Why the angry disclaimer?

You people are mean! I'm out of here!

For those of you who have never spent any time in the Bigfoot community, you’re probably wondering why I included an angry disclaimer with my “Is Bigfoot back in Georgia” post.  You also may be asking yourself, “You mean there are enough of you to form a community?”  Yes.  Believe it or not there are enough people spread far and wide to form a fairly large community online made up of smaller groups that gather on Facebook, various blogs, and messageboards.  It is as dysfunctional a group of people as you have encountered.  Many of the people are nice and amiable, but the most boisterous of the groups are enormous ass-hats!  (I’ll refer to them as A-H from here on out)

There is a glaring lack of respect by the typical A-H towards other human beings.  It doesn’t matter if that other human being is an adult, a child, a man, a woman, old, young, Republican, Democrat, etc.  They will attack with impunity.  Now, part of me understands their attitude.  They believe in something that most people think is ridiculous.  They’ve probably been  abused for their beliefs, and they’ve developed an A-H exterior as a defense mechanism. They basically resent other people in the Bigfoot community for presenting anything, but ironclad proof of the existence of a large North American Bipedal Ape.  They hone and hammer and beat their interactions with other Bigfooters into a series of blood-soaked written insults.   It’s as if their belief in Bigfoot has shutdown their frontal lobe.

Here is a standard thread in a Bigfoot community discussion about most videos and photos:

Witness: Hey check out this Youtube video I posted.  We were camping and caught something that looks like Bigfoot.

Nice Responder: Cool!  Where was this?

A-H 1: Fake!

Witness: Nice Responder, It was near Blowing Rock, NC.

A-H 1, what do you mean fake?

A-H 2: OMG!  This is the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever seen! Thanks for wasting my time!

A-H 3: I can’t believe you posted this crap here!  This is why no one will take Bigfoot seriously!

A-H 1: I mean it’s obviously a guy in a costume, probably you’re mother or brother-in-law.  The arms are too short!  It  walks like a person. And you conveniently run the other way.  C’mon, this is the find of the century. You should chase this thing down and pull a clump of hair from its body for DNA analysis.

Witness: But I’m only twelve and this thing was really big.  I was scared.  It’s not my mother.  She died last year, and my sister’s not married.  She’s only eight.

A-H 1: Your mother probably hung herself because you’re so friggin’ stupid.  I want to punch you and your sister this is so lame!

A-H 4: LOL!

Witness: I’m sorry.  I thought it was real.

A-H 5: Because you’re a moron!

Nice Responder: I can’t believe you guys are being so mean.  He’s just a kid.  I’ve watched the video a few times and I can’t see anything that suggests it’s a fake.  How can you be so sure?

A-H 3: Because I’ve seen these things.  I’ve been tracking them for 15 years.  I had lunch with one on top of a mountain on February 14 last year, and we exchanged valentine’s cards.

Nice Responder: I actually had a couple of encounters with one a few years ago, and it looked very similar to what the young man got on video.

A-H 2: What are you, his mother… Oh, I forgot she’s dead!  Let this thread die already.  It’s a hoax.  The kids probably not even twelve.  He’s a desperate filmmaker trying to get some attention.  Pathetic.  You can tell it’s fake because whoever that is that’s talking on camera looks to the left right before he starts to speak.  Obvious!

A-H 6: Blobsquatch!  Next!

Leftfield Response: Did anywon else saw the family of leprechauns chising the Bigfot?  Look on the lewer left of the scren.  You clearly saw the smoak from won of there pipes.

Random Nonbeliever: You’re all stupid!  This video is crap because BIGFOOT DOES NOT EXIST!  It’s IMPOSSIBLE for an animal of this size to exist because the stress from the weight on the knee joints alone wouldn’t allow it to walk!  I can’t believe I come here 600 times a day to see your videos and photos.  You would think I would have something better to do.  Between ridiculing you and the UFO people, I barely have enough time to sleep.

That’s why I posted the angry disclaimer.  I will not abide A-H behavior on this blog. You’re welcome to disagree, but if I even smell a hint of A-H-ery, I’ll delete your comment and post photoshopped images of you pulling a Brett Favre!  That’s right!  You heard me!  I’ll show you throwing three interceptions in a game.

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Is this a Photograph of a Yeti? You be the judge. (video)

This is another one of those cryptozoology postings that some of you hate.  Sorry, I just can’t help myself.  Today, I find myself in the odd position of disagreeing with some people in the field that I have grown to respect and admire.  I hope they will forgive me for breaking from the pack.

