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GUYS I'M SCREAMING

So I’ve been reading Ron Chernow’s book on Hamilton, and I’ve found some facts that I would love to be made into fanfics.

1. Washington called Hamilton ‘my boy,’ and the other aides called him 'Ham’ or 'Hammie.’

2. Alexander made many rides across the Hudson River, riding 60 miles a day, for five days, riding like a man possessed. He eventually had to stay in a town he was delivering a letter to, telling Washington in a letter the reason he was so late; “I have been struck with a slight fever, and severe rhumuthic (however you spell that) pains.” After he recovered, he was struck ill by a severe chill, and doctors thought he wouldn’t make the night. He did, and left, collapsing outside of Morristown. (Ham needs to take care of himself smh)

3. Washington brought out his anger on Hamilton.

4. Alexander’s relationship With John is called the most intimate relationship he had in his entire life.

5. Lafayette referred to himself as Alexander’s brother, but he may have had a small crush on Alex.

6. Hercules Mulligan was Alex’s first friend fuck off Burr

7. Alexander’s horse was shot out from under him in the Battle of Monnmuth (however you spell that), was badly injured, and had to retreat.

Chicago: Six reasons to visit

The Windy City is often overshadowed by its coastal counterparts, but with steely skyscrapers, culturally diverse neighbourhoods and the great outdoors nearby, it’s time to take another look at America’s second city.


The Italian job

Photo by Thomas Schweighofer on Unsplash

About 30 minutes west of downtown Chicago you’ll find Il Poveretto Café. The Melrose Park neighbourhood is known for Italian restaurants and this is a favourite. The owner, Frankie, treats everyone like family. The Italian village salad is the perfect starter, but save space for spumoni cheesecake.


Little India

Strolling down Devon Avenue, you’d be forgiven for thinking you’re in India. Most come to dine, as there are plenty of superb Indian restaurants, including Annapurna, but don’t miss popping into the many sari shops - the colours are breathtaking.


Outdoor pursuits

Chicago is home to the 30km lakefront trail, a beautiful park space separating downtown Chicago from Lake Michigan. Dotted along the lakefront are 26 natural sand beaches where you can rent paddleboards, jet skis, and kayaks, or kick back with a nice cocktail at a beachside café.  If biking’s more your thing, head out onto the city’s 320km of designated bicycle lanes – Chicago was recently named the most cycling-friendly city in America. 


Tread the boards

Take a tour of the historic Chicago Theatre. Opened in 1921, it’s one of Chicago’s most iconic buildings, and the backstage wall is filled with autographs from showbusiness stars, including Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Dolly Parton.


Retail therapy

Get your shopping fix on State Street, that great street, as the song goes, home to Macy’s, the second largest department store in the world. Then hop over the Chicago River to The Magnificent Mile. There you can enjoy jaw-dropping city skyline sights and be spoiled for choice with its 460 shops.


Sail away

No trip to Chicago is complete without hopping on the Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise. It’s amazing - you’ll learn why the city’s buildings are built the way they are and why the river flows backwards, plus you’ll get the lowdown on the newest skyscrapers.

Plan your Chicago holiday


Words by Maureen Mclafferty, British Airways’ Chicago airport manager

Photography by Sawyer Bengtson on Unsplash

One of the most captivating cases of unidentified people is arguably that of D.B. Cooper. Additionally, the case itself is unique to any other unidentified person case because it is the only unsolved air piracy case in history. So, who was D.B. Cooper and what became of him?‬ ‪

