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The Charlie Charlie Challenge - what is the spooky craze?

A bizarre new craze is sweeping the internet - but what is this Ouija-board inspired game about?
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If Charlie is there the pencils will move to indicate his answer.
A strange new game is taking over Twitter, fuelled by speculation that its players can connect with a dead Mexican spirit known as Charlie.

The Charlie Charlie Challenge has been played by thousands of young people after a number of videos purported to show supernatural goings-on.

The game entails placing two pencils on a piece of paper in the shape of the cross with the words 'yes' and 'no'. Participants then repeat the phrase "Charlie, Charlie can we play?" in order to connect with the demon.

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Genies blamed for school sickness, possessions in Saudi Arabia

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Last week in Saudi Arabia nearly 200 elementary and middle school students "refused to attend classes after nine students claimed that genies — or jinn, as they are better known in the Arabic world — had made them sick" according to ArabNews.com, which added that "the students had fainted and experienced spasms at the start of the second semester, prompting many parents to believe jinns were present at the school."

Jinn are described in the Koran, the Muslim holy book, as creatures made by Allah of smokeless fire. Belief in jinn is widespread throughout the Arabic and Muslim world. Just as many Christians readily accept the literal reality of angels, many Muslims accept the existence of genies as self-evident. Both religions share the belief that spirits such as demons and jinn can take possession of humans. Jinn are believed, like ghosts, to haunt buildings, homes and other locations.

It will often begin with one or two people exhibiting symptoms and as others in the same location see the behavior they unconsciously begin experiencing the same or similar symptoms. Episodes are most common in closed social units such as schools and factories, and among females — likely because they tend to have stronger social bonds than males. The symptoms are not serious and go away on their own, often within hours or days.

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Mysterious red lights spotted over Russia

© Dmitry Yushkevich
'The first picture was taken at 12.49am. Immediately, at 12.50am, I decided to take a second shot to ensure that the camera hadn’t made a mistake, or that there was some bug or glare [on the lens].'

Photographs show red lights hovering about the ground and then moving vast distances in less than one minute.


An amateur photographer has captured pictures of what he claims is a 'UFO' after seeing strange red lights hovering above Omsk. Dmitry Yushkevich was taking images of his home city of Tara late at night on May 15 when he noticed six unusual-looking lights.

'They were arranged one behind the other,' he wrote on his Vkontakte page, after uploading the photos. 'The first picture was taken at 12.49am.

'Immediately, at 12.50am, I decided to take a second shot to ensure that the camera hadn't made a mistake, or that there was some bug or glare [on the lens].

'At first I didn't notice the object on the second image, as I only saw it at home as I processed the images. On the second image the object is behind the television tower, and that is why I did not notice it right away.'

© Dmitry Yushkevich

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Mysterious 'UFO' with green light in the sky above Groningen

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Harry Perton from Groningen, the Netherlands, likes to make pictures of nature. On Tuesday he set off in the Onlanden, the border between the provinces of Groningen and Drenthe.

Upon returning home, he looked up just and saw something weird. On one of his pictures of threatening skies is a green light phenomenon in the sky.

Perton "Suddenly saw something flashing," Harry wrote on his weblog. "I thought it was my device, but the flash was down.

There was not a drop on my lens. I decided it must have been the lightening of the sun. But at home I see something strange in one of the photos that I made at the end of the lane trees. "

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Mysterious orb spotted at U.S. Space Walk of Fame Museum

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Titusville, Florida - A strange object was caught on surveillance video at the U.S. Space Walk of Fame Museum in Titusville.

Employees have noticed an orb-shaped object a couple of times and have no idea what it is.

On two separate occasions in just the last week, the orb was spotted by surveillance cameras.

This video, which has garnered more than 500 views on YouTube, was taken May 12 in a room filled with artifacts, memorabilia and photos from the Mercury and Gemini space programs.

The video shows the mysterious object come into frame, leaves, then comes back before suddenly disappearing.

In a video, taken May 15, you can see it quickly move around toward the bottom of the screen before vanishing once again.

"We can't explain it, nor can the (person) who put in the system for us," Charlie Mars, the president of the U.S. Space Walk of Fame Museum.

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Navy sailor shares eerie story about 'horrific' unexplained radio signals that killed the power on his ship

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There's something innately terrifying about the open water. Even now, centuries after man created maps showing monsters at the edge of the world, much of the planet's oceans continue to remain unexplored, holding secrets that can often frighten even the most seasoned sailors.

