Paranormala’s Top 10 Unexplained Phenomena – Part 2

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Welcome back to Paranormala’s Top 10 Unexplained Phenomena. We hope that you enjoyed the last installment of our favorite unexplained, mysterious and just plain weird happenings. In the final 5, things get weirder as we highlight some of the darker unexplained phenomena that has intrigued us. As noted in the comments of Part 1, we will be developing each topic into it’s own in-depth article in the near future.

The comments last time around were great! If you have something to say about any of these, please, leave a response and let’s discuss these as a community! 🙂

5. The Taos Hum

The Taos Hum is a mysterious low-frequency humming noise of unknown origin that reportedly exists in Taos, New Mexico. Other occurrences of this phenomena have been reported all over the world and most have been attributed to industrial sounds. What makes the Taos Hum interesting is that the hum is often intensified inside of buildings and is only heard by around 2% of the local population.

Generally, the Taos Hum is thought to be one of the following:

  • Man-made noises (subwoofers, industrial machinery, etc)
  • Infrasound from different possible sources, possibly geologic or plate tectonic in nature.
  • Pulsed microwaves
  • Electromagnetic waves caused by meteors
  • Extremely low frequency communications systems (submarine communication, etc)
  • Ionospheric heating systems (HAARP)

It should be noted however, that the source of the hum has not been identified, even after exhaustive research by local universities and hobbyists.

You can listen to a recording of the Taos Hum here.

4. Near Death Experiences

Ascent of the Blessed by Hieronymus Bosch

Ascent of the Blessed by Hieronymus Bosch

Is there an afterlife? Many individuals who have had a near death experience (NDE) believe so. Their experiences often leave them with newfound spirituality and religious belief, changing their lives forever.

Interestingly enough, a near death experience isn’t the same for everyone. Far from it actually, in most cases, a NDE any particular person experiences will reflect whatever religious beliefs that the person held.

From Wikipedia:

“Children, who typically do not have enough time to develop strongly towards one faith, had very limited NDEs. Examples of this include a boy simply having talked to his brother in his NDE and a daughter having a conversation with her mother. The phenomenology of an NDE usually includes physiological, psychological and alleged transcendental aspects. Typically, the experience follows a distinct progression:

  1. A very unpleasant sound/noise is the first sensory impression to be noticed (R. Moody: Life after Life);
  2. A sense of being dead;
  3. Pleasant emotions; calmness and serenity;
  4. An out-of-body experience; a sensation of floating above one’s own body and seeing the surrounding area;
  5. Floating up a blue tunnel with a strong, bright light or garden at the end;
  6. Meeting deceased relatives or spiritual figures;
  7. Encountering a being of light, or a light (often interpreted as being the deity or deities they personally believe in);
  8. Being given a life review;
  9. Reaching a border or boundary;
  10. A feeling of being returned to the body, often accompanied by a reluctance.
  11. Feeling of warmth even though naked.

The sometimes fantastic claims of those who have reported NDEs have not gone unchallenged. Most of the scientific community regards such experiences as hallucinatory and even sometimes completely fabricated.

While the paranormal community is somewhat more accepting of the NDE phenomenon, there is constant objective research into the field.

In September 2008, it was announced that 25 UK and US hospitals will examine near-death studies in 1,500 heart attack patients-survivors. The study will attempt to determine if people without heartbeat or brain activity can have an out-of-body experience with visual perceptions.

3. Doppelgangers

While often the work of fiction, Doppelgangers (and evil twins) do have some pretty interesting tales.

Here are a few famous historical accounts of Doppelgangers, evil twins and harbingers:

  • Queen Elizabeth I reportedly saw herself lying pale and still on her bed, soon before she died.
  • Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, is said to have seen his double wearing a gray suit, trimmed in gold, riding towards him in the opposite direction while on his way to Drusenheim. Eight years later, while riding from Drusenheim on the very same road, he realized he was wearing the exact outfit that he had seen on his double eight years earlier.
  • Catherine the Great of Russia saw her own image coming toward her and became so frightened that she ordered her soldiers to fire upon it, which they did, but to no avail.
Abe Lincoln

Abe Lincoln

Abe Lincoln, of all people, claimed to have witnessed himself with two faces in his mirror. Abe was pretty superstitious and old mirrors can be kind of tricky, but here is Honest Abe’s recount of the incident:

