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The Weather Channel has entered the realm of the unexplained. Finally! There are a lot of strange weather-related phenomena out there. Further, the planet does some strange things—like a breathing forest. The Weather Channel showcases some of the more recent in their limited-season series, Weird Earth.
Weird Earth highlights two distinct weather anomalies or instances where the planet behaves strangely. Experts in various fields comment and react to the events, attempting to theorize what is happening. Some of the events are explained. Others, however, leave the viewer wondering what is truly occurring.
Calling all collectors of the macabre. Authors Christopher Balzano and Tim Weisberg are updating their best-selling non-fiction book, Haunted Objects: Stories of Ghosts on Your Shelf (2012). And they’re looking to expand the offerings by sharing stories of recently found antiques, family lore past down through the family, or an anecdote regarding a new item that you’ve noticed misbehaves.
These Spooky Southcoast radio broadcasters have been retelling stories of haunted objects since 2006. In 2012, they published their compilation of short vignettes and stories. Since then, they have new stories. However, they’re looking for more.
If you have a haunted object story to share, please contact Tim Weisberg at Tim@midnight.fm.
And just for fun, tell them The Haunted Librarian told you!
David Jessup is a stand-up comedian based in Texas. He’s also the creator of @ChildrenOfDave (https://www.instagram.com/childrenofdave/), handcrafted—and haunting—sculptures using upcycled toys and other thrift store finds. His children are available for adoption and nearly all of them have new homes. With his comedy schedule in limbo due to the COVID-19 pandemic, David has begun to dabble in stop-motion animation. Join Lesia and David on Thursday, July 2nd at 9 PM on Midnight.FM as they discuss his children, comedy, and various creative projects he’s working on.
Find out more before the show by following these links:
Beginning Thursday, July 2nd at 9 PM, I will be broadcasting live on Midnight.FM.
I’m honored to be joining the NEW Midnight.FM Internet radio station line-up. The Midnight Society, hosted by Tim Weisberg, broadcasts Mondays-Fridays, 10 PM – 1 AM. Tim’s guests are an eclectic variety of writers, researchers, and professionals in the paranormal field. My show will focus on lesser-known people who are up-and-coming in the field. My show will compliment and lead into Tim’s Thursday themes.
I look forward to returning to radio with new stories, guests, and commentary on all things paranormal and horror related. Please tune in and become part of the Midnight Society family!
Twenty-four-year-old Christopher McCandless divested his inheritance, sold his personal property, and departed on his “spiritual journey into nature.” He fashioned himself a modern-day Thoreau, heading ultimately to Alaska. McCandless died in August 1992. His life was immortalized in John Krakauer’s 1996 national best seller Into the Wild. After the book’s publication, many ventured into the wilderness to locate the infamous Bus 142. Two people died, one in 2010 and the other in 2019, and at least 15 people rescued, The Alaska Department of National Resources coordinated with the Alaska Army National Guard to remove the bus off Stampede Train in the Denali National Park and set it to a fate unknown.
The 1946 International Harvester bus was used by the city of Fairbanks for a couple of decades. By 1960, it was housing employees of the Yutan Construction Company. Once the roadwork was completed, the bus was abandoned where it was. Over the decades, it served as a respite and shelter for hikers. In 1992, Christopher lived in it, chronicling his journey and living off a bag of rice and the land. Sadly, he died in the bus. Although Christopher sought a simple life of obscurity, he became a legend—and inspiration for other lost souls, thrill seekers, and naturalists. Ultimately, their treks into the wilderness became a nuisance and hazard.
Bus 142, also known as the Magic Bus, was airlifted by a CH-47 Chinook helicopter and transported to a “safe location.” The state is considering placing the bus, along with a suitcase left by Christopher’s family members, as a monument to his life. Plans have not been publicly disclosed.
