Skeptic Ben Radford & bad answers to Yeti footprint

December 10, 2007

Radford had this to say:

The Truth About the Abominable Snowman

By Benjamin Radford, LiveScience’s Bad Science Columnist

posted: 03 December 2007 03:52 pm ET

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The Yeti, formerly known as the Abominable Snowman until he fired his publicist, is Nepal’s version of the American Bigfoot. Like Bigfoot, Yeti is large, powerful, leaves strange tracks, and has never been proven to exist outside of folklore and myth.

Interest in the supposed creature is fueled by occasional sighting reports and odd footprints, but recently an American television crew claimed to have found the Yeti’s tracks not far from Mount Everest.

Josh Gates, host of the Sci-Fi channel series “Destination Truth,” claimed that he found three mysterious footprints on Nov. 28: one full print that measured about thirteen inches long, and two partial prints.

Gates said that he could not identify what made them, but that they are “very, very similar” to other strange tracks previously found in the Himalayas and attributed to the Yeti. To Gates and his television crew, this apparently seems like strong evidence for the elusive creature.

Other explanations

Yet there is a scientific explanation for many “Yeti footprints” found in the Himalayas.

Tracks in snow can be very difficult to interpret correctly because of the unstable nature of the medium in which they are found. Snow physically changes as the temperature varies and as sunlight hits it. This has several effects on the impression, often making the tracks of ordinary animals seem both larger and misshapen.

As sunlight strikes the impression from different angles, the sides of the tracks melt unevenly. Thus a bear track made at night but found the next afternoon has been exposed to the morning sun and might change into a mysterious track with splayed toes—much like the one Gates and his crew claim to have found.

While the track Gates found was apparently not in snow, it was in a medium almost as bad: rocky soil near a river. It can be difficult or impossible to get accurate tracks of even known animals in such hard, uneven terrain.

If the soil was soft enough to make a valid impression as Gates claimed, it is puzzling that he found only one complete track. Unless the creature was dropped from a helicopter, scampered a few feet, and then picked up again, there should be a continuous line of dozens of tracks. Or, if the terrain is so poor at capturing tracks that he only found one full print, how accurate can Gates’s track be?

It’s amazing that anyone would claim to have found evidence for the Yeti based on only one ambiguous track found in rocky soil.

Logic 101

Gates and the “Destination Truth” crew interpreted the tracks as those of a Yeti; after all, they were in the area specifically searching for the creature, and as soon as they found something that seemed mysterious, they called the press claiming they’d found evidence.

Gates’s claims fail Logic 101: Just because Gates doesn’t know what made the track doesn’t mean that a Yeti did. There are no authenticated Yeti tracks to compare the tracks to, so who’s to say what a “real” Yeti footprint looks like?

Assuming that the track is real, there are several animals that could have made it.

Those who live in the foothills of the Himalayas are skeptical about Gates’s claim, suggesting that he simply misinterpreted tracks from a mountain bear. Sir Edmund Hillary, who was the first to scale Everest with sherpa Tenzing Norgay, found no evidence of the creature. Famous mountaineer Reinhold Messner also spent months in Nepal and Tibet, climbing mountains and researching Yeti reports following his own sighting. In his book “My Quest for the Yeti,” Messner concludes that large native bears are responsible for Yeti sightings and tracks.

It’s not surprising that the track fooled Gates and his crew, since they did little investigation and only spent about a week in the area. Gates is an actor, not a zoologist or animal tracker, and has little or no experience with supposed Yeti footprints. Gates’s credibility is not helped by his appearances on the “Ghost Hunters ” television show. That series, like “Destination Truth,” is far more interested in making sensational claims and garnering ratings than actually solving mysteries or scientifically analyzing the evidence.

As far as Yeti tracks go, Gates’s “discovery” is nothing new or exceptional; it is only the latest in a long series of similar “mysterious” tracks in the Himalayas attributed to the Yeti more out of speculation than science. Like all previous ambiguous Bigfoot or Yeti tracks, the mystery will remain after the publicity subsides.

Benjamin Radford has scientifically investigated mysterious creatures for over a decade. His latest book is “Lake Monster Mysteries.” This and other books can be found on his website.

