Feral Children: Prava (The Bird Boy), Russia, 2008

Cross-posted from http://www.boredpanda.com/feral-children-wild-animals-photos-julia-fullerton-batten for reference and research.

Prava (The Bird Boy), Russia, 2008

Prava, a seven-year-old boy, was found in a tiny, two-bedroom apartment, living with his 31-year old mother – but he was confined in a room filled with bird cages, containing dozens of his mother’s pet birds, bird feed and droppings. She treated her son as another pet. He was never physically harmed, she neither beat him nor left him without food, but she never spoke to him. His only communication was with the birds. He could not speak, but chirped. When he wasn’t understood he would wave his arms and hands bird-like.
Released into child care by his mother, Prava was moved to a centre for psychological care where doctors are trying to rehabilitate him.

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Feral Children: Shamdeo, INDIA, 1972

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Shamdeo, INDIA, 1972

Shamdeo, a boy aged about four years old, was discovered in a forest in India in 1972. He was playing with wolf cubs. His skin was very dark, and he had sharpened teeth, long hooked fingernails, matted hair and calluses on his palms, elbows and knees. He was fond of chicken-hunting, would eat earth and had a craving for blood. He bonded with dogs.
He was finally weaned off eating raw meat, never talked, but learnt some sign language. In 1978 he was admitted to Mother Theresa’s Home for the Destitute and Dying in Lucknow, where he was re-named Pascal. He died in February 1985.



Feral Children: Oxana Malaya, Ukraine, 1991

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Oxana Malaya, Ukraine, 1991

Oxana was found living with dogs in a kennel in 1991. She was eight years old and had lived with the dogs for six years. Her parents were alcoholics and one night, they had left her outside. Looking for warmth, the three year old crawled into the farm kennel and curled up with the mongrel dogs, an act that probably saved her life. When discovered she behaved more like a dog than a human child. She ran on all fours, panted with her tongue out, bared her teeth and barked. Because of her lack of human interaction, she only knew the words “yes” and “no.”
Intensive therapy aided Oxana to learn basic social and verbal skills, but only with the ability of a five year old. Now 30 years old, she lives in a clinic in Odessa and works with the hospital’s farm animals under the supervision of her carers.



Feral Children: Lobo Wolf Girl, Mexico, 1845-1852

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Lobo Wolf Girl, Mexico, 1845-1852

In 1845 a girl was seen running on all fours with a pack of wolves attacking a herd of goats. A year later she was seen with the wolves eating a goat. She was captured but escaped. In 1852, she was seen yet again suckling two wolf cubs, but she ran into the woods. She was never seen again



“Shadow Hills” – Fontana California Hauntings

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“Shadow Hills” – Haunted South Ridge and Fontana area, California

According to the Inside the Inland Empire web site and various other ghost hunting blogs, the South Ridge area of Fontana is quite haunted. It has been nicknamed “Shadow Hills”. One family off of Jurupa street claim much paranormal activity in their home. Foot steps up the stairs with no one around, doors slamming on their own, microwave fan turning itself on, lights flickering, a little girl spirit on the stairs, spirits demanding the family to “Get Out”, apparitions of blood in the shower, zombies, and shadow creatures in the yard. Shadow creatures are commonly reported around the Inland Empire, especially at Mt. Rubidoux. Several of their neighbors off Jurupa street also claim a lot of activity. Rumor has it, there occurs a lot of moving in and out of the Jurupa street neighborhood. Stories and reports extend off Jurupa into the houses along Cypress, Coleen st, oleander ave, corner of Woodcrest drive, and Citrus. Some of the hauntings were reported in brand new homes without former residents. Apparitions of a little boy wearing a striped shirt, plumes of smoking rising up from the closet floor, feelings of being touched, jiggling door knobs, and chairs moving on their own. Some conclude that these houses are built atop an ancient Indian burial ground, although the reportings and activities don’t necessarily support such a theory. A house on the corner of Oak Park Elementary reports seeing a 1800’s dated apparition of a woman wearing a bonnet, lights turning on and off, voices, shadows, stuff moving around, etc. Another resident nearby also claims seeing women with white bonnets and powder blue dresses in their homes in the South Park district at 17203 Avenue Del Sol. A South ridge resident claimed poltergeist activity – reflections of people standing behind the sofa when the tv was off, doors opening and closing, banging in the walls, etc. Also reports on Heritage by various neighbors one claiming a mirror in their house on the east wall was a portal for entry as dictated by a psychic investigating the activity. A haunted house report on 14774 Mountain High Drive off Canyon Crest with apparitions of a silhouette atop the stairs, shadow beings, voices, etc. Another house below baseline near Beech Avenue reports of shadow beings, a little boy made of rock in the fire place, a little girl running about. Again more legends of houses built over a Indian Burial Ground. One claims their house was built above John Redcorn’s burial ground and had a apparition of a woman. Others report sightings and activity off Argentine by Oakwood Drive and behind the Pancho Villas.

