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The Skunk Ape: Florida's Answer to the Abominable Snowman
Times Online ^ | February 18, 2008 | Jacqui Goddard

Posted on 02/17/2008 5:05:07 PM PST by SteveH

February 18, 2008

The skunk ape: Florida's answer to the abominable snowman

Jacqui Goddard

Deep in the swamps of Florida, something is stirring. Witnesses to its haunting presence speak of howls in the night, unexplained footprints in the mud and glimpses between the trees of a fiery-eyed creature that reeks of death.

Now, a 30-strong team from The Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization (BFRO) has embarked on an expedition to try to flush out the mighty skunk ape - the Sunshine State's answer to the abominable snowman. They have thermal imaging equipment, video cameras and microphones poised to capture the secrets of the hairy, 7ft-tall hominid with yellowing teeth and dubious personal hygiene.

“We have to keep these expeditions low-key because unfortunately the subject is still a little stigmatised,” sighs Matthew Moneymaker, head of the BFRO, as he drives to the expedition's secret base camp in southwestern Florida.

(Excerpt) Read more at timesonline.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Miscellaneous; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: bigfoot; cryptozoology; freepun; mystery; skunkape
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1 posted on 02/17/2008 5:05:08 PM PST by SteveH
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To: pcottraux

Ping!


2 posted on 02/17/2008 5:07:11 PM PST by Inyo-Mono (If you don't want people to get your goat, don't tell them where it's tied.)
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To: SteveH
The Sunnk Ape: Florida's Answer to the Abominable Snowman

Shouldn't that be Skunk Ape?

3 posted on 02/17/2008 5:08:44 PM PST by Inyo-Mono (If you don't want people to get your goat, don't tell them where it's tied.)
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To: SteveH
The Sunnk Ape...

I don't mind misspellings in posts or whatever but don't make them in the main thread titles you are posting.

4 posted on 02/17/2008 5:10:54 PM PST by Hot Tabasco ( Donít go messing with Smokey Taylor. He just bought a whole bunch of fresh ammo.)
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To: SteveH

We also have the Chupacabra. The Skunk Ape has been around for decades but was mainly invented to explain South Florida smells (probably actual skunks) more than anything else.


5 posted on 02/17/2008 5:12:17 PM PST by Moonman62 (The issue of whether cheap labor makes America great should have been settled by the Civil War.)
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To: SteveH
Relax!

It's my mother-in-law.

Don't pay her any attention and she'll go away.

6 posted on 02/17/2008 5:13:04 PM PST by capt. norm (Never underestimate the power of very stupid people in large groups.)
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To: SteveH; SunkenCiv

To Skunken_Civ; Sunken_Ape; PiltdownMan;Fifi LePew; All:

This whole thing could really hairball, I mean snowball, I don’t know what I mean.


7 posted on 02/17/2008 5:15:07 PM PST by The Spirit Of Allegiance (Public Employees: Honor Your Oaths! Defend the Constitution from Enemies--Foreign and Domestic!)
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To: SteveH
...hairy, 7ft-tall hominid with yellowing teeth and dubious personal hygiene.

There are claims of it lurking behind trees and crouching in roadside ditches, trailing a foul odour akin to a mixture of rotten eggs, mouldy cheese and dung on account of its penchant for camping

Where HAS Cindy Sheehan and her groupies gone?

8 posted on 02/17/2008 5:16:02 PM PST by digger48 (http://prorev.com/legacy.htm)
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a 30-strong team from The Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization

But that's already quite plenty about the personal hygiene of the scientists. Apparently, the ape also is pretty gamey.






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9 posted on 02/17/2008 5:21:28 PM PST by The Spirit Of Allegiance (Public Employees: Honor Your Oaths! Defend the Constitution from Enemies--Foreign and Domestic!)
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To: SteveH

Uh oh! You’ve been sunnk. Better than being skunked tho’!


