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#1 venusmoon32

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Posted 04 December 2010 - 11:59 AM

This story happened on February 8, 1855,
in the county of Devon in England. On that day the inhabitants of a number of
villages in the county discovered strange tracks in the snow that they couldn't
explain. That was the beginning of one of the strangest mysteries ever to take
place in Great Britain, a country known for its apparitions, extraordinary
phenomena, phantoms and ghosts... all of which seem to have a predilection for
the island.

On the morning of February 8, 1855, people living in the
villages of Devon were surprised to find tracks in the snow that resembled the
tracks left by a pair of hooves. They were discovered in 18 villages, and were
spread over an area 180 kilometers long.
The hypothesis that they were made
by an animal that had escaped captivity was rapidly excluded, since all the
cattle were kept in barns in winter, and no farmer had reported the loss of a
farm animal. A group of armed men had visited all the farms in the region, and
were told the same thing: no animal had escaped.


It was not an animal

The mystery grew when
the facts were examined. No animal with cloven hooves could have left tracks
that covered a distance of 180 kilometers in a single night! What's more, the
prints were in a straight line, as if the creature had moved by jumping forward
on only two legs, with one print appearing in front of the other. The prints
were repeated at regular intervals, and would have been impossible for an animal
to make. Also, the snow around the prints was melted, as if it had come into
contact with a heat source.
The creature seemed to have moved at a constant
speed no matter what the terrain. It had gone in a straight line, paying no
attention to any obstacles it encountered. The prints were found on flat land,
in corn fields, across walls, and on the rooftops of houses, barns and stables.
They even crossed a small river, as if whatever made them had been looking for
something.


The Devil's
footprints?


No one could come up with a satisfactory
explanation. It hadn't been an animal, that was certain. Nor could it have been
a man, given the distance between the prints, the strange course the creature
had followed (over walls, across a river) and the distance it had covered in a
single night.
Since the prints resembled those of cloven hooves, people
started thinking it might have been some kind of demon, or the Devil himself.
Stranger still was the fact that, despite the great distances the creature had
traveled through inhabited areas, no one had seen or heard anything. If it had
been a man or an animal walking over rooftops and walls, someone would have
surely heard something.


An unidentified flying
object?


In 1855 no machines, flying or otherwise, existed that
could have covered such a distance in such a short time, much less at night and
without making any noise. The hot-air, motorized dirigible had just been
invented in 1852. Its engine made a huge amount of noise, and its freedom of
movement in the air was extremely limited. No one would have flown one way out
in the countryside, in complete darkness. Despite the many attempts that were
made to explain the origin of the hoof prints in the months that followed, no
one was able to resolve the issue, and the Devil's Footprints have remained a
mystery to the present day.




If Angels had Wings and Devils had Horns then We must of been born with the Thorns.. Tweezers anyone??,Someone?!..

#2 kskattebo

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Posted 04 December 2010 - 12:26 PM

Very interesting story.
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Posted 04 December 2010 - 06:08 PM

I remember reading that story some years ago. Very puzzling. :)
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Posted 05 December 2010 - 03:05 AM

They didn't quite have cameras just yet did they? I think that's more of an 1860's invention, quite a shame.
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Posted 05 December 2010 - 08:23 AM

Kinda like the moth man..... we will never know the truth.
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Posted 05 December 2010 - 10:17 AM

Moving this to the Urban Legends Board.


I have read a lot about the Devon Devil, we never know for sure!
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Posted 06 December 2010 - 12:36 PM

Moving this to the Urban Legends Board.


I have read a lot about the Devon Devil, we never know for sure!


Thanks for moving topic to right place.

Thought it was interesting.
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Posted 09 December 2010 - 09:21 AM

Very interesting for sure! Thanks for the post.

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Posted 18 December 2010 - 06:12 PM

The Devil being a creature,a corupt angel, if you will, but still angelic in substance, why would he leave foot prints?, assuming he is not subject to the laws of physics, as we mortals are? I don't think he leaves foot prints unless he wishes to, not because he has to of the impact of weight, if he has weight,on the snow, for example. Following this logic, it seems it has given him human qualitiess that an angel is not in need of, either good or bad.