Comment:

Radford has no need to bring up snow tracks, which are sometimes seen and videotaped in  fresh, not melted, snow, since these were found in gravel.

His main point is where are the other tracks?  I told him, in person, at an Idaho Bigfoot

convention, that Bigfoot, being a paranormal creature, has no need nor requirement to

leave sets of tracks and can often leave just one, which I have found often in ashes, sawdust,  and ice under water.

I’ll agree with him that there is no zoological creature,  but there is, based on my research,

a spiritual or even space-time creature.  This shoots down all skeptics.

Erik Beckjord 925-385-0422

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DERANGED BIGFOOT EXPEDITION MEMBER CONTINUES TO CLAIM SHE WAS HIT ON HEAD WITH FLASHLIGHT

November 21, 2007

T*ra L. B*ker H*uki continues to claim expediti0n leader (sept 07) hit her on
the head with a flashlight.  She claims it was a plastic flashlight.

 One problem – the flashlight was big, metal, 3 lbs,  3 cell, and same kind as police carry.

Any such flashlight will leave deep bruises and bloody cuts.  Amador co. sheriff’s dept

found NO wounds, bruises, etc. 

 

She also said “He kept hitting me, he kept hitting me.” 

 In such case, there should have been multiple bruises and wounds. NONE WERE FOUND.

 

This woman has admitted to being suicidal, and a former meth-head. Lives in Happy Camp,CA.  A libel lawsuit is being prepared against her. 

 She is also said to have told followers of Thomas Biscardi that she had killed her own

father, in Coalinga,CA and had gotten off by pleading insanity. The ICS offers $50

reward for any details of this event, arrest and trial. 925-385-0422 

 

TARA HAUKI FROM 07 BIGFOOT EXPEDITION ALLEGED TO HAVE KILLED HER OWN FATHER

November 12, 2007

This woman has been accusing me, the expedition leader, of assault and battery for months, on a website, in emails, and on internet radio. None of it

is true, but now it is revealed from several parties that prior to 2005, she SHE IS ALLEGED to have killed her father, probably under a different name.

and one source says, her mother also, alleged, in Coalinga,CA or nearby.

It is alleged she as declared mentally incompetent to stand trial and was shipped up to rural

Happy Camp, on a state “8-A” diversion program. This needs to be verified. She admitted she is a mental case, has been suicidal, has been a crack addict, and is bi-polar. She claimed to be half-alien and half -Indian, and she had a knife in her pocket.

She carried a knife on the camping trip f0r Bigfoot. I allege she hit me with a shovel and threw books in the stream. I left, fearing for my safety.

As further proof of this comes up, we will update.

We now will no longer take mentally ill people on expeditions……..

However, as a benefit, we did get unusual photos of a man in green on the other side of the

creek, and on the last follow up trip, a woman in green, with a large Bigfoot head

resting down by her lower leg. This head, strange as it seems, did also appear in photos

taken there in 1978. It must be a resident, upset by the events.


Jon-Erik Beckjord, MBA, Director, International Cryptozoological Society

925-385-0422

UC Berkeley

November 7, 2007

Note – on Nov 5, I contacted Dr. Chris Conroy
at the UC Berkeley Museum of Vertebrate Zoology. He is a mammalologist. Bears and primates are mammals. At no time whatever
did I ask him about Bigfoot, since I was sure he would shy away from the subject, and we did not discuss Bigfoot. He did not endorse
Bigfoot, since, Bigfoot is not proven to exist. That said,  we discussed the photos taken by Rick Jacobs 9/16 in PA with a game-cam,
above.  He said he and some people on his staff, had been discussing these. I asked him whether, ON BALANCE, the 2nd and 3rd
images were of a bear (carnivore) or a primate (in general.)  He mentioned, and I agree, that the last image showed ischial
callosities (calluses) on the buttocks, which bears do not  have, but primates often do have. We also discussed the leg structure
of chimps, and he said that on balance, he would choose a primate (such as a chimp) for the photos, rather than a bear.
I feel he is right. We discussed the thinner legs, the longer legs and how the forelimbs were longer than the rear limbs,
as in primates.  —  on 10/6, I got a recorded message indicating distress on his part over this, and I can only surmise he
has pressure from his boss at UC Berkeley, about making statements about BIGFOOT.  He made NO statements about
Bigfoot. Only about the issue of bear vs primate.  It is too bad he cannot follow the steps of DR JANE GOODALL AND
DR. GEORGE SHALLER , who have indicated an interest in the possibility of Bigfoot. As for his boss, the director of the
Museum, shame on you sir.

