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The JFK Files: Two Very Strange Phone Calls Occurred the Day of JFK’s Assassination

Sunday, October 29 2017

The JFK Files: Two Very Strange Phone Calls Occurred the Day of JFK’s Assassination

Google+ For the last few days, journalists and researchers around the world have been pouring over the files recently released at the website of the National Archives in Washington, which relate new details about the JFK assassination. Long kept from public view, these files–as many had hoped–do appear to offer some new details about one of the darkest days in American history. Among these details, many had hoped that further information about a strange phone call made by Kennedy’s assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald, would emerge. Instead, new details about an entirely separate call halfway across the world, which seemingly tipped off one news service about some “big news” that was about to occur in the United States… 25 minutes before Kennedy’s assassination. The call, according to one of the newly released documents at the National Archives, was received by a senior reporter at the East Anglia-based Cambridge News. It occurred at approximately 6:05 PM on November 22, 1963, London time, just 25 minutes before Kennedy was shot at the Dallas Motorcade in Texas. According to the memorandum , penned by James Angleton of the CIA to then FBI director J. Edgar Hoover, “The caller said only that the Cambridge News reporter should call the American Embassy in London for some big news and then hung up.” No further information was given which might indicate the identity of the caller in question, despite the chilling accuracy of the warning that was issued. Thus, it raises questions about who might have known about Oswald’s plans in advance of the assassination, and to what degree they might have been involved. “The important point is that the call was made,” Angleton wrote, “according to the MI-5 calculations, about 25 minutes before the President was shot. The Cambridge reported never received a call of this kind before and MI-5 state that he is known to them as a sound and loyal person with no security record.” The memo goes on to say that, “MI-5 noted that similar anonymous phone calls of a strangely coincidental nature have been reviewed by persons in the U.K. over the past year, particularly in connection with the case of Dr. Ward,” presumably in reference to osteopath Stephen Ward, one of the central figures in a British scandal occurring at the time known as the Profumo affair. The late Michael Eddowes, a lawyer you investigated circumstances surrounding the assassination, became convinced that the secret informant that called Cambridge News had likely been Albert Osborne, a British-born Soviet agent. His reason for calling, Eddowes surmised, had been due to the fact that, “the Soviet Union was eager that the assassination should be seen as a conspiracy.” Eddowes also believed that Osborne may have befriended Lee Harvey Oswald, hence learning details of his plan to assassinate Kennedy. This was not the only strange phone call that occurred on the day that Kennedy was assassinated. In fact, one of the strangest “loose threads” relating to the affair involves a phone call made by Lee Harvey Oswald that evening, while in custody and under supervision of law enforcement. According to the Raleigh News and Observer , “In August 1977, the House Select Committee on Assassinations, created to do a new investigation, received information that Oswald allegedly tried to place a call from jail to a man named John Hurt in Raleigh, according to an internal report written by Surell Brady, a senior staff counsel to the committee.” When Oswald was allowed to make the call, two police officers were present in the room with him. Additionally, a call slip was produced as a record of the call, a copy of which had been kept by Alveeta Treon, the switchboard operator who had been working that night at Dallas City Hall. According to the News and Observer , “As Mrs. Treon watched, Mrs. Swinney did not place the call for Oswald. Instead [Swinney] opened the key on Oswald’s line and told him, ‘I am sorry the number doesn’t answer,” this according to Surell Brady’s report of the incident. John Hurt, the man Oswald attempted to call, was a resident of Raleigh, North Carolina at the time, had formerly worked in U.S. Army counterintelligence. He had recently attempted to seek therapy at Duke University Hospital, but was turned away. His relationship with Oswald prior to the assassination remains unclear, and no details of this incident appeared before the House Select Committee on Assassinations. Why two seemingly pertinent threads of information relating to JFK’s assassination would remain undisclosed, and largely overlooked for so long is baffling indeed. In light of public knowledge of the Cambridge call, as well as the potential for new information about Oswald’s cryptic call to Raleigh, one can only guess whether new clues about what happened that infamous day in Dallas will indeed emerge. Tags Angleton Cambridge News JFK Lee Harvey Oswald Micah Hanks is a writer, podcaster, and researcher whose interests cover a variety of subjects. His areas of focus include history, science, philosophy, current events, cultural studies, technology, unexplained phenomena, and ways the future of humankind may be influenced by science and innovation in the coming decades. In addition to writing, Micah hosts the Middle Theory and Gralien Report podcasts. You can follow Micah on and Join Plus+ for $9 a month to access bonus podcasts & premium content!

