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Mysterious Creatures that are Still Unidentified

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Mysterious creatures that are still unidentified

From the Jersey Devil and the Queensland Tiger … to organisms that are neither plants nor animals … Here are 14 mysterious creatures that are still unidentified

#14 Apeman of the Amazon
A Chuman is a term that describes a creature that is a hybrid of chimpanzees and humans. Such a creature was allegedly created in Russia during the 1920s, but it didn’t survive. Also called Humanzees, there have been several reports of such hybrid animals over the decades, including s few in the 21st century. In 1937, a purported apeman was discovered living in the remote Brazilian Amazon. The male specimen was described as having a simian posture, and misshapen features including an apelike snout. Plenty of people were convinced that the apeman represented the missing link between apes and humans. Others claimed it was all merely a hoax. Did you know there are certain species of primates that have physical features that are very human-like? One of the better-known examples is the Lesula (leh-soo-lah) monkey from Central Africa. They display facial features that many find unsettlingly similar to our own.

#13 Will O the Wisps
These odd creatures gained some notoriety when they were featured in the animated movie “Brave”. But eerie, ghostly lights are often the subject of European folklore. The spooky illuminations are usually seen at night, especially near marshes or swamps. Because of their flickering nature, Will-O-the Wisps can appear like lamps or lanterns and confuse travelers. Some sources think the intentionally lights mislead people and might have a malevolent nature. By some accounts a small goblin-like creature uses the light to attract journeyers at night. But once they’ve been led away from their familiar path, the light is extinguished and the victim is stranded in the dark. Everything from fireflies to methane gas emissions have been offered as an explanation for the phenomenon. To date, none of those theories have been confirmed.

#12 Ropen (roe-pehn)
The creature’s name means ‘demon flyer’, and it is described as a glowing, nocturnal bat-like beast that flies in the southwest Pacific. Initially described in the 1930s, so-called flying sea monsters had been reported since the 16th century. The Ropen allegedly lives in Papua New Guinea and is often the subject of local folklore. But plenty of people think this animal is real. It’s most often compared to a pterosaur (tair-oh-sawr) that has a featherless body and a 20-foot (6 m) wingspan. But some accounts claim the wingspan can exceed 50 feet (15 m). It’s said to prey on fish, but Ropen are also known to dig up human graves to feast on cadavers. Along with the possibility of it being an unknown species of flying reptile, many witnesses claim the animal might be a misidentified megabat, or large fruit bat. Tell us what you think in the comments below!

#11 The Canvey Island Monster
In 1953, a bizarre-looking creature washed up on the shores of Canvey Island, England. A second carcass, more intact was discovered a year later. The first specimen was described as over 2 feet long (61 cm), with reddish brown skin, bulging gills and eyes. It was also claimed to have hind legs with feet the shape of horseshoes with five toes. That carcass was later cremated. The second specimen was similar to the first but was nearly 4 feet long (122 cm) and weighed about 25 pounds (11 kg). Its eyes, nostrils and teeth were preserved well enough to be studied, but no official determination was rendered, and the carcass disappeared. There’s speculation that it may have been a type of frogfish since some of their features align with the Canvey Island Monster. But that has neither been proven or disproven to date.

#10 Yacu-Mama
In addition to other lagoons this South American creature is said to guard the mouth of the Amazon Basin. There’s a legend that it is the source of all aquatic creatures, and will attack anything that invades its territory. Folklore describes it as a beast that measures more than 100 feet long (30 m). In addition to this fearsome appearance, there’s a local belief that the monster can morph into a gigantic anaconda. In that form it’s known as the Minhocao (MEEN-noh-kow). Centuries ago, Spanish conquistadores believed the animal existed and sightings have continued into the present day.

Strangest Animal Stories

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Strangest Animal Stories From 2019

From alien worms living in arsenic … to clams that eat rocks … here are 14 of the strangest animal stories reported in 2019

#14 Sly New Gecko
There’s a vast array of animals that are endemic to Madagascar. And Leaf-tailed geckos are among them. These reptiles are known for the leaflike appendage that inspired their common name, and help them stay camouflaged. A new species was discovered in the Ankarana Special Reserve. It had actually been there all along, but it was commonly mistaken for a similar species. After several years of detailing the animal's genetic distinctiveness, researchers found enough evidence to declare it as a separate species. Since these geckos are very elusive and seem to display a crafty smile, they’re sometimes called Sly Geckos.

#13 Dog-Walker Dino Detective
The northern bays of West Somerset in England have become known for their fossil finds. While a dog walker was strolling along the beach with his two pets he found a 5.5 foot long fossil. Storms had recently uncovered it. But the artifact had been sitting there for a long time. Its age was estimated at more than 65 million years, and it probably belonged to a plesiosaur (pleez-ee--oh-sawr). Those were marine reptiles that existed in the Late Cretaceous. It's unknown if this specimen was a juvenile or adult. But mature plesiosaurs could range in size from about 5 feet (1.5 m) to around 49 feet (15 m). Some of the largest known marine apex predators belonged to this group!

#12 Staring At Seagulls
Have you ever had seagulls try to snatch your snacks at the beach? It turns out there’s an easy way to stop the greedy gulls from doing that. Just stare them down. A study conducted in the UK in 2019 tested how the birds reacted when humans were watching them, and when they were ignored. When humans stared at them, the gulls became a lot more apprehensive about inspecting food. Many of them seemed to lose their appetite and flew away. But when humans were looking the other way, the birds became bold enough to swoop in for the treats. Earlier studies have shown that some animal species will change their behavior when humans are directly watching them. Looks like seagulls are among them.

#11 Down in the Mouth
Some tiny marine crustaceans have a strange place to call home. Researchers found the previously unknown species living inside the mouth of a whale shark. With an average size of 32 feet (9.8 m) and weighing some 20,000 pounds (9 metric tons) they’re the largest living fish species. These shrimp-like crustaceans are only about 5 millimeters long, so they have plenty of room inside the shark’s mouth. Researchers say that the minuscule residents receive plenty of seawater, which is necessary for breathing. Food flows in regularly, which they capture with their hairy legs. And their huge host provides a safe space from predators. The animals were found inside the gills of a whale shark’s mouth in the waters of southern Okinawa. They belong to a group that is known for living in a diversity of environments. But finding a group of them living inside the mouth of another animal was unexpected.

