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So, You Think You Know What The Great Awakening Is?

By Dorraine Fisher

I hear a lot of talk about a Great Awakening. It’s plastered across the internet and social media; thousands upon thousands of references to a supposed time in history that we all think we understand. But if someone asked you to define it, could you give a clear definition?

Chances are, you’d give a definition that’s based on your own beliefs about it. We all think we know what it is. But the truth is, none of us has a clear grasp of it…yet. But we will.

Many people think it’s a socio-political or religious movement. Depending on what side of the social and political or religious fence you happen to be on, you’ll be convinced YOU’RE the one that’s awakened and the other side isn’t. I’ve seen countless arguments on social media about who’s awake and who’s not. But if you’re still arguing and you think it has to do with ONLY politics or only religion, you’re not awake yet.


The Origin of the Famous “Skinwalker” Photo

By Dorraine Fisher


The above photo has been circulating on the internet for years now and we’ve even featured it on our website once or twice. But where did this intriguing and seriously creepy photo come from?   

It seems it all started back in 2014 when an individual who’s name isn’t clear posted this photo on Facebook. The person who posted it claimed it was taken just south of the Jicarilla Reservation in New Mexico between Lybrook and Counselor. This person claimed a geologist working at an oil field in the area was driving home one night in the area, saw something odd on the road and captured this heat signature photo of it. But after the event, the geologist suddenly quit without explanation.

I thought I would just share another day of exploring the woods of Kentucky with everyone. In this video I'm hunting ginseng and looking for bigfoot evidence.

I do manage to find a few things that are interesting and I talk some about bigfoot, the bigfoot community, films and social media.

I hope you enjoy the video and some out our beautiful mountains.
Here is the video:

Okay, so it seems there has been multiple UFO sightings in and around Cincinnati, Ohio. These are very recent and date back to August the 3rd.

According to what I have read Social Media is being flooded with videos of these recent light anomalities. The lights seem to disappear and then re-appear. There also is movement, almost form a circle, and then some disappearing. It seems many people saw them from numerous angles. But just what are they?

Let's take a look at one of the videos:

After numerous attempts to resolve an issue with the folks over at Facebook, and after receiving a followers email, I thought I would post a heads up about our website and Facebook.

We know that many of our fans and followers post our links in various groups, pages and personal pages on Facebook. If you have attempted this recently you have been greeted with the ugly message that the URL has been blocked from Facebook. We are sorry about this and want to explain why and what happened.

Ah Valentines day, why not have a post showing a romantic couple embraced near the seaside while getting photobombed by what many say is a sea monster. Love is in the air and it appears to have attracted an unexpected spectator. This photo has caused a minor stir on several websites and social media. Many are saying it is some type of sea monster that just happened to surface at the right time.

At first glance, I was like "look at that" and then I checked it out more and thought "Hey, I know what that is".

Photo Credit: Richard Christianson
Whoa, this picture posted on facebook by Richard Christianson has gone viral. It has been shared over 80 thousands times and been featured in numerous videos, forums and blogs. Many people say it is a demon or an angel. One person even said it was an elephant, huh?

The eerie standing figure is a rather frightful image. There has been much debate about the figure. What is it? Is it a hoax? and on and on.

While others find the picture fascinating and think the image could be supernatural, I think there is a more earthly explanation to the figure.

Lets explore to find out more about it.
Photo Credit: Melissa Doubleday
A strange object apparently has washes up on a Muriwai beach in New Zealand. The original photos, of whatever this is, was posted on social medial by Melissa Doubleday. She posted it with the question "Just curious if anyone knows what this is?"... Well apparently no one has answered the question or solved the mystery of just what this might be.

Some have speculated it was a whale carcass covered in some type of crustacean. Others have speculated it is a work of art. But the crustaceans are alive on the object. The best guess so far, at least that I think may be the answer, is that it is a large piece of driftwood covered in gooseneck barnacles.

There is now video of the object and you can see the crabs moving and working.


Many newspapers and online news sites are now covering the mysterious object, but as of yet there is no solid answers as to just what the object is.

It is always cool when weird things wash up out of the ocean, I guess we can add another one to the list. This particular mystery is being shared and reported on around the world. Best I can tell this was a recent wash up, but I'm not sure of that or when it happened.



