How was your holiday weekend? Still have all your fingers? I’m here to help you adjust back into the work week with another roundup of the weirdest links from everywhere else on the internet. In this edition of The Fort Report, we’ve got psychic kids, an evil (spirit) scam sweeping New York, connections between UFO abductions and religious experiences, portals, ghosts, Bigfoot, the living dead, and more!
Enjoy the links, and remember to keep your livestock away from uranium mines.
Jadon Billington, 10, and his sister Lucy, eight, regularly talk to dead people at their home in Cheshire, and have made friends with more than 10 spirits – including their own grandmother.
Detectives say there has been a rash in New York of what’s known as an evil spirit or blessing scam, where older immigrant women, mostly Chinese, are swindled out of their valuables by clever scammers arriving from China who prey on superstition and fear. In the past six months, two dozen victims have reported valuables stolen — in some cases more than $10,000 in cash and $13,000 in jewelry, according to police reports. A total of more than $1.8 million has been stolen.
H/T to the one and only John E.L. Tenney for the story.
Tony Elliot examines how common religious belief and alien abduction scenarios can influence one another, and why he believes that religion is incapable of teaching spirituality.
In April this year, two concurrent events were reported from the Dornogobi (East Gobi) province in Mongolia. AREVA, a multinational uranium mining company headquartered in France, announced that its Mongolian subsidiary, Kojegobi LLC, had located an estimated 55,000-ton uranium deposit in the Ulaanbadrakh district. Around the same time, local media reported the strange deaths and deformities of a number of young livestock in the district.
NASA recently reported that University of Iowa plasma physicist Jack Scudder discovered that there are regions in the Earth’s magnetic field that directly connect it to the magnetic field of the sun, across 93 million miles of space. These mysterious regions, known as “magnetic portals” are thought to be opening and closing dozens of times every day.
H/T to Adman Moore for the story tip.
Bigfoot believer told a library audience he is one of hundreds of people to spot a sasquatch wandering the state’s woods, following up with a plea to “be skeptical”.
The building was quiet. Wells Hall, built in 1938, is home to Northwest Missouri State University’s Department of Communication and Mass Media, and two radio stations. During the school year, students work on projects, or at the campus media, at all hours. However, on Sundays in June, the building is empty; at least of the living.
A landlord called in a paranormal investigator after discovering his new pub contained more spirits than just the ones behind the bar, most notably the ghost of a “red monk”.
H/T to Lee D. Munro
Four centuries ago in the remote Norwegian Arctic, a region known as the “Gates of Hell” for its harsh climes, dozens of women were prosecuted for witchcraft and killed. Centuries afterwards, a sense of collective guilt lingers, and the women wrongfully convicted for non-existant crimes are remembered at a memorial in the small town of Vardoe.
Over 20 years ago, a landscaper in eastern Germany discovered a formation of trees in a forest in the shape of a swastika. Since then, a number of other forest swastikas have been found in Germany and beyond, but the mystery of their origins persist.
For serious scientific researchers of unexplained aerial phenomenon, one thing that cannot be overlooked is the possibility–no, the likelihood–that certain phenomenon of a very natural variety can often account for the seemingly inexplicable.
An apparently dead 70-year-old woman found floating in a British river with her head partially submerged stunned rescuers who went to retrieve her body when she suddenly opened her eyes.
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