Stories Of The Paranormal, The Unexplained, And All Things Incredible

March 30, 2012

Will UFOs Save Us?

Rumors have been circulating on Internet that the place to be on December 21, 2012 is Pic de Bugarach in France. It is the supposed home of powerful aliens and that on apocalypse day, the top of the mountain will open and the UFOs will emerge to rescue those gathered in the area.

But France is no stranger to alien tales.

In 1790,a UFO crashed landed in a field near Alencon, France. Surprized farmers at first thought it was a hot air balloon that caught fire. At the crash site they saw a large metal sphere had uprooted soil and plants showering them back down upon the hillside. The heat of the vessel set fire to the surrounding dry grass. Dozens of peasants began a water line to extinguish the flames and then crowded around the craft.

“All of a sudden a kind of door opened and there is the interesting thing, a person like us came out of it, but this person was dressed in a strange way, in clothes adhering completely to the body...” Apparently a hatch had slide open in the lower part of the sphere and the emerging occupant uncertainly surveyed the crowd. He began speaking in an unknown language, gesturing for everyone to move away from him and his craft. As a few people moved away, he then broke free and ran into the woods.

A sense of danger was communicated and everyone else quickly moved back from the vessel which immediately exploded with a muffled silence. A miniature mushroom-cloud formed in it place as debris from the globe hissed into the grass and turned to powder. Searches were organized to search for the weirdly dressed man. He was never found, apparently dissolving as thoroughly as his ship.

Now France and UFOs are making the news again – this time as the Armageddon destination. Read more here.

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March 20, 2012

SPRING is for New Beginnings

Today is the first day of spring! The vernal equinox officially kicked off the season at 1:14 AM EDT. Until the mid 1700s, March 20th was considered the first day of the year. Although someone somewhere arbitrarily decided to change the calendar, March 20th is still the time for new beginnings.

So set yourself free, shake off the sleepiness of winter and submerse yourself in sensuous spring by spending lots of time outside - as close to the elements as you can get. The energy of Spring enhances success and freshness in new projects and brings pillow love - no you won't be sleeping. This is a good time to mix up your magic powders and cast them into the wind. Plant seeds that will bear fruit in the fall. The secret power for March 20th is sound. Whistle while you work.

"Spring has returned. The Earth is like a child that knows poems." Rainer Maria Rilke

March 9, 2012

Springheel Jack is Back

It began in 1837 London, England. Out of the mist of night dashed a dark, cloaked figure with glowing red eyes and a spring in his heel. Enough of a spring to enable him to leap walls 18 feet high. Enough of a spring to leap over houses. Enough of a spring to avoid being caught for close to 200 years.

One dark night, after the terror had begun, young Jane Alsop opened the door of her home to a figure standing in the shadows, claiming to be a policeman and demanding she fetch a light to help him with the capture of Spring-heel Jack - but the policeman was Jack himself and once he had her away from the house he attacked.

Later Jane described her assailant. "He was wearing a kind of a helmet and a tight-fitting white costume like an oilskin, his face was hideous. His eyes were like balls of fire. His hands had great claws, and he vomited blue and white flames." It was a description to be repeated over and over again; the leaps, the flames, the eyes of hell.

It was commonly assumed that Jack's jumping skill was due to special shoes he wore that had been fitted with powerful springs. The German army tried to emulate this in WWII but the most common result was soldiers with broken ankles.

Spring-heel Jack's rampage continued. He was never identified. And he has never stopped being seen and reported, though intervals between reports vary widely. The latest possible sighting comes from February 2012. Read about it here.


March 5, 2012

Extreme Weather

I like to think of weather as Mother Nature's mood swings; sometimes generous, other times, not so much.
1840 - St. John, New Brunswick - during a ferocious gale, a rogue wave submerged the Beacon lighthouse. The old definition of real estate underwater.
1880 - London, Ontario - rain thawed the winter snowpack so quickly that the water level of the river was raised one metre (more than one yard) in less than an hour. The crack of ice breaking and the roar of rushing water were deafening. Trees were uprooted. Planks, rails and beer casks swirled away in the white water. Cold means beer.
1901 - Tanana region, Yukon - the snow was so deep that that moose could not run away from the hunters. Everyone ate well that winter.
1937 -Weyburn, Saskatchewan - the temperature rose to 45+ C (113+ F). An egg broken on the pavement evaporated before it could cook. In stores chocolates melted and gramophone records turned to wax. In the streets, car rubber tires also melted. Looked like a town painted by Salvador Dali.