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Author Topic: Kinda old news, but its the first ive heard of it  (Read 1358 times)
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« on: November 14, 2004, 01:57:21 »

Today was a boring day.
Slept till midday, did nothing.
I randomly searched words on google or on the URL like and stuff, however i was searching "hell" on google when i found a site, basically when digging somewhere in russia, i think they came across a noise. They used a microphone to try and pick up sounds of the plates moving however they discovered well screaming, millions of screams, yells and well "ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh" ' s. Theres an article about it and even an audio stream (realone). This might be (and probably is) a hoax, but i am an atheist and if this is really well i can't wait to go to hell. - maybe im sick but i enjoy the sound

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« Reply #1 on: November 14, 2004, 02:35:08 »

I got a good bit of enjoyment out of it when I first heard it. Cheesy

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« Reply #2 on: November 14, 2004, 19:20:44 »

This was made out to be a big deal way back in the late 80s / early 90s when Trinity Broadcast Network (TBN) told this story to their viewers on the air.  Well, it was a haox.  hehe  more of a hoax played on TBN than anything else.  Well, a hoax played on TBN and then they didn't care much if it was a hoax or not, because they could still use the story for their own purposes.


Investigating The
'Drilling To Hell' Story
By Rich Buhler
Truth Or

I first heard about this story from people who started  calling my radio program to ask about it in the early 1990s. There was  such a flurry of calls that I finally promised the listeners I'd look into  it. Most of the callers said they'd heard the story on Trinity Broadcasting  Network, a Christian television network that originates from Southern California.

I called Trinity Broadcasting headquarters and asked  about the story. I was transferred to a woman who said, 'Oh yes, it's true  all right. We've got documentation. It's in our latest newsletter.'

I was on the network's mailing list, so I looked through  a pile of recent mail and found the article. The newsletter said the details  had come from the translation of an article in a Finnish newspaper named  'Ammennusatia'. It claimed:

A geological group who drilled a hole about 14.4 kilometers  deep in the crust of the earth are saying that they heard human screams.  Screams have been heard from the condemned souls from earth's deepest hole.  Terrified scientists are afraid they have let loose the evil powers of  hell up to the earth's surface.

'The information we are gathering is so surprising, that  we are sincerely afraid of what we might find down there,' stated Dr Azzacov,  the manager of the project in remote Siberia.

According to the story, the geologists were dumbfounded.  After they had drilled several kilometers through the earth's crust, the  drill bit suddenly began to rotate wildly. 'There is only one explanation,'  said Dr Azzacov. 'The deep center of the earth is hollow!' The report continued:

The second surprise was the high temperature they discovered  in the earth's center. 'The calculations indicate the given temperature  was about 1,100 degrees Celsius, or over 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit,' Azzacov  pointed out. 'This is far more then we expected. It seems almost like an  inferno of fire is brutally going on in the center of the earth.'

'The last discovery was nevertheless the most shocking  to our ears, so much so that the scientists are afraid to continue the  project. We tried to listen to the earth's movements at certain intervals  with supersensitive microphones, which were let down through the hole.  What we heard turned those logically thinking scientists into a trembling  ruins. It was a sometimes a weak, but high pitched sound which we thought  to be coming from our own equipment,' explained Dr Azzacov.

'But after some adjustments we comprehended that indeed  the sound came from the earth's interior. We could hardly believe our own  ears. We heard a human voice, screaming in pain. Even though one voice  was discernible, we could hear thousands, perhaps millions, in the background,  of suffering souls screaming. After this ghastly discovery, about half  of the scientists quit because of fear. Hopefully, that which is down there  will stay there,' Dr Azzacov added.

According to the Trinity Broadcasting Network newsletter,  the Finnish article had been given to them by a Texas evangelist, R.W.  Schambach, who was a frequent guest on their network.

We checked with Schambach's office and were assured that  the story was 'absolutely true' and had been substantiated. They said they  had an article from a 'respected scientific journal' in Finland, as well  as a letter from a Norwegian man, Age Rendalen, who had confirmed it. Rendalen  had sent his letter directly to Trinity Broadcasting Network and the details  he revealed added a new dimension to the story.

