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Posted: 6/5/2008 6:00:46 AM EST

Bigfoot Bounty: Reward Offered for Mysterious Monsters
Benjamin Radford
LiveScience's Bad Science Columnist
LiveScience.com
Wed Jun 4, 11:21 AM ET

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Bigfoot and lake monsters, beware: There's a price on your heads.

Binocular manufacturer Bushnell, along with "Field & Stream" magazine, have teamed up to offer $1 million to anyone who can "provide an unaltered photograph/video, verified and substantiated by a panel of scientific experts [including a zoologist and biologist], the evidence required to prove a Sasquatch/Bigfoot/Yeti exists."

The contest started a few days ago and ends Dec. 15, but before heading out to claim your million, note that the rules' fine print states that they are not liable for any injury incurred during a Bigfoot attack. A good quality Bigfoot image would make history; most photos are of such consistently poor quality that within the Bigfoot research community there's even a name for a typical blurry "Bigfoot" image: blobsquatch.

This is, of course, a marketing promotion and not a genuine search for Bigfoot. There's no way to authenticate a Bigfoot photograph by itself; the image is simply a two-dimensional pattern of pixels. To truly prove a Bigfoot exists, you'd need corroborating hard evidence like a body, teeth, or bones.

Bigfoot isn't the only monster whose proof of existence commands cash. Larry Nielson, a boat owner from Lake City, Minnesota, is offering a reward for their local lake monster. Pepie, the mysterious beast said to lurk in Lake Pepin, was supposedly seen on April 28, 1871, and only rarely since then. According to Nielson, you don't actually have to capture the beast: "The Lake City Tourism Bureau has announced a $50,000 reward for undisputable evidence that proves the existence of the real live creature living in Lake Pepin. The proof should include photographics (sic) and/or samples of skin or fins that can studied for a DNA analysis."

Savvy marketers have been using monsters in promotions for over a century. In 1873, the great American showman P.T. Barnum offered a $50,000 reward for Champ, the monster supposedly living in Vermont's Lake Champlain. He planned to exhibit the creature in New York, but even that fortune wasn't enough to snare the creature, and in 1887, Barnum offered $20,000 for the monster, dead or alive. He still had no takers. More recently, Bigfoot has been used to promote everything from pizza to monster trucks to beef jerky. * And virtually every town near a lake with a reputed monster has profited economically from increased tourism.

People have been searching for these mysterious creatures for years. Why is conclusive proof still elusive? There are only two alternative explanations: the monsters' non-existence or the searchers' incompetence. It's possible that the animals simply don't exist, and the "evidence" is either hoaxed or the result of honest mistakes. Or, if these monsters do exist, the searchers apparently aren't good enough at their task and can't find the huge animals despite decades of effort and employing high-tech equipment.

Perhaps putting a price on Bigfoot's head will finally solve the mystery. But if history is any guide, it will just turn up more blobsquatches.



*ARFCOM relevance!
Link Posted: 6/5/2008 6:06:37 AM EST
Sweet. I linked it in the other thread.
Link Posted: 6/5/2008 6:10:21 AM EST
Im going bigfoot huntin this weekend

Whats the best caliber for bigfoot, 00 buckshot, 5.56, or 45 auto ?
Link Posted: 6/5/2008 6:11:23 AM EST
There is no Big Foot and if there is i hope no one shoots him.
Link Posted: 6/5/2008 6:11:29 AM EST
.338
Link Posted: 6/5/2008 6:11:40 AM EST
I made a rug out of Bigfoot. It's in my living room.


Good luck, suckers!
Link Posted: 6/5/2008 6:11:57 AM EST
I'm sending them copies of the Jack Links Beef Jerky "Messing with sasquatch" series of commercials.

The Sasquatch they feature is far too detailed and realistic to be a man in a suit.

And no human is that fucking strong either.