On December 26, 1980, U.S. military personnel stationed in Great Britain reported seeing strange, unaccountable lights in Rendlesham Forest. By 1983, the incident made front-page news and coined the “British Roswell.” Several theories about the origins of the lights have floated around for decades. A new book by British UFO researcher Nick Redfern examines the possibility that what was seen was a coordinated military hallucinatory experiment.
The Rendlesham Forest UFO Conspiracy: A Close Encounter Exposed as a Top Secret Government Experiment (Lisa Hagan Books) was released last month and considers that the incident was a controlled government experiment. Redfern discussed the book and how he came to this conclusion on The Midnight Society Internet radio show on Wednesday. June 3rd.
Previous theories included lights from a nearby lighthouse, holograms, abnormal atmospheric conditions, and military testing. The incident was deemed credible when U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Charles Halt penned a memo dated January 13, 1981 that was released under the US Freedom of Information Act in 1983. The memo was never ruled as classified information. Halt recorded observations during the December 27-28, 1980 investigation by military personnel. The U.K. Ministry of Defence declassified the tape, and it is posted in the public domain online.
As you know, I listen to Midnight.FM Mondays-Fridays, 10 PM – 1 AM. During the broadcasts, I chat with others in the Discord server, paint, and take notes. Frantic notes. I am learning so much and enjoying all the guests. I make it a point to learn one new tidbit of knowledge, and tonight it was the Puk-Wudjies.
Through my online research, I’ve tracked down two variations of this magical creature. The first is deeply rooted in Native American and Northeastern folklore. The second is an offshoot of the popular Harry Potter universe. I am limiting my research to the former.
Puk-Wudjies go by different names. A lot of different names, in fact. The most common spellings are Puk-Wudjie, Puck-Wudj-Ininee, and Pukwudgie. The name translates to “person of the wilderness.” They are woodland creatures standing 4-5 feet tall. They possess human heads; however, their noses, ears, and fingers are much larger. Their skin is a smooth grey.
Native Americans believe that the Puk-Wudjies were once humans who turned against man to live in solitude in the forests. In the Algonquian folklore, they are tricksters who are dangerous. Their mischievous behavior may turn mean. The Ojibwe tribe views them as good-natured. Yes, they are tricksters, but the tricks rarely turn malicious.
Poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow mentioned them in his 1855 epic poem The Song of Hiawatha. They are akin to fairies and gnomes, supposedly.
I’ve never encountered a Puk-Wudjie. However, one place where I might see them is in the Freetown Fall River State Forest in Massachusetts. In 2017, the Freetown Police Department posted warning signs fearing that these magical creatures may be the cause of increased car crashes. The sign warns drivers of their presence as they appear and disappear at will. Hikers will notice the woodland creatures as they usually carry poisoned arrows in their rucksack. The signs were posted during the Puk-Wudjie mating season: April Fools’ Day.
Although some may see the sign as a prank, the police department sought a way to slow drivers down as the number of crashes had indeed increased.
Residents of Delaware seem to spot the Puk-Wudjie, as do the Wampanoag tribespeople. Maybe once we can move around the country, I may plan a road trip up and see if I can spot one. Until then, I’ll keep reading up on these fascinating woodland creatures.
As I enter Week 11 of self-imposed shelter-in-place protocol, I’ve found that my attention span has decreased and that I’m having difficulty focusing. I try to multi-task while watching television; however, I really need to cut that back. Fortunately, my friend Tim Weisberg and his group of radio producers started a new paranormal themed Internet radio station titled: Midnight.fm. The first show is The Midnight Society, a 3-hour weeknight talk show were Tim brings on various guests. The show runs Monday-Friday, 10 PM-1 AM. His team selects the most interesting guests that now I’ve stopped reading up on the guests and have faith that I will learn something from each episode. And I learn a lot!
