Sunday, May 20, 2007

Alligator gar mistaken as monster

Recently, during the major flood in Peninsula Malaysia, public accidentally found a gruesome animal which look like a fish with crocs head. The news spread through the cables and news and people still wondering which catagory of animal it was or perhaps a new findings. Well, here's some info on the species and to stop any fake stories or any unwanted mail hoax to be spread by annonymous people. For scientist, it was another normal encounter of rare alligator which can be found in some part of the world. Seems that there are more to be diggin for such info on unique animals such as this

The alligator gar, Atractosteus spatula, is a primitive ray-fin fish. It is also referred to as the gator gar. Unlike other gars, the mature alligator gar possesses a dual row of large teeth in the upper jaw. It is these remarkably alligator-like teeth which gives it its name. The dorsal surface of the alligator gar is a brown or olive-color, while the ventral surface tends to be a lighter color. Their scales are diamond-shaped and interlocking (ganoid) and were once used by native Americans for jewelry.

The alligator gar is the largest species of gar and is the largest exclusively freshwater fish in North America and Asia. It can be as long as eight to twelve feet and often weighs at least 100 lbs at maturity. The current world record alligator gar weighed 279 pounds and was caught in the Rio Grande River in 1951. Even larger alligator gars — over 300 pounds — have been caught by trotliners.

Saturday, May 19, 2007

Deep Sea fish

A photo of Lumpfish which might explains the previous 'human turned to fish' stories. Most of the weird looking fish either by their shape or size came from deep ocean and only seldom accidentaly caught by deep sea trawlers. Below are few more examples of deep sea creatures and sharks.

Frill Shark caught and now placed for display in Japan Aquarium

Vampire Squid (Vampyroteuthis infernalis)

Based on few cases, perhaps the 'accidentaly' caught deep sea life creates the confusion to people about sea monster etc?

Sarawakian girl ghost photo comments

I've been visiting the blog for quite number of times and I'm impressed for the work and ideas of the team to have a place where readers and researcher can share their opinions, personal findings and theories, latest info or having discussion on related fields. Congrats to the team and keep up the good work Paracrypt RSG.

Regarding the girl's ghost photo, I hope this short info will be posted in the blog for sharing. I've got it when I'm surfing looking for the source of the alleged 'ghost' photo from sarawakian girl- Belinda.

The photo which sent by the girl claiming she took it and ghostly apparition suddenly appear.

The same photo published by Indonesian Magazine with the date and no embeded wordings last year. Notes the position of 'owner image property note' with the photo from indonesian. Conclusion, a repost edited image.

This photo and story posted recently from Belinda-Sarawak was confirmed HOAX.

Phillip Tan, Singapore

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Sarawakian ghost photo reveal as hoax

This 'Langsuir' or female vampire photo was confirmed by researcher and image expert as a hoax. The result after examined by some experts shows that the 'ghost' image were altered by using imaging softwares. Even without using image pixel and colour synthesizer, the image pixel and colour border still shows some 'weakness' based on the patch border and contrast.

According to one of the researcher- Jose Miguel from Sevilla, Spain, the image comparisons between the background 'ghost' and the wooden fence, and also background colour pix was totally shows that the image were tampered using image editing software.

One of the same image were sent to SEEKERS Malaysia with a fictional stories and the Seekers Leader also shows his doubtful on the genuinity. Here was the letter which were posted by a girl from Sarawak Province who sent the photo attachment.

Kiriman email stephanie Melinda dari Kucing Sarawak.
On 5/4/07, stephanie belinda

