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.
Well, I’ve spent most of my waking moments this week playing Stardew Valley. There’s some spooky stuff in that game: a lost race of ancient humanoids, cryptids, legendary weapons that descend from the heavens, and even ghosts! Plus it’s a seriously goddamn addicting game. As for actual news, more info on the hidden chamber in King Tut’s tomb, more extinct animals on the cusp of being cloned, and a rash of vampirized livestock in China. All that, plus the radio show and paranormal podcast roundup, in Issue 17 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
Search continues for King Tut’s tomb’s hidden chamber
In continuation of the story we’ve been following since the inaugural issue of The /x/ Files, Egypt’s Ministry of Antiquities has announced that a new series of radar scans will be performed on King Tutankhamun’s tomb, to search for hidden chambers that may contain an undiscovered royal burial on April 2nd of this year.
The search for the mysterious hidden room began last year when University of Arizona Egyptologist Nicholas Reeves discovered what he believed to be the outline of a hidden doorway, after examining photographs of the tomb’s interior. Soon afterwards the Egyptian Antiquities Ministry authorized the use of scanning equipment within the tomb to look for evidence of hidden rooms and initial scans revealed part of the tomb’s northern wall appeared to have different temperature to the rest of the tomb – a discrepancy thought to indicate a secret chamber.
King Tutankhamun, often dubbed the boy king, was an Egyptian pharaoh who rose to power in 1333 B.C., at the tender age of 10. His mother was Queen Nefertiti, and his father was Akhenaten. He died at age 20, possibly of malaria or bone abnormalities, and his rule could have been a footnote in Egyptian history if not for one thing: His opulent tomb was discovered by British archaeologist Howard Carter in 1922.
The boy king was buried in haste; bacterial traces suggest the paint had not even dried before the tomb was sealed. His tomb is also smaller than others in the Valley of the Kings, leading many experts to believe that his death was unexpected, and so his underlings had to put him in a makeshift tomb originally intended for someone else, Reeves said. In addition, to get to the chamber, one must turn right from the main corridor – a configuration typically used for Egyptian queens, not kings, whose chambers were off to the left.
Full Story: http://www.livescience.com/53881-scans-of-king-tut-tomb-hidden-chambers.html
“Bloodsucking creature” sparks hunt in China
A mysterious animal is responsible for killing more than 200 chickens and ducks in the Chinese village of Pudong, near Shanghai. The unidentified predator, which has left little in the way of clues, has been eluding authorities for weeks. What makes the case particularly unusual is the fact that the creature doesn’t appear to eat the flesh of the birds that it kills but instead drains each body of blood before moving on to the next.
The attacks have become so problematic in the region that the police have started nightly patrols.
Villages had thought the creature might have come from Shanghai Wild Animal Park, which is about 2km away, but officials said no animals have escaped or gone missing recently. Officials from the Pudong Forestry Station said the footprints and bite marks indicate the predator is a racoon or a badger. However, locals said the bites are bigger than that of a dog, leaving widespread speculation as to what the predator could be.
The most famous bloodsucking creature, aside from the well known vampire bat and mosquito, is the Chupacabra, a cryptid which was first blamed for livestock slaughter in 1995 in Puerto Rico. It has have since been reported as far north as Maine, and as far south as Chile; it has reportedly even been spotted outside the Americas, in countries like Russia and the Philippines. Many of the reports have been disregarded as uncorroborated or lacking evidence. According to biologists and wildlife management officials, the chupacabra is an urban legend; however, that hasn’t prevented sightings of the illusive creature as recently as January of this year.
Full Story: http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/mystery-bloodsucking-vampire-predator-kills-over-200-chickens-ducks-china-village-1546663
South Koreans kick off efforts to clone extinct Siberian cave lions
Russian and South Korean scientists have joined forces in a renewed effort to find usable DNA within the remains of two cave lion cubs found in Russia last year. The research, which is being conducted at North East Russia University in the city of Yakutsk, involves some of the same scientists who have been working on cloning a mammoth. Dr Albert Protopopov, head of the mammoth fauna studies department of the Yakutian Academy of Sciences, said, “Together with the Mammoth Museum, we took samples for cell research.” The museum’s experts will study these for the presence of living cells suitable for cloning.
