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This would scare EVERYTHING out of me!

I love a good prank just as much as the next guy but, I really hate when a good prank is pulled on me… as I’m sure we all do.

Unfortunately for these folks in Brazil, who think they’re headed to whatever appointment it was they made for the day and are just getting onto just any old elevator. Boy, were they wrong!

Watch the video below and see what one of our favorite sights has to say:

Ghost Theory reports:

Talk about a prank! This is likely one of the most extreme gags of all time.

This stunt was done for a Brazilian variety show, Programa Silvio Santos. The shtick involves unwitting elevator passengers who are riding along when the lights start to flicker. What happens next is something that these people will never forget and may have nightmares about for a long time.

pparently the shenanigans are based on the horror film ‘The Ring’. The little girl is enough to send someone over the edge and many are up in arms as this over the top escapade may be just a little too over the top. Complaints are coming in as some were concerned that exposing the right person could trigger a heart attack. I don’t know about that, but the people exposed to the prank were certainly terrified out of their minds.

I have to say, it is one of the most disturbing things I’ve ever seen as I could feel the fear enveloping the unsuspecting passengers.

Read more at ghosttheory.com/2012


A screen shot of Siobhain Fletcher, the British Woman with PCOS who is growing her beard for charity.

Well, now that Movember is coming to a close… wait, you don’t know what “Movember” is?! It’s a lot more then men not shaving their face in the month of November as some might have you believe.

Movember as defined by Wikipedia:

“Movember (a portmanteau word from moustache and “November“) is an annual, month-long event involving the growing of moustaches during the month of November to raise awareness of prostate cancer and other male cancer and associated charities. The Movember Foundation runs the Movember charity event, housed at Movember.com.[1] The goal of Movember is to “change the face of men’s health.”[2]

By encouraging men (“Mo Bros“) to get involved, Movember aims to increase early cancer detection, diagnosis and effective treatments, and ultimately reduce the number of preventable deaths. Besides getting an annual check-up, the Movember Foundation encourages men to be aware of any family history of cancer, and to adopt a more healthful lifestyle.[3]

Since 2004, the Movember Foundation charity has run Movember events to raise awareness and funds for men’s health issues, such as prostate cancer and depression, in Australia and New Zealand. In 2007, events were launched in Ireland, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Spain, the United Kingdom, Israel, South Africa, Taiwan and the United States.[4][5]

It has spread from Australia to South Africa, Europe and North America.[6][7] As of 2011 Canadians were the largest contributors to the Movember charities of any nation.[8][9] In 2010, Movember merged with the testicular cancer event Tacheback.[10]

In 2012 the Global Journal listed Movember as one of the top 100 NGOs (non government organization) in the world.”

Exciting, no?

Well, apparently, men aren’t the only ones who can participate, one woman has taken it upon her self to take her hormone imbalance and put it to good use!

The Huffington Post writes:

Each November, thousands of male grow mustaches to bring awareness to men’s health issues, such as prostate cancer and testicular cancer, in a campaign known as “Movember.” This year, a British woman with a pre-diagnosed medical condition grew a beard in support of the cause.

Siobhain Fletcher, a 36-year-old from Leek, Staffordshire, was diagnosed withpolycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) when she was just a teenager. PCOS is a condition in which a woman has an imbalance of female sex hormones, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine. PCOS can cause women to develop male-like characteristics, including abnormal hair growth on the face, stomach or chest.

“When I started getting my periods, they never became regular – I thought that was a bonus!” Fletcher told ABC News. “I started getting a few hairs, around 15 or 16. Every woman gets facial hair. I thought that was just part of puberty. I cut with scissors, or shaved them off.” She identified the issue when she was in her 20s and attempted to remove the hair by shaving, waxing and using chemical creams.

Fletcher’s decision to grow her beard for Movember took courage. She had self-esteem difficulties growing up, has been mistaken for a man and was housebound for five years, she revealed during an interview with ITV2’s “This Morning” on Tuesday.

“My condition used to contribute to depression and anxiety but this is for a good cause and I want to highlight that people shouldn’t judge you on what you have on your face, it’s what is inside that matters,” Fletcher told the Mirror on Nov. 10.

In early November, Fletcher’s friend told her that he was growing a mustache in support of Movember, and she was inspired.

“I pointed out that he had a bit of face fuzz, and asked about it. He told me about ‘Movember,’ and in a spur of the moment decision, I decided to grow mine,” she told ABC News.

Some women who have joined the Movember or No-Shave November movementhave faced disapproval, but Fletcher is pushing back against that.

“Now it’s actually saying to the world, look, this isn’t a sideshow, I’m doing this to raise awareness for men’s cancer to stop families possibly losing a family member and also to help people with self-esteem issues to say, ‘It doesn’t matter,'” Fletcher said about growing a beard for Movember on “This Morning.” Adding, “People will still look as beautiful with facial hair as without it.”

Fletcher has raised £1,040 (about $1,663) on her Movember page as of Wednesday afternoon. On her page, she cites her motivation as: “To use my PCOS as a tool for raising awareness for Men’s cancers. If I get just one man to get checked out it will be worth it.”