mengapa uncle tidak datng ke kuching sarawak… saya stephanie dari kuching.. saya pernah mengalami benda-benda aneh yang tidak semua orang pernah alami… saya dapat melihat mahluk-mahluk halus(hantu).. ia berlaku sejak saya berumur 10 tahun… semasa saya sedang bermain dengan kawan saya tiba -tiba muncul hantu di depan kami… itu lah kali pertama saya melihat nya dan tidak akan saya lupakan… sejak itu saya selalu melihat mahluk- mahluk halus… yang paling teruk nyak saya pernah dipanah oleh hantu dan terkena pada pinggang saya… ia berlaku di kampung saya kanowit.. tiga minggu yang lalu saya telah menyertai kem, ia bertempat di kem pueh sematan selama seminggu… pada hari pertama saya sudah berasa lain… rupa-rupanya firasat saya betul… pada hari kedua saya telah diserang dan hantu perempuan yang meningkat remaja menumpang di bahu saya selama dua hari… pada hari ketiga, hantu itu semakin melampau seorang demi seorang kawan saya sama kem itu dikacau… ada yang kena histeria…ada yang menangis memang kelam kabut jadi nya… mujur lah hal itu bukan kali pertama berlaku dalam diri saya… saya cuba untuk menenangkan fikiran dengan sembahyang… mujurlah pada hari itu ada orang tua yang pandai menghalau dan mengendali hal sebegini… ia dapat menghalau benda tersebut… tetapi ia masih tidak putus asa.. pada hari seterusnya ia datang kembali.. rupa nya berambut panjang, bertaring dan berbadan dua… kami ada tertangkap gambar tersebut secara tidak sengaja… mungkin bagi segelintir orang saya hanya mereka-reka cerita… tetapi keluarga saya sentiasa menyokong saya… harap pihak uncle dapat memahami dan banyak lagi hal-hal aneh yang pernah berlaku… ia nya terlalu banyak dan amat susah untukdicerita sebegini…

Viewers and readers can refer the same image in other sites which have a different stories and versions. The actual photo without embeded claim-to-be-hers copyright image were shown below and thanks to one of the research member for obtaining it from net.

Hoax turns to be a deep sea fish

Alleged 'human' turned to fish photo circulated in the net actually a deap sea stingray. The stories creates numerous chain emails and even numbers of claim-to-be-true by people starting from South East Asia and South Asia. The chain stories even came in various versions. The fact behind the photo was a deep ocean stingray landed in the fishing net and later shown to the public .

Famous ghost photo reveal as hoax by experts - by Medusa

The Brown Lady of Raynham

The picture immediately to the right was taken in 1936. It purports to show the ghost of the 'Brown Lady' who haunts Raynham Hall in England. The image is widely believed to be one of the best and most convincing of all the known photographs of ghosts. In many publications it is presented as actual photographic proof of the existence of ghosts.

According to legend, the Brown Lady of Raynham is the ghost of Lady Townshend who was married to Charles Townshend, a man known for his fiery temper. When Charles learned of his wife's infidelity, he punished her by imprisoning her in the family estate at Raynham Hall, located in Norfolk, England. He never allowed her to leave its premises, not even to see her children. She remained there until her death, when she was an old woman.

Over the next two centuries Lady Townshend's ghost was repeatedly sighted wandering through Raynham Hall, suggesting that she never left its premises even after her death.

For instance, in the early nineteenth century King George IV saw her while he was staying at the hall. He said that she stood beside his bed wearing a brown dress, and that her face was pale and her hair disheveled.

In 1835 Colonel Loftus sighted her. He was visiting the house for the Christmas holidays and was walking to his room late one night when he saw a figure standing in the hall in front of him. The figure was wearing a brown dress. He tried to see who the woman was, but she mysteriously disappeared.

The next week Colonel Loftus again saw the figure. This time, however, he got a better look at her. He said she was an aristocratic looking woman. She was wearing the same brown satin dress, and her skin glowed with a pale luminescence, but, to his horror, her eyes had been gouged out.

Colonel Loftus told others of his experience, and more people then came forward to say that they too had seen a strange figure. An artist drew a painting of the 'brown lady' (as she was now known), and this picture was then hung in the room where she was most frequently seen.

A few years later the novelist Captain Frederick Marryat was staying at Raynham Hall. He decided to spend the night in the room in which she was most frequently seen. He studied the painting of her and waited to see her, but she never appeared that night.

However, a few days later he was walking down an upstairs hallway with two friends when they suddenly saw the brown lady. She was carrying a lantern and glided past them as they cowered behind a door. According to Marryat she grinned at them in a 'diabolical manner'. Before she disappeared, Marryat leapt out from behind the door and fired at her with a pistol that he happened to be carrying. The bullet passed through her and lodged in a wall.

