Kaz II The Ghost Yacht

On 18 April 2007, Kaz II a 12 meter catamaran was found drifting 163 km off the northern coast of Australia with its engine running, and a table laid for dinner, but there were no signs of any people. On 20 April, maritime authorities caught up with the boat and boarded it. Jon Hall, one of the Australian rescuers said there was no sign of the crew, and it was a bit strange because everything seems normal. Rescuers have retrieved the boat's GPS system to analyze data for clues to the mysterious disappearance of the crew. Until now the fate of her three-man crew remains unknown, and the mysterious circumstances in which they disappeared have been compared to that of the Mary Celeste.

Based on Australian Maritime Safety Authority report, Kaz II was departed on 15 April 2007 from Airlie Beach. There were three people onboard the ship, Australian media reported the names of the sailors as skipper Derek Batten, 56, and brothers Peter and James Tunstead, ages 69 and 63. The three are neighbours in Perth, Western Australia.

The Kaz II was spotted by a helicopter on Wednesday (April 18) drifting off the Great Barrier Reef, but a rescue team only reached the boat on Friday, and confirmed that there was no one aboard. Police said weather conditions at sea on Sunday and Monday were rough.

Rescue crews say they are puzzled by the mysterious disappearance. "The engine was running, the computers were running, there was a laptop set up on the table which was running, the radio was working... and there was food and utensils set on the table ready to eat," said Jon Hall, a spokesman for Queensland's Emergency Management office. "It was a bit strange," he added.

Officials also confirmed that the boat's emergency systems, including its radio and GPS were fully functional, and that it still had its full complement of life jackets. According to news sources, there was even a small boat still hoisted on the stern of the boat and the anchor was up. The only signs, other than the disappearance of the crew, that were out of the ordinary, were damage to one of the boat's sails and that there was no life raft on board (it is unknown whether there ever was one aboard).

The investigators also recovered a video recording that showed footage taken by the crew during their trip. It revealed some clues as to the men's last day. The last footage, filmed by James Tunstead on 15 April at 10:05 A.M. local time, shortly before the men disappeared, showed, among other things:
  • Batten was at the helm.
  • Peter Tunstead is sitting on the aft stairway of the boat; he is fishing.
  • A long white rope can be seen trailing behind the boat.
  • The engine is not running.
  • Fenders can be seen hanging from safety rails on both sides of the boat.
  • The camera is panned 360 degrees and shows islands and surroundings; this helped investigators pinpoint the exact location of the ship.
  • The sea is choppy and none of the men are wearing a life jacket.
  • Tunstead's shirt and glasses are not in the place where they were later found.
Based on the video footage and the eyewitness accounts, the investigators concluded that they were sunk beneath the waves. According to authorities in Townsville, the weather had been windy and the sea had been rough between the time that the Kaz II departed and was found drifting. This led authorities to speculate that the crew may have experienced some form of sudden difficulty during rough weather and gone overboard. However, one issue with this theory is that contents of the cabin, including a table, did not seem to have been disrupted in any way.

Other speculation about the crew’s disappearance also have been put forward. One of the hypotheses include that the boat became stuck on a sandbar near George Point, where the boat's last radio message was made. When the men jumped overboard to push it free, a gust of wind blew and the boat drifted away, leaving them stranded. This would explain why towels were left out on the deck. Another hypothesis is that one crew member may have been washed over by a freak wave and that the others were lost trying to rescue him.


Sources:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kaz_II;
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/6574547.stm;
http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070420/wl_nm/australia_yacht_dc_2

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Baigong Pipes

On June 2002, an official Chinese news agency has reported that researchers are investigating what have been described as “ET relics” in the far western province of Qinghai. Located on Mount Baigong, the tower is near three caves with triangular openings, filled with redhued pipes which lead into the mountain and a nearby saltwater lake. According to Xinhua news agency, nine scientist were examining a mysterious pyramid-like structure which local legend says was a launch tower left by aliens from space. The mysterious pipes were first discovered by a group of scientists from United States, they already reported the pipes to local authorities in Delingha but, it were ignored. Then after several reports, it appeared in the “Henan Dahe Bao” (Henan Great River News). Now the local government promotes the Baigong Pipes as a tourist attraction.

The site, known by local people as "the ET relics", is on Mount Baigong about 40 kilometers to the southwest of Delingha City. The so-called ET relics structure is located on the south bank of the salty lake. It looks like a pyramid and is between 50 to 60meters high. At the front of the pyramid are three caves with triangular openings. The cave in the middle is the biggest, with its floor standing two meters above the ground and its top eight meters above the ground.

