The Strangest Places in the U.S.A.

The Coral Castle in Florida (DK/Alamy)
The Coral Castle in Florida (DK/Alamy)
Lake Michigan (Walter Bibikow/Corbis)
Lake Michigan (Walter Bibikow/Corbis)
Mel's Hole (CSUF Grand Central Art Center)
Mel's Hole (CSUF Grand Central Art Center)
Oregon Vortex (Becca Owen)
Oregon Vortex (Becca Owen)
Sattva Sanctuary (James Gillilan)
Sattva Sanctuary (James Gillilan)

Unraveling the Mysteries

Traveling is oftentimes coupled with good and bad adventures. Sometimes our lives can be in danger if we do not follow the advice of old folks or locales in the place or country we are visiting. It is better to be obedient than being too confident in everything we do . A second opinion will not compromise or hinder our plan.

So are you ready to take a look at the places you want to travel in? These places are not ordinary, so they say. I've been to some states of the United States of America, both in east and west coasts, but my work never permitted me to go ashore for a day or two just to see these so-called strange places. With this hub, let's take a closer look and hear testimonies of the residents from these places.

1. Mount Shasta, Redding, CA

The Cascade Mountain range, 60 miles south of the Oregon border, has long been considered one of the planet’s great “cosmic power spots,” luring everyone from Native Americans to Buddhist monks and hippies.

TESTIMONIES & HEARSAYS: People who have been there experienced: altered states, UFO sightings, face-to-face contacts with Ascended Masters (who are they?) of the legendary Lemurians (people of the sunken continent Lemuria) who lived 12, 000 years ago during the time of Atlantis.. The rumour is that there is an underground military base in that place.

Shasta Valley is also the inspiration of James Hilton, renowned author of Lost Horizon in 1933, when he met a strange group of warm, seemingly enlightened people on that year.

2. Oregon Vortex, Gold Hill, OR

Measuring 165 feet in diameter and known for producing intense feelings of vertigo, this curious site in southern Oregon has attracted visitors since the 1930s. Here, balls roll uphill, brooms stand on end, and people appear to grow and shrink inside its centerpiece, a former gold mining outpost called the House of Mystery.

TESTIMONIES & HEARSAYS: It is also called the FORBIDDEN GROUND by Native Americans. Looking at the picture, the Vortex seemed to have accumulated an immeasurable amount of magnetic field, that your physical shapes will be altered (getting big or thinner). This phenomena is really interesting to me.

Animals, like dogs and cats, are afraid to cross the said place. They have sixth sense that humans ,oftentimes cannot detect dangerous things lurking in a place like this.

3. Coral Castle, Homestead, FL

Made from 1,100 tons of megalithic-style limestone boulders—some heavier than the Pyramids’ and bigger than those at Stonehenge—this unusual structure, located 25 miles south of Miami, was built from 1923 to 1951 by a single man, a diminutive Latvian immigrant named Edward Leedskalnin, as an homage to the love of his life who left him on the eve of their wedding. But how did he do it?

TESTIMONIES & HEARSAYS:Like Leedskalnin . my grandfather also experienced this kind of phenomena in the Philippines. Have you ever heard of levitating stones or flying books. Too farfetched, huh? That's why people called him insane during those days where people were skeptical about those kind of things.

It is believed that Leedskalnin discovered the secret of Pyramid contruction using no mortar or precision slabs. It's mind-boggling, isn't it. Who knows, we can also discover the secrets of this fabled Coral Castle.

4.Ringing Rocks Park, Bucks County, PA

Deep in the woods in this 128-acre park is a large field of mysterious boulders that, when struck, sound like bells, as if they are hollow and made of metal. Each summer, hundreds of visitors flock here, hammers in hand, to perform their own “rock concerts.”

TESTIMONIES & HEARSAYS: You can view the actual experiments of locales, tourists and scientists flocking in the park. It really rings and have different sounds!!! Scientists attributed it to the unique properties of volcanic rocks called diabase.

We used to play with the limestones during our childhood days. My brother, friends and I will often perfect throwing stones floating on the surface of the water in the river. But "ringing" stones? It really exist.

5.Michigan, Home to the Lake Michigan Monster

Locals and cryptozoologists have long believed there’s an enormous prehistoric creature living in the second largest of the Great Lakes. Sightings from around its shores—Cross Village, Harbor Springs, Northport—date as far back as 1817 and tell of a 60-foot serpent or “sea panther,” as local Native Americans referred to it (because of its catlike head and lizard body), that likes to emerge at dusk.

TESTIMONIES & HEARSAYS: While the beast, if it truly exists, is thought to be a land-locked plesiosaur. True accounts of seeing this kind of prehistoric animal in the other northernly lakes, including Lake Champlain—home to Champy—and Lake Erie, where proclaimed creationist Carl Baugh discovered a carcass of a three-foot long “baby monster” in the early 1990’s. He had the creature, probably a burbot, stuffed and placed on display at the (now closed) L & D Bait and Tackle shop near Cleveland, Ohio.

I tried looking at Carl Baugh's wikipedia and I found out that his works are being questioned by scientists nowadays that humans and dinosaurs were contemporary. He was featured at The DAILY SHOW in 2001 making the existence of humans like in the cartoon show The Flintstones. Recently, he posted his ideas on the web via ID and Dembski as the founder of intelligent design.

6. Racetrack Playa, Death Valley National Park, CA

People have long scratched their heads over the “Sailing Stones,” which mysteriously move across the sandy playa’s surface on their own, leaving visible tracks in their wake.

