The Hoax Museum Blog
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,
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…
Loch Ness Imposter
Posted by The Curator on Tue Jun 17, 2008
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.…
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…
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…
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
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…
The Martian Bigfoot
Posted by The Curator on Tue Jan 22, 2008
Flora posted an image in the forum of what looks like a Martian bigfoot. (I inserted a picture of the Patterson-Gimlin Bigfoot for comparison.) According to metro.co.uk, the image was taken by NASA's Mars Explorer Spirit, but it "wasn't until space and science fiction enthusiasts became involved that the images were taken more seriously." Here's the complete NASA image (thanks, Mongo) from which the image above was enlarged. I drew a red circle around the Bigfoot image. It's barely visible, in the far left corner. As you can see, the Martian Bigfoot is very, very small. Perhaps Littlefoot…
Is Bigfoot really Cain?
Posted by The Curator on Tue Jan 15, 2008
Here's a Bigfoot theory I haven't heard before. Apparently there are some in the Mormon church who hypothesize that Bigfoot may actually be Cain, condemned to walk the earth forever. Matt Bowman provides some scholarly elaboration on this theory on the Mormon Mentality blog. Apparently the Bigfoot-Cain connection traces back to a story told by an early leader of the Mormon church, David W. Patten. Patten claimed that in 1835 he encountered Cain walking along the side of the road. He wrote: "He walked along beside me for about two miles. His head was about even with my shoulders as I sat in my saddle. He wore no clothing, but was covered with…
Posted by The Curator on Mon Jan 14, 2008
Loch Ness Terror Plot?
Posted by The Curator on Tue Dec 18, 2007
This is weird: An east London electrician accused of having terror ties claimed he was not attending training camps but hunting for the Loch Ness Monster during a trip to Scotland with other terror suspects, the Scottish Daily Record reported Saturday. Kader Ahmed, 20, was up in the Loch Ness area with a group organized by preacher Mohammed Hamid. I wonder if they went on the Nessie Hunter cruise with that boat captain who sounded like Sean Connery?
Posted by The Curator on Mon Dec 17, 2007
WTVY News reports on a prank that reminded me of the Winsted Wild Man hoax from 1895, although quite a bit less sensational: A teenager wore an outfit depicting the mythical Bigfoot creature. He then carried a fellow young person on each shoulder. Alarmed residents called the sheriff's department and several others armed with shotguns headed to where the prank was taking place. The young people, ranging in age from 18-to-23, were given a warning. However, sheriff's officials say those involved in any copycat incidents will face reckless endangerment charges.
Yeti Footprint Photo Fetches Monster Price
Posted by The Curator on Fri Sep 28, 2007
A 1951 photo of a "yeti footprint" recently sold at Christie's for £3,500. That's almost $7000 (thanks to the lousy exchange rate we Americans are currently stuck with). The photo was taken in the Himalayas in 1951 by Eric Shipton, who was a member of a reconaissance expedition scouting the region before attempting to climb Mt. Everest. Another member of the team, Tom Bourdillon, included this note with the picture when he sent it to his friend Michael Davies: “Dear Mick, here are the footprint photos: sorry for the…
Best of the forum - 21st September 07
Posted by Boo on Fri Sep 21, 2007
Due to my ongoing computer problems and personal situation, this is again brought to you by Madmouse. Peruvian Meteorite (eovti) An apparent meteorite landing in Peru has led to reports of illness amongst locals. Original suggestions for the cause of the sickness included radiation poisoning, but that seems unlikely. Sign Language Translator (Madmouse) There’s been a lot of discussion in the forum about this story. A group of UK students have developed a system to translate spoken or written words into British Sign Language that is then displayed by an avatar. Suggested uses include translating for…