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Bigfoot, et al... from the files of the River Journal Surrealist Research Bureau

 In a March 2013 column (Matilda’s DNA) I spoke of a number of developments in the hunt for evidence of Bigfoot, primarily Dr. Melba Ketchum’s DNA findings showing an as-yet-unknown-to-science hominid, as well as Internet rumors about the secretive Erickson Project and its relation to an upcoming Nat Geo special said to have “dramatic” new HD footage of the creatures.

Mea Culpa. In my defence I’d like to point out that I did state I was relying mostly on Internet rumors, including Matt Moneymaker (of BFRO) who claimed to have seen high quality portions of the beast in the upcoming Nat Geo HD film. Matt still stands by his comments, though Nat Geo’s just announced a two-hour special on the subject, set to air on Sunday, November 17 at 8 pm EST. Advance teasers promise the show will focus on the Oxford DNA study already shown on BBC that apparently links through DNA the Tibetan Yeti to an extinct form of Polar Bear.

Regarding Dr. Ketchum’s own DNA results and its withering reception by critics, I find it telling that a recent finding of a new kind of monkey was accepted into the lexicon with only one tenth of the genome DNA data as Dr. Ketchum provided. (You can keep running track of the controversy by checking out her FaceBook Page; Dr. Melba Ketchum).

While we’re on the subject of Internet rumors (and no, I’ve apparently not learned a lesson), a recent post on Cryptomundo.com from blogger R. Lindsay says, in part, concerning Sumatra’s Orang Pendek (the Hobbit-Bigfoot), “Apparently, at least one dead specimen now exists. The scientist (unnamed) told me he had seen three photos of a dead creature. Unfortunately, they have no plans to publish their data until 2016.” (No doubt with a wary eye on the hysterical reception greeting the Ketchum DNA findings). I’ve long suspected the orang-pendek will be the first major cryptid officially found and recognized.

Also, “rumors” suggest the Animal Planet’s new 24/7 live Bigfoot Trail Cam at an “undisclosed location” is actually the site of the purported DNA samples provided by the secretive Erickson Project, somewhere in BC.

Finally, an astute reader pointed out that in my column on Butch Cassidy’s possible survival after the Bolivian shootout, that the Pinkerton Detective Agency in fact received numerous tips and possible sightings by relatives and acquaintances of the outlaw well into the 1930s, long after his supposed death. It’s my contention, however, that it’s not uncommon for them to place such reports, however raw and unfounded, into their files. The inescapable fact is that the Pinkertons intercepted every single letter from Butch home to his family and friends for years and all mail home ceased totally after the Bolivian shootout! He disappeared completely, not unlike my own memory of Debts I owe.

‘til next time, keep spreading the word: Soylent Green is People! All Homage to Xena.

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Jody Forest Jody Forest When he's not hidden behind the palatial gates of his Dover estate, Casa de Bozo, Jody is out using outdated and corny pickup lines on various gullible women.

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