#10 Given the Dog a Bone
You know how dogs can be about burying their bones. Sometimes they find bones that they never buried. That’s what happened in the UK when a four-year-old Beagle named Crystal was out for a walk with her owner. The dog sniffed out the fossilized leg bone of a woolly rhinoceros estimated to be 250,000 years old. Actually, it might not be such a surprising event. While Beagles are known for their keen sense of smell, Crystal’s owner is a paleontologist who trained her to sniff out fossils by their pungent, clay-like smell. Woolly rhinos died out around 10,000 years ago, and their fossils have been found throughout Asia and Europe.

Modern Animals with Terrifying Prehistoric Ancestors

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Modern Animals With Terrifying Prehistoric Ancestors

From scorpions, sharks, and lions … to rhinos, hippos, and wombats … Here are 18 Modern Animals With Terrifying Prehistoric Ancestors!

#20 Piranhas
Experts say Mega Piranhas were ferocious fish that would have measured more than 4 feet long (122 cm), and had a double row of scary sharp teeth comparable to the modern day Pacu (pah-KOO). Its closest living relative is the Black Piranha, which is noted for exerting a devastating bite force that is more than 30 times its weight. But experts say that the Megapiranha’s bite force would have been at least four times stronger!

#19 Devil Frog
Translated from Latin Beelzebufo (bee-el-zeh-BOOF-oh) means “Devil Frog”. And that applies to this animal. 70 million years ago this beast preyed upon juvenile dinosaurs with a powerful bite force. Experts think it could have attained lengths of nearly 16 inches (40 cm) and weighed about 10 pounds (4.5 kg). Imagine a frog about the size of a bowling ball and you’ve got the picture. This animal was found in Madagascar, and also had a large head covered with bony scales, or scutes (s’kewts). That’s a physical trait typically found in crocs and alligators, so this must have been one aggressive amphibian.

#18 Stupendemys (STOO-pen-dih-mees)
Fossils of this huge prehistoric freshwater turtle have been located in South America, dating back some 6 million years ago. Based on fossil evidence, the creature probably had a carapace length of around 11 feet (3.4 m). With an estimated weight of around 4,400 pounds (2 metric tons) that would make it the largest freshwater turtle ever. Experts think the reptile attained its massive size as a way to protect itself from the huge crocodiles and other predators found in its habitat.

#17 Scorpions
Many scorpions are considered to be small and deadly, and carry a fearsome reputation. But the prehistoric monster Pulmonoscorpius (pul-mon-oh-skor-pee-us) measured more than 2 feet, (70 cm) and would have looked like a real nightmare. They lived up to around 345 million years ago, so they’ve been extinct for quite a while. Just as well.

#16 Millipedes and Centipedes
Arthropleura (ar-thra-ploo-rah) was an ancestor to both of these creepy-crawlies, and could grow up to 8 feet long (2.4 m) while measuring several feet wide. Some sources claim it was even bigger than that. Contrast its size with the largest modern day centipedes which can grow up to 12 inches long (30 cm). Thanks to their great size, these animals had very few predators for an invertebrate. This herbivorous arthropod lived around 300 million years ago in modern-day Scotland and North America. And researchers say it was extremely swift and agile. Today’s house centipedes are also very quick. Can you imagine one of them being 8 feet long?

Animals That Rarely Sleep

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Animal that Rarely Sleep!

From wide-awake birds, giraffes, and horses … to sleepless seals, cetaceans, and sharks ... Here are 15 animals that RARELY Sleep!

#15 Cows
There are some animals that seem like they should always sleep standing up. Several are on the list, and cows are among them. Yet the bovine beasts will lie down when it’s time to sleep. In total, they’ll sleep for about 4 hours a day, in naps that last up to four minutes. Cows can actually spend up to 14 hours during the day lying down, but they’re not always asleep. The animals will get up every few hours before resting again. Since they don’t sleep standing up, that means the idea of tipping a cow over is just an urban legend.

#14 Ostriches
The sleep pattern of this big flightless bird is said to resemble the platypus. But while the Australian monotreme can sleep for 14 hours a day, the Ostrich typically sleeps about six. It usually sleeps with both eyes open while standing upright. In that state it can stay alert for threats, while at the same time resting its body and brain. Ostriches can also enter a deeper mode of sleep that is characterized by the bird putting down its head for around 15 minutes. For the record, they’re not burying their heads in the sand when they do this. That behavior has been long been proven to be a myth!

#13 Giraffes
If you’ve never seen one of these long-necked creatures lying down or getting back up, it looks through quite a process they're going through. Basically, the animal kneels on its front legs, and lowers its body to rest over those folded limbs. In captivity, giraffes have been documented to sleep more than 4 and-a-half hours, usually in increments at night. Older specimens have been noted to sleep while standing, which is common in the wild due to the threat of predators. Sometimes they enter a sleep phase where they are deeply resting, but demonstrate reduced muscle activity and rapid eye movement.

#12 Seals
These animals will usually sleep with half of their brain awake, which is vital given how much time they spend in the water. The side that’s awake keeps a lookout for threats and allows them to escape from predators. Experts say they’re typically oriented belly-side up and slowly drift downward as they doze for a few minutes periodically. When they’re on land, both sides of the seal’s brain will enter into a deep sleep.

#11 Walruses
Since we mentioned seals, let’s also shout-out their fellow pinnipeds. These blubbery marine mammals can weigh more than 4,400 pounds (2,000 kg). Along with their size, they’re easily identified by their whiskers and prominent tusks. They look like the type of animal that would sleep away much of their day. Actually, they do sleep a lot. But Walruses are known for their habits of sleeplessness, too. Like some other animals we’ve mentioned, they can sleep while swimming. If they need a longer rest, they can inflate pharyngeal (fare-uhn-jee-ul) pouches inside their body that keep them afloat in the water like a life jacket. That keeps their head above water for air as they snooze. If they really need to crash out, walruses use their tusks to anchor themselves onto a stable piece of ice. While these animals can sleep for up to 19 hours straight, they don’t need to sleep every day. Researchers say they can stay awake and swim nonstop for more than 72 hours at a stretch!

