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Radiation-mutated melon heads feasting on human flesh? The weird thing is the support it gets on the net. Is this a real "legend"? Weregerbil 10:06, 28 July 2006 (UTC)
Yes, it is a "real legend" or as real as any legend can be. It is a local legend tied to two specific areas. Although this articles is poorly written, it deserves to e here. Perhaps you, myself or other interested parties can clean this up and add the citations needed. It's one of those regional bogeyman stories that is most popular with teens. I'll try and get ack to this. If you ask me, it seems to e an american variation of the Scottish Cannibal Clan legend AKA the Bean Family, found here on wikipedia as Sawney Bean. This is the same family that Wes Craven used as the asis for The Hills Have Eyes. Lisapollison 03:41, 9 November 2006 (UTC)
I can certainly vouch for it as a "real" urban legend, coming from the area myself. I did some inter-wiki linking, I'll try to cite a little later when I have time. mordicai. 15:30, 13 August 2007 (UTC)
This is an urban legend, factual accuracy doesn't come into it. All that is required is it be proven that this story is in circulation. It's pretty much irrelevant that the story itself is not true just so long as the page makes clear that it's a myth. -
Thanks to everyone who commented to keep this page, or just for reading it, i made this page, and well it was my first i feel bad because it was so crud many many other users have updated it. I was happy to see other states with the same legend, and the pictures are just great... so thank you.Brad182
Though I take an issue to:
'British DHS records (Ref: MH 245367)'
Britain does not have a DHS, and rotating 453 right one yields the ref 234567. This smells bad. Are you citing a source? Please make this clearer, it reads as though it is being presented by the author as a fact.
As of this revision, this urban legend is claimed to be located beyond the US in Germany, England, & Kuwait, but there are no details to help the reader identify where in these countries "Melon heads" have been allegedly seen. (Looking in the article history, the English/UK Melon heads were expunged here on the basis of insufficient citations -- which leaves the German & Kuwaiti ones still needing a verifiable source.) Can someone either supply the information or remove these countries? -- llywrch (talk) 20:13, 18 October 2010 (UTC)
I originate from Germany (region around Nuremberg in Bavaria) and I'd like to contribute my point of view: Neither I nor the persons I asked have ever heard of a legend about "Melon heads" in Germany. The term roughly translates to "Melonenköpfe" (sing.) or "Melonenkopf" (pl.). Also, searching the internet for the German terms doesn't yield any results except a bunch of instructions about how to make some kind of jack-o'-lantern or helmet for a costume from a melon.
The german term "Wasserkopf" (water head) might be a more proper translation for "melon head". "Wasserkopf" is a colloquial term for a medical condition (Hydrocephalus), but it may also be used in a very disrespectful way to describe a person with a big head or a stupid person. It is also used in a very abstract way to describe unnecessary overhead in administrative or technical procedures. For example one might say that the german bureaucratic system to determine the annual tax sum that each person has to pay constitutes a giant "Wasserkopf". However, there is no legend about "Wasserkopf" children in Germany.
So, if no source of a German melon head legend can be found, I suggest to remove the reference to Germany from this article. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 126.96.36.199 (talk) 12:30, 18 January 2011 (UTC)
As an inhabitant of a different part of Germany, I strongly agree with the previous comment, and have never heard of any report or story about "melon heads" anywhere in Germany; this legend does not seem to be in circulation here. I therefore have removed this reference from the article. Feel free to revert this if new sources turn up. --188.8.131.52 (talk) 00:11, 1 November 2011 (UTC)
I actually know how the Melon Head legend started in Saugatuck. The mansion and the grounds once belonged to a seminary high school that my father attended (St. Augustine Seminary). He told me that if the seminary boys heard about anyone (especially from rival Saugatuck high school) visiting the woods at night, he and the other boys would wear stuffed pillowcases with eye-holes cut out, making their heads look big, and they found it funny to swing out of the trees by ropes they had tied, shrieking and waving their arms and scaring the other kids off. This was going on in the 1960s when my dad was a student and I imagine it started earlier than that. He said these "attacks" were blamed on mutant "melon heads" or "bobble heads." I don't know if this is the sort of information that can be included on a wikipedia page because it's not exactly published anywhere, but for posterity's sake I thought that I would at least share the true origin of the Michigan melon heads. I'm so suprised to see a wikipedia article on this, considering my father told me this story in passing many years ago. The seminary has been closed for decades but it seems the legend has persisted. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 184.108.40.206 (talk) 07:29, 16 February 2011 (UTC)