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This Norwegian Island Claims to be the Fabled Land of Thule Smithsonian MagazineF. Salazar’s article takes us on a journey of historical discovery and controversy with modern economic implications. The sometimes-lyrical piece chronicles the claims for Pytheas’ farthest northern spot where “the earth and sea and all things together are suspended,” and how the inhabitants of the island of Smola are themselves suspended between their rather insulated present status and the possibilities of ramped-up tourism. Among former visitors to Smola are a group about whom comes the astonishing news that the World’s Largest DNA Sequencing of Viking Skeletons Reveals They Weren’t All Scandinavian. “The history books will need to be updated,” concludes one contributor to a huge six-year international study of Viking remains. The findings upend traditional concepts of who the Vikings were and show how interconnected they were with other Eurasians. More light is being shed on a smaller pre-Viking conundrum as Archaeologists Unearth 3,000-Year-Old Hillfort Built By The Mysterious Votadini Tribe. Jocelyne LeBlanc covers the discovery of a remarkable construction atop the picturesque extinct Scottish volcano called “Arthur’s Seat.” (WM)


Before the Crop Circle There Was the “UFO Nest” Mysterious UniverseHappily not the sort that might contain alien eggs, but “saucer nests” found in Tully, Australia, in 1966. Nick Redfern takes a look back at this and other cases from down-under and then reminds us that Long Before Crop Circles There Were…Crop Circles! Looking back through some older accounts, he reads that in 1674 even the devil himself was scything circles in the English countryside. (LP)
UFO Exploitation: Targeting Children The Saucers That Time ForgotFlying Saucers were commercialized soon after they started hitting the headlines in 1947. Curt Collins has a lavishly-illustrated cavalcade of early buyables and media aimed at the younger set. Of particular interest is some 1950-style “fake news” in My Weekly Reader, for goodness’ sake, exemplary of the mind-set of the times. Nick Redfern makes more points supporting his controversial thesis that UFO, Mind-Altering Drugs, and a Secret Experiment were at the heart of the December 1980 Rendlesham Forest Incident. “Controversial” can’t begin to describe the weirdness in Flying Saucers and Giant Aliens Described in a Possible Declassified FBI File. Paul Seaburn has the entertaining story about “Memorandum 6751,” almost certainly a hoax, and Paul lays bare some of its problems. (WM)

The Day Bigfoot Stalked Workers in a Cornwall Forest Cornwall LiveThe jobs we’ve had in our younger years often have a special place in our hearts. The freedom, the simplicity, the run-ins with 7-foot-tall man-beasts…This British  encounter from about 20 years ago ended harmlessly enough but we have to wonder how many Bigfoot were actually involved given the wood knocks described. It might have concluded differently if the witness’s ride had arrived a quarter hour later.  Yet even as we add this to an enormous anecdotal collection of Sasquatch encounters, we still can’t prove the Hairy Guy is real. Nick Redfern explores this issue more in  Bigfoot: Why Can’t We Get the Proof? He reaches a conclusion that is both incredible and yet entirely believable: We can’t find evidence of an enormous flesh and blood creature because Bigfoot is something else. He is Other, and until we adjust our expectations and methods to this possibility, we will never uncover usable proof. (CM)
NUFORC Data Shows Increase in Reported UFO Sightings Began Well Before Pandemic Shutdowns Singular ForteanTobias Wayland takes a closer look at information from Peter Davenport’s National UFO Reporting Center than did a Wall Street Journal article. Te-Ping Chen’s WSJ piece UFO Spotting Has Replaced Bird Watching as Pandemic Obsession does however emphasize the individual human element behind the numbers. Other studies note a large monthly spike in reports at the beginning of the Pandemic, followed by a fairly precipitous plunge, with some moderate recovery in those numbers since. Recent sightings include ‘Was it an Alien?’: Mysterious Lights in South Carolina Sky Spark UFO Debate, whose video “result is not doing justice to what they saw”; a Scottish example in UFO Mystery as ‘Craft’ Captured above Town by Largs Schoolgirl; and in Mexico: Amateur Observer Records UFO Over Mazatlan. Expert analysis might prove helpful in all three cases. (WM)

