Friday, November 9, 2018

Water Man, Alien Creatures in Thailand? Or Art?

Six bizarre Ewok-like creatures seen chilling near a cave off the Krabi coast in a video that went viral over the weekend are, sadly, not a new anthropological discovery. Turns out it was all just a bit of performance art for the Thailand Biennale, a national art festival.

Source Coconut.co

The clip, captured by American tourist Jemayel Khawaja on Friday, shows the furry creatures sitting or wading around in the water to the sounds of Thai clarinet as perplexed foreigners on kayaks and a tour boat watch on.

“So we were kayaking around Railay Bay in Thailand, turned a corner towards a cave, and found ourselves confronted with perhaps the most surreal and bizarre situation I’ve ever experienced — Ewok-like troll creatures engaged in some cacophonic ritual in the water. It went on for like 30 minutes! WTF is going on here?” Khawaja wrote.

Well, as pointed out by a commenter, one of the creatures may actually have been playing the clarinet.

While most (including us) were simply confused by the performance, plenty of commenters were positive in their assessment.

“Whatever it is, I like it,” one wrote.

“I’m pretty inspired,” another said.

So what was it exactly? According to one Facebook commenter, the performance was the brainchild of Norwegian artist Tori Wrånes, who’s known for creating “rituals and drealike constellations,” according to her website.

“Wrånes has been occupied with developing her own Troll-technique; an improvised, non-verbal, language based on rhythm and temperament,” the profile says.

They were right.

A quick look at Thailand Biennale’s Facebook page confirmed that an installation featuring the imaginary Krabi-born creatures was set to debut on Friday.





“Struck by the dramatic landscape of Phra Nang Cave and beach during her site visit, [the installation] imagines the presence of indigenous ‘Krabi creatures’ to interpose in daily life that occurs within this tourist destination,” the description reads. Alrighty then!












If you want to check out our new friendly, furry friends for yourself, good news. They will be appearing daily at the Phra Nang Cave throughout the entire four-month biennale, until Feb. 28. The clarinet concert, however, was apparently a one time thing.






 A copy and paste from Coconut.co

Thursday, October 4, 2018

The Bray Road Beast Documentary {REVIEW} Video.

Farmlands, the Midwest, Brewers Baseball, and Cheese... things you think of when someone says Wisconsin. {I can't believe he didn't mention.....the Packers, come on}

I recently went to Wisconsin researching some of America's Legends and Folklore for some future film projects and fell in love with the area.

From its diverse culture, and awesome food markets, to beautiful landscapes.. Wisconsin is indeed a great location to be.  And just like any other state, it has its share of spooky tales of Ghosts and Haunting's, UFO sightings, Demonic Cults, and even modern fictional lore like Slender Man.

But, something is roaming the back roads of rural America, something is outside the small town of Elkhorn, WI. A legend so troubling, so disturbing it is simply called a Beast.

Seth Breedlove and Small Town Monsters have taken on the task of documenting America's lesser known stories and presenting them to you in a way that it will linger in the back of your mind as you travel the roads around the country.  Wondering what lies just beyond the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

The location is just outside ElkHorn, Wisconsin.  The road is called Bray, and the Beast is well, a wolf? a man? a WereWolf? a Dogman.

Join Seth and his talented crew along with author Linday Godfrey "Beast of Bray Road" as they take you to the locations, speak to the families, and introduce you to eyewitnesses as the history of this creature unfolds.

With some of the Best camera work I've seen so far from this crew, and the animation scenes surpassing all previous works in some of the earlier films this documentary will leave you wanting more.  Narrated by Legend Hunter Lyle Blackburn, and written by Seth and his lovely bride Adrienne Breedlove Small Town Monsters is putting Americas Legends on the Map.

The passion for storytelling is ever so present, Seth and crew have found a Niche' Market, a Genre that never gets old, and as they continue to evolve, to harness their craft, getting better and better with each new film.

This! is Hands down, the best film from them to date.

If you want to see something scary this Halloween Season,  Then check out Bray Road Beast from Small Town Monsters,  out on streaming platforms like Vimeo and Amazon TOMORROW.

