Amelia Earhart aircraft found? UFO hunter ’spies’ plane on Google Maps – ‘100% proof’

On May 20, 1937, Amelia Earhart and navigator Fred Noonan left Oakland, California on the first leg of their historic round-the-world flight. They disappeared 43 days later while trying to locate tiny Howland Island in the vast Pacific Ocean. In her last in-flight radio message heard by Itasca, Earhart reported flying along the 157°/337° line.

Now an an alien life conspiracy theorist claims to have solved the Amelia Earhart mystery after following the plane’s trajectory on Google Maps.

This is 100 percent proof that Amelia Earhart landed her plane on Palmyra island

Scott Waring

Scott Waring took to his site to elaborate on his claims.

He said: “I found the legendary Lockheed Model 10-E Electra on the island of Palmyra, considered part of Hawaii.

“The island is just a few hundred miles away from where she was last seen.”

A blurry aerial image of triangular shape at the atoll’s edge can be seen surrounded by foliage at the end of a runway.

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Amelia Earhart: Has the pioneering pilot’s Lockheed Model 10-E Electra been spotted on Palmyra? (Image: Google/Getty)


Amelia Earhart: A blurry aerial image of triangular shape is seen at the atoll’s edge (Image: Google)

But Waring claims this runway did not exist until several years after Amelia Earhart’s disappearance.

He proceeds to use sophisticated photo editing software to measure the Google Maps anomaly.

The supposed plane’s length is estimated to be 42ft (13m), while it is believed to span 53ft (16m) from wing-to-wing.

Ms Earhart famously flew a Lockheed Model 10-E Electra, and its dimensions do roughly match the Google Maps anomaly.

Waring said: “This plane on Palmyra is missing its tail or perhaps its buried in the bushes behind it.

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“However, its two engines are still visible as well as its in tack three blade propellers and cockpit.

“However, the plane was last seen with two bladed propellers, but she may have changed them on the trip or her last stop in New Guinea.

“Three bladed propellers may have caused a crash, as she was not supposed to use to them.”

“This all points to this being the Lockheed Electra Amelia Earhart was flying.

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Amelia Earhart: The pioneering pilot’s plane disappeared July 2, 1937 (Image: Getty)

“The front part of the nose cone of the crashed plane is missing, but most of it is still intact.

“This is 100 percent proof that Amelia Earhart landed her plane on Palmyra island.”

Conspiracy theorist Waring speculates about the reasons behind Amelia Earhart’s unscheduled visit to Palmyra Atoll.

He said: “They say the CIA was having Amelia photograph some military activity over some islands.

“Palmyra island may be the one the CIA was concerned with, because about five years later they built the runway and a US base there.

“But was she forced to land and taken prisoner by the Japanese Navy which was reported in that region?

“Also there is a report on the island of someone finding a old can with a woman skull in it and a woman’s watch in it, which just might be Amelia’s.”

However outlandish announcement was made all the more unlikely after it emerged other images of a crashed plane on Palmyra show it is different to Amelia Earhart’s.

The dubious claims made by Waring quickly attracted many comments on YouTube.

Nick Brown noted the difference between the crashed plane and the one Ms Earhart was flying, commenting: “Aren’t there three propellers on the found plane? Amelia had two.”

And Arnoldskit was also unconvinced, adding: “The number of props are different Scott. How’d you miss that?

“Besides, if it were her plane, they would have connected the dots when it was first found and solved the mystery.”

WATCH: Shocking video of China’s ‘Loch Ness monster’ swimming in Asia’s longest river

Loch Ness Monster believers were shocked when video of a creature in China very similar to the Scottish folklore was posted. In the video, a large eel-like creature can be seen swimming through the water. It is very long and dark, resembling what the Loch Ness Monster has been described as.

In Scottish tradition, the Loch Ness Monster is said to be a creature that inhabits Loch Ness in the Scottish Highlands.

It is often described as large in size with a long neck and one or more humps protruding from the water.

