Could the future already be written? This mammoth series spans human experience to illuminate this question. Common wisdom has it we prepare for our future by understanding our past. But did the ancient prophets already know the future? Are we living in the world they predicted? Edgar Cayce was also known as "the other Nostradamus." Throughout the 1930s and ’40s, Cayce was a well-known figure, renowned for his “healing abilities” as well as his prophecies.
In this enlightening and often unsettling series, the viewer revisits the prophecies and divinations of the Ancients and traces them to the modern events they may have been predicting. Beyond great leaders and pivotal battles, our history contains a trove of information and insight, tradition and warning. Fromthe Tibetan Book of the Deadto a 20th Century Nostradamus, from the secrets of the Templars to the real fiend behind the Frankenstein story, these programs address some of these persistent curiosities from the Ages:
WITH its deathly stare and ugly wrinkled skin, it looks like the rotting skull of a zombie or an Egyptian mummy.
But this gruesome, emaciated creature began life as a cute, attractive toy, bought by parents as a gift for their child.
Like many playthings, the doll was eventually consigned to the attic. But as it lay gathering dust, demonic forces set to work. When the family retrieved it 11 years later, like Dorian Gray’s infamous portrait, the doll had withered and aged.
The story of the Doll That Grew Old is told by expert on the paranormal Jim Eaton in his book, Ghosts Caught On Film 2.
“The family bought the doll in good condition,” said Mr Eaton. “They decided to store it in the attic.
“When they stumbled on it 11 years later, they were shocked by how much it had aged – wrinkled like an old man.”
The horrified family gave it away but it soon changed hands for a lot of money.
“This is the picture taken before the doll was given away. We can only wonder what condition it may be in now,” he said.
ONE day in 1922, near Broken Hill, Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), a skull was found. When it came to the attention of the British Museum, the curators were pleased.
It was, in fact, a Neanderthal skull, and Neanderthal bones did not exactly come ten-a-penny.
But the Broken Hill skull was special for other reasons. On the left side of the cranium was a small, perfectly round hole. At first it was assumed that it had been made by a spear, or other sharp implement, but further investigation proved that this had not been the case.
When a skull is struck by a relatively low-velocity projectile – such as an arrow, or spear – it produces what are known as radial cracks or striations; that is, minute hairline fractures running away from the place of impact.
As there were no radial fractures on the Neanderthal skull, it was unanimously concluded that the projectile must have had a far, far greater velocity than an arrow or spear. But what?
Another mystery was that the right side of the cranium had, in the words of one anthropologist, “been blown away”. Further research also proved that that the right side of the cranium had been “blown away” from the inside out.
In short, whatever had hit the Broken Hill Neanderthal on the left side of his head had passed through it with such force that it had caused the right side to explode.
Researcher Rene Noorbergen, who investigated the mystery in his excellent book Secrets Of The Lost Races, commented: “This same feature is seen in modern victims of head wounds received from shots from a high-powered rifle.”
Noorbergen’s comments were more than appropriate, for forensic experts who have studied the skull in Berlin have since concluded that, “The cranial damage to Rhodesian Man’s skull could not have been caused by anything but a bullet”.
Compounding the mystery further is the fact that the skull of an ancient aurochs (an extinct type of bison) was found in Russia by the Lena River.
It, too, had been shot in the head, thousands of years previously, but had survived for some time, as the bullet hole had calcified.
This sensational discovery came to the attention of professor Constantin Flerov, curator of Moscow’s Palaeontological Museum of the USSR, who promptly put the skull on display.
Incredible though it sounds, we are faced with quite forceful evidence that, thousands of years ago, someone discharged a bullet into the skull of one of our anthropological cousins and also nearly killed a large mammal by the same method. But how could this be?
One obvious (but very radical) solution is to conclude that, contrary to what we have always understood, ancient man may have been technologically developed to a very high degree. Did a small but advanced civilisation develop the concept of ballistics long before the Chinese?
The problem with this idea is that it is too much of a coincidence. Could two separate societies, separated by thousands of years and a vast cultural gulf, have both invented weapons that just happened to fire small, cylindrical projectiles at high speed?
