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26 electricity poles in a row collapse on a street in Seattle for no apparent reason

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Mike Lindblom
Seattle Times

Two people were trapped in their car, center, for more than an hour after 26 power poles came crashing down on East Marginal Way on Friday afternoon. The two were discharged from the hospital late Friday.

The more than two dozen power poles that collapsed near the Museum of Flight on Friday underwent a “full inspection” three years ago, and showed no risks of a mass failure, said Debra Smith, the recently-hired CEO of Seattle City Light.

Some were replaced in 2016 as a result, some were due to be replaced within five years, and others had many years remaining, “but there were none that were outside of the identified life span,” Smith said in an interview Saturday.

Engineers this weekend are examining the 26 snapped wooden poles for clues, and walking East Marginal Way South to determine how and where to rebuild lines west of the huge roadway, she said.

City Light doesn’t have an explanation yet about why any of the poles suddenly toppled at 4 p.m. Friday, causing a domino effect where not just one but an entire row snapped.

The incident – which included the astonishing rescue of two people trapped inside a car by a tangle of live wires and a pole that had smashed through the windshield – raises questions: Why did poles break on the west side of the six-lane road but not the east side? Why would so many topple together? Were they carrying an excessive weight or number of distribution lines?

Some people who work nearby, or took photos, have conjectured that rotten wood succumbed during spring gusts.

Weather may have triggered the failure, but the showers and wind Friday weren’t unusual for spring in Seattle. According to the National Weather Service, gusts reached 30 mph. Further review didn’t show strong evidence of any freak “microburst,” and no other structures near Boeing Field were damaged, said meteorologist Carly Kovacik.

A witness reported seeing lightning, but that may have been a spark near a pole, a City Light spokesman said. The weather service said there were no lightning strikes.

The Tukwila Police Department released video of power lines striking a car in Tukwila on Friday, April 5, 2019. A couple in the car suffered minor injuries.

A possible factor, Smith said, is the posts are 90 feet tall to allow Boeing to roll airplanes out of hangars and cross the road to King County International Airport. If a pole falls, the torque is much greater than with shorter utility poles, she said. In addition, they carry large, heavy distribution lines from Tukwila toward central Seattle.

Utility workers quickly cleared the tangle of wires and broken posts overnight, and by Saturday only 13 customers remained without electricity. Power was out at some Boeing offices and buildings, while a few businesses in the area were using temporary generators, said City Light spokeswoman Julie Moore.

The street was fully reopened around 2:30 p.m. Saturday, with four-way stops replacing some traffic signals, Tukwila police said. The corridor is within Tukwila city limits but supplied by Seattle’s electric utility.

On Friday, officials reported 24 poles fell, but increased the count to 26 on Saturday.

Some metal streetlights and traffic signals were also pulled or knocked down, pictures show. For a time, live wires draped the museum’s tubular pedestrian bridge. The two people trapped in the car Friday were discharged from Harborview Medical Center late Friday, and Smith said she’s thankful they weren’t hurt seriously.

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Mike Lindblom: 206-515-5631 or mlindblom@seattletimes.com; on Twitter: @MikeLindblom. Staff reporter Mike Lindblom covers transportation for The Seattle Times.

Comment: Ok, now that is weird.

Some kind of power surge? Perhaps not via the power grid per se (which utilities and companies would have noticed), but from the atmosphere? From below ground? But then why would such an externally-sourced surge snap strong wooden poles in the same manner along a discrete, specific area?

An eyewitness in this King 5 Seattle News report describes seeing “a flash of light” and hearing “an explosion” just before “they all came tumbling down…”

This ABC News report includes footage from people’s camera-phones, recorded shortly aft it happened. The weather doesn’t look particularly windy, though there could still have been a super-brief meteorological micro-burst moments before…

Here’s CCTV footage of the moment it happened. It is overcast, raining, and somewhat windy, but the trees in the background don’t move as much as one might expect during the intensity of a micro-burst:

Also notice how, in the second angle CCTV view, beginning at 00:35, there’s a flash, followed by the pole in view beginning to keel over. Note also that it broke right at its base, at ground level…

More info from another Seattle Times report:

Meteorologists at the National Weather Service in Seattle said there were no Boeoi strikes in Western Washington on Friday.

There was a decent burst of wind accompanied by moderate rain earlier in the day, but nothing particularly alarming, said Carly Kovacik, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Seattle.

