Thanks, Mental Floss, For Ruining My Childhood
Last week, Mental Floss ran a piece on the Loch Ness Monster. I am so in love with the Loch Ness Monster (and its various incarnations in other bodies of water, including Chessie in the Chesapeake Bay. We always, always, always shriek hello to Chessie when we cross the Kent Narrows) that I bookmarked it, wanting to read it as a treat when I was finished with my work.
So much for my treat. Instead my childhood heart was SHATTERED.
You know who the real monster is? Mental Floss.
Apparently, the infamous photo of Nessie floating on the water is a fake, snapped by Marmaduke Wetherell to support his earlier debunked animal footprint scandal. And yes, that is an awful thing to do, but Mental Floss is 10,000 times worse. Implying that Nessie doesn’t exist, when we all know that Nessie DOES exist? Because he has to exist? Because I’m planning a trip to Scotland to look for Nessie so we’re sure as hell going to keep believing he exists?
You know how I know that Nessie exists? Because it was in the excellent 1983 National Geographic Society’s book, Amazing Mysteries of the World. Why would National Geographic Society cover it if it weren’t completely true? Are there grizzlies in Yellowstone? Snow is Sweden? Then it follows that there are lake monsters in Scotland.
I am choosing to unbookmark the article and pretend it didn’t happen.
What do you believe in even though you know it’s probably not true?