08/19/2014 - History of Ghost Stories. Since ancient times, ghost stories—tales of spirits who return from the dead to haunt the places they left behind—have figured prominently in the folklore of many cultures around the world. A rich subset of these tales involve historical figures ranging from queens and politicians to writers and gangsters, many of whom died early, violent or mysterious deaths. The concept of a ghost, also known as a specter, is based on the ancient idea that a person’s spirit exists separately from his or her body, and may continue to exist after that person dies. Because of this idea, many societies began to use funeral rituals as a way of ensuring that the dead person’s spirit would not return to “haunt” the living.Source: History.com

08/19/2014 - History of Ghost Stories.

Since ancient times, ghost stories—tales of spirits who return from the dead to haunt the places they left behind—have figured prominently in the folklore of many cultures around the world. A rich subset of these tales involve historical figures ranging from queens and politicians to writers and gangsters, many of whom died early, violent or mysterious deaths.

The concept of a ghost, also known as a specter, is based on the ancient idea that a person’s spirit exists separately from his or her body, and may continue to exist after that person dies. Because of this idea, many societies began to use funeral rituals as a way of ensuring that the dead person’s spirit would not return to “haunt” the living.

Source: History.com


08/19/2014 - Just A Heads Up, New Study Says Earth Was Once Covered In Literal Dragons. Are you bored by dinosaurs? Then you’re in luck, my jaded friend: according to a new study published recently in ZooKeys, the Earth used to be ruled by Azhdarchidan pterosaurs–massive, toothless winged creatures named from the Persian word for dragon. Fuck yeah. According to the new study, the variety of locations where Azhdarchidan remains have been discovered hint that the creatures dominated the skies worldwide throughout the Cretaceous period. The dragons are believed to have been the last of the pterosaurs, and, unlike their predecessors, were toothless (the better with which to emit giant gulps of fire, I’m presuming. In other news, someone at DreamWorks has access to a TARDIS).Source: The Mary Sue

08/19/2014 - Just A Heads Up, New Study Says Earth Was Once Covered In Literal Dragons.

Are you bored by dinosaurs? Then you’re in luck, my jaded friend: according to a new study published recently in ZooKeys, the Earth used to be ruled by Azhdarchidan pterosaurs–massive, toothless winged creatures named from the Persian word for dragon. Fuck yeah.

According to the new study, the variety of locations where Azhdarchidan remains have been discovered hint that the creatures dominated the skies worldwide throughout the Cretaceous period. The dragons are believed to have been the last of the pterosaurs, and, unlike their predecessors, were toothless (the better with which to emit giant gulps of fire, I’m presuming. In other news, someone at DreamWorks has access to a TARDIS).

Source: The Mary Sue


08/18/2014 - Ghostly Grim Reaper Floating Over Cemeteries Spooks, Baffles Albuquerque Residents. An Albuquerque cemetery was host to a bizarre sighting that has some residents saying that the Grim Reaper himself visited the desert metropolis. Witnesses report seeing a black-clothed figure visiting graves at the cemetery, and some say this Grim Reaper was even floating above graves. Last week, as some Albuquerque residents prepared to check out the Supermoon, passersby at a local cemetery reported seeing a figure dressed like the Grim Reaper looming over the graves at the San Jose del El Rosario Cemetery. Witnesses report seeing a tall, hooded figure wearing a black cloak, and some say the figure was wearing a white dress underneath.Source: Inquisitr

08/18/2014 - Ghostly Grim Reaper Floating Over Cemeteries Spooks, Baffles Albuquerque Residents.

An Albuquerque cemetery was host to a bizarre sighting that has some residents saying that the Grim Reaper himself visited the desert metropolis. Witnesses report seeing a black-clothed figure visiting graves at the cemetery, and some say this Grim Reaper was even floating above graves.

Last week, as some Albuquerque residents prepared to check out the Supermoon, passersby at a local cemetery reported seeing a figure dressed like the Grim Reaper looming over the graves at the San Jose del El Rosario Cemetery. Witnesses report seeing a tall, hooded figure wearing a black cloak, and some say the figure was wearing a white dress underneath.

Source: Inquisitr

UFOs Caught By Canadian News Crew During Forest Fire Coverage.

A video shot outside of Vancouver, British Columbia, during a forest fire unexpectedly captured a lot more than firefighting efforts.

On July 17, 2014, Castanet.net, a news organization in Western Canada, posted a video shot in West Kelowna — northeast of Vancouver — featuring efforts to stop the Smith Creek Wildfire.

Here’s the original Castanet.net video report, showing the UFO at approximately 26 seconds.