“ It was just after my election in 1860, when the news had been coming in thick and fast all day and there had been a great “hurrah, boys,” so that I was well tired out, and went home to rest, throwing myself down on a lounge in my chamber. Opposite where I lay was a bureau with a swinging glass upon it and looking in that glass I saw myself reflected nearly at full length; but my face, I noticed had two separate and distinct images, the tip of the nose of one being about three inches from the tip of the other. I was a little bothered, perhaps startled, and got up and looked in the glass, but the illusion vanished. On lying down again, I saw it a second time, plainer, if possible, than before; and then I noticed that one of the faces was a little paler — say five shades — than the other. I got up, and the thing melted away, and I went off, and in the excitement of the hour forgot all about it — nearly, but not quite, for the thing would once in a while come up, and give me a little pang as if something uncomfortable had happened. When I went home again that night I told my wife about it, and a few days afterward I made the experiment again, when (with a laugh), sure enough! The thing came back again; but I never succeeded in bringing the ghost back after that, though I once tried very industriously to show it to my wife, who was somewhat worried about it. She thought it was a “sign” that I was to be elected to a second term of office, and that the paleness of one of the faces was an omen that I should not see life through the last term.”

Somewhat in tune with the Universal Tricker (sometimes Universal Prankster), Doppelgangers are believed to provide their “twins” with misleading or malicious advice and sometimes are even thought to implant ideas in their minds. Thus, it is considered gravely unwise to attempt to communicate with one’s doppelganger.

2. The Sudarium of Oviedo

The Sudarium of Oviedo is a bloodstained cloth purported to have covered the head of Jesus after his burial. The 34″ by 21″ Sudarium is currently housed in the Cathedral of San Salvador, Oviedo, Spain. The cloth is not mentioned in accounts of the actual burial of Christ, but is mentioned as having been present in the empty tomb. It is also described as a cloth physically separate from yet another popular relic, The Shroud of Turin (which consists of the same material as the Sudarium).

The Sudarium of Oviedo

The Sudarium of Oviedo

In an attempt to verify the authenticity of the Sudarium, an investigation of the stains by Dr. Jose Villalain showed that the victim died in an upright position, and the stains are comprised mostly of fluid from the lungs. This finding is consistent with crucifixion, which tends to suffocate the victim instead of causing death by blood loss, as commonly believed. Pollen samples taken from the cloth by Dr. Max Frei are consistent with Jerusalem, North Africa and Spain, all of which the Sudarium has been kept.

1. Black Triangle UFOs

One of the most regularly sighted UFOs is the Black Triangle UFO. The black triangle ufo is characterized as being totally silent in its flight despite being a very large, triangular craft hovering or slowly cruising at very low altitudes over cities and highways. They are often described as having bright lights on the underneath at each corner of the triangle. Sometimes a red pulsating light in the center is reported as well.

Triangle shaped UFOs have been reported regularly since the early 1940s. They are one of the most “social” UFO types, often being seen at night time over major population centers, thus explaining their frequent sightings. Due to the enormous amount of sightings in the US, many believe the craft to be a secret aircraft of the US military.

Artist's concept of a typical black triangle object.

A Typical Black Triangle UFO.

Here is a quick summary of The Rendlesham Forest Incident, one of the most famous black triangle incidents and my personal favorite:

A pyramid-shaped craft was reported to have landed near an American air base at Rendlesham Forest in Suffolk, England, on December 27, 1980. Military personnel reported having approached at least one landed craft in the forest and observed it in great detail before it once again took flight. Another craft was observed landing in an open field near the base and then taking off at incredible speed. Between 2002 and 2005, reporter Bryant Gumbel hosted a series of exclusive SciFi Channel documentaries, one of which, entitled UFO Invasion at Rendlesham, focused on this incident. Gumbel interviewed some of the men involved with the sighting, and the documentary toured some of the scenes, attempting to gather evidence that something landed in the forest. The History Channel also aired an episode of UFO Files on the incident, calling it “Britain’s Roswell”. Via: Wikipedia.

That concludes our Top 10 Unexplained Phenomena! We hope you enjoyed our list and remember, if you have anything to say, feel free to leave a comment below!

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  • Mnynames

    The Taos Hum I think gets short shrift in a lot of paranormal circles, but such phenomena remain constant and obvious presences, yet completely unknown. What are they?

