Wednesday, September 20, 2017

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Mysterious Medieval grave on channel island puzzles archaeologists

Archaeologists excavating a historic religious retreat have found the grave of a medieval porpoise.
The unusual discovery, was made after three weeks digging on the small island of Chapelle Dom Hue off the coast of Guernsey. , 
The team found evidence of a grave due to a change in the soil and unearthed a skull and other skeletal remains, but were left puzzled when it became clear they were not human.
Quite why the porpoise was buried so carefully on the island, which is thought to have been used by monks seeking refuge, is a mystery.
Dr Philip de Jersey, a research associate at Oxford University who works at Guernsey Museum and Art Gallery, said he estimates that the skeleton, which was the first organic matter found on the dig, dated from the 13th or 14th century.
He said it was the most unusual find in his 35-year career. "It's very peculiar, I don't know what to make of it," archaeologist Philip de Jersey from Oxford University in the UK told The Guardian.


Dr Phil De Jersey, right, and Mike Deane alongside the skeleton of a medieval porpoise.
The mystery is all the greater due to the way the animal was buried, which doesn't suggest the dead porpoise was simply disposed of underground.
Instead, it looks like it's been laid to rest, with the body aligned east to west per Christian tradition, and the careful digging of the grave itself suggests it was intended as a solemn resting place.
It's possible that the porpoise was killed for food, since these mammals were eaten in medieval times.
But if that's the case, the researchers say it would have made a lot more sense for people to have disposed of the remains in the sea – located just 10 metres from the site, and the small island is surrounded by water on all sides.

Dr de Jersey added: 'If we were in a church and we found something like this, based on the shape, we would think it was a grave cut.
'That is what puzzles me. 'If they had eaten it or killed it for the blubber, why take the trouble to bury it?'
Dr de Jersey said it appears as if the animal had been buried with care, unlike a donkey skeleton they found which had been dumped in a hole after it died. Dr de Jersey added: 'It was cut down from the medieval layer and we have found medieval pottery in the same film.'
After their discovery, the porpoise bones were removed from their resting place, and will now be studied by a marine expert.
Once that analysis is complete, maybe then we'll get some answers on just how and why this medieval porpoise came to be laid to rest in a monk's graveyard.


Location of Chapelle dom Hue

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Sunday, September 17, 2017

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Bimini Road Bahamas


One of the most famous attraction in the Bahamas is Birmini road,an ancient underwater pathway discovered in 1930s.The mysterious path makes many wonder if it is remnants of the mythical lost land of Atlantis.

The Road consists of a 0.8 km (0.50 mi)-long northeast-southwest linear feature composed of roughly rectangular to subrectangular limestone blocks.


Bimini is an island in the Bahamas, part of a chain of islands 50 miles east of Miami, Florida.




Possible origin stories for Bimini road have been featured in different mystery pieces on Unexplained MysteriesUnsolved Mysteries in the World, and more. The origin theories include ancient Egyptian divine protectors, the path to Atlantis, and a natural occurrence without any help from humans.


Not all have been satisfied with the mainstream theories, and expeditions have been mounted to solve the riddle of the Bimini Road.
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Monday, September 11, 2017

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Manananggal

An artist's rendering of Mananggal

The Manananggal (sometimes confused with the Aswang) is a vampire-like cryptid creature of the Philippines, an evil, man-eating and blood-sucking monster. 

Appearance:

It is described as hideous, scary, (usually) female, and it is also capable of severing its upper torso and sprouting huge bat-like wings to fly into the night in search of its victims. The word manananggal comes from the Tagalog word tanggal (cognate of Malay tanggal), which means "to separate" or "to remove", which literally translates as "separator" or "remover". In this case, "one who separates itself". The name also originates from an expression used for a severed torso.

The Manananggal shares some features with the vampire of balkan folklore, such as its dislike of garlic, and vulnerability to sunlight.

Legend:


According to the legends, they mostly prey on sleeping, pregnant women, using an elongated proboscis-like tongue to suck the hearts of fetuses, or the blood of someone who is sleeping. The severed lower torso is left standing, and it is said to be the more vulnerable of the two halves. Sprinkling salt or throwing crushed garlic or ash on top of the standing torso is fatal to the creature. The upper torso then would not be able to rejoin itself and will die by sunrise. It is known to hide in volcanic caves during daytime.

