SASQUATCH OR BIGFOOT
AND BIGFOOT VIDEO'S
"TITTER YE NOT"
What is the difference between a smart blonde and Bigfoot?
Bigfoot exists. (Hey, now... wait a minute!)
You know what they
say about big feet?
Well, ever notice American shoe sizes are one larger than UK?
Is it just me who thinks they're only kidding themselves?
Big feet, big cock.....a rumour started by clowns.
My wife said, "If I could change any two things about my body, it would be my curly hair and my big feet. What about you?"
"I would change..." I thought for a couple of seconds.
"Your chubby face and your massive arse."
Bigfoot (also known as Sasquatch) is the name given to a
mythological simian, ape-, or hominid-like creature that is said
to inhabit forests, mainly in the Pacific Northwest. In North
America folklore, Bigfoot is usually described as a large, hairy,
bipedal humanoid. The term sasquatch is an anglicized
derivative of the Halkomelem word sásq'ets .
Scientists discount the existence of Bigfoot and consider it to be
because of the lack of physical evidence and the large numbers of creatures that would
be necessary to maintain a breeding population. Occasional new reports of sightings
sustain a small group of self-described investigators. Most reports of sightings are
attributed to being various animals, particularly black bears.
Bigfoot is described as a large, hairy, muscular, bipedal ape-like creature, roughly 2–3
metres (6 ft 7 in–9 ft 10 in) covered in hair described as black, dark brown, or dark
reddish. Individuals claiming to have seen Bigfoot described large eyes, a pronounced
brow ridge, and a large, low-set forehead; the top of the head has been described as
rounded and crested, similar to the sagittal crest of the male gorilla, with a strong
unpleasant smell. The enormous footprints for which it is named are claimed to be as
also contained claw marks, making it likely they came from known animals such as
bears, which have five toes and claws. Proponents claim that Bigfoot is omnivorous and
Wild men stories are found among the indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest
Coast. Grover Krantz writes, "Native stories that can confidently be related to the
sasquatch occur throughout the Pacific Northwest. Their distribution corresponds to the
area where White Man accounts are concentrated." According to David Daegling, the
legends existed before there was a single name for the creature; and that they differed in
their details both regionally and between families in the same community; and that
similar stories of wild men are found on every continent except Antarctica. Ecologist
Robert Pyle argues that most cultures have human-like giants in their folk history:
have this need for some larger-than-life creature." Each language had its own name for
the creature featured in the local version of such legends. Many names meant something
along the lines of "wild man" or "hairy man", although other names described common
actions it was said to perform, e.g., eating clams.
Members of the Lummi tell tales about Ts'emekwes, the local version of Bigfoot. The
stories are similar to each other in the general descriptions of Ts'emekwes, but details
about the creature's diet and activities differed between family stories. Some regional
versions contained more nefarious creatures. The stiyaha or kwi-kwiyai were a nocturnal
race that children were told not to say the names of, lest the monsters hear and come to
carry off a person—sometimes to be killed. In 1847, Paul Kane reported stories by the
native people about skoocooms:
a race of cannibalistic wildmen living on the peak of
Mount St.Helens. They have been regarded as supernatural, rather than natural.
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Less-menacing versions exist, such as the one recorded by Reverend Elkanah Walker .
In 1840, Walker, a Protestant missionary, recorded stories of giants among the Native
Americans living near present-day Spokane, Washington. The Indians said that these
giants lived on and around the peaks of nearby mountains and stole salmon from the
Local stories were compiled by Indian Agent J. W. Burns in a series of Canadian
newspaper articles in the 1920s recounting stories told to him by the Sts' Ailes people of
Chehalis and others. The Sts' Ailes maintain, as do other indigenous peoples of the
region, that the Sasquatch are very real, not legendary, and take great umbrage when it
is suggested that they are. According to Sts' Ailes eyewitness accounts, the Sasquatch
prefer to avoid white men, and speak the "Douglas language", i.e. Ucwalmicwts , the
language of the people at Port Douglas, British Columbia at the head of Harrison Lake.
