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.
Over the past 35 weeks, I’ve come across lots of interesting articles that, due to certain factors, I couldn’t really justify calling them news and therefore omitted. So this week, I’m starting a new section, dedicated to one article a week, that I stumble upon and think is worth sharing with /x/. All that, plus the news, C2C, the podcasts, and more, in Issue Thirty-Five of The /x/ Files!
Table of Contents:
1: Paranormal News of the Week
2: Paranormal Article of the Week
3: Radio Show Roundup
4: Paranormal Podcasts
5: Editor’s Note
Paranormal News of the Week
Possible Remains of the Buddha Found in China
Archaeologists have discovered what may be a skull bone from the revered Buddha, Siddhartha Gautama. The bone was hidden inside a model of a stupa, or a Buddhist shrine used for meditation. Discovered beneath the Grand Bao’en Temple, the stupa model — which is 117 centimeters tall and 45 cm wide (nearly 4 feet by 1.5 feet) — was stored within an iron box, which, in turn, was stored within a stone chest.
An inscription found within the stone chest was written by a man named Deming about 1,000 years ago, saying that he is “the Master of Perfect Enlightenment, Abbot of Chengtian Monastery [and] the Holder of the Purple Robe.” He tells the story of how the Buddha’s parietal bone came to China. The parietal bone of the Buddha was buried within an inner casket made of gold, which, in turn, was placed in an outer casket made of silver, according to the archaeologists. The silver casket was then placed inside the model of the stupa.
It remains unclear if the skull fragment actually is that of Buddha or if the people who placed it within the chest had simply believed that to have been the case. Nevertheless, when the bone was displayed in Macau, the media outlet Xinhua reported that more than 140,000 tickets were sold to view the relic.
Paranormal Article of the Week
The Crone of the Catskills
“Several months ago, I received an email from a frightened New York man who believed he had come into possession of a cursed object causing terrifying poltergeist manifestations in his friend’s home….He and a friend had discovered the figure hidden in a cave while hiking in the Catskill Mountains, and despite his objections, his hiking partner decided to bring it home.
“As strange phenomena began to slowly manifest in the house, the two men became aware that removing the figure was not a good idea – it had come with an attachment. After the frightening manifestation of an old woman, soaking wet, appeared crouched in the dark shadows of the living room, they knew they needed to seek help.”
This article details the story of The Crone – a rustic effigy with nails through its eyes and a noose around its neck – discovered in a cave by hikers. Surrounded by paranormal activity, it was soon sent to the owners of a paranormal museum, whereupon malevolent activities began to occur.
“Lying on the floor was a plastic figurine of Christ, normally found nailed to a crucifix. As I turned him over in my hands, I realized that he was missing an arm. On the complete opposite side of the room, swinging silently on a cross hung in the corner, was Jesus’ missing appendage. Something had not only managed to pull Christ from the crucifix without removing it from the wall, it had thrown the figure across the room. Sitting directly below the now-desecrated cross was The Crone.
“Nearly six months after The Crone arrived at Weird HQ, it remains on the very short no-touching list when on tour and sealed in a padlocked case when not on display. If not just because of the apparently-malevolent phenomena surrounding the object, but because we still can’t seem to understand its intended purpose.”
Coast to Coast AM with George Noory
Monday: Billy Meier’s Prophecies/Pyramid Secrets
In the first half, Michael Horn, spokesperson for famed UFO contactee Billy Meier, claims that recent developments with the European Union were specifically predicted by Meier as far back as 1958. In the latter half, author, lecturer and independent researcher, Steven Myers, discussed the advanced capabilities that were used to build the Great Pyramid, and its purpose as a functional machine.
Tuesday: Sacred Principles & USA/History of Remote Viewing
Stephen Dinan, is the CEO of The Shift Network and also directed and helped to create the Esalen Institute’s Center for Theory & Research. In the first half, he discussed his plan for helping America grow beyond its current challenges and lead the world toward peace, sustainability, health, and prosperity by promoting a return to the sacred principles cherished by America’s forefathers. In the latter half, writer and physicist Russell Targ and film director Lance Mungia talked about their new documentary Third Eye Spies, which tells the untold history of the US government’s use of psychics in intelligence gathering, beginning with Stanford Research Institute’s Remote Viewing program in the 1970s and 80s.
