A couple in Texas came up with a clever and rather creepy concept for decorating their home this Halloween season: an homage to Mexico’s famous ‘Island of Dolls.’
A Calgary man visiting family in British Columbia may have spotted Canada’s version of the Loch Ness Monster known as Ogopogo.
Symbols of Transition: Shifting sands unveil ‘stick man’ petroglyphs on Hawaii beach… And they are actually present all over the world !?!
Multiple ‘Water Bodies’ Found Under Surface Of Mars The IndependentIt’s not life, just liquid water. Liquid water can mean anything in the same measure as phosphines in Venus’s upper atmosphere could mean anything! So check out Andrew Griffin’s scoop and contemplate the available data. As for our other neighbor, many greyfaces are scrambling to raise the doubt signal like the dynamic duo of John Stonestreet and Shane Morris who have something to say about Life On Venus And Why ‘Settled Science’ Is Often Hot Air. Who said anything about the phosphines in Venus’s atmosphere being settled science anyway? Even us woo-peddlers at The Anomalist appreciate more observations are necessary to eliminate the possibility of noise and false positives. On the positive side, they do make a case for some scientific announcements being blown out of proportion. Speaking of hot air and blowing, did you catch wind of the The Case Of The Disappearing Planet? If there was any life on there, it had better develop space travel if it wants to survive its catastrophic circumstances. Not every ball of mud in the cosmos is Edenic, and Rick Robinson has a few words to say in his elegy. (CS)
Why Does Science Embrace The “Talking Animals” Myth? Mind MattersDo critters communicate with each other? What about with humans? A recent paper suggests it’s a strong possibility, but Denyse O’Leary has some strong questions about the study and its conclusions, while entertaining the possibilities with regard to true animal intelligence. Of course it’s a bit of fun having science catch up with what animal lovers have known all along. Keeping with the theme, George Dvorsky reckons Magic Tricks Can Help Us Better Understand Animal Intelligence. Searching the YouTubes, there’s a plethora of videos showing humans wowing apes and dogs, but do these simple interactions illustrate something greater about their capacity to perceive and interact with the world? If so, this could help explain The Evolutionary Origins Of Consciousness. Ralph Lewis urges you to join him in the Wayback Machine to apprehend the ancient beginnings of subjective experience before mammals were even on the drawing board. (CS)
A Letter from Lynn Catoe, April 9, 1968 Not an Authority on Anything”Riots, racism, and viruses, all from 1968″ are contained in the last letter John Keel site manager Doug Skinner will post from the Keel/Catoe correspondence. A first-person account of the background difficult times through which they, and some of us, lived–and perspective perhaps for coping with our present experience. Regarding that last, Al Mercy (1) begins two chapters from an unfinished Keelian spy novel for “some diversion in these troubled times.” In this first installment we accompany “dashing hero” and WWII secret agent Al Mercy as he parachutes onto a tiny island containing a nudist colony and a General Whom He Must Kill. In Al Mercy (2) Mercy meets up with whom we’re pretty certain is his female contact in this endeavor. “It’s pretty silly,” says Doug, but it does give a sense of Keel’s other literary work–and maybe a needed smile or two. (WM)
Utah Man Steals Truck for Alien Encounter, but Felt Bad and Returned It KMYUPeople react to UFOs in different ways, and this first case is one of the strangest. The man claims he needed “to get on a flight with alien diplomats.” Now he’s in the Utah County jail. In a second instance, a man tried to avoid an alien encounter, as reported in Chile: 100 Kilometer Car Chase Involved UFO. Though “the driver felt very tense” during this long pursuit, the anonymous individual apparently took “several photographs” of the supposedly pursuing object. This next person couldn’t do anything more than take a photograph of a ‘UFO’ with Flames Spotted over Worcestershire, UK. Steven Collins has the image and particulars from the astronomer who snapped the photo. (WM)
Some of the the strangest and most surreal experiences the author has had on the road.
Just recently, experts have revealed their findings of phosphine in the upper atmosphere of Venus.
I’m a native upstate NY’er. All my life I’ve heard stories of certain places that had active ghost or paranormal situations. Other places I came to learn about later on were confirmed that those locations had verified activity and very rich history to support the claims. Here is a video of some of the locations from south of my area in NY state.
Enjoy and as always, click on the Report an experience link found at the top middle of this page to submit your paranormal experiences to be included in the True stories area.
