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  1. It very much saddens me to report that our long-time friend and moderator John DeWerd - who we all knew on the forums as kmt_sesh - passed away suddenly on January 25th due to health complications following his stroke. John joined the forum back in 2007 and made over 23,000 posts here, most of which being in the Ancient Mysteries board as he had a keen interest in the ancient world and especially in ancient Egypt. In real-life he volunteered at the Chicago Field Museum and Oriental Institute and would spend his weekends sharing his passion and knowledge with others by giving lectures and tours. In addition to his participation in the Ancient Mysteries section, John was also a moderator here on the Unexplained Mysteries forums - as always I cannot put into words my appreciation for the time he volunteered to help keep things running smoothly. He will be very much missed by a great many of our members here. On behalf of us all - our warmest wishes and condolences go out to his family and friends at this difficult time. https://www.cooneyfuneralhome.com/obituary/John-DeWerd
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  2. It's March again and that can mean only one thing - Unexplained-Mysteries.com is now another year older. This month we're celebrating 19 years since the site began all the way back in March 2001. UM has been around so long now that some of our younger members hadn't even been born when it was launched. A big thank you as always to all our members for sticking with us and to our moderators for keeping the forums running smoothly. Next year will be our 20th anniversary so we'll need to come up with something special for that.
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  3. This month marks this site's 20th year online - it has been two decades since the domain name "Unexplained-Mysteries.com" was registered and the first official version of UM was uploaded. The original site was primitive, the forum was a simple bulletin board hosted on Bravenet and there were so few visitors that it was possible to keep track using a simple embedded hit counter. This was a time when guestbooks were still a thing, sites joined webrings to gain visitors and the top search engines were Yahoo, Lycos and Alta Vista. Going online usually meant connecting with your 56k modem and loading up Netscape Navigator. Home Page (2001) Over the 20 years that followed we went through numerous iterations and reinventions, eventually moving to a self-hosted forum, starting out with YaBB, then phpBB and finally Invision Board. Forum (2001) Forum Thread (2001) Home Page (2002) Home Page (2003) Home Page (2005) Forum (2005) As always, my sincerest thanks go out to everyone who has ever visited or participated on the site and forum over the last 20 years, as well as to all the moderators that have helped keep the forums running smoothly during that time. Sites like this one are in many ways a relic even now - the emergence and dominance of social media has taken its toll on Internet forums and small, independent news sites in recent years. Despite this though, we are still here, and with your continued support we won't be going anywhere anytime soon. Here's to the next 20 years.
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  4. The main site has today received its largest overhaul in years, with the underlying code being rebuilt from the ground up to provide a range of improvements as well as to lay the groundwork for many more updates to come. This is, in effect, the beginning of a new phase of development for the site, as we move to modernise, update and expand our content and functionality. What follows is a list of changes for 11.0 ( these are specific to the main site, not the forum ): The site is now completely responsive, rather than having separate mobile and desktop versions, which offers renewed support for desktop, mobile and tablet devices. The desktop site now supports higher screen sizes, with a wider layout for resolutions that can support it. The header graphics have been redone to support higher PPI displays. The header logo can now be clicked on to return to the home page. The search system has been improved (and will receive further improvements). Font sizes have been increased to better suit modern displays. The news section can now be filtered to show only articles with videos. News articles and content can now support longer titles. The old encyclopaedia and video sections have been discontinued. Some very old (15 years+) news articles have been retired and now direct to their forum comment threads. Similar update lists will be posted up for each subsequent update - there are plans to further improve and revamp individual sections of the site. If you run into any bugs or broken links, please let me know. Thank you.
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  5. We now have a dedicated forum section in the 'News, Politics and Current Affairs' category: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic https://www.unexplained-mysteries.com/forum/forum/154-coronavirus-covid-19-pandemic/ All existing threads on the topic have now been moved there to keep everything about the pandemic together in one place. This will also help to keep existing sections from being flooded with coronavirus-related topics.
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  6. After a short discussion with some of the Moderating staff I have decided to start a thread for people to simply express their own personal experience. Strictly no politics. No blame. This thread is being posted as genuine concern for our little internet community and is purely for asking if people are OK.
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  7. Well ‘pop star’ offends me so I will refer to them instead as ‘Insignificant cretins’ now I will move on.
