Mysterious Scratches Appeared On Her Babies Face, When She Review Camera Footage She Doesn’t Know What To Think
There are sounds you hear in your house or things you see that immediately fall in the “odd” category, but end up being predictable, like the unwelcome invasion of a rodent. Then there are other problems that can happen, and they fall in the category of the unexplained but clearly a problem that needs to be addressed or avoided. For one mother, noises in the night became far more than an occasional irritation, and ultimately ended affecting all of her family as well.
Starting With a Video
Heather Brough had had enough. She kept hearing noises at night while she was trying to sleep, and it had gotten to the point that she was confronting her fiancé, Joshua, about the racket which he was denying. Finally, she set up a monitor in her child’s room where it seemed to come from. However, what she ended up seeing was more than she bargained for in the process.
Scratches and Noises
The fuss started with Heather finding scratches on her baby’s face and an unexplained racket every night. There were only two people in the home, her and her fiancé. So, Heather finally confronted her partner about the matter. He denied anything. So, she set up a video monitor to catch what was going on in the guesthouse they were living in on Joshua’s mother’s property.
A Year Passed
The young couple had been borrowing the guesthouse from Joshua’s parents to have a place to live starting a new family. Heather and Joshua had just had a baby daughter and had spent their first year focusing raising their new girl. However, at about 13 months or so Heather noticed something odd about her child and realized the baby’s face had been scratched.
The first scratch was chalked up to the child’s fingernails. However, the scratches kept show up with new injuries on the baby’s face. Finally, Heather decided to question her fiancé as he was the only other person who had been in the guesthouse with the child besides Heather. It didn’t help their relationship.
Things Were Great Before
The couple were in a simple but ideal world. They lived in a small town, quiet, and enjoyed their new life together with their baby. They were deep in love and a baby daughter had added another aspect to their relationship. Now, things seemed to be unraveling out of control.
With her senses on alert, Heather woke up one night when she heard noises in the house at night. There was a floor thump, a door squeak, and sounds like someone walking around. The next morning there would be new scratches again on her child’s face. Small, but they were new each time.
Getting Down to the Truth
Now it was time for confrontation and to pin down what was going on. Heather went right to the jugular and asked her fiancé if he was getting up in the middle of the night and moving around. Specifically, she asked if he was going into Lily’s room at night. Was the truth going to shatter their wonderful home?
Denial and Proof
Joshua denied any possibility of moving around at night or going in their daughter’s room at night. But Heather didn’t believe him. She heard the sounds, and her daughter’s face kept getting injured. If it was really Joshua, then Heather was going to have to catch him doing the harm and figure out why. Maybe he was sleepwalking. Maybe he was taking drugs and not in his straight mind. She didn’t know, but she had to figure it out.
Joshua continued to refuse acknowledging anything was his doing. Heather started feeling like she was somewhat losing her mind. Clearly, something was harming her child. Something was making the noise in the house at night. And something was creaking the doors. But Joshua was flat out refusing any of it was him. And Heather made sure everything was locked before going to sleep.
Eliminating all the quick and immediate explanations, Heather started realizing that another possibility could be occurring. The video monitor was going to confirm things conclusively. Either Joshua was involved and he was lying, or something else was happening. The couple agreed to get a monitor and set it up just to have peace in the house again.
The couple made sure the baby’s crib was in full view of the monitor. Heather also trimmed her daughter’s fingernails to insure they weren’t the cause as well. Joshua was sure that was the cause because babies are prone to scratching their faces during sleep from what he had heard separately.
Going the Extra Step
The couple didn’t cut corners on the monitor either. They made sure that the Logitech Circle 2 they bought could produce a clear video image and would continue to record everything going on as well as with night vision, showing anything moving in the dark.
The next morning, their daughter, Lily, woke up again with scratches on her face, new ones. The video was going to make it clear what the heck was going on. Heather was convinced she would find the answer. She was right. However, it wasn’t the answer she was prepared for. It was something else.
Time for an Investigation
The video did indeed catch a figure in the room. It wasn’t Heather, and it wasn’t Joshua. There was a man’s blurry image, which at first she immediately assumed was proof Joshua was indeed involved.
The Close Up
Heather could see the man in the room walk past the baby’s crib. She could also see her daughter was awake and noticing the presence. Her baby sat up in the crib for attention. The figure then turned towards her daughter, and Lily gets closer standing up using the crib wall. At this point in the video Heather knew immediately the figure was not Joshua at all.
Heather literally had a physical reaction run through her as she realized what she was looking at. Her heart felt like it stopped. The man was unknown, a total stranger in her child’s room. She couldn’t blink or turn away. Who the heck was this figure in her child’s room at night and how did he get in?
