As many of you will remember, we have documented the psychic abilities of the famous white squirrels of Marionville Missouri. This led to my own experiments involving the testing of other albino and leucistic animals using commonly available Zener cards. Mice proved to be entirely disinterested in the process, so I eventually settled on using my leucistic ferret Ferdinand as the primary test subject.
The process was a simple one: I would choose, at random, a card from the Zener deck and, without looking at it, show the card to the ferret. Once the ferret had three seconds to look at the card I would then attempt to receive any psychic emanations from the ferret that would indicate which card symbol the ferret had seen.
Unfortunately, test duration was limited by Ferdinand's apparent boredom, especially when treats were brought into the process. What results I was able to gather showed little promise.
Since then I have worked on the design of a new method of extra-sensory communication that I believe will be much more successful. I will describe this new machine, the Electropsychical Ouchigraph, in my next post.
Recently, while researching the origin of the word "bearcat", I came across an offhand reference to the phrase, "The Beast of Knob Noster". I'll have to admit that I have never heard of this beast before, nor have I been able to find any reference to this on the Internet or in any cryptozoological or folklore related text. I can only assume that it refers to the town of Knob Noster Missouri or the nearby Knob Noster State Park. Can anyone out there give me any information regarding this subject?
You may have heard stories of "lost mines" in the Ozarks, but it might surprise you how close some of them are to urban centers. I recently obtained clues to the location of the lost town of Melva, Missouri (destroyed by a tornado in 1920) and the nearby ruins of the Silver Moon Mine and realized that the mine was only about two miles from the Branson Airport!
After contacting area residents I was able to find a trail leading to a rugged ravine containing the rubble of the old sluice works. A short climb revealed the main mine shaft with a vertical drop of over 70 feet. As curious as I was as to what fauna might be residing in the tunnels, I refrained from doing any subterranean snooping.
Coincidentally, while I was visiting the site I heard mention of a creature referred to as a "wontchuck". Hopefully I'll be able to find more information on this rarely seen beast.
About a week ago I received a report of a strange frog-like creature living in or near Weatherby Lake just south of the Kansas City International Airport. I arrived in the area late Thursday evening and for the last two days have been poking around its icy waters. If such a creature exists it would be a perfect example of the Urban Cryptid, but, alas, I have failed to find any evidence of such a creature. According to the National Weather Service Winter Storm Titan is on its way tonight, so I will be attempting to get back to Springfield Missouri before the blizzard hits.