By Tim Binnall
UFOs and the occult, the doppelganger phenomenon, and an infamous location in Pennsylvania said to be rife with high strangeness were among the riveting topics explored this past week on Coast to Coast AM. And, here at the C2C website, we told you about an eyebrow-raising UFO encounter by a pair of pilots over England, the rediscovery of the world's largest bee, and another potential breakthrough in the iconic Amelia Earhart mystery. Check out our round-up of highlights from the past week ... In Coast You Missed It.
The phenomenon of doppelgangers can be found in both pop culture as well as folklore and, of course, real life as well. Writer Aaron Sagers discussed these curious cases of twins on Saturday night's program and detailed how the lookalikes are often depicted as sinister or downright evil. Along with doppelgangers in Irish and Scandinavian folklore, he also mused about their proverbial modern counterpart in entertainment offerings like Invasion of the Body Snatchers and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.
Continuing what has been an intriguing trend which has been unfolding over the last year, it was revealed this past week that a pair of pilots in two separate aircraft witnessed an odd UFO over England. The strange anomaly, they said, resembled two orange lights seemingly stacked on top of each other. The airline that employs the two pilots stressed that they did not, necessarily, encounter anything alien, but whatever the object was left the seasoned denizens of the sky completely baffled.
The possibility that UFOs and the occult are connected has long fascinated students of esoterica and, on Monday night's program, celebrated ceremonial magician Allen Greenfield explored this tantalizing scenario. He reflected upon how the pillars of the paranormal, like aliens, cryptids, and ghost, all seem to occupy some other form of reality that occasionally overlaps into our own. Greenfield also talked about the world of famed occultist Aleister Crowley and how he may have inadvertently conjured a 'grey alien' during a 1917 ceremony.
The ongoing saga of Amelia Earhart's puzzling disappearance took yet another turn this week when a team of researchers announced that they had acquired photos and footage of the famed aviatrix's plane from the day before she vanished. The procurement of these materials is particularly exciting because the film may contain a critical clue which just might shed light on the pilot's ultimate fate. According to the group, there appears to be a patch of metal on her plane that may match a piece of debris that was found in an area where it is believed the aircraft crashed.
A mysterious location in York County, Pennsylvania known as 'Toad Road' is said to be the home of all manner of strange creatures and odd activity. On Wednesday night's program, author Timothy Renner took listeners on a journey to the area and shared an array of creepy tales associated with the site, including the tale of a humanoid figure, dubbed the 'Toadman,' who is said to reside in a creek that runs through the location. He also recounted incidents involving a Mothman-like entity spotted there as well as an eerie apparition said to resemble a lumberjack.
Mother Nature provided us with a pair of truly remarkable creatures that made the headlines this past week. First, a BBC nature program managed to capture footage of an incredibly rare all-black emperor penguin. Our jaws had barely come off the floor when we subsequently learned about the rediscovery of the world's largest bee, which left us astonished all over again. The monstrous insect measures an astounding inch-and-a-half long and, according to researchers who were on site when the bee was found, it's whopping 2.5-inch wingspan could not only be heard, but almost felt by those who encountered it.
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