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 week in the news: A famous wizard gets his own museum exhibit (And it ain’t fucking Harry Potter), Loch Ness suddenly gets a lot deeper, and the story of a real dragon that once walked the shores of Wales. All that, more stories, the radio show roundup, podcasts and more, in Issue Eleven of The /x/ Files!
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
World’s first exhibition of library and possessions of famous occultist John Dee
A mathematician, magician, astronomer, astrologer, explorer, occultist, imperialist, alchemist and spy, John Dee was also one of Tudor England’s most fervent scholars of cryptography – the art or science of making and breaking codes. Now, the intriguing and mysterious Dee is to be revealed to the public through his remarkable personal library for the first time in history.
A never seen before selection from 100 surviving books once owned by the man will go on display in “Scholar, courtier, magician: The lost library of John Dee” at the Royal College of Physicians in January 2016. Dee’s library was once one of the finest private libraries in Europe and today The RCP holds the largest known collection of works formerly owned by him. They passed to the RCP via a family bequest in 1680 and have never been publicly displayed together before.
Joining the bibliographic treasure trove will be a selection of Dee’s possessions, which were dispersed after his death in 1609. From the collection of the British Museum comes a crystal ball for researching the occult and conversing with spirits, a ‘magic disc’ for contacting angels and ‘magical mirror’ for conjuring visions. From the Science Museum is a ‘scrying mirror’ for predicting the future and John Dee’s own crystal, which he claimed was given to him personally by the angel Uriel, who also ‘instructed’ Dee on how to make the philosopher’s stone. Dee is most well known to students of the occult as one of the fathers, along with Edward Kelley, of the Enochian school of ritual magic.
Scholar, courtier, magician: The lost library of John Dee is at the museum of the Royal College of Physicians in London from January 18th to July 29th of this year. The exhibition and museum are open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm. Admission is free.
Exhibition Information: https://www.rcplondon.ac.uk/events/scholar-courtier-magician-lost-library-john-dee
Oldest-known Jurassic dinosaur species discovered in Wales
Researchers from the University of Portsmouth, University of Manchester and National Museum Wales have discovered a new species of dinosaur believed to be the oldest known Jurassic-period creature of its kind ever discovered in the UK. The new species, which was discovered in southern Wales, was named Dracoraptor hanigani, a name selected to honor the country’s national symbol, the dragon, the research team explained in a statement. The first part of the name, Dracoraptor, means “dragon robber,” while the hanigani part was selected to recognize the men who discovered the fossils, Nick and Rob Hanigan.
Based on their analysis of the fossils, paleobiologist Dr. David Martill and his colleagues have placed Dracoraptor hanigani at the beginning of the Jurassic Period, about 201 million years ago. These fossils are the most complete theropod ever discovered in Wales, according to the researchers, and could even be among the oldest known Jurassic dinosaurs in the UK, or even the world.
Dr John Nudds, from The University of Manchester, said, “It’s pretty rare to discover a completely new dinosaur species – in fact this is only the fourth one to be discovered in the UK since 1980.”
Full Story: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/science/dinosaurs/12111363/Dragons-really-did-roam-Wales-Dracoraptor-dinosaur-unveiled.html
Deep crevice revealed at bottom of Loch Ness
Previously, the UK’s second largest loch, Loch Ness, was measured at 813 feet deep. But 43-year-old tourist boat skipper Keith Stewart has found a crevice about nine miles east of Inverness and he has measured it with state of the art sonar equipment at 889 feet.
Said Stewart, “I measured it with our state of the art 3D equipment at 889 feet, which is 77 feet deeper than the previous recorded deepest point called Edwards’ Deep. I don’t yet know how long it is, but I have gone back several times over the abyss and I have verified my measurements. It gets deeper from 825 feet to the recorded depth. It is only about a few hundred yards offshore whereas previous sonar searches have traditionally been down the middle of the loch.”
It is possible that an underwater earthquake opened this anomaly in recent times; Loch Ness lies along the Great Glen fault, a portion of a larger fault that stretches from Canada to Norway. As recently as 2013, there has been a low magnitude earthquake along the fault and the Loch – a year, coincidentally, during which no sightings of the Loch Ness monster were reported.
