<blockquoteLon Strickler’s ARCANE RADIO – Phantoms and Monsters Fortean Research Team Updates | Fri. Feb.26.2021

Arcane Radio

Join Lon Strickler as he welcomes Phantoms and Monsters Fortean Research investigators Butch Witkowski, Rob Shaw and Ryan Fusco to Arcane Radio for detailed, first-hand discussion of recent investigations and reports of Fortean supernatural and paranormal happenings. Butch Witkowski is a UFO, paranormal and cryptid investigator and the founder of the UFO Research Center of Pennsylvania based in Birdsboro, Pennsylvania. Ryan Fusco is a paranormal, cryptid and UFO investigator based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Rob Shaw is an experienced investigator of the Fortean based in Point Pleasant, West Virginia. This will be a truly outstanding, informative Livestream conversation that details many actual events. With a live SuperChat that can answer many of your questions. Enjoy! You can find the full Phantoms and Monsters Fortean Research team and affiliate researchers at www.cryptidhunters.org

Excellent work is ongoing. And good stuff is happening.


This NASA Probe Did A Flyover Of Mars Moon Phobos And Accidentally Detected This

Unexplained Mysteries
Feb 26, 2021

This NASA probe did a flyover of Mars Moon Phobos and accidentally detected this. Today, we take a look at this interesting discovery made by a NASA probe. In our modern age, a genuine, mind-blowing discovery is seemingly hard to come by. Our ever-expanding knowledge of our planet and the universe means that we are slowly chipping away at the mountain of questions we have about this plane of existence. But every now and then something truly baffling rears its head, something that throws a wrench in the works of everything we thought we knew. These rare discoveries can be found in the strangest of places, leading to great interest from the public as well as the scientific community.

Thank you for watching! Thank you to CO.AG for the background music!

An excellent presentation and completely woo-free. 🙂


Albert Castiglia – Searching The Desert For The Blues (Official Video)

rufRuf Records
May 15, 2014


Song Searching the Desert for the Blues
Artist Albert Castiglia
Album Solid Ground
Licensed to YouTube by The Orchard Music (on behalf of Ruf Records GmbH); BMI – Broadcast Music Inc.

Albert Castiglia – Loan Me A Dime – Don Odells Legends

Don Odell
May 15, 2013

Albert Castiglia & his band return to Don Odells “Legends” on 5-1-13 while on his spring 2013 New England tour promoting songs for his soon to be released new album. Albert and his band stopped by Don Odell’s Legends studio while on tour in New England. Please check out other shows by Ana Popovic, Jimmy Thackery, Joe Louis Walker, Ana Popovic and many more and by subscribing you can be automatically notified of new videos when uploaded.Audio recorded and mixed by Jayce De Santis of Soundstream Media, Northampton, MA.

So Sweet.


sparrows portraying a horse


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Flock of sparrows portraying a horse while horses gallop in the background

Wow. I mean, Wow. This is profound on so many levels, holy cow!


Ferrari vs Porsche at Le Mans in 1970


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Ferrari vs Porsche at Le Mans in 1970

The good old days.



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UFO flying in, stops for a second and makes a sharp left turn and leaves the atmosphere. SPACE FORCE?!

UFO caught on night vision cam

Richard Christy
Jan 23, 2020

I was testing my nighttime camera to adjust the lens before putting it back on my telescope mount and decided to stick it straight up at the sky since it was a clear night and lo and behold this is what I caught zooming around making crazy turns. I captured this type of activity over two nights. I am not saying it’s aliens. What I am saying is I have no idea what the heck it is. But I do know for a fact that asteroids and comments and space junk doesn’t re-enter earths atmosphere stop and then make a left or a right hand turn before zooming off out of the picture at some ungodly speed. This was taken in New Jersey in January so I am ruling out bugs. Let me know what you think. Space Force

This has possibilities…


Sol 3042


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Another drive on Sol 3042, here is the end-of-drive 360 degree R-NavCam panorama. Some advance drive details are in the 1st comment, the outstanding data will follow later.

paulhammond5155 Top Contributor
6 hours ago
February 26, 2021

Curiosity took 24 images in Gale Crater using its mast-mounted right-side navigation camera (R-Navcam) to create this mosaic.

