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.
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
Mysterious religious icon found in Bethlehem
The unknown artifact was unearthed during restoration work at the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem. Originally constructed back in the fourth century over what was at the time believed to be the actual birthplace of Jesus himself, the church was destroyed during the Samaritan Revolt in AD 529 but was later rebuilt in the 6th century during the reign of Byzantine Emperor Justinian I. Over the next few centuries the church would gradually fall in to a state of disrepair, but back in 2013 a major $8 million restoration project, from the Palestinian Authority, Roman Catholic, Greek Orthodox and Armenian churches and others, began in an effort to return it to its former glory.
Now following continued structural repairs on the building, workers have allegedly uncovered a mysterious icon underneath plaster near one of the church windows. The object, which is reported to be of considerable religious and historical significance, is made of silver, brass, shells and stones however so far no photographs of it have been released online and authorities have been keen not to make it available for public viewing.
Full Story: http://news.discovery.com/history/religion/mysterious-icon-found-at-bethlehem-church-160224.htm
New material can suck water out of thin air
Engineers have developed a new material that is capable of turning airborne water vapor in to a liquid. Inspired by the Namib desert beetle which survives in its arid environment by condensing water droplets on its own back, a team of researchers led by mechanical engineer Kyoo-Chul Park have succeeded in developing a remarkable new material that is capable of doing much the same thing. The material, which like the beetle’s shell is covered in a series of small bumps, is ten times faster at turning water vapor in to a liquid than any other material known to science. In addition to being useful in any machine with a heat exchanger that relies on water collection for heat transfer, the new material could also make it possible to collect water in the desert using dedicated moisture farms similar to those used on Tatooine in the original Star Wars.
Radio Show Roundup
Coast to Coast AM with George Noory
Monday: Student Loan Crisis/Parapsychology
In the first half, Alan Collinge, the founder of StudentLoanJustice.org, and an outspoken advocate for the millions of Americans whose lives have been harmed by predatory practices of student loan lenders, addressed the ballooning levels of debt, and how there’s been a recent crackdown on those in default. In the latter half, Prof. Stephen E. Braude, a past President of the Parapsychological Association, discussed his lifelong interest in the paranormal including psychokinesis (PK), evidence for the afterlife, and his studies of physical and mental mediumship.
Tuesday: Alternative Rx/Open Lines
In the first half of the show, pharmacist and nutritionist Benjamin Fuchs advocated for the strategic use of nutritional supplementation to maintain health and vitality. Open lines followed.
Wednesday: Coming Financial Crisis/Reality, Illusion, & Control
In the first half, the author of The Coming Financial Crisis, John Truman Wolfe, discussed the state of the US and world economies and why he thinks the events of 2007 and 2008 were a prelude for more economic disaster. In the latter half, David Icke, a full-time investigator into who and what is really controlling the world, shared his never ending quest for truth.
Thursday: 1941 UFO Crash
Earthfiles investigative reporter Linda Moulton Howe presented a 3-part report on the new book, “MO41, The Bombshell Before Roswell,” interviewing its author Paul Blake Smith, a longtime Missouri resident who decided to dig deeply into the 1941 crash of a UFO near Cape Girardeau, Missouri.
Friday: Weird Road Tales/Open Lines
In the first half, author R.S. Belcher discussed his research into the weird side of the trucking industry and the mythology of the highway. Open lines followed.
Last Podcast on the Left: Dean Corll Part III: 18 Inch Double
The main leg of the Dean Corll murder and torture spree begins with the addition of his second accomplice, Wayne Henley, which eventually ended in the deaths of a further 18 boys, bringing the total to 29 in less than three years.
Dean Corll Part IV: A Country Boondoggle
In the conclusion to our Dean Corll series, the man himself meets a bloody end at the hands of one of his accomplices and police discover one of the most gruesome crime scenes in American history and completely screw it up.
Paranormal Podcast: Haunted By the Abyss
Paranormal investigator Sarah Soderlund aka Paranormal Sarah talks about her haunted life.
The Paracast: February 28th, 2016
We observe ten years of The Paracast with a special roundtable featuring two of our guest co-hosts over the years, Greg Bishop, of “Radio Misterioso,” film producer Paul Kimball, and long-time forum participant and moderator Goggs Mackay. We talk about the state of paranormal research, how our views have changed over the years when it comes to individual cases, such as Roswell, and the possible causes of the UFO phenomenon.
Mysterious Universe: 15.07
Thomas Carey, co-author of ‘The Children of Roswell’, joins us to discuss the seven decade legacy of fear, intimidation, and cover-ups that have impacted the lives of the eyewitnesses and their families. We also feature the latest Youtube ‘cypher’ conspiracy, high strangeness in Scotland and Wales, and heart attack inducing Men in Black.
Expanded Perspectives: The Hole
On this weeks episode of Expanded Perspectives the boys start off by talking about how according to Massachusetts-based Terrafugia, a full-size unmanned prototype is expected to be ready by 2018. The firm’s concept car has fold-out wings with twin electric motors attached to each end. Then, they bring up how surprising research, revealed for the first time in an exhibition opening next week at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, exposes that many were buried in new and decorated coffins, patched together from pieces of older coffins; some made only a few generations earlier. Then, a fast-growing tumbleweed dubbed “hairy panic” has taken over a street in a rural Australian town with homes and gardens clogged with the weed. Then, Kyle brings up a new article posted by Gregg Newkirk on his blog the Week in Weird, about the interesting real life story of Emily Isabella Burt, Georgia’s real life Werewolf. After the break, the guys get into one of the most bizarre stories of all time, simply known as Mel’s Hole.
Thinking Sideways Podcast: Disappearance of the USS Cyclops
On March 4, 1918, the US Navy ship Cyclops left Barbados to sail to Baltimore–and vanished without a trace.
Blurry Photos Podcast: BullStone 14: A Visitor’s Guide to Springfield
Greg Bach and Tyler Menz of A Visitor’s Guide to Springfield podcast join Blurry Photos to talk some weird news for February! A new podcast all about The Simpsons and it’s introduction to Greg Bach’s pop culture, A Visitor’s Guide to Springfield lets Tyler Menz guide Greg through Simpsons episodes and lore, and the guys were kind enough to get strange with Flora and Stecco. This month’s stories include Sasquatch in Ireland, extended lifespans, the conspiracies behind a Supreme Court justice’s death, and a failed prison contraband delivery.
News was unfortunately super light this week. Apparently there just isn’t a lot of spooky shit going down in the leap year. Hopefully more strangeness will happen this coming week.
I’m going to be working on another Redpill Me On… this week, and if I get it to a point that I think is worth publishing, I’ll go ahead and post it. Otherwise, expect it within the next couple weeks. The topic is a super controversial one here on /x/, so I’m trying my best to be objective about it. What is said topic? It’s a surprise. :3
I’m currently searching for podcasts to add to the weekly lineup. If there are any you know or listen to that you think would be a good fit, post them below. Of all the sections, I personally like the Podcasts one the most. It always has the widest range of topics. If there ever comes a time when I choose to abandon this magazine format, I think I would still continue posting a weekly podcast thread.
Until Next Time