The 6 Most Eerily Convincing Ghost Videos on YouTube

YouTube is full of “This is totally real, guys” ghost videos, and if you don’t spend at least one night around Halloween browsing through a bunch of them, you’re not truly getting into the spirit of the holiday. Here are what we consider the most eerily convincing videos in the genre.*

*Note: Science has found zero empirical evidence for the existence of ghosts, aliens, demons or any other supernatural creatures, and these videos will surely not fool an expert in video fakery. Unless he or she watches them alone, late at night, in the dark. Then they become very convincing.

#6. The Levitating Girl


It’s just a dude strolling through the woods in Russia, when he sees something … weird:

Approximately 99 percent of “supernatural” videos can be revealed as hoaxes simply by asking “Why was anyone filming this?” As much as Cloverfield and The Blair Witch Project have attempted to convince us otherwise, people usually don’t have cameras glued to their faces unless they know someone is about to be shot out of a cannon or something. So that’s our question as soon as this video opens:


Twist ending: The dog is actually several smaller dogs in a suit.

A Russian man is out filming his dog in the woods, waiting for something quantifiably adorable to happen. Maybe the dog was supposed to do a backflip or something. Instead, he runs off, having apparently sensed black magic in the trees. The cameraman chases after him and stumbles across these two girls and holy shit, one of them is flying:


“Honey, can you bring me the stepladder? Yeah, she’s stuck in the air again.”

The older girl in orange watches appraisingly as the tiny one in red floats 10 feet above the ground. Camera Manikov steps in for a closer look, making all of the noise in the world as he does so, and the girls spot him. The hovering child drops back down to earth and the two run off.


They would have flown off, but they’d expended their spell slots for the day.

Now, the obvious answer here is that the girl is on a wire. There’s even a convenient gap in the filming — as the guy is moving in closer, the camera is pointed at the ground for a second or two, and when it snaps back up, the little girl is already back on the ground. We don’t ever actually see her descend, which if wires were involved would be a dead giveaway. You’d see her tilting awkwardly or her clothes pulling up at odd angles wherever the wires were attached, even if she were wearing a harness. So clearly, she’s being held aloft by wires that are connected somewhere in the trees …


Yeah, you see — right … hm …

Um, in the … uh, trees …


Right in that one area …

Or maybe a crane? Someone could’ve, you know, moved a crane out there to the left or right of the girls and tied a harness to that …


Sure, let’s go with that.

Ok, well, it’s probably just … CGI or green screen or something. Maybe it’s a viral ad created by a tourism bureau in Russia designed to ensure we never, ever go to Russia. Or, if we do, that we never enter the woods alone. Mission accomplished, guys!

Also, are we racists for finding the foreign videos creepier? Like this next one…

#5. The Headless Ghost

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In this video, we have four kids wandering around looking for a ghost in an abandoned school in Iraq (one description says India, but since they’re speaking Arabic we’ll go with Iraq). The boys are kind of wandering aimlessly through stairwells and empty classrooms for a solid two minutes, which would arouse suspicion under our “Why is anyone filming this?” rule if not for the fact that we know they are explicitly waiting for the lights to suddenly dim and for a hallway full of disembodied 19th century clothes to start doing the Monster Mash. That doesn’t happen. What happens is much creepier:

About halfway through, while conducting yet another unremarkable sweep of a hollowed-out classroom, they seem to find what they are looking for:


Which they celebrate by not acknowledging it or reacting in any way.

A headless goddamned ghost appears right in goddamned front of them. You literally see it materialize on camera — of all the entries on this list, this is the one you absolutely have to watch (here’s a shorter version that cuts right to the ghost if you don’t have 4 free minutes). Seriously, your mind will be blown like Eric Stoltz’s penis in The Rules of Attraction. As they swing the camera lazily through the room, the ghost just walks very purposefully toward them like it’s delivering a pizza, while a long, low moan emanates from its phantom lungs.


“I should never have started smoking ghoooOOOooost cigarettes!”

Surely at this point our ghost hunters are propelling themselves the hell out of that school on pants-shredding jets of crimson-tinged fear diarrhea. Except they aren’t. In fact, they have no reaction at all, and they continue scouring in the haunted building for another two boring minutes until the clip ends. (At least the “moaning” isn’t coming from the ghost — it’s the beginning of a call to prayer in a neighboring mosque. You hear the service continue throughout the rest of the video.)

YouTube commenters seem to think the ghost is simply one of the boys who went to go look out the window; that the bright light coming through obscures his head and gives him a washed-out ghostly look for the camera. But again, watch the video — when the camera sweeps across the floor a few seconds earlier, nobody is standing there:

And it really does look like a translucent figure materializes into an empty freaking room. You can even see it beginning to bleed out of the wall and take shape when the cameraman first shakily stumbles in:


Maybe the dude was just wearing really translucent clothing that day.

If this is all an accident of the lighting and their shitty cell-phone cameras, then it was a lucky damned accident, considering they were specifically there to hunt ghosts in what they thought was a haunted abandoned building. If they doctored the video with effects later, then this is a remarkably subtle job. These are giggling teenagers goofing around, and we’re pretty sure they gave us a creepier ghost effect than any of the Paranormal Activity movies. So good job, guys — you successfully creeped us out, one way or another.

#4. The Jakarta Angel

You’ve got to love security camera ghost footage. Black and white, low-res, easy to fake. So you see a video like this on YouTube and expect the “Jakarta Angel” to be some bright blur, probably a lightning bug that landed on the camera. Instead, you get this:

This security footage from Cilandak Square in Jakarta, Indonesia, starts on a relatively empty public square at night. Then, about 7 seconds in, a big, bright, winged thing plops down onto the pavement like one of Zeus’ electric titanshits, then bounces out of sight less than a second later:


“Whoops, never mind! Thought I saw a virgin.”

A group of bystanders rush onscreen, flocking to where the creature landed and searching around like maybe it dropped its keys:


“Proof of the afterlife is one of things on our scavenger hunt list!”

