Some of the sightings you’ll see below are included for their credibility (relatively-speaking), and others are just really, really fun.
12. Sava Savanovic, The Serbian Vampire
In November, ABC News reported that Serbia’s most famous vampire, Sava Savanovic (pictured in this rare sepia photograph), was on the loose in Zarozje village, allegedly in the market for new real estate after the collapse of his former residence. “I understand that people who live elsewhere in Serbia are laughing at our fears, but here most people have no doubt that vampires exist,” said a local municipal assembly member. A strong belief and interest in vampires is a major force in heavily forested, mountainous regions like those of Serbia, Bosnia, Montenegro, Macedonia and Croatia, according to Dr. James Lyon, a Balkan historian. “Not,” he notes, “[as] potential boyfriends.”
11. Alien Pre-Crabs on Oahu
The sandy shores of the Hawaiian island of O’ahu were covered this summer by “millions” (at least according to beachgoer Scott Paddock, though how do you really estimate that on sight?) of tiny, purple, moving dot creatures — tiny purple dots that were scaring sand crabs millions of times their size. The creatures stumped local biologists, which means they’re from space. But probably they are larval crabs.
10. The Baltic Sea Millenium Falcon
The Baltic Sea “UFO” first made headlines in the summer of 2011, but interest in the object resurfaced this summer, when the group of divers investigating the formation (or aircraft), the Ocean X Team, reported that the object was giving off “electrical interference” that broke all the devices they could have used to prove that it was totally Corellia-based in origin. Turns out, it was just a bunch of dumb sea rocks.
9. The 2012 Olympic UFO
“That does not look like a firework to me,” reports a British man. “That was totally our blimp,” replied Goodyear. But that’s what they always say.
8. The Ukrainian Chupacabra
The tough thing about chupacabras — goat-suckers — is that they so often look basically exactly like a lot of other normal animals we already have: dogs, foxes, kangaroos. Still, “The animal doesn’t look like a fox or a wolf, or a raccoon,” said Mikhail Ilchenko, deputy head of the district veterinary service in Mikhailovskoe. “I have never seen such animal before.” So he’s either kind of a bad vet or we might, as one comment suggested, be seeing “a creature we were not supposed to see [that] has escaped from a secret defence lab.”
7. The Fruit Roll-Up Ghost
We’ve mentioned this particular poltergeist before, but he’s just too good not to earn a nod on this year-end list. A grocery store in south Australia caught a ghost throwing Fruit Roll-Ups, perhaps because he loves them too much, on their security cameras.
6. Bigfoot Reclining Like He’s Just At The Beach
I apologize, first of all, that this story comes from a blog called “Who Forted.” The picture — reportedly taken by a game trapper in Alberta, Canada — led certain FWD editors to dismiss it as a “bear butt,” but I love it because I think it looks like a a rear-view of a Sasquatch casually reclining, knees up, like this lady at the beach. He’s relaxing!
This video depicts the UFO spotted by Aberdeenshire, Scotland residents Morag Ritchie and son-in-law Scott Bower. The lights were visible above Ritchie’s home for several hours, and are captured in this brief video. (Watch the video here for the audio, with excellent accents.) Unlike similar UFO sightings commonly ruled out as paper lanterns (like this one in San Francisco), the lights maintain alignment, suggesting they (maybe!) could be attached to a craft.
4. Meteoric Iron Man From Space
This guy was actually discovered by Nazi archaeologists in 1939 (who possibly took the sculpture due to the swastika — a symbol of good in Hinduism — on its chest), but it was only through a paper published this year that it was revealed that the statue is made from meteoric materials, which makes you (or at least me) wonder if he was carved somewhere in space and then thrown here.
3. UFO Over South Korea
This video was reportedly taken from a plane while flying over South Korea, which would at least eliminate the type of UFO hoax video that involves throwing something into the air over your head and taking a picture. It’s a little boring-looking for my taste (all white?), but I guess not all aliens can have good taste in aircraft.
2. Bigfoot In Provo Canyon, Utah
Two hikers in Provo Canyon, UT were filming what they believed to be a bear when the animal suddenly stood up to reveal what appear to be thick forearms and a more human-like stance than what is typically expected of most bears. Then they ran like hell. Bigfoot! It’s him!
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