Hi, My name is Holly. I live in the middle of Michigan on a small quiet lake with my significant other. I have 2 children, and a couple I choose to also call my own! I have had a few experiences that have made me scratch my head about so I reached out to see what others have encountered! I love to research and communicate what I find in any aspect of life! I also seem to have a need to help others or I could say others seem to seek me out for help! Happy to be part of the group!!.
By: Holly Moreland
These vicious, half-shark, half-octopus man-eaters are said to have inspired terror amongst fishermen and scuba divers in and around the blue holes of the Bahamas for decades.
The island of Andros in the Bahamas is the home to a spectacular array of what the natives refer to as blue holes. Formed during the ice ages of the last million years or so, modern researchers have discovered that these blue holes are a vast network of underwater cave systems, which link the Andros’s small freshwater lakes with the Atlantic Ocean.
Ironically, the confirmation of this oceanic passage has lent some credence to the legend of a HYBRID-BEAST, which is said to dwell in these blue holes… a legend known to locals as the Lusca. These ferocious octo-sharks have been described as being an incredible 75 to 200-feet in length, with the razor sharp teeth of a shark and an array of octopus-like multi-suckered tentacles.
Although the few eyewitnesses who have survived Lusca attacks seem to agree that the above description is accurate, there are others who insist that this animal’s appearance incorporates more of a “squid-eel” combination. Either way, the result is a terrifyingly ferocious predator, which one can only assume is equally horrifying in appearance.
Often believed to be an unknown species of cephalopod like the KRAKEN, the FRESHWATER OCTOPI or Octopus Giganteus (akin to the now infamous ST. AUGUSTINE PHENOMENON) these large, sub-aquatic anomalies have inspired terror in the hearts of generations of Bahamian fishermen.
Legend has it that any encounter with this extraordinary beast almost always results in the death of whoever was unfortunate enough to wander too close to its watery lair. This extends not only to intrepid divers who have dared to brave the labyrinthine depths of the blue holes, but also to those unwary souls who stand too close to the shoreline, as the Lusca — much like the AHUIZOTL and EL CUERO — has been known to use its tentacles to drag even earthbound victims to their watery graves.
Onlookers have even described seeing fishermen’s boats suddenly being yanked below the surface of the blue holes, only to watch in horror as the indigestible flotsam of these broken vessels slowly raises to the surface, their captains and crew nowhere to be seen.
This description of a purported Lusca attack has led some oceanographers to suggest that what people are mistaking for this legendary creature’s voracious appetite may, in fact, be a natural oceanic phenomenon caused by swift tidal changes which suck the water back in through the blue holes, resulting in a spontaneous whirlpool.
These sudden whirlpools roll and boil, and almost certainly hold the potential to pull unwary swimmers — or even entire boats — into its churning depths. When the currents reverse, a frigid, mushroom cloud-like surge of water is gushed back into the small lake, which could force the wreckage to the surface.
While this theory may apply to some cases of mysterious blue hole disappearances it in no way accounts for the colossal tentacles and shark-like maws described by eyewitnesses.
Ahool of Indosesia
By: Holly Moreland
The Island of Java, formed mostly as the result of volcanic activity, is the worlds 13th largest island, and the 5th largest island of Indonesia. Java is one of the most densely populated regions on earth and with a population of roughly 124 million is also the most populated island in the world. It is because of this overpopulation that the rainforests of Java have all but disappeared in recent times, the Gunung Halimun National Park is one of the last remaining stretches of lowland forest on the island. What remains Java’s once great rain forests supports a wide array of wildlife including over 23 mammal species, over 200 bird species, over 500 forms of plant life and according to the native population of the forests is the home to a large unidentified winged creature known as the Ahool.
The Ahool, named after its call, a long ahOOOooool, is said to be a bat like creature, and is described as the size of a one year old child with a gigantic wing span of roughly 12 feet. It is reported to be covered in short, dark grey fur, have large, black eyes, flattened forearms supporting its leathery wings and a monkey like head, with a flattish, man like face. It has been seen squatting on the forest floor, at which times its wings are closed, pressed against the Ahool’s body, its feet appearing to point backwards. It is thought that the Ahool is a nocturnal creature, spending its days concealed in caves located behind or beneath waterfalls; its nights spent skimming across rivers in search of large fish upon which it feeds.
