Cryptoscatology: New Exhibit at International Cryptozoology Museum

Cryptoscatology: New Exhibit at International Cryptozoology Museum

by Robert Guffey on April 5

via Cryptoscatology:

As William S. Burroughs liked to say, “Language is a virus.”  Oftentimes language evolves in ways we can never predict.  In my 9-12-12 post, I discussed the history of the word “cryptoscatology” (the title of my first nonfiction book) and its relation to the field of conspiracy theories.  In my 2-24-13 post, I further defined the word “cryptoscatology” as referring not just to conspiracy theories, but “to any field of endeavor that’s considered by mainstream culture to be transient, peripheral or hopelessly obscure.  And in this 6-19-13 post, I added the following:  “[T]he word ‘cryptoscatology’ simply means ‘the study of secret shit,’ and in our society ‘shit’ (i.e., that which is considered illegitimate by mainstream culture) can take many, many forms.  Loren Coleman, the writer of such wonderful books as MYSTERIOUS AMERICA and TOM SLICK AND THE SEARCH FOR THE YETI, has now created his own definition for the word “cryptoscatology.”  In this case, “cryptoscatology” takes on a very literal form indeed:  the study of Bigfoot shit.  Quoting Coleman himself:

“Cryptoscatology: The study of field found and collected scat (i.e. dung, feces) of unknown (cryptid), hidden (cryptic), and known (verified, confirmed) species of animals to better inform the knowledge base of cryptozoology (the study of hidden or unknown animals).”

In fact, “Cryptoscatology” is now the title of an exhibit currently showing at the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine.  Though the exhibit opened on April Fool’s Day, it’s not intended to be a joke.  Click HERE to learn more details about this most peculiar event in the always colorful world of cryptozoology. 

By the way, when the editors of the Oxford English Dictionary decide to add either of these definitions to their lexicon, I’ll let you know.   

(And in other Loren Coleman news, I urge you to check out his 3-30-18 Twilight Language post entitled Sirius Rising In the Days of Synchromysticism.”  Tell ’em Cryptoscatology sent you!)

Robert Guffey

Robert Guffey

Robert Guffey is a lecturer in the Department of English at California State University – Long Beach. His most recent book is UNTIL THE LAST DOG DIES (Night Shade/Skyhorse), a darkly satirical novel about a young stand-up comedian who must adapt as best he can to an apocalyptic virus that affects only the humor centers of the brain. His previous books include the journalistic memoir CHAMELEO: A STRANGE BUT TRUE STORY OF INVISIBLE SPIES, HEROIN ADDICTION, AND HOMELAND SECURITY (OR Books, 2015), a collection of novellas entitled SPIES & SAUCERS (PS Publishing, 2014), and CRYPTOSCATOLOGY: CONSPIRACY THEORY AS ART FORM (TrineDay, 2012).
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