Os Embalos de Sábado a Noite: o melhor filme de John Travolta

Dica de filme do dia:


OS EMBALOS DE SABADO A NOITE (Saturday night fever) EUA, 1977. Dir.: John Badham



É somente depois de assisti-lo que você terá uma idéia do porque dessa fita ter feito tanto alarde no fim dos anos 70, que ajudou a revelar mais ainda o talento do (até então jovem) ator John Travolta. Como esta tarde vou retirar parte de um pequeno texto que escrevi no orkut a respeito do longa.
´´Gosto da atuação do travolta... Obviamente os números musicais são um show a parte (´´you should be dancing´ acho q entrou para a galeria das melhores cenas do cinema)

aquele plano de fotografia da abertura do filme (a câmera acompanhando Tony manero pelas ruas de nova York sem mostrar de fato, o rosto do personagem, logo depois, foi imitada por vários outros cinematógrafos).....

tecnicamente o filme nao tem tantos números musicais como de costume do gênero....na verdade o enredo é mais voltado para o drama (a vida "labutada" do protagonista - sempre ansioso pela chegada do sábado, dia da transformação: de trabalhador quase-humilde á rei-das-pistas-de-dança em uma badalada boate da cidade....)

Nota para o filme: 8.0


feito por Jeniss Alves Walker.










uma das cenas mais famosas do filme (nao consegui encontrar o trailer original de cinema)



Why NASA Has Never Returned To The Moon


Alien moon: Why NASA Never Returned To The Moon 1

Alien moon: Why NASA Never Returned To The Moon 2

Alien moon: Why NASA Never Returned To The Moon 3
Video that documents reasons why NASA has not returned a mission to the moon's surface.


UFO Videos: Hermosa Beach, CA - 4/22/08



Two-part video of a UFO that was seen over the ocean at Hermosa Beach, CA on 4/22/08. There is an introduction by the videographer in the beginning of the 1st video.


Video: Vietnam Confirms UFO Explosion / Crash


An unidentified flying object exploded at about 10:00 AM on May 27th over the northern part of Phu Quoc Island, the Vietnam News Agency reported.

This is a region off the coast of the southern province of Kien Giang. Col. Nguyen Van Qui, military chief of the island district, reported the explosion and consequent discovery of debris.

It is reported that many residents found what are described as "many gray metal pieces, including a 1.5 meter long piece".

The island district authorities on Phu Quoc quickly contacted airline companies in Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand, but so far none have confirmed any accidents involving their flights.

The explosion happened at about 8 kilometers, or five miles, above the ground, the VNA reported, "and perhaps it was a plane, but authorities could not identify whether it was a civil or military aircraft."

The Phu Quoc Island People’s Committee mobilized local armed forces and volunteers to help rescue any survivors, believing there had been a disaster, but there were none to be found. Col. Nguyen Van Qui was the person who described the craft as an "unidentified flying object" according to the VNA.

The deputy commander of the Cambodian Air Force, Kung Mony, said the initial determination was that a foreign plane had crashed in the Cambodian province of Kampot, but that suggestion was later retracted. Villagers in Kampot confirmed that they heard a loud explosion and then found small chunks of metal near the coast, presumably from the craft. They did not elaborate as to what type of metal it was.

One possibility the VNA cited, is that a military aircraft taking part in a secret mission exploded. If that is the case, its country of origin has not claimed it.

The theory was given some weight by the Vietnam News Agency (VNA) report which said: "The explosion happened at about 8 km above the ground, and perhaps it was a plane, but authorities could not identify whether it was a civil or military aircraft."


Larry Flynt e Hustler

dica de filme do dia:


O POVO vs LARRY FLYNT (people vs Larry flynt) eua, 1996. Dir: Milos Forman.


Já faz alguns dias que participo de uma conversa entre colegas sobre a filmografia do tcheco Milos Forman (ganhador de 2 prêmios da academia na categoria melhor diretor: em 1975 por UM ESTRANHO NO NINHO; 1984 por AMADEUS). Praticamente sua ultima grande obra cinematográfica foi esse brilhante filme de 1996, nomeado para vários prêmios importantes daquele ano – incluindo uma indicação para direção e ator principal (o formidável Woody Harrelson). Como o titulo já explica, o enredo fala sobre a ascensão (e quase queda) de um dos homens mais controversos dos EUA no século passado: o empresário Larry Flynt.

Desde jovem, flynt já demonstrava uma aptidão incomum para o lucrativo e ´´condenativo´´ mercado pornográfico. Começando como gerente de um pequeno bar-prostibulo, Flynt, junto com alguns fieis amigos, começa a publicar secretamente revistas pornográficas – que ao contrário da ´´concorrente´´(devem saber qual é) não tinha pudores, ou conteúdo ´´artistico´´ demais.(lê-se imagens ou poses ´´mais quentes´´ de mulheres, alem de ALTO TEOR de sexo explicito). Com um conteúdo erótico mais intenso, as publicações da revista HUSTLER se tornaram não só um sucesso imediato, como também um problema na vida do empresário. Vitima de vários processos judiciais e até de um atentado (que o deixou paralítico) Larry Flynt, processo a processo não só se tornou um homem odiado por muitos puritanos como também, uma interessante e diferente figura da luta pela liberdade de expressão (como o próprio dizia: quem não quiser que não leia. Não obrigo ninguém, mas gostaria de poder ter o direito de ´´artisticamente´´ fazer o que bem entender.´´). Muitas das vitórias conquistadas por Larry na justiça foram graças a boa vontade e determinação do seu jovem advogado (que tempos depois se tornou seu melhor amigo) – interpretado aqui por Edward Norton.

PEOPLE vs LARRY FLYNT é uma excelente opção de filme para aqueles que procuram algo no gênero drama-inspirado-em-uma-historia-real. Um dos melhores da década passada e com uma grande e importante mensagem sobre direitos civis (até para casos curiosos como esse.).

Nota para o filme:9.0





UK 'Bigfoot' Video Possibly a Cryptid Big Cat


Internet buffs claim to have filmed a wild 'Bigfoot'-type beast in the Peak District.

The video has been posted on internet site Youtube and has now been viewed by big cat spotters across the UK and further afield.

Although many people are suspicious of the footage, others claim it could be the real thing.

The film comes after various big cat sightings in the Dales and Peak over the past decades


Attempt To Smuggle Radioactive Chernobyl Helicopter Foiled

A plan to smuggle a highly radioactive helicopter from the site of the world's worst nuclear accident and turn it into a cafe has been foiled in Ukraine, police said Friday.

Suspects were detained on Thursday carrying scrap 20-30 times the legal radiation level from the 30-kilometer (18-mile) exclusion zone around the Chernobyl nuclear power station, which exploded in 1986, police said in a statement.

The criminals "tried to take an Mi-8 helicopter out of exclusion zone to use it as an original coffee shop in one of Ukraine's cities," read the statement from the elite SBU special services.

