earhart, Made Shortly Before She Disappeared

It is thought to be the last surviving footage of her

Newly discovered footage, published for the first time, shows doomed aviator Amelia Earhart before one of her two attempts to fly around the world.

Original Article at Time.com by: Helen Regan @hcregan

Her first attempt, made in March 1937, ended when she crashed her plane while taking off after a stop in Hawaii. During the second attempt, made three months later, Earhart vanished over the Pacific Ocean, her fate unknown to this day.

The newfound film was recorded at an airfield in Oakland, Calif., and shows a happy and smiling Earhart as she poses for photos and climbs over her plane, the Lockheed Electra L-10E, reports CNN.

The footage also shows her husband George Putman, her navigator Fred Noonan, and personal photographer Albert Bresnik. The grainy 16 mm film is believed to have been shot by Bresnik’s brother John and had sat on a shelf in his house for more then 50 years until his death in 1992.

Bresnik’s son, also called John, unearthed the film when he was going through his father’s belongings.

“I didn’t even know what was on the film until my dad died and I took it home and watched it,” Bresnik told the Associated Press. “It just always sat it in a plain box on a shelf in his office, and on the outside it said, ‘Amelia Earhart, Burbank Airport, 1937.'”

The film, now named Amelia Earhart’s Last Photo Shoot, will be released in July by the Paragon Agency alongside an 80-page book, written by Nicole Swinford.

Swindford believes the footage was shot in May 1937, days before Earhart and Noonan set off on their fateful journey.

But Richard Gillespie, executive director of the International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery, said the film was likely shot in March, before Earhart’s unsuccessful first attempt.

Earhart became the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean and was one the most celebrated figures of her day.

Read More:Is This the Uninhabited Pacific Island Where Amelia Earhart Spent Her Last Moments?

From Astonishing Legends regarding this last link, it is our opinion that the answer to that headline is NO. Listen to Part 1 and Part 2 to see where we come down.


Reviving Japan’s Dreaded and Beloved Ghosts

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Two illustrations from Matthew Meyer’s "The Hour of Meeting Evil Spirits."


Matthew Meyer

Tanuki, the badger-like, shape-shifting creatures of Japanese lore, are a rascally, impetuous bunch. In one tale, a tanuki playfully transforms into a steam train but then gets flattened by a real train coming from the opposite direction. In another, a tanuki kills an old woman and makes soup out of her, then takes her form and feeds the soup to her husband.

Fantastical monsters like the tanuki abound in Michael Dylan Foster’s “The Book of Yokai: Mysterious Creatures of Japanese Folklore” (University of California Press), one of several books about yokai that have hit American shelves this year.

In June, Zack Davisson will publish “Yurei: The Japanese Ghost” (Chin Music Press), a critical look at the history of some of Japan’s most dreaded and beloved spooks. Both are scholarly texts enlivened by images of the beasts in scroll paintings, woodblock prints and original illustrations.

Michael Goldstein’s “Yokai Character Collection” (PanAm Books) is more pictorial. It has the gruesome look and feel of a Dungeons & Dragons manual, with Japanese peeping toms and anthropomorphic umbrellas taking the place of knights and gnomes. The book’s illustrator, Chip Boles, seemed to have fun imagining what beasts like a mokumokuren, a “sliding door filled with hundreds of eyes,” and a kappa, a water demon often blamed for drowning horses and humans, might look like.


Four illustrations from Michael Dylan Foster’s “The Book of Yokai: Mysterious Creatures of Japanese Folklore.”


Shinonome Kijin

And then there’s Matthew Meyer’s forthcoming “The Hour of Meeting Evil Spirits,” an encyclopedic look at yokai that includes notes on each creature’s appearance, behavior and favorite hangouts. Mr. Meyer’s paintings combine the vibrant colors of traditional Japanese woodblock prints with references to Asian horror movies and contemporary manga. The result is a coffee-table book (self-published) that doubles as an illustrated guide, full of legends and obscure yokai trivia.

