Wednesday, November 4, 2009

New Kid on The Block:

There are tons of Bigfoot websites out there, and to be honest most of them are autobiographies of a Bigfoot enthusiast bragging how they have built a better Bigfoot trap.

Like Gandhi says, "Theres room for all of us." We agree, there just isn't enough room or time to share all these sites at

Every once in a while there is a site that breaks the mold, and we have to share it with all our readers. This is the case with is aptly named and the content and resources they provide are everything you would expect from a hub. In their own words:

The premise of is simple: We scour the web for all the best Bigfoot, Sasquatch, Skunke Ape and Yeti content, record where it's at, put it into categories, and publish that information here so you can get to it fast.

This is what you will find at a great resource.

To that end, we serve up News feeds from six different sources, including the Bigfoot Forums, Blogsquatcher, Cryptomundo, Google, Stan Courtney, and the Texas Bigfoot Research Conservancy.

We also thought it would be great if our visitors could quickly scan the latest sightings headlines, from multiple sources, in a single page. A fancy schmancy accordion-style window that makes it easy to have everything on one screen.

Those visitors wishing to share their Sasquatch experience will find our Sightings Report form straight-forward and easy to use.

Okay, we LOVE this feature, mostly because have picked the cream of the crop top 50 Bigfoot videos on you tube. This is what is about in a nutshell. They filter the relevant stuff for you!

So instead of simple “Links” page, they have a searchable Database of Bigfoot sites. That way they can keep things organized, and you can find what you’re looking for. It’s pretty cool. And geeky. We love it. You can even find BLC there.

It’s a short, fascinating, and interesting read. Some people will love it. Others will reject it immediately. Our consensus here at BLC is once you read the first, you HAVE to read the rest. 'Nuff saaid.

Yes! Its like a virtual store with multiple vendors all selling Bigfoot stuff in one place.

Bottom Line: is powerful, extensive and comprehensive. Its been a while since we have been blessed with a website so robust, built by a crew that is all about the research and not all about them self. Bigfoot Lunch Club Salutes you

Monday, November 2, 2009

TOP 10 TUES: Bigfoot University Course Lessons

You too can become a certified Cryptozoologist. Really there is an online course aptly named Cryptozoology 101 and its a course available for you to take at Universal Class

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Here is an excerpt from the course description.
The course begins by introducing students to cryptozoology and examining the true definition of this interesting field of research. While many who are unfamiliar with the field may dismiss it as "ridiculous", there is a scientific basis for its merit, including the discovery and capture of animals that were once thought only to be of myth and legend, like the platypus, for instance.

Lesson 1: What is Cryptozoology?
In this section, you will learn about cryptozoology, cryptids and the basis for their study. This will include learning about some of the many zoologically-recognized animals that were once cryptids.

Lesson 2: The Foundations of Cryptozoology
Given past findings, cryptozoologists believe that the search for cryptids is not only meaningful, but is one of the most fruitful paths toward zoological discovery.

Lesson 3: Famous Cryptozoologists
Here is a condensed list of some of most highly-regarded and dedicated researchers in cryptozoology.

Lesson 4: Existing Species That Were Once Cryptids
Here is a list of animals now classified in zoology that were once thought to be just myths and legends.

Lesson 5: Living Species Previously Thought to be Extinct
Here is a partial list of animals that prove that there may indeed be many more animals waiting to be brought out of "extinction".

Lesson 6: What Keeps Unnamed Species Hidden?
Many species may go unnoticed due to their environment and their biological makeup.

Lesson 7: Understanding Bigfoot
In this section, you will learn about the origin of Bigfoot and hear the stories that began the sensationalism that surrounds this creature today. The amount of sightings and evidence is massive, however, for this course we chose to focus on the informati

Lesson 8: Bigfoot Evidence
While no researcher has produced any skeletal remains of Bigfoot, there has been an incredible amount of evidence collected that points to the existence of Bigfoot.

Lesson 9: Sightings: Tales or Truths?
The following lesson is a list of the most famous of Bigfoot sightings.

Lesson 10: Loch Ness Monster and Other Sea Serpents
This section focuses on some of the most interesting, and equally mysterious, cryptids. For each creature, you'll find information on its origin, as well as theories, sightings and evidence to help prove or disprove its existence.

