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.
I hope everyone’s had a good week. I finally got around to getting myself a new computer, and I’m super happy with it. But enough about me, on with the news, in Issue Twenty-One 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
Newton’s ‘Philosopher’s Stone’ Recipe Found
One of Isaac Newton’s 17th-century alchemy manuscripts, buried in a private collection for decades, reveals his recipe for a material thought to be a step toward concocting the magical philosopher’s stone. The “philosopher’s stone” was a mythical substance that alchemists believed had magical properties and could even help humans achieve immortality.
The manuscript turned up at an auction in Pasadena, California on February 16th, where the Chemical Heritage Foundation in Philadelphia bought it. The alchemy text will be available in an online repository for those interested in the history of modern chemistry, according to James Voelkel, the CHF’s curator of rare books. The handwritten document contains instructions for making “philosophic” mercury that Newton copied from a text by another known alchemist, an American chemist named George Starkey. Starkey studied at Harvard University, and moved to England in 1650 to work with eminent chemists of the time; he eventually ended up working with Robert Boyle, one of Newton’s contemporaries.
Now that the CHF has purchased the manuscript, it will be added to The Chymistry of Isaac Newton project, an online repository curated by Indiana University, so it can be shared and studied more widely, Voelkel said.
The Chymistry of Isaac Newton: http://webapp1.dlib.indiana.edu/newton/
Ancient Necropolis Discovered Near Aswan, Egypt
A remarkable 3,400-year-old necropolis has been discovered at an Egyptian quarry site, the Ministry of Antiquities announced on Wednesday. Consisting of dozens of rock-cut tombs, the New Kingdom necropolis was found at Gebel el Silsila, a site north of Aswan known for its stone quarries on both sides of the Nile. Blocks used in building almost all of ancient Egypt’s great temples were cut from there. “So far we have documented over 40 tombs, including a small shrine on the banks of the Nile,” Said Lund University archaeologist Maria Nilsson, director of the Gebel el Silsila Survey Project.
Nilsson and associate director John Ward concentrated on the cleaning of a small selection of tombs. Their team worked in cooperation with the Ministry of Antiquities. The excavation wasn’t an easy task; since the tombs were affected by the annual Nile floods, the archaeologists had to deal with disturbed layers containing pottery, bones, beads and Nile silt, mixed with remains of animals, including crocodiles.
Accessed via a series of steps that descend into a rough-cut squared chamber, the tombs feature entrances consisting of a square aperture that incorporate a vertical slot to either door. This would have facilitated a heavy, vertically-closing type of closure. Since the burials are quite elaborate in their style, Nilsson and Ward speculate they are not tombs for the quarry workers, but were rather assigned to people of higher rank.
“Preliminary analysis of the bones suggests burials of men, women and children of all ages. Importantly, this indicates a more permanent habitation at Gebel el Silsila than previously thought,” Ward said.
The Lost City of Cambodia
(Editor’s Note: I simply cannot do this article justice in 2000 characters. It’s an amazing story, you should just ignore this synopsis and head over and read the full article.)
Phnom Kulen is only some 25 miles north of a metropolis that reached its zenith three centuries later—the greatest city of the Khmer Empire, and possibly the most glorious religious center in the history of mankind: Angkor, derived from the Sanskrit word nagara, or holy city, site of the famed temple Angkor Wat. But first there arose Phnom Kulen, the birthplace of the great Khmer civilization that dominated most of Southeast Asia from the 9th to the 15th centuries.
Nothing ignites an archaeologist’s imagination like the prospect of a lost city. In the late 19th century, French explorers and scholars, pursuing fragmentary clues about the existence of Phnom Kulen, hacked their way through the jungles of Southeast Asia. Inscriptions found on temple doors and walls made mention of a splendid hilltop capital called Mahendraparvata. A French archaeologist, Philippe Stern, trekked to the top of the Phnom Kulen plateau in 1936, and in five weeks of excavations he and his co-workers uncovered the ruins of 17 Hindu temples, fallen carved lintels, statues of the Hindu god Vishnu, and remnants of a great stone pyramid. Stern believed that he had located Mahendraparvata. But the temples of Angkor, built on a more accessible flat plain and visible on a larger scale, were more compelling to archaeologists, and the excavations at Phnom Kulen never advanced much beyond Stern’s initial dig. Then came decades of neglect and horror.
