The Greenbrier Ghost Case

The Greenbrier Ghost Case may be the only case in American History which the word of a ghost helped to solve a crime and convict a murderer. In 1897 a young woman named Elva Zona Hester Shue was found dead in her home near Greenbrier, West Virginia. Her neck was broken, and it was assumed that she fell down the stairs. However, she had been strangled by her husband, Erasmus Stribbling Trout Shue. According to local legend, after Zona was buried, her ghost came to her mother in dreams to expose the murdering husband. She said that Shue was a cruel man who abused her, and who had attacked her in a fit of rage when he believed that she had cooked no meat for dinner. He broke her neck; to prove this, the ghost turned her head around until it was facing backwards. Supposedly, the ghost appeared first as a bright light, gradually taking form and filling the room with a chill. She is said to have visited Mrs. Heaster over the course of four nights. She would awaken her mother from her sleep and explain over and over again how her husband had murdered her.

A short time later, Mary Jane went to the local prosecutor, John Alfred Preston, so that she could convince him to re-open the investigation into Zona’s death. She offered the visitations from her daughter’s spirit as evidence that a miscarriage of justice was taking place. By all accounts, Preston was both polite and sympathetic to Mrs. Heaster. The two of them spoke together for "several hours" and at the end of the meeting, Preston agreed to dispatch deputies to speak with the local doctor and coroner, Dr. George W. Knapp and a few others involved in the case. While it seems unlikely that he was willing to take another look at the case because of the statement of a ghost, the investigation did get re-opened. Local newspapers reported that Mrs. Heaster was not the only one in the community who was suspicious about Zona’s death. There were also "certain citizens" who had started to ask questions, as well as the growing "rumors in the community".
Preston himself went out to Richlands to see Dr. Knapp, who admitted that his examination of the dead woman had been incomplete. The two of them agreed that an autopsy would clear things up and would confirm or deny the lingering suspicions. It would also give them a better idea of how Zona Shue died and lift suspicions from Trout, if indeed he was innocent.

The autopsy lasted for three hours with the doctors working under the uncertain light of kerosene lanterns. The body of the dead woman was "in a near state of perfect preservation" though, thanks to the cold temperatures of February, making their work that much easier. A jury of five men had been assembled to watch the proceedings and they huddled together in the barely warm building with officers of the court, Trout Shue, Andy Jones (the boy who had found the body) and other witnesses and spectators.

The autopsy was carried out by the standard methods, which meant that an examination of the vital organs came first. After that, the doctors cut an incision along the back of the skull so that the brain could be removed. This step was not taken in the case of Zona Shue however, as the doctors quickly found what they were looking for. "We have found your wife’s neck to have been broken," one of the physicians spoke to Trout Shue. His head dropped and an expression of despair crossed over his face.

"They cannot prove that I did it," he whispered.

It may seem odd that the broken neck was not found immediately and or that it was not more evident on the skin’s surface, but doctors will tell you that this is one of the most difficult injuries to detect. It makes it harder to tell in a corpse because the human head is naturally heavy in comparison to the body. When the muscles of the dead person are relaxed, the head tends to flop about. In addition, the first vertebra is located deep inside of the neck, directly under the skull. This makes it hard to find and it would have been that much harder for rural physicians in the late 1800’s.

The autopsy findings were quite damning to Shue. A report on March 9 said that "the discovery was made that the neck was broken and the windpipe mashed. On the throat were the marks of fingers indicating that she had been choken, the neck was dislocated between the first and second vertebrae. The ligaments were torn and ruptured. The windpipe had been crushed at a point in front of the neck."

The findings were made public at once, upsetting many in the community. Shue was arrested and charged with murder. He was locked up in small stone jail on Washington Street in Lewisburg.

Zona’s mother succeeded in bringing the man to trial. The ghost’s testimony was actually admitted as evidence. Trout Shue was convicted and sent to prison for life. He died in jail in 1900. The Greenbrier Ghost is one of the rare cases where a ghost went to court. Zona’s ghost never came back once justice was done.

