Archive for the 'Weird' Category

Weird Wednesday: Bigfoot in Utah

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

In honor of the Sundance Film Festival, which is happening in Park City, Utah, right now, I am posting a Special Edition of Bigfoot Sightings. This week we visit Utah for our Bigfoot encounter. The sighting took place in January 2008 in Millard County, near the town of Scipio.

I talked to the witness on the phone for about an hour and he described what he called “a hell of an experience.” He told me he used to drive truck all over the United States. He told me that when he had his experience he was carrying a load of potatoes from Idaho. He was on I-15 southbound toward Saint George, Utah. At around 1:30 to 2:00 a.m. the witness was going up an incline on the road and drove into a small patch of fog and turned his fog lights on. The fog wasn’t heavy at first, but as he reached the top of the hill and dropped from tenth gear down into ninth gear, the fog got heavy. At about this time he noticed the reflection of something’s eyes – he thought a deer – off to the side of the road, and he turned his bright lights on.

At this point in our conversation the witness told me he had always been skeptical about bigfoots. He’s an avid hunter and spends about eighty percent of his free time hunting and fishing, but had never run across a bigfoot or any evidence of one – and thus didn’t think they existed. But, the witness said that when he put his lights on bright, even though he didn’t want to believe it, he was seeing a “bigfoot, sasquatch, or whatever you want to call it.” It went striding across the road – from the witness’s left to his right – with big, long strides. The witness almost hit the creature and had to swerve to the middle of the freeway to miss it. He somewhat lost control of his truck, and almost wrecked the truck. He managed to get his truck back under control and, after about another 200 to 300 yards, pulled off to the side of the road and came to a complete stop. He kept looking back in his mirrors – not wanting to believe what he had just seen. He says “it scared the hell out of me” and he says his thought at the time was “I’m getting the hell out of here.”The witness then drove away from the scene, scared and shook up. He says, “I was probably one of the biggest skeptics.”

Thanks to the BFRO, the Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization. Here is an excerpt from the investigator’s report.

Another Great Bigfoot Sighting, This One in Washington State

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011

Riding horses in the woods of Lewis County, Washington State, a couple were taken by surprise by a large, bipedal creature. Read this Bigfoot report.

Weird Wednesday: Bigfoot Search to be Conducted by Scientists in China

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

All around the world, people have had sightings of Bigfoot, and China is no different. Read all about preparations for an ambitious expedition by Chinese scientists. The difference between a North American Bigfoot Expedition and a Chinese Bigfoot expedition is that Chinese scientists are involved in the effort! Read an excerpt from an amazing news report:

Chinese scientists are considering launching a high-profile search for an ape-like Bigfoot creature in central China’s Hubei province, nearly 30 years after the last organized expedition to seek the legendary beast in the early 1980s.

Scientists are hoping the expedition could end the long-running debate on the existence of the creature, according to Wang Shancai, a 75-year-old expert with the Hubei Provincial Institute of Cultural Relics and Archaeology. He is also the vice president of the Hubei Wild Man Research Association — organizer of the expedition.

Located deep in the remote mountains in Hubei, Shennongjia Nature Reserve has long been rumored to be the home of the elusive creature known in China as the “Yeren,” or “Wild man.” It is also referred to as “Bigfoot” after the legendary North American ape-man.

More than 400 people have claimed Bigfoot sightings in the Shennongjia area since last century, but no hard evidence has been found to prove its existence.

A great compilation of news, photos and video on the Chinese Bigfoot effort

Another news report on China and Bigfoot

Weird Wednesday: Bigfoot Videotaped in North Carolina

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

Here’s a very persuasive video shot by a man named Mike Greene, who is convinced he saw a Bigfoot in North Carolina. Greene, who once was employed as a former chief of fraud investigation in New Jersey, says he saw the creature in the Uwharrie National Forest. Here is the Bigfoot video. What do you think?

Weird Wednesday: True Ghost Stories

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

Do you believe in ghosts? I do. I’ve seen one myself and I know folks in my neighborhood whose homes have ghosts.

My ghost story took place about 10 years ago. I was in an old house in my neighborhood of Jamaica Plain playing a board game on a coffeetable with my hosts. I felt a cat slink by my leg and then scoot under the table. It never saw it re-emerge on the other side. I asked my hosts if they had a cat and they said no. Here’ s what I saw: a moving smudge. It was dark but had no distinct shape. But it definitely did that unmistakable cat-slinky thing on my leg.

