When it comes to Kidd's "treasure" it's impossible to know if he ever stashed any of it and if the note he passed on to his wife lead (sic) to anything tangible. I suspect it did and only she knows if the numbers in the note made sense…
To put it differently: It took me less than five minutes after hearing the episode topic to use Google to discover not just that the subject was a hoax but to find Head’s original text of the hoax. To remain ignorant of this months after the fact (the episode was filmed in September) heavily implies that Wolter rarely strays beyond what people he trusts tell him, even to do cursory background research. This does not help me to feel more confident in his judgments.
Also not helping: Wolter admits that travel writer William Scheller ended up on the show not because of any special knowledge of pirates (he has none) but because of his close connection to a show staffer:
Bill Scheller was another wonderful guest who also happens to be the father of the then fiancé of the "Kidd" episode writer, Nina Bouphasavanh. In November, we attended David and Nina's wedding and had a fantastic time along with Bill and the rest of the crew.
Bouphasavanh is an Emmy-winning former TV journalist (she worked here in Albany, New York for WTEN) who seems to have purposely decided to abandon journalistic ethics in service to Committee Films, or else to have revealed extreme incompetence as a researcher. Leaving out essential information is a major ethical breach. Disturbingly, she also used to provide media training to the Department of Homeland Security before moving on to America Unearthed.
L. A. Marzulli on Giants
After appearing on Search for the Lost Giants last week, Nephilim researched L. A. Marzulli posted on his blog that he found the show’s treatment of him to be fair and a beachhead for greater promotion of the Nephilim on cable television:
I thought the piece on the History Channel’s In search of the Lost Giants (sic), was fair and balanced. They did a good job and I got to talk about the theory of the Nephilim. It’s a beginning! Thank you History.
Andy White on Giants
If’ you’ve been following archaeologist Andy White’s blog, you’ve seen that he has been doing some tremendous working peeling back the layers of myth encrusting gigantology. In his latest piece, White goes for the jugular, looking into the origin story told by gigantologist Jim Vieira of Search for the Lost Giants about why and how he got into gigantology. Vieira claims that he became interested after reading in the History of Deerfield, Massachusetts (1895) that among the Native American graves found in the town was a skeleton with a “head as big as a peck basket, with double teeth all round.” The discoverer estimated, based on its thigh bone, that the skeleton was eight feet tall.
White has done terrific work tracing the “double teeth” terminology and showing that in the nineteenth century it referred to molar teeth, not two rows of teeth, and that untrained observers routinely mistook worn front teeth for “double teeth.”
But frankly the much more interesting work he’s done has involved drilling down into the numbers to see how the size estimates for such “giant” skeletons came about. White has shown that most often the size of the skeleton was estimated from femur size (rather than measuring the entire disarticulated skeleton), but that the Victorians used inconsistent formulae for translating femur length into height.
In another post, White provides this chart showing how different formulae developed in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries yield wildly different estimates for the height of a skeleton with a 20 inch femur: