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Woman Led by Fairies in the Woods



According to her report, the woman describes herself as “pixie-led.”

An anonymous woman became inexplicably lost while traversing a patch of woods in County Meath, Ireland, according to a report published recently by Dublin Live.

The belief that fairies will sometimes lead travelers astray through supernatural means is referred to by this term. The most common folklore remedy for the condition is to turn one’s coat inside out, which is said to break the spell.

Her testimony stated that:

I just needed to get my steps in order for a work challenge. Instead of doing laps around my estate, I decided to go for a nice walk. I decided to go for a walk in the woods because it was a nice day. What was the worst-case scenario?

Everything was fine until the path led through two identical trees. I took a step through and placed my hands on both trees. People are now claiming that this was a mistake. One was extremely hot, while the other was extremely wet and cold. I continued walking and I believe I took a left.

The main path diverged to the left and ended up going nowhere. It went into a very overgrown forest with a lot of weeds and plants. I knew it wasn’t the way to go. There were many people in the area. It’s a popular spot, so I walked back, thinking that this wasn’t the main path and that I should have gone another way.

I took the other route, which also led nowhere. I returned to the fork to begin again. I returned, and I believe I attempted to return the way I came. This also got me nowhere.

I returned to the main path, but it didn’t look familiar. It was also quite cloudy at this point. I had opened Google Maps and had no signal on my phone, which is not uncommon in that area.

I decided to keep experimenting with different paths. I figured since there were only three of us, I’d get somewhere eventually. I continued walking down a path toward another overgrown area. At that point, I heard a very light female voice. I’m not sure how to put it. It was extremely high. ‘Over here,’ she yelled. I assumed she was calling to her children or something. Then she laughed, and the hairs on the back of my neck stood up just as she laughed.

My job is very professional. I’m not insane. I’m a logical person, but the call came from the other side of me. Something didn’t feel right.

Something was clearly wrong. My first instinct was to run, but I had no idea where to run. I seem to recall that turning your clothes inside out is supposed to help. So I did just that. I thought it was all in my head. I simply had to do it. I reversed my t-shirt and put it back on. I hoped no one was looking at me because it was an unusual thing to do in the middle of a forest.

I turned around and walked back, almost immediately coming back to the two trees. When I turned around and returned, I was closer to them than when I had been walking in the opposite direction.

I didn’t even think about it. I just wanted to finish. Then I could hear the birds and people again. I had no idea what had just happened.

I examined my steps as I returned to the car. I had done 8,000 steps or something like that the last time I checked my step counter. I had walked an additional 10,000 steps. I didn’t come from a family who would have believed in such things. Certain things just stick with you, which is why I remembered turning the clothes inside out.

The woman was reportedly terrified by the phantom laughter, which she mistook for friendly.

“When she laughed, I was terrified. I don’t think I have any English words to describe her laughter. I’d never heard anyone laugh like that before. Something was clearly wrong. I just had a bad feeling that if I didn’t do something, things weren’t going to end well for me “She stated. “I hadn’t been scared until that point. I knew something was wrong when she laughed. Many people have claimed that it was a “stray sod.” I always thought they were pleasant stories. I like how we, as a nation, frequently acknowledge it as a thing. I have no idea where all of the extra steps on my Fitbit came from. I was surprised at how many people it had happened to.”

Although sharing her story on social media prompted others to come forward with their own accounts and explanations for the phenomenon, the woman was ultimately left with few firm beliefs other than that she had witnessed something very strange and that whatever she encountered appears to have left a legacy in the area that is still felt today.

“We may not believe, but we never want to take the risk,” she explained. “I believe I was simply unlucky. I’ve spent time in those woods before. People claimed that the two trees on the path served as a portal. I don’t have a strong opinion, but something strange happened. We do so many things instinctively on a daily basis. There are open fields, but every now and then, a ring of trees will appear in the middle of one. They will drive around them. They still plough around those trees, even with our modern farming equipment.”

Reports like this one, of changing landscapes leading unwary travelers astray, are not uncommon in the modern era.

Shirley Ivey reported to the Singular Fortean Society two years ago that she, her husband, their teenage daughters, and at least two strangers all experienced a strange spacetime distortion while visiting the Okefenokee Swamp in Georgia.

This occurred in the Okefenokee Swamp in southeast Georgia on Monday, April 3rd, 2000. We stopped at the Suwanee Canal recreation area on our way to Florida from our home in Michigan at the time. We decided to rent a motorboat and go up the canal to a picnic area for lunch while we were there. The canal is a meandering canal. Because the conditions were “low and trashy,” there was no way to get lost on any of the small tributaries because there was no way to get through. The canal was relatively wide and easy to navigate. We enjoyed the ancient swamp’s dark and mysterious water and moss-draped cypress trees. But then we noticed that the few miles or so to the picnic area seemed to take an eternity.

