Monday, May 03, 2004

Endangered Monster

It's a conundrum...the monster is on the endangered species list, but a budding entreprenuer wants to hatch the monster's eggs and raise the monster babies as a tourist attraction to bring adventure tourism business to his area. The monster's lineage goes all the way back to the 17th Century:

The Storsjoe monster was first mentioned in print in 1635, when Mogens Pedersen took down a legend about two trolls who were boiling a mixture in a large kettle on the shore of the lake. Having boiled the mixture for many years, the contents of the kettle began to wail and groan and then there was a loud bang.

"A strange animal with a black serpentlike body and a catlike head jumped out of the kettle and disappeared into the lake. The monster enjoyed living in the lake, it grew incredibly big and terrorized the people living on the shores. After some time it extended all the way around the island in the middle of the lake, and could bite its own tail," Pedersen's chronicle said.

Sounds reasonable to me...I wonder if the trolls are on the endangered species list too?
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