Archive for the ‘Cryptozoology’ Category

Cougar Killed on Chicago’s North Side

April 20, 2008

Big cat sightings in Illinois are not exactly common, but they definitely occur — but are usually dismissed. Last week a cougar was spotted in Chicago, and according to the Chicago Tribune (via Cryptomundo), it’s the first confirmed sighting of a cougar in the city of Chicago since the 1800s. Unfortunately, police shot the animal in a back alley — saying they feared it was turning to attack.

Rest in peace, cougar. Humans kinda suck.

Cryptomundo also links to video here.

Update: National Geographic has some interesting theories, including the assertion that this cat can’t have come from Illinois.

Cougar image from Wikipedia.

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Techyum Roundup

September 13, 2007

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Morgellons: Emerging Disease or Nanofiber Assault by Doctor X?

¡El Chupacabra es un Canguro del Mutante del Infierno, Ay Caramba!

Ebola Outbreak in the Congo

On the Trail of the Elusive Cabbit

September 9, 2007

rabbit3.jpgA friend from New Orleans called my girlfriend in all seriousness and asked her whether a cat and rabbit could breed. When my girlfriend assured her that cat-rabbit marriages were only allowed north of the Mason-Dixon line, the friend expressed relief and described a strange series of interactions in which several of her friends claimed to have owned, known or seen a cabbit. My girlfriend sent me this link, laughing till she cried. The entry at Wikipedia is more concise, even encyclopedish, and no less amusing (”The portmanteau term cabbit is used for alleged hybrids,” they says to me, so I says to Wikipedia I says to them, ”Alleged portmanteau!?!? You should meet my starboard manteau!”).

From Messy Beast, a “Cat Resource Archive:”

I’ve had a lot of enquiries from people asking where they can buy a cabbit. They have read two of my articles and misunderstood the information about cabbits. Those who have mailed me thought I was saying that there really are creatures which are part cat and part rabbit. Some even thought I was breeding cabbits or that I knew cabbit-breeders who would sell them a cabbit.

For the love of God, people — I thought everybody knew that the only other mammal rabbits can breed with are antelopes.

Rabbit via Wikipedia.

A Space Alien You’re Not Going To Catch While Fishing, Except in Russia

September 9, 2007

lumpfish.jpgNeatorama links to a story on the Bounty Fishing Blog about “27 Aquatic Life Forms You Never Caught While  Fishing.” I think this one should come off the list, at least for the Russians: it looks suspiciously like the delicious alien caught by Russian fishermen as reported (with video) in Pravda, as I wrote here in June. Go, Ivan!

Photo left, from Bountyfishing.com

Photo bottom, from Pravda.

Sex Secrets of the Yeti (DVD Review)

September 8, 2007

 

Strange? Why, yes, it’s very strange. Charmingly European? Yes, yes, it is unquestionably that. Sex Secrets of the Yeti is like the bad sci-fi parody Misty Mundae would have made if she did hardcore anal, drank and had an extremely heavy Slovakian accent. It’s Hardware Wars on soap flakes, with fucking, and a guy in a dime-store Chewbacca mask is the romantic lead. Weird. Dude. Weird.

Read more at Eros Zine.

A Space Alien You’re Not Going To Catch While Fishing, Except in Russia

August 26, 2007

lumpfish.jpgNeatorama links to a story on the Bounty Fishing Blog about “27 Aquatic Life Forms You Never Caught While  Fishing.” I think this one should come off the list, at least for the Russians: it looks suspiciously like the delicious alien caught by Russian fishermen as reported (with video) in Pravda, as I wrote here in June. Go, Ivan!

Photo left, from Bountyfishing.com

Photo bottom, from Pravda.