It was Burns who first borrowed the term Sasquatch from the Halkomelem sásq'ets and
used it in his articles to describe a hypothetical single type of creature reflected in the
stories. A story told to Charles Hill-Tout by Chief Mischelle of the Nlaka' pamux at Lytton,
British Columbia in 1898 give another Salishan variant of the name, meaning "the benign-
faced-one". About one-third of all claims of Bigfoot sightings are located in the Pacific
Northwest, with the remaining reports spread throughout the rest of North America. Most
reports are considered mistakes or hoaxes, even by researchers who maintain that
Bigfoot exists. As Bigfoot has become better known and a phenomenon in popular culture, sightings have spread throughout North America. In addition to the Pacific Northwest, the Great Lakes region and the South eastern United States have had many reports of Bigfoot sightings. The debate over the legitimacy of Bigfoot sightings reached a peak in the 1970s, and Bigfoot has been regarded as the first widely popularised example of pseudoscience in American culture . Various types of creatures have been suggested to explain both the sightings and what type of creature Bigfoot would be. The scientific community typically attributes sightings to either hoaxes or misidentification of known animals and their tracks, particularly black bears. While cryptozoologists generally explain Bigfoot as an unknown ape, some attribute the phenomenon to other causes.
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REAL OR FAKE?
(whats that coming over the hill, is it a)
A species of Paranthropus, such as Paranthropus robustus , with its crested skull and bipedal gait, was suggested by primatologist John R. Napier and anthropologist Gordon Strasenburg as a possible candidate for Bigfoot's identity, despite the fact that fossils of Paranthropus are found only in Africa. Michael Rugg, of the Bigfoot Discovery Museum, presented a comparison between human, Gigantopithecus and Meganthropus skulls (reconstructions made by Grover Krantz) in episodes 131 and 132 of the Bigfoot Discovery Museum Show. He favorably compares a modern tooth suspected of coming from a Bigfoot to the Meganthropus fossil teeth, noting the worn enamel on the occlusal surface. The Meganthropus fossils originated from Asia, and the tooth was found near Santa Cruz, California.
Some suggest Neanderthal, Homo erectus, or Homo heidelbergensis to be the creature, but no remains of any of those species have been found in the Americas. The evidence that does exist supporting the survival of such a large, prehistoric ape-like creature has been attributed to hoaxes or delusion rather than to sightings of a genuine creature. In a 1996 USA Today article, Washington State zoologist John Crane said, "There is no such thing as Bigfoot. No data other than material that's clearly been fabricated has ever been presented." In addition, scientists cite the fact that Bigfoot is alleged to live in regions unusual for a large, nonhuman primate, i.e., temperate latitudes in the northern hemisphere; all recognized apes are found in the tropics of Africa and Asia.
Mainstream scientists do not consider the subject of Bigfoot an area of credible science and there have been a limited number of formal scientific studies of Bigfoot. Evidence such as the 1967 Patterson–Gimlin film has provided "no supportive data of any scientific value".
As with other proposed megafauna cryptids, climate and food supply issues would make such a creature's survival in reported habitats unlikely. Great apes have not been found in the fossil record in the Americas, and no Bigfoot remains are known to have been found. The breeding population of such an animal would be so large that it would account for many more purported sightings than currently occur, making the existence of such an animal an almost certain impossibility. In the 1970s, when Bigfoot experts were frequently given high-profile media coverage, Mcleod writes that the scientific community generally avoided lending credence to the theories by debating them. Ivan T. Sanderson and Bernard Heuvelmans have spent parts of their career searching for Bigfoot. Later scientists who researched the topic included Carleton S. Coon, George Allen Agogino and William Charles Osman Hill, although they came to no definite conclusions and later drifted from this research.
Jeffrey Meldrum has said that the fossil remains of an ancient giant ape called Gigantopithecus could turn out to be ancestors of today's commonly known Bigfoot. John Napier asserts that the scientific community's attitude towards Bigfoot stems primarily from insufficient evidence. Other scientists who have shown varying degrees of interest in the creature are David J. Daegling, George Schaller, Russell Mittermeier, Daris Swindler, Esteban Sarmiento, and Carleton S. Coon.
