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Bigfoot Cheeto on Ebay

Remember that Harambe-shaped cheeto that sold for a ton of money on Ebay? Well, now someone is trying to sell one they think is "Bigfoot shaped." And it can be yours! If you want to spend $500 on a cheeto, that is!


The Lake Worth Monster, Hoaxes, and a Movie

A while back I put up a post about some stories of people who say that "they" were the Lake Worth Monster in 1969. Why am I bringing this up now? Well, its because Nick Redfern has a new article up on Mysterious Universe on this very subject - and a horribly bad monster movie that may have inspired the monster of Lake Worth.

The article in question is called "Did A Movie Inspire The Goat-Man Legend?" It starts out like this:

"A couple of nights ago I had the distinct misfortune of watching what was probably the worst movie I have ever seen. If not, it's certainly near the top of the list. It's title: Night Fright,  which was filmed in 1967 and released in 1968. It's an extremely unimpressive piece of very badly acted, laughable hokum - but oddly watchable and even a bit engaging. Night Fright starred John Agar, a man for whom B-movies were made. He appeared in such unmemorable pieces of work as Zontar, the Thing from Venus; The Brain From Planet A…

Orang Pendek Filmed? Or A Lost Pygmy?

A new video has appeared online that shows something very interesting.

The video was caught on a Go-Pro camera by a guy on a dirt bike  in Sumatra and shows a "little man," what some think is an orang pendek.



The Daily Mail posted this about the encounter:

"A mysterious half-naked 'tribesman' was seen running down a dirt track in Indonesia by a group of bikers. "The small man was spotted near Banda Aceh, on the northern tip of the island of Sumatra.  "Some viewers guessed the man could be a member of the mythical Mante tribe, who are said to be forest dwellers.  "The motorcyclists were traveling down the track when they saw the bald man leap out of the trees. "The footages shows one of the bikers falling on the ground as the mystery figure runs away from the group. "One of the bikers continues down the track in pursuit of the skittish man, who jumps into the bushes by the side of the road. "The group stop at the spot where the man d…

Ogopogo of Okanagan Lake

Atlas Obscura has a cool new article up about Ogopogo, the monster of Okanagan Lake in Canada. It gives an overview of Ogopogo's description and some history of sightings of the cryptid:

"If Nessie ever makes a reappearance, she has a friend across the ocean in Lake Okanagan's Ogopogo, a Canadian counterpart to the famous Scottish lake monster. the monster with a warm friendly name is thought to lurk below the placid waters of the lake in British Columbia, and apparently pops up every once in a while, giving plenty of fodder for cryptozoologists.  "Envisioned as a long, dark sea serpent with many humps, Ogopogo has been elusive in the last few years but over time there have been several accounts of visitors catching a glimpse of movement in the lake, with humps appearing briefly above the water. Records of Ogopogo go back as far as 1872, and it was written about in a local newspaper in 1926 when people in nearly 30 cars reported seeing a creature in the lake. This wa…

Crypto-Kid: Ronald L. Murphy Jr. Tonight

Airing tonight at 8 pm on WCJV Radio - Colin Schneider's Crypto-Kid, with guest Ron Murphy Jr. Here is some more info on tonight's show from Colin:

"Join me tonight at 8 pm EST for a new Crypto-Kid episode live on WCJV Digital Broadcasting. Tonight's guest is Ronald Murphy. Ron is a seasoned investigator from Pennsylvania and author of over 10 books. We will be discussing Ron's unique aspect of research and his books. Make sure you don't miss this one! Listen in and join the chatroom at http://www.wcjvradio.com/live.html."
Be sure to check out Crypto-Kid tonight!



-I will be on the show next Monday, April 3-

Check out the Crypto-Kid Facebook page and Colin's blog.

Idaho Motorist Crashes Because of Bigfoot

A new report is circulating the news sites, claiming that a woman in Idaho hit a deer with her car because she saw a Sasquatch in the rear-view mirror.

