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10 People With Disturbing Tales To Tell

10 People With Disturbing Tales To Tell

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Some of the best movies and nonfiction books in the world are based around the lives of people. In most cases, these individuals have experienced odd and noteworthy events in their lifetime. It has been determined that the viewing public enjoys learning about bizarre humans and their struggle. For this reason, movie studios have been known to select stories that will intrigue and sometimes shock the public. This article will be examining ten individuals, and the disturbing events surrounding their lives. Some entries will look at the deranged personality of a serial killer, while others will document random occurrences. Everybody included on the list is living, and capable of telling their disturbing story. However, some of the people are currently in jail. In 1933, Lina Medina w...
10 Scientific Explanations For Ghostly Phenomena

10 Scientific Explanations For Ghostly Phenomena

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According to a 2005 Gallup poll, 37 percent of Americans believe in haunted houses, and according to a 2013 HuffPost/YouGov poll, 45 percent believe in ghosts. These are surprising numbers, but the next time you hear a spooky sound, don’t call the Ghostbusters—get a scientist instead. Behind every shadow, poltergeist, and disembodied voice, there’s a perfectly rational explanation. 10Electric Stimulation Of The Brain Frightened witnesses all over the world have seen the shadow people. These dark beings are glimpsed out of the corner of the eye only to vanish when confronted. Many believe them to be demons, some think they’re astral bodies, and some say they’re time travelers, here for a second and gone. However, some researchers have a more shocking theory. When Swiss scientists
Top 10 Weird Things the Victorians Did for Fun

Top 10 Weird Things the Victorians Did for Fun

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Before the invention of radio, television, video games, cell phones, the Internet, and pictures of cats with funny captions, nineteenth century people were actually forced to find their own entertainment, – like reading, for example, or holding an actual conversation with another human being. Hard to believe, I know. Here are ten weird things our Victorian ancestors did for fun instead of updating their Facebook statuses and tweeting about themselves every ten minutes. All things botanical remained ultra fashionable in England (less so in America) in the nineteenth century. Exotic plants were grown in hothouses, gardens were filled with flowers, and floral themed goods ranged from wallpaper to fabrics and jewelry. By 1855, pteridomania, or a craze for collecting and cultivating fe...
Top 10 Strange Topics That Need More Explanation

Top 10 Strange Topics That Need More Explanation

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The world if full of mysterious objects, people, places, and events that need more research. In the last 30 years, humans have made some incredible scientific advancement in the area of archeology, astronomy, computer technology, radar, physics, chemistry, biology, and statistics. People are beginning to understand more about how the Earth was made and have identified anomalies that exist in space. Some of the research has opened up questions about historic events and scientific theories. We can only hope that people will evolve and gain a better understanding of bizarre historical events, instead of moving in the opposite direction. This article will examine ten strange topics that need a bit more explanation by world governments. On the day that John F. Kennedy was assassinated i...
Top 15 Bizarre True Stories

Top 15 Bizarre True Stories

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This list was compiled by the co-editor of the Fortean Times, a Journal of Strange Phenomena, a monthly British magazine. 1. Bees who pay their respects Margaret Bell, who kept bees in Leintwardine, about 7 miles from her home in Ludlow, Shropshire (England), died in June 1994. Soon after her funeral, mourners were amazed to see hundreds of bees settle on the corner of the street opposite the house where she had lived for 26 years. The bees stayed for an hour before buzzing off over the rooftops. The local press ran a photograph of the bees hanging on the wall in a cluster. 2. Phantom Car Crash On December 11, 2002, two motorists called police to report seeing a car veering off the A3 trunk road with headlights blazing at Burpham in Surrey. A thorough search uncovered a car concealed...
10 Crazy Courtship Rituals Around The World

