The Kraken is Us

by Monty Pelerin
Monty Pelerin’s World

Sydney Powell made famous the mythical beast known as the Kraken. But thus far Sydney Powell’s kraken has been a no-show. That is about to change, but not necessarily in the manner anticipated.

Powell’s kraken reference drove citizens to the dictionary and internet to learn about this mythical beast. The Wall Street Journal had a good description of the Kraken:

Stories of the “kraken” originated in the tall tales told by sailors of a gigantic creature living in the waters off the coasts of Norway and Greenland. The word itself can be traced back to the Old Norse “kraki,” which became “krake” in Norwegian and Swedish, referring to something twisted or crooked. (“Crooked,” in fact, comes from the same source.) In the form “kraken,” the word got applied to twisty underwater animals both real and imagined. The kraken of Nordic legends was likely based on actual sightings of giant squid and octopuses, but folklore embellished it into a monstrosity capable of creating massive whirlpools and swallowing up even the largest ships.

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