Buzludzha, Communism’s ‘UFO’ building
This reminds me of another burning that happened at another religious-institution
Everything burned down BUT the Virgin Mary statue.
For those curious, this is the Our Lady of the Lake University. I actually attended this college for many years. It’s also not far from my house so I heard the sirens wail all night long when this fire happened. The University has since rebuilt itself.
And yes, the Virgin Mary still stands tall. OuO
The Phoenix Lights were a mass UFO sighting which occurred in Phoenix, Arizona, USA and Sonora, Mexico on Thursday, March 13, 1997. Lights of varying descriptions were reported by thousands of people between 19:30 and 22:30 MST, in a space of about 300 miles (480 km) from the Nevada state line, through Phoenix, to the edge of Tucson. There were allegedly two distinct events involved in the incident: a triangular formation of lights seen to pass over the state, and a series of stationary lights seen in the Phoenix area. The U.S. Air Force later identified the second group of lights as flares dropped by A-10 Warthog-aircraft that were on training exercises at the Barry Goldwater Range in southwest Arizona.
Although, many people think that was a cover up. The Governor of Arizona at the time, was one witness to this incident. As governor, he ridiculed the idea of alien origin,
but later he told people that the lights seems “otherworldly”. He admitted he saw
In the nineteenth century, a morbid and curious custom has spread to various parts of the world: the photos were ”Post Mortem”.
”Post Mortem” comes from Latin, meaning after death.
The photos ”Post Mortem” apparently originated in England, when Queen Victoria asked to photograph the corpse of an acquaintance or a relative, so she can keep as a souvenir.
soon after, this idea spread around the world, keeping a morbid reminder of loved ones that have passed on.
Even today, as strange as it may seem, some places still have this custom.
The girl who is standing in the photo is the one who is dead. This is a classic example of photographic art. Notice the hands.
For people wondering how the corpse is standing up, there is a posing stand supporting the body it’s very hard to see but the stand is supporting the neck, arms and back.
A woman was stunned to capture what she believes is a ghost at a famous abbey on camera – and it could be the spirit of a monk killed by Henry VIII.
The ghostly images were caught on camera by Lara Tetlow who was enjoying the Glastonbury Abbey Musical Extravaganza on August 6, 2016.
In 1539 the abbot and two other monks were hung, drawn and quartered. The quarters of the bodies were publicly displayed in Glastonbury and other Somerset towns. Glastonbury Abbey was sacked then it was ‘cannibalised’ by people who took stone. (Via The Mirror)
Many people have heard of cryptids such as Bigfoot or the
Loch Ness Monster. While there are many believers out there, there are also
those who believe that cryptids are entirely fictional. However, as the cryptid
Pongo can attest, sometimes cryptids turn out to be real after all.
For hundreds of years there had been reports of a wild man
roaming the jungles in Africa. This man was supposedly a cross between a human
and a monkey. He was extremely violent and had magical powers. This creature,
known as Pongo, had a taste for human flesh. Pongo supposedly enjoyed raiding
villages in order to carry away captives to eat later on. Some said that Pongo’s
were shapeshifters that could turn into beautiful women. They would then lure
in men only to change back into their original form once it was too late. They could breed with humans to have half
human, half Pongo babies that would retain the cannibalistic urges of their
While most believed that these reports were fictional, the
world was surprised when, in 1847, the Pongo were found to exist. However,
unlike the legends, the Pongo were not vicious man eating creatures. Instead
they were vegetarian, and cannot reproduce with humans. This animal was renamed
and is now known as a gorilla.
The discovery of the gorilla is proof that some cryptids,
despite fantastical claims, can actually exist. Sometimes it just takes time, perseverance,
and a little bit of luck to find them.
During the year of 1692 one of the most horrific and
mysterious events took place in Salem Massachusetts. This time ,when dozens of
innocent victims were accused and condemned as witches, later became known as
the Salem Witch Trials. It was during this time that a woman named Martha Corey
was accused as a witch and thrown in jail. Her 80 year old husband, Giles
Corey, astonished the community by asking to be placed in jail with her.
Conditions in the jails were known to be extremely cold, damp and unpleasant.
Although the sheriff initially denied his request, Giles himself was soon
accused of being a warlock and was also placed in jail.
At this time you
could either plead guilty, which would ensure that you remained in jail, or
plead innocent, which could send you straight to the gallows. Giles refused to
plead either. As a result, he was ordered to undergo a form of torture known as
“peine forte et dure.” Giles was led to a pit and stripped naked. A wooden door
was then laid across his body and six strong men began to pile heavy rocks on
top of the door. The idea behind this form of torture was that as the victim slowly began to get crushed, he would enter a
plea. However, Giles refused. Instead he kept crying “More weight!” This went
on for two days. At one point the weight became so much that his tongue protruded
from his mouth and the sheriff, who thought this was disgusting, pushed his
tongue back in with the tip of his cane. Near the end, Giles shouted “Damn you
Sheriff! I curse you and Salem!” He cried “More weight!” one more time before
giving up. His wife Martha was hung shortly after on Gallows Hill.