    Doppelgangers seems an odd inclusion, especially since we may be looking at not one, but several different types of unrelated phenomena. Goethe’s case, for one, seems to be a clear example of a temporal displacement.

    Best info I’ve seen anywhere on the Sudarium, I’d love to know more. The fact that it appear to be made of the same material as the Turin Shroud is most interesting.

  • Lawrence Myers

    When I was about 5-6 On my grandparents farm in Indiana (1948) I was laying down looking into a creek that flowed threw the property,I had closed my eyes in a restful responese.and when I opened them I was looking down at a boy who was wearing the same kind of clothes I was and doing the same thing I had been doing,I then blinked and was back looking into the creek, I said nothing to anyone at the time,but never forgot it, then many years later I finally found out what happened .People who think it’s all poo-poo well I all I can do is give them my middle finger……….Please have aGreat Day……..Larry

  • Andree

    the hum is the underground cities.

  • L. S. Gordon

    Your information on NDEs and near-death studies research is outdated and otherwise inaccurate in the extreme. It demonstrates little awareness of the collective knowledge about the significance of NDEs of the field’s leading researchers. See Bruce Greyson’s entries in the most recent edition of Corsini’s condensed Encyclopedia of Psychology, and in the text _Varieties of Anomalous Experience_ , for instance, for more informed summaries of the findings in the field and their significance.

  • Mark

    UFOs as number 1? Really?

  • Leta Lucy

    great site.
    thanks for having it!

  • Daniel

    Doppelgangers are sometimes friendly and helpful. I have read several accounts where they warned someone of danger.

  • Al

    An interesting list. The Sudarium of Ovieda piqued my curiousity as I’ve read very few accounts about it. Thanks!

  • The black triangle I saw was quite different than the graphic displayed here. Instead of a single large light at each corner, there was an array fo about a dozen small bright lights at each corner – no light in the middle. I saw it on a Thursday (one week after Thanksgiving) 2005, in South Lake Tahoe, on U.S. route 51. It hovered motionless directly over a very tall hotel-casino (the casino was 15 to 18 stories tall). The triangle hovered over this building – about 50 feet above the top of the building. This happened during late afternoon – just before sunset. I got a very good look at it.

  • Michael F. O’Keeffe

    The black triangle I saw was quite different than the graphic shown here. Instead of a large yellow light at each corner, there was an array of about a dozen small, very bright, yellow lights at each corner – I did npot see any light in the middle. I got a very good look at this triangle, just before sunset, in South Lake Tahoe – Dec 2005. Most strangely, it hovered over a very tall hotel casino – about 15-18 stories tall. It hovered motionless about 50 feet above the top of this tall building.

  • MrCoffeeCup

    Hmmmmm, pardon the pun but how bout’ a few beer drinking, football lovin, barbecue partiers, throw a few bucks together and hire a lyricist!
    Can’t be any worse than the RapCrap we hear! Now at least Taos with sing along instead humming a few bars!

  • The word “phenomena” is a plural noun. (“Phenomenon” is the singular noun.) When you write “…phenomena that has intrigued us,” or, “this phenomena,” it’s exactly like saying “…situations that has intrigued us,” or “this situations.” IOW, it sounds like LOLspeak: “I can has phenomena?”

    Hip up, dude. It’s tought to take your content seriously when your basic English is that wonky.

    P.S. If you’re not a native English speaker, you’re excused…but only this one time. 😉

  • Ed Yaz

    My wife and I saw a black triangle hovering over our car on I 90 somewhere in South Dakota in late August of 2001. We were moving, but the aircraft appeared to be hovering over the highway, completely stationary. At the time we thought it might have been a stealth bomber, but I’ve seen a few of them in flight since then and that triangle craft was definitely not a stealth bomber. It was a very eerie thing to see.

  • Still have one: “…unexplained phenomena that has intrigued us.”

    I can has unexplained phenomena? 🙂

  • john

    Lincoln was a Rosicrucian and the mirror
    work is part of the home studies one does
    to acquire ‘self knowledge”

  • rufus

    Rosicrucians are loonies. And near death exp. are similar in many ways to LSD trips, whatever your mind suggests to itself it then sees, I for one am bored to death with a white light and a tunnel, and some cheesy religious figures, etc. Realize it is your own mind…a bardo and all that, and do something unique, dammit.

