Sweigart Report: “Chupacabra” | Vol. 3 / No. 43.1

Today’s Monday Crazy concerns this video, supposedly of a man-like creature “filmed” in a “Portuguese desert” that people are calling a “chupacabra.”

Things to remember: (a) Portugal doesn’t have deserts, but it does have a semi-arid region called Alentejo, (b) the chupacabra is from the Americas, especially Mexico and the southern United States, not Portugal, (c) the chupacabra is fictional, and (d) that’s not how shadows work.

h/t to The Mysterious Universe for this one.

Also h/t to David Emery at Snopes for his hilarious “checklist of requirements every fake paranormal “creature” or “alien” video must fulfill before it can be uploaded to YouTube and go viral.

Happy Monday, everyone.


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