Strange Levitating Sand and Mysterious Scratches on Mars

Sunday, October 29 2017

Strange Levitating Sand and Mysterious Scratches on Mars

Google+ When Elon Musk finally gets us to Mars, a couple of things to look for after we get tired of searching for Martians, chasing rovers and rejoicing at what the low gravity has done for our recent weight gain are some mysterious scratches across the Martian surface and some strange sands that float above said surface. Are they related? Photographs of the scratches were released last week by NASA after being taken by the MRO (Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter) spacecraft, which has been working hard since 2005 on a mission that was only scheduled to last two years. Fortunately for MRO, NASA has developed an if-it-ain’t-broke-don’t-fix-it attitude towards Mars orbiters and rovers and MRO continues to search the surface for signs of water. That’s why it recently spotted the mysterious scratches of Hellas Planitia, which sounds like a condition whose treatment will need more than an over-the-counter salve but are actually squiggles and scrapes on the plain of the massive Hellas impact crater in the planet’s southern hemisphere. The good news is, NASA has determined that the scratches are the result of ice rolling down an inclined sand dune as chunks at the top warm up and break off. The bad news is, the ice balls are not evidence of water but of dry ice or frozen carbon dioxide. The good news is that the heat melting the dry ice may also be boiling and vaporizing tiny pockets of water of the H2O kind and the explosive force of the gas release, coupled with the low Martian gravity, is causing sand particles on those same dune slopes to rise and hover for long periods of time over the surface. A new report in Nature Communications details how researchers at the Open University in the UK recreated the Martian sand dunes in a lab in order to test their theory on water evaporation causing the aforementioned scratches. Instead, they discovered that the combination of high (for Mars) temperatures of 70 degrees F combined with the low pressure due to the low gravity caused the frozen water to evaporate explosively, lifting the sand into the air and, along with that low (about one-third of Earth’s) gravity, levitating the sand like a hover beach. Schematic representation of a block over an inclined plain. The block represents a wet sand pellet in contact to dry sand with T 0 > T e. The block is subject to three forces in competition: the weight W, the friction force F T, and the levitation force F e. The z-axis is oriented so that z ≥ 0 indicates increasing depth into dry sand and the x-axis is oriented parallel to the sand surface so that absolute values of x less than 1 represent the interior of the wet sand pellet (Nature Communications) The bad news is that, while the researchers have been able to recreate it in the lab and are convinced it occurs on Mars, the phenomenon is rare and impossible to be seen by an orbiting observer. Martian rovers could witness it, but they are not sent to areas where water might exist to prevent them from contaminating it. Is there any good news to end with? The same forces that levitate the Martian sands will allow humans to eat three times as much Halloween candy and still feel like they haven’t gained a pound. Hurry up, Elon! Tags Elon Musk gravity mars nasa natural world Science space water on Mars 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!