ET Relics
This cave is about six meters in depth. Inside there is a half-pipe about 40 centimeters in diameter tilting from the top to the inner end of the cave. Another pipe of the same diameter goes into the earth with only its top visible above the ground.

Moreover, rusty iron scraps and pipes amid stones of unusual shape are scattered about the largely deserted area. Analysis of the "rusty scraps" by Liu Shaolin at a "local smeltery" reportedly found that they consist of 30 percent ferric oxide and large amounts of silicon dioxide and calcium oxide. Because any metallurgical analysis reports the composition of a material analyzed, not in terms of the actual minerals comprising it, but only in terms of percentages of the oxides of the specific elements present, the calcium present in the "pipes" could have been in the form of calcite, a mineral that naturally forms concretions.

According to the Times of India, a research fellow at a nearby observatory of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences said the theory that the pyramid was created by extra terrestrials was “understandable and worth looking into.” No further details on the age of the structure or other theories of its origins were immediately forthcoming.

Sources:
Atlantis Rising Magazine Vol. 35: "Chinese Send Scientists to Investigate 'ET' Artifacts";
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baigong_Pipes;
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2002-06/19/content_448113.htm

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Atlantis Rising Magazine Vol. 35: "Chinese Send Scientists to Investigate 'ET' Artifacts" page 13
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The Mysterious Sailing Stones

In the northwest section of Death Valley there is a place of greatest mysteries on earth called the Racetrack, where rocks ranging in size from mere pebbles to half ton boulders that regularly move without human or animal intervention in long tracks along a smooth valley floor. This Sailing stones phenomenon is documented by scientists since the 1940s, early studies of the Sailing Stones began when geologists Allen Agnew and Jim McAllister mapped the area and noted the tracks left by the boulders in 1948 however the force behind their movement is not confirmed and until now is still the subject of research.

The Racetrack is a mere two inches higher on the north end than the south. Flat as a pool table. The surface is sun-baked mud, hard as rock, and patterned in polygons the size of doughnuts, about about three miles long (4.5 kilometers) and a mile wide (2 kilometers).

Some Sailing stones made straight paths, some curved. Some traveled a hundred yards (90 meters) in one direction, stopped in a muddy muddle, apparently thought better of their direction, and made a 180-degree turn to ramble off in another direction. Some trails were wide for a while, narrow, then wide again. Occasionally, half a dozen rocks took off at once from the base of the mountain and seemed to race straight toward the Grandstand like horses at the derby. The tracks often crossed one another.

In 1968, two scientists from the Institute of Technology in California, Robert Sharp and Dwight Carrey conducted an ambitious study tracking the stones that involved painstakingly mapping their movements by noting their positions at regular intervals.

In 1972 they explain the process. The playa receives three to four inches (eight to ten centimeters) of rain a year during winter storms and summer cloudbursts. Parts of the Racetrack flood. Intensely slippery clay settles, and the winds, which may reach 90 miles an hour (40 meters per second), must overcome the forces of friction for the rocks to break free. Once that happens, it takes only about half the wind power to keep the rocks moving.

Their theory was widely accepted until 1991, when another geologist studied the enigmatic stones and brought his students to test the validity of the earlier researches. This time, John Reid from Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts and a group of students converged on the stones en masse, during a time where the weather conditions matched those stated in the 1968 study. Reid and his students attempted as a group to push, shove and/or pull the rocks with ropes. Yet nothing could budge them and despite their valiant efforts, the rocks remained stubbornly immobile.

One of the factor that the previous explanations could not account for is that footprints made on the surface of the wet, muddy plain would typically be visible for years, and no tracks except for the ones made by the rocks have ever been found on the playa. Another theory, that earthquakes might move the rocks, has also been dismissed, since all quakes in the area are recorded, and none has coincided with new tracks being made by the rocks.

To date, there’s no film of the sailing stones, though several scientists have tried to capture their movement. The rocks don’t move every year, which complicates the effort, but nevertheless, several teams of scientists plan to set up camera equipment on the plain.