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Legend of Kamaitachi

Kamaitachi is a Japanese yōkai (ghost / phantom) often told about in the Kōshin'etsu region, or can also refer to the strange events that this creature causes. Kamaitachi travel and attack in threes, striking out at people from thin air. They appear riding on dust devils, and they cut people using the nails on both their hands that are like sickles. One would receive a sharp wound from it, but there is no pain. In East Japan, they are also said to be the work of a mantis or longhorn beetle's ghost. In the western parts of Japan, kamaitachi are called "kazakama", and said to slice off people's skins, and there is no pain the instants after it is scraped off, but after a while a hard to bear pain and bleeding would start to occur, and it is said that one could protect against this by obtaining an old calendar in one's hand.

Kamaitachi are most common depicted as working large as a trio of siblings. They attack their prey, one after another. The first rides upon a whirlwind, striking down the prey and disorientating it. The Second attacks with its claws, cutting deep wounds in the prey. The Third then cleans the wound by licking up the blood (In some stories it applies healing ointment). After the attack, the prey is left with clean, yet painful wounds, a great sense of confusion and fear from having no idea what just happened and lacking any food they may had been carrying on their person.
One theory about the kamaitachi’s origin is that it is only a joke: a play on words based on a sword fighting stance known as kamae-tachi. However, legends of invisible beasts that ride the wind and attack humans in a similar manner are found in all regions of Japan, and the sickle weasel remains a popular explanation for these incidents throughout the country.

"Kamaitachi" from the Kyōka Hyaku Monogatari
by Masasumi Ryūkansaijin
In the eastern part of the Aichi Prefecture, they are also called idzuna , and it is said that since an idzuna-user once forgot to tell his disciple about how to seal an idzuna, the runaway idzuna would ride on whirlwinds and attack people in order to suck their living blood. It is said that the reason why no blood comes from the wounds from a kamaitachi is because the blood is being sucked away.

In the Tōhoku region, when one receives an injury from a kamaitachi, it is said that by burning an old calendar black, and putting it upon the would opening, it would heal.

In the Yoshio District area of the Nara Prefecture, it is said that when one gets bit by a kamaitachi invisible to the human eye, one would tumble over, even though no blood comes out, there is a big opening in the flesh.

In Hida, in the Niu River basin, they are said in legends to be a company of 3 evil gods, and the first god would knock down the person, the next god would cut with a blade, and the third god would put some medicine on it which is why it has such particular characters as the fact that there no bleeding, or no pain. There are also regions that think of these three gods as parent and child, and brother weasels.

In the mountainous regions of Kōchi Prefecture and Tokushima Prefecture among other areas of West Japan, encountering sucha strange event is called "being cut by a nogama ("wild sickle")," and they are said to be the deeds of grass-cutting sickles that have been left and forgotten on fields and have ended up turning into yōkai,and they are also said to be a sickle's vengeful spirit (onryō) that has turned it into a tsukumogami (a receptacle that has turned into yōkai). In the Iya region, Tokushima Prefecture, it is said that sickles and hoes used for digging the hole in a funeral, if left for 7 days without taking it back, would turn into a nogama, and when one encounters a nogama, it is said that one should chant, "beneath the feet on the bottom-left of Buddha, is the stump of a kurotake [a specie of bamboo], and quickly became clean, but let it grow back.

Around 1890, surreal events began taking place in Japan, mainly in the area of Kamakura, Yamanouchi Ken.
Men walking in fields, at home, or in the open would suddenly feel a strong wind and be knocked over. When they stood, the victims found wounds in their legs. The injuries were narrow slits approximately 1”-1½” long and about an inch deep, and had no apparent cause. At first painless and bloodless, after about a half hour the wounds began to bleed and the pain intensified. It was also reported that the injuries were very difficult to heal. While scientists at the time attempted to explain the phenomenon, local villagers were convinced the cause was due to an invisible monster.


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The Leopard Men

In West Africa, particularly in Nigeria and Sierra Leone, a leopard cult has existed for many centuries, wherein its members, believing that they have shape-shifted into leopards, kill by slashing and mauling their human prey with steel claws and knives. And then, they drink the blood and eat the flesh of human victims as if they were truly in the form of leopards. The cultists believe that a magical elixir known as borfima, which they brew from boiling their victim’s intestines, grants them superhuman powers and enables them to transform themselves into leopards.