Thanks
~Tom~


 
This post by Thomas Marcum, Thomas is the founder/leader of the cryptozoology and paranormal research organization known as The Crypto Crew. Over 20 years experience with research and investigation of unexplained activity, working with video and websites. A trained wild land firefighter and a published photographer, and poet.



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Okay, so it has been a long time since I did a Fact or Faked post, but today I thought I would break another one out. The above photo has been a pretty hot item and has circulated on social media for months. There are a few variations as to where the photo was taken, but the most common seems to be I-40 near Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. I have travel several times to the Pigeon Forge area, so I'm somewhat familiar with the landscape.

The photograph depicts a Cthulhu looking monster in the clouds. Some attribute the strange formation to aliens and others think it is a series of tornadoes. The image gives a ominous feeling of impending doom.

So, with a little digging and searching I was able to find out just where the picture comes from and more about it. The highway in the photograph is not in Tennessee. In fact, it is not even in the United States. The highway in the picture is near Sofia, Bulgaria. In the original photograph there is no "cloud monster".

This version of the photograph was created by digital artist Da ShadeE. Da ShadeE said this about the image, "It is a freehand painting over a photo, done in Photoshop." Apparently, Da ShadeE used google search to obtain the original picture, without a monster in it. Then created the artwork he titled "Cthulhu Raising". Then all it took was some creative storytellers using his artwork to make it go viral.

So, in conclusion the photo is fake when it is said to be a real creature or photograph taken near Pigeon Forge. But you have to admit that artwork is fantastic.

Cloud Monster Photo = Fake
    

 Thanks
~Tom~



 
This post by Thomas Marcum, Thomas is the founder/leader of the cryptozoology and paranormal research organization known as The Crypto Crew. Over 20 years experience with research and investigation of unexplained activity, working with video and websites. A trained wild land firefighter and a published photographer, and poet.



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Giant being exhumed
The Cardiff Giant was one of the most famous hoaxes in United States history. It was a 10-foot (3.0 m) tall purported "petrified man" uncovered on October 16, 1869, by workers digging a well behind the barn of William C. "Stub" Newell in Cardiff, New York. Both it and an unauthorized copy made by P.T. Barnum are still on display.


The giant was the creation of a New York tobacconist named George Hull. Hull, an atheist, decided to create the giant after an argument at a Methodist revival meeting about Genesis 6:4 stating that there were giants who once lived on Earth.
The idea of a petrified man did not originate with Hull, however. In 1858 the newspaper Alta California had published a bogus letter claiming that a prospector had been petrified when he had drunk a liquid within a geode. Some other newspapers also had published stories of supposedly petrified people.
Hull hired men to carve out a 10-foot-4.5-inch-long (3.2 m) block of gypsum in Fort Dodge, Iowa, telling them it was intended for a monument to Abraham Lincoln in New York. He shipped the block to Chicago, where he hired Edward Burghardt, a German stonecutter, to carve it into the likeness of a man and swore him to secrecy.

Various stains and acids were used to make the giant appear to be old and weathered, and the giant's surface was beaten with steel knitting needles embedded in a board to simulate pores. In November 1868, Hull transported the giant by rail to the farm of William Newell, his cousin. By then, he had spent US$2,600 on the hoax (nearly $45,000 in 2013 dollars, adjusted for inflation).
Nearly a year later, Newell hired Gideon Emmons and Henry Nichols, ostensibly to dig a well, and on October 16, 1869 they found the giant. One of the men reportedly exclaimed, "I declare, some old Indian has been buried here!" 
 
Newell set up a tent over the giant and charged 25 cents for people who wanted to see it. Two days later he increased the price to 50 cents. People came by the wagon load.
Archaeological scholars pronounced the giant a fake, and some geologists even noticed that there was no good reason to try to dig a well in the exact spot the giant had been found. Yale palaeontologist Othniel C. Marsh called it "a most decided humbug". Some theologians and preachers, however, defended its authenticity.

Eventually, Hull sold his part-interest for $23,000 (equivalent to $430,000 in 2016) to a syndicate of five men headed by David Hannum. They moved it to Syracuse, New York, for exhibition. The giant drew such crowds that showman P. T. Barnum offered $50,000 for the giant. When the syndicate turned him down, he hired a man to model the giant's shape covertly in wax and create a plaster replica. He put his giant on display in New York, claiming that his was the real giant, and the Cardiff Giant was a fake.

