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    PICKLED DRAGON

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    Pickled dragon mysteryJanuary 29, 2004

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    Canned ... pickled dragon thought to be made for a hoax.
    A pickled "dragon" that looks as if it might once have flown around Harry Potter's Hogwarts has been found in a garage in Oxfordshire, England.
    The baby dragon, in a sealed jar, was discovered with a metal tin containing paperwork in old-fashioned German of the 1890s.
    Allistair Mitchell, who was asked to investigate the dragon by a friend, David Hart, who discovered it in his garage, speculates that German scientists may have attempted to use the dragon to hoax their English counterparts at the end of the 19th century, when rivalry between the countries was intense.
    "At the time, scientists were the equivalent of today's pop stars. It would have been a great propaganda coup for the Germans if it had come off," Mr Mitchell said.
    "I've shown the photos to someone from Oxford University and he thought it was amazing. Obviously he could not say if it was real and wanted to do a biopsy."
    The documents suggest that the Natural History Museum turned the dragon away, possibly because they suspected it was a trick, and sent it to be destroyed. But it appears a porter intercepted the jar and took it home. The papers suggest the porter may have been Frederick Hart - David Hart's grandfather.
    Mr Mitchell said: "The dragon is flawless, from the tiny teeth to the umbilical cord. It could be made from indiarubber, because Germany was the world's leading manufacturer of it at the time, or it could be made of wax. It has to be fake. No one has ever proved scientifically that dragons exist. But everyone who sees it immediately asks, 'Is it real?"'
    Some scientists believe that dragons, though the product of imagination, were inspired by the extraordinary creatures that once roamed the Earth.


    ANYONE HEARD OF THIS? I FOUND IT TO BE INTERESTING. WHAT DO U THINK???
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    Wow. Neat find...
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    ~via BB (wap.pinstack.com)~That is so cool Shawny! Where did you find it? And thanks for sharing.

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    WOW... imagine if it was real.... the implications..
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    who is the first to make that pic therir avatar??? lol
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    ~via BB (wap.pinstack.com)~It does look real don't it? And stranger things have happened.

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    Who knows.... Not my style for an avatar, prefer live things..
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    ~via BB (wap.pinstack.com)~I am really likeing my baby pinhead.

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    pinhead is awsome.
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    ~via BB (wap.pinstack.com)~N8 was supposed to do the Hellraiser theme with me. Now im glad he didn't. Makes baby unique. Lol! Boy are we getting off topic or what?

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    :cry: i got moved.
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    So does anyone know what became of SHAWNY?

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    Last activity was Aug 5th.

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    Yeah! He was posting hot and heavy, then nothing! Wonder what happened?

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