• Japan, Cloning, And Soul Transfers: A Pamyu Pamyu Conspiracy

    October 10, 2018
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    I’m going to be up front with you: This one’s a bit weirder than usual.

    How familiar are you with Kyary Pamyu Pamyu? A Japanese pop star with a penchant for the grotesque and the obscure. A singer, a model, a…blogger, or so Wikipedia tells me.

    She’s been compared to Lady Gaga, and if you watch a few of her music videos, you might see why — they’re a touch unusual, sometimes described as eccentric.

    During an interview with Fader back in 2013, Kyary described her style as follows: “I love grotesque things,” she said, “My concept is scary things that become traumatic with their cuteness. There are so many ‘just cute’ things in the world, so I add grotesque, scary and even shocking materials like eyeballs and brains to balance out the cuteness.”

    The music video for her song Mondai Girl, viewed over 12 million times on YouTube, is a good enough example of this “grotesque cuteness” at work. It begins as any ordinary pop song would, but quickly evolves into some very trippy New Age Matrix territory. Anyone searching for an Illuminati conspiracy won’t have to look hard to find one here.

    And look at that; someone already has. Just wait ’til you hear it in reverse.

    “We are gloomy, at least.”

    According to YouTuber Angel Icon, who’s been diligently tracking this story since at least August 2017, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu has been hiding messages in her songs, including 2015’s Mondai Girl, to lift the veil on a far-reaching Illuminati conspiracy.

    It’s a conspiracy that seemingly finds its origin in 1998, when news broke that a team of scientists in Nara, Japan successfully created eight copies of a single cow. As the New York Times reported, while only half of the calves survived, scientists found the relative ease of their creation at the time to be “striking.” This, only a year or so after the birth of Dolly, the famously cloned sheep.

    However, as Angel Icon explains, this rather innocuous (though still extraordinary) accomplishment would ultimately lead to something far more nefarious: The cloning of human beings.

    For your entertainment…and sacrifice.

    “Help Me Out”

    All becomes apparent when you watch Mondai Girl (Reversed).

    According to Wikipedia, the music video for Mondai Girl, when watched normally, tells the story of three different Kyarys: “The first character in the video is Kyary in a completely pink outfit, as a young actress chased by paparazzi. The second one is a Kyary wild and free, dancing however she wants with foreign dancers. The third character, clad in all manners of black clothes, is Kyary fighting in a majestic animated world.”

    However, when the song is played backwards, claims Angel Icon, the video takes on a new and terrifying meaning: The three Kyarys shown in the video are not the original Kyary, but rather three Kyary clones. The real Kyary is “underground in Nara, Japan.”

    As per the conspiracy, the song was written (with its obscured reverse message) by a clone of Kyary who was also implanted with the “consciousness of the original Kyary.”

    The tale shared in the alleged reversed message is a strange one, indeed, telling of how entertainers around the world are “snatched” by dark forces while they sleep. Afterwards, their souls are transferred and distributed into perfectly identical clones, who are then sent off to perform concerts, do interviews, and sing, sing, sing. Forever. All while the original celebrities are held in “underground cloning centers.”

    Here are a few more notable excerpts from the alleged reversed message, though you can of course peruse the video (and especially its description) for yourself:

    “I’m underground of Nara
    While they’re all singing
    Money can’t do it.
    We’re all gone now.

    Yeah, I suffer
    I’m paying for it, really
    Lucifer, you use so much

    He roams and looks for them that put their art out
    Oh, he have body snatch them while they in their sleep
    Evil plans, then I woke on my own now
    Help me out”

    “We’re all gone now.”

    What of the cloning process? Angel Icon refers to not only the aforementioned 1998 story of the cloned cow, but also the NAISTrap Project out of the Nara Institute of Science and Technology. This appears to involve genome sequencing and gene trapping, but that’s a mirror I’ll let you step through on your own.

    Will Kyary and her clones ever be freed? How about the other pop stars around the world, buried deep in underground cloning facilities, doomed to transfer their souls to one clone after another, to perform Satanic rituals and…make music videos?

