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Flash! Fisher-Prices introduces remote-control Bigfoot

September 12, 2010

Flash! Fisher-Prices introduces remote-control Bigfoot

Do you remember the Great Garloo?  I do!  Oh, you might not remember the name.  It was this really cool giant green robot guy with a fin on his head and a leopard loincloth.  You had a remote control (with a cable), and you could make him roll forward, bend over…even pick up stuff!  Here, this commercial might help:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I0p0WRhAp9o

What’s the modern day equivalent?

Well, the folks at Imaginext (part of Fisher-Price) have introduced

Bigfoot the Monster

Of course, things have changed since 1961.  The remote control is wireless, for one thing.  Bigfoot raps, exercises, even has emotions!  You can see all those demonstrated in the

Watch the Demo

button on that Amazon product page…it’s not a very obvious button.

Of course, Garloo only had one emotion…angry!

It’s interesting that they are gearing this (at least partially) to kids who are too young to read…they used pictograms for the buttons.  They say 36 months to 8 years old…I’m not sure I want a three-year old driving her or his own sasquatch.  😉

Bigfoot’s been kid friendly before…remember

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-NNb1pgQlQo Bigfoot and Wildboy?

Nah, that’s okay if you don’t…I knew that would be a stretch.  😉

Oh, and there was Quatchi, one of the mascots for this year’s Winter Olympics.

 Gee, I wonder who would win in a fight between The Great Garloo and Bigfoot the Monster?  I don’t know, but I’m guessing Bigfoot would be a sore loser…or get fined for celebrating after the win.  😉

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the The Measured Circle blog.

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Police: “That there is some strange creature in Loch Ness now seems beyond doubt”

April 29, 2010

Police: “That there is some strange creature in Loch Ness now seems beyond doubt”

The National Archives of Scotland has recently put a

letter from 1938 (pdf)

on the web.

In it, Chief Constable William Fraser says

That there is some strange fish  creature in Loch Ness seems now beyond doubt, but that the Police have any power to protect it is very doubtful.”

This is an internal statement on official letterhead.  It’s a police officer, in a letter to a superior, saying that there is “some strange creature” in Loch Ness.

Alright, buddy, wipe that smirk off your face.  😉

I didn’t link to one of the mainstream articles on the release because, holy moly, they can be so prejudiced and don’t seem to feel like they need to do real journalism on anything paranormal.

For example, one article has this line

“Though the sightings proved to be a hoaxes…”

This is from a major wire service…including the grammatical error.  The sightings were proved to be hoaxes?  Not mistakes?  Not genuine?  All deliberate attempts to deceive?

I’m never quite sure all journalists understand what the word “prove” means. 

 The Loch Ness monster had a great example of this in the 1990s.  A claim was made that the famous “Surgeon’s photograph” (arguably, the picture that defined the popular concept of how the monster’s appearance) had been a hoax.  That was big news across the world…except that the claim wasn’t examined very closely.  First, it was simply hearsay: people saying that someone else said it.

Secondly, the story just didn’t cover the facts (in my opinion, and that of some others).  The basic story was a model attached to a toy submarine, a quick picture feet from the shore, and then stomping the model.

Well, that might explain the famous image…but the famous image is cropped.  It doesn’t show the whole picture.  The whole picture doesn’t look like it is near the shore.

Okay, you say, that’s just a matter of perspective.

Yes…but there were two pictures.  In the second, the head and neck are at a different angle.  Sure, that could be accomplished by using a second head and neck, or re-bending the first one. 

But it doesn’t match the story.

People love to publish that something was a hoax.  It’s a good way to laugh at the “suckers” who believed it before.  “See, ya dope…I told ya it was fake.”  That’s fun…but it isn’t science…or even journalism. 

The claim of the hoax should reasonably be submitted to the same tests as the original claim. 

If you want to read more of the NAS material, you can go

here

By the way, it’s worth noting that official “orders of protection” have been issued in other cases.  In particular, there is a Skamania County (Washington) ordinance protecting Bigfoot.

You can read that (and other information on cryptid protection) in this nice

Cryptomundo post (and comments)

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the The Measured Circle blog.

Flash! New Bigfoot tourist spot

March 18, 2010

Flash! New Bigfoot tourist spot

A nine-foot tall wood sculpture of Bigfoot will be part of the decor at the Bigfoot’s Cavern Bar & Grill in Kerby, Oregon…in the same county as Grants Pass (which has a caveman statue). 

You can see a picture of the new artwork in this article.

It’s certainly not the only Bigfoot carving: you can see pictures of several others at this site.

The article also has a lot more information about Bigfoot’s Cavern: the Bigfoot theme will continue inside.  Doc Bashford, who will be one of the owners, claims to have seen five Bigfoots* over the years. 

You’ll have to add this to your Bigfoot road trip…just continuing North from Willow Creek.  🙂

*There is some debate about the plural, with Bigfoots, Bigfeet, and Bigfoot creatures being used.

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the The Measured Circle blog. 

On the watch for the sasquatch watch

February 26, 2010

On the watch for the sasquatch watch

Do you believe in Bigfoot memorabilia?  It’s out there…we have an uptick right now thanks to the Olympic mascot, Quatchi.   There is also that Bigfoot garden statue.

For something a bit different in “haute creature”, there is the Sasquatch watch.  The case looks like…well, a big foot, and the face is a drawing very reminiscent of the Patterson-Gimlin movie.  That’s the one you see in all the documentaries, with the Bigfoot swinging its arms and looking over its shoulder at the camera as it walks away.

You can choose your color…even get a pink watch, if you want.

I saw this add on a visit to Cryptomundo, a great site where Loren Coleman blogs.

I don’t wear wristwatches myself, but it’s an interesting item.  Presumably, they’ve obtained the necessary licensing.

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the The Measured Circle blog.  If you are reading this blog for free and would like to support it, just click here and then shop at Amazon.

Why cryptozoologists are watching the Olympics

February 25, 2010

Why cryptozoologists are watching the Olympics

Okay, you’ve been watching the Olympics for more than a week, now.  You’ve thrilled to Shaun White, Lindsay Vonn, and Bode Miller.  Maybe you’ve followed the other competitors, like Kirstie Moore, who is five months pregnant, or “Andy Himalaya”, a 51-year old pop singer who is the entire Mexican team.

But quick…who is the Olympic mascot?

Trick question…there are three of them, and a bonus marmot. 

One of them is Quatchi…and he’s a Sasquatch.

Yep, the Canadian version of Bigfoot (although some would say it’s the other way around, with good reason). 

As somebody whose interest in “hairy bipeds” goes back to, oh, fifth grade or so, I’m quite tickled. 

I have to tell you, I don’t have a lot of Olympics merchandise…but I am tempted by those Quatchi tchotchkes (say that three times quickly) ;).

Quatchi Official Homepage

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the The Measured Circle blog.  If you are reading this blog for free and would like to support it, just click here and then shop at Amazon.

 


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