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Weird creatures have the last laugh
Radio Ponsonby is now
home to The Cryptid
Factor, a show
celebrating all things
weird and wonderful. It is
presented by David
Farrier, Rhys Darby and
''Buttons'' -- a trio
dedicated to uncovering
some of the world's most
intriguing creatures that
may or may not exist.
Reporter Jess Lee had a
chat with them to see
what listeners can expect
from this series.
10 QUESTIONS WITH
The Cryptid Factor
Noun, the study of animals whose
existence is disputed, such as
the Loch Ness Monster or the
Into the unknown: From left: David Farrier, Rhys Darby and ''Buttons'' have brought their radio show The Cryptid Factor
to Ponsonby Radio.
1. Describe the show in 140
characters or less.
Rhys Darby: The weirdest news
of the week combined with crypto-
zoological findings and reports,
robot news and interviews all sealed
in a comedy tin.
2. Where did the idea for the
show first come from?
RD: David and I discovered that
we shared a love for cryptozoology
(the search for hidden animals). I
thought the two of us should
therefore join forces and create a
radio show about it. The only
thing missing was someone
who knew how to push all the
buttons in the studio. Enter
Buttons'' -- hence the name. Now
he's just as obsessed with mystical
creatures as us.
3. What was it about crypto-
zoology that first got you all
RD: I've always been interested
in the unknown''. It's that eternal
quest to find the answers that I find
compelling. We all love adventure
and exploration too. Cryptozoology
stands not only for unknown'' ani-
mals but the quest to find them and
their origins. This brings out the
Indiana Jones in all of us. We all
love the idea that the world still
holds some magical surprises.
David Farrier: I was obsessed
with the X-Files as a kid and
wanted a job that made me like Fox
Mulder. The FBI was too hard, so
cryptozoologist was the next best
4. What's the strangest thing
you have discovered through
the show so far?
RD: One of the strangest things
we've talked about is the bloop'' -- a
massive noise that comes from the
bottom of the Pacific Ocean. The
noise was picked up by oceano-
graphers in 1997 and it's thought to
come from a mystery creature big-
ger than anything we've ever
5. What are you hoping to
uncover this series?
RD: We truly hope that 2013 is
the year of the Bigfoot discovery''.
The hairy hominid is so hot right
now I really think he's going to
reveal himself. As technology
improves and more cash is spent the
chances of discovery and capture
are getting more and more likely.
The Cryptid Factor hopes to have
our fingers on the pulse and be on
the air when it happens.
DF: There are too many people
with cameras and internet access.
We have to get solid evidence this
6. What do each of you bring
to the show?
RD: We all bring our passion for
the weird. David is the journalist --
he gets the interviews and asks the
questions. Buttons brings the tech-
nology (from the 90s) and Rhys
brings the comedy that gets injected
into the information at regular
intervals. Together the three of us
work like a well-worn tricycle -- the
kind you had when you were four
with ribbons on the handlebars.
7. How are your new digs at
DF: I love the fact that passers-by
can see us having so much fun
behind the mics. The chap at
Dante's brought us a pizza and the
lady at Tokyo Club served us beers.
If anyone else in Ponsonby Central
wants a shout out'' they should feel
free to bring us food and gifts.
8. After David's trip to
Mongolia to find the Mongolian
Death Worm are there any other
pilgrimages that any of you
would like to make?
RD: I have been to Loch Ness
twice. I've been out on the lake with
the Nessie Hunter boat on two occa-
sions. On my second I stayed with
some Illuminati Buddhists. We ate
raw vegetables and saw UFOs.
9. Bigfoot -- hairy hoax or elu-
RD: Bigfoot is real. No question.
But there are lots of them -- they
live in family groups like mountain
gorillas and migrate in the seasons.
10. What's the best factoid''
you have ever been told?
RD: We don't do factoids'' we do
factaroonies'' like: Chupacabras
are zombie-like canine creatures
that roam about in Puerto Rico
sucking the blood out of goats and
The Cryptid Factor plays on Radio
Ponsonby 107.7FM on Thursdays
from 6pm-8pm. Go to
radioponsonby.co.nz to check it out.
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