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Your Friendly Neighborhood Sasquatch

Your Friendly Neighborhood Sasquatch

Article by Rebecca Twinney; art by Caroline Li and Jackson Truesdale

About two miles into the drive up Pikes Peak, there’s an official-looking brown highway sign alerting drivers to the crossing of a looming, hulk-like figure. With legs as thick as its waist and feet larger than its head, it’s unmistakably the infamous Bigfoot.

Underneath the figure reads, “Due to sightings in the area of a creature resembling ‘big foot,’ this sign has been posted for your safety.” 

There's Something in the Water

Living in Slocum my freshman year, I was spoiled by the fancy fountains spouting cold, clear water.  Moving to Montgomery, a building then completely void of water fountains, was a somewhat unwelcome change. The water from the kitchen or bathroom sink tasted and smelled off. And was I just imagining that slightly brown color? I would still usually make a special trip to Worner or the library just to fill up my water bottle. I refrained from using fountains if the filter light was flashing red, and I became increasingly conservative with the water I had saved up. If friends asked for a swig from my water bottle, I’d say, “Ok, one sip.” Then I’d proceed to stare them down, lest they take a sip and a half.


Sixty-six million years ago: Dinosaurs rule the planet. They range from the size of chickens to that of cargo ships, but they are all about to share a similar fate. At 45,000 miles per hour, a massive chunk of cosmic rock somersaults toward Earth. While the sauropods sleep, a meteor shower streaks the sky orange. Combusting in the Earth’s atmosphere, these asteroid fragments only warn of what is to come.

To Thine Own Selves Be True

English crime novelist Agatha Christie once wrote, “The simplest explanation is always the most likely.” This adage hasn’t stopped thousands of people from believing in more complicated explanations of seemingly undisputed events. From Neil Armstrong’s 1969 moon landing to Barack Obama’s birth certificate, Americans have discussed and propagated conspiracy theories for decades.

Animal Dads

In nature, animal fathers get a bad rap. You’ve probably heard the story about the grizzly bear that ate his own cub or the guppy that swallowed his fry only moments after its birth. If you searched for examples of deadbeat dads, you’d find a wealth of information: the assassin bug devours his young like caviar and the power-hungry lion makes the perfect evil stepfather. But while the good animal dads may be few and far between, these seven examples offer a variety of unusual and admirable parenting techniques.

Lions on Leashes

On the evening of Oct. 18, 2011, a retired Zanesville, Ohio resident, Sam Kopchak, went to check on his new horse. Reaching the small paddock behind the house, Kopchak noticed that something was wrong. His neighbor’s horses were more skittish than usual, running in circles around a dark mass. Squinting, Kopchak recognized the figure as a small black bear, rare, but not unheard of in Muskingum County.