Tag Archive for Fortean

Today’s forecast: Red rain

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Prepare for a fall of blood rain. No, it’s not a portent of doom, well, it does bode ill for those with asthma and breathing problems. The fine particles in the air create pollution. ‘Blood rain’ to fall on Britain as red Saharan dust blows in from Africa – Telegraph. ‘Blood rain’ will fall on…

Annual December “boom” marks third year in Rhode Island

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There is no answer to what caused a loud boom to be reported in Rhode Island on the night of December 7. But looking into the history, there has been a series of December booms. What is going on? Source of ‘boom’ remains mystery. Some heard it in Warwick and others in Coventry. But West…

Earthquake lights reported along with Sunday’s Napa event (Update video)

Glow photographed from a seismic event in Kyoto, Japan

One of my favorite mysterious natural phenomena has been reported in conjunction with the recent California earthquake. Some Bay Area Residents Report Mysterious Flashes In The Sky During Napa Quake « CBS San Francisco. Several people called the KPIX 5 newsroom after Sunday morning’s magnitude 6.0 earthquake in Napa, reporting mysterious flashes of light in…

A case of mystery meat, all over the road

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Talk about a bloody mess. This one is a rather “Fortean” incident. Mysterious Chunks of Rotting Meat Close New York Highway. A highway in upstate New York was shut down after being covered with chunks of rotting meat earlier this week, creating quite a stink for drivers. The strangest part? Officials aren’t quite sure where the…

HAY! It’s raining

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People in several locations over a few days in the U.K. report clumps of hay swirling in the sky and falling over villages. Mystery as it rains hay in parts of Devon | Exeter Express and Echo. Huge clumps of dry grass were reported falling from the sky in several parts of the UK as…

Leaping cloud reminds us anomalous observations are valuable!

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New instant of a mysterious and stunning cloud phenomena. It’s a great example of how anomalies may be very real even if very weird. This video was uploaded May 27, 2014 Does any body see the beam on the top of tower cumulonimbus cloud? This picture was take in front of the cockpit A320 on…

Objects don’t just fall out of the sky for no reason. Oh but they do.

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We have another mystery object. Charles Fort would have loved these incidents. FAA says metal object that crashed through a Florida home was not from an airplane. The Federal Aviation Administration has investigated a suburban West Palm Beach home after a metal object reportedly came crashing through the roof of a home into a bathroom…

Fish fall documented in Sri Lanka

Man collecting fresh fish the fell in Sri Lanka. The fish was edible.

A fish fall has reportedly occurred with a rain in Sri Lanka. The explanation is the same as always, one that leaves me a bit cold. BBC News – Fish rain down on Sri Lanka village. Villagers in the district of Chilaw said they heard something heavy falling and found scores of fish with a…

Steve Moore, Fortean, has died

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UK comic writer Steve Moore was an original contributor to one of my favorite magazines and ultimate place for weird news, Fortean Times. He passed away last weekend at the age of 64. He was well versed in subjects including the occult, forteana, magic, oriental mysticism, martial arts cinema, and science fiction. Steve Moore 1949 – 2014…

More news on earthquake lights – now the flashing variety

Glow photographed from a seismic event in Kyoto, Japan

Back in January, we showcased an article about the potential explanation for earthquake lights – the glow or flashes that are rarely, but certainly, observed in relation to earthquakes in particular fault areas. Now, more comes to light. Scientists find voltage spikes associated with crack-like defects in fine grained materials. Mysterious Flashing ‘Earthquake Lights’ Maybe Explained.…

New paper on earthquake lights show they are a reality

Kimyo earthquake lights. Photo Credit: Karl V. Steinbrugge Collection, Earthquake Engineering Research Center.

I am so excited about this story. As a geologist who has studied anomalous phenomena connected to earthquakes, this is an excellent step forward to understanding earthquake lights. This will be of interest to Forteans, anomalists, geophysicists and even UFO chasers! Scientists find records of rare “earthquake lights”. They’ve been mistaken for UFOs or dismissed…

Paranormal writer Colin Wilson dies at age 82

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Prolific British writer Colin Wilson passed away on Thursday, December 5. He had suffered a stroke earlier this year and had been in poor health. Wilson will be remembered for his large body of work including those that may be familiar to Forteans and Paranormalists. He also wrote several Lovecraftian Cthulhu Mythos pieces, also about…