TESTIMONIES & HEARSAYS:Given that these rocks chart a new course once every three years, why is it that nobody seen it in motion or in action. Some say that during wintertime, wet clay and strong winds—which can reach speeds of up to 90 mph—are to blame, but no one is 100 percent certain what causes this curious natural (or unnatural?) phenomena.

Group of interested people, whether scientists or enthusiasts are closely monitoring this mysterious movement in the area.

7. Skinwalker Ranch, Uintah Basin, UT

This 480-acre compound in northeastern Utah is the site of many unexplained—and harrowing—incidents: roaring underground noises, the appearance of menacing blue orbs, attacks by shape-shifting beasts, and evidence of animal mutilations.

TESTIMONIES & HEARSAYS:Purchased in 1994 by a couple looking to raise cattle and quickly put on the market two years later, the area—according to local Native American folklore—is legendary for its dark energies. The ranch is now managed by the National Institute for Discovery Sciences, a paranormal research organization.

Dark energies really exist. The belief of shapeshifters are too common here in the Philippines. Too much superstitions are still apparent in the farflung barangays. One example is that pregnant women are often protected against these elements during nighttime because their bodily fragrance are too consuming for the creatures of the night that can harm their unborn children or even their lives.

8.Paulding, MI, Home to the Paulding Light

For more than a century, on clear nights, unidentified spheres of light appear like clockwork on the horizon of this four corners town. To date, there’s no logical explanation for the luminescent red, white, and green balls that dance on the edge of the forest, but they are rumored to be the ghost of a railroad brakeman who met his fate on the tracks.

TESTIMONIES & HEARSAYS:Locals and the curious regularly line up by the dozens for the bizarre light show; the Michigan Forest service has even posted signs guiding sky-gazers to the best viewing spots.

My father used to tell me a story of a "fireball" always lurking in the moonless nights at their place. It was a playful light but when he approached it he was attacked by the fireball. He taught us to distinguish which place can this fireball be apparent. He said after the rain, one can see dancing lights near the mountains. It's the effects to too much phosporus evaporating in the place giving a luminous white lights dancing.It is similar to St. Elmo's fire I've seen way back 2003 when our ship was on voyage at the east coast of United States.

9.Sattva Sanctuary, Trout Lake, WA

At the base of Mount Adams lies an incredible hotbed of UFO activity: a wooded ranch-cum-spiritual retreat owned by James Gilliland. The founder of Enlightened Contact with ExtraTerrestrial Intelligence and the Self-Mastery Earth Institute has been hosting seekers at “the ranch” since 1986. Thanks to so many unexplained light shows, almost no one leaves disappointed.

TESTIMONIES & HEARSAYS:Countless visitors recount many mind-boggling accounts, including many prominent scientists, report staggering UFO eyewitness accounts: documented sightings, sounds, even alleged contact of the third kind. One wave included as many as 50 unidentified craft.

The curious public is welcome Monday through Thursday to conduct its own sky-watches. (Reservations: 509-395-2092.) Coincidentally, it was after seeing a UFO near Mount Adams in 1947 that pilot Kenneth Arnold first coined the term “flying saucer".

When I was a child, the thing that frightened me was this so-called flying saucer. One night, during my highschool years, I've seen group of round-shaped orange lights flying in the Philippine skies. Sightings of UFOs were being broadcast on the radios, televisions and published in newspapers during the 80s when the planetissimal alignment happened.

10.Mel’s Hole, Manastash Ridge, WA

The nine-foot-wide bottomless hole and former dump site on Mel Waters’s former property near Ellensburg, Washington, is awash in mystery, which includes its professed ability to “reanimate” dead animals. Some speculate the opening is actually a tunnel, giving rise to the “Hollow Earth” theory first proposed by astronomer Edmond Halley (of comet fame) in the 17th century. The most pressing secret: where does the hole lead?

TESTIMONIES & HEARSAYS: Waters have vanished in the hole. If you try sinking fishing lines of ropes inside the Mel's hole, your effort will just be wasted because you will never find any bottom. Try throwing a huge rock. It will never sound 'thud' in the said abyss. He also claimed the abyss would shoot black rays and could bring animals back to life; a neighbor tossed a dead dog into the hole only to have it return, alive, from out of the woods. Some believe the discovery is a blow hole for Mount Rainier.

How about the theory of Hollow Hole by the astronomer Edmond Halley? In 1962, he presented the idea that the Earth consists of these hollow shells about 800 kms (500 miles) thick, two inner concentric shells and innermost cores about the diameter of planets Venus, Mars and Mercury. Atmospheres separate these shells and possess its own magnetic poles. This was publicized by Halley in order to explain erratic compass reading in some parts of the Earth. He also envisioned that the insde parts of these magnetic shells are luminous and the gas escaping from it causes the Aurora Borealis.

The deepest hole drilled to date is SG-3 borehole which is 12.3 km (7.6 miles) deep. part of the Soviet Kola Superdeep Borehole project.

I've compiled these facts (Travel & Leisure) for added knowledge and appreciation of mysteries that surround us here on Earth that can give us benefits or ill-effects as well.

Who knows, maybe there's another mysterious place or thing in your country. You can share it, too, along with this hub to others who are looking for mystery and adventure while travelling.

