Imagine a lake.
It’s a lake like this:
It stretches for miles, it’s deep and mysterious, surrounded by breathtaking landscape of hills and plains.
It’s a beautiful lake.
Now – how would you make it famous?
You could praise it’s beauty – and surely some people would come to see it.
You could even have some romantic ruins scattered around it. Like a medieval castle remains. This would help attract even more tourists.
But how would you make it a worldwide touristic highlight? How could you drag people all over the globe to see it?
How would you make them write stories about it in all languages, how would you make it as well known as wonders of the world such as Pyramids of Giza, Rome’s Colloseum or Niagara Falls?
How would would you do it – when you’d have known that your like is nice…but not THAT special?
Well my friends – for this you would need a Monster.
Maybe not as ugly as that one.
Still, the Monster you need should be big, fat and scary. Yet – it should be realistic and vivid enough that it could live in people’s imagination.
1 ,00o pound, ancient reptile and a marine predator – plesiosaurus should do the job.
Now how would you find one – if all of those died like 65 milion years ago?
That’s also simple my friends – you would make it up.
You would find a nice, catchy name for it- like Billy or Fluffy.
Or Nessie, if you’d have ran out of all other options.
Then you would start producing promotional gadgets on the industrial scale. Postcards, toys, t-shirts, calendars, cups, towels, toilet papers… etc. All of those covered with our Monster’s images.
And than you would spread the word.
That’s how the Loch Ness monster myth was created … or rather that’s what I thought before I visited the famous lake myself.
It was then when it occured to me that sometimes the most simple explanations have nothing to do with the ever-suprising reality.
Because of all explanations I had – none has foreseen that famous Nessie can be actually alive.
To be continued