Friday, August 31, 2018

Did the Orb's "L" Stand for "Love"?

Photo date: August 7, 2018. Photographer: Mark Mahin.

The photo below shows an orb with the letter "L" inside it.

letter in orb

This orb was photographed in the air during rain, but the photo below (from this post) shows a mysterious orb with the letter "L" which I photographed indoors.

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Baffling Appearances

Pockys are a tasty brand of snack food consisting of a long, thin coated biscuit.  When I woke up on August 29, I found on my kitchen counter a sealed envelope of Pockys, like you find inside a box of Pockys. No one else was in the apartment. I asked my wife whether she had left this treat for me. She said she hadn't, and that it must have been one of my daughters. I asked one daughter whether she had left the treat for me. She said no, and that it must have been her sister. I asked my other daughter whether she had left the treat for me. She said no, it must have been her sister who did it. So everyone else in the household denied having left the pack of Pockys in the kitchen.  I haven't bought the product in many years.

The next day something equally strange happened. I was sitting at the top of an apartment stairway, tying my shoes, when suddenly I heard a set of keys falling down the stairs, just as if they had fallen from my body. I assumed that they must have been my apartment keys, and that they had somehow fallen out of my pocket. When I walked down the stairs to get the keys, I found a set of keys I had never seen before. They were not my apartment keys, which were still in my pocket. No one else was in the stairway.

Since Pockys sounds like "Pock-keys," we have the "keys" sound in both of these strange cases of unexplained appearances.

Below are the keys that seemed to appear out of nowhere, One of the keys looked very old, and had the word "STAR" at the top.


The only imaginable natural theory I can think of to explain what I observed with these keys is the theory that someone might have previously dropped the keys at the top of the stairs, and that I might have kicked the keys before even seeing them. But there are three reasons why such a theory doesn't work. The first is that anyone dropping a key on the hard concrete of the stairs would have heard a distinct "klink" sound alerting him that his keys had dropped. The second reason is that I would have noticed a set of keys at the top of the stairs when I sat down at the top of the stairs. The third reason is that when I tested various foot movements such as I might naturally make when putting on my shoes at the top of the stairs, after putting the keys at the top of the the stairs, the result never caused the keys to fall down more than one step. But what I saw were the keys falling 8 or 9 steps. I am sure that when I heard the keys falling down the stairs, I had not made the vigorous type of kick someone would have to make to propel the keys all the way down the stairs. My feet weren't even moving when I heard the keys falling.

Baffling Pockys on one night, and baffling keys on the next. Suppose we subtract the "keys" sound from the "Pockys" sound -- we then get a "Pa" sound reminding me of my late father.

Postscript: The "STAR" key was made by Star Key Industries in Brooklyn.  The company is referred to in this link, which suggests the company went out of business. The STAR logo shown on that page is the same as on the STAR key I found. A check of the New York corporate database says the company went out of business in 1998.

If the keys had been house keys dropped by a resident of my apartment house, the key ring would have included a key to the apartment entrance door. But neither of the keys matched my key to the apartment entrance door.  Very strangely, the keys were sticky, and a hair was attached to one of the keys. with the hair sticking to a sticky glue-like material on the key.  I wonder where there is any connection between that fact and the incidents reported here.

Spooky Top

Photo date: August 8, 2018. Photographer: Mark Mahin.

The photo below shows a mysterious orb I photographed near a building in New York,.

blue orb in sky

There was no fog, mist, rain or precipitation on this night.

Monday, August 27, 2018

Dimes and Pennies Often Seem to Appear Mysteriously, But Almost Never Nickels

I have a document keeping a record of all odd things that I observe other than orbs that appear in my photos (this blog is the record of my orb observations). In that document I have a record of more than 200 anomalous coin observations such as this inexplicable sighting of a coin rolling up from behind me while I was alone at home. If I do something like walk down the street and see a coin on the street, I won't record it in this document. But if I suddenly notice a coin in a spot that I had previously observed in the same hour and seen no such coin, I will record such a coin sighting in the document.