Zombie dystopia! Flesh-eating children! The Girl With All The Gifts (2016) REVIEW

Sunday, October 29 2017

Zombie dystopia! Flesh-eating children! The Girl With All The Gifts (2016) REVIEW

Zombie dystopia! Flesh-eating children! The Girl With All The Gifts (2016) REVIEW “A creepily original zombie dystopia”, says ANDREW GARVEY, as he looks at 2016’s The Girl With All The Gifts. TITLE: The Girl With All the Gifts RELEASED: 23rd September 2016 STARRING: Sennia Nanua (Melanie), Gemma Arterton (Helen Justineau), Paddy Considine (Sgt Eddie Parks), Glenn Close (Dr. Caroline Caldwell) WRITER: Mike (MR) Carey (based on his own novel) DIRECTOR: Colm McCarthy Adapted from a James Herbert Award-nominated novel, the Girl With All the Gifts combines a strong story with some serious acting talent. The result? One of the more noteworthy British horror/thriller/action/sci-fi films of the last few years. Opening with some chilling scenes of children, imprisoned in some kind of military facility where they are strapped into wheelchairs and taken, at gunpoint to their classroom, we are quickly introduced to Melanie (Sennia Nanua in her first full length film), a bright, polite and strangely cheerful girl infatuated with her favourite teacher Miss Justineau (Gemma Arterton). When Miss Justineau, moved by a story Melanie has written, gently strokes her head, Sergeant Parks (a perpetually angry Paddy Considine) charges in and gives the teacher – and the audience – a demonstration of just why these intelligent, seemingly normal children are so dangerous. Sennia Nanua takes notes, in The Girl With All The Gifts (2016) Dangerous, but also crucial to the research of Dr Caldwell (Glenn Close), a cold-eyed, driven scientist convinced these captive children hold the key to a vaccine for the fungal infection that’s turned the majority of the population into the film’s ‘hungries’– hordes of flesh-crazed ‘zombies’ of the ferocious, fast-running 28 Days Later and World War Z variety. Like the peckish savages massed at the army base’s fences, these children are flesh-eaters who, oddly, function normally until coming into close contact with uninfected human beings. Shortly, and inevitably, the ‘hungries’ overrun the base and Melanie, Justineau, Parks and Caldwell (and a couple of hangers-on who may as well be wearing red Star Trek uniforms) escape and go off in search of two things – safety, and answers. Scottish director McCarthy, whose television credits include Ripper Street and Sherlock, handles suspense and action sequences well, although whoever was responsible for OK’ing the shoddy blood-spatter CGI effects every time a ‘hungry’ is shot should be dragged around the town square, put in the sticks and pelted with poorly CGI-rendered rotten tomatoes. The script is largely true to the orginal novel – having the same man writing both probably helped – but the book is significantly better than the film. That’s less a criticism of the adaptation and more the reality of condensing a 400+ page book into a 100 minute film since the book can reveal it’s secrets slowly while the film needs to have characters awkwardly expositioning their heads off. At times, characters’ transformations into ‘hungries’ looks a little too comical – all bug-eyed stares and teeth-gnashing that looks like they were instructed to chew their nearest victim as well as the scenery. But that’s a minor point. The Girl With All the Gifts is a well-plotted, well-acted, polished film. Like the book, this is a more of an (uncommonly intelligent) action/thriller/sci-fi work than strictly a horror film and there are few individually scary moments but, in creating a ruined world where the characters make the choices they do, Carey, McCarthy and their talented cast and crew have come up with a creepily original zombie dystopia. Oct 29, 2017

Did an evil Poltergeist force three families to flee a Northfleet Kent home?

Sunday, October 29 2017

Did an evil Poltergeist force three families to flee a Northfleet Kent home?

