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"Efforts to Prove Fairies, 'Little People", Continue"

From The Tribune-Review (not sure where - if anyone knows, let me know!) of October 31st, 1967…

"CENTURIES-OLD BELIEFS -  "Efforts To Prove Fairies, 'Little People', Continue "NEW YORK (UPI) - The spirit of Halloween is centuries old but the efforts to prove existence of the 'little people' come right up to the 20th century. "In England and Scotland, it is still believed that the hobgoblin (goblin of the hob or hearth) lives in the house and sweeps the floor, scours the pots and tidies the kitchen. But if his supper is not left for him on Halloween, he will scatter the ashes all over and upset the cooking. "In Scandinavia, common tradition has it that if the elves mysteries, compiled evidence that elves and hobgoblins haven't been allowed to take grain and milk, they'll exchange an elf baby for a human one. "Fairy Tale "The story goes that a farm couple who refused supplies to the tiny spirits woke one dawn to a great outburst…

The Walhonding "Ape"

In 1919, it was reported that two men, C. H. Hood and R. B. Gauly, saw an "ape" near Walhonding, Ohio. The ape was "hiding in a dense thicket not far from the railroad track." The two said that the creature was sitting on its haunches and eating something.

The two had no weapons, so they just watched the animal until it started to leave. They followed it a little ways, at one point throwing a rock at it, causing them to be "answered with loud, intensified chattering."

The men were "satisfied without a doubt that the animal was an ape" and told their story in Walhonding and Coshocton. Other reports soon came in, saying that the ape was seen by Paul Branfield near Barnhill and by others in Tuscarawas County.

Later, however, Hood said that the animal they saw was definitely not an ape, but only a groundhog! Was he just trying to calm people down who were terrified to even let their children go outside, or was the whole thing a big hoax, and they re…

Sea Serpent Blunders and a Certain Snake

During the summer of 1817, many sightings of a gigantic sea serpent were reported in Gloucester Harbor, Massachusetts, USA. Sightings in the area may go back all the way to 1638, when John Josselyn reported that he was told of "a sea serpent, or snake, that lay quoiled [sic] up like a cable upon the rock at Cape Ann."

In August of 1817, sightings really took off. Many people around Gloucester Harbor reported seeing the serpent. One example comes from shipmaster Solomon Allen III:

"His head formed something like the head of a rattlesnake, but nearly as large as the head of a horse. When he moved on the surface of the water his motion was slow, at times playing in circles, and sometimes moving straight forward."
About a month after the initial sightings, two boys found something strange at Loblolly Cove. Their father, says R.T. Gould in his book The Case for the Sea-Serpent, attacked it with a  pitchfork and killed it. They were all astonished because the snake had …

"13-Foot Snowman 'Spotted' in Vietnam"

I found the following news snippet on a CD of old news articles on cryptids sent to me by Brian and Terrie Seech:

"13-Foot Snowman 'Spotted' In Vietnam "SAIGON, March 10 (UPI) - South Vietnam has its own version of the abominable snowman, the legendary creature who haunts the high mountains of the Himalayas. "A Salgon newspaper, the Daily News, reported today that the Vietnamese 'monster' is 13 feet tall - but friendly. He lives in a mountain cave and runs away whenever approached."
And that's it. If anyone else knows more information on this, please let me know!

Crypto-Kid Show - Archived

Last month I was on Colin Schneider's Crypto-Kid show for the second time. The first time I was on in April we had some technical difficulties, so the show did not get archived. Things went well the second time, though, and you can listen to the archived show on Mixcloud.
Or, you can listen to the show on YouTube...

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Part 5

Let me know what you think!

"First Verified Footage" of Extant Thylacine?

The Australian is reporting on video footage that purportedly shows a thylacine (aka Tasmanian tiger).

The article says:

"An animal captured on a grainy video has a 'one in three chance' of being a thylacine, according to wildlife expert asked to verify the image. "The footage was released earlier today [Sept. 6] by three men who said they believed it was 'the first verified footage' of a thylacine since the last known of the species was filmed in captivity in 1932. "'I don't think it's a thylacine - I know it is a thylacine,' said Adrian 'Richo' Richardson, a retired soldier who has been searching for the Tasmanian tiger for 26 years. "However, an independent verification by experience wildlife biologist Nick Mooney found the animal, filmed at a distance by and automatic camera trap, was most likely not a thylacine. "'I am happy to suggest that based on this limited analysis of the film, there is perhaps a one in th…

The Zuiyo-Maru "Plesiosaur" Carcass

The Zuiyo-Maru, a Japanese fishing boat, trawled up a gigantic animal carcass off the coast of Christchurch, New Zealand, in April 1977. The crew brought the remains on deck and it examined it. It weighed about four thousand pounds, and Michihiko Yano, assistant preduction manager of the ship, determined that it was 33 feet long. Yano also took photographs of the carcass.

The creature appeared to have a long neck and snakelike head. None of the crew of the Zuiyo-Maru could identify it, though some that it could be a rotting whale, despite its "unwhale-like appearance."

