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.
Holiday cheer, tra-la-la, NO FUCKING SPOOPY NEWS
Table of Contents:
1: Paranormal Article of the Week
2: Radio Show Roundup
3: Paranormal Podcasts
4: Editor’s Note
Paranormal Article of the Week
How to Appease Household Spirits Across the World
If you’re lucky, you can live in a home where a hairy little household imp will help keep your kitchen clean, or a domestic god will grant you everlasting good fortune. So long as you keep them happy. From ancient Greece’s goddess of the hearth, Hestia, to the hobs of Northern England, household spirits have been around for centuries. But most such mythical creatures double as gods of fire and agents of chaos, so failing to tend to their needs can lead to missing items, broken dishes, and calamitous fortune.
As you prepare your home for the holidays this year, here are some tips on how to keep particular household spirits in good standing.
Coast to Coast AM with George Noory
Monday: Harmful Technology/ Finding Bliss
Entrepreneur and environmental scientist Jason Bawden-Smith discussed the harmful effects of living in a technologically connected world. In the second half, life coach Moneeka Sawyer discussed how she got in touch with her own bliss, and how people on a practical level can choose to experience joy and contentment in their lives.
Tuesday: Strange Disappearances
Investigator David Paulides, who has worked in law enforcement in the San Francisco Bay Area, is an expert in the disproportionate number of mysterious disappearances happening in our national parks. In the first three hours of the show, he discussed cases of experienced hunters who vanished under odd and unexplained circumstances. Open Lines followed.
Wednesday: Space Exploration/ Angels & Transhumanism
In the first half, longtime space journalist Leonard David spoke about the history of space exploration and current efforts, including the growth of private companies. In the latter half, investigative mythologist William Henry talked about ETs, angels, ascension technology, and transhumanism.
Thursday: Privacy Threats/ The Afterlife
In the first half, online privacy expert Katherine Albrecht joined George to discuss the rapidly evolving field of tracking technology including wearable tech. In the second half, Mark Mirabello, professor of history at Shawnee State University in Ohio, discussed beliefs from many different cultures on the soul, heaven, hell, and reincarnation and other aspects of the afterlife.
Friday: Occult Vs. Nazis
Media theorist and documentarian Douglas Rushkoff joined Jimmy Church to weave a mind-bending tale of iconography and mysticism, set against the backdrop of a battle-torn Europe, in a story spanning generations and featuring legendary occultist Aleister Crowley who conjured up an unconventional new form of warfare that is fought with symbols and ideas. Open Lines followed.
Last Podcast on the Left: Children of God, Part IV: The Story of Ricky Rodriguez
It’s the end of the Children of God saga as we cover the story of not Davidito, but Ricky Rodriquez, as the former messiah leaves the Children of God and heads down a road of vengeance and murder.
Paranormal Podcast: Ian Punnett Writes on The Bluegrass Belle
Ian Punnett joins us to talk about a true crime case from the annals of his own family. In part two, Tim Beckley along with Michele Lowe and Claudia Cunningham join us talk about all things cryptid!
The Paracast: December 18th, 2016
Gene and Chris present a rare appearance by Dr. Jeffrey Meldrum, one of the few academics seriously researching such strange creatures as Bigfoot.
Mysterious Universe: 16.23
Not so psychic ‘Psychic-Animal’ stories get us started this week with life saving seagulls and horse detectives. We then investigate the history of The Nine and the ET collective that influenced Star Trek.
Expanded Perspectives: Oh Gnome You Didn’t
On this episode of Expanded Perspectives the guys start the show talking about they’re favorite Holiday drinks and then in Italy, the legend of La Befana is one that is popularly told around the time of the Epiphany. What does a Catholic holiday have to do with modern Paganism? Well, La Befana happens to be a witch. According to folklore, on the night before the feast of the Epiphany in early January, Befana flies around on her broom, delivering gifts. Much like Santa Claus, she leaves candy, fruit, or small gifts in the stockings of children who are well-behaved throughout the year. On the other hand, if a child is naughty, he or she can expect to find a lump of coal left behind by La Befana.
Then, Researchers at Oregon State have patented a new strain of seaweed that tastes like bacon when it’s cooked. The seaweed, a form of red marine algae, looks like translucent red lettuce. It also has twice the nutritional value of kale and grows very quickly. Did we mention it tastes like bacon? According to Oregon State researcher Chris Langdon, his team started growing the new strain while trying to find a good food source for edible sea snails, or abalone, a very popular food in many parts of Asia. The strain is a new type of red algae that normally grows along the Pacific and Atlantic coastlines. Then, Kyle brings up two strange Humanoid sightings where in both cases they were wearing some sort of shinny one piece suits.
