Issue Seventy-Nine

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.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.

AKA the “I Swear I’m Not Dead” Edition





Table of Contents:
1: Paranormal News of the Week2: Paranormal Article of the Week3: Paranormal Podcasts4: Editor’s Note



Paranormal News of the Week

Private firm set to land on the Moon in 2019
Astrobotic is aiming to land its unmanned Peregrine lunar lander on the surface of the Moon in two years’ time. The Pittsburgh-based firm, which bowed out of Google’s Lunar XPRIZE last year, will be launching its lunar lander atop a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket sometime in 2019.
“Astrobotic is thrilled to select a ULA launch vehicle as the means to get Peregrine to the Moon,” said CEO John Thornton. “By launching with ULA, Astrobotic can rest assured our payload customers will ride on a proven launch vehicle with a solid track record of success.”
The lander will be carrying 35 kilograms of payload on its initial flight however there are plans to ramp this up significantly in the future with up to 265 kilograms of payload capacity on subsequent flights. While Peregrine is currently set to become the first private lunar lander ever to touch down on the Moon, there is still an opportunity for one of the firm’s competitors to beat it to the punch. The biggest threat comes from the five teams currently vying to win Google’s Lunar XPRIZE, a contest that is offering a $20 million prize to the first privately funded team to successfully land a rover on the Moon’s surface, drive it 500 meters from the landing site and then transmit a video back to Earth. Whether any of them will achieve this before Peregrine’s 2019 mission however remains to be seen.
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Nazi gold reportedly found in WWII shipwreck
A chest thought to be filled with Nazi gold has been found in the wreckage of the scuttled SS Minden. The ship, which has been located at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean near Iceland, was thought to have been hauling over $130 million worth of gold from South America to Nazi-occupied Europe. After being loaded by officials from Banco Germanico, it left Brazil on September 6, 1939 before being spotted by two British cruisers – the HMS Calypso and HMS Dunedin – out at sea. To prevent its valuables from being captured by the Allies, the crew deliberately scuttled the ship and left it to sink to the bottom of the ocean.
British treasure hunters are now attempting to acquire permission from authorities in Iceland to cut a hole in the ship’s hull so that the chest can be recovered and taken back to the UK. It is believed that it could contain as much as four tons of the precious metal. Whether the vessel really does contain such a large haul of gold however, as well as whether the researchers will be granted permission to retrieve it, remains for the moment at least, unclear.
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Traces of blood found on the Shroud of Turin
The mysterious Turin Shroud, which is believed by many to be the actual burial cloth of Jesus himself, has long been the subject of intense scrutiny, controversy and debate. Now following a thorough forensic examination of the cloth, researchers in Italy claim to have discovered traces of human blood within its fibers. Not only that, but a scientific analysis of these blood particles has suggested that the individual in question had likely been subjected to a prolonged period of physical torture before they died.
“Hence, the presence of these biological nanoparticles found during our experiments point to a violent death for the man wrapped in the Turin Shroud,” said University of Padua professor Giulio Fanti.
The discovery has reignited debate over the true origins and authenticity of the shroud which for years has divided scientists and theologians alike. Some believe the relic to be a medieval forgery while others are convinced that it is genuine and that it dates back 2,000 years. But could the presence of blood on the shroud really point to it being the actual burial cloth of Jesus? Given that the shroud has been moved around a lot over the centuries, even if there really is someone’s blood on it, there is no guarantee that it has actually been there all along.
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Paranormal Article of the Week

The Battle of Los Angeles: What Actually Happened
In the early morning hours of February 25, 1942, all hell was breaking loose in Los Angeles, California. America was still rattled by the attack by the Japanese Imperial Navy’s attack on Pearl Harbor, and concerns about a legitimate threat on the U.S. mainland had kept military officials on the West Coast on high alert in case of an impending attack. On the night in question, gunfire erupted as officials struggled to discern the identities, and location, of several objects reportedly spotted in the early morning skies.
However, no evidence of an actual Japanese fleet ever emerged, as there had been no conclusive sightings of enemy aircraft, nor had anything resembling one been shot down in the melee that erupted that morning. Revisiting the incident many years later, a number of UFO researchers began to attribute this incident to the presence of some variety of unexplained aerial phenomenon.
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Paranormal Podcasts