Rendalen told the network that he had visited United  States a few weeks earlier and happened upon their telecast about the Drilling  to Hell story. He wrote:

I must confess that I laughed when I heard your account...  I did not believe one word of it, and commented to my friend that Americans  sure were gullible to believe that hell could be physically located to  a hole in the ground. I cannot even begin to tell you what a shock it was  to me when I returned to Norway and found the newspapers full of reports  about this incident. I knew immediately that if there was a hell, I for  sure would end up in it. A tremendous fear took hold of me, and for two  nights I dreamed about fire and screams until I surrendered to God and  committed my life to his hands for safe-keeping.

In the letter, Rendalen went on to encourage the network  not to let 'skeptics' interfere with their telling of the story. He included  a copy and translation of what he claimed was an article from Norway's  largest and most reputable newspaper, with more information about the drilling. Rendalen's translation of the article told of opposition to the drilling  by Russian atheists, as well as government intimidation to keep the scientists from telling the rest of the world about their discovery. The account,  which drew on the eyewitness testimony of a Mr Nummedal, also added a new detail:

What really unnerved the Soviets, apart from the voice  recordings, was the appearance that same night of a fountainhead of luminous  gas shooting up from the drill site, and out of the midst of this incandescent  cloud pillar a brilliant being with bat wings revealed itself with the  words (in Russian): 'I have conquered,' emblazoned against the dark Siberian  sky.

'The incident was absolutely unreal; the Soviets cried  out in terror,' says Mr Nummedal. Later that night, he saw ambulance crews  circulating in the community. A driver he knew told him that they had been  told to sedate everybody with a medication known to erase short term memory.  The Soviets use this drug in the treatment of shock victims.

So we now had not only a story about drilling into hell,  but an additional version with a bat-like creature making an appearance.

My staff and I decided to roll up our shirt sleeves and  trace the story as far as we could, especially since we had the names of  newspapers and at least one individual who might know the facts.

The Finnish newspaper 'Ammennusastia,' which is quoted  in nearly every account of the story, is located in an area called Levasjoki.  We had a phone conversation with a staff member who told us the publication  is not a 'respected newspaper' or a 'scientific journal', as we had been  told, but a monthly publication of a group of Finnish Christians. The Drilling  to Hell story, he said, had been based on the word of mouth recollection  of another staff member, who had remembered reading it as a 'major article' in a Finnish daily newspaper called 'Etela Soumen'.

We contacted this newspaper and at first they couldn't  recall or find the story. However, we later received a call saying they  had discovered that the tale had appeared in their paper. It was not in  an article, however, but in a feature section that included letters from  readers who could write about almost anything they wished.

Through the newspaper, we tracked down the person who  wrote the letter with the Drilling to Hell story. He was a kind, elderly  man who, in spite of being reluctant to talk with us initially, told us  through an interpreter that he couldn't vouch for the credibility of the  story. He got it, he said, from a Christian newsletter called 'Vaeltajat',  which was published by a group of Finnish missionaries.

We next contacted 'Vaeltajat'. The editor said the story  had been printed in their July 1989 issue. Where did he hear about it?  He had received it from one of their readers, who claimed it had appeared  in a newsletter called 'Jewels of Jericho', published by a group of Jewish  Christians in California. And that is where the Finnish trail came to an  end.

One thing was clear at this point: The Drilling to Hell  story was looking and smelling like a pretty typical urban legend. It was  sensational, impossible to document, and only had life because of all the  small publications that were quoting one another's unsubstantiated stories.

However, there was still the Norwegian man, Age Rendalen,  who had told the story of the ominous, bat-like creature emerging from  the drill-hole. The article in the Trinity Broadcasting Network newsletter  said he lived near Oslo, so we called directory assistance and found him  in about 45 seconds. I talked with him on the phone myself:

'Are you the one who sent information to a Christian  television network in the United States about scientists drilling into  hell?' I asked.

'Yes,' he said without hesitation.

'Well,' I continued, 'Do you have any way of knowing  whether it is true?'

'Yes I do,' he replied.

'Tell me about it,' I asked.

'None of it is true,' he said. 'I fabricated every word  of it!'

Rendalen went on to explain that he had visited the US  a few weeks earlier and had seen the host of a Christian television program  enthusiastically relating the Drilling to Hell story. He told me: 'I couldn't  believe that the hosts really thought the story was true and that they  would broadcast it without apparently having checked it out.'

When he returned to Norway, Rendalen sat down and fabricated  the graphic story of the bat-like creature and sent his letter to the television network. His prediction was that they would use the story without investigating  it. To make an investigation easy for them, he included his name, address  and telephone number on his letter. He also included what he claimed was  an article on the story from 'Norway's largest and most reputable newspaper'.  In fact, the article, which he falsely translated, was a piece in his local  community paper about a building inspector.

