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Some people will believe anything, and there’s no shortage of people in the world willing to make a quick buck from the gullible. What follows is a collection of people who believed in all sorts of mythical creatures-- and in some cases, the evil bastards who exploited those people for money.
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    Fairies

    The Story:



    A man in Guadalajara, Mexico was picking guavas from a tree when he saw a glimmer amongst the leaves. He reached out and grabbed the object that caught his attention and realized that it was a fairy. Like any rational person, he stored it in a jar of formaldehyde--because that totally wouldn’t won’t kill a fairy, right--and put it on display for the whole town to see.

    More than 3,000 people waited in line for hours and paid the equivalent of $1.60 to get a look at the fairy.


    What Really Happened:

    First of all, look at this thing:



    Several local skeptics (and there are quite a few of them) have pointed out that it looks very similar to a popular toy.I don’t want to insinuate that this down on his luck, unemployed bricklayer stuck a toy in a jar of formaldehyde and charged people to see it just to make a quick buck, but his “fairy” more closely resembles an action figure than anything that has ever been alive. Unless you’re counting Toy Story.


    And let’s be honest. Who isn’t?


    Again, more than 3,000 people wanted so desperately to believe that they paid him $1.60 to get a look. And the whole idea of making people pay money to see a winged oddity... Where have we heard that before?


    His entire plan, summed up in a single episode of The Simpsons.

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    Dragon

    The Story:



    There really isn't a lot to go on here. A picture has surfaced from China of a man who appears to be gutting his dragon while his dog plays with its tail. It’s also not known if the man is planning on eating the dragon or if the dog knows that he’s the second course.

    What Really Happened:

    There are really only two possibilities here. The image is either photoshopped or he's holding a dragon toy. The dog is playing with the thing’s tail, so it probably wasn’t completely photoshopped in. The most likely explanation is that the man is really holding a snake. Seriously, mentally subtract all of the dragon parts from the image, and what you’re left with is a snake.

    It’s possible that someone photoshopped in the dragon bits or that the man attached them to the snake himself and then painted it, or someone altered its color using photoshop. Hell, you could do that with a handful of colored Sharpies.

    This one is kind of sad though because, real or not, it’s hard to stop picturing a dead Mushu from Mulan after seeing that:

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    Leprechauns

    The Story:

    Alaskan police arrived at the scene of a beating one evening to find a man writing on the ground in pain and screaming, A few people were running away from the scene. When asked what happened, the man told police that a group of leprechauns had beat him up because they were mad that he was dancing with a girl.

    You can’t make this stuff up.

    He was taken to the hospital and treated for the cuts and bruises all over his body (whether the wounds were inflicted by a shillelagh remains to be seen).. The police never did find the leprechauns or their pot of gold for that matter. They’re probably off terrorizing other townsfolk as we speak.


    Or trouncing the Hurricanes in a game of football.


    What Really Happened:

    He got beaten to the point of hallucinating little green men. An eyewitness said that a group of people, normal, regular-sized people, beat him up and ran off.

    The man, who had been beaten within an inch of his life was probably dazed from the flurry of punches to his head. He was also likely very, very drunk. As for the girl that he was dancing with, perhaps he tried to dance with another man’s girlfriend, prompting a beating from the boyfriend and his friends. (Note: His friends were short, green, and fond of dancing jigs).

    And what makes more sense: a roving band of violent leprechauns, or some drunk guy getting too handsy with someone else’s girl?

    Plus, it was night time. There can’t be any rainbows at night, and everyone knows that you can’t find leprechauns without rainbows. Sheesh.

    And of course, as a bonus, there was this incident:

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    Mermaid

    The Story:



    A while back, this video of a dead mermaid washed up on the beach made its rounds on the internet:



    The camera man is silent, and just sweeps along the beach until he comes across the mermaid corpse. And despite her looking a bit like Skeletor in the face and her mannequin-like appearance, it’s pretty convincing. I mean she’s dead--right? Rigor mortis, man.


    What ReallyHappened:

    Let’s just ignore that anything that died in that position would have fallen face first into the sand instead of freezing in place.

    It’s totally real... sort of. Everything you see there is an actual dead thing of some kind. It’s just not a mermaid. It’s just one of the many macabre sculptures made by Juan Cabana. Sculptures that he makes using real dead fish, human skeletons, etc. He’s like a modern day Dr. Frankenstein but without the lightning, angry mobs, and windmills.

    And that image of a mermaid up there? You’ll find that very same image on his site under the “for sale” section. That particular sculpture, called “Nerina” actually sold for $10,000.

    So there you have it. Mermaids aren’t real, but Dr. Frankenstein is. And he’s filthy, stinking rich. Time to go rob some graves. Cha-ching!

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    Cyclops

    The Story:

    You’ve heard them all before. There’s a veritable mountain of cyclopes littered throughout mythology: from getting their eyes jabbed by Odysseus to Hercules uppercutting them to the moon to the new God of War games, where Kratos tears out their eyes by the dozen. The point is, cyclopes are everywhere, and the ancient Greeks are to blame. In fact, it was them who unearthed the first cyclops skulls:



    What Really Happened:

    Except they were way off the mark.

    Those skulls that spawned the very myth of the one-eyed giants weren’t cyclops skulls at all. They belonged to an ancient elephant-like species known as Deinotherium giganteum, and it looked like this:



    The “eye socket” in its skull is really where the trunk was, and it’s hard to imagine something so silly looking being the reason that myths about the cyclops first started. Just because some ancient Greeks couldn’t tell what elephant skulls were and mistook them for the heads of one eyed giants.


    Pictured: An ancient Greek with a cyclops skull. (Citation needed).

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