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Back in November, 2019, I shared photos of an enigmatic arrangement of five white stones arranged on my back deck in a perfect pentagonal shape.  I had no idea who (or what) would have done this. rockcircles7am

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I finally decided the arrangement had to have been made by something with hands and a sense of geometry, and uneasily left it at that. But a month or so ago while looking up something else at Snopes.com, I accidentally came across what seems to be an exact match, right down to the white stones!

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https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/grab-and-go-code-chalkers/

The Snopes article explained that since the early 2000s, rumor had it that “packs” of thieves had been leaving robbery recommendations for each other in the form of crude twig or rock symbols on or near homes in the UK and elsewhere. The concept is similar to the “Hobo” sign system used during the Great Depression to point out which homes might provide weary rail-riders a hot meal or a straw sleeping pallet in the barn.

Snopes charts these modern signs in its article. Among them is a pentagon shape formed of white garden stones! The meaning they give for it is, “wealthy,” so I know for sure their list is not accurate!

Besides, the article pointed out, given today’s phone contact lists and GPS tools, using physical markings to record would-be burglary sites is not unnecessary.

The big question was whether the designs may have been from a Sasquatch, since many people believe they themselves have been on the receiving end of simple, natural artworks left by the Forest People, perhaps in thanks for an apple or other goodie. I have had a few of those, myself, and know I’d much rather receive such a “gift” from a Bigfoot than a human.

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There’s nothing that should be covered up about Nick Redfern’s new book on government cover ups of anomalous creatures. In Monster Files: a Look Inside Government Secrets and Classified Documents on Bizarre Creations and Extraordinary Animals, Redfern uses the Freedom of Information Act along with some Class-A sleuthing to tease out possible plots by governments world-wide to find Bigfoot, turn cats into robo-animals for surveillance purposes, and engineer human-animal hybrids.

My own main take-away from Redfern’s book is the sure but uneasy realization that that topics most likely to be ridiculed by the authorities are also the very things the government privately seems to consider most interesting.

For instance, the word “Yeti,” which is the name for a creature similar to Bigfoot in Nepal, has become almost a standard synonym for “joke” in today’s media, and is often used in police logs in a denigrating manner when people dare to report sightings of unknown, upright animals. And yet, Redfern demonstrates over and over again that our government has had a long and abiding interest in these creatures for many decades, beginning with a statement from the U.S. Embassy in Nepal in 1959 that decreed any photographs or other evidence found of a Yeti must immediately

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be turned into the local authorities, and that any news reports were required to undergo government scrutiny before release to the public. Redfern includes a photo of the document lest anyone doubt.

Redfern has found equally appalling scenarios and cases of government programs involving other “extraordinary animals” from werewolves to dinosaur-like creatures. There’s a lot more to some of these cases often dismissed as mere conspiracy theories than I, for one, ever knew. He also follows certain common threads, such as the appearance of orb-like lights that seem to link many of these closely surveilled phenomena.

Readers of my work know that one of my abiding interests has been the fact that mysterious, sometimes phantom creatures keep appearing to thousands of sane and credible people for unknown reasons. Monster Files points us in many new directions in the search for these reasons, and may just begin to explain some of those  “Unexplainables.”

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