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GHOSTS, HAUNTINGS & POLTERGEISTS:
12 creepy abandoned places you’ll probably find ghosts living in
Instead of going to that fake (but still great!) “haunted house” attraction that’s set up in your town, why don’t you go and seek out a real scary house? Behold, 12 super-creepy abandoned homes that are just begging to scare the living daylights out of you…
Ghost hunter claims 100% proof of paranormal activity at Sallie House of Kansas
Known as the most haunted house in America, the Sallie House has been widely reported to be a center for paranormal activity. After investigating the house several times from 2010-2013 and being face to face with extreme paranormal and demonic activity, Tim Wood, LiveSciFi.tv creator and lead ghost hunter, decided to visit the house again this Halloween season…
Top haunted destinations in the U.S
According to the National Retail Federation, 20.3 percent of Americans plan on visiting a haunted attraction this fall. Research further shows that many thrill-seekers carefully plan vacations and weekend getaways specifically around visiting America’s top haunted attractions…
Ghosts watching the lakes: Tales of haunted lighthouses
Still standing watch on the shores of the Great Lakes, Michigan’s lighthouses don’t have live-in keepers anymore, but stories say they don’t watch alone…
(Also read: Haunted Lighthouses and Their Ghosts)
Survey reveals 78% of Irish people believe in the supernatural
Irish folklore is steeped in tales of ghouls, ghosts and demons and our historical obsession with all things Supernatural remains as potent today. The poll also indicates that the Banshee is the most feared mythical creature with 44% of those surveyed revealing expressed their terror of the age-old phenomenon…
Paranormal expert plans new Loch Ness Monster hunt
A top paranormal expert is planning a return trip to the Highlands for his latest bid to track down the elusive Loch Ness Monster. Athens-based investigator Johnathan Bright snapped an infrared picture of a “monstrous head” coming out of the water on his first trip to Loch Ness in 2011…
Mythic and mystery beasts of Hawaii
Whereas other states of the U.S.A. have attracted considerable cryptozoological attention over the years, it is a strange yet true fact that Hawaii’s mythic and mystery beasts have received far less notice. The present article reveals the hitherto little-realized variety of anomalous wildlife reported from the 50th state…
Puppy-sized spider surprises scientist in rainforest
Piotr Naskrecki was taking a nighttime walk in a rainforest in Guyana, when he heard rustling as if something were creeping underfoot. When he turned on his flashlight, he expected to see a small mammal, such as a possum or a rat…
Psychic John Edward helps you harness your sixth sense
Edward, whose syndicated talk shows, Crossing Over with John Edward and John Edward Cross Country, has for more than 25 years brought a thought-provoking attitude to the world of psychic phenomena. And he says that what he does, we can all do, and that we all possess an ability towards psychic intuition…
LIFE AFTER DEATH:
Are these glimpses of the after-life?
Top brain surgeon who claims he saw heaven while in a coma reveals the stories of others who say they have had similar life-changing experiences. Neurosurgeon Dr Eben Alexander was convinced out-of-body experiences were hallucinations — until he went into a coma himself and had what he now believes was a glimpse of heaven…
TIME & SPACE:
UFO spotted above the moon’s surface: Explorers from another planet? (video)
UFO moves along the Moon above the surface as if it is scoping things out. Are other life forms exploring much like the folks on Earth are doing on Mars today with all the technology based on and around the red planet?…
Is it a bird, is it a plane? No – it’s a mystery man flying past an Airbus full of passengers
Pilots of Airbus 320 left stunned when a ‘flying man’ passed their aircraft. The man flew within 100 metres of the plane as it made its descent into Manchester Airport. There was no sign of him on the radar and neither pilot could see a canopy suspending him. There was also no sign of him on the radar and further checks failed to reveal any paragliders, parachutists or balloonists in the area at the time…
(Also read: Unsolved: Flying Humanoids)
ANGELS & DEMONS:
Clouds form a perfect angel in the sky – complete with halo
A woman playing with her children in the countryside was stunned to look up and see the shape of an angel perfectly-formed in the clouds – complete with halo…
No explanation for boom and debris field over Louisiana
A mysterious boom heard on Monday, October 13, at 4:30 pm over the ArkLaTex area (intersection of Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas) has still not been identified. Residents of Shreveport in the northwest corner of Louisiana described the sound as being similar to a sonic boom that was powerful enough to rattle walls and windows, knock objects off of shelves and in one case lift a couch off of the floor…
Mysterious spontaneous combustions return to Sicilian city
Things are suddenly catching fire for no apparent reason in the small Sicilian village of Canneto di Caronia. That was true in January of 2004 and it’s happening again today as residents report the spontaneous combustion of things like mattresses, beds, cars, unplugged appliances and switched-off cell phones…
(Also read: The Facts About Spontaneous Human Combustion)
The Earth’s magnetic field could flip within our lifetime
Earth’s magnetic field is constantly shifting, and roughly every 200,000 to 300,000 years it flips north and south completely. We’re currently overdue for a switcheroo—and scientists now say it could happen in a time as short as 100 years, potentially altering life in unexpected ways…
GHOSTS, HAUNTINGS & POLTERGEISTS:
CCTV captures ‘ghosts’ haunting Yorkshire antiques shop
Footage captured in the Barnsley Antiques Centre appears to show pictures suddenly falling off walls and a glass cabinet shattering. A white mist and a glowing orb are also spotted hovering over the shop floor…
Haunted house claims to offer ghostly experience
A San Antonio haunted house is said to offer visitors more than scares this Halloween season. Terror Mansion, located at 414 West Laurel, claims to offer a true paranormal experience. At the start of the 2014 Halloween season, visitors claimed to see an apparition in the form of a little person or small child in one of the back hallways…
The most haunted places in Atlanta
Atlanta is the most populated city in Georgia, but its residents are more than the living. The streets of Atlanta are said to be packed with roaming ghosts. Numerous are the haunted locations in this city, so below are the most haunted places in Atlanta…
Paranormal activity at the Hotel del Coronado: Have you seen Kate Morgan?
