Friday, March 27, 2015

The Pangboche Hand: Mummified Yeti?

The Pangboche Hand was an item from a Buddhist monastery in the Himalayas and said to be the hand from a Yeti.

Photo by Peter Byrne in 1958

In 1957, the expedition run by Tom Slick took the first pictures of this legendary hand supposedly held for ceremonial purses in a Himalayan Buddhist Monastery.

Reportedly, Peter Byrne, a member of the team, had taken some bones from the hand when the monks would not allow them to be examined, and replaced them with some human bones bound in cloth.

He supposedly got the bones from Nepal into India by way of the actor, Jimmy Stewart, who sneaked it out on his plane flight out to England. 

It was said in 1960, Sir Edmond Hilary examined the bones while there and considered them a hoax when he saw the human bones mixed in. 

The origin of the supposed yeti skull and hand that the monks held was supposedly from a monk's find. He had gone to meditate in a cave and found a yeti. Years later, he came back and the yeti had passed, so he took the remnants for their prized rarity.

Are you wondering about the findings of analysis on the bones? Well, a London primatologist, William Charles Osman Hill reported that they were hominid and most closely resembled Neanderthal. 

Source:  In 1991, in conjunction with Loren Coleman's research, it was discovered that the Slick expedition consultant, an American anthropologist by the name of George Agogino, had retained samples of the alleged Yeti hand. The NBC program Unsolved Mysteries obtained samples and determined they were similar to human tissue, but were not human, and could only verify they were "near human." After the broadcast of the program, the entire hand was stolen from the Pangboche monastery, and reportedly disappeared into a private collection via the illegal underground in the sale of antiquities. George Agogino, before his death on September 11, 2000, transferred his important files on the Pangboche Yeti hand to Loren Coleman.

It gets more interesting. In 2011, DNA tests were supposedly made on the remains, reportedly finding human DNA. 

Do we know that they tested the actual fingers? What is the chain of possession along the way to prove it's the same sample? We may never have answers on that, but I am certainly glad that there are scientists willing to testing samples and look for definitive answers.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Expedition Unknown on Travel Channel Tonight!

I was literally sitting on the edge of my seat for the first episode of the new Travel Channel show "Expedition Unknown" hosted by Josh Gates. He won our hearts in his stint on "Destination Truth" on Syfy, but I think we all knew he was way too much of a star for them, so gladly he found a new home at Travel Channel where they knew what to do with this world adventurer, archaeology buff, and insightful mind and humorist in the field of all things undiscovered. 

I was worried that there would not be the supporting cast to bounce off on this show, but this show has true content and thrills. Instead of chasing monsters, per se, Josh is chasing after unsolved mysteries, treasures, ancient artifacts and every other Indiana Jones adventure imaginable.

(my miserable photoshop talents)

I have a dream that Josh goes up past Franz Josef Island in the arctic in search of the route the Norwegian supposedly took to end up at Hollow Earth. There's an ongoing mystery that has baffled many, not to mention Franz Josef island is supposedly one never inhabited by people, yet has these interesting stone spheres ....

Tonight's episode of "Expedition Unknown" on The Travel Channel has Josh Gates looking for a Samurai Sword. I can't wait! 

Argosy Magazine: Vintage Male Adventuring

Argosy Magazine was a long-running "pulp" magazine from the early 1880s to 1978. Although it started out as a children's magazine called "The Golden Argosy," several years later, it switched from children to pulp fiction stories and was renamed "The Argosy" in 1888. 

During WWI era, it was turned into a man's railroad magazine for a short period of time. In 1920, it turned into "Argosy All-Story Weekly" and included fiction of all types including some amazing authors like Edgar Rice Burroughs and others. It began to up the amount the swashbuckler and adventure types stories that it contained.

In the early 1940s, it moved out of pulp fiction into slick paper and material moved away from all fiction to more men's magazine informational material. Stories included things like adventuring, war, animals, outdoorsman topics and subjects of manly interest like cryptids including yeti, Bigfoot and others.

Said to have been the first magazine to show Bigfoot pics in 1968, Argosy was a magazine in its prime from 1950s to 1970s. It featured all things men and adventure from Easter Island and Bermuda Triangle to safaris, fortune hunting, tracking cryptids, and fiction works.