    Hey, I told you this was a weird one.

    Then again, as with electronic voice phenomena and the issue of “priming” listeners to hear what you want them to hear, there’s always the possibility that Mondai Girl (Reversed) is just a bunch of gibberish, given meaning by a random YouTube video. It’s also curious indeed that the reversed message would be in English, while the song itself is Japanese.

    But what can I say? This is Stranger Dimensions — where reality is whatever you want it to be.

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  • Ghost Sightings 2018 – This Year’s Tales Of Phantoms And Spectres

    September 22, 2018
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    Are you troubled by strange noises in the night? Do you experience feelings of dread in your basement or attic? Have you, or any of your family, ever seen a spook, spectre, or ghost?

    Because these folks have! Let’s take a look at some of the ghost stories that popped up in 2018 (in no particular order).

    Reflections on a Ghost Ship

    On August 2, KZTV Action 10 News shared the story of Will Smith (not that one), a man from Louisiana who captured a potentially mysterious photograph while touring the reportedly haunted USS Lexington, docked in Corpus Christi, Texas.

    The photo seems to feature the shadow of a man, which should be easily explained (the KZTV reporter even demonstrates how easily a shadow is cast on that particular wall).

    However, Smith is convinced the figure is neither reflection nor shadow, of either himself or anyone else. As he said, he doesn’t believe the shadow is his, and “there was no one else around.”

    What’s more, while reporting on this story, the news team may have captured an unrelated paranormal incident. A visitor from San Antonio stopped in his tracks when he felt something very unusual. “I felt very nervous all of a sudden,” he told them, “and I felt like someone grabbed my heart and lungs and I couldn’t breathe.”

    The Gray Man Visits North Carolina

    In early September, hurricane Florence became the first major hurricane of the 2018 season. However, if some are to be believed, it brought more than just strong winds and torrential rains. It also brought a ghost.

    A paranormal entity known as the Gray Man, said to haunt the coast of South Carolina, allegedly made an appearance during hurricane Florence, albeit not in its usual location. A team of ghost hunters claim they captured footage of the famous spectre on a pier in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina. The footage shows a hazy figure crossing the pier before vanishing.

    Many aren’t convinced the footage is real.

    Haunted Police Station Can’t Handle All the Ghosts

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    According to Gulf News India, a police station in Jharkhand state is plagued by “wandering spirits,” to the point that officers refuse to stick around during evening hours. By 11 p.m., they report, the station is deserted.

    The police officers have tried a variety of methods to dispel the ghosts, from “organizing prayers” to even “making offerings,” whatever that may entail. They say strange noises begin to occur within the station after nightfall, becoming even stronger at midnight. They’ve also experienced telephone lines going out.

    The station is reportedly built atop what was once a “cremation ground,” which could provide a paranormal explanation for their current predicament. “Nothing appears fine here,” sub-inspector S Baske said of the situation, “We feel terrified all the time due to sudden fear.”

    Was ‘The Nun’ Production Haunted?

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    The Nun, which arrived in theaters on September 6, is the fifth movie in the so-called The Conjuring Universe. The film’s apparently a prequel, set in Romania, and dives deep into the origins of the demon Valak. And yet, it might be what happened behind the scenes that gets the most attention.

    According to The Mirror, not only was the entire production “blessed by an Eastern Orthodox priest” (after reports by cast and crew of “supernatural disturbances”), but director Corin Hardy had his own ghostly paranormal experience at a “Romanic fortress” in Mogosoaia. He allegedly saw the ghosts of two Romanian soldiers, who he at first mistook for crew members. But when he turned around, no one was there.

    A Shadow in the Window

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    On June 2, 2018, a 61-year-old grandmother witnessed a “tall, slim” shadow figure walking inside an empty Victorian-age building in Swadlincote, a town in Derbyshire, England.

