Curse of The Japanese Kleenex Commercial

In the 1980s, Kleenex released three Japanese commercials for their tissues, featuring a woman dressed in a white toga-like dress and a young child dressed as a Japanese ogre, sitting on straw. Each advert had the song "It's a Fine Day" by Jane & Barton playing in the background. Many viewers found the advertisement disturbing. Legend has it the commercial features a strange song in German that says “die die” over and over, the tone of which changes based on the time of day. The commercial was said to bring bad luck as well. Thoroughly creeped out television viewers complained, and Kleenex pulled the ads.

The trouble only began once the ad was pulled. The lead actress in the commercial supposedly suffered a mental breakdown and was institutionalized, while the baby died under mysterious circumstances. From producers to cameramen to gaffers, everyone even remotely related to the commercial died or suffered accidents or other misfortunes.
 
Japanese Kleenex Commenrcial Ad
 
It was said that the ad wasn't just pulled due to complaints of it being creepy, but that it was banned because people who watched it either died of mysterious circumstances or felt the overwhelming urge to commit suicide. It was also widely believed that the cursed commercial had led to the deaths of the entire cast and crew, and that not one person who worked on the commercial was alive at the time it aired.

One cameraman was rumored to have been burned to death in a freak mechanical failure with his sauna. The little boy had a whole list of things allegedly happen to him. Some milder accounts place him as the victim of horrific nightmares lasting for days after filming.  In other versions of the legend, he isn't so lucky, either dying of organ failure from the toxicity of the paint used on his body, or decapitation resulting from being hit by a car.
 
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Emanuel Swedenborg's Flying Machine

In 1714, when Emanuel Swedenborg was 26 years old, he was first sketched his Flying Machine. It was later published in 1716, in his periodical, Daedalus Hyperboreus. Swedenborg experienced many different dreams and visions, some greatly pleasurable, others highly disturbing. Swedenborg's flying machine was not widely known until his notebook containing the sketch was discovered in 1867-1868 at the Diocesan Library at Linköping, Sweden by a visiting researcher from the United States of America. It dates from 1714 and is referred to as "The Manuscript": the published description is referred to as "The Published Account".

The flying machine was a background of the airplane and started a very advanced idea. His "Machine For Flying" was a remarkable aeronautical design for its time, featuring wheeled landing gear, a concave lifting surface (curved in both length and width), a central location for the operator and beating blades for propulsion. There is even an indication that a means of control was sought, through the manipulation of the propulsive blades.
 
 

Swedenborg knew that the machine would not fly, but suggested it as a start and was confident that the problem would be solved. He said, "It seems easier to talk of such a machine than to put it into actuality, for it requires greater force and less weight than exists in a human body. The science of mechanics might perhaps suggest a means, namely, a strong spiral spring. If these advantages and requisites are observed, perhaps in time to come some one might know how better to utilize our sketch and cause some addition to be made so as to accomplish that which we can only suggest. Yet there are sufficient proofs and examples from nature that such flights can take place without danger, although when the first trials are made you may have to pay for the experience, and not mind an arm or leg." This greater force would not become possible until the motor was invented.

Sources:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emanuel_Swedenborg

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swedenborg_1714_Flying_Machine
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Mysterious Death of Kate Morgan

On November 29, 1892, Kate Morgan was found dead on the exterior staircase leading to the beach, of what was believed to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. For years everyone accepted that the death was a suicide, until 1990, when Alan May (a lawyer who specializes in murder cases) published the book The Legend of Kate Morgan: The Search for the Ghost of the Hotel del Coronado. May pored through old records from the time of Kate's death. He came to the eventual conclusion that Kate did not kill herself, but was murdered by her husband. There are several pieces of evidence supporting this theory, the most compelling of which is the fact that the bullet in Kate's head was of a different caliber than the ones in the gun she bought. Also, the position her body was found in was not consistent with a suicide.

According to hotel employees, she said she was waiting for a gentleman to join her. After five days, Kate took her own life. There have been many putative ghost sightings, and other potential paranormal events at Hotel del Coronado since then. There have also been Kate sightings in hotel hallways and along the seashore. Another very “active” area is the resort’s gift shop, Est. 1888, where visitors and employees routinely witness giftware mysteriously flying off shelves, oftentimes falling upright and always unbroken.

