I saw a Bigfoot?! and how colors work

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    Zampano
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    Hi guys, I was just listening to episode 74, which included a couple Bigfoot stories. I’ve been a big fan of your podcast since you started it, but never found Bigfoot to be a particularly compelling topic or plausible cryptid (due primarily to the resource footprint a breeding population would require). I’ve always been more into aliens, personally. So I was quite taken aback to see one (I think) about a week and a half ago.

    I was in Rocky Mountain National Park hiking and climbing by myself for the afternoon. It’s a place I’ve been to dozens if not hundreds of times, and I’m used to being there by myself, often late at night. I usually climb until dark and hike out under the stars, but this day I got worn out early and was leaving during the evening. RMNP is a place I really enjoy, so I was taking my time on my way out. For a while during the hike, I had my earbuds in listening to some podcast. At a certain point, I decided to take them out and enjoy the sounds of the forest, and sort of meditate a bit. I stopped at a rock outcropping with a decent view and was smoking a cigarette (John) when I heard a loud crashing sound, like large tree limbs breaking, coming from the forest beneath me. I turned to look in the direction it came from, and in a gap in the trees I saw a quick but distinctive glimpse shape of a humanoid figure, quite tall and dark, sprinting fast through the trees. I immediately felt a strong gut feeling that this was not a normal thing. The only reasonable thing it could have possibly been was a radically misidentified black bear, which would be too short and slow, and obviously wouldn’t be running on two legs. I scrambled down the hill I was perched on to investigate, but it was starting to get dark in the trees and to be honest I got pretty freaked out and bailed.

     

    It’s a hard thing for me to reconcile, because, like I said, I’m not a believer in Bigfoot, but I cannot deny what I saw. I will also add this, though: this isn’t the first time I’ve seen something weird in the Park (in fact, this other thing was maybe a hundred yards away from the Bigfoot sighting). A couple years back, while hiking out late at night, I caught sight of two eyes reflecting my headlamp in a manner a deer’s might, but red (rather creepy). These turned out to belong to a large (maybe 15 pounds?) bunny rabbit, with huge floppy ears and white feet, the kind of rabbit someone would have as a pet, but which you would never find in a place like this. It was completely out of place. I walked up to it and got within a few feet of it, and it seemed totally unconcerned that I was there. I started to get a bad vibe about the whole situation and decided to leave it alone. I began walking down a hill, a shortcut I take that goes through the trees, and once I had my back turned to the thing my fear increased and I picked up more and more speed, eventually reaching nearly a full sprint. After maybe a minute of this I stopeed, confident I had lost the rabbit, only to turn a find it sitting a few feet away from me, at which point I ran until I got to my car. To this day I think there was something really off about that rabbit.

    I included that story because, if Bigfoot exists at all, I don’t think it can be a “normal” biological animal, and (to me) RMNP is the kind of weird place where you could see something like that.

     

    Oh also there’s an old episode of radiolab about Homer not mentioning blue; I find this topic fascinating. I think there’s a bit in one of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy books where Zaphod or someone else’s ship has a cloaking device with a name to the effect of “not my problem” which encourages people to not notice it if they don’t want to, instead of actually making it invisible.

    Oh and one other thing: the reason old TVs use red, blue, and green, but your paint sets use red, blue, and yellow are because they use two different systems. Lights (like those in a TV) are an additive color system, while things like paint are subtractive color systems; this is because things like paint work by absorbing wavelengths of color, e.g. red paint absorbs all the wavelengths except red, while lights simply give you those wavelengths. So if you mix red and green paints, you absorb everything (red absorbs yellow and blue, green absorbs red) in more or less equal quantities, resulting in brown, but if you add red (say, 650 nm) and green (510 nm) light, you perceive the average of the two wavelengths, 580 nm, which is a deep yellow or orange. I hope that clears that up a little.

    Peace,

    Zampano

     

    PS I’ve attached an appropriately blurry picture of the rabbit. It doesn’t look like much, I know.

     

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    #2771

    John
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    Wow.  What an incredible story.  Your “Bigfoot” sighting sounds eerily familiar to so many others.  Tree limbs breaking, a fleeting glimpse of something that shouldn’t be there, and then a palpable sense of fear and the strong instinct to leave the area.  Classic stuff.  Thanks for sharing it, and with your permission, we’d like to share the story on our show.  Lots of reported sightings in the Rocky Mountains, BTW.

    Love the White Rabbit sighting!  Sounds like you slipped down the rabbit hole into wonderland with that one.  😉  Either that or the “harmless bunny” from Monty Python and the Holy Grail paid you a visit.  Next time bring your Holy Hand Grenade.

    Oh also there’s an old episode of radiolab about Homer not mentioning blue; I find this topic fascinating. I think there’s a bit in one of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy books where Zaphod or someone else’s ship has a cloaking device with a name to the effect of “not my problem” which encourages people to not notice it if they don’t want to, instead of actually making it invisible.

    Gotta’ love Douglas Adams.

    I’ll let Adam know about your answer to the color question.  He’ll appreciate it.  And thanks for the pic.  I can actually see the rabbit.  Creepy.

    Best,

    John

    p.s. There’s a Rocky Mountain Sasquatch Organization here: http://www.rmso.net/

     

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    #2779

    Zampano
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    Hi guys. It’s always exciting to hear something I’ve written on the podcast, thanks for your response. nm stands for nanometers (10^(-9) meters). On the topic of “more colors,” the spectrum of visible light is about 400-700 nanometers, but the full spectrum runs  from picometers (smaller than the radius of a hydrogen atom) to Extremely Low Frequency waves, which are thousands of kilometers across, so there’s plenty more to see.  I know bees can see ultraviolet light, which flowers actually exploit to attract their attention, and some animals can see into the infrared, to say nothing of the famous pistol shrimp. I believe people are already working on enhancing the vision of monkeys, allowing them to see colors they’d never seen before (red, if I remember correctly); I imagine some form of enhanced human vision, whether genetic or through some kind of implant or injection, will be available within our lifetimes. One problem I’d imagine though is if you keep perceiving more and more light, you will lose contrast like an overexposed photo; you may also have issues with sleeping, if you’re seeing light that’s making it through your shut eyelids that you currently don’t perceive (not to mention the earth itself).

    Regarding my sighting, I have seen black bears before, and one of the reasons I thought what I saw was unlikely to be a black bear was that it was only one or two hundred feet off of a very busy trail that sees hundreds of hikers per day, not a likely place for a black bear (although not a likely place for a bigfoot, either, come to think of it).

     

    Cheers,

    Zampano

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