The cave lions were found some 650 miles northeast of Yakutsk, in Yakutia. A sudden summer rise – then fall – in the level of the Uyandina River led to cracks appearing, and local worker Yakov Androsov spotted an ice lens with the lion cubs inside in August while looking for mammoth tusks. At first were not sure what he had found, he placed the cubs in a glacier to keep them frozen, and then sent them to scientists in Yakutsk for analysis. The cubs – nicknamed Uyad and Dina for the river by which they were found – were dug from their icy grave “Complete with all their body parts: fur, ears, soft tissue and even whiskers,” said Dr Protopopov.
Cave lions – Panthera spelaea – lived during Pleistocene times on the Eurasian continent, and they also roamed Alaska and northwestern Canada. Research on the two cubs could help to explain why the species died out around 10,000 years ago, since the animal had few predators, was smaller than herbivores, and was not prone to getting bogged down in swamps, as did woolly mammoths and rhinos.
In summer 2016, researchers are due go back to the site and search for remains of possibly one more cub, or even the mother lioness.
Full Story: http://siberiantimes.com/science/casestudy/news/n0606-south-koreans-kick-off-efforts-to-clone-extinct-siberian-cave-lions/
Radio Show Roundup
Coast to Coast AM with George Noory
Monday: Illuminati & Hollywood/Martian Artifacts
In the first half, author Mark Dice, who has made a career out of speaking truth to power, argued that celebrities and entertainment are a powerful propaganda tool being used to shape our culture, attitudes, behaviors, and to promote corrupt government policies and programs. In the latter half, researcher Greg Orme discussed various artifacts on Mars, which he believes may demonstrate artificial construction on the Red Planet.
Tuesday: Presidential Timetraks/Other Side Revelations
In the first half, futurist Paul Guercio and physicist George Hart, who developed a software-based forecasting technology called the Merlin Project, discussed the TimeTraks of the current batch of presidential hopefuls in relation to the results of Super Tuesday. In the latter half, Bronx-born plumber Tommy Rosa shared the tale of his extended near-death experience after being the victim of a hit-and-run incident.
Wednesday: Trends in 2016/Open Lines
In the first half of the show, founder and director of the Trends Research Institute, Gerald Celente, talked about what he sees on the horizon for the United States, and the major trends emerging for 2016. Open lines followed.
Thursday: Current Events/UFO Wormholes
In the first half, analyst of geopolitics and foreign policy Craig B. Hulet commented on the election cycle and current events. In the latter half, UFO researcher and contactee Wilbur Allen, who has forensically documented sightings and anomalies, discussed NASA’s confirmation of the existence of hidden portals in Earth’s magnetic field.
Friday: Communicating with Ancestors/Open Lines
George Noory was joined by neo-pagan scholar, author, and practicing witch Raven Grimassi, who discussed witchcraft and his new work exploring the realm of the ancestors and the role of reincarnation in the soul’s relationship to ancestral lineage. Open lines followed.
Last Podcast on the Left: Chemtrails
It’s rural America’s favorite conspiracy theory on today’s Last Podcast as we cover every facet of chemtrails from weather control to mind control and of course, the prevention of the next stage of human evolution.
Paranormal Podcast: The Phoenix Incident
A new motion picture/live event is putting the spotlight back on the 1990’s greatest UFO sighting. Writer-Director Keith Arem joins us to discuss his new project The Phoenix Incident.
Mysterious Universe: 15.08
After discussing the pros and cons of vibrating yoga pants we venture into the afterlife realms with tales of near death rejections, astral night clubs, and cruel Eastern NDE returns.
