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Claim: Video captures a 'creepy gnome' that has frightened residents of an Argentine town.
Example: [Collected via e-mail, March 2008]
Origins: On 11 March 2008,
According to the report, teenager Jose Alvarez and his friends were hanging around outside chatting about
"We looked to one side and saw that the grass was moving. To begin with, we thought it was a dog, but when we saw this gnome-like figure begin to emerge we were really afraid." Added Alvarez, "This is no joke. We are still afraid to go outOf
Moreover, our Argentine correspondents inform us that no one else in the area (save for a few well-known cranks) has been claiming to have spotted a duende, is afraid to go outdoors, or has been hospitalized over excessive gnome fright. It's only the rest of the world that seems to be taking the whole thing seriously, they say; the locals are amused at how much coverage has been given to what they regard as merely a silly prank.
Last updated: 17 March 2008
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