The latest cryptozoological sightings from around North America. A dogman encounter in Maine, where a couple renting a farmhouse witnessed several 7-foot tall wolf-like creatures walking upright on their hind legs advancing toward them. They took refuge in their house, peering from a window on the second floor, and watched in amazement as the creatures stared up at them. Another related dogman sighting took place at Mount Baldy in Alberta, where a hiker claimed to have come face to face with an upright walking dogman. The creature appeared to recognize the hiker’s camera and ran off.
Multiple Bigfoot sightings in Wisconsin were reported . Between 1964 through 2011 there have been 14 well-documented sightings in a small region of the state. Two sightings have been reported at the Lima Marsh, a student as well as two restaurant owners have claimed to encounter a bigfoot-like creature in the area. In another report, a woman digging in her garden heard a growl and turned to find an 8-foot tall bigfoot-like creature standing in the weeds. She took castings of footprints that measured 20 inches long by 13 inches wide.
Some of the beasts look like they are trying to fit in.
An odd UFO that was spotted by several New Jersey residents and sparked something of an ‘alien panic’ on social media has been identified as being merely the Goodyear Blimp. The weird ‘mass sighting’ reportedly occurred on Monday evening when numerous people living in the northern part of the state noticed a curious object hovering in the sky near a major highway. The sight was apparently so strange that multiple motorists stopped their cars to watch the puzzling aerial interloper and numerous people pulled out their cameras to film the oval-shaped which seemed to sport a glowing base.
Social media was soon flooded with footage of the suspected alien craft with many of the videos garnered hundreds-of-thousands and, in one case, millions of views. Unsurprisingly, given the staggering nature of what the witnesses thought they were seeing, most of the accounts were peppered with profanities and concerns about an ET invasion about to unfold. Fortunately, it did not take long before cooler heads prevailed and it was determined that, in fact, the ‘mothership’ was actually the Goodyear Blimp headed over to MetLife Stadium for Monday Night Football.
People have to be careful when they see something strange in the sky. 90 percent of the time there is an Earthly explanation. It is the other 10 percent that is so mysterious and intriguing.
Mount Shasta is a potentially active volcano at the southern end of the Cascade Range in Siskiyou County, California. At an elevation of 14,179 feet (4321.8 m), it is the second-highest peak in the Cascades and the fifth-highest in the state. Mount Shasta has an estimated volume of 85 cubic miles (350 km3), which makes it the most voluminous stratovolcano in the Cascade Volcanic Arc. The mountain and surrounding area are part of the Shasta–Trinity National Forest.
Mount Shasta is connected to its satellite cone of Shastina, and together they dominate the landscape. Shasta rises abruptly to tower nearly 10,000 feet (3,000 m) above its surroundings. On a clear winter day, the mountain can be seen from the floor of the Central Valley 140 miles (230 km) to the south. The mountain has attracted the attention of poets, authors, and presidents.
The mountain consists of four overlapping dormant volcanic cones that have built a complex shape, including the main summit and the prominent satellite cone of 12,330 ft (3,760 m) Shastina, which has a visibly conical form. If Shastina were a separate mountain, it would rank as the fourth-highest peak of the Cascade Range (after Mount Rainier, Rainier’s Liberty Cap, and Mount Shasta itself).
California’s Mount Shasta has been the subject of an unusually large number of myths and legends. In particular, it is often said to hide a secret city beneath its peaks. In some stories, the city is no longer inhabited, while in others, it is inhabited by a technologically advanced society of human beings or mythical creatures.
Mount Shasta can generate lenticular clouds, which may contribute to its supernatural reputation.
According to local indigenous tribes, namely the Klamath people, Mount Shasta is inhabited by the spirit chief Skell, who descended from heaven to the mountain’s summit. Skell fought with Spirit of the Below-World, Llao, who resided at Mount Mazama, by throwing hot rocks and lava, probably representing the volcanic eruptions at both mountains. Writer Joaquin Miller recorded various related legends in the 1870s.