‬ ‪It was the afternoon of 24 November, 1971, when a man approached the flight counter in Portland International Airport. He was carrying a black suitcase and asked the employee behind the desk for a one-way ticket to Seattle, giving the name “Dan Cooper.” He was given seat 18C on the Boeing 727-100 which was departing at 2:50PM. Mr. Cooper was described as being 5 feet 10 inches to 6 feet tall and approximately in his mid-40s. Once aboard, he ordered a bourbon and soda and lit a cigarette. ‬ ‪Shortly after the airplane took off, Cooper handed a note to flight attendant, Florence Schaffner. Assuming the note was just Cooper’s phone number, she placed it in her purse without reading it. Cooper then leant forward and whispered: “Miss, you better look at that note. I have a bomb.” After getting the attendant’s attention, Cooper then told her his demands: $200,000, tour parachutes, and a fuel truck awaiting in Seattle to refuel. The Seattle police and FBI were contacted and scrambled to assemble Cooper’s demands in time for landing. When the aircraft landed, the passengers disembarked. Cooper waited onboard while the money and parachutes were delivered.‬ ‪

‬ ‪While refuelling, Cooper detailed his flight plan to the crew onboard. He wanted the pilot to head towards Mexico City at the minimum speed possible. Then they were off again. The weather had worsened and they were now flying through a severe rainstorm. After being in the air for approximately 20 minutes, Cooper ordered the flight attendant to the cockpit. As she complied, she turned around to see Cooper seemingly fashioning something around his waist. Moments later, a warning light in the cockpit indicating that the airstair system had been activated. Following the warning, there was a change in air pressure, indicating the airplane door was open. Cooper was gone. He had jumped from the airplane, leaving behind just a neck tie on his seat.

‬The pilot had been flying over Lewis River in southwestern Washington when Cooper jumped from the airplane. Despite an extensive manhunt, D.B. Cooper was never found or identified. The FBI later released the ransom serial numbers to financial institutions in the hopes that somebody somewhere could have come into contact with the mysterious hijacker. In 1980, a little boy discovered three packets of the random cash while playing on a beach in Columbia River, approximately 9 miles from Vancouver.‬ ‪The cash matched the serial numbers of the ransom cash. But what did that mean? Could it have accidentally fallen out whilst he threw himself from the airplane or did it land with his body?

‬ ‪Over the forthcoming years, there have been a plethora of theories as to the real identity of D.B. Cooper and whether or not he survived the jump. To this date, the case still remains unsolved.‬

just saying it’s pretty weird how nothing bad happened to miles upshur… just absolutely wild how he successfully got out of mount massive without a scratch on him… all ten fingers? miles upshur has those. he’s never been shot in his life. walrider? what’s that? miles doesn’t know and he’s certainly not possessed by whatever THAT is. anyone else think it’s just great that miles upshur is out there happily living his life, being Gay and not dead? SO glad red barrels didn’t put miles through awful things of any kind

I was so busy injecting you into my system, 
looking for the opium in you to fulfill the hole in me that
I forgot to look around and see the world around me that
offers the same thing without making me an addict. 

How can I choose a drug such as you, 
to something the opposite of harming me the way you would? 

I guess, phase one admitting: I’m an addict and
I want to quit and here is my day one. 

D C de Oliveira 
9.45am 
04.08.2017 
// Viper //

Peru’s Boiling River

In the rainforest of Amazonian Peru, lies a boiling river that kills everything that is unfortunate enough to fall in. It is the world’s largest thermal river, running for four miles and reaching 80 feet at its widest point and 16 feet at its deepest. What makes it so unique is that it is non-volcanic.

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One beautiful day in the summer of 1974, Ted Bundy accompanied by a date named Becky joined friendly acquaintance Larry Voschall and his date Susan for rafting down the Yakima River.  Larry talked to psychologist Al Carlisle about what happened that day:

“The thing about this raft trip is I had always seen Ted as a gentleman’s gentleman, rather suave, the type of person that would never step out of line.  As this raft trip progressed his personality went from that to a type of personality that none of us really wanted anything to do with.  As a matter of fact, I don’t think I’ve seen Ted since.  That was about two years ago this summer.  At any rate, there was one incident where Becky was in an inner tube tied on to the raft and he untied her halter top and let it fall away.  It was an embarrassment to her.  It clearly was out of character with his personality.

