Thursday, October 16, 2014

Top 10 creepy creatures and urban legends in the animal kingdom part 1

Here is another Halloweenish post for this year.  Most animals in the world we know about, but there are some lesser known creatures (that may or may not exist) that can be downright creepy assuming they do exist.  I will break up this post 2 entries and I give you the first five creepy cryptozoological creatures and urban legends:

Creature Number 1 - Bigfoot / Sasquatch



Hikers and drivers beware, if you venture out into the woods in remote areas around the United States (or even Canada for that matter), you may encounter an ape like creature commonly known as Bigfoot (or Sasquatch).  Above is the infamous Roger Patterson Bigfoot footage, which is about an alleged sighting of Bigfoot (I think somewhere in California).  This footage is perhaps the best evidence I seen about the creature and shows what looks like a living Sasquatch roaming around the woods and looking at the camera during the footage.  It is unmistakable that there is something walking around in the video.  Now the video has been scrutinized and been through lots of speculation over the years, but if I had to guess, this video is either an elaborate hoax (considering that there have been people who have dressed up as Bigfoot, such as prankster Ray Wallace) or it is a living Bigfoot roaming around.  You decide.  Anyways, this is just one of several alleged videos and pictures on bigfoot sightings that have surfaced over the years.  By the way, many other countries around the globe have similar mysterious creatures roaming their lands, including Skunk Apes in Florida, Yetis in asia, and Yowies in Australia.  Whether or not Bigfoot actually exists I do not know.  I want to believe they exist, but I have yet to see one for myself and ultimately I will have to see the creature myself to truly believe they exist.  Yet, there are people that have sworn to have seen the creature.
By the way, if you want more information about the bigfoot mystery, you should visit http://www.bfro.net for more information about the bigfoot phenomenon.  They have a huge database of bigfoot sightings all over the globe, expeditions you can join (if you want to look for the creature) and many other resources you can check out.  By the way, Animal Planet has a show about bigfoot, called "Finding Bigfoot" that you can check out as well.  

Creature 2 - Lochness Monster and similar lake monsters

I am sure you are aware of the Loch Ness Monster mystery.  I've never been to Scotland myself (never been overseas), but if you visit the waters of Loch Ness in Scotland, you might encounter what is known as the Loch Ness Monster.  There are many theories about the creature, including it being a sturgeon (large fish), plesiosaur, under water elephant (not sure if elephants exist in England at least outside of zoos), etc, though based on what I have read about the creature, it seems to be some sort of sea serpant or plesiosaur.  I don't know if the creature is real, but it is definitely mind boggling.  By the way, Loch Ness is not the only place where you might encounter a lake monster.  Other lakes I am aware of that have similar legends includes: Flathead Lake in Montana (I went by there last summer, but I didn't see anything out of the ordinary there), Lake Okanogan in British Columbia Canada, Lake Chaplain in New York (never been there), and even Lake Tahoe (Tessie).

Creature # 3 - Jersey Devil

Now here is a cryptozoological creature that might make your skin crawl.  I've only been to New Jersey once, though I was really young back then (maybe 8 years old) and despite the urban feel to New Jersey (especially near New York City), there do seem to be some rural parts of New Jersey and as with many remote areas around the country, New Jersey has its own urban legends.
Alleged photo of the Jersey Devil.  Image source: http://www.writeonnewjersey.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/Jersey-Devil-Photo.jpg
Random picture of the Pine Barrens (source: http://terriermandotcom.blogspot.com/2012/02/wilderness-from-empire-state-building.html).
If you are brave enough venture out into the Pine Barrens in New Jersey (or similar areas, especially at night), you might encounter the fearsome Jersey Devil.  I don't live in New Jersey (Washington State to be exact) so I don't know too much about the creature besides what I have read about online (as well as on the Travel Channel Show, Wierd Travels), but from what I have read, it seems to be this fearsome beast (possibly a demonic creature) that resembles a beastlike horse with wings and has a monsterous looks.  It is said to haunt the Pine Barrens area and similar areas in southern New Jersey.  Perhaps the most intriguing thing about the Jersey Devil was the infamous "Paranormal Week" phenomenon that took place back in 1909 (obviously I wasn't alive back then) when a huge slew of sightings took place all over New Jersey, possibly even in the Camden and Philadelphia areas.  If the 1909 events didn't convince skeptics, I bet nothing will.  Reminds me a bit of the events in Roswell, New Mexico back in 1948 when a UFO supposedly crashed there.  Did those events really happen, I do not know.  For more information about the Jersey Devil, you can check out a Wikipedia article on it at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jersey_Devil.