It almost looks like it could be viral marketing for something like Diablo III or a new season of Supernatural, but the footage has been floating around for over a year now and so far no one has claimed it. One part of your brain knows this is just a computer-generated effect. But goddamn, did they do a good job — notice how the glow from the flaming angel beast even lights up the structure on the opposite side of the frame:


And the light from the “angel” has a strange weight to it — you can see it pulse outward at the bottom as it suddenly gains mass after striking the ground. Anyway, maybe a Pixar animator got bored and threw this together just to mess with people. After contacting all of his or her friends in Jakarta, Indonesia, to stage it. Including, of course, his or her friends with access to the security footage of that particular public square.

The alternative is that a seraph chose to rocket all the way down to Earth for, like, 2 damn seconds in front of what appears to be a laundromat. Maybe someone carelessly dropped one of those limited-edition 50 State Quarters, and it really needed Wyoming to complete its collection.

While we’re on the “fallen angel” genre …

#3. The Fallen Angel of Catalonia

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When a video begins with a couple of guys crashing through the woods at night like one of those “searching for Bigfoot” specials on The History Channel, you can already tell that it isn’t going to end well (and that they aren’t going to find Bigfoot). That’s the case with this video, reportedly shot in the woods of Catalonia, Spain (hence all the Spanish):

The two men are apparently investigating strange noises. It’s not totally unbelievable that they would want to bring a camera along — strange noises potentially mean a large and equally strange creature, so it would behoove them to get it on tape. As they follow the noises, they start to find giant white feathers, which honestly are kind of out of place in the middle of the forest, seeing as oversized swans and/or geese typically don’t go tearing through the underbrush at midnight:


But raptors do.

Here’s where an optimistic person would think, “Oh, this is probably some inspirational Christian video, and they’ll run into a white-robed woman who will smile and offer them tidings of comfort and joy!” That is not what happens.

Eventually the men come across what at first appears to be a person crouched in some gnarled bushes, but when the creature turns to look at them, all of that “person” bullshit goes out the window:


“Oh, what a relief, it’s just chupacabra.”

If you freeze-frame it, you can see that while the thing may be humanoid in appearance, its eyes are badly sunken in, its head and face seem overly large (and awfully pale), and its pupils catch every ounce of the virtually nonexistent light coming from the camera. So, it’s either a seriously haggard meth addict with Riddick-like powers who wandered out into the woods of Spain to scream at the talking scorpions living beneath his fingernails, or it’s someone in heavy monster makeup. Most likely, it’s the latter and the whole thing was staged by a couple of friends wanting to either get on the news or become Internet famous. It’s not even that great of a costu- … wait, what are those, stumps on its back?


“Listen, I know I should be focused on this other worldly discovery, but we really need to get him to a dermatologist.”

You know, it looks like it used to have wings … until someone (or something) ripped them off.

Well, someone could have built those out of plastic or latex and fastened them to … uh, their deteriorating drug-addicted friend’s back, solely for the purpose of a detail that’s never clearly focused on and is mostly obscured by the curling skeletal fingers of tree branches. In the middle of the woods. In the middle of the night.

You know what’s totally lame? The woods. Only losers go into the woods, ever, for any reason.

#2. The Disneyland Ghost

Right away this video is suspicious just from the description — a ghost hanging around the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland? That’s a fake haunted house. Why would any realm-shambling specter waste its time in a place where people are expecting to see automated rocking chairs and Muppets dressed up like phantoms? It just seems like that would be super boring.

Anyway, the video starts with someone (presumably a security guard) filming a bank of four monitors displaying video feeds from four different cameras in the park, near the Haunted Mansion attraction:

He (or she — we really have no way of knowing, because the camera operator never speaks) zooms in on one screen for what initially is no apparent reason. But then it slowly becomes clear:


“John, if this is another one of those screamer videos? I swear to Christ …”

It just looks like a smudge in our still shots, but in motion it’s a clear yet transparent human figure, merrily strolling down the path like someone out to test their new Predator cloaking device. The guard tracks it across all four screens as it walks right through the closed gate, crosses the street and then struts out over the river before fading from view:


It didn’t even buy a Mickey ears hat.

So what is it? It’s clearly a person (or the shade of a person) just kind of jaunting along like a haunted iPod commercial, but what could produce that image on the security feed? A lot of YouTube comments jump to the conclusion that it’s a reflection on the monitor, which would make sense if the room the monitors are in were about 60 feet long, and wide enough for someone to stand far enough away to make the appropriate scale and to walk a long enough distance to cast a seamless reflection on all four screens. Beyond that, the screens are stacked, not side by side, meaning the security office would have to be two stories tall and the person casting the reflection would have to teleport from the top level to the bottom level midstride in order to maintain the illusion. Either that or the reflection is being made by a very tiny man.

Then there’s this shot:

Again, it’s easier to see in motion, but that’s the figure appearing on two cameras simultaneously, which means it pretty much has to be something that is actually on the video. In other words, we have to stand back in awe, if not at the existence of Disneyland ghosts, but at whoever went through the shitload of time and effort this took.

It would (presumably) have to be CGI that was doctored directly onto the security tapes and then filmed on a separate camcorder during playback. Maybe the guard stole four separate tapes of footage, took them home to add the effects on each one and then brought them back to the park to play them on the security bank in perfect sync without anybody noticing. After all, it’s not Air Force One, it’s Disneyland. How hardcore could security possibly get? Well, they do have four cameras monitoring a single walkway …


Not to mention all the cameras in the bathrooms.

Uh, maybe it’s part of the ride?

#1. The Hand Demon

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If there is an Internet video out there creepier than this one, we’re not sure we want to see it:

This video starts with someone running through their house swinging a camera around while what sounds like an air-raid siren drones in the background. At first, it seems like maybe a hurricane is raging outside and he’s making a video inventory for the insurance company:


“That’s the 108” LED TV, complete with Bose stereo system and all six seasons of 30 Rock.”

But when the horror starts, it’s anything but subtle. And by that we mean that when the cameraman gets to the bedroom, everything becomes a Tool video. He switches on a flashlight as bizarre, pale-grey arms begin growing down from the ceiling. First it’s just a few, but soon it’s a dozen or more:


To be fair, his friends did warn him about the dangers of leaving a high-five hanging.

Then, several spindly baby arms reach up from under the door and flex against the doorjamb like tiny soot-covered Hulkamaniacs:


This is not how one goes about breaking down a door.