The legend of the Manananggal is popular in the Visayan region of the Philippines, especially in the western provinces of Capiz, Iloilo, and Antique. There are varying accounts of the features of a Manananggal. Like vampires, Visayan folklore creatures, and aswangs, Manananggals are also said to abhor garlic and salt. They were also known to avoid daggers, light, vinegar, spices and the tail of a stingray, which can be used as a whip. Folklore tales of similar creatures can be found in the neighboring nations of Indonesia and Malaysia. The province of Capiz is the subject or focus of many Manananggal stories, as with the stories of other types of mythical creatures, such as ghosts, goblins, ghouls and aswangs. Sightings are purported here, and certain local folk are said to believe in their existence despite modernization.




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Saturday, September 9, 2017

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Did the Babylonians invent Trigonometry?

The Hanging Gardens of Babylon

The Ancient Babylonians had known about Pythagoras' theorem over 1,000 years before he was even born,
academics in Australia say.


The groundbreaking claim is based on a new analysis of a 3,700-year-old clay tablet known as 'Plimpton 322' which is inscribed with a demonstration of Babylonian mathematics.

According to researchers at the University of New South Wales, the tablet shows a highly sophisticated form of trigonometry that wouldn't be developed by the Ancient Greeks for another ten centuries.

The city of Babylon in Mesopotamia, an early cradle of human civilization in what is now Iraq, was known for its Hanging Gardens, said to be one of the Seven Wonders of the ancient world.


Mathematician Dr Daniel Mansfield suggested its people developed trigonometry to help their architects design the city’s major buildings.Their complex system of counting enabled them to perform complicated calculations more easily than mathematicians today.

"Our research shows it's a trigonometric table so unfamiliar and advanced that in some respects it's superior to modern trigonometry," said mathematician Dr Daniel Mansfield.

"We've discovered these lines represent the ratios for a series of right-angled triangles ranging from almost a square to almost a flat line. This makes Plimpton 322 a powerful tool that could have been used for surveying fields or architectural calculations to build palaces, temples or step pyramids."

"The Babylonians unique approach to arithmetic and geometry means this is not only the world's oldest trigonometric table, it's also the only completely accurate trigonometric table on record."

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Saturday, September 2, 2017

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Tomb of 'China's Shakespeare' discovered

Many of Tang Xianzu's plays are still performed today. 

The tomb of legendary Chinese playwright Tang Xianzu has been unearthed in Fuzhou.


Famous for writing the popular Ming Dynasty play 'The Peony Pavilion', Tang is widely celebrated as one of China's most distinctive playwrights and has often been referred to as 'China's Shakespeare'.

The precise location of his tomb had long remained something of a mystery, but now, following excavations at a site in the city of Fuzhou in the eastern region of Jiangxi, archaeologists have announced that they have finally succeeded in pinpointing his final resting place.

He and his third wife Fu are now believed to have been buried within a plot marked "M4" while a second plot marked "M3" is thought to contain the remains of his second wife, Zhao.

"This discovery is significant, because it tells us more about Tang's life, his family tree and relationships with other family members," said Ming Dynasty historian Mao Peiqi.

"Besides, by learning about the status and lives of Tang's family, we can learn about education, culture and agriculture in the Ming Dynasty as well as the development of society."

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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

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$1 Million Prize is being offered for capture of Bigfoot



The huge cash prize has already fired quite a buzz in Ohio where a new photograph has emerged.

Bigfoot Project Investments, Inc. is offering the chance to win a $1 million 'Bigfoot Bounty' in exchange for "information leading to the capture or delivery of a bona fide Bigfoot."

The controversial challenge runs from April 2nd until December 25th.

So lucrative is the sum of money on offer in fact that the team behind the challenge have already found themselves being called out to Ohio to investigate a reported Bigfoot sighting in Girard.

The witness was Youngstown resident Xavier King who claimed he had been driving home recently when he caught sight of a strange creature.

"I had seen something, I don't know what it was, I had seen something, that's all I know. I got out and took a picture," he said.

Unfortunately, due to the fact that it has been submitted as part of the $1M challenge, the photograph has not been released to the public and probably won't be until the end of the year.