10 posted on 02/17/2008 5:21:59 PM PST by LRS (It's time to put Hillary on the 3:10 to Yuma...)
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To: SteveH
I hate to bust some bubbles around here, but it has already been determined Janet Reno is the mysterious skunk ape of Florida

I thought that was common knowledge

11 posted on 02/17/2008 5:22:22 PM PST by Popman (Gold Standard: Trying to squeeze a 50 lb economy back into a 5 lb bag)
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To: Inyo-Mono; Admin Moderator

Sorry, complaint filed in hopes of obtaining a correction.


12 posted on 02/17/2008 5:22:27 PM PST by SteveH (First they ignore you. Then they laugh at you. Then they fight you. Then you win.)
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To: SteveH
Matthew Moneymaker. I wonder how much money he makes leading these "expeditions". And yes, the BFRO charges folks to go along for the trip.
13 posted on 02/17/2008 5:23:36 PM PST by Alas Babylon!
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To: SteveH

Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers version - Lyrics

Well look, see, there’s an abominable snowman in the supermarket
And apparently the housewives have never seen anything like that before
Hear the housewives complaing to the manager,
“Get that snow thing out of this store.”

Abominable snowman in the market,
That’s right, you heard me right, gang.
And the housewives, they all remarking,
“Looks like a dirty marshmallow with fangs.”

Well, there’s an abominable snowman in the market,
Now he’s down by the peas and carrots.
Abominable snowman in the market.
And they cannot chase him away.

Abominable snowman in the market.
Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh
Abominable snowman in the market.
Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh

See, there’s an abominable snowman in the market,
And the situation is grave.
Well, the housewives hurt and confuse him,
And I can’t see him treated this way.

Well, there’s an abominable snowman in the market,
And I think he’s a real nice guy.
I like the snowman, I want to help him out,
I don’t want to see him hurt this way.

Well, Abominable snowman in the market.
Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh
Abominable snowman in the market.
Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh

Look, we have to talk to this abominable snowman man. And we have to say something that he can understand.

There’s an abominable snowman in the market,
And he’s doin’ better every day.
I know it’s helped him to have a more tolerant feeling.
And I like to see him treated this way.

Well, there’s an abominable snowman in the market,
And he’s down by the peas and carrots.
There’s an abominable snowman in the market,
And that is what I now say.

Abominable snowman in the market,
all right Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh
Abominable snowman in the market
Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh

There’s an abominable snowman in the market
Down by the peas and carrots.
Abominable snowman in the market
He just arrived by plane yesterday.

There’s an abominable snowman in the market
And the housewives never seen something like that before.
Housewives treat him like a stranger,
They want him away from the supermark’t door.

Abominable snowman in the market.
Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh
Abominable snowman in the market


14 posted on 02/17/2008 5:23:56 PM PST by sushiman
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To: Popman
I hate to bust some bubbles around here, but it has already been determined Janet Reno is the mysterious skunk ape of Florida

And here I was thinking manbearpig has finally been found! :-)

15 posted on 02/17/2008 5:24:01 PM PST by SteveH (First they ignore you. Then they laugh at you. Then they fight you. Then you win.)
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To: SteveH
You talking to me?
16 posted on 02/17/2008 5:24:20 PM PST by BGHater ($2300 is the limit of your Free Speech.)
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17 posted on 02/17/2008 5:29:22 PM PST by pcottraux (I can't tell the difference between Carl Cameron, Chris Wallace, or Bill McCuddy.)
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To: SteveH

The guy is a kook, It’s a stunt to attrack folks to his campground.


18 posted on 02/17/2008 5:33:09 PM PST by Defendingliberty (www.gulagthebear.com, www.DraconEarthsavers.org)
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19 posted on 02/17/2008 5:37:22 PM PST by EveningStar
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To: SteveH

Has anyone seen Janet Reno lately?


