Monthly Archives: August 2013

Night Crawlers

Alright, take a look at this:

Weird, right? And I don’t mean the unnecessary music or footnotes. That up there has been named a Night Crawler. There have been several sightings of these little creatures all over, and no one seems to have any explanation for them. Indeed, they seem to be very low down on the known list of cryptids (if I can even call them that) that people know of and study. Night Crawlers are short, bipedal creatures who appear to enjoy leisurely strolls through front yards in the middle of the night. They look like they’re all legs, with maybe a teeny head perched on top. The one in the video actually looks like it’s wearing a cape or something. Here’s another video with a similar view:

These ones were caught on tape in Yosemite. The first video is from Fresno. So far these Night Crawlers are California-centric (which certainly doesn’t help me sleep at night). Not only that, the legend of these creatures isn’t a new one. According to the video below, from a Spanish-language paranormal show, the locals in and around Yosemite have known about these creatures for decades. They have even built them statutes in a show of peace and respect. They say that there is a creature of some kind with no torso or arms, and very long legs and a small head, that walks the forest at night. It doesn’t seem to be any kind of dangerous, but the residents give it all the respect in the world.

And while I would love to believe what this TV show has to say… I can’t seem to find the legends on the internet. There’s nearly no information out there on the web about Night Crawlers. Even the SyFy Channel got on board with them, featuring the little guys on Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files. determining that it might not be a hoax or a prank after all; it might be legitimate. At the very least, it’s unexplainable. Other than that, I can’t find anything else on these guys. If you know something, I would love for you to share your knowledge with me! I’m incredibly interested in the Night Crawlers, and I think we deserve to know more about them!


UFO Phenomena


For my Culture and Personality class, I will be writing a term paper on Mass Hysteria, with specific focus on the UFO phenomenon. In light of that, I thought I would devote at least one blog, if not a few, to a couple of major events in the UFO community. Everyone has heard of Roswell, of course, but not everyone knows of the Arnold Report, the Airship hysteria of 1897, or the Battle of Los Angeles (not the movie, but close). I would like to highlight these and perhaps a few others. Let’s get started, shall we?


First, the Kenneth Arnold UFO sighting happened in 1947, in the skies above Mt. Rainier, Washington. Before Arnold’s report, UFOs weren’t very high on the human radar. America had gone through the panic of Orson Welles’ War of the Worlds Halloween broadcast back in 1938, but since then the idea of aliens had taken a back burner to the second World War. When Arnold saw nine unidentified objects flying through the air “like a saucer would,” America was introduced to the flying saucer and ran with it. has several articles outlining the report Arnold made to the Air Force and other inquirers:


“At around 3:00 in the afternoon, he was flying at about 9,000 feet, near Mount Rainier, when a flash of light caught his eye. He turned and saw a procession of nine very strange objects flying from north to south in front of his plane. They were flat and rather heel-shaped, very shiny, and they moved erratically, like a “saucer would if you skipped it across water.” 

Since then, Arnold’s report has been criticized by skeptics the world over. But, what UFO experience hasn’t been? In any case, this is the one that started it all…


After his initial report, America (and the world) were kicked into panic-mode. “Flying saucers” were everywhere. There was no going back now. America had UFO fever.



Far before the idea of flying saucers came about, however, Americans in the northern states were hysterical over something they could only describe as an Airship. Now, all of us in the Steampunk community know all about airships. For us, they’re the main form of travel in an alternate Victorian world, more elegant than airplanes or helicopters. These are not, however, our main form of travel. In fact, even in 1897 these weren’t the way to travel. But residents from California to Michigan saw something in the sky from a period of 1896-97.


With over 1500 reports from individuals, the mystery airships have become the best-documented paranormal phenomenon from antiquity. It seems there wasn’t a person alive who didn’t witness some mystery flying in the skies during this chunk of time. But what did they really see?


Wikipedia has way more than I thought on the subject of the mystery airships. It seems Sacramento and San Francisco were the first to report strange flying objects in the skies over California. Witnesses reported seeing a dark object behind a very bright light. Shouts of orders were heard from the ground, as well as singing. A man named Lowry reported two men pedaling to keep the aircraft aloft, and above them something like a passenger compartment.


