Thursday, December 31, 2009

Images for a Happy New Year 2010

2010 – The New Year is here and this has given creative types the world over the opportunity to be, well, creative. Here are some cool 2010 images – to wish you and yours a Happy New Year 2010.

Image Credit

More Images for a Happy New Year 2010
by R J Evans 

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Modern Folktales: Some Strange Goings-on

Modern Folktales: Some Strange Goings-on

by Mr Ghaz

The alligator story is one of many modern folktales (frequently with an ironic or horrific twist) that are retold as true, with embellishments to make them seem plausible. They appear in varying forms in different parts of the world and, like many stories, travel rapidly on the grapevine. Certain modern folktales have become classics.

In the 1930’s a curious craze swept across the United States. Americans started to buy baby alligators, which they reared as pets in their city apartments. But the novelty soon wore off, and as the pets grew too large and fierce, they were flushed down the toilet. As a result, some people claim that a race of giant sewage-feeding alligators - probably albino, since they live in permanent darkness - is thriving in the sewers of many a city...

More urban legends, debunked & well:

Modern Folktales: Some Strange Goings-on

by Mr Ghaz 

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Robin Hood, Maid Marion and the Outlaws of Sherwood Forest... the Amazing Truth Behind the Legends and Myths

Robin Hood's legacy

One of the most legendary and well known characters from all over the world is Robin Hood, whose exploits have been described in books, films, TV shows, even computer games. But what is the truth about this man of mystery? Russell Crowe plays the fictional movie character in an exciting manner, but the real Robin Hood is still far more exciting than any fantastical Hollywood Film.

"Did Robin Hood, Maid Marion and the Outlaws really exist? Where did these tales originate from? What is the amazing truth to the Legend and Myth?" These are the fascinating questions raised in a new film of best-selling author and award-winning filmmaker Philip Gardiner...

Traveling back thousands of years to unlock the mystery and the myth, Philip Gardiner takes us on an amazing journey into the heart of the timeless tale of the Hooded Man.  This film was shot on location in Sherwood Forest, England - which is the very same place that Robin Hood and his band are said to have called their headquarters. Gardiner is joined by a cast of real life outlaws including the present day Robin Hood and Maid Marion. The dramatic reconstructions, amazing special effects and beautiful music, produced by James Earnshaw and his band No Redemption, turn this film into a must see for all fans of real life adventure and fantasy.

More info: 

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Mysterious Outlines: New World View

In 1966 Professor Charles H. Hapgood of the University of New Hampshire published his remarkable claim that the world had been mapped before history began to be written. Navigators and geographers, he asserted, had visited and charted the New World centuries before Columbus. More controversially, he argued that the arctic mainland – not sighted until 1820, according to most historians – had actually been mapped at least 6,000 years before.

Hapgood based these assertions on the study of a map drawn in 1513 by the Turkish admiral Piri Re’is. The map had some obvious errors in it: the Amazon River appeared twice, and 900 miles of South America’s east coast had been left out. But it seemed to show part of the coastline of Antarctica without any ice cover – as it would have appeared when the region was warmer, thousands of years earlier. Hapgood believed that the admiral had compiled his map from several earlier versions, some possibly dating back to Alexander the Great.

Full article by Mr Ghaz:

Mysterious Outlines: New World View 


Saturday, December 19, 2009

Navajo Code Talkers

by Ruby Hawk

The ancient Navajo language was used by young Navajo Marines to make a code during World War II that confounded the Japanese and helped win the war. Encrypted in military terms, the code developed by the Navajo Code Talkers helped the U.S. Marines to prevail at Iwo Jima and other World War II Pacific fronts. The code was never broken.


Full article:

Navajo Code Talkers | Socyberty

Thursday, December 17, 2009

The Mystery of Odessa

Many believe Odessa, an organization of former SS members, planned to create a Fourth Reich.  Here is another Mystery Quest of History Channel:

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

The truth is out there, maybe… Some people who disappeared without a trace...

According to The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR, or as I like to say, Tighhhaaaarrr)  Amelia Earhart’s final destination has recently been uncovered.  They say that she made a crash landing on a small, uninhabited island in the south Pacific where she and her co-pilot, Fred Noonan, continued to live for an undetermined amount of time “Survivor” style.  Poor guy.  She was a brave woman, but she would definitely not be in the top 10 of women I would want to be stranded on a deserted island with.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Christmas Truce of 1914: The Most Miraculous Christmas Eve in History

How could we resist wishing each other a Merry Christmas, even though we might be at each others throats immediately afterwards? (A quote from a letter written by private Heath.)

Christmas truce memorial. Image via Wikipedia.

On the Christmas Eve of 1914, in the middle of fierce battle, the British and German troop stood face to face in trenches divided by “No Man’s Land”. Soon their hands went out and tightened in the grip of friendship. That night, not a shot was made. All is calm. Violating order, soldiers from both sides put down their weapon, sang Christmas carols together, exchanged gifts and helped bury each other’s dead. It was the most memorable Christmas Eve in history...

This is the story of how Christmas managed to bring enemies together as friends for a time:

Christmas Truce of 1914: The Most Miraculous Christmas Eve in History

by Yovita Siswati in Holidays 

Thursday, December 10, 2009

The Masonic Magician Cagliostro: the 4th Mystery Pop Song by Corjan

The Masonic MagicianEnd November, the fourth single in the Mystery Pop Series of singer-songwriter Corjan was released: The Masonic Magician Cagliostro. The Dutch singer-songwriter and "alternative history investigator" Corjan de Raaf - or simply Corjan - still writes dramatic pop songs with a head, a tail and a mystery story in between.

Until recently, Corjan was probably best known for his contributions to the research into the Rennes-le-Château Mystery. But in September 2009 he started a new project: The Book of Love, a pop song inspired by Kathleen McGowan's bestselling novel with the same name. With his song, Corjan de Raaf established a crossover between his careers as a recording artist and his work as a researcher and publicist.

