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.
So, it’s been a full year. (I missed an issue due to hurricane.) Some things have changed, a lot has not. And I still don’t get enough feedback to be able to tell whether I’m wasting my time or not. Huzzah!
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
Giant snowballs appear along Siberian coast
An unusual natural phenomenon in Siberia has covered an 11-mile stretch of beach with huge snowballs. Locals living along the Gulf of Ob in the northwest of the region couldn’t believe their eyes when they discovered thousands of large snowballs, some up to 3ft across, scattered along the coastline.
According to experts, the huge icy spheres are the result of a rare natural process which causes ice to be rolled up in to balls through a combination of strong winds and flowing water. “As a rule, first there is a primary natural phenomenon – sludge ice, slob ice,” said Sergei Lisenkov, press secretary of the Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute. “Then comes a combination of the effects of the wind, the lay of the coastline, and the temperature and wind conditions. It can be such an original combination that it results in the formation of balls like these.”
Full Story: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-37883003
Green fireball caught on camera over Japan
A mysterious green light recorded travelling at speed over Japan has attracted the attention of curious UFO watchers. The bright green object made headline news after it was spotted flashing across the sky in eastern Japan. Captured on video by a Nippon TV affiliate weather camera just in time for Halloween, the eerie spectacle managed to generate a great deal of interest after the footage was uploaded online.
While some have suggested that its strange coloration and peculiar change in direction could be indicative of an otherworldly intelligence, the actual explanation may be a lot less exciting. The prevailing theory right now is that the object was either a particularly bright meteor or a piece of space debris burning up as it re-entered the Earth’s atmosphere.
Paranormal Article of the Week
The Brief, Mystical Reign of the Wax Cadaver
She was born in the workshop of The Museum for Physics and Natural History in Florence, better known as La Specola, a public science museum in Florence. Museum director Felice Fontana’s grand and ambitious aim was to create an encyclopedia of the human body in wax. Fontana hoped that it would end the need for cadavers in the teaching of anatomy: If we succeeded in reproducing in wax all the marvels of our animal machine, we would no longer need to conduct dissections, and students, physicians, surgeons, and artists would be able to find their desired models in a permanent, odor-free, and incorruptible state.
The wax models produced by the workshop at La Specola were posed as if alive, healthy, and pain-free, in an attempt to distance the study of anatomy from the contemplation of death and bloody internal organs. Each pristine wax model at the museum was the product of the careful study of cadavers that were delivered from the nearby Santa Maria Nuova hospital. Although the collection fell short of its ambition to render all further human dissection unnecessary, today, over 200 years after their creation, La Specola’s waxworks are still considered remarkably accurate, some of them demonstrating anatomical structures that had yet to be named or described at the time of their making.
Coast to Coast AM with George Noory
Monday: Ghost to Ghost 2016
Tuesday: Power Grid Vulnerability/ Dreams & Music
In the first half, teacher and writer Benjamin Dancer discussed the vulnerability of the US power grid. In the latter half, Craig Sim Webb, a pioneer in the lucid dream research at Stanford University, spoke about the relationship of creativity to dreams, and shared some of the fascinating dreams behind the music and lives of artists.
Wednesday: NWO & Conspiracies
In the first half, actor and filmmaker Sean Stone shared his thoughts on the New World Order, the JFK assassination, and his upcoming documentary “Century of War.” Open Lines followed.
Thursday: Voting Machines/ Bizarre Fiction
In the first half Bev Harris, Founder of Black Box Voting, discussed some of the problems in voting technology and how they can further remove the checks and balances required for fair election outcomes. In the latter half, author Judika Illes, an expert in witchcraft and religious traditions, spoke about her latest work putting together an anthology of classic stories by masters of bizarre fiction including Dion Fortune, Edgar Allan Poe, Oscar Wilde, H. P. Lovecraft, Bram Stoker, and more.
Friday: Afterlife Adventures
Journalist and filmmaker Rich Martini discussed his journey searching for evidence of the afterlife via various means including hypnotherapy and past life regressions. Open Lines followed.
Last Podcast on the Left: Richard Chase, Part II: Mrs. Dracul
It’s our bloodiest episode yet on Last Podcast as we round out our coverage of the Vampire of Sacramento with an absolutely horrific five-victim murder spree that ranks among the most disgusting and disturbing ever recorded in the annals of American crime.
Paranormal Podcast: Somewhere in the Skies
We talk UFOs with researcher and author Ryan Sprague and in part two of the program we delve into astrology with Trish MacGregor.
The Paracast: November 6th, 2016
Gene and Chris present research associate and sonic sculpturer Michael Esposito. Over the years, under the Phantom Airwaves Institution, Michael has participated in hundreds of paranormal investigations all over the world. He has conducted extensive research at many active locations and has developed a great deal of unique theory and devised many unique experiments within the field of Electronic Voice Phenomena.
Mysterious Universe: 16.17
Award winning director Amardeep Kaleka joins us with producer Alex Sewell to discuss their upcoming sequel to 2013’s Sirius documentary, Polaris. We also feature the latest in cyber espionage conspiracy, alleged ET activity under the North Atlantic ocean, and the elemental mastery of native shamans and Australia’s “Clever Fellas”.