Rendalen also included the name and telephone number  of a pastor friend based in Southern California. This pastor knew about  the hoax and was prepared to reveal the truth if someone called to research  it further with him.

However, as predicted, Trinity Broadcasting Network ran  the story without contacting Renalden or the Californian pastor, and it  appeared on television, radio and in a large number of publications. None  of those who used the story attempted to research it before going public.


On 6th February 1990, a listener of mine sent me a letter.  She had videotaped and documented all three occasions when this story was discussed on the Christian TV show put out by the network. On 29th January  1990, the show host is documented as saying:

Let me just say, all of you that have written me all  those nasty letters about the 'hole in hell', let me tell you I finally  got the newspaper article which is from 'The World Weekly'. This is an  international newspaper that has been translated into English from Finnish.  'Scientists fear they've opened gates of hell! Geologists drilling nine-mile  hole hear human shrieks.'

I got a letter today from a geologist in Oklahoma and  he's really giving me a rough time. He says that there isn't anything that  could drill that deep. Folks, I'm just reporting what people have been  sending to me and I don't know if this is true or not. I know one thing,  if this is a trick of the Devil, he sure has blown it, because I know of  about 2,000 people that have found Christ because of it!

True or false, I'll tell you what I'm doing, though.  We're now going to do some investigative reporting of our own and we're  going to check with the Finnish government and the Department of the Interior  and we're really going to follow this up and see if they really did drill  a hole nine miles down there, if they really did have a microphone down  there, if they really did hear human shrieks of agony and pain as this  newspaper article and as did many letters I have received from over there  have indicated to us. If I'm wrong and they're right, I've got nothing  to lose. But if I'm right and you're wrong, you've got everything to lose.

Unfortunately, the investigation by the show took place  too late to prevent the damage of a widely spread rumor in the Christian  community.

Rendalen has now issued an official statement about his  actions and the whole incident, which says: 'The story is nothing more  than a Christian "urban legend" without basis in reality.'

There are a couple of postscripts to this incident. One  is that the respected magazine, 'Biblical Archaeology Review', printed  a story about the Drilling to Hell story, thinking it was so outrageous  that readers would get a kick out of it. Many of the readers took the article  seriously, however, and either started passing it around as substantiation  of the story, or wrote to the magazine to complain that it shouldn't have  given it respectability.

Secondly, in August of 1990, I was contacted by the pastor  of a small church in Flagstaff, Arizona, who informed me that he had proof  that this story was true. Apparently, a man from his church, who was believed  to be a PhD in Physics from MIT, came forward in private to claim that  he was a scientist who had been on a secret mission in Russia for the past  year and had met with Mikhail Gorbachev several times. He verified that  the Drilling to Hell story was indeed true. He claimed:

A hole was drilled deep into the crust of the earth in  Siberia and a large cavity was found.

Unfortunately, news of this was leaked to the press and  was distorted. It is true that a recording was made of the sounds from  deep in the hole, but the intense heat destroyed the microphone in spite  of special cooling material around it, so that only seventeen seconds of  sounds could be captured. At the present time, scientists are drilling  a second hole to confirm what was found the first time. And a better system  is being developed for cooling the microphone.

The scientist went on to claim that he was helping to  design this microphone and was returning to Siberia shortly to further  document the phenomenon. He planned to return in about a year with more  confirming information on this amazing phenomenon.

Six months later, I got a letter from another member  of the church saying that this man had turned out to be neither a graduate  of MIT nor a scientist. In fact, he had skipped town with over $20,000  collected from church members who wanted to help finance his expedition.

How did this story originate? Again, we will never really  know. It is possible that somewhere in the world there has been a spooky  experience during deep drilling operations. I don't know. According to  an August 1989 article in 'Science' magazine, there is a Russian deep hole  drilling project in Kola, near Murmansk, about 150 miles north of the Arctic Circle. Another German deep drilling experiment in north-east Bavaria has discovered warmer temperatures than were expected at certain drilling levels,  although nothing even close to 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit.

Characteristic of many urban legends, this story was  alleged to have occurred in an obscure part of the world where it would  be virtually impossible to track down the facts. And once the story got  started, people began quoting one another's newsletters to validate their  own. This is the stuff of which tabloid newspapers are made.
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