Thursday, March 9, 2017

Two Secret Rooms Discovered In Great Pyramid Of Giza

The discovery has come thanks to a collaborative project known as ‘Scan Pyramids’, a large combined effort between multiple universities and scientific organisations. The project aims to reveal new secrets of the enigmatic structures through the application of state of the art 3D scanning technology that has never been applied to the pyramids previously.

This week, the results bore fruit when 2 strange voids were visible within the pyramid, detected using a method known as muography. The cavities are located on the northeastern edge and another behind its descending corridor.
So far, it is not known what is actually in these chambers, but it’s quite possible that the rooms have remained undiscovered for thousands of years.

The team is moving forward and continuing to acquire muon data inside Khufu’s Queen Chamber inside the pyramid. “We expect to have the results of the analysis of those instruments during the first three months of 2017,” researchers said.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Massive Prehistoric Sea Monster Discovered In Antarctica

During the Cretaceous period, the sea monsters we read about in legend would very much have been part of everyday reality in Earth’s prehistoric seas.

Palaeontologists have now discovered the remains of a gargantuan dinosaur belonging to the mosasaur family in the Antarctica.

Researchers have analysed the remains and were able to confirm that the beasts skull measured a ridiculous 33ft in length, earning it the title of biggest ever found in the region.

Researchers have fondly named their new prehistoric pet Kaikaifilu hervei, which is derived from the Chilean Mapuche culture’s sea monster legend.


Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Mysteries of India -The Great Taj Mahal Conspiracy

Taj Mahal is without question the most famous—and possibly the most beautiful—building in India. Considered one of the modern wonders of the world, this ornate white marble building was created by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan as a mausoleum to his deceased wife. Or was it?According to some theories, 

Taj Mahal was never the architectural embodiment of eternal love history remembers it as. Instead, some evidence suggests that the building is actually about 300 years older than its supposed builder. New Delhi professor P.N. Oak, the man behind this theory, claims that the building was originally not a mausoleum at all. He suggests it is actually an ancient Hindu temple known as Tejo Mahalaya dedicated to the worship of the god Shiva. If true, this turns the entire history of TaJ Mahal on its head: Instead of building one of the world’s most precious constructions, Shah Jahan would merely have taken an existing temple, slapped on some decorations, and dedicated it to his wife. 

While this may seem far-fetched to those of us who like Taj Mahal as it is, it’s worth noticing that Indian royalty have a history of capturing enemy temples and mansions and repurposing them into tombs for their loved ones. What’s more, the memoirs of travelers in the area during the time of Taj Mahal’s supposed construction make no mention of its building and even note that the “Taj” already existed as an important, established building. Is Taj Mahal as the ultimate display of romance just a giant lie created by shoddy historians and propagandists? Until the Indian government agrees to open the sealed rooms within the building so they can be thoroughly investigated by experts, the mystery remains.


Monday, February 6, 2017

Mysteries of India - The Nine Unknown Men

The Nine Unknown Men are to India what the Illuminati is to the Western world, but even more pervasive and mysterious. According to legend, this powerful secret society was founded by Emperor Asoka in 273 BC after a bloody battle in Kalinga that killed 100,000 men. The bodies of slain men apparently sent the emperor into a state of grief and a horror of war which led him to convert to Buddhism.

The aim of the Nine Men was to protect the methods of destruction from falling into the hands of unqualified people and to further pursue knowledge which would benefit mankind. Each of the Nine Men is supposedly responsible for guarding a single book which dealt with a different branch of potentially hazardous knowledge. The books are known to cover the following subjects: Propaganda & Psychological Warfare, Physiology, Microbiology, Alchemy, Communication, Gravitation, Cosmology, Light and Sociology. Some people believe that the Nine Unknown Men exist to this day.
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Sunday, February 5, 2017

Mysteries of India - The Mysterious Red Rain – Idukki, Kerala

Idukki experiences a peculiar, unexplainable phenomenon known as the Red Rain. Apparently, red rain fell sporadically on the southern state of Kerala in 2001 from July 25 to September 23, staining clothes with an appearance similar to that of blood. According to locals, a loud thunderclap and flash of light, followed by groves of trees shedding shriveled grey “burnt” leaves, preceded the first colored rain.

The first incident of Red Rain in Idukki can be dated back to 1818. Ever since, the region, also known as ‘The Red Region’, has witnessed this unusual sight intermittently. In Hinduism, it is believed that red rain is the wrath of the Gods for punishing sinners. It is a signal of destruction and woe. Some believe the killing of innocents leads to red rain. Many scientists have proposed a possible explanation for the phenomenon. Some say that the rain contains micro-organisms that were responsible for the origin of life on earth. Others suggest an extra-terrestrial activity. Whatever be the explanation, the red color in the rain is a cause of curiosity and fear amongst villagers that still remains unsolved till date.