20 posted on 02/17/2008 5:39:04 PM PST by mkjessup (Any SOB who calls John F'in Kerry "his dear friend" will NEVER get my vote, no way, no how.)
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To: pcottraux
The Dixie Dingo
21 posted on 02/17/2008 5:41:52 PM PST by blam (Secure the border and enforce the law)
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To: Joe Brower; JulieRNR21; floriduh voter; Always Right; capt. norm; fieldmarshaldj

I also remember something like this from Arkansas, the beast from Boggy Creek. Whatever happened to that?


22 posted on 02/17/2008 5:42:14 PM PST by Clintonfatigued (You can't be serious about national security unless you're serious about border security)
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To: Moonman62
We also have the Chupacabra.

Yeah the Latinos are bring all kinds of crap up here! LOL

23 posted on 02/17/2008 5:42:17 PM PST by ScratInTheHat (Don't like my immigration stance? I'm dyslexic. PC keeps sounding like BS to me!)
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To: Popman

LOL!


24 posted on 02/17/2008 5:46:08 PM PST by NotJustAnotherPrettyFace
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To: SteveH

This is a stunt to sell foreclosed condos. I bet the expedition has to sit through a presentation at their base camp.


25 posted on 02/17/2008 5:47:16 PM PST by Vince Ferrer
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To: pcottraux
You forgot about the Jacolope, a Jack rabbit and antelope cross....”it must be true cause I seen it on post cards from South Dakota”.....

I would post the pic but alas I am lacking in knowledge or talent in posting pictures.....

26 posted on 02/17/2008 5:50:40 PM PST by Kimmers
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To: SteveH

I think this topic stinks. I know how to keep that skunk ape from smelling, cut off his nose. :-)


27 posted on 02/17/2008 5:58:28 PM PST by punster
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To: SteveH
Then there is this one:


28 posted on 02/17/2008 5:58:56 PM PST by Brilliant
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To: martin_fierro

ping


29 posted on 02/17/2008 6:05:00 PM PST by EveningStar
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To: Vince Ferrer
At least it keeps her out of the swamps where she has been scaring off all the alligators.


30 posted on 02/17/2008 6:05:04 PM PST by capt. norm (Never underestimate the power of very stupid people in large groups.)
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To: Clintonfatigued
I also remember something like this from Arkansas, the beast from Boggy Creek. Whatever happened to that?

The town of Fouke, Arkansas still has a cottage industry based on that critter. Click the link for a quick tour.

That town is a bit south of Texarkana. It's possible that the "monster" went looking for a better-paying gig... like maybe politics. I hear Hillary has pretty big feet...

31 posted on 02/17/2008 6:06:10 PM PST by Charles Martel (The Tree of Liberty thirsts.)
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To: Brilliant
Yeah but I think we should all be more concerned about this one:


32 posted on 02/17/2008 6:08:14 PM PST by SteveH (First they ignore you. Then they laugh at you. Then they fight you. Then you win.)
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To: SteveH
Probably just Pepe Le Pew lookin' for love.........

He is a very romantic skunque

33 posted on 02/17/2008 6:09:30 PM PST by Fiddlstix (Warning! This Is A Subliminal Tagline! Read it at your own risk!(Presented by TagLines R US))
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To: Brilliant
That was the first truly frightening movie I ever saw.

.. and now that you've reminded me ... I think it was the forerunner of "Jaws" ... because, as in Jaws ... there is a scene (or more?) of the beautiful girl swimming and the camera shoots up from below (first glimpse at a woman's below waist torso) ... and the creature ... J u s t out of reach, but going for her.

Brrrrrr.

I watched about 1/2 of Jaws ... and I will NEVER see it again. There is nothing more helpless than a human in deep water being stalked/attacked by a sea creature.

OK ... back to the skunk ape ....

34 posted on 02/17/2008 6:13:17 PM PST by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true.)
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To: SteveH
the hairy, 7ft-tall hominid with yellowing teeth and dubious personal hygiene.

Someone must not have told these BFRO people that Janet Reno lives in South Florida

35 posted on 02/17/2008 6:14:01 PM PST by fso301
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To: SteveH; EveningStar

Skunk Ape was last seen in Daytona.

