10 Grisly Human Remains With Mysterious And Revealing Pasts

Ancient body parts are like books. Most tell the same old story, but a good few rewrite everything. Rare remains reveal mysteries and new information and prove that certain legends were real events.

For some reason, gruesome finds do this the best. From massacres to macabre rituals, mutilated handprints to sacrifices, researchers are getting front-row seats to the lives of ancient artists, citizens, killers, and their victims.

10 Offering 176

Tenochtitlan was an Aztec city located in what is now Mexico City. The site has yielded wondrous archaeological finds in the past but recently delivered a sad sight. One of the surviving buildings is called the Templo Mayor, a tall building at the center of Tenochtitlan. Here, people brought offerings, including other humans, to their god Huitzilopochtli.

At the foot of the temple was the skeleton of a boy. Called “Offering 176” by archaeologists, the youngster died when he was around 8–10 years old. Unlike other sacrificial victims at the site, the boy was not put on display for the public. Instead, he was interred with thousands of elite artifacts deep under the stone slabs of the temple’s floor.

Oddly, his coffin was cylindrical. The meaning of the vast cache of objects is as mysterious as the reason for his sacrifice. He was probably sacrificed during the 15th century to Huitzilopochtli as the child was dressed like that god.[1]

9 The Baucina Skull

In 2014, archaeologists opened a tomb close to the Italian town of Baucina. Inside were the remains of around 50 individuals. One skull was strange, placed in such a way that it gazed into the artificial cave and at the other burials.

To find out more about the uniquely staged skull, scientists turned to modern analysis techniques. The tests revealed that the skull belonged to a woman between the ages of 35 and 50. Also, the cause of her death about 2,500 years ago was most likely cancer. The disease appeared to have left 14 gaps in her skull.

Regrettably, nothing could be gleaned from the grave goods. Tomb robbers had taken everything and also thrown the skeletons into disarray. The woman’s body was missing, but researchers believe her head was left untouched by the thieves in its original place.[2]

Two theories suggest an answer for this burial. Perhaps she held an important position in life, or maybe the symptoms of her illness left such an impression on her community that it called for a special funeral.

8 The Thames Mystery

Given London’s great age, ancient skeletons regularly turn up in the city. The River Thames is no exception. However, in 2018, archaeologists working in the area noticed something special about a newfound skeleton. The 500-year-old man wore boots.

It is almost unheard-of to find boots from the late 15th to early 16th century and certainly not on somebody’s feet. Moreover, the footwear was uncommon for the time. They reached the thighs and had turned-down tops.

The skeleton’s position suggested that the man had never had a funeral. He was on his stomach with one arm thrown over the head. The bones failed to show why he died, only that he had had a tough life.[3]

Exceptionally strong and muscled, he was in his early thirties. But a lifetime of hardships had left him with a limp, osteoarthritis, and fused vertebrae. Healed injuries included a broken nose and blunt force trauma to the forehead.

The boots could be the key. They were perfect for mudlarkers, or people who scavenged the Thames at low tide. Perhaps, while wading through the mud, he had an accident. The boots were highly prized, and a killer would have stolen them.

7 Young Retainer Sacrifices

In archaeological lingo, a “retainer sacrifice” refers to a specific burial. Retainers were the unfortunate souls killed as “grave goods” for the tomb of somebody with higher status.

In 2018, a new study investigated something found four years earlier. At Basur Hoyuk in Turkey, the remains of around 10 people rested at the entrance of a 5,000-year-old Mesopotamian tomb. Among them were a boy and girl, aged 12. In addition to being surrounded by the rest of the skeletons, the two children came with hundreds of bronze spearheads, an unprecedented number.

Researchers are certain that the others, aged 11–20, were sacrificed. The way their bodies were dressed and arranged also suggested that they were retainer kills.

The mass burial spawned a few mysteries. The pair of 12-year-olds appeared to be central to the group, but it is unclear whether they were also sacrificed. With them was the bones of an adult, but this person could be an earlier burial. (The others were interred together.) Why the sacrifices occurred at this particular location is also unknown.[4]

6 Man With No Hands

In 2017, the British islet of Chapelle Dom Hue hit the news. A peculiar tomb was found that contained the skeleton of a dolphin buried in the 1400s. The grave was never satisfactorily explained.

But in 2018, the islet delivered a new surprise. The weather damaged one of the cliffs, and there, clear as day, was somebody’s toes sticking out from the soil. Investigations unearthed the skeleton of a man.

At first, it was assumed that the body belonged to a monk who had died of leprosy. The hands were missing, and during medieval times, Chapelle was also a monk colony. The dolphin grave also dates back to this period.

However, the human burial contained buttons which placed the man’s death between the 1500s and 1600s. Possibly, he was a sailor. The skeletal damage, including skull marks, was relatively consistent with a body that had been washed up on the rocks.[5]

Fish often prey on human limbs after a person drowns, while footwear probably protected his feet from the same fate. It is not known who buried him so respectfully when they could have easily dumped him back into the sea.

5 Maimed Paleo Artists

In several European caves, painters used their own palm prints to decorate the walls 22,000 to 27,000 years ago. Intriguingly, some are missing entire fingers or joints. Decades after this discovery, scholars remained divided on what caused the maimed look.

A 2018 study favored the drastic suggestion that the paleo artists voluntarily chopped off their own digits. In France and Spain, 40 caves have handprints, but only around seven show the strange palms.

The controversial research builds its theory on the surprising discovery that deliberate finger amputation was widespread. Researchers found it in 121 different cultures and on each continent.

