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  1. ''SATYRUS'' Medieval Bestiaries (those ancient tomes which told of strange and mythical beasts and creatures, many of which formed many Legends) – spoke of a creature known as a Satyrus. Perhaps ''seen'' by early Explorers (and misidentified), they were said to be a cross between Human and Ape. Tall and always walking erect, they were gifted with the ability to play musical instruments. Their faces were described as being ''very human''. The Satyrus also only gave birth to Twins (multiples). The oddity is that one of the Twins will love the other, while the second will hate this one. Many sightings were claimed by The Spanish throughout their initial explorations in South America.
  2. ''RUBBA DUB DUB....THERE'S A GHOST IN MY TUB!.....THE TALE OF DARUMA SAN'' Oh those Japanese and their ''Ghost Stories'' and Urban Legends! This somewhat scary tale is a Ritual that can be performed to summon a Ghost. It is known as Daruma San. Daruma San is the name of the girl who died quite by accident in of all places...a bathtub. In order to bring Her forth, one must wait until they take their nightly (hopefully) bath. When you begin to wash your hair (again hopefully), while you perform this task, do NOT open your eyes throughout the following. As you wash, say ''Daruma San'' over and over. It is said you will begin to ''see'' a girl all in white with long black hair (typical for a Yokai, huh?) - in your ''Mind's Eye''. But remember, do NOT open your eyes. Next ask Daruma San ''how'' she died. ''She'' will ''show'' you that while she was washing Her hair, she slipped and fell forward, striking Her eye and forehead on the faucet. Get out of the tub at this point, still with eyes closed, and dry yourself off......go to sleep. All thru the following day, you will begin to ''see'' fleeting images of Daruma San just about everywhere you go. This may be fun for a minute, but how do you get Her to go away? Easy, you have 24 hours to perform the vanquishing ritual or Daruma San will haunt your dreams forever (until you go insane from lack of sleep). The next time you ''see'' her, yell out ''Kitta'' and make a chopping motion with your hand. This will ''break the spell'' and your life can go one, now having experienced a true Paranormal Entity.
  3. ''THE FINE MAKINGS OF A HORROR FILM.....THE ''RED MAN'' RITUAL'' The ''Red Man'' Ritual is a rather strange Urban/Internet Legend, which never quite establishes just ''what'' will happen to those who ''perform it''. Further, it is equally unclear as to just what ''benefits'' are ''given'' for performing it. Some say this is because IF performed correctly, the person vanishes – to ''where'' is unknown. Many people either laugh and move on or for those who proceeded with The Ritual, stopped midway and REFUSE to talk about it. So, if you have the guts to find out out (or not)...HERE is how to perform the creepy Japanese Urban Legend Ritual of ''The Red Man''..... The Performer must procure two small mirrors, painting or drawing a pair of human eyes on each, using Red lipstick. These are placed at equal distance form each other, front facing each (endless reflection pattern, if you please). Distance is around 14-inches. Next gather 5 candles (type is not important nor size. Arranged them in a Pentagonal shape on the inside of the two mirrors you have placed. Next, cut the shape of a man from paper. It doesn't have to be perfect, but it bust have a head, arms and legs. On the back of the figure, draw with the lipstick – a single straight red line from the head to the groin. On the left side of your paper ''torso'', write your name. On the other side, the name ''Reuben'' (I have no idea of who this is, but let's assume it is the name of a Spirit for the point of this ''experiment''). The paper figure is now placed with the head in a 12 O'Clock position in between the candles and mirrors. One must then light the candles, but in a particular order. This is from the 7 O'Clock position BACKWARDS until all candles are alight. After such, make sure all forms of external lighting are extinguished. The room must be totally dark. Wait a few minutes and proclaim in a loud voice ''Red Man Appear to Me''. Wait several more minutes and begin to finish out The Ritual. This involves cutting the paper figure along the red line you drew, so that you have two pieces of ''man''. Place them back where you had them. Now get ready for the clincher, blow out all candles in the REVERSE order that you lit them. Now, as you wait in your dark room, unclear as to what will happen next listening to your beating heart.......ask yourself, ''What is that moving in the corner of The Room?''
  4. ''HIBAGON'' While many know of ''Bigfoot'' and ''Yeti'' – few are familiar with Japan's Hibagon. This is a reputed Cryptid which bears various similarities to both. The Humanoid-Simian Creature was first reported in early 1970 on Mt. Hiba (located in Hiroshima). The creature is said to be covered in dark brown (sometimes black) fur and has ''human-like'' features. Hibagon is around 5-feet tall and unlike ''His or Her'' speculative relatives, has no odor. Although no photographic proof has come forward (at least none that can be proven conclusive), a Boy Scout Troop in 1976 ''found'' footprints on Hiba which were plaster cast. Scientists identified them as ''ape-like''. Some speculate that Hibagon may actually be a form of mutated human, made so by the dropping of The Atomic Bomb of Hiroshima in 1945.
