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The Mysterious Voynich Manuscript - An Alien Connection?

Voynich Manuscript Published: 10:01 AM 1/19/2011

In 1912 Polish-American Rare Book Dealer, Wilfred M. Voynich, born Michal Wojnicz of Telshi (a small town within the fallen Russian Empire) acquired a very odd book for his personal collection.

Voynich was a well known New York book dealer, specialising in early and rare books. Having fled Siberian incarceration to London (for attempting to liberate fellow Russian revolutionaries), he quickly changed his name to Wilfred and soon after opened his first bookstore in England.

He eventually moved his business interests to the American East Coast. In and of the times, Voynich was unremarkable among his fellow immigrants and book traders; until, that is, he acquired a very special manuscript in a secret deal with the mysterious and ancient order of Jesuits, also known as the "Society of Jesus".

Wilfrid Michael Voynich Voynich acquired his famous ‘Voynich Manuscript’ from the Jesuits’ Ghislieri College at the patrician villa known as Villa Mondragone in Frascati, Italy (now a peripheral seat of the University of Rome Tor Vergata).

Since that lucky find, the manuscript remained in Voynich’s personal library until his death in 1930, when it was briefly decreed to his beloved wife.

Following his death there was a bidding frenzy for the manuscript, but the Widow Voynich held steady and herself decreed the book to a close friend upon her own death. Eventually the manuscript was sold to another well known book dealer named Hans P. Kraus, who, then unable to find a suitable buyer, donated the book to the Yale University Museum in 1969.

The Voynich Manuscript, as it’s now commonly called, is one of the rarest wonders of the modern world. It is a book that quite literally should not exist. To call it a book is somewhat misleading, for it, as with most ancient manuscripts, resembles nothing of a book as you might know it.

It is a collection of some 272 vellum pages (the skin of a mammal, often cow, stretched and dried to be used as a durable paper), 240 pages of which have survived the many handlings, transfers and inspections the book has encountered over the years.

The origins of the book are almost as interesting and mysterious as its contents. Many scholars believe the book was written, by quill pen and using coloured paint, at some point in the mid 15th or 16th centuries. By who is a completely different story, and the controversy over the authors identity is strongly connected to the mystery of the manuscripts contents.

Indecipherable Language of Voynich Manuscript The information contained in the book is largely unknown, and this is due completely, to the fact that the Voynich Manuscript is written in an entirely unknown and undecipherable language.

The surviving 240 pages, made up of some 170,000 discreet written characters or glyphs, making up 35,000 separate words, are accompanied by artfully crafted sketches and drawings, many of which are equally mysterious.

A large number of the sketches resemble known plant species, with subtle, and sometime drastic differences, others resemble complex aqueduct drawings and even anatomical type depictions of people (usually women).

The manuscript has been examined by no less than an army of cryptologists, linguists and a host of other scholars, including biblical scholars, and none of the countless hands and minds of these learned friends has ever been able to decipher a single word.

Very early on in the known existence of the book, several historians and cryptologists confirmed that the text in the manuscript is that of a learnable language, it holds with all the known rules and constructs of modern and ancient languages and quite often the sketches seem to correspond with titles and descriptions. In modern examination, most, if not all, experts continue to agree on this as fact.

Of course, with such a mysterious find in the hands of so many people, theories abound about the books origins.

The earliest known owner of the book was one Georg Barech, an obscure alchemist from Prague, in the early 17th century.

Theories content that Barech may have fabricated the book as a test for his patron. Others suggest that it was Voynich himself who fabricated both the book and the story, though evidence does exist to refute this claim.

Some claim that the book is the product of a lost middle European language, and that the book is a medical (or alchemist) instructional tome. Though some of the wilder claims cite both alien influence and even time travel.

The connection to the Society of Jesus and the Villa Mondragone might even suggest a Masonic origin to the manuscript, tying its information to the Knights Templar and the so-called secret knowledge they possessed, as passed down from King Solomon.

The truth is, no one alive has the ability to read or decipher the huge amount of information contained in this 600 (or so) year old book. It could possibly provide instructions for turning lead into gold, or it could be an interstellar gardening guide, or even still, it could be an early medieval alchemical textbook. Nonetheless, the Voynich Manuscript remains one of the oldest mysteries of modern history. Experts are in total disagreement about its origin and meaning, and thus, it will hold its place in the Yale Museum, as The Book That Shouldn’t Exist.

