1. Jersey Devil – Wharton State Forest, New Jersey, USA
As the story goes, the Jersey Devil was born in the rugged New Jersey Pine Barrens to an impoverished woman known as Mother Leeds. As any woman worth her salt would do, she gave birth without complaint to 12 children, despite her abusive and deadbeat husband. Upon learning of her 13th pregnancy, Leeds finally had enough and looked to the sky and cursed “let the next one be the devil!” Upon its birth, the forsaken baby sprouted wings and flew up the chimney, disappearing into the forest.