Feb 26, 2015 I Paul Seaburn

Bigfoot May Be Luring You Into a Scientific Experiment

Does that Bigfoot standing amongst the trees in the park look suspicious to you? Be careful … it may be luring you into a trap. Not a trap to put you in a human zoo or pot of boiling water but a scientific experiment designed to see how people react to Bigfoot encounters.

That’s the latest story out of Edinburgh, Scotland, where Dr. Charles Paxton, a research fellow and statistical ecologist at St Andrews University, has admitted that he and his colleagues wear costumes and hide in the Royal Botanical Gardens in hopes of fooling unsuspecting visitors into thinking they’ve seen a Sasquatch or some other strange hairy creature so that they can watch and record their reactions.

Yes, it sounds like a dirty rotten trick but Dr. Paxton has actually done research before in cryptozoology, tallying Loch Ness Monster sightings and looking for statistical patterns. He emphasizes that these Bigfoot tests are serious and done in a scientific manner.

Visitors to the gardens are told beforehand that they will be part of an experiment. One group sees the fake Bigfoot and the other doesn’t. Both record their experiences and compare notes afterwards. The results are compiled and analyzed by Dr. Paxton and his team.

It’s a serious study of people reporting things. I’m trying to see if there are statistical patterns. All my work gets published in proper scientific journals . All I do is with the aim of getting proper results.

What do you think? Would you be upset to find out your Bigfoot sighting was just a scientific experiment with you as the lab rat? If you support this type of experimentation, what other trickeries would you like to see and what sort of questions would you ask the test subjects?

I think one question should be: “At what point in the experiment did you lose your ability to take a clear picture?”

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Paul Seaburn

Paul Seaburn is the editor at Mysterious Universe and its most prolific writer. He’s written for TV shows such as "The Tonight Show", "Politically Incorrect" and an award-winning children’s program. He's been published in “The New York Times" and "Huffington Post” and has co-authored numerous collections of trivia, puzzles and humor. His “What in the World!” podcast is a fun look at the latest weird and paranormal news, strange sports stories and odd trivia. Paul likes to add a bit of humor to each MU post he crafts. After all, the mysterious doesn't always have to be serious.

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