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The 10 Most Notorious Paranormal Hoaxes in History

Cheryl Eddy

Some might argue that everything that passes for “paranormal” is a hoax. (There’s no fun in that, but insist if you must.) But even the biggest unexplained-phenomenon junkies have to admit when a fraud’s a fraud … as the 10 cases below will attest.

1) The Amityville Horror

The big daddy of paranormal hoaxes, Jay Anson’s 1977 bestseller became a hit film (and several subsequent not-so-hit films) and convinced the world that the house with the pie-shaped eyes at 112 Ocean Avenue was haunted by slime-emitting, fly-attracting vengeful Native American spirits and/or witches, plus a ghostly pig with glowing red eyes. So claimed homeowners George and Kathy Lutz, who moved into the home in 1975 months after Ronald “Butch” DeFeo, Jr. killed six members of his family there.

The 10 Most Notorious Paranormal Hoaxes in History

The sellers discussed in this article were actually the sellers of the house that was used in the original 1979 movie. That house is located in Toms River, New Jersey.

Despite multiple paranormal investigations (most famously by Ed and Lorraine Warren) with varying results, certain “facts” of the case were soon revealed to be false (shocker: that “red room” in the basement wasn’t actually a portal to hell), and the family who moved into the home after the Lutzes fled reported an absolute lack of ghostly activity. In fact, nobody who’s lived there since has; last December, the house went on the market again, and the seller was careful to note no demons were included in the asking price: “We had wonderful times in that house. I never felt anything, nothing whatsoever. I was just happy that we were buying the house because we saw the potential of it.”

Photo via Fantastic Fiction.

2) Uri Geller

Co-founder of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry, James Randi (aka “The Amazing Randi”) is no fan of history’s most notorious psychic spoon bender, having penned the 1982 takedown The Truth About Uri Geller. Lawsuits followed, but Randi now 86, and still ready to pay a million bucks to “any person who demonstrates any psychic, supernatural, or paranormal ability under satisfactory observationpersevered. Geller, meanwhile, was the subject of a recent documentary investigating his alleged double life as a “psychic spy” for the CIA. Hmmm.

3) The Cottingley Fairies

Below, you will see the first in the series of “fairy photos” taken by cousins Frances Griffith and Elsie Wright with Elsie’s father’s camera, outside of her home in Cottingley, West Yorkshire. The Museum of Hoaxes tells the tale:

Photographic experts examined the pictures and declared them genuine. Spiritualists promoted them as proof of the existence of supernatural creatures, and despite criticism by skeptics, the pictures became among the most widely recognized photos in the world. It was only decades later, in the late 1970s, that the photos were definitively debunked.

[In 1919,] Elsie’s mother attended a lecture on spiritualism and showed the photos to the speaker, asking him if they “might be true after all.” The speaker brought the photos to the attention of Edward Gardner, a leader of the Theosophical movement, who in turn asked a photographer, Harold Snelling, to examine them. Snelling declared the photos were “genuine unfaked photographs of single exposure, open-air work, show movement in all the fairy figures, and there is no trace whatever of studio work involving card or paper models, dark backgrounds, painted figures, etc.”

Once they had received this stamp of approval, the fairy images began circulating throughout the British spiritualist community, and soon came to the attention of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, a passionate believer in spiritualism, and he latched onto the images, convinced they were conclusive photographic proof of the existence of supernatural fairy beings.

Guess who finally had the honor of debunking the photos in 1978, after noticing the fairies strongly resembled the drawings in a children’s book that was popular at the time? Our pal James Randi.

The 10 Most Notorious Paranormal Hoaxes in History

Clearly fake and cut out or cut into the pic in some way. Some people are blind. The fact that the “fairies” are also sharper and have a stronger contrast in them than the rest of the picture also suggests they are fake. But it’s just like with movies. Some people just can’t see that some things are computer animated while to others it’s clear as day.

4) Ghostwatch

In 1992, years before found-footage horror became all the rage, British TV audiences were taken in by this Halloween “documentary” about a group of BBC reporters investigating a haunted house. It sparked terrified reactions not seen since the broadcast of War of the Worlds … and, like War, it was completely fake.