History recorded some of the more recent reasons why locals harmed themselves in this way. Sometimes, it was a kind of sacrifice, showing dedication to a group, marriage, or mourning. In most cases, practicality called for pinkie mutilation.[6]

This was ammunition for those opposing the new study. The cave paintings do not follow the pinkie trend. On one hand, the last three fingers were “maimed,” but this effect could have been created by bending the fingers.

4 Stonehenge Killing

Recently, an archaeologist decided to write a book. His research led to the accidental discovery of a letter which helped to recover a lost artifact. More correctly, a lost body.

In 1923, a human skeleton was unearthed at the ancient monument of Stonehenge. However, when the Germans bombed London in 1941, its museum, the Royal College of Surgeons, was hit three times. The 2,000-year-old skeleton was believed to have been lost in the rubble. However, the remains mysteriously ended up at the Natural History Museum and that was where the letter led.[7]

Previously, the man was thought to have died naturally. When researchers analyzed the newfound skeleton, a different story emerged. Cut marks on the jawbone and fourth neck vertebra showed that the 35-year-old had been decapitated with a sword.

It was most likely an execution because the blow came from behind and he was buried alone. Unfortunately, the reason might never become clear. A good guess is that the man was punished for a crime or taken to Stonehenge as a sacrificial victim.

3 Proof Of Grisly Legend

The Celtic tribes of Gaul were said to preserve the decapitated heads of their enemies for display. Ancient texts also mentioned that the Gauls used cedar oil for this noggin nightmare.

In 2018, researchers gathered skulls of different species from an Iron Age village called Le Cailar in southern France. The positions of the human heads suggested decapitation and public display.

All the remains, human and animal, revealed substances related to the process of decomposition. However, only the human fragments had traces of diterpenoids. This proved some kind of contact with conifer resin. Researchers are not convinced that the embalming fluid contained cedar oil. The tree likely did not grow in southern France during this time (third century BC).

Outsiders could have confused a similarly scented resin for cedar. While the legend turned out to be real, the embalming process and its purpose remain unsolved.

It could have been more complex than scaring the pants off living opponents. Ancient texts claimed that this treatment was reserved for important enemies. This elite factor begs the question as to whether important locals also had their faces frozen for posterity.[8]

2 Evidence Of Hasmonean Slaughter

Alexander Jannaeus was a Hasmonean priest-king who ruled from 103 to 76 BC. His reign occurred during a time when the Judaean Civil War raged between the Jewish Sadducees and Pharisees.

During the war, the Jews decided to face their common enemy. Sadducees and Pharisees enlisted the help of the Seleucid king without success. The Dead Sea Scrolls describe the revenge of the Hasmonean king. He crucified around 800 people and executed others but not before killing their wives and children in front of them.[9]

In 2018, archaeologists found the first evidence for this horrific backlash. Excavations in Jerusalem focused on an ancient cistern located in a courtyard next to the city’s municipality. Unexpectedly, the dig uncovered human bones. They dated to the time of the Hasmonean slaughter and bore the scars of violence.

Men, women, and children had been thrown into the pit and covered with rocks. Cut marks on the skeletons suggested a mass slaying. People were stabbed and beheaded. Their limbs were also cut off. Tragically, embryonic bones proved that some of the victims were pregnant mothers.

1 Battlefield Clearing Ritual

Roman reports described Germanic warfare as violent and bizarre. Not only did they slaughter on a massacre level, but macabre rituals dealt with the dead on the battlefield.

Initially, no evidence supported the brutal reports or ritualized post-battle activities. Recently, however, researchers excavated Alken Enge, a Danish field where an Iron Age battle took place. Thousands of human bones were recovered. Their condition suggested that a vicious slaughter had occurred almost 2,000 years ago.[10]

The extreme violence felled hundreds of young men. Afterward, the dead and dying were left on the battlefield. Animal teeth marks showed that the bodies had been exposed to the elements for as long as a year. After that time, the skeletons were dismembered and certain bones, like the pelvis, were strung together on sticks.

The finds provided the first evidence that people practiced organized battlefield-clearing rituals, which included skull crushing. The rest of the bones were cast into a nearby lake. Ironically, they were identified as Germanic. But finer details, such as the army’s tribe or who massacred them, are unknown.

Teacher Andrew Greenwoods Actual 1967 Audio Testimony On The 1966 Westall UFO Sighting

Well, here’s something I never heard before. This video clip was posted on YouTube on November 15th and contains the actual audio testimony from a teacher, who witnessed the Westall UFO, that occurred on April 6, 1966 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. On June 28, 1967, Westall High School science teacher Andrew Greenwood was interviewed by American physicist, Dr. James E. McDonald. Supposedly, this is the first time the actual audio has ever been posted online. I apologize if this was posted on ATS before, but I didn’t see that it was, after doing a search. Here is a brief synopsis of this interesting 26 minute interview. I highly recommend you listen to this interview in its entirety.
…A school girl raced into Greenwood’s class and said there was a UFO hovering outside the school
…At first he didn’t think nothing of it, but eventually went outside, a short time later, during a recess break
…There were @300 school children already outside observing this UFO
…It took a while for Greenwood to see the craft because it was silvery gray in color and matched the overcast sky
…It was a cylindrical, cigar shaped object, that had a “bulge” in the middle and appeared to be 2/3 the length of a Cessna light aircraft
…From where he was standing, the object was @1/2 mile away, at its farthest point, but eventually traveled within 1/4 mile from the witnesses
…As the UFO hovered, it appeared to move up and down. It would accelerate and disappear out of sight and then reappear in another part of the sky
…Greenwood saw a small, light aircraft approach the UFO and the craft appeared to play “cat and mouse” with it
…Greenwood and the students saw 5 additional light aircraft flying in the air, at the time of this sighting, but a nearby airport denied that there were any planes in the sky
…The UFO seemed to travel behind a tall row of pine trees @600 yards away from the witnesses
…Some of the faculty and school children went towards this area
…Some claimed the UFO landed behind the row of pine trees and a school girl stated that she saw windows on the craft
…The UFO was in sight for @25 minutes, before accelerating so fast that it seemed to disappear
…Some teachers, who saw the UFO, kept quiet about what they saw, after a headmaster claimed the UFO sighting was “a lot of nonsense” at a school assembly
…An Air Force officer came to the school two to three days after the sighting to investigate