Rainbow-like image of Virgin Mary in Florida
Rainbow-like image of Virgin Mary in Florida
Milk-drinking statue in India
Milk-drinking statue in India
Muslim miracle
Muslim miracle
Crystal tears of Lebanese girl
Crystal tears of Lebanese girl
Image of Jesus on the rock
Image of Jesus on the rock
Image on Rose Petal, Philippines
Image on Rose Petal, Philippines
White Lady in Germany
White Lady in Germany

Phenomena Around the World

Share International News are closely monitoring all the unexplained or phenomena from around the world. These are just some of the facts they collated that everyone connected to different religions are experiencing such phenomena.

 1. Image of Virgin Mary two stories high
During three weeks over Christmas 1996, 450,000 people went to view the wall of a black glass building in south Florida where a two-story-high image of the Virgin Mary had appeared. The rainbow-coloured image on the outside of the Seminole Finance building in Clearwater, Florida, is about 50 feet wide and 35 feet tall, and stretches across nine panes of glass. "It’s quite amazing. It’s very spiritual, very peaceful," said Patty Scharn, a receptionist at the building. According to police spokesman Wayne Shelor: "People are making shrines, bringing gifts, candles, flowers, statues. Some have been overwhelmed and fainted. We have the infirm, the disabled in wheelchairs, the blind. They’re coming 500 at a time... But it’s not a carnival atmosphere. There is a sense of awe and wonder."

Later, the rainbow-coloured image recovered from an attack by vandals. In June 1997 someone threw an unknown liquid on the shape, staining it. But following two days of heavy thunderstorms, the blemishes disappeared, and the image looked again as it did in December.

2. Light emanates from Japanese Bodhisattva image
On 4 July 1987, an image of the Bodhisattva, emanating rainbow-coloured light, was discovered on the bathroom window in the house of Mr and Mrs Yajima in Nagano City, Japan. Rainbow colours emanate from the head and body of the 48-cm-high figure on the glass. The image has a patterned, silver-coloured crown on its head. On its neck, there are two strings of prayer beads. The image is standing on a lotus, and is holding a small round-faced girl.

About the same time as the window image was discovered, an image appeared on the wall below the bathroom window. In the beginning, this image looked as if it were just a stain, but as time went by, it became clearer, and the outline darker. The image is approx. 40 cm high, and wears a pointed hat with a rounded middle. It holds a water pot in its hand, and sits on a lotus. The eyes are now clearly visible on the wall.

About a year after the image appeared on the bathroom window, the family demolished their bathroom. In its place, they built a small temple to enshrine the glass of the Bodhisattva. During the construction process, when workers were digging in the ground below where the image appeared, they discovered a ball about 35 cm in diameter. No one could figure out whether the ball was made of wood, stone or iron. The ball emanates a very strong energy. When people place their fingers close to the white walls of the shrine, a rainbow-coloured light appears between the wall and their fingers. This phenomenon can be seen only at the wall, and happens to everyone who tries it. The rainbow colour is most clearly seen when the wall is in the shade.

3. Worldwide Hindu milk miracle
On Thursday 21 September 1995 the news swept around the world of the extraordinary miracles of milk-drinking Hindu statues. Never before in history has a simultaneous miracle occurred on such a global scale. Television, radio and newspapers eagerly covered this unique phenomenon, and even sceptical journalists held their milk-filled spoons to the gods ― and watched, humbled, as the milk disappeared. The media coverage was extensive, and although scientists and 'experts' created theories of "capillary absorption" and "mass hysteria," the overwhelming evidence and conclusion was that an unexplainable miracle had occurred.

It all began at dawn in a temple on the outskirts of Delhi, India, when milk offered to a statue of Ganesh just disappeared into thin air. Word spread so quickly throughout India that soon thousands were offering milk to the gods and watching in amazement as it disappeared. Life in India was brought to a virtual standstill as people rushed to temples to see for themselves the drinking gods. Others claimed that small statues in millions of homes around the country were also drinking the offerings of milk.

Traffic in Delhi was halted as police struggled to control crowds who gathered outside hundreds of temples with jugs and saucepans of milk for the marble statues of Ganesh, the Hindu God of wisdom and learning, and Shiva, his father.

Even the cynical professed amazement. "It's unbelievable. My friends told me about it and I just thought it was rubbish," said a Delhi business woman, Mabati Kasori. "But then I did it myself. I swear that the spoon was drained." Parmeesh Soti, a company executive, was convinced it was a miracle. "It cannot be a hoax. Where would all that milk go to? It just disappeared in front of my eyes." Suzanne Goldenberg, a Delhi-based journalist, reported that: "Inside the darkened shrine, people held stainless steel cups and clay pots to the central figure of the five-headed Shiva, the destroyer of evil, and his snake companion, and watched the milk levels ebb. Although some devotees force-fed the idol enthusiastically, the floor was fairly dry."

India was in pandemonium. The Government shut down for several hours, and trading ground to a halt on stock markets in Bombay and New Delhi as millions in homes and temples around the country offered milk to the gods. Very soon the news spread to Hindu communities in Singapore, Hong Kong, Nepal, Thailand, Dubai, the United Kingdom, the USA, and Canada. Reports were flooding in from all over the world. In the United Kingdom, Hindus reported miracles taking place in temples and homes around the country. At the Vishwa Temple in Southall, London, 10,000 people in 24 hours witnessed the 40 cm high statue of the bull Nandi and a bronze statue of the cobra Shash Naag drinking milk from cups and spoons.