Sightings of a chariot drawn by horses coming down the street, a figure in a trench coat with glasses, off Green Vista drive behind Southridge middle school. Reports of an area with creepy trees and bomb shelters with a ghost of a girl wearing a hospital gown also declared. Off of Woodcrest drive there was a family sighting a gnome in one of the bedrooms. This gnome was spying on the resident while he was sleeping, was no taller than the electrical socket, wearing weird dirty sport coat and a evil Leprechaun smile. There is the fabled Victorian style manor at 4701 Sierra Avenue in Hesperia (can be seen from the 15) reportedly haunted. Some say the house was relocated from where it was originally built atop a ancient burial mound. Some say the ghosts moved with it (house originally was in Redlands built in 1888 for Judge George E. Otis by D.M. Donald). One report of a spirit of a giant angry man who hurled a trespasser onto stones causing severe injuries to the man reporting it. Some say the owner confirms the hauntings.

Along highway 66 originally, the foothill boulevard is believed to be haunted by a young man in a striped shirt carrying a long stick or buggy whip, he is reported to cross the street when cars approach then disappears. Sometimes he is accompanied by a black dog. (GPS 34.10648057912253, -117.47255516122095)

Green Acres cemetery has reported occurrences of blood appearing on the table between the three marble chairs in the southeastern part of the cemetery every Halloween. East end of 7th street (GPS 34.039240814445115, -117.39045982811149) Also at the Agua Mansa Pioneer Cemetery there are rumors of a mother that haunts the bend around this cemetery and is the spirit of the mother who drowned her 6 children. According to Hispanic legend she is known as La Llorona or the Weeping Woman searching for the children she murdered. The spirits of two people who were executed here also reportedly haunt the cemetery and have been known to be the cause of fatal car accidents on this bend (2001 Agua Mansa Road – GPS 34.0420097, -117.36421819999998)

On Valley between Fontana and Colton there are reports of a man covered in black often walking the roadside. Reports of decayed children walking about at night. Multiple ghost sightings reportedly around Jurupa Park or Martin Tudor Park.
The Big Lots store (formerly Pic n Save) at the corner of Foothill Boulevard and Sierra is reportedly haunted with reports of several ghosts flickering lights, making noises, voices, knocking things off shelves, pulling of employee’s hair, etc. Some say the Ghost of a former Pic n Save employee named Manny haunts the store.

Along the Thompson Creek Trail, some report shadow beings following them when hiking this trail, and that skulls appear in the clouds above. Also that trees and bushes bleed on occasion. Some say they have had visions of levitating boulders, invisible walls blocking the path, and violent images. GPS 34.1290555, -117.7222145. Also the old boy scout’s cabin that burnt down up there is reportedly haunted.

  • Aqua Mansa Pioneer Cemetery
  • Aqua Mansa Road (2001 Aqua Mansa)
  • Argentine
  • Avenue del Sol (17203)
  • Beech Avenue
  • Big Lots store (Foot Hill boulevard and Sierra)
  • Citrus Street
  • Coleen Street
  • Cypress Street
  • Foot Hill Boulevard and Citrus Ave
  • Green Acres Cemetery
  • Heritage
  • Jurupa Street
  • Mountain High Drive (14774)
  • Oak Park Elementary
  • Oakwood Drive
  • Oleander Ave
  • Sierra Ave (4701)
  • Southridge Middle School
  • Thompson creek trail
  • Valley between Fontana and Colton
  • Woodcrest Drive


