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Wednesday, January 24 2018

Darkness on the Edge of Town Radio Show - Rot aka the Zerfallen Geist

Rot aka the Zerfallen Geist HPI's - HPI International. http://www.cryptic916.com/ https://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/HPIinternational/ IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm5598153/ - To see the drawing of Rot aka the Zerfallen Geist, go to this link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/38182426204/in/dateposted-public/ Drawn by Deanna Jaxine Stinson I get some creepy calls that come in on the paranormal hotline. This one I thought I would publish, because of the creepiness of the story. Also, I am curious if anyone else has heard a similar story. The person that called wants to remain completely anonymous. I will grant them that anonymity. The caller says that for years they were haunted by a strange entity, that they call “Rot”. The caller’s mother who I will call Hilda called the entity Zerfallen Geist. Zerfallen Geist basically means the decaying ghost. The family is of German descent. The caller says that her mother while living in Ansbach, Germany as a child was visited by the Zerfallen Geist. She saw ribbons of light in her bedroom. The ribbons of light was darting around here and there and it frightened her. She hid underneath her blankets. Finally she gained the courage to look around her room from underneath her blanket and saw a translucent entity looking down upon her with an odd look on its face. The entity opened his hand and she could see that he was holding some nasty rotten teeth. The entity touched her and she was frozen in fear and was unable to scream. The entity did a snarling type of laugh and then vanished. Hilda passed out and the next morning when she awoke she had a severe toothache. When her parents took her to the dentist, she discovered she had 3 major cavities. The dentist had to extract one of her teeth that was loose and the dentist informed her that she had gum disease. Hilda to this day, believes that it was the entity that gave her this disease. The caller now says that Rot aka the Zerfallen Geist was haunting her family. The caller says that she saw ribbons of light floating about in her room and that the entity was hovering over her bed with a strange grin. The entity touched her husband and in just a few months’ time, her husband had his top layer teeth pulled out and now had full on dentures on the top half of his mouth. Their dog had also gained gum disease and the veterinarian had to take out 14 of the dog’s teeth. After this happened, the entity appeared in the bedroom again, carrying two handfuls of teeth and maniacally laughing, before vanishing. The caller says that before the entity made his appearance, she could smell the odor of decay. The caller believes that this entity collects rotten teeth and is some kind of demon. The caller described the entity and my wife Deanna Jaxine Stinson is providing the drawing for this article. From what this caller tells me, it sounds like they are being tormented by a demonic tooth fairy. The caller informed me that her pastor has baptized all members of her family and cleansed her home. The reason why she was calling me is in case the demon were to show back up and how can she bless her own home. I gave her the instructions on how to bless her own home. Right now, they are not having any more issues with Rot. The caller asked me if I thought it could be a tooth fairy. My answer is no and from everything she tells me, it seems to be some kind of demon. Below is what Wikipedia describes as a Tooth Fairy. According to Wikipedia: "In northern Europe, there was a tradition of tand-fé or tooth fee, which was paid when a child lost its first tooth. This tradition is recorded in writings as early as the Eddas, which are the earliest written record of Norse and Northern European traditions. The reward left varies by country, the family's economic status, amounts the child's peers report receiving and other factors. During the Middle Ages, other superstitions arose surrounding children's teeth. In England, for example, children were instructed to burn their baby teeth in order to save the child from hardship in the afterlife. Children who didn't consign their baby teeth to the fire would spend eternity searching for them in the afterlife. The Vikings, it is said, paid children for their teeth. In the Norse culture, children's teeth and other articles belonging to children were said to bring good luck in battle, and Scandinavian warriors hung children's teeth on a string around their necks. Fear of witches was another reason to bury or burn teeth. In medieval Europe, it was thought that if a witch were to get hold of one's teeth, it could lead to them having total power over him or her." So, as you can see if you compare the tooth fairy myth to the demon Rot as the caller described, they differ considerably in comparison. Paul Dale Roberts, HPI Esoteric Detective aka The Demon Warrior Halo Paranormal Investigations (HPI International) http://www.cryptic916.com/ https://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/HPIinternational/ Pinterest Account: https://www.pinterest.com/paulr2781/deanna-jaxine-stinson-aka-the-black-rose/ http://thehorrormoviesblog.com Email: [email protected] Paranormal Cellular Hotline: For Investigation or Advice: 916 203 7503