But more than that, we got in a couple of really tight situations which were very unpleasant.  He put his head under a waterfall and almost overturned the raft.  Becky almost went under.  He just seemed to enjoy seeing people frightened.  As the trip progressed we went over a waterfall.  [At one point Ted let Becky drift in the inner tube over to the waterfall knowing she couldn’t swim].  Then he got in the inner tube and cut himself loose and floated by himself for a while.  He decided he was tired of us and went down ahead of us in the river.  When we got down to where the car was he went up to pick up the other car.  It was only about seven miles and it took him a long time to come back.  

His personality went from a very pleasant person to someone who was practically unbearable to be with.  I don’t know whether he was tired of his amateur partners or what, but it was one of the most unusual personality transformations I’ve seen.  I’ve been a reporter for about ten years and it’s one of the strangest things I’ve seen.  I believe he’s got a split personality, a dual personality.

It was so strange because he was the kind of person who would come to a party and he was so intelligent and he could easily carry on a conversation and he was so polite.  Then to see the other side of him was so shocking.  His two personalities were so different that after that the three of us really didn’t want anything to do with him.

Was there any other time when you saw this change in his personality?

I really didn’t.  I had been to a few parties with him.  I had the impression that he had a lot of money.  He was always well groomed, good clothes, and very well-mannered.  And that was what impressed me, to see a really different side to him.  So, when all of this other stuff started coming up I thought I needed to talk to the authorities so I gave them a call.

I don’t know.  It was a fascinating encounter, I’ll tell you that.  It was just that personality change.  In spite of all our objections he really put us in a couple of tight spots where somebody could have got hurt.  Going through the turbulence where the waterfall came out into the river, we almost lost the raft.  There was no reason to go over to that part at all.  We had a half mile wide river and much of it was very smooth.

Do you have any idea why he untied Becky’s halter? 

No, that has always seemed to be a real strange thing.  I don’t think I was initially looking in that direction.  Then I turned and I saw the halter fall.  She was a very proper gal.  That surprised me.  I’ve taken other trips where that happened and we didn’t think anything of it, but with his personality and with Becky it seemed very strange.

Had he dated her much?

I don’t think more than a couple times.  That night after he finally came back we headed back to Seattle, about a two-hour trip.  We wanted to stop to get something to eat.  He didn’t want to and he wasn’t talking to anybody.  Becky said it probably was because he didn’t have any money with him.

Becky said she’d buy.  God, he didn’t say a word!  When he’s talkative he’s very talkative.  I always thought that something happened in that hour and a half when he was gone.  He was a completely different person.“

–Al Carlisle, Violent Mind

This is pretty cool, I’m thinking Insomnia for Alaska and Pearl Harbour for Hawaii.

The border is many things to different people across America. For some, it is a place of opportunity, where goods flow in and out of the country, adding to the economies of both Mexico and the United States. Others see it as a gateway for drugs and illegal immigration.

We wanted to know how the people who live and work on the border feel.

So we are travelling this week to Texas’s Rio Grande Valley.

This part of the border has been getting a lot of attention from politicians in Washington lately.  It’s one of the most active places now for apprehensions of illegal immigrants and drug traffickers. But it is also an economic pump for Southern Texas, because of its role as a huge shopping destination for Mexicans hitting the malls of McAllen.

The Rio Grande Valley in Texas abuts 320 miles of river, the iconic Rio Grande, which acts as the natural barrier and the de-facto border between Mexico and the United States. But in many parts of the area there is no man-made barrier between the two countries. In one tiny community, a hand cranked ferry takes people and cars across to the other side. It’s a sign of how intertwined the communities on both sides of the river are.

A decade ago, there were plans to build a border fence here but they never came to fruition because of lack of money, among other reasons. Today, President Donald Trump has promised to build a wall across the entire Southern border and this part of Texas may be included in that.  

Join us—Lulu Garcia-Navarro, host of Weekend Edition, and producers Ravenna Koenig and Samantha Balaban– as we explore this area over the next four days.

