In 1861, the Japanese created an illustrated history of the United States called Osanaetoki Bankokubanashi (β€œChildren’s Illustrated Tales from 10,000 Countries”) which is a mythology of bizarre tales about the country, including John Adams and his fight against a giant serpent nextshark.com/japanese-bo…
β€œsea serpent” myths likely originated from Oarfish. This sometimes 50 foot long fish is known to surface with its head and β€œcrown” out of the water, seemingly searching for something. They usually die after surfacing, however. oceana.org/marine-life/oc…
Today I learned about the Proto-Indo-European motif of 'Chaoskampf', depicting a battle between a cultural deity and a 'chaos monster', often in the shape of a serpent/dragon. Nearly all Indo-European mythologies contain a version of it, and the protagonist is usually associated with thunder in some aspect. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
Today I learned of The Testimony of Truth, a 4th century Gnostic manuscript that tells the story of The Garden of Eden from the point of view the serpent, a gnostic symbol for divine wisdom and knowledge, in which it depicts God as jealous and the villain in the story. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tes…
Mexico tried to replace Santa Claus with Quetzalcoatl, a feathered serpent Aztec god laht.com/article.asp?Arti…
In Arthurian legend, the Questing Beast was a creature with the head of a serpent, body of a leopard, haunches of a lion, and feet of a deer. It may have inspired by third-hand descriptions of giraffes from merchants arthurlegends.com/the-que…
In mythology of Andean civilizations of South America, the amaro, amaru, or katari (aymara) is a mythical serpent or dragon. The amaru was believed capable of transgressing boundaries to and from the spiritual realm of the subterranean world. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ama…
Chichen Itza was constructed so that on the spring and autumn equinox it creates the image of a snake slithering down the pyramid to honor the Mayan deity Kukulan, the Feathered Serpent. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kuk…
PasiphaΓ«, mother of the Minotaur and wife to King Minos, placed a fidelity charm on Minos that would cause him to ejaculate serpents, scorpions, and centipedes, killing any unlawful concubine he laid with. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pas…
An early 19th century Maori chief founded a syncretic cult which worshiped the serpent from the book of Genesis along with other strange beliefs. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pen…
Carl Sagan lived in a sandy-colored stone house with an engraved winged serpent and solar disc above the door. It was once the headquarters for a secret society at Cornell called the Sphinx Head Tomb but was converted into a home in the 1980's. thecut.com/2014/04/my-dad…
One of the most famous documented sightings of a "sea serpent" could actually have been a grey whale's penis dailygrail.com/2018/07/th…
The Serpent Column, which the Greeks created in 478 BC to celebrate their victory over the Persians at Plataea, still exists and was made from the melted-down bronze of the Persians' weapons en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ser…
The reason The Mother Bird in Disney's Alice In Wonderland calls her a serpent is because in the novel her neck grows long, reaching up to the trees. In the film, they simply made her gigantic, but left this dialogue in anyway, thus rendering the serpent-reference pure nonsense. alice-in-wonderland.net/r…
Followers of Glycon, a snake god worshiped in the Roman Empire, did not worship a statue or spirit of a snake, but an actual physical serpent that was allegedly a hand puppet. Comic book writer Alan Moore has declared himself a devotee of Glycon. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gly…
The Ogopogo monster is reported to live in Okanagan Lake, British Columbia. Ogopogo has been allegedly seen by First Nations people since the 19th century. The most common description of Ogopogo is a 40 to 50-foot-long sea serpent and commemorated by a statue in the City of Kelowna en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ogo…
Sea Serpent sightings might have just been sailors seeing Whales mating. soulask.com/this-famous-s…
In ancient Rome the punishment for parricide, killing one's own parent(s), was to be whipped repeatedly and then sewn up in a leather sack along with a serpent, a dog, a rooster and a monkey. The sack was then thrown into a river. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poe…
The Seraphim (6 winged Angel of the Bible) could mean a Fiery Serpent. Because the word Seraph is a synonym for serpant. God could have an army of dragons. It is a subject of debate among theologians. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ser…
In ancient Rome if you were found guilty of killing your parents your execution would be "poena cullei" where you'd be sewn up in a leather sack with a serpent, a cock, a monkey and a dog, and thrown in a river to all drown together en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poe…
"Pharaoh's Serpent" can be created by igniting mercury. And lots of chemistry. youtu.be/2dhHpHOgrUI
2pac's mother named him 'Tupac Amaru' (shining serpent) after the two prominent revolutionary leaders in Peru's history. trackrecord.net/the-secre…
The symbol for medicine, and the "fiery serpents" from the Old Testament are most likely Guinea Worms. The worm causes a burning sensation-hence fiery serpent, and is extracted by being wrapped around a stick-hence the symbol nytimes.com/2005/03/08/he…
The medieval practice of putting dragons, sea serpents and other mythological creatures on their maps was to denote uncharted areas en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/H…
A robot helped discover hundreds of 1,800 year old mysterious orbs covered in Fool's Gold under the Temple of the Feathered Serpent in Mexico theverge.com/platform/amp…
The Rod of Asclepius, the serpent-entwined staff associated with healing and medicine may represent the traditional method of treating Guinea worm disease - where worms were slowly pulled out of wounds over a period of hours to weeks and wrapped around a stick. youtube.com/watch?v=imlrB…
