Sometimes I like to peruse the internet looking for two of my favorite subjects the unexplained and genealogy. It seems funny to me that both deal with spirits of one sort or another. That says a lot about me I guess.
One of the subjects I find interesting is cryptozoology. There is something about the unexplained that appeals to me. Documentaries are a great source of information and my family really gets into them. Have you ever seen something that you knew was real, but did not recognize what it was? This just might help you.
There are several great shows on television these days on the subject. My favorite is “Monster Quest” on the History Channel. They do a good job of investigating everything from Big Foot to Thunderbirds. I always find these interesting and I like that they make me really think.
I know this is a bit off the subject of hauntings, but I think very often there are things out there that we may think are one thing and they turn out to be another. Some of these may be what people are seeing and are mistakenly thinking they are spirits. Check them out. We love the unexplained.
Cryptozoology (from Greek κρυπτός, kriptos, “hidden” + zoology; literally, “study of hidden animals”) is a pseudoscience focused on the search for animals which are considered to be legendary or otherwise nonexistent by mainstream biology. It consists of two primary fields of research:
* The search for living examples of animals taxonomically identified through fossil records which are considered to be extinct, such as dinosaurs.
* The search for animals whose existence lacks empirical support but which appear in myths, legends, or undocumented sightings, for example Bigfoot and el Chupacabra.
A subset of the first field is the search for wild animals outside of their normal geographic ranges, such as phantom cats.
Those involved in cryptozoological study are known as cryptozoologists. The animals they study are often referred to as cryptids, a term coined by John Wall in 1983.
Because cryptozoologists do not typically follow the scientific method and devote a substantial portion of their efforts to investigations of animals that most scientists believe are unlikely to exist, cryptozoology has received little attention from the scientific community. In 2004, however, paleoanthropologist Henry Gee, a senior editor of the journal Nature suggested that cryptozoology may lead to legitimate scientific discoveries and could “come in from the cold.”
Online there are sites that are dedicated to the search. I stopped by Cryptozoology.com. From what I can tell this site is a great place for anyone with sightings or questions to log on. Here is the list of site options to choose from:
If you have ever wanted to come to the “Haunted Library” and see for yourself what goes on, this is your chance. Join us for the “Ghost Walk”!
You will be given a guided tour of the library while it is closed.
You must pre-register
Oct. 30th doors open at 7:30 pm and program starts at 8pm.
Program will include a Power Point program and EVP’s
from a previous Ghost Hunt by AAPI.
If you are interested in joining this years fun contact the library at 307-875-3615 to add your name to the list.
There will be a limit of people so no more than 100 will be allowed. Wrist bands will be given out and must be worn at the time of the Ghost Walk.
**Please bring a small flashlight for your personal use.
We hope to have a
“Hauntingly Good Time”.
Hope to see you there!!
Not long ago I was asked to speak to a small group during a meeting in regards to the history and reported unexplained ghost stories here at the library. The meeting was informal and the ladies were in a great mood, so it was fun for me as well. I must say I enjoy telling the reports and watching people’s reactions.
Every time I speak to a group or help with a presentation were we discuss the ghosts and the weird things that happen here, it amazes me how fast people can scare themselves silly. People are funny. Around Halloween each year we try to present a “Haunted Halloween” program to tell the public about the stories that are recorded. The programs are usually a huge success and the room is filled to the maximum. Very often you actually feel the difference in the room as the energy rises. Each time the stories become a bit scarier the feeling gets stronger. This is a very interesting phenomenon.
It has been suggested at times that the energy actually is what is causing the occurrences’ or at least may attract the spirits. I believe there may be truth in the later part. Could we be attracting ghosts? Do they play off our energy? Many of the experts suggest that spirits need energy to bring them selves forward. During a program would be the perfect time if this is true.
Several years ago the Library hosted its annual Halloween program. I was hoping to videotape the event for future use. We set-up the Multi-Purpose Room and I began checking my camera equipment. The night before I charged all three of the batteries I carry, so I would be able to move around the room and videotape. The event started around 6pm. As usual had a very large crowd and the room was full. I grabbed my camera and turned it on. It went dead. I checked the camera and I saw no problems. I put in another battery, dead. I tried the third, dead. I couldn’t believe it. I quickly plugged in the adaptor. This was the only way I was able to videotape the event. We all thought it to be very strange.
Many investigators will claim that ’spirits’ have drained the electrical charge from their batteries in order to come up with the energy to manifest them selves. I am no expert, but this seemed very unusual. I have since wondered it this is why lights are said to flicker when spirits are supposed to be around.
The bottom line is that the verdict is still out. There is no hard evidence that I am aware of, but I find it intriguing. Many times when there is high energy or young people (I would like to bottle their energy) there seems to be more activity. It is curious to say the least.
What do you think?
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