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They do exist!: Mythical Things that Actually Existed Dragons Theories as to what inspired stories of dragons include lost crocodiles and dinosaur bones, but we can't call these real dragons because humans never encountered dinosaurs, and crocodiles are too small. That's where the Megalania comes in, an ancient relative of the Komod Dragon that terrorized the Aboriginals of Australia. It grew to lengths to wenty-six feet teight meters) and weighed up to 4,300 pounds (1.9 tonsl.Its poisonous saliva contained a blood thinner that caused its tims to bleed to death. Hobbits Excavations of a limestone cave on the Indonesia island of Flores uncovered a three-foot-tall skeleton with a skull one third the size normal human-a hobbit. Researchers discovered the bones of nine such people, the youngest of which dates back about 12,000 years. also found tools and other signs of ciMlization. There are skeptics believe the hobbits are simply humans that suffered from a growth inhibiting condition such as microcephaly, but the popular opinion among scientists is that the hobbits are a separate species like Hean- derthals that shared a common ancestor with humans. Also, Indonesia has active volcanoes, which you could, say, throw a ring insi if needs be.. Kraken The Kraken is widely believed to have been inspired by a giant squid. That's a little bit of a letdown, isn't it? With eyes like beach balls, a gian squid is big for sure, but it lacks a certain...monstrosity. It's not some- thing we could see tearing a boat apart. But recently a Colossal Squid was discovered in the Southern Ocean. estimated to be about forty-six feet lfourteen meters) in length andi beak and eyes are bigger than that of a giant squid. What sets it apart from other squids: in addition to suckers, its limbs are lined with sharp hooks, some that swivel and others that have three points. Now that coul do some damage. Dire Wolf The Dire Wolf has appeared in many role-playing games, and maybe youve read tor seen) them most recently on Game of Thrones. In real gire wohves existed alongside early man and the mega-fauna in the Plei N tocene Age. They were larger than the average wolf, stronget and had asharper teeth.But when the mega-fauna began to go extinct, dire wohves st their primary food source. They were too slow to hunt the smaller that modern grey wohves feasted upon, which forced them to become scavengers-something they weren'treally built for Eventually they out Berserkers Berserkers aren't just a character build from Skyrim, they first appeared in old Norse poems and were feared warriors in their day. But how did they obtain supernatural strength and imulnerabilityP Surely their leg- endary battle frenzies were not more than embellished stories? The stories were true. Berserkers achieved their frenzy by chasing a dragon of a different sort. They took intoxicating drugs before battle--most likely hallucinogens-that made them fearless, stronger and dull to pain and danget Researchers have discovered that the drug bufotenine is capable of reproducing the berserk rage. Amazon Women Youve no doubt heard of the Amazon's-exclusively female tribes of fier warriors who are best known for getting wild with Hercules. The Greekl torian Herodotus wrote of the fate of the Amazons, saying that they weri captured, relocated, overcame their captors, became shipwrecked, ar then ended up on the Eurasian Steppe where they fought the Scythians Thinking the Amazons would make strong wives, The Scythian men cided to fight the next battle on the field of love. The dwindling Amazons eventual agreed to inter-marry with the Scythians as long as their daugl ters were encouraged to continue the proud tradition of the woman war rior Herodotus has been Known to embellish history, so it's best not to belier him unless he's backed by archaeological evidence. And he is. Ancient graves unearthed in the Eurasian Steppe reveal that a good portion of th Scythian women had battle-damaged hones, and that they were buried with swords, bows, daggers and other staples of the warrior Moby Dick and Captain Ahab Hot only was Moby Dick inspired by an actual giant white sperm whale, I the real one was infinitely more badass. He was named Mocha Dick, haps because he lived near the island of Mocha. He came offvictorious against a hundred whaling ships, sending some in splinters to the bottor of the sea. He also took on three wrhaling ships at once and won.Captair Ahab was also inspired by a man lMing around the same time as Mocha Dick. Captain Pollard didn't seek revenge after his ship was wrecked I whale, forcing him and his crew to resort to cannibalism to survīve, but did go back out to sea as the captain of a new ship...that also was sunk- this time by a storm. He spent his remaining years as a night watchman Smithsonian smithchan.com/monstersr CHANNEL monstersnake Imoogi Korean legends speak of Imoogi-enormous pythons believed to be juvenile dragons. It is said that the Imoogi lived in water or caves, and| to survive for a thousand years before they could ascend to heaven become true, fully-formed dragons Although it existed in South America and not Korea, there was a python of such gigantic proportions that we might mistake it for a young dragon. The Titanoboa was roughly 46 feet 14 meters) in length and weighed over a ton. It constricted at a force 400psi,which is like having 1.5 times the Brooklyn Bridge on top of you, and it could swallow a human without even showing a bulge. They went extinct long ago, but we like to think that they ascended to dragon-hood more awesome pictures at THEMETAPICTURE. LAUGH LOAD www.laughload.co They do exist!
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