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Do you believe in Bigfoot ?

Posted on Saturday, 24 March, 2012 | Comment icon 125 comments | News tip by: DieChecker

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Opinion poll results suggest that 30 percent of Americans believe that Bigfoot is 'probably' real.

Sightings of the elusive hominid continue to be reported across the United States with the highest concentration of encounters taking place in the western coastal states. The poll results also suggest that men are more likely to believe than women and that Democrats are more likely to believe than Republicans.

"The big hairy monster we call Bigfoot has both eluded and fascinated many, with blurry photos and even blurrier video being some of the best evidence the creature exists."

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Comment icon #116 Posted by Sakari on 5 May, 2012, 17:36
You know when the Bigfoot discussions have gone as far as they possibly could when it turns into a debate on what race has seen them..... Hey, Orange, besides hiking, and camping, they know how to swim and play hockey also.......
Comment icon #117 Posted by orangepeaceful79 on 5 May, 2012, 18:23
Yes I'm aware of that. thanks. I wasn't debating whether other races, hike, camp, etc. Of course they do - I was merely responding to a question with my own limited personal knowledge.
Comment icon #118 Posted by Night Walker on 5 May, 2012, 21:05
By examining the ethnic makeup of people actively involved in the search for Bigfoot (ie the 'footer subculture): Why? Is it taboo to ask why African-Americans are almost completely absent (1 in 200 or 0.5% from my example) from the 'footer subculture? I don't understand this but like I said - "I'm an ignorant, untravelled Aussie so I would appreciate correction if needed - preferably before I join some African-American forums and ask the same thing". Please explain it to me - I want to understand...
Comment icon #119 Posted by orangepeaceful79 on 5 May, 2012, 22:56
I don't think that its a taboo question. I think its a question that has no answer - at least not that any of us is going to be able to provide. Even if one of us happened to be African-American - its not like one person can answer for a whole race. And the rest of us are just white folks speculating. If you'd like my speculation, I think that the reason that African-Americans and probably to some extent other ethnic minority groups are not as prevalent in this discussion is cyclical. Look at most of the proponents of the BF mythology - the big names I mean - mostly (not all I... [More]
Comment icon #120 Posted by Night Walker on 6 May, 2012, 7:19
I don't have an answer either other than Bigfoot-as-learned-cultural-experience. If Bigfoot was a legitimate undiscovered biological creature then you would expect sightings and interest from a representative cross-section of the broader population but that does not appear to be the case. I just like to raise the point. It's important to look at the Bigfoot phenomenon from different perspectives and this angle has rarely, if ever, been considered. The whole field is ripe for serious sociological study...
Comment icon #121 Posted by Zarifa on 19 May, 2012, 15:40
Living in the Pacific Northwest, I can speak somewhat to the subject of African-Americans being in the minority of witnesses here. First, we have a relatively small populace of Afro-Americans in general, and mostly confined to urban areas. A few do arrive here, usually from other parts of the country, and seek to gain employment in the woods. However, I've worked on several projects for the Forest Service with inter-city Afro-American kids who have never before set foot in the forest, and so were inordinately afraid of lions and tigers and bears. They are not inclined to go out in the wood... [More]
Comment icon #122 Posted by drpaxton on 27 May, 2012, 18:28
That was the plot of several ^ Million Dollar Man episodes in the 1970s.
Comment icon #123 Posted by itsnotoutthere on 27 May, 2012, 18:35
It's probably the same reason that 100 million americans claim to have been abducted by aliens. i.e. boring lives & fifteen minutes of fame.
Comment icon #124 Posted by DieChecker on 27 May, 2012, 18:42
I tend to agree with Zarifa. From what I have experienced with black people, here in Oregon and in the US Army, they generally don't want wilderness recreation, so don't do as much hiking, camping or nature photography. They also tend (in general) to remain in urban centers, and few live on the edges of the urban zones where BF is sometimes spotted. These are my opinions and nothing more. I think you would find the same kind of percentages within asian populations, as they also are primariy urban. While hispanic/latin peoples probably are well represented, as they work in outdoors ... [More]
Comment icon #125 Posted by DieChecker on 27 May, 2012, 18:43
That was not an alien. It was a robot. I think its head gets knocked off if I remember right. Andre the giant was inside the suit, if I remember right.

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