  • Ghosts of America unknown “Fontana, California ghost sightings” http://www.ghostsofamerica.com/9/California_Fontana_ghost_sightings.html website referenced 5/22/2015.
  • Haunted Hovel unknown “Fontana, Ca. / Renne / Sierra Ave off the 15 fwy.” http://www.hauntedhovel.com/fontana-ca-renne-sierra-ave-off-the-15-fwy.html. website referenced 5/22/2015.
  • Haunted Places unknown “Haunted Places in Fontana, California” http://www.hauntedplaces.org/fontana-ca/ Website refrenced 5/22/2015.
  • Inside the IE.com unknown “Haunted House in South Ridge Fontana”. http://www.insidetheie.com/haunted-house-fontana. Website referenced 5/22/2015.
  • Palmer, Chuck 1982 “Old House has new home”. The Sun Feb 15, 1982. DM Donald built the home in 1888 in Redlands for Judge George E. Otis.
  • Wikipedia unknown “Shadow Hills California” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shadow_Hills,_Los_Angeles website referenced 5/22/2015.

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Irish-language Zombie Comic Book

cross-posted from http://roguevalleymessenger.com/art-culture/spring-arts-preview-medford-artist-launching-irish-language-zombie-comic-book#.VPNcyPnF-Gx

– Published February 17 2015

SPRING ARTS PREVIEW: Medford Artist Launching Irish-language Zombie Comic Book

“They’re coming to get you, Barbara!” the classic line from George Romero’s Night of the Living Dead would have read a little differently had the film been written by Medford-based zombie fans, Tj and Linda O’Connor––something more like, “Tá siad ag teacht a fháil duit, Barbara!” which might read like zombie speak if your Irish Gaelic is a little rusty.

The third-generation Irish-American couple has fused their seemingly unrelated passions for their family tongue and the zombies who want to eat that tongue (along with everything attached to it) into an Irish language zombie comic series, Tá na Mairbh ag Filleadh (roughly translated, The Returning Dead). In the spirit of sharing their love for the brain-eating shenanigans of the celtic undead, the O’Connors are raising the funds to publish their web comic as a graphic novel.

Reading Irish children’s books to their two-year-old daughter inspired them to add to the cannon. “There are [Irish language] books out there, but there’s not that many comic books,” says Tj O’Connor, “So I wanted to do a zombie comic book in Irish because it’s kind of something that doesn’t really exist.”

The couple is bringing up their children as bilingual Irish and English speakers. “We both growing up had family members who spoke Irish,” says Tj, “That’s how we both started learning it when we were children. So I always speak Irish to my kids.”

The O’Connors are hoping to fund the printing of the graphic novel through a Kickstarter campaign closing in early March. If the project is funded, the O’Connors hope to finish the book shortly thereafter, so the ginger zombies may be coming for your kids by summer. You can get updates on the project through Kickstarter and read some of the comics (English translations are available) at occomix.com(link is external).




02.27.2015 – 09:11 am

Here’s something you don’t hear every day: Mark Andrews, 51, of Atascadero, CA, who believes he’s a werewolf allegedly shot his neighbor Colleen Barga-Milbury, 52, twice because he was convinced that she was a vampire.

Defense witness Carolyn Murphy, a forensic psychologist said, “(He believes) he transforms into a werewolf,” and “holds the spirit of the wolf.”

The first record of Andrews believing he was a werewolf, she said, dates to 1996, though she suspects he had that same delusion during his first psychotic episode three years earlier.

Murphy said Andrews believed the voice of God commanded him to kill Barga-Milbury, whom he believed was a vampire.

In 2009 Andrew became convinced that another one of his neighbors was a vampire:

Andrews believed a different neighbor was a vampire. Andrews left mounds of dirt and flour on that neighbor’s door and once pounded on the neighbor’s door, calling her a “bitch,” though she didn’t answer.

At his home, according to police reports, police found two lists of names, several marked “hate with death.”

As to why Andrews didn’t kill this particular vampire neighbor “God didn’t tell him to kill her” Murphy said.

Mark Andrews has believed himself to be a werewolf for the past 20 years. During the time of the murder, Andrews was apparently not taking his medication.

Via Tribune News Death and Taxes



Yule Trees / Christmas Trees

Note: This article is in process of being written, a work in progress. Please check back soon.