Why the recent crop of yokai books in the United States? Credit generations of Americans exposed to the creatures through a steady stream of Japanese cultural imports. Haruki Murakami has included several in his novels, while hordes have appeared in the films of Hayao Miyazaki (the clicking, bobble-headed kodama, or tree spirits, in “Princess Mononoke”; much of the cast of “Spirited Away,” which won the 2003 Oscar for best animated feature).

Even more have crept into American homes through video games and trading cards. Pokémon, the multibillion-dollar toy and video game empire, bases many of its characters on yokai. So does the most recent challenge to Pokémon’s cultural dominance, the best-selling video game and anime series “Yo-Kai Watch,” which makes no effort to hide its creative sources. All those monsters — altered and cuteified as they may be — have inspired fans to seek out the original texts.


Michael Dylan Foster


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“The students who come into the fields of Japanese literature and folklore as undergraduates are heavily influenced by popular culture,” Mr. Foster, a folklore professor at Indiana University and author of “Pandemonium and Parade: Japanese Monsters and the Culture of Yokai,” said. “They grow up with these things through anime and manga and want to know where they come from.”

Stories about yokai have been popular in Japan for centuries, from the 11th-century classic “The Tale of Genji,” in which they’re called mononoke, or “mysterious things,” to contemporary anime series. The yokai themselves are everywhere in Japan, in films and cartoons, on billboards and even on beer bottle labels. The latest yokai craze began in the 1980s and has been going strong ever since, part of a long history of booms that dates back to the Edo period (1603-1868). Last year, “Yo-Kai Watch” was the top-selling video game in Japan, and there are plans to release the game in the United States this year.

Relatively few of the thousands of texts and scholarly studies about yokai have been translated from Japanese, which makes these latest books all the more valuable to nonfluent seekers of the original tales. In “The Book of Yokai,” Mr. Foster draws from texts and folk tales dating back to Japan’s Heian period, from the works of the 10th-century writer Abe no Seimei (a midlevel bureaucrat who has been reborn in contemporary manga and anime as a young, beautifully androgynous sorcerer) to the tales of the early-20th-century scholar and avid story collector Kunio Yanagita, considered one of the founders of Japanese folklore studies.


A ghost depicted on an 18th-century scroll.


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New texts and stories are still being discovered and translated, and the abundance of source material can be a blessing and a curse for yokai researchers. How do you define a creature that can vary from period to period, or even town to town? “When I see yokai mentioned, it will often just say ‘a kappa is a so-and-so,’ ” Mr. Foster said. “So my responsibility is really to complicate that, so that people will understand that a kappa can be many different things, depending on where and when you’re speaking of it.”

There are also beasts whose stories have been lost, but whose images remain, like the tofu-kozo, a bigheaded servant boy holding a block of uncooked tofu. “There’s a number of images of that, but nobody knows why they exist,” Mr. Foster said. “It might have been an Edo period advertising campaign, but that’s all speculation.”

Among the creepiest of yokai are the yurei, spirits of the dead who look nothing like typical Western ghosts. In “Yurei: The Japanese Ghost,” Mr. Davisson, a translator of a number of classic manga, profiles several yurei. Two of the most famous are the tragic Okiku, a young girl who threw herself down a well (or was thrown) after breaking one of her master’s prized dishes, and Oiwa, a hapless wife cursed with just about the worst husband ever (she is usually depicted with her left eye dripping down her cheek, the result of her spouse’s botched attempt to kill her with poison).


An illustration by Chip Boles in Michael Goldstein’s “Yokai Character Collection.”


Chip Boles

Yurei have inspired countless paintings and illustrations over the centuries, but perhaps the most influential is Maruyama Okyo’s “The Ghost of Oyuki” (1750), a portrait that the artist made of his recently deceased lover. Her ghost — long black hair, pale clothing, no feet — appeared to him in a dream, and his painting set the visual mold for every Japanese ghost to come, from paintings and prints to Kabuki characters and horror films. “After that painting,” Mr. Davisson said, “that’s how they all looked.”