Link Posted: 6/5/2008 6:12:33 AM EST
I have a funny feeling this is $1m that will never be collected
Link Posted: 6/5/2008 6:12:38 AM EST

Originally Posted By America-first:
I'm sending them copies of the Jack Links Beef Jerky "Messing with sasquatch" series of commercials.

The Sasquatch they feature is far too detailed and realistic to be a man in a suit.

And no human is that fucking strong either.



Except for Chuck Norris.
Link Posted: 6/5/2008 6:14:36 AM EST

Originally Posted By blacksunshinez51:
I have a funny feeling this is $1m that will never be collected


I wonder however; how many guys running around in the woods in ape suits will be shot by random hunters who aren't in on what they're doing?
Link Posted: 6/5/2008 6:21:54 AM EST
I better start gearing up for this weekend then
Link Posted: 6/5/2008 6:30:42 AM EST
I recall that Chuck Norris BBQ'd the last one years ago. He told me it was on par with Yetti. I agreed.
Link Posted: 6/5/2008 7:14:23 AM EST

Originally Posted By ORinTX:
Sweet. I linked it in the other thread.


and thats how i found it!
Link Posted: 6/5/2008 7:21:41 AM EST
I've got twelve of them in my closet I'm saving to drink until next year or the year after, but 1m sounds like a fair trade.

Link Posted: 6/5/2008 7:47:31 AM EST

Originally Posted By estoves:
There is no Big Foot and if there is i hope no one shoots him.


I'm bigfoot, so I hope nobody shoots me. Maybe I should turn myslf in for that reward?

People have been wondering where I have been hiding, but I've just been to lazy to get off ARFCOM and go out of my cave since I got WI-FI.
Link Posted: 6/5/2008 8:02:15 AM EST

Originally Posted By ORinTX:
Sweet. I linked it in the other thread.


I'm gonna knock yo' big gorrilla ass out and collect my bounty, Nogero.

You'd better not fall asleep.

Don't worry I'll split the dough with ya' when they're done anal probin' ya'....
Link Posted: 6/5/2008 8:09:25 AM EST
That's pretty sweet, because I already have some backpacking trips planned this summer to look for Sasquatch! $1 million here I come! .
Link Posted: 6/5/2008 8:10:57 AM EST
Muddydog, paging muddydog. Here is your chance to finally expose the evidence you have in hopes of making that payday.
Link Posted: 6/5/2008 8:13:11 AM EST
And they'll never have to pay it out.

I love the excuses the Bigfoot guys come up with. Delusional.
Link Posted: 6/5/2008 8:25:00 AM EST

Originally Posted By Subnet:
And they'll never have to pay it out.

I love the excuses the Bigfoot guys come up with. Delusional.


It really is amazing what people will do to support something they want to believe in.
Link Posted: 6/5/2008 8:27:08 AM EST

Originally Posted By ORinTX:

Originally Posted By Subnet:
And they'll never have to pay it out.

I love the excuses the Bigfoot guys come up with. Delusional.


It really is amazing what people will do to support something they want to believe in.


I foresee a lock if someone brings up religion in regards to that post.



Please, nobody bring it up.
Link Posted: 6/5/2008 8:47:03 AM EST
That money is as safe as The Amazing Randi's.
Link Posted: 6/5/2008 8:50:43 AM EST
[Last Edit: 6/5/2008 8:50:52 AM EST by Subnet]

Originally Posted By Troubl3shooter:
That money is as safe as The Amazing Randi's.


I love that guy.

There's a fantastic video of him in the early 80's offering up $10,000 to a group of Australian dowsers. Every participant agreed to the testing procedures, and none fared any better than pure chance. And even after it was *abundantly* clear that it was bunk (they all agreed with the test and the results), all but one participant STILL believed in this crap.

I mean, what do you say to that?
Link Posted: 6/5/2008 8:52:26 AM EST

Originally Posted By Subnet:

Originally Posted By Troubl3shooter:
That money is as safe as The Amazing Randi's.


I love that guy.

