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10 Cryptids That Were Proven False

A cryptic is a creature or plant whose existence has been suggested but is unrecognized by scientific consensus and often regarded as highly unlikely. Many of them are still debated today, such as sasquatch and chupacabra. Meanwhile, some has been proven to exist, such as the okapi and kangaroo. Unfortunately, some has been proven to be merely a hoax or a misidentification. We will look at 10 cryptids that have been proven not to exist. Note: I only included those that have been fully disproven and considered by the cryptozoological community to be non-existent. Because of these, bigfoot and aliens are not included.

10

Rods

Moths Attracted By Floodlight

Rods (sometimes known as “sky fish” or “solar entities”) are elongated artifacts produced by cameras that inadvertently capture several of a flying insect’s wingbeats. Videos of rod-shaped objects moving quickly through the air were claimed by some to be alien life forms or small UFOs, but subsequent experiments showed that these rods appear in film because of an optical illusion/collusion (especially in interlaced video recording).

Investigators have shown that rods are mere tricks of light which result from how images (primarily video images) of flying insects are recorded and played back. In particular, the fast passage before the camera of an insect flapping its wings has been shown to produce rodlike effects, due to motion blur, if the camera is shooting with relatively long exposure times.

Getting no satisfactory answer to the phenomenon, curious scientists at the facility decided that they would try to solve the mystery by attempting to catch these airborne creatures. Huge nets were set up and surveillance cameras then captured images of rods flying into the trap. When the nets were inspected, the “rods” were no more than regular moths and other ordinary flying insects. Subsequent investigations proved that the appearance of flying rods on video was an optical illusion created by the slower recording speed of the camera.

9

Wild Haggis

Wild Haggis

Wild haggis (Haggis scoticus) is a fictional creature said to be native to the Scottish Highlands. It is comically claimed to be the source of haggis, a traditional Scottish dish that is in fact made from the innards of sheep (including heart, lungs, and liver).

According to some sources, the wild haggis’s left and right legs are of different lengths, allowing it to run quickly around the steep mountains and hillsides which make up its natural habitat, but only in one direction. It is further claimed that there are two varieties of haggis, one with longer left legs and the other with longer right legs. The former variety can run clockwise around a mountain while the latter can run anti clockwise. The two varieties coexist peacefully but are unable to interbreed in the wild because in order for the male of one variety to mate with a female of the other, he must turn to face in the same direction as his intended mate, causing him to lose his balance before he can mount her. As a result of this difficulty, differences in leg length among the haggis population are accentuated.


8

Fur-bearing Trout

The fur-bearing trout (or furry trout) is a fictional creature native to the northern regions of North America, particularly Canada, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, and the Great Lakes. The basic claim (or tall tale) is that the waters of lakes and rivers in the area are so cold that a species of trout has evolved which grows a thick coat of fur to maintain its body heat. Another theory says that it is due to four jugs of hair tonic being spilled into the Arkansas River.

In reality, a possible source may have been a simple misunderstanding. A 17th century Scottish immigrant’s letter to his relatives referring “furred animals and fish” being plentiful in the New World, followed by a request to procure a specimen of these “furred fish” to which the mischievous Scotsman readily complied by making one up, is often cited. In fact, the “cotton mold” Saprolegnia will sometimes infect fish, causing tufts of fur-like growth to appear on the body. A heavy infection will result in the death of the fish, and as the fungus continues to grow afterwards, dead fish that are largely covered in the white “fur” can occasionally be found washed ashore.

7

Skvader

Skvader

The skvader is a Swedish fictional creature that was constructed in 1918 by the taxidermist Rudolf Granberg and is permanently displayed at the museum at Norra Berget in Sundsvall. It has the forequarters and hind legs of a hare (Lepus), and the back, wings and tail of a female wood grouse (Tetrao urogallus). It was later jokingly given the Latin name Tetrao lepus pseudo-hybridus rarissimus L.

The name is a combination of two words, and this is the explanation provided by the Svenska Akademiens Ordbok (Dictionary of the Swedish Academy): The prefix skva- from “skva-ttra” (quack or chirp), and the suffix -der from “tjä-der” (wood grouse).