Fans love tracking these evolutions over time, as well as learning every bit of information about as many yokai as they can. This might explain why a lot of these books, scholarly or not, have the look and feel of illustrated encyclopedias, with detailed descriptions of scores of creatures.

“When you look at pop culture in Japan today, a lot of it is really based on this desire to catalog, this sort of encyclopedic imagination,” said Bill Tsutsui, a Japanologist and author of “Godzilla on My Mind: Fifty Years of the King of Monsters.”

Why do the centuries-old monsters continue to fascinate, even for readers who don’t necessarily have a collector’s bent? “There’s the mystery of the world about them,” Mr. Tsutsui said. “You get that in this folkloric sense of the past: that the real world around us is beautiful and wonderful, and yet can be really horrible, too.”

A version of this article appears in print on May 24, 2015, on page AR16 of the New York edition with the headline: Pokémon’s Spooky Ancestors. Order Reprints|Today's Paper|Subscribe

Search for MH370 Leads to Lost Shipwreck

The search for MH370 has revealed an unknown shipwreck off western Australia.

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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA—An underwater vehicle searching for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane MH370 has found a shipwreck off the coast of Western Australia in the Indian Ocean. The images taken by the automated underwater vehicle reveal an anchor, a box-shaped object, and black rocks that may be coal scattered across the seabed. The Australian Transport Safety Bureau told The Sydney Morning Herald that the wreck is uncharted. “It’s a fascinating find but it’s not what we’re looking for,” spokesperson Peter Foley said. The information will be passed on to marine archaeologists for further research.

If this Theory is Right, It's a Game Changer. Prometheus Anyone?

Is this picture a 'seed' sent to Earth by aliens? Scientists discover mysterious organism

THIS astonishing picture of an “organism” found in space has baffled scientists who think it is a “seed” sent to Earth by aliens.

University of Buckingham

Some scientists believe this is a seed sent to earth by aliens

The never-before seen image shows a microscopic metal globe spewing out biological material feared to be an infectious agent.Though the origin or purpose of the mysterious sphere is uncertain, experts say it could contain genetic material - the precursor to life.They sensationally claim it could have been designed by an intelligent species to “seed” and propagate alien life on Earth.It is the first time anything like this has been seen and points not only to the existence of extra-terrestrial life, but to complex and civilised beings watching our planet.It follows findings that DNA  capable of inserting itself into living creatures and replicating can exist in harsh space conditions.A tiny ‘plasmid’, a circular strand of DNA used in genetic engineering, was sent into space from Sweden in 2011 on the exterior of a TEXUS-49 rocket.

The mysterious organism has baffled scientists
After enduring 1,000C heat it was found to still be intact and with its biological properties when it returned to Earth.Professor Chandra Wickramasinghe director of the Buckingham Centre for Astrobiology at the University of Buckingham in England, said it is further proof of alien life.However the latest finding, by Professor Milton Wainwright and his team from the University of Sheffield and the University of Buckingham Centre for Astrobiology, could reveal a much more sinister purpose.Conjuring images as warned by H.G Wells in his 1898 novel War of the Worlds - it could have been deliberately engineered and sent to Earth to infect the planet.Professor Wainwright said the structure is made from the metals titanium and vanadium with a “gooey” biological liquid oozing from its centre.He said there are several theories as to where it came from, the first being it is a complete microorganism programmed to propagate alien life on Earth.

“It is  a ball about the width of a human hair, which has filamentous life on the outside and a gooey biological material oozing from its centre,” he said.

“We were stunned when X-ray analysis showed that the sphere is made up mainly of titanium, with a trace of vanadium.“One theory is it was sent to Earth by some unknown civilisation in order to continue seeding the planet with life.“This seeming piece of science fiction, called “directed panspermia” would probably not be taken seriously by any scientist were it not for the fact that it was very seriously suggested by the Nobel Prize winner of DNA fame, Sir Francis Crick.“Unless of course we can find details of the civilisation that is supposed to have sent it in this respect it is probably an unprovable theory.”Professor Wainwright and his team found the object in dust and particulate matter collected from the stratosphere.He sent balloons 27km into the sky to collect debris from space and isolated several particles he claims are proof of life in space.