We finally arrived and walked to the picnic area on the “trembling earth.” When it came time to leave the picnic spot, I made a mental note of which way to go. As we were about to leave after lunch, two young men in another motorboat approached us. They were distraught and asked if they could accompany us back to the concession. They claimed they were unable to communicate. We agreed to let them come with us. I had noticed that they did not appear to be inebriated.

We came to a halt after about 30 feet because our path was blocked by a strip of dry land with tall grass growing on top. Beyond the barrier, I could see the canal continuing. We considered portaging over it, but decided against it in a wild swamp. I even touched the bank’s side, which was solid. We returned our gaze to the two men, who shrugged their shoulders.

We could only do one thing: return to the picnic area to see if we had deviated from our original path. We didn’t.

On the way back, we saw an elderly couple paddling a canoe toward the barrier (unusual because we had not encountered anyone else in a canoe). I tried to warn them about the impending blockage, but all they did was stare ahead as if we weren’t even there.

We decided to try again when we arrived at the picnic area. We not only had no roadblocks this time, but we also appeared to have arrived quickly.

Before I could even discuss the event with them, those two guys got out of their boat and peeled rubber in the parking lot. In terms of information on other people experiencing similar problems, the people at the concession were useless.

Another incident eerily similar to the recent report from Ireland is that of a Springfield, Illinois man who contacted the Singular Fortean Society in September 2003 to report an encounter with seemingly paranormal phenomena while driving home one night. The man described being pursued by a humanoid flying a strange vehicle after hearing phantom footsteps approaching him. Even the trees seemed to be conspiring against him.

“When I got to the outskirts of the woods, the small trees started behaving strangely, kind of spinning in circles on top, for some reason it almost felt like the woods were alive and the trees were going to grab me,” he explained.

Later, when he returned to the same woods during the day, he noticed that a tree he had hidden behind had vanished as if the landscape had changed during his encounter.

Incidents of extreme strangeness, such as those described above, are frequently reported in remote locations.

Other strange reports in the area include an unexplained, haunting melody heard by Angela Nichols and her family one afternoon during the summer of 1987 while fishing on the Saline River in Arkansas, as well as a slew of strange creatures and UFOs allegedly seen by witnesses.

The reported details of these incidents frequently overlap with existing faerie lore, but the nature of the connection, if any, between these phenomena is unknown, and the subject is hotly debated among researchers and investigators.


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‘Queen’ Founding Member Shares Crop Circle Picture



On May 24th, Brian May, a founding member of the rock band Queen who later earned a Ph.D. in astrophysics, posted several images to Instagram of a crop circle seen near Marlborough, England.

“Have you noticed anything out of the ordinary here in the English countryside?” The photos were captioned by May. “I’d never seen a crop circle before. As a result, I’m always skeptical of them. But yesterday, as we flew back from our production rehearsal space, over a location near Marlborough, there was this. […] Who creates these fascinating works of mathematical art? Is it a hoax? Are they created by extraterrestrials? And… how…? And what is their goal?”
Responses to May’s post have been mixed, with some claiming that the phenomenon is paranormal, while others believe that hoaxers are to blame.

Crop circles have sparked speculation in the modern era since at least the mid-1970s, with theories ranging from hoaxers to otherworldly beings to “earth energies.”

Despite the fact that people have claimed responsibility for certain crop circle formations, mysterious circles of flattened plants discovered in fields date back much further than modern-day hoaxers.

W.Y. Evans-Wentz recorded folktales of faeries coming in the night to thresh farmers’ grain in his 1911 book The Fairy Faith in Celtic Countries. Similarly, in 1678, an English woodcut pamphlet depicts ‘The Mowing-Devil,’ who is shown mowing crops in a circular pattern.

While some dismiss these as folkloric inspiration for modern-day hoaxers, others see them as proof of a phenomenon that predates man-made imitation.

No one has yet claimed responsibility for the crop circle photographed by May.


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DoD Announces Expanded Effort to Investigate UFOs



According to a press release issued by the Department of Defense (DoD):

Due to the passage of the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal 2022, Deputy Secretary of Defense Kathleen Hicks, in consultation with the Director of National Intelligence (DNI), amended her original directive to the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence & Security on July 15, 2022, by renaming and expanding the scope of the Airborne Object Identification and Management Group (AOIMSG) to the All-domain Anomaly Resolution Office (AARO).

USD(I&S) Hon. Ronald S. Moultrie informed the department today of the establishment of AARO within the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence and Security, and named Dr. Sean M. Kirkpatrick, most recently the chief scientist at the Defense Intelligence Agency’s Missile and Space Intelligence Center, as its director.

