Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Bigfoot Corpse a Hit at Houston Flea Market

So here's the question - is "master bigfoot tracker" Rick Dyer the reincarnation of P.T. Barnum? It sure seems like it. Back in 2008 Dyer was promoting a bigfoot corpse that turned out to be a rubber suit stuck in a freezer. As I noted in January he's now claiming to have killed the creature for real and is carting around a supposedly genuine body. But here's the thing - Dyer claims to have DNA evidence and so forth, but nobody has seen it. That should be the easiest thing in the world to obtain from a body that you have in your physical possession. And then there's the venue. Instead of taking the bigfoot corpse to a scientist who could run actual tests, he took it to a Houston flea market.

About 800 people came out to a Houston flea market for a glimpse at an alleged Bigfoot corpse being taken on tour by a self-described "master tracker."

Rick Dyer, who claims to have killed the legendary beast in 2012 outside of San Antonio, took the alleged Sasquatch corpse to Trader's Village Sunday for the first stop on his tour of the city, the Houston Chronicle reported Monday.

"We got here a day early and we just wanted to show as many people as possible," Dyer said of Sunday's unscheduled stop. Monday and Tuesday showings of "Hank" in Houston have already sold out, Dyer said. He named the corpse Hank after an investor, the newspaper said.

Is it just me, or is this starting to sound just like Barnum's Fiji Mermaid? For those not familiar with the story, Barnum hired a taxidermist to create a fake mermaid body by sewing the upper body of a monkey to the tail of a fish. The body was then exhibited at his museum of curiosities, where it could be viewed for a fee. Hopefully Dyer has put in a little more effort this time - the rubber suit in a freezer chest was a pretty sad attempt. Still, I have no doubt that this new bigfoot is a fake. A real bigfoot corpse would be worth a fortune to scientific researchers, and anyone who killed one would be able to make a lot more money by exploiting it that way than by showing it at flea markets. Of course, if it's a fake, that's not an option because the body won't stand up to scientific scrutiny.

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