This week on The Gralien Report Podcast, as we recognize the anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attacks that brought the U.S. into World War II, we also examine a number of mysteries associated with the waters of the Pacific. Similar to a recent earlier episode and its discussion of cannibalism at sea, we observe modern myths of “ghost ships” that compare strangely to recent developments off the coast of Japan, which involve the “skeletonized” crews found aboard derelict vessels featuring strange messages. In addition to this, we also cover stories from our listeners that range from Cold War era conspiracies and personal experiences, to strange myths and legends, and the idea of “consensus opinion” and how skepticism can help us to whittle back the mere possibilities that some mysterious phenomena may afford us, and reveal any underlying potentials worthy of future study.

Then in the second hour, we begin with an examination of mysterious groups of people that have existed throughout history, including the historically enigmatic “Sea Peoples” which contributed to the demise and setback of many civilizations during the Bronze Age Collapse. We also examine the curious origins of the Melungeons of Eastern Tennessee and Kentucky, myths about whom may involve the arrival of Ottoman Turks in the Americas, and whose settlement preceded the English, Irish, and Scottish entry into the Appalachian Mountains. And speaking of the Scottish, the focus of our discussion carries us to a curious legend in Scotland of a man whose family had allegedly terrorized the region near Bennane Head for decades. Is the story a true historical account, or had these myths of cannibalism been inspired by an earlier legend?

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Author: Micah Hanks

Micah Hanks is a writer, researcher, and podcaster. His interests include areas of history, science, archaeology, philosophy, and the study of anomalous phenomena in nature. He can be reached at

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