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Students asked exam question about Bigfoot

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Rather odd way of phrasing this question, not sure I agree it was good. Common core exam includes question about Bigfoot. After reading an excerpt about a mud fossil and an analysis of mysterious hair samples that suggest the existence of a Sasquatch, students were asked: “Which detail from the article best supports the claim…

Monster Marketing: Cashing in on your local beast

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Regular readers of DN will know that I have a pet peeve about paranormal tourism – using unsubstantiated stories about local mystery creatures, UFO sightings or haunted places to bring in tourists to spend money. It’s not altogether wrong, I mean people do like that kind of stuff but it does promote the features as…

Cryptozoology News — It’s fake

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Attention everyone (I’m going to brandish my clue stick and hit you with it today). Cryptozoology has a terrible reputation for hoaxing, exaggeration and rampant speculation. There are also many fictional news outlets that mimic real sites. The site “Cryptozoology News” is at least in most instances, a “poe” site. Cryptozoologic stories about monsters, etc are…

The Cryptozoologicon is here!

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Updated from a post announcing that it was on its way on Oct 13, 2013. It is now here! Another do not miss cryptozoology book. The Cryptozoologicon – by John Conway, C. M. Kosemen and Darren Naish – is published by Irregular Books. via Tales from the Cryptozoologicon: BUNYIP | Tetrapod Zoology, Scientific American Blog Network. Cryptozoologicon…

Police get calls for the strangest things

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Some weirdo things must be lurking in Sherwood forest. Police called to nearly 100 reports of aliens, monsters, werewolves, zombies and witches. NOTTS police have seen nearly 100 reports of sightings of aliens, monsters, werewolves, zombies and witches over the last three years. The most calls asking for police to attend reports of scary creatures…

Rabies-inspired undead – zombies and vampires

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A fantastic article at The Verge about rabies as a zombie disease. Sick idea: how rabies spawned vampires and zombies | The Verge. “What disturbs me is I smashed his mouth off, I smashed his teeth in, but he still wanted to continue in the attack mode. I was terrified at [its] resilience.” This gory…

New Americana TV show on Monsters and Mysteries

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Another in the long line of same ole same ole? Crypto Creatures And Local Legends Lurk In Destination America’s New Series “Monsters And Mysteries In America”. Stories of the unknown capture our imagination and curiosity in Destination America’s new series MONSTERS AND MYSTERIES IN AMERICA, premiering Sunday, March 24 at 10 PM E/P. From all…

2012: A monstrously good year in review

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After gathering all the best cryptozoology stories on the site for the year, on one evening, I consulted the experts – Blake Smith, Ben Radford and Karen Stollznow of Monster Talk – to talk about the year in strange creatures. Here are the best of the best stories in the crypto world this year. 1.…

News piece mischaracterizes cryptozoology and Native American stories

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I’m presenting this article as a particularly awful example of terrible journalism. It’s riddled with mistakes and false premises. Instead of linking directly to the article, I have webcited it so it will not give advertising revenue or hit counts to the site. Because that makes them produce more of it. Rez monsters: Bizarre creatures…

Congratulations to ‘MonsterTalk’ Parsec Podcast Award winner

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‘MonsterTalk’ Wins Parsec Podcast Award » Benjamin Radford. MonsterTalk, a podcast co-hosted by myself, Blake Smith and Karen Stollznow, won a Parsec, a national podcasting award. The Parsecs are annual awards created to recognize excellence in science fiction podcasts and podcast novels. MonsterTalk won in the “Best Fact Behind the Fiction” category, for podcasts that…

Lands believed to host supernatural animals are more likely to be conserved

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Traditional belief in mythical beasts help protect forests Cultural practices including beliefs in mythical beasts and animals that dance have helped maintain forests in the West African country of the Gambia and Malaysian Borneo, said a researcher from Oxford University speaking at the annual meeting of the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation in Bonito,…

Animal Planet sciences up Mermaids with ‘A Body Found’