"MOSCOW, Idaho - A northern Idaho woman told police she crashed into a deer because she was distracted by a sasquatch in her rearview mirror. "The Moscow-Pullman Daily News reports that the 50-year-old Tensed woman was driving south on U.S. Highway 95 on Wednesday when she struck a deer near Potlatch. "The woman told Benewah County Sheriff's officials that she saw a sasquatch chasing a deer on the side of the road while driving. She says she checked one of her mirrors to get a second look at the beast and when she looked up, the deer ran in front of her. "Sheriff's officials marked the incident as a vehicle versus deer collision but did not report any evidence of Bigfoot."
Now this story may just be true, since Bigfoots have been reported many times hunting deer…

Mountain Monsters - New Season in April!

Coming to Destination America April 8th is season 5 of Mountain Monsters. I don't know if this season will be a "Bigfoot Edition" or not, but I'm assuming it will be since the last two have been, and they are still going against the "Rouge Team."

Check out two promo clips for the new season below:


Upcoming Radio Show Appearance

A heads up to all readers of TCZ - on April 3, I will be the guest on Colin Schneider's show Crypto-Kid! The show is live from 8-9 p.m. on WCJV Radio.

This coming Monday Colin will have Ron Murphy on the show. You can check out Colin's blog here, and the Crypto-Kid Facebook page here.

Black Panther in Derbyshire, England

The Derby Telegraphis reporting on a sighting of a black panther in Derbyshire, England…



"A wildlife expert says the potential sighting of a black panther off the A38 should be taken 'very seriously'.  "The animal was spotted by dad-of-three Matt Chambers who says he was driving back from work when he saw 'the biggest cat I have seen in my life' in a field on the Derbyshire border between Egginton and Stretton. "The black cat was spotted not far away from the River Dove. It is the latest in a long string of sightings reported in the Derbyshire area over the past decade. "And Danny Bamping, from the British Big Cat Society, said it was likely Mr Chambers's eyes were not deceived. "Mr Bamping argued the availability of big cats for sale as pets in stores like Harrods in London until the mid-1970s, and also to US aircrews as far back as the Second World War, meant there was indeed a black panther on the loose. "He said: 'During the Se…

Crypto-Kid - Brian Parsons Tonight

The second episode of Colin Schneider's Crypto-Kid podcast is airing live tonight at 8 pm on WCJV Radio.  Tonight's guest is Brian Parsons. Ron Murphy was going to be on but had to cancel, so he will be on next week.

Some more info from the Crypto-Kid Facebook page:

"Due to unforseen circumstances, Ronald Murphy had to reschedule for tonight's episode. He will be on the show next week. Instead, I am happy to announce that Dr. Brian Parsons is going to come on the show. Brian is the host of another WCJV show called Paranormal News Insider. We will talk about some of Parson's work and his opinions on various cryptozoological topics."


***As a side note, I will be on the show in two weeks!***

Cryptid Culture #5

Available now is Cryptid Culture Magazine Issue 5, featuring an awesome Ahool on the cover!

The new issue includes articles on the dobhar-chu, fairies and cryptids, SasWhat, the Van Meter Visitor, sea monsters, the Green River Monster, and more, from contributors such as David Weatherly, Colin Schneider, Mark Matzke, Robert Robinson, Scott Marlow, etc.

You can get the new Cryptid Culture here.

Check out the website or Facebook.

Book Review: Beyond Boggy Creek by Lyle Blackburn

It's time for the first review of a cryptozoology book from 2017! And I was not disappointed with the one I read first - Lyle Blackburn'sBeyond Boggy Creek: In Search of the Southern Sasquatch.

As you can probably tell from the title, this book is a sort of follow-up to Blackburn's 2012 book, The Beast of Boggy Creek, about the Fouke Monster. While this new book starts out going over some more recent occurrences around Fouke, Blackburn also expands to other states in the south, and there are many tales of "wooly boogers," "swamp apes," and other mysterious, ape-like monsters, like the Honey Island Swamp Monster, skunk ape, Lake Worth Monster, etc.

