Minnesota Frozen Man

Minnesota Frozen Man or Minnesota Iceman was displayed in the United States and Canada in 1960s and early 1907s. According to Loren Coleman’s account, the body of the creatures may have been encased in a block of ice in the fall of 1967. That was when Terry Cullen paid a quarter to see such a sight on exhibit in Milwaukee. It was on display in a refrigerated glass coffin shown by exhibitor Frank Hansen. Cullen notified the Bigfoot community and soon Bernard Heuvelmans and Ivan Sanderson were examining the creature. What they found was the likeness of an adult male with large feet and hands. It was covered with dark brown fur. Both eyeballs were missing from the sockets, one entirely absent and one dangling on the face. It also had an open wound and broken bone in its left arm. The smell of rotting flesh was obvious.

Heuvelmans described his examination:

“The specimen at first looks like a man, or, if you prefer, an adult human being of the male sex, of rather normal height (six feet) and proportions but excessively hairy. It is entirely covered with very dark brown hair three to four inches long. Its skin appears waxlike, similar in color to the cadavers of white men not tanned by the sun . . . The specimen is lying on its back . . . the left arm is twisted behind the head with the palm of the hand upward. The arm makes a strange curve, as if it were that of a sawdust doll, but this curvature is due to an open fracture midway between the wrist and the elbow where one can distinguish the broken ulna in a gaping wound. The right arm is twisted and held tightly against the flank, with the hand spread palm down over the right side of the abdomen. Between the right finger and the medius the penis is visible, lying obliquely on the groin. The testicles are vaguely distinguishable at the juncture of the thighs."
(Heuvelmans in ‘Bulletin of the Royal Institute of Natural Sciences of Belgium,’ quoted in Coleman 2003b, 113)

In 1969, Heuvelmans wrote an article in a Belgian scientific journal about the Iceman suggesting that it was a new species with Neanderthal affinities called Homo pongoides, and theorized it was shot and killed in Vietnam during the Vietnam War.

Sanderson, the science editor for Argosy magazine, authored an article about the Iceman in the April 1969 issue that featured the headline, "Is this the missing link between man and the apes?" Sanderson also spoke about the Iceman in television appearances, and contacted primatologist John Napier, asking him to investigate it under the official auspices of Smithsonian Institution.

Unfortunately, before the researchers could progress any further the creature disappeared, pulled from public viewing by Hansen. When Hansen did resume the exhibition of the creature, it was reported that he had replaced the original with a wax likeness. In other words, Hansen’s exhibit turned out to be a gaffe – a fake designed for the sideshow. Heuvelmans and Sanderson, however, continued to claim that the specimen they had examined – the original Frozen Man – had been the real thing.

Sources:
Weird Science and Bizarre Beliefs: "Mysterious Ceatures, Lost Worlds and Amazing Inventions" by DR. Gregory L. Reece;
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minnesota_Iceman
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Serbian Magnetic Boy

In 2011, Bogdan, a 7 year-old boy from Serbia is made worldwide attention for his unique ability to attract other objects. According to MSNBC and The Daily Mail, household objects such as spoons, knives, and forks stuck to his skin with almost supernatural ease. Even stranger, other things stuck to him too, such as small plates and small flat glass objects. The objects seem to miraculously stick to the boy's skin. Bogdan's family claims he's magnetic, and an MSNBC reporter who filmed him in action says it's true. They say the objects stay there until Bogdan removes them by hand. Bizarrely, it's not just metal that seems to be attracted to the youngster. China plates and bowls seem to adhere themselves to Bogdan's chest as well.

Any feelings that Bogdan might be nothing more than a sticky little boy are dispelled when a large and heavy frying pan is stuck to his body. The family say Bogdan is not allowed to go near anything electrical, such as a television or a computer, because his alleged magnetism turns them off.

According to Benjamin Radford, renowned skeptic and managing editor of the magazine Skeptical Inquirer, there are several clues in the videos as to what's really going on.

