Wednesday, August 20, 2008

a-a-a-annie and the jets... and bigfoot.

I am mortally fatigued today. Annie, whose dancing eyes of unfettered glee could warm the hardest hearts, shows a different side of herself at about three in the morning when it becomes clear that she was meticulously engineered to torment the souls of her parents. Annie does not sleep. She stands in her crib and screams, and since we do not want her to fall or wake up Will, we lose sleep over it.

Two recent news items have grabbed my attention. Brett Favre is with the Jets now, and I hope he does well. I suppose there are people in Wisconsin who do not like him any more, but I think that the Packers really made a mistake by not begging him to stay in Green Bay. He is by many measures the best quarterback who has ever played the game, and last season he was not exactly washed up. I would not mind seeing Brett Favre and Bubba Franks in the Super Bowl after the Packers don't make the playoffs. So that really annoyed me.

The second news item was the bit about the two guys in Georgia not finding a bigfoot. They sold the thing and it turned out to be fake. If you lie about something like that, aren't you supposed to produce vague and intriguing but not disprovable evidence? A blurry photo? A list of excuses that are tempting to believe? You are supposed to carry the secret to your death and become a legend or else confess (right before you die) that the picture was fake and go down as a fraud who really made a good run... You can't sell a fake bigfoot so that they figure out you were lying a day after you lied. I'm so confused. I will regard this news item as a rare and brilliant treasure for anyone who has an appreciation for the study of human nature. Under the lens of game theory, there are some intriguing decisions being made here.

A list of possibilities as far as I can see it:
1. The two men behaved irrationally. This is highly unlikely.
2. They faked their identities and they are having a good laugh over it with whatever money came in and they think that they will not be caught.
3. A more subtle mechanism of the fraud really did work, like driving people to webpages full of spyware. In this case the payoff would have to be huge and all but guaranteed.

Now if they pulled it off under fake identities, that would be pretty sweet, I guess. The only other explanation that occurs to me is that the bigfoot guys hoped to gain much more than they were certain to lose, which I imagine to be their jobs, their credibility, their self-respect, and their awesome bigfoot costume. Stupid or short-sighted is common enough, but most people avoid being completely irrational.

Sherlock Holmes would classify this under 'the grotesque'.

1 comment:

  1. i'm still trying to figure out if "Sasquatch" is Bigfoot's name, or if that's the name of his species