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(WCCO.com)   Not quite as terrifying as the Loch Ness Monster, meet Pepie the Lake Pepin "monster" (with cute artist rendition)   (wcco.com) divider line 91
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2008-05-07 11:39:52 AM
I just drove by there last weekend, it's also the birthplace of waterskiing which would make spotting the monster more interesting, I guess.
 
2008-05-07 11:43:41 AM
Lived in MN my whole life and have never heard of this.
 
2008-05-07 12:39:12 PM
submitter: (with cute artist rendition)

www.hotlinkfiles.com
 
2008-05-07 12:49:36 PM
I grew up in Red Wing, the next town up the river, and my mom lives in Lake City, and I've never heard of it either.

I think some bright spark decided waterskiing wasn't sexy enough, and the eagles are just birds, after all.
 
2008-05-07 12:50:52 PM
dstanley: my mom lives in Lake City

Obligatory: she's only got one hump.
 
2008-05-07 01:21:34 PM
I need about tree-fiddy.
 
2008-05-07 01:21:45 PM
I want one!
 
2008-05-07 01:24:40 PM
"This reward is also a marketing tool for Lake City. The local tourism bureau hopes the chance to see Pepie and get money for it will bring people to the area."

FAIL

Lived in MN whole life. Also never heard of this crap.
 
2008-05-07 01:25:46 PM
ih8dolphins

you beat me to the punch by literally 60 seconds!!
 
2008-05-07 01:26:25 PM
PacManDreaming: submitter: (with cute artist rendition)

My (elder) God... someone has made the infernal terribly, unfathomably, squamously, cute.
 
2008-05-07 01:26:28 PM
I was expecting to see a penis joke by now.
 
2008-05-07 01:26:39 PM
BREAKING NEWS

7 year old Amber Sikes catches four Pepies on a fishing trip to Lake City, bringing her total haul to $200,000 bankrupting the city instantly.
 
2008-05-07 01:27:20 PM
"This reward is also a marketing tool for Lake City. The local tourism bureau hopes the chance to see Pepie and get money for it will bring people to the area."

That sums it up. Next shiny pebble, please.
 
2008-05-07 01:27:27 PM
Minnesota would have a better chance attracting tourists if they built a very large mall or something.
 
2008-05-07 01:27:42 PM
Last seen with his buddy, the leprechaun.

i41.photobucket.com
 
2008-05-07 01:27:45 PM
i168.photobucket.com

Do I get a reward for "capturing" it???
 
2008-05-07 01:27:52 PM
Aw, it's cute...

/cuter than Nessie!
//gimme tree-fitty?
 
2008-05-07 01:28:04 PM
FTFA:
"The idea behind the reward is make sure you come up with a camera. You might catch Pepie, but the worst thing that's going to happen is that you're going to get pictures of some of the most beautiful scenery in the world," said Nielson.

Just as i thought, from another article: (new window)

The native Dakota people who lived along the Mississippi River were afraid to travel on Lake Pepin in birchbark canoes because of "large creatures" that would surface on the Lake and puncture the thin birchbark skin, according to tourism bureau spokesman Larry Nielson.
 
2008-05-07 01:28:52 PM
www.hoax-slayer.com
 
2008-05-07 01:30:14 PM
VERY SCAREY! (new window)

/hotlinked
 
2008-05-07 01:30:45 PM
what kind of sad-ass Lovecraftian spawn is that? I bet even Yog-Sothoth wouldn't hit that thing's mother.
 
2008-05-07 01:31:30 PM
It's said to live within the depths of Devil's Abys.

The devil's abs?
tvmedia.ign.com
 
2008-05-07 01:33:09 PM
Egalitarian: what kind of sad-ass Lovecraftian spawn is that? I bet even Yog-Sothoth wouldn't hit that thing's mother.

The Littlest Elder God (new window)
 
2008-05-07 01:33:37 PM
from the other article

Photos should include visible landmarks, villages or Lake Pepin's paddlewheel boat Pearl of the Lake to verify that the photos were actually taken on Lake Pepin.

