6.05.2008

The $1,000,000 Sasquatch Photo Challenge

Bushnell and Field & Stream Magazine are sponsoring a $1 Million contest for the best photographic evidence of a Sasquatch (Bigfoot) taken with a trail/deer camera (a camera attached to a tree that automatically snaps pictures of passing wildlife). While this is a promotional gimmick, I predict a lot of activity coming from the many Bigfoot think tanks...as well as the Hollywood costume designer camps. The prospect of $1M is just too good to pass up, especially when all you need is a photograph as your evidence and the specific requirements for winning are not that specific at all:
Bushnell will offer a winner $1,000,000 (payable in a 40-year annuity of $25,000 per year) if a participant can provide an unaltered photograph/video, verified and substantiated by a panel of scientific experts, the evidence required to prove a Sasquatch/Bigfoot/Yeti exists.
What exactly is the panel of scientific experts supposed to verify and substantiate? That it's an unaltered photograph? That's easy! Count me in!

But there's just a little more to this:
The photo/video will be reviewed by a panel of experts and a Bushnell Field Pro for authenticity. Panelists include a Bushnell-assigned zoologist, biologist and a Bushnell Field Pro. The winner must be a unanimous decision from all three expert judges.
Hmmm...sounds like they want to make sure it's an "authentic" bigfoot. But that's still easy...what else do they have to go on? What will they compare it against to establish that the photo is indeed one of a bigfoot?

Well, I suppose you have to really define what you mean by Bigfoot aka Sasquatch aka Yeti aka Woo on Two Legs:
Sasquatch, Bigfoot, Yeti or similar is defined as any bi-pedal, non-human/human that has not been classified as a bear (Black or Brown, Kodiak, Polar or Grizzly), lion (mountain, puma, cougar, panther, or others), jaguar, wild swine, wolf, coyote, wild dog, deer, elk, moose, buffalo, caribou, sheep, goat or any other indigenous or non-indigenous (Ape, monkey, lion, bear, jaguar, leopard or other) animal. Or any domesticated animal (swine, bovine, canine, feline, equine, sheep, goat, lama, birds, or other).
In other words, this:

Nyuk nyuk. See here for more on this joke. The photo contest is a much easier challenge for Sylvia than this one.

Seriously though, that has to be the lawyerly definition of bigfoot...only a lawyer would think that "bi-pedal" was insufficient to exclude the lion, jaguar, wild swine, wolf, coyote, wild dog, deer, elk, moose, buffalo, caribou, sheep, goat, leopard, or llama.

How much do you need to spend to fool these supposed panel of experts? Probably not much since there is very little that they have to go on other than a photograph. The requirement for proof to win the $1,000,000 is not very stringent. That is, the extraordinary claim does not require extraordinary evidence...and so Bushnell/Field & Stream will be out their $1 million.

Finally, to limit their liability, keep in mind the following:
The Sweepstakes Entities shall not liable for any injury, loss of life, damage, loss, expense, accident, delay, inconvenience, trespassing, illegal means of entry, or other Federal, State or local laws when obtaining the photo/video, or other irregularity that may be caused or contributed to obtaining a photo or photographs for submission, or if they are attacked by a Bigfoot, or any other irregularity that may be caused or contributed to obtaining a photo or photographs for submission.
Beautiful. What kind of life would it be if it wasn't chock full of nuts?

5 comments:

Rawley said...

My nickname is Sasquatch, I should enter a photo of me.

The skepTick said...

There must be a story behind that...I'm guessing biker, woodsman, just some burly dude, character from the MATRIX, or Top Gun fighter pilot.

rawley said...

I'm hairy, have weird feet, and live in Oregon; so my gf started calling me Sasquatch. Squatch for short.

DVMKurmes said...

Cool-I just got one of those trail cameras. I was hoping to get pictures of elk, turkey, maybe a bear or mtn. lion, but maybe it'll pay for my kid's college and more! I'll have to get that thing out in the woods ASAP!

The skepTick said...

Ferrari first...then maybe kid's college. Besides, that's why they invented student loans!