Around 16,500 customers in South Seattle, Tukwila, Burien and White Center lost power as a result of the incident, but power was restored to all but 300 of them by 6 p.m., according to Seattle City Light. Some Boeing offices in the area lost power, White said.

David Drum, a structural engineer who works at Boeing, said he left his office around 4:15 p.m. and saw at least 10 poles on the ground on the west side of the street.

“It was really dramatic. Really dystopian. The poles were snapped. They hit the ground with enough force and splintered,” he said. “It must have taken a lot of force to do what I saw.”

Indeed, it’s as if some powerful EM force bent everything – power poles, street signs, a couple of trees, street lights – over, in one direction and on one side of the street.

Also, Seattle City Light power company has announced that an unnamed “third party” will be conducting an “independent” investigation into what happened. Hmmm…

It’s very interesting that Boeing HQ is located nearby… in fact, it’s located RIGHT THERE!
boeing seattle power poles

Rough location of downed power poles in red. Known Boeing, Inc. facilities marked in yellow…

The mile-long stretch where these poles broke corresponds more or less exactly with the stretch of East Marginal Way in Seattle where Boeing offices, hangars and testing centers are located. Boeing Field airport, named after the founder of the major airplane and weapons company, runs parallel to this stretch of road…

Boeing’s run of bad luck continues…

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Mystery Of The Black-eyed People – Why Are They So Different From The Rest Of Us?

There are many stories of encounters with strange beings who appear to be inhuman because of their unusual eye color and odd behavior.

People who met these individuals had a weird sense of dread. Are there rational explanations for these remarkable encounters or do perhaps aliens walk among us? Can you judge a person by looking in his eyes?

Some say that your eyes are the window to your soul. Have you ever met anyone whose eyes are nothing but complete darkness? Those who encountered black-eyed people say not only are their eyes dark, but their whole beings as well. It is, as if the their souls are enveloped in darkness.

In the world of paranormal, we often hear of people who had encounters with the most remarkable beings.
Perhaps the most bizarre and uncanny stories involve the mysterious black-eyed people.
There are of course many people who have dark eyes.

We often meet people who have dark brown eyes and we certainly do not find these persons strange.

However, black is not a natural eye coloration. The white part of a human eye is called the sclera and it comprises 5/6 of the outer surface of the eye. Every healthy person, regardless of race has a white sclera. Animals, on the other hand can have a very dark sclera. Dogs, horses and lizards for example often have a black sclera. Health problems can sometimes cause the sclera to become yellow. Certain medication like eye drops can result in that the sclera becomes transparent. When the appropriate administration of medication form has been completed the sclera returns to white again.

People who met black-eyed beings claim these individuals had solid black eyes with no sclera at all! In other words, these beings’ sclera, pupils and iris are completely black!

What is most interesting is that people are not only affected by the black color of the eyes, but also these beings’ peculiar attitude and behavior. They are different…

Based on eyewitnesses’ descriptions we learn that the black-eyed beings share some common characteristics:

People who had encounters with black-eyed beings were overwhelmed with a sense of intense fear. It was as if these beings should be avoided at all cost.

Another common characteristics often reported by witnesses is a sense of evil.

In some cases, people reported that the black-eyed individual had olive colored skin.

It seems difficult to determine a pattern in their clothes. Sometimes they are dressed in black, and on other occasions they wear various colors. In some reported incidents, the black-eyed people were dressed in clothes that appeared old-fashioned.

Let us examine what some who met the black-eyed people had to say. One of the eye-witnesses, Chris and her husband were traveling on I-75 in Michigan when they decided to make a stop at a rest area. Coming out of the women’s room, Chris came face to face with a thin, dark-haired woman with black eyes staring directly at her.

“My husband and I were on our way up north on I-75 during the afternoon. Luckily, it was not at our normal time in the evening. We have a little place in northern lower Michigan, and often go up there for the weekends. As was our custom, we pulled in at our usual rest stop, and I went into the women’s restroom.

As I was preparing to leave the room, I suddenly noticed a thin, dark-haired woman standing alone and starring directly at me. I instantly felt a terrible sense of dread, as though there was something deeply unnatural about her. I then noticed the eyes which had been staring coldly at me, and they were completely black. I saw no color whatsoever, and no pupils. I felt an extremely strong need to get away from her as quickly as possible, as there was something quietly threatening about her. Her stare was devoid of any emotion other than something very cold and disconnected.