Whether anyone will have been able to claim the prize by then is yet to be seen.

Do you think Bigfoot is a real creature? Do you think Bigfoot is currently in Ohio? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section found down below.
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Sunday, August 27, 2017

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Best ever image of a Distant Star Revealed

The image shows Antares in extraordinary detail. 

A team of astronomers, led by Keiichi Ohnaka, of the Universidad Católica del Norte in Chile, has now used ESO’s Very Large Telescope Interferometer (VLTI) at the Paranal Observatory in Chile to map Antares’s surface and to measure the motions of the surface material. This is the best image of the surface and atmosphere of any star other than the Sun.
The VLTI is a unique facility that can combine the light from up to four telescopes, either the 8.2-metre Unit Telescopes, or the smaller Auxiliary Telescopes, to create a virtual telescope equivalent to a single mirror up to 200 metres across. This allows it to resolve fine details far beyond what can be seen with a single telescope alone.
“How stars like Antares lose mass so quickly in the final phase of their evolution has been a problem for over half a century,” said Keiichi Ohnaka, who is also the lead author of the paper. “The VLTI is the only facility that can directly measure the gas motions in the extended atmosphere of Antares — a crucial step towards clarifying this problem. The next challenge is to identify what’s driving the turbulent motions.”
The astronomers found turbulent, low-density gas much further from the star than predicted, and concluded that the movement could not result from convection, that is, from large-scale movement of matter which transfers energy from the core to the outer atmosphere of many stars. They reason that a new, currently unknown, process may be needed to explain these movements in the extended atmospheres of red supergiants like Antares.
“In the future, this observing technique can be applied to different types of stars to study their surfaces and atmospheres in unprecedented detail. This has been limited to just the Sun up to now,” concludes Ohnaka. “Our work brings stellar astrophysics to a new dimension and opens an entirely new window to observe stars.”
To the unaided eye the famous, bright star Antares shines with a strong red tint in the heart of the constellation of Scorpius (The Scorpion). It is a huge and comparatively cool red supergiant star in the late stages of its life, on the path to becoming a supernova.
A 3D animation of Antares can be viewed below.



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Saturday, August 26, 2017

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2,000-Year-Old Tombs from Roman Period Found in Egypt


A series of tombs dating back about 2,000 years, to the time when the Romans controlled Egypt, has been discovered, the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities announced yesterday 
Excavations at Bir esh-Shaghala in the Dakhla Oasis have uncovered tombs made of mudbrick and some are quite large containing multiple burial chambers. Some of the tombs have vaulted roofs and one tomb has a roof built in the shape of a pyramid. 
Five of the tombs were recently discovered while eight more were found within the past six excavation seasons, ministry officials said in a statement. 
Artifacts were found in the tombs, including mummy masks and pieces of inscribed pottery known as ostraca. Giant containers were also found that may have held wine or olive oil, although chemical tests will need to be done to confirm this. The discovery of the tombs was made by a team of archaeologists from Egypt's Ministry of Antiquities. The excavations at Bir esh-Shaghala are scheduled to continue.
The Romans took over Egypt in 30 B.C., following Cleopatra VII's suicide after her navy was destroyed by the Roman Emperor Octavian at the Battle of Actium. While the Roman emperors ruled Egypt from Rome, the Egyptians revered the emperors as pharaohs. Their traditional Egyptian funerary customs (including mummification) and religious practices continued until the Roman Empire adopted Christianity as its official religion during the fourth century A.D.
Located in the Western Desert, about 217 miles (350 kilometers) west of Luxor, the Dakhla Oasis contains a vast amount of archaeological remains that date from prehistoric to modern times. A number of settlements from the Roman era flourished in the Dakhla Oasis. In 2014, Live Science reported that one of the Roman era settlements in the oasis had yielded the remains of an ancient school covered with writing that included references to drug use.
Original article on Live Science.
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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

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Masterton Monster

Masterton Monster (By Simon Winheld)

Masterton Monster is large, unidentified, vicious marine mammal was said to have had a brutal encounter with a pack of fierce hunting dogs, resulting in the unfortunate death of one of the canines.


The initial account comes to us from the "New Zealand Times" on May 9, 1883. Although there is almost no background information regarding this creature, the account still serves as one of the many examples of a legitimate news source chronicling a spectacular cryptozoological event.