The Caduceus (winged staff with two serpents) is incorrectly used as the symbol of medicine in the US instead of the correct Rod of Asclepius (single serpent on a rod) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cad…
The rare, 20 meter long, King of Herrings is thought to be responsible for many sea serpent sitings. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kin…
Gnostic Christians believed that in the creation story of Adam and Eve, the Serpent was the good guy and that God was the bad guy en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tes…
The Jimmy Carter Foundation is nearing eradication of the parasite known as 'The firey serpent' in the bible. mobile.nytimes.com/2014/1…
Every year in the mekong river in Thailand, hundreds of fireballs erupt from the surface of the water, and nobody knows what causes them. locals believe a mythical serpent called Naga spits fire from the water. The event is known as Naga fireballs. mnn.com/earth-matters/wil…
Arab traders in the 13th century created myth that pepper was cultivated in India β€œguarded” by serpents to maintain their monopoly, keep their source a secret and inflate its price jstor.org/stable/20463498
In medieval bestiaries, Dragons were not described as fire-breathing flying lizards, but as giant "serpents" which hid in trees, hunted elephants by constricting them, and were afraid of panthers bestiary.ca/beasts/beast2…
The Oarfish is the likely source for most sea serpent tales. And although it's a deep water species its not to uncommon to see one. seasky.org/deep-sea/oarfi…
The sea serpent myth likely stemmed from an actual fish with a long serpent-like body, reaching up to 56 ft in length. Despite its size, it's rarely seen due to living primarily in deep open ocean. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oar…
In the Adam and Eve scene on the Sistine Chapel ceiling, Michelangelo painted the serpent as a woman witcombe.sbc.edu/eve-wome…
Today I learned of ethnobotanist Wade Davis who authored a book "The Serpent and the Rainbow" which investigates modern Haitian zombie making through the use of toxins and rituals. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wad…
The Alfa Romeo badge features a child being eaten alive by a serpent en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bis…
In the Genesis narrative, Adam and Eve's surviving son Cain carried on the lineage of humanity by taking his sister as his wife. Also there are theories that the Serpent, not Adam, was the father. books.google.com/books?id…
The Caduceus (Two Serpent Winged Rod) is a horrible symbol for medicine and was popularized by the Army Medical Department in the early 1900s answers.com/topic/caduceu…
In the Nag Hammadi Scriptures (AKA Gnostic Gospels) the Christian creation story is told from the point of view of the serpent. Bonus TIL: the Egyptian farmer who discovered the scriptures was later arrested for killing a man and eating his heart. pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontl…
Some Mormons believe Quetzalcoatl (a "feathery serpent" Aztec deity) to be an ancient appearance of Christ. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Que…
The famous Loch Ness Monster photo was proven to be a toy submarine outfitted with a sea-serpent head. museumofhoaxes.com/hoax/p…
The use of the caduceus (a staff entwined by two serpents) as a symbol of medicine is wrong. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cad…
According to Persian folklore Adam and Eve spoke Persian to one another but the serpent spoke Arabic to Eve because Arabic is a very persuasive language. books.google.com/books?id…
Tupac Shakurs birth name was Lesane Parish Crooks but his mother later changed to to Tupac Amaru which means 'Shining Serpent' biography.com/people/tupa…
Today I learned of Serpent's Wall in Ukraine, probably 2000 km long (still remaining only about half of that) and 6-8 m tall fortification build around II BC-VII AD, similar to The Great Wall of China. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ser…
Kansas has a "giant with a boner" similar to England's "Rude Man" Cerne Abbas Giant hill figure. Also a 160-foot serpent devouring an egg. kansas.com/incoming/ch1nr…
Thrash/black metal band Skeletonwitch only agreed to re-releasing their album "Serpents Unleashed" as a limited edition with the condition that all of the profits would go to local, no-kill animal shelters youtu.be/BLTG9Vt7g44?t=3m…
Charles Sobhraj is one of the most notorious serial killers, who killed 12 to 24 people in South-East Asia. He was known as β€˜The Serpent’ and β€˜Bikini Killer’. indiatimes.com/culture/wh…
Today I learned of the Bakunawa a dragon in Philippine mythology that is often represented as a gigantic sea serpent. It is believed to be the cause of eclipses. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bak…
Serpent Mound in Ohio is over a 1000 years old. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ser…
RFK's famous "I dream of things that never were" quote was paraphrased from G.B. Shaw's "Back to Methuselah," where it was spoken by the Serpent to Even in the Garden of Eden. (Part I, Act I) gutenberg.org/cache/epub/…
The near Earth asteroid "Apothis" is actually named after the Stargate SG-1 villain not the Egyptian serpent god en.wikipedia.org/wiki/999…
Today I learned about the Oarfish, the probable source of 'sea serpent' legends. It can reach lengths of 56ft (17m). youtube.com/watch?v=gUaL6…
The symbol most people associate with medicine (the Caduceus) - a short, winged staff entwined by two serpents - is a historical inaccuracy. The correct symbol, unbeknownst to 76% of commercial healthcare organizations, is the Rod of Asclepius. wydo.org/speakers-corner/…
Groundhog Day is at the time of Imbolc, the Celtic midwinter festival, with traditions of watching to see if serpents, badgers or Gaelic hags came from their winter dens en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Imb…

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