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Friday, September 21, 2018

Midway Arkansas Mystery Hole "Fire from the Sky?" {VIDEO}

On September 17th, 2018 the quiet little town of Midway, Arkansas was making news.  The local volunteer fire department was called to a residence for a fire.  Not just any fire, but 12 foot flames shooting out of a hole in the ground, about the size of a soccer ball.

Reports of the flames reaching upward of 1700 degrees and fluctuating 8 to 12 feet near a billboard for 45 minutes.

The owner of the property had just recently mowed and there was no hole there prior.

Social Media experts jumped in with analysis immediately, with comments like "I've seen this before its coal burning underground....."  Yeah, no there is now coal here.  UFO laser beams was another,  Methane Gas Pockets,  The Gates of Hell opening.... mini Volcano beginning, and there were reports of a meteor seen over head prior to this incident.

Actual geologists an other scientists are baffled currently stating, there are no fossil fuels in the area to explain.



The gentleman renting the place moved in on the 15th and has been overwhelmed with response to
this Mystery of Midway.

Now not to burst anyone's bubbles but less than a 100 yards from this site is an old Gas Station with old tanks still in the ground.  The old stations used steel tanks that eventually rust and leech into the soil.  I say this because the next town over in Mountain Home had an old station's tanks leach into the ground and the fumes found their way into the Baxter County Jail making inmates sick.




So my hypothesis is its leaked fuel and or fumes in the soil creating a pocket.

But the question still remains......... what ignited it?

I am local to this Mystery and will be conducting some inquiries and samples of the area to see if we can indeed get to the bottom of it.









Article is by Jason Mansfield: Anomalous Environmental Studies Analyst™ found at www.hauntedarkansas.net, Voice Over Artist, Film Maker/ Prop Designer/   Creative Consultant/ Concept Artist at Binary Entertainment www.binaryentertainment.com, Folklorist, Horror Enthusiast, Writer, Squatchologist™, Legend Hunter & Oddity Tripper™ #BlogOfOdd #WhatTheFringe #OddityTrippers

Friday, September 14, 2018

New translucent fish at bottom of the ocean has been discovered.

Unnamed fish referred to only by color
 Showing just how unknown the ocean remains, three new species of fish have been discovered in the depths of the Pacific Ocean. Forty scientists from 17 different nations went looking deep in the Atacama Trench and came back with snailfish species never seen before.

Right now, they're being named after their colors — pink, blue and purple — but as part of the Liparidae family, they'll be given scientific names soon enough in academic papers.

Looking over 4 1/2 miles below the surface, the scientists found fish that do not adhere to any preconceived notions of what deep-sea fish should look like. They're small, translucent and don't have any scales.

“There is something about the snailfish that allows them to adapt to living very deep," says Thomas Linley, from Newcastle University, who participated in the study. "Beyond the reach of other fish they are free of competitors and predators."

You can watch a video of the fish here.

“As the footage clearly shows, there are lots of invertebrate prey down there and the snailfish are the top predator, they seem to be quite active and look very well-fed," Linley says.

“Their gelatinous structure means they are perfectly adapted to living at extreme pressure, and in fact the hardest structures in their bodies are the bones in their inner ear, which give them balance, and their teeth. Without the extreme pressure and cold to support their bodies, they are extremely fragile and melt rapidly when brought to the surface.”

Finding fish in the Atacama Trench, 3,728 miles long and over 5 miles deep along the coast of Peru and Chile, is no easy task. The team used two landers equipped with HD cameras and traps. These landers were dropped off the side of a boat and left to free-fall to the ocean floor, a process that took around four hours.

Giving the landers 12 to 24 hours to collect samples, the scientists then triggered an acoustic signal to the landers which caused them to release their weights. Floating up to the surface, the landers were able to catch fish specimens and capture video footage of life at the bottom of the ocean.

But even at that depth, the fish still face human interference in their lives (beyond the scientific study). The snailfish diet includes amphipods, tiny crustaceans that are known to hold microplastics. Microplastics are tiny pieces of plastics that scientists have shown are infiltrating every level of the ocean.

“They would not be spared any impact we have on a global scale,” Linley tells Earther.


