SNL Gives a Nod to Finding Bigfoot

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Dec 042016
 

On the December 3, 2016 episode of Saturday Night Live, a sketch about tracking down former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton had a familiar look.  The font, screen shots, and references to bigfoot all come straight from Animal Planet’s Finding Bigfoot.  Instead of whoops and knocks, the Hunting Hillary team utilized the distinctive laugh of Secretary Clinton and waited for callbacks.  

This is not the first time other shows have given a nod to Finding Bigfoot.  In 2012, South Park skewered us in their episode entitled Jewpacabra.  Soon after, Steven Colbert had the Finding Bigfoot cast members star in a comedy short on his former show, The Colbert Report.  And, of course, we have long been a favorite target on The Soup.  

The Bigfoot/Earhart Connection

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Nov 062016
 

Original art by Melissa Babyak

Original art by Melissa Babyak

Having grown up in the 1970’s, my young mind was blessed with television shows such as In Search Of… that featured segments on topics such as bigfoot, UFOs and historical mysteries.  One of the regularly-featured enigmas in these shows was the disappearance of Amelia Earhart in 1937 while she attempted to circumnavigate the globe in a small plane.  Her body nor the plane wreckage was ever recovered and their location remains a mystery to this day.  However, some progress has been made in this missing-persons case.  Tantalizing information has arisen in recent years, and more surfaces all the time.  Just last week I read a recent news item about some possible progress on the Earhart mystery, and when I scanned the article I was surprised to find a familiar name from bigfoot research: Jeff Glickman.

For those new to bigfooting, Jeff Glickman was the executive director of a $75k examination of the Patterson/Gimlin Film.  The study was commissioned by a group that went by the name of the North American Science Institute (NASI), though it is unclear if this group did anything else but this one study.  The study lasted for several years culminating in a 1998 publication entitled, “Toward a Resolution of the Bigfoot Phenomenon.”  An abridged version of the paper can be read by clicking this link.  

Glickman’s bigfoot work came to some conclusions that even today seem unlikely (such as the mass of the film subject being 1957 pounds), but did so using well-established methods.  At the time, Glickman’s analysis was one of the best ever done on the film, and we in the bigfoot community applauded his scientific approach to the film.  Since the publication of Glickman’s report, only one analysis of the film is of the same or better caliber: When Roger Met Patty by Bill Munns (which is a must-read for anyone interested in the Patterson/Gimlin Film).  

Glickman has now been enlisted by a group called The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery, also known by the acronym TIGHAR.  Glickman and TIGHAR are working on a hypothesis that some bones found back in 1940 might belong to Earhart.  He has recently published his findings in a short paper.  

While I am less interested in the Earhart mystery than the bigfoot mystery, I find it interesting that Glickman is working on this project, and his involvement certainly brings to mind a couple questions.  If future DNA analysis concludes that the bones are indeed Earhart’s, will Glickman’s involvement in the bigfoot subject help or hurt the acceptance of his analysis?  Will the acceptance of Glickman’s work on Earhart help or hurt future acceptance of his previous bigfoot work?  

It is my hope that more forensics experts like Jeff Glickman will step forward to offer their opinions on sasquatch data.  Their opinions might serve to open the minds and eyes of their colleagues, thus causing a domino effect.  

Sasquatch Field Guide Review

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Oct 312016
 

 

Below is my reposted review of Dr. Jeff Meldrum’s Sasquatch Field Guide (Folding Pocket Guide):

 “Finally, a concise and well-written field guide has been published to help the bigfoot field investigator document various types of evidence in an appropriate way. Dr. Jeff Meldrum has put together a field guide on heavy-duty, waterproof card stock that literally fits in your back pocket or backpack, adding little weight to those ounce-sensitive backpackers with an interest in collecting data from the backcountry.  Seemingly thinking of everything, Dr. Meldrum has even included a ruler along the top margin of the Guide so the researcher will always have a scale item for any photos taken in the woods.  The Sasquatch Field Guide not only helps researchers with identifying possible spoor left by bigfoots, but it also helps him or her reduce the possibility of misidentifying signs of other animals for those of sasquatches.  Also included in the Field Guide are easy-to-understand directions on how to gather and store data in the field in preparation for future analysis.  The Guide uses colors and diagrams making it easy to read and understand, which could be the difference between successfully gathering data and blowing it when under the pressure of dealing with the real thing out in the field.  Sections in the Sasquatch FieldGuide include information on visual identification, footprint identification, track casting, gathering footprint metrics, hair samples, scat samples, tree breaks, nests, cultural signs, stacked rocks, habitat and distribution, diet, vocalizations, possible origins, and taphonomy.  This hefty brochure-style guide is densely-packed with valuable information that all field researchers should be intimately acquainted with.”