Source: HuffPo


08/17/2014 25 Year Study of UFO Sightings in Canada Shows Increased Activity. Ufology Research has released a study of UFO sightings over the past 25 years in Canada. While the group is not claiming their study proves the existence of aliens, they claim that it begs additional scientific research. It is an interesting take on UFO sightings because rather than focus on individual sightings, it presents aggregate findings. A single sighting can be explained away or ignored, but the body of evidence presents interesting questions. This is certainly the conclusion that Chris Rutkowski, a Research coordinator with the group, has concluded. He would love to see the scientific community take a serious look at the sightings.Source: eCanadaNow

08/17/2014

25 Year Study of UFO Sightings in Canada Shows Increased Activity.

Ufology Research has released a study of UFO sightings over the past 25 years in Canada. While the group is not claiming their study proves the existence of aliens, they claim that it begs additional scientific research. It is an interesting take on UFO sightings because rather than focus on individual sightings, it presents aggregate findings. A single sighting can be explained away or ignored, but the body of evidence presents interesting questions. This is certainly the conclusion that Chris Rutkowski, a Research coordinator with the group, has concluded. He would love to see the scientific community take a serious look at the sightings.

Source: eCanadaNow

08/14/2014 10 Lighthouses Surrounded By Spooky Legends. Lighthouses are beacons in the night for those out at sea. They ensure that boats enter harbors safely and serve as markers for hazardous coastlines. But life in a lighthouse can be pretty lonely—just ask any lighthouse keeper. Maybe that’s why eerie legends and ghost stories have surrounded lighthouses around the world throughout the years. Source: Listverse

08/14/2014

10 Lighthouses Surrounded By Spooky Legends.

Lighthouses are beacons in the night for those out at sea. They ensure that boats enter harbors safely and serve as markers for hazardous coastlines. But life in a lighthouse can be pretty lonely—just ask any lighthouse keeper. Maybe that’s why eerie legends and ghost stories have surrounded lighthouses around the world throughout the years.

Source: Listverse


08/14/2014 Another ‘Ghostly’ Sighting Of Creepy Face In Window At Ye Olde Man And Scythe Pub. There has been yet another “ghostly” sighting at Bolton’s spookiest pub. A strange figure appeared at one of the pub’s back windows upstairs — while the live-in manager was on holiday and his replacement was downstairs. The haunting, unexplained picture was taken by a neighbour of Ye Olde Man and Scythe in Churchgate.Source: The Bolton News

08/14/2014

Another ‘Ghostly’ Sighting Of Creepy Face In Window At Ye Olde Man And Scythe Pub.

There has been yet another “ghostly” sighting at Bolton’s spookiest pub.

A strange figure appeared at one of the pub’s back windows upstairs — while the live-in manager was on holiday and his replacement was downstairs.

The haunting, unexplained picture was taken by a neighbour of Ye Olde Man and Scythe in Churchgate.

Source: The Bolton News


08/13/2014 Fantastically Wrong: Ridiculous Mythical Critters Dreamed Up by 19th Century Lumberjacks. America has the most ridiculous mythical creatures the world has ever known. Hands down. Nowhere else has a mythology formed so beautifully in a perfect amalgam of too much whiskey, too little sleep, and perhaps some accidentally consumed magic mushrooms. These are America’s little-known “fearsome critters,” which came principally from lumberjack lore. Consider the Funeral Mountain terrashot, a walking casket that blows up when it stumbles into a searing desert. Or the tripodero, which has telescoping legs for seeing over bushes and a mouth that fires dried clay at its victims. Or the hidebehind, a lumberjack-hunter that you can’t see because—conveniently enough for the myth—when you look its way it ducks behind a tree. Also, it hates alcohol, so the only way to make sure it doesn’t eat you is to be drunk all the time. Ah, America.Source: Wired

08/13/2014

Fantastically Wrong: Ridiculous Mythical Critters Dreamed Up by 19th Century Lumberjacks.

America has the most ridiculous mythical creatures the world has ever known. Hands down. Nowhere else has a mythology formed so beautifully in a perfect amalgam of too much whiskey, too little sleep, and perhaps some accidentally consumed magic mushrooms.

These are America’s little-known “fearsome critters,” which came principally from lumberjack lore. Consider the Funeral Mountain terrashot, a walking casket that blows up when it stumbles into a searing desert. Or the tripodero, which has telescoping legs for seeing over bushes and a mouth that fires dried clay at its victims. Or the hidebehind, a lumberjack-hunter that you can’t see because—conveniently enough for the myth—when you look its way it ducks behind a tree. Also, it hates alcohol, so the only way to make sure it doesn’t eat you is to be drunk all the time. Ah, America.

Source: Wired


08/13/201410 Most Terrifying Hauntings Captured On Film.
Ghost sightings have been a widespread phenomenon ever since the beginnings of recorded human history, and possibly beyond. There are references to supernatural sightings in ancient texts dating as far back as ancient Egypt, Babylonian religions and classical Antiquity. The most commonly held belief is that ghosts represent the souls or spirits of a dead person (or animal), in a form that can be seen by the living. The details can vary wildly, with reports ranging from ghosts that appear to be completely human and able to be touched, to circular orbs that seem to drift in and out of reality. The idea of ghosts as physical representations of the dead has pervaded human culture across the globe. In particular, many religious practices such as exorcisms and funeral rites are supposed to put the souls of the dead to rest. While a fear of ghosts is common, there are also cultures around the world that embrace the idea of souls returning from the afterlife, with festivals such as China’s Ghost Festival and Mexico’s Day of the Dead. This list takes a look at 10 of the creepiest ghost sightings that have ever been captured on film. The authenticity of each entry is up to you to decide, but many make a convincing argument of the supernatural’s existence. Turning on all your lights and having a pillow to hide behind is strongly recommended! Source: WhatCulture

08/13/2014

10 Most Terrifying Hauntings Captured On Film.

Ghost sightings have been a widespread phenomenon ever since the beginnings of recorded human history, and possibly beyond. There are references to supernatural sightings in ancient texts dating as far back as ancient Egypt, Babylonian religions and classical Antiquity.