The Bati Yeli also known as the executioner, wears the ritual leopard mask and a leopard skin robe. It is customary that the sacrifice be performed at one of the Leopard cult’s jungle shrines, but if circumstances demand a more immediate shedding of blood, the rite may be conducted with the ceremonial two-pronged steel claw anywhere at all. Those who believe that they can shape-shift into leopards by drinking human blood and eating human flesh have fallen victim to spiritual parasites that require human sacrifice.

Illustration of Leopard Men
In the 1930's members of the Anyoto tribe belonging to a secret society of leopard men went on a killing spree in the Belgian Congo. Dressed in costumes of bark painted with black and yellow spots they stalked their enemies in the jungle slaughtering them with claw-shaped knifes.

The first serious outbreak of leopard-cult murders in Sierra Leone and Nigeria occurred shortly after World War I. Many of its members were captured and executed, and the white administrators believed that they had crushed the cult. However, the leopard men simply went underground, continuing to perform ritual murders sporadically every year over the next two decades.

In the 1940s, the leopard men became bold, and there were 48 cases of murder and attempted murder committed by the leopard cult in 1946 alone. The sacrifices continued during the first seven months of 1947, when there were 43 known ritual killings performed by the leopard cult.

Early in 1947, when District Officer Terry Wilson discovered that leopard men had begun killing young women in his jurisdiction, he raided the house of a local chief named Nagogo. In the chief’s dwelling, Wilson found a leopard mask, a leopard-skin robe, and a steel claw. Acting on a tip from an informer, Wilson ordered his police officers to dig near the chief’s house, where they found the remains of 13 victims. The chief was put in prison to await trial, and Wilson set out on a determined mission to squelch the leopard men’s reign of terror.

The native inhabitants of the region lost all confidence in the police and their ability to stop the killings by the powerful leopard men. Even some of Wilson’s men had come to believe that the cultists truly possessed the ability to shape-shift into leopards and to fade unseen into the shadows.

One night in mid-August 1947, Wilson and his 12 men hid in the jungle. And he ordered one of his best men walk on the path to a village where several slayings had taken place. However, his plan were ruined when a tall man in leopard robes charged at him with a large club. But before Wilson and the other officers could arrive on the scene, the cultist had smashed in the officer’s skull and fled into the bushes. District Officer Wilson had lost one of his best men, but as he was about to have some officers take the constable’s body to the compound he had a sudden hunch that the attacker might return to the scene of the crime. When the other officers left to search the neighboring villages, Wilson hid himself behind some bushes overlooking the trail.

Around midnight, a nightmarish figure crawling on all fours emerged from the jungle, leaped on the young constable’s corpse, and began clawing at his face like a leopard. Wilson caught the glint of a two-pronged steel claw in the moonlight. The leopard man had returned to complete the cult ritual of sacrifice. When Wilson advanced, the robed cultist snarled at him as if he were truly a leopard. When he came at him with the two-pronged claw, immediately Wilson shot him in the chest. It's obvious that they were only men, not an invincible supernatural being. Witnesses began to come forward in great numbers with clues to the identity of cult members and the possible location of a secret jungle shrine. The shrine itself was found deep in the jungle, hidden and protected by a large boulder. The cult’s altar was a flat stone slab that was covered with dark bloodstains. Human bones were strewn over the ground. A grotesque effigy of a half-leopard, halfman towered above the gory altar.

In February 1948, 73 initiated members of the cult were arrested and sent to prison. Eventually, 39 of them were sentenced to death and hanged in Abak Prison. Their executions were witnessed by a number of local tribal chiefs who could testify to their villages that the leopard men were not immortal. Although the defiant strength of the leopard men was broken in 1948, inhabitants of the region are well aware that the cult still exists as a secret society with a shrine hidden in the jungle.

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The Cheltenham Haunting

For more than 90 years, a house in Cheltenham called the Donore House (now St. Anne) which was built for Henry Swinhoe in 1860 was the site of a haunting by a female apparition. The house located on the corner of All Saints Road and Pitville Circus Road. The haunting known as the Morton Case or the Cheltenham Haunting, was investigated by Frederick W.H. Myers, one of the founders of the then fledgling Society for Physical Research (SPR), and is considered one of the best-documented hauntings in the SPR archives. The majority of the sightings occurred between 1882 and 1889, but the phantom was viewed independently by at least 17 persons.

