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This Awesome Map Shows The States Where Most People Believe In The Supernatural

Laura Allan

Have you ever wondered if there are aliens? If bigfoot is real? Have you ever thought maybe you were psychic or that your house could be haunted by its previous tenants? You aren’t alone. A huge portion of the U.S. population—75 percent, by some estimates—believes in, or at least is fascinated by, these supernatural subjects, in some areas more than others. But in which areas exactly?

From the wildly weird to the positively paranormal, the people in these top 10 states are absolutely absorbed by the abnormal.

That’s the mystery that the Movoto Real Estate Blog set out to unravel. So we put on our tinfoil hats, got our research materials, and set about discovering which states have the highest population of folks interested in the supernatural side of our world.

The best states for those “believers” were:

1. New Mexico
2. Wyoming
3. Nevada
4. Maine
5. West Virginia
6. Oklahoma
7. Rhode Island
8. Washington
9. North Dakota
10. Kentucky

We sure hope you’re not too surprised by the No. 1 state, but we’ll look more in depth at those reasons in a bit. For now, if you’re curious where your home state ranked, you can just check out the nifty interactive map above. Also, if you want to know how we ranked these states, you can check the next section and it’ll no longer be a mystery to you.

Most Supernatural States Map

How We Created This Ranking

We’re not a bunch of skeptics, but we are math nerds, so we decided to rank the states using numbers rather than our own opinions.

Using everyone’s favorite social media site, Facebook, we checked to see what percentage of the state’s population had an interest in:

  • The paranormal (UFOs, ghosts, possessions, etc.)
  • Cryptids (mythical creatures, mysterious beings, bigfoot, etc.)
  • Psychic phenomena (seances, palmistry, messages from beyond the grave, etc.)
  • The Illuminati (conspiracy and shadow organizations)

After that, we ranked each place in each category from one to 50, with scores closer to one being more supernaturally inclined. We then averaged each place’s scores into one Big Deal Score, and the place with the lowest number there became out best state for “believers.”

For a little added fun, we also researched each state’s paranormal activities, and listed a common local legend or the most common supernatural phenomena going on in that part of the nation.

Let’s look closer and try to uncover any mystery as to why each state in our top 10 deserved to be where it was.

1. New Mexico: The UFO Crash Heard ‘Round The World

You probably won’t be surprised at this being No. 1 when you hear this word: Roswell.

Yes, this is the state where a mysterious craft crash landed all those years ago, sending the area into a panic. Since then, this place has attracted UFO hunters from around the world.

New Mexico had the second most people who list the paranormal as an interest. It had the 10th most people who like cryptids, and the eighth most people who are fascinated by psychic stuff.

The biggest number here, though was the highest number of locals who are interested in the Illuminati. With all the conspiracy rumors and potential cover ups that happened surrounding the Roswell incident, we suppose it makes sense that this state would be more than a little suspicious.

2. Wyoming: Oh Give Me A Home Where The Jackalope Roam

If you go into the capitol building of Wyoming and look up, you’ll see the mounted head of a strange little rabbit with antelope horns. That, dear readers, is a Jackalope, one of the unofficial state animals.

While many contend that the animal is a myth, there’s still a large portion of people who believe these things are alive. Is it any wonder, then, that this place had the highest percent of people that show interest in cryptids?

Of course, Wyoming is a lot more supernatural than just a horned bunny. The state ranked third for people interested in the paranormal and eighth for those interested in the Illuminati.

Even the 11th place rank for people interested in psychic phenomena is a very high score, and helped boost this state into second place.

3. Nevada: Classy And Classified

While we don’t know what exactly goes on at Nevada’s infamous Area 51, we do know that the state’s residents are crazy (in a good way) about conspiracies.

It should come as no surprise that there are plenty of UFO sightings in this state, and that it’s a hotspot for conspiracy theorists, placing it third for interest in the Illuminati and sixth for interest in the paranormal.

While the rankings for cryptid interest and psychic interest were slightly lower at 12th and 15th respectively, those scores are still pretty high, and worthy of this stellar rating.

4. Maine: Watch Out For Shadows In The Woods

For many years, Maine locals have heard stories and even caught glimpses of strange monstrous dogs roaming their state. Apart from sounding like something out of “Cujo”, that alone should be enough to make this state one of our most paranormally inclined.

