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Even More Creepy Mysteries

Updated on August 18, 2013
Mothman statue
Mothman statue | Source
Point Pleasant, West Virginia, was terrorized by a mysterious creature in 1967.
Point Pleasant, West Virginia, was terrorized by a mysterious creature in 1967. | Source

Mothman

Strange reports began to surface in Point Pleasant, West Virginia, in 1966. Several residents reported seeing a bizarre creature with huge red eyes and gigantic wings. Two couples driving down a country road at night claimed that the creature chased their car and kept up with them even at high speeds. It finally flew away after they had reached the Point Pleasant city limits. The creature was described as resembling a giant bird or flying human and was dubbed the “Mothman” by the press. Other alleged paranormal phenomena, including UFO sightings, were also reported in the area at the time. In 1967, Point Pleasant’s Silver Bridge collapsed, killing 46 people and leading to claims that the Mothman was a harbinger of doom. Sightings of the creature faded after the collapse.

Today, the Mothman is used to stimulate the local economy, similar to Nessie in the Loch Ness. Point Pleasant has had a Mothman festival every year since 2002. In 2003, the statue pictured to the right was constructed. There is even a Mothman museum located in town.

Theories –

-Mothman was a misidentified owl, heron, or sandhill crane

-It was a hoax and the witnesses fabricated their encounters

-It was an alien or supernatural entity

-It was a type of animal that is unknown to humanity

The supposed  "spaceman" figure
The supposed "spaceman" figure | Source

The Nazca Lines

The Nazca Lines are a series of giant drawings created in the Nazca desert in Peru. They are believed to have been created around 1,500 years ago by the ancient Nazca culture. The cultural significance and motivation for the drawings are unknown. They are too large to be seen properly from the ground (although some can observed from nearby foothills), and the technology to create airplanes would not exist for many centuries. The illustrations depict many different objects, including a monkey, a dog, a spider, a hummingbird, and a strange image that vaguely resembles (to modern viewers, anyway) a man in a spacesuit. Why would a civilization with no ability to fly take the time and painstaking effort to create hundreds of giant images on the desert floor?

Theories –

-The drawings represent constellations or other astronomical objects

-The lines were meant to appeal to gods, probably so that the gods would give them water for their crops

-They were pathways for religious ceremonies

-The drawings were meant to be seen by ancient aliens

Artist depiction of Spring-heeled Jack
Artist depiction of Spring-heeled Jack | Source

Spring-heeled Jack

In 1830’s London, a mysterious man began attacking people, mainly women. He wore a dark cloak and was said to spit flames and have glowing red eyes. He created a media sensation and was dubbed “Spring-heeled Jack” because of his reported ability to leap over fences and from rooftop to rooftop. In one of the most well-known sightings, a teenage girl named Jane Alsop reported hearing a knock on her door by someone claiming to be a police officer. She opened the door to find Spring-heeled Jack. He supposedly spit fire out of his mouth, grabbed her, and tore at her clothes with his claws. The mysterious attacker fled after one of Jane’s sisters came to her rescue.

The police took the reports seriously enough to launch an investigation, but no one was ever caught. After a rash of sightings in the 1830’s and 1840’s, reports of Spring-heeled Jack began to fade, although there were scattered reports throughout the 19th century and even occasional reports in modern times. Although he terrified many people, Spring-heeled Jack (not to be confused with Jack the Ripper) never killed anyone. But who, or what, was he?

Theories –

-He was an ordinary prankster whose exploits were sensationalized by the newspapers of the day

-He was a product of mass hysteria and never existed at all

-He was an urban legend

-He was a demon

-He was from another planet or a parallel universe

Which mystery do you think is the creepiest?

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    • nanderson500 profile imageAUTHOR

      nanderson500 

      5 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Thank you, Michele! Glad you enjoyed it. I love mysteries. I recently wrote another installment of this series with even more weird enigmas.

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      Michele Travis 

      5 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      Very interesting hub. Love this kind of hub! Voted up!

    • nanderson500 profile imageAUTHOR

      nanderson500 

      6 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Nell - thanks for the comment. I think you're probably right about Spring heeled Jack.

    • Nell Rose profile image

      Nell Rose 

      6 years ago from England

      Loved all these, I remember reading about Spring heel Jack a few years ago and I do believe he was just a guy trying to get into houses! it got out of hand and hence the name, great hub, nell

    • nanderson500 profile imageAUTHOR

      nanderson500 

      6 years ago from Seattle, WA

      efeyas - Thanks! Yeah, they are definitely interesting! Hopefully they will be around for a long time.

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      Elizabeth 

      6 years ago from Some Sunny Beach, USA

      It is ashame though that the The Nazca lines are in threat of being damaged due to squatters, they are super interesting. They are mentioned in one of my favorite movies, Indiana Jones! Voted up :)

    • nanderson500 profile imageAUTHOR

      nanderson500 

      6 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Yeah, pretty eerie stuff! Thanks for commenting!

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      cryptid 

      6 years ago from Earth

      Spring-heeled Jack! Even though it's possible this thing was some nutcase trying to freak everyone out (seems like a misguided Batman) it also could have been some kind of entity on the loose. Very interesting indeed.

      I've always found the Nazca line fascinating too.

    • nanderson500 profile imageAUTHOR

      nanderson500 

      6 years ago from Seattle, WA

      thefilmguy - yeah, the Mothman Prophecies. I saw that a few years ago. Mothman is probably the most well known of the three, certainly the most recent. Thanks for commenting and voting!

      billd - Yep, Chariots of the Gods is where that theory originally came from I believe! Thanks also for commenting and voting!

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      billd01603 

      6 years ago from Worcester

      Interesting hub Voted up. Eric Von Danaken(sp) in his book "Chariots of the Gods" Theorized they may have been an ancient airfield for UFOs.

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      Thefilmguy24 

      6 years ago

      Interesting hub. I never heard of the last two of the Nazca Lines and Spring-heeled Jack. I've heard of the Mothman and seen bits of the movie but never really looked in to it. I'll probably look up The Mothman now since you've wrote about it. Voted up.

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