There's a fantastic video of him in the early 80's offering up $10,000 to a group of Australian dowsers. Every participant agreed to the testing procedures, and none fared any better than pure chance. And even after it was *abundantly* clear that it was bunk (they all agreed with the test and the results), all but one participant STILL believed in this crap.

I mean, what do you say to that?



I'd say...they're probably participants in our latest bigfoot thread.
Link Posted: 6/5/2008 8:58:01 AM EST
I could use the million, but I think the best bet for spotting it isn't binoculars, but using my camcorder and the Power of the Intarwebs, so I joined Yeti@home
Link Posted: 6/5/2008 9:05:07 AM EST
Muddydog has a reputation to uphold, remember. Especially those well respected physicians he knows that have seen Bigfoot and don't want to risk losing their practices.

Anyone got any tropical punch Kool-Aid and barbecue remnants?
Link Posted: 6/5/2008 9:07:30 AM EST

Originally Posted By shawn21:
Im going bigfoot huntin this weekend

Whats the best caliber for bigfoot, 00 buckshot, 5.56, or 45 auto ?


7.62 X 39....AK-47
Link Posted: 6/5/2008 9:34:13 AM EST

Originally Posted By estoves:
There is no Big Foot and if there is i hope no one shoots him.
+1
Link Posted: 6/5/2008 9:44:25 AM EST
[Last Edit: 6/5/2008 11:35:08 AM EST by larkinmusic]


Link Posted: 6/5/2008 2:11:06 PM EST

Originally Posted By Troubl3shooter:
That money is as safe as The Amazing Randi's.


Yup; The Amazing Randi uncovered paranormal hoaxes that fooled scientists under lab conditions.

As I said in the other thread; I'll believe in the existence of bigfoot when Randi says it's so.
Link Posted: 6/5/2008 2:22:54 PM EST

Originally Posted By America-first:

Originally Posted By Troubl3shooter:
That money is as safe as The Amazing Randi's.


Yup; The Amazing Randi uncovered paranormal hoaxes that fooled scientists under lab conditions.

As I said in the other thread; I'll believe in the existence of bigfoot when Randi says it's so.


Of course he could just be a psychic with the ability to negate other's abilities so as to keep paranormal abilities a fringe group.
Link Posted: 6/5/2008 2:26:50 PM EST

Originally Posted By Troubl3shooter:

Originally Posted By America-first:

Originally Posted By Troubl3shooter:
That money is as safe as The Amazing Randi's.


Yup; The Amazing Randi uncovered paranormal hoaxes that fooled scientists under lab conditions.

As I said in the other thread; I'll believe in the existence of bigfoot when Randi says it's so.


Of course he could just be a psychic with the ability to negate other's abilities so as to keep paranormal abilities a fringe group.


Of course.
Link Posted: 6/5/2008 2:34:53 PM EST
Link Posted: 6/5/2008 2:40:26 PM EST
My 1$ says their $1,000,000 is plenty safe.
Link Posted: 6/5/2008 2:49:28 PM EST
Link Posted: 6/5/2008 3:05:38 PM EST

Originally Posted By Troy:
Where "Bigfoot" came from:

www.cryptomundo.com/wp-content/uploads/1107477084.gif

www.cryptomundo.com/wp-content/uploads/happycamptrackcasts.jpg

Some dude named Ray Wallace carved some wooden feet and made some tracks with them. He fessed up on his deathbed.

The chances of ANY unknown mammal species bigger than a few pounds being found in North America is about zero.

-Troy


That's my kind of joke.


I'd get along with this guy.
Link Posted: 6/5/2008 3:07:17 PM EST
You should post this in our other thread, Troy!

But the <insert CoC violation here>s over there would come up with some twisted logic to refute it.

www.ar15.com/forums/topic.html?b=1&f=5&t=715863
Link Posted: 6/5/2008 3:08:17 PM EST
If I saw one Id try to shoot and kill it
Link Posted: 6/5/2008 6:15:15 PM EST
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