We’re all familiar with the idea of the genie (the bastardized Western version of the Djinn) appearing out of bottles to make sketchy deals with all too eager humans, but the use of jewellery and other worn accessories for magick and religious purposes dates back as far as 100,000 years ago, with artifacts appearing in places like Israel and Northern Africa.
But containing actual spirits inside the jewellery? That’s crazy enough to drop the grill right out of Lil’ Wayne’s mouth, right? Not at all. A quick search on Djinn-releated jewellery shows that a market exists, with prices ranging from wholesale, to head-scratching (some sites, like this one, charge up to $23,000 for a Djinn-binding ring)
Ghost Soldiers of Old Fort Niagara
With more than 300 years of history, Old Fort Niagara is believed by many to be haunted with the ghosts of soldiers from its past. With a history soaked in violence, death and misery, it is no wonder there are so many claims of paranormal activity at this location. Once occupied by three nations - France, Great Britain and the United States, today Fort Niagara sits along the Niagara River and Lake Ontario perfectly preserved as it appeared in the 1700’s.
Recently, I was fortunate to have the opportunity to visit Old Fort Niagara, and attend the Para-History Festival taking place on site. A number of paranormal investigators were in attendance, alongside members of the TAPS family and former Haunted Collector, Brian Cano. After saying hello to a few friends, I excitedly headed out to explore the grounds and take a step back in time.
A short distance from the building where the festival was being held is a small fenced in cemetery with numerous headstones, many of which are unreadable. Two monuments to honor the fallen soldiers from the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812 are also in the cemetery. Beyond the cemetery, near the gated entrance to the fort, stands a historic, inactive lighthouse that served a great importance during its operational years.
Filled with excitement, like a kid in a candy store, I made my way over to the fort. My eyes were immediately drawn to the magnificent sight of the French Castle. It is within these impressive stone walls, where sightings and stories of paranormal activity are a plenty. As I stepped inside my eyes were drawn to a stone well. A longtime local legend tells a story of a decapitated French soldiers’ body being thrown down the well and his head tossed in the nearby lake. According to this legend, a bitter feud erupted between two French soldiers over their love for the same woman, ending in the horrific murder. It is said that the specter of this headless soldier has been seen wandering the parade grounds and within the buildings on moonlit nights. * I have found no historical records to validate this story.*
I continued my exploration of the building and grounds, taking numerous photographs; allowing my senses to guide me. I didn’t capture any anomalies on film, and I felt very comfortable throughout my exploration of the fort. At times I thought I heard a few odd sounds, but the winds were fierce coming off the nearby lake and I dismissed the sounds as Mother Nature being the cause. When I returned to the location of the event, I spoke to a number of paranormal teams who have investigated the site before. They told me that they captured a number of clear EVPs in the French Castle. Also, the sound of heavy boots coming from the upstairs level was heard and numerous shadow figures have been seen. Later that evening, a public investigation was being held at the fort. I did not participate and am waiting to hear from those that did as to what, if any, evidence was captured. I look forward to returning to this beautiful historic location in the nearby future.
Captain Tony’s Saloon in Key West, Florida is a haunted bar that isn’t like any other. It used to be a morgue and still in the bar you can see some of the graves inside.
In the 1980s, while the old plywood flooring was being ripped up, the skeletal remains of between eight and fifteen human beings were discovered, as was the grave marker of a woman named Elvira, which can be found next to a pool table (above).
And the macabre history of the place doesn’t even stop there. Capt. Tony’s sits in the very same location as Florida’s infamous ‘Hanging Tree,’ where 16 pirates and one woman were hanged many years ago. Ghost hunters claim that the woman, dubbed ‘The Woman in Blue,’ still haunts the premises to this day.[Source: X]
Rossendale Fairies: Skeptics Swarm Over Alleged ‘Fairy’ Photo
A British professor is getting a swarm of attention for a series of photos depicting tiny creatures that he suggests look like fairies.
John Hyatt, who lectures on art research at Manchester Metropolitan University, took the photos around Lancashire, UK. The collection, entitled “Rossendale Fairies,” is on display at the Whitaker Museum in Rossendale.
In an email to The Huffington Post, Hyatt said that he spotted the tiny creatures after taking pictures at dusk.
