The Cheltenham Haunting

Written By Tripzibit on Nov 20, 2014 | 17:07

For more than 90 years, a house in Cheltenham called the Donore House (now St. Anne) which was built for Henry Swinhoe in 1860 was the site of a haunting by a female apparition. The house located on the corner of All Saints Road and Pitville Circus Road. The haunting known as the Morton Case or the Cheltenham Haunting, was investigated by Frederick W.H. Myers, one of the founders of the then fledgling Society for Physical Research (SPR), and is considered one of the best-documented hauntings in the SPR archives. The majority of the sightings occurred between 1882 and 1889, but the phantom was viewed independently by at least 17 persons.

Swinhoe's first wife died in 1866. He remarried in 1869, but his new wife, Imogen Hutchins Swinhoe, left him shortly before his death in 1876, in part because instead of giving her his first wife's jewelry, he hid it in a safe under the living room floor. Imogen, who died two years after her husband, never returned to the house while she was still alive; however, she is thought to be the one who returned to haunt the house.

After Mr. Swinhoe's death, the house's next lessee, a Mr. L., died six months after moving in. The Cheltenham house sat empty for the next four years. Until April 1882, retired Army captain Frederick William Despard, aged fifty-three, his forty-six-year-old wife Harriet, together with their seven children, Freda (20), Rosina (19), Edith (18), Lillian (15), Henry (16), Mable (13) and Wilfred (6), moving in. They moved from Lansdown Road in Cheltenham, the town where they had been living for the previous half dozen or so years. 

Donore House (Now St. Anne)
Although paranormal phenomena had apparently occurred earlier, hauntings now began in earnest, with 19-year-old Rosina Despard (later Rosina Morton) being the one who most often saw the spectre: a tall woman, dressed in black, holding a handkerchief over part of her face (which made positive identification impossible). The ghost often passed down the stairs; she almost always paused in the living room before moving down the hall to the door to the garden, where she disappeared. On at least one occasion, one of the Despard daughters saw her in the garden. The phantom appeared to be solid and aware of her surroundings (moving around furniture, for example), but she never acknowledged anyone's attempt to communicate with her.

Eventually, almost everyone in the household saw the figure, including, apparently, the family dogs, who often howled or shrank in fear even when no apparition was visible. In addition to the human apparition, the house experienced the traditional knocks and bumps in the night.

In 1885, the Despard home was investigated by Frederic W.H. Myers of the Society for Psychical Research. (Rosina had published her own experiences in the society's journal the previous year.) At Myers's suggestion, Rosina attempted to take photographs of the spirit, but none produced a recognizable image.

Sightings slowed after 1887 and stopped completely two years later. The Despards moved in 1893. After a boys'school leased the property in 1898, the ghost returned, sometimes appearing in daylight to walk from the garden and down a path. The school closed shortly thereafter, and until the house was renovated and converted into apartments in 1973, no tenant stayed at the property for more than a few years (although ghost sightings were never given as a reason for departure). Interestingly, ghosts have been seen elsewhere in Cheltenham, and at least two were similar to the Despard apparition. All of these phantoms appeared in structures dating back to the time that the Despards lived in Cheltenham.

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The Rain of Blood Phenomenon

Written By Tripzibit on Nov 19, 2014 | 09:09

The rain of blood or the Blood rain is an unusual events and considered bad omens in Antiquity, and this belief persisted through the Middle Ages and well into the Early modern period. Occurrences of blood rain throughout history are distributed from the ancient, to the modern day. The earliest literary instance is in Homer's Iliad, in which Zeus twice caused a rain of blood, on one occasion to warn of slaughter in a battle. The same portent occurs in the work of the poet Hesiod, writing around 700 BC; The author John Tatlock suggests that Hesiod's story may have been influenced by that recorded in the Iliad. The first-century Greek biographer Plutarch also recounts a tradition of a rain of blood during the reign of Romulus, founder of Rome. Roman authors Livy and Pliny record some later cases of blood rain, with Livy describing it as a bad portent.

