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Did King Kong inspire the legend of Nessie ?


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#1    UM-Bot

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Posted 17 August 2014 - 03:37 PM

Researchers in America have linked the 1933 movie with the first modern Loch Ness Monster sightings.

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The Columbia University study has suggested that some of the prehistoric denizens featured in King Kong, such as a large long-necked humpback creature, may have been the catalyst that triggered the modern Loch Ness Monster phenomenon.

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Posted 17 August 2014 - 04:30 PM

I think legends of long necked sea serpents have been around forever, you only need to look at the old sea charts. not everything is inspired by Hollywood.


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Posted 17 August 2014 - 04:37 PM

But king kong could've put the idea back in people's heads.

I'd normally agree with you, but the correlation is there.

Doesn't mean it is connected but it seems plausible

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Posted 17 August 2014 - 05:04 PM

Yep it's plausible and King Kong almost certainly revived an interest in such things, but i think the description of Nessie has remained pretty much unchanged.


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Posted 17 August 2014 - 05:15 PM

Wasn't the first "recorded sightings" back in the Viking era?


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Posted 17 August 2014 - 05:31 PM

View PostIfonly, on 17 August 2014 - 04:30 PM, said:

I think legends of long necked sea serpents have been around forever, you only need to look at the old sea charts. not everything is inspired by Hollywood.

I agree with this. But rather than let the idea go to waste, perhaps a "King Kong meets The Loch Ness Monster" feature film should be created. For reasons.


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Posted 17 August 2014 - 06:34 PM

A bit like the UFO phenomenon. While there have been sightings of unusual things in the sky for centuries, the widespread reporting of these objects happened during the cold war, starting with Sputnik and the dawn of science fiction movies. Whether this is life imitating art or the reverse, there was still a huge uptick in the number of reports around this time. Interestingly, it seems to me as a casual observer (and I may be completely wrong) there are fewer credible reports now-a-days while everyone is armed with a camera phone and with photoshop technology.


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Posted 17 August 2014 - 06:48 PM

No because that doesn't explain the other Lake Cryptids like Champ etc.,


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Posted 17 August 2014 - 10:35 PM

I'd say it's plausible. Much like the movie Species was responsible for creating the chupacabra.


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Posted 17 August 2014 - 11:17 PM

King Kong was Bigfoots brother.

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Posted 17 August 2014 - 11:25 PM

Nessie was spotted as far back as the 6th century and King Kong is from the 1930's. Yes, I see the connection..


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Posted 18 August 2014 - 12:21 AM

I think the article isn't so much implying that it inspired the legend so much as the modern image of Nessie (long neck, single hump, etc). Earlier "sightings" consisted of vague discriptions of something animal like, as opposed to nowadays where the image is universal.

Granted, I think a large part is thanks to the "Surgeon's Photograph".

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Posted 18 August 2014 - 12:55 AM

The description reads, they witnessed the creature crossing the road. Any known animal crossing the road would be identifiable in my opinion. So unless the story was completely fabricated, which of course it could have been, they had plenty of time to identify it.


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Posted 18 August 2014 - 05:31 AM

Oddly King Kong was released in April of 1933 and accordin to the Nessie Wiki page "Modern interest in the monster was sparked by a sighting on 22 July 1933, when George Spicer and his wife saw 'a most extraordinary form of animal' cross the road in front of their car."


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Posted 18 August 2014 - 06:59 AM

King Kong isn't a sea serpent. Surely not?

The sightings of a monster at Loch Ness have been recorded for centuries.

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