(Photo: NPR/ Ravenna Koenig)

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Can You Identify This Man?

Police investigators in the town of Delphi, Indiana, are pleading for any information or identification on the man pictured in the bottom photograph. He is believed to be a suspect or potential witness in the murders of two local girls, Abby Williams (13), and Liberty (Libby) German (14).

The two girls were reported missing on February 13, 2017, after taking a hike in a popular beauty spot. The last time the girls were seen was on the Monon High Bridge, where Abby took a photograph of Liberty and uploaded it to social media. The next day, their bodies were discovered close to a near-by river, about a quarter-mile away from the bridge. Police have since informed the media that DNA evidence has been recovered from the scene, though they are refusing to comment on the nature of the evidence.

Police have also obtained the above picture of the unknown suspect, and are asking for help in identifying the man. If you were in or around the Delphi region between February 13-14, you might have seen him. Here are some identifying features:

- Blue jeans
- Blue windbreaker jacket, with a possible scarf
- Brown cap
- Stockily built
- May have been hitchhiking on the day the girls disappeared
- Might be a keen outdoorsman/ have intimate knowledge of the area

Please, if you can help in any way, call the Delphi tip line at 844-459-5786. Your tip will be handled anonymously. Please help bring the killer(s) of Abby and Liberty to justice!

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There is no such thing as a meat, cheese, milk, egg-eating environmentalist.
Excerpt from Adaptt.org

Meat-eating environmentalist = Oxymoron

Animal Agriculture and Environmental Destruction

Many people who fancy themselves to be environmentalists are fond of demonizing the automobile industry, calling it the number one agent of global pollution. (Just look at some of the literature emanating from such “mainstream” organizations as Environment California and the Sierra Club.) However, when it comes to environmental destruction, animal agriculture is the elephant in the room that no one wants to acknowledge, confront, or talk about. Animal-based agriculture is the number one cause of deforestation, air pollution, and water pollution. Therefore, those people who still incorporate meat, eggs, or dairy products in their diet cannot claim to be environmentalists.

Here is a summary of how the production of meat, eggs, and dairy products takes a staggering toll on the ecosystem:

Water Pollution

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the runoff from factory farms pollutes our rivers and lakes more than all other industries combined. In the U.S. alone, animals raised for food produce 130 times more excrement than the entire human population—86,000 pounds per second. A typical pig factory farm generates as much raw waste as a city of 50,000 people. Chicken, pig, and cow excrement have polluted over 35,000 miles of rivers in at least 22 states and contaminated groundwater in at least 17 states.

What’s more, chicken, pig, turkey and cow excrement comprise the sole source of all the recent E. Coli, salmonella and listeria outbreaks in which spinach, tomatoes, peanuts, jalapeño peppers, cantaloupe and other plant products have been implicated. E. Coli, salmonella and listeria have only one source: SHIT (human or animal)! Since spinach, peanuts, jalapeños, cantaloupe and tomatoes don’t shit, spinach, peanuts, jalapeños, cantaloupe and tomatoes cannot be blamed for this problem. E. Coli, salmonella and listeria found their way to the plants because people who enslave animals for meat, dairy or eggs contaminate the waterways by dumping nearly 2.7 trillion pounds of manure into America’s lakes, rivers and streams annually. Contaminated water eventually ends up on some of the crops as run-off, passing E. Coli, salmonella and listeria to the consumer. Also, more frighteningly, there are many times when farmers literally spray tons of RAW animal shit directly on the crops. Make no mistake: ALL E. Coli, salmonella and listeria incidents occur because of animal agriculture. Meat, dairy and egg-eaters want to eat billions of land animals. So ConAgra, Smithfield, Tyson, Perdue, etc. MASS PRODUCE billions of land animals far in excess of the numbers that would occur if these animals were left to their own reproductive devices and inclinations. Billions of land animals produce trillions of pounds of excrement.

