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Elmendorf Beast

The “Elmendorf Beast” was a name given to a coyote that was blamed for several livestock attacks in Elmendorf, Texas. Many people wondered what the creature was, some thinking it was a Mexican Hairless Dog whose appearance was different due to some kind of illness. Another thought was that it was a wolf-coyote hybrid of some sort. Another popular conclusion was that it was the infamous Chupacabra. No one really knew what it was due to it’s strange appearance. There was a carcass found that people believed to be the beast. It had a severe overbite and skin that was blue and hairless. It seemed to be a coyote from DNA testing, but there are still people who truly wonder what it is.

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Polybius

Polybius is an urban legend about an arcade game that apparently can cause seizures or brain aneurysms and was used to control people’s minds to brainwash them and even cause them to commit suicide.

Around the 1980s, arcade games were extremely popular with teens, and supposedly the game Polybius was first released for those teens in 1981 in Portland, Orgeon. It was a puzzle/shooting game, kind of like the games where you had to control a little ship and shoot at things coming at you.

It was an extremely popular game at the time. It was super addictive and there were lines going out the door of people wanting to play it. There was something strange and sinister about the game, however. People were reporting sounds of a woman crying and seeing grotesque faces out of the corner of the eyes. Some people saw disturbing messages flash on the screen like, “Kill Yourself”. After playing the game people would experience things from nightmares to amnesia. Some even committed suicide.

One arcade owner said that mysterious men in black suits would come and collect data from the game. They didn’t take any money and sometimes they would change the settings on the game. This led to some people believing it was used to brainwash people by the government.

After about a month of it being released, all of the cabinets disappeared suddenly. One reappeared in 1998, but vanished quickly as well. No one has been able to find the original ROM. It was supposedly made by a German company Sinnesloschen which means “Sense Deletion”. No one really knows what happened to the arcade game, but maybe someday the truth about it will be told.

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Flatwoods Monster

The Flatwoods Monster is a creature that originated from West Virginia. The monster is known as the Flatwoods Monster, Braxton County Monster, and the Phantom of Flatwoods. The entity is reported to have been sighted in the town of Flatwoods in Braxton County, West Virginia on September 12th, 1952. This report is an example of a close encounter of the third kind, which means paranormal.

There are various descriptions of the entity, but the most common ones are that it is at least 7 ft tall, has a black body, a dark glowing face, an elongated head that was shaped like a sideways diamond, non-human eyes, a large circular cowling appeared behind the head, the creature’s body was described as inhumanly-shaped and clad in a dark, pleated skirt-like exoskeleton, it was later described as a shadow.

Some witnesses say that the entity doesn’t have visible arms due to it being incredibly fast while others say it has long, stringy arms coming out of the front of the body with claw-like fingers. There also have been reports of a red ball of light floating either above the head of the entity or on the ground. It is believed to be an aircraft of some type that the entity was controlling.

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J’ba Fofi (Giant Spider)

(This is going to be a really short post because I have to go to work soon and I won’t be able to post it tonight)

The J’ba Fofi, also known as the Congolese Giant Spider, is a cryptozoological creature that is said to exist in the Congo. It may be a new species of arachnid of monstrous┬áproportions. It is described as having a brownish colored body that is similar to that of a tarantula with a leg span of four to six feet long. The juveniles possess a yellow color that turns brown as they grow older. They’ve been spotted since the 1890s in Uganda and up until 2013 in Mozambique. They are described by Baka natives as using leaves and spinning circular webs between trees as a way of making their homes. They prey upon birds, duiker, and other small animals. The Baka also said they are rare now because of the dwindling habitat.

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Bedroom Light – Scary Story

This scary story/urban legend is also known as “Aren’t You Glad You Didn’t Turn On the Light?” Which is a longer title, but it may be more familiar to people.

This story revolves around two college girls who were friends when they were younger and wanted to be roommates in college. They got their wishes and were roomed together at the start of school.

