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On a scale of 0 to 3, with 3 being the most likely to be real, how would you rank these mythical creatures?

Keep in mind that you're not necessarily supporting or denying their existence; this is just how plausible of a concept that is it to you:

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1. How possible is it for you to conceive that these creatures could possibly still exist, or did probably exist in the past?
  0- No way 1- I doubt it 2- Maybe... 3- For sure Other
Angels
Demons
Dragons
Pixies/ Fairies
Ghosts
Harpies
Elves
Elvis (still alive)
Mermaids
Loch Ness Monster
Giants
Pegasuses
Leprechauns
Centaurs
Unicorns
Tooth Fairy
Phoenix
Werewolves
Vampires
Genies
Zombies
2. Of the ones that you ranked a ZERO (totally silly), which was the most unbelievable?
Angels
Demons
Dragons
Pixies
Ghosts
Harpies
Elves
Elvis (still alive)
Mermaids
Loch Ness Monster
Giants
Pegasuses
Leprechauns
Centaurs
Unicorns
Tooth Fairy
Phoenix
Werewolves
Vampires
Genies
Zombies
3. Of the ones that you ranked a THREE (potentially real), which was the most believable?
Angels
Demons
Dragons
Pixies
Ghosts
Harpies
Elves
Elvis (still alive)
Mermaids
Loch Ness Monster
Giants
Pegasuses
Centaurs
Leprechauns
Unicorns
Tooth Fairy
Phoenix
Werewolves
Vampires
Genies
Zombies
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Thanks to The New Yorker magazine, Nov. 6th, 2017 (and to Kathryn Schulz, author of the article) for the idea and for most of the items on the list.
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The Loch Ness Monster just makes sense—everybody knows it's what the Sasquatches used to ride around on back in the days of the Old Empire.
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A dragon stepped on my head a few months back. So I KNOW they're real.

I have to retake this though I think because a scale of plausability is different to do they exist.

Like, three wishes and all that is more implausible than some evil spirit. So... on that note... genie - is this three wishes, or malevolent djinn?
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All zeros except:

a '1' for Elvis since he did actually exist.

And a '3' for Phoenix, because it's a big city in Arizona and it DEFINITELY exists.
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Giants, as in very large people like Andre, are definitely real.

Zombies induced by a sort of hypnosis in Voudon rituals, are also probably real.
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Angels, demons, and ghosts. Absolutely.

The rest, hooey.



But this may be an actual giant unicorn



And I can't decide whether this was a movie or a documentary.
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Sorry, I couldn't answer the last question because I put zero for everything in the first question.
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Banichi wrote:
Sorry, I couldn't answer the last question because I put zero for everything in the first question.


As did I, and I didn't answer the second question either as none of them are less ludicrous than the others.
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All zero except zombies (and only a maybe there).
There could possibly a virus or brain parasite that causes zombie-like symptoms.
Not the undead part, though.
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Some are biologically/phyiscally possible though.

eg giants. A large humanoid is not biologically impossible in the same way a flying horse is.
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All zero except zombies (and only a maybe there).
There could possibly a virus or brain parasite that causes zombie-like symptoms.
Not the undead part, though.


Do a google search for "zombie ants" for some freaky fungal parasitism.
The relevant wikipedia entry for said fungus: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ophiocordyceps_unilateralis
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People who put zero down for "giants": ANDRE. So that's a 3. He was a well-documented, completely real, giant.
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Jon_1066 wrote:
Some are biologically/phyiscally possible though.


The ones I find the *most* implausible are the ones where people have just combined things together because it sounds cool: Mermaids, Centaurs, Pegasus. I mean really, a horse that flies? Never in a million years would that evolve.

As for Vampires, Werewolves, and Zombies, those are just manifestations of our own fears.
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I had to give dragons, ghosts, and good ol' Nessie a plausible rating.

As it was my high school mascot, I did a research paper on dragons. They are represented in some way or form in almost every culture across the world, from way back before they made contact with each other. That's intriguing to me and makes it seem very plausible that something, maybe not a generic fantasy dragon, existed to fit the description.

I went for ghosts because, as skeptical I am of the supernatural, I had an experience that cannot otherwise be explained in a logical manner that still kinda creeps me out to this day.

Nessie...well, I just like the idea.
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People who put zero down for "giants": ANDRE. So that's a 3. He was a well-documented, completely real, giant.

How about the giants that are 16 feet tall, or the ones that live in the clouds & have a magic goose, or the ones who eat children?
Yes; the concept of a giant is believable but only up to a point.
Many of the giants in literature exceed the limits of real human growth or action.
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I had to give dragons, ghosts, and good ol' Nessie a plausible rating.

