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What's Your Favorite Monster?

Zonk posted more than 6 years ago | from the always-been-a-fan-of-nessie dept.

It's funny.  Laugh. 245

Pickens writes "Mankind has always had a fascination with monsters, and mythologies from around the world include stories of strange and terrifying creatures. Examples include the half-bull, half-human Minotaur of Greek myths, the living clay Golem of Jewish traditions, British elves and Chinese dragons. Live Science has an interesting photo essay on their ten favorite monsters that may have a basis in real life. Their rogue's gallery includes the Ogopogo, a mysterious monster in Canada's Lake Okanagan; the Chupacabra, that Latin Americans believe is the unholy result of secret US government experiments in the jungles of Puerto Rico; and the perennial favorite Bigfoot."

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Get this idle shit off the mainpage, pls (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22771192)

thankyou.

Re:Get this idle shit off the mainpage, pls (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22771896)

Please at least fix the freaking layout (it's horrible! this comment box is about a tenth of the page wide for some retarded reason - just use the default theme until you can work this one out).

Oh, and UPDATE THE PROFILE OPTIONS. Seriously, at least let *us* decide if we want to have 'idle' on the front page.

My favourite monster (1)

sleeponthemic (1253494) | more than 6 years ago | (#22771194)

3 headed liger with lazerbeam eyes

Re:My favourite monster (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22771224)

I see your three headed tiger and raise you a two faced human President.

Re:My favourite monster (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22771442)

Reptilucus [dvddrive-in.com] of course!

Re:My favourite monster (2, Funny)

cytg.net (912690) | more than 6 years ago | (#22771476)

Vista

Re:My favourite monster (1)

the dark templar (944143) | more than 6 years ago | (#22771810)

nannannannanaa na! I made you eat your parents! nannannannannaa na! Eric Cartman

Futurama (4, Funny)

CrazyJim1 (809850) | more than 6 years ago | (#22771226)

Sure, everyone's for keeping Hitler's brain in a jar, but when you put it into a body of a great white shark, you've gone too far.

Re:Futurama (1)

s74ng3r (963541) | more than 6 years ago | (#22771630)

.. and add some freakin lasers to it's head, then you've got your ultimate monster. No doubt about it.

Re:Futurama (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22771634)

There's only three real monsters, kid: Dracula, Blacula and Son of Kong.

Manbearpig (4, Funny)

el_coyotexdk (1045108) | more than 6 years ago | (#22771234)

FEAR Manbearpig!! :)

Futurama (5, Funny)

vertigoCiel (1070374) | more than 6 years ago | (#22771240)

"Bigfoot's territory is being threatened, if he exists, although if he doesn't, it's not."

Roc (1, Interesting)

jonaskoelker (922170) | more than 6 years ago | (#22771286)

Llanowar Elves ;)

Article correction: (1, Interesting)

ForestGrump (644805) | more than 6 years ago | (#22771298)

Number 1 is Bigfoot (also known as Sasquatch).

Contrary to popular belief, Sasquatchians are NOT fictional. Sasquatch is actually the proper term for those who live in the Canadian providence of Saskatchewan.

For more info see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sasquatch [wikipedia.org]

Re:Article correction: (1)

Himring (646324) | more than 6 years ago | (#22772038)

Number 1 is Bigfoot (also known as Sasquatch).

Get out!

(btw, why is /.'s html all jacked-up now?)

The goatse man! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22771316)

Internet super sensation.

Where's Cthulhu? (2, Insightful)

vonFinkelstien (687265) | more than 6 years ago | (#22771318)

What a gip of a list!

Re:Where's Cthulhu? (1, Funny)

Fred_A (10934) | more than 6 years ago | (#22771424)

What a gip of a list!
They even managed to leave CowboyNeal out ! Newbies !

Re:Where's Cthulhu? (1)

dbcad7 (771464) | more than 6 years ago | (#22771690)

Your covered.. number 8

Like the mythos though.. read a loooong time ago, maybe time for a re-read.