Saturday, February 4, 2017

Mysteries of India - Lake of Skeletons – Roopkund Lake, Chamoli, Uttarakhand

A frozen lake full of hundreds of skeletons scattered across its length. Also known as the Lake of Skeletons, the Roopkund Lake lies about 16500 ft. above the sea level at the most uninhabitable place between The Himalayas. The skeletal remains first came to notice in 1942, when a British forest guard discovered an alarming number of human skeletons floating in the water and lying haphazardly along the lake’s edges after the harsh summer that year had melted off most of the ice from the lake. It was evident….something horrible had happened here.

At first, it was believed to be the remains of Japanese soldiers killed at war. But then in 2004, it was discovered that the skeleton dated back to 850 AD. But what caused such a massive death of hundreds of people all at once? Legend has it that a Goddess, enraged by the defiling (damaging the purity) of her mountain sanctuary, rained death upon these people by flinging hailstorms at them, that were described to be ‘hard as iron balls’. The remains can still be seen as the ice over the lake melts off during summers.


Wednesday, February 1, 2017

What are the rules of Wicca?

In hopes that you know what the Wiccan religion truly encompasses or that you at least have an inkling as to what Wicca truly is, we can discuss the two major rules of Wicca that all Wiccans strive to abide by. Because Wicca is a very open and utterly not staunch religion, there aren't many rules or regulations per practitioner; however, these two rules are rules that one must strive to follow if wanting to know how to become a Wiccan.
An Ye Harm None, Do As Ye Will.

What does this rule mean exactly? It's sort of equivalent to the Christian saying "treat others as you would like to be treated", but is even more basic than that. If you plan on doing your first spell and it has implications of confusion or harm upon another person (even yourself), then you need to re-think what you're intentions are with becoming a Wiccan. Wiccans believe that everyone and everything has a purpose and is a part of the Universe and of the gods and goddesses. You wouldn't want to harm the universe or the gods now would you? So don't do harm to others or yourself, as we are all a part of the Universe.

Whatever you do comes back to you times three.

This rule is one that is supremely representative of Karma, in all its consequential glory. Whatever you do in your personal life, and whatever decisions you make, have a consequence be it good or bad. This is the same idea with practicing Wicca. If you put out a spell to take revenge upon an enemy, that negativity and revengeful energy will come right back at you...but three times as worse as what you put out there. Not good times...let me just say that. I have had personal experience with this rule...I didn't follow it and I was smacked in the face with it...times three. The same thing goes for if you are a loving and kind-hearted person, eventually you will receive that love and kindness back threefold; however, don't run around doing nice things for everyone purely for selfish motive...Karma and the universe just don't work like that.
When learning how to become a Wiccan, one must know these rules by heart and follow them whole-heartedly.


Hoia Bacui: The World’s Most Haunted Forest

The country of Romania, once known by its more infamous and ominous name Transylvania, likely conjures up images of vampires, gypsy caravans, werewolves, and bats. Perhaps it recalls more historical tales of Prince Vlad “the Impaler” Dracula and his crusade for Christian freedom against the invading Ottoman Empire. It is certainly a land of mystery and folklore but one of its lesser-known secrets, in the wake of rampant tourism to Dracula’s many castles, is a forest located in northern Romania just west of Cluj-Napoca. This place, known as Hoia Bacui (Shepherd’s Forest) has been nicknamed “Romania’s Bermuda Triangle” and has been dubbed the “World’s Most Haunted Forrest” by many tourists and paranormal investigators alike who have visited the site. In fact, many claim it’s slowly on the rise to becoming Romania’s number one tourist destination, ousting its famous vampire - Dracula.


It’s said the forest is named after a shepherd who reportedly went missing within its perimeter long ago, along with his flock of 200 sheep. To this day, locals are said to be anxious in the shadow of the forest and do not often venture towards it after dark. In fact, the hosts of the Travel Channel show Ghost Adventures visited the forest in season 8 for their Halloween special and were warned by a group of teenagers exiting the forest before sundown that strange things can happen once beneath its trees. It has been reported that locals emerge from the forest sick, disoriented, and plagued with rashes. But the forest first came to international attention in the 1960s thanks to some very creepy photographs.

In August 1968, a biologist named Alexandru Sift captured a, now famous, photo of a strange glowing disk hovering over the forest. Sift also reported that during his time in the forest he felt stalked by shadows and noted he often heard a strange sound he described as chattering teeth. When he emerged from the forest, the photos in his camera had been rearranged into a different order than how they had been taken. Sometime later, Emil Barnea, a military technician, snapped similar photographs of strange disks over the forest. Many have taken both these incidents as evidence that UFOs and aliens are the result of the strange condition of the forest. This phenomenon continued well into the 70s and beyond, with the most recent photo coming in 2002. Electronic equipment is also said to malfunction within the confines of the forest.

