Walking Rocks?

Query: When I was in Death Valley earlier this year, I saw some enormous 750-pound rocks that appear to travel across the desert on their own. I remembered your article about rock tortoises, and wondered if that’s what these rocks could be?

Corn of Plenty (Part 4 of 4): A Field Guide by Dr. Midas Welby

Corns of the Air: Air-corns utilize their horns for jousting, playing tic-tac-toe, and spearing food in mid-flight. Air-corns often lurk undetected in trees, wood piles, and rain gutters. When bored, they use their horns to ring the doorbells of unsuspecting humans. When the door begins to open, the air-corn flies away.


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Pine Cone Feeders

A Present For Imaginaries: When winter comes, I get concerned about providing extra shelter from the elements for Imaginaries. Recently, I read about people who build wildlife brush shelters out of branches and plants in their yards, and thought this was a great idea.

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Is Big Foot Real?

Query: During a dense sandstorm in Canyonlands National Park, Utah, I saw the shape of a slouching, human-like figure, perhaps a little bigger than a man, in the middle of a swirl of dust. As it wandered slowly through the storm, sometimes the figure leaned forward, and sometimes it was upright, but it never moved far from the spot where I first saw it. Before the sand storm subsided, I lost sight of the figure, and never saw it again.

I wasn’t able to take a picture because the blowing sand would have destroyed my camera, and by the time I got out there after the storm, the wind had wiped out or covered up any footprints or other signs that the creature might have left behind.

My question is, did I see Big Foot?

Answer: Iranigami agents have investigated numerous reported sightings of Big Foot (also known as a sasquatch or a yeti) and to date, all of them have been fakes, so no, it’s highly unlikely that you saw Big Foot.

But please don’t be disappointed. What may have seen is much more interesting and exciting than a sasquatch. Given the location and the conditions under which you encountered this Imaginary, we suspect that you may be one of the very few people in the world ever to see an American meanderthal.

Reports about meanderthals are vague, but they appear to be humanoid or bear-like in shape, and spend years – and sometimes decades, or even centuries – in a state of torpor beneath desert sands. They come out only during very strong wind storms, when the sands are disturbed below the surface level of the desert. As the storm calms, they sink back under the sand into hibernation until the next storm stirs them back into a state of wakefulness.

Because they so rarely appear, and always under adverse conditions, we know almost nothing about how they live. In fact, the last documented sighting of an American meanderthal was in the Maze section of the Canyonlands in 1921, so you are very fortunate indeed to have seen one.


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