A possible Ogopogo sighting in Canada, a Japanese tourist who was granted a solo tour of Machu Picchu, and what may be the return of the mysterious jetpack-clad individual spotted soaring over the LAX are among the strange and unusual stories that crossed our desk this past week.
A mysterious incident from a few weeks ago got something of a reprise this week when pilots flying near Los Angeles International Airport reported seeing a person wearing a jetpack cruising through the sky. The very weird sighting follows a similar case from late August, suggesting that there is either a foolhardy individual behind the first event that decided to take flight once again or it was a copycat rocketeer trying their hand at the ill-advised stunt. The unidentified flying person was not the only aerial strangeness to occur this week as a helicopter pilot dropping water over California's wildfires was stunned when an owl managed to pull off the incredibly rare feat of getting aboard the craft as it was in mid-flight.
The past week saw two potential sightings of iconic cryptids make the news. First, in California's Sequoia National Park, a father and son admiring the location's awe-inspiring redwood trees spotted a curious anomaly lingering on a platform 50 feet above the ground. The oddity's dark appearance and seemingly humanoid form led them to wonder if perhaps they had just seen Sasquatch. Alas, as often happens, when they moved further down the trail to get a better look at the possible beast, it had vanished. Then, a Canadian man visiting his family in British Columbia caught sight of an odd form on the water of Okanagan Lake which he suspects could have been the site's legendary 'monster' known as Ogopogo.
A pair of iconic international landmarks popped up in the news this week by way of a pair of strange stories beginning with the famed ruins of Pompeii where officials overseeing the site were given a package from a remorseful Canadian woman who had visited there 15 years ago and stole some artifacts from the legendary city that was wiped out by a volcano centuries ago. Her reason for returning the items, she said, was because she had been cursed with misfortune ever since and became convinced that the pilfered relics were to blame. And, in Peru, a Japanese tourist who came to the country back in March to see Machu Picchu, but wound up stuck there for seven months due to the pandemic was granted a once-in-a-lifetime solo tour of the famed Inca citadel.
For more strange and unusual stories from the past week, check out the Coast to Coast AM website.