2014 Ohio Bigfoot Conference

Cryptomundo - 4 hours 35 min ago
Where: Salt Fork Lodge and Conference Center When: April 26, 2014 Time: Tickets on Sale At 10:00 a.m. Speakers Lyle Blackburn Cliff Barackman Charlie Raymond Tom Yamarone Bob Gimlin
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Nessie on Land Sighting

Cryptomundo - 5 hours 4 min ago
Cryptomundian searching2 shares the following account with Cryptomundo...
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Bigfoot North Radio

Cryptomundo - 6 hours 39 min ago
On today's edition of Bigfoot North radio, Todd Standing and Jeff Meldrum will introduce and interview the fourth member of Bigfoot North, Sonya Zohar.
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Cryptid: Reimagined

Cryptomundo - 8 hours 18 min ago
The line between history and legend can be deceptively thin—too thin, perhaps, to maintain the claim that one is exclusively fact and one fiction. Such may be the case with the history of Lewis and Clark—for the fact is that two hundred years after they were handpicked by Thomas Jefferson to lead an extraordinary expedition to the Pacific coast, legends still persist regarding unexplained gaps in the explorers’ field journals.
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Proof in From Standing’s First Face Hoax…

Cryptomundo - 10 hours 52 min ago
Questions about Todd Standing's photographic "evidence"
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Trapping the Yahoo

Cryptomundo - 15 hours 45 min ago
Trapping the Yahoo will be risky, and the A.I.M.S. team wants to be sure they don't hurt the monster, as well.
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Bigfoot vs. D.B. Cooper

Cryptomundo - Tue, 15/04/2014 - 8:25pm
With so many creature species battling each other across the screen, it’s inevitable that a mythological beast would take on a legendary criminal. BIGFOOT VS. D.B. COOPER is coming, and we’ve got the exclusive DVD release info plus the cover art.
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Sqwatch Time Is It?

Cryptomundo - Tue, 15/04/2014 - 6:03pm
Cryptomundo is now an authorized retailer of SasqWatch, The Original Bigfoot Watch!
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Bigfoot North Radio Tomorrow

Cryptomundo - Tue, 15/04/2014 - 5:58pm
On tomorrow's edition of Bigfoot North radio, Todd Standing and Jeff Meldrum will introduce and interview the fourth member of Bigfoot North, Sonya Zohar.
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Nessie: Feeding on Land

Cryptomundo - Tue, 15/04/2014 - 4:47pm
"...Now sightings of a large creature in Loch Ness are interesting, stories of this monster lumbering about on land are even more fascinating..."
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Yowie Sighting at North Aramara, Queensland

Cryptomundo - Tue, 15/04/2014 - 2:08pm
The cattle on a milking farm failed to return in the evening. Michael and family friends went out to search for them. As they came to the boundary of the property, the group were confronted by all the cattle and their dogs racing towards them in fear with their tails between their legs. Behind the animals, was a Yowie in chase.
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Archive: The CryptoCast 4/13/14

Cryptomundo - Tue, 15/04/2014 - 11:56am
OK folks, here is the archived program of the second episode of The CryptoCast. We interviewed Trapper of Destination America's Mountain Monsters and talked about Todd Standing, Les Stroud, Jeff Meldrum, Survivorman: Bigfoot and Bigfoot North.
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Wrong-Footing A One-Legged Mystery Snake From China

Cryptomundo - Tue, 15/04/2014 - 10:01am
Some zoological photographs are so bizarre that long after they first hit the news headlines, they still continue to circulate online, like restless ghosts doomed to wander forever down the highways and byways of the worldwide web, resisting all attempts to expose them as hoaxes or explain them as grotesque yet nonetheless natural phenomena. One […]
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The Hippy of the Cryptozoological World

Cryptomundo - Mon, 14/04/2014 - 5:01pm
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West Virginia Yahoo Caught On Camera!

Cryptomundo - Mon, 14/04/2014 - 3:37pm
The A.I.M.S. team meets with a man who claims that he was able to capture the West Virginia Yahoo on camera!
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Back From the Dead: Arkansas Mystery Critter

Cryptomundo - Mon, 14/04/2014 - 2:22pm
Maybe the astute readers of Cryptomundo know something about this mystery skeleton. Or it could turn into a wild ass guessing game. Weigh in with your thoughts and opinions on the identity of this "Arkansas Mystery Skeleton."
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The healthy side of death

Michael Prescott - Sun, 13/04/2014 - 5:47pm

Today I came across a short article on a science site arguing that thinking about one's own mortality may actually improve mental health. This interested me, in part because of the frequently heard objection that thinking about death (or life after death) is inherently depressing and a sign of an unhealthy obsession.

The article's author, Nathan Heflick, seems to take it for granted that death equals personal extinction:

... everything and everyone we value, everything we cherish, could just vanish at any moment ... An awareness of our own death is potentially extremely distressing because it renders you aware that you are, ultimately, no more significant than food sources and animals, or as [one expert] put it: “lizards and potatoes”.

Even when approached from this rather materialistic perspective, writing and thinking about death can apparently be beneficial:

James Pennebaker, a psychology professor at the University of Texas, has conducted studies in which people wrote about deeply emotional – and hence often distressing – topics over the course of weeks or months. His work generally found that these writing exercises increased mental, and even physical, health ...

Irvin Yalom, a clinical psychologist who deals with existential issues, has also written about how contemplating mortality on a deeper level can have positive psychological effects. He has argued specifically that people who accept and face death develop a more “authentic” life in which their behaviour and goals more align with their values.

Heflick himself has conducted a small study in which college students "write about death or another aversive topic each day for one week, or they just reply to specific questions in an email each day on which they have to spend five to ten minutes – one example they’ve been asked to reflect on is that if you’re aware life is short and that you could die sooner than you think, how does it make you feel and how does it impact you in general?"

Later they answer a questionnaire that assesses their feelings. The research "suggests that there are positive psychological effects to writing about mortality. Specifically, participants who are in the repeated death writing group have been reporting lower levels of depression, increased positive mood, increased self-esteem and increased intrinsic motivation."

In addition, there's some evidence that study participants feel more forgiving toward others and more willing to attempt reconciliation. "Interestingly, many of these effects occur only in individuals who have moderate levels of depressive symptoms going into the study (though well below clinical levels). It appears then that the mildly depressed may benefit most from a deeper reflection on their own mortality."

Many of history's deepest and most creative thinkers devoted close attention to the subject of their own mortality - think of Socrates and Plato, Augustine and Boethius, Shakespeare and Tolstoy. It shouldn't be too surprising to find they were on to something.

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One for Aficionados of Precognitive Dreams

Paranormalia - Sat, 12/04/2014 - 2:44pm
Lawrence Brennan got in touch last weekend to talk about a dream he thought might be precognitive. It’s happened to him a few times, as he described interestingly in Paranormalia a while back. The imagery in this particular dream seemed to suggest a...

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Bigfoot Wars: Movie Poster

Cryptomundo - Fri, 11/04/2014 - 8:32pm
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AIBR Calls Out Meldrum

Cryptomundo - Fri, 11/04/2014 - 7:32pm
Regarding the subjects of Todd Standing's videos: They are clearly a hoax and Standing deserves whatever criticism he gets. We hope that Meldrum will discuss the scientific methods he used to arrive at his conclusions. ~ Alliance of Independent Bigfoot Researchers
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