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It’s MONSTER WEEK on Animal Planet May 21-28. The feature of the week is a new 2 hour program called MERMAIDS: THE BODY FOUND premiering Sunday, May 27. Mermaids: The Body Found | Animal Planet | Mermaids: The Body Found | Animal Planet | Press Release. This two-hour special is science fiction based on some real events and…

Bigfoot is big in popular culture today – many things to many people

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LA Times has an interesting round up of Bigfoot in pop culture today: Bigfoot? He’s not so elusive “We all want to believe that there are still monsters lurking in the secret corners of the planet, and that’s the allure of Bigfoot,” said Marjorie Kaplan, president of Animal Planet, home to the hit series “Finding…

Sometimes, the weird picture is REAL

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I’ve long held that NO amount of photo evidence is going to be good enough to prove UFOs, Bigfoot, ghosts, and the like. Photos can be manipulated so easily and often are, just for fun and for purposeful hoaxing. But, sometimes the pictures ARE real. Here is a neat essay by Joe Schwarcz. Joe Schwarcz:…

People fear scary creatures roam in the Mumbai night (UPDATE: arrests made)

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Vampires and cannibals prey on fear in the Mumbai Over the past week, the fertile imagination of Mumbai’s collective consciousness has been in the feverish grip of some dreaded creatures. Vampires, cannibals and monkey men all appear to have chosen the city as the site for their spring rendezvous. While Mumbai cowers under the covers,…

Tired of wandering around in the dark? Learn a better way of doing paranormal investigation

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Free Paranormal Investigation training from an expert Break the habit of “scientifical” gadgets and gimmicks; quit trying to be Grant and Jason. Maybe you can actually get an explanation for the events instead of “It’s paranormal!” For anyone interested in the processes, principles, and techniques behind investigating mysterious and unexplained phenomena, Ben Radford has created…

New movie on Montauk military installation promises otherworldly stories

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Montauk Project: New Film Takes On Allegations Of Mind Control, Time Travel And Alien Encounters At Military Base Montauk, N.Y. … has been the center of an otherworldly conspiracy theory for decades. Believers say that people were kidnapped at a U.S. Air Force base and subjected to mind control and time travel experiments. And extraterrestrials…

Watch out for Animal Planet’s Monster Week featuring mermaids

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Animal Planet plans Monster Week – Entertainment News, Top News, Media – Variety. Animal Planet is developing its own version of Discovery Channel’s Shark Week with a programming stunt dubbed Monster Week to be unveiled at the Television Critics Assn. press tour today. Programs to be featured include a special “Croc-Zilla,” new segs of “Finding…

Dramatic Sierra Kills story promises blockbuster Bigfoot news

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Bigfoot Evidence: Sierra Kills Bigfoot shooter cracks under pressure, reveals location and everything under the sun. As in our last post on this event, the Sierra Kills story is dramatic and potentially explosive to our knowledge of a Bigfoot creature and its relation to humans… if it’s true. Bigfoot Evidence blog has posted some additional…

Ole Stinky sighted in North Carolina back in August

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Bigfoot Evidence: Recent Sighting Report: Cab driver’s near collision with Bigfoot in Pender County, North Carolina. This sighting happened on August 15, 2011 in Pender County, North Carolina. The witness was driving South of Harris Road on Highway 53 when a bipedal creature bolted in front of his cab. The creature was less than 50…

Bigfoot hunt: Need $300, some Zagnut bars and belief

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Shaffer: N.C. man stays on trail of Bigfoot – Shaffer – NewsObserver.com. “It’s a weird hobby,” said Greene, now 70 and retired. Next month, Greene will lead a four-day Bigfoot hunt through the woods south of Uwharrie National Forest – a $300 trek that is already sold out. They’ll bang on trees with baseball bats,…

Dueling “Memoirs” of Monster Hunters

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Wait! There’s two? Will the real monster hunter please stand up? “Memoirs of a Monster Hunter” World adventurer and international monster hunter Josh Gates [Destination Truth] has careened through nearly 100 countries, investigating frightening myths, chilling cryptozoological legends, and terrifying paranormal phenomena. Now, he invites fans to get a behind-the-scenes look at these breathtaking expeditions.…