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    • An Unexpected Encounter and a New ShowTony Merkel shares a bizarre experience and launches 'The Shape of Shadows.' John talks about moving to Tennessee and the beauty of the Smoky Mountains. Listeners invited to share wild experiences and join for exclusive content.

      The speaker, Tony Merkel, shared a bizarre and unexplained experience involving a giant, an otherworldly encounter, and the launch of his new show, "The Shape of Shadows," available on merkel.media. Merkel's guest, John, shared his reasons for moving from Wisconsin to Tennessee, expressing a preference for the eastern part of the state and the beauty of the Smoky Mountains. The conversation began when Merkel and John connected on Instagram. The episode also included an invitation to listeners to share their own wild experiences and become members for exclusive content. The tone of the discussion was surreal and engaging, with Merkel's vivid storytelling and John's personal anecdotes creating a unique and intriguing listening experience.

    • Unexpected connection through shared interest in storytelling and the supernaturalAuthentic engagement and shared interests can lead to meaningful connections and collaborations.

      An unexpected connection was made through a shared interest in storytelling and the supernatural. The speaker, a truck driver and amateur filmmaker, came across a post on social media that piqued his curiosity. He discovered the creator's content about a strange experience in the woods and was intrigued enough to reach out and invite him to share the story on a podcast. The conversation between the two led to a deeper connection and the plan to discuss various topics, including a film project about portals. This chance encounter demonstrates the power of authentic engagement and the potential for meaningful connections through shared interests.

    • An unexpected encounter in the woodsThe natural world and the unknown can add tension and excitement even for those who are most familiar with it.

      The experience of making a film in the woods led to an unexpected and unnerving encounter with an unknown entity. The filmmaker and his brothers, all accustomed to the woods, found themselves in a situation where they were faced with the possibility of an intruder. While they remained calm and tried to investigate, they were unable to see the source of the sounds they heard. The experience served as a reminder of the power of the natural world and the unknown, even for those who are most comfortable in it. The event added an unexpected layer of tension and excitement to their film project.

    • Encounter with an Unidentified Creature in the WoodsA group of boys came across a large, unknown creature in the woods with front-facing, oversized eyes. Despite initial assumptions, it wasn't a deer and they were unable to identify it, leaving them feeling scared and uncertain.

      The group of boys encountered an unknown creature in the woods, which they estimated to be around 40 feet away based on the size of its eyeshine. The creature had front-facing, large eyes that were bigger than human eyes and were positioned low to the ground, making it look like it was hiding. Despite their initial assumption that it could be a deer, the shape and position of the eyes, as well as its size, ruled out that possibility. The creature didn't react to their attempts to scare it away and stood up, revealing its immense size. The group was unable to identify the creature and prepared for the possibility of a large predator. The encounter left them feeling scared and uncertain.

    • Encounter with an Unidentified Creature in the WoodsStaying together and being cautious in the wilderness is crucial for safety when encountering unknown threats

      The group of hikers encountered an unidentified creature in the woods, which showed signs of being aware of their presence and intent on pursuing them. The creature exhibited large, front-facing eyes and emitted a hissing, growling sound. The group, feeling threatened, decided to scatter and climb the hill to reach an open field and safety. They acted quickly to put out the fire and gather their belongings before making their way up the hill individually. The incident underscores the importance of staying together and being cautious in potentially dangerous situations in the wilderness.

    • Discovery of mysterious stick structures in the woodsWitnessing unexplained occurrences in the woods led to the discovery of intentional stick structures, adding to the belief of an unidentified entity presence.

      The witnessing of strange occurrences in the woods led to the discovery of stick structures that were not there the previous day, suggesting the presence of an unidentified entity. The experience of encountering the unknown in the woods resulted in a sense of unease and the discovery of these structures added to the mystery, leaving the witnesses unable to explain the impossible placement of the sticks. The presence of these structures, which appeared to be intentional, added to the belief that they had encountered something not natural. The fear and uncertainty experienced by the witnesses led them to retreat and investigate further the next day, uncovering evidence that defied logical explanation.

