Archive for January, 2014

It’s not really something paranormal but it’s certainly interesting. Detected in 1997 by US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), The Bloop is an ultra-low frequency and powerful underwater noise. The sound seems consistent with the types of noises generated by icequakes, or large icebergs scraping the bottom of the ocean floor.

NOAA’s Dr Christopher Fox did  not feel that this was man-made, like a submarine, but there was speculation about how it could sound like a living creature. It was however louder than any living creature recorded and has now pretty much been identified as the icequake/scraping noise on the floor.

The Bloop has been used in popular culture too, in The Loch by Steve Allen the Bloop is used to describe the presence of the Loch Ness Monster.

One of the writers favourite suggestions is that it’s rough point of origin is that around the area suggested by H P Lovecraft as to where R’lyeh is situation. Cthulhu may have turned over in his sleep.

Michigan hosts a 78ft lighthouse that went into active service in 1892. Captain Joseph Willie Townsend is said to haunt the lighthouse, a former keeper who seems to have stayed on. He died in the keeper’s house in the early 1900’s, and it was said they could not bury his body for some time. He was left there in the downstairs parlor until the relatives could be gathered for his service. His wife had never let him smoke in the house and so he is said to happily smoke where he pleases now.

Staff and visitors alike reported the smell of cigar smoke, and staff report that chairs etc have been found moved. A man of unknown origin has also been seen peeing in through the windows when no one should have been around outside. There has also been relocated silverware on the dining table and apparitions reported in the mirror of an upstairs dresser.

Marilyn Fischer was part of the founding of the historical society and believes it to be haunted, when she visits she has to leave both of her dogs outside as they refuse to enter the property.

It is open to visitors and has a facebook page.

 

CNN listed Cementerio de la Recoleta as one of the 10 most beautiful cemeteries in the world. It is located in Buenos Aries, Argentina and has many notable internments amongst it, including presidents and artists. The city cemetery is laid out with blocks and tree-lined walkways that branch into side-walks with mausoleums. Many of these are in good shape but some have fallen into disrepair.

But a tragic story is also attached to the cemetery, and is that of Rufina Cambaceres. In 1902 the young lady was mistakenly pronounced dead and laid to rest by the grieving family.

Rufina woke up in her coffin and began a futile battle to break free. She suffocated and was found buried alive, she had been scratched and mauled beyond recognition. Her heartbroken father rebuilt the grave site to portray her opening the doors to her own tomb. She is now said to wander the cemetery at night, unearthing dead bodies to check they have not suffered the same fate.

22nd September, 1979, a US Atomic Energy Detection System satellite recorded a pattern of flashes over the Indian Ocean. Moments later an unusual disturbance was detected by an observatory in Puerto Rico. Something violent and explosive had occured off the Southern tip of Africa in the ocean.

Data from the satellite Vela 6911 strongly suggested a nuclear device. However despite this match in data there was no one laying claim to the origin of the blast.

Vela’s incident occurred near Bouvet Island, a frozen scrap of earth, an Island home to a Norwegian automated weather station. Other than this landmark the only other thing noted about it was that in 1964 an abandoned lifeboat was found full of supplies drifting there.  Bouvet Island itself was discovered on 1st January 1739, by Jean-Baptiste Charles Bouvet de Lozier a commander for the French ships Aigle and Mari.

No one had laid claim to the tests/blast, despite rumours it may have been Israel. It’s possible that one day we will know.

For the pop-culture interest a take on this event was used in The West Wing in the episode “The Warfare of Genghis Khan”.

The mystery of the Somerton Man, an unidentified man was found dead on 1st December, 1948 at 6.60 am on Somerton beach in Adelaide, South Australia. In the man’s pockets was a scrap of paper with two words from The Rubaiyat, Taman Shud which in Persian means ‘ended’ or ‘unfinished’.

His death came at the time of heightened Cold War tension. He was carrying what might have been a secret code on the paper. There was no use of an identifiable poison, no identity to be garnered and then somewhere along the lines came the speculation of unrequited love.

Police were called to the man’s body that was lying on the sand, heads to the wall and his legs crossed pointing out to the sea. An unlit cigarette was behind his ear, and a half-smoked one that was on the right collar. The was a used bus ticket, unused train ticket and other small objects.

Witnesses had previously seen him, some saw him moving and the body had been left in place as some thought he was a drunken man that had passed out on the beach. He was taken back by the pathologist who assessed him, dressed in quality clothing but with no ID it was possibly a suicide. His teeth also did not match any dental records of someone from Australia.

The body of the mystery man was embalmed on 10th December 1948, The Advertiser newspaper at the time reported he might be a man named E C Johnson. E C Johnson however thwarted the plan by walking into a police station, quite obviously alive. Further suggestions have yet to have this mystery resolved. The body was buried at the West Terrace Cemetery, and the service conducted by The Salvation Army, some years after flowers began to appear at the grave.

Tamam Shud, the phrase, was written on a piece of paper torn from the back of the Rubaiyat. A search was conducted and the book was originally located, a man that wished to remain anonymous came forwards to say it had turned up in the back of his unlocked car. The missing paper did indeed come from that book.

So was he a spy? A suicide victim or was he murdered? More clues have since been added and speculation and investigation continues. The receptionist from the Strathmore Hotel said that a strange man has stayed in Room 21 around the time of the man’s death. He left 30th November 1948, in the room the cleaner found a black medical case and a hypodermic syringe.

In March 2009 Professor Derek Abbott of the University of Adelaide, and his team, began an attempt to solve the case, trying to crack the code and proposed and exhumation to test for DNA. So far this has been opposed by involved parties. The case continues to this day.