Retired Pilot From Nimitz Tic-Tac UFO Incident Talks About Mysterious UniversePaul Seaburn seizes upon a Cmdr. David Fravor remark about what he engaged in 2004 to “amp up” two points: that the “bogey” he faced likely didn’t come from an Earthly assembly line, and that the thing–or another “Tic Tac” like it–committed an “act of war.” The extensive Fravor dialogue with podcaster Dr. Lex Fridman at David Fravor #122 Lex Fridman is likely the most comprehensive source for Fravor’s life and personal views on a matter of related topics as well as his “take” on the Nimitz incident. Nick Redfern researches the history behind the “LGM” meme in Taking a Look at the “Little Green Men” Phenomenon. Regarding another favorite Refernian topic Nick asks about Roswell: Why Can’t We Get the Proof? He examines why each of the three military explanations won’t hold water, then considers why no “alien crash” documentation exists while there is some support for his thesis about a U.S. experiment gone awry. (WM)


The Pros and Cons of Filming Paranormal Encounters Haley Is A GhostHere are a pair of enlightening pieces illustrating some of the challenges faced by paranormal researchers. Hayley Stevens describes the pitfalls of capturing photographic evidence, providing a narrative of a personal comedy of errors and demonstrating the limitations of our ever-present cellphone cameras. Next, Nick Redfern describes how easily dots can be connected when an investigation’s outcome is decided ahead of the facts. In The Peril of the Paranormal: Putting Threads Together That Have No Real Connections he is quick to point out that this is a favorite tactic of conspiracy theorists. Keep this in mind the next time your neighbor warns you about microchips in vaccines. (CM)
Surprise Find! Thermal-Drones Spot Ancient Earthwork in Kansas Ancient OriginsThe second-largest pre-European settlement in North America is yielding more of its secrets thanks to drone-based imaging, says Ashley Cowie. Despite some issues, a video presentation about Etzanoa gives more details. Elizabeth Dohms-Harter offers an eye-opening article behind her assertion that Wisconsin’s Effigy Mounds Connected People to Spirits. The amazingly rich prehistory of “a sculpted land” and the loss of so much of those religious and artistic creations stand out here. Modern techniques are also helping Scientists Recreate Prehistoric Acoustics of Stonehenge, per David Keys. 3D printing a 2.5m diameter Stonehenge and studying the result in a sound laboratory produced several conclusions about the auditory properties of Stonehenge in its heyday, before 50% of its larger monoliths were lost. And another case of modern technology combatting the depredations of time and humanity is April Green’s Destroyed Ancient Temple Now Open for Virtual Exploration. The heartbreaking destruction of Palmyra’s Temple of Bel during the Syrian civil war has been somewhat mitigated by an interactive point-cloud digital tool created by UC San Diego. (WM)

The “British Bigfoot” – A Supernatural Beast

Original article by: Nick RedfernSeptember 15, 2020

Just a few days ago I wrote an article here at Mysterious Universe titled “Bigfoot: Why Can’t We Get the Proof?” It demonstrates that the Bigfoot creatures are not what they appear to be. In other words, they are something far more than just unidentified, North American apes. They are much weirder than that. As I noted, the creatures seem to be impervious to bullets. No Bigfoot DNA has ever been found. There are cases of the creatures vanishing – literally – in front of people. And the list of high-strangeness goes on and on. The same goes for the “British Bigfoot.” Yes, as amazing as it might sound, the U.K. has a long history of strange, hairy creatures in its midst and that resemble Bigfoot, too. And guess what: the U.K.’s Bigfoot is just as weird as its American cousin. The scenario of such creatures roaming around the U.K. is, even I have to admit, absurd. As The Commonwealth notes: “The UK is just under 1,000 km long and just under 500 km across at the widest point.” On top of that, the population of the U.K. is around 63 million. That’s a lot of of people and not a great deal of land for a hairy giant – or entire colonies of them – to hide in. So, the idea that something like Bigfoot could exist in the U.K., and never get caught or killed, is ridiculous. But, people do see such things.

Tales of hairy “wild men” date back centuries, one being the “Orford Wild Man,” which was reportedly seen in the 12th century. As Myths and Legends state: “The wild man of Orford is like many other characters of folklore. He stayed away from people, was big and heavy and very hairy. He had a human face but could only make grunts or cries. Where the wild man of Orford is different, is that he came from the sea and was caught in a fisherman’s net.” Now, let’s take a look at one of the strangest stories; that of a beast called the “Man-Monkey.” It’s a hair-covered humanoid that haunts the old Bridge 39 of the Shropshire Union Canal. The creature – that had bright, glowing eyes – was first encountered at the bridge in January 1879. Since then, the creature has been seen on numerous occasions. This is no normal animal, however. Witness say the hairy thing vanishes in a flash of light. It shape-shifts into a four-legged beast. And, the fact that it has been seen for more than 140 years demonstrates this is no normal animal. Then, there’s the “Beast of Bolam.” In the early 2000s, there was a spate of Bigfoot-type activity at Bolam Lake, Northumberland, England. Jon Downes – of the Devon, England-based Center for Fortean Zoology – traveled to the area and actually saw the monster. Bizarrely, as Jon noted, the thing was shadow-like. That’s right: a Bigfoot-type animal, but one that was far more shadow than flesh and blood.