The figure didn’t stop with Lily. He kept moving around the room. Heather had to get to the bottom of things and figure how this guy was getting past locked doors into her child’s bedroom. She also needed to know how he was harming Heather’s child.
Heather felt like she played the video over a thousand times. With the repeat detail, the mother could see the figure was at one point see-through or transparent. She was not dealing with something normal. Heather felt at chill at that second reached for her daughter.
Whatever the reason, Heather didn’t take long to put two and two together. The guesthouse was haunted. She confronted Joshua again and demanded that they leave the home, immediately. The scratches on her daughter’s face didn’t calm Heather any further.
Heather continued to react in shock. She was crying, questioning, panicking and freaking out. She grabbed a jacket, her daughter, and ran to Joshua’s mother’s house nearby. The scratches didn’t come from Lily. The side and distance didn’t match her baby daughter’s hand size.
How to Protect?
Joshua was relieved and scared at the same time. The video proved it wasn’t him, but something else was definitely in their house. He needed to protect them immediately. He practically stumbled outside right after Heather and called the police.
An Explanation for Everything
The police didn’t discount what Joshua and Heather reported. Instead, they were referred to the Scientific Paranormal Investigation of Michigan, an outfit that focused on investigating issues that didn’t follow the normal rules of cause and effect.
More Details Come Out
As it turned out, the baby was not the only one affected. Now it was starting to make sense. Heather finally admitted there had been mornings she would wake up struggling to breathe like someone was choking her, but no one was there. So, she thought it was a bad dream. She would also hear a male voice, like someone swearing hitting their shin on something.
Mike Priest, one of the paranormal investigators, already felt there was a good chance they would find something. The details and descriptions matched up behavior the team had seen before in other homes and locations that turned out to be haunted.
Barely started on the investigation at Heather’s home and the team knew they had a live one. They would hear sounds, quirks, reactions and more to their presence. Mike quickly shifted the team to a full investigation mode.
Watch, Repeat, Watch, Repeat
Good paranormal work tries to follow the scientific process objectively confirming what’s going on, observed, and reconstructing it again repeatedly. Mike’s team follows the same process with video and tracking to repeat the same results that Heather described in the baby’s room.
Lots of Stories
The mother-in-law speculated quickly the figure was the ghost of the last resident in the guesthouse. When the bought the properly an elderly lady had lived in the guesthouse and died on the property, but that was in the main house. The death was due to a stairway fall and accident. Joshua’s dad thought a different story applied. A tenant had been in the guesthouse and turned out to have been schizophrenic. He was the brother of the lady who died.
While the paranormal investigation ultimately did not confirm anything further, Heather and Joshua were far from over with the issue. They weren’t going back into that guesthouse.
Meantime on the Internet
The video that Heather’s monitor had recorded end up on the Internet. And that triggered a viral reaction as the images were shared. Soon enough, an number of skeptics started voicing their opinions that the video may have been faked.
A Professional Skeptic
Kenny Biddle was a particularly focused skeptic, asking a lot of questions about the details on the video. He noticed shadows which shouldn’t occur with a real ghost. In short, he summarized the video figure as actually being one of the parents getting up in the middle of the night, walking through the room and unaware he or she had been recorded. Further, the scratches were common with babies and sharp fingernails.
The Big Odd Detail
However, what Biddle really found blew a lid off the whole thing. As it turned out, Heather had set up both a Facebook page and a GoFundMe page. The Facebook page had been around since November 2018. The GoFundMe request page was established on March 26, 2019, requesting help to raise $5,000. The reason: moving costs to escape a paranormal guesthouse.
Following Up on the Details
Kenny Biddle followed through on the contact details to Heather’s Facebook page to get more info and ask questions. This was normal; he had been investigating supposed paranormal events for two decades. He referenced Heather’s video and asked if he could see the entirety of the recording versus just the clip with the mysterious figure.
Unfortunately, while Kenny’s questions were fair giving the publicity of the video and Heather’s GoFundMe page asking for help, he never got an answer. To date, Heather has yet to respond to the information request at all.
Daughter Overwhelms Parents Restaurant With Customers By Posting On TikTok
A seven-second video posted on TikTok by Jennifer Le has saved her parents’ Vietnamese pho restaurant from going out of business. In the video, Le showed the empty restaurant and her dad looking sad at the register. She then asked for social media’s help to keep the restaurant in business. The restaurant is in California and was doing ok before the pandemic, but has since had trouble getting customers to dine in.