According to the article, a large, unknown — though presumably marine — animal, with a broad muzzle, short legs and curly hair was reported near the town of Masterton. The report further stated that fearful townsfolk loosed their dogs upon the beast, at which time one of the canines was “flayed.”

The ferocity of the animal’s attack was enough to discourage the remainder of the dogs, who swiftly ran in the opposite direction. The account ends there, but from the few available details one can put together an intriguing, albeit hazy, image of the creature.

The description of its “short legs” would seem to indicate that the animal had feet instead of flippers, and the mention of “curly hair” has made many researchers lean toward a mammalian rather than reptilian or amphibious creature. Perhaps, when all is said and done, the Masterton Monster might have been nothing more than a large and mutated otter.

Although the creature has often been associated with the 1890 case of EUROA BEAST, it is interesting to note the  similarities between the creature described and the Australian BUNYIP, as well as the notorious “Irish Crocodile”, known in Gaelic as the DOBHAR-CHU.

This mysterious monster gained global fame when it was chronicled by the illustrious Charles Fort in his 1931 paranormal opus “Lo!”:

“New Zealand Times, May 9, 1883 — excitement near Masterton — unknown creature at large — curly hair, short legs, and broad muzzle. Dogs sent after it — one of the dogs flayed by it — rest of the dogs running away — probably ‘with their tails between their legs,’ but the reporter overlooking this convention.”

An Aerial View of Masterton Town


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Monday, August 14, 2017

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'Karakoram anomaly' defies climate change



A 'vortex' of cold air breeze over the Karakoram mountain range has been causing glaciers to continue growing in spite of climate change, scientists have shown. 

This peculiar phenomenon, which has been dubbed the 'Karakoram anomaly', was studied recently by scientists at Newcastle University in the UK and is thought to explain how glaciers in some parts of the Himalayas have been acting differently to those across most other parts of the world.
During the winter, the vortex is thought to affect temperatures across the entire 2,000 kilometres mountain  range, but in the summer it contracts and its influence continues to affect only the Karakoram and western Pamir region.

Pamir mountains

This induces an anomalous cooling in summer which is different to the warming seen over the rest of the Himalaya.
Co-author Professor Hayley Fowler, says this Karakoram vortex goes some way to explaining why the glaciers in this region are behaving differently to those in most other parts of the world.
Karakoram Mountains

"While most glaciers are retreating as a result of global warming, the glaciers of the Karakoram range in South Asia are stable or even growing," said study co-author Professor Hayley Fowler.

"Most climate models suggest warming over the whole region in summer as well as in winter."

"However, our study has shown that large-scale circulation is controlling regional variability in atmospheric temperatures, with recent cooling of summer temperatures."

"[This] circulation system is currently providing a dampening effect on global warming, reducing glacial melt in the Karakoram region and any change will have a significant effect on ice melt rates, which would ultimately affect river flows in the region." 

Acting like a counter-weighted temperature control, the unique summer interaction of the Karakoram vortex and the South Asian Monsoon causes temperatures in the Karakoram and Pamir to cool while those in the Central and Eastern Himalaya are warming, and vice versa.
Lenin peak in Pamir mountains

Over recent decades, these vortex-monsoon interactions have resulted in stormier conditions over the Karakoram.
"This vortex provides an important temperature control," explains Newcastle University's Dr Nathan Forsythe, lead author of the study.
"It is therefore important to look at how it has changed and influenced temperature over the last century so we can better understand how a change in the system might affect future climate.
"This is of huge importance in terms of food security because of the large populations that rely on water resources from snow and ice melt from the mountainous catchments to grow their irrigated crops in the Indus Plains of the Sindh and Punjab states and provinces of Pakistan and India."
Source: phys.org

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Saturday, August 12, 2017

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Ancient Roman city "Little Pompei" unearthed in France

