However, after this disappointing start, a couple of intriguing outer space stories hit the headlines. Firstly YouTube user 'WowForReeel' spotted what he saw as a triangular shaped object with perfectly aligned dots on a photo of the lunar surface found via Google Moon. Was the object merely a digital artefact, or could it have been an alien base? The interesting image still remains unexplained. Secondly, NASA revealed that their Opportunity rover on Mars had taken a photo of a rock that had mysteriously appeared from nowhere. The rock had not been present in a photo taken of the same area several days earlier. Some took this as final proof of life on Mars, and one man even decided to sue NASA for failing to investigate alien life. NASA did not seem to take this threat seriously, and shortly after announced that the mysterious rock had simply been kicked into position when the rover's wheel had moved over it.
Meanwhile back across the pond, Del Rio concluded its first ever UFO festival to much acclaim. And as January moved towards its end, a family in Indiana revealed the terrifying experience of their former home being haunted by up to 200 demonic entities. The family claimed that they encountered many different unsettling experiences within the house, including one of the sons walking backwards up a wall whilst possessed by a demon. The family reported that the paranormal activity finally ceased after three exorcisms.
Celebrity news then entered into the fray as it was announced that pop super-sensation Rihanna was a firm believer in extraterrestrial life, and had even hired a man to track UFO activity for her. Meanwhile, back in the UK, the 'Cornwall UFO Research Group' declared that the county of Cornwall had the most reported UFO and paranormal activity in the country, and decided to dub the area the 'Cornwall Triangle'.
These are just the highlights from January 2014. To read more, check out the news archives at unearthlynews.com.
Stay tuned for February 2014's Summary of the Strange, coming soon...