Bigfoot “facts” for kids?
Bigfoot Evidence has posted a link to a website called “Is Bigfoot Real” [refrain from clicking unless absolutely necessary] which contains a page called “Bigfoot Facts for Kids”.
- Where Has Bigfoot Been Seen? Bigfoot has been spotted all over the world. People often see Bigfoot in wooded areas or high in the mountains.
- What Does Bigfoot Eat? Bigfoot is an omnivore. This means he eats both plants and animals. Researchers say Bigfoot eats nuts, berries, fish and deer.
- How Does Bigfoot Act? Bigfoot is shy. He likes to live with others of his own kind but doesn’t like being around people. He doesn’t like to have his picture taken so it’s hard to get him on film. Bigfoot talks to each other by making loud calls across long distances.
- Does Bigfoot Hurt People? No, Bigfoot doesn’t try to hurt people on purpose. Sometimes though, when people accidentally wander into his territory, he’s been known to throw rocks at them to frighten them away. Bigfoot isn’t trying to be mean. He’s just trying to protect his home and family.
Well! It’s the Internet, we can pull facts out the air, I guess.
I submitted this comment to the site (which is not frequently updated or complete):
How do you KNOW these “facts” about how Bigfoot behaves? We have never caught one and no scientist has ever observed one to determine what they eat or if Bigfoot is “mean”, etc. This is guessing without any evidence except what others have said. Those are stories, not knowledge.
Centuries ago, people knew “facts” about witches and demons. Are those real too?
The Is Bigfoot Real site says: “Our mission is not to make you believe or not, but to supply the information and let you be the judge.” How can one make a sound judgement when the information is flawed to begin with? How can one reasonably decide when only one point of view is given. It’s a biased point of view – it’s obvious the writer does think Bigfoot IS real and is delivering information to skew one to that point of view as well. And, worse, the author is delivering this information to kids.
We can’t stop people from putting stuff on the Internet but we can call out nonsense when we see it. Don’t click on the links to the Is Bigfoot Real site. It’s best that stuff like that just gets buried and remains obscure.
By the way, I have a kids monster site. It needs updated (volunteers wanted!) but it’s here: Seeking Spooks and Monsters
UPDATE: Check out a spinoff of this piece: “You are Not Entitled to Your Own Bigfoot Facts”
Posted on August 10, 2011, in Cryptozoology, education, Monsters, Paranormal Culture, Pseudoscience and tagged animals, Bigfoot, children, Cryptozoology, evidence, Monsters, Pseudoscience, Sasquatch. Bookmark the permalink. 22 Comments.