After Facebook removed the Storm Area 51 — They Can’t Stop All of Us event, which had over two million people sign up, one of its organizers is planning a real-life festival called Alienstock.
Mathew Roberts was propositioned by Arkansas college student Brock Daily to hold a festival in Rachel, Nev.
The move has made critics draw comparisons to the Fyre Festival, which was planned for Exuma in the Bahamas back in 2017.
It’s also being balked at by residents who see the festival as being unappreciated nuisance firstly because of a lack of infrastructure and secondly because it’s a sleepy little Nevada town.
However, Daily has said the event is not looking to make a profit. It’s only looking to bring together like minds in the spirit of the cosmos.
“With a normal festival, you have a business structure that’s already lined out,” Daily told the Washington Post. “You have a theme and an idea that you’re going to try to market to the public. Whereas with us we had this monster on our hands.”
Paranormal investigator Grant Wilson is handling the influx of skepticism to his rebooted series, Ghost Hunters, with great pleasure.
The co-founder of The Atlantic Paranormal Society (TAPS) had his new show premier on Aug. 21 and he told PopCulture.com embraces the scrutiny of the scientific community when it comes to investigating hauntings.
“We get (skepticism) a lot, obviously, and people will shoot down anything they don’t know anything about,” he said. “(But) we have no problem with it. We embrace the skeptics.”
Former partner-in-paranormal-crime, Jason Hawes, is not involved in the reboot of Ghost Hunters.
CATCH A GHOST BY THE NECK
Six ghost hunters caught startling footage and noises while on an investigation at Pool Parc Asylum in Clawddnewydd, Wales in August.
The team recorded growling and screaming while exploring the building that’s been abandoned since its closure in 1990.
But the pièce de résistance was the image of a shadowy figure standing next to a noose.
“We were filming through a broken window and I just can’t explain the growling sound I heard on the film when I got back to the car,” Beth Hopper, the lead investigator for Spirit Walkers, told the Mirror. “It’s about one minute and five seconds into the footage, I thought: ‘What the hell is that?’”
Regardless, the 32-year-old mother from Chester was happy to leave the former institution.
“We’re not trying to fool people but there are some things we’ve experienced that have been unexplainable,” she added. “I’d always say to people that unless they come with us and experience it for themselves then they can’t tell me it’s not real.”
A HEAD FOR ARCHAEOLOGY
Artificial cranial deformation is nothing new in the annals of human history, but it’s still fascinating to uncover past cultures who performed any form of skull augmentation.
Archaeologists uncovered three ancient skeletons in Croatia’s Hermanov vinograd site in August. Two of them had a pointy, deformed shape.
The three skulls were initially uncovered in 2013, but between 2014 and 2017 they performed tests, including DNA analysis and radiographic imaging to view inside the skill.
All three skulls were males who died between the ages of 12 and 16, and all showed signs of malnutrition.
It’s suspected they had “some kind of disease that killed them quickly and didn’t leave any traces on their bones,” bioarchaeologist Mario Novak,at the Institute for Anthropological Research in Zagreb, Croatia, told Live Science.
ANGELS AND (THE POLITICAL) AIRWAVES
Tom DeLonge is making waves with politicians of all stripes with his UFO pursuits.
U.S. Representative Mark Walker (R-N.C.) expressed concern over a recent spate of sightings that have been reported by the country’s military.
His concerns are raised just after the U.S. Navy changed its methods of reporting UFOs. In addition, the defunding of the Advanced Aerospace Threat and Identification Program in December 2017 also provided a backdrop for the representative.
“The reports mention the existence of these encounters both domestically and abroad during various missions and trainings,” Walker wrote. “Based on pilot accounts, encounters with these UAPs (unidentified aerial phenomena) often involved complex flight patterns and advanced maneuvering, which demand extreme advances in quantum mechanics, nuclear science, electromagnetics, and thermodynamics.”
DeLonge’s To the Stars Academy has been uncovering details that were raised by Walker during their research.
Talk about a “Call to Arms”.
ET + UFO = DUI
The Peewee Herman persona of Max from the film Flight of the Navigator could have been at the helm of a UFO that was flying over Mexico in July.
The video, which hit Youtube in early August, shows a saucer flying around the sky rather erratically. Odds are it’s just a prank, or a mylar balloon as one commenter noted, but that didn’t deter people from making smart-alecky comments.
“Looks like a drunk UFO driver. LOL. He can’t keep it straight,” Fire Mountain posted.
