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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Did a UFO crash near Fresno over the weekend?

There's been a few stories circulating over the last few days of a reported UFO crashing in the mountains north of Fresno and that it was some sort of top secret military craft and it was somehow linked to a rumored underground base underneath the Fresno Air National Guard base at Fresno Yosemite International airport that is said to connect to NORAD in Colorado.

Jeffrey Gonzalez of the Sanger Paranormal Society and a state director for MUFON (the Mutual UFO Network) was able to shoot some video of what he claims to be the mysterious craft in question. In the video below you can see several lights in a triangular formation with a flashing strobe in the middle (an anti-collision light found on most aircraft?). Unfortunately it's hard to make out what the object is and there's nothing in the shot to compare it too for size reference.

Not really sure what to make of on this story. There's no mention of it on the MUFON site nor it's sightings database. Nor was there any mention of it on the National UFO Reporting Center. There's only mention of this story on a few blogs of the story and a YouTube video.

I'm doing a bit of research myself on this story. I've already contacted the California State Director of MUFON to hear what they have to say. I have several contacts who have worked at the Air National Guard base over the years and I want to see if they have ever heard of any rumors of an underground base.

This is one of those stories that's too interesting to dismiss too quickly and I'll post updates as I get them.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Man killed while searching for ghost train

Photo courtesy of Vestman from Flickr

Tragedy befell a group of amateur ghost hunters in Statesville, North Carolina while investigating a haunted railroad bridge over the weekend.

On August 27, 1891 a train carrying passengers came off the tracks on the bridge, sending several rails cars and thirty people to their deaths. The town legend is that on the wreck's anniversary one can hear the sounds of screeching wheels and screaming passengers. Some also say a horrific crash can sometimes be heard.

On the night of the 119th anniversary between ten and twelve ghost were exploring the bridge around 3:00am when a real train, three engines and one car, turned the corner and approached the bridge. The ghost hunters, terrified, ran back away towards the town trying to make the 150 foot span to safety. All but two of the group made it. One woman was pushed out of the way by a Christopher Kaiser. She fell about thirty to fourty feet and at the time the article was written, her condition was unknown. Kaiser was struck and killed by the train. At the time of the incident the train was traveling at the regulation speed of 35-40mph and once the engineer saw the group sounded his horn and applied the brakes as quickly as he could.

As sad as this incident is, it seems to be a growing trend of people getting hurt or killed while searching for ghosts. There was a case in Toronto where a womman fell three stories to her death while exploring the building because she and a male friend had heard it was haunted and felt like exploring it at 2:00am. Others have gotten hurt when exploring a cemetery late at night (usually drunk), tripping and hitting their head on a tombstone.

I understand the curiousity that surrounds these legends and how people become interested in exploring them. Hell that's how I first started out when I would explore that haunted cemetery in Madera County when I was 17. But even then I had some common sense about me to be careful of where I was going and what I was doing. Hopefully others will learn from this tragedy and not put themselves into harms way.

Full Source: CNN News
Written by Phil Gast

Friday, August 27, 2010

The Last Exorcism reviewed.

The boys over at The DumbDrum recently asked me to attend a screening of The Last Exorcism last week. Happy to oblige as I was interested in the movie and had talked about it briefly. With a friend in tow, I arrived a few minutes before the movie started and sat apparently in the media row as both Rick Bently from The Fresno Bee and Mike Scott from CBS 47 were there.

I won't go into detail here on the review, you can read it here, but let me just say the movie was a complete disappointment. I should have known it wouldn't be that scary given the PG-13 rating, but with Eli Roth producing it I figured it had to be good. Not once was it scary, and I felt rather bored at times. Definitely go see something else, hell I imagine Twilight is better than this. But if you want to see a good horror movie that delivers what it promises go see Piranha 3D.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Strange lights seen in Los Padres National Forrest

While camping in the Los Padres National Forest in southern California, two campers witnessed something they could not explain. The witnesses stated that around 3:00 am they awoke to the moon setting behind a mountain ridge. As they noticed this they also saw a strange formation of lights in the southwestern sky. She then woke her boyfriend, who is the one who filed the report, so he could see them as well.

He describes them as one large bright light in the center with two smaller lights on either side and two smaller lights on the top and bottom. The lights were stationary for around ten minutes.

Both witnesses weren't able to explain what they saw, but thought it might have been some sort of rocket launch from a nearby military base.

MUFON report: CA, July 24, 2010 - Three lights in Southern Californina Sky

My girlfriend and I were camping at Upper OSO campground near the Santa Barbara Ranger Station in the Los Padres National Forest.

