Monday, March 31, 2008
Saturday, March 29, 2008
One of the guests, however, peeked into the kitchen, noticed that the head of this fish had a human face, and warned the others not to eat it. So when the fisherman finished cooking and offered his guests the ningyo's grilled flesh, they secretly wrapped it in paper and hid it on their persons so that it could be discarded on the way home.
But one man, drunk on sake, forgot to throw the strange fish away. This man had a little daughter, who demanded a present when her father arrived home, and he carelessly gave her the fish. Coming to his senses, the father tried to stop her from eating it, fearing she would be poisoned, but he was too late and she finished it all. But as nothing particularly bad seemed to happen to the girl afterwards, the man did not worry about it for long.
Years passed, and the girl grew up and was married. But after she did not age any more; she kept the same youthful appearance while her husband grew old and died. After many years of perpetual youth and being widowed again and again, the woman became a nun and wandered through various countries. Finally she returned to her hometown in Wakasa, where she ended her life at an age of 800 years.
Ningyo (human fish) often translates as "mermaid", is a fish-like creature from Japanese folklore. Anciently, it was described with a mouth like a monkey's, small teeth like a fish's, shining golden scales, and a quiet voice like a skylark or a flute. Its flesh is pleasant-tasting, and anyone who eats it will attain remarkable longevity. However, catching a ningyo was believed to bring storms and misfortune, so fishermen who caught these creatures were said to throw them back into the sea. A ningyo washed onto the beach was an omen of war or calamity. (Taken from: wikipedia.org)
In Greek mythology, mermen were often illustrated to have green seaweed-like hair, a beard and a trident. In Irish mythology, mermen are described as extremely ugly creatures with pointed green teeth, pig-like eyes, green hair and a red nose. In Finnish mythology, a merman (vetehinen) is often potrayed as a magical, powerful, handsome, bearded man with the tail of a fish. He can cure illnesses, lift curses and brew potions, but he can also cause unintended harm by becoming too curious about human life. (Taken from: wikipedia.org)
The actions and behavior of mermen can vary wildly depending on the source and time period of the stories. They have been said to sink ships by summoning great storms, but also said to be wise teachers, according to earlier mythology. A merman, like a mermaid, attracts humans with singing an tones.
Mermen are rarely seen marrying human women; when this happens the merman's new bride becomes a mermaid. After parenting other mermaids or mermen the new mermaid may feel homesick for her family and friends and demand to be set free, after which the merman would have to find another bride. Matthew Arnold's poem "The Forsaken Merman" is based on this imagined situation.
Friday, March 28, 2008
These image have been circulating vie email, forums and blogs since 2006. They supposedly show a strange mermaid-like creature found washed ashore. This variant claims that the mermaid was found on a Malaysian island. Alternative versions of the message relocate the discovery to other parts of the world. Yet another version of the message claims that the creature is actually of extraterrestrial origin:
An alien was found by a fishermen in Teluk Pahang. Newspapers aren't allowed to publish it. Some maybe seen it before. I don't know the percentage of original. Don't ask me what happen to the alien or where is the alien now either. I'm curious to know it as well.
Not surprisingly, however, the mermaid is not a real, flesh and blood creature, but instead a sculpture by talented artist, Juan Cabana. A series of photographs of the mermaid can be found on the artist's website along with an entire menagerie of the strange and wonderful creations. (Taken from: hoax-slayer.com)
I don't know if this is true or not, it was found in Visayas Region,Philippines and caught by fishermen. There is a related tradition of more recent origin, perhaps dating back 1,500 years, which consists of manufacturing fake mermaid carcasses for public display using the body parts of dead monkeys and fish. The photograph you have just seen is one such artifact.
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Legends of these half-human, half-fish humanoids have circulated for milennia, even as far back as 5000 BC. It has been widely suggested or implied that manatees or dugongs could be behind the myth of the mermaid. An example supporting this theory would be Christopher Columbus had logged he had seen mermaids on his journey to the new world, but thought they would be more attractive.