"If there really is some magnetic attraction, the person should be able to lean over. If a magnetic force is overcoming gravity, we should see that. That's one strong clue that what we're seeing is not any sort of magnetism."

Second, glass plates and a non-metallic remote control, as well as metal objects, are shown sticking to Bogdan's chest. "Glass is not magnetic.

 Bogdan the Magnetic Boy

If a smooth piece of glass is sticking to him and a smooth piece of metal, what do those have in common? A very smooth surface. Not magnetism."

That shows that quite a different physical effect is at play. "These people aren't magnetic, it's just that things that have smooth surfaces stick to skin," said Radford, adding, "Often these magnetic people have smooth skin and hairless chests."

The key to understanding this phenomenon lies not in magnetism nor in any sort of mystical ability but instead in the physics of friction. Skin is very elastic (that’s why they call it “plastic surgery”) and tends to conform to objects it comes in contact with. This is especially noticeable on hot days when bare skin attaches itself to leather or plastic seats. Skin can also be somewhat adhesive for the same reason.

Sources:
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1360081/Bogdan-The-seven-year-old-Serbian-boy-appears-magnetic.html;
http://www.foxnews.com/health/2011/03/01/famed-magnetic-boy-probably-just-sticky/;
http://news.discovery.com/human/magnetic-boy-mystery-or-simple-physics-.html

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Phantom Black Dog

Phantom black dogs are well known in ghost lore all over the world. They lope about lonely country roads, along seashores, in graveyards, and in remote forested areas and fields. In some areas it’s bad luck to see one; they are omens of misfortune and even death. Black dogs are huge—bigger than even the largest breeds. Their size as large as a calf. They have fiery yellow, green, or red eyes, and sometimes their entire body glows with an eerie light. Accompanied by the sound of chains, also can change its shape. They go by many names, such as devil dogs, demon dogs, hellhounds, and yell hounds. It is called the Barguest in northern England. In Devon, England, the Whisht hounds are headless black dogs that roam the moors with their master, the pagan god Odin. (“Whisht” means “spooky.”).


 A pamphlet describing the appearance of a 
BLACK DOG in a church at Bungay, Suffolk, England, in 1577
A fearsome Black dog appeared inside a church in Bungay, Suffolk, England, on August 4, 1577, accompanied by “fearful flashes of fire” during a violent thunderstorm. It rushed down the aisle, killed two people and injured a few others, then appeared 7 miles away at the church in Blythburgh, where its claws left burn marks on the church door.

In 1928, a Trinity College student was fishing in a river in County Londonderry, Northern Ireland, when a Black dog with blazing red eyes came toward him in the shallow water. Terrified, he climbed a tree, and the animal looked up at him and snarled as it passed.

In 1949, a waterworker near Keresley, Warwick, England, was confronted early one morning by a huge Black dog sitting on its haunches. Its glowing eyes watched him as he edged around it and ran away.

In the winter of 1959 or 1960, a twelve-year old boy and his mother saw a Black dog with a huge head peering into their window on Sharpe Street in South Baltimore, Maryland. Its eyes were oval-shaped and bright red or yellowish. Later, the boy went outside but could find no tracks in the snow.

On April 19, 1972, British coastguardsman Graham Grant was on watch at Gorleston, near the harbor entrance to Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England, when he saw a large, black hound on the beach. It alternatively ran, then stopped and looked around, and after a short time it vanished. Grant said there was nowhere it might have hidden.

On April 30, 1976, a black-and-brown dog was seen in Abingdon, Massachusetts, feeding on a Shetland pony it had killed.

On October 31, 1984, a Mr. Lee was driving toward Molland, Devon, England, when he saw a huge, black great dane run toward the road at him. As Lee braked to a stop, the animal walked up to the hood of the car, looked at him, and vanished.

Victoria Rice-Heaps encountered a huge Black dog with glowing red eyes as she was driving past Hodsock Priory near Worksop, Nottinghamshire, England, early in the morning of May 11, 1991. It was about 18 inches taller than a great dane and seemed to be dragging something across the road.