Also, there are those stories of the British Bigfoot seen at ancient stone circles. Several sightings of such a creature were made at the Rollright Stones in the late 1970s. At The Rollright Stones website, there’s this: “This complex of megalithic monuments lies on the boundary between Oxfordshire and Warwickshire, on the edge of the Cotswold hills. They span nearly 2000 years of Neolithic and Bronze age development and each site dates from a different period. The oldest, the Whispering Knights dolmen, is early Neolithic, circa 3,800-3,500 BC, the King’s Men stone circle is late Neolithic, circa 2,500 BC; and the King Stone is early to middle Bronze Age, circa 1,500 BC.” How curious that such a hair-covered man-beast should lurk around the ancient stones. It’s not alone though.

Bigfoot-like things have been seen at another ancient site: that of Staffordshire’s Castle Ring. The Cannock Chase Council say of Castle Ring: “The site is believed to have been occupied between 500BC and 43 AD, and is one of the earliest pieces of evidence of settlement in the Cannock area. It was built by the resident Brythonic tribe of the area, the Cornovii. It was likely the site was a combination of defensive feature, ceremonial site, stockade, communication beacon and symbol of power to those who saw it. Their main residence was a hill fort on the Wrekin (near present day Telford) which stood near the centre of their tribal lands, while Castle Ring is near their borders with the neighbouring Coritani tribe (who occupied lands centered on present day Leicestershire).” I have no less than eight reports of large, lumbering, hairy man-beasts seen within the Castle Ring between 1976 and 2012. In every case the monsters had blazing red eyes and stood to around seven-feet in height. In other words, they closely resembled the Bigfoot of the United States. Also like the U.S. Bigfoot, the creatures of Castle Ring have the ability to dematerialize.

It’s hard to say what, exactly, the “British Bigfoot” really are. What we can say, though, is that such immense animals cannot live in the U.K. and not be found and captured – if they are flesh and blood in nature, which they appear not to be. There’s not enough wild land for the creatures to successfully hide in for centuries. And, most important of all, there is no fossil record of ancient apes in what is now the U.K. I have to say, though, that I have spoken to numerous, credible people who have seen these things. The only answer is that just like the American Bigfoot, the U.K.’s equivalent is something supernatural. And, it should be investigated by paranormal experts, and not by zoologists or even by cryptozoologists.

Monsters!

The state of Maine sits at the top northeastern point of the U.S. One of the smaller states (thirty-ninth), and also one of the least populated (forty-first), Maine is considered the safest state in the country in relation to crime. Maine is home to earmuffs (they were invented there), the world’s largest rotating globe (Eartha is more than forty-one feet in diameter), and poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Filled with forested parks, low mountains, picturesque lakes, and lined by rocky coastlines, it is not only one of the most beautiful states in the union, it’s also home to quite a few monsters.
Cassie, Maine’s sea serpent

The monster nicknamed Cassie was first seen off the coast of Maine in 1779 in Penobscot Bay, when future U.S. Navy hero Edward Preble (just an ensign at the time) aboard the ship the Protector saw a sea serpent on the surface of the water. On closer examination, the creature stirred, and raised its head about ten feet out of the water before diving into the depths and disappearing, according to a story in The Bangor Daily News. A similar sighting was reported the next year in Broad Bay when sailors observed a serpent about 45 feet long raise its head out of the water on a long skinny neck before diving out of sight.

Cassie has been seen all along the coast of Maine, many times from 1912 to the 1940s. In 1958, fisherman Ole Mikkelsen, saw a 100-foot long serpent with a large head, and tail like a fish. The creature seemed to watch Mikkelsen and a fellow fisherman as they spread their fishing nets before it swam away.

The last reported sighting was in 2002 by a woman who wished to remain anonymous. She called a science museum claiming to have seen something near Biddeford that looked like the Loch Ness Monster.
The Pocomoonshine Lake Monster.

Pocomoonshine Lake Monster

The Algonquin Indians of Maine have seen a monster in Pocomoonshine Lake for centuries. Legend has it the monster is a result of a disagreement between an Algonquin shaman, and a chef of the Micmac. The Micmac chief turned into an enormous serpent, which the shaman vanquished and tied to a tree next to the lake. Since then a serpent-like creature nearly sixty-feet long has been seen swimming in the lake.

