10 Famous Paranormal Events Debunked

10 Famous Paranormal Events Debunked 10 Alien Autopsy In 1995, Fox wanted to capitalise off the popularity of The X-Files and the country’s fascination with all things alien

From British TV producer Ray Santilli, they purchased a grainy 17 minute video, of men in hazmat suits performing an autopsy on an alien creature Their show ‘Alien Autopsy: Fact or Fiction?’ was a hit, and the world debated the authenticity of the footage It was commonly alleged to have been recovered from a UFO crash site near Roswell, and the rubbery flesh of the creature had countless UFOlogists convinced The film had its critics, but they weren’t proven right until 2006, when Santilli himself debunked the video… kind of Santilli was executive producer on a film, documenting his experiences faking the footage with hired actors and special effects artists

But he bizarrely claimed that he only did this because the real alien autopsy footage that he had was damaged, comparing his footage to someone ‘restoring the Mona Lisa’ 9 Angel’s Glow During the American Civil War, when night fell in the 1862 Battle of Shiloh, certain injured soldiers noticed that their wounds had a faint blue glow to them When they arrived in hospital, these soldiers were more likely to survive their wounds, and even healed faster than those without the ‘Angel’s Glow’ This divine superstition remained the only plausible explanation for almost 140 years

In 2001, microbiologist Phyllis Martin took her son to the Shiloh battlefield, where the story reminded her of a soil bacterium she’d studied called ‘P luminescens’, which gave off a pale blue glow The bacterium lives inside tiny parasitic worms called nematodes, which burrow into things like soil, and vomit up bacteria that kills microorganisms inside P Luminescens can’t survive at human body temperature, but soldiers outside in wet cold soil for days may have had low enough body temperatures to sustain the bacterium, which cleaned their wounds and saved them in return

8 The Miracle of the Sun In 1917, three young girls in Portugal were walking home, when they claimed to encounter the Virgin Mary, who told the children she would reappear each month Naturally, this piqued people's interest, and 6 months later, around 70,000 people gathered for Mary’s final return While thousands reported seeing nothing, thousands more reported the sun moving in the sky, accompanied by dancing colours and lights The 10 minute long ‘Miracle of the Sun’ is believed by many to have been a bona fide miracle

However, experts have other ideas Instead, they believe people witnessed a ‘sundog’, a patch of light that sometimes appears next to the sun As for the dancing colours, that can simply be attributed to thousands of people staring at the sun too long, which is generally advised against The woman the children saw is harder to explain, although any woman could simply have encountered them and claimed to be the Virgin Mary 7

Sky Trumpets Since 2013, people across the world have reported inexplicable loud noises described invariably as ‘sky trumpets’ The sounds have been attributed to a number of different sources, like invading alien spaceships and the coming of the apocalypse, but actually has a variety of explanations The sounds can be attributed to several natural occurrences, like earthquakes below the earth’s surface too small to cause shaking, as was the case for scientist David Hill The sound he heard coincided with such an earthquake, that he calculated could have transmitted audible noises of the cracking crust Several videos of the phenomenon have also been outed as hoaxes

Audio expert Richard Dolmat noticed the exact same pattern of birds in the audio of multiple videos, and deduced that each one had been using the same sound effect He was even able to break down the fake sound effect used in each to an alligator roar, two lion roars, some white noise, a stone dragging on concrete and three waterphones 6 The Blue People Of Kentucky French orphan Martin Fugate settled in the hills of Eastern Kentucky in 1820, where he met and married a woman named Elizabeth Smith The Fugates had 7 children, 4 of which had striking blue skin

For over 100 years, this trait of alien-blue skin continued in the Fugate family tree It wasn’t until more than 150 years later that science even offered any answer other than ‘invaders from outer space’ In fact, the Fugates suffered from an extremely rare blood disorder Instead of the red hemoglobin that gives normal skin its pink tint, the condition gave the Fugates excess levels of Methemoglobin, which as you’ve guessed, is blue The condition is so rare because it requires both parents to carry a defective gene, which by some miracle, Martin and Elizabeth both did