In 1990's late on a Saturday night Beth and Jeremy are heading home to Hagerstown, Maryland. Jeremy is driving his dad’s SUV. A fog has settled over the road that runs through the hilly South Mountain terrain. The area is famous as a haunted place, and the fog intensifies the spookiness of the night. Ghosts are very much on the minds of the teens; they’ve just been on a ghost tour of Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, a town known for its Civil War–era ghosts.

There aren’t many other cars on the road, and Jeremy’s headlight beams don’t penetrate the fog very far ahead. All of a sudden a dark shape looms out of the mist. It’s a huge dog with enormous paws, smack in the middle of the road. Its glowing yellow eyes stare straight at Jeremy. Beth screams as she sees the dog, too. Jeremy slams on the brakes and swerves, knowing that he’s probably going to hit the creature, which is too close. The SUV shudders with the sickening thump of impact. Jeremy stops, and the shaken teens get out and look behind them, half expecting to find the mangled body of a dog. They are shocked to find no trace of the animal, alive or dead. There is no damage, not even a scratch, to the SUV. Jeremy and Beth have just had a frightful encounter with the Snarly Yow—South Mountain’s famous spectral black dog.

The most famous black dog in English lore is the fearsome Black Shuck, a calf-sized dog whose eyes are red even though it has no head. A phantom collar of chains rattles as it runs. Black Shuck is also called Galleytrot, the Hateful Thing, the Shug Monkey, Hellbeast, and the Churchyard Beast.

The origins of many black dogs are lost in time. They may have been once regarded as guardians of places. Their black color and terrible appearance have demonic associations and make them natural companions for the Devil, demons, sorcerers, and witches. In England and other parts of Europe, phantom black dogs once were blamed for livestock killings.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the creator of Sherlock Holmes, drew on the legends of Black Shuck and the Whisht hounds in his tale The Hounds of the Baskervilles.

Sources:
Mysteries, Legends and Unexplained Phenomena: "Ghosts and Haunted Places" by Rosemary Ellen Guiley;
Mysterious Creatures: "A Guide to Cryptozoology" by George M. Eberhart

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B-25 Mystery

On 31 January 1956, a Mitchell B-25 Bomber en route to Olmstead Air Force Base near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, ran out of fuel over the Pittsburgh area. The pilot was forced to ditch the plane in the Monongahela River near Homestead, Pennsylvania, after failing to make it to the Greater Pittsburgh Airport. The plane disappeared beneath the water and was never seen again. Eyewitnesses soon came forward, claiming that the plane had been secretly removed from the river at night. Rumors and speculations about the bomber’s secret cargo spread quickly in the cold-war climate of industrial western Pennsylvania.

Flight B-25N No. 44–29125 originated at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, on 30 January. After an overnight stop at Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma, the flight continued to Selfridge Air Force Base, Michigan. At Selfridge the plane was supposed to refuel, but it was discovered that it would take three hours. The crew believed that they had enough fuel to reach Olmstead, so they departed at 2:43 P.M. without refueling. Over western Pennsylvania the fuel ran out and the pilot ditched in the Monongahela River at approximately 4:10 P.M.

Recovery attempts began soon after, and the police and people working by the river rescued four crew members. The other two crew members drowned and their bodies were recovered later that year. Reports of a fifth and even a sixth man being pulled from the water circulated immediately, with newspaper stories appearing to verify this account.

 Mitchell B-25 Bomber

According to the official record, the fifth man was a rescuer who went into the river to help, but others believed he was a secret passenger. Initially, the Coast Guard supervised the attempts to retrieve the aircraft, but on 9 February the operation was taken over by the Army Corps of Engineers. They searched for two weeks, but the plane was never located.

The search for the truth about the fate of 44-29125 has become as much a part of Pittsburgh history and lore as the mysterious disappearance of the aircraft itself. There are troubling inconsistencies about the details and destination of the flight, as well as the actual number and identities of the personnel aboard. These conflicts appear in official military and government records, in newspaper reportage, in statements made by the survivors, and in accounts given by both rescuers and eyewitnesses.