However, unlike Cassie, this monster isn’t confined to the water. The Pocomoonshine Lake Monster has been reported to be able to leave the lake, and drag its gigantic body across land to nearby lakes. A sawmill owner claimed to have seen the Pocomoonshine Lake Monster’s trail in 1882. The man said the monster’s track was four feet wide, and three feet deep.

The White Monkey

First seen in the 1500s, the White Monkey (as Europeans called it) of Saco River has lurked in the areas around the river for centuries. Described as a white-skinned man with webbed fingers, the White Monkey may be the result of a curse laid upon Europeans when a group of drunks kidnapped an Indian woman and her child, and threw them off Saco Falls. The tribe shaman cursed the waters, and the White Monkey reportedly killed three white men each year. Although the White Monkey was last seen in the 1970s, the most famous sighting was by a twelve-year-old Joseph Smith, founder of the Mormon Church in the 1800s, according to etravelmain.com.
Hunters have sought an enormous white moose near Bangor, Maine, for more than a century.

Hunters have sought an enormous white moose near Bangor, Maine, for more than a century.

Specter Moose

A giant white moose weighing nearly 2,500 pounds, standing fifteen feet tall, and having antlers that stretch ten feet, has been sighted around Bangor, Maine, for more than 100 years. In comparison, an average male moose can weigh about 990 pounds, stand around six feet tall, and have an antler span of around six feet.

Called the Specter Moose because of its color, hunters have sought this enormous moose since the 1890s. Sightings of the Specter Moose were reported in 1917, and again in 1999.
Maine Bigfoot encounters stretch back to the 1800s.

Maine Bigfoot encounters stretch back to the 1800s.

Bigfoot

Although I’ve tried to limit “Exploring American Monsters” to creatures unique to each state, I have occasionally allowed Bigfoot in this series if the big friendly fellow is important to a state. Bigfoot sightings in Maine stretch back to the 1800s. The first account in the early 1800s published in the book “Camping Out” by C.A. Stevens, involves a trapper who was “ripped apart” by a creature. Although some people suspected a mountain lion, the trapper’s body had been beaten against a tree.

According to a story in The Bangor Daily News,” in 1895, two women and three boys picking blueberries saw a bipedal creature that “looked like an immense African monkey.” In 1942, two sisters who were fishing in Meddybemps Lake when two “hair-covered giants” stole their fish. Sightings of the “Durham Gorilla” began in July 1973, and lasted until mid-August. The sightings began with a group of boys riding bicycles saw something they thought looked like a giant chimpanzee.

Wendigo

This creature is an Algonquian Indian legend that involves a malevolent spirit that possesses a human body, and gives the person a taste for human flesh. Depicted as everything from a hairy human with sharp teeth and bulging eyes, to an emaciated human-like creature with antlers, to an ice giant that moves in a whirlwind, the one constant in all Wendigo legends is that it is a cannibal. People are susceptible to Wendigo possession if they are cursed, or have resorted to cannibalism during a famine.

Paranormal news!

EARTH MYSTERIES:

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…Read more here

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…
Read more here

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…Read more here

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…Read more here

A Haunted House:
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…Read more here

Real ghost 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…Read Read the whole story

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…Read more about this black eyed kid encounter here

WEIRD CREATURES:

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…Read more about bigfoot here

Missouri Man Claims Seeing 400 Lbs Bigfoot

LAWRENCE COUNTY, Mo.– A man in Missouri claimed Tuesday he saw a “big hairy ape-looking thing” coming out of the woods and walking into an open pasture.

The man, who requested to remain anonymous, said he was sitting under a tree in his backyard watching birds when the incident took place.

“It was about an hour or so before sunset,” the witness told Sam Uptegrove, an opinion writer at the Christian County Headliner. “I can’t tell you the exact date because, like a darned fool, I didn’t write it down, but it was definitely in June of this year,” he added.

According to the witness, there was “something moving at the edge of the woods” about 50 yards away…

Read more at cryptozoologynews.com

Ontario Man Videotapes ‘Sasquatch’ Mom with ‘Infant’ on its Back

ONTARIO — A man released footage Friday of a “female Sasquatch” and her “infant” hiding in the Canadian woods.
YouTube user Trackersthename, who frequently uploads videos of “Sasquatch” taken around the Ontario region, captured the images while approaching wood and rock structures he believes are being built by the cryptids.

