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Saturday, August 17, 2013

CRYPTOLINK: Sasquatch sightings not for the cynical

A word about cryptolinks: we are not responsible for the content of cryptolinks, which are merely links to outside articles that we think are interesting (sometimes for the wrong reasons), usually posted up without any comment whatsoever from me.

Near the end of last month, B.C.-based software and app maker PlayMobility lit up the Internet with two videos of supposed Sasquatch sightings in the wilderness around Mission.

The company reportedly put out a call for videos of the apelike humanoid and ended up with two submissions from the same area, one from a couple hiking in the woods in which a hairy figure scrambles up a hillside in the distance, while the other video shakily pans from the closer encounter with the surprisingly not surprised Bigfoot and back to the group of Chinese tourists noisily snapping photos with wide-mouthed expressions of wonder on their faces.

Now, PlayMobility had just launched Legend Tracker, its app for tracking the journeys of legendary creatures like the big-footed biped. But I am sure that was just a coincidence.

If you’re a little more cynical, you will say, “But surely, this is a publicity stunt — and a cheesy one at that.” But is playing on people’s sense of wonderment really such a bad tactic?

Besides, who wants to live in an imagination-less world?

While Sasquatch (also known as Bigfoot) is especially popular in the Pacific Northwest, sightings have been reported from all over.

This summer, there have been sightings of the mighty “manimal” in Florida, Virginia, California, and of course, right here at home in B.C. Just a month or two ago, I was shown a picture of a big footprint — it must’ve been two feet long and about 10 inches wide — taken not far from Merritt.

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