Cryptids, for those not in the know, are mythical beasts, either culled from local or indigenous folklore, or else arisen from freaky encounters recounted by everyday citizens. There are near-uncountable cryptids all over the world, from the Loch Ness monster to the yeti. Many of these creatures are said to be human-like in appearance - in some cases simply because they are bipedal (walking on two legs); in others, because their resemblances to men, women, and children are uncanny.Every state in America has a humanoid cryptid to call their own. Some of these unclassified animals are urban legends steeped in local culture, while others are one-off, chance encounters with monsters, possibly even aliens. Here are 50 such cryptids, the craziest from every US state on the map.
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California: Fresno Nightcrawlers
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Colorado: TommyknockersTommyknockers are said to be tiny elf-like beings (or, in Colorado, the spirits of dead miners) who make knocking sounds to warn living miners of impending danger. However, other legends insist the tommyknockers are mischievous entities who like to steal from miners or cause general, but not deadly, mayhem. Of course, Stephen King had his own take on the legend...
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Connecticut: Melon HeadsOne of the few cryptids with some genuine evidence supporting their existence, the Melon Heads are also prominent in Ohio and Michigan. They are said to be large-headed, short-of-stature beings who are either shy and reclusive, or malicious and aggressive, depending on the legend. Some of the wilder origins surrounding the Melon Heads insist the beings are either government experiments gone awry, or human-alien hybrids.
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The legend of the Mhuwe originates from the Native American tribe from which the state takes its name. Native Languages describes the monster as such:"Mhuwe is a man-eating ice giant of Lenape legend, like the Windigo of the Ojibway and Cree tribes. Not many tales of Mhuwe were ever recorded, but like the better-known Windigo, Mhuwe was a fearsome monster associated with starvation, cannibalism, and sin. A person who tasted human flesh or went mad from the cold might turn into a Mhuwe, and in at least one Lenape legend, a Mhuwe monster that is treated kindly and given civilized food to eat can be turned back into a human"