New Year, Same Old - Our Daily Dose of Bigfoot
The Arizona Department of Transportation’s Facebook post from January 1 took the early lead in 2015 in wetting America’s seemingly insatiable appetite for all things “Bigfoot” by posting the following:
“We might have spotted a family of sasquatches on SR 260 near Heber this afternoon. What do you think?”
If they were looking for more activity on their Facebook page, they got exactly what they were looking for. As of today there are about 10,500 “likes” for the AZDOT (why exactly anyone other than the employees of a department of motor vehicles would “like” the DOT is a bigger mystery than any Bigfoot sighting) and in a quick perusing of the page, a typical post on the AZDOT Facebook page gets a few dozen “likes”, a handful of comments, and one or two shares. By comparison, their “Bigfoot” post so far has received 4100 likes, generated 1350 comments, and has been shared almost 4,800 times. That’s impressive in its own right. At the same time, it is disturbing that a government agency feels the need to resort to playing on the public’s inherent gullibility when it comes to the Bigfoot phenomenon. Our public sector should know better, and they are actually doing the public a disservice when they promote pseudoscience or the paranormal in order to generate more traffic on social networks.
It might be a new year, but Bigfoot is timeless. We have noted several times on the SGU that there are swaths of Bigfoot believers who claim that Bigfoot is a psychic, time-travelling, extra-terrestrial creature. (This is not an exaggeration, there are people who really believe it.) There might be an element of plausibility in such a claim, because humans are relentless with their fascination for Bigfoot-type of cryptids, and no matter how much time passes and how little tangible evidence there is to verify the existence of a Bigfoot, day-in and day-out these creatures appear all over the planet with daily sightings and in blurry photographs.