Swinhoe's first wife died in 1866. He remarried in 1869, but his new wife, Imogen Hutchins Swinhoe, left him shortly before his death in 1876, in part because instead of giving her his first wife's jewelry, he hid it in a safe under the living room floor. Imogen, who died two years after her husband, never returned to the house while she was still alive; however, she is thought to be the one who returned to haunt the house.

After Mr. Swinhoe's death, the house's next lessee, a Mr. L., died six months after moving in. The Cheltenham house sat empty for the next four years. Until April 1882, retired Army captain Frederick William Despard, aged fifty-three, his forty-six-year-old wife Harriet, together with their seven children, Freda (20), Rosina (19), Edith (18), Lillian (15), Henry (16), Mable (13) and Wilfred (6), moving in. They moved from Lansdown Road in Cheltenham, the town where they had been living for the previous half dozen or so years. 

Donore House (Now St. Anne)
Although paranormal phenomena had apparently occurred earlier, hauntings now began in earnest, with 19-year-old Rosina Despard (later Rosina Morton) being the one who most often saw the spectre: a tall woman, dressed in black, holding a handkerchief over part of her face (which made positive identification impossible). The ghost often passed down the stairs; she almost always paused in the living room before moving down the hall to the door to the garden, where she disappeared. On at least one occasion, one of the Despard daughters saw her in the garden. The phantom appeared to be solid and aware of her surroundings (moving around furniture, for example), but she never acknowledged anyone's attempt to communicate with her.

Eventually, almost everyone in the household saw the figure, including, apparently, the family dogs, who often howled or shrank in fear even when no apparition was visible. In addition to the human apparition, the house experienced the traditional knocks and bumps in the night.

In 1885, the Despard home was investigated by Frederic W.H. Myers of the Society for Psychical Research. (Rosina had published her own experiences in the society's journal the previous year.) At Myers's suggestion, Rosina attempted to take photographs of the spirit, but none produced a recognizable image.

Sightings slowed after 1887 and stopped completely two years later. The Despards moved in 1893. After a boys'school leased the property in 1898, the ghost returned, sometimes appearing in daylight to walk from the garden and down a path. The school closed shortly thereafter, and until the house was renovated and converted into apartments in 1973, no tenant stayed at the property for more than a few years (although ghost sightings were never given as a reason for departure). Interestingly, ghosts have been seen elsewhere in Cheltenham, and at least two were similar to the Despard apparition. All of these phantoms appeared in structures dating back to the time that the Despards lived in Cheltenham.

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The Rain of Blood Phenomenon

The rain of blood or the Blood rain is an unusual events and considered bad omens in Antiquity, and this belief persisted through the Middle Ages and well into the Early modern period. Occurrences of blood rain throughout history are distributed from the ancient, to the modern day. The earliest literary instance is in Homer's Iliad, in which Zeus twice caused a rain of blood, on one occasion to warn of slaughter in a battle. The same portent occurs in the work of the poet Hesiod, writing around 700 BC; The author John Tatlock suggests that Hesiod's story may have been influenced by that recorded in the Iliad. The first-century Greek biographer Plutarch also recounts a tradition of a rain of blood during the reign of Romulus, founder of Rome. Roman authors Livy and Pliny record some later cases of blood rain, with Livy describing it as a bad portent.

In July 1841 enslaved workers in a field in Wilson County, Tennessee, reported that just before noon a small red cloud suddenly appeared in an otherwise clear sky; from the cloud fell a shower of “blood,muscular fibre, adipose matter,” in the words of a local physician,W. P. Sayle, who examined it at the site. Enclosing some samples, Sayle wrote to a professor of chemistry at the University of Nashville:

"The particles I send you I gathered with my own hands. The extent of surface over which it spread and the regular manner it exhibited on some green tobacco leaves, leave very little or no doubt of its having fallen like a shower of rain. . . . I have sent what I think to be a drop of blood, the other particles composed of muscle and fat, although the proportion of the shower appeared to be a much larger quantity of blood than of other properties."

