They were the largest creatures to ever attain flight. With wingspans reaching nearly 40 feet, pterosaurs ruled the prehistoric skies for over 100 million years, until they died out with the dinosaurs about 65 million years ago. Or did they? Dozens of eyewitness accounts and a few intriguing photographs suggest that this flying monster, thought to have died with the dinosaurs, might still exist. Read more.
Some very interesting reports were posted recently by Mrs. Daffodil concerning sightings and even verbal encounters with Captain E. J. Smith, captain of the famously ill-fated RMS Titanic some time after the ship sank. The gigantic, "unsinkable" luxury liner met its fate with an iceberg on April 14, 1912 (it sank on the 15th), and by all accounts, Captain Smith went down with the ship.
A former shipmate, however, by the name of Peter Pryal claimed to have met and talked with Smith, with whom he had served for more than 17 years, three months after the disaster on the streets of Baltimore. When Pryal inquired how the Captain was, he replied, "Very well, Pryal, but please don't detain me; I am on business."
Was it a ghost, or could Captain Smith possibly have survived the Titanic?
The Titanic's other link to the paranormal are the many premonitions of its sinking:
- The most famous is the novel, Futility: Or The Wreck of the Titan, published in 1898, which contained dozens of eerie parallels between the story's Titan and the Titanic -- so many, in fact, that it feels as if it could have been written after the Titanic's sinking.
- Several would-be passengers canceled their passage on the ship because of feelings of doom and foreboding.
- Captain Smith might have had his own premonition. When he was notified he would captain the ship on it maiden voyage, he remarked, "Well, if the largest liner in the world sinks, I shall go with it."
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Paranormal news and views for April 15, 2014:
- Photographer catches glowing phantom at city's Medieval Guildhall
- Ghost of Captain Smith of the RMS Titanic seen after his death
- World's most haunted island up for auction
- Queen Mary and her ghosts
- The myth and mystery behind Australia's bush monster the Yowie
- Panic after chicken begins talking before being slaughtered
- Into the synapses of mind control
- Woman claims to have proof of extraterrestrials in Australia
- Mystery explosions in Highgate baffle experts
- Demons, djinn and UFOs
- Three Pillars' paranormal card game debuts at Phenomacon
"I live in São Paulo, Brasil, and I experienced a time anomaly in February, 2014," reports Giuseppe. "I was in my garage, leaning on my hammock, staring at my parents' car. Suddenly, my sister arrived at the house driving the same car that was parked in the garage and that I had been staring at. When I looked back, the car was gone."
It's bizarre experiences like this that make us wonder if we living in some kind of Matrix simulation. Very weird indeed. Check out these other reports:
The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado is reputed to be one of the most haunted hotels in the U.S. The Rocky Mountain Ghost Explorers paranormal investigation group has conducted several ghost hunts there with a good degree of success. One of their successes was documented in the article Ghost Materializes at Stanley Hotel. In the following article, investigator Kris Tennant explains some the group's techniques. Read more.
Paranormal news and views for April 12, 2014:
- Terrified hotel guests claim ghosts are tickling their feet
- Hunters claim to have captured Bigfoot's Australian cousin on video
- Raining frogs & fish: A whirlwind of theories
- Peaches Geldof wrote of increasing interest in paranormal
- Survivorman Bigfoot: What Les Stroud heard
- Canada's haunted Hatley Castle
- Ghost photography from the early 20th century is sufficiently terrifying
- Ghost hunters investigate haunted hotel, find children
- Why psychics don't win lotteries
- A nonbeliever tries to make sense of the visions she had as a teen
- 10 unexplained capabilities of our minds
- St. Mary MacKillop picture produces oil droplets
- Near-death experiences: 30 years of research
Robbert van den Broeke claims to have had visions of these crop circles being formed, according to a report by Nancy Talbott of the BLT Research Team. The formations appeared in short grass near Hoeven in Holland on April 8, 2014. "Robbert 'saw' the two different 'energies' swirling over the biggest circle," says Talbot's report, "creating the clockwise lay in the center area and the counter-clockwise lay around the edge of this circle."
"Robbert laughed describing how funny it was to watch this enormous energy source trying so hard to 'make itself small enough' to create the crop circle.... This energy knows it is much too powerful for humans and it has to try very hard to be small enough, and very gentle -- so people will not be afraid." Read more about Robbert.
A reader named Robert responds to my article about Why the Shroud of Turin is Fake with his own ideas about why it is probably not the genuine burial shroud of Jesus of Nazareth. "A major 'anyone can see it' issue that the shroud has that is more damning, I think, but perhaps to most eyes more subtle, is that the shroud image is a projection or 'elevation' in the architectural sense," Robert says. "It is commonly believed to be a sort of imprint - the material touched the body and acquired an image that way. But a contact image of that sort would be quite different." Read more.
Paranormal news and views for April 8, 2014:
- Headless woman haunts netizens
- Unexplained light seen in images of Mars surface
- New Hampshire ghost video, hoax or poltergeist?
- Astronomer says spiritual phenomena exist in other dimensions
- "Ghosts" prompt man to set fire to house
- Olivia Cooke heard ghost on set
- Five writers reveal their own spooky encounters
- Is playing with a Ouija Board wrong?
- Reincarnation case report from Japan
- Alternate possibilities regarding Loch Ness mystery animal identities
- 19th Century Chupacabras
- Investigating strange noises coming from the Earth
- Syfy picks up time travel drama 12 Monkeys as series
"Several years ago, I had this dream," reports Christian. "In the dream, I awake to my cell phone ringing. It's mom calling. She says she's got bad news about my great grandmother: She passed away in her sleep as a result of a stroke. I immediately break down into tears.
"At this point I actually woke up, wiping real tears away. My girlfriend turned over and asked what was wrong. I started explaining the dream to her when my cell rang, this time for real, but it was my aunt. 'Christian,' she said, 'I have some bad news about your great grandmother. She had a stroke in her sleep last night and passed away.'
"It was the same phone call as in my dream, only a different caller. Prior to that morning, I had no indication that my grandmother was in poor health, no contact with her or that side of the family for over a year. She was 96 when she passed, so it was not unexpected. I just happened to be informed in a dream first."
A remarkable case of a prophetic dream, Christian. The materialist skeptic would dismiss this as mere coincidence, which it could be, but I would argue it is at the very least possible evidence for a psychic connection between you and your family. The latter is a far more fascinating possibility, not to be dismissed by any curious, open-minded person. Consider these other reports: