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Expedition Bigfoot' scours Oregon woods for signs of the mythical and elusive beast

Bigfoot
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A man crouches on the Oregon forest floor late at night, peering between the trees for signs of nocturnal life. The scene is pitch-black but his face and hands are visible in infrared footage, and he scans the landscape with a thermal camera, looking for a heat signature that would indicate he isn't alone.

Suddenly, a red blob emerges in the distance.

"Do you see that?" he whispers. "It's something big."

But could it be Bigfoot, North America's fabled apelike creature? That's the question this man — author and explorer Russell Acord — and his colleagues are trying to answer, in the new Travel Channel documentary series "Expedition Bigfoot," premiering tonight (Dec. 8) at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

More than 10,000 eyewitness accounts have described Bigfoot encounters in the continental U.S. over the past 50 years. Bigfoot even has an FBI file that was released to the public on June 5; in 1977, the agency examined 15 unidentified fibers that were suspected of being Bigfoot hairs. But the hairs were eventually found to be "of deer family origin," FBI Assistant Director Jay Cochran, Jr. wrote in a letter.

Now, Travel Channel searchers are hot on the trail of the bipedal beast, bringing the hunt to the Pacific Northwest, where about one-third of all "Bigfoot" encounters have taken place.

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UFO

UFO hunter claims spike in sightings of 'snake-like objects' in US skies - speculation runs rampant

Cigar  UFO
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Cigar-shaped UFO
Over the last month, an elongated unidentified object, which reminded some of a cigarette or a snake, has been spotted in several US states, from California to Wyoming, and even Scotland. However, there is still no explanation of what it was or where it came from.

Numerous sightings of snake-shaped objects hovering in several places in the US, from Wyoming to Texas, have prompted conspiracy theories about the government secretly spying on people, The Daily Star reports. The claims were fueled by reports about one of them hovering over Dallas, Texas. According to the outlet, images of the "craft," which witnesses on the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) describe as "a black pipe" with a "dull metal colour," have now emerged, although they were initially taken in September.

The outlet reports that at least two people have independently said that they spotted the strange object that day.

Comment: ThirdPhaseofTheMoon posted this in July:




UFO

Area 51 and CIA vets reveal what Cold War-era radar-tricking program has to do with recent UFO sightings

Area 51 sign
© Reuters/Jim Urquhart
There's never a shortage of UFO stories, with arguments raging between skeptics and those who want to believe. But a pair of CIA and Area 51 retirees claims the mysterious sightings might have quite a prosaic explanation.

The mystery behind the unidentified flying objects was highlighted again recently when leaked videos - filmed by the US Navy's Super Hornet jets - popped up in the public domain, showing the military aircraft interacting with UFOs. The Pentagon had stirred up much hype among ufologists, officially saying that the viral clips actually depicted "Unidentified Aerial Phenomena" (UAP).

But for veterans of two of America's most secretive institutions, these sightings, at least, were not at all sensational. They claim the UFO encounters can be attributed to a top-secret radar-tricking program commissioned for the military, according to the Drive.


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Megaphone

Ontario, Canada: Internet puzzled by mysterious howls coming from the woods

canada lake
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A series of strange and mysterious howls were recently caught on tape by a Canadian hunter, and netizens could not help but speculate about the nature of the sounds - with the craziest theories coming up, including those pointing to such legendary creatures as Sasquatch or Wendigo.

Gino Meekis was hunting grouse several kilometres from Sioux Lookout, Ontario on 3 October alongside his wife and grandson when the family heard the strangest and eeriest sounds, faintly resembling screams. The video, later posted on YouTube, has collected almost a million views, with people left guessing about who or what could have made these sounds.

Meekis, who was later approached for comment by Vice, is an experienced hunter accustomed to different sounds in the Canadian wilderness but even he was confused by the howls.

"When it let out the first scream, I thought it was a moose, but my mind changed when it screamed again and again", the hunter said. He began recording the shrieks almost straight away, as well as his grandson trying to mimic them. The family retreated to their vehicle shortly after the sounds appeared to move closer, as Meekis's wife became particularly scared of the noise.

"I've heard many different animals in the wild but nothing like this. I grew up hunting with my grandfather for the first 12 years of my life", Meekis said.

Magic Hat

The secret séance rituals of America's largest Spiritualist community

rodgers

Medium Annette Rodgers leads a séance, allegedly with the help of her deceased daughter, Lauren.
Shannon Taggart was never a big believer in ghosts. But that changed in 2001, during one of her first visits to Lily Dale — a hamlet in southwestern New York state that's home to the world's largest spiritualist community.

The Brooklyn photojournalist was taken by surprise while watching a private reading with Gretchen Clark, a fifth-generation medium.

"All of a sudden, she started laughing at nothing," Taggart tells The Post. "Apparently the spirit of her brother was in the room and told her a joke."

"I told him not to interrupt me while I'm working," Clark explained to her client and then turned to an empty spot and yelled, "Chapman, we've talked about this!"

She composed herself and returned to the reading and then just as quickly turned back to Taggart.

"Margaret's here," Clark announced.

"Margaret? I don't know any Margaret," Taggart insisted.

Clark closed her eyes and listened. "She says 'Texas.' What does 'Texas' mean?"

Taggart instantly knew. "My great aunt Margaret lived in Texas and she'd died a few months earlier," Taggart says. "I'd totally forgotten. My whole body just tensed up. It was truly spooky."