In July 1841 enslaved workers in a field in Wilson County, Tennessee, reported that just before noon a small red cloud suddenly appeared in an otherwise clear sky; from the cloud fell a shower of “blood,muscular fibre, adipose matter,” in the words of a local physician,W. P. Sayle, who examined it at the site. Enclosing some samples, Sayle wrote to a professor of chemistry at the University of Nashville:

"The particles I send you I gathered with my own hands. The extent of surface over which it spread and the regular manner it exhibited on some green tobacco leaves, leave very little or no doubt of its having fallen like a shower of rain. . . . I have sent what I think to be a drop of blood, the other particles composed of muscle and fat, although the proportion of the shower appeared to be a much larger quantity of blood than of other properties."

Another physician, G.W. Bassett of Virginia, recounted this event in the spring of 1850 in a letter to a colleague:

"About four p.m. yesterday, being Good Friday, a small cloud passed over Mr. Chas. H. Clarke and several of my servants, a few paces from the south bank of the Pamunkey River in the lower end of Hanover County, Virginia, on the estate called Farmington, and discharged around the parties, over a surface of something less than a rood of ground, various pieces of flesh and liver, too well defined in each sort to allow any mistake in their character. I gathered this morning from the spot, from four to six ounces, distributed over the above-mentioned surface. The pieces picked up at the remotest points, in a line from N.W. to S.E.,were about 25 paces from each other. One would weigh near an ounce. The direction of the cloud was from N.E. to S.W., as described by Mr. Clarke,who is a gentleman of intelligence and established credibility. Mr. Brown, with myself, visited the spot this morning and all aided in picking up 15 to 20 pieces which I have by me at this moment and from which I send you a sample and desire it may be passed over to Dr. Gibson, that he may ascertain what sort of flesh it is. The flesh and liver are in a perfect state at this moment and the latter part I shall put in alcohol for the future inspection of the curious."

A similarly grisly rain is said to have taken place the previous February 15 in Simpson County,North Carolina,where pieces of flesh, liver, brains, and blood, all looking fresh, fell out of a red cloud and splattered over an area thirty feet wide and 250 to 300 yards long.

According to the San Francisco Herald of July 24, 1851, blood and flesh, with pieces ranging in size from a pigeon’s egg to a small orange, descended in a two- to three-minute shower on an Army station at Benicia, California, covering a spot of ground thirty yards wide and 300 yards long.

One Sunday in July 1869 blood reportedly fell out of a clear sky and landed on two acres of a corn field near Los Angeles. Those who saw it — a funeral party that included members of the clergy — had no doubt that the substance was blood. Not only was it a thick, vivid red, but it contained hairs and portions of organs. It is easier to believe that stories like these are wholly fictitious than it is to credit complacent assertions that the fallen material was really water colored from dust or plant matter. Here, after all, we have rational, educated witnesses.

These,moreover, are not the only such stories. A vividly red and bloodlike rain during a storm on October 16 and 17, 1846, caused widespread terror among French witnesses. A chemist who studied the material under a microscope noted a “great quantity of corpuscles.” Rather more specifically, after a red stuff rained on Messignadi, Calabria, the Italian Meteorological Bureau identified it as bird’s blood.

On March 8, 1876, “flakes of meat” came down out of the sky to land on a Bath County,Kentucky, field, and one brave witness tasted a “perfectly fresh” sample. It reminded him, according to Scientific American (March 1876), of “mutton or venison.” This widely reported event sparked some considerable controversy and soon fell victim to two conventional, contradictory, and unconvincing explanations.

One was that the material was nostoc (blue-green algae) that had been there on the ground all along but sprouted in the wake of a rain; in fact, the sky was clear during the fall. The second averred the material to be buzzard vomit, even though it fell in thick volume, consisted of numerous flakes from one to four inches square, and covered ground, trees, and fences on a strip of land 100 yards long and fifty yards wide.

In 1888, after a red rain fell on the Mediterranean region on two occasions twelve days apart, samples were burned, leaving a strong and persistent “odor of animal matter,” according to the French scientific journal L’Astronomie.

