Appalachian writer & nerd. Writes about the strangest bits of history and science as well as science news.
Alien Foundlings: The Green Children of Woolpit
A curious tale from the 12th century tells of a brother and sister who emerged from the ground in England, speaking a strange language and wearing strange clothes. But most startling of all was their bizarre green skin - an explanation for which has yet to be found.
Bending Reality: The Philadelphia Experiment
Shady government programs, experiments gone wrong, reality-defying phenomenon - the story of the Philadelphia Experiment has all the markings of a sci-fi epic. Numerous articles and books have been written about it. There have even been Philadelphia Experiment movies. Whole corners of the internet have been devoted to it, and entire generations have speculated on whether it's true or not. So, what was the Philadelphia Experiment?
The Ghost Ship of Diamond Shoals
One of the most written about maritime mysteries in history, the Carroll A. Deering ghost ship was found run aground on the infamously treacherous Diamond Shoals, off Cape Hatteras, North Carolina on 31 January 1921. Its crew was missing with no indication of their whereabouts or why they abandoned ship.
The Flatwoods Monster
In 1952, a UFO supposedly crash-landed just outside of the tiny village of Flatwoods in Braxton County, West Virginia. When locals went to investigate, they were terrified by a close encounter with something otherworldly. The traumatizing event turned into a media sensation and even attracted the attention of the U.S. Air Force's infamous Project Blue Book. But what really happened in the woods that night? What was the Flatwoods Monster?
The Bell Island Boom
In 1978, the tiny remote community of Bell Island, Newfoundland was rocked by a sudden, ear-splitting explosion that seemed to have no precise epicenter and no discernible source. The phenomenon reportedly electrocuted livestock, melted power lines, and manifested floating balls of fire. Whatever struck the island apparently released enough energy to set off the American nuclear test watch satellites and drew the attention of weapons researchers from the Los Alamos National Laboratory, who showed up at the site soon after.
Faces of Terror: The SS Ourang Medan
The story of the SS Ourang Medan is one of the most popular tales of maritime terror ever told. Over the years it has spawned countless books, articles, and videos. It's even inspired a video game - The Dark Pictures Anthology: Man of Medan, released in 2019, which has brought the story renewed attention. So what is the Ourang Medan and why is its tale so horrifying?