In October followed City of Secrets (the Grail in you), a song inspired by Hollywood icon Patrice Chaplin's book City of Secrets, about the intriguing secret society in the Spanish city of Girona, formed to protect the legacy of Abbe Saunière of Rennes-le-Château. And then there was The Bond Code, based on the book of the same name by Philip Gardiner, about the secrets of Ian Fleming and James Bond. You'll find an article on the Mystery Pop Series with some really great video clips here: Mister Mystery Pop.

Now, Corjan is back with a wonderful song based upon the book The Masonic Magician: The Life and Death of Count Cagliostro and His Egyptian Rite, co-written by the British authors Philippa Faulks and Robert L.D. Cooper.

The 18th century adventurer Allessandro Cagliostro was a cult figure of European society in the tumultuous years leading to the French Revolution. An alchemist, healer and Freemason, he inspired both wild devotion and savage ridicule as well as writers and artists such as Alexandre Dumas, Mozart and Goethe.

Cagliostro, as a Freemason, introduced an Egyptian rite of immortality and thought he was immortal himself. Sadly, he was proven wrong by the Holy Inquisition and condemnedto death... The Masonic Magician tells Cagliostro’s extraordinary story, complete with the first English translation of the Egyptian Rite ever published. The authors examine the case made against him, that he was an impostor as well as a heretic and find that the Roman Church have done Count Cagliostro a terrible injustice.

Corjan wrote the atmospheric uptempo mystery pop song from Cagliostro’s perspective, overthinking his life in his cold stone prison cell. He is said to have been shouting his wife’s name at night... who probably betrayed him to the Church. Cagliostro knew he would die, but hoped he had achieved immortality through the Egyptian rite. The songs is really "dramatic" and has a fascinating "mystery" story to tell; the music sounds very 80s.

Click on the title for a free high quality MP3 download of Corjan's new Mystery Pop Single!

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Nostradamus and the Antichrist: The Epistle to Henry II

There many translations and interpretations of Nostradamus' Centuries, but there are few popular editions or "Nostradamus predicted the End of the World in 2012"-articles including two extremely important textes written by him, and this for very obvious reasons.

The first text is the Preface to the Centuries, dedicated to his son César, with this quote: "I have composed books of prophecies, containing each one hundred astronomic quatrains of forecasts, which I have tried to polish through obscurely, and which are perpetual vaticinations, from now to the year 3797."

Nostradamus did not predict the End of the World in 2012. And he did not predict Obama being the Antichrist either, as is stated on numerous racist and "Christian" fundamentalist websites. This becomes very clear when you read the second extremely important prophetic text written by Nostradamus and published together with his Centuries in 1558: The Epistle to Henry II of France.

This Epistle is also excluded by the Apocalypse 2012 Believers. That's why you may want to read it here in the translation (and interpretation) of the 19th century Nostradamian Charles A. Ward. Historical Mysteries however, serves you the most astonishing excerpts.

Of course, Charles A. Ward interpreted the Epistle in his 19th century context, centered around the "revolutionary" date 1792 (literally in the text!). He couldn't know yet that the Epistle mentioned also another "revolutionary" date (the October Revolution) and seems to say something about our lives and times too.

Yes, the Epistle to Henry II of France is a fascinating text, for Nostradamus "believers" as well as for the "non-believers". I still am somewhere in between, I guess...

There Will be in the Month of October a Grand Revolution...

As is the case in the Centuries, Nostradamus deliberately seems to have messed up chronology, facts and figures... But nevertheless, there are some fascinating observations to be made.

Quoting from the Epistle, in the translation of Charles A. Ward:

The Germans will succumb wholly and the Barbaric sect will be disquieted and driven back by the whole of the Latin race. Then shall begin the grand Empire of Antichrist in the Atila and Xerxes, [who is] to descend with innumerable multitudes, so that the coming of the Holy Spirit, issuing from the 48th degree, shall make a transmigration, chasing away the abomination of Antichrist, that made war upon the royal person of the great vicar of Jesus Christ, and against His Church, and reign per tempus, et in occasione temporis [for a time, and to the end of time].

This could be interpreted as the end of World War II, with the Germans and "the Barbaric sect" succumbed and driven back, and the rise of an Antichrist (there will be more!). But what about the "eclipse of the sun" preceding these events? Or the Grand Revolution in the month of October (Russia, 1917) which seems to happen after these events have taken place?

This will be preceded by an eclipse of the sun, more obscure and tenebrose than has ever been since the creation of the world, up to the death and passion of Jesus Christ, and from thence till now. There will be in the month of October a grand revolution made, such that one would think that the librating body of the earth had lost its natural movement in the abyss of perpetual darkness. There will be seen precursive signs in the spring-time, and after extreme changes ensuing, reversal of kingdoms, and great earthquakes [i.e. wars]. All this accompanied with the procreations of the New Babylon [Paris], a miserable prostitute big with the abomination of the first holocaust [death of Louis XVI.]. It will only continue for seventy-three years seven months.

The Renovation of 1792, Year I of the Republic

Prophecies that could easily been interpreted as saying something about our times are followed by the year 1792 (a "renovation") when France also became officialy a republic. It was, in fact, Year I of the Republic:

Of the three sects [Lutheran, Catholic, and Mahometan], that which is in the middle, by the action of its own worshippers, will be thrown a little into decadence. The first totally throughout Europe, and the chief part of Africa exterminated by the third, by means of the poor in spirit, who by the madness engendered of libidinous luxury, will commit adultery [i.e. apostatize].

