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Who Remembers Bat Boy?


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#1    Turtleguy

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Posted 24 August 2013 - 06:45 PM

I remember as a kid, back when George Bush senior was in office, the tabloids were full of bat boy stories starting with bat boy found in cave. Bat boy quickly gained popularity and was in even used in advertising, such as, Bat Boy love Little Caesars Pizza. Also one of the tabloids I saw where he was on the cover was, Bat Boy bites President, with a picture of him biting George Bush senior. I know he isn't real, if anything bit the president the whole world would know about it but how did Bat Boy get started and why was he forgotten so quickly?

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Posted 24 August 2013 - 07:18 PM

It was part of weekly world news. As for why he's not popular anymore... when was the last time you saw Weekly World News on the stands?

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Posted 24 August 2013 - 07:21 PM

View PostShadowSot, on 24 August 2013 - 07:18 PM, said:

It was part of weekly world news. As for why he's not popular anymore... when was the last time you saw Weekly World News on the stands?
I haven't seen that paper in over a decade at least. I just wondered why this creature never remained a cryptid, it was a popular cryptid at the time.

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Posted 24 August 2013 - 07:37 PM

View PostTurtleguy, on 24 August 2013 - 07:21 PM, said:

I haven't seen that paper in over a decade at least. I just wondered why this creature never remained a cryptid, it was a popular cryptid at the time.
It wsn't a cryptid, WWN was sort of a gag paper that made up the character. It was owned by them and died with them.

It was so much easier to blame it on Them. It was bleakly depressing to think that They were Us. If it was Them, then nothing was anyone's fault. If it was us, what did that make Me? After all, I'm one of Us. I must be. I've certainly never thought of myself as one of Them. No one ever thinks of themselves as one of Them. We're always one of Us. It's Them that do the bad things.
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Posted 24 August 2013 - 08:00 PM

I almost want them come back, just for the sheer entertainment value.

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Posted 24 August 2013 - 08:15 PM

Yeah, once I got the humor I loved it.

It was so much easier to blame it on Them. It was bleakly depressing to think that They were Us. If it was Them, then nothing was anyone's fault. If it was us, what did that make Me? After all, I'm one of Us. I must be. I've certainly never thought of myself as one of Them. No one ever thinks of themselves as one of Them. We're always one of Us. It's Them that do the bad things.
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Posted 24 August 2013 - 08:23 PM

I remember one story that is still talked about today, the Japanese fishing boat that pulled up a carcass of a "lochness monster" type creature.

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Posted 24 August 2013 - 08:30 PM

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Posted 24 August 2013 - 09:26 PM

View PostTurtleguy, on 24 August 2013 - 08:23 PM, said:

I remember one story that is still talked about today, the Japanese fishing boat that pulled up a carcass of a "lochness monster" type creature.
Yeah, bet you never heard what it actually was?
It was a dead and decaying basking shark, funny how they forget to report that part of the story.

It was so much easier to blame it on Them. It was bleakly depressing to think that They were Us. If it was Them, then nothing was anyone's fault. If it was us, what did that make Me? After all, I'm one of Us. I must be. I've certainly never thought of myself as one of Them. No one ever thinks of themselves as one of Them. We're always one of Us. It's Them that do the bad things.
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Posted 25 August 2013 - 01:07 AM

I loved Bat Boy. Whenever anything went wrong, we used to blame it on Bat Boy. Now we have to find another scapegoat.

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Posted 25 August 2013 - 01:10 AM

He is still around. He just morphed into Michelle Bachman. :P


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Posted 26 August 2013 - 05:34 AM

i loved weekly world news....wish they would bring it back.

so long and thanks for all the fish

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Posted 26 August 2013 - 05:40 PM

View Postlittle_dreamer, on 24 August 2013 - 08:30 PM, said:

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This made me laugh a little harder than I expected.

This kind of reminds me of that one time The Sun reported about life on the moon.

I wonder if there are any modern newspapers that have thaw kind of stories today. Probably not, but it would be fun to have WWN or a similar paper.

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Posted 26 August 2013 - 08:46 PM

I'd pick Bat Boy over Ben Affleck.


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Posted 26 August 2013 - 08:53 PM

View PostDomina Lucis, on 26 August 2013 - 05:40 PM, said:

This made me laugh a little harder than I expected.

This kind of reminds me of that one time The Sun reported about life on the moon.

I wonder if there are any modern newspapers that have thaw kind of stories today. Probably not, but it would be fun to have WWN or a similar paper.

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