BRIEF REPORTS 

INVESTIGATOR MAGAZINE 153  (November 2013) and 156 (May 2014)

 

INVESTIGATOR 153

BRITAIN SHUTS UFO DESK

The Weekend Australian reported that Britain’s Ministry of Defence has shut down its two-man UFO desk (June 22-23, 2013, p.10) and released 4400 pages of correspondence covering the previous few years. The correspondence consisted of reports of sightings, general queries, and replies from the UFO desk.

Investigator used to have articles about UFOs regularly. But these declined due to investigative dead-ends and lack of scientific substantiation.

 

WATER- SUNSHINE DIET

An American woman stopped eating on May 3, 2013 because: “I want to provide evidence…that human beings can live and thrive and do really well without having to eat solid food… This will literally save the Earth."

The Sunday Mail of South Australia reported: “Naveena Shine, 65, from Seattle, stopped eating in May to explore Breatharianism — the concept that food is not necessary and sunshine provides all the nourishment needed.” (2013 June 9)

Ms Shine followed a diet of water and tea and "a small amount of milk." She set up cameras so outsiders could monitor she wasn't cheating and said she was aiming for 100 days without eating. She wrote on Facebook, "Plants live on light, then we eat plants. Are we simply not accessing our inherent ability to live on light? ... If humans did not have to eat, we could turn our planet back into a place of beauty."

A sedentary person taking only water and tea might survive 3 months. Drinking milk would make a difference.

Harry Edwards reported on "Breatharianism" in Investigator #69 and argued that people's need for food is proved because millions die from starvation.

After six weeks Ms Shine’s weight had declined from 159 to 126 pounds which is the normal rate of weight loss from fasting and after 47 days she resumed eating. (Gabbatt, A. The Guardian, June 19)


BIBLES

In 2011 the United Bible Societies distributed 32.1 million Bibles, up from 28.9 million the previous year, and 350 million smaller scripture items such as Gospels or Psalms up from 337 million. (Eternity, September 2012)

 



INVESTIGATOR 156
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MYTHICAL BEASTS

 Investigator 149 had the article "Bigfoot & Nessie: Living Fossils or Mythical Monsters?"  

Aside from the famous hoax photo of the Loch Ness Monster in 1934, and the 1967 footage of an alleged Bigfoot running, sightings and encounters are still occurring.

Fortean Times (No. 273, March, 2011) reports that landscape gardener Richard Preston, working near the Loch Ness shore, saw a "four hump feature". The same page recalls "famous Nessie hunter" Tim Dinsdale (1924-1987) who recorded a 2-minute film of Nessie in 1960. His son, retired police detective Simon Dinsdale, is quoted stating the film is genuine and that he himself had seen Nessie on two occasions.

Also on the same page is the testimony of Jason Cooke a security guard from Nottingham. Cooke found the 23-metre-long monster with Google satellite maps!

Fortean Times (No. 282, November 2011) has photos of "two humps" moving through Loch Ness, 50 metres from the shore, photographed on September 7, 2011.  

Fortean Times (No. 296, December 2012) reported a sighting of "Bigfoot" in Northern Quebec, Canada, on September 29 by two women. Also William Barnes, who encountered Bigfoot in 1997, has teamed up with anatomy-anthropology professor Jeffrey Meldrum to raise $300,000 to build a "remote controlled dirigible" to search for Bigfoot.

For more information on illusive monsters consult Wikipedia or books such as the following:

Binns, R. 1983 The Loch Ness Mystery Solved, Rigby

Buhs, J.B. 2009 Bigfoot: The Life and Times of a Legend, University of Chicago Press

Cohen, D. 1989 Encyclopedia of Monsters, Guild Publishing

Costello, P. 1975 In Search of Lake Monsters, Panther Books

Dinsdale, T. 1976 The Leviathans, Futura Publications

Guenette, R. & F. 1975 The Mysterious Monsters, Sun Classic

Lavers, C. 2009 The Natural History of Unicorns, Harper Collins.

 

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