Monday, September 26, 2016

Epiphone Limited Ed.

It is a pretty common joke amongst musicians (and their significant others) that guitarists are known to collect instruments, even if they have plenty. So this epiphone es 335 may be the perfect gift for the guitarist in your life this holiday season -- or yourself, if you just can't live without it! While you are there, be sure to check out all the other great specials, as well.

The Book Test

Gladys Osborne Leonard invented The Book Test
Gladys Osborne Leonard
Invented by famed English medium, Gladys Osborne Leonard (and her spirit guide, Feda), The Book Test was popular around the time of The Great War (WWI). A dead "communicator" would send a message to the living by way of a medium, who would direct the listener to a book in a location to which the medium has never been. The dead spirit's message would be found in the text on a page number specified by the medium. Like many fads of the American Spiritualist Movement at the turn of the 20th-Century, the practice was inauthentic and short-lived.

A 1921 analysis of The Book Test found no merit to the practice, though a handful of cases proved inexplicable. Of 532 tests, 17% were successful, 18% were partially successful, but 38% were total failures. It was dismissed as providing any proof of life after death.

Russian medium Nina Kulagina presented a unique twist on The Book Test phenomenon, by naming the first letter of each paragraph on given pages of randomly-chosen books.

© The Weirding, 2016

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Dunlop Bass Strings

Like most musicians, I have little idea as to how bass guitars work. Of course, I am only kidding (mostly). The bass guitar is essential to any modern band, and specific to many genres. And, like any other stringed instrument, needs maintenance and care. These dunlop super bright bass strings should work on most models but, if they are not suited for your bass guitar, a little poking around should uncover some that are.

Monday, September 19, 2016

The Brown Lady Ghost Picture

The Brown Lady of Raynham Hall
The Brown Lady of Raynham Hall

The Brown Lady Ghost Photo is the most famous picture of an alleged spirit in the world. The Brown Lady of Raynham Hall is believed to be the ghost of Lady Dorothy Townshend, who was banished to the estate as punishment for her infidelity. Captain Provand and Indre Shira, photographers for Country Life, snapped this on September 19th, 1936.

The photo above is widely considered one of the few reputable full body apparitions caught on film; while many mundane explanations for the image have been proffered, The Brown Lady Ghost Picture is not believed to have been an intentional hoax.

Note: This picture was filtered slightly to improve the quality of the image. It was not otherwise altered.

© The Weirding, 2016

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Haunebu Test Flight, 1939

Declassified video showing the 1939 Haunebu test flight in Nazi Germany. The Nazis were developing saucer-shaped aircraft using spinning disc technology before WWII. American forces first encountered Nazi UFO aircraft in WWII, terming them "foo fighters." It was not until 1947 that the term "flying saucer" became a staple in American households, thanks to a sighting by Kenneth Arnold.

© The Weirding, 2016

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Musical Accessories

We are ardent, longstanding supporters of the Arts and Humanities, but we know that Art supplies and equipment is cost-prohibitive to a lot of people. Even if you just play guitar, you need picks, pick-ups, cases, strings, straps, and more. Most other instruments require even more expenditures, and all of them require regular maintenance using supplies that can also bite you in the wallet. But believe us when we tell you that it is well worth it. Of course, you don't have to pay top dollar when there are plenty of alternatives, so research prices before you purchase.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

NEW Body Uncovered at Dyatlov Pass

As armchair, and active, cryptozoologists and parapsychologists, you have certainly heard of the Incident at Dyatlov Pass. Well, it just got weirder, as yet another body was found in January around the same site at which nine hikers mysteriously disappeared nearly 60 years ago.

The body, found by a group of hikers with whom rescue workers lost contact soon thereafter, was said to have been that of a male about 50-years-old.

Dyatlov Pass was named after the leader of the original hiking party that went missing on Mount Kholat Syakhl -- the Mountain of Death [translated] -- in 1959. The party was headed toward Mount Otorten, or "Don't Go There," and failed to make its checkpoint. When their camp was found, the bodies had been mangled, the tents ripped apart -- one hiker had a fractured skull and another had her tongue ripped out by its root.

Over the years, The Incident at Dyatlov Pass (as it has come to be known), has been blamed on everything from Yeti (Bigfoot) to aliens -- there was reportedly a high recording of radiation at the campsite -- to mere hypothermia-induced dementia, but no official cause of death has ever been given for the nine hikers.

While this report is daunting, it may well have been little more than a press hoax to promote the film, Devil's Pass. Of course, with names like "Don't Go There" and "Mountain of Death," it would not be unusual to find bodies in the general vicinity.

© The Weirding, 2016

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Telecaster Neck Pickup

If you are in the market for the best telecaster neck pickup, be sure to shop around for the best bargain. Musical equipment and accoutrement is expensive, and there is no need to waste money just for convenience. Also think about opening an account at a preferred, online seller to save more time, and make your online musical equipment shopping that much more convenient.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Ancient Monument Discovered in Petra

Frederic Edwin - Church Petra
Frederic Edwin Sketch
Archaeologists have uncovered a new site in Petra, Jordan, using Google Earth and drones -- a massive site, about the size of an Olympic swimming pool, believed to have been created by the Nabateans between c. 100BC to 100AD -- about one mile outside of the city. The platform is believed to have been used for ceremonial purposes, though its specific purpose has yet to be uncovered.

The researchers involved say the site was hardly hidden, but it took satellite imagery to help them discover it. It does not appear that any platforms similar to it exist within, or just outside of (as this one), the ancient city of Petra. Petra was once a great commerce and trade center which certainly housed many temples to numerous religions, and remains the single most important societal contribution of the ancient Arabic Nabateans.

© The Weirding, 2016

Thursday, June 23, 2016

The Oldest Recorded Sasquatch Sighting (Skræling)

A Viking Foray
A Viking Foray
According to some accounts, the oldest known sighting of a Bigfoot or Sasquatch in "The New World" was recorded by none other than Leif Erikson, or Erik the Red. Erikkson referred to "ugly, hairy men" with great black eyes" who towered over himself and his fellow Norsemen. The name he gave them was Skræling.

While others insist this description refers to the Thule people, a pre-Inuit peoples who lived in the regions where Ericson and his men are said to have landed, including Canada, some note the inclusion of the word "hairy" as indicative of a different species. The Norse Vikings were, after all, very hairy -- they are most often depicted with great beards and matted hair, themselves.

Perhaps even more intriguing is the connection between the use of the word, Skræling, and the existence of pygmies, possibly throughout the globe. The Vikings were known to grow quite tall themselves, in addition to being hirsute; to many peoples, they would be hairy and towering figures.

As History repeats itself, we are continually finding out that our ancestors knew far more about the world than even we do today, and that many of the "facts" we thought we knew are erroneous. While the Skræling of which Erik the Red spoke may have been nothing more than the indigenous American peoples of their time, the connection to countless descriptions of Bigfoot seem to cloud the issue.

© The Weirding, 2016