Greetings, and welcome to The /x/ Files, the weekly news digest for 4chan’s Paranormal board. Every Sunday, we take a quick snapshot of the mysterious world around us and bring it, in an easily readable magazine format, to the board. I am The Editor, the anonymous creator of this idea and collector of the news that will be following below. In the interests of legitimacy, I will be using a secure tripcode to post the thread; once the posts are completed, I will take the tripcode off and return to my anonymity.
This is a bit of a slow news week for the Strange, but I’ve gathered the most interesting stories I could find, along with the roundup of the big three radio shows, and podcast synopsis. Let’s get started, shall we?
Table of Contents:
1: Paranormal News of the Week
2: Radio Show Roundup
3: Paranormal Podcasts
4: Editor’s Note
Paranormal News of the Week
Astronaut tweets ‘UFO’ from the space station
Astronaut Scott Kelly shared an image on social media showing a strange object high above the Earth’s surface. Kelly, who recently achieved the world record for the longest time spent in space by a US astronaut, recorded an image of city lights over India and posted it to his Twitter account with the caption “Day 233. Once upon a #star over Southern India. #GoodNight from @space_station! #YearInSpace” The anomalous object can be seen situated in the top right-hand corner of the frame.
Zoologists hunting Tazmanian tiger declare ‘no doubt’ species still alive
A team of investigators from the Centre for Fortean Zoology is currently in Tasmania hunting down clues to prove the thylacine still exists. The group claims to have gathered compelling evidence of the thylacine’s presence in remote parts of Tazmania’s north-west, despite the last known animal dying in captivity in September of 1936.
The investigators said they has spoken to several “highly credible” witnesses of the thylacine, and had found animal feces that could belong to the beast. The droppings have been preserved in alcohol and are being sent away for DNA analysis.
“The area is so damn remote,” Said Richard Freeman, zoological director of the organisation. “There are so many prey species, and we have so many reliable witnesses who know the bush, that I’d say there is a reasonable population of them left.”
Huge hoard of 4,000 Roman coins unearthed
Thought to date back 1,700 years, the cache of coins, Weighing around 15kg(33lb), was found after a Swiss farmer noticed something shining inside a molehill in his cherry orchard. When archaeologists excavated the site they were surprised to discover that the coins were in remarkably good condition for their age. Some of the coins dated as far back as the rule of Emperor Aurelian in AD 274 while others were from the time of Emperor Maximian who ruled Rome from AD 286 to AD 305.
Full Story: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-34872657
Scientists create cyborg roses
Scientists have created a kind of cyborg flower: living roses with tiny electronic circuits threaded through their vascular systems. The brainchild of researchers at Linkoping University in Sweden, the peculiar cyberplants were created through the introduction of tiny electronic polymers which then self-assemble within the plants. The strange cyberplants could one day make it possible to tell flowers when to bloom to avoid an impending frost, or when to put out hormones to prevent a drought.
Obama says UFOs aren’t ‘as top secret as you’d think’
On Monday, November 17, GQ Magazine published an interview with President Barack Obama, conducted by on-air sports personality Bill Simmons. During the interview, Simmons asks, “Have you ever said, ‘Give me the JFK-assassination files, I want to read them. Give me all the secret stuff’?”
The President responds, “I gotta tell you, it’s a little disappointing. People always ask me about Roswell and the aliens and UFOs, and it turns out the stuff going on that’s top secret isn’t nearly as exciting as you expect. In this day and age, it’s not as top secret as you’d think.” Unfortunately, there is no follow up or further elaboration on these comments in the GQ interview.
Strange Slimes are Growing in Mysterious Siberian Lake
Mysterious, unexplained slimes are affecting Lake Baikal in Siberia, which coincidentally received a direct hit from a meteor just a few weeks ago. Dr. Oleg Timoshkin, from the Russian Academy of Sciences, has been sounding the alarm about the various forms of slime on the once crystal-clear lake. Dead and dying sponges, which form a black slime, are covering the lake’s shores. Massive amounts of a green slime are covering southern reaches of the lake as well, and the slime isn’t limited to the surface either; many areas of the bottom of the lake are covered in carpets of green growth.
According to ISU researcher Kirill Ivanov, the Lake Baikal meteor traveled from west to east and landed 1 km from the lake’s shore. It weighed about 1 kg (2.2 lb), measured 10 cm (4 inches) in diameter and hit the lake at a speed of 13 km/sec (29,000 mph). Ivanov believes the meteor originated in the Asteroid Belt and “fell under the bad influence of Jupiter and away from its true path.” It is also noteworthy that the meteor which caused the Tunguska event in 1908 traveled directly over Lake Baikal, and that the lake is believed to be a UFO hot spot.
Researchers develop ‘freeze ray’ lasers
A team of researchers from the University of Washington is taking credit for figuring out for the first time how laser can be employed to refrigerate liquids. Findings of the study have been published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and employed an infrared laser for cooling water by about 36 degrees Fahrenheit.
The ability to ‘point cool’ small areas for instance has the potential to be highly beneficial, especially in the field of medical research where it could be used to cool and slow down individual cells or to ‘silence’ a single neuron within a network without causing damage.
Radio Show Roundup
Coast to Coast AM with George Noory
Monday: Avoiding Life Disasters/Edgar Cayce & Hall of Records
In the first half, Randall Bell, Ph.D., discussed his work evaluating the aftermath of disasters and how this led to formulating simple ways to help people avoid disasters in their lives. In the second half, author Kirk Nelson talked about the life of American prophet Edgar Cayce, and the mysterious Hall of Records.
