Mythological and folkloric facts that I’ve come across, thought were interesting, but were too short to make a full post out of!
1. The akaname is a Japanese demon that is based around the fear of going to be the bathroom at night in the dark. Its name means red or filth licker and its job is to lick up the dirty and grime left in bathrooms at night.
2. Padfoot-another black dog commonly found in England, this one also has a habit of appearing as a giant, demonic sheep with glowing red eyes. It can also be identified by the clinking of chains.
3. England is home to another superstition-the idea of the screaming skull. The idea is that problems can break out ranging from attacks to poltergeist activity to the titular screaming if a specific skull is removed from a certain location, normally a private residence or historical home. The idea may or may not be related to older, more developed folklore.
4. The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotels in Canada had a bellhop named Sam that loved his job so much that he didn’t stop working there after he died. It’s said that his ghost still works the front desk.
5. The White Death
I guess the story comes from Scotland*, where a young girl became so depressed that she decided to commit suicide. However she wasn’t satisfied with just not existing, she didn’t want to have ever existed at all. The note that she left was strange, saying that eventually no one would be left who remembered her. According to legend, her family was found shortly later dismembered but no explanation or suspect was ever found. The legend further states that once the story started being told, people would get knocks on their door. The girl’s ghost was tracking down the people who were telling the story and killing them as well.
She was pretty serious about making sure that no one remembered her.
*The legend seems to appear in other countries as well.
6. The legend of Elisa Day says that Elisa was a beautiful young woman who loved roses. One day an attractive young man appeared in town, a stranger. He seduced her for 3 days, and on the third day he brought her roses. He begged her to meet him at the river on the fourth day. When Elisa arrived on the fourth day, the man clubbed her to death with a rock, exclaiming that all beautiful things must die. He adorned her body with roses and slipped her into the river.
They say that she still walks the river, leaving the scent of roses in her wake, bleeding.
7. Eastern Airlines Flight 401 is a phantom vehicle with an odd history. The actual flight is not considered to be ‘phantom’ as the plane actually did exist and crashed in 1972. However, many of the parts from that crash were salvaged and re-used in other planes. In this case, THOSE are the planes that are considered haunted as several of these flights reported the presence of the ghosts of at least the pilot and co-pilot (and the ghosts of other members of the crew on some occasions). To make the story creepier, it’s even been claimed that the ghosts -talked- to travelers on the plane.
8. The Nephilim conspiracy-this is more about not being to find a solid source that wasn’t, well, a little whackadoodle (listen, we all have our things but this one falls a little high on my oddity meter, is all I’m saying). The Nephilim conspiracy suggests that Earth is being controlled by reptilian humanoids who came to Earth and began to interbreed/hide among our populations. Eventually these reptilians, known as the Nephilim after the race created from the intermingling of angels and man in the Old Testament, took over our political systems and are just in general running the show.
9. Continuing on with the conspiracy theory train, because Mid was excited to tell me about this one, there’s HAARP. Standing for High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program, HAARP is said to be the government’s program to control the weather. Essentially, if there’s a major weather event that negatively impacts the nation’s functioning it’s [insert president’s name here] fault, he called up HAARP. This one gets a little messy because HAARP did exist at one point, but was never used on the scale that it’s accused of.
10. That this year is actually 1717 (the Phantom Time Hypothesis). Honestly I’m not sure what’s going on with this theory because it’s not exactly a historical secret that every so often someone comes along and resets the calendar; the way that we measure time is not the same way that people were measuring it 2000 years ago (someone had to invent the leap year, if nothing else). Essentially the argument suggests that the Earth is almost exactly 200 years younger than what it’s claimed to be (Mother Jones states that the years that are missing are 614 to 911, specifically), the Middle Ages weren’t a thing, and everything we’ve dated from that period is an outright fake or based off of faulty information at best. The argument seems to think that one, one individual, the Holy Roman Emperor Otto III wanted to have lived earlier in history than what he did-regardless of the fact that the only way this theory works is by ignoring the histories of the entire world that wasn’t in Europe. Ok, then.