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The phenomenon of “angel hair”: what is it and where could they come from

The phenomenon of “angel hair”: what is it and where could they come from 86

If meeting with an angel, most likely, means the need for psychiatric treatment, then so many people were able to see “angel hair” in reality that it was hardly possible to declare this a mass insanity or hallucination.

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Image Source: marcasehistoria.com

People of different countries have encountered this phenomenon over a long period of time, so there are a fair amount of names for the phenomenon. In different countries, “angel hair ” is referred to as “hair of the Virgin Mary ”, “children of the Madonna ” or as a scientific name, the term “chemtrail ” is recognized.

The first mention of “angel hair”

The first mention dates back to the reign in ancient Egypt of the pharaoh Thutmose 3 (who ruled in the middle of the 15th century before the birth of Christ). According to the record in the papyrus (now in the collection of the director of the department of Egypt at the Vatican Museum), many residents of the country, including the pharaoh, priests and soldiers, saw fire circles in the sky for several days, whose brightness sometimes exceeded the sun.

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Image Source: wubianu.com

After one of the flights to the earth, volatile matter began to fall from the sky. Pharaoh burnt incense and demanded that the priests make a record of the incident in the House of Life, since there was no such event since the creation of the earth.

A recent phenomenon

The English chronicles of 1741 report that flakes fell from the sky, the sizes of which were 1 by 4 inches, in several cities of the country at once. On November 16, 1857, residents of Charleston (USA) observed unusual objects flying over the city, which were described as “bright comets”.

"The hair of an angel."  Image Source: vol.at

“The hair of an angel.” Image Source: vol.at

In the morning, Charleston was covered with a “web”, on which there were no spiders. Residents of Milwaukee (USA) in 1881 were shocked by the fall of “angel hair” from heaven, the incident caused numerous gossip with the townsfolk. Some strands reached a length of 20 yards. The event was recorded at Scientifically American.

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Image Source: sciences-faits-histoires.com

In 1952, “angel hair” visited the French city of Oloron. At first, the director of one of the local schools, together with 2 of his students, noticed a strange cumulus cloud in shape. Then an unidentified flying object arose. White smoke erupted in clubs from a UFO, which looked like a reddish ball, and as it approached the ground, the smoke fell into strands.

The incident of October 27, 1954

The above list can be continued for a long time, but the most famous loss of “angel hair” occurred in 1954 in Italy. On October 27, Pietro Lastrucci and Gennaro Lucetti observed 2 objects similar to a spindle in the sky, followed by traces resembling a white flame. The objects made a smooth turn of the flight by 180 degrees and disappeared from the observation field.

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Image Source: theozfiles.blogspot.com

A few minutes passed, and the objects reached Florence. At that time, a football match was held at a local stadium in the presence of about 10,000 fans, as well as several reporters. The judge was forced to suspend the fight, because not only the spectators, but also the athletes stared at the sky. When the flying objects left, it was still not possible to resume the confrontation between the players – the field was covered with a sticky web.

The day when several UFOs interrupted a football game

The match had to be suspended “because the spectators saw something in the sky” said the official referee’s report.

According to the testimony, collected by BBC World, one of the players present in the game, defender Ardico Magnini, now 86, said:

It was something that looked like an egg that moved slowly, slowly, slowly. Everyone was looking up and there was something shiny in the sky, shiny silver …

We were impressed, we never saw anything like that in the sky. We were shocked.

He also recalled that a sticky, shiny material fell on the playing field. Other testimonies report the presence not of one, but of several strange objects in the sky.

Samples of "angel hair."  Image Source: thelivingsky.com

Samples of “angel hair.” Image Source: thelivingsky.com

It was quite difficult to collect the samples, they rolled into a ball and thawed in contact with the skin. However, among the audience there was one smart man, a student named Alfredo Jacopozzi. He decided to wind the threads on a stick, and then put it in a container. In less than an hour, weird threads were delivered to a professor at the local university, Giovanni Canerri.

What “angel hair” consists of

Giovanni Canerri, in collaboration with Danielo Cozzi and other colleagues, carried out an operational chemical analysis of the delivered “angel hair”. It turned out that the main elements of the mysterious substance are magnesium, silicon, bromine and calcium. A small concentration of other elements, including rare earths were later found. In terms of composition, the precipitated substance most resembled Borosilicate glass, and in an unstable state. Scientists tried to find the amino acid characteristic of the unusual web, but their searches were unsuccessful.

