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Name: Chupacabra

Area of Origin: Central and South America, Mexico, Puerto Rico

With a name derived from the Spanish words, chupar, “to suck” and cabra, “goat” the Chupacabra (literally “goat-sucker”) is a legendary cryptid found in the folklore of the Americas. The creature’s name comes from its reported habit of drinking the blood of farm animals, particularly that of goats. Sightings and/or reports of the creature began in the mid 1990s in Puerto Rico, where 8 sheep were discovered completely drained of blood on a local’s farm. The sheep had peculiar sets of three puncture wounds on their bodies. Once the case gained notoriety, other incidents (with some as early as the 1970s) were then attributed to be the Chupacabra’s doing. Physical descriptions over time have varied, though the creature is consistently described as possessing a row of sharp spines reaching from the neck to the base of its tail. Most commonly, it is described like that of a reptilian-like creature with leathery or scaly green-gray skin, and is said to be approximately 3 to 4 feet high. Sometimes it is believed to hop on its hind legs like that of a Kangaroo. It is has been described as possessing a pair of large, red eyes, sharing a somewhat similar appearance to the common “Grey Alien” and is believed by some to be extraterrestrial in origin.

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Hillary Clinton responds to the question, “Have you ever won a drinking competition?” While Hillary says here that she considers it to have been a tie, urban folklore about the event has often claimed that she, in fact, beat McCain. The match took place at an Estonian bar during a 2004 visit to the country, and the bar’s owner did not hesitate to confirm, when asked, that, “Hillary won. She stayed correct after four shots.” 

738: Devil’s Tramping Ground

Honestly, the phenomena is fascinating, though it most likely is a result of a bizarre ecological “perfect storm.” That being said, there has been at least one account of a red eyed creature being sighted at this location late at night.

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A Cute Mini Documentary If You’re A Little Curious

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Jorogumo

The Jorogumo is a mythical creature from Japanese folklore whose name translates as ‘prostitute spider’. 

The legend comes from the Erdo period and era ruled by shoguns that lasted from 1603 to 1868. When a spider lives for 400 years it gains the ability to grow to the size of a cow and can shape-shift into an attractive young lady. One typical trick it would play to catch a meal would be to transform into an empty inn, house or shrine. Part of it would become an attractive young lady playing on a Biwa and singing beautifully to attract its victim. Some would lure the person in to eat cake and drink sake. She would then get close to her victim and cover his feet in deadly silk from which there was no escape. She like most spiders would then devour him at her own leisure.

Spring Heeled Jack

Spring Heeled Jack is a Victorian England folklore. He was described as terrifying in appearance, with clawed hands and eyes that “resembled red balls of fire”. Many stories also mention a “Devil-like” aspect. Others said he was tall and thin, with the appearance of a gentleman. Several reports mention that he could breathe out blue and white flames and that he wore sharp metallic claws at his fingertips. At least two people claimed that he was able to speak comprehensible English.

Must be the Season of the Witch

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CHUPACABRA

With it’s first sightings said to be in Puerto Rico, Chupacabra in Spanish means ‘Goat-sucker’ which it was named because it was blamed for killing livestock, mainly goats. 

Sightings began as early as 1995 and have since spread to North America and even Russia. However there has been no solid evidence so far for people to believe in such a thing.

Chupacabra is believed to be large animal with a spine that almost protrudes through the skin of the creature. Some eyewitnesses have described Chupacabra as like a large dog with long back legs. Sceptics say that what people are seeing are just wild dogs affected by mange.

Have you spotted Chupacabra yet?

Ned.

Day 4: The Hide-Behind. Originating from American lumberjack folklore, the Hide-Behind was said to be a predatory creature that stalked its human prey stealthily. It could contort its body to hide behind any structure when its prey turned around to look. It was a convenient explanation for the unexplained and unidentified strange noises lumberjacks would often hear in the woods.


Could there truly be a lost shipwreck in the middle of the California desert?

It’s a story that has endured for nearly 400 years: rumors of a Spanish ship, sailing on the mighty Colorado River, which becomes stranded on the desert sands when the water recedes before reaching their destination. Its crew is marooned and left for death, and its magnificent treasures are lost to the wind and the shifting sands. 

There’s no way to know how much truth is in these local legends, and what has bled over from imaginary tales. With only folklore preserving the memories, and no physical maps, searching the wind-blown and rain-shaped basin of the Colorado River for a sand-buried ship would be impossible. The artificially created Salton Sea, a modern successor to more ancient and now dried-up lakes, covers an enormous swathe of desert where such a ship would likely be. 

But the legends are intriguing nonetheless, for this lost ship could be one of many. Most likely it was a Spanish ship, bringing cargo to the colonies when it was carried miles inland by a sudden flood on the Colorado River. The force of the water would have broken a land barrier and eventually deposited the ship in the basin, stranding it far from its water source once the waters retreated. 

Based on size estimates and descriptions from people who claimed to have seen it, it could be the caravel of the explorer Juan de Iturbe, who in 1615 sailed to the Sea of Cortez to gather rare black pearls. On his journey back inland, the flooded river stranded his ship in a shallow lake, which eventually dried up, forcing him to abandon his treasure. A traveler on Juan Bautista de Anza’s 1774 expedition claims to have come across the shipwreck, and taken some of this loot for himself.

There have also been reported encounters, a little farther away, with a nearly-buried Spanish-style galleon in a dried-up saline lake, sightings that seemed to continue well into the late 19th century. A Los Angeles newspaper claimed that it was quite easy to find, standing atop a mesa. Unfortunately, at the time, this area was so poorly mapped that expeditions to track the ship down were unsuccessful, and since 1905 the area has been under the waters of the Salton Sea. 

Even the idea of this ship being a Viking ship has persisted through time. In the early twentieth century, a pair of hikers reported seeing a ship that had very clear and distinct Viking features, one being a snake or dragon-like creature carved into the exterior. They reasoned that the Vikings had perhaps made their way to the western shores of North America, and had subsequently gotten themselves lost. Lacking the time and supplies to get close enough to examine it closely, the hikers decided to come back later. But when they returned a few days afterward, the site where the marvelous Viking ship had sat was buried under rocks and sand from an earthquake that had struck that same morning. 


So is there a shipwreck, laden with treasure, lost somewhere in the desert, so far from the sea? Very likely. 

Will it ever be found and confirmed to exist? Probably not. The landscape of the great desert is constantly drifting and shifting, whether by natural forces or more modern means. What is lost once tends to stay lost forever. 

Urban legend describes the Black Eyed Kids as otherwise normal-looking children ranging in age from five to sixteen, and often wearing normal attire; although sometimes they are said to be dressed in bed clothes or anachronistic outfits, such as Victorian-era clothing.  Their most distinctive feature, of course, is their pitch black eyes.  They appear suddenly, knocking on doors and windows, and asking for entrance to their victim’s home or vehicle in unsettling monotonous voices.  The only useful advice to be had if you encounter one is, of course, to never, ever let them in.

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“There once was a lady who drowned her kids…”

I wonder what little Hispanic kid at one point didn’t hear the story about La Llorona in a cautionary tale about misbehaving.

This Inktober piece dives deep into some of the urban legends I heard as a kid. Even though the legend is quite a few hundred years old by this point it has endured, so much so that some people even claim to even see or hear her to this very day and recount some honestly terrifying stories.

The origin story however goes that a married woman, jealous of the affection her husband gave their children drowned them all in order to keep those affections to herself. Her husband devastated by the loss reproached her instead  and in her agony she began to roam the rivers attempting to find her children.

Allegedly any child unlucky enough to cross her path gets spirited away by her.