Kate Morgan

The room Kate checked into was 302, which is now room 3312. But that is not the only haunted room. Room 3502, which was once a maid's room, is also considered haunted. Both rooms have experienced oddly functioning electrical equipment (lights turning on and off, etc) and cold breezes. Maids report that objects are moved around by unseen hands. Guests in the rooms have experienced oppressive feelings and curtains that move even though the windows are closed.

However, according to author and historian J'aime Rubio, the identity of the woman found dead on the steps of the Hotel del Coronado was none other than Charlotte "Lottie" Barnard of Detroit, Michigan. There is a Charlotte Barnard listed as living in Detroit in the 1890 & 1891 Census. Her address was at 351 High Street (West) and amazingly around the time of the death of the Beautiful Stranger, Charlotte Barnard disappears from any further listings in either the Census or the Detroit Directories. After extensive research of the Coroner's Inquest report, documentation and archived newspapers, it seems that the Kate Morgan theory does not stand up when analyzed thoroughly. Rubio's research claims that Kate Morgan may not have died, but disappeared to San Francisco and was later listed on the San Francisco Census in 1900.

Sources:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kate_Morgan

https://hoteldel.com/press/ghostly-goings-hotel-del-coronado/

http://www.ghost-investigators.com/Stories/view_story.php?story_num=1

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Mystery of The Viking Sword

About 170 Ulfberhts have been found, dating from 800 to 1,000 A.D. A NOVA, National Geographic documentary titled “Secrets of the Viking Sword” first aired in 2012 took a look at the enigmatic sword’s metallurgic composition. It was the sword of choice for the discerning Viking - superstrong, and almost unbeatable in battle. It was thought the technology to forge such metal was not invented for another 800 or more years, during the Industrial Revolution. Interestingly, they are all inscribed with a single word - 'Ulfberht', which experts believe may reveal their maker. Yet mystery surrounds a small number of Viking swords researchers have uncovered. It was thought that the furnaces invented during the industrial revolution were the first tools for heating iron to this extent.

Modern blacksmith Richard Furrer of Wisconsin spoke to NOVA about the difficulties of making such a sword. He spent days of continuous, painstaking work forging a similar sword. He used medieval technology, though he used it in a way never before suspected. The tiniest flaw or mistake could have turned the sword into a piece of scrap metal. He seemed to declare his success at the end with more relief than joy. It is possible that the material and the know-how came from the Middle East.


Robert Lehmann, a chemist at the Institute for Inorganic Chemistry at the University of Hannover, studied an Ulfberht sword found in 2012 on a pile of gravel excavated from the Weser River, which flows through Lower Saxony in northwestern Germany. This sword's blade has a high manganese content, which signalled to Lehmann that it did not come from the East. The guard was made of iron with a high arsenic content, which suggests a European deposit.

The manufacturing process used has also baffled researchers. In the process of forging iron, the ore must be heated to 3,000 degrees Fahrenheit to liquify, allowing the blacksmith to remove the impurities, known as 'slag' Carbon is also mixed in to make the brittle iron stronger.

Medieval technology did not allow iron to be heated to such a high temperature, so slag was removed by pounding it out, a far less effective method. The Ulfberht, however, has almost no slag, and it has a carbon content three times that of other metals from the time.

Sources:
http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/499601-mysterious-viking-sword-made-with-technology-from-the-future/

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2878512/The-mystery-magical-superstrong-Viking-sword-Researchers-close-supermonks-believed-forged-weapons.html

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The Belmez Faces

On 23 August 1971, the Pereira family began to encounter strange human-like faces that appeared and disappeared in their home which located at the Pereira family home at Calle Real 5, Bélmez de la Moraleda, Jaén, Andalusia, Spain without explanation. Various faces have been frequently photographed by the local newspapers and curious visitors. Both the locations and times that the faces appear have been irregular. According to the story, one day in August, Maria Gomez told her husband a face had appeared on the concrete floor in the kitchen. Her husband immediately destroyed the image with a pickaxe—only to have it appear again later. The mayor of Bélmez was informed and forbade them from destroying the new face. Instead, the floor concrete was cut out and taken for study.
 