Many journalists actively participated in these miraculous events. Rebecca Mae, a Daily Express journalist, wrote: "I had a good view from the side and all I can say is that the statue appeared to suck in half a spoonful while it was held level by the worshiper. The rest was sipped reverently by the devotee. A photographer from a national tabloid newspaper was right in front of the statue. And he was convinced it was drinking the milk. He said he could see no mechanism to explain the phenomenon, after scrutinizing it at length." Rikee Verma, a journalist from The Times newspaper, wrote: "Being a religious person, I first went to the upstairs bedroom... and placed a spoonful of milk against a photograph of Ganesh and was astonished to find within seconds that the spoon was half empty. I checked to make sure that the glass frame of the photograph was not wet. It was dry. I could not believe what I was seeing. This was clearly a message from the gods saying: 'We are here, here's the proof.'" At the Southall temple in London the chairman Mr Bharbari offered his explanation. "All I know is that our Holy Book says that wherever evil prevails on earth then some great Soul will descend to remove the bondage of evil so that right shall reign. We believe this miracle, and those happening at other Hindu temples, may be a sign that a great Soul has descended, like Lord Krishna or Jesus Christ." 
(Sources: The Guardian; The Independent; The Times; The Telegraph; The Daily Express; The Daily Mail; UK)


4. Muslim miracles

  • On 20 January 1996, just before the Feast of Ramadan, a farmer in Taiba-Ndiassana, Senegal, discovered a watermelon on which the name of Allah had appeared. The year before similar signs appeared on the scales of a fish caught near Popenguine, home to the largest Catholic community in Senegal.

  • Mrs Ruksana Patel, in Bolton, England, bought an aubergine from a local shop. On slicing the vegetable in half, she saw that the seeds were formed in the Muslim symbol 'Ya-Allah,' meaning 'Allah exists.'

  • A Turkish grocer from the Regent Quarter of The Hague, Holland, bought some eggs fresh from the farm and had them on sale in his shop. But two of the eggs seemed slightly strange. "I noticed that the shells were a little misshapen," he said. "Very odd, just like Arab letters. And then suddenly I saw it: ‘Allah.’" He had also bought about five kilos of beans, about 500 grams of which bear the name ‘Allah.’ Out of respect he did not feel he could sell the remaining beans: he decided to give them to the mosque. "About 40 people enjoyed a complete meal from these beans and there was still food left over."

5. White image on picture
In 1989, a German woman took a series of photographs in the German city of Essen. Her objective was to depict "the hopelessness and emptiness of a big city." After she developed the photos, something unexpected appeared on one of them. Although she believed that she was alone when she had taken the picture of an empty escalator, a figure in bright white appeared.

6. The mysterious hitchhiker

  • Throughout the world stories kept appearing about a mysterious hitchhiker, reported by those who have given him a lift. He tells them that the return of Christ is imminent and then disappears ― from the moving car. The hitchhiker, according to all the stories, is always dressed in white.

  • In one month in 1990, a New Zealand newspaper, The Christian Challenge Weekly, received a dozen reports of "angels" taking lifts with Christians and informing them about the imminent return of Christ before mysteriously disappearing from the car. "The bloke they’ve picked up will say something like, ‘did you know the Lord is coming back?’ and that’s the only thing the fellow says," wrote journalist Brian Finn. "Then he vanishes from the speeding car." Two articles in New Truth, a New Zealand newspaper, discussed the hitchhiker among a number of other possible ‘miracles’ signifying the presence of Christ in the world.

  • The phenomenon has not been limited to New Zealand. In 1991, while driving in Dallas, USA, two women picked up a hitchhiker who told them that the Christ is in the world. He then disappeared from the back of the car. Seven other similar cases were phoned in to a local radio talk show. Dutch, South African and Australian newspapers published similar reports.

  • Swiss newspaper Le Matin, Sunday 18 April 1993. Reporter Philippe Dubath tells of hitchhikers who suddenly disappear: "... In front sit two boys, behind, two girls. At the exit of Palavas the young people notice a lady hitchhiker. She seems about 50 years old, wears a white raincoat and a white scarf around her hair. The driver stops, the woman gets into the car without saying a word, but smiling, and settles down on the back seat between the two girls. A little later, at the beginning of a quite dangerous curve, the hitchhiker shouts: ‘Watch out! The bend!’ The driver slows down and the cry from the two girls on the back seat causes him to turn round, as does the passenger in the front. The woman hitchhiker isn’t there any more."

7. Lebanese girl: crystal tears
A Lebanese girl has baffled doctors by producing tiny crystals from her eyes. For several months in 1996, 12-year-old Hasnah Mohamed Meselmani produced tiny crystals. Although the crystals were as sharp as cut glass, Hasnah said she feels no pain.

Share International's correspondent in Lebanon contacted the Meselmani family to find out more about the amazing phenomenon. It all began in March 1996, Hasnah told him. She was at school when she felt something strange in her left eye ― her first piece of crystal. Back home, she told her family what had happened and, while she was doing so, a second piece of crystal appeared in her eye.

"A few days later," she says, "I heard someone tapping at the window. I walked to the window and there I saw a man dressed in white. He was sitting on a white horse, he smiled at me and called me by name. He asked me if I would go outside to talk to him." Hasnah went out through the front door. There stood the "white knight," as she calls him. He was dressed from head to foot in a white tunic, which also covered his head and face. The "white knight" said she needn’t be afraid and he introduced himself to Hasnah as a "messenger from God."

8. Christ’s face on rock
In December 1995, Julian Webb, an Australian wheat-farmer, witnessed the miraculous materialization of Christ’s face on a hard slab of granite rock. The miracle took place at night when Mr Webb was walking on his farm near Beverly, 120 miles east of Perth. He saw a shaft of light illuminate the rock, and watched amazed as the face of Christ slowly appeared from nowhere.