  5. SPOTLIGHT ON UFOs AND EXTRATERRESTRIALS ''THE EL YESO PHOTOGRAPH'' No one in the ''unnamed'' Family from Venezuela thought that their February, 2010 Outing to the Mountains and Forests of El Yeso Cajon del Maipo, would create so much fervor. The ''fuss'' propelled them into the ''limelight'' and added even more ''proof'' of Alien Life and Spacecraft visiting Our Planet. The Family was enjoying the beautiful location with it's green forests and particularly blue skies. Some high clouds could be seen. After taking many photographs, the Father saw an unusual clump of clouds, high in the air. Liking the view, and thinking nothing of it – He took a quick snap. The Family continued with their Outing and went back home. When Dad began to review the pictures taken, He came across the photo of the cloud and saw something that He claims was not there before. ''Nestled'' between the high clouds, was a rather ''large, Saucer-like Object''. Either ''lights'' or perhaps ''windows'' can even be seen. The Object for all intents and purposes ''appears'' to be ''hiding'' from view. It was simply a matter of seconds that ''it'' appeared long ebough to be captured on film. Unclear of just what He had, but aware that it was ''unearthly'', the Father took the picture to a well known Private UFO Evidence Collection Bureau. The Object was scrutinized by many – using computer technology to ''tear away'' any possibility of possible fakery (photoshop). The picture and camera were both thoroughly examined. The end result, the picture was real, and if it was faked, Investigators could figure out ''how''.
  6. SPOTLIGHT ON UFOs AND EXTRATERRESTRIALS ''UFO OR UAP?'' Of late, The US Government has – after nearly 75 years decided to come ''clean'' about it's contact with that oft used and very misunderstood term ''UFO'' (Unidentified Flying Object). With the release of Military Contacts, to include documents, photos and films (all still carefully redacted and ''cleaned'') – many of The Public have come up confused about the ''newest'' piece of terminology. The US Government has steered away from ''UFO'' and ''adopted'' UAP or ''Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon''. This no doubt cause questions as to just why. It is simple really. Since Civilian Pilot Kenneth Arnold in 1947 first coined the phrase ''Flying Saucer'' (after His own contact over Mt. Rainer, Washington State, US), and the soon after term UFO adopted by both Civilian and Military Aviators Worldwide as a form of identifier in flight, the term UFO underwent an unintended use. Quickly taken by Hollywood, Publishing Houses (Comic Magazines) and the like, The Public associated the term with ''Alien Invaders, Monsters and all kinds of weirdness'' – found only in the Medium. This posed a problem for Governments around The World – especially with their Military. Any object in the sky, regardless if it is observed from an aerial or ground location – and from initial view CANNOT be readily identified, is seen as unidentified. Obviously, 90% of such objects can be such, with further investigation and research. This is from the common thought that perhaps the viewer is NOT trained to determine the real composition of what they are viewing. But it is very easy to instantly identify such unknown sightings as Extraterrestrial. To counter this, many Governments (by the dawning of the 21st Century), began to use the term ''Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon''. This ''lumped'' the possibility of ''seeing'' anything which cannot be recognized by Pilots, but are not necessarily ''Alien'' in context. ''It'' could be some form of atmospheric phenomenon, celestial or even ''unknown'' test device (from aircraft, to ''drone'' to rocket and missile). It also nicely ''ties up'' the now constant contacts many Military Pilots, Naval Ships and Ground Monitoring Systems are experiencing now. No matter which ''term'' you choose – ''UFO'' or ''UAP'', it is no doubt that the final ''truth'' with regards to Alien Life and Contact will still be MANY decades (if ever) away.................
