Mysterious Ice Circle of Lake Baikal

On 2009, a mysterious phenomenon on the lake occurred, when strange, huge circles with diameters of up to 4.4 km started to appear in the ice of Russia’s Lake Baikal during particularly cold months. The bizarre circular ice formations were first spotted by astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS) and their discovery immediately ignited speculation as to their cause. They charted the progress of the circles when they first appeared on April 5 until April 27 when the ice was beginning to split apart.

Lake Baikal is in a rift valley and is the largest (by volume) and deepest (5,400ft) fresh water lake on Earth. The World Heritage site is also one of the world’s oldest lakes aged between 25 to 30million years old. Sediment deposited on the bottom is up to 4.3 miles deep. This lake is the only confined freshwater lake in which direct and indirect evidence of gas hydrates exists. 

Circle of thin ice with diameter of 4.4 km
The two circles are the focal points for ice break-up and may be caused by upwelling of warmer water in the lake. The dark color of the circles is due to thinning of the ice, which usually hangs around into June. Circles have been seen in that area before in 1985 and 1994, though they weren’t nearly as pronounced. 

It is currently believed that the ice circles are the result of methane gasses gurgling up from the bottom and resulting in swirling warm water currents that then formed the circular formations on the lake ice.

Ice cover changes rapidly at this time of year on the Russian lake and can melt and freeze overnight. Scientists believe a spurt of warm water rose to the surface creating the distinctive pattern but are puzzled by the source of heat. Hydrothermal activity and high heat flow has been observed in other parts of the lake but one of the circles appeared near the southern tip, over relatively deep - normally cold - water.


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The Moselle Shoals

Just north of Bimini, the Moselle Shoal (Moselle Reef) presents another supposedly mysterious site for divers to investigate. Lying at the same depth, 19 feet, as the Bimini Road, and approximately 5 miles further away to the northeast, Moselle Shoals is a jumbled collection of squared, granite "columns," resembling the collapsed ruin of a temple or public edifice of some kind, which some theorists insist are the remnants of a lost civilization called Atlantis. This manmade appearance is enhanced by a total absence of any other stones, megalithic or otherwise, on the sea bottom. At about 30 feet across and perhaps 200 feet long, the "ruin" approximates the dimensions and configuration of an elongated building.
Stone on Moselle Shoals northeast of Bimini

One explorer-author, Richard Wingate, has written "The Lost Outpost of Atlantis", in which he describes evidence of human engineering in the blocks. More significantly, he claimed that many of these blocks were not only regular in shape, with right angles and smooth surfaces, but that they also bore evidence of circular bore holes which regularly penetrated their entire width, depth or length for anything up to twelve feet. Strangest of all was his claim that some granite blocks possessed five-sided bore-holes which appeared to turn as they passed through the solid rock, rather like the barrelling of a rifle. Although the Moselle Shoals lies in the same waters with the Bimini Road, but the structures are wholly unlike one another, they may share a common Atlantean identity. However, some less sanguine theorists have concluded that the granite blocks are ballast from galleons.


Earth's Catastrophic Past and Future: A Scientific Analysis of Information Channeled by Edgar Cayce written by William Hutton, Jonathan Eagle

The Atlantis Encyclopedia by Frank Joseph;

The Rough Guides to The Bahamas by Natalie Folster, ‎Gaylord Dold

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Lawndale Incident

The Lawndale incident is among the most important avian cryptozoological events ever to have been investigated. It is a modern, real life enactment of a kind of episode portrayed in folklore all over the world: the attempted abduction ofa child by a Thunderbird. Its status was recently reinforced when it was highlighted on the 1998 Yorkshire Television/Discovery Channel series on cryptids, Into the Unknown.

On July 25, 1977, as ten-year-old Marlon Lowe played outside his family home along open fields near Kickapoo Creek, two giant birds passed over. One suddenly swooped down to grab the boy, carrying him a few feet before dropping him, apparently because of his frightened mother's screams. The incident occurred in front of seven witnesses, all of whom described exactly the same thing:two huge, coal-black birds with long, white-ringed necks, long curled beaks, and wingspans of ten or more feet.