The venerable Hotel del Coronado, San Diego’s landmark Pacific resort, has been experiencing paranormal activity for as long as anyone can remember — and with good reason. With more than 125 years of history behind her, it’s no surprise that this Victorian masterpiece has had its share of ghostly guests…
GHOSTS, HAUNTINGS & POLTERGEISTS:
Ghosts in the attic or bats in the belfry?
Old wooden buildings can be full of drafts and creaks. Wind and weather make the wood contract and expand, causing all kinds of sounds and effects. But could unexpected occurrences in some of Townsend’s oldest buildings have another cause? Memorial Hall, built in 1894, is the newest public building that just might host a ghost…
The real ghosts of Sleepy Hollow
For centuries, one location in the United States has captivated the collective creepy imagination. Its mere mention is enough to mentally transport us to a moonlit dirt road in dark, creepy woods…
Black eyed child of Cannock Chase: Is this the first photograph ever of the infamous spectre?
Is this spooky snap the first time an infamous ghost known as The Black Eyed Child has been captured on camera? That’s the chilling claim of top psychic Christine Hamlett…
Port Douglas on yowie watch after close encounters with strange beasts
Port Douglas is on yowie watch after a man reported a terrifying run-in with an unknown creature last week. Sightings of yowies – or bunyips and quinkans, as they are known by Aboriginal people – have been reported since early European settlement and appear in ancient Australian cave paintings…
Can you guess how many Bigfoots there are in North America?
There are many ways to determine how squatchy a location is and one of them is based on the black bear population estimates. The BFRO method is to take the black bear population in an area and divide it by 68 and that should give you a estimate of the Bigfoot population…
Psychic scrubbers all the rage in New York
A new phenomenon has been sweeping through New York. Space clearers are also known as psychic scrubbers. Space clearers cleanse your home of undermining and enervating energy, bad vibrations and negative spirits…
LIFE AFTER DEATH:
South Shields woman’s text from the grave
A woman was horrified to receive a text message from her grandmother’s phone number – three years after her death. When Lesley Emerson died in 2011 some of her favourite things were buried with her, including her mobile phone. Sheri Emerson, of South Shields, said she found comfort in texting her but was stunned to get a reply, saying: “I’m watching over you”…
(Also read: Freaky Phone Calls)
There was a time when the belief that the earth was flat. As time past, that belief was given away to the reality of the truth that the earth is not flat. Now in the 21st century, we are sending out probes and rovers to find out what really lies beyond our own planet. Below you’ll find compelling videos of evidence that Mars at one time did indeed have intelligent life. To believe we are the only intelligent beaings in this very large universe is wrong.
Watch the videos below and draw you own conclusions. Very interesting videos! Feel free to send me your findings if you have downloaded any of the Mars rovers pics, and have found something in the pics.
One of the most fascinating aspects in the research of paranormal phenomena is how strange things can really get. Most perplexing is when different types of phenomena overlap. This is sometimes the case with the Bigfoot phenomenon. Some researchers report that there is often something peculiar about sightings of the creature – something ghostlike or alien. Sightings have been linked to UFO phenomena. A trail of Bigfoot footprints sometimes ends abruptly, as if the creature simply vanished into thin air. Such mysteries have led some researchers to speculate that what we know as Bigfoot or Sasquatch could be an interdimensional creature – a being that can move from its dimension to ours at will. That is certainly not a theory that is widely accepted by cryptozoologists, but encounters like the one related by Bill cause one to wonder. This is Bill’s story:
My friend Mike and I swore each other to secrecy about that night in 1985. We promised we would never tell anyone whathappened, but since that night, things for both of us seemed to change somehow.
Mike and I used to do what we called “all-nighters”: we’d get in the car with some munchies and soda; Mike would bring his guitar and we would drive for at least two or three hours on the back roads of Pennsylvania, out to the middle of no-man’s land. Basically, our intent was to drive until we got lost, then switch drivers and find our way home. In our part of Pennsylvania, getting lost in the sticks isn’t too hard.
That night was the last day of our sophomore year in high school, so we decided to celebrate with an all-nighter. We loaded up my car and off we went. I was driving out because it was my turn to get us lost. The early summer night was very hot and the sky was clear. Mike was playing some tunes on his guitar, and we were having a great time. I should mention at this point that we were not in the least intoxicated. Mike is diabetic, so liquor was never part of our all-nighters. After about two or two-and-a-half hours of driving, we were pretty well out in nowhere land.
And that’s when it happened.
I was at the wheel and turned down a dark road by an old broken-down farm house. Suddenly, there was a flash of light and a bang! I hit something! It was just that quick, all happening in an instant. I slammed on the brakes and Mike and I looked at each other. I uttered a few choice words and immediately opened my door to get out of the car. But Mike screamed at me, “Stay in the car! Stay in the car! Let’s get the hell outta here! What was that? Let’s go!”
