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Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Mystery: Jeffrey Epstein Created Fortnite

Let’s play a silly game, dear reader. Let’s take a trip to the video game store—I would say Gamestop, but those aren’t high quality enough. So we’ll go to “Game Store” and pretend that it’s a place where you can play Dungeons & Dragons, collect Funko Pops (those creepy things with big heads), and post clown memes without the risk of being publicly shamed. It’s a great place, but it’s even better when you realize you can have get-togethers with people from all around your town/city. You can play games locally; couch-style co-op and what have you. All in the safe, comfy location that is Game Store.

However, there’s one thing that sticks out. In a secluded room, there are the sounds of younger folks; children. They’re screaming, laughing, and calling each other vulgar names that would get me unindexed faster than you could say “Vert, please post more often.”. Or heck, just say the first word. Anyways, you peer into this room and see cheetos, piss stains on a toilet, and it smells of things that would get me unindexed yet again. It reminds you of when you were 10-years-old and lived with your parents. Now you’re 25-years-old and live with your parents, but you wear a mask because of a novel virus and insist on playing Dungeons & Dragons; your mage that has PTSD will someday get that legendary staff from the warlock!

Anyways, there are numerous Xbox Ones, PS4s, and PCs. In the distant corner, you see a broken Nintendo Switch because apparently, kids these days don’t enjoy Nintendo consoles. Against your better judgement, you enter and are immediately swarmed by kids asking you to play one game: Fortnite.

Indeed, today’s story centers on Fork Knife (better known as Fortnite to anyone who isn’t me and isn’t amused like a little child at insipid things). That global phenomenon that was made by Epic Games (which is totes bad because China). Every Twitch streamer has played it; heck, everyone who isn’t me has played it. It’s a Battle Royale game that’s wildly popular and I don’t really get the appeal. However, I’m not a big fan of PvP games. A lot of others are though and to that I say: good on them. I hope they keep having fun.

Alas, today’s story features another icon: Jeffrey Edward Epstein. The man who ran a global child sex trafficking ring. A truly vile, reprehensible figure, Epstein’s name is one that will earn looks of disgust to anyone familiar with him who has an iota of a soul. Though if you pair the two together, a conundrum appears. How on Earth could these two things go together? Well, that’s where the story begins. Let’s ask ourselves one very simple, peculiar question: did Jeffrey Epstein create Fortnite?

Monday, July 20, 2020

Mystery: Now They Hear It All The Time

The realm of Reddit is one that I’m highly hesitant to ever go near when it comes to content. While some may see it as more reputable than, say, 4chan, I think that Reddit’s voting system causes it to create not only a hivemind, but a sense of believability that can be passed along to the average user. This, in turn, can create the aforementioned hivemind. With a website like 4chan: there may be a hivemind at work on some boards, but it’s at least transparent about being one. Reddit isn’t that way, but that could just be my experience with the site.

In spite of that, there are times when Reddit provides me with something that’s a bit too good to pass up. In this case though, I didn’t find it myself. Rather, I found it from the fandom site “Paranormal World”. I went to this site when I covered the Nickelodeon Killer back in May and I made it clear (or at least I hope I did) that I didn’t want to seem like I was poaching content from the site. The person who operates the site deserves every bit of credit for finding these stories; I think that the stories they’ve covered are extremely fascinating (if a bit on the hard to believe side). Today, I want to make a journey back there because this one in particular really caught my attention as being something exceptionally interesting.

The story in question is about a mysterious PSA that a few Reddit users recalled seeing, but have never been able to find anything regarding its existence. That, on its own, is worth a write-up. Missing/lost media is something I’m really into, though I seldom cover it on its blog as it requires a fair bit more work, though I intend on covering it a little bit more as the year goes on—though I hope to have something like that posted this month.

Moving on though: it’s worth mentioning that this story, aside from just being something related to lost media, also reads a lot like a horror story. That, to me, is usually indicative of a creepypasta and given that this is related to television, one’s mind would drift into the realm of, say, Candle Cove, The Wyoming Incident, or Happy Appy. A mysterious piece of television history that hardly anyone remembers, but a few recall it and talk about it online. That screams of the the first and third (Happy Appy’s original story being a direct, shameless ripoff of Candle Cove) with the second being a broadcast intrusion as far as my shoddy memory can be asked to recall. Though I digress; let’s get back on track. We’re here to discuss a PSA and I don’t wish to waste too much time on the intro.