Chemical Pollution

The majority of pesticide intake comes from animal products because the meat, dairy and egg industries douse billions of animals with chemicals to kill flies and mosquitoes that spread diseases from animal to animal. These chemicals seep through the pores, where they’re permanently stored in the animals’ flesh. Only a small percentage of pesticide intake comes from plant-based foods. But the majority of that residue can be washed away pretty easily. You also have the option of purchasing organic plant foods, which solves the chemical problem altogether. While you might be able to buy some chemical-free animal products (which is pretty hard to do because animal feed is rarely organic), there are still four issues that can never be overcome: slaughterhouse cruelty; the commodification and enslavement of animals; the deleterious effects of consuming animal protein, casein, cholesterol, saturated fats and trans fatty acids; and the environmental destruction and world hunger caused by animal-based agriculture. The government also allows crops set aside as animal feed to be sprayed with 2 to 20 times the amount of chemicals used on crops set aside for human consumption!

Water Use

Raising animals for food consumes nearly half the water used in the United States. Since no one needs to eat an animal in order to survive (except those living in icy and desert settings—see the ETHICS, LAWS and TRADITIONS section), that means fifty percent of all the water in America is wasted on animal-based agriculture. It takes an estimated 800 to 2,500 gallons of water to produce a single pound of beef, but only 25 gallons to produce a pound of wheat. Maintaining a carnivorous diet for a single person requires 4,200 gallons of water per day. A vegan diet for a single person requires only 300 gallons of water per day.

Land Use

Of all agricultural land in the U.S., nearly 80 percent is used to raise animals for food. More than 260 million acres of U.S. forest have been cleared to create cropland to grow grain for animal feed, and about 85 percent of the seven billion tons of topsoil lost in the U.S. each year has been directly attributed to the enslavement of cows. It takes twenty times more land to sate the appetites of meat, dairy and egg-eaters than vegans: those who eat animal products require roughly 3.25 acres of land per person per year to feed themselves, whereas vegans require only 1/6 of an acre per person per year.

Rainforest Depletion

About 214,000 acres of rainforest, comprising an area greater than that of New York City, are destroyed every day. Some of this is for cows to graze, while some of it is to grow crops for animal feed. More than 2.9 million acres of rainforest were destroyed in the 2004-2005 crop season in order to grow crops that feed chickens and other animals in factory farms.

For every pound of hamburger produced in rainforest countries, approximately 220 square feet of rainforest are cleared to grow the required feed. Through this clearing approximately 2,600 pounds of living matter will in the best of circumstances be displaced, or destroyed altogether. This living matter includes roughly 20 to 30 different plant species, over 100 insect species, and dozens of birds, mammals and reptiles. What is more, along with the biomass found in coral reefs, rainforest vegetation is said to be one of the most promising sources of heretofore-undiscovered chemical compounds for treating many diseases that were once thought to be intractable. These resources are simply laid to waste when rainforest is cleared. Even worse, unlike coniferous forest land, tropical rainforest can never be replaced once it has been cleared.

Energy Use

The meat, egg, and dairy industries are heavy consumers of fossil-fuel resources. Raising animals for food requires more than one-third of all the raw materials and fossil fuels used in the United States. The best flesh-food enterprise returns a paltry 34.5 percent of the invested fossil-fuel energy as food energy, measured in terms of caloric expenditure. In contrast, the poorest crop enterprise returns a whopping 328 percent. In other words, the least-efficient plant-based food is nearly ten times as energy-efficient as the most-efficient flesh food!

