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(Des Moines Register)   In 1903 residents in Van Meter, Iowa claimed to have seen an eight-foot winged creature with a forehead horn that cast a blinding beam of light. 110 years later the creature and mystery remain unsolved   (desmoinesregister.com) divider line 82
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2013-05-04 07:29:31 AM
It's probably pretty easily solvable, though.
 
2013-05-04 07:30:45 AM
Overzealous streetlight.
 
2013-05-04 07:32:04 AM
Pathetic shiatkickers make up stuff to get attention this is news?
 
2013-05-04 07:36:33 AM
It was probably a lost chupacabra pair. They sometimes find their way up to the Midwest as they follow the cattle drive northward. The light from the forehead stuff is obviously embellished, but there's no doubt that there were at least two chupacabras in the area, based on the eye-witness descriptions.
 
2013-05-04 07:39:40 AM
2000 years ago witnesses claimed to have seen a man walk on water and turn water into wine. Mystery still unsolved...

I know this stuff is made up, but just like with religion I want to believe so bad. Oh wells.
 
2013-05-04 07:41:48 AM
I believe that's a one eyed, one horned, flying purple people eater.

Or it is Scarybottles mother.
 
2013-05-04 07:42:34 AM
By Celestia!
 
2013-05-04 07:42:54 AM

AverageAmericanGuy: It was probably a lost chupacabra pair. They sometimes find their way up to the Midwest as they follow the cattle drive northward. The light from the forehead stuff is obviously embellished, but there's no doubt that there were at least two chupacabras in the area, based on the eye-witness descriptions.


I'm tired of all the chupacabra nuts out there. It was obviously a baby Loch Ness monster that was still in its infant, flying, beam-of-light-shooting stage.

Moran.
 
2013-05-04 07:43:28 AM
Well, at least the mystery of how Robert Feller was so damn good is now explained.

Now that we know that this creature has a 15-year egg fertilization cycle, maybe we can learn something about it.
 
2013-05-04 07:43:39 AM
yesteryearsnews.files.wordpress.com

                     Mystery Solved.
 
2013-05-04 07:45:16 AM
i0.kym-cdn.com
 
2013-05-04 07:46:19 AM
I am sure it was just a motor car. It was 1903 in Iowa. I'm sure not many farming folk had seen a motor car there at that time yet. The side lantern was the bright light. Either that, or a pair of chupacabra made their way up north.
 
2013-05-04 07:46:58 AM
cdn0.hark.com
 
2013-05-04 07:48:32 AM
I was expecting a thread full of ponies.  FARK, you slipping.
 
2013-05-04 07:52:37 AM
Corn is a helluva drug.
 
2013-05-04 07:55:08 AM
msnbcmedia.msn.com
 
2013-05-04 07:55:57 AM
I'm totally calling it as Songbird.
 
2013-05-04 07:56:25 AM

bighairyguy: Corn is a helluva drug.


upload.wikimedia.org
 
2013-05-04 07:57:09 AM
Did it look like this?

i989.photobucket.com
 
2013-05-04 07:57:27 AM
Sounds like an experimental aircraft...possibly a preliminary helicopter to me.

Mass hysteria did the rest.
 
2013-05-04 07:58:18 AM

Mister Peejay: I was expecting a thread full of ponies.  FARK, you slipping.


unleashthefanboy.s3.amazonaws.com
 
2013-05-04 07:59:05 AM

bighairyguy: Corn is a helluva drug.


'Corn' is slang for moonshine, so there we are again.
 
2013-05-04 08:03:07 AM
FTA: "several respected and prominent men of Van Meter"

As was the guy who produced the fake Loch Ness monster photo.
 
2013-05-04 08:05:03 AM
A fierce and powerful beast indeed!
images.wikia.com
 
2013-05-04 08:05:48 AM

baronbloodbath: A fierce and powerful beast indeed!
[images.wikia.com image 850x595]


Damn. That's sexy.
 
2013-05-04 08:06:21 AM

bighairyguy: FTA: "several respected and prominent men of Van Meter"

As was the guy who produced the fake Loch Ness monster photo.


"Respected" and "prominent" folks like to have a laugh at the expense of morons too.
 
2013-05-04 08:08:35 AM

AverageAmericanGuy: baronbloodbath: A fierce and powerful beast indeed!
[images.wikia.com image 850x595]

Damn. That's sexy.


I am sooo creeped out right now
 
2013-05-04 08:19:24 AM

MrBallou: AverageAmericanGuy: baronbloodbath: A fierce and powerful beast indeed!
[images.wikia.com image 850x595]

Damn. That's sexy.