A new incursion shall be made from the maritime shores, eager to give the leap of liberty since the first taking by the Mahometans. Their assaults shall not be at all in vain, and in the place where the habitation of Abraham was, it shall be assailed by those who hold the Jovialists [followers of Jupiter (Napoleon I.?)] in reverence. The city of Achem [in the Island of Sumatra] shall be encompassed and assaulted on all sides by a great force of armed men. Their maritime forces shall be weakened by the Westerns. Upon this kingdom a great desolation shall come, and the great cities shall be depopulated, and such as enter in shall come under the vengeance of the wrath of God. The Holy Sepulchre, for so long a period an object of great veneration, shall remain exposed to the blighting dew of evening under the stars of heaven, and of the sun and moon.

What great oppression shall then fall upon the princes and rulers of kingdoms, even on those who are maritime and Oriental, their tongues intermingled from all nations of the earth! Tongues of the Latin nations, mingled with Arabic and North-African communication. All the Eastern kings will be driven away, overthrown, and exterminated, not at all by means of the kings of the North and the drawing near of our age, but by means of the three secretly united who seek out death and snares by ambush sprung upon one another.

Then will be the commencement [of a period] that will comprehend in itself what will long endure [i.e. the vulgar advent of the French Revolution], and in its first year there shall be a great persecution of the Christian Church, fiercer than that in Africa [by the Vandals from 1439 to 1534, and this will burst out [durera] the year one thousand seven hundred and ninety-two; they will think it to be a renovation of time.

The Coming of the 19th Century Antichrist & the Age of Gold

According to Charles A. Ward, the Antichrist - as predicted by Nostradamus - was already among us in the early 19th century:

In the Adriatic there will be such permutations, that what was united will be separated, and that will be reduced to a house which before was a great city, including the Pampotan and Mesopotamia of Europe, to 45, and others to 41, 42, and 47. And in that time and those countries the infernal power will set the power of the adversaries of its law against the Church of Jesus Christ. This will constitute the second Antichrist, which will persecute that Church and its true vicar, by means of the power of the temporal kings, who in their ignorance will be reduced by tongues that will cut more than any sword in the hands of a madman.

The said reign of Antichrist will only last to the death of him who was born near the [commencement] of the century, and of the other in the city of Plancus [Lyons], accompanied by him the elect of Modena, Fulcy by Ferara, upheld by the Adriatic Piedmontese, and the proximity of the great Trinacria [Sicily]. Afterwards the Gallic Ogmion shall pass the Mount Jovis [Barcelona], accompanied by so great a number that from afar the Empire shall be presented with its grand law, and then and for some time after shall be profusely shed the blood of the innocent by the guilty recently elevated to power.

Then the third King of the North [Russia?], hearing the complaint of the people from [whom he derives] his principal title, will raise up a mighty army, and pass through the limits [destroits] of his last progenitors and great-grandfathers, to him who will [qui for lui qui] replace almost everything in its old condition. The great Vicar of the Cope shall be put back to his pristine state; but, desolated and abandoned by all, will return to the sanctuary [that was]destroyed by paganism, when the Old and New Testament will be thrust out and burnt. After that Antichrist will be the infernal prince. Then at this last epoch, all the kingdoms of Christianity, as well as of the infidel world, will be shaken during the space of twenty-five years, and the wars and battles will be more grievous, and the towns, cities, castles, and all other edifices will be burnt, desolated, and destroyed with much effusion of vestal blood, married women and widows violated, sucking children dashed and broken against the walls of town; and so many evils will be committed by means of Satan, the prince infernal, that nearly all the world will become undone and desolated. Before the events occur certain strange birds [imperial eagles] will cry in the air, "To-day! to-day!" and after a given time will disappear [June, 1815]. After this has endured for a certain length of time [twenty-five years he has said before, 1790 to 1815], there will be almost renewed another reign of Saturn, the age of gold [this might be the discovery of California, but for what follows].

Monday, December 07, 2009

Tombstone Tales - 004: John Condon, Age 14

Pte Condon killed in action, 14 years old. Tyne Cot Cemetery
Private John Condon, killed in action, 14 years old.
Tyne Cot Cemetery, Flanders (Belgium).
Photo by Bryan A, on Flickr.


He fell in a field

of honour and under a leaden sky

the earth coloured


May nineteen fifteen and more

he has never seen.

There was a leaf

torn from the calender

and a girl

of grief.

And on his lips was the name

of his mother, his brother

who fell in another

Flanders' Field.

The grave of "John Condon, age 14", the youngest soldier to be killed in the Great War, is reputedly the most visited grave of the entire Western Front. According to recent investigations however, John Condon was not age 14, but age 18 when he was killed in May 1915, after only two months on the Western Front,  in a German gas attack at a place called "Mouse Trap", near Ypres. The  two unknown British soldiers exhumed in 1923, were misidentified as the privates Condon and Carthy. The true identity of the man buried in  the grave marked "John Condon" is probably rifleman Patrick Fitzsimmons of the 2nd Royal Irish Rifles.

Copyright by Patrick Bernauw / Tombstone Tales.

Thursday, December 03, 2009

Merlin’s Doomsday Prophecies | Socyberty

In the medieval Prophecies of Merlin, written by Geoffrey of Monmouth who was in the higher orders of the Catholic Church, we find an apocalyptic vision which doesn’t draw substantially upon the Book of Revelation - as could be expected - but on an ancient Celtic tradition. Probably Geoffrey has rewritten the traditional verses declaimed by a Welsh or Breton bard and ascribed to Merlin, and mixed them with Greek astrology. But this type of astrology is quite different of the modern calculations and rigid patterns that are used today. In this vision, the seer has seen the breakdown of the solar system, with special emphasis upon the role of Orion and the Pleiades - but the End of the World has not to be expected in 2012...