  • The sudarium of oviedo is a song from zappa’s 2007 posthumously-created, and most wonderfully crafted album. Makes as much sense, and has as much evidence as the BS posted above. In fact, there is ZERO evidence that jesus existed as a real historical figure, and yes, such records were kept during that period….so bollycocks !



    • Gerald is my reek

      ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha



  • jenny

    if its all in your mind, then that means, without any necessary stress or depression in once’s life, you can produce a hallucination clear as day anytime you want. if it was in your mind, it should be scientifically proven and repeated and everyone should be able to create a hallucination at anytime even at the most sane moments. why isn’t it a fact… only bloggers say it

  • Connie

    The taos hum, is pulsating and varies in it’s intensity in a soothing manner. This is similar to the calming affect of lying down on the earth or grass in the country. Our bodies feel the slight vibration and it’s calming. I think it must be the earth’s core and the sound that is generated from it’s inner movement, as it’s fluid. An electrical-magnetic field with it’s own sound, similar to high-voltage transformers, which would hum in the frigid temperatures during the winter months in northern Sask., Canada.Isn’t somewhere in New Mexico, the site of one of the deepest underground caves? Or could it be one is yet to be discovered nearby?

  • A.J. Smith

    I think the source of the Tao hum is underground tunnel digging machines. The government has these machines working day and night digging an elaborate system of underground tunnels used for purposes only known to the chosen few.

  • Seattlelight

    To Heiromonk Don Pardo,
    I’m sorry, but your stupid comments just irked me. I scrolled down to read what other readers think about the “Top Ten”, ok? I don’t want to read about proper english. Plus, you spelled tough wrong in your first comment. More over, why this irritates me is because I’m just wondering how you would say those sentences correct then? ” These Phenomenons have intrigued us” ? “These phenomenons” ? If so, when would you use the plural word for phenomenon, Phenomena? Please tell me, I would like to know.

  • Alien Sightings

    Enjoyed this article. Particularly interested in the Black Triangle UFO and its seemingly increasing nature in regard to sightings. We are currently experiencing something similar in the north of the UK but this time an Orange (as apposed to black) triangular shaped craft. Over the last few months there have been numerous sightings of this strange craft which at this point in time have no explanation.

  • Chiron613

    I’m weary of the grammar Nazis whose only contribution to a discussion is to lecture about proper English. We all make mistakes – every single one of us, no exceptions. Big deal. I know some true geniuses who can’t string together a decent, correctly spelled sentence in English, yet who are capable of doing postgraduate work in physics, electrical engineering, and mathematics. While many uneducated and not-so-smart people make grammatic mistakes, the fact that someone makes such mistakes doesn’t mean they’re ignorant, uneducated, or deficient.

  • Alien Sightings

    Thought I would try and get the conversation back on topic…really intrigued by the recent Black Triangle UFO sightings. We here in the UK have many reported instances of these crafts the most famous of them all being in the 1980’s in a secluded forest in Rendlesham. This craft was similarly described as triangular in shape but also had pieces of it ‘melting off’ also described as molten metal. Best of all this event was witnessed by several USAF personnel including the now infamous Colonel Charles Halt. A fascinating encounter and one that still today os discussed in detail.

  • Twinkletoes

    i have a better idea for #1. Google’s doodle of the day for sept 5th is a UFO abducting the second ‘o’ in the title of the search engine. it’s not even an advertisement for a new Google breakthrough and last time i checked, it’s not national national inquirer day. why would google do that? to get people to go onto THESE kind of sites?! Now that’s what I call UNEXPLAINABLE!

  • Bimmer

    the white light a person experiences in a NDE is because of the missing oxygen to the brain, try strangulating yourself till you pass out, and you will see it ;D

  • Rookie Ghost Hunter

    What? Nothin’ about ghosts? Darn.

  • ching han

    UFO, i saw was a boomerang shape UFO in December 24 10:50p.m.2006. It was so cool.

  • Bloomrivera

    wow people acutually belive in this is stuff? ha

    • Joel Toroy

      you too because you
      read them all if not then why you wasted your time ?

  • geoff

    I personally have witnessed with friends a black triangle aircraft at night hovering and speeding away in a non man made fashion, sent shivers down my spine

  • Garrett

    The conditions and hallucinations associated with NDEs have been replicated by introducing DMT to the brain (a chemical that your brain naturally releases upon death). Also the shroud could be from anywhere or anyone.