To purchase, click here:  Sasquatch Field Guide (Folding Pocket Guide)

Bigfoot Feature on NPR’s “Here and Now”

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Oct 262016
 

A few weeks ago, I had the privilege of being interviewed by Brian Bull, Reporter/Announcer on KLCC 89.7 FM in Eugene, OR.  As sometimes happens with public radio affiliates, the larger NPR stations picked up the story and featured it on one of the popular national shows.  In this case, the excellent show, Here and Now featured Brian’s work.  You can listen to the feature by clicking this link.  

Recent Yowie Sighting in Queensland, Australia

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Sep 102016
 

A recent yowie sighting from near Toowoomba in Queensland, Australia has been reported and made the news.  The good folks at YowieHunters.com have posted their audio interview with the witness (see below).

Having done an expedition in Australia while filming Finding Bigfoot, I am 100% convinced that yowies are real animals, along with their diminutive cousins, the junjudee, or brown jack.  After having a close encounter with what I think was a yowie about an hour south of Brisbane, I suspect yowies are pretty much just another population of sasquatches that have somehow made it to the island continent.

The article that brought this sighting to my attention is below.  (Be aware that the footprint photo that is displayed with the article is not from the encounter, and no information about it was given.)

‘Seven-foot Yowie’ seen near Toowoomba

A bushwalker claims to have spotted the mythical Yowie in the Darling Downs’ mountain ranges near Toowoomba.

In an audio interview posted this week on The Yowie Hunters YouTube page, the woman says she was six metres away from Australia’s answer to the Himalayan Yeti and the North American Sasquatch.

“It was probably around seven foot tall, it had a head like a gorilla and long arms, I couldn’t see it from the waist down because it was walking through the long grass,” she said.

Read the rest of the article by clicking this link.

Historic Account of a Giant’s Skull in Oregon

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Aug 122016
 

 

Memaloose Island

Memaloose Island is a small , rocky isle in the Columbia River a few miles east of Hood River which the local Native people used as a burial site for hundreds, if not thousands of years.  Until recent times, the Native Americans of the Columbia River did not bury their dead.  They instead wrapped the corpses in reeds, skins, or other materials and placed them inside canoes or structures at sacred sites, such as this island.  For an interesting history of the island, click this link (there are some pretty unsettling photos, so link-clicker beware!).

I recently received an email from a friend notifying me of an interesting tidbit found in a comment under a photograph of Memaloose Island on the website www.HistoricHoodRiver.com.  The comment is a short account from the recollections of Ira Rowland (1873-1965).  He remembers being on the island a number of times, and vividly recounts his witnessing of Victor Trivett in 1883, when Ira was almost 10 years old.   Click here to visit the page and read the full comment.

The section of this comment that is of interest reads as follows:

“I visited Memaloose lots of times in the old days before the high waters washed away so many relics and people looted so much of the stuff. There was a big skull there that always interested me. I would sure have liked to have seen the man it belonged to when he was alive. My uncle, Green Rowland, measured it. It was thirteen inches from jawbone to jawbone. There was a bullet hole in the forehead, so we always knew how of the giant died.”

Missing, of course, is the skull, any piece of it, or any photos of it.  Also missing is the information telling us what measureing “jawbone to jawbone” means.  It seems that Ira found the skull to be noteworthy in size, so it must have stuck out from the hundreds of other skulls on the island.

The mandible seemed to draw the attention of at least two people, Ira and his uncle, Green.  Without any supporting evidence, there is only a little we can uncover about the possible size of the jaw.  But, with unclear language as our only clue, there are a few ways to think about this mystery.

First, and possibly the most likely, it could be that Ira is not being factual, which is not to say that he was lying (though this possibility exists, too).  Perhaps he was just told that his uncle measured it, or the number was exaggerated.  We don’t know if Ira saw his uncle take the measurement, after all.  We just have to trust that his memory served him well when his account was written down so many years after the event.