A couple of months ago, I came into contact with a gentleman by the name of Jon Jacobs. We met on a Bigfoot group on Facebook.  It turns out he didn’t join because of an interest in Bigfoot.  He joined because he was looking for help.  He claimed to have a photograph of a Yeti, and he wanted advice on what to do.  Now, I have slowly become more and more jaded by such claims.  I’ve seen a lot of crap pictures and videos of supposed crypto-apes, and very few of the images merited serious inquiry.  I advised him to turn to the scientific community if he really thought he had something worthwhile.  I honestly thought that would be the end of my involvement.  I was wrong.

Jon contacted me and asked me if I had any contact information for some science-type guys.  I did some research and found the names and email addresses for an anthropologist, a primatologist and cryptozoologist. I’ll withhold their names at this point because I don’t have their permission to speak for them.  I even went one step further and contacted the cryptozoologist on Jon’s behalf.  At this point, I hadn’t seen the image, so I was just doing this because Jon seemed like a nice guy, and he was asking for my help.

In the meantime, Jon got a copyright on the image and had an attorney put together a nondisclosure agreement for him.  He wanted to make money off the photo if he could, and frankly, I’ve never had a problem with that angle.  I know a lot of people in the cryptozoology world are steadfast against that tactic, but I’m not one of them.  As long as the evidence stands up to scrutiny, people should be allowed to make some money for their property.  Creating a hoax and trying to profit from it is another thing altogether.  I have no reason to believe that’s what Jon is doing here.

Curiosity got the best of me and I signed the agreement.  Jon sent me the image, and I was prepared to be disappointed.  But a strange thing happened when I opened the file.  I saw an ape.  I wasn’t expecting that.  It’s not crystal clear.  You have to zoom in quite a bit in order to see the ape, but still, I saw an ape.

The cryptozoologist eventually saw the photograph and was intrigued enough to have a photographic expert look at the picture.  I dropped out of the picture, because I had done what I said I would do, get Jon in contact with an expert.

I received an email from Jon a few weeks later that shocked me.  The photographic expert said it was essentially just the result of lights and shadows and pixelation.  I was scratching my head.  I felt terrible because I know that Jon was crushed by the news. I also felt relatively sure the expert was wrong.   Watch this video for my notes on the image.

Here’s an excerpt from one of Jon’s emails about the day he took the photo:

On day four we departed Lhasa and our destination point for that night and following day was Shigatse. (*I have more specific information on the image’s location between these 2 points but perhaps that would be best revealed should there be interest in finding this place, TV documentary/expedition etc*). As had become usual I sat on the left hand side passenger seat and took the occasional photo of the inspiring scenery as we drove. What made me snap it? Was it the sense of something dark in the middle of all that grey, a cave perhaps? Certainly worthy of a few quick seconds of impulse. A zoom to maximum and shoot. I don’t know if it was that night or the following that I flicked through my photos, saw the dark image standing in the alcove and decided to zoom in for a better look. Astounded but mystified to see something that had to be a yeti, I accepted that I would look into it further. I definitely was not looking for a yeti on this tour and other than the photo had experienced nothing else to indicate the presence of a yeti or any crypto zoological specimen for that matter. After this I was quickly thrown back into the whirl of heady medieval Buddhism, high altitude and natural magic. It wasn’t until the night of Day 6 where I found time to show Basang our Tibetan guide and Shudoy our Chinese driver the photo. As I zoomed in Shudoy was shocked, he didn’t speak English but we had never communicated so much as we did in those few seconds. Basang was impressed and surprised but calmly said that it was probably a yeti, a creature before man. He’d never seen one, but it seems Tibetans accept the idea of the yeti quite naturally.

As far as I’m concerned, this is an unidentified ape.  I don’t know if it’s a Yeti.  I don’t know if it’s a Gigantopithecus.  I don’t know if it’s an unknown species of orangutan.  But I have a sneaking suspicion that the cave is part of its territory, and we are likely to find evidence that it is not merely shadows and light and pixelation there.