Strange Geography

Beyond the possible otherworldly connotations of the place, several people have reported paranormal and supernatural activity in the forest. Geographically speaking, there are already some weird anomalies to be seen. Several groups of trees grow in strange, curved angles and at the center of the forest is a clearing where no trees grow, believed by many to be a deadzone for electronic equipment as well. Studies have been done of the soil of the barren area and show nothing out of the ordinary that would result in a lack of vegetation.
Even odder, many trees are devoid of signs of green and as many as eight trees have grown from a single root. Some contain strange markings, described as burn marks or char by witnesses. Many are even said to grow in a bowed position, as if praying.

Vengeful Spirits

Hovering orbs of light are a common sighting within the forest, as are sounds of female voices and children giggling. There are even reports of people being scratched or attacked by unseen entities. Many believe this activity to be the result of some kind of haunting in the forest, postulating that the ghosts of peasants are trapped within its vast expanse after their untimely deaths. In fact, one of the most famous investigations of the area by Destination Truth showed the host violently thrown to the ground with scratches on his body, despite his clothes not being torn. Beyond physical evidence of spirits, many report a feeling of overwhelming anxiety while within the forest, a general unease, and an eerie quiet (when not interrupted by disembodied voices).
Some see the forest as a place of punishment as well. Locals have claimed that those who enter the forest with ill intentions are shown for what they truly are before delivering a punishment for the transgressor. Some also reported experiencing flashbacks to painful, and repressed memories while in the forest. Some of the typical poltergeist activity is experienced as well, including gust of wind, tickling, the feeling of a static shock, and the unease of being watched.

Time Warp

Even more chilling, many believe the forest to be a gateway to another dimension. Many have reported people wandering into the forest for days only to return with no memory of their disappearance or what took place during their hours missing. Most famously, a young girl from a nearby town was said to have disappeared into the forest for 5 days and returned in the same clothes she’d gone missing in with no memory of her time missing. Another woman claimed that during a walk in the forest she was overcome with an odd feeling and emerged finding a 15th century coin in her pocket and no memory of how it got there.
Another phenomena many experience, sometimes in conjunction with the strange black outs, is the event known as astral projection where they watch their body on the forest floor before being suddenly forced back into their physical form, violently.
Unsurprisingly, the forest has become a magnet for paranormal investigators seeking evidence of strange occurrences, as well as Wicca practitioners and Neo-Pagans looking to worship within the forest’s plentiful energy. Many, however, do not see the 1 square mile of forest as a place of adventure, spirituality, or investigation. The land is still considered cursed by locals who continue to warn outsiders to stay away. Whatever your beliefs for the energy’s intentions, the forest is a hot spot for strange and unexplained activity, making it a must-see destination for the brave supernatural seeker.