An archaeologist brushing a mosaic at Little Pompei
An "exceptional" archaeological find by French researchers is being dubbed a 'little Pompeii'.
"We're unbelievably lucky. This is undoubtedly the most exceptional excavation of a Roman site in 40 or 50 years," said Benjamin Clement, who is leading a 20-strong team of archaeologists on the banks of the Rhone river, about 30 kilometres south of Lyon.
The site unearthed on land awaiting construction of a housing complex covers an area of nearly 7,000 square metres, an exceptionally large size.
The remains of an entire Roman market district has been discovered by French archaeologists under villas and public buildings on the outskirts of the city of Vienne near Lyon, south-eastern France.
The discovery was made during excavations of almost 5,000 square meters of land, which began in April and are due to continue into December.
Clement said the remains contain well-preserved residences with mosaics in an excellent state.
The neighbourhood is believed to have been inhabited for around 300 years before being abandoned after the fires.
Many of the objects in place when the inhabitants fled, were conserved, turning it into a 'little Pompeii', a reference to the Roman city that was preserved after being buried by volcanic ash.
“We found three things, one of which is a part of Via Narbonensis which was the biggest road in southern France in the antiquity.”
"It's a marketplace that has been totally burned down, so you can find all the elements in the shops that the craftsmen had left behind to escape the flames," he said. "The other thing is the domus, the well-preserved aristocratic houses, with over 19 uncovered mosaics that enable us to better understand the ways of life in Vienne 2,000 years ago."
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Saturday, August 5, 2017

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Felixstowe Fire Demon


On an autumn evening in 1965, a group of British youths were cruising the town when one of them had a terrifying encounter with a fiery demon that would leave him scarred for life.

Felixstowe is an Edwardian seaside town nestled on the North Sea coast of Suffolk, England. The bustling hub offers a plethora of fascinating sights, but none so strange as the one seen by a group of friends who were joyriding through the town on their way toward Essex at approximately 10:30 pm. on the eve of September 20, 1965.

The group consisted of the driver, 25 year-old Geoffrey Maskey, and his passengers, Mavis Fordyce and Michael Johnson. For reasons not know, Maskey pulled over to the curb next to a hedgerow on the tree lined Walton Avenue.
The youngsters were engaged in lively conversation when Johnson abruptly opened the car door and wandered out into the murky night. Fordyce and Maskey exchanged perplexed glances as their cohort vanished into the Stygian blackness, but simply assumed he had gone to use the bathroom in the woods.

Just moments after Johnson disappeared behind the shrubbery skirting the woods, Maskey and Fordyce heard what they described as a “high-pitched humming” sound. Fordyce grew anxious as the loud humming noise began overwhelming them and Maskey leaned out the window to try and determine the origin of the annoying noise

It was then that he observed an oval-shaped, orange object suspended in the sky over 90-feet above his car. He estimated that the UFO was about 6-foot wide and both he and Fordyce claimed that it was glowing so brightly that it bathed the surrounding countryside in its eerie orange glow.

After the event seemed to have ended, the two friends realized that Johnson was still in the woods. Anxious, they started to call him, without success. Maskey threw his car in reverse gear before calling him again.At the end of a few moments of distress, Michael finally reappeared, but he looked shocked, staggering and holding his head. His friends first believed he was joking, but when the young man suddenly collapsed, they rushed to help him.

Fordyce tried her best to make Johnson comfortable as Maskey hopped behind the wheel and sped away from the forbidden forest and the strange orange light toward the nearby Felixstowe hospital.
Once at the hospital Johnson regained consciousness, but he was suffering from amnesia and could not recognize the friends who had rescued him, much to their dismay. The doctors on duty at the relatively small hospital diagnosed a serious case of shock.

They also noted that he had unusual burn marks on the back of his neck and a contusion above his right ear. The doctors then decided that it would be best to transfer Johnson to the hospital of Ipswich, which was far better equipped to deal with Johnson’s injuries and psychological condition.

The following day Johnson recovered his lost senses and when his friends came to visit him he told them of his mysterious encounter with a strange alien entity in the woods next to Walton Avenue. Johnson claimed that when he abruptly got out of the car the night before he was compelled to do so by an unknown pressing “force,” which insisted that he go into the woods.

Johnson told his friends and doctors that he was forced to walk into the dark forest — although he was unable to recall the distance— where he encountered what he described as a humanoid being with large luminous eyes that were glowing in the darkness.

Johnson swore that he had no memories of what happened next, until he woke up the following morning in a hospital bed. It is obvious that the doctors who heard this young man’s bizarre tale were skeptical to say the least and the newspaper reporters from the Ipswich Evening Star who published the strange account on September 21, 1965, were equally incredulous.

