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Saturday, December 30, 2023

Decemystery (2023) 30: The Glowing Dancing Bulls

I believe I’ve said this on this blog before, but I like to dance, slow dance, to be exact. I don’t know why, but I find it relaxing and soothing. Unfortunately, I have no one to dance with, so I often dance around my room alone. Not that it matters that much because I’m not exactly the best dancer.

Thankfully, I have my writing; that means I’m not at risk of hurting my dance partner. Also, it means I get to go down all sorts of weird rabbit holes that lead to all sorts of strange, bizarre discoveries. That includes today’s story. For the penultimate entry of Decemystery 2023, we have the tale of The Glowing Dancing Bulls. Come along, dear reader; this is gonna be a really memorable one!

What Kind of Magic Spell To Use?

Like plenty of stories this month, I found this one when looking through sustained_disgust’s magnificent Obscure Unsolved Mysteries Iceberg, so all credit goes to him. The reason I found it was I wasn’t feeling like covering any stories I’d initially picked out; it was by pure chance I saw this one, and I knew right away that it needed to be covered. By God, I am so glad my impulsiveness didn’t go away as I aged because this is an awesome story.

This story originates from a website called, which appears to be defunct now. Thankfully, it was archived; the person who posted about it was known as Obiwan, and their user page has a ton of stories that are so getting their own write-up next year. However, I won’t linger on this because if I do, I’ll end up being here for ages, going over the incredible material I’ve stumbled across thanks to sustained_disgust’s Iceberg Chart. Anyways, onto the story for real now!

Obiwan received an email—at least, I’m guessing he did—on July 11, 1998, from a man going by “Scott.” I won’t lie; I’m rather dense (I’d say I’m somewhere up there with Neutron Stars), so please excuse my ignorance when it comes to the formatting of emails, especially on archaic websites. Scott sent this email to “Ghost Discuss,” which I’m assuming Obiwan operated. It’s either that Obiwan posted about this after finding it on another website. It also has some reviews that I cannot read as they weren’t archived; it appears that on this site, you were allowed to “review” these stories and could have chapters. It’s kind of cool, but that does make me wonder if this (or some of the other stories) were works of creative fiction.

Whatever the case may be, the name of Scott’s email was “Bizzare Occourance Or An Overactive Imagination? ( VERY long ).” He begins by saying he’s “posting something that I’ve thought about posting” since he “joined this list.” I don’t know what that list is, but knowing that this isn’t the first story Scott emailed, which makes me want to browse through Obiwan’s posts even more.

Also, this is further proof that I’m destined to write about weird stuff but seldom experience it for myself. I would say that I should move to where Scott’s from, but he doesn’t say (I’ll touch upon this later if you happened to find this story when browsing through the Ohio tag).

Anyways, this event happened to Scott “years ago,” though he cannot remember exactly how old he was; he estimates he was nine, so we’ll run with that guess. It was the summer of 1984, and he was staying with his grandparents (his mother’s parents) for the weekend; they lived “out in the country” roughly fifteen minutes from where Scott himself lived. This makes me think Scott’s from Iowa since that state has a few cities and then nothing but cornfields. At least, that’s my understanding of Iowa.

Whether or not Scott was from the land of corn is irrelevant; he goes on by saying this occurred on a Friday night. He was staring out a “large picture window” as he waited for his grandfather to return from work. As he waited, a dense fog started to form, and it grew thicker as time ticked by. This caused Scott’s grandmother—the only other person in the house—to worry that her husband would get into a wreck. They should just be glad they don’t live in Antonio Bay.

Several more minutes came and went; still, there was no sign of Scott’s grandfather. Then, all of a sudden, Scott “saw what looked like two lights coming up the road towards the house.” Initially, he believed the lights to be headlights on his grandfather’s car. However, he quickly realized there was a problem: these weren’t the correct colors. One was lemon yellow, while the other was pink. Sounds like a Pikachu and a Jigglypuff got into a scuffle over an Oran Berry.