I am sooo creeped out right now


Creepifying is okay, as long as you do it quiet-like.
 
2013-05-04 08:20:01 AM
Here's another idea: They had minining headlamps in 1903. This is a creature from a mine. So, a large bat somehow gets a discarded one stuck on it's head and then it's directonally confused.Flies out into the open. The shotguns? They missed it. 8 feet wingspan? Hysterical over exaggeration. Could have been some other kind of animal too, that didn't necessarily fly, but might have been running around so quickly in it's panic that some people thought it flew.A large wildcat, for example. Cats can move very quickly and can jump pretty far. Or a gazelle/dear etc.
 
2013-05-04 08:27:31 AM
It must have been the after-effects of drinking tainted homemade moonshine.  Someone was trying to make a herbal liquor when the brewer accidentally put in psychotropic plants like jimsonweed inside for the added punch, instead of the usual angelica and dandelion.
Add to it the whole, "it's dark and it was just an animal like a bat or a deer" and it all makes perfect sense.
 
2013-05-04 08:29:34 AM

Mister Peejay: I was expecting a thread full of ponies.  FARK, you slipping.


i135.photobucket.com
The only farking thing I wanna see fulla those......
 
2013-05-04 08:34:07 AM
www.candb.com
 
2013-05-04 08:38:26 AM

saint1975: [www.candb.com image 850x478]


Great now my mecha demon wants a cannon mounted aerial surfboard too....
 
2013-05-04 08:48:28 AM
Having lived in Iowa and Texas and also having spent much time in Nebraska, Colorado, New Mexico and SoCal, I've heard the stories about Loco Weed and its effects on livestock (remember the old Western movies when the cattle would stampede off a cliff after eating Loco Weed?)
Well, Loco Weed was the rancher's name for Cannabis and there are historical references to prairie fires sending clouds of smoke into towns followed by hallucinations and a sudden population spurt - nine months later.
So I'm going to suppose that the Lazer-Horn-Beast sighting followed a brush fire of some sort, that forgot to get mentioned in the local press because the L-H-B story was much more interesting.
Ummm, you gonna finish that hot dog?
 
2013-05-04 08:51:16 AM
encrypted-tbn3.gstatic.com

Just Kirk visiting his birth place. I mean, until the stupid reboot has him born in space.
 
2013-05-04 09:00:38 AM

saint1975: [www.candb.com image 850x478]


That is epic...its like a parrot mecha thing.
 
2013-05-04 09:02:13 AM
I can't hear Van Meter without thinking of this:

www.thefancarpet.com
 
2013-05-04 09:10:33 AM

Pribar: Mister Peejay: I was expecting a thread full of ponies.  FARK, you slipping.

[i135.photobucket.com image 500x400]
The only farking thing I wanna see fulla those......


Well, granted, but at some point you expect to see ponies in threads like you expect to see a rugbyjock Photoshop submission with a giant dong in it.  You don't necessarily WANT to see it, but you expect to see it, and you worry when it doesn't happen.
 
2013-05-04 09:12:55 AM

nocturnal001: 2000 years ago witnesses claimed to have seen a man walk on water and turn water into wine. Mystery still unsolved...

I know this stuff is made up, but just like with religion I want to believe so bad. Oh wells.


Turning water into wine is an ancient story and involves a marriage ceremony. Notice that the man is at a wedding.

It's the marriage of the sky and the Earth. The male sky inseminates the female Earth with

it's rain water which causes grapes to grow. The grapes are then harvested and turned into wine.
 
2013-05-04 09:14:45 AM
nerdapproved.com
 
2013-05-04 09:18:25 AM

Mister Peejay: Pribar: Mister Peejay: I was expecting a thread full of ponies.  FARK, you slipping.

[i135.photobucket.com image 500x400]
The only farking thing I wanna see fulla those......

Well, granted, but at some point you expect to see ponies in threads like you expect to see a rugbyjock Photoshop submission with a giant dong in it.  You don't necessarily WANT to see it, but you expect to see it, and you worry when it doesn't happen.


If it makes you feel better, when there were no comments, I searched for a picture of Princess Celestia with a glowing horn to post as the initial comment, but couldn't find one and said ":fark it. I'm not going to be the one who gets shiat for posting ponies first."
 
2013-05-04 09:22:29 AM
Does peyote grow that far north?
 
2013-05-04 09:24:53 AM

saint1975:


*shudder*

It's all real!
 
2013-05-04 09:25:18 AM
Hell, I live in Iowa and I had to look up where the hell Van Meter is.
 
