Interesting little aside in this ABC News story about the Biscardi Bigfoot:
Biscardi said he plans to keep the body at an undisclosed location while scientists, including two Russian hominid specialists, study the creature. Biscardi said the entire process will be filmed and then released as a documentary.
That exploding sound you can hear is my bullsh*t detector, unable to cope with it all any longer. Nothing to see here, move along...
A quick excursion into high strangeness territory: Ufology pundit Regan Lee has a new UFO Digest article posted titled, "Beeping Creatures", which touches on many of the same areas as my Darklore Volume 1 article "Her Sweet Murmur" (which you can download as a free sample PDF). Our good friend Emps, from Cabinet of Wonders, also noted these sounds in his Darklore article "The Unbelievable Strangeness of Bigfoot" (only available by buying the book). Although I disagree with Regan somewhat in terms of the 'mind control' aspect, it's certainly an area which deserves more serious research. There are other aspects as well - the smells, the fogs etc. - "recurrent regularities" which offer an avenue of scientific investigation into these strange phenomena.
Things have been far too normal around here lately, so today I give you weirdness on a supreme scale: "The Mormon Bigfoot Genesis Theory". Is the giant Sasquatch monster really Cain, the murderous second son of Adam and Eve?
But if you think I'm just throwing out crackpot stories for the sake of it, check out Loren Coleman's recent posting on Mormon involvement in Bigfoot research. I quite like the idea of a 'Bigfoot Mormon Mafia' Loren...just as long as they don't come knocking on my door.
Over at Cryptomundo, Loren Coleman has posted an all-too-cool YouTube video of the Japanese promotion of the movie Water Horse. Through the use of a waterscreen, witnesses were able to watch the cryptobeast arise from the water (god help anyone that was bent in the vicinity). Now, if J.J. Abrams could just have done this for the Cloverfield monster...
"It is very, very similar," Josh Gates, an archaeologist who serves as the host of the weekly travel adventure series, told Reuters in Katmandu after returning from the mountain. "I don't believe it to be a bear. It is something of a mystery for us."
...Gates said the footprints on lumps of sandy soil, which would be sent to experts in the United States for analysis, were "relatively fresh, left some 24 hours before we found them."
"This print is so pristine, so good, that I am very intrigued by this," said Gates, flanked by his team members.
Josh Gates also sent an update to Loren Coleman exclusively for Cryptomundo readers, in which he provided more detail about the finds and his own thoughts about it all. And Loren's co-author on The Field Guide to Bigfoot and Other Mystery Primates, Patrick Huyghe (our good friend from The Anomalist), appeared on Fox News Channel and spoke intelligently about the news, and the topic in general.
You know it never takes too long for the 'skeptics' to turn up, and CSI(COP)'s Benjamin Radford was soon debunking the whole affair in his column on LiveScience. Radford's comments didn't impress Loren Coleman though, who - while having his own questions about the new find - was extremely critical of the poor arguments put forward by the cryptozoology skeptic. The saga continues, so stay tuned...
As mentioned in the news briefs earlier this week, Loren Coleman has posted "The Top Ten Cryptozoology Stories for 2007" over at Cryptomundo. Loren has his finger on the pulse with his daily updates over there (although it would be fair to say he's had his finger on the pulse for a few decades now!), so it's a good roundup of the most prominent stories in his field over the past year. Might be worth looking at for a few other TDG topics as well, pulling out the most important stories of the year that we've posted - who's up for checking through the 3000 to 4000 news briefs we've posted this year to pick out the best?
Our good friend (and Darklore contributor) Loren Coleman has been featured on this week's episode of Boing Boing TV. Loren takes BBtv on a tour of his fascinating International Cryptozoology Museum, which is jam-packed full of weird creatures and whacky memorabilia. If you've always wondered how to pronounce ceolecanth and mokele-mbembe, or just wanted to see Loren walk like Bigfoot, make sure you check it out.
Members of the Centre for Fortean Zoology (CFZ) are currently in Guyana on an expedition in search of giant anacondas, strange humaniform creatures known as 'Didi', and any other cryptozoological creepies they might stumble across. Updates on the expedition are being relayed back to CFZ Base via satellite phone, and being written about on their blog by Jon Downes. The updates have the wonderful feel of 19th century expeditions into uncharted territories (even Nick Redfern brought up a Colonel Fawcett reference), and Jon Downes also gives some wonderful insights with historical references and anecdotes. There's plenty happening - from communication problems, to injuries to the team members, and interesting findings - despite having been there for less than a week.
The expedition is sponsored by gaming company Capcom, and we can expect to see video footage of the expedition once the team returns. For now though, it's worth pointing out that the CFZ already have a monthly video feature titled "On the Track (of Unknown Animals)". I've posted Episode 2 of the show here on TDG, and it makes for a fun watch.
Here's a jaw-dropping gallery of microphotography, looking at the truly astonishing beauty of the insect world - up close and personal. Most of the images are from photographer Igor Siwanowich, although there are contributions from others in there as well. Reminds me of the amazing television series Life in the Undergrowth, which not only showed the beauty of these creatures, but also the strange habits, skills and strategies they employed during their short lifespan.
And I for one, welcome our mantis overlords...
An icon of cryptozoology (and anomalies research in general) turns 40 today - the Patterson-Gimlin Bigfoot film. Over at Cryptomundo, Loren Coleman has posted a bit of a tribute to the famous piece of footage:
The history of cryptozoology and hominology has never been the same since then. Advances in technology give us a better view of the footage today, but the film is set in stone; indeed, it is a milestone.
As opposed to folks nowadays trying to fit the square peg into the round hole to explain every aspect of why the Bigfoot looks the way it does on that film, step back for a moment. Step back in time. Step back forty years.
The Bigfoot in the October 20th footage looks the way it does because that’s the way they appear.
Loren has also posted a follow-up on 'Patty' today. Note that our favourite cryptozoologist also has contributed a fascinating piece to Darklore Volume 1 (coming in the next week or so) on this very topic, and how skeptics have been too quick to announce it as a hoax. Considering we've also got Clive Prince and Lynn Picknett discussing new Templar revelations (hot on the heels of the 700th anniversary, and recent Vatican-Templar news), and John Higgs on Tim Leary and Aleister Crowley (with Crowleymas just passed), our anthology certainly seems to be topical!