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Cases in history when the day turns into a dark night

Sudden night on a clear day – what is this strange phenomenon? Is it natural or artificially created? Is someone “outside” playing with the atmosphere of our planet or do we not fully understand how its ecosystem works? 

Imagine a clear sunny day, everything is normal, and you do your daily activities. Suddenly, the sunlight disappears and everything around sinks into darkness.

But, there are no obvious reasons for this, there are no astronomical phenomena, solar eclipses, technological factors and more. It’s just dark for a few hours, as if they turned off the lights.

There are several such strange cases in history. Below we describe the most famous of them.

The Dark Day in New England

May 19, 1780, in the New England area, USA, starts like any ordinary day. People were busy with their daily activities and children playing around.

But, at about 10 o’clock in the morning, strange things began to happen. The sun was suddenly covered with a reddish mist and slowly began to fade until it became a barely visible flickering light. The sky became very dark as at night.

This dark veil appeared over Portland, Maine, south of New Jersey and north of Canada. It may have covered more territories, but no such incident was reported since few people lived there.

The day turns into night

Immediately after dark, all the animals began to behave as if night had come. The frogs began to howl at night, and the chickens entered the chicken coop and settled down for the night. Flowers turned their petals down, and confused people crowded the streets, gazed out into the dark sky and understood nothing.

The darkness was so unusual that even the stars and the moon could not be seen in the dark sky.

An eyewitness said:

“We were in New Jersey when the” dark day “came. People later said it wasn’t as dark as it was in New England. I don’t know what was going on, but the chickens went away immediately, and people started burning candles in their houses. “

The day turns into a dark night

This event caused a wave of panic and unrest among people, including talk of the approaching Apocalypse. The religious people who believed in them went to churches and read prayers.

All this was fueled by a lack of information. There were no telephones or other technological means of communication, and contacts between the regions were maintained mainly by postal transport. Because of this, many people believed that not only their cities, but the entire world was immersed in darkness and would never see the sun again.

Darkness was over New England for more than 14 hours, and it was not until nightfall on May 20 that the sky began to clear and the moon and stars became visible. In the morning, the sun rose in the sky as usual.

People have been wondering for a long time about the cause of this phenomenon, but even today, scientists cannot answer this question. One popular version is that it is a rare atmospheric phenomenon when a unique combination of thick fog, clouds and smoke from intense forest fires has occurred in an area.

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Darkness and balls in Sweden

On May 16, 1808, an even more strange “dark day” happened in the Swedish city of Biskopsberg. At that time, about 300 people lived in the city. It was a warm spring day and almost all of the city’s residents were busy working their fields. Around noon the sun began to fade. It gradually acquired the color of a dark red brick, and ceased to emit light.

It wasn’t as dark as it was at night, but it was still very gloomy and people could watch the “dying” sun without fear of being blinded.

Then something even stranger happened. From here appeared small round balls flying low above the ground. They were 10-12 centimeters in diameter and were dark brown in color. Suddenly, these balls began to rise high in the sky and became solid black. They moved very slowly in the sky.

Among the observers of this phenomenon was Windmark, a member of the Swedish Academy of Sciences. He saw one of the balls fall from the sky. It started to change it’s color like a soap bubble, and when it hit the ground and burst. It left an unusual gelatin thin film that quickly dried.

What happened is even harder to explain than in New England. In fact, no eyewitnesses have been mentioned in history except Windermark, and the city of Biscopsberg itself has long since ceased to exist. Strange balls have not been identified with any natural phenomenon.

Yakut darkness

A much newer, but no less strange case of unexplained darkness occurred in Verkhoyansk, Yakutia, Russia. On the morning of July 20, 2018, the sky suddenly darkened, making the sun impossible to see, and everything around sunk in twilight. The sky turned dark yellow-brown.

The day turns into night

At one point, the darkness in the region became almost like at night. People were very excited and confused. This phenomenon was also accompanied by an unusual amount of birds – lake gulls, which were later discovered near Lake Baikal-Kwell.

Later, local officials announced that the incident was caused by heavy smoke from a forest fire. But, locals have spoken about UFOs, secret climate tests or launching a military secret rocket.

The spread of conspiracy theories is also compounded by the fact that, apart from local officials, none of the authorities spoke of this phenomenon. As if it quickly became a taboo subject.

When a year later, something like that happened again in the same area (the sun did not appear in the sky in the morning, but much later), the authorities again did not comment.


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Strange sprite occurrences in Mexico: Signs of thing to come?

In the evening of July 11, 2020, the inhabitants of the Mexican province of Tabasco faced the following strange atmospheric phenomenon:

These obscure lights hung in the sky for several minutes, so some witnesses of the phenomenon could record everything on video:

The official explanation of what is happening, is the sprites. According to official statements, sprites are lightning, only very high. They do not last very long, therefore, they say, they have not been seen for such a long time and could only be discovered for the first time in 1989.

However, as is obvious from the video, “sprites” hung in the sky for a very long time. In addition, there were no thunderstorms and atmospheric fronts in this area, so they are not sprites by any means. Furthermore, if some kind of “sprites” were in nature – the Aztecs would draw them on their pyramids, and the ancient Romans would either have attributed the creation of sprites to Jupiter, which is metal lightning, or to a delegated authority to create sprites by other gods. Nevertheless, this is nothing – neither in myths, nor in rock art, so “sprites” are a completely new phenomenon that has only been observed in recent decades. But what is this phenomenon?

