The Museum of Hoaxes
hoax archive hoax archive hoax archive hoax archive hoax archive
 
The Hoax Museum Blog
Category: Cryptozoology
The Evolution of the Werewolf and Bigfoot
Posted by The Curator on Tue Jun 30, 2009
Brian Regal, a historian of science at Kean University in New Jersey, has an interesting theory about the relationship between werewolves and Bigfoot. He notes that hundreds of years ago werewolves were very prominent in popular culture. But during the past 150 years the werewolf's place in popular culture has declined, while Bigfoot has grown enormously in popularity. He attributes this shift to the theory of evolution. From Science Daily: From the late 19th century onwards, stories of werewolf encounters tailed away significantly, says Regal. "The spread of the idea of evolution helped kill off the werewolf because a…
Categories: Cryptozoology Comments (8)
The Loch Ness Monster of the Vosges
Posted by The Curator on Wed Jun 24, 2009
The small French town of Xertigny, in the Vosges Mountains, thinks it may have its own Loch Ness Monster. Though instead of being a sea serpent, it's a crocodile, and it's in a pond instead of a loch. The village of Xertigny, which has 3,000 inhabitants, has been stunned by the unexplained sightings and sightseers have gathered by the water to follow the hunt. A chicken has been left by the water to attract the animal but has so far remained unscathed and local authorities are considering draining the pool. "We have been around the pond several times and you can't really say if anything is there," said Bruno Aime, whose anglers' association had used a sonar…
Categories: Cryptozoology Comments (2)
Bigfoot Ornament
Posted by The Curator on Fri Dec 19, 2008
Two years ago I made my own hoax-themed Christmas tree ornaments. But that was before I discovered Bronner's sells Bigfoot tree ornaments. So yeah, I had to buy one.
Categories: Cryptozoology Comments (7)
Frenchman Collides Sacredly with Nessie
Posted by The Curator on Fri Sep 19, 2008
Frenchman Don Jean Habrey, whose stage name is Hors Humain (beyond human), has announced his intention to embark on a "sacred collision with Nessie." Specifically, he plans to dive into Loch Ness and "breathe with the monster to send ultimate breathing to the world of childhood.” Later, he'll make a Christmas Eve visit to the Loch and "conjure the mythical creature from the loch, with chants, drumming, burning flares and bonfires round the shore." “Nessie will breathe golden pearls for all the children from the earth, this endangered innocence that badly needs air. “A boat…
Categories: Art, Cryptozoology Comments (2)
Big Footprint Found
Posted by The Curator on Thu Sep 04, 2008
Harold Jackson, a resident of Cookeville, Tennessee, found an indentation on a rock on his property. It looks vaguely like a footprint... a very big footprint. 11 inches across and 15 inches long. The article says he took it home. (I assume he must have made a cast of it and taken that home.) The surprising thing is that he doesn't think it's a Bigfoot print, though his friends do. He thinks it's a footprint of a Native American. So how tall would this Native American have been if his feet were 15-inches long? According to WikiAnswers, a person's foot…
Categories: Cryptozoology, Pareidolia Comments (28)
Checking in with Bigfoot
Posted by The Curator on Thu Aug 21, 2008
Last week I predicted that the discovery of Bigfoot's body was bound to be a hoax. Score one for me. I also said the "body" looked like a Bigfoot costume. Score another one for me. In all fairness, it was like shooting fish in a barrel. The Bigfoot Body farce was so obviously a hoax that I'm surprised it gained as much traction as it did. But then, the media can be relied upon to eat up a good Bigfoot story. Meanwhile, Bigfoot promoter Tom Biscardi, who paid Georgia "Bigfoot trackers" Matthew Whitton and Rick Dyer $50,000 for the body, is trying to pass himself off as the victim of a…
Categories: Cryptozoology Comments (20)
Bigfoot Body Found—Sure to be a hoax
Posted by The Curator on Thu Aug 14, 2008
On Friday Aug 15 a press conference is scheduled in Palo Alto to present evidence suggesting that the corpse of a Bigfoot has been found in Georgia. DNA evidence and photo evidence will be presented. (Thanks to everyone who emailed me about this.) I'd just like to go on record before the press conference to predict that it's going to be a hoax. Bigfoot hasn't been found. Why? Because if a Bigfoot species existed in North America, it would have been found long ago. To remain hidden this long, the Bigfoot species would need to have supernatural abilities. The evidence that's been leaked so…
Categories: Cryptozoology Comments (49)
The Montauk Monster
Posted by The Curator on Thu Jul 31, 2008
The story so far: A bizarre creature washed up on Ditch Plains beach near Montauk, New York on July 12. Local resident Jenna Hewitt took some photos of it. However, the body is now gone. Some guy (unidentified) supposedly has it in his backyard. In the absence of any evidence except for the photo, there are many theories about what it might be: a sea turtle, a dog, a raccoon missing an upper jaw, a creature from the government's animal-disease lab on Plum Island, or a hoax. We'll have to wait and see what transpires. Links: Newsday,
Categories: Cryptozoology Comments (34)
Nessie Does New York
Posted by The Curator on Mon Jul 21, 2008
Apexart, in New York City, is currently hosting an exhibition titled "Nessie Does New York: Monetizing Myth, Legend & Culture." It's basically a collection of Nessie, Bigfoot, and Chupacabra-related kitsch. Their downloadable exhibition brochure poses this question: Is it the marketing of myth, or the myth of marketing that keeps these creatures alive? (Who knows?) In other words, is it that we want to believe there's a small chance Bigfoot might show up on a logging road after we've savagely clear cut his habitat and ask for…
Categories: Cryptozoology Comments (4)
Loch Ness Imposter
Posted by The Curator on Tue Jun 17, 2008
Threadless.com is selling a t-shirt with this picture. I thought it was cute, but I already own too many t-shirts, so I'm not gonna buy this one.