Carnegie Climate Geoengineering Governance Initiative (C2G2)

Tuesday, January 23 2018

Carnegie Climate Geoengineering Governance Initiative (C2G2)

19h ago to /d/Conspiracy 0 118 Carnegie Climate Geoengineering Governance Initiative (C2G2) Carnegie Climate Geoengineering Governance Initiative (C2G2) January 2017 The guidelines and outlines points to the creation of this initiative. The outlined document here: (Short 10 pages) www.c2g2.net/... I have had not alot of time to go thru this, but it appears to be the first steps in organizing a workforce to carry out the geoengineering. I did read thru the outline, and no where does this say any thing about present day commercial jetliners being used to spray anything.

Alex Jones says he has a copy of the #releasethememo memo

Tuesday, January 23 2018

Alex Jones says he has a copy of the #releasethememo memo

8h ago replied to DarkHeart You mean Benny..? Anyway im surprised hes still breathin Does Hastings ring a bell If these were about Trump, it would probably be enough for the start of his impeachment, but because its about the Clintons/Obama etc i doubt hardly an eyebrow would be raised, by the masses anyway. If 911 was insanely in your face and obvious as Fck that the official narrative was a joke, and no one but a few could see it, or at least acknowledge it, then what will wake up the masses with these memos, sure there will be grumbles and some furtile attempts at waking the sheep, but it will blow over, most will go back to their I phones and watching reality TV. Peeps Dont Want to Know, they dont want to lose the Status Quo, they dont want to rock the boat, They dont want to have to come to terms with the horrific nature of past leaders and their crimes its easier for them to ignore it and "carry on". sad but true IMO

Tractor Beam based on

Tuesday, January 23 2018

Tractor Beam based on "Acoustic Virtual Vortices" to levitate humans soon

15h ago to /d/Science 1 831 1.4K Tractor Beam based on "Acoustic Virtual Vortices" to levitate humans soon Copy Permalink A well known future Star Trek technology may be soon become an incredible present-day reality according to findings published in the Physical Review Letters on Monday. Engineers from the University of Bristol in the UK have successfully demonstrated the stable levitation of larger objects after developing the world's most powerful acoustic tractor beams after being frustrated for years by the previous technology, and the size limits placed upon them. Is this the same technology "they" used to build the ancient pyramids in Egypt? Acoustic tractor beams use soundwaves to suspend particles in mid-air, and it had previously believed they could only be used to levitate tiny objects, no bigger than the wavelengths of sound they were using, but the latest research shows a huge hurdle in the development of tractor beams has been overcome as the scientists managed to successfully hover a 2cm (0.7inch) polystyrene ball within the tractor beam of ultrasonic sound waves of 40Khz which are inaudible to the human ear, but in the frequency of a bats hearing. The new methodology creates a swirling tornado of soundwaves which creates acoustic vortices, which an excited Dr. Asier Marzo of Bristol’s Department of Mechanical Engineering and his researchers said are like, "tornadoes of sound, made of a twister-like structure with loud sound surrounding a silent core." When the team reversed the direction of the acoustic vortices, they successfully stabilized the tractor beam and controlled its rate of the rotation after which they were able to increase the size of the core at the center of the sound tornado, thus giving it the ability to carry bigger objects. Previously, it had only been thought possible to increase the size of object levitated by soundwaves by using lower pitches, longer sound waves, which made would make the experiment audible to the human ear extremely dangerous for humans. The applications for this technology could include moving fragile items in a safe environment and in medicine, where drug capsules or micro-surgical implements inside the human body can be positioned accurately without touch and of course, if it could be scaled further, for levitating a human being. The University's Bruce Drinkwater, who oversaw the work was "particularly excited by the idea of contactless production lines where delicate objects are assembled without touching them." So while we might not be able to tow a Cardassian spaceship just yet, the future of tractor beams has certainly been dragged into the 21st century.