Another physician, G.W. Bassett of Virginia, recounted this event in the spring of 1850 in a letter to a colleague:

"About four p.m. yesterday, being Good Friday, a small cloud passed over Mr. Chas. H. Clarke and several of my servants, a few paces from the south bank of the Pamunkey River in the lower end of Hanover County, Virginia, on the estate called Farmington, and discharged around the parties, over a surface of something less than a rood of ground, various pieces of flesh and liver, too well defined in each sort to allow any mistake in their character. I gathered this morning from the spot, from four to six ounces, distributed over the above-mentioned surface. The pieces picked up at the remotest points, in a line from N.W. to S.E.,were about 25 paces from each other. One would weigh near an ounce. The direction of the cloud was from N.E. to S.W., as described by Mr. Clarke,who is a gentleman of intelligence and established credibility. Mr. Brown, with myself, visited the spot this morning and all aided in picking up 15 to 20 pieces which I have by me at this moment and from which I send you a sample and desire it may be passed over to Dr. Gibson, that he may ascertain what sort of flesh it is. The flesh and liver are in a perfect state at this moment and the latter part I shall put in alcohol for the future inspection of the curious."

A similarly grisly rain is said to have taken place the previous February 15 in Simpson County,North Carolina,where pieces of flesh, liver, brains, and blood, all looking fresh, fell out of a red cloud and splattered over an area thirty feet wide and 250 to 300 yards long.

According to the San Francisco Herald of July 24, 1851, blood and flesh, with pieces ranging in size from a pigeon’s egg to a small orange, descended in a two- to three-minute shower on an Army station at Benicia, California, covering a spot of ground thirty yards wide and 300 yards long.

One Sunday in July 1869 blood reportedly fell out of a clear sky and landed on two acres of a corn field near Los Angeles. Those who saw it — a funeral party that included members of the clergy — had no doubt that the substance was blood. Not only was it a thick, vivid red, but it contained hairs and portions of organs. It is easier to believe that stories like these are wholly fictitious than it is to credit complacent assertions that the fallen material was really water colored from dust or plant matter. Here, after all, we have rational, educated witnesses.

These,moreover, are not the only such stories. A vividly red and bloodlike rain during a storm on October 16 and 17, 1846, caused widespread terror among French witnesses. A chemist who studied the material under a microscope noted a “great quantity of corpuscles.” Rather more specifically, after a red stuff rained on Messignadi, Calabria, the Italian Meteorological Bureau identified it as bird’s blood.

On March 8, 1876, “flakes of meat” came down out of the sky to land on a Bath County,Kentucky, field, and one brave witness tasted a “perfectly fresh” sample. It reminded him, according to Scientific American (March 1876), of “mutton or venison.” This widely reported event sparked some considerable controversy and soon fell victim to two conventional, contradictory, and unconvincing explanations.

One was that the material was nostoc (blue-green algae) that had been there on the ground all along but sprouted in the wake of a rain; in fact, the sky was clear during the fall. The second averred the material to be buzzard vomit, even though it fell in thick volume, consisted of numerous flakes from one to four inches square, and covered ground, trees, and fences on a strip of land 100 yards long and fifty yards wide.

In 1888, after a red rain fell on the Mediterranean region on two occasions twelve days apart, samples were burned, leaving a strong and persistent “odor of animal matter,” according to the French scientific journal L’Astronomie.

A rare 20th-century instance was recorded in Sao Paulo,Brazil, newspapers on August 30, 1968, describing a meat and blood shower on two small towns between Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. According to a terse statement from a law-enforcement officer:

"The pieces of flesh were found lying at distances of half a meter apart, their size varying between lengths of 5 cm. and 20 cm. The meat was of a spongy texture and violet in color, and was accompanied by drops of blood. The sky at the time was quite clear. No aircraft had been seen just prior to, during, or after the event, nor were there any birds in the sky."
On 25 July to 23 September 2001, the rain of blood phenomenon occurred on Kerala - known as The Kerala red rain phenomenon - when heavy downpours of red-coloured rain fell sporadically on the southern Indian state of Kerala, staining clothes pink. Yellow, green, and black rain was also reported. Coloured rain was also reported in Kerala in 1896 and several times since, most recently in June 2012.