The skvader originates from a tall tale hunting story told by a man named Håkan Dahlmark during a dinner at a restaurant in Sundsvall in the beginning of the 20th century. To the amusement of the other guests, Dahlmark claimed that he in 1874 had shot such an animal during a hunt north of Sundsvall. On his birthday in 1907, his housekeeper jokingly presented him with a painting of the animal, made by her nephew and shortly before his death in 1912, Dahlmark donated the painting to a local museum. During an exhibition in Örnsköldsvik in 1916 the manager of the museum became acquainted with the taxidermist Rudolf Granberg. He then mentioned the hunting story and the painting and asked Granberg if he could re-construct the animal. In 1918 Granberg had completed the skvader and it has since then been a very popular exhibition item at the museum, which also has the painting on display.

A strikingly similar creature called the “rabbit-bird” was described by Pliny the Elder in Natural History. This creature had the body of a bird with a rabbit’s head and was said to have inhabited the Alps.

6

Jackalope

Jackalope

The jackalope is a mythical animal of North American folklore (a so-called “fearsome critter”) described as a jackrabbit with antelope horns or deer antlers and sometimes a pheasant’s tail (and often hind legs). The word “jackalope” is a portmanteau of “jackrabbit” and “antelope”, an archaic spelling of “antelope”. It is also known as Lepus temperamental us.

It is possible that the tales of jackanapes were inspired by sightings of rabbits infected with the Shope papilloma virus, which causes the growth of horn- and antler-like tumors in various places on the rabbit’s head and body. This can occur in cottontail rabbits under natural conditions and in domestic rabbits under experimental conditions. Systemic regression of warts occurs in a variable proportion of rabbits as a consequence of a specific cell-mediated immune response. Persistent warts may progress into invasive carcinomas. Progression into carcinomas is observed in approximately 25% of cottontail rabbits and in up to 75% of domestic rabbits with persistent warts. The jackalope has bred the rise of many outlandish (and largely tongue-in-cheek) claims as to the creature’s habits. For example, it is said to be a hybrid of the pygmy-deer and a species of “killer rabbit”. Reportedly, jackanapes are extremely shy unless approached. Legend also has it that female jackanapes c an be milked as they sleep belly up and that the milk can be used for a variety of medicinal purposes. It has also been said that the jackalope can convincingly imitate any sound, including the human voice. It uses this ability to elude pursuers, chiefly by using phrases such as “There he goes! That way!”

During days of the Old West, when cowboys gathered by the campfires singing at night, jackanapes could often be heard mimicking their voices. It is said that a jackalope may be caught by putting a flask of whiskey out at night. The jackalope will drink its fill of whiskey and its intoxication will make it easier to hunt. In some parts of the United States it is said that jackalope meat has a taste similar to lobster. However, legend has it that they are dangerous if approached. It has also been said that jackanapes will only breed during electrical storms including hail, explaining its rarity.

According to the Douglas Chamber of Commerce, a 1930s hunting trip for jackrabbits led to the idea of a Jackalope. Herrick and his brother had studied taxidermy by mail order as teenagers.When the brothers returned from a hunting trip, Herrick tossed a jackrabbit carcass into the taxidermy store, where it came to rest beside a pair of deer antlers. The accidental combination of animal forms sparked Douglas Herrick’s idea for a jackalope.

5

The Madagascar tree

The Ya-Te-Veo

In 1881 German explorer “Carl Liche” wrote an account in the South Australian Register of encountering a sacrifice performed by the “Mkodo” tribe of Madagascar:
“the slender delicate palpi, with the fury of starved serpents, quivered a moment over her head, then as if instinct with demoniac intelligence fastened upon her in sudden coils round and round her neck and arms; then while her awful screams and yet more awful laughter rose wildly to be instantly strangled down again into a gurgling moan, the tendrils one after another, like great green serpents, with brutal energy and infernal rapidity, rose, retracted themselves, and wrapped her about in fold after fold, ever tightening with cruel swiftness and savage tenacity of anacondas fastening upon their prey.”

The tree was given further publicity by the 1924 book by former Governor of Michigan Chase Osborn, Madagascar, Land of the Man-eating Tree. Osborn claimed that both the tribes and missionaries on Madagascar knew about the hideous tree, and also repeated the above Liche account.

