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The Killer Cats of Britain

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Well, scarier than that!

In the early Middle Ages it was “Palug’s Cat,” a giant cat that lived on the island of Angelsey and knocked off some 180 warriors before Sir Gawain finally killed it: so says Welsh and French lore of the 12th century.

You’d think that would’ve been the end of it–but no! There are still stories today. The Beast of Buchan haunts Scotland, and has been reported there since the 1930s. The Beast of Bodmin has haunted Cornwall since 1983, scaring hikers and mauling livestock, despite a British newspaper’s “investigation” that supposedly revealed it to be an ordinary cat (http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/beast-bodmin-moor-mystery-solved-4812877).

Over here we’ve got Bigfoot, the Jersey Devil, and Chupacapra. Over there they’ve got giant wild cats–and there are no zoo or circus cats missing. Indeed, there are similar “big cat” stories from Australia–lots and lots of them. Australia has no native cats at all, and only small wildcats are native to Britain.

Why do people keep on saying they’ve seen big cats in places where there are no big cats? Who thought up the old, old story of Palug’s Cat, and what inspired it?

God made the world a bit more complicated than we like to think sometimes.


Mr. Nature: Behold the Mighty Stegosaur

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Of all the Miller Co. wax dinosaurs I had in my childhood, only a couple of these Stegosaurs survive, a big one and a little one. For some reason, these were much less apt to be broken than the others.

And speaking of Stegosaur survival, there are persistent rumors that in the largely unexplored Likouala Swamps of the Republic of the Congo, a creature very like a Stegosaur still lives. The few people who live there call it mbielu-mbielu-mbielu, which means, I think, “What the hell was that?”

In western North America are found the best and biggest fossil Stegosaurs, Stegosaurus ungulatus and S. Stenops. Other species have been discovered in Europe, Tanzania, China, India, and, most recently, Australia (just footprints there, so far). So they must have been quite a successful group of animals.

There’s only so much we can learn from bones, though. Still puzzling are the exact arrangement of the armored plates along the Stegosaurus’ back and the seemingly inadequate size of its brain, indicative of a belief in socialism.

But we will learn much more when somebody finally captures a live mbielu-mbielu-mbielu.

And no, it’s not a fake fact I made up on the spot!

P.S.: Edgar Rice Burroughs, in his “Pellucidar” (prehistoric world inside the hollow earth) novels presented the Stegosaur as being able to glide through the air by lowering its back-plates, but he never found many takers for that theory.


Here Be Dragons

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Before I get into any of the depressing news of the day–if I get into it at all–I’d like to devote a little more thought to this weekend’s topic of conversation: creatures that shouldn’t be there, but maybe they are.

Linda told us of her husband’s experience as a member of a recon unit in Vietnam: they found a gigantic spider web occupied by a gigantic spider. How gigantic? Big enough so that he worried that if a man blundered into that web, he’d never get out alive. But he couldn’t get his commanding officer to authorize a return to that location. It was a war zone, and no one had time for giant spiders.

And Marge told us of someone, whom she has no reason to disbelieve, who claims to have seen living Dimetrodons somewhere in Vietnam’s jungles.

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Those are just two of hundreds, maybe thousands, of cryptozoological reports that crop up every year. People are always seeing animals that shouldn’t be there. From the Lake Murray, New Guinea, tyrannosaur to the Jersey Devil in the New Jersey pine barrens, there are still a lot of odd corners in the world, possibly with very odd things living in them.

Which, at least to my way of thinking, makes it all the more interesting.


The Attack of the Giant Bird

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What do you make of this? It appears to be a true story. ( http://cryptomundo.com/cryptozoo-news/lawndale07/ )

July 25, 1977, Lawndale, Illinois: Ten-year-old Marlon Lowe was playing outside with his friends when a gigantic bird, with an estimated 10-foot wingspan, swooped down from the sky and attacked the children. It zeroed in on Marlon and snatched him up.

Marlon’s mother, Ruth, screamed in horror. There were, it is said, seven adult eyewitnesses. But then, maybe because the boy was struggling so hard, maybe because he was just a bit too heavy, the big bird dropped him and flew away.

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Ruth and Marlon Lowe (not much the worse for wear)

Witnesses describe it as a kind of giant vulture or condor, although no such bird is known to live in North America. (There are very few California condors left alive, and their whereabouts are strictly monitored.)

What was this bird, and where did it go? Where is it now? How many of its kind exist–if they exist at all?

Food for thought, eh?


The Beast of Bodmin–Is It Real?

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Is there a dangerous wild cat stalking the moors of Cornwall, Bodmin Moor in particular, preying on livestock–and the odd hiker?

Here in New Jersey we have the Jersey Devil, but over there they’ve got the Beast of Bodmin, said to be a large cat like a leopard: although maybe it’s something much more exotic than a leopard. Something prehistoric, even.

