High Strangeness


Pilot and cosmonaut Pavel Popovich and UFOs

On September 30th 2009, General-Major of Aviation, Pilot-Cosmonaut Pavel Romanovich Popovich, the first Ukrainian cosmonaut in history, passed away. Always proud of his ethnicity, twice Hero of the Soviet Union award, he had many other awards and medals.

Pavel Popovich was greatly respected; a kind, nice and decent person, always ready to help others. His life was intertwined with the turbulent history of UFO research in the Soviet Union after 1978.

Popovich was born in Soviet Ukraine on October 5, 1929. A young engineer and amateur pilot, Popovich joined the Soviet Air Force; in 1960 he was enrolled in the first team of cosmonauts. Popovich was the Number "Four" Cosmonaut in the history of manned spaceflights. He underwent a full course of training for space flights on board "Vostok" spacecraft.

Pavel Popovich (as a boy) lived under the Nazi occupation for several years, and this fact could sink his chances to become a Soviet cosmonaut. The KGB took several months to study biographies of each of the future cosmonauts; someone must have had the courage to overlook that fact, and let him continue his training.

What is that weird 'Gollum' monster photographed in the Chinese hills?

human-like 'monster'
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A Chinese tourist has claimed to have encountered a human-like 'monster' in a valley in Huairou.
A Chinese tourist has taken what he says is a photo of a "monster" hiding in the valleys of Huairou, in the north of Beijing. The unnamed holidaymaker was camping with some friends in the hilly region, not far from the Great Wall of China, when he saw the "creature".

"I walked far away to have a pee, and suddenly saw a monster. I took a few pictures of it, but I am now terrified."

The image of the strange flesh-coloured creature nestled among the bamboo is certainly striking, and has a marked resemblance to the creature Gollum from the Lord of the Rings films. But one online commentator in China thought he had the solution to the "mystery".

"Over the weekend I and my friends went to the mountains to take a mini sci-fi film," he wrote.

"And when I was having a pee, a person popped up and took pictures of me and shot away."

Schoolboy's picture captures ghost of Scots soldier standing over rows of German graves

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Mitch Glover with picture he believes contains a ghost at a French graveyard.
This is the ghostly image of a World War I Scots soldier captured by a schoolboy on his iPhone. Mitch Glover, 14, took several snaps when he visited a cemetery in France during a school trip. When he got home, he was shocked to see the image of a soldier in a kilt and Tam O'Shanter on one of the pictures.

Mitch said: "I ran upstairs to show my mum. She was kind of freaked out." Mitch's mother Sue, 50, an antiques dealer, says: "You could see there was something in that one place.

"A friend of mine said, 'Do you realise that looks a bit like outfits from the Seaforth Highlanders'."

Mitch, of Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, took the snap in the Neuville-St Vaast German cemetery near Arras in northern France. It is a few hundred metres from Nine Elms military cemetery, where soldiers of the 114th Seaforth Highlanders fell in battle in April 1917.
Magic Wand

Mystery lights spotted by residents across hundreds of miles of southern California

Southern California residents are baffled by a grouping of mysterious lights seen hovering in the sky late Thursday evening.
Southern California residents are still trying to determine what caused these mysterious glowing lights in the sky
The lights, which have yet to be explained, were seen in the sky above southern Orange County, Riverside County, and San Diego County.

Rancho Santa Margarita resident Ranaye Kahn reported seeing the lights at about 10:30 p.m.
Witnesses said the lights glowed brighter and darkened over and over for several minutes
'I'm looking at it and thinking that's really strange because it was yellow, not normal plane lights,' Kahn told ABC7. 'We had two lights, then they both went out, then a third light came on. (I) was listening for helicopter sounds, plane sounds -- no sounds at all, just lights.'

England man claims he is being abused by a ghost

Haunted by Ghost
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The 33-year-old said the spirit had frequently touched him in inappropriate places and even thrown things at him.
A man from Dartford claims he is being abused by a ghost.

Wishing to remain anonymous, the 33-year-old said the spirit had frequently touched him in inappropriate places and even thrown things at him.

The Highfield Road South resident said: "I've had people climbing into bed, groping me, I've seen children's footprints on the bathroom floors.

"It follows me everywhere. It's a female entity and she is an evil woman and she is a spiteful woman.

"Whenever I think about a lady I get my privates punched."

He continued: "She follows me down the road, I almost had a heart attack from it and she's hit me around the head.

"The other night I was reading the Bible when my whole body went numb. I was shaking. I had pins and needles in my legs.

"Pictures were thrown off the wall at me. I just don't know what to do anymore."
Grey Alien

Nick Redfern on 'Close Encounters of the Fatal Kind'

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New Q&A with Nick Redfern on "Close Encounters of the Fatal Kind: Suspicious Deaths, Mysterious Murders, and Bizarre Disappearances in UFO History" due out June 23rd from New Page Books.

1. Can you tell us about the suspicious deaths that surround the Roswell UFO crash of July 1947?

ANSWER: In the book I talk about the suicides and early deaths of a number of people involved in the Roswell case. They were deaths that extended from 1947 to the 1980s, and included one of the sons of rancher Mack Brazel (who found the strange debris in Lincoln County, New Mexico), and a woman named Miriam Bush, who was found dead in a hotel room in 1989. She was the executive secretary at the Roswell base hospital back in 1947 and confided in her family that she saw small, strange bodies brought into the hospital in the summer of 1947.

2. What is the truth behind the deaths of two military personnel involved in the recovery of alleged UFO debris at Maury Island, Washington State in 1947?

