Ode to the Nightcrawler
Beware of this creepy cryptid, or you might just fall in love with it.
Episode #826 was about an especially unusual cryptid known as the Fresno Nightcrawler. It was a surprisingly popular episode, mainly because there are a number of online and real-world communities who have adopted the Nightcrawler as a sort of mascot. Today is episode #850, and as longtime Skeptoid listeners have come to know, every 50th episode is usually a musical special, and what better way to celebrate a favorite icon than with a musical tribute. Well, I wasn't sure if that was a direction I wanted to go this time, but it turned out that the nightcrawler held special meaning for me as well. Because I once had a personal encounter of my own.
The Nightcrawler, as you may recall, is known from just a scant handful of security camera videos, the most famous of which came from Fresno, California. The creature has only been spotted in pairs, a larger one followed by a smaller one. They look like just a pair of legs, with no other body parts or features, and flat as if cut from paper. They are also, as it turns out, extremely cute. But that doesn't stop them from being beastly creatures of the darkness who strike fear into the hearts of some, and win over the hearts of others.
It's now time for me to come clean and confess my own experience encountering the Nightcrawler. This is what happened.
To this day, whenever I'm out at night, I find myself searching the shadows, hoping to see my unusual friends just one more time. But whether I do or not, the Nightcrawlers have found a permanent home in my heart, as they have in so many others.
And that's my story. Is it true? Well, that hardly matters. What does matter is that we not let skepticism turn to cynicism, and forget how to enjoy a fun story for its own sake. So if you ask me, I'm sticking to my guns. The Nightcrawler lives.
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