edit on 12/9/2018 by shawmanfromny because: (no reason given)

Most CO2 is Bound Up in Earth’s Core, Which is Why CO2 Levels Rise When Continents Move

Mainstream media would have you believe that the fluctuations in the carbon dioxide (CO2) levels in the atmosphere are completely man-made.

They insist that technological advances as well as overpopulation have driven our planet to a state of crisis – one evidenced by a rapidly warming atmosphere. However, a basic understanding of the global carbon cycle would suggest otherwise.

A new study, headed by the GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences in Potsdam, has concluded that rifting (the breaking up of the continents) greatly contributes to the higher CO2 concentrations in the atmosphere.

What most people do not realize is that a majority of the carbon found on Earth is bound to its core. Only one-hundred-thousandth of the carbon dioxide on our planet is observed in the atmosphere, biosphere, and oceans.

Scientists once believed that deep carbon is released into the atmosphere at mid-oceanic ridges due to volcanic activity. The resulting process bursts out jets of carbon dioxide through a chemical reaction.

This process of degassing carbon dioxide through active volcanoes is not, however, properly constrained. Scientists have noted that such fault systems do not account for the increase of CO2 levels seen in the atmosphere over the last five decades.

A more likely explanation is hypothesized. Authors of the study posit that a large output of CO2 can be explained by the shifts of tectonic plates, or the movements of these large continental areas across the ocean.

Sasha Brune from GFZ and co-author of the research explains:

“Rift systems develop by tectonic stretching of the continental crust, which may lead to [a] break-up of entire plates. The East African Rift with a total length of 6,000 km is the largest in the world, but it appears small in comparison to the rift systems which were formed 130 million years ago when the supercontinent Pangea broke apart, comprising a network with a total length of more than 40,000 km.”

Brune and her team came to this conclusion after analyzing plate tectonic models of the past 200 million years and other geological evidence collected from previous research.

From there, the team was able to reconstruct how the global rift network evolved and more importantly, how each shift or movement influenced CO2 concentrations in the atmosphere. Brune used numerical carbon cycle models to simulate the effect of CO2 degassing from these rifts and saw that rifting periods correlated highly with increased CO2 levels.

“The global CO2 degassing rates at rift systems, however, are just a fraction of the anthropogenic carbon release today,” concluded Brune.

“Yet, they represent a missing key component of the deep carbon cycle that controls long-term climate change over millions of years.”

Can You Guess How Much CO2 is Mankind Responsible For? Click HERE for the answer.

The Earth’s natural healing process

Everything seems scarier when you’re at the cusp of something. Global warming and climate change seem all the more real because we are witnessing it happening. Nevertheless, it does more harm than good to panic.

A careful look at the Earth’s natural processes reveal that plate tectonics and their associated movements are a part of our planet’s cycles. Previous research has proven that tectonic shifts have both a direct and indirect effect on climate change and CO2 concentrations.

These analyses conclude that tectonic processes can cause the planet to “heat up” and “cool down” depending on where the Earth is in its cycles.

It is speculated that when plates move away or collide with each other (as what has been happening since the breakaway of Pangea), these spark certain reactions. The most obvious example would be earthquakes or volcanic activity.

However, these movements may also cause carbon to be forcibly degassed into the atmosphere in the form of CO2.

Source and references: Climatesciencenews.com; Sciencedaily.com; Nature.com; Geo.umass.edu [pdf]; Whoi.edu

Most CO2 is Bound Up in Earth’s Core, Which is Why CO2 Levels Rise When Continents Move

Mainstream media would have you believe that the fluctuations in the carbon dioxide (CO2) levels in the atmosphere are completely man-made. … Mainstream media would have you believe that the fluctuations in the carbon dioxide (CO2) levels in the atmosphere are completely man-made.

100 Dangerous Food Additives That Cause ADHD, Asthma and Cancer

Food industry additives and colors are one major cause of ADHD, asthma and cancer creating a toxic environment for our children’s health. Even medicines for babies and young children frequently contain these additives banned from foods and drinks and targeted at children under three years of age.

Artificial flavors and colors means it is derived from a chemical made in a laboratory and has no nutritional value. Every single artificial flavor and color in the food industry has some kind of detrimental health effect. These include neurotoxicity, organ, developmental, reproductive toxicity, allergies and cancer.

Two recent British studies found that several food dyes, as well as the common preservative sodium benzoate have an adverse effect on some children’s behavior. Researchers said the increase in ADHD diagnoses could be partly to blame on the preservative.

“It can affect their focus, their concentration. They become more easily distractible, become more impulsive. I think we’re looking at a whole population of kids with skewed immune systems,” said Dr. Kenneth Bock, who wrote a book that supports the theory that food additives could lead to hyperactivity in children.

