Going on the assumption that no knowledge is useless, and also risking that I may possibly offend some researchers, I offer the following DID YOU KNOW items. These are little things that jumped out at me in the reading and research I have done on Bigfoot. If I am not correct, please tell me so.
DID YOU KNOW...
1. The Encyclopedia Canadiana is probably the only encyclopedia that lists SASQUATCH (At least it is the only one I can find). The article gives the well-known general information about the creature and then states: "The finding in 1932 of remains of a long-extinct race of giants in Mexico gave some impetus to the belief that the remnants of a prehistoric race of troglodytes may have survived in B.C. (British Columbia)."
2. The Bigfoot creature shown in the Patterson/Gimlin film has a curious skirt of long hair around the lower portion of its buttocks. This "skirt" appears to be very matted and would probably retain feces which often occurs with other animals with hair in this region. Could this account for a part of the odor associated with Bigfoot?
3. There is a species of Asian monkeys that likes to bath and socialize in sulphur hot springs. Sulphur smells like rotten eggs, so these monkeys probably smell the same way after their bath. Bigfoot is often associated with a "rotten egg" odor and we have losts of sulphur hot springs in the Pacific Northwest.
4. Bigfoot Beds, which appear to be construced by some animal for the purpose of resting, often contain Bear Grass. Bear Grass is exceedingly difficult to pull out from the ground. It is also very sharp and hard to break off. It would appear that two factors are required to obtain this grass - great strength and a hand (something with fingers). Some animals we know have hands - raccoons and squirrels and members of the ape family.
5. Bigfoot footprints are almost in a straight line, rather than an alternating line as with human prints. Could this possibly have something to do with the weight and structure of the creature?
6. Many authorities on Bigfoot, including Rene Dahinden, are of the opinion that the footprints, handprints, photographs and videos obtained from the Walla Walla area since 1982 are "blatant fakes."
7. In the Patterson/Gimlin film, the creature's feet "turn out" as they come down to meet the ground. The slant of the foot can be seen quite clearly in one of the still photographs from the film.
8. Rhododendron plants are mentioned in articles relative to the Yeti. Specifically, the creature was seen in these plants (possibly eating them?). Rhododendrons are common in the Pacific Northwest and probably elsewhere in North America.
9. In the Patterson/Gimlin film, the creature has conspicuous buttocks, Gorillas and apes do not have buttocks which are that pronouced.
10. In the Patterson/Gimlin film, the creature appears to have a mane (long and heavy hair growing about the back of the neck). Krao, the side-show monkey-girl of the last century (1880's) who was billed as "Darwin's Missing Link," also had a mane.
11. In the Patterson/Gimlin film, the creature appears to have little or no hair in the region about its loins. One theory is that the creature's huge arms constantly rub this area which would limit hair growth. Then again, even very hairy humans (men) have little hair in this area. It appears the body depends more on fat to protect itself around the loins (much to the dismay of many of us). It is hard to believe that a hoax would include such detail.
12. It is common knowledge that the Bigfoot creature in the Patterson/Gimlin film is female. However, given this fact, we can justify sightings of much larger creatures because females are generally smaller than males in the animal kingdom.
Christopher L. Murphy
Dept. 291 - 720 Sixth Street
New Westminster, British Columbia
Canada, V3L 3C5