Tuesday, March 11, 2008


Think of all the scary things in life. Get a top ten. Do gnomes make the list? If not, then you do not live in South America. More on that in a moment.

The gnome comes from German folk lore. Most likely Paracelus (a Swiss alchemist from the 1500s) came up with the term. The original term was Zwerg (in German of course) which can be used to mean dwarf as well, thus one of reasons people do not know the difference between them. The more modern term is gnome.

The common idea is that gnomes are fairly friendly beings that like to help out people for whatever reason (you know, making shoes and such).

Still not scared? Well, in South America there was a gnome incident:

From THE SUN March 11, 2008

A TOWN in South America is living in fear after several sightings of a 'creepy gnome' that locals claim stalks the streets at night.
The midget - which wears a pointy hat and has a distinctive sideways walk - was caught on video last week by a terrified group of youngsters.
You can see the video and read the rest of this story at http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/article902014.ece
My guess? The Travelocity gnome was just going around checking on the hotels and such. Or maybe it was an evil twin.
Better think twice about that little guy in your neighbor's garden...

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