A Southampton Study in the UK showed that additives cause hyperactivity in children within an hour after consumption.

Food additives, especially the artificial colors are made from coal tar derivatives and synthetic chemicals. Within an hour of ingestion, hyperactive behavior is evident.

Cancer and Other Serious Risks from Food Dyes Revealed

Every year, food manufacturers pour 15 million pounds of artificial food dyes into U.S. foods — and that amount only factors in eight different varieties, according to the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI).

In CSPI’s summary of studies on food dyes, you can see that some of the most commonly used food dyes may be linked to numerous forms of cancer.

CSPI reported:

“The three most widely used dyes, Red 40, Yellow 5, and Yellow 6, are contaminated with known carcinogens … Another dye, Red 3, has been acknowledged for years by the Food and Drug Administration to be a carcinogen, yet is still in the food supply.”

In their 58-page report, “Food Dyes: A Rainbow of Risks,” CSPI revealed that nine of the food dyes currently approved for use in the United States are linked to health issues ranging from cancer and hyperactivity to allergy-like reactions — and these results were from studies conducted by the chemical industry itself.

For instance, Red # 40, which is the most widely used dye, may accelerate the appearance of immune-system tumors in mice, while also triggering hyperactivity in children.

Blue #2, used in candies, beverages, pet foods and more, was linked to brain tumors. And Yellow 5, used in baked goods, candies, cereal and more, may not only be contaminated with several cancer-causing chemicals, but it’s also linked to hyperactivity, hypersensitivity and other behavioral effects in children.

As CSPI reported:

“Almost all the toxicological studies on dyes were commissioned, conducted, and analyzed by the chemical industry and academic consultants. Ideally, dyes (and other regulated chemicals) would be tested by independent researchers.

Furthermore, virtually all the studies tested individual dyes, whereas many foods and diets contain mixtures of dyes (and other ingredients) that might lead to additive or synergistic effects.

In addition to considerations of organ damage, cancer, birth defects, and allergic reactions, mixtures of dyes (and Yellow 5 tested alone) cause hyperactivity and other behavioral problems in some children.

… Because of those toxicological considerations, including carcinogenicity, hypersensitivity reactions, and behavioral effects, food dyes cannot be considered safe. The FDA should ban food dyes, which serve no purpose other than a cosmetic effect, though quirks in the law make it difficult to do so (the law should be amended to make it no more difficult to ban food colorings than other food additives).

In the meantime, companies voluntarily should replace dyes with safer, natural colorings.”

Artificial preservatives are responsible for causing a host of health problems pertaining to respiratory tract, heart, blood and other. Some are very neurotoxic especially when combined with specific nutrients.

Please look at the ingredient lists before you purchase any processed foods. If you see any of these, don’t buy the product. Continue to educate yourself on the influx of new toxins introduced every year. Eventually, if we investigate enough the answers come. Rule of thumb, if the ingredient list has one chemical or more… it’s one too many.


Reference: PreventDisease.com http://humansarefree.com/2018/12/100-dangerous-food-additives-that-cause.html

Heeere’s Ghidorah in the Latest Godzilla: King of the Monsters Footage

Update: We mistakenly identified this as an entirely new trailer when it was just the first trailer with some added footage. We’ve updated accordingly and will post when the real second trailer is released.

The latest footage from Godzilla: King of the Monsters continues to be lyrical and weirdly affecting, establishing that humans are the real monsters and the mythological titans must save us from ourselves. Including Godzilla, of course, but also King Ghidorah, who gets the big (albeit grainy, so not the top image) reveal in this trailer.

The video opens with a compilation of the viral marketing clips that have been tweeted from the @MonarchSciences Twitter account over the last few days. The movie stars Millie Bobby Brown, Vera Farmiga, Sally Hawkins, Kyle Chandler, Charles Dance, and many more familiar faces:

The official synopsis, from Warner Bros:

Following the global success of Godzilla and Kong: Skull Island comes the next chapter in Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ cinematic MonsterVerse, an epic action adventure that pits Godzilla against some of the most popular monsters in pop culture history. The new story follows the heroic efforts of the crypto-zoological agency Monarch as its members face off against a battery of god-sized monsters, including the mighty Godzilla, who collides with Mothra, Rodan, and his ultimate nemesis, the three-headed King Ghidorah. When these ancient super-species—thought to be mere myths—rise again, they all vie for supremacy, leaving humanity’s very existence hanging in the balance.

Godzilla: King of the Monsters will save us all May 31, 2019.

The Top UFO Sightings For 2018 You May Or May Not Have Missed

In September the two major online sites for documenting UFO sightings reported a drastic drop in sightings since 2014. Both the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) and the National UFO Reporting Center say that the numbers of sightings this year were at just 55 percent of those during 2014.

So why are the sightings dropping off?

One theory is that people aren’t interested in the reports as much now because they get enough wild stories and fake news as they can handle from advertisers and politicians. Another theory why people have lost interest stems from widespread access to technology like video cameras on smartphones. If almost everyone has a video camera, then why aren’t we seeing more high-quality sightings, not less?

Stuart Walton, a historian and author noted:

“Belief in UFOs is definitely in a state of decline, along with much else that could be classed as paranormal. Part of the reason is that the technology for providing documentary evidence of such matters is now widely available to everybody with a smartphone, and such purported evidence as there is on YouTube looks extremely threadbare.”

classified government program to study UFOs was revealed in 2017, The Advanced Aviation Threat Identification Program. The director of the program, Luis Elizondo, resigned in protest in October when the program lost funding received through “black money.” Since then, he has gone to join forces with “To The Stars Academy,” founded by former Blink-182 singer, Tom DeLonge.