More hands start grasping out of the wall, even coming straight through one of his posters, because phantom chimney-sweep forearms care nothing for personal belongings:

He pans over to one undisturbed patch of wall just as a surprisingly benign eye appears and blinks at him:


“Oh, sorry, I usually wait until you’re asleep to start watching you.”

Finally, a creature made out of a wriggling mass of hands and fingers forms in the center of the room. It gives him a few seconds to dye his pants brown before it attacks him.


Its superpower is groping people on subways.

The fact that this is CGI is as obvious as the crap in our pants that appeared after watching it. But that’s some goddamned well-made CGI — see how the light is reflecting off of the skin of the arms?

It’s … you know, almost like that flashlight really is shining on something in the room …


The giant hand-creature in the immediate foreground?

Again, totally fake. And again, try going to bed tonight without imagining a dozen tiny black baby arms reaching under the gap beneath your closet door. That’s what horror is all about — you watch these at work, during the day and your rational brain writes it off as some film student’s demo reel. Watch it again, at night, alone and you will believe in ceiling hands.

 Source: Cracked

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The Astrophysicist’s Alphabet

Image credit: Galaxy Zoo.

Image credit: Galaxy Zoo.

“When I was having that alphabet soup, I never thought that it would pay off.” –Vanna White

Ever want an A-to-Z illustrated alphabet of astrophysics? Turns out that — other than writing your own via Galaxy Zoo — it doesn’t yet exist. So I thought it would be delightful to make one for you… right now!

A is for Aurora, polar lights fast and slow, the Sun’s hot electrons make the atmosphere glow.

Image credit: Andrew Hamilton of JILA / Colorado, http://jila.colorado.edu/~ajsh/insidebh/schw.html.

B is for Black hole, a star’s collapsed heart, once matter falls in, it will never depart.

C is for Comet, with tails, dust, and ice, a trip near the Sun makes them look very nice!

D is for Doppler, turning galaxies red, if you’re far, you’ll move fast, faster, fastest; you sped!

E is for Eclipse, where the Moon, Earth and Sun cast light-blocking shadows, and cause tons of fun.

F is for Fusion, that powers the stars, nuclei join together, and the light is all ours!

G is for Galaxies, in clusters and groups, with billions to find, no wonder we’re snoops!

H is for Hubble, the telescope from space, the sights it has seen help the whole human race.

I is for Ions, who make gas glow so bright, when they find electrons, we see colorful light.

J is for Jets, from a galaxy’s core, when it eats and spits matter, they’re active once more!

K is for Kelvin, with Helmholtz, stars will cool, so white dwarfs fade to black, it’s a great cosmic rule.

L is for Libration, which makes our Moon rock, it’s a trick of the orbit; it’s tidally locked!

M is for Meteors, which come in a shower, at the right time of year, you’ll see hundreds an hour!

N is for Nebula, planetary, in this case, when the Sun’s out of fuel, this is our fate in space.

O is for Opaque, why the Milky Way’s dark, without dust to block it, starlight would be stark!

P is for Pulsar, a spinning neutron star, as the orbits tick by, we know just when we are.

Q is for Quasars, great radio sources, distant, active galaxies eating like horses!

R is for Rings, all gas giants possess them, even one found in another sun’s system!

S is for Spacetime, which curves due to matter, this Universe-fabric, it bends but won’t shatter!

T is Type Ia, the best known supernova, when White Dwarfs collapse, your distance? We’ll know ‘ya!

U is the Universe, which we’re still understanding, with billions of galaxies, our spacetime’s expanding!

V is for Virgo, our nearest great cluster, with 1000+ galaxies, it’s a massive gut-buster!

W is for wavelength, the energies of light, it’s how we know what atoms are in stars just from sight!

X is for X-rays, which find starbursts (in red), where the most massive galaxies form stars dead ahead.

Y is the Year, where we orbit our Sun, each planet is different; the Earth is just one.

Z is for Zenith, so gaze up towards the sky! The Universe is here; let’s learn whathow and why.

Source: Science Blogs

Are These Images Proof Of Real Time Travel?

Are These Images Proof Of Real Time Travel?

 What if time travel is, ultimately, possible? And what if there’s already proof that people from the future have visited us, and even interacted with civilizations from our ancient past?

What follows are a series of images that many claim are evidence that time travel has already occurred, and that visitors from the future have mingled with cultures throughout history.

Are these stories and photographs real, or hoaxes?

On this occasion, I’ll leave that for you to decide.

Evidence of time travel in Chinese tomb?

Time Traveler's Watch In Chinese Tomb?

In December 2008, Chinese archaeologists allegedly removed the opening of a giant coffin within what was believed to be an undisturbed, 400-year old Si Qing tomb in Shangsi County.

As they removed the soil around the coffin, however, they were shocked and amazed to find this:

A small piece of metal shaped like a watch, with the time frozen at 10:06.

“Swiss” was engraved on the back.

Time Traveler's Watch In Ancient Tomb?

If the tomb was truly undisturbed for 400 years, what could explain the existence of this modern artifact?

Virtual Museum Photo: Time traveler caught on camera?

Time Traveler Caught In Virtual Museum Photo?

The above photo was allegedly found on the Virtual Museum of Canada website, an online repository of “Canada’s rich history and culture.” It’s said to be of the reopening of the South Fork Bridge in the early 1940s in Gold Bridge, B.C., Canada.

But in the photo, something doesn’t belong.

Time traveler at the South Fork Bridge?

Who is this strange individual, seemingly out of place — modern attire and all — in what would otherwise be a perfectly ordinary gathering? Is the photograph real?

Woman on cell phone in 1928?

  

The above video contains a short clip taken from a special feature on the DVD version of Charlie Chaplin’s film, The Circus. In it, we see a relatively mundane shot from the film’s premiere at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in 1928. Two individuals walk across the screen behind a zebra.

But what’s that woman holding to her ear?

Woman on cell phone during Charlie Chaplin film premiere?

A cell phone? A pan-dimensional communication device? Is this a real time traveler?

A Compact Disc case in the 1800s?

A CD case in the early 1800s?

Allegedly, this photo was taken sometime in the 1800s, and appears to be of a man holding what looks like a fancy CD box.