Popular theories have varied since it was brought to worldwide attention in 1933.

The first sighting of the strange creature is said to have have been in the 1870s, when a local claimed to have seen something “wriggling and churning up the water”.

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China Loch Ness Monster Spotted In River Yangtze

China Loch Ness Monster Spotted In River Yangtze (Image: GETTY•ASIA WIRE)

A large eel-like creature can be seen swimming

A large eel-like creature can be seen swimming (Image: AsiaWire)

This account was not published until 1934, however.

The best-known article that first attracted a great deal of attention about a creature was published on 2 May 1933 in Inverness Courier.

It described a large “beast” or “whale-like fish”.

The article was by the water bailiff for Loch Ness.

It described a large

It described a large “beast” or “whale-like fish”. (Image: GETTY)

There have been other sightings of Loch Ness Monsters in New Zealand and Antarctica.

In 2015, even Google joined the hunt for the creature.

The tech giant launched a cache of underwater and surface images of the lake.

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The video has led to new speculation

The video has led to new speculation (Image: AsiaWire)

The Street View series includes the ancient Urquhart Castle seen from the water, Fort Augustus Abbey and the lake seen “from Nessie’s perspective” under the peaty waters.

A Loch Ness expert, Adrian Shine, helped develop the project, saying it was “cloaked in secrecy”.

The most famous photo of the monster was published in 1934, and purports to show the monster’s head and neck emerging from the water.

The legend has been credited with bringing significant sums to Scotland’s economy, and Scottish tourism body VisitScotland called the project “hugely exciting”.

Even as recent as last year, a global team of scientists planned to scour the icy depths of Loch Ness using environmental DNA in an experiment that may discover whether Scotland’s fabled monster really does, or did, exist.

UFO sighting: NASA spies ‘living alien spacecraft’ shoot out of the Sun

Controversial alien advocate Scott C. Waring took to his blog to speculate about the alleged evidence of an alien UFO. He said: “This is a unique UFO as this image has not cropped out the UFO. “Actually the alien object really is shaped this way.

“But I have never seen a UFO this close to the NASA SOHO satellite and in such great detail.

This is a unique UFO as this image has not cropped out the UFO

Scott Waring

“The alien spacecraft are usually further away or travelling in threes.

“This all makes this UFO really rare and an exciting find.

“But is it an UFO alien craft or is it or a living alien organism – I don’t know.

“All I do know is how huge it is measuring at least hundreds of metres across, if not larger.”

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UFO sighting: An anomaly shooting past the Sun has been branded a UFO by a conspiracy theorist (Image: NASA/Getty)


UFO sighting: NASA SOHO has been orbiting the Sun for more than 20 years (Image: NASA)

Waring proceeds to zoom into the solar anomaly and transform into a negative format to get a closer look.

And he highlights the anomaly’s “strange” texture could be evidence of it could actually be alive.

He said: “It is not perfectly smooth and you cavan see bumps along it.

“That gives me some thoughts of it being a living alien organism.

“A lot of microscopic creatures zoom around on water, here on Earth.

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“And this craft looks a lot like those creatures, as it does not appear to possess much to propel itself.

“So who knows who knows how this alien anomaly propels itself, if this really is a living organism?”

The dubious find quickly attracted scores of comments on YouTube.

YouTube viewer Kronos wrote: “Great capture Scott tether incident comes to mind, that thing is a quarter the size of the Sun sphere beings what Corey Goode keeps on about must be giants in that thing – wow!”

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UFO sighting: The satellite studies the Sun from its deep core to the outer corona (Image: NASA)

However, Baran Bryan Güneş offers a more rational explanation, writing: “Could it be lens problem?”

NASA’s Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory provides a more prosaic explanation for the bizarre anomaly caught on camera.

A NASA statement said: “Occasionally one will see bright blobs or streaks appearing in the STEREO coronagraph images.

“These have been seen before by the SOHO mission, and are caused by micrometeorite impacts knocking off small pieces of the multi-layer insulation blankets which are wrapped around the spacecraft.

