Issue Forty-Seven

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.
This week:
Table of Contents:

1: Paranormal News of the Week
2: Paranormal Video of the Week
3: Radio Show Roundup
4: Paranormal Podcasts
5: Editor’s Note

Paranormal News of the Week
New Species of Rock-Eating Bee Discovered

A team of entomologists led by Utah State University researcher Dr. Michael Orr has described an unusual new species of bee from the deserts of the southwestern United States that excavate into sandstone to make their home.

The Anthophora Pueblo was first discovered by research entomologist Frank Parker almost 40 years ago, when he collected samples of their nests at two sites in Utah’s San Rafael Desert. His research was never published, however, nor was the species formally identified. Dr. Orr re-examined Parker’s work a few years ago and discovered five new nesting sites at Colorado’s Mesa Verde and natural formations in southern Utah and California’s Death Valley. While these bees are considered uncommon, they are familiar in appearance with their trademark black and yellow stripes.

Because of their longevity, the nests formed in the rock house successive generations of bees that inherit the property from their parents and grandparents. The next generation adds on to the structure when needed. But there are benefits to the difficult nest building, says Dr. Orr. “The tough, elevated shelters protect bees from erosion and sudden flash floods. They also help to control parasite build-up.”

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Eucalyptus Oil: The Next Jet Fuel

Scientists are a step closer to using Australia’s iconic gum trees to develop low-carbon renewable jet fuel. Dr Carsten Kulheim from The Australian National University (ANU), a lead researcher in an international study published in Trends in Biotechnology, said renewable fuels that could power commercial aeroplanes were limited and expensive but a solution could be growing all around us. “If we could plant 20 million hectares of eucalyptus species worldwide, which is currently the same amount that is planted for pulp and paper, we would be able to produce enough jet fuel for five per cent of the aviation industry,” said Dr Kulheim.

The aviation sector globally produces about two per cent of all human-caused carbon dioxide emissions. Eucalyptus-based fuel would initially be more expensive than fossil fuels to make on a mass scale, but would produce significantly less net carbon emissions.

Dr Kulheim said powering a modern jet aircraft with anything other than fossil fuels was difficult, due to the high energy required. “Renewable ethanol and biodiesel might be okay for the family SUV, but they just don’t have a high enough energy density to be used in the aviation industry…. Eucalyptus oils contain compounds called monoterpenes that can be converted into a very high energy fuel, and this high energy fuel can actually fly jets and even tactical missiles.”

Turpentine from pine trees is another potential source of these monoterpenes, but pines grow more slowly than eucalyptus.

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Ancient Turkish Goddess found in Archaeological Dig

In one of the first archaeological digs of the region, a marble statue of the goddess Kybele has been found at a Turkish dig site at Kurul Castle, in the Black Sea port city of Ordu.

Kybele, sometimes referred to Cybele in Greek and Roman writings after her worship spread west across the Mediterranean, is an Anatolian mother goddess thought to have been revered by the Phrygians: a civilisation which inhabited central Turkey not far from the Black Sea. Dominant in the region from circa 1200 BCE to 700 BCE, the Phrygian civilization has ties to ancient Western mythology. The famous King Midas, whose touch was able to transmogrify ordinary objects to gold, was said to have been a Phrygian king. Other notable mythological figures include King Gordias, the man who created the Gordian Knot that Alexander the Great so famously unraveled; while in the Iliad, the Phrygians were said to have been allies of the Trojans, coming to their aid during the Trojan War.

The newly-discovered statue, which stands at just over three-and-a-half feet tall (110 centimeters), was discovered by a team of 25 archaeological experts led by Professor Süleyman Yücel from Gazi University.

Researchers working on site say that the new statue is one of the most significant finds discovered within Turkey in 2016. Besides its historical significance, the Kybele sculpture is the first of its kind to have been discovered in situ – an extremely rare event. This is made even more noteworthy because of the state of Kurul Castle, as the main gate’s walls collapsed during an early occupation by Roman forces.

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Paranormal Video of the Week
An Icelandic Hymn

While not particularly spooky, the music in this video is haunting.

On September 15th, 2013, the Icelandic folk group Árstíðir had just finished a concert in Wuppertal, Germany, and were making their way back to their lodgings when they were struck by the station’s perfect acoustics. Its arched, stone ceiling created a cathedral-like environment. Boosted by the success of the evening, the six men broke into song. A hush immediately fell over passersby, some of whom almost certainly missed their trains to stay and listen to the beautiful harmonies. Despite the fact that this song, “Heyr himna smiður,” dates to around 1208 and the Wuppertal Hauptbahnhof station was built in the mid-19th century, the sound and the space seem perfectly suited to one another.

