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This Week the Beast Of Busco

This Week the Beast Of Busco

Churubusco Indiana’s Giant But Elusive Snapping Turtle

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Now I’ve got to admit, when I think Indiana, I just think corn, Jeff Kendall and Indiana Beach. Most of the kids I know from Indiana are metal as hell or leaning a lil closer to juggalo than most of us would prefer! (though I will always stand by that the Great Malenko was a perfectly timed album for the era)

But… anyways… I’ve been working for like five years with two girls who come from there. They tell a very different story of growing up in happy families, full of good hearted folks, spending weekends on the lake, generally having a pleasant time. Since they’re my friends, I’m willing to give them the benefit of the doubt and say that it’s possible that their state is in fact not just an empty hellscape that buffers Ohio from Gary …

Since we’re talking hellscapes though….They do possess one hellishly large snapping turtle, that to this day, has never been found! It’s story starts all the way back in 1898 when a farmer first spotted a ridiculously large turtle on his land. Legend has it he carved his initials into its shell but otherwise let it be. Jump ahead 50 years when two fisherman on lake Fulk claim a five to six foot and easily 500 lbs turtle with what looked to be initials on its shell, surfaced and snapped both of their poles.

From that moment on the country’s curiosity was peaked. For a while traffic was so bad, the state troopers had to be called in to control the throngs. Folks tried fishing, nets, deep sea divers, hell supposedly they drained the full 7 acre lake. But while there are still numerous sightings to this day, no concrete evidence of the beast has ever been found. So now it’s up to you to show us what it really looks like.

Here’s the list of descriptors for those who never read the text above.

  • Looks like a giant snapping turtle
  • Estimates in 1948 put it at 6 feet long and easily 500lbs
  • Supposedly has the initials O.F. carved on its shell and others tell of 100 plus years of lakey detritus (fishing hooks, bobbers, small anchors etc) stuck to it as well
  • To expand on a previous mention, at this point it’s easily 150 years old
  • It’s from Indiana, what that means to you, only you can know!

That’s what you’ve got! All I ask is you don’t try too hard and have fun! we’re taking some extra time as I have a birthday and anniversary that interrupt this beast so we’ll close off submissions for judgement midnight of Friday the 4th (of august) … As always, We’ll gather the judges council and pick one to win a shirt, so get your asses doodling!

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The Beast of Busco Entry # 1

The Beast of Busco Entry # 1

God I love those tiny pupil-ed unfocused turtle eyes! Also as a kid I had a rubber ankylosaurus, I was always frustrated that it sat so low in the water vs floating threateningly on top… And now, like two weeks from my 44th birthday, I learn I was just imagining wrong!

The Beast of Busco Entry # 2

The Beast of Busco Entry # 2

Haha! Man I’m not sure what it is about this guy that makes me so happy, maybe the face being almost stegasaurus or dodo bird or similarly extinct beast, maybe the shell detritus, I mean is that a cooked turkey about a click back from the anchor? Or maybe its just the overall scribbly nature, making it feel so drawn from life… Nicely played!

The Beast of Busco Entry # 3

The Beast of Busco Entry # 3

“Yep! I’m telling you… Beautiful Lake Shafer! In Monticello Indiana, that’s where you want to be!” (now I’ve been told that Indiana Beach was not quite the midwestern paradise WFLD sold it as, but a boy can dream!)

The Beast of Busco Entry # 4

The Beast of Busco Entry # 4

Man that’s a Birthday turtle if I ever did see one! I will always be curious how he got that hat on his head and candles on his own back, nut I’m not complaining one bit! Plus he seems to walk the same way Fred Flintstone bowls!

The Beast of Busco Entry # 5

The Beast of Busco Entry # 5

First, that’s freaking adorable! Great giant shell to tiny feets ratio! Part of me wants this guy to be solidly shelled and part of me wants it to be squishy and frayed like an old grandma blanket… though I suppose the later would get pretty stinky by the third or fourth swim!

The Beast of Busco Entry # 6

The Beast of Busco Entry # 6

Haha look at that aged, wizard like, wisdom in those eyes, and with that sweet bald cap looking noggin, he oddly, reminds me of a slow moving, armor plated, Ming the Merciless!

The Beast of Busco Entry # 7

The Beast of Busco Entry # 7

Man look at the size of that mighty front flipper! Such a powerful, Gamera-esque shell and dammit if the spacing in the thought bubble over that tiny eyed noggin doesn’t make it well thought out and turtle paced!

The Beast of Busco Entry # 8

The Beast of Busco Entry # 8

Nice! That thing’s beautiful and such a great sense of murky depths! True story, I accidentally shot an arrow into the lake earlier this year, and I’ve joked about an angry turtle with said arrow in his back ever since… I dont think I imagined him so obviously capable of toe removal though!

The Beast of Busco Entry # 9

The Beast of Busco Entry # 9

It’s hard to know if this is the trophy laden vehicle of an insane hunter of big game, or simply an old turtle modernizing, cause if you had the option of rolling, Why wouldn’t you? I do like that the welcome sign is in never forget, post it, yellow. Also, Welcome back lil Katie!

The Beast of Busco Entry # 10

The Beast of Busco Entry # 10

You know at first I was going to make some WB amphibian try out joke, but I think I like it way better if we all just assume he’s burping… as we learned from Revenge of the Nerds: “the real burp does not come from the stomach, but from the soul..”