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Maj. Donald Keyhoe: Air Force "Officially Admitted Flying Saucers Exist"
Maj. Donald Keyhoe
Published: January 16, 2011

Grant Lawrence--Bodhi Thunder

According to Major Donald Keyhoe, the Air Force admitted that UFOs are real. Keyhoe claims the Air Force came to the conclusion that one of the reasons for the Alien interest in humanity was our development of nuclear weapons.

Donald Edward Keyhoe (June 20, 1897 - November 29, 1988) was an American Marine Corps naval aviator,[2] writer of many aviation articles and stories in a variety of leading publications, and manager of the promotional tours of aviation pioneers, especially of Charles Lindbergh.

In the 1950s he became well-known as an UFO researcher, arguing that the U.S. government should conduct appropriate research in UFO matters, and should release all its UFO files. Jerome Clark writes that "Keyhoe was widely regarded as the leader in the field" of ufology in the 1950s and early-to-mid 1960s...

Following Kenneth Arnold's report of odd, fast-moving aerial objects in the summer of 1947, interest in "flying disks" and "flying saucers" was widespread, and Keyhoe followed the subject with some interest, though he was initially skeptical of any extraordinary answer to the UFO question.

For some time, True (a popular American men's magazine) had been inquiring of officials as to the flying saucer question, with little to show for their efforts. In about May 1949, after the U.S. Air Force had released contradictory information about the saucers, editor Ken Purdy turned to Keyhoe, who had written for the magazine, but who also, importantly, had many friends and contacts in the military and the Pentagon.

After some investigation, Keyhoe became convinced that the flying saucers were real. As their forms, flight maneuvers, speeds and light technology was apparently far ahead of any nation's developments, Keyhoe became convinced that they must be the products of unearthly intelligences, and that the U.S. government was trying to suppress the whole truth about the subject.

This conclusion was based especially on the response Keyhoe found when he quizzed various officials about flying saucers. He was told there was nothing to the subject, yet was simultaneously denied access to saucer-related documents.

Keyhoe's article "Flying Saucers Are Real" appeared in the January, 1950 issue of True (published December 26, 1949) and caused a sensation.

Though such figures are always difficult to verify, Captain (U.S. Air Force), Edward J. Ruppelt, the first head of Project Blue Book, reported that "It is rumored among magazine publishers that Don Keyhoe's article in True was one of the most widely read and widely discussed magazine articles in history."(wikipedia)

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2007 - Multiple Sightings over Massachusetts with Photo
UFO Depiction
Published:

Massachusetts - 11-08-07

November 8, 2007 - I was upstairs in my home, working on my computer. The room I was in has a window that faces east.

It also faces the river that sits behind my property. I needed to use the bathroom, so at exactly 2:45 AM I got up from my desk and proceeded to walk down stairs.

I stopped at the window to look out at the stars (as I always do) and saw nothing, but a clear sky and stars. I continued down the stairs, used the bathroom and within roughly 3 minutes was walking back up the stairs.

When I got back to the window, there, sitting on top of the water was an extremely bright light. This light was about 600-700 feet away from my property, but was hovering just above the water.

I've lived here all my life and have never seen anything like this ever.

The first thing I did was look up to the sky and to my grandmother said, "Nana, I am so sorry I didn't believe you."

With that said, I ran for my camera which had a dead battery. I plugged it in then went outside. It was very cold that night, I ran down to the water and in my backyard stood on top of my fire pit to get a better/clearer look.

I tried so hard to get my eyes to focus on the source of this extremely bright light, but I could not see anything, the light was too blinding.

It was so bright that it lit up a large area of the river. I watched this object for about 10 minutes outside, then ran back into my house to see if my camera was charged enough to get some video, and it was.

I took about 12 minutes of video before the tape ran out. But I watched this light slowly rise upward in a southeast direction.

By 7:00 AM the object could still been seen, it was the only object left in the sky, but now it was so high that it appeared to be nothing more than a star. Then it just disappeared.