  7. SPOTLIGHT ON UFOs AND EXTRATERRESTRIALS ''EARTH BASE: FUJIYAMA'' Mount Fujiyama – or simply Mt. Fuji, is the 7th highest point on Earth. Rising over 12,000-feet, it remains in snow for slightly under half of the year. It is popular with hikers, skiers and tourists from all over The Planet. It is also a known ''hotbed'' of UFO activity since the 16th Century AD (or at least since such phenomenon were recorded in Japan). Seen as the ''activity of The Gods'', strange lights are a common occurrence. There are many theories as to why. Here are a few. Mt. Fuji – in addition to being a mountain, is also an active volcano. And while the last eruption was in 1707 AD, constant seismic activity causes plate stress to often open tubes around the mount (vents), which release thermal properties. It is common knowledge that such activity is an ''attractant'' to Unidentified Flying Object. Some theorize that ''they'' are able to ''use'' such natural events as a form of fuel or related power. Much of Mt. Fuji – while safe zones are very easy to get to and enjoy, has locations seldom visited. Deep caves (formed by lava flow) and treacherous valleys (also formed by lava flow), are often seen as plausible ''hiding spots'' for those possible Visitors from ''elsewhere''. In fact, as has been reported for generations since 1945, strange ''humming'' is often heard with odd vibrations being felt. Many cite that similar ''phenomenon'' are related to hidden Alien Bases (or least what has been reported and in some cases even seen). Many Expeditions have been performed over the years to locate possible ''Bases'' in and around Mt. Fuji. And true to form, local and National Government Forces are quick to stop such ''illegal activity'' – often citing the much needed preservation of Mt. Fuji from man-made damage. Perhaps The Japanese Government, like so many others – ''knows more''. Perhaps.....
  8. Article for Monday, 04-26............. ''The Brus'' (Medieval Era) Article for Tuesday, 04-27..... ''Picket (Picketing)'' (Torture Thru The Ages)
  9. ''TOO HEAVY TO IGNORE.....THE LEGEND OF HANNA CRANNA'' In some parts of The American State of Connecticut, The Legend of Hanna Cranna is still well known. In fact, there is even a ''grave'' which bears Her name (although it is NOT inside a Cemetery – more on that later). Hanna it seems was a well known Herbalist, whose skill was great. Despite Her ability to heal, most of the Townspeople of Monroe, Connecticut feared Her and labeled Her as a ''Witch''. Hanna also had another problem. Her Husband, Joseph. He was a local Militia Captain who was said to be quite cruel to Hanna. One day, as the Legend goes – She had had enough. It is said Hanna cast a spell on Him and made Him walk off a cliff to His death. The Townspeople did not believe that it was an accident and moved to put Her on Trial for Witchcraft. But the trial never came about. Hanna died before they could take Her into custody. However, after finding Hanna dead, a letter was also found. The letter (written by Hanna), stated that to avoid any ''unpleasant'' things happening in The Town, Hanna needed to buried by Her Enemies. Further, no Horse or Cart could be used. Her and Her Coffin needed to be carried. Of course, The Townspeople feared this possible Curse and some moved to fulfill Hanna's request. But others scoffed at the ''threat'' and brought a Horse and Cart to ''do the deed''. But as soon as Hanna's Coffin was placed in The Cart, the Horse could not move (let alone pull) The Cart. It seemed that Hanna's Coffin now weighed hundreds of pounds! No means of moving The Cart was possible (even having several ''strong'' Men try and pull it). So, they all sounded off ''Okay, Hanna – We Will Carry You''. Instantly, the Men could ''lift the casket''. But rather than carry it to the local graveyard, they chose a spot long the road. Digging a hole they placed Hanna inside. Later, even a Stone was placed. But soon curiosity got the better of some, who wanted to go back to Hanna's home and find the ''true origins'' of Her supposed ''power''. But as soon as a group from Town got within several yards of Hanna's former home – it erupted in flames. Within minutes it was engulfed, burning all that was inside. Since then, many Tourists drive by the spot where a possible ''Witch'' may be buried.
  10. ''MAGIC WITH A SMILE.....THE GEE-HAW WHAMMY DIDDLE'' Yes, you read that correctly. The ''Gee Haw Whammy Diddle''. Of Caribbean origins, and later transplanted into The Americas, this is a device which is most seen as a crude, hand-made toy. However, it's origins are more closely related to Voodoo and related ''sympathetic magic''. Constructed of various woods, it's components consist of a long 1.5-foot stick which is notched. The top of the stick is fitted with a wooden propeller. The final piece is a simple stick (often of various lengths. In practice, One rubs the plain stick rapidly against the notched stick (continually). Eventually, the propeller will start to rotate. The faster the ''rub'' – the faster the prop will turn. By controlling the location (placement) of the rubbing, One is able to cause the prop to rotate in different directions. Some Beliefs hold that The Gee Haw Whammy Diddle is also used as a ''Quija Stick'' – for telling the future or even by asking ''it'' a specific question. The direction of the prop (Left for ''Yes'' and Right for ''No'' ) gives the answer.