Strangely, I was fairly calm, ignoring the fact that there was a bright flash (or whatever it was). I thought I hit some animal. I wanted to get out to see if there was any damage to my car. I did get out and looked around. Mike, meanwhile, was having a fit because we were not buggin’ outta there. I looked carefully. No damage to the car, nothing in the road or under the car. Yet I felt strange… like I was being watched.
And just that suddenly I was hit with an overwhelming sense of terror. I had to leave that place and leave it right away.
“Mike, we’ve got to get out of here NOW!” I said.
Mike was really starting to freak out. “What is it?” he said. “What is it?!”
“I don’t know, but we have to move – NOW!”
By this time Mike had already slid over to the driver’s side of the car and had it running. I hopped in the passenger seat. Mike turned the car around and floored it.
The White Monster
We drove for a mile or two down the road without saying one word to each another. Our eyes were focused intently out the windshield. Then we saw, crouched by the right side of the road, this “thing.” It looked like a Bigfoot… only different. It looked into our headlights, stood up and ran in front of the car, across the road and into a large grove of trees. Mike hit the brakes as we both screamed.
“What in God’s name was that?” he yelled.
“How the hell should I know,” I yelled back. “Get the hell outta here!”
Mike jammed on the accelerator and off we sped at about 80 mph. We didn’t say a word all the way home.
What Was It?
The next day we talked about the entire night before: that strange flash of light, the bump, the feeling for horror and that “thing” we saw. I can only describe it this way: When it stood, I’d say it was about 6 feet tall, ape looking but human looking at the same time. It was extremely thin and covered in scraggly white or gray hair. It had an oversized mouth with lots of teeth. And its eyes… God, its eyes looked human and frightened. I think we may have scared it as much as it scared us. I don’t know.
Mike and I didn’t talk much after that night. But he did tell me that he began to “see things” every now and then. I admitted that the same was happening to me too. We both seemed to see, for lack of better terms, “monsters”… “things” – I don’t know, just things that shouldn’t be here. I don’t know what the heck we drove through that night or what it did to us, but it definitely did something.
My friend Mike passed away last year. He died in a car accident. Another person who saw the accident said it looked like he “swerved to avoid something.”
I know this all sounds crazy, and this is the first time I’ve ever told this story. Something did happen to us that night. A vortex, a time hole, a doorway into or out of a different dimension… I don’t know. Whatever it was, both Mike and I began to see things after that night, and they’re not ghosts.
What the heck happened to us that night 18 years ago… and why has it never left us?
The emela-ntouka – new corroborative evidence for the Congo’s cryptic ‘killer of elephants’?
In 1982, following his return to the USA in December 1981 at the end of the second of two expeditions to the People’s Republic of the Congo (formerly the French Congo), veteran American cryptozoologist Prof. Roy P. Mackal revealed to an astonished media and general public that the elusive swamp monster that he had been searching for in the Congo may conceivably be a living dinosaur!…
Giant Salamander sighted in Kyoto, Japan
On the 4th of July a normally nocturnal dog-sized Giant Salamander decided to take a walk alongside the Kamogawa River in down-town Kyoto, Japan. People were apparently so shocked by the sight of the rare creature that the police were summoned to the scene…
Can you guess this howl?
Alright, squatchers. Let’s see if you can figure out what type of animal makes this sort of sound. Put on your headphones and listen closely. This audio was posted by Project Bigfoot on YouTube and one person thinks it’s could be the Loup-Garou of Louisiana. The Loup-Garou! pronounced (RUE-GA-RUE) is a bipedal dog-like creature that roams the swamps…
GHOSTS, HAUNTINGS & POLTERGEISTS:
Strange noises, unexplained cold patches? Is your house haunted?
It’s not easy living in a haunted house — all those strange noises, all those unexplained cold patches. Fortunately, ridding your home of apparent paranormal activity can be a relatively straightforward exercise. With a sense of adventure and the right tools, you shouldn’t even need to engage the services of a psychic…
Branford’s Harrison House site of the unexplained
The 1724 barn-red Harrison House is (gasp) haunted. Really haunted, scarily, hair-raisingly haunted. As vouched for by a professional group of paranormal investigators —members of Northeast Paranormal Investigations Society who recently spent a couple of evenings seeking spirits at the dwelling…
Mysterious earthen rings predate Amazon rainforest
A series of square, straight and ringlike ditches scattered throughout the Bolivian and Brazilian Amazon were there before the rainforest existed, a new study finds…
Meet Chiquita: A tiny, blonde, 500-year-old Wyoming mummy
Chiquita, a 500-year-old mummified infant found in Wyoming, was born with anencephaly, a condition in which a fetus’ brain and skull do not develop fully. George Gill and Maxine Miller, of the University of Wyoming, examined Chiquita in the 1990s and determined that she was Native American and born around the year 1500…
By Charles M.
So this is my story. I don’t know whether not this counts as paranormal, but it was October 28, 2011 in Baker City, Oregon. I was watching a football game at the school. I spaced out for a bit, and then a few minutes later I realized nothing felt right. I felt like I was there at the game… but in another dimension. All the people that I know where there, but they just looked different. A few minutes later, everything was back to normal.
This happens frequently at the football games at that stadium. It makes me wonder if there’s a portal to a another dimension there. The experiences varies: some of them are good, but it happens at the most random times. One moment I’m sitting next to someone and the next moment they’re still there but their clothes are totally different.
