Sunday, May 2, 2010

Modest Ness

On May 2, 1933, the Inverness Courier ran an account of a local couple who claimed to have seen "an enormous animal rolling and plunging on the surface" of Loch Ness in Scotland.

The story of the "monster" (a moniker chosen by the Courier's editor) became a media phenomenon, with London newspapers sending correspondents to Scotland and a circus offering a 20,000 pound sterling reward for capture of the beast.

Deep within Loch Ness's murk
Monster quite grotesque may lurk;
Partly devil, partly eel,
Stealthy serpent, so surreal! --
Brooding in your cave or lair,
Tell us truly: Are you real?
If you are, why don't you show?
Papparazzi want to know.
Could be that the problem's that
Cameras make you look too fat.

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