Wednesday, November 30, 2011
"Posted: 21 Nov 2011 12:34 PM PST
In the Fall of 2010 it seemed pretty creepy that thousands of dead birds had fallen from the sky, millions of dead fish were turning up, and tens of thousands of dead crabs were littering beaches. But it turns out these aren't the only bizarre mass animal deaths that have occurred over the years. The most bizarre, IMO, has occurred at Scotland's Overtoun Bridge, located near the village of Milton in the burgh of Dumbarton.
In the past fifty years, 50 to 600 dogs have jumped over Scotland’s Overtoun Bridge and plummeted to their deaths. A few years ago, five dogs jumped in under six months. The Daily Mail wrote an article featuring reports of horrified pet owners who walked their dog over the bridge, when suddenly the dog would, without warning, leap over the bridge, falling 50 ft to the rocky bottom below. Perhaps even more disturbing, there are reports of “second timers”...of the few dogs who have survived the fall, some jumped over the same bridge again.
Many theories have circulated about why dogs react this way to the bridge. Some suggest that the dogs are deliberately committing suicide, perhaps due to depression in their owners or even a supernatural force.
Most of the dogs were long-nosed breeds; Labradors, Collies and Retrievers. Dog deaths have occurred in every season, but notably, on clear days, a rarity in this grey, wet part of Scotland. All of the dogs leapt from the same side of the bridge.
The most logical theory would seem to indicate something with the 'scent' at the bridge. RSPB researcher David Sexton planted several traps under the bridge and found mice and mink living there, and many squirrel nests nearby. He isolated the three animals’ scents and placed samples of each in a large field. He then unleashed ten dogs of the same breeds that routinely jump from the bridge. Only two dogs showed no interest in any of the scents...while seven of the dogs immediately went for the scent of the mink. In fact, it seemed that they were driven crazy by it.
So it may be that the smell of mink is irresistible to dogs, and not knowing about the 50 foot drop from the bridge, simply go wild and jump when they get a sniff of the scent. This would also explain why the “suicides” only \seem to happen to clear days, when the mink scent is undiluted by rain. It also lines up nicely with the timeline for mink populations in Scotland. The animals were only released into the wild in Scotland in the 1920s, and only began breeding in large numbers in the 1950s.
But there’s still the matter of why some dogs, once they’re on the ground after their jump, often go back up the bridge and jump again instead of chasing the mink. Or why the dogs only seem to jump from one specific point of the bridge and not others. Or why dogs go crazy for mink only here, when there are an estimated 26,000 mink all over Scotland?
According to legend, this is a place of dark deeds, tragedy and superstition. On one occasion, a man, behaving very erratically, threw his young baby from the bridge, believing it to be possessed by the devil.
In recent years the number of deaths has risen dramatically, with five animals jumping in six months. The story continues to attract widespread media attention, giving rise to the theory that these dogs could be committing suicide.
Overtoun House and it's grounds have garnered a reputation as a centre for unexplained phenomena. In Celtic mythology, Overtoun is known as a "thin" place. A place where Heaven and Earth are reputed to be close. Some have speculated that sensitive dogs are being spooked by something at the bridge."
Sunday, November 27, 2011
I had always considered Natalie one of the most beautiful as well as accomplished actresses of all times. This new to me idea is interesting.From the newsletter of Phantoms and Monsters:
"NOTE: I don't normally post the celebrity 'gossip' type stuff but there is some interest in this incident so I decided to go ahead with it....besides, it's a slow news day. I received the following email on Monday November 21st. I can't verify the information but simply posting 'as is' for information purposes:
Regarding Natalie Wood...
I heard something rather surprising one night in the early 1980s. I was at Trump's restaurant. It was a swanky place at the corner of Roberson and Melrose on the edge of West Hollywood just shy of Beverly Hills. I knew the bartender. He told me that one of the Wagner daughters was in the night before. She was upset and drunk. She told the bartender that she had just discovered that her father, Robert Wagner, was having an affair with Christopher Walken.
t's possible that Nathalie that night aboard 'The Splendor' walked-in on a gay moment between R.J. and Walken and mayhem broke-out.
The following was found after a bit of research:
Actor Robert La Tourneaux gave an interview to a gay magazine naming his famous married closeted bisexual lovers; alleging one of them to have been Academy award-winning actor Christopher Walken, whom he met through Mart Crowley. He also accused Walken of having an affair with another married actor, Robert Wagner, on the night of actress Natalie Wood's (Wagner's wife) unexplained death. - Broadway Babylonby Boze Hadleigh"
The picture is from the new book coauthored by the boat captain....
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Doctors pull 28 nails from girl's body
Doctors in eastern Indonesia have removed the last of 28 nails found embedded in a three-year-old girl's legs and back in a horrific case some residents and officials blamed on witchcraft.
The doctors in Makassar on Sulawesi island had already removed more than two dozen 10-centimetre rusty nails, broken syringe needles and aluminium rods from the girl's legs before removing a nail lodged dangerously close to her spine.
"The girl is recovering from the operation and is generally in good condition. She is already playing again," the girl's surgeon Kamaruddin said.
X-rays in September revealprompting suspicions among local residents that they had been inserted magically.
The governor of South Sulawesi province, Syahrul Yasin Limpo, visited the victim and said he believed witchcraft was to blame.
"Believe it or not, in South Sulawesi it is possible for these sorts of things to happen," Mr Syahrul was quoted as saying by local media.
"We have often heard about people whose heads suddenly go soft and medics have no idea what the cause is. It's called magic and it's explained in the Koran."
Doctors said scars on the girl's legs showed the nails had been inserted by a person over a six-month period.ed the foreign objectThe girl's parents told media the scars were from the girl trying to remove the nails and that they had no knowledge of how the nails got there.
