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The Sacred Ghost Town Of Ani, City Of 1001 Churches: Deserted By Man, Destroyed By Nature

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Veronica Parkes, Ancient Origins

First mentioned in the 5th century by Armenian chroniclers, the “Ghost City” of Ani was described as a strong fortress on a hilltop that was a possession of the Armenian Kamsarakan dynasty. From this point on and throughout its occupation, the site had a turbulent history: changing hands multiple times, withstanding sieges, massacres, earthquakes, and looting – which led to its eventual abandonment. Despite this, the site has been seen as a place of extreme beauty, architectural marvel, and rich history for both the Turks and Armenians. While it remains a point of contention between these two nationalities, it is currently being restored, and conserved as an important piece of world history which may lead to it being named a Unesco World Heritage Site.

Ruins of the Cathedral of Ani and the church of Redeemer in Ani, an ancient capital of Armenia in the 10th century. ( CC BY 2.0 )
Ruins of the Cathedral of Ani and the church of Redeemer in Ani, an ancient capital of Armenia in the 10th century. ( CC BY 2.0 )
The Growth Of An Armenian Capital

In the 9th century, Ani had been incorporated in the territories of the Armenian Bagratuni dynasty. At this time, the capital of the territory moved from Bagaran to Shirakavan, and then Kars. Finally, the capital was moved to Ani in 961. It was during this time that Ani began its rapid expansion, and in 992 the Armenian Catholicosate, the hierarchical see of the apostolic church, moved its seat to Ani. By the start of the 11th century the population of Ani was well over 100,000 and it gained renown as the “city of forty gates” and the “city of a thousand and one churches.” Ani also became the site of the royal mausoleum of the Bagratuni kings of Armenia. In the middle of the 11th century, King Gagik II opposed several Byzantine armies and was able to fend them off for a time. However, in 1046, Ani surrendered to the Byzantines and a Byzantine governor was installed in the city.

Church of Saint Gregory (King Gagik) ( CC BY SA 3.0 )
Captured & Contested City

In 1064, a large Seljuk army attacked Ani, and after a 25 day siege the city was captured decimating its population. In 1072, the Seljuks sold Ani to the Shaddadids, a Muslim Kurdish dynasty. At this time, the Shaddadids employed a conciliatory policy towards the city’s predominantly Armenian and Christian populace. However, the people found their new rulers too intolerant and they appealed to the Christian kingdom of Georgia. Between 1124 and 1209, the city moved back and forth between the Georgians and the Shaddadids numerous times until it was finally captured by the Georgians. In 1236, the Mongols captured the city and massacred much of the population. By the 14 th century, the city was under the control of local Turkish dynasties and soon became part of the Ottoman Empire. An earthquake devastated the site in 1319, reducing the city to a mere village. In 1735 the site was completely abandoned when the last monks left the monastery.

The religious landscape of the medieval Armenian city of Ani, now in Turkey, as viewed from Armenia. (CC BY SA 3.0 )
Religious Remains

Called the “city of a thousand and once churches”, archaeologists have found at least 40 churches, chapels, and mausoleums, all designed by the greatest architectural and artistic minds of their time. The Cathedral of Ani stands above the city, despite its collapsed dome and destroyed northwest corner it remains imposing in scale. It was completed in 1001 by the Armenian King Gagik I, at the peak of prosperity in the city, and designed by Trdat, the renowned Armenian architect who also served the Byzantines by helping them repair the dome of Hagia Sophia.

Two people sitting inside the Cathedral of Ani just a hundred metres from the border of Armenia. Large parts of the roof have fallen down, allowing daylight to find its way into the building. ( CC BY SA 3.0 )
Two people sitting inside the Cathedral of Ani just a hundred metres from the border of Armenia. Large parts of the roof have fallen down, allowing daylight to find its way into the building. ( CC BY SA 3.0 )

The Church of the Redeemer stands today as half a church propped up by scaffolding. However, in its time it was an architectural marvel featuring 19 archways and a dome, all made from local reddish-brown volcanic basalt. This church also housed a fragment of the true cross, on which Christ was crucified. In the 10 th century, the Church of St. Gregory of the Abughamrentists was built as a 12-sided chapel that has a dome carved with blind arcades. In the early 20 th century, a mausoleum was discovered buried under the church’s north side, likely containing the remains of Prince Grigor Pahlavuni. Unfortunately, like many of the sites at Ani, the prince’s sepulchre has been looted.