You can see the flap held up by the man’s thumb, but remember: The earliest form of plastic wasn’t invented until the mid-1800s, and (obviously) Compact Discs weren’t in use until the 1980s.

Perhaps it was made of glass? But what was the purpose of this strange box, and was this photo truly taken in the 1800s?

Update: This is not actually a photograph, but rather a crop from a painting. Thanks go to Eddy Pengelly for the correction.

Andrew D. Basiago’s Trip To Gettysburg

Andrew Basiago's Trip To Gettysburg

This final image is courtesy Andrew D. Basiago, who allegedly took part in DARPA’s top secret government operation Project Pegasus back in the 1970s.

The photograph is said to have been taken during one of Basiago’s temporal trips, during which he found himself at Gettysburg on the very day of Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, November 19, 1863.

Basiago is, allegedly, the young boy at center-left.

Says Basiago,

“I am the boy standing in the foreground of the image at center-left, looking to his right. My shoes were lost in the transit through the quantum plenum that took me from the plasma confinement chamber at the time lab in East Hanover, NJ in 1972 to Gettysburg, PA on the day that Abraham Lincoln gave his famous address there in 1863.”

And there you have it. Are these examples of true photographic evidence of time travel? Or nothing more than elaborate hoaxes?

20 Unsolved Mysteries

1. The Creation of Man [ Wikipedia ]

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 This is probably one of the most well known and controversial of mysteries known to man at the moment. The basic mystery is where did we come from?

Many people believe we were created by some kind of God, others believe were naturally came into being through the process of evolution, and some even believe we were put onto earth by aliens.

Because there is no conclusive evidence for either argument, this subject remains our greatest mystery.

The concept of evolution states that through a series of adaptations and mutations from generation to generation, a creature can change dramatically over time.

There are many arguments against evolution, mostly (in the West) from fundamentalist Christian bodies.

The head of the largest Christian Church, Pope Benedict XVI, has recently said that evolution is not contrary to the teachings of the Church or a belief in God as long as it does not exclude God as the primary mover and organiser of the process.

The concept of creationism states that God made the Universe in the form in which it exists today.

It attempts to explain away potential theological problems like dinosaurs, carbon dating, and the fossil record in general.

Creationists generally believe the earth to be several thousand years old.

 Of course there’s also as compelling evidence that humans were a result of 65 (somewhere around that number) DNA genetical experimentation done by “aliens” or higher intelligence by combining animal lifeform with homonids (most closely looking human like creatures.)

This evidence is backed up with just some of the references already available to us:

  1. Ancient Sumerian text (Sumerian civilization is way older then Egyptian, and they recorded everything) mentions the very fact that we humans… are an “aliens experiment”. Source for more info. 

  2. India’s Vedic ancient civilization writings speaks of gods from different star systems and their intervention of existing earth lifeform – modified to create “humans”. 

  3. Multiple top-secret government (including Robert Lazar) engineers, from different decades and totally unrelated professions, have openly told the public they clearly saw references which the government is hiding to this day that humans are aliens genetic creation. Another credible source here. Watch the video. 

  4. Based on evolution, 200,000 years is nowhere near enough to form different races with very different DNA structure (Caucasians, asians, blacks). Source for more info.

Or taking earily humans and advancing them through DNA genetical alteration. Maybe those other 98% of “junk” DNA is not really junk but a high-tech alien encoding that our technology still isn’t able to decrypt.

 

BEST WAY TO KNOW WHAT REALLY HAPPENED: Wait until you die. Then if you don’t go to heaven, whole God thing is B.S. And it leaves between aliens and evolution. Of course then it’s too bad you can’t announce your discovery when you’re dead. So pretty much, keep your beliefs about creation to yourself. Because anyone teaching you their view of evolution is trying to persuade you on their agenda of what they’ve concluded so far. Everyone does this. We all try to persuade everyone else to see OUR viewpoint and OUR beliefs.

2. Bermuda Triangle [Wikipedia]

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 The Bermuda triangle is an area of water in the North Atlantic Ocean in which a large number of planes and boats have gone missing in mysterious circumstances.

Over the years many explanations have been put forward for the disappearances, including bad weather, alien abductions, time warps, and suspension of the laws of physics.

Although substantial documentation exists to show that many of the reports have been exaggerated, there is still no explanation for the unusually large number of disappearances in the area.

3. Shroud of Turin [Wikipedia]

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 The shroud of Turin is a linen cloth bearing the image of a man who had apparently died of crucifixion. Most Catholics consider it to be the burial shroud of Jesus Christ. It is currently held in the Cathedral of St John the Baptist in Turin, Italy.

Despite many scientific investigations, no one has yet been able to explain how the image has been imprinted on the shroud and despite many attempts, no one has managed to replicate it.

Radiocarbon tests date it to the middle ages, however apologists for the shroud believe it is incorrupt – and carbon dating can only date things which decay.

Prior to the middle ages, reports of the shroud exist as the Image of Edessa – reliably reported since at least the 4th century. In addition, another cloth (the Sudarium) known even from biblical times (John 20:7) exists which is said to have covered Christ’s head in the tomb.

A 1999 study by Mark Guscin, a member of the multidisciplinary investigation team of the Spanish Center for Sindonology, investigated the relationship between the two cloths.

Based on history, forensic pathology, blood chemistry (the Sudarium also is reported to have type AB blood stains), and stain patterns, he concluded that the two cloths covered the same head at two distinct, but close moments of time.

Avinoam Danin (a researcher at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem) concurred with this analysis, adding that the pollen grains in the Sudarium match those of the shroud. 

4. Mary Celeste [Wikipedia]

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 Mary Celeste was launched in Nova Scotia in 1860. Her original name was “Amazon”. She was 103 ft overall displacing 280 tons and listed as a half-brig.

Over the next 10 years she was involved in several accidents at sea and passed through a number of owners. Eventually she turned up at a New York salvage auction where she was purchased for $3,000.

After extensive repairs she was put under American registry and renamed “Mary Celeste”.

The new captain of Mary Celeste was Benjamin Briggs, 37, a master with three previous commands. On November 7, 1872 the ship departed New York with Captain Briggs, his wife, young daughter and a crew of eight.