5) Salem Witches

The trials, of course, were completely real, and resulted in 20 executions. But were there any actual witches involved? The Salem Witch Museum explains:

A strong belief in the devil, factions among Salem Village fanatics and rivalry with nearby Salem Town, a recent small pox epidemic and the threat of attack by warring tribes created a fertile ground for fear and suspicion. Soon prisons were filled with more than 150 men and women from towns surrounding Salem. Their names had been “cried out” by tormented young girls as the cause of their pain.

Why were the girls tormented? Nobody really knows … but it’s pretty clear that it wasn’t witchcraft:

This is a complex question. There are many theories to explain the “fits” of the young girls who accused so many of practicing witchcraft. Among the theories are adolescent hysteria and ergot poisoning; however, there is no definite answer.

6) “Alien Autopsy” footage

The special effects artist behind this supposed examination of an alien corpse found in Roswell, 1947, eventually came clean. But seriously, did anyone actually fall for this?

7) Crop Circles

Though crop circles are very much still a thing, the mystery lessened quite a bit in 1991, when “two jovial con men” admitted they were the very human creators of some of the most prominent formations.

Here’s the New York Times, breakin’ alien-hopeful hearts:

The mystery of those giant circles and odd geometric shapes that have been showing up in recent summers in wheat fields across southern England has been explained up to a point.

Newspapers in London today published the claims of two local men who said they were the ones who had been skulking around the countryside under cover of darkness, trampling out patterns with wooden boards as a big joke.

To prove their point, the men, aided by a London tabloid, fooled a self-styled expert on the crop circle phenomena, who declared a pattern found over the weekend in a Kent wheat field to be the genuine article, of the sort no human could have made.

Then, while the expert looked in embarrassment, the two men described by the newspaper as “jovial con men in their 60s” gleefully revealed themselves as the artists.

8) Loch Ness Monster photo

The 10 Most Notorious Paranormal Hoaxes in History

To me, this has always looked as if it were a puppeteer’s hand, without the puppet.

The most famous photo of the Loch Ness Monster was debunked in 1993, 60 years after it was taken. The “sea monster” was actually “some plastic and a clockwork, tinplate, [and] toy submarine,” concocted by Christian Spurling. At age 93, Spurling admitted he’d crafted the Faux Nessie at the behest of his stepfather, Marmaduke Wetherell, who’d faked it for revenge:

In 1933 the Daily Mail had hired Wetherell to find the Loch Ness Monster. Soon after arriving at the lake Wetherell found some strange tracks of a four-toed creature in the soft mud near the water. Wetherell estimated that whatever left the tracks must be twenty feet in length. Plaster casts were taken and sent to the London Museum of Natural History. While the world awaited the Museum’s analysis, however, hundreds of monster hunters and tourists showed up at the Loch. Unfortunately after a few weeks the Museum announced that the tracks were not that of an unknown monster, but those of a hippo. Apparently Wetherell himself had been hoaxed. The dried foot used to make the print was probably part of an umbrella stand or ash tray. The Daily Mail was angered at Wetherell and ridiculed and humiliated him.

9) The Patterson Bigfoot

The 10 Most Notorious Paranormal Hoaxes in History

If it’s never been definitively disproven, why is it on this list?

The bigfoot footage always seemed like a “juries-out” situation but the stabilized footage really does look very much like a guy in a monkey suit…

Can’t have Nessie without including the most enduring image of Bigfoot, aka Frame 352 from the iconic 1967 film shot by Roger Patterson and Robert Gimlin. Neither man ever admitted to faking the film (Patterson died in 1972), and despite much analysis, it’s never been definitively disproven. It’s included here in a list of hoaxes, however, because … if Bigfoot’s real, where the hell is Bigfoot now?

10) The Fox Sisters

Rock stars of the Spiritualism movement that swept America and Europe in the 1850s, Leah, Maggie, and Kate Fox claimed to be mediums who conversed with the dead through “rappings” on their seance table. Their fame was sky-high but short-lived, and in 1888 Maggie, who’d fallen on tragically hard times, publicly admitted they’d been faking their powers the entire time.

Top image via Giant Freakin Robot.

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The ancient dragons are awake. Is this the real reason for global self-isolation?

All recent events in the world were extremely illogical, including global self-isolation, and this should have had a very good reason, which required extraordinary and unprecedented actions on the part of the entire world community.

The first hints of the essence of what was happening began to appear three months ago, but the answer hidden behind them was so fantastic that it was very difficult to believe in it, but now everything has changed – a video appeared, and not one, but from many eyewitnesses and filmed from different heights and angles.

