Evidence of Human Giants? 8 Legends That Persist

8 Legends that Will Never Fade
From mythical woodland creatures to ancient giant humans, here are 8 legends that will
never fade. This video was requested by Superlatives. If you have any other topics you’d like to
learn about subscribe and let us know in the comment section below. Number 8 Unicorns
Even today the unicorn holds a significant place in the world’s imagination as a symbol
of fantasy or rarity. The mythical creature is described as a beast,
typically a horse, with a single large, spiraling horn that protrudes from its forehead. The unicorn has been depicted since antiquity,
on seals from the Indus Valley Civilization. Greek historians were convinced that the creature
truly existed but that it lived in a distant land. Medieval writings claimed that its horn could
purify water and heal diseases. During that time, the unicorn represented
purity and grace. In heraldry, the unicorn is famous as a symbol
of Scotland. It was chosen as metaphor for the indomitable
Scottish spirit, since it was seen as a beast that would rather die than be captured. Number 7 Fountain of Youth
Legends of a spring that can grant youth when one drinks from it or bathes in its waters
have been circulating for thousands of years. A fountain of youth was mentioned in the writings
of Herodotus, during the 5th century BC. According to him, the fountain gave the Macrobians,
a legendary people living around the Horn of Africa, their incredible longevity. Perhaps the best known fountain of youth legend
is connected to 16th century Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon. He travelled to what is now Florida, where
Native American tribes told him about the Fountain of Youth. The search for youth-restoring waters has
diminished in modern times. People instead have turned to science in their
search for ways to slow down, stop or even reverse the aging process. Before we move on, answer this question. Legendary Greek hero Achilles was invulnerable
with the exception of a single body part. What was it?
a. Heart
b. Knee
c. Heel
d. Neck
Let us know what you think in the comments section bellow and stay tuned to find out
the right answer. Number 6 Ghosts
While refuted by conventional science, reports of ghosts have been around for millennia and
unlikely to ever fade. The belief in life after death and the spirits
of the dead goes back to pre-literate cultures. As time went by, these spirits were known
under many names including apparitions, spectres or poltergeists. Descriptions varied from an invisible presence
to realistic forms of people or animals. They’re usually regarded as troubled spirits
that haunt the places they once inhabited. Various religious rites, such as exorcisms
or funerals rituals are practiced as specific means of resting the spirits of the dead. Some people claim they have the ability to
contact these spirts. There’s also a practice of tracking down
ghost-related phenomena, called ghost hunting, which has been classified as pseudoscience. Number 5 Loch Ness Monster
If one was to believe the legend, this creature inhabits Loch Ness, in the Scottish Highlands. The Loch Ness Monster’s existence has been
the subject of much debate. Much of the evidence that supports its presence
in the lake has been disputed. For decades, many pointed to the “surgeon’s
photograph” from 1934 as reliable evidence. However, it was ultimately dismissed as a
hoax. Since then, there’ve been sonar readings
of large moving objects in the lake’s depths. The latest report about Nessie can be traced
back to 2014. A satellite image on Apple Maps showed what
appeared to be a 98-foot-long creature just below the surface. Skeptics suggested either ripples in the water
or floating wood. The earliest mention of the creature goes
back to the 6th century AD. It was an account of the life of Saint Columba
detailing how he encountered a monstrous creature by the River Ness. In this account, the creature goes back in
the water when Columba makes the sign of the cross. Believers sometimes point to this story as
confirmation of the monster’s existence. Real or not, Nessie’s legend will likely
continue to captivate us for years to come. Number 4 Bigfoot
By many accounts, the search continues for Bigfoot, the supposed missing link between
modern humans and our ape ancestors. Legends of large, bipedal, ape-like creatures
were known among various North American native tribes. In time, reported sightings of such beings
found a place in folklore under the name Bigfoot or Sasquatch. Between 1818 and 1980, there’ve been over
1,000 sightings. A 2014 poll revealed that more Americans believed
in Bigfoot than they did in the Big Bang Theory. Most mainstream scientists have discounted
Bigfoot’s existence as a real animal and attributed the reports to hoaxes or misidentification. The closest creature in natural history is
the Gigantopithecus, the largest known primate species, which was up to 10 feet tall. It went extinct approximately 100,000 years
ago as a result of climate change. There still isn’t any credible evidence
to support its existence in modern times despite the fact that sightings keep being reported
to this day. Number 3 Mermaids
These legendary creatures have been described since ancient times, both as beneficent and
malevolent towards sailors exploring often uncharted waters. In their most common depictions, mermaids
have the upper body of a woman and the lower body of a fish. In some mythological versions their otherworldly
song would lure sailors to their doom. Entranced by the music, they would steer their
ships towards jagged cliffs or jump in raging waters. At their worst, mermaids have been associated
with storms, floods, drowning and shipwrecks. In other myths, however, mermaids fall in
love with humans or bestow boons upon them. The origin of their legend can be traced back
to ancient Assyria and then to the Hellenic period in Ancient Greece. Even explorer Christopher Columbus reported
seeing mermaids during his voyage in the Caribbean. Natural explanations proposed for the mermaid
legends include misidentification of manatees or other aquatic mammals. So, what was Achilles’ single physical weakness? The right answer was c, the heel. When the warrior was a baby, his mother dipped
his body in the River Styx, the river that separates the Earth from the Underworld. This made his body indestructible. However, since his mother held him by the
heel, it was the only body part unaffected by the river’s magical properties. This legend is the source for the term “Achilles
Heel”, often used in reference to a single vulnerable point, in spite of overall strength. Number 2 Vampires
While Bram Stoker’s 19th century novel “Dracula” is credited for igniting the modern vampire
fascination, these supernatural beings have been described in many cultures. Stoker’s titular character was actually
inspired by Vlad the Impaler, a prince of the medieval kingdom of Wallachia. Some sources claim that he loved the sight
of blood and, much like his name indicates, chose impalement as the most common method
of execution. In Eastern European and Balkan folklore vampires
were described as undead entities that haunted the places they once inhabited. These grotesque-looking beings caused mischief
and drank the blood of their victims. The legends caused mass-hysteria in the 18th
century, with some people even being executed for vampirism. Subsequent works of vampire fiction romanticized
the concept, presenting vampires as charismatic and sophisticated. This formed the basis of the modern vampire
which maintains a dominant role in 21st century films, TV series, comic books, video games
and other works of fiction. Number 1 Ancient Giant Humans
Giant humans are present in the legends and folk tales of cultures from all-over the world. In Greek mythology they waged war against
the Olympian gods and were defeated when the hero Heracles joined the battle. Poet Hesiod described them as the offspring
of Gaia, the spirit of the earth, and Uranus, the spirit of the sky. Greek historians mention in their writings
the discovery of giant ancient bodies. Examples include the body of Agamemnon’s
son, Orestes, who was 3 meters tall, and the hero Ajax, whose kneecaps were about the size
of an Olympian discus. This would mean that he stood at roughly 14
feet. Abrahamic Biblical writings mention the Nephilim,
who were the offspring of God and mortal women. Regular humans supposedly looked like grasshoppers
in comparison to these giant beings. A genesis myth of Scandinavian origin claims
that the world of men was born from the flesh of Ymir, a giant of cosmic proportions. Depending on the culture, giants may be kind
and benevolent or vile and bloodthirsty. They may be oafish or exhibit great wisdom. Whatever depiction they take, giants have
been an object of human fascination for millennia and will most likely never fade. Thanks for watching! Would you rather only be able to go out at
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