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.
WHAT HAS SCIENCE DONE!? Well, they’ve frozen a brain and unfrozen it. Ted Williams’s head is probably pretty happy about that, sitting in its jar. Also, a set of ancient spoopy curses have been discovered buried in the grave of a woman in Athens, Greece, targeting tavern keepers. That’s probably why tourism to Greece is so terrible these days…or just that their economy fell apart. I don’t know. All that, along with the usual lineup of Coast to Coast stuff, a parcel of Paranormal Podcasts, and more, in Issue 22 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
Ancient Curses Found in 2,400-year-old Burial Site
Found pierced with an iron nail, the five tablets – of which four bear inscriptions – had been folded and buried in the grave in the hope that they would reach the gods of the underworld. According to the inscriptions on the tablets, the curses had been intended to target four different husband-and-wife tavern keepers and may have been commissioned by a rival in the area. “The way that curse tablets work is that they’re meant to be deposited in an underground location,” said Jessica Lamont of John Hopkins University. “It’s thought that these subterranean places provided a conduit through which the curses could have reached the underworld.”
“Cast your hate upon Phanagora and Demetrios and their tavern and their property and their possessions,” one of the curses reads. “I will bind my enemy Demetrios, and Phanagora, in blood and in ashes, with all the dead…”
The grave itself is situated northeast of the Piraeus, the port of Athens, and is believed to contain the ashes of a young woman. It isn’t actually clear if this person would have had anything to do with the curses because whoever was responsible for writing them may have simply used her grave as an opportunity to deposit the tablets in the ground for their journey to the underworld.
Full Story: http://www.livescience.com/54285-curse-tablets-uncovered-in-greece.html
Scientists Bring a Frozen Brain Back to Life
In a world first, researchers have managed to successfully thaw a cryonically frozen rabbit brain. The breakthrough, which is the first time anyone has ever restored a frozen mammal brain to “near perfect” condition, was achieved using a technique known as Aldehyde-stabilized cryopreservation which works by preserving the brain matter associated with learning and memory. Up until now attempting to do this would have resulted in significant damage to the brain’s neural connections, thus making any attempts at revival or resuscitation futile.
“Every neuron and synapse looks beautifully preserved across the entire brain,” said Dr. Kenneth Hayworth, president of the Brain Preservation Foundation, which five years ago challenged the cryonics research community to find a way to accomplish this very task. “It’s the first time that we have a procedure that can protect everything neuroscientists think is involved with learning and memory. Given the results announced today, it seems to me that long-term memories are successfully preserved by this technique.”
The next step for the team will be to preserve a larger mammal’s brain – most likely that of a pig.
Full Story: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/fully-intact-brain-frozen_us_56bb942ae4b0b40245c51654
Radio Show Roundup
Coast to Coast AM with George Noory
Monday: Prison & War on Drugs/Paranormal Tales
In the first half, filmmaker, screenwriter, and producer Richard Stratton detailed how he came to spend 8 years in prison, what he learned about America’s prison industrial complex, and how the prohibition on plants aka the War on Drugs is destroying our communities, and ruining young lives. In the latter half, journalist and author Paul Bannister discussed his work writing about the paranormal for the National Enquirer.
Tuesday: Economy & Gold/Afterlife Communications
In the first half, investment banker and risk manager James Rickards spoke about the economic outlook and why he considers gold to be a prudent asset to own. In the latter half, professional writer Candace Talmadge detailed her practice that enables some people to commune with loved ones who have crossed to the Other Side.
Wednesday: Directed Energy Technology/Midweek Open Lines
In the first half of the show, former professor of Mechanical Engineering at Clemson University, Dr. Judy Wood, updated her work detailing the physics of the destruction of WTC buildings on 9/11. Open lines followed.