Merlin reads his Prophecies to King Vortigern: Image via Wikipedia

Root & Branch shall change place
and the Newness of the Thing shall pas as a Miracle
and the Brightness of the Sun shall fade at the Amber of Mercury
and Horror shall seize the Beholders
and Stilbon of Arcadia shall change his Shield
and the Helmet of Mars shall call Venus & make Shadow
and the Rage of Mercury shall exceed his Orbit
and Iron Orion shall unsheathe his Sword
and the Marine Phoebus shall torment the Clouds
and Jupiter shall go out of his Lawful Paths
and Venus forsake her Appointed Circuits
and the Malignity of the Star Saturn shall slay Mankind with a Crooked Sickle
and the Twelve Houses of the Stars shall lament the Irregular Excursions of Their Inmates
and the Gemini shall omit Their Usual Embrace
and the Gemini shall call Aquarius to the Fountains
and the Scales of Libra shall hang awry till Aries puts his Crooked Horns under them
and the Tail of Scorpio shall produce Lightning
and Cancer quarrel with the Sun
and Virgo shall mount upon the Back of Sagittarius and darken her Virgin Flowers
and the Chariot of the Moon shall disorder the Zodiac
and the Pleiades shall break forth into Weeping.

No offices of Janus shall return hereafter,
but His Gate shall be shut and lie hidden in the Depths of Ariadne
and the Seas shall rise up in the Twinkling of an Eye,
and the Dusts of the Ancients be restored
and the Four Winds shall fight together with a Dreadful Blast
and their Sound shall reach the Stars.

Full article:

Merlin’s Doomsday Prophecies | Socyberty

Friday, November 27, 2009

The Eilean Mor Mystery

The Lighthouse of Eilean Mor

One of my favorite historical mysteries is the disappearance of the lighthouse keepers of Eilean Mor (or Eilan More) - meaning "Big Island" in Gaelic. With its 39 acres, Eilean Mor is the largest of the Flannan Isles, rising 288 feet above the Atlantic Ocean, on the west coast of Scotland. It was here that in 1895 a 75 foot high lighthouse was constructed, since 1899 sending out a warning beam to sailors 25 miles out at sea. In 1971 the light was automated, replacing the three-man crew stationed there to tend the 140,000 candlepower lamp. Seventy years earlier, this crew of the Eilean Mor lighthouse, had been at the centre of the perfect mystery...

Full story:

The Eilean Mor Mystery

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Life and Works of Nostradamus - Part One

Michel de Nostredame was born in the French town of St. Remy, in the year 1503, the 14th of December, about noon. His father, a notary, was James Nostradamus, a name which is equivalent to de Nôtre Dame (of Our Lady) - some say he was of a noble, others of a Jewish descent. His family, however, had been converted to Christianity, and claimed to be of the tribe of Issachar, which had the gift of prophecy. His mother's was Renée de Saint Remy and her ancestors were skilled in mathematics and medicine. 
It was his great-grandfather who gave Michel a first taste for the celestial sciences. He was put to school in Avignon and later he went to the university at Montpellier, to study philosophy and the theory of medicine.Montpellier had the most famous school of medicine in all France; it was an ancient school, said to have been founded by Arabian physicians when forced to fly from Spain. 
Learned and medical as it was in the days of Nostradamus, the city of Montpellier could not escape visitation by a great plague, and Nostradamus had to retreat to Narbonne, Toulouse, and Bordeaux. In these towns he commenced practice; four years later he returned to Montpellier to take his Doctor's degree. On his way back to Toulouse he passed through Agen, a town on the Garonne, where he met with the learned Jules César Scaliger, who became his intimate friend. Scaliger even induced him to take up his permanent residence in the town, but some time later their cordiality grew less and rivalry sprang up between them.
In Agen, Nostradamus married a "very honorable" lady, though history has not divulged her name. By her he had two children, who died young; she also died. Finding himself alone again, he returned to Provence. 
When Nostradamus reached Marseilles, he was invited by the Parliament of Provence to come to Aix, where he stayed three years, receiving a salary from the city from the time the plague broke out. His services must  have been recognized as valuable. 
Nostradamus now went to Salon de Craux, where he married for the second time, with Anna Ponce Genelle. He had three boys and three girls with this lady. It was here that he foresaw great mutations throughout the whole of Europe, and civil wars and troubles that were coming to the kingdom of France. Feeling an unaccountable and new enthusiasm springing up in his mind, amounting at last in a maddening fever, he sat down and wrote his "Centuries" and other "Presages" - the first is dated 1555. Nostradamus kept them by him, afraid to publish them because they would bring him in danger. At last, overcome by a desire to be useful to the public, Nostradamus produced them and no sooner had he done this, than the rumour ran from mouth to mouth, at home and abroad, that something marvellous and admirable had appeared. 
"One cannot see of what use they could be to the public," Nostradamian Chas A. Ward says in his book Oracles of Nostradamus, "as they could not possibly be understood till they were interpreted after the event and by it. In some of the quatrains he says as much himself. He no doubt published them because he felt an intense longing so to do; and, when the mind of a man reaches this stage of desire, it will not take him long to find some excellent reason for carrying out the impulsion."
The prophecies of Nostradamus divided the public. Some called him a visionary, others a fool. He was accused of magic and being in too close treaty with the Devil to be honest. A lot of the really important people of his time thought that he was endowed with a supernatural gift. Amongst these were Henri II and Catherine de Medici. One this is certain, Nostradamus felt much hesitation to publish his prophecies, and when he at last took the step, in 1555, he addressed the book to his infant son and not to any public character. 
Nostradamus was summoned to the Court at Paris, loaded with honours and consulted on high matters, and he displayed nothing but moderation and good sense. Contentedly he returned to his modest home at Salon de Provence. The repute of Nostradamus grew, and it came to the ears of Queen Catherine de Medici and Henri II that he had published the first seven Centuries of his "Prophecies" (the remaining Centuries, the Sixains, and Presages, were not published till long after). In 1556, they sent for him to attend the Court in Paris. The Lord Constable Montmorency attended him at his inn, and presented him to the king in person. And the king showed him high favour, and ordered him to be lodged at the palace of the Cardinal de Bourbon, during his stay in the capital.
His majesty and the queen dispatched him to Blois, to visit their children, give his astrological opinion and cast their horoscopes. It is quite certain that he did not tell them precisely what he thought, for the princes were Francis II, Charles IX, and Henry III, whose tragical fates he had already correctly set out, with unmistakable clearness, by the forecasts in his strange book.
Nostradamus returned to Salon and was so much encouraged that he set to work and completed his"Centuries", consisting now of three hundred more quatrains. He seems to have printed these new quatrains in 1558. 