Re:Where's Cthulhu? (1)

JudgeSlash (823985) | more than 6 years ago | (#22771954)

He was sleeping in R'ley and missed the call you insensitive clod!

Often spotted, but never pinned down (1)

BadAnalogyGuy (945258) | more than 6 years ago | (#22771320)

In this day and age, I think the zeitgeist demands that the #1 monster be the internet troll. You hear people calling other posters trolls, but most of the time it's just a case of bad judgment.

People who disagree with you are not necessarily trolls, idiots.

Re:Often spotted, but never pinned down (2, Funny)

bjmoneyxxx (1227784) | more than 6 years ago | (#22771372)

Shut the fuck up, you don't know what your talking about!!!!!!!! This is why albino's should NOT be given access to computers, let alone the internet, idiot.

Re:Often spotted, but never pinned down (1)

BadAnalogyGuy (945258) | more than 6 years ago | (#22771402)

Great.. Hoaxers. *rolls eyes*

Re:Often spotted, but never pinned down (1)

bjmoneyxxx (1227784) | more than 6 years ago | (#22771420)

not even 15 minutes in and already mod points at 5am CST, it should be on the list.

Favorte Monster? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22771328)

Cowboy Neil^h^h^h^h^h^h^h^h^h^hOgopogo. He even showed up in a epsode of the Xfiles, but wasnt named or placed. ( the sceanry is recognisable )

Better lists (4, Informative)

FornaxChemica (968594) | more than 6 years ago | (#22771334)

Meh, that article was too consensual to be interesting; Big Foot, vampires and werewolves in the top three, no surprise there. Better browse the monster list of international monsters in Wikipedia [wikipedia.org] or Live Science's own Top 10 Beasts and Dragons: How Reality Made Myth [livescience.com] .

Re:Better lists (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22771536)

yeah..but they had Champ! I didn't think the rest of the country actually knew the champlain valley had it's own monster. We're on the map!

Re:Better lists (1)

weicco (645927) | more than 6 years ago | (#22771942)

Vampires. Hot, sexy female vampires. Kate Beckinsdale. Need I say more?!

List is incomplete (0, Redundant)

Chrisq (894406) | more than 6 years ago | (#22771342)

Where is the cowboy neal entry?

Let me just say... (1)

w3c.org (1039484) | more than 6 years ago | (#22771348)

Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn. http://www.macguff.fr/goomi/unspeakable/vault207.html [macguff.fr]

Re:Let me just say... (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22771524)

don't paste perl in here.

Re:Let me just say... (1)

Rolo Tomasi (538414) | more than 6 years ago | (#22771570)

Funniest comment I read this week, mod parent up

Cookie Monster (5, Funny)

rabiddeity (941737) | more than 6 years ago | (#22771354)

I cast my vote for the Cookie Monster. They've tried to keep him down in recent years by forcing him to give speeches about vegetables and other such nonsense. But we all know underneath all that blue fur all he wants is more cookies...

Re:Cookie Monster (5, Funny)

pokerdad (1124121) | more than 6 years ago | (#22771710)

I second that.

The desire to suck blood, howl at the moon, hoard treasure or lure ships onto rocks just don't hit home with me. But stuffing one's face with cookies is something that I can relate too. Plus none of those other monsters have as catchy a song as "C is For Cookie".

Re:Cookie Monster (1)

PrayerlessApostle (1192601) | more than 6 years ago | (#22771736)

Lol. Why did this guy get insightful? This is hilarious!

Re:Cookie Monster (1)

1sockchuck (826398) | more than 6 years ago | (#22771864)

I'd like to see Cookie Monster eat a vegetarian.

You need to (2, Informative)

antifoidulus (807088) | more than 6 years ago | (#22771356)

let the wookie win!

