Our State Quiz: Strange Sightings Believe it, or not. written by Alan Hodge photograph by David Stanley Strange Sightings A famous pirate was killed and beheaded on Ocracoke Island in 1718. The fight took place at what is now called Teach’s Hole, where, for many years, people have reported seeing or hearing whose ghost? UFO sightings in North Carolina number in the hundreds. One of the most active areas for UFOs in our state is Cashiers, which is located in what county? A railroad conductor lost his life in a Brunswick County train wreck in 1867. People reported seeing his warning lantern through 1977, when that section of track was removed. This haunting phenomenon is named for what nearby community? One of North Carolina’s most famous creepy places is the Devil’s Tramping Ground, where Old Nick has been reported to pace. Near what Chatham County town is this devilish circle of dirt located? There is said to be a hairy creature that walks upright like a human and is known for its “fragrant” aroma. What is this being, one of which was allegedly spotted and filmed near Franklin several years ago? At an old U.S. Highway 70 underpass near Jamestown, a ghostly hitchhiker has been seen off and on since the mid-1920s. What is the name of this eerie damsel who stops drivers, then vanishes into thin air? Scotland supposedly has a strange water creature living in one of its lakes, and so does North Carolina. Many people claim to have spotted a large, mysterious animal in Lake Norman that goes by what nickname? People on Cape Hatteras have reported seeing a ghostly figure walking on the beach whenever a hurricane threatens. What is the name of this apparition, which has a “twin” on Pawleys Island, South Carolina? For centuries, people have spotted mysterious lights in the hills on the Burke and Caldwell county line. On what mountain does this legendary phenomenon appear?