10 Crazy Courtship Rituals Around The World

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Being in love can make people do the strangest things. It just goes to show that animals aren’t the only ones capable of exhibiting bizarre courting behavior—not by a long shot. In the tradition of Valentine’s Day, let’s look at some cultures around the world—and the crazy stuff people do for love. 10Night Hunting Love can make boys do crazy stuff, like sneaking up into a girl’s room in the dead of night—all the while risking arrest or a shotgun to the face by an angry father. For the men of Bhutan, this tradition has been ingrained in their culture for the longest time—a form of courtship known as “night hunting.” Formally known as “bomena,” night hunting started in the eastern rural areas of Bhutan, and involved a man who would sneak
10 Bigfoot-Type Cryptids You May Not Know About

10 Bigfoot-Type Cryptids You May Not Know About

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The whole world has heard of Bigfoot and the Abominable Snowman (known to the locals as the Yeti), but how many people know that almost every country has its own version of the ape-man legend? The persistent quality of these legends and their appearance in so many different cultures have some believing they indicate small populations of prehistoric hominids who have somehow survived all this time, or possibly an as-yet-undiscovered ape species. As we shall see, some have even stranger explanations. 10The European Wildman European folklore is rife with tales of the “Wild man of the Woods.” They were so common that medieval heraldry often included depictions of the furry Wildmen. Aside from the fur, these legends bear little resemblance to our modern Bigfoot stories, but some ...
10 Things That Shouldn’t Have Their Own Museum But Do

10 Things That Shouldn’t Have Their Own Museum But Do

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There are plenty of things we expect to see in museums. Dinosaur bones, fine art, historical documents—these are all fine things to put on display for people to enjoy. Then there are other things, things that you might more commonly find in your refrigerator, in the bottom of your junk drawer, or in the garbage. Sometimes, all it takes is a special sort of person to think outside the box and realize that what this world is missing is a museum related to, for example, all things urine. 10Toasters If you thought that toasters were just background kitchen appliances used to toast bread and bagels, then you’re missing out on the interesting history and variety that toasters can offer. The Toaster Museum Foundation is a small, non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation ...
Top 15 Funny and Bizarre Wikipedia Pages

Top 15 Funny and Bizarre Wikipedia Pages

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People like to read funny and bizarre encyclopedia entries. History is full of strange people, objects and ideas that will make you laugh. Wikipedia has provided the Internet with a platform to share information. In this article, we will examine a combination of bizarre Wikipedia pages and funny concepts. Comedy can be a difficult emotion to capture. For this reason, you rarely see funny posts. Some of the entries in this article are more shocking than comedic, but hopefully something will make you smile. Did you just hear that? It sounded like my cell phone was ringing. Phantom rings are the sensation and false belief that one can hear their mobile phone ringing, or feel it vibrating, when in fact the telephone is not doing so. Humans are particularly sensitive to auditory ton...
10 Long Awaited Conspiracy Theories

10 Long Awaited Conspiracy Theories

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This is our third place winner in the Listverse launch competition. This list looks at 10 more conspiracy theories that may, or may not, link to various theories Listverse has already covered. By popular demand, here are 10 awesome examples of governmental cover-ups, global cataclysms on the verge of occurrence, and supernatural shenanigans that defy explanation. Read, if you dare, but keep an eye over your shoulder: Someone may be watching…   Everyone knows about Earhart’s ill-fated voyage around the world.  She intended to be the first person to circumnavigate the globe at the equator, which would be the longest such trip (about 29,000 miles).  After a failed first attempt, she departed with one of her best friends, Fred Noonan, from California to Miami. Af...
10 Bizarre Facts About Poop

10 Bizarre Facts About Poop

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Aside from gastronenterologists and middle schoolers, most people don’t talk much about poop. With the exception of North Korea’s former dictator Kim Jong-Il (who claimed in his campaign of self-deification that he never defecated), everybody poops. We may like to keep our bathroom habits private, but it turns out they’re surprisingly interesting. 10 Caribbean Beaches The white-sand beaches of the Caribbean are often considered heaven on Earth, but they actually have a rather disgusting secret. Much of that sand you’re sunbathing on is actually the poop of parrotfish. There are approximately 90 species of parrotfish, so named because of their teeth, which are so densely packed that they resemble a parrot’s beak. The diet of the parrotfish is composed primarily of things like par
Top 10 Mythical Places You Want To Live In

