New footage, DNA prove Bigfoot exists, group says

Published: Thursday, October 03, 2013 @ 9:11 AM
Updated: Thursday, October 03, 2013 @ 9:11 AM

Monster hunters and Bigfoot believers, get excited: A group of researchers now claim to have indisputable proof the legendary creature is, in fact, very real. 

At a Dallas press conference Tuesday, the group known as the Sasquatch Genome Project presented evidence including photos, videos and even the supposed DNA of the beast. 

The videos included this shot, said to be a sasquatch walking in the woods, as well as a shot of what the team says is a juvenile female Bigfoot sleeping. They say both shots were filmed in Kentucky. (Via WFAA)

The researchers also really want you to know the five-year, half-a-million dollar research project is not just messin’ with sasquatch. (Via YouTube / Jack Link’s Jerky

MELBA KETCHUM: “We just want people to understand that this is a serious study.”

ADRIAN ERICKSON: “People have chosen to just … they don’t want to believe it. They can’t find it in their minds to believe these things exist.” (Via KTHV

Along with the videos, the group also presented blood, hair and a DNA sample, which they say is the strongest proof of Bigfoot’s existence — proof they claim has been reviewed by 11 independent laboratories and universities, including New York University, University of Texas Southwestern and the North Louisiana Crime Lab. (Via Daily Mirror

According to lead researcher Melba Ketchum: “They didn’t know what they were testing. I have one email from a tester saying ‘what have you done, discovered a new species?’” (Via New York Daily News

Which, if the evidence proves to be legit, might be exactly the case. The team says the samples prove the existence of a previously unknown hominin species that originated some 13,000 years ago. 

ABC quotes Ketchum saying, “They’re a type of people, they’re a human-hybrid, we believe. And all of the DNA evidence points to that.”

Before you get too excited, though, keep in mind there have been Bigfoot hoaxes before. 

A famous 1967 film allegedly captured the first video of the creature before one of the participants admitted it was fake — and that he was wearing an ape suit in the video. (Via Animal Planet

And back in 2008 two Georgia men claimed to have a Bigfoot corpse in their freezer. That turned out to be a rubber suit. (Via Fox News

But the team, which was funded by businessman Adrian Erickson, stands by its evidence and says there are more than 1,000 sasquatches nationwide. Maybe you can find one in your neck of the woods.  

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Florida deputy's co-workers share embarrassing post on social media

Published: Thursday, February 23, 2017 @ 10:59 PM
Updated: Thursday, February 23, 2017 @ 10:59 PM

            Florida deputy's co-workers share embarrassing post on social media

Even police officers can make a mistake when they are in a rush, which is why the Volusia County Sheriff's Office posted a picture that poked fun at one of their own. 

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Sheriff's spokesman Andrew Grant told the Daytona Beach News-Journal the deputy was waiting out the rain in DeLand, Florida, while topping off his tank and forgot about the handle. But don't worry, police reported that "no gas pumps were harmed in the making of this photo."


When you're just in a hurry to get back on the job...
No gas pumps were harmed in the making of this photo.

Posted by Volusia County Sheriff's Office on Wednesday, February 22, 2017

The photo has been liked and shared thousands of times.

Sheriff Mike Chitwood tweeted that the officer won't be in trouble.

"Not going to Hose a guy for being Pumped to get back to work," he jokingly tweeted.

Oklahoma town abolishes dancing ban

Published: Tuesday, February 21, 2017 @ 9:04 PM
Updated: Wednesday, February 22, 2017 @ 2:31 PM

            Oklahoma town abolishes dancing ban

An old law that left folks feeling "Footloose" in Henryetta, Oklahoma, is set to be abolished.

City officials abolished strict rules on dancing Tuesday after organizers had to cancel a Valentine's Day dance.

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Organizers said the law was overlooked for the past 50 years, but it was illegal to dance in some parts of the city.

Two store owners said they wanted to raise money for renovations at their store with a special event above their downtown business.

When they began advertising their dance, though, they hit a roadblock, and people began accusing them of breaking the law.

It turns out that a 1977 city ordinance prohibited public dances within 500 feet of a school or church. It caused the cancellation of the store owners' event, but now work is underway to abolish the dancing ban.

Many say they will be dancing in the streets now that the ban is abolished.

The council voted to abolish the ban at a council meeting scheduled for Feb. 21. 

WATCH: Coyote chases doctor out of office

Published: Tuesday, February 21, 2017 @ 11:56 AM
Updated: Tuesday, February 21, 2017 @ 11:56 AM

            WATCH: Coyote chases doctor out of office

A doctor in South Carolina got a huge surprise when a coyote followed him into his office.

Surveillance video from outside the office shows the doctor and the animal entering the office last week. Moments later, the doctor bolts out the door with the coyote close behind him.

Dr. Steve Poletti said he was minding his own business when he walked into the office and didn’t even notice the coyote. He thought it was a dog at first.

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“It kind of bared its teeth and started growling,” Poletti said. “I kind of put my hands up and jingled my keys, and the coyote took a step back, and basically I came back here and pushed the exit button and took a run for it.”

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The doctor called police, who referred him to animal control officers, who then suggested the doctor hire a trapper.

Mount Pleasant’s mayor said that’s the protocol, but she would not comment further on the town’s response until she could talk to her staff.

HOV lane cheater uses dressed-up mannequin for passenger

Published: Saturday, February 18, 2017 @ 11:20 AM
Updated: Saturday, February 18, 2017 @ 11:20 AM

            HOV lane cheater uses dressed-up mannequin for passenger

A Washington State Patrol trooper wasn't fooled by a "passenger" in a car speeding in the HOV lane.

A trooper tweeted that the driver was traveling at 81 mph when he was pulled over in Tacoma.

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A dummy dressed up in clothes of various shades of pink was the violator's passenger.

Early this morning, a Tacoma trooper caught an HOV violator driving 81mph with this young lady in the passenger seat. In...

Posted by Washington State Patrol on Friday, February 17, 2017

The driver was ticketed for speeding and the HOV violation. 

"On the positive side, they were both wearing their seat belts!" Trooper T. Bartolac posted on Twitter.