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The subject of a popular prank common throughout the United States. The prank’s victim is invited on a “snipe hunt,” which requires the hunter to perform ridiculous tasks and to hold a bag in the middle of the woods alone. The victim is left there, until they figure out that they’ve been lied to, and left, “holding the bag,” so to speak.

The Snipe is described differently across the country. Sometimes it’s a snake, or a mammal, or a bird. It always has some preposterous features. I used the version from the Fearsome Critters of the Lumberwoods book, which describes it as a bird with three legs for balance, multi-coloured feathers on top and fur underneath, and a hooked nose on a bullwheel.

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