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Joe Smith
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Posted: 23 August 2017 at 3:37am | IP Logged | 1 post reply

I was contacted a couple of weeks ago by a guy on the
Facebook Messenger App about providing a drawing for
his Facebook Group. He said the members were still
deliberating upon the Group's name, and that he'd get
back to me with details.
Sure, I said! Why not? Probly some Photoshopped
Letter/Logo thing that'll be done before I can forget I
did it, y'know?
Later that week, he replied with the link to the group,
and I was flabbergasted! BERKSHIRE BIGFOOT it read.
Videos of these guys trudging around the woods looking
for clues. Narration done BLAIR WITCH style. Spending
their own hard earned money on equipment, plane tickets
to remote locations, etc.
I could not believe there were still people chasing
this legend.
Does the JBF have any believers?

PS: here are the 'versions' that fell out of my pencil
for their group. You may notice some similarities (in 2
of the 3) to a member of my favorite superteam.... :)





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Bigfoot, like the Loch Ness Monster and other such mythical beasties, comes up against a couple of hurdles. Both have to do with the legends typically being hundreds of years old.

Take ol' Sasquatch as a typical example. For the legends -- which date back at least to the 1700s -- to be true, we must be talking about a creature with a very long lifespan or a large breeding population. Neither seem likely.

Often, the gorilla is cited as an example of such legends that turned out to be true. But the problem there is that once people (read: nosy Europeans) began actively searching they very quickly found the critter, and before that lots of physical evidence of its existence.

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Posted: 23 August 2017 at 1:25pm | IP Logged | 3 post reply

It's a nice idea that there are strange creatures still undiscovered, but even the most remote and inaccessible places on Earth have been visited and explored. Hard to imagine anything much bigger than a guinea pig has not been found by now.
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The "kid" in me likes the idea of coming across Bigfoot/Sasquatch, but the adult in me thinks such a creature is highly unlikely.

Maybe the Loch Ness Monster and Bigfoot are one and the same. There's an underwater cavern at the bottom of Loch Ness (which I believe is 700-900 feet deep). Perhaps the Loch Ness Monster enters that tunnel, travels across the Atlantic - and then morphs into Bigfoot.

Joking aside, I'd have thought that, especially in 2017, technology would have located such a creature.

Someone did equate the blue whales with Bigfoot once. He said we can't locate blue whales easily - despite their size - so why should we locate Bigfoot? Well, the oceans are a LOT bigger than the woodlands of North America!
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Strange coincidence...Nessie sightings always seem to
occur at the start of the tourist season!
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I did have a book on Bigfoot once (Reader's Digest). There have been sightings all around the world: Australia, Africa, even Europe (Scotland had a sighting years ago). 

Is the Yeti likely? I know the Himalayas would prove tough terrain for anyone looking to locate such a beast. 
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I believe Bigfoot chasers are all wasting their time. I find it hard to believe that Bigfoot wouldn't have been legitimately seen, if not captured or shot dead, by now. 

Bigfoot, Loch Ness Monster, and other mythical creatures of their ilk simply do not exist.
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I used to enjoy watching TV shows about these creatures, fantasizing that they were out there just never caught. Then I turned 16.

Advocates of their existence will often site the coelacanth as proof that something can be thought extinct for millions of years and stay hidden from man.
The truth was with the coelacanth that local villagers were catching maybe 1 per year and would actually have a festival around it. They just never thought to call the local news station and let them know :-)
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I used to enjoy watching TV shows about these creatures...

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I still do. Even knowing they don't exist, it can be fun seeing the "evidence"
that is presented.
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I was a fan of IN SEARCH OF...

The original with Leonard Nimoy, not the newer version. Didn't care for the newer version at all.


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Those interested in legends and mythological creatures may enjoy listening to
the LORE podcast.
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Also worth mentioning are big cat sightings here in the UK. Many cats that were located were actually not big cats.

I mean, look at this:


Yes, that's a one-of-a-kind story, but the point stands: people THINK they've seen or heard something - but the reality can be mundane. 
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I don't believe in Bigfoot, Nessie or hauntings, but I LOVE good stories.
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Are we actually ready to discover the Abominable Snowman?

Not yeti. Not yeti...
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The idea that this 'species' is out there to be found must be some
romantic fantasy for some kind of pseudo-Freudian logic. I, too, am
bored to tears with the overwrought drama of a populace afraid to see
the forest for the trees when it comes to the many issues that it faces.
Overpopulation, pollution, debt, intimacy.....(and that's just ME! Lol.)

The friend who runs the Group said the picture holding the sign board
was "too cuddly", and that the one holding the tree was "him"!!

I told him that, if it IS "him", I hope he NEVER "finds" him!!!!!!
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The idea that this 'species' is out there to be found must be some 
romantic fantasy for some kind of pseudo-Freudian logic. 

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Hey, enjoy the ride. ;-)

Even as an adult, when I'm out hiking, I'm thinking of fantasy and magic. I play along if there are young folk with me, i.e. "Let's see if we can find buried treasure and dragons." All good fun! 
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I used to dream about mermaids until JB ruined that for me!
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Posted: 23 August 2017 at 10:08pm | IP Logged | 18 post reply

My job here is done!
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For those interested, a good movie on Nessie and such searches is INCIDENT AT LOCH NESS, with Werner Herzog.
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I saw a video once of a brown bear that was walking on its hind legs for quite some time. Not circus bear hopping, but an awkward slow walk. Have a grizzly do the same and there is your Sasquatch.
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Out of curiosity I've been doing a "deep dive" into paranormal literature. All I can say is that it's a subject that not only attracts people who kind of fit the stereotype (spacey, New-Agey) but serious, conservative-looking folks as well. They're all pursuing riddles that have no answers and are deeply affected by it. In other words, the stuff drives people nuts. 

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A while ago I watched a movie called "Not Your Typical Bigfoot Movie".  It followed a couple guys who were active in Bigfoot-hunting circles and showed a bunch of their hunting methods and wild assumptions.  You start out in the earliest parts of the movie jeering at these guys and their associates for how ridiculous they're acting.

Later in the movie, the pair are being interviewed on some paranormal-believer's radio show, and one of them makes a mistake, misstates a date he experienced something or somesuch-- and the host pounces, calling him out and declaring him a fraud.  Apparently this community polices itself pretty harshly in order to aspire to some semblance of credibility, and they won't suffer "frauds" in their midst.

So the guy, because he made a verbal slip on a radio interview, has his and his partner's reputations within this society that is really about the only thing that gives their lives meaning, destroyed.  Their friendship shatters because of it and the movie ends (iirc) with the guys trying to continue their investigations in solitude.

It's a remarkable journey, mocking the pair at the beginning of the movie then feeling horrible for them by the end.
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Seekers after the paranormal -- which includes religious devotees -- tend to be quick to scoff at those who do not adhere to their own narrow precepts of what is and what isn't. They genuinely do not seem to understand that searching for fairies at the bottom of the garden is empirically no different from searching for aquatic dinosaurs or forest/mountain apes.

Nonsense is nonsense, no matter how we finely slice it.

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I am mystified by the success of those ghost hunter
shows,how people can derive entertainment from a bunch
of idiots and a `Medium` filmed in night vision,jumping
at the slightest noise,yet never a glimpse of a ghost
after all those episodes!
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Joe - ah yes. The Six Million Dollar Man. And Bigfoot. And Stefanie Powers. And Stefanie Powers. And Stefanie Powers.

Although that tunnel didn't seem so hard to navigate... but then, I guess I never tried, so I wouldn't know. But focusing on the floor occurs to me to be a successful tactic.

And Stefanie Powers.
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