Maine walked away with a first place ranking when it came to interest in psychic phenomena, and (perhaps unsurprisingly given the monster dog thing) the ninth most people interested in cryptids and the eighth most people interested in the paranormal as a whole.

The state’s belief in the Illuminati was only middle of the pack, which probably means that locals are less bothered by secret overlords and more concerned about the giant mutant canines prowling their woods at night.

5. West Virginia: Celebrating The Supernatural

Like Maine, this state wasn’t so hot on the Illuminati, but then again residents have their own much more pressing concerns. This state had the highest percent of people who were interested in the paranormal, and the second most people interested in psychic stuff. The state also boasted the eighth most people interested in cryptids, and given their lore it’s easy to see why.

If you head to Point Pleasant, you’ll see a freaky looking statue of a huge bipedal creature with wings. This is the Mothman, a local cryptid with a history of flapping about and terrifying people with its glowing red eyes.

Are West Virginians scared? Heck no! They have a museum and festival dedicated to the creepy bug-person-thing.

6. Oklahoma: Ghostly Places And Strange Creatures

While Oklahoma may not have any famous cryptids (unless you count a fabled giant lake octopus) this place is pretty darn ghost friendly. Between haunted mansions and poltergeist activity, it’s a hotbed for those who haven’t quite yet said goodbye to this earthly plane.

Given that, its numbers here make sense. The seventh most people here believe in cryptids, the 10th most people have interest in the paranormal, and the 18th most people are fascinated with psychic phenomena.

Between the ghosts and giant octopuses, this place is perfect for those into the supernatural side of life.

7. Rhode Island: Was Mercy A Vampire?

In 1892, there was a young woman named Mercy Brown who died, along with most of her family, from tuberculosis. After she died, there were more mysterious deaths in the village and people began to suspect that someone in the family was a vampire.

They exhumed the corpses and, horrifyingly, Mercy’s body was not decomposing. In a fit of brilliance, they burned her heart and mixed it with water as a drinkable cure for her sick brother, who died anyway. Not exactly a tale you want to tell kids before bed, but that happened in Rhode Island.

Besides being a really, really creepy tale, this gives Rhode Island a pretty strong connection to the supernatural and vampires in general. The third highest amount of people here were interested in psychic phenomena, and the ninth most people were interested in the paranormal.

8. Washington: Those Are Some Awfully Big Footprints…

While this state might not have the highest rankings across the board, there were enough standouts to keep it in the top 10.

For starters, the 14th most people here were interested in the Illuminati, and the 20th most people here were interested in the paranormal. Of course, the best score here was the fourth place ranking for cryptids interest, thanks to someone you might have heard of.

Surprisingly, Washington has the most sightings in the nation of bigfoot. Yeah, you were probably wondering when he’d show up on our list.

Bigfoot hunters from all over come to this state to try to track down the most mysterious game of all time. Maybe someday they’ll catch him, but ‘til then, he’s still out there keeping Washington supernatural.

9. North Dakota: It’s a Bird. It’s A Plane. No, Wait, It Is A Bird.

Somehow scoring far above its southern neighbor, North Dakota has its own very unusual creature, probably helping with its No. 4 rank in cryptid interest.

The Thunderbird, showing up in petroglyphic art and with sightings as recent as 2009, is a huge perhaps not-so-ancient avian. While thunderbirds have possibly been sighted in other states, this one downright celebrates it, and has the most sightings in the nation.

The cryptid score wasn’t the only standout number, however. This place also had the seventh highest interest in the Illuminati.

10. Kentucky: Home Of The Original Green Goblins

You’ve heard the term “little green men” before, right? Ever wonder where that came from? Well, we can tell you: it came from an incident in Kentucky.

In 1955, dozens of people reported strange lights and small, green, goblin like creatures infiltrating their farmhouses. One police officer even put in a report about seeing UFOs that night. This sighting is one of the most well known in history, and probably is one of the reasons this place ranked fourth for interest in the paranormal.

Of course, you can’t get on our top 10 without some decent scores in other areas. The fifth most people here were interested in psychic things, and the 17th most people listed cryptids as an interest.

