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These creepy so called "God dolls" are a new popular trend coming out of Thailand. Not all of them have the disturbing third eye markings but all are supposed to be inhabited by a child's spirit. They are purported to bring good luck when loved and cared for. Because, yeah, that's where I hope kids spirits go, into a creepy doll to bring good luck to some yuppie jerk.
Posted By: patty | Date: Fri Jan 29, 2016 | Comments (5)
Category: Gods, Toys, Myths and Fairytales

The Angel of Hadley


I had long been aware of the WWI legend of The Angel of Mons, in which a piece of deliberate fiction was accepted as literal truth.

But I was unaware until recently that right in my own backyard, in nearby Hadley, Massachusetts, a similar bit of fiction-as-history existed, the Angel of Hadley, the account of how a mysterious elderly warrior saved settlers from the Indians.

Another good piece on the subject here.

Noah’s Ark Found—in Alaska!


The supposed remnants of Noah's ark have been "discovered" in a wide range of places.

But this 1902 discovery in Rampart, Alaska, on the Porcupine River, seems totally forgotten now.

I wonder if a followup expedition ever was mounted...?

Original article here.

Goliath and the Vampires

Just to get you in a Halloween mood. If you need more, the full movie follows.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Oct 17, 2012 | Comments (4)
Category: Movies, Fantasy, Myths and Fairytales, 1960's, Fictional Monsters

Jack’s Dream

Until recently, I was not aware that the famous surrealist collage artist Joseph Cornell also made films. Here's one delightfully weird sample. Many more on YouTube.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Sep 08, 2012 | Comments (2)
Category: Dreams and Nightmares, Movies, Avant Garde, Surrealism, Myths and Fairytales, Fictional Monsters

Follies of the Mad Men #185

The way to a dwarf's heart is through his stomach.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Jun 27, 2012 | Comments (5)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Food, Myths and Fairytales, 1970's

The Fox Catcher

This is a poster currently on sale at Etsy, under the title of "The Fox Catcher," discovered by reader Deborah Newton. Does anyone recognize the fable that it illustrates? The essential events are truly weird.

1) A fox comes to a house and steals away a child.

2) The parents track down the fox to his lair and lure him out with drum and violin music.

3) The fox is beaten and/or killed, and the tearful child is saved.

I thought I knew a lot of fairytales, but this one escapes me!
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Mar 27, 2011 | Comments (6)
Category: Animals, Art, Myths and Fairytales, Reader Recommendation


Who's the real dummy (or dummies)?
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Mar 05, 2011 | Comments (1)
Category: Anthropomorphism, Puppets and Automatons, Myths and Fairytales, 1970's, Parody
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