7. John and Adeline Santos
John and Adeline Santos; brother and sister both in their teens started acting strangely and it was more than normal strange for teens. They were visited by visitors from other side, every night at 7.30 pm and this continued from 1.5-3 hrs back in 1925 at Santa Clara, California. According to the kids; Adeline was visited by a lady in white; the ghost of her mother’s former employee who had died five years ago and John believed he was under the spell of a grey bearded man. Only brother and sister could see these visitors from the other side. During their trance state they spoke in voices other than theirs and it readilky assumed that these voices belonged to the spirits. The rumor, as fascinating it was, spread around and people started visiting their house to see it for themselves. A number of theories sprang up, some believed it were the poltergeists, others believed the kids imagination was at work and some called it a hysterical disorder, nevertheless, their mother who believed that her children were going through a genuine experience, sent them to Mission Santa Clare de Asís in the hope that the priests could be able to help them. There is no record available of this family after they sent their children to the priests and we can’t be sure as to what happened to them. One can only speculate if the possessions were real or fake.
6. The Greytown Noises
Passengers aboard the Royal Mail steamer Danube in March 1867 went through a shocking experience. They were anchored near Greytown and kept hearing strange noises at night. What is more surprising that they weren’t the only ones who had heard these noises. Many other sailers aboard their steamships had heard this peculiar sound. Ca[tain Charles Dennehy of the Shannon wrote to Nature magazine about his experience in a letter.
Occurring only in ships with an iron hulled vessel and only at night, the sound was described as monotonous, loud and high pitched. Captain Dennehy described the sound as one with a distinctive ¾ time signature quite similar to that of a waltz which resulted in turning his ship’s hull into a ‘great musical sounding board’. The Captain also said that the source couldn’t be determined since it appeared to be everywhere. After a number of letters reached Nature and Field magazines a number of speculations came into existence. Some blamed fish, other went on to mention sea quakes, gas escaping underwater etc. None of it helped solve the mystery of Greytown noises. We don’t find anymore mention of the sounds after 1871 but there have been other peculiar sounds that are heard at sea at other locations all around the world. Makes one wonder, what might be lurking under the seemingly calm water.
5. Scandinavian Ghost Rockets
Northern European countries had to face quite a bit of a problem when there were skies were invaded with ‘Scandinavian Ghost Rockets’-as they became to be known. This started in 1946 when a sighting was made of an unidentified fiery object in the sky. Countries which were affected are Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Norway. In Finland, in June, witnesses saw a blazing light that left a trail, assumed to be a meteorite until a second such thing took a U-turn in mid-air and went back the way it came from. The lights started to perform aerial acrobatics later on. Hundreds of reports came in describing them having long flaming tails and a speed of above 400 Mph. In August, Swedish pilot who was in a bomber saw one such thing shaped like a torpedo. He tried following it but his bomber couldn’t keep up with the speed of that object. The Swedish government took this whole fiasco quite seriously and formed an investigation committee which came up with a number of hypotheses, all of which were rejected eventually. American and British Government showed their interest as well but no concrete solution was found. The sightings lessened from their high number in 1946 but still continued for years. Since there was no definite answer, the committee ended the investigation with a note that its all imagination and meteorites.
4. Meat shower
Mrs. Allen Crouch, busy in soap making outside her house on March 3, 1876, near Olympian Springs in Bath County, Kentucky, was shocked when it started to shower. Yes, a very interesting question; why was she shocked? Well, because it wasn’t a shower of rain it was a shower of edible and fresh meat. The meat covered an area equivalent of that of a football field. The first one to take a bite of this sky fallen meat was Mrs. Allen Crouch’s cat and she no doubt enjoyed it! No harm came to the cat that had taken the daring step and eaten the peculiar meat. Two Kentucky gentlemen later tasted the meat and gave their verdict that it was either mutton or venison. By July, scientists had taken a lot of interest in this whole ordeal and the samples from field were exciting them and the scientific community. There was quite a debate over the origin of this meat and a number of speculations were put forward; cosmic meat, gelatin that falls during meteorite showers and what not. A local hypothesis was that this was the meat from a dead animal that had been vomited by a large flock of buzzards passing overheard-gross, we know. The true origin of this meat and the shower which baffled the lady and came as a blessing in disguise for her cat remains a mystery.