Monday, December 7, 2015

Bigfoot is Not Only An American Legend and More Creepy Cryptids by SpookyLady InSanDiego

Though I typically don’t post anything about cryptids but now and then something comes along that I find interesting.

This time it’s an article from MSNBC‘s Natalie Wolchover titled, Why do so many cultures have a version of Bigfoot?

Canadians, Russians, Australians, South Americans and Malaysians all have stories of a Bigfoot-like creature, often referred to as a wild man. Interestingly, the stories are very regional. They aren’t oral folklore stories passed around from other cultures, which makes them very unique. You can read Natalie’s article, containing quotes from Skeptical Inquirer’s Benjamin Radford, by clicking here.

As for some other creepy cryptids said to be roaming about the Earth, here are the top 10 from Life’s Little Mysteries:

  1. Puerto Rico’s Chupacabra, a lizard-like vampire that hunts barnyard livestock
  2. America’s Bigfoot, who some claim is a long-lost relative of modern humans
  3. Scotland’s Loch Ness Monster (Nessie), an aquatic, dinosaur-like creature
  4. America’s Jersey Devil, the cursed 13th baby of an exhausted pioneer woman in 1700s New Jersey
  5. America’s version of the Loch Ness Monster, Champ, who is said to inhabit Lake Champlain
  6. America’s Montauk Monster, a strange beast that washed ashore in Montauk, New York
  7. P.T. Barnum’s Feejee Mermaid, which turned out to be the upper body of a monkey attached to a fish’s body and tail
  8. Various sea monsters including the Kraken, giant squid and massive sea serpents
  9. Canada’s version of the Loch Ness Monster, Ogopogo, that lives in British Columbia’s Lake Okanagan
  10. Vampires, known around the world as being undead bloodsuckers (or sparkly or sexy or non-human-blood-drinking-yet-still-outcast members of society)
Out of all of these, Nessie is my favorite. I’m not sure why. I suppose it’s the thought of the beautiful, green, rolling hills of Scotland, the crumbling ruins Urquhart Castle, the lighthouses and tiny Cherry Island. It seems like such a mystical place, full of magic and legend. I hope to visit Scotland someday, as it’s an amazing place with wonderful people, and many, many haunted places to check out.

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