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The Russian Sleep Experiment

The Russian Sleep Experiment – real facts or internet lore?

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After being posted anonymously to a website called Creepy Pasta, the tale of the Russian sleep experiment has made much doubt whether this story is true or not. Hollywood has welcomed this account of a horrific experiment with open arms and made many adaptations of it. There are even books written on it. But the question still stands – is this just an urban legend? No! According to many conspiracy-minded people, this is a true story leaked from some secret government lab that was later shunned as folklore. Let’s look into the story and find out if something as grotesque as the Russian Sleep Experiment is truly plausible.

The Backdrop

The story takes place in the Soviet Union during the late 1940s. The subjects were five political prisoners, placed into a sealed chamber and exposed to a gas which was supposed to prevent them from sleeping for 30 continuous days. The prisoners were falsely promised freedom if they complete the experiment. They were surveilled through cameras and microphones. A group of scientists kept constant watch through one-way glass and monitored each of their activities. They were provided with books and plenty of food.

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What Transpired

Things went smoothly during the initial 5 days, though it was noted that their discussions were gradually becoming darker by the day. After nine days, one of the subjects began screaming uncontrollably for hours while the others did not react. The subject screamed until he could only produce occasional squeaks, probably having torn his vocal cords. Things turned even stranger when a second captive started screaming, the others tore pages from books and pasted them with their feces on the porthole windows, preventing the researchers from looking inside. Then things went quiet.

After 3 days of silence, the scientist began to worry as they noticed heavy oxygen consumption but not a single sound. On the 14th day, when the researchers announced the immediate release, a calm voice responded saying that they no longer want to be freed.

What Transpired

Unable to get any more response, the researchers decided to flush the stimulating gas and open the chamber on the 15th day. To their horror, they discover that the four surviving subjects have performed lethal and severe mutilation during the past days, including tearing off flesh and muscles, removing multiple abdominal internal organs, and eating them. The subjects violently refused to leave the chamber and begged for more stimulants. After forcefully bringing them out of the chamber, it was noted that the remaining subjects immediately died if put to sleep.

Seeing all this, one researcher could bear no longer and shot a subject as well as a staff member. With only one surviving subject, the researcher demanded to know what he is, to which the subject simply replied “We are you. We are the madness that lurks within you all, begging to be free at every moment in your deepest animal mind. We are what you hide from in your beds every night. We are what you sedate into silence and paralysis when you go to the nocturnal haven where we cannot tread”. *

The researcher then shoots the subject and kills himself as well.

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Back to Reality

There is no historical data that backs up this account and after many scientific experiments, it was noted that the events that took place in this story are humanly impossible. Sleep deprivation can lead up to death in rare cases but cannot change one’s moral or overall behavior to the extent that they become cannibals. And so it is clear that the Russian Sleep Experiment is just a work of pure fiction. However, true or not, this creepy story is enough to make you stay awake at nights (or force you to sleep quicker).

*Citation from CREEPYPASTA Wiki

A Hike to Death

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Many of us have a shared dream of backpacking, trekking, and traveling across the world. Bonfires, cold camps, music, and starlit skies are what we envision in our private dreams of wanting to run away and be free. Who thinks that this innocuous outdoor activity could be the last thing we will ever do? Sure, accidents can occur but if there is one thing that can caution you from any dreams about hiking and camping through mountains, then it is the 1959 Dyatlov Pass Incident.

 

Have you heard about it?

 

It’s a harrowing tale about 9 young skiers – university-going students – who went hiking on the Russian Ural Mountains to never return. What was meant to be a short trek and camping trip went majorly south. The story goes that these nine students made camp on the slope of Kholat Syakhl mountain and went to sleep. But something happened. In the middle of the night, the students ran out of their camps, not dressed in proper gear to survive the cold of the night, and began to flee. What were they running from? We still don’t know.

 

They soon died of hypothermia. But if this was all, then it would have been okay. However, the manner of their death was nothing short of gruesome: bodies with missing eyes, tongue, major physical trauma, and more. You might think this was an attack by some human – a serial murderer – after all the 1960s and 70s are remembered in the US as years of serial murderers coming to the fore. But if you think this, you might be wrong.

 

An astounding finding of the investigation reveals that high levels of radiation were found on the body of one camper. What could this possibly mean? A further finding stated that the force of the physical trauma on the victims’ bodies was too strong to have been caused by a human being. Could it have been some beast instead? Well, the bodies were not mauled enough to suggest any bestial interference.

