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The Grinning Man, sometimes referred to as Indrid Cold, is an entity first spotted in the 1960s in New Jersey. He is sometimes connected to UFO sightings and the cryptid Mothman.
The Grinning Man is uniformly described as a tall man, wearing a shiny metallic-like set of green overalls, bearing a wide grin and beady eyes. Disturbingly, witnesses described that The Grinning Man had no visible ears or nose. The entity's skin is described as being tan or greenish. One witness also stated that The Grinning Man was wearing a black belt.
There are several explanations as to what the creature could be. Theories include:
- A demonic entity
- A normal-but-creepy human being
- Mass hysteria
In October 1966, two boys (James Yanchitis and Marvin Munoz) spotted a strange man standing behind a fence. They described the man as having a "big grin" and, supposedly, someone in that neighborhood also reported being chased by a greenish man.
In November 1966, Woodrow Derenberger was driving home when he heard a crash. He stopped his car and saw a strange vehicle come alongside next to him. Allegedly this vehicle was pouring fire from both ends and was similar to a kerosene lamp in shape. An individual exited the vehicle, supposedly The Grinning Man, dressed in metallic green overalls. This characteristic fits with what was reported by Yanchitis and Munoz a month earlier. The individual identified themselves as "Indrid Cold" and supposedly interrogated Derenberger telepathically about UFO sightings in the area.
- The Woodrow Derenberger account suggests that the Grinning Man, if real, might be some form of extraterrestrial life. However, this UFO connection is only present in the Derenberger case.