Mount Shasta has also been a focus for non-Native American legends, centered on a hidden city (called Telos) of advanced beings from the lost continent of Lemuria. The legend grew from an offhand mention of Lemuria in the 1880s. In 1899, Frederick Spencer Oliver published A Dweller on Two Planets, which claimed that survivors from a sunken continent called Lemuria were living in or on Mount Shasta. Oliver’s Lemurians lived in a complex of tunnels beneath the mountain and occasionally were seen walking the surface dressed in white robes. In 1931, Harvey Spencer Lewis, using the pseudonym Wisar Spenle Cerve, wrote a book (published by the Rosicrucians) about the hidden Lemurians of Mount Shasta that a bibliography on Mount Shasta described as “responsible for the legend’s widespread popularity.” This belief has been incorporated into numerous occult religions, including “I AM” Activity, The Summit Lighthouse, Church Universal and Triumphant, and Kryon.
According to Guy Ballard, while hiking on Mount Shasta, he encountered a man who introduced himself as Count of St. Germain, who is said to have started Ballard on the path to discovering the teachings that would become the “I AM” Activity religious movement.
According to a legend, J. C. Brown was a British prospector who discovered a lost underground city beneath Mt. Shasta in 1904. Brown had been hired by the Lord Cowdray Mining Company of England to prospect for gold, and discovered a cave which sloped downward for 11 miles. In the cave, he found an underground village filled with gold, shields, and mummies, some being up to 10 feet tall.
Thirty years later, he told his story to John C. Root, who proceeded to gather an exploration team in Stockton, California. About 80 people joined the team, but on the day the team was to set out, Brown did not show up. Brown was not heard from again.
Mount Shasta is believed to be a home base for the Lizard People, too, reptilian humanoids that also reside underground. The mountain is a hotbed of UFO sightings, one of the most recent of which occurred in February 2020. (It was a saucer-shaped lenticular cloud.) In fact, the mountain is associated with so many otherworldly, paranormal, and mythical beings—in addition to long-established Native American traditions—that it’s almost like a who’s who of metaphysics. It has attracted a legion of followers over the years, including “Poet of the Sierras” Joaquin Miller and naturalist John Muir, as well as fringe religious organizations such as the Ascended Masters, who believe that they’re enlightened beings existing in higher dimensions. What is it about this mountain in particular that inspires so much belief?
Pluto’s Cave is a volcanic lava tube on the outskirts of Mount Shasta.
“There’s a lot about Mount Shasta, and volcanoes in general, that are difficult to explain,” says Andrew Calvert, scientist-in-charge at the California Volcano Observatory, “and when you’re having difficulty explaining something, you try and understand it.” Calvert has studied Shasta’s eruptive history since 2001. “It’s such a complicated and rich history,” he says, “and Shasta itself is also very visually powerful. These qualities build on each other to make it a profound place for a lot of people—geologists, spirituality seekers … even San Francisco tech folks, and hunters and gatherers from 10,000 years ago. It’s one that can have a really strong effect on your psyche.”
Taylor Tupper, a Modoc Indian of the Klamath Tribes, raised in the Klamath Basin just north of Shasta. Tupper says she leaves people to their own beliefs about Shasta as well: spiritual, metaphysical, or simply on another plane. “People always ask me about UFOs and such, and I say I’m not going to go poking around in others’ business. Every place you go is sacred or special to someone or something, or was at some point. Treat it all with respect and your spirit will be in tune with nature and the creator, and you won’t be going against spiritual law. If you are going against it, nature will let you know.”
An enlightening study of reported Sasquatch sightings determined which states rank among the best places to possibly see a Bigfoot. Developed by the website Satellite Internet, the project compared the database of reports from the Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization against respective state populations and produced a ranked list. As one might expect, at the top of the chart was Sasquatch hotspot Washington state with a whopping 8.9 sightings for every 100,000 residents. Rounding out the top five for Bigfoot sightings by population were Oregon, West Virginia, Idaho, and Montana.
At the bottom of the list, in descending order, were Delaware, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and, ranked dead last, Nevada. Other noteworthy tidbits from the study were that, by virtue of their sizeable population, California, Florida, Ohio, and Illinois were among the top five states for sightings of Sasquatch overall with Washington topping that list likely due to what one assumes is a fairly healthy number of Bigfoot running around the area. And, oddly enough, the only state not listed is Hawaii, which apparently has not logged any sightings of the legendary cryptid in the database used for the study.