 

At the end, the Russian task force enigmatically asserted that there was some “compelling natural force” that caused these deaths. After 31 years, the public prosecutor assigned to this case, a man named Lev Ivanov, proposed that the Dyatlov Pass Incident was somehow related to fireballs in the sky – believed by some to be Russian nuclear tests and by others to be extraterrestrial beings.

 

Military Experiment? 

 

There have been talks in the Russian underground information groups, not monitored by the government, that this so-called incident occurred because the unfortunate group of kids stumbled upon some military experiment high up in the mountains. Forced to flee camp by the KGB, the hikers could have been killed by the Russian state security which is known in history for its brutality. If there is evidence supporting this explanation, we don’t know of it, not even in the declassified files of the Soviet Union which came out in the 1990s.

 

Secret Infrasound?

 

A scientific explanation sought to suggest that a Karman vortex sheet, a weather phenomenon, that emits a low frequency was behind this event. This bizarre and strange natural phenomenon occurs when win patterns create infrasound that can cause harmful physiological and psychological symptoms. It was suggested by Donnie Eichar, author of a book called Dead Mountain: The Untold True Story of the Dyatlov Pass Incident, that on the unfortunate night at Kholat Syakhl, the winds were too strong and created intense waves of infrasound which drove the hikers into mass hysteria and severe panic.

 

As interesting as this explanation is, the question remains, why would eyes and tongues of the hikers go missing is this was just because of some severe panic attack that led them to die?

 

…. Unexplainable Force? 

 

As we begin to run out of possible explanations that tie all the dots together in this terrible incident, it becomes tempting to suggest what the initial investigators did: a compelling ‘natural force’ did this. In 2019, this case was opened for reinvestigation and it was concluded this incident occurred due to an avalanche or a hurricane – implying that no crime occurred. There are still unanswered questions, however. How and why did human body parts disappear? What ‘natural force’ could possibly yank out the eyes and tongues of people? Why would it want to? Like it or not, we think it has to do something with aliens even though this explanation mystifies the incident much more. It’s not like we will ever find out. Or will we?

 

The Mysterious “Space” Music

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On May 1969, just a couple of months before Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin made their historic moon landing, three NASA astronauts aboard Apollo 10 were orbiting the moon. Everything was going pretty smoothly for a dress rehearsal of sorts for the actual moon landing mission. These astronauts were on a mission to test the technology that allowed the rocket’s lunar lander module to detach and re-attach to the command module. But while Apollo 10’s modules were separated for several hours, the crew members began hearing strange sounds on their radio. This seemed quite odd to them as they were passing over the far side of the moon, beyond the reach of any earthly signals. The three startled crew members somehow managed to capture the strange noise on an audio recording. They later described the whistling sound as “outer-spacy,” “weird,” and “eerie.”

An episode of the Science Channel series “NASA’s Unexplained Files” recounts the conversation and includes this audio clip.

The three astronauts on board were Eugene Cernan, Thomas Stafford, and John Young. The trio were really spooked out, they felt the sounds were so strange that they wouldn’t be taken seriously if they reported this back to NASA. They even feared they would be dropped from future space missions. The whistling sound lasted almost an hour. Eventually, the recordings were sent back to Mission Control where they were transcribed, archived and classified.

Although there is no record of the astronauts discussing the noise with higher authorities, the conversation was eventually unearthed in 2008. The mystery still remains till date of what actually those eerie sound and they were never heard again. The three astronauts eventually did go back to space on separate missions; John Young walked on the moon as the commander of Apollo 16. Eugene Cernan became the last man to walk on the moon. Stafford went back to space but never to the moon. The trio still gets goosebumps when thinking of the outer-space “music”.

 

Over the decades, scientists have tried to crack this mystery and they came up with many possible explanations. One of which is that the sound resulted from charged particles that interfered with the radio communications between the two separated modules. However, it was also observed that the moon doesn’t have an atmosphere, contradicting this theory. Some scientists have rationalized this creepy sound to have been originated from interference from VHF radios on the command module and lunar module interacting with each other.

Some don’t think these explanations are adequate.

Theorists and UFO enthusiasts believe that this outer-space sound was created by aliens and the radio picked it up. They are sure that what the three astronauts experienced was proof of life in outer space, which was later covered up by NASA to keep the truth from the world. Some even believe that the spirits of ancient astronauts who lost their lives in space were trying to reach out from the world beyond to tell their stories.

NASA has made the recording publicly accessible so head on over to hear this creepy music and give us your thoughts. Do you agree with the scientists and think the whistling sounds were merely interference from VHF radios or do think supernatural beings were trying to communicate with the astronauts? Whatever your thoughts may be, we are sure the creepy “music” is enough to keep you away from radios for good.