As it was my high school mascot, I did a research paper on dragons. They are represented in some way or form in almost every culture across the world, from way back before they made contact with each other. That's intriguing to me and makes it seem very plausible that something, maybe not a generic fantasy dragon, existed to fit the description.

I went for ghosts because, as skeptical I am of the supernatural, I had an experience that cannot otherwise be explained in a logical manner that still kinda creeps me out to this day.

Nessie...well, I just like the idea.


Interestingly, Chinese dragons do not have wings. This is the normal make or break point of contention for western dragons, as in: Could those wings actually support something that large?
But the Chinese ones fly using magic, so they can't be much better off in the credibility department.

Like Bigfoot and Yeti, Nessie has a good PR agency working for it.
 
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MABBY wrote:
grandmasterstevo wrote:
I had to give dragons, ghosts, and good ol' Nessie a plausible rating.

As it was my high school mascot, I did a research paper on dragons. They are represented in some way or form in almost every culture across the world, from way back before they made contact with each other. That's intriguing to me and makes it seem very plausible that something, maybe not a generic fantasy dragon, existed to fit the description.

I went for ghosts because, as skeptical I am of the supernatural, I had an experience that cannot otherwise be explained in a logical manner that still kinda creeps me out to this day.

Nessie...well, I just like the idea.


Interestingly, Chinese dragons do not have wings. This is the normal make or break point of contention for western dragons, as in: Could those wings actually support something that large?
But the Chinese ones fly using magic, so they can't be much better off in the credibility department.

Like Bigfoot and Yeti, Nessie has a good PR agency working for it.


Quetzcoatyl was often depicted as a giant flying serpent. Sounds awful familiar to the Chinese dragon. My point was that across the world, similar stories appear in history. We just don't know for sure.
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MABBY wrote:
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People who put zero down for "giants": ANDRE. So that's a 3. He was a well-documented, completely real, giant.

How about the giants that are 16 feet tall, or the ones that live in the clouds & have a magic goose, or the ones who eat children?
Yes; the concept of a giant is believable but only up to a point.
Many of the giants in literature exceed the limits of real human growth or action.
Well, if it had said "16 foot tall giants that live in the clouds," then no, I don't believe that at all. But the question just said "Giants," and I know for sure that there are giants, that's that.
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MABBY wrote:
grandmasterstevo wrote:
I had to give dragons, ghosts, and good ol' Nessie a plausible rating.

As it was my high school mascot, I did a research paper on dragons. They are represented in some way or form in almost every culture across the world, from way back before they made contact with each other. That's intriguing to me and makes it seem very plausible that something, maybe not a generic fantasy dragon, existed to fit the description.

I went for ghosts because, as skeptical I am of the supernatural, I had an experience that cannot otherwise be explained in a logical manner that still kinda creeps me out to this day.

Nessie...well, I just like the idea.


Interestingly, Chinese dragons do not have wings. This is the normal make or break point of contention for western dragons, as in: Could those wings actually support something that large?

Not that this necessarily means anything about the plausibility of what we think of as dragons, but there have been rather large winged lizards in the past



I think the "breathe fire/acid/frost/whatever" is more implausible than the "flying" part (Again, not that the "flying" part isn't a setback, too).
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grandmasterstevo wrote:
Quetzcoatyl was often depicted as a giant flying serpent. Sounds awful familiar to the Chinese dragon. My point was that across the world, similar stories appear in history. We just don't know for sure.

It's all dinosaur bones. All the legendary creatures. Everywhere.
http://www.nytimes.com/2000/07/04/science/greek-myths-not-ne...

http://www.jasoncolavito.com/fossil-origin-of-the-cyclops.ht...
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radynski wrote:
Jon_1066 wrote:
Some are biologically/phyiscally possible though.


The ones I find the *most* implausible are the ones where people have just combined things together because it sounds cool: Mermaids, Centaurs, Pegasus.


More than the Tooth Fairy?
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rinelk wrote:
radynski wrote:
Jon_1066 wrote:
Some are biologically/phyiscally possible though.


The ones I find the *most* implausible are the ones where people have just combined things together because it sounds cool: Mermaids, Centaurs, Pegasus.


More than the Tooth Fairy?

What we really need on BGG is a condorcet voting poll system, to find out for sure whether the tooth fairy is more or less believable than a mermaid.
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...aren't we missing a category up there?

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rinelk wrote:
radynski wrote:
Jon_1066 wrote:
Some are biologically/phyiscally possible though.


The ones I find the *most* implausible are the ones where people have just combined things together because it sounds cool: Mermaids, Centaurs, Pegasus.


More than the Tooth Fairy?


I am open to the possibility that there is some historical context for the Tooth Fairy that I am currently unaware of. I still voted it a 0.
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