The most commonly held belief is that ghosts represent the souls or spirits of a dead person (or animal), in a form that can be seen by the living. The details can vary wildly, with reports ranging from ghosts that appear to be completely human and able to be touched, to circular orbs that seem to drift in and out of reality.

The idea of ghosts as physical representations of the dead has pervaded human culture across the globe. In particular, many religious practices such as exorcisms and funeral rites are supposed to put the souls of the dead to rest. While a fear of ghosts is common, there are also cultures around the world that embrace the idea of souls returning from the afterlife, with festivals such as China’s Ghost Festival and Mexico’s Day of the Dead.

This list takes a look at 10 of the creepiest ghost sightings that have ever been captured on film. The authenticity of each entry is up to you to decide, but many make a convincing argument of the supernatural’s existence. Turning on all your lights and having a pillow to hide behind is strongly recommended!

Source: WhatCulture


These Famous Ghost Animals Will Make A ‘Fraidy Cat Out Of You. There are many well-documented cases of people spotting or being haunted by ghosts (i.e., the spirits of dead people). Those spirits may even be effecting the housing market, but what about the spirits of those who aren’t human? Can animals also be ghosts? Believe it or not, there have been multiple reports of furry phantoms lurking here on Earth. It’s hard to say why they stayed behind, but it has happened. Check out some of these unusual ghosts and their favorite haunts.Source: ViralNova

These Famous Ghost Animals Will Make A ‘Fraidy Cat Out Of You.

There are many well-documented cases of people spotting or being haunted by ghosts (i.e., the spirits of dead people). Those spirits may even be effecting the housing market, but what about the spirits of those who aren’t human? Can animals also be ghosts?

Believe it or not, there have been multiple reports of furry phantoms lurking here on Earth. It’s hard to say why they stayed behind, but it has happened. Check out some of these unusual ghosts and their favorite haunts.

Source: ViralNova


The Haunted Vicarage in Borgvattnet. In northern Sweden rests the small village of Borgvattnet. There is an old vicarage in the village that was built in 1876. According to a letter written in 1927 by Nils Hedlund, the chaplain at the vicarage at this time, he had encountered ghosts in the house. In the following decade, a female apparition was glimpsed by Chaplain Rudolf Tangden. In the 1940s, chaplain Otto Lindgren and his wife claimed to have heard “weird sounds” and saw “moving objects.”Source: Examiner

The Haunted Vicarage in Borgvattnet.

In northern Sweden rests the small village of Borgvattnet. There is an old vicarage in the village that was built in 1876. According to a letter written in 1927 by Nils Hedlund, the chaplain at the vicarage at this time, he had encountered ghosts in the house.

In the following decade, a female apparition was glimpsed by Chaplain Rudolf Tangden. In the 1940s, chaplain Otto Lindgren and his wife claimed to have heard “weird sounds” and saw “moving objects.”

Source: Examiner



25 Mysterious Places In India That Will Give You The Creeps. An apparition that asks you for a lift, a place where hundreds of birds commit suicide, lake full of skeletons, guards being slapped by a ghost…seem like stories from a horror mystery novel don’t they? Believe it or not, these are occurrences that have actually been reported. Some of the enigmas are decoded, some still remain mysteries and others, for all you know are hearsay. Whatever they are, it makes for an interesting read. Source: Thrillophilia

25 Mysterious Places In India That Will Give You The Creeps.

An apparition that asks you for a lift, a place where hundreds of birds commit suicide, lake full of skeletons, guards being slapped by a ghost…seem like stories from a horror mystery novel don’t they? Believe it or not, these are occurrences that have actually been reported. Some of the enigmas are decoded, some still remain mysteries and others, for all you know are hearsay. Whatever they are, it makes for an interesting read.

Source: Thrillophilia


Search For Mythical Creatures Continues For Some. When individuals search for animals whose existences has not been proven beyond anecdotal evidence, stories and alleged sightings, this pseudoscience is called cryptozoology. These mythical or extinct animals are also known as cryptids, a term first used in 1983. Many of the mythical and folkloric animals mentioned in cryptozoological literature, have appeared as cultural references in movies, TV shows and other media outlets. Source: Science Recorder



 

Search For Mythical Creatures Continues For Some.

When individuals search for animals whose existences has not been proven beyond anecdotal evidence, stories and alleged sightings, this pseudoscience is called cryptozoology.

These mythical or extinct animals are also known as cryptids, a term first used in 1983.

Many of the mythical and folkloric animals mentioned in cryptozoological literature, have appeared as cultural references in movies, TV shows and other media outlets.

Source: Science Recorder