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Update

I'm not sure if any of you have noticed but I recently transferred all the posts from my old AOL blog over to this one. For those who didn't read my old one, I welcome you to read some of the old posts. Some older entry topics are The Jersey Devil, The Bunnyman Bridge, Myrtles Plantation, The Bell Witch, Waverly Hills Sanitarium, etc. Just click on any month under the archives section and enjoy!

Chupacabra

This animal, also known as "the goat sucker", is well known in Mexico and Puerto Rico. It got its name when some goats turned up dead with puncture wounds in their necks and totally drained of their blood. But what is it exactly?

There's no one answer to that question. From the thousands of eyewitnesses, several so called "descriptions" of the creature have been noted. Some say its half alien, half dinosaur. Others describe it has a panther with a snake-like tongue. It's even been linked to aliens. Of course, when aliens involved, theories of a mass government conspiracy aren't far behind.

The attacks began around 1995 and have claimed around 2,000 animal deaths. Authorities in Puerto Rico claim that it doesn't even exist. They explain the attackers to just be stray dogs or other animals. They go on to say that the "Chupacabra cases" show nothing unusual to suggest such an animal exists.

Is it possible that this creature does exist? Sure, anything is possible. The chupacabra could just be another link in the chain we call the Circle of Life. Until more compelling evidence comes forth, el chupacabra will remain another mystery of life.

More info: http://skepdic.com/chupa.html


*Carroll, Robert Todd (2005). Chupacabra. Retrieved on July 26, 2005 from the Skeptic's Dictionary website: http://skepdic.com.

Ball Lightning

Ever heard of the phenomena called Ball lightning? Most people haven't. Matter of fact, the first time I heard about ball lightning was on a National Geographic special about Spontaneous Human Combustion. But what is it exactly? There is a Japanese legend that calls it hiro dama or just odama which refers to the soul of a great samurai who took the form of a ball of fire. Its physical form is a sphere around a centimeter to a meter in a diameter. It doesn't appear in any one color. What makes it so confusing is that it defies the law of nature. Ball lightning usually appears during a thunderstorm but it's no stranger to broad daylight.

Some facts about ball lightning are that it has been know to pass through and/or melt walls, cool to the touch, lasts about five seconds up to a minute, can be made in the microwave (but is VERY dangerous. So please do NOT attempt to try it at home), explodes violently, etc.

There are many theories as to explain what ball lightning is. Some believe its linked to UFOs. Another one is that it's just a puff of flammable gas that ignites (this one has been disproven). The most recent theory is that ball lightning is a plasmoid. Another known plasmoid is the tornado. It is said that the two are forms of the same phenomenon. Of course, this theory raises more questions than answers.

The numerous eyewitness accounts (including respectable scientists and researchers) of this phenomenon proves its existence. Though there may never be an explanation of what ball lightning really is. For now, it remains an unexplained mystery.

More info: http://www.crystalinks.com/lightballs.html


*Crystal, Ellie (1995-2005) Ball Lightning. Retrieved on July 14, 2005 from the Crystalinks Metaphysical and Science website: www.crystalinks.com.

EVPs

EVP stands for Electronic Voice Phenomena. It is also called Raudive Voices after Konstantine Raudive who recorded over 100,000 voices. The most common profession that EVP is associated with is ghost hunting. Some paranormal researchers believe that voices of spirits can be recorded and played back on magnetic audio tape. There are skeptics that believe the sound really isn't the dead talking but actually, CB or radio transmissions. The words or sentence that you think you hear on the tape is only in your mind or what someone has you convinced is what is being said. But what is the history behind EVPs?

One afternoon in 1959, artist Fredrich Jurgenson was recording bird sounds in the Sweedish countryside. When he played it back, he could distinctly hear a man talking about birds in Norweigan. He heard nothing while recording the birds but heard many voices when playing it back. He spread the word about the phenomenon in his book. But it was first discovered by researcher writer Raymond Bayless and photographer-sensitive Attila Von Szalay in 1956.

