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Great Chicago Fire & the Biela's Comet


So we know that the city at the bottom of the Pre-Order promotional poster is Chicago.

 There is a red tinge & smoke plumes.




The first thing Treyarch posted this year was the Shi No Numa Meteor. Seems like a big hint?



The Black Ops III logo looks to be flames & the Teaser trailer is titled "Embers"? 



Jaxiplanet's Soundcloud picture for the Audio titled "Questions" is this -


Black Ops III has something to do with a Meteor/Asteroid & a BIG Fireball?


Great Chicago Fire

The Great Chicago Fire was a conflagration that burned from Sunday, October 8, to early Tuesday, October 10, 1871. The fire killed up to 300 people, destroyed roughly 3.3 square miles (9 km2) of Chicago, Illinois, and left more than 100,000 residents homeless. Though the fire was one of the largest U.S. disasters of the 19th century, and destroyed much of the city's central business district, Chicago was rebuilt and continued to grow as one of the most populous and economically important American cities. The very night the fire broke out, an even deadlier fire annihilated Peshtigo, Wisconsin and other villages and towns north of the city Green Bay.



The fire started at about 9:00 P.M, October 8, in or around a small barn that bordered the alley behind 137 DeKoven Street. The traditional account of the origin of the fire is that it was started by a cow kicking over a lantern in the barn owned by Patrick and Catherine O'Leary. In 1893, Michael Ahern, the Chicago Republican reporter who wrote the O'Leary account, admitted he had made it up as colorful copy. The shed next to the O'Learys' was the first building to be consumed by the fire, but the official report could not find the exact cause. There has, however, been some speculation that would suggest that the fire was caused by a person, instead of a cow. Some testimonies stated that a group of men were gambling inside the barn so they would not be seen by others. The lamp that they were using was accidentally knocked over and started the fire. Little evidence has been presented to prove whether or not this is true. There has been speculation as to whether the cause of the fire was related to other fires that began the same day.




Alternative Theory

An alternative theory, first suggested in 1882 by Ignatius L. Donnelly in Ragnarok: The Age of Fire and Gravel, is that the Great Chicago Fire was caused by a meteor shower. At a 2004 conference of the Aerospace Corporation and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, engineer and physicist Robert Wood suggested that the fire began when Biela's Comet broke up over the Midwest. That four large fires took place, all on the same day, all on the shores of Lake Michigan (see Related Events), suggests a common root cause. Eyewitnesses reported sighting spontaneous ignitions, lack of smoke, "balls of fire" falling from the sky, and blue flames. According to Wood, these accounts suggest that the fires were caused by the methane that is commonly found in comets.


But as meteorites are not known to start or spread fires and are cool to the touch after reaching the ground, this theory has not found favor in the scientific community. A common cause for the fires in the Midwest can be found in the fact that the area had suffered through a tinder-dry summer, so that winds from the front that moved in that evening were capable of generating rapidly expanding blazes from available ignition sources, which were plentiful in the region. Methane-air mixtures become flammable only when the methane concentration exceeds 5%, at which point the mixtures also become explosive. Methane gas is lighter than air and thus does not accumulate near the ground; any localized pockets of methane in the open air would rapidly dissipate. Moreover, if a fragment of an icy comet were to strike the Earth, the most likely outcome, due to the low tensile strength of such bodies, would be for it to disintegrate in the upper atmosphere, leading to an air burst explosion analogous to that of the Tunguska event.



Biela's Comet

Biela's Comet or Comet Biela (official designation: 3D/Biela) was a periodic Jupiter-family comet first recorded in 1772 by Montaigne and Messier and finally identified as periodic in 1826 by Wilhelm von Biela. It was subsequently observed to split in two and has not been seen since 1852. As a result it is currently considered to have been destroyed, although remnants appeared to have survived for some time as a meteor shower, the Andromedids.


It was Wilhelm von Biela, an army officer serving at the fortress town of Josefstadt, who observed the comet during its 1826 perihelion approach (on February 27) and calculated its orbit, discovering it to be periodic with a period of 6.6 years. At the time it was only the third comet known to be periodic, after the famous comets Halley and Encke.


Biela has sometimes been proposed as the source of meteoric impacts on Earth.


A fringe theory links together several major fires that occurred simultaneously in America, including the Great Chicago Fire and the Peshtigo Fire, claiming that they were caused by fragments of Biela's Comet striking the Earth. The theory was first proposed by Ignatius L. Donnelly in 1883, and was revived in a 1985 book and further explored in an unpublished 2004 scientific paper. However, scientists with expertise in the area dispute that such a scenario is possible; meteorites in fact are cold to the touch when they reach the Earth's surface, and there are no credible reports of any fire anywhere having been started by a meteorite. Given the low tensile strength of such bodies, if a fragment of an icy comet were to strike the Earth, the most likely outcome would be for it to disintegrate in the upper atmosphere, leading to an air burst explosion analogous to that of the Tunguska event.


