10 Famous Paranormal Events Debunked

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10 Famous Paranormal Events Debunked
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  • 10 Famous Paranormal Events Debunked
  • 10. Alien Autopsy
  • In 1995, Fox wanted to capitalise off the popularity of The X-Files and the country’s
  • fascination with all things alien. From British TV producer Ray Santilli, they purchased a
  • grainy 17 minute video, of men in hazmat suits performing an autopsy on an alien creature.
  • Their show ‘Alien Autopsy: Fact or Fiction?’ was a hit, and the world debated the authenticity
  • of the footage. It was commonly alleged to have been recovered from a UFO crash site
  • near Roswell, and the rubbery flesh of the creature had countless UFOlogists convinced.
  • The film had its critics, but they weren’t proven right until 2006, when Santilli himself
  • debunked the video… kind of.
  • Santilli was executive producer on a film, documenting his experiences faking the footage
  • with hired actors and special effects artists. But he bizarrely claimed that he only did
  • this because the real alien autopsy footage that he had was damaged, comparing his footage
  • to someone ‘restoring the Mona Lisa’.
  • 9. Angel’s Glow
  • During the American Civil War, when night fell in the 1862 Battle of Shiloh, certain
  • injured soldiers noticed that their wounds had a faint blue glow to them. When they arrived
  • in hospital, these soldiers were more likely to survive their wounds, and even healed faster
  • than those without the ‘Angel’s Glow’.
  • This divine superstition remained the only plausible explanation for almost 140 years.
  • In 2001, microbiologist Phyllis Martin took her son to the Shiloh battlefield, where the
  • story reminded her of a soil bacterium she’d studied called ‘P. luminescens’, which
  • gave off a pale blue glow.
  • The bacterium lives inside tiny parasitic worms called nematodes, which burrow into
  • things like soil, and vomit up bacteria that kills microorganisms inside. P. Luminescens
  • can’t survive at human body temperature, but soldiers outside in wet cold soil for
  • days may have had low enough body temperatures to sustain the bacterium, which cleaned their
  • wounds and saved them in return.
  • 8. The Miracle of the Sun
  • In 1917, three young girls in Portugal were walking home, when they claimed to encounter
  • the Virgin Mary, who told the children she would reappear each month. Naturally, this
  • piqued people's interest, and 6 months later, around 70,000 people gathered for Mary’s
  • final return.
  • While thousands reported seeing nothing, thousands more reported the sun moving in the sky, accompanied
  • by dancing colours and lights. The 10 minute long ‘Miracle of the Sun’ is believed
  • by many to have been a bona fide miracle. However, experts have other ideas. Instead,
  • they believe people witnessed a ‘sundog’, a patch of light that sometimes appears next
  • to the sun.
  • As for the dancing colours, that can simply be attributed to thousands of people staring
  • at the sun too long, which is generally advised against. The woman the children saw is harder
  • to explain, although any woman could simply have encountered them and claimed to be the
  • Virgin Mary.
  • 7. Sky Trumpets
  • Since 2013, people across the world have reported inexplicable loud noises described invariably
  • as ‘sky trumpets’. The sounds have been attributed to a number of different sources,
  • like invading alien spaceships and the coming of the apocalypse, but actually has a variety
  • of explanations.
  • The sounds can be attributed to several natural occurrences, like earthquakes below the earth’s
  • surface too small to cause shaking, as was the case for scientist David Hill. The sound
  • he heard coincided with such an earthquake, that he calculated could have transmitted
  • audible noises of the cracking crust.
  • Several videos of the phenomenon have also been outed as hoaxes. Audio expert Richard
  • Dolmat noticed the exact same pattern of birds in the audio of multiple videos, and deduced
  • that each one had been using the same sound effect. He was even able to break down the
  • fake sound effect used in each to an alligator roar, two lion roars, some white noise, a
  • stone dragging on concrete and three waterphones.
  • 6. The Blue People Of Kentucky
  • French orphan Martin Fugate settled in the hills of Eastern Kentucky in 1820, where he
  • met and married a woman named Elizabeth Smith. The Fugates had 7 children, 4 of which had
  • striking blue skin. For over 100 years, this trait of alien-blue skin continued in the
  • Fugate family tree.
  • It wasn’t until more than 150 years later that science even offered any answer other
  • than ‘invaders from outer space’. In fact, the Fugates suffered from an extremely rare
  • blood disorder. Instead of the red hemoglobin that gives normal skin its pink tint, the
  • condition gave the Fugates excess levels of Methemoglobin, which as you’ve guessed,
  • is blue.
  • The condition is so rare because it requires both parents to carry a defective gene, which
  • by some miracle, Martin and Elizabeth both did. As to how the condition lasted so long
  • in the Fugate clan, it was a classic case of generations of inbreeding.