One colleague suggested to me that the only alternative is the possibility that someone from the future, carrying a firearm, travelled back into the past and engaged in some sort of trans-temporal hunting expedition.
This takes us perilously close to the realms of science fantasy, of course, but the fact is that the hole in the aurochs’ skull got there somehow.
Like it or not, the fact is that someone or something seemed to be using high-velocity bullets thousands of years ago. We don’t know who, we don’t know why and we don’t know how – but it happened.
This one has to be the best yet. Professional photographer Benjamin Martin of New York sent us the following photo featured in the short video below. It is simply amazing, check it out. Thanks Benjamin!
Below is an excerpt from Benjamin’s original email to me on the photo:
In February 2014, I surprised my longtime girlfriend with a bit of an offbeat valentine’s day weekend trip to Salem, Massachusetts…
As you can imagine, I have several cameras both digital and film and love to shoot on both mediums. I brought along a somewhat novel 35mm camera that I have loved to experiment with as a B camera. It is called a lenticular camera and has four lenses across the front firing all four at once across what would otherwise be 2 standard 35mm frames.
It ended up being a few weeks before I was able to drop off and pick up the rolls of film that I had shot in Salem. Excited to see the photos, I stretched the film out on a light table right there at the lab. When I came across the following images, I had a visceral experience that I can only liken to doors of perception thrown open.
Since then, I have gone over every possible technical aberration with other Professional photographers and experts (light leak, sun flare, processing error, etc.) and it has left us all stumped!
I have included a raw scan of the film as well as one that I have adjusted for exposure and removed dust for reference. If you know anyone that has any explanation for this, or has seen something similar, in Salem or elsewhere please let me know! Other than a handful of friends and colleagues, no one has seen these images, and only myself and my Father have bore witness to all four frames of the uncut film. I’ve been listening to your shows for the last 2 years or so and love what you do. I never thought that I’d be sending you something like this!
Edinburgh’s famous military Tattoo is often billed as out of this world - but a mysterious sighting has given that phrase a whole new meaning.
Tourists queuing for the spectacle spotted an unusual sight in the skies above the Castle – and it wasn’t a jet flypast or an exotic bird.
The oddly-shaped light in the sky was captured by Catherine Stuart and her mother Susan, who were in the queue for Saturday’s late-night Tattoo, just before 10.30pm.
Ms Stuart, who lives in London but is originally from South Africa, said she had no explanation for the strange apparition, which disappeared soon after they photographed it.
The 31-year-old said she thought the “weird” object was a bird at first.
She added: “It was very strange to see because when we looked at it again it didn’t look like a bird.
“It was hovering around and then it disappeared. It was a weird shape, like a square light. I have no idea what it was.”
But rather than off-the-wall theories about alien activity, there may be a perfectly logical explanation – which still involves space. It is likely that the sighting could actually be the International Space Station, which has been spotted by several people in the city over recent days.
There have also been reported sightings of the ATV-5 cargo space ship.
Nasa’s “spot the station” website, which gives detailed information about the optimum times to spot the ISS over the Capital’s skies, said that residents have a chance of getting a glimpse for up to five minutes at a time, until
It has been visible from particular co-ordinates in the city since Wednesday.
Meanwhile, taster sessions of the Tattoo are being run in Stirling today as part of a scheme to bring a taste of Edinburgh’s world-famous show to other Scottish cities.
There will be a short parade from Stirling’s Albert Halls, before 600 performers from this month’s sold-out spectacle assemble in Port Street.
The hour-long tasters of the 2014 Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo – featuring the Trinidad and Tobago Steel Orchestra, South Africa’s iNgobamakhosi Zulu Dancers and the Massed Pipes and Drums – were held in Glasgow last week, and will arrive in Dundee next week.
Mike Cantlay, chairman of VisitScotland, said: “A taste of the Tattoo with the stunning backdrop of historic Stirling will be a spectacular sight to behold and as a local, I very much look forward to experiencing the amazing talent on show as they perform to what is always a very enthusiastic crowd.
This is a unique and wonderful celebration of Homecoming, and we hope visitors and residents alike enjoy a taste of one of the biggest events in Scotland’s year – the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.”
YouTube user Couch Potato was skateboarding with friends in Lake Tahoe with a head-mounted camera when he captured footage of the creature
A US skateboarder claims he has filmed a video of the mythical Bigfoot.