Indonesia is a mainly Muslim nation but belief in black magic is widespread.
In 2009 president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono accused his political opponents of putting black magic spells on him ahead of the presidential election. - abc.net.aus
Etsy shop Faginsdaughter had this interesting picture of some hand forged nails available for sale.I used it for the illustration...Thanks
Thursday, November 17, 2011
Who knew? From Phantoms and Monsters. an interview :
"INTERVIEW with BEVERLY GLEASON
This morning I spoke by telephone with Beverly Gleason McKittrick, an ex-wife of the late comedian Jackie Gleason. I explained to her that I was interested in the progress of her book and if she could talk about Jackie Gleason's claim of seeing alien bodies at Homestead Air Force Base in Florida.
She said that the book never came out as she had 'stopped writing' of it. She said she was 'glad to get out of it' as Jackie Gleason did not seem pleased with her quoting him on the aliens in Florida. She said that there was not much additional to tell as the whole story regarding Jackie Gleason and the aliens, as far as she knew, had already been printed anyway.
"Esquire Magazine interviewed me after our separation," she said, "and I talked about how Jackie told me about seeing dead aliens in Florida. I think it was sometime in '74 when this happened. When I said that it was because he told me."
"After the interview was published, Jackie was upset about the story being public. He called and said he didn't appreciate me giving the interview, and that's when I started to wonder if the story was 'iffy.'
"The reason I became 'iffy' about it is because I wondered if it was really true, I mean... I believed it the whole time. I bought the story hook, line and sinker. But if it was true, then why did he get so upset about it?"Beverly went on to explain how Jackie came to tell her of his experience.
"Jackie had been out very late one night I did not know who he was with," She said. "He told me where he was that same evening, he said he had been in South Florida with President Nixon to see some dead aliens there and I believed him, he was very convincing.
"He and Nixon were in contact quite a bit and I'm not sure how that was arranged, but it seems that their meetings were set up by an associate of Nixon's. After he got back, he was very pleased he had an opportunity to see the dead little men in cases, he explained to me what they looked like and he was still talking about it the next day."
Beverly explained that during her interview with Esquire Magazine, she made the statement about Gleason's claim to see dead"We were on the verge of divorce, but everything was okay until it came out in Esquire," she said.
She informed that Gleason never did deny the story.
Regarding her announced intention to write a book, Beverly again said that she abandoned the project due in large part to Gleason's objection to her comments about him seeing the aliens.
"I just made that one statement about the UFOs and it appeared in Esquire and I guess a few other places and he didn't like that and I thought, I just can't go through with this. Let him live his life. So I never wrote the book."
I thanked Beverly for talking with me and asked if it would be okay for me to call her back later if I had more questions, she agreed. That concluded our conversation. Grant Cameron - Saturday, 01 August 2009 06:18"
Makes you think,did Nixon know...
picture from paranormalpresents at Etsy
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Not paranormal but amazing.A century ago would have been considered impossible.
"BY FC Expert Blogger JD RuckerSun Nov 13, 2011
The past decade has seen remarkable progress in the field of medicine. Since scientists with the International Human Genome Project released a rough draft of the human genome to the public in 2000, the impact of science and technology on medicine has arguably been more salient than ever. New discoveries and inventions have opened up new possibilities in both the treatment and prevention of human sickness, so far that diseases that were once instant death sentences like cancer and HIV/AIDS, while still potentially fatal, a little less horrifying.
1) Disarming HIV
2) A Common Cause of ALS
3) Cellular “Leapfroging”
4) Breakthroughs in Stem Cell Research
5) Harnessing Information Technology
6) Synthetic Cells
7) Robot Surgeries
Source: Interfysio, a healthcare staffing ahttp://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gifgency that specializes in helping individuals find occupational therapist jobs in the New York City area.
Full article with details http://www.fastcompany.com/1794863/7-recent-discoveries-that-could-revolutionize-medicine
Sunday, November 6, 2011
A six-inch blade recently discovered could be the one used by Victorian serial killer Jack the Ripper, it has emerged. It was found among possessions belonging to Welsh surgeon Sir John Williams, a chief suspect in the Victorian murders.
Sir John, known to his family at the time of the killings as "Uncle Jack" was the surgeon to Queen Victoria who lived in London at the time of the slayings.
He fled the capital after the murders and later founded the National Library for Wales in Aberystwyth.
One of his distant relatives has now unearthed the old black-handled surgeon's knife, which he used for operations, and believes it could be the murder weapon.
Tony Williams, 49, Sir John's great-great-great-great nephew, has now published a book, which features the startling image of the knife, to expose his relative's guilt. http://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gif
Thursday, November 3, 2011
Here is looking at you!
"When Canadian researchers recently conducted an ultrasound to examine a growth on a patient’s testicles, they expected to look at the mass, but didn’t expect the mass to be staring back.
“It was almost like art coming out of this patient’s testicles,” said Dr. Naji Touma, an assistant professor of urology at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ont. “It was an amusing finding.”
Despite the image, however, Touma doesn’t suspect any divine presence.somebody would look at this like the Virgin Mary on toast . . . but it’s not the case.”
Touma and a resident doctor, Gregory Roberts, discovered the “face” in one of more than three dozen images that were scanned of the patient who had been feeling discomfort about two years ago.
Luckily for the patient — a 45-year-old paraplegic man — the growth was benign and doctors removed the testicle with no complications.
The case was published in a recent issue of the journal Urology under the title, “The Face of Testicular Pain: A Surprising Ultrasound Finding.”
Touma said it was just the way shadows fell in that particular image that created the “face,” which bears a slight resemblance to Edvard Munch’s famous painting, The Scream.
Although the patient was told about the imahttp://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gifge, Touma said he wasn’t overly anxious to have a look and instead focused on his overall health.