“This clip is how I approached this hydro line,” he says.
The first four minutes of the video show the man carrying the camera and walking uphill in an undisclosed location in northeast Ontario. During the last minute, the man records a dark silhouette he afterward refers to as “Sasquatch”, which appears to be carrying an “infant” on its back while hiding behind the tree line…

Read more at cryptozoologynews.com

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In search of an African monster
Within the ancient folklore and mythology of the people of the Gambia, West Africa, there exist stories of a terrifying creature known as the Kikiyaon. It may justifiably be said that the beast was an African equivalent of other such legendary, monstrous entities of times long gone, such as gargoyles and harpies, in the sense that the Kikiyaon was a humanoid-style beast with the ability to soar the skies…

Quantum Creation: Does the Supernatural Lurk in the Fourth Dimension?
In this book, Peck takes the reader on a scientific and theological journey through quantum mechanics, time, and the fourth spatial dimension. Peck explains that when there is proper interpretation of scripture and scientific observation, they will agree in full. Of course, this means one has to foundationally believe that the Bible contains absolute truth…

Bigfoot Videos
A collection of videos that might show the creature known as Bigfoot, Sasquatch or Yeti.

Bigfoot and the Cherokee Hill
A Cherokee elder takes Bigfoot researcher Bart Nunnelly into the sacred grounds where the giant creature has been known to Native Americans for generations

Real proof or just another science project?

Did we inadvertently time-travel back to last fall? Melba Ketchum and gang once again give a press conference and reveal the findings of the Sasquatch Genome Project. They also reveal “for the first time” some photos of supposed Bigfoot…that we’ve already seen before. Ketchum says the genetic study of over 100 samples shows a unique human hybrid previously unknown, which is the same thing she said last year. There is nothing new here and her study has been debunked time and again. We believe that it is likely her study does actually contain real evidence of Sasquatch, but her samples were proven tainted and the results were published in a bogus journal. At this point, her best bet is to scrap the original study and start from scratch, because despite all the controversy we really do think her team is on the right track. But still, we wonder if the photo featured on this page is a sleeping Bigfoot, a shag carpet, or a dead horse…Scientific American says that Ketchum’s DNA study is so “deeply flawed” that it proves Bigfoot’s existence is Unlikely [but] Only If You Know What “Unlikely” Means. Then again, Scientific American’s definition of unlikely apparently means “having too many reports of Bigfoot sightings” and not enough concrete evidence like bones or scat. It’s the skeptics’ best and most-used argument but it’s a tired one that’s been hashed and rehashed. There are problems on both sides of the issue here and the same dead horse is being beaten by two different sticks.

Bigfoot: Real creature or elusive cryptid dream?

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.

FOOTPRINTS

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.

SOUNDS

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.”

SMELLS

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.”

SIGHTINGS

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.

HAIR SAMPLES

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.

CLOSE CONTACT

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.

What’s new in the paranormal news

CREATURES:

“Finding Bigfoot” hoax exposed – by the cast!
The TV show Finding Bigfoot has a lot of critics debunking the evidence that the legendary cryptid really exists. That now includes the people who appear on the show itself…

An editorial: What impact will “Finding Bigfoot” have?
Loren Coleman: It seems like a good time to take a long-term look at what influence and impact the Finding Bigfoot series may have on the future interactions of television and cryptozoology, especially as they relate to what educational role Finding Bigfoot is filling for youthful students of cryptozoology and hominology…

Sasquatch, man, ape or something else?
For the first time, scientists from many disciplines put the most compelling Sasquatch evidence under the microscope and apply forensic science to the on-going mystery. ..

Sea monster sightings debated
Sea monsters like those described in ancient mariners’ tales down the ages really could exist, some experts claim. But they are probably not Jurassic Park-style survivors from the dinosaur age…

Is the government hiding evidence of Bigfoot?
Every now and then one does hear rumors that the “government” is hiding a carcass of Bigfoot, or a Sasquatch was taken from the ruins of the eruption of Mt. St. Helens…

Sea monsters really DO lurk beneath the waves, scientists claim
From krakens to gigantic sea serpents, terrifying monsters of the deep have haunted the imaginations of generations of mariners. Now experts in marine life claim sea monsters might actually exist…

GHOSTS, HAUNTED PLACES AND POLTERGEISTS:

A closer look at ‘ghost hunting’ shows, the pros and the cons
Here are my reviews of my four favorite ghost hunting shows. You are welcome to share the pros and cons of your favorite shows in the comments section…

Haunted Niagara: Urban legends or a glimpse into the paranormal?
Laurie Collins-Koehn: Niagara has been called the most haunted region in Canada and I decided to learn more about the folklore of this area.

