In case you haven’t been paying attention, two American guys claim to have discovered Bigfoot. Unfortunately Bigfoot was dead, so they took some photos, and stuffed him in a freezer.
They aren’t letting many people actually look at the body, but at a press conference they did show some photos. One of these photos was of Bigfoot’s mouth.
Just check out those teeth – they look better than most humans. In fact, they look better than the discoverer’s teeth seen in the same photo. How does Bigfoot, who we suppose is a wild creature without a toothbrush, keep his teeth in such great condition?
Most people feel the evidence for this Bigfoot find looks a little dodgy. Bigfoot looks like a costume stuck in a freezer. And the teeth are too perfect it seems for a wild animal.
But then, ask yourself this: if you were going to devise a Bigfoot hoax, wouldn’t you have made sure the teeth looked a little worn and dirty or decayed? Just to add some realism? Why didn’t these guys do that? Maybe it is real after all!
But then, maybe they thought about that. Maybe they figured that by making it look fake, people would think “that’s so fake, no one could be this incompetent at creating a hoax, so it must be real”. So their hoax looks more real by looking more fake.
Mind blowing I know. But it is similar to my now famous “Perfect Disguise for an Armed Robbery”1. For those who haven’t heard this before (you need to pay more attention to me), it goes like this. You’re a criminal, about to perform a non-violent armed robbery. You are a generally clean shaven person, with dark hair. So, you go to great trouble to give yourself a very realistic looking red goatee and moustache. You then put on a very fake looking black beard and moustache, one that is so dodgy that the people you are robbing can see that you have a fake beard. In fact, they can clearly see you have a red moustache and goatee under the fake beard.
So, the victims of this crime report the robbery to the police and insist that the person who robbed them had a red goatee and moustache that they tried to cover up with a fake black beard. When the police come around to your door, you are clean shaven. And obviously do not have and never had a red moustache and goatee. Your neighbours also know you to never have had a red moustache and goatee. The case is thrown out of court.
The perfect crime.
So is this the perfect hoax?
1 I do not condone armed robbery, or robbery in general. It’s a joke. Don’t send me hate mail.