#10 Great Frigatebirds
Researchers suspected for some time that birds can sleep while they’re flying. Now there’s proof of the phenomenon. Scientists monitored the brainwaves of Great Frigate birds from the Galapagos Islands over the course of ten days. Turns out that the birds could be half asleep but would keep one eye open (literally) to monitor potential threats. The behavior is technically called ‘unihemispheric sleep’. Results showed that the test subjects slept for around 42 minutes a day while flying. But when they’re on land the birds can sleep up to 12 hours a day!

Most Bizarre Beasts from Myth and Folklore

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Most Bizarre Creatures from Myth and Folklore

From evil spirits and destructive demons … to the legendary Sphinx and Wendigo (wendy-go) ... Here are 14 of the most bizarre beasts from myth and folklore

#14 Rompo
Legends from India and Africa say that this beast emerges to feed only on human corpses. At about 3 feet (1 m), it’s described as displaying the physical straits of several different animals. That includes a skeletal body with badger-like forearms, the hindquarters of a bear, and human ears mounted on a rabbit-like noggin. It’s said to make a soft crooning sound as it eats human carrion, which is its only food source. Some sources think this legendary beast might be connected to sightings of Old World porcupines.

#13 Leshy
Known as a male forest spirit, this creature originates in Slavic folklore. It will often appear like a tall, pale-skinned man with hair and beard composed of vines and grass. But sometimes he’s depicted as having hooves, horns, and a tail. Often seen in the company of bears and grey wolves, the Leshy is thought to protect wild animals and trees. In fact, the creature can also assume the shape of plant life ranging from a blade of grass to towering trees. While some accounts describe them as mischievous, other accounts offer a darker perspective. The leshy is said to enjoy luring human travelers to their caves where the victims are tickled to death.

#12 Namazu (nah-mah-zoo)
This giant catfish is said to exist in the mud underneath the Japanese islands, and is held accountable for causing earthquakes. Other stories claim Namazu lives under the Earth where it swims through underwater seas and rivers, causing destruction as it travels. It is subdued by the thunder god Kashima, who uses a stone to restrain the catfish. Some sources think the mythical Namazu could be linked to a long-held notion that catfish will become active just before an earthquake strikes. When people in ancient times observed this activity, they reasoned that the quakes were related to humongous catfish. Or so the story goes. What do you think?

#11 Garuda (ghar-oo-dah)
This bird-like creature appears in Buddhist, Hindu, and Jain mythologies. Known as the vehicle of the Hindu god Vishnu, he’s also regarded as the king of all birds and is the enemy of all snakes. He’s either depicted as a giant bird with open wings, or as a man with wings and birdlike features. That includes huge talons and the formidable beak of a bird of prey. Garuda is a powerful protector figure who can swiftly travel anywhere. In ancient Indian epics, his wings flap powerfully enough to stop the Earth from spinning. Did you know Garuda appears in the state insignia of many countries, including Thailand and Indonesia? The Indian air force uses him in their coat of arms.

#10 The Wolpertinger (voll-per-tin-gher)
This creature is found in German folklore, and inhabits the Bavarian Alpine forests. Accounts vary, but the beast is said to exhibit the body of a squirrel, the legs of a pheasant, a rabbit’s head, wings, and the antlers of a deer. This animal resembles other found in other folklore, such as the American Jackalope, which resembles a jackrabbit with the horns of an antelope. It shares some similarities with the Elwedritsche (el-wid-dritch), which is an animal that resembles a chicken with antlers. Today, stuffed animal versions of the Wolpertinger are sold as souvenirs. And the creature is on permanent display at the German Hunting and Fishing Museum in Munich.

#9 The Toad Monster
There are a few variations on this creature that was worshipped throughout Pre-Columbian Meso-America. Known as Tlaltecuhtli (towel-tek-kut-lee), some sources say the Aztecs viewed it as a monster that formed the basis of their story of creation. While it could be interpreted as male or female, most accounts refer to it as an earth goddess that was identified with fertility. Interpreted as a type of toad monster with an enormous mouth, fangs, and clawed feet, she was thought to require regular blood sacrifices. That was the only way to maintain the world’s order, since she was believed to be the source of all living things. And maybe she still is. In 2006 a massive monument to this deity was excavated in the center of Mexico City that weighed some 24,000 pounds (11 metric tons). It’s one of the largest Aztec monoliths yet recovered!

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Ancient Mysterious Ruins and Monuments

From strange cities of stone … to Stonehenge and the Sphinx … Here are 15 of the world’s most Ancient Mysterious Ruins and Monuments

#15 Newgrange
This Neolithic monument in Ireland was built sometime around 3200 BC, which predates the Egyptian pyramids. A circular mound covering more than one acre (4,500 square meters) of ground is located there. 12 standing stones have survived around the perimeter, although they may have been added later, during the Bronze Age. Since the main entrance is aligned with the rising sun of the winter solstice, some researchers think Newgrange may have fulfilled a purpose involving religion or astronomy. There’s also evidence that it may have been used as a type of burial sites. As yet, there is no overall consensus as to what Newgrange was definitely used for.

#14 Great Zimbabwe (zihm-baab-way)
This ruined city is located in the hills of southern Africa. And during the Late Iron Age it was the capital of the Kingdom of Zimbabwe. Construction of these stone buildings is estimated to have started in the 11th century and continued for more than 300 years. A popular archaeological theory posits that the structures were built by a group of Bantu people, but that theory has yet to be verified. Some 18,000 individuals are thought to have populated Great Zimbabwe at its peak. Some of the reasons for its abandonment include famine and a fall-off in trade.

#13 Glastonbury Tor
Located in South West England, this mysterious location might have been where King Arthur’s sword Excalibur was crafted. That’s according to some stories anyway. Glastonbury Tor refers to a hill, atop which is the roofless Saint Michael’s Tower. That stone building represents the remains of a 14th century church that was built over the original wooden church. The location has been mentioned in Celtic mythology, and has long been linked to legends of Avalon. The sides of the hill display seven deep, symmetrical terraces. How they were formed and what they were used for is unknown. A more recent mystery concerns the Glastonbury Zodiac. That’s a gargantuan 5,000 year old astrological formation allegedly carved into region’s landscape.

