Numerous times at this point, the “Mothman” has been reportedly spotted in Chicago. These sightings seemed to increase around the beginning of this year, 2018, but now it looks like things have slowed down.
A meme has been circulating about moths for several months now. All kinds of memes about light bulbs and moths, it’s easiest to see it rather than have it explained.
At the beginning of this year, VICE reported that the citizens of Chicago were seeing some mythical moth man, namely due to a person who works security at Chicago’s “The Owl,” John Amitrano, who stumbled upon the Mothman allegedly.
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He said to VICE:
“I saw a plane flying, but also something moving really awkwardly under it. It didn’t look like a bat so much as what illustrations of pterodactyls look like, with the slenderness of its head and its wing shape.
I know what birds and what bats look like. This thing didn’t have any feathers or fur, and it didn’t fly like anything I’ve ever seen.”
This was just one of apparently 55 sightings of a flying “Mothman” in the Chicago area, in 2017 alone. Fifty five: how is that even possible?
Lon Strickler, someone set to release a book on the Mothman phenomena was contacted by the man who saw it in Chicago, Amitrano.
“This group of sightings is historical in cryptozoology terms. For one, it’s happening in an urban area for the most part and that there are so many sightings in one period,” he said.
MOTHMAN?! Caller says he saw Mothman while driving on Rt. 2 in Point Pleasant tonight. What do you think? pic.twitter.com/yEOmpdppLE
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“These beings are less aggressive than the one in Point Pleasant, for the most part. I believe overall there was only one being in the Point Pleasant-area that was seen during that period.
I think they’re flesh and blood beings that aren’t of this world,” he continued.
The thing about the “Mothman” is, it finds origin in a place people may not expect.
The Mothman was reportedly spotted in the area of Point Pleasant, West Virginia from November 12, 1966 to December 15, 1967. A newspaper report was published in the Point Pleasant Register, and it gained national press.
In 1970, the concept was introduced to a wider audience by Gray Barker, and in 1975 a person named John Keel wrote a book titled The Mothman Prophecies, going so far as to claim there were supernatural events surrounding the sightings, and a connection to the collapse of the Silver Bridge.
Today, this statue of the “Mothman” can be found in Point Pleasant.
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VICE added to their report by getting in touch with Dr. David A. Gallo, a psychologist from the University of Chicago. He said:
“It’s a selective sample. When people are choosing to report sightings, the basis of data upon which your paranormal researchers are collecting is all self-report.
He’s not sampling random people and asking if they saw the Mothman — he’s just counting the number of people that voluntarily came forward to report a sighting.”
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“So many things could be different factors for why there’s such a big uptick in the sighting,” he continued.
“There’s a phenomenon where there’s basically some real witnessed experience, but if there are holes or gaps in that original experience, sometimes the mind is unable to fill in the gaps.”
It’s quite possible this is nothing, but it’s interesting nonetheless.