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Garret Kelly and Jeremy Puma are searching for all things strange in Seattle. Crowd sourcing the cryptic on a just-launched website, Liminal Seattle. It’s a ghost map – with more.
Experts from Liminal Seattle, trackers of all things weird, wonderful, and paranormal across Capitol Hill and beyond, tell CHS they have been unable to determine exactly what caused the late June disappearance of the mystery soda machine from E John.
Founded by Seattleites Garrett Kelly (@boontdustie) and Jeremy Puma, the Liminal Seattle map is the region’s new go-to tool for tracking “fairies, ghosts, bigfoot, time travelers, extraterrestrials, ultraterrestrials, crow conferences, sentient lawn computers, lanyard’d ogres, broccoli wizards, etc.” It extends beyond the Seattle city limits a bit — my hometown of Kirkland, WA has a “Strange Animals” pin on it about some recent bear sightings (I don’t remember ever hearing about bears roaming around our town, so I think that counts).
A new map of Seattle has emerged on the internet in the last week. It’s a crowdsourced document where people can list all the unusual, fantastic, and paranormal experiences they’ve had around the area. Liminal Seattle tracks these experiences and puts them on a map for everyone to see.
Seen something strange in Seattle? Felt something you can’t explain, like a mysterious presence on a Georgetown porch, a canoe that seems to be paddling itself, a haunting hum on Vashon Island — or a place where the veil between this world and the next seems thin?
If so, you’re not alone.
According to people who say they are sensitive to these kinds of things, Seattle and its surrounds are magical places of unusual spiritual resonance.
Calling all Seattle-area Mulders, leave your Scully at the door: Ever feel an unexplained cold spot? Or maybe a mysterious smell of sulfur and a feeling of dread? Maybe you’ve got a plethora of cryptoid run-ins or have a detailed account of a fairy sighting. Whatever it is, Liminal Seattle, the new crowdsourced map of the paranormal, wants to know about it.
“You know how sometimes you lose chunks of your life on the internet in a heartbeat? When I first encountered the website Liminal Seattle, I immediately lost half an hour, just clicking around and reading the crowdsourced stories of weird experiences Seattleites have had in the region. In fact, I defy you to maintain self-control while flicking around Liminal Seattle. The little pinpoints on the map, with their tiny descriptions of bizarre occurrences, are just interesting enough to get you to click through. Consider the ghost canoe in the center of Lake Washington, “apparently with a Lime Bike on deck,” or the sad story of Edward Lighthart, a full-grown man who wandered out of Discovery Park with no recollection of his own personal history. The map also demarcates Seattle’s very own “Hellmouth” — the lines of which seem to hew very closely to the borders of South Lake Union.”
“Seattle is a city haunted, and not just by the people who keep flocking to our fair city. No, there are spookier fish to fry, and a new project hopes to crowdsource those eerie occurrences, with the hopes of bringing us all together.”
Submissions so far range from very specific animal encounters—”I once saw a squirrel sitting on a huge pile of horse chestnuts going to town on a chocolate donut” near Interlaken Park—to the story of a ghost encounter in a Madison Park restaurant. Occasionally, things do veer into “spontaneous mythologizing”: “there’s a water spirit shrine in Cal Anderson park at the weird kiddy pool that’s always dry,” reads one submission. “It’s where the water is supposed to bubble out from.”