It comes as the mysterious “ghost particle”, also found by Professor Wainwright was revealed and follows the revelation last year of the astonishing “Dragon Particle” the first of its kind to point towards proof of life in space.

Professor Wainwright said the curious orb landed on the sampler balloon it left a tiny impact crater proving it could not have gently fallen from close by.

He said: “On hitting the stratosphere sampler the sphere made an impact crater, a minute version of the huge impact crater on Earth caused by the asteroid said to have killed off the dinosaurs.

“This impact crater proves that the sphere was incoming to Earth from space, an organism coming from Earth would not be travelling fast enough when it fell back to Earth to cause such damage.

“This seems never before to have been found on Earth.”

He said one theory is the object was released deliberately to infect the human race with life-threatening diseases, another is that it travelled millions of miles on a comet.

He said: “For the moment, we are content to say that the life-containing titanium sphere came from space, possibly from a comet.

“NASA is currently sending a balloon into the stratosphere to look for life.

“Hopefully they will get the same results as we have, whether or not they acknowledge what the  team have found, or claim the discovery for themselves remains to be seen.”

The findings come as scientists in the UK and Japan launch the ISPA (Institute for the Study of Panspermia and Astroeconomics) which seeks to prove life on Earth originated from Space.

Professor Wickramasinghe, director for research at the institute has long-maintained biological material including bacteria and viruses are constantly raining down from the skies.

He said: “Mainstream science and institutions have fought against theories which expound these beliefs but now evidence from meteorites, from samples of bacteria from space and from space observation is making resistance more difficult.

“Proving that the Earth is in a constant exchange of matter with the larger cosmos would have implications not only in terms of our identity, but could also give us insight into alien viruses which may be important for our group identity, evolution and survival itself.”

Did Mom Save Her Baby from Beyond the Grave?

It's not often that a story about 4 grown adults hearing a voice that couldn't have been there makes the mainstream media, but this one sure has. All 4 of these emergency responders clearly heard an adult voice coming from this car saying, "Help Me! Help Me!"  That in itself wouldn't be so amazing but for the fact that the only living occupant in the car was a little 18 month old girl. Her mother had most likely died on impact nearly a full day earlier. Here's one of the many articles we found on it:

Rescuers Claim Mystery Voice Called to Them to Save Toddler Trapped in Car That Overturned in Utah River

Lily wasn’t moving when rescuers found her, hanging upside down in her mother’s smashed car. It had flipped over into a frigid Utah river half a day before, and the baby was still strapped in her seat.

Link to original article from KTLA via CNN Wire

As Officer Jared Warner dashed with the 18-month-old in his arms to an ambulance, she was barely alive. But she’s doing better, her family said Monday.

“Her improvement is astounding. Right now she’s watching ‘Dora (the Explorer)’ and singing ‘(The) Wheels on the Bus’ with Grandpa. She is smiling and laughing for family members. We’re blown away by Lily’s progress and so grateful to her rescuers,” they said.

Lily’s mother, Lynn Jennifer Groesbeck, died in the crash that had landed their car on its roof in the Spanish Fork River. She was 25 years old.

Lucky fishing trip

Lily might have died unseen with her mother, had a man not gone fishing in that particular spot Saturday. The angler waded into the river around noon, then noticed the car wheels-up in the water.

“Where the car was, you couldn’t see it from the roadway,” police Lt. Cory Slaymaker said.

The fisherman called emergency dispatch.

Police and fire rescuers arrived and sprang into the water. The rest of what happened is now a frenetic blur for Officer Bryan DeWitt. “I don’t remember doing anything but just doing it,” he said.

The water was so cold that, when the rescue was over, seven of the men involved had to be treated for hypothermia.

They heaved the car onto its side and saw Groesbeck in the driver’s seat. It was clear to them that she was dead.

Then they noticed the baby. “She was definitely unconscious and not responsive,” Warner said.

