Top 5 cryptocurrencies with great potential in August according to top analyst

Analyst Lark Davis mentions some potential altcoins seeing pretty strong development.
Just a spoiler here, the top five crypto-list doesn’t include Bitcoin.

As we enter into the eighth month of 2021, the overall cryptocurrency market continues to trade strong. At press time, the overall crypto market is up 6.4 percent with a market cap of $1.63 trillion. Since the beginning of 2021, the year-to-date gains of the overall crypto space stand at more than 100 percent.

Popular analyst Lark Davis has come up with his prediction for the top 5 cryptocurrencies to invest in for the next month of August. So without much ado, let’s get started!

1. Ethereum (ETH)

Currently, Ethereum (ETH) is trading at $2463 with a market cap of $287 billion. Two days back we reported that Ethereum is set for a massive show for the rest of the year. Some market experts are giving targets as high as $8000-$10,000.

Furthermore, the Ethereum community is eagerly waiting for the London hardfork scheduled ahead this week on August 4. What’s getting investors excited is the EIP-1559 protocol implementation which will introduce ETH fee burning, essentially reducing the transaction costs.

This will lead to a deflationary economic structure which according to Lark Davis has a strong positive impact for the long term. Another major thing is the EIP 3657 with founder Vitalik Buterin announcing the expected timeline for merging the Ethereum 1.0 and Ethereum 2.0.

Read More: Vitalik Buterin gives expected timeline for Ethereum 1.0 and 2.0 merge

This is a big positive for ETH investors as it will help to drive the prices higher.

2. Polygon (MATIC)

Polygon formerly MATIC, has had a solid run up this year. The Ethereum layer 2 scaling solution has some good projects up its sleeves. Polygon’s MATIC token is up 100x year to date with 9900 percent gains. As of press time, MATIC is trading at a price of $1.01 with a market cap of $6.7 billion.

Analyst Lark Davis believes that Polygon has still a lot of gas left in it with his long term targets of $5 and $10 in place. The analyst believes that Polygon will benefit as Ethereum continues to face congestion issues as of now. Thus, Polygon will cater to the scalability requirement of users on the Ethereum blockchain.

Thus, as far as Ethereum continues to struggle with scalability-related matters, projects like Polygon shall do well. Besides, Polygon has also received major backing from tech-entrepreneur Mark Cuban.

Polygon has entered into the blockchain gaming and NFT ecosystem through its new division Polygon Studios. This division will focus on bringing the Web 2.0 world to Web 3.0.

3. Terra (LUNA)

The third coin on the analyst’s list is Terra’s LUNA. Its mirror protocol helps users to be market makers for traditional stocks like Apple and Microsoft. Thus, it helps to build the bridge between the crypto world and Wall Street.

Besides, there are some other exciting projects as well! Terra has recently raised $150 million in funding to create its own DeFi ecosystem. Another major thing to watch out for is the upcoming Columbus-5 upgrade on Terra. the three key upgrades coming to the Terra ecosystem are:

Burn all seigniorage.
Upgrade to Stargate – enabling IBC and protobuf migration (10x-100x tx speed).
Ozone and Wormhole Launch. 

The Terra’ ecosystem’s dollar-pegged stablecoin is the UST. Thus, if you want to issue the UST, users need to burn LUNA. This will create supply pressure on the cryptocurrency pushing its price higher.

The upgrade to stargate will bring LUNA to the cosmos inter-connected blockchain ecosystem. Thus, LUNA’s IBC (Inter-blockchain communication protocol) will allow users to transfer tokens across zones while running multi-chain smart contracts.

Furthermore, the Columbus-5 upgrade will bring along the Ozone and Warmhole launch. Ozone is an insurance mutual DeFi protocol that will facilitate levered coverage of technical failure risks in the Terra DeFi ecosystem. This will further help to drive ahead Terra DeFi ecosystem growth.

Warmhole serves as a bridge connecting Terra to Solana. Several projects on Solana are already using the UST stablecoin. But for now only the ERC-20 version of UST can be ported over Solana but this increases friction significantly. Warmhole will alleviate this friction by creating a direct bridge from Terra to Solana which will lead to further UST adoption.

4. Polkadot (DOT)

Lark Davis remains extremely bullish on the Polkadot (DOT) ecosystem as of now. At press time, the DOT token is up 13.5 percent and trading at $16.42 with a market cap of $18 billion. The Polkadot (DOT) price shot all the way to $50 during the peak of the bull run in mid-May 2021.

The analyst is very bullish about the ecosystem that’s growing around Polkadot. Kusama, the early-stage deployment on Polkadot and the scalable multi-chain network is getting much popularity. Through its multiple parachains, Kusama has managed to lock up to 10 percent of its native KSM tokens after its first parachain auction.

