Friday, April 11, 2014

Weirdness From The Web--But Is It To Be Believed?

The following stories were gleaned from posts on Pinterest. Amid a jumble of re-posted images bearing obviously faked iPhone ghosts and clearly staged CGI videos of extraordinary feats, a gem or two glistens. If not terribly veracious, they at least tantalize the imagination...

The Michigan Triangle is purportedly and area of mysterious forces and unexplained phenomena that ranges from Benton Harbor in the south to Sheboygan and the Pentwater area to the north. In 1937, Captain George Donner of the freighter O M McFarland disappeared from his locked cabin while the vessel was en route to Port Washington. It's been claimed that it was the captain's 58th birthday. In June 1940, a Northwestern Flight disappeared in the triangle--with 58 passengers aboard.

The Lincoln Tunnel Vortex is an Internet legend that has cropped up over the years concerning the much-trafficked tunnel that connects Manhattan to New Jersey. If the tale predates cyberspace is unclear. According to some, the tunnel is the home to a mysterious, unexplained incident that has been unsurprisingly "covered up".

Supposedly, the John Lawson House in Wappinger Falls, NY is home to no one but a few mannequins that have the unnerving capacity to move about by themselves and even change their clothing.

Another apocryphal tale from online is that of a Caucasian man who arrived at the Tokyo airport in July 1954 with a legitimate looking passport from a country called Taured, which doesn't exist. The Tokyo officials ask him to show them where on a map this supposed Taured is located. The man points to Andorra but is confused and frustrated that the map doesn't say Taured, a country that had existed, according to him, for over a thousand years. The man had money from various countries on him and his passport had been stamped in those countries as well as previous stamps for Japan. The Japanese officials placed him under guard in a local hotel as they checked out his story. While he had plenty of documentation to support his assertion that he was there on business, the company he claimed to work for had never heard of him. When the Tokyo officials returned to the man's guarded room, they were shocked to discover that he had vanished.

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