Due to how the story reads like a creepypasta, I was a bit hesitant at first to cover it. However, given it’ll be a bit before I believe I’m truly able to get my life fully back on track, I wanted to take a leap into a sort of “real life” creepypasta. So that brings us to the story at hand. As stated earlier, it takes us back to Paranormal World. It’s here that there is a page entitled Now They Hear It All The Time. I wish to take a look at this story because it’s certainly odd to see a story that screams “creepypasta” that’s treated with genuine sincerity. So let’s see if we can get to the bottom of this peculiar PSA and have a bit of fun with a potential piece of television history.

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Mystery: J376

This story is dedicated to my close friend Seriff Pilcrow. While this isn’t everything he likely desired it to be, I nonetheless did my best given the circumstances that have transpired around this one write-up. Thank you for everything, bud. I greatly appreciate your assistance.

This story’s cursed. I swear on a Bible, it’s cursed. Every time I try to write about it, something bad happens. Don’t believe me? Let’s take a look at the track record for it.

September 2019: I suffered a terrible nightmare about my ex-girlfriend that led to me contemplating grabbing my father’s service handgun and shooting myself in the head.

November 2019: A group of friends that I frequently hung out with got into a major argument. I played the mediator for weeks (this began around the time as the event mentioned above too) upon weeks and I finally broke down from the constant fighting and bickering. The two groups fractured and I was forced to abandon my plans for last year’s Decemystery. I ultimately scrapped this story because of how stressed I was; how I managed to not miss a single day of Decemystery 2019 is beyond me, but I consider it an act of God (and my sheer unbridled will to not fall behind on my work, though at what cost, I’ll never know).

January 2020: My acid reflux began to flare up extremely badly and I was forced to take time off; this did ultimately lead to me deciding to make the megalist of 500 conspiracy theories. This is also the only time that anything good came from this nightmarishly awful mystery.

March 2020: I suffered from a severe depressive episode due to my Yellow Lab dying; I scrapped covering it as a surprise for a friend of mine.

May 2020: I ended up having a complete and total mental breakdown in the middle of the month the week I’d begun to work on it once more. I’m still recovering from the breakdown because it was triggered by a year’s worth of pent up emotional distress and anger; the end result was five separate suicide attempts, losing a close group of friends I’d made four months ago, and being diagnosed with bipolar disorder.

July 2020: The day I started to cover this, I nearly had a breakdown due to the regret I’ve experienced due to the above mentioned breakdown. This culminated in a terrifying 3-hour-long mood swing where I became lucid to my desires to slit my wrists with razor blades and repeatedly contemplated other methods to end my life.

Lucky for me: seven is one of my lucky numbers. So on this seventh attempt, we’ll be covering J376.

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Mystery: The Crank Incident

I like movies. I like movies a lot. Just ask my friends who never comment on this blog (c’mon guys, at least leave a comment saying “good job, Vert!”) about how much I love them. If there’s one thing I’m silent about, it’s how much I love to read about movies, the troubled production of some movies, and generally about what the latest movie gossip is. It’s fun to talk about them to say the least and as such, today’s story caught my attention. It’s known as the Crank Incident and rather than write a proper introduction, I want to dive right into it. You’ll see why if you click the jump button. Or you can scroll down and read about Five Nights At Freddy’s. That’s cool too.

Monday, July 6, 2020

Mystery: Is Five Nights At Freddy's Based on a True Story?

I promised a few friends of mine last month that I would cover this story this month. Given how miserable I’ve been as of late, I figured I’d try to cheer myself up by writing about it today. In hindsight, this was a terrible idea because I want to use glass shards to brush my teeth simply looking at the title. So without further ado, let’s ask a very simple (and silly) question: is Five Nights At Freddy’s based on a true story? 

Friday, June 26, 2020

Mystery: Paul Deering

It’s been a really, really hellish past month for me; so much so that I cannot go into any reasonable detail without tearing up. The abridged version is that I’ve gone through a ridiculous amount of emotional and mental trauma and stress that’s caused me to take a serious break from writing and admittedly, I should probably not be sitting here writing this story. However, I wanted to have something up on the blog for this month. So let’s stop with the idle chatter and dive into the story of Paul Deering.

Friday, May 29, 2020

Mystery: The Manor Road Pig-Dog

Time to head over to Baltimore County. Our story today is the Manor Road Pig-Dog.