Tuesday, January 23 2018

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Tuesday, January 23 2018

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Tuesday, January 23 2018

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Triangle-shaped formation recorded over Morrison, Colorado 17-Jan-2018

Tuesday, January 23 2018

Triangle-shaped formation recorded over Morrison, Colorado 17-Jan-2018

January 23, 2018 LUFOS Latest posts , N. America , Triangle UFO , UFO videos 0 Here’s one new footage of a triangular formation hovering in the sky above Morrison in Colorado. Filmed on 17th January 2018. Witness report: A triangular set of three lights were observed for approximately 30 seconds to 1 minute before vanishing. They were captured on video. They appeared to remain motionless. Source: MUFON

Veteran UFO Researcher Urges Vigilance Following Pentagon Disclosures

Tuesday, January 23 2018

Veteran UFO Researcher Urges Vigilance Following Pentagon Disclosures

Google+ In December 2017, the US government broke its almost-fifty-year silence on the UFO issue through its proxy-acknowledgement of a Top-Secret Pentagon UFO project called the Advanced Aviation Threat Identification Program. The conclusions of the project, which ran from 2008 to 2012 at a cost of $22 million (and which continues quietly to this day), were that “aircraft” of apparently unearthly origin are routinely penetrating America’s airspace. These aircraft, according the former head of the Pentagon project, Louis Elizondo, exhibit flight characteristics that defy the laws of our known physics. They do not belong to the United States of America, nor, apparently, to any other nation on Earth. Moreover, it emerged that the Pentagon has recovered “alloys” from UFOs which are currently being stored and studied behind lock-and-key in Las Vegas, Nevada with the oversight of billionaire aerospace industrialist Robert Bigelow. The implications are startling, and the media are fast recognizing as legitimate a subject that for so long has served as little more than tabloid fodder. It is now (almost) official: UFOs are not only real, but potentially representative of non-terrestrial technologies. 2018 looks set to be a very big year for the UFO. But we should proceed with our wits about us. Since 1947, US government engagement with the UFO phenomenon has been characterized almost exclusively by deception; by disinformation and perception management campaigns in service of agendas that remain as murky as ever. Do the Pentagon’s recent UFO “disclosures” signal an imminent end to the to the decades of secrecy? Have the powers that be had a radical change of heart? Are they finally ready to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth about their knowledge of the UFO enigma? If you’ve answered “yes” to any of those questions, it may be your belief speaking, rather than your logic. Greg Bishop understands better than most that things are rarely, if ever, as they seem when it comes to UFOs and the US military/intelligence community. His book, Project Beta: The Story of Paul Bennewitz, National Security, and the Creation of a Modern UFO Myth , tells the story of a sophisticated government campaign of disinformation perpetrated against one unsuspecting U.S. citizen, the effects of which rippled out across the UFO subculture and eventually reached the shores of pop-culture, significantly shaping our beliefs about flying saucers and the nature and agendas their potential occupants. Here, Greg shares with me his thoughts on the recent Pentagon “disclosures,” and how we might better seek to solve the UFO riddle by removing government from the equation altogether and focusing instead on democratized, grassroots research. RG: Summarise for us the disturbing case of Paul Bennewitz. GB: In 1979, Paul Bennewitz was living in Albuquerque, New Mexico, right on the border of Kirtland Air Force Base, which was home to many secret programs. He noticed strange lights moving in non-aircraft-like ways on the Base at night, and decided to tell the Air Force. That was a mistake. He also had a keen interest in the UFO subject and no filters at all, so he was happy to ride his beliefs to their illogical conclusions. Instead of handing him a cease and desist order, the Powers That Be decided it would be more profitable to string him along, hoping in the process to learn how he had figured out much of a coded message transmission system that had been painstakingly developed (as he was a very skilled electrical engineer) and who he was talking to as well as who was trying to talk to him. They hoped that this would reveal foreign agents and infiltrators. Later, they began to feed him disinformation, but he believed it because he thought that he was working closely with the Air Force to warn everyone about an alien invasion. For the most part, Bennewitz provided his own narratives and details, but when the Air Force (and possibly other agencies) realized that he was becoming dangerously unstable, they did nothing to disabuse him of these harmful ideas. Concerned for his well-being, in 1988 