But she was still alive, and rescuers were delighted to see it.

Trapped 14 hours

She was still strapped into her seat, where she may have been for 14 hours, if the wreck occurred when police believe it did.

The night before, a man living nearby heard a loud crash and stepped outside to check, but he saw nothing unusual, police said, and dismissed it.

That was at about 10:30 p.m. on Friday. Groesbeck’s car had probably just struck a bridge embankment.

“The driver’s side tire went up the cement barrier on the south end of the bridge, launching this woman and her baby into the freezing water,” Slaymaker told CNN affiliate KUTV.

The angler came along around 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, 14 hours later.

How did baby survive?

Groesbeck’s death is tragic, but the survival of baby Lily is a story filled with hope.

Above all, said CNN senior medical correspondent Elizabeth Cohen, the biggest factor was the car seat.

Lily was in the proper car seat and the seat appears to have been properly attached, Cohen said.

Even though the child was trapped and upside down, her body remained in the seat and above the frigid water. Doctors say that such low temperatures are dangerous, but would be even more so if the baby were wet.

Dry cold temperatures are more survivable than wet cold temperatures, Cohen said.

Another factor may have been that the girl, as a toddler, has baby fat. If she had been an infant, it might have been a different story, Cohen said.

It’s a reminder that the human body is tough. Lily apparently survived for 14 hours in extreme cold, without food or drink.

Rescuers heard a voice

A mystery arose from the rescue: The police officers who entered the water say they heard a voice calling for help.

The mother was dead, but the officers said that they heard an adult’s voice calling to them.

“The four of us heard a distinct voice coming from the car,” Warner told CNN. “To me, it didn’t sound like a child’s voice.”

The voice gave the rescuers a surge of adrenaline needed to push the vehicle upright, he said.

The mother was dead. The child was unconscious, but her eyelids were fluttering, and the rescuers knew she was alive, Warner said.

It’s one of those things that doesn’t have an explanation, he said about the voice.

“It felt like I could hear someone telling me, ‘I need help,'” DeWitt told CNN affiliate KSL. “It was very surreal, something that I felt like I could hear.”

Tyler Beddoes, a third officer at the scene, said the same.

“Someone said ‘help me’ inside that car,” he said.

No skid marks

The river is 10 feet deep in some places, police said, but the car hit a shallower spot. Images showed it only partly covered by water. Lily was not submerged, said Police Lt. Matt Johnson.

Firefighter Paul Tomadakis freed her from the wreck. He “grabbed the baby in my arm, raised its head up out of water, as I tried to release the seat belt,” he said.

Then Warner took Lily into his arms.

“The child was passed to me and I ran up and climbed into the ambulance with the child,” he said.

Police have no explanation for the wreck. No alcohol or drugs were in play, they told WUTV. There were no skid marks leading up to the impact.

A tow truck hauled Groesbeck’s car out of the river, and it will be inspected for possible mechanical failures.

Groesbeck’s family has set up a gofundme page for donations to help with medical expenses for Lily, and funeral costs for her mother. Late Monday, it had reached more than $35,500, surpassing its goal of $8,000.

Here's a video at ABC about it as well. 

Photo: Spanish Fork City Police Department

Fugitive Treasure Hunter Nabbed in Florida After 2-Year Hunt

Jan 28, 2015, 11:07 AM ET

A fugitive treasure hunter embroiled in a legal fight over what's been described as the greatest lost treasure in American history has been arrested in Florida after more than two years on the lam, authorities said Wednesday.

Link to original article by Amanda Lee Myers with Associated Press.

The U.S. Marshals Service tracked Tommy Thompson to a hotel in Palm Beach County and arrested him Tuesday, said Brian Babtist, a senior inspector in the agency's office in Columbus, Ohio, where a federal civil arrest warrant was issued for him in 2012 for failing to show up to a key court hearing.

Babtist said Thompson was arrested along with his longtime companion, Alison Anteiker, and the two had been staying in a two-person suite at a Hilton in West Boca Raton for two years.