Some of the cryptid tales in this book took place many years ago - as far back as the 1800s - while some have occurred very recently. Blackburn uses this to show that sightings of Bigfoots in the south go back to Native American times, and continue to today. That in itself shows that there is probably somethin…

The Red Fairy Man of Transylvania

I'm currently reading Janet Bord's book Fairies: Real Encounters with Little Peopleand I came across this account in it, which is quite interesting. It occurred in Transylvania in 1883:

"Mrs A.G., of Szemerja, coming home last Friday night, found a little red man sitting by the oven: the moon shone on the oven, and the outline of the little man could therefore be distinctly seen: his size was about that of a man's arm; a black cap crowned his head, his dress was red; his face and hands covered with hair. The woman's blood ran cold, as she stood staring at the strange being, who sat immovable in the moonlight: after some time, the creature advanced a few steps and disappeared. The night was spent in prayer; and in the morning she scrubbed the place where the little man had sat with garlic, and fumigated the whole place: but all in vain, for that very night the little red man sat by the oven again. As the woman entered the room, he approached her; when (either actua…

More on Bunyip Bones

A while ago I put up a post about a possible Bunyip skull found in 1846. While the skull was examined by multiple scientists, they each concluded that it was something different, thus it is likely that it was not readily identifiable. But the skull, however, may not be the only physical remains of a bunyip ever found.

In 1818, nearly 30 years before the strange skull was found, Hamilton Hume and James Meehan found some odd bones at Lake Bathurst, in New South Wales, Australia. They described the bones as like those of a hippo or a manatee. The Philosophical Society of Australia offered to reimburse Hume for any costs of capturing a live specimen of the animal, but he never returned to the lake where he and Meehan found the bones.

Some other, fossilized bones were found by George Rankin and Thomas Mitchell in the Wellington Caves in 1830. The bones were of "some quadruped much larger than the ox or buffalo." Reverend John Dunmore Land announced that the bones were "conv…

Crypto-Kid - The Podcast

In January, Ron Murphy, Jr. and my friend Colin Schneider started a podcast called Inside the Goblin Universe on Paranormal UK Radio. It was going good for awhile, until Colin was suddenly booted off of the podcast for a stupid reason by the people that run PAUK. He told me what happened afterwards, but that's not important here.

What is important, however, is that Colin is now going to have a new podcast - starting tomorrow, March 13th! The new show is going to be called Crypto-Kid (same as his blog) and will air live from 8pm to 9pm EST on Mondays. It's tagline on WCJV broadcasting, out of Youngstown, New York, is "A fresh look at cryptozoology." Being friends with Colin, I know that is what he brings to research. Sometimes he will have guests on and sometimes it will just be him, and since all the shows are live, people can call in to share stories and opinions. It's also nice that it's on at an earlier hour (especially for me, because I'll actually be…

Killing Bigfoot: "Swamp Beast"

A new Killing Bigfoot is on tonight, still following the staged adventures of the Gulf Coast Bigfoot Research Organization as they attempt to kill  one of the marauding man-monsters that we are supposed to believe are constantly terrorizing people in the south.

Tonight's episode is "Swamp Beast:"

"Jessica and her physically challenged husband Bret live in a heavily wooded area of Texas. They say they're being terrorized by Bigfoot pounding on the walls of their house, and screaming and wailing in the night. Bret also believes he saw a huge Bigfoot run in front of his car, and so he calls GCBRO to try and locate the creature that is frightening them. The team finds tracks around the house, including a huge handprint in the mud that's twice the size of a human hand. The final night hunt of the season sends GCBRO in search of a giant, rogue Bigfoot."
And apparently this is the season finale.

It also bugs me that in the descriptions it always says they &quo…

Ilkley Moor Big Cat

A new photo has emerged that was taken at Ilkley Moor, in Yorkshire, England. Those who research the unexplained will know Ilkley Moor is famous in this type of stuff for the photo of a supposed alien taken there on December 1, 1987. The new photo isn't of an alien though, at least not of the extraterrestrial type. This time, an alien big cat has been photographed on the moor.

Billy Holmes was visiting Ilkley Moor last Friday when he and others spotted what they say was a big cat. "I was walking across the Cow and Calf area as it was a beautiful day, and there was this animal that was for more muscular than anything I had seen before," he said. "It was sort of lurking about and then got away as we got closer."

