There's this paranormal show on telebision that I was watching the other day. I found myself wondering how I could hoax each segment. About 90% of the time I could figure out a way to hoax each segment within just a minute or so. And I wasn't even trying. Now I'm not saying most of this stuff was fake, just that it would not be difficult to fake it. I'm not sure why folks fake and hoax these things. Whether it's ghosts or UFOs or Bigfoot, a lot of this material is hoaxed. I don't know why people go to the trouble to fake this stuff. I really don't see what they get out of it. But a lot of this paranormal stuff is complete balderdash.
That's one reason why I rarely give talks about the Great 1897 Airship. I've spent years studying about this thing and consider it the most baffling event in American history. Yet, if I try and talk about it people just claim it's a hoax and dismiss it outright--without any basis to denounce it or me. And so I've kind of taken a step back and do not have any talks planned about it this year, even at science fiction cons. I'm just tired of pounding my head into walls. It's a shame as I think it's a story that needs to be told. I've read newspaper articles from the day. The California state legislature even held hearings on it. And I have serious problems with the very few books on the subject. But people don't want to hear it and I've got to decide how I want to proceed with this subject. The Airship wasn't done with fishing line or a fan out of the frame of a camera angle. It scared a lot of people, should not have existed based on the technology of the day, yet it has been completely forgotten by history because the dullard class just says "It's gotta be a hoax." The same dullard class that watches these stupid paranormal shows.