Top 10 Mythical Places You Want To Live In

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Are you tired of the boring day to day aspects of life? Do you want something new and exciting? Then these are the ten places you want to live. They are all places that have come from fiction and each one has a special something to make life interesting and enjoyable. This list is in no particular order. Reason for living here: King Arthur lives here and you can joust all day long! Camelot comes from legendary British tales of King Arthur – who may, or may not, have been real. In Camelot we find Arthur’s famous round table where his knights get to sit around like equals and have a few beers while they discuss their latest knightly conquests. Camelot is surrounded by forests and rivers, so you can get in a spot of fishing and hunting if it floats your boat. Justice and p...
Top 10 Bizarre Products

Top 10 Bizarre Products

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Who would have believed that in nearly three years we haven’t produced a list of bizarre products?! We have come close with lists of ridiculous products, but they are more about commonly owned popular goods. This list focuses entirely on products which are strange by their nature. Be sure to add more to the comments. Darkie (now known as Darlie) is a toothpaste brand of the Taiwan-based company Hawley & Hazel, which was acquired in 1985 by the US corporation Colgate-Palmolive. Darky, or darkie, is a term used primarily in the United States and Britain to refer to black people. The package featured an image said to have been inspired by an Al Jolson performance, that of a wide-eyed, smiling dark-skinned black male wearing a top hat, monocle and bow-tie. Because of the contra...
10 Completely Uncanny Superstitions From The Middle Ages

10 Completely Uncanny Superstitions From The Middle Ages

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In the pre-scientific Middle Ages, the world was at the same time both fascinating and frightening. In the absence of proper knowledge, people had no choice but to fall back on their own imaginations to make sense of the myriad natural phenomena around them. The result was a world where everything seemed magical, a place teeming with angels and demons, fairies and goblins, elves, gnomes, and witches. This list takes us inside the medieval mind and the fears and superstitions through which it tried to explain the world. 10 The Sea In The Sky For this story, we are indebted to English chronicler Gervase of Tilbury and his work Otia Imperiala. Writing around 1212 for his patron, the Holy Roman Emperor Otto IV, he declared his belief that “the sea is higher than the land,” that it was “above
10 Disney Movies With Horrific Origins

10 Disney Movies With Horrific Origins

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As many people know by now, some of Disney’s much loved animated musicals, beloved and enjoyed by so many happy little children for the past eighty years, have truly horrific origins involving rape, cannibalism, torture and other very nasty happenings. Some people believe Disney improved the original stories, making them more accessible and enjoyable to the general public, others are of the opinion that Disney mauled them, or at least failed completely to do them justice. Here are ten examples of some of the lesser-known origins of Disney’s movies, some going back in history to sources that many people are unaware of, others revealing origins that haven’t previously been discussed in such detail on the internet. Whatever your own personal opinions of these disturbing origins and Disney’s
10 Lives Saved By Booze

10 Lives Saved By Booze

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We’re always hearing about how alcohol ruins lives. However, on rare occasions, people’s lives are saved by alcohol. Occasions such as… 10 Wine Used To Fight Fires In 2007, a series of devastating fires tore through Southern Greece, killing over 60 people and leaving hundreds homeless. When the fire threatened one farmer’s home, he fought back with an unlikely weapon: wine. After pouring 300 liters of homemade wine into a fertilizer pump, George Dimopoulos spent over 17 hours fighting fires and spraying down his home (in order to make it less flammable), until the fires died down. When asked why he didn’t leave, George said that staying was the safer option, as several neighbors had died in their escape attempts. As for why George couldn’t use water, the pumps that extracted water from n
10 More Recent Cases of Strange Behavior

