Zener Cards

Zenner Cards

I’m not sure if you are familiar with these cards or not, but many have at least seen them. They are a set of 25 cards which are used to test the abilities of those claiming to have ESP. The aim of using the cards is to have the person claiming to have ESP guess the image which will be on a card before it is turned over.

The cards were named after psychologist Karl Zener who developed the cards with parapsychologist J.B. Rhine to use in experiments to test for clairvoyance. In performing the test, all 25 cards are turned over and the results recorded. Supposedly, the average person will score around a 20% success rate. Of course, the more cards which the subject guesses correctly, the higher the chance that they have some degree of ESP.

Skeptics feel that the fact that there are only 25 cards in the deck make it easy for a person to cheat on the examination. The Zener cards are not accepted as scientific proof of ESP, but it has been noted that some people score remarkably high. Nevertheless, the scientific community is still highly skeptical of ESP in general. It goes without saying that there isn’t a lot of faith placed in the meaning of experiments with Zener cards by most scientists.

Whether these cards truly do measure the ability of ESP in a person or not, it is still fun to try it to see how many you can guess correctly. There are various places online where you can take simulated tests using these cards. Simply input Zener card test into your search engine if you are curious to see how you would do.

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Yowie

The yowie is Australia’s equivalent of North America’s bigfoot. The yowie is said to be a hairy,¬†apelike creature with yellow eyes and huge teeth which roam the wilds of Australia’s Outback. Like bigfoot, there are people who believe that yowies are either some kind of primate or a leftover from the precursor to modern man.

Despite their fearsome appearance, there have been no reports of a yowie attacking a human, according to some. There have been some isolated reports however, of a yowie being aggressive with humans. They have been said to harm livestock or kangaroos from time to time. If yowies and other creatures like them are real, it would only make sense that they would harm animals at times. After all, a yowie’s gotta eat.

Admittedly, I chose this topic because the name is fun to say. Originally the word for these creatures was youree, which is what the aboriginal people used to describe them. Are yowies real? Who knows. Just like similar creatures from around the world, there have been numerous reported sightings, but no real proof of their existence.

While many of us like to think that we know of all of the creatures which inhabit our planet, there is a lot of unexplored and remote wilderness out there. What makes us think that we could possibly know for sure that a creature such as this exists or not? Scientists are discovering new species all the time, so who is to say whether yowies or their American cousins, the bigfoot, are real? Only time will tell, but I for one intend to give them a wide berth if I ever come across one.

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X-Files

While many people are familiar with the popular TV show which spanned from 1993-2002, in real life, government files regarding reports of sightings of UFO’s are also often referred to the name x-files. Most large governments around the world keep files on the sightings of UFO’s and other phenomenon surrounding alien reports.

While the United States still keeps active files, the Ministry of Defence in United Kingdom closed down their UFO desk back in 2009. They made the decision, stating that they felt that the fifty year history of the reporting program had not resulted in anything which they felt represented a threat to national defence. Not only that, but they felt that the hundreds of reports which they were taking each year were taking away time and resources from what they found to be more pressing matters.

They stated that they made all of the reports public, and admittedly there were some which were pretty far-fetched. Now, when the police receive calls regarding UFO activity, they have been instructed not to report it to the Ministry of Defence.

In more recent years, they had received not only UFO sighting calls,but also reports from someone claiming to have been living with an alien and a report from a man who a UFO had stolen his car, tent, and dog while camping. Amid reports such as those were more compelling tales, however, none of them seemed to result in anything substantial enough to justify their continued investigation of claims.

It’s hard to say whether other countries will follow suit, but there are those who believe that the United Kingdom has made a mistake. We can only hope that time doesn’t prove that to be the case. It would be just a little ironic if there turned out to be a little boy who cried wolf scenario after all these years.

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Warlock

There are still a great many people who think that a male witch is called a warlock. It is even given as the definition in most dictionaries. While this word has been associated with male witches for a long time, it is a derogatory term which most of them find offensive. The word in Old English means oath breaker or traitor.

It is thought that using the word in regards to witches began in the middle ages as the Christian church saw witches as being traitors to the church…that they had broken an oath to serve God. The Christian church, especially in those days, saw witches as being the ultimate betrayers of God, even that they were in league with the devil himself.

There are additional meanings for the word, most of them not nice. In the world of modern witchcraft, the word warlock also means oath breaker. It is said to be a word which is used to describe a witch who has been expelled from the coven for breaking an oath. No matter which way you slice it, it is a word with negative connotations.

In the grand scheme of things, it really doesn’t matter where the word originated and to whom it originally referred. Somewhere along the way, it became associated with a male who practices witchcraft and became widely accepted despite the negative meaning and implications. So, what is a male with called, you might ask? Just as his female counterpart is, a male witch is simply called a witch.

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Vanishing Islands

There are a few different types of vanishing islands. There are those which are only visible during low tide, but we won’t be discussing those here. The type of vanishing island which this post refers to are the ones of possibly mythological lost civilizations. The types such as Atlantis and Lemuria.