Nostradamus had now become a court favourite. And then Henry II was killed, in 1559, at the tournament of St. Quentin, was Nostradamus had foreseen in Quatrain 35 in Century I - and we will tell here in a next episode of Life and Works of Nostradamus. 

So... Stay Tuned!

Nostradamus Links: (Nostradamus did not predict the election of Obama, or Obama being the AntiChrist.) (Nostradamus did not predict the End of the World in 2012 either.) (= Nostradamus and the Lost Treasure of the Bourbons)


Tuesday, November 24, 2009

The Lovers of The Isle of Demons | Trifter

Located at the savage northern extremity of Newfoundland, Isle of Demons was reputedly inhabited by wild beasts, mythological creatures and evil spirits. The first to give a detailed description of it was a French Franciscan friar, André Thevet. Sailors had told him tales of how they had heard there "a great clamor of men’s voices, confused and inarticulate"…

Image via Wikipedia

In 1555, Thevet sailed the entire coast of North and South America far north as Bacalaos or Codfish Land, as Newfoundland then was called. Upon his return, in 1558, he published in Antwerp an account of his travels, stating that he had set foot on “Isola des Demonias”, and that he had seen how malicious the demons were. He warded them off by repeating the Gospel of Saint John.

This “Isle of Demons” could well be Quirpon Island, located in the icy strait between Labrador and Newfoundland, where French sailors would not go ashore without crucifixes in their hands, because the island was inhabited by devils.

Full story:
The Lovers of The Isle of Demons | Trifter

Friday, November 13, 2009

A Singer-Songwriter of Historical Mysteries

In September 2009 the Dutch singer-songwriter Corjan de Raaf started a new project: The Book of Love was a pop song inspired by Kathleen McGowan's bestselling novel of the same name. With his song, Corjan de Raaf established a crossover between his career as a recording artist and his work as a Rennes-le-Château and Grail researcher and publicist.

Until now, Corjan was probably best known for his research into the enigma surrounding the French priest Bérenger Saunière who became rich and powerful almost overnight after he had made a mysterious discovery. His RLC Research is one of the most authoritative sites in the field.

Corjan writes pop songs with a head, a tail and a story in between. This story now became a "historical mystery"... In October 2009 he wrote a new song, inspired by Hollywood icon Patrice Chaplin  and her book City of Secrets, which is the captivating tale her early years spent in the mysterious Spanish town of Girona. Her story follows the intriguing villagers, many of whom belong to a secret society formed to protect the legacy of Abbe Saunière of Rennes-le-Château.

Here is the video clip of City of Secrets (the Grail in you), containing scenes from Chaplin's 1987 movie Siesta with Ellen Barkin:

And here is a fan based music video (not for profit) of Corjan's song, The Bond Code, inspired by the book of the same name by Philip Gardiner. The music is as always written, performed and produced by Corjan. The video was made  by Philip Gardiner. And James Bond, 007 is copyright to MGM and EON Productions.

Are you ready to discover the secrets of Ian Fleming and James Bond? For decades there has been a code hidden beneath the layers of this popular spy. Best selling author Philip Gardiner reveals the truth...

Click on the title to read more about the Mystery Singer-Songwriter and his new projects!


Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Ten Historical Mysteries by Auron Renius

Auron Renius enjoys reading and writing about all aspects of history, in which he holds a degree (he holds a second degree black belt in Shotokan karate too). His interests range from ancient times to modern day, from so-called “alternative history” to all sorts of myths and legends… and martial arts of course. His Master Jack “Edutainment for the Masses” Blog is a jewel of content and design. Here are ten of my favorite articles, written by Auron Renius aka Master Jack...

Archaeologists Find Suspected Vampire in Italy
An archaeological excavation of mass graves of plague victims on the island of Lazzaretto Nuovo near Venice, Italy found the first example ever discovered of a suspected vampire.

The History of the Bikini
Although the word 'bikini' has only been in existence since 1946, the two-piece swimsuit that it represents has been around much longer, at least since around 1600 BC.

The Science of Alchemy
Contrary to popular belief, the science of alchemy was not simply about turning base metals into gold but had various aspects that influenced many areas of our lives.

Christopher Columbus and the Genocide of the Taino Nation
Christopher Columbus is well known for discovering the New World and is seen as a hero of medieval exploration by many scholars today. However, what many text books fail to mention is the fact that he was a genocidal maniac who set in motion what would become probably the worst case of genocide imposed on one nation of human beings by another.

The Origins of the Myth of the Werewolf
The werewolf is a mythical creature that appears in European culture as far back as the times of the ancient Greeks. The culprit was believed to transform into a wolf or a ‘wolf-man', an affliction either brought about by a curse or through the use of magic.


Walter Tull was one of the first professional black footballers and the first black officer in the British army. One of Britain’s forgotten heroes, his life story is now coming out of obscurity and he is beginning to gain the recognition he deserves for his contributions to black, football and military history.

From the medieval period to the modern, the Samurai sword has evoked fascination amongst warriors and laymen alike and was believed by the Samurai to be joined to his soul. When a child was born to a warrior, a sword was present during delivery and on his death, a Samurai word be buried with his trusted weapon by his side, ready to serve him again in the after life.

