Catching Up: The Most Dubious Paranormal Stories Of 2023 So Far (Maybe)

The story of Stranger Dimensions is a story of exasperation, plagiarism, search engine algorithms, and an increasing distaste for the paranormal in general. You know, fun stuff.

It’s not that I don’t like the paranormal, or that I no longer find it interesting. It’s just that, after over a decade of really watching this stuff, you get to a point where you just can’t be bothered. Oh, look, a “Bigfoot video.” A shining light in the sky! A ghost? No, that’s just a reflection in a window, but I guess we’ll write about it, anyway…

But it’s not just that. It’s everything else, too. It’s when you write something and then watch another website or YouTube channel take it, regurgitate it word for word, and pretend they’ve come up with something new. It’s the Internet as it is: A giant, swirling ouroboros hoping that the next person to read hasn’t already seen it all before.

Did you know I was once approached by a Canadian production company about turning Stranger Dimensions into some kind of TV show? That would have been a laugh.

Anyway, since I’m back here and writing (and we’ll make it to actual content of some kind soon, don’t worry), I thought it’d be fun to see just what’s been going on in the world of the supernatural while I’ve been away. What bizarre reports have I missed? Who knows? Maybe you’ve missed something, too.

Let’s get started with…

The President Of Mexico Shares A “Mystical Creature”

Oh, okay, here we go. Back in February, the President Of Mexico himself, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, tweeted a pair of photos, one of which looked a bit like it captured some kind of cloaked being up in a tree (that, or a uniquely shaped branch, who’s to say). At least one paranormal website described it as “elf-like,” though the President’s tweet only mentioned that “everything is mystical.”

Context added later showed that the image in question had actually been around for several years, with one of the original articles labeling the unusual shape a “supuesta bruja,” an alleged witch. Now wouldn’t that be something!

In these cases, elf or witch, mystical creature or curved tree branch, I’m much more amused by the fact that high profile people share these sorts of things to begin with!

A Tiny Alien In Bolivia

Should I share this video of an alleged “alien” found in Bolivia? Probably not. It’s probably not a good idea. I’ll just link to it. It’s a news report, anyway.

The quality of these paranormal finds certainly hasn’t changed, I’ll tell you that much. You know, I once dug up a tiny metal sphinx in a relative’s back yard when I was younger. I felt like an archaeologist, but at the same time, I was pretty sure I hadn’t made an ancient and mysterious discovery.

Someone probably bought it at the Dollar Store. Oh, the sphinx, too.

The alien in the news report here is a very tiny, rubber-looking thing found on the side of a cobblestone path in Huarina. Someone reported that, prior to its discovery, an unidentified object landed nearby, and they witnessed a bunch of similarly tiny rubber aliens run out. I guess one didn’t quite acclimate to the environment. According to the report, the alien’s body later may or may not have allegedly disappeared. I’m honestly not sure, but let’s not dwell on it.

One thing I will say, and which bothers me, is that constantly highlighting stories like this (and I’m just as guilty) adds so much noise to anything that could be considered a legitimate paranormal discovery. What most websites do, this one included, is more like “paranormal pop” or supernatural junk food. I was always torn between wanting to just have fun and a desire to actually hunt for some kind of truth.

I never did find it.

But what would an actual paranormal discovery look like, anyway? I’m not even sure, because it’s hard to sift through the piles of tiny aliens, fake TikTok time travel claims, drones, and other things that just pollute every aspect of the online paranormal discourse. At a certain point, you just stop taking anything seriously. Oh, well!

Bigfoot Fools Us Again

There have, as ever, been a spattering of Bigfoot-related stories this year. One of them, which I have in my notes here, involved a photo allegedly taken by a game camera in Washington. I refuse to share this one, though (see above), and the Bigfoot in question looks more like a close-up of some hairy action figure than anything realistic. Maybe Chewbacca? It’s pretty bad.

Bigfoot has also been getting in on the Google Maps action, or at least some claim (or some claim that some claim, as these things tend to go). Back in January, The Daily Record reported that The Mirror reported that somebody on Reddit shared a Google Earth screenshot of what they thought might be Bigfoot, asking the eternal question: “Colorado Possible Sasquatch(?).”

Readers and reporters estimated that, if the strange dark blob on the image was indeed Sasquatch, it would measure nearly 7 and a half feet tall. Adding to the intrigue was another Reddit commenter who, despite the ambiguity of the image itself, said they’d been to the area before, and felt something strange about it.

However, a followup by an actual Bigfoot researcher in Washington revealed that the unidentified blob had actually existed on Google Earth in past images for some time, with the only difference between them being changes in lighting. They determined it was likely just a feature of the environment, possibly the beginning of a tiny lake.

Indeed, Bigfoot is quite the wily cryptid. Every time we think we’ve found him, it turns out he’s just a statue, or a cardboard cutout, or some kind of puddle!

Sidenote: Did you know Bigfoot was by far the lowest supported cryptid during Splatoon 3’s April Splatfest? Aliens were a middling second, though Nessie, the Loch Ness Monster herself, took first place. Maybe Splatoon has a large Scottish community! Speaking of which…

Rare Double Sighting of the Loch Ness Monster

Nessie not only won Splatfest, but was also the focus of an alleged double sighting caught on video back in January. Well, video of a still image of low-res webcam footage on a screen showing two dark blobs in the water, at least.

As the Irish Star reported, well-known local Loch Ness webcam watcher Eoin O’Faodhagain noticed the potential aquatic anomaly in two parts: First, he saw a dark shape beneath the water, then came the two relatively distant blobs breaking the surface, which appeared to move away from each other.

Is it possible that there is more than one Loch Ness Monster? It might be a good idea to confirm the existence of the first one before we get too carried away, but it’s an interesting thought. Still, the world turns, technology advances, but one thing will always apparently remain the same: Paranormal footage will be blurry and difficult to make out. It is our one constant.

Well, that’s about all I can handle for right now. I was going to share something about how Everything Ever Is A Tulpa (Though Probably Not), but maybe we’ll save that for a later article. For now, I’m off to search for something a little more substantive to write about. Maybe. Don’t hold me to that. Until next time, dear reader!


Rob Schwarz

Writer, blogger, and part-time peddler of mysterious tales. Editor-in-chief of Stranger Dimensions.