Making a bad impression (of a Bigfoot)

Paranormal web sites are reporting receipt of a Media Advisory for a news conference next week to reveal “Potentially the most convincing evidence of Bigfoot since the Patterson Film of 1967”.

What evidence might that be? According to the press release, “A full upper body impression including half a face on the passenger side window of a pickup truck.” And, on the drivers side, they allegedly have “the nostrils, nose and lips of a Bigfoot.”

Oh. OK…

The announcement, made by Jeffrey Gonzalez, founder of the Sanger Paranormal Society, cites the people who were there for the discovery — a science teacher/principal (former member of the Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization), a corrections officer (who appeared on the show Monster Quest) and an electronics specialist with AT&T (Mr. Gonzalez). He wants you to know they are credible. 

What do any of those “credentials” have to do with the evidence? Nothing. They are meaningless.

The evidence must stand on its own, be warranted and make some sense. One (of many) major problems with this situation is revealing evidence via press conference gives you publicity, not credibility. In fact, the former works against the latter in this case. We’ve seen some ridiculous Bigfoot press conferences (the Georgia Bigfoot hoax) and so called “proof” before. It’s not ever panned out.

I guess we’ll have to see from the reveal how they actually KNOW it is a Bigfoot.  Being that we really don’t know what Bigfoot looks like, I’m unclear how one could make a positive ID. And I’m REAL curious to hear if they were IN the truck at the time the impressions were made (which would make the story way more interesting).

Color me skeptical about this latest news; even the Bigfoot believers aren’t real excited.

About Sharon Hill

Actively skeptical since 1993. Specializing in monsters, ghosts and the fakey science that people use to justify belief in the existence of the paranormal. Visit her news blog at Doubtful News Follow on Twitter at @idoubtit
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5 Responses to Making a bad impression (of a Bigfoot)

  1. Guy McCardle says:

    I don’t claim to know much at all about Bigfoot. Like most lay people, the most “proof” I have seen is the grainy footage of something, or someone, walking in the woods looking over their shoulder. I think I’d almost have to be present at a Bigfoot autopsy to believe. The story is intriguing, however.

  2. I’ve only pressed my face up against a car window to blow my mouth really big and freak out the occupants. Either Bigfoot has a similar sense of humor, or he’s looking for an iPod to snatch.

  3. Chuck P. says:

    At least they’re on the right track. After seeing hundreds of dead deer along the side of the road over the years, I’ve often wondered, “If Bigfoot is real, how come no one has ever hit one with their car?”

  4. Meg says:

    If bigfoot is real, then he’d have to be smart enough to avoid capture and clear, definitive pictures. So he’d probably be smart enough to avoid running out into an open area that has cars speeding past.

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