The Wonderful Week of the Weird and Bizarre

Aside from what would normally be labeled “paranormal” or “supernatural,” I have an avid interest in stuff that is just plain strange.  When these two interests of mine converge, I’ll try to catalog them off and on here on Fortean Squirrel in “The Wonderful Week of the Weird and Bizarre.”  So here, for your reading pleasure, a small collection of stories that I got a kick out during the past week or so.  I hope you’ll enjoy them as well.

John Lennon, in the song “Nobody Told Me,” famously sang “There’s UFOs over New York and I ain’t too surprised.”  It is said he penned these lyrics because of a curious encounter he had with a UFO while on the terrace of his apartment.  Whatever actually happened that day, what can’t be denied is that New York, as well as a few other cities around the world, recently had some unexplained flying objects in the sky that attracted more than a few onlookers, and a lot more speculation.  Whether these airborne anomalies were actually alien spacecraft or, much more likely, balloons is a matter of some debate.  But be sure to click the links provided in order to catch up on the story.  And here’s a blog by the “Bad Astronomer” Phil Plait which may provide a more Earthly explanation to the whole hubbub.

There are two things that a lot of people are afraid one.  One of those is very much a certainty, and that is death.  Let’s face it, most people are afraid to die and simply don’t like talking about death.  The other thing people are scared of are, well, things that come back from the dead.  Heck, this very notion has spawned a plethora of zombie movies, and even an array of how-to guides to surviving zombie apocalypses.

One of my favorite movies and books growing up was Pet Sematary.  To this day I love it and will watch it whenever it happens to be on television.  Aside from some cool visuals, interesting performances, and engrossing subject matter (pets AND people coming back to life) it also just happens to feature an all-Ramones soundtrack.  So, yeah…bonus points.

Anyway, a recent story out of Michigan might spark the desire for another Pet Sematary sequel, because a local father recently had a beloved family pet to sleep due to a spinal condition.  Anyone who has ever had to put a pet down knows this is sad enough.  But the crazy part?  The dog was waiting by her food dish the next day.  Yeah.  Freeeeaaaakyyyyy.

If you happen to be a listener of the internet radio show I do with my pals Robyn and Bobby, Strange Frequencies Radio, you may remember that last Sunday, October 10th, was OtherWorld Contact Day.  In case you weren’t aware, OtherWorld Contact Day was an experiment by a fella named Robert Goerman who hoped that, by having the citizens of the world attempt to contact “otherworld entities” telepathically, such as ET, or even Bigfoot and Chupacabras, that they would cross over into our realm for a little visit.  Well, I don’t know if it worked out too well, but it was worth a shot, right?

While I didn’t hear about any reports of Yeti on the White House lawn, I did see a couple interesting stories with a bizarre type of correlation to that particular day.  One involved a boy, George Lippitt, who just so happened to turn 10 years old at precisely 10:10 on…yeah, you guessed it:  10/10/10.

And if that’s not enough, check out the story of the Rockford family; whose 3 children have each been born on very conspicuous days.

Pretty sure there’s gotta be some Prophecy that has foretold their arrival.  Because, dude…that’s just too weird.

Well, thanks for reading the first installment of “The Wonderful Week of the Weird and Bizarre.”  Hope you enjoyed reading the stories if you happened to miss them when they first came out.  Feel free to drop me a line here on the comments page and let me know about any other cool, odd, or straight up interesting stories you may have heard about recently.  I’d love to see what you newshounds come up with.  
Thanks for reading.

2 thoughts on “The Wonderful Week of the Weird and Bizarre

  1. I don't wanna be buried in a pet semetary…I don't want to live my life again…Uhm, yea, that's a freaky story. My mom tried to do that with a cat when I was little (it had a bad reaction to the anesthsia when it went it to get fixed and died). I totally knew it was the wrong cat…especially since it was stripped and the original cat was just solid grey. I was five, not stupid.

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