Leonardo da Vinci not only epitomizes genius and creativity, but he is also one of the most sought-after sources of mysteries, both real and invented.
The Mystery of the Sicilian Avengers
The Thought Reader Craze
“Searching for Hitler’s DNA in Antarctica.” This is the bizarre headline that made the news a few months ago, launched by Russian news agency Ria Novosti and picked up by the world media after scientists were able to successfully drill into Antarctica’s Lake Vostok.
Paranormal legends about paintings have always existed. Some think that a picture falling off the wall represents a bad omen for the person depicted or photographed in it. Others feel watched by some portraits whose eyes seem to follow onlookers as they move through a room. And still others claim that paintings can come alive...
Once you take out those plainly fake and the more suspicious looking ones all you are left with are about ten photos. These are, essentially, “mug shots” of wanted extraterrestrials. Here is my personal list of the best (or worst) photos of aliens.
Stairway to Heaven: A Firsthand Account of a UFO Sighting
Ten Myths about the Titanic
After magician and skeptic Harry Houdini died on October 31, 1926, scores of mediums claimed they had received a genuine message from the “soul” of the once-great skeptic and medium-basher.
Last May, newspapers in Italy and abroad reported that the iconic image of a Madonna had wept tears in the Orthodox Church of Saint Nicholas in Milano. It was the second time that this phenomenon had reportedly happened there.
The Lost Girl: Investigating a Case of “Psychic Detection”
The Myth of Chastity Belts
Seeing photos of ghostly faces and figures floating around in the air must have been quite a shock to our ancestors.
As a guest on a popular Italian TV show, L’Istruttoria (The Inquest), I had a chance to test a theory I was rather curious about.
A Lesson Worth Remembering
The Legend of Creating Artificial Life: From the Golem to Pinocchio
Some time ago, we received a letter from a woman, R.G., who claimed she can peer inside sealed boxes with some sort of X-ray vision and describe...
Luigi Garlaschelli and I were asked if we would be interested in testing a twenty-two-year-old mystic woman who talked with the Virgin Mary
Dutch police experts gather around a TV screen. They are watching footage from a hidden camera that was positioned to monitor a supposed case of vandalism at...
The Shroud of Turin Duplicated
The Italian Committee for the Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal (CICAP) celebrated its twentieth anniversary with a special three-day conference...
Eusapia Palladino, Queen of the Cabinet, Part 4
How is it possible that well-trained and respected scientists and investigators could be deceived by a clever...
Eusapia Palladino, Queen of the Cabinet, Part 3
There suddenly came a wild, yelling scream. It was such a scream as I have never heard before in my life, not even in...
Eusapia Palladino, Queen of the Cabinet, Part 2
Eleven extraordinary séances with medium Eusapia Palladino were held in the now-defunct Hotel Victoria in Naples.
Eusapie Palladino, the Queen of the Cabinet, Part 1
...it was essential that the investigators were knowledgeable of the methods of trickery. But were they really?
Along with the Holy Grail, the Ark is the most sought after and elusive of relics.
What would you think if street lamps kept turning off when you passed them by?
The hot, still night was illuminated by a full moon. The two shadowy figures moving along the empty road wondered if this...
Just Like Jedi Knights (If Only)
You can be the most powerful Jedi knight in the universe, but if I keep my toe down, you are nothing more than a useless C3PO.
‘I Am Houdini! And You Are a Fraud!’
Though it seems that everything has already been said and written about magician Harry Houdini, every now and then something...
The Legend of the Pied Piper
It is 1284, and the little German town of Hamelin is infested by a plague of rats. In desperation, the mayor advertises for...