If you are interested in alleged extraterrestrial species, here's a directory of them.
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Monday 30 June 2014
There are elephants which are termed white and these were an emblem of royalty in south-east Asia, in that kings sought them. The present King of Thailand, Rama IX, has a number of them. However, they are not actually white. They are, in fact, of a pink or brown color. As they are albinos, this has probably led to the term "white elephant" being applied to them.
Pure white elephants occur in oriental mythology and religion. The Hindu god Indra is said to ride one. Buddha's mother is said to have dreamed of one before he was born.
The showman P.T. Barnum wished to exhibit a white elephant. Finding they were in reality pink, he obtained a normal elephant and whitewashed it, no doubt fooling a gullible public.
Sunday 29 June 2014
Saturday 28 June 2014
I notice with some sadness that they are contemplating culling badgers in England because farmers fear they spread bovine tuberculosis. Is there no other way? Is it strictly necessary? In the county of Cornwall they did not have to resort to culling to deal with any such problems. Why cannot they emulate Cornwall in other counties? This does not mean I do not understand the devastating effects of this disease in a cattle herd for the farmer concerned.
Some vets have expressed reservations about the effectiveness of culling, while the Hereford Times pointed out earlier this month that the incidence of bovine TB was comparatively low at present. Inoculation of badgers has been suggested as an alternative.
On This Day in Weird, June 28...
1975: Rodman "Rod" Serling, creator and host of TV's classic outré anthology series The Twilight Zone, dies in Rochester, New York, two days after suffering a heart attack.
2007: Renowned science fiction author Sterling Edmund Lanier dies in Sarasota, Florida, at age 79.
Friday 27 June 2014
|Pooh and Friends|
Well, here's the answer. There was an actual Pooh, the toy of Milne's son Christopher Robin. This actual Pooh (photographed above) has taken up residence in the New York Public Library, along with other toys of Christopher Robin. When Christopher was young, there was a large Canadian bear in London Zoo called Winnipeg, for which Winnie was a short form. Christopher, as a result, added this to the name of his teddy-bear.
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On This Day in Weird, June 27...
1931: First reported sighting of the "Mineola Ape," a simian cryptid reported prowling around Mineola, on New York's Long Island.
1966: Dark Shadows, the first supernatural soap opera, premieres on the ABC television network.
Thursday 26 June 2014
The Passenger Pigeon is usually thought to be extinct, though it is classed as a cryptid because there have been occasional reports suggesting there may still be a few about; but the TechTimes asks if it could be brought back by genetic engineering.
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Here's a cryptid account from the past - but not too far in the past - which occurred in Victoria, Argentina. A woman emerged from her house one night to find a creature of humanoid type, perhaps a meter tall, showing an interest in her chickens. The creature was colored black. In fact, its blackness was emphasized, as though it were an intenser than usual shade of black, if you can have such a thing. Its hands were clawed. Its discoverer turned to call her husband. When she turned back, the creature was gone.
This incident is supposed to have occurred in 2008.
This incident is supposed to have occurred in 2008.
Wednesday 25 June 2014
In 1968 some anglers in a boat saw what they took to be a monster in its waters. They saw two red spots which they identified as eyes and a complication behind, which they thought might be a body. Later, many dead fish were found in the lake and some murmured they were victims of the monster.
There are, however, some problems with this account. We must first ask ourselves how a monster could have arrived there. Was it washed in from the Connecticut River? Did it make its way overland from some other liquid domicile? What was visibility like at the time of the sighting? It seems to me to have been very poor. Was it after nightfall? One account of the sighting describes the creature as luminous. Luminosity would not be so noticeable a feature by day, unless the face of the lake were enshrouded with mist.
While I do not for a moment call the statements of the witnesses into question, I wonder if what they saw was some kind of water craft, the "eyes" being lights. In dark or foggy weather, the shape of a craft, particularly if it had a brace of red lights to the fore, could easily have its outline mistaken for that of a monster.
It has also been suggested that what they saw was some kind of floating UFO or maybe the reflection of a UFO in the water. Using one mysterious object to explain another is not, however, a form of investigation to be recommended.
Then there is the matter of the dead fish. If the Monster killed them, why did he leave them uneaten? Could some form of pollutant from the mysterious luminous craft, if such it was, have been the cause of their deaths?
It may be, after all, that some monster does lurk in the reservoir. Further investigation is to be encouraged.
The other day I was at work sitting in the lunch room when I happened to overhear a conversation two fellow employees were having. I know eavesdropping is wrong, but in all honesty they were talking so loudly it would be kind of hard not to hear what they were saying. Anyway, they seemed for some reason to be talking about Spider Monkeys. Spider monkeys, for those of you who don’t know, are the largest family of monkeys in the New World, native to both Central and South America. They also have more than one link to Cryptozoology.
Several people have claimed sightings of extremely large unknown kinds of Spider Monkey in the remote hills and rainforests of Central and South America and a giant species of Spider Monkey discovered in the past few decades that lived just a few thousand years ago does give some credit to the possibility that another large species of these monkies could still be out there. The most (in) famous example of Spider Monkey meets Cryptozoology however, is the connection to De Loy’s Apes. De Loy’s Ape is a hotly debated subject in the world of Cryptozoology, some declaring it proof of a large unknown species of ape in South America, others proclaiming it to be a hoax.
