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People In Alabama Neighbourhood Once Thought They'd Spotted A Leprechaun

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People In Alabama Neighbourhood Once Thought They'd Spotted A Leprechaun

It's an extra special St Patrick's Day this year, because it marks 15 years since people in an Alabama neighbourhood thought they'd spotted a leprechaun. Watch a local news report from 2006 here:

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Yes, the famous figure of Irish folklore decided to rock up in a tree in the Crichton neighbourhood of Mobile, near Toulminville - or so residents thought.

NBC reporter Brian Johnson had no idea he would be breaking news that would be looked back on 15 years later when he went to see what a large gathering was about on 14 March 2006.

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He said 'things sort of snowballed' after he and the crew arrived, with numerous people claiming to have spotted the leprechaun.

One eye-witness even drew up an adorably terrible sketch of the mythical creature, which was subsequently auctioned off on eBay after the story went viral, bringing in around $1,000 for charity, according to WPMI-TV.

Resident Shun Thomas subsequently claimed he was the first to discover the leprechaun while supping on a beer - Lord knows how strong it was.

Speaking to AL.com in 2015, he said: "Halfway through one beer, I'm looking through this tree here and I could see this image.

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"I'm seeing this image, so I do several double takes and he's still there. So I finally mentioned it."

Shun told his brother, cousin and friend to look - and lo and behold, they all saw it too.

He described it as a 'metamorphosis', with the mouth or nose appearing first, followed by the rest of its face.

Fancy spotting this in a tree in Alabama. Credit: PA
Fancy spotting this in a tree in Alabama. Credit: PA
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Shun said this happened for about a week before it was reported on, at which point the whole thing blew up. But for him, the coverage was disappointing, with the story becoming a bit of a light-hearted distraction, rather than the centre of any sort of serious investigation.

He said: "It just looked like a leprechaun to me. It was only an image from the chin to the top hat but that's what I thought about.

"For me, it became frustrating because of the reports. It was more like, the people of Crichton discovered this and it became a joke when it wasn't at all.

"No one ever came, like you did today, saying, 'I want to get to the bottom of this.'"

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However, a year before this interview, The Bob and Dan Show actually did try and get to the bottom of it, and the investigation concluded it was a local little person known by the unfortunate nickname of 'Midget Sean', pulling a prank.


How that fits with Shun's metamorphosis description is a bit of a mystery though. All I know is I want whatever he's drinking.

Featured Image Credit: NBC 15

Topics: Funny, US News, Weird

Jake Massey
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