In his 1955 book, Salamanders and other Wonders, science author Willy Ley determined that the Mkodo tribe, Carl Liche, and the Madagascar man-eating tree itself all appeared to be fabrications


4

Thetis Lake Monster

Thetis Monster Squad61

On 22 August 1972, the Victoria Daily Times reported that two local teens claimed to have been chased from the beach at Thetis Lake by a creature which roughly resembled Gill-man from the Creature from the Black Lagoon. One of the teens claimed to have been slashed on the hand by the creature, which displayed three webbed toes and fingers along with a barbed fins on its skull, arms, and legs, prompting an investigation by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. It was described to be “roughly triangular in shape, about five feet (~1.5 m) tall and five feet across the base”. At the time, the officer stated that “the boys seem sincere, and until we determine otherwise we have no alternative but to continue our investigation.” Four days after the story was reported, two men claimed to have spotted the creature on the opposite side of the lake from its first appearance. According to one, “it came out of the water and looked around. Then it went back into the water. Then we ran!”

The boys described the creature as “shaped like an ordinary body, like a human being body but it had a monster face, and it was scaly [with] a point sticking out of its head [and] great big ears.” They believed the creature had a humanlike face, although it appeared to have scaly and silvery-blue colored skin. On 26 August 1972, The Province received a call from a man claiming to have lost a pet Tegu lizard in the area the previous year. Tegus, indigenous to Latin America and mostly carnivorous, can grow up to four feet in length. They are commonly kept as pets. The investigating police officers believed the lizard matched the description of the creature and the case was closed.

3

Kasai rex

Johnson Hoax

Kasai rex is an animal claimed to be a carnivorous living dinosaur in Africa. There are conflicting descriptions of it, and the only original reports are suspected by most cryptozoologists to be dubious.

In 1932 John Johnson (sometimes spelled Johanson), a Swedish plantation owner, was traveling with a servant in the Kasai valley, in the Belgian Congo (now Democratic Republic of the Congo). They encountered rhinoceros, and, while attempting to pass it without detection, were surprised by a large creature rushing out of the undergrowth and attacking the rhinoceros. The servant ran away and Johnson fainted. He awoke to see that the creature was eating the rhinoceros. “It was reddish in color, with blackish-colored stripes,” he said later. “It had a long snout and numerous teeth.” He decided that the creature, 13 m (43 ft) long, was a Tyrannosaurus. he also said “The legs were thick; it reminded me of a lion, built for speed”.

There is a similar story in an edition of the Rhodesia Herald, also from 1932, albeit accompanied by an obviously hoaxed photo, it is probably untrue:

‘On February 16 last I went on a shooting trip, accompanied by my gun bearer. I had only a Winchester for small game, not expecting anything big. At 2 p.m. I had reached the Kasai valley (sic).

No game was in sight. As we were going down to the water, the boy suddenly called out “elephants”. It appeared that two giant bulls were almost hidden by the jungle. About 50 yards away from them I saw something incredible – a monster, about 16 yards in length, with a lizard’s head and tail. I closed my eyes and reopened them. There could be no doubt about it, the animal was still there. My boy cowered in the grass whimpering.

I was shaken by the hunting-fever. My teeth rattled with fear. Three times I snapped; only one attempt came out well. Suddenly the monster vanished, with a remarkably rapid movement. It took me some time to recover. Alongside me the boy prayed and cried. I lifted him up, pushed him along and made him follow me home. On the way we had to transverse a big swamp. Progress was slow, for my limbs were still half-paralyzed with fear. There in the swamp, the huge lizard appeared once more, tearing lumps from a dead rhino. It was covered in ooze. I was only about 25 yards away.

It was simply terrifying. The boy had taken French leave, carrying the rifle with him. At first I was careful not to stir, then I thought of my camera. I could hear the crunching of rhino bones in the lizard’s mouth. Just as I clicked, it jumped into deep water.

The experience was too much for my nervous system. Completely exhausted, I sank down behind the bush that had given me shelter. Blackness reigned before my eyes. The animal’s phenomenally rapid motion was the most awe-inspiring thing I have ever seen.’

I must have looked like one demented, when at last I regained camp. Metcalfe, who is the boss there, said I approached him, waving the camera about in a silly way and emitting unintelligible sounds. I dare say I did. For eight days I lay in a fever, unconscious nearly all the time.’

This story presents problems due to inaccuracies. The hunter claims that “giant bull” elephants were in the jungle – yet forest elephants Loxodonta cyclones are smaller than the familiar elephant L. africana of the plains. A large bull L. africana would have great difficulty in jungle terrain (Though, considering the size of all elephants, it is reasonable that the Elephant could still have been described as large).