Creature 4 - Mothman

Random sketch of Mothman.  Image source: http://mysteryoftheinquity.files.wordpress.com/2011/03/mothman071207a.jpg
Here is creepy urban legend originating from West Virgina (near Point Pleasant).  I first learned about this urban legend when reading the book, "Railway Ghosts and Highway Horrers".  There was a legend about some couple driving along a lonely road near Point Pleasant, West Viginia and had an encounter with the creature as they were driving that left them frightened.  It is supposedly a cross between a man and a giant moth with red eyes. I've never seen anything like it before but if you are driving around West Virginia late at night, you might encounter this fearsome creature.  Like the Jersey Devil, the creature may be demonic in nature.  It is also worth mentioning that sightings of the Mothman are not limited to West Virginia.  Apparently it has appeared in various other states too (I can't remember the source, but i have heard that it can happen elsewhere too) and sometimes appears before a tragedy (for example, in Point Pleasant, apparently the creature appeared several times before the Silver Bridge there collapsed back in 1967).  Also, the legend seems to be the inspiration for the movie, Mothman Prophecies.  Also, both Castlevania Dawn of Sorrow and Portrait of Ruin poke some fun at the creature by making it an enemy that you can defeat that tries to drop poisinous dust on the player.  Here is a video about the Mothman from Castlevania Dawn of Sorrow (you will need to skip ahead to around 4:00 to see it).  You can read more about the Mothman at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mothman.



Creature 5: Flying Humanoids

Here is an alleged video of a flying humanoid somewhere in India:

Here is a frightening creature you might encounter if you know where to look: flying humanoids.  I first learned about flying humanoids on the History Channel (see http://www.history.com/shows/monsterquest/episodes/season-3).  I've never encountered a flying humanoid, but apparently there are people that have seen the creatures.  Flying humanoids are supposedly these monster like creatures that fly around in the sky and have been known to turn hostile sometimes (as was the case for a father and son somewhere in Missouri, see http://www.destinationamerica.com/tv-shows/monsters-and-mysteries-in-america/videos/flying-humanoid.htm for the documentary).  Apparently there may have been a flying humanoid sighting in Chehalis Washington back in 1948 (see http://www.weirdus.com/states/washington/unexplained_phenomena/flying_men/index.php for the story).  I thought that the India video was pretty interesting.  It looks like a creature hovers in the sky and starts flying around fast with the people in the video getting into a state of panic.  Luckily nobody is hurt in the video.  I've never seen the creature myself, but I guess you never know what you might find flying around in the sky besides the usual planes and birds.

Well, that is all for now.  Stay tuned for part 2.

Have you seen any strange creatures (like the ones mentioned above)?  Feel free to share your stories here.

Disclaimer: these are all urban legends and may or may not exist, and no I am not an expert on strange creatures, but there are sites on the net you can check out if you want more information about them.  I will say that I am an open skeptic about the creatures myself (I can't say I truly believe these kinds of creatures exist, but if I see or hear something I will let you know).

Topics for part 2 includes:
- Dover Demons
- Thunderbirds
- Man eating whales and fish
- Giant Squid (aka the Kraken)
- Chupacabras

Siberian Husky puppy afraid of stairs

Here is an interesting video I saw at Yahoo today about a siberian husky puppy that seems to be afraid of going downstairs.  The dog's owner tries to get him to go downstairs, but the puppy is not budging and is even crying too.  Hopefully the dog will get over his fear of stairs soon, though, especially by the time he is fully grown.  Note for some reason, videos on yahoo can't seem to be embedded in blogspot blogs.  If you can't see it here, you can check it out at https://news.yahoo.com/puppy-terrified-of-stairs-video-162555600.html .  Akternatively, you can watch the youtube version here.



Have any of you had problems with your pets going downstairs?  Both of my dogs can go up and downstairs with no problems.

Sleeping Humpback whale video

Here is a cool video I saw today about a huge sleeping humpback whale.  Can't you imagine what it must be like to have been in the diver's shoes?  I've never seen anything like it before.  Interestingly, the whale wakes up before the end of the video.