Shadow over Florida

Photo credit: Mike Weight

A strange sky anomaly is spotted in Florida. It’s a funnel cloud! It’s a shadow! No, it’s … what is it? | Tampa Bay Times. Mike Weight was strolling the beach at Honeymoon Island about noon Wednesday when he saw something weird. A black line appeared against the bright blue sky, shooting down from a…

Skeleton Lake: Death by hailstorm

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This is not “new news” but it’s interesting in a Fortean kind of way. Once upon a time, people had NO shelter from freak weather. And it killed them. An Indian lake surrounded by hundreds of ancient skeletons. The surprise is what killed them.. In 1942 a British forest guard in Roopkund, India, made an…

Frozen fowl falls from sky

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Two frozen birds drop in on a South Dakoka home. Turkey vulture freezes, falls from sky, lands on Sioux Falls deck | The Argus Leader | argusleader.com. On top of the rain, sleet and snow that fell from the sky yesterday, birds are also dropping, as one Sioux Falls resident found out. A large turkey…

Alternative ancient history author Philip Coppens dies

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Author and investigative journalist, Philip Coppens passes away. Philip Coppens Of ‘Ancient Aliens’ Passes Away [Report] Philip Coppens, commentator on The History Channel’s Ancient Aliens: The Series, has reportedly died. Hundreds of “RIP” messages have poured in on the official Facebook page of Philip Coppens, the author and investigative journalist best known for his work…

James W. Moseley, publisher of Saucer Smear, dies

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Jim Moseley, known for the irreverent, humorous, gossipy newsletter, Saucer Smear, has passed away. Loren Coleman writes an obit for a famous name in Fortean and ufology circles who exposed UFO hoaxers and has engineered hoaxes of his own. Twilight Language: Saucer Smear’s James W. Moseley Dies. Fortean friend, ufology humorist, and writer James W.…

The Tunes of the Dunes: A million little shocks made audible

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Singing Sand Dunes Explained. When Marco Polo heard it in China, he suspected evil spirits. When residents of Copiapo, Chile, heard it emanating from a sandy hill, they dubbed the peak El Bramador, for its roars and bellows. Scientists today call it “singing sand,” but they’re all referring to the same thing: As sand grains…

Tiny yellow plastic balls rained down (Update: airsoft pellets)

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BBC News – Leicester couple pelted by raining yellow plastic balls. A husband and wife have been left puzzled after hundreds of tiny yellow plastic balls rained in their garden. Dylis Scott and her husband Tony were in their garage on Monica Road, Leicester, on Sunday when the balls fell from the sky during a…

Rain of seaweed in U.K. village

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Weird weather rains seaweed over Gloucestershire village – Telegraph. They were stunned to find their homes, gardens and cars littered with the smelly marine algae after a stormy weather spout swept up the debris from a beach 20 miles away. Weather experts believe the seaweed was picked up from Clevedon Beach in North Somerset by…

Breaking the paranormal formula: Planet Weird needs you!

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I have it on good authority that this independent project will be awesome! Planet Weird: A Documentary about Engaging the Strange — Indiegogo. Have you ever been curious as to why things go bump in the night instead of the day? Wondered if curses actually worked.. and if they were even legal? Sat awake at…

Auroral sounds: They aren’t just in your head, they are 70 meters above

Sounds of Northern Lights Are Born Close to Ground For the first time, researchers at Aalto University in Finland have located where the sounds associated with the northern lights are created. The auroral sounds that have been described in folktales and by wilderness wanderers are formed about 70 meters above the ground level in the…

Falling ice chunk damages home

Chunk of ice from sky slams into Fremont home. A chunk of ice that tore through the roof of a Fremont home Sunday evening may have plunged from an airplane, authorities said Monday. The basketball-size piece of ice landed on a home on Wichitaw Drive in the Warm Springs neighborhood about 6 p.m., shaking the…

Flying city sighting in Nigeria: UFO or sign from God

Nigeria: A Visit of the Unknown This is an opinion piece, written by thoughtful researchers in Africa regarding an event that took place possibly a month ago. I found it totally fascinating for other reasons. It tells the story of a Nigerian village that experienced a paranormal event – a claimed first UFO account in…

Phenomena of Brown Mountain lights is a tourist attraction

Mysterious orbs confound NC county for decades Two orange orbs, just about 10 feet off the ground, floated past Steve Woody and his father as they hunted deer more than 50 years ago. The mysterious lights passed them, then dropped down the side of a gorge in the Blue Ridge foothills. For at least a…