Air Pollution

Whether you’re a hardcore liberal who believes that humans are responsible for global warming, or a staunch conservative who believes that the warming of the earth is a natural cycle, I think we can all agree that intentionally emitting nitrous oxide, methane and carbon dioxide into the atmosphere can be classified as pollution. And pollution has the potential to sicken the earth and its inhabitants. Liberals and conservatives alike must understand that the feces of all animals in the meat, dairy and egg industries emit nitrous oxide and methane, two highly noxious pollutants. Plus, when it comes to carbon dioxide, few people recognize the devastating impact that destroying rainforest to grow crops for animal feed can have on the environment. For example, it’s becoming increasingly well-known that burning one gallon of gasoline in an internal-combustion engine releases about 19 pounds of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. But clearing and burning enough rainforest to produce just one hamburger releases 165 pounds of carbon dioxide. Veganism, as always, is the best, most efficient way to help the environment. After all, there is no such thing as a meat, cheese, milk, egg-eating environmentalist.

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Flatwoods monster

In West Virginia folklore, the Flatwoods Monster, also known as the Braxton County Monster or the Phantom of Flatwoods, is an entity reported to have been sighted in the town of Flatwoods in Braxton County, West Virginia, United States, on September 12, 1952. Stories of the creature are an example of a purported close encounter of the third kind.

Flatwoods Monster


Sub grouping: unidentified extraterrestrial

Other name(s):
Braxton County Monster
Phantom of Flatwoods

Country: United States

Region: Flatwoods, West Virginia

Appearance

Location of Flatwoods, West Virginia

Various descriptions of the entity exist. Most describe it as being at least 7 feet (2.1 m) tall, with a black body and a dark, glowing face. Witnesses described the creature’s head as elongated, shaped like a sideways diamond, and as having non-human eyes; a large, circular cowling appeared behind the head. The creature’s body was described as “inhumanly-shaped” and clad in a dark, pleated skirt-like exoskeleton, later described as a shadow.

Some accounts record that the creature appeared to have “no visible arms” due to its incredible speed, while others reported long, stringy arms, protruding from the front of its body, with long, claw-like fingers.The creature is referred to as the “Lizard Monster” on the March 10, 2010, episode of MonsterQuest. Some witnesses reported seeing a large, pulsating red ball of light that hovered above or rested on the ground. Ufologists believe that it may have been a powered craft that the entity had piloted.

Chronology

A newspaper clipping of the story of the Flatwoods Monster

At 7:15 p.m. on September 12, 1952, two brothers, Edward and Fred May, and their friend Tommy Hyer (ages 13, 12, and 10 respectively) witnessed a bright object cross the sky, coming to rest on land belonging to local farmer G. Bailey Fisher. Upon witnessing the object, the boys went to the home of the May brothers’ mother, Kathleen May, where they told the story of having seen a UFO crash land in the hills. From there, Mrs. May, accompanied by the three boys, local children Neil Nunley and Ronnie Shaver , and 17-year-old West Virginia National Guardsman Eugene Lemon, traveled to the Fisher farm in an effort to locate whatever it was that the boys had seen.

Lemon’s dog ran ahead out of sight and suddenly began barking, and moments later ran back to the group with its tail between its legs. After traveling about 0.25 miles (402 m) the group reached the top of a hill, where they reportedly saw a large pulsating “ball of fire” about 50 feet (15 m) to their right. They also detected a pungent mist that made their eyes and noses burn. Lemon then noticed two small lights over to the left of the object, underneath a nearby oaktree and directed his flashlight towards them, revealing the creature, which May reported as bounding towards them. Other sources[which?]describe it as emitting a shrill hissing noise before gliding towards them, changing direction and then heading off towards the red light. At this point the group fled in panic.

Upon returning home, Mrs. May contacted local Sheriff Robert Carr and Mr. A. Lee Stewert, co-owner of the Braxton Democrat, a local newspaper. Stewert conducted a number of interviews and returned to the site with Lemon later that night, where he reported that “there was a sickening, burnt, metallic odor still prevailing”. Sheriff Carr and his deputy Burnell Long searched the area separately, but reported finding no trace of the encounter other than the smell. Early the next morning, Stewert visited the site of the encounter for a second time and discovered two elongated tracks in the mud, as well as traces of a thick black liquid. He immediately reported them as being possible signs of a saucerlanding, based on the premise that the area had not been subjected to vehicle traffic for at least a year. It was later revealed that the tracks were likely to have been those of a 1942 Chevrolet pickup truck driven by local Max Lockard, who had gone to the site to look for the creature some hours prior to Stewert’s discovery.