Around here? (1, Troll)

Trailwalker (648636) | more than 6 years ago | (#22771360)

Microsoft

Flying Spaghetti Monster (4, Insightful)

mrycar (578010) | more than 6 years ago | (#22771366)

Is there no other monster to have as a favorite?

Re:Flying Spaghetti Monster (1, Flamebait)

bjmoneyxxx (1227784) | more than 6 years ago | (#22771406)

like God?

Obviously missing option (2, Insightful)

RuBLed (995686) | more than 6 years ago | (#22771376)

Ghosts

My favorite monster... (2, Funny)

PenguinBoyDave (806137) | more than 6 years ago | (#22771380)

I've thought long and hard about this, and I think it has to be Eduardo on Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends. (Sorry...I have kids)

Thanks coast-to-coast am (1)

bjmoneyxxx (1227784) | more than 6 years ago | (#22771392)

One thing I've heard on Coast to Coast are the Thunderbirds. Real or not, whats scarier than a giant fucking owl swooping out of the sky to make you his next snack. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thunderbird_(cryptozoology) [wikipedia.org]

Re:Thanks coast-to-coast am (2, Funny)

Silver Sloth (770927) | more than 6 years ago | (#22771432)

And what have you got against Gerry Anderson [wikipedia.org]

Re:Thanks coast-to-coast am (1)

bjmoneyxxx (1227784) | more than 6 years ago | (#22771498)

Sorry, I'm not old :P

George W Bush (1)

Kifoth (980005) | more than 6 years ago | (#22771396)

Too easy? ;-)

Re:George W Bush (2, Insightful)

NeverVotedBush (1041088) | more than 6 years ago | (#22771852)

Karl Rove?

Re:George W Bush (1)

Kifoth (980005) | more than 6 years ago | (#22771900)

Score 0, troll :-D

Dick (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22771408)

Dick Cheney.
makes my blood run cold.

"Boo?" (1)

Evil.Bonsai (1205202) | more than 6 years ago | (#22771410)

"Kitty!"

Frankenstein's Monster (3, Insightful)

esme (17526) | more than 6 years ago | (#22771434)

You have to love the "monster" more human than his creator...

Re:Frankenstein's Monster (2, Funny)

NeverVotedBush (1041088) | more than 6 years ago | (#22771820)

The Peter Boyle version, of course!

FSM left out (1)

mk_is_here (912747) | more than 6 years ago | (#22771444)

He flies.
He has lots of followers.
He will change the monster list with His Noodly Appendage.

And from the name, it's obvious. He's a monster.

Re:FSM left out (1)

RazzleDazzle (442937) | more than 6 years ago | (#22771780)

I agree. Though I would rather just see the concept of god on this list. What single entity is more responsible for homicide than the concept of god? How many people have died in the name of god over the documented and semi-documented history of humans?

But being a global warming hating pirate I must say that scurvey is also a vicious monster. Now, where are my damned oranges!?!?

My Cat (5, Funny)

Trikenstein (571493) | more than 6 years ago | (#22771460)

A stray I took in when he was more than a kitten, but no where near full grown.
I just know that one morning I'll walk outside and he'll have Gojira's carcase lying at the base of the porch steps.

Mae Nok (1)

Potor (658520) | more than 6 years ago | (#22771468)

and I shared a soi with her [leasticoulddo.com] . ...

No Undead? (1)

Sterrance (1257342) | more than 6 years ago | (#22771502)

Umm the whole idea of undead humans rising up and attacking humans is dates back to Haitian Folklore and Middle Age Myths. I imagine they have all been in the most horror films as well, truly they are the NO. 1 monster.

Re:No Undead? (1)

RingPeace (1049708) | more than 6 years ago | (#22771944)

The Haitian Folklore was made up by European Christian settlers to discredit religion/beliefs brought from Africa by slaves, the same as with voodoo dolls. The Undead and voodoo were based on Pagan rituals from Europe, of which was exaggerated by the Christians.

rtfm (2, Interesting)

desierto (568467) | more than 6 years ago | (#22771516)

Jorge Luis Borges wrote a fine manual [amazon.com] on this. (Read This For Monsters!)