“These small debris particles are brightly illuminated by the Sun, and are easily seen by the coronagraphs if they wander into the field of view.

“They are tremendously out-of-focus, and often appear as “donut” shapes in the COR1 and COR2 telescopes because of the central occulter in these telescopes.

“The bigger the piece of debris appears, the closer it is to the telescope.

“Because the COR1 and COR2 images are generally built up from a series of images, the same piece of debris will often show up multiple times.”

MH370 bombshell: How surprise debris discovery helps pinpoint search location

MH370 departed from Kuala Lumpur Airport on March 8, 2014, destined for Beijing, China, with 239 people on board, including captain Zaharie Shah. The Boeing 777 last communicated with air traffic control at 1:19am while travelling over the South China Sea, before disappearing altogether. Since it vanished five years ago, there have been countless conspiracies, spearheaded by a collection of so-called experts who have made wild claims over its final resting place – from the Cambodian jungle to former Soviet States.

However, air crash investigator Christine Negroni detailed during her book “The Crash Detectives” why a discovery in 2015 helped to pinpoint where the jet went down.

She wrote in 2018: “It would take nearly a year-and-a-half before the first debris from Malaysia 370 was found on a beach on Reunion Island, on the coast of East Africa.

“By then, the wing section had traveled too far and arrived too late to provide any clue as to where the plane landed in the water.

“At its smallest, the search area is three times larger than the one in which Air France 447 was found.

MH370's search area has been helped by the discovery

MH370’s search area has been helped by the discovery (Image: GETTY)

MH370 went missing in 2014

MH370 went missing in 2014 (Image: GETTY)

It shut down the theory that once it disappeared from radar, the plane had turned north

Christine Negroni

“Still, the discovery of the wing flap was useful in one way, it shut down the theory that once it disappeared from radar, the plane had turned north, towards Asia and the Caucasus Mountains.”

Ms Negroni then went on to pull punches at other investigators over their own theories.

She added: “One of the most popular proponents of that line of thinking was Jeff Wise.

“He was not the only person who thought the plane was hiding in a remote part of the world.

“Thomas McInnerney, a retired lieutenant general and military analyst for Fox News, told the network’s morning news programme in 2015 that the plane could be in ‘the stans,’ referring to countries whose name ends in ‘stan’.”

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Families hope to find out what happened to the flight

Families hope to find out what happened to the flight (Image: GETTY)

Finally, Ms Negroni went on to suggest we may not have received the full story over MH370 from the Malaysia government.

She continued: “I’ll leave that kind of worrying for Fox News watchers, I’m more concerned with a disturbing discovery made while working on the book.

“For all the apparent effort to try to solve the mystery of MH370, authorities may not be as committed to finding out what went wrong.

“That would not be unprecedented.”

Her claim comes just days after an anonymous source who works for a group dedicated to uncovering the truth told he had been questioned over handing flyers in Putrajaya, a city south of Kuala Lumpur.

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The team discovered part of MH370 on Reunion Island

The team discovered part of MH370 on Reunion Island (Image: GETTY)

He said: “When me and my team went to Putrajaya, we had an unexpected moment there.

“I went to distribute flyers at Putrajaya Square, my friend at Alamanda Shopping Centre, and my other friend at Putrajaya Central.

“When I first arrived in the morning at Putrajaya Square, I was about to start distributing flyers, but a group of police came up to me and grabbed all the flyers that I was going to distribute.

“They asked me: ‘What is this?’

“It is MH370 and I told them it is from the organisation I work for.

More than 239 people were on board the jet

More than 239 people were on board the jet (Image: GETTY)

A campaigner claimed he has been arrested by authorities

A campaigner claimed he has been arrested by authorities (Image: GETTY)

“They took me to the police station nearby.

“I was very shocked at this moment.

“They asked me ‘Why are you bringing this issue up after so long? Why didn’t you a long time ago?’

“I didn’t know how to answer the questions.”