YouTube user Couch Potato was skateboarding with friends in lake Tahoe with a head-mounted camera when he captured footage of the creature.
“I didn’t notice the Bigfoot-like creature until I got home several days later and watched my videos,” he said.
The recording, initially consisting of seven minutes of footage but later edited to about a minute, was sent to The Paranormal Review, a YouTube channel “devoted to analysing paranormal activities and breaking them down”.
The video shows a dark silhouette standing between the trees by the left side of the road.
“The dark area in the bush was something that we noticed," said the owner of the channel.
"Couch Potato didn’t say anything about it when he contacted us. I don’t know if it is the supposed creature or not.
"Who knows if it is legitimate or not?"
Lake Tahoe is a freshwater lake located along the border between California and Nevada and is considered the largest alpine lake in North America.
Similar sightings have taken place in the area. In 2012, a man claimed to have filmed “what appears to be a Bigfoot” and recorded “its voice yelling”.
Do they indicate the presence of current life forms and a past civilization?
SINCE ANCIENT MAN began tracking the unique red world across the night sky, we have always known there is something special about Mars. Although it is much smaller than Earth, Mars is the most Earth-like planet in our solar system, bearing many similar geological features, including polar ice caps and what appear to be ancient (but now dry) river beds. But is there life on Mars? Despite the controversy surrounding Mars meteorites that some scientists think contain fossils of ancient Martian bacteria-like life forms, there is no conclusive evidence that life currently or ever existed on Mars.
That, however, does not mean that life wasn't - or isn't - present. Although there is no conclusive evidence for life on Mars, there are some tantalizing photos sent back from the Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) and other probes that might show Martian life forms, and other photos that could depict evidence of intelligent life!
The restoration of a venerated 18th century statue of Christ in Mexico has revealed a somewhat creepy detail — the figure contains real human teeth, and the chompers appear to be in pristine condition.
Researchers at Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) said this week they made the discovery after performing X-rays on the Lord of Patience, as the figure is known, during a restoration operation.
The fangs are only slightly visible through Christ’s open lips, but anthropologists said X-rays showed the eight teeth are complete and intact, all the way to the root.
The 3'8" tall icon — depicting a patient, pained Christ resting momentarily during the Passion — is usually seated in a church in San Bartolo Cuautlalpan, a town of 10,000 in the municipality of Zumpango, about 30 miles north of Mexico City.
“It is common for statues to have teeth, but they are normally made of wood or carved individually out of bone,” said Fanny Unikel, a Mexican art restorer, in statements made to INAH. “In this case, he has eight adult teeth. You can even see the roots.”
Unikel, from Mexico’s National School of Conservation, Restoration and Museology, said the teeth were most likely donated out of gratitude, or as a way to get closer to the religious figure, adding that it is historically common for parishioners to donate clothes or their own hair to make wigs for saints, for example.
The Lord of Patience statue has been venerated in San Bartolo Cuautlalpan for centuries, although the exact date it was made or its authorship remain unknown. INAH dates it to the 18th century and the Colonial Era,when Mexico was referred as New Spain and the Catholic Church’s missionary work — and its Inquisition — expanded northward to what is now the Southwest United States.
Unikel said the Lord of Patience in the San Bartolo church is very well preserved. “The sculpture is always dressed,” Unikel explained. “He only leaves the church during Holy Week, when he is paraded through the town.”
It is common throughout Mexico’s rural communities to carry venerated figures through the streets on holidays, followed usually by a celebratory parade of townspeople in costumes, depictions of saints, and occasionally, heavily decorated animals.
Some of the Lord of Patience’s original green tinges on his skin, as well as blood-red hues, were discovered underneath a “modern beige retouching,” and have now been recovered. Unikel does not believe, however, that the teeth belonged to a important religious figure from the period, but rather they were used because they were available.
“The community really appreciates him, and this can be seen in the base of the sculpture, where there are different layers of multiple shades of paint,” Unikel told INAH. “This shows that they wanted to present him with dignity.”
According to the INAH statement, the Lord of Patience and his human teeth is already back in San Bartolo and resting, as he has done for years, in the village church.