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Spontaneous combustion redux: Indian mother claims her baby boy's feet 'caught fire' two years after her other son was found burning

A couple that made headlines around the world when their baby son allegedly spontaneously burst into flames four times are back in the news after their second newborn baby son also caught fire.

In the first incident in 2013 the couple's first baby, Rahul, ended up in the intensive care ward at a hospital in south-eastern India's Viluppuram District, in the Tamil Nadu State, after neighbours had heard him screaming, and rushed into the house from outside to discover the child on fire in his cot.

His mother, who was working in the fields, took him to hospital and since then he has caught fire another three times, she claimed.

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Indian mother Rajeshwari Karnan claimed that her 10-day-old baby son (pictured) spontaneously combusted
Does spontaneous human combustion really exist?

One of the first serious accounts of it appeared in the august journal Philosophical Transactions Of The Royal Society in 1745, which recorded how a 62-year-old Italian countess had gone to bed one night feeling 'dull and heavy'. The next morning, all that was found in her bedroom was a pile of ash and her legs.

Many other cases followed, and by 1806, one scientist thought he had the answer. In An Essay On The Combustion Of Humans, Pierre Lair suggested that the problem was the demon drink, and he subtitled his article, Products Of The Abuse Of Spirituous Liquors.

The explanation that alcohol was to blame quickly caught on, especially among moralists who were against the hard stuff. In 1832, a popular Victorian magazine claimed all those who suddenly burst into flames were 'habitually drunken'.

The notion was so widespread that when Charles Dickens included an episode of spontaneous human combustion in his 1852 novel Bleak House, the victim — the villainous Mr Krook — was said to be 'continual in liquor'.

British research biologist Brian J. Ford argued in two articles, one of which appeared in the New Scientist, that spontaneous human combustion may be caused by a chemical called acetone that is produced naturally in the body, the chemical often used as a solvent in nail-varnish removers.

In healthy humans, acetone is normally disposed of through urine, but when people suffer from certain illnesses, acetone levels can build up in the body, and can even be smelled on the breath.

On the website Mumsnet, one poster wrote that her young daughter had 'acetone breath', and that 'apparently children have higher than normal acetone levels'.

Professor Ford has noted that many of the people who have combusted spontaneously were unwell at the time, and as a result, may have developed a condition called ketosis, in which acetone in the body increases.

Ketosis can have a range of causes, including alcoholism, diabetes, a high-fat diet, and even, in babies, teething.

Furthermore, acetone infuses itself well into human fat. And it is also extremely flammable.

Unable to find a human volunteer to test his theory that a build-up of acetone causes spontaneous human combustion, Professor Ford made a model from pieces of pork - the animal flesh that most closely approximates ours.

The 'pork puppet' was marinated in acetone, dressed in clothes, and placed in a chair. Professor Ford then held up a gas lighter, and the result was dramatic. The 'body' burst into a fireball, and in under an hour, it had been completely consumed by flames.

In fact, the acetone was so volatile, that even just a static spark from synthetic fabrics could have caused the conflagration.

All that was left - as is so often the case with spontaneous human combustion - were the legs, which Professor Ford suggests remain unburned because there is not enough fat in that part of the body to store the flammable acetone.

Blackbox

Houston man stuck in traffic films mysterious flying object in sky

A UFO sighting in a Houston suburb was apparently convincing enough to make the local news, when a man stuck in a traffic jam decided to pass the time by pointing his cell phone camera at the sky and seeing what was up there. One of the photos he snapped, he believes, reveals a mysterious flying object in the sky.

"I found out it was a UFO, it absolutely was one," Alfonso Servin, who took the picture said, as quoted by the local ABC Channel 13 News.

Back on February 20, Servin had just left work after a day on the job in a Magnolia, Texas, grocery store when he found himself stuck in an unbearable traffic jam — a fairly regular occurrence in the area.

Servin sat in his car for about a half-hour, not moving, when he decided to pass the time by snapping pictures of the sky with his phone.

