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Nessie: The Hotel Conspiracy

Posted by: Nick Redfern on April 23rd, 2013

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Over at Mysterious Universe, Micah Hanks has a new post that starts as follows:

“Looking back within the fossil record to around 300 million years ago, paleontologists today have managed to pry open a historical window to the past, and learn a lot about the kinds of deep-sea beasts that were swimming the warm waters of Earth’s deepest oceans. Though seldom, there have also been the occasional ‘holdovers’ that harken from an earlier age, and by studying such creatures, we’ve managed to learn even more about how certain species may be able to sustain themselves for extended periods, given the right ecological conditions.

“Most recently, this practice has been put to use, and with great success, in the proper DNA sequencing of a creature known as the coelacanth. This prehistoric, blue-tinged and beastly-looking fish has managed to exist virtually unchanged in the waters off the coast of Africa for hundreds of thousands of years, which of course begs the question as to whether other species around the world might have been capable of doing the same.”

Micah’s article also begs other questions, which are central to the theme of his article. Namely, to what extent might the local hotel business in the area have benefited from Nessie, perhaps by the spreading of more than a bit of tall-story-telling?

Yep, it’s a controversial one!

Nick Redfern About Nick Redfern
Punk music fan, Tennents Super and Carlsberg Special Brew beer fan, horror film fan, chocolate fan, like to wear black clothes, like to stay up late. Work as a writer.


4 Responses to “Nessie: The Hotel Conspiracy”

  1. Ron Casner via Facebook responds:

    The fossil record is bogus and so are paleontologists! Get with the program and do your homework!

  2. springheeledjack responds:

    Interesting take, but…doubt comes in as to whether an entire community could keep up such a shinanigan for so long–my experience is that there’s always at least one set of loose lips in a given situation, especially the more people involved. Loose-lipness-goes up exponentially once you get beyond two people.

    That and I live and die by the fact that most people are just honestly too lazy to keep at something like that for any length of time (trust me–a triumvirate including myself tried to pull one on over a cousin once and we couldn’t keep it together for more than about four months, AND only because we didn’t live in proximity).

    Nice post though.

  3. silverity responds:

    The tourist consipracy theory is nonsense although clearly the local economy has benefitted from Nessie. If the local government was so keen to keep Nessie going, I doubt they would have refused the Loch Ness Innvestigation Bureau’s application to set up a new site. This led to the bureau’s closure.

  4. wuffing responds:

    The article ends by answering its own question:

    To assert that the fabeled existence of a Loch Ness Monster has more to do with a “conspiracy” actually seems to say more about modern attitudes today, especially when driven my the modus operandi of contemporary journalists who are hungry to find a compelling new slant for their stories.



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