A workhorse of the Soviet armed forces, the Mi-8 helicopter is capable of carrying up to 28 people in its normal configuration, although it's not clear how many customers the gang had been hoping to seat.


Japanese Man Discovers Woman Living In His Closet

A Japanese man puzzled by food mysteriously disappearing from his refrigerator got a shock when he found out a woman had been living in his home for months without permission, police said Friday.

The 57-year-old man living alone -- or so he thought -- in the western city of Fukuoka installed a security camera and called the police when he saw images of someone walking around his home while he was out.

"We searched the house in the man's presence. We found the woman in the closet," said a local police spokesman.

The woman, named as 58-year-old Tatsuko Horikawa, was found in a flat storage space only just big enough for a person to squeeze into lying down.

She had sneaked a mattress and several plastic bottles into the cubby hole, police said, adding that the women had been arrested.

"She told police that she had nowhere to live," the spokesman said. "She seems to have lived there for about a year, but not all the time."

It is unclear how she managed to enter the home undetected. Police suspect she might have been closet-hopping, moving from house to house.


UFO Image Captured Over Spennymoor, County Durham

BRITISH UFO researchers are to examine a photo taken of a strange object in the sky above a North-East town.

Derbyshire man Barry Knaggs found the strange image when he downloaded pictures he had taken on his digital camera during a visit to Spennymoor, in County Durham, at the weekend.

Mr Knaggs, 61, was returning to the town where his parents used to live on a nostalgic visit with his wife.

Although the couple noticed nothing unusual at the time, Mr Knaggs says he was amazed when he downloaded the photos to his PC once back home.

"When I zoomed in to have a look I had to tell myself to stop being silly," he said.

"It looked like the typical fuzzy photo of a flying saucer."

Mr Knaggs sent the photo to The Northern Echo in the hope someone may be able to identify it.


Lancashire: Second Only to London in UK Haunting Density

He came with a spade to Walton-le-Dale to dig up a corpse for necromancy - using black arts to communicate with spirits to predict the future.

Legend has it that Edward Kelley visited Lancashire in the 16th Century to raise a corpse at St Leonard's Church to discover the location of hidden treasure.

A convicted criminal and self-declared spirit medium, Kelley died aged 42, after a life trying to contact angels and convincing influential people he could produce gold.

The tale of the Walton-le-Dale corpse is the favourite Lancashire ghost story of a man who has helped compile a comprehensive list of paranormal activity.

Darren Mann began to collect stories for the national Paranormal Database in 1999 as part of a freelance photography project.

He said: "Before long the list far exceeded what it was intended for. Rather than sit on the information, I decided to share it with anyone with an interest in the subject.

"Most of the reports we have been sent from Lancashire are based around ghosts and haunted locations. We also have a few concerning UFO sightings but these are probably experimental aircraft from BAE. Pub ghosts are quite common and many of the old halls and manor houses in the region also have legends or ghost stories attached."

And according to the database, Lancashire has the second highest density of paranormal places in the UK.

The county clocked up 402 entries, which equates to a paranormal place every 2.95 miles. The only area which was more paranormally active was London, with a paranormal place every 1.3 miles.

The report was based on 7,944 incidents which were extracted from the database on May 1 2008.

Darren, who is based in Ipswich, added: "Lancashire has more than its fair share of ghosts, myths and legends and the diversity of these stories is fantastic - from demonic dogs to dragon legends.

"It is not clear why there are such a large number of reports in the region though Lancashire's history is richly diverse, covering conflict and cultural change."


The Corbin Municipal Hospital Entities May Remain After It's Razed


With less than two weeks until its demolition, the question remains, will the ghost stories diminish with the Corbin Municipal Hospital?

The old Corbin Municipal Hospital has resided on a hill off of 4th street since 1951.

Sometime in the 1980s, Baptist Regional Medical Center opened its doors and the old hospital was left abandoned, falling into disrepair. However, there is evidence of recent activity there. Over the years, its windows have been busted out. Its walls have been covered with graffiti. Empty bottles and trash can be seen lining the floors.

But some residents believe this isn’t the only activity taking place at the old hospital.

An online search of the hospital brings up accounts of unexplainable occurrences. A YouTube search brings up videos someone searching through the old hospital. The Web site darkdarling.com provides a sound byte of an unexplained voice supposedly recorded at the hospital faintly whispering “I’m hurting.”

Tales of unexplained lights, sounds, voices and screams have been tied to the hospital since it was left abandoned long ago. There are some who believe the hospital has not lived such a lonely existence on the hill and something has made its home in the dark, moldy halls and glass covered floors of the building.

Many believe the old hospital to be haunted.

However, the mist pouring out of the open windows Wednesday was anything but an apparition materializing. Abatement crews were on site to remove asbestos in preparation for the hospital’s demolition, which is planned to occur within the next couple of weeks.

The Kentucky Communities Economic Opportunity Council purchased the property several years ago and plans to build affordable housing on the site. Soon, the building’s current “residents” will no longer call the Corbin Municipal Hospital home.

The looming destruction of the hospital has given amateur ghost hunters a smaller window to conduct searches of the old hospital in hopes of witnessing the unexplainable.

Just a couple of weeks ago, Jim Paul, who owns Ellison Funeral Home in Williamsburg, set out to debunk the ghost stories.

“My kids believe in ghosts, so I went to prove they weren’t there,” he said.

The group set out, camera in tow. Some were hoping to come away with photographic evidence of the supernatural. Although Paul did not, he snapped away, taking pictures of musty rooms and dark halls of the vacant building.

“We all went through it looking for this ghost that was supposedly there.”

Paul said he saw nothing. He heard no disembodied screams or cries of agony. The hospital was nothing more than a dark, dank empty building.

After a few hours of exploration, Paul and his children left the hospital and returned home to review the pictures taken. He sorted through numerous pictures, with nothing appearing out of the ordinary. However, when he came across a posed picture of his boys in the old hospital’s operating room, something stood out.

“There’s these little circles floating around everywhere,” he said. “Somebody told me they’re called orbs. It was cool.”

Orbs are believed by those in the paranormal field to be ghosts in the form of balls of light or energy used by spirits to manifest themselves.

Paul said conditions are far too damp for dust to have been so present in the air. But despite possibly obtaining evidence of the paranormal, Paul remains unconvinced about the existence of ghosts.

“I don’t believe this stuff,” he said. “I’m really critical of it.”

However, Paul said his kids were convinced they had gotten first-hand evidence of ghostly energy around them.

“We came up with those floaty things on the pictures, so I didn’t win the argument. We called it an even draw after the pictures.”

Miles Estes, vice president of advancement for the KCEOC, said he was unaware of the spectral yarns surrounding the hospital until the organization was preparing to purchase the property, which they did in July 2005. Prior to the completion of the acquisition, Estes said he did some online searching and found the results surprising.

“I did some research to see what we were getting,” he said. “I’ve actually had people call and say it’s one of the top haunted hospitals in America.”

