Friday, June 17, 2011
Stuff Ya Didn't Know Friday- Jersey Devil
Today’s monster hails from the east coast.
The Jersey Devil- no not someone from Jersey Shores- the Jersey Devil’s been around much longer than that brood.
The Jersey Devil either came about from an unhappy mothers curse in 1735 or was born in 1850 from a gypsy curse on a young girl. Either way the monster was born in Pine Barrens New Jersey, then escaped into the woods and continues to live there.
The Jersey Devil has a head like a horse or possibly a ram with large bat-like wings, and a long serpentine body. Tales of the Jersey Devil have waxed and waned like the moon it fly’s under, but one of the largest “Jersey Devil sightings and tales” period was a week in January 1909. Makes one wonder what happened then- hmm- maybe a story idea? :)
During that week, eyewitness accounts were documented in the papers with most witnesses reporting eerie sounds from near the Delaware river and the appearance of a strange glowing creature in the sky. Hoof prints of a strange animal were found in unlikely locations such a roofs, and the tops of chicken coops. No one has caught one yet though.
Want more info? http://www.elktownship.com/myth.html
"Stuff Ya Didn't Know Friday" is a weekly look at weirdness...creatures, places, people, myths, whatever I happen to come across that makes me say, "Hmmmmm?"
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Yet another fascinating thing I did not know !ReplyDelete
Loved this post. Who'dve thought Jersey had such an interesting legend going for it. Hmmm, we had the Legend of Sleepy Hollow. I'm going to have to do research b/c I'm sure we in New York have something better to offer. We can't be upstaged by those folks on the other side of the Hudson. ;-)ReplyDelete
Thanks for coming by ladies! :) LOL- you get 'em Gabriella!ReplyDelete
Wow! I actually lived there and did a news story on it ages ago. I just published a book called End of Mae inspired by the legend that takes place in the Pine Barrens. It's listed as a reference on Wikipedia. That area was so scary after dark o.oReplyDelete