UC Berkeley scientist chooses primate over bear for strange Penna photos

November 6, 2007

Dr Chris Conroy, head of dept of Mammals at the UC Berkeley Museum of Vertebrate Zoology says that

if he had to choose between a bear and a primate, for the Rick Jacobs photo, that he would opt for primate, because it has

calluses on the buttocks. Bears do not have that.


He also noted the long legs, and that the forelimbs are longer than the hind limbs. It all adds up to not a bear.

What kind of primate he does not know, but it is similar to a chimp.


Released by the International Cryptozoological Society, Berkeley,CA

925-385-0422 Jon-Erik Beckjord, director

Photos see http://www.beckjord.com/bigfoot/

BIgfoot expeditions attract crazies – an inconvenient truth

November 4, 2007

In sept I paid a bus ticket for a  known maniac-depressive from Happy Camp,CA, (many mental-hold arrests by local sheriff) to come down to join
two of us on an expedition, to see if such a self-admitted maniac could bring Bigfoot out of the woodwork. Unfortunately, this blew up on my face,  when one other member dropped out and I was forced to deal one-on-one with this woman(no personal romance ever–she is 50) at the campsite. Basically, the night was cold and she was very upset I did not have more blankets on hand (last year, we were  sweating) and she flipped out , screamed like a banshee at 110 decibels for four hours,  (literally  – four hours!)  and then  attacked me with a shovel and  threw  six  borrowed  books  into the creek. See photo. I left and she had to walk three miles,  for which she makes a very big deal. (I did not feel safe.) I did at least get a verification photo relating to our 2006 Bigfoot-by-SUV photo, and a strange alien woman at a distance.Book thrown by maniac being recoveredNow my enemies are making a very big deal of this when by reading her own website, one can see she is a maniac. The moral is  “Do not count your boobies, until they are hatched.” 

JACOBS PENNA BIGFOOT PHOTOS VALID AFTER ALL. NOT BEAR.

November 3, 2007

I have been doing some work with these photos and no matter how you change contrast or brightness, negative or positive imaging, or use a solarizing filter, the creature in questions fur / coat never resembles the two black bear cubs in the same photo series in any way. I am attatching a .zip file of 3 pics I have been working with for your observation…they have not been manipulated in any way, I simply enlarged, and then used a solarizing filter…very interesting to say the least.Thanks as always…
KG

Thanks to this reader, we now find the real salt lick, which is a cube, and note that the

sphere in photo no. 3 by Jacobs camera-trap has the same texture as the entire creature, and does NOT match the rocks nor trees,etc. Looking at bear anatomy, the legs are way,way too long and limber, and the forelimbs are much longer tha the backlimbs. The lack of a heel matches some of the frames of the Patterson-Gimlim Film, and thus is no big deal.

See image of creature (upside-down) Head of OOBE BIgfoot

Jacobs has something — perhaps a tulpa, a dream manifestation that thinks it needs to hang around where bears used to be. There is a humanoid face on the large sphere-cranium in photo no. 3, which is best viewed upsidedown.

See also photo at http://www.beckjord.com/bigfoot/

Bravo Rick Jacobs, Johnsonburg,PA

Jon-Erik Beckjord 925-385-0422

Note the image is upside-down on purpose, and it is not a horse’s head, which from a distance  it may appear. It is a primate, with a circle around its head, flipped upside-dpwn for viewing.

BIGFOOT LECTURE, PARTY AND CELEBRATION OF 40TH ANNIV OF BF FILM AT BF MUSEUM

October 18, 2007

Weekend of 20-21 Oct. Don’t care to drive 400 miles to hear Danny Perez
and his anger? Been to Willow Creek before? Go to a LOCAL EVENT
if you live in SF-SJ-SC area or close by.

