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Bigfoot: A form of primitive human?

This past weekend I spoke at the first Southeast Texas Bigfoot Conference. Such is the interest in Bigfoot in the Lone Star State, more than 700 people rolled into town (Huntsville, TX) to listen to the latest news on the United States' most famous monster. A great time was had, and there was a lot of debate, questions and new developments. Of the many questions that came my way, one surfaced a couple of times: is it possible that the Bigfoot are, as one attendee worded it, "a person?" Or, as another termed it, are the Bigfoot "something that's part of us?" The theory that the Bigfoot are a form of primitive human is without doubt controversial. And, it's a fact that the vast majority of witnesses describe something that looks far more like an ape than it does like us. But, there are a few exceptions to the rule. I'll share one case with you which most assuredly makes such a point.

The origins of Anniston, Alabama date back to the height of the American Civil War. It's a city, in Calhoun County, of around 23,000 and which is dominated by the huge, picturesque, Blue Ridge Mountains. In 1938, however, it was something else that was dominating the people of Anniston: a strange and distinctly out of place ape-like thing. It was in April 1938 that sightings began, in the Choccolocco Valley, of what was quickly referred to by the local press as "a hairy wild man."



Lost worlds: Mysterious accounts of living 'dinosaurs' in South America

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Among the various mysterious creatures sighted and reported throughout the world there is one very distinctive category, and this is that of living dinosaurs, prowling the forests and jungles of our world as if they were never gone at all. Such fantastic reports come from a variety of places, in particular Africa with its saurian Mokele Mbembe and others, but another lesser-known location for accounts of supposed surviving dinosaurs is the wilds of South America. Here among the jungles and even deserts of South America's remote wildernesses have come truly bizarre accounts that seem to suggest that dinosaurs are perhaps alive and well, still stomping across the landscape as they always have.

Some rather cryptic reports came from the famed explorer Percy Fawcett, who is most well-known for his ambitious and ill-fated expedition in 1925 to find a lost city he was convinced existed in the forgotten depths of the Amazon jungle, a journey during which he would vanish off the face of the earth to become one of the most baffling disappearances in history. I have written of Fawcett and his various expeditions in much more depth here at Mysterious Universe before, but one of the more interesting aspects of his adventures are all of the strange and mysterious creatures he allegedly encountered along the way. Among the cyanide-shooting millipedes, acid-spewing ants, double-nosed dogs, cat-dog hybrids, and giant snakes and giant spiders, it also seems that he may have very well seen and heard of actual living dinosaurs out there in the badlands of those murky unexplored jungles. Some of these accounts were told to him by others, such as an account he wrote of in a letter in 1919, in which he writes of a strange, dinosaur-like creature supposedly lurking in the jungles of Bolivia, saying:
A friend of mine, a trader in the rivers and for whose honesty I can vouch, saw in somewhere about Lat. 12 S. and Long. 65 W. [Bolivia-Brazil borderland] the head and neck of a huge reptile of the character of the brontosaurus. It was a question of who was scared most, for it precipitately withdrew, with a plunging which suggested an enormous bulk. The savages appear to be familiar with the existence and tracks of the beast, although I have never come across any of the latter myself...These swamps over immense areas are virtually impenetrable.


Have UFOs been spotted above the Jersey Shore?

Pat Marcatillio, aka Dr. UFO
© Brian Johnston
Pat Marcatillio, aka Dr. UFO is the president and founder of the New Jersey/Pennsylvania UFO Paranormal Study Group.
What exactly was that in the night sky over Wall Township on St. Patrick's Day?

Was it a UFO, or was it something else?

Jeff Wallace, 43, of Wall, would sure like to know. He was driving to pick up his stepdaughter from the Quick Chek on Belmar Boulevard that Saturday night, when he observed three lights in a triangular pattern "moving very slowly" across the sky.

He stopped his vehicle and took several photos of the lights with the camera on his smartphone. The photos are dark; but a triangle of lights is faintly visible.

The Air Force, which commands Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, about 30 miles from Wall as the crow flies (or UFO), looked at the photos; it doesn't know what it was either.

"There's not enough from the photos ... we weren't able to tell," said U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Lauren Russell, a spokeswoman for the Joint Base, after copies of the photos were circulated by personnel there.

Black Cat 2

The nine most haunted roads in the UK

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The routes to avoid on Friday 13th

As we heads towards Friday 13th this week, thoughts turn to the spooky and the supernatural.

And if you're planning a journey along these strange highways, you'd better cross your fingers and reach for a four-leaf clover.