SHE TALKS TO DEAD THINGS
Perhaps Kristen Stewart is shopping around a new script that would pique David Cronenberg’s interest, but the 29-year-old actress admitted in a Vanity Fair interview she talks to ghosts.
The Twilight star admitted to believing in ghosts when the subject of a previous film, Personal Shopper, was broached.
“If I’m in a weird, small town, making a movie, and I’m in a strange apartment, I will literally be like, ‘No, please, I cannot deal. Anyone else, but it cannot be me,’” she admitted. “Who knows what ghosts are, but there is an energy that I’m really sensitive too. Not just with ghosts, but with people. People stain rooms all the time.”
Newsweek pooled together a list of other celebrities who have had conversations or brushes with the other side: Matthew McConaughey, Kate Hudson, Gigi Hadid, Kendall Jenner and Emma Stone were among them.
‘YOU ONLY MOVED THE HEADSTONES’
A paranormal investigator in Somerset, England suspects the residual energy from former inmates of Shepton Mallet Prison will haunt new residents.
In use since 1610, they officially closed it in 2013. The property was purchased by developer City and Country and is slated to be repurposed for 120 homes and a community centre.
Russell Old, Essex Ghost Hunters, claimed he and fellow co-founder Simon Cardy felt “tremendous coldness” as mediums investigated the location.
“A very experienced medium, one of our guests, passed out and fell to the floor,” Old said. “The female guests were far more affected with one being assaulted in the cells and one bursting into tears.
“It was very hard to get all this under control.
FLORIDA MAN SELLS ALIEN ABDUCTION INSURANCE
A Florida-based insurance company based in Altamonte Springs provides insurance for those at risk for the uncanny.
Saint Lawrence Agency offers limited or comprehensive alien abduction insurance, as well as insurance for reincarnation and asteroid damage.
Each life-long policy is worth $10 million, and for a one-time fee of $24.95, it covers outpatient psychiatric care, “sarcasm coverage,” and double identity coverage. Sarcasm coverage is limited to immediate family and protects the client for any mockery they may endure after revealing they are an experiencer.
“The people that come to me, If I think they don’t understand the terms and conditions, that this is tongue and cheek, I won’t sell it to them,” owner Mike St. Lawrence told Fox 10 Phoenix.
The agency has sold about 6,000 of the policies since 1987.
EGYPT’S ATLANTIS RISING
Artifacts from an ancient Egyptian temple have been exhumed by underwater archaeologists in Aboukir Bay.
Thought to be lost to rising sea levels, earthquakes and tsunamis, the ancient site of Heracleion was Egypt’s main trading port during the King Ptolemy II’s reign. Columns and 2,000-year-old pottery were part of small discovery by underwater archaeologist Franck Goddio.
“The quantity and quality of the archaeological material excavated from the site of Thonis-Heracleion show that this city had known a time of opulence and a peak in its occupation from the 6th to the 4th century BC,” Goddio said.
The additional discovery to Goddio’s uncovering of Thonis-Heracleion in 2000 is only 5 percent of what lies on the bottom of the bay.
HERE THERE BE PHILISTINES
Archaeologists have discovered the long-lost biblical city of Ziklag near the modern town of Kiryat Gat, Israel.
Ziklag is referenced in the Bible as the settlement where David escaped to while fleeing King Saul. Achish, the King of Gat allowed him to take refuge there.
Massive stone structures were unearthed near the site of Khirbet a-Ra‘i, located between Kiryat Gat. A variety of artifacts dating to the 12-11th centuries BCE, pointed to it being a Philistine city.
“Twelve different suggestions to identify Ziklag have been put forward, such as Tel Halif near Kibbutz Lahav, Tel Sera in the Western Negev, Tel Sheva, and others,” Hebrew University professor, Yosef Garfinkel told SciNews. “However, none of these sites produced continuous settlement which included both a Philistine settlement and a settlement from the era of King David.”
ZAK BAGS ANOTHER GRISLY LANDMARK
Ghost Adventures frontman, Zak Bagans, continues to add to an impressive, albeit questionable collection of relics.
The latest addition, however, won’t be making the trip to his Haunted Museum in Vegas, as it’s the former home of Leno and Rosemary LaBianca – the couple that was murdered a day after the Manson family murdered a pregnant Sharon Tate.
The Los Angeles home, located at 3311 Waverly Drive in the neighbourhood of Los Feliz, was purchased for $1.98 million U.S. The closing date is in September.
As macabre as the purchase may be, it was well-timed, given the release of Quentin Tarantino’s new film, Once Upon a Time In Hollywood. The LaBianca murders, where the two were stabbed repeatedly, happened 50 years ago.