Saturday, August 16, 2008

A Great Day To Be Credulous

Image credit: The 20 Best & Worst Villains of All Time — Part 1: The Worst by Eric David Even

Looks like the credulous among us have something new to be excited about:

Matthew Whitton and Rick Dyer held a Saturday news conference and showed photos of what they claim is a 500-plus-pound dead biped they are keeping in a cooler at an undisclosed location. Pictures and descriptions are available on the Internet at :

Pair Say They Have Body of Bigfoot

Claims of secret evidence don't make me any more inclined to believe nonsense. Sadly, that can't be said for everybody:

What was most revealing about today's exhilarating and highly truthful Bigfoot press conference was not what was said.

It was the headgear.

Emblazoned with the a URL that sold their own Bigfoot tracking enterprise, the baseball caps worn by Matthew Whitton (aka Gary Parker) and Rick Dyer said so very much.

Their words on MSNBC's Countdown With Keith Olberman said it with a cleanliness only rivaled by Bigfoot's teeth. When asked by the lucky stand-in presenter, Rachel Maddow, whether they were out to make as much money as they could, Mr. Dyer, who had not uttered a word through the entire interview, firmly stated that this was the case.

The Bigfoot Press Conference And The Art of Selling A Website

A quick check of the website shows why C/Net feels this way. Here's the first line of text, with the link removed:

Be sure to visit our Online Store for Amazing Bigfoot Videos

A rival "bigfoot researcher" describes the, ahem, photographic evidence accurately:

"It looks like a costume, a waterlogged costume that's been stuffed into a freezer," Jeff Meldrum, an associate professor of anatomy and anthropology at Idaho State University, told The Washington Post Saturday. "It just doesn't have the hallmark of a real corpse."

Pair Say They Have Body of Bigfoot

As the C/Net article says, they're sure to make lots of money. P.T. Barnum was an optimist.

UPDATE (Aug. 19): Shockingly, this turned out to be a hoax after all.

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