Full Story: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/12108324/A-new-hideaway-for-the-Loch-Ness-monster-Skipper-uncovers-900-feet-deep-crevice.html
World’s most ancient site to get a facelift
The world’s oldest monuments may soon get an image makeover. A new project will promote and preserve Göbekli Tepe, home to the most ancient temple structures ever discovered. Turkey hopes to eventually boost tourism at the site, which is in a region where tourism has declined because of the nearby Syrian conflict and refugee crisis.
Less than a decade ago, the hilltop was reachable only via a bumpy ride on a rough dirt road. The occasional visitor might be shown around by the leader of the excavation himself. Today, tour buses sometimes unload hundreds of visitors each day in front of a small visitor’s center, and Turkish travel agencies promote special Göbekli Tepe tours. There’s a gift shop and parking lot, and Turkey’s largest archaeological museum opened recently in the nearby city of Urfa.
Though excavation and research at the site are funded by the German Archaeological Institute and the German Research Foundation, funds from the Dogus Group, a Turkish conglomerate that includes tourism and media companies, will go toward building a new, larger visitor’s center and protective canopies for the structures that have already been uncovered, along with walkways and fencing to help manage tourism’s impact on the ancient enclosures.
Since excavations began in 1995, the site in southeastern Turkey has changed the way archaeologists think about the origins of civilization. Its circular structures, with their elaborately carved stones and distinctive, T-shaped pillars, are more than 12,000 years old – older than the invention of agriculture or even pottery.
Full Story: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/01/150120-gobekli-tepe-oldest-monument-turkey-archaeology/
Egyptian Pyramid Scans Reveal New Anomalies
New anomalies have been detected on Egypt’s pyramids by researchers scanning the monuments with innovative technologies, the Ministry of Antiquities said. According to preliminary results, thermal “points of interest” were observed on the northern facade of the Great Pyramid at Giza, and on the west face of Red pyramid in Dahshur.
Scheduled to last one year, the project, called ScanPyramids, uses a mix of innovative technologies to identify the presence of unknown internal structures and cavities. It is carried out by a team from Cairo University’s Faculty of Engineering and the Paris-based organization HIP Institute, under the authority of the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities.
This news comes on the heels of the discovery of what might be hidden chambers in the tomb of Egypt’s most famous pharaoh, King Tutankhamun, which had also been recently scanned during the same project. Archaeologists have speculated that Tut’s tomb was originally built to be the final resting place of Queen Nefertiti, but was appropriated for his use after his sudden and untimely death at the age of 19.
Radio Show Roundup
Coast to Coast AM with George Noory
Monday: Chips & Tracking/Soulmates & Reincarnation
In the first half, consumer privacy expert Katherine Albrecht discussed the latest news in the rapidly evolving field of tracking technology, and chip implants. In the second half, author and relationship expert Arielle Ford talked about the concept of soulmates and their importance in our lives.
Tuesday: Financial Turbulence/Science & Skepticism
In the first half, former ABC investigative correspondent Greg Hunter discussed what he believes are the underlying and troubling factors behind the turbulent financial markets, and offered his analysis of the 2016 presidential race. In the latter half, founding publisher of Skeptic magazine and the director of the Skeptics Society, Michael Shermer, outlined what the skeptical stance is about.
Wednesday: Mind Control & MK-Ultra/JFK Assassination & Deep Politics
First half guest Matthew Pauly, an expert in computer architecture and programming, discussed his experience being a non-consensual subject for mind control experiments. In the latter half, Russ Baker, an award-winning investigative reporter, talked about his ongoing work on the JFK assassination.
Thursday: Alternative Health/Spirit Guide Messages
In part one, naturopathic physician Peter Glidden began by stating that humans are genetically designed to live to the age of 120 years, if we’re healthy. “You can trace every chronic disease to mineral deficiency,” Glidden said. In the second half, the “Psychic Professor” Paul Selig described his relationship with what he calls his “Guides,” who he says channel messages of spiritual guidance through him.