Ms Negroni detailed her full theory on what happened later in her book.

She stated: “My theory is that an electrical malfunction knocked out the systems on the Boeing 777 and that the plane lost pressurisation incapacitating the pilots.

“Whatever happened, it could not have caused damage serious enough to affect the airworthiness of the plane, since it flew on until running out of fuel many hours later.

“Likely, the men in the cockpit were overcome by the altitude sickness known as hypoxia, which robbed them of the ability to think clearly and land the plane safely.

“Many of the links in the bizarre chain of events that night can be explained by hypoxia, because past cases have shown how rapidly those who fall victim to it turn imbecilic.”

However, this idea is just one of thousands that are seeking to piece together aviation’s biggest mystery.

Asteroid warning: Deep impact predicted for 2069 claims Nostradamus prophecy expert

The will hit Earth in our lifetimes, triggering widespread tsunamis and a firestorm of destruction on a global scale. The asteroid impact was supposedly foretold by the 16th century mystic and French prophet Michele de Nostradame. Michele de Nostredame, or Nostradamus, has been at the heart of conspiracy theories and wild predictions about the future for centuries. Nostradamus’ followers believe the writer correctly predicted, among other things, the 1666 Great Fire of London and the rise of Adolf Hitler to power in 1933.

During his life, Nostradamus wrote cryptic four-lined poems or quatrains, which have inspired generations of .

Mario Reading, author of Nostradamus: The Complete Prophecies for the Future, believes the quatrains hold clues about a future asteroid impact.

In particular, the author cites Nostradamus’ Quatrain 1, 69 as evidence of an impending cataclysm.

The passage, which was originally penned in French, speaks of a great mountain, flooding, war and hunger.


Asteroid warning: Giant space rock striking Earth

Asteroid warning: A giant space rock sill supposedly strike the Earth in the year 2069 (Image: GETTY)

Asteroid warning: Space rocks destroying Earth

Asteroid warning: A book author thinks Nostradamus predicted an asteroid cataclysm (Image: GETTY)

The quatrain reads: “The great mountain, seven stades around

“After peace, war, hunger, flood

“Will roll far, destroying great swathes of country

“Even antiquities, and mighty foundations.”

According to Mr Reading’s analysis of the enigmatic poem, the mountain in question is a giant asteroid crashing into Earth.


He wrote: “A state was a unit of measurement equivalent to about 180 meters, so a ‘mountain seven stades around’ would measure 1,260 meters in circumference, or 1380 yards.

Nostradamus would seem to be indicating the year 2069 as a possible strike date

Mario Reading, Nostradamus expert

“One presumes that Nostradamus is talking about an asteroid strike here, for we know that an asteroid of more than one kilometre in circumference, travelling at circa 30 kilometres per second, would have a humungous impact on all terrestrial life, equivalent to maybe 5,000 times the most powerful atomic warhead we possess.”

Interestingly enough, astronomers have just discovered an  at speeds of around 30km per second or more than 67,000mph.

Mr Reading went on to say the asteroid would trigger tsunamis between 984ft and 2,624ft (300m to 800m) above sea level.


The impact would blot out the skies with ash, dust and smoke for two years.

As a result of the unnatural darkness, global food chains and the breeding cycle would be disrupted.

Mr Reading wrote: “We can predict one such asteroid strike roughly once every 100,000 years, and Nostradamus would seem to be indicating the year 2069 as a possible strike date.”

Thankfully, scientists do not know of any asteroid or comet that currently poses a threat to the safety of the planet.

The European Space Agency (ESA) said: “Today, no known object merit any worry, but many remain undiscovered, so we need to keep searching.”


Asteroid warning: Michele de Nostredame

Asteroid warning: Nostradamus was a 16th century apothecary, mystic and supposed prophet (Image: GETTY)

Asteroid warning: Quick facts about asteroids

Asteroid warning: Scientists do not expect a dangerous impact anytime soon (Image: GETTY)

And Nostradamus sceptics debunk all claims the French writer had a true gift of foresight.