Many Bélmez residents believe that the faces were not made by human hand. Some investigators believe that it is a thoughtographic phenomenon - which is considered a form of psychokinesis among parapsychologists - subconsciously produced by the former owner of the house, María Gómez Cámara – now deceased.

By Easter of 1972 hundreds of people were flocking to the house to see the faces. For the next 30 years the Pereira family claimed that faces continued to appear, both male and female and of different shapes, sizes and expressions. As with many other paranormal occurrences, it was found that the house was built on a graveyard and bodies were found under the house. Despite having the floor replaced multiple times and cleaning the faces with detergent, they continued to appear without explanation. Skeptics claim the faces are a hoax, created with the use of an oxidizing agent.

Sources:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/B%C3%A9lmez_Faces
http://listverse.com/2013/07/02/top-10-more-mysterious-phenomena/

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Bizarre Sea Creature Caught By A Fisherman In Singapore

An “alien-like” sea creature that possesses around 100 arms has been discovered by Ong Han Boon while angling off the Singaporean island of Pulau Ubin. The unknown species resembles an octopus, but rather than eight arms it has an astonishing 100 moving tentacles. Boon decided to post his video of the bizarre creature online in the hope that someone, friend or expert, could solve the mystery.
Unidentified Sea Creature with 100 arms

He said, “I’ve asked all my friends and none of them know and all my internet searches have not turned up anything that looks like this. So, if no one can identify it then I guess I’m right — it’s either an alien or I’ve discovered a new species of mutant sea creature. That would not surprise me with all the pollution they put in the water nowadays.”

So far, no one has been able to definitely identify the sea beast. According to Discovery News, it's likely a basket star, an invertebrate  - a member of the same phylum, Echinodermata, as sea stars and sand dollars. However, basket star rarely seen in Asia region, normally they live along the Pacific Coast, from the Bering Sea to southern California.

Sources:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/10/18/alien-sea-creature-basket-star-singapore_n_6005084.html

http://www.natureworldnews.com/articles/9665/20141017/mystery-sea-creature-with-100-arms-flummoxes-fisherman.htm

http://www.inquisitr.com/1540121/alien-sea-creature-with-100-arms-discovered-new-species-or-martian/

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Mystery of The Tarim Mummies

The Tarim Mummies constitute a baffling ancient world mystery, and one of the most remarkable archaeological finds of the 20th century. These amazingly well-preserved human remains were found in the dry salty environment of the vast Taklimakan desert, part of the Tarim Basin in western China. The bodies so far discovered have an extremely wide date range, from 1800 B.C. up until A.D. 400. But what has captured the attention of scholars all over the world is the fact that the mummies have distinctly European features, and seem to represent various Caucasian tribes who lived in this desolate area of western China up until 2,000 years ago, before mysteriously disappearing.

The mummies were first discovered in the early 1900s by Swedish explorer Sven Hedin, who was investigating the complex history of the Silk Road, an ancient series of routes which once led from China to Turkey and on into Europe. But without the necessary equipment to either preserve the bodies or transport them back to museums in Europe for study, they remained in situ and were soon forgotten. In 1978, Chinese archaeologist Wang Binghua excavated 113 of these bodies at a cemetery at Qizilchoqa, or Red Hill, in the northeast corner of the central Asian province of Xinjiang. Most of the bodies were later taken to a museum in the city of Urumqi. The Tarim mummies seem to indicate that the very first people to settle the area came from the west — down from the steppes of Central Asia and even farther afield — and not from the fertile plains and river valleys of the Chinese interior.
Tarim Mummies

In the last 25 years or so, Chinese and Uyghur archaeologists have carried out sophisticated excavation and research in the area, and there are now more than 300 of these mummies known to have been discovered in western China. In 1987, Victor Mair (a professor of Chinese and Indo-Iranian literature and religion at the University of Pennsylvania) was leading a group of tourists through the museum in Urumqi when he came upon some of the mummies excavated by Wang Binghua. He found it an unnerving experience. All were dressed in dark purple woolen garments and felt boots, and their bodies were almost perfectly preserved. Fascinatingly, all the mummies had European features: brown or blonde hair; long noses and skulls; slim elongated bodies; and large, deepset eyes.

