Loch Ness Monster More Popular Than Ever
If you used Google on April 21st, you noticed that your Google doodle for the day was The Loch Ness Monster. Google was recognizing the 81st anniversary of the famous Surgeons Photograph, the fake image claiming to show the head and neck of The Loch Ness Monster. But it was not just a doodle. Google also used the day to announce that Street View had been updated to include imagery of the 23-mile-long Loch Ness in Scotland. To help prepare for this “celebration”, Google sent a team of divers into the depths of the loch to capture underwater images of the lake.
Not surprisingly, people in the United Kingdom are leading the fascination surge. It was reported by The Mirror the other day that in 1985, there were 2 news stories in the UK which mentioned The Loch Ness Monster. In 2014, there were 853 UK news stories mentioning “Nessie”. And while the article in The Mirror tries to answer the question as to why this soaring popularity of Loch Ness Monster has occurred over the last 30 years (which basically amounts to the rise of the internet coupled with some select television specials about the mythical creature) they fail to touch on the most important reason.
People want to believe in a prehistoric type of creature living in a lake. Just as they want to believe that extra-terrestrial beings are vising the earth. Just as they want to believe a self-proclaimed psychic can communicate with the dead. It is the human brain, and all of its wonders and fallibilities, which instills the need for there to be fantastical events in defiance of scientific evidence. It is because of this that people will always believe that there is a monster living in the depths of The Loch Ness.