The brown lady continued to be sighted by various people over the next century. However, the most remarkable sighting of her occurred on September 19, 1936.

Two photographers, Captain Provand and Indre Shira, were on assignment at Raynham Hall for the magazine Country Life. According to Shira, this is what happened:

"Captain Provand took one photograph while I flashed the light. He was focusing for another exposure; I was standing by his side just behind the camera with the flashlight pistol in my hand, looking directly up the staircase. All at once I detected an ethereal veiled form coming slowly down the stairs. Rather excitedly, I called out sharply: 'Quick, quick, there's something.' I pressed the trigger of the flashlight pistol. After the flash and on closing the shutter, Captain Provand removed the focusing cloth from his head and turning to me said: 'What's all the excitement about?'"

When they developed the picture they found that they had captured the image of a ghostly woman, apparently the famous brown lady, drifting down the stairs. The picture was published in Country Life on December 16, 1936.

Skeptics, however, argue that the picture is a fake. The photo analyst Joe Nickell examined the photograph and concluded that it was nothing more than two images composited together.

While the picture of her might be a fake, there is nothing to prove that the brown lady of Raynham herself isn't real, although she has rarely been sighted since 1936 (although the late Marchioness of Townshend told Dennis Bardens in the 1960s that she had seen the figure several times).

The absence of Lady Townshend from Raynham Hall may be due to the fact that she reportedly also haunts Sandringham House, and so it could be that she is simply choosing to spend her time there instead. At Sandringham she appears as her young, happy self, whereas in Raynham she appears as the eerie, aged brown lady.

  • Dennis Bardens. Ghosts and Hauntings. New York. Taplinger Pub. Co. 1965.
  • Daniel Cohen. The Encyclopedia of Ghosts. 1984.

Famous hoaxes info shared by GnomeXGurl

Famous Paranormal Hoaxes: Crop Circles, Loch Ness, and Bigfoot

Prof. Matt McCormick, Philosophy, CSUS

Many people believe that we are surrounded by paranormal, supernatural, mysterious, and unexplained phenomena. The majority of people believes in ghosts, psychic powers, clairvoyance, and an immaterial afterlife. We often hear in the news, on television, or elsewhere that a group of church goers have witnessed an apparition of the blessed virgin Mary, that a local house is haunted, that someone was saved from a horrible accident by the providence of a guardian angel, or that someone possesses psychic abilities. In Elk Grove in 2005, members of a local church found what appeared to be blood dripping from the eyes of a stature of the Virgin Mary. The tears reappeared for several days. Many enthusiastic and faithful believers flocked to the site, placing flowers and observing religious rituals in deference to the event. The prevalence, popularity, and frequency of these stories about paranormal events seem to lend some credibility to them; how or why would so many people be lying about such a thing? And when so many normal people believe with such conviction it is difficult to see how they could be mistaken or deceived.

What we often do not hear about in these paranormal cases is what is revealed in the follow up or additional investigation of the phenomena. Finding out that one of these spectacular stories is in fact a hoax does not capture the hearts or minds of viewers and readers, and the media have much less interest in reporting that there was actually nothing exciting, unusual, or inexplicable about a phenomena that was alleged to be extraordinary.

But in fact, a number of the most famous cases of alleged paranormal or supernatural events have been demonstrated to be hoaxes, and we can learn some valuable lessons from the follow up on those stories. As appealing as stories of the paranormal are, there is a natural explanation to be found for those with clear, careful minds.

In the 1970 and 1980s, farmers around Southhampton, England began to find enormous, complicated patterns stamped down in their wheat fields.

The patterns were remarkably regular and striking to the eye, particularly from the air. The wheat was bent over in neat, even waves to form nearly perfect circles, lines, and other shapes. The local news stations, citizens, amateur paranormal investigators, and many other people became very excited about the phenomena. People argued that the patterns had been formed by formerly unknown weather vortices, landing alien space ships, gravity field fluctuations, unusual tornadoes, and a host of other extraordinary phenomena. Over the years, patterns of increasing complexity and beauty continued to appear in fields in the region.

