At the beginning of the 21st Century monsters still roam the remote, and sometimes not so remote, corners of our planet. It is our job to search for them. The Centre for Fortean Zoology [CFZ] is - we believe - the largest professional, scientific and full-time organisation in the world dedicated to cryptozoology - the study of unknown animals. Since 1992 the CFZ has carried out an unparalleled programme of research and investigation all over the world. Since 2009 we have been running the increasingly popular CFZ Blog Network, and although there has been an American branch of the CFZ for over ten years now, it is only now that it has a dedicated blog.

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

WHAT IS A GALOSHER?

This story may give some insight into how the legend of a strange creature might evolve.

In the folklore of Merseyside there is a tradition of a nocturnal creature called a Galosher.  Though he prowls by night, he doesn't seem to do any real harm.  He may give you a fright ot even steal a bottle from your hand, but that's the sum of it.

The origin of the Galosher seems quite straightforward.  The term was originally applied to lamplighters, who went around after nightfall lighting gaslamps,before the advent of electricity, to light the streets.  When the lamplighters ceased to operate, their memory lived on in a strange, though harmless, creature who gadded about by night.

The name probably comes from lamplighters' wearing galoshes rather than shoes, so they would not disturb sleeping persons.

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