Thompson and Anteiker were awaiting a hearing in Florida before they would be extradited to Ohio, Babtist said.

Thompson made history in 1988 when he found the sunken S.S. Central America, also known as the Ship of Gold. In what was a technological feat at the time, Thompson and his crew brought up thousands of gold bars and coins from the shipwreck. Much of that was later sold to a gold marketing group in 2000 for about $50 million.

The 161 investors who paid Thompson $12.7 million to find the ship never saw returns from the sale. Two of them sued — a now-deceased investment firm president and the Dispatch Printing Company, which publishes The Columbus Dispatch newspaper and had invested about $1 million.

That legal battle is ongoing, and those close to Thompson say it was his undoing.

Gil Kirk, who heads a Columbus real estate firm and is a former director of one of Thompson's companies, told The Associated Press last year that Thompson never cheated anyone. Kirk said proceeds from the 2000 sale of the gold all went to legal fees and bank loans.

"He was a genius, and they've stolen his life," Kirk said of those who sued.

Thompson went into seclusion in 2006, moving into a mansion called Gracewood in Vero Beach, Florida. Six years later, after the arrest warrant was issued, Thompson vanished.

When the property's caretakers searched it soon afterward, they found prepaid disposable cellphones and bank wraps for $10,000 scattered about, along with a bank statement in the name of Harvey Thompson showing a $1 million balance, a real estate agent for the property said in court records. Harvey, according to friends, was Thompson's nickname in college.

Also found was a book called "How to Live Your Life Invisible." One marked page was titled: "Live your life on a cash-only basis."

Columbus attorney Rick Robol, who at one time defended Thompson's company, has said there's no proof Thompson stole anything. He said he's been concerned about Thompson's health, which is why he called the arrest "the best thing that can happen for everybody."

No criminal charges have been filed against Thompson, but Babtist said the treasure hunter will likely be ordered held in custody until he appears before an Ohio judge to give an accounting for the gold's sale and his actions.

"I don't imagine he's going to get any bond because he's already been a fugitive and knowingly evaded law enforcement," Babtist said. "I don't know what kind of means he has as far as money goes, but I'm sure they don't want to take any chances with him leaving the country or absconding again."

In one of the worst shipping disasters in American history, the S.S. Central America sank in a monster hurricane about 200 miles off the South Carolina coast in September 1857; 425 people drowned and thousands of pounds of California gold were lost, contributing to an economic panic.


Associated Press writer Andrew Welsh-Huggins contributed to this report from Columbus, Ohio.


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Enjoy post-turkey convalescing with Amelia Earhart Part 2!

Yes it's a holiday in the States, but we're still gonna deliver, and on top of that get ready for a conclusion to Part 1 of Amelia Earhart that is bigger than that turkey your Uncle Jack stuffed into the fryer shortly before burning himself and having to go to the hospital. End of day tomorrow we will post a TWO HOUR conclusion to Amelia's disappearance. Those of you asking us to to do a show every week can just pause this show halfway through and save the 2nd half for next week right? We didn't intend it to be so long, but condensing a 70 year old mystery with a combined total of 120 years of separate research going into multiple hypotheses down to just two hours has made us feel like a few shots of Whiskey may be in order.

If you're subscribed to our feed in iTunes, Stitcher or TuneIn, you'll see it when it goes up and if not, look for it in the iTunes store Friday.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Scott, Forrest & Ryan

Your host, visiting the U.S. home of the Mothman in 2002. #TBT

In early 2002, one of my best friends was moving from Los Angeles to New York City and we decided it would be the perfect opportunity to visit the US home of The Mothman. The movie 'The Mothman Prophecies' had just come out and I was hooked on the story. We re-routed our trip to take us to Point Pleasant, West Virginia, where in 1967 on December 15th at rush hour, the Silver Bridge collapsed, killing 46 people, 2 of whom where never found. The collapse was later attributed to the failure of a series of bolts in the super structure, but the months leading up to it where harrowing for the residents of Point Pleasant who kept seeing a strange flying creature that often harassed them. Additionally, one witness had an encounter with a man named Indrid Cold who said things telepathically to a him like, "Do not be afraid." and "My name is Cold. I sleep, breathe and bleed, even as you do."

