The chaplain then explained how he had spoken with the dead man’s wife, who related a vivid dream she’d had that night of her husband standing next to her bed, apologizing and explaining that he had been in a car accident, and that his car was in a ditch where it could not be seen from the road...They recovered the body 20 minutes later. Most scholars have no idea what to do with such poignant, powerful stories, other than to dismiss them with lazy words like "anecdote" or "coincidence."...We should put these extreme narratives, these impossible stories, in the middle of our academic table. I would also like to make a wager, here and now, that once we put these currently rejected forms of knowledge on our academic table, things that were once impossible to imagine will soon become possible not only to imagine but also to think, theorize, and even test. Professor Jeffrey Kripal
explains why the humanities needs to expand its field of acceptable topics for investigation.
The Lead Masks Case
is the name given to a bizarre incident in August of 1966 in which two Brazilian television repairmen were found dead of unknown causes, wearing radiation-proof lead eye masks and raincoats, on a hilltop just outside the city of of Niterói in Rio de Janeiro. Along with a bizarre note
left by one of the men which reads (in English), "16:30 (04:30 PM) be at the agreed place. 18:30 (06:30 PM) swallow capsules, after effect, protect metals, wait for mask signal," the unusual circumstances have prompted decades of speculation. [more inside]
has passed away at the age of 82
. He rose to fame in the 50s
with The Outsider
, which made him a figure amongst Britain's Beat movement and Angry Young Men
. His writing has spanned the fiction and non-fiction, with an interest in the paranormal and the occult, his thoughts on which he blended with HP Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos to produce The Mind Parasites
. A TV series based on his The Space Vampires, also the basis for the movie Lifeforce
), is currently planned
. Wikipedia page
, 2004 Guardian interview
, Times Obituary
Ever watch one of those shows set in a town with odd happenings (ie, Gravity Falls
, Twin Peaks), and wish you could listen to their community AM radio station?
Welcome to Nightvale [Podcast]
has you covered. [more inside]
In 1973 and 1975, two one-hour television documentaries aired in the US: In Search of Ancient Astronauts
) and In Search of Ancient Mysteries
). The same producers also put out The Outer Space Connection
) in 1975. All were narrated by Twilight Zone's Rod Serling
. In 1976 a series was developed. Since Serling had passed away in 1975, popular actor Leonard Nimoy was chosen as host. In Search of...
ran for six seasons, from 1976 - 1982, and was devoted to discussing unusual mysteries and phenomena. All 144 episodes can be seen on YouTube. Playlists: Seasons 1 and 2
. Seasons 3 and 4
. Seasons 5 and 6
On October 21, 1978, 20-year-old Frederick Valentich
climbed into his Cessna 182L airplane and took off from Moorabbin Airport in Melbourne. He was never seen again. [more inside]
Do we live in a world where there is magic and meaning, or is it all just chance?
Radiolab meets two young women who share a nearly unbelievable story of coincidence and fate. Then they consult with statisticians for a very different take on the same story.
This short audio documentary is charming and delightful. A Lucky Wind
won a Best Documentary: Honorable Mention Award in the 2009 Third Coast / Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition as well as the 2009 AAAS Kavli Science Journalism Award (Radio Documentary). [more inside]
Fortean author John Keel
passed away last Friday at the age of 79. [more inside]
But remember, talking to the dead can be dangerous.
"All peoples of earth posess this natural ability," says Nicole Zapruder, who has been communicating with the dead since she was 4 years old. People aren't disputing her ability to use the Grey Walter-Berger Neurophysical Construct for communicating with the dead. They're asking her not to share it online because the technique is too dangerous. [more inside]
Between 1981 and 1984, the first network for kids broadcast an unusual show called THE THIRD EYE [more inside]
James Randi to end the Million Dollar Challenge in 2010.
