Walking Rocks?

Query: When I was in Death Valley earlier this year, I saw some enormous 750-pound rocks that appear to travel across the desert on their own. I remembered your article about rock tortoises, and wondered if that’s what these rocks could be?

Corn of Plenty (Part 4 of 4): A Field Guide by Dr. Midas Welby

Corns of the Air: Air-corns utilize their horns for jousting, playing tic-tac-toe, and spearing food in mid-flight. Air-corns often lurk undetected in trees, wood piles, and rain gutters. When bored, they use their horns to ring the doorbells of unsuspecting humans. When the door begins to open, the air-corn flies away.


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A Present For Imaginaries: When winter comes, I get concerned about providing extra shelter from the elements for Imaginaries. Recently, I read about people who build wildlife brush shelters out of branches and plants in their yards, and thought this was a great idea.

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The Tall Tales of Iranigami

October 21, 2012: Although we have a twelve-hundred year history, Iranigami must always respond to the times we live in. And one of these responses has been a reversal in the 21st century of a long-standing policy.

I’m talking about the tradition in Iranigami to pass along and promote all kinds of tall tales about Imaginaries to the general public. For over a millennium, this form of rumor-mongering has helped us to create confusion and misdirection, which in turn has successfully deterred people from seeking out and exploiting Imaginaries.

For example, agents of Iranigami helped promote the myth that all dragons are terribly dangerous. Of course, some dragons can be as dangerous as tigers, but not all of them are that way. Over the centuries, Iranigami agents have also learned how to manage dragons in ways that minimize the risk to the handlers.

Other myths arose on their own, such as the myths around silkies. As long as the myth confounded those who might want to harm the Imaginary, we supported it, and even helped to spread the stories, although once a story got started, it tended to spread and change and morph on its own, without any help from us.

In the last few hundred years, the myths about Imaginaries have trended away from how dangerous they were, toward those proving their non-existence. At first we thought this was a good thing – if people thought Imaginaries weren’t real, they wouldn’t hunt for them, or think of harming them.

But since the beginning of the internet, an abundance of myths, half-truths, legends, fabrications, fictions and lies have begun to permeate our culture – and not just about Imaginaries, but about all sorts of things. We have learned that, under cover of the smokescreen of so much misinformation, those who do harm to the Imaginaries - the Bogs and Murks - have been able to operate in secret, causing the destruction and even extinction of many creatures and habitats in their exploitation of the Imaginaries for their own greed-driven purposes.

Did you know that the illegal income from smuggling exotic animals from country to country for sale to private collectors generates 10-20 billion dollars a year? This statistic does not include the Imaginaries also being exploited in this same way. If the situation is bad for animals such as parrots and monkeys, it is that much worse for the Imaginaries, who are not receiving even the nominal protection afforded by existing anti-smuggling laws.

With no public knowledge of, or support for, its activities, Iranigami has been losing ground in its efforts to preserve, protect and defend Imaginaries against this new wave of smuggling and abuse.

We at Iranigami now feel that our policy of supporting myths about the Imaginaries has outlived its purpose. If we wish to protect our Imaginary friends, it’s time to return to the truth. - XAX, 236th Keeper of Iranigami


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