Wiki Wormhole: Unleash your animal side with mythological human hybrids
With more than 4.9 million articles, Wikipedia is an invaluable resource, whether you’re throwing a term paper together at the last minute, or trying to convince someone not to offer your god a peanut. We explore some of Wikipedia’s oddities in our 4,941,391-week series, Wiki Wormhole.
This week’s entry: Mythological Human Hybrids
What it’s about: For as long as humans have been making up stories, we’ve been making up stories about creatures who are part-human, part-animal. A Greek demigod mates with a horse, and the result is a half-man, half-horse. A grief-stricken Assyrian goddess flung herself into a lake and became half-fish. A Poseidon admirer slights the sea god, who then makes his wife fall in love with a bull, conceiving a half-man half-bull. A woman in a French myth sleeps with a bear and their offspring is a Jean De L …