The seam-corrected mosaic provides a 360-degree cylindrical projection panorama of the Martian surface centered at 99 degrees azimuth (measured clockwise from north).

Curiosity took the images on February 26, 2021, Sol 3042 of its mission at drive 2596, site number 86.

The local mean solar time for the image exposures was 5 PM.

Each Navcam image has a 45 degree field of view.


Drive distance / direction etc will be added as soon as it is release

Excellent! Me happy.


mars feature


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I admit it’s hard not to let the imagination run wild



Asian Wildlife Photographers Club -AWPC
February 24 at 7:43 AM


Explore more at instagram.com/awpc.hk/

Seconds before the fly turned into a delicious meal.

Photo credits to Ted Wu



Food for the gods – by John Anthony West

Magical Egypt
Mar 15, 2019


My dear friend, the late, great John Anthony West, posted by my friends at Magical Egypt.




National Cryptid Society
February 23 2020

A spectacular mutation in an octopus results in tentacles upon tentacles. A “WTFtopus.”



rallye z passes bike rider

Dakar Rallye Z

Probably at the Paris-Dakar event, eh.

An inspiration for many a year.

I wonder what the young man thinks of these spectacular shenanigans.



A rather neat looking object on the other side of the moon by China’s Chang’e probe.


Mars 360: NASA’s Mars Perseverance Rover – Sol 0003 with real sounds from the surface (360video 8K)

Feb 25, 2021

NASA’s Mars Perseverance Rover Martian Solar Days 0003: NASA’s Perseverance Rover Gives High-Definition Panoramic View of Landing Site

The images for panorama obtained by the rover’s 135-400mm Mastcam-Z camera. The mosaic, which stretches about 30,000 pixels width, includes 143 images taken on Sol 3 (February 21, 2021).

NASA’s Mars 2020 Perseverance rover got its first high-definition look around its new home in Jezero Crater on Feb. 21, after rotating its mast, or “head,” 360 degrees, allowing the rover’s Mastcam-Z instrument to capture its first panorama after touching down on the Red Planet on Feb 18. It was the rover’s second panorama ever, as the rover’s Navigation Cameras, or Navcams, also located on the mast, captured a 360-degree view on Feb. 20.

Mastcam-Z is a dual-camera system equipped with a zoom function, allowing the cameras to zoom in, focus, and take high-definition video, as well as panoramic color and 3D images of the Martian surface. With this capability, the robotic astrobiologist can provide a detailed examination of both close and distant objects.

The cameras will help scientists assess the geologic history and atmospheric conditions of Jezero Crater and will assist in identifying rocks and sediment worthy of a closer look by the rover’s other instruments. The cameras also will help the mission team determine which rocks the rover should sample and collect for eventual return to Earth in the future.

Stitched together from 142 images, the newly released panorama reveals the crater rim and cliff face of an ancient river delta in the distance. The camera system can reveal details as small as 0.1 to 0.2 inches (3 to 5 millimeters) across near the rover and 6.5 to 10 feet (2 to 3 meters) across in the distant slopes along the horizon.

The detailed composite image shows a Martian surface that appears similar to images captured by previous NASA rover missions.

“We’re nestled right in a sweet spot, where you can see different features similar in many ways to features found by Spirit, Opportunity, and Curiosity at their landing sites,” said Jim Bell of Arizona State University’s School of Earth and Space Exploration, the instrument’s principal investigator. ASU leads operations of the Mastcam-Z instrument, working in collaboration with Malin Space Science Systems in San Diego.

Mastcam-Z’s design is an evolution of NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover’s Mastcam instrument, which has two cameras of fixed focal length rather than zoomable cameras. The two cameras on Perseverance’s Mastcam-Z dual cameras are mounted on the rover’s mast at eye level for a person 6 feet, 6 inches (2 meters) tall. They sit 9.5 inches (24.1 centimeters) apart to provide stereo vision and can produce color images with a quality similar to that of a consumer digital HD camera.

A microphone attached to the Perseverance rover obtained sounds of Martian breeze from Jezero Crater on Feb. 20.