On the Trail of the Elusive Cabbit

August 24, 2007

rabbit3.jpgA friend from New Orleans called my girlfriend in all seriousness and asked her whether a cat and rabbit could breed. When my girlfriend assured her that cat-rabbit marriages were only allowed north of the Mason-Dixon line, the friend expressed relief and described a strange series of interactions in which several of her friends claimed to have owned, known or seen a cabbit. My girlfriend sent me this link, laughing till she cried. The entry at Wikipedia is more concise, even encyclopedish, and no less amusing (“The portmanteau term cabbit is used for alleged hybrids,” they says to me, so I says to Wikipedia I says to them, “Alleged portmanteau!?!? You should meet my starboard manteau!”).

From Messy Beast, a “Cat Resource Archive:”

I’ve had a lot of enquiries from people asking where they can buy a cabbit. They have read two of my articles and misunderstood the information about cabbits. Those who have mailed me thought I was saying that there really are creatures which are part cat and part rabbit. Some even thought I was breeding cabbits or that I knew cabbit-breeders who would sell them a cabbit.

For the love of God, people — I thought everybody knew that the only other mammal rabbits can breed with are antelopes.

Rabbit via Wikipedia.

Techyum Roundup

August 20, 2007

stingerThe last few days, I’ve been blogging over at Violet Blue’s Techyum, a blog of technology, innovation, and shiny things. Some primo Roche bloggage:

Guinness Crowns New World’s Tallest Man (And he’s not Mongolian)

I Got Yer Flying Car (NASA awards winners of the Personal Air Vehicle Challenge)

Kicks for Stingers (Guy in Florida trades ground-to-air missile in on designer footwear for his daughter)

The Mounties Always Get Their Sasquatch (The elusive Bigfoot finally captured, grudgingly takes off his gorilla suit)

Image via Wikipedia.

The Times Covers the Lake Kanas Monster

July 20, 2007

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Yesterday, the Times Online covered the “monsters” spotted in Lake Kanas, China, which it insists on calling “Lake Kanasi” in the body of the text but not in the photo caption. MonsterUSA picks up on that, referring to the lake (in the Mongolian region) now as Lake Kanasi.

The only Wikipedia reference to the “Kanasi” spelling gives me this, in the trivia section of the entry on Hucho taimen, a species in the salmon family:

“According to some popular Chinese folklore, a type of Taimen lives in Kanasi Lake in China and can weigh up to 4 tons. Scientific evidence has yet to verify the claim.”

Kanasi or Kanas? The anal-retentive copyeditor in me is having a conniption fit.

Meanwhile, everyone who found this blog by searching “bukkake” is like, “WTF?!?”

Image: From Wikipedia, Random Hucho taimen from northwestern Mongolia, almost certainly not the Kanas Lake monster, though this one was tagged & released, so you never know…

More On China’s Kanas Lake Monster

July 19, 2007

News.com.au offers some more opinions on China’s purported Lake Kanas Monster, which I posted about a few days ago. The News.com.au article also offers a more YouTube footage (they probably had access to flashlights).

Chinese Central Television described the footage as the clearest yet seen of a legendary beast that has been rumoured for centuries to live in the lake.

Locals have long claimed the animals have dragged sheep, cows and even horses into the deep to devour them.

Yuan Guoying, of the Xinjiang Institute of Environmental Protection, said the video provided important proof.

“Only fish could make waves in this formation. I think the video is real,” Mr Yuan, who has done research at the lake for more than two decades, said.

Chinese researchers in the 1980s said the monster was likely to be a huge member of the salmon family, one of eight fish species in the lake.

Mr Yuan said more research was needed, although it would be impossible to catch a fish that big.

Interesting to me that News.com.au implies two things at the same time… that “the video is real” and that “only fish could make waves in this formation,” which is kinda in direct opposition to the locals’ claims that the animals have dragged sheep, cows, and even horses into the deep. Salmon, to my knowledge, don’t loves them some horses, but who knows? Giant Chinese Salmon could just as easily be Giant Chinese Carnivorous Horse-Eating Salmon, couldn’t they?

Peoples’ Daily Online also offers a fairly amusing image taken by a tourist.