Sources:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sailing_stones;
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Death_Valley;
http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2007/11/death-valley/cahill-text/1;
http://www.scienceillustrated.com/nature/2011/11/sailing-desert-stones;
http://scienceray.com/earth-sciences/geology/the-mysterious-sailing-stones/
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Afonya the Russian Snowman

A group of teenagers on a fishing expedition to Lake Lovozero in the Murmansk Region of Russia were pestered in their cabin and chased for several days in August and September 1988 by an aggressive creature they nicknamed “Afonya.” They reported while sitting around the campfire in the evening, they were bombarded with large stones and took shelter in the cabin. Before going to bed, one of the boys went outside to relieve himself, saw the Snowman crouched in some berry bushes, and ran back to the cabin terrified. Later in the night, the Snowman turned up on the roof, and like a deranged Santa Claus he tried to enter the hut through the chimney. Luckily a fire was burning, so the Snowman must have severely burned himself. He yelped, jumped off the roof, and ran away.

The next day, large tracks were found as well as sizeable piles of excrement. It was also seen by a local game warden. Maya Bykova and a team of researchers visited the area shortly afterward and succeeded in catching a glimpse of Afonya.

According to the witnesses Afonya has 7–8 feet height, body-hair mostly light gray with lighter and darker patches, dark skin, round head, wide forehead, face wrinkled, reddish eyes, set wide apart, arms hang to the knees, light-colored buttocks.

Bykova and the researchers returned the following summer and uncovered tracks, hair, feces, and additional testimony. Bykova developed a specific call that Afonya responded to and answered, and she was able to entice it to the cabin where the teenagers had stayed. Her assistant, Nikolai Damilin, used a different call equally successfully.

The team carried out experiments using tape recordings of animal sounds that included the calls of primates. One of the creatures went to the cabin in response to the sounds and left footprints. Strange whistling was recorded several times and analyzed by Leonid Yershov.

Sources:
Mysterious Creatures: "A Guide to Cryptozoology" by George M. Eberhart; http://www.forteantimes.com/features/articles/134/lapp_of_the_gods.html
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Incorrupt Body Phenomena

There are many records of saints’ bodies being dug up years after burial, and being found incorrupt. This phenomenon is not confined to Catholic holy men or women, but there are more on record because of the custom of exhuming saints. A good example of the phenomenon is St. Catherine Laboure, who died in 1876 in Paris (France). Her body was buried in a triple coffin in a chapel crypt in the city and lay undisturbed for 56 years until it was exhumed on 21 March 1933 in preparation for her beatification. A surgeon who witnessed the exhumation reported:

“The body was carefully taken out of the coffin and placed on a long table. The face on account of its first contact with the air had slighty darkened since the day before [when the saint’s body was first revealed]; the clothing perfectly preserved was carefully removed…

In examining the body we noticed the perfect cuppleness of the arms and legs. These members have merely undergone a slight mummification. The skin throughout was intact and like parchment. The muscles were preserved; we could easily dissect them in a study of anatomy.

We cut the sternum on the median line. The bone showed a cartilaginous, elastic consistency and was easily cut by the surgeon’s knife. The thoracic cavity being opened it was easy for us to remove the heart. It was much shrunken but it had kept its shape. We could easily see within it the little fibrous cords, remains of the valves and muscles. We also took out a number of the ribs and the calvicle. We disjointed the arms - these two will be conserved apart. The two knee caps were taken out. The fingers and toe nails were in perfect condition. The hair remained attached to the scalp.

The eyes were in the orbits; the eyelids half closed; we were able to state the ball though fallen and shrunken existed in its entirety, and even the colour, bluish grey, of the iris still remained. The ears were intact.

To ensure the preservation of the body we injected a solution of formaldehyde, glycerine and carbolic acid.”


Other Christian religious figures whose incorrupt bodies have been exhumed this century include Blessed Maria Assunta Pallotta, the Cure of Ars (St. Jean Vianney), St. Bernadette Soubirous (the visionary of Lourdes), Blessed Paula Frassinetti, and St. Charbal Maklhouf; more details of these and many other pre-twentieth-century incorrupt Catholic saints can be found in “The Incorruptibles” by Joan Carroll Cruz.

A very recent example, post dating Ms Cruz’s book, is that of the discovery of Cardinal Schuster’s incorrupt body at Milan (Italy). He died in 1954, and was an admirer of Fascism and a friend of Mussolini, so his incorruption is somewhat embarrassing to the Church; there were allegations that it was not a genuine incorruption, but that corpse had been injected with preservative immediately after death.

Incorruption also occurs in other religious traditions, for example it was said that when the Chinese Communists opened the shrine which housed the mummy of Tsong Kha-pa (a Tibetan Buddhist leader who died in 1419) the body was undecayed and still warm.

