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[Poll] Have you ever had a paranormal experience?

By 826 PARANORMAL via Flickr.

By 826 PARANORMAL via Flickr.

In keeping with the tradition of Halloween, this week’s poll will be a short yes or no question: Have you ever had a paranormal experience? If the answer is yes, feel free to recount what happened in the comments.

Here are last week’s results:

Favorite Cryptid?

  • Reptilians (18%, 98 Votes)
  • Bigfoot (Sasquatch) (17%, 91 Votes)
  • Mothman (14%, 75 Votes)
  • Kraken (13%, 74 Votes)
  • Loch Ness Monster (8%, 43 Votes)
  • Chupacabra (8%, 42 Votes)
  • Jersey Devil (6%, 34 Votes)
  • Hellhound (5%, 30 Votes)
  • Yeti (5%, 26 Votes)
  • Goatman (3%, 17 Votes)
  • Giant Anaconda (1%, 8 Votes)
  • Grassman (1%, 7 Votes)
  • Shunka Warakin (1%, 6 Votes)

Total Voters: 551

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A Living Gnome Has Been Spotted in Pennsylvania

Reminds me of the story I wrote in 8th grade about a gnome who set traps throughout a forest to cut people’s feet off.

via Earth Files:

On Thursday, August 21, 2014, the following email was sent to Earthfiles with images taken by a Bolymedia hunting camera sensitive to heat and movement. The sender, Keith Sniadach (SNY-dack) from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, gave me permission to reprint his email and images.

August 21, 2014

Hello Ms. Howe,

My name is Keith Sniadach. I am an author, screenwriter and researcher from Pittsburgh. My writing is geared toward the paranormal/supernatural. (You can go to Amazon and type my name in the search bar to see my books).

I’m writing to ask if you have had any reports come in of any gnomes/trolls or any other mythological and/or cryptid forest creatures like a brownie in the northeast U.S. — particularly Western Pennsylvania.

The reason is because I have a cabin north of Pittsburgh in the mountains of Western Pennsylvania where I enjoy the summer months.

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Lizard Men, Reptoids, and Sleestaks: The Fear and Awe of Reptilian Humanoids

PIC: SunofErat (CC)

PIC: SunofErat (CC)

Probably like a lot of you, I grew up fairly obsessed with dinosaurs. There’s something improbable about these things that appeal to the imagination of children. The idea that not terribly long ago the Earth was dominated by animals that mirror in so many ways the dragons and other monsters of myth and fairy tale is somewhat magical: It’s as if the grown-ups who taught us about dinosaurs- teachers, scientists and others – have said, “Dragons and ogres and trolls are all make-believe, but we’ve not taken away all the monsters. Take heart: Here’s a nice book full of ferocious-looking beasts that’s okay for you to believe in. Study, even.”

One of my first experiences with dinosaurs in pop culture was watching Sid and Marty Krofft’s live action Saturday morning children’s show The Land of the Lost, a series chronicling the adventures of patriarch Rick Marshall, and his children, Will and Holly, as they attempt to escape the titular Land of the Lost, a parallel dimension that they’ve been trapped in via some kind of mysterious portal encountered on a canoeing trip.… Read the rest

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‘Mundus Subterraneus’: Arcane, Uncanny, Online

Until recently, if you wanted to leaf through Athanasius Kircher’s Mundus Subterraneus, you had to sneak into a university’s rare book collection at night, Wilbur Whateley-style.  Now the complete work, with its many bizarre and fantastic illustrations, is available at the Internet Archive—enjoy. John Glassie has an excellent piece on it at The Public Domain Review:

Just before Robert Hooke’s rightly famous microscopic observations of everything from the “Edges of Rasors” to “Vine mites” appeared in Micrographia in 1665, the insatiably curious and incredibly prolific Jesuit scholar Athanasius Kircher published what is in many ways a more spectacular work. Mundus Subterraneus (Underground World), a two-volume tome of atlas-like dimensions, was intended to lay out “before the eyes of the curious reader all that is rare, exotic, and portentous contained in the fecund womb of Nature.” There is an “idea of the earthly sphere that exists in the divine mind,” Kircher proclaimed, and in this book, one of more than thirty on almost as many subjects that he published during his lifetime, he tried to prove that he had grasped it.

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Cryptopalooza Featured on CBS Sunday Morning

Via Cryptomundo: In Jefferson, Texas recently, a group of like-minded (or should we say, like-obsessed) people gathered to swap stories of strange sightings … mysterious animals and elusive creatures lurking in the deep woods. There’s a scientific name for it: Cryptozoology. Loren Coleman explains: “‘Crypto’ means ‘hidden.’ ‘Zo’ means animals. ‘Ology’ means the study of. It’s the study of hidden or unknown animals.” Which sounds very academic, until you realize that those “hidden animals” include the Yeti (better known as the Abominable Snowman), the Loch Ness Monster, and the favorite obsession of THIS Cryptozoology Conference, Bigfoot (a.k.a. Sasquatch).
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In Search of the Fouke Monster: Boggy Creek Revisited

In a lot of ways, 1972’s cryptid horror film The Legend of Boggy Creek was a ground-breaker: a pseudo docudrama distributed by its producer and director Charles Pierce (who even sang the film’s theme song), it is considered by some people to have been one of the first indie films. Boggy Creek featured interviews with men and women who had encountered the “creature”, a Bigfoot-like monster supposed to lurk in the wilds of Arkansas. That the witnesses were amateur actors recruited from the small town in which the zero-budget movie was filmed actually filmed brought the movie a scrappy sort of authenticity. It was a scary movie, and a lot of fun, but what some of the film’s drive-in audience may not have known was that it the movie was inspired by (reputedly) true events.

Stories of a Bigfoot-like cryptid wandering the woods of Fouke, Arkansas started circulating in 1971 after local residents Bobby and Elizabeth Ford reported that a monster had attacked their home late at night on May 2.… Read the rest

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