Image source: 1.bp.blogspot.com.  (c) Ian Watson

Image source: 1.bp.blogspot.com. (c) Ian Watson

Between 1990 and 1996, Vadim Chernobrov, a famous explorer of the unknown and the leader of the Cosmopoisk group, was engaged in the study of “angel hair”. Measurement of the thickness of the hair found, yields the result that on average they are thinner by about 1.5 times than the hair.

The search engines analyzed the artifacts using a mass spectrometer that detected the presence of bismuth, platinum, tungsten, technetium (!) And rare earth elements. No trace of amino acids was again detected.

Assumptions

Naturally, ufologists were the first to comment on the origin of “angel hair”.  According to Charles Maney, this substance is similar to exhaust gases, but only for unidentified flying objects. Some of his associates believe that “angel hair” is the working fluid of a UFO engine, similar to gasoline in cars.

Scientists are skeptical of the presence of UFOs in principle and are trying to explain the phenomenon in a different way. According to Trevor Constable, humanity is faced with a form of life that lives in the upper atmosphere. A similar assumption is based on the similarity of the composition and structure of some of the “angel hair” with earthly plants.

There is a group of scientists that explains the phenomenon with the passage of a tornado near an erupting volcano. Indeed, in the presence of high temperature and torque, magma can polymerize.

And there’s another fantastic version that “angel hair” comes to us from another space-time continuum, which is why they quickly disappear, returning to their usual dimension.

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There are many mysteries in the Sahara Desert but scientific and archaeological expeditions are prohibited

There are many mysteries in the Sahara Desert but scientific and archaeological expeditions are prohibited 89

Throughout the history of this African desert, tens of thousands of people have gone missing in its vicinity, and this is only according to official data. The sand is much more destructive than the ill-fated Bermuda Triangle. This is understandable, five thousand kilometers covered with sand.

Scientists know for certain that millions of years ago there were rivers, lakes, flowering gardens and, most likely, even the ocean in the desert, since numerous whale fossils were found in the sands.

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The ruins of cities, underground canals, through which water once flowed, were discovered. In one of the Sahara caves, ancient drawings and hieroglyphs were found, depicting humanoid creatures, around which there was greenery and water. There are a lot of mountains in the desert, where people have never been.

Perhaps the most mysterious place in the Sahara is rocky terrain with melted earth and traces of radiation. At this place, according to scientists, an explosion of incredible power thundered. There is a theory that all this is due to the fall of a meteorite.

This is confirmed by the chemical elements that scientists find in glass and iron. These elements are of unearthly origin, and most likely came to us with a meteorite. Moreover, the crater itself is hidden somewhere under the sands, and has not yet been found.

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If you look at the desert from space, then the first thing that can be seen is the rings, called the eyes of the Sahara, with a diameter of more than fifty kilometers. There are rocky rocks near the rings that are not found anywhere else on Earth. The stones themselves are most likely solidified lava.

But all these secrets and riddles are not studied in detail, since archaeological and scientific expeditions are officially prohibited on the territory of the Sahara, due to safety. On the territory of the desert, armed conflicts constantly occur, which are a great risk for scientists. This is what official sources say.

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The desert can be easily studied from space, by analogy with, for example, Mars, where in the infrared range, with the help of orbiting satellites and telescopes, you can recognize artifacts, as well as make new discoveries. Unfortunately, this does not happen.

The Sahara Desert, along with the oceans of the Earth, remains the least studied.

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Subconscious Games: Eliza Müller’s Martian Language

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The Swiss psychologist Theodore Flournoy did not know that, having accepted an invitation from a colleague to attend a seance, he would spend five years of his life studying the secrets of the medium’s subconscious. A tall, beautiful woman sat at a round table, glaring at those who came.

Eliza Müller recently turned 33 years old, but she never got married. At the end of the 19th century, this was considered a tragedy. Eliza did not take money for the sessions, earning good money in the accounting department of a famous trading house. Talking about her, Flournois hid her real name, giving Frau Müller the pseudonym Helen Smith.

During the session, she was transformed, falling into a trance. Her eyes opened wide, her gaze rushed into space or wandered senselessly. At this moment, Eliza’s dilated pupils did not react to the bright light, and her face turned into a lifeless mask. A few minutes later, Eliza began to speak on behalf of the “spirit” that had infiltrated her – Cagliostro, Marie Antoinette, Victor Hugo and other celebrities.

At the same time, her voice completely changed, imitating those whose “spirit” was embodied in her. Sometimes Eliza spoke in a normal voice, describing the visions that appeared to her. In a trance, Frau Müller spoke to only one of those present, answering his questions. The rest of the people did not exist for her.