The AARO’s mission will be to coordinate efforts across the Department of Defense and other federal departments and agencies in the United States to detect, identify, and attribute objects of interest in, on, or near military installations, operating areas, training areas, special use airspace, and other areas of interest, and, as needed, to mitigate any associated threats to operational safety and national security. Anomaly, unidentified space, airborne, submerged, and transmedium objects are included.

Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence and Security (USD(I&S)) Ronald Moultrie will lead the AARO Executive Council (AAROEXEC), which will provide oversight and direction to the AARO along the following primary lines of effort:

1. Surveillance, Collection and Reporting
2. System Capabilities and Design
3. Intelligence Operations and Analysis
4. Mitigation and Defeat
5. Governance
6. Science and Technology

This newly reported expansion of the Pentagon’s UFO investigation program follows low congressional trust in their investigative efforts.

Following the release of the much-anticipated preliminary assessment report on UFOs by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence last year, many in the intelligence community were critical of what they saw as the report’s failure to offer any concrete explanations for most of the incidents examined, particularly in light of concerns about secret Russian or Chinese technology.

The Pentagon then promised to revamp the task force in charge of investigating UFOs, which resulted in the formation of the AOIMSG, which has since been renamed the AARO.

This reflects Congress’ growing interest in UFOs, which was most recently demonstrated during a House Intelligence Subcommittee hearing on the subject last May—the first of its kind in more than 50 years.

The congressional hearing allowed lawmakers to question the Pentagon about unidentified aerial phenomena (UAP)—the current government term for UFOs—and for government officials to explain their current position and outline plans to investigate the issue further.

During the hearing, there were few mentions of extraterrestrials, though the Pentagon did express a particular interest in reports containing unusual flight characteristics such as incredible speed, transmedium capabilities, and undetectable means of propulsion.

Since the existence of the Pentagon’s Advanced Aviation Threat Identification Program (AATIP), which reportedly ran from 2007 to 2012, was made public in 2017, congressional interest in UFOs has skyrocketed.

Interest in the encounters between Navy pilots and UFOs grew, and in 2019, several senators, including Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.), then vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, were briefed on them.

The Senate Intelligence Committee, led at the time by Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), then included a directive in their Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021 ordering the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) to create a report on “unidentified aerial phenomena” in consultation with the Secretary of Defense.

That bill resulted in the formation of the Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Task Force (UAPTF), which was in charge of producing the aforementioned preliminary assessment report.


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The Marlborough Monkey is a Cryptid Fans Classic



The latest documentary by researcher and filmmaker Karac St. Laurent, The Legend of the Marlborough Monkey, takes a fresh look at an older and often overlooked series of cryptid sightings in New Hampshire.

Most people don’t think of Bigfoot sightings in the northeastern United States, but St. Laurent has made a compelling case for taking the subject seriously while still having fun along the way.

The film is a tribute to the classic cryptid documentaries of the 1970s, and it was shot to look like an 8mm film being watched on a VHS tape. With thematic music and Robert Ready’s absolutely perfect deadpan narration, viewers could be forgiven for not immediately recognizing this as a documentary shot in 2021.

Despite its aesthetic, the film is very much a product of modern investigation, and St. Laurent conducts field investigations using equipment anachronistic to the 1970s, both solo and in collaboration with Small Town Monsters alum Aleksandar Petakov.

When some filmmakers might have been content to show only the interviews with researchers and witnesses included in the documentary, the field investigations were a nice touch. Folklorist John Horrigan is an especially bright addition to an already entertaining documentary, and his unique blend of wit and historical storytelling could have carried the film on its own.

Horrigan, interestingly, coined the term “The Marlborough Monkey” to describe the hairy humanoid being reported by New Hampshire residents in the 1990s, based on one account in which the witness said the creature looked like an orangutan. Those reports never stopped, and sightings of ‘The Marlborough Monkey’ are still being reported today.

St. Laurent, however, does not stop with stories; similarly to his first documentary, Release the Bodette Film, a variety of evidence is presented for the viewers to peruse. Much like that film, the viewer is ultimately left to decide what to believe, despite the fact that the vast majority of the film approaches the subject from a staunchly materialistic standpoint. Petakov makes a passing reference to high strangeness during an interview late in the film, but otherwise the assumption is that if something strange is going on, it’s most likely an undiscovered primate. This isn’t necessarily a negative, depending on your point of view, and those who prefer materialist science in the hunt for cryptids will appreciate the film’s mainstream take on the phenomenon.

That viewpoint is consistent with the 1970s-era documentaries to which it pays homage, and given the evidence presented, there’s never any sense that the investigation should be taking a different path. If The Legend of Boggy Creek is one of your favorite documentaries, check out The Legend of the Marlborough Monkey.

The Legend of the Marlborough Monkey has a run time of 43:14 and will be available to watch for free on the Crash-Course Cryptozoology YouTube channel starting at noon on September 12th. Expect it to be available on DVD around Thanksgiving.


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