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2007 Paranormal Awards
Thanks to those of you who made your voices heard by nominating the following groups, shows, Web sites, evidence, and published works for this year’s Paranormal Awards. From over 100 nominations, the top five in each of the following categories were collected. Your votes for these nominees have been tabulated to result in the Best of Best for each category, and the winners will be presented with engraved awards to mark their achievement...

Mystery animal claws Itasca State Park camper
In the dark of night, a creature swiped at Jon Kenning's face as he slept in a tent in Itasca State Park on Thursday morning and then the animal disappeared. No one knows exactly what the creature was. Not even Kenning, who is recovering from 2-inch cuts to his face...

The surprising realities of mythical creatures
While sailing the ocean near Haiti, Christopher Columbus in 1493 reported seeing three mermaids from a distance. The Genoese explorer was not impressed. Up close, the sea maidens were "not as pretty as they are depicted," he wrote in his journal, "for somehow in the face they look like men." Many scientists now think that what Columbus probably saw was a manatee, an aquatic mammal that resembles a flippered hippo...

Roman Catholic Church Vatican insider leaks information about an extraterrestrial presence
On Wednesday May 23 at 11:00 pm DST Richard Syrett and Victor Viggiani will interview Italian journalist Luca Scantamburlo. Scantamburlo has written extensively about an interview conducted between Cristoforo Barbato and an unnamed Vatican Jesuit priest who has confidentially disclosed inside information about a clandestine meeting in 1954 at California’s Muroc Air Force Base (later named Edwards AFB) involving President Dwight D. Eisenhower, Los Angeles Bishop James Francis McIntyre and an extraterrestrial delegation...

The ghost whisperer
Midnight. I'm in a Pasco Country cemetery off a long, unlit road — just me, two women and a tape recorder. According to my companions, there are invisible beings, former living people, talking on either side of me, and when we play back the tape I'll hear them. I'm skeptical, but in the dingy grayscale of low moonlight, the notion is beginning to seem real...

Are UFOs inter-dimesional or time travelers? Nope!

CFZ Director Jon Downes under the spotlight
Midway through last week, I interviewed Center for Fortean Zoology Director Jon Downes about the group, its origins, work, expeditions, and plans for the future…

Captive shark had 'virgin birth'
Female hammerhead sharks can reproduce without having sex, scientists confirm. The evidence comes from a shark at Henry Doorly Zoo in Nebraska which gave birth to a pup in 2001 despite having had no contact with a male...

Ghost writer explores 'other side' of Old Town
A book on communicating with spirits has been launched to coincide with the Edinburgh Ghost Festival. Wilma Davidson researched some of the most haunted parts of the Old Town for her book Spirit Rescue. She claims to have encountered countless "earthbound spirits" including confused children, loyal soldiers and stubborn Titanic passengers...

NY State Sasquatch Sightings Analysis
New York state sasquatch sightings from 1960 - 2005 are plotted on the maps included...

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