The authorities looked into it and in 1995 reported that there was no evidence that such a creature existed anywhere in Britain. Almost immediately a boy found a leopard skull in Cornwall, in a river. Examination confirmed that it was indeed a leopard skull–that had once been part of an imported leopard-skin rug.

But wait, there’s more!

Have they all forgotten the great medieval legend of Palug’s Cat ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cath_Palug )? Yeah, I’ll bet they have! According to old Welsh and French sources, this was a great big cat that lived on the Welsh island of Anglesey and ate knights for breakfast until King Arthur’s foster-brother, Sir Kay, came along and killed it.

Now, what ever made those people tell that story, eight hundred to a thousand years ago?

Meanwhile, please feel free to hike on Bodmin Moor at night, all alone. Just whistle a happy tune and tell yourself, “There ain’t no Beast of Bodmin, there ain’t no beast of Bodmin…”

And everything will be all right.


Tyrannosaurus Photo… Ya Think?

I have a zillion things to do today, and I don’t know when (or if) I’ll be able to sit down and write–so here’s something for your amusement in the meantime.

This is purported to be a genuine photo of a live Tyrannosaurus rex wandering around somewhere near a railroad crossing. We don’t think there were any railroads during the Tyrannosaur’s heyday, so this one must be a survivor.

Then again, it could be a fake.

But boy, oh, boy, would I have had fun with this when I was ten years old! I think I can still have some fun with it now.


A Live Woolly Mammoth?

When I was a little boy, I used to dream of woolly mammoths. I refused to believe they were extinct.

If I had ever seen this…

This film was supposedly shot in Siberia in 1943. Who knows? It sure looks like a mammoth. It could also be a hoax.

But it’ll give me something to dream about tonight.


Lake Murray, New Guinea: Dinosaur Sightings

If you wish to join the search for the Lake Murray monster, here’s where to start.

Does a Tyrannosaurus rex stalk the shores of Lake Murray in Papua New Guinea? ( http://cryptozoologythescienceoftheunknown.blogspot.com/2009/04/murray-monster-papua-new-guinea.html ) A number of people say they’ve seen it?

Gee, how come living dinosaurs don’t show up on the White House lawn or in Central Park, New York City, where we can all see them? And what am I doing, writing pap like this the day after yet another mass shooting in America?

If I don’t turn away from the “real” news from time to time, it’ll destroy me.

And anyhow, what if those stories from New Guinea are true? Hey, a few years ago, the idea that you could find and study dinosaur soft tissue would have seemed like sheer lunacy. Now it’s done all the time. We do not yet have the official and bona fide scientific explanation of how soft tissue can survive 65 million, 100 million, years in the ground. (I see only two possible explanations: either our understanding of how animal remains get fossilized is totally all wet, or else those remains are much, much younger than Official Science will admit.)

Eyewitnesses describe a huge, two-legged monster with long, sharp teeth as inhabiting the environs of Lake Murray. They say they’ve seen it with their own eyes. A couple of the witnesses were Christian missionaries.

It makes me think again of that Wagon Train episode. If Bill Hawks had dropped what he was doing and ridden out among those hills and canyons, not very far away, would he have found Dimetrodons? We’ll never know, because he just did what the script called for and possibly the thought of Dimetrodons never crossed his mind.

But what if somewhere, somehow, someone does discover a living dinosaur and presents it to the world?

Wouldn’t that be something!


Mom Films ‘Goblin’ (Or What?)

This might be a hoax, but who knows?

Here’s a mother filming her cute baby playing on the kitchen floor when, all of a sudden, a two-legged little mannikin runs across the floor behind him. They’re calling it a goblin. It’s shaped like a little man and runs like a human being.

I offer it to you without making any judgment as to its authenticity.


Monster or Hallucination? New Jersey’s Mantis Man

For a little bitty state, New Jersey has more than its share of weirdness. The latest is the “Mantis Man,” a giant bug-like creature said to haunt the countryside around the Musconetcong River ( http://www.nj.com/warrenreporter/index.ssf/2015/03/urban_legend_have_you_seen_the.html ).

What makes people tell stories like this, about having seen Mantis Man? You’d think they’d be afraid of being thought insane, or laughed at as really silly liars. Like, you’re fishing the river and all of a sudden you see this creature, eight feet tall if it’s an inch, looking like a cross between a human being and a giant praying mantis: and then it disappears.

As reported in the magazine, Weird NJ (issue No. 45), the few eyewitness accounts of Mantis Man, tendered by persons who probably don’t know each other, seem to agree as to details and a general sense of terror.

Mantis Man is a new arrival on the scene. By contrast, the Jersey Devil, the resident monster of the southern half of the state, has been scaring people since the 1700s and is still occasionally reported to this day. ( See “The Mystery of the Jersey Devil,” https://leeduigon.com/2015/09/20/the-mystery-of-the-jersey-devil/ ).

Are all these people lying? Or crazy? Are their eyes just playing tricks on them?

Beats me. I just don’t know what to make of it. Do you?


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