These large aquatic mammals are notable for the way in which they carry their young, cradled in their arms much as a human would carry a baby. It is possible sailors seeing these unfamiliar beasts for the first time would assume they had in fact stumbled across some sort of humanoid species, and consequently spread their accounts of the sightings through their homelands on their return from voyages.
It has even posited the traditional image of a mermaid with long flowing hair could be attributed to manatees breaking the ocean surface underneath patches of seaweed, and giving the unfamiliar observer the impression of having long hair. Sightings from first-hand witnesses generally describe mermaids who do not talk and have green or black hair. The stereotypical "pretty" mermaid usually has long, flowing golden hair. (Taken from: wikipedia.org)
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A mermaid is a legendary aquatic creature with the head & torso of human female and the tail of a fish. The male version of a mermaid is called a merman; gender-neutral plurals could be merpeople or merfolk. Various cultures throughout the world have similar figures.
Much like sirens, mermaids in stories would sometimes sing to sailors and enchant them ,distracting them from their work and causing them to walk off the deck or cause shipwrecks. Other stories would have them squeeze the life out of drowning men while trying to rescue them. They are also said to take them down to their underwater kingdoms. in Hans Christian Andersen's The Little Mermaid it is said that they forget that humans cannot breathe underwater while others say they drown men out of spite.
The Sirens of Greek mythology are sometimes portrayed in later folklore as mermaid-like; in fact, some languages used the same word for both creatures. Other related types of mythical or legendary creature are water fairies (e.g various water nymphs) and selkies, animals that can transform themselves from seals to humans.
Prior to the mid 19th century, mariners referred to Manatee and Dugongs as mermaids.(Taken from :wikipedia.org)
Sunday, March 16, 2008
The Roswell Incident involved the recovery of materials near Roswell, New Mexico, USA, on July 7, 1947, which has since become the subject of intense speculation, rumor and questioning. There are widely divergent views on what actually happened and passionate debate about what evidence can be believed. The United States military maintains that was recovered was a top-secret research balloon that had crashed. Many UFO proponents believe the wreckage was of a crashed alien craft and that the military covered up the craft's recovery. The incident has turned into a widely-recognized and referred to pop culture phenomenon, and for some, Roswell is synonymous with UFOs. It likely ranks as the most famous alleged UFO incident. (Taken from: wikipedia.org)
When a sci-fi fan thinks about UFOs or Aliens, images and descriptions from their favorite fictional film, TV series or book tends to pop into their thoughts. Sci-fi has been a powerful force in bringing the real and unreal about these subjects into our heads. Early stories found picture books and dime novels from the turn of the century mirrored theories about canals on Mars. Images of Martians living by and traveling on those supposed waterways were trendy. During the 1920s to 1940s rockets became wildly popular and there were amateur rocket clubs all over the world. News of Robert Goddard's successful experiments with rocketry near Roswell, NM, during that period added to the fever. In the world of science fiction, people were now traveling by rocket to our nearby planets to confront both friendly humanoids and horrifying space monsters!But all that soon changed.
The 1950s brought to us the golden age of modern science. We had begun to explore our environment more fully, started to reach out into space and developed fantastic inventions like the super computer. Some say that the 1950s put the SCIENCE in SCIENCE FICTION. Sci-fi stories became more believable because they were based on actual scientific theory or practical scientific fact. The stories in previous decades ignored descriptions of creatures and crafts from actual sightings in favor of what science conjectured, things changed when alleged FACT became more interesting then FICTION!
Most sci-fi books, publications, television presentations and films took notice of the fact that pilots, police officers and other credible witnesses were coming forward with accounts of seeing unknown aerial phenomenon and having encounters with odd beings that were too close for comfort. Although many were wildly exaggerated, the sci-fi genre picked up on the actual descriptions of crafts and creatures and incorporated these into their stories. This trend continued until the late 1960s when sc-fi moved back in the direction of a mixture of what actual science says is possible and the author's imagination. It's largely remained there.