 

 

 

The Unsolved Mystery of the Lubbock Lights

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-One of the most famous and well-publicized UFO flaps in the United States history

It all started in a city in Texas called Lubbock, with three friends chatting away in a calm evening of August 25, 1951. The three men namely Dr. W. I. Robinson, professor of geology, Dr. A. G. Oberg, a professor of chemical engineering, and Professor W. L. Ducker, head of the department of petroleum engineering, were enjoying the serenity of the dark summer night, discussing micrometeorites over a cup of tea when at around 9:20 PM, something caught their attention in the sky above. As soon as they looked up, they couldn’t believe their eyes.

Approximately 20-30 lights, as bright as stars but larger in size, zoomed over their heads in a matter of seconds. The mysterious blue-green lights danced across the sky, from horizon to horizon. They looked like luminous beads, arranged in a crescent shape. About an hour later, another similar formation was observed. The professors immediately ruled out meteors as a possible cause for the sighting, though they were not sure what they had seen but were all in agreement – they had witnessed something spectacular.

The three friends were so determined to view the objects again and discover their identity, that they gathered again on September 5, 1951, along with two other professors from Texas Tech. It wasn’t long when the lights flew overhead and this time, the men were able to get a better view. There were about a dozen lights that appeared to be about the size of a dinner plate, absolutely circular in size. They were greenish-blue, slightly fluorescent in color, giving the professors an eerie feeling. They observed one formation of lights flying above a thin cloud at about 2,000 feet; this allowed them to calculate that the lights were traveling at over 600 miles per hour. They excitedly discussed the sightings among themselves before going to the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal with all their observations. The professors were given credibility due to their impressive background and an investigation called Project Bluebook was assigned to take place led by U.S. Air Force Captain Edward J. Ruppelt.

 

It was soon discovered that these professors weren’t apparently not the only people who witnessed the phenomenon. In fact, by the time the government got involved, there were hundreds of sightings over a period of two weeks. Between August and November, many claimed to see these light formations. Often glowing lights that appeared to be oriented along the edges or bottom in a “V” or “U” shaped “flying wing.” While many locals offered incomplete or poorly expressed recollections, a 19-year old freshman at Texas Tech named Carl Hart Jr. had physical proof; he had managed to capture this strange spectacle on his Kodak 33-mm camera. On the evening of August 30, 1951, Carl was looking out of the window of his room when he observed a group of white lights in a “v” formation flying overhead. Hart took his camera and walked to the backyard of his parents’ home where he managed to snap five pictures before the lights disappeared. After having the photos developed, Hart took them to the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal’s editor, Jay Harris for $10. The photos soon became the public face of what is now called “The Lubbock Lights.” These pictures were even featured in Life Magazine, further boosting the mystery of the strange UFO phenomena. Many claimed that Hart’s photos were fake, analyzing them numerous times over the years, only to be proven frustratingly inconclusive. The authenticity these photographs are highly debated although Hart has consistently claimed them to be genuine. Till date, the five snaps are some of the most famous UFO photos ever to be taken.

As the Lubbock Lights were becoming a nationwide sensation, there were a lot of theories popping up as to what they could be. Weather balloons, birds reflecting street lights, top secret experimental aircraft, satellites, meteorites, practically anything one can think of to give a logical explanation of this phenomena. Yet, nothing seemed to really completely fit what the locals witnessed. The strange case of Lubbock Lights still remains unsolved. Very little progress has been made in determining just what exactly took place. What was this atmospheric phenomena? Or a naturally-occurring electrical phenomenon? Was it some experiments with aircraft or rockets, birds, or meteorites? What makes this case very baffling is the amount of individuals who witnessed it, and who still stand by the idea that this was something from beyond their conventional understanding. Whatever the Lubbock Lights were, they have gone on to become a much-discussed and puzzling mass UFO sightings.

There have been many reports around the world of similar sightings. Like in the regions of Hessdalen, we often hear of the semi-famous Hessdalen Lights, comprising of ghostly illuminations that take to the skies over the valley in rural central Norway. A similar phenomenon known as the Brown Mountain Lights took place halfway across the world over in the heart of the Smoky Mountains. A series of ghost lights reported occasionally over the years has done well at becoming a defined presence among legends and ghost stories of the region. Marfa, another city in Texas, has its own variety of odd earthlight phenomenon, as well as Michigan’s Paulding lights, and the similar occurrence believed to have taken place further south near Oviedo, Florida. And these sightings don’t stop there, there are countless instances that involve the ghostly “Will o’ the Wisp” in European folklore where atmospheric lights are seen by travelers at night.