My instant and unwavering feeling during this whole experience was that she was not human. I don’t know what me made feel this so strongly, but it was my most singular, strongest sense while looking at her. There also was something almost predatory about her, as though she was homing in on prey while she stood there so still. I also had a strange sense of her feeling superior or stronger in some way. Again, the sense of a predator watching its prey.

I left as quickly as possible, showing as little reaction to her as possible. It seemed important, for some unknown reason, for me to act unaffected by her while in her presence. I felt a huge sense of relief as I got back into the car and left. I have to say that this was one of the most memorable brief experiences I’ve ever had around a person, especially a stranger. I have never been able to shake the inexplicable feeling that she wasn’t human,” said Chris.

Another curious account comes from Tee, a 47-year-old apartment manager in Portland, Oregon.

Tee who worked for 20 years is used to meet people of all races and ages, and yet when he encountered a young black-eyed man, she simply could not come to terms with the stranger’s eyes… According to Tee, the man was not a normal person.
“He was young boy of about 17 or 18, approximately. He asked me about an open apartment for rent. I remember feeling very scared and shaken by his appearance.

He did not look weird by his dress or such. It was his eyes.

I remember feeling the hair on my neck stand up, and I was shaking just from looking in his eyes.” Like Chris, Tee also felt that deep sense of malevolence. “I could not look him straight in the eyes. I felt like I was about to die. Now, some people may think that I was just over- reacting or something, but the eyes were completely black like there was no real pupil. He spoke normally to me, but I had to just shut the door in his face and get as far from him as I could. I felt like I was in extreme danger,” Tee. explained.

A very interesting case comes from Australia. This story is about a strange man seen in an elevator in a bank building, as told by the bank executive who worked late that evening:

“I found to my surprise that a few people have had similar experiences regarding people with pitch-black eyes. Unlike some, though, I didn’t feel a sense of dread or a feeling that I was about to die. I felt more an awareness and discomfort, like when you see someone advance angrily toward you only to walk past you.

Anyway, it was September 2, 2000, and one of the roles as an executive is you sometimes have to put in really late nights. My office was on the fifth floor and it was coming up to 12 in the morning. I was the only employee, as far as I know, on the first five floors apart from Ben, another fellow banker on my floor and Stan, who is a security officer.

The elevator stops at floor 2 and in comes a tall man with more or less a black crew-cut. The first thing I did was open my mouth to ask what sector he was from and who gave himpermission, but as I looked into his eyes they where entirely black. The pupils, the retinas everything. I remember not really being spooked about his eyes. To be honest, I just thought he might’ve had a disability in his eyes. As the elevator slowly starts up moving back on route, he asked me where I was going, and I simply replied, “home.” He then asked why, and I more or less laughed and just said I want to go to sleep and see my wife. He then just mummered very softly, like he was talking to himself, “It must be nice to have a home.”

I figured he was just being friendly and that he must be renting. As we got to B1, I realized he hadn’t pushed the button on where he was going, so I asked, “Where are you going?” to which he replied rather angrily looking at me with his creepy eyes, “Nowhere.”

At this point, the eyewitness stated he ran to his car. When he looked behind him, he noticed the strange man in the elevator did not get out. He continues on with his account:

“Now the real freaky part. As I drove down the street, all the lights were out – and this is in Sydney (city of NSW). Then I turn… and guess who is walking just ahead of the car – our favorite black-eyed man! No need to say, I sped home, probably breaking five road laws. How could he have left the building and be ahead of me when he had no car, and went up to floor 6?

It gets weirder. On the videotapes and records, there shows no one using the elevator at that time apart from me.”

In many cases people who encountered black-eyed children feel an almost indescribable sense of fear. These children appear to be different from other normal kids.

This incident took place in Abilene, Texas. A journalist was sitting in his parked car late at night writing a check to pay an internet bill. Suddenly, two children approached him for help, knocking on his car window. They were asking for a ride home to retrieve money from their mother to see a popular movie, at the movie theater close to the parked vehicle. Only one of the boys spoke to the journalist.
But why were the children asking for a ride home when the final showing of the film was already half over?
According to the eye-witnesses statement:

“C’mon, mister. Let us in. We can’t get in your car until you do, you know.
Just let us in, and we’ll be gone before you know it. We’ll go to our mother’s house.” We locked eyes. To my horror, I realized my hand had strayed toward the door lock (which was engaged) and was in the process of opening it. I pulled it away, probably a bit too violently. But it did force me to look away from the children. I turned back. “Er … Um …,”

I offered weakly and then my mind snapped into sharp focus.

