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In this Quick Tok episode, Jack discusses three crazy stories from the USA.
The Jersey Devil Legend (Early 18th Century): The legend of the Jersey Devil originates from the Pine Barrens of New Jersey. According to the myth, a woman named Mother Leeds gave birth to a 13th child who transformed into a hideous creature with hooves, wings, and a forked tail. The creature is said to haunt the region, causing mischief and fear. While considered a folklore tale, the Jersey Devil remains a popular and spooky legend in the United States.
The Winchester Mystery House (San Jose, California): The Winchester Mystery House is a sprawling mansion with intricate, nonsensical architecture that was continuously constructed by Sarah Winchester, widow of the firearm magnate William Wirt Winchester. Legend has it that Sarah believed she was haunted by the ghosts of people killed by Winchester rifles and that the mansion’s odd design was intended to confuse these spirits. The mansion features staircases that lead to nowhere, doors that open into walls, and other baffling architectural features.
The Monkey Mania of 1930s America: In the 1930s, there was a brief but strange trend of people keeping monkeys as pets in the United States. This “monkey mania” led to a surge in pet monkey ownership, with celebrities and regular citizens alike adopting monkeys as household companions. However, this trend quickly fizzled out due to the challenges of raising monkeys and the realization that they were not suitable domestic pets.
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