Fun Fact of the Week #441
The Hodag from "The Hodag of Horror" in Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated is a mythical cryptid that dates back to the Paul Bunyan stories. The first instance of a Hodag sighting was in 1893. Land surveyer Eugene Shepard from Rhineland, Wisconsin, made the report in the daily newspaper. He reported that he and a group of friends had to use dynamite to lure the hodag out. The photograph of the Hodag from Eugene Shepard was shared in the newspaper.
Shepard reported catching another Hodag in 1896 using chloroform and displayed it at the Oneida County Fair. Thousands of people came to see the Hodag. At the Fair, Shepard informed visitors that the Hodag's food source was all white bulldogs.
A group of Smithsonian Institute scientists announced they would be coming to Wisconsin to inspect the creature. Eugene Shepard then revealed that it was all a hoax he'd made up. The creature was merely a stuffed trophy animal that Shepard had rigged up with wires so it would look like it was moving.
Despite the fact that it was a hoax, the Hodag became the official symbol of Rhinelander, Wisconsin due to the mass fame the publicity had brought the town. In addition, Rhinelander High School's mascot is the Hodag. To commemorate the hoax, a local artist named Tracy Goberville created a replica of Eugene's fake Hodag. Moreover, the Rhinelander Ice Arena features two hodags; one full creature and a trophy head that blows smoke out of its nostrils.
Thank you to Drakosleuth for suggesting this fun fact idea for me to research!
2/20/2023 08:59:05 am
This is a really cool fun fact. I was reading this and I wish the hodag wouldn’t of been a hoax because it would’ve been really cool if Eugene Shepard wasn’t making up a hoax about it.
2/20/2023 09:21:17 am
Thanks, and agreed!
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2/20/2023 07:14:00 pm
Here's this adorable image of the upcoming Mystery Pups series. content://com.android.chrome.FileProvider/images/screenshot/16769418972301771620798.jpg
2/20/2023 09:38:38 pm
The link doesn't work, I think you might have accidentally copied the link of the file location on your phone rather than a link to the image online.
2/21/2023 06:38:19 am
The Hodag of Horror:
2/21/2023 06:56:18 am
I liked this episode too! I thought the Hodag was a great villain. It was cool they used Gene Shepard in this episode given that he was the one responsible for the Hodag. I agree Nova is super cute with Scooby! The bit with Sheriff Stone opening the door to another dimension was funny. I was also surprised that a piece of the disk was in a cheese wheel haha.
2/21/2023 08:44:54 am
I discovered another fun fact about this episode. A girl in the crowd in the opening and in the flashback opening the door with the bell ringing has a strong resemblance to Sari Sumdac from Transformers Animated another show that Derrick J Wyatt worked on.
2/21/2023 10:17:45 am
That’s really neat!
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