Posts Tagged ‘Finding Bigfoot’

Nope, we are not talking about the whole tree marker stuff.

Damn you Moneymaker.

It seems that every time we get some distance from OOPS, now known within the BFE staff as the Apple Caper, you suck us right back in.  We have had some sharp words to say about Finding Bigfoot, aka Finding Bigpuffery, especially in the first season.  What we have come to appreciate about the show is the wise casting and the reach of the show in terms of locales.  Admittedly most of us at the BFE are not inclined toward travel to places where the political, security and basic infrastructure isues are a threat to our health and well being.  Trips to the UK or an English-speaking Central American country are the limits of our toleration for those types of risks.  Some would question what a few of us jump into in terms of rivers and creeks, but at least that risk is largely within our control as opposed to ending up in regions where there are State Department advisories.  Props for traveling into those places.

But we digress.  We are damning Matt because of his recent statements about bigfoot possessing the ability of bioluminescence, essentially generate light through their eyes.   Matt comes out every once in awhile with a statement that most of bigfootery jumps on.  The self anointed “experts” will pull up their soapbox and start to lecture the “community” on how the idea  outrageous .  They will point out facts based in biology, what few animals posses such a characteristic, how it is not been discovered in any pongids (they like to use those scientific terms to seem expert like) and generally how uninformed such an outlandish statement is and how it reflects badly upon these “experts” and the “community”.  Are we damning him for the same reason as the “experts”?  Hell no.

His comment pissed at least two of us off as it dragged us back to the time of the Apple Caper and our personal experiences, some not so pleasant, with the bigfoot traffic lights.  Moneymaker’s comment  demonstrates that he has been down it, he has mixed it up with these things.  It also points out that some of these third and fourth level bigfoot researchers  who are laughing at the comment and providing “expert” evidence on how this cannot be true have not truly mixed it up with these things.  They would sing a different tune or just stay quiet if they had.  Once you experience the bigfoot traffic light, by that time you have also experienced a few other bigfoot related things, you realize you are dealing with something weird.  And we have been traffic lighted at night with only ambient natural light , sorry to bust the expert bubble that it must be reflection from a human light source.  Pretty certain this was not the case.

So damn you Moneymaker for taking us back to the Apple Caper.  Here’s our interpretation of the bigfoot traffic light :
Green – they are cool, curious, perhaps taken by surprise, no threats or annoyances detected.  They often think they have not been detected at this point.  Green is really hard to see, faint.  They do blink at this point.
Yellow – the surprise has passed, they are processing the situation and sensing some things they are not comfortable with, someone has violated some space parameter, they might not like the tactical situation in terms of egress, someone has noticed them and giving them attention or directing others to their location.  Blinking slows.
Red – they are pissed at the hairless piss ants.  Certain warnings that usually work to back off the piss ants have not worked, the piss ants are in the way of them getting to food, shelter or  others, the hairless piss ants are answering and escalating the behaviors that generally send the piss ants a runnin.  Blinking is almost gone.


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The Destination Channel seems to have recognized how persuasive bigfootery is and has gone at it with two new shows and a full slate of re-runs.

Mountain Monsters is the newest offering, which premiered over the weekend.  Think of Finding Bigpuffery with a dash of Hillbilly Blood (a very good show) and Duck Dynasty and you have a good idea of the show.  A few random thoughts about Mountain Monsters:

  • AIMS, the group featured in the show started up in 2010.  We love thinking about all the aspiring bigfootery TV stars who have labored away for a decade or more and then are dashed by these relative newcomers.  We know who you are, there is no shame in being jealous, disappointed and angry.  Actually, we love yu’all  that way.
  • The show is described as unscripted, which may leave some wiggle room on the reality part.
  • Finding Bigpuffery may be getting a bit nervous as the mountain dudes produced tracks, video, a lair, sounds and thermal on the first episode, pretty much a whole season for that other show.
  • We worry about accidental discharges.


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  1. We like the scenic photography.
  2. The casting decision to have Bobo and Cliff on the show was a good one.
  3. There are fun drinking games that can be tied into the show, although if you have strict rules it can lead to a rough Monday morning.
  4. The show has done much to dispel the stereotype that this phenomena is confined to the north-west part of North America.

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They are.  But evidently, they are tough, darn tough.

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Our scout Tyler Bounds (WA-BFRO) hit a bigfoot last night (round 2AM) while driving near High Knob VA.  Vehicle damaged but no blood, hair.
We’re conjecturing it went something like this:
Matty:  Tyler, WTF dude, you damaged the rental SUV.
Tyler:  Well dad, you know there are squatches in those woods.
Matty:  Oh absolutely, is it time to say that again?
Tyler:  No, the fourteenth take was perfect.  But, ummm, I hit a bigfoot last night while out dutifully scouting for squatchy places.
Matty:  So those big dents are from a squatch, although there is no blood or hair?
Tyler: Yep.
Matty:  And that one big half circle dent means the squatch had a thigh that was over four feet tall and 40″ round?
Tyler: Uhh, Yep.
Matty:  Ok, I can buy that.
Tyler:  Thanks dad, you’re the biggest and best.
Matty: (ruffles Tyler’s hair) – I know.  Now fetch me a cold drink and make it snappy.

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Given that issues such as deceptive editing, inserting sounds and the like, plus a high level of bigpuffery has ensued, we think we nailed the topic many, many months ago.  Here’s the post.

And now our prediction for one of the second six episodes of Finding Bigpuffery.

If the DNA stuff has passed peer review, look for the team to head to the Ohio valley tri-state area.  Part of the episode will feature a teaser from Ky., which will nicely pimp the larger documentary.  It will be a classic bigpuffery move of mutual backscratching for mutual monetary benefit.  Even if the peer review goes south over provenance and chain of custody issues, that will be a minor speed bump to be ignored, the public is too dumb to know otherwise.

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