A video in which a dragon attacked the building of the local skyscraper with “napalm” Hui Ming, or rather, he demonstrated his capabilities or the purpose of his attack was something located in the building of the local substation or the substation itself. Yes, you read that right – a dragon.

Today we posted this news, which was broadcast in all the world’s media, but they explained everything that happened there – by a lightning strike. We immediately drew attention to the discrepancy between what we see in the video and the very concept of “lightning”. Everything that happened was like an attack from the air of a liquid that ignites spontaneously when in contact with oxygen in its damaging properties, similar to napalm.

When a lot of eyewitness videos appeared on the network, we began to carefully watch it and immediately noticed a strange flying object appearing seconds before the ignition. Moreover, when watching the video from different angles, filmed from different heights, it was obvious that there was no lightning at all, but there was an ignition of the liquid that was thrown out by a stream from above at the level of the building’s roof.

It remained to find out by whom and how it was dropped and what kind of flying object it was in the area of ​​the incident. Watching the video made by an eyewitness from the car near the building where everything happened, we saw the unbelivable – the dragon.

We confess, even we could not believe what we were seeing and we watched all the videos made by eyewitnesses and realized that the dragons really exist. He got on video from different cameras, on video filmed from different directions and from different heights, and it was exactly a dragon.

If you find it funny, you can stop reading and watch the facts that prove our words in the videos that we will post below. This information is for people who want to know what is really going on and what they need to be prepared for. Events in China have shown that you and us have very little time left, and now you must realize and accept the reality of this threat. Threats not personally to us or to several people, a threat to all of humanity.

It is about the survival of humanity as such. For the simple reason that this is a threat of a nature with which modern mankind has not simply not faced, but for which it is not at all ready either materially or morally. Do you think it was easy for me to accept and realize the reality of what is happening now on earth? no, it’s not easy, but we all need to understand, realize and accept this as a fact in order to be ready to fight for survival.

On August 3, 2020, everything changed and the world will never be the same again. Here is a video taken by an eyewitness from the car, here everything that happened can be seen most clearly and from a good angle. The dragon appears on the right, flaps its wings, gains altitude a little, makes another flap of its wings and presses them to the body, sharply gaining height and flies from the back of the building at roof level.

When it reaches the middle of the building, it ejects “napalm” and flies forward – the liquid that it threw out ignites in about 3 seconds, and the dragon dives down behind the building, makes a flip in the air and climbs sharply.

In this video, there is no doubt about it – dragon. The liquid he spits out is likely to ignite spontaneously on contact with oxygen. 3 seconds and a fiery hell begins. Eyewitnesses have published enough videos where it is 100% clear that there can be no talk of any lightning, this is the spontaneous ignition of a substance similar to napalm.

The consequences of exposure to this liquid are more than impressive. In addition to the burned-out electrical substation, the cars that fell under the “napalm” completely burned out, and not only burned out, but the metal of the bodies, pillars, hoods and roofs melted and “flowed”, which speaks of albeit a short burning, but an incredibly high flame temperature.

After all, the first clues appeared a long time ago. For example, on June 4, thousands of residents gathered in the Chinese province of Guizhou to find a mysterious creature that makes eerie sounds like the roar of a dragon.

Locals gathered at the top of a mountain in Xushui in China’s southwestern province of Guizhou to hear loud, frightening sounds similar to the roar of a dragon. Local officials even had to set up roadblocks to stop the crowds and sent a team of experts to investigate the source of the strange sound.

People were dispersed, justifying their actions by the fact that they violate the regime of self-isolation and gather in large crowds, violating quarantine. And, the sounds of power were explained simply – the Yellow-legged buttonquail shouts. And they were not bothered at all by the fact that the locals had never heard anything like this in their lives, but they should have, since it’s just a local bird screaming.

By the way, she screams in a completely different way, but did anyone care. The party said – a bird, then so be it. This is how the Yellow-legged buttonquail screams, completely differently, and in addition, its pis can be heard no more than 20 meters away. In your opinion, her squeak is similar to that roar, from which the mountains seem to even vibrate – no, it is not.

China and dragons in the mythology of this country are very closely connected and maybe this is not at all just like that. The territory of China is vast and mountainous areas are practically deserted, unexplored territory.