That encounter was just the beginning of a spiritual awakening for Taggart, who would spend the next 18 years documenting mediums in New York as well as Essex, England, and Antequera, Spain. More than 150 of her photographs, many never before seen, are published in her new book Séance (Fulgur Press).

UFO

UFOs or satellites? A string of lights freak Hawaiians out

UFO or satellite
© Hawaii News Now/Clau Laz
Hawaiian residents statewide see strings of lights in the sky for the second night in a row.
For the second night in a row, the skies over Hawaii have been lit up by a string of mysterious objects shimmering in the dark, many residents reported. Although a local outlet contacted the Federal Aviation Administration, there has been no official explanation yet.

Locals in Hawaii have reported en masse that mysterious near-perfectly ordered lights returned to the night sky after they first appeared the night before, Hawaii News Now has revealed.
"I was jumping up and down, freaking out like, 'What is that? What is that?' It was pretty weird. I couldn't make any sense of it", Kala Holiday told the outlet, while another viewer spoke about 20 to 25 lights "that resembled a Roman candle shot across the sky".

Comment: In the absence of official confirmation or denial from SpaceX, or any other official body, and given a hint of thought engineering, one has to wonder exactly what is going on.

When some of Elon Musk's other projects are taken into consideration, thought engineering in regards to the subject of UFO's doesn't seem too wide of the mark. Additionally, the SpaceX Starlink program is for deploying the worlds most advanced broadband internet system. The question then becomes, is the SpaceX program an elaborate attempt to hide the UFO phenomenon or is it the cause of the recent observations? Time will tell, however one lesson from the Wizard of Oz is that no expense is spared in the creation of elaborate illusions.


UFO

'Didn't match any known aircraft': Navy crew speaks out on 2004 UFO encounter, saw flying 'elongated egg' with 'phosphorus glow'

US Navy UFO encounter
© Reuters/Argentine Navy handout (file photo)
Members of the US Navy aboard the Boeing P-8A Poseidon plane.
Crew members who were aboard a Navy warship during a freak encounter with unidentified flying objects in 2004 have come forward with new details about the mysterious episode, offering captivating first-hand accounts.

On a training mission with the Nimitz carrier group in November 2004 about 100 miles off the coast of Southern California, technicians on the USS Princeton began to notice anomalous "ghost tracks" and "clutter" on the ship's radars.

Concerned the Princeton's brand new AN/SPY-1B radar system was acting up, the crew recalibrated the high tech gear to clear the errors, but the ostensibly "false" radar tracks only amplified and became stronger, the first sign something rather strange was happening.

"Once we finished all the recalibration and brought it back up, the tracks were actually sharper and clearer," former Petty Officer 3rd Class and Princeton radar technician Gary Voorhis told Popular Mechanics. "Sometimes they'd be at an altitude of 80,000 or 60,000 feet. Other times they'd be around 30,000 feet, going like 100 knots."
Their radar cross sections didn't match any known aircraft; they were 100 percent red ... no IFF [Identification Friend or Foe].

Compass

'Seinfeld' actor Charles Levin's death details leave Oregon police baffled

Charles Levin
© Grants Pass Department of Public Safety via AP
Actor, Charles Levin
New details have emerged about the death of former "Seinfeld" and "Night Court" actor Charles Levin.

Levin's son had reported him missing on June 28 after the 70-year-old actor called a friend to say he was lost near Cave Junction, Ore. On July 13, his body was found in a slope near the road where it had been partially consumed by what police believe to be turkey vultures.

According to new details obtained by USAToday, police were baffled by how Levin's orange Fiat made it so far down the desolate mountain road in a remote part of Oregon. Responders reportedly noted that there were several fallen trees in the area that made getting vehicles down the path particularly difficult. The Fiat was reportedly found four miles from the nearest paved road on terrain that was so treacherous to traverse that officers had to walk a quarter of a mile away from their emergency vehicle to reach the spot.

Comment: David Paulides, author of the Missing 411 series, poses some interesting questions about the case:




Bizarro Earth

Missing 411? Hiker found dead in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks

Alan Stringer, Missing 411 hiker

Stringer reportedly did not tell anyone where he planned to hike or what routes he might take.
A missing hiker has been found dead in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, according to the National Park Service.

On November 4th, the Inyo County Sheriff's Office received a call about a missing hiker in the park.

The missing man, later identified as 40-year-old Alan Stringer from Huntington Beach, started the hike in the Bishop area on Sunday, but never showed up back home the next day.

Stringer reportedly did not tell anyone where he planned to hike or what routes he might take.

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David Paulides details 'Missing 411: The Hunted' in Edge of Wonder interview

Missing 411 The Hunted
© Can Am Missing Project
We have a very special guest joining us today, David Paulides, himself! Please welcome this extraordinary former policeman and now author/investigator who wrote the famous Missing 411 books and videos. David gives us an inside scoop into his work and investigations first hand so it's definitely a must watch if you're a fan of his work or have been following him since the beginning.

It started with 5 missing children in 2016. Now, 3 years later we follow the trails of missing hunters. This Halloween, we bring you something truly special. Haunting true stories of the unexplainable. Based on the book which documents 185 cases of missing people from 4 countries. This former police detective, now investigator and author will surely blow your mind. So get ready, because the one and only David Paulides is coming to Edge of Wonder!

Part One