An area that was formally an island in central Mexico has recently been discovered by archaeologists who believe it was used for ritualistic purposes. The island called Apupato, belonged to the Tarascan Empire, which dominated much of the area from around 1400 AD up to the arrival of the European conquerors in 1520.

The largest Anglo-Saxon hoard of gold ever found was discovered in July 2009 by metal detector enthusiast Terry Herbert. The 1,300 year old treasure was discovered in a field near the town of Burntwood in central England and contained over 1,500 scattered gold and silver artefacts.

It is generally accepted that pyrotechnology or the manipulation of fire began in Europe around 25,000 years ago, however new evidence has come to light that may suggest it began in South Africa 50,000 years earlier.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

The Mysterious Harem Massacre on Bourbon Street, New Orleans | Socyberty

Search as one will, no written records are to be found of the ghastly secret of the old Le Pretre mansion on Bourbon Street...

There is a good reason to believe that New Orleans authorities decided it would be advisable to destroy the reports both of the police and Harbormaster Armand Ravenal following the discovery of the several headless bodies. Nevertheless, the story which quickly sped throughout the French Quarter is well known to many present day residents, especially to Robert Pretre, the prosperous Creole merchant in whose home the multiple murders took place.
Late one November evening in 1872, M’sieu Le Petre received a strange unexpected visitor in his house. The foreign looking visitor with a luxuriant black moustache wearing European clothes and a red fez adorned with a black tassel introduced himself as Hamid Pasha and stated his business in halting French...

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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Ten Historical Mysteries by Mr Ghaz

One of my favorite (and very prolific!) online writers is the awsome Mr. Ghaz, a 40-year-old free lance insurance surveyor who is living in Johor Bahru, Malaysia and is "currently experimenting" with his skills, in this case: writing. Here is a Top Ten of his Historical Mysteries, in no particular order:

1. The Most Mysterious Manuscript in The World
What makes the Voynich Manuscript of particular interest is that no one has yet been able to read it in full; the text is written in a code that some of the world’s greatest cryptographers and linguistics experts have failed to decipher. ..The manuscript measures 53/4 by 81/2 inches and is some 200 pages long. Its vellum leaves are covered with extraordinary flowing writing – extraordinary because its author has used a completely unknown alphabet.

2. One of The Most Extraordinary Frauds in History - Adolf Hitler’s Diaries
It was to be the greatest journalistic scoop of all time and would give an unparalleled insight into the mind of the German dictator. Historians, former Nazis, and newspaperman expressed grave doubts the authenticity of documents, but Stern remained adamant that they were genuine. Then, on May 5, West German Forensic scientist announced that the precious manuscripts had failed their tests. The 62 volumes of Hitler’s diaries were fakes..

3. The Bizarre Billionaire - Secret World of Howard Hughes
Howard Hughes was born in 1905. At the age of 18 he inherited the Hughes Tool Company from his father, who had patented the only effective bit for oil drills. Worth $750,000 on paper when Hughes took over, the company had made accumulative profit of $745 million by 1972. By then his empire included a number of hotels and casinos in Las Vegas, Reno, and Bahamas; mining interests; real estate; and the Hughes Aircraft Company – the ninth largest military contractor in the United States. Trans World Airlines (TWA) had been sold for $546 million 1966.

4. The Miracle of Borobudur: Famous Wonders
The temple of Borobudur (the word means “the monastery on the hill”) was built around a natural hill. More than two million cubic feet of stone was worked by craftsmen to create a giant symbol of the universe. The symbolism can be fully appreciated only from the air – a view none of the builders could ever have had...But in 1973 UNESCO launched the Borobudur Restoration Project. At cost of $25 million, 700 men worked for 10 years to restore the temple to its former glory.

5. An Ancient Wonder of The Americas
The discovery soon came too the attention of archaeologists, who paid the chicleros $15 for each building to which they were led. It was known that from about 600 B.C. a highly advanced and sophisticated people, the Mayans, had lived and built cities in the region of Peten. But the cities had disappeared long ago, and it was not known if the inhabitants had survived.

6. The Amazing Stories of Cracking Hitler's Unbreakable Code
In 1940 Enigma revealed that Hitler had abandoned Operation Sea Lion, his planned invasion of Britain; the next year Enigma helped British warships destroy the battleship Bismarck. When British and American commanders discovered Rommel’s plans, Allied bombers were able to destroy some of the ships carrying Rommel’s troops to North Africa. And in 1944, thanks to Enigma, the Allies knew that the Germans expected the main D-Day invasion forces to land at Calais, not Normandy – and learned exactly what opposition would be waiting for them...The breaking of the Enigma code remained a secret until late 1970’s; even to this day, many details of the equipment and techniques used are not known...

7. An Amazing Puzzle - The Enigma of Mazes and Labyrinths
The dream was so vivid that, on walking, the rector felt compelled to build a real-life version of the maze he had seen. The newly constructed maze was modeled on a set of religious carvings in the village church and the design was symbolic. The winding pathways represented the journey of life. The wrong turnings and culs-de-sac symbolized the sins that people commit before death, obstacles on the way to paradise and heaven.
8. The Mystical Microscope: Meditating on Atomic Physics
As early as 1895 the two mystics published drawings of their vision of hydrogen atoms, the simplest that exist in nature. The pair saw the atom as a transparent, egg-shaped body that contained six smaller bodies in rotation. And inside each of the smaller bodies were three even smaller, heart shaped particles. Leadbeater and Besant called them the “ultimate physical atoms,” and said they were joined together by “lines of force”

