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Ice Giant Found in Siberia
Status: Hoax (part of a viral marketing campaign)
image Russian geologist Arkady Simkin claims to have participated in an oil-surveying expedition to Northern Siberia that found an enormous, skyscraper-size creature buried in the ice. He gives the following description of the creature (which he refers to as Taurus Major) on his website: The animal appears to be a huge quadruped with horns much like a bull. In fact it looks to be a hybrid of a bull, woolly mammoth and a rhino – if such a thing existed. But its size is truly colossal. The horns are immense in dimension and protrude from the head with incredible length. The body is covered with a combination of coarse fur and what can best be described as ‘body armor’ (like an American armadillo) – protects its enormous joints and head.

What makes Simkin's site interesting (and I'm referring to Simkin as a real person, though I doubt he is) is the movie and radio interview that he's posted on the site. The movie is pretty impressive and indicates that someone spent some money to produce it. The radio interview, by contrast, is fun to listen to, but is obviously scripted.

I'm taking it as a given that the ice giant is a hoax, but I have no idea who's behind it. Maybe it's a publicity stunt for a book, movie, or video game. I'm sure that we'll find out soon enough. The name Arkady may be an allusion to Arkham from the work of H.P. Lovecraft. The Taurus Major creature itself also seems very Lovecraftian. (Thanks to Darrell for the link)

Update: It's part of a viral marketing campaign for a new Playstation game called Shadow of the Colossus, which involves hunting and killing giant creatures. The website, supposedly about "the mythology and culture of giants throughout the ages of humanity," is also part of this same marketing campaign. The giantology site has been hosting footage showing the skeleton of a giant uncovered on a beach in India by the tsunami. Quite a few people have linked to this footage, but it's all part of the same marketing effort.
Categories: Cryptozoology, Extraterrestrial Life
Posted by Alex on Mon Oct 24, 2005
Comments (40)
More from the Hoax Museum Archives:
First, Pierra Luigi, might you send me this image? There is a good chance that u... "cerfuncled" with the image. Second, it is supspicious that this isn't all showing up everywhere, like tv and such. What an interesting set of occurences...
Posted by Daen  on  Tue Mar 14, 2006  at  04:56 PM
It is obvious that the reason this isn't showing up on TV is because the government shut down the operation! They don't want everyone to see that mayby there truly were people or beasts of huge magnitude.
Posted by N/A  on  Wed Mar 15, 2006  at  02:49 AM
true. i wish i knew
Posted by Daen  on  Wed Mar 15, 2006  at  03:52 PM
Disinformation comes before the truth is actually manifested in a mass scale. I saw the site, the videos, etcetera, and I note that what is there could indeed be truthful, and looked real to me. Why is it so hard for humans to think outside the box? Unless you have correspondence from SONY directly, and that can be corroborated with another source, you claims of TAURUS MAJOR as a hoax, is itself a hoax. SHOW THE PROOF that SONY is behind this... the burden of proof is on you!
Posted by Chad Redding  in  Ticonderoga, NY  on  Tue Mar 21, 2006  at  07:05 AM
Sorry, but the burden of proof is on the people behind this to prove that it's real. They made the first claim.

Until then (which will never actually happen, you know) we're free to discount it or call it an ad, which it very likely is.
Posted by Charybdis  in  Hell  on  Tue Mar 21, 2006  at  10:31 AM
Good grief, is this still being argued about? It's already been shown that the video and pictures could not possibly be real and that the expedition could not have taken place like it is claimed.

If anybody wants to look at another long debate about this topic on this same website, you can go to and see it. The guy Monk went back and changed a lot of his comments, though, so now the conversation has a rather surreal look to it at times.
Posted by Accipiter  on  Tue Mar 21, 2006  at  05:29 PM
Did anyone of you tried to find a company called POLARNEFT? Try Google. This company exists only in connection with the 'syberian giant'. There's no company website, there's not a single sentence about it on any geological/petrol industry site.
Posted by Mchl  on  Mon May 22, 2006  at  01:21 PM
I came upon this site while researching the videos i saw about the giants.
First I would love to point out that There are some nonsensical debates here with absolutely no foundation to stand on. alot of assumption without regard to a lack of information and the like.

first I looked at the threads below....

I found it interesting, I would also like to state it doesn't freaking matter if they are Russian or Japanese or what ever. the authenticity of their nationality is not the issue. it actually plays no part in it and is of no consequence to the topic.

I also looked at the STFU link provided to indicate this individuals understanding of the whole mess....

Before someone says STFU to somebody ..make sure you have the facts straight. Did anyone read this or were they overwhelmed with all the sentences and paragraphs?

I read it and it does say thier is a campaign to place ads and the like...However it does not identify the videos or "ADDS" in question SPECIFICALLY.
in fact it does identify what type of adds and on what channels they will be played.
none of them are the ones we are speaking of at present.

I cannot say these videos are real and i cannot say they are fake. however. if they are fake and advertising a SONY product. Sony like ALL companies like to have thier cleverness seen by al and would most definitely have placed some forrm of identifying mark on these things. otherwise nobody knows what the hell is going on and that sure as hell does not lead to sales. if you had a product would you make a relevant commercial yet not link it to the product or your company?


thats like Adidas making a commercial to sell their shoes and no Adidas logo or anything is present..all you see is some guy running and not one reference to buy a shoe or even visit a location to ask more? this doesn't raise any eyebrows?

Fact is ..if i had a secret and it was all over the net and i didn't want anyone to even question it further. I would feed off the crap I have placed in their brains long"its just and add go back to work" or Don't believe anything you see on television" or make a non relevant side attraction like the people aren't even Russian in that video or forum so how can you believe anything they say?

Ask more question , read more and don't assume. look further and ask is their any reason to lie or cover it up?

Only after thorough evaluation should you even begin to attempt to deny or debunk or even prove anything.

and don't act like 5 yr olds and say things like STFU and your lame. that shows you have no regard for others feeling and have not yet evolved into a fully responsible adult and have a serious lack of intelligent and educated communication skills.
Posted by Anu-Ki  in  USA  on  Sat Dec 01, 2007  at  10:26 AM
Posted by Astroloji  in  Turkiye  on  Sat Jun 06, 2009  at  08:34 AM
its for the videogame Shadow of the Colossus. That exact colossus is in the videogame, which is several years old by now, and I seriously hope anyone reading this site just thinks I'm a freak for bothering to comment on this in 2010 when it's so obvious this is part of a viral ad campaign from several years ago.
Posted by demon9675  in  U.S.  on  Tue May 04, 2010  at  05:33 PM
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