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.
Happy Thanksgiving to all you goons out there in Murica!
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
The Black Sea Gives Up Her Secrets
In age, the vessels span a millennium, from the Byzantine to the Ottoman empires, from the ninth to the 19th centuries. Generally, the ships are in such good repair that the images reveal intact coils of rope, rudders and elaborately carved decorations. Lack of oxygen in the icy depths had ruled out the usual riot of creatures that feast on sunken wood.
In 2002, Robert D. Ballard, discoverer of the Titanic, led a Black Sea expedition that found a 2,400-year-old wreck laden with the clay storage jars of antiquity. One held remnants of a large fish that had been dried and cut into steaks, a popular food in ancient Greece. The new team said it received exploratory permits from the Bulgarian ministries of culture and foreign affairs and limited its Black Sea hunts to parts of that nation’s exclusive economic zone, which covers thousands of square miles and runs up to roughly a mile deep.
Although the team’s official name is the Black Sea Maritime Archaeology Project, or Black Sea MAP, it also hauls up sediments to hunt for clues to how the sea’s rising waters engulfed former land surfaces and human settlements. Team members listed on its website include the Bulgarian National Institute of Archaeology, the Bulgarian Center for Underwater Archaeology, Sodertorn University in Sweden, and the Hellenic Center for Marine Research in Greece.
Altogether, more than 40 shipwrecks have been discovered by the international team and photographed off the Bulgarian coast.
Paranormal Article of the Week
The Broken Technology of Ghost Hunting
Search for it on Amazon, and many listings will refer to it as a “ghost meter,” an indispensable tool in the ghost hunter’s arsenal. It isn’t alone among EMF meters: Of the best-selling EMF meters on Amazon, two out of the top three are explicitly marketed as ghost meters.
Scanning the various product descriptions and reviews, though, what becomes clear is that it’s a relatively unreliable electromagnetic field meter. It operates only on one axis (you have to wave it around to get a proper reading), and it’s unshielded, meaning that it can be set off by a cell phone, a two-way radio, or virtually any kind of electronic device that occasionally gives off electromagnetic waves. One reviewer found he could set it off with, among other things, a computer mouse and a camera battery pack.
Yet it’s precisely because it’s not particularly good at its primary purpose that makes it a popular device for ghost hunters. Erratic, prone to false positives, easily manipulated, its flashy LED display will light up any darkened room of a haunted hotel or castle. Which is to say, its popularity as a ghost hunting tool stems mainly from its fallibility.
All of this technology – both the custom and the repurposed – works along more or less the same principle: generating a lot of static and random effects, hoping to capture random noise and other ephemera. The ghost hunter, in turn, looks for patterns, momentary convergences, serendipity, meaningful coincidence. For the believer, this is where ghosts live: in static, in glitches and in blurs.
Coast to Coast AM with George Noory
Monday: Financial Forecast/ Rock Legends
In the first half, entrepreneur and monetary expert Craig R. Smith talked about the state of the US economy, and what he thinks will happen next year under the new President to both the dollar and tangible assets. In the latter half, legendary drummer Kenny Aronoff, who has played with some of the greatest acts, from John Mellencamp to Bob Dylan, appeared in the LA studio to talk about his illustrious music career, and the music industry.
Tuesday: Robotic Advancements & Mars/ Ancient Aliens
In the first half, aerospace and defense systems developer Sir Charles Shults discussed the rapid advances in robotics, artificial intelligence, and drones. In the latter half, ‘ancient astronaut’ proponent Giorgio Tsoukalos and TV producer Kevin Burns spoke about the ancient astronaut theory, and their TV series Ancient Aliens, which has now surpassed 100 episodes.
Wednesday: Overprescribed Drugs/ Spirit Guides
In the first half, psychiatrist Dr. Peter Breggin spoke about techniques to overcome anxiety, as well as addressed the overprescribing of psychiatric drugs in the US. In the latter half, Hans Christian King, a direct voice medium for more than sixty years, discussed his spiritual communications and how he works with guides and deceased spirits.
Thursday: Coming Ice Age/ Doors of Perception
In the first half, researcher Robert Felix, who’s been predicting that the next ice age could begin any day, is now saying that day may have arrived. In the latter half, researcher into the borderline areas of human consciousness, Anthony Peake, spoke about states of consciousness and opening the doors of perception.
Friday: Pokémon Go Revelations
Filling in for George, Jimmy Church was joined by Bryan Lunduke, a technology journalist for Network World, who revealed how Pokémon Go was ultimately developed through the venture capital wing of the CIA, and how downloading the app provides the agency with access to personal data contained on mobile devices. Open Lines followed.
