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Mothman festival honors Point Pleasant's infamous legend

By T.K. Randall
September 15, 2022 · Comment icon 32 comments

Was Mothman a real creature ? Image Credit: CC BY-SA 4.0 Tim Bertelink
Crowds of revelers are expected to descend on West Virginia this weekend to celebrate all things Mothman.
Described as a human-like entity with wings and glowing red eyes, the creature known as Mothman gained prominence after it was sighted multiple times in and around Point Pleasant, West Virginia from 1966 to 1967.

The first reported sighting occurred in November 1966 when five men who were digging a grave in a local cemetery described seeing a strange figure swooping over the trees overhead.

The creature was seen again only a few days later when two couples driving through the area encountered the terrifying spectacle of a human-like shape with glowing red eyes illuminated by their headlights.

As time went on, more and more people reported seeing the creature. When 46 people died in the collapse of the Silver Bridge in December 1967, Mothman came to be associated with the disaster.
The phenomenon was later described by John Keel in his 1975 book The Mothman Prophecies which was itself turned into a movie starring Richard Gere in 2002.

The Mothman is also celebrated in Point Pleasant at a festival held each year in the town which typically features a range of activities, guest speakers, exhibits, competitions and more.

This year's festival is set to take place this weekend (Sept 17-18th).

You can check out some footage from one of the earlier festivals below.

Source: Herald Dispatch | Comments (32)

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Comment icon #23 Posted by papageorge1 2 years ago
You sound like your ancestors that recommended mine to the asylum for even speculating about a round earth.
Comment icon #24 Posted by ThereWeAreThen 2 years ago
Thst was good fair play made me chuckle.
Comment icon #25 Posted by the13bats 2 years ago
sigh Not my fault the kids sketch of MM looks like an angry owl Im not saying it was an owl the kids partying saw in fact they might not have seen anything and made it all up, This case is just very very weak there is zero evidence to support any of it and those who later jumped on the bandwagon each had a "version" of their MM including keel who never saw it but embellished claims.    
Comment icon #26 Posted by openozy 2 years ago
Yeah they sit for ages in the one spot in the tree with their prey, a bit creepy. I actually catch rabbits as a part time job in Oz, they are an introduced pest here. It seems everything eats rabbits yet they can survive to plague proportions. I do like them like I do all animals and admire their resilience even though I hunt them.
Comment icon #27 Posted by stereologist 2 years ago
Yes, believing channeled sources is insane. It has nothing to do with thinking 'outside the box'. It's about being incredibly foolishly gullible. Why? Because it is nothing but story telling. Accepting stories without corroborating evidence is just irrational.
Comment icon #28 Posted by stereologist 2 years ago
You are not speculating about a round Earth. You believe in the nonsense spit out by someone that is a story teller who pretends to channel some other entity. That's just plain old ridiculous. When some joke tells a story trying thinking about what is stated. The idiotic story told is that some aliens can travel from galaxy to galaxy yet could not stop a rock from hitting their planet. Humans cannot travel from galaxy to galaxy or even get out far from the Earth yet humans are making plans to prevent impacts from "rocks". Plus there is the claim that the Earth is the closest planet that is sim... [More]
Comment icon #29 Posted by Occupational Hubris 2 years ago
No one in antiquity though the earth was flat. 
Comment icon #30 Posted by the13bats 2 years ago
I really have come to the point that i think papaG does believe all the wild things he claims to, its odd to me at times like going outside looking up and saying the sky is blue and PG says no its not and thats that to him its not blue period. In a way i envy the pseudo comfort he seems to get from irrational blind belief but for me i cant be so credulous, hats off to him for his ability.
Comment icon #31 Posted by stereologist 2 years ago
Very possible. Papageorge1 might even believe they are ahead of the advances of science. I see that idea often on baloney sites that pretend they are somehow advancing ahead of the world. I'm sure such a notion is enticing to people especially those with basically no understanding of science. Part of that is of course their reliance on the pseudoscience malarkey posted on the sites they "trust." Instead of doing the proper reading of a site and asking questions of the presented material they simply "trust". It's an excuse to be gullible. It's easier to absorb without care than it is to apply c... [More]
Comment icon #32 Posted by ThereWeAreThen 2 years ago
Now that's a good conspiracy. Does pg believe the crap he claims he believes. Quick start a thread.  (Love you really papa)

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