Moreover, dragons are mentioned in legends, myths and legends around the world and among completely different peoples. Scientists considered all this to be fairy tales, but could everything be completely different? Maybe they really existed, but at some point the living conditions on the planet reduced their population, perhaps this happened as a result of some kind of cataclysm – a global cooling, a meteorite fall, a greenhouse effect, it doesn’t matter if something happened and they disappeared into caves falling into suspended animation.

Dragons are reptiles, and this species is known for its ability to practically stop their vital activity under adverse conditions, not to mention the fact that they can completely freeze, and under favorable conditions, return to life. For example, crocodiles freeze into the ice, and then when it gets warmer, they come to life. And who knows what these ancient and completely unknown creatures – dragons – are capable of?

By the way, not so long ago, on one of the videos posted by scientists, which showed the destruction of a glacier in Antarctica – a huge layer of ice descended into the ocean, there was one interesting detail. At some point after the ice wall collapses, a dark-colored object is visible, appearing for a second from under the water and clearly having not the shape of ice, but rather something unusual, something with a head and an eye on it.

Yes, this video is controversial, but in view of all that is happening, it can be assumed that the dragons could lie in suspended animation in the ice of Antarctica and in other large glaciers around the world, until global warming began.

The changes that have taken place – climatic, atmospheric and even cosmic, could awaken these ancient giants to life. Global warming, changes in the atmosphere, changes in oxygen levels, solar minimum and, as a consequence, maximum levels of cosmic radiation (radiation, as well as high-energy particles), which have been recorded for more than a year, and the last three months have been at an almost historical record maximum.

Are dragons fantastic creatured? But what happened in China suggests otherwise, they are a new reality. And just think – the emergence, awakening of a new kind of predators, and not just predators, but huge predators, flying, possessing weapons of destructive power, can’t this explain the introduction of this strange quarantine, self-isolation, incredible cohesion in common decisions of all countries of the world, ready to go to destroy your own economy and limit civil liberties.

If a new predator has appeared that can change the existing order where “Man is the king of beasts”, then the natural logical response to this threat will be the introduction of restrictions on movement, on visiting wild places, reserves, mountains and paradise beaches. Why draw the attention of a new super-predator to potential and, most importantly, completely defenseless victims?

By concentrating the population within the city limits, it is possible to organize the protection of the perimeter of these “fortresses”, by concentrating the armed forces there to counter the new threat. Perhaps with the use of some deterrent technologies or the cities themselves oversaturated with cell towers, entangled in power grids and substations, emit such a background (electromagnetic, noise or other kind), which becomes a natural “repeller” for dragons.

Maybe this is what explains the August the 3rd attack by the dragon on the electrical substation, which somehow interfered, scared away, knocked down this predator, or there was not a substation at all, but something else that interferes with him (them).

This is just a hypothesis, but this attack marks a completely new round of confrontation. It is quite possible that during the general quarantine, the armed forces of the countries of the world were already searching for and destroying the awakened ancient threat, and now a new stage begins, when dragons are already counter-attacking a competing predator. There is not enough space for a planet and two predators.

What dragons are and how dangerous they are, one can only guess. At this stage, the first conclusions can be drawn based on the event in China:
– they are large, more than 10 meters,
– they fly, they have excellent aerodynamics,
– they have glands that produce a liquid substance when thrown out of which, possibly an additional gland, an activator reagent is added to this liquid at the outlet, which makes this liquid flammable when it comes into contact with oxygen 3 seconds after the “volley”.

This liquid, in its destructiveness, is comparable to napalm,
– probably their skin (scales) has properties comparable to “stealth” technology (invisibility for radars of aircraft, this property can explain how this or these creatures managed to enter the airspace above a large city without being noticed by the military or civilians) radar, as a result of which the combat aircraft did not rise to intercept, possibly due to low thunderclouds, under the cover of which the attack was made.

Now everything will depend on how successfully the armed forces of human civilization will be able to resist this new enemy. With all the abundance of weapons, they are all extremely vulnerable because of their manufacturability.

If we assume that dragons have the ability to emit a limited electromagnetic pulse, have the ability to be invisible to radars, then a perfect weapon will not be more effective than an ordinary club.

If this is the beginning of a new round of confrontation between people and dragons, then new cases of “lightning” or strange fires from “lightning”, or explosions of warehouses or factories, factories and entire buildings, large fires in cities due to “lightning” should follow. We will monitor this and report all such cases.

