13 Days Of Halloween: Where The Weird Things Are

Feet have been washing up on the shore of British Columbia since 2007.

Theories have run rampant. From natural disasters such as a tsunami to drug dealers, serial killers, human trafficking, and of course alien abductions. Why the aliens don’t want the feet is anybody’s guess.

The only thing the coroners can tell us is that the feet natural separated from the body as a result of decomposition. But then, if it is natural decomposition, where are the rest of the body parts? Why just feet? And stranger still, most of the feet are a right foot.

This isn’t the first time feet have washed up on the west coast. In the 1980’s feet began washing up on Southern California’s coast. It was dismissed at the time as a result of shark attacks. Sharks and aliens don’t like human feet.

The world has always been full of bizarre things, a twilight zone where familiar things are out of place, off a bit, or not behaving as they should. Feet are not scary. The west coast is even inviting, but put the two together in an unnatural way and it gets a bit squeamish.

There have always been inexplicable things that keep us awake at night. Colored lights are fun and festive. Everybody appreciates a good skyscape anytime of the day. But put the colored lights in the sky where they don’t naturally belong and you’ve got hysteria like in the Dexter, MI UFO panic.

Or, graves are acceptable. Islands are fun and fascinating. Put the two together like you find with Cemetery Island, part of Lake Superior’s archipelago around Isle Royale, add some history, folklore and wind and now you’ve got a story that bristles the hair on the back of your neck.

Because the elements don’t add up the way they should, and there is no explanation as to why they are behaving so unusually. What unsettles our lunch is the idea that there might be a bigger force causing things to happen unpredictably, beyond our comprehension and therefore beyond our control.

Its the idea that there might be something big out there with secrets and an agenda of its own.

Here are a few short narratives to make you go “hmmmm ….”

U 28

On July 30, 1915, the German u-boat U-28 sank the British steamer Iberian. According to Commander von Forstner’s account of the incident, the wreckage remained underwater for about 25 seconds until an explosion sent some of the debris flying up. Witnesses said that along with the debris, a creature described as a “gigantic aquatic animal” resembling a crocodile was seen, which splashed back down and disappeared from sight.

Around dawn on April 14, 1561, residents of Nuremberg saw what they described as an aerial battle involving large geometric shapes moving erratically in the sky overhead. A news article was printed later that month describing the event. The translated text gives the following description of the event:

1561 news report of the overhead battle

In the morning of April 14, 1561, at daybreak, between 4 and 5 a.m., a dreadful apparition occurred on the sun, and then this was seen in Nuremberg in the city, before the gates and in the country – by many men and women. At first there appeared in the middle of the sun two blood-red semi-circular arcs, just like the moon in its last quarter. And in the sun, above and below and on both sides, the color was blood, there stood a round ball of partly dull, partly black ferrous color. Likewise there stood on both sides and as a torus about the sun such blood-red ones and other balls in large number, about three in a line and four in a square, also some alone. In between these globes there were visible a few blood-red crosses, between which there were blood-red strips, becoming thicker to the rear and in the front malleable like the rods of reed-grass, which were intermingled, among them two big rods, one on the right, the other to the left, and within the small and big rods there were three, also four and more globes. These all started to fight among themselves, so that the globes, which were first in the sun, flew out to the ones standing on both sides, thereafter, the globes standing outside the sun, in the small and large rods, flew into the sun. Besides the globes flew back and forth among themselves and fought vehemently with each other for over an hour. And when the conflict in and again out of the sun was most intense, they became fatigued to such an extent that they all, as said above, fell from the sun down upon the earth ‘as if they all burned’ and they then wasted away on the earth with immense smoke. After all this there was something like a black spear, very long and thick, sighted; the shaft pointed to the east, the point pointed west. Whatever such signs mean, God alone knows. Although we have seen, shortly one after another, many kinds of signs on the heaven, which are sent to us by the almighty God, to bring us to repentance, we still are, unfortunately, so ungrateful that we despise such high signs and miracles of God. Or we speak of them with ridicule and discard them to the wind, in order that God may send us a frightening punishment on account of our ungratefulness. After all, the God-fearing will by no means discard these signs, but will take it to heart as a warning of their merciful Father in heaven, will mend their lives and faithfully beg God, that He may avert His wrath, including the well-deserved punishment, on us, so that we may temporarily here and perpetually there, live as his children. For it, may God grant us his help, Amen. By Hanns Glaser, letter-painter of Nurnberg.

Remember the folks back then didn’t have planes or even balloons. The only things that should be up there are birds, clouds, and a catapulted rock now and then. Because we are so far removed from it in time, space, and technology, it is easy to dismiss such a report. But as Dr. Hynek said during his investigation of the Dexter, MI UFO sightings, “So many people can’t all be wrong.”

There is the comically bizarre like poor Thomas Hogg who was put on trial after a sow gave birth to piglets that suspiciously resembled him. He was spared execution when he refused to confess.

Then there is the poll asking Americans whether they’d ever been decapitated. Weird thing to ask. But weirder still, 4% of respondents replied that they had been.

And if you can’t understand how back in the day people could ever have believed in vampire, just catch the next flight to Malawi where a couple weeks ago a vampire scare prompted the United Nations to leave.

Consider for a moment the poor relatives of Maurice Sendak author of “Where the Wild Things Are.” His original title was “Where the Wild Horses Are” until Sendak realized he could not draw a horse. So he drew the Wild Things, modeled after his relatives. Funny for us, but makes for an awkward Sendak Thanksgiving.

There are the squeamishly bizarre things like the bear over in Kastamanu, Turkey that is a serial exhumer of human corpses for the purpose of eating them.

If that doesn’t turn your flesh to goose, then know this: there are 25 million tons of living spiders on earth that eat 400-800 million tons of prey each year.

Speaking of the animal kingdom, there is the nightmare known as the “Hairy Frog“, “Horror Frog”, or the “Wolverine Frog” that is so aggressive it will literally break its own bones, force them through the skin, then use them as claws to attack; even humans.

From things that make you squeamish, we’ll move into a couple things that will haunt you. For example, the words for the Algerian National Anthem were originally written on a prison wall in blood.

A back story for Casper the Friendly Ghost is that he is the spirit of a little boy who died of pneumonia.

When Apollo 10 was orbiting the moon in 1969, they spent one hour behind the moon out of radio contact with NASA. They were on their own. They received a whistling signal that they described as sounding like “outer space music.”

There are the things that just make you go, “eeeewwwww” like the Minnesota man who lived with the corpses of his mother and twin brother for a year. His brother’s corpse, which had died of natural causes, was found in the basement. His mother’s corpse ala Norman Bates style was found in the upstairs bedroom. “I’m not some nut ball,” he told police.

If that doesn’t give you the heebies, pacemakers have been found to cause exploding corpses. The small, but powerful lithium metal anodes with cathodes composed of iodine, carbon monofluoride, silver vanadium or other materials emit a highly flammable gas when heated in the cremation chamber. Boom.

One study has found that nearly half of crematoria staff in the United Kingdom reported having experienced a pacemaker explosion in their facility. Stats for the United States are hard to find. Letting it leak out that you’re letting bodies explode isn’t good for business.

But the unsettling and bizarre doesn’t have to be unusual or exotic. It can be as simple as two very common behaviors oddly conjoined. Watching someone switch from laughter to crying is unsettling. Watching someone switch from sobbing to laughter is terrifying.

The world is mystery.

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