There is breaking news of a horde of Leprechauns in the Belltown area of Seattle. First here is some background on why this jumped out at me.
In Jim Brandon's 1983 book, The Rebirth of Pan: Hidden Faces of the American Earth Spirit, he writes, regarding the "name game":
I'm not talking here of such spooky tongue-twisters as H.P. Lovecraft's Yog-Sothoth or Arthur Machen's Ishakshar, but of quite ordinary names like Bell, Beall and variants, Crowley, Francis, Grafton, Grubb, Magee/McGee, Mason, McKinney, Montpelier, Parsons, Pike, Shelby, Vernon, Watson/Watt, Williams/Williamson. I have others on file, but these are the ones which I have accumulated the most instances.In my 1983 Mysterious America, I wrote:
Cryptologic or coincidence? Jim Brandon should be credited with calling attention to the name Watts/Watkins/Watson, and its entanglement with inexplicable things. Some other names involved in mysterious events pinpointed by Brandon are Bell, Mason, Parsons, Pike, Vernon, and Warren. The influence of such names as Mason, Pike, Warren, and Lafayette, for example, issues, in some cryptopolitical and occult way, from their ties to the Masonic tradition.
Now, over the weekend, near the Pike Place Market and on Bell Street in Seattle, comes this bizarre KOMO News report from Belltown:
A "bunch of leprechauns" beat up a man in Belltown on Saturday [June 16, 2012], the bruised and bloodied victim told police. Police say they received reports about the fight around 1:55 a.m. on Bell Street near the Alaskan Way Viaduct, but when they arrived they saw numerous people running from the scene.The victim said one of the leprechauns was wearing a "white tank top" but could not specifically describe them. An eyewitness, who obviously was not on the same wavelength as the victim, said "a group of men" did the beating.
Police then saw a man on the ground, who was covered in blood and holding his head and screaming in pain. When police asked the man who was involved in the fight he said, "It was a bunch of leprechauns," that were mad because he was dancing with a girl, according topolice.
KOMO ended their piece by noting that,
Police were unable to find the leprechauns or anyone else involved.
Bell Street and Belltown were named after William Nathaniel Bell (March 6, 1817 – September 6, 1887), originally from Edwardsville, Illinois and later a resident of Portland, Oregon. Bell was a member of the Denny Party, the first group of white settlers in what is now Seattle, Washington State.
I wonder what the name of the Belltown victim was?
Okay, time to go check on the 45 counts guilty at the Jerry Sandusky trial being held in the Centre County Courthouse in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania.
For more on the Watts/Watkins name game, click here.