Brian Dunning, the author of the Skeptoid podcast, attributes all of Nostradamus’ prophecies to the fantasies of those who read them.

He said: “Nostradamus’ writings are exploited in a number of fallacious ways.

“Ambiguous and wrong translations, ‘creative’ interpretations, hoax writings, fictional accounts, and the breaking of non-existent codes within his quatrains all contribute to a vast body of work, all of it wrong, and many times the size of everything Nostradamus ever actually wrote.”

UFO sighting: Conspiracist claims ‘alien structures’ on the Moon – Can you see them?

Highly controversial alien life adherent Scott Waring made the claim about the alien infrastructure on his blog. Waring examined resurfaced photos from 2005’s Lunar Orbiter Photographic Atlas by Charles Byrne. The book’s CD apparently contains eight photographs shot by 1967, Lunar Orbiter Mission 4, showing white fungus-like structures on the dark side of the Moon.

Waring begins by examining a wide angle shot of the Moon, containing structures he describes as “absolute proof of life on the dark side of the Moon.

Absolute proof of life on the dark side of the Moon

Scott Waring

He said: “There is not really a dark side of the Moon, as that is really a myth.

“As you can see, there is actually quite a bit of light.

“What is really interesting about these structures here is how they are throwing shadows.

“If they were not structures and they were this tall, they would not be throwing shadows.

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UFO sighting: (Image: Getty/Charles Byrne)


UFO sighting: The images originated from Lunar Orbiter Photographic Atlas by Charles Byrne (Image: Charles Byrne)

Waring proceeds to speculate whether US-based space agency NASA has been involved in an alien conspiracy theory cover-up.

He said: “These structures are dotted along along the darken edge.

“I am not sure why the Moon’s edge is so dark at the edges.

“I am kind of wondering whether NASA deliberately made it darker.”

The extraterrestrial advocate then zooms into the image of the pockmarked orb to get a closer look at the strange shapes.

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And after adding brightness to the image, the shadows left by the baffling bacteria-like structures is all the more apparent.

He said: “They are throwing shadows in both directions.

“Now, if these structures are not real, then why are they throwing shadows?

“A lot of people say here structures are artefacts from the photographic process.

“But, honestly these are original photos from the dark side of the Moon.

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Conspiracy claim: The Moon photographed following trans-Earth injection during NASA’s Apollo 10 mission, May 1969 (Image: NASA)


Conspiracy claim: The beautiful image was shot by the Apollo 11 in July 20, 1999 (Image: Getty)

“So why have areas been black-out at the top of the image?

“Why would NASA black some areas out, but not the strange fungus structures?

The puzzling photo is next made darker in an attempt to bring-out the 3D-ness of the supposed alien structures.

Waring bizarrely added: “These structures are not actually on the surface, but are above the surface.

The emergence of the suspect photos immediately led scores of people to comment via YouTube.

YouTube user K Bell wrote: “They look like the spoil/slag from a mining/tunnelling procedure to me.

While Bhami pedantically corrects Waring’s use of lunar terminology, writing: “Please stop saying ‘dark’ side of the moon.

“You mean FAR side. All points on the moon get approx. 14 earth days of sunlight followed by approx. 14 earth days of night.”

Life after death: Scientist delivers shock verdict on afterlife – ‘Need to investigate!’

Michael Tooley is an American professor of philosophy at the University of Colorado, US, and a reluctant atheist. Dr Tooley appeared on Amazon Prime’s “Closer To Truth” series, where he was questioned by presenter Robert Lawrence Kuhn on his views surrounding life after death. He detailed how he hoped the afterlife was possible, but claimed the evidence he has seen thus far hindered his optimism.

Speaking in 2014, he said: “Well, first of all, I share your hope, in fact, I’d like to live forever.

“But unfortunately it’s unlikely any such scenario is the case.

“I think there are two main reasons people have for thinking there is an afterlife.

“One is they think the mind, so to speak, is an immaterial thing, right?