The object on the river made no noise, had no smell. I believe whatever it was could see me just as I could them, but did not in anyway bother me.

Although what I am about to say may seem strange to some, but what I saw that night hovering over the river, was one of the most beautiful things I'd ever seen in my life.

For some reason I was not afraid, I was, and still am, amazed at this phenomenon.

From Nov. 8, 2007, until Jan. 2008, there were 3 strange objects in the sky. We, my family and I, watched them fly in from the northern sky as early as 6:00 PM, and they would stay until daybreak.

For almost 3 months, night after night, two of them would stay high in the sky, looking like stars, while the 3rd UFO would slowly make its way down towards the water, but never coming as close to the river as it did that night on Nov. 8, 2007.

Erratic movements, up and down, back and forth very quickly, was the way these objects moved.

Being as high as they were at times, if you gave them a quick look one would think they were stars, until they moved, it was only then that you could see they were nothing like anything we have on earth.

And, at times they seemed to try and hide within the constellations.

It was on or around Nov. 19, 2007, 9:00 PM, while standing on my back steps facing east watching the 3 UFOs, when something big and dark caught my eye flying south, but coming from the northern sky.

I turned around and as I looked up, I saw a diamond-shaped, black object, with 4 white lights, one light at each point of the craft. This object flew over my house and my neighbors houses.

I did not get a picture or video of this but I will never forget what it looked liked. Nor will I ever forget that bright light on the water. Since that night and the nights that followed I have seen more UFO's in my area.

I only wish I would have listened to my grandmother who told me about these UFO's visiting our small town over 35 years ago... There are two photos attached to this story, they were taking from my backyard, with a Samsung digital video camera on November 8 2007.

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'Para' or 'Normal': He Wants to Know
Rick Fisher
Published: Jan 16, 2011 21:45

Intelligencer Journal - Lancaster New Era

By BERNARD HARRIS, Staff Writer

When a woman in East Hempfield Township reported seen a "Hershey kiss-shaped object" floating above her home last month, Rick Fisher was not surprised.

Fisher is not prepared to say we are not alone in the universe. But he is quick to point out that the woman is not alone in reporting unexplained phenomena.

Fisher, a founder of what is now the Paranormal Society of Pennsylvania, began a lecture on UFOs on Sunday by showing slides of news clips — dozens of them — about different reports of unidentified flying objects in Pennsylvania.

In 1965, in the southwest Pennsylvania town of Kecksburg, Fisher recounted, perhaps thousands of people saw something large race through the evening sky and crash into a wooded area. The military quickly arrived and cordoned off the area. Something large was removed on a truck. The official story was that it was a meteor.

"To this day, nobody knows what happened there," said Fisher, 56, of Columbia. He addressed about 50 people at the gathering of the Lititz Historical Foundation.

Then there was the incident at Presque Isle, on the shore of Lake Erie. In 1966, four teens were on a beach and their car got stuck in the sand, Fisher recounted. One went to get help. The remaining three saw a strange light in the sky, then a beam of light shining down and the lighted object descending nearby.

Two police officers arrived and the remaining male in the car offered to show the officers where the object landed. The two females stayed in the stuck car. Soon, Fisher related, the girls said a Bigfoot-looking creature approached and clawed at the car. The girls hit the horn and flashed the lights. The creature ran off and the flying object quickly flew away.

The next morning, police returned and found scratches on the car, three-toed tracks leading to and away from the car and tripod-type impressions in the sand.

Decades later, a man claimed responsibility for what he said was a hoax. As a boy, he had released a hot-air balloon from his backyard in nearby Erie that had floated to the beach that night, he said.

Yet, that doesn't explain the marks in the sand, Fisher said. The force needed to create the impressions would have required a weight of 700 to 1,000 pounds, he said.

"I'm not here to tell you that it was a UFO, but I can tell you it was unexplained," said Fisher.

Sometimes people see things, but they don't want to talk about it, he said.

There was a case of a police officer who reportedly chased a UFO from Atwater, Ohio, east to Freedom, Pa., in 1966. The officer lost his job, his wife left him and he died young, said Fisher.