There is also the similarity between many aspects of these two stories: the single servant runs off; the creature eats a rhino; and both Johanson and Johnson faint. This suggests a single source for both stories.

It is perhaps notable that, of all crypt ids reported from Africa, this is the only one without a unique name in a local language. A carnivorous animal of this size would not have escaped a unique name by the local population.

Two photographs from the first two sightings are said to exist, each showing radical differences from the other. One shows a creature resembling a large monitor lizard. In this photograph, a white line surrounds the creature; it appears to be a cutout from a nature magazine. The other photograph depicts a Tyrannosaurus-like creature eating a rhinoceros.


2

Hodag

The Hodag

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.”

Shepard claimed to have captured another Hodag in 1896, and this one was captured alive. According to Shepard’s reports, he and several bear wrestlers placed chloroform on the end of a long pole, which they worked into the cave of the creature where it was overcome.

He displayed this Hodag at the first Oneida County fair. Thousands of people came to see the Hodag at the fair or at Shepard’s display in a shanty at his house. Having connected wires to it, Shepard would occasionally move the creature, which would typically send the already-skittish viewers fleeing the display.

As newspapers locally, statewide, and then nationally began picking up the story of the apparently remarkable, living creature, a small group of scientists from the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.announced they would be traveling to Rhinelander to inspect the apparent discovery. Their mere announcement spelled the end, as Shepard was then forced to admit that the Hodag was a hoax.

1

Cardiff Giant

Cardiff Giant

The giant was the creation of a New York tobacconist named George Hull. Hull, an atheist, decided to create the giant after an argument at a Methodist revival meeting about the passage in Genesis 6:4 stating that there were giants who once lived on Earth.

Hull hired men to carve out a 10-foot (3.0 m) long, 4.5-inch block of gypsum in Fort Dodge, Iowa, telling them it was intended for a monument to Abraham Lincoln in New York. He shipped the block to Chicago, where he hired Edward Burghardt, a German stonecutter, to carve it into the likeness of a man and swore him to secrecy.

Various stains and acids were used to make the giant appear to be old and weathered, and the giant’s surface was beaten with steel knitting needles embedded in a board to simulate pores. In November 1868 Hull transported the giant by rail to the farm of William Newell, his cousin. By then, he had spent US$2,600 on the hoax.

Nearly a year later, Newell hired Gideon Emmons and Henry Nichols, ostensibly to dig a well, and on October 16, 1869 they found the giant.

Newell set up a tent over the giant and charged 25 cents for people who wanted to see it. Two days later he increased the price to 50 cents. Archaeological scholars pronounced the giant a fake, and some geologists even noticed that there was no good reason to try to dig a well in the exact spot the giant had been found. Eventually, Hull sold his part-interest for $23,000 to a syndicate of five men headed by David Hannum. They moved it to Syracuse, New York for exhibition. The giant drew such crowds that showman P. T. Barnum offered $50,000 for the giant. When the syndicate turned him down he hired a man to model the giant’s shape covertly in wax and create a plaster replica. He put his giant on display in New York, claiming that his was the real giant and the Cardiff Giant was a fake.

Hannum sued Barnum for calling his giant a fake, but the judge told him to get his giant to swear on his own genuineness in court if he wanted a favorable injunction. On December 10, Hull confessed to the press. On February 2, 1870 both giants were revealed as fakes in court. The judge ruled that Barnum could not be sued for calling a fake giant a fake.



  • bomboozle

    uh.. ok

    • KingV369

      one word PHOTOSHOP

      • Minato Namikaze

        i agree with you……. what if it were true?? WHAT IF??????

    • FirstAsAlways

      First.

    • ConstableDubs

      How about a list of cryptids that were proven true?

      • How about a list of cryptids that were proven true?

        We had that list fairly recently.

        • NJH

          If you consider August 2010 recently then yes, we had that list recently : )

          • August 2010

            WOW! That long ago? It must have made quite an impression on me :)

  • jfreaker

    hodag looks evil!

  • David Hopkins

    #8 I wrote a science fiction novel called “The Stolen Treasure” in my teen years that had a fish species called Furlica, that was a hairy fish.

    • segues

      How many furred fish skins would it take to make a fish fur coat?