Alana Johnson / Grey Hautaluoma

NASA’s Mars Exploration Program
Source images credit: NASA / JPL-Caltech
Stitching and retouching: Andrew Bodrov / 360pano.eu (http://bit.ly/perseverance-sol0003​)

#Mars360​ #Video360​ #360VR​ #Mars​ #Sol0003​ #Perseverance

Wow, check it out in 8K!!!


penguin silhouette


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Looks like penguin silhouette. Hehe


Sorry, this post has been removed by the moderators of r/PerseveranceRover.

Moderators remove posts from feeds for a variety of reasons, including keeping communities safe, civil, and true to their purpose.

Awww, c’mon, now.

Remember, Einstein said imagination is the highest form of research.


Perseverance landing site captured by ESA ExoMars


Perseverance landing site captured by ESA ExoMars


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Perseverance landing site captured by ESA ExoMars

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Credits ESA: www.esa.int/Science_Exploration/Human_and_Robotic_Exploration/Exploration/ExoMars/ExoMars_orbiter_images_Perseverance_at_landing_site



Perseverance Sol 1


Perseverance Sol 1


Perseverance Sol 1


Perseverance Sol 1


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Perseverance Sol 1 to 3 reconstructed in colors, raw images credit is NASA/JPL-Caltech



a Lovecraftian God


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A moray eel with a disfigured face resides in an aquarium. That or this creature is a Lovecraftian God.

Oh, wow…


Smoke Plume from Perseverance’s Descent Stage: HazCam image from Sol 0 (February 18)


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Smoke Plume from Perseverance’s Descent Stage: HazCam image from Sol 0 (February 18)



Wang Dang Doodle

Savoy Brown – Topic
Jul 29, 2018

Provided to YouTube by Universal Music Group
Wang Dang Doodle · Savoy Brown Street Corner Talking
℗ 1971 Decca Music Group Limited
Released on: 1971-01-01
Producer: Neil Slaven
Composer Lyricist: Willie Dixon
Auto-generated by YouTube.



1965 FORD GT 40 MARK II Prototipo

Alfonso Irene Jiménez
February 24, 2020

1965 FORD GT 40 MARK II Prototipo


Raffaele Lionetti
Gary F. Smith
Not just a rare shot of a GT40 variant. It’s also a rare shot of Carroll during his “Hollywood” period. Check out his Gucci loafers and Jay Sebring haircut.

James Candelmo
Is the guy in the tie, Leo ?

William Richter
Roy Lunn, Chief Engineer, Kar Kraft

Dave Ramies
Contrary to the movie, Miles/McLaren drove one of these in 1965!!

Daniel Sheffer
Dave Ramies
While I do enjoy the movie on many levels, and I’m glad the story is being told, this is perhaps the most disappointing part of the historical inaccuracies. They also gloss over the fact that Miles won at Daytona w/ Lloyd Ruby and took first in class at Sebring (behind the Chapparral 2A) w/ Bruce McLaren, both in 1965.


Red-tailed Hawk

Owen Deutsch Photography
February 21 at 10:00 AM

Red-tailed Hawks are monogamous and often mate for life, typically staying together until one of the pair dies. In general, they will only take a new mate if their original mate dies. I photographed this Red-tailed Hawk in New York. ⁠

View more Red-tailed Hawks here: owendeutsch.org/redtailedhawk



looking towards delta


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Approximate image from Perseverance perspective towards delta

Good times…



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The first 360VR of Mars by NASA’s Perseverance Rover of sounds from the surface of Red Planet


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The first 360VR of Mars by NASA’s Perseverance Rover of sounds from the surface of Red Planet

The first 360VR of Mars by NASA’s Perseverance Rover with real sounds from the surface (360video 4K)


Touchdown! NASA’s Mars Perseverance Rover Safely Lands on Red Planet

The images for panorama obtained by the rover’s Navigation Camera (Navcam). The mosaic, which stretches about 4000 pixels width, includes 8 images taken on Sol 0002 (February 20, 2021).

