13 December 2010, JellyBean @ 11:15 am

This is from the Strange News Daily Blog:

This week the Roman Catholic church officially recognised the first site in the US where an apparition of the Virgin Mary appeared to a Belgian-born nun. The place this occured was near the town of Champion, just east of Green Bay on Lake Michigan.


Adele Joseph Brice was born in Dion-le-Val, Brabant, Belgian on January 30, 1831. When she was still a child, she accidentally had lye spilt in her eye. She lost the sight in the eye, but despite this, she was known as a charming, polite and pious child by her neighbours.

During the 1950’s there was a wave of Belgian immigrants to the Green Bay area of the US. Adele’s parents decided that they too would make the trip.

She arrived in the US from Belgium with her parents in 1855. They bought a farm at Red River. Throughout her young life, Adele had wanted to join a convent and become a nun. Her family however insisted that she join them in the US.

The Visions

It was October 9, 1859 when the young Adele was working in the fields. She was carrying grain to the mill near Dyckesville when she stopped and couldn’t believe her eyes.

In the words of Sister Pauline LaPlant who often heard the story from Adele:

“ She [Adele] was going to the grist mill about four miles from here [Champion] with a sack of wheat on her head […]. As Adele came near the place, she saw a lady all in white standing between two trees, one a maple, the other a hemlock. Adele was frightened and stood still. The vision slowly disappeared, leaving a white cloud after it. Adele continued on her errand and returned home without seeing anything more. She told her parents what had happened, and they wondered what it could be — maybe a poor soul who needed prayers?

Read more on the Strange News Daily Blog

4 September 2010, JellyBean @ 6:04 pm

The landlords of a Merseyside pub which was almost destroyed by a fire believe a mysterious curse is to blame.

The blaze at the 250-year-old Magazine Hotel in Wallasey caused £200,000 worth of damage and left managers Linda and Les Baxendale living in a caravan for three months.

A small fabric witch figure which hung from the ceiling of the main bar was stolen two nights before the fire.

And with a history of accidents befalling those who dared to touch it, the couple are convinced the two are connected.

The official cause was a power surge which blew up the pub’s fuse box, starting a fire.

Linda, 59, said: “Part of the history of the pub is the two witches and a little devil, all made from brown felt, which were hanging by the bar.

“No-one knows exactly how long they were there and we don’t know who gave them to the pub but we think they were there for at least 100 years.

“They were covered in cobwebs and dust because we were told that if anyone touched them bad things would happen to them.”

Read more: Liverpool Echo

1 September 2010, JellyBean @ 11:43 am

IN one of his past lives, Dr. Paul DeBell believes, he was a caveman. The gray-haired Cornell-trained psychiatrist has a gentle, serious manner, and his appearance, together with the generic shrink décor of his office — leather couch, granite-topped coffee table — makes this pronouncement seem particularly jarring.

In that earlier incarnation, “I was going along, going along, going along, and I got eaten,” said Dr. DeBell, who has a private practice on the Upper East Side where he specializes in hypnotizing those hoping to retrieve memories of past lives. Dr. DeBell likes to reflect on how previous lives can alter one’s sense of self. He, for example, is more than a psychiatrist in 21st-century Manhattan; he believes he is an eternal soul who also inhabited the body of a Tibetan monk and a conscientious German who refused to betray his Jewish neighbors in the Holocaust.

Belief in reincarnation, he said, “allows you to experience history as yours. It gives you a different sense of what it means to be human.”

Peter Bostock, a retired language teacher from Winnipeg, Manitoba, says that in the early 1880s he managed a large estate — possibly Chatsworth — in Derbyshire, England.

In a twist that would make Jane Austen blush, he thinks he was in love with the soul of his current wife, Jo-Anne, then embodied as a cook in the estate’s kitchen. Married to someone else, Mr. Bostock could not act on his feelings.

Read the whole article: New York Times

15 August 2010, JellyBean @ 7:33 pm

Sasquatch gets around. Although he seems to prefer the Pacific Northwest, he has also been sighted in other parts of North America. According to The Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization, there are photos from 2007 of a young Sasquatch in Pennsylvania’s Allegheny Mountains. This is just a (Bigfoot) hop and a skip from New York’s Adirondacks. And perhaps just a short swim over from Prague…

Prague, after all, is the closest thing that Golems have to a home town. The 16th century chief rabbi of Prague (Judah Loew ben Bezalel a/k/a the Maharal) allegedly created a Golem in order to protect the ghetto Jews from anti-Semitic attacks. Creating a Golem is no easy feat. Golems are made from mud by those with a profound knowledge of Jewish mysticism. When the word emet (meaning “truth” in Hebrew) is inscribed on the Golem’s forehead by such a mystic, the Golem becomes activated. If the Golem becomes a little too enthusiastic, it can be deactivated by removing the aleph (first Hebrew letter of emet). The removal of this essential letter changes the mystical code from truth (emet) to dead (met). This effectively stops the Golem dead in its muddy tracks.

Some say that the Prague Golem fell in love, but was rejected. This could have been reason enough for a defection to Whitehall, New York. If that weren’t enough, the Golem was also in danger of being detained indefinitely within the Prague synagogue’s attic (on an as-needed basis). Although intensely obedient by nature, a Golem can only take just so much before it’s time to let loose.

Read more: Examiner

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