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Voodoo on the way to Bungendore?

By 10 September 2010 26

Here is a question that I have had about the ACT ever since my first drive out to Bungendore.

What’s with all of the stuffed toys nailed to trees on the stretch of road between Queanbeyan and Bungendore?

Every time I drive out that way I’m a little perplexed to see dozens upon dozens of children’s stuffed toys nailed to trees, sometimes quite high up.

Anyone know where they came from, why they are there or who had the time and inclination to put them there in the first place?

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26 Responses to
Voodoo on the way to Bungendore?
Thumper 9:10 am
10 Sep 10
#1

reptoids.

RickFish 9:20 am
10 Sep 10
#2

the first time i saw this i was totally creeped out. iv tried counting them but got bored at about 40 it is quite disturbing.. one of these things that drives me crazy i need to know why they are there and did someone stop at every tree on one go to do this or was it added to over a long time..

answers please

firestorm22 9:26 am
10 Sep 10
#3

Fantastic topic – I have wondered on MANY occasions what the hell those nailed stuffed-toys are all about. Kinda creepy and weird as you drive along and the distance over which they’re present seems to be getting longer and longer.

Would love to know what they’re all about!

p1 9:44 am
10 Sep 10
#4

I love how this pops up every couple of years. I thought urban legends were supposed to spread word of mouth without the need for people to ask.

August 12, 2007 – Two queries from a newbie

November 16, 2007 – Teddy Bear Lynchings

May 25, 2009 – Baffling questions around Bungendore

lobster 11:01 am
10 Sep 10
#5

They are always different ones. So I think different people keep on doing it after someone else started it years ago.
There used to be a giant monkey in one of the trees.
It’s fun for the kids to count them.

One of the rumours I have heard is that a few were originally put up for a kid who had to travel from bungendore to Canberra for hospital treatment regularly.

Another one a few were put up at the scene of a car accident were a child died.

Who knows? I think it’s a nice oddity to look out for on the trip.

I tell American visitors that they are drop bears.

Thumper 11:33 am
10 Sep 10
#6

Each one represents a virgin who was sacrificed on Mount Ainslie.

True story, I heard it from a mate who knew a guy that once lived in Tibet and was a relative of someone who was a mason and knew a person in the ACT government.

Oh what dark, dark times befall us…

Wiley 11:34 am
10 Sep 10
#7

Looks like it’s some geocaching fun.

p1 11:42 am
10 Sep 10
#8

I heard that it was an ex-boyfriend who took a girls teddies and nailed them up…

farnarkler 11:44 am
10 Sep 10
#9

The Milat clan put them there.

pptvb 12:07 pm
10 Sep 10
#10

They’re watching you……..

farnarkler 12:15 pm
10 Sep 10
#11

Or perhaps it’s a cuddly version of the Blair witch.

Postalgeek 12:55 pm
10 Sep 10
#12

Reptoids

Pommy bastard 1:30 pm
10 Sep 10
#13

Ritual sacrifices, in the traditional Welsh Witch style of “Twll Tyn Pob Annibynnwr”,
by Gillard to get the independents to bend to her will.

astrojax 1:36 pm
10 Sep 10
#14

Postalgeek said :

Reptoids

thumper beat you to it:

Thumper said :

reptoids.

though without the obligatory capitalising of the first letter, so thumper can clearly not be trusted.

i thought they were placed there by a lazy santa’s helper who couldn’t be arsed climbing into some slacker kid’s chimney to deliver what s/he clearly didn’t deserve…

PBO 2:18 pm
10 Sep 10
#15

They are nailed there to attract P Platers.

p1 3:26 pm
10 Sep 10
#16

PBO said :

They are nailed there to attract P Platers.

Seems to work pretty well.

Postalgeek 4:55 pm
10 Sep 10
#17

astrojax said :

Postalgeek said :

Reptoids

thumper beat you to it:

Thumper said :

reptoids.

It’s not me, it’s the Reptoids. They get inside your head. Reptoids. See, they made me type that.

Pork Hunt 5:05 pm
10 Sep 10
#18

pptvb said :

They’re watching you……..

Not anymore, the Ravens have pecked their eyes out…

Thumper 5:57 pm
10 Sep 10
#19

Not anymore, the Ravens have pecked their eyes out…

Like in Boorman’s Excalibur…

Jethro 6:08 pm
10 Sep 10
#20

p1 said :

I love how this pops up every couple of years. I thought urban legends were supposed to spread word of mouth without the need for people to ask.

August 12, 2007 – Two queries from a newbie

November 16, 2007 – Teddy Bear Lynchings

May 25, 2009 – Baffling questions around Bungendore

I figured there might be other threads about this.
That being said, none seem to actually have an answer.

BimboGeek 6:47 pm
11 Sep 10
#21

p1 said :

I heard that it was an ex-boyfriend who took a girls teddies and nailed them up…

lobster said :

They are always different ones. So I think different people keep on doing it after someone else started it years ago.

NOooooo!!! Not letting penguin out of my sight! Who knows what my horrible ex boyfriend wold do?

astrojax 8:47 pm
11 Sep 10
#22

reptoids.

oh, no. my brain’s exploding…

Fireretardantfoam 4:02 pm
20 Sep 10
#23

Ah, sadly the truth is ever so much duller than the fiction. I did ask a long term resident of Bungendore about this very matter. But it is rather dull. Let the Voodoo theories reign!

jesticle 12:08 am
30 Sep 10
#24

I was told years and years ago they are to represent each of the children killed between Bungendore & Canberra in road accidents

Thumper 8:19 am
30 Sep 10
#25

I was told years and years ago they are to represent each of the children killed between Bungendore & Canberra in road accidents

Err… wrong.

:)

p1 10:17 am
30 Sep 10
#26

jesticle said :

I was told years and years ago they are to represent each of the children killed between Bungendore & Canberra in road accidents

I heard they were to represent each can of woodstock and cola drunk by p platers who own a nail gun.

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