Angel Hair

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Angel hair or siliceous cotton is a sticky, fibrous substance reported in connection with UFO sightings, or manifestations of the Virgin Mary. It has been described as being like a cobweb or a jelly.

It is named for its similarity to fine hair, or spider webs, and in some cases the substance has been found to be the web threads of migrating spiders. Reports of angel hair say that it disintegrates or evaporates within a short time of forming. Angel hair is an important aspect of the UFO religion Raëlism, and one theory among ufologists is that it is created from “ionized air sleeting off an electromagnetic field” that surrounds a UFO.

Sightings

There have been many reports of falls of angel hair around the world. Angel hair was reported during the 1561 celestial phenomenon over Nuremberg and also at the Miracle at Fatima on the 13th of September and October 1917.

The most widely reported incidence occurred in Oloron, France in 1952, when “great flakes” were reported as falling from a nearly cloudless sky. On October 27, 1954, Gennaro Lucetti and Pietro Lastrucci reported standing on the balcony of a hotel in St. Mark’s Square in Venice and seeing two “shining spindles” flying across the sky leaving a trail of the angel hair.

In New Zealand and Australia local newspapers have reported many sightings since the 1950s, although many have been identified as spider webs after analysis. An incident was reported in Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka on October 20, 2014.

Published explanations

Explanations based on known phenomena include:

  • Some types of spiders are known to migrate through the air, sometimes in large numbers, on cobweb gliders. Many cases of angel hair were found to be these spider threads and, in one occasion, small spiders have been found on the material.Linyphiidae spiders frequently cause showers of gossamer threads in England and the Northern hemisphere. Australia and New Zealand have frequent cases, caused by several native species of spiders and by some introduced species of Linyphiidae.
  • In the Portuguese city of Évora on November 2, 1959, a substance described as angel hair was collected and analyzed under a microscope by a local school director and later by armed forces technicians and scientists of the University of Lisbon. The scientists concluded that the angel hair was produced by a small insect or some kind of single-celled organism.
  • Atmospheric electricity may cause floating dust particles to become polarized, and attraction between these polarized dust particles may cause them to join together, to form long filaments.
  • On two occasions a sample was sent for testing once on October 13, 1917 a sample found at Cova da Iria was sent to Lisbon and on October 17, 1957 another sample found at Cova da Iria and examined. The analysis of this proved to be natural consisting of white flakes. When put under a microscope it was found to be a vegetable product not animal.

Unscientific explanations based on beliefs regarding Unidentified Flying Objects include:

  • Ionized air may be sleeting off the electromagnetic field that surrounds a UFO.
  • Excess energy converted into matter.
  • The usage by UFOs of a G-field would cause heavy atoms in ordinary air to react among themselves and produce a kind of precipitate that falls to the ground and disappears as the ionization decreases.

Supernatural Staffordshire: the phantom Victorian schoolboy spotted on a railway line

Each week our supernatural expert reveals haunting tales from across the county.

More and more people are contacting me to talk about their own supernatural experiences – Id like to think the tide has turned and discussing the paranormal is less taboo than it used to be.

I would encourage everyone to do a simple experiment. Ask just five friends, in private, if they believe in the paranormal and have they had a paranormal experience.

Thirty-four per cent of the UK population believe in ghosts – that’s a huge 10 per cent more than believe in god.

So why is there still a stigma about people who openly profess to believe? Perhaps it’s to do with peer pressure, society and the media among other factors.

Just recently I was having a drink with a friend and the topic of the paranormal came up.

He doesn’t believe, categorically. However, we ended up chatting for a number of hours over various “what ifs” and found some surprising common ground once the initial barriers of conventional understanding had dropped.

“I would rather a mind opened by wonder, than one closed by belief,” is possibly my favourite saying, because it’s true.

Believe in it or not, the paranormal is a fascinating subject.

The diversity of experiences and depths of emotion it put us through run the full spectrum – from enlightening to absolute terror.

In 1989 Gareth was 19 and living at Barlaston.

Growing up he would spend lots of time walking around this beautiful area, surrounded by open fields and picturesque streams.

“It was an amazing time in my life” Gareth, now 47, said. “Me and my friend would go for long walks, all around Cocknage and Barlaston.

“We would roam through the fields, around the large lake at Barlaston and sit on Barlaston train platform before they fenced it all off – it was a magical time.”

One evening in July Gareth and one of his friends made their way down to Wedgwood Lake and then past the cricket club, finally coming to the white train crossing building and to there destination of the railway station.

“We used to get some sweets and drinks and sit talking about crazy things that you think about at that age, ghosts and UFOs were a big favourite of ours. We had some amazing conversations,” Gareth recalled.

Darkness had begun to fall, the station platform was still, not even the slightest breeze was blowing as some litter and a few leaves sat motionless on the black and white painted wooden platform. A rabbit ran across the empty tracks in the distance.

“That’s when we saw him, a small boy about 10-years-old who ran across the track right in front of our eyes.” Gareth told me.

“He came out of nowhere. One second he was running across the track, the next he had gone. But for the short amount of time we could see him he looked solid – like a real boy.”

