Friday, May 30, 2008
(Update: as you can read in the comments below, Lesley of Debris Field remarked that the image above is of a canned hunt, not a hog in the wild. Don't get me started on canned hunts. . .)
I'm a fan of Monster Quest, and was looking forward to the new season of episodes. The new season opened with Mega Hog, about giant hogs loose in the wilds of Texas and Alabama.
Lots of images of huge dead hogs, killed for no reason I could see, except that they were there. The hogs, that is. One guy, no spring chicken as they say, with a broken leg, drives out to where a giant hog was seen. So he drives out there, by himself, with his broken leg, hobbling about with his crutch, to kill him a hog, which, if I remember right, he did. Whoo hee.
Obviously, giant hogs running around are dangerous, and I sure as hell don't ever want to run into one. But there's something so sad, exploitative -- so full of blood lust -- about intentionally going out to shoot yourself some damn hogs. The one that really sickened me, which I commented on at the time, was the little kid, with his huge fancy weapon (looked like a missile launcher to me, not that I know what one is or looks like) all happy faced over his big kill.
Christ almighty, it's a sick world.
So there's some discussion at the beginning of the program about the hogs: are they "real" big giant hogs running around, or are they escaped pen fed pigs who got big by being in the wild? Seemed like a moot point to me; especially since they proved, by comparing skulls, the hogs were of the pen fed for eatin' (no, I don't eat pork) kind.
I mean, a giant hog in the wild is a giant hog; who cares where it came from?
I turned it off not more than fifteen minutes or so into the program. Too many groups of very excited men scrambling into trucks, armed with guns or rifles or who knows, things that kill, to go kill some pig. Just because and all, I guess.
There was something about one team going out to collar one of the hogs so they could track it via camera, etc. That sounded interesting but I just couldn't handle watching anymore of "Let's Go Kill Something Just Cause We Can" crap.
Maybe the show changed its tone later on but I couldn't take anymore.
Very disappointed in the show.
Thursday, May 29, 2008
Hat tip to The Anomalist for this link about a very weird frog find: Cat-clawed, hairy, bone-breaking frog found in Cameroon.
The frog grows claws, it breaks its own bones, it's furry. It's the end of the world.
Friday, May 23, 2008
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
The Wildman of Kentucky Rock.
This came to my email; it's from something called Reality Entertainment. One of the narrators reminds me of the narration from those black and white films they showed us in elementary school in the 1950s.
Dig the "Sosquatch" pronounciation, lol.
The orb type light is curious; no idea what it is. Or, isn't.
Monday, May 19, 2008
This one's called "Bigfoot Found!" and guess what, no really, guess. . . they're mocking Bigfoot! Hard to believe I know.
This makes something like sixteen threads about Bigfoot on the JREF.
But wait, that's not all. There's another one: "Moneymakin'! The BFRO Bigfoot Expeditions Thread."
Sunday, May 11, 2008
It does seem like a fun idea, if it's just people going aorund collecting stories of the paranormal and Forteana, connecting with others, etc. IF that's what it is. Too early in the morning to delve into it.
See for yourselves, but whatever it is, it's interesting. If anyone knows more, let me know, thanks!
Saturday, May 10, 2008
Monday, May 5, 2008
About ten years ago, I started keeping a file of accounts to do with unusual and bizarre animal behavior. I wasn't sure what I was going to do with the information; I remember discussing it with a professor of folklore of mine, but I couldn't come up with anything. Eventually I stopped adding to my file, but I'm still interested in these accounts.
Here's one, about ravens attacking sheep, cattle and other livestock.