9. Sacred images on rose petals
Since 1991, a young Filipino man, Carmelo Cortez, has had numerous experiences of the Madonna and is able to manifest detailed images of the Christ, Mary, and others onto rose petals.

In June 1991, Cortez, age 21, was living in a squatters’ area in San Francisco Del Monte in Quezon City. He was given a picture of the Madonna, which he placed on an altar. The following night he heard a soft voice and the sound of beautiful music. Cortez followed the voice and found it was emanating from the picture. The Madonna was shedding tears of blood and the baby Jesus in the altar appeared to be catching the tears with one hand. The picture was later placed on a church altar, and a relative of Cortez was healed of a fever.

Two days later, Cortez said he was again awakened by beautiful music, and the Madonna began giving him messages. Since that time, Cortez has seen and talked to the Madonna more than 100 times.

Other miracles have accompanied these manifestations. Columnist Christine Dayrit reported on one particular miracle ― sacred images appearing on rose petals.

"He [Cortez] took a flower from a vase of fresh white roses which we had brought. He then took the petals from the stalk by removing the sepal. One by one, Carmelo placed a petal on our shoulders as we said our prayers ... After a few moments, we were asked to take a look at the petals. To our astonishment, what were originally plain white rose petals had now on them the image of the crucified Christ."

Others present "cried in exultation" as images of the Madonna, the Sacred Heart, Mother and Child, St Joseph and Child, St Francis of Assisi, and many others, appeared on their petals.

10. Weeping Madonna in Toronto
Since early September 1996, an icon of the Virgin Mary has been weeping in a small Greek Orthodox church in Toronto, Canada. This occurrence attracted crowds of people who, drawn by the press coverage, formed long line-ups in the streets.

11. Lebanese statue of Mary sweats oil
Hundreds of Lebanese people have been visiting the Christian cemetery of Tyre, to pray before the statue of the Virgin Mary which, according to many eye-witnesses, is sweating oil. Many reporters and photographers, from Lebanon and abroad, are visiting Tyre to investigate the phenomenon, while the believers collect the blessed oil covering the major part of the statue’s marble surface. 
(Source: l’Orient-Le Jour, Lebanon)

12. Statue in Trinidad weeps tears of blood
A statue of Our Lady of Lourdes in a Carmelite sisters’ convent in Diego Martin, west Trinidad, is weeping tears of blood. According to the local press, the tears first appeared on 15 February 1996. Professor Courtenay Bartholomew, a local medical consultant who has written a book on Marian apparitions, is said to have tested the blood and found it to be human.

13. White buffalo calf ― a good omen
In 1993, a white buffalo calf was born in Colorado, and in 1994 another one, named Miracle, was born in Janesville, Wisconsin, on the ranch of Dave and Valerie Heider. Thousands of people of many different faiths have visited Miracle, testifying that her birth is a call for all races to come together to heal the earth and solve our mutual problems.

On 9 May of this year, a silvery-white buffalo calf named Medicine Wheel was born at the ranch of Joe Merrival on the Pine Ridge reservation of South Dakota. Another white calf, Rainbow, had been born in the same herd some two weeks earlier, on 27 April. It died 25 hours later of scours, a diarrhea-type condition. The odds of the birth of a white buffalo are estimated as 6-10 million to one.

The birth of a white buffalo calf is seen by the Native Americans as the most significant of prophetic signs, equivalent to the weeping statues, bleeding icons, and crosses of light that are becoming prevalent within the Christian churches. Just as the Christian faithful who attend these signs see them as a renewal of God's ongoing relationship with humanity, so do the Native Americans see the white buffalo calf as a sign to begin to mend life's sacred hoop.

Floyd Hand Looks For Buffalo, an Oglala medicine man, has commented: "… These are omens, and they are happening in the most unexpected place among the poorest people in the country. They are good omens, if we pay attention to them. For us, this would be something like coming to see Jesus lying in the manger."

14. Israel ― red heifer seen as sign (1997)
The birth of a rust-coloured calf in Israel is being hailed as a miraculous sign of the coming of the Messiah. The red heifer, of a variety believed extinct for centuries, was born to a black and white mother and a tan-coloured bull on a northern Israeli farm run by a religious high school for troubled and orphaned students. In ancient times the ashes of a red heifer, butchered in her third year, were mixed with water and used to purify Jews before they could approach Jerusalem's Holy Temple on Temple Mount. Not since the destruction of the Second Temple by the Romans in AD 70 has a red heifer been born in Israel, scholars say.

"Traditionally, there have been only nine such red cows in our history. The first was prepared under the direction of Moses and Aaron in the desert. The second was officiated over by Ezra upon the Jews' return from the Babylonian exile. Seven more were prepared during the period of the Second Temple. According to the 12th century Jewish philosopher Maimonides, the 10th and final red heifer will be prepared by the Messiah."

A dozen rabbis have examined the calf and said she is the long-awaited ritual heifer, meeting, so far, all the criteria described by the ancients. If the calf lives unblemished for another 18 months, she can theoretically be put to use. "It is written that it is the 10th heifer that the Messiah will discover and here we have the 10th heifer. This is a clear sign that the Messiah is near," said Rabbi Ido Weber Erlich of Jerusalem in an interview on Israel Radio. 
(Sources: Boston Globe; Newsweek Magazine; Washington Jewish Week; USA)

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Peggy W 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

Some amazing sites! Listened to those ringing rocks. In 10,000 or 25,000 or 100,000 years with all of those people pounding on the rocks, they will be turned into dust. Guess we better hurry and get there to do our own pinging! LOL

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Duchess OBlunt 7 years ago

What a great hub! So many interesting places to go and see.