Maybe it’s just me, but whenever I hear people talk about animals I tend to get really excited. After all it is one of my favorite subjects, so I asked my fellow co-workers what they were talking about. They said, they were talking about this lady in Virginia who claimed a bunch of monkeys where living in her back yard. Monkeys in Virginia? There are not supposed to be any such things here. Naturally I wanted to learn more. So after work, I searched the local news websites to see if I could find what they were talking about. I did.
Apparently in the County of the Isle of Wight, a local woman, Amanda Jones Williams and her teenage son had recently been noticing something very strange in their back yard. To their surprise the creatures looked just like large monkeys. Naturally seeing large monkeys or monkeys of any kind in Virginia is an unusual sight. After seeing the apes, her son, Terrence, looked on line to see if he could identify the animals, the ones that matched closest where South American Spider Monkeys. However, this was not the end of the story. A short time later Ms. Williams saw the monkeys again, but this time she allegedly got them on tape.
The home movie is admittedly very low quality, however it does show something rather strange. The creature in the tree, while you are unable to make it out clearly, is definitely monkey shaped. Having seen numerous spider monkeys in books and up close at zoos, I think I can safely say they do indeed look like spider monkeys. Terrence says that they were in the trees eating plums and making a huge racket. Once the monkey spotted him it jumped down and ran away from them. It was soon followed by two more monkeys, one of which that was significantly smaller than the other. Animal control has since come out and set traps, but they have caught nothing. The family has not seen the monkeys since the day they took the video, but they insist they still here their calls on a regular biases.
This isn’t the first time Virginia has had some monkey business going on. In the Appalachian Mountains there have been for decades reports of large monkey or baboon like creatures in the back woods. They are described as large, powerful, and quiet aggressive towards people, property, and livestock. Because of this fearsome reputation these creatures have collectively earned the title of Devil Monkeys. And Virginia is not alone. All across the South we get reports of such creatures. And while they are certainly ape-like they are far from looking and behaving like the typical Sasquatch type creature.
Now the most likely explanation, is that these animals are exotic escapees from a zoo, research facility or someone’s private collection. What is was most surprising was the immediate reaction by some people online to try and dismiss the whole thing as misidentification. Misidentification of what? What else native to Virginia looks like a monkey? I could see if the video captured the animal on the ground moving, but it is clearly up in the trees. I ask again what normal native Virginian animal looks and acts like a monkey in a tree?
This does hark back to my discussion a few months ago, about how people tend to make what they want to make out of videos and sightings. Nowhere did any one suggest that these “monkeys” seen recently were unknown creatures, yet an immediate reaction was to label them a misidentification, when the much more simple explanation is a neglectful owner’s pets are on the lose. The traps are still in place, so hopefully whatever is out there will be caught soon. And if they truly are lost monkeys, here is hoping they go to a proper facility to spend out their days as opposed to going back to small suburban home where they will likely spend much of their remaining lives in what basically amounts to a closet.
On This Day in Weird, June 25...
1973: While parked at night beside the Big Muddy River, near Murphysboro, Illinois, young lovers Randy Needham and Judy Johnson see a white-haired, seven-foot biped partially covered with mud. They flee as it approaches their car.
Tuesday 24 June 2014
Monday 23 June 2014
On This Day in Weird, June 24...
1969: German-American science writer Willy Ley, author of such quasi-cryptozoological classics as The Lungfish, the Dodo, & the Unicorn (1948), Dragons in Amber (1951), Salamanders and other Wonders (1955), Willy Ley's Exotic Zoology (1959), dies in Queens, New York, at age 62.
On This Day in Weird, June 23...
1950: Northwest Orient Airlines Flight 2501, carrying 58 passengers and crew, meets disaster in the so-called "Great Lakes Triangle," while en route from New York City to Minneapolis, Minnesota. The DC-4 aircraft's last radio transmission places it at an altitude of 3,500 feet over Battle Creek, Michigan, preparing to change course due to bad weather around Chicago. Later, scattered light debris and human body parts were found afloat in Lake Michigan, but searchers never find the airplane's wreckage.
Sunday 22 June 2014
|Monsters of Patagonia|
On This Day in Weird, June 22...
1925: Theatrical premiere of The Lost World, first of many film adaptations of the famous novel by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Stop-motion FX genius Willis O'Brien animates the prehistoric creatures.
2008: Controversial cryptozoologist Jon-Erik Beckjord dies from prostate cancer in Lafayette, California, at age 69.
Saturday 21 June 2014
On This Day in Weird, June 21...
1964: At the onset of Mississippi's "freedom summer," Ku Klux Klan members kidnap and murder civil rights workers James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner. An informer leads FBI agents to their bodies in August. Trial of the killers is delayed until 1967, when white jurors deliver a mixed verdict. Justice for the lynch party's ringleader—Edgar Ray "Preacher" Killen—is delayed until his conviction in 2005. Not Fortean or cryptozoological, but further proof of real-life human monsters among us.