There's a laundromat that I go where I get countless anomalous-seeming coin observations. When I go into the laundromat, I always walk around looking for coins on the floor, and I virtually never find any. But then later on in the hour, one or two coins will tend to show up. I must have seen 70+ such coins that showed up at this laundromat after I had previously checked that there were no coins on its floor, and none of them were very close to people putting their clothes in the washers or dryers. 

Yesterday it was the same old story. I went into the laundromat, and after putting my clothes in a washer, I looked around the floors to see if there were coins on the floor. There were none. Then about 30 minutes later I noticed a dime in a very noticeable spot where I had just walked past a few minutes ago without noticing such a dime. I had walked past the spot three times before that day without noticing any such dime, but now there was a dime in the spot. A few minutes later I found another dime on the floor.

In such cases I get a very strong feeling that the very improbable has happened. But is there way for me to mathematically verify the very high improbability of my coin sightings? There is one way.

Since 2014 the breakdown of the number of anomalous-seeming coins I have sighted is as follows: 121 pennies, only two nickels, 20 quarters, and 62 dimes, for a total of 205 coins. We can compare such numbers to the 2016 US production of pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters. The US production numbers are as follows:



In light of such numbers, it seems very unusual that I have only got 2 nickels in my set of 205 anomalous-seeming coins. Given the fact that about almost 10 percent of the cents, nickels, dimes and quarters issued in 2016 were nickels, it seems that I should have got about 18 nickels, if mere chance was involved.

There is a way to calculate how improbable such a thing is. You can use what is called a binomial probability calculator. I tried using this binomial probability calculator at StatTrek.com to compute the odds of this. Below shows the inputs I used, and the output I got. The "number of trials" is the number of anomalous coin sightings I have logged, the number of successes is the number of nickels, and the probability is the probability (from the previous table) of getting a nickel (based on the 2016 mint production numbers). 


What the calculator tells us is that given a probability of 0.0968113282 of finding a nickel when a coin might be either a penny, a nickel, a dime or a quarter, the chance of me getting only two or fewer nickels out of 205 random coins is less than 1 in a million. This is a very big hint that the anomalous coins I have noted are not just a random set of coins that accidentally fell to the ground. (I hadn't noticed how few of these coins were nickels until I had logged almost 200 observations of anomalous-seeming coin appearances.) 

In this regard (the fact that I get so many mysterious dimes and pennies and so few nickels) my experience is consistent with the experience of others who report finding mysterious coins. Such people seem to report finding either dimes, pennies or both, with few reports of nickels appearing. When I do a Google search for “finding mysterious coins,” I find one page mentioning finding dimes and pennies, and two pages mentioning finding dimes. Then there is the “Finding Dimes” blog (www.findingdimes.org), in which a blogger reports 90+ anomalous dimes. The blog has many comments, largely from people finding anomalous dimes.

When I do a Google search for “finding mysterious dimes” or “finding mysterious pennies,” I get quite a few pages talking about finding mysterious dimes or mysterious pennies, but no sites with titles such as “Finding mysterious nickels.” When I do a Google search for “finding mysterious nickels,” I get some pages pages talking about finding mysterious dimes or mysterious pennies, but no sites with titles such as “Finding mysterious nickels.”

For me the most astonishing thing about this phenomenon is what I have seen countless dozens of times: I will notice a coin in a spot that I just walked past or very recently “coin-checked” without noticing any coin in that spot. You would have such an experience if you walked down a hall  to your apartment door, put your key in your key slot, and then noticed a coin a meter to the left of your door that you failed to notice when walking right by such a spot a moment ago.

Colorful Duo

Photo date: August 24, 2018. Photographer: Mark Mahin.

The photo below shows a mysterious green orb and a mysterious orange orb I photographed indoors.


Sunday, August 26, 2018

Summer Sky Strangeness

The photos below show multicolored sky orbs I photographed at various days in June, July and August of this year.

multicolored orbs

There was no fog, mist, rain or precipitation when any of these photos were taken.

