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Exploring American Monsters: West Virginia

 Jason Offutt West Virginia has always been a rebel. During the American Civil War, fifty counties of the Confederate state Virginia split off to form their own state West Virginia. This was the only state admitted to the Union during the war, and is the only state to have separated from a Confederate state. The Appalachian Mountains make up two-thirds of West Virginia, covering most of its 24,230 square miles in forested peaks and valleys. Bordered by the northern states Ohio, and Pennsylvania, and the southern states Virginia, and Kentucky, West Virginia is simultaneously considered the northernmost Southern state, and the Continue Reading

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Exploring American Monsters: Ohio

Ohio, named after the Iroquois word “ohi-yo” meaning “large creek,” lies in the Midwestern United States. It’s home to a number of firsts, such as America’s first automobile (built by John Lambert in 1891), the first use of x-rays in surgery in 1896, Superman (by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster in 1933) and the invention of the pop-top can in the 1960s. Eight presidents were either born in Ohio, or lived there when they were elected. Along with presidents, Ohio produced movie directors Steven Spielberg and Wes Craven, first man on the moon Neil Armstrong, inventor Thomas Edison, author Toni Morrison, Continue Reading

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The Glowing Winged Woman of Vietnam

Most people with an interest in paranormal phenomena will be familiar with Mothman. Maybe you’ve also heard of its UK equivalent, the Owlman. Then there’s the Jersey Devil and Batsquatch. They are strange and ominous creatures with one thing in common: they are winged. But, all of them are easily rivaled – and maybe even eclipsed – by the flying woman of Vietnam. Yes, you did read that right. The creepy, one-off encounter with the woman of the skies occurred at the height of the Vietnam War, and specifically in Da Nang, a city on the south-central coast of Vietnam. It Continue Reading

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Exploring American Monsters: Kentucky

The state of Kentucky is best known for its bourbon, horse racing (particularly the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs the first Saturday in May), and “Colonel” Harland Sanders’ world famous Kentucky Fried Chicken (truth be told, Sanders lived in nearby Indiana until he left home at age 13 and moved to Kentucky). Famous Kentuckians include President Abraham Lincoln, boxing great Muhammad Ali, actor Johnny Depp, and gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson. The state’s topography consists of mountains, farmland, rivers, coalfields, and swampy lowlands. It’s the perfect home for monsters. The Pope Lick Monster A true troll under the bridge story, the Continue Reading

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