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Why do we call people who turn into wolves "werewolves"?








The Answer:


The werewolf legend dates back at least to ancient Rome. The King of Arcadia was said to have been turned into a wolf when
he sought to test the divinity of the god Jupiter by serving him a hash made from human flesh. Jupiter, who was probably
partial to omelets, took offense and before you know it, the King was howling at the moon.

Oh, the word werewolf comes from the Old English, "wer," meaning man. Yes, man-wolf sounds backwards, but what do you
expect from a guy who walks around on all fours?



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