As the newspapers reported Barnum's version of the story, David Hannum was quoted as saying, "There's a sucker born every minute" in reference to spectators paying to see Barnum's giant. Over time, the quotation has been misattributed to Barnum himself.
Hannum sued Barnum for calling his giant a fake, but the judge told him to get his giant to swear on his own genuineness in court if he wanted a favorable injunction.

On December 10, Hull confessed to the press. On February 2, 1870 both giants were revealed as fakes in court. The judge ruled that Barnum could not be sued for calling a fake giant a fake.

The Cardiff Giant appeared in the 1901 Pan-American Exposition, but did not attract much attention.
Iowa publisher Gardner Cowles, Jr. bought it later to adorn his basement rumpus room as a coffee table and conversation piece. In 1947 he sold it to the Farmers' Museum in Cooperstown, New York, where it is still on display.

  - Source: wikipedia -

There is a few things that stand out to me about this hoax. One is that it was created by an atheist after a debate about giants in the bible. I guess his thought or plan was to suck everyone in, especially religious people, and then reveal it was a hoax. The other thing is that he carved a large penis on the figure. I find that amusing, sorry.

To be honest, I had never heard of the Cardiff Giant until I ran across it today. It just goes to show you that hoaxers have been around for a long time and they, for the most part, haven't gotten any better at hoaxing. There will always be people who hoax and fake evidence, it just goes with the territory. And in today's world of social media, it is much easier for something to spread all over the world very quickly .

But, like many hoaxes, even after being revealed as a hoax, they continue to be spread and viewed. They continue to fool the uninformed and the gullible. We see this very often in the Bigfoot community. Photoshopped images of Bigfoot keep popping up from years gone by. They get shared on social media and fool a whole new batch of uninformed people. It causes arguments and debates and in the end it hurts and hinders authentic research efforts.

Sometimes you just have to laugh and move on, or it will drive you crazy. 


Thanks
~Tom~


This post by Thomas Marcum, Thomas is the founder/leader of the cryptozoology and paranormal research organization known as The Crypto Crew. Over 20 years experience with research and investigation of unexplained activity, working with video and websites. A trained wild land firefighter and a published photographer, and poet


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photo of 27 or more bigfoot
"No less than 27 Bigfoot in this photo"


This post by Thomas Marcum, Thomas is the founder/leader of the cryptozoology and paranormal research organization known as The Crypto Crew. Over 20 years experience with research and investigation of unexplained activity, working with video and websites. A trained wild land firefighter and a published photographer, and poet.


Chasing Shadows

We have all seen them, you know the ones I'm talking about, the pictures of some beautiful dense mountain scenery. Then the next picture of the same exact picture will have 27 yellow circles on it and a caption that reads "no less than 27 Bigfoot in this photo".  Really?

Oh yes, most of the people who post photos like this are serious, but for the typical observer there is just simply nothing in the photographs that could be a Bigfoot. Some of the photos do contain tree stumps and dark shadows, but that don't equal Bigfoot.

It makes me wonder how long this type of thing has been going on. Have others over the years seen Bigfoot in every photo of foliage?
Flying Spiders!


 This post by Thomas Marcum, Thomas is the founder/leader of the cryptozoology and paranormal research organization known as The Crypto Crew. Over 20 years experience with research and investigation of unexplained activity, working with video and websites. A trained wild land firefighter and a published photographer, and poet.


Real or Fake - Flying Spider Invasion!
 
Back around 2012 there was reports going around about the discovery by scientist of a new and very dangerous type of spider. It was dubbed Flying Spider or Winged Spider but scientifically called Volat-Araneus. According to the "experts" this dangerous spider would soon be invading the UK and the rest of the world. The thought of this struck fear in the hearts of arachnophobes everywhere and the Newspaper clipping sure looked convincing, but lets dig deeper.

Now the mysterious Flying Spider has re-appeared in 2014 and it comes from a tech repair service called Digital Plumbing. The main question:  "is it Real or Fake?"

Do you have a fear of spiders? I really don't like them myself, they are just creepy to me. Now, I will admit the thoughts of flying spiders is something I really don't like to think about.

But everyone can rest easy when it comes to this report of flying spiders, the story is a fake.
The image of the winged spider has been digitally modified and inserted into a newspaper picture.