Anyway, here are some true ghost stories from my region of the world — New England. And, if you are so moved, you can even join the New England Paranormal group and help hunt down ghosts.

Weird Wednesday: An Amazing Bigfoot Sighting — in Tennessee

Wednesday, August 11th, 2010

By now, you’ve realized — to your dismay — that Yours Truly is obsessed with Bigfoot. This morning I read about a sighting that happened just a few weeks ago (July 16)  near Lebanon, Tennessee. Here is an excerpt and then here is a link to the full Bigfoot report.

I, my dad, my son, and his friend went up to our farm in Wilson County to do some bush hogging and prepare our deer stands for the upcoming season. The kids asked if they could walk the logging road to see if they could see any deer or turkeys while me and my dad bush hogged the fields. About 20 minutes went by and I see my son and his friend running towards the tractor out of breath. “Dad, I don’t care if you believe me or not but what we just saw…I never want to see again!”…. He said it was between 7-8ft tall, had blackish/brown, almost like a turkeys feather color when the sun is not shining on its feathers, and had HUGE muscles showing through the fur. He especially noticed how broad the shoulders were and how muscular the arms were.

Weird Wednesday: A Bigfoot Sighting in Washington State

Wednesday, July 7th, 2010

Apropos of absolutely nothing, I bring you yet another lively report of a Bigfoot sighting. This one is an oldie but a goodie. A woman saw a strange being near Highway 525, Whidbey Island, in Washington back in the spring of 1976.

I spent the night at a friend’s house. I decided to walk down an old logging road to the country store to get a cup of coffee. The sun was just beginning to shine through the forest in foggy streaks. As I walked across a crossroads, I turned my head left and looked down about 200 feet. There, walking out of the forest, was a tall human-like creature. With the sun hitting its backside, I could see it had brown reddish hair that came from its forehead back down its whole body. The hair was long, 8 or 10 inches and matted. It turned its head, its neck about human length. It did not have to turn its body to see me. Its face was black and I could not make out any details. It had a long stride — one step onto the middle of the road, the next into the edge of the forest. It was very tall and thin. Its arms swung out below its knees as it walked straight and upright like a human. I froze in fear and ran back home in the opposite direction. When I told anyone they just laughed. Even the game warden. But a year later he saw me fishing and told me he got another report 8 miles west with the same description.

And here’s a follow-up report by Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization Investigator David W. Ellis:

Although the early morning encounter happened over 34 years ago, the witness recalled details like it was yesterday. She was very calm and did not embellish but was obviously very struck by what she saw. She was rebuffed by friends at the telling of her encounter. But that did not stop her from reporting the incident to the game warden stationed at nearby South Whidbey Island State Park. She was told that nobody had ever reported any such creature to the park ranger. She said it was with great relief, one year later, that the same game warden informed her that another party reported seeing something that fit the description of the creature, not more than 8 miles away.

Whidbey Island has changed much over the last 34 years. The landscape is much different from when this sighting took place. New housing has penetrated the forested land. That being said, at the time of her sighting there was much cover, wildlife and numerous fresh water ponds providing good habitat.

Another Amazing Bigfoot Sighting

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

Near Platoro, Colorado, last year, an experienced hunter came across a creature the likes of which he’d never seen before:

In early June of this year I was riding my four-wheeler above jasper, colorado, at about 7:00 in the morning. I had stopped to rest at the logging block, when I heard a loud howling noise. There was no wind that day, and I could not focus in on the source. I had seen a lot of sheep on Cornwall mountain on the way up so I figured it was a dog or the sheep herder…. I was loading everything back on the bike,when I heard the same sound again, only this time it was much louder. I zeroed in on it and my heart stopped. Slightly below my logging road and to my right  I observed a very large dirty black man-like creature with his hands around an aspen tree. It was leaning a little to the right and staring at me. I stood very still and never took my eyes off of it. After about seven or eight minutes it turned and simply walked off down the hill. I will add that I am a 30 year archery hunter, and have successfully tagged bears in this same unit. This was no bear. It was large and shaggy looking.

Amazing! Here are further details on this Bigfoot sighting.