#12 Tiwanaku (tee-wahn-ah-koo)
This Pre-Columbian archaeological site in Bolivia covers about 4 square kilometers (X sq miles).
Megalithic blocks, monumental structures, and decorated ceramics now cover the surface area of this ancient city. At one point it may have held as many as 20,000 inhabitants. While the site was first documented by the Spanish in the 16th century, the city’s exact age is still disputed. Estimates have ranged from around 2,000 to 17,000 years old! Because the Tiwanaku civilization had no written language, it remains difficult to establish precisely when the city was built or how it functioned.

#11 Silbury Hill (sil-burry)
Located in south west England, this prehistoric chalk mound rises about 129 feet (39 m). That makes it the tallest such man-made structure in Europe, and one of the largest in the world. Composed mostly of chalk and clay its construction dates to around 2400 BC, and was completed over the course of three generations. Very few artifacts have ever been found at the site, and the mound’s exact purpose is still being debated. Archaeologists say that the manner of construction suggests the builders may not have been following a blueprint. The process of building the structure may have been more important than the mound itself.

Humans Raised Like Animals!

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12 Humans Raised Like Animals!

From goats, birds, and amphibians … to dogs, birds, and monkeys … Here are 12 Humans Raised Like Animals!

#12 The Romanian Dog Boy
We have a couple cases where humans have allegedly been raised by feral dogs. In 2002 a seven year old boy was found. He was mistaken for a three year old due to malnutrition. Traian Caldarar (Try-an_Kal-dur-ar) had lived in the forests for about four years, apparently running away from home after his mother left. He was found lying naked in a cardboard box where he suffered from rickets, infected wounds, and had forgotten how to speak. Doctors felt it was unlikely he could have survived completely on his own, and speculate that stray dogs in the countryside probably assisted him. After being captured, he displayed many animal-like behaviors, including a habit of sleeping under his bed instead of on top of it. At last report his grandfather was caring for Traian, and he had re-acclimated well to normal life.

#11 The Goat Boy
In 1990 a boy identified only as Daniel was found in the Peruvian Andes. Allegedly raised by goats for 8 years, he was around 12 at the time of discovery. When he was found in the mountains, witnesses claimed that he ran about on all fours like an animal. His hands and feet had developed scar tissue that was hoof-like. He survived in the wild by drinking goat milk, and eating berries and roots. Research teams from Kansas State University and Kansas University determined that he could communicate with the animals. But it was extremely difficult for him to learn human language.

#10 The Mowgli Woman (moh-glee)
Many feral children are nicknamed Mowgli, after the character in Rudyard Kipling’s “The Jungle Book”. This person seems more than worthy of the reference, because she was a feral child who grew into a feral adult! Ng Chhaidy (Ing_Kie-dee) disappeared into the jungle of northeastern India when she was 4 years old. Rumors of a jungle girl circulated around the region for many years. Then, in 2012, the rumors turned out to be true. 38 years after she went missing, Ng was found living naked in a cemetery in Myanmar, near the Indian border. She later joined her parents and slowly reintegrated into society. She still hasn’t revealed how she managed to live for so long in the jungle, nor what animals may have played a role in here survival. Which ones would you guess?

#9 The Ostrich Boy
This account took place in North Africa in 1945. Sidi (sih-dee) Mohamed was five or six when he wandered away from his family and discovered an ostrich nest with hatchlings. Instead of running him off, the parent birds apparently befriended him. Not only did they care for Sidi but they also taught him to run fast, and sheltered him with their extended wings. Mounted ostrich hunters found the boy when he was about 12 and took him back to his parents. At the time he was found, Sidi was said to eat mostly grass! After reacclimating to human society, he later married and raised a family. In the early 2000s, Sidi’s son related his father’s story to a Swedish author who turned it into a book. Not surprisingly, this story has been met with a fair amount of skepticism since the big birds tend to run away when approached by humans. And they can turn aggressive when feeling threatened.

#8 Woman Raised By Monkeys
That’s the title of a National Geographic documentary that focuses on Marina Chapman. She gained notoriety for living with a colony of capuchin (kap-yoo-chin) monkeys in Colombia. After an attempted kidnapping in her village in the 1950s, she was abandoned in the jungle where the monkeys befriended her. She lived with them from the age of five to nine. During that time the animals taught her how to survive by catching rabbits and birds with her bare hands. Years later, hunters found her and returned Marina to the company of humans. But it wasn’t exactly a rescue. Now unable to speak in a human language, she was sold into servitude and ended up living on the streets. A sympathetic friend helped her escape the predicament when she was 14. Marina eventually traveled to England where she worked as a nanny and later got married. While her autobiography was published in 2013, it was initially rejected by many publishers because the story sounded too far-fetched!

12 Stunning Waterfalls From Around The World

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12 Stunning Waterfalls From Around The World

Our planet is covered in 71% water, and quite often this essential natural resource can create wondrously beautiful sights. Today we’re going to travel to tropical rainforests, icy mountains, and even the savannas of Africa. Let’s check out 15 Stunning Waterfalls From Around The World!

#12 Rainbow Falls Hawaii
Of all the waterfalls named Rainbow Falls in the world none are near as famous as the Rainbow Falls in Hilo, Hawaii. These falls are part of the Hawaii state parks, and easy to get to, so any day of the week crowds gather to see this scenic sight. They are open to the public, and there is no fee to see them. The falls are 24 meters tall and almost 30 meters across. Depending on the time of year and amount of precipitation the falls will be composed of 2 or more drops. Part of the Wailuku River the falls end in a large pool below, surrounded by dense tropical rainforest which perfectly compliments the beautiful scenery. In the Hawaiian language these falls are known as Waiānuenue meaning rainbow water and they flow over a natural lava cave, that is the legendary home of Hina, an ancient Hawaiian goddess. The Rainbow Falls get their name from a regular phenomenon of a rainbow appearing in the mist of the falls on Sunday mornings around 10AM.
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#11 ‘Akaka Falls
Another spectacular waterfall located near Hilo, Hawaii is the ‘Akaka Falls of ‘Akaka Falls State Park. A 135 meter tall waterfall, the name ‘Akaka means “a rent, split, separation, to crack” as well as a few other meanings in the Hawaiian language. High on the right shoulder of the deep gorge into which the waterfall plunges, is where the falls can be viewed from several points along a loop trail that runs through the park. According to local Hawaiian folklore there is a stone located 21 meters upstream from the falls called Pōhaku a Pele. The tale says that when struck by a branch of lehua ʻāpane, a local tree with dark red blossoms, you can call the sky to darken and rain to fall. Honestly that sounds a lot more efficient than choreographing an extensive rain dance.

