Is there really a Russian myth about Solenya, the pickle man?
Dude Changed status to publish February 9, 2022
The Russian myth about Solenya the pickle man is a great example of how new urban legends are made up and then rapidly spread through social media. Folklorists have studied the wild story about this popular figure in Russian folklore – but with only one reference to him in a 16th century compendium of folk tales, it’s highly unlikely there was ever really a tradition of onion-scented scarecrows that roam Russia in search for juicy orphans. This is just one more rumor spawned by unverified eyewitness accounts on the internet combined with an age-old tale told over generations passed down within families.