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Craziest Humanoid Cryptids by State

Updated November 6, 2017 61.4k views50 items

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.
  • Florida: Skunk Ape

    Florida's own Bigfoot (though it's been known to appear elsewhere), the Skunk Ape follows familiar territory where ape-like cryptids are concerned: big, hairy, and stinky. This last characteristic, however, is the Skunk Ape's most defining feature. Witnesses of the creature have likened this smell to that of a skunk, hence its name, but more often than not it is said to smell "rancid" or "putrid," like rotting food or dead flesh.

  • Georgia: Frozen Bigfoot

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    In August of 2008, two men claimed to have discovered the body of a dead Bigfoot-like creature near a northern Georgia forest. Naturally, the whole thing turned out to be a big hoax, but for just a moment, cryptozoologists believed the proof of this urban legend might have finally surfaced.
  • Hawaii: Menehune

    These mythical little people, who range in height from six inches to two feet, are said to be excellent and industrious builders, who can construct and engineer structures overnight. 
  • Idaho: Human-Like Aliens

    There have been numerous encounters with humanoid aliens in the Gem State, going back as far as the 1950s. In many of these incidents, strange "non-human entities" were observed either inside their spacecrafts, or standing near them. The beings in each individual sighting bore a striking resemblance to one another, with an incident in 1967 perhaps being the closest look at these creatures reported:  

    "Its face was oval and heavily pitted and creased. Two small, round eyes and a straight, slit-like mouth completed the facial features. Large ears stood high on the hairless head." 

    There were also a spate of sightings in 2013, in which "human-like figures" wearing either white or black suits were observed "in formation" near bright, shining objects.