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The legend of the Poe Toaster

I’m a couple months late with this one, as Edgar Allen Poe’s birthday is January 19, but regardless, an interesting fact about the “Poe Toaster”, just in case you ever make it onto Jeopardy or something. For 75 years a mysteriously dark clad figure would enter the graveyard in the early hours of the morning and approach Poe’s original gravesite. The figure would then drink a sip of cognac in Poe’s honor before leaving the mostly full bottle and three roses on the stone before dissapearing into the darkness.

Although many people have attempted to catch the secret toaster, all attempts have been unsuccessful, and the mystery still remains. As the tradition began in the 30′s and continued into the 21st century, many speculate that the original toaster passed on the tradition to a son.

The toaster has not appeared since 2010, and it is believed that the 75 year tradition is over.

 

Nicole McCourt is a senior English Major at Drexel University.




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  1. Hannah says:

    I think I know who it is….

  2. Hannah says:

    sometimes… when i am alone at night… i think about poe… and then I hear a heart pounding under my floor

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