ANSWER: The Maury Island case is a very weird one. It focuses on the alleged mid-air explosion of a flying saucer over Maury Island in June 1947. Harold Dahl, the man who recovered some of the debris that rained down, was threatened by a Man in Black. Two military investigators, 1st Lt. Frank Mercer Brown and Capt. William Lee Davidson, were killed when their aircraft - carrying the debris to Wright Field for analysis - crashed. Two local media men died in the wake of the affair too: Ted Morello and Paul Lance. Extensive files on the case have surfaced from the FBI, via the Freedom of Information Act.

Comment: For more information on this topic, see the following sources:


UK witnesses confused by strange lights

Increasing meteorite sightings are still often confused with UFOs.
A series of UFO sightings were reported in the UK last week, which led some to make appeals and gather more information about the incidents on social media.

On May 5, Thursday, a couple was observing the skies hoping to see the International Space Station (ISS) and accidentally witnessed an unidentified flying object.

"I was looking for the ISS with my husband and thought that the light I could see was the space station, but then it started moving in different directions," wife Gail Phillips told Lincolnshire Echo, a local daily.

Three buses burst into flames around the UK in one day

You wait ages for a bus (fire), then three come along at once....
As summer temperatures continued to rise today, it wasn't just those in the sunshine feeling the heat with three different buses catching fire around the country.

Thankfully no one was hurt, but these pictures show the dramatic flames and charred shells of the coaches after each intense blaze.

In Birmingham, a double-decker bus exploded into a fireball in an arson attack outside a busy supermarket this afternoon.

Passengers were seen fleeing from the National Express West Midlands vehicle as it burst into flames outside an Aldi on the Stratford Road in Sparkbrook, and three fire engines rushed to the scene.

Blaze: The dramatic scene in Birmingham

Was White Hart Inn ghost caught on camera again?

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The paranormal investigators have captured another intriguing photo at the White Hart Inn.
Paranormal investigators at Edinburgh pub The White Hart Inn have taken another photo of what appears to be a ghostly apparition in in the bar.

The picture, taken by Edinburgh Ghost Hunting Society (EGHS), comes after a tourist's photo showed a similar figure in the foreground late last year, which prompted an investigation by the Psychical Research and Investigation Unit - part of the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Centre (SACDC).

SACDC say that while their initial thoughts were that someone had walked in front of the camera, a review of CCTV footage showed that no one had done so when the image was taken, and they do not know of any cases where there has been a similar scenario in two completely different investigations.

But what do you think? Tell us in the comments section below.

A case for the connection between cosmic and paranormal phenomena? Mysterious dancing fireball captured on camera in Northampton, UK

An English schoolgirl has filmed a dancing fireball in the skies over her Northampton home.

Katie Real, 11, spotted the mysterious glowing orb performing loops across the sky from her window on Saturday evening local time.
The dancing fireball was spotted in the skies above Northampton
A quick-thinking Katie used her laptop to film the unidentified flying object as it ducked and weaved through the clouds before disappearing behind a veil of trees.

In the background her spellbound siblings can be heard debating over what it is.

"Initially we thought it could be a plane on fire but it appeared to be dancing across the sky," Katie's mum 30-year-old Fiona Fearon told the Daily Star.

"It was an amazing sight. It looked like a ball of fire moving around in the sky."

Comment: In the article The invisible hand of the Cosmic Trickster: High strangeness and the paranormal nature of the UFO phenomenon we find the following bit of information:
Another interesting example is meteorites that refuse to follow the expected trajectory.

The Mystery Behind the Green Fireball Phenomenon
The green fireball phenomenon came to prevalence in the late 1940s, and no one in the scientific world knew what to make of it. The fireballs would shoot through the atmosphere, usually in the vicinity of highly classified nuclear facilities like Los Alamos or the Sandia National Laboratory, where atomic bombs were assembled. At the time, these were some of the most sensitive and top-secret locations in the United States.

Around a dozen green fireballs were reportedly spotted on one occasion, all of them in the airspace of New Mexico, home of both Los Alamos and Sandia. The fireballs were at first mistaken for green flares, but their large size and brilliance soon showed such speculation to be false.

Attempts to explain away green fireballs as meteors didn't fit the facts. For one, green fireballs generally flew on a more horizontal course, while meteors invariably plunged down into the Earth's atmosphere. In some of the later cases it's said that the green fireballs began to fall along vertical trajectories before disappearing.
With the increase of fireballs all around the world, I have to wonder if we may soon observe such "deviations off course" on a daily basis.
And, indeed, the case in point fits the pattern. Interestingly enough, Northampton appears to be quite a popular place for various strange and unexplained phenomena, including being plagued by "mysterious" explosions and bangs, that are a signature of a meteorite/cometary fragment overhead explosion.Here is a list of some other "out of the ordinary" cases that happened in the area:

UK Housewife: I saw UFO out of bedroom window
Tornadoes cause damage in Britain
England: White lights seen amongst planes flying across the sky
England: Two witnesses see a 'ball of orange fire' traveling at speed change course twice, then went behind a cloud
England: Witness sees a white pulsating light disappear and reappear and later a laser beam from the sky
England: Wootton, Northampton - Ball of Fire Spotted
England: Brixworth, Northampton - Six Orange Orbs
England: Northampton - Intensely Brilliant Silver Light in the Sky
England: Witness sees orange lights, bigger than a plane, speeding across the sky
More Mystery lights spotted in UK skies
Yet another European river turns 'blood' red overnight, this time in Northampton, UK
Not funny: Creepy clown lingers on streets of Northampton in middle of the night

What's going on in Northampton, UK? Care to speculate?

For more theories and possible explanations, read the following forum thread.