Did an evil Poltergeist force three families to flee a Northfleet Kent home? We need new writers! Please contact us if you would like to submit an article for Spooky Isles. EDDIE BRAZIL digs deep to discover the Northfleet Horror, where a poltergeist terrorised three Kent families An inexplicable and terrifying case of haunting took place in 1962 in the town of Northfleet, 20 miles south east of London. Twenty-eight-year-old Sidney Maxted and his Wife, together with their children, Kevin, 6, Linda, 4, and baby Clair, moved into 16 Waterdales. Waterdales is an extremely long thoroughfare consisting of 1930s built semidetached houses. Prior to the family taking up residence, the house had no history of paranormal activity, and over the years many tenants had lived there in relative peace. During their tenancy Mrs Maxted gradually became more concerned about the noises she heard during the day time which came from the bedroom which was situated over the living room. The sounds seemed to be footsteps pacing to and fro across the floor. Mr Maxted also heard the footsteps and found them difficult to explain. However, the sounds in the bedroom became a real source of unease to Mrs Maxted, and to set her mind at rest, her husband offered her the explanation that the footsteps must be coming from their neighbour’s house, number 14. One of the bedrooms of the adjoining house is over the entranced hall to the Maxted home. The sounds they could hear were somehow being transmitted along the floorboards so that a person walking in the bedroom of number 14 would be heard in the large bedroom of number 16. Although Mrs Maxted fears were temporarily calmed, her anxiety remained. Sometime later events took on a particularly sinister nature when the Maxted Children began to complain of the scratching noises which came from under their beds,and of the bedcovers being yanked away, and of themselves being mysteriously pulled or struck at by invisible hands. As the phenomena increased and the children became more distressed the parents were forced to have them sleep in their room. In February 1965 matters came to a head. One night about 2am, Mrs Maxted went to attend to baby Clair. On returning to bed she looked across to the door and was surprised to see a figure in the form of a young child enter the room. Mrs Maxted, thinking it was her six-year-old daughter, responded automatically, and exclaimed “Linda”. The form moved across the room and advanced towards her. As it approached it grew in height, until it had become a tall figure which bent menacingly over the bed. Mrs Maxteds terrified screams awoke her husband, and the apparition vanished. The harrowing experience proved too much for the family, and the next day they left the house. New tenants, same haunting at 16 Waterdales Soon after the Maxteds vacated 16 Waterdales, Northfleet council allocated the property to 25-year-old Eric Essex, who moved in with his wife Margaret and their baby. Mr Essex had been made aware of the strange occurrences which had taken place within the house. However, his need to provide a comfortable and secure home for his family was paramount despite the rumours of ghostly happenings. Nonetheless, the Essex family were soon to experience the sound of disembodied footsteps within their new home. One afternoon Mrs Essex was sitting with her mother in the living room when they both heard footsteps, and the sound of furniture being moved coming from the bedroom above. They called to Eric Essex, who at the time was in the garden, and all three rushed up stairs but found no intruder. It would have been impossible for anyone making the noises to have escaped from the house undetected. In August 1966, events reach a climax curiously similar to the finale of the Maxted tenancy. About 2am, Eric Essex was awakened by the sound of footsteps moving about the stairs and hall. Getting out of bed he inspected the landing and the rooms below but found them empty. He returned to bed and became aware of a whistling sound in his ears. It was then that he realised that the bed was vibrating, or shaking, and that one end of it was being lifted up. Wandering what on earth was happening he sat up and looked to his side. To his horror there stood a figure in the form of a woman whose dress came down to the floor. The apparition was glowing with a pinkish-orange luminance, but what made Mr Essex recoil with terror was that it was headless. As with the Maxteds, the Essex Family hurriedly vacated the house next morning vowing never to return. Eric Essex was later to say that the encounter was absolutely terrifying, and one he never again wanted to experience. The house now remained empty until another tenant could be allocated the property. Yet strange sounds were still heard emanating from within. Strange sounds still emanate from house Mrs Margaret Harrison who had been resident at number 14 Waterdales for about three months regularly heard the sound of hefty footsteps ascending the stairs at all hours. One night when she was alone in the house whilst her husband was away on business she had the unnerving experience of hearing a heavy, booming, thudding sound as if some massive object was bouncing down the stairs. It seemed whatever was ever making the noise reached the bottom of the landing and then bounced violently up to the hall ceiling which was the underside of Mrs Harrison’s bedroom. There was a powerful thud under her bed, which then transformed itself in to a scraping or scratching sound. The noise seemed to be emanating from across the whole floor and grew in volume as if something below was trying to claw its way up and in to the bedroom. The experience proved too frightening for Mrs Harrison, and she and her husband left the house. What was happening with the Northfleet Horror? The haunting of 16 Waterdales is indeed a puzzling case. It conforms in many respects to phenomena associated with a typical poltergeist haunting in as much that a house is undisturbed until a person, usually a repressed teenager, who becomes the focus or living agent for paranormal incidents to occur moves in. When the person leaves, the house once again becomes normal. Now it might be that by chance there was a poltergeist individual in the Maxted family and another in the Essex family. Coincidence might stretch also to Mrs Harrison who was physically so near to number 16 that she too could have become a focus of poltergeist activity. But the probability of such an extended coincidence seems improbable. Was the house therefore, for a four year period, haunted by an evil spirit intent on frightening and harming those families who had the misfortune to experience its malevolent intent? Oct 29, 2017