Since the KCEOC’s purchase of the old hospital less than three years ago, several paranormal investigation organizations have expressed interest in studying the old hospital. However, Estes said these requests have been rejected by the KCEOC because of safety concerns.

“I’ve had paranormal organizations call me wanting to go in,” he said. “I was mostly amused at the inquiries. But our insurance freaked out. They’re not scared of ghosts. They’re scared of someone falling on a rusty nail and suing us. They’re worried about the liability.”

Estes indeed attributes the lights and sounds people have claimed to have witnessed in the old hospital to activity in the building — but not ghosts.

“An awful lot of kids spend an awful lot of time in there, so I don’t know that it is (haunted),” he said.

Rick DiMaggio, who operates Kentucky Ghost Trackers out of Corbin, said he has never personally investigated the hospital because it is privately owned property.

“No one would let us because it was dangerous,” he said. “We’re not trespassers.”

However, DiMaggio, who has been investigating paranormal activity for little more than a year, said that while he has not been inside, he and his wife set up a video camera outside the hospital one night to record. Hours of footage resulted in no evidence. However, DiMaggio said just because he was unable to capture evidence of ghostly activity doesn’t mean he’s ruled out the possibility of paranormal activity.

“It’s not to say there isn’t activity, we just didn’t see anything,” he said. “I’ve heard of a lot of people passing on at the hospital. I’m sure there’s something there if hauntings are real.”

While DiMaggio agreed with Estes that some of the lights and sounds are likely created by people roaming its halls in search of ghosts, he also said proving the true existence of ghosts is impossible.

“In reality, no one can prove any of this doesn’t exist,” he said. “No one can prove they do either.”

He said people can be injured while ghost hunting. And, most likely, it’s not the ghosts causing the harm.

“The majority of time, people are injured while running from what they thought they saw,” he said.

One of DiMaggio’s mentors, Chuck Starr, who operators Ghost Chasers International with his wife Patti, is not surprised that folks have reported ghostly activity at the hospital.

“My opinion is this, anytime you have an accumulation of humanity, you’re going to have hauntings,” he said. “Especially in places of strife or wars or hospitals. I guarantee, in all probability, there has been paranormal activity at some time in that hospital.”

He also said that those claiming to have experienced unexplainable occurrences, paranormal or not, are more likely being truthful when recounting what they have seen or heard.

“They’re not fabricating for the most part,” he said. “What they’re telling you is actually happening.”

Starr agreed with DiMaggio that lights and noises may be the result of trespassers hanging around the old hospital. He also said pictures of orbs can be attributed to dust, raindrops or insects. And as for those dislocated voices people have heard, Starr said science has an explanation for those as well.

Starr said he recently read a book on quantum physics, which stated that subatomic particles make up all of space. He said these ubiquitous particles trap sounds that have occurred at a certain place over time.

“They are the conduit for sounds,” he said. “As you and I have this conversation, sound goes into the universe and is trapped there forever.”

Another thing Starr agreed with DiMaggio on is the difficulty in proving the existence of ghosts.

“Ghost hunting is a lot like fishing,” he said. “You don’t know if you’re gonna get a nibble, let alone a fish. It’s kind of like you’re a detective and putting together pieces of a puzzle. In my opinion, in our lifetime, evidence will never be made available to us. Ghosts can be anywhere and everywhere and nowhere.”

As the old hospital’s destruction is imminent and its moldy, graffiti-covered walls come down, Starr said don’t look for its other worldly inhabitants to pack their bags. According to him, the apartments will only provide these spirits with a new place to call home.

“Chances are the tenants of those houses will experience paranormal activity,” Starr said. “Just because the hospital’s gone doesn’t mean the entity will go.”


Crítica do excelente Fargo

Dica de filme do dia:

FARGO (idem. Eua, 1996) dir.: Joel e Ethan Coen.

O ultimo filme dos talentosos irmãos coen, ONDE OS FRACOS NÃO TÊM VEZ foi considerado pela maior parte da critica especializada, o melhor longa do ano. Mas é nessa interessante fita que os diretores conseguiram seu primeiro grande êxito na sétima arte. Na verdade FARGO é simplesmente a obra-prima dos coen: todas as características contidas nos enredos adaptados por eles se encaixam perfeitamente no estilo humor-negro – não só se encaixam como também criam novos parâmetros para o (sub) gênero.
Na gélida Dakota do Norte, um falido empresário (William h Macy - soberbo) tentara uma ultima investida para sair da crise: forjar o seqüestro da mulher usando dois estranhos bandidos, e forçar o rico sogro a pagar uma fiança gigantesca como resgate. Por alguma razão, a empreitada acaba dando errado; porem isso não é problema dos dois contratados – que depois da burrada, forçam o ´´falido´´ a acertar as contas, por bem ou por mal. Enquanto isso, uma policial grávida (incrivelmente grávida!!!) começa a seguir as pistas que os forjadores do crime deixam para trás – e as suspeitas, sobre os rastros de morte acabam caindo sobre o protagonista do enredo. Vale a pena dar uma assistida nesse filme que é uma original e surpreendente referencia ao cinema moderno





trailer original de FARGO:


Video Reconstruction of 'Glowing Little Man'


The COPENOA news agency has provided the following link to a 3-D "reconstruction" of the "glowing little man" allegedly seen in San Carlos, Argentina.

Argentinean folklore offers a wealth of narratives involving diminutive paranormal entities, such as "El Pombero", and others whose presence is still reported -- and feared -- by rural residents.


New Video Evidence Of Extraterrestrial / UFO To Be Unveiled Friday 5/30

A video that purportedly shows a living, breathing space alien will be shown to the news media Friday in Denver.

Jeff Peckman, who is pushing a ballot initiative to create an Extraterrestrial Affairs Commission in Denver to prepare the city for close encounters of the alien kind, said the video is authentic and convinced him that aliens exist.

"As impressive as it is, it's still one tiny portion in the context of a vast amount of peripheral evidence," he said Wednesday. "It's really the final visual confirmation of what you already know to be true having seen all the other evidence."

When Peckman went before city officials this month to discuss his proposed ET initiative, he promised to show the video.

Peckman said the general public will have to wait to see it because it's being included in a documentary by Stan Romanek.

"No one will be allowed to film the segment with the extraterrestrial because there is an agreement in place limiting that kind of exposure during negotiations for the documentary," he said.

But people won't have to wait too long to see it for themselves.

"There is an open, public meeting in about a month in Colorado Springs," Peckman said. "We'll hope to do one in Denver at some point, and then in a few months, there will be the documentary that anybody can have, and it'll have the footage."

An instructor at the Colorado Film School in Denver scrutinized the video "very carefully" and determined it was authentic, Peckman said.

Peckman, 54, said the video was among the reasons he was "compelled" to launch the proposed ballot initiative, which has generated news as far as South Africa.

"It shows an extraterrestrial's head popping up outside of a window at night, looking in the window, that's visible through an infrared camera," he said. The alien is about 4 feet tall and can be seen blinking, Peckman said earlier this month.