After the crash, many people came forward claiming to have seen the covert removal of the aircraft. Most of these accounts describe the removal of the plane by unidentified government agents in the middle of the night. These accounts often describe the plane being cut apart and loaded on a barge or train to be shipped off to a local military base. Proponents of the secret removal theory cite a variety of evidence other than eyewitness reports to prove their case. It has been pointed out that it is difficult to lose a plane that is 12 feet tall with a 70-foot wingspan in a river that has an average depth of 20–25 feet and a width of between 800 and 1,000 feet. In all other aircraft accidents involving the river, the planes have been recovered quickly.

Witnesses to the salvage operation reported seeing a helicopter fly over the crash site with a Geiger counter. They also point to problems in the official Air Force accident report. It contains discrepancies in the flight manifests and the cause factor analysis, and vital parts of the account of the crash are blacked out. Questions have also been raised about the original weight of the aircraft. This led to speculation that the weight of the secret cargo caused the crew to underestimate the amount of fuel needed. Several researchers have suggested that the secret cargo was some type of nerve gas or chemical weapon, since there were experiments with chemical weapons conducted in Oklahoma at the time.

Other theories about the makeup of the cargo include atomic materials, secret or state-of-the-art communications and radar technology, Mafia money, a Russian defector, Howard Hughes, and even Las Vegas showgirls.

In the late 1990s, new scientific searches for the plane have been conducted with the use of side scan sonar and divers. The B-25 Recovery Group and the Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania have speculated that the plane may rest in a 40-foot-deep gravel pit on the bottom of the Monongahela River, which has been filled in with silt since the time of the accident. All of their searches to date have been unsuccessful, and some view this as further proof that there was a secret removal of the aircraft.

Sources:
Conspiracy Theories in American History: An Encyclopedia edited by Peter Knight;
http://www.fatemag.com/bloggers/robert-goerman/smoking-gun-to-pittsburgh%E2%80%99s-b-25-ghost-bomber-found/;

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Tartaria Tablets

The Tărtăria tablets first discovered in 1961 by archaeologist Nicolae Vlassa at a Neolithic site in the village of Tărtăria (about 30 km from Alba Iulia) in Romania. Dated to around 5300 BC, there are three tablets bear incised symbols - the Vinča symbols - and have been the subject of considerable controversy among archaeologists, some of whom claim that the symbols represent the earliest known form of writing in the world. Nicolae Vlassa believed that the tablets were related to Proto-Sumerian writing, and that they offer the chance of making a cultural and chronological synchronisation of Europe and the Near East. His opinion on this subject has been confirmed by Milojcic and Sumer expert Adam Falkenstein. This opinion was also sustained by Makkay, Hood and others. However, most other archaeologist, champion of the long chronology, have not agreed with this opinion, looking for different kind of 'vices', 'errors', or 'myths'. They adopt other hypotheses.

In 1961, members of a team led by Nicolae Vlassa, an archaeologist at the National Museum of Transylvanian History, Cluj-Napoca in charge of the site excavations, unearthed three inscribed but unbaked clay tablets, together with 26 clay and stone figurines and a shell bracelet, accompanied by the burnt, broken, and disarticulated bones of an adult male.

Two of the tablets are rectangular and the third is round. They are all small, the round one being only 6 cm (2½ in) across, and two — one round and one rectangular — have holes drilled through them.

All three have symbols inscribed only on one face. The unpierced rectangular tablet depicts a horned animal, an unclear figure, and a vegetal motif, a branch or tree. The others have a variety of mainly abstract symbols. The purpose of the burial is unclear, but it has been suggested that the body was, if not that of a shaman or spirit-medium, that of a local most respected wise person.