Although sticking to the theme of science mixed with pure fantasy, sci-fi still occasionally plays the reality card and cashes in on the popularity of non-fiction UFO stories and encounters. With the popularity of real sighting, Crop Circle and Alien Abduction stories at an all time high in the 1970s-1990s. films like Close Encounters of the Third kind, Fire In The Sky, Independence Day, Men In Black & Signs made it big at the box office. While the sci-fi genre tends to make real stories of UFOs and Creatures a bit easier to swallow, more fun and sometimes a bit more frightening, the actual history of sightings and encounters is no less interesting.
Strange objects have been seen in the sky for thousands of years. Many are explainable, some are not. It might surprise you to know that many ancient civilizations had a basic understanding of what they saw in the sky, using it for navigation and direction finding purposes. Ancient people were as surprised and shocked as modern UFO Witnesses when they saw discs, cigar-shaped objects and strange balls of light that seemed under intelligent control. We know about their experiences because they took the time to chronicle sightings just as people do today. Landings, crop circles and other physical phenomena associated with UFOs were often explained away as or associated with religious experiences or devilish activity.
UFO occupants have also been with us throughout history. Sightings of small pale or gray beings and other types of creatures have been reported in conjunction with sightings. It's possible that worldwide stories of small beings like leprechauns, trolls, faeries and others with great powers may have their origin in the UFO phenomenon. Some Native American groups, for example, trace their ancestry to the skies and claim they were brought here by small beings with great powers.
As humans have acquired the technology to better study the world around them over the past 150 years, incidents of strange aerial phenomenon have been better documented. From 1800-1900 these objects became known as airships. Thousands of carefully documented sightings were printed in reputable newspapers throughout the world, along with drawings showing the typical discs, cigar shapes and glowing balls of light. When photography became affordable and available to the general public, photographic evidence for UFOs rapidly grew. With there were and continue to be more then a few fakes or photos of known objects misidentified as UFOs, we now have many cleat, daytime photos, film and video of UFOs.
One scientist that worked on the final Bluebook report was Dr J.Allen Hynek a professor from Northwestern University. After looking at reports and evidence that existed apart from Bluebook, he decided that the project had ignored the best evidence in favor of lesser cases that easily be explained away. He created the Dr.J. Allen Hynek Center for UFOs Studies with the hope that a scientific study of the phenomenon would yield more than what the Government found. It was Hynek that created a simple way to describe contact with UFOs in scientific terms. A Close Encounter of the First Kind was a sighting. A Close Encounter of the Second Kind involved physical evidence like a crop circle. A Close Encounter of the Third Kind was a contact with a UFO occupant. Although Hynek didn't think much of Abduction stories, A Close Encounter of the Fourth Kind is a term generally used to describe UFO Abduction Cases. In the late 1980s, Hynek passed away.
Some common explanations for UFOs are ball lightening, misidentified private, commercial or military aircraft and natural phenomenon. There are problems with these explanations. Ball lightening appears so briefly if is rarely photographed. Many pilots themselves see UFOs and would know the difference between planes and something else. Most people that report sightings no longer bother to report far off objects in the sky that might be natural phenomenon, but tend to report close encounters that defy explanations. Within the field of what some call Ufology, there are 2 groups that have come to define the investigation of unknown Aerial Phenomenon. These are the True Believers and The Skeptics. The True Believers are certain that UFOs defy explanation, while the Skeptics believe that all or most sightings can eventually be explained in a conventional way. Ironically, it's these two groups that do the most harm to the serious study of UFOs. Both are certain about their beliefs with little or no room for science, hypothesis or debate. For me, it seems more desirable to be somewhere in the middle of the 2 with room for movement in either direction on a case by case basis.
Stories of objects & creatures from space remain with us and are unlikely to vanish as long as sci-fi writers write and people continue to report what they feel are actual encounters with strangle Ariel Phenomenon and the Beings that travel in them. (Info taken from:billknell.tripod.com)
Stories by: Bill Knell
The study of UFO claims over the years has led to valuable discoveries about atmospheric phenomena and psychology. In psychology, the study of UFO sightings has revealed information on misinterpretation, perceptual illusions, hallucination and fantasy-prone personality. Many have questioned the reliability of hypnosis in UFO abduction cases.