Jerry Coleman of Decatur, Illionis, was able to interview Marlon and his parents, jake and Ruth Lowe, within hours of the incidents. Two years later, he conducted a follow-up interview, this time accompanied by his brother loren. In 1996, Jerry Coleman, accompanied by a crew from Yorkshire Television, spoke again with Marlon and his mother.

"I'll always remember how that huge thing was bending its white ringed neck," Ruth Lowe remarked. It "seemed to peck at Marlon as it was flying away." Though she compared the bird's size to that of an ostrich, she said it looked like a condor. 
Illustration of Unknown Giant Bird Carrying Marlon Lowe

After the incident she spent many hours in the library trying to identify the bird, without success. She rejected a local sheriff's speculation that it had been no more than a turkey vulture. "I was standing at the door, and all I saw was Marlon's feet dangling in the air," she recalled, adding the obvious: "There just aren't any birds around here that could lift him up like that."

Several other incidents followed quickly in the wake of the one at Lawndale. Sightings occurred in late July and early August 11, in southwestern Illionis, near Odin, the 1977 series of Thunderbird sightings publicly ceased.

Viewed by some as a tall tale, from the beginning, the Lawndale Thunderbird was compared to an Andean condor, because the descriptions given by the witnesses of these birds match that of an Andean condor: a large black bird, with a white ringed neck and a wingspan up to 10 feet (3 m). Due to the size, speculation next ran to a surviving population of Teratorns to take into account the long history of Thunderbird sightings, and the three principal migration routes: (1) out West, (2) up and down between the Ozarks, through Illinois, into the Wisconsin Dells, and (3) from the Balds in the Carolinas north along the Appalachian Mountains. However, an Andean condor's talons are not strong enough to lift heavy objects. Loren Coleman and his brother Jerry interviewed several witnesses after the reported event. 
Officials had begun telling the newspapers that people were seeing turkey vultures and letting their imaginations run away with them. The Lowe report, impossible to square with turkey vultures, was dismissed out of hand. As public ridicule was setting in, witnesses grew quiet about what they were seeing.

Cryptozoology A-Z: "The Encyclopedia of Loch Monsters, Sasquatch, Chupacabras, and Other Authentic Mysteries of Nature by Loren Coleman & Jerome Clark

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Joliet The Cursed Doll

According to legend, for four generations the women in Anna G’s family have been cursed to keep up a cruel tradition. Each daughter gives birth to two children, a boy and a girl. In each case, the son mysteriously dies on its third day of life. Anna’s been told that a doll named Joliet was given to her then-pregnant great-grandmother by a vengeful friend. Soon after, her great-grandmother gave birth to a boy, only to have it die on day three. It's also believed that the doll would then capture the souls of the deceased children in its body, and it would then be heard crying. The family believes that each spirit of the boy children is cursed to inhabit the doll until Judgment Day. 
In August 1945, the doll did the first paranormal thing. It giggled as the owner's cat walked by her feet. Family pets always hid, and wanting to stay away from the doll.

Anna said, she lost her only son at three days old from mysterious circumstance in the hospital. Her mother lost her Son the same way as did her Grandmother and Great Grandmother. The sound of infants crying and screaming come from the doll. It can be heard quite clearly. She said, her family have not tried to get rid of it because they know the souls of their lost sons are trapped inside and do not want them to come to any harm. It is a haunted curse that her family bares.

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Mysterious Sleeping Epidemic In Krasnogorsk

In the Soviet era, Krasnogorsk was a secret and 'closed' uranium mining town run directly from Moscow. In those days, the population was 6,500, but now it is ghost town. Scientists are struggling to identify the cause of a 'sleeping epidemic' (encephalitis) among the 130 remaining residents and in the nearby village of Kalachi in Kazakhstan (pop. 680), which causes victims to doze off for up to six days at a time. Weakness, drowsiness, dizziness and memory loss are also symptoms. There are even fears that an elderly man was buried alive before the epidemic was diagnosed. The illness was allegedly first reported in March 2013, and has come in a number of waves - for example in May 2013, New Year 2014, and May 2014. About 60 people have been affected so far. Some residents even keep bags packed in case they need to be whisked to hospital. The epidemic is thought to have some connection to the disused uranium mine nearby, but what that connection might be is a mystery. Almost 7,000 experiments have been conducted, with everything tested from loca vodka to radiation, and including analyses of soil, water, air, blood, hair and nails. So far, all have come back inconclusive.