We’re not sure if these little green men were necessarily animals or not, but we do know they’re supernatural enough to keep Kentucky on our list.

The Truth Is Out There

Of course, we’re a real estate company, not cryptozoologists or UFOlogists, so you’ll have to seek it out for yourselves.

All we know is that if you’re in search of answers to lifes weirder mysteries, you might find yourself more at home in these top 10 states. Until then, keep your ears and eyes open America. After all, who knows when the next big supernatural incident is going to occur?

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Paranormal Experience: Cradle of Evil

Anomalien.com reader S. (wanted to stay anonymous) shares her story about an encounter with the unexplainable.

The town where I was born is a cradle of evil. I’m sure of it. I’ve felt it, I’ve seen things there that just don’t happen in real life, only in the movies.

I don’t live there now, I got out as soon as I could, but I feel it’s pull, I feel it when I go to visit my mom, that angry heavy feeling in the air. It’s the only town in the world that gives me goosebumps as soon as I hit the city limits, and I’ve even been to San Fransisco.

The stories I could tell would fill up this website for years, but for now I’ll begin with eight words that start out every ghost story in my hometown.

One night, out at Fort Phantom Hill Lake…

My brother and I were sitting in the cab of my girlfriend’s truck. I remember it like I was there just last night. I was wedged between another girl and Cody, smoking a cigarette. My girlfriend and two other girls were in the bed, covered by a blanket to battle the lake-chilled night air.

The girls were laughing and whispering, my brother and I had the back window open so we could still chat with them. The girls didn’t seem to want to talk too loud, almost like laughing out into the dark would wake something up. I turned. “What are you girls talking about back there?”

“There’s a guy sitting on the back of his car by the water,” Rachel answered with a puff of menthol cigarette smoke. “He’s been there since we pulled up.”

The back of the truck was facing the water. My brother hated watching Lake. Ever since he saw the Lady of the Lake (our own weeping woman, though that’s a story for later) Cody hasn’t been too fond of Fort Phantom.

He still drove out there whenever we wanted to go, but he was always uncomfortable. That night though he seemed to be in good spirits. So was I. I climbed into the back of the truck, using the window so I wouldn’t have to crawl over anyone, and snuggled beside my girl to look down at the other lake-watcher. “What’s he doing down there?” I wondered, and Rachel shrugged.

Cody chuckled, glancing back at us over his shoulder. “Maybe he’s lonely. How about we offer to let him join the party back at the house?” He said, tapping the brakes to flash our brake-lights in the universal ‘follow us’ signal.

I laughed. “No way, dude, that’s crazy.” I said and Cody grinned.

“Oh, come on, where’s your sense of adventure?” He dared, tapping the brakes again and making the brake-lights flare a couple more times. My girlfriend nudged me, hard.

“Look!” She whispered fiercely, staring down at the shoreline with wide eyes. I looked. The guy below had opened his trunk and pulled something long out of the open hatch.

-This is Texas.- I thought. -That could be a baseball bat, a shotgun, or a machete.-

“Dude, chill out Bro, I think he just pulled something out of his trunk.” I whispered loudly to Cody without turning my head. I couldn’t take my eyes off of the guy below, who was currently shutting the trunk of his smaller car. Looked like a volvo or a Nova, something sporty.

I watched him walk around towards the front of the car, slowly, then suddenly the brake-lights of the truck flashed again. “Dammit, Cody, I told you to chill out!” I growled, my head whipping around. Cody was flustered.

“I know, it was an accident!” He yipped, and I knew he was afraid. I was getting scared too. I was still looking back at him when I heard the car door below slam. Rachel held her breath. I just slowly turned to look down at the shore. The guy was just sitting in the car, like he was daring us to flash the lights again.

“Cody,” I began quietly, as steady as I could. I moved towards the tailgate a bit so that Rachel and the two girls could hold on a bit better. “Get us the hell out of here.” I finally said, a bit too loud maybe. Cody started the truck with no trouble.

The car below and its driver didn’t move. I let out my breath, thinking it was just some jerk trying to scare us and that he wasn’t going to do anything after all. Then Cody hit the brakes to shift from ‘park’ into ‘drive.’