Psychologists point out that almost all UFO-related claims are based solely on eyewitness and anecdotal evidence, which is extremely unreliable. It has further been shown that memory of an event can be unconsciously altered to suit a desired interpretation of what was remembered. (For example, a person who has a supposed UFO sighting may simply be reinterpreting an older memory to fit a desired explanation. Many skeptics believe this is to be the case with the Roswell incident and many other UFO claims.(Taken from:wikipedia.org)
Friday, March 14, 2008
Certain physicists, some working for the US Military, others said to be associated with the US Intelligence Community are seriously interested in UFOs as extraterrestrial flying machines. Dr.Jack Sarfatti, in his book "Super Cosmos" (2005), has an extremely detailed "theory" based on the recent discovery of the repulsive anti-gravity field "dark energy" that is accelerating the expansion of the 3D space of our universe. Sarfatti also cites Alcubierre's weightless warp drive without time dilation as essential conditions for "propellantless propulsion" in what Puthoff has called "metric engineering". In his book "The Physics of Star Trek", Lawrence M.Krauss argues that it would be physically impossible to concentrate enough energy in one place to "warp" the fabric of space.
According to other physicists, taking advantage of certain experimentally verified quantum phenomena, such as the Casimir effect, may make the construction of Alcubierre type warp drives theoretically possible. However, if certain quantum inequalities conjectured by Ford and Roman (1996) hold, then the energy requirements for some warp drives may be absurdly gigantic. Counterarguments to these apparent problems have been offered (Krasnikov, 2003), but not all physicists are convinced they can be overcome. (Info taken from: en.wikipedia.org)
Thursday, March 13, 2008
Despite the remaining unexplained cases in the cited scientific studies above, many skeptics still argue that the general opinion of the mainstream scientific community is that all UFO sightings could ultimately be explained by prosaic explanations such as misidentification of natural and man-made phenomena (either known or still unknown), hoaxes, and psychological phenomena such as optical illusions or dreaming/sleep paralysis (often given as an explanation for purported alien abductions). Other skeptical arguments against UFOs include:
- Most evidence is ultimately derived from notoriously unreliable eyewitness accounts and very little in the way of solid or other physical evidence has been reported.
- Most UFO sightings are transitory events and there is usually no opportunity for the repeat testing called for by the scientific method.
- Occam's Razor of hypothesis testing, since it is considered less incredible for the explanations to be the result of known scientifically verified phenomena rather than resulting from novel mechanisms.
- The market being biased in favor of books, TV specials, etc. which support paranormal interpretations, leaving the public poorly informed regarding more mundane explanations for UFOs as a possibly socio-cultural phenomenon only.
Other historical reports seem to defy prosaic explanation, but assessing such accounts is difficult, because the information in a historical document may be insufficient, inaccurate or embellished enough to make an inform evaluation difficult.
Whatever their actual cause, such sightings throughout history were often treated as supernatural portents, angels or other religious omens. (Taken from: wikipedia.org)
Monday, March 10, 2008
Unidentified Flying Object
Big Foot footage
In 1870, an account by a California hunter who claimed seeing a sasquatch scattering his campfire remains was printed in the Titusville, Pennsylvania Morning Herald on November 10, 1870. The incident reportedly occurred a year before, in the mountains near Grayson, CA.
In 1893, an account by Theodore Roosevelt was published in The Wilderness Hunter. Roosevelt related a story which was told to him by "a beaten old mountain hunter, named Bauman" living in Idaho. Some have suggested similarities to Bigfoot reports.
In 1924, Albert Ostman claimed to have been kidnapped and held captive for several days by a family of sasquatch. The incident occurred during the summer inToba Inlet, British Columbia. In the same year also Fred Beck and four other miners claimed to have been attacked by several sasquatches in Ape Canyon in July, 1924. The creatures reportedly hurled large rocks at the miners’ cabin for several hours during the night. This case was publicized in newspaper reports printed in 1924.