Here I am in all my wonder, with my trusty text pager (which was easier to text with than my iPhone I might add), holding a piece of the now famous bridge.

The Singing Comet

The Huffington Post today attempted to debunk claims that Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko is transmitting radio signals and may in fact be an ancient spaceship. Post writer Michael Rundle picked up on an earlier September 29 story released on the popular UFO Sightings Daily blogsite titled: “NASA Records Radio Signals Coming From Comet 67P For Over 20 Years!” The UFO Sightings Daily story repeated claims made a week earlier in a Youtube video that is going viral allegedly showing UFOs and a radio transmission tower on Comet 67P. Rundle concludes that the claims are a sensationalist take on flimsy evidence. Is he correct?

Original Article on Examiner.com | By Michael Salla.

First, let’s start with last week’s announcement that theEuropean Space Agency’s Rosetta Mission had set November 12 as the date that its lander, Philae, would land on the 2.5 x 2.2 mile Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. The scheduled landing will be the first time that a spacecraft will have successfully landed on a comet. In 2005, Japan's Hayabusa spacecraft failed in its landing attempt on another asteroid. For astrobiologists, the landing will be an opportunity to look for and examine any organic materials on Comet 67P to assess their potential as building blocks for life. If Comet 67P is found to contain amino acids, for example, that would make it possible that comets are an effective means to disseminate organic material essential for the creation of life. This would make the comet landing a continuation of a long series of NASA and ESA missions to find where the conditions for life may be found on our solar system.

A recent photograph of the comet taken by the Rosetta spacecraft suggest another reason for the mission. According to BPEarthWatch’s Youtube video one of these photos reveals a number of UFOs flying over the surface of Comet 67P and what looks like a radio transmission tower. BP Watch also displayed an anonymous email from an alleged ESA insider who claims that the Rosetta mission was indeed established to investigate radio signals detected 20 years ago suggestive of an extraterrestrial intelligence in association with the comet. Scott Waring from UFO Sightings agreed and posted his endorsement of BPEarthWatch’s claims on September 28.

The images are too blurry to conclude anything according to Rundle, who in addition points outthat the claims fail to address a number of questions:

If the comet is emitting radio waves, why has no one else been able to tune it? If there are UFOs inside, why haven't they been caught in any detail in any of the hundreds of high-resolution photographs taken by the comet? If the radio waves were picked up by NASA, why did they leave the space mission to investigate to the European Space Agency?

While one can agree with Rundle’s assessment that the blurred objects in the photograph are inconclusive, that is not the same as saying they are NOT artificial objects. Furthermore, his questions fail to acknowledge NASA’s long history of deceiving the public over evidence of extraterrestrial life. For example, on August 19, Russian scientists announced that they had discovered microbes flourishing on the windows of the International Space Station. If true, this would show that microbial life could exist in the vacuum of space. This would revolutionize the scientific understanding of how life can be disseminated through space via comets, thereby lending critical support to the theory of Panspermia. What was NASA’s response to this significant public revelation by Russian scientists? Silence!

There are other examples of NASA deliberately muzzling evidence pointing to the existence of extraterrestrial life. Veteran scientists such as Richard Hoover, who worked for NASA for 46 years, have publicly disagreed with NASA’s muzzling which goes high up the chain of command.

In response to Rundle’s questions, it may be that NASA, with the cooperation of the European Space Agency, is again muzzling evidence of extraterrestrial life. A dissident scientist from the European Space Agency may well have leaked the truth about Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko through an anonymous email. Based on the photos released so far by the Rosetta Mission showing a tower-like structure, Comet 67P may be transmitting radio signals that were picked up as long as 20 years ago by NASA, and has UFOs flying on its surface. On the other hand, Rundle might be right, and the most we can look forward to after November 12 is that some amino acids are found on the surface of Comet 67P lending support to the theory of Panspermia.