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  8. Typical barbaric primitive mentality and actions. This is not part of a protest, it is an excuse to steal. Looting someones business who had nothing to do with the death. ANY EXCUSE to steal. These low lifes sicken me!!
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  9. Got to be able to laugh while we starve
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  10. Yeah I hate it when that happens.
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  11. Nobody is mentioning us........ https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/apr/24/us-native-americans-left-out-coronavirus-data https://www.cbsnews.com/video/native-american-tribes-struggle-with-coronavirus-crisis/ https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2020/04/24/coronavirus-indian-country-hit-hard-tribes-battle-red-tape/5130415002/ https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/coronavirus-hits-indian-country-hard-exposing-infrastructure-disparities-n1186976 https://www.nbcnews.com/think/opinion/coronavirus-takes-more-native-americans-lives-killing-our-elderly-erases-ncna1189761 https://thehill.com/regulation/court-battles/493378-native-american-tribes-sue-feds-over-coronavirus-relief-distribution My stepmother said she's waiting for it to wreak havoc on Pine Ridge.
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  12. My granddaughter graduated from high school this year and is now a full EMT. She will start nursing school in the fall. Yep...proud grandma!!
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  13. No you got to keep us separated. No big crowds in one place they say. And I swear I saw 7 UMers in that section not wash their hands before posting.
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  14. Go **** yourself Putin. May history remember you as a pile of ****.
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  15. Thunderstorm from my window a couple of days ago. Jagodina, Serbia.
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  16. This the edge of Norbury Lake, the east kootenays near my home in BC.
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  17. I only just met him. How very sad
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  18. Hi everyone. With the help and approval of Saru I am happy to announce that The UM Phun Photography Competition is coming soon. The competition will be open for all members of all abilities. It is for fun, rather than a serious photographic competition. As such all members will be invited to vote for the picture(s) they enjoy the most, rather than the one which is most technically correct. We hope to start the first competition on 1st July. We hope that photos will be taken specifically for the competition. We intend to run a new competition every three months. New entries will be eligible for the first two months, with the next three(ish) weeks open for voting and the final week will give us time for setting up the next competition. All members will be allowed to enter up to five photos each. There will be no prize for the winner except pride and the right to select the subject of the next competition. The subjects should be open enough that all members, no matter where they live, can be free to enter, so nothing too specific such as "snow capped mountains" or "waterfalls" for example. Something vague, such as "water" or "transport" are the sort of things we are aiming for as all members should be able to think of something to photograph and it will allow for creativity. I will be setting the subject for the first competition, which will be announced when the competition starts. The winner of the first competition will get to set the subject for the next. Entries MUST be the member's own work... plagiarism may lead to disqualification from the competition. Full rules will be published at the start of the competition. As this is intended to be fun we ask that members vote on the photo only. Put aside differences and friendships on other sections of the site. This competition can be fun, and succeed, only with the help and participation of the members. I have faith in you.
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  19. I was happily watching the Bermuda Philharmonic Orchestra when the guy on triangle disappeared.
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  20. It's official - UM is now 20 years old!
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  21. I doubt anyone honestly believes that, especially after what happened yesterday... this statement is objectively false.
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  22. UPDATE: Hubby is continuing to improve; he may get to come home today or tomorrow. Oxygen levels are not quite where they should be so most likely he will have oxygen for a short time. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart for thoughts and prayers. I am so thankful and blessed to have such wonderful friends.
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  23. The virus is a big threat The reason I believe that the COVID-19 virus is not overblown is that in a matter of a few months we have had over 150,000 deaths. Also, perhaps we are at the beginning of second-wave, or the end of the first, I am not sure. Unless people stop fighting over the 'mask' issue I believe we will lose many more people. In every country where they opened back up, there was a surge, a big one, the United States is a case in point. I do not believe that wearing a mask or not wear a mask is a problem of big government taking over. It is like wearing a seat belt when driving, seat belts save lives. To drive without a seat belt is foolish, no matter what reason someone gives. for not using one. So with the mask, and social distancing. It works, just do it. If those who are against wearing masks are right, it will come out in the near future, however, if they are wrong, the death toll will continue to climb, and the unmaskers may be the death of loved ones, which could have been avoided. Not sure if I will survive this, with my age and all, but in the meantime, we need to work together, this fighting over 'everything' is really getting absurd to the 10th power.--Br.MD
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  24. HAPPY WINTER SOLSTICE, EVERYONE! re. New Year Resolutions: I have achieved my resolution for 2019 by getting myself off/no longer needing medication for Type 2 diabetes and hypothyroidism. I am no longer taking taking medication of any sort.