Traditional dates for the Yule tree / Christmas Tree

In this ecological day and age, its best for the environment to use a living tree or a fake tree, rather than killing a tree for decoration – its the most humane method. If you have the ability to replant a tree, a live tree is the most magical and best to replant before Oimelc. If you are going to harvest a tree, here is a good ritual blessing page on the topic: http://paganwiccan.about.com/od/yulethelongestnight/a/TreeBlessings.htm

Yule Trees/evergreen decorations:

Traditionally go up on the cross quarter between Samhain (Nov 7) and Winter Solstice (Dec 21) (or whenever astrological dates dictate is the midpoint between those dates). Traditionally taken down by no later than Oimelc or Candlemas (traditionally Feb 2). Other traditions suggest not putting them up until Yule Eve (Dec 20th) and take it down on Candlemas eve (Feb 1st/2nd) and burn on the balefire for Candlemas/Oimelc rite.

Christmas Trees/evergreen decorations:

Traditionally Xmas trees are not brought into the house or decorated until December 24th or Christmas Eve or in the traditions celebrating Xmas Eve rather than December 23rd – the first day of Christmas and then removed the day after January 5th (Twelfth Night) – to have a tree up before or after these dates was considered bad luck. Some set up the tree at the beginning af Advent, while families in North America tend to set up the tree as early as a week prior to American Thanksgiving (fourth Thursday of November) and Xmas decorations appear as early as the day after Halloween. Some don’t put up the trees until 2nd week of December and leave it up to Dcember 6th, while traditionally put up on December 24th and taken down by January 7th and in Roman Catholic homes the tree is kept up until February 2nd (Candlemas). Italy and Argentina as well as most Latin American countries, the tree is put up on December 8th (Immaculate conception date) and left up until January 6th. Earliest traditional lore and superstitions state it is a bad sign if Christmas greenery is not removed by Candlemas Eve (February 2). Modern lore: Take the Xmas tree down before New Years Eve to prevent dragging all your baggage and bad luck from one year into the other.



IrishCentral’s: Ireland’s top ten haunted destinations


With his last breaths, Puck the jester swore he would forever haunt Malahide Castle in Malahide, Co. Dublin.Photo by: Wikimedia Commons

With a long, long history rife with wars and massacres, Irish land is bound to have a few ghosts here and there. That is, assuming you’re a believer in the paranormal.

From castles to beaches, here’s a list of our top 10 supernatural destinations in Ireland. Spanning the country, these destinations are supposedly haunted by ghosts of all sorts – soldiers, brides, court jesters and more.

1. Ross Castle

On the edge of Lough Lane in Killarney, Co. Kerry, this five bedroom stone castle built in 1536 is currently run as a B&B. Visitors have reported supernatural activity both in and out of the castle: apparently every May Day for hundreds of years, a Medieval knight named O’Donoghue rides along Lough Lane past the castle, accompanied by a group of spirits who play music behind him. Inside the castle, visitors have reported waking up in the middle of the night to sounds of screams or doors repeatedly opening and slamming shut. One of the spirits is believed to be Myles ‘the Slasher’ O’Reilly, an Irish folk hero who spend his last night in Ross Castle before dying in battle in 1644.



Did NASA Capture An Alien And Its Shadow On The Moon?

Reprint from Huffington Post 8/13/14

Did NASA Capture An Alien And Its Shadow On The Moon?

A shadowy figure was spotted on the moon’s surface last month, and since then it has grabbed the attention — and the extremely wild imagination — of the Internet.

YouTube user Wowforreeel first started investigating the figure using Google Moon, a collection of millions of NASA images made public, according to KGW. On its face, the “figure” looks like a shadow created by any number of geological formations on the moon’s surface.

But as these things go, the Internet is pointing to aliens and an ancient statue from Greece as the true subjects of the photos. The Examiner even urges its readers to set aside all logic before examining the mysterious shape:

Of course, the shadow might be explained in a number of ways, particularly as a trick of light or a camera lens glitch.

But, if those explanations are ruled out, it still leaves the question of what this object is, since it appears to be rising a great distance from the surface of the Moon.

Some media sites are pointing to the figure’s alleged resemblance to the ancient Greek statue, “The Colossus of Rhodes,” which is thought to have sunk into a harbor after a massive earthquake in 226 B.C. Here’s what the statue looked like:

the colossus of rhodes

The Daily Mail and Wowforreeel seem to think it looks like an alien walking alongside its own shadow. Wowforreeel suggested it was something drawn into the picture, “but after going to Google Moon, whatever it is… uh, is there.”

man on moon

This isn’t the first time that Internet users have decided that rocks — or craters, or shadows, or light — are most definitely aliens. Take a look at our slideshow of photos taken by NASA’s rover Curiosity, which features objects on Mars that look like aliens, but probably aren’t.