BTW – It won’t do any good to contact me about the details of this image.  I’m a lowly author and  Photoshop hobbyist that just played around with the photo.  Jon Jacobs is the man you want to talk to you if you have further questions. jonjacobs1976@googlemail.com

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A Word of Caution on the Bigfoot Image

The image that appears to be an image of Bigfoot has generated a little buzz.  Even though I’m the one who posted it, I have to express  a word of caution.  I was excited when I first saw it, too.  But a few days have passed and I’ve decided there are too many unknown variables to declare that it is the real deal.  It could very well be digital artifacts creating the appearance of a face.  This image was taken from an AVI video frame compressed down from it’s original 1080 HD.  I did a frame grab converting it to JPEG, which I opened in Photoshop to enlarge and lighten.  In other words, it went a long way to get here.  Granted it is extremely interesting, but I’m not claiming this is an actual Bigfoot.  I have no idea what it is.  The only way to know for sure is to go back to the spot and see if that lump is still there.

Yes, it looks like a face, but is it?

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Bigfoot? Blobsquatch? Man in Mask?

A video for your Bigfoot viewing pleasure.  My first attempt at an analysis of a Bigfoot video on Youtube.  I actually intended to find what some people were referring to as Bigfoot in the clip and prove that it was just a log or a shadow, but damn it if it didn’t have a face, and it moved.  Could it be a man in a mask? Yep.  Could it be Bigfoot? Yep. Is it a blobsquatch? Most certainly.  Nothing definitive here.  Just very, very interesting.

The reason I think this is somewhat compelling is that a rock was thrown from that direction, and a branch moves in the area where the face is spotted on what seems to be an otherwise windless day.  Taking all this into account, I’m leaning towards there being something there.  What, I don’t know.

This is an isolation of the face in the video.

Black and White Version of Face Pulled from Video

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Stephen Colbert – Lost Days Celebrity of the Day (and Book 4 Update)

Colbert Declares His Love for Lost Days

Fellow Charlestonian Stephen Colbert publicly proclaimed that he loves my book Lost Days.  He even tried to make out with it.  To which I say, “dude, that is gross,” and I would like to proclaim my love for Photoshop.

*BTW – I’m working on Book 4 of the Oz Chronicles for those of you who have been asking and searching.  It is so close to completion.  Hang in there.  I’ve gotten some positive feedback on what I have so far, so I’m hoping you won’t be disappointed.

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Theodore Roosevelt – Lost Days Celebrity of the Day

Just try and take Teddy's favorite book. I dare you.

Teddy once wrote about Bigfoot in his book Wilderness Hunter so it just makes sense that he’s a fan of my Bigfoot tome Lost Days.  Here he’s pictured clutching a copy of the book like someone may come along and steal it at any moment.  I wanted to Photoshop this image, but Teddy himself requested that I use the original image.  Of course, he was carrying a big stick and speaking very softly when he made the request.

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Is This Bigfoot Laughing or a Coyote?

At first, I thought it was just some drunk guy in the woods, but it goes on way too long to be that.  I’ll let you decide – Bigfoot or Coyote?

*Point of Clarification – This is not my video.  I found it on Youtube posted by jimcomvideos.  These are his notes about the video:

North Lake Tahoe, California, we were leaving our condo about 8:00 PM to go to diner and the casino when we heard strange laughter coming from the woods behind our place.

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Alec Baldwin – Lost Days Celebrity of the Day

Hey, Alec, you're in my light.

My buddy Alec and me hanging at a book fair talking literature and Photoshop.  Alec insisted on getting his picture taken with his favorite book.  He couldn’t care less if I got in the shot or not.  When I tried to explain to him that without me there would be no book, he reluctantly agreed to let me be in the photo.  He’s such a kidder.  We broke out into a tickle fight right after this picture was taken.  You probably can find the video on Youtube.

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Guillermo del Toro – Lost Days Celebrity of the Day

Guillermo del Toro hugs his favorite book Lost Days.

Upon hearing that Spielberg and Scorsese are fighting over the film rights for Lost Days, Guillermo del Toro proclaims, “Dude, did you see Pan’s Labyrinth?  I could totally rock this book and the entire Oz Chronicles series, too!”  To which I say, “Yes you could, Mr. del Toro.  Yes you could.”

Of course, I said this after spending a few quality minutes playing around with Photoshop.

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Bo Obama – Lost Days Celebrity of the Day

The First Dog and His Favorite Book

Bo Obama is photographed walking the White House grounds with his favorite book Lost Days to promote canine literacy.  When asked why Lost Days was his favorite book, he barked.

What? He’s a dog.  What did you expect?

Next up for Bo?  He’s taking an adult continuing education class in Photoshop?  When asked why, he barked.

We’ve been over this.

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