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The details of the Melonheads vary. They all have very large heads, but short, almost elfin bodies, like some descriptions of E.T.’s. Their skin is light, and they have little or no hair. Often they lack ears, have flat noses, and have additional features  that resemble Down’s Syndrome

The Connecticut legends center around witches driven away from human society, or fugitive mental patients. (One, outlier legend, talks about a “disabled daughter” kept in a “tower house”—one that my own mother claims to have visited, and found nothing odd but a spectacular view of the city.)

Midwestern legends center around a supposed Dr. Crow, who either  sadistically did experiments on them or, conversely, was extremely kind and fatherly. Either way, at his death, the simple creatures became enraged at their loss, and burned down the house  where they had been kept. Unable to feed, be clothed, or fit into society, they ran out into the woods, where they impregnated each other, and became inbred.

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So once upon a time, there was this guy named Jeffrey Dahmer. Maybe you've heard of him? Back in 1991, he got caught trying to abduct a guy in Milwaukee, and police found a human head in his refrigerator, along with human remains stored in barrels and various severed body parts scattered around his apartment. He's one of the most notorious serial killers in history.

Back in '91, there was an editorial cartoonist called Derf Backderf working for a paper in…

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News for Noders

October 1: This is the month of We All Float Down Here: The 2017 Halloween Horrorquest.

October 12: Rest in Peace, sarabandegreen.

October 17: Happy Birthday gnarl!

October 31: Something spooky will probably happen today. It usually does.

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September 16 Feliz cumpleaños Ancientsnow!

September 18 Happy birthday Stuart!

September 18 Stanislav Petrov has died.

September 19 Talk like a pirate day. Arrh!

September 27 Happy birthday Uberbanana!


Get ready for the Halloween Horrorquest, coming next month!

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August 4 Happy birthday avalyn!

August 6 広島

August 27 Happy birthday Bitriot

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July 1: Brevity Quest 2017 begins!

July 4: Alice’s Day (AKA Alice in Wonderland Day); also Independence day in the US.

July 19-24: Hemingway Days; party central is Key West, Florida.

July 31: Harry Potter's Birthday.


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SciFiQuest 3017: The Frontier that Wouldn't End... hasn't ended. Still. See the quest node for details.

June 4: Aesop's Birthday.

June 11: TerribleAspect's birthday!

June 16: Bloomsday.

June 19: Juneteenth.

June 21: The first day of summer (northern hemisphere) and winter (southern hemisphere).

June 25 SciFiQuest 3017: The Frontier that Wouldn't End has ended.

June 28: Tau Day.


Get ready for Brevity Quest 2017, coming soon to a website near you!


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