Saturday, August 25, 2018

Spooky Stripes

The photos below show two mysterious striped orbs I photographed indoors on August 6, 2018 and August 22, 2018. They are some of the 500+ mysterious striped orbs I have photographed.

striped orbs

Friday, August 24, 2018

Translucent Enigma

Photo date: June 12, 2018. Photographer: Mark Mahin.

The photo below shows a mysterious blue orb I photographed in Grand Central Terminal in New York. It is one of more than 500 mysterious transparent orbs I have photographed.

translucent orb

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Spots in the Sky Strangeness

Photo date: August 14, 2018. Photographer: Mark Mahin.

The photo below shows a mysterious orb I photographed near a building in New York. We can see some little spots in the orb.

sky strangeness

There was no fog, mist, rain or precipitation on this night.

Monday, August 20, 2018

Multicolored Mystery

Photo date: August 14, 2018. Photographer: Mark Mahin.

The photo below shows a mysterious orb I photographed near the Waldorf Astoria hotel in New York.


There was no fog, mist, rain or precipitation on this night.

Saturday, August 18, 2018

"Broken" and Baffling

Photo date: August 10, 2018. Photographer: Mark Mahin.

The photo below shows a mysterious orb I photographed indoors. It is one of nine mysterious orbs I have photographed with a stripe stretching from the top of the orb to the bottom of the orb. See here for eight other examples.

broken orb

Baby Orb Clinging to Its Mother?

Photo date: August 14, 2018. Photographer: Mark Mahin.

The photo below shows a large mysterious orb I photographed near the Walfdorf Astoria Hotel in New York. At the outer edge of the orb we see a tiny little orb.

big orb and little orb

There was no fog, mist, rain or precipitation on this night.

Friday, August 17, 2018

Mysterious Marks

The grid below shows four mysterious orbs I photographed indoors in the past few days, all of which have stripes.

orbs in pictures

I have photographed over 500 mysterious striped orbs, as you can see here. Although many got mysterious orbs in their photos long before 2015, to the best of my knowledge, no one ever reported getting a striped orb in a photograph until the first time that I reported that in July 2015 (in this post).  I photographed many, many hundreds of mysterious orbs between September 2014 and June 2015, but did not get any striped orbs during that period (at least none that I noticed). Since July 2015, I have got these striped orbs in astounding numbers. The stripes only appear inside the orbs, never outside of them.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Puzzling Purple Appearance

Photo date: August 9, 2018. Photographer: Mark Mahin.

The photo below shows a mysterious purple orb I photographed near the Waldorf Astoria hotel in New York.

purple sky orb

There was no fog, mist, rain or precipitation on this night.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Bright Enigma

Photo date: August 14, 2018. Photographer: Mark Mahin.

The photo below shows a mysterious orb I photographed near a building in New York City.

blue orb in sky

There was no fog, mist, rain or precipitation on this night.

Monday, August 13, 2018

Anomalous Attention?

Photo date: August 9. 2018. Photographer: Mark Mahin.

The photo below shows a mysterious orb I photographed near a temporary advertising sign in Grand Central Terminal in New York.

transparent orb

Sunday, August 12, 2018

The "Belt" in the Baffling Ball

Photo date: August 11, 2018. Photographer: Mark Mahin.

The photo below shows a mysterious orb I photographed indoors.


This is the 29th time I have photographed a mysterious orb with a belt-like stripe just like this one, stretching from the left side of the orb to the right side This repeating pattern is one of 27 repeating patterns I have observed in mysterious orbs I have photographed. The visual below shows examples of each of these patterns, and how many occurrences of the patterns I have photographed. You can see many examples of each of these patterns by looking at this post.
orbs in photos

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Bright Sky Orbs

Photo date: August 9, 2018. Photographer: Mark Mahin.

The photos below show two bright sky orbs I photographed near buildings in New York City.

bright sky orbs

Marks of the Mysteries

The grid below shows various mysterious striped orbs that I have photographed over the past few months. See herehere, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here and here and here and here to see thirteen other similar posters of striped orbs.

mysterious orbs

Friday, August 10, 2018

A Speeding Blue Orb

Photo date: August 9, 2018. Photographer: Mark Mahin.

