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Jorogumo

The Jorogumo is a mythical creature from Japanese folklore whose name translates as ‘prostitute spider’. 

The legend comes from the Erdo period and era ruled by shoguns that lasted from 1603 to 1868. When a spider lives for 400 years it gains the ability to grow to the size of a cow and can shape-shift into an attractive young lady. One typical trick it would play to catch a meal would be to transform into an empty inn, house or shrine. Part of it would become an attractive young lady playing on a Biwa and singing beautifully to attract its victim. Some would lure the person in to eat cake and drink sake. She would then get close to her victim and cover his feet in deadly silk from which there was no escape. She like most spiders would then devour him at her own leisure.

Urban legend describes the Black Eyed Kids as otherwise normal-looking children ranging in age from five to sixteen, and often wearing normal attire; although sometimes they are said to be dressed in bed clothes or anachronistic outfits, such as Victorian-era clothing.  Their most distinctive feature, of course, is their pitch black eyes.  They appear suddenly, knocking on doors and windows, and asking for entrance to their victim’s home or vehicle in unsettling monotonous voices.  The only useful advice to be had if you encounter one is, of course, to never, ever let them in.

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Spring Heeled Jack

Spring Heeled Jack is a Victorian England folklore. He was described as terrifying in appearance, with clawed hands and eyes that “resembled red balls of fire”. Many stories also mention a “Devil-like” aspect. Others said he was tall and thin, with the appearance of a gentleman. Several reports mention that he could breathe out blue and white flames and that he wore sharp metallic claws at his fingertips. At least two people claimed that he was able to speak comprehensible English.

Must be the Season of the Witch

Day 4: The Hide-Behind. Originating from American lumberjack folklore, the Hide-Behind was said to be a predatory creature that stalked its human prey stealthily. It could contort its body to hide behind any structure when its prey turned around to look. It was a convenient explanation for the unexplained and unidentified strange noises lumberjacks would often hear in the woods.

The jackalope is a mythical animal of North American folklore, and is often considered an urban legend, is described as a jackrabbit with antelope horns. The word “jackalope” is a combination of the words “jackrabbit” and “antelope”.

Stories or descriptions of animal hybrids have appeared in many cultures worldwide. In Europe, the horned rabbit appeared in Medieval and Renaissance folklore. Natural history texts such as Historiae Naturalis de Quadrupetibus Libri (The History Book of Natural Quadrangles) by Joannes Jonstonus (John Jonston) in the 17th century and illustrations such as Animalia Qvadrvpedia et Reptilia (Terra): Plate XLVII by Joris Hoefnagel (1522–1600) in the 16th century included the horned hare. These early scientific texts described and illustrated the hybrids as though they were real creatures, but by the end of the 18th century scientists generally rejected the idea of horned hares as a biological species.

References to horned rabbits may originate in sightings of rabbits affected by the Shope papilloma virus, named for Richard E. Shope, M.D., who described it in a scientific journal in 1933. Shope initially examined wild cottontail rabbits that had been shot by hunters in Iowa and later examined wild rabbits from Kansas. They had “numerous horn-like protuberances on the skin over various parts of their bodies. The animals were referred to popularly as ‘horned’ or 'warty’ rabbits." Legends about horned rabbits also occur in Asia and Africa as well as Europe, and researchers suspect the changes induced by the virus might underlie at least some of those tales.

There are, of course, the famous cases of taxidermy and frauds, but the horned rabbit legends have been tainted by these fakes.


What do you think about the infamous jackalope, or other mythical horned rabbits of lore? Real, fake or simply diseased?

Partners

A Yuri On Ice AU Fanfic
Written for @seungchuchuweek

There were two men missing when they first called Celestino. Missing could be any number of things, but after details about a mysterious woman being sighted are added, Phichit is certain he knows what they’re dealing with.

“You sure you don’t want me to call Yuuri and ask him to meet you there?” Celestino asked him for what must be a record number of times in a three minute conversation.

“And interrupt his honeymoon?” Phichit asked pointedly.

“How many months can a honeymoon last?” Celestino lamented.

“I don’t know, how many ghosts are there to hunt in Russia?”

“Remind me how a ghost hunting tour in Victor’s home country is a honeymoon again?”

“They seemed pretty happy when I video conferenced with them last week.”

“Yakov probably isn’t thrilled to have them in his backyard.”

“Yakov has his hands full of his own trainees. I hear Yuri run off solo all the time.” Phichit continued to pack his bag, the phone balanced between his shoulder and ear.

“Reminds me of a couple of teenage boys I trained.”

“We were the epitome of well behaved trainees!”

“Keep telling yourself that.”

“I’m starting to feel a lack of faith in my abilities here. It’s only a Phi Song Nang. It’s not like it’s a Pret or anything.”

“It’s just better to have back up.”

“If more details come out and it seems more dangerous, I will call.”

“This I doubt.”

Phichit resisted the urge to razz at his old trainer over the phone. “I’m ready for this.”

“I want a daily report.”

“Detailed and with lots of photos. Promise.”

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Name: Krampus
Area or Origin: Germany

In contrast to Saint Nicholas who rewards well-behaved kids with gifts, The Krampus is a demonic figure that deals with those who aren’t so nice. Krampus are described as having dark hairy bodies, goat legs, hooves and pointed horns and oddly, a human foot on one leg. In many variations, their sharp pointed tongue may be sticking out, but not in all cases. They carry chains, thought to symbolize the binding of the Devil, and wield a bundle of birch branches to swat children with. They are also often seen with some sort of basket or tub on their back to carry off naughty children who’d promptly be eaten or punished in some way.

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Krampus is a terrifying horned figure in Alpine folklore, who whips misbehaving children with birch sticks or chains and drags them down into the Norse Underworld in the lead up to Christmas. Krampus is the son of the Norse Goddess Hel, who is the ruler of Helhein, the Norse Underworld, which, unlike our visions of hell, is said to be an extremely dark, cold and damp place. The Catholic Church opposed to Krampus for many years and he eventually faded into the background, but everyone knows the devil cannot be held down forever and he has began to make a return. This return has made him even more popular and has even made him a known name over in the USA. On 6 December, in certain areas of Europe, people gather for Krampuslauf (the Krampus parade) in which they are chased around the streets by people in devil costumes.

Alright so i don’t know if this has been done before but what if humans are the only ones to have the concept of fiction? Imagine an alien who overhears a mother telling a fairytale to her kids and just being baffled at what gibberish that pale squishy ape is spouting around!
Not fiction as in bedtime stories either, but folklore and urban legends. “Yes! There is a hairy bear-ape running around on Earth called ‘big-fewt’. Human-Steve told me so himself!”
Also, one of humanity’s closest guarded secrets will be about wether dragons are, or are not real.

Daily Monster 344: Deogen

Region of origin: Sonian Forest, Brussels, Belgium

A ghostly fog that falls upon drivers traveling through the Sonian woods, deogen manifests as black spectral figures darting in front of vehicles, bloody handprints left on car windows, cries and laughter of unseen children and a large, looming figure with staring eyes from which the phenomenon takes its name (deogen a corruption of “de ogen,” or “the Eyes”). Origins of the fog are tied to a local serial killer and his victims, which included at least eight children that were found in the woods but as the urban legend spread the number has climbed as high as eighty.

I’ve heard some commentators refer to creepypastas and other sorts of stories that get shared around the Internet as “fakelore.” This distinguishes them from “folklore,” which, as we all know, is not fake at all, is 100% verifiably historically true, and was definitely not made up in order to entertain people and convey social truths.