In 1991, two men from Southhamption, Doug Bower and Dave Chorley, publicly announced that they were in fact responsible for the crop circles that had been occurring for 15 years. While drinking glasses of stout in a local pub and discussing UFO reports which they thought were fabrications and mistakes, they dreamed up a method for making the crop circles using ropes and a board with a loop of rope for a handle. Their goal was to illustrate just how gullible people are and how eager they are to believe in paranormal phenomena. To stamp out a circle, one of them would hold the rope at a center point while the other one held the other end and rotated in a circle. By stepping carefully, and working outward from the center, they were able to create swirling patterns that hid their tracks and seemed to be beyond any human abilities. They attached a small wire sighting gauge like a gun sight to the brim of their baseball hats and by spotting a distant landmark such as a barn or tree, they could stamp out remarkably straight lines to compliment their circles. As the years progressed, their skills improved, their patterns got more complicated. Doug and Dave were delighted when numerous paranormal researchers insisted that the patterns were far too regular, large, and elaborate to have been created by any humans. The craze caught on and people all over the world began imitating Doug and Dave’s nocturnal art projects. There is now even an annual competition in England to see who can construct the best crop circle pattern. Despite Doug and Dave’s confession, believers have still insisted that there are too many crop circles, in too many places, and that many of them are beyond human ability. The enthusiasts are reluctant to admit it, and many people still insist that the phenomena is paranormal, but it would appear that crop circles are a hoax.

The persistence of belief in many people in the paranormal explanation is significant; even after Bower and Chorley confessed and publicly demonstrated how they made crop circles, lots of believers invested a great deal of time and effort into arguing that the crop circles still must have a paranormal explanation. Going to such lengths to salvage the paranormal explanation over the natural one indicates that the desire to believe in spooky, supernatural, unusual, or extreme causes is often more powerful than our ability to reason clearly.

Consider another case. In 1933, a surgeon and colonel, Robert Wilson, was visiting a remote loch in the Scottish highlands when he took a now famous picture of a mysterious shape on the lake. When enlarged, the picture seemed to reveal a creature’s head rearing up from the cold, dark waters of the deep lake. In the years that followed, this pictured spurred a flurry of activity in Loch Ness, stimulating expeditions, sonar surveys, film projects, scuba investigations, and countless visits to the lake in search of the Loch Ness Monster, or Nessie as it became known. Wilson's picture seemed to spawn a host of other sightings of nessie. More blurry photos came to light. Lots of visitors began testifying that they too had seen the monster. In fact, many people went to Loch Ness with the sole purpose in mind of seeing the monster. They arrived at the lake excited and primed with powerful expectations that there was a monster lurking in the waters, and not surprisingly many of them went away claiming to have experiences that fulfilled those expectations.

In 1993, two Loch Ness researchers, David Martin and Alastair Boyd tracked down a lead on the picture to Christian Spurling, who was now 90 years old and dying. Spurling admitted that he had collaborated with Duke Wetherall 60 years earlier to construct a plastic and wood head over the body of a toy submarine. Wetherall was pursuing a vendetta to embarrass the British newspaper, The Daily Mail. The neck on the toy monster was a mere 8 inches long, even though other Nessie investigators had insisted that it must be over three feet long. They also discovered that Wetherall was responsible for stamping fake Nessie foot prints in the mud on the bank of the Loch with a baby hippo foot that was probably part of an umbrella stand. One of the most celebrated and allegedly sound pieces of evidence for the existence of the Loch Ness Monster was also a hoax.

