19 January 2011, JellyBean @ 8:48 am

We often hear stories of alien abductions, cattle mutilations and crop circles. These mysterious phenomena have almost become part of our lives as they are reported on frequently in the press.

One phenomenon which is not reported on is that of water which mysteriously vanishes without any clues as to where it has gone. I have personally seen a case like this when a neighbor had the water in their swimming pool mysteriously vanish overnight. The evening before the pool was full and the next morning it was empty and bone dry.

Scott Corrales was written an excellent article on his site Inexplicata about this enigma:

During a segment of the Montel Williams Show that aired in 2004, namely a segment featuring controversial psychic Sylvia Browne, a member of the audience asked the seer if she could provide the answer to a nagging question: One morning she awoke to find that all of the water in her swimming pool was completely gone, with no signs of cracks in the cement or tell-tale puddles of water around the structure. Without missing a beat, Browne replied: “Oh, honey, those were aliens!”

A frivolous subject to some, but a no-nonsense situation to cattle ranchers and property owners in South America. For a very long time, reports have emerged from isolated farms and suburban residences involving the complete and utter absence of water from in-ground pools and large open water tanks for the sort seen on farms. Very rarely do the victims of this “exfiltration” leap to the conclusion that saucer pilots have stopped by for a sip of H2O: conventional explanations have invariably been sought first – leakage by sudden cracks appearing in pools or the seams of water towers, for example. But the liquid vanishes far too quickly – overnight – for this to be a normal occurrence. An average in-ground swimming pool with a ten thousand gallon capacity will require electric pumps and many hours, perhaps even a day, to empty completely, with the inevitable flooding of the grass surrounding the structure. A mammoth water tank holding five times the amount might take days. Yet the disappearances always occur overnight, or in even less time.

Read the whole article on Inexplicata.com

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.

16 September 2010, JellyBean @ 9:16 am

With echoes of the DB Cooper case, three ‘credible’ witnesses reported seeing a man leap from a plane at a high altitude and then plummeting towards the earth.

Initially they thought he was a skydiver, but no parachute was deployed and they were convinced that he fell to his death.

There is only one problem, despite a search of the densely populated Atlantic City, nothing has turned up. The man has completely disappeared.

The search began with search parties, but later helicopters were drafted in to help. Nothing was found.

So how does a person fall froma plane and then vanish?

The witnesses could have been mistaken. Perhaps they thought it was a person but was just something else falling from the plane.

It could have been a hoax where the people in the plane pushed out a dummy or ‘human sized’ package.

Another possibility is that it was part of a drug smuggling ring. The packaged drugs are pushed out the plane and then collected by someone on the ground in a designated area.

If it was indeed a body, then perhaps it is hidden amongst foliage, on top of a roof or fallen into water. In any of these cases, it would be hard to find the body.

The final unbelievable and unlikely suggestion is that perhaps the person managed to survive the fall and merely walked away.

Part of the mystery is that no planes have reported losing a passenger…

Source: Courier Post Online

18 August 2010, JellyBean @ 5:26 am

In some parts of the world, strange news stories become so well known, that they become a part of national folklore and legend. Even stranger is that even though these stories gain such prominance in one country, they are seldom heard in others.

One such case has become a major talking point for the people of Spain, but is virtually unheard of outside of the country. It is the true story of what happened to the boy from Somosierra?

It was the 24th June 1986. Andres Gomez was a truck driver who made his living delivering highly combustible and corrosive compounds to Madrid. On this particular day he was excited because his delivery was a little different – he had brought his family along for the ride.

His wife, Carmen Gomez, and their son, Juan Pedro Martinez Gomez had never been to Madrid before and as his delivery was in that part of Spain, he decided to bring them along with him. They were all excited about the trip and the next day they had decided that on the way home, they would stop off to see the amazing scenery at the Somosierra mountain pass in the Sierra de Guadarrama north of Madrid in Spain. But fate would have a different plan.

The Volvo F-12 refueled near the town of Cieza, Murcia. At 00:12, the family was seen by the staff of the petrol station. After taking a nap at a rest area, they returned to the 301 national highway to Madrid. At 5:30 am, they made their last stop at the Aragon Inn. Witnesses who saw them there said that the family looked happy and nothing was amiss. But shortly afterwards things changes drastically.

Witnesses on the road reported seeing the truck accelerating to speeds of over 140 km/h, stopping suddenly before speeding off again at high speed. It wasn’t long before the police received a call that a major accident had occured. The truck has collided with another car, overturned in a ditch and the tanker had ruptured, spilling the explosive, corrosive liquid all over the road.

Authorities rushed to the scene to contain the environmental damage. Specialist clean-up crews arrived at the scene and started cleaning up the spill. When they managed to get to the cab of the truck, they found that the liquid had penetrated it and the two bodies inside has suffered terrible burns, but were otherwise intact.

Everything looked like a tragic accident. That was until the grandparents asked authorities: Where is my grandson, Juan Pedro?

Fearing that the boy was perhaps injured, the crews and police scoured the site of the crash but there was no trace of the 10 year old boy. The only indication that he had even been in the cab with his parents was one lone shoe.

People immediately speculated that his body had been dissolved by the corrosive liquid, but this was quickly dismissed by the forensics team who said that even if his body had come in contact with large amounts of the fluid, bones and other biological materials would still have been evident.

The police interviewed witnesses to the events leading up to the accident. It as then that the true bizarre nature of the story became evident.

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