Is there proof of urban legends?

Bigfoot, Mermaids, and Werewolves

Bigfoot

The legend of Bigfoot, like most myths, likely was started by a true story that was warped into something much bigger, and more widely known. The legend is one of the most widespread myths, that is thought to have started about 400 years ago, when sighting began occurring. The sightings have been spread out across every continent, except Antarctica, although the names might be different, Sasquatch, Chupacabra, and the Yeti, are some of the most commonly know. The creature is said to be:


  • 6-10 feet tall
  • have a terrible odor
  • weigh 500 pounds
  • males bigger
  • more territorial
Although this is all pieced together from different sightings and experiences, probably by Bigfoot fanatics.


Many people have become Bigfoot fanatics, and there's even a TV series called Finding Bigfoot that is very popular. The fans will probably tell you that Bigfoot isn't just another creature, like an ape, he's a relative of human, therefore smart enough not to be caught. However, many others will disagree, there is controversy of:

  • no corpse evidence
  • different sizes and shapes of foot prints
  • no DNA evidence
Others, in this same category, feel that with modern equipment, and the vast amount of people on the globe, there is no way an entire species can be hiding under our noses.

Mermaids

Mermaids, like all mythical water creatures, became popular because of humans wonder and amazement of traveling through the depths. They were also feared, for the same reason, they lived in unreachable and unheard of places. This variation, probably caused the difference in cultural beliefs, because mermaids are said to be good in some places, and bad in others. Some cultures worshipped mermaids as gods, and Wales and Scotland think of them as good omen carriers. Secular folklore, however, lead listeners to believe mermaids to be evil demons that send bad omens and lead ships of course, and even cause fatal storms. Some stories, however, speak of mermaids coming on land, and falling in love, they would adapt to human religion, which was really important at the time. But mermaid sightings are becoming rarer and rarer.


Scientist write off any modern mermaid sighting as the sunlight on the water, a human shaped animal, like a manatee or a dugongs, only seeing a dolphin tail, or tinted waves. Of course there's always the opinion that that sightings are only a hoax, for tourist attention. Other people have claimed to find mermaid corpses on the beach, more frequent after storms, but none of them turn out to be a true mermaid corpse. Fake mummified mermaid corpses have popped up over the years, all falsely fabricated. The most popular is the Fiji (FeeJee) mermaid. Many copies have been made, it consists of a adolescent monkey sewed to the bottom of a fish. A fake realistic documentary was made, and a it was so loved that a TV series followed, even today, mermaids are a large part of our culture.

Werewolves

The legend of the werewolf, one of the most ancient and widespread myths, spanning across Europe, Asia, and parts of Africa. The myth, is thought of to be even older than the myths of vampires and zombies. Thought to be started by the Greeks or Romans, when, as the story goes, a doubtful king fed the gods human flesh to see if they were truly who they said they were, the gods being outraged then turned the king into a wolf.


The word werewolf, might have been made from the latin root wer- meaning man, making werewolf mean man-wolf. The full moon might be linked to werewolves, because of the affects of madness it has on humans and animals. The myth might symbolize the bond between predators and humans.


Werewolves have quite different transformation cycles, some stories suggest different things. One, says that werewolves are forever wolves, another, the most popular, says werewolves only turn on the full moon. Others say the wolves are able to change whenever they want, and lastly, a myth speaks of them turning every night. The myth also has in common, not nearly as popular myths of werecats, werebears, werepanthers, and more. Werewolves were sometimes said to not be humans that could change into wolves, but witches that enchanted wolf pelts to change the wearer into a wolf, to get around faster.