The Goatman

Everyone loves a good satyr.

And it sounds like the satyrs have migrated to Maryland.

The Goatman of Beltsville is a legend regarding a very large (300 pounds, roughly, and 7 feet tall) monster with the lower body of a goat and the upper body of a man. The Goatman stands on two legs and wields a very large ax. When you come too close, or anger the Goatman he uses the ax to attack you or your car.

According to legend, the Goatman was created when a scientist as mutated through an accident at the Beltsville Agriculture Research Center. However, folklorists from the area have suggested that the legend is modern and driven by youth culture in the area. There actually seems to be no connection to historical humanoid monster legends. While he seems to be an Internet darling right up there with his friend the Bunnyman who is also from the same area of the country, the University of Maryland has files on the myth dating back to 1971, which suggests that the story most likely is even earlier than that to already have entered the public discourse to be cataloged by a researcher.

Goatman (Maryland)

The Keeper of Local Haunted Lore

Famed Goatman Forever Held in Dusty Room

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Inspired Weekends #16


Inspired Weekends #16

Hello, crafters! This year’s spring craft-a-long is not socks, it’s stash! We’re working through stashed materials this spring, so please stop by and link up your favorite tutorials or your finished projects every Tuesday until the first day of summer. Spring Through Your Stash

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The Bunny Man

I’m really getting into American folklore this year, especially American urban folklore. I’m not sure where that shift happened, but I’m really liking it so if you’re wishing that I would leave the American stuff alone for awhile…well maybe I’ll go back to Newfoundland folklore for awhile. Maybe.

The Bunny Man legend is both effectively straightforward, and slightly convoluted. Straightforward in that the legend claims that if you are in certain areas of Washington, D.C. at certain times of the year you face the chance of running into an ax carrying man in a bunny suit who will probably attempt to kill you. Slightly convoluted in there’s actually two legends, the story was originally told in relation to Virginia. and may be based on a true crime.

The most common place that the Bunny Man is linked to is the Colchester Overpass in northern Virginia. The Bunny Man may have been killed on Halloween and the stories of attacks are often linked to his ghost returning on the night of his own murder.

In October 1970, police were called to investigate reports of a man wearing a bunny suite threatening people in Burke, Virginia. At least one sighting took place on the U.S. Air Force Academy, leading to a police report describing a man in a rabbit costume attacking and vandalizing a car while the car’s owner and his girlfriend were still in the vehicle. There was another police report filed later the same week by a construction worker.

These two reports may have been enough to solidify the story in the public imagination. By early November there were at least four stories published in The Washington Post on the Bunny Man. However, once the Internet developed the legend appears to have fully grown into the story that’s most commonly told today. One Timothy C. Forbes is said to have published a version of the story online that linked the sightings to a fictitious asylum and the death of an inmate dating to 1904. The asylum never existed, among other factual problems with the legend.

As with many legends, the factual reality of the asylum is not truly important, and the story has continued to circulate online. Retellings are continuing to involved, often becoming more violent and more graphic.

Bunny Man

Legend Lives on Online

The Bunny Man Unmasked

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Lemon Lavender Soda Syrup

Lemon Lavender Soda Syrup(Photos via Morgue File)

I’m so in love with lemons right now. It snowed again this week, and while I know that lemons are technically a winter crop they taste like spring to me. If I can’t have the weather stabilize out, then I can eat something that tastes like spring.

If you can’t get Meyer lemons, or they’re pricey, normal lemons will work just as well. The recipe is easily adjustable to output and can be canned in small jars for 10 minutes in a water bath. I’ve been just storing mine in jars in the fridge. Syrups should hold for at least a month.

If you upsize the recipe, just remember to measure out your juice and add half as much water. I normally add a cup of sugar regardless of amount of juice.

Lemon Lavender Soda Syrup

1 pound Meyer lemons, juiced

1 cup white or raw sugar

1 pinch each dried lavender and mint

Add everything to a pot and add half as much water as the juice that the lemons gave you. Bring to a boil; boil 10 minutes. Strain through a sieve and store in a jar in the fridge.

Serve with seltzer or spring water.

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Blood Orange Rosemary Soda Syrup

Blood Orange Rosemary Syrup

Tuesday is supposed to be Spring Through Your Stash day.  I know. If you had any progress, feel free to tell us about in the comments.

I had absolutely no fiber time this week and it makes me want to cry a little. However there’s a lot that makes me want to cry a little right now so take it with some skepticism.

However I have had some serious kitchen time as I’ve been really amping up my kitchencraft. I went and bought a mint plant, and spent multiple hours in there cleaning this weekend. Sadly, there’s probably still hours to go to get it to where I’ll be happy, but it’s a start.

Can It Up’s theme for April is oranges. At the very end of March I made Sunshine jam, and this is the syrup counterpart to that. I’m desperately trying to cut down on the salt in my diet for health reasons, but I can’t shake soda. I just really like soda. It may be my one true vice right now. What I’ve found helps me cut back, if not cutting soda out completely, is seltzer with homemade syrups.