The supported ruins of The Church of the Redeemer (CC BY SA 3.0 )
The supported ruins of The Church of the Redeemer (CC BY SA 3.0 )

Under the control of the Shaddadids, buildings such as the mosque of Manuchihr were erected. The minaret still stands, from when the mosque was originally built in the late 11th century, perched on the edge of a cliff. The rest of the mosque’s features are likely later additions. The original purpose of the mosque is contested by the Armenians and Turks. Some believe that the building once served as a palace for the Armenian Bagratid dynasty and was later converted into a mosque. The other side of the argument maintains that the structure was originally built as a mosque, and thus was the first mosque in Anatolia. Both sides hold that the mosque is more important to their nationality.

The ruins of Manucehr Mosque, an 11th century mosque built among the ruins of Ani. ( CC BY SA 3.0 )
The ruins of Manucehr Mosque, an 11th century mosque built among the ruins of Ani. ( CC BY SA 3.0 )
A Struggle For Preservation

In 1892, the first archaeological excavations were conducted at the site of Ani, sponsored by the St. Petersburg Academy of Sciences and supervised by Nicholas Marr. From this excavation, numerous buildings were uncovered, documented in academic journals, and presented in guidebooks, and the entire site was surveyed. Emergency repairs were undertaken on the buildings that were most at risk of collapse, and a museum was established in the Minuchihr mosque and a purpose-built building housing thousands of items found during the excavations. In World War I, about 6000 artifacts were moved from the museum to the collection of Yerevan’s State Museum of Armenian History; what remained in Ani was eventually looted or destroyed. Turkey’s surrender at the end of the war lead to the restoration of Ani to Armenian control. But, in 1921 Ani was incorporated into the Republic of Turkey.

Today, Turkish-Armenian tensions leave the site hotly contested. Despite this, there is an ongoing effort by archaeologists and activists to preserve the ruins. Historians have long argued for the historical importance of Ani as a forgotten nexus, as a result Ani is now on a tentative list for recognition as a Unesco World Heritage Site. Restoration efforts began in 2011 by the World Monument Fund in partnership with the Turkish Ministry of Culture, and they may be able to preserve what is left of the ghost city.

Kizkale Church viewed from the citadel ( CC BY SA 3.0 )

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Some Truly Bizarre Accounts Of Very Close Encounters With Bigfoot

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Brent SwancerGuest Writer

Throughout the world one of the most frequently reported strange mystery creatures are various hairy humanoids that go by many names, including Bigfoot, Sasquatch, Yeti, and many others depending on the regions where they appear. Such reports are already inherently odd, often very bizarre indeed, but there are those reports amongst these that are especially  bonkers, launching it all even further into the fringe realms of the weird. Here we will look at a selection of truly outlandish Bigfoot reports that really defy any immediate rational answers, and which show just how strange the phenomenon can get.

Some of the weirdest Bigfoot reports have to do with some sort of close personal interaction between the creatures and human beings, and one such report comes to us from the site Cryptozoology News, from a witness who claims to be a former state trooper from the state of Washington, in the United States. The witness says that these encounters happened in 2009, at a remote wilderness area in the North Cascades, also known as the Cascade Mountains, between British Columbia and Washington state, and it is all very odd to be sure. He claims that he first stumbled across a group of Bigfoot quite by accident, as he was scouting out an old mine in the mountains, and while they remained shy at first they began to get closer as he would frequently leave food out for them, including apples, carrots, beef jerky, cookies and candy bars. Not only would they come incredibly close to him, but he also says that they spoke amongst themselves in a discernible yet incomprehensible language. The former trooper says of all of this weirdness:

I leave them food and they visit. Sometimes it is just 5 to 10 minutes, other times they stay for hours. I have been as close as 20 feet to some of them. They have a human-like face, some with dark hair, others red or brown, probably about 3 to 4 inches long. They stand between 6 and 7 feet tall and probably weight around 500 pounds, females being a little lighter. The females have small breasts. When I am alone, they are close. When others are with me, they stay 75 to 100 feet away. Females come the closest to me. They like some people and some they do not. They sounded similar to Native American and Asian mix. I am not in the forest to seek them. I look for something else. However, they appear to be getting closer to me each time. I do not try and take their picture or bother them in anyway. I think they may be a primitive human species that we know very little about. They appear to me very intelligent.