Thus, Kusama going live is a big bullish indicator for Polkadot as it helps to realize the big dream of getting multiple parachains live on the Polkadot network. Lark Davis also predicts that the parachian auctions for Polkadot will be coming soon. So with all the hype building around, the DOT price can go further to the north.

5. Cardano (ADA)

Cardano registered a solid bull run in 2021 becoming the fifth-largest cryptocurrency by market cap as of date. At press time, Cardano’s ADA is trading at $1.31 and is 60 percent up since the beginning of this year.

The Cardano blockchain has recently seen some token sales happening on its platform. Furthermore, it also becoming the preferred platform for the rapidly emerging NFT market.

Besides, Cardano is making some key moves for future growth and getting more market share. The cFund investment strategy developed by Cardano founder Charles Hoskinson is gaining momentum as it gains massive smart contracts ability. The smart contracts on Cardano shall be reportedly live by September this year.

Although Cardano has faced some major delays in its timeline of implementing some key projects, the founder has been working hard on it. Lark Davis believes that the Cardano smart contracts are surely coming by the end of this year, if not September. Overall, it looks like altcoins could take a lead for the coming month.

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Mexican Crop ‘Circles’ Looks More Like Poorly Drawn Deflated Balloons — Message from Drunken Aliens?

Whether you believe that crop circles are left as messages by aliens (Who travels this far just to write in corn? Asking for a friend.) or created by clever, nocturnal humans wearing really good night goggles, you have to admit they’re usually well done and often works of art. Well, some folks in Puebla, Mexico, will disagree on that point after finding their barley field covered with shapes that look like deflated balloons, off-kilter rectangles and stuff that wouldn’t even be displayed on the refrigerator of a proud alien parent. Were they drawn by drunken ETs, stoned humans or something else?

“Around one in the morning we heard a loud noise, like a plane passing by; that was how it was heard, but the sound stopped suddenly. Later, in the morning we got up, we went to see if there were any signs of the strange noise; and that was when we saw that the barley was all cut into parts. There are some circles, but they left others intact; we don’t know what it was.”

You can see a photo of the crappy crop circles here and an aerial video here. The Yucatan Times reports that the barley field in Puebla, in the municipality of Huejotzingo, is about 300 meters long by 50 meters wide (984 feet by 164 feet). Relatives of the field’s owner thought it was caused by a tornado or a windstorm, but no weather anomalies were reported that night. The owners refused to let the Puebla Civil Protection personnel on their property because, like farmers in England who find crop circles, they didn’t want the rest of the barley field trampled by curiosity seekers – the owner actually “threatened to shoot any other person who approaches.” The authorities had been called because the area had just experienced another mysterious event. The Yucatan Times reports (with photos):

Anybody watching for the farmer?

“A deep and massive sinkhole has opened up in Mexico, measuring 300ft in diameter and expanding rapidly to threaten a large farmhouse. The gaping sinkhole is more than 60ft deep and located in Santa María Zacatepec, Puebla state. It has also filled up with water, said state governor Miguel Barbosa Huerta at a press conference on Monday. Dramatic images showing the scale of the hole have been widely shared online – but when it was first spotted on Saturday it measured just 15ft across. The family living nearby say it grew suddenly in the space of just 24 hours after a loud thud was heard, reported Newsweek.”

The owners heard what they thought was thunder and rushed out to find the hole filling rapidly with bubbling water. Environmental experts surmise it could be from a softening of the soil over time combined with the extraction of groundwater. Some locals remember the land was once a large pond or jagüey which had been filled in for reasons unknown. With the sinkhole growing rapidly and threatening the farmhouse and adjacent properties, arguments over what caused it will have to wait while they try to stop it.

You never know what you might find in a sinkhole.

Are the sinkhole and the deformed crop circles related? That seems unlikely, yet over a week has passed since the crop circle appearance and neither has been explained. You can probably rule out drunken aliens or humans for the sinkhole, but that’s still in the running for the weird circles.

Just remember the farmer’s threat!

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More on the Matter of Those Loch Ness Monsters Seen on the Land

My new article on the matter of sightings of the Loch Ness Monsters out of the water demonstrated that the land, rather than the loch itself, just might be the best place to see the beasts. And, with that said, I thought today I would share with you some of those specific land-based cases. There’s no doubt that, in terms of Nessie lore, July 22, 1933 was both history-making and groundbreaking. That was the date upon which Mr. and Mrs. George Spicer had an encounter with a large and lumbering beast at Loch Ness that, clearly, as Mr. Spicer’s words demonstrated, they wished had never occurred. Most people would likely love to see one of the Nessies. Not the Spicers: it was a traumatic and terrifying event they tried their very best to forget. Unfortunately for them, they failed. George Spicer was a man with a busy job: he was a director of a well-respected tailors in London, called Messrs. Todhouse, Reynard and Co. So, when the opportunity came up for a vacation, the pair jumped at the opportunity. They chose to take a trip to Scotland, for a bit of tranquility and relaxation. What a mistake that turned out to be.

