The mysterious cursed shipwreck of the Gulf of Mexico

July 07, 2019
Deep down in the waters of the Gulf of Mexico lies a graveyard of forgotten history. Littering the bottom like fossils from another era are an estimated 4,000 shipwrecks, ranging from 18th century vessels to sunken German U-boats from World War II, all doomed to remain out of sight and confined to their respective corners of history, remarkably preserved down in the cold murky waters like ancient insects in amber, sometimes in thousands of feet of water within perpetual darkness. This plethora of wrecks from so many different eras has made the Gulf a haven for wreck hunters and scientists, and occasionally a truly mysterious discovery will be made down in the depths. Such is the case of a mysterious unidentified shipwreck from the 1800s which by some accounts might even be actually cursed, haunted, or both.

Some strange and mysterious unbreakable ciphers

July 07, 2019
For as long as humans have been around it seems we have always been constantly trying to concoct codes and ciphers that no one else can read except those we want to. In modern times much attention has been paid to undecipherable texts such as the Voynich manuscript, but this doesn’t even begin to scratch the surface of all of the unbroken, indecipherable codes that are out there. Here we will take a look at some other strange ciphers that are just as mysterious, and just as unsolved.

Scientists say babies will grow in artificial wombs within ten years

July 06, 2019
The abortion debate is once again taking center stage in US politics, and the prospect of artificial wombs is slowly becoming a part of the conversation, as the technology is actually starting to become a reality. According to some experts in the field, we are just a decade away from this type of technology reaching the public.

Italy’s lake garda monster gets its 15 minutes of fame

July 02, 2019
The Loch Ness monster stars on its own 24/7 closed-circuit TV network where wannabe spotters (like a certain famous Irish viewer) can watch for Nessie anytime day or night. Of course, Nessie also gets much of the primetime water monster coverage on cable TV, leaving the rest of the aquatic cryptids to fight for 15 minutes of fame on shows like “Jeremy Wade’s Dark Waters.” That’s where Italy’s Lake Garda monster hit the big time recently. Does it deserve the attention?

The house of creepy haunted mannequins

June 24, 2019
For years if one were to go to the vicinity of the New Hamburg train station in New York, there would be quite a sight awaiting them. There gathering dust and cobwebs, abandoned to the elements, squats a spooky old house called the John Lawson House, originally built in 1845 and one of six structures still remaining in what is called the Main Street Historic District. The wood framed property looks old, worn-down, and very much like a haunted house out of a horror movie or a nightmare, looking just about as creepy as can be, and what makes it all even creepier are the strange inhabitants that once lounged about its porch. Until very recently there sitting upon the weathered wooden deck, was a group of life-sized female mannequins sat out as if enjoying the day, dead eyes staring out into nothingness, yet these were no ordinary mannequins, and they were long one of the strangest, creepiest oddities the area had to offer.

Paranormal activity causes Texas cafe to close its doors

June 24, 2019
There’s a lot of controversy these days about who is being served in cafes and that discourse has now entered the paranormal world. The owner of a café in Texas decided to close it down after a closed-circuit security camera recorded what appeared to be paranormal activity. Is this a ghost expressing an opinion on who should be served at the cafe? Are ghosts allowed to eat there … provided they’re wearing sheets and shoes?

Mysterious flashes of light are coming from the lunar surface

June 23, 2019
With the sudden ubiquity of cell phones, even Boy Scouts are no longer learning semaphore in case they get lost in the woods with only a flashlight. Sure, cell phones have a flashlight too, but most lost campers and hikers will wear down the battery trying to make calls and swearing instead of sending signals. Besides, even a simple SOS signal (three short flashes, three long flashes, three short flashes) depends on someone at the other end knowing Morse code. All of this makes the mysterious light signals coming from the surface of the Moon even more mysterious.

Mystery booms return worldwide

June 23, 2019
Something has changed. For some reason, reports of mysterious or otherwise unexplained booms seem to be far less frequent than they have been in recent memory. Over the past two years, I’ve had plenty of weeks where I’ve had four or five mystery boom reports to share. Throughout the end of April and May, however, reports of these anomalous acoustic disturbances seemed to have slowed a bit. What’s with the sudden slowdown in mystery booms?

The problems with the “British Bigfoot”

June 18, 2019
F.W. ‘Ted’ Holiday was the author of such ground-breaking and paradigm-shifting books as The Dragon and the Disc, The Great Orm of Loch Ness, and The Goblin Universe, all of which should be considered absolutely vital reading for cryptozoologists and Forteans, both seasoned and new. He famously stated the following with respect to the thorny matter of mysterious, hairy hominids in our very midst: “Real animals stay alive by eating. Giant primates, such as the gorilla, feed almost continuously during daylight, and in no dainty fashion. Bigfoot, however, allegedly lives in coastal evergreen forests which produce low-energy food of the poorest quality. It is impossible to imagine this miserable fare could sustain a race of eight-foot-high anthropoids.” Holiday’s undeniably wise, and wholly justified, words were made in particular relation to the controversy surrounding the Bigfoot phenomenon in North America; yet, they are equally as relevant to the problem of such animals allegedly residing in the British Isles – and, quite possibly, even more relevant, too…

“Grotesque Monkeys” and “Anomalous Apes”

June 18, 2019
According to Scottish legend, the Kelpie – or the water-horse – is a wholly supernatural creature that haunts the rivers, bridges and lochs of ancient Scotland and that has the uncanny ability to shape-shift. The most common form that the Kelpie takes is that of a horse – hence the name. It stands by the water’s edge, tempting any passing and weary traveler that might consider continuing on his or her journey to mount it. That, however, is always the fatal downfall of the traveler, as invariably the beast is then said to rear violently and charge head-long into the depths of the river or loch, and thus drowning its terrified rider in the process. Very notably, the Kelpie was also said to be able to transform itself into both a beautiful maiden, or mermaid, and a large, hairy man that would hide in the vegetation of Scottish waterways and leap out and attack the unwary, not unlike the Man-Monkey of the U.K.’s Shropshire Union Canal. For those who may not know, the Man-Monkey was an “anomalous ape” seen late one night on Bridge 39 on the aforementioned canal in January 1879.

A perfect murder: The impossible death of Isidor Fink

June 14, 2019
The door and windows were locked from the inside, save for a tiny transom window above the front door, which hung with its hinge broken. Officers arrived, and, unable to enter, found a young boy small enough to climb in through the transom and open up the door from the inside.

Big animals could vanish within 100 years, warn experts

June 14, 2019
Rob Cooke, lead author of the study published in the journal Nature Communications, said: “By far the biggest threat to birds and mammals is humankind - with habitats being destroyed due to our impact on the planet, such as deforestation, hunting, intensive farming, urbanisation and the effects of global warming.