Now, the site where Giles was crushed to death is a cemetery
known as the Howard Street Burial Ground. The spirit of a man thought to be
Giles Corey can sometimes be seen floating around the cemetery. Others have
experienced something cold touching them while they were walking. According to
legend, the ghost of Giles Corey can be seen on the spot he suffered any time a
calamity is about to befall the community. Allegedly his ghost was spotted in
1914 before the Great Fire of Salem which destroyed a third of the city. His
curse also seems to extend as far as the sheriffs. Local sheriffs have reported
being awakened by a strange presence in their bedroom, or experiencing a
suffocating weight on their chest. A high number have died of heart attacks or
have had to leave office due to heart issues.
One of the many prevailing mysteries of the Earth are Dark
Days. As the name suggests, a Dark Day is a time when the sun fails to shine
and the surrounding area is plummeted into darkness. This darkness can be
anywhere from gloomy to total blackness.
Although some Dark Days have natural causes, such as dust from a volcano
or the sun simply going behind a cloud, there are some rare instances in which
the sun seemingly goes dark for no apparent reason.
According to a Portuguese historian, the Sun became dim for
a period of several months in 934 AD. Eventually there were many flashes of
lightening and the sun was restored to its original brightness. In the 1800s
there was a total darkness in Amsterdam for several hours. During this day many
people drowned by accidentally falling into the canals. One of the most famous
Dark Days occurred on May 19th, 1780 in New England and parts of
Canada. It is said that if you woke around noon you would have thought it was
midnight. Candles were required throughout all hours of the day and at night
the moon turned as red as blood. Being deeply religious at the time, the
inhabitants of these areas were convinced that it was the end of the world
brought on by humanities sins. There was no eclipse that occurred at this time,
nor was there any volcanic activity. Scientists are still trying to figure out
what occurred on that day, although it is thought it could be a combination of
a forest fire, a thick fog, and cloud cover.
Although there are typically natural causes behind Dark
Days, the Days which cannot be readily explained are sometimes attributed to
more supernatural claims. These explanations include a wormhole being opened, a
temporary rip in time and space, and alien activity.
Well, according to Ezekiel 1 they might look something like this…According to Daniel 10 something…
Every disease and malady nowadays is considered to be
completely biological. Most are able to be treated as simply as popping some
pills or applying some type of store bought ointment to the afflicted site. However,
in ages where magic was practiced as often as medicine, and remedies were still
being experimented with and discovered, superstition played a huge role in both
diagnosing the cause of an illness and in its treatment. Below is a list of
several common illnesses/afflictions and the superstitions that surrounded
Drunkenness: To cure someone from alcoholism, it was recommended
that a person slipping something un-appetizing, like owl eggs, blood, the
powder of a dead man’s bones, or live eels, into the person’s drink. If a
person wants to sober up quickly they should roll around in manure, drink
olive, and then be forced to smell their own urine. Males must then also bind
their genitals to a vinegar soaked cloth. However, one can avoid the problem of
getting drunk altogether if they eat the roasted lungs of a pig before going
out to drink.
Ear issues: A tingling ear means that someone somewhere is
talking about you. If it is the right ear that tingles, it means that good
things are being said. On the other hand, if it is your left ear that is tingling,
it means that someone is spreading malicious gossip. However, if the person
with the tingling ear pinches the afflicted ear, or makes the sign of the
cross, the person spreading the malicious gossip will immediately bite their
tongue. Hearing ringing in one’s ears has a whole other superstition behind it.
Because the ringing is said to resemble church bells, having ringing in your
ears is said to warn of the death of a friend or family member. Another superstition
says that if a person whose ear is ringing asks a friend to choose a random
letter from the alphabet, that letter will tell the person the first initial of
their future spouse.
Epilepsy: According to the ancients, epileptics were thought
to be somehow in contact with the Gods. Therefore, people were extremely wary
of the disease. Later, epileptic fits were blamed on witchcraft. Cures for this
disorder included burying a black rooster alive at the place where the fit took
place, piercing the ground with a nail, or wearing a ring made from a half
crown that was given during a Holy Communion service. Another cure was to drink
a potion made from mistletoe, and then consuming the heart and blood of a crow
for nine days straight.
Eye issues: An itching right eye is said to be lucky for
men, but unlucky for women. If the itching eye becomes intolerable, one should
bathe their eyes with rainwater gathered from the leaves of a teasel, or that
was collected on either Holy Thursday or Ascension Day. Stys can be cured by
rubbing it with a gold wedding ring or hair taken from the tip of a cats tail
nine times. The sty can also be washed with cow urine or rubbed with green garlic.
