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Daemon
Posted: Sunday, December 22, 2013 12:00:00 AM
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The Capture of the Hodag

In 1893, newspapers reported the discovery of a monstrous creature in Rhinelander, Wisconsin. Called the "Hodag," it had the head of a frog, the face of an elephant, the back of a dinosaur, huge claws, and a long tail with spears on the end, according to townsman Eugene Shepard, who reported killing the beast with dynamite and later claimed to have captured one alive. Thousands came to see the creature, which he put on display at his home. What forced him to finally admit it had all been a hoax? More...
Absurdicuss
Posted: Sunday, December 22, 2013 12:46:34 AM
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The true capitalist can always find a ripe market. The sale goes to the savvy mind that can cash in on peoples need to celebrate practically anything.
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Posted: Sunday, December 22, 2013 11:51:36 AM

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If I may add, credulity and superstition made the perpetrator's task exceedingly lighter.
Absurdicuss
Posted: Sunday, December 22, 2013 12:48:51 PM
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As a follow up to your addition: the willingness to suspend belief in the hope that something extraordinary could be true.
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Posted: Sunday, December 22, 2013 5:05:29 PM

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Well executed monsieur. I'd furthermore contrive a variant by interchanging 'belief' with 'reason', and watch them persist contently within these humble, adjacent abodes as immaculate neighbors would.

FounDit
Posted: Sunday, December 22, 2013 5:11:19 PM

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"There's a sucker born every minute."
Attributed to P.T. Barnum but actually spoken by David Hannum in an attempt to disparage Barnum.
However, Barnum thanked him for the free publicity.
MTC
Posted: Sunday, December 22, 2013 5:43:53 PM
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Seen in one light, the Hodag is just another page from the book of man's foolishness, or to quote the Bard, "Lord what fools these mortals be...."
But, in another light the Hodag illustrates a more positive message about human nature; how we readily convert a bad situation to our benefit, how we make lemons into lemonade. Instead of wallowing in self pity after the hoax was exposed, the town of Rhinelander turned the debacle into a public relations coup by turning the Hodag into its mascot. The folkloric figure has put Rhinelander on the map. What was once a major embarrassment is now a huge draw to everyone's benefit.





Absurdicuss
Posted: Tuesday, December 24, 2013 9:42:08 PM
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Acutely discerning remarks, judiciously expressed. Or, as they say in southern Louisiana: Yeah you right, bruh.
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