Thank you for putting this information together.

Congratulations on your HubNugget Nomination, and good luck

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rebekahELLE 7 years ago from Tampa Bay

so interesting and well put together. I enjoy reading about these kinds of places and hearing the various explanations.

amazing world we live in.

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travel_man1971 7 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

Peggy W, Duchess OBlunt, rebekahElle: What can I say? Thank you for dropping by. The internet is another world to explore. Even If I cannot travel the world in actual footing, I tried seeking other things that everybody should know.

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ralwus 7 years ago

I'd like to study those sailing rocks someday. Nice hub.

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Bamboo Frog 7 years ago from The Rainforest

What a fascinating hub! Why so many paranormal experiences on the west coast?

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Jerilee Wei 7 years ago from United States

Very very interesting! I may have to revisit Coral Castle.

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missalyssa 7 years ago

Wow!!! Great hub! I'm going to have to plan some trips! Thanks for the info and congratulations on your Hubnugget nomination!!

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RedElf 7 years ago from Canada

Congratulations on your nomination! Neat videos!

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ripplemaker 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

Hi Travelman, I wonder what I would do if I see flying bodies? LOL Hmmmm...

Well these strange places captured the Hubnuggets Team attention and so our congratulations to you and this hub for being nominated! Vote and promote please. :)


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rmcrayne 7 years ago from San Antonio Texas

I thought I was "well traveled", but haven't been to a single one of these sites. Congrats on your HubNuggets nomination.

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travel_man1971 7 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

Bamboo frog, they're the ones who kept on documenting such kind of phenomena. In the third countries, like my Philippines, they're just starting to record all the unexplained events happening in remote areas or even in the cities. Thanks for taking a leap on my hub.

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travel_man1971 7 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

Ripplemaker, thanks. Well, if you see flying bodies, you better say hi! (just kidding). In our farm(mostly ricefields) when I was a child then, together with my elder brother and sister, we've seen this middle aged (around 40) woman with long straight hair covering her face, wearing white long clothing. It's getting dark then. She's not walking along the rice paddies and when we greeted her, she just continued walking as if floating on air. We ran so fast that we've forgotten our slippers at the ricefields. We still retold that incident to our friends and all we received were smirks on their faces.

Well, I felt humbled by your decision to choose this hub to be one of your nominated hubpages. Thank you very much for appreciating my effort.

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travel_man1971 7 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

Rmcrayne, thanks for visiting my hub. So many travellers in life are out there, including us. We're so lucky that we can share their experiences coupled with ours, through our hubs.

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travel_man1971 7 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

RedElf. You're a phenomenon, too. Philippine folklore enumerated three kinds of elf, the whites, blacks and reds. They will offer foods (according to their colors) for you and if you eat it, you can return to your normal life or be killed or be captive in their kingdom forever in the underworld. Thank you for visiting my hub.

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travel_man1971 7 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

Missalyssa, thanks for browsing my hub. You better travel. Being a seafarer at the moment takes me to countries I've never visit before. Interaction with the locales can give you insights about their culture or way of life.

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travel_man1971 7 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

Ralwus, sir, it's been a pleasure having you here! I promise to visit your hub.

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travel_man1971 7 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

Hello, Jerilee Wei! Thanks for commenting my hub. Coral Castle is like the Boldt Castle in Canada. It was made because of the undying love of a man to his woman.

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MikeNV 7 years ago from Henderson, NV

Sometimes we forget that we are just little beings on a planet in the middle of nowhere circling a burning star that could at any moment explode into nothing.

Go outside tonight away from the city lights and look up into the stars if the sky is clear. Now ask yourself what is normal and what is not?

Thanks for the hub, this is always interesting to learn of phenomenons we don't fully understand. Voting up!

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travel_man1971 7 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

MikeNv, I agree with you. We're just like dusts or dots in this vast existence of phenomena. I know there are reasons why they coexist with us humans. Thanks for the vote.

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steffsings 7 years ago from Pacific NorthWest

What an exciting journey you've taken us on with this hub. It's almost as if the places described are just within reach. Excellent job AND CONGRATS on your nomination. (P.S. anything listed in the Northwest Washington/Oregon is definitely worth the trip! - not that I'm prejudice...)

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travel_man1971 7 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

Hi, Steffsings! Thanks for taking time reading my hub. I didn't have any idea that it will be recognized by Hubpages staff. America (especially U.S.A.) is a vast continent full of mysteries that everyone in the world should know.

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Epsilon5 7 years ago from Eastern Pennsylvania

Great hub!! Thanks for sharing. :)

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travel_man1971 7 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

You're Epsilon5. You had great topics, too.

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Michael Shane 6 years ago from Gadsden, Alabama

Very interesting Hub! I'll have to keep following now...

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travel_man1971 6 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

Thanks, Michael Shane. It's worth a try if you start perusing my hubs. You have great hubs, too.

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iphonecarkit 6 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

Has anyone heard anything more about Skinwalker Ranch since George Knapp was there? The story of that place is weird indeed.

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Bat eyes 6 years ago

This is an awesome, very intresting hub!

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peacegirl101 6 years ago

Great hub very informational! Lol I would want to visit that Mils hole thing................... Maybe not.... :p pretty strange huh? Yeah anywayz great hub I love it!!! :D lol probably took u awhile to make this hub, right? :)


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travel_man1971 6 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@iphonecarkit: It's included in here. Lots of strange things are happening or existing in the USA. I wonder why?