2013-05-04 09:29:10 AM

Orgasmatron138: Hell, I live in Iowa and I had to look up where the hell Van Meter is.


media.npr.org

iowa has 99 counties. there are a lot of small towns in each...
 
2013-05-04 09:32:34 AM
Newspapers back then, especially small-town ones, often printed totally made-up weird stories as filler when real news was slow.
 
2013-05-04 09:32:37 AM
It was a Ropen.
 
2013-05-04 09:38:48 AM
 
2013-05-04 09:41:33 AM
Bob Feller's home town.
 
2013-05-04 10:12:25 AM
So, a fully mature Hodag, then? I didn't know they're range was so far south.
 
2013-05-04 10:16:06 AM
Rural farming town...I was thinking it would be something like the monster from Jeepers Creepers.
 
2013-05-04 10:26:39 AM

Pribar: Mister Peejay: I was expecting a thread full of ponies.  FARK, you slipping.

[i135.photobucket.com image 500x400]
The only farking thing I wanna see fulla those......


Finally, a Pony image I like!
 
2013-05-04 10:34:36 AM
Is there a coincidence that we also have a school for the severely mentally disabled called "Van Meter"?
 
2013-05-04 11:33:40 AM

vinniethepoo: Newspapers back then, especially small-town ones, often printed totally made-up weird stories as filler when real news was slow.


That's as close as I've seen to an explanation that actually makes sense.
 
2013-05-04 11:36:32 AM

vudukungfu: It was a Ropen.


I was thinking maybe a Snallygaster: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snallygaster
 
2013-05-04 12:10:53 PM
imagine what a smartphone in 1903 Van Meter could have accomplished
And all the pics would look like...
ts2.mm.bing.net
 
2013-05-04 12:18:22 PM
Listen, they need the economic boost from squatch-hunting tards as much as anyone else. Don't hate.
 
2013-05-04 12:19:10 PM

octopied: Here's another idea: They had minining headlamps in 1903. This is a creature from a mine. So, a large bat somehow gets a discarded one stuck on it's head and then it's directonally confused.Flies out into the open. The shotguns? They missed it. 8 feet wingspan? Hysterical over exaggeration. Could have been some other kind of animal too, that didn't necessarily fly, but might have been running around so quickly in it's panic that some people thought it flew.A large wildcat, for example. Cats can move very quickly and can jump pretty far. Or a gazelle/dear etc.


An african bat or a european bat?
 
2013-05-04 12:35:58 PM
Has nothing else has ever happened in this town?
 
2013-05-04 12:38:56 PM
4.bp.blogspot.com

I like my version better.

And I suspect that after 110 years the mystery is never going to be solved.....
 
2013-05-04 12:40:54 PM
Or...

Maybe it was Gaos! Was there any mention of a large flying turtle seen around the same time?
3.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-05-04 12:48:11 PM
Mystery Solved:
www.saltlampcreations.com
 
2013-05-04 01:13:51 PM

AverageAmericanGuy: baronbloodbath: A fierce and powerful beast indeed!
[images.wikia.com image 850x595]

Damn. That's sexy.


10/10
 
2013-05-04 01:17:52 PM

Deep Contact: nocturnal001: 2000 years ago witnesses claimed to have seen a man walk on water and turn water into wine. Mystery still unsolved...

I know this stuff is made up, but just like with religion I want to believe so bad. Oh wells.

Turning water into wine is an ancient story and involves a marriage ceremony. Notice that the man is at a wedding.

It's the marriage of the sky and the Earth. The male sky inseminates the female Earth with

it's rain water which causes grapes to grow. The grapes are then harvested and turned into wine.


Shame they didn't talk about the goat shiat fertilizing the grapes. Then we would have had the phrase "turning shiat into wine".
 
2013-05-04 01:23:46 PM
That was me, sorry.
 
2013-05-04 01:24:25 PM

pag1107: bighairyguy: FTA: "several respected and prominent men of Van Meter"

As was the guy who produced the fake Loch Ness monster photo.

"Respected" and "prominent" folks like to have a laugh at the expense of morons too.



Great way to stir up tourism.  "Come to West Bumblefark and see our famous monster!"

/Well, not actually the monster, but the statue of a monster in the museum, just $10 entry fee, and since we're so far out in the middle of nowhere, you'll have to stay the night in one of our fine hotels and eat at our restaurants and...
 
2013-05-04 01:26:44 PM
"These weren't town drunks," he said.

Uh huh.
 
2013-05-04 01:30:54 PM
On the case.
 