“For those who wonder how you land on Mars – or why it is so difficult – or how cool it would be to do so – you need look no further,” said acting NASA Administrator Steve Jurczyk. “Perseverance is just getting started, and already has provided some of the most iconic visuals in space exploration history. It reinforces the remarkable level of engineering and precision that is required to build and fly a vehicle to the Red Planet.”

A microphone attached to the rover did not collect usable data during the descent, but the commercial off-the-shelf device survived the highly dynamic descent to the surface and obtained sounds from Jezero Crater on Feb. 20. About 10 seconds into the 60-second recording, a Martian breeze is audible for a few seconds, as are mechanical sounds of the rover operating on the surface.

Also released Monday was the mission’s first panorama of the rover’s landing location, taken by the two Navigation Cameras located on its mast. The six-wheeled robotic astrobiologist, the fifth rover the agency has landed on Mars, currently is undergoing an extensive checkout of all its systems and instruments.

“Now we finally have a front-row view to what we call ‘the seven minutes of terror’ while landing on Mars,” said Michael Watkins, director of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California, which manages the mission for the agency. “From the explosive opening of the parachute to the landing rockets’ plume sending dust and debris flying at touchdown, it’s absolutely awe-inspiring.”

A key objective of Perseverance’s mission on Mars is astrobiology, including the search for signs of ancient microbial life. The rover will characterize the planet’s geology and past climate, pave the way for human exploration of the Red Planet, and be the first mission to collect and cache Martian rock and regolith.

Alana Johnson / Grey Hautaluoma

NASA’s Mars Exploration Program Source images credit: NASA / JPL-Caltech Stitching and retouching: Andrew Bodrov / 360pano.eu (bit.ly/perseverance-sol0002



deployed High-gain-antenna


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This image shows the rovers deployed High-gain-antenna as well the chips from the “Send Your Name to Mars” campaign


Yay! My names is there =D


the Jezero Crater river delta


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NASA Perseverance Rover took this photo of the Jezero Crater river delta while descending to land on Mars


The awe and mystery!


Sun Low on the Horizon on Sol 3

New at r/PerseveranceRover

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Sun Low on the Horizon on Sol 3


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In this picture you are looking to the west. The “gap/ditch” in the distance / horizon is the Neretva Vallis

11 hours ago

Thank you. So this is a sunset from Sol 4.

13 hours ago

It was on Sol 4 actually. Just filtered the images to Sol 3+ and assumed.




Thylacine Awareness Group of Australia
Feb 22, 2021

Neil Waters, President of TAGOA, gives us a tease of what is about to happen; a photo release on the 1st of March, of a joey Thylacine aka Tasmanian Tiger, roaming through the bushland of Tasmania. Hold on to your hats folks!

Oh, God, I can hardly wait!


Thylacine Awareness Group of Australia
Feb 16, 2021

Hit the road with TAGOA President Neil Waters as he checks some of the 60 trail cams, checks prints and scats, and recounts sightings on location. All from the stunning bushland in the wilds of Tasmania. One of these days, one of these cameras could change history.

Good times a-comin’!

HT to Al Rosenzweig for the link to Coast To Coast.


Sharp-shinned hawk

Photo by Carolyn Jamroga

This is who came to visit before the snow today!!!dd

What a great experience and what a great shot!

Here’s the critter’s ID:

Sharp-shinned hawk

The sharp-shinned hawk is a small hawk, with males being the smallest hawks in the United States and Canada, but with the species averaging larger than some Neotropical species, such as the tiny hawk. Wikipedia

Scientific name: Accipiter striatus
Conservation status: Least Concern (Population increasing) Encyclopedia of Life
Mass: Female: 5.3 – 7.7 oz, Male: 2.9 – 4.1 oz
Wingspan: Female: 1.9 – 2.2 ft., Male: 17 – 23 in.
Length: Female: 11 – 15 in., Male: 9.1 – 12 in.
Lifespan: three years psu.edu

Meet Mighty Max Majestic!


NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Perseverance Rover’s Descent and Touchdown on Mars (Official NASA Video)

Grab the popcorn because the NASA’s Perseverance Mars Rover rover has sent us a one-of-kind video of her Mars landing. For the first time in history, we can see multiple angles of what it looks like to touch down on the Red Planet. go.nasa.gov/3sfJNIw #CountdownToMars

Thrilling stuff!