Such is the case with a story shared this morning by a man with a decade of service in the United States Navy, and the "horrific" encounter with what he believes was an inhuman intelligence that cut his ship's power and took over the high frequency airwaves, spreading communications that "crawled under his skin".

In ten years of service, he says he's never heard anything like it... and never wants to again.

"I've been in the US Navy for almost a decade and I am currently on my third deployment to the western pacific," user drizzt9889 told reddit. "I work on communications equipment and spend a fair amount of time just scanning different frequencies to see what I come across."

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SOTT Exclusive: More strange noises in the sky: The best of 2015 (so far...)

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More video recordings of eerie, groaning, howling, trumpet-like noises that seem to come from the sky are still appearing on Youtube. Many more of these 'strange noise' videos have been recorded and uploaded by people from many different parts of the globe. They have been reported in the UK, Germany, Canada, U.S., Iceland, Netherlands, Brazil, Japan, Hong Kong, France and Russia, to name a few.

The cause of these strange sounds is still unknown. For your listening pleasure, we've captured the best of 2015 - so far.

Strange sounds happening again in Terrace British Columbia - 5/7/2015


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More strange sounds videos below:

Unknown location - 1/9/2015
Strange Sound From The Sky 2015 (the Netherlands) - 1/29/2015
Strange sounds heard in the sky (unknown location) - 3/27/2015
Strange Sounds in Germany - 4/4/2015
Strange weird rumbling sounds in sky 2015 (Colorado) - 4/6/2015
Apocalyptic-like Sky Sounds Heard Over France 2015 Scary!!! - 4/6/2015
San Francisco Loud Strange Noises - 4/15/15
Strange Sounds Regina Saskatchewan - 4/25/2015
Strange Sounds - Noises - Trumpet in Sky - Russia - 5/5/2015
Strange sounds in sky the over Belfast - 5/5/2015


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Strange sounds in Terrace British Columbia caught on video -- again



The eerie, howling noises that haunted the city of Terrace B.C. nearly two years ago are back and creepier than ever.

On Tuesday, Melissa Harris was on the phone at home when she heard a strange sound, according to CBC News. She captured the booming on video, and eventually posted it to YouTube. (Watch above.)

"In the moment I had goosebumps on my arm," Harris tells the outlet.

Two days later, another resident, Katherine Wookey, recorded similar sounds that started up while she was having her morning coffee, reports Global News.

"It had a science fiction feel to it," she told the outlet. "It was eerie."



Comment: Just last month similar sounds were recorded in Chile:

Strange creepy sounds recorded in Puerto Montt, Chile

Watch Sott.net's past report on the strange sound phenomenon:

New Sott Report: Strange Noises in the Sky: Trumpets of the Apocalypse?


Grey Alien

Photo-bombed by a ghost? UK family's spooky snap

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Mayrian Islam, 11, and Ryhan Kaliq, seven, at Roundhay Park - with a mysterious shape in the background.
Has this family been photo-bombed by a ghost at Roundhay Park?

Spooked dad Nurul Islam, 37, of Chapel Allerton, was on a day out with his family at the popular park when he snapped this photo of his niece and nephew, Mayrian Islam, 11, and Ryhan Kaliq, seven, in front of the castle ruins.

But when he got home and looked again at the picture, he spotted what seems to be a ghostly apparition hovering in the background. Nurul said: "We were taking lots of pictures. Because people were standing on the steps and walking about, we waited for them to move on before we took a picture.

"We waited and waited for a clear point when no-one was there as they wanted to hold their hands together. That's why we're sure there was no-one there.

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Rotating UFO filmed moving slowly across the sky above Cordoba, Argentina

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This mystifying video shows three mysterious glowing orbs in the skies above the city of Cordoba in Argentina.

The footage was taken by a law student called David Jorge Lazarte, who noticed the ethereal lights as he worked out in his back garden in the Pueyrredón neighbourhood.

The orbs appear to rotate slowly as they move across the sky.

David immediately grabbed his camera to record the unexplained phenomenon.

He said: "I saw this bright object in the sky, looked for my camcorder and started to film, using my neighbour's banana tree as a reference.

"I have a tripod for the camcorder, but could not use it because I did not want to lose the opportunity to film the object. I recorded two more videos but they did not come out well."