Drawing of George Spicer’s Loch Ness Monster by Robert Gould

The day began as any day does. It was, however, around 4:00 p.m. that the Spicers’ final day in Scotland turned into a veritable nightmare. As the pair drove along the road that links Foyers and Dores, and in a southerly direction, Mrs. Spicer suddenly screamed. And she had a very good reason to scream. Somewhere in the region of 600 feet in front of them a bizarre-looking animal loomed out of the bushes that dominated the roadside. At first, all that could be seen was what looked like a large trunk. As they got closer, however, situation quickly changed. George Spicer described the animal as being hideous, an absolute affront against nature. What particularly struck Spicer – and which provoked his comments – was the way the thing moved. It did not do so like any normal animal. Rather, it lumbered across in a series of odd jerks and coils; something which, for Spicer and his wife, was reminiscent of a massive worm. He continued that by the time the shocked pair reached the section of the road where the monster appeared, it was already gone.

Loch Ness

Six months later, a Nessie was once again seen on land. On this occasion, the witness was a man named Arthur Grant, of Glen Urquhart. That Grant was a student-veterinarian, added to the weight and credibility of his report. A keen motorcyclist, twenty-one-year-old Grant was on the roads, heading home at around 1:00 a.m. when he very nearly became the first person to ever have a head-on collision with a Nessie! Fortunately, however, neither monster not motorcyclist were injured. That the night sky was dominated by a powerful, eerie moon meant that Grant had a very good view of the beast, as it loomed before him, and caught in the glare of his motorbike’s headlight. It was at a distance of around 120 feet that Grant caught sight of something unusual in front of him. Exactly how unusual it was near-immediately became apparent. Grant said of his sighting that he was practically on top of the monster when its tiny head – sat atop an elongated neck – suddenly turned in his direction. Evidently just as shocked as Grant was, the monster made two bounds across the road, headed down to the loch and vanished into its depths with an almighty splash.

Nineteen-thirty-three was certainly the year which birthed Nessie; of that there is no doubt. One year earlier, however, there was a very strange occurrence at Loch Ness; it’s one that is very often overlooked or ignored. The reason why, you will see, is very easy to fathom. It is at extreme odds – in terms of the description of the creature – with other reports. It does not, therefore, sit well with many Nessie investigators. Too bad. High-strangeness is at the very heart of this book, something which ensures the case gets the airing it richly deserves. The witness was a Lieutenant McP Fordyce and the date was April 1932, two months after James Cameron’s sighting at Shrone Point. At the time, Fordyce was living in the English county of Kent, but, along with his fiancée, traveled by car to Aberdeen, Scotland, to attend a family wedding. Given that the drive was such a long one, instead of simply driving immediately all the way back home, Fordyce decided to show his fiancée a bit of his homeland. The young lovers had a late-evening, a romantic dinner, took a stroll through the town, and encountered a band of men playing bagpipes. It was a perfect slice of ancient Scottish tradition, one that Fordyce’s girl would never forget. There was something else she would never forget, too. Neither would Fordyce.

On the following morning, the pair decided to hit the road running and hopefully make the journey back to Kent in good time. It was a bright and sunny day for the drive; a drive which took them past Loch Ness, as far as Foyers, at which point they turned onto the road to Fort William, away from the loch side,  and into the heart of the wooded areas that dominate certain portions of the loch.    According to Fordyce’s memory, he was driving at around twenty-five miles per hour at the time, when he and his fiancée were shocked and amazed by the sight of a large animal appearing from the dense woods and then making its way across the road, at a distance of around 450 feet. He added that the beast moved like an elephant, but appeared to be something akin to a strange combination of a camel and a horse, even to it having a camel-like hump on its back and a small head positioned on a long neck. Displaying welcome gumption, the adventurous Fordyce stopped the car, jumped out, and decided to pursue the monster on foot. As he got closer, but still kept a respectful distance – just in case the creature turned violent – Fordyce could now see that the rear of the animal was gray in color and had wild and shaggy hair, while its long neck reminded him very much of the trunk of an elephant. Unfortunately, and surely to the consternation of monster-seekers everywhere, Fordyce had left his camera in the car. He then realized the somewhat precarious position he was in – stalking a large and unknown animal in the woods – and decided that pursuing the thing was perhaps not such a good idea, after all.

And, finally, bear in mind there are approximately another forty cases of such land reports on record!

