Archive for Cryptozoology

117-Snallygaster?

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The Snallygaster is a Maryland based cryptid whose description is so bizarre that is almost sounds like some kind of Lovecraftian horror. Half eagle, half reptile with razor sharp teeth so hard and dark they look like steel. It has wings to small for its body but yet it flies. It has one large eye in the middle of its forehead like some kind of reptile cyclops. it also has tentacles coming out of its mouth like it has a large octopus as a tongue. Beware the Snallygaster, especially if you are a drinker. We have heard it has a fondness for moonshine.

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115-Florida Man?

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Florida Man is a Recent development in the public consciousness. Some of the strangest news headlines seem to come out of this semi-tropical state. So is the heat, the direct sunlight, or something more nefarious causing the phenomenon known as Florida Man.

 

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104-Goatman?

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Have you ever wanted to be cloven? Is the idea of having horns and wielding an ax sound promising? Are you a bit of a creeping peeping tom? You might be interested in becoming a goatman. Find an old secluded bridge nearby and start stalking the local pets and wildlife.



097-Blobs?

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Beware of the blob, it creeps
And leaps and glides and slides
Across the floor
Right through the door
And all around the wall
A splotch, a blotch
Be careful of the blob

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089-Washed Ashore?

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Objects all over the world are dashed about by the waves and currents of our oceans. Mysteries breach forth from the depths to greet us and our own garbage comes back to haunt us. Trash and treasure alike washes up on our shores.
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088-Carnivorous Plants?

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The ability to adapt is crucial to sustain life upon this planet. Some plants have adapted the ability to digest insects to supplement nutrients in the poor soil quality in which they live.


085-The Black Squirrels of DC? -a narrative

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Something that I don’t think about much in my daily life are rodents. I do, however, think about the odd and the strange things that I observe. If you have spent time in the parks or outdoor areas of Washington DC you’ll notice that there is one particular part of the fauna that sticks out; the black squirrels of DC. On a trip to Niagara Falls with my wife, we saw many black squirrels in the parks above the falls. This led me to wonder if there was a connection between the two.

I know there are other parts of the country that are home to black squirrels. Marysville, Kansas, for instance, is known as Black Squirrel City and has enacted a twenty five dollar fine for harming one. Their unusual dark rodents were said to be brought there by a traveling carnival in cages and escaped from the exibit. With the abundance of our little nut-stashers on the east coast being grey it seems a mystery where these raven colored rodents came from. Oddly enough the darker are the same species as the lighter eastern grey squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis). What makes them darker is a melanistic color phase, it’s a recessive gene. It is theorized however that these black squirrels were the more abundant variety at the beginning of our country. The tree canopy was so thick at the time that the shading gave their darker look an advantage of camouflage from hawks and other predators. The trees started being cleared for housing and at the same time hunters would pick them out of the treetops for dinner. The gray phase variety suddenly had the advantage against the the pale blue sky. Their main predator had changed.

During the mid to late 1800’s reintroducing a squirrel population into city parks became a popular undertaking for city officials. Boston, Philadelphia, Chicago, New York and Washington DC were all constructing public parks and it felt natural to fill them with the native wildlife. Squirrel hunting within city limits started being banned in cities, including DC in 1906.

That brings us to how a small pocket of black squirrels came to nest in our capital city. In 1902 The National Zoo received a package of 18 black phase eastern gray squirrels from the Department of Crown Lands of Ontario and in exchange they received 18 gray. A few years later in 1906 they made the same exchange again. The entire population of black squirrels that are now blanking the city and its suburbs are from these original 36.

In my research about this subject I fell down a squirrel hole on the internet finding not only black squirrel colonies but also white morph and albino colonies. Olny, Illinois has a white squirrel colony and every year in October they have a count to see how they are fairing. 88 this past year up from 75 the previous. I also found out about an ever expanding group of eastern grays that have taken over a swath of Italy after being brought there by a U.S. ambassador. The quartet escaped and have been putting a hurting on the European red squirrel habitat ever since.

If you have ever visited the nations capital there are many sites to behold. The Smithsonian museums, the International Spy museum, the Washington Monument are all amazing places to visit, however my favorite are the outside places. The National Mall, National Zoo and National Arboretum are all places where you can catch a glimpse of the famed black squirrel of DC.

 

082-Banshee?

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The Banshee is a legend of Irish folklore. Generally regarded as a female entity, some consider her a part of the fairy culture and others a ghostly appreciation. She is signified by her wailing, crying and screaming through the country side. Often she is heard or sighted near the time of death of a loved one foretelling their demise.

 

081-Champ?

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Lake Champlain sits between Vermont and Upstate New York. It is the vacation spot for many in the area as well as being used by commercial fisherman. There has been many sightings of something strange near the surface of the lake.

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074-Sea Serpents?

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Sea serpents have been spotted all over the world on coasts and lakes for centuries. They can be found on medieval maps as warnings and ancient cave walls. They have been weaved through mythology throughout the ages and not they are here on The Curioso.

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