Following a light microscopy examination, it was initially thought that the rains were coloured by fallout from a hypothetical meteor burst, but a study commissioned by the Government of India concluded that the rains had been coloured by airborne spores from locally prolific terrestrial algae.

It was not until early 2006 that the coloured rains of Kerala gained widespread attention when the popular media reported that Godfrey Louis and Santhosh Kumar of the Mahatma Gandhi University in Kottayam proposed a controversial argument that the coloured particles were extraterrestrial cells. Blood rains were also reported from 15 November 2012 to 27 December 2012 occasionally in eastern and north-central provinces of Sri Lanka, where scientists from the Sri Lanka Medical Research Institute (MRI) are investigating to ascertain their cause

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300-Million-Years-Old Screw Found In Russia

In 1998, Russian scientists examined a piece of rock which enclosed an iron screw when they were investigating an area 300 km southwest of Moscow on the remains of a meteorite. Geologists estimate that the age of the rock is 300-320 million years. At that time there were not only intelligent life forms on earth, not even dinosaurs did not appear on its surface. Scientists initially thought that the screw was in a farm machine. But the screw was firmly fixed in the rock.

This finding has been studied intensively in various scientific institutions of Russia - from geologists, physicists, paleontologists, mineralogists and proved that the screw was in the sediment before it is mounted on a rock. All experts who examined this artifact are convinced that the screw has been artificially constructed and not a product of a natural process. Evidence shows that the iron atoms of the screw and the silicon atoms of the rock have in fact spread and fused, suggesting the screw is by no means a recent addition to the rock.

The 300 Million Years Old Screw

X-ray studies also ruled out the possibility that it is a fossil crinoidea trunk, because its size is larger than the specimens of marine animals.


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Mysterious Shining Whirlpool at Wedi Ombo Beach

Residents around Wedi Ombo Beach, Girisubo, Gunung Kidul in Central Java, Indonesia, startled by the appearance of a whirlpool which emits light from the middle of the ocean. The mysterious light appear for two consecutive days since Sunday (11/09/2014). Sunu Handaka Bayu, one of the members of Search and Rescue Teams of Wedi Ombo Beach, said that the first light was seen by Sudadi. At that time, Sudadi, which is also the SAR Team personnel, was on guard and saw a whirlpool in the middle of the ocean with shiny white light.

According to Sunu, the location of the whirlpool is about 500 meters from the beach. Shaped like a top, in the form of a vortex that emit great white light. On Monday night (11/10/2014) the strange phenomenon reappeared. This time it appears around 07:30 pm until 09:00 pm. "At first, local residents who have not seen it does not believe, then the second day when it appears again they were shocked because they never seen it before," he said.

Aerial view of Wedi Ombo Beach
After the mysterious shining whirlpool appear for two days, on Tuesday night, the SAR team and local residents including some journalists deliberately waiting at Wedi Ombo Beach. However, until 21:00 pm, it does not appear again.

In fact, after coordination with the other SAR team, near Wedi Ombo Beach, two days ago, none of them were saw the white light from the sea. "So, the mysterious light only appear on Wedi Ombo Beach because the other SAR team did not see it," he said.

Until now, the mysterious events can not be explained scientifically. Some species of single-celled plankton called dinoflagellates glowing when disturbed. Tide, storm, swimming marine life and ships passing by can cause large amounts of plankton to produce light simultaneously. However, the light which produced by the plankton does not too bright.


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The Rossendale Fairies

John Hyatt, 53, a man who being dubbed the Fairy Godfather has taken photographs of what he claims are fairies while out photographing the Rossendale Valley in Lancashire over the last two years. John, who lives in Rawtenstall, has posted some of his fairies images on social media and says they have sparked much debate. He also opened his "Rossendale Fairies" exhibition at the Whitaker Museum. Interestingly, he has been touched by the supportive messages and photos taken in Argentina, Finland and France, from others also claiming to have spotted the tiny mystical creatures.

