In Scottish folklore, the Fachan (aka Fachen, Fachin, or Peg Leg Jack) is a cruel and malevolent faerie with a very unusual appearance. It wields a spiked club, and uses it to chase away (and kill, if it can) anything that comes near it. It hates all other life, and will destroy whole farms and orchards in a single day. It is active all year, but you can recognize its lair quite easily, due to there being no trees, animals or grass, just barren ground. It only has one arm and leg, so it compensates for being extremely strong in those limbs.
It possesses a tuft of black hair or feathers on the top of its head, and has a very wide mouth, but its most unusual quality is quite obvious: It only has one of every body part (only one leg, eye, ear, nostril, finger, toe, arm, and tooth). It is covered in fur. The appearance of the Fachan is so dreadful and frightful, it has been known to give the viewer a heart attack.
Should Nessie become the official animal of Scotland?!
Inverness cruise company Loch Ness by Jacobite is spearheading the drive to see Nessie replace the unicorn which is currently the country’s national animal, a legacy from William I’s decision to use the mythical creature on his coat of arms.
The world’s only cryptozoology museum is located in Portland, Maine. Cryptozoology is the study of hidden animals and this museum shares items cryptozoologically collected, since 1960, by Loren Coleman and gathered from other donators to his collection.
It wasn’t until we first laid eyes on it that we realized how desperately our kitchen has needed a big soup ladle shaped like the legendary Loch Ness Monster. Just look at how its little plesiosaur-ish head peeks up out of a pot of soup!
This awesomely adorable Nessie Ladle was designed by Jenny Pokryvailo for Tel Aviv-based design studio OTOTO. It’s not just cute, it’s also more functional than a non-cryptid ladle. Nessie has stubby legs that allow the ladle to stand upright all by itself without tipping over.
Point Pleasant, West Virginia, has recently become home to a tiny storefront museum dedicated to the legend of Mothman, the cryptid that plagues the north-east of the United States, namely Point Pleasant itself. The town became famous in the 1960s for its multitude of Mothman sightings. It is the only known collection that is publicly dedicated to the creature. There is also a yearly festival dedicated to Mothman, operated by the same man who runs the museum.
Mothman is the name given to a moth-like creature, originally seen in the Point Pleasant area of West Virginia from November 15, 1966 to December 15, 1967. Since then, it has been seen before, during or after massive disasters. Above is an image taken from the horrific attacks of 9/11- several eyewitnesses captured photographs of a large, black, flying beast, fleeing from the towers just as the first plane hit.