Today, however, I clicked over to the
alleged big foot finders’ scam artists’ website searchingforbigfoot.com. Alas, I was horribly disappointed. I was hoping that if you’re charging $1,000 a slot for positions on a big foot expedition, at least you could have an attractive website. Despite the design, there is a wealth of information about the creature on the site. For example:
A body that may very well be the body of the creature commonly known as “Bigfoot” has been found in the woods in northern Georgia.
Next time I turn in a traffic report for consideration by my client, I’m going to use the phrase, “this traffic report may very well be an honest representation of the development in question. You be the judge!”
I’m not going to nitpick everything on the website, but this keeps popping up:
DNA evidence and photo evidence of the creature will be presented in a press conference…
Gosh, no one has ever manipulated photos before, and while I’m not any kind of biologist or forensic specialist, what kind of “DNA evidence” is this exactly? Will this prove that the creature has DNA at all? Or will it demonstrate that it’s a large biped? I honestly don’t know if someone can determine what a creature is from its DNA. I posted a question over at Pharyngula about this. I’ll update when there’s an answer.
Update: Thanks to Llewelly and Ranson for helping out. Apparently, yes, you could do a determination with DNA that a sample is a primate and run some comparisons, but still, what is this really going to teach us? They’ll probably say that this DNA sample is “98% consistent with human DNA” or something like that. It could be chimp DNA for all we know.
So, if you’re interested, the Big Reveal™ is today at noon (pacific time, I assume). We’ll see what comes about. My bet is “nothing”. Or “nothing that can’t be faked up by three guys with some time.”
Here’s the info on the reveal as posted on their website.:
Date: Friday, August 15, 2008
Time: From 12Noon-1:00pm
Place: Cabana Hotel-Palo Alto, 4290 El Camino Real
Palo Alto, California 94306
(A Crown Plaza Resort)
I just love the “(A Crown Plaza Resort)” parenthetical remark!