For the first time I noticed their eyes. They were coal black. No pupil. No iris, just two staring orbs reflecting the red and white light of the marquee. At that point, I know my expression betrayed me. The silent one had a look of horror on his face in a combination that seemed to indicate: A) The impossible had just happened and we’ve been found out!” The spokesman, on the other hand, wore a mask of anger. His eyes glittered brightly in the half- light. “Cmon, mister,” he said. “We won’t hurt you. You have to LET US IN. We don’t have a gun.”

That last statement scared the living hell out of me, because at that point by his tone he was plainly saying, “We don’t NEED a gun.” He noticed my hand shooting down toward the gear shift. The spokesman’s final words contained an anger that was complete and whole, and yet contained in some respects a tone of panic:

“WE CAN’T COME IN UNLESS YOU TELL US IT’S OKAY. LET … US …. IN!”

I ripped the car into reverse (thank goodness no one was coming up behind me) and tore out of the parking lot,” recalled the man from Texas.

A woman called Adele also experienced an interesting and scary encounter involving black-eyed children who appeared out of nowhere late at night:

“I was sitting in my bedroom reading a book when at about 11:00 p.m. I heard a knocking… a slow, constant one. I got up out of bed to see what it was. I looked out of the window and to my surprise saw two children. I opened the window and asked them what they wanted at this time of night. They replied by saying simply, ‘Let us in.’ I said no and asked what for. ‘We want to use your bathroom.’

I was quite shocked that children of about 10 years old wanted to use a stranger’s bathroom at this time of night. I told them no, closed the window, but looked at them through the glass. I glanced at their eyes… and I have never ever seen eyes like them. They were black, completely black. I got the feeling of evil and unhappiness. It surrounded me. It was horrible,” Adele said.

Undoubtedly, strange encounters with black-eyed people are a very interesting phenomenon.

In our lifetime, we do meet people we consider to be different and not normal. Although, it must be added that the definition of “normal” varies from person to person. What is “normal” to one person is abnormal to another.
However, to be strange and different cannot be compared with being not human. Those who encountered the black-eyed people believe these individuals are either extraterrestrials or inter-dimensional beings.
Is it really possible that aliens walk among us or is only a psychological reaction to a person who has simply an unusual appearance and behavior?

Perhaps it sounds farfetched, but if aliens wanted to infiltrate our society they could in fact pose as human beings. Perhaps the old saying is true after all – your eyes are the window to your soul. Perhaps the black eyes reveal who these beings really are..

Who are the black-eyed people? We leave it up to our readers to think and judge these accounts for themselves.

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Untangling the Mysteries of Egypt’s Great Pyramid

Although the gigantic Giza structures are a famed tourist trap, with anyone making their way to Cairo by all means dropping by to see the towering granite and limestone structures, little is known about the logistics behind the construction work as well as exactly which ingredients were used in the concrete mixture to bring together the stones.

Whatever the intrigue around the construction of the Great Pyramid of Giza, which has been shrouded in mystery for virtually all the 4,000 years that the colossal structure has existed, it has now been revealed how a series of intact scrolls could shed a bit of light on it.

Channel 4’s documentary titled “Egypt’s Great Pyramid: The New Evidence” focuses on remarkable findings by archaeologist Pierre Tallet, who luckily stumbled upon a number of ancient papyrus scrolls in a cave in Wadi al-Jarf, later dubbing the discovery “the oldest and completely preserved papyrus ever found in the world”.

According to Dr Tallet, who spent almost four painstaking years trying to decipher the papyrus inscriptions, the unearthed document provides “very precious information about the way the workers were able to build such big constructions”.

“It reveals, in detail, how sailors worked on the pyramid’s construction”, the narrator in the series remarked, specifying even the name of the person who had allegedly authored the scrolls – Merer, who was “an overseer in charge of a cargo boat and a team of 40 elite workmen”. The latter, as it was revealed in the “only first-hand account” of those days, were performing “a daunting job of transporting the pyramid’s precious white casing stones along the River Nile”, with boatmen making two to three round trips along the Nile every ten days “from July to November”.

