Issue Fifty-Four

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.

Well, it’s finally decided to get cold and stay cold here in my neck of the woods, and I’m pretty happy about that. Know what else I’m happy about? NEW FUCKING EGYPT STUFF
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
7,000-year-old City Unearthed in Egypt

Archaeologists have discovered the remains of an ancient city and graveyard at Abydos in southern Egypt. Thought to date back as far as 5316 BC, the city, which was found in the province of Sohag, would have housed high-ranking officials and grave builders who lived during Egypt’s first dynasty. Among the finds at the site were the remains of pots, huts and stone instruments as well as 15 large graves including some that were even bigger than the royal graves in Abydos.

“This proves the importance of the people buried there and their high social standing during this early era of ancient Egyptian history,” Egypt’s Antiquities Ministry said in a statement. “This discovery can shed light on a lot of information on the history of Abydos.”

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Long-lost 1890’s H. G. Wells Ghost Story Discovered

H. G. Wells, the man behind “The Time Machine” and other literary classics also wrote an unpublished ghost story. Some of the 19th century author’s best known works include “The War of the Worlds,” “The Invisible Man,” and “The Island of Doctor Moreau,” but beyond his most famous titles there also lies an unseen gem hidden within a large archive of his manuscripts at the University of Illinois.

The story was discovered when Andrew Gulli, editor of Strand magazine, heard that the university held a substantial archive of Wells’s works, and promptly hired an assistant to photocopy hundreds of manuscripts, which Gulli sorted through to see if he could find something new. The new story, entitled “The Haunted Ceiling,” is a macabre tale involving strange activities occurring at an old house.

“Initially, from the titles of the manuscripts, I thought I happened upon lots of unpublished works, but those thousands of pages were narrowed down to this delightful story,” said Gulli. “It’s a vintage Wells story – you have a supernatural event, characters with two schools of thought on the event, the literary type versus the scientist. This reminds me of his story ‘The Red Room,’ but we have a more of a twist with ‘The Haunted Ceiling.’”

“The Haunted Ceiling” will be published for the first time in Issue 50 of the Strand magazine.

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Paranormal Video of the Week
Practical Self-Induced Hallucination

Most of the long-time /x/ lurkers are familiar with the Ganzfield Effect, whereby a person can cause themselves to hallucinate when given prolonged exposure to uniform, unstructured stimulation. The most common method being pic related, covering your eyes with halved table tennis balls and listening to static until you start to see things. You might also be skeptical about it, and think that something that simple and without negative side effects can’t possibly be true. To that end, Brian and Jason from The Modern Rogue made this video, showing you how simple and easy it is to achieve the Ganzfield Effect…then go on to do it themselves and describe their experiences. I have personally done this sort of thing many, many times, even without the aid of eye coverings, and I can assure you it’s fucking awesome. Check out the video below.

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Coast to Coast AM with George Noory
Monday: Exploring Mars/ Ancient Wisdom

In the first half, Robert Zubrin, who founded the Mars Society, talked about the latest research on Mars, and his efforts to further the exploration and settlement of the Red Planet. In the latter half, a leader in mindfulness and empowerment, HeatherAsh Amara, talked about ancient Toltec teachings, shamanism, and how we can enhance our lives by working with the four nature elements.
Tuesday: JFK Assassination Mystery/ Psychic Attacks

In the first half, writer Robert K. Wilcox discussed his latest work on the JFK assassination. In the latter half, expert in hypnosis and time travel, Dr. Bruce Goldberg, talked about different types of psychic attacks, and energy vampires.
Wednesday: Alternative Health/ Paranormal News

In the first half, Dr. Joel Wallach discussed the benefits of remedies and supplements that aid in the body’s recovery from many diseases and ailments. In the second half, author and film maker L. A. Marzulli discussed the latest developments across the world of the paranormal.
Thursday: CERN’s Strange Science/ North Carolina Hauntings

In the first half, author Josh Peck spoke about some of the mysteries and strange science that surrounds CERN’S secretive mission. In the latter half, paranormal investigator Joshua P. Warren discussed hauntings and why a place can sometimes be haunted even though nothing tragic happened there.
Friday: Venom Research

Biology professor at the University of Queensland and group leader of the Venomics Laboratory, Bryan Grieg Fry discussed his work with the world’s deadliest creatures and how he’s been bitten by numerous venomous snakes (as well as getting stung by three stingrays and surviving a near-fatal scorpion sting). Open Lines followed.
Paranormal Podcasts
Last Podcast on the Left: Children of God, Part I: Mother’s Peanut Butter

It’s the Children of God cult on this week’s Last Podcast! In part one, we follow sex-crazed self-proclaimed prophet David Berg from his early days as a failed Pentecostal preacher to his brilliant manipulation of the hippie movement. Think of him like a more successful Charles Manson.


Children of God, Part II: Dad Was a Sexy Guy

It gets real gross here on part two of Children of God as we cover the beginning of the Family’s disgusting sexual habits and the Mo Letters, including phrases to say to Jesus when he’s having sex with you and what really lies in the hollow moon.

Paranormal Podcast: Monsters Among Us

Linda Godfrey joins us to talk about her investigations on cryptids. In part two, we are joined by filmmaker Adam Tomlinson and we discuss shadow people, and his film The Man In The Shadows!