A sty was also thought to disappear if a person rang a doorbell and then ran
off before the door was answered. Cataracts could be treated by rubbing the
ashes from a burnt cat’s head onto the affected eye. Conjunctivitis could be
cured by applying a lotion made from powdered vine shoots, or an eye wash of
egg yolk, curdled milk, and urine.
Fever: Superstition says that one of the best ways to get
rid of a fever is to eat spiders alive on slices of apples. Cobwebs may also be
rolled up into pills and eaten, or a spider can be worn in a box or bag around
the persons neck until it dies. Another solution is to bury an egg at a
crossroads in the middle of the night for five nights in a row. The fever will
be buried with the eggs. If neither of those solutions is appealing, a fever
sufferer can also wear two sets of underwear. Family and friends must then tear
off a piece of the one worn closest to the skin until no more clothing remains.
Feeding a salted bran cake to a dog can transfer the symptoms to it instead.
The fever can also be transferred to a disliked neighbor if one places a bag of
trimmed hair and nail clippings under their door.
Gallstones: These can be treated by drinking a mixture of
boiled sheep droppings and milk daily.
Headache: There are many superstitious treatments for
headaches. One remedy is to wrap the skin of a snake, or a hang-man’s rope
around the afflicted person’s temples while having them hold tightly onto some scraped
horseradish and pressing their thumb against the roof of their mouth. Another
remedy involves drying and powdering moss that was found growing on a human
skull and inhaling it through the nose.
Heartburn: One cure for heartburn was to drink the juice of
St. John’s Wort that had been picked at the daybreak of St Johns Day. Another
remedy was to suck on a lump of coal or to eat some powdered toenails.
Hiccough: An attack of the hiccups means that the sufferer
is being talked about by someone else. Anyone who has hiccoughs in church is thought
to be temporarily possessed by the devil. Cures for hiccoughs include simply
identifying the person who is thinking about the sufferer, or placing a damp
paper cross on the sufferer’s forehead. Other cures include holding one’s
breath until the count of one hundred, or dropping a cold key down the sufferers
back. Those in the U.S say that hiccoughs can be stopped by surprising the
sufferer with a loud noise. Alternatively, a person can grab their left thumb
with their right hand while reciting one of several charms.
“Madness”: According to superstitious tradition, those
suffering from “madness” were treated in contrasting ways. Some people would
avoid those suffering from madness, believing those who were mad to be
possessed by demons, while others would welcome them because they believed that
they were harbingers of luck. Those who believed in the latter thought that the
mad were chosen by God. It was considered lucky to meet a mad person in the
streets. Regarding mental retardation, it was believed that “simpletons” could
see into the future. They were not supposed to move out of their home district
as it was thought that another person in the area would have to become mentally
disabled in their stead. According to the Japanese, anyone who has their hair
lit aflame is most certainly going to go insane. In Lincolnshire, it was
thought that anyone named Agnes will eventually go mad. Cures for madness
include consuming honey, ilk, and salt before sunrise. In Europe, madness
caused by rabies could be cured by having the afflicted eat the burned and
powdered liver of the diseased animal that bit them in bread and butter.
Menstruation: In ancient societies, women were considered
harbingers of evil. When they had their period, they were considered extra
dangerous. Therefore, they were (and in some places still are) disbarred from
important ritual events or were otherwise isolated from human contact. It was
also believed that menstruating women would pollute the Earth, cause fruit to
fall from trees, make seeds infertile, kill swarms of bees, cause plants to
wither and die, dull swords, and dull mirrors. It was said that menstruating
women should never make mayonnaise or jam, as the eggs will curdle and the jam
will not set. They should also not be allowed to bake bread or handle meat as
the dough will not rise and the meat will spoil. In parts of Africa,
menstruating women are not allowed to aid in preparing meals, and are also
considered bad luck for hunting parties.
Toothache: Toothaches can be avoided by wearing a tooth
taken from a corpse in a bag around one’s neck. Carrying a walnut or the legs
of a mole is also said to prevent the problem. A person should also avoid
eating anything when a funeral bell is tolling and take care to put their right
sock and right pant leg on first. If one gets a toothache, they can ease the
pain by nailing a few strands of hair and some nail trimmings from the person
suffering to an oak. Chewing on the first fern of spring or a piece of wood
taken from a tree that has been hit by lightning can also ease the pain. If a
tooth must be extracted, the least painful way is to make a powder out of dried
worms during their mating season and applying this to the tooth. The tooth
should then fall out on its own.
(Source: Cassel Dictionary of Superstitions by David Pickering)