New Species Discovered In Peru, And My Thoughts On Cryptozoology

I’ve never had much of an interest in cryptozoology, and here’s why: we’re constantly discovering new species. Just recently, scientists uncovered eight previously unobserved mammals in northern Peru. These are animals we’ve never seen before, hidden in the forests of the Tabaconas Namballe National Sanctuary. What this tells me — and what I think every …

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Aurora Borealis In Iceland

Photo: Aurora Borealis In Iceland

An aurora is a natural phenomenon in which charged particles from solar winds and the magnetosphere collide with atoms in Earth’s upper atmosphere. Luminous swirls appear in the sky, shades of green and sometimes red or blue, painting the night in an alien glow. In the north, this phenomenon is called the Aurora Borealis, or …

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Missing Woman In Iceland Searches For Herself

Let’s take a break from all the sciencey science and missing birds and head back over to Iceland for a moment, where something slightly odd happened last Saturday. Tourists had just finished exploring the volcanic canyon Eldgjá (the largest in the world) and were back on their tour bus, ready to move on to the …

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Seljalandsfoss Waterfall, Iceland

The Icelandic Elf School, And A Word Of Warning

Since 1991, the Icelandic Elf School (or Álfaskólinn) has held classes on all sorts of mysterious creatures in Iceland, from hidden people, trolls, and gnomes, all the way over to fairies and, of course, elves. It’s located in the country’s capital, Reykjavik, and run by Magnús Skarphéðinsson. According to Wikipedia, he “organizes five hour long …

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Around the World In 80 Posts: Iceland, At The End Of The World

This is the first entry in a new (and very long) series I’ve decided to call Around The World In 80 Posts. In it, I’ll be looking at various landmarks and curious places around the world, from ancient mysteries to modern wonders. Remember, though: Posts, not days. I have my limits. For our first stop, …

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A misty day in Iceland

The Lagarfljótsormur, Iceland’s Lake Monster

Ah, Iceland. I’ve seriously developed a fascination with this country over the past few months. It’s just an incredibly interesting place. Wicked geology. Elves. And oh, look, it even has its own lake monster. The Lagarfljótsormurinn, or the Lagarfljót Worm, is said to be a cryptid that inhabits Lagarfljót, a lake in the eastern town …

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