A bigfoot or Sasquatch foraging for food in a dense rain forest in early morning in the Cascade. Photo Source: Getty

A very similar account comes from yet another former state trooper, this time in the state of Michigan, who has also encountered Bigfoot-like creatures that he feeds and which he claims he has taken others to see. He also claims that they have a language and that they will try to communicate with him and anyone he is with at the time, in a language that sounds eerily similar to Native American Salish. He says of these bizarre encounters:

It usually happens at night, 3:00 a.m., but sometimes during the day. They follow me now when in their area after I have left them food. They always follow uphill in my “blind spot” like a soldier does. Sometimes they just stand away from me and look at me. This last time there were three other people with me. Heard whoops, then large rock lands 40 ft away from us, then brush crashing, then one individual 7 ft. tall 100 ft. away looking over three fall. Others with me observed that one, I approached and spoke in native American Salish ‘come here friend’. A Female individual stepped from behind a tree 30 ft from me, looked at me then smiled shyly and stepped back behind the tree. She smiled at me and had very white teeth. I do not seek them only furnish them some food when in their area so they will leave me alone. I do not want any problems with them, only a relationship based on mutual respect for each other. They seem very intelligent and I have heard them speak to each other a couple of times. These creatures are very shy. If you hold up anything in front of your face they will hide. I am trying to get them to come into my camp and attempt to communicate up close to them. If I am able to do that, then I will be able to capture it on a video.

Also from Cryptozoology News is the report of a Florida man who also feeds Bigfoot. The witness is from Fort White, Florida, and says that a pair of Skunk Apes, the Florida version of Bigfoot, frequently lurk about his property. The witness told John Bird, manager of the property, that he feeds the two Skunk Apes regularly, and Bird would say of it:

He was speaking about sighting two different individuals Skunk Apes here, on the property, just down…just down from where we are. He said that they were pulling the Spanish moss off the trees and eating it. He also told my fiancé and I and her uncle that he on a regular basis feeds these Skunk Apes sweet potatoes and plantains.

Such reports encompass a phenomenon often referred to as cohabitation, which involves regular contact between the Bigfoot and human beings, even bonds being formed, and it is something I have written about here before. In another report, there is a woman in the state of Texas who says a whole family of the creatures has been living around her rural property since 1994, and that the family unit had even had a baby. In this case the creatures seem to be very bold to the point of aggressiveness, and in an interview with the show Coast to Coast AM, she would say:

We didn’t know what was going on until just a few years ago. At first, we found the house that they were living in. My husband and I didn’t know what it was, and he kind of joked at me about it… at that time we didn’t realize it was a Bigfoot. Since then, our property had a fire, it burned down, so we moved a mile and a half from where we knew they were into another house. Little did we know that we were just coming into a family of them. They throw rocks on the house, I hear them talking. People thought I was crazy, but I know what I heard. I’ve heard them yell, walking out close to the house, and my husband too. They are all around us and my son put cameras out below his house and he got some on camera, but they’ve never tried to hurt us. I hear them talking, you can’t make out what they are saying, but know it’s their voices. We know that last year they had a baby. They beat on the house, last time it was last Christmas. My son found footprints the day before Christmas. When they banged on the door, it woke my husband up from a big sleep and it scared him so bad that he got the gun and checked the door.

Speaking of Bigfoot babies, a woman from Avondale, Louisiana, told Cryptozoology News that between the years of 1964 and 1972 she actually raised a baby Bigfoot. She says that she found the baby abandoned on her remote property in the swamp, and described the creature as being about 20 pounds, and with a hairless face that “did not look like a human’s nor a monkey’s.” The witness says:

He was so little, so cute. I had to do something about it. He was so defenceless, lying next to the mud and water, curled, crying like a baby, his parents were either dead or they had abandoned him. He accepted me as a friend right away. I took him home only for three nights to nurse him back to health. He liked tomatoes very much. He’d take them away from my hands and eat them whole. His favourite ones were Brandywine, although he seemed to enjoy the cherry tomatoes too. He was my friend. Even though he couldn’t speak well, sometimes he’d say words I taught him in English. Words like “tomato”, “food”, “love” and “hungry.”

She says she nursed the Bigfoot back to health to the point that he was ready to go back out into the wilderness, but that even then he would come around the property. One day he even brought a friend, of which the witness says:

He brought a friend with him! At first the other guy was shy, hiding behind the bushes, but little by little, he began to trust me too. So there we were, sitting on my porch, two Bigfoots and I, having dinner under the moon. When people in town began using them CB radios, the Bigfoots didn’t visit as much. Then I had to move out because of my age, but I know they are still there, a big group of Bigfoots. I taught them about hunters and other people that might hurt them and not to trust any humans.