The ritual pit contains various archaeological remains, as well as some parts of a human skeleton. The shape and the extent of the ritual pit did not permit the deposition of an inhumation, and in fact the human bones were placed there after the flesh had been removed or an exhumation process.

These tablets were discovered in what Vlassa called a ritual pit. He connected this pit with a pit house found nearby. The distance between the ritual pit and the pit house was 70 to 90 cm, and they belong to the same archaeological complex.

Vlassa believed that the bones had been burnt. The bones had charred appearance and traces of sponge or foam. Some parts of the skeleton, the skull and smaller bones, are missing. Only one of the bones among those recovered was burnt. Because at that time t was not possible to make an anthropological analysis, Vlassa did not wash the bones.

The tablets are generally believed to have belonged to the Vinča-Turda culture, which at the time was believed by Serbian and Romanian archaeologists to have originated around 2700 BC. Vlassa interpreted the Tărtăria tablets as a hunting scene and the other two with signs as a kind of primitive writing similar to the early pictograms of the Sumerians. The discovery caused great interest in the archeological world as it predated the first Minoan writing, the oldest known writing in Europe.

However, subsequent radiocarbon dating on the Tărtăria finds pushed the date of the tablets (and therefore of the whole Vinča culture) much further back, to as long ago as 5500 BC, the time of the early Eridu phase of the Sumerian civilization in Mesopotamia. Still, this is disputed in the light of apparently contradictory stratigraphic evidence.

If the symbols are indeed a form of writing, then writing in the Danubian culture would far predate the earliest Sumerian cuneiform script or Egyptian hieroglyphs. They would thus be the world's earliest known form of writing. This claim remains controversial.

Scholars who conclude that the inscribed symbols are writing base their assessment on a few conclusions, which are not universally endorsed. First, the existence of similar signs on other artifacts of the Danube civilization suggest that there was an inventory of standard shapes of which scribes made use. Second, the symbols make a high degree of standardization and a rectilinear shape comparable to archaic writing systems manifest. Third, that the information communicated by each character was a specific one with an unequivocal meaning. Finally, that the inscriptions are sequenced in rows, whether horizontal, vertical or circular. If they do comprise a script, it is not known what kind of writing system they represent. Some archaeologists who support the idea that they do represent writing, notably Marija Gimbutas, have proposed that they are fragments of a system dubbed the Old European Script. Others consider the pictograms to be accompanied by random scribbles.

Based on archaeological research by Gheorghe Lazarovici and Marco Merlini, the tablets and other objects from the ritual pit belong to the cult inventory of a priestess. The same is true of the pit house. The objects belong to different cults reating to fertility and fecundity (the Great Goddess and her hypostasis). The problems of the signs on the tablets and their meaning is a very complex one; they represent symbolic objects with signs and have a religious meaning.

Sources:
New Archaeological Data Refering to Tartaria Tablets by Gheorghe Lazarovici and Marco Merlini;
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/T%C4%83rt%C4%83ria_tablets

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De Loys Ape

The name de Loys’ Ape refers to a 5-foottall (1.5m) ape-man supposedly discovered by Swiss oil geologist François de Loys during an expedition to South America. Between 1917 and 1920, Francois de Loys explored the swamps, rivers, and mountains west and southwest of Lake Maracaibo near the Colombia-Venezuela border. The participants are said to have suffered considerable hardship and a number died from disease or at the hands of hostile natives. In its last year, what remained of the expedition was camped on the banks of a branch of the Tarra River. Suddenly two creatures, male and female, stepped from out of the jungle. De Loys at first thought they were bears, but as they advanced on the camp, he could see they were apes of some sort, around five feet in height. His account omits the crucial detail of whether they were walking on two or four feet.

The creatures, giving every indication of being furious, broke off branches from nearby trees and wielded them as weapons, meanwhile crying and gesticulating vigorously. Finally they defecated into their hands and hurled the results at the party, who by now had their rifles to their shoulders. In the gunfire that followed, the female was killed, and the wounded male escaped back into the underbrush. Though no one in the expedition was a zoologist, everyone understood that the animal was something out of the ordinary. Even the native guides swore they had never seen anything like it. Propping it up with a stick,members sat it on a gasoline crate and took a picture of it at a distance of ten feet. According to de Loys, “Its skin was afterward removed, and its skull and jaw were cleaned and preserved.”