Expanded Perspectives: Spider Rock/Forrest Fenn’s Treasure
On this episode of Expanded Perspectives the guys start out talking about a mysterious incident from the 1969 Apollo 10 mission. Next, the talk about how recently an anonymous witness claiming to have seen thousands of files relating to “UFO/ET” projects while working at the Naval Telecommunication Center at NAS Moffett field in the late 80s, says he is going public because his secrecy agreement has expired and he would like the government to disclose what they know on about UFOs and aliens. Then, a team from Endurance Exploration Group used a remotely operated vehicle—or ROV—to recover a glass bottle, a chamber pot fragment, and a piece of china that had been sitting on the seabed some 1,000 feet below the Atlantic Ocean’s surface for more than 150 years. It was confirmation that they had discovered the resting place of the SS Connaught, a 370-foot-long steamer that sank April 21, 1860, about 100 miles from Boston. Now, Endurance is formulating a plan to retrieve the Connaught’s suspected bounty: millions of dollars in gold coins. After the break the boys get into two really interesting lost or hidden treasures. The Spider Rock Treasure and Forrest Fenn’s Treasure. The Spider Rock Treasure starts off by strange discovery of an unusual rock by a man named Stewart who was at the time working on the legendary “Spider Rock” Spanish gold burial in the cedar brakes country near the Salt Fork of the Brazos River in Stonewall County. The Spider Rock map was dug up by a group of treasure hunters in 1908. A blueprint was made of the “map” since the mysterious rock itself has become lost. Forrest Fenn’s Treasure is something all together different. This is the tale of a modern day hidden treasure that was intentionally buried by the millionaire.
Skeptoid: Demythologizing the Knights Templar
This ancient order of knights, cloaked in mystery and intrigue, find their way into more of today’s movies and novels than just about any other famous characters. For a summary of the degree to which made-up Knights Templar mythology has permeated pop culture, one need look no further than the History Channel. They’ve cast the Templars in some shadowy overlord capacity in just about every phase of human history.
Most veins of Templar mythology extend from the mother lode: the 1982 book “Holy Blood, Holy Grail,” by Michael Baigent, Richard Leigh and Henry Lincoln, best known today as Dan Brown’s main inspiration for “The Da Vinci Code,” in which he cast the Templars as guardians of the secret that Mary Magdalene was Jesus’ wife. But although “Holy Blood, Holy Grail” is clearly the main influence of today’s Templar mythology to which The History Channel owes so much of its programming, it was not the first to employ them in fiction. Sir Walter Scott used Templars for a number of characters in his 1820 novel “Ivanhoe,” which is set when the Templars existed, but heavily fictionalizes who they were and what they did. A number of French authors picked up this theme, most notably Maurice Druon, whose series of seven novels have been cited by modern author George R. R. Martin as his original inspiration for his series A Song of Ice and Fire and the HBO series Game of Thrones. Yes, the Templars, willingly or not, have had a massive impact on modern popular mythology. So for now, that’s enough of asserting that everything we’ve heard about the Knights Templar is fiction, and it’s time to now look at their true history.
Thinking Sideways Podcast: Blair Adams
Canadian Blair Adams’ body was found on July 11th, 1996 in the parking lot of a hotel that was under construction in Knoxville, Tennessee, wearing a ripped shirt and nothing else. Somewhere between $4-6k in US, Canadian, and German currency was spread on the ground around the body. No one knows why Blair was in Knoxville or who is responsible for his death.
Astonishing Legends: Lake Baikal
What’s down there? Lost treasure? Legend has it. 20% of the world’s unfrozen freshwater sitting on 4.3 miles of sediment? Science confirms it. What about humanoid creatures almost 10 feet tall, wearing silvery suits with helmets out for a deepwater swim, who don’t care to be messed with? Well, yes — if you believe a report from the Soviet military. Unbelievable as this sounds, this story is only one of many frequently occurring reports of supernatural events at this magnificent body of water. Lake Baikal has a long history of being known as Russia’s hotspot for all manner of unexplainable anomalies, like UFO & USO sightings (Unidentified Submerged Object), glowing orbs, spirits, Bermuda Triangle-like phenomena, melted rings in the ice three miles wide which are seen from space, and of course, a lost race of amphibian giants. But what else would you expect from the oldest, deepest, and most voluminous lake on earth, known as “The Pearl of Siberia?”
I wasn’t able to finish my latest Redpill article this week, but that just means the payoff is going to be better for all of you out there chomping at the bit about the secret topic. I will give you a hint, though: it has it’s origins in Eastern philosophy. Some of you will get it immediately; the rest, well, stay tuned. Redpill Me On… is coming soon.
Until Next Time