      • DR. ROBOTO

        Exactly 24 fully grown Fur-Bearing Fish are needed to make a Medium size fur coat.

        • Exactly 24…

          I’d better get my fishing pole ready ;)

  • What about the hoop snake (a story that terrified me as a kid) or the well known Australian drop bears? I can only surmise that since they didn’t make the list, they must be real.

    • Julia

      Of course drop bears are real. It’s terrible when people try to say otherwise. Downright cruel, even. If people don’t think they exist then they won’t take the proper precautions, like not standing under gumtrees without checking them first.
      It makes me sad when people tell tourists they aren’t real. It’s just mean.

    • segues

      YIKES! Hoop snakes terrified me, too!
      I grew up hearing about jumping snakes, too, but they may have been a family tale :|
      Good list, Cedric Mandanas, amusing. Thanks :)

  • AussieNik

    LOL you left out Swamp Thing and hot New Zeelander girls LMFWAO!!!!! Aussie Aussie Aussie oi oi oi!

    • AussieNikWannaBeCornish/Welsh!

      Er…. Oggy Oggy Oggy! Oi Oi Oi! Blimin’ Thief! Get your own!

      • mmmmmmmmm……………….

        Cornish Pasties……. Oi Oi Oi!

    • GrammerNazi

      You also left out Australian geniuses and hot Australian girls that don’t tan so much they end up looking like a old used and abused piece of leather off Woody Harrelsons horse saddle.

      • Agreed!

        Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!

    • Steph

      Where is the New Zeeland you speak of? If you are going to insist on slagging off Kiwi’s and their home land on EVERY SINGLE LIST…at least learn to spell it right! And yes everyone, I’m aware he’s a troll and we aren’t supposed to feed them but this guy is a complete douche…I’m surprised Jamie, being a fellow Kiwi, even puts up with his crap!

      • Steph

        Grr…edit function required! *this New Zeeland* and *Kiwis*…Sorry!

  • ListverseLover

    A comment board without a smug remark from flippant … Whaaa??!!!

    • Flippant

      She seem’d, at once, some penanced lady elf,
      Some demon’s mistress, or the demon’s self.
      – John Keats

      Lol you’ve done it now, LVLover.. you’ve summoned the beast. You shoulda just whispered my name, if uttered it at all. :D

      Now everyone’s gonna be majorly pìssed off at you today if I be a menace leaving smartarse remarks everywhere. :lol:

      • Maggot

        Some people have a problem with premature emissions. It probably would’ve been better had he let you come first before saying anything.

        • anon

          Look at you to pathetic fu.cking losers commenting together. Someone says flippant and guess who shows up like a fu.cking pack of stray dogs with their fu.cking dumb a.ss remarks, maggot and flippant running in a pack thinking every fu.cking comment on here needs their fu.cking sh^ty input. The other day you told me that nothing I could fu.cking say would keep you from commenting on this site like you always fu.cking do, and that you would keep being your fu.cking self. Do you really fu.cking think that I was trying to keep you the fu.ck off the fu.cking web? And that you were being strong, brave, and fu.cking defiant by staying on here? It’s so fu.cking obvious there is nothing I can fu.cking do to keep you from running your big fu.cking mouth. It’s not like i’m a dictator telling you to leave my country, and your being brave by staying. It’s the fu.cking internet. You seem like stuck-up co.cky fu.cking loser. You can never just have a light easy going fu.cking conversation on here. You always fu.cking act like people have to contribute the fu.cking best conversation filled with fu.cking information that you like. If someone commented under your fu.cking post asking how your fu.cking day has gone, you would just fu.cking ignore it, because it’s not fu.cking good enough for the mighty fu.cking maggot. Oh, no you wouldn’t even waste your fu.cking time on such foolish sh^t. Stop fu.cking talking down on people. I will tell you this fu.cking much, I am fu.cking smart. I do not need to use fu.cking words to prove it. I do not need to try to always act like a fu.cking intellect all the time. I can always tell natural intellects from the fu.cking sh^tty wannabe’s. wannabe’s are always fu.cking trying to fu.cking think of the smartest fu.cking comment they can say. If you asked them to shut their fu.cking mouths for one fu.cking second and solve a fu.cking real world problem, their fu.cking weak minds would fu.cking collapse from stress.