The Pentagon says the program is no longer operational, although officials may still investigate sightings by service members. Even though Elizondo revealed the program, as well as a “secret video,” there is still debate about the authenticity and origins of the video.

Translation: We still don’t have the hard proof of extraterrestrial life.

For some people interested in UFOs, getting the hard proof may not be as interesting as the mystery, imagination, and the wondering about what’s really out there. There may not be proof extraterrestrials exist, but there also is no proof that aliens aren’t flying around earth either. After all, the fact that the Department of Defense budgeted $22 million to find out says a lot all by itself.

Although there has been a drastic decline in UFO sightings, there have also been some interesting ones. We covered a recent sharp video of a UFO shot by vacationers in Lake Tahoe, Nevada from October 20, along with ongoing sightings in Mexico.

Here are some of the other Top UFO sightings in 2018: (see video below)

1. In Baja California, Mexico on January 11, a woman took video of a strange vertical-shaped object hovering in the sky. The object inspired debate, with one person suggesting it was nothing more than a helium balloon shaped like a Star Wars Stormtrooper.

2. On February 24 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, pilots in two separate aircraft spotted a UFO flying past them at 30,000 feet. The sighting happened at 3:30 p.m. in the afternoon. The pilots radioed Air Traffic Control to inquire:

“Was anything flying above us that passed us like 30 seconds ago?”

Air Traffic Control replied that nothing should be there. They alerted American Airlines Flight 1095 to be on the lookout for “rogue aircraft.” The pilot responded that they too had seen a UFO pass over them.

“‘I don’t know what it was,’ one of those pilots responds. ‘It wasn’t an airplane, but it was flying in the opposite direction.’”

The pilot said the object had a “big reflection”, unlike a weather balloon.

3. On June 7 at 7:30 p.m. in Delhi, India, a UFO hovered over the residence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi which put his security detail on “high alert,” locking down his home with an emergency response. It was described as a “round, glowing object.” Two miles around his residence is a no-fly zone. Authorities never found out what it was, but suspected it may have been a drone.

“[…] the situation was surprising for the leader of a country, with the second largest population in the world, to have a security breach of airspace, especially since the UFO was never identified.”

4. At the Nazca Lines in Peru, Rafal Mercado, of the Peruvian Association of Ufology, posted a YouTube video of a tubular object similar to a zeppelin floating horizontally. The object remains motionless. Last year, humanoid mummies with three fingers were found in a tomb near the Nazca line. They are thought to date back to the 5th century.

5. On July 5 in Bostandyk, Kazakhstan, at 12:07 a.m., two glowing balls lit up the night sky and crashed into the ground. The resulting explosion destroyed communication lines and starting a fire covering about 247 acres of land. Firefighters worked for four hours to put out the blaze.

Residents on the scene found a silvery object ten feet in diameter with a protruding valve. It was partially buried in the ground and had a sealed hatch. A smaller sphere was found nearby. The crash happened while eyes in Russia were focused on the World Cup match.

A witness said:

“The UFO material does not look like metal. It is soft like fabric.”

Authorities in Russia and Kazakhstan gave no explanation for what the objects may have been but there were no scheduled space launches at the time.

For more on these and other sightings from New York, Scotland, Phoenix, Bejing, and Ireland, see the video from Alltime Conspiracies below:

Featured image: Screenshot via YouTube

Is it time to buy BITCOIN

a reply to: eXia7

I would advise anyone considering residential rental properties to seriously consider what they’re doing, check into the applicable laws in their area, etc before doing anything.

Back in the oughts, we bought a duplex to rent. Ended up with a nightmare tenant, took months to get a court date to evict, judge gave her additional months to vacate and we ended up out like 8 months worth of rent and considering the tenants lack of assets and employment, no way to recoup any of it.

On top of everything, the tenant completely destroyed the unit.

And of course by the time we decided to pull the plug on our landlord misadventure, the bottom dropped out of the housing market. Ended up losing a chunk.

People do make money with rentals. My grandfather did well with it back in the 80’s/90’s in Florida, renting little cottages to little old ladies. Not my experience.

On the flip side I’ve made a few tens of thousands with crypto over the last few years. Fortunately, I had occasion to sell off most of my crypto holdings 10-11 months back. I held onto a few Ethereum which is worth like 10% of what it was. At this point, I’ll sit on it and whatever happens, happens.

10 Strange Hermits You (Obviously) Don’t Know About

Traditionally, hermits have been people who have withdrawn from the world in order to spend time in prayer and meditation. Most religions recognize living as a hermit as a form of devotion. However, there are, and it seems there always have been, other sorts of hermits—those who withdraw from the world not to get closer to God but to get away from other human beings.

For some, their life of solitude was born out of tragedy. For others, it seems to have been simply a lifestyle choice. Here, we examine ten nonreligious hermits and their extraordinary lives.

10 The Leopard Man Of Skye

Tom Leppard was certainly an extraordinary-looking man. His entire body was covered in tattooed leopard spots. At one time, he held the world record for tattoos. Leppard had spent 30 years in military service, and on his discharge, he found it difficult to mix with other people. He decided to get himself tattooed in order to stand out from others, which he certainly did. He never claimed any particular affinity to leopards but felt that if he looked unique, people might pay to photograph him. He also chose leopard spots, apparently, because they were easy for the tattooist to do.