    She’d been standing outside at the Pipe Works when her eyes caught the abandoned building, only to see a ghostly shadow glide by one of its top-floor windows. Thinking it was perhaps a security guard or someone else, she waited and watched along with her family, but they saw no one else appear.

    You can actually see the building in question on Google Maps. DerbyshireLive describes it as a “derelict building next to the Tall Chimney pub” that used to be a factory where they produced chimney stacks.

    Chair Moves In Haunted Derbyshire Pub

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    On October 3, yet another curious paranormal pub video found its way online, this one from The Miners Arms pub in Alfreton, Derbyshire. In the video, you can see an ordinary chair moving on its own, the haunting scene captured by a CCTV camera on the evening of Friday, September 28, 2018.

    According to the video’s description, many believe the ghostly activity is thanks to the spirit of the pub’s former landlady. Customers have allegedly witnessed apparitions of a “woman’s figure,” as well as electrical disturbances and unexplained noises.

    Others aren’t convinced, believing instead that this is an obvious publicity stunt to drive traffic to the pub.

    Whatever the case, Derbyshire is no stranger to paranormal activity; in April, I shared reports of a mysterious “ghost plane” allegedly manifesting in the area.

    Other Ghost Weirdness

    Can Ghosts Make You Sick?: On July 3, 2018, about 18 students attending Nungua Senior High School in Ghana received treatment after claiming to see ghosts and “deceased students” wandering the halls. One specialist at a nearby hospital believes they were suffering from hysteria.

    Would You Shoot A Ghost?: A self-proclaimed paranormal investigator from Connecticut is facing charges after discharging a firearm (twice) at what he claimed may have been a “spirit” attempting to enter his home. According to the New York Post, this is the second time the man has attempted (and failed) to shoot a ghost, perhaps proving once again the old adage, “What is dead may never die.”

    Would You Marry A Ghost?: A UK woman named Amethyst Realm, recently interviewed on This Morning, apparently wants to marry and have a child with her “ghost boyfriend.” She’s a “spiritual guidance counsellor,” and claims the spirit approached her while out “taking a walk” in Australia.

    They immediately hit it off, and traveled back to the UK together. According to Realm, the ghost is “very ancient, very wise, [and] very kind.” As for what a ghost pregnancy would entail, she can only say, “I’m not sure what it will turn out like.” She has, however, been researching “phantom pregnancies.”

    Ghosts At The Royal Wedding? Speaking of marriage, in early 2018, psychic twins Terry and Linda Jamison reported that at least one ghost would “most definitely” be attending the Prince Harry/Meghan Markle royal wedding. They claimed Princess Diana wouldn’t miss it “for the world.” According to The Mirror, the spirit of Diana specifically reached out to the twins, who claim to receive messages from beyond through spirit writing. The wedding was held on May 19, 2018.

    Would You Use A Ghost To Save Your Ruined Engagement?: An Englishman reportedly fabricated ghostly messages in an attempt to “win back” his ex-girlfriend.  According to the Telegraph, the girlfriend had a restraining order against the man, but he tried to get clever — he sent her a message, under the guise of a nearby psychic, claiming that her dead mother was urging her to get back together. “All you have to do is to call him,” the message read. Let’s just say it didn’t quite work.

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  • Time Travelers At Work: Strange Missions Into the Past

    August 28, 2018
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    There’s always a mission.

    Whether it be John Titor and his quest to retrieve the IBM 5100, or Project Pegasus and their alleged experiments to gather data on future events, most alleged time travelers journey with a purpose.

    And sometimes, that purpose is a bit hard to explain. You’ll see what I mean. Let’s have a look at some missions through time and space…

    Single Seven Needs Tomatoes

    One of the most memorable episodes of Coast to Coast AM involved Art Bell interviewing a man identified only as Single Seven. He was a time traveler from the year 2063, a “paleo ag tech,” as he called himself. “In the future,” he said, “they’re trying to change the weather.”

    His mission, however, involved traveling to the past to retrieve samples of crops that could be grown in his time.