GHOSTS, HAUNTED PLACES AND POLTERGEISTS:

Is Rose Hill Cemetery haunted?
Although the only thing living in the cemetery seems to be a vivid history of Matawan, even the tour guide, Al Savolaine of the Matawan Historical Society, claimed the cemetery is haunted…

Personal experience creates a paranormal believer
About two hours north of Phoenix lies the small town of Jerome. It is nestled into the side of a mountain overlooking a beautiful valley and is full of art, amazing food, and site seeing. Oh yeah, and ghosts…

PSYCHIC PHENOMENA:

Nurse claims psychic abilities led to persecution
Lori Niell, a former occupational nurse in Colorado Springs, says she unfairly lost her job because of her psychic abilities…

LIFE AFTER DEATH:

Whoopi Goldberg was a nun in previous birth
Hollywood actress Whoopi Goldberg was apparently a nun in her former life, according famous psychic twins Linda and Terry Jamison…

EARTH MYSTERIES:

Strange fruit: The costs and benefits of rural mysticism
Whether extraterrestrials or pranksters are to blame, in the Wiltshire countryside crop circles are costly: around £1,000 each, says Tim Carson, a farmer in the village of Alton Barnes, whose land has been dotted by 125 circles since 1991…

HUMAN MYSTERIES:

Out-of-body experiences linked to neural instability and biases in body representation
Although out-of-body experiences (OBEs) are typically associated with migraine, epilepsy and psychopathology, they are quite common in healthy and psychologically normal individuals as well…

LOST WORLDS:

A lost world? Atlantis-like landscape discovered
Buried deep beneath the sediment of the North Atlantic Ocean lies an ancient, lost landscape with furrows cut by rivers and peaks that once belonged to mountains. Geologists recently discovered this roughly 56-million-year-old landscape using data gathered for oil companies.

Monsters, Mutants and Other Animal Mysteries

A real monster?

Mysterious animals seem to be popping up all over the place. And not just in remote jungles or seldom-traveled tropical waters. They are allegedly appearing in such unlikely places as Harford County, Maryland and San Antonio, Texas. Rural villages of Chile also continue to be harassed by strange creatures, some of which fit the description and modus operandiof the dreaded Chupacabras.

Scientists are routinely discovering new species of animals. An exploration of a large ice-covered pool in the Yukon Territory of the Canada Basin is finding several new species in what is believed to be the world’s oldest seawater. In May, 2004, a new species of orange-colored, mouse-like mammal was discovered in the mountains of the Philippines. A bird that researchers believe is new to science was recently found on the Indonesian island of Wangi Wangi. In August, 2004, a new kind of animal was found in Australia that an expert with the National Parks and Wildlife Service said resembled a rock wallaby, but wasn’t.

It’s quite another thing, however, when an unknown creature wanders into your backyard. But we must be cautious about jumping to the conclusion that an unidentified animal is truly unidentifiable. Such is the case with the so-called Glyndon Mystery Monster that made news in July, 2004. A strange-looking dog-like creature was spotted by several residents around Glyndon, Maryland. Jay Wroe even managed to photograph the animal in his backyard. Animal experts were unable to identify it, some saying it looked like a cross between a dog and a hyena. So they set a trap for the creature in Wroe’s yard – and actually caught the poor animal, which turned out to be a red fox with a bad case of mange.

Likewise, reports of dinosaur-like creatures reported by people driving near Arica, Chile turned out to be misidentified ostriches.

So if a fox can be labeled a monster and an ostrich can be seen as a dinosaur, we must be open-mindedly skeptical when we read about some of the other interesting sightings taking place around the globe. Maybe they are bizarre new creatures, maybe not:

• The Asheboro panther. In January, 2004 in Asheboro, North Carolina, Denise Williams was dressing her kids to go outside and play in the snow when she glanced out her window and saw a large, black, cat-like creature. She managed to videotape what she described as a panther-like animal, and representatives of the North Carolina zoo estimated that the tracks in the snow they found were made by a feline weighing 35 to 40 pounds. The videotape was too fuzzy to provide definitive identification. It was rumored that the animal might have been responsible for the death of a pet dog in the area. There were no reports of an escaped panther from any zoo, and the mystery animal was never captured.

• The Lancashire blobster. There is a rich history in the annals of Forteana of mysterious “things” washing up on shores around the world. They are often unidentifiable because they are in various stages of decomposition or have provided lunch for other sea creatures. One such unidentified “blobster” was stumbled upon by a cameraman on the Lancashire, U.K. coast while he was walking his dog in late July, 2004. The rotting carcass, which featured a long beak, puzzled park rangers, zoologists, marine and other wildlife experts. Finally, as if to get the mystery over with, the manager of an aquarium declared he was 99 percent certain it was a squid. Other “experts” weren’t so sure and offered such other possibilities as a walrus pup, a dolphin, a penguin, seal or even a platypus.

