No other words to describe this article appearing in the NEW YORK DAILY News besides 'high strangeness' ..  Friends say that Richard Simmons, the exercising maven of the 20th century, has vanished into himself.. into his mind.. into his home. Madness has taken over. He has cut off contact with close associates and some haven't seen or talked to him in two years. They are also blaming his long time housekeeper.. from the DAILY NEWS long diatribe:
Oliveira presents the most solid evidence of Simmons’ mental and emotional state, because his access to the mansion was more recent than others’. But even he has been left with a dearth of concrete, up-to-date information, leaving friends to concoct theories, some more outlandish than others.

“I think tormented is the best word to describe his mental state,” Oliveira says. “I think it was (caused by) black magic, witchcraft. That’s not close to your culture, but to my culture in Brazil, and to Mexicans” — Teresa Reveles is from Mexico — “that is a real thing. They invoke the spirits. They light black candles, and red and blue candles. I’ve never participated. I only saw from a distance. But at services, they do special meals. They offer meals to the bad spirits, and light candles, invoking with words.”

Mass Exorcism Needed: Mexico Swept by Wave of Satanic Killings

Mass Exorcism Needed: Mexico Swept by Wave of Satanic Killings:

This reporting from (and now linked for the world to see thrice over by the Drudge Report:

Father José Antonio Fortea, a leading Mexican exorcist, who once ordered the mass exorcism of the whole country, has warned of an increase in satanic ritual killings.

He said that “devil worship” stemmed from the so-called cult of Santa Muerte, depicted as a human corpse with all the flesh picked off the bones, and dressed like a bride for her wedding.The name means “Holy Death” – and it harks back to the days when to be sacrificed to the Aztec gods was considered the greatest honor

Mexico is being swept by a wave of satanic ritual killings with exorcists saying there is an unprecedented demand for their services…

Perhaps another ‘mass exorcism’ is what is needed, the priestly folk would conjure..

'Beetlejuice' Sequel Is NOT A Go, According To Tim Burton's Rep

'Beetlejuice' Sequel Is NOT A Go, According To Tim Burton's Rep:

A number of big named horror sites reported the other day BEETLEJUICE was on its way back.. things today don’t seem has positive yet..


A sequel to the 1988 film “Beetlejuice” is not currently in development, according to a rep for Tim Burton .. Even more, Burton’s rep says that sources quoting the directors fabricated quotes.. or at least reported faux..

The further along the movie’s development goes and the longer it takes, the less makeup Tim Burton by showtime.

The Satanic Panic part 2: Exorcist claims vampire ritual killings 'on the rise'

The Satanic Panic part 2: Exorcist claims vampire ritual killings 'on the rise':

Police have warned that a number of recent murders could be the result of satanic ritual killings in which the victim hopes to be reborn as a vampire .

The murder of a 24-year-old man has led cops to believe he was the victim of a vampire cult killing.

Edwin Juarez Palma was allegedly strangled, beaten and cut with a broken bottle at the cyber cafe in the northern city of Chihuahua, Mexico.

He had his hands tied up and was beaten and attacked with glass bottles before hisdeath , designed to ‘transform him into a vampire’.

It feels like the Satanic panic all over again.. those alive long enough may remember that from the 1980s? And they may even remember the Franklin Credit Union cover up which did not help deniers who say all of it was a hoax..

This time we have the internet.. we have endless paranormal radio shows and websites.. we have fear. We have rumor. We have ritual killings.. 

Be scared.



And to top it.. she had to clean it up herself.

From CBS in Baltimore:

A Baltimore woman says she was injured both physically and emotionally from an exploding toilet.

“She was blown off that toilet that day,” says attorney Louis Glick.

The woman is now filing a lawsuit more than a year after the day it happened. Angela Wright says she still suffers psychologically and her home hasn’t been repaired.

“I was literally covered in feces. Are you kidding me who wants that?” Wright said.

Wright spoke with FOX45 about the ordeal in November 2014, right after it happened.

But could you imagine..?

“She had to clean it up herself,” Glick says. “Can you imagine doing that?”

In 2014 FOX45 was told the city contracted the company Spinello, to use high-pressure hoses to clean out the sewer line in Wright’s neighborhood.

She says she was sitting on her toilet when it backed up and she was blown off.

“The Spinello men came in here,” she told us that day. “Once they stopped the machines and I showed them I was covered in feces and they were blown away.”

WHAT IF ALL OF THE MUSIC STOPPED?With my son being sick this...


