Issue Thirty-Nine

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.

The official soundtrack for Issue Thirty-Nine of The /x/ Files is Seven Nation Army as covered by Postmodern Jukebox. Listen here at
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
Palace Discovered at King Arthur’s Reputed Birthplace

The remains of an impressive sixth-century palace have been unearthed at Tintagel in Cornwall, England. Situated within the area in which the legendary King Arthur was reputed to have been born, the meter-thick walls of this ancient structure were revealed during recent excavations of the site by archaeologists from the Cornwall Archaeological Unit. More than 150 fragments of expensive pottery and fine glass were also found there – items that were most likely imported from exotic destinations by the palace’s wealthy inhabitants. One of these – an item of Phocaean red-slip ware – came all the way from Turkey and would have been used to share food among guests during feasting.

“This is the most significant archaeological project at Tintagel since the 1990s,” said English Heritage properties curator Win Scutt. “The three-week dig is the first step in a five year research program to answer some key questions about Tintagel and Cornwall’s past. The discovery of high-status buildings – potentially a royal palace complex – at Tintagel is transforming our understanding of the site.”

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Shape-shifting Metal Becomes a Reality

Engineers at RMIT University in Melbourne have announced a breakthrough in liquid-metal technology. The T-1000 from ‘Terminator 2: Judgement Day’ may now be one step closer to becoming a reality thanks to the development of a fluid-driven self-propelling liquid metal – a breakthrough that could one day make it possible to create electronic devices that act more like living tissue than conventional solid state components. In one experiment the team managed to create a primitive machine by adding a single drop of liquid metal to some water and then adjusting the water’s chemistry to make the metal change shape.

“Using this discovery, we were able to create moving objects, switches and pumps that could operate autonomously – self-propelling liquid metals driven by the composition of the surrounding fluid,” said project leader Professor Kourosh Kalantar-zadeh. “Eventually, using the fundamentals of this discovery, it may be possible to build a 3D liquid metal humanoid on demand – like the T-1000 Terminator.”

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Video of the metal in action:
Paranormal Article of the Week:

Ten of the Weirdest Things Found on the Bottom of the Ocean

Forget Atlantis. We have real sunken cities, space debris, mysterious structures and ancient technology, all found lurking beneath the sea.

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The Beauty of Ancient Tarot Cards

As the first modern deck to illustrate the 56 minor cards, the Rider-Waite forever changed tarot. Grab almost any deck off the shelves of a big-box bookstore and it is likely to contain a variant of Pamela Colman Smith’s iconic scenes, albeit with fairies, witches, druids, Egyptian gods or cats. Tarot is now largely defined by a relatively modern development and one standardized set of imagery — a development I find very unfortunate. Because despite this modern trend, the tarot in its original form goes back before the 20th century — all the way back, in fact, to 15th-century Italy. Tarot cards were originally used to play Tarocchi, a trick-taking game similar to Bridge. Far from beginning as a symbolically rich, mystical oracle, as many would prefer to believe, the cards arose as a betting game among the wealthy elites who could afford one-of-a-kind, hand-painted decks.

While the style of ancient decks might be more crude – because the printing processes were less refined – the art itself is much more evocative and, to many, more aesthetically pleasing. There is an undeniable feeling of timelessness when working with decks that are hundreds of years old, especially the photographic reproductions that capture all the oddities and imperfections of rare decks currently in museum collections. You are literally holding ancient history in your hands.

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Coast to Coast AM with George Noory
Monday: Counter-Terrorism & Politics/Timetraks

In the first half, investigative reporter Peter Lance shared his analysis of recent shootings in the US. In the latter half, futurist Paul Guercio, who uses a software-based forecasting technology called the Merlin Project, commented on the Timetraks (graphical snapshots or timelines) of the presidential candidates and other people/topics in the news.
Tuesday: Money Mafia

Former Minister of National Defense in Canada, Honorable Paul Hellyer, updated his work researching the New World Order, the US shadow government, and the ‘Money Mafia,’ all of which he believes are at the top of the cabal that’s been running the US and much of the world since World War II. Open Lines followed.
Wednesday: Patty Hearst Conspiracy/Laws of Change

In the first half, author and researcher Brad Schreiber discussed the startling evidence that the Symbionese Liberation Army and Donald DeFreeze, who were behind the kidnapping of Patty Hearst, were CIA operatives and that the SLA was created by employees of the CIA. In the latter half, researcher and futurist Stephan Schwartz spoke about his passion for social change and transformation, with a focus on increasing a person’s well being.
Thursday: Life & Technology of David Adair/Spirit Guide Channeling