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  25. It's hard to believe that UM has been around for more than 20 years. When we first started, the Internet was a very different place, but despite all the changing trends and web technologies that have come and gone over the years, we are still here - providing the same news and discussion that we've always been known for. Traditional old-school message boards, in particular, have become somewhat rare in recent years thanks to the rise of social media and the difficulties inherent in monetizing them. Many others have fallen by the wayside or are struggling to make ends meet. As a small independent website and discussion forum, we have always depended upon advertising revenue to help pay for the site's upkeep, to fund further development and to maintain our independence in a world increasingly dominated by huge social media platforms and multinational news corporations. In recent years, however, it has become increasingly difficult to rely on advertising alone, with most advertisers (and even the Google search engine) favoring large, mainstream sites over smaller, niche platforms like ours. This is why we have partnered with Patreon in an effort to help support our costs and to distance the site from its reliance on (increasingly unreliable) third-party advertising. Patreon is a popular platform with small sites, YouTubers, artists etc. because it provides the opportunity for content creators to compensate supporters with access to additional content and exclusive perks, while also enabling them to help shape the future of the platform and content that they enjoy. Our own Patreon page is no exception, offering a selection of perks - you can find a full list of these at the bottom of this post. You can check out our Patreon page here: https://www.patreon.com/unexplainedmysteries There is of course no obligation to subscribe, we will not gate off site features, forum sections or anything like that and any new features or improvements developed and implemented onto the site with the support of our Patreon subscribers will be made available to everyone. That said of course, any and all support we do receive will be greatly appreciated and will help to keep UM running well into the future. With your help, we can make the site the best that it can possibly be. Thank you. ----------------- Patreon perks (each tier includes everything from the previous tiers) Tier 1 Access to our subscriber-exclusive weekly 'UM Insider' newsletter here on Patreon. (Optional) Enable 'Subscriber' status for your UM forum account, giving you a special badge and username color. (You can enable/disable this at any time) Access to our Patreon VIP Lounge where you can keep up-to-date with all our Patreon content directly through the forum. Early access to select new site features which gives you the chance to try them out before anyone else. We'll also send you a thank you message to express our appreciation for your support! Tier 2 Access to exclusive behind-the-scenes news and gossip as well as sneak peaks at upcoming site features and updates. The chance to discuss and cast your vote for which features and content you'd like us to add next. Access to additional exclusive content on Patreon. [NEW] Access to our 'Weird E-Mails' series - an 8-part series of strange queries, submissions and communications. [NEW] Access to our upcoming 'Lost Ghost Stories' series. Tier 3 The option to completely disable all the advertisements on the entire site and get the ultimate ad-free UM browsing experience. https://www.patreon.com/unexplainedmysteries
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  27. The astronomers recently found a spoon on the Mars. It must be a sign, and a high time to the contact.
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  28. We had to put down our dog this afternoon.
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  29. I finally got to come home!! Glad to be in my own recliner.
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  30. https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-03/uocp-nsi031821.php @Kenemet
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  31. https://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Zero_Hedge https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daniel_Ivandjiiski#Career
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  32. I may be here off and on for the next few days. My hubby was admitted to the hospital late yesterday afternoon after dialysis. He has bilateral pulmonary edema, congestive heart failure and covid. I cannot go and see him, which is tough. Right now he's getting oxygen, taking a steroid for covid and they are giving him lasix to help get the fluid off his lungs. If you get a moment, please remember him in your thoughts or prayers. I'm a bit freaked out by all of it and all of a sudden, I feel very alone.
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  33. So now we can get back to discussing UFO's and Atlantis instead of politics.... Hey a man can dream.
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  34. QAnon is not the only movement getting worked up over Trump’s coronavirus diagnosis. Conspiracy theorists on the extreme fringe also suspect that Trump—who they believe might be an immortal alien—might have contracted coronavirus in an attempt to shed his mortal flesh and shapeshift into something else. Steenberg started an online petition three years ago called “Disclose: Humanoid Extra Terrestrials Live Among Us.” His website highlights the bulk of his theories and with nearly 30,000 Twitter followers and over 10,000 signatures on his petition, Steenberg is confident he knows the truth. Full monty at Vice Magazine:Link
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  35. When it comes to CM, I don't know what I'm reading half the time. The other half I regret reading it.