One account of the Ahool occurred in 1925 when naturalist Dr. Ernest Bartels, son of noted ornithologist M.E.G. Bartels, was exploring a waterfall on the slopes of the Salek Mountains when a giant unknown bat, the Ahool, few directly over his head. Two years later in 1927, around 11:30 pm, Dr. Ernest Bartels encountered the Ahool again, this time he was laying in bed, inside his thatched house close to the Tjidjenkol River in western Java, listening to the sounds of the jungle when he suddenly heard a very different sound coming from almost directly over his hut, this loud and clear cry seemed to utter, A Hool! Grabbing his torch Dr. Bartels ran out of his hut in the direction the sound seemed to be heading. Less than 20 seconds later he heard it again, a final A Hool! which floated back towards him from a considerable distance downstream. As he would recall many years later, he was transfixed on the sound, not because he did not know what produced it but rather because he did, the Ahool.
At one time, Bartels had suggested that perhaps the creature was not a bat, but some type of bird, possibly a very large owl, but this theory did not sit well with others and was greeted with passionate denials by his friends, who assured him in no uncertain terms that they were more than capable of distinguishing a bat from a bird.
Bartels accounts of the Ahool were passed down to cryptozoologist Ivan T. Sanderson by Bernard Heuvelmans, and after much research Sanderson concluded that the Ahool is a form of unclassified bat. Sanderson took special interest in the Ahool because he too had met with such a creature, but not in Java, his encounter took place in the Assumbo Mountains of Cameroon, in western Africa. Sanderson thought that the Ahool could be an Oriental form of the giant bat like creature he witnessed in Africa; this creature was known by the African natives as the Kongamato.
Some researchers have suggested that the Ahool may be a surviving population of pterosaur, a flying reptile thought to have gone extinct around the time of the dinosaurs, some 65 million years ago. Indeed the description of the Ahool does match what we currently know about pterosaur species, including large forearms supporting leathery wings. The majority of investigators seem to agree however that the Ahool is more than likely a form of unknown giant bat, looking to the creatures reported facial features as evidence against the flying reptile theory. A third, less popular theory, also based on the reported facial features of the Ahool is that this beast may be the worlds first reported case of a flying primate.
Regardless of which theory you may subscribe to it may only be a matter of time before we find out exactly what the Ahool is. With the continued destruction of Java’s rainforests the Ahool’s habitat continues to shrink which may lead to more encounters with the creature by modern man as we encroach further on its home. Unfortunately the destruction of the Ahool’s home may also lead to its extinction before we even get a chance to fully understand its identity.
There is currently no physical evidence to suggest the existence of a creature like the Ahool living in the rainforests of Java.
In 1925, naturalist Dr. Ernest Bartels, son of noted ornithologist M.E.G. Bartels, was exploring a waterfall on the slopes of the Salek Mountains when a giant unknown bat, the Ahool, few directly over his head.
In 1927, around 11:30 pm, Dr. Ernest Bartels encountered the Ahool again. Bartels was laying in bed, inside his thatched house close to the Tjidjenkol River in western Java, listening to the sounds of the jungle Bartels suddenly heard a very different sound coming from almost directly over his hut, this loud and clear cry seemed to utter, A Hool!
The Stats: (Where applicable)
Size: Roughly 12 foot wingspan
Diet: Carnivorous, mainly fish
Location: The Indonesian island of Java
Environment: Mountainous rainforest
Demonic Possession and the resemblance to Anti-NMDA Receptor Encephalitis.
By Holly Moreland
Lets talk today about “demonic possession” and the resemblance to Anti-NMDA Receptor Encephalitis. What is Anti-NMDA Receptor Encephalitis you ask? I will get to that in a minute. I first want to tell you what originally sparked my interest in this particular subject. I am guilty! My interest did not come from the very well known movie “The Exorcist”, but came from watching a movie “Exorcism of Emily Rose”. Many of you may have watched this movie based on the case of Anneliese Michel. Now I am not saying that Anneliese suffered from this disease. Only that it peeked my interest and some of the symptoms are so similar. Makes one wonder if this disease had been discovered back then if it was possible it could have been the cause and had a different outcome.
I came across an actual case of Susannah Cahalan. A healthy 24 year old reporter for the New York Post. She was the 217th person to be diagnosed with this disease in 2009. The disease was first identified in 2007. I have attached a link to one of many articles telling her story.
Anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis is a rare autoimmune disease that can attack the brain. Antibodies turn on the brain its self and causes it to swell. The disease mostly infects young women and is often mis diagnosed as psychological disorders, and possibly demonic possession. Although extremely rare, you can see why asking the tough questions and searching for all answers is crucial to the paranormal community.
Memory deficits, including loss of short-term memory;
Speech dysfunction – the patient is no longer able to produce coherent language or may be completely unable to communicate
Cognitive and behavioral disturbances – confused thinking, hallucinations, delusional thinking, dis inhibited behaviors;
Movement disorders – usually of the arms and legs and the mouth and tongue, but may include full body spasms. These types of movements are very common in Anti-NMDA Receptor Encephalitis and the patient is unable to control them. They are often quite severe, requiring the patient to be restrained and sedated for their own safety and those of their care-givers. Sometimes patients are unable to move, and may appear like a statue, holding the same position for hours or days (catatonia);
Loss of consciousness – The patient may be semi-conscious or may slip into a coma;
Autonomic dysfunction – erratic breathing, heartbeat and blood pressure; loss of bladder control and bowel movements;
Central hypoventilation – the patient may stop breathing, and may require a mechanical breathing machine.
Vision and/or hearing may also be impaired.
I encourage you to read Susannah’s story! How her life was turned upside down! Her symptoms were mimicking that of what some people believe to be demonic possession. Also read the article attached on the disease. What are your thoughts? What might we ask or do if we come across such a case this extreme?
Stigmatized property is a property where the property may be less desirable to a buyer or tenant that is unrelated to its physical condition.
A list of what is considered stigmatized property is as follows:
Criminal Activity – Most states require that criminal activity be disclosed. This would include drug dealing and prostitution.
Debt – Some states require past debts be disclosed so that the buyer can be aware of possible harassing calls or visits from past owners creditors.
Murder/Suicide – Some states require that any murder or suicides on the property be disclosed to the buyers.
Phenomena – Hauntings, ghosts, poltergeist, and any other unexplained events which could affect the value must be disclosed.
There are other things that could stigmatize a property such as serious illness and known sex offenders in the area.
The duty to disclose stigmatized property varies state by state. Checking with a real estate professional, or attorney of the state in which you are considering buying the property is the best course of action.
If the state you are purchasing does not require the seller to disclose stigmatized property, conducting your own research into the property would be the next course of action.
Courtesy of: http://camerapedia.wikia.com
Kodak Retina (Type 117), product of 1934-1935.
The Retina cameras were manufactured at Kodak A.G. in what had been previously been the Dr. August Nagel Camerawerk factory in Stuttgart, Germany. The first Retina camera, Retina type 117, was introduced in the summer of 1934 along with a new 35mm film Daylight Loading Cartridge(DLC).
The Retina type 117 was replaced by the Retina type 118 within a year, the total production number is around 60,000.
Camera model – Retina type 117
Year built – 1934-1935
Shutter – Compur
Shutter speed – T, B, 1sec to 1/300 sec
Flash PC socket – on the lens-shutter barrel
Although night terrors typically occur in children ages 3-12, they can happen to anyone of any age.
Night terrors are not like nightmares, most children do not recall the event while some adults may remember a fragment of a dream.
Some of the symptoms of a night terror include increase heart rate and breathing, and sweating. It typically begins approximately 90 minutes after falling asleep. The child sits up in bed and screams, appearing awake but is confused, disoriented, and un-responsive to stimuli. The child may have recurrent episodes of intense crying and fear. They may get up out of bed and sleepwalk. The child seems unresponsive to the parents trying to comfort or wake them. Although most episodes last 1-2 minutes, they may last up to 30 minutes before the child relaxes and returns to normal sleep.
Night Terrors may be caused by the following:
- Stressful life events
Medications that affect the central nervous system
Recent anesthesia given for surgery
Home Remedies for Night Terrors:
- Make sure child’s room is safe to try to prevent injury during episode.
Eliminate all sources of sleep disturbances.
Maintain consistent bedtime routine and wake-up time.
Night Terror Prevention:
- First, note how many minutes the night terror occurs from your child’s
Then, awaken your child 15 minutes before the expected night
terror, and keep her awake and out of bed for 5 minutes. You
may want to see if she will urinate.
Continue this routine for a week.
Night terrors are typically short lived and usually occur over several weeks. Nearly all children will outgrow night terrors by adolescence. If night terrors persist, seeking the advice of your physician may ease your mind. They may be able to help by doing a complete history and physical examination.
For more information see the link provided.