Since then, many organizations have been created dedicated to Electronic Voice Phenomenon including The Association for Voice Taping Research established in the 1970s in Germany and American Association Electronic Voice Phenomenon established in 1982.

The Shadowlands website (http://theshadowlands.net/ghostwav.htm) has a list of EVPs. See if you hear the word(s) indicated on the right.

More info: http://www.ufopsi.com/psidc/evp.html


* Pamina@theshadowlands.net, (2005) History of Electronic Voice Phenomenon. Retrieved July 7, 2005 from The Shadowlands website: www.theshadowlands.net.
* Blake, Elizabeth (May 4, 2005). Electronic Voice Phenomenon, Retrieved July 7, 2005 from the Ufopsi website: www.ufopsi.com.

Superstitions

Superstitions have been a big part of our lives for generations. Whether or not you believe in them, they have affected our lives. A groom carrying his bride over the threshold. Covering your mouth when you yawn. Saying "God Bless You" when someone sneezes. There are numerous amount of superstitions, some more unusual than others. Here are just a few:


1) Nails should be bitten, not cut, for the same time, for that would make them thieves.
2) If you go to the bathroom in the night with no clothes on, insects will fall on you
3) An apple a day, keeps the doctor away.
4) If you want to see a friend again, then don't ever say goodbye to them on a bridge.
5) If soot bums in a ring at the back of the grate, pleasure and happiness are on their way to you.
6) Malice and envy are to be feared when sparks jump out of the fire.
7) To put on your stockings or socks inside out is an omen that you will shortly receive a present. If your stocking comes down, your lover is thinking of you.
8) If thirteen people sit down to dine, the last to rise will meet with ill fortune.
9) To wash in water, which has been previously used by someone else means that you will quarrel with him, unless you clasp your hands together over the water when you have finished.
10) Never pour water into a tumbler which already holds some, for it is an invitation to evil spirits to visit you.
11) Watching someone else yawn makes you to yawn.
12) An itchy nose means your going to have a quarrel with someone.
13) Spit on your hands for strength. This originated from seeing animals lick their wounds, making people think saliva had some magical healing power.
14) To get rid of a cough, take a hair from the coughing persons head, put it in between two slices of buttered bread, feed it to the dog, and say - eat well you hound. May you be sick and I be sound.
15) To prevent an unwelcome guest from returning, sweep out the room they stayed in immediately
16) If the first butterfly you see in the year is white, you will have good luck all year.
17) Evil spirits can't harm you when you stand inside a circle.
18) If a clock which has not been working suddenly chimes, there will be a death in the family.
19) Clover protects human beings and animals from the spell of magicians and the wiles of fairies, and brings good luck to those who keep it in the house.
20) If you bite your tongue while eating, it is because you have recently told a lie.
21) All wishes on shooting stars come true.
22) A spider is a repellent against plague when worn around the neck in a walnut shell.
23) You sleep best with your head to the north and your feet to the south.
24) If you sing before seven, you will cry before eleven.
25) Dropping an umbrella on the floor means that there will be a murder in the house.
26) A wish will come true if you make it while burning onions.
27) An onion cut in half and placed under the bed of a sick person will draw off fever and poisons.
28) If your nose itches, someone is coming to see you. If it's the right nostril, the visitor will be a female, left nostril, male.
29) A white moth inside the house or trying to enter the house means death.
30) Mistletoe in the house protects it from thunder and lightning.
31) People would say that spirits could not walk upon a path, so after dark don't leave the path/road.
32) Don't step on sidewalk cracks. "Step on a crack break your mothers back" people say.
33) It is considered bad luck to pass a black cat after 9pm
34) f your feet itch it means that you will be walking on new grounds.
35) If you wash your face in the dew on the morning of the first of May, and you will either see faeries or see your future spouse.

There are many, many more. Some have a history behind them. If anyone wants me to maybe do a little research on one particular, post a comment and let me know. I'll do my best to find whatever information I can.

To view more superstitions go to: http://www.oldsuperstitions.com


*Eric (2005) General Superstitions. Retrieved on June 30, 2005 from the Old Superstition website: www.oldsuperstitons.com

 
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