Camcorder

Oklahoma City newscast catches UFO on camera

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An Oklahoma City morning news program says they caught a UFO on video during their morning broadcast, and they are asking the public what they think it might be.

KOCO 5 News in Oklahoma City posted a short 13 second video (seen below) this morning of a strange bright object shooting across the screen. The video is from a camera mounted at the top of Grand Casino, located just east of Oklahoma City.

At the beginning of the 6 am news broadcast, they showed live video from the Grand Casino camera showing traffic on the nearby I-40. A bright object can be seen shooting from off camera, seemingly nearby, and moving away from the camera and to the right. It appears to be luminescent the entire time.


Comment: For other aerial anomalies caught on camera by news crews, see: Third aerial anomaly this week seen live on TV: Erie, Pennsylvania


Camcorder

Fast UFO caught on camera by drone over Silicon Valley

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A drone flying near California's Silicon Valley captured video of a UFO shooting across the sky at incredible speed.

It's unclear when the video was recorded. But the operator of the DJI Inspire 1 drone uploaded the four second UFO video to the video sharing site Vimeo on the night of Thursday, March 5. The drone was reportedly flying at an altitude of 265 feet when the unidentified aerial object whizzed through the sky.

The DJI Inspire 1 drone is equipped with a 4K camera. And, fortunately, the drone operator uploaded the video in its full 4K quality. But, despite the video's 4K resolution, little detail is visible because the UFO moves so rapidly.

"Assuming the object isn't purely CGI, it definitely appears to be going at a fair speed," says Australian news website News.com.au. "One YouTube user estimated the distance travelled as around one mile every one to two seconds. That would give it a speed of around 2890 km/h, roughly 2.4 times the speed of sound."


Mysterious Universe points out that, at that speed, the UFO "would have created a sonic boom but no sound was reported to have been made by the UFO."


Comment: That isn't unusual for so-called UFOs. They have been observed traveling silently at immense speeds.


Life Preserver

Utah cops swear mysterious voice crying for help led them to unconscious toddler in submerged car

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Officer Bryan DeWitt
Four Utah police officers said they heard a voice distinctly call out for help when they found a vehicle submerged upside-down in a river.

But when they flipped the vehicle over, they discovered there was nobody in the car who was able to speak, reported Deseret News.

"The only people in there were the deceased mother and the child," said Officer Bryan DeWitt, of Spanish Fork police.

Lynn Jennifer "Jenny" Groesbeck was pronounced dead at the scene, but her 18-month-old daughter, Lily, was still alive after remaining strapped upside-down in a car seat for up to 14 hours.

The toddler was listed Sunday in critical but stable condition at a nearby hospital.

Investigators said the 25-year-old Groesbeck was driving home about 10:30 p.m. Friday from visiting her parents in Salem when her car went off the road and crashed into the water.

A fisherman spotted the vehicle about 12:30 p.m. Saturday and called police to report the crash.

"We were down on the car and a distinct voice says, 'Help me, help me,'" DeWitt said.

"It wasn't just something that was just in our heads," said Officer Tyler Beddoes, who insists the voice did not sound like a child. "To me it was plain as day because I remember hearing a voice. I think it was Dewitt who said, 'We're trying. We're trying our best to get in there.'"

"How do you explain that? I don't know," Beddoes added.

They were upset to discover the unconscious child, believing she might be dead, but they were encouraged when they saw her eyes flutter as they cut the straps on the car seat.

UFO 2

SOTT Exclusive: UFOs recorded in Mississippi, Leicestershire, and Philly

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Witness image #1.
On February 26, UFOs were recorded on video and camera in Philadelphia, PA, and Lewisburg, MS. Angela Ashton, of Lewisburg, reported being in bed just after midnight when a "bright blinding light" shone through her window. She rushed outside to film it, describing it as triangle in shape and "at least the size of a football field". It reportedly hovered silently for about twenty minutes over a field before shooting straight up into the sky.


