Monday, May 31, 2010

Memorial Day Bigfoot

First, everybody at Bigfoot Lunch Club would like to acknowledge those who have bravely made the greatest sacrifice for our country. Thank you and your service will never be forgotten.

14 years ago on Memorial day, the Bigfoot community had a new video to reflect upon and perhaps scrutinize. It is known as--wait for it--The Memorial day Bigfoot video.

Wikipedia has a brief description of it:
The Memorial Day video is a Hi-8mm video that is purported to show a Bigfoot. It was videotaped on May 26, 1996, by Lori Pate while they were on a fishing trip with family and friends at Chopaka Lake, in Okanogan County, Washington. It was preceded by two sightings of an ape-like, hair covered figure at lesser distances by others on the trip.

It shows a figure, matching the description of Bigfoot, running across a hill. It disappears behind a less inclined sloped area, then reappears briefly, walking this time, before going into the trees on the right side of the frame.

In Exhibit 8 of the documentary Sasquatch: Legend Meets Science, the location where the film was taken is used to make forensic measurements to determine the film subject's height, path, speed, and stride by measuring the subject against fixed objects in the background. Derek Prior, a three-time All-American sprinter from the University of Washington, runs the same route as the figure to determine if the alleged Bigfoot's running speed was too fast for a human to duplicate, to compare his speed and stride to the subject's, and to give a visual comparison to the figure in the footage.

In the conclusions section of Sasquatch: Legend Meets Science, the results of the forensic measurements are revealed. The film subject has the following:

A height of 5.3 ft (1.61 m)
A leg length of 2½ ft (0.76 m)
A running speed of 8.56 mph (13.77 km/h)
A stride of 4.25 ft (1.29 m)
Derek Prior, on the other hand, was able to run the same path at 17.1 mph (27.51 km/h) and had a stride of 6.8 ft (2.07 m).

However, one aspect of the film remained a mystery. At the end, before the subject goes into the trees, it appears to grow taller by 8 inches (20.32 cm). One possible explanation is that if it was indeed a real animal, it could be carrying a younger animal that had climbed higher on its back.

BFRO Report #2600: 1996 Memorial Day Weekend Video
The Memorial Day Bigfoot Video: A Closer Look

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Cliff Barackman's Database of Bigfoot Casts

Cliff Barackman (pronounce bare-eck-men) has been doing Sasquatch field research for more than 15 years. Like Bruce Wayne with his utility belt, Cliff has multiple technologies and methods at his disposal. In order to gather evidence, he leverages the use of gadgets capable of night vision, thermal imaging, remote control and digital sound recording.

No stranger to media, Cliff has appeared on Coast to Coast AM with George Noory, the History Channel's Monsterquest, numerous podcast radio shows, and as a guest bigfoot “expert” on several local news channels from the Portland, OR and Seattle, WA. Recently Cliff took Bob Saget Saquatchin' in Washington. We covered it here.

Additionally, he has managed to gather one of the largest collections of footprint casts on the west coast and he has showcased the best ones on his website.

The beauty of Cliff's cast/print database is the detail. Every cast is against an inch grid background, each picture can be zoomed with incredible definition.

By clicking on each cast, all the major data points are listed; Year, Month, Date, State, County, Location, Discoverer, Caster, Length, Ball Width, Heel Width, Stride, and Depth. Like a Ginsu Knife Commercial--There's More! All these details are paired with must-read narrative. Each cast has a story and Cliff tells it with rich fascination.

There's nothing like this on the web, not with the same care and presentation. Go check it out.

Impression Database
Cliff Barackman's North American Bigfoot Website
Cliff Barackman's Blog

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Yeti and Bigfoot Can Be Crafty

A post for you DIY creative types. We believe Bigfoot is more than an undiscovered north-american ape. Bigfoot is also a muse, inspiring artists, writers and musicians alike.

Dont believe us? Then how do you explain June Gilbank? She is a self-described crochet pattern designer, writer, blogger, and multi-crafter. She has designed over 60 amigurumi-style crochet patterns, and her specialties are cute and realistic animals, plants, and seasonal crochet designs. My designs bring together my loves of crochet, technical writing and cuteness.

We know what your saying, "Of course she has a cat!"

She specializes in a very unique style called Amigurumi and she has created to Amigurami versions of Yeti and Sasquatch.

Check out her blog and store at
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