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Mystery: Sleep Paralysis Demons

A fairly popular image used when discussing Sleep Paralysis Demons.

Today’s story is something that I’ll be discussing more off the back of my hand based on what I know as opposed to citing various sources. So rather than waste time, let’s discuss
Sleep Paralysis Demons.

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Mystery: Nyagwaiheogwa

A picture of a bear from Wikipedia.

Due to that lovely thing called real life problems, I’ve been seriously forced to forego the plans for the end of the month stories. However, I’m too stubborn to give up now. So stories like (which I promised when I wrote about Meat Stations) won’t be covered. However, I still have some fun, peculiar little tales to share with you all. However, they’re likely to be extremely short. I digress though; today’s story is the Nyagwaiheogwa.

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Mystery: Cookie Monster

The only known source for this story.

I want to return to Michael Newton’s Encyclopedia of Cryptozoology for today’s story. Yesterday, we (very briefly) talked about the Easter Bunny. That isn’t the only weirdly named Bigfoot-type cryptid out there though. There’s also the wonderfully named Cookie Monster. Let’s take a gander at this story.

Monday, May 25, 2020

Mystery: Easter Bunny

Poached from a Forbes article. Sorry, Forbes. Please don't sue.

As of late, I’ve been feeling a mixture of burnt out and just flat out exhausted. While this year in general has been kicking me while I’m down, this month in particular has been grueling. As such, I’m just taking the easy way out and covering a lot of really easy stories until we get to the capstone story. So for today, let’s talk about the Easter Bunny. No, not the Easter Bunny you’re likely thinking of. Today, we’re off to Michigan.

Sunday, May 24, 2020

Mystery: Food City Aliens

Shamelessly poached from the ObscUrban Legend Wiki. Also, this is the Food City logo.

Today’s story comes from the ObscUrban Legend Wiki. I had planned to cover it about two weeks ago, but I didn’t. I forget what story specifically I swapped it out for, but it was probably The Man in the Plastic Bag. Though I’m covering it now. It’s short, sweet, and quite funny. I call it the Food City Aliens.

Saturday, May 23, 2020

Mystery: Fleshgaits

I’ve been waiting for this day for a very long time. It’s finally time to cover Fleshgaits.

Friday, May 22, 2020

Mystery: September 23, 2017 and The Great Sign of Revelation 12

Religion is one of those topics I try my best to steer clear of—in spite of how there are numerous stories that I want to cover because of how many fascinating mysteries surround it. For me, it’s provided an insurmountable level of comfort and peace in the face of topics like death and what comes after it. It’s helped me to have a much more positive outlook on life as a whole too.

Though as is the case with any religion: there’s always the concept of “The End”. Now what is The End? Well, it’s Armageddon; the Apocalypse. The End of the World. When Heaven and Hell fight. Throughout the ages, many have suspected that The End was just around the corner and nowadays, it seems that The End is going to happen next week. Alas, it never does and as it stands, every prophecy, every prediction, and every claim has failed to yield anything substantial. So why do we keep falling for it? Well, some people simply fear death. Some want to see their children grow up, to have families of their own, or simply love their life. It’s those people that many charlatans feed off of in the way of selling tickets into Heaven or to have them purchase salvation from the Lord (this goes for any and all religions mind you).

This concept of fear and the dread of The End is where today’s story will take us. It's one I had planned for September this year, but I decided to cover it today as I felt oddly motivated to cover it. Known as the Great Sign of Revelation 12, this is going to be a very religious mystery, but I encourage non-believers to read this story too. It’s a very fascinating one and if I’m to be quite honest: I think this is one of my best works yet. Let’s not waste anymore time though. Let’s dive into this fantastical tale.

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Mystery: Meat Stations

I’ve been playing a lot of Borderlands 3 lately. I’ve chosen FL4K as my character of choice and have been using the Jabber as my pet. This, naturally, means that a lot of the time, I’m spent swearing to myself because the poor thing dies over and over and over. This has led me to ponder to myself why I even bother acquainting myself with it given its tendency to keel over the second that someone looks at it funny.

Oh well, I guess that’s just how game development is. Though we aren’t here to talk about that—at least not a lot. In the time I’ve spent playing the game, I’ve pondered exactly what order the stories I had in mind for this month would go. Naturally, a lot of stories got nixed while others were added in, but two have been on my radar recently that I haven’t been able to pick between. While I know for a fact they’ll both be covered this month, the one that would be up to bat first has remained contested in my mind. One of them is called, a very oddball theory with a name worthy of an award.

