Now, when it comes to this sort of thing, I have a kind of open policy. I've never seen one, but I don't think every person who ever has is some loony tuney psychopath either. They may or may not have found any physical proof, but circumstantial evidence is enough for me to admit that it is entirely plausible that some of these things could exist(hello, I'm from the department of redundancy department)... and I'm not going to just stick my fingers in my ears and scream LaLaLa's and insist it isn't true.
My favorite part about Monster Quest are the hardcore "expert" skeptics that they interview. These people crack me up... mostly because they end up sounding like more of a loony tune than the people who experienced the sightings. Take for example, a man I like to call, Hunter Bill. Hunter Bill has lived in this area his ENTIRE life. His grandfather lived in this area HIS entire life. Hunter Bill grew up roaming in the local woods, hunting the local wildlife. But shoot if he don't know a deer from a giant ape! It's okay, Hunter Bill. It was probably just a bear. Goodness knows in all your years of living on this land that you've probably NEVER seen one of those before... and could you move a little to the left...we don't want the viewers to see that bear rug in the corner there.. and can we remove the deer heads from the wall for this shot? We want to make you look like a moron.
Tonight's episode was on the sightings of a green lizard type monster in West Virginia. Now okay, don't get me wrong... the descriptions of this monster are WAY out there. Supposedly, it looks a little something like the guy on the left here (In fact, this picture was featured on the show), and he/it supposedly emits a foul and toxic gas. Some reports indicate (according to monsterquest) that a vast majority of the people who saw it have developed lung and throat cancers.
Okay, now LOOK at it. I know, it's really far fetched UFO looking, right? And I will admit.. I find it hard to believe such a thing exists. HOWEVER, the skeptic they interviewed, who apparently writes for "LaLALA LA WE WON'T BELIEVE Magazine" actually said ON TV, that probably the people who have seen it were actually seeing a deer or an opossum. That's right. An opossum. Like this:
Now whether or not you believe in the actual existence of the monster... isn't it safe to say that whatever they saw was probably NOT an opossum?! I mean... REALLY?! Cause I've seen one (two actually, they occasionally get into our house, and yeah guess what?, we live in town) and I did not immediately think, "ARG! It's a Half alien, lizard, man, tank engine!!!!!"
His (the skeptic's) other theory is that people see what they EXPECT to see. So if they've hyped themselves all up for say, a bear, then they will see a bear. Right......because when I'm scared I immediately expect to see a part alien/lizard/man wearing a trash can and floating around emitting toxic gasses ALL THE TIME! Don't you?! I mean surely that theory would mean that opossums were being mistaken for like serial killers and Jason and that kind of thing right? Right?