Coast to Coast AM with George Noory
Monday: Medical Controversies/ Lucid Dreaming

In the first half, investigative medical reporter Jon Rappoport discussed the latest in the Zika virus controversy, a new CDC ruling that allows mandatory detention and inoculation without a person’s consent, and the new rule in California requiring mandatory vaccines for all children attending school. In the latter half, former neuroscience researcher at the University of Southern California, David Jay Brown, talked about lucid dreams and offered practical suggestions on how to enhance lucid dreaming and maximize its healing effects.
Tuesday: Open Lines
Wednesday: Alternative Health/ Strange & Unexplained

In the first half, registered pharmacist and nutritionist Benjamin Fuchs offered suggestions on supplements, and making healthy changes to one’s diet. In the latter half, author and paranormal afficionado Jim Harold shared his latest stories from the world of the strange and unexplained.
Thursday: Dark Galaxy, Animal Mutilations, & ET Encounter

Earthfiles investigative reporter Linda Moulton Howe discussed a new type of astronomical telescope known as the ‘Dragonfly’ which has discovered a “dark galactic twin of our Milky Way Galaxy;” recent unexplained animal mutilations, and eyewitness testimony of a triangular UFO in Iowa that seemingly sent out telepathic communications.
Friday: Haunted Objects

Authors and paranormal investigators Rosemary Ellen Guiley and John Zaffis discussed their newest work, Demon Haunted, which examines troubling cases of haunted land, people, and objects. Open Lines followed.
Paranormal Podcasts
Paranormal Podcast: Demon Haunted

The Haunted Collector John Zaffis joins us along with Rosemary Ellen Guiley to discuss true stories from his files. In part two, Janet Boyer talks to us about everyday divination.

The Paracast: October 2nd, 2016

Gene and Chris present Ardy Sixkiller Clarke, everyone’s favorite compiler of Sky People/Star People Native American tales.

Mysterious Universe: 16.12

After unpacking Space X’s incredible new Mars strategy we look at ‘Animal Dreaming’ and one man’s unique cross-species communication technique. We then feature classic work from Ian Stevenson on telepathic impressions and crisis apparitions before finishing on the Male “moon cycle”.

Expanded Perspectives: The Mysterious Dulce Base

On this episode of Expanded Perspectives the guys start the show off talking about how a robot has been arrested while taking part in a political rally in Russia, after police intervened to prevent it from interacting with the public. According to reports, the activist robot – called Promobot, and manufactured by a Russian company of the same name – was detained by police as it interspersed with the crowd at a rally in support of Russian parliamentary candidate Valery Kalachev in Moscow. Then, an amateur archaeologist has tracked down hundreds of prehistoric rock engravings in Scotland in what has been described as a “phenomenal” contribution to the understanding of Britain’s earliest artworks. Then, a 31-year-old Ohio resident Amy Kovacs told Cryptozoology News that she was in her front yard talking to her husband and a friend when she spotted the unidentified flying creature. Then, a man in Marion County, Florida wrote Lon Strickler an email to his popular blog “Phantoms and Monsters” about the family of Bigfoot that he believes is living on his property. After the break Kyle and Cam bring up the interesting story surrounding the top secret Alien/Human base located in Dulce, New Mexico.

Skeptoid: The Belgian UFO Wave

For two years, some say the Belgian skies were filled with triangular alien UFOs.

Astonishing Legends: Choose Your Own Adventure

Tonight we are joined by an old friend of Scott’s, David Sullivan, or Sully to his friends. Sully has had some interesting things happen in his life, especially when heard through the filter of Astonishing Legends. He relays a few stories that start out pretty light and get progressively darker and darker as the show continues, and by darker we mean real dark. So if you’re in the mood for an episode that evokes images of rabies, fate, the forgotten dead and sociopathic behavior, tonight’s episode is just for yo

Stuff They Don’t Want You to Know Podcast: The Battle of Los Angeles

In the wee hours of February 25th, 1942, air raid sirens resounded across LA. Anti-aircraft guns fired the better part of 1500 shells at something. To many people, that mysterious UFO has yet to be identified, more than half a century later. So what really happened?

Bizarre States: Mostly Murder with Josh Gates

Bowser and Jess are back with a special guest! Josh Gates of Expedition Unknown! They talk about the most recent clown news, mothman vs goatman and Josh’s hunt for the Yeti!

The Higherside Chats Podcast: Brian Tuohy | Sports Conspiracies & Game-fixing

Join Greg Carlwood of The Higherside Chats as he talks gambling, game-fixing and sports conspiracy with guest, Brian Tuohy. Earning the title “King of Sports Conspiracies”, Brian joins us to help shatter some of the illusions of the sanctimonious sports industry with the information he’s presented in several books he’s written about corruption, set ups, game-fixing, illegal gambling, wealth extraction and conspiracy theories in sports.

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:

I wanted my return from illness to be a triumphant, action-packed huge-ass issue, but as it turns out, there’s fuck all going on in the paranormal world. Goddamn it, /x/, this is October. The spooks gots to step it up!

Until Next Time


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