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Elbert County, Georgia has a large stone monument that has eight modern languages inscribed on it, with shorter messages at the top in ancient languages, Babylonian, Classical Greek, Sanskrit and Egyptian Heiroglyphs. It has also been referred to before as the American Stonehenge, and a capstone stands on the top of it making the whole thing astronomically aligned.

In 1979 an unknown person/s under the pseudonym of R C Christan (arsey Christan?) hired Elberton Granite Finishing Company to build it. In 2008 it was defaced with slogans such as “death to the New World Order” and Wired magazine called it the first serious act of vandalism against them.

The list of things inscribed are as follows: maintaining humanity to under 500,000,000 to keep in perpetual balance with nature; to guide reproduction wisely with improving fitness and diversity; to unite humanity with a living new language; ruling passion, faith, tradition and all things with tempered reason; protect people and nations with fair laws and just courts; let all nations rule internally and use a world court to resolve external disputes; avoid petty laws and useless officials; balance personal rights along with social duties; prize truth, beauty, love, seeking harmony with the infinite; don’t be a cancer on the earth, leaving room for nature.

There is a stone nearby explaining the size and dimensions etc of the stones. There is also mention of a time capsule buried under the site, but the fields there for the dates are not listed and so there is speculation that this never came into fruition.

Albert County owns the site of the stone, and the land registration says that they purchased the land October 1st, 1979. Two accounts of the unveiling say it was March 1980 in front of 100 people and another says 22nd March 1980 in front of 400. It has been praised by some as a good call for rational thinking, others have said it sounds like the commandments of the Antichrist.

Whatever they are, and whoever really was behind it might well be a mystery but the words are there and it’s a seemingly permanent feature and roadside attraction.

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He was born in 1922(ish) and the Haitian man is said to have been turned into a zombie by a combination of drugs. He been of interested both in folklore and for those that have an interest in how his condition came to light.

It’s believed he was drugged by puffer-fish venom and toad venom, it induced a coma that mimicked the appearance of death. The general belief is that it the poisoning was done by his brother when they had quarrelled over land. 

He was then returned home, where he collapsed and seen as dead, he was then buried. The Bokor (sorcerer) then retrieved the man who was, in effect, buried alive. Once retrieved from his grave he was given a drug known as datura, which causes memory loss and hallucinations He was in a zombie-like compliant state and this meant he worked subserviently for two years on a sugar plantation. The owner of the plantation died and Narcisse was left to wander free, unaware of the death of his brother he slowly began to regain his senses as the drug left his system.

According to the interview with American Scientist after 18 years of being presumed dead he came back to his village, he managed to convince his sister and some of the villagers about who he was. After the hallucinogen worked it’s way out if his system the former was restored to his natural mental state. One of the things that is frustrating is that there are not enough notes, from Wade Davis who explored the case, to determine the actual neurotoxin used. 

Here is the account.

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Alan Moore created the comic book character of John Constantine, later adapted into a film that starred Keanu Reeves playing the character, but Alan Moore may well have come face to face with his ceration before then. In his words:

One interesting anecdote that I should point out is that one day, I was in Westminster in London – this was after we had introduced the character – and I was sitting in a sandwich bar. All of a sudden, up the stairs came John Constantine. He was wearing the trenchcoat, a short cut – he looked – no, he didn’t even look exactly like Sting. He looked exactly like John Constantine. He looked at me, stared me straight in the eyes, and then just walked off around the corner to the other part of the snack bar. I sat there and thought, should I go around that corner and see if he really is there, or should I just eat my sandwich and leave? I opted for the latter; I thought it was the safest. I’m not making any claims to anything. I’m just saying that it happened. Strange little story.”

In the snakes & ladders book a fictionalised version added he once came up to say “I will tell you the ultimate secret of magic. Any c*** could do it.”

Now either Alan Moore was telling another good tale, delusional, had subconsciously made him and had seen the guy before or possibly he had brought Constantine into existence. This has been discussed before as something called the Tulpa effect, essentially this is a Buddhist belief that a thing or being can be willed into existence with the right spiritual and mental discipline. The concentration and the power of the mind is what creates it but with enough vitality the creation can free itself from its maker. Perhaps we shouldn’t be so quick to dismiss Alan Moore’s story, or come to think of it, a child with an imaginary friend….

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Ahmedabad, India is a bustling café that serves milky tea and buttery rolls in a rather unique location. It’s a Lucky Restaurant, and the business has another reason for attention, it’s set in the middle of an old Muslim cemetery.

In the 1950’s K H Mohammed opened a tea stall outside the cemetery, Nair helped to expand it and they went into partnership. It’s slowly expanded and the cemetery was used in an attempt to make more space.

Workers are used to navigating around the businesses unique furniture, and move around as they serve tea to the visitors. The graves are not identified per say, local historians however believe that they are the resting place of relatives of a 16th Century Sufi Saint whose tomb lays nearby.

Each morning the graves are cleaned and fresh flowers placed on them, they are, as Nair says, his Lucky Charms.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hBfhzxcT1O4