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Number 8 Unicorns
Even today the unicorn holds a significant place in the world’s imagination as a symbol of fantasy or rarity. The mythical creature is typically described as a horse, with a single large, spiraling horn that protrudes from its forehead. The unicorn has been depicted since antiquity, on seals from the Indus Valley Civilization. Greek historians were convinced that the creature truly existed but that it lived in a distant land.
Number 7 Fountain of Youth
Legends of a spring that can grant youth when one drinks from it or bathes in its waters have been circulating for thousands of years. A fountain of youth was mentioned in the writings of Herodotus, during the 5th century BC. According to him, the fountain gave the Macrobians, a legendary people living around the Horn of Africa, their incredible longevity. Perhaps the best known fountain of youth legend is connected to 16th century Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon. He travelled to what is now Florida, where Native American tribes told him about the Fountain of Youth.
Number 6 Ghosts
While refuted by conventional science, reports of ghosts have been around for millennia and unlikely to ever fade. Descriptions varied from an invisible presence to realistic forms of people or animals. They’re usually regarded as troubled spirits that haunt the places they once inhabited.
Number 5 Loch Ness Monster
If one was to believe the legend, this creature inhabits Loch Ness, in the Scottish Highlands. The Loch Ness Monster’s existence has been the subject of much debate. Much of the evidence that supports its presence in the lake has been disputed. For decades, many pointed to the “surgeon’s photograph” from 1934 as reliable evidence. However, it was ultimately dismissed as a hoax. Since then, there’ve been sonar readings of large moving objects in the lake’s depths. The latest report about Nessie can be traced back to 2014. A satellite image on Apple Maps showed what appeared to be a 98-foot-long creature just below the surface. Skeptics suggested either ripples in the water or floating wood. The earliest mention of the creature goes back to the 6th century AD. In this account, the creature goes back in the water when Columba makes the sign of the cross.
Number 4 Bigfoot
By many accounts, the search continues for Bigfoot, the supposed missing link between modern humans and our ape ancestors. Legends of large, bipedal, ape-like creatures were known among various North American native tribes. In time, reported sightings of such beings found a place in folklore under the name Bigfoot or Sasquatch. Between 1818 and 1980, there’ve been over 1,000 sightings. A 2014 poll revealed that more Americans believed in Bigfoot than they did in the Big Bang Theory. Most mainstream scientists have discounted Bigfoot’s existence as a real animal and attributed the reports to hoaxes or misidentification.
Number 3 Mermaids
These legendary creatures have been described since ancient times, both as beneficent and malevolent towards sailors exploring often uncharted waters. In their most common depictions, mermaids have the upper body of a woman and the lower body of a fish. In some mythological versions their otherworldly song would lure sailors to their doom. In other myths, however, mermaids fall in love with humans or bestow boons upon them.
Number 2 Vampires
While Bram Stoker’s 19th century novel “Dracula” is credited for igniting the modern vampire fascination, these supernatural beings have been described in many cultures. Stoker’s titular character was actually inspired by Vlad the Impaler, a prince of the medieval kingdom of Wallachia. Subsequent works of vampire fiction romanticized the concept, presenting vampires as charismatic and sophisticated. This formed the basis of the modern vampire which maintains a dominant role in 21st century films, TV series, comic books, video games and other works of fiction.
Number 1 Ancient Giant Humans
Giant humans are present in the legends and folk tales of cultures from all-over the world. Poet Hesiod described them as the offspring of Gaia, the spirit of the earth, and Uranus, the spirit of the sky. Greek historians mention in their writings the discovery of giant ancient bodies. Examples include the body of Agamemnon’s son, Orestes, who was 3 meters tall, and the hero Ajax, whose kneecaps were about the size of an Olympian discus. This would mean that he stood at roughly 14 feet. Regular humans supposedly looked like grasshoppers in comparison to these giant beings. They may be oafish or exhibit great wisdom.