Got this from GhostsNGhouls.com. Suitably creepy...what do you think it is?
How many avid soccer fans, well used to the theatrics that are part and parcel of the World Cup, would have anticipated that witchcraft would enter into the discussion of wins and losses? Yet, despite their overall lackluster showing, the Ghanaian Black Stars received support from an unexpected quarter: Ghanaian spiritualist Nana Kwaku Bonsam, who claimed that he used witchcraft to conjure the knee injury that threatened the continued participation of Portuguese footballer Cristiano Ronaldo in the World Cup.
While Bonsam's claims may have been an amusing interlude in the World Cup brouhaha, it overshadows a much more serious recent incident involving witchcraft allegations in Ghana, a situation that is misunderstood and has received insufficient and inadequate international attention.
In northern Ghana, where poverty is rampant, witchcraft is a disturbing manifestation of violence against women. Women, and even young girls, can be accused of using supernatural power to harm individuals and bring misfortune onto their communities. These women are ostracized by their families and neighbors, rejected by their communities, subjected to life-threatening assaults and often brutally murdered. Some women are fortunate to find their way to one of the "witch camps" dotted across northern Ghana. These camps provide sanctuary to women persecuted as witches.
On June 18th, the United States Ambassador to Ghana Gene Cretz announced that the United States would collaborate with the Ghanaian government to disband the witch camps in the Northern Region. The reason is the conclusion that the camps are inconsistent with the image of modern Ghana. The Americans have pledged to donate one million cedis ($355,000 C), to support Ghana's Minister of Chieftaincy and Culture to research how best to eliminate the camps.
This announcement was welcomed by Ghanaian governmental authorities, who have been under increasing international pressure to take action against the deplorable persecution of women alleged to be witches.
Alexandra Huerta, her brother Sergio, and cousin Fernando Cuevas began growling, thrashing around, and showing signs of temporary deafness and hallucination.
Three American friends were rushed to hospital after becoming “possessed” by demon spirits while trying to contact the dead with a Ouija board.
Alexandra Huerta, her brother Sergio, 23, and 18-year-old cousin Fernando Cuevas had wanted to talk to the after life while visiting friends in the village of San Juan Tlacotenco in south-west Mexico.
However just moments after using the spirit board the 22-year-old started “growling” and violently thrashing around in a “trance-like” state.
Paramedics who attended the scene said Sergio and Fernando also started demonstrating signs of “possession’" including temporary deafness, loss of vision and hallucinations.
Alexandra had to be forcibly strapped to a stretcher to prevent her from hurting herself while being administered anti-stress medication.
Victor Demesa, 46, the director of public safety in the nearby town of Tepoztlan, said: “The medical rescue of these three young people was very complicated.
“They had involuntary movements and it was difficult to transfer them to the nearest hospital because they were so erratic.
"This is the photo that changed my opinion about ghost photos," says Terry Ike Clanton, who runs the TombstoneArizona.com website. Clanton is an actor, recording artist and cowboy poet, and is also a cousin of the legendary Clanton Gang who clashed with the Earps and Doc Holliday at the famous gunfight at OK Corral.
Clanton took this photo of his friend at Boothill Graveyard. The photo was taken in black and white because he wanted Old West-looking pictures of himself dressed in Clanton's 1880-period clothes. Clanton took the film for developing to the local Thrifty Drug Store, and when he got it back was startled at what he saw.
Among the gravestones, just to the right of his friend, is the image of what appears to be a thin man in a dark hat. By height, the man appears to be either legless, kneeling... or rising up out of the ground. "I know there was no other person in this photograph when I shot it," Clanton insists. And he believes the small figure in the background is holding a knife."We thought this was a tie at first, but after further review, it appears to be a knife," Clanton says.
"The knife is in a vertical position; the tip is located just below the figure's right collar.
If you're not convinced that something is weird here, look at my friend's shadow in the photo.
It appears to be going back slightly to the right of him. The figure in the back should have the same shadow, but it doesn't!"
The Guanjuato Mummies - are considered to be amongst the strangest and most horrifying in the world. Contorted faces on some of the mummies give credence to the belief that some of them were buried alive. After author Ray Bradbury visited the catacombs in Guanajuato he stated "The experience so wounded and terrified me, I could hardly wait to flee Mexico".
A hunched figure sits on the water’s edge in another alleged sighting of the fabled Bigfoot .
Randy O’Neal, 40, reckons his dad’s photo – taken on a phone at the weekend – backs up his claim he saw the beast 25 years ago.
Sceptics said it was another hoax, but Randy challenged them to prove him wrong.
He said: “My memories and experiences have made me a believer.
“Here are the pictures again... I can honestly say that these are the clearest, most ‘non-blurred’ images I personally have ever seen.”
Randy claimed he saw “a set of red eyes” peering at him from the darkness on a camping trip in 1989.
The latest sighting was taken at an unnamed spot off the Intracoastal Highway in Virginia, US.
It's big, it's hairy and people in New Jersey claim to have seen it. Now, a television series has joined the hunt for the infamous Bigfoot, also known as Sasaquatch.
The Animal Planet network's "Finding Bigfoot" crew came to Sussex County last week to search the rural area for the legendary -- some would say mythical -- creature who has eluded capture despite numerous purported sightings.
