When we think of fairies, most people think of old Irish legends or a trip down the streets of the Castro District in San Francisco. Why, I even saw a whole booth of “fairy photos” set up at a paranormal conference in northeast Ohio! But with this miserable economy, I guess even these tiny winged humanoids are searching for cheaper places to live. Maybe it’s the sunny beaches, the Corona with lime, or those killer shots of Cuervo Silver that lulled one pixie all the way to Guadalajara, Mexico. That’s where one of them was found in a guava tree by Jose Maldonado.
“I was picking guavas and I saw a twinkling. I thought it was a firefly,” Jose—a 22-year-old unemployed brick layer—told local news. “I picked it up and felt that it was moving; when I looked at it I knew that it was a fairy godmother.”
If it was his fairy godmother, maybe he should’ve been more careful with it. He injured it (read ‘tore its foot off by accident’) while examining the creature; to preserve it, he placed it in a jar containing a mixture of formaldehyde and water.
After that, he did what any self-respecting unemployed discoverer of mysteries would do: he started charging admission to see it. For a few seconds of viewing this two centimeter fairy in a bottle and a chance to take a picture, people lined up by the thousands in the street outside his Lomas Verdes neighborhood home to pay a “donation” for the privilege. So far, around 3,000 people have viewed the translucent multicolored fairy.
Nevermind that it bears an uncanny resemblance to a plastic toy fairy available in cheap shops around Mexico. Jose’s mother felt that seeing the fairy gave her a “spiritual awakening” and was a very emotional, moving experience. Many more spoke up, claiming what they saw was authentic. “I’ve seen everything [about the fairy found by Jose],” commented one customer named Cesar Ramirez, “and yes, I believe the fairy is real. Therefore, I wanted to come [here] to confirm that those myths are true.”
Jose’s neighbors have joined in on profiting from the spectacle. They’ve been selling food, drinks, and 20 peso (US$1.60) souvenir photographs and keyrings to the visitors.
And just what does Jose plan to do with his earth-shattering discovery? Send it to a laboratory for testing? Preserve it in a shrine? No… just give it a proper fairy farewell. “I don’t care what they offer me; I won’t sell it,” said Jose. “I’ll put her [by the tree] where people say a [ghost] child appears at El Panteón de Belén (Santa Paula Cemetery). Or I’ll throw her off the Arseliano Bridge on the Lerma [Santiago] River. Yes, I’ll take her there.”
Beats flushing her down the toilet.
For the full insanity, here’s one of the videos (complete with English subtitles):