Two children who have suffered the sleep epidemic were struck by hallucinations. Misha Plyukhin told how he saw light bulbs and horses flying around him, and then saw his mother with eight eyes and a trunk. Then he recalled snakes and worms in his beds, eating his arms. Rudolf Boyarinos saw something too, but he does not remember. His relatives say four of them had to calm him when he shouted 'monsters!'. The boys are back at school but seem to struggle to cope with their studies while adults report headaches and memory loss.

Abandoned Uranium Mines in Krasnogorsk
Local speculate that the problem arises after a sudden rise in temperature, but this has not been corroborated. While some scientists claim uranium gas evaporates from the mine, other claim it has seeped into local rivers.

Dr. Kabdrashit Almagambetov, chief physician in the district capital Esil, treated Alexander Pavlyuchenko, who fell into a long slumber while on a visit to the local cemetery. He awoke insisting he had been on a fishing expedition. "When the patient wakes up, he will remember nothing," said Dr. Almagambetov. "The story is same each time - weakness, slow reactions, then fast asleep. Sadly, the nature of this condition is still unknown. We have excluded infections, we checked blood and spine liquid, nothing is there." Radon gas is seen as a possible cause, but the doctor is sceptical. They have discounted underground gas and the local mobile phone mast. They tested homes for radon gas. Tests on high radiation levels, heavy metal salts, bacteriological and viral tests have proved negative. He said, the patient wake up a maximum in one hour after hospitalized. These people sleep for two day to six days, so what is the concentration of this gas then? And why does one person fall asleep and somebody who lives with him does not?

Scientists in Tomsk say they are convinced it is from a very different cause. Kazakhstan's Environmental Protection and Water Resources Minister Nurlan Kapparov pledged few months ago to discover what caused the encephalitis outbreak in residents. So far, it remains unsolved, with the Tomsk scientists so far unable to travel to Kazakhstan.

Fortean Times Magazine Vol. 316 July 2014: "Strange Days - The Big Sleep...";

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The Stone Spheres of Costa Rica

The Stone Spheres of Costa Rica also known as Las Bolas (petrospheres) are believed to have been first created around the year 600, with most dating to after 1,000 but before the Spanish conquest, ranging in size from 2ft 4in to 8ft 5in (70-256cm) - that dot the sites. Including those on the Isla del Cano, there are over 300 of these orbs, some weighing up to 16 tons. Most are sculpted from gabbro or granodiorite, a coarse grained equivalent of basalt; a dozen or so are made from coquina, a hard material similar to limestone formed from a shell and sand in beach deposits, and another dozen from sandstone. However, no one actually knows how the orbs were made or why. The only method available for dating the carved stones is stratigraphy, but most stones are no longer in their original locations. These Costa Rica’s iconic stone spheres have been recognized for their value to World Heritage by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The UNESCO listing only applies to balls with a diameter of 70 cm or larger and its unclear how or if it will affect the many spheres that have been removed from Costa Rica. Of more than 300 recorded petrospheres found in the southern region about a dozen remain in their original context, according to an educated estimate by John W. Hoopes, an archaeologist whose research contributed to the UNESCO listing.


