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July 28, 2017 2:02 PM   Subscribe

On the Isle of Man, in the 1930's, there lived a talking mongoose.
A review of "Gef! The Strange Tale of an Extra Special Talking Mongoose" by Christopher Josiffe by Bee Wilson in the LRB.
posted by thatwhichfalls (7 comments total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
Once again, Kipling can suck it.
posted by rhizome at 2:23 PM on July 28, 2017

I was really scared of Gef when I was a kid. I don't know why; it's the most obvious hoax ever. But it was in more than one of the many unexplained-mysteries books I read, and I remember sleeping with the lights on one night after reading it.
posted by Countess Elena at 2:34 PM on July 28, 2017 [1 favorite]

There's a Lemon Demon song about Gef because of course there is. It's called "The Eighth Wonder."
posted by knuckle tattoos at 2:52 PM on July 28, 2017 [1 favorite]

I remember reading about this in one of the many many Usborne publishing paranormal books my gradeschool library had, that were like terrible forbidden fruit to me. I'd read them, and not sleep for a week...and then check them out again.
posted by hearthpig at 5:29 PM on July 28, 2017 [2 favorites]

Yeah Gef!!!!
posted by nixon's meatloaf at 10:51 PM on July 28, 2017

You and me both, Countess Elena.
posted by bitter-girl.com at 9:39 AM on July 29, 2017

Me too!
posted by Mocata at 1:43 PM on July 30, 2017

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