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Troll Watch: Syracuse, NY

As regular readers know, we at Via Meadia like to keep tabs on trolls and their exploits across America. We last spotted an anti-colonialist brood infiltrating the Harvard curriculum. Today, during the course of some very serious research, Team Mead found them on Wikipedia — specifically, the entry on the city of Syracuse:

Trolls The forgotten few

The Troll population has dwindled in recent years to nearly a few remaining family’s, but their rich history can be seen all throughout the area the Bridges and streams around the Old Erie canal system are a lasting tribute to the once mighty and majestic bread of cave dwellers known more for there ferocious grunts and growls, They always were under or around these monolithic damns and bridges to collect the tolls from unsuspecting passers by. The city has yet to erect a lasting tribute to these mighty creatures but the campaign continues to have the Troll Bridge at Erie statue to be placed on the corner of Erie Blvd and Salina streets as a lasting tribute to this famous yet sometimes forgotten early inhabitant of the Syracuse area.

It would seem that the Erie Canal is a little eerier than people think. It’s possible that the orthographically eccentric Wikipedia entry was written by an actual troll; at the risk of being accused of anti-troll stereotyping we observe that in many stories and legends, trolls were often challenged by intellectual tasks.

[Image appended so readers can see the evidence for themselves, before those busybody Wikipedians start tampering with the page. Click to enlarge.]

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  • Kris

    If you’re looking for trolls near streams and canals, of course you won’t find many of them! Most trolls today stick close to our optical fiber information throughways. You can observe this yourself, when posts here get linked to by one of the high-traffic sites.

  • Corlyss

    Forget making the world safe for democracy! I want the world made safe for whimsy!

  • Jacksonian Libertarian

    Exterminate the Vermin
    This High Intensity Ultra Violet flashlight will Stone the Trolls, and has the added benefit of ashing in seconds those Blood Sucking Vampires.
    UP the Humano-Centric Ecology!!!
    Let those species that fail to find a niche in Mother Nature’s finest creation (The Humano-Centric Ecology) face our power and tremble!!!

  • Gary L

    Syracuse is also the home town of Terry McAuliffe, former head of the Democratic National Committee and close advisor to Bill Clinton. President Clinton is a man who has inspired many a troll!

  • David D

    At least one of the creatures has moved West – that would be Seattle’s famous Fremont Bridge Troll:

    And yes, that’s an actual VW Bug he’s crushing under his hand. Trolls are big.

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