Andrea Allisonon Wednesday, February 23, 2011
One of the UK's biggest theme parks was forced to move a new ride to another part of the property earlier this month. Why? This decision was made after fears rose they had disturbed an ancient burial ground, resulting in paranormal activity.
Workers building the water ride at Thorpe Park in Surrey said they started witnessing ghostly sightings nearby, including what appeared to be a headless monk. There were also reports of objects being moved, workers feeling like they're being watched and cold spots.
To further look in to the matter, a paranormal investigation team, South West London Paranormal, was called in to look into the matter. They determined, using investigative techniques, Quija board sessions and mediums, an ancient burial ground or settlement may have been disturbed.
The 64ft-tall water ride, Storm Surge, was originally planned for an area known as Monk's Walk, an old footpath that has linked the ruins of nearby Chertsey Abbey to Thorpe Church since 666 AD. The ride's foundation was to be located in an area of the park where stone coffins have previously been excavated.
Due to the results of the paranormal investigation, Forensic geophysicist Peter Masters, of Cranfield University was since called in to analyze the site, using deep ground radar. Preliminary results indicated signatures similar to that of a burial ground, possibly ancient and warranted further investigation.
Andrea Allisonon Thursday, February 10, 2011
The Emela-ntouka is a mythic African legendary creature among the Pygmy tribes. Its name means "killer of the elephants" in the Lingala language and is also known as the Aseka-moke, Njago-gunda, Ngamba-namae, Chipekwe or Irizima.
The Emela-ntouka is around the size of an African Bush Elephant, brownish to gray in color, with a heavy tail, and a body of similar to a rhinoceros. It has one long horn on its snout although it is unknown what the horn is made of whether it be ivory, bone or keratin. It is described as having no frills or ridges along the neck. The animal is alleged to be semi-aquatic and feed on Malombo and other leafy plants. The Emela-ntouka is known to snort, rumble or growl.
This cryptid is alleged to mainly inhabit the vast shallow waters in the swamps and lakes of the Congo River basin, particularly in the Likouala swamps in the Republic of the Congo. It is also said to inhabit Lake Bangweulu in Zambia. They are claimed to be solitary and herbivores. Locals allegedly treat the creature with great fear because of its fierce sense of territoriality.
What could this creature possibly be? One of the more popular theories suggest it is a ceratopsian or a herbivorous, beaked dinosaur. However, some experts disagree siting descriptions told by witnesses don't include key features ceratopsians possess. Furthermore, ceratopsian fossils are primarily found in North America and Asia, not so much Africa. Others believe it may be related to the Triceratops or Ttyracosaurus. Author Loren Coleman suggests that the Emela-Ntouka is not saurian or reptilian, but a new species of semi-aquatic rhinoceros.
This creature may not be well known by the masses but it has found its place in the written word. J.E. Hughes published his book Eighteen Years on Lake Bangweulu in 1933. He spoke of an animal that fits the description of an Emela-Ntouka despite not being referred to by name that was slaughtered by Wa-Ushi tribesmen, along the shores of the Luapula River. However, the Emela-Ntouka was mentioned by name for the first time in 1954, in an article in the journal Mammalia, by former Likouala game inspector Lucien Blancou. He stated the Emela-Ntouka was "larger than a buffalo" and dwelled throughout the Likouala swamps. He was also the first to mentioned the fact it kills elephants, buffalos or hippos when disturbed.
An episode of the New Zealand documentary World Mysteries included an interview with a man who claimed to have encountered a dead Emela-Ntouka. He allegedly still possesses the animal's horn which he removed from the body. The episode was filmed but never aired. Perhaps this creature will be the subject of a future episode of Destination Truth.
Andrea Allisonon Sunday, February 06, 2011
In honor of the Green Bay Packers big Super Bowl win, I thought we would explore a few myths tied to the annual event:
1. Myth: Before Super Bowl XXII between Washington and Denver, a reporter asked Redskins quarterback Doug Williams, "How long have you been a black quarterback?" -There seems a misunderstanding led to this myth. In 1988, Doug Williams was the first black quarterback to play in the Super Bowl and thus, was bombarded with various race related questions. One particular reporter asked Williams this poorly worded question: "Doug, obviously you've been a black quarterback your whole life. When did race began to matter to people?" Williams misunderstood the question and responded, "How long have you been a black quarterback?" Due to the monumental circumstances, this question began popping up in various news articles after Super Bowl XXII.