By the way, the diver was brave to get close to the whale like that.  Last time I saw a humpback myself was back in 2010 when I went on a cruise to Alaska.  Haven't seen one since.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

RUN MEMPHIS RUN | Huskies love to run!

Do you like to run or get exercise?  Siberian Huskies just might be for you.  Check out the video of Memphis the husky below.  I bet huskies (and similar large breeds) can get you in shape really quickly given the amount of exercise they need each day.  By the way, Memphis is just one of 3 huskies that the poster has.  Can't you imagine what it must be like going with 3 of them.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Funny disobediant Siberian Huskies collection

It has been said that siberian huskies are "independent" and can be stubborn at times.  I have seen several funny videos putting this theory to the test.  Here are at least five videos featuring disobediant siberian huskies:

1. Husky dog talking-DEMON 'trying' to say "I love you". VERY funny outcome! (Posted by Drumkill1220)



Here is a funny epic fail video about some dude trying to get his dog to "say I love you".  One interesting phenomenon going on youtube and similar sites involving huskies (and malamutes for that matter) is that sometimes  people can get their dogs to "talk" and say things, like "I love you".  Perhaps the well known "I love you" video is the one with the famous Mishka the husky (along with her sister Laika), check out https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qXo3NFqkaRM for the original video of Mishka the husky saying "I love you".  Anyways, other people watching this video who have dogs (especially huskies or malamutes) naturally get ideas and try to get their dogs do the some thing.  Sometimes they succees but as in the case of this particular video, not every husky is the same and are epic fails.  This video was pretty funny considering how Demon the husky goes crazy when being told "I love you" as if he seems to hat that word.  I also like how he goes "woooo" towards the beginning of the video.  Definitely a classic example disobediant huskies.

Video 2 - My Disobedient Siberian Huskies (posted by twocan1)


This is actually one of 2 videos twocan1 posted about his huskies, both rather funny.  Obviously the guy wants the dogs to get up and probably go for a walk or something but the three huskies just lay there looking at their master.  They are probably like, "go away, we are trying to relax".  You know another moral I find from this video: let a sleeping dog sleep.  Seems like they were trying to take a nap or something.

Video 3 - Husky Tantrum (posted by Allllyssssa)

Talk about stubborness.  I am assuming the lady in this video is Allyssa and she is filming her dog Luka the husky.  You know, even my golden retriever will sleep on the solfa sometimes (especially when nobody is home) though obviously when dogs like huskies or goldens sleep on furniture, their fur can get everywhere leaving a mess to clean up, so naturally Allyssa wants her dog to get off.  Of course, Luka is having none of it and even "talks back".  Good luck getting him off t he solfa.


Video 4 - Leave me alone, you silly dog, or else (posted by lotuslena08)
Here is a funny video about a stubborn young husky trying to play with a cat that obviously wants to be left alone.  The dog obviously wants to play with the cat but the cat is having none of it and even hisses and even swats at the husky.  If the dog is not careful, he will get "slapped".  Pretty funny video though.  Perhaps he will learn from his stubborness soon enough (especially if he gets scratched).

Video 5 - Husky says No (video).  Posted by John Ventresco
Last, but not least, here is this video.  I am sure you have seen it before.  In the video, I am assuming John (the video poster) is trying to get his husky (Blaze) go go into his kennel (don't know why), but the husky literally vocalizes "no" to him and obviously does not want to go into his kennel, and thus hillarity ensues in the video.  Now, this is the epitone of stubborness in my opinion.  Can't you imagine what it must be like living with Blaze, whenever you ask something he doesnt want to do, he will just say "no".  *Sarcasm*(Me) Want to go for a walk?  (Blaze): No.  (Me) come!  (Blaze) No! (Me) Get off the couch.  (Blaze) No!  This list could go on, but this is probably the funniest I have seen.

Well, that is all for now.  I am sure there are more videos like these ones out there, but this post would be really long if I posted them all.  As you can see, huskies can definitely be stubborn creatures.  I've never lived with a husky myself, but I guess stubborness is definitely something you may have to deal with if you live with one.

Do you have similar experiences with your dogs?  Feel free to leave a comment below.

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Ryan Jones