his family placed him in a mental health facility. He recovered fairly quickly and generally stayed out of the UFO arena for the rest of his life. RG: To what extent did the disinformation campaigns of the 1970s/80s influence the UFO subculture during those decades? Are we still feeling the effects today? GB: I think they mainly served to keep people away from secret programs and to keep chasing their own tails. I do not think that they were perpetrated to keep researchers away from any great secret. As I see it, the main effect today is that UFO fans place far too much emphasis on the government coverup angle, which may have been at least part of the point from the beginning. RG: What if any parallels do you see between DeLonge’s ‘To the Stars’ initiative and historical perception-management efforts? GB: To me, it has the earmarks of an operation that is designed to direct attention away from something, rather than to reveal anything of substance. The fact that the government knows something about the subject and has been studying it for many years should come as no surprise to those interested in UFOs. I don’t think that the wider culture (especially younger people) were surprised either. The more salient point is that there is some acknowledgment of it by both the media and some places in academia because the story was published in a paper of record, even though I see it as essentially a publicity release disguised as a news story. RG: Would you care to speculate as to possible agendas behind this recent release of information? GB: Generally, when the intelligence community decides to move in some particular direction, it is designed to achieve more than one goal. One possible effect was mentioned in the last answer: Media outlets and academics seem to no longer see UFOs as a subject for automatic ridicule. This may serve to bring more intelligent thought to bear on the issue, which may stimulate original approaches and research with practical applications. Another reason may be to direct attention away from less obvious issues, as well as a way to “smack the hornet’s nest” and see who might react. RG: The recent “revelations” about the Pentagon UFO program… should we be excited or concerned? Why? GB: I think we should do neither. I believe we should watch quietly and unemotionally, but with close interest. Reacting to the news is most likely part of the agenda of those who released it. RG: What are your thoughts on “Disclosure” in general? Is this something the UFO community should be pursuing—truth through government—or should we be following different lines of enquiry entirely in our quest to unravel the UFO enigma? GB: I find it troubling that those who least trust the power structure are more than willing to accept a story when it agrees with their preconceptions. That is when we should be the most discerning and vigilant. It is also interesting that the recent “revelations” are closely following the myth and agenda around the UFO subject that has existed in the culture since at least the mid-1990s, with antecedents from long before that. We are fully capable of studying UFOs ourselves with no help or encouragement from the authorities. In fact, the very nature of the phenomenon is so antithetical to a top-down approach that we should actively democratize the process in order to throw the widest possible net at the issue and increase understanding of both UFOs and more importantly, our methods of experiencing, reporting, remembering, and studying its effects. There are many wise and creative individuals who have already made distinct and important contributions, but their work is not often reducible to simple sound bites. Anyone with an internet connection or a library card can access these lines of inquiry for themselves and perhaps contribute in their own way to further understanding. Finally, we should abandon the idea that there is a single “answer” to the enigma, as any goal-oriented quest seems to be doomed by the ambivalent character of the subject under study. Greg Bishop’s most recent book is It Defies Language! Essays on UFOs and Other Weirdness . He is the host of Radio Misterioso , which can be heard live at radiomisterioso.com, with podcasts available for download. Interviews with fringe-topic researchers and weird music are the usual fare. Tags Greg Bishop. Project Beta Tom DeLonge UFO Disclosure UFOs Robbie Graham has lectured around the world on the UFO subject and has been interviewed for the BBC, Coast to Coast AM, Canal+ TV, Channel 4, and Vanity Fair, among many others. His articles have appeared in numerous publications, including The Guardian, New Statesman, Filmfax, and Fortean Times. He holds first class degrees in Film, Television and Radio Studies (BA hons) and Cinema Studies (MA) from Staffordshire University and the University of Bristol respectively. He is the author of Silver Screen Saucers: Sorting Fact from Fantasy in Hollywood’s UFO Movies (White Crow Books, 2015) and the editor of UFOs: Reframing the Debate (White Crow Books, 2017). Visit robbiegraham.uk You can follow Robbie on and