With my son being sick this week, there was one thing that seemed to most give him hope during the bleakest times: The top 40. Seriously.. for a child at 5, I am amazed with how adept he is with music and how quickly he learns to hear the words and learn them.. I credit my wife. While I can play piano by ear, her ears were in tune much more for life with the music.

That’s why the poignancy of this photo strikes me.. the ‘sound of silence’ cartoon.. you may have seen it before. It passes around a number of times when people of musical astuteness passes away.. 

But picture a world with no music. One where the notes fall from the pages of life and end tragically in a pile of nostalgic rubble? How depressing it would be.

It’s so simple to assume music will always be there to help and haunt us.. but the day music decides it’s done with humanity will be the saddest day of all.

I have a sense music won’t give up on us until we give up on it. Hope that never happens, though. The sound of silence is the only sound that keeps me awake at night.

Seriously.. did you ever stop and actually listen deeply to silence? It is one of the most frightening sounds that exists.

Things that really scare parents.. not movies.. not monsters.. but fevers. And this week we had our share


It began a week ago. I got sick—selfishness took over and I requested leave time from my fatherly duties. My wife luckily allowed me to get a full day of sleep. Then the next day when my son, Ayden, went to school and her to work, I stayed home. And slept again.. Whatever this bug was took the life out of me..

My son was the next in the house to get it. Over the past 72 hours, we have gone through a series of traumas related to it.

Sickness is normal, and common. Fevers happen. But Ayden’s fever spiked several times to 105. At one point he was going up. We made the typical frantic night time calls to nurses on duty. We did the Motrin/Tylenol routine—which worked actually when we needed it to. We avoided the cold water however, as the body temperature dives quickly the fever spikes higher and just as bad immediately after the submerged body leaves the cold water.

It was the OTHER events that caused serious concerns. And a trip to the ER as a precaution.



At this website, you’ll find a strange variety of paranormal and strange news.. mixed in some personal ramblings and a political opinion here and there. They all say blogs are dead. I suppose I’m one of the walking dead since I’m still writing. Nonetheless, I pride myself on the content provided. I hope you, the reader agrees. I digress..


For as long as I have been here I have been writing about sleep paralysis. When THE NIGHTMARE was released I praised it highly. I wrote about the subject matter a few more times.

This week, when my 5-year-old Ayden was sick, there were scenes seemingly torn from the pages of the playbook of THE NIGHTMARE.

Ayden had three (bad things come in threes, right?) extremely awful and terrifying sleep issues. My wife and I initially thought it was a reaction to medicine. The doctors seem to think it was due to the stress on the body and the abnormally high fever for his age that this viral infection caused (it was not the flu or anything else they could pinpoint) ..


During all three separate times, Ayden’s face locked in a fear position. His mouth widely opened as did his eyes. He was sleeping next to me during two of the occasions. Oddly I woke up at the same time he did. I looked at him thinking he was awake, but he could not move. His eyes were rapidly looking around the room, his legs twitching, and his fingers somewhat moving. He was stuck. While I feared a fever related seizure could have been occurring, my wife and I dismissed it as there were no signs of it. We made him sit up. And even though he caused his movement, he stayed stuck in a dream.


The dreams or whatever world he was glued within caused him to say some wild statements. Such as “Daddy stop moving the TV.” Or “I am getting too small!” These statements may sound ludicrous and humorous to a non parent, but picture your innocent child screaming these things out in shear panic and fear, unable to move his body and even break from the nightmare he was within.


The third time it happened, we were already prepared for a doctor visit but we wanted him to nap beforehand. The nap ended with the worst of the sleep issues of the week. He could not break from the nightmare. He screamed at his mom and me: “I’m mad!” while he tried to weep but could not even find the strength to cry. We quickly dressed him and got him to see someone. All the while during a 20 minute drive, he stared at me from his car seat in some form of rage. A look I never saw before—and one that was not him. I don’t think it was. I think for the duration of that drive he was still stuck in a nightmare….



I don’t “knock on wood” for luck. But as I write this I am knocking on wood just in case the old adage has any merit. Ayden’s fever has gone down as I write this. He slept the night with only one moment of waking up to use the bathroom. And he seems better. He seems to be coming back to this world again.

I hope it continues. If you, reading this, have sick kids, we as parents all know the normal drills and how fearful fevers can get. Yes they are a sign of the immune system reacting as normal. However, that system response can certainly freak you at at 3am, the witching hour, when a temperature skyrockets to 106.



