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Halloween Week on Unknown Country: Why We Should Still Be Creatures of the Night
Halloween, the time when we lure strangely-clad strangers to our homes by lighting lanterns in our windows, and offering them food and welcome at our doors.

This tradition is firmly associated with the celebration of ghosties and ghoulies and long-legged beasties and things that go bump in the night, but does it also fulfil some deep-rooted need in us to just go forth into the darkness of a night lit only by lanterns?

Fire is fast becoming an elusive element in our lives, yet for our ancestors it was a vital part of their existence. After human ancestors controlled fire 400,000 to 1 million years ago, flames not only let them cook food and fend off predators, but also extended their day.

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30-10-2014
Unknown Country Halloween Week: Myths and Monsters - Is There Any Truth Behind The Legends?
We all love a good monster movie, don't we, even if it's viewed with just one eye open from behind the safety of our sofas?

Year after year, Hollywood favourites such as Count Dracula and the Wolfman, and other classic fiendish figures continue to draw crowds of eager horror-movie-lovers. But when and where did our preoccupation with the "bogeyman" arise? Is there any basis in truth to the stories of mythical monsters?

Greg McDonald, director of forensic medicine at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, says that like many myths and scary stories, both Dracula and the Wolfman stemmed from a poor understanding of medical maladies.

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29-10-2014
Boyd Bushman
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I had been very hesitant to post this Boyd Bushman video in Out There because I did not feel that it was truthful, to be blunt. My primary reason for this is that it presents a simplistic and almost childish vision of 'the aliens.' Whatever the origin of the experience of UFOs and their apparent occupants, it is very complicated and multilayered, and this is simple, simple stuff. But I had no factual basis for disbelieving it. However, Whitley Strieber, it turns out, knows a respected reporter who interviewed Mr. Bushman in 2012, and came away with two impressions: 1. his story was very weak, as was his description of his background; 2. he and his wife both appeared quite uneasy while the documentary crew involved was there.

Here is what the reporter has to say:

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29-10-2014
The Experience Premiere: Joe Gooch
Wednesday October 29, 2014
A message from Whitley Strieber: "I would like to welcome Jeremy Vaeni and his new show, the Experience. The purpose of the program is to explore the close encounter experience and everything connected with it, from the lore surrounding it to the science supporting and contradicting it, to, most importantly, how it impacts the lives of those who have it. Like me, Jeremy is not dedicated to any particular theory about what causes it. Instead, he will offer us an open-minded, curious and warm-hearted look at it. He will not be advocating any particular belief about what it is."

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29-10-2014
Halloween Week On Unknown Country: Good News For Vampires? Bespoke Blood May Soon Be Possible
We are all programmed to have strong reactions to the vivid color of the life-giving fluid that runs through our veins. For some, it is a morbid fascination that causes them to watch horror movies, but for others it evokes terror and can often have a deeply profound effect when witnessed; phobia of blood is very common and can cause fainting in those who are particularly sensitive.

Researchers believe that, in fact, this is a deep-rooted reaction that may once have saved our lives in primitive times:

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28-10-2014
Halloween Week On Unknown Country: Let's Take A Walk On Our Shadowside...
We are counting down the week to Halloween here at Unknown Country! Whatever your personal beliefs about this archaic and arcane tradition, this is a good time to examine the shadow-sides of our personality and the importance of recognising the purpose of the dark side in each and every one of us.

The term “shadow” was first used by the psychologist Carl G. Jung to describe the denied or repressed aspects of the self. We are conditioned to believe that we should exist only in Light, but without the darkness light would not be thrown into focus. Life is an endless struggle to bring light and dark into balance, to learn from this battle and in the process grow and expand our consciousness.

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27-10-2014
Becoming an Antique
When we visited a producer recently, we were surprised to discover that his office contained a proud display of all the sort of furniture Whitley and I grew up with—circa around 1957. There was a dining table with chairs that looked like they were out of the old cartoon show the Jetsons, and framed fifties movie posters. I remember when my dad, who was certainly no esthete, painted our refrigerator turquoise, and there was, indeed, a turquoise refrigerator in the office! Whitley says that the couches and chairs could have come right out of his father’s den.  My own house was themed in pink. When I returned many years later, I saw that it had been returned to the original white with green trim. What were we thinking back in the fifties, anyway?

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25-10-2014
"The Andreasson Affair," One of the Great Stories of Alien Abduction by Sean Casteel
One of the perks of being a UFO journalist is that publishers are sometimes eager to send me free review copies of their latest releases. Recently, I was very pleasantly surprised to receive an unsolicited – but much appreciated – copy of the recent reissue of Raymond Fowler’s classic work on alien abduction, “The Andreasson Affair.”

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24-10-2014
Weekender: The Science of Awe
Our inner emotions are very powerful, and it is becoming more widely accepted by science that they can have profound and measurable physiological effects.

Stress is known to have negative effects on the body, but what about more positive emotions, such as happiness, joy and awe?
Can feeling deeply moving sentiments change our bodies, our minds, maybe even our souls?

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24-10-2014
Mysterious Fires Return to Italian Town
Mysterious electrical fires have returned to Canneto di Caronia in Sicily according to a report in a British Newspaper. This report was picked up by Open Minds, which confirmed it with Italian UFO investigator Paola Harris. The fires and associated phenomena were first reported in the community in 2004, and were extensively investigated by officials. In 2007, the Italian government issued a report stating that the fires were caused by a powerful electromagnetic field of unknown origin, and specifically stated that 'aliens' might be involved. Unknowncountry.com reported on this phenomenon extensively beginning in 2004. To read these reports, click here.

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24-10-2014