UFOs over the Pacific


UFOs over the Pacific


UFOs over the Pacific

Constance Todd Smith
February 20 at 11:38 PM

I just sighted these 9 lights due west of me out over the Pacific. They were only visible for a few minutes and I don’t know how long they were there before I saw them. Note when you zoom in, they are circles with black centers. You’ll see in the 3rd photo how they began tapping out one by one. And the strangest part for me as a sailor, is that their light did not reflect on the ocean. Also please note, during my time here living on the beach in Mexico (4 years) this is not my first sighting of unusual objects in space. And each time, it’s a different show. Wow! What do you think they are…? “Hey Earthlings, we come in peace!” Let’s hope so! haha

My friend Constance posted these and they are excellent. What a great experience!


Rockwell B-1 Lancer

Rockwell B-1 Lancer

The Rockwell B-1 Lancer is a supersonic variable-sweep wing, heavy bomber used by the United States Air Force. It is commonly called the “Bone”. It is one of three strategic bombers in the U.S. Air Force fleet as of 2020, the other two being the B-2 Spirit and the B-52 Stratofortress. Wikipedia (sorry)

Range: 7,455.8 mi
Wingspan: 137′ 0″
Introduced: October 1, 1986
Length: 146′
Engine type: General Electric F101
Manufacturers: Boeing, Rockwell International, Meritor, Inc.

Bomb we must, eh. Sadly so. At least it’s pretty.


Perseverances Hazcam


Perseverances Hazcam


Perseverances Hazcam

New at r/PerseveranceRover

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I upscaled and processed the newest raw images from Perseverance’s Hazcam


Gorgeous! WooHoo!


Jezero’s Hazard Map


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Jezero’s Hazard Map: Landing hazards are depicted in red

That’s a lot of red.

And it all went perfectly!



My heart is all a-flutter…


February 19, 2021

The surface of another planet, let that sink in. It took 7 months to arrive on Mars traveling at 12,000 MPH, then landed itself. We’ve come a long way in the last century.

Oh myyyy!


sunset on Mars

Wow, Beautiful.

Good night, Percy.

NASA Mars 2020 Mission Perseverance Rover.

And a new one…

sunset on Mars




Just wow.

‘Not For Public View’ Biden Interview

Populist Press
Published February 16, 2021

Rumble — Astonishing outtake from a recent Joe Biden interview proves major problems he’s suffering that the media and establishment are trying to hide.

visit www.populist.press the #1 aggregator

Classic behaviors. Poor guy. This is just scary.

Powerful stuff.

HT Jeff Rense


Multiple UFOs were spotted around the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant

mavi 777
Feb 15, 2021

This is interesting.
Especially considering where this is.

Kind of ominous, too, eh.

Considering the area was just hit pretty hard seismically.
Seems legit, as well, but idk for certain.



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An Experience

It was during my third deployment to Iraq; the platoon had taken up residence in two houses in a village several miles south of Haditha. One day I heard our translator having a heated discussion with two local men. I grabbed my gear and my rifle and walked out to the road to investigate. I ask the translator what was going on. He tells me that these two men are crazy and assures me that they are not dangerous. I ask what they want, and he mumbles about them being superstitious, or something along those lines. He assures me that everything is ok, and my attention is not needed. It took a bit of prying, but the translator finally says that they are having a wolfman problem, but they are afraid that if they shoot at it, the local troops will be alarmed and attack their house. They tell us that this wolfman has been coming around late at night and has already killed a few sheep. And they are worried that it’s going to start attacking their family.

So, I assume somewhere in translation the word ‘dog’ has turned into ‘wolf’ and is somehow being conveyed to me by the translator as ‘wolfman’. So, I try to clarify “do they mean a dog?” The translator is a bit hesitant, almost like he’s embarrassed that his countrymen are wasting everyone’s time by believing in such nonsense. But they are adamant that their house is being besieged by a wolfman. Again, I ask if it’s just a big dog, and no, it’s a wolfman. So, I ask if there are wolves in Iraq and they are all in agreeance that yes, there are wolves in Iraq. But there are no wolves in this part of the country and it’s not a wolf or a large dog that has been killing their sheep; it’s a wolfman.