    “I was sent back to find the earlier cousins of corn, wheat, tomatoes, things that can survive in a hotter temperature so that we can have them…we’ll use them to splice and make hybrids into the future…because we need to raise the temperature of the earth in the future to keep the MIM away…”

    The MIM, as Single Seven explained, were beings not unlike what we’d call the grey aliens. These extraterrestrials — or, perhaps, beings from another dimension — could also travel through time, though not in a way we’d easily comprehend. Single Seven claimed they hunted him during his missions through time.

    They also couldn’t deal with heat very well, which is why the humans of the future were trying to raise the planet’s temperature.

    The Carrot Soup Contingency

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    Next up, believe it or not, more vegetables.

    First, some backstory: I recently made a few changes to the website’s comments section, and took the opportunity to look over the (thousands of) comments left here at Stranger Dimensions over the years.

    I noticed a few that, let’s say, stood out, particularly involving time travel. This one’s at the top.

    December 23, 2012. A commenter using the alias “A man” left a strange response on my post about time travel images. “I promise time travel is possible,” he wrote, “I have been visited by a traveler from the future. I know its not something i can prove a.t.m. but its true. This man’s mission was to have me eat 4 bowls of carrot soup.”

    To this day, I don’t think anyone knows exactly what he meant by that. Why would someone from the future reach out to this person specifically? And why would his goal be to serve carrot soup? These are questions we’ll likely never have the answers to.

    However, “A man” went on to say that the strange traveler told him “of certain future events” that actually happened, and seemed to know his family, even though his appearance was unfamiliar.

    Perhaps the act of eating four bowls of carrot soup in one sitting irreversibly altered the timeline, changing the commenter’s life forever (though he did claim that nothing changed for him).

    Alien Observer

    Another strange comment (one that got lost in the shuffle for about five years) was left by someone calling himself Bigbuddak. “Time travel as you perceive it is wrong,” he wrote, “A person cannot go back and forth through time.” No, he said, it’s a “one way trip.”

    That, however, hasn’t stopped groups in his future from harnessing time travel.

    “Various organizations in the far future have sent back people, observers if you will to study human achievements first hand. These observers are to note events, not change them. They are even forbidden to have contact [with] one another.”

    The people sent back in time, claimed Bigbuddak, never return home, instead living out their lives in the past and recording historical events. Their observations and notes are hidden in “preassigned areas,” where those in the future eventually retrieve them.

    The travelers are also rigorously vetted:

    “The people who are selected to travel back have to meet several criteria before they are chosen. They cannot be married, have children or alot of close family. They must be ordinary looking so they can blend in easier and they must have studied ancient history and the texts of the time into which they’ll be inserted.”

    It doesn’t always work out, though, or so he claimed. “Even though the screening process is very precise,” he wrote, “mistakes are sometimes made such as a person being sent back with items that are not used in that time.” And yet, the project continues:

    “Despite these mistakes the program has had overwhelmingly great success. The purpose of the program was not just to document historic events from first person accounts but more to study the daily life of past generations.”

    Another John Titor Says Hello

    Many of the stranger quirks in the John Titor story happened after he allegedly left our worldline. Others came forward, claiming to be John Titor or to have known him in the future. Some even claimed to be on his “time travel team,” so to speak. Might have had something to do with that mysterious website, but who’s to say?

    On December 12, 2012 (odd year, that one), yet another commenter chimed in claiming to not only be a time traveler, but to be one of many operating under the moniker John.

    “I am not John, but you may call be John being as how popular his conquests have become. His legend, as it [were], grew so big that all of our [volunteers] were code named ‘John’ from the beginning, our beginning.”

    The existence of the first John Titor, he wrote, had a direct influence on the development of their technology, leading to the discovery of time travel (or, really, worldline travel) sooner on his worldline than on Titor’s (or ours).

