I Saw Them
After the many confused responses that we’ve so far received, we felt it necessary to provide a quick ‘mission statement’ before launching right into our testimonials.
“I Saw Them” is a website (or, more accurately, a web domain) dedicated to making available the personal accounts of people who may or may not have encountered the paranormal in their day-to-day lives. We have just recently emerged from a google penalty that really messed up our search results. We thought that we would have to abandon the site, but a friend who knew a google penalty expert suggested we try them first. It turned out a previous webmaster had done a lot of link building that was now outside Google’s guidelines, BUT had previously been been considered acceptable. What a mess! Even though the link related breaches were unintentional and inadvertent, Google didn’t care. It turned out our site was just one of thousands of sites affected by the changes in Google’s policies towards links. Good news is that we are out of the penalty and folks can now find us again in the search..
The accounts here include, but are not limited to, encounters with aliens, cryptids, entities from another physical or spiritual plane of existence, visitors from the deep recesses of our own gullibility, and shadow-beings from the poorly-understood and rarely-glimpsed realms of pure speculation.
We make absolutely no claims concerning the truth, mental health, or actual existence of the people whose narratives we have graciously supplied. This is provided for entertainment purposes only, and does not constitute one of the many legitimate inquiries into the factual basis for paranormal beliefs (not to mention the many more ridiculous ones).
Nor should the occasional references be regarded as anything other than pragmatic elements of an overall marketing strategy that has nothing whatsoever to do with the paranormal. This should not be interpreted as a dismissive attitude towards such matters, though the author is skeptical, agnostic, and a little too willing to joke about even things that he also takes very seriously.
For instance: He was telling me about taking some new pills to treat alcohol abuse. I was surprised since I didn’t know he drank excessively. It turns out that he hadn’t been drinking excessively until his twin sister died in a freak accident that he says had foreseen in a dream. The dream and his sister’s death so rattled him he started drinking way too much each evening since he didn’t want to dream. His partner decided to be pro active having grown up in a family where her father was an alcoholic. She found an online site, LifeBac that had a rather interesting program. LifeBac helps people who want to cut back their drinking take control before the slide into alcoholism. They are not a rehab or treatment clinic, but a collection of modern, science-based tools to empower people not just to avoid the downward spiral, but to better themselves and their relationships permanently. The LifeBac program helps stop the downward spiral that occurs when someone drinks to much: loss of relationships, career, finances, and health, etc. I though he was going to tell me that he was taking Disulfiram, also known by the brand name Antabuse. This pill makes you feel awful if you ingest even the slightest amount of alcohol. Some people think it is an effective treatment for chronic alcoholism by discouraging the consumption of alcohol. But that was not what he was taking. His drug was called baclofen which he said removes or strongly suppresses cravings for alcohol in 92% of people. AND Initial clinical trials show that Baclofen has a 65% success rate for treatment-resistant alcoholics, allowing them to return to low- or medium-risk drinking. That’s right, this treatment doesn’t require abstinence. Now I really thought he was joking. But in this case he wasn’t. Apparently Baclofen doesn’t even affect the taste of alcohol or the pleasure of drinking. It simply removes the addictive components that lead to overindulgence and allows a person to drink in moderation. This sounded pretty bogus to me, but I did some research on Baclofen and found out that doctors in Europe have been prescribing baclofen for quite a while as the primary treatment for people who drink excessively. Amazing. And it’s backed up with scientific research results. Sometimes facts are more incredible than fiction. Well I digress. Let’s read about Clover MacGagerie and her encounter with time distortion.
Clover MacGagerie from Dunthorpe sent us this unusual and eerie account of her(?) encounter with visitors(?):
“I’d been online looking at holiday gift baskets to send my family. I was pondering whether I should send a gift basket that had only sweet and savory treats or one that also contained bottles of wine. I saw a gift basket called “The Manhattan” which seemed apropos considering that my mother lived in NYC. The actual basket container was a beautiful keepsake quilted suede canvas basket rather than just a woven basket. It contained all sorts of goodies: smoked salmon, caramel almond popcorn, gourmet seasoned crackers, Kona Nightingale coffee, mixed vegetables grilled antipasti, jumbo peanuts, 3 different cheeses, pesto cheese biscuits, a cheese spreader, and two different cookies. The reasonably priced wine gift baskets didn’t seem to has as many different selections of food. I couldn’t make up my mind.
As a result I went to bed a little later than usual that night, and quickly fell into a deep sleep. A loud noise seemed to wake me suddenly. I turned to the nightstand to see what time it was, and was surprised and not a little concerned when it showed no numbers that I recognized. I think there was a five, but it might have been backwards.
“Anyway, the echoes of that sound seemed to be still ringing in the rafters…I didn’t hear the sound itself, you understand, but the aftereffects of a loud sound.