A fascinating study from a University of North Dakota professor provides an enlightening look at the people who comprise the community of Fenn Treasure hunters. The now-infamous cache of riches said to be buried in the American southwest by eccentric author Forrest Fenn back in 2010 has captured the imagination of all manner of individuals over the last decade. While it has long been estimated that the number of people who have searched for the treasure is considerable, a newly published paper from UND professor Alan King reveals just how enormous and, for some, all-consuming the hunt has become.
The psychologist posted a specially designed survey at four prominent Forrest Fenn websites and, in turn, received responses from around 2,000 individuals. Based on the responses, the professor extrapolated that around two million people were aware of the tale and, of that group, a whopping 433,000 could be classified as serious treasure hunters. The level of commitment exhibited by the individuals who consider themselves genuine participants in the search is rather staggering.
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