Radio Show Roundup
Coast to Coast AM with George Noory
Monday: Aurora UFO Crash/Quantum Science & Spirit
In the first half, author and journalist Jim Marrs discussed the Aurora, Texas UFO crash of 1897, which he considers to be the “smoking gun” of the UFO issue. In the latter half, Mark Anthony the “Psychic Lawyer,” a medium who specializes in communication with spirits, addressed the physics behind life-after-death and reincarnation.
Tuesday: Space Exploration & Developments
Space historian Robert Zimmerman reported on current space exploration and technology stories. Open lines followed.
Wednesday: Planet X/Time Traveler Journeys
In the first half, retired investigative researcher Bob Fletcher talked about his contention that a rogue ‘Planet X’ or Nibiru is coming our way, and the disastrous effects it could have for Earth. In the latter half, author and reporter Bob Mitchell was joined by multi-dimensional ‘time traveler,’ Jason Quitt, who has experienced stunning sequences of the past and future.
Thursday: Fukushima and Nuclear Issues
As we pass the fifth anniversary of the meltdown of three nuclear reactors in Fukushima, Earthfiles investigative reporter Linda Moulton Howe discussed the ongoing issues of that disaster, and whether something similar could happen in the US. She also examined another potential threat from nuclear reactor-powered satellites orbiting the Earth, and a new NASA space propulsion proposal that would bypass nuclear problems altogether.
Friday: UFOs, Thunderbird Sighting & 3-Headed Person Interview
Buck Wolf, senior correspondent and weird news editor for the Huffington Post, talked about April Fools’ Day pranks and provided some background on the origins of April Fools’ Day, noting how it started in 1564 when King Charles IX of France adopted the Gregorian calendar, moving the start of the year from the end of March to January 1. Open lines followed.
Last Podcast on the Left: The Aum Shinrikyo Death Cult Part I: Mountain Wizards
It’s a return to cults with one of the most bizarre we’ve ever covered, the Aum Shinrikyo death cult of Japan! In this first part we cover how the group started as a fairly innocent scam focused on increasing the psychic powers of nerds and how leader Shoko Asahara was able to turn that into a full blown cult bent on Harumageddon.
Paranormal Podcast: HP Lovecraft and The Occult
John L. Steadman joined us to talk about HP Lovecraft and his ties to the Occult.
The Paracast: April 3rd, 2016
We welcome cutting-edge commentator Greg Bishop, of Radio Misterioso, to talk about his fascinating new book, “It Defies Language.” The book, with amazing illustrations from Red Pill Junkie, is a collection of essays about the UFO subject and related phenomena.
Mysterious Universe: 15.12
After an early discussion on the future of AI bots and artificial empathy we sync our brainwaves to the binaural loops of Robert Munroe’s Hemi-Sync audio. Dan then speaks to three veteran Hemi-Sync users who share their unique understanding and altered consciousness experiences from using the technology.
Expanded Perspectives: Mysterious Upright Canine Creatures
On this episode of Expanded Perspectives the guys talk about how according to police, a large disc-shaped UFO was stolen from the International UFO Museum and Research Center in Roswell, New Mexico Saturday morning. After missing for several days, it was then found broken into pieces in a ditch on the side of a highway 2 miles outside of town. Although the theft was caught on a surveillance camera, the perpetrators of the crime are still at large. Then, Aaron Rodgers who is the quarterback of the Green Bay Packers had a Close Encounter of the First Kind. Then, a digital design student in New Jersey went viral over the weekend after 3D-printing his very own set of clear, orthodontic aligners – just like the ones that sell for thousands of dollars – all for less than $60. Then, an Australian Radio hosts spots an unusual canid hybrid. After the break the guys discuss the history of Dogman/Upright walking canines. How long have they been amongst us and has their overall appearance changed over time.
Until Next Time