Unnatural Phenomena: A Guide to the Bizarre Wonders of North America (Google eBook)

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ABC-CLIO, 2005 - Reference - 369 pages
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Can the sky quake? Can sand play music? Have UFOs been sighted in your town? "Unnatural Phenomena" crosses the centuries and travels America to chronicle the strangest natural phenomena, the most bizarre scientific findings, and events from history that defy rational explanation.

Conveniently organized by region, state, and locality, this one-volume, illustrated encyclopedia maps a landscape straight out of "The Twilight Zone." From apparitions in the sky to inhuman skeletons rising from the earth--and everything in between--Jerome Clark, expert on strange phenomena and author of ABC-CLIO's "Extraordinary Encounters: An Encyclopedia of Extraterrestrials and Otherworldly Beings," sifts through the legends, the hoaxes, and the science. Authoritatively researched, the entries in "Unnatural Phenomena" will expand the most skeptical reader's sense of the possible. The truth is out there ... the evidence is in here.

  

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Contents

Alabama
1
Falling Perch
2
Snake from Toe
3
Shot by a Light
4
Alaska
5
The Last Mammoth
7
Arizona
9
The Ghost Fires Back
10
Pink Eyes and Yellow Wings
179
Airship Landing
180
Montana
183
Unknown Animal
184
A Huge Black Mass Overhead
185
Nebraska
187
Ghost Like Object
188
Nevada
191