The ship was loaded with 1700 barrels of raw American alcohol bound for Genoa, Italy.

The captain, his family and crew were never seen again. The ship was found floating in the middle of the Strait of Gibraltar.

There were no signs of struggle on board and all documents except the captain’s log were missing.

In early 1873, it was reported that two lifeboats grounded in Spain, one with a body and an American flag, the other containing five bodies.

It has been alleged that these could have been the remains of the crew of the Mary Celeste. However, the bodies were apparently never identified. 

5. The taos hum [Wikipedia]

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 The ‘Taos Hum’ is a low-pitched sound heard in numerous places worldwide, especially in the USA, UK, and northern europe.

It is usually heard only in quiet environments, and is often described as sounding like a distant diesel engine.

Since it has proven indetectable by microphones or VLF antennae, its source and nature is still a mystery.

In 1997 Congress directed scientists and observers from some of the most prestigious research institutes in the nation to look into a strange low frequency noise heard by residents in and around the small town of Taos, New Mexico.

For years those who had heard the noise, often described by them as a “hum”, had been looking for answers.

To this day no one knows the cause of the hum.

6. The Bimini Road [ Wikipedia ]

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 Everyone has heard the story of the lost city of Atlantis, but what about the Bimini Road?

In 1968 an underwater rock formation was found near North Bimini Island in the Bahamas. It is considered by many to be naturally made, but because of the unusual arrangement of the stones, many believe it to be a part of the lost city of Atlantis (first spoken of by Plato).

Another curious element of this mystery is a prediction made in 1938 by Edgar Cayce: “A portion of the temples may yet be discovered under the slime of ages and sea water near Bimini… Expect it in ‘68 or ‘69 – not so far away.”

In a more recent expedition  amateur archeologist Dr Greg Little discovered another row of rocks in the same formation directly below the first, leading him to believe that the road is actually the top of a wall or water dock.

One possible natural explanation is that the “road” is an example of tessellated pavement, a natural phenomenon.

Concretions of shell and sand form hard sedimentary rock which over time fractures in straight lines and then at ninety degree angles.

They are quite common and a popular tourist attraction on the island of Tasmania.

7. The Loch Ness Monster [ Wikipedia ]

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 Loch Ness is the most voluminous freshwater lake in Great Britain. For centuries people have reported seeing a large creature living in the lake – the earliest account comes from the life of Saint Columba (565 AD).

Although sightings of the creature on land around the loch reputedly date back to the sixteenth century, modern interest in the monster was sparked by a 22 July 1933 sighting, when Mr George Spicer and his wife saw ‘a most extraordinary form of animal’ cross the road in front of their car.

They described the creature as having a large body (about 4 feet high and 25 feet long), and long, narrow neck, slightly thicker than an elephant’s trunk and as long as the 10-12 foot width of the road; the neck had a number of undulations in it.

They saw no limbs because of a dip in the road obscuring the animal’s lower portion.

It lurched across the road towards the loch some 20 yards away, leaving only a trail of broken undergrowth in its wake.

Not only has the Loch Ness Monster been photographed repeatedly, it has even been caught on videotape – as recently as 2007, and on sonar equipment.

Unfortunately, however, the footage and photos are never clear enough to give a definite answer as to what the creature is. Some speculate that it may be a plesiosaur that survived the rest of the dinosaur population.

8. Bigfoot [ Wikipedia ]

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 Bigfoot, also known as the Sasquatch, is depicted as an ape-like man who inhabits forest areas of the pacific northwest and parts of the Canadian province of British Columbia.

Over the years there have been many sightings and photographs of Bigfoot but no conclusive proof exists to verify his existence.

Most experts on the matter consider the Bigfoot legend to be a combination of folklore and hoaxes, but there are a number of authors and researchers who do believe that the stories could be true.

There is some speculation that, like the Loch Ness monster, Bigfoot may be a living remnant of the time of the dinosaurs – specifically a Gigantopithecus blacki – a supersize ape.

The earliest accounts of bigfoot are from 1924 though reports of a similar type of creature have appeared as early as the 1860s.

9. Comte de Saint Germain [Wikipedia]

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 The Count of St. Germain (allegedly died February 27, 1784) was a courtier, adventurer, inventor, amateur scientist, violinist, amateur composer, and a mysterious gentleman; he also displayed some skills with the practice of alchemy.

He was known as ‘Der Wundermann’ — ‘The Wonderman’. He was a man whose origin was unknown and who disappeared without leaving a trace.

Since his death, various occult organizations have adopted him as a model figure or even as a powerful deity.

In recent years several people have claimed to be the Count of St. Germain. (Note that St Germain was never regarded as a saint by the Roman Catholic Church – the “st.” before his name refers to his alleged home).

 10. Voynich manuscript [Wikipedia]

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 The Voynich Manuscript is a medieval document written in an unknown script and in an unknown language.

For over one hundred years people have tried to break the code to not avail.

The overall impression given by the surviving leaves of the manuscript suggests that it was meant to serve as a pharmacopoeia or to address topics in medieval or early modern medicine.

However, the puzzling details of illustrations have fueled many theories about the book’s origins, the contents of its text, and the purpose for which it was intended.

The document contains illustrations that suggest the book is in six parts: Herbal, Astronomical, Biological, Cosmological, Pharmaceutical, and recipes.

 11. Jack the Ripper [Wikipedia]

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 In the later half of 1888, London was terrorised by a series of murders in the east end (largely in the Whitechapel area).

The name Jack the Ripper was taken from a letter sent to a newspaper at the time by someone claiming to be the killer.

The victims were typically prostitutes who had their throats cut and bodies mutilated.

In some cases the bodies were discovered just minutes after the ripper had left the scene.

The police at the time had many suspects but could never find sufficient evidence to convict anyone.

In modern times there has even been some speculation that Prince Albert Victor was the murderer.

Even with modern police methods, no further light has been shed on the murders in recent times.

To this day no one knows who the ripper was.

 

12. The Zodiac Killer [Wikipedia]

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The Zodiac killer was active in Northern California for ten months in the late 1960s. He killed at least five people, and injured two.

