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Mysterious rain of hay reported in Gloucestershire, Devon, Wiltshire, Mid Wales and Lancashire

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It's raining hay!
The hay-vens opened up over Gloucestershire last weekend as clumps of grass fell from the sky all over the county.

Bewildered people were left clutching at straws after the strange phenomenon over Cheltenham on Saturday when they saw it raining hay.

The weather forecast had predicted dry weather with clear blue skies on the day.

And yesterday the Met Office confirmed they had received reports from all over the country, including Devon, Wiltshire, Mid Wales and Lancashire.

Weather experts at the organisation told the Echo it was not "something you see everyday" but not unusual.

She added: "We had a couple of weeks of dry weather across much of the country and that has allowed the ground to dry and warm up, and this weather has been ideal for farmers to cut grass for hay.

"This grass has been lifted into the air by some means, possibly by convection, where the ground heats the air above it causing the air to rise and carrying the grass aloft, and it is then carried along by warm thermals.

"A thermal is a warm bubble or plume of cloud-free air that rises from the ground as the ground is heated and cools the higher it gets.

"Thermals are used by birds to climb with little effort and by glider pilots to gain extra lift during a flight.

"Because the air eventually cools the thermal will break down and the grass will fall from the sky."

Comment: History is full of reports of mysterious objects falling from the sky. The authorities are usually quick to find a mundane explanation for such events, although sometimes these explanations make little sense.
It's the old meme - nothing to see here folks, don't pay attention to all these unexplained events - 'we' are in control.

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The woman who photographs ghosts

Picture a photograph of a man with two faces - one grimacing in pain, one open-mouthed in ecstasy. They float in a field of darkness, lit red, connected only by a pale-pink thread of motion-blur. Is this an image of a man jerking his neck wildly, taken with a long exposure? Or is it the image of a physical medium, a person sensitive the invisible world of spirits, channeling an intelligence from beyond the grave?

The answer is yes - to both interpretations. And the photographer behind the enigma is an attractive, auburn haired New Yorker named Shannon Taggart. She's worked for glossy publications like Time, Discover and Newsweek - but for the last ten years, her passion has been photographing American and European Spiritualists, the strange remnants of the 19th century religious movement which brought the world dim-lit seance rooms, ghostly rappings and - most relevant to the present project - spirit photography.

Mysterious objects photographed over Otago Harbour, New Zealand

UFO's over Dunedin
© Terence Huang/Otago Daily Times
UFO's over Dunedin
A Dunedin student received a "spooky'' surprise when he took a closer look at a pair of photos he took of the Otago Harbour.

Terence Huang (25), originally from China, and two friends took the photos from the jetty at Glenfalloch late on Monday.

Mr Huang said he sat his camera on a chair to steady the shot, but paid little attention to the sky while the camera snapped about 20 photos.

It was not until yesterday morning, when he uploaded the images to his laptop, that he spotted two mysterious objects in two of the shots.

"I had a brief look at the photos last night, but it was late and cold so we went home.''

Rebecca Peng, who was with Mr Huang, said she had taken photos at the same spot before, but had "never seen anything like that''.

Mr Huang was unsure whether the objects were UFOs, but the shapes looked very similar to what he thought a UFO would look like, he said.

Mystery flashing lights spotted again in Southern California skies

© Amber Hamilton
Flashing lights were visible in the skies above Southern California on June 25, 2014.
For the second straight Wednesday, mysterious flashing lights were spotted in the skies above Southern California, witnesses reported.

The strange pulsating lights could be seen from Orange County down to San Diego around 10:30 p.m., which was about the same time they were visible the previous week, witnesses told KTLA.

Eventually, the lights disappeared.
While the mystery hasn't been solved just yet, the lights may have been related to a training exercise at Camp Pendleton.

The Marine base was conducting a mortar fire training exercise between 7 a.m. and midnight on Wednesday, according to Camp Pendleton Sgt. Christopher Duncan.

The training exercise took place at the Whiskey and Zulu impact areas of Camp Pendleton, Duncan said.

It was not immediately clear whether base had been conducting a training exercise the previous week as well.

Comment: Interestingly enough, the Southern California lights resemble the Hessdalen Lights:


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?

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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.

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