It’s still sugar, but I know what’s in these syrups. I can drink gallons of seltzer this way-which is conveniently salt free.

We are at the extreme tail end of citrus season in the States and most citrus outside of lemons and maybe limes are about to sky rocket in price. I didn’t process this batch, but I’ll add processing instructions if you want to make some when citrus comes back down near the end of the year.

Blood Orange Rosemary Soda Syrup

For both versions-

4-6 good sized blood oranges, peeled and segmented*

1 cup white or raw sugar

1 pinch each dried mint and rosemary

In a non-reactive bowl add everything and let macerate at least four hours.

For fridge version

Place macerated fruit into a non-reactive pot and bring to a boil over medium high. Allow to boil for at least 10 minutes, smashing on the fruit every so often to help it release its juice. Keeping the seeds in the fruit will help it thicken up a little.

Place a wide mouthed funnel into a pint sized jar and place a small strainer into the funnel. Carefully pour the hot fruit into the strainer and allow to drain until it stops dripping. When th e fruit stops dripping, carefully push on the fruit with a spatula to release the rest of the juice.

When the syrup cools, cover and store in the fridge.

For the canned version

Prep at least 3 quarter pint jars and hold for canning.

Following fridge instructions, pull fruit at 5 minutes and and strain as directed. Put the hot syrup back into the pan, bring back to a boil, and boil at least for another five minutes. You may want to measure out your syrup before reboiling and add a little water to keep it from cooking down too much.

Fill jars to within 1/2 inch of top and process for 10 minutes.

*I like my drinks on the bitter side, especially if I want to use my syrups for cocktails. I did not supreme the fruit for this batch. If you want to make sure your syrup is only sweet, supreme your oranges making sure to collect the orange juice in the container you intend on macerating in.

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Ginger Snaps (2001)

Let’s add Ginger Snaps to the list of films that I saw way too young to really grasp what’s going on.

I’m also going to put this one on the list of ‘at least accidentally feminist films, when using feminist in the academic sense.’

Theoretical cultural feminism has nothing to do with bra-burning. Not that cultural feminism ever had anything to do with bra burning, but why should we let actual historic reality have anything to do with good propaganda. Can we just get past that conceptualization right now? Okay, good. Back to the horror.

I’m going to be that person and say flat out that this is a movie about women’s space. Yep, I am in fact that person.

You have one sister (Ginger) who’s going into adulthood with the complete shift that adulthood and adult sexuality is going to face, which let’s face it we don’t talk about ever, and she’s utterly at a lose to control what her body’s up to. Big surprise, she’s not ready for any of this. Even taking the horror out of the picture, her mother’s obsessed with Ginger hitting menstruation but there seems to be a complete lack of discussion surrounding what this means. Once her mother finds what she assumes are underwear ruined via menstruation she still refuses to engage in a conversation with her.

In other words, Ginger’s going to be making this bridge by herself even without the intervention of a huge, hairy beast. And should we assume that the beast is male here? I think that the implication is that we can, but I like the symbol better to think that it’s another feminine energy bridging her into a ‘pack’. Why yes I’m a weirdo.

Then you have the other sister (Bridget) who’s still completely detached from that part of herself which makes her a complete outsider trying to cling to the person her sister was even while attempting to claim part of that same space. She’s staking a claim in her sister’s life as she attempts to become what Ginger is, even as she does it to save Ginger. What neither of them seem to want to take back is that even if Bridget can heal Ginger, she’s not getting the sister back that she had before. Both of them have gone too far to return-but I think that the ending of the film, with locating the final shots in the same space as the opening and Bridget both surviving and refusing to let go of Ginger’s corpse-places Bridget in the liminal herself. She’s already better educated both in physical sexuality and Ginger’s curse than Ginger was herself, plus she has the benefit of going through Ginger’s issues with her.

However, the ending makes it brutally clear that Bridget’s going to have to make the transition herself.

Or it’s just a movie about werewolves, la la.

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Spring Cleaning and the Tardis Closet

tardis closet

I really wanted to knit this weekend. Or can.

You know, do something.

But my apartment looks like something out of Hoarders. Note: we’re not hoarders.

My apartment always takes a hit this time of year because of the amount of time that I’m out of it. I don’t have a lot of time to actually get much done in the house. There are segments of the year where I’m going doing fun things but not March and April; those months I’m just burning the candle at both ends.

I’m also dealing with health problems. I don’t get sick very often but when I do it’s intense. This year it’s been to the magnitude of four straight months of one thing after another-it doesn’t inspire a lot of desire to clean.

So with Mid gone all weekend for a gaming convention I grit my teeth and started cleaning. I started with the kitchen closet, thinking that if I could clean it up I could store my canning supplies, ferments, and other small odd items and open space up in other areas for more storage.

Two hours and three bags of garbage later, I finally had a functional closet it again. What is this, the Tardis closet? How does this happen? I think my plastic shopping bags were breeding. I don’t even shop at a lot of places that give plastic bags.

I think maybe that’s the problem with my apartment as a whole right now. It’s spawning stuff faster than I can get rid of it.

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