In a statement, Peckman said "other related credible evidence" proving aliens exist will be shown at Friday's news conference, too.

In 2003, Peckman authored an off-beat ballot initiative that would have required the city to implement stress-reduction techniques. The "Safety Through Peace" initiative failed, but garnered 32 percent of the vote.


catastrofe.

Dica de filme do dia:




O DIA DEPOIS DE AMANHA (the day after tomorrow. Eua, 2004) dir.: Rolland Emmerich.


Todos que conhecem um pouco sobre cinema sabem que esse diretor adora o subgênero CATASTROFIC MOVIE. O dia depois de amanha nao foge a regra e colabora ainda mais para o cinema-do-tipo-homem vs natureza (ou não!). Rara às vezes quando um espectador tem a oportunidade de poder ver um filme desse nível com um argumento principal digamos, ´´acreditavel´´: o longa narra a historia de um climatogista – cujo suas pesquisas sobre mudança brusca do clima no mundo foram desacreditadas pelos governantes a quem presta serviços – na busca pelo filho, perdido no meio de uma cidade arrasada por uma chuva incrivelmente devastadora (e logo depois pelo frio mais-que-congelante).o maior achado do roteiro(se é que eu posso chamar assim) são as coincidências sobre o clima atual no mundo em que vivemos com os fatos propostos no longa. Experiente no assunto aventura-fantastica, o diretor Emmerich (recentemente ele realizou o épico chulé 10.000BC) ainda entrega uma das melhores seqüências de ação daquele ano: depois de intermináveis dias de chuvas fortes, a cidade de Nova York é engolida pelas águas do atlântico com uma voracidade incrível (meses depois essa cena me fez lembrar do incidente conhecido por ´´tsunami´´). Sempre enérgico, o dia depois de amanha merece uma boa analisada. Seje para se divertir com os efeitos visuais (gostei da cena dos pássaros) ou até mesmo para identificar possíveis coincidências com o mundo real (ou não!).








Nota para o filme: 7.5

Feito por jeniss Alves Walker

Revisit: David Adair and Area 51


Living UFO
David Adair is an internationally recognized expert in space technology spinoff applications for industry and commercial use. At age 11 he built his first of hundreds of rockets which he designed and test flew. At 17 he won "The Most Outstanding in the Field of Engineering Sciences" from the US Air Force. At 19 he designed and fabricated a state-of-the-art mechanical system for changing jet turbine engines for the US Navy that set world record turnaround times that still stand today.

He is a world class presenter and keynote speaker, seminar and workshop leader and consultant. His presentations include little known facts and anecdotes from his involvement with the space program, commercial technology development, films and "the things he has seen" at Area 51.


Frog Species Use Cat-Like Claws For Defense


"Amphibian horror" isn't a movie genre, but on this evidence perhaps it should be. Harvard biologists have described a bizarre, hairy frog with cat-like extendable claws.

Trichobatrachus robustus actively breaks its own bones to produce claws that puncture their way out of the frog's toe pads, probably when it is threatened.

David Blackburn and colleagues at Harvard University's Museum of Comparative Zoology, think the gruesome behaviour is a defence mechanism.

The researchers say there are salamanders that force their ribs through their skin to produce protective barbs on demand, but nothing quite like this mechanism has been seen before.

The feature is also found in nine of the 11 frogs belonging to the Astylosternus genus, most of which live in Cameroon.

Instant weapon
"Some other frogs have bony spines that project from their wrist, but in those species it appears that the bones grow through the skin rather than pierce it when needed for defence," says Blackburn.

At rest, the claws of T. robustus, found on the hind feet only, are nestled inside a mass of connective tissue. A chunk of collagen forms a bond between the claw's sharp point and a small piece of bone at the tip of the frog's toe.

The other end of the claw is connected to a muscle. Blackburn and his colleagues believe that when the animal is attacked, it contracts this muscle, which pulls the claw downwards. The sharp point then breaks away from the bony tip and cuts through the toe pad, emerging on the underside.

Hirsute horror
The end result may look like a cat's claw, but the breaking and cutting mechanism is very different and unique among vertebrates. Also unique is the fact that the claw is just bone and does not have an outer coating of keratin like other claws do.

Because Blackburn has only studied dead specimens, he says he does not know what happens when the claw retracts – or even how it retracts. It does not appear to have a muscle to pull it back inside so the team think it may passively slide back into the toe pad when its muscle relaxes.

"Being amphibians, it would not be surprising if some parts of the wound heal and the tissue is regenerated," says Blackburn.

Males of the species, which grows to about 11 centimetres, also produce long hair-like strands of skin and arteries when they breed (see image). It is thought that the "hairs" allow them to take in more oxygen through their skin while they take care of their brood.

Spiky snack
In Cameroon, they are roasted and eaten. Hunters use long spears and machetes to kill the frogs, apparently to avoid being hurt by their claws.

"This is an incredible story," says Ian Stephen, curator of herpetology at the Zoological Society of London, UK. "Some frogs grow spines on their thumbs during breeding season, but this is entirely different."

"For me, it highlights the need for a lot more research on amphibians especially in light of the threat of mass extinctions," he adds.

The existence of frogs with erectile claws like cats was first described by Belgian zoologist George Boulenger in 1900 in frogs found in the French Congo, now the Republic of Congo.


FBI Investigates Continental Airliner UFO Close Encounter

An ABC news affiliate is reporting that a Continental Airlines pilot has reported a UFO. Taking off from Houston's Bush Intercontinental Airport on Monday at 10:15 AM, Flight 1544 reported an unknown flying object near the giant passenger plane. This report was verified by the FBI, which is investigating the report.

The UFO was seen shortly after take-off of Flight 1544, which held 148 passengers, and 6 crew members. Continental Airlines has confirmed that the jet landed safely in Cleveland, Ohio. The FAA's best guess is that the object may be a model rocket, some of which are capable of heights of 10,000 feet. The UFO was close enough to the jet to cause safety concerns. More on this as new info comes to me.


Strange Explosion Over Vietnam

A large unidentified flying object has exploded over an island just off the coast of Cambodia, Vietnamese officials have said.

The officials said Wednesday that they suspected it could be either a military plane or a civilian plane but not a flying saucer.

According to Ngang Van Truyen, chairman of the commune, the explosion occurred on Tuesday morning above Cua Can commune on Phu Quoc, a large island belonging to Vietnam just off the coast of Cambodia.

"It was a huge explosion, and we thought at first that it was thunder," Truyen said. “But then we saw a 100-meter-long smoke trail in the sky and knew that it was the explosion of a flying object."

Truyen added that people in the commune found six pieces of aluminum-like metal painted yellow-green on one side. The largest piece is more than one meter long and 50 centimeters wide. However, no markings or letters are found on the pieces.