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Canadian Sponges Nearly a Billion Years Old May Be Earth’s First Animals

Fossils belonging to very ancient sponges dating back nearly a billion years have been discovered in northwest Canada and may be the oldest ever evidence of animal life on our planet.

Geologist Elizabeth Turner made an incredibly significant discovery on rocks located in a very remote area in the Northwest Territories that is only accessibly by helicopter. However, about a billion years ago, this area which is now covered with steep mountains was a marine environment.

In the thin layers of rock, she noticed the fossilized remains of what looked similar to sponges from modern times but they were much older than that. Analysis of the rock layers revealed that the fossils date back approximately 890 million years. This is absolutely jaw-dropping as the previous oldest sponge fossils were 350 million years younger.

Close-up of a sponge.

A lot of scientists think that the first groups of animals that were present on our planet included soft sponges or sponge-like creatures that didn’t have any nerves or muscles but did have cells with numerous functions as well as sperm. Unfortunately, there isn’t much animal evidence that dates back close to a billion years and that’s why this recent discovery is so fascinating and important.

It is believed that life first appeared on our planet approximately 3.7 billion years ago and that the first animals only showed up many years later but the exact date is still unknown and highly debated.

Since the previous oldest sponge fossil dated back about 540 million years during the Cambrian Period and this new specimen is around 890 million years old, it means that it was around for hundreds of millions of years longer than first estimated and possibly even longer (perhaps a billion years). Since sponges didn’t have any hard shells or skeletons that would have remained preserved over time, evidence of them dating back 890 million years is astonishing.

Another close-up of a sponge.

Paco Cardenas, who is an expert on sponges at Sweden’s Uppsala University but wasn’t involved with the study, stated, “This would be the first time that a sponge fossil has been found from before the Cambrian, and not only before, but way before — that’s what’s most exciting,” adding, “To have discovered sponge fossils from close to 900 million years ago will greatly improve our understanding of early animal evolution.”

Further analysis needs to be conducted on the fossilized sponge, but if it is confirmed to be 890 million years old, it would mean that the first animals to have inhabited our planet would have survived during a time when scientists didn’t think anything would have been able to live based on the small amount of oxygen that was in our oceans and atmosphere. (Pictures of the sponge’s remains found in the Northwest Territories can be seen here.)

The research was published in the journal Nature.

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Bitcoin (BTC) maintains positive momentum, up by 23%

Bitcoin has continued to impress, reaching as high as $42,200 after accumulating successive gains throughout the week.
The asset is poised to extend its gains to $45,000 and with it, push prices higher across the wider market.

Bitcoin has in the last 24 hours reached a high of $42,200. This follows a more than 5 percent price increase. At the time of press, Bitcoin is exchanging for $41,700 according to our data. The gains push the digital asset’s weekly gains above 20 percent, marking a consistent positive trend. Bitcoin has especially shown great resilience following news that Binance is coming under pressure from Malaysia as well as its decision to scale back on its futures and derivative products offerings in a number of European countries including Germany, Italy, and the Netherlands.

Read More: Binance winds down futures and derivatives products in Europe as Malaysia mounts fresh enforcement action on the exchange

The exchange continues to come under pressure to have a physical headquarter. In addition, earlier in the week, the CEO Changpeng Zhao stated that he was willing to step down to accommodate a replacement who is more regulatory focused. However, he noted that the exchange is currently working with regulators to be regulated in all regions.

In Bitcoin’s rise, it has managed to pull with it the wider market. Ethereum for instance has gained more than 4 percent to reach $2,450. With a number of large-cap altcoins recording substantial gains, the entire market cap has climbed by nearly 4 percent in the last 24 hours. Chainlink has been a top performer in the last 24 hours, adding as much as 15 percent.

Ethereum is getting ready for the London upgrade expected in the next few weeks. A highly anticipated event, the digital asset is likely to see increased volatility with prices tipped to go higher. Some expect ETH to push as high as the recent $4K high over the coming weeks.

Bitcoin going to $250,000

Joseph Edwards, the head of research at Enigma Securities expects Bitcoin to continue on an upward trajectory. According to the researcher, Bitcoin is likely to reach $250,000 by 2025. The researcher last year predicted Bitcoin reaching $60,000 which it did earlier in the year, climbing as high as $65,000. At the time he wrote;

If BTC reaches even 10% of the market cap of gold on a nominal basis, it implies a fully diluted valuation of $60,000 or 3x from current levels, 19x from the cycle nadir in 2019,

Although Bitcoin will struggle to break the $50K psychological level, the asset will still continue to keep climbing over the next few years. He predicts that the asset will reach $250,000 by 2025. He explained that Bitcoin will reach 20 percent to 25 percent of gold’s market cap and the entire crypto market will reach $10 trillion.