The translator is trying to usher them away but at this point I am very intrigued, and still a bit confused over the whole “dog-wolf-wolfman” thing. So, I ask them to describe what they are seeing. They tell me that every few nights it comes around, they first see it on four legs, as it skulks around their small compound. But then it stands up like a man, walking on two legs. It growls and it has lunged at the men, but as they retreat, it turns its attention to the sheep. Their own dogs refusing to help protect human or sheep. They tell me the creature has killed a few of their sheep and that they have even found one of the bodies, ripped apart with portions of it eaten away. They have been hesitant to shoot for fear of troop involvement.

The translator says that he has heard of such a creature, and even though this type of story has been spread through the area by various people, it is no more than superstitions and delusions. He assures me that there is no such thing as a wolfman.

I tell the two men that they should feel free to protect themselves and their livestock. And with my interest piqued, I get the men to agree to allowing us to stop by from time to time and set up an observation post while we are out on patrol. A couple nights later I join a night patrol and we head towards the house. We are greeted by one of the men and he gives us entry to the compound. We go up to the roof and set out sentries to overlook a nearby bridge.

About an hour later the homeowner comes up with a panicked look on his face. He’s talking really fast; excitement and concern in his voice and body language. He’s wanting me to come with him. I tell two others to come with me and we all follow the man. He leads us to the other side of the house, and we exit onto an enclosed courtyard where the sheep are being kept. The sheep are making plenty of noise and the man is pointing to a dark corner of the yard. I strain my eyes to see what he’s pointing at. Finally, I see it, a large wolf/dog, just standing in the corner. I ask the other two guys with me if they see it too, and they both agree that it’s a wolf or a dog. It moved behind a small sections on of wall and I could hear popping & cracking noises; like joints or knuckles being cracked. When it stepped out from behind the wall, it was upright on two legs. It swiftly and effortlessly jumped the perimeter wall and we could here it running away on two feet.

I conveyed to the man as best I could, if that thing ever showed up again, feel free to shoot it if he could; and if he did, to please let me know.


Very cool.




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Setting Sun in the mountains of Peru [photo Max Rive] [OS] [1080×1350]


Whoa nice…


Agate fossil coral reveals small flowers


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🔥 Agate fossil coral reveals small flowers





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Stuck in deep freeze in MS?! Nothing to do so I listened to dogman encounters and started doing some quick scribbling..The latest episode was creepy as hell..

Good job.


I have always found this an interesting case, especially if it was true.

And by chance I now stumble across this fab report!

Crossposted by u/3nz3r0
17 hours ago
“The Man from Taured”—Solved

Posted by u/Nalkarj
1 day ago

“The Man from Taured”—Solved
“He’s a real nowhere man, sitting in his nowhere land…”

In 1954, a well-dressed Caucasian man arrives at Tokyo’s Haneda Airport. Everything seems to be going normally until the man gives customs officials his passport.

The passport shows him coming from a country called Taured, you see. And Taured doesn’t exist.

Officials take the man aside and start interrogating him. Someone brings out a map, and the man identifies Taured as a location between France and Spain—where the real-world microstate of Andorra is.

An interrogator asks him if he means Andorra. No, he’s never heard of it. He’s from Taured.

He has money from several different (real) European countries. His passport has multiple stamps, including Japanese ones, and appears real. He claims he has a business meeting in Tokyo. He can speak Japanese and says his native language is French.

Officials take him to a nearby hotel room, on the top floor, and put him under guard. Then they do some checking.

The company for which he claims to work has never heard of him.

The hotel at which he claims to have booked a reservation never received one from him.

Officials go back to the room—and the man has vanished. The guards swear he never came out the door, and the only way out is through the window—which is not only on the hotel’s top floor but also locked.

He’s never seen again.

As you’ve probably guessed, this fun Twilight Zone-esque story is almost definitely bogus. No one has ever been able to find any Haneda Airport documentation or contemporary newspaper articles about it—or any evidence whatsoever. It’s now more or less a copypasta, with little variation between retellings.

But how did it start?