Wednesday, May 23, 2018

DNA Hunt Begins for Loch Ness Monster

LONDON (Reuters) - A global team of scientists plans to scour the icy depths of Loch Ness next month using environmental DNA (eDNA) in an experiment that may discover whether Scotland’s fabled monster really does, or did, exist.

The use of eDNA sampling is already well established as a tool for monitoring marine life like whales and sharks.

Whenever a creature moves through its environment, it leaves behind tiny fragments of DNA from skin, scales, feathers, fur, faeces and urine.

“This DNA can be captured, sequenced and then used to identify that creature by comparing the sequence obtained to large databases of known genetic sequences from hundreds of thousands of different organisms,” said team spokesman Professor Neil Gemmell of the University of Otago in New Zealand.

The first written record of a monster relates to the Irish monk St Columba, who is said to have banished a “water beast” to the depths of the River Ness in the 6th century.

The most famous picture of Nessie, known as the “surgeon’s photo”, was taken in 1934 and showed a head on a long neck emerging from the water. It was revealed 60 years later to have been a hoax that used a sea monster model attached to a toy submarine.

Countless unsuccessful attempts to track down the monster have been made in the years since, notably in 2003 when the BBC funded an extensive scientific search that used 600 sonar beams and satellite tracking to sweep the full length of the loch.

The most recent attempt was two years ago when a high-tech marine drone found a monster - but not the one it was looking for. The discovery turned out to be replica used in the 1970 film “The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes”, which sank nearly 50 years ago.

Gemmell’s team, which comprises scientists from Britain, Denmark, the United States, Australia and France, is keen to stress the expedition is more than just a monster hunt.

“While the prospect of looking for evidence of the Loch Ness monster is the hook to this project, there is an extraordinary amount of new knowledge that we will gain from the work about organisms that inhabit Loch Ness,” Gemmell said on his university website.

He predicts they will document new species of life, particularly bacteria, and will provide important data on the extent of several new invasive species recently seen in the loch, such as Pacific pink salmon.

Their findings are expected to be presented in January 2019.

Monday, May 21, 2018

FBI Releases FOIA Documents on BIGFOOT

Thanks to our idol, John Greenewald over at The Black Vault and his relentless Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Requests who would have know that our Government actually has a file regarding the big man himself.  No not BoBo, but Bigfoot Himself.

Not going to comment at this time,  not until we have time to look over the paperwork, but here it is in all its glory.

Talk Among Yourselves.























