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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

RICHARD FREEMAN: BAD BLOG BURNS MY CANNOLI

I stumbled over a blog entitled 'I Love The Yeti' the other day and - to quote Peter Griffen - it really ground my gears. Anyone who knows me will tell you that one of the things that annoy me most is the depiction of the yeti as a creature with white fur. I have said it before, and I’ll say it again until I’m blue in the face, THERE HAS NEVER BEEN A SINGLE SIGHTING OF A WHITE YETI! White sasquatches have been reported - and even a white almasty (but that was by moonlight and it might have been grey). The yeti is black or dark brown, but not white.

The ‘I Love The Yeti’ blog actively states that it will only cover articles about white yetis! This is like doing a blog on purple crocodiles, green rhinos or pink elephants! Stuff like this is spreading misconceptions and misinformation and more importantly, is stopping cryptozoology being taken seriously.

I urge everyone to post to this blog pointing out that yetis are black, brown but never white.

http://ilovetheyeti.blogspot.com/

2 comments:

Retrieverman said...

Wait a minute.

What about this one?: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2JlVqfC8-UI

And this one?: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E6Z2dbtm6Kg

That last one is a taxonomy fail. Rudolph looks like a white-tailed deer, not a reindeer/caribou.

Oll Lewis said...

The guy has updated his blog post with the following comment:

"Update: Just to be clear, the creature known as yeti has never actually been reported by eyewitnesses as white-furred. This is just something we in the west made up. This blog isn't really about cryptozoology (which can be a legitimate science for finding real animals). Instead, this blog is about our popular culture's flawed desire to popularize and skew the idea of a possibly real animal. And our idea these days is that this animal called yeti is a weird polar bear crossed with a gorilla, even though that has little to do with the evidence. For actual cryptozoology, see sites such as Cryptozoology Online and Cryptomundo."

I think they deserve top marks for clarifying that on their blog (and for posting a link to the CFZ news blog).