Skip to main content

The Missing Thunderbird Photo and the Mandela Effect

Over the years, stories have circulated throughout the cryptozoology community about an old, very mysterious photo. It is supposedly from the late 1880s and shows some sort of giant bird or pterosaur-like creature. Hence, it is known as the Missing Thunderbird Photo. Info about the photo can be found here on my blog, and here on Karl Shuker's blog.

A while ago something struck me that made me think. I had looked into the Mandela effect - for those who don't know, the Mandela effect is when people are sure they remember something, but in reality they are incorrect. Some examples include thinking the Monopoly man has a monocle, Darth Vader says "Luke" before he says "I am your father" in The Empire Strikes Back, etc, etc. More examples can be found here.
"Jonny" is correct

Anyway, after looking into the Mandela effect and then reading about the missing t-bird photograph in Karl Shuker's massive book Still in Search of Prehistoric Survivors (be on the lookout for a review sometime soon!), it struck me - what if the two are connected? Many people have said they have seen the missing t-bird photo, though now when anyone tries to find it, it seems as though it never existed. This is after so many people claim to remember seeing it in magazines, and some even say they saw Ivan T. Sanderson holding it on a TV show, sometime in the '60s or '70s. Others say they remember Sanderson at least talking about it on the show. But, the certain episode(s) can't be found.

So does this explain why people can't find the t-bird photo? Just possibly, it might. There is this old picture (below) of a marabou stork, which Shuker included in his blog post on the subject and book, that may have been seen by people and then, later, they remember it as something different. Specifically, a thunderbird in Arizona.

Now, I'm not saying in any way that this solves the mystery of the missing t-bird photo, it's just a personal theory of mine. But, it quite possibly could, I think. Let me know your thoughts below.


Popular posts from this blog

Mountain Monsters - Coming Back in 2018?

Destination America's Mountain Monsters was a huge hit when it premiered in 2013. It's had five seasons through last year.

Season 3 started a "Bigfoot Edition" and season 4 introduced a "rogue team." Last season focused entirely on this "rogue team" and ended with really no conclusion.

Over the past 2 Saturdays, some old season 2 episodes of Mountain Monsters have been playing in the evenings. Could this be a sign that the show might be back for another season this year, or does it have no meaning at all?

If the show does come back, where can they go? Last season made absolutely no sense at all and the whole thing was pretty stupid. If it does come back, I think they should go back to just monster hunting like they did in the first two seasons. Once they went to just "Bigfoot Edition" things went downhill quick.

Some Thoughts on Alaska Monsters: Bigfoot Edition

So far, two episodes of Alaska Monsters: Bigfoot Edition have aired. Here are some of my thoughts on the show.

First off, let's start with the team, the Midnight Sons. There are a few new members on the team this season. The old leader, Little Bear, is gone, and now Crusty (the guy with the bear claw in his beard) is leader of the team. Other members are: Dudley (new guy), the team "forensic expert," Todd, the "trap engineer," Bulldog (new guy), the "survival expert," Rhett, the "greenhorn" (rookie), and of course Face, the "veteran tracker."

Compared to the AIMS Team of Mountain Monsters, Crusty is Trapper, Todd is Willy, Rhett is Buck, Bulldog would probably be Huckleberry, Dudley would probably be Jeff, and Face would be Wild Bill.

I haven't seen the first episode, "Bigfoot of the Arctic Circle: Siberian Giant," but I did watch episode two, "Bigfoot of Denali: Wind Walker" last Saturday. I actually though…

Review - Invasion on Chestnut Ridge

Small Town Monsters' 5th film, Invasion on Chestnut Ridge, comes out soon. STM director Seth Breedlove let me check out an advance copy of the film to put up a review on here. Though I've been quite busy for about the last month and a half, I finally got a chance to check out the film, and these are my thoughts on it.

Invasion is about the strange happenings along the Chestnut Ridge in Pennsylvania. Local residents who have had strange encounters are interviewed, as well as researchers Stan Gordon and Eric Altman.  Along the ridge, witnesses have reported ghost lights, UFOs, Bigfoot, werewolves, thunderbirds, and many, many other odd things.

Many well known sightings happened in the early 1970s, when reports of UFOs and Bigfoot were very frequent. The strangest thing of all this was that sometimes the two would be seen at the same time, or shortly after on another. Some witnesses even saw a white colored Bigfoot that was holding a ball of light.

On another occasion, two Bigfo…