• The hairless dogoyote. Rancher Devin Macanally shot and killed an unknown animal that he says was attacking his livestock on his ranch in Elmendorf, Texas in July, 2004. Despite good photos and the actual body of the animal, it has yet to be identified. Because it was killing smaller farm animals, some wondered if this was the legendary Chupacabras. The hairless, blue-gray, 20-pound creature, which somewhat resembles a dog, may have been responsible for the disappearance of more than 40 of the rancher’s chickens. The bones of the unknown animal have been sent for DNA testing, but meanwhile, experts at the San Antonio Zoo could not identify it. The mammal curator at the zoo theorized it was “a mix between a dog and a coyote,” and admitted that its lower jaw was “not normal for any mammal.”

• The PNG Dinosaur. A formal hunt was organized by police in Papua New Guinea when several locals reported seeing a large dinosaur-like creature lumbering about in March, 2004. The villagers described the creature as being about three metres (nine feet) tall, gray in color, with a head like a dog’s and a crocodile-like tail. The hunt did not find the mysterious animal (or any ostriches).

• Dog-eating Chupacabras. In January, 2004, a 40-year-old man was scared out of his wits by a monster he encountered while driving on the road around 5 a.m. at Santa Filomena, Chile. Juan Berríos described it to reporter Scott Corrales as “a bipedal animal standing 1.50 meters tall, with hind legs like those of a kangaroo, small, curved hands ending in talons, a sharp mane like that of a porcupine running along its back, a tail with a rattle, a muzzle like that of a fierce wolf, several rows of teeth and voracious red eyes.” Most terrifying, this monster was carrying the bleeding body of what may have been a dog in its mouth.

• Chupacabras’ cousin. In August, Corrales reported on the discovery of an unidentified animal inside a doghouse belonging to Manuel Otazo in Valparaiso, Chile. According to Corrales, “Manuel Otazo explained that the animal had a small head and red fur, with large fangs, claws and hands resembling wings, different from any rodent or known domestic animal.” Otazo believed it could have been a relative of the Chupacabras.

Other Recent Animal Anomalies and Oddities:

• Fertile mules. Ask any veterinarian or zoologist and they will tell you that it is impossible for a mule to give birth. By definition, a mule (a cross between a female horse and a male donkey) is an animal bread to be sterile. Yet on June 7, 2004, in the Bhutan village of Dorikha, a golden yellow mule gave birth to a black foal. This “impossibility” is not an isolated case. In October, 2002, a mule gave birth in rural Morocco.

• Giant hog. They dubbed it “Hogzilla” – a gigantic feral hog that stretched 12 feet long and weighed in at a whopping 1,000 pounds. Chris Griffin killed the monstrous pig on his plantation in Alapaha, Georgia in July, 2004.

• Seagull attack. A retired man in Falkirk, Scotland became the victim of a flock of seagulls that seemed to really have it out for him. “James McNeish said the gulls would swoop and peck at him when he walked out of the door,” reported the Daily Record on July 13, 2004. “He also said they would stare at him through his windows.” The strange incident became more and more like Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds when the gulls began to go after children as they played in a nearby park.

News from the paranormal side

CREATURES:

Sasquatch face print
Cryptomundo : The folks at Sanger Paranormal put out a news release, and now AOL News has broken the story in the mass media. But despite Sanger’s desire to keep the imagery secret until their news conference of the 23rd, in a move that is strangely similar to the leaks of the “Georgia Bigfoot” under ice hoax of 2008, Sanger has leaked the face print of the Sasquatch early. It was found on their site, and then quickly removed. But here’s what they posted, which was saved by a Cryptomundo reader, Rick Sheen and forwarded to Cryptomundo…

Bigfoot investigators hope DNA test will confirm existence of two man-beasts
California Bigfoot investigators were shocked over Memorial Day weekend when they found strange markings and hair on their pickup truck windows. Now, they’re hoping DNA tests will prove once and for all the existence of the legendary man-beast…

Daniel Boone’s Yahoo = Bigfoot?
Long before it became the brand of a search engine, the creature whose uttered cry gave it a name haunted Kentuckians. Daniel Boone told tales of “killing a ten-foot, hairy giant he called a Yahoo,” says John Mack Faragher in a 1992 biography of Boone. The Yahoos are hairy man-like creatures in Jonathan Swift’s “Gulliver’s Travels,” one of Boone’s favorite books…

io9 Offers $2000 bounty for authentic photos of cryptids
This summer, io9 is going cryptozoological. We’re offering a $2000 bounty to the person who sends us the best authentic photo or video of a “cryptid,” or mystery animal. And that’s just the beginning of Cryptid Summer…

