Even though sightings of both Bigfoot and UFOs occurring
at the same times and places are not uncommonly reported by eyewitnesses, the
concurrence of such events is generally dismissed as coincidental, and any
possible substantial connection between the two phenomena is not considered a
matter of serious inquiry. Both camps of researchers—understandably so—do not
want their respective studies to be reduced to speculations based on mere
belief. Advocates of both mysteries seem to think the evidence for the reality
of the other’s subject matter is flimsy to non-existent, thus the reluctance to
entertain a connection to each other. Maybe the problem in making the
connection between Bigfoot and UFOs lies in the sets of assumptions made about
In the book, Bigfoot:
Exploring the Myth and Discovering the Truth, there isn’t a solution to the
Bigfoot mystery, only a statement of evidence that strongly suggests the
widespread occurrence of an officially undiscovered large, hairy primate in the
southern United States. Beyond that, the authors point to an array of other
strange phenomena associated with many Bigfoot sightings, including mystery
light-forms. In fact, what sets their work apart from other researchers is
largely that they take into account the paranormal activity that seems to
surround the creatures and the areas we have studied where they are sighted.
Most other researchers are reluctant to do this.
“It was obviously a Bigfoot. I knew that as soon as I saw it, but it didn’t look like what I expected one to look like if I ever had the chance to see one. It was well over 6 feet tall, maybe even topping 7 feet, and was covered all over with fairly long hair — maybe four to six inches. But the most striking thing about it was that its hair was white. Actually, it wasn’t snow white, but instead had kind of a slight cream-colored tint to it. I have never heard of a white Bigfoot before.”
The problem with talking about Bigfoot is that there are many competing theories as to what Bigfoot is. Every theory has its merits and drawbacks. This post is an overview of the top theories as to what Bigfoot is.
Yosemite National Park was established in 1890 and draws about 3.7 million visitors each year. Many of those people could tell you some creepy stories about Yosemite. Whether it was a creepy voice on the wind or a large rustle in the forest, the vast, open wilderness can cause some serious unease. According to some famous Yosemite legends, there really is more than just deer and bear scampering around its vast forests.
There are stories of encounters with Bigfoot, run-ins with the peculiar creatures know as Nightcrawlers, and even sightings of UFOs in Yosemite. There have been shocking murders and a large number of mysterious disappearances. There are plenty of Yosemite urban legends and Yosemite creepy stories, but are any of them true? Read through this list of unsettling stories, vote up the tales that chill you to the bone, and decide for yourself if there’s anything to fear in the California wilderness.
“I used to live in Florida in an area that pretty much had a bar and a gas station within walking distance. I had moved in with a coworker of my boyfriend’s and his family.
From the minute we moved in they claimed everything from the trailer behind theirs was haunted, to, there was a Bigfoot in the woods around their trailer. Now, I’m somewhat of a skeptic, I tend to not believe things as anything more then a story unless I personally have an experience or have proof of an actual haunting or creepy stuff happening.
Well I got my proof when I lived there. It started small; the feeling of being watched while in the bathroom or in the back rooms when I was home alone, the feeling that someone/something was in my room watching me sleep. It got so bad that when we put tinfoil in the window to block out the summer heat (most trailers don’t have central air so living in them is like living in an oven when temperatures reach over 100 degrees) I made sure there weren’t any holes because I always felt like I was going to look towards the window and see someone staring at me from outside.
It escalated shortly after that, first my roommate claimed something threw her cat off the roof, I wouldn’t have believed her if I didn’t hear the sounds of a distressed cat myself. Every time I walked outside day or night I felt like I was being watched.
Throughout these experiences I was able to rationalize most of them ‘it’s just me being paranoid,’ or ‘it’s just because the cat got in a fight with another animal,’ etc.
However there’s one thing I’ve never been able to explain away, one night I had gotten up to use the bathroom. The people I lived with were nocturnal so the hallway and bathroom lights were usually left on most of the night, after finishing up in the bathroom I walked out into the hallway and was near the backdoor when I heard three loud, and I mean, loud, knocks coming from outside the door.
Now it was about 2-3 in the morning, too late for visitors or anyone really to be coming over and everyone in the house was home. I went to open it and just as I reached for the door handle I got a horrible sense of foreboding and dread. Instead I walked to the living room where one of my room mates was and asked him if he heard the knocking.
