Kelpie is the Lowland Scottish name given to a malevolent water spirit
or demon inhabiting the lochs and pools of Scotland. It has usually been
described as appearing as a horse, but can adopt human form. Some
accounts state that the kelpie retains its hooves when appearing as a
human, leading to its association with the Christian idea of Satan as
alluded to by Robert Burns in his poem "Address to the Deil". Almost
every sizeable body of water in Scotland has an associated kelpie story,
but the most extensively reported is that of Loch Ness, first recorded
in the 6th century. The kelpie has counterparts across the world, such
as the wihwin of South America, the Scandinavian bäckahästen and the
Australian bunyip. The origin of the belief in malevolent water horses
may lie in the human sacrifices once made to appease the gods of water,
but it also helped to keep children away from dangerous stretches of
water and to warn young women to be wary of handsome strangers. Kelpies
have been portrayed in their various forms in art (painting by Thomas
Millie Dow pictured) and literature, most recently in two 30-metre
(98 ft) high steel sculptures in Falkirk, The Kelpies.
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Today's selected anniversaries:
Canada's worst railway accident took place when a passenger
train fell through an open swing bridge into the Richelieu River near
present-day Mont-Saint-Hilaire, Quebec.
Hyde Park and several other Illinois townships voted to be
annexed by Chicago, forming the largest city in area in the United
States and second largest in population.
During the second day of the anti-Serb riots in Sarajevo
(pictured), numerous buildings owned by ethnic Serbs were vandalized and
In one of the greatest upsets in sporting history, the United
States defeated England during the 1950 FIFA World Cup.
Russian dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov defected from the Soviet
Union while on tour with the Bolshoi Ballet in Toronto.
Wiktionary's word of the day:
A mineral concretion in the intestinal tract.
Wikiquote quote of the day:
To love is not to look at one another: it is to look, together,
in the same direction.
--Antoine de Saint Exupéry