Allah (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22771530)

Since he clearly demonstrated that even imaginary monsters can cause massive casualties in real life.

Humans (4, Insightful)

Ekhymosis (949557) | more than 6 years ago | (#22771550)

Like it or not, I believe "humans" are the worst of all monsters. Unlimited potential for evil, and the will to do so at any time.

Re:Humans (0, Troll)

c6gunner (950153) | more than 6 years ago | (#22771640)

Like it or not, I believe "humans" are the worst of all monsters. Unlimited potential for evil, and the will to do so at any time.
Talk about pessimism! Listen, any time you want to off yourself and remove a bit of evil from the world, feel free! With an attitude like that, I doubt anyone will miss you.

Re:Humans (0, Troll)

DNS-and-BIND (461968) | more than 6 years ago | (#22771654)

ten favorite monsters that may have a basis in real life.

Way to go, jerkface. Way to totally hijack the subject at hand in order to spew your misanthropic sludge. Here's a hint: look up "projection" and see how it's relevant to this case.

Re:Humans (1)

sckeener (137243) | more than 6 years ago | (#22771858)

Like it or not, I believe "humans" are the worst of all monsters. Unlimited potential for evil, and the will to do so at any time.

That's why for Halloween I go as "a homicidal maniac, they look just like everyone else."

Cheapest costume e-v-e-r!

Re:Humans (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22771888)

Yes, Humans like Steve Ballmer in particular...

Shabranigdo (1)

dvh.tosomja (1235032) | more than 6 years ago | (#22771574)

Definetely Shabranigdo [wikipedia.org] ! And Rezo the red priest, is the second one. Slayers rocks :)

Displacer Beast (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22771620)

Ever since I got into D&D, I've loved the displacer beast. Commonly a six-legged puma with two squid tentacles coming out of its shoulders, with a constant illusion of seeming to be a few feet away from where it really is.

Women ... (1)

Swizec (978239) | more than 6 years ago | (#22771632)

... are my favourite monster.

everyones favorite (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22771650)

Come on we all know this one, .... Mankind, just look up Genocide, Massacre, Mass killing etc. None of that fake movie, legend and folklore monsters. I'm talking Ted Bundi, Manson, Hitler et al Nazis, Sadam, Bush, Cheyne, Pol Pot.... Need I go on any further.

My Favorite Monster (2, Funny)

Capt James McCarthy (860294) | more than 6 years ago | (#22771656)

Is the one in my pants...

My credit card.

Gamblor (2, Funny)

HungSoLow (809760) | more than 6 years ago | (#22771666)

To Quote Simpsons: "The only monster here is the gambling monster that has enslaved your mother! I call him Gamblor, and it's time to snatch your mother from his neon claws!"

Bunyip! (1)

Qwrk (760868) | more than 6 years ago | (#22771668)

If ever there was an Aussie Icon on the monster scene the Number 1! would be the beloved Bunyip! [Razorback would be runner-up though...]

Reavers (1)

adona1 (1078711) | more than 6 years ago | (#22771686)

Reavers beat Bigfoot any day...any monster that makes Adam Baldwin whimper has to be good

The favo monster? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22771704)

Hell bovine

Daleks (4, Funny)

Aussie (10167) | more than 6 years ago | (#22771716)

Daleks of course !

Scariest (1)

LaskoVortex (1153471) | more than 6 years ago | (#22771718)

I don't know if this [mysanantonio.com] is the best, but it certainly is scariest.

Zombie Gals (1)

Whiteox (919863) | more than 6 years ago | (#22771724)

I have some kind of dark desire for Zombie type gals.
Yeah sure they're a bit slow and have difficulty walking, maybe even bad breath, but I know they want me! :)

Nahuelito !, of course (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22771750)

From the Nahuel Huapi lake, of course :-)

The pombero could also be an interesting one, but not exactly a monter by any means

no digg for you (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22771756)

seriously, what the fuck?

