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10:00 PM CST, Wednesday, 8/31/2011: It’s that time of the week… time to ease into your favorite chair, sit back and relax as we explore the sublime world of the strange, the odd, and the unusual. It’s time once again for… The Shadow Hour.

Tonight is open lines.  We’ll be talking about your own experiences of the strange, odd and unusual.  Call up and share!

As always, you can listen right here with our blogtalkradio widget! You can listen to past broadcasts at any time, or tune in tonight (Wednesday, August 31st) at 10pm Central for the live broadcast. See you in the shadows…


What an amazing find! Too bad it was EATEN!

io9 writes:

When you’ve discovered a 20-kilogram frog with the legs the length of a seven-year-old child’s, do you A.) keep it for posterity; B.) donate it to science; or C.) eat the sonofagun before it eats you?

For one giant-frog-finder, the answer was clearly “C.” A man from the town of Gemencheh in the Malaysian state of Negeri Sembilan claims this is a cellphone photo of giant frog caught by a local Orang Asli man.

Read more at io9.com


How crazy is this?! This man impales himself through the eye-socket with pruning shears and lives to talk about it!

MSNBC writes:

TUCSON, Ariz. — An 86-year-old Arizona man is expected to make a full recovery after being impaled through his eye socket with pruning shears.

University Medical Center said Monday that Leroy Luetscher of Green Valley was working in his yard on July 30 when he dropped a pair of pruning shears, which landed point-side down in the ground.

When Luetscher went to pick them up, he lost his balance and fell face-down on the handle.

The handle penetrated his eye socket and went down into his neck, resting on the external carotid artery.

“You wouldn’t believe your eyes,” trauma surgeon Dr. Julie Wynne said in a statement. “Half of the pruning shears was sticking out and the other half was in his head.”

Read more at msnbc.msn.com



Hey, we have a similar exhibit here at the Museum Of The Weird! It’s a picture of a football team from 1912 in New Hampshire where every player has six fingers on one hand, including the coaches! What are the chances of that? Apparently, pretty good.

Stuff writes:

They call him ”Twenty-Four.” Yoandri Hernandez Garrido’s nickname comes from the six perfectly formed fingers on each of his hands and the six impeccable toes on each foot.

Hernandez is proud of his extra digits and calls them a blessing, saying they set him apart and enable him to make a living by scrambling up palm trees to cut coconuts and posing for photographs in this eastern Cuban city popular with tourists. One traveler paid $US10 ($NZ11.90) for a picture with him, Hernandez said, a bonanza in a country with an average salary of just $US20 a month.

”It’s thanks to my 24 digits that I’m able to make a living, because I have no fixed job,” Hernandez said.

Read more at stuff.co.nz



Now this man must have REALLY loved those books as a child. He did however, manage to raise money for charity in the 24 hours it took to start and finish this tattoo via donations using word that spread about him doing it. So, that’s a good thing.


The Daily Mail writes:

One Where’s Wally fan will always be able to find his favourite stripy-shirted children’s character – after having him tattooed on his back.

Music producer John Mosley , 22, sat patiently for 24 hours while tattooist Rytch Soddy created a scene featuring150 characters and Wally hiding among them.

The artwork was created in s studio in Norwich and raised £2,000 for charity.

Read more at dailymail.co.uk



This is just incredible! Can you imagine living basically TWO lifetimes?

The Telegraph writes:

Besse Cooper’s birthday celebrations were held at her residence in Monroe, Georgia – although this year, unlike last, there was no Elvis impersonator at the party.

A researcher from Guinness Book of World Records was on hand at Mrs Cooper’s birthday party to deliver the Tennessee native her second plaque that certifies her as the oldest person on the planet.

“We thought one was enough,” said her son, Sidney Cooper, 76.

“She still remembers things and thinks clearly and talks.

“But she has her good days and her bad days. I’d say she sleeps about 80 per cent of the time.”

Read more at telegraph.co.uk


They're here: In this still from the film clip, an object which appears to be disc-shaped with flashing lights hovers above the Siberia landscape

For an alien looking to explore Earth, the frozen wastes of Siberia may not be the most attractive of landing locations.