When Cagliostro moved into Eliza, she stood up, proudly straightening herself up, and began to speak, majestically crossing her arms over her chest. Her voice became loud and low, like that of a man, and her pronunciation was similar to Italian, with ancient turns. Cagliostro answered questions familiarly, referring to the interlocutor on “you”.

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Another “spirit” that entered the medium was the Indian princess Simandini, the daughter of an Arab sheikh and the eleventh wife of Prince Nayak Sivruk of the Canary Islands, who built the Chandragiri fortress in 1401.

“The real daughter of the East appeared before us,” recalled Theodore Flournoy. – She sat on the ground with crossed legs; her solemn kneeling before the invisible incense burner, full of religious feeling, her arms crossed reverently on her chest and threefold bows gave the impression of inimitable naturalness; the melancholic tenderness of her songs, the free flexibility of her serpentine movements – such a varied facial expression, distinguished by a purely exotic character, all these movements bore the imprint of originality and ease. Unwittingly, bewilderment arose, how could a woman who did not know the East at all learn them.

During the sessions, Simandini uttered words and whole phrases that no one understood. When they were recorded and contacted by specialists, it turned out that she spoke Sanskrit. Once Eliza, in a trance, wrote a few words in a strange language. Experts in oriental writing told Theodore that this is an Arabic proverb: “A little friendship is already a lot.”

At the end of the session, announced by three knocks on the table, Frau Müller gradually returned to her normal state. It did not come immediately – it was preceded by several short awakenings, alternating with falling asleep. The woman who came to her senses did not remember what happened in the trance.

Flights to Mars

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On November 25, 1894, immersed in a trance, Eliza saw a bright light at a high altitude. Then she felt herself pumped.

An example of a text in “Martian language” as presented by Helen Smith

It seemed to her that her head was empty and her body was gone. Some force was carrying her up. Then Frau Müller saw a beautiful ball and was on its surface.

– Where I am? – She asked the familiar “spirit” who was nearby.

“On a planet called Mars,” he replied.

Eliza began to describe her first impressions. She saw carts without horses and wheels, which, sliding, scattered sparks; aircraft similar to coach lights; houses with water fountains on the roof; people who spoke a strange language and, greeting each other, gave clicks in the nose; children who slept in a cradle, which instead of curtains had an iron angel with outstretched wings …

Frau Müller began to visit Mars during almost every trance. Little by little, she learned to speak and write in Martian. It turned out that one of the rulers of the planet, a certain Astane, lived on Earth in a past life and was familiar with Simandini.

Once Eliza in the company of Astane attended a magnificent local celebration. Dressed in a sequined dress (she imagined it was a Martian one), she entered a large square hall, lit by lamps at the corners.

Many ornamental plants hung everywhere. In the middle of the room was a grove surrounded by small, shiny tables. Inside was a cheerful crowd of young men and women, whose hairstyles bore the appearance of a pink, blue, or green moth.

At a sign given by Astane, everyone sat down at the tables decorated with flowers. Two men placed square plates and forks without handles in front of the Martians. Then they served strange-looking dishes, but the taste was excellent. The holiday ended with dances and songs.

Even stranger things were said by Eliza about her visit to the Martian foster home. In the huge hall along the walls there were “cradles” that resembled changing tables. In each “cradle” lay a child.

Martians walked around the hall with domestic animals, which had a wide, flat, almost hairless head and large kind eyes, like those of seals. Their large udders were inserted into a square tube milking unit. The Martians now and then stuck a pipe into the mouths of babies, feeding them milk.

On the way to the solution

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Trying to find out as much as possible about the past of the medium, Flournoy found the family doctor Frau Müller. After talking with an elderly doctor, the psychologist showed him a note with an Arabic proverb. The doctor replied that this was his writing style. Several years ago, he traveled to Arabia and knew Arabic well.

Every time he gave a book about travel to friends, he would add an Arabic saying to his autograph. Eliza saw one of the autographs and in a trance drew it from memory from left to right, and did not write, like a real Arab woman, from right to left.

When Flournois invited a famous linguist to the sessions, the scientist said that Simandini’s language is not real Sanskrit, but a mixture of it with words similar in sound, but at the same time meaningless. The linguist got the impression that Eliza somehow saw the Sanskrit dictionary or grammar and leafed through it out of boredom.

Frau herself, of course, had forgotten everything a long time ago, but the subconscious mind kept the words it saw in its memory and then used them during the trance, plugging the blanks with words of its own invention.

