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Thursday, January 27, 2011

The Jersey Devil

No, I'm not talking about Snooki.

Growing up, I heard quite a bit about the Jersey Devil. Now, not so much. But I always thought it was an interesting legend (I actually prefer it to Bigfoot).

I'd always heard the legend as starting out with Mrs. Leeds saying that she wished her next child was the devil. What I could never figure out was why the hell someone would say that. If you don't want more kids, you might say, "I hope it's born dead," or something equally atrocious, but I could never understand the whole, "I hope it's a devil" thing (and yes, my one problem with a legend about a human-born supernatural creature terrorizing the Jersey Pine Barrens is something it's momma said, lol; like there aren't 100 other things to pick at about it).

A few links for more info:

The Jersey Devil at theshadowlands.net

The Devil Hunters

Weird N.J.
(Just in case YOU want to take a field trip to the Jersey Devil's stomping grounds)


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