Tuesday 30 August 2011

another cryptozoologist in the news

Paranormal Investigator Joe Nickell Reveals the Truth Behind Modern Cryptozoological Myths
By Ed Grabianowski
Paranormal investigator and cryptozoologist Joe Nickell has spent 40 years doing fieldwork and research, digging for the truth behind bizarre phenomena like weeping statues and haunted houses. He invited us to his office to talk about the connections between Bigfoot and alien mythology, life as the token skeptic on TV, and why debunkers are just as bad as mystery mongers. Joe Nickell is perhaps the world's only full-time salaried paranormal investigator. "I'm terrible at catching ghosts," he told me with a wry smile. "I have a pitiful record when it comes to catching extraterrestrials." His jovial manner belies the stereotype of the dour skeptic, and he delights in showing off his collection of curios and oddities gathered in the course of his work as senior research fellow for the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry and author of the "Investigative Files" column for Skeptical Inquirer.He gets very serious, however, when I bring up accusations that he destroys a sense of wonder in the world. "We should look for the truth because the truth matters," he says, "and we should face reality because, well – we can look at the Dark Ages and see where it gets us if we don't. The idea that we shouldn't solve mysteries is foreign to the human experience. The progress of science is a series of solved mysteries."

Sunday 28 August 2011

Knobby the bigfoot in the news

Knobby legend lives on: History of bigfoot sightings brings the curious to Casar (with photo gallery)
Friday, Aug 26 2011, 6:20 pm
Calvin Thompson
CASAR — It’s been five months since Knobby, the legendary bigfoot of Cleveland County, was last sighted, but many of the residents of Casar and the surrounding area are still feeling his presence.“People think I’m more of a kook, is all,” said Thomas Byers, who reportedly saw Knobby on March 22, and managed to capture grainy video footage of an apparently furry, brownish humanoid. At first, Byers was bombarded by news agencies and people looking for more information.Byers claims he has since seen additional signs of the creature, and said he has a friend who has seen it multiple times while hunting. Casar resident Tim Peeler says he saw another, taller hairy beast back in June of 2010, but has since grown tired of the publicity and the media attention.“I don’t like to talk about it no more,” Peeler said, recently. Byers said he has not let the media attention get to him because he is certain of what he saw, be it a real sasquatch or a hoax.
Read rest see pics here: http://www.shelbystar.com/news/casar-57939-history-knobby.html

Saturday 27 August 2011

lots of news about bigfoot hunters

Expert discredits Kettle River brothers’ Bigfoot footprint find
It was a little over a year ago when the Siltanen brothers found the footprints. Checking for bear bait on a Monday morning, it wasn’t bear tracks they found in the freshly plowed field. In fact, they weren’t sure what they found.
By: Jana Peterson, Duluth News Tribune
It was a little over a year ago when the Siltanen brothers found the footprints. Checking for bear bait on a Monday morning, it wasn’t bear tracks they found in the freshly plowed field. In fact, they weren’t sure what they found.“We found about 75 of these footprints,” Robert Siltanen said. “My brother had plowed the field Friday and seeded it Sunday. We found the footprints on Monday morning.”Siltanen said the prints measured 4 inches wide and 11½ inches long, with a 42-inch stride from heel to toe.“There have been (Bigfoot) sightings in the (Kettle River/Automba) area,” Siltanen said, adding that he knew of at least three more-recent ones and recalled people in high school talking about Bigfoot sightings. “So we started snooping around, and we called all the neighbor ladies to see if they’d seen anything.”

Bigfoot through the ages
The Bigfoot legend isn’t new. American Indian folklore in the Pacific Northwest includes rumors of a man-ape beast. Sasquatch, another name for Bigfoot, is a Salish Indian name meaning “woodland wild man.”The Bigfoot legend isn’t new. American Indian folklore in the Pacific Northwest includes rumors of a man-ape beast. Sasquatch, another name for Bigfoot, is a Salish Indian name meaning “woodland wild man.”The Ojibwe tribe, whose people have lived on the land that is now Minnesota and Wisconsin for hundreds of years, have their own words for the woodland wild man. The most common of those is “bagwajanini,” which also means “wild man.”For those who can’t wait for the next episode of “Hunting Bigfoot” to get their Sasquatch fix, there will be a Bigfoot presentation at noon Fridayby four members of the Northern Minnesota Bigfoot research team at Lady Ocalat’s Emporium, 31 W. Superior St. Admission is $2.“We get calls, and we will document sightings, make casts of footprints, do tree-knockings,” said Bob Olson, one of the team members who hails from Deer River. “We don’t charge to investigate; our motivation is to prove they exist. I hope someday I can see one.”
For more information, call Olson at (218) 246-8493 or (218) 246-2150.
source: http://www.duluthnewstribune.com/event/article/id/207798/

