22 through January 28, 2007
January 22 -
I found the Strange
Thing in the Water video from cryptidtruth
on YouTube. A little web searching for "unidentified animals"
led me into the whole weird world of cryptozoology.
January 23 - While searching on the Internet for
any possible references to or explanation of the thing in the video,
I found a discussion thread on a popular cryptozoology
website with an image
of what looked to be the same creature, leading to a website called
That site has its own mystery going on, involving some stolen
action figures and collectibles. Some time late in the day cryptidtruth
uploaded a new video, Strange
Thing in the Water, Part 2 to YouTube, a little longer but not
much clearer. Shortly thereafter, a new member by the same name
joined Monster Hunter Club and wrote
about and linked to the new YouTube video.
January 24 - While exploring the Monster Hunter
Club website, I noticed an old military certificate that one of
the members had posted,
with what appeared to be a puzzling
code on the back of it. The member who started the thread about
the mysterious code has his own website, ominously called Rainbow
of Death, and is one of a small group of NYU students who are
active on the Monster Hunter Club site. This group also includes
Derek, who runs the site, and a film student named Sun-Yi.
January 25 - Cryptidtruth's videos continued to
be one of the hottest topics at Cryptozoology.com and other discussion
sites. Linked from several of those I found a news
video about an ancient and rare shark that seems to have odd
similarities to the thing in the cryptidtruth footage. While looking
for updates on the Monster Hunter Club group's websites, I noticed
a couple of new
from Sun-Yi on her MySpace page. Oddly enough, I also ran across
written by her on one of my regular film fan websites, Twitch.
January 26 - Things kept disappearing and reappearing.
In the News area of his website, Monster Hunter Derek posted about
Paine, a close friend of his ex-girlfriend Amie, who has apparently
gone missing. Amie
runs a website called Enhance
Yourself, about tattoos, piercing, and body modification, and
after attending a
Tattoo Convention in Berlin and hasn't been heard from since.
In an effort to help find him, Amie has posted a couple of videos
to YouTube showing a radical implant procedure
Jon did a short while ago, which itself caused a lot of media attention
and controversy. Derek also mentioned
that several people, some of them apparently random strangers, have
written to him saying they've received packages containing one of
his missing crypto-items,
along with puzzles
on a pieces of paper. Several different puzzles and items had shown
up across the country.
January 27 - The enigmatic cryptidtruth posted
a new video
to his YouTube
channel and also posted again to the Monster
Hunter Club site, stirring up new questions about the thing
in the water. Later he posted four new
pictures to that same
the clearest shots yet of the entire strange creature. Back at the
Hunter Club site, a member named molecularr
solved the Certificate of the Golden Dragon code yielding a message
saying, "the tin man has disappeared into the rainbow,"
apparently referencing the Project Rainbow program that Matt's Rainbow
of Death website is about. The puzzles received by people along
with Derek's missing items remained unsolved.