Then, Cam brings up an interesting account of a hunter spotting something in the woods otherworldly. The witness and his cousin were out hunting near Johnson City, TN and were sitting on the side of the wall of a rather large hollow which consisted of very thick underbrush and lots of evergreen. A larger valley then lead first to a clearing and then on to a supposed old Indian graveyard. All of the sudden they heard the brush in the hollow below rattling and they could tell that whatever was making the sounds was rather large. What appeared before them was a three horned man beast.
After the break Cam brings up some fascinating Gnome sightings from different parts of the world. The Gnome is one of a species of diminutive beings, usually described as shriveled little old men, that inhabit the interior of the earth and act as guardians of its treasures. Gnomes are very widespread species, known to a number of human races. Germans name them Erdmanleins, except in the Alpine areas, where they are called Heinzemannchens. In Denmark and Norway they are Nisse; Nissen is a Swedish variation. In Brittany they are called Nains. Tontti to the Finns and Foddenskkmaend is their name in Iceland. The Polish call they by the familar Gnom. Bulgaria and Albania, however, use Dudje. In Hungary, Yugoslavia, and Czechoslovakia, Gnomes are called Mano. The Dutch use Kabouter and the Belgian, Skritek. Switzerland and Luxembourg use the same name, Kleinmanneken, which means “littlemen.” Domovoi Djedoes is used in western Russia.
Gnomes consist of a number of different types. The most common is the Forest Gnome who rarely comes into contact with man. The Garden Gnome lives in old gardens and enjoys telling melancoly tales. Dune Gnomes are slightly larger than their woodland breathren and choose remarkably drab clothing. House Gnomes have the most knowledge of man, often speaking his language. It is from this family that Gnome Kings are chosen. Farm Gnomes resemble their House brethen, but are more conservative in manner and dress. Siberian Gnomes have been more interbred than other Gnomes and associate freely with trolls. They are much larger than the other types and have an infinately more nasty nature. It is best never to evoke the ire of such Gnomes for they delight in revenge.
Skeptoid: The Simple Proof of Man-Made Global Warming
The two most basic Smoking Guns proving that carbon from fossil fuels is warming the Earth.
Astonishing Legends: Second Chances
Sometimes we get a second chance and sometimes it seems we had no chance at all. What we can count on getting is a cycle of the heartwarming followed by heartbreak, the mundane punctuated with despair and assuaged by moments of joy. But greater than our earthly concerns, the cycle of life continues. Birth follows death as spring follows winter. And within this cycle, every once in a while just to keep it interesting, the wondrous happens. Whether you view the seemingly impossible as merely a coincidence, as a mistaken observation, or as proof that miracles do happen and that love never dies the choice is up to you. Which one sounds like more fun?
Blurry Photos Podcast: Runes
Untie the pouch of mysticism and new agery with Blurry Photos with an episode all about Runes! An ancient system of divination originating in Germania and Scandinavia, the casting of Runes is the practice of gaining insight through symbols of power. But where did it come from? Where does it derive its power? And how much faith can one put in interpretation of a bastardized alphabet on rocks? Flora and Stecco look at the history of the practice, how it’s supposedly done, and even try their hand at casting and interpreting. What do the stones have in store for them? More importantly, can they stand up to scrutinization? See what the Norns have in store for you in this episode of the podcast! (In Mythology, The Futhark, How-to Guide, A Skeptical Look)
Stuff They Don’t Want You to Know Podcast: The Search for Noah’s Ark
For centuries various groups claimed they’d discovered the remnants of Noah’s Ark, the legendary wooden ship of Biblical fame. Despite controversy, skepticism and numerous dead ends, the search continues into the present day. And, what’s more, several Ark hunters believe there’s a conspiracy afoot — the secular world knows the Ark is real, they argue, but work to suppress the truth. Why?
Bizarre States: Karen Rontowski Can Read!
Karen Rontowski joins Bowser and Jess to give them a tarot reading, talk about her paranormal experiences, monks mound and listener stories!
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.
Seeing as next Sunday is Christmas, and I’m not a fucking heathen (Metaphorically, of course), I’ll be taking next week off. You should do the same. Spooks can relax in the dead of winter.
Until Next Time