Test of ‘God Helmet’ at Music Fest Yields Strange Results

Tuesday, January 23 2018

Test of ‘God Helmet’ at Music Fest Yields Strange Results

Google+ Would you voluntarily wear a ‘God helmet’ whose owner claimed it would allow you to ‘experience’ God? Would you do it for science instead of religion? Do you think you’d be more likely to have the ‘experience’ if you were at a music festival? What about if you were under the influence of a different spirit – alcohol? Just such an experiment was conducted recently at a Dutch music festival and the results were strangely different than you might expect. For those not familiar with it, the God Helmet was developed by inventor Stanley Koren and neuroscientist Michael Persinger (you can see one here ) to study the effects of mild electromagnetic stimulation on the temporal lobes. They were especially looking for signs of creativity, religious experience, altered states and the feeling of the ‘presence’ of God. Persinger claimed his goal was to test his various hypotheses about how the brain functions. He theorized that the left/logical side of the brain is dominant, that disturbing the communication between the sides (as with the God helmet) allows the right/creative side to take over and that disturbance might explain some spiritual and paranormal experiences. Needless to say, the God Helmet and Persinger’s experiments were controversial and the results were disputed by the scientific, religious and paranormal communities. To avoid that, Dutch scientists from the University of Amsterdam decided to use a placebo God Helmet (a skate helmet with wires attached to a lighted box that did nothing) and look for signs to identify what types of people are most susceptible to the powers of the God helmet – real or placebo – as study author David Maij (published in the journal Religion, Brain & Behavior ) explains to in PsyPost.org : “From previous studies, we knew that the God Helmet is able to elicit authentic extraordinary experiences (i.e., ‘feeling of a presence’; ‘out-of-body’ experience) in a minority of the subjects we test, With this study we wanted to examine: What type of traits are associated with people who get extraordinary experiences? Would alcohol, by decreasing prefrontal regulation, increase the percentage of people that are responsive to the God Helmet?” At the recent Lowlands 3-day musical festival, 193 volunteers wore the faux God helmet while blindfolded and listening to white noise in headphones. They were instructed to click on a mouse when having any kind of unusual experience. In the review afterwards, participants who clicked said they felt they were floating, heard voices and saw visions, as well has having less interesting sensations of itching, dizziness or heart palpitations. When they looked at the personality surveys, the researchers found that people who said they were spiritual believers were more likely to have an experience in the God Helmet. The big surprise was that alcohol had no effect on it… no matter how intoxicated the volunteer was. Maij thinks the participants were afraid to mix too much alcoholic and religious spirits and may have tried to stay sober. He hopes to conduct future tests with more drinking. I told you not to drink the whole six-pack With or without wine and whiskey, the study showed that spiritual people had more experiences with the God helmet. Does this mean that certain personality types are predisposed to religious beliefs or paranormal experiences? It would make sense. Does this also mean that they same people believe in both religion and extraterrestrials? That would make sense too. What does it say about someone who would voluntarily wear something called a God helmet? Tags God neuroscience Paranormal placebo psychology spirituality Paul Seaburn Paul Seaburn is one of the most prolific writers at Mysterious Universe. He’s written for TV shows such as "The Tonight Show", "Politically Incorrect" and an award-winning children’s program. He's been published in “The New York Times" and "Huffington Post” and has co-authored numerous collections of trivia, puzzles and humor. Paul likes to add a bit of humor to each MU post he crafts. After all, the mysterious doesn't always have to be serious. You can follow Paul on and