This guy jumps to conclusions pretty quick. Why would this be a UFO crash site? Could be a strange weather phenomena. These bloody UFOs come from thousands of light years away and then they crash when they get to earth! I think these things could handle the earth atmosphere without crashing.
What happened here ? Image Credit: YouTube / SWNS / Ben Landricombe
A man from Plymouth, England has filmed a peculiar area of flattened trees in the middle of a Devon wood.
Ben Landricombe came across the unusual scene near Meddon on July 4th while walking his dog.
“Found a crash site in the woods – could be UFO,” he said.
“I stopped to take the dog for a walk in the woods today as we’re camping. [The trees] were snapped at the top – that was what I thought was strange”.
Sure enough, the footage does appear to show a large area of flattened and bent trees arranged in such a way so as to suggest that something heavy had fallen down on top of them.
“We took the pictures and then felt someone was watching us and heard weird sounds so we ran back to our camper,” said Landricombe. “Something strange about this place.”
According to a local news report, he also heard ‘screams’ within the vicinity of the site.
As things stand however, no definitive explanation of his discovery has yet been found.
A “vampire-slaying kit” containing a pocket-sized pistol and a 19th century copy of the New Testament is going under the hammer.
The gothic-looking container, worth between £2,000 and £3,000, also comes packed with pliers, rosary and a bottle of shark’s teeth.
Also inside the metal-bound box is an ivory-robed wolf carrying rosary beads, as well as a blue phial with mysterious contents and a silver-bladed pocket knife.
And inside the lid is an oval enamel painting that depicts the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
There’s no record of the box’s origin, but the 1842 copy of the New Testament within does bear the inscription of an Isabella Swarbrick.
The current owner from the West Midlands, who wishes to remain anonymous, said that they do not know very much about its history.
“I have had it in my own collection for three years now,” they said.
“I bought it from a large antiques fair in Newark-on-Trent.
“I loved the look of the Gothic box and, when I opened it, I just had to have it. I thought it was so interesting – a great conversation piece.”
Charles Hanson, owner of the Derbyshire-based Hansons Auctioneers, the firm selling the box, said: “People are fascinated by stories of vampires, hence their continued appearance in films and on TV today.
“They have been part of popular culture for more than 200 years.
“The publication of John Polidori’s The Vampyre in 1819 had a major impact and that was followed by Bram Stoker’s 1897 classic Dracula.”
He added: “However, a belief in vampires and strange superstitions goes back even further and persists to this day.
“The task of killing a vampire was extremely serious and historical accounts suggested the need for particular methods and tools.
“Items of religious significance, such as crucifixes and Bibles, were said to repel these monsters, hence their strong presence in the kit we have found.”
The box will be sold online on 16 July, as part of a five-day-long antiques and collector’s auction.
Another vampire killing box appeared a couple years ago. This one seems a little more elaborate. Bigger gun and many stakes.
If this Sasquatch creature does exist, how does it stay so well hidden for so long? It has utterly amazing abilities of stealth and concealment. But it does get photographed and videotaped. Footprints are found that have dermal ridges very similar to great apes. Thousands of witnesses. Many of the eye witnesses sightings are probably misidentified stumps, logs and bears etc.
But many witnesses are law enforcement people, university professors, doctors, game wardens and just average people that have nothing to gain by reporting a sighting. Just the opposite, by coming forward and admitting that a they saw one of these creatures, it opens up the witness to ridicule and the subsequent grief that comes with that. One investigator put forward the thesis that only 10-20 percent of people who see these things report it. Therefore there are many thousands of eye witness sightings that go unreported. If you were by yourself and you saw one of these big hairy monsters, would you say anything? The Bigfoot phenomenon is confusing, mysterious, illogical and just plain weird.
The Silver Star Mountain sighting from a few years ago in Washington state.
A scene from the 2008 movie “Shutter” shows a ghostly shape in a photo.
Paranormal investigator Joe Nickell has busted a lot of ghostly myths over the past 40 years — but the spookiest part of his job comes when he actually catches a ghost red-handed.
No, we’re not talking about spirits of the dead: These “ghosts” are hotel clerks who flick the lights to keep the guests talking about the place’s ghost story. Or a mischievous child who plays tricks on his parents. Or maybe a camera crew catching weird-looking “orbs” floating through the frame — orbs they didn’t notice until they looked at the pictures later.