Despite these lights clearly not belonging to his grandfather’s car, Scott still opted to watch them. At an indeterminate pace, they drew closer to the house, their motives as mysterious as the reason for wanting to make a sequel to Dirty Dancing.

Eventually, Scott yelled for his grandmother to come and look at the lights. However, she declined as she was preoccupied with making dinner. This honestly surprises me as I would think she’d be concerned that her grandson was seeing strange lights drawing close to the house. Though I guess she figured he was seeing passing headlights, though I can’t say I’m familiar with colored headlights. If those are—or were—a thing, let me know.

Scott continued to watch the lights draw closer and eventually got up to convince his grandmother to come look at them. At that point, they were “not much more than fuzzy colored blobs” on account of the thick fog. Honestly, if I didn’t know any better, I would think they were hunters in ghillie suits with colored headlamps. My assumptions aside, Scott’s grandmother’s reaction to his statement was “something along the lines of, ‘Good. He’s finally home.’”

This reaction was presumably not what Scott had in mind, so he informed her that the lights didn’t appear to be those of a car. He also told her about the bizarre coloration of them; I think that would be the first thing I’d mention, but I digress. At Scott’s insistence, his grandmother finally went to look for herself; he arrived before she did because, like any child, it’s law that you arrive at the location you want an adult to be before they’re there. Lucky for him, the lights were still there. In fact, they’d drawn closer, and it appeared something was beginning to emerge from the fog.

Wanting a closer look, Scott’s grandmother got close to the window and leaned forward. When Scott asked what they were, his grandmother said she had no idea, but it was beginning to scare her. Remember, older readers: when a kid sees a strange light, you should always check. Otherwise, you end up in a situation like you’re about to read.

By this point, the lights “were almost to the house.” It’s also here where Scott reflects on a detail that even I hadn’t thought about when I first read this story: these lights must have been extremely bright, given how visible they were first seen. This is something that piqued my interest since I very rarely give thought to it when I read about a story involving a mysterious bright light. I just thought I’d chime in with that since it actually shook me a bit. Yes, this story shook me a bit. The story is about glowing, dancing bulls that appeared from the fog. I know, that probably sounds absurd.

Anyways, it was at this point that the lights had finally taken on an actual form. It was also at this point that Scott and his grandmother must have thought they were losing their minds. I will allow Scott to do the talking here because there’s no way I can reiterate this in a manner that does it justice.

What we saw looked to be two cows, both bulls, dancing along the road on their hind legs. (**No, this is NOT a joke.**) One was glowing yellow, the other was glowing pink. Each of the "bulls" had a front leg, "arm" draped over the shoulder of the other. They were heading toward the driveway.

I’m reminded of this movie I saw when I was younger: Barnyard. You know, the Nickelodeon movie with the talking cow, Otis, voiced by Kevin James. That description above sounds like something out of that movie.

Like any sane human with a pulse, Scott’s grandmother fainted at the horrifying sight of an animated Kevin James character dancing in real life. Luckily, she landed on the couch that Scott had been on; he kept watching the colored animals dance. Well, I guess he at least made sure his grandmother didn’t land on the floor.

According to Scott, the dancing mystical bovines kept dancing “until they got to the driveway.” Once they did, they changed course, like they were going to make their way up toward the house. Then, they faded away. Someone should try to get Kevin James on Dancing With The Stars and then perform this as their routine.

Anyways, after an unknown amount of time (Scott guessed it was “more than a minute or so”), he turned away from the window and looked at his grandmother. She was still unconscious, and he “had no idea how to revive her.” So, being a kid, Scott tried to shake his grandmother awake. Then he talked to her, but that didn’t work either, at least not at first. She awoke after a bit and looked back to the window. I guess she was also enraptured by the otherworldly performance of the spectral bovines.

As Scott’s grandmother looked outside, Scott himself asked what they’d seen and if it was gone. This is probably the most relatable bit of the story: a child pestering an adult with questions about something exciting that went on outside and wanting updates every ten seconds.

