High Strangeness


Texas, US: Man Wonders If He Caught UFO on Tape

A mysterious light over the central Texas skies has one man believing he may have seen something out of this world.

Jeffrey Swetz of Cedar Creek says he saw it earlier this week, and picked up his camera and started rolling. He said it looked like a star but seemed much brighter.

©Jeffrey Swetz


US: West Enders are Idaho's mysterious noise experts

You'd have a tough time convincing residents of Twin Falls County's West End that the recent late-night mystery noises aren't coming from the Air Force ... The eastern edge of the Idaho Training Range is only 40 miles from Castleford and Buhl, and a supersonic jet travels 40 miles in 3 minutes ...

So West Enders are accustomed to things that go bump - and go bump loudly - in the night ...

"Usually we hear the explosions when the air is humid and cold, thus transmitting sound easier," said Filer farmer Bill Bitzenburg ... "Many times in the summer you see flashes then hear nothing, because of the warm thin air" ...


New Mexico, US: Police say object was blimp with lights

A supposed UFO spotted floating over Socorro on Wednesday night was a blimp with lights around it, a Socorro police dispatcher said.

At least one call was made to Socorro police, and the El Paso County Sheriff's Office reporting the flying object, which was seen as far away as Horizon City.


Pennsylvania, US: Derry Township hotbed for strange phenomena

The Derry area has many annual traditions--including the summer agricultural fair in the township and, recently revived, the fall Railroad Days festival in the borough.

Another yearly occurrence in that neck of the woods is several reported sightings of a fellow whose shoes would be hard to fill--that is, if he wore any.

We're talking about Bigfoot, whose exploits are among the unusual phenomena cataloged annually by Stan Gordon--a Greensburg resident who has specialized in researching unexplained happenings in Pennsylvania and beyond since 1959.

Though many of the reports Gordon has collected describe Bigfoot as a "man-like creature," as far as I know, there's no evidence that the creature doesn't also exist in a female version. If it didn't, it would be hard to account for the many decades it apparently has been roaming through the rural areas of our region--unless it's extremely long-lived.


Strange night sightings in Belize

Could UFO's (Unidentified Flying Objects) be visiting Belize? That's what some residents of Belmopan and the surrounding areas are wondering after a strange sighting of a mass of bright, circular lights south of the capital city and over the uninhabited mountains, exactly a week ago.

The lights, we were told, repeatedly appeared and disappeared between 8:15 p.m. and 10:50 p.m., and there was no strange noise, as an aircraft would make, accompanying the event.

The objects were approximately 150 feet off the ground, and about 14 feet in diameter, appearing to be consistent in shape and size, said Cadet Henderson, chief executive officer in the Ministry of Works. Henderson, who first reported the sightings to us today, told us that the lights were either stationary or moving eastward, contrary to the prevailing nighttime winds. In one instance, he said, he saw a trail of smoke associated with one of the lights.

Magic Wand

US: UFO buff explores Chandler 'crop circles'

A year after he stumbled on what he said were mysterious "crop circles" in a south Chandler field, resident Michael Polani said he's still trying to call attention to them.

Eleven people showed up at the Basha Library Tuesday night to hear what Polani had to say about the damaged sorghum stalks and odd patterns he photographed at Gilbert and Ocotillo roads last March 25.

Crop circle
©Michael Polani
Crop circle formation in a field on the southeastern corner of Gilbert and Ocotillo Roads March 25, 2007


UK: Did UFO lights herald Lincolnshire earthquake?

Strange lights spotted in Lincolnshire's skies may have been a warning of the earthquake which sent tremors across Britain.

Lincolnshire Lights
©Lincolnshire Echo
Echo readers' picture of the lights

Several sightings of lights appearing in the sky were reported in the days leading up to the quake, which had its epicentre near Market Rasen when it struck early on February 27.

And some believe that these could be "earthquake lights" - caused by changes in the electrical properties of the ground before a quake occurs.


UK: International interest for Leader lightning story

A Louth Leader story about mysterious lightning seen during February's earthquake has sparked national and international interest.

The Times newspaper quoted the story on Saturday in its Weather Eye section.

light over Louth
©Martin Baldwin and Ian Holmes
An artist's impression of earthquake light over Louth.

It reports how people told the Leader they saw flashes of light at the time of the earthquake at 12.56am on February 27.

There is also a mention of the sighting of ball lightning in the Westgate home of Elvira Witney.


UK: Suffolk ranks highly for UFO sightings

It might sound like the stuff of science fiction movies.

But according to a top UFO expert, people living in Suffolk are more likely to experience a close encounter of the extra terrestrial kind than in most other parts of the UK.

The county has been placed sixth in a list of Britain's top 10 UFO hotspots, with 19 unexplained UFO sightings since 1961.

This includes a sighting made by a number of Bury St Edmunds residents in April last year who reported seeing five black flying spheres in the sky to police.

The research, compiled by the former head of the Government's UFO project, Nick Pope, looks at data since 1961 and has been conducted by Virgin Media to mark a month-long sci-fi extravaganza on its TV On Demand Service.


The Andover Poltergeist

Here's a familiar story. Two young girls are in bed one night when they hear a curious tapping noise coming from somewhere in the room. This happens on several consecutive nights. It seems to emanate from the wall, and they think at first it must be coming from the house next door. But then, weirdly, they realize that the noise is responding to them, even when they are whispering so quietly that no one outside the room could possibly hear. They find they can communicate with it, by asking questions and getting it to knock once for yes, two for no, and three for don't know. For more complex queries it will rap out the letter of the alphabet (five knocks for E, 13 for M, etc). The whole family soon gets involved, and gather nightly to ask the unseen entity about itself and get it to answer questions about themselves, which it often does correctly. The house is soon filled with neighbours, local clergy, police, mediums and investigators, all coming to wonder at the phenomenon and try to figure out what's causing it.