Looking for Bigfoot? County has had its share of mysterious sightings
If you happen to see an eight-foot-tall, very hairy fellow wearing sunglasses, a straw hat and strings of old Mardi Gras beads at this week’s Handy blues festivities, don’t be alarmed. It’s merely Bigfoot, a.k.a. Sasquatch or Yeti, who has snuck into town to enjoy the music, eat some red beans and rice, and watch folks lose their inhibitions and break into impromptu dance.

GHOSTS, HAUNTED PLACES AND POLTERGEISTS:

Marlins reliever spooked at ‘haunted’ hotel
With the Marlins in Tampa to start a weekend series against the Rays, relief pitcher Steve Cishek felt an eerie presence at the team’s hotel, and let his Twitter followers know all about it. Too bad he didn’t find out whether the ghost could help the team break its ongoing losing streak…

Sandra Bullock fears home is haunted
Sandra Bullock reportedly fears that her temporary home in London is haunted. The 46-year-old actress is in town filming sci-fi thriller Gravity with George Clooney, and is apparently being kept awake by things that go bump in the night…

Spirits said to inhabit former jail
Laugh if you please, but Medina County Judge Jim Barden isn’t joking when he says an other-worldly spirit has made its presence known in the former jail building that now houses his staff. He recently was spooked into leaving by the sound of unexplained footsteps as he worked alone, after hours…

PSYCHIC PHENOMENA:

“Psychic sheep” detects cancer, saves farmer’s life
A shepherd claims her ‘psychic sheep’ saved her life by detecting that she had breast cancer. Alfie, a five-year-old sheep is being hailed a hero by some in the UK and now has a following of hundreds of friends on Facebook…

Dogs likely born with canine telepathy
Dogs are so in tune with us that they can read our minds, according to a new Learning & Behavior study that also determined canines are probably born with the ability. Practice makes perfect, however, so the more a dog hangs around humans, the better he or she becomes at “canine telepathy,” which actually relies upon hyperawareness of the senses…

EARTH MYSTERIES:

Wichita, Kansas experiences bizarre “heat burst”
At 12:22am on June 9 temperatures in Wichita, Kan., rocketed from 85 degrees Fahrenheit to 102 F in the space of twenty minutes. What caused this heat burst?

Is it really bigfoot?

With todays level of technology, shouldn’t we have been able to verify the existence of an actual bigfoot by one means or another? Maybe someday. One can only hope! Here’s some footage captured of a possible bigfoot sighting…

About the video:
While hiking, we accidentally caught an image of bigfoot walking through the woods. I didn’t even notice until I got home and saw it on the computer! This scarred the crap out of us!

Too good to be true or not enough research?

As if anybody truly had to become a super detective to figure out the motive and or reality behind the latest claim of a bigfoot creature actually being found. I’m referring to the one reported to have been found dead in Georgia by two bigfoot hunters/researchers. Again, I approach any cryptid, paranormal, UFO etc., story with scepticism. Not just blindly beleiving everything reported…even with pictures! As I had suspected with this story, that the actual remains needed and requested by the media to show the world of this discovery, couldn’t be produced. The supporting story is below, as well as the picture of this supposed bigfoot beasts remains. And as if that wasn’t enough, these two individuals made remarks about developing a business out of this “bigfoot discovery”. I may be wrong in saying this, but doesn’t that remark smell of greed and exploitation for personal gains?

Judge for yourself by reading the story below and be sure to study the picture of this bigfoot and keep in mind what I had suggested in an earlier post about the quality of prop effects used for movies and the like. Now, on with the supporting story & picture…

Story and more pictures can be found at wired.com.

Bigfoot remains or a very good costume?
Bigfoot remains or a very good costume?

PALO ALTO, California — Georgia residents Matthew Whitton and Rick Dyer say they’ve found Bigfoot — and not only that, they say they have his body. They just didn’t happen to have the creature’s corpse with them for their press conference Friday.

At the well-attended gathering, Dyer and Whitton, together with professional Bigfoot hunter Tom Biscardi, answered questions, handed out unconvincing photos and talked about their alleged find.

“We were not Bigfoot hunters originally,” said Whitton, who claims he and Dyer found the lifeless body of a large, hairy, bipedal animal while camping in the woods of northern Georgia. “But now we are some of the best Bigfoot hunters in the world.”

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