Looking for Bigfoot: Two local nurses are planning quite an adventure
by Erin Smith, esmith@bladenjournal.com
ELIZABETHTOWN — Two enterprising Bladen County women have devised a plan to search for Bigfoot, a.k.a. Sasquatch.
Linda Durden and her friend, co-worker Janette Skinner plan to spend some time in September in the Uwharrie National Forest near Asheboro on a mission to gather concrete proof Bigfoot exists.
Why Uwharrie? According to Skinner, Animal Planet did a special in February called Finding Bigfoot. The special mentioned sightings in the Uwharrie National Forest, said Skinner.
“She’s always talked about it and watched the movies,” said Skinner of her friend Durden. “We never heard about it (the sightings in North Carolina).”
Durden and Skinner have been fishing and camping in the Uwharrie forest for several years. They both say they were not aware of the Bigfoot sightings nor have then seen or heard anything out of the ordinary.When asked if they truly believe the stories, they both thought for a minute.
“I don’t know if he exists, but I know things exist in the woods which we can’t explain,” said Skinner.
Durden said, “I think he’s an animal or some other creature that didn’t evolve.”The duo are adventurous women who have worked together at the Elizabethtown Nursing Center for the past 12 years. The ladies say they enjoy camping and fishing together.Skinner said in the years past, the two have always stayed in a camp ground near Badin Lake and fished on the river. They say come September they will go primitive camping in the woods away from the more populated camp ground.“We planned a trip this year and decided we could do just as a good of job (as professional Bigfoot hunters),” said Skinner. “We want to try and get a good photo.”But aren’t they apprehensive? Durden said they will be armed, but they hope to not have to use it. Bigfoot has never been known to harm anyone.
Read more here: The Bladen Journal - Looking for Bigfoot Two local nurses are planning quite an adventure

face-to-face encounter with a legend 

Thursday 25 August 2011

Nessie fossil found?

Oldest Antarctic "Sea Monster" Found
Marine reptile swam warm polar seas 85 million years ago.
Sabrina Valle for National Geographic News
Published August 24, 2011
Fossils from the oldest known Antarctic "sea monster" have been found, a new study says.
The discovery of an 85-million-year-old plesiosaur has pushed back the marine reptile's presence in Antarctica by 15 million years. (See prehistoric sea-monster pictures.)"The fragments we found don't belong to any group registered on the continent before, which indicates a greater diversity of the plesiosaurs in Antarctica than previously suspected," said team leader Alexander Kellner, of the National Museum of Brazil at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro.Fragments of the vertebrae, head, and flippers suggest the newfound plesiosaur was 20 to 23 feet (6 to 7 meters) long. The bones weren't, however, enough to identify the species of the plesiosaur.Plesiosaurs roamed the seas worldwide between about 205 million to 65 million years ago, reaching the Southern Hemisphere by the mid-Jurassic. The animals had a range of different sizes and features, but mostly shared small heads, long necks, and big bodies. (See a prehistoric time line.)"If the Loch Ness monster ever existed, this would be its best representation," Kellner said.

Tuesday 23 August 2011

taking bigfoot into science

Taking Sasquatch from the tabloids to the science journals
Wildlife biologist John Bindernagel feels it is only a matter of time before he is proved right, but he is wondering if he will be around for his vindication.“I’m turning 70 this fall...time is running out. That’s certainly what I think about quite a lot,” said Dr. Bindernagel, who is one of the few scientists in the world who openly believes in Sasquatch.He thinks hard scientific evidence, in the form of DNA, could be provided by researchers in the United States later this year, or next. But then again, his hopes have been raised before – only to be dashed when material promised by Sasquatch hunters didn’t materialize or turned out to be phony.But Dr. Bindernagel says there has also been a lot of strong, compelling evidence for its existence over the years – multiple sightings of an ape-like creature in North American forests, physical signs such as twisted branches, and entirely credible tracks that have been photographed and preserved in casts.