Tuesday, January 31, 2017

The Vampire of Moca

The trouble began a little before February 25, 1975, when a Puerto Rican newspaper first reported the strange animal deaths in the small town of Moca. In Moca's Barrio Rocha, fifteen cows, three goats, two geese, and a pig were found with puncture marks on their bodies, indicating a sharp object of some sort had been inserted into them... and all autopsies showed that the animals were missing every last drop of blood. Despite these two interesting details, police apparently tried to blame the deaths on dogs; meanwhile, the newspapers dubbed the unknown threat el Vampiro de Moca, the "Moca Vampire." By March 7, when a cow was found dead in Moca's Barrio Cruz with penetrating wounds on its skull and scratches around the wounds on its body, the death count had risen to over thirty animals. One theory going around was that the unknown creature was a supernatural bird of some sort, a theory based on one woman's report of a strange bird pecking at her rooftop and issuing a terrifying scream.
        On March 12, a man named Luis Torres and his son and daughter witnessed something they described as looking like "The lights on a police cruiser" spinning in the night sky on the outskirts of Moca; Torres connected this noctural UFO sighting with the Moca Vampire by stating the object had been flying over fields in which some of the strangely killed animals had been found... and so theories shifted to the idea of the unknown creature possibly being an alien. By March 15, when a farmer lost thirty-four chickens to the Moca Vampire during the night, the animal death count was up to ninety victims in the two week period since it first manifested.
        Around this time, Luis Torres killed two Puerto Rican boas, with each snake unusually large at over six-feet-long. Torres claimed to have captured the two snakes as they "stood ready to attack a 600-pound heifer." The local news media immediately blamed the strange animal deaths on the two snakes, and declared the problem ended... but on March 18, two goats were found drained of blood on the farm of a man named Hector Vega. The goats had puncture marks on their necks; and whatever made the marks came back the next night. In the morning Vega discovered seven goats injured, ten more killed, and a further ten goats that were just plain missing. By this point the Senate Agricultural Commission got involved in the matter, talking to the farmers and local law enforcement, which resulted in Senator Deynes asking the Superintendent of Police to "re-double his effots in getting to the bottom of the situation," which he felt could not have been caused by an animal.
       On March 23, the strange killer struck again; and the nature of the attacks became weirder still. Felix Badillo discovered a ten pound piglet dead in its pen with no signs of a struggle, missing an ear and with a large hole on the side of its head... despite the presence of Badillo's watchdog, which had neither growled nor barked during the night. An expert noted the cut on the ear looked surgical in origin rather than animal made.
        On March 25, a man named Juan Muniz claimed to have been attcked by a "horrible creature covered in feathers," while returning to the Barrio Pulido of Moca. He said he saw the strange creature, and then threw stones at it to try to frighten it away; instead it flew at him, and Muniz took cover first in some bushes, then at a neighbor's house. An armed group was unable to locate the strange 'bird.'
        By April, reports of strange animal deaths started to turn up on farms all across the island of Puerto Rico, even as the police tried to find human perpetrators and the press tried to find rational explanations. On April 2, eight goats and a dozen rabbits were found dead in Corozal. Isauro Melgar, owner of the animals, mounted an all night watch on the following evening with a group of armed neighbors, and spread poison on the ground to protect his rabbits. They stayed up until three in the morning... but sometime after the group disbanded for the night, more animals were killed. Melgar then started all-night watches. On April 5, Melgar and his companions were suddenly deafened by a sound that appeared to be everywhere in the countryside; at the same time, a strange figure was seen running through trees away from an open pasture. They discovered later that four more goats had been slain.
        In addition to the strange animal deaths, sightings of UFOs reported over Santa Rosa and Cerro Gordo. A giant cigar-shaped object with retangular portholes emitting yellow light hovered 1500 feet above a home in the suburb of Cupey for forty-five minutes... long enough to guarentee a lot of witnesses. The following morning scorch marks were found by investigators at a spot the object had been seen to briefly land.
        On May 13, a man in Corozal encountered a "round-headed, hairy-tailed and large-eyed creature" that growled like a small dog; and around the same time in Moca, three roosters, a rabbit, and five goats that belonged to the municipal treasurer all turned up dead, drained of fluids. As the killings continued and seemingly spread, the reports of UFOs also increased. In May three unknown objects, two resembling stars, flew over the town of Fajarado; witnesses clearly stated that the objects were neither a natural occurrence nor something made by humans. On May 17, at nine-thirty at night, large glowing balls of light, house-sized glowing crafts, and a dark object with a red light on top were seen to perform strange maenuvers very low in the skies over Rio Piedras, and San Juan.
        On June 25, twenty-five farm animals just outside of Isabela were found dead, drained of blood; sometime after that fourteen fighting cocks in Yauco were found in the same condition. The activity of the "Moca Vampire" decreased as the Summer wore on, and no more deaths were reported after July 1975.
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Friday, January 27, 2017

Dancing Plague of 1518

The outbreak began in July 1518, when a woman, Mrs. Troffea, began to dance fervently in a street in Strasbourg. This lasted somewhere between four and six days. Within a week, 34 others had joined, and within a month, there were around 400 dancers, predominantly female. Some of these people eventually died from heart attacks, strokes, or exhaustion. One report indicates that for a period the plague killed around fifteen people per day.

Historical documents, including "physician notes, cathedral sermons, local and regional chronicles, and even notes issued by the Strasbourg city council" are clear that the victims danced. It is not known why these people danced, some even to their deaths.

As the dancing plague worsened, concerned nobles sought the advice of local physicians, who ruled out astrological and supernatural causes, instead announcing that the plague was a "natural disease" caused by "hot blood". However, instead of prescribing bleeding, authorities encouraged more dancing, in part by opening two guildhalls and a grain market, and even constructing a wooden stage. The authorities did this because they believed that the dancers would recover only if they danced continuously night and day. To increase the effectiveness of the cure, authorities even paid for musicians to keep the afflicted moving.

Historian John Waller stated that a marathon runner could not have lasted the intense workout that these men and women did hundreds of years ago.

Modern theories include food-poisoning caused by the toxic and psychoactive chemical products of ergot fungi, which grows commonly on grains in the wheat family (such as rye). Ergotamine is the main psychoactive product of ergot fungi, it is structurally related to the recreational drug lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD-25), and is the substance from which LSD-25 was originally synthesized. The same fungus has also been implicated in other major historical anomalies, including the Salem witch trials. Waller speculates that the dancing was "stress-induced psychosis" on a mass level, since the region where the people danced was riddled with starvation and disease, and the inhabitants tended to be superstitious. Seven other cases of dancing plague were reported in the same region during the medieval era.