The Greek philosopher Plato wrote about Atlantis some 2,000 years ago. At the time of his writings, the possible civilization had already been lost for 1,000 years. There have been vivid descriptions of what life was like on Atlantis, what their society was like, physical descriptions of Atlantis itself, that it was located in the Atlantic ocean, and natural resources. There are some who believe that Atlantis has never existed outside of myths and legends, others who think that it is at least possible that it was real, and finally those who absolutely believe.

For the sake of this post, let’s talk about possibilities because it is possible that such a place existed, there just isn’t any real proof. Some speculate that Atlantis was a very powerful society which was highly advanced, even by today’s standards. There are two popular theories as to why an advanced society simply ceased to exist. One is that there was a natural disaster of some type that sent Atlantis into a watery grave. Another is that while it went to a watery grave, that it wasn’t strictly a natural disaster. It is thought that the rulers of Atlantis may have gotten carried away with their greed and power, causing them to be punished by a deity or maybe even their own karma.

Lemuria is said to have been a very similar place to Atlantis. The major difference between the two is that Lemuria is believed to have been in the Pacific. Whether these places were ever real might never be known. Even if they were more than simply places of myth, we may never find them under the vast seas. It is interesting to think about advanced societies, however. Some people use these places as possible explanations for UFO’s and other phenomenon by theorizing that these may have been some sort of alien beings, or an alien human blend. Those who follow this train of thought believe that the beings of Atlantis and Lemuria did not all perish, but that it is unknown where they went…taking their knowledge and technology with them.

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UFO’s

Talk about a hot topic. UFO’s have been the center of speculation and controversy for a very long time. Sightings have been reported since ancient times and new reports of them have never stopped. Unexplained lights and craft in the sky have interested, excited, and even terrified people.

Some instances of UFO sightings are much more well-known. One of those well-known cases are Roswell, New Mexico back in 1947 in which it was reported that a UFO had crashed and that alien bodies had been recovered. The story was quickly changed to report that it had been an errant weather balloon and nothing more, with adamant denials about the bodies. Regardless, the stories told by some of the people who were on the scene, some of whom are still alive, have not changed. Over the years, there have been numerous sightings of strange craft in the skies around Roswell. Some maintain that it is an alien hotspot, while others speculate that they are experimental craft being built and tested by the U.S government.

Others still believe that it is a combination of the two. They believe that the original report in 1947 of an alien craft crashing to earth was true, and that the United States military has been reverse engineering alien technology since that time. It is hard to say what the truth is, and maybe we will never know but I would like to think that we will.

There are UFO hotspots scattered throughout the world including the United Kingdom, Brazil, Chile, Peru, Australia, and North America. It is interesting that some places seem to see more activity of this nature than others, but the answer as to why remains as much a mystery as what the UFO’s are and who is driving them.

Our modern era is not the first to record sightings of strange things in the sky. Ancient carvings from thousands of years ago depict images which bear an uncanny resemblance to the sighting of today. Those ancient etchings make it more difficult to say that these craft are being built by the military, simply because aircraft are supposedly a fairly modern invention. This leaves two major possibilities. Either ancient society was being visited by beings from other planets or dimensions or they had technology which we have yet to find proof of…technology which is far advanced compared to our modern marvels.

If, in fact they had this technology it still raises questions. Why haven’t we found any relics? What happened to the knowledge of this technology? Who was behind it?

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Teggie

Most of us have heard of Nessie, which is the ever elusive, possibly mythological creature which inhabits Loch Ness in Scotland. How many of you have heard of Teggie, which is a creature of a similar nature which inhabits Bala lake in Wales? I had never heard of Teggie myself until starting to research topics for this year’s A to Z challenge.

Bala is a small village at the eastern edge of Snowdonia National Park, and is a quiet little hamlet with possibly as many sheep as there are people. Don’t let the sleepy nature of this place fool you though. Teggie was given her name in a similar way to Nessie, which is after the body of water inhabited. The Welsh name for Bala lake is Llyn Tegid.

Teggie is said to be a large crocodile like creature and has been reported to have lifted wind surfers out of the water and to have been the cause of boating accidents. While the Loch Ness monster has been reported to launch attacks on boats too, it seems that there are more reports of aggression by Teggie.

The village of Bala relies upon tourism for a good portion of its economy, and the draw is the large lake. Some people are fascinated with Teggie and hope for a glimpse, while others steer clear of the lake because they fear incurring the beast’s wrath. Whether Teggie is real or not remains to be seen. As with other beasts which fall into the area of cryptozoology, such as Nessie, Bigfoot, and the Yeti; tales have been circulating in some instances for almost a thousand years with no substantiated proof. With as big as our wold and universe are, it would be arrogant to assume that we know of everything which inhabit them. Until the time comes when there are explanations, these creatures make for interesting campfire stories at the very least.

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