And boy this week did not disappoint! Remember: the topics run the gamut of paranormal intrigue. Tuesday introduced me to Tobias Wayland, who is the lead writer for the Singular Fortean Society. I was skeptical of him because he started off talking about Mothman. (I have exhaustively researched Mothman. Sorry, he doesn’t exist.) However, Wayland used it as a springboard to more credible sightings. He was candid in describing sightings that had possible explanations. I respect that in a speaker. His one story was freaky weird, but I don’t want to spoil it for you.
Wednesday brought famed organized crime investigative journalist Dan E. Moldea. He talked Hoffa, Bobbie Kennedy, and OJ. He has one explosive scoop coming our way once COVID-19 plateaus and life begins in some new fashion. Wait for it. It is going to be HUGE!
Thursday addressed the legendary family feud with the surviving ancestors of Jesse James. While I enjoyed listening to the theories of siblings Dan and Teresa Duke, I wasn’t persuaded that Jesse James faked his death. However, you may decide differently. The show was still very interesting.
Tonight, Maja D’Aoust spoke about witchcraft and familiars. She included a great deal of history, especially Ecclesiastical misunderstandings, to discuss modern-day witches. In addition, she dispelled inaccuracies and falsehoods. Her approach was global and inclusive. Another great show.
Tim and his production staff have outdone themselves. The station is less than 2 months old, and listeners are already exposed to leading authors, artists, and speakers in these fascinating fields. The shows are taped live; however, they are also archived. There are several subscription options to enhance your audio experiences; however, you do not need to pay if you merely want to check it out. I highly suggest you do!
With travel on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic, I’ve become an armchair traveler. I browse the Internet looking for strange destinations to place on my bucket list. I came across the Mexican folktale of La Pascualita, the bride who stands in the showcase, in downtown Chihuahua, Mexico. Her story is too good to be true.
Although some blogs suggest that La Pascualita is an embalmed corpse, she’s not. There are several explanations for why she looks so lifelike, and none of them are due to embalming fluids. She is, nonetheless, a stunning waxwork.
Local legend claims that she appeared in the bridal store’s window on March 25, 1930. She wore a gorgeous spring wedding dress, just in time to celebrate Easter weddings. (Easter fell on April 20 in 1930) It should be noted that the name “Pascuales” means “Easter” in English. “Esparza” translates into “sprinkle” or “scatter.”
According to the legend, the shop owner, Pascuala Esparza, had a daughter who was to be married. Neither the name of the daughter nor the bridegroom are reported. (Hmm.) On her wedding day, the bride-to-be was bitten by a Black Widow spider and died. Shortly thereafter the mannequin appeared in the window.
Local residents compared the mannequin to the shop owner’s deceased daughter. They do favor each other; however, this proof that the mannequin is the actual corpse bride.
Since then, people claim the mannequin changes positions during the night. People also report that her eyes follow them down the street. An even more fantastical story is that a magician from France visits, placing a spell on her or awakening her from her slumber so they may dance the night away.
There are huge plot holes in the story.
First, there are questions whether there was a shop owner named Pascuala Esparza. I can tell you that FindAGrave.com does not show any burials for a person with that name or any variations.
Next, we have the images of La Pascualita, which translates into “her daughter” or “little daughter.” Would the name translate to “little daughter of Easter”?
Certain staff members change the clothing twice a week. This is done behind heavy curtains. One employee says she dislikes touching the waxwork. This explains why some people think the mannequin moves. She does. Only she moves with the assistance of employees.
Waxworks are known to have roving eyes. This is on purpose. The eyes of wax figures are glossy. They are meant to appear real, and our minds convince us that the eyes are following us.
Also worth noting is the date March 25. In the Roman Catholic Church, March 25 is the Feast of the Annunciation, where the archangel Gabriel tells the Virgin Mary that she will deliver a child who shall be the son of God. The religious day is oftern called “Lady Day.”
I’m wondering if someone was trying to infuse a lot of symbolism into the mannequin. Hopefully, one day I will be able to visit and to see for myself.