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“So they think it’s the sort of thing that won’t be harmed when the body gets destroyed.

“But, on the other hand, I think there’s good reason for thinking immaterial minds don’t exist, based on the effects of brain damage, drugs and so on.”

Dr Tooley went on to tackle the religious argument, detailing the points often raised by people of faith.

He added: “The other main reason people believe in an afterlife is they think there is a being who’s very powerful, very knowledgeable – God, who’s going to insure that we live on forever.

“Even if we don’t have a soul, he’s going to be sort of collecting parts of our body and resurrect us, okay.

“The problem there is that I think that things like the argument from evil is a good reasons for thinking there is no such being.

“I think there are excellent reasons for believing that humans in general were not specially created, that we have evolved.”

Dr Tooley called for more research to be dedicated to proving his view, while claiming that opposition views have already been quashed.

He concluded: “So I think when you look at lower animals, and the evolution of lower animals up to human beings, I don’t think there’s good reason for thinking that we’re going to differ in some sot of striking way from them.

“I think it needs to be carefully investigated, but if you look at spiritualism there is an enormous amount of fraud.

“These cases that have been investigated just don’t stand up to examination.”

Sean Carroll, a cosmologist and physics professor at the California Institute of Technology, claimed to have put the debate to bed after extensively studying the laws of physics.

UFO sighting: ‘Alien face’ on Moon sparks bizarre claims aliens exist – ‘100% proof’

Self-proclaimed alien life analyst Scott Waring made the bizarrely claims about the “alien artwork” on his blog. He said: “In Jenner crater I have found something really extraordinary: an alien face in the middle of a crater. “These faces are designed to be visible only from long distances.

“The more onlookers zoom-in on the image, the more blurred the alien face gets.

The face is 100 percent proof that aliens exist and they are leaving signs across the universe for us to find

Scott Waring

“That is kind of the way aliens create their art.

“They don’t always build their artworks for humans to find.

“If you want to see these alien artefacts, you are going to have to search for them.

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UFO sighting: A conspiracy theorist has claimed of spotting alien artwork on the Moon (Image: Getty/ NASA)


UFO sighting: The “face on Mars” is the most iconic mistaken sign of life ever touted (Image: NASA)

“This example is one of the more common ones that was not to be hidden.”

Waring proceeds to examine the bizarre shape sitting in the Moon crater’s centre with sophisticated photo editing software.

And he uses the tech to wildly speculate that NASA is doctoring evidence of extraterrestrial art.

He said: “If you look at some of the newer photos, you will probably not see anything there.”

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The alien life conspiracy theorist then illustrates the ease of editing-out anomalies in post production.

He added: “Now, it took me all of three seconds to do that.

“How much would NASA take to do that? Probably $1million or a $1trillion to do that.

“It is only the faked photo that NASA is going to show everyone.”

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UFO sighting: NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter continues to monitor the Moon (Image: NASA)


Waring also added contrast to the image in order for the “face” to become clearer.

He conjectured two reasons for creating this face.

He said: “You can see the chin, the cheeks, the nose and the forehead.

“The forehead has a little bit of a longer back, but it closely resembles the face of a human male.

“But what kind of species of male? Is it reptilian, plant-based or even carbon based?

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“We really don’t know what is going on with these aliens.

“It is just extraordinary as these aliens put these faces in different places for two reasons: to mark their territory and to get create a lot of emotion they are not allowed to express.

“If you are an advanced species, you are probably looked down upon if you break down in tears – and they probably don’t have therapy.

“They probably have to create some art somewhere and have it hidden on some moon or asteroid, because it releases those feelings.”

The Moon’s Jenner crater is huge, spanning 4.6miles (7.4km) in diameter.


UFO sighting: An oblique view of Jenner crater from Apollo 8 (Image: NASA)

That means the supposed “face” – which is certainly just a pile of Moon rock – itself is also huge, at 82,021ft (25,000m).