The photo below shows a speeding blue orb I photographed at Grand Central Terminal in New York. See here for 178 other photos of speeding blue orbs.

speeding blue orb

Besides innumerable mysterious orbs that I have photographed at this location over the years, Grand Central also yields some striking light and shadow effects, as you can see in the photo below.

long shadow

Still More Mysterious Striped Orbs

The grid below shows various mysterious striped orbs that I have photographed over the past few months. See herehere, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here and here and here to see twelve other similar posters of striped orbs.

strange orbs

Thursday, August 9, 2018

More Mysterious Striped Orbs

The grid below shows various mysterious striped orbs that I have photographed over the past few months. See herehere, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here and here to see eleven other similar posters of striped orbs.

weird orbs

Bright Orb at the Window

Photo date: July 26, 2018. Photographer: Mark Mahin.

The photo below shows a mysterious orb I photographed near a building in New York City.

bright orb

There was no fog, mist, rain or precipitation on this night.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Mysterious Striped Orbs

The grid below shows various mysterious striped orbs that I have photographed over the past few months. See herehere, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and here to see ten other similar posters of striped orbs.

spirit orbs

Monday, August 6, 2018

Striped So Strangely

Photo date: August 4, 2018. Photographer: Mark Mahin.

The photo below shows a mysterious striped orb I photographed indoors, one of 500+ mysterious striped orbs I have photographed.


striped orb

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Tower Topper

Photo date: August 4, 2018. Photographer: Mark Mahin.

The photo below shows a bright mysterious orb I photographed near a building in midtown Manhattan.

bright blue orb

There was no fog, mist, rain or precipitation on this night.

Saturday, August 4, 2018

The 11th Time I've Got This Orb Pattern

Photo date: August 3, 2018. Photographer: Mark Mahin.

The photo below shows a mysterious orb I photographed indoors.

paranormal symbol

This is the 11th time I have photographed a mysterious orb with an inverted Y inside it. The grid below shows all eleven of these orbs (see here for the original posts), I first started getting this pattern in September of 2016. Last year I also got one of these inverted Y orbs on the third of August.

paranormal symbols

This repeating pattern is one of 27 repeating patterns I have observed in mysterious orbs I have photographed. The visual below shows examples of each of these patterns, and how many occurrences of the patterns I have photographed. You can see many examples of each of these patterns by looking at this post.

spirit orbs

Friday, August 3, 2018

Orbs Seen During Alien Abductions?

While watching the Ancient Aliens TV show, I heard journalist Linda Moulton Howe say that she had interviewed a vast number of people who claimed to have experienced something like an "alien abduction." She said there were common characteristics, and one of them was seeing orbs of light.

I did a Google search on the topic, and found this interesting page detailing a careful study of people who claimed experiences like "alien abductions."   We read the following, which uses ETs to mean extraterrestrials:

"88% of the abduction experiencers reported that they had witnessed paranormal activity in their homes, including light orbs that dart or float through the air. Sometimes the orbs pop like a bubble into 1-3 ETs. Many reported poltergeist activity such as household items flying through the air, pictures flying off walls, lights turning off and on, windows opening and closing, doors opening and closing and toilets flushing on their own."

I've photographed thousands of orbs, and I have also experienced many inexplicable events around the home, such as reported here.  Could an alien abduction be in my future? All I can say is: it hasn't happened yet. 

Below is a striped sky orb that I photographed this week, on a dry night with no fog, mist, rain or precipitation:


striped sky orb

Thursday, August 2, 2018

A Speeding Orb

Photo date: July 31, 2018. Photographer: Mark Mahin.

The photo below shows a mysterious speeding orb I photographed indoors, one of 600+ speeding orbs I have photographed, as shown here.  See here for three videos of speeding orbs.

speeding orb

Wednesday, August 1, 2018