Eventually, Scott’s grandmother sat him down on the couch and told him not to speak a word of this to his grandfather. Scott asked why because he was a kid, and when he’s told not to do something, he needs to know why, or else he’ll do the exact opposite of what he’s told. Presumably, his grandmother did not learn this from raising a child once, and so she didn’t tell Scott why; she just told him to “keep quiet about it.”

When Scott’s grandfather arrived home a few minutes later, Scott immediately ran to him and told him the whole story about the colorful dancing bulls that had made his wife faint on the couch. Being a good husband, Scott’s grandfather asked his wife if she was okay; she replied in the affirmative. More than a little displeased that something caused his wife to faint, he retrieved his shotgun and went outside. 

While the strangest episode of Man vs. Wild went on outside, the most rerun episode of Child vs. Elder played inside. In this thrilling episode, Scott was reprimanded “very loudly, for disobeying her orders” for the heinous act of informing his grandfather of the dancing My Little Bovine characters on his property.

Anyways, after several minutes, Scott’s grandfather returned. According to him, he found no trace of the strange creatures. I just want to chime in and say that if I’d been told that there’d been two glowing bulls dancing outside my home, I’m not sure I’d go out looking for them. That could be the next stage of Mad Cow Disease. They could also be radioactive—or worse, they could be undercooked, and that’s why they’re dancing. They survived the slaughterhouse, so now they’re celebrating. What would Gordon Ramsay say?

Regardless of what the chef may say, this is where the first part of this story ends. According to Scott, his grandparents refused to talk about what happened that fateful evening. And so, not long after that, Scott convinced himself that he’d been hallucinating, that it was all in his head. However, three years after the event, it would all come back; it’s here where the inclusion of the Ohio tag comes into play. While I have no idea where Scott’s grandparents live, this text story takes us to the Buckeye State.

One day, Scott was hanging out with a girl he called “A” in the email. For this write-up, I’ll be referring to her as “Alaina.” At the time, Scott resided in Ohio, and Alaina’s grandparents lived behind his place. As a little addendum, Scott mentions a “railroad bed” that was across Alaina’s grandparents’ yard, which he’s apparently mentioned in other stories of his. I now have an even greater urge to go looking for more of his stories because railroads are fascinating to me; I have no idea why, but they are.

Railroads aside, Alaina approached Scott one day and mentioned that she “had seen something very strange the previous night.” Being a good friend, Scott asked what she’d seen, to which Alaina brought out a Shakespearean-length speech about how Scott would think she was worth throwing into a mental institution if she told him. Not wanting to listen to a 12-year-old’s rendition of Hamlet, Scott pointed out how Alaina had brought up the subject, so she clearly wanted to tell him.

Defeated by the impeccable facts and logic of her fellow 12-year-old, Alaina conceded defeat and began her story. The previous night, she was struggling to fall asleep, so she took to staring out her bedroom window. Suddenly, it began to get foggy; the rapscallions were doing burnouts nearby.

Except they weren’t. Within the fog, Alaina claimed that she saw “two glowing lights” make their way across a nearby pasture. One was yellow, while the other was pink. It’s here where Scott makes a note of how he had told nobody about his sighting of the dancing bulls. I imagine so, given your friend was worried she’d sound crazy, Scott.

Alaina continued, saying that as the lights “got closer to the railroad bed, they began to take on solid shapes.” After that, she stopped telling her story, likely thinking she sounded completely insane. However, Scott pushed her to continue, and so she did. As Scott put it:

After a few minutes "A" said, almost in tears, that the lights took on the shapes of cows. Bulls. Each bull had a front leg draped over the shoulders of the other. Both appeared to be dancing along on their hind legs. They were moving toward the railraod bed. Toward "A" 's Grandparents' house.

I cannot get over that misspelling of “railroad.” That really hurts my soul. Also, I’m guessing these two bulls have some sort of affinity for elderly people because, both times, they danced toward the home of an old couple. Is this some sort of distortion in time where the memory of a couple dancing at their wedding got mixed up with the memories of two bulls? Woo, baby, that’s some Christopher Nolan level of oddness.

Anyways, Alaina said that, after seeing the sight of two bulls dancing, she ceased watching them and took cover beneath her blankets until the Sun rose. Remember, folks: blankets keep you safe from 99%* of all scary things.