Look Out, Tibetan Monks — We’ll All Be Levitating Soon

Tuesday, January 23 2018

Look Out, Tibetan Monks — We’ll All Be Levitating Soon

Google+ What? They’ve invented an acoustic tractor beam that uses sound waves to levitate objects? Say what? The tractor beam has the potential to be able to levitate humans just like those Tibetan monks claim they do? WHAT? IT’S REALLY LOUD! Let’s turn off the acoustic vortex generators for a minute and see what a group of engineers at the University of Bristol have actually invented. In a new study published this week in Physical Review Letters , lead author Dr. Asier Marzo the university’s Department of Mechanical Engineering reveals how researchers have broken the size barrier that restricted previous levitation devices and tractor beams from raising anything more than tiny particles. Even more impressive, they’ve managed to control the deafening sound as well. What? In simple terms, an acoustic trap creates a tornado-like sound wave vortex that can surround an object and allow it to be held and manipulated without being physically touched. Unlike magnetic levitation, this works for objects of any composition, but sound is so loud that it has been limited to objects of 4mm or less in diameter. Marzo and the researchers discovered that the secret to both increasing the weight of the object while reducing the sound was to use dueling vortexes (a great name for a band). The vortices spun in opposite directions and were beamed at the object alternatively for brief periods. The double vortices allowed them to hold bigger objects while altering the frequency of the pulses let them manipulate the position of the object. Finally, by using 40kHz ultrasonic waves (bats can barely hear them), they were able to silence the noise, at least around the object. Are you ready for some levitation? That would beat waiting for flying cars, personal jet packs and other long-promised means of exotic transportation. Unfortunately, the dueling vortices tractor beam can currently only hold a two-centimeter (.75 inch) diameter sphere made out of a synthetic polymer. That’s smaller than Matt Damon in the movie “ Downsizing ” so they have a long way to go to use this to lift humans, let alone pull starships. However, it should be able to be used soon in manufacturing small objects too fragile to be touched by humans or robots. Or in moving tiny objects like drug delivery capsules, microsurgical tools or kidney stones around inside a human body. The good news is, the technology works. All that’s needed now to lift our heavy butts off of the ground is time and money. Tags Acoustic Levitation Levitation Science technology tractor beam Paul Seaburn Paul Seaburn is one of the most prolific writers at Mysterious Universe. He’s written for TV shows such as "The Tonight Show", "Politically Incorrect" and an award-winning children’s program. He's been published in “The New York Times" and "Huffington Post” and has co-authored numerous collections of trivia, puzzles and humor. Paul likes to add a bit of humor to each MU post he crafts. After all, the mysterious doesn't always have to be serious. You can follow Paul on and Join Plus+ for $9 a month to access bonus podcasts & premium content!