2. Myth: There's an increase in domestic violence on Super Bowl Sunday. - In 1993, a coalition of women's groups held a press conference in California and used "anecdotal evidence" to suggest Super Bowl Sunday is the "biggest day of the year for violence against women" because football fans are known to be quite brutish. There's no evidence to prove women are abused more on this day than any other day, but in this case, the conjecture keeps people aware of a serious subject. 3. Myth: Super Bowl Sunday is the best day to visit Disney World because everyone is at home watching the game. - This one is false. Business at the theme parks tends to slow down on Super Bowl Sunday than on a typical weekend, but not to the point of a complete "ghost town". 4. Myth: The water mains in your city could collapse to massive amounts of flushing toilets. - In the 1980s, a water main did burst open in Salt Lake City during a Super Bowl broadcast. This was attributed to massive amount of flushing during the game by various news reports. However, there is no evidence to prove these reporting true or that it continues to be a problem every year during this event.
5. Myth: A spike in avocado sales for Super Bowl Sunday. - I'm not a big fan of guacamole but this myth is partially true. Millions of avocados are sold every year in time for Super Bowl Sunday. However, Cinco de Mayo still ranks number one in avocado sales.
Boogey monsters? Creepy crawlies? In There’s Something Under the Bed!, author Ursula Bielski explores the relationship children have with the paranormal, stemming from her own experiences as a young child. There’s Something Under the Bed! highlights many topics, including ghosts, fairies, imaginary friends, past lives, and even occult games.
Bielski helps to paint a clear picture of the sometimes startling realities behind what many parents believe is their child’s overactive imagination. As parents, it can be easy to brush off a child’s insistence that someone else is in the room by dismissing fears, or making light of the situation. Rather than engage in fear-based confirmations, parents can help to encourage children to understand what they see and hear in the world around them, even if they themselves do not see and hear them. Extremely well-written, this informative book helps to bridge the gap between parents and children, seen and unseen.
First of all, the cover art is beautifully done by Ian Daniels, the same artist who created the illustrations for Dark Fairies. The book begins with a forward by Jeff Belanger, founder of Ghostvillage.com, host of 30 Odd Minutes, and author of The World's Most Haunted Places and Who's Haunting the White House?. Then proceeds to go on about various paranormal cases involving children as well as provide parents with advice on how to discuss the topic with their kids.
The overall tone is rather respectful. Bielski researched the topic well and was excellent at explaining the history and paranormal experiences. However, this books target audience is those who are fairly unfamiliar with the paranormal. She used cases that are well known versus topics which haven't been thoroughly discuss in books, websites, etc. I also didn't care for how she presented an opinion as the number one opinion. One thing about this field is it's a compilation of theories and opinions. No one person is 100% right about everything.
The book isn't the worst thing I've ever read, but after getting a sense of who Bielski is and her expertise, I feel it could have been a lot better.
How can a four-year-old girl disappear without a trace? Robert Keyes moved his family to Princeton, Massachusetts in 1751, purchasing 200 acres of land on the South-Eastern slope of the Wachusett Mountain. Four years later on April 14th, his daughter Lucy (4) followed her sisters to Wachusett Lake for some sand. This adventure in the woods would be her last. Lucy never returned home.
The townspeople created search parties, drained the lake, but came up empty-handed. Lucy's mother, Martha scoured the woods, calling for her. Night after night, she searched the woods. Her grief overwhelmed her sanity. She died in 1786 never knowing what happened to her daughter.
There are many theories as to what happened to Lucy Keyes. There was a letter found after Martha and Robert Keyes had died. This letter was from the Keyes' neighbor Tilly Littlejohn written on his deathbed. He had a quarrel with the Keyes over property line. and resented the family's happiness. When he spotted Lucy Keyes wandering in the woods all alone, he struck her head with a rock several times. Then, concealed her body in a hollow log and went home. He joined the search party. As the townspeople thoroughly combed the woods, he feared the discovery of her body. Littlejohn retrieved her body and buried it under a fallen tree, placing stones and dead leaves over it. Then built a fire over it to conceal his crime even further. The body was never found even after the discovery of the letter. Whether any of this is true, I don't know.
Littlejohn presented the theory of Lucy being taken by Indians. Claimed he had seen some in the area to shift any suspicions off of himself. Indians took children all the time. White men traveling in Canada came across an Indian tribe who had a white girl with them. The only bit of English she knew was "Chusetts Hill". Wachusett is classified as a mountain but looks more like a hill. It was never confirmed whether the girl was Lucy or not.
Something else to consider. Lucy was four years old at the time of disappearance. A number of things could have happened to a girl that young in the woods alone. She could have been attack by wild animals. Only problem with this theory is there was no trace of her found. If she was killed by animals there would be tracks, blood, pieces of her clothing, or something left behind for someone to find.
It is believed Lucy and her mother Martha haunt on or around Wachusett Mountain. A Lifetime movie was made about the Legend of Lucy Keyes. The official website contains more information about this mystery and the haunting: http://www.lucykeyes.com.