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Cardano founder Charles Hoskinson criticizes the new infrastructure bill seeking crypto taxes

The Cardano founder called the new bipartisan infrastructure bill evil for crypto.
The bill will make it mandatory for all non-custodial players to report KYC and customer details to the IRS.

Cardano founder Charles Hoskinson has joined the discussion about levying crypto taxes as proposed in the infrastructure bill. Earlier this week U.S. Senators proposed the implementation of crypto taxes in its new infrastructure bill. Thus, any transactions made in crypto for infrastructure dealing will attract taxes generating an additional $28 billion in taxes.

The proposal has received strong criticism from the crypto community. On Friday, July 30, crypto lawyer Jake Chervinsky discussed a new provision that has been added expanding the Tax code’s definition of “broker” that captures everyone in crypto. Interestingly, this also includes some non-custodial players like miners to have a mandatory KYC.

The Tax code will also mandate IRS reporting! Thus, brokers will have to submit Form 1099 to their customers as well as to the IRS. For this, brokers will need to collect all customer data like name, address, phone number, etc.

The lawyer further goes to explain that the law involves every section of the crypto market. This includes DEX, P2P, PoW miners, PoS validators, and many more. Hoskinson called it a “terrible move for crypto”. On his Twitter timeline, the Cardano founder wrote:

Bad laws destroy the economy. Please people take this one seriously. It will be terrible for Crypto.

The changing regulatory landscape

Many from the crypto industry have acknowledged the active participation of regulators in the crypto space. Some institutional players also noted that better regulations will bring more clarity, in turn, helping the crypto markets to evolve further.

Related: U.S. lawmakers introduce crypto taxes in infrastructure deal, pegs $28 billion in additional revenue

However, there could be more to this than what meets the eye! Decoding the proposal for average and retail investors, lawyer Chervinsky also explains that that the definition is very broad. Thus, every participation in the crypto economy including DEX, DeFi participants, liquidity providers, protocol governors, etc, could be affected.

The lawyer explains that unlike brokers, it will impossible for non-custodial actors like miners, LPs, and others, to get all the information required for Form 1099s. Chervinsky notes that the matter is serious and the community should not take it lightly.

Most crypto legislation goes nowhere, so it’s easy to ignore. Not this time. This provision is part of the bipartisan & otherwise popular infrastructure bill, which is moving quickly through Congress & is highly likely to pass.

The infrastructure bill is estimated to cost > $1 trillion. Congress scored the new “broker” definition at $28b in added tax revenue. I have no clue how they got this number, or how it’s even possible to calculate. Regardless, this is no way to handle major new regulations.

The lawyer and Hoskinson further call it a misguided provision and good more harm than good to “U.S. interests”. The lawyer notes that squeezing miners with this bill will be like following China’s path. The U.S. cannot afford to make this blunder, he notes.

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The Mysterious Death of Jason Landry

Jason Landry was a 21-year-old student at Texas State University who by all appearances was an intelligent, outgoing, and well-liked guy. He seemed to have had no personal problems and was a well-adjusted, bright young man who seemed to have his whole future ahead of him, hoping to make it into the university’s prestigious sound recording technology program. On December 13, 2020, Landry headed out in his car headed towards his parents’ home in Missouri City, Texas, a suburb of Houston, in order to visit for Christmas. It should have been a happy time of the year and every one was looking forward to seeing him, but he would never arrive, and would go on to become one of the biggest unsolved mysteries the area has ever seen.

Jason Landry

When his worried family contacted authorities, they were able to locate his car crashed and abandoned after hitting two trees and barbed wire fencing on the isolated Salt Flat Road in Luling, Texas, about 30 minutes away from his school in San Marcos and 140 miles west of Houston. There was no sign of the missing man, and the car was found to have the interior lights on, the keys in the ignition, the front passenger side door locked, and his wallet and cell phone were also still in the vehicle. About 900 feet away was found Landry’s backpack, which contained toiletries, a baseball cap, laptop computer, a small amount of marijuana, and oddly a dead beta fish in a tumbler. Further down the road were found scattered about some of his clothing including a shirt, shorts, underwear and a wristwatch, although why they had been removed and ended up there is a mystery, especially since it was estimated to have been quite cold that evening, between 36 to 43 degrees Fahrenheit. Police are fairly sure that Landry had been wearing these articles of clothing beforehand, and have determined they were calmly removed without “stress or duress,” so why did he just calmly take off the clothes and leave them there? Investigators also found a very small amount of blood on the shorts, thought to be from a minor injury, possibly incurred from running through the barbwire. No blood was found in the car itself or on any of the other clothes. Landry’s father, Kent Landry, thinks he may have removed his clothes in a state of delirium after hitting his head in the accident, saying:

It’s possible that you’re out of your mind and you think you’re hot but you’re cold. Did he change clothes? I don’t know. I just have images of my child in the middle of the road in the country looking for help. To think missing a turn could lead to something like this, it’s beyond description. It’s a bad dream that we keep hoping we wake up from.

