Thomas Theodore Merrylin the vampire hunter, and his creatures

Is this Merrylin Cryptid Collection collection a hoax?

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KorbenDallas

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In 1960 (other sources mention 2006), there was a basement uncovered during a planned demolition of some building. Within, hundreds of large crates, filled with thousands of specimens, artifacts and diaries were found. It was dubbed the Merrylin Cryptid Collection, its mere existence would challenge the established scientific community if proven authentic.

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What Merrylin (Merlin, right?) left was the most incredible collection ever known, actual specimens of taxidermied dragons, the infant forms of werewolves, artifacts from ancient Vampire nations and the trappings of nefarious scientists whose existence was presumed to be mere fiction. Where had these specimens originated from, considering there are no other examples of these species to be found on the Earth? It is this that I find so thrilling and yet so terrifying.

Lord and Professor Thomas Theodore Merrylin
1782-1942
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His mother died during childbirth and he was raised by his Father Edward. His father was a General in the Army, but once retired became enamored with esoteric natural history, investing in profitable companies to fund his travels across the world, seeking out illusive artifacts and hidden species which resided in forgotten continents or darkened places, away from prying human eyes.

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A bizarre quality of Merrylin was his apparent permanent youthfulness. Even in his 80′s, he still resembled a 40 year old, albeit of odd complexion, and his few bizarre forays into the eyes of the media only furthered his infamy. He was accused of practicing dark arts to prolong his life. Yet, eminent scholars secretly allied themselves with him, encouraging him to share his collection with the world. In 1899, he took a small portion of his specimens on tour across America. Conservative attitudes of the time condemned these creatures, calling them blasphemous. His reaction was severe and the tour was canceled before it reached California.

Merrylin Museum Exhibits

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Snopes was predictable
CLAIM: Real skeletons of mythical creatures are on display at the Merrylin Cryptid Museum.
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Snope's verdict is not surprising considering the following unverified information, "The Merrylin Cryptid collection is actually a fictional invention of Alex CF, a London-based illustrator, writer, and sculptor with a fantastically warped imagination and a talent for the obscure. And now you can add ‘marketing specialist’ to the list, as this ‘true facts’ approach worked wonderfully promoting his Merrylin Cryptid Museum."

Video from the curator and custodian of the Merrylin Cryptid collection.

My name is Alex CF, and I am the curator and custodian of the Merrylin Cryptid collection. The study and documentation of the evolution and biology of unclassified species and research pertaining to prehistoric human and non human civilization. In 2006, a trust was set up to analyze and collate a huge number of wooden crates found sealed in the basement of a London townhouse that was due to be demolished. Seemingly untouched since the 1940′s, the crates contained over 5000 specimens of flora and fauna, collected, dissected, and preserved by many forgotten scientists, professors and explorers of obscure cultures and species. The collection also housed many artifacts of curious origin, fragments of civilizations that once ruled the earth, of ideas and belief systems better left in the past.
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KD: I have no clue on this one, as far as authenticity goes. The stuff is definitely too crazy to be true, but have we not seen crazy things yet? It would obviously be naive to expect any official out here to come out and say that the collection is authentic and represents creatures which were hidden from general knowledge. Therefore, all the claims of the collection being an elaborate hoax are very much expected.

Creating thousands of items would probably require a small factory. How many years would it take? Could they be created in secrecy? Probably could be, but were they?

And if it not a hoax, where could all these creatures come from? Could this Thomas Theodore Merrylin guy have a "key" to a special "door"?

Note: I publish this story because it reminded me of those discredited Cabrera's Ica Stones, which I firmly believe are authentic.
 

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That entire story reads like a novel (the About Page on the collection website). I can't tell whether or not this is real, but I do know one thing. The truth is stranger than fiction!
 

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I think this is PT Barnum.
But props to the artist(s).
Much more convincing than king Tut.
 

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This seems like a fake for the simple reason that i don't think any private individual has such a large collection of real artifacts that they are willing to reveal. Sure maybe the old families have collections akin to this, but they don't talk.

The only organization i am certain has something like this and more is the Vatican.
 

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One thing that strikes me is if indeed these are from the 1940's, his depiction of the alien is uncanny to how we later portrayed them in Hollywood. Except, this would predate these depictions. So the discovery date itself could help towards authenticating the findings.

Has anyone done proper DNA testing on the specimens?
 

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Well the museum itself are all replicas of the original that Merrylin has, so I don't really know if the whole story is actually real.
Curious that replicas were made of fake artifacts. Why bother? If they're all fake anyway, why not just display them as is and openly mock the owner as an eccentric or praise him for his dedication to manufacturing such imaginative cryptids? Where are the originals and is anyone studying them?

I don't pay a bit of attention to Snopes anymore. They've been caught lying more than once. I got re-directed to one of their pages the other day and it still hasn't been updated to show they were wrong on one of their pronouncements.

And is that date right? 1782-1942 (160 years old)?
 
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Lol, I wish. My typo there, will adjust. Thank you.

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Oops: Apparently may be so. That’s what their site says.
 

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The video guys said they think he's still alive (with zero evidence for saying it).
Where do I find the published papers of their findings on these cryptids?
 
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The video guys said they think he's still alive (with zero evidence for saying it).
Where do I find the published papers of their findings on these cryptids?
No clue. I would start with the actual museum website. Will google later on tonight to see if I can come up with something.
 

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Thanks. The video speculates that these creatures were dying out due to the encroachment of man but the world is a very big place and these creatures could fit in curio cabinets so how many people were there crawling all over the earth? It seems more likely they (as well as the giants) were dying out due to their environment (atmospheric pressure, oxygen levels, etc.) no longer being conducive to their continued existence while simultaneously being more suitable to ours.
 
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I don’t know. If this stuff is real, than the presence of the gun suggests that the initial owner was playing the role of the Blade somewhere. The question is where?
 

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I like that he took a scientific approach to it and documented his observations. Thousands of crates of this stuff? I bet a lot of it was journals. I'd like to see THOSE!
 

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