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#1    Hectosaucer

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Posted 03 March 2014 - 10:36 PM

I remember reading about these folklore creatures, native to Wisconsin, in an old library book back in 2nd or 3rd grade, and since then it always been one of my favorite cryptid animals.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hodag

I even went so far as to go searching for it while on a camping trip as a kid.

Though it probably didn't exist, some folk legends have truth to them, right?


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Posted 03 March 2014 - 10:54 PM

It's cool to learn about these little localized myths. I doubt there is any truth to it however after reading the origins of the lore. It seems like a would-be P. T. Barnum attempted to cash-in on his own Fiji Mermaid. Then Rhinelander decided make some tourism bucks off of the whole deal. It is interesting to learn the history of little things like this.

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Posted 03 March 2014 - 11:49 PM

Sounds like something you'd be slapped for if you called a lady that.


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Posted 03 March 2014 - 11:55 PM

View PostPlanB, on 03 March 2014 - 11:49 PM, said:

Sounds like something you'd be slapped for if you called a lady that.
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Posted 04 March 2014 - 02:09 AM

I guess there must be people from Wisconsin living in Oregon, because the Hodag is part of the Oregon mythic critter loggers lore also.

There is even a tree planting tool that is called a hoedad, which many around here call a hodag instead.

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Posted 04 March 2014 - 02:23 AM

The Monster Spotter's Guide by Scott Francis is a fun book that features the Hodag as well as a plethora of other obscure folkloric monsters.


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Posted 04 March 2014 - 04:29 PM

Proof!

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Posted 04 March 2014 - 04:42 PM

We have a local cryptid, well...sort of, it's called the "Palmetto Bug".  It's a giant cochroach that is 2-3 times larger than the standard household cochroach, and these "Palmetto Bugs" can fly, hit you in the face, knock you off a bike, etc. I've had firsthand experience with those a few times.

My grandma used to tell me about them, I thought it was BS until I did some reasearch a few years ago. They're called "Woods Cochroach", and they're armored...resistant to many pesticides, they're one tough hombre, haha.

Edited by WoIverine, 04 March 2014 - 04:45 PM.


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Posted 04 March 2014 - 04:47 PM

Heh, the old American folklore monsters are the best. Check out some of the other ones here, they're hilarious.


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Posted 04 March 2014 - 05:01 PM

View PostWoIverine, on 04 March 2014 - 04:42 PM, said:

We have a local cryptid, well...sort of, it's called the "Palmetto Bug".  It's a giant cochroach that is 2-3 times larger than the standard household cochroach, and these "Palmetto Bugs" can fly, hit you in the face, knock you off a bike, etc. I've had firsthand experience with those a few times.

My grandma used to tell me about them, I thought it was BS until I did some reasearch a few years ago. They're called "Woods Cochroach", and they're armored...resistant to many pesticides, they're one tough hombre, haha.

I don't think that really rises to the level of cryptid does it?  I always just called them tree roaches.  I think I first heard the Palmetto Bug moniker in college and it was explained as a "nice" way to say you have roaches.  Kind of like how women don't sweat, they glisten.

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Posted 04 March 2014 - 06:54 PM

View PostRafterman, on 04 March 2014 - 05:01 PM, said:

I don't think that really rises to the level of cryptid does it?  I always just called them tree roaches.  I think I first heard the Palmetto Bug moniker in college and it was explained as a "nice" way to say you have roaches.  Kind of like how women don't sweat, they glisten.

Yeah, true, not a cryptid by nature. But the local moniker somewhat applies. I had never heard "palmetto bug" anywhere else lol.


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Posted 04 March 2014 - 07:30 PM

Had to kill it with dynamite.  Sounds like you could make a great cheesey movie out of that story.


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Posted 04 March 2014 - 08:31 PM

Ugh when I used to live in Florida Palmetto bugs scared the life out of me.  Chupacabra and Bigfoot left me the hell alone, so I guess that's why I am more afraid of bugs.


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Posted 04 March 2014 - 08:41 PM

Interesting. Sound like some locusts I've encountered.


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Posted 05 March 2014 - 10:29 PM

Palmetto bugs are terrifying, amazing, but terrifying. And yeah dynamite is required, or a cat.

Edited by eaglesareskykittens, 05 March 2014 - 10:33 PM.





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