Tuesday, September 21, 2010


In the UK today, the Daily Telegraph reports that ITV News was embarrassed when reports of a dead polar bear washed up on a Cornish beach turned out to be a dead cow with its hide bleached white by exposure to sea water. American readers will recall the similar incident of the "Montauk Monster," a waterlogged raccoon corpse from Long Island that got far too many people who should have known better very exercised a couple of years ago. Fortunately, there was no cryptozoologist around when the "bear" was discovered; otherwise we would now be inundated with an ever-growing list of candidates culled from the pages of their "Big Book of Prehistoric Life."

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