A 1939 postcard picturing a Ripley "Believe It Or Not!" merman from Aden on the Red Sea. Ripley judged it to be "a clever Oriental fake." The "Merman of Aden" was exhibited at the Ripley Odditorium (whose name was an inspiration to Joe Nickell in naming the Skeptiseum). Usually such fake mer-creatures were the female type, like the "Feejee Mermaid" exhibited by the great showman P. T. Barnum.
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