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Disclosure! Pentagon releases footage of USAF jets chasing UFO in 2004 (VIDEO)

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The Pentagon spent $22 million to study UFOs in a 2007-12 program whose existence has been confirmed by the Department of Defense. An official formerly in charge of the program told media it remains alive to this day.

The secretive program, which the US Department of Defense has been keeping under wraps, was brought to light in simultaneous reports by Politico and the New York Times on Saturday, citing interviews with people involved or with knowledge of the program, as well as contracts, and Pentagon and Congressional records.

Comment: See also: $22M program to investigate UFOs confirmed by the Pentagon

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The truth is out there: The Pentagon's secret search for UFOs

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Funded at the request of Harry Reid, the program probed a number of encounters military pilots had with aircraft they believed didn't operate like anything they had seen before.

The Pentagon, at the direction of Congress, a decade ago quietly set up a multimillion-dollar program to investigate what are popularly known as unidentified flying objects-UFOs

The "unidentified aerial phenomena" claimed to have been seen by pilots and other military personnel appeared vastly more advanced than those in American or foreign arsenals. In some cases they maneuvered so unusually and so fast that they seemed to defy the laws of physics, according to multiple sources directly involved in or briefed on the effort and a review of unclassified Defense Department and congressional documents.

Comment: The truth is out there.


Spontaneous human combustion? Man dies after bursting into flames in unexplained circumstances in London street

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Police are appealing for information on the blaze that killed 70-year-old John Nolan
Horrified members of the public tried to put out the blaze but John Nolan died of his injuries

A pensioner has died of his injuries after bursting into flames in unexplained circumstances in a London street.

Police are appealing for information on the blaze that killed 70-year-old John Nolan, a retired construction worker originally from Ireland.

Emergency services were called to reports of a "man ablaze" near his home in Haringey on 17 September.

Horrified members of the public tried to put the fire out and alerted police but the flames were not extinguished until firefighters arrived on the scene.

Mr Nolan was taken to a specialist hospital by air ambulance but died of severe burns, with an inquest due to open in March.

The London Fire Brigade investigated the cause of the fire but found no evidence of an "accelerant" that would have spread the flames.

Comment: Spontaneous human combustion is rare, but real

Take 2

The Patterson-Gimlin Bigfoot film: Why it should concern scholars of human origins

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Famous VFC-2 Frame 354 (popularly referred to as 352)
The anthropological sciences occasionally have to deal with something which has a profound but unexpected impact on our understanding of human origins. Two events are noteworthy, in part because both impacted powerfully upon our concept of human evolution, but also because they were diametric opposites. One was a truth first rejected, and the other was a false contrivance embraced as fact. As presented in Roger Levin's fine text, Bones of Contention, the stories of the Piltdown Man and the Taung Child were meaningful because they demonstrated that ultimately the evidence will lead to the truth, but first, one must examine that evidence with an impartial and open mind.

Sadly, they also illustrated that confirmation bias is a serious and formidable obstacle in the search for truth. Piltdown was a fraud, an orangutan jaw mated to a human skull, and it confirmed the bias of expecting that our human ancestor would be an ape-like body affixed to a human cranium, thus affirming that regardless of how primitive the body, the illustrious human mind remained robustly beyond any mere ape. Taung was a truthful hominid fossil, but its rightful place in human origins was rejected for many years because of its small brain. So, when we consider that some evidence with potential impact upon human origins is misunderstood, or suffers in the face of a confirmation bias, the idea has a solid foundation of prior examples demonstrating that exact issue.


Exorcism performed on teen girl who goes to a school where there have been a number of 'strange manifestations'

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The 'healer' said a number of children at a school had 'strange manifestations'
A 'possessed' teenager has undergone a violent 'exorcism' after she was claimed to be possessed by an evil spirit.

A chilling video shows a man performing a 'ritual of healing' on the teenage student in a school in Argentina.

There had been reports several teens at the school had been taken over by demons following a number of 'strange manifestations'.