Consider another case: In 1967, Roger Patterson and Bob Gimlin went into the northern California woods of Bluff Creek, armed with film equipment and planning to gathering photographic evidence for the existence of Bigfoot, a legendary 7 feet tall hairy biped that was alleged to live in the woods of the Pacific northwest. Their expedition appeared to be a success when they returned with film footage of the creature walking across an open glade. In the jumpy and brief piece of film shot from about 100 yards, the creature takes several large strides away from the camera, pauses to look back, and then disappears into the woods. Again, paranormal enthusiasts and Bigfoot researchers embraced the film, proclaiming it to be definitive authentic evidence that Bigfoot exists. Sightings of Bigfoot soared as did the flagging sales of Patterson’s previously published book on Bigfoot. A few doubters suggested that it was a man in a monkey suit. Patterson died 5 years later of cancer

In March of 1992, Bob Gimlin admitted that he might have been fooled. He said it was possible that Roger concocted the whole thing and Bob was an unknowing eyewitness to an elaborate hoax. Another rumor that has circulated for years, and been corroborated by John Landis, the famous movie director, was that a special effects man named John Chambers, of the Planet of the Apes movies fame, designed the suit for the hoax.

Another man, Harry Kemball, has come forward and confessed that he was present in the film editing room when Patterson and his friends put together the Bigfoot film. Kemball says, “they all laughed and joked about the rental of the gorilla costume and the construction of the bigfeet. One of his extra tall buddies played the role of Bigfoot. They carefully chose muddy ground so that the footprints would expand.” Kemball says that they shook the camera, filmed out of focus, and subjected the film to processing that would add to the mystery and deception of the hoax.

In 1999, the Associated Press reported that a Yakima, Washington man claimed to be the one who wore the fur suit in Patterson-Gimlin movie of the sasquatch. Fearing legal reprisals from the owners of the film or others because of the hoax, the man remained anonymous and spoke through a lawyer, Barry M. Woodard, to the Yakima Herald-Republic. The 58-year-old man contacted the lawyer and passed a polygraph test to verify his story.

While none of these testimonials are decisive, they are highly suggestive that the famed Patterson Bigfoot film, which has been the cornerstone of the case for Bigfoot’s existence, is also a hoax

A brighter light has also been directed at another famous part of the evidence surrounding Bigfoot. In August, 1958 in Humboldt County, a bulldozer operator named Jerry Crew found prints of huge bare feet in the mud surrounding his bulldozer. Crew worked for Wallace Construction. The local newspaper, The Humboldt Times in Eureka, California ran a sensational story about the discovery and came up with the name, "Bigfoot." Contrary to popular mythology, there had been no stories about a giant ape-like creature lurking in the woods of the Pacific northwest until this story ran. After that report, just like the Loch Ness case, similar stories began to pop up everywhere. Other people found prints in the mud, saw Bigfoot, heard Bigfoot, took pictures (always blurry and indistinct) of Bigfoot, and even filmed the hairy monster. In 2002 when Ray Wallace, the owner of Wallace Construction, died, his family came out with a shocking revelation. Wallace had faked the original footprints with huge fake feet that strapped onto his boots. And after the story took off and became a popular urban myth, Wallace would go regularly to make more prints. Taking great pleasure in the hoax, he even offered huge cash rewards for a captured Bigfoot. His family had known about the hoax for all those years, but had remained silent and enjoyed the flurry of paranormal "investigations" that surrounded the lie. And apparently, Wallace's hoax caught on, just like crop circles. In 1982, a retired Washington State logger, Rant Mullens, claimed he contributed to the legend of the Bigfoot of Mt. St. Helens by walking in the woods with huge wooden feet strapped to his shoes to leave large footprints.

After the Wallace family revealed their secret, enthusiastic believers were quick to argue their case. Like the crop circles, they argued that no human could have made the prints, there were too many footprints, the features of the prints couldn't have been faked by a person, and so on. Again, enormous effort was devoted to rejecting the natural, simple, and un sensational explanation in order to salvage the more exciting paranormal explanation. Again, the desire to believe in the paranormal eclipsed people's capacity to reason clearly and objectively. The paranormal has a powerful influence on our hearts and minds; we are reluctant to give one of these beliefs up, even when the truth is obvious. So when there is a case of something unexplained and we do not yet have a simple, obvious natural explanation it is not surprising that the urge to believe that something supernatural has occurred is overwhelming. If we are willing to insist on a paranormal explanation even when an obvious natural explanation is available, imagine how strong our convictions in the exotic explanation are when we don't yet understand the phenomena.