Yet another witness claims that his property in Tuscaloosa, Alabama is the home of a family of Bigfoot, and not only do they have a baby, but that he has actually recorded the sounds it makes. Mary K. Scruggs, an Alabama minister from the North River area, claims that she made the recording one evening as she was in her room watching television. She says that her dog would go off to engage, only to be sent running by a protective mother Bigfoot, and she says of the surreal events that would play out surrounding the recording:

My bathroom is on the back side of the house, and I always keep my window open to let a little fresh air in. At about 10:27 p.m., I could hear something out back, and it was loud enough that in the next room with the TV going I could hear it. At this time it was crying continuously. The whole time I am standing there I am thinking where is Sledge my German Shepherd.. He goes ninety to nothing when he hears the slightest noise. I believe it is a baby Bigfoot. If you listen closely to the audio, at one point it sounds like it said ‘hey.’ From the start it was crying steadily, then like it was being comforted. Like a Mother would comfort her child. Slowly, it got quieted down and stopped crying. 

That is when I heard Sledge–the dog– jump off the porch barking charging down there. I guess he thought it was gone. I believe when he got down there he got hit ! I believe Momma Bigfoot hit him ! He lets out a loud yelp, barks one more time, and he runs to jump on the porch again. After Sledge came back up to the porch I ran downstairs to check him out. He had no bite marks or claw marks. That’s how I knew he had been hit. Had it been a Bear that night, well, Sledge would be dead if he got to close to her cub. Whatever it was down there with it had to be big and bad for him to be scared of it, like a mama. I believe it was a female Bigfoot with her baby. German Shepherds are very sensitive to different types of sounds. Also Bigfoots can mimic different animals and birds.

You can hear the strange audio recording here. What do you think? Perhaps even more off-the-wall than any of these accounts is that of a witness named Jason Richardson, who contacted Cryptozoology News about a very outlandish experience in which he had allegedly been actually kidnapped by a Bigfoot. He says that during a hike in the wilds of Northern California, at Mount Tallac, in the rugged wilderness of South Lake Tahoe. He says that he was making his way along the trail when he had heard a sound like “a guttural, human-baby voice,” before he suddenly lost consciousness and awoke within what appeared to be a cavern. He had no memory of how he had gotten there and his head was filled with pain, but this would soon turn out to be the least of his worries. He would say of the completely outlandish events that would transpire:

When I woke up I had no idea where I was and my head hurt wonders. There were two big bear-like creatures, standing up, seemingly arguing with each other in that same guttural tone of voice I had heard earlier back on the trail. I felt the back on my head and I noticed I had some blood. Something or someone had hit me hard enough for me to pass out and the carried along the trail inside a small cave or something. Their paws didn’t have claws, and I can tell they resembled human features. To be honest I wasn’t able to make out fingerprints or nothing, but what struck me hard was that they were completely hairless up to the elbow. Their torso and legs were covered in thick red hair, and their feet were even hairier, I couldn’t see any toes. No nails neither. 

I was terrified, I had no idea what was going on and it looked more like a nightmare or something. I thought maybe I had eaten something wrong or the water had gone bad, and I was hallucinating. But I wasn’t, what I was watching was real. My hands and ankles were tied up with some type of plant material. They stood tall, I calculated probably between eight to ten feet, and I wasn’t able to see their heads well. Then they approached me, and I pissed my pants, literally. I am not ashamed to say this, I was so fearful I had no idea if this was it you know? That’s when I saw their heads. Their necks were hairless and they reminded me of vultures. Their heads had red hair, but also black feathers or I don’t know what it was, but it looked like feathers to me. Their eyes were dark, very dark and big as they got close to me. They weren’t communicating with each other anymore. The tallest one grabbed me by the tied legs and pulled me across the cave, dropping me on the cold surface. I was silent, I was afraid if I talked it would make them upset and make it worse. Then the shortest one came by and kicked me in the chest, I almost lost conscience again. 

They left me alone for five minutes or so and when they came back they were carrying what looked like tools, made out of wood and stone. They set my hands and legs free but I didn’t move. I sat back, with my back on the wall of the cave, and I could feel water run inside my shirt. I think I was getting sick. Then they approached me again and grabbed me by the arms and legs and they threw me outside of the cave. They threw a sharp rock at me and it hit me on the back. I ran like I had never ran before. I didn’t have a backpack, food or water. I found the trail and got back to my vehicle. When I checked my watch I realized I had been captive for about ten hours. I didn’t report this incident. This is the first time I share the story with someone. I was embarrassed to talk about this. As I was driving back home I saw two kids with sticks playing by the edge of the woods, next to the road. They were very tall and had long hair. I don’t know what to think anymore.

What are we to make of such far-out reports? Do these have any place in the discussion of Bigfoot, or are they merely delusions or hoaxes? If they are real, what insights do they provide into the Bigfoot phenomenon at large and what can we glean from them? There is no real way to know at this point, and these cases, as well as the many others like them, serve to add layers of the strange to an already strange phenomenon.

