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Strange object falls from the sky at high speed in Minnesota

A man in the United States says that he was sitting quietly watching TV when a UFO smashed through his window and landed in his TV.

Bob Urman from Saint Paul, Minnesota, said that the strange object flew so fast that it broke through his double pane window, broke glass all over the floor and was so hot that it burned his carpet.

And now some are speculating that the object really did come from space, and might have been a piece of junk falling out of orbit onto the Earth.

"It scared the living heck out of me," said Urman, according to Kare11.

'Flying Dorito' in West Texas skies

What's that in the sky over Amarillo?

"It was the strangest thing I've seen, as far as aviation," said Dean Musket, part of the motley crew of airplane buffs who sits down at an airport restaurant in this West Texas city and looks up.

"They are aviation junkies," waitress Erin Williamson said. "They love it."

And they are seeing things you can't see anywhere else.

Military aircraft cruise over Amarillo like sharks looking for baitfish.

"If you're flying east, west, or vice-versa across the United States, you're probably flying over Amarillo," Steve Douglass said.

A group that might be called the "interceptor club" watches everything military that flies over. But back in March, they spotted three craft they'd never seen before, about six miles up.

"We had captured something completely unique," Douglass said.

Texas strange aircraft
© WFAA-TV, Dallas-Fort Worth
A group of plane watchers saw three unidentified aircraft flying in formation above Amarillo, Texas, in March. The Air Force has not said what the aircraft were.
It was trianuglar, like a stealth bomber... but not a stealth bomber.

"The back edge was smooth like a Dorito," Douglass said. "It wasn't jagged."

A few weeks later, the same shape was snapped by another spotter in Kansas.

Comment: See also: Wichita's mystery in the sky


Did aliens leave their mark at a station in the Australian outback?

Strange Mark
© Herald Sun
Muckaty Station, 110km north of Tennant Creek, has been home to various UFO sightings over the years but now an unexplained marking has appeared on the land. Station manager Ray Aylett has said he thinks the spot is a crop circle. “There’s no other explanation,” he said.
Muckaty Station, 110km north of Tennant Creek, has been home to various UFO sightings over the years but now an unexplained marking has appeared on the land.

Station manager Ray Aylett has said he thinks the spot - pictured on our front page today - is a crop circle.

"There's no other explanation," he said.

"Other ground around there is rough and in the circle it's all smooth."
Cloud Lightning

Lightning can select and pursue its victims, legends say

Lightning is the natural force that in any epoch was really scary for people as its strikes bring destruction, death and fires, and leave millions of people deeply shocked.

When the lightning-conductor was invented and tested at the cost of lives of several physicians, the euphoria caused by the apparent triumph was immense. But was the invention the real triumph over the natural forces? That was not a final triumph at all, and we see that every year the number of people killed or injured with lightning is increasing. In France, about one million of lightning stokes are registered every year, and they bring death to dozens of people and some 10,000 cows.

It is not ruled out that the number of victims killed with lightning strikes would be higher if the lightning-conductor were not invented. However, this invention is not an absolutely effective protection from lightning. To be more exact, lightning-conductors wonderfully protect us from "disruption from the clouds", in other words from what lighting was believed to be after electricity was opened.

It is known that lightning obeys to majority of laws on the spread of discharge, but experience shows that not all of them and not always. Lightning consists of electric discharge and something else besides electricity. Otherwise, people do not know exactly what electricity is. Majority of weather forecasts precisely name the days when lightning is possible, but there is hardly a forecast that can predict how lightning will behave in this or that case. What is more, lightning behavior is in most cases beyond understanding indeed.

Most famous anomalous zones of Russia

Tunguska anomaly, Krasnoyarsk region

Tunguska event - an enormously powerful explosion that occurred near the PodkamennayaTunguska River in what is now Krasnoyarsk region, Russia, on June 30, 1908. A number of theories based on UFOs have claimed that theTunguska event was the result of the activities of extraterrestrial beings and the Tunguska event is often referred to as "the Russian Roswell". The area has become a centre of a number of Siberian anomalies, and there are dozens of hypotheses on the reason for the blast.

Officially, the blast is believed to have been caused by an air burst of a large meteoroid or comet fragment at an altitude of 5 - 10 km above the Earth's surface. The energy of the blast was about 1,000 times more powerful than the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima and about one-third the power of the Tsar Bomba, the largest nuclear weapon ever detonated.

The elf whisperer of Iceland

Elf Whisperer
© Brandon Presser/The Daily Beast
From the wild weather to the harsh landscape, Iceland has its fair share of mystifying phenomena. But none is more fascinating than the elves. They're real. And this woman will save them.

