The Hodag

Too tired to write.  Spent the day at the beach.  I’ll let the internet explain Rhinelander’s popular mascot.  You can even watch a video about recent sightings.

In 1893 newspapers reported the discovery of a Hodag in Rhinelander, Wisconsin. It had “the head of a frog, the grinning face of a giant elephant, thick short legs set off by huge claws, the back of a dinosaur, and a long tail with spears at the end”.

The reports were instigated by well-known Wisconsin timber cruiser and prankster Eugene Shepard, who rounded up a group of local people to capture the animal. The group reported that they needed to use dynamite  to kill the beast. A photograph of the remains of the charred beast was released to the media.

It was “the fiercest, strangest, most frightening monster ever to set razor sharp claws on the earth. It became extinct after its main food source, all white bulldogs became scarce in the area.”

Tremble in fear.

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