#10 Wapta Falls
Next we head to British Columbia, Canada in Yoho National Park where you’ll find the beautiful Wapta Falls. These falls are the largest falls of the Kicking Horse River at around 30 meters high and 150 meters across. The name of the falls is derived from the Nakoda word meaning “river”. The Nakoda are a western Canadian indigenous people who also lived in parts of the northern United States. One of the unique features of these falls are the pools at the bottom which are a vivid turquoise color much of the time a likely result of finely ground rock, such as glacial flour present in the waters, which can cause light to scatter and change the appearance of the water's color. During the winter it’s also possible for parts of the falls to freeze, due to the temperatures dropping to much below freezing. These falls are truly a gorgeous sight to see if you can ever make the hike there!

#9 Iguazu Falls
Now we head to South America where we find the Iguazu Falls, this immense and spectacular waterfall is located on the border of the Argentine province of Misiones and the Brazilian stat of Paraná. Factoring in both parts of the falls, they make up THE largest waterfall in the entire world. While most of the Iguazu river flows through Brazil, the majority of the falls are actually on the Argentine side of the border, and below it’s confluence with the San Antonio River it forms the border between the two countries. The name of the river, "Iguazú" comes from the Guarani or Tupi words “y” for "water", and "ûasú” meaning "big". There is a legend surrounding this waterfall, which tells of a deity who wanted to marry a beautiful woman named Naipí, she ended up fleeing with her mortal lover in a canoe. The deity sliced the river, in a rage, creating the waterfalls and condemning the lovers to an eternal fall.

#8 Saltos del Mocona
Another captivating waterfall in Argentina, the Saltos del Mocona or Mocona Falls, are uniquely famous for how long they are...these falls actually run parallel to the river for nearly three kilometers! This is due to the fact that the Uruguay river runs along a fault line, which causes the water from the upper part of the river to flow into the lower part when the water levels are low. The indigenous Guarani people named these falls after the word Mocona, which translates to “that which swallows everything”, an apt description as the waters gush with a force that looks as if they are swallowing everything around. Just as the falls can get larger when there is less water in the river, when the water levels get high enough the falls can actually disappear completely.

Abandoned Aircraft Left as Monuments

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Abandoned Aircraft Left as Monuments

Over the course of Aeronautical history which is only in the last 100 years or so there have been many advancements and many mishaps. Often times when things go wrong wrecks are left where they lay, becoming monuments to the bit of history that lead to their end. Today we’re going to check out some of the stories that lead to these surreal aircraft sights. Let’s check out these Abandoned Aircraft Left as Monuments!

#10 Abandoned DC Plane on Sólheimasandur
On the vacant black sands of the beach at Sólheimasandur, Iceland you’ll find this eerie sight of the lone fuselage of a US Navy DC plane. As you approach this relic, having sat abandoned for decades it fills you with a surreal feeling as there is nothing else around almost as far as the eye can see. The DC planes are a series of planes that were made by the Douglas Aircraft Company, and the DC stands for Douglas Commercial, as these planes were used for passenger air travel, the planes that the company made during the 1930s and 40s had a lasting impact on the airline industry. It was back in 1973 that this DC plane supposedly ran out of fuel and had to perform a crash landing on these black sands on the South Coast of Iceland. Luckily, all of the passengers managed to survive, but the plane itself was done was later found out that the pilot had simply switched over to the wrong fuel tank. The remains of the fuselage are still on the sand next to the sea.

#9 Atka B-24D Liberator
This derelict bombardier, known as the Atka B-24D Liberator is located on Atka Island in the Aleutian Islands of Alaska. This plane, the Consolidated B-24D Liberator, was designed by the Consolidated Aircraft company in San Deigo, California and was introduced in 1941. The B-24 was created with a modern design featuring a highly efficient shoulder-mounted, high aspect ratio Davis wing. This style wing gave the Liberator a high cruise speed, long range and the ability to carry a heavy load. The Atka Liberator was purposefully crash-landed on the island on 9 December 1942, it’s one of only eight D-model Liberators anywhere in the world counting both partial and derelict remnants. The aircraft was serving on weather reconnaissance duty when it was prevented from landing at any nearby airfields due to poor weather conditions. Only one person, Brigadier General William E. Lynd did not walk away from the crash.

#8 The Plane Wreck of Norman’s Cay
In the late 70’s and early 80’s Norman’s Cay, located in the Bahamas, was used for the smuggling of illegal substances by the Medellin Cartel, the island provided a convenient stopping point for transportation between Colombia and the US. The wrecked C-46 in the waters off of the coast was actually a part of the operation which was headed by Medellin Cartel co-founder, Carlos Lehder, and of the relics left behind from his reign in the area it’s the most well known. The remains of the C-46 plane are a popular spot to snorkel and there’s always been much uncertainty surrounding the wreck. The true story might not be as elaborate as some of the embellishments over the years, but according to Jack Reed, the man who was Lehder’s first pilot, the story is that Andy, another pilot, known as “British Andy” was known to enjoy drinking, even being known to take a six pack with him on a flight. One morning Andy decided to do some practice flying, when he made a miscalculation trying to land which resulted in a damaged landing gear and propeller. Even though he managed to get the plane airborne again it didn’t last and he went down in the sea. Lucky for him and his passenger they both got away from the crash without a scratch.

#7 Lady of the Lake
In a lake at the Eielson Air Force Base in North Pole, Alaska rests the Lady of the Lake, a former WB-29 Superfortress, a variant of the B-29 build by Boeing, which was originally built in the 1940s. The aircraft was used for weather reconnaissance, such as flying into the eye of a hurricane or typhoon to gather information, and this one would regularly fly over the North Pole. After being retired in 1955 the Lady of the Lake was mounted over the lake it now sits in and was used for open water extrication training for a time. However, one spring the water levels raised too high and submerged the majority of the aircraft, and there she remains, having earned her nickname.