Mr. Hyatt - a member of the Three Johns punk / indie band in the 1980s and 1990s, and now Director of Manchester Institute for Research and Innovation in Art and Design (MIRIAD) at Manchester Metropolitan University - insists the photographs have not been altered in any way. "It was a bit of a shock when I blew them up, I did a double take," he said."They're very small winged human forms dancing in the sunlight. I went out afterwards and took pictures of flies and gnats and they just don't look the same. People can decide for themselves what they are. The message to people is to approach them with an open mind. I think it's one of those situations where you need to believe to see. A lot of people who have seen them say they have brought a little bit of magic into their lives and there's not enough of that around. Everything gets stereotyped, whatever it is. But there are stranger things in life than fairies, and life grows everywhere." 

The Rossendale Fairies photographed by John Hyatt
They attracted sceptical comment from some quarters. Entomologist Erica McLaughlin, writing in the British Natural History Museum's NaturePlus Blog, suggested that the photos showed a small species of fly known as "midges", writing that these tiny insects "form mating swarms where the male will 'dance' around trying to attract the opposite sex. They have delicate wings and long legs which dangle down."

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The Titan's Magic Island

Recently a mysterious ‘magic island’ has appeared out of nowhere in radar images of Ligeia Mare, the second-largest sea on Saturn's moon Titan. NASA's Scientists spotted the object in an image taken by Nasa's Cassini probe last year as it swung around the alien moon, more than a billion kilometres from Earth. Pictures of the same spot captured nothing before or some days later.

Since 2004 Cassini space probe has been exploring the Saturnian system. Prior to July 2013 the Titan's hydrocarbon sea had appeared flat and completely devoid of features, including waves. Then the enigmatic object, dubbed ‘magic island’ by scientists, suddenly materialised - only to vanish away in later images.
A photo from July 2013 of the mysterious 'magic island'
 transient feature in Ligeia Mare (circled in red),
acquired by the Cassini probe

Planetary scientist Jason Hofgartner, from Cornell University in New York City, said: ‘This discovery tells us that the liquids in Titan's northern hemisphere are not simply stagnant and unchanging, but rather that changes do occur.

‘We don't know precisely what caused this 'magic island' to appear, but we'd like to study it further.’


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Long Island's Mysterious Object

In November 2013, a mysterious object seen falling from the sky which left a white trail as it plummeted to the ground between Patchogue and Sayville. At that time, Marc Rubin, a bicyclist, and other witnesses saw a white ball falling from the sky over either Patchogue and Sayville Monday and took 2 photos. He said, the unidentified falling object has a sort of curlicue tail at the top and came straight down at a 90 degree angle.

Suffolk County Police also received several 911 calls and reports of a downed planes. Based on the report, police looked for a crash and found nothing. Kevin Fallon, a Police Deputy Chief told NBC New York that the department’s helicopter pilots believe that it was some type of model rocket or a flare.
A falling object with its white tail
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In the 19th century, 24 wooden artifacts were found on Easter Island carved with unknown language / undeciphered symbol or glyph, some heavily weathered, burned, or otherwise damaged . The writing system known as Rongorongo inscription. The artifacts were collected in the late of 19th century and are now scattered in museums and private collections. Unfortunately, none of them still remain on Easter Island. Many believe they represent a lost system of writing or proto-writing and could be one of just three or four independent inventions of writing in human history. Until now, the mysterious glyphs remain undecipherable, and their true messages may be lost forever.
Wooden object with Rongorongo inscription

The word rongorongo came from the Polynesian island of Mangareva, and was applied to the script carved on staves or tablets used as mnemonic devices in the ritual chanting by the so-called rongorongo men. These were men who competed in an annual ritual associated with the birdman cult, which is connected to the deity Makemake.

The objects are mostly tablets shaped from irregular pieces of wood, sometimes driftwood, but include a chieftain's staff, a bird-man statuette, and two reimiro ornaments. There are also a few petroglyphs which may include short rongorongo inscriptions. Oral history suggests that only a small elite was ever literate and that the tablets were sacred.

Several scholars have tried to decipher the script but as yet without complete success, hindered by the small number of tablets. It appears to be a writing system which mixes ideographs (where each concept is represented by a symbol) with a phonetic alphabet.

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