Read more and watch a short interview at huffingtonpost.com/2012


Cliff Barackman of Animal Planet's "Finding Bigfoot"

Since the release of the DNA results by Dr. Ketchum and her team of their study of the Russian “Bigfoot” hair, we’ve been scouring websites for any type of update or new information. Not much else has happened just yet but the great guys at Cryptomundo.com have a bit to say and have found a recent interview of Finding Bigfoot’s lead researcher, Cliff Barackman, where he was asked about and weighs in on the research.

Cryptomundo writes:

Watching Finding Bigfoot co-host Cliff Barackman on G4’s Attack of the Showis like having Thanksgiving all over again. At least in the sense that you are reminded what you are thankful for. There are only a handful of people who make great ambassadors, represent serious Bigfoot research. We are thankful for that.

The Attack of the Show host, Matt Mira starts with the typical ribbing of the title “Finding Bigfoot,” since they have not found Bigfoot. Then he pivots and asks sincere questions about breeding populations, habitat, and then drops the bomb, “What do you think about the Bigfoot DNA study that came out last weekend?”

Watch the interview with Barackman on G4 here:

Read more at cryptomundo.com/bigfoot


Well geez, this certianly does look like Bigfoot taking a peak into this guy's tent!

Well, here is some awesome footage that has only deepened the world’s curiosity for Bigfoot, especially on the heels of the fantastic and absolutley amazing information contained in our last post.

Take a look at this well done analysis video posted to YouTube by TeamYin of a camper that has claimed to have filmed an intruding Bigfoot through an opening in his tent for yourself, and read what one our favorite blogs has to say just below:

Ghost Theory writes:

Okay, this is like offering Jello as desert after a seven course gourmet meal coming right on the heels of the Dr. Ketchum report, still some of us have to get on with things and keep the lantern burning, even in the face of the sun.

I found this video while looking into another account of a bigfoot caught in a police officers dashboard camera that turn out an admitted hoax by some local teens. Of course going from an admitted hoax to a video this clear sets off some natural mental blocks that say to me that this is probably fake too. Yet the video below possesses some merits discussed in the analysis.

Taken as real this video contains the best footage of a Bigfoot face I have ever seen, but listen to the analysis and then I will have a few comments on some key points.

Okay, you have watched the video now. You have, haven’t you?

I am going to address the main characteristics described in the analysis.

First is the described Large Nocturnal Eyes. I am sorry to say that what the analysis describes as large nocturnal eyes with no whites showing simply appears to me to be deep set eyes beneath a heavy brow where you cannot actually see the eye. Nor do I see an eye that is especially large in proportion to the face.

Read more at ghosttheory.com/2012


This incredible news was released today by Dr. Melba Ketchum, the head of the Bigfoot DNA study:




Five-Year Genome Study Yields Evidence of Homo sapiens/Unknown Hominin Hybrid Species in North America

Contact: Robin Lynne, media@dnadiagnostics.com, 231.622.5362

DALLAS, Nov. 24–A team of scientists can verify that their 5-year long DNA study, currently under peer-review, confirms the existence of a novel hominin hybrid species, commonly called “Bigfoot” or “Sasquatch,” living in North America. Researchers’ extensive DNA sequencing suggests that the legendary Sasquatch is a human relative that arose approximately 15,000 years ago as a hybrid cross of modern Homo sapiens with an unknown primate species.

The study was conducted by a team of experts in genetics, forensics, imaging and pathology, led by Dr. Melba S. Ketchum of Nacogdoches, TX. In response to recent interest in the study, Dr. Ketchum can confirm that her team has sequenced 3 complete Sasquatch nuclear genomes and determined the species is a human hybrid:

“Our study has sequenced 20 whole mitochondrial genomes and utilized next generation sequencing to obtain 3 whole nuclear genomes from purported Sasquatch samples. The genome sequencing shows that Sasquatch mtDNA is identical to modern Homo sapiens, but Sasquatch nuDNA is a novel, unknown hominin related to Homo sapiens and other primate species. Our data indicate that the North American Sasquatch is a hybrid species, the result of males of an unknown hominin species crossing with female Homo sapiens.

Hominins are members of the taxonomic grouping Hominini, which includes all members of the genus Homo. Genetic testing has already ruled out Homo neanderthalis and the Denisova hominin as contributors to Sasquatch mtDNA or nuDNA. “The male progenitor that contributed the unknown sequence to this hybrid is unique as its DNA is more distantly removed from humans than other recently discovered hominins like the Denisovan individual,” explains Ketchum.

“Sasquatch nuclear DNA is incredibly novel and not at all what we had expected. While it has human nuclear DNA within its genome, there are also distinctly non-human, non-archaic hominin, and non-ape sequences. We describe it as a mosaic of human and novel non-human sequence. Further study is needed and is ongoing to better characterize and understand Sasquatch nuclear DNA.”

