From the second chapter (SHIFT) in BEYOND THE RABBIT EARS:
I’m a Discovery and History Channel junky. I’ve been watching for years, and have observed how the content has gradually shifted. What used to be endless programming of whales, turtles, butterflies, sharks, WW1, WW2, and the Civil War, has been inundated with mermaids, ghosts, UFO’s, Bigfoot, lake monsters, giants, aliens, ancient astronauts, and the like. After watching countless Finding Bigfoot episodes, I’m still no closer to knowing if he/she/it is out there miraculously avoiding all those good photo ops. At this point, I wish the hairy beast would take a selfie and post it on Facebook. Lord knows, there’s plenty of lost cell phones laying around in the woods!
Why do we keep watching when we know Bigfoot and Loch Ness’s Nessie will continue to elude the limelight? Are we hoping that the mystery will be solved at 8PM tonight, or are we searching for something else? Maybe we really don’t care; it’s just fun to watch. Who knows? I confess, I’m not really interested in Bigfoot and Nessie, however, I really want to believe in mermaids. I’ve watched Mermaids: The Body Found a dozen times or more. I’m a grown man with adult children, but I want to think they existed, and still exist. There just has to be something to all those legendary sea stories from history past. And, no, I don’t think early sailors mistook manatee for mermaids. My wife tells me: “Guess what? They were drunk on rum!” I think she’s watched too much of Pirate’s of the Caribbean!
The lines between historical fact and legend have always been blurred. Did George Washington really cut down the cherry tree? Did he really never tell a lie, not even a little white lie? Did Queen Marie Antoinette really say, “S’ils n’ont plus de pain, qu’ils mangent de la brioche” (“If they have no bread, let them eat ‘cake’”)? The answer to these questions is…
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