Quase Famosos: O melhor drama-musical da década

Várzea grande, 28 de maio de 2008. 01:25AM



Atividades:

Ler; escrever; trabalhar; assistir a muitos filmes; conectar-me a internet; ouvir e treinar no violão MPB, rock n´roll e trilhas de filmes; volta do trabalho a tempo de ver os seriados ´´chaves´´ e os desenhos do ´´pica-pau´´;assistir diversos seriados de animação japonesa(ANIME); postar no meu blog pela noite; dormir bastante (nisso eu sou bom, hehehe); e no outro dia, fazer tudo novamente.




Dica de filme do dia:
QUASE FAMOSOS (almost famous. Eua, 2000) dir.: Cameron Crowe.

Não sei por que faço isso. Sempre quando falo algo no blog, na maioria das vezes procuro um filme que vi que tenha semelhança com que falei. No caso desse mais-que-formidavel filme do premiado Cameron Crowe (responsável pelo simpático – e também premiado – JERRY MAGUIRE) não foi o texto, mas sim, a musica da dupla citada (reparem na citação aos dois cantores no inicio desse filme). O brilhante, semi-autobiografico e saudoso roteiro do autor-diretor Crowe – que mostra as aventuras de um inteligente rapaz de 15 anos, precoce critico de rock (talento que foi adquirido através de uns discos doados pela irmã ´´desertora´´ e pelos conselhos do seu mentor, também critico de rock) que recebe a proposta de poder passar alguns dias junto com uma banda em ascensão durante uma turnê pelos EUA, conhecendo assim, os altos e baixos da convivência desse ramo do showbizz, alem da descoberta do primeiro amor(e que ´´primeiro amor´´ mais complicado, hein!) - feliz em praticamente todas suas resoluções, desde a fiel reconstituição de época(quem curte o som irá reconhecer um punhado de musicas famosas), passando pela observação dos conflitos psicológicos dos personagens – em especial, da personagem interpretada com brilho pela atriz Kate Hudson(depois desse filme, nunca mais a vi interpretando com a mesma garra outros papeis), uma ´´grupie´´ da banda que só é necessária para ´´satisfação sexual´´ do guitarrista(aqui interpretado por Billy Crudup) – por fim(ou não), na acentuada visão até um tanto ´´bonita´´ de um assunto que sempre gerou tantas historias deprimentes ou violentas. Esqueça aquela visualização que você sempre teve ao assunto relacionado: QUASE FAMOSOS consegue (e com glorias) agradar até quem não goste, ouça ou comente sobre o bom e velho ´´rock n´roll´´. E com vocês, STILLWATER.



Nota para o filme: 10.0(não consigo colocar nota menor!)







Zahi Hawass Believes He Has Identified The Tomb Of Cleopatra VII


A flamboyant archeologist known worldwide for his trademark Indiana Jones hat believes he has identified the site where Cleopatra is buried.

Now, with a team of 12 archeologists and 70 excavators, Zahi Hawass, 60, the head of Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities, has started searching for the entrance to her tomb.

And after a breakthrough two weeks ago he hopes to find her lover, the Roman general Mark Antony, sharing her last resting place at the site of a temple, the Taposiris Magna, 28 miles west of Alexandria.

Hawass has discovered a 400ft tunnel beneath the temple containing clues that the supposedly beautiful queen may lie beneath. “We’ve found tunnels with statues of Cleopatra and many coins bearing her face, things you wouldn’t expect in a typical temple,” he said.

A fortnight ago Hawass’s team discovered a bust of Mark Antony, the Roman general who became Cleopatra’s lover and had three children with her before their ambitions for an Egyptian empire brought them into conflict with Rome.

They committed suicide – he with his sword, she reputedly by clutching an asp to her breast – after being defeated by Octavian in the battle of Actium in 31BC. “Our theory is that both Cleopatra and Mark Antony are buried here,” said Hawass.

The archeologist, best known in Britain for demanding the return of the Rosetta Stone from the British Museum and for promoting the Tutankhamun exhibition at the O2 dome in London, believes the temple’s location would have made it a perfect place for Cleopatra to hide from Octavian’s army.

Work on the site has been suspended until the summer heat abates and is due to resume in November, when Hawass will use radar to search for hidden chambers.

The queen’s life and death were immortalised in Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra, and the Hollywood movie Cleopatra – starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, who fell in love during the filming – but the location of her tomb has remained a mystery.

If Hawass is right, he could make the greatest archeological discovery in Egypt since Tutankhamun’s tomb was uncovered by the British archeologist Howard Carter in 1922.

Other experts are cautious, though. John Baines, professor of Egyptology at Oxford University, warned that searching for royal tombs often proved a “hopeless” task. He also doubted that Antony would be buried alongside his lover.

“It’s unlikely Mark Antony would have a tomb that anyone would be able to discover because he was the enemy at the time he died,” he said.

Hawass, however, remains defiant. “This is our theory. Others may disagree, but we are searching to see if we can prove it,” he said.


'The Governess' Still Haunts The Griffin Inn

CONTINUING our series on ghostly tales from north Warwickshire, here's another extract from the forthcoming book by author JONATHAN MOSS

AN UNLIKELY regular at the Griffin Inn is a tall lady known as The Governess who commands attention in the bedrooms of unsuspecting sleepers.

Her presence around the bed area apparently has been so intense that, on numerous occasions, the occupants have been woken with a start.

Witnesses to this manifestation describe her wearing a black "funeral" veil that would have been worn in the Victorian era.

But more concerning is the feeling of the neck area tightening and breathlessness that accompanies the vision.

The temperature noticeably drops as the oppressive atmosphere builds until you're compelled to leave the immediate area.

She's also heard in the cellar, shuffling around, going about her duties.

She's never seen in the cellar but this is no consolation as the staff of the Griffin Inn can confirm.

As the evening shift nears its end there is never a volunteer to go into the cellar, no matter the reason.

On researching this tale I came across what I'm going to offer as my conclusion, an explanation if you like.

An attempt, not so long ago, was made to "contact" this lady and the information she returned read as an effort at a confession, perhaps a plea for clemency.

She had been the charge of number of children, in her earthly existence, some of whom had drowned while in her care.

This is not as innocent as it first sounds, as the impression given is that she felt eternally condemned, caught between two plains, looking for forgiveness, as it was herself that had caused these fatalities.

Only on her own death has she been dealt her punishment.

Her behaviour in the main bedroom of this inn, although initially startling, has a sad twist as this must be her first step in trying to obtain absolution.


Alien 'Glowing Little Man' Sightings Causing Fear and Panic in San Carlos, Argentina

Drawings that allegedly show the "glowing little man" seen in the Valles Chalchaquíes region of Salta Province, a location that appears repeatedly in chronicles of UFO and high-strangeness events in the Andean region of Argentina. Click image for orignal story and video

Residents of the town of San Carlos in the province of Salta claim having seen a strange entity, standing some forty centimeters tall, and seemingly protected by a magnetic field. The story given by Omar Ferlatti, who saw the strange being, is brief and starttling due to the certainty of the details offered on the strange visitor’s physionomy.