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Who Destroyed The Great Library Of Alexandria?

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Who Destroyed the Great Library of Alexandria?
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The destruction of the great library of Alexandria has been lamented as one of the biggest losses of the ancient world. Nearly one million documents from across Assyria, Greece, Persia, Egypt, India and many other powerful civilizations at the time graced its shelves. No traces of the library have ever been found, but historic records speak of its devastating demise. 

The Rise of Alexandria

Alexandria, one of the greatest cities of the ancient world, was founded by Alexander the Great after his conquest of Egypt in 332 BC. After the death of Alexander in Babylon in 323 BC, Egypt fell to the lot of one of his lieutenants, Ptolemy. It was under Ptolemy that the newly-founded Alexandria came to replace the ancient city of Memphis as the capital of Egypt. This marked the beginning of the rise of Alexandria.

Yet, no dynasty can survive for long without the support of their subjects, and the Ptolemies were keenly aware of this. Thus, the early Ptolemaic kings sought to legitimize their rule through a variety of ways, including assuming the role of pharaoh, founding the Graeco-Roman cult of Serapis, and becoming the patrons of scholarship and learning (a good way to show off one’s wealth, by the way). It was this patronage that resulted in the creation of the great Library of Alexandria by Ptolemy.

Over the centuries, the Library of Alexandria was one of the largest and most significant libraries in the ancient world. The great thinkers of the age, scientists, mathematicians, poets from all civilizations came to study and exchange ideas. As many as 700,000 scrolls filled the shelves. However, in one of the greatest tragedies of the academic world, the Library became lost to history and scholars are still not able to agree on how it was destroyed .

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Theory 1: Julius Caesar

Perhaps one of the most interesting accounts of its destruction comes from the accounts of the Roman writers. According to several authors, the Library of Alexandria was accidentally destroyed by Julius Caesar during the siege of Alexandria in 48 BC. Plutarch, for instance, provides this account:

“When the enemy tried to cut off his (Julius Caesar’s) fleet, he was forced to repel the danger by using fire, and this spread from the dockyards and destroyed the great library.” – (Plutarch, the Life of Julius Caesar, 49.6)

This account is dubious, however, as the Musaeum (or Mouseion) at Alexandria, which was right next to the library was unharmed, as it was mentioned by the geographer Strabo about 30 years after Caesar’s siege of Alexandria. Nevertheless, Strabo does not mention the Library of Alexandria itself, thereby supporting the claim that Caesar was responsible for burning it down.

However, as the Library was attached to the Musaeum, and Strabo did mention the latter, it is possible that the library was still in existence during Strabo’s time. The omission of the library can perhaps be attributed either to the possibility that Strabo felt no need to mention the library, as he had already mentioned the Musaeum, or that the library was no longer the centre of scholarship that it once was (the idea of ‘budget cuts’ seems increasingly probable). In addition, it has been suggested that it was not the library, but the warehouses near the port, which stored manuscripts, that was destroyed by Caesar’s fire.

Theory 2: Christians

The second possible culprit would be the Christians of the 4th century AD. In 391 AD, the Emperor Theodosius issued a decree that officially outlawed pagan practices. Thus, the Serapeum or Temple of Serapis in Alexandria was destroyed and converted into a Christian Church. Many documents are thought to have been destroyed in the process. However, this was not the Library of Alexandria, or for that matter, a library of any sort, although it is believed that it held about ten percent of the library of Alexandria’s documents.

No ancient sources mention the destruction of any library during this particular time period. Hence, there is no evidence that the Christians of the 4th century destroyed the Library of Alexandria.

Theory 3: Muslims

The last possible perpetrator of this crime would be the Muslim Caliph, Omar. According to this story, a certain “John Grammaticus” (490–570) asks Amr, the victorious Muslim general, for the “books in the royal library.” Amr writes to the Omar for instructions and Omar replies:

If those books are in agreement with the Quran, we have no need of them; and if these are opposed to the Quran, destroy them.

There are at least two problems with this story. Firstly, there is no mention of any library, only books. Secondly, this was written by a Syrian Christian writer, and may have been invented to tarnish the image of Omar.

Mystery Remains

Unfortunately, archaeology has not been able to contribute much to this mystery. For a start, papyri have rarely been found in Alexandria, possibly due to the climatic condition, which is unfavourable for the preservation of organic material. Secondly, the remains of the Library of Alexandria itself have not been discovered. This is due to the fact that Alexandria is still inhabited by people today and only salvage excavations are allowed to be carried out by archaeologists.

While it may be convenient to blame one man or group of people for the destruction of what many consider to be the greatest library in the ancient world, it may be over-simplifying the matter.  