Oh how can I be sure you ask? well here is the original photo of the winged spider:

Notice this is the exact same picture used in the fake newspaper article, well minus the wings.
The original photo was first posted on the Carolina Nature Webpage, which is a site with a lot of spider photos, avoid it if you are like me and find spiders creepy. The credit for the photo was to a Will Cook, he must be a brave man to get this close to a creepy spider of any kind. yuck.

Now, in the 2014 version of the "flying spider" post from Digital Plumbing they admit it is a fake and are using it to educate internet users that you can get viruses and malware from clicking on these fake news reports.

Flying Spider - Real or Fake - FAKE

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~Tom~  



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Monster Snake
 
This post by Thomas Marcum, Thomas is the founder/leader of the cryptozoology and paranormal research organization known as The Crypto Crew. Over 20 years experience with research and investigation of unexplained activity, working with video and websites. A trained wild land firefighter and a published photographer, and poet.


Real or Fake - 15 Foot Eastern Brown Snake

This is another viral type post on social media. It is reportedly the largest Eastern Brown Snake ever recorded in one version of the tale. The length of an average size brown snake is about 5.5 feet but this monster is said to be 15 foot long!
The social post claims it was caught near a golf course at Caloundra, Queensland, Australia. The post about the snake is normally accompanied by 2 or 3 photos and the message "Golf anyone?" Two of the photos are the one above and a close up of the snake's mouth and teeth. Here is that photo.
Dangerous
The other version of the story is of a 15 foot Eastern Diamondback rattlesnake being caught south of Jacksonville, FL.

As you can see this is very scary, but is it Real or Fake?

There is a dual answer here, the photos are for sure REAL but in the Australian version it claims to be a Brown snake and that it's from Australia . Both of these claims are FAKE.

The snake featured in the social media post is a Eastern Diamondback rattlesnake that was actually caught at St. Augustine, Florida back in 2009. The snake was only about 7 foot long and not 15 foot as the post claims.

Of course the snake does look really large but that is due to forced perspective.
The forced perspective technique manipulates our human perception with the use of optical illusions to make objects appear larger, smaller, farther, or closer than they actually are. Here is an example.



REAL or FAKE = Mixed

The photos of the snake are REAL but the size and stories about them are mostly FAKE. In the American version some of the statistics about the snakes, including weight, are pulled out of the air.


Thanks
~Tom~





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Mermaid body found inside shark
Mermaid found inside shark?


This post by Thomas Marcum, Thomas is the founder/leader of the cryptozoology and paranormal research organization known as The Crypto Crew. Over 20 years experience with research and investigation of unexplained activity, working with video and websites. A trained wild land firefighter and a published photographer, and poet.


Real or Fake - Mermaid Found Inside Shark

I have a little time this morning and thought I'd continue the Real or Fake series. Today I want to look at the claim of a mermaid body being found inside a shark.

The above photo was and is passes around on social media sites like facebook and twitter.
According to the post you can see "Rare uncut video of a mermaid body" you just have to click the picture. This is where the fun starts ...Not.  Once you click the photo (normally with a play button) a message will pop up telling you that you need to share the video before viewing it. This is a tactic to insure the "Breaking News" spreads like a wild fire.
Then if that is not bad enough you are then taken to a site where you can win prizes for filling our surveys. It seems there is a lot of hoops to jump through to get to see this amazing rare footage of a mermaid that was eaten by a shark. Often times at the bottom of this survey page is a Mermaid video but it is not the promised "mermaid inside of a shark" video.  Here is the one most often shown.


The Mermaid in the video is fake, notice there are no flies or crabs eating it and it appears to have died in an unnatural pose.

But what of the claim of the Mermaid inside a shark? well, I'm glad you ask.

The photo used (top of page) is real and there are other photo as well ...here is one of them.

Yeah, I know ..gross
The photo of the remains is in fact a real photo and is not photoshopped or anything ....but the photo is from 2010. It is actual human remains found inside of a shark and not of a Mermaid.
You can view the other photos of the remains by Clicking Here

SO, if you see the very top photo of this post on facebook or some social network, DO NOT click it. It is a survey scam.

The Mermaid Inside a Shark Photo/story - is it Real or Fake? FAKE! 
Photos of human remains inside of shark - Real Or Fake? REAL!


I guess you kind of got a 2 or 3 for 1 today.

Thanks
~Tom~



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