I wasn’t looking at the car below, I was too concentrated on sitting with my back against the tailgate, holding the side in the common ‘texas back-end seatbelt’ position. Seconds after our brakes flashed, there was a roar.

It sounded like machine and beast made one, like something was howling at us. Cody’s head snapped around to look behind him, his eyes wide and I got chills. “GO!” I yelled, just as the car came roaring up the side of the shoreline. It was steep there, no sporty little thing should have been able to do that in mere seconds, but it did.

The car was on us quicker than it should have been, and I felt my teeth rattle as the truck lurched forward, spewing gravel and dust. I held on for dear life as we cleared Johnson Park, swerving wildly onto the side road, over the dam, and deep into the dark belly of Fort Phantom Hill.

The back roads there are pitch black at midnight, and the dark seems to swallow you whole, no matter how bright your headlights are. We pitched onto the dirt roads, speeding down them without really knowing where we were going.

I was blinded by the headlights of the car behind us, deaf from the sound of the beast-engine and the rattle of gravel on the undercarriage of the truck. Cody yelled, and only as he took a sharp left turn did I realize what he’d yelled. “Hang on!” My hand clamped down just in time to keep me from pitching over the side of the truck-bed, and I had to yank to keep steady.

When I looked up I saw the driver of the other car, just for an instant. His eyes were dark and sunken in, his skin looked gray in the light, and his lips were stretched in this ugly grin. Next thing I knew the truck tipped again and I lurched to the other side of the truckbed, my chest banging against the opposite side.

Rachel yelled, sobbing but when I looked up there was no car anymore. Just a trail of dust. I let out my breath, rubbing my chest. “Damn! Good job, bro!” I had to yell, but, man I felt good. My head wasn’t splattered across that guy’s Nova, so my night was going peachy keen so far.

As we made our way back to the main road, which only took about 5 minutes, we all laughed and talked about how we’d “smoked that guy” and what a great driver Cody was to get that truck to move like that. 5 minutes to find the main road seemed to make us cocky enough to think we could go back to lake-watching.

“Let’s go back!” Rachel laughed. “There’s no way he’s back by now and I came out here to have a good time dammit!” She giggled and I laughed too. Mind you, Rachel is not my girlfriend anymore.

So we went back. Talk about the stupidest thing we could have possibly done.

We cruised up to the park and pulled in, looking around to make sure that we were alone. We pulled up to the shoreline, looked around and I laughed. “Yep, looks like we lost him.” I said, then just after I said it I heard the engine. Cody cussed and I looked around wildly, feeling sweat slide between my shoulders. “Where the hell is it?!” I yelled.

I heard Cody cuss again as he put the truck in drive. “Screw this! We’re going!” He hit the gas and we sped towards the exit. We were halfway there when headlights hit us, and I saw the car come from out of the trees and brush of one of the lake’s trail paths. It roared after us, right on our tail, and out onto the main road. We didn’t stand a chance.

It only seemed like we’d pissed him off. I looked back and all I could see through the window of the sports car was two gray hands clutching the steering wheel so hard the knuckles were white, and the cuffs of a high school letter jacket. Everyone was screaming, even me.

I could hear the bumpers scraping, and it made my teeth shiver. I remember yelling stop, then there was a flash of red, a hard bump that threw me forward onto Carol and Rachel, then screeching tires.

We were still moving when I looked back and saw the car do a U-turn and peel out back towards the lake. On the back window I saw numbers separated by a dash. 37-1. What the hell? I still don’t know for sure what it means.

I scrabbled to the window and put my head through it to look at my brother who was white like ashes, with both hands clutching the wheel. “What the hell did you do to make him stop!?” I yelled, still half-panicked.

He barely looked at me, his eyes were wide with terror. “I tapped the brakes.” He replied in a trembling voice and I sat back, staring at him for a minute.

When we got back to town the panic had worn off, and we skidded to a halt outside of the Denny’s. That Denny’s is the last bit of civilization you see on the way to Fort Phantom Hill, and it’s also the first haven you have upon leaving it. “What the hell did you mean ‘I tapped the brakes’?” I asked Cody, who was shaking as he lit a cigarette.

