When history reaches a fork in its path, most often its fate is decided by powers beyond the comprehension of most mere mortals. Which is to say that it’s usually the rich people in power, the governments and military leaders, who will affect the course of things. Mainly by waging war on each other, or making great scientific discoveries, or spying on their populace.
All of the biggest events in history – the Moon Landing, two World Wars, the 1966 World Cup win – were decided by forces outside of most people’s reach. Then there are the time when those outside forces aren’t just the establishment who treat the world as their plaything, beholden to their whims. Sometimes, those forces are something…other. Read more
Tuesday, December 29, 2015
The paranormal is not just personal. These ten paranormal events changed history.
Tuesday, December 22, 2015
Mcah Hanks examines humanity's dark fascination with the Hollow Earth legend.
Few of the great fears held by humankind in our path to modernity would rival that of our long dread for the darkness. Fortunately, with the daily cycle of the Earth’s rotation, we are only bathed in that blackness for a few hours at a time. Hence, over the long course of its evolution, humanity has worked mostly by the waking hours, having learned to hide ourselves away as the light recedes, and take our rest during the hours where dangers of the dark become most prevalent. Read more
Saturday, December 19, 2015
These ten eerie ghost stories from New England cemeteries have endured for centuries.
Few places in the world have as ghostly a reputation as New England. It’s the region that gave us Stephen King and the Cthulhu Mythos. It also has some of the oldest post-colonial settlements in the US, and along with them some of the oldest graveyards.
Half a millennium has been plenty of time for those cemeteries to gather creepy reputations. These weird stories of haunting in New England’s burial grounds could provide plenty of inspiration for any aspiring horror writer. Read more
Thursday, December 17, 2015
The mausoleum of a Victorian Egyptologist’s friend is sealed, but if opened may reveal a shortcut to a Paris cemetery.
Ray Godson and Stephen Coates are both keen to get their hands on a key to the thick bronze door that shields the entrance to an imposing granite mausoleum in Brompton Cemetery in west London.
For Mr Godson, a replacement for the key that went missing in the late 1970s would allow him to pay his respects to Hannah Courtoy, his great-great-grandmother, who is interred in the tomb with two of her three daughters. Mr Coates’s interest is rather more esoteric: he is keen to test a long-held theory that the tomb is a fully functioning Victorian time machine. Read more
Tuesday, December 15, 2015
If you've never seen a UFO, but want to, try heading for the Extraterrestrial Highway in Nevada.
Ever secretly dreamed of a close encounter of the third kind? Are you intensely curious as to whether humanity is alone in this universe? Or are you just a massive fan of The X Files? Whatever your reason for wondering about alien life, the best way to get some answers is to find them yourself, and there's no better place to conduct your research than the Extraterrestrial Highway. Also known as Nevada State Route 375, the 98 mile stretch of road has had so many reported UFO sightings that the state eventually started referring to it as the Extraterrestrial Highway. We highly suggest camping or RVing the route as a day or weekend trip from Las Vegas... being in a campground further away from civilization increases your chances for abduction. Plus, the stargazing in this part of the country is unbeatable! Read more
Saturday, December 12, 2015
Monsters lurk in every state, according to the United States of Monsters infographic.
This United States of Monsters infographic notes the monster that wreaks the most havoc in every state, and it could save your life. From the Jersey Devil to Bigfoot, America's crawling with cryptozoological beasts. Some are harmless, while others seek to maim, dismember and destroy all we hold dear. Be vigilant, America. Read more
Thursday, December 10, 2015
The Grays are the best-known alien, but not the only alien being types that people have reported, according to H.R. Phillips.
Hello, and welcome back to The Heavy Stuff (THS) - a blog to bookmark if you want speculation into realities greatest mysteries. Today's posting is an offshoot of THS's post earlier last month http://theheavystuff.com/?p=99 - having to do with just how strange the whole `ufo' experience can be to an individual or even a group of individuals. It was in that post that THS speculated that occasionally, and perhaps often, a `UFO experience' may involve `different types' of entities.
THS, when mentioning different entity types, wasn't referring about the internet speculation (with some added fantasy perhaps) that multiple alien races are here, permenantly, in Earth's biosphere and are probably interacting with humans (some say dozens of races). No, what THS was and is referring to is `spaces'* (entities) which do not have an equal `basis' of `common reality' grounding - compared to a human. (Wordy, THS knows, but we will get much more specific in a bit.) Let THS attempt to explain: Read more
Tuesday, December 8, 2015
Natalie Zarrelli examines the hidden world of tenement fortune tellers in 19th century Manhattan.
In 1993, a restoration was underway at 97 Orchard Street in New York City. Beneath the darkened floorboards of one apartment, left unchanged for 50 years, a thin, frayed piece of paper from the 19th century was discovered; with one side printed in English and the other Yiddish, it advertised the fortune-telling specialties of “The World Famous Palmist and Mind Reader”, Professor Dora Meltzer.
The people who found this paper worked at the Tenement Museum, founded in 1988 to teach the history of immigrant life in New York through old tenement apartments in Manhattan. At the time, the Orchard Street building had recently been acquired, and the museum was renovating the apartment to use as a historical teaching tool. Layers of wallpaper were peeled back, and items from the 1800s through the 1930s were found in the apartments during the process, but this particular paper was a contextual mystery. Read more
Thursday, December 3, 2015
Researchers have discovered that a long-necked dinosaur prowled the Isle of Skye's rocky coast - an area that was a lagoon during the Jurassic/
Hundreds of dinosaur footprints and handprints dating to 170 million years ago adorn the shore on the Isle of Skye, making it the largest dinosaur site ever discovered in Scotland, a new study finds. Read more
Tuesday, December 1, 2015
A ghost, UFO, or dust? A mysterious orb was spotted on surveillance cameras at Florida's Space Walk of Fame Museum.
Surveillance cameras at Florida's Space Walk of Fame Museum turned up something that's causing a bit of a stir -- an unidentified flying "orb."
The object in the picture above resembles a typical circular unidentified flying object as reported by so many people around the world. But don't let your eyes fool you. Read more