    • Strange occurrences in the woods leave family on edgeUnexplained sticks, shadow sighting, and father's warning create unease in family, potentially linked to local folklore

      The witnessing of strange occurrences in the woods, described as potentially supernatural in nature, led to a sense of unease and fear within the family. The discovery of the peculiar sticks, which appeared to have been intentionally placed, added to their suspicions. Later, a family member reported seeing a dark shadow outside his window, which further alarmed the family. The father's unexpected warning against using the downstairs door added to the sense of mystery and potential danger. The family's experiences, filled with elements of local folklore and unexplained phenomena, left them questioning the natural explanation for the events they had encountered.

    • The unknown can bring people closer togetherEncountering the unknown can lead to shared experiences, strengthen bonds, and create new inside jokes, despite initial dismissal or fear.

      The unknown can bring people closer together through shared experiences, even if those experiences are unexplained or seemingly insignificant. In the story shared, the family's encounter with a possible wendigo in their backyard led to a sense of unity and seriousness among them, despite their initial dismissal of any real danger. Even the mother, who typically avoids negative conversations, became involved in the discussion when she shared a seemingly unrelated experience with a friend. The family's shared experience resulted in a new inside joke, a reminder to be cautious in the woods, and a stronger bond among them. Additionally, the family's reliance on technology, such as text messages and home security systems, highlights the importance of staying connected and protected in an increasingly complex world.

    • Encounters with the Unexplained: Lasting Impacts and Unanswered QuestionsUnexplained experiences can leave lasting impacts and raise questions about the world, even as the world becomes more modernized.

      The unexplained experiences we encounter in life, no matter how terrifying or seemingly supernatural, can leave a lasting impact and raise questions about the world around us. The speaker's story of an encounter with an unknown entity and their father's experiences with a potential haunting in their childhood home serve as examples of this. Despite the passage of time and attempts to rationalize these experiences, they continue to evoke fear and curiosity. As the world becomes more modernized, the supernatural may become less hidden and more prevalent, leaving many to grapple with the unexplainable.

    • Portals Theories: Biological, Man-Made, and BleedsThe speaker discusses the concept of portal theory, which involves biological, man-made, and bleed portals, and suggests that widespread encounters with the unexplained could occur if these portals collapse on a global scale, potentially linked to the end times.

      We are experiencing a time of increasing unexplained phenomena, which the speaker believes is due to two dimensions bleeding into each other. This concept, known as portal theory, includes different types of portals. The first type is biological, referring to creatures with the ability to phase in and out of our dimension. The second type is man-made, opened by the global elite for bringing in otherworldly beings. The third type is a "bleed," which is a dimensional wall collapsing, allowing things to move freely between dimensions. The speaker suggests that this could lead to widespread encounters with the unexplained if it occurs on a global scale. Additionally, the speaker mentions a push by the global elite to open portals for bringing in otherworldly beings, which they believe is connected to the end times.

    • Powerful entities experiment with controversial topicsPowerful entities manipulate public attention with controversial topics like aliens, while media serves as a tool for propaganda and desensitization

      The speaker believes that powerful entities are testing the limits of people's attention and desensitization by introducing controversial topics, such as aliens and alien invasions, which receive isolated coverage despite their potential global significance. The speaker also believes that aliens, if real, are not friendly entities but rather tools or weapons of these powerful entities. The media, in turn, serves as a tool for propaganda and desensitization, preparing the public for something bigger. The speaker also shares an example of reported alien sightings in Peru, which were dismissed by authorities as miners on jet packs, despite eyewitness accounts of face-peeling entities. The speaker argues that such incidents have been happening for months, and the public's lack of concern is a cause for concern.

    • Desensitization to disturbing contentStay open-minded to seemingly extraordinary claims, as they may reveal significant truths.

