Thursday, 31 July 2014
But, to get back to the Roc, it is, of course, mythical, but the question arises regarding the origin of belief in it. It may go back to the mythical Indian bird Garuda, but there may also be an origin in more material form. On the island of Madagascar there was once a huge bird, unable to fly, called the Aepyornis and, more colloquially, the elephant bird. While this creature may have become extinct centuries ago, its eggs have remained and the Malagasys and the Arabs, noting their size, inferred the existence of a giant bird from them. Indeed, the Malagasys have a giant bird, the vorompatra, in their legends and they may have passed traditions of that on to the Arabs.
Also a possibility is the memory of another extinct bird of Madagascar, the Malagasy crowned eagle (Stephanoaetus mahery), which was not the sort of creature you would want to run into if off meandering.
The Roc, because of its appearances in the Arabian Nights, has etched itself a place in human consciousness. It is a spectacular mythical bird, but, take my word, you wouldn't want one living near you.
Wednesday, 30 July 2014
On This Day in Weird, July 31...
1967: Trucker Sidney Zipkin reports two tiny humanoids in shiny black outfits boarding a "Saturn-shaped" UFO outside Churchville, New York. At his approach, the craft departs, soaring straight upward.
1975: Danie van Graan sees four thin humanoids, each about four feet tall, inside a grounded UFO. A beam of light strikes van Graan in the face, knocking him unconscious.
On This Day in Weird, July 30...
1975: Former Teamsters union leader Jimmy Hoffa keeps his last lunch date at the Machus Red Fox Restaurant in Bloomfield, Michigan, a Detroit suburb. His expected guests, Mafia leaders Anthony Giacalone and Anthony Provenzano, fail to arrive on schedule, and police find Hoffa's car abandoned at the restaurant, His disappearance and presumed murder remains unsolved today, despite numerous theories and alleged confessions from multiple hitmen.
Tuesday, 29 July 2014
Monday, 28 July 2014
We're off to the wild and desolate region of Dartmoor, in the south-west of England. This area, 368 square miles in extent, is noted for its wildness. It is also famous for its prison. A strange beast has been reported from Houndtor on Dartmoor.
now read on.....
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On This Day in Weird, July 28...
2009: Direct-to-video release of The Land That Time Forgot, based on the 1924 Edgar Rice Burroughs novel of castaways meeting prehistoric monsters and German submariners on an uncharted island in the Bermuda Triangle.
Sunday, 27 July 2014
This animal seems to have been a cryptid or creature of Mississippi. Its upper parts were supposed to look like a human's, the lower like a deer's. Its visage was scary. It gave tongue to loud screams. I surmise that, with a name like that, it was a creature of Native American lore. But I cannot find out any more about it. The website whence I took it has vanished like the snows of yesteryear. Anyone with more information is invited to pass it on.
Saturday, 26 July 2014
On This Day in Weird, July 26...
1984: Iconic ghoul and serial killer Edward Theodore Gein, real-life inspiration for Hollywood's Norman Bates, Leatherface and Buffalo Bill in Silence of the Lambs, dies at a Wisconsin state hospital for the criminally insane, 27 years after his arrest in Plainfield for murder and grave robbing.
Friday, 25 July 2014
Rumor had it that they became extinct in the 19th Century, but they have been reported since then. They are said to be between 5' and 6' in height and, though described as sticklike, they are covered in hair.
There was an alleged sighting of albawitches in 2002. However, you don't have to see them to know they are there, according to local folklore. If you hear a cracking noise in the woods, that is made by albawitches.
Thursday, 24 July 2014
A girl attacked by others seeking Slenderman approval has been sent a Purple Heart by an anonymous and extremely generous donor.
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One of the creatures rumored to be on the island is the Six-legged Snake. This has been reported from Waigeo Island, off the coast of the Indonesian section. I suspect that behind the report may lie, not an actual snake, but a somewhat serpentine lizard. Next time you visit Waigeo Island, perhaps you would have a look to see.
On This Day in Weird, July 24...
1851: Troops stationed at a base near San Francisco, California, report blood and chunks of meat falling from a clear sky. The meat, resembling beef, fell in pieces ranging from the size of "a pigeon's egg to that of an orange." The base doctor examined samples and declared them "slightly spoiled."
Wednesday, 23 July 2014
On This Day in Weird, July 23...
1929: Benito Mussolini's Fascist government bans use of "foreign words" in Italy.
1993: Theatrical release of the film Coneheads, starring Dan Akroyd and Jane Curtin as extraterrestrials passing unnoticed in modern America.
Tuesday, 22 July 2014
Up above you can see some Winged Monkeys from the land of Oz. But have you ever seen a winged monkey in real life? In the year 2000 at Tucapol, Chile, a Winged Ape was reported. It was about 4' in height, it had clawed hands and protruding fangs. It sounds a fearsome creature.
However, wings on an ape or monkey of the type seen in The Wizard of Oz should not be able to make it fly without defying the laws of physics. Perhaps their function was to allow it to glide. From the description, though, I wonder if what was actually seen was some kind of bat.
I hear someone ask, What exactly is the difference between an ape and a monkey? You have come to the right place, O Inquisitor, for I have the answer to your query. Basically, a monkey has a tail and an ape hasn't. The only recognized apes are the gorilla, orang utan, chimpanzee, gibbon and bonobo. The rock ape of Gibraltar is in fact a monkey.
Once the terms were interchangeable. If you wanted to refer disparagingly to someone as a monkey, you could call him a jackanapes. In fact, you still can if you want to. I have no wish to restrict your freedom.
Monday, 21 July 2014
Robstown, Texas, has a population of 13,000. It also has a horrid legend. In Spanish, the word tacuache means an opossum. In Robstown it can also mean something else.
The legend has it that at some stage a vampire-bat raped a woman. The woman as a result gave birth to this creature. It had the woman's face, but so far I have not found out what the rest of it is supposed to look like. If you know, get in touch.