Ferlatti was in the company of Walter Lopez when the saw the strange entity. The townsmen’s story coincides with the acocunt given by a shepherdess from the Valles Chalchaquies. The shepherdess was startled by the strange visitor while tending her flock.

A news team from the Copenoa news agency interviewed residents of San Carlos. These will be issued in video format and will surprise viewers with accounts of UFOs witnessed in this historic community, nestled in the Valles Chalchaquies of Salta Province.

Argentina: “Glowing Little Man” Spreads Panic in Salta

*** Once again, Salta becomes the site for weird events ***

Residents of the town of San Carlos now claim seeing a strange being, standing some 40 cm tall, with a magnetic field that kept people from approaching it.

Two people, mechanics Walter Lopez and Omar Ferlatti, informed police about the sighting of the diminutibve creature whom they described in detail: the being was small, glowing and wore pants. It appeared it be protected by a magnetic field.

This incident increased the collective fear of the residents of this community of the Valles Chalchaquies even further. In recent days, a luminous object was seen in the vicinity of their town.

“Kids aren’t going out at night out of fear of the strange creature and the UFO,” claimed a resident of San Carlos in a statement to the Copenoa news agency.
Ferlatti and Lopez’s account dovetails with the one given by a shepherdess on the hills, who was startled by the strange visitor.

Police have stated that both stories coincide and that local residents are indeed frightened. “It hasn’t been seen again. It would be good for it to return, to ascertain that the events were indeed as described,” said deputy sheriff Luis Comenares.


Girl Stung By Scorpion In West Virginia Wal-Mart

A family shopping for Memorial Day grub Sunday afternoon at the Barboursville Wal-Mart ended up in the hospital after their daughter was stung by scorpion.

Megan Templeton was in the produce department picking out a watermelon when she was stung. The scorpion got into the crate when it was shipped from Mexico.

The scorpion, said her father William Templeton, stung her finger. She was taken to Cabell Huntington Hospital to be monitored for any allergic reaction. No further information was available on her condition.

Store manager caught the scorpion.


Babel e os Coyotes

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BABEL (idem) EUA, 2006. Dir.: Alexandro Gonzáles Iñarritu

Falando em imigração, me lembrei um pouco do enredo desse impactante filme, nomeado para vários Oscar em 2006, incluindo melhor filme. Como de costume do diretor mexicano Iñarritu e do (até então) parceiro roteirista Guilhermo Arriaga, aqui a historia gira em torno de 3 fatos que, por uma razão não muito lógica(de inicio) se cruzam ao redor dos acontecimentos. A ação é descrita primeiramente em um vilarejo no deserto do Marrocos, onde dois irmãos, meio que sem querer, são acusados de terem atirado contra um ônibus cheio de turistas (os dois jovens não fazem idéia do que possam ter causado aquele disparo). Logo após, o foco do enredo muda para uma cidade ao sul dos EUA: uma empregada domestica (residindo e trabalhando ILEGALMENTE no país) recebe a repentina tarefa de cuidar do casal de filhos dos patrões durante o filme saberão quem os são)folga, bem no dia do casamento de seu filho mais velho, residente na cidade mexicana ao lado. E por fim, conhecemos um pouco do dia-a-dia de uma adolescente japonesa que tem problemas de relacionamento com alguns pretendentes a namoro. (?!). Alguns entenderão uma das metáforas do filme, sendo a mais fácil de compreensão, a do titulo da obra: uma clara citação ao incidente bíblico conhecido como a torre de babel ´´eus, vendo que a ganância e vaidade dos homens haviam chegado a um patamar consideravelmente perigoso, em castigo, desceu a terra e confundiu a ´´língua´´ de todos, para que não pudessem mais se entender´´). O foco principal da obra é basicamente entender (ou tentar entender) até onde vai à compreensão (ou talvez o repúdio) ao próximo – não necessariamente nessa ordem. É claro que isso é um assunto a ser discutido com mais atenção e interesse até porque a ficção contida aqui tem um tanto de verdade no mundo real – vide um trecho do meu texto acima a respeito da incompreensão (ou ódio) aos ditos ´´diferentes´´.




Nota para o filme: 8.0

2000 U.S. General Election: The Biggest Conspiracy In American History



This hour long documentary follows the award-winning reporter-sleuth Greg Palast on the trail of the Bush family, from Florida election finagling, to the Saudi connection, to the Bush team's spiking the FBI investigation of the bin Laden family and the secret State Department plans for post-war Iraq. These are the hard-hitting reports that have been seen in films like Michael Moore's "Fahrenheit 9/11", broadcast internationally on BBC Newsnight television, and are found in Palast's international bestselling book "The Best Democracy Money Can Buy".

May I also suggest you also watch HBO's presentation "Recount".




Videos: UFO / OVNI Fleet Formation - Merced, California



2 videos (1 using a filter) of a UFO / OVNI fleet formation seen over Merced, California in the summer of 2007. There are still reports of various type UFO / OVNI in the same area. This sighting has been reported MUFON.


Baby Jumping During Spanish Festival


Grown men have been leaping over rows of babies in the north Spanish village of Castrillo de Murcia in an annual rite meant to ward off the Devil.

Jumpers dressed as the Colacho, a character representing the Devil, bounded over clusters of bemused infants laid out on mattresses.

Nobody appeared to get hurt in this year's festive event.

Castrillo, near Burgos, has been holding the event since 1620 to mark the Catholic feast of Corpus Christi.

The feast is widely celebrated in Spain, often with processions and mystery plays.

Pageants can feature dancers depicting demons and angels or other characters.


Forensic Investigation of Saskatchewan Mutilation Begins

Investigating unexplained animal deaths for possible paranormal connections is a dirty job, but someone has to do it.

That’s why Barb Campbell has committed herself to the challenging and widely unknown profession as an unexplained animal death – or UAD – investigator.

The founder of the Saskatchewan Provincial Paranormal Research Centre Inc. (SPPRC) and a contributor on UFO Connection Radio, Campbell has now turned her full attention toward using forensic science to explain mysterious animal deaths. Her most recent case involves the death of a male buffalo on a ranch located only a few kilometres south of Lloydminster. It was last seen alive on March 10 and its mutilated carcass was discovered on March 13.

“It looked like a partial job, his mouth and eye and all that were not touched,” said Campbell. “His sex organs were removed and he had a total complete coring of his rectum.”

There have been many instances of mutilations to livestock across North America, and in most cases it involves the removal of one or both eyes, the tongue, internal and sexual organs. The most recent reported case in Saskatchewan was earlier this month on a farm near Stockholm.

The first thing that struck Campbell at the scene of the dead buffalo was the absence of any footprints, tire tracks, or animal tracks leading to or from the carcass. There was also no blood evident and the buffalo’s wounds were surgical in their precision, leading Campbell to rule out the possibility that this was done by animals.

