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OT: Idaho scientist seeks to launch aerial Bigfoot search with blimp

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Initial post: Nov 5, 2012 10:57:39 AM PST
Jawwaad says:

"An Idaho scientist shrugging off skeptical fellow scholars in his quest for evidence of Bigfoot has turned his sights skyward, with plans to float a blimp over the U.S. mountain West in search of the mythic, ape-like creature.

Idaho State University has approved the unusual proposal of faculty member Jeffrey Meldrum, an anatomy and anthropology professor ridiculed by some peers for past research of a being whose existence is widely disputed by mainstream science.

Now Meldrum is seeking to raise $300,000-plus in private donations to build the remote-controlled dirigible, equip it with a thermal-imaging camera and send it aloft in hopes of catching an aerial glimpse of Bigfoot, also known as sasquatch.

Meldrum, author of "Sasquatch: Legend Meets Science," said the undertaking represents a giant leap in the quest for an animal he believes may have descended from a giant ape that once inhabited Asia and crossed the Bering land bridge to North America.

"The challenge with any animal that is rare, solitary, nocturnal and far-ranging in habitat is to find them and observe them in the wild; this technology provides for that," he said.

Decades of alleged sightings, elaborate hoaxes and the discovery of huge footprints in the forests of the Pacific Northwest and elsewhere have led to beliefs that Bigfoot is a man-like ape, an ape-like man or a figment of the popular imagination.

Most scholars discount Bigfoot as a phenomenon borne of myth and perpetuated by a mix of fakery and misidentification of real animals. They contend that science demands a high standard of evidence that has not been achieved in the case of sasquatch.

No fossils or other physical evidence has been unearthed to suggest that the largest primate ever known migrated from Asia to the Americas, and no Bigfoot has been captured or killed, skeptics argue.

"There is no Bigfoot," said University of Iowa anthropologist Russell Ciochon.

Believers describe an enormous, fur-bearing figure that walks upright in the remote high country of mostly Western states.

'Well-manicured' Bigfoot?
The blimp-based search - dubbed the Falcon Project - was the brainchild of William Barnes, a Utah man who said he encountered Bigfoot in 1997 in Northern California.

Barnes said he watched an immense, hairy creature that was otherwise "well-manicured" approach his tent before striding up a rocky ledge. Years later, he approached Meldrum, well known in Bigfoot circles, about his idea for an airship expedition.

Barnes and Meldrum hope the Falcon Project will take flight next spring. They envision a months-long expedition that will survey swaths of remote forest across parts of the Pacific Northwest as well as northern tiers of California and Utah.

The aerial evidence is to be dispatched to teams on the ground that would seek to trace evidence or "try to make contact," Meldrum said.

Financial support for the venture has been slow in coming, with Meldrum failing so far to raise a single dollar for the effort. But he told Reuters he was in talks with two cable channels vying for rights to produce a new weekly TV series following the Falcon Project from its inception.

Indigenous peoples from Asia to North America possess lore about colossal creatures akin to apes that live in extreme alpine environments, shun contact with humans and are variously identified as the yeti, Bigfoot, the wild man or mountain man, said William Willard, professor emeritus of cultural anthropology at Washington State University.

While powerful, those myths have no scientific validity, he said."


VGF, get your checkbooks out and lets start donating to this mans cause.

Posted on Nov 5, 2012 10:58:32 AM PST
"Idaho scientist"


Posted on Nov 5, 2012 10:59:43 AM PST

This word really has no meaning these days.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 5, 2012 11:01:52 AM PST
GUEST!! says:
Yeah! Low-flying giant aerial object moving at roughly the same speed as a model T. Bigfoot will NEVER see it coming!

Also, does anyone find it ironic that the Idaho "Scientist's" idea just happens to involve a giant potato shaped object?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 5, 2012 11:02:25 AM PST
Jawwaad says:
Yeah Punk, those two words together make me chuckle.

Posted on Nov 5, 2012 11:05:10 AM PST
Psuedoscience for the win!


Posted on Nov 5, 2012 11:08:32 AM PST
Soulshine says:
There isn't any science to get done in Idaho.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 5, 2012 11:10:55 AM PST
What about the science of the Potato?

Posted on Nov 5, 2012 11:11:26 AM PST
DVvM says:
I am in favor of privately-funded Bigfoot search.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 5, 2012 11:12:51 AM PST
MrFoxhound says:
Eff that. Troops on the ground. Let's get this ish solved once and for all. It's time for the Armed Forces to invade Idaho.

Posted on Nov 5, 2012 11:13:10 AM PST
GUEST!! says:
Aperture does a lot of science in Idaho.

Posted on Nov 5, 2012 11:13:14 AM PST
Starting tomorrow, I'm going to make a Big Foot costume.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 5, 2012 11:14:06 AM PST
Same here. I'm just not in was favor of such searchers being referred to as "scientists."

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 5, 2012 11:15:32 AM PST
DVvM says:
Well, depending on how they go about it, they could be engaging in the scientific method. Do they have a testable hypothesis and is their methodology sound?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 5, 2012 11:16:38 AM PST
If you advocate invading another state, I expect to see you on the frontlines.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 5, 2012 11:17:35 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 5, 2012 11:25:24 AM PST
GUEST!! says:
I think their hypothesis is "Bigfoot exists," and their methodology is "Look for him."

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 5, 2012 11:18:35 AM PST
MrFoxhound says:
No way. I'm too important to the cause to throw my life away with the rest of the pawns.... er. Soldiers.

Posted on Nov 5, 2012 11:23:31 AM PST
I think the guy might have better success if the blimp was in the shape of a giant sasquatch.

Posted on Nov 5, 2012 11:23:33 AM PST
McAwesomeo says:

Patterson is laughing from beyond the grave.

Posted on Nov 5, 2012 11:24:44 AM PST
The coolest thing about this???? I had this guy as a professor at Idaho State University. It was actually a very good Organic Evolution class.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 5, 2012 11:26:34 AM PST
I wouldn't try to invade Idaho, the population has a LOT of guns.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 5, 2012 11:29:34 AM PST
MrFoxhound says:
Not going to invade, going to search for Bigfoot. With guns!

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 5, 2012 11:30:14 AM PST
Oh, well then just bring the citizenry along!

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 5, 2012 11:30:40 AM PST
Actually, some of the major pioneering work in nuclear energy and nuclear reactors took place in Idaho.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 5, 2012 11:31:02 AM PST
MrFoxhound says:
Potatoes are truly fascinating vegetables.
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