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The elf whisperer of Iceland

Elf Whisperer
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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.
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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.
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UFO sightings of March and April 2014

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Fish rain down on Sri Lanka village

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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.
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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?"
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'Ghost' appears to run through fans during football match in La Paz, Bolivia

© Daily Mail
Spooky: Footage captures the silhouette running at speed and through those in its path
Football spectators have been spooked by a ghostly figure that appears to run through fans during a match in Bolivia.

The unexplained shadow glides quickly through the stands during a game in Hernando Siles Stadium in La Paz, Bolivia, on Thursday night.

It even appears to run straight through a barrier at speed.
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Self-confessed skeptic snaps photo of UFO over Caloundra, Australia

UFO Australia
© Unknown
A contributed photo of a UFO taken over the Caloundra/Pelican Waters area looking north.
A commercial pilot with more than 30 years' experience has been left scratching his head over mysterious lights he saw over Caloundra on Good Friday.

The pilot, who does not want to be identified, said he had never seen anything through the cockpit window that compared to the experience.

It has the self-confessed "world's greatest sceptic" questioning everything he believes about UFOs.
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Nick Pope: Why I believe aliens landed in a Suffolk forest


Nick Pope argues in his book that the 'Rendlesham Forest Incident' begs more questions than the establishment has so far answered
* MoD expert has worked with the two closest witnesses - both servicemen - of the unexplained phenomenon in 1980

* One recalls seeing a metal craft that could travel at 'impossible' speed

* Radiation levels in the area were measured at well above the norm

* The two witnesses wrote logs about the incident which they claim were later disappeared as part of a cover-up

* Staff Sergeant Jim Penniston touched the craft and claims to have 'downloaded' a message from the future in binary code

* The 'ship' was seen on three consecutive nights, including by the officer who was second-in-command of the base

Something eerie stirred in the Suffolk forest. Bright lights were flashing red, blue, white and yellow, piercing the darkness just beyond the perimeter of the U.S. Air Force base. Airman John Burroughs, on patrol in the early hours, went to investigate, the hairs on his arms standing on end with the static electricity that suddenly filled the air, his radio mysteriously malfunctioning.

Ahead, a small clearing among the trees shone as bright as day . . .

And so began a mystery that has lasted a third of a century, the truth of what took place remaining as elusive now as it was on that Boxing Day in 1980. Did an alien space ship land, as the world's UFO-hunters, ET-watchers and X-Files fans have always been desperate to believe?
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New images from space appear to show Loch Ness monster is 'alive'

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© Express
Fresh sightings of the Loch Ness monster from space.
Amazing new images taken from space appear to show something swimming below the surface of the world's most famous loch.

There had been fears that Nessie could have died after more than a year without a verified sighting.

But today's fresh pictures have again peaked the excitement of Nessie enthusiasts everywhere - especially after experts ruled out the possibility it is a sunken ship.

The images were captured by two different amateur hunters scanning different satellites transmitting images of the earth from space - Peter Thain of Newbiggin by the Sea, Northumberland and Andy Dixon from Darlington, County Durham.

The creature was spotted just outside the village of Dores, on the south shore of Loch Ness.

The images were beamed from Apple's satellite map app and could only be viewed on some ipads and iphones.
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U.K. residents baffled after strange lights in the sky

Strange Object
© This is Wiltshire
The strange object in the sky, captured by Rudloe resident Gemma Perks.
Residents in Rudloe have heralded the estate "the new Roswell", after several people reported seeing a strange object in the sky last Sunday.

Jo Collier was among those who saw a burning orange light in the sky shortly after 8pm, and likened it to the infamous UFO incident in New Mexico in 1947, which sparked numerous conspiracy theories.

She said: "I was at my mum's in Rudloe and my other half came running up the road shouting there was something falling out of the sky.

"It was like this big orange glow, absolutely huge, and the tail was bright, bright orange.

"I have looked online at The Sky at Night website and I can't see any meteors or comets in our vicinity. It wasn't an aeroplane, because it was going down; I think it went over the fields in Box.

"I event tweeted Dara Ó Briain, but he didn't reply.

"I honestly don't know what it was but it was definitely a strange phenomena in the sky that was travelling quite fast at a really strange angle.

"A lot of other people saw it, everyone's talking about it. I thought we're going to have the government round with the men in black to wipe our minds. They're all saying Rudloe is the new Roswell."
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