#6 Corsair Plane Wreck Honolulu
Off the coast of Honolulu this Corsair sits about 115 feet down on the seafloor, and while many wrecks are purposefully sunk off the coast of Oahu, this wreck was the real deal. The Vought F4U Corsair is an American fighter aircraft that saw a lot of use in the 1940s, the craft was originally designed and initially manufactured by Chance Vought, before manufacturing was regulated to Goodyear and Brewster. The story of this particular Corsair’s end is not particularly dramatic when compared to other plane

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Mysterious Forests That Are Truly Haunted!

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Mysterious Forests that are Truly Haunted!

From ghosts, UFOs, and evil spirits … to King Arthur, Merlin, and Bigfoot … Here are 14 mysterious forests that are truly haunted!

#14 Hoia Baciu Forest (Hoya_Bah-choo)
The most ancient Neolithic settlement in Romania is dated to around 6500 BC and is contained within this forest. It covers about 3 square kilometers (1.2 sq miles) near Transylvania. Maybe that location helps account for some of the strange activities alleged to have taken place here. Paranormal events including UFO sightings, ghostly apparitions, malfunctioning electronics, and people suddenly disappearing are said to have occurred. An area of the forest identified as “the clearing” shows no evidence of any vegetation ever having grown on it. Scientists have no explanation for it. Nor can they explain why trees in the forest will grow in strange zig-zag patterns. Maybe you can understand why this place is sometimes called Romania’s Bermuda Triangle.

#13 Tawau Hills National Park, Malaysia (Toe-ow)
Some of the world’s tallest trees can be found within this forest in the northern part of Borneo. Along with the rugged volcanic landscapes, visitors are attracted by hot springs, camping sites, and amazing waterfalls. You might want to stay clear of that last attraction, though. While we couldn’t verify the stories, there are plenty of accounts of people disappearing within these woods, especially near waterfalls! That ties in with a local belief that the entire forest is haunted, and the spirits emerge at night. For that reason, you’re advised to visit only during the day.

#12 Belanglo State Forest, Australia (bel-uhn-glo)
It’s located in New South Wales and has an estimated area of 9,400 acres (3,800 hectares). It’s a popular destination for campers and trail bike riders, and is open to the public. But this forest has a dark side, too. It has been the site of many killings, including the infamous Backpacker Murders in the early 1990s. The serial killer was later caught and imprisoned for life in 1996, but seven victims had died. In 2010, a schoolboy was killed by three teenagers … one of whom was related to the convicted serial killer. Also in 2010, a skeleton was unearthed that was initially linked to the Backpacker Murders. But DNA evidence later proved the victim was a 22-year-old female who was murdered in a separate incident during 2009. She and her infant daughter were positively ID’d, and the killer was later caught and convicted in 2018.

#11 The Frith Wood, England
Frith is a Saxon word for wooded enclosure, and historians think these woodlands have been managed since the 5th century. A barracks for captured French prisoners once stood here during the Napoleonic Wars of the early 19th century. Locals claim there’s a ghost story involving a woman who fell in love with one of the prisoners. But when her father and brother found out about the affair they killed the man. She died shortly thereafter, possibly by suicide. Now her spirit is allegedly seen running through the trees and sobbing at the site of her lover’s murder.

#10 Long Trail, Vermont
The name refers to a hiking trail that easily lives up to its name. Winding some 273 miles (440 km), it runs the length of the state. And it’s the oldest long-distance trail found in the US. While most people visit for hiking or snowshoeing activities, some are attracted by the trail's reputation. A section east of Bennington is claimed to contain a weird, haunting energy that is linked to some unsolved mysteries. During the 1940s and 50s, a series of unexplained disappearances occurred here. The best-known case involved a college student named Paula Jean Weldon who set out for a solo hike one day in 1946, and was never seen again. A total of six people vanished in that same area, and extensive searches were conducted for all of them. One body was recovered, but the events and disappearances remain a mystery to this day.

#9 Wychwood Forest, England (witch-wood)
In the past, this forest located in South East England totaled a much larger area. It was once a royal hunting ground, and experts say it’s probably been settled since at least 3000 BC. Visitors have reported seeing apparitions of crying children riding in a horse-drawn carriage, along with being touched by unseen hands. The most disturbing phenomenon is likely the ghost of Amy Robsart, who was the wife of the Earl of Leicester (lester). She died under suspicious circumstances in 1560 after falling down a flight of stairs. According to legend, her ghost appeared to her husband while the Earl was out hunting. She told him he would be dead within 10 days, and guess what? He soon fell ill and died within that time!

Strangest Holes in the Earth

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Strangest Holes in the Earth

From asteroids crashing into the planet … to holes drilled deep under the ground … Here are 18 of the strangest holes in the Earth!

#18 The Door to Hell
There are numerous places claiming to be the entrance to Hades. But this one in Derweze (dur-wiz), Turkmenistan almost looks like typecasting. Soviet engineers created it by accident in the early 1970s when they identified it as a potentially huge oil site. But instead of finding oil, they drilled into some enormous reserves of natural gas. When poisonous fumes threatened local towns, a decision was made to burn off the gas. That process was expected to last for a couple of weeks. But nearly 50 years later, the fire is still burning as hot as ever. Measuring around 226 feet in diameter (69 m), it has a depth of nearly 100 feet (30 m), it’s not the deepest hole on the list. But whatever it lacks in depth, the huge natural gas crater makes up for in sheer visual impact.

#17 Chand Baori Well (chan-bow-ree)
Constructed between 800 and 900 AD, this stepwell is among the oldest and best known landmarks of Rajasthan, in India. Around 100 feet deep (30 m), it has more than 3,000 narrow steps and 13 floors. The well’s impressive design was meant to conserve as much water as possible in the arid region. Air at the bottom stays up to 6 degrees cooler than air at the top. During periods of intense heat, it was used as a gathering place for locals in the community.

#16 Cenotes (sin-oh-tees)
That term often refers to a sinkhole, or natural pit created as the result of limestone bedrock that collapses and exposes the groundwater underneath. Cenotes are most often associated with Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, where you can find more than 6,000 different cenotes. The best known can measure tens of feet in diameter, and are huge, open water pools. One great example of such would be the Dos Ojos (oh-hoes) Cenote in Mexico. Exploration of that flooded cave system began in 1987 and is still ongoing. Experts say that the cave system measures more than 50 miles (80 km), and its deepest passage plunges nearly 400 feet (122 m)! With at least 25 sinkhole entrances found there, the spectacular location attracts visitors from all over the world.