Making the discovery of these clothes even more unusual was that they were not found by police, but rather by Landry’s father when he went snooping around the scene. It is a bit strange that the police had not found these articles on their first sweep of the area, making it all the more mysterious, but they were soon all processed along with the other evidence. As this was going on, authorities were trying to piece together what had happened. They speculated that the crash had occurred when Landry had overcompensated on the gravel covered road and spun out of control, possibly to avoid another vehicle or a deer. However, what happened to Jason Landry after that or why he would have left those belongings strewn about and removed his clothes were unknown. Also unknown is why he was up on lonely Salt Flat Road to begin with, since it was an isolated stretch lying far off of his planned route and he hadn’t told anyone about heading that way. Why had he taken this unexpected detour? No one knows.

Some of the most promising clues came from Landry’s cell phone data, from which police were able to piece together Landry’s last known movements. They found that he had been using a mapping application called Waze up until he crossed an intersection right after entering Luling, after which he switched to Snapchat and then rather mysteriously his digital footprints stopped altogether about 67 minutes before his car is believed to have crashed, even though the phone was powered on at the time. What happened in those 67 minutes and why he did not use the phone in that time remain a mystery, but it is thought to be the key to cracking the case.

As this was going on, a massive search effort was launched in the area of the crash, utilizing tracker dogs, horse-mounted SAR Team members, drones, a helicopter, and dedicated ground search and rescue teams composed of over 100 personnel and volunteers, covering 57.2 square miles, or 36,608 acres, over several intense searches, but found very little trace of the missing man. The only promising lead was when scent dogs followed a trail from the car to a nearby pond, but when this pond was thoroughly searched by divers there was found to be no trace of Landry. It is all rather baffling because no one knows why he had even left the safety of his car to begin with, whether there was foul play, or anything at all really. Landry seems to have just evaporated from the face of the earth, and one investigator has said, “It’s just one of those situations where you don’t know which direction to go. It’s not even fair to call it a crime scene because we don’t even know if a crime occurred.”

The strange case of Jason Landry has made heavy rounds in the news of the region, as well as appearing on Dateline and in the podcast True Crime Chronicles, and the search has been ongoing, with a $10,000 reward offered for any further information. Where did he go? Why was Landry on that remote road and why were his clothes removed and belongings left behind? What happened to him in that 67 minutes for which there is no data for him? Why did the dogs pick up that scent to the pond only to have it disappear? Was this the result of foul play, a confused young man wandering around trying to find help, or something else? No one knows the answers to any of these questions, and Jason Landry remains missing.

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The Best Places to See the Loch Ness Monsters: They May Not Be Where You Think They Are

A few days ago I was asked: where are the best places to stand a chance of seeing one of the Loch Ness Monsters? Or, of seeing more than one? Well, there’s no doubt that the waters below Urquhart Castle are known for having had a few, amazing encounters or more. There are, however, even better locations. But, they’re not where you might think they are. Forget those expansive waters. Don’t bother with the deep, murky depths. Instead, get yourself some night-vision equipment, be prepared to hang out at the loch for a couple of weeks, and spend your time on…wait for it…the land.  That’s right: the fact is that, as strange as it might sound, there have been a large number of excellent, clear sightings of strange creatures out of the water, rather than in it. If you haven’t been to Loch Ness, you may not be aware of how much dense woods and trees there are around Loch Ness. I don’t exaggerate at all when I say that a few monsters – of about fifteen-feet to twenty-feet- long – could easily hide out there. in the marshy shallows. Particularly so at night. The expert in this aspect of the Loch Ness mystery is Roland Watson, one of the leading figures in Nessie-seeking. Check out his book, When Monsters Come Ashore. You won’t be disappointed.

If you know your Nessie history, you’ll also know there were a number of sightings of monsters on the land in the early-to-mid 1930s. They include the story of a Mr. and Mrs. Spicer who (from their perspective) had the significant misfortune to have a close encounter of the monstrous kind in 1933. Then, there was the astonishing claim of a man named Arthur Grant – a veterinary student and motorcyclist who claimed to have almost collided with a Nessie, in the early hours of one particular morning in 1934. There are a few other such cases that have caught the attention of Nessie-seekers over the years, as well as having captured the imagination of eager readers of books on monsters. But, for the most part, it’s the Spicer story, and that of Grant, which really spring to mind. At least, that’s how it used to be. Thanks to Roland, there’s a very different perspective on this part of the overall enigma.