Because you can consider yourself extremely unlucky if your car breaks down on one of these lonely stretches - as you could end up with more than just a mechanic for company! Car breakdown experts at leading UK recovery firm 24|7 Vehicle Rescue have combed through the archives of paranormal sightings to compile this list of the "UK's most haunted roads". And one East Yorkshire road makes it on the list.

Black Magic

'I will kill them all': Six children "possessed by spirits" collapse at school in Colombia

Another girl can be seen jumping and screaming as she is held back by an adult. Spooky moment schoolchildren have fits and faint after 'possession'

Another girl can be seen jumping and screaming as she is held back by an adult. Spooky moment schoolchildren have fits and faint after 'possession'
The parents of six children who suddenly collapsed after having fits at school are pleading for 'spiritual help' from the church after claiming they were 'possessed'.

In footage taken after the children fainted, the limp body of a girl in school uniform can be seen being carried by an adult as a crowd looks on.

Another girl can be seen jumping and screaming as she is held back by an adult.

Adalmis Movil, mother of one of the girls affected, said of her daughter: 'Suddenly, she felt something make a sound inside her body, she sat down and told her classmate "I feel sick".

Comment: Cases of possession appear to be on the rise, and one wonders whether it's a reflection of the evil running rampant on our planet:


'It was staring at me': Strange, twinkling UFO hovers in the skies over Cambridgeshire, England

UFO over Cambridge, England
© Cambridge News
A man in Cambridgeshire, England, videotaped what appears to be a UFO hovering in the night sky Sunday evening.

The video shows two flickering balls of light floating west of Landbeach, a small village in eastern England.

"I went out for a cigarette before bed, it must have been about 11 o'clock at night, and I saw these two lights," the anonymous resident told Cambridge News, a British daily newspaper.

​"One was roughly 300 feet in the air and white, the other hovering just above the tree line and orange. The orange one hovered for about five minutes before disappearing out of view. The one you can see hovered for at least 15 minutes. It was still there after I got the footage and went back inside."

Arrow Down

UK: Freaky UFO caught on video falling to the ground during storm

UFO Bridgewater Somerset
A reader captured a mysterious falling object during a storm in Bridgwater over the weekend...

The storms hit Somerset on Saturday afternoon and megan Taylor caught some dramatic footage of lightning in the skies above the town.

But what she didn't bank on was captured something else too...

A black object is seen falling from the sky just after a lightning strike.

So far, it remains an unidentified falling object...

Can you tell what it is? Leave your comment below, email us at newsdesk@bridgwatermercury.co.uk, or visit us on Twitter or Facebook.

Comment: You can watch the video on this link.


Director of 'The Exorcist', William Friedkin, on his new documentary 'The Devil and Father Amorth'

© The Orchard
William Friedkin returned to Washington last week to talk about his latest project - The Devil and Father Amorth, a documentary project that explores real-life exorcisms.

In it, Friedkin witnesses and films an exorcism in Italy in 2016, of a young Italian woman named Christina who believed that she was possessed. The experience was different from what was portrayed in Friedkin's 1973 classic, The Exorcist, but he says that it was still very chilling.

"I had to consider whether or not I wanted to show this, but I ultimately felt that I had seen it and people should see it," Friedkin tells Variety's "PopPolitics" on SiriusXM.

Comment: See also:


Very strange object hovers over Florida beach - few seem to notice!

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Beyond preparing for the next war drill, or advancing hypersonic weapons, the United States Department of Defense (DoD) recently announced it has also researched the likely existence of unidentified flying objects (UFO).

Among the aerial anomalies, the program investigated, which we have reported here, reveals incredible audio and video recordings of aerial encounters by U.S. military pilots and unknown objects.

While the DoD has secretly operated government programs to monitor UFOs, there is one video that has sent the internet haywire and could soon be examined by the government to validate its authenticity.

Earlier this year, a mysterious object was spotted by civilians above a beach in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. According to the Daily Star, the footage shows a dark object hovering in the distance over the ocean, as some people think it is a drone while others say it is a UFO.

Comment: If this wasn't some CGI-created image the only wonder here is how oblivious some of the beach goers seem to be!


UFO or space reflection? Orb-like object spotted near NASA's International Space Station

ISS orb
© YouTube/ The Hidden Underbelly 2.0
A video captured by NASA's International Space Station (ISS) live camera on Friday reveals what appears to be a 900-foot triangular UFO in the background.

The object lurking behind the ISS first pops up as three twinkling lights in a triangular shape, disgorging into an orb-like object before slowly fading into darkness.

The video was shared on popular YouTube conspiracy channel The Hidden Underbelly 2.0 on April 13.

"This UFO appeared on live cam and spit out an orb that quickly came closer to the space station. As the orb left the main ship, it was visible. However, its systems seem to become activated after it left, because it soon cloaked," the YouTube description states.