Due to the political climate in China at the time, Mair was not able to do anything about the amazing finds, but in 1993 he returned with a team of Italian geneticists who had worked on the Ice Man. The group went back to Wang Binghua's Red Hill site to examine corpses that had been reburied due to lack of storage space at Urumqi Museum. Mair and his team took DNA samples from the bodies, which proved that the mummies were Caucasoid. Mair's research also seems to show that the earliest of these European mummies represented the first settlers in the Tarim Basin.

Dr. Elizabeth Barber, professor of linguistics and archaeology at Occidental College in Los Angeles, has made a detailed study of the textiles recovered from the Tarim Basin and found striking similarities to Celtic tartans from northwest Europe. She has also proposed that the tartan from the Tarim mummies and that from Europe share a common origin in the Caucasus mountains of southern Russia, where the earliest evidence for such fabrics dates back at least 5,000 years. The rich array of textile finds from western Chinese mummy burials includes robes, caps, shirts, cloaks, tartanweave trousers, and striped woolen stockings. At Subeshi on the northern route of the Silk Road, three female mummies, dating from around 500 to 400 B.C., were found with enormously tall, pointed hats, and have since become known as the Witches of Subeshi.

But who were these apparently European peoples and what were they doing in western China? The mummies are scatterred over such a wide geographical area and date range that there can be no question that they are a single tribe. They seem to represent several eastward migrations from different areas over a thousand or more years. There are some ancient sources referring to groups inhabiting the areas of the Tarim basin, where mummies have been found, which may give a clue to the origins of at least some of the mummy people.First millennium B.C. Chinese sources mention a group of "white people with long hair" known as the Bai people. The Bai lived on the northwestern border of China, and the Chinese apparently bought jade from them. Another group on the northwestern borders of China were the Yuezhi, mentioned in 645 B.C. by the Chinese author Guan Zhong. The Yuezhi also supplied the Chinese with jade, which they got from the nearby mountains of Yuzhi at Gansu. After being defeated by the nomadic Xiongnu people, the majority of the Yuezhi migrated to Transoxiana (part of southern Asia equivalent to modern Uzbekistan and
southwest Kazakhstan) and later to northern India, where they founded the Kushan Empire. 

Depictions of Yuezhi kings on coinage have suggested to some that this group may have been a Caucasoid people. The final group who inhabited this area were the Tocharians, who represent the easternmost speakers of an Indo-European language (a language group comprising most of the languages of Europe, India, and Iran). Some scholars argue that the Tocharians and the Yuezhi were in fact the same people under different names, though there is no proof of this at present. The Tocharians were described as having full beards, red or blond hair, deep-set blue or green eyes and high noses and with no sign of decline as attestation in the Chinese sources for the past 1,000 years. This was first noted after the Tocharians had come under the steppe nomads and Chinese subjugation. During the 3rd to 4th century CE, the Tocharians reached their height by incorporating adjoining states.

The areas of western China where European-type mummies have been found, in the northeastern part of the Tarim basin, and further east in the area around Lopnur, correspond well to the later distribution of the Tocharian language. Chinese writings mention that the Tocharians had blond or red hair, and blue eyes. Frescoes from Buddhist caves in the Tarim Basin dating to the ninth century A.D. show a people with distinctly European features. 


The Tocharians remained in the Tarim basin and later  adopted Buddhism from northern India, their culture surviving at least until the eighth century A.D., when they seem to have been assimilated by the Uighur Turks of the eastern Asian steppes.

Although no Tocharian texts have ever been found together with mummies in the Tarim basin, the almost identical geographical location of both, as well as depictions of Tocharians showing European features, strongly suggests that at least some of the mummy people of
the area were the ancestors of the Tocharians.

Dr. Elizabeth Barber hypothesizes that there may have been two migrations from the possible Indo-European homeland northwest of the Black Sea-one to the west, resulting in Celtic and other European civilizations; and the other migration, the ancestors of the Tocharians, moving east, and eventually finding their way into the Tarim basin of central Asia. In light of the finds of the Tarim mummies, the theory that east and west developed their civilizations in complete isolation from each other may have to be abandoned.