Arkansas
11
The Bells Toll
12
California
15
The Shape of a Huge Man
16
Attacked by an Enormous Snake
17
Ghost in a Circle
18
Big Shower of Little Frogs
19
Ball of Fire Too Closely Encountered
20
Raining Crabs
21
What Is It?
22
This Unknown Creature
23
Enigmas
24
Astronomical Oddity
25
Airship Again
28
The Night before Last I Had the Strangest Dream
29
Mystery Ship over the Imperial Valley
30
Colorado
31
Light in the Spring Night
32
Connecticut
33
A Brilliant Red Ball of Fire
34
Anomalous Ocean Disturbance
35
Gnome
36
Musical Thunder
37
Strange Flying Machine
38
Worms in a Snowstorm
39
Delaware
41
Florida
43
Dumfounded at Seeing Such a Monster
44
Mermaid on the Line
45
Gulf Lights
46
Georgia
49
Ghost Machine Phantom Engineer
50
A Very Large Dog with a Lamp Perched upon Its Head
51
Aerial Cyclone on the Wing
52
Angels Cross in the Sky and a Day of Terror
53
Hellhound on Their Trail
54
Perpetual Rain
55
The Moon Vanishes
56
Barking Monster
57
The Most LoathsomeLooking Animal That Ever Inhabited This Earth
58
Balls of Lightning Fire
59
Goat Ghost
60
Idaho
61
Illinois
63
Millions of Somethings
64
Artifact from a Lost Civilization?
65
Immensely Awful Sky Battle
66
FireBreathing Phantom
67
Green Frogs in the Falling Rain
68
Mirage Train
69
Neither Venus nor Meteor
70
Balls of Fire in the Street
71
Mounted on a Magnificent Horse
72
Airship Wrench
73
Ghostly Woman in Black
75
Ghost with Fiery Eyes
76
Indiana
79
Wild Child
80
The Spirit of a Beautiful Little Girl
81
Phantom Boat
84
Ghostly Giant
85
Cry from the Sky
86
Immense Rattler
87
Phantom Prankster
88
White Robed Visions Walking
89
Serpent of HorseShoe Pond
90
On the Banks of the Wabash and Elsewhere
91
Omen in the Oats
92
Disappearing in Midair
93
Fifers Music from Beyond
94
Ghost Spurns Cop
95
The Medium and the Airship
96
A Strange Animal Which Resembles a Man
97
A Team of Ghost Horses
98
Light in the River
99
Iowa
101
In the Habiliments of the Tomb
102
Chivalric Ghost
103
A Literal Shower of Birds
104
Spectral Lantern
105
Scaring the Horses
106
Ghost in a Mine Shaft
107
Kansas
109
An Etching on the Darkness
110
Mud Fall
111
Unknown Aerial Object
112
RailroadBridge Specter
113
Kentucky
115
Some Demoniacal Personage
116
Centaur on the Road
117
Child Flying
118
Leaper and Flyer
119
Light in Winter
120
Pink Creature
121
A Huge Oblong Shape
122
Louisiana
123
Shrieks Laughter and Screams in the Night
124
Maine
127
By Some Unknown Power
128
Captured Sea Creature
129
Emanating from Some Heavenly Body
130
Maryland
131
Spewing Ball Lightning
132
A Monster Crossing the Road
134
Suddenly Hordes of Crickets
135
Silent Spook
136
Phantom Woman Minus Head
137
Massachusetts
139
Monsterfrom Nowhere
140
Black Rainbow
141
The Blob
142
Carrying the Serpent
143
Frogs from Rain
144
Floating Hand
145
Like a Horseshoe with Arms
146
Michigan
149
Monster Resembling a Snake
150
Walled Lake Reptile
151
Singular Whirring Noise
152
Lights on the Water
153
Minnesota
155
My Body Lies Buried
157
Some Monster as Yet New to Naturalists
158
Strange Flying Phenomenon
159
Miracles at St Michaels
160
Martians over Minnesota
161
Rune Stone
162
Old Oscar
170
Mississippi
171
Mystery Platform
172
Rumors of a Monster
173
Missouri
175
Talking Specter on a White Horse
176
Shower of Fish Lizards and Leeches
177
Exploding Ball of Fire
178
Turbaned Ghost
192
Nature of the Beast
193
Green Storm
194
After the Rain
195
Ghost of the Red Barn
197
New Hampshire
199
New Jersey
201
Red Suspenders No Head
202
StrangeLooking Object Clad in Black
203
The SpiritWas Wide Awake
204
Ball and Stars
205
Mysterious Balloon
206
Shrieking Ghost
207
In the Clouds
208
Spirit or Joker
209
Canal Serpent
210
New Mexico
211
On the ChinaNew MexicoNew York Line
212
New York
215
Between the Earth and the Moon
216
Nearly as Large as the Moon Itself
217
Big Serpent in a Small Pond
218
Giant
220
Blood from Nowhere
222
Balls of Fire in Church
223
Spirit Fire
224
Interplanetary Sword
225
Lights along the Track
226
A SoapBubble Sky
227
Fallen with the Snow?
229
A Living Cloud
230
Asylum Phantom
231
Lawless Airship
232
A Perfect Cross
233
North Carolina
235
A Shower of Flesh and Blood
237
Flesh Fall
238
Woman or Creature?
239
Specter in the Spring
240
A Brilliant Floating Mass
241
Howling and Prowling
242
North Dakota
245
Ships in an Atmospheric Ocean
246
Ohio
247
Fall of Slimy Material
250
Image of a Rattlesnake
251
Supernatural Flames
252
Lights Moans Figures
253
Not a Pleasant Looking Customer
254
Monster Reptile
255
Rain of Stones and Broken Pottery
256
Snails Falling
257
The Conductor Returns
258
Big Snake of Upper Sandusky
259
Figures in the Glass
260
LateNight Visitant
261
Rather Peculiar Ghost Actions
262
LogThrowing Snake
263
Prowling Ghost
264
Bolt out of the Blue
265
The Coils of a Huge Snake
266
Unexplained Red Light
267
Oklahoma
269
Oregon
271
Pennsylvania
273
A Beautiful White Rose
274
It Seemed to Inspire Terror
275
Giant in a Vault
276
A Ghost Madness and Death
277
Headless Man with Lantern
278
Phantom Freight
279
Slimed
280
Apparitional Black Dog
282
Ball of Fire
283
A Monster with HeartShaped Scales
284
Flying Cigar
285
Winged Water Serpent
286
The Ghost Answers the Telephone
287
Rhode Island
289
As Big around as a Barrel
290
Ghost as Big as an Elephant
291
South Carolina
293
Falling Stones
294
Sky Serpent
295
South Dakota
297
Tennessee
299
Strange Lights in the Night
301
A Rain of Somethings
302
Into Thin Air
303
Fishes with the Snow
304
More Like Angels Than Mortals
305
HeadlessGhost Omen
306
Texas
307
A Dragon in the Clouds
308
Aerial Fireworks
309
Strange Storm
310
The Beaumont Airship
311
Man in a Mirror
313
Not Less Than 200 Feet Long
314
Death of a Little Green Man
316
Utah
317
Monster in Pursuit
320
Serpent Comes to Eden
321
Vermont
323
Virginia
325
Sounds of Silence
326
Beautiful Effects of Light and Electricity
327
Poltergeist Goes on Trial
328
Vision of a Horrid Beast
329
Buchanan Poltergeist
330
Virginia Midland Phantom
331
Fall of Leaves
332
Washington
333
Rain from the Clear Heavens
334
Marine Monster
335
It Came from Beneath the Sea
336
Countries of Spiritual Beings
338
Face at the Window
339
West Virginia
341
White Horse Swimming
343
Peculiar Light
344
Unexplained Brilliant Light
345
Wisconsin
347
Unknown Water Animal
348
Man Beast
349
A Big Thing Out There
350
Dark Day
352
Lakes Sea Lion
353
Kite or Airship?
354
Wyoming
357
Whispers
358
Index
359
About the Author
369
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About the author (2005)

Clark is vice president of the J. Allen Hynek Center for UFO Studies and editor of its bimonthly International UFO Reporter.

CLARK was a highly successful lawyer and partner in one of the top firms in New Zealand. Currently he practices a mix of consulting, mentoring, study, writing, and volunteer work...and continues on his voyage of self-discovery.

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