When I was younger and I'd have trouble falling asleep, my mom used to tell me to "turn on something educational, that'll do it!" Well, when I started watching Discovery Health, Animal Planet, Nat Geo etc. in the middle of the day just for fun, she realized where she had gone wrong. However, the tradition didn't exactly stop, and I can often be found wandering through said channels in the middle of the night
Like last night, for example, when I flipped to Animal Planet at 2am, and found a new show: Lost Tapes. It's basically a show that uses found video tape footage to suggest that something exists and/or is not extinct. Like Bigfoot, for example. Or, in the episode I watched, one of these cuddly creatures:
Also known as a "Megalania" or "Devil Dragon," a 20-30 foot giant monitor lizard that roamed Australia some 40,000+ years ago.
But wait! There are tapes that 'prove' it's still roaming, of course! I tried to find a good recap of this episode, but it just aired yesterday so it's proved quite difficult, so I'll just make one up. Basically, this guy (who I think is named Dave...but we're going to call him that anyway), goes into the Australian Rainforest for some type of 'extreme survivor' show on his own. No crew, no food, etc. etc. Well, he gets this bright idea to take a stick that's maybe a foot long and stick it in a hole to see if there's an animal in there. Surprise! There is, and it bites his arm, but stays in the hole. So he leaves it alone and goes to make his 'shelter' for the night (which fails horribly, by the way). This is him in the middle of the night (not really sure if this video embed will work?)
So, the next day he wakes up and his arm is throbbing. Turns out: it was a poisonous bite. He remembers a village about 5 miles away and heads that direction for help. Monitor lizards, by the way, are known for striking their prey with their 'venom' and then stalking them for days until they are weak enough to eat. Dave's infection just gets worse and worse and he has yet to find the village, and he is being 'stalked' by something, and then we get this video:
Which is where it really started to creep me out. About ten seconds after this, Dave breaks down, knowing he's going to die, and says goodbye to his wife and daughter. About thirty seconds after that, something grabs him, his camera falls, he fights to hold on to grass but whatever it is pulls him away and we never see him again.
Apparently, his body was never found, but the camera was found by Aborigine trail guides about 1/4 mile from the village. There isn't really any evidence that this was a Megalania, and it could have simply been a regular Komodo dragon as they are known for doing the exact same thing. The only things that have brought this into question were that there were unidentifiable tracks near the camera, and that there was unidentifiable saliva found on the camera equipment. And since we know that there are hundreds of unnamed/undiscovered animals/insects/etc living in rain forests, they basically have nothing. Plus, I have been unable to find any information at all about this guy. And if he was real, then he has to have been the worst survivor-esque person ever and was crazy for doing this--other than that random moment of "how to find grub under bark," which is also taught by Timon and Pumba.
But it was still creepy, and the whole thing gave me the heebie jeebies all night. Yck.
P.S. Leaving home 10 minutes early for better parking is just as ineffective as it sounds. Welcome to the result.