He lived for 20 years on the remote Scottish Isle of Skye. He built himself a “cave” from the ruins of a bothy that sat on the edge of Loch na Beiste. There were no windows, gas, or electricity when he arrived, and he never put any in. He didn’t attempt to make the cave a home, leaving the thatched roof to rot. The makeshift metal roof he put over it was so low that he could not stand up straight in his own home.

He cooked on a camping stove and slept on a bit of old board through the hot summers and freezing winters but seemed to enjoy his life. Though he did not mix much with the local population, he was well-liked, and they respected his independence.

The only trouble came after a German woman, who claimed she was a vampire, was tried for killing a man in a Satanic ritual. She had stayed with Leppard on a holiday a few years earlier and claimed that he had taught her how to worship the Devil. Leppard, however, denied the suggestion and said she was merely a teenager who had come for a visit.

Leppard moved to a care home in 2008 after becoming too old for his weekly kayak trip to do his shopping, and he remained there until his death in 2016.[1]

9 The Hermit Of Griffith

Valerio Ricetti emigrated to Australia from Italy when he was a teenager, just as World War I was drawing to a close. He worked first as an itinerant manual laborer and then as a gardener. After arriving in the town of Griffith, he began work on his Garden of Eden.

He was said to have been suffering from a broken heart when he began his work. He wanted somewhere that he could be alone. The caves within his garden became his retreat. He spent 23 years building terraces and walkways and growing his own food. He built a shrine, presumably to his lost love, and carved inscriptions in the rocks.

He called his garden mia sacra collina (“my sacred hill”). What is left of the site is now a haven for visitors, who come to admire not just the Hermit’s Cave but also the shelters, terraced gardens, dry stone walls, bridges, staircases, and paths that crisscross the site. His garden was clearly a labor of love and would have required the removal of tons of earth. Ricetti worked at night in order to remain unseen by the locals.

When World War II broke out, the Australian government, convinced that he was a spy, interned him in a prisoner of war camp. After the war, he was returned to Italy, where he died, never seeing his beloved garden again.[2]

8 The Hermit Of Redcoats

James Lucas was born in 1813. He was wealthy and, it has to be said, always a little odd. Indeed, he was often known by his nickname “Mad Lucas.” After his mother’s death in 1849, he barricaded himself inside his mansion near Redcoats Green, Hertfordshire, and remained inside for the next 25 years, taking regular deliveries of groceries, which mostly consisted of milk, bread, and gin.

However, far from hiding from the world, Lucas, from behind his barricaded front door, enjoyed being a curiosity. Thousands of visitors made the journey to Redcoats Green to see him. Lucas wore only an old blanket but accessorized it with a shotgun. He would talk to visitors through the barred windows. He would even distribute sweets and money to children on Christmas day. However, he steadfastly refused to leave the house or let anyone else in. An attempt to have him committed failed after witnesses agreed that he was lucid and articulate when talking to visitors.

Eventually, in 1874, after a postman failed to get an answer while delivering a letter, the police forced their way into the property. They found Lucas barely conscious after suffering a stroke. Though he was taken to a hospital, he died later that day. When police looked around the house, they found that every door and window had been barricaded with thick planks of wood.[3]

At his death, the Hermit of Redcoats, who had lived on bread and milk for 25 years, left a fortune of £120,000, equivalent to around £9.5 million at the time of this article’s writing.

7 The Ring-Road Hermit

Josef (or Jozef) Stawinoga chose one of the most public places to set up his hermitage. On the patch of grass that divided traffic on a very busy road in Wolverhampton, England, the Ring-Road Hermit first pitched his tent sometime around 1970.

Stawinoga had been born in Poland but arrived in Britain after World War II. He is believed to have led a normal life until sometime in the 1960s, when he dropped out of society. Little is known about his history, though he was at one point (unhappily) married.

Stawinoga became something of a local celebrity. He was granted an honorary degree by Wolverhampton Polytechnic and was revered as a holy man by the Sikh and Hindu communities. He even had 6,500 fans on a website called “We love you Wolverhampton ring-road tramp.”[4]

The local council delivered hot meals to his tent twice a day and even replaced his tent for him when it became too shabby. Members of the Asian community in particular took the ring-road hermit to their hearts, bringing him gifts of clothes and food (and once even a live chicken, which did not fare well in traffic). They could not, unfortunately, provide him with a bath, and it was said that he had not washed himself in 30 years.

After his death in 2007, a plaque was placed on the site of his former home to commemorate the strange life of the Ring-Road Hermit.

6 The Hermit Of Gully Lake

Willard Kitchener MacDonald lived the life of a hermit for almost 60 years. After jumping a troop train to avoid fighting in World War II, MacDonald headed for the woods in Nova Scotia, and he stayed there for the rest of his life. Though Canada declared an amnesty for deserters in 1950, MacDonald was afraid of being imprisoned for his crime and chose to stay where he was.

Once a month, he would walk 12 kilometers (7.5 mi) to a store to buy supplies, after earning a little money trapping animals and selling their pelts for fur. For most of his life, he lived in a shack, but as he grew older, the local community, concerned for his welfare, financed the building of a cabin for him.

MacDonald, however, could not feel comfortable in it and soon moved back to his shack. In November 2003, he became ill, and, against his wishes, someone went to fetch a doctor. By the time they got back, however, MacDonald had left the shack, presumably to avoid seeing the doctor. Though searches were conducted, so sign of him could be found. His remains were found in June 2004.[5]

Roughly 100 people attended his funeral, and his ashes were scattered along the edge of Lake Gully, at the spot that he had called home for most of his life.

