The Magic Of Urban Myths

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I’m a fan of the Thrillist blog, which is a daily compendium of cool stuff from all over the world.

Last week, they had a really interesting post on urban legends which included a list of the top tales from each state.

The list included gems such as:

Georgia’s curse of Lake Lanier which includes tales of malevolent catfish and strange drownings. Now I know why former City Commissioner Bob Costin enjoys the lake so much.

Maryland’s infamous “Goatman” which allegedly does all the things you would expect a deranged half-goat/half man to do: kill teenagers, eat dogs, scream like a goat, etc. But the most terrifying aspect is just how deep the myth goes in the psyche of residents. The USDA was even forced, at one point, to publicly deny accidentally creating the beast in their Beltsville agricultural research center.

Then there’s Montana’s “Hitchhiker of Black Horse Lake” which refers to an apparition that allegedly haunts a desolate stretch of Highway 87.

Supposedly, drivers experience the body of a native-American man — clad in jeans with jet-black hair — slamming into their windshield as they drive near Great Falls. Legend has it those who encounter the hitcher suddenly find his body bouncing off the front of their car. When they stop to help, there’s nothing there and no damage to the windshield. The hitcher, meanwhile, repeats the cycle endlessly, trapped in his own personal hell as he repeats his moment of death with whichever driver happens to be passing by. So next time you curse the roundabouts in Pineapple Grove, remember it could be worse. A lot worse.

Florida’s entry on the list is the infamous “Skunk Ape”-–which some believe is a relation of Bigfoot.

According to legend, a fully-grown Skunk Ape stands anywhere from 5 to 7 feet tall and weighs approximately 450 pounds. They can be detected by a horrific odor that’s been described as “sun-baked animal carcass” and “rotting garbage.” They mostly eat berries and small animals, but from time to time they’ve been known to ravage farms and tear wild boars to shreds. Recently, a Skunk Ape HQ has popped up in the Everglades where you can book tours or reserve a spot on a hunting expedition to finally prove the hairy beast is real once and for all.

No one is quite sure where the legend began, but theories believe that the Bigfoot myth traveled south to the swamps of Florida where it took on a hairy life of its own.

We are intrigued by the idea of a Skunk Ape headquarters (http://www.skunkape.biz/swamp-eco-tours/). It sounds like an interesting place to work.

The HQ is run by a guy who claims to be a Skunk Ape expert with 40 years of experience.

According to the Swamp Ape HQ, the Apes have great hearing and are very elusive. And while they live “nomadic” lives and tend to concentrate in places like the Everglades and other Florida parks, some have allegedly been seen near cities.

There haven’t been any documented Skunk Ape attacks, but you can buy t-shirts, koozies and magnets.

This kind of kitsch sounds like Old Florida, back when U.S. 1 had all these really great shops selling little palm trees, shark teeth and alligator heads.

Only in America….

 

Weekend Best Bets: WellFest and Unique Florida Experiences

WellFest Founder Bob Lipp and Sandra Tribioli want to position Delray as a wellness destination.

WellFest Founder Bob Lipp and Sandra Tribioli want to position Delray as a wellness destination.

WellFest Tops Our List


Bob Lipp and the WellFest team believe that Delray Beach can become internationally renowned for health and wellness.
Who are we to disagree? Plus, in the interest of full disclosure I own a small piece of the festival, but the reason we find Lipp’s vision so compelling is that he is tapping into a serious trend that Delray Beach is well positioned to capture: the desire of people to live, full, healthy and productive lives.
WellFest will be at Delray Center for the Performing Arts all weekend with top notch speakers at the nearby Hyatt Place.
Do yourself a favor and visit the expo where you will be able to sample great good and talk to top notch practitioners.

Visit www.wellfestusa.com for tickets and information

Safari in the Glades

Feeling adventurous?
Have we got an idea for you.
How about a “Sunset Safari” at the Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge, 10216 Lee Road, in Boynton Beach.
Inteprid souls can take a VIP tour of the refuge, which includes an airboat ride, guided canoe trip, nature walk, a reception, dinner, music and live music all to benefit the Marshall Foundation for the Everglades.
The cost is $1,000, but the experience is completely unique and one of a kind. The Safari takes place from 3-7 p.m. Saturday, March 8.
For more information call 233-9004 or visit www.artmarshall.org

Delray Home Tour Offered

We know next Thursday is not technically this weekend, but it’s our blog and we like the cause so we are urging you to get tickets for a Delray Home Tour of the terrific Palm Trail neighborhood, March 13 to benefit the Achievement Centers for Children and Families.
The time of the tour is 10 a.m. 4 p.m. and the cost is $100.
Palm Trail is one of Delray’s premier neighborhoods and features a wide variety of design and architectural styles.  For information call 266-0003 ext. 16 or visit www.delrayhometour.com.

Cousin Brucie in Boca

Remember Cousin Brucie?
The legendary DJ will be in Boca March 7 for “Pop, Rock and Doo Wop Live” a tribute to the legends of 50s and 60s rock and roll.
Featuring Shirley Alston Reeves of The Shirelles, The Vogues, The Legendary Teenagers, Jimmy Clanton and The Reflections, tickets range from $39-$75.
The event will be held at Barry Kaye Performing Arts Auditorium at the University Center at FAU.
Call 800-564-9539 or visit www.fauevents.com for more information.

A True Florida Experience

How about something completely different for kids of almost all ages (10 and up).
Gumbo Limbo Nature Center in Boca is offering a “Seining the Lagoon” program, March 8.
Explore the grasses and flats of the Intracoastal Waterway. Hand held dip nets and large seine nets allow participants to catch and release a variety of fish, shrimp, crabs and other marine life.
Cost is $5 for members, $8 for non-members. Call 544–8615 for times and reservations.