Have you ever seen a Bigfoot? If so, you must have seen him/her hunting for food. He/she is definitely one of the most mysterious and fascinating creatures to have ever walked the face of this earth. You may look at the large-bodied ape and think that it’s just a big and lumbering animal who’s more likely to knock you down than help you. But that’s where your assumptions and stereotypes about big game hunters may land you. Sasquatch are much more intelligent and kind than that.
For decades, scientists have tried to answer the question: where do these big apes live? In a recent documentary entitled ‘Inside the Secret World of Bigfoot’ (IMDb), filmmaker Jon Tester offers a new perspective on this age-old question.
Tester sets out to find the truth about Sasquatch and is taken on a journey that reveals the intelligent, peaceful nature of these elusive apes. In the movie, we learn that Sasquatch aren’t that different from us. They suffer from the same prejudices, conflicts, and ambitions as the rest of us do. So maybe, just maybe, we can all learn to get along.
Where Is The Ski Resort In Sneaky Sasquatch?
If you’ve ever been to the Big Apple, you may have walked in the footsteps of the legendary Sherlock Holmes. If not, you may know that he was a real-life detective who used to get his daily caffeine fix by taking a stroll through Central Park. If so, you may recognize the 221B Baker Street sign that marks the beginning of his journey through the park. If not, you may wonder where this fascinating man with the booming voice and the piercing eyes lives now.
The answer: in 1896, he moved into 221B Baker Street, which is now a museum dedicated to his life and work. A true genius, Sherlock Holmes never married or had children. But unlike other geniuses of his time, he embraced modern technology and was an early adopter of the telephone, the telegram, and the radio. So it was only natural that his genius should rub off on one of his great inventions: the answering machine. He created the Holmes Electromatic Speaking Apparatus, which could record up to 33 seconds of message and was activated by a push of a button. It was the first practical application of the then-new technology of the microphone. When the tape ran out, more tape was required. Eventually, a patent was filed for this invention and it was manufactured by the Dutch company, Gramaphone. It was named after Sherlock Holmes, but the device was known colloquially as ‘the talk machine’.
Many other famous inventors took inspiration from Sherlock Holmes and his unique view of the world. They too, worked in their own private laboratories and used mysterious chemicals to develop groundbreaking inventions that would change the way we live, work, and play. One such example is the American inventor Philo T. Farnsworth, who perfected the concept of the camera tube in 1912. So if you ever wonder where the phrase ‘photo finish’, which is used in horse-racing to denote the precise moment a picture is taken, comes from, you’re looking at the man. He’s the man they call when they want someone to blame when things go wrong. If you’ve ever been stuck in traffic, you may have heard his voice breaking up the monotony of the day.
Who Wants To Be A Detective?
While we’re on the subject of famous and creative geniuses, it might be instructive to take a moment to consider what drew such individuals to a life of crime-solving.
Many great detectives have gone into the profession because they enjoy the mental stimulation that the work provides. But, as we’ve established, Sherlock Holmes wasn’t your average detective. He specialized in difficult cases that normal police forces had given up on. He would often work at a frenetic pace, coming in immediately after hours of hard work at a client’s house, drinking their coffee, eating their cake, and helping them cook their dinner. His success rate was phenomenal; in one case, he solved a crime in less than an hour, spent a little under half an hour on the case, and made a whopping £500 profit on it. For an average joe, that’s over £100,000 in modern terms. No wonder he came in immediately after hours and worked his way through a giant chocolate cake hanging from a hook in the ceiling. He would often spend the night at the office too, helping himself to a port and cigar before settling down with a cup of cocoa. It’s said that he never failed to solve a case and that every single one of his clients was glad they hired him.
While we’re on the subject of addiction, we might as well highlight the great detective Sherlock Holmes’ fondness for cocaine. During his lifetime, Holmes is estimated to have consumed approximately a pound of the drug a day. Even in Victorian London, a pound of cocaine was considered a reasonable amount. But since his death, it’s been speculated that his great talent for solving crimes may have had something to do with the fact that he was a closet drug addict. His friend and biographer, Ronald Steiner, wrote the following about his mentor:
“He was fond of taking cocaine, which he did regularly. Even when he was working, he would often be found with a small vial in his hand, and he would sniff it sometimes during working hours. Whether this was a habit or an aid to concentration, I do not know. But he did say that it helped him in several ways.”
So, if you’re looking for fame and fortune, you might want to consider being a detective. But if you’re looking for mystery and a challenge, you might want to consider being a genius like Sherlock Holmes.
Who Is The Greatest Living Cartoonist?
For fans of the old Sherlock Holmes mysteries, you may recognize the name Richard Hughes. If you haven’t heard of him, then you may be wondering who is the greatest living cartoonist of all time. For decades, Richard Hughes has been responsible for illustrating every single one of Sherlock Holmes’ stories. For those who love the works of Agatha Christie, there’s also been a steady stream of beautiful and intricate illustrations of the famous mystery author’s stories. As well, Hughes has also done extensive work for The Strand magazine, where he’s designed countless covers and done countless illustrations for their stories. So, if you love comics, you may have already heard of Hughes and his work.
The man is a legend. He began designing covers for British publications in the 1920s and his distinctive eye and talent has never left him. He’s still actively designing and painting illustrations for newspapers and magazines around the world. In 2018, he was honored with the title of ‘Honorary Grand Wizard’ of the Ku Kux Kana Club. This is an honorary position for him as he’s already a Knight Grand Cross of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire. But, perhaps more importantly, it’s an honor bestowed upon him as a token of appreciation for his many years of work and services to the community. According to Hughes himself, some of his best work is still unpublished and waiting to be discovered by anyone who cares to look. So don’t be surprised if you see more than one famous face turning up in some of his un-coveted drawings.
The Americanization Of British Culture
In addition to Sherlock Holmes and Richard Hughes, we might also want to take a moment to appreciate the many other geniuses who have come from the United States and infused their unique cultural contributions into British culture. In the case of Sherlock Holmes, it was once said that his clients came from “every part of the United States” and that “his methods were as American as his successes.” While it’s true that he was one of the first international detectives, Holmes never let his English background go un-noticed. Before setting out to investigate a case, he would often refer to English precedents and use phrases and words that his clients wouldn’t normally use. Even words that we consider English, such as ‘solution’ and ‘verdict’, have deep roots in American culture. In fact, many legal terms that we use today have their origins in the great detective’s work. A lot has been written about this fascinating topic, so if you’re interested, you may want to read up on it. Or, at least, scan through some of the images that have been linked below.