Thursday, September 21, 2017

In Playboy : "Hunting for the Mothman in Chicago"




Playboy has a piece by Dan Sheehan on the Mothman sightings in Chicago. Lon Strickler is cited.

Hunting for the Mothman in Chicago | Playboy: I’m typically a very cautious person, but at this point I was determined to see something, and so against the will of several signs in the area, I walked into the woods. Immediately, I was confronted with the idea that this may not have been a smart idea. My iPhone, as my only source of light, wasn’t so much guiding the way as it was lighting everything like a deleted scene from The Blair Witch Project. After walking for a bit, I was startled by the sudden appearance of two college-aged guys who, I assumed from various odor-based context clues, were in the woods to smoke pot. As unassuming as they were, I was put on edge by the sudden reminder that a large forest preserve at night doesn’t necessarily have to be empty. I was suddenly acutely aware of the fact that I had just chosen on a whim to walk into the woods at night to search for a large mythical beast . . . (Dan Sheehan; Playboy)

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Winged Beings in Illinois

For awhile now, Lon Strickler, at his Phantoms and Monsters, has been investigating the winged creature sightings in the Chicago area. These sightings have been going on for months now. Not long ago, Strickler was on Coast to Coast to share his research. (One post of his to check out: Winged Being Observed on Chicago Suburb House Roof.)

What is going on in Illinois? Who can say, except, obviously, something very mysterious and weird. Reports of large, Mothman like creatures are coming in from all over, but the Chicago area an Illinois seems to be a hot spot right now.

I have no theories on this but I do accept that extremely unusual things are happening, of that there is no doubt. And while I've never visited Chicago, I do know there are a lot of haunted places in the area. Whether or not this has anything to do with the current sightings . . .

The political unrest Chicago has seen lately could be a factor. Or, of course, it could be a bird, something prosaic even though still unusual. Of the latter, I don't think so. Too many reports of weirdness to put it in the "just a bird" category.




Saturday, September 16, 2017

Psychics Not Allowed at Mothman Fest?

Mothman researcher Andy Colvin commented on FB that psychics are not allowed at the Mothman Fest. I went to the Mothman Fest site and took a look at their vendor guidelines. I couldn't find anything specifically mentioning psychics, but, they do say that vendor offerings need to be related to Mothman.  For some reason they strongly imply that Mothman is not related to psychic realms, which, as Colvin commented in his FB post, the Mothman phenomena is paranormal. The Mothman Fest vendor policies goes on to say that the festival is a family event, and therefore, [paraphrasing] "no new age, satanic, or witchcraft related items allowed." It's a safe assumption that they include tarot readings and psychic readings in that exclusion.

Also, according to Colvin, Confederate flags are allowed. I find that astounding. So, a no on psychics, a yes on racist yahoo-ism.

You can read the policy here.

As with Sasquatch, Mothman is apparently being considered only as a flesh and blood being, and any connection with paranormal, supernatural, occult and psychic areas is nonsense. Why? What of witnesses, researchers and others who have had experiences that go beyond the mundane? Well, they need to shut up apparently.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Phantoms and Monsters: Winged Humanoids in Chicago

At Lon Strickler's Phantoms and Monsters: Pulse of the Paranormal -- reports continue to come in of a large, winged humanoid creature in Lincoln Park, Chicago.



On Facebook, Lon had commented that remote viewing these sightings is a good idea. I agree. Ideally, several remote viewers involved.




Saturday, April 29, 2017

"Be Wise…" Allergy Campaign


A new allergy over the counter medication -- Xyzal -- is using an owl, in a cartoony puppet type way, as its mascot. Complete with a British accent.

(Sanofi debuts first Xyzal ad campaign with wise old spokes-owl | FiercePharma)


Sanofi explained the owl in a email to FiercePharma: "Owls are nocturnal animals that are known for being wise, so ‘Nigel the Xyzal Wise Owl’ seemed like a perfect character to educate allergy sufferers about this brand," (Fierce Pharma)
The Xyzal owl is shown in a library, wearing a monocle, sometimes wearing a lab coat. Assuring us there is knowledge, wisdom, and scientific history within this new allergy stuff. There's something comforting in the old fashioned, white coated and bookish owl.



I'm struck by the imagery: wise owl (owls long considered wise in popular culture and used to promote wise behaviors), its use of a Brittish accent, which seems to always impress us Americans, and the name itself. A series of X-Files like letters -- Xyzal -- invoking titles for top secret files and scientific gene things. (I know, I need a more wholesome hobby, one that gets me out more.) And of course, we have the Owlman mystery, also British, still unsolved. You can Google the Owlman legend and get lost researching the topic, but here's one link to a 2015 piece by Nick Redfern on the topic: The Owl-UFO-Connection Continues.


Owls are a Fortean staple in UFO narratives. "The Owls are not what they seem" is a pop culture classic line from the T.V. series  Twin Peaks. Giant owls appearing during UFO experiences are common. For a great read, see Mike Clleland's The Messengers: Owls, Synchronicity, and UFO Abductee.



No idea how this allergy med works. As someone who does, indeed, suffer greatly from allergies, I might give it a try.




Saturday, April 15, 2017

Phantoms and Monsters: Pulse of the Paranormal

Lon Strikler at Phantoms and Monsters: Pulse of the Paranormal, has an item about a Mothman incident in Chicago's aptly named, in Fortean terms, Oz park. In fact, there are more than one strange episode like this in Chicago.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

From Nick Redfern: "A Mothman-Themed Road-Trip"

Nick Redfern writes about his Mothman road trip a year ago with fellow travelers who chase the weird.



One of the areas of the Mothman phenomena that has always intrigued me: the now abandoned "TNT" area  where highly dangerous chemicals were kept during WWII. Witnesses have reported eerie happenings there; Redfern writes:

 Today, the plant is no more. The only things left now are the crumbling foundations and a couple of sturdy, metal, perimeter-gates and a rusted metal fence. During daylight, it’s an inviting and picturesque area, filled with densely-packed trees, a plethora of wildlife – such as deer, raccoons and beavers – and numerous ponds, pools and small lakes. After dark, however, things are very different. The atmosphere of menace, which was so present back in the sixties, is still there – utterly refusing to relinquish its icy grip. (Nick Redfern, Mothman-Themed Road-Trip, Mysterious Universe)


I haven't been to Point Pleasant, but hope to visit some day, and explore the old TNT area. I've always thought there was some connection between that location and the Mothman entity.