The source of the photograph is reportedly from the Lunar Orbiter Photographic Atlas.

The highly-dubious find quickly attracted scores of YouTube comments.

YouTube user SelectCircleLooks wrote: “Looks like a bald Trotsky.”

While Brett Cowen appears to believe in Waring’s unsubstantiated NASA conspiracy theory, writing: “With all the evidence of UFOs these days … so the question is why are they covering it up?”

How Albert Einstein miracle theory received shock blow from atheist academic

Mr Hitchens was an English-American academic, who was the author and editor of more than 30 books. A lifelong atheist, Mr Hitchens became a controversial figure for his confrontational style of debate against people of faith.Before his death in 2011, he argued in favour of free expression and scientific discovery while regularly speaking out against religion. 

In 2007, Mr Hitchens featured in a two-hour special alongside Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett and Sam Harris, in the now-infamous ‘Four Horsemen’ debate.

The group discussed the ideas of miracles detailed in the Bible and how some religious academics claim the most famous scientist of all time is on record supporting them.

Einstein is quoted as once saying: “There are only two ways to live your life.

“One is as though nothing is a miracle. 

“The other is as though everything is a miracle.”

Many Christians have used this quote over the years in support of stories in the Bible, but Mr Hitchens was not in agreement.

He said: “It’s one of the things that completely convicts religion of being fraudulent, the belief in the miraculous.

“The same people will say: ‘Well Einstein felt a spiritual force in the universe when he said it.’

“The whole point of that is there are no miracles, there are no changes in the natural order.

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“They see the confidence tricks in other people’s faith and they see it rather readily.

“Every Christian knows the Koran can’t be the perfect word of the creative of the universe.

“But you can point out also that whatever people are experiencing in church and in prayer, the fact that Buddhists and Hindus and Muslims and Christians are all experiencing it proves that it cannot be a matter of divinity.”

In the Bible, the miracles of Jesus are supernatural deeds that include faith healings, exorcism, resurrection, control over nature and forgiveness of sins.

In the Gospels of Mark, Matthew and Luke, Jesus refuses to give a miraculous sign to prove his authority.

However, in the Gospel of John, Jesus is said to have performed seven miracles from changing water into wine to raising Lazarus from the dead.

For many Christians these are seen as actual events, but others, including many liberal Christians, consider the stories to be figurative.

Friday 13th superstitions: What is the origin of Friday 13th? Why is it unlucky?

Friday 13th falls again this week, a portentous period commonly associated with bad luck. Two Friday 13ths arrive this year: September 13 presents the first one, while the second arrives on December 13. Some people continue to be nervous on this day – but why?

The superstition surrounding Friday 13th is believed to originate with the Last Supper.

The Last Supper was attended by Jesus Christ and his 12 disciples – making 13 people – on Maundy Thursday, the night before his crucifixion by Roman soldiers on Good Friday.

The number 13 is therefore associated with Christ’s betrayer Judas Iscariot and is consequently considered as imperfect compared with 12, representing the annual number of months.

The union of day and date has also been traced back to France’s King Philip IV, who arrested hundreds of Knights Templar on Friday, October 13, 1307.

Following orders from Pope Clement V, the Catholic crusaders were captured.

The Catholic Church alleged new recruits to the order were being forced to spit on the cross, deny Christ and engage in homosexual acts during initiation ceremonies.

The baseless claims are now considered to provide a convenient context for Philip to persecute the wealthy and waive debts he owed them following years of war with England.

The knights were charged with corruption and worshipping false idols, following confessions obtained under torture.

Many of the knights were later burnt at the stake in the French capital Paris.

The order’s Grand Master, Jacques de Molay, faced the flames in front of Notre Dame Cathedral and is said to have cried out a curse on those who had so gravely wronged them.

He is claimed to have said: “God knows who is wrong and has sinned. Soon a calamity will occur to those who have condemned us to death.”

According to tradition, the events initiated by the holy warriors’ arrest ensured each subsequent Friday 13th resulted in universal bad luck.