August 15, 2008

Bigfoot Press Conference: Early Report (yeah, it's a hoax)

Scientific American's Ivan Oransky has the first report coming out of the bigfoot press conference in Palo Alto. Not surprisingly, it's already looking very much like a hoax.

Tom Biscardi, Rick Dyer and Matthew Whitton didn't bring any physical evidence of the alleged sasquatch corpse to the press conference. What they did bring were the usual sort of blurry photographs that cryptozoologists/hucksters typically take. They also brought an email from a real scientist at the University of Minnesota, Curtis Nelson, that says nothing about any new species but does point up that if there are bigfoots (bigfeet?), they don't appear to be apes at all. Instead, it would seem that bigfot is what you get when you cross a native of North Georgia with a possum. Seriously.

Details at Ivan Oransky's 60 Second Science if you need more, and Oransky is promising further details as they develop. As for me, I've heard pretty much all I needed to. The bigfoot hunters don't have a leg to stand on.

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