Ketchum is a veterinarian whose professional experience includes 27 years of research in genetics, including forensics. Early in her career she also practiced veterinary medicine, and she has previously been published as a participant in mapping the equine genome. She began testing the DNA of purported Sasquatch hair samples 5 years ago.

Ketchum calls on public officials and law enforcement to immediately recognize the Sasquatch as an indigenous people:

“Genetically, the Sasquatch are a human hybrid with unambiguously modern human maternal ancestry. Government at all levels must recognize them as an indigenous people and immediately protect their human and Constitutional rights against those who would see in their physical and cultural differences a ‘license’ to hunt, trap, or kill them.”

Full details of the study will be presented in the near future when the study manuscript publishes.


Does Mt. Adams have an unwelcomed guest?

One of our favorite site, ghosttheroy.com, has posted a pretty interesting story this evening. A member of the UFO SIghtings Daily team has bposted a youtube video of what he thinks is a pretty poor job of an alien space craft attempting to blend in with it’s surroundings of Mt. Adams in Washington state. Take a look at his video here and decided for yourself.

Watch the video of his explanation here.

Ghost Theroy writes:

Scott Waring from UFO Sightings Daily has posted to You Tube what his analysis determines to be a cloaked alien UFO base on the slopes of Mt Adams, Washington.

“I had read about and researched the UFO Sightings at the ECETI ranch for many years and finally found a satellite map that would allow me to fully view the top of the ranch. The mass amounts of military officers and DOD people as well as news agencies who record these UFO have been baffled by what they saw. Glowing UFO orbs are seen nightly by visitors and people in the community. The thing that sticks out the most is that they often say, “it was coming from the side of the mountain,” or “it went into the side of the mountain.” This made me search for some kind of distortion in the photos, a glitch in their cloaking that would prove to be an entrance to a base. You see I work with infrared and night vision so I understand that certain light waves are not visible to the human eye, but the digital eye is a different story. Here is a video I made of the results of this search. The entrance is real…now…how do we open it?

-Scott C. Waring”

For reference here is the progression of zooms that leads to the site Scott claims to have discovered

Now I have checked FlashEarth myself and the distortion shown here is present there.

However to cite only one source for information is just asking for trouble, as Mr. Waring has done here. Waring has used Flash Earth to image the eastern slopes of Mt Adams, so I decided to check his findings on Google Earth. If indeed aliens are cloaking a hidden base on Adams, and that process causes a distortion of focus then it should be visible from any satellite image. Yes?

For reference I have included the rather distinctive deep valley in the lower half of this picture, and the ridge in the upper half, both visible in Waring’s image

And then zoomed between to the location of Waring’s “Base” and find no distortion.


Now I will be the first to admit my images are not taken at the same time of year as Waring’s. So we are left with a few options:

There was a hidden alien aircraft base within Mt Adams at the time of Waring’s photo but it was either not built yet or removed when my photos were taken.

As one of Waring’s commentors suggests, what was cloaked was a mothership not a base, and it departed or had not arrived yet between the time of Waring’s photo and mine.

Waring’s photo is a by product of a camera or processing flaw, or an atmospheric anomaly at the time of the picture.

Or one of the photos is simply faked by some human hand.

There do not seem to be a lot of other options. But there does arise a question.

Why would an advanced alien race, with the capacity to cloak a base or mothership proceed to launch brightly glowing objects that clearly identify its location?

If you are able to find something different let me know


Read more at ghosttheroy.com


A screen shot from the newly uploaded video about the Provo Canyon Bigfoot.

More information and even a video has come out regarding the Provo Canyon Bigfoot video that we posted about just a few days ago. The guys over at Bigfoot Evidence interviewed the couple, and you can watch the 40 minute interview here:

One of our favorite websites to regularly check Ghost Theory writes this about it:

Bigfoot Evidence has posted an interview with the Utah couple who had the Bigfoot encounter in Provo Canyon which video appeared Here on Ghost Theory. This video contains the full story from the couple who wish to remain anonymous along with enhanced video and artists renderings of the creature based upon the video.

Thank you to Shawn from Bigfoot Evidence for permission to bring you this report.

Of course any time you enhance video or provide an artists rendering, or edit for any reason you alter the perception and in some way, no matter how small, alter the verifiable facts of the case so such alterations are always to be taken with a grain of salt. However taken with additional information of the couple’s testimony, which itself is not entirely conclusive or corroborative in this case, it still lends another layer to this story.


Read more at ghosttheory.com/2012 and tell us what you think in the comments below.


A mysterious creature has been stalking villagers near a small Indonesian village called Kampung Paon Gahat. After a couple of attacks on locals and a foreigner, the creature came upon a farmer with a sickle in hand and decided to attack. The farmer prevailed and even took some pictures! Check them out in the story below and tell us what you think in the comments.

The Borneo Post Online writes:

SERIAN: An Indonesian plantation worker and a 75-year-old farmer got the shock of their lives when they were attacked by an unknown animal species in two separate occasions earlier this month.