An expert in space technology spinoff applications, David Adair discussed his fusion engine technology, the Gamma Ray Creation project, and the completion of the documentary about his life and work. In the latter half, certified hypnotist Tim Bartley and psychic medium Christina Hill spoke about their work channeling wisdom from spirit guides, including dialogues with their clients’ guides, as well as their own.
Friday: Sci-Fi & Horror Films

In the first half, George Noory welcomed the host of Cinema Insomnia, Mr. Lobo, for a discussion on sci-fi and horror films. Open Lines followed.
Paranormal Podcasts
Last Podcast on the Left: Albert Fish, Part I: You Asked For This

In part one of our three part series on the living embodiment of nightmares, Albert Fish, we cover the psychopathology of one of the most depraved, disgusting monsters who has ever lived, his horrific childhood, and the mystery that is “Buck Buck How Many Hands Up”.

Paranormal Podcast: The Women in Black

You’ve heard of Men In Black but have you heard of their female counterparts? Nick Redfern joins us to talk about the mysterious Women In Black.

The Paracast: August 7th, 2016

Gene and guest co-host Micah Hanks, of The Gralien Report, present a listener roundtable featuring Sue and Ufology, two of our long-time Paracast forum regulars.

Mysterious Universe: 16.04

Biologist Christie Wilcox joins us this week to discuss her upcoming book ‘Venomous’ and the world’s deadliest creatures. Wilcox takes us on a thrilling tour of the “assassins” of the animal kingdom, relives her own close encounters with danger, and reveals the power and potential of these animals and their potent toxins.

Skeptoid: No, You Shouldn’t Question Everything

Pop wisdom continually reminds us to Question Everything. But is that really practical or useful?

Thinking Sideways Podcast: Bermeja Island

In the 16th century, Spanish cartographers mapped an islet off the Yucatan peninsula in the Gulf of Mexico. However, in a 1997 survey, the island had disappeared. Were the Spanish wrong? Or did the USA blow up the island for personal gain?

Astonishing Legends: The Mary Celeste – Ghost Ship (Part One)

The Mary Celeste is perhaps the most famous case of a “ghost ship.” However, when it was discovered adrift on December 5, 1872, no ghosts were found nor any human form for that matter, not Captain Briggs, his wife, his two-year-old daughter, nor the seven crew members. They remain forever missing. But what caused them to vanish? Theories range from seaquakes to hazardous cargo, to a giant squid attack, and even aliens…yes, aliens. We’re not saying it was aliens because we’d rather believe it was a giant squid. No matter what it was, the ship may have been doomed from the start, when seafaring superstitions were broken.

Blurry Photos Podcast: Angkor Wat

Grab a handkerchief for the sweat and watch your step for snakes, Blurry Photos are taking you to the jungle and Angkor Wat! The largest religious complex in the world, Angkor Wat is a marvel of engineering and architecture in the Cambodian jungle but is often overlooked in history books. The Davids hack their way into the history of the region, including who built it and why, and how it has survived hundreds if years in a very unforgiving environment. Inscriptions and accounts tell us the Khmer people built it, but some luminaries beg to differ. Could it be designed by an otherworldly hand? The boys discuss these theories and much more in this hot, soupy episode of the podcast!

Stuff They Don’t Want You to Know Podcast: Did Teresita Basa Avenge Her Own Death?

Months after the murder of Teresita Basa, her former coworker began falling into trances, a voice identifying itself as Teresita issuing from her mouth. Whether or not you believe in ghosts, these statements turned out to be true, leading to the conviction of 32 year-old Allen Showers. But what’s the real story? Was this justice beyond the grave or beyond the law?

Bizarre States: Island of Death

Bowser is sick this week so Jess flies solo to tell us some Weird of The Week and listener stories, and Aristotle briefly talks about his trip to LACMA’s Guillermo Del Toro Exhibit.

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.


Editor’s Note:

It’s not obvious, but I’m a big fan of eclectic music. I don’t go to /mu/ (their opinions are bullshit), but I listen to a lot of weird anachronistic songs. Postmodern Jukebox is amazing, but I also like Caravan Palace, Abney Park, Rasputina, Steam Powered Giraffe, Movits, etc. I’m not gonna write a blog post here, but if you dig the song cover in the top post, then you’ll probably like all of their cover versions.

Until Next Time


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