Though de Loys did not explicitly acknowledge as much, he and his starved compatriots apparently ate the animal’s flesh. Later the other remains were lost. Of the original twenty members of the expedition, only four survived. The photograph, however,was discovered by a friend of de Loys’s, anthropologist George Montandon, when the latter reviewed de Loys’s records and other expedition materials. Montandon was looking for information on a South American Indian tribe but considered the picture so important that he laid plans, as he wrote, to “go to the area in question to find the great ape of America.” De Loys, he noted, had expressed no urgent interest in publishing or otherwise publicizing the photograph. Only at Montandon’s insistence was it brought to the world’s attention in 1929, when he reported it in papers that appeared in three French scientific journals. In these Montandon honored its discoverer by offering the formal name Ameranthropoides loysi for what he contended was a new animal. That same year de Loys told his story publicly for the first time in the popular magazine Illustrated London News (June 15).

Modern skeptics suspect that Montandon himself created the photograph. At the time Montandon made the photograph public, though, skeptics accused de Loys, rather than Montandon, of perpetrating a hoax. Like modern skeptics, they thought that the photograph was of a spider monkey, which they knew to be common in South America. Skeptics also said that had the creature truly been a 5-foot-tall (1.5m) ape-man, de Loys would have made a greater effort to get its skin back to civilization. As a result of their attacks, most people came to believe that de Loys had invented the ape-man in order to make a name for himself as the discoverer of a new species.

What interests cryptozoologists is that de Loys was apparently not the first to see this creature, which natives in the area called mono grande, or “big monkey.” As early as the sixteenth century, Spanish explorers who visited South America not only heard reports of such animals from natives but also wrote of seeing the remains of mono grande themselves.

Since then, several other explorers and naturalists, have reported seeing de Loys’ ape. In 1968, archaeologist Pino Turolla glimpsed two apelike creatures in the Venezuelan jungle. In 1997, British travel writer Simon Chapman searched for the Mono rey of northern Bolivia but found no compelling evidence. He heard rumors that a pelt had been purchased by a foreigner for DNA analysis and that a living animal had been exhibited at the zoo in Santa Cruz, Bolivia.

Sources:
Mysterious Creatures: "A Guide to Cryptozoology" by George M. Eberhart;
The Greenhaven Encyclopedia of Paranormal Phenomena by Patricia d. Netzley;
Unexplained: "Strange Sightings, Incredible Occurences & Puzzling Physical Phenomena" by Jerome Clark;

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Unexplained: "Strange Sightings, Incredible Occurences & Puzzling Physical Phenomena" by Jerome Clark page 312
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Coral Castle

The mysterious Coral Castle in south Florida was built single-handedly by an eccentric loner named Ed Leedskalnin — a 5-foot-tall (1.5 m), 100-pound (45 kg) Latvian native. He was born in 1887, and at the age of 26 was engaged to marry a 16-year old Latvian girl named Agnes Scuffs. The day before the wedding young Agnes decided to cancel because she thought Ed was too old, or maybe she was in love with someone else. Heartbroken and alone, Ed left his beloved Latvia for the United States always thinking of Agnes as his “Sweet Sixteen.” With only a 4th grade education, he drifted from job to job until he came down with tuberculosis and moved to Florida for its favorable climate. During his travels he became interested in science, astronomy, and Egyptian history, spending most of his time reading books on magnetic currents and cosmic forces. Ed was a frugal man, collecting old mechanical pieces and saving money any way he could. Eventually he bought a 10-acre (4-ha) plot of land in Homestead and set about excavating, carving, and moving many tons of coral rock by himself. His monu­ment would be devoted to his lost love, his Sweet Sixteen.

