"In Australia alone is to be found the Grotesque,
the Weird, the strange scribblings of Nature learning how to write.
Some see no beauty in our trees without shade, our flowers without perfume, our birds who cannot fly,
and our beasts who have not yet learned to walk on all fours.
But the dweller in the wilderness acknowledges the subtle charm of this fantastic land of monstrosities...
The phantasmagoria of that wild dreamland termed the Bush interprets itself..." - Marcus Clarke
Welcome to the world of the Yowieocalypse!
Loch Ness Monster
Images of 2015:
Latest Interesting Links:
The Naked Yowie Project
The Yowie habituation site north of Brisbane.
Not really an island but do Yowies really live there?
Gayndah Circus Crash 1959
Local folklore tells of a circus crash near Gayndah in 1959 which is often cited as the cause for modern
day sightings of big cats, bears, and orangutans in the area.
Did it really happen?
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As if life wasn't hard enough during the last Ice Age, a new
study has found Australia's first human inhabitants had to contend with giant killer lizards. Researchers working in Central Queensland
were amazed when they unearthed the first evidence that Australia's early human inhabitants and giant apex predator lizards had overlapped.
So what is it that makes people WANT to believe in
Sasquatch? Why are images of Sasquatch found in so many places, from the mass media, to individual artists, to objects mass produced
and available on the internet? What is the need that drives us to want to believe that there may be a large, man-like, hairy creature
that is smart enough to stay out of our sight? Lacking a body, or any real “proof”
WHY do we WANT to believe?
It seems logical to look for additional
evidence from history.
But it’s not as logical as it seems. Instead, to make such a claim is overly simplistic, shows a lack
of knowledge about folklore and culture, and is disrespectful as well as being a bad argument to support crypto-claims. This post
provides additional support for why using native folklore to support cryptids is not sound. To remove these beasts from their native
context is to do them a great injustice.
The administrators of the Sunshine Coast Yowie Research Facebook page said the encounter was not
an isolated one – there have been two confirmed and 36 unconfirmed sightings on the Sunshine Coast in the past 12 months.
describe Kenilworth as a Yowie sighting “hot spot”.
He said sightings were only classed as “confirmed” if accompanied by such
evidence or actual sightings by the researchers themselves.
We simply should not be equating native
folklore stories with a true cryptid destined to be discovered and classified by science.
For example, it is a serious error,
often committed by journalists and monster fans, to suppose that one mysterious creature accounts for all Nessie sightings. That’s
absurd. We can certainly consider logs, several known animals, waves, and hoaxes, at the very least in the run down of possible explanations.
To say that all reports can be attributed to A “Nessie” – a flesh and blood creature – is a naive and wrong conclusion.
New drawings from Drummond’s account surfaced in 1997 that also are different
than the depictions from those of an artist used by Capt. M’Quhae to illustrate his recollection of the animal. Drummond’s drawings
are more suggestive of the conclusions that the animal was a sei whale skim feeding at the surface and NOT a large snake.
The article “Proof of Bigfoot is in the bones, college
instructor says” reported that Townsend had found stacked bones in the woods with evidence of large human bite marks, and that this
was evidence for the existence of Sasquatch. At the end of the article, Townsend challenges scientists to refute their findings that
the chewed bones they found are evidence for Bigfoot’s existence.
Challenge Accepted! Luckily for me, I have the wonderfully
brilliant Lisa Bright as a colleague at MSU, and her research on taphonomy is cited in the Mills et al. 2015 study.
In Lisa’s opinion, the damage to the elk and deer
remains has a much more logical explanation than Bigfoot. She have not seen the bones, but based on the pictures provided in
the reports, she argues that it is most likely bear or coyote scavenging. Although tooth impact analysis may sometimes work to determine
the general characteristics of a possible scavenger, her experience with it indicated that method is questionable.
The legend of the Loch Ness Monster
has captivated people for generations but now a new book claims it was a scam created in a London pub.
Professor Gareth Williams
has taken a fresh look at one of the greatest unsolved scientific mysteries of the last century and he says the whole concept was
created by a PR team desperate to drive tourism to the highlands.
Until recently it was common for people in Bhutan to share stories of their encounters
with the Himalayan yeti. But with the arrival of modernity, villagers no longer need to climb high into the mountains, where they
once saw traces of the yeti - or thought they did. So a legend is slowly fading away.
A strange photo of what appears to be an unknown marine animal taken by a Scottish tourist
in the Greek islands is making headlines around the world.
The viral photo has sparked speculation among armchair zoologists
and monster lovers about what this bizarre animal might be, ranging from a beaked whale to the “love child of a hippo and crocodile”
(best not dwell on the logistics of that coupling). While the image has some superficially similar features to various animals it
does not in fact look like any known animal.
Although being a 2nd World War child I can hardly recall all the misery and horrors of the war. Yet
shrieking sound of sirens warning us of an air attack, of enemies dropping bombs on our town is haunting me often in my dreams. I
do remember a bomb was dropped near our house. We were hiding down in the cellar and felt the impact of it. The house shook but proudly
stayed unharmed. Only a few hens and ducks died in the courtyard. Close to our back entrance was a huge hole in the road and the smoking
remains of the bomb.
These shows, examples of so-called “docu-tainment” that have become
commonplace (and huge ratings successes) on networks that have educational aims in their mission statements, are indicative of everything
that is wrong in 21st century media. The fact that you have networks such as History Channel, Discovery and Animal Planet willfully
and consciously planting falsehoods into the minds of their audience is absolutely shameful. There’s no other word for it.
"One of the struggles is people don't even realise the koalas are here, let alone they are doing something
[T]he koala culprits were eventually captured by night-time surveillance cameras operated by the NSW Environment Department.
our trusty koala that's doing it - not a bunyip, not a yowie surprisingly"
IT SEEMS everyone in the region at least knows someone who will
swear blind they have seen the notorious, elusive ‘Macarthur Panther’.
But there is every chance what our storyteller friends
have seen is simply a large feral cat.
Harrison had a terrifying encounter with a yowie at Kilkivan, near Gympie, an
incident that saw him bruised from head to toe.
He shared images of his injuries with friends which have since gone viral on
"That was a game changer. I can't go back into the bush by myself. I just got hit with a big dose of reality,"
"Tropics of Discourse" develops White's ideas on interpretation
in history, on the relationship between history and the novel, and on history and historicism. Vico, Croce, Derrida, and Foucault
are among the figures he assesses in this work, which also offers original interpretations of a number of literary themes, including
the Wild Man and the Noble Savage.
Might modern reports of Bigfoot sightings
be a continuation of the Wild Man myth that Hayden White demonstrates to have been around for a very long time? Might this myth,
like the four identified by Kelley-Romano as common to alien abductions be, to paraphrase William Barrett, “data on what our particular
epoch is?” In other words, despite the unlikely representation of empirical reality presented by such reports, could the fact that
people still claim such a creature exists tell us something about our current society?