Category: history

The Phoenix Lights were a mass UFO sighting …

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

the UFO lights years later. (Via: YouTube / Wiki)

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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 belie…

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)

Pongo: The Cryptid That Turned Out to be RealMany people have…

Pongo: The Cryptid That Turned Out to be Real

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
Pongo side.

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.

(http://www.newanimal.org/pongo.htm,
https://skeptoid.com/blog/2011/09/01/tracking-the-elusive-pongo/)

A Curse in SalemDuring the year of 1692 one of the most horrific…

A Curse in Salem

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.

(Sources: http://www.gothichorrorstories.com/behind-urban-legends/a-warlocks-curse-the-ghosts-of-salems-howard-street-burying-ground/,
https://roadtrippers.com/us/salem-ma/points-of-interest/howard-street-cemetery)

Dark DaysOne of the many prevailing mysteries of the Earth are…

Dark Days

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.

(Sources: http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-18097177,
http://www.phenomena.org.uk/features/features/darkdays.html,)

What do angels actually look like per the bible?

Well, according to Ezekiel 1 they might look something like this…According to Daniel 10 something…

Old Superstitions and Cures for Everyday MaladiesPt. 2Every…

Old
Superstitions and Cures for Everyday Maladies

Pt. 2

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
them.

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)

Old Superstitions and Cures for Everyday Maladies Pt. 1Every…

Old
Superstitions and Cures for Everyday Maladies

 Pt. 1

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 them.

 Asthma: Ancient Romans used to believe that ingesting around
20 crickets with wine would help ease symptoms. Several centuries later, those
living in Cornwall were told to swallow cobwebs that had been rolled into a
ball. Other cures dating from around the 1500s included eating raw cat,
drinking the foam collected from the mouth of a donkey, or simply eating
nothing but boiled carrots for two weeks straight.

Baldness: Superstition dictates that a sudden loss of hair
could indicate the loss of a child, health, or property. However, this problem
was supposedly avoided by never cutting one’s hair while the moon is in its
waning stage, or cutting one’s hair as short as possible and then singeing the
cut ends. Standing in the rain for a long time also was said to prevent
baldness. Cures for baldness included rubbing bear fat mixed with laudanum onto
the scalp. If bear fat was unavailable, a substitute of fox fat or onion juice
mixed with laudanum could also be used. Another remedy involved rubbing goose
droppings onto bald patches.

Bedwetting: According to old superstition, there is one
surefire way to eradicate bedwetting. First, you need to roast, fry or boil a
mouse, bake it into a pie, and feed it to the child concerned. If this fails,
the child can then wear a bag containing rat or mole droppings, or roasted
slugs, to wear around their neck.  If the
problem still does not resolve, the child must be taken to a graveyard. There
the child must urinate on the grave of a child of the opposite sex. Also, according
to the Scots, it must be noted that a child must not play with fire before bed,
as this will only worsen the problem.

Blackheads: Most teenagers can relate to getting one of these
blemishes caused by blocked pores. Superstition dictates that blackheads can be
gotten rid of if the sufferer crawls through an archway made by a bramble.
While crawling through, he/she/they should move in an east-west direction for
best results.

Blindness: Coming across a blind person in the streets is
considered good luck. Helping a blind person is even better luck. However, if a
bride meets a blind man on the way to the church it is considered unlucky.

Breasts (that are sore): Devon superstition says that a
woman suffering from sore breasts needs to go to a church at midnight. There
she must acquire lead from a stained-glass window, which must then be shaped
into a heart and worn around her neck.

Bunion: These can be cured by applying a mixture of cow dung
and fish oil onto the afflicted spot overnight.

Burns: Several charms can be said while blowing on the site
of the injury to help bring relief from the pain. In Shropshire, a poultice of
goose droppings and elder bark that have been fried in May butter can be
applied to the injured area. Those in Cheshire suggested simply wrapping some
church linen around the wound.