The Stone Sphere of Costa Rica at the Museo Nacional in San José

The spheres are commonly attributed to the extinct Diquís culture and are sometimes referred to as the Diquís Spheres. They are the best-known stone sculptures of the Isthmo-Colombian area. They were initially reported in the late 19th century, scientific interest was first piqued after a great many more were discovered in the 1930s by the United Fruit Company clearing the jungle for banana plantations. Workmen pushed them aside with bulldozers and heavy equipment; additionally, inspired by the stories of hidden gold, they began to drill holes in the orbs and blow them open with dynamite - until the authorities intervened. However, many still remain where they were placed centuries ago, and judging by the style and carbon-dating of associated pottery, can be dated from AD 1000 to the coming of the Spaniards; however this methodology only provides the date of the latest use of the orbs, which could be many centuries older.

Numerous myths surround the stones, such as they came from Atlantis, or that they were made naturally (like the stone balls found in Jalisco, Mexico). Some local legends state that the native inhabitants had access to a potion able to soften the rock. Research led by Joseph Davidovits of the Geopolymer Institute in France has been offered in support of this hypothesis, but it is not supported by geological or archaeological evidence.

Many of the orbs were found to be in alignments, consisting of straight and curved lines, as well as triangles and parallelograms. One group of four orbs was found to be arranged in a line oriented to magnetic north, leading to speculation that they might have been arranged by people familiar with the use of magnetic compasses or astronomical alignments. Some have regarded the spheres as navigational aids or relics related to Stonehenge or the Easter Island heads. In the cosmogony of the Bribri, shared by the Cabecares and other native American groups, the orbs are "Tara's cannonballs". tara or Tlatcque, the god of thunder, used a giant blowpipe to shoot the orbs at the Serkes, gods of Winds and Hurricanes, in order to drive them out of these lands.

Fortean Times Magazine Vol. 318, September 2014: "The Mystery Orbs of Costa Rica"
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The Romblon Triangle

The Romblon Triangle is a region in the central seas of the Philippines which lies near the province of Romblon, where a number of surface vessels are alleged to be either mysteriously disappeared or sunk under unexplainable circumstances. Dubbed as the Philippines version of the infamous Bermuda Triangle, this “cursed” area is blamed for almost 40 maritime disasters that have occurred since the early 80’s. Philippine Coast Guard believes that such disasters are due to natural phenomenon like high tides, heavy typhoons among others; outcome of its navigational potentials and topographic features. On the other hand, popular culture assumes paranormal tales which may intervene with the passing vessels.

The boundaries of the triangle covers the entire area of northern Romblon province, and its endpoint lies on Concepcion municipality, in-between of the Dos Hermanas islands (Isabel and Carlota islands) and Sibuyan Island. Native Romblomanons have heard stories about the mythical “Lolo Amang” and his golden ship. Legend has it that prior to any maritime disaster, the mysterious ship would show up to seafarers only to disappear once the sea turns pitch black.

Romblon Triangle

Sibale Mayor Lemuel Cipriano said that a lot of ships have made the Romblon Triangle as their final resting place. They went down to their watery grave with thousands of people on board.

In 1980, the Don Juan with at least 1,000 on board collided with an oil tanker and sunk; In 1987, the Dona Paz with 4,000 passengers collided with an oil tanker and sunk; In 2008, the Princess of Stars with more than 1,000 passengers capsized and sunk during a typhoon.

In World War II, the triangle claimed as victims four Japanese battleships during the Battle of Sibuyan Sea on October 24, 1944. Allied planes sunk Musashi, Japan’s second most powerful battleship, and two destroyers --- Nagato and Myoko --- while Yamato, Japan’s symbol of naval power, was heavily damaged it eventually sunk in the sea in Okinawa.

Other than the ships that pass by during the day, residents swear they also see a “ghost ship” during the night, which is brightly lighted and “it glistens like gold.”

They said minutes before the Don Juan collided with the oil tanker on the night of April 22, 1980, the ghost ship appeared and the Don Juan captain tried to avoid it but crashed into the tanker instead and sunk with more than 1,000 people on board.

But an official of the Philippine Coast Guard said the waters from the Pacific Ocean and the West Philippine Sea intersect in Tablas Strait and it forms a riptide that cause big waves that makes the area dangerous for ships.