I can’t explain it. This has been happening frequently during football games in that stadium. Can someone tell me if I really do travel to another dimension that is like ours but not ours — a duplicate of our dimension, I guess what I would say.
A great article I wanted to share. My personal thaughts and views about Bigfoot have been growing as of late. Do we have an unknown humanoid creature that is very elusive even to this point in time, making our forests home? I believe so yes. Read on and judge for yourself:
North America has its own monster. While Scotland has its Loch Ness sea serpent and the Himalayas has its Abominable Snowman or Yeti, North America lays claim to Sasquatch or, as he has been nicknamed, Bigfoot. Sasquatch – a 7- to 8-foot-tall man/ape – has been sighted in North America for centuries. Before the European invasion, Native Americans were very familiar this “hairy giant” that lived in the wilderness.
One of the earliest recorded sightings of Sasquatch by a white man occurred in 1811 near what is now Jasper, Alberta by a fur trader named David Thompson. Since then there have been many sightings of the creature in Western Canada, and in many states of the U.S., especially the Pacific Northwest, Ohio, and even as far south as Florida, where the swamp-dwelling beast is known as theSkunk Ape.
Is Sasquatch mere legend or a remarkably elusive reality? What’s the evidence? Personal accounts of sightings are plentiful and deserve weight because of their numbers. Physical evidence, such as footprints and hair samples, is rarer, and recordings on film and video rarer still. Here’s a look at some of the best – and always controversial – evidence for the existence of Sasquatch.
He isn’t called Bigfoot for nothing. There have been more than 900 footprints attributed to Bigfoot collected over the years, having an average length of 15.6 inches. The average width is 7.2 inches. That’s one big foot. By comparison, the foot of a 7-foot, 3-inch basketball player – a rarity, to say the least – is 16.5 inches long but only 5.5 inches wide.
Through 1958 and 1959, Bob Titmus and others found numerous Bigfoot tracks in the area of Bluff Creek where the famous Patterson/Gimlin film was shot several years later.
In 1988, wildlife biologist John Bindernagel of Vancouver Island found massive footprints in the snow and heard a “whoo-whoo whooop” call in the woods. His evidence includes 16-inch, human-like footprints found in Strathcona provincial park while hiking. In addition, Bindernagel said he heard a strange, ape-like call at a friend’s cabin near Comox Lake in 1992. Bindernagel said he knows of no other creature in North America that makes such a call, and he believes it was a Sasquatch trying to communicate with its own kind.
DWELLINGS AND GRAVES
Although by no means verified or authenticated, there have been claims of discoveries of Sasquatch dwellings and even burial sites:
Dallas Gilbert says he has had several encounters with Bigfoot, but his most controversial claim is for that of a possible Bigfoot community and burial site. Gilbert’s story is weakened by his reluctance to disclose the exact location of the site. However, he has told The Daily Times of Portsmith, Ohio, “There are places where you can see territorial markings and snaps that the creature has made in the trees. There are even canopies and bows made of trees for him to sleep under.” The burial site is marked by a stone, according to Gilbert. “It looks like a tombstone almost,” Gilbert said. “You can see the outlines of the creature’s eyes, head and his teeth.” No corpses or other remains have been recovered from the area, so all we have is Gilbert’s word on these claims.
In 1995, Terry Endres and two friends were researching an area known for Bigfoot sightings for a local cable TV show. They chanced upon a large, dome-shaped structure constructed of branches and brush. It was large enough for three full-grown men to sit in and was obviously not a natural occurrence.
Not many people have heard the lonely, chilling cries and howls of Bigfoot. But those who have, and know the sounds of the wilderness, say it’s an unforgettable sound like no other.
Outdoorsman Bill Monroe, a writer for the Portland Oregonian, recounted his experience in an article for the newspaper. Monroe was elk hunting when the stillness of the late afternoon was broken by an eerie sound. “The deafening screaming, choking, belching moan from the ridge was chilling.” he wrote. “The kind of scream that sends mothers scurrying to find their children. The kind of scream no cougar or bear could ever squeeze from their throat… unless it was their last. Piercing, echoing, guttural; a single, horrible high-pitched-yet-throaty, inhuman, unnatural creation of Steven Spielberg that makes your skin crawl.”
In 1984, Bruce Hoffman was prospecting for gold near the Clackamas River. He told investigator Greg Long this story: “I had to park a couple hundred feet from the river, and I had to walk a little ways back towards the small stream that was running into the river. And just before I got to the small tributary, I would say from one-eighth of a mile to a quarter of a mile away, down in the woods I started hearing this yell, or a call. The sound had a base tone, a muscular sound to it, and the sound got loud. You could hear how it went up through the trees and up to the sky. The sound traveled about three to four miles to the ridge of the mountains. You could hear the sound hit the mountain.”
Invariably, the sighting of a Sasquatch is accompanied by a very strong, very foul odor.
