The Green Children of Woolpit
The legend of the green children of Woolpit describes two siblings of unusual skin color who reportedly lived in the village of Woolpit in Suffolk, England some time in the 12th century. The children, a brother and sister, had the normal features of a human other than the green pigment of their skin. They spoke in an unknown language, and the only food they would eat were beans. The boy die and the girl would learn to eat other foods and lost her green hue, adjusting to her new life as being "rather loose and wanton in her conduct." As she learned to speak English, the girl explained that she and her brother came from Saint Martin's Land, a subterranean world inhabited by green people. The only near timeline accounts of this story is contained in William of Newburgh's Historia rerum Anglicarum and Ralph of Coggeshall's Chronicum Anglicanum, written in about 1189 and 1220 respectively. While speculation abounds as to the truth of such an account, most believe it is a folktale, or that it was a misinterpreted account of a real event.