Assuming Ira’s story is accurate, we might look at the other possibilities.  Certainly, if the measurement is 13 inches from one mandibular condyle to the other (these are the two points on the jaw bone that are furthest up and back on the jaw where the linear distance between the two would be the greatest), this would be a massive skull.  The average human male has a width of a little under five inches for this measurement.  The giant skull would be 260% larger in this regard.  This jibes well with what few estimates we have for the width of a large sasquatch’s head.  However, Sasquatch skulls would certainly be morphologically different than a human’s in ways other than size, especially at adulthood and of this size.  One would wonder why no other unusual features were mentioned in regards to the shape of the skull or the possible differences in dentation.

A diagram showing the average human measurements.

Another possibility is that Green Rowland took that 13 inch measurement another way.  Perhaps it was the distance from one mandibular condyle around the front of the jaw to the other.  To estimate the spread of the mandibles for comparison purposes, I approximated the jaw into a half circle with the half-circumference of 13 inches.  Using C=2πr with C=26, the radius is 4.14 inches.  Doubling this for the width of the mandible gives us a spread of 8.28 inches, still very large indeed.  In fact, this measurement conforms nicely to just a little over the width of the largest gigantopithecus mandible I have in my collection (a bit worse-for-wear, but the first replica I obtained from Dr. Grover Krantz way back in the 1990s).

Gigantopithecus mandible

Gigantopithecus mandible

Of the two measurements considered above, I think a linear measurement would be the most likely metric taken.  The vertical aspect complicates the half-circumference method, and would probably be inaccurate once obtained anyway.

If we consider Ira Rowland’s recollection of this giant mandible to be true and accurate, what kind of mammal did the mandible come from?  Since Ira mentioned that a skull that went with the mandible, it can be assumed that it was a human, or at least very human-like.  If the skull and mandible came from a human (Homo sapiens), then that was one big dude.  There is no reason to doubt the possibility that a really, really big Native man lived at some point and had his remains interred on the island.  This is the most logical conclusion, though the measurements cast some suspicion on this scenario.  Some readers might opt for an explanation involving the numerous giant skeletons that are rumored to have been found in North America, but which the Smithsonian and other institutions have swept out of our view for some nefarious reason (I find most conspiracy theories tiresome and convenient excuses for a lack of verifiable evidence).  This latter scenario seems the least likely of those put forth here so far.

Another interesting possibility is that these bones might have come from a sasquatch that had been killed.  This is also not a likely possibility, but one that is fun to consider.  Could it be that at some point a bigfoot was shot in the head and killed, only to have its body given the funeral rites of any other Native American person at the time?  After all, a common traditional Native view of sasquatches is that they are just another tribe of people living alongside their human cousins.  It seems possible that a dead sasquatch would be treated with the reverence and respect offered to any other person and left on Memaloose Island with the other dead.  The rest of the hypothetical bigfoot’s remains would be lost in the jumble of bones that was present on the island back in the 19th Century.  They simply wouldn’t stand out like a skull would.

While the discussion above is a fun mental exercise, it is of little importance.  Without the mandible in question to examine, let alone a sasquatch mandible to compare it to, any conclusions are speculations at best, and utterly meaningless at worst (though I don’t really see this as a bad thing).  All we can say with any certainty is that even if the report is true and accurate, and if that mandible came from a sasquatch, then another opportunity to bring in a substantial part of a sasquatch slipped though history’s fingers.

Still, I have to wonder…  If this tale is true, where is the skull?

For another story about a possible sasquatch skull and another missed opportunity, click here.

 

 

 

Excellent Books for any Bigfooter’s Library

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Aug 072016
 

A short while ago, I published my list of “must-have” books for any bigfoot library.  I left many excellent books off of that list because I wanted a narrower focus only on the books that I feel every bigfooter should be familiar with.  Here I give the reader another list of books that I think would round out one’s bigfoot education.

I chose these books for a variety of reasons which are mentioned in my short synopsis of the book below the picture and link to where the buy it.  More books will certainly be added to this list over time, as I am always reading more on the subject.  In fact I have more than a dozen bigfoot books in queue right now just waiting for me to get through.

Click this link to see my list of excellent books for any bigfooter’s library.