But if this film footage is to be believed, that’s exactly where these ‘little green men’ chose to land their UFO.

The clip, filmed in the remote Irkutsk region of Siberia, appears to show a strange glowing craft and five aliens walking about in the snow.

It shows what seems to be an alien about four feet tall, standing 15 feet away from its glowing craft, with four other similar figures nearby.

The short clip was taken two days after mysterious lights illuminated the Siberian night skies above Bayanday, also in Irkutsk.

‘These two videos from two independent witnesses show that a UFO event of Roswell-sized proportions has taken place in Russia,’ said UFO expert Mike Cohen.

‘Two days after these clips were taken the town of Bayanday reported a crash of a huge pink and blue glowing object.

‘An enormous explosion was then heard over a wide area.’

He claimed police and rescue departments were flooded with phone calls from frightened residents.

‘The military soon confirmed that it had not been doing any exercises in the area and therefore cannot be responsible for any reports of UFOs,’ he added.

But he claims the authorities organised a cover-up of the UFO landing.

Officials declared the event classified and told journalists the area of impact would not be revealed, he said.

Only hours prior to the March 1 event, air-traffic controllers in Yakutks, Siberia, claim to have picked up a UFO on radar traveling at 6000 mph at a height of 65,000ft.

When they tried to speak with the crew of the craft they heard bizarre cat noises being uttered to them.

‘What I want to know is did the craft actually crash at all or was this just a noisy landing?’ said Mike.

The latest UFO claim to come out of Siberia comes months after the apparent discovery of an alien’s body was revealed as a hoax.

In April, two students who claimed to have recovered the body from a UFO crash site admitted that the creature was in fact made out of BREAD.

Friends Timur Hilall, 18, and Kirill Vlasov, 19, shot the video that showed the alien’s mangled remains frozen in snow in Irkutsk, Siberia.

The pair were questioned by police over their ‘extraterrestrial discovery’ but admitted to their stunt.

But not before their creation became an internet sensation, drawing almost 700,000 hits on YouTube.

Their find was deemed serious enough for the Kremlin to get involved and a spokesman from the Russian interior ministry confirmed the hoax.

‘We found the alien in one of the student’s homes,’ he said.

‘It was lying under his bed and an examination of it revealed it had been made of bread crumbs which were covered in chicken skin.’

Prosecutors are now considering whether or not the pair have committed any crimes.

Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2030415/Siberian-UFO-Film-clip-claims-little-green-men-walking-spaceship-crash.html#ixzz1WFsnITEg


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10:00 PM CST, Wednesday, 8/24/2011: It’s that time of the week… time to ease into your favorite chair, sit back and relax as we explore the sublime world of the strange, the odd, and the unusual. It’s time once again for… The Shadow Hour.

ABC’s Nightline has begun a series called “Beyond Belief” that is examining paranormal claims.  Their first segment, which aired 8/16/2011, mostly featured Banachek, a magician who is an outspoken critic of psychics.   Since Banachek is a mentalist, a performer who uses stage magicians’ techniques to simulate mind reading and other types phenomena, he is well positioned to discus how such things can be faked.  He will appear on Nightline again to demonstrate his “million dollar challenge” where he says he will give $1 million to anyone who can pass his test.

Clearly, Banachek, and people like him, believe passionately that they are fighting an important battle.  They feel that people are being cheated and harmed by a belief in psychic phenomena.  How does their concern affect other areas of the paranormal?  Is the search for ghosts and other curiosities simply a sort of escape?  Are we causing more harm than good?

Tonight, we’ll open the lines to your calls to discuss the debunking claims and how it compares to your own experiences.  We will try to follow these segments and continue the discussion as the Nightline series continues.

As always, you can listen right here with our blogtalkradio widget! You can listen to past broadcasts at any time, or tune in tonight (Wednesday, August 17th) at 10pm Central for the live broadcast. See you in the shadows…


This guy has some serious guts and is risking his life to raise money for UNICEF, incredible!