Then it was the turn to find out if Princess Simandini and her husband Sivruk existed. All historians amicably answered that these names were unfamiliar to them. Flournoy was ready to give up, but then an old book on the history of India, written in 1828, fell into his hands. Everything that the princess said to herself turned out to be exact quotes taken from there!

Flournoy was able to prove that the source of information from the “spirits” were books that Frau Müller read as a child and forgot. During her trance, her brain would extract pieces of forgotten memories and build plots from them – of course, without the knowledge of her sanity.

Scientists were presented with a fantastic game of the mind and subconscious, surpassing everything that they had previously encountered. The process, when fragments from long-forgotten memories float out and are perceived by the subject himself as something alien, otherworldly, Theodore called cryptomnesia.

Subconscious games

The scientific assault on the “Martian language” was short-lived. Linguists said that the Martian language completely copies the grammar of the French language.

“This is a language that a young child could compose by replacing every word in the French dictionary with an arbitrary combination of letters and each letter with an arbitrary sign,” the experts said. “The language is childish, but as an effort of memory it is a miracle.”

Eliza Müller’s subconscious was trying to get out not only in a trance state. Sometimes she switched to the “Martian language”, not noticing that the interlocutor did not understand her. There could be several such interruptions during one conversation. Even in business correspondence, Frau Müller often inserted phrases or individual letters in “Martian” without noticing the mistake.

In 1900, Flournoy’s book “From India to the Planet Mars” was published, where the author summed up the five-year work of a team of scientists. After reading it, Eliza was furious. Since then, no specialist has received permission to attend her sessions.

A year later, a wealthy American woman gave Eliza financial support so that she could quit her job and focus on developing her mediumship. Frau Müller, who is so good at drawing, has a new talent. Going into a trance, she took up brushes and painted pictures on religious themes. Eliza’s paintings are considered a prime example of art brut – art of non-professionals, which has a spontaneous character and does not depend on cultural traditions.

Frau Müller died on June 10, 1929 in Geneva. Until her last breath, Eliza believed that she was the chosen one of spirits, aliens and saints, called to bring the truth to our lost world.

Mikhail GERSHTEIN, magazine “Secrets of the XX century”

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Mysterious Lake Funduji: why you can’t take water from this African lake

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In the northeast of the Republic of South Africa is the picturesque, but mysterious and ominous Lake Funduji. The local population considers the lake sacred and tells legends about it.

Despite the problems with fresh water in Africa, the tribes never settled on the banks of the Funduji, did not fish there and did not even replenish the water supplies from this lake.

This is because, according to local legends, it is impossible to take a drop of water from Lake Funduji, and anyone who touches the water, or even more so drinks it, will soon die. Also, people made sacrifices to the mythical monster Funduji to appease him.

The general public learned about Funduji at the beginning of the 20th century, when deposits of chrome ore were found in the vicinity of the lake. When expeditions from Europe began to come to this area, the lake was finally mapped.

Scientists listened to the stories of the locals about the ominous lake and the monster, but in the course of geological research, nothing mystical was found.

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In 1955, Professor Henry Burnside and his assistant Thacker decided to check the legend about strange water that cannot be carried away from the lake. Scientists collected water in several containers made of different materials – glass, porcelain and plastic, and walked several kilometers, intending to examine the samples.

But it was not possible to carry out the analysis: in the morning all the containers were empty. Then the scientists decided to return to the lake and take new samples. This time, Burnside dipped his finger into the water and tasted it: the taste of the water was bitter-rotten.

Throughout the day, scientists observed the containers, but no changes occurred, and by morning the vessels were empty again. Burnside intended to go back to the lake and examine water samples on site, but the plans were prevented by a sudden deterioration in his health: the professor was hospitalized, and a week later he died – as it later turned out, from intestinal inflammation.

It would seem that there is evidence of sinister legends, but there is still a scientific explanation for the phenomena of Lake Funduji. In fact, chromium ore deposits are the cause of the anomalies.

Chromium salts are very toxic to humans, and the concentration of chromium in the lake was so high that a couple of drops killed Professor Burnside.

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The disappearing water phenomenon is also explained by the high chromium content. At temperatures below 19 degrees Celsius, chromium particles in water crystallize (therefore, the water “disappeared” at night, when it was cooler). In fact, the liquid from the vessel does not go anywhere, but turns into a solid state, scattering along the bottom and walls of the vessel.

To be fair, some of Funduji’s riddles have not yet been solved – for example, it is not clear why a large number of crocodiles live in the poisonous lake. It is also unclear what these reptiles eat, because there are no fish in the lake, and other animals do not go there to drink.

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