The other takes us to a crazy, grisly, and warped world filled with cannibalism, human farms, and human trafficking. It’s this theory I ultimately went with because for whatever reason, I was feeling a bit grisly. Known as Meat Stations, this theory is how I imagine Cannibal Holocaust would’ve been written if it was made by someone who doesn’t realize the purpose of the Conspiracy Iceberg. So rev up those fryers and let’s get cooking.

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Mystery: The Prehistoric Sea Creature Brigade

This entry for this month’s daily blog post series is a birthday gift to my dear sister. I love you sis. Thank you for your endless support and love.

Today’s entry is going to be a lot different than any other mystery I’ve ever covered today as it’s not an “official” mystery per-se. Rather, it’s a compilation of several—31 to be exact—cryptids that almost all sound alike (only one doesn’t). They’re what I call the Prehistoric Sea Creature Brigade. They aren’t connected by anything other than the fact they’re all aquatic cryptids. So let’s stop this rambling and dive into the mysteries of Nessie, Bownessie, Bessie, Tessie, Hessie, Chessie, Mjossie, Messie, Pressie, Cassie, Issie, Illie, Mussie, Kussie, Cressie, Maasie, Elsie, Teggie, Muckie, Pepie, Charlie, Sharlie, Brosnie, Lizzie, Lizzie, Caddy, Ogopogo, Igopogo, Manipogo, Winnipogo, and Champ.

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Mystery: William Bradford Bishop

Last December, I covered the story of a man named Robert William Fisher. If you’ve either forgotten who he is (or was), or simply haven’t read that write-up, he was a man who murdered his wife and children and blew up his house. It’s a very dark and morbid tale of a seemingly normal, well-to-do man who hid his true self with terrifying grace.

That wasn’t the only story I had in store that was like that though. I had another one in mind, but after I was done writing about Fisher, I realized that the two were extremely similar—to the point that they were nearly interchangeable content wise. As such, I opted to scrap the second one and instead cover it this December. Though the more I thought about it, the more I realized that this month has had a lot of very silly, offbeat stories that really showcase a bit too much of the goofy side of unsolved mysteries. So I decided to yank it from this year’s Decemystery and instead cover it today.

As such, after yesterday’s short tale of a terrifying spectre that resides in your mirror, I thought that I should balance the length paradigm by having today’s story be a lengthier, much more thorough write-up. So without further ado, let’s dive into the world of a fugitive who disappeared into thin air with the story of William Bradford Bishop.

Monday, May 18, 2020

Mystery: Bloody Mary

Bloody Mary, Bloody Mary, Bloody Mary!

The world of urban legends is one that’s definitely interesting. While you can make a case that they’re nothing but the creation of campfire stories, there’s a lot that can be said for their basis in something from the real world. Whether that basis is the natural fear of a killer who lurks at lover’s lanes in the case of “The Hook” or a maniac in the backseat in the case of “High Beams”. However, a full blown basis in reality isn’t something that one could apply to any of them.

Or could they?

Today’s mystery is a lot different than most of them, but it has a lot of the elements that were essential when we discussed Slender Man back in January. Our focus today is on an entity known as Bloody Mary. Most of you are likely familiar with her; she’s the spectre who is said to appear if you say her name a certain number of times while in front of a mirror with the lights turned off. She’s a classic in the way of sleepover stories you’d hear if you’re a pre-teen or a young teen. Though that’s all she is: a story. Right? Well, let’s find out. Today, we’re kickin’ it old school. This is the story of Bloody Mary.

Sunday, May 17, 2020

Mystery: The Arzamassian Monster

Today’s story is going to be a super short one because I’ve been extremely busy today. Apologies for all of those that are disappointed, but I promise that there are stories this month that will be much longer and much more fascinating. So anyways, today’s tale is one that will take us back to the year of 1719. It’s known as the Arzamassian Monster and it will send us to the land of Russia. Let’s dive bomb into this enigmatic story!

Saturday, May 16, 2020

Mystery: The Paris Catacombs Video

Today, I want to do something very different. You see, when I go about writing, I tend to try to do my best to cover stories in a way that hasn’t been done before. I believe I’ve failed to do so quite often, but I’ve been extremely happy with how I’ve really gotten a firm grip on a style in recent time.