Wednesday: Flight 800 Conspiracy
Writer and documentary producer Jack Cashill has a Ph.D. from Purdue, and has taught as a Fulbright professor in France. In the first half, he discussed TWA Flight 800 which crashed into the Atlantic shortly after takeoff from JFK airport on July 17, 1996, killing all 230 passengers on board. Open Lines followed.
Thursday: Dallas Shootings
The main part of the show dealt with the breaking news story of the shooting of multiple police officers in Dallas, Texas, during a peaceful protest march against police violence that had occurred in other states.
Friday: ET Contact
Paranormal investigator Joshua P. Warren reported on new evidence of extraterrestrial contact he discovered while investigating a 2,000-year-old astronomical observatory in Ponce, Puerto Rico, the oldest observatory in the Antilles and the site of the oldest cemetery in the region. Open Lines followed.
Last Podcast on the Left: Chaos Magic, Part II: The Discipline
Our magic series concludes with Chaos Magic Part II, in which we, as much as we possibly can, simplify fractals, the different types of sigils, and what system of magic might work for you.
The Paracast: July 10th, 2016
Gene and Chris take a long and hard look at U.S. Presidents, and what they might know about UFOs, with author Grant Cameron.
Expanded Perspectives: Albert Fish
On this episode of Expanded Perspectives the guys start off talking about how in the ancient Mesopotamian city of Uruk, residents enjoyed many benefits of modern life. The city, located in modern-day Iraq, was home to massive ziggurats that would rival any of today’s modern skyscrapers for sheer monumentality. People in Uruk exchanged goods for money, played board games, and sent each other letters on clay tablets using a writing system called cuneiform. They were also paid for their labor in beer. We know this because pay stubs were incredibly common documents at the time, and one such pay stub is now in the possession of the British Museum. Then, a man describes and odd triangle shaped UFO seen near some power lines by his home in New Hampshire back in the 80’s. Then, in case you ever find yourself in the little town of Tonopah, Nevada make sure to check out the infamous Clown Motel, which, if not creepy enough in its own right, sits next to a century-old miner’s graveyard. Then, Finnish archaeologists working near the village of Patapatani in Bolivia, recently found the remains of at least six individuals buried under an Aymara funerary tower which was built, thousands of years ago for people of royal status in the ancestral culture. Interestingly two of the skeletons were of particular interest. One of the skeletons belonged to a woman and the other one of her baby, nothing out of the ordinary other than the fact that both of them had freakishly large elongated heads that were not the result of cranial deformation. After the break, Kyle brings up one of scariest human beings to ever walk the earth. Remember those dark nights from your childhood when you were afraid of the boogeyman? He never did leap out of your closet, but that doesn’t mean all monsters are make-believe. Meet Albert Fish: a real-life nightmare, who preyed upon children as if they were food. Thanks for listening to Expanded Perspectives.
Skeptoid: Sky Trumpets
From all over the world come reports of strange trumpet-like blasts from the sky.
Astonishing Legends: The Sludge Entity, Part 1
When your loved one is seriously ill, you take them to the doctor. But what do you do when you’ve taken them to every doctor, specialist and holistic healer you could see, ran every recommended test and all the professionals can tell you is something is definitely quite wrong, but no one can tell you why or what to do about it? This was the case with our guests John and Deborah, whose son Jack was so sick and getting worse that they sought answers where most wouldn’t consider looking.
Stuff They Don’t Want You to Know Podcast: Could Someone Erase the World’s Debt?
Modern civilization relies on the concept of debt. Wars are fought over it, loves lost and revolutions launched. So what would happen if, one day, it disappeared? Is it even possible? Tune in to learn more.
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.
As always, if any of my readers has an interesting story, article, or opinion piece they’d like to add, post it below. I also take suggestions for new podcasts, and if there’s demand for something to be included in the thread, I’ll do my best to add it.
Until Next Time