The video went viral, and within hours, it had garnered millions of views and shares. People all over the world were touched by Le’s message and began sharing the video on their social media accounts. The response was overwhelming, with people expressing their support for the restaurant and their willingness to help.
As a result of the video, the restaurant was flooded with customers, many of whom had never heard of the place before. The increased business allowed Le’s parents to keep the restaurant open and the phones are ringing off the hook. The family was overwhelmed by the outpouring of support and expressed their gratitude to everyone who had shared the video and visited the restaurant.
Le’s video is a perfect example of the power of social media to effect change. In just seven seconds, she was able to capture the attention of millions of people and inspire them to take action. The video also highlights the struggles faced by small businesses during the pandemic and the importance of community support in keeping these businesses afloat.
Le’s video has since become a source of inspiration for many people who are struggling with similar issues. It serves as a reminder that even the smallest actions can have a significant impact, and that we all have the power to make a difference in our communities.
Massive Sandcastle Built by Auckland Brothers Impresses Scores of Beachgoers
When you have run out of Christmas ideas, nothing beats going to the beach and letting your creative juices flow. That’s what two brothers in New Zealand did this past Boxing Day and ended up with an amazing and eye-catching sandcastle.
After building a massive sandcastle on Boxing Day, two Auckland boys gained praise from other people around Mt Maunganui’s beach area that day.
Jared and Paul Brandon spent 10 hours that day building a two-meter-high sandcastle, beginning with a sketch of the structure “on a piece of A4 paper” and beginning at high tide. The pair plans to turn this into a Boxing Day ritual.
On Christmas Eve, the brothers started strategizing on how to top last year’s one-meter-high tower on Boxing Day 2021.
Because Jared and Paul are “very competitive,” they wanted to outdo their performance from the previous year. Before beginning their construction, the two searched online for sandcastle designs after visiting Bunnings to get tools, buckets, as well as a footrest.
Both residents and visitors have expressed admiration and astonishment at the beautiful creation.
Jared chuckles, “A guy is assessing how tall it is currently with his beach umbrella.
Jared informed the media, “This one is 2 meters, so we needed a few footstools to climb up tall enough and also used a builder’s level so it didn’t topple over.
The 150-liter pail was the biggest we were able to use, and the traditional household bucket was a fairly small one. We purchased them both from Bunnings.
Paul explains, “There are a few techniques, such as two portions of water to one portion of sand.”
Then came the spatulas to shape the windows, then toothpicks for creating the roof piles, as well as the straws for blowing off the “extra sand.”
The previous night, the two worked on it until 8 p.m., and unlike last year, it is still standing.
“Time went by incredibly quickly; it seemed like we were only at the beach for five hours, instead of ten.” “Paul spoke to the press.
He claims that while working for a California hotel plus learning how to construct sandcastles as a kid-friendly activity, he acquired the skill there about eight years ago.
“Now that he’s used that knowledge and developed it, he taught me. Therefore, for the previous four to five years, whenever we had the time, we would construct a sandcastle once a year ” says Jared.
The two, who are both camera operators, intend to go much further next year and are hoping to enlist the aid of a larger family.
We will attempt to teach my sister as well as my brother-in-law to assist us as they appear interested this year. “We are striving to dredge up more relatives to get involved in creating a village in 2023.”
Man Finds $47,000 Historic Ring
England is very much metal detector country. The land outside the big cities is stuffed full of artifacts and leftovers from ancient times, ranging from before the Romans’ arrival to the Middle Ages and more. So, it’s not surprising, with the blessing of local farmers, that many a fellow with a metal detector is out there spending a Saturday or Sunday scanning through a fallow farm field to see what might be found. As it turned out, David Board was one of those hunters, and he just happened to come across a very small gold ring in one of his ventures.
Located outside of Dorset, Board was busy scanning a pasture field and had been doing so for hours. The sun was late in the sky, and Board was about to wrap up when his machine pinged a definite metallic substance under the soil he was waving the sensor over. Sure enough, pinpointing the location and then digging specifically into that spot, Board unearthed a very small gold ring.
It was in the farm soil, the ground typically tilled for planting, but this particular field had been used for cattle instead. So, five inches underground, the ring remained until Board found it and pulled it back into the daylight. At first, he chalked up the discovery to just another piece of metal from old times, he cleared off the dirt, pocketed the ring and kept going. Then, at the end of the day, Board went home and washed off his finds in the sink. It was only then that he realized what that ring actually was.