      Our desensitization to disturbing content, such as reports of body mutilations or UFO sightings, has reached a point where it no longer shocks or captures our full attention. This was highlighted in a discussion about the Peru incident and the desensitization we've experienced over time. The speaker mentioned how movies like "Signs" used to be shocking and leave a lasting impact, but now such content is met with a yawn. The recent movie "Nope" and its portrayal of a biological UFO in the sky was seen as a new and real idea, but the consensus was that the movie itself was mid. However, the shocking part was the revelation that such phenomena are indeed real. The speaker also mentioned the work of biologist Justin from Cryptids of the Corn podcast, who talks about the reality of what lives in the sky, and how this idea opened the speaker's eyes. The discussion underscores the importance of staying open-minded and recognizing the potential significance of seemingly extraordinary claims.

    • Sharing unexplained experiences and exploring the unknownIdeas, experiences, and phenomena are not exclusive to individuals, encourage sharing and exploration rather than ownership or validation.

      Ideas, no matter how unique they may seem, are not truly owned by individuals. The speakers in this discussion shared stories of unexplained experiences, including encounters with possible biological UFOs and mysterious eye shine. While some were unsure if these experiences were real or imagined, they agreed that the phenomena, if real, were not exclusive to any one person. The speakers also emphasized the importance of sharing these stories and exploring the unknown together, rather than trying to claim ownership or validation. Additionally, they mentioned various podcasts for those interested in learning more about these topics.

    • The entity in the woods might be a spiritual creature connected to Native American lore and the landThe speaker's experience suggests that the woods may hold spiritual entities rooted in folklore and legends, potentially connected to the land and Native American culture.

      The entity experienced by the speaker and their brother in the woods may not have been a standalone being, but rather one that is connected to the land and potentially rooted in Native American lore. The entity's behavior, such as phasing in and out, and its connection to the land, suggest that it may be a spiritual creature that attaches itself to legends and monsters. The speaker's theory is that this entity may have been disturbed, leading it to attach itself to their family's property. The fact that the entity was able to be seen when it attached itself to something tangible, like a window or a camping site, supports this theory. The speaker also believes that the waterway near their property may serve as a reservoir for memories and lost time, adding to the theory that the entity is connected to the land. Overall, the speaker's experience and theory highlight the idea that the natural world may be home to spiritual entities that can attach themselves to legends and folklore.

    • Witnesses describe an enigmatic entity with unique physical properties and capabilitiesWitnesses reported observing a creature with a physical body, capable of moving like a human or animal, but with translucency and the ability to change position quickly. Believed to be supernatural or otherworldly, this entity was described as having a deep growl and a running stance, leaving us with a profound sense of mystery.

      The witnesses described an entity with a physical body, capable of moving like a human or an animal, but with unusual properties such as translucency and the ability to change position quickly. The entity was also described as having a deep growl and was observed in a running stance. These observations suggest that this entity may be a biological being with unique characteristics that challenge our current understanding of reality. The witnesses also shared their belief that this entity is not something that can be killed with our current capabilities, implying a potential supernatural or otherworldly nature. Overall, the descriptions point towards an enigmatic and fascinating creature that defies easy explanation.

    • Encounters with Unnatural Creatures: Witnesses Describe Magical and Otherworldly SettingsWitnesses report observing creatures behaving unnaturally in magical and otherworldly settings, fueling belief in extraordinary experiences and warranting further investigation

      The witnesses in various encounters with unidentified creatures or entities in the outdoors often describe their experiences as unnatural. These encounters include observing creatures behaving in ways that go against the laws of nature, such as walking backwards up a hill or carrying large objects. The settings of these encounters, particularly in places like Washington and Hawaii, are described as magical and otherworldly, adding to the sense of the extraordinary. Despite the skepticism and jokes, many believe these experiences to be valid and worthy of further investigation.