After the event, Mr. William and Donna Smith, investigators associated with Civilian Saucer Investigation, LA, obtained a number of accounts from witnesses who claimed to have experienced a similar or related phenomena. These accounts included the story of a mother and her 21-year-old-daughter, who claimed to have encountered a creature with the same appearance and odor a week prior to the September 12 incident. The encounter reportedly affected the daughter so badly that she was confined to Clarksburg Hospital for three weeks. They also gathered a statement from the mother of Eugene Lemon, in which she said that, at the approximate time of the crash, her house had been violently shaken and her radio had cut out for 45 minutes, and a report from the director of the local Board of Education in which he claimed to have seen a flying saucer taking off at 6:30 a.m. on September 13 (the morning after the creature was sighted).

Sickness

After encountering the creature, several members of the September 12 group reported suffering from similar symptoms, which persisted for some time and which they attributed to having been exposed to the mist emitted by the creature. The symptoms included irritation of the nose and swelling of the throat. Lemon suffered from vomiting and convulsions throughout the night, and had difficulties with his throat for several weeks afterward. A doctor who treated several of the witnesses is reported to have described their symptoms as being similar to victims of mustard gas, though such symptoms are also commonly found in sufferers of hysteria, which can be brought on by exposure to a traumatic or shocking event.

Conventional explanations

After examining the case 48 years after the event, Joe Nickell of the paranormal investigation group Committee for Skeptical Inquiry (CSI), then known as CSICOP, concluded in 2000 that the bright light in the sky reported by the witnesses on September 12 was most likely a meteor, that the pulsating red light was likely an aircraft navigation/hazard beacon, and that the creature described by witnesses closely resembled an owl. Nickell claimed that the latter two of which were distorted by the heightened state of anxiety felt by the witnesses after having observed the former. Nickell’s conclusions are shared by a number of other investigators, including those of the Air Force. Skeptics have also proposed misidentified owl sightings as explanations for the Mothman and the Kelly-Hopkinsville encounter .

The night of the September 12 sighting, a meteor had been observed across three states—Maryland, Pennsylvania and West Virginia—and had been mistakenly reported as a flaming aircraft crashing into the side of a hill at Elk River, approximately 11 miles (18 km) southwest of the location of the Flatwoods sighting.[citation needed] Three flashing red aircraft beacons were also visible from the area of the sightings,[citation needed] possibly accounting for the pulsating red light seen by the witnesses and for the red tint on the face of the creature.

A barn owl, seen with “claw-like hands” and a face shaped “like the Ace of Spades”

Nickell concluded that the shape, movement, and sounds reported by witnesses were also consistent with the silhouette, flight pattern, and call of a startled barn owl perched on a tree limb, leading researchers to conclude that foliage beneath the owl may have created the illusion of the lower portions of the creature (described as being a pleated green skirt). Researchers also concluded that the witnesses’ inability to agree on whether the creature had arms, combined with Kathleen May’s report of it having “small, claw-like hands” which “extended in front of it”, also matched the description of a barn owl with its talons gripping a tree branch.

Alternative explanations included those put forward by the local media: that the September 12 group had witnessed the impact of a meteor which resulted in a man-shaped cloud of vapor, and those of Kathleen May and her sons (recorded some time after the incident); that they had seen some kind of covert government aircraft.

References in popular culture

Flatwoods held an annual festival to celebrate the “Green Monster”. The three-day festival included a weekend of live music, the Green Monster museum and trips to the site of the original sighting. The last year the festival took place was in 2006.

