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Hilarious Mythical Creatures That Some People Actually Believe Exist

Updated January 2, 2018 3.1k votes 529 voters 48.5k views19 items

List RulesVote up the most eye-rolling, silly mythical creatures people actually believe in.

We've all heard of Nessie and Bigfoot, but what about some of the lesser known mythical creatures? Horse demons, giant mutant frogs, or maybe random clergymen hanging out in the ocean? It all sounds a little absurd, doesn't it? But some people actually believe funny mythical creatures like this exist, with sightings and reports happening more recently than you'd believe. 

Cryptids that range from the silly to the obscene have always been a part of our history and they probably will be for centuries to come. The strangest thing about these ridiculous creatures from myths that people think exist is that many sightings are from reputable sources. Businessmen, explorers, and police officers can say they saw something weird, and even if it's sounds completely made up, people are more likely to believe it. That might be why many of these urban legends and myths have persisted.

Vote up the weirdest mythical creatures you can't believe anyone takes seriously. 

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    Jackalope

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    This may be one of the most well-known cryptids out there, but it's also definitely one of the most absurd. Jackalopes were created in the 1930s by taxidermists who attached deer antlers to the taxidermied body of a rabbit. It was originally done as a joke, but the popularity of this practice spread, and soon people began to believe the animal was real. It certainly doesn't help that the head of one is hanging in the Wyoming capitol building.

    However, there are, in fact, a few legends that mention horned rabbits, as well as a hunter who reportedly sighted a Jackalope in 1829. That claim was never verified, but those few stories have been enough to lead people to suspect that the creature really exists in the world. 

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    Kushtaka

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    Let's just put this out there right now: If you want to dream up a scary cryptid, don't give it the face of an otter. They're too cute. In Alaskan folklore, in the Tlingit and Tsimshian cultures, there is a creature called The Kushtaka, which is kind of like a shape-shifting land otter; it's got an otter's face and a humanoid body. Dogs can ward them off and keep them from bothering you, and if you hear them barking at night, it's supposed to be a sign the Kushtaka are near.

    Of course, dogs are not the funniest way you can repel these things. Folklore dictates that they can also be repelled with urine. That's right! You can pee at these things and they'll go away, so be sure to keep your fluid levels high. 

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    The Loveland Frog

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    There has been a lot of argument over what exactly the Loveland Frog really is. Is it a mutant human? An alien? Some giant frog? Or maybe nothing at all? Either way, the descriptions based on sightings seem to be the same. In 1955, a businessman in Loveland, OH reported seeing small, reptilian, naked-looking humanoids congregating at the edge of the road. He watched them until they moved off and then reported it later. Another report in 1972 by a police officer gave a similar account. Since then, there have been attempts at getting videos, more sightings, and even a musical made about the legends. Though interesting, it's pretty hard to think of a giant naked frog dude running around and not get the giggles. 

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    The Goatman of Maryland

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    You know the faun, Mr. Tumnus, from The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe? Well, it turns out some people in Maryland actually believe he exists and that he's a creepy monster. Strange sightings, urban legends from teenagers, and "ancient" stories from the 1950s all speak of a half-man, half goat creature. Unfortunately, he doesn't seem to be very nice, as evidenced by dead and mutilated pets, as well as supposed attacks on teens. The Goatman does seem to mostly attack teens, it should be noted, so that could be why the legends have been passed down over the years. Teenagers do spin the best yarns, after all. 

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