Wednesday, April 4, 2018

New Species of Crayfish Discovered

New state crayfish discovered, named for AGFC biologist
BENTON – Brian Wagner, while diving and catching hellbenders in the Eleven Point River with fellow Arkansas Game and Fish Commission biologist Kelly Irwin, found what seemed like an unusual crayfish in the river in north Arkansas back in 2005. Fast-forward almost 13 years later to last month, when national researchers published a paper revealing that the crayfish Wagner stumbled upon has been determined to be a previously unknown species. And, for his efforts, the researchers publishing the paper surprised Wagner by assigning the Latin name, Faxonius wagneri, to the scientific name of the discovery.
Its common name is the Eleven Point River crayfish.
This newly recognized crayfish species is one of two in the publication: A second has been attributed to Robert J. DiStefano of the Missouri Department of Conservation, named scientifically by the research authors Faxonius roberti. Found in the Spring and Strawberry rivers, the common name is the Spring River crayfish. Both crayfish were thought to be coldwater crayfish (Faxonius eupuctus) or hybrids, not their own species.
“I’m excited to see two new species of crayfish I helped discover be officially recognized, but what a surprise to see that they had named one after me! I had never imagined that something like this would happen, but I'm honored to welcome Faxonius wagneri to the list of crayfish species,” said Wagner, AGFC aquatic wildlife diversity biologist who has been with the agency for 29 years.
It’s not every day that a species is named for an AGFC employee. Arkansans, especially those only familiar with the gastronomically enticing bluish crayfish shipped north from Louisiana for springtime “crawdad boils,” may not realize that Arkansas is home to about 60 species of crayfish.
“The Southeastern United States is home to the most diverse amount of crayfish in the world, with about 350 species,” Wagner said. “Arkansas has the most varied species of any state west of the Mississippi River, but trails Tennessee, Georgia, Mississippi and Alabama for number of crayfish species.”
He recalled the day 13 years ago when he and Irwin were noticing coldwater crayfish in the Eleven Point River with different colors; some were olive and brown, while others were maroon with green claws, but both types had traits of the coldwater crayfish. Wagner explained that experts such as the research authors typically receive specimens in alcohol, so they don’t see the color differences that the biologists at the river might see. But, the researchers who examined these samples noted differences in the male reproductive structure from the coldwater crayfish, and they proceeded with DNA sampling, which showed that these crayfish were not a hybridization of the coldwater crayfish.
Because the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at the time had been petitioned to designate the coldwater crayfish under the Endangered Species Act, Wagner became involved in a study of that species in the Spring, Strawberry and Eleven Point rivers with the University of Arkansas, the Missouri Department of Conservation and the Carnegie Museum of Pittsburgh. This study eventually helped the national researchers realize that there were actually three different species that had been labeled coldwater crayfish, he said. The research paper was published March 23, revealing the new crayfish species wagneri, thrilling the AGFC employee.
“Usually the people that have a species named after them are ones who have done a lot of taxonomy work in that species group,” Wagner said. “I hadn’t done that. I’ve done a lot of field crayfish work, but as far as describing a species and keying them out, I hadn’t don’t that. I’ve always deferred to the experts.”
The adage “there’s nothing new under the sun” apparently isn’t true. New species are discovered from time to time in Arkansas. A new crayfish in southwest Arkansas was described a year ago and Irwin was instrumental in the discovery of a new salamander species in 2014, Wagner noted.
The 3-inch long Eleven Point River crayfish is considered a tertiary burrower, where burrowing (what those edible “mudbugs” typically do) is their last choice for hiding. They are found in big cold rivers with stable flow. The only burrowing they do is underneath rocks in the riffle in a stream. “They don’t make the mud chimneys that many people associate with crayfish,” Wagner said.
Wagner urged sportsman and others to not move a crayfish from one body of water to another; doing so can create a detrimental ecological effect. The Eleven Point River crayfish is only found in its namesake river; the Spring River crayfish is found in two rivers, he added. Somehow, the ringed crayfish, found further west in the Norfork River, has been introduced into the South Fork of the Spring River, a fairly small stream, Wagner said. “It has been spreading downstream and is replacing the Spring River crayfish. And when you have an extra dry year, it knocks the Spring River crayfish back, and the ringed crayfish seems better at surviving low water,” he said. “They’ve had ringed crayfish found in a tributary to the Eleven Point, too, but it hasn’t spread to where these species are. It’s just a matter of time before they do, though.”

Information provided by Arkansas Game and Fish

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

PREHISTORIC, DINOSAUR-ERA SHARK FOUND SWIMMING OFF COAST OF PORTUGAL

The rare frilled shark is considered a “living fossil,” because evidence of its existence dates back to at least 80 million years ago. This summer, researchers found one alive and thriving off the coast of Portugal, adding yet more clues about the resilience of this ancient sea creature.

The shark was discovered off the Algarve coast by researchers who were working on a European Union project in the area, the BBC reported.

The aim of the project was to "minimize unwanted catches in commercial fishing," the researchers told SIC Noticisas TV, as the BBC noted. but the team unknowingly unearthed one of the rarest and most ancient animals on the planet.

Scientists believe the frilled shark has remained the same, both inside and out, since the Cretaceous Period, when the Tyrannosaurus Rex and Triceratops still roamed the planet. The creature, known by scientists as Chlamydoselachus anguineus, is incredibly simple and unevolved, most likely due to the lack of nutrients found in its deep-sea dwellings. A Japanese study of the shark found in Suruga Bay, Japan, revealed that its diet is 61 percent cephalopods—the class to which squids and octopus belong.