In June, 1988, Sean Fries was camping on the north fork of California’s Feather River. “I climbed into my tent and lay down on my bedroll. I let my dogs run around because they always stay close to camp. I started to dose off when suddenly I woke up. It was dead quiet – no crickets, nothing, and my dogs came running into my tent shaking. I grabbed my rifle and flashlight and stepped outside the tent. I couldn’t see anything, but I had that sensation of being watched. Then I heard some very heavy footsteps right behind me in the trees. There was also a very strange odor, almost like a cross between a skunk and something dead. This thing circled my camp site all night long.”
There is no shortage of Bigfoot sightings, some being more compelling than others and sounding more authentic. Here are some examples, from experienced outdoorspeople, that lend credence to the legend:
Clayton Mack, a Native American of the Nuxalk nation, knows the Canadian wilderness and its creatures as well as any man alive. A reputable grizzly bear hunter for 53 years, Mack relates this tale: “I was fishing in Kwatna all my myself in August. I had a 30-foot boat with a single-cylinder engine. I got to Jacobson Bay, about 15 miles from Bella Coola, when I saw something on the edge of the water. It was kneeling down-like and I could see his back humping up on the beach. It looked like he was lifting up rocks or maybe digging clams. But there were no clams there. I turned the boat right in toward him. I wanted to find out what it was.
“For a while there, I thought it was a grizzly bear, kind of light-color fur on the back of his neck like a light brown. I nosed right in toward him to almost 75 yards to get a good look. He stood up on his hind feet, straight up like a man and I looked at it. He was looking at me. Gee, it don’t look like a bear, it has arms like a human being, it had legs like a human being, and it got a head like us. I keep on going in toward him.
“He started to walk away from me walking like a man on two legs. He was about eight feet high. He got to some drift-logs, stopped and looked back at me. He looked over his shoulder to see me. Grizzly bear don’t do that, I never see a grizz run on its hind legs like that and I never se a grizzly bear look over his shoulder like that. I was right close to the beach now. He stepped up on those drift logs and walked into the timber. Stepped on them logs like a man do. I watched as he went a little higher up the hill. The wind blew me in toward the beach, so I backed up the boat and keep on going to Kwatna Bay.”
In 1995, Paul Freeman, a veteran Bigfoot hunter, Bill Laughery, a former game warden followed the sound of odd screams that were heard in the Blue Mountains of southeast Washington state. Joined by Wes Summerlin, a local resident, they hiked to an area where Bigfoot tracks had been found. In a clearing, the men found several small trees twisted, broken, and dripping sap. Caught on the trees were large clumps of long black and brown hair (see below). They they caught sight of a seven-foot ape-like creature and heard the screams of two others. They observed the creature through binoculars at a distance of 90 feet, eating yellow wood violets. The trackers also found droppings two to five inches long, full of half-eaten carpenter ants, and fallen trees that had been pulled apart for the ants inside.
Tufts and strands of hair thought to come from Sasquatch have not added to the weight of evidence for the reality of the creature. Most hair samples tested prove to be that of bears or other non-primates. Promising samples were obtained in 1995 by Freeman, Laughery, and Summerlin (see above):
The hair samples gathered by the three men were sent to Ohio State University for DNA analysis. Dr. W. Henner Fahrenbach “determined microscopically that the hair appeared to have come from two individuals of the same species, that it differed in color, length, and hair growth cycle between the two sets, had not been cut, and was indistinguishable from human hair by any criterion.”
Ultimately, the tests were inconclusive. The researchers said that the “DNA extracted from both hair shaft or roots (hair demonstrably fresh) was too fragmented to permit gene sequencing.”
PHOTOS / FILM / VIDEO
Photos, film footage, and video of Sasquatch are extremely rare. At worst, they are murky, fuzzy, and inconclusive. At best, when they are clear, they are highly controversial and suspected of being hoaxes.
The Patterson/Gimlin film is by far the most famous and most scrutinized footage ever taken of Bigfoot. Roger Patterson and Robert Gimlin shot the footage in 1967 with a 16mm camera while on an expedition to find the elusive creature in the Bluff Creek area of the Six Rivers National Forest in Northern California. Large footprints had been found in this region in previous years. Debate among various “experts” over the authenticity of the film has been ongoing for 30 years. In recent years, some people have come forward to claim that they participated in the hoaxing of the film, but even their testimony has been called into question. (See “No, Bigfoot Is NOT Dead”)
In September, 1998, David Shealy took 27 photographs of the 7-foot-tall creature in the Everglades. “I had been sitting up in the tree for about two hours every night for the past eight months,” Shealy said. “I dozed off for a little while, and when I woke up, I saw it coming straight at me. At first I thought it was a man, but then I realized it was the skunk ape.” Shealy followed the tracks of the animal and made what he said could be the biggest skunk ape discovery: small footprints he says appear to be from a baby skunk ape. Shealy now estimates there are between nine and 12 skunk apes roaming the Everglades, and said most people who have spotted the creature usually see them in groups of three or four.
There are very few cases of close contact or physical contact with Sasquatch. And many that have been reported are quite suspect:
Stan Johnson claims to be one such “contactee.” Stan says he first met the 7-foot-tall wild man when he was a boy near his home in the Ozarks. Every day after school, Stan says he would meet the Sasquatch in the woods and talk with him. Since then, he’s had several other encounters and believes the creature comes from another dimension. Johnson’s is a strange, strange story.