#15 Diavik Diamond Mine (DIE-ah-vik)

Found in Canada’s Northwest Territories, the diamond mine yields over 3,000 pounds (1,361 kg) of diamonds each year. Set in an isolated, sub arctic landscape, the mine goes more than 600 feet deep (183 m). At one point, an ice road was the only connection to the massive hole. Later, an airport was constructed, which features a gravel runway extending more than 5,200 feet (1,585 m). That enough space to land a Boeing 737. While the hole is extensive, it will likely have a relatively short lifespan. After commencing operations in 2003, the mine is expected to be exhausted in around 22 years.

#13 Another Guatemala Sinkhole
In 2010, another humongous hole opened up in the ground of Guatemala City. This one was smaller than its predecessor, going some 65 feet across and measuring around 300 feet deep (91 m). But that was still deep enough to swallow up a three story factory. Along with leaky sewer pipes, factors including tropical storms and local volcanic activity were cited for the sinkhole’s formation.

#12 Dean’s Blue Hole
Plunging in excess of 660 feet (202 m), this deep blue hole is located on Long Island in the Bahamas. It’s deeper than the Great Blue Hole of Belize and is mostly circular at the surface, at around 115 feet in diameter (35 m). After descending some 66 feet (20 m), the hole widens impressively into a canyon that encompasses 330 feet (101 m). Did you know this is actually the second deepest salt water blue hole known for having an entrance below sea level? The deepest such formation is Dragon Hole, located in the South China Sea. It has a recorded depth of 987 feet (301 m).

#14 Guatemala City Sinkhole
Measuring some 330 feet deep (101 m), this massive sinkhole appeared in Guatemala City in 2007. Experts say the huge aperture formed for a number of reasons, including fluids from sewer pipes that leaked and dissolved the rock underneath. Five deaths were reported while more than a thousand people were evacuated from the area. If you want a clearer perspective of just how huge this sinkhole was, the Statue of Liberty could have fit in there.

Scariest Ghost Towns in the US

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Scariest Ghost Towns in the US

From empty cities and haunted houses … to busted wild west boomtowns ... Here are 15 of the Scariest Ghost Towns in the US

#15 Baltimore, Indiana
Did you know there was another Baltimore in the US that was located outside of Maryland? This one was established in 1829, and had a peak population of about 70. Although the town had a few merchants, the construction of a canal caused the population to dwindle. Today there’s only a house from the 1880s that remains standing. Although we didn’t find any paranormal activity linked to the location, it definitely looks like it could be haunted. What do you think?

#14 Ashcroft, Colorado
Located about had one of the fastest boom and bust cycles of any town. In 1880, two prospectors found silver. With 23 other prospectors they formed a Miner’s Protective Association. Within two weeks they had laid out streets and built a courthouse. By 1885 there more than 3,500 residents, along with 20 saloons and six hotels. That peak year was also the start of the city’s decline. Expectations of large silver deposits were never realized, and prospectors moved elsewhere. Only a few people remained at the beginning of the 20th century. When the last resident died in 1939, Ashcroft officially became a ghost town.

#13 The Bulow Ruins, Florida (bew-loe)
In 1821 Charles Bulow cleared some 2,200 acres of land to develop a plantation to grow sugar cane, rice, and cotton. It became known as the largest plantation in East Florida, which housed the region’s largest sugar mill. The notoriety didn’t last for long. Seminole (seh-min-nole) Indians burned down the plantation in 1836, and the operation was destroyed. The eerie ruins of the mill can still be seen among the oak trees today. Crumbling ruins of the plantation house itself are also on display. Today it’s known as Bulow Plantation Ruins Historic State Park.

#12 Moonville, Ohio
At its peak in the 1870s this small community in Ohio held about 100 residents. Its curious name was allegedly inspired by a local shopkeeper. The town’s economy was based on local coal mines and a railway line that passed through it. As the coal reserves dwindled and rail activity increased, Moonville steadily declined. Established in 1856, the town was abandoned within 25 years. By the 1960s almost all the buildings were gone. Its most visible legacy is the scary-looking Moonville railroad tunnel that has inspired countless ghost stories. It’s still there, and is part of the Moonville Rail-Trail. That’s a 16-mile trail (25 km) open to hikers, and it passes right through the tunnel.

#11 Thurmond, West Virginia
Five people allegedly reside here. But Thurmond is a ghost of what it once was. A post office was established in 1882, and the town was incorporated in 1900. Much of its prosperity was tied to coal mining and for being a major railway stop. It had two hotels, one of which became famous (or infamous) for hosting a card party that lasted around 14 years! Guinness has cited it as the longest-lasting poker game ever. When the hotel burned down in 1930, it marked the beginning of the city’s end. The city was deserted by the 1950s. It’s still open for business since the railway depot was transformed into a visitor center. Because Thurmond still retains the look of an Appalachian coal town, it’s shown up in movies depicting that era.

#10 Terlingua, Texas (tur-ling-g’wah)
In the case of this settlement located near the Rio Grande, it wasn’t gold that triggered a boomtown. It was the discovery of cinnabar, which yields the metal mercury. Miners flocked to Terlingua in the late 1880s, and the town’s population swelled to around 3,000. The residents fled when the mercury market crashed, and the town was abandoned by the 1940s. Remains of the mine shafts, homes, and the jail can still be seen. It’s one of the better-known ghost towns in the Lone Star State, and it still has a few inhabitants. After exploring the ruins you can even visit an operational restaurant or saloon there..

Strangest Holiday Traditions in the World

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Strangest Holiday Traditions in the World

From ferocious food fights in Spain … to evil Santas and monkey buffets ... Here are 15 of the Strangest Holiday Traditions in the World

#15 Bermuda Day
Celebrated on the last Friday in May, this is a national public holiday across the islands of Bermuda. By tradition, it marks the first day of the year that residents will venture into the sea. It also marks the first day where Bermuda shorts can be worn as business attire. A parade and a road race in Hamilton, Bermuda are held to celebrate the holiday. The events are so popular that people will sleep overnight at the sites to ensure they have good seats for the events.