The stinking carcass was thrown overboard as to not spoil their catch of fish, though Yano took samples of a "horny fiber" from the creature's fins. The remains gained a lot of media attention in Japan, focusing on the plesiosaur-like appearance. But it was excitement over nothing.

The "horny fiber" recovered by Yano was tested on, and the Zuiyo-Maru carcass was proven to be nothing mor…

Woman Creates a "Bigfoot Spray" She Says Will Work

Yep, you read that right.

A North Carolina woman says she has created a "Bigfoot spray" to attract the elusive cryptid.

The Bangor Daily News reports:

"CHARLOTTE, North Carolina - The nation's endless search for proof of Bigfoot's existence may soon come to an end. "Allie Megan Webb has home brewed a spray that she says can attract any Bigfoot withing a mile and a half. "Sold at $7 a bottle, the 'environmentally friendly' Bigfoot Juice also doubles as bug spray, said Webb, who runs Happy Body Care out of Marion. She created it sitting at  her kitchen table.  "'How do you know it works?' Webb asked, laughing. 'That's a tough question. I guess I could ask how do you know it doesn't work?'  "There is anecdotal proof her spray does, in fact, attract a Bigfoot. "Field tests have been done, she said, and they include a recent outing by the research group Bigfoot 911, in which a Bigfoot sighting was reported. It …

"Sea Monster" Beached After Hurricane in Texas

A dead "sea monster" has been washed ashore in Texas after Hurricane Harvey.

Photos of the carcass have been making rounds on the internet as of late and people were wondering what the heck it was.
BBC News reports:
"A mysterious fanged sea creature that washed up on a beach in Texas following Hurricane Harvey has been identified. "Preeti Desai found the decaying fish on a beach in Texas City, and asked Twitter for help. "She posted several photos with the caption: 'Okay, biology twitter, what the heck is this?' "Her request was passed to biologist and eel specialist Dr Kenneth Tighe, who believes it is a fangtooth snake-eel. "He said it may also be a garden or conger eel, because 'all three of these species occur off Texas and have large fang-like teeth.' "It is thought that Hurricane Harvey, which brought strong winds and flooding to Texas, could explain why the creature was washed up. "The fangtooth snake-eel, also known a…

LNM Sightings "On Course to Hit Ten-Year High"

The Glasgow Evening Times reported on September 5th that Loch Ness Monster sightings are "on course to hit a ten-year high."

The article reads:

"Sightings of the world's favorite legendary monster are heading for a ten-year high after being spotted six times in the past five months alone. "The findings come from The Official Loch Ness Monster Sightings Register which says Nessie is usually spotted six times over the course of a full year. "The most sightings recorded in the last ten years are seven in 2016. "This year, though, the very first sighting came on April 28 when a Ms Cairney from Dunbartonshire was at the loch with three friends when they saw a 20-meter long series of waves move 'at about 5mph' along the surface 500m out. "'It came out of nowhere and then disappeared the same way - they have confirmed there was no boat traffic in the area,' says the report. "With one sighting reported in May, and three in June, the …

Book Review: The Owlman and Others by Jon Downes

In 1976, sightings of a truly strange being began. Since that time, it has become known as the Owlman. The creature has been seen in Cornwall, England, an area that has also had many sightings of the sea monster called Morgawr and mystery cat reports.

Jon Downes, director of the Centre for Fortean Zoology covers all this and more in his book The Owlman and Others. The book follows his research into the subject and also focuses a lot on the "Wizard of the Western World," Tony "Doc" Shiels, who is a key player in the Owlman and Morgawr sagas.

Jon includes accounts of the Owlman, how it could be connected to Tony Shiels and/or witchcraft, sightings of Morgawr and photographs purporting to show it, and lots of other odd things that went on in the Cornwall area at the same time like ABCs, UFOs, and poltergeist activity. He also writes about some of the odd things that sometimes happen to investigators of the strange like "psychic backlash." Links to other Owl…

Lots of New Books

Got a lot of cool new books recently…

The Owlman and Others by Jon Downes…

Wood Knocks: Journal of Sasquatch Research Volume 2 by David Weatherly….

Sea Monster Carcasses - Scotland by Glen Vaudrey...

Does Champ Exist? by Gary S. Mangiacopra and Dwight G. Smith...

And Diana: Her True Story - In Her Own Words by Andrew Morton

Nick Redfern's "Shapeshifters" - Coming Very Soon

Nick Redfern's book Shapeshifters: Morphing Monsters and Changing Cryptidswill be published in a week…

"Shapeshifters are real. "You're about to meet them, in all their savage and sinister glory. "While most people think of shape shifters as little more than the werewolves and vampires of mythology and pop culture, the truth is much more fascinating. And dangerous. Shapeshifters are real, they come in all kinds and sizes, and they have existed for countless millennia. This thrilling guide invites you to meet each of them… if you dare. "Shapeshifters presents a menagerie of otherworldly creatures and half-human monsters, from were-cats to blood-suckers to aliens. Discover legends and lore from around the world and experience first-hand encounters with shape-changing beasts that lurk in the night. Nick Redfern takes you deep into their domain, opening your eyes to paranormal secrets and cryptozoological wonders. Just be sure to keep some silver bullets close…