Posts Tagged ‘2009’

Discovery Island is an 11.5 acre island at the Walt Disney World attraction, Bay Lake, Florida and was once open for guests from 1974 until April 8th 1999 when it was closed to the public.

From the early 1900’s it was known as Raz Island and Disney brought it in 1965, it opened up as Treasure Island in 1974 as a place to observe wildlife. It was later renamed Discovery Island and was recognized as a zoological park. 8th April, 1999 it closed but was operational until 9th July whilst they relocated the animals into other Disney areas like their Animal Kingdom.

Once closed Disney considered teaming up with Myst game creators to make it into a living game island. It never got past the concept stage, a shame as having played Myst that could have been something pretty awesome.

In 1990 the dusty seaside sparrow was declared extinct as the birds were last recorded on the island in 1987 and they seemingly died off entirely.

Online information states that the power was cut in 2009, but before that the illusion was that it was fully operational. Someone in 2009 on a blog mentioned the eerie sounds of the Disney theme music still playing. From most sources that I could find it seems that it more likely the place is operating with power as security would need it; the island is still patrolled with security so this would make sense.

As of this year it is also reported that the buildings and the attractions are still on the island. It is pretty much a given that they will have suffered through the ages, that hurricanes and weather patterns have meant that the usual toll has been taken and it is possible to see it from the Disney Wilderness lodge, the Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground and there are boat trips that mean you are likely to spot them as you head around on that trip. If you have been or seen it would you let me know?

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This strange beast goes under many names, referring to a beast/animal that was photographed near Cerro Azul, Panama, in September 2009. The creature was reported having reputedly been killed by a group of teenagers and the pictures taken of the corpse were then sent to the Panama television station, Telemetro. The creature was then circulated via the good old power of the media, suggestions about what it was included a hairless sloth, a new creature or an alien species.

In the end the parts of it that could be found were biopsied by the National Environmental Authority of Panama. The conclusion was that the creature was a brown-throated sloth. It had an odd appearance that had been caused by underwater decomposition and that had resulted in the hair-loss. Satisfied they had solved the mystery the remains were buried.

A similar story to this was the Montauk Monster, New York area in July 2008. Again the story captured interest and eventually it was a 2009 episode of Monster Quest that decided it was most likely the remains of a racoon.

I keep looking for news on new and interesting creates, but these two sadly show that often it is a lack of our knowledge about nature and not a cryptid or alien being.

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Animal Planet – The Haunted, Episode 1, Season 1 in 2009 had found a nameplate with “The Blakely Home” upon looking for information, the owners of a software company, find that from 1919 to 1950 it was an insane asylum. Going outside the owners of the company find empty animal cages, the cages seemed big enough for cats, dogs and other small animals. Some weeks after this the motion sensors went off the police could find no reason for it.

I tried to look into this, I really found it quite hard work as I am not local and the information online is scant. I found that there were references to Blackley, Blockley or Blakely Insane Asylum all in the area. What I could find in general was an old reference to Blakely Home as an historical building stating it is now used by Calvert Laboratories. The company deals in pharmaceuticals and my research online shows animal testing is mentioned.

Initially I was getting frustrated but genealogy sites can really be of great help. The Blakely Home is located in Lackawama County, PA, USA. Kriswfield has entered a message on ancestry.co.uk about the place, he says that his father and his partner brought the property from the county in 1976. The business his dad owned ran up until 1982. He comments he could not say about the ethics of the lab that came in after that. He does however say that the labs were tightly regulated by the FDA and says in the main building, where they lived, that it was never considered to be haunted.

A nurse prior to that was able to say it was used as convalescent home and she worked there from 1971 to 1972, she states that it was a nice place to work.

Mentions I found in the area:

Built 1891 – Blakely Poor Farm.

Active Electronics building 2014, the PPA.net shows a picture of the building.

Ease Diagnostics – Auto Inspection & Testing Services

What can I work out? There was more than one building and I’m sure there are blurred lines here as I am not local and actually you need to ignore Ease Diagnostics, I believe. So that leaves the electronic company and Calvert Laboratories Inc on the same site. In 1891 the poor farm expanded and on that area there has been an old poor house; insane asylum, nursing home and then animal testing lab. So perhaps the bit more referred too is the one used by the electronics company and its really more coincidence Calvert Laboratories Inc are nearby now.

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Rosalia Lombardo is a resident of the catacombs, she was Italian born in 1918 and died December 6th, 1920. General Lombardo was so upset upon her death he went to a noted embalmer, Alfredo Salafia, in order to preserve her. Her body was one of the last ones to have been admitted to the catacombs in Sicily.

His technique was good enough that her body could be x-rayed and the organs show up. Her body is kept in a small glass covered coffin and placed on a marble pedestal. Unfortunately a 2009 photograph by the National Geographic shows that she is beginning to show signs of decomposition, most noticeably is the colour. So to combat this she was moved to a drier location in the catacombs. Her original coffin has also been placed in a sealed one to try and prevent any further deterioration.

National Geographic Link