Daily Mail writes:

A daredevil stuntman has scaled a 10,000ft mountain – by creeping up a two-inch thick cable car wire.

Freddy Nock took 90 minutes to edge to the top of the Zugspitze mountain in south Bavaria – without any safety equipment.

Nock, who began his highwire career at the age of 11, said of his 3,000ft long trek: ‘I don’t want to do it again, not without a balancing pole. It was exhausting.’

The Swiss-born tightrope artist now plans to submit his feat to the Guinness Book of Records as the ‘longest and highest wire walk above sea level without a balancing pole.’

The stunt was part of a week of challenges Nock will undertake this week to raise money for Unicef.

He said: ‘I will attempt seven records during this week. It has everything, incline, to walk down a cable car, walk across a lake that is more than three kilometers, which in the highest mountain area, in the Jungfraujoch in Switzerland, that is more than 3,800 meters high, higher than this one.’

Read more at dailymail.co.uk



Texas police have arrested a teen after he broke into a woman’s apartment and attacked her, making hissing sounds and claiming to be a 500-year-old vampire.

Lyle Monroe Bensley, 19, of Galveston, allegedly entered the woman’s bedroom early Saturday morning and bit into her neck as she lay on the bed.

Wearing just a pair of boxer shorts and covered in tattoos, Bensley then reportedly dragged the woman out of her unit where she managed to run away and get into a nearby vehicle.

She later called the police who said Bensley climbed two fences to get away from them, yelling that he “didn’t want to have to feed on humans”.

Bensley told the police that he “needed to feed,” and then said that he has been “alive for 500 years.”

He was taken to Galveston County Jail where he told guards to restrain him for their own safety, police said.

He has been charged with burglary with intent to commit assault with a $40,000 Bond.


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10:00 PM CST, Wednesday, 8/17/2011: It’s that time of the week… time to ease into your favorite chair, sit back and relax as we explore the sublime world of the strange, the odd, and the unusual. It’s time once again for… The Shadow Hour.

When Malana Ashlie was last on the show we talked about how meditation made a profound difference in her life.  Many listeners were interested in meditation and wanted to know more specific information.  Tonight, Malana returns for a deeper discussion on the methods and benefits of meditation, and how anyone can get started.

As always, you can listen right here with our blogtalkradio widget! You can listen to past broadcasts at any time, or tune in tonight (Wednesday, August 17th) at 10pm Central for the live broadcast. See you in the shadows…


Everyday we take just one step closer to being gods.

Today is no exception.


The BBC writes:

Researchers say they have created the first ever animal with artificial information in its genetic code.

The technique, they say, could give biologists “atom-by-atom control” over the molecules in living organisms.

One expert the BBC spoke to agrees, saying the technique would be seized upon by “the entire biology community”.

The work by a Cambridge team, which used nematode worms, appears in the Journal of the American Chemical Society.

The worms – from the species Caenorhabditis elegans – are 1mm long, with just a thousand cells in their transparent bodies.

What makes the newly created animals different is that their genetic code has been extended to create biological molecules not known in the natural world.

Read more at bbc.co.uk


Mysterious tremors shaking houses and disrupting sleep in Ontario have everyone baffled, with only one man trying to figure it out.


The Montreal Gazette writes:

WINDSOR — For months, residents of south and west Windsor have been wondering and worrying about vibrations of unknown origin.

And now, those mysterious rumblings under the city have found a new believer — the city’s Ward 10 Coun. Al Maghnieh, who says it’s time to start taking the phenomenon seriously.

“It’s very present and real,” he said.

Maghnieh added that those who think the phenomenon is a joke or that its proponents are “crazy” need to grasp the implications in terms of health and the environment.

“I mean, it’s actually scary to think that this is going on and we still can’t pinpoint what it is,” he said.

“This is potentially very dangerous.”

Read more at montrealgazette.com


I can’t believe we’re still finding new animals in the water all around the world, wait, yes I can because we’ve only explored 70% of our oceans! I’m sure there are still hundreds if not thousands of new things to discover. Who’s up for an adventure?