          • Maggot

            Meh, that was about a C+. Sorry dawg, just keepin’ it real. The effort was there, but I just wasn’t feeling it. If I may, allow me to offer you a bit of friendly advice on how to refine your schtick: Dial it down a notch. I mean, the vitriol is fine, but make it more believable, maybe mix it up a little. You’re getting dangerously close to self-parody here. You don’t want to become a caricature of yourself, do you? Well maybe you do, I dunno, but it takes someone who knows what they are doing (like me) to pull that off, and I don’t think you’re quite there yet, grasshoppah. So heed my sage advice. Baby steps. You know what I mean? You can thank me later.

          • Flippant

            Today’s angry tantrum was brought to you by the word fu.cking.

            Lol so tell me, anonymous one, how does it feel to be a goose honking amongst tuneful swans? :D

          • Cfolsom1

            wtf just happened. I guess I must be a dumbass then? Anyways, cool list. And we can’t really say either way that Bigfoot has been proven or disproven. There has been hoaxes proven and it seems rather unusual that NO ONE has found a dead carcass. But with much of Alaska and northern Canada not completely explored it still raises a possibility. And what about the yeti incident in Siberia. I know they found “hairs” but I haven’t heard of any conclusion yet.

        • Flippant

          Lol Maggy, absolutely :D. But at least he hung around and didn’t disappear faster than a fart in a fan factory.. and become a premature evacuator too. :lol:

          • I’m guessing the Flippant above you isn’t you.

          • Flippant

            Correct, Segues. *sighs*

            Can Mods see email addresses? Am I able to get them to delete that idiots posts as my name?

          • Flip, mods can indeed see the IPs. Just click Report below the offending comment, add the fact that it’s an impostor in the box that arises, and it’ll be seen and dealt with.

          • Flip, the mods see IPs, not just e.mail addys.

          • Flippant

            Just click Report below the offending comment…

            Thanks, Segues. I’ll have to see if Jamie can put a “Report” button on the mobile site as there isn’t one here. :?
            _______________________

            Good thing you can change email addresses and not have to confirm them before you post whatever you want, so mods seeing the email address of the sender is about as useless as you flip.

            What? You completely miss my point, fake. Of course people can change their email address. But I use the one email.. and the chances of you using the same email as ME, whereby making your impersonation of me complete, is slim to none. So yeah, if Mods can see emails then they can also easily see that you are not me.

      • ListverseLover

        Y u so smart ????

        • Flippant

          Well, LVLover, shhh don’t tell anybody, but I happened to stumble across a list on here titled “Ways to Seem Smarter than you Are” and I follow its advice closer than a religious-nut with a Bible. :D

  • dizit

    Cryptids are real.
    Really.
    I should know ;)

    Fun list. Nice to throw in some silliness once in a while.

  • Mon

    The concept of wild haggis is insane! HAHAHA

    • Nope

      Actually the Wild Haggis description is a copy/paste of a French cryptid. Not sure about which one came first though.
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dahu

      • Nope

        By the way, the French version has 4 variants, but it seems this kind of cryptid exists in several countries of Europe and in Northern America. Interesting to see how this story is “universal”, I wonder who brought it where from where.

  • Will Trame

    The jackalope looks like the critter that Neon Park depicted in his album cover artwork for Little Feat’s “The Last Record Album”. I always thought that the Cardiff Giant was considered to be far more of a hoax than a cryptid. Let’s not forget the squonk and the ever elusive snipe.

    Good list.

  • NameTom Payne

    It was amusing to read your overly earnest account of the Jackalope. As if anyone EVER seriously proposed it as a real creature. Here’s a clue: There is no reason to postulate some bizarre explanation. IT WAS ALWAYS A JOKE.

    • Flippant

      Lol oh that bashful Cardiff Giant, always hiding his precious belly button from me.. he’s such a tease. :lol:

      • Flippant

        Whoa! Sorry, Tom.. my comment wasn’t supposed to be a reply to your post. I’m not really sure what happened there. I musta been distracted by lurid thoughts of.. umm.. belly buttons and whatnot. :D

        • dizit

          I musta been distracted by lurid thoughts…

          Combined with the triple shot of Irish whisky in your morning java ;)

          • Flippant

            Lol nah, Dizz.. I made that post something like 9-10pm. And, for some bizarre reason, my boss doesn’t like it when I drink alcohol while I’m pullin’ an all-nighter. :(

        • Arsnl

          The probabilty if you not mentioning the Cardiff giant was 0.
          Are you lacking something in your life, flip?