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Mystery Of The Tjipetir Blocks

For the past few years, 100-year-old rubber-like blocks inscribed with the word “Tjipetir” have been mysteriously washing up on beaches in the UK and northern Europe without explanation. Tjipetir is the name of an early 20th century rubber plantation in Indonesia and the tablets are made from the sap of the gutta-percha tree, a tropical tree native to Asia and northern Australia. It was used in the 19th and first half of the 20th centuries to insulate telegraph cables on the seabed. The name comes from Sundanese (tji/ci means "river" and petir means "thunder"), and literally means "Thunder River". The rubbery tablets are most likely to be made of this material, which is formed from the sap of gutta-percha trees found in the region. The most recent discovery was four rubber squares also stamped with the word ‘Tjipetir’ which were found in Newquay, Cornwall.

The mystery began in the summer of 2012 when Tracey Williams was walking her dog along a beach near her home in Newquay, Cornwall, United Kingdom, when she spotted a black tablet on the sand, made of something resembling rubber. It looked like a large chopping board and the word "Tjipetir" was engraved into it. Weeks later, she found another such curiosity on a different beach alongside bales of rubber, washed up in a cove. She began to research the origins of these mysterious blocks using social media. Eventually, the story attracted the attention of oceanographers, divers, historians, journalists and filmmakers.

Blocks of Rubber Inscribed with the word "TJIPETIR"

Many people speculated that the blocks might have come from the doomed Titanic, which sank in 1912, because gutta-percha tablets had been listed on the ocean liner’s manifest. Gutta-percha tablets were listed on the Titanic’s manifest before it sank on April 15, 1912.

But in the summer of 2013, a year after Williams found her first block, she learned another possibility. Two people reached out to her, independent of one another, saying the blocks came from a wreck 150 miles west of the Isles of Scilly, off England’s Cornish peninsula. “They both suggested the cargo was coming from this Japanese passenger ship called the Miyazaki Maru,” she said. “It was carrying passengers from Japan, heading to London.” The wreck of the
Miyazaki Maru which sank in 1917 has been put forward as potential source of the blocks but batches discovered decades ago could still be from other ships.


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The Devil's Trill Sonata

In 1765, the violin virtuoso and composer Giuseppe Tartini (1692–1770) allegedly told the French astronomer Jérôme Lalande that back in the year of 1713 he dreamed The Devil appeared to him and asked to be his servant. Then he had made a deal with the Devil to whom he gave his violin who then played a solo so beautiful. Tartini suddenly awoke, tried to remember and transcribe what he had heard but the resulting "Devil's Trill" Sonata also known as The Violin Sonata in G Minor, even though better than anything he had written before, was apparently a pale reflection of the original.

The complete story is told by Tartini himself in Lalande's Voyage d'un François en Italie (1765 - 66):

"Tartini's Dream" by Louis-Léopold Boilly (1824)

‘One night I dreamt that I had made a pact with the devil; he was my servant and anticipated my every wish. I had the idea of giving him my violin to see if he might play me some pretty tunes (beaux aires), but imagine my astonishment when I heard a sonata so unusual and so beautiful, performed with such mastery and intelligence, on a level I had never before conceived was possible! I was so overcome that I stopped breathing and awoke gasping. Immediately I seized my violin, hoping to recall some shred of what I had just heard – but in vain. The piece I then composed is without a doubt my best, and I still call it The Devil’s Sonata, but it falls so short of the one that stunned me that I would have smashed my violin and given up music forever if I could but have possessed it.’ 

the "Devil's Trill Sonata" is Tartini's most famous work. A solo violin sonata that requires a number of technically demanding double stop trills and is difficult even by modern standards. One 19th-century myth had it that Tartini had six digits on his left hand, making these trills easier for him to play. 
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Mysterious Disappearance of Frederick Valentich

On October 21, 1978, an Australian pilot named Frederick Valentich disappeared under mysterious circumstances while on a 125 mile training flight in his single engine Cessna 182 along the coast of Bass Strait. Just before he disappeared, he told air traffic controllers in Melbourne that he was being followed by an unknown flying object with 4 bright lights about 1000 feet above him. According to Controllers statement his last message was recorded and was: "It's approaching from due east towards me. It seems to be playing some sort of game... flying at a speed I can't estimate. It's not an aircraft. It's... It is flying past. It is a long shape. I cannot identify more than that. It's coming for me right now." His last words were: "It is not an aircraft." An intensive sea search at the time found no trace of the plane or 20-year-old Valentich, who months earlier had accessed confidential RAAF reports about UFO sightings.