The Biggest April Fool’s Jokes of Our Time

Thursday, April 1st, 2010

By now you’ve seen the Google April Fool’s hoax and perhaps someone’s already left plastic dog poop on your front steps. How could I possibly compete? By revisiting some of the most outrageous April Fool’s jokes of our time:

The Left-Handed Whopper
In 1998 Burger King published a full-page advertisement in USA Today announcing the introduction of a new item to their menu: a “Left-Handed Whopper” specially designed for the 32 million left-handed Americans. According to the advertisement, the new whopper included the same ingredients as the original Whopper (lettuce, tomato, hamburger patty, etc.), but all the condiments were rotated 180 degrees for the benefit of their left-handed customers. The following day Burger King issued a follow-up release revealing that although the Left-Handed Whopper was a hoax, thousands of customers had gone into restaurants to request the new sandwich.

The Body of Nessie Found
On March 31 1972, a team of zoologists from Yorkshire’s Flamingo Park Zoo, who were at Loch Ness searching for proof of Nessie’s existence, found a mysterious carcass floating in the Loch. Initial reports claimed it weighed a ton and a half and was 15 ½ feet long. The zoologists placed the body in a van and began to transport it back to the zoo. However, the police chased down their truck and stopped it under a 1933 act of Parliament prohibiting the removal of “unidentified creatures” from Loch Ness. The body was then taken to nearby Dunfermline for examination. The discovery of the carcass received worldwide media attention. The British press dubbed it “Son of Nessie.” But upon examination, Edinburgh scientists identified the creature as a bull elephant seal from the South Atlantic. The next day John Shields, Flamingo Park’s education officer, confessed he had been responsible for the body. The bull elephant seal had died the week before at Dudley Zoo. He had shaved off its whiskers, padded its cheeks with stones, and kept it frozen for a week, before dumping it in the Loch and then phoning in a tip to make sure his colleagues found it. He had meant to play an April Fool’s prank on his colleagues, but admitted the joke got out of hand when the police chased down their van.

Dogs To Be Painted White
Politiken, a Copenhagen newspaper, reported in 1965 that the Danish parliament had passed a new law requiring all dogs to be painted white. The purpose of this, it explained, was to increase road safety by allowing dogs to be seen more easily at night.

Internet Spring Cleaning
In 1997 an email message spread throughout the world announcing that the Internet would be shut down for cleaning for 24 hours from March 31 until April 2. This cleaning was said to be necessary to clear out the “electronic flotsam and jetsam” that had accumulated in the network. During this period, users were warned to disconnect all devices from the Internet. This joke was an updated version of an old joke that used to be told about the phone system. For many years, gullible phone customers had been warned that the phone systems would be cleaned on April Fool’s Day. They were cautioned to place plastic bags over the ends of the phone to catch the dust that might be blown out of the phone lines during this period.

Providence Closes for the Day
Carolyn Fox, a disc jockey for WHJY in Providence, Rhode Island, announced in 1986 that the Providence Labor Action Relations Board Committee had decided to close the city for the day. She gave out a number for listeners to call for more information. The number was that of a rival station, WPRO-AM. Reportedly hundreds of people called WPRO, as well as City Hall and the police.

Weird Wednesday: A New Bigfoot Report

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

Every once in a while I visit the Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization website to read about the most recent Bigfoot sightings around the U.S. Here’s a great report of a Bigfoot sighting from a truck driver who saw the strange creature in the summer of 2009 near Richland Chambers Lake in Texas:

At precisely 1:30 a.m., on the 25th of August 2009, I was driving an 18-wheeler on CR.196 which runs off of FM.416 in Freestone County, Texas. I had just driven about 100 meters on an oil field lease road, when I spotted what I thought was a large Russian boar hog on the right side of the lease road about 75-100 feet in front of me. What really caught my eye was that it had a really big head covered with long, bushy hair. I’d been driving about 20 mph before I saw it, but as soon as I saw it, I slowed down to maybe 5 mph. At this time, it stood up on its hind legs and looked directly at me and growled at me….Then it ran on its hind legs like a human being, but faster than anything I’ve ever seen in my life, across the road in front of me, and into a tree line. I was in an 18-wheel Mack truck and this thing stood so tall as to look at me eye- to-eye. I’ve worked in the oil field for years and I’ve seen hogs of all sizes and breeds. Thousands of deer, and even black panthers. But this was something different, almost un-natural. I’ve never been more afraid in my life than during the time I saw it and while I was performing the job I was sent to do.