* Safety from vengeful Japanese spirits is not guaranteed.

Once Alaina had finished her story, Scott told his own experience with the spectral dancers of the bovine kind. He doesn’t say how Alaina felt about knowing her friend saw the same thing, which is honestly a shame in my eyes.

For Scott, though, this led him to believe that what he saw that one night wasn’t “a hallucination brought on by the dense fog and car headlights or something like that.” That led him to ask one very simple question.

Anyone have any ideas?

Well, Scott, I wish I could know those ideas your fellow peers had, but it doesn’t appear they were archives. So, unfortunately, I cannot find out what they had to say, a truly heartbreaking thing in my eyes. Luckily, we still have a ton of theories to go over. So, while the story may be over, this write-up is far from done. So come along, dear reader; it’s time to dive into one of our longest theories sections in recent memory!


1. Interdimensional entities

Here’s a healthy game: do one pushup every time this theory has been mentioned this month. It could help you start a great fitness trend, or it’ll just cause exhaustion; hopefully, it’s the former.

If you don’t know the song and dance for this theory by now, then fear not: I will explain it once more. Basically, our reality overlapped with another one, and these beings from that world appeared in ours for a bit. It’s kind of like when your radio picks up a broadcast from another station for a brief period. Instead of a radio, it’s reality, and instead of a broadcast, it’s colorful dancing bulls.

As overused as this theory is by now, this is arguably one of the very few theories that make sense in my eyes; I’ll explain why when we get to my personal take. However, aside from the usual flaws (namely, the lack of hard proof when it comes to the existence of other realities), there’s one major issue: Alaina’s sighting.

In my time reading about all sorts of Fortean strangeness and paranormal oddness, I cannot say I’ve ever heard of this theory being used like this, at least not with entities that weren’t outwardly intelligent. In fact, they didn’t even appear to be bovines at first. They appeared as indeterminate masses within the fog before taking on the appearance of dancing bulls.

Nevertheless, this theory—to me—works better than it has throughout most of this month. That’s nothing short of a miracle if you ask me, but I digress; we still have a boatload of theories to go over, so let’s get to them.

2. A couple of nature spirits

I’ve already made it apparent that I know absolutely nothing about nature spirits, so I won’t make any snarky remarks about this. That said, I cannot say I’ve ever seen anyone talk about two bulls dancing around late at night. I have the story of Gramps and The Flame, though, so I feel that counts for something, right? I hope it does.

Look, I won’t try to pretend I know anything about this. I don’t know if any Native American tribes have spirits like this or if any Celtic or Pagan sects have spirits like this. The only thing I get when I look up “dancing bull spirit” is some liquor that’s for sale. So, I can’t add much to this theory beyond speculation of my own.

I have heard some stories of nature spirits appearing (just look at the write-up I did of the spirit moose from 2 years ago). Though generally, those spectral animals appear to humans, they confront them or help guide them. In this case, the animals were dancing—like humans. I don’t know if there are nature spirits that are said to do this, but this story really breaks the norm on what very little I understand about these spirits.

If anyone wants to educate me, I would greatly appreciate it. For now, I’m going to end this theory with a summary: nature spirits appeared dancing for some reason and left me scratching my head—a lot.

3. The ghosts of bulls

We’ve already talked about ghost mammoths and ghost moose on this blog, so I don’t think this theory is that crazy. The dancing part still is, but the part about them being ghosts most certainly isn’t in my eyes.

The spirits of animals being seen are by no means novel. I’ve heard of people seeing the ghosts of pets. I don’t think I’ve ever heard any stories of farmers seeing deceased farm animals, but I’m sure there’s one out there that I haven’t found. With all of that said, as I said before, there’s one thing that drags it down: the dancing part.

Never in my life have I heard of a ghostly animal, let alone two of them, being seen dancing—twice. This is something I feel morally obligated to stress: they were dancing! The bulls were dancing! And I thought space penguins were wild, but dancing bulls make me think I fell into the Twilight Zone.