  11. ''FAITHFUL TO THE END? THE LEGEND OF MAE NAK'' ''Just When You Thought It Was Safe To Go To Thailand.......'' comes another Ghost Story, well known and still told. It is the tale of Mae Nak, who lived many hundreds of years ago. The tale states that Mae had a Husband who She loved very much. The two were expecting a child, but Her Husband was conscripted into The King's Army to fight a rival Kingdom. During His deployment, Mae and Her child suffered a particularly hard childbirth – which resulted in both of their deaths. However, Mae's love was so strong that Her (and the child's) Ghost remained on Earth in ''human form''. Her Husband came home after The War to Her. Local Villagers pleaded with Him to ''open His eyes'' and ''see'' that He was living with a Ghost (something seen as a serious religious taboo with The Culture). He steadfastly denied these claims, until One day. Perhaps relaxing Her ability to be ''physical'', her Husband ''saw'' Her and His Child's ''true form'' – a ''living corpse''. This so terrified Him, he ran off – straight to a Buddhist temple for protection. So angered by the Villages betrayal, Mae began to haunt. All manner of poltergeist activity and bad fortune befell the Village. Soon Priests came up with a plan. They trapped Mae's spirit inside an earthen jar and tossed it into a local river. But it goes on............ Many years later, fishermen accidentally found and opened the jar. Free again, Mae REALLY turned Her wrath loose. Again Priests needed a plan. This time, they found where Mae's physical remains were. Exhuming Mae (now skeletonized by decomposition), Priests too a piece of bone and forced Mae's Spirit (and that of Her Child) into the relic. They promised Her that if She remained inside, The Priests would ensure both She and Her Child would see Her Husband again in Heaven. She agreed. The bone was woven into a Waist Belt (Cumberbun) and given to The Royal House of Thailand. It is said to be kept in safekeeping. For, as Legend states, should Mae be released – She and Her Child will destroy all of Thailand to ''find'' Her ''scared'' Husband.....
  12. ''THE BLACK ANGEL'' Council Bluff, Nebraska has a Legend regarding a specific bronze Funerary Statue which was placed in Fairview Cemetery. Known locally as ''the Black Angel'', ''She'' got her name from years of normal oxidation which caused the bronze to blacken. An impressive piece of 19th Century ''Art'', ''The Angel'' also has a particular curse associated with it. It is a two fold such premonition. The first, a pregnant woman should never stand below Her outstretched wings. To do so will cause the woman to lose Her unborn child. The second, any Man who stands beneath ''The Angel'' will soon die. The Curse (while never fully given any solid origins) – was said to be related to a former Civil War Officer who finding His Wife not only was unfaithful – but bore a child from Her Lover. This caused Her Husband to kill both His Wife, unborn Lover's Child and Lover. Tried and convicted, He would later be set free on a ''technicality''. His wife was reportedly buried by her Family in Fairview and so honored by the massive bronze statue. While most will readily claim that ''The Black Angel'' is ''Urban Legend'' from the 19th Century, and will cite a lack of any reliable proof of the story, One is still encouraged to ''test'' this Theory.....Stand Below Her Wings......
  13. ''THE LEGEND OF BORLEY RECTORY'' Perhaps one of England's most enduring Ghost ''Legends'' – Borley Rectory (located near Essex) gained a reputation for many years as Britain's ''most haunted''. However later (likewise many), investigations into the matter caused most ''serious'' Researchers to dismiss much of the stories and so-called ''phenomenon''. Sadly, in 1939, a fire broke out – completely destroying The Rectory. It's ruins would remain (perhaps even adding to the ghostly reports), until being totally leveled in 1944. The out buildings (built at various times thru History still remain, with several residential structures on the grounds in use and private ownership. None of these homeowners have ever reported any strange phenomenon.....at least not yet. The grounds date to perhaps the 13th Century AD, and were a Medieval Rectory (hence it's name). There are many Legends associated with the many ''haunts'' of Borley. The most popular is that a Middle Ages Monk and Nun had a relationship. When found out, The Nun was punished by being ''walled up'' alive – ala an EA Poe Horror Tale. ''She'' was reported to have been ''seen'' wandering the property for Centuries. When new land owners took control of Borley in 1862, no structures then existed, only the various smaller out buildings (all of which had various uses over the Centuries). However, the new owners began to ''see'' things too. From ''Headless Coachmen'' to ''wailing and distraught'' Phantoms of various types, word soon spread (perhaps by servants) – that something was very wrong at Borley. Not only physical manifestations were experienced, by inside the newly built ''Rectory'' Mansion, Poltergeist activity abounded. Which brings us to Harry Price. Price was a late 19th and early 20th Century Psychic and Paranormal Researcher, who (like America's Harry Houdini), went about disproving false Mediums and Seances. Price was under constant attack by Mainstream Science and Newspapers for His own brand of purported ''fakery''. According to multiple investigations, very ''Dark Spirits'' inhabited Borley Rectory and it's surrounding grounds. These claims caused the then current Owners brought liable against Price. Most of these Cases failed in Court. A mysterious fire broke out in 1938 which totally destroyed Borley. Left a burnt out hulk, this too added to the many reports of hauntings. During World War II (1944), the ruins were razed. Today, Borley's very foundations are long gone, but most of the out building are still very much in use and under private ownership. Although some past Owners have claimed that ''things'' have occurred, they are steadfastly against any form of Paranormal Research. Borley Rectory has been the ''stuff'' of multiple Horror Movies – each either added more or seldom telling the real story of what was England's ''Most Haunted'' Location.