The first scientific study of available evidence was conducted by John Napier and
published in his book, Bigfoot:
The Yeti and Sasquatch in Myth and Reality, in
1973. Napier wrote that if a conclusion is to be reached based on scant extant
"'hard' evidence," science must declare "Bigfoot does not exist." However, he
found it difficult to entirely reject thousands of alleged tracks, "scattered over
125,000 square miles" or to dismiss all "the many hundreds" of eyewitness
accounts. Napier concluded, "I am convinced that Sasquatch exists, but whether
it is all it is cracked up to be is another matter altogether. There must be
something in north-west America that needs explaining, and that something
leaves man-like footprints."
In 1974, the National Wildlife Federation funded a field study seeking Bigfoot
evidence. No formal federation members were involved and the study made no
notable discoveries. Beginning in the late 1970s, physical anthropologist Grover
Krantz published several articles and four book-length treatments of Sasquatch.
However, his work was found to contain multiple scientific failings including falling
A study published in the Journal of Biogeography in 2009 by J.D. Lozier et al .
used ecological niche modeling on reported sightings of Bigfoot, using their
locations to infer Bigfoot's preferred ecological parameters. They found a very
close match with the ecological parameters of the American black bear, Ursus
americanus. They also note that an upright bear looks much like Bigfoot's
purported appearance and consider it highly improbable that two species should
have very similar ecological preferences, concluding that Bigfoot sightings are
likely sightings of black bears.
In the first ever systematic genetic analysis of 30 hair samples which were suspected to be from bigfoot, yeti, sasquatch, almasty or other anomalous primates, none was found to be primate in origin except that one sample was identified to be human. A joint study by University of Oxford and Lausanne's Cantonal Museum of Zoology and published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B in 2014, the team used a previously published cleaning method to remove all surface contamination and the ribosomal mitochondrial DNA 12S fragment of the sample was sequenced and then compared to GenBank to identify the species origin. The samples submitted were from different parts of the world, including the United States, Russia, the Himalayas, and Sumatra. Other than one sample of human origin, all but two are from common animals. Black and brown bear accounted for most of the samples, other animals include cow, horse, dog/ wolf/coyote, sheep, goat, raccoon, porcupine, deer and tapir. The last two samples matched a fossilized genetic sample of a 40,000 year old polar bear of the Pleistocene Epoch.
After what The Huffington Post described as "a five-year study of purported Bigfoot (also known as Sasquatch) DNA samples," Texas veterinarian Melba Ketchum and her team announced that they had found proof that the Sasquatch "is a human relative that arose approximately 15,000 years ago as a hybrid cross of modern Homo sapiens with an unknown primate species." Ketchum called for this to be recognized officially, saying that "Government at all levels must recognize them as an indigenous people and immediately protect their human and Constitutional rights against those who would see in their physical and cultural differences a 'license' to hunt, trap, or kill them." Failing to find a scientific journal that would publish their results, Ketchum announced on February 13, 2013 that their research had been published in the DeNovo Journal of Science . The Huffington Post discovered that the journal's domain had been registered anonymously only nine days before the announcement. The only edition of DeNovo was listed as Volume 1, Issue 1, and its only content was the Bigfoot research.
There are several organizations dedicated to the research and investigation of Bigfoot sightings in the United States. The oldest and largest is the Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization (BFRO). The BFRO also provides a free database to individuals and other organizations. Their website includes reports from across North America that have been investigated by researchers to determine credibility.
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Bigfoot has had a demonstrable impact as a popular culture phenomenon. It has "become entrenched in American popular culture and it is as viable an icon as Michael Jordan" with more than forty-five years having passed since reported sightings in California, and neither an animal nor "a satisfying explanation as to why folks see giant hairy men that don't exist". When asked for her opinion of Bigfoot in a September 27, 2002, interview on National Public Radio's "Science Friday", Jane
Goodall said "I'm sure they exist", and later said, chuckling, "Well, I'm a romantic, so I always wanted them to exist", and finally, "You know, why isn't there a body? I can't answer that, and maybe they don't exist, but I want them to." In 2012, when asked again by the Huffington Post , Goodall said "I'm fascinated and would actually love them to exist", adding, "Of course, it's strange that there has never been a single authentic hide or hair of the Bigfoot, but I've read all the accounts."
Harry and the Hendersons is a 1987 American fantasy comedy film directed and produced by William Dear, and starring John Lithgow, Melinda Dillon, Don Ameche, David Suchet, Margaret Langrick, Joshua Rudoy, Lainie Kazan, and Kevin Peter Hall. Steven Spielberg served as an executive producer of this film while Rick Baker provided the makeup and the creature designs for Harry. It is the story of a family's encounter with the cryptozoological creature Bigfoot. The film won an Academy Award for Best Makeup, and inspired a follow-up TV
series of the same name.
