Gef - the eighth wonder of the world
Who - or what - was Gef the talking mongoose? Was he merely "a little extra, extra clever mongoose" as he once claimed? Or was he - as he claimed on another occasion - truly "the eighth wonder of the world"?
Some think Gef was a poltergeist. Some think he was a demonic spirit. And then again, some think he was no more than a bizarre Folie à Deux created by a lonely adolescent girl and her father.
Whatever Gef was, he deserves his place in the Fortean pantheon of immortal tricksters. For above all, he was a bringer of mischief and mirth - a challenge to authority and a subverter of mundanity.
"If you knew what I know, you'd know a hell of a lot," Gef once remarked. Amen to that. While we may never know what Gef knew, we can at least follow the paths he trod, examine the lives he touched, and celebrate his wit and wisdom.
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