“Much of what so-called ghost hunters are detecting is themselves,” Nickell, the author of “The Science of Ghosts,” told me this week. “If they go through a haunted house and stir up a lot of dust, they shouldn’t be surprised if they get a lot of orbs in their photographs.”
The orbs are actually out-of-focus reflections from a camera flash, created by dust particles floating in front of the lens. The clumping noises that ghost hunters hear often turn out to be the footsteps of crew members elsewhere in the building, or even someone on a stairway next door. And those weird readings they pick up with thermal imagers? They’re typically left behind by the flesh-and-blood visitors.
A tough job
Tracking down the truth behind spooky sightings is a tough job, but somebody’s got to do it, Nickell said.
“It takes only a moment for someone to say that they saw something,” he said, “but it can take a huge expenditure for someone to fly somewhere, and they might never re-create that one little moment.”
Paranormal investigator Joe Nickell appears to be surrounded by an aura in a photograph that was created to duplicate a spooky effect.
Nickell, a former professional magician and detective, has been that someone for Skeptical Inquirer magazine and the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry since the 1970s. “I’ve been in more haunted houses than Casper,” he joked. And the truth is that there are worse jobs in the world.
“I wouldn’t want anyone ever to know this, but it really is a great deal of fun to do what I do,” Nickell said.
In “The Science of Ghosts,” Nickell spins a series of tales about his worldwide travels. His first haunted-house investigation, in 1972, took place at Toronto’s Mackenzie House, where residents reported seeing apparitions hovering over their bed, and hearing footsteps when no one else was in the house. Nickell ascribed the apparitions to “waking dreams,” a phenomenon that leads people to see things when they’re half-asleep or in an idle reverie. And as for those footsteps: Nickell found out that there was an iron staircase in the building next door. The strange sounds were traced to a late-night cleanup crew tromping up and down those stairs.
Nickell learned a lot from that first case. “You must go on site, and you must investigate just like any other piece of detective work,” Nickell said. “You can treat the house as a sort of crime scene.”
Other cases involved spirit photographs, such as the ones that show orbs or bright streaks. One family called Nickell in to explain a series of pictures that showed bright, hazy loops of energy in the foreground. Nickell eventually figured out that the loops were created when a flash bounced off a camera strap dangling in front of the lens. “Now we know about the camera-strap effect,” Nickell said.
Taking on TV psychics
Nickell also takes on psychic mediums who claim to speak with the dead. In the book, he traces his encounters with TV-show medium John Edward, who uses so-called “cold reading” techniques to draw information out of a crowd. (For example, “I feel like someone with a J- or G-sounding name has recently passed. …”)
“The people who profess to be able to talk to the dead tend to be either fantasy-prone personalities, or charlatans, or possibly a bit of both,” Nickell declared. “They would be harmless if they didn’t mislead so many people.”
Nickell totally understands why a belief in ghosts and the afterlife is so important to people. “If ghosts exist, then we don’t really die, and that’s huge. … It appeals to our hearts,” he said. “We don’t want our loved ones to die. We have this whole culture that we’re brought up with, that encourages this belief in ghosts.”
Once a ghost story gets attached to a place or a situation, then almost anything that happens can be interpreted as supporting that story, he said. That’s one reason why ghostbusting can be a thankless job. Another reason is that it’s so hard to wrap your arms around the evidence — or, more appropriately, the lack thereof.
“No one is bringing you a ghost trapped in a bottle,” Nickell said. “What they’re offering is, ‘I don’t know.’ Over and over, they’re saying something like this: ‘We don’t know what the noise in the old house was, or the white shape in the photo. So it must be a ghost.’ These are examples of what’s called an argument from ignorance. You can’t make an argument from a lack of knowledge. You can’t say, ‘I don’t know, therefore I do know.’… If I could just teach people a little bit about the argument from ignorance, I think we could give the ghosts their long-needed rest.”
People love to believe in this type of stuff. But if you use your logic and common sense it becomes apparent that there is absolutely, without a doubt, no solid evidence to support ghost claims. Just watch Ghost Hunters and this lack of evidence becomes crystal clear.
If only this was real. It would make reality so much more exciting!