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PostSubject: Hodag, Wisconsin's own legendary creature   Sat Dec 15, 2012 5:41 pm



The beast had two horns growing from its temples, large fangs and green eyes. Its stout and muscular body was covered with short black hair and its back was covered with spikes, leading to a powerful tail. The animal fixed its green eyes on its uninvited guest, spouting flame and smoke from its nostrils, followed by a horrible odour…

Described here is a Hodag, a 200-pound beast, seven-foot-long, lizard-like and covered with horns. For centuries, the story of a monster had made the rounds in the deep forests of Wisconsin. The local lumberjacks believed that the Hodag embodied the restless spirits of dead lumber oxen and every child knew the old tales.

But the story really took off in 1893 when experienced woodsman and local prankster Eugene Shepard not only claimed to have encountered the beast but also to have killed it with dynamite with the help of his hunting party. As proof, he circulated the image below to the local press:


Hodag capture in 1893

According to the story that ran in local newspapers in 1893, the monster named Hodag 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".

Only three years later in 1896, Shepard claimed to have captured another Hodag, this time alive. At the local county fair, he decided to exhibit it – really a piece of carved wood, covered with an ox hide and oxen horns that, from a distance and by use of strings and the voices of Shepard’s sons, appeared to move and growl.

Despite Shepard eventually admitting that the monster was a hoax, thousands came to see the Hodag first at the fair and then at Shepard’s house. In fact, the Hodag proved the most popular attraction at the fair and gave Shepard an idea: He quit his job as a timber cruiser and became a real-estate broker instead, promoting Rhinelander and the Hodag that had put it on the map.


Since then, the city of Rhinelander calls itself “Home of the Hodag” and has chosen the animal as its official symbol. The Hodag is the mascot of the local high school and has lent its name to many businesses in the area, among them the famous Hodag Country Festival. In fact, it has brought so much business to Rhinelander over the years that a larger-than-life fiberglass sculpture can be found right in front of the Rhinelander Area Chamber of Commerce.

Read more at http://www.environmentalgraffiti.com/featured/where-wild-things-legend-behind-hodag/16295#TIpFpwkTOVk88jhu.99




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PostSubject: Re: Hodag, Wisconsin's own legendary creature   Sun Dec 16, 2012 5:49 pm

That guy would look well on the fireside rug , I wouldn't count on too many visitors though christmaslaugh


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PostSubject: Re: Hodag, Wisconsin's own legendary creature   Sun Dec 16, 2012 6:04 pm

I find it funny how the description of the Hodag says it has green eyes, but every picture that wasn't black and white that I've found(including this statue in Rhinelander) the Hodag has red or orange eyes. What's with that? Lol

Frankly with my slightly skewed perception on things, I think the Hodag looks rather cute even cuddly. He's reminds me of the Bandersnatch in Alice in Wonderland(with Johnny Depp) it's fierce and scary, but cute and cuddly to me Razz



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PostSubject: Re: Hodag, Wisconsin's own legendary creature   Sun Dec 16, 2012 6:19 pm

Are you sure its pets you got on that farm of yours and not a lab for birthing unusual creatures uhohsanta uhohsanta


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PostSubject: Re: Hodag, Wisconsin's own legendary creature   Sun Dec 16, 2012 7:10 pm

christmaslaugh Yup, just pets and food. The dogs aren't allowed anywhere near the cows, the horses stay away from the cats, and the chickens...well there's only two of em and they're REALLY old.... so anyways! Oh yeah and the turtle stays in his tank away from the Cockatiel. reindeer christmaslaugh christmasbigsmile



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PostSubject: Re: Hodag, Wisconsin's own legendary creature   Tue Dec 18, 2012 4:35 pm

Thank God for that christmaslaugh


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PostSubject: Re: Hodag, Wisconsin's own legendary creature   Tue Dec 18, 2012 5:56 pm

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