Gareth described the boy as wearing old-fashioned Victorian clothing including a flat cap.

“We both saw him as clear as day and when he disappeared we both nearly jumped out of our skin,” he said.

Both boys got up immediately and ran from the station back towards Wedgwood Lake.

“I’ve seen my friend from that night recently at a reunion and he still remembers it just as I did, although he has never mentioned it to anyone as he thinks people will mock him”

Many more people will experience ghosts and other paranormal events tonight just as Gareth did that night back in 1989.

Why do so many royals drive Audis? Could it be because of the 60% discount?

The Royal family are understood to be benefiting from a leasing arrangement by German car manufacturer Audi which could offer them up to a 60 per cent discount on their cars.

As valued customers, the Royals are able to take advantage of the company’s VIP terms and conditions – meaning their cars are also personally delivered.

Such favourable leasing arrangements are not available to ordinary motorists and shows why the Royals have favoured the manufacturer over the last decade.

This Audi A6 being driver by Charles, with wife Camilla, is one of a number of models the Royals have leased with up to a 60% discount

This Audi A6 being driver by Charles, with wife Camilla, is one of a number of models the Royals have leased with up to a 60% discount

The Prince of Wales owns several models, including an A8 limousine that cost £92,500 and a pair of Allroad estate for personal use by himself and the Duchess of Cornwall.

He has also purchased two A4’s for his staff.

Prince William drives a S4 saloon which has a 4.2 litre engine while his fiancee Kate Middleton owns a silver A3 model. Prince Harry also owns a diesel A3.

The deal with the company may also explain why its head of PR Jon Zamett has been invited to Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding at the end of the month.

The manufacturer is understood to be investing thousands of pounds in boosting its image – and getting close to the Royals.

They have made large donations to charities that are supported by the Princes and signed an agreement in 2005 to sponsor the English polo squad.

Princes William and Harry have a chat as they get into William's 4.2 litre S4 saloon

Princes William and Harry have a chat as they get into William’s 4.2 litre S4 saloon

Kate Middleton and a friend watch a polo match as an Audi 4x4 sits on top of the hill. Miss Middleton has previously bought an A3 model

Kate Middleton and a friend watch a polo match as an Audi 4×4 sits on top of the hill. Miss Middleton has previously bought an A3 model

Marketing experts say that offering their cars at competitive rates could offer unique prestige.

Ian Stephens, of Saffron Brand Consultants, told the Times: ‘Giving away cars is a bit sensitive.

‘If you rent them at a discount you get around concerns over bribery or corruptions and still gain the association.’

‘Audi are competing against other German and luxury brands that are established in the UK market, and they’ve always been outsiders. They are trying to buy their way into the establishment.’

Audi has recruited stars such as singer Justin Timberlake to boost its brand and advertise its A1 model

Audi has recruited stars such as singer Justin Timberlake to boost its brand and advertise its A1 model

Royals are not the only targets of Audi’s campaign.

In a document shown to the Times newspaper, the carmaker is specifically targeting individuals for discounts who ‘will directly impact the brand image’.

This has included sports figures, politicians and celebrities.

Recently, singer Justin Timberlake has fronted adverts for the A1 model while former cricketer Andrew ‘Freddie’ Flintoff’ has become a company ambassador in the Middle East.

A spokesman for the company said: ‘We provide VIPs with a service when it is inconvenient for them to go to a dealer.’

‘We have fleet buyers who will buy more than one car – it’s appropriate for them to have a discount.’

The spokesman would not comment on specific cases involving the Royals.

A Clarence House spokesman added that ‘of course’ Prince Charles paid for his cars but would not discuss any terms.

 

Avebury Stone Circle

Today i Visited the stone circle in Avebury which is something i wanted to do for a long time. To my surprise on touching one of the stones i got a slight electric shock something which has been reported before due to the energy the stones emit.

The circles are much bigger than they appear in pictures and i was also surprised to see how many of the stones were missing and had markers in there place.

The mystery of the suicidal dogs at Overtoun Bridge

 

4. The Mind-boggling case of the fifty dogs who have jumped off a bridge in Scotland over the last fifty years - all of of which were the same breed and without any explanation at all. It's still a baffling mystery today.
The Mind-boggling case of the fifty dogs who have jumped off a bridge in Scotland over the last fifty years. (Picture: brilliantlybritish.com)

In the past 50 years, 50 dogs have randomly leapt to their death from this bridge in Scotland.

All of the ‘suicides’ happened at the same spot, between the final two parapets on the right-hand side of the bridge, and almost all have been on clear, sunny days.

All the dogs were long-nosed breeds such as labradors, collies and retrievers.

The animals fell 50 feet onto the waterfalls below.

A couple of animals have survived.

However terrifyingly when they were rescued and taken back to the bridge by their owners they jumped again.

Rumours have long circulated that the bridge and nearby Overtoun House are haunted.

In 1994, local man Kevin Moy threw his baby son to his death from the bridge, claiming he thought the child was the anti-Christ.

Shortly after he tried to end his own life with an unsuccessful suicide attempt from the same bridge.

Darren Graham form the Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals calls it a ‘heartbreaking mystery’.