Similar reports were given all over the continental US. One man even claimed to talk to two nude pilots from Mars. A lot of the reports claim to have seen crashes and airships on the ground, and one even describes the “pilot” telling about a device that let him shrink the airship enough to fit in his pocket! Most of the reports are honestly funny. “anonymous, but reliable” witnesses, nude pilots, even a woman strapped to a chair as a prisoner were told to various newspapers all over the country. At this point, most researchers believe these were all lies, hoaxes, or a serious of personal airships people weren’t familiar with. Whatever the case, there wasn’t a person alive in the US who hadn’t seen the mysterious airships.


The last event isn’t well known to the general population, either. In fact, most of the residents from the city in which it happened have no clue that such a thing took place. At the height of the second World War, 1942, a mysterious object was spotted by citizens and military officers alike over the coast of Los Angeles, California. At first officers thought we (I’m from there, after all) were being attacked by the Japanese. It was disturbing enough that a blackout was called for the city, and dozens of rounds of anti-aircraft bullets were fired on the object.


The Los Angeles Times has had two articles on the incident, one from 1942 and the other from 2011:


“No one knows what, if anything, the GIs saw in the early morning hours when their antiaircraft batteries opened fire. And after more than 1,000 antiaircraft and .50-caliber machine gun rounds were expended, there was no evidence that they had hit any targets. A single moment of the incident was preserved in a dramatic photo that ran in the next day’s Los Angeles Times, the image of several searchlight beams converged on a single point in the night sky above Culver City. Over the years that photo became legend among UFO-ologists who maintain the searchlights were trained on an alien spaceship, and that the photo is evidence of an extra-terrestrial visitation.”


 This could have been an actual raid, a fake raid used to scare the 2,000,000 residents of LA, or any number of things. It seems that no one has been satisfied with the explanations offered by officials. So what was it? We might not ever know.



What we do know is that there have been thousands of reports on unidentified flying objects spanning the globe for (at this point) over a hundred years. The verdict is still out on every single one of those reports, but the truth is out there somewhere.


If you’ve got any UFO stories of your own, feel free to email me, or leave them in the comments section! I would love to hear them!

The Whaley House


In the Old Town district of San Diego, California, stands one of the most important buildings in the history of the city- The Whaley House. Built sometime in 1856, it belonged to Thomas Whaley, a notable businessman from San Francisco. He and his family inhabited the building until the last daughter’s death in 1953. Over the years the Whaley house was a family residence, a theatre to the Tanner Troupe, and was even rented out to the San Diego County Court. The house itself was actually built on the site of the hanging of Yankee Jim Robinson, a convicted man in San Diego.


The Whaley House is considered to be one of the most haunted in the country. Even Mr. Whaley himself heard mysterious footsteps, which he told his children was “just Yankee Jim.” But it seems that the majority of activity started when the house was opened as a museum in 1960. One of the bigger surprises is that most activity takes place during the day, something slightly abnormal for most haunted locations.

What goes on here?


The first (and seemingly one of the most prominent) ghosts here in Yankee Jim. According to Shadowlands, Yankee Jim was hung for stealing a boat. He seems to be the cause of the loud footsteps ringing through the house. There are reports of a tall man with unruly blonde hair (like Robinson was said to have), and a man’s laughter heard in several of the rooms.

Possible apparition of a cat caught on camera?

There is the apparition of a woman in a white dress and gold hoop earrings that is only seen in the court room of the house. There are more ghosts on the property, including an old attourney from the Civil War who fell in love with the house, and Mrs. Whaley, who likes to play the piano to make her presence known. Children and even the spirit of the Whaley’s terrier Dolly roam the House, reliving their time among the living.


Music and singing are often heard by the employees and visitors to the House, as well as children laughing and babies crying upstairs. There are phantom smells of perfume, and during the week between Christmas and New Year’s the smells of baking waft in the air.


It seems like the Whaleys never left their family home. Whether these are residual or intelligent is left up to investigators. What is evident is that this house definitely earns its title as the most haunted house in America. If you’d like to know more, or even schedule tours, there are several websites below with more details, and even some pictures!

Kind of a cheesy video, but this gives a little information on the Whaley house, and even has some evidence, too!



Whaley House