The library may not have gone up in flames at all, but rather could have been gradually abandoned over time. If the Library was created for the display of Ptolemaic wealth, then its decline could also have been linked to an economic decline. As Ptolemaic Egypt gradually declined over the centuries, this may have also had an effect on the state of the Library of Alexandria. If the Library did survive into the first few centuries AD, its golden days would have been in the past, as Rome became the new centre of the world.

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Declassified FBI Document States That Nikola Tesla Was An Alien From Venus

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1957: : Declassified FBI Letter: Nikola Tesla Was Brought To Earth From Venus
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Jocelyne LeBlancGuest Writer

Nikola Tesla is a very well-known scientist who made numerous inventions and discoveries, such as the Tesla coil, alternating-current (AC) electricity, neon lights, artificial lightning, X-rays, and the rotating magnetic field, just to name a few. His radio technology is actually used in today’s computers, smartphones, navigation systems, satellites, missiles, and spaceships. Incredibly, in 1926, he predicted that people would eventually be able to stay connected by seeing and hearing each other no matter where they were across the planet by a small device that could fit in a pocket – decades before the smartphone was even created.

He had over 1,000 invention patents on record that included his 1905 patent called “The art of transmitting electrical energy through the natural medium” which was based on his thoughts that the Earth was an electrical generator that could supply an unlimited amount of  electricity.

Tesla Coil

It was obvious that Tesla was an incredibly intelligent man who was ahead of his time in regards to his work. In fact, it has been said that his inventions were between 300 and 1,000 years ahead of time and that the world would be about half a century behind where we are today if it wasn’t for Tesla. This, however, led to some people believing that he was such a unique individual that he didn’t even come from our planet.

A declassified FBI document called “Interplanetary Sessions Newsletter” was written on June 14, 1957 and contained some unbelievable claims that Tesla was originally from the planet Venus. It read in part, “The Space People have visited the Tesla engineers many times, and have told us that Tesla was a Venusian, brought to this planet as a baby, in 1856, and left with Mr. and Mrs. Tesla in a remote mountain province in what is now Yugoslavia.”

Additionally, a woman named Margaret Storm, who was writing a book on Tesla’s life, was given information through a device that the scientist created in 1938 in order to conduct “interplanetary communication”. She allegedly even had contact with the “Space People”.

Nikola Tesla

The theory that Nikola Tesla originally came from Venus and was brought to Earth as a baby is certainly far-fetched even though many people do believe that there are aliens living right here on Earth (Area 51 for example). But what’s even stranger is that the FBI had that information in one of their files which ultimately raises even more questions such as why did the “Space People” reveal Tesla’s identity to the FBI and perhaps an even better question is did the FBI actually have close contact with extraterrestrials?

The entire 64-page document can be read here.

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Surreal Accounts Of Encounters With Reptilian Lizard Men

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Brent SwancerGuest Writer

There are reports of mysterious monsters and creatures from every corner of the globe, encompassing weird things of various shapes and sizes. From Bigfoot to the Loch Ness Monster, such reports are constant. Yet, there are some that seem to veer off into the realm of the truly fantastical, and among these must surely be the numerous reports of what can only be described as reptilian humanoid beings. Such encounters really go beyond the world as we know it, truly embracing the far reaches of the fringe, and here we will look at a selection of these weird accounts.

A curious encounter supposedly happened in 1977, in the wilds near Henderson, Nevada, where a woman by the name of Cherry Hinkle lived with her 13-year-old son, Marc. On this day Marc had gone out hiking with a friend and decided to explore one of the many caves of the area. Within the murk below they say they made their way to a circular chamber where they stumbled across a deeper hole down into a sheer blackness that their flashlights could barely penetrate. They decided to make their way down though the hole using some branches as a makeshift ladder, and they ventured down into more bizarreness. Hinkle would say of her son’s encounter in an article for UFO Digest:

The pit was roomy, with a short annex. Occasional debris littered the rocky floor, like a tin can or two, a battered teen magazine perched on a small outcrop of rock that served as shelf. The boys explored to main cave, then turned their attention to the short tunnel or annex…[and] heard the sounds of a voices and maybe the distance humming of machines. Intrigued by the thought of they were mining nearby, the boys went a deeper into the tunnel. On the far end, they found a rusty metal door, and near the door a strange metal rod. The one-foot rod was lightweight and resembled aluminum, with a cap on one end and a few strange engravings on one side… 

Startled, the boys heard the sound or guttural harsh voices talking, and the certain sound of approaching footsteps. The boys became frightened by the strange vocalizations and high-tailed it to their makeshift ladder and headed up toward the cave entrance on the upper level. As they exited, they heard what sounded like the metal door opening, its old metal screeching. They crawled out the tunnel opening and ran away from the cave entrance. Thinking they were safe, they breathed a sigh of relief. Without a warning, they heard a loud threatening growl. Harry and Marc looked back at the cave entrance and to their horrified eyes; they watched as a very large greenish humanoid struggled to force his big body out of narrow cave. The boys screamed and started running down the slope of the hill, running top speed! They didn’t look back until they were near my back yard.