In 1941, Jeannie Chapman and her children claimed to have escaped their home when a large sasquatch, allegedly 7½ feet tall, approached their residence in Ruby Creek, British Columbia.
In 1955, William Roe claimed to have seen a close-up view of a female sasquatch from concealment near Mica Mountain, British Columbia.
In 1958, two construction workers, Leslie Breazale and Ray Kerr, reported seeing a sasquatch about 45 miles northeast of Eureka, California. Sixteen-inch tracks had previously been spotted in the northern California woods.
In 1967, on October 20, 1967, Roger Patterson and Robert Gimlin captured a purported sasquatch on film in Bluff Creek, California in what would come to be known as the Patterson-Gimlin Film.
In 1970, A family of bigfoot-like creatures called "zoobies" was observed on multiple occasions by a San Diego psychiatrist named Dr. Baddour and his family near their Alpine, California home, as reported in an interview with San Diego County Deputy Sheriff Sgt. Doug Huse, who investigated the sightings.
In 1995, on August, 28, 1995, a TV film crew from Waterland Productions pulled off the road into Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park and filmed what they claimed to be a sasquatch in their RV's Headlights.
In 2005, on April, 16, 2005, A creature resembling a bigfoot was reportedly seen on the bank of the Nelson River in Norway House, Manitoba. Two minutes and forty seconds of footage was taken by ferry operator Bobby Clarke from across the Nelson River.
In 2006, on December, 14, 2006, Shaylane Beatty, a woman from the Dechambault Lake, Saskatchewan, Canada, was driving to Prince Albert, Saskatchewan when, she claimed, saw the creature near the side of the highway at Torch River. Several men from the village drove down to the area and found footprints, which they tracked through the snow. They found a tuft of brown hair and took photographs of the tracks.
In 2007, on September 16, 2007, hunter Rick Jacobs captured an image of a possible sasquatch using an automatically triggered camera attached to a tree. A spokesperson for the Pennsylania Game Commission challenged the Bigfoot explanation, saying that it looked like "a bear with a severe case of mange" The sighting happened near the town of Ridgway, Pennsylvania, in the Allegheny National Forest, which is about 115 miles north of Pittsburgh.
(Info taken from enkipedia.org)
This creature is hardly seen because they tend to live in a community and low profile in the jungle. The community of these creature may be less or can lead to extinction. What people saw or witnessed are already "prove" that the creatures are still alive in the jungle.
Big Foot Sighting
Sunday, March 9, 2008
Indian Native tribes in the Northwest note the appearance of large creatures they call Sasquatch. Such creatures were said to exist on Vancouver Island and near Harrison Lake.
The name "Big Foot" inspired by the media when enormous footprints were reported in Humboldt County by roadworkers in 1958 as they believed it was a track of the creature.
Big Foot Explanation
Saturday, March 8, 2008
Bigfoot is described as being between 7 & 10 feet (2.1 and 3 m) tall, and covered in dark brown or dark reddish hair. The head seems to sit directly on the shoulders, with no apparent neck. Alleged witnesses have described large eyes, a pronounced brow ridge, and a large, low-set forehead; the top of the head has been described as rounded and crested, similar to the sagittal crest of the male gorilla.
Friday, March 7, 2008
Bigfoot is one of the more famous examples of cryptozoology, a subject that the scientific community classifies as pseudoscience because of unreliable eyewitness accounts, lack of scientific and physical evidence, and over-reliance on confirmation rather than refutation. Most scientific experts on the matter consider the Bigfoot legend to be a combination of folklore and hoaxes. (Taken from: en.wikipedia.org)
Thursday, March 6, 2008
As for me, I believe in the Loch Ness monster and who knows one day the animal will come out from its lake...
Legend of Loch Ness
The first documented sighting of the Loch Ness monster was said to have taken place in A.D. 565, when St. Columba saw a "water-beast" in the River Ness.
