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Book Review: The World’s Weirdest Places by Nick Redfern

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The World’s Weirdest Places by Nick Redfern takes readers to the scariest places on earth. Examples of the sites are the Bermuda Triangle, the legendary Loch Ness in Scotland, the slopes of Mount Shasta in California, the darkest corners of the Solomon Islands and the turbulent waters of the Devil’s Sea in Japan.

In March, 1918, the USS Cyclops disappeared in the Bermuda Triangle with 300 passengers aboard. Two years later, the schooner Carroll A. Deering just
disappeared enroute to Brazil. In February, 1963, the SS Sulfur Queen literally vanished in the area with just a single life jacket found according to the author.

Redfern believes that the reasons for these disappearances are numerous and varied. The details are reported as either compass malfunctions, disorientation, sudden violent weather, mechanical failure, electrical failure or pilot error. The one common thread throughout is that large numbers of people and their crafts just disappeared and were never again found.

Ma-no Umi or the Devil’s Sea is known for hundreds of random mysterious disappearances, dramatic alien encounters, myths of sea dragons and ships swallowed by the sea dating back a few centuries. The Mongolian warlord Kublai Khan attempted to flex the power of his command in the 1200s when his men and fleet disappeared mysteriously in the Devil’s Sea.

Redfern describes a colony of plesiosaurs which are aquatic reptiles that lived some 65 million years ago. These reptiles were cold blooded animals which appeared to be elongated giant eels. Gordon Holmes secured footage of a black creature 45 feet in length moving at a fast pace in Loch Ness.

Redfern documents the Panteon de Belen cemetery built in 1848 in the area of Guadalajara, Mexico. The cemetery is the alleged home of more goblins, ghosts and unexplained phenomena than any other in Mexico. Back in the 19th century people began to find bodies torn apart with massive blood loss on Nardo Street. The locals believed that Guadalajara was home to a blood thirsty vampire. Today, guided tours of the area have become very popular.

The Bermuda Triangle is the one place with a consistent record of unexplained disappearances of both people and equipment. The area may be adjacent to the diagonal line alignment which passes through the center of the earth’s axis.

For this reason, the unexplained torque and twisting action in the vicinity of the activity of the earth’s moving axis could explain the mysterious disappearances. In addition, there is a gravity-induced, slowly evolving and ever present change in the orientation of the earth’s rotational axis together with gravitational forces of the Moon and Sun along the Earth’s equatorial bulge.

These gravitational forces may cause the Earth’s axis to move with respect to an inertial space. Other forces include marine streams and the emanation of large amounts of methane gas leading to a large reduction in water density and tremendous forces which pull everything downward .

People or objects traveling adjacent to this confluence of forces may very well be impacted in the unexplained ways reported. The act of trying to prove these things scientifically could subject the expedition to the same types of dangers encountered by others who virtually disappeared from the face of the earth while traveling through the Bermuda Triangle.

The World’s Weirdest Places is an exciting book about some of the most bizarre places on earth. Most of the items cited are difficult to document scientifically; however, many anecdotal stories remain. There are areas where scientific validity may be established; however, the physical dangers involved in actually securing the scientific proof may be too considerable.

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About Dr Joseph S Maresca

I've taught approx. 34 sections of collegiate courses including computer applications, college algebra, collegiate statistics, law, accounting, finance and economics. The experience includes service as a Board Director on the CPA Journal and Editor of the CPA Candidates Inc. Newsletter. In college, I worked as a statistics lab assistant. Manhattan College awarded a BS in an allied area of operations research. The program included courses in calculus, ordinary differential equations, probability, statistical inference, linear algebra , the more advanced operations research, price analysis and econometrics. Membership in the Delta Mu Delta National Honor Society was granted together with the degree. My experience includes both private account and industry. In addition, I've worked extensively in the Examinations Division of the AICPA from time to time. Recently, I passed the Engineering in Training Exam which consisted of 9 hours of examination in chemistry, physics, calculus, differential equations, linear algebra, probability/ statistics, fluids, electronics, materials science/structure of matter, mechanics, statics, thermodynamics, computer science, dynamics and a host of minor subject areas like engineering economics. A very small percentage of engineers actually take and pass the EIT exam. The number has hovered at circa 5%. Several decades ago, I passed the CPA examination and obtained another license in Computer Information Systems Auditing. A CISA must have knowledge in the areas of data center review, systems applications, the operating system of the computer, disaster recovery, contingency planning, developmental systems, the standards which govern facility reviews and a host of other areas. An MBA in Accounting with an Advanced Professional Certificate in Computer Applications/ Information Systems , an Advanced Professional Certificate in Finance and an Advanced Professional Certificate in Organizational Design were earned at New York University-Graduate School of Business (Stern ). In December of 2005, an earned PhD in Accounting was granted by the Ross College. The program entrance requires a previous Masters Degree for admittance together with a host of other criteria. The REGISTRAR of Ross College contact is: Tel . US 202-318-4454 FAX [records for Dr. Joseph S. Maresca Box 646 Bronxville NY 10708-3602] The clinical experience included the teaching of approximately 34 sections of college accounting, economics, statistics, college algebra, law, thesis project coursework and the professional grading of approx. 50,000 CPA examination essays with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Additionally, membership is held in the Sigma Beta Delta International Honor Society chartered in 1994. Significant writings include over 10 copyrights in the name of the author (Joseph S. Maresca) and a patent in the earthquake sciences.