The shark also has a unique mouth shape. Its jaw has more than 300 teeth neatly lined in 25 rows, which, according to professor Margarida Castro of the University of the Algarve, are specifically designed to help it “to trap squid, fish and other sharks in sudden lunges,” The Portugal News reported. It’s lined with spines called dermal denticles, which, combined with the teeth, give the mouth an all around frightening look.

It’s unlikely you will ever come face-to-face with a living frilled shark. But if you do, it’s safe to say: Keep as far away as you can, and whatever you do, try to avoid its ferociously awesome jaw.

Article is by Jason Mansfield: Anomalous Environmental Studies Analyst™ found at www.hauntedarkansas.net, Voice Over Artist, Film Maker/ Prop Designer/   Creative Consultant/ Concept Artist at Binary Entertainment www.binaryentertainment.com, Folklorist, Horror Enthusiast, Writer, Squatchologist™, Legend Hunter & Oddity Tripper™ #BlogOfOdd #WhatTheFringe #OddityTrippers 

Monday, October 23, 2017

Invasion On Chestnut Ridge - {DVD REVIEW}

If you like the odd, the strange and unexplained then this Documentary is the film for you.  Invasion of Chestnut Ridge, the 5th in the series of films by Seth Breedlove and the Small Town Monster Production team will keep you glued from the opening graphics to the end credits, and if you were a backer on Kickstarter then you get to see your name in the credits as well.
Seth’s storytelling keeps evolving as well as the talents of his crew in cinematography, special effects and animation to the scoring of music, and voice over work.  Each film he produces you can see his passion for retelling lost and forgotten stories that are regional at best in their lore. 

This film covers UFO’s from Keksburg, to cryptids along the ridge in rural Pennsylvania, with detailed research and eye witness interviews in their own words.

You can’t help but love Small Town Monsters approach to storytelling.  And even though I’m a backer of this and the Mothman film, I will be purchasing a physical copy to include into my collection.

I’ve met Seth in Fouke, Arkansas while I was also in the area filming and he is truly a down to earth guy with big dreams that he is chasing down and making happen.  Proof that if you love your job, good things will come with hard work….

Kudos on another inspiring film to the entire STM Crew!

Pick up  your copy today. https://shop.smalltownmonsters.com/

The Grey's in the Back are giving this film a 5 out of 5 Probes!!


Article is by Jason Mansfield: Anomalous Environmental Studies Analyst™ found at www.hauntedarkansas.net, Voice Over Artist, Film Maker/ Prop Designer/   Creative Consultant/ Concept Artist at Binary Entertainment www.binaryentertainment.com, Folklorist, Horror Enthusiast, Writer, Squatchologist™, Legend Hunter & Oddity Tripper™ #BlogOfOdd #WhatTheFringe #OddityTrippers 

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Dragon corpse or elaborate hoax?

One of the oldest legends around is the majestic dragon. There are many stories that speak of these legendary beasts and how terrifying and powerful they were. From  Europe to China, Russian to Greek mythology.

Dragons are usually shown in modern times with a body like a huge lizard, or a snake with two pairs of lizard-type legs, and able to emit fire from their mouths. The European dragon has bat-like wings growing from its back. A dragon-like creature with wings but only a single pair of legs is known as a wyvern.

The terrible creatures are keepers of treasure in Western cultures and often considered evil and fearsome.  But in other cultures, dragons are more serpent-like and are considered sacred beasts. 

Eastern dragons are divine and considered a good omen. There are people who have reported seeing dragons, and recently the skeletal remains of such beast have been found in China.

A 60ft long dragon skeleton was discovered in Zhangjiakou City, China, and people believe it's the real deal.

The skull has horns; the long spine has a pair of arms and legs.

Could this be the remains of a real dragon?



Probably just a large collection of bones linked together for the appearance of it being a 60ft Dragon.


But still cool!

Article is by Jason Mansfield: Anomalous Environmental Studies Analyst™ found at www.hauntedarkansas.net, Voice Over Artist, Film Maker/ Prop Designer/   Creative Consultant/ Concept Artist at Binary Entertainment www.binaryentertainment.com, Folklorist, Horror Enthusiast, Writer, Squatchologist™, Legend Hunter & Oddity Tripper™ #BlogOfOdd #WhatTheFringe #OddityTrippers