5 The Hermit Of Seychelles

Not all hermits live in a shack. In 1962, Brendon Grimshaw bought himself an island in Seychelles, named Moyenne. He spent 50 years transforming Moyenne Island from waterless bush into a national park that was worth $50 million. He is said to have bought the island on a whim while on holiday there.

Grimshaw planted 16,000 trees on the island and created 5 kilometers (3 mi) of pathways. Wildlife began to flock to the island, which now boasts a large variety of birds, 500 turtle doves, and 120 giant tortoises, almost extinct in Seychelles since the 1900s.

His home on the island was a modest single-story house. Tourists were welcomed as long as they respected the wildlife, but he would not allow people to stay on the island.[6]

Grimshaw, a former newspaper editor, turned down all offers for Moyenne Island, saying he didn’t want it to become a holiday destination for millionaires. In 2008, it was declared a national park. Grimshaw died in 2012.

4 The North Pond Hermit

Photo credit: AP

Christopher Knight was 20 in 1986, when he walked out on his job as an alarm engineer, without returning his tools or cashing his final paycheck. He traveled for some time, eventually reaching Moosehead Lake in Maine.

Without having any clear reason, Knight decided to leave the world behind. He walked into the darkest part of the woods with only basic camping supplies. He tried foraging for food with limited success. After several weeks without food, he began to steal vegetables from gardens during the night. Eventually, he found the spot where he was to spend the next 20 years. Food was still scarce, however, but unlike other hermits, Knight could not bear even the smallest contact with people. He decided to burgle nearby holiday cabins, often left empty, to get food and supplies.

He began to watch the cabins, and the cabin owners, to judge the best time to break in. He would approach the homes through the forest or occasionally via canoe. He would pick the lock, take what he needed, and relock the door on the way out. The police noted that the crimes were committed with “unusual neatness,” leading some to conclude that the culprit must be a master thief.

Knight was finally arrested while stealing food, 27 years after he had first gone missing. His arrest led to an avalanche of interest in him and his story. He even received a proposal of marriage.

After his arrest in 2013, Knight was sentenced to seven months’ imprisonment. On his release, he went to live with his brother.[7]

3 The Hermit Of Cold River

In 1929, when he was 46, Noah John Rondeau went to live in a remote area of New York’s Adirondack Mountains that he nicknamed Cold River City. He kept detailed journals, written in cipher, describing his life as a hermit.[8] The code wasn’t deciphered until 1992. However, when the puzzle was finally solved, there seems to have been little in it that was secret, mostly commentary on the weather and a to-do list of jobs, such as “get few loads of wood.” Why Rondeau felt the need to write in cipher is unknown, unless it was for the sheer pleasure of annoying snoopers.

Rondeau spent roughly two decades hunting and fishing in the woods, becoming a well-known landmark and famous figure among hikers. In 1950, the Cold River area was closed to the public, forcing him to move out. He then lived in the areas of Lake Placid, Saranac Lake, and Wilmington. Rondeau died in 1967.

2 The Fort Fisher Hermit

Robert Harrill arrived at Fort Fisher in North Carolina in 1955. He was 62 years old. He moved into an abandoned World War II bunker in the middle of marshlands, and he lived there for the next 17 years, fishing and scavenging along the beach. He is said to have never worked another day in his life after moving there, though his life may well have been easier if he had.

Harrill had had a difficult upbringing, but in 1913, he married and eventually had five children (one of whom died shortly after birth). However, he was considered by many to be disturbed, and sometime during the 1930s, his wife left him, taking their children with her. What happened between then and the time he reached Fort Fisher is unclear.

He became a popular tourist attraction at Fort Fisher, much to his displeasure. He was said to have remarked, “How am I going to be a hermit, when all these people keep coming to see me?”

In June 1972, Harrill was found dead at his bunker. There is some uncertainty about the cause of death, but it is believed that he may have been murdered.[9]

1 The Hermit Of Costa Da Morte

Manfred Gnadinger, known to all simply as “Man,” is said to have once had his heart broken by a beautiful young Spanish woman. Perhaps that was the reason that he decided to build himself a small cabin on a beach on the Costa da Morte.

Man decided to live the simple life. He had no water or electricity, grew his own food, and jogged daily along the beach dressed in a loincloth. He created sculptures from stones and flotsam that washed up on the shore and began to charge visitors a small fee to look around his “museum home.”

Man lived peacefully in his home for 40 years until an oil tanker ran aground in 2002, spilling tons of oil into the sea, polluting his beach, and destroying his artwork and even his home. Distraught, Man posted a “keep out” sign on his door and locked himself inside the cabin.

When his worried neighbors broke the door open several days later, he was dead.

Though the official cause of death is unclear, locals declared that, on seeing the devastation of his life’s work, Manfred Gnadinger had died of a broken heart.[10]

Ward Hazell is a writer who travels, and an occasional travel writer.

3.7 million American abductees – US estimates, UK counter-estimates, and the Television Factor

Considering the influx of abduction threads, perhaps it’s time to be reminded of how estimates of the actual number of abductees in America have been challenged by other experimental UK data. My interest in the phenomenon was perked by Jim Schnabel’s book ‘Dark White’ (1994) and the Roper Poll published in 1992 by Hopkins, Jacobs, and Westrum. The report was given to a multitude of mental health professionals, encouraging them to “be open to the possibility that something exists or is happening to their clients which, in our traditional Western framework, cannot or should not be”. We are talking 26 years ago, but it remains relevant.

