What with the Olympics and war in Georgia, I’d thought we’d manage to get through the summer this year without a silly season breakout story.
However, two men from the other Georgia (the American one) proved me wrong, holding a press conference last week to announce that they’d found Bigfoot.
Bigfoot, AKA Sasquatch, is the American version of the Yeti, or Abominable Snowman. Along with the Loch Ness monster, he (and presumably, she) is one of the mythical beasts sought after by cryptozoologists.
Rick Dyer (a car salesman, naturally) and Matt Whitton, a now ex-police officer, unveiled the corpse, frozen in a block of ice to a slightly sceptical world.
But Bigfoot turned out to be a rubber suit, bought over the internet.
The pair profess themselves amazed that anyone took their stunt seriously.
After all, who would seriously believe that a six foot creature could wander around a continent for centuries, leaving no evidence of its existence save for some shaky out-of-focus home movie footage.
Well, Tom Biscardi, the chief executive of Searching for Bigfoot Inc, that’s who.
Biscardi is threatening to sue the jokesters, but they claim he was in on the gag all along.