Maybe there’s something out there that I don’t understand when it comes to bovines or the paranormal (or both), but this theory falls apart when I get to the dancing part. It’s the dance of death but performed by bulls.

4. A hoax

Another healthy game: do another pushup every time I’ve used this theory. Before long, you guys will be in great shape thanks to my inability to not reuse the same theories endlessly in one month.

I’ve said many times this month that I fail to understand why someone would make up a story and not post it to a large website. From what I can tell, this site was relatively large for its time, so I can’t say that here, and because of that, I think this theory is highly possible.

The only issue is how Scott has posted stories before this one. I can’t help but think folks would’ve begun to suspect that maybe he was fabricating his experiences. Of course, some people are gullible and will only believe what reinforces their beliefs. I sure as heck know; I’ve gone on Twitter! Or X, rather. Whatever that cesspool is called by the time this gets posted.

5. A trick of the light

The tricks light can pull are getting increasingly more and more elaborate. If it keeps this up, people may start to suspect it’s got some ulterior motives.

This is another rather plausible theory, though it’s one that succumbs to the pitfall that is “I have no idea how something works.” In this case, I honestly don’t know how light and fog could create something like this.

Whenever I hear the explanation of how something that was caught on camera wasn’t paranormal or otherworldly but light reflecting off of ice particles or something else, I nod along and pretend I understand. There are a lot of things that I refuse to ask questions about because the 5-hour long lecture needed to explain it to some dimwit like me isn’t worth it. I won’t understand it, quite honestly, and my time could be better spent playing Pokémon. I’m sorry, scientists who stumble across this blog. I respect your work, but my pea-brain cannot comprehend some things.

With that said, I have to concede that light can produce some pretty phenomenal tricks. You needn’t look further than that “city in the sky” that appeared in China that one time. I still see people debate about that from time to time, actually.

The idea that a kid was fooled by passing headlights, fog, other light sources, and anxiety doesn’t sound that insane to me. Though that’s assuming my science is right and not as real as the science in a Fast & Furious movie. I don’t have a big-brained science friend I can call upon, so you’ll have to trust me (something I wouldn’t do; I don’t trust myself to be honest).

6. People in furry costumes

I almost left this theory out because—and I’m not joking here—I didn’t think of it. No, I’m not joking; I completely forgot to include this theory at first. I still cannot believe that my friends and family call me smart.

During the story, I mentioned the idea that early on, it sounded like this could have been two folks in ghillie suits. That in and of itself could have been a theory, but it isn’t since it’s very apparent that these were glowing, dancing bulls. Glowing, dancing Bulls that apparently formed into physical beings via fog. It’s an interesting way of traveling if I do say so myself.

Anyways, while it may not have been people in ghillie suits, there are still people who dress up as animals for one reason or another. This was one that sprang to mind really early on since I could imagine two furries going out and dancing at night, especially if they were at risk of being ostracized by family and friends for their hobbies.

That said, I don’t know how prevalent that was in the 1980s, particularly the concept of being a furry, but I imagine it existed in some capacity. I mean, it was the 1980s, and if I’ve learned anything from my parents, it’s that the 80s were wild. It’s like the 1960s, but with crazy hair. So, I imagine there was a budding furry community somewhere.

However, there are a few major issues with this theory. The first is Scott’s claim that the figures more or less materialized. Last I checked, furries were still physical humans and not capable of being incorporeal. If they can do that, then that’s pretty wicked.

The second issue is Scott’s insistence that they looked like bulls. Presumably, this means they were large, hulking animals that looked to weigh 1,100 and 2,200 pounds (500 and 1,000 kilograms). Now, call me crazy, but I doubt most humans can dance around in a costume so realistic that it replicates that weight and muscle mass, especially for any prolonged period of time, without passing out from dehydration.

The third issue, and most obvious, is the fact Alaina saw the same figures. Maybe they were stalkers or something, but I doubt that given Scott only saw them once. It’s possible it was a coincidence, but that would be one incredibly bizarre coincidence. As such, I’d say this theory is on flimsy ground. It’s still sturdier than most, though.