Cryptomundo writes:

The Proceedings of Royal Society B, 2011, is noting the discovery of a new species of fish.  Their article is published here, and is entitled, “A ‘living fossil’ eel (Anguilliformes: Protoanguillidae, fam. nov.) from an undersea cave in Palau.”

Read more at cryptomundo.com


Check this out! I’ve got a feeling we’re going to have a bigfoot body turn up anytime now. Sightings are happening more often than ever and with modern technology, it’s just a matter of time until one turns up!


You gonna eat that ghost or mount it?

Old sketch of Doc RavencraftA while back, someone was talking to someone who was very excited to start their career as an amateur ghost hunter.  It had never struck me before, but suddenly I realized what a strange phrase that was… “Ghost Hunter.”

Depending on your origins, hunting can have different connotations.  The don’t call me the Authentic Texas Mojo Man for nothing!  In Texas hunting has been a tradition since before the Tonkawa and Comanche roamed the hill country around Austin.  (Today we call that land “shopping centers” and it’s all built up with steel and concrete like a pizza oven.)  The hunters I knew ate what they killed and they stalked them honestly.  They didn’t use robotic feeders to train the animals to gather at the kill site at a convenient time.  They had respect for their prey and had as much praise for the ones who got away as the ones that ended up at the dinner table.

Buffalo are rounded up and slaughterd from a train.

Slaughter of American Buffalo

Ah, but there are other kinds of hunters.  There are poachers who use the most aggressive means possible and rape the environment with no concern for balance.  They come in and take the one thing that they value, leaving the rest to rot.  This was the case in the early European settlement of America, where herds of buffalo were slaughtered, skinned and left to rot.  You can read all about it in “The Extermination of the American Bison,” by William T. Hornaday, freely available through Project Gutenberg.  This kind of destruction shows no respect, only a drive to profit.

So, when people talk about “ghost hunting” I first have to ask myself “What kind of hunter are you?”  Frankly, a lot of what I see from people seems to be much more about trophy hunting.  They gather their experiences and trot them out for display, but what have they learned about the nature of the spirits they pursue?  Even the more respected style of hunting is still about dominance.  As a predator you have to win or you don’t eat.  No matter how much you respect your food, you still need it to lose the game.

There is another approach to wildlife that I think is much more in tune with what people say they want to achieve:  bird watching.  I know some people who are birders.  They have traveled far and wide for the express purpose of crossing a species off of their list.  They are immensely knowledgeable about birds, appreciating the nuance of color and shape that separates them.  They know the calls and can tell you a number of things about the birds that make them unique in their environment.  The are damned near ornithologists in their understanding of these creatures.  Their goal?  To see that these animals live.

I’m sure that there are some bad birders out there, but the birds get to largely ignore them.  It doesn’t kill you to be looked at.  On the other hand, the good ones spread a lot of information about habitat and what these animals need to survive.  (Yes, responsible hunters do that too, but it’s lost on some people because of the whole “dead animal” thing.  Don’t get me wrong… I’m a huge fan of venison!)

I guess what it all comes down to for me is respect.  Are you just going for chills and thrills, or do you want to grow closer to these entities that you are seeking?  What are you learning as you go on your encounters?  What are you doing to improve the situation?

I’ve said before that I don’t think… shall we call it “Ghost Watching?”… is all about gadgets.  People are already wired to connect with the spirit world.  We just devoted that energy to video games and managing fantasy football teams.  You need to learn how to quieten yourself so you can experience what is there.  But I’m not going to harp on that right now.

I just want you to consider when you seek a ghost, what you want to take away.  You have an amazing opportunity to make some sort of connection.  What are you going to do with it?  Are you going to get it to tell you the color of your socks? (“Because no one could know that!”)  Are you going to try to get this spirit— who for all we know was a human being just like you and me, with love and pain and joy and sorrow and a real life that they led as best as they could— are you going to get them to do tricks for you?  Or, are you going to do something to find out more about what hold them here?  Are you going to do something to make sure that their memory matters?