In the United Kingdom the film was originally
released as Bigfoot and the Hendersons , though
the TV series retained the American title. The DVD
and all current showings of the movie in the UK now
refer to the movie by its original title.
While on vacation, a suburban family, headed by
John Lithgow , runs over Bigfoot. Believing the
sasquatch to be dead, they strap him to the hood of
the car and drive him home, where he revives and
slowly becomes a member of the family. The film
earned mostly mixed reviews and was a modest
success at the box office during its release.
IMDb 5.9/10 Rotten Tomatoes 44%
Harry and the Hendersons is an American sitcom
based on the film of the same name, produced by Amblin Television for Universal Television . The series aired in syndication from January 13, 1991 to June 18, 1993, with 72 half-hour episodes produced. The series is about a family who adopt a Bigfoot called Harry.
Bruce Davison and Molly Cheek played the parents with Carol-Ann Plante and Zachary Bostrom as the children. Kevin Peter Hall played the role of Harry in both the film and TV series, until his death late in the production of the first season. He was replaced first by Dawan Scott and then by Brian Steele in the third season (Steele had filled in for Scott in the Harry costume for numerous scenes during season two, before taking over the role full-time).
In the series, George and Nancy were an upwardly mobile two-career couple, with the former working for a sporting goods company. George eventually launched his own magazine, The Better Life, late in the second season. Initially helping the Hendersons with Harry's care, and Sasquatch research, was Walter Potter, a biologist working for the Department of Animal Control. Also seen early on were the Glicks, neighbors of the Hendersons; Samantha was a pretty, young single mother and reporter, and Tiffany was her precocious little girl, a classmate of Ernie's who had an obvious crush on him. Samantha, Tiffany, and Walter were all written out after the first season, but the aspect of having a girl next door who chased after Ernie was retained through a new character, Darcy Payne, for the 1991-92 season. Darcy was more annoying than her predecessor, and spent all her waking hours trying to make the Hendersons' young son hers. However, she did catch on to the fact that the family was hiding a bigfoot, and had several close encounters with Harry; fortunately, Darcy disappeared from the show before she could have exposed the secret about him. Nancy's younger brother Brett, a photographer, moved in with the Hendersons in the second season, and was also sworn to secrecy about Harry. When George began The Better Life in the spring of 1992, Brett was hired as the publication's chief photographer and a financial beneficiary.
The following year brought many changes, as in the season premiere Harry's existence was accidentally exposed. Just as the Hendersons feared he would be captured by the government and possibly killed, he was rather embraced by the public and received overnight regional fame. For a while, Harry had to adjust to a high-profile life full of exhibition and additional scientific studies, but at the same time the entire family got used to resting more comfortably now that they did not have to hide the big creature from view anymore. Hilton, a friend of Ernie's and the son of a local police chief, joined the cast in the third season.
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Gigantopithecus fossils have not been found in the
Americas. The only recovered fossils are of mandibles
and teeth, leaving uncertainty about Gigantopithecus' locomotion. Krantz has argued, based on his extrapolation of the shape of its mandible that Gigantopithecus blacki could have been bipedal. However, the relevant part of mandible is not present in any fossils. An alternative view is that Gigantopithecus was quadrupedal, and it has been said that Gigantopithecus's enormous mass would have made it difficult for it to adopt a bipedal gait.
Matt Cartmill presents another view regarding the Gigantopithecus hypothesis:
"The trouble with this account is that Gigantopithecus was not a hominind and maybe not even a crown group hominoid; yet the physical evidence implies that Bigfoot is an upright biped with buttocks and a long, stout, permanently adducted phallux. These are hominind autapomorphies, not found in other mammals or other bipeds. It seems unlikely that Gigantopithecus would have evolved these uniquely hominin traits in parallel."
Bernard G. Campbell wrote:
"That Gigantopithecus is in fact extinct has been questioned by those who believe it survives as the Yeti of the Himalayas and the Sasquatch of the north-west American coast. But the evidence for these creatures is not convincing."