Nobody's won it in 10 years, and the money would work better if it wasn't tied up waiting for the impossible. Many have tried, none have succeeded.... and just so this isn't a single link, here's Randi owning Uri Geller
, and Randi owning James Hydrick (using only styrofoam!) [YouTube links]
Henry Steel Olcott
is best known as one of the founders of the Theosophical Society
, along with Helena Blavatsky
. He died 100 years ago. [more inside]
, a runaway who was finally buried 80 years after his death. Visit with the Orviss family in their spacious mausoleum
. Don’t mind the whispers
; there’s no reason to be superstitious
. It’s just Calvert
If you watched a lot of television in
the 70's, you'll recognize this ad
An authoritative baritone informs us of a startling new motion
picture about psychic
, the Bermuda
fittingly, a sequel
Shroud of Turin
, or Noah's
. "Showing for one weekend only!" (More beyond the door...)
Fed up with old-fashioned boards and planchettes? Want to contact spirits the 21st century way? Try iPod Ouija
. (not responsible for any possessions or nightmares. try at own risk.)
displays nine exhibits featuring over a hundred specimens. It is supported by the Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal
, the group responsible for Skeptical Inquirer
magazine. The John Zaffis Museum of the Paranormal
, on the other hand, is a creepy
of provocative pieces
, the curator, also runs the Paranormal Research Society of New England
, where he offers his services as a ghostbuster, as well as handy tips
for the DIY crowd. So, who's got more cred?
In the wake of Vietnam, the US military were demoralised and prey to some fairly crazy ideas.
They thought they could train 'super soldiers' with psychic powers. In this first extract from his revealing new book, Jon Ronson describes how their aspirations were perverted in the prisons of Iraq. [from The Guardian]
You may not have heard of Jansenism.
But on May 1, 1727
one of its more prominent members, Francois de Paris, died. He was a popular fellow for his charitable works and lots of people visited his tomb. That's when things got weird. At first it was just a bunch of people claiming to have been cured of things like "cancerous tumors, paralysis, deafness, arthritis, rheumatism, ulcerous sores, persistent fevers, prolonged hemorrhaging, and blindness."
Then things started to get really weird
...The mourners also started to experience strange involuntary spasms or convulsions...the 'convulsionaires,' as they came to be called, displayed...the ability to endure without harm an almost unimaginable variety of physical tortures....
These events lasted years and were witnessed by thousands as well as commented on by the likes of David Hume and Voltaire. Louis-Basile Carre de Montgeron investigated it for the Paris Parliment and published La Vérité des Miracles
in three volumes detailing the events. The tortures were asked for by the convulsionaires. Montgeron details one time when while having an iron drill hammered into a convulsionaire's stomach he, "maintained an 'expression of perfect rapture,' crying, 'Oh, that does me good! Courage, brother; strike twice as hard, if you can!'"
:: spend a rainy Saturday afternoon learning how to bend forks with your mind. Sort of.
There's a Ghost in King Henry's Court
and it was caught on film
"Security staff heard alarms ringing near an exhibition hall, indicating fire doors had been opened. But on investigation they found the doors closed.
Perplexed, they examined CCTV footage and that is when it got spooky.
The cameras showed the heavy doors popping open but no one there. Then, suddenly, the long-coated figure appeared and slammed the doors shut."
TV series is officially over. Two years too late, probably. But the finale definately is in my list of favorite episodes. What are some of yours?
How is this possible?
I know there must be a sensible explanation for why this 'ESP experiment' works every time, but I certainly can't figure it out. Anyone? Other 'ESP' tests
and the like leave me a bit cold, but this made my brain hurt, and that can't be all
Since 1995, a growing number of researchers have hunted ghosts across 4 states as South Jersey Ghost Research
. Their website claims a long list
of equipment. Are they huckstering hoaxers or the real deal? A 1999 New York Times article
didn't make the call. What's everyone's opinion?
Belief in Astrology up 3% to 28% and belief in ghosts up 13% to 38%. I find the new Gallup Poll
on Americans' Belief in Psychic and Paranormal Phenomena depressing, but not surprising. Aren't we supposed to be headed in the other direction?
they described a burning sensation on the arm
, and others felt something touch their face and tug at their clothes
. No, this is not some S&M fantasy. It's ghosts in Edinburgh. Scientists are looking into it.
Great bunch of
mysterious ghost pictures collected by ghosthunter Dale Kaczmarek.