"I was just taking sunset through the trees and when I enlarged the photographs later in the studio, I saw these figures," he wrote. "They are not doctored apart from I increased the size of a detailed section of a larger photograph along with the DPI to stop them being just large pixels — normal size enhancement techniques."
He said that the creatures in his photos don’t look like normal insects.
“It was a bit of a shock when I blew them up, I did a double take,” he told the Manchester Evening News. “I went out afterwards and took pictures of flies and gnats and they just don’t look the same.”
Hyatt’s photos have skeptics buzzing around him like flies. In fact, flies are what the photos actually show, according to one insect expert.
Entomologist Erica McLaughlin writes in the British Natural History Museum’s NaturePlus blog that the creatures that Hyatt photographed are most likely a small species of fly known as the “midge.”
"These tiny midges form mating swarms where the males will ‘dance’ around trying to attract the opposite sex," she writes. They have delicate wings and long legs which dangle down."
Hyatt isn’t worried about skeptics:
“People can decide for themselves what they are. The message to people is to approach them with an open mind,” he said, according to the Mirror. “I think it’s one of those situations where you need to believe to see. A lot of people who have seen them say they have brought a little bit of magic into their lives and there’s not enough of that around.”
However, Hyatt’s opinion on the subject was enough to convince former FBI special agent Ben Hansen — the former host and lead investigator of paranormal claims on the Syfy Channel series, "Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files" — that Hyatt is fully aware that his photos don’t really show fairies.
"The majority of his quotes are redirecting the conversation away from the facts of the case and instead, toward a discussion on belief and magic," Hansen told HuffPost by email. "His motive? He clearly does what you would expect for an art and design director to do… bring ‘magic into their lives’ by appreciating the beauty of life that ‘grows everywhere,’ which in turn ‘can make people believe.’"
Hansen is also skeptical that Hyatt had no clue he was photographing “fairies” until he developed the photos.
"The foliage is all blurred together for that artsy look that really crushes the background. He says he didn’t see the fairies until later, but aside from the motion blur, they look quite in focus," Hansen said. "It would be quite coincidental that the fairies all happened to emerge in front of the camera at the precise distance they would be in focus."
The title of the show, “Rossendale Fairies,” appears to be a direct reference to the Cottingley Fairies, a famous hoax involving fairies that occurred in 1917.
In that case, two girls, Elsie Wright, 16, and Frances Griffiths, 10, pasted drawings of fairies onto cardboard and took pictures of themselves with the mythical creatures. Although it sounds endearingly low-tech, the photos managed to convince luminaries like Sherlock Holmes’ creator Sir Arthur Conan Doyle that the fairies were real, according to the Daily Mail.
The author wasn’t alone. In fact, the Cottingly Fairies created enough doubt that some believers were genuinely shocked when Griffiths admitted they were a hoax in 1983.
Considering Doyle was duped by a hoax, it may seem ironic that Hyatt quotes him to defend the validity of his paranormal pics to HuffPost.
"In [Doyle’s] 1922 book, ‘The Coming of the Fairies,’ he said, ‘We see objects within the limits which make up our color spectrum, with infinite vibrations, unused by us, on either side of them If we could conceive a race of beings which were constructed in material which threw out shorter or longer vibrations, they would be invisible unless we could tune ourselves up or tone them down… there is nothing scientifically impossible, so far as I can see, in some people seeing that which is invisible to others.’"
Hyatt’s background is in art, but he doesn’t believe that prevents his photos from providing a window to a world so far missed by scientists.
"I think it is entirely appropriate that the beauty of the artistic form enables people to open up to the possibilities of their world and to see it with fresh eyes. That is the goal of both the artist and the scientist," he wrote to HuffPost.
Schoolgirl films strange black ring in the UK sky.
A YouTube video has popped up showing a mysterious black ring in the sky, leaving viewers stumped as to what it could be.
16 year old Georgina Heap was at Leamington Spa in the UK playing tennis with her mother when she looked up and spotted the strange phenomenon. The ring, which looks like it is almost made of smoke, was visible for 3 minutes before disappearing.
Theories have ranged from vortex rings to fireworks smoke, to a swarm of insects.
