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.
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Issue 44 now
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
Scientists Discover Starchy Sixth Taste
The human tongue has traditionally been attributed with the ability to detect five distinct tastes – sweet, salty, sour, bitter and umami in the food that we eat, but now scientists at Oregon State University believe that they have uncovered a sixth taste that could also help to explain our love for pasta and potatoes. To find it, Dr Juyun Lim and her team dissolved various amounts of carbohydrates in liquid solutions and then asked volunteers to drink them and rate how they tasted. The study found that the participants consistently described the taste of the drinks as “starchy.”
“Every culture has a major source of complex carbohydrate,” said Dr Lim. “The idea that we can’t taste what we’re eating doesn’t make sense.” While it isn’t clear exactly which part of the tongue is responsible for this new taste, Dr Lim believes that it makes sense from an evolutionary perspective as carbs are a good source of energy. “I believe that’s why people prefer complex carbs,” she said. “Sugar tastes great in the short term, but if you’re offered chocolate and bread, you might eat a small amount of the chocolate, but you’d choose the bread in larger amounts, or as a daily staple.”
Full Story: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/food-and-drink/news/scientists-discover-sixth-taste—and-it-could-explain-our-love/
Jurassic “Sea Monster” Emerges From Scottish Loch
More than 50 years after its discovery on Scotland’s Isle of Skye, scientists have unveiled a monster that would make Nessie blush: a 13-foot-long reptile that ruled the seas 170 million years ago. The fossil, dubbed the Storr Lochs Monster, is a nearly intact skeleton of an ichthyosaur, a family of extinct marine reptiles that lived alongside the dinosaurs. The creatures were the dolphins of their time: fast swimmers with long, narrow snouts and cone-shaped teeth perfect for eating squid and fish. Discovered by an amateur fossil collector, the Storr Lochs specimen is the most complete marine reptile ever recovered in Scotland from the age of dinosaurs. Yet for decades, the skeleton remained in storage because it was entombed in extremely hard rock.
Now, a partnership between the University of Edinburgh, National Museums Scotland, and energy company SSE has allowed paleontologists to expertly free the skeleton from its stony casing. On September 5, the freshly exposed remains made their triumphant public debut. “Although some people think that sea monsters live here today in our lakes, there were actually real ones that lived here over a hundred million years ago,” says Stephen Brusatte of the University of Edinburgh, one of the lead researchers analyzing the fossil.
Paranormal Article of the Week
A Doctor’s Take on Pot
During my medical training, I’ve learned which substances to worry about, and which ones matter less. Alcohol is usually the first substance I ask about. Cocaine can cause heart attacks and kidney failure. Methamphetamine can trigger an assortment of responses, from hyperthermia to violent agitation to cardiogenic shock. Opioids like morphine can plunge patients into respiratory failure and kill them. Intravenous drug use puts patients at risk for hepatitis, endocarditis, or even brain abscesses.
But for most health care providers, marijuana is an afterthought. We rarely worry about marijuana. So why is it still a Schedule I drug?
Full Article: http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/guest-blog/a-doctor-s-take-on-pot/
Coast to Coast AM with George Noory
Monday: Dr. Feelgood/ Preventing Natural Disasters
In the first half, author and publisher Richard A. Lertzman discussed Dr. Max Jacobson, whom the Secret Service under JFK code-named “Dr. Feelgood.” In the latter half, Robert Muir-Wood, a professor, and chief research officer of Risk Management Solutions, talked about some of the most tragic natural disasters and how human complacency and poor planning contribute to them.
Tuesday: Ventura’s Marijuana Manifesto/ UFO Skeptic to Believer
Former independent governor of Minnesota, Jesse Ventura has a reputation as a rebel and a freethinker. In the first half, he discussed his philosophy that our country needs to see full legalization of medical/recreational marijuana and hemp and to end to the War on Drugs. In the second half, the bestselling author of The Accidental Billionaires (the basis for the Academy Award–winning film about Facebook – The Social Network) Ben Mezrich discussed his journey from skeptic to believer after researching UFOs, secret bases and cattle mutilations.
Wednesday: Cutting Edge Space Exploration/ Brain Power
In the first half, George spoke with Dr. Hakeem Oluseyi, who is the co-host of the popular TV program “Outrageous Acts Of Science,” and who currently leads a research group at the Florida Institute of Technology that studies stars to understand the fundamental interactions of plasmas and electromagnetic fields. In hour three, brain boost teacher Neil Slade discussed his ideas on how to easily release your brain’s capacity for advanced thought and action. The fourth hour featured Open Lines.
Thursday: Ancient Mysteries & Prophecy/ Star Trek Anniversary
In the first half, author and historian Jonathan Cahn discussed his new work, The Book of Mysteries, which reveals hidden details surrounding such topics as end times, the name of God, ancient Israel, and prophecy. In the second half, writer, producer, and director, Marc Zicree talked about the 50th anniversary of the original Star Trek series.