Paranormal Podcast: Spring Heeled Jack
Spring Heeled Jack was a mysterious figure in Victorian England. We discuss who or what he was with author John Matthews. In part two of this episode, George Case joins us to discuss the occult in pop culture in the 1960s and 70s.
The Paracast: November 20th, 2016
Gene and guest co-host Goggs Mackay welcome Jan Harzan, Executive Director for MUFON, the Mutual UFO Network.
Mysterious Universe: 16.19
After hearing fresh reports of the ‘overview effect’ from former astronauts, and decsriptions of earth as a “living organism”, we investigate the intelligent universe hypothesis and one woman’s direct experience inside the microcosm. We then look at bizarre links between native Australian mysticism and the reported supernormal abilities of Tibetan Lamas.
Expanded Perspectives: The Jersey Devil
This week on Expanded Perspectives the guys start the show off talking about how if you want a decent night’s sleep stop fiddling with your phone, researchers have warned. A US study has found that greater screen time, particularly at bedtime, is linked to disrupted sleep patterns – including taking a longer time to drop off. “The more screen time, the worse the quality of sleep,” said Gregory Marcus, co-author of the research from the University of California, San Francisco. The research ties in with a growing body of evidence that suggests that using electronic devices can get in the way of shut-eye.
Then, on a quiet day in March, 1966, seven eyewitnesses reported an unidentified flying object maneuvering over Livingston and Washtenaw counties in Michigan. But these were not just some crazy people who watched all this there were police officers, sherrif deputies and over a 100 other people. an official investigation declared it was an optical illusion created by swamp gas. But some say that’s just what the government wanted us to believe. The even became known as the Great UFO Flap of 1966. Then, a man said he and his family members saw a dinosaur-like animal at a fishing spot in Florida. Then, Lon Strickler of Phantoms and Monsters recently posted an interesting interview a man did with a witness who describes what he saw at the famous Roswell Crash.
After the break Kyle brings up the unusual story of the Jersey Devil. Ask people who live near the Pine Barrens of New Jersey if they actually believe in the Jersey Devil and you’ll get a bunch of half-answers Those who say they do say it with a little smirk, those who don’t believe in the creature still hesitate a little before giving a definitive “no.” The Jersey Devil is a mythical horned beast that is to the woods of the Atlantic City area as bigfoot is to rural north California. It’s one of the country’s most enduring legends; stories of the Jersey Devil predate the United States itself.
Thinking Sideways Podcast: Tecaxic-Calixtlauaca Head
The Tecaxic-Calixtlahuaca Head is a terracotta head which was likely part of a larger statue, discovered in 1933 near Mexico City. What makes this discovery so strange is that it was found with Pre-Colombian artifacts, but seems to be of Roman origin. Did the Romans have Pre-Columbian contact with America? Or is there a different explanation to be had?
Astonishing Legends: Mothman, Part 4-A
Do we only see what we can understand? And if we refuse or are unable to understand, are we then not seeing all of the elements of our reality? If beings and creatures from alternate realities truly exist, then what is their origin story? What is their purpose and what are we to them, or more to the point, what do they want with us? In Part 4A of our series on the Mothman of Point Pleasant, WV, we examine some of these questions and try to find conclusions of our own, outrageous though they may seem to be.
Stuff They Don’t Want You to Know Podcast: Who Built the Georgia Guidestones?
After years of listener requests, Ben, Matt and Noel are finally exploring the mysterious story of the legendary Georgia Guidestones. Who built this monument, and why? Listen in to learn more.
Bizarre States: The Rake with Jin Kelley
Bowser and Jess are joined by one of our favorites, Jin Kelley! They talk about a newly discovered ship graveyard, hop pot and the Rake!
The Higherside Chats Podcast: Anthony Peake | Consciousness & The Pleroma
Join host, Greg Carlwood, of The Higherside Chats podcast as he talks consciousness, altered states, the Pleroma with returning guest, Anthony Peake.
While we love talking about the various brands of high strangeness out there, a major unifying component to these mysterious encounters with aspects of the other side is us. This is because all of these experiences come through the lens of the human perception. And of course, the mainstream often uses that fact as an excuse to dismiss these strange occurrences entirely, which is wrong, but it’s still a fact that shouldn’t be ignored. What role does human consciousness and the brain play in these situations, or any situation for that matter?
Back in the THC saddle after four long years, today’s guest Anthony Peake is one of the kings of consciousness research. He’s written several books along the way, but most recently his decade-plus study of reality, the mind, and altered states have all come together in his latest masterpiece, “Opening the Doors of Perception: The Key to Cosmic Awareness”.
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.
I’m going to be taking next week off, to head back up home and spend the holiday and extended weekend with friends and family. Hopefully you folks won’t forget that I exist in two weeks, right?
Until Next Time