The crew held a town hall-style meeting to hear about local sightings before taking to the field. The Daily Record of Parsippany reports that more than a dozen people shared stories.
Great creepy story from Io9...
In Siciliy, there's a very spooky mummy of a girl who died in 1920. Occasionally, she can be seen to open and close her eyes. Italian researchers now say there's a perfectly reasonable explanation — and it has nothing to do with her being among the undead.
Recorded in time lapse photos and videos, the creepy phenomenon has been the subject of various speculations for some years. This week, Italian newspapers again reported that Rosalia Lombardo, a two-year-old girl who died of pneumonia in 1920, moves her eyelids several times during the day, slightly opening them to reveal intact blue eyes.
One of the world's best preserved mummies, Rosalia is the most famous among some 8,000 thousands mummies lining the catacombs beneath the Capuchin convent in Palermo, Sicily.
Nicknamed "sleeping beauty," she looks like a 2-year-old baby taking a nap. Poking above a blanket, her peaceful face is framed by curly blond hair, while a ribbon is still tied around her head.
Although amazingly mummified, Rosalia doesn't open and shut her eyes.
"It's an optical illusion produced by the light that filters through the side windows, which during the day is subject to change," Dario Piombino-Mascali, curator of the Capuchin Catacombs, said in a statement Thursday.
He noted the mummy was moved slightly and shifted to a horizontal position in a humidity-free glass coffin. The new position makes it easier see Rosalia's eyelids.
"They are not completely closed, and indeed they have never been," Piombino-Mascali said.
A “demonic” Osama bin Laden action figure with a terrifying red face and green eyes was developed by the CIA to scare children and their parents, it has emerged.
At first the toy looked normal – wearing traditional clothing – but as children played with it the heat from their hands would dissolve paint on its face, revealing the evil bin Laden beneath.
The Washington Post discovered the plans, which were code-named “Devil Eyes” by the spy agency.
The CIA is known for its covert “influence operations”, trying to gain the support of local people in conflicts through the decades.
As well as the bin Laden toy, which started development in 2005, forces in Afghanistan were also going to give out notebooks, pencils and games to foster goodwill with children, the Washington Post reported.
Elspeth McIntosh has been a witch for 16 years.
"I just had this feeling when I was about 8 years old that I was a witch," she said.
Ms McIntosh is one of thousands of Australian witches who celebrate the Winter Solstice on 21 June.
Witches are men or women who follow a branch of Paganism known as Wicca or Witchcraft.
"Pagan faiths are where nature is worshipped," Ms McIntosh said.
Many Pagans perform rituals designed to raise energy from the Earth and send it out into the world.
At the 2011 Census 32,082 Australians said they followed a "nature religion", which is the umbrella term the ABS uses for Pagan religions.
More than 8,000 of those were Witches.
Although there are thousands of Pagans in Victoria you won't find any Pagan churches.
"Nature is our church," said Ms McIntosh.
I'm skeptical about the effectiveness of this treatment. I believe if a "witch doctor" slapped my bald head when I had migraine I would probably hit back.
The witch doctor did it.
An influential witch doctor from Ghana known as “The Devil of Wednesday” vowed months ago to hex soccer superstar Cristiano Ronaldo with an injury before the World Cup.
Now that Ronaldo, whose Portugal team was drawn into the so-called Group of Death along with Ghana, Germany and the US, has been diagnosed with a combo of worrisome injuries to his left leg, the medicine man, Nana Kwaku Bonsam is taking the credit/blame.
Bonsam told a radio station in Ghana, as reported by The Guardian:
“I said it four months ago that I will work on Cristiano Ronaldo seriously and rule him out of the World Cup or at least prevent him from playing against Ghana and the best thing I can do is to keep him out through injury.
“This injury can never be cured by any medic, they can never see what is causing the injury because it is spiritual. Today, it is his knee, tomorrow it is his thigh, next day it is something else.”
A strange creature spotted on footage from an underwater oil rig camera in the Gulf of Mexico may be a huge jellyfish.
According to the news blog Zeibiz, scientists think the “large blob” swimming slowly toward the camera is the rarely seen jellyfish known as depstaria reticulum. That’s based on the hexagonal pattern on its skin.
These bizarre jellyfish can be up to 60 centimeters (about 2 feet) wide and are more apt to be found near the Antarctic than in the Gulf of Mexico.
An international team led by the University of Southampton in England has created the first global jellyfish database to map jellyfish populations in the oceans. The project is known as JeDI, for Jellyfish Database Initiative.
In an empty, dusty house, a boy stumbled upon a classic horror movie scenario this week: A mummified corpse hanging by the neck from a belt.
And officials say it had been there for five years.
Until the boy made his way inside the ramshackle house in Dayton, Ohio, on Sunday, neighbors didn't think anyone lived there, said Ken Betz, director of the Montgomery County Coroner's Office.
They thought the house was abandoned, and it looked that way.
The front door was papered with citations for the overgrown yard, and no one came and went from the address. The home was unfurnished.
Inside, however, was the body of Edward Brunton, who hanged himself with a belt in a closet in 2009, according to Betz.
Betz puts Brunton in his late 40s at the time of his suicide.
The closet shielded his body from rapid decomposition, animals and insects, resulting in the mummy-like condition the boy found it in.