Do you ever have those times when one day you have a conversation about
something completely random that you've never talked about before? And
then a few days later that same random and unheard of topic arises
again? And then a week later you see a TV show about that topic? And
finally over the course of a couple of weeks you've seen or talked about
this random thing several times?
It's one of those odd coincidences in life that happens often. And just recently it happened to me. It started with a conversation about Bigfoots. Or is it Bigfeet?
My friend told me all about a website for an organization called the Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization, which compiles evidence on the existence of the legendary Bigfoot. Some of this evidence is dubious at best, while some of it is downright disconcerting. There are, of course, the sightings and the footprints and the hair samples and the loud crashes in the forest. But what I found most haunting and hair-raising were the hooting calls that have been recorded and not easily attributed to other sources, along with a 911 call that started off with the guy just thinking there was some kind of intruder in his backyard and then getting the bejeezus scared out of him by an unidentified hairy object, all dutifully recorded by the 911 operator for posterity.
A few days after this conversation – and bearing in mind I have never, ever discussed Bigfeet nor watched the numerable shows and documentaries about them – I was with another friend at the movies, who just happened to mention Sasquatch (aka Bigfoot). And, in the process, revealed that in this area Bigfoot-like creatures are also known as Wood Boogers. (By the way, being an inveterate lover of language, I particularly love all the different names that one thing can have – see my post on hellbenders for some doozies.)
My next Bigfoot encounter was in an exchange of emails after working on promotional material with the local TV station. After embarrassing myself several times trying to get a take right for a local commercial, we joked that I was now a local celebrity and would have to disguise myself to avoid the paparazzi lest I end up in the National Enquirer. Being a girl of discerning reading taste, I asked whether the National Enquirer was the one that had alien babies and Bigfeet in it, and said that I quite liked the idea of being celeb-spotted with Bigfoot. Look below and you'll get an idea of what THAT cover would look like – and the best ringing endorsement of Believe in Bristol I've ever seen! If a mythical creature can Believe in Bristol, so should you!
Finally, a few days ago I actually heard of someone who used Sasquatch as their nickname. And so I took all these conversations and mentions of this hairy man-beast as a sign from the blogging gods that Bigfoot was meant to be my next blog post. Lucky you, dear reader!
And so my next question is: Have any of ever you had an encounter with the the unexplained, the supernatural, the mythical, or the cryptozoological? Have you been baffled by the Beast of Bodmin, or startled by the Loch Ness Monster? Have you seen an unrecognizable something out of the corner of your eye, or heard the plaintive wail of a bansee in the night? Or perhaps you just have a second cousin, once-removed from Hickory Tree?
In Mongolia, a Bigfoot is known as a Yeren; in the Himalyas, it is known as a Yeti; and in Australia, a Yowie! I also quite like the moniker of Bad Smelling Tree Men – you really can't get much more descriptive than that...
Photo 1: A still of Bigfoot from the infamous Patterson-Gimlin footage.
Photo 2: A mock National Enquirer cover – if only it was true! [Travis Wyatt]