He stated he didn’t but decided to go check outside the house anyway, he walked the entire perimeter and couldn’t find any evidence of anyone having been outside, no recent tire tracks or foot prints in the yard, nothing.
I decided to move out shortly after that experience, and still haven’t found anything to explain away the knocking.”
were riding generally northeast (upstream) on horseback along the east bank of Bluff Creek. At sometime between 1:15 and 1:40 PM, they “came to an overturned tree with a large root system at a turn in the creek, almost as high as a room.” When they rounded it, “there was a logjam—a ‘crow’s nest’—left over from the flood of ’64,” and then they spotted the figure behind it nearly simultaneously. It was either “crouching beside the creek to their left” or “standing” there, on the opposite bank. Gimlin later described himself as in a mild state of shock after first seeing the figure. Patterson
had estimate the creature to about seven and one-half feet.
The film shows what Patterson and Gimlin claimed was a large, hairy, bipedal, apelike figure with short, “black hair”
covering it’s body.
The figure in the Patterson–Gimlin film generally matches the descriptions of Bigfoot
and remains one of the most compelling videos of Bigfoot to this very day. (VIA YouTube / Wiki)
Do ghosts only come
out at night? Does bigfoot exist?
Just because the paranormal is the realm of the
unexplained doesn’t mean there isn’t any explaining to do. Humans have always
sought to give definition to the world around us, and even to the worlds that
may be beyond us. As a result, over the course of millennia, we have developed
countless theories and told endless stories within the realm of paranormal pop
culture, and there have been a lot of misconceptions that have taken root in
the public’s consciousness. Believe it or not, even when dealing with the
mysterious realm of ghosts, aliens and creatures, there are some things we can
fairly confidently label as false. So, to clear up some incorrect assumptions
about the unexplained, let’s take a look at the Top 10 Paranormal Myths:
1. Paranormal Facts Exist The term “paranormal” applies to anything currently
beyond the range of scientific explanation. So anyone who claims they have
access to the rulebook of the paranormal, and that they know a foolproof way of
making a ghost go “boo!” is probably a charlatan … or about to be pretty
famous. Plenty of researchers – including reputable scientists – have
compelling theories about unexplained phenomena and are attempting to apply
those utilizing the scientific method, but so far, paranormal facts don’t quite
2. Ghosts Only Come Out at Night There are a lot of reasons to ghost hunt at night: The
world quiets down as the day fades away; some locations only let you enter
after the close of daytime business hours; it is much creepier at night; and,
most importantly, it’s the best time to play with your sweet night vision
camera! But if you want to chase ghosts, you can just as effectively do it
during the day, according to most paranormal researchers. In fact, it might
even be a more effective time because that’s when the dead were probably most
3. There is No Physical Evidence of Bigfoot While there have not been any bodies found, Bigfoot
researchers claim there is quite a bit of physical evidence to suggest the
creatures exists – including hair, blood, tissue, tracks and, yes, poop. There
is also a growing community of scientists who believe in Sasquatch, including
famed primatologist Dr. Jane Goodall and Dr. Jeffrey Meldrum of Idaho State
University, among others. Eric Altman of the Pennsylvania Bigfoot Society
stresses that, as far as the lack of physical remains (a dead Sasquatch),
fossilization requires very specific conditions and Mother Nature has an
effective system of breaking down animal remains in about 10 days – so a
freshly-dead specimen of the already-rare creature would be hard to find.
4. Only Old Buildings are Haunted A decrepit, ancient Victorian mansion with broken
windows, creaky floorboards and moldy furniture may be the best haunted house
in Hollywood, but it’s not where ghosts necessarily hang out. Beyond just old
houses, researchers claim to have found paranormal evidence in jails, asylums,
hospitals, hotels, museums, battleships, cruise liners, cars, roads and
forests. New locations can also be haunted, as can the ground where a new building
is established. There doesn’t necessarily have to be a death on the property,
either. It is widely accepted within the paranormal community that objects and
people themselves can be the focus of a haunting.
