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The Internet is flipping out over this photo that purportedly shows the Jersey Devil

Published Oct 12th, 2015 2:35PM EDT
Jersey Devil Photo Halloween Hoax

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Halloween is fast approaching, which is why we aren’t surprised to see a rise in monster-related hoaxes. A New Jersey resident on Monday sent a photo that purportedly shows the Jersey Devil, a mythical creature that would be the only reason to ever travel to New Jersey if it were real.

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As you can see in the picture at the top of the page, the purported Devil is a goat-like creature that also has wings. It is also clearly airborne in the photo, which matches up with past descriptions of the legendary beast’s capabilities.

“I was just driving past the golf course in Galloway on Route 9 and had to shake my head a few times when I thought I saw a llama,” the New Jersey resident explained to “If that wasn’t enough, then it spread out leathery wings and flew off over the golf course… Either my mind is playing tricks on me or I just saw the Jersey Devil.”

To our eyes, the photo looks like a stuffed goat with wings attached that was hurled up in the air and photographed to be just blurry enough that you can’t see how obviously fake it is.

Humorously, website Weird NJ has posted a video showing the alleged creature that is so clearly fake that Ed Wood would have been ashamed to use it as a prop in one of his ’50s B-movies. Watch it for yourself by clicking here.

At any rate, the “Jersey Devil” photo has quickly gone viral on the Internet and is trending at the top of Facebook right now. For humanity’s sake, we hope that people are finding this amusing and aren’t actually believing in the Jersey Devil.

Brad Reed
Brad Reed Staff Writer

Brad Reed has written about technology for over eight years at and Network World. Prior to that, he wrote freelance stories for political publications such as AlterNet and the American Prospect. He has a Master's Degree in Business and Economics Journalism from Boston University.

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