In 1992, there was a report of a UFO at Lukens Steel in Coatesville. It was officially explained away as the ramblings of a drunken security guard. Yet, Fisher said, he had gotten an anonymous report from a mill employee who said they were forbidden to talk about it or they would lose their jobs.

Fisher spent the most time in his nearly two-hour presentation talking about three days in November 1974 in Carbondale, Lackawana County.

Three teenage boys reported seeing an object streak through the night sky. They contended it landed in a nearby pond, where it continued to glow for days. After thousands gathered on the small town to get a glimpse of what many believed was a UFO, a scuba diver retrieved a lantern from the water that one of the boys said he had thrown into the pond.

Fisher is skeptical that it was a hoax.

"If it was a lantern, I'm going to prove it. If it's a UFO, I'm going to prove that too. That's what I do. I'm an investigator," said Fisher, who plans a book on the Carbondale incident.

Fisher, who addressed "UFOs and strange creatures of Pennsylvania," also spoke of Bigfoot sightings, reports of lake monsters and a snake at least 17 feet long and thick as a log on Broad Top Mountain, Bedford County.

Yet, he is best known as a "ghost hunter" who has investigated more than 1,000 hauntings. The first ghost Fisher saw, he believes, was that of his great-grandfather, when he was just 7.

Speaking at the Mary Dixon Chapel in Lititz's Linden Hall girl's school, Fisher said he had been there several times about a decade ago. Students over the years have reported seeing the ghost of Dixon, who died at age 19, or hearing music from the chapel when no one has been there.

Fisher said those investigations found nothing.

"That's not to say that it's not haunted, but we didn't get anything," he said.

bharris@lnpnews.com

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Disc-Shaped UFO and Strange Events in New York
UFO Depiction
Published: 11:05 AM 1/12/2011

New York - 2008

My friend and I would walk our dogs late at night for a good hour or two over the summer. It was around 1:00 AM and we both walked to our neighborhood's elementary school which happens to be the half way point to both our houses, that's where we split up to each walk home.

I was walking my dog home and was pretty close home, just about a block away. I was looking at the sky (which was very clear) thinking to myself how nice it should be tomorrow.

Right as I was looking at the sky I saw a rather large disc overhead fly by extremely fast. I'd say it was about the size of the average Frisbee held above your head at arm's length. The whole thing was glowing, the center was more white and bright and as it got to the edges it was more of a mustard yellow.

I saw it for a good 2-3 seconds before it disappeared. After seeing that I knew I just saw a UFO, and by UFO I mean I knew it wasn't of this Earth.

I stood there for a good minute thinking to myself what do I do, and who do I tell?

I continued to walk home. After walking about another minute my dog (nicest, calmest, quietest dog, rarely and I mean rarely ever barks) stops walking (and this dog loves to walk). She turns around and starts growling.

The hair on her back was standing up, she was showing her teeth and everything. This scared the crap out of me. I kept pulling the leash and saying, "Dixie, calm down come on."

She then let out a loud, vicious bark. Then I heard the sound of something speedily walking towards us from behind. It sounded like a dog's paws on the pavement. We could not see anything, but it was getting louder. My dog suddenly turns around and takes off pulling me.

The faster we ran the louder and closer it sounded. I was afraid to turn around to see what was behind me, but I did anyway as we ran and saw nothing. I let go of my dog's leash, and ran into my backyard and went through my back door into my house.

My mom woke up from me running into the house. She asked what was going on because I was out of breath. I tried telling her, but she got out of bed and kept accusing me of being on drugs.

Then my phone started ringing and it was my friend. I had told him to call me when he got home when we left each other. I picked up the phone and started to cry as I tried to tell him what happened.

Before I'd get to the substantial information, the phone would disconnect. My house has full coverage... I didn’t want to call him back because he was using his house phone and I didn’t want to wake everyone at his house up.

I went back to my mom's room to continue to try to tell her what happened. She started to believe me and was getting freaked out herself.

My phone started ringing in my room, so I went to go answer it knowing it was my friend. As I’d try telling him again, the phone would disconnect.

He called me back right away, and my mom was screaming for me to come into her room so she can try to make sense of things.

I tell my friend to hold on, I left the phone in my room.