Hidden Egyptian Paintings Depict Unexplained Animals and Drownings

Tuesday, January 23 2018

Hidden Egyptian Paintings Depict Unexplained Animals and Drownings

Google+ Thanks to modern imaging equipment, archaeologists now have a wide range of new tools to help them uncover the secrets of the past. New undiscovered empty areas have been uncovered in the Pyramids of Giza thanks to devices which can ‘see’ the cosmic rays bouncing off of the insides of the pyramids, while unmanned aerial vehicles have led to the discovery of dozens of new unexplored and unknown ancient structures . Just this week, new research into image enhancement software has led to a breakthrough in ancient Egyptology. Researchers using a radical new imaging software called DStretch have discovered depictions of both bats and pigs in art found at an ancient Egyptian cemetery, some of the only known examples of these animals in all of ancient Egyptian archaeology. New analysis of a tomb painting has revealed an image of two men carrying a pig. One of the researchers behind the discovery, Linda Evans from Macquarie University in Sydney says these paintings from an ancient cemetery known as Beni Hassan are some of the first known depictions of pigs and bats in all known Egyptian artifacts: The most surprising outcome of the DStretch study has been the confirmation of new images of animals that are incredibly rare in Egyptian art. There are virtually no depictions of pigs or bats in all of Egyptian art, but we can now confirm that they appear a number of times at Beni Hassan. One of the images appears to depict men carrying pigs on their shoulders while even stranger, one of the images appears to show a group of people drowning a pig in a cistern or well. It’s unknown if this was related to food production or if it might represent some unknown practice or ritual. Seems like there would have been easier ways to kill a pig. Researchers also uncovered an unexplained image of a vulture with an ankh it its claws, an image usually only associated with royal tombs. Just why such an image turned up in the tomb of a commoner remains a mystery. Even now after centuries of research, archaeologists keep discovering how little we really know about ancient Egypt. Who knows what knowledge has been lost to history due to the ravages of time? Brett Tingley is a writer and musician living in the ancient Appalachian mountains. You can follow Brett on Join Plus+ for $9 a month to access bonus podcasts & premium content!

Mysterious Dead Sea Scroll Pieced Together and Deciphered

Tuesday, January 23 2018

Mysterious Dead Sea Scroll Pieced Together and Deciphered

Google+ Imagine trying to put together a 1000-piece jigsaw puzzle without looking at the picture on the box. Imagine trying to put together the same puzzle without seeing the finished image and knowing that many of the pieces were missing. Why would anyone attempt such a challenge? The ‘puzzle’ is a mysterious section of a Dead Sea Scroll that not only consisted of just 60 tiny pieces, it appeared to have been written in code. Despite those obstacles, a team of scholars announced this week that they had solved the scroll, deciphered the code, confirmed who wrote it and even found where an editor had corrected it. Let’s hope their prize for finishing this puzzle is something more than a laurel and hearty handshake. Haifa University announced this week that Dr. Eshbal Ratson and Prof. Jonathan Ben-Dov took a year to piece together the 60 fragments – some smaller than 1 sq cm (0.155 sq inches). The first thing they determined was that previous scholars were wrong – the fragments were not from different scrolls but were all from one scroll. The second clue was found when they noticed that some of the writing appeared to have been annotations in a margin rather than the main text – annotations that were corrections to the code which seemed to have been used incorrectly by the writer, who they assumed to be a leader of the Essenes – the ancient Jewish sect of celibate men who are believed to have written the Dead Sea Scrolls and maintained the early library. Dead Sea Scroll fragments (not from this project) Once they cracked the code and its corrective annotations, the researchers were able to determine that this scroll was a description of some known and previously-unknown important dates and festivals on the unique 364-day calendar used by the Essenes. Unlike the current Jewish calendar which is based on lunar events, this 364-day calendar was described by the researchers as “perfect.” “Because this number can be divided into four and seven, special occasions always fall on the same day. This avoids the need to decide, for example, what happens when a particular occasion falls on the Sabbath, as often happens in the lunar calendar.” According to their study, published in the Journal of Biblical Literature , Ratson and Ben-Dov said the scroll describes two special occasions not mentioned in the Bible — the festivals of New Wine and New Oil. Together with the New Wheat festival, these events were related to the Jewish festival of Shavuot, which is also known as the Festival of Weeks or Pentecost. They also found that the sect gave the name Tekufah to a festival observed four times a year that marked the changing of the seasons – a word that in modern Hebrew means “period.” Dead Sea Scroll fragments (not from this project) Needless to say, this a big deal in the Dead Sea Scroll world. So, will Ratson and Ben-Dov get a big bonus from the university? A new car? A cruise? Gold watches? “The reward for their hard work is fresh insight into the unique 364-day calendar used by the members of the Judean Desert sect, including the discovery for the first time of the name given by the sect to the special days marking the transitions between the four seasons.” Fresh insight? These two brilliant puzzle-solvers need to take some time off and try their luck on “Wheel of Fortune.” Tags archeology biblical archaeology biblical history Dead Sea Scrolls religion Paul Seaburn Paul Seaburn is one of the most prolific writers at Mysterious Universe. He’s written for TV shows such as "The Tonight Show", "Politically Incorrect" and an award-winning children’s program. He's been published in “The New York Times" and "Huffington Post” and has co-authored numerous collections of trivia, puzzles and humor. Paul likes to add a bit of humor to each MU post he crafts. After all, the mysterious doesn't always have to be serious. You can follow Paul on and