It's not entirely clear why, but humans clearly have a strong propensity to find meaning, or patterns, or important events where there are none. The urge to believe in the supernatural is so strong in us that we find miracles in a bag of pretzels. In 2005, a 12 year old girl, Crysta Naylor found this pretzel in a bag of snacks while watching television. A casino paid the family over $10,000 for the pretzel because of the notoriety, excitement, and interest that it generated. A grilled cheese sandwich with burn marks that resemble Jesus caused similar excitement, as did a Jesus fish stick.

In some cases, the phenomena is not a deliberate hoax, but a simple mistake. From time to time, reports of statues "drinking" surface. Recently, in India, millions of the faithful rushed to Hindu temples to see statues of the elephant-headed Lord Ganesha drink milk. Huge crowds formed as people held spoonfuls of milk up to the trunk of the statue and watched the milk disappear. The phenomena was widely accepted as a miracle. Scientists examined the case and concluded that the milk was being siphoned down the surface of the statue in a thin film that wasn't easily visible. As more people made offerings, pools of milk formed at the base of the statues. The Press Trust of India wrote, "the phenomenon of idols "drinking" milk could be explained scientifically by the theory of capillary action or the movement of liquids within spaces of porous surfaces due to surface tension, adhesion and cohesion." Once again, believers denied that there could any explanation besides the miraculous one. Similar stories appear from time to time in the west surrounding statues of the Virgin Mary. Different types of porous stones that are used to make the statues have the capacity to absorb and wick a great deal of fluid.

What lessons can we learn from these famous cases? First, people have a powerful desire to believe in the paranormal. Natural explanations are boring, they rarely make the front page, they aren't worthy of being repeated over the water cooler, and they don't excite our interest or our memory. You won't remember hearing about the Wallace family confessing to Ray Wallace's career of faking foot prints all over the Pacific northwest because it's not on the front page, and it's just not as fun or entertaining to believe as the possibility that there is a giant hairy ape creature that embodies so much mystery, fear, excitement, and imagination. Second, these cases strongly suggest that once an urban myth gets started by a hoax, it takes on a life of its own. And the power of suggestion, expectation, and the desire to believe spawn many more comparable stories from people who think that they saw it too. Are these additional stories lies? Some are, some are not. Sometimes copycat hoaxers pick up on the gag and they help the sightings and stories to proliferate. In other cases, people may genuinely believe that they experienced something, but in fact they were primed, influenced, suggested, and otherwise carried away by an exciting story. Psychologists have demonstrated that people will readily confabulate elaborate stories when prompted in the right ways and the will insist with all sincerity that what they are saying is the truth. So it would seem that it takes very little to start the ball rolling, and very soon we all have what looks like a huge body of evidence--hundreds of Bigfoot sightings, for instance--supporting a phenomena that is a complete mistake. Third, these are only a few of the 1,000s of testimonials, pictures, stories, and other items that have been presented as evidence for paranormal phenomena. And these three fakes do not show conclusively that all of the other cases are deceptions, mistakes, or the products of over active imaginations. But these fakes strongly suggest that many, many other paranormal phenomena that are part of our cultural lore are also mistakes. People are highly suggestible. After these famous pieces of “evidence” were produced, the number of crop circles, and Nessie and Bigfoot sightings soared. And people’s urge to believe in paranormal phenomena is so strong that they will often refuse to abandon their beliefs even in the face of powerful counter-evidence. Stories of paranormal phenomena are entertaining and popular. The news about the original sightings in the cases were picked up by major new services and spread rapidly. But news about their refutations is much less entertaining and interesting; the hoax confessions described above were scarcely reported, and when they were, they were relegated to the back page or to a much more obscure source than the original news. It seems likely that many more confessions and hoaxes have been made public, but we have not been exposed to them. People have a variety of motives for perpetrating hoaxes, and when they do, they are remarkably creative in pulling them off, making them seem that much more believable. It should also be clear that when we are faced with allegations that something supernatural, extraordinary, or paranormal has occurred, even if we cannot immediately find a natural or alternative explanation, we should be very reluctant to conclude that there is no natural or non-paranormal explanation for it. And finally, extraordinary claims demand extraordinary evidence. We should approach such claims with a degree of skepticism that is proportional to how much they defy common sense and what we know about biology, physics, history, and human nature.