Sources:
Hidden History: "Lost Civilizations, Secret Knowledge, and Ancient Mysteries" by Brian Haughton;
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tarim_mummies;
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/19/world/asia/19mummy.html?_r=0

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The UFO Sighting Over Nuremberg in 1561

On April 14, 1561, numerous residents of Nuremberg, Germany, saw hundreds of globes, cylinders, and other strange-shaped objects flying in darting patterns, as if fighting one another. The sighting lasted about an hour and was described by witnesses as a "very frightful spectacle." Hans Glaser, a journalist of sorts in 16th century Germany, recorded the event in a woodcarving, which shows the strange fleet of flying objects, including a few actually crashing to the earth. His woodcut shows a sky full of strange objects, smoke arising from the ground where some objects seem to have crashed.

It was accompanied by a description (translated in full below) that speaks of rods and globular objects flying back and forth overhead, fighting vehemently. “Immense smoke” rose from the ground where the objects fell. Many of the objects were red, but there was also a “round ball of partly dull, partly black ferrous color,” and “something like a black spear, very long and thick, sighted; the shaft pointed to the east, the point pointed west.”
Celestial phenomenon over the German city of Nuremberg (April 14, 1561)

Here is a full translation done by Ilse Von Jacobi from the book “The UFO Sighting Over Nuremberg in 1561,” :
"In the morning of April 14, 1561, at daybreak, between 4 and 5 a.m., a dreadful apparition occurred on the sun, and then this was seen in Nuremberg in the city, before the gates and in the country – by many men and women. At first there appeared in the middle of the sun two blood-red semi-circular arcs, just like the moon in its last quarter. And in the sun, above and below and on both sides, the color was blood, there stood a round ball of partly dull, partly black ferrous color. Likewise there stood on both sides and as a torus about the sun such blood-red ones and other balls in large number, about three in a line and four in a square, also some alone. In between these globes there were visible a few blood-red crosses, between which there were blood-red strips, becoming thicker to the rear and in the front malleable like the rods of reed-grass, which were intermingled, among them two big rods, one on the right, the other to the left, and within the small and big rods there were three, also four and more globes.

These all started to fight among themselves, so that the globes, which were first in the sun, flew out to the ones standing on both sides, thereafter, the globes standing outside the sun, in the small and large rods, flew into the sun. Besides the globes flew back and forth among themselves and fought vehemently with each other for over an hour. And when the conflict in and again out of the sun was most intense, they became fatigued to such an extent that they all, as said above, fell from the sun down upon the earth ‘as if they all burned’ and they then wasted away on the earth with immense smoke. After all this there was something like a black spear, very long and thick, sighted; the shaft pointed to the east, the point pointed west.

Whatever such signs mean, God alone knows. Although we have seen, shortly one after another, many kinds of signs on the heaven, which are sent to us by the almighty God, to bring us to repentance, we still are, unfortunately, so ungrateful that we despise such high signs and miracles of God. Or we speak of them with ridicule and discard them to the wind, in order that God may send us a frightening punishment on account of our ungratefulness. After all, the God-fearing will by no means discard these signs, but will take it to heart as a warning of their merciful Father in heaven, will mend their lives and faithfully beg God, that He may avert His wrath, including the well-deserved punishment, on us, so that we may temporarily here and perpetually there, live as his children. For it, may God grant us his help, Amen."
(By Hanns Glaser, letter-painter of Nurnberg.)

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Cooper Family Falling Body Photograph

In the 1950s the Cooper family of Texas bought an old house and moved into it. So, they thought of preserving this memory by taking a picture of the whole family in their new home. On their first night there, the father took a photo of Mom and Grandma posing with the two kids at the dining room table. It shows the Cooper family sitting around a table. Everyone was happy and smiling. But little did they know that there was someone else joining in on their celebration. When the photograph was developed, the image of what appears to be a falling body emerged in the left hand side of the room. It hadn't been there when the father took the photo. So where had the ghostly figure come from? No one knew. 


There are perhaps other stories that state that an actual body did fall off from the ceiling exactly at the time the photograph was being taken. Why the face of the body remains darkened is another mystery.

Although the photo has been cropped, hence the family not appearing in the centre of the image, it was examined by experts, and deemed to be genuine. However, other people think it's a fake picture.

Sources:
https://urbantimes.co/2014/07/5-spooky-and-unexplained-photographs/
http://inyminy.com/22-creepy-photos-real-ghosts-will-make-skin-crawl/
http://hoaxes.org/weblog/comments/falling_body_photo

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