While the method of metal detecting in England gives archaeologists utter heart attacks every time they hear a similar story, the finds are generally split between the metal detector and the farm owner, unless the farm owner just waives off the matter and lets the hunters keep whatever they find. Whichever the case in this instance, the ring was no small trinket. It turned out to be an exceedingly well-crafted and rare gold wedding ring from the Medieval period and in very good condition. To be auctioned off later this year, the find is expected to net between 30,000 to 47,000 British Pounds.
The only surprise to anyone hearing the story in England these days is why the local farmers still allow detectors to scan their fields without any stake in the finds.
Gold Miners Dig Up a Lot More than Ancient Gold
Gold miners are used to finding all sorts of things from ancient times. It’s not uncommon to find relics of prior miners, old habitats, animal remains and even dinosaur fossils as they dig deep into the earth or excavate large areas. However, it’s not an everyday occurrence to find a practically intact mummy of a baby mammoth.
Based on the estimates possible on first evaluation of the mummified baby mammoth found on June 21 by operations at the Klondike gold deposit, way up in the northern part of Canada, miners discovered a baby female mammoth assumed to be probably 30,000 years old. An occasional dinosaur or mammoth bone is uncommon but a regular occurrence. However, finding a complete set of remains of a baby mammoth is extremely rare and a big news in the world of paleontology and biology. Even better, the specimen is practically complete. Most times the remains have been tampered with by other animals or hunting and scavenging. Then nature moves things around even further and separates parts. In this case, however, the baby mammoth was complete, intact and well-preserved.
Named Nun cho ga but the local tribes, the find essentially means big baby animal, no surprise. All the skin and hair is intact, which makes the find extremely valuable in terms of understanding exactly how junvenile mammoths looked and probably behaved mechanically as well as physically. In terms of scientific information, the find is huge. It’s similar to finding an entire painting by a famous artist versus just having a brush he or she might have used.
Locked away in permafrost for centuries, the baby mammoth was literally preserved in the earth’s freezer, untouched by bacteria or the elements for an amazing amount of time. Scientists evaluating the specimen guess that the juvenile likely passed away earlier, maybe from sickness, as its pack was moving since there were no predatory marks on it or scattering of remains. Or, also likely, the animal may have gotten stuck in a deep mud pit or quicksand and was quickly buried, protecting it from rot or degradation.
The last time anyone found a North American baby mammoth in good condition was in 1948, some 70 plus years ago. That one was named Effie, and was located inside a gold mine in Alaska. Additionally, another more recent find was in 2007 in Siberia. That find was estimated to be much older, at 42,000 years of age. It was comparative to the same size as Nun cho ga, which means the two together will provide some interesting comparative notes and years of study going forward. It’s enough to make a dinosaur scientist get giggly.
Pennsylvania Nurses Get a COVID Booster for Student Loan Debt
Becoming a nurse is no easy day in the park. Aside from all the clinical hours required and bookwork in classes, a candidate still has to pass their state license exams as well as figure out how to pay for the education costs. It’s quite common for a graduating nurse, whether an LN or RN, to have thousands of dollars in student loan debt. That was already a significant barrier to recruitment before COVID-19 arrived. Things only got worse as experienced nurses left the field in droves after the pandemic’s burnout.
However, Pennsylvania is hitting the problem head on. The state decided that it was going to provide a pot totaling $55 million to help reduce or eliminate student loan debt for eligible nurses. Funded by a combination of state dollars matched to federal American Rescue Plan funds for overall economic stimulus, Pennsylvania directed its internal share to help boost nursing in-state again as well as keep nurses in their careers with financial stability.
Essentially, any nurse who worked during the pandemic, was licensed by the state, and cared for COVID-19 patients will be eligible to get a $7,500 payment for student loan relief. The funds are one-time, non-recurring, but they still represent a huge wave of debt relief for affected nurses. 24,000 plus nurses responded with applications before the deadline ended, which has exceeded the estimated fund allocation available, no surprise. To deal with this surge in eligibility, the state administrators will split the funds on a prorata basis between the impacted state areas and regions, based on the number of nurses who applied. Then, within each regional pot, nurses will be selected by random on who will get the one-time payment.
Those who are selected won’t see the funds themselves. To ensure the payment is used correctly, the money goes directly to the student loan servicer provided by that nurse in their application. The first recipients will see their student loans lowered this month, in August 2022. To help deal with the demand, an additional $15 million in federal dollars was redirected to the fund as well. The allocation for an awardee is $2,500 each year for three years. This allows an easier outflow of funds versus a demand surge all at once. Which will be a considerable amount of accounting work on the state side.
The hope is that with the eventual success of the program expected in nurse retention, the same model can be used again to bolster sagging industries seeing a brain drain in Pennsylvania, as well as stabilize people being crushed by student loan debt.
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