We might ask, "What's the harm in believing in these stories?" No one is hurt by them. We all find them entertaining and exciting. And after all, it would be better to be open-minded to the possibilities than to be skeptical and cynical.

These are good points. We should be open minded. Some of the most important discoveries in history came from people who were willing to consider absurd or outlandish possibilities that turned out to be true. But the purpose of being open-minded is not simply to avoid being skeptical, it's to better facilitate our finding the truth. We need to know what's true in the world and what's not. Our survival, our health, and our futures depend upon our being able to accurately and reasonably assess the facts in front of us. When we tolerate or propagate paranormal stories we foster an environment of sloppy, supernatural, and spooky thinking. We implicitly or explicitly endorse people's forming false beliefs on sketchy evidence. And that kind of attitude about truth and evidence leads to our being sloppy about other more important things. Superstitions proliferate about spirits, supernatural forces, demons, and a host of other non-natural phenomena. Our worldview gets filled with all sorts of mysterious and medieval entities. And the inroads that we have made with hundreds of years of the growth of science get lost in an environment of fear, superstition, and fuzzy thinking. The urge to believe in the paranormal is so powerful that it takes constant vigilance to keep ourselves from slipping into a backward, dark age.

Legendary Malin Kundang stone artifact reveal as a hoax

Scholars from Oxford University finally reveals the hoax which surrounding the Indonesian famous legendary human shape stone known as 'Malin Kundang' in Minang Province-Padang as a hoax and the alleged human shape remains were actually done by local people with the help of liquid chemical name Formaline. The empty canister and bottles were found buried near the area of the legendary site. The research done to Malin Kundang stone shows that the statue was actually came from human corpse and later undergo a formaline process. Motives behind the incidents was to attract tourist to visit the place and believed that the 'formaline preserved' Malin Kundang was a real story which took place long time ago. The research also reveals that all the artifact nearby have been created using molds and cements.

Wednesday, May 9, 2007

UFO-The facts behind the phenomenon

Many theories and opinions regarding the phenomenon even photo or vids showing this anomalies hovering or crossing the horizon. According to experts, 80% of the alleged evids were fake/hoax created by certain parties to heatin' up the stories of UFO's, 18% were caused by nature and only 2% were unknowned. UFO's 'wave' hits up the world nation especially in the west block since the first sightings recorded by Capt. Kenneth Arnold in 60's and since then followed by Roswell Case and others. UFO's became hot issues and many witnesses claimed they've seen this anomaly. But are these reports accepted as proofs of UFO existence? Why UFO's reports mostly during modern age? Do they ever encountered by people who lived during medievel or historical ages?

Let's look into some of early sightings manuscript and text which taken from the Bible and Holy Quran and search for the proof.

The Bible

EZEKIEL 1:4- 1:24

"And I looked, and behold, a whirlwind came out of the north, a great cloud, and a fire infolding itself, and a brightness was about it, and out of the midst therof as the colour of amber, out of the midst of the fire.

(verse 5) Also out of the midst therof came the likeness of four living creatures. And this was their appearance; they had the likeness of a man.

(verse 6) And every one had four faces, and every one had four wings.

(verse 7) And their feet were straight feet; and the sole of their feet was like the sole of a calf s foot and they sparkled like the colour of bur�nished brass.

(verse 8) And they had the hands of a man under their wings on their four sides; and they four had their faces and their wings.

(verse 9) Their wings were joined one to another; they turned not when they went; they went every one straight forward.

(verse 10) As for the likeness of their faces, they four had the face of a man, and the face of a lion, on the right side: and they four had the face of an ox on the left side; they four also had the face of an eagle.

(verse 11) Thus were their faces: and their wings� were stretched upward; two wings of every one were joined one to another, and two covered their bodies.

(verse 12) And they went every one straight forward: whither the spirit was to go, they went; and they turned not when they went

(verse 13) As for the likeness of the living creatures, their appearance was like burning coals of fire, and like the appearance of lamps: it went up and down among the living creatures; and the fire was bright, and out of the fire went forth lightning.

