D – Dingonek

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D – Dingonek

What do you get when you cross a scorpion, a sabre-tooth cat, a crocodile, and a leopard?  You get one of Africa’s most secretive cryptid, the Dingonek “aka” the jungle walrus.

Lurking in watery holes deep in the jungle, the Dingonek isn’t afraid to take on crocodiles and even hippos!  Yes, that’s right, the Dingonek won’t put up with anyone or anything trespassing in it’s territory, not even one of the deadliest creatures in Africa.

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Hippopotamus aka Dingonek Dinner

The one lone white man sighting of the Dingonek took place in 1907 where according to the witness, the Dingonek shook off a .303 shot to the head and then rushed at the guy that just tried to pop it.

Reports still surface to this day about the Dingonek and missing fishermen and adventurers so be careful if you find yourself deep in the African jungle, there may be more than just the normal flora and fauna to be worried about in there.

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Big Mac, Filet o’ Fish, Quarter Pounder, French Fries

Last Meals

If you knew that your next meal was going to be your last, would you “get your grub on” and consume as much food as humanly possible, or would you grab a quick bite and face your maker on a something less than a bloated stomach?

If you’re last meal is on death row, chances are you’re eating the largest and most fattening meal you have had in years.  If you’re an unlucky person wandering around town, it’s a crap shoot as to what the medical examiner will find inside your gullet when they crack you open on the autopsy table.

Take a look at some of the below stories to see some of the more infamous/famous people had to eat before they shuffled off.

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C – Chupacabra

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C – Chupacabra

As if there could be any other cryptid chosen for the letter “C”, the chupacabra is a relatively new cryptid on the scene since only the late 20th century, but in it’s time it has been celebrated in story and song.

Meaning “goat sucker” in spanish, the chupacabra gets its name from early reports of a mysterious animal attacking small livestock and sucking them of all their blood down in Puerto Rico.  Since then, the stories of the chupacabra and alleged sitings have happen all over the Americas, from Maine to Chile and parts in between.

And since it started moving around, the description has changed a lot as well.  Originally it was a small 4 legged creature with fangs and over time the chupacabra has become bipedal part of the time, sometimes can fly, and lots of spines.

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This has lead many to the conclusion that the chupacabra couldn’t exist since no one can agree 100% on the description besides, science believes that they have solved the mystery of the chupacabra – it is a mangy coyote with a parasite.

But for many, no matter what it looks like, the chupacabra lives on in the night.

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All we are is dust in the wind

Dead bodies

The number of people who are immortal is currently standing at 0 and that won’t change in the foreseeable future despite the advances in longevity.  What that means is that eventually everyone dies and leaves a corpse and good looking or not, we have to dispose of it somehow.

Many cultures and belief systems have elaborate burial practices that help the spirit move on to the next plane of existence and help the survivors move on to the next phase of life and with the advent of scientific and technological solutions being added to the mix, the world of corpse disposal has never been as dynamic.

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B – Bear Dogs

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B – Bear Dogs

Looking for another reason to avoid going camping with the family?  How about a creature that stands over 3 feet high at the shoulder, has very sharp pointed teeth, and if you believe the stories – rips the heads off of people.

That’s right, we are talking about the Bear Dog aka Waheela – supposedly found in the wilds of British Columbia, Alaska, and other northwestern Bigfoot country, these animals are said to be spirits, a remnant population of prehistoric canines, or maybe both.

Waheela

Probably the only good news if you run into one is that they are said to be solitary animals so you’ll likely be a good enough meal for one that the rest of the campers can escape.

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Strange Science

They blinded me with science!

  • Drunk people think they are smarter and more attractive
  • Man swallows shrew
  • Surgical Management of Penile Amputation
Yep – those are experiments that won awards!
“The Ig Nobel Prizes honor achievements that first make people laugh, and then make them think. The prizes are intended to celebrate the unusual, honor the imaginative — and spur people’s interest in science, medicine, and technology.” – Improbable Research
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