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Very bizarre encounters with truly surreal and mysterious humanoids

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When looking at sightings reports of strange creatures and mysterious entities every so once in a while one comes across something that just seems to exist out in its own sphere of bizarreness, something so incredibly odd that it falls outside of any known category and which leaves us utterly baffled. I have covered extremely bizarre cryptids of all shapes and sizes here at Mysterious Universe before, on more than one occasion in fact, as well as very unusual entities that are thought to be aliens, but at other times there is just no real classification to put some reports in, and it is not immediately clear if we are supposed to be dealing with a mystery animal, a ghost, a demon, an inter dimensional being, or what. These cases swirl about there on the outer edges of strangeness, seeming to defy us and challenge us to try and make sense of them. Here I bring you a selection of truly out there reports concerning humanoid creatures that lie squarely entrenched in the realm of the truly unexplained. From deer-headed men, to bizarre stick figures, to other less definable things and more, here are some of the weirdest.

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Mothman Math: Entwining dates, disasters and deaths with the number '13'

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Mothman math is the underlying bits of twilight language that entwine numbers, prophecy, and the evil events that haunt the fabric of Mothman-related interactions. It involves a type of arithmetic that links to augury, the prophecies that have been tied to sightings of Mothman. Whether factual or not, a psychological pattern has emerged, almost in a folkloric sense, related to a specific numeral that routinely appears in the Mothman story.


Yetis are just bears. Or are they?

As often happens when viewed through a series of press releases and news treatments, a new DNA study in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B of nine alleged "Yeti" samples obtained from the Icon Films television documentary company and of some known bear samples has rocked the media with claims that "Yetis are bears." (Science News, "So much for the abominable snowman. Study finds that 'yeti' DNA belongs to bears.")

For decades, cryptozoologists have pointed to there being three kinds of Yetis - a small Yeti, a human-sized Yeti, and a quite large bear-like Yeti. Explorer Tom Slick investigated these three types in the Himalayas in the 1950s. Bernard Heuvelmans and Ivan T. Sanderson in the late 1950s and 1960s, as well as modern researchers this century, including myself, Mark A. Hall, and Patrick Huyghe, called this variety the Dzu-Teh. The recent Bryan Sykes' study confirmed there were bear artifacts behind some of the so-called Yeti samples he studied and which were highlighted by Icon Films. Should we be surprised that "bear" results are to be found if selections of those samples are retested?

From Dr Lindqvist's paper:

"nine samples were provided to us by the Reinhold Messner Museum and the Icon Film Company."

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The Mike Mansholt story - possible Missing 411 case in Malta or foul play?

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This detailed article in the Nordwest Zeitung tells the story of a father unable to get answers from the Maltese authorities after his teenage son was found dead here in mysterious circumstances.

The police are uncooperative and unwilling to investigate more than they feel they must. The attorney general insists on secrecy. The medical examiner covers up the contradictions in his statement. The inquiring magistrate is powerless. And the victim's family is bewildered no one gives straight answers. Sounds familiar? Read on.

The original article is here. What follows is this website's translation.

Comment: Missing 411 is series of books by David Paulides, retired police officer, now independent investigator that details series of mysterious disappearances mostly in National parks of America but also elsewhere around the globe. The common denominators in these cases are: proximity of large body of water, "vanishing into thin air", inexplicable cause of death or curious autopsy findings in case of found bodies, majority of victims being of German descent, victims belonging to each end of the spectrum - either being in extraordinary physical or intellectual shape or having some sort of mental or physical disability. Most of these cases occur in clusters mainly in remote geographical areas, however there is a great number of cases occurring in heavily populated urban areas.

Black Magic

Woman gives up men to have sex with ghosts

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A 27-year-old English woman shared her "experience" of having sex with spirits on a TV show Thursday.

Amethyst Realm, a spiritual guidance counselor from Bristol, has revealed she has had sexual intercourse with 20 different ghosts, and turned her back on men after that.

While her fiancé was away, she felt the presence of something strange and unknown in their new house.

"It started as an energy, then became physical," she told hosts Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby during the British TV show This Morning. "There was pressure on my thighs and breath on my neck. I just always felt safe. I had sex with the ghost. You can feel it. It's difficult to explain. There was a weight and weightlessness, a physical breath and stroking, and the energy as well."

Comment: Interesting case of spectrophilia. Apparently it's not that uncommon for people to have these encounters since it's likely to be a symptom of sleep paralysis more than anything. However inviting these entities into her home (never mind impregnating her) is probably ill advised, as you never know what you're gonna get!