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.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Alfred Lehmberg: "The Mothman 'Futility' Syndrome"

Actor Will Patton as Gordon Smallwood in The Mothman Prophecies, 2002

First of all, if you aren't familiar with Alfred Lehmberg, make yourself so. He has a way with words and thought that is right on, free of bullshit, and very articulate, as well as poetic. He takes the other perspectives, often. The ones that many miss or won't acknowledge. Or, worse, acknowledge with a shrug of dismissal before moving on. Completely missing the point, the gestalt…and yet proceed with research as if nothing over there had really happened.

Of his many varied UFO/Fortean realms he explores (I have an image of a Tarot card --- the Knight of … Swords? A messenger.  Except he's too caring for just swords -- so, Wands, maybe? Fire and play, energy and compassion .. hmm… he has that energy yet he's also King. King of Wands? I digress.)

Writing about the character Gordon Smallwood in the movie The Mothman Prophecies:
You see?  Gordon Smallwood was just trying to make sense of what he KNEW was occurring around and to him.  He knew something was happening because a well credentialed, reasonably decent, and big city television 'News' man was very supportive that something WAS actually happening to the both of them, over an extended period of time, and to a LOT of other witnesses too, includingSmallwood's predictably deserting wife.  What's a remotely curious human being to do in such a circumstance?  What would the reader do (and they're more choices than merely two)? (Alfred Lehmberg: The Mothman "Futility"  Syndrome)
Of course, Lehmberg's article is more than "just" Smallwood; it's about the witness who knows he/she saw something, experienced something, and the experience of others in that individual's circle have as well who later reject such experience. I've experienced this myself. Personally, and during investigations. I have interviewed families where many members have seen and experienced strange things, yet, even after admitting such, pushed these memories down, preferring to pretend they never happened in the first place. The lone individual is left to deal with what they experienced on their own with no support from those they trusted.

It's the story within the story of anomalous experience. Choosing between keeping it to yourself or sharing. Choosing to continue with your truth in the midst of others who try to shut you up, made worse by the fact you know they, too experienced the same.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Mothman IPA

Mothman Black IPA "Still at Large," "Mysterious"
Hat tip to Lesley Gunter who found this image.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Historical Look at Years Surrounding Mothman in New Mothman Documentary

A new Mothman film, with cryptid researcher Lyle Blackburn to narrate. Go to site for a clip. This take on Mothman says it will take a look at "actual events" and new information:

New 'Mothman' Documentary Recounts Actual Events in the 1960's - Bloody Disgusting!: Seth Breedlove, the film’s director promises recently-discovered history connected to the Mothman legends as well as new, untold encounter stories. He goes on the say that the collapse of the Silver Bridge is integral to the story but does not believe the tragedy was connected to the Mothman stories. (source: Brad Miska, Bloody Disgusting.com)
Preview says it will come out in June, but they are asking for contributions on their Kickstarter page.