Los Angeles UFO Battle of 1942

Dr. Fong Says:
I had never heard of this before today.

"...The battle of Los Angeles, was an unidentified flying object event which took place from late February 24 to early February 25, 1942 in which eyewitness reports of an unknown object or objects over Los Angeles, California triggered a massive anti-aircraft artillery barrage.

Initially the target of the barrage was thought to be an attacking force from Japan, but it was later suggested to be a lost weather balloon, a blimp, a Japanese fire balloon or psychological warfare technique, staged for the benefit of coastal industrial sites, or even an extraterrestrial aircraft. The true nature of the object or objects remains unknown."

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The Insideously Evil Number Thirteen

Dr. Fong Says:
Dr. Fong has 13 illegitimate children

Paraskavedekatriaphobia, also known as fear of Friday the 13th is very common throughout the world. Is this phobia based in fact, or is it just a silly superstition?

The number 13 is significant whether you consider it to be unlucky or not. Many believe it to be unfortunate
  • There were 13 present at the Last Supper.
  • Loki crashed a party of 12 at Valhalla, which ended in Baldur’s death.
  • Oinomaos killed 13 of Hippodamia’s suitors before Pelops finally, in his own shady way, defeated the jealous king.
  • In ancient Rome, Hecate’s witches gathered in groups of 12, the Goddess herself being the 13th in the coven.
  • Line 13 was even omitted from the Code of Hammurabi.
  • Christ was allegedly crucified on Friday the 13th.
  • On Friday, October 13, 1307, King Philip IV of France ordered the arrests of Jaques de Molay, Grand Master of the Knights Templar, and sixty of his senior knights.
  • In British custom, hangings were held on Fridays, and there were 13 steps on the gallows leading to the noose.
A recent whimsical little serial killer study showed that the following murderers all have names that total thirteen letters:
  • Theodore Bundy
  • Jeffrey Dahmer
  • Albert De Salvo
  • John Wayne Gacy
With a little stretch of the imagination, you can also fit ‘Jack the Ripper’ and ‘Charles Manson’ into that equation.

The following are things that modern Paraskavedekatriaphobes point to in order to justifying their fears.
  • Modern schoolchildren stop their memorization of the multiplication tables at 12.
  • There were 13 Plutonium slugs in the atomic bomb that was dropped on Nagasaki.
  • Apollo 13 wasn’t exactly the most successful space mission.
So, what do you think? Is the number thirteen evil or is Paraskavedekatriaphobia complete hoakum?

Parasitic Cordyceps Fungi - Video

Dr. Fong Says:
At least you don't have Cordyceps Infection.

"All Cordyceps species are parasitic, mainly on insects and other arthropods. The mycelium invades and eventually replaces the host tissue, while the elongated fruiting body (stroma) may be cylindrical, branched, or of complex shape."

In this case the stroma erupts out of the head of the infected ant.

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The Strange Case of the Point Pleasant Mothman

Dr. Fong Says:
Besides John Keel, are there other any other books examining what really went on here?

The Mothman is one of the strangest and most terrifying of anomalous creatures ever to be recorded in America.

Between November 12, 1966 and December 15, 1967, it terrorized citizens in the Point Pleasant area of West Virginia. It was said to have been encountered by at least 100 people over the course of that year.

The Mothman, as the newspapers called it, stood 10' high, had no neck, had mottled-black wings and glowing red eyes.

strange creature harassed motorists by screeching after their fleeing cars at upwards of 80 mph and shining them with lights from his "terrible red eyes."

During the same time, UFOs were being spotted in abundance. People even began coming in from other states to see the strange glowing objects move through the skies and forests near Point Pleasant.

Truely Strange things were going on all over the area. Men in Black showed up in the middle of the night demanding glasses of water. The phone lines were plagued with phantom phone calls and persistent hang-ups. One man even had a long conversation with alien beings and was taken to visit their planet. It all came to a horrible finale as Christmas neared in 1967.

At 5:00 PM on December 15, 1967, the Silver Bridge in Point Pleasant collapsed claiming 46 lives and injuring 9. The Christmas rush applied an extra load to the 39 year old bridge and it was unable to support the weight. The south side support chain snapped. The structure only took about 1 minute to completely fall into the icy river below.

John Keel's personal recollection of these events are told in The Mothman Prophecies

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The Mysteries of Savant Syndrome

Dr. Fong Says:
Exceedingly deep but very, very narrow.

"Savant Syndrome is a rare, but spectacular, condition in which persons with various developmental disorders, including autistic disorder, have astonishing islands of ability, brilliance or talent that stand in stark, markedly incongruous contrast to overall limitations."

"The condition can be congenital (genetic or inborn), or can be acquired later in childhood, or even in adults. The savant skills co-exist with, or are superimposed upon, various developmental disabilities including autistic disorder, or other conditions such as mental retardation or brain injury or disease."

"The extraordinary skills are always linked with prodigious memory of a special type.”

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A Hollow Earth?

Dr. Fong Says:
But that is where the reptile aliens live!? How can it not be true?

"The Hollow Earth theory says that the planet Earth has a hollow interior and, possibly, a habitable inner surface."

"At one time, adventure literature made this idea popular, and it was a popular feature of many fantasy and science fiction works as well as in some conspiracy theories."

"However, the hypothesis of a Hollow Earth has long been contradicted by overwhelming geodetic evidence as well as by the modern understanding of planet formation, and the scientific community now dismisses continued adherence to the notion as pseudoscience."

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Alec Millard's New Postcard Blog

Recently, I have been learning all about the hobby of collecting antique postcards at Alec Millard's Cherryland Postcard Blog.

It's a great new blog that is aimed at beginning postcard collectors. It gives a lot of solid information about how to get started collecting antique postcards.

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Secrets of Mysterious Hills/Spots Revealed

Dr. Fong Says:

A place where cars rolls up instead of downhill? James Williams investigates one of many such sites across the U.S.

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