#14 Melon Day
August 3rd is when National Watermelon Day is observed in the US. But in Turkmenistan it’s called Melon Day, and it’s observed on the second Sunday of August. In that Central Asian country it’s the muskmelon that is recognized for its taste, aroma and large size. The holiday was established by a former president in 1994 and involves a day-long celebration of the fruit along with music and dancing events. Did you know these melons are regarded as a source of national pride for Turkmenistan?

#13 National Weatherperson’s Day
One of the first weather observers in US history was a physician and scientist named John Jeffries. So it makes sense that National Weatherperson’s Day is annually observed on his birthday, February 5th. Professional meteorologists, as well as volunteer storm spotters, are recognized each year. Did you know that Jeffries started taking daily weather measurements in 1774? He might be best known for participating in the first balloon flight over the English Channel in 1785.

#12 Goose Day
Lekeitio (leh-kay-tee-oh) is a small fishing town located in the Basque (bahs’k) country of Spain. Since the 5th century AD a festival honoring the town’s patron San Antolin has taken place during the first week of September. The most popular event involves geese that are hanging from ropes placed across the harbor from dock to dock. A goose drenched in oil is placed in the middle of the rope and participants on boats try to grab the bird by the neck as the vessel passes by. The winner is allowed to keep the goose. Researchers say that this particular competition has been going on since 1877. But it has come under heavy criticism from animal rights groups who have called for the practice to stop. What do you think?

#11 International Beer Day
While some people might like to celebrate it every day, the official observance is on the first Friday of every August. It started in 2007 as a small, localized event in Santa Cruz, California. Today it’s a worldwide celebration that involves more than 80 countries and over 200 cities across six continents. During this sacred day, participants are encouraged to express gratitude towards brewers and bartenders, and give each other the gift of beer. Some popular events include beer pong, trivia nights, and all-day happy hours. A major purpose of this holiday is to unite the world under a banner of brew. Surely we can all agree with that, no?

#10 Groundhog Day
Long before the name was linked to the 1993 classic film comedy, Groundhog Day was a popular tradition in the US and Canada. Observance of the event is linked to a superstition among the Pennsylvania Dutch about a groundhog seeing its shadow. If that happens, expect six more weeks of winter. The best-known groundhog in the US is Punxsutawney (punks-ah-tawn-nee) Phil. He and his descendants have been officially prognosticating the weather since the 19th century. These days crowds of 40,000 people gather each February 2nd in western Pennsylvania to celebrate the event. Prior to the Bill Murray flick, the average crowd size was about 2,000!

Interesting Comic Book Movies You Forgot About

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Interesting Comic Book Movies You Forgot About

From movies that became cult classics … to flicks that bombed faster than a speeding bullet … Here are 17 interesting comic book movies you forgot about

#17 Elektra
A lot of people thought it was surprising that this 2005 movie starring Jennifer Garner was made at all. It was based on a character from Ben Affleck’s Daredevil movie two years earlier, and that effort didn’t have the best reputation. But while Daredevil received mixed reviews, it made enough money to green-light this spin-off. Unfortunately, the story of assassin Elektra Natchios taking on a criminal organization called The Hand was a critical and commercial failure. Ironically, the failure of Elektra convinced 20th Century Fox not to proceed with a planned Daredevil sequel.

#16 Steel
Well, this 1997 superhero flick was likely forgotten for a reason. But it’s so cheesy that we had to give it a spot. The character is based on a DC Comics superhero who was introduced during the Death of Superman storyline published in the early 1990s. In the movie, John Henry Irons creates a suit of powered armor to fight bad guys committing crimes with technology he created. Long story short, the film cratered at the box office and drew scathing reviews. As for star Shaquille O’Neal (which rhymes with Steel). Let’s just say that as an actor he made an awesome basketball player.

#15 Supergirl (1984)
Today, the Maid of Might has found her niche with the CW TV series. But back in 1984 she had her own major motion picture. Unfortunately, it sank at the box office faster than a speeding bullet. Time hasn’t treated this one so kindly. And it might be one of the movies on our list that might best be forgotten entirely. But it does lay claim to the dubious distinction of being practically the only comic book film to feature a super-powered female protagonist, at least for its time. Did you know that Supergirl star Helen Slater has had a recurring role as Kara Zor-El’s adoptive mother in the TV show?

#14 Nick Fury, Agent of SHIELD
These days you can’t even imagine anyone but Samuel L Jackson playing Nick Fury, right? But back in 1998, SHIELD’s boss was portrayed by none other than David Hasselhoff! The TV movie aired on Fox, and featured Fury and company taking on the hordes of HYDRA. While this effort in no way measures up to MCU standards, a lot of people find it worthwhile just to see how differently the subject matter was treated.

#13 Mystery Men
Before the Avengers, there was another team of superheroes called the Mystery Men. The movie featured a cast that included Ben Stiller, Hank Azaria, and Paul Reubens. The comedy focused on an assemblage of lesser known superheroes with unimpressive powers. For instance, Invisible Boy’s power only works when no one is looking at him, while the Spleen has super flatulence. The flick didn’t seem to strike the right chord in 1999, and pretty much collapsed at the box office. A lot of people still think Mystery Men deserved a better fate. What do you think?

#12 Swamp Thing
This 1982 release was based on the DC Comics character and involved the story of Alec Holland. He was a scientist working on a top secret bioengineering project to develop a plant-animal hybrid that can withstand extreme environments. When rival factions try to steal the formula, he’s caught in the crossfire and covered in chemicals. Holland stumbles into the swamp, where he mutates into a hybrid of plant and animal called the Swamp Thing. This flick got some decent reviews and was directed by Wes Craven, who is best known for creating the “Nightmare on Elm Street’ franchise. In 2019, Swamp Thing had a TV revival but the series only lasted 10 episodes before being cancelled.

#11 The Phantom
This 1996 flick wasn’t actually based on a comic book, but a comic strip. It started in 1936 and it’s still running in 2019! The story involves Kit Walker, who represents the 21st generation in a lineage of crime fighters known as the Phantom. They’re based in the jungles of Bangalla, a fictional African nation. The movie was set in 1938, and featured a sometimes uneven mix of action and humor that didn’t seem to resonate with audiences at the time of release. Since then, it’s become a cult favorite on home video. Did you know that the Phantom comic strip had more than 100 million daily readers at the height of its popularity,?