“I remembered that if you’re playing chicken with someone then someone has to back off and give over the road before the other stops. I don’t know why but I just felt like he was playing chicken with us.” He replied and I shook my head, not buying it. Then I thought about it. Why not? This was Texas after all, crazy stuff happened.

Then Rachel got mad. “That’s not funny! He scared the crap out of us and Sam almost got killed! We should go back and beat his ass!”

I shook my head some more, stealing a drag from my bro. “No, let’s just leave it alone. Frankly, I don’t want to mess with someone who was grinning like that when I almost plastered my face onto his hood.”

We argued about it for an hour. In the end I lost, and we went back…again. -Stupid, stupid, stupid.- I kept thinking. I was shaking and scared that we’d have to play chicken all over again.

I was wrong.

When we got there, we didn’t have to look long to find the sporty little Nova that nearly creamed me. It was parked on the same path it had roared out of before, only this time, there was grass in the tires, one of the tires was flat, the windshield was cracked and there was long soft grass that stood not only around the tires, but nearly up to the grill.

The thing was coated in dirt, when just a little while ago it looked shiny and new, and even creepier, there wasn’t anyone in the car or the park. In fact, just us idiots were out at Fort Phantom Hill that night, and that car didn’t look like it had moved for years. So the question is:

Phantom Car, or crazy chicken game? You know what I think.

Cradle of evil strikes again.

S.

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‘Paranormal Activity’ Filmed by Beauty Vlogger

YouTuber Daisy Marquez had been filming a promotional piece when something unexpected happened.

The 22-year-old self-taught makeup artist, who is no stranger to paranormal experiences, had been filming a sponsorship video for an e.l.f skincare set when the door behind her mysteriously creaked open on its own, hitting her on the back of the head and leaving her visibly unnerved.

In the footage, which has so far been viewed over 2.8 million times on Twitter, Marquez can be seen staring wide-eyed upon the realization that the door had opened by itself.

Speechless, she spends the next minute contemplating what just happened.

While a door opening isn’t the most convincing evidence of the paranormal on its own, Marquez also reported that earlier that day she had been ‘pushed’ down the stairs by an unseen force.

“I’m trying to put two and two together and I find it so weird that I fell down the stairs earlier today,” she wrote. “I didn’t trip, I wasn’t on my phone I legit just fell down the stairs as if something pushed me.”

“I find it so bizarre and scary now that this just happened.”

She had also previously moved house following strange activity at her former residence.

You can check out the video for yourself below.

Source: Daily Dot

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This secret organization hides the “anomalous phenomena”

The SCP Foundation is a secret organization commissioned by world governments to contain and study anomalous entities, objects and phenomena that defy natural laws.

This secret organization hides unexplained phenomena

SCP refers to the acronym for Special Containment Procedures (Special Containment Procedures). If some of these SCP objects are left uncontrolled, they can pose a threat to humans, or at least to normal perception of reality.

The existence of SCPs is kept secret to prevent massive panic and related chaos that prevents humanity from performing its common tasks.

When a phenomenon is discovered, the SCP Foundation deploys agents to collect and transport the phenomenon somewhere in the Foundation, or to contain it at the location of its discovery if transportation is not possible.

Once contained, the phenomena are studied by Foundation scientists. Foundation-acquired prisoners (referred to as ‘Class D’ personnel) are used to interact with certain phenomena due to the danger they pose.

The Foundation maintains documentation of special containment processes for all phenomena in its custody. These documents describe the phenomenon and include instructions for keeping it properly contained.

Since 1992, the SCP Foundation has maintained containment procedures for over 2000 phenomena, and new procedures are often added.

This foundation was born on the Internet, where thousands of state secrets were released that supposedly should never have been disclosed.

As long as society lives in “peace,” this organization may struggle to contain what we don’t know and push these things away from the environment.

It is said to have, at least on the web, an archive full of non-fiction stories that certain people live outside and inside the premises of this organization. In addition, from the testimonials of scientists who conducted tests to find out the origin of entities and objects. And that has possibly been happening for a long time, and not as they say, since the beginning of the century.

Perhaps it is a very old secret society, where people and aliens alternate, which can broaden the knowledge that in our world, situations occur that cannot be controlled by human society.

What do you think? Do you think there are paranormal and mysterious phenomena that should not be seen by us humans?

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