Cryptids

The Real History of Mermaids

The Real History of Mermaids

Always be yourself. Unless you can be a mermaid. Then always be a mermaid. Slogans like that one began cropping up on t-shirts, tote bags, and water bottles a few years ago as mermaids experienced a huge spike in popularity. But the history of these half-woman, half-fish creatures dates back …

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Weird Science: Cloning the Woolly Mammoth

Weird Science: Cloning the Woolly Mammoth

Most of us assumed we’d never see animals that are extinct again. That’s the deal with extinction–once they’re gone, they’re gone. But apparently these scientists saw the Jurassic Park movies and thought, “Hey, that’s a great idea!” The most likely candidate for resurrection through cloning is the woolly mammoth. Read …

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What in the World Is a Florida Skunk Ape?

What in the World Is a Florida Skunk Ape?

When you’re new to the world of cryptozoology, you start with the rock stars–your Bigfoot, your Mothman. But those familiar cryptids are just the tip of the iceberg. Regional legends are just as rich and fascinating as the big-name cryptids. That’s why we’re putting the spotlight on the Florida Skunk …

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Fact or Fiction: The Minnesota Iceman

Fact or Fiction: The Minnesota Iceman

Like many great stories, this one begins with a frozen Neanderthal. Okay, there are only two stories that begin this way: the tale of the Minnesota Iceman and the movie “Encino Man.” But in this case, the true story is even stranger than anything Hollywood could dream up. What Is …

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In Search of Ogopogo, the Canadian Lake Monster

In Search of Ogopogo, the Canadian Lake Monster

If you journey to Lake Okanagan in British Columbia, Canada, you’re sure to encounter a legend. Specifically, you’ll see plenty of merchandise and art dedicated to Ogopogo, or Oggy, the local lake monster. Ogopogo: Canada’s Answer to Nessie Affectionately known as Oggy, Ogopogo has been sighted by visitors since at …

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The Chicago Mothman: Sightings of an Urban Cryptid

The Chicago Mothman: Sightings of an Urban Cryptid

Some people maintain a belief that, even if cryptids existed in the past, the modern world offers no places for them to hide. As such, since we’ve found no scientific evidence of Sasquatch or Nessie, cryptids are either extinct or never existed in the first place. Then there’s Mothman. While …

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Megalodon: The World’s Biggest Shark, Explained

Megalodon: The World’s Biggest Shark, Explained

From various movies, books and other media, you might have heard the term “megalodon.” But what, exactly, is this gigantic, aquatic dinosaur? The megalodon was Earth’s largest shark, but, it was more than just a big fish. It could be more accurately described as one of the most dangerous aquatic …

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