I’m certainly not the first person to shake my head in amazement at hair-brained scientific studies which waste crazy amounts of government money finding out that donuts make us fat or that, on average, dogs like to turn around 2.7 revolutions before lying down. Though I admit to wondering whether dogs south of the equator turn counter-clockwise like the whole water-down-the-drain thing.
It’s understandable that we have issues with public monies in the form of grants and such getting used for frivolous studies when there are tens of thousands of us who could have used that money to get iPhones and European sedans.
Let’s not waste any more time pissing and moaning about stupid “scientific” misuses of tax payor dollars. I’d rather focus on the wasting of other dollars. Money which I never really had any claim to in the first place; funds raised by foundations and groups for the pursuit of one holy grail or another.
I read about the most recent expedition of teams of scientists flying to the furthest reaches of the South Pacific trying to find Amelia Earhart’s crash site. When and if someone finds it, everyone will be like “Oh! Thank Goodness! Now we know conclusively that her plane went down and she died” Does anyone really doubt that happened? Does it matter to anyone whether she was killed in a crash? Is there really any chance that she survived and lived off of poi and roasted sea gull until being rescued by local fishermen, who sold her into the lucrative white slave markets of Tonga?
What about the romance angle? Earhart was flying with navigator Fred Noonan. They left Papua New Guinea on July 2, 1937 and were never seen again. Isn’t it possible that the two of them just wanted to get away from it all and build a happy love nest on some small atoll? How has no one ever pursued that angle?
The big appeal of the Earhart disappearance is that no one knows for certain, and these people really want to know, definitively, what happened. I can understand the itch of not knowing and needing to to know something. Still, there are plenty of other mysteries which we don’t have an answer to, but have generated a fraction of the funds toward solving.
I’d like to propose that they spend less of that private money on finding Amelia Earhart and more of it on finding Big Foot. We already have plenty of evidence that Amelia existed, and have lots of facts about her exploits, except the very last thing she did. Bigfoot, on the other hand, has been much more elusive.
There have been reports of Bigfoot’s existence for a great many years in cultures around the world. He’s known by different names in different parts of the world, including Sasquatch, Yeti and Shaq. This creature has lived in our world for thousands of years, and yet we have no evidence of him. No fur, no definite tracks, no bones or remains, not even a single turd.
Let’s let those facts sink in for a moment shall we? There is no trace of Bigfoot really. These giant creatures have lived in the wilderness for all these centuries and have managed to pick up after themselves and refrain from carving their initials in a single sequoia. They’ve been so fastidious about not leaving a mess behind that some folks point to the lack of a physical evidence and question whether Bigfoot even exists.
We humans, on the other hand, can’t even make ourselves a cup of coffee and have a morning sit-down without leaving carbon footprints which are visible from outer space. Considering the wreckless pace at which we’re driving the planet toward becoming a globally-warmed, trash-island-having, toxic waste site, we need to find Bigfoot and soon. Without his secrets for clean living, we’re doomed.
As long as we’re on the subject, in thousands of years, the Loch Ness Monster has polluted less water than the average 30 minute jet-ski rental. This is likely due to the fact that, unlike Bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster doesn’t actually exist. I mean come on, people, you can’t really believe that nonsense, right?