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Quarantine Round 2 will begin on August 30 and will last for Six months

Quarantine 2: Terminal - Third Street Pictures; RCR Media Group

On July 31, the German website liebeisstleben.de reports that in a month, from August 30, 2020, repeated quarantine blocks will begin in Germany, which will last from three to six months. That is, until March 1, 2021. 

The information is semi-official – there is no message on TV yet, nevertheless, the municipal councilor from the state of Hesse, having learned the plans from his supervisors, immediately contacted independent journalists and informed them on these shocking news. 

The majority of our readers live quite far from Germany, but the news affect everyone. As we remember the epic of the fight against the pandemic this spring, all large and small, proud and, as it were, independent countries acted strictly according to the same scheme, as if they were carrying out a common command emanating from some single global center. Therefore, we suspect that everything will be the same now, only the dates for the start of quarantine will be announced different. For example – August 16 or September 9. 

On what basis the date of August 30 was chosen is not clear. It is possible that in the spring the quarantine left people a chance to escape to the forests for the summer, and if you move to the forest in August, then by winter it will no longer be settled. 

The duration of the blockage also raises bad suspicions. In the spring, when there was, as it were, the most dangerous first wave, the blockages lasted a month or two, but not three and, moreover, not six months. And now the pandemic is on the decline and there are such wild times. 

Moreover, the first blockage was announced for a week, gradually extending it 4-8 times, therefore, if this happens in this case, then the first six months can be extended for several years – this possibility also needs to be borne in mind.

What could be the explanation for the start of such a long quarantine?

The first thing you can think about is vaccinations. So, as Bloomberg writes today with reference to big bosses from Moscow, a mass vaccination is planned for October in the Russian Federation, with the first being distributed among teachers and medical workers. Most likely, the military and law enforcement agencies are on the same list of priorities. It is possible, of course, that something will not grow together with the bosses and everything will be postponed, but it’s not a fact.

The second possible explanation is Nibiru, asteroids, world war or some other global event, on the threshold of which they want to lock everyone at home. Even NASA does not really know when Nibiru will prove itself, and with their first forecast being miscalculated by 10 years, ahead of time, the “pandemic” H1N1 starting to spin. But now, apparently, it is not very long before the special effects, so the quarantine for six months will be sufficient for Nibiru to fit into this six-month window with a guarantee. 

We have already acquainted our readers with some prophecies, according to which the main blockages will begin in the fall. As you can see, people’s dreams come true. 

Vanging of astrologers who promised a world default of everything and everyone somewhere in February are also coming true. There is no default yet, but there is no February either. At the same time, if nothing will work anywhere for 6 months, and people will still be paid some benefits, the world economy will collapse completely and without options.

At the same time, where people will not be paid benefits, people will take up scrap, since the stocks of money and food were heavily used up in the spring. And as soon as the people with crowbars take to the streets, and astronauts with syringes will still run after the people – against the background of the fact that even the default of everything and everything will seem like a children’s matinee 

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Borg cubes have become frequent visitors to the solar system? SOHO scientist denies it

UFO enthusiasts were knocked off their feet, figuring out what kind of strange square is captured in a picture of the Sun taken recently by NASA.

The scientist gave a detailed explanation. Recently, more and more images of the Sun have appeared, which are being carefully studied. Taking these photographs is not easy and unsafe given that the Sun is a blindingly bright ball of nuclear fusion. But scientists still managed to take photographs from a minimum distance, including detailed images of the sun’s surface.

But this week a very strange photo of the Sun was published, and there were messages on the network about a picture of an alien ship, which is ten times (!) Larger than Earth. SOHO scientist and mission leader Bernhard Fleck gave a simple answer to this wild UFO claim in the solar system.

“This is, of course, complete nonsense,” he said. – The black square appeared due to a missing (damaged) telemetry block. I can send you dozens, if not hundreds, of similar images (with even larger UFOs).”

In other words, the strange dark object in the image is not an object. This “artifact” is a glitch in the picture itself, caused by errors in signal transmission between SOHO and Earth.

SOHO is located in halo orbit about 1.5 million kilometers from Earth. Therefore, the images he sends, for obvious reasons, “lose” a few pixels.

“Most of the missing pixels are closed, but not always, and not all the voids are filled correctly,” explained Fleck. “But it doesn’t affect level 0 scientific data.”

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