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.
Hey, look at that, a full issue for once
This week: more mad science fuckery, Pyramid power, and clickbait codices, plus the usual roundup of podcasts and C2C shite. Next week, a Halloween edition for obvious reasons!
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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
Worms Discovered Farming
Marine worms have been spotted growing sprouts in their burrows, a type of cultivation never seen before in animals other than humans.
Ragworms were thought to consume the seeds of cordgrass, an abundant plant in the coastal habitats where they live. But the seeds have a tough husk, so it was a mystery how the worms could access the edible interior. Zhenchang Zhu at the Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research in Yerseke and his team have now discovered the worms’ surprising trick: they bury the seeds and wait for them to germinate, later feeding on the juicy sprouting shoots. The sprouts, which are rich in protein, fats and amino acids, are more nutritious compared to the raw seeds. “The process of sprouting improves the digestibility and quality of the food,” says Zhu.
Ragworms are not the first animals to take up farming. Some beetles, termites and ants have cultivated fungus since long before humans started growing crops. And there are likely to be further examples: Zhu and his team think the ragworms may be cultivating bacteria in their burrows as a source of food, too. The researchers also suspect that earthworms could be sprout-growers, because they are thought to supplement their diets with seeds.
Full Story: https://www.newscientist.com/article/2109058-worms-seen-farming-plants-to-be-eaten-later-for-the-first-time
Scientists Create Mice From Artificial Eggs
Japanese scientists have succeeded in creating female mouse eggs using cells from the animals’ tails.
In what has been described as a ‘remarkable’ breakthrough, researchers from Kyushu University not only managed to create viable eggs in a laboratory but even succeeded in having a female mouse bring them to term. The technique involved taking tissue cells from the tail of a mouse and then reprogramming them as stem cells to turn them in to eggs. These were then fertilized and implanted in to a female mouse. The resulting pups turned out to be perfectly healthy despite their unique conception.
“This is the first time a functional egg has been produced from stem cells in culture which gives us some clue to human egg production from stem cells,” said Professor Katsuhiko Hayashi. “We need to now carefully look at the quality of mouse artificial eggs. This kind of quality check will contribute to an application to humans in future.”
British experts hailed the research as ‘very important’, a ‘remarkable achievement’ and the ‘first convincing evidence’ that eggs could be made entirely artificially. Richard Anderson, professor of clinical reproductive science at the University of Edinburgh, said: “This is the first report of anyone being able to develop fully mature and fertilisable eggs in a laboratory setting right through from the earliest stages of egg development.”
Full Story: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2016/10/17/scientists-make-live-animals-from-artificial-eggs-in-remarkable/
Two Secret Rooms Found Within the Great Pyramid of Giza
In continuation of a story The /x/ Files has been following, two previously-unknown cavities have been identified within the walls of Egypt’s Great Pyramid of Giza.
The discovery was made through a collaborative project known as ‘Scan Pyramids’ which, by combining the efforts of multiple universities and scientific institutes, aims to unravel the secrets of these ancient structures by applying state-of-the-art scanning and 3D modelling techniques. This week’s results, which were obtained using a method known as muography, have revealed the presence of two mysterious voids within the Great Pyramid – one on its northeastern edge and another behind its descending corridor. It isn’t clear yet what lies within these empty spaces however the possibility exists that they could be secret chambers that have managed to remain undiscovered for thousands of years.
“We are now able to confirm the existence of a ‘void’ hidden behind the North Face, that could have the form of at least one corridor going inside the Great Pyramid,” the team wrote in a press release. “The precise shape, size, and exact position of this void is now under further investigation. It should be done with the help of 12 new Muon Emulsion plates that are installed in the descending corridor, and will be collected by the end of October 2016.”
Ashraf Mohie el-Din, of Egypt’s Ministry of Antiquities, said that it was wrong to be hasty in predicting the nature of the two cavities, which are being examined archaeologically. He went on to say that the scientists conducting radiography scans of the pyriamids should continue their work for another year, adding that additional tests can be conducted to determine the size, nature and function of the recently discovered features.
