Monday, March 21, 2011

Tuesday Travel With Vice Magazine: Last Dinosaur of the Congo

First of all, I want to say thank you to everybody who showed me such great support and well wishes from the last couple of days. I did something pretty dumb, and I'm sure that I'll end up writing about it at some point. But right now I want to stick with the program for the week, and I've got a great little miniature documentary for your viewing pleasure!

Ever since the first European explorers began truly penetrating the heart of central Africa, there has been a legend that has stood the test of time and still remains one of the most baffling cryptozoological mysteries of all time. This is the legend of Mokèlé-mbèmbé, or the Congo Brontosaurus. The first recorded incident from a modern European perspective was in 1776  when French missionary  Abbé Lievain Bonaventure stumbled on tracks that were reportedly over 3 feet in circumference with three large toes. Bear in mind, the term "dinosaur" did not even exist yet in this period of history.

In this Vice Guide to Travel, correspondent Dave Choe and his crew travel to the Congo in hopes of finding this elusive creature. He is certainly no Bear Grylls, and their trek into the deep African rain forest with their pygmy guides is probably one of the most entertaining and subtly hilarious things you will ever bear witness to this week....




Enjoy and I look forward to posting another next week!

28 comments:

Autumnforest said...

How fun! Josh Gate and "Destination Truth' did that one too---in search of Mokembe (sp?) and if I recall, it was a rather lame-o episode with maybe a boat that didn't work well or something stupid. I wish he'd revisit it. As a kid, this legend was my favorite cryptid even before I had heard for Bigfoot.

skinned sheep said...

those books on mysterious animals were always my favorite

Astronomy Pirate said...

Vice documentaries are always interesting. Always a little bit out there on the fringe looking at the world a different way then you might see on TV. I hadn't seen this one before though, and it's to bad he didn't get to see the bronto.

Robert Fünf said...

I think I'm going to like this series. I did feel the video was a bit short though. Nevertheless, I can't wait for next week.

Electric Addict said...

i'd like to see this dinosaur too

Spike said...

looking forward to the next one

Patti D. said...

very interesting story and video!

mac-and-me said...

i love cryptozoology

Alphabeta said...

*Mental note* - come back to this later.
I may have seen it already, but Vice travel guides are worth a re-watch.

Are you going to do 'Asses of the Caribbean'? ; ]

PhotoClasher said...

Good video !

Merlyy said...

Intersting.

Thanks for sharing =)

Megan said...

well im glad you're feeling better, but i wish you'd post what stupid thing you did soon. i need a laugh today LOL. :-)

when i first looked at this post, i saw the dinosaur and i thought you were going to rant about "the land before time". once i read, i realized that you didn't :-)

have a good day!!!

elexerdelex said...

I love dinosaurs... But they don't all love me...

Meghan Moran said...

cryptozoology will always hold a special place in my heart.

amBored said...

dinos everywheere :))

MxC said...

i love dinos!
you know the tv thing!? the dinos!?
always the best!

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http://daily-life-of-mxc.blogspot.com/

Zakk said...

Sounds fun. Good video, I enjoyed it!

leanmeansteen said...

haha ya! i got this a long time ago when vice put out their travel dvd. david choe is the best. he has another travel show called "thumbs up" where he hitchhikes everywhere.

Shutterbug said...

I like "Land Before time" ;)

Agustin Creevy said...

i'm watching the video! cool stuff

ed said...

this looks like real life - i want to believe

Kicking Rocks said...

I enjoy these videos of people trying to find elusive creatures. I love cryptids!

Sam said...

Great video, thank you for the article

Tasos said...

that video was really good! they managed to make it so neat and tidy in only 9minutes and kept it interesting

cowboy said...

This gives me pause to reminisce about the time I saw the dinosaur in my back yard. Not sure it had anything to do with the mushrooms or not!

Something Concupiscible said...

I've never heard of this legend before. Very interesting.

Banacek said...

Wasn't there a kid's movie made about this long ago? I seem to remember something.

duffboi said...

this is an awesome post!