Source:
Modern Mysteries of the World by Janet and Colin Bord
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Amherst Poltergeist Case

Amherst Poltergeist Case is the most famous reported poltergeist case in Canada. It centered around a girl named Esther Cox. In 1878 at the age of nineteen, she was living with her sister and brother-in-law, Olive and Daniel Teed, in Amherst, Nova Scotia, Canada. One night in September 1878, Esther Cox woke her twenty years old sister Jane and asked if she felt something in bed with them. Immediately afterward, strange things began happening in the Teeds’ house. Everyone living there, including Olive and Daniel, Daniel’s brother, and the Teeds’ two young children, heard unexplained knocking and banging and unidentifiable muffled voices during the night, and on two occasions Cox’s skin became hot, red, and unnaturally swollen.

Due to the inexplicable events of that evening, Daniel Teed resolved that he would have the family physician, Dr. Caritte, in attendance the following night. When the doctor arrived on the scene in preparation for the violent attacks, he examined Esther thoroughly. While a doctor was visiting Cox to study her condition, he heard scraping and saw letters form in the plaster wall, spelling out “ESTHER COX YOU ARE MINE TO KILL.” He decided to stay in the house to investigate what had caused this strange phenomenon and made detailed observations of other evidence of poltergeist activity.

When Dr. Caritte returned the next evening, he admitted that what seemed to be afflicting Esther was a phenomenon beyond his medical knowledge. But as he knew she was experiencing the symptoms of nervous excitement, he had brought her a powerful sedative, the only thing that he could possibly prescribe.

The effect of Dr. Caritte’s bromide was completely different than what he had hoped for. As soon as the drug had eased Esther into a deep slumber, the noises began, louder than they had ever been. It sounded as though someone were up on the roof, attempting to pound his way into the house by means of a heavy sledgehammer. The doctor retreated shortly after midnight, and as he walked away down the street, he could still hear the powerful blows shaking the Teed home.

The disturbances continued in this manner for three weeks, with Dr. Caritte attending Esther three times a day, although his attempts to help her were in vain. Then, one night, the girl fell into a trance and spewed out the whole story of how she had escaped an attempted assault on her honor. Bob McNeal, a man who had worked with Daniel and John Teed and William Cox at the Amherst shoe factory, had arrived at the Teed home one evening and requested the pleasure of Esther’s company on a buggy ride. He had only laughed when she had expressed her reluctance at going for a ride when the sky looked so black.

They had not ridden far when McNeal pulled into a wooded area outside of Amherst. He had wanted her to get down from the buggy and go with him into the woods. She had refused. Suddenly, McNeal leaped out of the buggy, jerked a pistol from a coat pocket, and leveled it at her breast. Either she came with him into the woods or he would kill her. Esther told him not to be a fool. Her honor could not be bought by the sight of a madman waving a pistol at her. McNeal cursed her with a foul stream of profanity. He cocked the hammer of the pistol, and for an awful moment, she wondered if he might not make good on his threat. Then the sound of wagon wheels began to creak toward them; another couple had sought the cover of the woods. McNeal thrust the pistol back into a pocket and climbed back into the driver’s seat. Sullenly he stared at her, his eyes telling of terrible embarrassment and violent anger. He cracked the reins over the horses’ backs and drove at a breakneck speed back toward the village. On the way home, it had begun to rain, but as if to punish her for not appeasing his lust, McNeal refused to put the hood of the buggy over them. He delivered her, soaking wet, to the Teed household at ten o’clock that night.

The family had known nothing of Esther’s secret until that moment. When Esther regained consciousness, Jane told her what she had said, and Esther confessed that it was all true. Interestingly, McNeal had not been seen since the night that he had tried to seduce Esther. He had not reported for work at the shoe factory the morning after the attempted attack, and his landlady said that he had paid for his lodging and left. Evidently, shame for what he had tried to do to Esther and fear of the consequences had driven McNeal out of Amherst. He could not have known that Esther had not told her brother-in-law (who was his foreman at the shoe factory), or her sisters Olive and Jane. Esther had kept the memory of that terrible night tightly repressed and bottled up inside her.

