The manatee is a mythical sea creature. It is believed to have originated due to sailors seeing mermaids who had let themselves go a little.
Tables of the Tablelands who suffer from shyness will often indicate that they do not wish to speak to strangers by wearing a sign saying ‘Reserved’.
The sage Hekabe claims that the ancestors of humans had two heads. It is pleasant to be kissed on the neck, she says, because it mimics the feeling of having a second head.
If a hyena steps on a shadow, the creature whose shadow it is will be unable to move.
Vampires gain their nourishment from blood, and have no need to eat. However they can do so (generally to pass as human). The sensation of eating fresh grains and vegetables is repellent to them. However eating fresh meat is tolerable. If the meat is not regurgitated, but is left in the body to rot, they will become intoxicated by the fumes.
Some say that hyenas learn the names of people, and call them out at night to lure them to their deaths.
It is also said that the eye or stomach of a hyena contains a stone which, if it is placed under the tongue, allows one to see the future.
It is said that the language used by angels (whoever the true claimants to that role may be) to talk to the gods is identical to the language used by demons to talk to their superiors.
It is also said that this language is so perfect that every sentence in this language will be a palindrome, and the palindrome will convey the opposite of the sentence’s meaning.
Since demons are said to say everything backwards when talking amongst themselves, this means that the sounds which an angel will use to convey benevolent intentions will be identical to the sounds used by a demon to convey the corresponding baleful ones.
It is said that these creatures appear in great empires which are about to fall.
First a number of two-headed men will appear (or, perhaps, a single creature will appear many times). This creature will ask to be taken to the king or other ruler. However each time, as soon as the king’s eyes fall upon the creature, it will disappear.
Finally a two-headed woman will appear. She will cry out, “Oh my dear sons- we are about to go, where shall I take you?” Then she too will disappear. From this day the empire is doomed.
Most species of wild bathrobe are hermaphroditic. This can easily be checked for a given bathrobe: the cord is the male sexual organ, while the pocket or pockets are the female sexual organs. In the case of two-pocketed bathrobes, intercourse must take place with both pockets (with one end of the cord each) for pregnancy to occur.
The main division among bathrobes is between Bathrobes of Law and Bathrobes of Chaos. The former prefer to hang on coat hangers, which occur naturally in the forests where they dwell. The latter prefer to lie on the forest floor.
It is said that talking birds will stand on their patron’s right shoulder to counsel peace, and on the left to counsel war.