“Creepy Gnome Terrorizing Argentinian Town.”

HUGE thanks to my friend Dominick for drawing my attention to this story.

A mysterious wee figure in a conical hat has been appearing to residents of a small town in Argentina and “terrorizing” them by throwing rocks. The Belfast Telegraph, reporting on the story, doesn’t give the name of the town — presumably to keep it from being mobbed by gardeners. The gnome is described as small, with a “distinctive sideways walk.” Scientists speculate that this unusual mode of locomotion could be caused by wearing ceramic underpants.

The above still picture is from a camera video taken by teenager Jose Alvarez, who was out with his buddies.

We were chatting about our last fishing trip. It was one in the morning. I began to film a bit with my mobile phone while the others were chatting and joking. Suddenly we heard something – a weird noise as if someone was throwing stones. We looked to one side and saw that the grass was moving. To begin with we thought it was a dog but when we saw this gnome-like figure begin to emerge we were really afraid. I filmed a little and soon we all left running.

Here’s the camera video. The “gnome” appears at the very end.

Two railway workers in Buenos Aires also reported seeing a gnomelike figure that threw rocks. They said it then ran away, leaving a “vapour trail” that “burned the grass.” I’ve had that happen after eating tomato sauce with onions.

Belfast Telegraph story is here.


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8 Responses to ““Creepy Gnome Terrorizing Argentinian Town.””

  1. Anna Campbell Says:

    Esri, surely that’s a hoax!!! Is it? Yeah, call me gullible!

  2. Esri Rose Says:

    Well, it doesn’t take supernatural powers to be short and wear a tall hat, so I guess the answer depends on semantics. I certainly believe the video is a set up. Hear the whistle shortly before he turns to film the gnome? I’d say that’s a signal.

  3. Calm Hill Says:

    Can someone estimate how tall it is? It seems as if its about the same height as the grass. But the grass may be just tall. I think it’s a fake. How can you pan in with the cell phone for 15 seconds before you scream? Their reaction wasn’t natural to me. The gnome seems like a short midget. The only thing that was kind of weird was the very short arms it had. Must be a new movie coming out…

    Calm Hilll

  4. LiJuun Says:

    OK, even though I KNOW it’s fake (it’s fake, right? It has to be?), it does kinda creep me out at the end when he’s all ambling sideways and one of the guys screams like a little girl. I watched it twice and it got me the second time, too. So I’m not gonna watch it a third time. I’ve always been a bit creeped out by garden gnomes, and I think it’s safe to say that I might have a bit of trouble sleeping tonight!

    Doesn’t matter that it’s fake. Doesn’t matter at all!

    Clever to end it that way, though. Those guys knew what they were doing, methinks.

  5. Esri Rose Says:

    New movie…that’s a good possibility!

    He does scream like a little girl. I’m betting they had to cut the vid off at that point because they were all laughing like crazy.

  6. Gnomedaddy Says:

    I am the gnome. I have short arms and a tall hat. I like rocks. I don’t like people

  7. KoS Says:

    the video might be real bcuz it said 1 guy went to the hospital cuz he passed out but idk know if the gnome is real it might be.

  8. Esri Rose Says:

    Ever faked fainting? I have.

    I’m quite sure it’s a real little person in a gnome costume. He could even have thrown rocks. As to whether he left a “vapor trail that burned the grass”… Hmm, not so much.

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