Word mean things.  If you are a Ghost Hunter, that says something about you.  Does it say what you mean it to?  Even if you adopt the term Ghost Watcher, which I think is a better description, are you really learning about this phenomena, or just going for the exercise.  Think about it.  Look at that picture of the buffalo and think about it.  What are you going to leave behind?

(I just wanted to let you know that I didn’t come up with the term “Ghost Watching” on my own.  My friend, David, was kind enough to help draw these correspondences during a conversation over adult beverages when I expressed my dissatisfaction.)

Tonight on THE SHADOW HOUR: Share your stories on the air

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10:00 PM CST, Wednesday, 8/10/2011: It’s that time of the week… time to ease into your favorite chair, sit back and relax as we explore the sublime world of the strange, the odd, and the unusual. It’s time once again for… The Shadow Hour.

This week Chris and Mark will open the lines for your stories about the weird.  Have you had a strange encounter?  Gone on your first ghost hunt?   Had dreams that have been coming true?  We want to hear from you.  Everything is on the table.

As always, you can listen right here with our blogtalkradio widget! You can listen to past broadcasts at any time, or tune in tonight (Wednesday, August 10th) at 10pm Central for the live broadcast. See you in the shadows…


For years, people have been searching for the fabled “lost Thunderbird photo” in vain… a mysterious photograph showing what appeared to be a gigantic bird or flying reptile nailed to the side of a barn.

The really strange thing is, hundreds of people can recall seeing the image either in a book, magazine, or a newspaper… but nobody has ever been able to produce the photograph. It’s almost as if it never really existed (If you’re not familiar with the subject of the Thunderbird photo, you can read up on the story here; it’s a fascinating mystery that continues to drive people bonkers)!

But perhaps the mystery is one step closer to being solved.  This morning Loren Coleman of Cryptomundo.com brought this photo to the world’s attention:


So what is the origin of this photograph of some kind of giant flying reptile (not a “Thunderbird”) with humans?

The appearances are here and here, but they give no info on the actual source.

Source: http://www.cryptomundo.com/cryptozoo-news/tbird-pic/


Actually, this is just the latest entry in the running for the “lost Thunderbird photo.”  There have been other Thunderbird photos that have cropped up on the internet in the past, all of which have been proven as a hoax. Here are a few of them.


So the question is, where did this new photo originate?  Is it from some forgotten book? Another hoax?  Or… could this actually be the long lost Thunderbird photo so many people recall having seen?




Examiner.com writes:

Amsterdam was the scene of a strange UFO sighting when an object fell from the sky during broad daylight on August 5, 2011.  The descent of the falling object was captured on a video that lasts longer than four minutes.

The UFO is nearly the same shade of gray as the skies that surround it, but slightly darker.  It is vaguely spherical in shape and moves downward at a fairly slow rate of speed.

The YouTube user who posted this video described the UFO as follows:  “Watch an object that otherwise gets routinely dismissed as a Chinese lantern morph into something completely different.”  The video is from the YouTube channel theInterzone.

In the video, you can see that the object disappears behind a large building.  It doesn’t appear to have any lights or other illumination.  From the way the object moves, it does appear that its trajectory is being affected by the wind.

Read more at examiner.com


Now THIS is intense!

Ozarksfirst.com writes:

(Springfield, MO) — The Ozark Mountain Paranormal Investigation Team has explored some of the areas most haunted homes.

Their skeptical team members always take hundreds of pictures in the dark.

But their most recent trip brought back a shocking image that is making believers out of the biggest of skeptics.

“The first thing I want to do is disprove it.” says Robert McCall, skeptic and co-founder of the Ozark Mountain Paranormal Investigation Team.*

Robert spends a lot of time disproving apparent haunting in the region.   “A lot of times people think there is a presence in the room and it turns out the room is where the breaker box is.  Or your meters on the outside of the wall and there is a lot of energy there.  Sometimes people think they are hearing things and it turns out they are just hearing things.”