    His team was also assisted by other time travelers who arrived from his future. They had a keen interest in John Titor and his influence on the worldline, which led to their stated mission:

    “Our first task was to travel to a list of dates and times to assess if other time travelers had been there. Unlike what John has said, when you go back in one dimension it does effect the next…

    Our research concluded that not only had others visited these dates, but they were not all from our future. What we discovered is that time distortion can be achieved a number of ways, and not all of them are mechanical.”

    He didn’t say much else, other than that the changes in worldlines would “be discussed at a later date.”

    The Black Eyed Kids’ Mysterious Motives

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    I want to end with this, because I still think it’s pretty interesting, even though it may (like many things) be a hoax.

    On July 24, 2015, in the early days of Art Bell’s Midnight in the Desert, a strange caller phoned in with a bizarre tale involving the black-eyed kids. These are alleged paranormal entities who appear in the form of mysterious children with completely black eyes.

    There have been many reports of BEK over the years, but no one knows who they are or what they want. Most alleged encounters involve the children appearing out of nowhere, perhaps asking for help or, worse, requesting to be let inside a person’s home. Witnesses have reported feeling a sense of death in their presence, or losing time, or other inexplicable phenomena. Generally, they experience the sensation that, being near the BEK, something terrible is about to happen.

    While, as I said, no one knows what the BEK are (if not just an urban legend), that one caller in 2015 shared an unusual possibility: He claimed he had been taken by a group of black-eyed children and forced to travel through time.

    “…every time that it happens to me, I lose a little bit of who I used to be, Mr. Bell. Every time they force me to time travel, I lose a little bit of myself…I need to warn your listeners. Do not answer for these children with black eyes.”

    He claimed to have been sent to both the past and the future, hundreds of years either way, losing his sense of humanity with every trip.

    Why? That part was never clear, but the anonymous caller’s tale reminds me somewhat of the Weeping Angels from Doctor Who. These were statue-like creatures who sent people through time to feast on their “potential energies,” created from their displacement in the timeline and the resulting paradoxes.

    Perhaps, if real, the BEK did something comparable to the caller — they harvested his energies as they sent him back and forth through time. “They will take your soul,” he said, after all.

    * * *

    And there you have it, the strange missions of a handful of time travelers. What do you think? Would you sign up to travel through time? Would you eat carrot soup if a random time traveler gave you some? Who knows — it might happen to you!

    Oh, and if you’re a time traveler on a mission, feel free to leave your story in the comments below…

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  • Is the Ouija Board Just a Game?

    August 23, 2018
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    I’ve always found it a bit funny how the Ouija board, that sinister portal for demonic entities, is sold to children at toy stores. Even if you allow for the possibility that it’s not an outright gateway for evil supernatural beings, it’s still odd. A communication device that allows the living to speak with the dead? That’s the perfect birthday gift for little Timmy and Mary Sue!

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  • Glitched Out: Unusual Cases of Disappearing Keys

    July 25, 2018
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    It’s the strangest thing when you mysteriously lose an item, only for it to reappear in a location you swear you’ve already checked five times.

    Maybe you blame forgetfulness. Maybe you think you just missed it, and perhaps owe your eye doctor a visit. However, there’s also a more extraordinary explanation, if you are so inclined.

    In paranormal circles, it’s known as disappearing object phenomenon (DOP). This is a broad term, and encapsulates a number of otherworldly causes for objects going missing — paranormal entities borrowing your stuff, items blinking out of existence, and even tears in the fabric of space and time.

    Or a computer glitch.

    That’s right: You may, right now, be nothing more than a collection of bits existing in some kind of cosmic computer software. When something inexplicably vanishes only to rematerialize in its usual spot a few minutes, a few hours, or even a few days later, you might have just experienced a temporary hiccup in the universal simulation we call our reality.

    Not convinced? I hopped over to the most reliable destination for anecdotes on the Internet, Reddit, and ventured once again into Glitch in the Matrix, a place where everybody seems to have misplaced their keys. Here’s what I learned…

    Popping Back to Being

    Our first case of disappearing keys was reported only about a month ago. The witness had lost the keys to his P.O. box a few weeks earlier. They’d seemingly vanished without a trace, though admittedly this wasn’t the first time. He had a history of losing things.