    • Discovering the Magic of Iceland: Norse Legends and Natural WondersExplore Iceland's rich history, natural wonders, and magical energy through its Norse legends, breathtaking landscapes, and significant historical sites.

      Iceland is a magical and unique destination filled with natural wonders and rich history. The elves mentioned at the beginning are said to be part of Norse legends that can still be felt throughout the country. Iceland is home to breathtaking landscapes, including volcanic mountains, massive glaciers, crystal clear glacier pools, and Europe's biggest waterfall. Thingvellir, a significant historical site, holds the birthplace of Icelandic democracy and was once a place of massacre for those who did not convert to Christianity. The drowning pools, a tragic part of Iceland's history, are now a tourist attraction where visitors throw coins in as a way to connect with the magical energy of the place. People have the ability to sense and respond to magical places, but this ability is often neutralized in modern society. Understanding the history and significance of these places can enhance the travel experience and help visitors connect with the unique energy of Iceland.

    • An unexpected encounter with Iceland's folklore at the drowning poolsExploring Iceland's natural wonders at night reveals unique folklore and a deep connection to nature.

      Iceland's natural wonders, rich history, and folklore intertwine in unexpected ways. My brother and I went on a late-night adventure to the drowning pools in Thingvellir National Park, where we encountered rare groves of pine trees and possible elf sightings. The experience was a reminder of the country's unique connection to nature and its fascinating legends. Despite the freezing temperatures and pitch-black darkness, we pressed on, guided by the moonlight glinting off the golden coins in the drowning pools. As we approached, we noticed unusual rock formations on the cliff tops, believed to be created by elves. Suddenly, we saw movement up above – figures jumping from one rock to another. Were they real or just tricks of the eye? We couldn't be sure, but the experience left us feeling connected to the magical world of Iceland's folklore.

    • Encountering the Unexplained in IcelandVisit Iceland with an open mind, believe in the unexplained, and be open to unique experiences based on rich folklore and legends.

      The speaker had an unexplained encounter with mysterious beings in Iceland, possibly elves or trolls, which left a profound impact on him. He encourages others to visit Iceland and keep an open mind, as the country is rich in folklore and legends that may lead to unique experiences. The speaker also emphasizes the importance of belief in unexplained phenomena and the power of faith. You can find the speaker's podcast, 21 CD podcast, on YouTube, Spotify, Instagram, and TikTok. He encourages listeners to check out his content and offers to share more stories and theories in future conversations.

    • Exploring the Dystopian Nature of the Modern WorldContent creator Tony discusses dystopian themes on various platforms, expanding his reach and exploring both current events and metaphysical realms with Merkel Media's support.

      The speaker, Tony, is a content creator with a presence on various platforms including YouTube, Spotify, TikTok, Instagram, and Apple Podcasts. His show, 21st Century Dystopian, discusses modern topics and delves into the metaphysical realm, covering news, cryptid sightings, portals, and other related themes. Tony aims to show the world how we are already living in a dystopian reality. He plans to expand his presence to other platforms and encourages followers to keep up with him there. The show's goal is to explore the dystopian nature of the world, both in current events and in the metaphysical realm. Merkel Media, the production company behind the show, is also growing and producing documentaries and films.

    • Entering a new level with strange occurrencesStruggling to keep up with trends and feeling trapped in encryption can lead to confusion and difficulty in a new technological environment.

      The strange and bizarre events experienced began after entering a dusty mist on a new level. This was noted by the speaker, who also mentioned feeling trapped in encryption and struggling to keep up with trends while blending with bots. It's important to remember that the speaker is not definitively stating that this level is a portal, but the unexplained occurrences all seem to trace back to this moment. The speaker's sense of disconnection and struggle against the current of trends may indicate a feeling of being out of sync with the technological advancements around them. Overall, the experience of entering this new level has led to a sense of confusion and difficulty in navigating the strange and unfamiliar environment.

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