He committed the first two murders with a pistol, just inside the Benecia border. In his second shooting in Vallejo, he attempted to kill two people, but one survived despite gunshots to the head and neck. 40 minutes later the police received an anonymous phone call from a man claiming to be their killer and admitting to the murders of the previous two victims.

One month three letters were sent to Newspapers in California containing a cypher that the killer claimed would give them his name. They cypher was decrypted to read:

“I LIKE KILLING PEOPLE BECAUSE IT IS SO MUCH FUN IT IS MORE FUN THAN KILLING WILD GAME IN THE FORREST BECAUSE MAN IS THE MOST DANGEROUE ANAMAL OF ALL TO KILL SOMETHING GIVES ME THE MOST THRILLING EXPERENCE IT IS EVEN BETTER THAN GETTING YOUR ROCKS OFF WITH A GIRL THE BEST PART OF IT IS THAE WHEN I DIE I WILL BE REBORN IN PARADICE AND THEI HAVE KILLED WILL BECOME MY SLAVES I WILL NOT GIVE YOU MY NAME BECAUSE YOU WILL TRY TO SLOI DOWN OR ATOP MY COLLECTIOG OF SLAVES FOR MY AFTERLIFE EBEORIETEMETHHPITI”

The last eighteen letters have not been decrypted.

While Arthur Leigh Allen was the prime suspect, all of the evidence was against him being the killer. To this day the Zodiac murders have not been solved.

 13. The Babushka Lady [Wikipedia]

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During the analysis of the film footage of the assassination of John F. Kennedy in 1963, a mysterious woman was spotted.

She was wearing a brown overcoat and a scarf on her head (the scarf is the reason for her name as she wore it in a similar style to Russian grandmothers – also called babushkas).

The woman appeared to be holding something in front of her face which is believed to be a camera. She appears in many photos of the scene.

Even after the shooting when most people had fled the area, she remained in place and continued to film. Shortly after she is seen moving away to the East up Elm Street.

The FBI publicly requested that the woman come forward and give them the footage she shot but she never did.

In 1970 a woman called Beverly Oliver came forward and claimed to be the Babushka Woman, though her story contains many inconsistencies.

She is generally regarded as a fraud. To this day, no one knows who the Babushka Woman is or what she was doing there.

More unusual is her refusal to come forward to offer her evidence.

14. Marfa lights [ Wikipedia ]

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 The Marfa lights are unexplained lights (called ghost lights) that have been appearing on Mitchell Flat east of Marfa, Texas.

The first published account of the lights was given in 1957, but Robert Reed Ellison (born 1880) reported them to his family and accounts of their appearances were spread by word of mouth.

There are no verifiable written reports from before the 1950s.

The lights are described as being the size of a basketball, floating in the air at around shoulder height.

Colors are usually described as white, yellow, orange or red, but green and blue are sometimes reported.

They usually travel laterally but have been seen to move rapidly in various directions. The lights sometimes appear in groups. Sightings are rare but there is a large amount of photographic and video evidence.

Skeptics generally consider the lights to be related to traffic passing on the nearby US Route 67, or to be electric by-products of the predominantly quartz hills in the area.

Because they usually appear in private property with terrain that is difficult to travel over, there are almost no reports of people being able to get close to the lights.

15. Jimmy hoffa [ Wikipedia ]

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 Jimmy Hoffa was an American labor leader, and criminal convict. As the president of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters from the mid-1950s to the mid-1960s, Hoffa wielded considerable influence.

After his conviction, he served nearly a decade in prison.

On July 30, 1975, Hoffa disappeared from a parking lot in Detroit and was never seen again. He had been due to meet two Mafia leaders, Anthony “Tony Jack” Giacalone from Detroit and Anthony “Tony Pro” Provenzano from Union City, New Jersey and New York City.

According to Donald Frankos (a convicted Mob hitman), Hoffa was shot in the house of Giacalone and his body was then buried in the foundations of the Giants stadium.

While that is the most popular belief, another mobster, Bill Bonanno, claimed that hoffa was shot and put in the trunk of a car that was then put through a car compactor.

No one will ever know the truth about Hoffa, but the MythBusters team dug in the part of the Giants stadium that is generally where Hoffa is considered to be buried and found nothing.

16. Black Dahlia [Wikipedia]

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 In 1947 the body of 22 year old Elizabeth Short was found in two pieces in a parking lot in Los Angeles.

According to newspaper reports shortly after the murder, Short received the nickname “Black Dahlia” at a Long Beach drugstore in the summer of 1946, as a play on the then-current movie The Blue Dahlia. However, Los Angeles County district attorney investigators’ reports state the nickname was invented by newspaper reporters covering the murder.

In either case, Short was not generally known as the “Black Dahlia” during her lifetime.

Many rumours and tales have spread about the Black Dahlia, and the investigation (one of the largest in LA history) never found the killer.

17. The Roanoke Colony [ Wikipedia ]

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 In 1584, Sir Walter Raleigh dispatched an expedition to the East Coast of North America as Queen Elizabeth I had given him permission to colonise Virginia.

He returned from the trip with two American Indians and samples of animals and plants. Between 1585 and 1587, two groups of colonists were left on Roanoke Island (part of present day North Carolina) to establish their settlement.

Following fights with the local native tribes, the first colony were low on food and men to defend the settlement, so when Sir Francis Drake visited after a raid in the Caribbean and offered to take them back to England, they accepted and left.

In 1857 121 new colonists arrived and found the local natives (the Croatans) to be friendly. The first English child born in the Americas was the daughter of one of these colonists.

The group tried to befriend some of the other tribes that the previous colonists had fought with which resulted in the killing of George Howe.

The remaining members of the group convinced the leader to return to England to get help. The leader (John White) returned to England leaving behind ninety men, seventeen women, and eleven children.

When White returned in August 1590, the settlement was deserted. There were no signs of a struggle and no remains were found at all.

The only clue was the word “Croatoan” carved into a post of the fort and “Cro” carved into a nearby tree.

The settlement became known as the Lost Colony and no members of it were ever seen again.

Some speculation exists today which suggests that the settlers left and merged with some of the nearby tribes.

This is supported by the fact that many years later some of the tribes were practising Christianity and understood English.

