A Texas man found a rock in Ogden Canyon, Utah in 2013 that he claims is the skull of a Bigfoot. Even though the object is very clearly a rock, Todd May claimed in an interview yesterday that there is a conspiracy by “haters” to deny that he has the first tangible evidence of Bigfoot. “There’s haters out there, other Bigfoot enthusiasts that don’t like that I found something first,” May said when he showed up unannounced at the Times Record News offices carrying his rock and asking to be in the paper. The newspaper asked a geologist to examine the rock, and unsurprisingly it is a rock.
Meanwhile, the internet has gone wild over badly phrased claims that Tutankhamun was buried with a dagger that scientists “determined to have extraterrestrial origins.” Less responsible news sites, like Maxim compared this to Ancient Aliens, and several poorly worded articles implied that the dagger itself came from outer space rather than the truth that Egyptians made its blade from meteoric iron. This is also not particularly new news. Scientists have known that ancient people used meteoric iron to make objects since at least 1721, and I can find discussions of Egyptian use of meteoric iron going back to the nineteenth century, and I actually located earlier analyses of the same dagger from King Tut’s tomb that identified it as being of meteoric origin. In other words, while the most recent tests are “new” they did not actually change what scholars already knew.
In keeping with my plan to use Fridays to highlight some of the best work others have been doing, I wanted to share with everyone a podcast in which Jack Churchward of the My Mu blog interviews Dr. Jeb Card about his research into the Mu Stones, a series of 2,600 stone tablets excavated by William Niven in the 1920s. Here is how Niven described his find, as quoted by James Churchward in The Children of Mu (1931):
It was in 1921, however, in the course of my excavations at Santiago Ahuizoctla, a hamlet contiguous to Amantla, that I came across the first of the now famous carved stone tablets at a depth of 4 meters from the surface of the ground. This discovery was at once so singular and so startling that I became instantly fired with an immense desire to find more of these tablets, if more indeed were to be found. To this end, I made a systematic exploration of all the clay pits, sand pits and tepetate quarries that existed within an area of 20 square miles and my arduous labors were amply rewarded, for by December, 1923, or in less than three years, I had unearthed 975 of these mysterious tablets. (Now 2600)
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