So Argentina's President Didn't Adopt a Son to Keep Him From Turning Into a Werewolf

Source: AP
Source: AP

Update, 3:02 pm ET: Apparently there's no link between the annual tradition of presidential adoptions and the Argentine "lobizon" myth:


According to Argentine historian Daniel Balmaceda, there is no link between the two traditions. "The local myth of the lobizón is not in any way connected to the custom that began over 100 years ago by which every seventh son (or seventh daughter) born in Argentina becomes godchild to the president," he said.


Original story:  Argentinian President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner wants to put an end to werewolf bar mitzvahs once and for all.

Kirchner adopted Argentinian teen Yair Tawil as her godson as part of a folktale that says the seventh-born son in a family will turn into a werewolf and eat unbaptized babies, the New York Daily News   reports .

This may sound familiar to fans of 30 Rock :


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Wait, what? According to Argentinian folklore, the seventh son born to a family turns into the feared "el lobizon," the Independent explains. The werewolf-like beast "shows its true nature on the first Friday after boy's 13th birthday, the legend says, turning the boy into a demon at midnight during every full moon, doomed to hunt and kill before returning to human form."

The legend seems ridiculous, but the Independent reports that fear of the creature was so widespread in 19th century Argentina that some families even murdered their babies. Fear and panic gave rise to the unusual practice of adoption by Argentina's president in 1907, which is meant to quell the deadly stigma ad demystify the folklore that was causing the abuse of children. Now a time-honored tradition, any family with seven sons or daughters today gets the president as their official godparent, a gold medal and a full educational scholarship.


The boy's parents, Shlomo and Nehama Tawil, had written the president's office requesting the adoption in 1993, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency reported. President Kirchner reportedly described the adoption as a "magical moment," calling the Tawils a "marvelous family."

But are they more marvelous than this? 


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