Category: Unsolved mystery

15 Credibility Street #25: A spray a day keeps monsters away

In this jam-packed episode, we run through updates on still active news stories, discuss some current cool and not so cool things from the last two weeks, and check out a hyped anomaly that probably wasn’t as described. Closing out the episode is a great conversation about what transpired at Cryptid Con 2017 – a…

Oroville fish fall remains a mystery

A new and interesting “fish fall” report comes out of Oroville, California this week. News stories conflict about what actually happened but here is the best report from a local news team. According to witnesses at the Stanford Avenue Elementary school in Oroville, just before noon, teachers and children noticed the playground area was strewn with…

“The Watcher” not found but lawsuit number two has been filed

In June 2015, we brought you the story of the Broadduses, a family in New Jersey who were plagued by a creepy-letter writer who was called The Watcher. Just three days after the family with small children closed on a million-dollar-plus house in a lovely town of Westfield, NJ, their move-in plans were curtailed when…

Charlestown beach carcass in Cornwall is a whale

A UK paper reports that a Mysterious sea creature washes up on Charlestown beach near St Austell and no one knows what it is  Chris Crane was walking on the beach in Charlestown on Monday when he came across the washed-up animal. He said he believed the creature had already been there for a few days…

Philippine globster is mass of collagen, remains from marine animal

Lots of hits for “globster” today relating to the new remains found at Dinagat Islands in the Philippines. As is typical with mystery carcass remains, people wildly speculate what it might be. It has, however, a good explanation. The remains of a large animal believed to be a sea cow washed up on the shore in…

Chilean object: A U.F.O. does not mean it’s a ‘UFO’ (Update: Likely explanation obtained)

UPDATE (8-Jan-2016): The most likely explanation for this “UFO” is that it was a plane. This detailed analysis of focal length and speed of object concludes “medium-haul aircraft”. The heat signature and shape of the object does suggest conventional dual-engine aircraft. A post on Metabunk has additional details and visuals to show why this case is almost certainly…

TIGHAR: The Ever-Optimistic

My Washington Post newsfeed contained a familiar name with the same old story, rehashed once again in 2016 just like it was in 2015, 2014, 2013 and 2012, and probably before that but I wasn’t keeping track on this blog. The wonderful thing about TIGHAR is TIGHAR thinks it’s a wonderful thing. It’s actually amazing…

I left my heart in Ohio…

What a bizarre story! A heart, suspected to be human, unexpectedly appeared in an Ohio field, next to a parking lot. A plastic bag, containing the organ, was discovered by paramedics who initially threw it away, but, soon after, retrieved it for testing. Here is a quote from the Norwalk Reflector: About Aug. 25, a…

Clowning around in Carolina (Update)

By now it’s national news that creepy clowns are being reported in South Carolina. The latest clown flap started in late August when Greenville County, S.C. police said they received numerous reports of a clown trying to lure kids into the woods near Fleetwood Manor apartments. There was reason to be very skeptical of these…

Big snake loose in Maine or is Wessie a hoax?

Cross posted from DOUBTFUL. Back in June, locals of Westbrook, Maine said they saw a large snake slithering around. After no sign of the beast a week later, a Westbrook police officer witnessed it eating something near Riverbank Park on the Presumpscot River. A second officer called in also saw it. From their Facebook page: On…

Corfu’s mystery hippo-croco-dolphin is dubious (UPDATE)

See UPDATE below. We have the best match yet. Originally published October 28, 2015  The story goes (from the Daily Mail and the Mirror, both shameless promoters of mystery) that Harvey Robertson took pictures over the side of a tourist boat in a sea cave about 20 miles south of Albania on the west coast…

Strange sound in Swansea ceased

In September 2015, a story about a mystery noise disturbing Swansea, Wales made the rounds. The siren-like noise was waking people up at night but also was heard during the day prompting a cluster of complains and the Swansea Council to investigate. They could not find a source for the sound that some have said…

Chunk of ice crashes into California home

Neighbors are flocking to one Modesto home after a large chunk of ice fell from the sky and landed on the garage Wednesday morning. Source: Flying ice slams into Modesto home, damages roof  A witness says she saw the falling ice which then went through the roof of a home, into a garage, damaging a…

Mystery explosion injures woman on Rhode Island beach (UPDATE)

What happened? Sitting on the beach and suddenly an explosion?! A woman injured in an apparent explosion at a Rhode Island beach said the last thing she remembers is relaxing and reading a book. “We watched a gentlemen get ready to go scuba diving. Danise was at the Salty Brine State Beach in Narragansett on…

The birthday party “rain of poop” story. Don’t assume.

This story is ALL OVER today. Poop fall ruins girl’s birthday party. It was a picture perfect Sweet 16 birthday party Sunday for one local girl, but that party came to a sudden messy end. Source: Local Girl’s Sweet 16 Party Comes to a Messy End – FOX 29 News Philadelphia | WTXF-TV “Out of…

Apocalyptic sounds 2015: The world is a noisy place

The “trumpets of the Apocalypse” story is going around again. A two year old video that collected a series of clips (some are admitted hoaxes, others are dubious) is recirculating via email and social media with a purpose that seems to be simply to make gullible people nervous. Snopes debunks it. snopes.com: People Hearing Apocalyptic Sounds…

Mystery caged animal story is torture to even watch

The Daily Mail reported on this story with dubious origins. I will not link to it but I notice it is being reported on other blogs. People have a fascination with creatures they can’t readily identify. In this case, the animal appears to be a bear suffering from hairlessness (alopecia). The video was uploaded last…

Reports of reports: Mystery booms on each side of the U.S.

More booms happening in Berkeley and central New Jersey. Some are thinking they may be noises from explosives or ammo. Big bang theory? Mystery earth-shaking booms rattle central N.J. residents | NJ.com. Mysterious, earth-shaking booms have been reported in recent weeks by dozens of Bordentown and Hamilton residents, and authorities are at a loss to…

Mysteries booming off east coast this week: No reason to panic

Several unusual events recorded off the east coast in Virginia and North Carolina have been tied together by mystery-mongering sites. Are the booming sounds, fish kill and dead dolphin related? Probably not but it’s awfully tempting to link it all into one narrative and promote it as a scary doom and gloom event. Booming sounds…

Pennsylvania mystery explosion on college campus

A unique case of a mysterious explosion where the rocks really flew. Was it a frost quake in Southcentral Pennsylvania? Or something else? Officials seek source of explosion near F&M; ‘frost quake’ proposed as a cause Investigators are still seeking the cause of a mysterious blast Thursday near Franklin & Marshall College. No one was…