Thursday: Nuclear Sabotage/Predictions & Houdini
For 30 years Scott Portzline has researched sabotage and terrorism of nuclear power plants. In the first half, he warned that a meltdown was imminent at Fukushima after the quake in Japan. In the latter half, Canadian based psychic Anthony Carr, who has been called a modern day Nostradamus, shared his past and current predictions. He also discussed his extensive knowledge of the legendary escape artist Harry Houdini.
Friday: Alien Encounters/Open Lines
Filling in for George, guest host Jimmy Church welcomed Adam Ambrose, who revealed details about his alien encounters and abduction experiences. Open lines followed.
Last Podcast on the Left: Aum Shinrikyo Part II: The Bitter Cookie
The Aum series continues with the blossoming of the cult as they move into full-on warfare mode with the development of their very first biolab and their first two thankfully unsuccessful terror attacks.
Paranormal Podcast: Possession and Depossession
Diana L. Paxson has a viewpoint different than we’d expect on the topic of possession. We discuss it on this week’s Paranormal Podcast.
The Paracast: April 10th, 2016
Gene and Chris discuss movies, TV shows, pop culture and UFOs with Robbie Graham, author of “Silver Screen Saucers: Sorting Fact from Fantasy in Hollywood’s UFO Movies.”
Mysterious Universe: 15.13
After covering some questionable advances in robotics and Japanese sex suits we look at some classic research on plant intelligence. The work of Cleve Backster and the ‘Secret Life of Plants’ is only the beginning however as we eventually learn that the concept of psychic plants drew the interest of both American and Soviet intelligence.
Expanded Perspectives: Edward Leedskalnin/Coral Castle
On this episode of Expanded Perspectives the boys bring up a recent Tasmanian Tiger sighting, the second in only a few months near South Gippsland, Australia. Then, a man in Belvedere, Tennessee claims that three people saw a white and hairy bipedal creature. Next, Radar experts are casting doubt on claims that King Tutankhamun’s tomb contains hidden, undiscovered chambers — and they’re calling for more data to be released. Then, a Georgia witness at Cumming recalled a UFO event from 2013 where a black, rectangular-shaped object was seen flying low and blocking out the stars. Finally during the news portion of the show Cam brings up how a new site at Point Rosee, is the second where there is strong evidence of Viking settlements in the New World. After the break we talk about Edward Leedskalnin and his Coral Castle in Florida. Edward Leedskalnin, an immigrant to the United States of America, devised a means to single-handedly lift and maneuver blocks of coral weighing up to 30 tons each. In Homestead, Florida, using his closely guarded secret, he was able to quarry and construct an entire complex of monolithic blocks of coral in an arrangement that reflected his own unique character.
Skeptoid: Why Musical Aliens Probably Use the Same Scale We Do
Reliance on universal mathematical principles may mean alien music is similar to our own.
Thinking Sideways Podcast: Louis le Prince
In September 1890 Louis le Prince boarded a train in Dijon to go to Paris, along with luggage and a prototype of his new invention, a motion picture camera. When the train arrived in Paris, le Prince, his luggage and his camera had vanished.
Blurry Photos Podcast: Goblins
Crawl out of your caves and holes, it’s time to gab about goblins! Creatures of dubious origins, goblins have a longer history than most fantastic critters, and have evolved as time went on. Current culture paints them as terrible, vicious little things, but has that always been the case? Flora and Stecco delve deep to discuss where they came from, how they’ve evolved, and what characteristics have remained through the years. Their influence on pop culture, literature, and folklore is widespread, and the boys find stories and news to pass along. Get out your flax seeds and colanders, this episode is up to no good!
Stuff They Don’t Want You to Know Podcast: Missing in National Parks
In 2015 alone more than 300 million people visited the US national park system. Some stayed for a few hours, others for a few days – and, occasionally, some never make it out. Join the guys as they take a closer look at the fact, fiction and conjecture surrounding disappearances in national parks.
As I have said from the very beginning, if any of you anons would like to contribute news stories or articles you feel relevant, by all means, post them in the thread below. If it’s not a poor troll attempt, then you don’t need my permission. Just do it!
Until Next Time