10 More Recent Cases of Strange Behavior

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Strange and bizarre news stories are fun to read. Every year hundreds of reports are made that document unusual experiments, inventions, criminal investigations, historical events and medical discoveries. Dozens of popular Internet websites are dedicated to publishing strange and bizarre news stories. This list will examine ten more recent cases of unusual behavior. It is the second article in a series that has examined this subject. An anti-rape device is a product used for preventing, or deterring, rape. In the 15th century, chastity belts were designed for this purpose. In the last ten years, a collection of anti-rape devices have been marketed in areas of the world that have high rates of sexual abuse, such as South Africa. One such device is the rape-axe, or anti-rape female...
Top 10 Notorious Witches

Top 10 Notorious Witches

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The witch hunting craze that swept through northern Europe in the 16th and 17th centuries was the result of a mixture of genuine superstition and religious fervor combined with political motivations and paranoia. Peasants and nobles alike looked to supernatural causes for storms and diseases, but they also saw the trials as ways to gain office or wealth by eliminating their rivals. The condemned witches and sorcerers were accused of horrifying crimes like intercourse with the devil and killing infants. During the trials their confessions were often extracted by violent means. The neurotic atmosphere of Europe throughout this time period led to more executions than acquittals. On Halloween night of 1590, Agnes Sampson, a midwife to the rural residents of East Lothian in Scotland, was sai...
Top 10 Ways Glasses Will Help in a Zombie Attack

Top 10 Ways Glasses Will Help in a Zombie Attack

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I once had a naive childlike notion that the probability of a zombie outbreak was minuscule, even impossible. As time goes by (and scientists continue to develop super viruses just-cos-they-can), the likelihood of this potential global disaster seems more and more possible; unlikely perhaps, but still possible. Literature and film have taught us that chances of survival in a zombie outbreak are slim, but if you manage to have time to get prepared, your likelihood of lasting a while increases. As I wear glasses, I began to wonder if wearing glasses could provide any benefits to surviving this sort of apocalypse. You will be pleased to know that it turns out glasses can actually up your chances of avoiding being eaten by zombies. After all, glasses can do much more than just help correct ou...
10 Great British Eccentrics

10 Great British Eccentrics

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As John Stuart Mill, a man not exactly lacking in eccentricity, said “Eccentricity has always abounded when and where strength of character had abounded; and the amount of eccentricity in a society has generally been proportional to the amount of genius, mental vigor, and courage which it contained.” Every nation has its share of colorful eccentrics but this list focuses on the British. Britain has a special love for its eccentrics, which may explain why it has bred so many. The mark of an eccentric is often the enthusiasm they have for a certain personal belief. Matthew Robinson, 2nd Baron Rokeby, developed a fondness for all things watery. At a time when drinking water could be somewhat risky due to waterborne disease most people drank alcoholic beverages, Rokeby drank onl...
Top 7 Zombie Survival tips

Top 7 Zombie Survival tips

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So – the inevitable has happened – zombies have attacked the world. You need to know how to survive and this is the list you need – the top 7 zombie survival tips. 1. Pull your shit together! If it’s a zombie infestation, the cops, firemen, and ambulance men will all be rather busy, or dead. When the first zombies are seen, the police will take them to hospitals. Do not lock yourself in your apartment and wait for the police to save you. Do not cooperate with the authorities. They know nothing about zombies, as they believe that zombies are a myth. 2. Get armed You do not want to face zombies and be unarmed, even if they are not so smart or quick or powerful, they will be too dangerous to fight bare handed. Firearms are good, but you should also have some side weapons
10 More Bizarre and Fascinating Medical Tales