It’s the modern age. One of the first things I did yesterday after the situation began to calm a bit, was go to Facebook and ask friends if they have experienced any of these issues. Not sleep paralysis of the adult kind, but the toddler version. I got an overwhelming response with a number of people relating frightening sickness related terrors that their children experienced. One person I know told me her son gets it on a regular basis. My other brother reminded me that my nephew got it severely when he was a child. At one point about 15 years ago, my nephew got it so bad during a fever that he was stuck in a dream for an hour screaming wildly and having trouble breathing until my sister showed up—he was requesting my sister’s presence during his terror.

I am not alone. If it is happening to you, you are not alone. I also found a number of forums of people naming their experiences. Heck, I even found people posting video of their children experiencing it on Youtube—something that seems dreadfully tacky though exceptionally accepted in the modern age.



During the quiet moments of desperation, your body forgets to do certain things and also remembers to do others. For example, between my being sick and my sick being sick, I lost an incredible 10 pounds this week . While I wanted to lose weight, it wasn’t the way I envisioned. Though now in an ironic twist, as I woke up this morning, I am at the desired weight that My Fitness Pal told me I’d safely be at by May. Nonetheless, while I forgot to eat, I also remembered to pray. Pray to whoever listens.. family? Friends? Grandparents? Mother in law? God himself. I hit them ‘all’ up for some help.

The day was a mighty beautiful day yesterday. Too beautiful to spend a day in the ER though we were there. I took a brief talk to the cafeteria and got to a window, and snapped a photo of the scene.

Later in the night, a voice told me to go back and look at the photo again. So I did. And as I inspected it I saw an orb in the bottom center.

A point to mention: I rarely believe in orbs. I think they are dust, glare, or just passing moments of errors on the camera phone. However, in this situation, I will just think of that orb as a little hello from the series of prayers I let loose at the window as I was staring at the early spring sun.


Thanks for reading.

Sleep well.

Would you be pay to be TERRIFIED? Horror movie campout event promises an ‘immersive cinema experience’ in a dark forest with ‘fear lurking in every shadow’

Would you be pay to be TERRIFIED? Horror movie campout event promises an ‘immersive cinema experience’ in a dark forest with ‘fear lurking in every shadow’ :

The newest trend and attraction taking Australia by storm..

The Horror Movie Campout boasts the slogan ‘Will you survive?’ and for a bunch of Melbourne women it might have been slightly too realistic.

'In Melbourne we introduced a maze to get to the toilets and there were a few girls that had to be shown out because they were in tears. It’s pretty scary in the pitch black night!’ says the company’s director Amy Booth.

Just no clowns..
Oh boy there are clowns…


In 2014, at least 20 calls to the Veterans Affairs suicide...

In 2014, at least 20 calls to the Veterans Affairs suicide hotline went to voicemail. Those calls weren’t returned, because the staff didn’t even know a voicemail system existed…

This is a troubling aspect of the Veterans affairs scandal that few have spoken about..
At least 20 calls mentioned..

In one instance a call was returned to someone a day after he committed suicide..

theimpossiblecool: “I have a feeling that inside you somewhere,...


“I have a feeling that inside you somewhere, there’s somebody nobody knows about.”

Alfred Hitchcock.

Love this quote…
And you know it’s true..

Just beautiful.. The Northern Lights over St Andrews - photo by...

Just beautiful..

The Northern Lights over St Andrews - photo by Astronomy Postdoc Joe Llama — at St Salvator’s Quadrangle.

You can now get a 3D-printed version of your naked self Just...

You can now get a 3D-printed version of your naked self

Just in case you were interested.. and you may be. Ever see the BLACK MIRROR episode where a woman bought he deceased lover? This new technology seems ominously like the beginnings of the plot.

Judging from the set of photos though this is early technology. Improvements to come, surely..

The models come in male and female versions, with three sizes of each — slim, curvy and muscular — for you to choose from.

The 20cm dolls — aptly named ‘Nudees’ — are also matched to your skin tone, based on the two images of your head.

Bad news for glasses-wearers and people with long, flowing hair: Spectacles and long hair are too intricate for the 3D printers. Might be time for to rethink your image, then

And really.. would you like a flesh-toned cutout of Chris Christie?

Sick satanic ritual: Group of friends 'kill pal in cult ceremony to turn him into vampire'

Sick satanic ritual: Group of friends 'kill pal in cult ceremony to turn him into vampire':

POLICE have arrested three people accused of killing a friend they were trying to turn into a vampire during a satanic ceremony at a cyber cafe called Freak Shop…


Tragic restaurant worker Edwin Juarez Palma, 24, died after being strangled, beaten, and slashed in the neck with a broken bottle.

The horrific crime happened near the regional congress building in Chihuahua in the north of Mexico.

A teenage girl named as 18-year-old student Iveth Lopez is among those being held.