As you might have concluded, these formation of lights have filled the earth’s skies time and over yet even experts have no concrete explanation. What do you think? Are these really signs of existence from our intergalactic neighbors?

From Zombies to Aliens – The Lost Colony of Roanoke

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One of the most intriguing mysteries to haunts Americans till date – What actually happened to the lost colonists of Roanoke?

One of America’s oldest unsolved mysteries can be traced to back to 1587, when a group of settlers arrived from England to Roanoke Island (now North Carolina), led by John White. The settlers were the third group to arrive on the island after it had been abandoned by the previous two bands of colonists in 1985. This group wanted to settle in the New World and was not a military expedition as it consisted of mostly families – approximately 127 men, women and children. They rebuilt an outpost on Roanoke Island, 50 miles north of Hatteras with John White, as their governor. White’s daughter Eleanor was also included in this group. She soon gave birth to Virginia Dare, the first English child born in the New World.

Within their first month, the colonists endured attacks from Native Americans and were soon left with scarce food and other supplies. Hence, it was decided that John White would sail back to England in order to bring the necessary supplies back to the colony. White soon took off for England leaving behind 115 colonists including his wife, daughter, and grandchild. But just as he arrived, he discovered that England was on the outbreak of war with Spain. Because of this, White wasn’t able to return to Roanoke for three years and finally when he did return to Roanoke in 1590, to his astonishment, he found no trace of the colony or its inhabitants. The entire colony had been abandoned, the only clues left behind included a single skeleton and the word “Croatoan” carved into one of the trees.

John White made many attempts to find his family and the colony of 115 people but to his dismay, not a single one was found. Centuries have gone by but still no one actually knows what happened to the colonies and its inhabitant, no bodies or signs of a mass grave have ever been found.

There have been many theories brewing up in peoples’ mind, some more farfetched than others, but none have yet been proven. Here are the top ten theories about what may have happened to the colonist of Roanoke Island:

Theory –

#1 –  They moved to the nearby Island called Croatoan

One of the most obvious theories states that the colonists simply ran out of food and migrated to the island 50 miles south of Roanoke, called Croatoan Island. This theory reinforces the clue left behind on the tree as so that when John White eventually comes back, he would know where to find them.

#2 – The settlers were killed by Native Americans

Since tensions were already high between the colonists and the Secotan tribe, it would not be a shocker for the theory of mass murder by the Indians to spark up.

It was also reported that Chief Powhatan, Pocahontas’s father, confessed to John Smith that he executed an entire colony, possibly referring to Roanoke.

#3 – John White poisoned them and fled

Many theorists also believe the colony was not satisfied with John White’s leadership and wanted to replace him. Who, in effect, poisoned the whole colony and went back to England to put up a charade.

#4 – They joined the native tribe

Some researchers think that the colonists split up into smaller groups and dispersed. It is believed that they adapted to the native culture and integrated with different tribes. Archaeologists have even identified the nearby site of a small Native American town named Mettaquem, which may have proof that they had adopted some of the colonists.

#5 – They were cursed by witches

On a more unlikely note, some theories went around that the colonists fell victims to witchcraft. Although there isn’t much evidence to support this theory, it highlights the fact that there was no trace of any of the 115 colonists.

#6 – The colonists were attacked by zombies

Another supernatural possibility that has been considered is a zombie attack. Some believe an undead infection overtook island and wiped off its inhabitants. This also leads to the cannibalism theory that states when food ran short, the colonist started eating each other.

#7 – They suffered from a fatal disease

Coming back to reality, a pandemic could have also played a part in the disappearance of people. It was stated by various tribes in the area that they had seen evidence of the colony fighting against itself. This lead many to wonder if a disease or plague caused the residents’ mental health to suffer.

#8 – They transformed into trees

Foolish as it may seem, this theory developed from the word “Croatoan” being carved into one of the trees on the island, leading people to believe the tribe somehow mystically turned all of the colonists into trees.

#9 – They were possessed by the devil

Widely rumored within tribes, another belief was that the entire colony had been possessed by evil spirits that lingered around the island.

#10 – The whole colony was abducted by aliens 

Wherever and whenever there are unsolved mysteries and bizarre stories, alien abduction always seems to make its way into theories – Roanoke is no different. Many believe these colonists were taken by intergalactic beings. Perhaps the reason why there were not any remains discovered.

Many studies are still in place to uncover the age-old mystery. For now, we are just left with possibilities of what could have happened to one of the first colonies of the New World.