13 spooky things you (probably) didn’t know about County Wicklow, Ireland

Sunday, October 29 2017

13 spooky things you (probably) didn’t know about County Wicklow, Ireland

13 spooky things you (probably) didn’t know about County Wicklow, Ireland We need new writers! Please contact us if you would like to submit an article for Spooky Isles. CHRIS RUSH takes a look at his native County Wicklow and brings you 13 spooky things you may not know about ‘The Garden of Ireland’. Wicklow Gaol Body Disposal Methods – In the 1700’s a half tame hawk was released to feed on the corpses, when people were hanged their bodies were removed and the head left behind for the bird to snack on. However the bird was caught and killed by the prisoners. Another form of disposal was into the nearby sea with the number of decaying, floating bodies resulting in local fishermen refusing to fish the area. Later in the 1900’s the bodies were finally buried, and as recently as the 90’s body remains were unearthed in the jail yard, which were covered in lime which no doubt was done to kill the smell and speed up the decay. Murderous Saint – The Old Monastery Ruins, Glendalough were home to Saint Kevin who is said to have murdered a seductress Kathleen by whipping her with nettles and then he threw her into the lake. Beheaded – The area around Wicklow Head Lighthouse in Wicklow Town is the frequent haunting location of a woman who was beheaded. Her boyfriend took a slash hook to her throat when he found out she was in love with someone else. The Pyramid – In the ancient Kilbride Cemetery outside Arklow town stands a pyramid crypt which was built in the 1780’s and home to Ralph Howard, 1 st Viscount Wicklow and eighteen family members. Lovers Leap Rock, Bray – It is believed that the ghost of a heart broken woman can be seen here every year on June 21st. She was unfaithful and her former lover died from a broken heart. She sat at his grave for many days, with nothing more to live for she took her life by jumping off the rock into the vicious waters below. The Drummer Boy – In Arklow lies the remains of an old castle at the court house. The ghost of a young boy is said to be trapped at this location, trying to complete the work he failed to do when he was alive. The boy’s job was to sound the alarm if he saw any attackers approaching the building, however the young boy fell asleep on the job and resulted with him being locked up inside the castle without any food or water as punishment. The Ring of Rath – Said to date back to 800BC, it is thought to be a possible burial site for the Kings of Leinster. Lower Lough Bray – In 1963 two people claimed they witnessed a strange creature revealing itself from its waters. They claimed it had a grey body and its head stood three feet above the water. Victors Way – On 22 acres, sit very unusual sculptures which were crafted in India and represent various higher figures. Some sculptures include a large skeletal figure and a figure with its head split in two. Circle of Mystic Stones – In Athgreany lay a circle of stones, which many believe are owned by the fairy folk. The Hangman – Hempenstall, who has connections to Wicklow Gaol, was an extremely tall hangman who was killed after the 1798 rebellion, whose ghost has been seen around the Aughavannagh area. Ghost Dog – In in Redcross, a woman was walking home when a black dog appeared alongside her. She went to pet the dog but her hand passed right through the animal and it vanished seconds later. Make a wish – The Mottey Stone sits in Avoca and legend says that if you can walk around it a total of three times without thinking of a goat, your wish will be granted. So there you have it, although a beautiful part of the country, Wicklow is still home to locations which send shivers down your spine. Oct 29, 2017