Though I want to forego that a bit. You see, today’s story is one that’s been covered a fair bit by quite a few people; it’s also been talked about a fair bit. The reason I want to do that is I believe that the footage that’s become known as the Paris Catacombs Video is one that a lot of people tend to overthink and over analyze. So what we’ll be doing today is instead playing the role of the parrot and then playing the role of the armchair detective with five followers on his blog. So without further ado, let’s go spelunking.

Friday, May 15, 2020

A good friend of mine did a video on the Black Dahlia!

Our friends over at the Debunk File covered the Black Dahlia. Go give their video a watch. It's factual and brilliantly made. While you're at it: give their other stuff a watch. It's fantastically made and some of the most well edited stuff I've seen on YouTube.

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Thursday, May 14, 2020

Mystery: The Zaratan

Come swim away with me.
Last year, during Decemystery, I covered the theoretical Bermuda Beast. In that write-up, I stated that the beast is said to be the largest cryptid to ever be “recognized” at over 4,000 feet long. However, for every first place holder, there’s someone in second place. Today, we’ll be covering that creature, the Zaratan. I mentioned this creature very briefly when I covered the Bermuda Beast by stating it has an island on its back. There’s more to it than just that, so let’s dive into this story and find out what lies beneath the island. Spoilers: it’s a gigantic turtle.

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Mystery: The Old Woman in the Crawl Space

There was no picture I could in relation to this story. So enjoy this stock photo.

Our story today is one that I can’t find much on beyond an article on the ObscUrban Legend Wiki, However, I like it enough that I want to cover it since it’s delightfully creepy and I haven’t covered enough paranormal stuff on this blog. So here’s the story of what’s known as the Old Woman in the Crawl Space.

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Mystery: Astronaut Night Terrors

Open wide.

I was on 4chan’s /x/ board a month ago when I came across a conspiracy iceberg thread. Naturally, I went through it and saw some material for some good future write-ups, though I always saw an opportunity to partake in the thread too since a user had said they couldn’t find anything about the conspiracy of Astronaut Night Terrors. I’m not one to go around and promote this blog on /x/ or the ever-so coveted cesspool known as Reddit, but I do enjoy sharing what I know with others. As such, I chimed in and said that I’d written about it on here (well, I didn’t give the name of the blog, but that’s besides the point). Though after I’d said I’d written about it, I realized something.

I’ve not written about it.

The closest I’ve come to covering this theory was when I summarized it back in February for my megalist of conspiracies. Even then, I more or less took what one user on 4chan had said and did a pisspoor job of reworking it so it didn’t look like I’d outright copied him. As such, I’m going to amend my folly and now cover this theory. So to the two or three people who ended up visiting this blog from /x/, I hope this’ll sate your curiosity.

Monday, May 11, 2020

Mystery: The Cloud Giant

The photo in question by Nick O'Donoghue.

Let’s take a trip up into the skies as it’s where our story takes place. It’s a rather short one and certainly far from the most extraordinary, though I still think it still offers something unique. I found it on the ObscUrban Legend Wiki and it’s simply titled the Cloud Giant. Let’s take a gander.

Sunday, May 10, 2020

Mystery: The Woman in the Oven

Warm it up, boys.

Some time back, I did a really half-baked riff of this story that I’ve since deleted because I was both deeply disappointed in it and because I found it to just not be worth keeping around. I sometimes wonder if anyone inexplicably saved that dreadful thing—if you have, I’d love to know why. Oh well, that’s besides the point. This story is a fairly well known creepypasta that’s no doubt been around for longer than that term has been around. Though what floors me is that some people think that it’s real. Because of this strange fact, today’s story will be centered on the story known as The Woman in the Oven. Let’s get to it!

Saturday, May 9, 2020

Mystery: The Icebox Murders

A photo of Charles from his time in the Navy. This was over a decade before the murders.

Today’s story is one that’s been on my to-do list for a little under a year now. I’ve tried to start it up several times, but I’ve never managed to complete it; I’ve either hit a roadblock while covering it, something came up that occupied my time, or I simply wasn’t satisfied with what I had. That changes today though! It’s time we cover what I consider one of the most bizarre unsolved murders in American history. This is the story of the Icebox Murders. Get ready because this story is as gruesome as it is confounding.