High Strangeness


Villagers in Kazakhstan are falling asleep en masse for no apparent reason

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Not residents of Kalachi, but very sleepy people nonetheless.
Residents of a small village in Kazakhstan are falling asleep at random, sometimes for days at a time, and no one knows why. Since the spring of 2013, the village of Kalachi in the Akmolinsk district (whose name derives from aqmola, a Kazakh term that ominously translates to the white tomb), 150 miles south of the Russian border, has suffered from at least four outbreaks of the disorder. As of the latest wave, from late August to early September, over 60 people, or 10 percent of the town's population of 680 had been affected. Last week, RT released a documentary on the problem titled Sleepy Hallow, Kazakhstan. Locals told the reporters that they fear one day they'll fall asleep and never wake up again.

Classified as an encephalopathy of unclear origin - the highfalutin term for a weird brain disorder we can't figure out - villagers who do not simply keel over while moving or working report feeling weakness, dizziness, and memory and motor control loss. At least two children have reported hallucinations as well: Misha Plyukhin saw flying horses and light bulbs, his mother with eight eyes and a trunk, and snakes and worms in his bed, trying to eat his arms; Rudolf Boyarinos cannot remember his visions, but four people had to calm and subdue him as he screamed "monsters!" The sleep is so deep that some locals fear an old man they assumed was dead could have been buried alive.


Mystery sea creature on Google Earth: Unexplained discovery in New Zealand's waters

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A mystery sea creature seen on Google Earth is suspected to have caused an unexplained wake in New Zealand's ocean waters. Opposing Views reports that last week an unusual wake was seen at Oke Bay of the Bay of Islands located in the Far North District of the country's North Island.

Pita Witehira of Hamilton, New Zealand, found the interesting image on Google Earth while he was doing some holiday research. The unidentified creature is thought to be around 40-feet long, judging by the size of the wake.

Witehira rules out a boat causing the wake since white froth wasn't seen in the water. He has a different explanation for it.
"The Native Maori would call this a Taniwha ('Troll') as it appears not to be a whale and it is far too big to be a shark. It is moving too fast and turning too sharply to be a whale."
The Google image was reportedly captured by satellite around 11:30 a.m. on January 30 of this year.


Video of U.S. fighter jets 'engaging unknown aircraft' over Phoenix in 1997

The video obtained by investigate journalist David Collins shows military aircraft in the skies above Arizona on the night of one of the world's most famous UFO sightings in March 1997

This incredible leaked classified video shows fighter jets "engaging unknown aircraft" in the skies above the southern US on the night of one of the world's most famous UFO sightings.

The 14-second clip, posted on YouTube, shows American military aircraft on patrol during the Phoenix Lights sighting of March 13, 1997 when a series of lights were spotted above Arizona's state capital.

The military footage was obtained exclusively by US investigative journalist David Collins, of Phoenix-based KWBV Investigations, who later alerted Mirror Online.

The Phoenix Lights were seen by thousands of Arizona residents but 17 years on what exactly happened remains a mystery.

Comment: More clues revealed on 1997 Phoenix lights UFO


'Unusually strong' animal predator loose near Copenhagen

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Be wary if you plan to visit Dyrehaven.
After a deer was found with its head "bitten off", nature authorities warn that a very large and dangerous dog - or even a wolf - could be on the prowl.

Authorities have warned that a "large" and "unusually strong" animal is on the loose north of Copenhagen.

A deer calf was found in the forest park Jægersborg Dyrehave with its head bitten off and the Danish Nature Agency (Naturstyrelsen) says that only "an unusually large and strong dog, or a wolf" could have bitten the head off in that fashion.

"We feel that it is in the public's interest [to know about the animal, ed.] and we recommend using real caution if visitors encounter a stay dog out here [in Dyrehaven, ed.]," forest manager Hans Henrik Christensen told BT.

"We have simply never seen this kind of bite before and we have taken samples from the dead deer and have sent them for DNA tests to see if this could be a wolf," Christensen said.

The deer's head has not been found and Christensen said the bite was "exceptionally violent".

"The animal bit through the neck bones, so the head was quite simply bitten off,"
he told BT.


UFO seen above Statue of Liberty?

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Flying high: Is it a black orb an alien craft scouting out Earth?
There is something mysterious flying in the sky over New York.

Is it a black orb an alien craft scouting out Earth, Father Christmas coming early or just a boring, old, run-of-the-mill solar balloon?

