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Friday, 28 February 2020

Merrylin Cryptid Museum.


Those of us with an interest in the strange and unusual often seek out places that hold special significance to a story.
Maybe we visit a place that has seen many reports of cryptid creatures, the back woods of America in search of bigfoot or maybe the dark cold waters of loch ness in search of Nessie. It could be UFOs that get your blood flowing in which case a pilgrimage to Roswell or a daring adventure to area 51 would be more your thing.
But what if there is place that could captivate and hold the interest of both groups, a place that has a collection of odd relics that fascinate and intrigue!
Would you go, well you are in luck as such a place does exist and it’s called the Merrylin Cryptid Museum.
Let’s take a look 


 


Merrylin Cryptid Museum is said to offer us Proof for the Existence of Mythical Beings many point to the relics as proof of the supernatural other say it’s all an Elaborate Hoax.
The Museum, showcases what it claims to be the real remains of a variety of fantastic creatures ranging from dragons to aliens. The collection of Photographs purportedly showing the skeletons of fairies, dragons, werewolves and many other mythical creatures have been featured on web sites such as Ufunk.net and Metro.
Bizarre skeletons of winged humans, bodies of mythical creatures and even aliens have been unearthed in a London home.
Thomas Merrylin, was an 18th century aristocrat with a taste for the unusual curated the collection of strange and macabre creatures. His collection is claimed to have been discovered in a sealed basement of a property in London.
The many, many items that defy science were collected and moved to the museum.
This bizarre collection of the artefacts is almost guaranteed to creep you out. You get to see the life’s work of the “Crypto-naturalist” and eccentric archaeologist carefully displayed by the museum’s curator Alex CF.
The man who amassed the remains of werewolves fairies and trolls was just as mysterious as he relics, it is said that he somehow defied aging. People noted that even when into his 80s the man looked barely a day over 40.
This saw many accuse the man of being a practitioner of the dark arts, using evil magic’s to prolong his youthfulness. He was however more akin to academics circles rather than covens often being in the company of eminent scholars.
Encouraged by the support of his ‘learned friends’ he wished to share his collection with the world. In 1899, he took a small portion of his specimens on tour across America. Conservative attitudes of the time condemned these creatures, calling them blasphemous. His reaction was severe and the tour was canceled before it reached California.
He displayed his items enclosed in boxes and many resembled withered skeletal remains.
Various fantastical creatures such as mermaids, faeries, gnomes, dragons, vampires, and even some of the earliest claimed extraterrestrial bodies.
Adding to the appeal or curiosity of the skeletal remains, many have original tissue such as fur and scales preserved along with the bones.
Not all the specimens are creatures that would be considered mythological.
 There are also the remains of a few dinosaurs, we are not talking fossils here but for examples of the animals stuffed complete with leathery reptilian skin.
Other items like regalia related to Cthulhu and the remains of an ancient pharaoh are less likely to be genuine, since they imply much more improbable things than just the existence of mythical creatures.
After a video of the collection went viral many began to look into the claims of the museum.
No record of an ageless cryptologist named “Professor Thomas Theodore Merrylin” was found and many alarm bells rang when it was discovered that that “curator” Alex CF is also an illustrator, artist, and sculptor with a penchant for dark folklore and animal mythology.
This has led many to say the ageless cryptologist Thomas Merrylin although an intriguing figure, is nothing more than fictional, character created from the mind of the London based artist.
Many say he created these specimens and their back stories, the amazing creatures that include “Menes” the Vampyr King of Egypt – The Demon Child Pharaoh” of the museum are part of a long practice of making fake specimens to display at museums freak shows and curiosity shops.
Many fake cryptid specimens were created through sewing together parts from different animals. One of the best known incidents of this type of fake would be the Fiji Mermaid.
The Fiji Mermaid became known to many at its height of popularity in 1842. Dr. J. Griffin of the “British Lyceum of Natural History” presented the stuffed remains as the real deal.  The yarn that he spun told of how he had found the mermaid off the coast of the Fiji Islands in the south Pacific.
Dr. Griffin said he was then approached by world famous P.T. Barnum who wanted to purchase Dr. Griffin’s mermaid and display it at his museum of wonders.
The bizarre stuffed creature was displayed, however it was quickly revealed to be a fraud. It turned out that P.T. Barnum and Dr. Griffin had been working together from the start. Dr. Griffin was not even a real naturalist but a conman named Levi Lyman.
The Fiji Mermaid was constructed by sewing the tail of a fish to the torso of a monkey.
Creating something we see as laughable today but back in 40s could have convinced at least a few people or enough that the men could have made a bit of money from showing it.
The Fiji Mermaid most likely dates from around 1810. Those that researched the origins of the mermaid say a Japanese fisherman sold to a British sea captain called Samuel Barret Eades in 1822.
Captain Eades tried to make a profit by presenting it as a genuine mermaid to people back in the West. After the sea captain passed away, his son inherited the mermaid and then sold it to a showman P.T. Barnum.
In somewhat of a twist the Fiji mermaid does have some value but as cultural relic not a zoological find,
 The practice of sewing the tales of fish to the upper bodies of primates was considered an art form in Japan and the East Indies. The creation of half-monkey, half-fish figurines to be used as religious icons.
Getting back to the creatures from the museum, the art of creating hoax animals did not end in the 1800’s in fact with today’s technology it may have become even easier to build an animal that could fool many, even science.
An example of this was seen when during a Photoshop contest, human skeletons were superimposed onto paleontological excavation sites.
This giving the appearance that bones of giant humans were being unearthed.
This brings us to the question that anyone who see the specimens at the Merrylin Cryptid Museum has to ask, could the creatures be genuine?
The answer maybe be as ambiguous as the collections origins, some specimens are undoubtedly are real others have dubious history.
If we take the Ctulhu artifacts as an example, if these were indeed genuine then that would mean the created in H.P. Lovecraft’s fictions would also need to real.
Thankfully it is not.
Some of the museums specimens also break with what is known about biological and physical laws.
If these specimens were genuine then the world, or at least the scientific community would have to revise what it believes to be mythical.
Another specimen that would require science to rewrite everything that it knows about the human anatomy are the remains of a lycanthrope, or a werewolf as it is more commonly known.
The specimen is claimed to be from a human in the process of transforming into a wolf or a lycanthrope.
Currently we cannot draw any conclusions since none of these specimens have been had over for closer scientific examination and I hope it stays this way.
It’s nice to have a little mystery in life and a slim chance that one or some of the fairies, trolls, and dinosaurs are the real deal.
Which of these specimens do you think could be genuine, have or will you visit the museum. What other famous anomalous specimens have you seen?
Let me know in the comments


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