11 October 2010, JellyBean @ 12:17 pm

In my research I have found so many stories of the paranormal from all over the world. From the Tokoloshe in South Africa to the Aswang in the Philippines, from the Yeren in China to close encounters in Russia.

Most of us westerners usually focus on the stories that are reported by western press and we miss out on a lot of stories from countries that are third world. Some sites, such as Inexplicata, have brought to light some of these stories, but for the most part, they remain hidden in obscure (at least to most of us) newspapers and reports.

I have set myself a challenge for the coming year or so – telling at least one story of the weird, strange, bizarre or paranormal from each country in the world.

This is where I need your help. If you have a story of the strange or paranormal from your country, or even just some local folklore or legend, please send me a message with an outline and I will attempt to write an article about it.

Some of the articles may appear on our sister site Strange News Daily, but I will also include it here.

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1 September 2010, JellyBean @ 11:41 am

Crop circles were revealed as a hoax almost 20 years ago, so why do so many people still flock to Wiltshire, convinced of their extraterrestrial powers?

Wiltshire’s a beautiful county and it’s an idyllic Friday evening at the Barge Inn, Honeystreet. Boats are moored on the canal that runs past the pub, there’s a White Horse etched into the chalk just down the road and in the pub’s back room the ceiling is painted with images of Stonehenge, errant cherubim and crop circles. ‘It is,’ one local tells me, ‘the Sistine Chapel of Wiltshire.’

The Barge indeed is Crop Circle Central – there’s even Croppie ale for sale – and circle aficionados arrive to camp here from all over the world: in the visitors’ book Kerry from Australia has written: ‘Great crop circles! Great people!’, while Miranda and Trond from Norway say: ‘Great to be back at Croppie HQ!’ No wonder an official at the Wiltshire Tourist Board tells me that they love crop circles; together with the numinous delights of Stonehenge and Avebury Rings they’re the county’s biggest draws.

Last year was a bumper year for fantastically elaborate, large crop formations – 70 or so, many within spitting distance of the Barge and one taking three nights to fully emerge – and in early August this year, more than 45 had been reported. And, remarkably, in June the scientific journal, Nature, ran a piece on them.

Read more: Telegraph

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14 July 2010, JellyBean @ 7:39 pm

Perhaps it was caused by a close encounter of the 3-D kind.

This sophisticated crop circle uses an optical illusion to give the impression of a three dimensional cube.

The creators of the 200ft wide design in a field of wheat at Clay Hill near Warminster, Wiltshire remain a mystery.

The area is known as the UFO capital of Britain after repeated sightings of unearthly objects and numerous crop circle appearances over the last few decades.

However, those hoping that the mysterious circle is a message from another world or a sign of a spacecraft landing are likely to disappointed.

Over a decade ago pranksters Doug Bower and Dave Chorley admitted that they had created 200 crop circles mostly around Warminster.

Mr Bower explained that after sketching them out in his studio workshop they would take a plank and rope to a cornfield where they would walk around with the rope in ever-increasing circles and make a passageway leading to another identical circle.

Not that this very down to earth explanation halted wild conjecture about their origins.

The crop circle phenomenon started in Westbury, just three miles north of Warminster in August 1980 and last month 200 crop circles have appeared in one elaborate formation in the nearby village of Mere.

Read the whole article and see the photos: Daily Mail

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7 May 2010, JellyBean @ 2:12 pm

The cuckoo traditionally marks the beginning of spring and right on cue to mark the first day of summer a crop circle has been spotted.

The first to be seen of that seasonal staple it is made up of curious swirls and has been ‘discovered’ in a field of oil seed rape in Wiltshire close to the remains of an Iron Age hill fort.

The county is a popular spot for crop circle sightings and this one was found overlooking the historic site of Old Sarum, near Salisbury, near to where a 150ft dragonfly appeared in a field last year.

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The bizarre shapes and designs are predominately found in the counties of South West England. However, they tend to pop up in other regions too and last year a 600ft jellyfish appeared in Oxfordshire – becoming the first jellyfish crop circle in the world.

The crop circle season normally begins in April with them increasing in number to a high point in July and August.

Read more and see the pics:

Daily Mail

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