Nevertheless, Johnson’s friends  who had bore witness to the fiery, egg-shaped UFO with their own eyes — believed their pal and knew all too well that something strange and terrifying had transpired in the woods near Walton Avenue that dark night.


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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

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Ancient tombs of 5,000-Year-Old "Giants" Discovered in China



Archaeologists in eastern China have discovered 5,000-year-old skeletons of people experts say would have been unusually tall and strong.

According to the measurements of bones in the graves at the site in Shandong province, a number of the people would have measured at 1.8m or taller, with one man estimated to have been 1.9m,which would have been considered extremely tall 5,000 years ago.


“This is just based on bone structure. If he was a living person, his height would certainly exceed 1.9m,” Fang Hui, head of Shandong University’s school of history and culture, told the agency.



Archaeologists say their large tombs suggest they were likely considered powerful, high status individuals who had access to better food than the average person.


The excavation site in the village of Jiaojia, near Jinan City, has been found to hold 104 houses, 205 graves and 20 sacrificial pits. A number of colourful pots and jade articles were also recovered.

Nobody knows what exact secrets Jiaojia will continue to turn up, but there's a good chance we'll find out more to explain how these ancient giants grew so impressively tall.
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Monday, July 17, 2017

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Helltown

History:


Hell Town is a nickname given to the northern part of Summit County. The areas most often associated with the Hell Town legends are Boston Township and Boston Vilage, as well as parts of Sagamore Hills and Northfield Centre Townships.These areas are often collectively referred as Boston Mills.

Boston Village was founded in 1806 and stands as the oldest village in Summit County. The first mill was built in the village in the early 1820’s. Later, the construction of the Ohio & Erie Canal brought more people to Boston, and over the next few decades mills began to flourish in the area – most prominently a paper mill. When a railroad station was constructed in the town in the early 1880s, the station was named "Boston Mills," in reference to the paper mill.

In the late 1960s, a nationwide movement began that expressed concern over the destruction of our forests. In response, President Ford signed legislation in 1974 that enabled the National Park Services to purchase land and use it to create national parks. On December 27th, 1974, hundreds of acres of land, including some within the Township of Boston, were officially designated a National Recreation Area.

The homes were boarded up and listed as property of the government, some standing for years before being demolished.Residents began leaving in droves, and entire townships were swallowed up by the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. These events were so tragic that they were featured in the 1983 PBS documentary "For the Good of All." Perhaps the general feelings of the displaced homeowners were best summed up in a statement found scrawled across the wall of a vacated home: "Now we know how the Indians felt."

Stanford Road


Legends:

The number of stories circulating regarding Hell Town are so numerous that it is nearly impossible to track them all. 

There is the Presbyterian church which is said to have been built by Satanists complete with upside down crosses. The abandoned bus is said to be host to lingering ghosts and, maybe most outlandish of all, there is talk of mutants who were created by a chemical spill, including a monstrous snake known as the “Peninsula Python.” 

The steep Stanford Road drop off, immediately followed by a dead end, is aptly named The End of the World. If you get stuck at this dead end for too long, according to legends, you may meet your end at the hands of many members of the endless parade of freaks patrolling the woods.You may also check the Boston Cemetery, home to a ghostly man, grave robbers and, the quirkiest of all, a moving tree.There are also rumors of different cry baby bridges around the area.

Boston Cemetry

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Saturday, July 8, 2017

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Vegetable Man


West Virginia has been a host to an extraordinary number of unusual creatures. They range from the widely known Mothman of Point Pleasant to the Flatwoods Monster in Braxton County. Few, however, have heard the strange case of West Virginia's own Vegetable Man.

Fairmont West Virginia

Appearance:

The Vegetable Man was described as a very tall creature, arguably over 7 feet, slender with a semi-human shape. It also appeared to be partially plant based, and possessed large ears with striking eyes that oscillated in colors.(Going from red to yellow rapidly.) Its arms were thin and gave the impression of reeds by a river bank. On the ends of its long fingers were suction cups with thorns protruding from them.