Fire Chief: ‘Ghosts’ prompt man to set fire to house
ANDERSON, Calif. -An Anderson man was arrested for arson Friday morning after firefighters said he admitted to setting fire to the house where he was living. The suspect reportedly told firefighters he started the fire because there were ghosts in the home.
CALFIRE and Cottonwood Fire District responded just before 8 a.m. Friday, 04/11/2014 to a home in the 21000 thousand block of Lone Tree Road near Balls Ferry Road.
Firefighters said the resident of the home Lom Lotakoon admitted he set the fire due to ghosts in the residence. Lotakoon had been living in the home which is owned by his sister.
Lotakoon was arrested for arson.
The Blood Moon Tetrad Begins Tonight
Tonight marks the first in a series of four total lunar eclipses that will occur from now until the end of next year.
It’s called a lunar eclipse tetrad, which is a term for when the moon passes through the Earth’s shadow, causing a total lunar eclipse, four times in a row.
All four eclipses will be “blood moons,” meaning that the moon will appear red in color as light from the Sun is refracted over the Earth’s atmosphere. Spooky.
The final eclipse will occur in September 2015.
Now, obviously, I wouldn’t mention an astronomical event unless it looked really cool or was surrounded by some kind of bizarre conspiracy theory. Well, don’t worry, because this one has both!
For one, there’s the whole blood moon thing. Awesome. If you’re interested in catching this first one, it’ll be most visible over the United States.
The event will begin at 12:54 am EDT, Tuesday April 15, and the moon should be completely covered by Earth’s shadow at 3:07 am EDT. (Want more details on how, why, when to watch? Click here.)
But there’s also an end times prophecy surrounding this tetrad, as is usually the case.
According to CNN, it’s a Biblical prophecy from a paraphrase of Acts 2:20: “And I will show wonders in Heaven above and signs in the Earth beneath, the sun shall be turned into darkness and the moon into blood before the coming of the great and awesome day of the Lord.”
You can read all about that over here, but I wouldn’t worry; we’ve seen a number of blood moon tetrads throughout the 20th Century, and even one from 2003-2004. World’s not over, yet!
Headless Woman Spirit Waves to Passing Motorists in Hong Kong
Fact, fiction or fraud - those are the words being bandied about in cyber space about a headless woman seen waving at a car during the Ching Ming Festival last Saturday.
Ching Ming is, after all, an occasion for paying respects to loved ones. But the apparition spotted by Teresa Wong near Shing Mun Reservoir at midnight while driving home with her husband and two friends, and uploaded to the internet, was enough to draw gasps and a muffled scream from inside the car.
The husband said he looked back after passing the apparition and noticed it was a young woman and she had a head.
While some people expressed fears, others suggested they go haunting, while yet others felt it was an elaborate hoax.
'Eyes' in the Cave
Phantoms and Monsters received this from Sean Forker on April 8th, 2014. What do you think these are?
This photo was taken in 1895 by an amateur spelunker/photographer named Oren Jeffries while exploring an unmapped section of Grand Caverns, in Southwestern Virginia. At the time it was taken, Jeffries was conducting photographic experiments, using super long exposures to see if anything at all could be captured in the total absence of light—otherwise known as “cave darkness.” He would situate himself on level ground, extinguish his lantern, and then open the lens of his homemade box camera for as long as he could stand the darkness. During one of these experiments, he heard something approach from the deeper recesses of the cave. Frightened, Jeffries abandoned his experiment and set off one of the Blitzlicht flashes he used for taking traditional photos underground. According to the report he later gave to a local newspaper, Jeffries saw three “humanoid” creatures staring at him from the shadows and took off running in the other direction and didn’t stop running until he was topside. Several days later, he returned with three other men to retrieve his box camera. This is the image that was recorded on the film inside.
Bangkok’s Eerie ‘Ghost Tower’, The Sathorn Unique
The Sathorn Unique was once slated to be a glistening, stunning addition to the Bangkok skyline during Thailand’s economic boom in the 1990s. But in 1997, the Asian financial crisis left no money to complete to building.
Today, the eerie, unfinished 49-story “ghost tower” is a very different kind of attraction.
While entering the building is forbidden, viewing it from afar is still a creepy experience. The gray tower stands empty and desolate — its incomplete upper levels beg you to wonder what’s up there.
Locals are convinced the building is haunted, and just from looking at the pictures below you can understand why.