This tale was posted here in 2014, and u/Meginsanity found what I think is the earliest-known reference to the story, in Colin Wilson and John Grant’s The Directory of Possibilities (1981). In the book, Wilson and Grant have one sentence on our Tauredian traveler:

And in 1954 a passport check in Japan is alleged to have produced a man with papers issued by the nation of Taured.

I haven’t been able to find a single earlier reference. So what about the rest of the story?

Well, I think the entire second half can be jettisoned. Even accepting that a man can disappear/transport back to his alternate universe from a locked and watched hotel room (paging the ghost of John Dickson Carr), why would customs officials have brought him to a random hotel in the first place? That section of the story reads like a later addition to make the reader think the guy really did come from an alternate universe.

Did the first half happen, though? If so, the solution may be nothing more than the French-Japanese language barrier. Note that the French word for Andorra, l’Andorre, has some of the same vowel sounds as the made-up Taured. (We don’t know for certain, after all, that the man actually spoke Japanese.) And remember that the Wilson/Grant book says nothing more than that the man produced “papers issued by the nation of Taured.”

That said, I do know one of the book’s authors, Colin Wilson—an interesting, intelligent, and insightful writer who nevertheless “believed almost everything he read about the paranormal, no matter how outrageous,” as skeptic Martin Gardner wrote. Knowing what I do of Wilson, I don’t think he would have made up a reference, but he might have repeated one uncritically. Where he got it, though, I have no idea.

That was originally where I stopped my post, more or less.

But then I found two Reddit posts that—I can say with some certainty—cracked the entire case.

Last year, u/NatanaelAntonioli posted to r/japan about the story. He/she linked to an Aug. 15, 1960, clipping from Vancouver’s The Province, which told the story of conman John Allen Kuchar Zegrus (emboldenings mine):

Mr. Zegrus wanted to travel the world. To impress officials, he invented a nation, a capital, a people and a language. All these he recorded on a passport which he made himself. […]

John claimed to be a “naturalized Ethiopian and an intelligent agent for Colonel Nasser.” The passport was stamped as issued at Tamanrasset, the capital of Tuared “south of the Sahara.” Any places so romantically named ought to exist, but they don’t. John Allen Kuchar Zegrus invented them. […]

[Zegrus’s] gallant gesture for the individualist, unfortunately, ended with the Japanese in Tokyo. They began looking up maps.

This rather tears it, I think. Other than the country’s placement “south of the Sahara” rather than between France and Spain, this basically is the Taured story. And the spelling is close that I can’t believe it’s a coincidence.

Antonioli also linked to a 1960 speech by British M.P. Robert Mathew, published in Hansard. According to Mathew (emboldenings again mine):

My hon. Friend may know the case of John Alan Zegrus, who is at present being prosecuted in Tokio. […] This man, according to the evidence, has travelled all over the world with a very impressive looking passport indeed. […]

The passport is stated to have been issued in Tamanrosset the capital of the independent sovereign state of Tuarid. […] When the accused was cross-examined he said that it was a State of 2 million population somewhere south of the Sahara. This man has been round the world on this passport without hindrance, a Passport which as far as we know is written in the invented language of an invented country.

And then in Nov. 2020, u/taraiochi figured out the last piece of the puzzle. He/she linked to a 1960 Japanese newspaper article that is clearly about Zegrus. As translated by u/johnmasterof, it reads:

A mysterious foreigner of unknown nationality and background, accused of illegal entry and fraud, tried to commit suicide in front of the judge who handed down the verdict, at the Tokyo District Court on April 10. The defendant, John Allen K. Ziegler [sic] (36), was sentenced by Judge Yamagishi to one year of imprisonment…

Zieglass [sic] and his Korean wife entered Haneda Airport with a forged passport from Taipei on October 24 last year, and in December of the same year, he stole about 200,000 yen and $140 in traveler’s checks from the Tokyo branch of the [Chase Manhattan Bank], and another 100,000 yen from the Tokyo branch of the Bank of Korea. The forged passport used to enter the country was handmade and the name of the country, Negusi Habesi Ghouloulouloul Esprit, was completely fictitious, and the characters written on it were also unclear, even after being authenticated by a specialist, as to what language it was written in.