Ten of the most perplexing mysteries found on Earth
The Earth is a mysterious place. There is much going on around us every day that goes unexplained. For all our advanced technology and scientific understanding, there are events that occur, more or less, on a regular basis for which (as yet) we have no answers. Here is a list, in no particular order, of 10 of the most perplexing, documented phenomena that have baffled us for years – in some cases, decades and much longer.
1. ANIMALS ENCASED IN STONE
In 1821, Tilloch’s Philosophical Magazine carried an unusual item about a stone mason named David Virtue who made an astonishing discovery while working on a large chunk of rock that had come from about 22 feet below the surface. Upon breaking it open “he found a lizard embedded in the stone. It was coiled up in a round cavity of its own form, being an exact impression of the animal. It was about an inch and a quarter long, of a brownish yellow color, and had a round head, with bright sparkling projecting eyes. It was apparently dead, but after being about five minutes exposed to the air it showed signs of life. It soon ran about with much celerity.”
There are numerous documented accounts of such findings, mostly involving frogs, toads or lizards. Most often the animals come out alive. And very often there is an imprint of their skin or shape on the cavity in which they are entombed. And this raises a number of interesting questions: How could the animal have gotten in there and survived? How did rock – which geology tells us takes hundreds if not thousands of years to form – take shape around the animal? How long could the animal have been in there?
Animals Sealed in Stone
2. CATTLE MUTILATIONS
“We were passing down this road, and there was a thunderstorm a coming up behind us. We smelled this animal as we come by. We came back to check on it, and found it was mutilated. We examined it and its sexual organs was taken out. Its eyes were taken out, and its eyelashes were taken out. Well, there wasn’t no predators. Couldn’t have been killed by a predator cause all the surgical work was done by an expert…” Such was the report of rancher C.E. Potts in 1990.
The report is typical for the phenomenon, which began to be documented in the early 1970s when reports came in from ranchers in Minnesota and Kansas. The mutilations were like nothing they had ever seen with their cattle; they seemed to have a surgical precision that ruled out predators (whose work ranchers were quite familiar with). The selectivity is also unusual: often only the eyes, tongue or sexual organs have been removed, and quite often there is an unexplained absence of blood from the scene. Theories to explain the mutilations include Satanic cults, aliens, government experiments (unmarked black helicopters are sometimes seen in the vicinity) and bizarre diseases. As yet, however, no conclusive answers have ever been found.
3. UNEXPLAINED HUMS
Citizens in Britain and portions of the Southwestern U.S. have been complaining about a maddening hum that just won’t go away. And researchers have been unable to pinpoint its source. Not everyone can hear the low-pitched hum, and those who do say that it seems artificial in nature – and is driving them crazy. In 1977, a British newspaper received nearly 800 letters from people complaining of loss of sleep, irritability, deteriorating health, inability to read or study because of the incessant hum.
Most famous in the U.S. is the Taos Hum. There the annoyance was so acute for the “hearers” in Taos, New Mexico that they banded together in 1993 and petitioned Congress to investigate and help them find the source of the noise. No conclusive causes were discovered. One prevailing theory holds that the hum is created by a military communications system used to contact submarines.
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4. BALL LIGHTNING
In January 1984, ball lightning measuring about four inches in diameter entered a Russian passenger aircraft and, according to the Russian news release, “flew above the heads of the stunned passengers. In the tail section of the airliner, it divided into two glowing crescents which then joined together again and left the plane almost noiselessly.” The ball lightning left two holes in the plane.
Ball lightning is another natural phenomena for which science has yet to come up with a full explanation. The problem for scientists is that the manifestation of the phenomenon is so rare that it is almost impossible to study. Attempts have been made to recreate it artificially in the laboratory, but an actual specimen of naturally occurring ball lightning has yet to be captured for study. This may be impossible since the phenomenon is fleeting – floating about for awhile and then fading away or exploding with a loud pop.
What makes ball lighting so fascinating and puzzling is its strange “behavior.” Witnesses have said that it moves about as if with a kind of intelligence, following patterns on walls or furniture, and seeming to avoid obstacles. More mysterious still is its ability to pass through solid objects. Sometimes it leaves holes, as with the airliner above, but it has also been seen to pass through window glass and even walls without even leaving a mark.
The Mystery of Ball Lightning
This might be a phenomenon related to ball lightning… then again it might not be. No one really knows what the many “spooklights” reported around the world are caused by. And there are many. Most famous, perhaps, are the Marfa Lights seen for generations near Marfa in Western Texas. The lights appear almost nightly and can be seen at a distance from Highway 90. Yet when investigators try to approach the lights, nothing can be seen.
Other spooklights include: The Tri-State Spooklight near the borders of Oklahoma, Kansas and Missouri; the Brown Mountain Lights near Morganton, North Carolina; the Gurdon Light near Gurdon, Arkansas; the Cemetery Lights of Silver Cliff Colorado; the Hebron Light in Maryland; the Hornet Spook Light in Southwest Missouri; and the Peakland Spooklights in Britain.
