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Have Many People Believed in the Existence of the Abominable Snowman?

In 1959, in the wake of a decade of enthusiasm for the "Abominable Snowman," the U.S. Embassy in Nepal published a list of rules and regulations for would-be adventurers hoping to search for the Yeti in the Himalayas. From Everest-conqueror Sir Edmund Hillary reporting sightings of huge footprints on his climb, to contests and sponsorships calling on anyone with an ice-ax to seek the beast, the world was in love with the as-yet-uncaptured Yeti. With all of this interest from abroad, the U.S. Embassy in Kathmandu, Nepal, saw a potentially hairy situation arising regarding Nepal's sovereignty. Its memo demanded that any U.S. citizen tracking the creature had to pay Nepal for a permit, agree not to shoot it (except with a camera), and turn over any evidence -- including the Yeti itself -- to Nepalese officials. As of 2018, of course, no one has had to comply with either of those last two guidelines.

The Yeti walks at midnight?

  • In Nepal, it is believed the Yeti whistles and growls, comes out at night, and can kill a human with one blow.

  • A team of scientists and explorers is soon expected to begin a $1.4 million USD expedition in search of the Chinese version of the Yeti.

  • In terms of North American mythical creatures, the 1967 short film that allegedly shows Bigfoot in the California woods and sparked nationwide interest has never been discredited.

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