10 More Bizarre and Fascinating Medical Tales

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From miraculous survivals to bizarre medical disorders, the medical world is crawling with astounding tales. Here’s just a sampling of the many stories the medical community has to offer. Feel free to add your own astonishing medical tales in the comments… Thimethylaminuria is a rare metabolic disorder that causes the defect in a certain enzyme that breaks down trimethylamine, a compound released by protein-digesting bacteria, living in our stomach. Sufferers then begin to release the compound through their sweat, urine and other bodily fluids. The result? A lingering body odor reminiscent of rotten fish, thus earning the disease its more famous nickname ‘fish odor syndrome.’ The bad news? The disease is incurable. The good news? Aside from the odor, the disease has no other visib
10 Bizarre Prehistoric Cryptid Sightings

10 Bizarre Prehistoric Cryptid Sightings

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Everybody knows about the Loch Ness Monster and Megalodon. You might also be aware that there is supposed to be an Apatosaurus living in the unexplored depths of the Congo. But there are quite a few other prehistoric animals said to be still walking the Earth in various remote places. 10The Mapinguari “The moment you hear it, all your hairs stand on end,” said Manuel Vitorino Pinheiro dos Santos of his supposed encounter with the South American cryptid known as the Mapinguari. According to a Discover Magazine article, the Brazilian was hunting in the Amazon when a blood-curdling scream echoed around the forest. Dos Santos, an experienced hunter, immediately ran and hid in a river. He heard the call four more times as the creature moved away. While some have likened the Mapingu...
Top 10 Bizarre Weapons of World War II

Top 10 Bizarre Weapons of World War II

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It is often said that necessity is the mother of all invention, and at no other point in a country’s history is necessity greater than in war-time. As a result, the widespread, and often desperate, fighting led to many new inventions, from computers, to jet engines, to atomic bombs. However, many of these inventions were downright bizarre, and this list aims to explore the inventions which have been lost to the annals of history. Of course, there are far too many of these strange weapons to be included in a single list, so feel free to mention any additional ones you feel should be on this list in the comments. The x-class was a series of submarines built by the Royal Navy during the Second World War. These tiny submarines only displaced 30 tonnes of water when submerged, were 15.55 m
10 Weird and Fascinating Cat Tales

10 Weird and Fascinating Cat Tales

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The animal world is always full of interesting and bizarre stories. Cats are no exception. There are stories of cats crossing state borders to find their owners, cat survival tales and claims of talking cats. Today, I will list ten weird and fascinating tales I have heard/read/watched recently that has something to do with our feline friends. WARNING: The clip above shows a cat using the toilet. Cleaning kitty litter is no walk in the park. According to statistics, it represents half of the expenses of keeping a cat. An interesting solution would be to train your cat to use the toilet. But how do you train your cat to do this? Enter the Litter Kwitter, a cat-friendly training system that teaches cats how to use a human toilet. The system consists of a special universal toilet seat (mean...
10 Bizarre Japanese Cults You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

10 Bizarre Japanese Cults You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

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Japan has always been known as a land full of diverse spiritual beliefs and mysticism. After World War II ended, Japan’s new pacifist Constitution gave its people greater religious freedom than never before. However, this tolerance to all beliefs also gave rise to a number of bizarre cults, with one of the most notorious being the Aum Shinrikyo cult which was responsible for the 1995 sarin gas attack on Tokyo’s subways. This list takes a look at ten other Japanese cults that, although not as infamous as the afore-mentioned group, nevertheless deserves recognition because their leaders and members make crazy seem effortless. 10 Yamagishi Society Status: Active Chicken farmer Miyozo Yamagishi built a rural community in 1952 to accommodate those who felt alienated and disillusioned by Japan’
10 Stories of Bizarre Births

10 Stories of Bizarre Births

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The concept of Christmas comes from the stories of a virgin birth. Below are ten stories that are no less bizarre – from the weird science to just plain weird. The stories may be wide and varied but there are some parameters that were set prior to making this list. You won’t find any stories of children born with congenital physical anomalies (although if you want to share some, please do so in the comments!). Any record-holding moms or babies had to have survived through the child’s infancy. These stories came as I found them and the only real “ordering” was done to put similar stories next to one another. Mia Washington had twin boys but her husband is the biological father of only one. Washington had an usual case of birthing fraternal twins with two separate fathers. This story has
Top 10 Bizarre Premature Obituaries