As to how the condition lasted so long in the Fugate clan, it was a classic case of generations of inbreeding 5 Marfa Lights For over 135 years now, Texas has been home to a collection of strange floating lights commonly reported above Mitchell Flat in Marfa These multicoloured lights are about the size of basketballs, and hover above the ground, splitting and dancing in no discernible pattern These are used as evidence for many of UFOs, but the phenomenon was debunked by students from the University of Texas at Dallas

They found that the amount of lights witnessed directly correlated to the amount of traffic on the nearby Highway 67 They were even able to trace the position of certain lights against specific cars they were tracking They concluded that the lights just were a mirage, caused by the atmosphere reflecting lights from cars, and lamps before that Mirages that float above the ground like this are known as a superior mirage or ‘Fata Morgana’ They occur when warm air rests upon a layer of cooler air, and are even common in Texas deserts

4 The Disappearance Of Fred Valentich Pilot Fred Valentich was an ardent believer in UFOs until 1978, when he disappeared without a trace over the Bass Strait in Australia In his final radio transmissions, he reported an unidentified aircraft with four bright lights following him, then orbiting him, despite no traffic appearing on the radar This lasted for five minutes, before he claimed ‘it isn’t an aircraft’, and a metallic scraping sound ended his transmissions Though conspiracy theorists cry abduction, Valentich was an inexperienced pilot, and was believed to have crashed

But there’s a much simpler explanation most experts subscribe to: Valentich was flying upside down Pilots can commonly become disoriented like this, and it would explain that the ‘shiny metallic craft’ was simply the water beneath him reflecting his planes lights Pilots who studied the transmissions in 2013 also explained that the ‘orbiting’ sensation could be explained by a so-called ‘graveyard spiral’, which likely took Valentich’s life 3 Football Game UFO In October 1954, around 10,000 football fans gathered in the Stadio Artemio Franchi to watch Fiorentina play rivals Pistoiese , when the referee’s match report shows the game had to be suspended because spectators had seen something in the sky

Club legend Ardico Magnini [Arr-dee-koh] remembers seeing ‘something that looked like an egg’ moving slowly across the sky, dropping ‘silver glitter’ to the ground It only lasted a few minutes, but was followed by similar UFO sightings across town, with a similar silvery shine But according to astronomer James McGaha, it was something much scarier than aliens: spiders Based on the time of year, he believes the football fans witnessed a mass spider migration, where spiders spin very thin webs to link together and use them as a sail in the wind These occurrences have been recorded at up to 14,000 feet, where the sun shining through web creates visual effects similar to those witnessed

2 The Bermuda Triangle The Bermuda Triangle is among conspiracy theorists’ favourite locations As the story goes, what goes into the triangle doesn’t come out, as evidenced by the minimum 1000 lives that have been lost in the 700,000km spread of sea in the last 100 years This has been attributed to everything from alien portals to the lost city of Atlantis, but actually has a list of normal explanations This includes ships and planes that have been added to the list of ‘vehicles missing in the triangle’ that no one bothered to correct when they later showed up safe

But according to Australian scientist Dr Karl Kruszelnicki, it also includes widely misinterpreted data The triangle is among the most heavily travelled shipping lanes in the world, and suffers the weather conditions of being located next to the equator, and Kruszelnicki explains that the number of missing vehicles is ‘the same as anywhere in the world on a percentage basis’ 1 The Amityville Horror The Amityville Horror is perhaps the most famous case of alleged demonic possession The story began when Ronald DeFeo Jr

killed 6 members of his family in Amityville in 1974 In his insanity plea, DeFeo claimed that demonic voices told him to, but was sentenced to life in prison The next year, the Lutz family moved into the DeFeo house, but fled 28 days later, after a series of paranormal occurrences within the house This, the subsequent book about it and movies supposedly ‘based on a true story’, cemented the idea that the demons were real, but that they resided in the house itself This was met with skepticism, especially by Researcher Rick Moran, who found over 100 factual inaccuracies in the book

Cries of fakery were confirmed in 1979, when DeFeo’s lawyer admitted he and the Lutzes made up the story to get his client a retrial and to earn the Lutzes some money, which its safe to say they did

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