Tuesday: Overpopulation/Energy Healing
In the first half, Prof. Paul R. Ehrlich discussed his work on population theory and mass extinction. In the second half, expert in hypnosis and time travel, Dr. Bruce Goldberg, talked about energy healing through hypnosis, ascension and teleportation.
Wednesday: Effects of Electromagnetic Fields/Trends & Current Events
In the first half, medical journalist Katie Singer who works on public policy with the Electromagnetic Radiation Policy Institute was joined by Dr. Victoria Dunckley to discuss how electromagnetic fields, like Wi-Fi and mobile phone networks, may be related to various psychological and physical issues. In the latter half, founder and director of the Trends Research Institute, Gerald Celente, offered analysis of the current geopolitical situation, and what he sees on the horizon for the economy.
Thursday: Ancient Structures & Extinction Events
Earthfiles investigative reporter Linda Moulton Howe presented information on a Giza pyramid anomaly, mysterious geoglyphs in Kazakhstan, and “death from above” Earth mass extinctions.
Friday: Search for Bigfoot
Guest host Connie Willis was joined for the full program by James Fay(of “Finding Bigfoot” fame) for a discussion on his Bigfoot research and the quest to find the elusive creature.
Midnight in the Desert with Art Bell
Monday: Jill Heinerth – Underwater Cave Exploration
Jill Heinerth is recognized as one of the planet’s great underwater explorers. An expert in one of the world’s most dangerous endeavors, cave diving, Jill is a photographer, filmmaker, author and instructor, with over 7000 scuba dives to her credit.
Tuesday: Kevin Randle – 100 Years of UFO Coverups
Retired Lt. Col. Kevin D. Randle has, for more than 45 years, studied the UFO phenomenon in all its various incarnations. Randle has traveled the United States to interview hundreds of witnesses who were involved in everything from the Roswell crash of 1947, to the latest abduction cases.
Wednesday: Jeffrey Scott Holland – Feral Humans
Jeffrey Scott Holland is an author and photographer originally from the wilderness of Kentucky, currently living in Florida. Holland’s recurring fascination with feral humans, partially inspired by his rural upbringing, has become something of a cult legend since his original appearance with Art Bell in 1997.
Thursday: Loyd Auerbach (Rebroadcast of episode from September 15)
Loyd Auerbach has a Master’s degree in Parapsychology. He is the Director of the Office of Paranormal Investigations and President of the Forever Family Foundation. Loyd has been in the field for over 35 years focusing on education and field investigation. He is a professor at Atlantic University, JFK University, and teaches Parapsychology through the HCH Institute in Lafayette, California.
Friday: Open Lines
The Other Side of Midnight with Richard Hoagland
Monday: Joseph P. Farrell/Open Lines
Joseph P. Farrell has a doctorate in patristics from the University of Oxford, and pursues research in physics, alternative history and science, and “strange stuff”.
Tuesday: Dr. Richard Spence
Dr. Richard B. Spence is a Professor of History at the University of Idaho. His special interests include modern Russian, military, espionage and occult history and the history of anti-Semitism.
Wednesday: Christopher Dunn
Christopher Dunn has an extensive background as a craftsman; over the past 49 years, Chris has worked at every level of high-tech manufacturing from machinist, toolmaker, programmer and operator of high-power industrial lasers, Project Engineer and Laser Operations Manager. After research and study of source material on various theories, Chris concluded that the Great Pyramid of Giza must have originally been built to provide a highly technical society with energy — in short, it was a very large machine. Discovering the purpose of this machine and documenting his case has taken the better part of twenty years of research.
Thursday: Philip Comella (Rebroadcast)
Friday: David Mantik and Robert Morningstar
David W. Mantik received his doctorate in physics from the University of Wisconsin. Mantik has carried out extensive research into the assassination of John F. Kennedy. This includes detailed studies of Kennedy autopsy X-rays and the Zapruder Film.
Robert Morningstar is a civilian intelligence analyst, investigative journalist and psychotherapist, living in New York City. Robert has written extensively to expose NASA’s use of “Disinformation Technology” to suppress evidence of an extraterrestrial presence on on the Moon. Robert is currently the Publisher & Editor of UFODigest, which exposes the real nature and menace of the UFO phenomenon and its cover-up to our constitutional liberties.
Last Podcast on the Left: H.H. Holmes Part II: Nothing But Trouble
Our series on H.H. Holmes continues with the actual construction of his murder castle, exactly how he used it to kill and dispose of his victims, and the terrible, vicious things that happened within.
Paranormal Podcast: The UFO Dossier
Kevin Randle joins us to talk about the history of the UFO phenomenon.
The Paracast: November 22nd, 2015
Gene and Chris present Chris Aubeck, co-author (with Martin Shough) of “Return to Magonia: Investigating UFOs in History.” To understand the real nature of the UFO phenomenon, it’s important to evaluate UFO sightings across the centuries. Are cases from hundreds of years ago similar to modern cases? If UFOs are an age-old phenomenon, how does that fact provide clues as to what’s really going on? All in all, this will be a truly fascinating session that will move the discussion about UFOs into fascinating areas.
Mysterious Universe: 14.21
This week we experience sensory deprivation at the Sydney Float Centre and compare notes with the legendary John C. Lilly and his Ketamine dreams.
And thus passes another amazing week of Paranormal news. I’ve been having a ton of fun making this digest so far, whether or not anybody reads it or even cares that I do. The first issue got archived pretty quickly, but I have a copy in my files. If there’s enough interest shown, I might even consider collecting the digests in a blog or Google Docs folder.