The Abominable Snowman, also called the Yeti, is one of the most famous creatures in cryptozoology and appears in similar forms all over the world.
Unicorns are depicted as mystical creatures with a single horn which was said to have magical properties. Their name comes from the Latin unus "one" and cornu "horn".
The Griffin is a lion bodied, eagled headed and winged creature which has appeared in legend from as early as 4-5 century BC. The griffin was thought to be a guardian of the divine.
The word Manticore comes from the Persian for maneater. The manticore is a legendary beast with a human head and lion like body, with some stories describing it having a tail of a Scorpion.
The Basilisk is a mythological creature called the King of Snakes. Said to able to kill its victims with a glance, the basilisk was included by Leonardo Da Vinci in his Bestiary.
In 2001, an outbreak of Foot and Mouth Disease in the United Kingdom led to over 10 million sheep and cattle being culled in an attempt to halt spread of the disease. Their bodies were burned in bonfires such as the ones described by Jimmy.
Methuselah was the oldest person named in the Hebrew Bible (living for 969 years) and his name has become a useful label for any creature living to a great age. It is surely for this reason that the Methuselah Foundation took its name.