Just in case you thought the scariest things you'd ever witness in New Jersey would be on the Turnpike or the Parkway, think again. Here are three urban legends that can only happen here in New Jersey.

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Our Own Loch Ness Monster. Did you know that the Garden State once had its own version of the Loch Ness Monster? Well, sort of. It was reported to have the head of a dog, and the body of a snake, and was 40 feet long. It was named Hoppie. Now if a 40-foot-long beast named Hoppie doesn't scare you, we don't know what will. Its first sighting was off the Sandy Hook coast in the late 1890s.

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Bloodthirsty Rabbits. If Hoppy the Sea Serpent didn't frighten you to the bone, then a hopping rabbit bent on revenge may be the thing that scares the pants off you. Hunters in the Garden State in 1891 noticed their dogs were getting injured at an unusual pace and blamed it on wild rabbits out for revenge. It turns out some thorny brush was to blame. Now you can rest easy when you see a fierce New Jersey rabbit.

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The Disappearing Pond of Belmar. Here's how the story goes, according to Native American legend, a flock of geese landed on a pond near Allaire Rd. and 18th Ave., but it was a cold night. Apparently, as the water began to freeze, the geese worked together to lift the frozen pond up and fly away.

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I found these tremendous urban legends at Only In Your State, and there are even more, so check them out. They really do range from spine-tingling to ridiculous, but I'm not one to poke the bear, so I'll let you decide.

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