The farmer, Aris Kuna of Kampung Paon Gahat, was attacked by the rare animal while attending to his pepper garden about noon. The foreigner, however, was attacked a week later at a plantation near Kpg Baing while gathering oil palm fresh fruit bunches around 9am.

The animal that attacked the duo was described as having a ‘bear and wild boar’ resemblance. Fellow workers and villagers who saw the carcass, brought by the Indonesian, could not identify the animal species.

“It’s a rare species. None of the villagers could identify it when we saw the body and pictures of it. Some even took to the Internet to find out but to no avail. Could it be one of those already considered extinct?

“In all my life venturing into the jungle, hunting and such, I’ve never come across this species,” 62-year-old Louis Nyaoi said when met at his house in Kpg Mentung Marau, some 50km from here yesterday.

His son Jimmy Tubo, 27, believed that the rare animal could have reappeared due to the opening of the nearby jungle for agriculture and other developments.

When relating the ordeal of the foreign worker, Jimmy said the Indonesian had claimed that the animal gave a strange noise, firstly sounding like a hen followed by a wild boar sound, before proceeding to attack.

The victim alleged that the animal stood up on its hind legs when charging at him. He immediately swung his sickle, killing the animal instantly.

Jimmy, who works with the Sarawak Land Consolidation and Rehabilitation Authority (Salcra) added that the animal which attacked the Indonesian measured two feet long.

The animal also spotted a long mane and sharp wolverine-like claws. Another mysterious attribute to the animal was that it gave out foul smell only hours after it was killed.

Another local expert jungle trekker and hunter Paul Hnrnp, 41, said he never smelled anything like the stench. He also said that one could smell the stench from some 10 metres away when the Indonesian brought the carcass to the plantation’s FFB pick up ram for observation by fellow workers and villagers.

On Aris’ encounter, Paul, a security guard at SK St John, Kpg Mentung Murau said his grandparents were resting at a hut after tending to their pepper crops at the time.

“My grandfather (Aris) heard an unfamiliar animal outside the hut, so he went out to check. At first, he could not see where the animal was coming from although he anticipated that danger was lurking.

“Sensing that the animal was near, he said a prayer before starting to swing his machete numerous times to fend off as what he described as an ‘invisible’ attack. Only after he felt he had slashed something that he saw a limb of the animal’s leg on the ground. Moments later, he saw the lifeless animal.”

Aris immediately dispersed the body at the jungle. As for the one that attacked the Indonesian worker, the body was partly buried at the plantation.

Not ruling out the fact that the animal could have been an endangered species, Louis believed the actions of both men as self-defense.

Read more at borneopost.com/2012


Playing Flight of the Bumblebee at 15 notes per second, Violinst Ben Lee has gained the title of World's Fastest Human!

 This is seriously mind-blowing! This guy can shred a violin like no other and has gained the title of World’s Fastest Human due to his faster than lightning fingers! He wasn’t the only one competing for the title though, a base racer (imagine base jumping except with racing someone to the bottom), a speed eater and, a head spinning break-dancer. Watch the video below of this dude playing insanely fast to win the title!

The Telegraph writes:

Judges and scientists working on the Quest channel’s show, Superhuman Showdown, unanimously voted the 32-year-old musician the fastest superhuman on earth, after he beat off stiff competition from a speed shooter and a base jumper.

Ben and his fellow competitors were tested in a controlled environment and researchers used magnetic electrical pulses to measure the contestants’ brain activity during their tasks.

Among those vying for the title were the world base race champion Frode Johannessen, who can ‘fly’ unassisted at 170pm and speed shooter Jerry Miculek who can fire eight rounds on four targets in 1.06 seconds.

Head spinner Aicho Ono, who can perform 135 head spins in one minute, and speed eater Pete Czerwinski, who is able to eat a 12 inch pizza in 34 seconds, also tried their best to win the coveted title.

Ben was thrilled to have been declared the winner: “It’s taken tens of thousands of hours of practice to reach this speed but it definitely helped that my parents were musical and encouraged me to play.”

He has played the violin since the age of five, and at 16 he was awarded Daily Telegraph Young Jazz Composer Of The Year. He has now insured his fingers for £3 million.

His record for playing Flight of the Bumblebee note perfect on the electric violin is 58.05 seconds.

Read more at telegraph.co.uk/news


This still is from the footage uploaded to youtube of the supposed ufo seen in the UK.

 What looked to be a real break through for ufo chasers everywhere turned out to be a false hope but, why did everyone get so excited? Well, it certainly seemed like a good case for the idea of visitors from another planet silently watching from the skies, it was a beautifully clear video and, showed the iconic and classic UFO image we’ve all grown up with and love so dearly.

Watch the video here posted by YouTube user g goodman:

With the video going viral and making news world wide, it was only a matter of time before someone would do their best to spoil the fun and debunk the video. It took less than 24 hours.

The explanation was posted by The Courier of the UK:

Adrian Musat’s sighting of a UFO seemingly hovering in Clunie Wood near Pitlochry on November 6, sparked scores of theories and internet speculation from people who saw our story.

Explanations offered on our Facebook page ranged from Chinese lanterns and aircraft to flying saucers and reflecting light.