That night, we we had both commented on how bright the moon was, so that had been on our mind.

At approx 2:00am, my girlfriend awoke and noticed that she couldn't see the moon anymore.

While she was taking a few seconds to look for it and realize that the moon had gone out of our view behind a ridge, she also saw an interesting combination of lights in the sky Southeastern sky and woke me up to see it also.

There was one larger bright light in the center with two smaller and equal lights on either side and two slightly smaller lights on the top and bottom. The top and bottom lights were on a skewed axis, so all five lights together looked like an off angle cross (see second image).

All five lights were brighter than any star in the sky. To each side (horizontally) there were slightly expanding (like cones on each side) rays glowing outward. The lights appeared static, at least for the 10 or so minutes we looked at it. We got a few pictures with a decent point-and-shoot digital camera, but it was through our tent mesh.

We had no clue as to what they were, although I did mention to her that in that direction was Point Mugu and Point Hueneme. Since it wasn't moving relative to our line of sight, it's possible that it could have been moving away from us, i.e. some type of rocket launch.
Also, here is the link to the story where I first heard of this. On it are links to two photos the witnesses took and a video.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Is Fresno High's Royce Hall haunted?

There have been rumors for years that Fresno's Royce Hall, which was built in 1922, is haunted. Stories have been told over the years of a janitor that fell to his death sometime in the 1930's. There have been reports of hearing whistling in the lobby when there is no one else around as well as seeing a shadowy figure on the north stair case. People have also claimed to see the janitor at an upstairs window, staring down at them as they walk by.

There have also been reports of an uneasy presence being felt in the teacher's lounge while others have heard footsteps and the sound of keys jingling in the stage area late at night. As the witnesses walked further they heard whistling and the lights flickered. Having heard of the stories already, needless to say they quickly got the hell out of there.

It's hard to say if these stories are true or not, as it seems that almost any school with an auditorium seems to be haunted. Still, there are so many different stories that have the same elements there may be some truth behind it. Whatever the case may be, the stories definitely add to the folklore of Fresno.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Strange reptilian bird found in Mexico

Given that this video is entirely in Spanish and my understanding of the Spanish
language is lacking to say the least, I have no idea what the hell is really going on in this video. All I know is that some strange reptilian-like bird was found in Mexico and it looks mean. Surely this has to be some known species of bird, but I've never seen one with a mouth/beak like that. Can birds get mange like dogs? Maybe it's a flying Chupacabra sighting? Still, it's weird whatever in the hell it is.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Great Britain releases hundreds of UFO related files

Britain recently released hundreds of classified so-called "UFO files", one of which included a letter by Winston Churchill where he had ordered a cover up of a UFO encounter that occured during World War 2 between a UFO and a military pilot.

The National Archives are publishing the files that were investigated by the Ministry of Defense and they span over several decades and contain numerous witness accounts, sketches, and other classified documents.

One report from 1997 contains an account of several "sonic booms" and a mysterious plane crash in northern England. No wreckage was ever found in the area that it was reported to have crashed in.

One has to wonder how many classified documents the United States' Department of Defense has on record and if they ever will release any of them. Given the secretive nature of the government in the last several decades, I'm not so sure they ever will.

Full source: Yahoo! News
By: Maria Golovnina

Monday, August 9, 2010

Strange lights filmed over Bakersfield on 8/4/2010

Not really sure what to make of these lights that were filmed over Bakersfield lately. I'm going to rule out the typical Chinese Lantern sightings as the objects don't drift like the lanterns normally do, and the color of light is different than what the lanterns usually are.

I was reading about this on the Above Top Secret forums and someone suggested radio controlled airplanes. This could be a possibility, but given the distance from the camera to the lights, both the planes and source of lights would have to be rather large. I'm going to dismiss the idea of some sort of experimental military aircraft. The nearest air base would be Edwards, but I really doubt they would be testing experimental aircraft over Bakersfield (though a F-117 did crash nearby in the 1980's so I wouldn't rule it out completely). As of right now, unless more video surfaces, I'm going to have to say these are nothing more than radio controlled airplanes doing some night flying.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Is the Fresno Memorial Auditorium haunted?

The Fresno Memorial Auditorium in Downtown Fresno

There are rumors that the Fresno Memorial Auditorium, in downtown Fresno is haunted. Stories have been told since the early 1980's that one of the rehearsal areas was haunted.

