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Paranormal News for December 10, 2011

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CREATURES:

Top hats and bad luck beings: Fear and folk devilry in America
In the areas of cryptozoological interest to readers of this website, most accept that creatures like Bigfoot - supposing such an animal exists - is a biological, half human, half ape monstrosity said to exist in the remote wilds of the United States. In truth, reports of such creatures occur all over the world, with regional varieties existing in the folklore among cultures and traditions on nearly every continent, with the exception of Antarctica...

Why we invented monsters
How our primate ancestors shaped our obsession with terrifying creatures. Regardless of their different sizes, features, and forms, monsters have one trait in common - they eat humans. Whatever else they may do for us psychologically, monsters express - and express - our dread of being torn apart, eviscerated, chewed, swallowed, and then sh** out...
(Also read: Monsters, Monsters Everywhere)

PROPHETS AND PROPHECIES:

5 things you should know about 2012
People have been forecasting the end of the world since … well, probably since the beginning of the world. In the past five years or so, the ancient Maya have been saddled with responsibility for one of the most enduring doomsday watches of all time. Trying to determine how 2012 - specifically, Dec. 21, 2012 - turned into a worldwide doomsday watch is a thankless pursuit...
(Also read: Nostradamus and 2012)

PSYCHIC PHENOMENA:

Which actress broke up with two guys because a psychic told her to?
This actress dumped both the guys she was sleeping with on the advice of a psychic. This crazy actor took money from producers to star in a movie and then never followed through. I'm no psychic, but they should have seen it coming...

LOST WORLDS:

Jerusalem stone carvings baffle archaeologists
Archaeologists have discovered mysterious stone carvings at an excavation site in Jerusalem. The carvings - which were engraved thousands of years ago - have baffled experts. Israeli archaeologists excavating in the oldest part of the city discovered a complex of rooms with three "V" shapes carved into the floor. Yet there were no other clues as to their purpose and nothing to identity the people who made them...

TIME AND SPACE:

One-third of Kiwis believe in alien visits
A third of New Zealanders believe aliens have visited Earth and a majority think psychic powers exist, a study has found. One thousand respondents were asked by UMR Research if they believed "that Earth has been visited by UFOs from other planets"...

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