Ed originally built the castle, which he named Rock Gate Park, in Florida City, Florida around 1923. He purchased the land from Ruben Moser whose wife helped assist him when he had a very bad bout with tuberculosis. Florida City, which borders the Everglades, is the southernmost city in the United States that is not on an island. It was an extremely remote location with very little development at the time. The castle remained in Florida City until about 1936 when Leedskalnin decided to move and take the castle with him to its final location on 28655 South Dixie Highway Miami, FL 33033. The Coral Castle website states that he chose to move in order to protect his privacy when discussion about developing land in the area of the castle started. He spent three years moving the Coral Castle structures 10 miles (16 km) north from Florida City to its current location in Homestead, Florida.

Ed’s coral carvings are symbolic of everything that mattered to him: love, astronomy, nationalism, family and magnetism. He created huge block walls surrounding a courtyard of theme tables and other whimsical stone attractions. Many people witnessed Ed hauling his original sculptures from Florida City to Homestead, but no one ever saw how he loaded or unloaded the trailer. He refused to allow visitors while he worked and had a kind of sixth sense which alerted him when someone was coming to spy. Ed was a very private man who did much of his work entirely alone in the quiet of the night.

For 28 years, with only crude winches, block tackles, and iron wedges, Ed labored tirelessly on his monument. He cut coral from a quarry in front of the castle and moved enor­mous stones by lantern light. The Obelisk stone weighs 28.5 tons (25,400 kg / 57,000 pounds) and is taller than the Great Upright at Stonehenge, positioned single-handedly into place by Ed. The Tower consists of 243 tons (220,400 kg) of coral rock with each block weighing four to nine tons (3,630-8,170 kg). The average weight of the individual stones at Coral Castle is greater than those used on the Great Pyramids in Egypt. Perhaps the most astonishing characteristic is the perfectly balanced Nine-Ton Gate that can be turned by the touch of a child. Although the gate is uneven in its dimensions, Ed was able to locate the precise center of balance and easily swing the heavy stone on top of a recycled automotive gear.

 Coral Castle

Ed had a keen interest in astronomy and his sculptures were inspired in part by celestial objects and their movements. Always pointing to the North Star in Ursa Minor, the Polaris Telescope stands 25 feet (7.5 m) high and weighs 25 tons (25,400 kg). Polaris is a fixed star that is always visible at night through the opening in the telescope. It helped Ed plot the earth’s path around the sun and enabled him to design and construct a sundial that also indi­cates the solstice and equinox days. The sun­dial is so accurate that it is possible to determine Standard time within one or two minutes all year round. His celestial sculptures range from an 18-ton (16,330 kg) carv­ing of Mars and another of Saturn, to enormous crescent moons, a Sun Couch, a Throne Room, and a Moon Fountain. Since Ed had a personal belief that there was life on Mars, he placed a Palmetto plant in the Mars sculpture as a sym­bol life.

The extraction and lifting of such incred­ible amounts of coral rock — without the use of electricity or modern cranes and using only handmade tools — by a single man seems impossible. Baffled engineers have compared Ed’s secret method of construction to Stonehenge and the Great Pyramids. Many people asked the diminutive Latvian how he was able to carve and move such heavy stones. He would only say that he understood the secrets of how the Great Pyramids were built. Was it possible that Ed was a reincarnated Egyptian architect who retained past life knowledge of secret levitation techniques? It is suggested that Leedskalnin may have discovered a way to reverse the effects of gravity. Perhaps Leedskalnin produced a radio signal that would cause the coral to vibrate at its resonant frequency and then employed magnetic fields to ‘flip the magnetic poles of the atoms so they were in opposition to the earth’s magnetic field.’ Some might argue there is no other explanation.

Sources:
Sacred Places Around The World 108 Destinations by Brad Olsen;
Weird Science and Bizarre Beliefs by DR. Gregory L. Reece;
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coral_Castle

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Weird Science and Bizarre Beliefs by DR. Gregory L. Reece page 182
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