The publication omitted a paragraph:

Submissions are invalid without receipts from a minimum two night hotel stay, four meals in local restaurants (not including fast food locations), and a photo with Mayor Frank "Grimey" Grimes while he's wearing his Royal Order of Okiedokie fez.
 
2008-05-07 01:33:49 PM
Simpsons did it.
 
2008-05-07 01:33:51 PM
Grunt2006: ih8dolphins

you beat me to the punch by literally 60 seconds!!


I try
 
2008-05-07 01:35:18 PM
www.wildertrailbooks.com
 
2008-05-07 01:36:54 PM
Obvious.
animals.nationalgeographic.com
 
2008-05-07 01:37:39 PM
farm4.static.flickr.com

I got really close and took a picture.

/where's mah monay?
 
2008-05-07 01:37:50 PM
I wonder if the town drunkos saw a double-crested cormorant doing its mating display. The crests fan out on the sides and could be mistaken for a fringe of tentacles, I suppose. A cormorant looks kind of odd anyway if you're only used to seeing ducks, the beak is different and they sometimes sit lower in the water than ducks do (less oil on the feathers, less buoyancy; better diving ability, but lots of drying time on shore).
i154.photobucket.com
 
2008-05-07 01:39:08 PM
ih8dolphins: "This reward is also a marketing tool for Lake City. The local tourism bureau hopes the chance to see Pepie and get money for it will bring people to the area."

FAIL

Lived in MN whole life. Also never heard of this crap.


Anyone want to bet that Pepsi will try to get in on the marketing scheme for Pepie?
 
2008-05-07 01:39:17 PM
My family has had a cabin on Lake Pepin for over 50 years and I've never heard of "Pepie".
 
2008-05-07 01:41:06 PM
content.answers.com

(showing him the fuzzy picture I took)
IT'S A LAAAAAAKE!!!
 
2008-05-07 01:43:11 PM
Oznog
i154.photobucket.com
I LOL'D
 
2008-05-07 01:44:44 PM
Can you find Pepie and his friend CheeBurger
 
2008-05-07 01:44:49 PM
Pepie? or was it Pepe, the Monster of Love??

www.heroicfineart.com
 
2008-05-07 01:45:07 PM
Spindle: I was expecting to see a penis joke by now.

The joke is in your hand.
 
2008-05-07 01:46:54 PM
Ok, logically speaking...

Wasn't this area under like yards and yards of thick glacier ICE until relatively recent geologic times?

Me thinks they've found a tourist trap...and maybe a really large grass carp or catfish or two.
 
2008-05-07 01:47:22 PM
The Lake Pepin Monster keeps putting his testicles all over me. You know, like octopus - testicles.
 
2008-05-07 01:54:59 PM
"This reward is also solely a marketing tool for Lake City. The local tourism bureau hopes the chance to see Pepie and get money for it will bring people to the area."
 
2008-05-07 01:57:36 PM
Three humps you say?

It was Lucy the Camel three verses before the end!
 
2008-05-07 01:58:05 PM
I grew up in Lake City so I'm embarrassed by this story and the people representing the town, but I am getting a kick out of these replies.

I've never heard of this thing either.
 
2008-05-07 02:00:43 PM
I could have sworn that I saw it once.
It was right after I left the Old Bank Bar.

Loves Lake City.
 
2008-05-07 02:02:40 PM
So this is a scam to attract tourism then? It's been done before.
 
2008-05-07 02:07:32 PM
I apologize. Most Minnesotans are not nearly this batshiat.
 
2008-05-07 02:08:31 PM
it would be funny if Pepie turned out to be real and killed someone and their family sued the town for all it's worth for luring them there.
 
2008-05-07 02:10:01 PM
What about Don Pepin Garcia?



/Awesome cigars, BTW.
 
2008-05-07 02:11:58 PM
Well, I guess it beats the Skunk Ape.
 
2008-05-07 02:12:05 PM
Dilbert J. Galt: Lived in MN my whole life and have never heard of this.

Same here.
 
2008-05-07 02:12:55 PM
Why the heck are they calling it a "sea monster" when it lives in a lake? Wouldn't that make it a "lake monster"?
 
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