As I was trying to tell my mom what happened more in depth, my cell phone started ringing (disconnected while I was talking to my mom and my friend was calling me back) I lost it.

I broke down and told my mom every time I tried telling my friend what happened - my phone disconnected. She didn’t understand.

This happened over and over again, and I was eventually able to tell him quickly what happened. He was afraid because he said he was hearing humming outside. He went to sleep in his parents' room. We were 15 at the time... I counted how many times my friend called me. He called me 17 times within a half hour period.

That means that my phone disconnected 16 times in that half hour period. Again, at my house I have full AT&T 3G service.

I then stood outside my mom's and my room and stared down the hallway for a good half hour as if I was hypnotized, not saying it was from "aliens," that’s just how scared I was, I didn’t want to move.

My dog sat and stared out the back door all night. My mom was just as scared as I was after knowing the whole story and hearing my phone ringing over and over again knowing that I wasn’t hanging up the calls, they were disconnecting.

My mom was so scared that she made me sleep with my door open, lights and TV on, and she made me take my necklace off in fear that it could be used to choke me.

This whole story sounds far fetched I know, and my being 15 at the time probably makes this sound silly but I didn’t even really believe in Aliens at that time.

After that incident I've become somewhat obsessed with Aliens and UFOs.

When I tell friends this story, they look at me as if I’m mentally unbalanced. I don't care what people think when I tell them this story. I know what happened and I take it to my grave.

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Archived Case of the Week

Eerie Erie, Pennsylvania 1966 UFO and Bigfoot Incident
UFO Depiction
Published: 2:21 PM 1/18/2011

ET Incident that Baffled Witnesses and Police

Original report written in July 13, 2008 by Jill Stefko

Five credible witnesses saw a UFO and one of its passengers on Presque Isle Park. Two women clearly saw a strange being. John Keel, respected paranormalist, investigated.

The summer of 1966 was a strange one for some Erie residents. Eight gave descriptions of the alien beings they saw. People reported seeing mysterious lights in the sky. Something was eerie in Erie, the city of the canal folk song fame.

Erie UFO Sighting

A glowing object landed on Erie’s Presque Isle Park deserted beach during the night of July 31, 1966, a few hundred feet from a car that was bogged down in the sand with five young people in it.

The terrified witnesses, with no escape, watched. After the craft landed, they saw it send strange rays of light into the woods close by.

A tall dark figure slowly moved awkwardly toward the car, adding to their terror. It scratched the vehicle’s roof, then left.

The witnesses reported the incident to the police. During the investigation the next day, large amounts of silicon and some cone-like indentations were found in the sand where the craft had landed.

Presque Isle police vouched for the sincerity of the witnesses who were still very very scared when they reported the event. Many other Erie residents reported seeing bizarre lights or, as some would say, “UFOs,” in the sky that night.

Additional Comments by Paranormal Investigator Rick Fisher, 2010

... There was the incident at Presque Isle, on the shore of Lake Erie. In 1966, four teens were on a beach and their car got stuck in the sand, Fisher recounted. One went to get help. The remaining three saw a strange light in the sky, then a beam of light shining down and the lighted object descending nearby.

Two police officers arrived and the remaining male in the car offered to show the officers where the object landed. The two females stayed in the stuck car. Soon, Fisher related, the girls said a Bigfoot-looking creature approached and clawed at the car.

The girls hit the horn and flashed the lights. The creature ran off and the flying object quickly flew away.

The next morning, police returned and found scratches on the car, three-toed tracks leading to and away from the car and tripod-type impressions in the sand.

Decades later, a man claimed responsibility for what he said was a hoax. As a boy, he had released a hot-air balloon from his backyard in nearby Erie that had floated to the beach that night, he said.

Yet, that doesn't explain the marks in the sand, Fisher said. (Editor's Note:... or the sighting of the creature).

The force needed to create the impressions would have required a weight of 700 to 1,000 pounds, he said.

"I'm not here to tell you that it was a UFO, but I can tell you it was unexplained," said Fisher.

Sometimes people see things, but they don't want to talk about it, he said.

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http://www.suite101.com/content/eerie-erie-pennsylvania-1966-a60258

http://articles.lancasteronline.com/local/4/338703

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