It’s important to note that Roland knows Loch Ness like the Nessies know the backs of their flippers. In other words, Roland isn’t just an expert on the history of the monsters: he has a deep knowledge of Loch Ness itself, the landscape, the woods, the hills, and the roads, too. It’s this wide knowledge – of both the monsters and the loch – that has allowed Roland to go where most of us haven’t. As he reveals in his book, the number of land reports in his possession of the Nessies is now close to forty. The figures may even be more now. Although skeptics maintain that the Nessies were not seen until 1933 (and, therefore, the whole thing must be due to mistaken identity and hoaxing), Roland has demonstrated that centuries earlier the loch was plagued by menacing and deadly creatures: water-horses. Or kelpies. While many of the tales of the kelpies of Loch Ness were very much supernatural in nature, Roland makes it clear that sightings of the kelpies occurred not just in the water, but on the land, too. In other words, even centuries ago there was a land-based component to the tales and traditions of the water-horses/Loch Ness Monsters. A careful study of Roland’s near-to-forty cases shows that most of the land-based incidents occur very close to the water’s edge, rather than on the surrounding hills.

Roland theorizes on the possibility that – taking into consideration the local populations of deer and sheep – when food supplies in the loch are scarce, perhaps the monsters briefly venture out of their usual environment. That’s to say, they leave the water and take to the land. We’re not quite talking about rampaging monsters charging around the landscape. Such a thing would admittedly be incredibly cool to see, though! Roland’s work paints an undeniably creepy picture of the monsters quietly and cunningly lurking – and laying low – in the woods, on the shores, and in the shallows, ready to pounce on an unwary deer, in much the same way that a crocodile might when it launches a surprise attack in very shallow waters. Still on this aspect of the story, Roland also addresses the possibility that the Nessies might have extendable necks. Interestingly, it’s a fact that some witnesses to the creatures of Loch Ness describe seeing long-necked animals, while other say they saw little or no neck at all. Roland draws parallels with the way in which turtles can extend their necks, and at an incredible speed, too. Keeping that changing neck in mind, we may be seeing a clumsy, slow-moving animal that has an ace up its sleeve: a swift and deadly ability to take down its prey when it is just about on the land. After all, it’s a fact that the local deer population – and many other wild animals, such as rabbits and foxes – get their water from the loch itself. They come down to the water’s edge. Who would miss the occasional deer? Not many people. If anyone, at all?  So, in conclusion, if you want to try and see a Nessie, the land – rather than the water – might actually be the best place to find one. Whoever would have thought?

Drawing of George Spicer’s Loch Ness Monster by Robert Gould

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Navy Pilot Reveals How He Came Up With ‘Tic Tac’ for the UFO He Saw and More

A video interview with the Navy pilot who coined the name “Tic-Tac” for the UFO he saw off the coast of San Diego in 2004 has finally been released in its entirety and it reveals why he picked that name and much more. The pilot is Commander Chad Underwood and the interviewee is documentary filmmaker Jeremey Corbell, who has been slowly revealing the videos he has found through his own efforts and with the help of government insiders since the story broke in 2017. The 25-minute video is well worth watching in its entirely (see it here) but here are a few of the more interesting highlights if you need convincing.

Then-Lieutenant Underwood’s F/A-18 Super Hornet was in the air with Black Aces commanding officer David Fravor, who has become the face of the pilots reporting the encounter due to his many media appearances. However, Underwood’s plane was the one that took the famous FLIR (Forward Looking InfraRed) video. Actually, we now know there was also an 8mm radar video taken, but Underwood reveals that it probably won’t be seen by the public.

Still image from the footage of the “tic-tac” UFO

“No, and they’re probably not going to see it for a long time. Because the radar tape is are … there’s two types of sensors that we record on the aircraft, active sensors and passive sensors. The FLIR is a passive sensor, the radar however, is what we call an active sensor. So it’s shooting emissions out and receiving data in and an active sensor can be exploited by our enemies if they can see the data that’s on that screen.”

That’s disappointing, because Underwood says the active radar recording would show his initial contact with the UAP. Speaking of contact, Underwood also gives more details on the report that his radar was jammed – that would be an act of war, yet there was no military response to it, leading some to believe Underwood was mistaken or there was no jamming.

“I was not consulted for that report. I have been interviewed 1/10 of 1% from the government, as I have from yourself. I did get jamming cues on my radar tape, and you can see cues of jamming on both your radar and your FLIR tape. You know when Commander Fravor described on your FLIR tape, when you see like 99.9 range to target. That means you’re being jammed.”

Of course, the best part of the video is Underwood’s explanation for how he came up with the Tic Tac description. He was talking about the encounter to other personnel on the USS Nimitz after landing.