Ragnhildur Jónsdóttir wants you to know that she's not crazy. She's gone to a doctor - two, actually - to make sure. She just wants to save the elves. After all, they're her friends.

"Of course lots of people look at you a certain way, like they're wondering, 'Are you crazy?'" Since she was a little girl, Jónsdóttir has had the ability to see and speak with elves. That means that, since she was a little girl, Jónsdóttir has been dealing with our side-eyed judgment.

Draped and wrapped in a series of scarves and sweaters with a loose braid of graying hair cascading down her shoulder, Jónsdóttir looks every bit the part of "The Elf Lady." She's sipping coffee while glancing out the window at the Elf Garden just outside of Reykjavik, Iceland, where she and her best friend Pulta, an elf woman, give tours of the hidden people's community of houses, which are rocks. "You know what they say, if everyone else thinks you're crazy, then maybe you should look inside yourself and see what's happening," she says. "So twice I went to see a doctor. I had to be sure myself, to make sure I wasn't crazy."

After a lifetime of speaking with the huldufólk (hidden people), it's been years since Jónsdóttir has questioned the sanity of her eyebrow-raising gift. But after recent headlines spotlighting the lengths to which she'll go to save the elves, strangers from all over the world once again are questioning it for her.

Last December, Jónsdóttir was among roughly 25 people arrested for protesting the building of a road through the ancient Gálgahraun lava field, about 10 minutes outside Reykjavik. The road would provide a more direct route from the country's capital to a semi-remote suburb on a nearby peninsula that houses, among other things, the president's residence. The road would also mean bulldozing Ófeigskirkja, a large lava rock that is one of Iceland's holiest elf churches.

UFO? Meteor? Flare? - Strange lights captured on camera over Lake Ontario

Lake Ontario lights in sky
© Jim Montanus/Montanus Photography
Orange images in the sky over Lake Ontario, photographed from Braddock Bay, in Greece, NY.
Montanus, who lives in Greece, was standing on a dock that juts out into the bay toward the northwest, and the objects were in that direction. The frames in which they appear were recorded at 9:34 pm, he said.

He was shooting 15-second exposures, so his camera recorded images that weren't easily seen unaided and Montanus thus wasn't able to detect whether the objects were moving. But at least one of them showed up in different places in several different frames, suggesting movement.

He pulled magnified images from two different frames and superimposed them on one of the shots, and posted the image Thursday morning on Facebook and Twitter, where they are drawing drawing considerable attention.

Most people who have posted their thoughts about the images think they depict meteors. Montanus, though, isn't convinced. "It didn't look like a meteor to me. How a meteor would show up on the camera would be like a stream of light. These were weird, bizarre shapes. I said 'Look at it, it's got a parachute or something on it.' If anything looked like a UFO, it would be that."

Montanus does not think the objects were an artifact created by his camera or lengthy exposure, though he still researching that possibility.

UFO sightings of March and April 2014


Fish rain down on Sri Lanka village

Fish Rain_1
© BBC News
Villagers collected the contents of the "fish shower" into buckets and enjoyed an unusual free meal.
The edible fish fell during a storm and are believed to have been lifted out of a river during a strong wind.

Villagers in the district of Chilaw said they heard something heavy falling and found scores of fish with a total weight of 50kg (110lbs).

It is not the first such incident in Sri Lanka - in 2012, a case of "prawn rain" was recorded in the south.

Scientists say that "fish rain" usually occurs when swirling whirlwinds over relatively shallow water develops into waterspouts and sucks in almost anything in the water including fish, eels and even frogs.

The marine life can be carried long distances by buffeting clouds even when the waterspout stops spinning.

B.C. hiker films possible sasquatch in mountains near Squamish

Possible Sasquatch
© YouTube/M Lamont
Screen grab of Youtube video taken by M Lamont of what he describes as a possible Sasquatch sighting in the Tantalus Mountain range near Squamish, B.C.
A B.C. man who claims he filmed a possible sasquatch while hiking in the Tantalus Range near Squamish, B.C. two years ago is getting thousands of hits on YouTube after recently uploading the footage.

The video shows a black dot of a figure apparently moving up the slope of a snow covered mountain.

"I can't see it very well," Lamont says into the camera lens. "It's this little black dot walking in the middle of the snow in the middle of nowhere."

The video is intriguing because the shape does appear to be moving up the mountain.

"If that's human why would you walk up that ridge or that snow line?" Lamont asks. "Why would he not just go straight down?"