Cryptozoology, BioForteana, and Remarkable Species
Sunday, March 07, 2010
Monday, February 15, 2010
A Mammoth Hoax
Thursday, February 11, 2010
Going out on a Limb...
Tuesday, December 01, 2009
WV Ostrich Egg Was Joke
Monday, September 14, 2009
Wednesday, July 01, 2009
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
A "lynx-sized mountain lion" (i.e., too small to be an actual mountain lion) was photographed in the Lindis Pass, New Zealand. Photograph has no good detail, subject is too far away, and it may just be a large feral cat. (News source.)
A hoax photo of a "giant snake" is circulating in the Doomadgee region of Australia. (News source.)
A Yowie sighting has been reported from the area near "The Three Sisters," in Australia. (News source.)
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Yes, They're Fake
Monday, February 16, 2009
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Big Cat Fake
Friday, January 09, 2009
British Tourist Gag Becomes UAE Hoax
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Another Fuzzy Video
Monday, October 20, 2008
"Cougar" Attack Called Hoax
The PA Game Commission has, after testing the evidence, been unable to find anything that points to a cougar as the animal that allegedly jumped a Lancaster County man. They think it is a hoax.
Now, it may be a hoax, or it may be misidentification/exaggeration by fear. This never did sound like a cougar incident to me, but I am concerned about the hoax charge (and the statement that they may file charges against the man) -- if it was not a deliberate hoax, this may create further impediment for future potential witnesses. (News source.)
Saturday, September 27, 2008
Chinese Farmer Sentenced for Tiger Pics
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Tall Tales in Virginia
Southampton County, VA, residents are falling for conspiracy stories that wildlife officials have released rattlesnakes via helicopter... (News source.)
The same rumors of secretive predator introductions have been spread (whether of rattlesnakes, mountain lions, or coyotes) throughout North America, and even in other parts of the world ("viper introductions" in France, etc.).
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Good Way to Get Run Over
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Monkey from Mars
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Australia: Lake Shark Debate
Tuesday, July 01, 2008
Thursday, June 26, 2008
Lost Tribe Wasn't
The images of an alleged "lost tribe" in the Brazilian-Peruvian Amazon border turned out to be an isolated tribe that was known since 1910. The photos were deliberately released (and story concocted) as a publicity stunt to increase political pressure on logging companies that might endanger any actual unknown people groups in the region. (News source.)
Monday, June 16, 2008
More on "Borneo Bigfoot"
From the news:
"The giant footprints found in a fishing village in Daro are a fake.
"'It's man-made and a hoax,' Sarawak Museum anthropologist Dr Charles Leh said last Saturday while dismissing news reports that the two sets of footprints found in a village in Mukah division were those of 'Bigfoot', an ape-like creature said to be found in North America.
"He said the hoax may be an attempt to attract people to Daro.
"Leh, who is also the assistant director of the museum, based his opinion on an analysis of the published photographs." More at the site.
Monday, June 09, 2008
Another on Selbyville
Friday, April 18, 2008
Thursday, April 10, 2008
An odd little story out of Mississippi: (News source.)
"According to police, two postal workers and two parents picking their children up from school claimed to have seen a huge primate run into the woods behind the post office shortly after 2 p.m.
"Because all the accounts were separate instances, School Resource Officer Lt. Terry Sanford said he doesnít doubt that people saw something, but heís almost sure it wasnít a gorilla.
"'We got a few calls about the gorilla, but we didnít see anything,' said Sanford. 'People said they saw the animal run into the woods. I think what they saw was a person dressed in a suit trying to get a reaction out of people.'
"A local costume dealer said a man and a woman bought a gorilla head and hands Tuesday, stating that they already had a suit."
Tuesday, April 01, 2008
April Fool's Roundup
Why, yes, Virginia, there are April Fool's monster stories out today...
The Loch Ness Monster was captured.
Welsh yetis are on the rampage.
Crocodiles have invaded the Tennessee River.
Now, if only Amazon's hijacking of the print-on-demand book industry was a joke...
[Update: and more... an Alaskan bigfoot, and a Michigan crocodile.]
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Another China Tiger Hoax
Tuesday, December 04, 2007
Chinese Gov't and the Tiger Photo
Sunday, September 16, 2007
Rumors and Big Cats
Some People Like a Good Story
From a news column on tale-tellers (who do appear in the odd investigation):
"Junior Jones could tell a good story.
"As a college student, I worked at a Min-A-Mart where Junior was a regular. He'd stand around drinking coffee. I didn't charge him because I didn't want him to leave.
"Co-workers would get annoyed and go fill the beer cooler.
"I'd listen to Junior tell tales.
"Later, I learned that Junior was the one who created a minor media frenzy a few years earlier when he reported seeing Bigfoot in the woods near Dansville.
"He got the cops involved and the newspapers wrote about him and TV crews interviewed him.
"Soon, others piped up to say that, indeed, they'd seen it too.
"What a character."
Thursday, August 16, 2007
Manitoba Sasquatch Hoaxter
Manitoba Mounties responded to a call near Whiteshell Provincial Park about a creature that scared a camper. From the news:
"'This was further to about 10 calls we had last year of the same incident in the Whiteshell Provincial Park, so the members were aware of the type of person we were looking for,' Staff Sgt. Glen Reitlo told CBC News Wednesday.
"'A couple of our members attended and ended up finding the sasquatch.'
"The creature turned out to be an 18-year-old Winnipeg man wearing a hairy gorilla mask, which Reitlo described as 'ugly' and 'scary.' ...
"Reitlo said the man was not intoxicated when nabbed by officers; he apparently had been camping in the area over the past two summers and simply enjoyed the prank."