Posted by: Loren Coleman on January 6th, 2010
The Top Ten Sexiest Cryptomundo Images Of The ’00s
by Loren Coleman
Let’s take a moment, and look back over the last decade to view the most popular, sexy images shown on Cryptomundo.
Who is this woman? And what is she selling? Would you buy a copy of Bigfoot! The True Story of Apes in America from her, because she is sexy? Or because she’s a famed race car driver from Argentina?
The woman above is more familiar. What she is selling seems more obvious, right?
It works for NASCAR, domain sales, and the SuperBowl. Why won’t it work for cryptozoology. Perhaps, in this little decade review, you will see that it already has.
Let’s journey back in time and take a look, in the following countdown, at some sights seen here.
10. Lost World Scientist Charms With Her Message
In November 2006, when the charming Pamela D. McElwee, Ph. D., Assistant Professor, The School of Global Studies, Arizona State University (shown above), spoke, we listened. When she shared her insights at the 105th annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association, many there may not have realized the significance of what she was saying. Certainly, however, cryptozoologists paid attention, as McElwee’s comment became useful in reviewing some foundation thoughts within our field.
Her “paper addressed the way cryptzoologists have decided that Vietnam is a ‘lost world,’ a terra nullus within which we can imagine and dream. During the 1990s, as Vietnam opened up to the post-Cold War world, reports and then discoveries of large mammals and other species began to emerge from Vietnam. This attracted the attention of not just mainstream zoologists but cryptozoologists. The paper was somewhat skeptical of the more extreme claims of cryptozoology, though more open-minded than one might expect,” noted one summary of her work.
9. Cryptozoologists Wear Hats When They Do It
Fieldwork, that is.
Clearly the lines of division were drawn sharply during the ’00s. Those with hats turned out to be good sexy field cryptozoologists, and those without were, well, without ~ and another group, often debunkers and harsh skeptics.
A few field cryptozoologists…
Roy Mackal (second from left).
And the debunkers….
Matt Crowley and Ben Radford.
8. Dean Goes Full Monty For Cryptomundo
Dean Harrison demonstrated the physical outcome of his Australian Yowie attack by sending along photos of the damage done to his body.
Dean Harrison is shown, clothed, during Animal Planet’s Lost World documentary.
Some readers of Cryptomundo liked this feature; others did not. Nevertheless, there was no in-between about how people felt about looking at Harrison’s self-photography evidence.
7. Sonia Speaks Up For Nessies
In 2007, it was announced that glamorous former model Sonia Uribe was developing (or was it just hosting?) a television program, “The Sonia Uribe Files: Investigating the Mysteries.”
I’m not sure the program was seen by many, but the publicity shots were all over the place.
6. Boston Rob Hosts Bigfoot & Mothman Shows
In October 2006, the former “Survivor” star Boston Rob Mariano co-hosted the six-week Sci Fi series, “Sci Fi Investigates.” The show “investigated” Bigfoot, Mothman, Paranormal Hotspots, Roswell, The Afterlife and Voodoo. Rob kept his shirt on, but his great smile was a welcome addition to a reality cryptozoology show.
5. Dr. Marshall Discovers A New Giant Manta Ray
In 2003, Andrea Marshall moved to a small coastal village in southern Mozambique, to become the first marine biologist to study manta rays off the African coast. Years of work resulted in an unbelievable discovery.
In 2008, after all of her on-site field research and confirming lab findings, Marshall, by then a Ph. D. marine biologist, had identified a new giant manta ray as a distinctive new species.
Dr. Andrea Marshall is pictured above, in the photo that accompanied her appeal to get support for her work, funded by conducting trips and tours related to manta research. She was named Cryptozoologist of 2008 by Cryptomundo.
4. Annie Marie Talks About Her Bigfoot Sighting
In 1994, Annie Marie Goddard was chosen the Playboy Playmate of The Month January. In 1995, she became the most famous celebrity to have ever seen a Bigfoot, through her involvement in the Redwoods video. At first, it will be recalled, the footage had been named the “Playmate Bigfoot video.”
