Weekend Weird: Aztec Skull Tower, Invasion of the Sea Pickles, Bigfoot Bounty, and More

By on July 7, 2017

A bounty on Bigfoot, transcribing magical manuscripts, Aztec skull tower unearthed, and more in this week’s roundup of weird news.
Diver rides a pyrosome
Diver rides a tube-shaped pyrosome colony

Okay, so “sea pickles” aren’t exactly invading in the War of the Worlds sense that I envision, but it’s perfectly normal to feel a little on edge when unholy monstrosities like pyrosomes start encroaching on territory they don’t naturally inhabit, right? I’ve seen enough body snatcher flicks to know how this goes: First the California coast, then our brains.

As one commenter noted, these Borg-like manifestations of pure (though mostly benign) evil are making their way into the frigid waters of Canada and Alaska as well, where fishermen call them “sea cocks.”

I may be alone in this, but I would rather not have a sea cock squirming around in my feeble gray matter, you know? Take heed climate change deniers (and Flat Earthers, too, just for good measure) change your ways before we all have cocks in our brains.

And now for this week’s roundup of weird news and media:

‘Sea pickles’ are invading the coast of Northern California

Legendary Aztec tower of skulls unearthed in Mexico

Dead Sled Brand has unveiled a line of incense inspired by the funerary arts

Newly discovered photo suggests Amelia Earhart may have survived

A story of self-sacrifice and bubonic plague

Health vlogger accidentally poisons herself during live stream

Own a piece of the Evil Dead 2 cabin

Why Roman concrete has resisted the elements for thousands of years

Skeletons of 5,000-year-old Chinese ‘giants’ discovered

The true story of the Donner party

Hobby Lobby busted for smuggling ancient artifacts

Chicago library needs help transcribing magical manuscripts

Are we on the verge of another cluster of UFO sighting reports?

Pennsylvania man offers $1 million bounty for Bigfoot

A high-altitude balloon crashed in Roswell in 1947, but the aliens never left

3D forensic technology reconstructs face of 1,600-year-old Peruvian mummy

Cult of Weird readers share their local legends

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The carousel at the House on the Rock

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Robert Damon Schneck, the “Historian of the Strange,” shared this clipping from the July 6, 1912 edition of the Topeka Daily Capital:
Man mistakes fireworks for candy

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