He continued: "I reckon we were about 20 meters away and we saw some markings that were similar to that of a leopard or snow leopard. It literally looked like a huge cat. A group of men also saw it who were closer and were just as confused as us.&quo…

"The Gate" April 2017

Got this in the mail the other day… The latest issue of "The Gate to Strange Phenomena." Covers recent things about UFOs, cryptozoology, paranormal stuff, etc, etc…


Evidence for Bigfoot - An Essay

For our freshman project in school last year, a friend and I decided to do an examination of evidence that points to the existence of the Sasquatch in North America. Part of the project was writing an essay on whatever subject we chose, so of course mine was on evidence for Bigfoot. Now I've decided to post my essay on here, so others with an interest in Bigfoot can read it. So feel free to comment what you think about it below!


 (Originally written in April 2016)
Evidence for Bigfoot By Tyler Houck

For hundreds of years, there have been claims that a giant creature, thought to be some sort of ape, has been seen throughout North America. There are those who believe that "Bigfoot" or "Sasquatch" is a real creature and those who believe that the whole thing's a hoax. Most people would probably side with the latter category, but there is a large amount of evidence that points to an unknown animal living in North America. The main reason most people will say th…

The Loch Ness Monster and M.A.S.K.

I was looking online at an old M.A.S.K. comic and I found something quite interesting! For those who may not know, M.A.S.K. was an '80s toy brand, with a TV show/comic etc like mostly all of the other things had. Some of the comics came with the toys, and in the second of them, called "A Monster from V.E.N.O.M.," I found something cryptozoology related!



In the comic, Matt Trakker, Bruce Sato, Dusty Hayes, and Brad Turner (all M.A.S.K. agents), battle a "Loch Ness Monster" in Diablo Cannon that is being mind controlled by V.E.N.O.M. Dusty and Brad also battle Sly Rax of V.E.N.O.M. and eventually fool him into thinking the monster is after him using Brad's Hocus Pocus mask that creates holograms of things, after they freeze the real monster.

Just thought this was interesting (especially to me, since M.A.S.K. is probably my favorite '80s toyline), as it is always cool to see cryptozoology integrated into other things.

Some Stupid Stories about the Lake Worth Monster

In 1969, one of the most famous Bigfoot "flaps" occurred around Lake Worth, located near Fort Worth, Texas. People in the area reported seeing a tall, white haired, something, which supposedly jumped on cars, threw tires, and even grabbed a man sleeping in the back of his truck one night until he shoved a chicken at it, which it grabbed in its mouth, and then swam across Lake Worth to Greer Island. Some said the creature looked like a white Bigfoot, while others said it looked like, as the newspapers would call it, a "fishy goat-man."

There were several theories as to what the monster really was other than those mentioned above. Some said the 7-foot tall, (thought to be) 300 pound monster was a bobcat (!), while others screamed hoax! Over the years, there have been several people who have come forward and said that they were the monster, some saying they used a faceless gorilla costume, and others saying they used a tinfoil mask or hang goat skins in trees about p…

The Mysterious (And Missing) Bunyip Skull

The main thing that can never really be found in regard to cryptids is hard, physical proof. But, there may have been proof of one certain water monster found in the mid-1800s.

The cryptid in question is the Bunyip, an Australian water monster of varying description. The Geelong Advertiser described the creature in July 1845:

"The bunyip, then, is represented as uniting the characteristics of a bird and of an alligator. It has a head resembling an emu, with a long bill, at the extremity of which is a transverse projection on each side, with serrated edges like the bone of a stingray. Its body and legs partake of the nature of the alligator. The hind legs are remarkably thick and strong, and the fore legs are much longer, but still of great strength. The extremities are furnished with long claws, and the blacks say its usual method of killing its prey is by hugging it to death. When in the water is swims like a frog, and when on shore it walks on its hind legs with its head erect,…

Fairies: Real Encounters with Little People

Received in the mail today - Janet Bord's book Fairies: Real Encounters with Little People. Below is the book description:
"An impossibly tiny shoe found in Ireland... Fairy dust discovered on Mount Shasta, California... The wonderous sighting of a winged woman inside a rose... "They have frightened adults, enchanted children, and wreaked so much havoc that homes have been abandoned. Now dramatic proof reveals the real-life existence of fairies, dwarves, gnomes, pixies, brownies, and elves. This fascinating investigation presents tangible evidence that 'Little People' exist and lifts the veil of mystery around these legendary creatures. "Author Janet Bord has examined ancient records as well as modern accounts of these strange, seemingly magical beings. Carefully sifting hoaxes and cables from documented sightings, she presents the lazing facts she has uncovered, including:
"Startling information on the UFO connection
"Dramatic testimony about the…

Killing Bigfoot: "Backwoods Bigfoot"

New tonight on Destination America - Killing Bigfoot. Tonight's new episode is "Backwoods Bigfoot."