Peter Menzies posted: ”Oh spooky. Mind you to believe we are not the only living beings in the whole universe or others is probably crazier than believing the possibility of UFOs.”

Jeem Smith wrote: ”Amazing that people are already ridiculing it without seeing the footage. There’s a possible 500 billion galaxies out there — anything’s possible surely.”

Adrian became a celebrity for the morning as national and regional media outlets flocked to his door to follow up on the claim.

A British UFO Research Association investigation into the craft was launched, but it was Forestry Commission Scotland that quickly settled the conundrum.

The eerie white light in the woods was, in fact, a cabin-mounted spotlight on a harvester working in the area.

Read more at thecourier.co.uk/news/perthshire


What was this flying high over the skies of Denver?

Footage recently released to the Denver local news has gone viral and is causing quite a stir in, not only the UFO community but, the world at large.

Watch the footage over at KDVR.com/2012 and tell us what you think. One of our favorites sites, GhostTheory.com weighs in:

Well GTers, it looks as though this is the day of the UFO. As much as I wanted to bring you something interesting from other sources, UFO’s seem to be the hot topic of discussion. Especially with the following story out of Denver.

This is a video I’ve seen yesterday, but I allowed it to simmer for 24 hours to see where it would go and it seems the word is “viral”.

If you want to read some way out theories on this incident, take a jaunt to Facebook where I’m sure you’ll be entertained.

This footage has made the rounds from Facebook to Twitter and was discussed on Coast To Coast last night.

Many are calling it nothing more than insects close to the camera, but others including “Steve Cowell” in the above quoted story aren’t convinced. In fact Cowell says point blank: “the objects are not insects.”

Tell me, how is it that an he could be so certain? Sure, he may be an aviation expert, but he’s not in any video production related business. Yet he seems to know everything that these objects are not. Could it be that Steve is merely saying what he thinks people want to hear? Nothing against him personally, but we wouldn’t be doing our job if we didn’t question these things.

I have to admit, my first, second and third inclination was insects. I’m having a hard time seeing it as anything else. Could I be mistaken? Of course.

The only thing I can do is offer it up for debate.

Thanks to Denver’s FOX 31 and Facebook for this content.

Read more at ghosttheory.com


Florida has plenty of natural resources for wildlife to thrive but.

A man named Tim Fasano has released footage of what he says is the best video evidence of Florida’s legendary Skunk Ape. Apparently though, this man has quite a reputation in the crypto-community already. Interesting…

Watch the video below and see what you can see:

Ghost Theory writes:

If you are unaware of who Tim Fasano is, let me fill you in. Tim is a controversial figure in the world of Bigfoot. However Tim is more interested in the cousin of Sasquatch, namely the Florida Skunk Ape.

Tim has been roaming the Florida everglades for many years in search of this elusive biped, which he is convinced exists.

He has several websites and he puts out videos with the best of them. You have to hand it to him, as he takes video footage at least once a month. If anyone deserves to find a Skunk Ape, it’s Tim.

Unless you’ve been too busy with the big election, you’d know by now that Spike TV is offering 10 million dollars to whoever gets irrefutable evidence of Bigfoot. That’s a lot of samolians!

This challenge apparently is no challenge to Tim as he believes he might already have the evidence. The video below is taken from a recent outing of Tim’s in the glades. I’ve lived in South Florida, so I’m allowed to use the abbreviation, “glades”, plus it sounds cooler! No? Ehh, what do you know?

Getting back to the video, Tim claims to have caught the Skunk Ape rising up behind some saw palmetto…

Here’s some commentary from Tim himself:

“I was about 300 yards from camp when I saw movement and took this video. At 4:09 you will see something peek up over the palmettos. When I pan back its in the open and tries to hide. I zoom so you can see. It was far away. I saw movement but did not know I had this capture until later. More vids of the expedition are at http://floridabigfoot.org”

I’m not so sure I see a Skunk Ape here, but you have to give Tim props, at least he’s out there looking and who knows, he may one day prove the subject of his quest. For now, I think the $10,000,000.00 is safe, but I wish Tim all the luck in the world.

I can’t say that Tim and I have been on the best of terms, but we have gotten along. I’ve covered a couple news items related to him and I do check in with his sites and videos from time to time. After all, if nothing else, he is entertaining.

Hey GTers, you guys are welcome to chime in with your thoughts. What do you think?

Thanks to Tim Fasano for providing the content of this article as well as Spike TV.

Read more at ghosttheory.com/2012


The Monsters of Universal Studios

We all know, love, and have our favorite of the classic monsters from our childhood but, what was the original inspiration for these creepy creatures of the shadows? A new book being published called “Medusa’s Gaze and Vampire’s Bite: The Science of Monsters” delves into what fears and real dangers the people of the time were living with that would have created them. From disease to war, times have most certainly been tough in the past and everyone had plenty to worry about.

Reuters reports:

Nov 8 (Reuters) – The suave and sensitive Edward Cullen of “Twilight” may be the norm for vampires these days, but fictional monsters such as Dracula originally sprang from the fear of inexplicable diseases and the mysteries of death in the natural world.

