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snopes 06 August 2007 11:25 PM

Snake has the makings of a rural legend
Snake, rattle and roar! The Trenton paper's snake picture has caused a furor!

Pardon my attempt at poetry, but I had to come up with a way to tell you about the uproar caused by "Snakes Alive!," the picture of a gigantic snake which appeared in the Thursday, July 19 issue of the Hitchcock County News.

Even though Publisher Jason Frederick tried to play the picture down -- placing it on the back page of the News -- it generated a firestorm of interest, with dozens -- if not hundreds -- of people snapping up copies of the paper and making copies to send to friends and family members from near and far.

Now, as Paul Harvey is always saying, it's time for the rest of the story.

The picture isn't for real, or, at least, there are different versions of the snake tale.

Mycroft 07 August 2007 02:38 PM

Nice that the newspaper has a link to a Snopes article for the picture, and I would like to point out the difficuly of holding a 91lb item at arms length

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