Police say Edwin, known as Piwa, was killed after being fooled into taking part in an initiation ceremony to become part of a satanic cult called the Sons of Baphomet 1.

Instead he was tortured after having his hands tied behind his back after one of the alleged killers persuaded the others their victim should be sacrificed so he could return to life as a vampire.

'Dentist of horror' on trial for injuring French patients

'Dentist of horror' on trial for injuring French patients:

Patients describing horrors.. bleeding for days.. scarred forever. 

As though dentists aren’t scary enough. the AFP:

The trial of a Dutch man dubbed the “dentist of horror” after allegedly mutilating the mouths of more than 100 patients in France is due to open on Tuesday.

Jacobus van Nierop, 51, ripped out healthy teeth and left dozens of patients in a remote French village with broken jaws, recurrent abscesses and septicaemia.

He is charged with aggravated assault as well as fraud over claims that he tried to rip off patients and insurance companies, and faces up to 10 years in prison and a 150,000 euro ($165,000) fine if found guilty.

Van Nierop, who went by the first name of Mark, was hired by a head-hunter in 2008 and was initially welcomed by locals in the rural area of Chateau-Chinon, who were sorely lacking in medical services.

Now you're talking: human-like robot may one day care for dementia patients

Now you're talking: human-like robot may one day care for dementia patients :

Are you ready for this future?

The child robot would be able to respond to questions, display emotions and recognize people. Aside from being a social companion, the child robot could supervise unattended children and inform a parent or nanny if something went wrong, Thalmann said.

There are plans to program the child robot to speak different languages so that it can serve as an educational tool for children, she said.

“A child has toys but they are usually passive. This robot will be an active toy which interacts with the child,” said Thalmann. “It will be able to remember what the child likes.”

A woman starved to death after being trapped in an elevator for a month

A woman starved to death after being trapped in an elevator for a month:

Nothing more horrific than this from the weekend news bits..

A 43-year-old Chinese woman was found dead by an apartment building’s maintenance workers after she was trapped in an elevator for a month.

The incident took place in the northern city of Xi'an in China. According to local authorities, the woman was trapped after maintenance workers from Shaanxi Kaiwen Mechanical and Electrical Equipment Company shut off the power supply to service the malfunctioning elevator on Jan. 30.

However, the workers left for the extended Chinese New Year break and only returned to the gruesome find of the woman’s corpse on Mar. 1. Reports also said that the lift walls were covered in desperate scratch marks made by the woman.

The woman wasn’t even searched for in a month.. According to what is known she had a mental illness and didn’t associate with people, and lived alone…

Why do I think we will see a horror movie about this in a few months….?

A Chinese woman found dead in an elevator after being trapped...

A Chinese woman found dead in an elevator after being trapped for one month..

A horrible story and frightening prospect.. 

Two maintenance workers have been detained for gross negligence leading to involuntary manslaughter…

The government said police had ruled out foul play and concluded the woman’s death was caused by gross negligence on the part of the maintenance crew in a case of involuntary manslaughter. 


has poor records on workplace safety where proper safety procedures and practices are routinely ignored… this story obviously adds to that stigma..

'Aliens are controlling the sun', claims martian researchers

'Aliens are controlling the sun', claims martian researchers:

Here is a bizarre one to contemplate…

The sun’s light and heat keeps our planet alive and a Martian researcher believes UFOs are actually controlling how much is released to Earth.

A YouTuber and ‘UFOlogist’ has spotted what he claims to be numerous UFOs traveling around the sun this week in images sent back from the Solar Heliospheric Observatory.

And this might not be their first trip around the sun, as Russian scientists have claimed to have seen the same event ‘six to seven’ years ago.

Dinosaur-killing asteroid to be drilled by scientists

Dinosaur-killing asteroid to be drilled by scientists:

Scientists plan to drill into an impact crater where the remnants of a killer asteroid lie off Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula.

The Chicxulub crater is the spot where an asteroid stuck 66 million years ago, killing the dinosaurs and most life on the planet. Scientists hope that by drilling into the crater sediments, they may be able to learn how life here bounced back after the devastating impact.

“You can assume that at ground zero of this impact we are dealing with a sterile ocean, and over time life renewed itself. We might learn something for the future,” Research Professor Sean Gulick of University of Texas Institute for Geophysics told CNN on Thursday.

Appreciate the paranormal. Even when it sneaks up on you.

Appreciate the paranormal. Even when it sneaks up on you.

NEIL ARMSTRONG BACKWARDS.Not much of a David John Oates fan.....


Not much of a 

David John Oates fan..  But maybe he should look into this.