So argues science journalist Matt Kaplan in “Medusa’s Gaze and Vampire’s Bite: The Science of Monsters,” an examination of monsters around the world and throughout history – the science behind their origins, and why they matter to us even now.

“When our kids ask for monster stories around the campfire, they are behaving in a way that is not dissimilar to lion cubs,” Kaplan said in an email.

“Lion cubs play fight so they can test out their skills in a safe place where nobody is going to get maimed or killed. Monster stories serve a similar purpose, they allow us to face our worst fears without the risks that are normally associated with them.”

Some are simple. The Kraken tales of mammoth monster squid, along with the Leviathan of the Bible, are most likely based upon the existence of real creatures such as whales.

The terrifying Medusa of Greek myths, with her hair made of snakes and a gaze that could turn things to stone, may have been distantly connected to the idea of fossils for ancient people, with the snakes in her hair an example of pure fear.

Though mentions of vampire-like creatures exist as early as ancient Greece, it took hundreds of years for tales of the creatures to gradually evolve into the haunting undead of more recent history.

Accounts of people found in their graves with blood on their lips and their stomachs seemingly full, as if they had just eaten, may be explained by simple decay, with gas buildup throughout the body sometimes pushing blood up from the lungs. Elongated canine teeth and fingernails was due to skin shrinking after death and pulling away, making both more prominent.

Later, greater awareness of contagious diseases such as influenza and tuberculosis – which could cause people who came in contact with the ill person to also sicken and die – further contributed to the myth. This was especially true due to incubation periods that weren’t understood at the time, making it unclear how the diseases were being spread.

“One death would follow another in a dominolike progression,” writes Kaplan. “In a morbid sense, these patients were literally killing their friends and relatives, but from their deathbeds rather than the hereafter.”

But vampires have now undergone a radical transformation, a process that began with the publication of Bram Stoker’s “Dracula” but has speeded up in recent years.

“If tuberculosis, influenza, rabies and bloated bodies are the human experiences from which Dracula came, how have we now ended up with the kind, honorable and handsome Edward Cullen?” Kaplan said.

Read more at reuters.com/article


Hundreds of UFOs have been seen along the border of India & China recently.

Looks like there’s quite a bit of aerial activity coming from the other side of the world right now.

The border of India and China has had reports of over 100 UFO sightings this year and lights that are visible for hours. The Indian military has attempted to use radar to identify them and even sent in drones to make contact, all to no avail.

The Columbus Dispatch writes:

NEW DELHI — Adding to the litany of issues besetting neighboring nuclear rivals China and India is a new one: UFOs.

“Over 100 UFOs seen along China border,” said a headline in Tuesday’sTimes of India.

Indian troops guarding the often-tense 2,100-mile border between the two Asian giants say the objects seen in recent months are yellow spheres that appear to lift off from the Chinese side, slowly traversing the sky for three to five hours before disappearing. Indian military officials have reportedly ruled out Chinese drones or low-orbit satellites.

The acronym-happy Times of India says the UFO sightings have stumped the DRDO, NTRO, ITBP and other Indian military organizations. Some Indian news organizations have dubbed the objects ULOs, or unidentified luminous objects, given the glow they reportedly give off.

In September, the Indian army reportedly deployed a mobile ground-based radar unit and a spectrum analyzer to assess what was dancing around up there. As the troops watched the light show, however, the machines picked up zilch, according to India Today magazine, suggesting that the UFOs were non-metallic.

The army reportedly aimed one of its drones in a UFO’s direction, but the object disappeared. Astronomers were also called in. According to local media, they saw some of the same unexplained objects but gave up after three days, concluding that they were “non-celestial.” Indian border troops report nearly 100 sightings over the past three months.

Read more at dispatch.com/content/stories


Although, not the most uncommon deformity involved with excess breeding of animals, the owner of this goat has been doing it for over 10 years and has never had this happen.

Ghost Theory writes:

News out of India is that the Coimbatore VOC Park Zoo is home to a rare one eyed goat.

The goat, named Lefty because it is left handed, was born in Perundurai, Erode, India and at the time of the below photo, looks to be about who knows old. Oh, I made that part up regarding the name. Actually the goat could have any number of names. In fact, I think I’ll run a contest! Yea, the “Name The Cyclops Goat Contest”. The winner will be given an all expenses paid trip to India’s drinking water purification plant. Of course, that could be a filthy lie as well.

I could throw a lot of biology and genetic stuff in at this point, but does anyone really want to read it? No, you just want another picture of this poor unfortunate cow, uh, I mean goat.

The goat’s owner, Kandasamy, claims that in his 10 years of breeding goats, this is his first cyclops. This is obviously a genetic disorder as the goats mother had another calf who came out with the standard two eyed configuration.

Lefty, err, I mean no name does look like he could use a meal or two. Then again, maybe they are starving it in hopes that the eye will shrink and split. OK, eye can see my jokes are starting to go south, so I’ll end it here…no, here…..here is a much better place….speaking of here, does anyone else hear those voices in my head?

