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The Millenium Project

This website is devoted to exposing the hundreds of other sites which, in the author's opinion, "don't deserve a place on the Web." Many of these sites attempt to defraud people. Others intentionally provide false information about political, religious, scientific, and social issues. According to its home page, the author has been finding and reporting on these undeserving sites since 1999. At the time of my visit, its archives included reports on:

515 health fraud sites

171 "anti-vaccination liars"

87 racism sites

82 religious bigotry sites

31 creationism sites

27 sexuality sites

108 pseudoscience sites

100 buffoonery sites

97 MLM, pyramid schemes, scams, and frauds

11 cults

12 conspiracy sites

110 "liars"

It would take many hours to read the individual reports, so I spent most of my time just looking at the lists of titles. This is sufficient to get a good idea of the types of sites reported on. For example, in the Buffoonery section, I found titles such as "Apollo Moon Landings Are Pure Fantasy", "Be Wise as Serpents", "Campaign for Radical Truth in History", "Dowsing Pendulums and Divining Rods", and "The Earth Is Not Moving - The Fair Education Foundation".

Apparently this website has received considerable hate mail and even legal threats, and a special section gives examples of both.

To visit this site, go to Millenium Project. In addition to the reports, the site also contains an interesting art gallery.

Cryptozoology

Have black panthers been seen roaming the streets of San Francisco? Is a kangaroo hopping around in London? Is it possible that a colony of half-human half-orangutan beasts lives in the remote jungles of Sumatra? Are gigantic sea serpents emerging from the depths of the Pacific ocean? Can a live wooly mammoth be re-created from ancient DNA recovered from frozen mammoth remains found in Siberia?

If these types of stories interest you, then you should visit Cryptozoology.com. The site contains hundreds of reports of strange animal sightings, legendary creatures, "extinct" species that still survive in remote areas, new previously-unknown species, and weird mutants. The scope is even broad enough to include stories about lost worlds where dinosaurs and/or Neanderthals still exist, alien life forms present on the earth, and potential artificial creation of new species.

In my visit to the site, I learned that Mothman could be a moth-like half-human created by a secret government agency for nefarious purposes. I also learned that the "Dover demon" sighted in Dover Massachusetts may actually be a deformed baby moose.

To visit this site, go to Cryptozoology. In addition to the news reports, there is a large image gallery and a section of discussion forums.

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Some Mysterious Religious Phenomena

In my wanderings around the web, I recently stumbled on a page about the possibility of people being possessed by demons. In many primitive societies this idea is used to explain various psychological disorders which cause abnormal behavior. But the concept is also a part of modern Christian belief, at least in some denominations.

According to the article, the Christian idea of possession stems from the biblical accounts of the ministry of Jesus. In fact the gospels describe a number of exorcisms which he performed, in each case by simply commanding an evil spirit to to leave the possessed person's body. His ability to expel demons in this way is depicted as just another aspect of his miraculous healing powers.

Of course many of today's Christians don't believe in the existence of demons, so they must look for other ways to explain the gospel accounts of Jesus' encounters with possessed individuals.

Another article on the same site discusses the mysterious stigmata which have appeared on some individuals. These stigmata are wounds or reddish skin markings which suddenly form in the same places on the body as the wounds suffered by Jesus during his trial and execution. Because they normally only occur on very devout individuals, some people believe that they are created supernaturally as a signal of approval from God. But in many instances they have evidently been either self-inflicted or resulted from unusual medical or mental conditions.

I found these articles on a website called Gospel Mysteries. Other articles on the site cover such subjects as the true cross, lost gospels, speaking in tongues, the birth of Jesus, the Devil, and the location of hell. Some of the articles also include reproductions of famous works of art.

This website is a good resource for anyone with an interest in scientific and archaeological research relating to the history of Judaism and Christianity. It is especially valuable in that it doesn't restrict itself to reporting on traditional mainstream scholarship, but also covers developments in areas that some people might regard as "fringe" or speculative.

The articles on the site are grouped under headings such as The Bible, The Bible and Science, Biblical Archaeology, History, Legends and Mysteries, and Other Views. For example, the articles in the Biblical Archaeology section include such titles as "The Garden of Eden", "The Ark of the Covenant", "The Dead Sea Scrolls", and "The Evidence of the Exodus". But the obviously less-scientific Legends and Mysteries category contains articles about Atlantis, Bigfoot, Crystal Skulls, Pshchic Powers, and UFOs.

An article called "Other Gospels" discusses the early Christian gospels that weren't included in the bible. Fragments of several of these gospels have been uncovered in recent times, while the past existence of others has been recorded in other ancient writings that have survived. Some of these lost gospels may have been suppressed or destroyed by orthodox Christians because they contained heretical views.

To visit this site, go to Institute for Biblical and Scientific Studies. In addition to the articles, there are also links to news reports about recent discoveries.

Encyclopedia of the Unusual and Unexplained

As its name indicates, this large site is devoted to the unusual and the unexplained. The various categories include mysticism, religious miracles, secret societies, magic and sorcery, prophecy, relics, ghosts, aliens and ufos, urban legends, mysterious places, strange mental phenomena, and mysteries about the afterlife.

In perusing the religious phenomena section, I came across articles about demons and demonic possession, the antichrist, apparitions of Jesus, the devil's mark, speaking in tongues, the mark of the beast, stigmata, weeping statues, and tears of blood. An article on satanic cults describes secret groups who worship the devil and his demons. Incidentally, the article points out that Wiccans and members of Voodoo cults DO NOt worship Satan.

The Magic and Sorcery section covers areas such as alchemy, Merlin the Magician, witchcraft, brujeria, and the power of the grimoires. A lenghty article on the witch hunts of the fifteenth to eighteenth centuries goes into great detail about this horrible period. It says that as many as 60,000 suspected witches and warlocks were tortured and killed for purported satan-worship and other such practices.


To visit this site, go to Encyclopedia of the Unusual and Unexplained. This is a very large website, and a person could easily spend several days wandering among its numerous articles.