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Saturday, December 04, 2010

MUIRHEAD`S MYSTERIES: AN ODDITY IN POST-WAR FRANCE, OR NO, I`VE NOT GONE COMPLETELY MAD!

Folks, on reading this story you`ll either think -

A) Richard has gone completely mad; he`s stopped taking his Lithium and Quetiapine
B) Richard is desparate for something interesting to blog and is scraping the bottom of the barrel or
C) Richard has made an amusing and possibly overlooked discovery

I am glad to say C) is true and I include a copy of the page from where this story came because I can barely believe it. Perhaps it alludes to a long-lost piece of political satire; I don`t know; but Reuters chose to carry the story, as did the China Mail in October 1947, so here we go.

Mystery Beast Wears Shoes, Red Overcoat

Parties were being organised today to hunt down a strange gorilla-like beast reported to have been terrorizing the inhabitants of villages near Melun, 25 miles south of Paris during the past week. The beast was first seen swinging
through a forest near Melun by children who said it was wearing shoes and a red overcoat. Reuters. (1)

1. China Mail October 25th 1947

1 comment:

Dale Drinnon said...

There is some sort of a problem in general about a news story about an event which took place near Paris but you only heard about it in Hong Kong......

Actually the story provides an automatic internal explanation: a gorilla-like (brachiating) creature wearing shoes and an overcoat would automatically an escapee from captivity, most likely a former Circus chimpanzee. The only place where apes normally wear clothes is in captivity.

Best Wishes, Dale D.