Friday: The Haunted Housewives/Open Lines
In the first half, para-historians Theresa Argie and Cathi Weber, aka the “Haunted Housewives,” talked about the care and feeding of ghosts, shared the scoop on some of the world’s most iconic historic and haunted locations, as well as discussed ‘thoughtform’ manifestation, the idea of creating and “killing” a paranormal entity, and what to do if an entity follows you home. Open lines followed.
Last Podcast on the Left: Ghost Cats of the South
Join us this week as we explore the world of ghost cats, specifically those located in the South.
Bonus Episode: David Bowie and the Occult
It’s a tribute to the greatest magician of the 20th century on this week’s Last Podcast as we cover Bowie’s occult obsessions from 1971’s Hunky Dory to 1976’s Station To Station and how those pepper-milk cocaine fueled days tie in with Bowie’s very last album, Blackstar.
Paranormal Podcast: The Aztec UFO Incident
This New Mexico UFO case from the 1940s, once thought a hoax, has been revived. If true, it may be bigger than Roswell. We talk to Dr. Frank Thayer who has researched the case and co-authored a new book on the subject.
The Paracast: January 24th, 2016
In the tradition of our fascinating episodes with Mike Clelland and Walter Bosley, we explore synchronicity even further with Dr. Kirby Surprise, author of “Synchronicity: The Art of Coincidence, Choice and Unlocking Your Mind.” Is synchronicity due to some external force, or is it an ability that we all possess? How does it impact the world in which we live, and our own lives?
Mysterious Universe: 15.02
After talking Dyson spheres and the new Planet X conspiracy fuel, we unwrap the brand new book from Mike Clelland “‘The Messengers’: Owls, Synchronicity and the UFO Abductee.”
Expanded Perspectives: There’s Something in the Woods…
On this episode of Expanded Perspectives Cam and Kyle start the show off by bringing up how surgeons used a new technique to attach a thought-controlled robot arm directly to an amputee’s stump. Then, stone tools found on the island of Sulawesi predate the arrival of modern humans to the area by more than 60,000 years – but researchers aren’t sure who made them. The perplexing artifacts, announced in Nature magazine, are most likely between 118,000 and 194,000 years old, though some may be even older. Then after the break the boys get into some strange encounters in the woods.
Astonishing Legends: Episode 030 – Kincaid’s Cave in the Grand Canyon
On March 12, 1909, The Arizona Gazette published an article titled, “G. E. Kincaid Reaches Yuma.” It was a short announcement that Mr. “Kincaid” was only the second person to make trip down the entire course of the Colorado River. Twenty-four days later, on April 5, 1909, the newspaper ran a follow-up to their first article on the adventurous Mr. Kincaid. This article reported that along with G.E. Kinkaid, a Professor S.A. Jordan and a team from the Smithsonian had investigated a large network of tunnels and rooms, some filled with ancient mummies and artifacts that did not appear to be from the Western Hemisphere…And that was the end of the story. No further stories were printed by the newspaper, no knowledge by the Smithsonian about any such expedition, and no one knows if “Kinkaid” or “Jordan” ever existed, let alone the cave itself. That leaves us with two questions: is this story real, and if real, what would be the implications?
This week I recieved an email from an Anon that lives in Beavercreek, Ohio, with a peculiar problem: His house is haunted. Living in the home with him are his wife, stepson, and family dog, just a few minutes outside of Dayton. He mentions that the house, the childhood home and inheritance of his spouse, has had three deaths occur there since it was built in the 60’s, all of whom were related to her; and that his wife, before moving in, had warned him of the supernatural activity that happened there. He basically asks for what he calls a “Paranormal Referral.”
“We’re not going crazy or super scared all the time I’ll just say we need some clarity and acknowledgement that this is real.
We have all seen things that can’t be rationale[sic] explained even the dog.
I have absolutely seen things move with out being touched and we have all seen shadow like figures.
I’m familiar with the local organizations that investigate I’m just seeing if you know anyone maybe a little more underground and more true to the investigations.”
If anyone in the Dayton/Beavercreek area of Ohio could pass along a good word to our fellow Anon about paranormal organizations, or if they themselves are paranormal investigators, please leave a message in the thread below. /x/ has usually been good about delivering on local spooky info, so any help given would be appreciated.
Until Next Time