Built between 1935 and 1936 and hosting everying from Broadway plays and musicals, concerts, and even the 1956 California Democratic Convention (the fact that a Democratic convention was even held in Fresno is weird enough given the staunch conservatism of the area), the auditorium was one of Fresno's most significant cultural facilities for over three decades until a new convention center was constructed. At that time changes were made to the auditorium and the most significant was a 500 seat theater (the original auditorium had rooms for 2000 people on the main floor and 1500 on the balcony). The new theater now occupied roughly two-thirds of the orignal space and the rest was used for rehearsal space.

It's this rehearsal area that is rumored to have some sort of paranormal activity. Not much is know really about the space except that people feel uneasy when they enter the rehearsal area. Perhaps there is some unseen presence that is there watching those that rehearse. Honestly it's hard to say and if I added anything more it would be pure speculation.

I believe the auditorium is open during the day. Perhaps I'll take a quick trip downtown one day and see if there is any truth to the rumors.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Get free passes to a screening of The Last Exorcism

I was recently contacted by someone associated with the new movie, The Last Exorcism, and was asked if I wanted to offer free passes to a screening here in Fresno on August 18. Since I love to give out free stuff, I happily agreed.

All you have to do is click on this link and then either register or login. After that you will be able to print two passes that admit one person each (that way you can bring a date). Just know that this is a screening and these passes don't gurantee you a seat. It's advisable to get there early (I usually get there about an hour early or so) and wait in line.

Here's the official trailer for the movie.

The fact that Eli Roth has his named attached to this movie has me curious and I want to go. The only question is, who's going to be my date? :D

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

UFO spotted over Huntington Beach

Not really sure what to make on this one. The video is blurry at some points, and the object in question is far away so it's hard to make out any detail. In the first part of the video it looks like the object is either flashing lights or it's pulsating. Though this could be the sunlight reflecting off the metallic surface.

I don't think it's a plane as the shape isn't similar to one. And even at that distance if it was a plane, you would be able to make out the wings and fuselage. Though in the latter half of the video it reminds me of the large mylar balloon that was used in the balloon boy hoax from a few months ago. The only other explanation is that something was launched from Vandenberg AFB, and it's a booster rocket of some sort.

Whatever the object is, it's one of those rare daylight sightings that is hard to explain what it actually is.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Sea monster spotted off the coast of Great Britain

Is this photo evidence of some sort of sea monster
that was seen off the British coast?

There have been reports of some sort of "sea monster" being spotted off the coast of Saltern Cove, Paignton in Great Britain. It was first seen hunting a school of fish about thirty yards off the coast. Witnesses at first thought it was a turtle, but that opinion quickly changed when the creature revealed a long neck with a reptile like head that looked nothing like that of a turtle. Apparently the school of fish were so terrified by the creature that they beached themselves onto the shore.

Some think the sighting could be linked to that of a sperm spotted off nearby Devon recently, but one authority dismissed that claim saying that sperm whales don't come that close to inshore and the reptilian like head is different that that of a whale's. The theory of it being a turtle has also been dismissed as it is said that the tutles in the waters off the British coast only eat jelly fish.

So what was seen off the British coast? A spokesman from the Marine Conservation Society said "It was reported as a turtle as it had large front flippers and small back flippers and what appeared to be a shell but was also said to have a small head on a thin neck about two-feet long which craned above the surface like a Plesiosaur." This statement has me questioning their validty. How would the person know what a Plesiosaur's neck would look like above the surface as it swam? The creature has been extinct for millions of years. And the photos don't help at all (for once can someone take a non blurry photo of a UFO/monster/ghost?).

Personally I think it was a type of whale that was feeding on the school of fish. The fact that they beached themselves doesn't mean they were terrified of some sea creature. It means they were trying to get away from whatever was trying to eat them. People just assumed they were terrified because they thought they saw a sea monster and it would add validity to the claim. Unless clearer photos are shown showing the creature, I'm going to have to say this isn't a sea monster like people are saying.

Full source: Daily Mail

Monday, August 2, 2010

Was the Chupacabra seen in a Bakersfield park?

There have been reports of Chupacabra sightings in Kern County for the last month or so. In July, one witness saw the creature in Hart Park. They pulled their car over and watched it walk around before it stopped to look at them. She was able to take a photograph of the beast which shows the typical hairless creatures that have been all over the news lately.

The Bakersfield CBS affliate, KGET 17, showed the pictures to the head of county parks. His opinion of it was that it was a coyote with mange. I'd have to agree with that statement, the photo looks like the typical canine with mange case that is usually the explanation for these sightings. Though the witness stands by her claim that what she saw as indeed the chupacabra.

Full source: CBS KGET