Other sightings include Loch Ness farmer Hugh Gray's photograph. Gray had reportedly been out walking, a simple box camera in hand, when he spotted an "object of considerable dimensions, rising two or three feet above the water, dark gray in color with smooth and glistening skin." Gray managed to take five snapshots of the apparition, but was later discouraged that four of the photos had not developed properly. However, the fifth picture depicted an unusual shape in the water. Still, many believed that Gray's image did little to prove the existence of a lake creature, that it was too vague. One observer from the British Museum of Natural History declared, "My opinion is that Gray's picture shows a rotting tree trunk and nothing more."
In April 1934, Dr. Robert Wilson produced another photograph, this one showing Nessie's head above the water in Loch Ness. Perhaps the most famous image of Nessie to date, yet it is completely fabricated. It wasn't until 1992 that scientists discovered the photograph had been "doctored." Apparently, a hunter named "Marmaduke Wetherell" and his step-son built a model of the famous loch beast using a 14" toy submarine with a long-neck attachment. After placing the contraption in the water, they photographed it and handed the film over to Dr. Wilson. Dubbed the "Surgeon's Photograph," the image created quite a stir when it appeared in The Daily Mail newspaper in April 1934; no one thought to question it's authenticity as it had been submitted by a respected doctor.
In 1955, a bank manager by the name of Mr. McNabb took a photograph of an obvious ripple in Loch Ness near Urquhart Castle. The picture is thought to be one of the clearest of Nessie (or what has been purported to be Nessie). The image depicts something moving along in the water, close to the shores of the castle ruins. Various experts (and believers), seem to think Nessie lives under or around Urquhart Castle; many of the photographs taken of her were snapped in the vicinity of the castle.
(Taken from: deborahotoole.tripod.com/nessie/)
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During the Ice Age some 12,000 years ago, Scotland was covered by huge glaciers. When these glaciers started to melt, the slow-moving waters also carved rocky sides into lakes, along with the natural formation of "caves" and shelves. The water poured into the sea surrounding the area now known as Scotland, flooding much of the land and causing it to rise. This natural phenomenon permitted sea creatures to inhabit the flooded areas (dubbed "fjords"), where they also reproduced. When the floods began to dissipate some seven thousand years ago, the waters surrounding the land became lakes. However, it is said animals during this age also lost their connectivity with the "fjords," thereby trapping them in the newly developed lakes. Over the natural course of time, conditions in the lakes changed - salt water was eventually replaced by fresh rainwater, causing some of the sea animals to become extinct. Yet somehow others adjusted to the new atmosphere and survived.
Loch Ness is a deeply dark morass that is also located over an earthquake fault line, said to be the reason the lake is so vastly deep in areas. The bottom of the "loch" is layered with peat, which is likened to coal in that it consists of carbonized vegetable matter similar to moss. Peat particles float in the lake, making the water appear dark brown and in places almost black in color. The result is a rather murky body of water, making it difficult to see through clearly even when using sophisticated scuba diving equipment.
Some geographic experts claim Loch Ness is one of the deepest lakes in Europe - and if emptied, could be filled with three times the number of men, women and children from around the world.
Wednesday, March 5, 2008
Tales of the "Loch Ness Monster" have floated around the world for centuries. Described as a large aquatic animal or a plesiosaur-like creature, the "Loch Ness Monster" (also known as Nessie) has been the subject of numerous amatuer and scientific investigations over the years in an attempt to uncover the truth. It is said to have a long neck with a dinosaur-like head, a humped back, flippers and reptilian dark gray skin. Her estimated length is between 15 and 40 feet, with a weight of up to 2, 500 pounds. It has been touted as an imaginative endeavor to attract tourists to the Inverness area, or as a bona fide lake monster with a variety of corroborating photographs to prove it. However, the legend of the monster is not taken seriously by most mainstream scientists and other skeptics, although sightings by a large number of reliable resources seem to lend some validity to the claims of her existence. (Taken from: deborahtoole.tripod.com/Nessie/)
life of lochness