          • jacaris

            The probabilty if you not mentioning the Cardiff giant was 0

            hahahaha!

          • Flippant

            Are you lacking something in your life, flip?

            Lol yes, Arsni.. Johnny Depp. I would be your best friend for evarrrrrr if you would get him for me. No need to wrap him up like a pretty gift.. unwrapped will be perfectly fine. :D

  • Christine Vrey

    Fun list!! Thanks

  • Reggae

    Where’s ManBearPig?!

    • Crumbed Jutzes

      Behind you! RUN!

  • Oh wow I didn’t know rods were proven false. Good list!

  • Cool list, I’ve only heard of the Jackalope before.

    It’s strange that some people made up creatures when travellling to foreign lands, surely there would have been animals that were unusual themselves that they could have told people about.

  • listverse fan

    I am sorry for hijacking the comments but I am looking for mom424. I want to tell her I loved her recipe list from way back and ask if she has written others perhaps? Or maybe possibly she will do another. Again sorry for hijacking the comments.

    • mom424

      Present and accounted for – and no. I’ve started a couple and never finished ’em. I’ve one on the go about noteworthy Canadians…..one of these days.

  • uncle pervy

    Heh heh heh… furry trout… I’ve tasted those before… ;-)

    • bluesman87

      HAH!

  • Jay

    whoa! listverse is on a roll!! Great Bizarre, crime n mystery and science n nature lists in the last couple of days!!!!!!!!!!!! keep em coming

  • Blah

    “antelope”, an archaic spelling of “antelope”? It’s spelled the exact same each time.

    • HouseOfSiphonophore

      Oh good, I thought I was missing something when I read that….

  • Sbtier

    Good list. They did rods recently on the ScyFy show Fact or Faked.

  • Zair

    Good list however people make up the weirdest creature like the rabbit with antlers come on if I lived there and people claimed to see that I would just laugh at them :) one that I thought was kinda believable was the fish with fur sounds like a prehistoric creature :)

  • How did this list get written or published without the mighty nauga?

  • vanowensbody

    Great list. I remember reading about #3 when I was a boy, in those great “mens adventure” magazines. I believed it was true, or at least possible. Of all the ones on this list it seemed to be the most plausible (though the man-eating tree of Madagascar is pretty cool). We need some mystery on our lives, things that can’t be explained or known. We can understand and prove too much these days with computers and technology. Myths and legends and these creatures have always been part of our lives and our lives are less rich without them.

    • segues

      …reading about #3 … I believed it was true…

      I remember reading about that creature, too! I bought it because I wanted it to be true :D

  • howardfrankfort

    Now, read some of the articles again, and use the voice of Michael Palin to read them.

    • gav

      And then try it with the voice of Sarah Palin

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  • Letonshia

    This list turned me on.

  • House M.D

    Hey, you cannot denounce every thing you see in this list. The Thetis lake monster is very real. In fact, he is not much of a monster at all. He came in for a check-up with a minor cold. Had to tell him to stay out of the water in the winter months. He signed his name as Frank. He enjoys the little things in life. A tea party on a rainy day, kite flying on windy days, volleyball in the summer, skiing in the winter. The whole mix-up with the Canadian police…he baked some cookies and was trying to deliver them to his neighbors. His only friend is GrammerNazi. He is not a monster, just misunderstood.

  • mom424

    Most of these aren’t really cryptids; there was never any question about them being fake. There are cryptids though – we have our own right handy to where I live. Kempenfelt Kelly; said to live in Lake Simcoe, along the lines of Nessie. Okanagan lake has Ogopogo; Lake Nipigon supposedly has some giant prehistoric otter type creature. And that’s just scratching the surface. Of course, I don’t really believe in any of them but it is fascinating just how long these particular myths have been around. Since before Europeans ever made it to North America. Deep, murky lakes swallow folks up all the time – best to blame something rather than misadventure/accident eh?

  • oouchan

    Many claims like these fall before evidence. Many more will fall. It’s still fun to let your brain out to wander once and a while though.

    Fun list.

  • The Eleventh Cryptid: The American Job.

  • factorization

    what about the Lochness Monster????