This issue (above) was about a Malaysian Abominable Snowman.

Here is a delightful excerpt:

It was Christmas Day. A young Chinese girl named Wong Yee Moi was tapping rubber trees on an estate in South Peark, when she felt a hand on her shoulder and turned to be confronted by a most revolting female, covered with hair, with white caucasoid-type skin and long black hair. She wore a loin cloth and stank as if "of an animal." The female grinned and revealed long nasty fangs. Yee Moi fled in panic for the compound, but not before sighting similar types she thought to be males, standing in the shade of the trees by the river. They had mustaches hanging down to their waists.

It also had a nice article about Easter Island -

Even outdated, these old retro issues are a pleasure to read. The world was open to adventure and seeking the unknown. If ever a magazine needs to be revived - - it's this one!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Desert Man of the UFOs

It's hard to talk about UFOs in the 50s, 60s and 70s without mentioning abductees, but what of contactees? Whereas abductees are taken onto craft supposedly for experimentation and observation, procedures and the like, contactees have communication with alien beings without any physical manipulation/examination or moving to a secondary site.

There was a supposed contactee named George Van Tassel. He was born in 1910 to a fairly well-to-do family in Ohio. He showed promise with his hands and mechanics and led a life of many jobs in the field of mechanic work and had a pilot's license. 

By a strange series of events (like most contactees report), he came across a man who was a loner and owned a prospect near Giant Rock in the Mojave Desert in California. When the loner died during WWII, Van Tassel applied to lease there to develop an airstrip.  

Van Tassel was an airplane mechanic and inspector. He spent years in the newly booming aerospace industry into the late 1940s. Then, he moved his family to a simple existence out by Giant Rock, living in a room dug out by the loner long ago. Van Tassel then proceeded to build a home, an airstrip, a cafe and a dude ranch there.

Interestingly, Van Tassel started hosting meditations in the room under the rock. That very year, he said he was visited by an alien from Venus who woke him up and spoke to him telepathically. He said he was given information about how to build something that could rejuvenate a human's cells, "a time machine for basic research on rejuvenation, anti-gravity and time travel."

Source:  Van Tassel described the Integratron as being created for scientific and spiritual research with the aim to recharge and rejuvenate people’s cells, "a time machine for basic research on rejuvenation, anti-gravity and time travel". The domed wood structure has a rotating metal apparatus on the outside he called an "electrostatic dirod". Van Tassel claimed it was made of non ferromagnetic; constructed of only wood, concrete, glass and fibreglass lacking even metal screws or nails. The Integratron was never fully completed due to Van Tassel's sudden death a few weeks before the official opening. In recent times some people who visit the unfinished Integratron claim to be rejuvenated by staying there, and experiencing sound baths inside.

Annually at the rock, Van Tassel hosted a Giant Rock Spacecraft Convention from 1953 to 1978. Guests arrived by car and even by small planes to the air strip to attend. Even George Adamski, the most famous contactee, attended. 

If that wasn't enough, in his "new age" compound, Van Tassel founded "The University of Universal Wisdom" and shared spiritual revelations from his encounters.

As someone who has had contactee encounters and the sorts of universal insights I was given, I do understand his determination to act on knowledge he believes he received from these encounters. I have tried to make sense of my own information and feel free to share it when people want to know. 

I believe there are encounters with other beings, whether they are from other planets or not, I am not certain, but I have my own thoughts on that matter. These are exceedingly similar to those who had "angelic" encounters throughout history. It can make you want to share a new perspective and, in that way, it is eye-opening and mind-opening for the general public. I get more uncomfortable when religious practices are based on it and cults are formed like the sad Heaven's Gate followers that performed mass suicide.

I hope we keep the conversations open. So far as Van Tassel is concerned, I think that he was heading to a destiny. His life seemed to lead to this point where he had a mission and he found the spot and the mission arrived. I understand the feeling. I think he might have had some genuine encounters or something so moving that it motivated him in extraordinary ways.

More info:
Van Tassel's book "I Rode a Flying Saucer"
Giant Rock 

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Face Off on Syfy Tonight!

Tonight at 9 EST/8 Central - "Face Off" on Syfy - 
making imaginary friends for kids!


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