5. America’s Paranormal Fascination is New Although the paranormal has become quite popular with the
arrival of investigation-based reality shows, America’s fascination dates back
to the origins of the nation. The paranormal peaked in the US in the mid-19th
and early 20th centuries with the introduction of Spiritualism, a religious
philosophy that espoused that communication with the spirit world is positive.
Mary Todd Lincoln, Mark Twain and Harry Houdini were among the American
celebrities who became part of the paranormal conversation, and the public
gathered in homes and auditoriums to connect with the dead in séances. Beyond
ghosts, future president Teddy Roosevelt wrote of a frontiersman’s encounter
with a Bigfoot-like creature in 1893, and other Sasquatch stories would
periodically make their way into the news. Long before the Battle of Los
Angeles in 1942 or The Roswell Incident in 1947, “airships” were reported in
the skies above America – and newspaperman S.E. Haydon wrote about the crash
of such a ship in Aurora, Texas, in 1897, about 6 years before the Wright
Brothers’ first flight.
6. Aliens are Little Green Men in Flying Saucers Actually, the most popular aliens are little grey men,
according to believers. In America, “The Greys” are the archetypes when
discussing alien encounters, and were supposedly found in The Roswell Incident.
The creatures supposedly have large, black, buggy eyes and a slit for a mouth
on their over-sized noggin. However, aggressive reptilians and blonde-haired
Nordic humanoids have also been reported by eyewitnesses, along with dozens of
other alien species. As for the flying saucer part, UFOlogists claim we should
add flying crescents, cigar-shaped crafts, triangular ships and a V-shaped
craft to the classic flying saucer motif.
7. No One Still Believes in Vampires The bloodsuckers from folklore have enjoyed a nice
comeback in paranormal pop culture in the last few years, but they never
completely went away in some societies. Recently, Indian politicians placed a
$2,000 bounty on vampires sucking the blood from villagers’ cattle in the town
of Dharampuri in Tamil Nadu, which called to mind the 2004 exhumation and
subsequent staking of a corpse in Marotinu de Sus, Romania. The supernatural
ghouls may not resemble the sexy beasts of “Twilight” and “True Blood,” but
they are still very much alive (or undead) in various parts of the world. Even
within the United States, there are subcultures of individuals who believe they
are among a class of vampire – with especially active groups in New Orleans
and New York City.
8. Modern Zombies are Supernatural The term “zombie” has been in use for well over a century
and, before 1968, applied to seemingly soulless slaves created by Haitian
voodoo “magic.” After 1968, when George A. Romero’s Night of the Living Dead
was released, the term was forever changed. Modern zombies are the result of an
unexplained contagion but are not supernatural. According to zombie expert Matt
Mogk of the Zombie Research Society, the modern zombie is a relentlessly aggressive,
re-animated human corpse driven by a biological infection. So, supernatural
vampires, mummies, Nordic draugrs and all revenants need not apply for brunch
with this bunch.
9. Skeptics and Believers Don’t Get Along There are actually many skeptics involved in the
paranormal community, and they are normally welcomed by investigative groups.
When the 2 groups operate together, the skeptics can assist in disproving
misidentified phenomena. If something cannot be disproven, it then leads
believers closer to a possibly legitimate experience. Dave Schrader, host of
the popular paranormal radio show Darkness Radio, says paranormal believers are
not at war with the “skeptic nation,” and he embraces their input because he’d
rather be taken seriously when findings are reviewed. Additionally, most
skeptics are confused for cynics but actively want a paranormal experience –
but they want it to be real and not just a false positive.
10. The Paranormal is Bad for Business Even if the phenomenon is unexplained, the business world
is a big believer in the paranormal. Paranormal Tourism, where travelers spend
vacation money on pilgrimages to genre conventions and famous hotspots, is an
active industry. Instead of shying away from a paranormal reputation, locations
are embracing it. Every city seems to have a few ghost tour operations, while
haunted house attractions and vampire balls abound, and entire towns in America
are defined by their paranormal personalities. The Roswell UFO Festival
attracts droves of alien enthusiasts to New Mexico every July. Meanwhile, Point
Pleasant, WV, belongs to The Mothman, and Salem, MA, has a tourism industry
focused on the infamous witch trials. Zombie walks, runs and obstacle courses
(along with proms, protests and pub crawls) are weekly occurrences in cities