They would show Cherry a strange, rod-like object that they had brought back from the cave with them, which had strange symbols engraved upon its side. It was smooth and metallic, and no one knew quite what to make of it. They would have gone to have it looked at by someone, but the strange creature from the cave seems to have wanted his rod back. Hinkle would say of what happened later that night:

It must have been around two in the morning when Marc shook me whispering harshly that someone is trying to get into his bedroom window. I hoped it was just a nightmare, or his nerves were still on edge. Quietly we slipped into his bedroom and listened to the sounds of scraping at the window edge! He was not mistaken—in the light of the moon I could make out the silhouette head and shoulders of a man. I was alone with my four kids, no husband to protect us, so I grabbed my flashlight; suddenly tossed the curtains open to face the man. There was a glare from the flashlight on the window, but past glare that I could clearly see a large head with ridges on the top, other ridges on his cheekbones, and the glow of golden eyes. Marc and I stood still, unmoving, both fear and shock kept us frozen. The Lizard Man didn’t move either his hand still poised in his attempt pry the window open. His hand was large, with webbed rough, gnarly looking fingers, with powerful claws. 

After a couple minutes, not seconds, but long agonized minutes with our hearts pounding I knew I had to do something. One hand still holding the flashlight beam on his face and my eyes still locked into those golden eyes, I fumbled around in the dark with my other hand, hoping to find something to use as a weapon, is needed. He glanced at my hand, looked back into my eyes. He turned his head a little, as if he was asking a questioning, he slightly opened his lipless lips, displaying four of his pointed teeth, and suddenly he turned and ran off into the desert. Later in the morning, we decided the reason the Lizard Man was breaking in the house was to reclaim that metal rod. Marc and I hiked back to the cave and placed the strange rod beside the cave entrance.”

Another weird report of some sort of lizard humanoid comes to us from the site Cryptozoology News, from a witness in Oklahoma City. The man claims to be a dispatcher, and that on this evening he was driving on his way to work at around 4 AM when something very strange came creeping up out of the night in the form of a 3-foot tall reptilian humanoid. The witness says of what happened:

I was coming off a two lane to a four lane. On my side of the road there was a culvert… it –the being– jumped up on the side of the road, standing on the curb, looking at me. It had large eyes and small pointed ears. Its eyes were orange with no glow when the headlights hit them. It had a small mouth with a nose similar to a cat. It had three toes curled over the edge of the curb with heels like a human. Extremely large thighs that matched the base of its tail. Its tail was extremely long with the huge base tapering down to no bigger than a match stick. The creature was flicking its tail, standing like an angry cat. But once it was on the move, it carried it straight out behind him. It looked as if it was calculating where it could make it across in front of me without getting hit. It made it to the center yellow line, then looked at me again before sprinting off into the woods on the opposite side of the road.

From Reddit user “DakkOhMy” we have a report from July of 2016, when he and some friends were walking home from a party along a dark rural road at around 3 AM, heading towards the home of his friend “Cole.” The witness describes the neighborhood as butting up against a vast, swampy area, and eerily dark and quiet at night, and it is a place that makes them nervous every time they pass it. This particular report starts off as what appears to be a UFO sighting, but gets much stranger as it goes on. The witness says:

Cole noticed this green ball of light fall from the sky into the swampy side of the street. Cole described is as a beach ball that had a green neon light emanating from it. He thought maybe it was a shooting star but it didn’t have any fallout or anything, and it just glided into the trees without making a sound. The weird thing is, the rest of us didn’t see it. We brushed it off and kept walking. A few minutes later we all heard this sound in the trees on the swampy side of the road. It sounded like something was rushing towards us, almost like a stampede but once it reached the treeline and the fence, it stopped. We stopped and looked at each other because at this point, we were all a little spooked, and didn’t know what to do. As we started walking again, I happen to look into the trees and I saw this creature just standing there watching us. It looked like it was over 7 feet tall, lanky, looked like it was covered in scales or some kind of rough skin and had yellowish eyes. I screamed, which of course made the guys look over and they saw him too. The thing just kept staring at us and it was super unnerving. We took off and didn’t stop until we got to Cole’s house. We shut all the blinds and locked everything up and couldn’t sleep the rest of the night. We still don’t know what we saw and we never saw it again after that. We all named the creature the “Lizardman”. We never walk down that road anymore, even if we’re at Cole’s house. We drive down that road now.

