Let’s discuss mythical creatures. I apologize if I exclude anyone’s favorite mythical creature (I didn’t include the Liger, Napoleon). I am also not going to discuss the Chupacabra, i believe I will someday devote a whole entry specifically to that topic.
Jackalope – This mythical creature is a combination of a jack rabbit and an antelope. Experts say that the jackalope can run at speeds greater than 55 miles per hour. Legend has it that cowboys would often sing while riding across America’s heartland and occasionally a jackalope would join in and sing along.
Sasquatch/Bigfoot – Bigfoot is 7 to 10 feet tall and covered in brown hair. I think Bigfoot is an American term for the creature while Native Indian tribes in Vancouver refer to it as Sasquatch. Bigfoot has never lost a game of rock, paper scissors. If any of you reading this blog ever have a chance encounter with a Bigfoot and you have your camera on you, run after Bigfoot and take as many pictures as you can. I am sick and tired of sketchy photography giving fuel to the haters.
Nessie the Loch Ness Monster – I admit it, I’ve watched entire specials on the discovery channel about Nessie. A bunch of Japanese scientists bring every imaginable piece of equipment into Loch Ness and try to find Nessie. After days and days of intense sonar, underwater cameras, and god know what else, they were not able to find Nessie. According to the foremost authority on Nessie ( www.nessie.co.uk ) , it 1989 a possible cave opening was found at the bottom of the lake that may be where Nessie took refuge during the obtrusive probe. Nessie is approximately 20 to 30 feet long and has a taste for human blood.
Abominable Snowman aka Yeti – An apelike creature said to inhabit the Himalayas. I think we can safely say this is another Bigfoot type creature but it resides in much colder temperatures and in higher altitudes. I think these environmental influences might make the Yeti a little more of a scavenger than the Bigfoot who is probably an herbivore. I would not be surprised if Yetis had to rely on eating decaying mountain goat (or reindeer, watch out Rudolf!) carcasses for sustenance.
The Jersey Devil – The Jersey Devil is said to live in the Pine Barrens of New Jersey. The Jersey Devil is by far the coolest looking mythical creature of them all (although it does not look particularly adapt for ice hockey). The Jersey Devil is a flying biped with hooves. The Jersey Devil has a real interesting back story, take a look at this, it comes from Wikipedia:
The most popular version of the Jersey Devil legend begins in the 18th century when Deborah Smith from England
immigrated to the Pine Barrens in southern New Jersey to marry a Mr.
Leeds, who wanted several heirs to continue the family name.
Consequently, the new wife was continually pregnant. After bearing
twelve healthy children, she was dismayed to be pregnant with her
thirteenth. She cursed the unborn child, declaring a preference to bear
the Devil’s child rather than another Leeds. Apparently, her wish was
granted as the new child had cloven hooves,
claws, and a tail. The horrific newborn proceeded to eat the other
Leeds children and the parents, before escaping through the chimney to
begin its reign of terror.
An important piece of the Jersey Devil legend concerns its supposed home at the Blue Hole located near Winslow, New Jersey. According to popular folklore, the blue hole is not only bottomless but also acts as one of the many gateways to Hell. The water in the hole is abnormally cold, even during the summer months, averaging only 58 degrees Fahrenheit year-round. In addition, the hole is said to have a whirlpool
effect on any person who enters it. Unlike many of the surrounding
rivers and lakes in the region, the blue hole possesses crystal clear
water, which serves as another one of its many eccentric features. In
the 1920s, geologists put forth various explanations for the hole. One theory suggested that the hole is a crater from a prehistoric meteorite while another theory proposed that the hole is a sprung or glacier carved spring.
I can’t make this stuff up, who’s up for taking a trip to the Blue Hole with me. I will give the brave person who swims out to the middle five bucks. This is one of the craziest Wikipedia articles I’ve ever seen, you should check out the rest to read about the first person encounters. The Jersey Devil is 7 or 8 feet tall and has killed a lot of people and livestock, a Philadelphia fire department even hosed one down.