She collected soil samples at the scene which were sent to a lab in the U.S., where they will be tested for a certain concentration of magnetic particles.

“If there’s a specific pattern around where the carcass was found – say 60 meters in diameter – then we know there was something 60 meters in diameter above the animal at that time,” she said.

What that object could be is difficult for her to say so early into the investigation, though there are several popular theories about livestock mutilations which could provide some clues.

Some believe the mutilations are done by the military, which uses livestock as target practice for their top-secret laser weapons. Campbell believes this is unlikely because the military could easily conduct the tests on its own land, far away from the prying eyes of the general population.

Another common theory is that cults carry out mutilations as part of their satanic rituals. Campbell has looked into that possibility, but based on her interviews with cult members she says they are as baffled by it as anyone else.

“Of course, their thinking is possible demons or dark angels, dark ones from beyond that are coming down and taking sacrifices,” she said. “That’s their kind of thinking ... I don’t know, it’s hard for me to believe.”

For Campbell, the most plausible theory is that mutilations are the work of alien species, albeit ones whose motivations are open to speculation. One possible explanation is that the aliens are doing something similar to a safari, coming to Earth to steal body parts from animals which may have some value to them.

“We have hunters here which go on safaris and all they want to do is kill an animal for a horn ... what if this is some sort of exotic thing for an alien?” she said. “They’ve got to come down and grab an ear, a tongue, a cheek, a muscle, a sex organ – maybe they have a fetish … I don’t know.”

As a scientist, Campbell cannot offer any conclusive explanations so early into the investigation. Much like Crime Scene Investigators, UAD investigators follow a very methodical and scientific approach. In fact, she believes they deserve more recognition among the scientific community, which has largely shunned the discipline.

“There doesn’t seem to be any interest from the medical community here in Saskatchewan,” she said. “I’ve approach the college (of veterinarians) for help and assistance, but hey do not seem to have any interest in this type of research whatsoever.”


Victor Salva

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ENERGIA PURA (powder, EUA 1995. Dir.: Victor salva)

pra mim uma fita que apesar de não ser sensacional, ao menos é eficiente enquanto dura... Ponto pro diretor Victor salva (do terror cool OLHOS FAMINTOS, de 2001).
alias, por onde anda esse cineasta?

Nota para o filme POWDER: 7.0








Ohio Bigfoot Conference: M.K. Davis Presents 'Patty' Theory

The Patterson-Gimlin film has been both decried as a clever hoax and lauded as visual proof that an unclassified biped roams the North American continent.

Shot in 1967 near Bluff Creek, Calif., the few dozen frames of 16 mm film show a creature walking away from amateur cameraman Roger Patterson. He and Bob Gimlin were in the area filming for a documentary Patterson planned to produce when they encountered a creature matching the description widely attributed to Sasquatch or Bigfoot: hair-covered, 7 to 8 feet tall weighing several hundred pounds and muscular.

During the 20th Annual Bigfoot Conference/Expo Saturday at the Salt Fork Resort & Conference Center, M.K. Davis, a foremost expert on the film, presented what he said was proof that the film was not hoaxed and that Patty, as the creature has come to be known, is a flesh-and-blood creature.

"There's no way in the world it's a suit," Davis said. "You're not looking at a man in a suit."

The Mississippian is an astrophotographer by vocation and is accustomed to examining photographs in detail and spotting what others might overlook. He blended this meticulous discipline for observation with technology to examine the film, presenting some of his findings to the more than 400 audience members.

By using technology not available until many years after the film was shot new details can be gleaned from the footage, Davis said. Among those that he has observed is what may be a braid in the creature's hair (the braiding of horse manes is associated with some sightings), movement of hair in an estimated 8 to 9 mph breeze at her back and pendulous breasts that move in concert with her stride and variations of skin tone.

Other details that Davis said substantiates the film as authentic include clearly visible back muscle and gluteal muscle movement corresponding appropriately to the creature's gait and bumps along the spine like that of a human spinal column.

A wound is visible on Patty's right thigh, Davis said, and she can be seen digging a small trench by dragging a foot through the sandy soil.

Davis addressed a "bloody pool" seen in some frames. The area was frequented by logging crews, and he suggested that the pool was a hole -- pointing out apparent tool marks along one edge -- filled with an unknown red fluid. While pursuing the creature with camera in hand Patterson reportedly stepped into the hole but continued to film.

Though Patterson, who died in 1972, was stigmatized for the filming, and the footage and those defending its authenticity have since been scorned, the weight of the scientific evidence presented by the film and by those who have objectively scrutinized it, said Davis, can only establish it as documentation of an unclassified creature in its native habitat.

Davis said his work on the film was done in tribute to Patterson.

ALSO: Davis has made some controversial statements in reference to the creature in the Patterson-Gimlin film. His theory is that there was a "massacre' of several Bigfoot creatures days previous to the day 'Patty' was filmed and that the bodies of these creatures were buried at the location by the perpetraitors of the massacre...thus the 'red' fluid in the film. As well, he feels that 'Patty' was returning to retrieve the remains when Patterson and Gimlin came on the location. Several of the people in this discussion say that Davis has implied that 'Patty' was shot as well and exhibited evidence of being wounded in the film. Go to the following links for detailed behind-the-conference private discussions reported at
Cryptomundo and at BlogSquatcher also here and here.



Meldrum Seeks Yeren For 'MonsterQuest'

Dr. Jeff Meldrum presented his findings from a recent trip to China researching the Yeren, one Asian creature similar to Sasquatch, Bigfoot and the Yeti.

Meldrum said he spoke with witnesses to the Yeren in a rugged, mountainous and wet (as much as 870 inches rainfall annually) interior region of the country. He accompanied the director of an amateur research group and was able to examine two superb plaster casts of tracks. The tracks, he said, showed the effects of a stride by a creature with a foot physiology different from that of a human. This type of stride can be seen in the Patterson-Gimlin film, further substantiating claims that the creature cannot simply be a human actor in a suit.

Meldrum also announced that his published scientific name for tracks and footprints attributed to Sasquatch-like creatures -- Anthropoidipes ameriborealis -- has not been contested in the scientific community.

Pennsylvania Bigfoot Society Director Eric Altman briefed the audience on both ancient and recent reported sightings. He said that Lenni Lanape and Susquehannock tribes both had names for the creatures they observed, including "masked being" "living solid face" and "game keeper."

The first recorded sighting of Bigfoot in Pennsylvania was in August 1838. Research began in earnest during the late 1960s. In 1998 the PBS was formed. Altman, who had an interest in Bigfoot stretching back to his youth, became the director in 2000.

A particularly intriguing case dated from July 2006. A family heard screaming from nearby woods. The following day members found a deer with its right front leg wedged tightly in the "V" of a tree. The hind quarters were missing and the head bloodied. Tracks 17 inches in length were found nearby as well as uprooted trees.

One theory was that a large cat could have killed the deer. However, Altman said, state wildlife officials said there were no such predators in the area.

