Thursday, September 24, 2009
This latest case involving a dead sloth and an unbelievable story is more of the same.
If cryptozoology is ever to be taken seriously its high profile practitioners must refrain from this third form tabloid sensationalism. I have been accused in the past of bringing the subject into disrepute by behaving stupidly at conventions whilst in my cups, by calling our annual convention `The Weird Weekend` and allowing children to attend rather than just sitting back on our laurels and proclaiming our annual gathering to be "an International Symposium of Cryptozoological Science" or some nonsense like that.
However, to my mind, stooping to the levels of the tabloid press in giving ridiculous appelations to the decomposing corpses of known species does cryptozoology far more harm than me having a few drinks and making tasteless jokes, or a few small children giggling during someone's talk.
He too has had a look at the ridiculous story that came out of Panama, and which we sneered at yesterday (and the day before), and I am pleased to say that he agrees with me entirely:
Yet again the world is going nuts over a weird, ugly carcass that is being identified by some as an alien, as a genetic mutation 'of some sort' (duh?), as a deformed dolphin (seriously: what?), or as an unidentified 'monster' that perhaps represents a new species. I've lost track of how many emails I received yesterday about the thing. It's being dubbed the Cerro Azul Monster or Blue Stream Monster or Blue Hill Horror and was discovered at Cerro Azul, Panama. As was the case with the Montauk Monster, the animal's real identity is bloody obvious and this is no mystery.
The trip is being funded by Richie and Naomi who are being so ridiculously generous that words fail me, and I will never be rude to Richie, or tease Naomi again. No. Sadly, even in the face of such kindness I will not make promises that I cannot possibly keep.
Thank you, my dears, from the bottom of our hearts.
As you know, Oll has been working on the archiving project since early February, and he is now working on the BHM section. This 6th trenche is a mixed bag containing archive stuff about Piltdown man, together with a number of yeti cuttings, most of them in the wake of Reinhold Messner's 1996 revelations. Good stuff.
BAHIA, Brazi -- A large fish without scales that turned up floating off the coast of Brazil baffled scientists and specialists from the region who are studying the rare specimen and ensure that the species is totally unknown.
The fish, which draws attention due to its rarity, was found by a team of marine biologists in that country while doing research on sea turtles.
Then - good old YouTube - we found a news story about it.
Now, I would hate people to think that I am just a grumpy old git who takes pleasure in rubbishing the media of the modern world. I'm not. Nor am I someone who thinks that anything that occurred after he reached the age of 30 is necessarily rubbish. Age is not an accomplishment, and youth is not a sin (and I wish it had been me who had said that but it wasn't). But look at this. The descriptions on the youtube page from which we embedded the above video, and worse the meta tags, are just ludicrous. And why is there a picture of some chick covered in blood with a dead fish sticking out of her mouth at the beginning?
Are we raising a generation of idiots, or is this some peculiar post-modern jape that I am too old and hidebound to understand?
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I am so sad tonight. Probably very few people would understand, but my husband I have grown very attached to a large toad that has hung around our house for a few months now. He has probably lived here longer than that, but in the past few weeks he grew more and more familiar with us and could be found on the back porch every morning and night. Read On
Cryptozoology news? Check.
Bad pun slash play on words? Check.
YNT is go.
What’s a whale’s favourite Elton John song?
Daniel (my Blubber)