The researchers note that octopuses appear to have
suddenly diverged genetically from their ancestors, making a sudden “great leap
forward” – “its large brain and sophisticated nervous system, camera-like eyes,
flexible bodies, instantaneous camouflage via the ability to switch color and
shape are just a few of the striking features that appear suddenly on the
evolutionary scene.” After discussing some of the genetic data, the researchers
then suggest that these genetic ‘jumps’ “seem to be borrowed from a far distant
“future” in terms of terrestrial evolution, or more realistically from the
cosmos at large.” But they’re not just talking about a virus traveling to Earth
from space – they instead, amazingly, suggest the possibility “that
cryopreserved Squid and/or Octopus eggs, arrived in icy bolides several hundred
million years ago should not be discounted as that would be a parsimonious
cosmic explanation for the Octopus’ sudden emergence on Earth ca. 270 million
Yes, you heard that right: 33 scientists wrote a paper in
which they suggest that octopuses might be aliens.
The American Southwest is a haunted place, and the spirits that live there have stories to tell. Paranormal investigators Dan Baldwin, Dwight Hull, and Rhonda Hull have combined their love of history with their ongoing paranormal investigations into the paranormal. The result? Speaking with the Spirits of the Old Southwest, which combines their investigations, history, and EVP transcripts for an unforgettable paranormal experience.
“It was obviously a Bigfoot. I knew that as soon as I saw it, but it didn’t look like what I expected one to look like if I ever had the chance to see one. It was well over 6 feet tall, maybe even topping 7 feet, and was covered all over with fairly long hair — maybe four to six inches. But the most striking thing about it was that its hair was white. Actually, it wasn’t snow white, but instead had kind of a slight cream-colored tint to it. I have never heard of a white Bigfoot before.”
Creepy paranormal games that allege to grant you access to the spirit realm have been around for centuries, making games like “Bloody Mary” and “Light As A Feather, Stiff As A Board,” and Ouija board seances rites of passage for most adolescents. Now that we live in the age of the internet with websites like Reddit ready at our fingertips, cautionary tales about all the supernatural games you can play are more easily shared, discussed, and – of course – attempted.
The Elevator Game happens to be one such game that can purportedly grant you access to other dimensions, making it particularly likely that bad things could happen if it is played incorrectly. In fact, some people believe that this very game is responsible for numerous mysterious disappearances – including that of a young woman named Elisa Lam.
So, if you’re thinking about playing any supernatural games yourself, take note of these cautionary rules before for playing the Elevator Game.
You’d be hard-pressed to find a community in Nevada that doesn’t possess a local legend or two. This is especially true of the state’s many ghost towns, nearly all of which are said to be haunted by former residents. With Goldfield, Tonopah, and Fish Lake Valley on the itinerary for days three and four of their journey from Las Vegas to Reno on “The Fellowship of Highway 95”—a week-long artistic collaboration on Nevada’s “Free-Range Art Highway”, organized by Atlas Obscura and TravelNevada—the collage artist Francesca Berrini and the photographer Lindsey Rickert were heading deep into “ghost country,” as Berinni described it in the day’s travel journal.
Unfortunately for all of us who want ghosts to be real, there’s often a logical and non-supernatural explanation for many of the experiences that are attributed to ghosts. Some of the most famous ghost stories in the world even fall victim to being debunked. Not to burst your bubble, but here are seven of those debunked stories.
“My Step Dad noticed something moving about in the garden from looking out of the window as he waited for the toast to be done. He questioned it and said “do you see that?” so I took a look out of the window and as we tried to work out what it was he switched the flood light on.
Plain as day this thing was on all fours drinking water from the pond. It was huge. I would describe it as black and very wide, very muscular. It turned its head and looked towards the house.”
Dolls are one of the most likely objects to become haunted. Why is this?
Dolls that have human forms are ideal vessels for residual energy and spirits. Owners, whether adult or child, often form strong emotional bonds to dolls—they become human substitutes.
If something tragic happens to the owner, or if the owner suffers intense unhappy and negative feelings, the bad energy can be transferred to the doll. This energy is residual, but if it is strong enough, it can take on a thought-form presence as a “bad” personality of the doll.
Residual energy can be dormant for long periods of time, but if the doll goes to a new home and owner, and the place and person have the right energy, the residual personality can become activated and cause phenomena in the new house.
The story begins in February of 1756 in the midst of the French and Indian War. Early one morning, a group of Lenape emerged from the forests that covered the Blue Mountains of Albany Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania. Allied with the French, they were intent on murdering colonial families living on the frontier. An account of the attack was documented in a letter from (Jean) Valentine Probst to Jacob Levan:
I cannot omit writing about the dreadful circumstances of our Township, Albany. The Indians came yesterday morning, about 8:00 o’clock, to Frederick Reichelderfer’s house. As he was feeding his horses, two Indians ran upon him, and followed him into the field 10 or 12 perches behind; but he escaped and ran toward Jacob Gerhart’s house, with a design to fetch arms. When he came nearer Gerhart’s, he heard a lamentable cry “Lord Jesus, Lord Jesus,” which made him run back towards his own house, but before he got quite home, he saw his house and stables in flames; and heard all the cattle bellowing, and thereupon he ran away again.
Two of his children were shot, one of them was found dead in his field, the other was found alive and brought to Hagenbuch’s house but died three hours after. All his grain and cattle were burnt up. At Jacob Gerhart’s they had killed one man, two women, and six children. Two children slipped under the bed; one of which was burned; the other escaped and ran a mile to get to people. We desire help, or we must leave our homes.