7. A hallucination

This theory is one that makes my brain hurt. I’ve heard of shared hallucinations, but the circumstances behind this story make it hard for me to wrap my head around. Ignoring how Scott himself threw the notion out after Alaina told him her story, I don’t know what would have caused Scott to have hallucinated in the first place—outside of Carbon Monoxide. However, given Scott never mentioned that as having been a possibility, I’m hesitant to put that forward. I also don’t think it would have caused two people to hallucinate the same thing three years apart. But what do I know? There are those stories of DMT Machine Elves. So maybe Carbon Monoxide can cause you to hallucinate glowing, dancing bulls.

8. Actual dancing bulls

This is what happens when you put chemicals in the water. The bulls begin dancing like they’re Looney Tunes characters. Stop putting water in the chemicals! I mean chemicals in the water! Whichever is correct, don’t do that!

In all seriousness, I feel there’s no reason not to mention this. The theory is that they were bulls that were dancing. I don’t think I can add anything else; they were just dancing bulls. God, how the heck has my life led to this? Once upon a time, I had aspirations. Now I am here, sitting on my bed, talking about dancing bulls. I frickin’ love it—unironically.

9. They were bulls that had evolved to become something unimaginable

If you couldn’t tell, I’m grasping at straws. If you could tell, then I beg you to please help me make sense of this story because I think holes are forming in my brain.

The concept of animals mutating is by no means something novel; I think that’s how evolution happens. I didn’t do well in biology, so please don’t judge me that much. That said, I put forth this theory solely so I could do a call back to that bit I did about Mad Cow Disease causing this. Seriously, I’m needlessly proud of that when I wrote it. Does that make me narcissistic?

10. They were bulls that escaped from some government facility

Oh, look, a theory that I didn’t conjure up because I wanted to mess around for a bit. Next, you’ll tell me that I’m a serious writer and not some dingbat who operates a blog for fun!

This theory is actually one that I thought of because of the numerous claims that a lot of cryptids are, in fact, actually escaped government experiments. You’d be amazed by how many theories like that there are; El Chupacabra, Mothman, Bigfoot, and so many others fall into that category. Heck, just look at a story we covered earlier this month: The Tuttle Bottoms Monster.

That said, I cannot find anything to back this theory up because there’s nothing on it outside of Scott’s email. Ain’t that just a crying shame? Actually, it kind of is because I would love to do a deep dive into this theory. Alas, my health likes to screw me over six ways from Sunday, so we’ll likely have to wait until, like, 2025 or 2026 when there’s this thing called “consistency” in my life.

11. Aliens

This theory is only here because I wanted a dozen theories in total. Also, I have heard of some incredibly bizarre aliens, and I should not be shocked in the slightest if there were aliens that looked like this. Beyond that, I just wanted the aforementioned dozen theories in total. You cannot prevent me from achieving my incredibly innocuous goals; I wield the power of the keyboard and editorship!

12. It was two Tauros taking part in a Pokémon Contest 

After being decorated in pink glitter and other frilly stuff, Tauros had but one task: dance for the judges! And dance he did; he even danced with another Tauros he was competing against.

My Take

Let me get something out of the way; the theories today were all fun and games. Like plenty of stories, I typically have to “make up” theories since the sites I find the stories from lack them. What theories are presented tend to be rather biased; the author (or authors) are believers or skeptics in whatever topic we’re discussing. This is normally not the case when I’m covering an unsolved crime, but I digress. Today’s story was a case of me having to throw things at the wall, and I absolutely went overboard for one reason: I have absolutely no idea what this could have been.

No, this isn’t hyperbole; I am not trying to make some exaggerated bit about how confused I am. I genuinely have no clue—not even the slightest one—as to what in the world this could have been. Although I tend to attempt to rationalize many stories on this blog, I do so because I have a rule when it comes to cases of the paranormal and generally anything that falls under that umbrella. I aim to disprove it first by any and all means necessary; I got this when I watched Ghost Hunters when I was younger. If I cannot disprove it, then there may be something more than meets the eye here.