Spotted hovering above the Big Apple this week, the bizarre black blob flew through the sky before coming to a mysterious halt near the Statue of Liberty.

Footage of the strange object has prompted some to ask whether extra terrestrial life has been making its way to our planet in time for Christmas.


UFO fleet over Mexico City Airport

Skywatcher Daniel Sanchez captured this UFO fleet in the sky above Mexico City. It was recorded on 15 April 2014 with infrared camera.

Comment: Very interesting video using infrared cameras. From the rarity of the sightings it would seem these are difficult to capture.

Black Magic

The ghost city of Bhangarh and the curse of the Holy Man

The abandoned fort of Bhangarh is thought to be the most haunted place in India, so much so that the Archaeological Survey of India has forbidden access to the site between sunset and sunrise, and locals have moved their town outside the limits of the fort. The reputation of Bhangarh stems from two old legends, one of which involves a Holy Man who supposedly cursed Bhangarh after the fort cast a shadow over his abode.

The town of Bhangarh, which is located in the Rajgarh municipality in the state of Rajasthan, was first established in 1573 during the rule of Bhagwant Das as the residence of his second son. The fort, which is actually a small city composed of temples, palaces, and multiple gates, covers a large area of land at the foot of a mountain. But despite its beauty and the picturesque scenery, the fort is steeped in dark tales and became completely abandoned by 1783, with locals moving their village elsewhere.

Comment: Interesting how the legend has remained for hundreds of years, is it just a ruse to attract tourism or is there some high strangeness going on?


Mysterious 'angel hair' spotted in Portugal sky

Mysterious rain of 'alien angel hair' falls from sky in Portugal

A rain of mysterious strands of wispy, white 'angel hair' fell from the sky in Portugal - leaving locals baffled by the substance, which seems to "come alive" under ultraviolet light.

Some have even questioned whether it was of terrestrial origin - or left drifting in the air by a passing UFO.

One local, who did not want to be named, said, "It fell during the afternoon. I tried to inquire if aeroplanes flew over before, but no straight answer. It happened 2 weekends in a row.

"Me and a couple of friends sent it to be analyzed - and the weirdest things happened. It reacts to UV light. It comes alive." Similar sightings of strands falling from the sky have been reported in countries such as Finland and Canada - but the samples often evaporate before they can be properly analyzed. Conspiracy theorists believe they could be related to UFO propulsion systems - or even to "chemtrails", sinister biological agents supposedly distributed by aircraft around the world.


The mystery of the dog suicide bridge of Dunbartonshire, Scotland

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Overtoun Bridge near Dumbarton in Scotland.
There is something about Overtoun Bridge that lures dogs to their deaths.

The Gothic stone structure, located near Dumbarton in Scotland, spans a narrow gorge on the grounds of a 19th-century manor. Since the 1960s, some 50 dogs have perished after leaping from the same spot on the bridge. Hundreds more have jumped but lived, some even returning for a second leap onto the jagged rocks 50 feet below.

These apparent canine suicides have baffled the poor dog owners unlucky enough to witness their dear pets jumping off the "dog suicide bridge." Conspiracy theories arose. Suspicions of supernatural forces grew. Was there a disturbance in the magnetic field? Could the bridge be haunted?


Twenty-one porcelain dolls on bamboo stakes found in Alabama swamp, some missing heads

Twenty-one dolls on bamboo stakes have been mysteriously found in an Alabama swamp.

Autauga County sheriff's deputies traveled by canoe into Bear Creek Swamp on Tuesday to recover the dolls, whose faces and hair were painted white.

Most of the dolls are porcelain and have the appearance of being antique, reports The Montgomery Advertiser.

'I noticed the dolls several weeks ago while driving through the swamp working on a stolen vehicle report,' he sad.

'I noticed the dolls several weeks ago while driving through the swamp working on a stolen vehicle report,'said Autauga County Chief Deputy Joe Sedinger

'I just thought they were a Halloween prank, and really didn't give it much thought after that.'

But on Tuesday morning they decided to investigate after people expressed concerns on social media.

'I admit it looked kind of creepy,' Sedinger said.
'You could see them from the road. We figured it was best to get them up.'

The Montgomery newspaper reports that it has been a rite of passage for generations of teenagers to enter the area at night looking for creatures said to roam the swamp.

Comment: Now that is just weird and creepy!