Strange things happen. Sometimes, very strange. This site is the home page of an informal fortean investigations group based in Manchester, UK, and is used to catalogue the various investigations that have occurred into various wide-ranging forteana, from paranormal activity through to amateur archaeology, urban myths, ley lines and similar subjects.

Select "Heritage" for explorations into interesting archaeological sites, owned by organisations such as English Heritage, Historic Scotland and CADW, click on "Apocrypha" for information on various urban myths and apocryphal tales, or click on "Ley" for information on so called "ley" lines and their history.

For information on the latest news from the group, click on "News".

Points of Interest

Urban Objects

I like this, and is one of those subjects which could be placed in the "cosmic joker" cabinet, or simply discarded (if you pardon the pun) as complete nonsense (which you'd get very good odds on). The idea is that there are objects lying in and around us which seem so out of place that the very nature of how they got there seems ludicrous, yet we simply walk past them every day. The most obvious example is the "urban brick", but can apply to almost anything, including that single shoe that you drove past at the side of the road today.

Cynocephaly

Looking back throughout human history, and it's amazing how many common "themes" crop up, even between civilisations of very different types. Carl Jung called these kind of things Archetypes, basically, common ideas which seem to be innate in our species itself, not driven by any kind of social bias. Examples of these are "the wise old man", "the trickster" etc. etc.

One particular type of archetype seems to be the concept of the "dog-headed" people (or person), which are claimed by some to still be walking the streets today. Termed "cynocephaly" by modern science, the concept of dog-headed races goes back to ancient Egypt (with Anubis, the jackal headed god), even St. Christopher was deemed, at the time (about 3rd century A.D.), by the Eastern Orthodox Church (at least), to be a "dog-head".