Friday: Fabled Creatures
In the first half Friday’s show, filmmaker Seth Breedlove discussed Small Town Monsters, his film series that explores the fabled creatures believed to exist around small rural communities in the United States, and how these legends have affected the local towns and their cultures. Open Lines followed.
Last Podcast on the Left: Billy Meier, Alien Collaborator
It’s a return to aliens this week as we cover the one-armed Swiss supposed alien contactee Billy Meier, who claims that he is the sole connection between the humans and a mysterious race known as the Plejarens in addition to his many, many detractors.
Paranormal Podcast: The 37th Parallel
Ben Mezrich is perhaps the hottest author on the planet today and he has turned his attention to the UFO phenomenon in his latest book. We talk about his book and why a mainstream author would tackle such a ridiculed subject. Tune in to hear why he’s not such a skeptic anymore.
You can find his book on Amazon.com: The 37th Parallel: The Secret Truth Behind America’s UFO Highway
In part two, we talk to filmmaker Seth Breedlove about his movies on real-world monsters.
The Paracast: September 11th, 2016
Gene and Chris bring back two noted Bigfoot researchers — David Weatherly and Lyle Blackburn. Both are contributing authors in Wood Knocks, a new yearly journal covering Bigfoot research and investigations
Mysterious Universe: 16.09
Following on from our recent parallel 37 theme we look at insect-like UFOs seen near ley lines, Italian humanoid waves, and M.I.B psychotherapy.
We then return to the Dreamscape with life saving precognitive dreams and the power of the ‘Astral Void’ before closing on Amazonian Sapo medicine and it’s potential use in the military and the shopping mall.
Expanded Perspectives: Strange Police Encounters
On this episode of Expanded Perspectives the guys start the show talking about how Thursday, September 1st An unmanned SpaceX rocket, topped by an Israeli satellite, was being prepped for a test firing at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida when something went wrong. The 604-ton Falcon 9 rocket was being fueled with a potent mix of liquid oxygen and rocket-grade kerosene propellant when an explosion quickly enveloped the launch pad in flames. But that’s not the strange part. The strange part is that a video has emerged of what appears to be an unidentified flying object zooming behind the Falcon 9 Space X rocket moments before it exploded. Then, an Arkansas witness at Little Rock reported watching an “intense white, spiraling, flat, circular light that moved at incredible speed. Then, new evidence shows that Earth was just missed by a 180 foot Asteroid which no one saw coming until the last minute. Then, what will the vacation of the future look like? To that end, Expedia.co.uk recently released its Holiday of the Future, which has some enlightening predictions about how technology will ease our travel woes. After the break Kyle and Cam discuss some strange police encounters ranging from ghosts to UFOs to Cryptids. Thanks for listening to Expanded Perspectives. Please rate and write us a review on iTunes and don’t forget to tune in to watch our entirely new show on YouTube called Unusual Encounters.
Skeptoid: Debunking the Moon Truthers, Part 1
The history of the Apollo moon landing hoax conspiracy theory, and those who believe in it.
Astonishing Legends: Skinwalker Ranch (Part 2)
If there are truly supernatural forces at work on the “Skinwalker Ranch,” they do not seem to have your best interests at heart. At the least, they seem to be indifferent to human concerns and endeavors, content to go on about their mysterious business and not above the occasional, seemingly magical prank, no matter the consternation or cost. At the worst, some entities may just want your animals or they may want the spark that gives you life. What the purpose is for their deeds and interactions we may never know nor ever fully understand, for it’s clear that their reasons are their own.
Blurry Photos Podcast: The Dover Demon
Jump in the not-so-way back machine and join the boys of Blurry Photos in 1977 as they search for facts about the Dover Demon! A creature spotted one night by at least 4 teens in Dover, MA, the Dover Demon has eluded sight and explanation for going-on 40 years. What exactly did local teens catch a glimpse of? Was there something prowling the forested little town? No intent was evident, but it did stir up the anxiety and artistic abilities of the teens; we have a few drawings that remain famous to this day. Flora and Stecco take a look at the sightings and folklore of the area, and try to suss out whether this whole event was even real or not. With investigations by Loren Coleman and members of MUFON, surely we can figure out what it was… right? Fluff your fros and dust off the bell-bottoms, this episode is gonna get groovy!
Bizarre States: The 100th Episode
ITS HERE! 100 episodes of Bizarre States! Join Bowser and Jess as they talk about a stolen ghost, a group of clowns and a mysterious package!
The Higherside Chats Podcast: Mary Joyce | Secret Military Bases, Little People & UFOs
Join Greg Carlwood of The Higherside Chats podcast as he hosts Mary Joyce. A long time journalist and author who has written several books including, “Cherokee Little People Were Real” and “Underground Military Bases Hidden in the North Carolina Mountains”, Mary is also editor of the website Skyships Over Cashiers, which among other things, details the latest UFO sightings in the area.
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