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Mystery of the Mary Celeste

An 1861 painting of Mary Celeste as Amazon, by an unknown artist
The Mary Celeste set sail from New York harbour on November 7, 1872. A little more than a month later, she was found adrift on the Atlantic Ocean. What happened?

On December 4, 1872, a ship was sighted adrift midway between the Azores and the coast of Portugal. She was spotted by the British brigantine Dei Gratia . Capt. David Morehouse, saw that the unguided vessel was Mary Celeste . He was surprised as just eight days earlier, it had sailed out of New York and should have arrived at its destination in Genoa, Italy. He changed course to help.

Setting sail

Benjamin Briggs was the captain of the Mary Celeste and he had also bought shares in the ship. He was a highly respected man in his profession. On board with him was his wife Sarah and their two-year-old daughter Sophia. For this voyage, Briggs chose his crew with care. There were seven of them in all. A later testimonial described them all as "peaceable and first class sailors".

Mary Celeste sailed out of New York on November 7.

On December 4, when Dei Gratia sighted the Mary Celeste , Captain Morehouse suspected something was wrong. He saw no one on deck and received no replies to his signals. When his crew went in to investigate, they found the ship deserted.

Comment: Since the discovery of the deserted ship, the Mary Celeste, 143 years ago today, it remains one of the greatest maritime mysteries. See also: Six haunting tales of ghost ships throughout history and Top 10 Mysterious Ghost Ships and Haunted Stories of the Maritime World


UFOs over Texas: strange lights recorded over Houston suburb

Home video from Conroe, Texas, purports to reveal a UFO floating in the night the sky.

The minute-long footage, uploaded to YouTube on Nov. 12, shows about a half dozen pulsating white lights as they undulate through various formations.

The voice of the cameraman can be heard saying, "What is that? I don't know... there's something falling out of the sky, dad."

Comment: These strange lights or "orbs" are a common UFO sighting. Videos of similar lights can be found all over the internet from around the world, exhibiting similar behavior and formations. Typically they are hovering and moving into various patterns, they blink in and out, and have also been known to fuse into one object/light or to split apart. What they are, exactly, is still a mystery.


Multiple sightings of green disk over Cape of Good Hope, South Africa

Date of sighting: November 2015

Location of sighting: Cape Town, South AfricaNews source: http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/twitter-abuzz-after-ufo-sighting-above-cape-town-20151128


'Strange force' acts on cars in Chinese street

Viewers have been left confused by a video from China showing a car crash where two minibuses are left standing on just two wheels in what appears to be a synchronized special effects stunt - except it's for real.

Although it's still unclear what exactly happens to the vehicles in the video, internet users have agreed on the theory that a wire on the road was to blame.


"Ghostbusters" called as Italy's last King spotted

© Wikicommons
King Umberto II.
He was forced into exile in 1946 after Italy abolished the monarchy and died in 1983, but the ghost of King Umberto II is said to linger in the Piedmont city of Asti.

There have been four reported sightings of the ghost of Italy's last monarch since 2011 and some residents are convinced he has made a date in his calendar for the next appearance: June 13th, the day the King was forced into exile after just a few weeks on the throne.

Witnesses have described the figure in the apparitions as seemingly "elegant and educated". Just like a King, in fact.

After the most recent sighting earlier this month, city officials called in the ghost-busting team at National Ghost Undercover, a company based in the Emilia-Romagna town of Riccione.


International Space Station astronaut tweets photo with UFO

For the past year, astronaut Scott Kelly has been tweeting breathtaking photos of Earth from the International Space Station.

On Sunday, he may have tweeted a photo of something far more astounding — a UFO.

That, at least, is what conspiracy theorists and alien obsessives would have you believe.

Their proof is "clearly" visible in a photo Kelly tweeted on Sunday from the ISS over India.

Comment: UFO? Exotic satellite technology? Weird plasma formation? What do you think?


Residents in Chilean city spooked by circle of light "UFO"

Probably still not Superman: Unfortunately for those hoping for an extraterrestrial visit, the 'UFO' turned out to be a clock beamed up onto the night sky
Citizens in a Chilean city were shocked to find a strange circle of light floating across the night sky, and took to social media to try to find the answer to the mystery 'UFO'.

The sky above the city of Iquique in Northern Chile's Tarapaca Region was suddenly adorned with a blue light circle earlier this week.

A number of videos and images appeared on Twitter and Instagram and other social media channels, with inhabitants asking for an explanation.

One Twitter user: 'What is that on the sky?,' posting an image to their social media channel.

Another posted a picture, captioned: 'Something strange is happening on our sky'

Another seemed convinced that the city had been paid a visit by extraterrestrials, tweeting: 'It appears an UFO can be seen on the sky of Iquique. I'm nervous'.


Mysterious black orb found in Spanish village

A third mysterious black space object to fall from the sky into rural Spain has caused panic among locals.

The strange-looking black orb was found in the village of Villavieja in Murcia - becoming the latest instance of an increasingly bewildering phenomenon, the Olive Press reported. It's not yet known what the objects are, though theories range from UFOs to pieces of space debris.

The first instance of the strange phenomenon occurred one week ago, when Spanish goat farmers discovered the strange object, which bears a striking resemblance to the Star Wars torture device, the IT-O Interrogator, in Calasparra, Murcia. The men alerted the Civil Guard to investigate and the area was subsequently put under quarantine.

Although the mystery object was not said to be dangerously radioactive or explosive, it was taken away for further analysis. Local news site El Pais reported that researchers have said that the object may be a pressurised gas container, which fell to earth from space.


Houston, we've got a problem: Large spinning top shaped UFO seen near downtown Houston, TX


Date of sighting:
November 10, 2015
Location of sighting: Houston, Texas, USA
News source: http://www.chron.com/houston/article/UFO-in-Houston-Mysterious-light-spotted-in-6621839.php#photo-8933661

Sure this one is short, but the detail is really good. The cloaked UFO is moving over traffic, but is accidentally seen when the reflection of the streetlights below it cause trouble with the cloak. For a cloak to work, light source needs to be behind it. If its both, it will be revealed. Click here for video.
Scott C. Waring

Comment: Legit? A definite maybe!


NASA videos emerge of 'foo fighter' UFO with flashes of white light, as seen from International Space Station

The strange white UFO caught on NASA film
A glowing white craft has been captured on a NASA feed from the ISS - is it aliens or just a piece of space debris?

A second strange white UFO has been filmed floating in space near the International Space Station.

Spotted on the grainy live stream from the orbiting base, the mysterious white light appears to glow in the blackness of space.

The footage was captured and posted online by YouTube channel Hidden Cams on November 4.

In the video, the UFO moves gradually out of shot.

It's most likely a piece of space debris caught drifting through the cosmos.

However, it's the second time in as many days that an object has been caught passing the ISS.

The strange white UFO caught on NASA film