18. The Mothman [ Wikipedia ]

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 Mothman is the name given to a strange creature reported in the Charleston and Point Pleasant areas of West Virginia between November 1966 and December 1967.

The creature was sporadically reported to be seen before and after those dates, with some sightings as recent as 2007.

Most observers describe the Mothman as a winged man-sized creature with large reflective red eyes.

It often appeared to have no head, with its eyes set into its chest.

A number of hypotheses have been presented to explain eyewitness accounts, ranging from misidentification and coincidence to paranormal phenomena and conspiracy theories.

The Mothman was first spotted in 1926 by a young boy.

At the same time, three men were digging a grave in a nearby graveyard when they saw a brown human shape with wings soaring out from behind trees.

Both incidents were reported independently of each other.

There have been numerous sightings of Mothman though no photographic evidence exists at all.

19. D. B Cooper [ Wikipedia ]

 D. B. Cooper (aka “Dan Cooper”) is a pseudonym given to a notorious aircraft hijacker who, on November 24, 1971, after receiving a ransom payout of $200,000, leapt from the back of a Boeing 727 as it was flying over the Pacific Northwest somewhere over the southern Cascades.

Cooper has not been seen since and it is not known whether he survived the jump. In 1980, an eight year old boy found $5,800 of soggy $20 bills washed up on the banks of the Columbia river.

The serial numbers matched those of the ransom money which had been noted to make it easier to track Cooper later.

Cooper escaped from the plane by jumping off the rear airstair with a parachute leading aviation authorities to add stricter measures about the design of planes to prevent it from happening again.

In addition, this event caused airports to install metal detectors for the first time.

 

20. El Chupacabra [ Wikipedia ]

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 El Chupacabra (Goat Sucker) is mostly associated with Latin American communities in the USA, Mexico, and Puerto Rico (where it was first reported). It is supposedly a heavy creature, the size of a small bear, with a row of spines reaching from the neck to the base of the tail and it takes its name from the fact that it is supposed to attack animals and drink their blood – especially goats.

While the legend began around 1987, there are many similarities to the Vampire of Moca, the name given to an unknown creature to killed animals all over the small town of Moca in the 1970s.

The vampire of Moca left the animals completely devoid of blood which had apparently been removed by a series of small circular cuts.

The most common description of Chupacabra is a lizard-like being, appearing to have leathery or scaly greenish-gray skin and sharp spines or quills running down its back.

This form stands approximately 3 to 4 feet (1 to 1.2 m) high, and stands and hops in a similar fashion to a kangaroo. In at least one sighting, the creature hopped 20 feet (6 m).

This variety is said to have a dog or panther-like nose and face, a forked tongue protruding from it, large fangs, and to hiss and screech when alarmed, as well as leave a sulfuric stench behind.

When it screeches, some reports note that the chupacabra’s eyes glow an unusual red, then give the witnesses nausea. For some witnesses, it was seen with bat-like wings.

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Ancient Underwater Cities

Ancient Japanese Underwater Pyramids

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 The island of Yonaguni, near Okinawa, Japan has long been a favorite diving spot for swimmers try to get a glance of the numerous hammerhead sharks that swim there. However, in 1995 underwater explorer Kihachirou Aratake found a very large, strange structure under the water. Lying about 60 feet deep, the structure appeared to be man-made. Large steps could be seen, blocks of rock cut at right angles and smoothed. The discovery would send shock waves through the archaeological world. 

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 Japan’s Underwater Pyramids or Ruins as they have become to be known are a mystery. In all, around eight sites have been discovered. There are certain features that are very hard to dismiss as natural occurrences. Such as a large, semi-circular structure that almost looks like a park bench. Then there is a large head which appears to have hair and a head dress carved into it. There are also numerous round holes carved into the rock, including some that look as though they were made to support large wooden poles. Again, these are just hard to dismiss, including this head with eyes carved out of it. As stated, the structures are lying on the seabed, around 60 to 100 feet below the surface. The last time that these areas were not covered by the ocean was between approximately 8 to 12 thousand years ago, during the last ice age when much of the sea was caught up in the ice caps. At the time Yonaguni formed a landbridge with Taiwan, leading many to speculate that the area is part of the lost continent of Mu, or Lemuria.

Cleopatra’s Palace in Alexandria (Egypt)

Cleopatra's Palace in Alexandria Egypt

Cleopatra's Palace in Alexandria Egypt

Off the shores of Alexandria, the city of Alexander the Great, lies what is believed to be the ruins of the royal quarters of Cleopatra. A team of marine archaeologists led by Frenchman Franck Goddio made excavation on this ancient city from where Cleopatra, the last queen of the Ptolemies, ruled Egypt. Historians believe this site was submerged by earthquakes and tidal waves more than 1,600 years ago.

The excavations concentrated on the submerged island of Antirhodus. Cleopatra is said to have had a palace there. Other discoveries include a well-preserved shipwreck and red granite columns with Greek inscriptions. There were also founded two statues which were lifted out of the harbor. One was a priest of the goddess Isis; the other a sphinx whose face is said to represent Cleopatra’s father, King Ptolemy XII. The artifacts were returned to their silent, because the Egyptian Government says it wants to leave most of them in place to create an underwater museum.

2 Huge Underwater Cities Found In India

Two large cities found underwater near India

Lost city ‘could rewrite history’

By BBC News Online’s Tom Housden

The remains of what has been described as a huge lost city may force historians and archaeologists to radically reconsider their view of ancient human history.

Marine scientists say archaeological remains discovered 36 meters (120 feet) underwater in the Gulf of Cambay off the western coast of India could be over 9,000 years old.

The vast city – which is five miles long and two miles wide – is believed to predate the oldest known remains in the subcontinent by more than 5,000 years. 

The site was discovered by chance last year by oceanographers from India’s National Institute of Ocean Technology conducting a survey of pollution.

Using sidescan sonar – which sends a beam of sound waves down to the bottom of the ocean they identified huge geometrical structures at a depth of 120ft.

Debris recovered from the site – including construction material, pottery, sections of walls, beads, sculpture and human bones and teeth has been carbon dated and found to be nearly 9,500 years old.

Lost civilization 

The city is believed to be even older than the ancient Harappan civilization, which dates back around 4,000 years.

