Issue Fifty-Five

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:
Godspeed you Faithful Icarus
Weird chunk of shit on New Zealand beach, many unsurprised
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
Actual Dinosaur Tail Found Preserved in Amber

The unprecedented 99 million-year-old specimen contains preserved bones, soft tissues and feathers. The incredible discovery, which is being hailed as a world first, has provided scientists with a unique opportunity to study – not just a fossil – but an actual piece of dinosaur, frozen in time.

The apricot-sized specimen, which was found in an amber mine in north-eastern Myanmar, contains the perfectly preserved tail of a juvenile coelurosaur – a type a therapod dinosaur. Scans of the amber indicate the presence of eight vertebrae from the tail’s mid-section along with several delicate feathers which have been described as brown on the top and white underneath.

“This is the first time we’ve found dinosaur material preserved in amber,” said study co-author Ryan McKellar of the Royal Saskatchewan Museum in Canada. “We can be sure of the source because the vertebrae are not fused into a rod or pygostyle as in modern birds and their closest relatives. Instead, the tail is long and flexible, with keels of feathers running down each side.”

The remarkable discovery is undoubtedly one the most significant palaentological finds in years.

“It’s amazing to see all the details of a dinosaur tail – the bones, flesh, skin, and feathers – and to imagine how this little fellow got his tail caught in the resin, and then presumably died because he could not wrestle free,” said study co-author Professor Mike Benton from the University of Bristol.

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Steely-Eyed Missile Man John Glenn Passes Away

Born in 1921 in eastern Ohio, Glenn’s passion for flying manifested at an early age via his childhood obsession with airplanes. He earned his private pilot’s license in 1941 during his time studying physics and engineering at Muskingum College. A decorated combat pilot who quit college to enlist in the military after Pearl Harbor, Glenn earned several medals for his service in the Korean war. Later becoming an officer in the United States Marine Corps, Glenn became a test pilot who helped develop the US Navy’s F8U Crusader, and was recruited by NASA as one of the legendary Mercury Seven – America’s first astronauts.

Glenn became a national hero in 1962 when he became the first American to orbit the Earth on the Friendship 7 mission, one year after the Soviet Union had sent their own man into orbit, Yuri Gagarin. Glenn was the third US astronaut in space and the first American in orbit, circling the Earth three times. He received a distinguished service medal from then-president John F. Kennedy upon his return and was greeted by millions for a ticker-tape parade in New York City.

Glenn later became a Democratic senator from Ohio in 1974, holding office for 24 years, the longest-serving US senator in Ohio history. In 1978, he received the Congressional Space Medal of Honor, and was inducted in to the US Astronaut Hall of Fame in 1990. Despite his career as a senator, Glenn would return to space one last time in 1998 when, at age 77, he flew aboard the space shuttle Discovery – a mission that would see him become the oldest human being ever to go in to space.

“It still seems so vivid to me,” He said, on the 50th anniversary of his flight, in 2012. “I still can sort of pseudo-feel some of those same sensations I had back in those days during launch and all.”

Glenn died on Thursday, December 8th, at the James cancer hospital in Columbus, Ohio. He was 95.

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Mystery object found on New Zealand beach

A shaggy object covered from top to bottom in barnacles has washed up on Muriwai Beach in Auckland. The bizarre spectacle was photographed by local resident Melissa Doubleday who posted it up on the Muriwai & Waimauku Area Community Group Facebook page to ask for second opinions.

“Just curious to know if anyone knows what this is??! Washed up on Muriwai Beach,” she wrote.

The image has since gone viral online with Internet users debating over what it could be. The suggestions so far have ranged from a washed up sea monster to a large piece of driftwood.

“I actually thought it was a washed up whale as I approached it, so weird,” said Doubleday. “It looks like worms with shells I’ve never seen before with these funny creatures just [coming] out.”

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Paranormal Article of the Week
Mysterious and Frightening Real Cases of Demonic Possession

There has long been the belief across cultures that beyond the fringes of our known physical reality, lurking on the periphery of our vision and what we think we know, are enigmatic evil spirits, demons, and assorted spectral things beyond our comprehension wallowing in the dark. As scary and creepy as this idea may be, there is also the persistent belief that these apparitions on occasion push forth past the veil that separates our domains to invade not only our reality but also our bodies. For whatever inscrutable reasons or agendas, they seem covet our flesh forms and wish to penetrate within us and take control, dominate us, and own us. From beyond the wall that separates us from the world of demons they creep, and there at times seems to be very little we can do but try and fight them and the unknown powers they possess. Cases of demonic possession and our efforts to fight these sinister beings are numerous, coming from all over the world, and here I have put together a list of some of the creepier and well-known of these.