Cancer: In the olden days, cancer was often thought to have
been caused by a spider crawling on a victim or the result of witchcraft. Although
superstition offers no absolute cure for cancer, there are several “treatments.”
One remedy involves burning the head of a mad dog and applying the ashes to the
cancerous growth to shrink it. Another belief states that the cancer itself
must be fed. Therefore, to feed the cancer, raw meet would be placed on the tumor
itself, or on the sufferer’s bedside. In Cambridgeshire, a cure for breast
cancer involved rubbing a live toad over one’s breasts. It was also believed
that swallowing small toads and frogs alive would get rid of cancer, as the
amphibians were thought to then suck out all the poison.

Colds: Superstition claims that it is impossible to catch a
cold in a church. However, if one does catch a cold, it can be cured by
catching oak leaves in autumn as they fall to the ground. Another remedy is to
stuff one’s nose with thinly cut orange peels.

Deafness: According to Lincolnshire superstition, finding
the backbone of an ox in a piece of meat can cause hearing loss. Irish superstition
used to say that deafness could be cured by applying drops of eel oil to the
ears. Instead of eel oil, the Scots used to use a mixture of ant eggs and onion
juice. Those living in Gloucestershire were told to prick a snail and allow the
juices to flow into their ears, or to pour cow urine into their ears.

(Source: Cassel Dictionary of Superstitions by David Pickering),

Philadelphia Zoo Ghosts Philadelphia Zoo, with thousands of…

Philadelphia Zoo
Ghosts

Philadelphia Zoo, with thousands of visitors flocking
through its gates each year, is one of the most popular zoo’s to visit in the
country. It was the first zoo ever built in the United States and is home to
dozens of rare and exotic animals. However, not many people are aware that it
is also home to several ghosts.

Although no one knows for sure, it is rumored that the zoo
was built on top of an ancient Indian burial ground. The zoo was first
chartered to be built in 1859. However, the actual opening day was delayed
several years due to the American Civil War until July 1st, 1874.
Back in those days, ticket prices cost 25 cents (which was quite a lot back
then). There were  1,000 animals present
at the zoo when it opened, and 3,000 visitors on the opening day.  

Now the zoo is home to approximately 1,300 animals… and a
few ghosts. The paranormal activity is said to be centered around four
buildings in particular: The Solitude House, The Penrose Building, The Shelly
Building, and the Treehouse.

The Solitude house was actually built in 1784 by John Penn,
the grandson of William Penn, the founder of Philadelphia. At one point it was
home to the reptile house, and also features an underground tunnel system below
it. Sightings in this building include disembodied voices around the stairs,
basement, and attic, footsteps in the tunnels, limbs being touched, and phantom
music. Reports of an apparition of a woman dressed in white, seen on the stairs,
are also common.

The Pennrose building, which was once used as a research lab
and vet hospital, boasts reports of lights turning on and off by themselves.
The figure of a woman can also occasionally be seen peering at out guests below
through the library window.

Reports of a face peering through the window in the lobby of
the Shelly Building are also common, as well as reports of doors opening and
slamming shut by themselves.

Finally, those who visit the Treehouse have reported
feelings of uneasiness, footprints, and an apparition. Visitors to the
Treehouse who have stayed over night as part of girlscout/boyscout sleep overs
have stated that they had been followed by someone down the steps in the middle
of the night and have heard laughter and footsteps running up and down the
hall.

Ghost Hunters did an investigation of the zoo back in 2010.
During their investigation, team members witnessed doors slamming, strange
noises, and one had her hair pulled by an unseen presence. Evidence also found
disembodied voices and old-timey music being played.

(Sources: http://www.hauntedplaces.org/item/philadelphia-zoo/,http://www.pennsghost.com/2017/02/lions-tigers-and-ghosts-haunted.html,
http://www.syfy.com/ghosthunters/episodes/season/6/episode/12/americas-first-zoo,
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philadelphia_Zoo)