EDITORIAL | Strange things happen on Whidbey

We like to think we know it all. Not that this frame of mind just happened. Mankind has been thinking it knows it all since the first medicine man bit into a magic mushroom. Womankind, meanwhile, was raising the children, cleaning the cave, balancing the abacus and doing all the other mundane but necessary duties necessary for civilization to advance.

After thousands of years we have experts coming out our ears and for those things going on between our ears. Nothing happens mysteriously; it can all be explained. Just Google an expert and there you have it, a rational explanation for anything under, orbiting or beyond the sun.

One nice thing about South Whidbey is that things happen for which experts have only guesses, not explanations. In March, a Bush Point man saw mysterious orange lights flying around; one actually flew right over his house. It wasn’t an airplane. It wasn’t a helicopter. It’s unlikely in was a pack of Chinese lanterns. And since the man’s wife witnessed it, too, we have no doubt it happened. A woman in Marysville later corroborated the light sighting, giving us a triple-confirmed mystery.Linda Moulton Howe

A month earlier along Maxwelton Road a healthy cow with a 6 month old calf was found dead. That was odd, but odder still was that the skin on half the cow’s face had been neatly removed. Experts dismissed any predator doing such precise work; they simply had no explanation. Linda Moulton Howe, who runs a popular website called earthfiles.com, wrote up a report for thousands to see. She’s an interesting woman, a journalist who began investigating cattle mutilations decades ago. Late night radio listeners know her from her many appearances on Coast to Coast. She too was stumped by the dead cow with half the skin removed from its face. Some people think beings from outer space mutilate cattle for some unknown reason, others chalk it up to satanic cults. Suffice it to say that cows are found dead with parts “surgically” removed and nobody knows why.

Orange lights, flying saucers, cows killed by cults or aliens, we have it all here on South Whidbey and thanks to the Internet, the whole world knows about us.

Maybe it’s time for another Whidbey Island celebration: Whidbey Weird Weekend. Or are they all like that?


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