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New TV Show is looking for real People in the Los Angeles area who have true-life, UNSOLVED PRANKS/MYSTERIES
Posted: 15 June 2007 06:51 PM   [ Ignore ]
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Hello,
I am looking for those everyday, small but baffling, unsolved pranks/mysteries in your life; think Seinfeld moments, moments where you’d feel ridiculous calling anyone for help.

No story is too small:
-Whose dog pooped in my apartment hallway?
-Did my teenager host a party while I was on vacation?
-Who took the car for a joyride and dented the fender?
- What

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Posted: 15 June 2007 07:55 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Posted: 15 June 2007 07:58 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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You post therefore you are.

Unless you’re a ‘bot, of course.

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Posted: 15 June 2007 08:06 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Posted: 15 June 2007 10:47 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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Okay, hi, this is a pretty good one, and it genuinely really did happen to my wife, myself, and my daughter, about 14 or so at the time, here in the house I still live in, in San Jose CA:

I promise this really did happen:

I was at the kitchen counter one evening, after dark, putting groceries away.  My daughter (helpful teen that she was) sat on the sofa in the living room, a few feet away from me.  My wife was bringing the rest of the groceries in from the car.

Once again, it was after dark.

I am facing my daughter, and can see my wife approaching on the walkway in front.

An orange-ish ball of fairly bright light, a bit bigger than a basketball, zooms from out the master bedroom door into the hallway, speeds down the hall at about belt-high, turns the corner into the living room (I am watching every bit of this), flies between my daughter and the book she was reading, startling her, then travels on out the open front door, raises its height, and pases over my wife’s shoulder, then away it went.  My wife nearly dropped the bag of groceries.

The entire event lasted perhaps 1.5 or 2.0 seconds.

No harm done to any of us, nothing amiss anywhere in our house, no sunburn or hair falling out or anything, we did not start talking in tongues or anything cosmic, no strange dreams that night, indeed, no evidence at all of the visit, except we all three remember it quite clearly.

This really happened, and the above accounting is honestly to the very best of my memory.  My wife and daughter, of course, remember it quite well, too, as events like this are pretty darned uncommon.  This happened in abouot 1995.

Dan the cosmic

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Posted: 16 June 2007 01:59 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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I don’t know if there’s any regulars from LA around here.  I use to live in southern california, but I wouldn’t of had a story for you anyways.  Good luck though.

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Posted: 16 June 2007 05:46 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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Razela - 16 June 2007 05:59 AM

I don’t know if there’s any regulars from LA around here.  I use to live in southern california, but I wouldn’t of had a story for you anyways.  Good luck though.

They start in the neighbourhood. Ofcourse they don

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Posted: 16 June 2007 10:49 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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That’s weird Dan.  I had one of those in my bedroom at night when I was a teen (no drugs, no alchohol).  The lights were out and it was about six inches wide and seemed to come from my window.  I closed my eyes and screamed and my Dad came down and I made up some lame excuse so as not to get myself taken away to the local mental hospital.  Never seen one since.

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Posted: 17 June 2007 09:32 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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I have read of these things going down the aisles of in-flight airlines, and so on.

Some people say that what we saw is ‘ball lightning’ but it certainly does not behave like any lightning I have ever heard of, no thunder or anything, no noise at all, certainly not travelling at a great rate of speed, and not travelling vertically either.

The one I saw actually maneuvered around people and walls and such, seemingly quite purposefully.

I am glad I was not taking drugs at that moment, too; I would have probably begun a quest to duplicate the experience, and spent all my money in vain.

Dan, glad to know I am in good company, and thanks for believing me, Bebe; I will be the first to agree that the story sounds pretty contrived.

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Posted: 18 June 2007 10:27 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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Posted: 18 June 2007 10:30 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 10 ]
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I do think it was ball-lightning indeed Dan. Ball-lightning behaves as you describe, quite different from “normal” lightning. It is a very ill understood phenomena.

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Posted: 18 June 2007 10:35 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 11 ]
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Yes, not a lot is known about ball lightning.  What with it being rare and usually showing up who knows where for only a few seconds, it’s a bit hard to study.  But it is famous for acting in really weird ways.

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