Trolls (2, Interesting)

teh kurisu (701097) | more than 6 years ago | (#22771760)

I read somewhere about the idea that the trolls of Scandinavian folklore had their roots in human interactions with the remnants of the Neanderthals. I quite liked that idea, even if it's almost certainly not true. The troll under the bridge was one of the scariest stories I was told when I was wee. I hated crossing bridges over burns for a long time after that.

There was an interesting fictional documentary programme on a couple of years ago about an archaeologist who was uncovering evidence that dragons had lived alongside the dinosaurs, and survived up until relatively recently. I wish I could remember the name of it.

Re:Trolls (2, Funny)

Thanshin (1188877) | more than 6 years ago | (#22771850)

I read somewhere about the idea that the trolls of Scandinavian folklore had their roots in human interactions with the remnants of the Neanderthals.

And where would the Neanderthals find a computer? Let alone the means to connect it to the internet.

Re:Trolls (1)

TheVelvetFlamebait (986083) | more than 6 years ago | (#22771870)

My favourite kind of troll doesn't live under a bridge. It's the Slashdot troll. Sometimes you can spot them right away, with their feeble attempts to spread disunity and chaos. Other times, you never know who they are. They could be anyone at any time. You could even be reading one right now...

BOOOOOOOOOO!

Hehehe...

Does this count?? (1)

vodevil (856500) | more than 6 years ago | (#22771764)

My favorite monster with some basis in reality is the Bush Administration.

Oh no... (1)

DynaSoar (714234) | more than 6 years ago | (#22771788)

... there goes Tokyo.
Go go Godzilla!

Bigfoot is pratically unknown ouside the US (2, Interesting)

andi75 (84413) | more than 6 years ago | (#22771822)

Most Europeans have no clue who bigfoot is, yet he's #1 on that list. There was a monster movie called bigfoot a couple of years ago, but it was forgotten quickly. Actually more famous are the pair of short skis with the same name: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skiboarding [wikipedia.org]

Also, what about the Yeti?: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yeti [wikipedia.org]

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Why is my comment box on the preview page only ~30 characters wide?

My favorite monster ... (1)

can56 (698639) | more than 6 years ago | (#22771832)

is the one inside my head.

Puff (1)

Fantastic Lad (198284) | more than 6 years ago | (#22771846)

Puff the magic Dragon.


Took me by surprise when I heard a busker crooning that the other day; I'd not thought about that old song in many years. Brought a tear to my eye. -That part about, "Dragons live forever, but not so little boys."


-FL

My favourite monster (1)

Malevolent Tester (1201209) | more than 6 years ago | (#22771902)

Is whatever the otherkin haven't pretended to be yet. So far John Prescott is in the lead.

Mike Wazowski (1)

NormHome (99305) | more than 6 years ago | (#22771936)

You know, the little guy with his one eye?

Godzilla (1)

koozbane (153406) | more than 6 years ago | (#22771948)

Without a doubt the best monster is Godzilla. I've seen the documentaries starting way back in the 50's so I know he's real. He's also an environmentalist way before his time.

BTW: No Yeti in the top ten?

Favorite Monster.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22771950)

Trouser Snake!

Fav? Smaug. (1)

jpellino (202698) | more than 6 years ago | (#22771988)

Scariest? Reevers.

Favorite Monster (1)

PaulG.1 (1198147) | more than 6 years ago | (#22771990)

Sharks with frickin' laser beams on their heads.

Not much from eastern countries... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22771994)

How about tanuki ?

My favourite (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22772002)

George Bush

I just knew it (1)

Patchw0rk F0g (663145) | more than 6 years ago | (#22772058)

Post a subject like this, and the adolescents come out of the woodwork.

Thanks for the heads-up, mods. Duly identified.

Ligers and tiggers and fears... (sigh)
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