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.
Interesting stories this week in the news. Not too spoopy, but certainly Fortean!
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
15-year-old discovers a forgotten Mayan city
Teenager William Gadoury has become a social media sensation after locating a city in the Yucatan jungle. Having been fascinated by the Mayan civilization ever since hearing about the 2012 apocalypse prediction, the 15-year-old, who is from Saint-Jean-de-Matha in Quebec, came up with a theory suggesting that the locations of Mayan cities might correspond to the positions of the stars. To put this to the test he tried overlaying Mayan star maps with satellite images from Google Earth and was able to confirm that there was indeed a correlation between the two as he had predicted. Using his new method, William was able to infer the existence of another, previously undiscovered city at a location which matched up to the position of one of these stars.
To confirm his finding, he collaborated with both the Canadian Space Agency and Dr. Armand Larocque from the University of New Brunswick who applied digitial image processing to satellite photographs of the region to see if there was anything there. It turned out that the 15-year-old had been spot on all along and had actually discovered a major new Mayan city containing 30 buildings and a pyramid measuring 86 meters in height. William has opted to name the new city K’ÀAK ‘CHI’ which means “Mouth of Fire”.
Full Story: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-trending-36259047
Only three northern white rhinos now remain
After years of poaching, the world’s population of northern white rhinos has been reduced to three. Few species on Earth share the level of critical endangerment as these animals and now, with a mere three individuals remaining, the fate of the northern white rhino hangs in the balance.
Situated in Kenya’s Ol Pejeta Conservancy, this lone trio remains under armed guard at all times.
But not all is necessarily lost. While none of the rhinos are capable of giving birth, an international team of scientists from the US, Germany, Italy and Japan are set to attempt the impossible by removing the eggs from the last two females and creating viable embryos from them. If all goes well, a surrogate rhino would then be used to carry the babies to term. It will be the first time anyone has ever attempted such a procedure but at this point it remains the only hope to save the species. Some critics have argued that the resources would be better spent protecting other species of rhino, but it’s likely the attempt will be made anyway.
“Unless we act now, the northern white rhino will go extinct,” said Professor Thomas Hildebrandt. “And don’t forget that, once we have developed IVF and stem cell technologies to save it, we will then be able to use them to rescue other threatened species.”
Full Story: http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/may/14/northern-white-rhino-bid-to-save-extinction-threat
64 people killed by lightning in Bangladesh
According to reports, several dozen individuals have been killed by lightning strikes in just two days. The chances of being killed by a bolt of lightning are incredibly low, yet for residents in Bangladesh recently this unlikely scenario has been playing out over and over again to devastating effect. Leading Bengali-language newspapers have reported that a total of 64 people have been killed by lighting strikes since Thursday – most of them residing in rural areas.
Factors contributing to this freak disaster are thought to include deforestation across the region and a rise in the number of farmers working out in the open fields using metal tools and equipment. Lightning strike deaths are not something that the government typically monitors in Bangladesh however after this incident there are indications that this may soon change. “We will make all efforts so that lightning strikes cannot be that big a threat in Bangladesh,” said Mohammed Riaz Ahmed, the country’s disaster management chief.
Full Story: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-36292868
Coast to Coast AM with George Noory
Monday: Enlightenment & the Brain/Akashic Records
In the first half, Andrew Newberg, MD, a pioneer in the field of neuroscience, and business and personal-development “NeuroCoach” Mark Robert Waldman discussed their groundbreaking work examining the pinnacle of the human experience: enlightenment. In the latter half, doctor of philosophy, and minister Kelly Maroon spoke about her work accessing and reading the Akashic records for both people and pets.
Tuesday: Astrological Insights
Astrologer Mark Lerner discussed current astrological cycles, and the charts of 2016 presidential candidates including Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. Open lines followed.
Wednesday: Illuminati & Conspiracies/Aliens Among Us
In the first half, documentary filmmaker, writer, and radio host Alex Jones discussed a variety of topics affecting our nation, including the race for the presidency, the Zika virus, and the latest on the Illuminati/Global Elite. In the latter half, Whitley Strieber talked about his encounters with the ‘Visitors,’ his alien implant, and the political climate for UFO disclosure.
Thursday: Electricity & Energy Medicine/Psychic Observations
In the first half, holistic doctor and energy medicine specialist Keith Scott-Mumby talked about the electrical nature of biology, and how the universe is made up of plasmas. In the latter half, psychic Joseph Jacobs returned to the show to share his observations about how 2016 is unfolding and what he sees on the horizon.
Friday: Paranormal Adventures
In the first half of our Friday the 13th show, George was joined by South Carolina-based paranormal investigators Kelly Lee Brosky & Michael Brosky, who shared some of their more hair-raising paranormal adventures. Open lines followed.
Paranormal Podcast: Medium Carole Obley Takes Your Calls
Psychic medium Carole Obley joins us, talks about communication with the dead and she takes your calls.
The Paracast: May 15th, 2016
Gene and Chris present Preston Dennett, author of “Not From Here” and other books on UFOs and paranormal subjects. In his latest work, he presents ten articles on different aspects of the UFO mystery.
Mysterious Universe: 15.18
After covering the latest ‘lost city’ controversy we look at the history of Zombies in pop culture and the science behind Haitian Voodoo and Zombified slaves. We then investigate the electric cosmos theory and the bizarre high strangeness reported during the great Chicago Fire of 1871.
Thinking Sideways Podcast: The Phobos 2 Incident
In January 1988, the then Soviet Union launched two probes to investigate Mars’ largest satellite, Phobos. Only one of the probes made it to Mars, and just days before it was slated to land, it sent a few mysterious photos to mission control before going offline forever.
Stuff They Don’t Want You to Know Podcast: Ghosthunters: The Warrens
For decades Ed and Lorraine Warren claimed to investigate paranormal phenomena, confronting the forces of darkness with the power of faith. They’ve inspired numerous films and become a part of American folklore — so how much of their story is true?
The Dark Myths Collective:
We are a group of podcasters dedicated to producing high quality and emotionally power-packed listening experiences. While our shows span the full spectrum of genres from history to fiction to crime stories, what binds them together is that they explore the darker side. This allows you to cross genres and discover podcasts you might not have found.
Until Next Time