Did Queen Nefertiti ever rule ancient Egypt ? - Unexplained Mysteries

Tuesday, January 23 2018

Did Queen Nefertiti ever rule ancient Egypt ? - Unexplained Mysteries

Did Queen Nefertiti ever rule ancient Egypt ? Posted on Tuesday, 23 January, 2018 | 8 comments How powerful was Nefertiti ? Image Credit: CC BY-SA 4.0 Miguel Hermoso Cuesta One Egyptologist has put forward the idea that Nefertiti was not quite as powerful as history suggests. Famed for her beauty, Queen Nefertiti was propelled in to the public spotlight after a limestone and plaster sculpture of her head was discovered in 1912 by German excavator Ludwig Borchardt. For many years, she was assumed to have held a position of great power in ancient Egypt, but how much influence did she really have over the kingdom and was she ever actually a pharaoh at all ? Egyptologist Dr. Joyce Tyldesley certainly doesn't think so. "Though most people and many Egyptologists believe Nefertiti was an unusually powerful royal woman, and possibly even a pharaoh, I believe this was not the case," she said. "Her husband Akhenaten died around 1336 BC; Tutankhamun - who was possibly Nefertiti's son - became pharaoh in approximately 1336 BC. It has been argued that Nefertiti ruled Egypt, filling in this gap and perhaps influencing the early reign of Tutankhamen." "But she wasn't born a royal, and for a non-royal woman to become king would have been unprecedented." Source: Phys.org | Comments (8) Tags: Nefertiti , Egypt

One more Dead Sea Scroll has been deciphered - Unexplained Mysteries

Tuesday, January 23 2018

One more Dead Sea Scroll has been deciphered - Unexplained Mysteries

One more Dead Sea Scroll has been deciphered Posted on Tuesday, 23 January, 2018 | 6 comments The scrolls were discovered within the Qumran Caves. Image Credit: Effi Schweizer One of the last two untranslated Dead Sea Scrolls has finally been pieced together by archaeologists. Considered to be some of the most significant ancient texts ever discovered, the Dead Sea Scrolls are comprised of several hundred documents dating back more than 2,000 years. They were found inside eleven caves in the eastern Judaean Desert between 1946 and 1956. Now researchers at the University of Haifa in Israel have managed to decipher one of the last remaining untranslated scrolls by reassembling the manuscript from 60 separate fragments. Dr. Eshbal Ratson likened it to "putting together a jigsaw puzzle without knowing the picture." The newly-translated scroll provides unique insight in to the lives of the people who wrote it and the 364-day calendar that they used. The manuscript also mentions special celebrations known as 'Tekufah' - a term that refers to a shift in seasons and is the Hebrew word for 'period'. "Once you get a few full sentences you, you can guess all the rest of it," said Dr Ratson. "If you think of a puzzle, when we started, we didn't have the picture, but after a while we knew what to expect, so knew how to put the pieces together." Source: National Geographic | Comments (6) Tags: Dead Sea Scrolls