In January 1879 Esther moved in with another local family, but the manifestations around her continued and were witnessed by many people, some of whom conversed with the "ghost" by questioning and rapped answers. Some were curious and sympathetic; others believed Esther herself to be responsible for the phenomena, and she met with some hostility locally. Esther was frequently slapped, pricked and scratched by the "ghost," and on one occasion was stabbed in the back with a clasp knife. Interest in the case grew as the news spread, and in late March Esther spent some time in Saint John, New Brunswick, where she was investigated by some local gentlemen with an interest in science. By now, several distinct "spirits" were apparently associated with Esther and communicating with onlookers via knocks and rappings. "Bob Nickle," the original "ghost," claimed to have been a shoemaker in life, and others identified themselves as "Peter Cox," a relative of Esther's, and "Maggie Fisher." After the visit to Saint John, Esther spent some time with the Van Amberghs, friends with a peaceful farm near Amherst and then returned to the Teeds' cottage in the summer of 1879, whereupon the phenomena broke out again. It was at this point that Walter Hubbell (an actor with an interest in psychic phenomena) arrived, attracted by the publicity surrounding the case, and moved into the Teed cottage as a lodger to investigate the phenomena.

Hubbell spent some weeks with Esther and her family, and reported having personally witnessed flying and moving objects, fires, and objects appearing from nowhere (this included silverware, pins, and needles spontaneously flying through the air and burning matches inexplicably dropping from the ceiling), and claimed that he saw phenomena occur even when Esther herself was in full view and obviously unconnected with them. In addition, Esther was attacked by pins and needles that appeared in midair and flung themselves at her. When she fled the house for a nearby church, the banging sounds followed her, and when she fled to a barn, the falling matches ignited its hay. After this, Esther was imprisoned for a month as an arsonist, despite her and others’ insistence that spirits were to blame for the fires.

In prison her torments lessened, and sometime after she was released from prison and married they ended altogether.

In 1888, Walter Hubbell published his diary of events in the Esther’s house, later expanded into a popular bookselling at least 55,000 copies.

As to what might have caused the poltergeist activity, experts on such phenomena have suggested that the trauma of Esther’s rape might have either attracted a violent spirit or enabled Esther’s mind to produce the poltergeist effects.

Skeptics, however, dismiss the stories about Esther Cox as nothing more than “tall tales.”

Sources:
Real Ghosts, Restless Spirits, and Haunted Places by Brad Steiger;
The Greenhaven Encyclopedia of Paranormal Phenomena by Patricia D. Netzley;
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Amherst_Mystery
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San Pedro Mummy

In October of 1932, two men were prospecting for gold in the Pedro Mountains of Wyoming when they found the mummified remains of what appeared to be a mature adult male. The miners were blasting near a stone-walled gulch, and when the dust settled they found the opening of a small cave about 4 feet tall, 4 feet wide, and about 15 feet deep. Inside they found the 14-inch tall San Pedro mummy (It was around 7 inches tall sitting, and 14 inches tall (estimated) standing), as it is now called, weighing about 12 ounces, with its arms and legs crossed, leaning perpendicularly upon a small ledge. According to the authorities, it did not appear to be the body of an infant because of the well-developed and proportional head, which would have been proportionally larger if it had been an infant. It had a broad, thin-lipped mouth, the nose was short and broad, the forehead was flattened, and the skin was a deeply-wrinkled dark brown.

In 1950, in an unusual display of confidence, the Harvard University Anthropological Department at one time attested for the authenticity of the mummy; the American Museum of Natural History’s Dr. Henry Shapiro confirmed that the mummy was of an unknown human type and of enormous age. The Egyptian Department at the Boston Museum indicated that it corresponds to the look of an Egyptian mummy that had been left unwrapped.



However, 30 years later, Dr. George Gill, a forensic anthropologist proposed another theory after looking at the x-ray. He thought that the body could have been an infant of some unknown tribe of Indians. Mummies in Wyoming are not unusual since its arid climate is conducive to preserving tissue, however tiny mummies are a rarity.
The mummy was shown as an attraction for several years at a local drug store in Meeteetse, Wyoming, before it was bought by Ivan T. Goodman, a Casper, Wyoming businessman. In an article dated July 7, 1979 in the Casper Star-Tribune stated that Goodman died in 1950 and the mummy was passed on to Leonard Wadler, a New York businessman. The mummy has not been seen in public since Wadler, who died in the 1980s. Unfortunately, the mummy’s whereabouts are currently unknown until now.

Another report claims that the artifact had been donated to the Smithsonian Institution, which, of course, has no record of it. However, the Chicago Field Museum of Natural History does have pictures of the unusual mummy.

Sources:
Mystery of America: "Enigmatic Mysteries and Anomalous Artifacts of North America" by Tedd St. Rain;
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San_Pedro_Mountains_Mummy

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