Published on Thursday, 16 May 2013 00:00
Written by Cheryl Teo
Photographs circulating around the internet shows the remains of an 8-inch mummified fairy reportedly found in Derbyshire.
Do you believe that there fairies living at the bottom of your garden? A recent discovery a few years back suggested that they probably did a long time ago. What looked like the petrified corpse of Tinkerbell was discovered in the Derbyshire countryside, England.
The mummified fairy was 8-inch in size, complete with wings, skin, teeth and flowing red hair and was said to have been examined by archaeologists and forensic experts who confirmed its authenticity.
According to the grapevine, x-rays taken of the fairy revealed a skeleton anatomically similar to that of a child, with the exception of the bone density. The bones were hollow like a bird’s, making them particularly light and allowing them to fly. The presence of a naval could be hypothesized that fairies actually reproduce the same way humans do, however it is uncertain how, as the remains were bereft of reproductive organs.
Don’t get too excited, because what appeared to be the mummified body of a fairy is actually the work of Dan Baines, a prop maker that formerly resided in Derbyshire. He concocted the elaborate story and took seemingly genuine photos of his realistic fairy figurine as an April Fool’s prank in 2007. He ‘fessed up on April 1 with a statement written below his fake fairy article
Thank you for the interest you have shown in my story.
Even if you believe in fairies, as I personally do, there will always have been an element of doubt in your mind that would suggest the remains are a hoax. However, the magic created by the possibility of the fairy being real is something you will remember for the rest of your life.
Alas the fairy is fake but my interest and belief has allowed me to create a work of art that is convincing and magical. I was also interested to see if fairy folklore is still a valid belief in modern society and I am pleased to say that yes it is! I have had more response from believers than I ever thought possible.
As well as an artist I am also a magician and you have been my fantastic audience. That spark of magic ignited your imagination and made your day more memorable and exciting.
I believe fairies to be Earth spirits rather than physical beings so my performance was slightly flawed. The question stills begs to answered though, are they made of flesh and blood like you and I?
I hope you have not been offended by the events of the past few days but if you are I sincerely apologise. It took 50 years for the Cottingley fairies to be revealed as a hoax; at least you’ve only had to endure a few days of mystery.
I will be adding a section to by website to document the Derbyshire Fairy, please let me know if you’d like to be updated.
Shortly after his declaration of truth, Baines put up his small, detailed fairy figurine on eBay
where it sold for £280.00 (S$ 536).
Despite Baines admitting that it is just a hoax, the story of the discovery of the mummified fairy is still going strong on the internet, the photographs continue to hold the public's imagination, and people refuse to believe that it is unreal. Instead, some have the illusion that Baines lied about the fairy being an April Fool’s joke as a cover-up.
“I’ve had all sorts of comments including people who say they’ve seen exactly the same things and one person who told me to return the remains to the grave site as soon as possible or face the consequences,” Baines said.
You might go, “Pffft! Dumbass fairy-believers!” Unfortunately however, besides these fairy-believers, there are millions and millions of people out there who are staunch believers of other kinds of fairytale stories and adamantly stick to their belief being the one and only truth.
People and their reluctance to accept the truth given straight to them delude themselves in their own created fantasies and vehemently deny all sorts of verifications by others. Like as Douglas Adams once wrote in his super-cool-awesome book, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, “Isn't it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it too?”