The Poll’s five so-called “Indicator Experiences” were listed as:

1) “Waking up paralysed with a sense of a strange person or presence or something else in the room” (18 percent);
2) “Feeling that you were actually flying through the air although you didn’t know why or how” (10 percent);
3) “Experiencing a period of time of an hour or more, in which you were apparently lost, but you could not remember why, or where you had been” (13 percent);
4) “Seeing unusual lights or balls of light in a room without knowing what was causing them, or where they came from” (8 percent); and
5) “Finding puzzling scars on your body and neither you nor anyone else remembering how you received them or where you got them” (8 percent).

Skeptical Enquirer, Vol 22.3 – 1998

If four of these are fulfilled by an individual, it was deemed a strong possibility that he/she is a UFO abductee, based on Hopkins and Jacobs’ study of nearly 500 abductees over 17 years. Of 5,947 people interviewed, 2 percent qualified, leading to the controversial estimate of 3.7 million American abductees nationally.

Now, Susan Blackmore (author of the above linked article, and pictured) performed an intriguing experiment in Bristol, England, using 126 school children aged 8-13, and 224 first-year psychology/physiotherapy undergraduates aged 18+. The adults were tested in three large groups. Blackmore can waffle for England and loves complex stats, so I’m breaking this down to its fundamentals.

But what was the reasoning behind her endeavour? The Roper Poll’s ‘genuine’ abductees who fulfil the above Indicators should, in theory, have a better knowledge of the appearance and behaviour of aliens than those who do not achieve the criteria. If this assumption is wrong, their knowledge should be no greater than anyone else’s. As Blackmore puts it:

Knowledge of aliens should relate more closely to reading and television-watching habits than to having the indicator experiences if abductions do not really occur.

For the children’s experiment, she asked them to relax and imagine they were being read a bedtime story. They had to visualise the details of a story called “Jackie and the Aliens,” in which an alien visits a girl in bed at night and takes her into a spacecraft, examines her on a table, and returns her safely. Imprecise details included a corridor leading to a room and table, alien writing, and glimpses of jars on shelves. The adults were read a different, more mature story, obviously. When “awoken”, they were all asked to remember as much as they could before being given questionnaires with 5 multiple-choice questions about: the alien, the room, and the table. The children were asked about the jars’ contents, and to draw the alien writing.

There were also 6 questions based on the Roper Poll:

1) Have you ever seen a UFO?
2) Have you ever seen a ghost?
3) Have you ever been falsely awakened, ie dreaming you have woken up?
4) Have you ever felt as though you left your body and could fly around without it?
5) Have you ever seen unusual lights or balls of light in a room without knowing what was causing them, or where they came from?
6) Have you ever woken up paralyzed, that is, with the feeling that you could not move?
7) Have you ever woken up with the sense that there was a strange person or presence or something else in the room?

The last 4 questions were based on the indicator questions from the Roper Poll, but adapted slightly for the children (excluding scars or missing time). Plus, both age groups were asked about television-watching habits. The final request by Blackmore was for everyone aside from one adult group to draw the aliens they saw; samples of the kids’ work are shown below as we tackle the actual results.

Many of the kids and adults reported most of the Experiences – eg, 83% of adults and 57% of kids claimed false awakenings; 35% and 33% for OBEs.

An ‘Alien Score’ from 0 to 6 was awarded for answers that swayed towards the popular stereotype, plus a ‘Roper Indicator Experiences’ score from 0 to 4. With me so far? If you feel nauseous, feel free to leave.


Their mean Alien score was 0.95; the mean number of experiences was 1.51. Their drawings were judged as either traditional “Grays” or “Others”. 12 of them drew Grays, 87 did not, but the former achieved higher Alien scores albeit with fewer experiences, and did not watch more television than the others. Furthermore, higher TV viewing did seem to lead to more experiences.


Their mean Alien score was 1.23 and 1.64 for experiences. 17 drew Grays, 103 did not. Again, the former achieved higher Alien scores but not more experiences. Those who drew Grays watched more television, which also amplified the Alien score.

Blackmore concluded that more Roper Indicator experiences did NOT indicate more knowledge of what an alien should resemble, or what occurs during an abduction.

If real gray aliens are abducting people from Earth, and the Roper Poll is correct in associating the indicator experiences with abduction, then we should expect such a relationship. Its absence in a relatively large sample casts doubt on these premises.

Among the adults (though not the children), there was a correlation between the amount of television they watched and their knowledge about aliens and abductions. This suggests that the popular stereotype is obtained more from television programs than from having been abducted by real aliens.

Blackmore’s sample of people reported plenty of Roper Indicator Experiences, actually higher than the Roper Poll’s findings. It follows that many of them would have been classified by Hopkins, Jacobs, and Westrum as abductees – which Blackmore suggests is unjustified.

Naturally these results do not disprove genuine abductions, but the amount of television watched does affect their view of an alien’s appearance and behaviour – far more than the number of Indicator experiences they have had. Can we therefore dismiss the estimated 3.7 million abducted Americans?

Talking of TV, one is reminded of the claim that Betty and Barney Hill’s later description of their alleged abductors was influenced by an ‘Outer Limits’ episode, ‘The Bellero Shield’ (1964). Somewhat poetically, Travis Walton was in turn alleged to have gained ideas from the timely first transmission of B&B’s own TV movie about their case, ‘The Interrupted Journey’ (1975).

Do you think there is any worth to the kind of experiments that Blackmore undertook, or do they perhaps patronise people who claim genuine, often very traumatic experiences?

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