“And so we popped the tapes in and they were like, what would you describe this as? And my thoughts going through my head where the scene from Airplane where the reporters are asking that guy Johnny, one of the ground controllers, “Can you describe this plane? And he’s like, Oh, it’s a big white shiny plane with wheels. And you know, it looks like a big Tylenol.””

 

“And I knew if I described it as a big Tylenol that that’s too much not taking it seriously. And anyone who knows me, I don’t take a whole lot of things seriously, but I was like, ah, I probably shouldn’t say that. It’s just it’s too on the nose. And so I was like, well, it looks like a big Tic Tac, you know, and it did. Like just kind of this white, oblong, featureless thing. It looks like a Tic Tac and it just kind of became the name for it for the next few days, little did I know that 17 years ago, it would still be a thing.”

The interview gets serious as Underwood gives a minute-by-minute account of what he saw, the actions he took, the conversations he had with on-ship personnel and the unbelievable actions of the “Tic Tac.” His radar and FLIR should have been able to track it, but didn’t.

“And so once it shot off to the left, immediately aggressively maneuver my fire to the left to try to require and it moved with a velocity that I’ve not seen, I should be able to reacquire that aircraft, or whatever it was. And that’s just, I mean, we’re talking an $80 million fighter, you know.”

He saw no exhaust or heat.

“And my estimation at this point is that was about 10 to 15 miles off my nose, I should be able to see an exhaust plume on my FLIR, you should be able to see that heat, I should be able to tell that it’s an aircraft, it’s got wings, I should be able to tell what type of aircraft it is, I should be able to know that. And I wasn’t seeing any of that.”

Underwood also makes an interesting observation about the possibility that the UAP was our own secret technology – a “black project.”

“What happens is, when you’re in the Intelligence Center, CVIC, you describe what you saw, they describe what you’ve seen, they make you sign a nondisclosure agreement or an NDA. And they say, this is the project name. They don’t describe what it is or what it does, or, you know, anything like that. It’s just, you know, you shall not speak of this again.”

That didn’t happen with Underwood or Fravor, so he feels it was not ours – especially since it would have had to have been kept secret for 17 years. So, what was it?

“I have no idea. Like, it was just this weird thing that I should normally be able to identify or identify with characteristics. Yeah, it had no flight characteristics, you know, a method of lift, propulsion, things like that. And it was at a range where I should be able to distinguish flight characteristics, and that just just didn’t happen.”

Aliens? See for yourself what Cmdr. Underwood thinks of that question in the video or read the transcript at Mystery Wire. Kudos as always to Cmdr. Chad Underwood for continuing to address the famous and still unexplained sightings, and to Jeremy Corbell for his uncanny ability to obtain the videos and the interviews.

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Dinosaur-Killing Asteroid Possibly Came From a “Safe” Location in the Asteroid Belt

Researchers believe they have pinpointed the location in space where the asteroid that killed the dinosaurs about 66 million years ago originally came from and it’s not where you’d expect.

According to researchers from Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio, Texas, the asteroid probably came from a “safe” location in the outer area of the main asteroid belt that orbits between Mars and Jupiter. While the theory was that there weren’t as many impacting asteroids in that location, it’s not as “safe” as previously believed as the researchers now claim that large asteroids from that specific area have been sent to our planet much more often than what was previously theorized.

They came to this conclusion by studying the composition of space rocks from that “safe” area in the asteroid belt and compared their findings to the asteroid that killed the dinosaurs and left the Chicxulub crater in Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula. More specifically, they analyzed rock samples from the crater and compared them to computer models of 130,000 asteroids that came from the main asteroid belt.

Asteroid belt

As for how the asteroids ended up leaving the belt, they were sent to “escape hatches” by thermal forces and were ultimately sent flying out towards Earth. In fact, large asteroids similar to the 6-mile one that destroyed the dinosaurs were “at least 10 times more often” to impact our planet than previous studies have estimated.

Asteroids that were around 6 miles in width have impacted Earth at an average of once every 250 million years and about half of them were carbonaceous chondrites which are believed to be the same type of asteroid that wiped out the dinosaurs and have been described as being “some of the most pristine materials in the solar system”.

In a statement, Dr. Simone Marchi noted, “This result is intriguing not only because the outer half of the asteroid belt is home to large numbers of carbonaceous chondrite impactors, but also because the team’s simulations can, for the first time, reproduce the orbits of large asteroids on the verge of approaching Earth.”

Dr. David Nesvorný weighed in by stating, “This work will help us better understand the nature of the Chicxulub impact, while also telling us where other large impactors from Earth’s deep past might have originated.”

Their study was published in the scientific journal Icarus where it can be read in full.

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