OK, so remember my post about the Pittsburgh Tunnel Monster & the artist renderings? Well, I just got this reply. It came a little late, and it came from someone who couldn’t pick up on the fact that I was goofing around. I mean, I don’t even know how I should respond to this. Should I tell them, or keep it going? Surely a quick Google search of my email address or “Pittsburgh Tunnel Monster” would have landed you here? I kind of feel bad that this cat didn’t “get” it.
I poked around several forums and web pages until I found email addresses or forums or anywhere where I could post my goofiness. They mostly all fell entirely flat (Fail 1/Fail 2/Fail 3). This email eventually found someone, I guess.
Oh well, here’s the reply:
From: The Cryptid Hunters <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, Aug 3, 2012
Subject: Re: The Pittsburgh Tunnel Monster
To: Waldo Lunar <email@example.com>
Hello, and thank you for emailing The Cryptid Hunters.
Firstly, allow me to introduce myself. I’m Raptorguy14, currently the only active member of this group. We used to have several people, but they’ve since become inactive. I’ve been thinking many times about reviving this group, and I may do that soon, but for now I can only investigate reports of cryptids in the Western United States.
Secondly, I, nor anyone else in this group, do not represent MonsterQuest or anything/anyone affiliated with it. I understand that the link to our email is on the History Channel website, so I apologize for any confusion. We are simply a group of amateur cryptid hunters.
Thirdly, the photos definitely appear to be fake. I know that you said they are artist renderings, but I’m certain that it’s impossible for creatures that look like those “renderings” in the photos to exist. After some preliminary research online, I can conclude that the Pittsburgh Tunnel Monster is likely a hoax, an urban legend, as no solid evidence has turned up yet. As I said, I would be open to investigating, but at this time I can only investigate cryptid reports in the Western United States (specifically the Intermountain West). I will try to find somebody to investigate, but I find it unlikely that any evidence will turn up. More than likely it’s just a myth that makes drivers be more cautious in the tunnel, as tunnels can be very dangerous places if certain driving precautions are not taken.
I guess I should write back.
Also, if I neglected to post your artist rendering, please send it again! I was sitting on a few until I had another related post… wanna make sure I don’t miss any. Here’s one from Valley of Steel‘s Eric Yano:
- Review: Hoax Hunters #2 (comicbooked.com)
- Squirrel Hill Tunnel Closure Frustrates Drivers, Causes Traffic Backups (pittsburgh.cbslocal.com)
- Cryptozoology – Loch Ness Monster (disclose.tv)
- Liberty Tunnel Cleaning Tonight (dormont-brookline.patch.com)
- Ten Cryptids That Were Proven False (sunnyace.wordpress.com)
- The 10 Geekiest Google Easter Eggs (io9.com)
- In search of the Tunnel Monster… (aixelsyd13.wordpress.com)
- Tunnel Monster ☠ Artist Renderings (aixelsyd13.wordpress.com)
- Goofy Search Terms (aixelsyd13.wordpress.com)
- Parkway West Named One Of Country’s Most Congested Roads (pittsburgh.cbslocal.com)
- The Pittsburgh Tunnel Monster gets national attention? (aixelsyd13.wordpress.com)