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Posted 10 January 2011 - 10:44 AM

I have read about this recently in a Folklore book.

Folklore/Urban legends is definitely the right place for this as no real evidence exists of this occurrence. As mentioned above no cameras existed at the time but if it was so astonishing & widespread you would think that somebody would have taken a cast of the footprints or made sketches & detailed maps???

Were supposed to believe that people actually saw this amazing happening then shrugged their shoulders and forgot about it.

Although interesting it does seem like superstitious nonsense that makes a great story.

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Posted 11 January 2011 - 11:21 AM

I thought I would correct my original response to the "Devon Devil" as I did a little more reading on this.

It seems that some efforts were made to record the so called footprints & some sketches were made. Although I'm not sure if the images I saw were the actual sketches? Another thing to mention is a couple of the reports of this story contradict each other a little so it seems that some artistic license is happening in the re-telling.

A couple of debunks are.

The tracks were found the next day to cover a distance of 180km (depending on what article you read). At that time it would be very difficult to cover such a distance in one day to confirm this, especially as the hours of daylight would have been short.

The above lends support to this distance being calculated by many reports of the footprints being received from various people rather than a group following a single trail to it's termination. If this was the case I would be almost certain that mass hysteria would have caused many separate groups of prints to have been clumped together & labeled as 1 singular trail.

A good point I read was that it was the clergy that labeled them the devils footprints which was a canny move to put bums on seats in church.

Lastly the number of things which could make marks in the snow are limitless.

As a bit of fun it looks like it happened again in 2009!!!
http://www.thesun.co...icle2317157.ece

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Posted 11 January 2011 - 03:49 PM

Maybe it was the Jersey Devil, on holiday :headbang:

But seriously, to add to what F1 said, it could be any number of things.
Here in Montana, we have western cottontail rabbits all over the place, and I've watched them move through the snow, and it produces an interesting trail.

They tend to take 2 1/2-3ft bounds, landing with all four feet together in a small area, with the large hind feet tucked close, and the forepaws forward, and slightly out.
When the snow starts to melt, they all merge together, forming a kind of "cloven" appearance, so that it looks like a creature with two cloven hooves was boogieing along in the snow.

How common are/were wild rabbits in the U.K.?

PS: I'll try to get some pics out here, to show what I mean. We haven't had any fresh snow recently, so there haven't been any new ones, and the old ones are destroyed (the rabbits seem to follow the same path a lot).
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Posted 11 January 2011 - 04:32 PM

Here's a few examples of what I was referring to in my above post (rabbit tracks).

Old tracks that have melted together, and refilled with snow.
These aren't good examples, but you can still see something of the hoof-like appearance:
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Newer tracks that haven't melted yet, with my size 10.5 clodhoppers alongside for a size comparison:
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These aren't the best examples of the "hoof" appearance, but I think you get the idea.
I also noticed I was wrong about the pattern: They land with the forepaws together, and the hind legs spread, but the effect is the same.
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Posted 12 January 2011 - 04:03 AM

Thanks for all the replies..

F1.. I checked your link and it was fun to see the tracks in the snow. If they were real then no rabbit or deer I've evere seen could of left them there..
Fly-By- Night...This is also interesting that you took the time to try and reason with the story, but really have ya ever saw a rabbit walk up a wall or across a roof?
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Posted 12 January 2011 - 05:01 AM

i have heard of this story before and i have always wondered why nobody tried to connect it with another figure during the 1800s called spring heeled jack. there is plenty of literature on the subject of jack so i won't bother you with it here but my theory on jack (and maybe these footprints too) is that jack was a surivior of a space craft crash and that the gravity on our planet was a lot lighter than the one he came from, thus he was able to jump higher than any human could ever hope to. if it was jack he would certainly be able to cover the distance as he could travel faster in our atmosphere than we could and being an alien he may well have had cloven feet. i guess we will never know. but if you do not know about jack look him up on the net it is a fasinating story.




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