History Series Goes in Search of the Lost Giants

New History Channel series Search for the Lost Giants follows Jim and Bill Vieira as they explore the existence of giants in the ancient world.
New History Channel series follows the search for the lost skeletons of ancient giants

In the early 20th century, there was a bizarre wave of articles sweeping the news about the discovery of giant skeletons all over America. If the newspapers are to be believed, remains of humans seven feet tall or more, often described as having double rows of teeth and other abnormalities, were unearthed in large numbers during this time.

But if these numerous accounts are true, where are these giant skeletons now?

It is commonly believed that they were nothing more than fantastic stories devised to sell newspapers. Some, however, believe these were the remains of the Nephilim, the mysterious race of giants discussed in the book of Genesis who inhabited the antediluvian world. They were the offspring of the “sons of God” and the “daughters of men.”

Another interesting aspect of this perspective is the theory that the Smithsonian is responsible for the missing giant skeletons, hiding them away to cover up their existence.

Whatever the truth may be, it’s a fascinating topic that is finally going to be explored the way it deserves by way of an entertaining, maybe even somewhat scientific new series from the History channel.

Search for the Lost Giants will follow researchers Jim and Bill Vieira on a quest to find evidence of ancient giants, which promises to be a great watch. Even if they find nothing because the Smithsonian has conspired to censor their evidence.

Search for the Lost Giants premiers November 4th at 10/9C.

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Piece of Amelia Earhart’s Plane Identified

A piece of aluminum debris that most likely belongs to Amelia Earhart's plane

For 77 years, the mystery of Amelia Earhart’s disappearance in 1937, during an attempt to fly around the world at the equator, has persisted. While the details of her fate are still nothing more than conjecture, new research has identified what is almost certainly a piece of Earhart’s missing plane.

In 1991, a piece of aluminum debris known as Artifact 2-2-V-1 was discovered on the Kiribati island of Nikumaroro. The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery has identified the debris (report here) as a patch installed on Earhart’s Lockheed Electra 10E during a stop in Miami before she vanished.

This means the theory that Earhart crashed into the Pacific Ocean is likely not the case. She may have run out of gas and remained stranded on Nikumaroro with her navigator Fred Noonan.

A search will be held in June of 2015 to investigate an “anomaly” off the coast of Nikumaroro that is the right size and shape to be the wreckage of Earhart’s plane. They will also be searching the surrounding reef for bits of wreckage, and the island itself for a evidence of a campsite.

via Discovery

Escaping the Grave: Listen to Houdini’s Final Seance on Halloween Night, 1936

Could Houdini escape the grave? After ten years of Halloween seances, this recording was the last attempt to contact him in the afterlife.

It was said somewhere that if anyone could have escaped the afterlife, it would have been Harry Houdini. The famed illusionist could escape from anything, including straight jackets and prison cells.

Later in life, Houdini became devoted to discrediting the rising belief in spiritualism. He felt spiritualists, who claimed to be able to communicate with the dead, were doing nothing more than taking advantage of grieving family members. Houdini made a pact with his wife, Bess, that if he died he would attempt to contact her with a coded message only they would know.

The world’s greatest escape artist died on October 31st, 1926 from a ruptured appendix. Bess held an annual Halloween seance for ten years in an attempt to break through into the spirit world. The secret message never came through – Harry never made contact from beyond the grave.

After years of silence, Bess decided the October 31st, 1936 seance (heard in the recording above) would be the last. She gave up hope and wished Harry a good night.

Houdini challenging a spiritualist at the Hippodrome in 1925

The seances continued, however, and have been performed every year since. Sid Radner, a protege of Harry’s brother Theo Hardeen, resumed the tradition and kept it going through the decades. The small group of people who gather every year have reported some strange occurrences, but so far Houdini has not made his escape.

Grave of the Torryburn Witch Found in Scotland

The grave of a witch in Torryburn, Scotland

In 1704, an old poor woman in Torryburn, Scotland named Lilias Adie confessed to being a witch and having sex with the devil. She died in prison, however, before she could be tried, sentenced and burned at the stake.

She was buried in the muck of the coast with a large rock slab over her, most likely to prevent her corpse being reanimated by the devil to have sex with other witches.

Sometime in the late 19th century, her skull and other bits were dug up and sold. Her skull ended up in the St Andrews University Museum, where it was photographed before being lost, much like the grave itself.

The skull of the Torryburn witch stolen on display in the St Andrews University Museum

Though the location of Lilias’ skull remains a mystery, the BBC reports that Fife Council archaeologist Douglas Speirs and his crew recently discovered the grave by following 19th century descriptions of the location. Speirs says it is likely some of the witch’s remains may still be found beneath the stone slab.

Recent: Face of the Torryburn witch revealed in digital reconstruction

DNA Solves Foss Lake Mystery

DNA confirms the identities of six bodies found in Oklahoma’s Foss Lake last year, solving decades-old missing persons cases.
DNA confirms the identities of six bodies found in Oklahoma's Foss Lake

In 2013, while testing sonar equipment in Oklahoma’s murky Foss Lake, Police discovered two cars rusting side by side at the bottom of the lake. When the cars were brought to the surface, three sets of human remains were found in each car.

The cars, a blue 1969 Camaro and a 1952 Chevrolet, were immediately believed to be part of two 40-year-old missing persons cases. According to officials, DNA has confirmed the identity of bodies found in Foss Lake to be those of six persons who went missing in 1969 and 1970.

Teenagers Jimmy Allen Williams, Leah Gail Johnson and Thomas Michael Rios were last seen heading for a football game in the Camaro Williams had just bought six days earlier. The other car contained the remains of an older group. John Alva Porter, Cleburn Hammack and Nora Marie Duncan were last seen near Foss Lake when they were “given a push” to help get their car started in 1969.

Examinations of the cars indicated the engines had been running when they entered the water. Autopsies of the remains revealed the cause of death for all six passengers to be drowning.

The deaths have been ruled accidental.

via CNN