The annals of conspiracy theory are predominantly populated with the unprovable. Some theories simply aren’t valid, and can never be substantiated. Some are so well hidden within government that the truth may not come to light for centuries. Some, such as Bohemian Grove, are so poorly hidden that the only reason they haven’t been publicly broken open is a general lack of public knowledge. But one conspiracy, Masonic in origin, was catapulted into the sunshine one day in March of 1981 when the Italian police searched the home of Worshipful Master Licio Gelli and found a list containing the names of some of Italy’s most prominent officials, including that of Silvio Berlusconi, a man who would become Premier of Italy and a personal friend of George W. Bush.
Most people like to live in the sunlight. The warm, refreshing breezes of a late spring day are irresistible to the majority of us. We spend our vacations on the beach, and we live in houses with windows optimized to let the sunlight in. Some of us try to live even closer to the sun by taking up residence in high-rise apartment buildings that mimic Icarus in steel. Of course, there are always exceptions to every rule. Beyond the night culture that lives their daytime in the middle of the night, some people simply aren’t happy unless they spend at least part of their lives underground.
The ability to predict the outcome of an event through a vision or dream, otherwise known as a premonition, is among the most ancient and widespread of human activities. It crosses so many different cultures involving so many different time periods that it might even be be considered synonymous with the word human. From tribal shamanistic predictions of the success of a hunt, to a person foreseeing a plane crash, premonitions are seen in all levels of society and still happen abundantly in the modern world. They have even served to shape western civilization, and the ranks of the prophetic include everyone from emperors and popes to the common man.
Technology is a wonderful thing. Since the dawn of man we’ve been forced to rely entirely on our own human senses as the only resource for detecting strange and unusual phenomena, but not anymore. The 20th century saw its great universe-changing burst of human technological development and with it came even more mysteries. Some are solved, such as the discovery of radio waves emanating from astronomical objects, but a growing contingent of mysteries detected through technology shows us that unexplained phenomena are not simply a product of overactive imaginations.
SETI, or the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence, is an effort designed to detect evidence of alien species. Dedicated mainly to finding radio waves from an intelligent extra-terrestrial source, the various SETI programs so far have not provided any proof of aliens. Except maybe once. On August 15,1977 a signal was detected by Dr. Jerry R. Ehman using an Ohio State University radio telescope. Lasting a full 72 seconds, the signal didn’t seem to come from inside the solar system, and had all the attributes that would have been expected of an alien signal. Ehman reacted by circling the signal on his printout and writing the words “wow” next to it.
Recent attention has been paid to a case of an infection and death of a young Arizona boy by the amoeba Naegleria Fowleri. The boy contracted the disease by swimming in Lake Havasu, and died within days of becoming ill. The disease is almost always fatal. Infection occurs when the amoeba invades the nervous system through the nasal cavity, climbing nerve fibers before invading the skull and infecting the brain through the cranium floor. The amoeba then causes cell death and bleeding in the brain’s olfactory bulbs characterized by symptoms starting with problems with taste and smell, and then progressing rapidly to headache,nausea, vomiting, and fever. Personality changes can be seen, with death occuring within two weeks.
Twisting its way through the American midwest, past corn fields and major urban areas alike, the Mississippi River is in a way timeless. Controlled now by wing dikes and dams, the great river still bears a strong resemblance to its prehistoric self. Complete with long expanses where human activity is difficult to discern, and lined by high limestone bluffs, one of the world’s greatest rivers is steeped in history, and stories of cryptids.
In 1673, near present day Alton, Ill. the French Catholic Priest and explorer Jaques Marquette spotted a very large Native American cliff painting, or petroglyph, on the face of the bluffs. He described in some detail two great monsters, hideous and frightening to him, with faces like that of a man, the antlers of a deer, red eyes and the tail of a fish. This was the legendary Piasa bird.
Most ghosts are hopelessly vague, so much so that one wonders if you can accomplish anything at all in the afterlife. They appear and disappear transiently, leave us muffled and hard to understand EVPs, and for the life of them can’t do anything on demand or repeatable to prove their existance beyond all shadow of a doubt. Of course, there are exceptions.
Two resounding examples come in the form of mediums who have made contact with dead novelists and composers. This in itself isn’t out of the ordinary, famous people are allegedly channeled all the time. But this duet of cases stands above the crowd in that actual artistic work resulted from the contact in such a way that the medium should not have been capable of faking.
More like inland seas than lakes, the Great Lakes of North America are among the most treacherous bodies of water in the world. Terrible seasonal storms batter ships that choose to sail the lakes at the wrong time of year. These great gales, called the Witch of November, have claimed many lives and ships over the years, the most famous of which was the Edmund Fitzgerald in 1975. Strange things happen on the lakes that are unique to them, and sailors have long told stories of ghost ships on the great lakes in the same maritime tradition of the salt water ocean.