Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Mapping the Paranormal, the Weird & the Wonderful is an interactive map of 'strange, wonderful, unusual, and unexpected' stories. Using the map people can submit locations where they have had weird and strange experiences. These could be encounters with fairies or ghosts, close encounters with time travelers or aliens, or even an unexpected meeting with a witch or wizard.

The stories posted on the map are organized into a number of different categories. These categories include (but aren't limited to) visions, time distortions, ghosts and UFOs.

Perhaps the weirdest thing about this map is that it uses the Google Maps API. For those of you too young to remember - in the olden days most interactive maps were powered by the Google Maps API. However one day Google killed the API by charging excessive fees for its use. Somehow has managed to reanimate the Google Maps API. Now that is paranormal.

The UFO Sightings Map plots over 90,000 reports of UFO sightings since 1905. The map uses data from the National UFO Reporting Center. UFO sightings are shown on the map using scaled map markers. The size of each marker relates to the number of eye witnesses. If you select a marker on the map you can actually read the witness reports. Many of the reports are accompanied by videos or pictures recorded by the eye witnesses.

UFO Stalker has been mapping the locations of the latest UFO reports to MUFON (the Mutual UFO Network) for a number of years. This map includes a number of filters, which allow you to filter the aliens on the map by date and the type of close encounter. If you click on a map marker you can read the event details of the reported sighting. It is also possible to search the map by location and date and view the latest reports in list format.

The world is full of frightening ghosts, monsters and mythical creatures. For example Russians are haunted by the skeletal form of Koschei the Deathless, the legendary kidnapper of young women. In Guatemala you need to keep a wary eye out for Jaguar, the God of Fire, with his pointy fangs and catlike ears. In Denmark you don't want to accidentally bump into the Huldufolk, a race of elves who are responsible for local landslides and crop failures.

You can find all these monsters and many more on this Fantastic Folklore and Magical Myths map. Just click on all the monster shaped markers on this map to learn more about the fantastical creatures of the world.

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