36 posted on 02/17/2008 6:14:17 PM PST by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: SteveH
More on Skunk Ape:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skunk_Ape

More on Manbearpig:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manbearpig

I report, you decide!!

37 posted on 02/17/2008 6:16:29 PM PST by SteveH (First they ignore you. Then they laugh at you. Then they fight you. Then you win.)
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To: Moonman62

Skunks won’t live in swamps, too wet for them.


38 posted on 02/17/2008 6:16:35 PM PST by razorback-bert (Eco-wackos make love by candlelight, it is the only light they have.)
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To: digger48
Where HAS Cindy Sheehan and her groupies gone?

If Cindy Sheehan was involved, it would be called a "Skank Ape"!

39 posted on 02/17/2008 6:18:54 PM PST by airborne (For ENGLISH, press '1' . For SPANISH, hang up and learn ENGLISH!)
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To: martin_fierro
Skunk Ape was last seen in Daytona.

I'm on it! I'm on it! I'm on it!

:-) :-) :-)

40 posted on 02/17/2008 6:21:46 PM PST by SteveH (First they ignore you. Then they laugh at you. Then they fight you. Then you win.)
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To: The Spirit Of Allegiance

Is this a South Florida legend? I’ve lived in NW Florida (including in a town formerly known as Boggy Bayou) since the sixties and have never heard of this.

Hirsute, gamey creatures could also be explained by tramp hippies in Florida for the weather.


41 posted on 02/17/2008 6:36:12 PM PST by skr (How majestic is Thy Name, O Lord, and how mighty are Thy Works!)
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To: SteveH
in 1975 another was seen tottering along a roadside with an armful of stolen corn.

Well, there you go, there's the answer. The skunk apes are nothing more than moonshiners not wanting to be seen or caught!!!

42 posted on 02/17/2008 6:44:40 PM PST by varon (Allegiance to the constitution, always. Allegiance to a political party, never.)
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To: SteveH

Must have been reading some of the old books by Ivan T. Sanderson.


43 posted on 02/17/2008 6:53:50 PM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Only infidel blood can quench Muslim thirst-- Abdul-Jalil Nazeer al-Karouri)
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To: Moonman62
We also have the Chupacabra. The Skunk Ape has been around for decades but was mainly invented to explain South Florida smells (probably actual skunks) more than anything else.

We used whatever we could to get the girls to cuddle closer to us when we were parking. For us, it was the Hog Valley Monster. Half-man, half-hog. Don't know how geneticists feel about that one but it worked for us.

44 posted on 02/17/2008 7:04:49 PM PST by crusty old prospector
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To: Brilliant

Kucinich!

45 posted on 02/17/2008 7:36:57 PM PST by uglybiker (I do not suffer from mental illness. I quite enjoy it, actually.)
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46 posted on 02/17/2008 7:53:37 PM PST by BerryDingle (I know how to deal with communists, I still wear their scars on my back from Hollywood-Ronald Reagon)
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To: Vince Ferrer
This is a stunt to sell foreclosed condos. I bet the expedition has to sit through a presentation at their base camp.

Now that would be really scary...

47 posted on 02/17/2008 8:05:42 PM PST by GOPJ (Obama didn't get one counted vote in Harlem's 94th. Not one. Will Texas and Ohio cheat next?)
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To: Inyo-Mono

It’s a hermit, fond of streaking in the swamps and farting up a storm.


48 posted on 02/17/2008 8:24:12 PM PST by Eleutheria5 (http://www.publishedauthors.net/benmaxwell/index.html or try http://astore.amazon.com/bemasnebo-20)
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To: SteveH

Florida has long had a problem with exotic species being released or escaping into the wild. In the case of Rhesus monkeys, a feral population exists in the State. It’s not out of the question for other released/escaped primates to be roaming the wilds.


49 posted on 02/17/2008 8:29:22 PM PST by fso301
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