Expanded Perspectives: The Texas Killing Fields
On this episode of Expanded Perspectives the guys start off talking about how recently while sifting through the remains of an Iron Age burial plot dating from 400 to 450 B.C. in what is today Germany, Bettina Arnold, an archaeologist and anthropologist at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and others uncovered a cauldron that contained remnants of an alcohol brewed and buried with the deceased. So she decided to team up with Milwaukee’s Lakefront Brewery to re-create the ancient brew, using a recipe inspired by evidence collected from the archaeological remains.
Then,a remarkable 7,000-year-old megalithic site that served as an astronomical observatory has been found in Muduma village in Telangana, India. The discovery has been hailed as one of the most significant archaeological findings in India over the last few decades. According to Times of India, the team of archeologists described it as ”the only megalithic site in India, where a depiction of a star constellation has been identified”. The ancient observatory dates to 5,000 BC and the researchers believe that it is the earliest astronomical observatory discovered in India and perhaps even in the whole of South Asia. The site consists of around 80 huge menhirs (standing stones), which are 3.5 – 4 meters tall. There are also about 2000 alignment stones, which are 30-60cm tall. According to experts, no other excavation site in India has so many menhirs concentrated in such a small area. The maximum concentration of menhirs is located in the central portion of the monument.
Then, a person relayed an interesting sighting they had in California to Lon Strickler at Phantoms and Monsters. According to the eye witness the creature looked very similar to the paintings of the “Ropen” of Indonesia. I would estimate it had about a 3-5 ft. wingspan. It was light tan, all leathery skin, and the most astonishing thing was that it had no feathers! I could see the wrinkles & texture of its skin moving over its bones as it flew. The eyes were very large, round eyes, and it appeared to be young, or at least I had that impression because of its size and some of its features, like the tail and the bump on the back of its head were not as developed as those depicted of adult Ropen/Pterosaurs.
Then, pupils at a school in Austria were evacuated because a rock they had on display was giving off radiation. The rock turned out to be a lump of uranium, the metallic element that is used to produce atomic bombs. Alarmingly, the uranium was giving off thousands of millisiverts of radiation into the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart School in Salzburg – a lot higher than what is given off naturally.
Then, after the break Cam brings up the mysterious Texas Killing Fields. In 1986, the battered body of 13-year-old Krystal Jean Baker was found dumped under an interstate bridge in Chambers County, Texas. She had been beaten, raped and strangled to death, but it took 26 years for her killer to be brought to justice. Kevin Edison Smith, the man who choked the life out of the innocent girl, was convicted of her murder and sentenced to life without parole. The 45-year-old was spared the death penalty because investigators believed he may have been involved in the some of the other unsolved murders that have occurred in a 50-mile desolate area between Houston and Galveston dubbed the ‘Highway of Hell’. Since the 1970s, more than 30 young women have mysteriously disappeared or been found murdered along Texas’ Interstate 45, in what has become the state’s most notorious killing spree. A mile from I-45, lies the 25-acre patch known as ‘The Killing Fields’, where the bodies of four young women have been found. Detectives have described the remote area as a perfect dumping ground for a serial killer, which has made investigating the cases so difficult. Thanks for listening to Expanded Perspectives.
Skeptoid: White Hat Journal Hoaxes
Sometimes the best way to scrutinize an open access journal is to hoax them.
Blurry Photos Podcast: The Yonaguni Momument
Check your SCUBA gear and get the pun chum bucketed, Blurry Photos are going diving to the Yonaguni Monument! An underwater mystery discovered in the last 30 years, the Yonaguni Monument is a possible ancient Japanese structure which sank beneath the waves thousands of years ago. Or is it? David and Dave explore the theories behind this odd submerged site. Who built it and why? What can we tell about it? And most importantly, is it even what some scientists think it is? Professors and explorers alike seek answers, as do authors like Graham Hancock and geologists like Dr Robert Schoch. Grab a waterproof camera and harpoon gun, we’re in over our heads in this episode!
Stuff They Don’t Want You to Know Podcast: Catholics, Children and Conspiracy: The Epidemic of Abuse
For decades various individuals and organizations with the Catholic Church were dogged by rumors of horrific abuse – and, eventually, it turned out that several of those rumors were true. But how far back does this abuse go, and how widespread is it?
Bizarre States: The Led Zeppelin Curse with Brandon Winfrey
Jess is Bowser-less this week so she’s joined by Brandon Winfrey. Brandon talks about his Ouija board experience which leads to Jess’ dive into the Led Zeppelin curse!
The Higherside Chats Podcast: David Mathisen | West Point Entities & Star Myths
Join The Higherside Chats podcast as host Greg Carlwood talks West Point paranormal and star myths with returning guest, David Mathisen. With a thorough ability to navigate the west point map, David Mathisen provides a thorough examination of the Academy and its creepy occurrences.
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Next week: Some sort of grand spectacular editorial about the year I’ve spent with /x/.
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