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travel_man1971 6 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@bateyes: Thanks, for the hub-visit. LOL ^-^

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travel_man1971 6 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@peacegirl101: Hi, Chrissy! Shalom! There are lots of phenomena in our world that we cannot decipher. Only God knows why they're here, co-existing with us.

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epigramman 6 years ago

...I really thought you might have listed Hubpages here - lol lol lol - but seriously folks - listen up - this is one world class hub and I can see that you put so much time and effort into it - a true labor of love - and yes I always love a good mystery - so this is one of my favorite hubs of all time - I am so very impressed by your research and insight here - so as they say in this hub world - I rate this one as 'out of this world - and hubtremendous' ..

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travel_man1971 6 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@epigramman: I'm so elated with your comment. I like 'hubtremendous' but HubPages-as one of the 'strangest'? I think not (hehehe!). This is really a 'labor of love, err, hub'. Imagine, I did it for 3 days and re-edit it again 2 days later. Anyways, thank you for 'hubbing' by.

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LindaJM 6 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

Fascinating places - some I've never heard of. I live near Mt. Shasta... glad you included it. I've seen a green-light UFO near the mountain.

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travel_man1971 6 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

Wow! That was a first-rate account, Linda! I'm glad you visited my hub, too. It's mind-boggling to collate these phenomena happening right in our world.

cathylynn99 6 years ago

i like the singing rocks.

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onegoodwoman 6 years ago from A small southern town

I support Americans traveling America FIRST......

Has anyone seen Fraggle Rock? It is near the New Mexico and Arizona border.

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michelle-ds-fan 6 years ago

Wow! This is one of the most informative Hubs I've read. I've never been to any of those places, but I've heard about some. The show Fact or Faked researched the Paulding Light. They couldn't figure out what it was either.

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travel_man1971 6 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@onegoodwoman: I agree with you. Discovering one's country is the best thing to do before making an adventure to some far away places.

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Stephanie Henkel 6 years ago from USA

Very fascinating hub! Some of these places will definitely go on our list of places to see as we travel the U.S. We do love strange places! One we did visit was Marfa, Texas of the famous Lights of Marfa. Sad to say, we didn't see the strange lights that others have seen.

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travel_man1971 6 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@Michelle-ds-fan: I am equally amazed of that Paulding lights, like you. Where did it came from? Lots of strange things as happening in the US soils these days.

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PegCole17 6 years ago from Dallas, Texas

What an amazing collection of strange places. You have a great way of telling the stories that makes me want to explore these sites. For many years we lived near Coral Castle but I never went in. Now I wish I had. Great hub.

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travel_man1971 6 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

You better explore it, PegCole! And you can tell us more about Coral Castle. Thanks!

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GetInTheKnow 6 years ago

Wow! I was just blown away. I think you got the title right these definitely have to be the strangest places in the US! I had not heard of a lot of them but there are several not too far from me that I'd love to visit.

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travel_man1971 6 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@GetInTheKnow: Thanks, GITK! Better visit it now before it's too late or if you have the budget. I'm sure there are lots of affordable tour packages being offered by US Tourism Council to promote those 'strange' places.

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lindajot 6 years ago from Willamette Valley - Oregon

I loved reading about all these amazing places. I live in Oregon and there is another spot near Klamath Falls where we as teenagers would put our car in nuetral and it would roll uphill every time. I would love to make a long trip out of visiting many of these spots. Great hub!

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travel_man1971 6 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@Lindajot: Good luck on your upcoming trips. Please share with me other mysterious places in the US. Thanks for the appreciation. :D

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Wendy Krick 6 years ago from Maryland

very interesting hub. I loved it. :)

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MoneyCreator24 6 years ago

Just wonderful.

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travel_man1971 6 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

Thanks, Wendy. USA have many strange places that should be appreciated around the world. ;)

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travel_man1971 6 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

Thanks for appreciating my hub, MoneyCreator24. ;)

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travel_man1971 6 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

Thank you,Bill. And for the encouragement. This 1-year hub continue to amaze fellow hubbers. Those who are near the locations begin finding the 'truth' by themselves.

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DSteelman 6 years ago from Bucks County, PA

This is great! Thank you for posting. As I am getting older I am traveling more and more and love to go visit interesting places with a history rather than a museum.

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travel_man1971 6 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@DSteelman: You're right. As we get older, traveling and exploring our place and the world should be in our list.

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liswilliams 6 years ago from South Africa

awesome, love to travel, still have to get to the States, thanks!

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travel_man1971 6 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

Thanks, Ms. Lis. Hope you travel soon!

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georgiecarlos 6 years ago from Philippines

This is so interesting! Oh and I don't know if you heard of this but in Palawan, Philippines in the underground river, there is this huge image of Jesus Christ on the wall there or something, I don't really remember the details.

This was such a good hub to read! Thanks for sharing!

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travel_man1971 6 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

Thanks for the info, Georgie. I have to go there for a firsthand account somedays. :D

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TravelinAsia 6 years ago from Thailand/Southeast Asia

Nice hub,

The only place I have visited on your list is Mount Shasta, I have passed through there a few times while driving from Vancouver to Las Vegas. I found that the people were quite strange... I am sure they thought the same about me.

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travel_man1971 6 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@TravelinAsia: Thanks for the appreciation. Maybe they thought that you're also one of the 'enlightehed ones'. LOL!!!

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gajanis786 6 years ago

Amazing details .....amazing facts...very good article.

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travel_man1971 6 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@gajaniz786: Thanks for the appreciation. :D

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Multiman 6 years ago

Enjoyed the article. Mel's hole as always been one of my favorite odd places. Thoug it cannot yet be found.