Frederick Valentich
Frederick Valentich had about 150 total hours flying time and held a class four instrument rating which authorized him to fly at night but only "in visual meteorological conditions". He had twice applied to enlist in the Royal Australian Air Force but was rejected because of inadequate educational qualifications. He was a member of the Air Training Corps, determined to have a career in aviation. Valentich was studying part-time to become a commercial pilot but had a poor achievement record, having twice failed all five commercial license examination subjects, and as recently as the previous month had failed three more commercial license subjects. He had been involved in flying incidents, straying into a controlled zone in Sydney, for which he received a warning, and twice deliberately flying into cloud, for which prosecution was being considered. According to his father Guido, Frederick was an ardent believer in UFOs and worried about attacks from UFOs.

On May 16, 1983, the Cessna cowl flap, with partial serial numbers matching the 182L model, was found some 320km from Cape Otway, and prompted hope the mystery would finally be solved. However, Steve Robey, the air traffic controller who spoke to Valentich on that fateful evening, doesn’t believe it’s from the same Cessna, registration VH-DSJ.

Another option Mr Robey doesn’t discount is that Valentich was indeed taken by a UFO or interfered with by an unidentified craft. He cites the dozens of UFO sightings and reports of unexplained lights both immediately before and after the Valentich disappearance that night. In another strange coincidence, Mr Robey said he was working at air traffic control about five days later and another light aircraft pilot radioed him during a navigational flight above East Sale and reported being passed three times by an intensely bright light travelling at jet speed, coming close enough to force him to land his aircraft.


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The Dorchester Pot

Based on an article from the Boston Transcript which published by a local paper "Scientific American" on June 5, 1852, a metal vase-like object called the Dorchester Pot was recovered in two pieces after an explosion used to break up rock at Meeting House Hill, in Dorchester, Massachusetts. The Scientific American describes the artifact as “an antique metal vessel perhaps made by Tubal Cain, the first inhabitant of Dorchester.” However, the Roxbury Conglomerate, from which this pot is alleged to have come, has been dated as having accumulated between 570 and 593 million years ago and during the Ediacaran Period.

Scientific American Volume 7 Issue 38 (June 5, 1852): "A few days ago a powerful blast was made in the rock at Meeting House Hill, in Dorchester, a few rods south of rev. Mr. Hall's meeting House. The blast threw out an immense mass of rock, some of the pieces weighing several tons and scattered small fragments in all directions. Among them was picked up a metallic vessel in two parts, rent assunder by the explosion. On putting the two parts together it formed a bell-shaped vessel, 4.5 inches high, 6.5 inches at the base, 2.5 inches at the top, and about an eight of an inch in thickness. The body of this vessel resembles zinc in color, or a composition metal, in which there is a considerable portion of silver. On the sides therea are six figures of a flower, or bouquet, beautifully inlaid with pure silver, and around the lower part of the vessel a vine, or wreath, inlaid also with silver. The chasing, carving, and inlaying are exquisitely done by the art of some cunning workman.

The Dorchester pot

This curious and unknown vessel was blown out of the solid pudding stone, 15 feet below the surface. It is now in the possession of Mr. John Kettell. Dr. J.V.C. Smith, who has recently travelled in the East, and examined hundreds of curious domestic utensils, and has drawings of them, has never seen anything resembling this. He has taken a drawing and accurate dimensions of it, to be submitted to the scientific..."

Some Young Earth creationists regard the Dorchester Pot as having been manufactured by an ancient civilization that predated the Great Flood (Noachian Flood).

Scientific American Volume 7 Issue 38 (June 5, 1852) [pp. 297-304];

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