2013-05-04 01:35:43 PM
Don't forget to renew your subscription to the New York Sun.


http://www.museumofhoaxes.com/hoax/text/display/the_great_moon_hoax_ of _1835_text/
 
2013-05-04 01:44:28 PM

nocturnal001: Deep Contact: nocturnal001: 2000 years ago witnesses claimed to have seen a man walk on water and turn water into wine. Mystery still unsolved...

I know this stuff is made up, but just like with religion I want to believe so bad. Oh wells.

Turning water into wine is an ancient story and involves a marriage ceremony. Notice that the man is at a wedding.

It's the marriage of the sky and the Earth. The male sky inseminates the female Earth with

it's rain water which causes grapes to grow. The grapes are then harvested and turned into wine.

Shame they didn't talk about the goat shiat fertilizing the grapes. Then we would have had the phrase "turning shiat into wine".


That's a shiatty way to end the story.
 
2013-05-04 01:49:10 PM
FTA: He came to Van Meter and with the help of local librarian Jolena Walker also found the legend had survived the generations in the town's centennial book. Old-timers remember it, she said, though their opinions of its authenticity vary.
"Those guys wouldn't have wanted that publicity," Walker said of eyewitness accounts.
Was the Van Meter Visitor real?
"It depends on your belief system. I know there is good and I know there is evil," she said. "I believe there is a God, so I believe there is a demon. I'm saying it was evil."


Oh, Jolene, Jolene, Jolene, JOLEEENE!

The scary part is a librarian who believes this shiat.
 
2013-05-04 01:55:05 PM

Mister Peejay: I was expecting a thread full of ponies.  FARK, you slipping.


To be fair, there aren't as many pictures of Celestia.
 
2013-05-04 02:29:54 PM

nocturnal001: 2000 years ago witnesses claimed to have seen a man walk on water and turn water into wine. Mystery still unsolved...

I know this stuff is made up, but just like with religion I want to believe so bad. Oh wells.


Head north in the winter. People walk on water all the time.
 
2013-05-04 02:32:46 PM
Has Owen Pitt been recently seen in the area with Abomination?
 
2013-05-04 02:35:16 PM
So a giant flying dinosaur was seen flying around with weird equipment strapped to its head?

The townspeople should've looked around and seen if anyone like this had visited town lately...

upload.wikimedia.org
 
2013-05-04 03:13:56 PM

vinniethepoo: Newspapers back then, especially small-town ones, often printed totally made-up weird stories as filler when real news was slow.


So the Daily Fail is just keeping up glorious tradition?
 
2013-05-04 03:21:46 PM

Lachwen: vinniethepoo: Newspapers back then, especially small-town ones, often printed totally made-up weird stories as filler when real news was slow.

So the Daily Fail is just keeping up glorious tradition?


No, the Daily Fail doesn't wait for a slow news day.
 
2013-05-04 05:10:52 PM
Huh. I know someone from Van Meter. I'll have to ask him if he knows about this.
 
2013-05-04 06:08:15 PM

FirstNationalBastard:
If it makes you feel better, when there were no comments, I searched for a picture of Princess Celestia with a glowing horn to post as the initial comment, but couldn't find one and said ":fark it. I'm not going to be the one who gets shiat for posting ponies first."


Here ya go!

i.imgur.com

I came for something that sounded like a page out of "Fortean Times," but I'm still leaving happy. Before we knew about waterspouts and atmospheric dynamics, "Lo! It's the Mad Fishmonger!" was as good a reply to a story about a rain of frogs or fishes.

i.imgur.com

What if the original incident took place on a dark and stormy night? Could have been a largish bird, or maybe a flock/swarm of bats, backlit by lightning or something. A little fear, maybe a little whiskey, and you have the kernel of truth from which a legend grows. A day later, some other guy picks up on the story, takes a plaster cast of an unrelated footprint (either as a fake, or now that the town's up in arms, everyone starts looking for tracks, and if enough people are looking for footprints, someone will inevitably find a strange-looking one), and the story propagates itself.

Much like in Fort's day, as reports of a fishfall worked their way through the news over the ensuing weeks, it wouldn't surprise me at all if bored and trollish-minded fishmongers in small towns proceeded to have a little fun with it.
 
2013-05-04 06:46:13 PM

MurphyMurphy: [cdn0.hark.com image 720x480]


cdn0.hark.com
Aaaaaah! Deathclaw!!!!!!1!1!1
 
2013-05-04 08:56:31 PM
Another possible explanation:

www.streetgangs.com
 
2013-05-04 09:45:30 PM
Yes, small-town life in 1903 really was that mind-shatteringly dull
 
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