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August 15, 2008

Bigfoot discovered! Large, historic bridge for sale.....

Posted: 10:05 AM ET

On Friday at 3pm ET, a press conference in Palo Alto, California will announce the discovery of the body of Bigfoot.

I got the press release, and quickly checked eBay to see if the Brooklyn Bridge was for sale again.

But let's play along for a minute, and drive a bit of web traffic to the Searching for Bigfoot website. Bigfoot was discovered in north Georgia (the U.S. state, not the besieged former Soviet Republic). He stood seven feet, seven inches tall, weighed over 500 pounds, and yes, he was a he.

The Searching for Bigfoot site belongs to Tom Biscardi, a veteran bigfoot tracker. But it was two relative newcomers - a local cop on longterm leave, and a former prison guard, who found Bigfoot right here in Georgia. They have a website too, and you can not only learn more about Bigfoot, but you can buy a Bigfoot T-shirt, a Bigfoot coffee mug, or, for up to $5,000, a guided expedition to the place where Bigfoot was found.

Unlike the intrepid Bigfoot hunters, who have been on the job for years, I'm new to the facts and specifics of all this. So as a journalist, it would be unseemly for me to spout off an opinion on what I think of all this. For that, you'll just have to read my mind.

Of course this is far from the first cottage industry to spring from shady sightings of mystical, mythical beasts. There's a dinosaur that's been hanging out in a lake (a loch, actually) in Scotland. Hanging out for over a hundred years in a relatively small, intensely well-watched and photographed loch. But Nessie, with its presumably walnut-sized brain, has been smart enough to snatch tourist dollars and escape undetected for a long, long time. Click on this link if you want to make travel reservations and grab a Scottish bed & breakfast.

Kenneth Wilson, a gynecologist and amateur dinosaur hunter, snapped this picture of the Loch Ness Monster in 1934

Kenneth Wilson, a gynecologist and amateur dinosaur hunter, released this picture, purportedly of the Loch Ness Monster, in 1934. It was later admitted to be a hoax. The photo was snapped by Wilson's friend, Ian Wetherell.

Then there's Sasquatch. It's normally presumed to hang out in the Pacific Northwest, although there was a Sasquatch sighting in Ontario last month. This big fella also has a web following, with Sasquatch merchandise a part of the overall plan.

Nepal's more enduring version of Bigfoot is the Yeti. There's a site that even has a page of Yeti humor for your Yeti-related speaking engagements. Be advised that most of the jokes are Abominable.

Mexico can offer the Chupacabra (translation: "Goat Sucker"). It's a hairless, dog-sized night prowler blamed for mysterious livestock killings. A chupacabra head was recovered in Texas last year. Upon further review, it turned out to be a coyote with a bad case of mange.

In my native New Jersey we had the Jersey Devil, a mystical creature that prowled the Pine Barrens. We named our pro hockey team after them.

All this exists (or not) in the animal kingdom, but let's not forget that years after their alleged deaths, Elvis and Tupac Shakur are also still routinely sighted.

What the moral of this blog? There's a slightly charming, mostly sad tendency for people to abandon science and reason while they fall for romantic or scary mythology, and there's a vibrant business existing to separate those people from their money. Many politicians, Professional Wrestling promoters, faith healers, and Nigerian email scammers have made a handsome living off this.

Anyway, they're presenting "DNA Evidence" at Bigfoot's coming out party. If any of this convinces any credible scientist anywhere, I'd be happy to eat a big plate of crow. Or chupacabra.

Let us know what you think about all this. Thanks!

Peter Dykstra Executive Producer CNN Science and Tech

Filed under: Animals • myths • sarcasm

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Clacour   August 16th, 2008 6:23 pm ET

This is simply a con set up by these rednecks in order to profit off of the people who will buy into this hoax. What do they have to gain by only giving one lousy picture to the press? Time. Every time the press releases or airs anything to do with these jokers they are essentially getting free advertising. The longer they can drag this out the more money they can make off with. If you do believe in this hoax I would encourage you to do two things:

A) Visit the hompage of these inidividuals where you will find various "Bigfoot" memorabilia for sale. Can you not see there only interest is money?

B) Go to you tube and listen to these individuals talk; they do not provide any documentation, facts, or proof in any form. They spend the majority of their time talking about their dogs, their super secret trapping technique that they can not tell you about, and acting juvenile and making derogatory comments and gestures.

It is sad when individuals like this get the attention they do not deserve.

yeah   August 17th, 2008 12:53 am ET

It's so easy a bigfoot can do it.

Elsie Vargas   August 17th, 2008 2:08 am ET

The blogger should get their stats straight; the Chupacabra story originates in Puerto Rico – not Mexico. Only after it became well publicized around Latin America did other countries start claiming Chupacabra sightings. At the very least, credit the right country for this.

Soucy   August 17th, 2008 3:30 am ET

Mr. Comer from August 15th, 2008 12:44 pm ET .... I could not have said it better myself.

scott   August 17th, 2008 4:10 am ET

Next week i predict with my psychic powers that a leprechan his fairy wife and mermaid lover will be shown on Jerry springer

scott   August 17th, 2008 4:15 am ET

Thats looks like everyone i know from Georgia.

Franko   August 17th, 2008 9:43 am ET

Secret genetic engineering project, or just looking for love in the wild ?
Greeks had all kinds of unusual Gods and Animals, all unverified by DNA..

Dan   August 17th, 2008 2:30 pm ET

In the 1700's and early 1800's, speaking of Gorillas, Scientists all over the civilized world back then heard about Gorillas and scoffed with terms of "fairy tales' and the 'Brothers Grim at it again' attitude.

Guess what? Gorillas are real, we just take the fact for granted that only a few hundred years ago their existence was scoffed at as much as Bigfoot.

I just hope mankind never finds Bigfoot's habitat and hiding spots. We don't need to push another species close to extinction just to satisfy our need for verification, educated stupidity and large fur coats.

Fallon Stevenson   August 18th, 2008 2:18 pm ET

This is a totally hilarious article! I loved reading it and way to go on the sightings of Elvis and Tupac. Don't forget Biggie!

TED   August 18th, 2008 3:47 pm ET


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The Carbon Footprint, your offspring, will cause runaway feedback effect.
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Mary   August 20th, 2008 1:13 pm ET

There is no, never was nor ever will be a big foot. Just words, just speeches, just stuff to write about. Seems such a waste to take all this stuff in. Like UFOs. People just get on the band wagon. Want their 15 Min in the papers/TV and all. If we would not get into all the hoopla, maybe people with no sense would stir things up.

Franko   August 23rd, 2008 2:36 am ET

Closed mind newer finds what is outside.
Bear that does not want to be detected, missed even if you are 50 BigFeet
SasFoot is smarter than a Bear, add Culture, faster than a recehorse speed.
Offer sweetgrass, to win track gold, next olympics.

scott   August 23rd, 2008 2:42 pm ET

I think that the a large amount of people out there believe that it is possible however unlikely that there is a bigfoot type creature out there in the deep woods in the north west or in Canada.

i grew up in Oregon and it is not that hard to think that it is a possibility because there are still very large areas of woods that are not heavily touched by mankind, that dose not mean that they exist it just means that there is a possibility.

these last few weeks have made it clear to me that there is a desire for mankind to look int the unknown, skeptic or beliver there is an intrest.

i kind of feel bad for the people who bought into it hook line and sinker, because now they look even worse for being a staunch beliver in it.

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