    • alphaphilippines

      there are many versions of it. only the original sighting has been disproved

  • timmy the dying boy

    If you drive nearly anywhere in Wyoming you will see large angled wooden structures near the road. These are the bleachers where people sit and watch the jackalope races.

  • gav

    The Cardiff Giant was circumcised? Interesting. I never knew that.

  • littleboots

    My friend and I were in Banff, Canada. We went to a little trading post that had all kinds of taxidermied animals. In a back room in a dark corner was a glass box that held the most hideous of animals I had ever seen. The top half was of a man ( or boy since it was only about 3 feet long), and the bottom half was a fish. It looked so authentic because it even looked petrified (I’m sure I looked petrified too), we could not even see where the two parts were fused together, it was very well done. There was a write up about the specimen on the glass, I can’t remember exactly what it said, but if you want to read more and see pics I’ll include a link.
    http://www.canada.com/topics/travel/story.html?id

    • dizit

      It appears to made of Papier-mâché.

    • littleboots

      It appears the link did not work…google merman in Banff.

  • Whydoicomebackhere

    Ive seen the Cardiff giant on another list in the last few days, on here or Cracked maybe….

  • Name

    did anyone mention god?

    • HouseOfSiphonophore

      Wow, you are SO clever! And smart! Oh my, you are clearly superior, talking down on those STUPID Christians! I bet you and your many friends spend every night having intellectual conversations that I certainly could never understand!

  • It’s highly likely that you meant “10 cryptids that were PROVED false” as I assume that you intended to use the verb and not the adjective.

    • you meant “10 cryptids that were PROVED false”

      No, proven is fine.

      From TheFreeDictionary:

      prov·en (prvn)

      v.

      A past tense and a past participle of prove.

      adj.

      Having been demonstrated or verified without doubt

      • :O sorry then. I’ve been living a lie!

  • Mabel

    I don’t know how anyone could think the Cardiff Giant was a petrified human. I would have just thought it was an old statue.

  • Fun list! One of my favorite local watering holes.

    http://jackalopelounge.com/

  • brucewillisisaghost!

    I LOL’ed at the Haggis. Is that considered a Cryptid? Here in Scotland everyone regards the Haggis myth to be a joke/prank to play on tourists. In my local area there is an annual tongue in cheek Haggis hunt. It gets advertised and afterwards reviewed in the paper.

    • alphaphilippines

      it turned out the tourists took it seriously

      • Yukihito

        It’s a relief to find someone who can explain thgins so well

  • HouseOfSiphonophore

    I went to look for pics of Rods because I’d never heard of them… #10 is a copy and paste from Wikipedia, word for word.

    • alphaphilippines

      i tried to make it accurate.

      im not like others who makes their own story

  • I love this site, but I gotta tell you, this was kinda weak. No one ever believed in jackalopes, hodags, or wild haggis. They were never meant to be anything more than inside jokes to by locals to have a good laugh at outsiders.

  • Pauly

    I’ve been to Burkettsville, Maryland, USA. Thirteen years after the movie was released, people still visit to find the Blair Witch. If people will look for an entity that film producers admitted never existed in the DVD extras in real life, then it’s fair to say some people will believe anything. Didn’t P.T. Barnum have a great quote about that?

    • Slappy

      “Bitches be crazy.” — P.T. Barnum

      • circlefan

        what p.t. barnum said was: “there is a sucker born every minute”

  • The Doctor

    People actually believed these existed? Of course in the future people will say the same thing about people today believing in Bigfoot, Loch Ness Monster, and the New Jersey Devil.

  • skin2win

    I feel wronged…skyfish…got me…

  • Thorlite

    No 3 ‘the boy had taken French leave’ hahaha FUNNY!!

  • darkillusion13

    The only problem I have with cryptids lists, is while there are no doubt some fakes, the fact of the matter is 86% of life on this planet has not been cataloged.

    It is possible that there were some true sightings that occurred that were later picked up by the con artists and fake evidence was produced for whatever motivation.

    An example of an article that states how little of the life on earth has been cataloged.
    http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2011/08/1

  • Steven Miller

    How about a list of cryptids that turned out to be real ie. giant squid ???

  • davo

    I think it’s cute that people still believe the bible. Odd, very very odd, but somehow cute.

  • Zombiegirl

    furry trout hehe

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  • DAF

    There’s another creature that was a hoax called the Feegree (Figi) Mermaid.