Japan, Lake Ikeda -- Said to inhabit the depths of Lake Ikeda, Issie is Japan's answer to Nessie. Legends of a mythical creature in the lake have been swirling around for centuries. In 1978 a tourist snapped a series of photos that would make Issie headline news. While scanning the lake in the aftermath of an initial sighting, Mr. Matsuhara's attention was drawn to an object moving in the lake which was somewhat veiled by waves surrounding it. He quickly took a series of photographs and in one of the photos; it appears to be two humps with spinal ridges. By this time the tourism department of the nearby city of Ibusuki had offered a reward of 100,000 Yen to anyone who could produce a photo of Issie. Matsuhara submitted his photo for their consideration and the tourism department officials were impressed enough to award Matsuhara the prize money. Iceland, Elves -- According to the latest reports, the possible existence of Icelandic elves is the main reason many of the roads in the country were rerouted to avoid disturbing rocks where the fantastic creatures possibly live. Most residents polled are not willing to rule out their existence. Many children told their parents about the little inhabitants of the rocks, but more adults have also stated their encounter with elves, as well. According to an engineer with the Iceland Road Authority, they do not want to deny the phenomenon of existing elves. He claims that there are people who can actually negotiate with them.