Comet Encke

More than one theory has associated Encke's Comet with impacts of cometary material on Earth, and with cultural significance.

The Tunguska event of 1908, probably caused by the impact of a cometary body, has also been postulated by Czechoslovakian astronomer Ľubor Kresák as a fragment of Comet Encke.


A theory holds that the ancient symbol of the swastika appeared in a variety of cultures across the world at a similar time, and could have been inspired by the appearance of a comet from head on, as the curved jets would be reminiscent of the swastika shape (see Comets and the swastika motif). Comet Encke has sometimes been identified as the comet in question. In their 1982 book Cosmic Serpent (page 155) Victor Clube and Bill Napier reproduce an ancient Chinese catalogue of cometary shapes from the Mawangdui Silk Texts, which includes a swastika-shaped comet, and suggest that some of the comet drawings were related to the breakup of the progenitor of Encke and the Taurid meteoroid stream. Fred Whipple in his The Mystery of Comets (1985, page 163) points out that Comet Encke's polar axis is only 5 degrees from its orbital plane: such an orientation is ideal to have presented a pinwheel like aspect to our ancestors when Encke was more active.


A Han Dynasty silk comet atlas, featuring drawings of comets believed by Victor Clube and Bill Napier to be related to the breakup of Encke's Comet in the past



Importance in scientific history of luminiferous aether

Biela's Comet (and Comet Encke) had a role in scientific history in the generally-discredited concept of luminiferous aether: as its orbit perturbed and shortened, the shortening could only be ascribed to the drag of an "ether" through which it orbited in outer space. One reference reads:


"Encke's comet is found to lose about two days in each successive period of 1200 days. Biela's comet, with twice that length of period, loses about one day. That is, the successive returns of these bodies is found to be accelerated by this amount. No other cause for this irregularity has been found but the agency of the supposed ether."



Ignatius L. Donnelly



Atlantis, the Antediluvian World – Full Text


Ignatius Loyola Donnelly (November 3, 1831 – January 1, 1901) was a U.S. Congressman, populist writer and amateur scientist, known primarily now for his theories concerning Atlantis, Catastrophism (especially the idea of an ancient impact event affecting ancient civilizations), and Shakespearean authorship, which many modern historians consider to be pseudoscience and pseudohistory. Brother to Eleanor C. Donnelly, Donnelly's work corresponds to the writings of late 19th and early 20th century figures such as Helena Blavatsky, Rudolf Steiner, and James Churchward and has more recently influenced writer Graham Hancock.


And what do you know, he was also a Freemason!


Irish-American politician and author Ignatius Donnelly caused a sensation in 1882 with his book, Atlantis: The Antediluvian World. Donnelly claimed scientific evidence for the existence of the fabled Lost Continent of Atlantis, which sunk under the sea, predecessor of modern civilization. Donnelly's book even contained a chart showing the alleged evolution of alphabets from the time of Atlantis to the eras of the Mayas, Egyptians, and Hebrews, etc.



Take this all light-heartedly. This is just a cool series of stories & links.  Could be classic Treyarch!

If the picture of Chicago is in fact a Zombies map, it probably has something to do with Voodoo/Black Magic.


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@PINNAZ per usual, love it. Fantastic read.  Thanks for taking the time to compile this information, and like you said - if nothing else, it's a cool collection of stories & links.

I did a little researching on the great Chicago fire, and though the contextual information was sparse - I did find a little nugget.  Apparently, it's believed that several ancient Egyptian documents were lost in the great Chicago fire - including fragments from different Books of the Dead.  Suspiciously, Joseph Smith (founder of the Mormon church) was in possession of these documents (or "papyri" as they are called) at the time.

Here is a great example of just one spell from the Book of the Dead (non-specific), which was decoded from a wooden amulet (or "hypocephalus"):


"This amulet device, usually made of papyrus and plaster, originated in... Ancient Egypt and contains Spell 162 from the Book of the Dead, a spell providing heat and light (thus, life) to the deceased.  It was placed under the heads of mummies."


So... a spell bringing life to the deceased?  Come onnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn (bangs head against keyboard repeatedly).  Stop messing with my mind, history!  I know it's only an example spell, but it makes me curious as to what Joseph Smith had in his possession prior to the great Chicago fire - and if perhaps the papyri weren't lost to the fire, but rather stolen or hidden by sources unknown.

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Great thread. Keep digging.

Chicago is a weird place...

Gangsters, the closest map to this is Mob of the Dead. Chicago the city of Gangsters.

Chicago has some pretty strong Occult ties.

Regards Alpha.

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