Thanks to our good friends at Weird Asia News for bringing us…*cough*…weird Asian news.

Read more at ghosttheory.com


Hard to rise from the dead when there's a few stakes in your heart!

A new report details a finding from the 1950s that send chills down my spine.

A skeleton was discovered in Southwell, Notts in the UK with a number of stakes through various parts of it’s body. Apparently, administered post-mordem, they were to keep this criminal/deviant from rising from the grave as an undead to feast on the life force of the living!

The Telegraph writes:

The discovery of a skeleton found with metal spikes through its shoulders, heart and ankles, dating from 550-700AD and buried in the ancient minster town of Southwell, Notts, is detailed in a new report.

It is believed to be a ‘deviant burial’, where people considered the ‘dangerous dead’, such as vampires, were interred to prevent them rising from their graves to plague the living.

In reality, victims of this treatment were social outcasts who scared others because of their unusual behaviour. Only a handful of such burials have been unearthed in the UK.

The discovery is detailed in a new report by Matthew Beresford, of Southwell Archaeology.

The skeleton was found by archaeologist Charles Daniels during the original investigation of the site in Church Street in the town 1959, which revealed Roman remains.

Mr Beresford said when Mr Daniels found the skeleton one of the first things he did was to check for fangs in a light-hearted way.

“In the 1950s the Hammer Horror films were popular and so people had seen Christopher Lee’s Dracula so it would have been quite relevant,” said Mr Beresford.

In his report, Mr Beresford says: “The classic portrayal of the dangerous dead (more commonly known today as a vampire) is an undead corpse arising from the grave and all the accounts from this period reflect this.

“Throughout the Anglo-Saxon period the punishment of being buried in water-logged ground, face down, decapitated, staked or otherwise was reserved for thieves, murderers or traitors or later for those deviants who did not conform to societies rules: adulterers, disrupters of the peace, the unpious or oath breaker.

“Which of these the Southwell deviant was we will never know.”

Read more at telegraph.co.uk


Georgia has it's own tribute to the legend of the Mothman.

Has the Mothman of legend returned to Georgia? Read the story and subsequent email message to Phantoms & Monsters below and see what possible explanations you can come up with in the comments below.

Ghost Theory writes:

It’s been many years since the Silver bridge collapsed, claiming 46 lives during a busy Friday evening rush hour. It is said that an omen to the incident appeared in the form of an odd looking creature later named Mothman by an Ohio copy editor who had a fascination with the old Batman TV series with a similar looking villain.

As time passed I developed a fascination with the monster of Point Pleasant. I spent more time than you can imagine researching the subject over the years, but the stories and sightings were few and far between. In fact, incidents involving the winged creature with no head have become downright rare.

I often wondered why a fairly famous entity would be so lacking in coverage? Similar beasts such as Bigfoot are still going strong. Even Chupacabra gets more play than the Mothman and in my mind, that defies logic. You’d think there would at least be a steady stream of hoaxes for such an eerie specter who’s appearance is said to be a warning of coming disaster.

As I pondered this lack of coverage, it occurred to me, if something had a chance of being real, would sightings and associated stories lack attention, or is there just not enough interest? Even a feature motion picture wasn’t enough to push this cryptid into the forefront for very long.

I for one get very excited when I see a story involving a creature that can be mistaken for nothing but Mothman. I’ve seen incidents describing large winged entities and I’ve even posted on them here, but it wasn’t until today that I knew I had a bona-fide Mothman encounter….that is, if we are to believe the incident.

This story comes to us from Lon over at Phantoms & Monsters where a skittish woman who goes only by the initials EW, tells of a terrifying run in with what in my mind can only be Mothman:

The North Georgia Mothman Encounter (as told to Lon Strickler)

Last December I received an email from a woman (who I will refer to as ‘EW’) from north Georgia who thought she had encountered a Mothman. After many months of correspondence, the witness has agreed to allow me to post the event but only under strict circumstances. She has reviewed this post and has agreed to the following content being published:

“Hello – I am hoping you can shed some light on an incident I had a few years ago. I was twenty-five at the time and was driving to my friend CW’s house. It was quiet at 11:30 pm as I drove south on an old country road off of (redacted) highway near (redacted) in north Georgia. Very few people pass this way because it leads to nothing but a small group of houses. I turned on the radio but nothing came on. I figured it was a blown fuse but then I started to heard weird scratching sounds coming through the speakers. It sounded like a distant voice but I couldn’t understand what it was saying.

Suddenly, something flew in front of the car and hit the windshield with enough size and force that it totally mangled the grill and hood. I immediately stopped the car. I heard what sounded like wings flapping on the roof, but then something rolled down the back window onto the trunk then eventually on to the road. I thought I killed whatever it was. A woman in a truck had pulled up from behind and said she saw the thing hit the road. She said that it’s eyes were glaring bright red. As we looked more closely at this thing it resembled a man with large bat-like wings. The woman walked back to her truck and pulled a shotgun from the back and pointed it at this bat-like creature.

