Festival-goers in Cambridge have set a new Guinness World Record for the number of people in the same place dressed as fairies.
Organisers of Strawberry Fair, an annual free event, said 337 people dressed as fairies beating the record of 67, set in Australia in 2010.
Drew Park from the fair committee, said it was “a glimpse of the quirkiness and humour that make Cambridge unique”.
To be an official fairy, participants had to wear wings, tutus and have wands at the ready. A Fairy Queen and King, and Prince and Princess were crowned during the gathering.
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After surviving an automobile accident unscathed in 2010, Icelandic Member of Parliament Árni Johnsen attributed his good fortune to a family of “hidden people” who lived in a boulder near his car wreck.
According to Johnsen, some kindly elves used their magical powers to prevent his demise, and he’s repaying their good deed by moving the creatures’ 30-ton rock house to his home in Höfðaból, where they will enjoy a “window-side” view of the environs. As the MP told the Icelandic newspaper Morgunblaðið:
I had Ragnhildur Jónsdóttir, a specialist in the affairs of elves from Álfagarðurinn in Hellisgerði, Hafnarfjörður, to come look at the boulder with me [...] She said it was incredible, that she had never met three generations of elves in the same boulder before [...]
She said an elderly couple lives on the upper floor but a young couple with three children on the lower floor [...] But they asked whether the boulder could stand on grass. I said that was no problem but asked why they wanted grass. ‘It’s because they want to have sheep.’
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A collection of Victorian taxidermied animals have just been sold at auction in the UK. The collection was from the Brading Experience Museum on the Isle of Wight, which closed in January. More than 500 animals were up for auction, including many fantastic creatures. This unicorn sold for £2,800, and there was also a Yeti, mermaid, hare with antlers, winged kittens and many other curious things.
There is a long history of creating ‘gaffs’, combining elements of different animals to create a new, mythological beastie. The Feejee Mermaid, which was part monkey and part fish, is probably most well known. Today these fakes are highly collectible and people were queueing out the door for a chance to bid on these unique creatures.
I read* an interesting little snippet recently – apparently the English King Henry III (1216 – 1272) passed a law decreeing the death penalty for anyone caught “kyllynge, wowndynge, or mamynge” a fairy.
I have no idea if this has ever been repealed, but given the over-bloated nature of the English legal system, perhaps not!
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It fluttered into her life and left a little bit of fairy dust.
But no matter how hard Phyllis Bacon scours her garden, she can find no trace of her silver-winged visitor. All she has is this picture. And as she examines the photo of the tiny glowing creature darting around above her lawn, she finds herself believing in fairies.
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The inhabitants of an Argentinian town claim a strange creature roams their streets at night. Several sightings have occurred of the creepy ‘gnome’, who has a pointed hat and a peculiar sideways walk. It has even been caught on film by a group of teenagers. Jose Alvarez, who filmed the gnome, said “This is no joke. We are still afraid to go out – just like everyone else in the neighbourhood now. One of my friends was so scared after seeing that thing that we had to take him to the hospital.”
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Hakon Robertsen of Norway has refused to tear down a condemned barn on his property because of the goblins he claims live there, the Aftenposten reports.
Robertsen was ordered to tear down the barn in 2005 after complaints from neighbors, but has continued to refuse on the grounds that the “little people” who live there will make bad things happen if he does. He is even willing to sue local authorities in order to keep the barn protected.
“I don’t believe in ghosts, but underworld creatures have taken up residence in the building,” Robertsen said to the local newspaper Nordlys.
He wouldn’t go into details about what he meant, but he said that if he were to comply with the court order, it would be bad news for his life and health.
“A while back I removed the top of the building and that is an experience I will not repeat,” he said, and points out that the barn is built on an old Viking site.
He offered to build a fence around the barn, but otherwise remains steadfast in his determination to leave the goblins’ homestead as is.
Robertsen is being fined $47.50 per day until he demolishes the barn.
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