Nain Rouge (aka The Red Dwarf of Detroit)
Legend has it that the founder of Detroit, Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac, went to a fortune-teller in 1701 after being plagued by recurring dreams of a red dwarf with horrible teeth. After being warned that he’d been dreaming of the Nain Rouge, a bad omen that only appears when trouble is brewing, Cadillac eventually came across the damn imp and drove him away. Unfortunately, he still fell on hard times, lost everything, and returned to France broke; trouble, it would seem, was indeed brewing for Antoine. Today, the city holds an annual parade called the Marche Du Nain Rouge.
Ottawa County, MI, Trumbull, Shelton, Stratford and Monroe, CT, and Kirtland in Cleveland, OH
Tiny humans with massive noggins, Melon Heads might sound like delicious candy, but they're actually vicious creatures that will eat YOU; legend has it that these pint-sized predators attack their victims on empty back roads, especially during the full moon. Where did the come from? Some believe they escaped from an insane asylum after turning feral from mistreatment, while others think they're mysterious orphans or incestuous hillbillies.
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