Grassman, Mothman, and Ohio’s Other Mythical Creatures Are On Display at the Rutherford B. Hayes Museum

"Ohio: An Unnatural History" is fittingly open through Halloween 2020.
"Ohio: An Unnatural History" is fittingly open through Halloween 2020.
Dan Chudzinksi, Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library and Museum

Look into any state's folklore and you'll find stories of monsters spotted in its lakes, forests, and backyards. As of Friday, February 28, the legends of Ohio's most famous cryptids, or creatures whose existences haven't been confirmed by science, are all available in one place.

As WTOL 11 reports, the new exhibit "Ohio: An Unnatural History" at the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library and Museum in Fremont, Ohio, profiles nearly a dozen mythical creatures that have captured the imaginations of locals. Some are universal: the Grassman is Ohio's version of Bigfoot, a cryptid that's been reported throughout the world. Others, like an amphibian-humanoid called the Loveland Frog, are unique to Ohio's history. Though Mothman is usually associated with West Virginia, the 7-foot-tall winged menace has made enough alleged appearances in neighboring Ohio to earn a place in the museum.

Artist's illustration of Loveland Frog.
The Loveland Frog is one of Ohio's trademark cryptids.
Dan Chudzinksi, Rutherford B. Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library and Museum

The exhibit is as accurate and informative as one on legendary creatures can be. Artwork by Dan Chudzinski visualizes how the cryptids have been described, and his life-size cutouts give perspective on their purported heights. In addition to looking at reports from the modern era, the exhibit also examines the first monster myths that originated with Ohio's Native American residents.

Artist's illustration of Mothman.
The Mothman may forever be linked to West Virginia, but there have been plenty of sightings in Ohio over the decades.
Dan Chudzinksi, Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library and Museum

"Ohio: An Unnatural History" is open now through Halloween 2020. Admission to the museum is $13 for the public and free for Hayes Presidential members.

[h/t WTOL 11]

Astrophysicist Developing Face-Touching Warning Necklace for Coronavirus Gets Magnets Stuck Up His Nose

Nothing good can result from shoving things up your nose. One astrophysicist learned that the hard way.
Nothing good can result from shoving things up your nose. One astrophysicist learned that the hard way.
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History is full of innovators who have suffered for their ingenuity. Thomas Midgley, Jr., for example, was struck with polio and developed a pulley system to help get himself out of bed. He was strangled by the contraption. Henry Smolinski thought he had a viable prototype for a flying car made from a Ford Pinto in 1973. A wing fell off and killed him.

All things considered, Daniel Reardon got off easy. He only had to have magnets professionally removed from his nose.

Reardon, an Australian astrophysicist, is one of many innovators attempting to assist in the coronavirus pandemic. According to The Guardian, Reardon was in the process of designing a necklace that could alert the wearer when they were in danger of touching their face, one of the primary methods of transmission for viral illness. His idea was to have magnets worn on wrists that would activate a circuit on the necklace.

But then Reardon realized the electronic field in the necklace only completed its circuit without a magnetic field, meaning it buzzed constantly. Having failed in his task and growing bored, Reardon decided to play with the powerful neodymium magnets, clipping them to his earlobes and then his nostrils. This, he said, is when things went “downhill.”

When Reardon removed one set of magnets from outside his nostril, the remaining magnets inside his nose were attracted to one another. Reardon then used more magnets to try and remove them, expecting the outside pull would negate their attraction on the inside of his nose. Unable to control them, he soon found himself with multiple magnets lodged in both nostrils.

After realizing pliers only made the problem worse—they were attracted to the magnets—and that he had failed to achieve his goal of not touching his face, Reardon went to the hospital, where all of them were removed. (One nearly fell down his throat, but he managed to cough it up.) Doctors made an informal diagnosis of self-inflicted injury due to isolation and boredom.

Neodymium magnets are typically sold with cautions, as they are strong enough to “leap” toward each other from several inches or even several feet apart. Though they do not often come with explicit warnings not to shove them inside your nose, it's best avoided.

[h/t The Guardian]

Canadian Man Named Lorne Grabher Stripped of His Right to Have a ‘GRABHER’ License Plate Is Appealing the Court’s Decision

Lorne Grabher shows off his forbidden license plate.
Lorne Grabher shows off his forbidden license plate.
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For about 25 years, Nova Scotia, Canada, was home to a vanity license plate emblazoned with “GRABHER.”

Lorne Grabher had given it to his father as a 65th birthday gift in 1991, and it eventually passed to Lorne himself. Anyone who knew the Grabhers no doubt recognized the last name, but the same couldn’t be said for one passerby, alarmed at what seemed like a blanket imperative for abduction and assault. In November 2016, the anonymous individual filed a complaint with the Registrar of Motor Vehicles, who informed Grabher that his plate would be revoked the following month.

Grabher, proud of his Austrian-German heritage and outraged at what he considered to be a violation of his rights, sued the Registrar. This past January, CBC News reported that the Nova Scotia Supreme Court sided with the Registrar, ruling that the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms does not extend to this particular situation.

“The seven letters (‘GRABHER’) on a government-owned license plate can be interpreted as promoting sexualized violence (without full contextual information),” the court stated in its decision. “Preventing harm that could flow from such a message on a government plate must be seen as pressing and substantial.”

Though disappointed with the outcome, Grabher was determined to continue the fight, even if that meant taking the case all the way to Canada’s Supreme Court.

“I’m not giving up,” he told CBC News in January. “I’m in it for the long haul.”

True to his word, Grabher is now filing an appeal through his lawyers at Calgary’s Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms on the grounds that the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms does, in fact, cover personalized license plates, and there is no evidence to suggest that Grabher’s plate actually promotes sexualized violence [PDF].

While you wait for the next chapter of this epic battle of wills to unfold, check out 11 other controversial license plates here.

[h/t CBC News]

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