Gloria Vanderbilt reveals she was 'contacted by Marilyn Monroe' via medium
Gloria Vanderbilt has spooked her son and even a professional psychic by being 'contacted by Marilyn Monroe' - and has revealed that she believes she is psychic herself.
The actress, socialite, artist and mother of TV presenter Anderson Cooper, met with psychic John Edward who revealed that Monroe had something to tell the veteran star.
On the host's daily talk show, Anderson, Mr Cooper spoke about his and his mother's unnerving experiences of visiting the medium.
'Was the experience different than you thought it would be?' Mr Cooper asked his 87-year-old mother.
'Well, for example, that Marilyn came up was fascinating to me' the oft-troubled heiress replied.
A clearly bemused Mr Cooper then said: 'I didn't know you guys were - I didn't know you knew Marilyn Monroe.'
'Yes, I did. So she kind of came suddenly into this amazing conversation,' Ms Vanderbilt replied.
But it is medium Mr Edward's response that tellingly highlights how unusual a message from the late pop icon is. 'For me, I get some pop cultural references,' he said.
'So I was doing a reading for somebody who's not a known figure and I'm seeing Marilyn Monroe. So I would say who's Marilyn? They would say, that's my aunt. That's my grandmother. Not Marilyn Monroe. So it's kind of a little bit -- it's freaky for -- it's freaky...'
'I was a friend of hers,' explains New York local Ms Vanderbilt. 'I've always felt the whole world identifies in some way with her, which is why she's such an incredible - I mean, she's with us today, and we all have things in us that we identify with her and relate to her. And I felt very close to her for many reasons.'
Mr Cooper, for his part, sees the irony in the strange revelation. 'I find it interesting that you freaked out John Edward.'
The psychic also appeared to contact Mr Cooper's father who had a 200-acre farm in Mississippi.
Mr Cooper said that the conversation - and Mr Edward's correct knowledge of his past - 'really caught me by surprise... I don't think I ever told anybody that anywhere.'
Ms Vanderbilt, who said she is 'somewhat psychic,' is clearly at odds with her son's opinions on the subject.
The sceptical show host admitted that 'I'm still not sure I'm a believer,' although Ms Vanderbilt has a fan in the medium.
'I think we all have the [psychic] ability,' Mr Edward told the intrigued mother and doubtful son. - dailymail
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Man donates body for mummification
A former taxi driver has become the first person for 3,000 years to be mummified in the same way as the pharaohs.
TV viewers will see Alan Billis turned into a mummy over the space of a few months as his body is preserved using the techniques which the ancient Egyptians used on Tutankhamun.
Mr Billis had been terminally ill with cancer when he volunteered to undergo the procedure which a scientist has been working to recreate for many years.
The 61-year-old from Torquay in Devon had the backing of his wife Jan, who said: "I'm the only woman in the country who's got a mummy for a husband."
The process is revealed in a new Channel 4 documentary Mummifying Alan: Egypt's Last Secret to be screened on Monday October 24.
Dr Stephen Buckley, a chemist and research fellow at York University, has spent 19 years trying to uncover the preservation techniques which the Egyptians used during the 18th dynasty.
Alongside archaeologist Dr Jo Fletcher, Dr Buckley has studied mummified bodies, analysing tissue samples and finally putting his findings into practice by putting them to the test on Mr Billis's body at Sheffield's Medico-Legal Centre.
"It's turned current understanding, including my own, completely on its head," said Dr Buckley.
Mr Billis had been diagnosed with terminal lung cancer when he heard about the search for a body donor. "I was reading the paper and there was a piece that said 'volunteer wanted with a terminal illness to donate their body to be mummified'," he told the documentary team.
"People have been leaving their bodies to science for years and if people don't volunteer for anything nothing gets found out." - belfasttelegraph
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Large, bright star-like UFOs over Chicago
10/16/2011 - unedited: I got a text from a friend in Villa Park IL who said he was watching a star like object hover in his neighborhood. Villa Park is 11 miles west of where I am so I decided to go outside to my backyard and sky watch. It was a clear night not much going on at first. Then out of the Northern sky I noticed a small dim orange orb UFO flying South at 715pm and began recording it until it was out of view. I looked down and sent a text to my friend that I had just caught a fireball orb flying over me when I looked back up there was the BIGGEST BRIGHTEST ORB UFO I have seen yet. I have seen different types of UFOs flying by day and night for over 2 years but this one was one of the closest and brightest I have ever encountered. It made no noise and was amazingly big bright white light. It was in the shape of a large ball hovering over the tree top. I immediately put my camera on it and starting recording. This was at 717pm. It started to move East toward the City. I got my butt of my zero gravity lawn chair and ran to my right to keep recording it. It kept moving behind a tree so I ran back to the left to see if I could keep recording it but it had disappeared.
I sat back down and sent my friend another text saying I just saw a big bright white ORB hovering and waited to see if more would show. About 13 minutes went by and I saw another high quick moving dim orange star like UFO this time flying South to North. I recorded the best I could as I am still a novice trying to film these things. 3 minutes later a second star-like ball of light flew in the same South to North path over the sky at probably the same height speed and distance.
I have no idea what they are if they are man made, natural to this world, or ET. My guess is ET. But as I mentioned that have been coming out more often and frequently day and night by where I live. To view my video search MULTIPLE STAR-LIKE UFOs CHICAGO 16 October 2011 on Youtube. I attached a few pics below of the big bright one.
I use the Youtube channel name guttergawker if you want to look at the other uploads of UFOs I have caught. On Oct 9th I caught a few day time green diamond shaped UFOs flying over and have good close up video of those craft. Sorry about the name guttergawker, I signed up for Youtube long before I began to see UFOs and would just watch crap on Youtube hence the name. And sorry about all the shake in the video I try and stabilize what I catch as much as possible but it never comes out to smooth. I tried using a tripod but its ever harder to record these things flying across the sky with one. And I never know from which direction or what time they will show up so when I do see them I do my best keeping the camera on them but it moves around alot when I have the focus set on infinity and zoom 300xs.
Anyways thanks for reading, if you live in Chicago watch the skies on clear starry nights after 7pm and I am sure you'll see what I am seeing. - MUFON CMS
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Cupcake-Tossing Wife Charged With Battery
A Chicago woman was charged with misdemeanor domestic battery Sunday after police said she threw cupcakes at her husband and hit him over the head.
Dawn Montesdeoca, 60, is accused of tossing the treats at her 56-year-old husband in their home Saturday, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.
The fight started with a verbal quarrel, but escalated until Montesdeoca began hitting her husband over the head, police said.
After that, she reached for the box of desserts and tossed them at her husband's head and body, he told police. Several of the confections apparently hit their mark, as the man's head and shirt were smudged with icing when officers arrived, according to a police report.
Her husband told police he was scared for his safety, although the Chicago Tribune reported he has been arrested three times since 2003 on battery or domestic battery charges. All of the charges were eventually dropped. - wxii12
Saudi divers find 22 'magic' items under water
Saudi divers involved a government clean-up campaign at the Gulf Kingdom’s beaches tumbled across 22 talismans and other magic items, which were handed to the religious police for destruction.
Nearly 100 divers took part in the campaign, which resulted in the removal of more than four tonnes of waste along the beach and the sea bed in the northwestern town of Tabuk, newspapers said.
The waste included 22 talismans and other items involving magic spells and were handed to the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice,” the Arabic language daily Sabq said.
“The anti-magic committee examined the items and found that some of them are still active and that they have been dumped there for magic work….all those items were neutralized and destroyed by the committee.” - emirates247
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