(verse 14) And the living creatures ran and returned as the appearance of a flash of lightning.

(verse 15) Now as I beheld the living creatures, behold one wheel upon the earth by the living creatures, with his four faces.

(verse 16) The appearance of the wheels and their work was like unto the colour of a beryl: and they four had one likeness: and their appearance and their work was as it were a middle of a wheel.

(verse 17) When they went they went upon their four sides: and they turned not when they went

(verse 18) As for their rings, they were so high that they were dreadful; and their rings were full of eyes round about them four.

(verse 19) And when the living creatures went, the wheels went by them: and when the living creatures were lifted up from the earth, the wheels were lifted up.

(verse 20) Whithersoever the spirit was to go, they went, thither was their spirit to go; and the wheels were lifted up over against them: for the spirit of the living creature was in the wheels.

(verse 21) When those went, these went; and when those stood, these stood; and when those were lifted up from the earth, the wheels were lifted up over against them: for the spirit of the living creature was in the wheels.

(verse 22) And the likeness of the firmament upon the heads of the living creature was as the colour of the terrible crystal, stretched forth over their heads above.

(verse 23) And under the firmament were their wings straight, the one toward the other: every one had two, which covered on this side, and every one had two, which covered on that side their bodies.

(verse 24) And when they went I heard the noise of their wings, like the noise of great waters; as the voice of the Almighty, the voice of speech, as the noise of an host when the: stood they let down their wings."

Over the past few years several people questioned if the book of Ezekiel talks about aliens and flying saucers.

Well, first off Ezekiel did not have primitive language, it was just as complex as ours is today. There is no good evidence for life on other planets.

As far as the bible is concerned, these are more to angelic beings, not alien beings. However most of believers still stick to the theories that Ezekiel saw the UFO's and aliens.

In Muslim Holy Quran, there's no verse or even words mentioning about alien being ad etc and only about Jinn (Genie), Satan and human. However according to some scholars, if the UFO's does exist, it might be the Jinn, since Jinn lifestyle and hidden dimension is similar to our human world-they have families, governments, scientist or even priest and religion.

I'm not saying that UFO's never exist but according to modern scientific research and solid proof, it shows that most of the alleged UFO cases were actually hoax and make up stories.

This is my personal opinion and theories which I would like to share to the readers or researchers regarding this controversial anomalies.

1) UFO sightings can be easily explained by natural means, many are nothing more than sightings of stars, cloud formation, high altitud jets, meteors, and even the planet Venus (the nearest planet in the solar system to the sun and which brings it brighter than the others, and can be seen sometimes with naked eyes especially during dusk.

Cloud image

Jet trail image

2) Some of the most famous "pictures" and "videos" of flying saucers were staged, using models, image editing softwares, toys, frisbees, pot's lid and even trash can lids.

There's more image or video perhaps readers out there have seen and most of it'too good t be true'. But as what I've said, only 2-1% were unknown objects. So that's all from me regarding personal opinion and comments regarding the UFO. Perhaps there's more experts and detail explanation from the Paracrypt members and other researchers. Thanks.

Rhode Island, USA

Tuesday, May 1, 2007

UFO is it really exist or just imaginary wave?

These are some examples of common UFO description from witness. UFO (Unidentified Flying Object) or also known as flying saucer is one of the most controversial issues in science, either it was a hoax or real unknown flying object. Starting from the Roswell Crash until now, UFO seems to be inplant in every peoples mind, eventhough skeptics usualy rejects it with concrete proof and theories. If we look into many aspect perhaps it's can be categorized as questionable. Above image was some of the UFO's physical look. The question was, if there's UFOs, why it came with various look and most of it likely to be came from 'creative hoax image'. Please note that after first camera was invented and during 1920-60, image of superimposed and doble exposure was quite famous. During that 'UFO' era, many people claim their seen UFOs but most of the report was hoax and even the photo became a modern legends.

What do you reader's and team think?

As posted by Ruben to ParaCrypt RSG Admin