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  36. There is nothing in physics that says there used to be "nothingness". The idea that there was "nothing" and then the universe "exploded into being" is pop-science, not actual physics. Sorry, what are they missing out? I'm pretty sure the bible says that God has existed for eternity. Yes, we can only divide so far until the notion of "size" is meaningless. But I have no idea how this then jumps to the concept of "God". No. No we don't. Not sure why you're talking like you've proven something here. This reads like you kinda once skim-read a 20-year old children's text book on the big bang. It is embarrassingly basic and wildly out of date. I don't know how you think you can pinpoint "civilisation" to such an accurate degree, but either way, this is unfalsifiable, and therefore can be dismissed as a serious argument. God could have created the universe 10 seconds ago and given us all false memories - there is no way of proving this hypothesis wrong. No one has said this about the big bang. No one has said this about evolution. This is not science. You're making stuff up. Do I even need to address this last bit. You're tying yourself in knots with frankly made up and misunderstood "science", and the conclusion you've come to is just gibberish. Sorry.
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  37. Because the orange moron wants to "keep the numbers down" and cannot grasp the idea that testing DOESN'T lead to cases, but instead shows how far the infection has spread. With his fallible logic, no tests means no cases. Just like if there aren't pregnancy tests, no one gets pregnant. No cancer testing? Hooray! we've beaten cancer! And there are legions of followers who lap up his venom.....
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  38. False promises, lack of claimed results, putting god/s/ess to the test and getting no results. Evangelical liars who preach a good game, but are hypocrites. Realizing that all religions are a purely human construct and god/s/ess's are just an idea. It's all made up, fabricated lies meant to control people and lock them into a cult of ego. Because religion does one thing well, it inflates the ego desire of self importance. Along with cultish brutes who would rather break a person because they are "born sinners".
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  39. My coworker is very lazy..
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  40. I reckon that with all the hair salons, beauty parlours, waxing centres and tanning booths now closed, things could get really ugly out there.
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  41. Good grief, its spread to Ireland
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  42. Trans women can NEVER become females physically. They can be mutilated to have an ersatz vagina and breasts, but they are NOT females in the biological sense. They can't menstruate, they can't become pregnant, they have different medical requirements. They are mutilated men with a mental disorder.
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  43. No. It seems that some people come onto a discussion forum expecting to enjoy an echo chamber. You mean searching for validation from people who agree with them and tell them what they want to hear. Unless you consider heated debate to be a conflict. Go to most comment sections anywhere and you will find it rife with horribly disgusting things. These boards are moderated and kept pretty civil considering the heavy topics that are constantly commented on. In my experience, people simply have different ways of getting their point of view across. Some more coherent and some that seem bat crap crazy. It all depends on your perspective and how you choose to react to what has been written. You have just joined the site and I've seen you post some pretty bold claims. E.g. There's only one true god. You know Jesus was real for a fact. You have paranormal activity at you house that you temporarily abate with the power of god. You've captured supernatural orbs, etc. Those types of statements are fully debatable. If you expect to proclaim things in an open forum then you should be ready to be inquired upon. Not everybody here believes the same things regarding the topics covered on this site. Not everyone is going to deal with these topics with white gloves. That's the point.
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  44. Thats what happens when you are punched in the head a gazillion times.
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  45. But probably not. This claptrap involves Luis Elizondo (surprise!!!) Leslie Kean (double surprise!!!!!) and the claims about alien-craft-bits comes from a former Richard Bigelow employee by the name of Eric Davis, who promotes all sorts of amazing (but purely theoretical) propulsion systems and is a fan of the Skinwalker ranch, and also believes Uri Geller has genuine powers......... Any questions? Oh, and Eric also says he can't divulge any details about any alien stuff, due to him having signed lots of NDA's.... Of course, eric sweetie, we understand totally... I'll be delighted to be proven wrong, but would suggest that UFO=alienz fanatics restrain your enthusiasm and be prepared for the usual letdown.
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  46. My son was born last night!
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