"GCBRO member Don goes on a local TV show to reach out to the public to come forward with their Bigfoot sightings in the Mississippi area. GCBRO receives a report from a frightened rural family that claims Bigfoot killed several of their dogs and even attacked a young man. The team to meets Minnie and her family in a rural farming community, where they will conduct a series of night hunts to get to the bottom of the attacks. The hunt is one when another one of the owner's dogs goes missing. A hair sample is brought to Bigfoot forensics expert M.K. Davis."
All of you will be glad to know that I still haven't watched an episode of this show. 😎

Also I'm pretty sure no one out there is a "bigfoot forensics expert" since the species isn't "proven to exist" yet. Though I really don't know that much about M.K. Davis except that h…

The Flying Monster of Chernobyl

On April 26, 1986, the Chernobyl nuclear plant in the Ukraine suffered a steam explosion and melted down, and now the area isn't safe for habituation and won't be for about another 20,000 years.

What does this have to do with cryptozoology, you may ask? The answer, possibly, is a lot. And you will now learn why...

Mostly everyone who researches cryptozoology, UFOs, etc knows about the Mothman, famously seen from 1966 to 1967 in and around Point Pleasant, West Virginia, USA. The Mothman was seen for thirteen months in conjunction with UFOs, Men in Black, and many other odd things. Then, on December 15, 1967, the Silver Bridge, spanning the Ohio River and connecting the Buckeye State to WV, collapsed. After that, all the odd occurrences ceased. Many blame the Mothman for the disaster, or say its appearances the 13 months leading to the collapse were an omen of doom.

Now, what does this have to do with Chernobyl? The answer is that, at the time leading up to the disaster, there w…

Book Review: Still in Search of Prehistoric Survivors by Karl Shuker

In late 2016, Karl Shuker's book Still in Search of Prehistoric Survivors: The Creatures that Time Forgot? was published. It is an updated edition of his 1995 book In Search of Prehistoric Survivors, but is almost like a new book in itself. Whereas the 1995 PS is close to 200 pages, SISPS comes to around 600! It's a truely massive book, and one that should not be overlooked by those with an interest in cryptozoology.

While being close to 600 pages long, the book only has 5 chapters (plus forwards, introduction, stop press etc), each focusing on a different type of potential prehistoric survivor. Chapter one focuses on dinosaurs and creatures of that sort, like mokele-mbembe, "river dinosaurs" in the USA, a strange stegosaur-esque carvings on a Cambodian temple, the Partridge Creek Monster, etc, etc. Chapter two is all about flying things, from pterosaurs to teratorns. Chapter three focuses on aquatic cryptids that may be prehistoric survivors, featuring of course man…

Linking Australia's Burrunjor to Known Dinosaurs

One of the most interesting aspects of cryptozoology is the prospect of surviving dinosaurs. Australia is said to be home to one of these creatures, which is known as the burrunjor. But could it really be there? While it could be possible, it would probably seem very unlikely to most that a dinosaur that size could be hiding in Australia. That, and the fact that it would have to have survived there for tens or hundreds of millions of years.

The burrunjor is said to be a theropod dinosaur similar in appearance to something t-rex-esque, usually said to be around 20-30 feet long. Some say it can be 20 feet in height as well, though I doubt that if it is 20-ish feet long. But are there any known, prehistoric dinosaurs that fit its description from Australia? The answer - yes.

AUSTRALOVENATOR

Australovenator is the first of Australia's dinosarus we will look at. It lived during the mid-cretaceous period (about 95 mya) and was a member of the megaraptora family of dinosaurs. These were la…