Issue Seventy

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:
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
Enceladus could support alien life, says NASA

During a press conference held today, NASA scientists have revealed the discovery of molecular hydrogen in jets of water erupting from deep beneath the surface of Enceladus. Molecular hydrogen is important because on Earth it provides energy for entire ecosystems such as those living around hydrothermal vents at the bottom of the sea. Such creatures eat the hydrogen and release methane – a gas that has also been found on Enceladus.

“We now know there’s not only a warm, wet environment – we now realise there’s food for life,” said astrobiologist Lewis Dartnell. “There’s fuel for an ecosystem on Enceladus.”

So could there really be extraterrestrial life living in the depths of Saturn’s icy moon? Right now we don’t know, but there is likely to be a great deal of interest in launching additional robotic missions to Enceladus over the next few years in an attempt to find out.

As it stands, there’s a real chance we may actually have alien life living right on our doorstep.

Full Story:
‘First ever image of dark matter’ revealed

The existence of this enigmatic form of matter, which is thought to account for up to 85% of the mass of the universe, remains one of the most important unsolved mysteries in modern physics. Even observing dark matter directly has proven to be a challenge, but now two researchers at the University of Waterloo believe that they have succeeded in creating a composite image showing dark matter filaments bridging two galaxies located 4.5 billion light years away.

The impressive image took advantage of a technique known as weak gravitational lensing which causes the appearance of distant objects to warp slightly under the influence of an unseen mass.

“For decades, researchers have been predicting the existence of dark-matter filaments between galaxies that act like a web-like superstructure connecting galaxies together,” said study author Mike Hudson, an astronomy professor at the University of Waterloo. “This image moves us beyond predictions to something we can see and measure.”

Full Story:

Paranormal Article of the Week
The Gray Man Before The Storm

Historical ghost stories abound in South Carolina, but one of the oldest and most famous is the story of the Gray Man of Pawleys Island, a coastal community in Georgetown County. Several versions of this story exist, but all say the apparition appears before major storms to warn the island’s inhabitants of approaching danger.

(I felt like tossing this article in here because in meatspace I live about two hours’ drive from Pawleys Island. The story’s always fascinated me, even if it sounds like a load of bullshark at face value. Check it out if you want.)

Full Article:

Coast to Coast AM with George Noory
Monday: Alternative Health/Fairies & Changelings

In the first half, Dr. Joel Wallach addressed alternative health approaches. In the latter half, author and researcher Varla Ventura discussed her extensive exploration of the many things that go bump in the night.
Tuesday: Prophecy & Eclipses/Reptilians & Gods

In the first half, founder of El Shaddai Ministries in Washington state Mark Biltz discussed how the sun and the moon are to be used to determine when the divine appointments occur. In the latter half, author and earth mysteries investigator Betsey Lewis presented her latest research into the ancient worship of serpent gods, and how a species of intelligent Reptilian ‘aliens’ may have evolved on our planet.
Wednesday: UFO Investigations & Col. Corso

In the first half, physicist and UFO investigator Stanton Friedman discussed the latest in his UFO research. In the latter half, investigative reporter Paola Harris talked about her research in ufology and detailed some of her conversations with the late great Colonel Philip Corso, known for the claims in his book, The Day After Roswell.
Thursday: Empaths/NDE & Heaven

In the first half, intuitive psychiatrist Dr. Judith Orloff discussed the nature of empaths and the challenges they face. In the latter half, professor at the University of Denver Daniels College of Business Steven R. Musick shared an amazing series of events which included visionary dreams, a miraculous healing, and a near-death experience that showed him heaven and changed the direction of his life.
Friday: Everything is Fake!

Everything in our society today is fake—or at least a great many things are, according to publisher Brad Olsen, who joined guest host Jimmy Church to discuss why he thinks so much is false and conspiracy is the new norm. Open Lines followed.
Paranormal Podcasts
Last Podcast on the Left: Aileen Wuornos, Part I: Yosemite Samantha

It’s Heavy Hitter time with our series on drifter serial killer Aileen Wuornos. On this first episode we cover the horrific early life, her not so great but still better drifter life, and just what motivation (if any) Aileen Wuornos had to kill seven men in the late eighties and early nineties.

Paranormal Podcast: Psychic Dreaming

The great Loyd Auerbach joins us to talk about psychic dreaming in part one of today’s Paranormal Podcast. In part two, Skye Alexander separates the fact from the fiction when it comes to witchcraft.

The Paracast: April 16th, 2017

Gene and Chris present long-time researcher Stan Gordon, who tells us that he had a busy 2016 investigating sightings of UFOs, Bigfoot and Crypids in Pennsylvania.

Mysterious Universe: 17.14

Reports of people disappearing in forests and national parks across the world continue with David Paulides’ latest: Missing 411 – Hunters.
We review the strangest cases and again try to make sense of the mystery.

Skeptoid: The Mercury Rivers of Emperor Qin Shi Huang

A miniature of all China’s waterways in liquid mercury is said to be at the heart of the First Emperor’s tomb.

Thinking Sideways Podcast: Ghostnet

In June 2008, a representative of the Dalai Lama approached an investigator from InfoWar Monitor in Geneva to request an investigation- they were sure that someone was spying on their computers. What investigators found was far more wide reaching than anyone could have guessed.

Blurry Photos Podcast: Ivan T. Sanderson

Forteana has a few big names in the field, but only one may be bigger than Ivan T Sanderson! A well-read, well-traveled man of many interests, Ivan T Sanderson was a prolific naturalist whose interest in Forteana paved the way for students of the unexplained. Flora and Stecco take an in-depth look at his life and accomplishments in this compelling, fun biographical episode. His name has popped up in many past episodes and doubtless will again. It’s high-time we’re all familiar with such a cool figure of Fortean history.

The Higherside Chats Podcast: Freddy Silva | The Resurrection Ritual, Crop Circles, & The Otherworld

When we examine sacred sites scattered around the world, oral traditions passed down through generations and disjointed clues of our fragmented history buried by organized religion, the path to reconnect the dots seems daunting. And without the proper context, putting our past into perspective can appear impossible. Luckily, today’s guest, Freddy Silva, has spent his years studying a cornucopia of esoteric traditions from ancient societies ranging from extinct systems of knowledge and initiation rituals to Jesus and crop circles. Silva has written several books including, “The Divine Blueprint,” and “First Templar Nation,” to help bestow ancient wisdom for modern times.

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:

As always, if you’re interested in going through the almost two years worth(!) of back issues of The /x/ Files, feel free to check out the link below to the Archive. Each issue in the Archive is posted in its original unabridged format (Due to character limits in 4chan posts, I end up cutting down a lot of the original text), every Sunday at the same time I post here on /x/. There’s a whole metric fuckton of readables over there, so take a look.

We’re very slowly sneaking up on being /x/’s longest running thread series (The /OMG/ guys still have me beat), and if you like what you see, why not contribute? No permission required; if you find a news article you think ought to be showcased in the thread, go ahead and post it! The /x/ Files is a collaborative effort. The only way we’re going to make /x/ a decent board is if we keep posting OC as much as we can.

Until Next Time


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