    He and his wife searched the likeliest places — the car, their clothes pockets. The keys simply didn’t turn up. A week later, though, something happened that the witness couldn’t help but find extremely “creepy.”

    He and his wife were heading to the P.O. box again to get their mail when they decided to stop by a local Starbucks. As they pulled into the parking lot, they heard the sound of jingling keys, as if they had been “dropped from [an] unknown place.”

    “At the same time we both look down at the cup holder and there are my missing keys just sitting there seemingly out of nowhere! It caught us both off guard and just kinda put us in a pause moment.”

    The keys had returned, as if they had blinked back into existence and fallen into the car, just as the couple were planning to visit their P.O. box. The situation was doubly confusing, as they had already searched the car — how could they have missed the cup holder of all places?

    The witness, of course, was happy to have found the keys, but found the experience an unsettling one.

    A Glitchy Key Thief?

    Sometimes, a case of DOP is accompanied by another type of mysterious phenomenon.

    While at work in his shop one day, another witness suddenly realized his keys were missing. He’d just spoken with a client at the front desk, and figured perhaps she had accidentally taken them when she grabbed her sunglasses on the way out. But that possible explanation wasn’t exactly helpful.

    “I had no way to contact her because it was her first time in the shop,” he wrote, “I didn’t get her number.”

    This was a problem. He went for the next best thing — the security camera, to at least confirm whether or not she had taken the keys at all. What he found was unexpected, to say the least.

    “I went to check the security video tape it was missing the 30 seconds or so she was getting in to her car so I couldn’t see if she had my keys or not.”

    He found this very odd. Why was that specific moment missing on the security tape?

    Where were the keys?

    Things got even stranger the next day, when the keys turned up in the shop’s mail box. Curious still, the witness returned to the security tape to check who, if anyone, had placed them there. However, this time, while the footage wasn’t missing, there was “no sign of a car pulling up in the parking lot.”

    What exactly happened, here? The keys seemingly vanished, only to reappear the next day in the mail box. This, at least, could be somewhat explained — perhaps someone found the keys and returned them on foot, or before leaving.

    But what do we make of the woman and the missing 30 seconds of tape?

    Returning from the Void

    One of the more intriguing explanations for DOP is that it’s the result of psychokinetic ability, the witness him or herself inadvertently causing the object to move or disappear.

    Psychokinesis is the alleged ability to move objects with one’s mind.

    Can DOP be caused by the mind of the observer? Can just thinking about a missing object cause it to manifest?

    In another case, a witness may have done just that. A year before, he had purchased a new keychain, and added all of his keys to it. The keychain itself was shaped like Bulbasaur, a popular character from the Pokemon franchise. Unfortunately, sooner or later the Bulbasaur keychain popped off, and he didn’t see it again.

    Until a year later.

    The witness and his girlfriend were shopping at Walmart when they stumbled upon the very same type of keychain he had lost the year earlier. “Hey, remember when I had that for like a week and lost it?” he joked, and they moved on without giving it much thought.

    But when they returned home, something odd happened.

    “When we get home, we’re walking through our front lawn and my girlfriend stops because she noticed something on the ground. She picks it up and shows me that it’s the bulbasaur keychain we had just spoke about.”

    Given its location, an area where they’d constantly walked, mowed grass, and done yard work, the witness felt he, or someone, should have easily noticed the keychain long before that. “It’s even more strange,” he wrote, “that it would appear the day it was talked about.” He hadn’t spoken of it since the day it vanished, and yet here it was, again, right after he’d thought about it.

    Could he have conjured the object back into existence with the power of his mind?

    A Key Reappears…In The Ignition!

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    Finally, we have this, perhaps the strangest entry here.

    The witness, in this case, was working at an Enterprise car rental, though he managed trucks. His job, as he put it, was to “inspect, clean, park, and sometimes deliver the trucks.” And on any given day, that’s exactly what he did, without issue.

    That is, until one strange Sunday afternoon.