The defendant spoke 14 countries, and in response to the investigation, he stated that he had come to Japan on orders from an Arab-related agency and was working for a U.S. intelligence agency, but there was no such fact, and the district prosecutor, troubled by the fact that the nationality of the defendant was unknown, prosecuted the case. The identity of the riddle was not revealed at the trial, and the English newspaper reported that he was a “mystery man”.

And that’s the solution to the mystery of the Man from Taured. Wow. Full credit to u/NatanaelAntonioli and u/taraiochi for their amazing detective work, and I’m delighted that we’re finally able to put this old chestnut to rest.

EDIT: u/vegetepal and u/tropical_chancer have pointed out that Tamanrasset is a real place in Algeria with a large Tuareg population. It’s probable, therefore, that Zegrus based the name and location of fictional “Tuared” on the Tuareg people and the city of Tamanrasset.


Jean Bugatti with his Bugatti Royale, 1932

Spotted on r/interestingasfuck

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Jean Bugatti with his Bugatti Royale, 1932. One of seven built.



The Strangest Bigfoot Spree Of All Time

Bob Gymlan
Apr 18, 2019

A rehash of the most peculiar bigfoot sightings event in the records.
Illustrations by Fred Dunn!: www.youtube.com/user/dredfunn
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Nice 🙂


UFO incident at Edwards Air Force Base audio & transcript

Afaf Vlogs
Oct 29, 2015

A fabulous piece of historical evidence!

An example of the Convair F-106 Delta Dart they are scoping the objects out with:



🔥 Northern Lights in realtime from r/NatureIsFuckingLit


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🔥 Northern Lights in realtime

A spectacle!


Angel Dust Relaxing
Angel Dust Relaxing

Angel In The Mirror
Angel In The Mirror


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My GF is disabled but loves to draw!!!

we are in an LDR but I want to help her as much as I can. She is so strong and brave for dealing with everything she goes through on a daily basis. Since we are in an LDR, I’m sure I don’t even know half of what she deals with. I know she has epileptic AND non-epileptic seizures. Even though she deals with so much (she also has bad anxiety, PTSD, etc) she loves to write fanfic and draw. Mostly Yaoi. I believe it really does help her cope with day-to-day epilepsy+depressio+anxiety+++ life, ya know?

please check her out and show her some love!!!

Good stuff.


A rather different tale…

Just in at r/cryptids

Posted by u/Personal-Royal

1 hour ago

Scarecrow Cryptid?

I’m posting this because my curiosity has and probably will always get the better of me. I heard a story a couple years back from my best friends mom that was told by her grandmother. We’re all lovers of cryptids and urban legends so the tales we know are always shared with each other quite regularly. Well, this telling from her grandma was from back around the early 1960s, where they lived in a mobile home in the state of Kentucky. They lived pretty far back into the land where their property was surrounded by woods or corn fields. She said there were normal strange occurrences that happened, but one night she heard what sounded like rustling around outside their home. After a little bit of hearing the noise she said she opened the window to see what it was and she said there was a scarecrow running full speed away from their house and running into/through the cornfield while it screamed at the top of its lungs. I always love hearing this story and I wanted to do some research, but the only thing that comes up is the Bubák which has barely any information on it and is not from the States. I was curious if anyone else has ever heard or had their own experiences with something that resembles a scarecrow??

Well, now, that is one interesting happening!


Glasshead Barreleye.


Posted by u/Peachy-Persimmons

1 hour ago

The head of a bizarre fish called the Glasshead Barreleye. It has 4 eyes, two facing upwards and two facing downwards.


🔥 Shoebill stork stands still in the rain, staring at you judgmentally. from r/NatureIsFuckingLit

Posted 7 hours ago to r/NatureIsFuckingLit by u/crinnoire

🔥 Shoebill stork stands still in the rain, staring at you judgmentally.

LOL. Perfect.


A massive microburst dumping millions of gallons of water over southern Phoenix

Posted to r/NatureIsFuckingLit4 hours ago by u/hominoid_in_NGC4594

🔥 A massive microburst dumping millions of gallons of water over southern Phoenix. By: Bruce Haffner