The Bigfoot Discovery Museum will have new exhibits re the Patterson-Gimlin Film, and will be open Sat. Oct 20, and Sunday Oct 21 to celebrate the
40 th anniv of the filming of the PG Film of Bigfoot at Bluff Creek, a film that has never been shown to be a hoax, despite hundreds of tries.

On Sunday, between approx 2-6,at a local hall, (TBA), see notices at Museum,
in Felton, a series of slides and videos will further celebrate the film.
Shown by a Museum member who also runs the International Cryptozoological
Society (Berkeley), the following will be seen – the anus and vagina of the Bigfoot, (not seen in costumes)(also noted by MK Davis), a child, one or more, crawling on the mother,(also noted by MK Davis)
a child carried piggyback, as seen by Dr Paul LeBlond of UBC,Vancouver,BC,
various Bigfoot relatives, usually young, in the trees and bushes of the film site, watching the female walk by,(as first noted by researcher Robt. W.
Morgan), plus various views of the very changeable head of of the Bigfoot,
that shows a slender jaw, completely not like Gigantopitecus blacki. Other items, artifacts, like slender lines not related to film scratches, green
blobs with details in them, a flashing eye-light, almost a beam, other blobs, specs, marks and chips that do not appear to be film flaws.

In addition, thanks to to the ICS, a Comparison Film with a man in a rented suit will be shown that attempts to duplicate the PG Film. You judge. This is the film pair that Arch-Skeptic Michael Dennett pulled the plug on at one of the last meetings of the L.A. Skeptics when the audience began top ooh and ahah (displeasing the skeptical hosts.)

Further, a humorous hoax film will be shown,from the Lummi Indian Res., and then the PG Film in standard and slow motion, with Time Code on each frame will be played many times.

Further, several slides will be shown of a new Bigfoot photo taken 9/06 that shows some similarity to the Patterson
creature.

All this will be followed by socializing at the Felton home of curator Mike Rugg. Bring BBQ items for his grill, and BYOB.
Talk Bigfoot long into the night.

Details – phone the Museum at 831-335-4479
It is located at the south end of Felton, on route 9, just before the redwoods park, at the curve of the road.

email museum

mike@bigfootdiscoveryproject.com

El Dorado 3rd expedition returns – Bigfoot

October 18, 2007

Two of us returned to the El Dorado cap site in the Sierras and took a wet suit and underwater light to search further for the diamond necklace that disturbed camp member Tara Hauki of Happy Camp threw into the pond, along with borrowed Bigfoot book. On trip two we recovered the books, wet, but this trip we found a super giant light is needed and we did not have that, so will put off this salvage until next Aug. when the water is warm. We did however photograph the camp site and area once more to see if Bigfoot was watching us get flu and colds. Bigfoot tends to show up in photos, and not so often directly.

3RD BIGFOOT EXPEDITION TO SIERRAS FAILS TO GET DUMPED DIAMONDS

October 10, 2007

OUR FIRST EXPED HAD disturbed person Tara Hauki of Happy Camp,CA throw in a $3K diamond necklace into the pond at camp, and we tried to recover it on expedition 2, and now on no 3. BUt the pond is too dark and requires a huge u/w light which we will bring in Aug. We did photograph the spot where a Bigfoot penis was seen on trip #one photos, and there is no stick there. Other photos were taken and we look forward to seeing if any more BF creatures show up. Details 925-385-0422 Jon-Erik Beckjord details http://www.beckjord.com/bigfoot/septexpedition.html

For details for 2007, visit http://www.beckjord.com/tarahauki/

Now she has a “wiki” of her own now that I cannot enter and edit  (some wiki)  where she does NOT deny screeching like Janis Joplin at 110 decibels

for a total of 6 hrs,  to try to drive me nuts, and she does NOT deny throwing in 3-6 books form my personal library into a pond, along with a $3k necklace

she found  on the floor from my g.f.’s room at a motel. 

MOre as it surfaces…. she had 50  arrests for 51-50 in Happy Camp, and admits it! 

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