Last Podcast on the Left: The Enfield Poltergeist Part I – Oh Crumbs!
It’s England’s most famous haunting on this week’s Last Podcast! Join us on part one as we follow the trials and tribulations of the Hodgson family during an almost two year encounter that features verbal poltergeist interaction, apparitions, and multiple well-meaning mediums.

Paranormal Podcast: The Road To Strange
Strange things happen to people when they travel. Author Rosemary Ellen Guiley joins us to talk about the weirdness that ensues when people hit the road and tells us some scary travel stories. In part two, Dr. Mark Thurston joins us to talk about discovering our soul’s purpose.

Mysterious Universe: 18.04
Author and Astronomer Bob Berman joins us this week to discuss how Biocentrism views life and consciousness as the keys to understanding the universe. We look at Berman’s most recent co-authored book on the biocentric ‘theory of everything’, he shares his own ecstatic experience, and we try and wrap our heads around the claim that there is no independent external universe outside of biological existence.

Expanded Perspectives: A Chance Encounter
On this weeks episode of Expanded Perspectives, the guys start the show off talking about how a 20 year old woman in Michigan came across a truly horrifying beast while driving. The creature she described looked like it had the body of a man and the head of a dog. Then, in 2016, experts uncovered 13 footprints which they believe date back more than 3.6 million years. The enigmatic footprints were discovered in modern-day Tanzania and were preserved for millions of years thanks to a region which was at that time covered with wet volcanic ash.
Then, one evening back in 2013 near Des Plaines, Illinois a woman and her son saw what appeared to be a gargoyle. Then, a woman has a run in with everyone’s favorite cryptic “Sasquatch” while out fishing with her family. After the break the sightings just keep piling up as Kyle tells some strange encounters with the little people. Throughout the world, people from all over claim to have run into fairies, elves, trolls and gnomes. What are these strange beings and why do only a small few of us actually see them?

Thinking Sideways Podcast: The Villisca Axe Murders
In June 1912 eight people were brutally murdered in their beds in a home in Villisca, Iowa. Despite a long list of suspects and a massive police investigation, one of the most heinous crimes in American history has never been solved.

Stuff They Don’t Want You to Know Podcast: Utsuro Bune: Ancient Japanese UFOs?
It’s a tale that dates back centuries — a bizarre, spherical ship washes ashore in Japan, containing a single passenger. Visibily female and humanoid, but clothed in strange garments, with unusual hair and skin. Fast forward to the modern day — experts still aren’t sure what exactly happened. What was Utsuro Bune? Join Ben, Matt and Noel as they delve into the mystery.

The Higherside Chats Podcast: J.M. DeBord | Dream Interpretation, Symbolism & The Subconscious
While many of us spend our time contemplating our reality, and dissecting possible scenarios to help us explain and understand this mysterious experience of life, we may be overlooking a critical piece to comprehending the consciousness puzzle: the Dreamtime. Not only are sleep and dreaming crucial components required for survival that consume approximately one third of our overall lifespan, but deciphering their symbolism and significance can help us to better understand our unacknowledged subconscious desires. And fortunately, today’s guest, J.M. Debord is a leading dream interpreter, learned man, and author of books such as “Dreams 1-2-3” and “The Dream Interpretation Dictionary.”

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:
It’s a very good possibility that my work schedule is going to be stabilizing soon, and that will most likely mean a return to schedule on the thread. My sincerest apologies for my absence to those of you who have been long-time readers. It’s been a hectic period of time for me.


Until Next Time


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