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The Original Tooth Fairy Lore

Posted on May 15, 2015

Nearly every child in North Carolina has not only heard of the real Tooth Fairies, they have had themselves a lovely visit of their own. With tiny teeth under their pillows, children dream every night of a surprise visit from the winged creature, who leaves shiny coins in exchange for newly lost teeth.

Where did the Tooth Fairy originate from? Rumor has it that the Tooth Fairy is actually a copycat of the Tooth Mouse, a classic French fairytale in which a mouse hides under a king’s pillow and defeats the nasty ruler by knocking all his teeth out.

However, the modern Tooth Fairy that is widely known today is well-received as a kind and giving creature. The Tooth Fairy who swipes the teeth of children in exchange for money (or gifts) is actually around a hundred years old. Very popular in the early 1920s, the Tooth Fairy was used in many households to ease the minds of children as their teeth went loose and sore. Children eager to catch a glimpse of the mystical creature who leaves behind lovely gifts made losing teeth that much more exciting.

A visit from the Tooth Fairy is considered a rite of passage in many cultures. A child losing a tooth is celebrated for becoming older and finally leaving behind their toddler ways. In American culture, children look forward to a visit from the Tooth Fairy as eagerly as they do Santa Claus or the Easter Bunny.

When a North Carolina child loses a tooth, they can expect a visit from the Tooth Fairy very soon. Some folklore insists that the Tooth Fairy leaves an extra-large gift behind if a child leaves their tooth in a jar on the windowsill rather than under a pillow, and some believe the Tooth Fairy leaves a toothbrush instead of money in exchange for a recently lost tooth.

However the Tooth Fairy came to be known as she is today (nobody knows for sure), one thing stands true- many children look forward to their first loose tooth. Not so they can have a gap in their mouth to show off to their friends, but so they can finally reap the rewards of a Tooth Fairy adventure themselves.

The Best Fictional Cities

Posted on May 5, 2014

Inspired by real life events that give cities new life, here is a list of the top 5 best fictional cities:

Emerald City-The Wizard of Oz

For those who like their buildings green this is the one for you.  The home of the Wizard, is bright and vibrant.  The skyline is pretty beautiful, but again, you really need to like the color green (specifically emerald green) if you want to think about permanent residency here.

Gotham City-Batman

Can be filmed as dark gothic city for the moody and broody, or a bright modern city, that has a few problem areas.  Batman’s home is known for the high crime rate, but that doesn’t stop it from being one of the most intriguing and beautiful cities in all of fiction.  But avoid Crime Ally if you can.

King’s Landing-Game of Thrones

For some medieval and fantasy flavor, the home of the iron throne is bright with regal events always taking place.  Then again, that is just for the royals, the citizens don’t always have the best time, but the throne rooms are beautiful and the architecture is a mash-up of European and Mediterranean.  Just be sure to avoid the battles and the psychotic rulers.

Rapture-BioShock

The concept of the underwater city is nothing new, but this 2007 videogame took it to a whole new level by putting an entire art-deco metropolis under the Atlantic Ocean.  The city may be haunted, but it is breathtakingly beautiful, and one look at its skyline is sure to fill you with awe.  And not just because a squid swims past a skyscraper.

Springfield-The Simpsons

Your typical American small city, located…well no one is quite sure where.  Springfield is the home of the Simpson family, and the assorted characters they come across in their lives.  Springfield is known for it’s nuclear power plant, which looms over everything-literally it’s the largest building on the skyline.