There are many unproved theories, of course, including alien activity, mirages, ghosts (usually headless railroad workers), and ball lightning induced by tectonic stresses in rocks.
6. WEIRD CLOUDS
Clouds are fluffy, benign masses of water vapor, right? Consider this: In an otherwise clear September sky near Agen, France in 1814, a small, white, spherical cloud appeared. It floated motionless for a while before beginning to spin and head quickly southward. Witnesses reported that deafening rumbling noises thundered from the cloud, and then it suddenly exploded in a shower of rocks and stones. The cloud then slowly faded away.
This is one case of extremely rare and highly unusual behavior from clouds. Other documented reports tell of clouds that move against the wind, clouds that rain insects or carry peculiar shadows. There is even a story of a man from Oyster Bay, Long Island who was attacked by a spitting cloud. It’s difficult to come up with any kind of rational explanations for these weird tales.
Clouds of Suspicion
7. FISH FALLS
One of the most recent examples of fish falling from the sky took place the summer of 2000 in Ethiopia. A local newspaper reported: “The unusual rain of fish, which dropped in millions from the air – some dead and others still struggling – created panic among the mostly religious farmers.” This is just one of countless case studies of rains of fish, frogs, periwinkles – even alligators – that have been cataloged over the centuries, many by famed paranormal researcher Charles Fort. (Such rains of creatures have been, in fact, come to be known as “Fortean” activity.)
Most often these rains of animals are attributed to severe storms, tornadoes, water spouts and related phenomena. Although the theory has not yet been proved, it holds that strong winds pick up the fish or frogs from bodies of water such as ponds, streams and lakes, carry them aloft – sometimes for miles and miles – and then drop them over land.
The peculiar fact that challenges this theory is this: in most cases, the rains are of one kind of animal only. It rains one species of herring, for example, or a particular kind of frog. How can this be explained? Could a powerful gust of wind be so discriminating? If the storm scooped up water from a pond, wouldn’t it rain all kinds of things one finds in a pond – frogs, toads, fish, weeds, sticks and probably beer cans?
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8. CROP CIRCLES
I hesitate to include crop circles because I’m nearly convinced that they are all probably man-made. Yet, even though many groups of people have come forward to admit that they have designed and created the sometimes elaborate – and quite often beautiful – crop formations, there remains a die-hard faction of believers that insists that at least some crop circles are caused by some unexplained phenomenon.
Crop circles have been reported in nearly every country on Earth. In fact, according to Crop Circle Central, the only major countries that have never reported formations are China and South Africa. Plain round crop circles as we know them began to appear in abundance in the 1970s. But then in 1990, we began to see far more intricate and complex pictograms. Believers suggested they might be a form of communication from extraterrestrials – or from the Earth itself. Those who say they are not manmade point to several peculiarities found in the affected crops: woven stalks, cellular changes in the grain stalks, and strange phenomena experienced by researchers examining the circles, such as unexplained equipment failures, sounds and other physical effects.
9. THE TUNGUSKA EVENT
After 90 years, the explosive event at Tunguska, Siberia in 1908 remains one of the most puzzling natural disasters in recent history. On June 30 of that year, a blazing fireball descended from the sky and devastated an area about half the size of Rhode Island. Trees were felled for miles in a radial pattern, fires burned for weeks and the sound of its thunder could be heard at great distances. It’s been estimated that its explosive force was equal to more than 2,000 Hiroshima-type atomic bombs.
What it was that fell on Tunguska that fateful day is still a mystery. Although for many years scientists thought it was probably a meteor that exploded over the Siberian wilderness, today’s best guess is that it was probably a comet. The change in theory came about because no meteor fragments could be found at the scene. In fact, there was very little evidence of any kind to explain precisely what occurred that day. This lack of hard evidence led, as if often does, to wild speculations: a UFO with a nuclear reactor had crashed; a powerful electric weapon created by Nikola Tesla was intentionally or accidentally aimed at the area from somewhere across the globe.
In recent years, the Tunguska event has received renewed attention as we realize more clearly that the Earth is at risk at almost any time from a strike from outer space.
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The Tunguska Mystery
“Rods” are one of the most fascinating and intriguing Earth mysteries of recent times. Discovered accidentally by filmmaker Jose Escamilla in March of 1994, what he calls “rods” are strange flying things that can only be seen on slowed-down film and videotape, and sometimes captured in still photographs. Apparently, these things – whatever they are – move too quickly to be seen with the naked eye. Escamilla first noticed them in film footage he had taken in Midway, New Mexico, and he (along with others) have since filmed and taped them in several other locations.
According to Escamilla’s own definition, rods are “cigar or cylindrical shaped objects that travel at high velocities barely visible with the naked eye. They appear to be alive as they move through the air like fish swim in the sea. They appear to have fins or appendages along the torso and the torsos bend as they travel.” Escamilla has several film clips and stills of the creatures on his website.
The rods measure from just a few inches to several feet in length and there seem to be a few varieties with different kinds of appendages. They have been spotted and recorded in Mexico, Arizona, Indiana, California, South Dakota, Connecticut and even Sweden. Some have even been seen underwater. Are they some unknown species of animal? If so, why has no one ever seen these creatures at rest?