With this story, there’s evidence beyond the word of a stranger on the Internet. That naturally means I need to take their word at face value. That’s a tall order, but I’m a gullible man who operates a blog on the Internet. So fine, I’ll do that; I have nothing to lose by doing so. Except I do: this story has my head spinning like the Wheel of Fortune. Maybe one day, it will stop on something awesome, but as it stands, there is no stopping it!

Okay, enough rambling. Let me go through the theories as I presented them up in their section. At the very end, I’ll settle on one—maybe. Honestly, I don’t know what I think anymore.

The idea that these were interdimensional beings—as much as I feel odd saying it, is one of the theories that I would be willing to put some Monopoly money on. As absurd as it is to say that given I’ve made it something of a forced meme this month, the level of bizarreness within this story is enough for me to look at this and go, “Yeah, sure, these things were from another dimension.”

That said, there is the issue of Alaina having seen these things, too. While I am of the opinion that coincidences do happen, I find it incredibly implausible that our reality may have overlapped with the same one, and these things just so happened to be doing the exact same thing. Is it possible? I guess, though I believe that’s a lot to ask.

Of course, it’s possible that the beings in that reality do that or that it’s some kind of wildlife. Still, I cannot really wrap my head around such a coincidence happening. To me, it’s the only major issue with the theory, at least, outside of a more glaringly obvious one.

That other issue I have is that I need to take the word of a complete stranger—and one on the Internet at that. If I’ve learned something in my life, it’s that I should seldom, if ever, do that. Though here, I feel like I may as well do it; it’s one of the few times I’ll ever get to do it. So, for once, this theory is one I can actually subscribe to.

The second theory—that these were nature spirits—is one I won’t get into. Setting aside the fact that I’m Roman Catholic, I have absolutely no understanding of this concept. What little I did prior to getting COVID and being left with brain fog, I don’t believe I’m in any place to theorize on what spirit this may have been. So, I’m not going to touch this one; sorry to disappoint those who wanted to see me ramble for several paragraphs as I attempted to figure out other belief systems.

Moving on, the theory that these were the ghosts of bulls is one I think is silly. I believe in ghosts, so the idea that the spirits of bulls exist isn’t complete nonsense to me. However, the dancing aspect throws this whole theory into the blender. I genuinely have no idea why the ghosts of two bulls would be dancing. In fact, I don’t even think bulls know what dancing is.

Of course, I could be completely ignorant and have no idea what I’m talking about; I’ve already made it apparent that I am far from the most intelligent person on Earth. So maybe there’s something out there that I don’t know. Maybe animal spirits are prone to dancing. If that’s the case, then this theory would make a tad bit more sense since these two spirits may have (for some inexplicable reason) latched onto Scott. Or maybe I’m growing increasingly desperate for answers to this story. That may be the reason. No, actually, that is the reason.

The fourth theory—that this was a hoax—is one that I think is exceedingly possible. The only thing that holds me back from fully believing it is the fact I haven’t read Scott’s other stories. In order to do that, I’d need to go through Obiwan’s stories; that is a lot easier said than done since I don’t know what ones are archived, nor do I know how many Scott himself sent in.

So, while I think that it’s possible this story is complete hogwash, I feel it would be disingenuous of me to discredit it without at least seeing if it’s as unbelievable as Scott’s other experiences. That said, if it was fake, then this is one of the strangest made-up stories I’ve ever come across, and I would love to know what inspired it.

The theory that this was a duo of furries is one I’m torn on. The fact Alaina saw the same figures is the biggest issue, without a doubt. Well, unless two folks were stalking Scott (presumably since it sounds like he met Alaina only after he moved to Ohio). The fact they were seen by both only once, and from a distance, leads me to think this isn’t the case. I also feel there would have been a more concrete conclusion to this: that the duo were doing illegal activities.

That said, let’s set aside the speculation on illegal happenings. Truth be told, I could actually believe this theory—easily, in fact. I’d chalk the intangible appearances of the figures to the fog, plus the mind of a child being rather unreliable. Scott’s grandmother could have also been taken aback by the odd costumes. The lights, I’d assume we’re nothing more than lamps or something else inside or on the costumes.