Full Article:

Coast to Coast AM with George Noory
Monday: Intelligent Design/ Faking Your Death

In the first half, engineer and biologist Douglas Axe discussed the questions that much of the scientific community would rather silence on the origins of life, and why he believes evidence points to intelligent design over evolution. In the latter half, Elizabeth Greenwood of Columbia University talked about how and why people fake their own deaths.
Tuesday: Pearl Harbor

As the 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor rang in, author and researcher Craig Nelson offered a comprehensive look at the attack, during the first half of the show. Open Lines followed.
Wednesday: Stargazing/ ET Hypothesis

In the first half, Mark Thompson discussed his research on deep space and the study of stars and black holes. In the latter half, author and photographer Will Hart linked science research and modern UFO phenomena to the anomalies of ancient artifacts and texts to reach his conclusion that Earth was seeded by an ET race.
Thursday: Innovative Business/ Secret Space Program

In the first half, innovative technology advisor Tim Ferriss shared the secret habits and practices of successful people. In the second half, author and lecturer Mike Bara discussed the alleged secret space program, as well as anti-gravity propulsion programs, secret flying saucer crafts developed by the military, and anti-gravity breakthroughs.
Friday: Bones of Jesus/ Shroud of Turin

Filling in for George Noory, guest host Dave Schrader welcomed forensic geologist Scott Wolter for a discussion on the historical Jesus and the Jesus “Ossuary.” In the second half of the program, former government cryptologist J.R. Watts shared his findings about Bible codes and the Shroud of Turin.
Paranormal Podcasts
Last Podcast on the Left: Children of God Part III: Flesh Daddy

On part three of Children of God, we cover the religious prostitution that was Flirty Fishing and the most disturbing cult artifact that came out of the 20th Century: The Story of Davidito.

Paranormal Podcast: The Sagan Conspiracy

Donald Zygutis joins us to share a stunning theory about famed scientist Carl Sagan. In part two of the program, podcaster and researcher Mark Norman joins us to discuss folklore.

The Paracast: December 11th, 2016

Gene and Chris present a return appearance from very prolific author Nick Redfern.

Mysterious Universe: 16.22

Childhood encounters with the ‘spirit of death’ and crisis-apparitions give us a chilling start on this episode as multiple eyewitnesses reveal their experiences with the comforting reaper.
We then lighten the mood with the hilariously sad antics of London’s Polyamorous Unicorn movement and in the Plus+ extension we discuss the hidden signal that connects all life.

Expanded Perspectives: Somewhere in the Skies w/ Ryan Sprague

On this episode of Expanded Perspectives the guys start the show off talking about a person who had a very strange encounter with what appeared to be a 7ft tall monkey who was in control of an Owl with the face of person. Then Dr. Hirotaka Sato, an aerospace engineer at Nanyang Technological University, and his team are turning live beetles into cyborgs by electrically controlling their motor functions.

Then, a video of a formation of UFOs that the witness claimed was chasing him was just one of the multiple sightings in and around Brandon, Canada, last week, according to various news reports. In fact, so many witnesses came forward that the UFO sightings made the local news.

After the break the guys have on Ryan Sprague to discuss his new book “Somewhere In The Skies”. A professional playwright and screenwriter in New York City, Sprague is also an investigative journalist specializing in the topic of UFOs. He has written for numerous publications and has been featured on ABC News, Fox News, The Science Channel, and recently became a regular on Travel Channel’s series Mystery at the Museum.

Skeptoid: Bruce Lee Myths

More mythology than fact surrounds this enigmatic figure from martial arts films.

Astonishing Legends: Unhappy Endings

Life is fragile and an end comes for us all. But whether that end is labeled as mysterious, ironic, tragic, coincidental or altogether unremarkable, is something for those that survive us to decide. The path of life through the wilderness of our choices can be both rocky and smooth, so look where you’re going because others will remember where you’ve been.

Stuff They Don’t Want You to Know Podcast: Is the Military on Drugs?

From the old stories of Viking Berserkers to the rise of the Assassins and more, humanity has spent millennia using drugs as a way to explore spirituality, repair the body — and, sometimes, to gain an edge in combat. But how prevalent was this practice? How does it continue in the modern day?

Bizarre States: Good Chicken w/ Kyle Kinane & Dave Stone

Jess and Bowser are joined by the hosts of The Boogie Monster podcast, Kyle Kinane & Dave Stone! They have an update on Japan’s pizza delivering reindeer, the bionic penis, magician wars and listener stories!

The Higherside Chats Podcast: David Seaman: Pizzagate and the Podesta Pedophile Ring

Join The Higherside Chats as host Greg Carlwood talks about the latest details of Pizzagate, John Podesta, and the pedophile ring with returning guest, David Seaman.

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:

Until Next Time


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