What was this thing? Another encounter comes to us from the National Cryptid Society, from a witness called “Kelly,” in Honey Grove, Texas. She says on this evening she had put her daughters to bed as usual, and was lying down trying to fall asleep when her dogs started snarling and growling in a very menacing way, as if they were very scared of something. Listening carefully, she could make out the snapping of twigs, and her first thought was that her daughter’s pony had gotten out of its enclosure. However, it would turn out to be something far stranger, and the witness says:

My eldest daughter had a Shetland pony, so in my mind I thought the Shetland had gotten loose. I got up out of bed and I went to the front door. My front door had nine panes of glass in it. Right caddy cornered from me, 25 feet from me was a streetlight, a very bright streetlight. What I saw walking across that street I will never ever forget. I saw a lizard standing on two feet with his back to me. It was just like looking at a chameleon, if you would blow it up to 7 feet, and its tail was humongous. He had crossed the road. His tail was so long that it was still halfway in the road. He was gray. I could see scales. His arms, for lack of a better word, went between his hip and his knees. He was just nonchalantly walking across the road right under the streetlight. Across the street from me were houses. Behind those houses was a sawmill. I was in shock. I had never seen or experienced anything like this before my life. My world was black and white with no gray. He never looked my way. I never left the house. It put me in shock. I was totally in shock that night. As a matter of fact, I didn’t go to sleep for the rest of the night. I just stood there looking out. I was looking at my front door long before and long after he had passed beyond my field of vision.

Just as bizarre is another report from Cryptozoology News, from a witness in Brownsville, Texas, who says that not only did he see a Lizardman, but that it was inside of his grandmother’s home, where he was staying at the time. On this evening he says that he was at home alone, as everyone else had gone out to a church service, and as he sat there watching TV he had the unshakeable sense that there was a presence nearby. On one occasion he peered down the hall after hearing a noise, and was met with the sight of a scaly hand gripping the corner. He says of what happened:

I had the kitchen light turn on and the hallway along with the rest of the home was dark. The darkest area was the hallway. I saw it and closed my eyes and shook my head, only to see its hand still holding on to that corner. It was of a blackish color and covered in scales. The fingertip nails looked almost like the ones from the alien from the movie ‘Signs’ when Mel Gibson goes to look at the bottom of the door to see what was on the other side, only to see something try to scratch him like that but also darkish black. I waited for my family to come home to tell them what I witnessed. My family kinda mocked me, and told me it was a demon messing with me for not going to church. I haven’t seen it since, but the vibe I get when I’m at my grandmother’s alone is still there. I do believe it was some type of reptilian, and I didn’t have any friends in that neighborhood, so it wasn’t a prank. No one was in that home but that thing and me.

A really outlandish tale, although aren’t they all, is from a psychotherapist and family counsellor from Claremont, California, by the name of Barbara Lamb, who also happens to be a prominent researcher of crop circles and also a regression therapist for past lives. She claims that one day a reptilian humanoid just seems to have randomly appeared in her house. Although she is typically repulsed by lizards, snakes, and other reptiles, Lamb seems to have not been bothered by this 6-foot-tall lizard man just standing there in her home. She would say in an interview with Vanity Fair Magazine:

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University mathematician decodes the crop circle with a binary code & extraterrestrial face. (Click above Image for the details.)

I was walking through my home and there was standing this reptilian being. It was three in the afternoon. I was alert and awake. I was startled somebody was there. He was radiating such a nice feeling. I went right over and had my hand out. He was taller than I, this close to me, with yellow reptile eyes. He said telepathically, ‘Ha, Barbara, good, good. Now you know that we are actually real. We do exist and have contacts with certain people.’ Then he was suddenly gone.

Reports of reptilian humanoids certainly have to take the prize for some of the more bizarre types of encounters there are out there. What are we to make of these accounts? They don’t seem to really fit into the mild of an undiscovered animal of some sort, especially the weirder of them. Are these some sort of spiritual phenomenon, aliens, perhaps something nterdimensional in nature? Or is it just people messing around and putting out fake accounts? There is no way to really know, and in the meantime these must remain firmly in the realm of the fringe.

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About the Author

Is an author and crypto expert living in Japan. Biology, nature, and cryptozoology still remain Brent Swancer’s first intellectual loves. He’s written articles for MU and Daily Grail and has been a guest on Coast to Coast AM and Binnal of America.

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