Thursday, June 19, 2008

History Channel FAIL

I realize that this blog post would be best suited for another blogging venture of ours, but it was too funny and sad not to post on mine.
Last night on History Channel, the TV show "Monster Quest" did an hour on the Bigfoot phenomenon in Ohio known as the Ohio Grassman. The show featured local, (to me), Bigfoot investigators giving their experiences and having experts analyze findings to try and prove this to be real. Interesting enough show, but it failed hard in two areas.
The first is REALLY bad. The narrator starts by saying "Ohio, the Buckeye State" and shown is an aerial view of Cleveland as if you were flying in from the south. The view then changes to another aerial shot of a river...with an industrial plant on it's banks. "known for it's heavy industry and home to more then 11 million people" Wait a second! That's not an industrial plant in Ohio! That's the Ford Rouge Plant....in Detroit. You can see the Renaissance Center off in the distance, (thanks to an HD) television. And as the narrator continues to say the part about the 11 million people, the skyline that is being shown is that of downtown Detroit....Michigan! You know, that Detroit that is in another state! 90 some miles NW of Cleveland. I couldn't stop laughing! This is suppose to be a show on the History Channel and they can't even get their midwestern cities straight!? What's next? Saying the Battle of Gettysburg was fought in the San Fernando Valley in California?
Okay, I had my chuckle and then continued to watch the show. About 20 minutes in is where they bring in Don Keating, and the next FAIL. But it's not at Don's expense. Don has been a Bigfoot investigator in this area for many years and does a real good job bringing awareness and interest to it. This FAIL comes when the producers are doing a "reenactment" of a time in 1992 when Don had caught something on video. They list the area that this occurred in as Kershocktin, OH. Kershocktin? Go to Google Maps right now and look up Kershocktin, OH. Go ahead, I'll wait. You couldn't find it either, huh? Well, that's probably because it doesn't exist. The area that they were trying to say it is was Coshocton County, OH. For someone that is not from east-central Ohio and they hear Coshocton pronounced by a local, it does sound like they spelled it. But that is just plain wrong. Coshocton, which is Native American for "union of waters", is another area of Ohio with a lot of rich history dating back for many years and a show on History Channel can't even spell the county name right.
As far as I could tell, that was the only couple of things the producers really screwed up on, but I just couldn't let that go without blogging about it.

1 comment:

Your Finest Eimer said...

Man was that show bad. Terrible. I didn't catch the Detroit part, but Kershocktin was just plain bad journalism.

I posted a review of the show on my website as well.

I'm glad someone else caught the mistakes.