Categories: Cryptozoology Comments (6)
Does Bigfoot Use Microwaves?
Posted by The Curator on Wed Apr 09, 2008
Backyard Phenomena has posted an interesting speculation about why some witnesses report receiving telepathic messages from Bigfoot: If we skip the old "they're crazy" idea, then perhaps we can look to science for an answer...strange-but-true science. A newly declassified report released by the U.S. Army under the Freedom of Information Act describes technologies which can induce similar effects to those reported by some Bigfoot witnesses (and some UFO witnesses). What is the technology in question? Microwaves. Some military experiments have shown that microwaves can be used to make a person hear sounds inside their head.…
Categories: Cryptozoology Comments (3)
Molested By Bigfoot
Posted by The Curator on Sun Mar 30, 2008
57-year-old Gene Morrill was charged with soliciting 13-year-old boys over the internet. He pleaded guilty, but in his defense noted that he himself had been molested as a child -- by Bigfoot! The Free Lance-Star reports: Morrill told an investigator preparing his pre-sentence report about being sexually assaulted by the legendary Bigfoot, a North American folklore character said to be between 7 and 10 feet tall, and covered in dark brown or dark reddish hair. Patton [his defense attorney] said Morrill really believes the assault happened. It was probably a strategy to get a reduced sentence due to…
Categories: Cryptozoology, Sex/Romance Comments (10)
Google Nessie
Posted by The Curator on Thu Mar 20, 2008
Tom Spring, writing for Computer World, describes many of the jokes and tricks hidden in Google's various websites and programs. One that I wasn't aware of is that Nessie regularly surfaces on iGoogle: set your alarm to 3:14 a.m. and your browser to the beach-themed iGoogle page. At precisely that time each day, Nessie surfaces for 60 seconds, then takes a deep breath and dives back under the dark loch's surface. Why that time of the morning? Well, according to programmers' lore, Google developers did it to pay homage to the mathematical quantity Pi. I don't think…
Categories: Cryptozoology Comments (13)
Romanian Bigfoot
Posted by The Curator on Tue Feb 12, 2008
Flickr user vasiliumihnea has uploaded pictures of a Bigfoot he spotted in Romania. He writes: Photos taken friday, February 8th 2008, in Romania, Vrancea Mountains. A tall strange humanoid crossing the road, that's what I saw. Normally I'm quite skeptical of Bigfoot sightings. But wow! These photos are convincing. They look nothing like a guy in an ape suit. Though maybe it's Cain. Related article: Bigfoot Hoaxes
Categories: Cryptozoology Comments (16)
Loch Ness Monster Poetry
Posted by The Curator on Sat Jan 26, 2008
In the article about the Loch Ness Monster in the hoaxipedia, I've posted some Nessie haiku contributed by readers. I'm quite proud of my own contribution: Lurking in the deep, centuries old. Addicted to tourist sushi. But far more accomplished poets have also been inspired by Nessie. Glasgow's poet laureate, Edwin Morgan, included a poem, "The Loch Ness Monster's Song," in his 1970 collection Twelve Songs. Here it is: Sssnnnwhufffffl? Hnwhuffl hhnnwfl…
Page 3 of 8 pages  < 1 2 3 4 5 >  Last ›
All text Copyright © 2014 by Alex Boese, except where otherwise indicated. All rights reserved.