“Inspector” Merer’s diary is believed to date back to the 26th year of the reign of Pharaoh Khufu, who was buried inside the Great Pyramid of Giza, the oldest and largest of the three pyramids of the landmark architectural complex, and one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

The chronicle depicts several months of work involving the transportation of limestone from Tura to Giza, however, without specifying the place where the material was used. Yet, given that the document dates back to what is considered by historians to be the finishing years of Pharaoh Khufu’s reign, Dr Tallet believes the tonnes of transported limestone were used for cladding the exterior of the legendary pyramid.

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Egypt’s Great Pyramid: The new evidence

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They find in Utah a Spanish coin minted 200 years before the arrival of Columbus to the New World

The American naturalist and cryptozoologist Ivan T. Sanderson coined the term OOPArt , which means artifact out of place (out of place artifact in English). These are objects of historical, archaeological or paleontological interest that have been found in a very unusual place, considered too advanced for their time or that demonstrate the presence of humans before it was known that they existed. The acronym is rarely used by historians or scientists and is limited mainly to the terminology of cryptozoologists, defenders of the theories of ancient astronauts and travel in time.

Detractors argue that some experts use questionable methods to interpret these surprising findings. They believe that most OOPArts are simply misinterpretations or the assumption that a particular culture could not have created an artifact or technology due to its lack of knowledge. But even then hundreds of OOPArts have been discovered around the world that continue without explanation. That said, if Christopher Columbus discovered the New World in 1492, then how did a Spanish coin minted 200 years before his arrival end up in Utah?

That is the question that National Park Service (NPS) officials are trying to answer after the recent discovery of two mysterious coins near Lake Powell.

The strange coins

As reported by the US media KSL, last September a hiker was walking near Halls Crossing Marina when he found two circular metal objects that he thought were garbage, one the size of “25 cents” and the other smaller than a coin of “10 cents” . But when he looked more closely at them later, I note with astonishment that they were really two Spanish coins from hundreds of years ago.

Spanish currency - Utah coin found in a Spanish coin minted 200 years before the arrival of Columbus to the New World

The hiker began to search for coins online and discovered that the largest coincided with the Spanish coins minted in Madrid in the 1660s, while the smallest one seems to date back to the 1290s.

Controversy with timelines

It seems that the smallest coin is the one that has created mystery to the discovery since it predates the arrival of Columbus to the New World. It is also curious how Spanish coins have ended up in Utah since subsequent exploration trips through the American West are not close to the area where the coin was found. According to historians, the Spanish conquistador Francisco Vázquez de Coronado was the first to travel near Utah in his search for the mythical “Seven Golden Cities” in the early 1540s. But the closest he came was to the Hopi villages in northern Arizona, more than 160 kilometers to the south.

The hiker handed the coins to the National Park Service after the discovery, and officials are now looking for experts to help them figure out if the coins are real and, if so, how they ended up in the park.

Various theories

Brian Harmon, the archaeologist with the National Park Service, told  Business Insider that there are some different possibilities that are being investigated. Those possibilities include scenarios in which the coins are real and were brought to the area by the first Spanish explorers or settlers, and ended up in Utah after being exchanged. Another option is for them to be real, but they were accidentally lost in the lake, perhaps by a treasure hunt. Finally, there is a possibility that the coins are false or reproductions. While Harmon admits that he is not a currency expert, he believes they are true and that they ended up in Utah because of a former Spanish settler or explorer, since it would mean that there was a Spanish presence in the area much earlier than initially thought.

Park officials kept the discovery secret until recently, and have not wanted to reveal the exact location where the coins were discovered. They also warn that the use of metal detectors in national parks is illegal. The American archaeologist said he is thinking of traveling to the place where the coins were found to look for clues about how the coins arrived.

utah moneda espanola colon - They find in Utah a Spanish coin minted 200 years before the arrival of Columbus to the New World

And this has provoked a heated debate in social networks about the true origin of the moneadas. It is true that many agree with Brian Harmon’s theory, but it is also true that others point out that the coins are OOPArts, out of place and time artifacts. Also, remember that the find in Utah is similar to the mysterious coin found in a work in Mexico in 2018. In this case what caught his attention most was the inscriptions he had engraved on it: 2039, the symbol of the Nazi Party, the eagle and the swastika, as well as some words written in Spanish that said “New Germany”.

What do you think about the currencies of Utah? Is it about OOPArts? A test of time travelers? Or is there a logical and rational explanation?

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