One night they were both up late studying for an exam that was happening the next day. One of the girls got tired and went to bed while the other one stayed up and diligently studied. At some point, she realized she left one of her books back in the bedroom and snuck back in so she didn’t wake her roommate up. She didn’t turn the light on and was trying to feel around for her book when she started hearing heavy breathing and she asked quietly if her roommate was awake. Her roommate didn’t say anything. She heard something move and asked, “Can I turn on the light?” She got no response. She asked again and got no response again. She gave up and continued looking in the dark for the book, found it, and headed back out to continue studying. She stayed up all night and when the time came for the exam and went to go take it, but noticed her roommate didn’t come. When she got home she knocked on the door to see if she was okay. She didn’t get a respond so she opened the door and saw a horrific scene. Her roommate was laying on her bed motionless lying in a pool of blood. She had been brutally murdered. She looked around and saw on the wall behind her words smeared in blood that read, “Aren’t you glad you didn’t turn on the light?”. Talk about disturbing.

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Jersey Devil

Of course on this blog there has to be some mention of the “original” and most commonly talked about cryptids in the world. This time around I’ll be talking about the infamous Jersey Devil, the legend of a creature born in a way for the Devil.

The creature is said to inhabit the Pine Barrens of the Southern part of New Jersey. It’s often described as a flying biped with hooves, but there are many variations. The most common descriptions are that the creature is kangaroo-like with a head of a goat, bat-like wings, horns, small arms with clawed hands, cloven hooves and a forked tail, and is said to move quickly and has a blood-curdling scream.

According to the folklore surrounding the creature, the legend originated from a family known as the Leeds family. A member of the family named Mother Leeds, had already given birth to twelve children in her lifetime and when she found out she was pregnant with another child, she cursed the child in anger and said it would be the Devil. When she gave birth the the child it came out normal, then turned into a monster with hooves, a goat’s head, bat wings, and a forked tail. It growled and screamed at the family, killing the midwife and flying out through the chimney and disappearing into the woods. In other versions it’s said that there was an exorcise attempted on the creature, or that it killed the local children.

Prior to the sightings of the Jersey Devil, it was referred to as the Leeds Devil or The Devil of Leeds. It was either connected to the local Leeds family or the town of Leeds Point. “Mother Leeds” has been identified by some as Deborah Leeds on the basis that her husband, Japhet, named 12 children in his will in 1736. There are other suspected people as well relating to the legend. Deborah and Japhet also supposedly lived in Leeds Point. There are many legends, myths, and hoaxes that come along with this strange creature. What is real and what isn’t?

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Wendigo/Windigo

The Wendigo (or Windigo) is a cannibal monster or an evil spirit that is native to the northern forests of the Atlantic Coast and the Great Lakes Region of both the U.S. and Canada. It originates in Algonquian folklore. The Wendigo might appear as a monster with some characteristics of a human, or a spirit who has possessed a human being and made them become monstrous. It’s historically associated with cannibalism, murder, insatiable greed, and the cultural taboos against those behaviors. A psychosis that steamed from the Wendigo that is highly debated is the Wendigo Psychosis, which is considered a form of culture-bound syndrome with symptoms such as intense craving for human flesh and a fear of becoming a cannibal.

In some indigenous communities, environmental destruction and insatiable greed are also seen as a manifestions of Wendigo Psychosis. Part of the traditional belief system of a number of Algonquin-speaking poeples most notably the Ojibwe, Saulteaux, Cree, Naskapi, and the Innu people. The descriptions of the Wendigo vary but the common aspect that is associated with these cultures is that it is a malevolent, cannibalistic, supernatural being and is strongly associated with winter, the north, coldness, famine, and starvation.

In Ojibwe, Eastern Cree, Swampy Cree, Naskapi, and Innu lore often describes them as giants many times larger than human beings, a characteristic absent from the myth in other Algonquin cultures. When a Wendigo ate a person it would grow in proportion to the person they just had ate so that it was never full. They are simultaneously portrayed as gluttonous and emaciated from starvation. The creature is seen as the combination of gluttony, greed, and excess. They’re never satisfied with killing and eating one person so they are always hunting for more.

More human-like Wendigos are those who are overpowered by greed and turn into Wendigos themselves. This myth served as a way of encouraging people to cooperate and to practice moderation. The Wendigos are extremely deadly and feared creatures that are the results of greed and sin. They are what people could become if they are not careful with their greed.