Vampires set up home in modern-day Hastings, in Byzantium (2012) REVIEW

Sunday, October 29 2017

Vampires set up home in modern-day Hastings, in Byzantium (2012) REVIEW

Vampires set up home in modern-day Hastings, in Byzantium (2012) REVIEW Neil Jordan (The Company Of Wolves, Interview With The Vampire) makes a return to horror. RICHARD PHILLIPS-JONES is pleased to hear it… TITLE: Byzantium RELEASED: 31st May 2013 STARRING: Saoirse Ronan (Eleanor Webb), Gemma Arterton (Clara Webb), Sam Riley (Midshipman Darvell), Jonny Lee Miller (Captain Ruthven), Daniel Mays (Noel), Caleb Landry Jones (Frank) WRITER: Moira Buffini (from her play) DIRECTOR: Neil Jordan Two women, a mother and daughter, attempt to escape their pasts when they flee to an English seaside town. They also happen to be 200 year old vampires… It’s not often that a vampire flick these days really brings something fresh to the table. And, would you believe this one comes from none other than Neil Jordan, whose adaptation of Interview With The Vampire arguably kicked off the current modern vampire cycle in 1994. Unlike your more typical vampires, Clara (Gemma Arterton) and Eleanor (Saoirse Ronan) are more precisely Soucouyants. In Caribbean folklore they are believed to travel in the form of a fireball and practice voodoo, witchcraft and suchlike. In Byzantium’s incarnation, they have a fingernail which protudes and sharpens at will, enabling them to slit an artery on their victim and lap at their blood. Gemma Arterton and Saoirse Ronan in Byzantium (2012) Mother Clara has grown to be somewhat ruthless, doing whatever she has to do in order to ensure the survival of herself and her daughter, working as a lap dancer and prostitute, and feeding on others as she needs to. Eleanor, on the other hand has a conscience about her source of sustenance, only drinking from those whose time to die has already come. Like an angel of death, we see her feed from a man who no longer wishes to live, and a hospital patient who appears to be terminally ill. After they arrive in town, Clara gets befriended by Noel, who looks likely to be a victim until Clara sees a possible source of income from the defunct hotel he lives in. Meanwhile, Eleanor strikes up a friendship with a waiter, Frank. Finding herself falling for him, and tired of keeping her real life story a secret, she reveals the truth about herself. Frank reveals to her that he is in remission from Leukaemia. Through necessity, Clara has to pick off a couple of locals. Then, a pair of police officers arrive in town, seemingly following the girls’ trail. As our modern day tale unfolds, the film makes frequent steps into the past, simultaneously revealing how Clara and Eleanor came to be in their current position. It seems that the Soucouyants are an ancient brotherhood, and Clara may have committed an act which was in breach of their code… Gemma Arterton feeds from a victim in Byzantium (2012) For me, this was a very welcome return to the genre for Neil Jordan. His early work made a real impression on me as a fledgling film buff in the 1980’s, and there are moments when Byzantium recalls those films, generating the same feeling I got watching The Company Of Wolves, Angel and Mona Lisa all those years ago, whilst the use of the seaside resort setting (in this case Hastings) brings to mind 1991’s lesser known The Miracle. What we end up with is almost two films rolled into one, running side by side, their respective tales complimenting and shining light on each other. To describe this as a kind of English/Irish Let The Right One In would be doing it a disservice, but it does share that film’s playfulness and its intelligent and left field approach to the subject. If the ending is a little predictable as it approaches, it really doesn’t matter because the film ends just the way you want it to. By turns brutal, poetic, thoughtful, and beautifully photographed by Sean Bobbitt, Byzantium is (in this writer’s opinion) one of the more refreshing vampire entries of the 21st century. One particular scene where the protagonists are seen enjoying a bit of Hammer horror is an especially nice touch, as is a reference at one point to J. Sheridan LeFanu. Oct 29, 2017