There are several explanations for the phenomenon and the most widespread suggests some global transformations of reality; Either something incomprehensible happens to the Earth, or something happens in the surrounding outer space, as a result of which such light phenomena appear in the sky.

The second explanation connects the “sprites” with the activities of aliens who either drove some new type of vehicles to the planet, or did something like terramorphing. Finally, there is also a third explanation that links the “sprites” to some secret military activity. It can be manipulations with the ionosphere or some holographic tricks with satellites, chemical trails and so on.

On the night of January 3rd to 4th of this year, the Iraqi people saw exactly the same thing:

And they saw the same thing a bit earlier in Texas and Canada:

The next important question is what should the Mexicans expect now?Nothing extraordinary happened after the sprites, although, given the incomprehensible source of this light, everything can occur soon – starting from an earthquake and ending with unknown developments.

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Meet Susan: how working remotely will change us in the future

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The Covid-19 pandemic has seriously affected the labor market. Employers transferred employees to a remote mode of operation, scientists are trying to understand how the new conditions will affect us and what will happen if we keep them. 

Some large companies are already thinking about closing their offices and points of sale in favor of working through the Internet, and Twitter invited all employees to stay on the remote forever.

Susan model illustrating the effect of office work on the body / © DirectlyApply
Susan model illustrating the effect of office work on the body / © DirectlyApply

According to a study conducted by IWG (International Workplace Group) , before the pandemic, 80% of respondents would prefer a job with more flexible working conditions. In April of this year, commercial property provider Cresa presented its study, which showed that 29% of people who switched to remote work feel less productive than in the office, despite the control of their bosses.

At the same time, some companies noted that the hybrid mode of operation (combining an office and a remote office) seems to them effective, and they are going to use it further. But such a schedule can affect people’s health. The DirectlyApply job search platform has shown what consequences await the “remote” workers if they do not change their daily habits.

Its creators invited a group of clinical psychologists and fitness experts to study how udalenka affects a person physically and psychologically. Experts explained what changes will occur with this mode of operation after 25 years. As a result, Susan appeared – a model of a typical remote employee of the future, on which they analyze in detail all the negative consequences.

50% of people around the world work outside the office for approximately 2.5 days

So, a constant presence in front of the monitor will cause “computer vision syndrome”, in which the eyes become dry and sore, and vision – blurred. In addition, red spots will begin to appear on the squirrels, and large bruises under the eyes.

Lack of physical activity and sitting in the wrong position will lead to curvature of the spine, back and neck pain, obesity and a tech neck (the effect of constantly looking at mobile devices and tablets): the skin will sag around the neck, and a second chin will appear. From constant work on the keyboard, the hands are deformed. A lack of vitamin D will cause hair loss, the skin will turn pale, dull and wrinkle.

Susan / © DirectlyApply
Susan / © DirectlyApply

Finally, a person working remotely will be constantly under stress, which will cause a mode of work and lack of personal contacts. From this, in turn, blood pressure rises, and the state of health worsens even more.

To preserve it, the authors of the study advise to adhere to several rules. It is important to maintain a constant mode of work, regularly perform physical exercises and from time to time go out to recover after a day spent at the computer. Psychologist Rachel Allan notes:

“Adhering to one lifestyle and level of productivity is necessary to maintain emotional health when working remotely. Routine gives us the opportunity to manage our time and maintain our attention. Think about how you want to manage your time and what will work best in the wider context of your life.”

One of the main problems that we encounter when working remotely is the lack of direct contact with people. Staying alone for long periods can increase the level of the stress hormone cortisol. Dr. Allan believes that “some of our most important professional relationships come from informal conversations and unstructured moments that organically arise in the physical workplace.” According to her, “remote work may require us to consciously create opportunities for informal communication with colleagues.”

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1947 film predicts smartphones and other modern technology

Inspired by Barjavel’s essay, a 70-year-old documentary offers the evolution of portable pocket television as well as a way people interact with objects. Today, parallels are drawn between the objects, like smartphones described in a short documentary.

Anne-Katrin Weber, television historian at Lausanne University, said:

People using miniature television devices in public places; professional meetings held by telephones with a picture; cars equipped with television screens; shops that advertise their products on television: these topics are from the 1947 short film Television: Oeil de Demain. Produced and directed by Raymond-Millet.

The film combines documentary and science fiction sequences, while also offering a television image in post-war France, as well as creative speculation about future developments.

While Raymond-Millet’s work is almost forgotten today, his film received a standing ovation for “predicting our present” and although the small portable devices used in the film have long retractable antennas that resemble the first cell phones, it shows that 70 years ago smartphones already existed. In fact, they mirror today’s smartphones that are in the pockets of almost every person.

At the end of the film, the audience is transferred to the bedroom, where the man is having trouble sleeping. He seems to be “invoking” the hologram of a dancing woman who appears on the bed and looks at her while his wife is sleeping.

The film outline about upcoming television shows, really look like a fairly accurate forecast of modern digital media in terms of flexibility and hybridity of media technologies and their various forms of consumption.

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