The final boss at the end of the videogame Amagon

A creature resembling the description of the Flatwoods monster appears as the final boss of the 1988 NES videogame Amagon and as the stage 02 boss of the videogame Space Harrier II. Other videogame aliens with a similar appearance are “Gimme” in the Wii U game The Wonderful 101, the aliens referred to as “Them” in The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask, the Space World boss in Tumblepop, the Hayokonton in Wild Arms, enemies in the Las Vegas level of Ninja Baseball Batman. The player is capable of conjuring a version of the monster in the Scribblenauts game series.

The Flatwoods Monster appears in the “Mystery” apartment look in Tomodachi Life. The monster is shown in chapter 218 of the anime Shinryaku! Ika Musume, where one character uses its picture to scare another.

The Flatwoods Monster is the subject of Argyle Goolsby and the Roving Midnight’s song “The Being”.

The monster inspired the Braxton County CVB to create a series of oversized chairs in the likeness of the monster placed in Braxton County. The Braxton County Monster Chair project started in 2014.

Source"Wikapedia.com

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Ted Bundy’s last confessions to the warden of Florida State Penitentiary:

Ted : January 24, 1989 (around 6:40 a.m.). For the Utah detective named ‘Couch’, there’s one more we didn’t have time for. It’s going to be hard. Between Price and Green River, about ten miles south of Price, a road going south out of Price, maybe five or ten miles, there is a side road to the left going toward the mountains, going east. A quarter mile in there’s a dirt road to the left. This is not going to work too well, (mentioning the map he was working with,) but I’ll try to do something with it. A hundred to two hundred yards in, there’s the remains of a young woman who disappeared from Brigham Young University, June of 1975. That’s as close as I can get it from the map that we have here.

The Warden : Do you know her name?

Ted : No, I don’t.

The Warden : Is that it ?

Ted : To Mike Fisher and the Colorado detectives, the last woman they wanted to talk about, Denise Oliverson, I believe. Referring again to Denise Oliverson, or whoever it was out of Grand Junction that Mike Fisher wanted to discuss, I believe the date was in April 1975. The young woman’s body would have been placed in the Colorado River about five miles west of Grand Junction. It was not buried. That’s all the ones that I can help you with. That’s all the ones that I know about. There are no missing ones outstanding that we haven’t talked about.

The Warden : That’s all of ‘em, Ted?

Ted : Yeah, can I get a smoke off somebody?

The Warden : Ted, I have some inquiries from Illinois and New Jersey.

Ted : Okay. Well, let’s just deal with whatever is outstanding like that. I can say without any question that there is nothing that I was involved in in Illinois or New Jersey.

The Warden : How about Burlington, Vermont? Nothing there? Texas?

Ted : No.

The Warden : Miami?

Ted : No.

The Warden : Okay. That’s all we’ve got. Okay, Ted, thank you.

Ted : You’re welcome.

Today’s the Day - Jordan Parrish Imagine

Request by Anon: Could you do an imagine where the reader is new to being a werewolf and Parrish helps her through it, love your imagines and thankyouuu!!!

Word Count: 1,445

Warnings: None

Author’s Note: This is the last imagine for the year. Expect new imagines next year. 😉 Have a wonderful New Years y’all!

My Teen Wolf Masterlist

Originally posted by medium-americano-black

Y/N sat in the passenger seat, looking out the window as the different shades of brown and green from the trees in the forest blurred together. With his eyes focused on the road, Jordan could see from the corner of his eye how nervous she was. He reached over and grabbed her hand in his. She immediately intertwined her fingers with his as she took a deep breath before looking down at their locked fingers. With her other hand she began to randomly trace shapes on the top of his hand.

“You’re going to do great,” Jordan said with so much confidence. 

“We’ll see,” she mumbled.

“Honey, you’re going to get it right.”

She let out another deep sigh. “That’s what you said the last time, and I somehow ended up in Scott’s backyard while you were about a mile out from where we started.”

Jordan brought up their locked hands and kissed the back of hers. “Today’s the day. I know it.”

“How are you so sure about that?”

“It’s just a feeling I have, and it’s a good one,” he smiled as he finally parked his truck in the middle of the woods.

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