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The terrible truth

Now you know. [via haha.nu]

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Yet another unexplained mid-air collision?


This last Sunday, a Boeing 757 from Northwest Airlines going from Detroit to Tampa, apparently collided with an unknown object in mid-air. The damage to the nose cone can be seen in the image above, click for the news and video.

Though initially believed to be caused by an unfortunate bird, the aircraft was flying at 18,000 feet when the pilots heard a loud bang before the weather radar, inside the nose cone, went dead. That’s above the height birds usually fly.

Other possibilities mentioned go from structural failure to a lightning hit. The FAA is analyzing the nose cone, and the case echoes the more bizarre event of the Romanian fighter jet that hit unidentified objects at great height.

And in yet another case, another aircraft reports a near-collision with what looked like a small rocket in Houston, at over 5,000 feet. The near accident happened this last Memorial Day.

Invasion? UAVs? Viral marketing for the remake of “The Day the Earth Stood Still”?

Seriously, it’s not even clear the incident over Florida was a collision, and the one over Houston definitely wasn’t one. As for the Romanian case, that remains an unexplained one.

[via CoW/VJ Ballester Olmos]

UPDATE: Friend José Américo suggested a news item  which in turn pointed to another news of a nearly identical case.

In Janurary another Boeing 757 going from Newark and at 10,000 feet was hit by lightning, to the despair of the crew and passengers. They saw the flash of light, even smelled something burned.

Fortunately nothing much worse than that happened, but when they landed, they noted a somewhat familiar damage:


Let us wait for the FAA conclusions on the Florida case, but if I had to bet… now would be much easier to do so.

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Hearing meteors: the conspiracy


In another news item, we are informed that a “US company claims it is ready to build a microwave ray gun able to beam sounds directly into people’s heads”.

The US military has been playing already with directed acoustic weapons, along with electromagnetic radiation weapons. But this new one would come full circle on the long and bizarre relation between paranoid madness, the strange and the very, very real.

One of the first detailed clinical descriptions of madness was the one of James Tilly Matthews delusions with an influencing machine. The poor fellow believed a sinister gang controlled his mind with an “Air Loom”. Mike Jay wrote in detail about the case, and it’s more than worth reading. Besides the peculiar craziness of Matthews, there’s the twist that he probably was, afterall, victim of a conspiracy. Just because he was paranoid it didn’t mean they weren’t after him.

Paranoia is widespread in ufology in particular, and some claim it was seminal in the first years of the controversy, as the Shaver Mystery flourished in the (crazy) people’s minds. That doesn’t mean every UFO buff is crazy and foaming, but as they say, the truth is out there, trust no one. The theme of aliens and/or the government controlling people’s minds, either with disinformation or more directly, with implants and abductions, is pervasive.

But let’s go back to the electromagnetic guns beaming sounds, and on to the title of this post. For years some observers have noted that in rare occasions it was possible to hear meteors. And not because they were coming over their heads, but at a distance, at the same time they were seen very high in the sky. That’s outrageously absurd – just like lightning and thunder, there should be a significant delay between sight and sound. So those observers usually kept those crazy things to themselves.

The only thing is, this phenomenon has been recorded, and there’s a proposed physical explanation for it. It involves meteors emitting low frequency electromagnetic waves that are transduced into sound near the observers by things like glasses or, possibly… tin foil! Oh, the irony. By the way, that’s similar, though not identical, to the proposed way that new weapon would work.

If it all sounds crazy still, there’s a NASA webpage on the subject. Fort would love this.

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The Cottingley Confession


In 1917, Elsie Wright, 16, and Frances Griffiths, only 10 years old, photographed fairies. Their photos were allegedly examined at Kodak, and no evidence of trickery was found. Most notably, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle would endorse the whole case of the Cottingley Fairies.

Later (actually, decades later) it would turn out the fairies were simple cut-outs fixed with pin-hats – which explains why the photos weren’t tricked, as the fairies were real, in a way. And the now old ladies would also confess to their deed:

“People wanted to be taken in”.

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The house with squirted blood: case solved!


We covered the bizarre case from the beginning, and even managed to get inside photos of the scene from “the house that dripped blood”. Ladies and gentlemen, the case has been solved by the police, and the resolution is astonishing.

Genetic analysis of the blood confirmed it was from the old lady that lives in the house with her husband. That would be most disappointing, but before considering hoax, read this:

“Officer Lopes said that even before the results of the DNA tests, he already knew the blood was from the lady. ‘Two days after the blood showed up, we already suspected that the blood was hers. I spent a day in their house and my only doubt was if the bleeding was gynecological or from varicose veins. I examined the couple, and we realized that she had a recent hemorrhage in the varicose veins in her legs’.”

Yes, her varicose veins burst, and all suggests she honestly didn’t realize that. That explains why everything happened after she bathed (with her legs naked), and how she could claim that she had seen the blood squirting. It also explains the freshness of the blood, which coagulated in the floor. Any hoax involving blood taken, for instance, from a blood bank would not coagulate because they are treated with anti-coagulants. That was fresh blood taken from someone and spilled on the floor.

Or, as we now know, it was indeed squirted, as the varicose veins of the lady burst. As those veins, before the event, are already blown up, doctors confirm that people, especially old people, may not realize the burst. The fact the lady was diabetic also contributed for the large amount of bleeding before it stopped. She may have noticed her legs covered in blood, but must have assumed it was the house squirting blood on her, not the other way. Case solved.

The couple, including the lady, is well and fine. The police has confirmed they will archive the case, as there’s no evidence of any criminal intent. Indeed, the peaceful couple didn’t exploit the case despite the great media interest, and still remain anonymous.

Now, varicose veins bursts as explanations for a seemingly paranormal phenomenon, that’s priceless. Your read it here first. You are welcome.

After the invisible gorillas, we now have paranormal varicose – can you come with a better term for this? I’m sure you can, please share it in the comments.

[News source, in Portuguese: Investigação de casa que jorrava sangue está encerrada, diz delegado]

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