Spending time in space can change your DNA - Unexplained Mysteries

Sunday, October 29 2017

Spending time in space can change your DNA - Unexplained Mysteries

Spending time in space can change your DNA Posted on Sunday, 29 October, 2017 | 8 comments NASA astronauts Mark and Scott Kelly. Image Credit: NASA NASA has revealed some of the results of its recent experiment involving twins Scott and Mark Kelly. Just before Scott Kelly began a 12-month stint on the International Space Station two years ago, scientists conducted a series of tests on both him and his twin brother, Mark. After Scott returned from space, further tests were carried out to compare his physical well-being to that of his brother who had remained on the ground the whole time. The scientists noted that Scott's DNA showed signs of excessive methylation - a process through which cells attach chemicals called methyl groups to DNA molecules. While this happens to be a normal process that occurs in everyone, in Scott's case it seemed as though his body's efforts to adjust to life in space had resulted in a much higher rate than usual. "Some of the most exciting things that we've seen from looking at gene expression in space is that we really see an explosion, like fireworks taking off, as soon as the human body gets into space," said investigator Chris Mason. "With this study, we've seen thousands and thousands of genes change how they are turned on and turned off. This happens as soon as an astronaut gets into space." Source: Popular Mechanics | Comments (8) Tags: Twins

Woman runs record 63 marathons in 63 days - Unexplained Mysteries

Sunday, October 29 2017

Woman runs record 63 marathons in 63 days - Unexplained Mysteries

Ya can't go wrong with Red Green... I'm also 64 and I use to be very active - up until I was 52... Now I can feel myself losing "wind" (stamina while running) and walking long distance is not as easy as it used to be... I keep meaning to start working out... but that sounds like so much work...

Woman runs record 63 marathons in 63 days - Unexplained Mysteries

Sunday, October 29 2017

Woman runs record 63 marathons in 63 days - Unexplained Mysteries

I have endless admiration for people who continue their workout regimen into old age. An 82-year-old man recently set the record for being the oldest thru-hiker to complete the 2200-mile Appalachian Trail! I hope and pray I have that kind of endurance in my senior years. A high school friend still does Ironman Triathlons. We’re both 64 years old. He’s been an inspiration to me since high school days, when he started lifting weights and beating everyone in arm wrestling. He recently went on a 3-day backpacking trip. My goal is to be able to mow my own lawn when I’m 80. Maybe I need to raise th... [More]

Woman runs record 63 marathons in 63 days - Unexplained Mysteries

Sunday, October 29 2017

Woman runs record 63 marathons in 63 days - Unexplained Mysteries

Two words that I NEVER put together seriously in my life are "fun and "run"... Walking, on the other hand I have always enjoyed and I have always walked very quickly (It helps that I am tall and my stride eats up a lot of ground)... I never enjoyed weights, and while in the Army I exercised when we all did (PT)... I was just one of those guys that got enough exercise by walking (almost literally everywhere) - which was fortunate as I spent a lot of time in the Infantry... However now that I'm retired, I've gotten much more sedentary... Funny story - Part of the Annual Army Fitness test was a 2... [More]

Woman runs record 63 marathons in 63 days - Unexplained Mysteries

Sunday, October 29 2017

Woman runs record 63 marathons in 63 days - Unexplained Mysteries

Taun - I don’t do the heavy workouts anymore. I have 20-pound dumbbells, a sit-up board and a chin-up bar. Throughout the day, I’ll randomly do a set of chin-ups, curls, sit-ups, squats, and so on. It helps me stay toned without having to go to the gym three times a week. I try to target all the muscles and ligaments that I’ll need to mow my lawn when I’m 80. It sounds silly, but it seems like a more practical goal for me than running marathons. Also, I do a lot of walking. Running has always been too hard on my knees.