9. The Strange Stories of The Accidental Discoveries That Endured
The stories behind several are probably apocryphal: For example, Joseph Michael Montgolfier is said to have conjured up the idea of ballooning when he saw his wife’s chemise, drying by fire, rise up as it became filled with hot air. A number of other such stories, however, are known to be true...
10. The World Turned Upside Down: Comyns Beaumont’s Unique View of The Past
All this was consistent with Comyns Beaumont’s lifelong belief in the innate superiority of all things British. His career as a journalist had been dogged by his frustration with newspaper owners and editors who, he believed, failed to represent British interests adequately. His new theory of history restored the balance, to his satisfaction at least – and to the amazement and entertainment of all those who read his books. In a series of books published between 1946 and 1949, British journalist William Comyns Beaumont astonished the world with the following extraordinary revelations: Jesus of Nazareth had been crucified just outside Edinburgh, Scotland – the site of the ancient city of Jerusalem; Satan was a comet that collided with the earth and caused Noah’s Flood; the ancient Egyptians were in fact Irishmen; Hell is to be found in Western Scotland; the Greek hero Achilles spent his childhood on the Isle of Skye; Galilee, birthplace of Jesus, was Wales; Ancient Athens was in reality Bath, England.

England’s Ancient Healing Wells | Trifter

Taking a look into the facts based on healing wells around England and if they actually exist and work.

Healing wells have always fascinated me, giving rise to questions such as, do they really exist, are they just myths or are there actual facts about them based on hard cold evidence. Doing a bit of research I came up with some very interesting facts from some of the healing wells located in England and here is what I found.

Read the full article by Mystify: England’s Ancient Healing Wells | Trifter

Doomsday 2012: The Fall of the Aztec Empire and the Mayan Calendar

2012: The Fall of the Aztecs. Mayan Calendar. The Serpent god of the Cross Returns. Part 1.

A documentary film by Rhawn Joseph, Ph.D.

We are commonly asked about the buildings which remain standing. Most were destroyed. What we see are those in remote areas and those which were so incredibly massive in size it was impossible to destroy them, even with the use of cannons. However, the entire Aztec capital was destroyed, and in its place is the capital of Mexico, Mexico City, and its hundreds of Catholic churches and cathedrals.

We are also asked if we believe the world will end in 2012? The answer is: "no." The next cycle of the Mayan calendar ends on 2012. Does this mean the Maya's believed the world end on 2012? No. It means the calendar ends. Yet, there is also a warning, and we must learn from the past, so let those with eyes, see.

2012 Part 2. Lost Continents, Lost Civilizations.

A documentary film by Rhawn Joseph, Ph.D.

The Maya's "Long Count" calendar marks the end of every 5126-year era. A previous cycle ended 13,363 years ago--during the age of Leo, at the same time when the Earth was struck by comets and asteroids. The next cycle ends on 2012. Does this mean the world end on 2012? No. It means the calendar ends. Yet, there is also a warning, so let those with eyes, see.

Read Also: Nostradamus, the Mayan Calendar and the End of the World in 2012.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

The Mysterious Piri Reis Map | Socyberty

One of the most interesting historical maps that have been discovered as yet. It was the first to depict the Americas and possible the first to depict Antarctica, three hundred years before its discovery.

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Saturday, October 24, 2009

Hernan Cortes and The Destruction of The Aztecs

In the early 16th century, the Aztec Emperor Moctezuma II ruled from the city of Tenochitilan, situated in the location of present day Mexico City. His armies were feared by neighbouring states who paid tribute to the Aztecs and had hundreds of thousands of their citizens sacrificed in elaborate religious rituals to the Aztec gods.

Moctezuma II.  Image source

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Monday, October 19, 2009

Was the Black Death an early experiment with biological warfare?

In the fourteenth century, the Black Death wiped out around a third of the population of Europe; the article The Black Death and Its Route to Europe is a short account by Auron Renius of how it got here.

Quoting the article

 "In 1346, the plague arrived on the western shore of the Caspian Sea, infecting nearby cities and towns. A year later, it travelled to the Crimea and attacked the Mongol army that were laying siege to Caffa. De Mussis wrote that, Janibeg, in what some believe to be the first instance of biological warfare, ordered corpses to be placed in catapults and lobbed into the city in hopes that the intolerable stench would kill everyone inside…. Soon rotting corpses tainted the air… poisoning the water supply, and the stench was so overwhelming that hardly one man in several thousand was in a position to flee the remains of the Tartar arm. [In the medieval period, many believed that disease was spread by smell].
De Mussis may have invented the part about flinging corpses over the walls to cover the fact that God was not only attacking Mongols but also the Christians and infected rats may have carried the disease between the two armies.
However some historians believe the biological warfare scenario."

Read More: The Black Death and Its Route to Europe 

More Black Death articles by Auron Renius: 

Living in Fear: The Black Death
A selection of contemporary accounts of what it was like to live during the time of the Black Death.

The Black Death and the Decline of the Influence of the Catholic Church
In the aftermath of the plague epidemic that swept across Britain and the rest of Europe in the mid fourteenth century, the church began to weaken as an institution. People started to seek a more personal relationship with God and questioned the need for the clergy more and more. 

Saturday, October 17, 2009

10 Mysterious and Mystical Templar Castles, Churches, and Fortresses | Quazen

10 Mysterious and Mystical Templar Castles, Churches, and Fortresses | Quazen

The Knights Templar were an organization that fought for the word of God. However, as time went by, their ideals of being soldiers for Christ was not what they expected, nor did it satisfy them. Over time they evolved, and their small society gained presence, and decisions were made in the confines of fortifications all over the world.

