Now Ohio goes Bigfoot crazy

This is getting to be a meme or something. Or it’s contagious. What it ISN’T is great evidence for the reality of Bigfoot. It’s more of the same weak, wishful thinking and media influence.

A footprint and a reported sighting from Ohio – neither is, as usual, very impressive. But the media just laps it up.

‘Big Foot’ Print in Ohio Back Yard – ABC News.

An abnormally large footprint — which some believe belongs to Bigfoot — has been discovered in a northern Ohio backyard.

Ashtabula County resident Wendy – she asked to have her last name withheld because she’s not sure she wants to be involved with Bigfoot stories – was doing yard work on Aug. 11 when she noticed a 7.5 inch wide footprint that was an inch and a half deep into the mud.

“I took a picture to show my mother’s husband, who’s a hunter, and he said it wasn’t a human’s,” she said. “I’m not claiming that footprint to be anything. I don’t know what that is.”

“I didn’t believe in the sasquatch before,” Wendy said. “And in fact I’m still fighting it. But I can’t make sense of that large footprint.”

She also reports hearing growls and knocks and recalls seeing a black figure running across railroad tracks some five years ago. Honestly, this is really dubious “evidence”. Bigfoot is not a likely explanation. No other explanations have even been explored. But then… ABC goes and interviews…wait for it… MELBA KETCHUM – a known Bigfoot believer who has told wild stories about Bigfoot encounters and is the author of the discredited Bigfoot DNA project.

“They’re not monsters; they’re a type of people,” she said. “The DNA shows that. The paternal side is novel, but the female side is 100 percent modern human (as in 13,000-15,000 years ago).”

Melba’s conclusions remain completely unsupported and the study was judged to be, I’ll be kind, not credible. Journalists really can’t seem to get a rational take on these stories can they. Or, they just don’t want to, and that is a public disservice.

Here is a report of a Bigfoot sighting in Ashtabula from early this week.

Photo credit: ABC News

Photo credit: ABC News

Woman reports Bigfoot sighting in Saybrook Township » Local News » The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio.

Debbie Sherman was driving home early Monday morning after a night of playing cards with friends when she saw something moving across the field.

“I thought it was a dirt bike,” she said. “Then I saw it was massive in size, standing on two feet .. and it was standing tall, really tall.”

Sherman said she saw a Bigfoot, also known as sasquatch, an ape-like creature that some people believe live in the forests of North America.

Bigfoot investigators found this track. Wait… track? Of what? What has a foot like that?

Southeast Ohio Society for Bigfoot Investigation (SOSBI) supposed Bigfoot footprint from Saybrook Township.

Southeast Ohio Society for Bigfoot Investigation (SOSBI) supposed Bigfoot footprint from Saybrook Township.

Color me VERY unimpressed. Blob prints. We are really reaching here folks.

  3 comments for “Now Ohio goes Bigfoot crazy

  1. Douglas
    September 18, 2013 at 2:42 PM

    When is a dirtbike not a dirtbike? When it’s a bigfoot.

  2. drwfishesman
    September 18, 2013 at 3:04 PM

    That is so obviously a bear print, it’s embarrasing.

  3. neko
    September 18, 2013 at 7:29 PM

    I wonder if it’s possible to plot media coverage of bigfoot on a graph like the bigfoot sightings.

    I’ll bet you the spikes in sightings follow coverage. But that’s almost too easy, any media coverage of something increases awareness of a subject.

    I’d love to see if there is something else that drives the coverage in the first place. Maybe it’s just “CNN covered it, and their ratings went up.” One news outlet has a slow day and so everyone follows up.

    But, I mean, is there some trigger to start coverage of a flap? Time of year? Economic bad news? Who is buying advertising time?

    Maybe there is a google news mashup for this…

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