Chimps can mourn, and Bigfoot knows what your thinking

Link to photo info

The November issue of National Geographic magazine features a moving photograph of chimpanzees watching as one of their own is wheeled to her burial. Since it was published, the picture and story have gone viral, turning up on websites and TV shows and in newspapers around the world. For readers who’d like to know more, here’s what I learned when I interviewed the photographer, Monica Szczupider.

Apes Feel Your Pain
by Sharon Begley
There's new evidence that primates can read human emotions.

Memo to zoo visitors making faces at the chimps and gorillas on the other side of the glass: they know what you're thinking. Or, more precisely, feeling.
The extent and limits of ape intelligence is a hot area in science, but most of the research has focused on cognition. Now a team of scientists has turned the spotlight on emotions, and how well apes can read the human kind as displayed in our facial expressions. Earlier studies had shown that apes understand people's goals and perceptions. But whether apes understand our emotional expressions was pretty much a mystery, even though there are striking similarities between the facial expressions that we and our more hirsute cousins make, as researchers as far back as Darwin noted. Both human babies and newborn chimps make a pouting face to get mom’s attention, for instance, and bare their teeth in something like a smile in order to make nice—or "achieve social bonding," as primatologists put it.

A cool paper in the September issue of the journal Developmental Science describes studies on 17 chimps, five bonobos, five gorillas and five orangutans from the Wolfgang Köhler Primate Research Center in Leipzig, Germany. In the first test, a researcher sat at a table on one side of a plexiglass panel while an ape sat on the other side. Two opaque boxes rested on the table. The scientist opened one box (making sure the ape could not see inside) and smiled with pleasure. He next opened the other and made a disgusted face. The ape was then allowed to reach through one of the holes in the panel and pick one box. Which would he choose?

In 57 percent of the tests, the ape chose the box that elicited a smile from the scientist rather than an expression of disgust. Good choice. The box that brought the smile contained a grape, and the ape was rewarded for his perspicacity in reading human facial expressions. The other box contained dead cockroaches. The apes' skill at reading an expression of happiness, write David Buttelmann of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig and his colleagues, indicates that they can read meaning in the emotional expressions on human faces, suggesting that despite 6 million years of separate evolution apes and humans share a common emotional language. (It's always interesting to compare apes to babies: human infants can read facial expressions and act on them at around 14 to 18 months.)
In the next experiments, the set-up with the plexiglass was the same. An ape saw the scientist hold up a grape and a slice of banana, but his view was then blocked as the scientist put one treat under one cup and the other under the other cup. The ape then watched as the scientist looked under each of the two cups in turn, making an expression of happiness at one and of disgust at the other. The scientist next reached under one cup (at this point, the ape's view was again blocked, so he could not see which cup the scientist chose) and ate what was inside. His view restored, the ape saw the scientist munching on something, and then was allowed to choose a cup for himself.

This time the apes tended to choose the cup that had triggered the expression of disgust. Counterintuitive? Not at all. The apes went beyond the simplistic "pick cup that elicited happy face" to make a fairly sophisticated computation. That is, they seemed to reason that the human would eat the food that made him smile, emptying that cup, with the result that only the disgust-inducing cup would still contain a snack.

That was even stronger evidence than in the first test that the apes understood the meaning of the human's facial expression, and were not simplistically equating "disgust" with "stay away from this cup." Their skill at inferring how people will act on their emotions, conclude the scientists, suggests that they "understand facial expressions as expressing internal states that cause certain [human] actions—in this case, eating one food but not another." The apes had to understand that expressions of disgust or happiness reflect an internal state that people will then act on, and infer that the person was more likely to eat the food that made him look happy. Species did not matter—chimps, gorillas, and the others all did about the same—but age did: the older the animal, the better he did. Call it the wisdom of old age.

In my recent story describing the rising criticism of evolutionary psychology and the idea of human universals, I noted that emotions and emotional expression do seem to be universals (unlike, say, rape). If so, that suggests that emotional expressions have deep evolutionary roots, perhaps reaching as far back as the common ancestors of humans and modern apes. That possibility looks even more likely as evidence accumulates that apes can read the emotions on our faces.
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