Goddard’s 2002 appearance on “The Weakest Link” was remarkable for she blamed being kicked off the Playmates’ panel on the jealousy and envy that she experienced because she had had an encounter with Bigfoot. She also appeared in 2002 on “The Tonight Show,” then hosted by Jay Leno, to tell of her sighting on that program too.
3. Sexy Seekers Search Johor Jungles
Josh Gates gets to know the natives.
During the February 2006 trek in search of the Malaysian Bigfoot, field researchers frequently pictured were from the group “Seekers,” including Sis on the left, Illa on the right, as well as others. The man shown in the orange shirt is the security guard hired by the Mandt Bros production (for “Destination Truth”). Photographs, directly above and below, courtesy of the Guardian’s Jan McGirk; the images may be clicked to enlarge.
Illa photograph courtesy of Sean Ang.
Obviously, the attractiveness of these women was part of their celebrity television appeal. Remarks at Cryptomundo about these women demonstrated hormonal awareness on the part of some readers.
However, with all due respect, these are women who are fully committed to being “seekers,” and culturally they were not as available as some male commenters on Cryptomundo seemed to think.
According to one of my informants, on the trail for the Johor Bigfoot, these “three young women from the Kuala Lumpur Seekers show routinely carry daggers on stakeouts in the jungle. They have plenty of fans from their television appearances, but they discourage interactions with strange men who are not first vetted by fathers or brothers.”
Illa photograph courtesy of Sean Ang.
2. Dana Sells Swamp Monster & Bayou Cooking
Dana Holyfield, the granddaughter of Harlan Ford, one of the original Honey Island Swamp Monster eyewitnesses, appears to be aware that she is attractive. She has used that beauty to create material to sell what interests her.
See, for example, Dana Holyfield’s trailer of her documentary film about the Honey Island Swamp Monster:
Dana Holyfield knows a thing or two about using the natural resources of the bayou, it appears.
To demonstrate the diversity of Dana Holyfield’s film projects and sexy promotions, here is another of Holyfield’s documentary selections, which has been watched at YouTube more than her Swamp Monster trailer:
Stand back, then click on the above image to enlarge it.
1. Niki’s Quick Six Survives Bigfoot Caper
Finally, we have reached number one. But then, if you are a regular Cryptomundian, you already guessed this series of images would be the top selection, didn’t you?
Nicole Hosack, owner of Niki’s Quick Six store in Spring Church, near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, proclaimed to the authorities that someone made off with the store’s mascot – a three foot tall Sasquatch – during the spring of 2008.
The theft of the display item from Niki’s Quick Six was big news. Cryptomundo jumped in, to the rescue, and we donated a “Bigfoot, the Garden Yeti” Sculpture©, produced by Design Toscano, to the location. Pictures of the proud new owners (by Craig Woolheater) are some of the most frequently asked to be run on Cryptomundo.
Of course, this item comes with some cautionary warnings. I continue to warn female Bigfoot hunters: Watch out if you venture too closely to this Bigfoot sculpture. I have noticed, fans love to have their pictures taken with it.
Seriously, you have to be careful when photographing or being photographed with this sculpture, when women are near it, for obvious reasons. The Bigfoot appears to have a mind of its own. Photographic evidence, as usual, is shared.
There seems little doubt, hands down, that the most popular image requested for repeat postings at Cryptomundo has been and is the following one:
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Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading. Certainly, he is acknowledged as the current living American researcher and writer who has most popularized cryptozoology in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Starting his fieldwork and investigations in 1960, after traveling and trekking extensively in pursuit of cryptozoological mysteries, Coleman began writing to share his experiences in 1969. An honorary member of Ivan T. Sanderson’s Society for the Investigation of the Unexplained in the 1970s, Coleman has been bestowed with similar honorary memberships of the North Idaho College Cryptozoology Club in 1983, and in subsequent years, that of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club, CryptoSafari International, and other international organizations. He was also a Life Member and Benefactor of the International Society of Cryptozoology (now-defunct). Loren Coleman’s daily blog, as a member of the Cryptomundo Team, served as an ongoing avenue of communication for the ever-growing body of cryptozoo news from 2005 through 2013.