Here's the video Ashton shot:


Question

David Paulides in fascinating lecture: Bigfoot DNA research and missing people


Biography

Dave Paulides received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of San Francisco, and, has a professional background that includes twenty years in law enforcement (Three and one half years at Fremont Police and sixteen and a half years at San Jose Police) and senior executive positions in the technology sector. In 2004 he formed North America Bigfoot Search-NABS (www.nabigfootsearch.com) where his investigative and analytical experience were invaluable in researching Bigfoot/Sasquatch sightings, encounters and behavior. He spent two years living among the Hoopa tribal members, listening to and recording their Bigfoot stories. The Hoopa Project is his first book, based upon his experiences in the Bluff Creek area of Northern California. David's second book, Tribal Bigfoot is a quantum step forward in Bigfoot research and allows for a common sense understanding of this elusive biped. These two books have been called the new standard for crypto research.

UFO 2

'UFO the size of a football field' flashed its lights over Lewisburg, Mississippi

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Sighting: Ms Ashton recorded the footage in the sky over Lewisburg, Mississippi
The object was recorded by paranormal investigator Angela Ashton before appearing to shoot upwards and disappear

This extraordinary footage appears to show the flashing lights of a UFO hovering in the night sky above a woman's home.

The object was recorded by paranormal investigator Angela Ashton before appearing to shoot upwards and disappear.

She shot the strange scene above the town of Lewisburg in Mississippi, US yesterday.


UFO

UFO crash in Manitoba? Canadian military says it's "just an exercise"


Facebook photo of alleged crashed disc in Lake Winnipeg.
Social media reports of a possible UFO sighting last night near Jackhead, Man., are not true, says the Canadian Forces, which attributed the bright light people saw to an airplane from a training exercise.

On Wednesday night, several people said on Twitter and Facebook that they saw a bright light in the sky, fuelling speculation that it may have been an unidentified flying object.

The rumour became stronger when photos were posted of Canadian Forces vehicles in the area, with some people claiming the military was there to contain a UFO crash site.

But it was not a UFO at all, says Lt.-Col. Paul Davies, commanding officer 38 Territorial Battalion Group, which is involved in an Arctic Response Company Group training exercise on Lake Winnipeg this week.


Comment: The photo above was posted on "Brent Macheese's" Facebook page. Latest UFO Sightings is reporting that "taking pictures in the scene was strictly prohibited", with the army issuing threats:
These witnesses apparently saw a round object being hauled across the lake and pulled out by snowmobiles and bombardier. Eight fishermen reported the incident, but Mancheese wonders why the authorities did not let the media know if it was a plane crash.

At least one witness managed to get a photo of the craft. Unfortunately, that person has since been detained by the Canadian military.
The military exercise was planned and publicized in advance, so it doesn't look like an after-the-fact "we had it planned all along, folks, seriously" operation. You can read a MUFON report of the 'light in the sky' here.


UFO

Britain's Roswell: The truth behind the Rendlesham Forest UFO incident

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The truth is out there? The Rendlesham UFO incident is the subject of a new film
Did an extra-terrestrial craft land in a Suffolk forest during the winter of 1980? The maker of a new film, The Rendlesham UFO Incident, believes so

Dubbed "Britain's Roswell", the Rendlesham Forest incident, which took place over a series of nights in December 1980, continues to fascinate UFO enthusiasts and conspiracy theorists. It is easy to understand why. Consider the following three statements, for example:

1) "This was not some vague 'lights in the sky' sighting - the UFO actually landed." - Nick Pope, a Ministry of Defence employee from 1985 to 2006.

2) "When I arrived [at the scene], it was going in and out through the trees and at one stage it was hovering." - Sgt. Adrian Bustinza, a security police commander who investigated the incident at the time.

3) "Okay, we're looking at the thing; we're probably about two to three hundred yards away. It looks like an eye winking at you... And the flash is so bright to the starscope that it almost burns your eye." - Taken from the Halt tape, recorded on December 27 1980 by United States Air Force lieutenant colonel Charles Halt.