    It began normally. The witness opened up “the bay” and gathered all the keys, arranging them according to truck size. He then placed them on their “assigned rings.”

    Choosing to begin with the largest of the trucks, he grabbed the keys for the 26-footers. Then, out of habit, he went to each truck, checked to make sure they were dirty, and put the keys into their respective ignitions. This way, when it was time to clean each truck, he could just hop in and move it without searching for its key again.

    As he finished, his manager approached and asked that he get to work first on a specific truck, one of the larger variety. The customer, he said, would be there soon, and this was actually a double cab.

    However, they soon realized there was a slight problem: The witness remembered already inspecting that very truck, but he didn’t have the key for it. This, he assumed, meant the truck had already been cleaned. The manager just shrugged it off, and went to look for the key, leaving the witness to get started with the cleaning.

    Later, when the manager returned, keyless, he asked the witness again to “double check” his keys. The witness did so — double checked, triple checked — and still, they were gone.

    At this point, he decided to do the obvious thing, and went to inspect the truck itself:

    “I went to the driver side and my friend went to the passenger side, but both doors were locked. I peeped through the window and noticed the truck was definitely dirty so I should have had the key.”

    But he didn’t. He even went to check the maintenance keys; perhaps this truck had broken down, and needed special work. No dice.

    The witness then offered to simply clean a different double cab for the customer. This, he figured, was the easiest solution. So he went to another truck, cleaned it up, pulled it up for rental, climbed out, and the job was done.

    However, it was as he climbing out that he noticed the other truck, the one with the missing key. It was running.

    Funny, he thought. Figuring that his manager had found the missing key, he went inside and let him know that the other truck was clean, and out of curiosity asked, “Where’d you find the key?”

    “I didn’t find the keys,” the manager said, “I haven’t looked after we decided to just rent the other one.”

    Needless to say, the witness was very confused. He quickly went back outside to investigate. There, he found that the truck was, indeed, running. He went over to the driver’s side door to pull it open. It was locked. ”I instantly got this weird feeling and climbed up to look through the window again,” he wrote.

    “This time when I looked through the window the key was in the ignition and the truck was clean! I said “no way” and went to check the tag to make sure it was really the same truck. The tag matched, this was the truck.”

    The passenger door was locked, as well. And yet, there were the missing keys, in the truck’s ignition, and the truck was running.

    Much of this could have been easily explained. — perhaps someone else had found the keys and cleaned the truck. But only three people were present that day — the manager, the witness, and his friend — and they were accounted for. No one claimed to know what was going on. Was it joke?

    To put a final twist on this story, the three of them eventually turned to the security cameras to see just who had meddled with the truck, if anyone. What did they find?

    “…the cameras didn’t show anyone getting into the truck or starting it. The key just mysteriously popped up in the truck and the truck was magically cleaned and running.”

    * * *

    What do we make of the above stories? Objects vanishing only to reappear, sometimes under extraordinary circumstances. Security cameras failing to capture the events. Where do the objects go when they disappear, anyway?

    Perhaps there’s a reasonable explanation for the above, something we’re missing. But for now, we just have the stories. What do you believe?

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  • Jason the Horse: Is He A Horse In Human Form?

    July 5, 2018
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    While cruising the Internet the other day, I came upon a study about horses. It’s nothing too extraordinary — scientists found that horses “relate human facial expressions and voices to perceive human emotions,” just like dogs do.

    However, while reading that study, I couldn’t help but think back to an old guest on Coast to Coast AM. Someone I hadn’t thought about for a long, long time.

    Jason the Horse.

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  • Why Would Demons Choose Dolls As Conduits? (feat. Annabelle Mk. II)

    June 28, 2018
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    Both my limited horror movie knowledge (I recently watched The Conjuring and Annabelle) and years spent reading paranormal odds and ends, I know that, at least according to paranormal folklore, demons do not possess dolls. Instead, they often use them as conduits, like puppets, to lure humans in.

    But why dolls, specifically?

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