The Paracast: December 4th, 2016

Gene and Chris present noted Ufologist Philip Mantle.

Mysterious Universe: 16.21

Investigative journalist Ryan Sprague joins us this week to discuss his new book “Somewhere in the Skies: A Human Approach to an Alien Phenomenon.” Sprague gathers detailed testimony from highly credible witnesses, along with commentary from scientists and psychologists, that reveal the often traumatic impact this phenomenon has on the experiencers.

Expanded Perspectives: Lesser Known Alien Abductions

On this episode of Expanded Perspectives the guys start the show off talking about how recently Egypt has unearthed a city more than 7,000 years old and a cemetery dating back to its first dynasty in the southern province of Sohag, the antiquities ministry has said. The find could be a boon for Egypt’s ailing tourism industry, which has suffered a series of setbacks since the uprising that toppled the autocrat Hosni Mubarak in 2011, but remains a vital source of foreign currency. The city is likely to have housed high-ranking officials and grave builders. Its discovery may yield new insights into Abydos, one of the oldest cities in ancient Egypt, the ministry said in a statement. Experts say Abydos was Egypt’s capital towards the end of the predynastic period and during the rule of the first four dynasties. The discovery was made 400 metres away from the temple of Seti I, a New Kingdom period memorial across the Nile from present day Luxor.

Then, space is still the final frontier, and as NASA scientists prepare to try and venture further into the solar system than humans have ever gone before there’s a very important issue they want to solve — how to poop, pee and be on your period in space, without having to use a space diaper. That’s right, astronauts have always looked cool in their super space gear as they prepared to be blasted into orbit, but all the while, every single astronaut has been stuck wearing a diaper during launches and landings. (When they reach space there are specially designed waste collection systems to use and of course on Earth there are gas station bathrooms galore.) This gets even more gross when you consider that astronauts often have to spend up to 10 hours in their spacesuits as they wait for the launch or prepare for re-entry, so they definitely have to use those diapers at some point. However, now NASA officials are trying to come up with a way to finally ditch the diaper, and they’re asking for the public’s help with the crowdsourced “space poop challenge” which is exactly what it sounds like — NASA wants you to help them figure out astronauts can do their business in space.

Then, Japanese businesses are finding they need to deal with increasing numbers of foreign visitors to Japan, and Panasonic thinks it has the answer: a megaphone that translates the user’s voices into multiple languages. The Megahonyaku, which is a reasonably good pun on the Japanese words for “megaphone” and “translation,” listens for Japanese input and plays back phrases in English, Chinese, and Korean. Then, Kyle brings up and unusual sighting a woman named Victoria D had one night while her and some friends drove through Cannock Chase, UK. They saw what appeared to be a large werewolf like creature.

After the break, Kyle brings up some lesser known alien abductions. Thanks for listening to Expanded Perspectives have a great week!

Skeptoid: The Ghost Fighter Plane of Pearl Harbor

Published accounts tell of a mysterious fighter plane that came into Pearl Harbor a year after the Japanese attack.

Thinking Sideways Podcast: Craig D. Button

On April 2, 1997 USAF Captain Craig Button broke formation during a training mission and flew his A-10 Thunderbolt for almost 800 miles, before crashing into the side of Gold Dust Peak. The four 500 pound Mk-82 bombs that were on the plane when it took off were not found at the crash site. Did Captain Button commit suicide and where are the bombs?

Astonishing Legends: Mothman, Part 4-B

As we approach our Thanksgiving holiday here in the United States, Astonishing Legends would like to thank our fantastic fans from all over the world with our final Part 4B of The Mothman series – the rest of the conclusions. Not only did we think this would make a good bonus for our listeners, but an undivided Part 4 would’ve been, shall we say, monstrous. Of all the things to be thankful for this holiday season, just remember that as weird as things are, they could always get weirder. Happy Thanksgiving everybody!

Stuff They Don’t Want You to Know Podcast: News: The Fake vs. The Real

The internet, while amazing, has given rise to the dangerous proliferation of misleading – or, in some cases, entirely fictitious- stories masquerading as news. So how can we outsmart the conspiracy of disinformation?

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 made this cake over Thanksgiving, and goddamn if I didn’t have to make a second one. I recommend Granny Smith or Macintosh apples for it; if you use Macintosh, add a tablespoon of lemon juice to the batter.
Apple Cake

5 apples, peeled and chopped
2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
4 teaspoons baking powder
4 eggs
2 cups white sugar (or half and half white sugar and brown sugar)
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
6 teaspoons white sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C).
Lightly grease and flour a 9 by 13 inch pan.
In a bowl, mix together the flour, salt, spices and baking powder. Set aside.
In a large bowl, beat eggs, sugar, vanilla and oil until smooth and light in color.
Add the dry ingredients and mix well. Fold in the apple (and nuts if used). Pour batter into the prepared pan.
In a small bowl, mix the 6 teaspoons sugar with the 2 teaspoons cinnamon, and sprinkle over the cake.
Bake at 350°F (175°C) for 50 to 60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into center of the cake comes out clean.

Until Next Time


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