Chronology:

In 1968, in the woods around Fairmont WV, Jennings Frederick was out for a hunt. As he explored the woods in search of game, Frederick heard an odd noise. It sounded like a record player running faster than it should, a sort of high-pitched jabbering. When he tracked down the source of the sound, he came face to face with the creature.

Jennings would go on to say that the being looked weakened, sickly. The jabbering increased. Suddenly, he could make out the words. (Hints at telepathic communication.)

"YOU NEED NOT FEAR ME. I WISH TO COMMUNICATE. I COME AS A FRIEND. WE KNOW OF YOU ALL. I COME IN PEACE. I WISH MEDICAL ASSISTANCE. I NEED YOUR HELP."

With that, the creature lunged at him and wrapped Frederick up in its surprisingly strong arms. Frederick was unable to break away from the embrace as the creature pierced his skin with the thorns on its fingers. While it drained blood from him, Frederick found himself enthralled by the flashing colors of the creature's eyes. Then, almost as quickly as it had pounced, the Vegetable Man raced away up a hill.

Frederick then claimed to hear a deep humming from the other side of the hill. He surmised that it might have been the sound of the creature's ship taking off. (Implies that he felt the monster was of extraterrestrial origin.)


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Friday, June 30, 2017

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Reports of a prehistoric creature in untouched Lake Murray


A cryptid known as “Murray” reportedly lives in the swamps on the edges of the largest lake in PNG, Lake Murray in Western Province, which covers a vast area of about 700 sq. miles.
While tales of long ago dinosaurs may sound farfetched and exaggerating, Lake Murray residents says they may have a living, breathing dinosaur hiding out in the swamp land.
Research conducted by Genesis Park found that this creature has been described as resembling a theropod dinosaur.
While Genesis Park says that it was not difficult to find people who claim to have seen a large reptilian that walks erect and is about 15 ft tall. Only a few of the villagers around the lake have actually seen it in the lake. More common were reports from village hunters of running into the creature in the remote swamplands and rivers that feed into the lake.
According to eyewitnesses, villagers travelling in a canoe reported seeing the creature wading in shallow water near Boboa. The following day, a Seventh Day Adventist pastor and a church elder say they saw the animal not far from the first sighting. The creature was described as having a body ‘as long as a dump truck’ and nearly two metres wide, with a long neck and a long slender tail. It was walking on two hind legs ‘as thick as coconut palm tree trunks’, and had two smaller forelegs. The head was similar in shape to a cow’s head, with large eyes and ‘sharp teeth as long as fingers.’ The skin was likened to that of a crocodile, and the creature had ‘largish triangular scoops on the back.
While the testimonials from the local Lake Murray Monster witnesses came across as reasoned, consistent, and credible, more research is needed and a follow-up trip that would press further into the swamps and rivers is pending.
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Friday, June 23, 2017

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4,000–year-old Mesopotamian city discovered in Kurdistan

The site where Xarab I Kilashin lies.

Archaeologists have discovered an ancient city, roughly 4,000 years old, on the banks of the Great Zab River in the Kurdistan Region.
The city known as Xarab-I Kilashin was unearthed as part of a major archaeological investigation of a 3,000 square kilometer area in the Region which began in 2012 and is expected to conclude this year.
The region had been off-limits to archaeologists for many years, first because of political instability in the area and later due to the presence of the Islamic State (IS).
"What is surprising is the size of this settlement," one of the expedition leaders, Rafał Koliński of Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, told IBTimes UK.
"All the earlier settlements evidenced in the area are very small in size, rarely exceeding 1 hectare. The same can be said of settlements contemporary to Xarab-i Kilashin, our urban site, which were mere villages."
Xarab-i Kilashin is arranged in a semi-circle around the northern river bank, stretching for a diameter of about 300 meters. Settlements of this size were not thought to have existed in the region before the Middle Ages.
The major research project on the settlement history of the Kurdistan Region led by the Institute of Archeology at the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań is to be based on the result of an extensive archaeological reconnaissance carried out on both banks of the Great Zab River, 50 km north of Erbil
Some 12,000 artifacts were discovered in the area, including pottery and terracotta stamps used mainly for decorating tissues.
The ancient Mesopotamian city is thought to have been an independent administrative seat for a dignitary who ruled prior to the rise of the Assyrian empire.
The archaeologists plan on releasing a series of maps of the area by 2018.



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