Forteana: August 2002 Archives

August 18, 2002

Elvis statue weeps

A plaster bust of Elvis Presley wept on the 25th anniversary of the singer's death, according to its Dutch owner. Toon Nieuwenhuisen, professional Elvis impersonator and spiritualist medium, said the tears started at 10am and tasted salty. The statue has apparently cried on several occasions during the past five years. 'Saint' Elvis bust weeps salty tears - IOL, August 16th 2002.

August 13, 2002

Strange deaths in India

Seven people have died in Uttar Pradesh of mysterious injuries which locals blame on UFOs- in this case flying spheres with flashing blue and red lights.

Raghuraj Pal, whose neighbour Ramji Pal died recently in Shanwa, said: A mysterious flying object attacked him in the night. His stomach was ripped open. He died two days later.

More prosaic explanations include mass hysteria in which the victims unconsciously inure themselves, and a particular type of insect which leaves 9cm bite marks.

Still in India, eight people were killed and fifteen injured during a procession in honour of a local goddess in Hyderabad. A tractor had been converted into a tall chariot for the occasion and the devotees were electrocuted when it hit high tension electricity cables.

At least seven dead in reported UFO attacks in IndiaAnanova, August 12th 2002. 8 electrocuted during religious festival; 15 hurt - Daily Pioneer, August 13th 2002.

August 11, 2002

Raelian circles

More and more crop formations look like the Raelian logo, according to the Raelian Movement.

The Raelians consider some crop circles to be a passive communication confirming the messages given to their founder "RAEL" on Dec 13th 1973 during a face-to-face encounter with a human being from another planet.

The beings asked Rael to build an embassy where they could land and meet.

RAEL was given the specific dimensions of this embassy. Remarkably, a pictogram of the embassy appeared in Wiltshire, England in August of 1990.
This most recent crop circle is the 10th in a series of crop circles that have appeared resembling the Raelian logo in the past few years.
On August 21st 2001, two of the most intricate crop formations appeared alongside Chilbolton (Hampshire) Radio Observatory - the elaborate 3 dimensional "face" and the extraordinary binary code. This "reply" to the 1974 Arecibo radio transmission, and the message contained within, is of the utmost significance. Like the other formations, the complexity rules out any possibility of a manmade hoax.

The current Raelian logo is a Star of David with swirls going in to the centre. The popularity of six-sided formations among circlemakers is, of course, nothing to do with the ease of creating six-fold geometry with nothing more than a length of rope. Crop Circles Reveal "Signs" To Raelians - Raelian Movement press release (via Scoop), August 8th 2002.

August 9, 2002

Pretty pictures

On final approach into Luton Airport on Monday afternoon, I saw this rather impressive work of art.

August 4, 2002

Strange panic in Zimbabwe

The headmaster of an Anglican school in Mhondoro, Zimbabwe, has fled after parents alleged he owned invisible goblins which assault and sexually harass female pupils and staff. An anonymous teacher at St. Mark's Secondary School told the National News:

I witnessed one incident when a student went into a trance. He was demanding meat, threatening that after finishing with the students, the spirits would attack the teachers next. We are living in fear here.

The panic started about six weeks ago:

The mysterious incidents started about six weeks ago when students complained of being harassed by mysterious beings during the night, believed to be goblins,known in Shona as zvikwambo, mubobobo or as tokoloshe in Zulu.
About 30 students have been victims of the attacks and we can't bear spending another night at this haunted place, said a student.
A friend of mine was bitten on the arm after she wrestled with a ghost which wanted to sleep with her, she said.

The school's Scripture Union has been quick to take advantage of the situation, using the alleged incidents to lure vulnerable young people to their prayer meetings with hopes of exorcism. Headmaster flees as hysteria grips school - National News, July 30th 2002.

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