Top 10 Bizarre Premature Obituaries

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Obituaries have fascinated me since I was old enough to read a newspaper. I love reading the tales of lives lived – everyone from ordinary neighbors to the famous. Everyone has a life and everyone has a story to be told, when that life ends. The only thing we want to get right, other than the facts, is the obituary itself. And the single most important requirement is that you actually be dead when the obituary appears. Surprisingly, that mistake happens more times than one would think. Whether the person has faked their death, been declared dead when they were still alive, or mistaken to have died, sometimes news of a death is premature. All of the examples listed here are people who have been declared dead, and the death has appeared in an obituary or otherwise been announced (or i...
10 Fiendishly Clever Booby Traps

10 Fiendishly Clever Booby Traps

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Everyone knows of the infamous IEDs and roadside bombs of the Middle East, but many have forgotten that the history of booby trapping is long and rich. Although all booby traps are dangerous, some certainly rise above the rest. Whether it’s how intelligently the traps are hidden in everyday objects, how much sheer destruction they can unleash, or just how sick and cruel they are, these 10 booby traps are some of the most genius and fiendish of all time. 10Zippo Lighter Bombs These days, it seems like everyone is obsessed with terrorists and all the attention they receive. Whether it’s because they bring a new level of destruction to guerilla warfare or because the stories are just so horrifying, people just can’t get enough. Many can’t recall that, in wars past, similar effects could be a
10 Urban Legends About Sex That Turned Out To Be True

10 Urban Legends About Sex That Turned Out To Be True

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The world is chock-full of urban legends. They can be scary, mysterious, or even hilarious. However, they’re just legends, so they can’t possibly be true, right? As it turns out, some of these urban legends are actually 100% true. Interestingly, a lot of them are about sex—if this doesn’t make you uneasy about sleeping with somebody, we don’t know what will. 10People Have Actually Gotten Stuck During Sex While this nightmarish scenario might be the last thing any couple wants to experience, it unfortunately has happened multiple times in the past. According to medical journals, penis captivus (yes, it’s as painful as it sounds) involves intense spasms that can cause a woman’s vagina to clamp down on her partner’s penis during intercourse. As the man’s penis is usu
Top 10 Strange and Unique Forests

Top 10 Strange and Unique Forests

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Forests cover approximately 9.4% of the Earth’s surface. However, they once covered over 50%. Most people identify forests with trees, but the concept of the forest ecosystem reaches much further and includes many species, such as smaller plants, fungi, bacteria, insects, animals, as well as energy flow and nutrient cycling. Luckily, a large percentage of people on Earth are still able to enjoy the tranquility of an ancient forest. However, some people have never had the chance to enter one of these majestic plant communities. In fact, almost 80% of Europe’s forests are owned by Russia. As you step foot into an old growth forest, the rush of fresh air fills your lungs. Your senses perk up and you become aware of the life that surrounds you. In the forest, you never know...
Top 10 Strange UFO Encounters

Top 10 Strange UFO Encounters

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The topic of UFOs is one on which everyone has an opinion. From the strong believer to the condescending skeptic, everyone has deep rooted beliefs regarding the subject. Some believe UFOs are travelers from other planets or dimensions. Others believe them to be experimental military aircraft. I have picked stories from different countries and eras to show that people have been reporting the same characteristics and attributes in UFOs and Extra Terrestrials for decades upon decades, and very often these stories were reported long before the seed of UFO awareness was planted in the mind of the public, through TV, film and literature. I, personally, believe that, in the future, the existence of intelligent Extra Terrestrial life in the universe will be seen to be self evident, and people wil...