  14. ''HORROR OT HOAX?.....THE BEAST OF SUGAR FLAT LANE'' Lebanon, Tennessee is a very small City located in the Northeast portion of that American State. It has few tourist spots, save several regional American Civil War ''attractions''. But it was what reputedly happened in 1989, that made The City an overnight sensation (temporarily at any rate). But first, let's examine the very common practice of Hoaxing as it relates to purported ''Beasties'' and oddities of nature. As early as the 19th Century in The United States, people made money charging others to view strange and amazing animals. In some cases, clever forgeries were ''made'' to bring forth ''fantasy creatures'', such as The Unicorn and related. Practically everyone has (at some point and time) – gone to a Carnival Side Show and ''seen'' such (obviously fake) ''wonders''. Which brings us to IF the following was a clever attempt at attracting tourism to the small Tennessee Town, or by chance luck – the so called ''Beast of Sugar Flat Lane'' is actually real. You judge..... On January 5, 1989 – a couple was traveling down the secluded Sugar Flat Lane Road. It was dark and easy to not pay attention to the road ahead. Suddenly, ''something'' ran across the road. The driver was unable to do anything but plow thru. Striking something quite hard – He felt His vehicle ''roll over'' the object. The driver stopped and inspected the damage. He noted the impact point, blood and what appeared to be fur or hair. Going back to the rear of the car, the driver saw a dreadful sight. Thinking it was perhaps a deer or bear, it was in reality – the ''form of a man''. Retrieving a flashlight, the driver looked closer. The ''man'' was definitely ''human in appearance'', but was only 5 foot 4 inches. Further, the ''body'' appeared to be covered in a white ''fur-like hair'' entirely. Only the face, hands and feet were uncovered in the substance. And the creatures ''skin'' was a pale gray color. In all, the driver soon realized that he had not in fact accidentally killed another human – but ''something else''. Fear, however overcame rational thought and the driver retrieved a shovel from His trunk, with the goal of burying the carcass. But after digging the hole, He decided that no one would possibly believe His encounter. So, using the shovel, He cut off the head of the ''beast''. In Town, The Man showed the bizarre artifact to the local Doctor and later Taxidermist. Neither Man could identify just ''what'' the creature was. It was not human or ape. The Driver had the head preserved by The Taxidermist – to keep as a ''curio''. But for several years, The Man had nothing but ''bad luck'' (of which he attributed to His new acquisition). He eventually sold it to a local Antique Shop, which quickly displayed it. For a very small price, people can come in to ''see'' and ''take pictures'' with the now named ''Beast of Sugar Flat Lane''. The ''story'' was picked up Nationally and even was featured on a well known (Nationally syndicated Radio Talk Show which deals with The Paranormal and related subject matter). Lebanon, Tennessee became VERY well known. In time however, as with all such ''tales'' – people slowly forgot ''The Beast''. It is still there though and is very much a local ''attraction''. What Do You Think? Is PT Barnum's phrase of ''A Sucker Born Every Minute'' apt? Or is it perhaps ''something'' else?
  15. ''OOZLUM BIRD'' A ''legend'' of both Great Britain and Australia – The Oozlum Bird was a ''rare'' flying creature that flew in circles. Each pattern getting smaller and smaller until, it is said – The Oozlum will ''fly up'' it's own ''backside'' and thus disappear. They were noted for their magnificent feathers (color and texture). Just ''how'' they breed or even what their eggs look like are unknown – because of their ''vanishing act''. The first ''appearance'' of the term, which is related to a person who argues in a circular fashion (constantly turning back on their initial debate facts) – to the year 1858.
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