They seem to be serious, but that doesn’t mean that they have to be taken seriously.
Every year at Camp Sangamon For Boys (“The camp with the pioneer spirit”), there would be a kid who would make outlandish claims that couldn’t be proven or disproven. “My dad is a millionaire…my uncle beat up Bruce Lee…I got a ride in a UFO…I saw Billy kiss the camp nurse…” Those kids all grew up to be to be Bigfoot hoaxers. If you don’t believe me, find those kids and show me I’m wrong.
Of course, that’s a ridiculous thing to say. It is my responsibility to find those kids and prove to you what they are doing now. The point is that if you make an extraordinary claim, you better have extraordinary evidence to back it up. Bear that in mind as we discuss this week’s Bigfoot news.
The other day, two Bigfoot hunters said that they had found a real Bigfoot corpse. They posted a crummy photo on the internet and announced a press conference for yesterday, at which they would release–not the actual body or other physical evidence–not good photos–not even testimony from respected scientists–Bigfoot DNA. Well, not actual DNA. They would announce the results from a DNA test. (Not that anybody has real Bigfoot DNA to compare it to.)
These guys sell Bigfoot merchandise and the annoucement was made by a guy even Bigfoot enthusiasts don’t believe named Tom Biscardi, so we ought to be skeptical. (Note: this link may break. Some time between Thursday and today they made the forum password-protected. I linked to Google’s cached version of the conversation.)
This thing stinks more than a dead 7 foot tall mammal stored in a broken freezer. Why am I bothering? Because it’s such a great example of bad science. They probably have no real evidence, so they offered some garbage that sounds high tech. What surprised me, though, was that they were unable to fake the DNA test results.
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