It was starting to move and we backed off. It slowly stood up on two large raptor-like claws, turned and stared directly at us with those terrible bright red eyes. The woman pumped the shotgun. It slowly levitated off the ground with wings spread until it was about 10 foot up then instantly, it let out a deafening screech as it just disappeared with a loud ‘swoosh’. The woman (who I found out later was CW’s aunt) and I just looked at each other.

This thing had the body of a well-built man. It had no feathers but charcoal gray skin like that of a bat with some hair on the shoulders and around the eyes and legs. When it spread it’s wings, it had the span of 12 foot or more. I estimate it was about 8 foot tall. It had no head however, just the eyes embedded on the shoulders that had brows. I didn’t noticed a mouth or nose. There is no way I was going to report this and CW’s aunt totally agreed. We both drove off to CW’s house. I was so shook up I stayed the night.

The next morning, I went outside to inspect the car. There was a huge crack in the windshield and the grill was mangled beyond repair. The hood also had a deep 25 inch dent. I started to walk back to the house when I noticed something laying in the grass beside the garage. It was CW’s Golden Retriever lying dead from massive lacerations up and down it’s back. I just knew that thing did it.

That was 3 years ago and I constantly dream of this creature. I was told by a friend that I had encountered a Mothman. It looked more like a Batman to be honest. I decided to look up a few of the sightings by others and saw your name and blog. Many of the images on Google were very similar to what I saw. I wrote to someone else about a year ago but they never got back to me. I have included 2 of the images I think look the most like the creature I hit with my car that night. Could you contact me at this email? Thank you for your time. EW”

For more on this subject, including Lon’s comments, head over to Phantoms & Monsters

Is this story authentic? It’s seems to hold many similarities to other winged creature encounters, such as the body slamming into the windshield and rolling off the back. Also, I was almost wondering why the other woman didn’t shoot the thing. At one point it lets out a hair raising screech and I fully expected the next sentence to describe the deafening sound of the shotgun muzzle! Yet, both women stand and watch as it floats up into the air.

Another problem that challenges the authenticity is at no time does either women scream, run or lock themselves in their vehicles. In fact, their reaction seems lacking in emotion or animation. However, those who know the Mothman story well will tell you that there are associated reports of emotional and mental manipulation. Could these ladies have been in some sort of semi-trance state?

I could just dismiss this as a hoax, but that wouldn’t be much fun, especially for someone as addicted to the Mothman saga as I am.

I’d like to give a big shout out to Lon as I enjoyed this one thoroughly.

Read more at ghosttheory.com/2012 and the original story over at naturalplane.blogspot.com/2012


Photo credit to Animal Planet

Has the Yeti’s existence been confirmed?

News.com.au writes:

DNA tests on hair found supposedly found in a Siberian may actually prove the existence of the Abominable Snowman.

Three separate DNA tests of the hair reported it “came from a human-like creature which is not a Homosapien yet is more closely related to man than a monkey”.

Yeti hunters claim Yeti DNA is less than one per cent different to that of a human. But no-one has confirmed that “fact” to date, because no Yeti has ever been found or tested for DNA.

Until now. The DNA tests were carried out at universities in Moscow, St Petersburg at Idaho in the US. It is understood a fourth DNA test is also being carried out in the UK.

“We had ten samples of hair to study, and have concluded that they belong to mammal, but not a human, and not the animals known to the area where they were found, like a bear, or wolf, or goat, or any other animal,” Professor Valentin Sapunov of the Russian State Hydrometeorological Institute said.

“It was a branch of our university in St Petersburg that carried out a DNA test, and the Zoological Institute of Russian Academy of Sciences. The tests were performed by laboratory of electronic microscopy and laboratory of molecular genealogical classification.”

The “Yeti hair” was allegedly found in Siberia’s Azasskaya Cave by Dr Igor Birtsev, Russia’s leading advocate of the existence of the abominable snowman.

Read more at http://www.news.com.au/travel/news/so-the-yeti-does-exist-scientists-say-so/story-e6frfq80-1226507133971#ixzz2AzKP5VDI


The dark figure in the still above was thought to be a bear, until it stood up!

Some footage recently uploaded to YouTube has been found and blogged about by our buddies over at ghosttheory.com and it seems the young men in this video caught something pretty darn interesting in Provo Canyon, Utah recently.

Watch the video here

and a slowed down and enhanced version:

Ghost Theory writes:

Posted to You Tube yesterday, a couple of friends camping in Utah video what they presumed to be a bear, until it stands up. They react fairly honestly…

and run like scalded cats.

I would like to thank Tom Cantrall for the heads up on this one.

This sighting is said to have taken place in Provo Canyon Utah, which is home to park land as well as an historic railroad and Bridal Veil falls. That this is posted the day before Hallowe’en will certainly make some people suspicious, but then there is also no reason why it should not have happened on the day before any particular holiday. After all there is no evidence I have heard to suggest Bigfoot celebrates western culture holidays.

Judge for yourselves,


Read more at ghosttheory.com/2012