Krak des Chevaliers

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Patent Applied For: Some Inventions That Were Never Heard Of Again | Scienceray

Patent Applied For: Some Inventions That Were Never Heard Of Again | Scienceray

An odd device patented in Britain in 1904 by a Prussian count, Vladimir Skorzewski, was a compressed air walking assister. It consisted of a seat and handlebars, shock absorbers, and leg extensions and soles attached to stirrups. The count's notion was that the shock absorbers at the contraption's joints would function much like a series of miniature pogo sticks. The user could bound along the street and still enjoy the comforts of sitting down while "walking".
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William "Wild Bill" Longley | Quazen

William "Wild Bill" Longley | Quazen

William Preston Longley, the notorious gunman of the "wild west" was born in Texas on 16th October, 1851. Little is known of his early life but it is known that he had already killed several men by the time he was twenty years old. Infamous for his short temper, "Wild Bill" as he became known would kill over the most trivial argument and had a particular dislike for African Americans.

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Friday, October 16, 2009

The Adolf Hitler’s Diaries Fraud

It was to be the greatest journalistic scoop of all time and would give an unparalleled insight into the mind of the German dictator. Historians, former Nazis, and newspaperman expressed grave doubts the authenticity of documents, but Stern remained adamant that they were genuine. Then, on May 5, West German Forensic scientist announced that the precious manuscripts had failed their tests. The 62 volumes of Hitler’s diaries were fakes...

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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Nostradamus, Obama and the End of the World in 2012

Google “Obama”, “Antichrist”, 2012… and I predict you will get a massive number of hits. There are circulating on the worldwide web some really idiotic but also possibly dangerous rumours, featuring Nostradamus, Barack Obama, Antichrist III and the End of the World (2012). The theories are extremely silly, undoubtedly. But they get quite dangerous too when you think of the idiots who might be taking some action, just because of that sort of rumours. They created already an “Osama Obama Shotgun Pool” in Maine, because they just KNOW Obama is the AntiChrist (his name rhymes with Osama, says Mister Arkwriter).

And then there are video’s like this one… 

Take the last two letters from “Obama” and the first three of “Bush” and you get “Mabus”. Some self-declared experts say that “Mabus” is the name of the guy who, according to the 16th century prophet Nostradamus, would be the third Antichrist (after Pau Nay Oloron who was Napoleon, and Hister who was Hitler). Now, I really don’t understand why Obama has to be the Antichrist. Why can’t it be George W. Bush? Or, for that matter, Osama bin Laden? You’ll get also a “Mabus” if you combine the names “Osama” and “Bush”! Okay, Osama or George W. Bush are not living in Chicago and Barack Obama is… and what is the zipcode of Chicago? 60606! Eliminate the zero’s and you get 666, the Number of the Beast! It’s that simple, really.

There is only one minor problem with this whole theory: Nostradamus has never said a Mr. Mabus will be the Antichrist. In Century 2, Quatrain 62 he states that “when Mabus will die”, there will be “a horrible undoing of people and animals”. That’s all, folks.

Interesting footnote in the Mabus=Antichrist Hoax: the former Governor of Mississippi, Ray Mabus, served in the Clinton era as U.S. ambassador to Saudi Arabia, and is working now as Obama’s adviser on Middle Eastern issues. This leads other Nostradamiacs to speculate about the assassination of Mr. Mabus, working somewhere in the Middle East in the Obama Administration, which could fuel a horrible counter-attack by Obama. Quatrain 62 mentions “a vengeance” and “a comet”, and of course this comet has to be the nuclear missile that will start the Final Countdown to an apocalyptic World War III!

Still not convinced that Nostradamus tells you Bad Shit Will Happen when Obama goes to the White House? Okay, then listen to this argument… Barack Obama is the first Black President in the White House, am I right or am I right? And who is described as “black in attribute”? The Man in Black, Johnny Cash? Yeah, but he is no longer among us… The Men in Black, coming from Outer Space? No, my dear friends, let the aliens out of it and let’s talk about Satan, who will now take over the White Mansion, also known as Heaven! He will be there until 2012, and who said the world would end in 2012? Nostradamus, indeed!

There is only one minor problem with this theory… During the nineties, you could read everywhere that, according to Nostradamus, the world would come to an end in 1999: “In the year 1999 and seven months, from the sky will come a great and frightening King.” In his book “The Complete Prophecies of Nostradamus”, published in 1999, Ned Halley stated that the Apocalypse didn’t need to be a military one. It also could be “industrial competition from booming China, a new flu epidemic similar to the catastrophic pandemic of 1918 (…) or revolution against the Communist regime (of China).”

There was the usual bad shit happening, but did there some really Very Bad & Apocalyptic **** happen? In China? In 1999? No, it did not. And why not? Well, Nostradamus simply didn’t see Apocalyptic Bad **** happen in 1999. He didn’t see it in 2012 either. His prophecies go to 3797!

Did Nostradamus see the nearly Apocalyptic Bad **** of 9/11 happen then? No, he did not. The famous quatrain attributed to him, about a “great thunder” that would be heard in the “City of God”, with “two brothers torn apart by Chaos” and a “third big war” that would begin when “the big city was burning”, was invented by a college student. Neil Marshall was his name and he wanted to demonstrate how a Nostradamus-like quatrain could be interpreted in so many ways as there were interpreters.

Did Nostradamus predict the election of Barack Obama, the first Black President in the White House? Professor Eugene Randell, Deputy Director of the Smithsonian Institution Archives, declared that the Institute was holding some very rare Nostradamus manuscripts. One previously unreleased quatrain spoke about a “great empire” that would be “torn from limb” and a “great power given to the dark one from slaves come”. The lines were eagerly copied and pasted on numerous blogs and websites, but all these “believers” forgot to mention (or didn’t know) that the original article was published by “The Daily Squib”, the World’s Finest (Satirical) News Source.

Professor Eugene Randell did not exist and the previously unreleased quatrain definitely was a hoax.

Source: Nostradamus, the Black President and the End of the World in 2012

More debunking:

Nostradamus, Obama, the Antichrist & the End of the World in 2012 

Nostradamus, The Mayan Calendar and The End of The World in 2012