That said, I do have to question how on Earth these two were able to dance around in just large costumes, especially without some sort of coolant. But, hey, I don’t know much about furries; maybe some practice moving around in those costumes. If they do, then that’s some dedication to your craft. I wish I could say I spent that much time trying to learn how to write.

The hallucination theory is one that I genuinely cannot, for the life of me, understand. As I said earlier, outside of Carbon Monoxide, I feel Scott would have mentioned if that had been the case since, well, I doubt Carbon Monoxide would only cause this one hallucination before you die from it.

Besides that odorless killer, I don’t know what could have caused Scott to hallucinate. Unless he was sick or something else felt bad happened that he failed to mention, I can’t wrap my head around this one. If a doctor or someone else far more knowledgeable happens to read this, I would appreciate a possible explanation.

The theory that they were dancing bulls—actual dancing bulls—is one that I honestly made up for laughs. Admittedly, I didn’t know where to take it, but I just wanted it there. Indeed, my level of silliness after a while with this write-up likely went too far, but I care not. This was a story I wanted to have fun with since I wrote it in the wake of a severe mental health crisis, so please excuse my excessive goofiness. Though if anyone knows if bulls are capable of dancing, I would love to know!

As for the theory that this was some sort of incredibly strange evolution of bull, I just made that one up for my own amusement. Like I said, I wrote this in the wake of a mental health crisis, so please excuse the absurdism. It’s worth noting that I wrote every story this month out of order (something I did during Decemystery 2021), so this was written in August. It’s going to be really surreal if I ever reread this in the future and see how my mentality varies so wildly. It’ll be like a time capsule mixed with a swirly straw.

Moving on, though, I don’t think these were bulls that escaped some facility or even actual bulls. Last I checked, they lack the ability to disappear; unless there’s a species of bovine out there that can camouflage, I have no doubt in my mind that these were real bulls.

As for the facility part, I don’t get why the US government would be experimenting on bulls to make them dance unless zoos were in desperate need of new attractions. Though I don’t get why this would be what they would have settled on, the mere concept of dancing bulls seems rather silly. Maybe it was for circuses, but again, that seems rather silly. I can think of plenty of other ways to attract people than dancing bulls. I also question how these things would escape unless this dance allowed them to vanish. Though if that’s the case, surely someone would have called in when they were visible.

I digress, though; I don’t want to harp on that one thing like I’m MauLer (even if I thoroughly enjoy his content). Moving on, I don’t think they were aliens. As I said, I inserted that theory more as a way to get to a dozen theories, though I also know that many stories like this sound alien in nature. There have also been so many different kinds of aliens we’ve discussed on this blog that it’s honestly hard for me to not think that these things weren’t aliens. In fact, to some degree, I have to wonder if they were extraterrestrial in nature.

The main issue with this theory is the lack of any UFO sightings. Generally, stories like this coincide with reports of strange lights in the sky. So, for this story to be an apparent one-off makes me doubt this. This also goes for Alaina’s encounter, which lacks anything else beyond her seeing these things and then nothing else.

Last but certainly not least is the theory that these were a group of Tauros. This one seems very plausible. I like it. Yup, there is nothing wrong here; case closed.

So, after all of that rambling, what do I think this was? I still don’t know. No, really, I still have no idea. If you forced me to pick, though, I guess I’d say interdimensional entities. Go ahead and ring a bell, like Chase Elliott’s won a NASCAR race; I’ve finally caved and have accepted interdimensional beings as the explanation! By golly, I think Hell has frozen over! But truthfully, I don’t feel comfortable with any of the other theories as it stands. My friends are going to look at me like I’m a lunatic.

On one final note, it’s been a while since this section has been this long. My self-conscious levels are off the charts; I hope none of you minded!


This ended up being significantly longer than I expected. Seriously, I thought this would be only a few thousand words long. It’s almost always the stories I think will be short that end up being longer than James Cameron’s Titanic. Oh well, no big deal; I hope you all enjoyed this story! And as always, stay happy, stay healthy, and thank you for reading!

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