Altman was also involved in researching an image of a creature captured by a stationary camera in October 2007. The image was distributed nationally, and shows what some say is a mangy bear and what others claim to be a juvenile Bigfoot.

Scheduled speaker Igor Bourtsev was unable to attend from Russia. Due to political unrest there he was forbidden from leaving the country. However, he e-mailed his presentation and Davis gave an abbreviated presentation.

Bourtsev has been involved for many years with research in Asia into the Almas, the region's Bigfoot-like "cryptid" or unknown animal. He has had a role in research into the story of Zana, reportedly a female Alma who mated with a human male and bore two children.

Bourtsev also joined an expedition to Tennessee to the Carter Farm, sight of numerous sightings. Hairs were collected there and analyzed, and reportedly the DNA contained within them is very close to that of humans.

Native Ohioans Bob Gray and Liza Foster were also on hand promoting the motion picture "Bigfoot." Gray wrote, directed and acted in the film shot on location in the marshes of northeastern Ohio.

Unlike some characterizations of Bigfoot as gentle giants ("Harry and the Hendersons" for example), the creature in Gray's film is a murderous monster that kills, among others, Gray character.

Foster plays a wildlife officer and Gray a sheriff. Distribution plans are in the works for the award-winning film.


Video: UFO / OVNI - Guadalajara, Mexico - May 22, 2008


Video of UFO / OVNI from a public park near Guadalajara, Mexico on May 22, 2008.


Paranormal Search In Corpus Christi Ritz Theater

The Ritz Theater downtown has been abandoned for almost twenty years, but volunteers have been working hard to restore its former glory. However, they are also noticing a lot of unexplained noises and shadows lurking in the corners and they claim to hear strange voices echoing through the building.

Paranormal investigators looked into the history and the hauntings of the Ritz. Veronique Ramirez told KRIS 6 News, "We did a run-through up in the projection room just asking questions and we played back the evidence we had captured a little girl's voice."

So, the team of investigators gathered up their equipment, including tools to measure electromagnetic frequency (EMF). Hector Rios explained, "A spirit needs energy to manifest themselves and this thing will pick up different types of energy readings."

They also brought in special thermometers. Rios added, "They need energy to manifest themselves and one thing they'll do is draw heat and they leave cold spots in the area."

The investigators also utilized a parabolic microphone to pick up noises of any kind of spiritual activity. They asked the group to be still, and Patrick Zapata claimed, "I looked down this hallway and saw a shadow walking toward us."

As it turns out, in the 1800s, a family's home rested on the grounds where the Ritz is now. Investigators believed they made contact with one of the children.

The temperature dropped four degrees, and the EMF reader made noise, prompting one investigator to ask, "There's a flashlight on the floor, can you move it for us please?"

Investigators told 6 News they asked the spirits at the Ritz if they are pleased that the theater is being renovated. So far, there have not been any negative responses.


Revealed: Search For Titanic Was Cold War Cover Story


A mission to find the lost wreck of the Titanic was actually a cover story for inspecting the wrecks of two nuclear submarines, the man who discovered the famous liner has revealed.

Dr Bob Ballard led a team in 1985 that pinpointed the wreckage of the enormous ship 73 years after it sank in the Atlantic. But he almost didn't succeed after his top secret mission to find two Cold War subs left him with just 12 days to find the Titanic.

The United States Navy lost two submarines during the 1960s - the USS Thresher and USS Scorpion - which had more than 200 men on board.

Officials feared at least one of them had been sunk by the USSR. When Dr Ballard approached the Navy for funding to find the Titanic using his robotic submarine craft, they asked him to discover the submarines first.

"I couldn't tell anybody," the oceanographer said.

"There was a lot of pressure on me. It was a secret mission. I felt it was a fair exchange for getting a chance to look for the Titanic."

He added: "We handed the data to the experts. They never told us what they concluded – our job was to collect the data. I can only talk about it now because it has been declassified."

The USS Thresher (SSN-593) was the lead ship of her class of nuclear-powered attack submarines. She was lost during deep-sea diving tests in 1963 after a high-pressure pipe blew causing the vessel to lose power and implode as it sank.

However, the USS Scorpion disappeared in 1968 amid speculation that it was sunk by Soviet forces.

Dr Ballard mapped both submarine wrecks using his newly developed underwater robot craft. He concluded that the most likely cause of the Scorpion's destruction was being hit by a rogue torpedo it had fired itself.

Investigating the wrecks gave Dr Ballard the idea of finding a trail of debris that would lead him to the Titanic. Both the Thresher and Scorpion had both broken into thousands of pieces.

He criss-crossed the North Atlantic seabed and eventually found a debris trail that led him to the luxury liner's final resting-place.

He found the Titanic split in two but had little time to explore further. It was not until he returned to the site in 1986 that he was able to make a detailed study.


Swiss Steal Loch Ness Monster!

Nessie has been hijacked by the Swiss in a bid to promote tourism in the land of chocolate and cuckoo clocks.

A new brochure features a Nessie look-a-like swimming through a lake in a famous Swiss beauty spot.

The illustration is almost identical to the famous "surgeon's photograph" of the elusive beastie.

But the hi-jacking of Nessie to promote the wild side of Lake Lucerne could spark a monster-sized row between the Scots and the Swiss.

One angry fan living on the shores of Loch Ness said: "What a cheek. You'd think they would have someone famous of their own to promote their country."

Swiss Federal Railways, who are using the brochure to boost the number of travellers to the area, proved to be almost as shy as Nessie when the Sunday Mail went hunting for answers. No one was available for comment.

But Switzerland Tourism, who endorsed the publication, were a little more forthcoming.

Spokesman Roland Minder said: "It certainly looks like Nessie, I agree.

"They have decided to put Nessie in Lake Lucerne - I don't know why - to advertise their excursions around the area.

"If you ask me why they used Nessie, I haven't a clue. You'll have to ask them."

Yesterday, VisitScotland said it was clear the monster in Lake Lucerne was Nessie, or at least a creature like her.

A spokeswoman said: "The image is an interesting choice for Switzerland, as I'm sure many people who see the advert will think of Scotland and the legend of the Loch Ness monster.

"Nessie is one of our major icons and is known and loved around the world.

"The Loch Ness area is one of our major tourism draws, attracting visitors from home and abroad.

"Other countries have their own monster legends but none has gained the international recognition of our very own Nessie."

A recent survey by VisitScotland in Madrid showed more than 70 per cent of Spanish people believed in Nessie.

Thousands of monster hunters from all over the world - some of them respected scientists - have probed the dark waters of Loch Ness in a bid to find her.

One of them, Steve Feltham, from Dorset, has scanned the loch from a caravan for 17 years.

The global stampede to find Nessie was sparked by the 1934 photo credited to London doctor Robert Wilson.

But in 1994, it was revealed the monster was, in reality, a toy submarine with the attached head of a sea serpent made out of putty and cardboard.


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