Well, folks, Christmas is over and the year is winding down. But, as much as you might like to think so, 2016 is not quite over, yet. We have one day left, and with it comes at least one more important holiday-related issue we need to discuss: the existence of elves.
On December 6, 2016, a mysterious spherical cloud appeared in the skies of Japan, looking like some kind of fluffy, hovering cotton ball. Pictures of it (below) first spread throughout social media, then eventually hit the news.
In 1946-1947, Admiral Richard E. Byrd, of Hollow Earth fame, spearheaded Operation Highjump, a military training exercise in Antarctica. Many have since claimed that this was actually a cover-up for an alleged mission to destroy the last of the NAZIs.
In Japanese folklore, supernatural entities and phenomena are known as yōkai, and they come in many different shapes and sizes, good and bad. Some are monsters, some are demons. Others are shapeshifters, ghosts, or various inexplicable manifestations. You know, the sorts of things we often cover here. They’re all unique in their own strange ways, but …