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travel_man1971 6 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@Multiman: Yes, Mel's hole is unfathomable and so mysterious, drawing curious people to closely see this strange place in the U.S.

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Tiffany Longines 5 years ago

Very interesting, detailed information. Awesome job.

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travel_man1971 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

Thanks for appreciating, Tiffany!

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KoffeeKlatch Gals 5 years ago from Sunny Florida

Fascinating, I was enthralled from the beginning. Voted up and awesome.

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travel_man1971 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

KKG: Thanks for following the maze of stange places I've compiled here.

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Mrs. J. B. 5 years ago from Southern California

Travel: This hub is brilliant. I was glued to the screen. Loved it.

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travel_man1971 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

Thanks, Mrs. J.B. This was my nominated hub on HubNugget. Thanks for dropping by!

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chamilj 5 years ago from Sri Lanka

Truly Strange places. Thanks for the information. Enjoyed reading.

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travel_man1971 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@chamilj: Thanks for dropping by. Really, there are places in this world that we cannot understand or maybe we cannot fathom the importance of these phenomena in our lives.

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howcurecancer 5 years ago

I would like to see Mel's Hole.

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travel_man1971 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@howcurecancer: Thanks for being interested. There are lots of strange places in the US alone. Places I''ve featured here are just some of those.

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Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

Wow! There are many strange and wonderful places here to add to our list of places yet to visit! I love this hub!

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travel_man1971 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@Stephanie Henkel: Hello, Ms. Steph. For sure, you'll visit one of these strange places in the U.S.A. I've read some of your travel hubs with unique finds to cherish with. Thanks for a wonderful hub-visit!

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gr82bme 5 years ago from USA

Thank you for ALL the time and research you put into this story. Fantastic and well done. The pics make it even better


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travel_man1971 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@gr82bme: Thanks for appreciating my effort, Tina.

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Green Art 5 years ago

Great hub on paranormal activity, strange creatures, rocks that ring, each of these things are so neat to learn about. You have great details and the videos are a good addition and fun to watch. I find a persons world view can become so much bigger when you open yourself up to learning about these kinds of things. Very Interesting!

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travel_man1971 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@Green Art: Rediscovering our world, include these queer things around us. Strange, though, that we cannot fully understand the occurrence of such phenomena. It's up to us to appreciate Creator gave us by way of Nature. Thanks for the hub-visit. :D

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lambservant 5 years ago from Pacific Northwest

Interesting hub Travelman. I am grieving the loss of my dear cousin david who died on Mount Shasta yesterday.

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travel_man1971 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@lambservant: Thanks for your hub-visit. What happened to your cousin David? Can you elaborate about it, please?

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mib56789 5 years ago

This HUB is astonishing travel_man1971. One of my brothers was stationed at the Homestead Air Force Base when I was a kid. I had friends who lived on the base and I visited them, when I was older. I worshipped at the church in Homestead, Florida. We (me, my husband and our children) actually lived in Homestead, Florida for a brief period. I often heard people speak of Coral Castle. I never knew there was a mystery there!

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travel_man1971 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@mib56789: Coral Castle is surrounded with mystery, according to what I've read about it. I've been to Florida twice as a seafarer (2002 & 2009), in Miami and Hillsborough County.

Thanks for the hub-visit, Ms. Treathyl!

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Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

This is a very interesting hub. I have never heard of all this strange phenomenon, but a very interesting read. It is quite obvious that you have done a lot of research. Good job!

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travel_man1971 4 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@Karen Hellier: I just collated it and added my opinion about it and it got nominated as one of my early HubNuggets.

Thanks for the appreciation. :D

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Highvoltagewriter 4 years ago from Savannah GA.

Fantastic hub, I would like to find out more about the Philippine shape-sifters for this is news to me!

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travel_man1971 4 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@Highvoltagewriter: Thanks for appreciating this hub. Me, too, is still new about this shape-shifters, an 'urban legend' in my country.

There are places that tourists (foreign or locals) are warned beforehand.

When I was a child, my mother experienced a close encounter with the 'asuwang' or shape-shifter.

Those 'asuwangs' still thrive in the country because believers are still out there, not ready to forget what their families practice a long time ago.

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iamaudraleigh 4 years ago

Wow, what a wealth of info here! I reall liked hearing about Paulding, MI, Home to the Paulding Light... a must share with my boyfriend! You are very good with words and it shows in your work! Voted up!

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travel_man1971 4 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@iamaudraleigh: Thanks for the vote and the visit as well. This was my first nominated hub, but I cannot find the link for the hub created by an elite hubber.

BTW, thanks for following me, too!

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SommerDalton 4 years ago

I got chills reading some of this! Great article and very descriptive! Voted up and more!

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DDE 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Wow!! Awesome and interesting places, ones mind travels far off when reading of such kind of places thanks for this Hub

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travel_man1971 4 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@DDE: Yes, thank you for appreciating this hub. I'm sure you'll be fascinated with the actual places if you visit one or two of it.

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Monis Mas 4 years ago

You did some impressive research! It is a great read.

It's pretty amazing how many mysterious places are out there!

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travel_man1971 4 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@Monis Mas: Thanks for the hub visit. This is my signature hub that HP Elite took notice of.

The compilation became one of the fave stopover here at my site.

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Monis Mas 4 years ago

Your hub definitely deserved it! You put so much work in it! Congratulations!

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travel_man1971 4 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@Monis Mas: Thankyou again and Merry Christmas!

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