Paranormal Article of the Week
10 of the Most Mysterious Ancient Manuscripts
Dating back hundreds to thousands of years, codices can reveal much about an ancient culture, that is, if you can decipher the text. Often written in an outdated language with unfamiliar grammar, these codices take careful analysis to crack their meanings. Some continue to completely baffle archaeologists and other scientists, while others have divulged just enough of their meaning to intrigue.
From an Egyptian book full of magic spells to a text written in an unknown language, Live Science takes a look at 10 of the most mysterious ancient manuscripts.
Coast to Coast AM with George Noory
Monday: Banking Whistleblower/ Strange Victoriana
In the first half, retired financial industry professional Bradley Birkenfeld discussed how he blew the whistle on decades of dirty dealings by Swiss banks — and brought down a corrupt system that enabled powerful, moneyed people to hide assets and evade taxes. In the latter half, an associate professor at Cardiff University in Wales, Jan Bondeson shared his most recent work on Fortean stories from Victorian times, like eagle abductions, medical freaks, extraordinary animals, Dog-Faced Men, and reincarnated cats.
Tuesday: Alternative Health/ Mysterious Cryptids
In the first half, Dr. Joel Wallach shared the benefits of remedies and supplements that aid in the body’s recovery from many diseases and ailments. In the latter half, cryptozoologist Ken Gerhard (pictured above), who has traveled around the world searching for evidence of mysterious animals, discussed a wide variety of creatures including Bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster, chupacabras, flying creatures, werewolves, lizard men, giant spiders, the Minnesota Iceman, and the Texas T. rex.
Wednesday: Zeta Messages & Planet X
The first half featured Open Lines. In the second half, emissary to the extraterrestrial Zetas, and lifetime contactee, Nancy Lieder, returned to C2C. She shared messages from the Zetas, including the latest revelations about Planet X or Nibiru, and addressed how predictions by the Zetas are coming to fruition related to plate movements, volcanoes, and an Earth wobble.
Thursday: Astrology/ Secret Societies
In the first half, astrologer Mark Lerner discussed how astrological patterns in birth charts, and astrological sky cycles can affect people’s lives and the financial markets. Researcher and author Robert Howells has spent the last twenty years investigating the history of conspiracy theories, secret societies, symbolism and esoteric thought. In the latter half, he talked about how old secret societies were driven by the same impulse as Anonymous and WikiLeaks are today. These marginalized groups rebelled against the establishments; some subversively by spreading progressive ideas through art and literature, while others were far more proactive, driving revolutions.
Friday: Monsters Among Us
Researcher and monster investigator Linda Godfrey discussed her strange creature investigations and the bizarre discoveries associated with them. Open Lines followed.
Last Podcast on the Left: Listener Stories III: War Edition
It’s time for our annual listener stories episode and do we have a helluva one for you this year. From the trenches of World War I to the back alleys of Iraq and beyond to the testing fields of Area 51 (plus some trolls and such), it’s an inadvertent war edition of creepy stories from you, the listener!
Paranormal Podcast: Kindred Spirits – Ghostland
Amy Bruni and Adam Berry join us to discuss their new TLC TV series Kindred Spirits. In part two, Colin Dickey to talk about his paranormal survey of the US that he recounted in his new book Ghostland.
The Paracast: October 23rd, 2016
Fans of 70s and 80s rock might recall the name Gary Lachman, or his stage name, Gary Valentine, who was a founding member of Blondie, but left the band before it hit the big time. Since leaving show business, Gary has become “the author of more than a dozen books on the meeting ground between consciousness, culture, and the western inner tradition.” His latest work is entitled, “Beyond the Robot: The Life and Work of Colin Wilson,” about someone regarded as “one of the most underrated and defiant scholars of the 20th century.” Gary will also offer some insights into his musical career, New York’s rock scene in the late 1970s, and the interest of rock musicians in mystic subjects.
Mysterious Universe: 16.15
Cryptozoologist Ken Gerhard joins us this week to discuss his new compendium of bizarre entity sightings ‘A Menagerie of Mysterious Beasts: Encounters with Cryptid Creatures‘.
Gerhard shares his childhood experience with the infamous Minnesota Iceman exhibit that had two legendary zoologists convinced of its flesh and blood reality. We also get an update on the latest ‘Flying Crpytid’ reports and hear his take on the controversial ‘Supernatural Sasquatch’ question.