But something that happened during his latest ghost hunt left Robert with no explanation.  A family in north Springfield contacted the group because of some odd things that were happening.

“All the lights were shut off and the doors were locked,” says Robert.  ” I came around to lock up the front door and as soon as I turned the corner I heard a growling disturbance on my EVP and seen something darker then dark move around in the hallway so I just started taking pictures of a completely dark hallway with nobody there.”

There was no one in the hallway but something else showed up on camera.
“When I first seen the picture, I saw a reaper,” says McCall.  “Typical of what you would think.”  Now it almost looks like a mother and child.”


Read more at ozarksfirst.com

Tonight on THE SHADOW HOUR: Talk with paranormal investigators Ripcrew

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10:00 PM CST, TONIGHT: It’s that time of the week… time to ease into your favorite chair, sit back and relax as we explore the sublime world of the strange, the odd, and the unusual. It’s time once again for… The Shadow Hour.

Tonight we’ll be talking to Robbie Prince, from the paranormal investigation group, Ripcrew.  We’ll talk about their origins, methods and stories.  We’ll also talk about the work some members have been doing with a filmmaker to create a dramatic recreation of their work.  It will be a live, call-in show, so get your questions ready!

As always, you can listen right here with our blogtalkradio widget! You can listen to past broadcasts at any time, or tune in tonight (Wednesday, August 3rd) at 10pm Central for the live broadcast. See you in the shadows…



Such a weird defect of the human hearing system that I had to put it up here.


Telegraph.co.uk writes:

Stephen Mabbutt, 57, from Charlton, near Banbury, could also hear his own heart beating.

Mr Mabbutt first experienced symptoms six years ago, when he felt a dull ache in the side of his head.

GPs treated him with nasal sprays and antibiotics, but his hearing deteriorated. Mr Mabbutt was eventually diagnosed with an unusual ear condition in which sounds inside the body are heard very loudly. The condition meant that the noise from chewing food became deafening.

His symptoms worsened to the extent where loud noises caused dizziness and his vision blurred.

Mr Mabbutt told the BBC: “When I raised my voice I could hear it reverberating in my head and the vibrations made my vision vibrate.

“Eventually I could hear my heart beating and my eyes moving in their sockets. It was really distracting.”

Read more at telegraph.co.uk


A mysterious circle on a grainy scan, this is what scientists are claiming is finally evidence that Earth has been visited by aliens.

Researchers have claimed the fuzzy outline is a flying saucer that ended up 300ft down on the ocean floor between Sweden and Finland.

They were stunned when sonar scans taken while searching for a century-old wreck showed up the shape against the dirt.

UFO? Sonar scans taken while searching for a century-old shipwreck on the ocean floor between Sweden and Finland showed up this fuzzy outline

The ocean exploration team which found it claims that the earth around the craft has been scarred, suggesting it has tried to move around.

Lead researcher Peter Lindberg also suggested that another explanation could be that it was ‘a new Stonehenge’.

The ‘discovery’ has sparked a flurry of speculation by UFO watchers and bloggers.

Some have even suggested it resembles the Millennium Falcon from the Star Wars series, with its distinctive front forks and round shape.

Newspapers in Sweden have put the story on their front pages and asked if this is really the first sign of extra-terrestrial life.

The shape was found at the bottom of the Gulf of Bothnia during a search for a sunken wreck which contained several cases of champagne.

The shape was found at the bottom of the Gulf of Bothnia during a search for a sunken wreck which contained several cases of champagne

Mr Lindberg said it was large and about 60ft in diameter and clearly visible on the sea bed.

‘You see a lot of weird stuff in this job, but during my 18 years as a professional I have never seen anything like this. The shape is completely round,’ he said.

He added that the scars on the earth surrounding it could show where the craft landed and skidded along.

Now, however, his team do not have the money or resources to examine the shape further.

If it does turn out to be a UFO it will be priceless, but if it is just a shape, it will be worthless.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2021174/Have-scientists-crashed-flying-saucer-seabed.html#ixzz1ToA1r3GC