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  1. #1 Mythological creature in English-speaking countries (or Isle of man): Pymodee / Phymodee? 
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    Hello,

    There's a mythological being in my area of NW Spain that hunters use for playing pranks on newbees.

    It consists in convinsing the victim about the existence of certain very shy nocturnal critters known as biosbardos (cocerellos or gamusinos in other areas) and having him wait them out all night, usually in some inhospitable place up in the mountain, while performing pointless tasks like beating the ground with a stick to get the unsuspecting "biosbardo" to go running into a bag, drowning in a river, etc.

    I read that there is a similar myth on the Isle of Man known as the phymodee or some other variant but I haven't found anything online.

    Anyone know about it? (or any other similar pranks).


    Bellow is the only existing photograph of a biosbardo:



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    I have thus reinaugurated the anthropology subforum for 2017.

    Edit: actually I haven't (Beringia).


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    Yup, got some of them critters right here - in these threads they are entangled, where the pointless task of waving your reasonings at terriers prevents you from spending time on the real issues which people might actually be interested in. Careful of a substance called 'woo' - attracts them like flies. Keep your woo in a bottle for personal use and no matter how fiercely the Wraiths of Mordor hunt you down, keep your faith safe in your pocket, where the Preciouses won't find it.
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    I'm not sure I get your point...

    I'm talking about a myth that is used to play practical jokes on people (usually newbie hunters).

    Not that the thing actually exists.

    Or maybe it does; the picture seems authentic enough.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Quantumologist View Post
    Yup, got some of them critters right here - in these threads they are entangled, where the pointless task of waving your reasonings at terriers prevents you from spending time on the real issues which people might actually be interested in. Careful of a substance called 'woo' - attracts them like flies. Keep your woo in a bottle for personal use and no matter how fiercely the Wraiths of Mordor hunt you down, keep your faith safe in your pocket, where the Preciouses won't find it.
    You are not going to last here much longer, are you?

    You come to a science forum, spout vague nonsense, and when people take issue with that (what with this being a science forum and everything), you get sulky and play victim, as with your bitter and sarcastic response above.

    I should give it up. You are not enjoying it and your prejudices are too strong to enable you to learn. Stick to the dowsing and talks on crystals to women's groups in Swindon.
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    In North America we have the Sasquatch, aka Bigfoot, does that count? The most amazing thing about these supposedly ape like forest creatures is that no matter how many hunters it encounters, no matter how skilled the marksmen, no matter how sophisticated the weaponry is that they face and no matter how close the hunter gets to one, it can't be shot. To a lesser degree, no matter how many photographers it encounters, no matter how skilled the photographer, no matter how sophisticated the photography equipment is, and no matter how close one is to the subject, no one can take even a half decent clear photograph of one.
    All that belongs to human understanding, in this deep ignorance and obscurity, is to be skeptical, or at least cautious; and not to admit of any hypothesis, whatsoever; much less, of any which is supported by no appearance of probability...Hume
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    I knew about the Saaquatch (there are almas, yetis, and all those guys) but I was referring specifically to the custom of playing pranks on newbies. It's extended all over the Spanish mainland (and I assume Portugal too).
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    I can vouch as a person who was a child in the Pacific Northwest of United states, that Sasquatch is used in exactly that manner for out of town visitors and children. There was an area along the Skykomish River where family and friends would camp every summer and the Adults had gone as far as placed reflectors on trees across the river that they would shine lights on to seem like eyes watching.
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    https://www.livescience.com/24598-bigfoot.html

    Excerpt:
    Hoaxers have further contaminated the problem of sorting fact from fiction. Dozens of people have admitted faking Bigfoot prints, photographs, and nearly every other type of Bigfoot evidence. One man, Rant Mullens, revealed in 1982 that he and friends had carved giant Bigfoot tracks and used them to fake footprints for decades. Which are real? Which are fake? Often the Bigfoot experts themselves can't agree
    All that belongs to human understanding, in this deep ignorance and obscurity, is to be skeptical, or at least cautious; and not to admit of any hypothesis, whatsoever; much less, of any which is supported by no appearance of probability...Hume
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