014: Dinosaurs in the Congo

In 1776, a french missionary by the name of Abbe Lievain Bonaventure was visiting the Congo river region.  In his notes he told about footprints that he had come across. These prints were large, at least 3 feet in circumference.  The inhabitants of the region who have given this beast a name.  They call it the Mokele-mbembe.  Translated, this would mean “one who stops the flow of rivers”.  What do they, the natives, say that the...

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013: The “WOW” Signal

On August 15, 1977 a volunteer researcher by the name of Jerry Ehman was looking over the data generated by a large radio telescope and his eyes widened when they came across one particular sequence that had come in at 10:16 pm.  The sequence was “6EQUJ5 , a seemingly artificially generated signal.  So what did Ehman do?  He did what any other excited SETI scientist would do.  He grabbed the first writing device he could find, that being...

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012: A Time Slip In Versailles

On August 10, 1901, two english teachers from St Hugh’s College in Oxford set out for what was to be a controversial holiday in France.  Controversial as it has since been cited as the first reported account of what is now known as a time slip.  The Versailles Time Slip. Podcast: Play in new window |...

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011: Modern Day Neanderthals

In 1850 a traveling merchant (or hunter, depending on the story being told) spotted what appeared to be a wild woman in meadow.  She was described as being very tall, fast, and strong and was not at all happy about being captured.  Years later, people are still asking the question… what was she? Could she have been a neanderthal? Podcast: Play in new window |...

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010: The Vampire Mercy Brown

The Brown family was well known in Exeter, Connecticut.  The son, a once husky young man now appeared thin and weak.  Something was feasting on him and it was hungry.  Word  spread from neighboring towns that the sudden rise in deaths might not be because of a disease but of something else.  Something more sinister.  The word ‘vampires’ began to creep into the conversations and the papers. Podcast: Play in new window |...

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009: The Hole to Hell

“The Son of Man will send forth His angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all stumbling blocks, and those who commit lawlessness, and will throw them into the furnace of fire; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” -  Matthew 13:42.   Hell has been around for a long time.  But where is hell?  Is it another dimension?  Another universe?  Or is it right below our feet? In 1989 a Christian broadcast...

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008: The Beast of Bray Road

In and around the town of Elkhorne, Wisconsin there have been reports of something strange.  The first known report occurred in 1949 and this was of a large beast, one that was at least 7 feet tall, covered in fur, walked on two legs, and had the head, or the face, of a wolf. And it does seem that the creature likes to travel.  In Michigan, which is roughly 400 miles away, the same beast, or a similar beast has been seen since the late 19th...

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Rick Dean is a writer, editor, and podcaster. A former editor and publisher, you can now hear him weekly as the host of 'Strange Encounters' and 'Philosophy Walk' available on iTunes.