Marine archaeologists have used a technique known as sub-bottom profiling to show that the buildings remains stand on enormous foundations.

Author and film-maker Graham Hancock – who has written extensively on the uncovering of ancient civilizations – told BBC News Online that the evidence was compelling:

“The [oceanographers] found that they were dealing with two large blocks of apparently man made structures.

“Cities on this scale are not known in the archaeological record until roughly 4,500 years ago when the first big cities begin to appear in Mesopotamia.

“Nothing else on the scale of the underwater cities of Cambay is known. The first cities of the historical period are as far away from these cities as we are today from the pyramids of Egypt,” he said.

Chronological problem 

This, Mr Hancock told BBC News Online, could have massive repercussions for our view of the ancient world.

“There’s a huge chronological problem in this discovery. It means that the whole model of the origins of civilization with which archaeologists have been working will have to be remade from scratch,” he said.

However, archaeologist Justin Morris from the British Museum said more work would need to be undertaken before the site could be categorically said to belong to a 9,000 year old civilization.

“Culturally speaking, in that part of the world there were no civilizations prior to about 2,500 BC. What’s happening before then mainly consisted of small, village settlements,” he told BBC News Online.

Dr Morris added that artifacts from the site would need to be very carefully analyzed, and pointed out that the C14 carbon dating process is not without its error margins.

It is believed that the area was submerged as ice caps melted at the end of the last ice age 9-10,000 years ago. Although the first signs of a significant find came eight months ago, exploring the area has been extremely difficult because the remains lie in highly treacherous waters, with strong currents and rip tides.

The Indian Minister for Human Resources and ocean development said a group had been formed to oversee further studies in the area.

“We have to find out what happened then … where and how this civilisation vanished,” he said.

 

Source: Rabbit Hole

First woman to cross Antarctic solo: I’ve Never Felt So Alone

When Felicity Aston started smelling fish and chips, she knew something was wrong.

The unmistakable aroma of the classic British pub food, deep-fried fish and french fries, could only mean one thing: She must be hallucinating. After all, there are no pubs in the middle of Antarctica.

The British explorer was skiing solo across the great frozen continent and had not seen another human being for weeks. 

“It drove me insane,” said Aston. “It was like I was skiing along a huge row of fish and chips shops, the whole day.”

 But, she says, she kept wiggling her fingers and toes to check for hypothermia, gritted her teeth and kept going, eventually crossing Antarctica in 59 days — becoming the first woman in the world to make it solo.

Despite being a seasoned explorer — she previously led a team to the South Pole; raced across Arctic Canada and traversed the inland ice of Greenland — this was her first solo expedition. She says she has never felt so alone.

“The first time it really struck me was when the plane dropped me off (at) the beginning of my journey, and I watched it disappearing into a dark blob (in) the sky.”

As she started putting up her tent and organizing her equipment, she says she realized her heart was jumping, she was out of breath and her hands were shaking.

“I realized I was absolutely petrified,” she said. “And it wasn’t because I (was) scared of dying or injury, it was just that level of aloneness that was instantly frightening. Just the weight of the amount of time on my own.”

  

Being alone in the Antarctic means being on a high alert all the time. There is a danger at every step: Crevasse fields; whiteouts; sharp-edged grooves and ridges; temperatures below -40 C and hurricane-speed winds.

 Among the many physical impacts this environment has on the body — exhaustion, malnutrition, frostbite, cramps, sunburn — one of the most serious is hypothermia.

 Among polar explorers, hypothermia is known as “the silent killer” because its first symptom is a progressive inability to think clearly, recognize the problem and do something about it. “The first warning signal of hypothermia is abnormal behavior — being very quiet, confused, incoherent,” Aston explained.

 These are things that other members of an expedition pick up on, but, in a team of one, there’s no one else to raise the red flag.

 “If you’re alone, you have to make sure that if something goes wrong, you can get out of it,” she said. “I had to always make sure that I would be able to put up a tent and look after myself at the end of each day.” That’s why she constantly wiggled her fingers, to make sure they weren’t becoming numb, as the inability to use her hands would have been fatal.

 Despite the endless physical dangers, Aston says the real challenge is winning the mental battle with solitude.

 

“It became the biggest struggle of the whole trip,” she said. “Every single morning, the first thing that struck me was, ‘Oh my goodness, I can’t do this, I don’t want to be here, I’ve made a terrible mistake.’

“I realized that the real (trick) of this would not be how strong I was or how much experience I had, it would literally be getting out of that tent.” But each day, she would get out of the tent and repeat exactly the same routine. After 40 days, she says she started noticing changes.

“I realized I would go a whole day and really not think about anything at all. My head was completely empty,” she said. Hallucinations and strange sensations came next: “The sun became really important to me,” she added.

During the polar summer, the sun circles in the sky, never going down. It became Aston’s constant companion and she began greeting it in the morning. “This developed into me having full-blown conversations with the sun in my mind,” she added.

 Crying also became part of the daily routine and she says it wasn’t until day 15 of her journey that she managed to go a whole day without bursting into tears.

 As an experienced explorer, she knows they are part of the experience. “The men do as much crying as the women do,” she said. “And the women smell as bad after six weeks without shower.”

While bodily functions don’t make the difference, it’s the attitude that sets man and women apart. She says that even the most experienced women tend to suffer from a lack of self confidence and sense of vulnerability.

“When I take a groups of women out into the cold environment, they are a lot more unsure, their default position is ‘I can’t do this,'” she said. Her job then becomes to convince them about the opposite.

 With men, it’s different. “Usually they’ll fling themselves at it and their default position is ‘I already know how to do this, I know exactly how to do this,’ and it’s a matter of bringing them in and telling them that they need to think more and watch out for certain things.”

After days of skiing alone, in extreme cold, these differences disappear and men and women have to deal with the same issues. Apart from one, which Aston has yet to find a solution to: Going to the toilet.

During the coldest days in Antarctica, she was deliberately dehydrating herself to avoid the need to get undressed in the bitter frost.

 “It’s the only time in my life I’ve ever … wanted to be a man,” Aston said. “You see the guys just turn around and have a quick pee in the snow and you go, ‘Arrghh, I have to get undressed in this cold!'”