A rare 20th-century instance was recorded in Sao Paulo,Brazil, newspapers on August 30, 1968, describing a meat and blood shower on two small towns between Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. According to a terse statement from a law-enforcement officer:

"The pieces of flesh were found lying at distances of half a meter apart, their size varying between lengths of 5 cm. and 20 cm. The meat was of a spongy texture and violet in color, and was accompanied by drops of blood. The sky at the time was quite clear. No aircraft had been seen just prior to, during, or after the event, nor were there any birds in the sky."
On 25 July to 23 September 2001, the rain of blood phenomenon occurred on Kerala - known as The Kerala red rain phenomenon - when heavy downpours of red-coloured rain fell sporadically on the southern Indian state of Kerala, staining clothes pink. Yellow, green, and black rain was also reported. Coloured rain was also reported in Kerala in 1896 and several times since, most recently in June 2012.

Following a light microscopy examination, it was initially thought that the rains were coloured by fallout from a hypothetical meteor burst, but a study commissioned by the Government of India concluded that the rains had been coloured by airborne spores from locally prolific terrestrial algae.

It was not until early 2006 that the coloured rains of Kerala gained widespread attention when the popular media reported that Godfrey Louis and Santhosh Kumar of the Mahatma Gandhi University in Kottayam proposed a controversial argument that the coloured particles were extraterrestrial cells. Blood rains were also reported from 15 November 2012 to 27 December 2012 occasionally in eastern and north-central provinces of Sri Lanka, where scientists from the Sri Lanka Medical Research Institute (MRI) are investigating to ascertain their cause

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300-Million-Years-Old Screw Found In Russia

Written By Tripzibit on Nov 18, 2014 | 05:33

In 1998, Russian scientists examined a piece of rock which enclosed an iron screw when they were investigating an area 300 km southwest of Moscow on the remains of a meteorite. Geologists estimate that the age of the rock is 300-320 million years. At that time there were not only intelligent life forms on earth, not even dinosaurs did not appear on its surface. Scientists initially thought that the screw was in a farm machine. But the screw was firmly fixed in the rock.

This finding has been studied intensively in various scientific institutions of Russia - from geologists, physicists, paleontologists, mineralogists and proved that the screw was in the sediment before it is mounted on a rock. All experts who examined this artifact are convinced that the screw has been artificially constructed and not a product of a natural process. Evidence shows that the iron atoms of the screw and the silicon atoms of the rock have in fact spread and fused, suggesting the screw is by no means a recent addition to the rock.

The 300 Million Years Old Screw

X-ray studies also ruled out the possibility that it is a fossil crinoidea trunk, because its size is larger than the specimens of marine animals.


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Mysterious Shining Whirlpool at Wedi Ombo Beach

Written By Tripzibit on Nov 12, 2014 | 14:33

Residents around Wedi Ombo Beach, Girisubo, Gunung Kidul in Central Java, Indonesia, startled by the appearance of a whirlpool which emits light from the middle of the ocean. The mysterious light appear for two consecutive days since Sunday (11/09/2014). Sunu Handaka Bayu, one of the members of Search and Rescue Teams of Wedi Ombo Beach, said that the first light was seen by Sudadi. At that time, Sudadi, which is also the SAR Team personnel, was on guard and saw a whirlpool in the middle of the ocean with shiny white light.

According to Sunu, the location of the whirlpool is about 500 meters from the beach. Shaped like a top, in the form of a vortex that emit great white light. On Monday night (11/10/2014) the strange phenomenon reappeared. This time it appears around 07:30 pm until 09:00 pm. "At first, local residents who have not seen it does not believe, then the second day when it appears again they were shocked because they never seen it before," he said.

Aerial view of Wedi Ombo Beach
After the mysterious shining whirlpool appear for two days, on Tuesday night, the SAR team and local residents including some journalists deliberately waiting at Wedi Ombo Beach. However, until 21:00 pm, it does not appear again.

In fact, after coordination with the other SAR team, near Wedi Ombo Beach, two days ago, none of them were saw the white light from the sea. "So, the mysterious light only appear on Wedi Ombo Beach because the other SAR team did not see it," he said.

Until now, the mysterious events can not be explained scientifically. Some species of single-celled plankton called dinoflagellates glowing when disturbed. Tide, storm, swimming marine life and ships passing by can cause large amounts of plankton to produce light simultaneously. However, the light which produced by the plankton does not too bright.


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