  • 5. Marfa Lights
  • For over 135 years now, Texas has been home to a collection of strange floating lights
  • commonly reported above Mitchell Flat in Marfa. These multicoloured lights are about the size
  • of basketballs, and hover above the ground, splitting and dancing in no discernible pattern.
  • These are used as evidence for many of UFOs, but the phenomenon was debunked by students
  • from the University of Texas at Dallas. They found that the amount of lights witnessed
  • directly correlated to the amount of traffic on the nearby Highway 67. They were even able
  • to trace the position of certain lights against specific cars they were tracking.
  • They concluded that the lights just were a mirage, caused by the atmosphere reflecting
  • lights from cars, and lamps before that. Mirages that float above the ground like this are
  • known as a superior mirage or ‘Fata Morgana’. They occur when warm air rests upon a layer
  • of cooler air, and are even common in Texas deserts.
  • 4. The Disappearance Of Fred Valentich
  • Pilot Fred Valentich was an ardent believer in UFOs until 1978, when he disappeared without
  • a trace over the Bass Strait in Australia. In his final radio transmissions, he reported
  • an unidentified aircraft with four bright lights following him, then orbiting him, despite
  • no traffic appearing on the radar.
  • This lasted for five minutes, before he claimed ‘it isn’t an aircraft’, and a metallic
  • scraping sound ended his transmissions. Though conspiracy theorists cry abduction, Valentich
  • was an inexperienced pilot, and was believed to have crashed.
  • But there’s a much simpler explanation most experts subscribe to: Valentich was flying
  • upside down. Pilots can commonly become disoriented like this, and it would explain that the ‘shiny
  • metallic craft’ was simply the water beneath him reflecting his planes lights. Pilots who
  • studied the transmissions in 2013 also explained that the ‘orbiting’ sensation could be
  • explained by a so-called ‘graveyard spiral’, which likely took Valentich’s life.
  • 3. Football Game UFO
  • In October 1954, around 10,000 football fans gathered in the Stadio Artemio Franchi to
  • watch Fiorentina play rivals Pistoiese , when the referee’s match report shows the game
  • had to be suspended because spectators had seen something in the sky.
  • Club legend Ardico Magnini [Arr-dee-koh] remembers seeing ‘something that looked like an egg’
  • moving slowly across the sky, dropping ‘silver glitter’ to the ground. It only lasted a
  • few minutes, but was followed by similar UFO sightings across town, with a similar silvery
  • shine.
  • But according to astronomer James McGaha, it was something much scarier than aliens:
  • spiders. Based on the time of year, he believes the football fans witnessed a mass spider
  • migration, where spiders spin very thin webs to link together and use them as a sail in
  • the wind. These occurrences have been recorded at up to 14,000 feet, where the sun shining
  • through web creates visual effects similar to those witnessed.
  • 2. The Bermuda Triangle
  • The Bermuda Triangle is among conspiracy theorists’ favourite locations. As the story goes, what
  • goes into the triangle doesn’t come out, as evidenced by the minimum 1000 lives that
  • have been lost in the 700,000km spread of sea in the last 100 years.
  • This has been attributed to everything from alien portals to the lost city of Atlantis,
  • but actually has a list of normal explanations. This includes ships and planes that have been
  • added to the list of ‘vehicles missing in the triangle’ that no one bothered to correct
  • when they later showed up safe.
  • But according to Australian scientist Dr Karl Kruszelnicki, it also includes widely misinterpreted
  • data. The triangle is among the most heavily travelled shipping lanes in the world, and
  • suffers the weather conditions of being located next to the equator, and Kruszelnicki explains
  • that the number of missing vehicles is ‘the same as anywhere in the world on a percentage
  • basis’.
  • 1. The Amityville Horror
  • The Amityville Horror is perhaps the most famous case of alleged demonic possession.
  • The story began when Ronald DeFeo Jr. killed 6 members of his family in Amityville in 1974.
  • In his insanity plea, DeFeo claimed that demonic voices told him to, but was sentenced to life
  • in prison.
  • The next year, the Lutz family moved into the DeFeo house, but fled 28 days later, after
  • a series of paranormal occurrences within the house. This, the subsequent book about
  • it and movies supposedly ‘based on a true story’, cemented the idea that the demons
  • were real, but that they resided in the house itself.
  • This was met with skepticism, especially by Researcher Rick Moran, who found over 100
  • factual inaccuracies in the book. Cries of fakery were confirmed in 1979, when DeFeo’s
  • lawyer admitted he and the Lutzes made up the story to get his client a retrial and
  • to earn the Lutzes some money, which its safe to say they did.

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From alien sighting to a family of alien-looking blue people. These famous paranormal events have long been unsolved mysteries... Until now!

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