Expanded Perspectives: Otherworldy Odors and Supernatural Scents with Joshua Cutchin
On this episode of Expanded Perspectives week talk with friend and author Joshua Cutchin about his latest book “The Brimstone Deceit“. Witnesses the world over claim to see spirits, UFOs, Sasquatch, and other phenomena that are not supposed to exist. Most cannot believe their eyes, yet some of these observers have also detected evidence of a more ephemeral nature–odors abound, in particular the stench of brimstone. In the first book of its kind, Joshua Cutchin, author of the highly praised A Trojan Feast, documents these uncommon scents and poses a startling possibility… that smell is a sense ripe for deception. We trust our eyes and ears, but should we trust our noses?
Skeptoid: Defusing India’s Ancient Atomic Blasts
The facts behind an urban legend claiming a nuclear war in India some 12,000 years ago.
Thinking Sideways Podcast: Min Min Lights
Australians have been seeing strange glowing lights in the Outback for decades. Some stories say they approach, others say that they keep a consistent distance, and yet others say they change color and make noise. What has been lighting up the Outback for at least the last 150 years?
Astonishing Legends: Mothman
All legends are local in a way, and when one local person tells a tale of a strange encounter, it can be a cause for skeptical snickers from the townsfolk. When more than a hundred people from the same region all see the same thing, it can lead to books, a major Motion Picture and even an annual festival. Such is the case with Point Pleasant, West Virginia and the Ohio River Valley’s own “Mothman” — whose local sightings turned into national legend. There are several elements that contribute to the intense curiosity that still surrounds the stories of the Mothman, himself described as a winged, humanoid creature with glowing red eyes and a sympathetic, if mysterious nature. One of them is the sudden appearance of a friendly, inter-dimensional road tripper named Indrid Cold who just wants to get to know you better and may be searching for a cryptid on the loose . Another is the unsettling thought that these encounters may have portended a disaster that took the lives of 46 people exactly 13 months later.
Blurry Photos Podcast: The Murder of Charles Walton
The boys travel to 1945 England to investigate the strange murder of Charles Walton. An unsolved mystery since 1945, the murder of Charles Walton has been attributed to witchcraft, druidry, greed, grims, and anything in between. What happened to a poor old farm laborer from Warwickshire on a cold February day? Rumors swirled about his reclusive nature, but no one truly knew what was fact and what was fiction. Was he a lonely old man, or a clever witch? Even with Scotland Yard involved, the case was murky, and anyone and everyone seemed a suspect. Flora and Stecco go over the events and clues, including the fanciful stories that have been told and all the paranormal components therein. They also have a big announcement to make at the end of the episode. Put on your deer stalker caps, this game is afoot! (A Summary, A BBC Inquiry, Some Myths
Stuff They Don’t Want You to Know Podcast: Election, Part I: Top Trump Conspiracies
Donald Trump has captured global attention in his campaign for the Presidency – and, like his Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton, no small amount of controversy. So is there any truth to the massive conspiracy theories surrounding Trump? Tune in to hear more about the facts and fiction of the Trump campaign, from the rumors of tax dodging to false flag candidates and more. (And don’t worry, folks, part II is all about the Clinton campaign.)
The Higherside Chats Podcast: Laird Scranton | Velikovsky & The Dogon Tribe Mystery
Join Greg Carlwood of The Higherside Chats as he talks about the advanced knowledge of the Dogon Tribe in Africa, the work of Immanuel Velikovsky, and comparative cosmology with guest, Laird Scranton. We’ve seen enough from mainstream academia to know their interest lies not in the pursuit of knowledge wherever it leads, but rather in the preservation of pre-approved paradigms with a variety of so-called experts in place to thoroughly shut down any wild theories, healthy speculation, or god forbid actual evidence that suggests these narrow views must be widened. Whether we’re discussing the advanced cosmology of an African tribe that rivals modern science, or complex mythologies from the past about our solar system that defy everything NASA says it knows, we find, through the grace of alternative researchers, that the official answers are deeply and purposefully flawed.
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