Jun 22, 2011 - 06:00
“Yeti skin” to be sold in Geneva
by Simon Bradley, swissinfo.ch
Blistering barnacles! A real Yeti skin on sale in Geneva! Not exactly; it is the pelt of an Ursus arctos pruinosus, or rare Tibetan blue bear, to be more precise.The hide is the main attraction on Wednesday at the Hotel des Ventes auction house. It was originally collected by mountaineer Sir Edmund Hillary during his famous Yeti hunt to the Himalayas in 1960.“It belongs to a private Swiss individual whose father bought it at Christies in London in 1978 for £1,200 (SFr1,640),” auctioneer Bernard Piguet told swissinfo.ch. “He was fascinated by its rarity and everything to do with Hillary.”“It’s a blue bear from the Himalayas,” said Piguet. “But it was considered the Yeti until the expedition of Sir Edmund in 1960. He went there to find out if the Yeti was real or not.”
The New Zealand climber, who was one of the first men to scale Everest in 1953, travelled to the Himalayas with an American expedition in pursuit of the “Abominable Snowman”.The expedition collected furs, skulls, bones and other local evidence that were sent back to Britain for scientific analysis, including the pelt currently being sold in Geneva.Hillary, who had set out with an open mind about Yetis, reportedly completed his hunt with these words: “I am inclined to think that the realm of mythology is where the Yeti rightly belongs.”The mission concluded that Yeti tracks were human footprints deformed by the melting snow, that Yeti sightings by Sherpas were untrustworthy, and that all the scalps were undoubtedly fakes.
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'Finding Bigfoot' Hoax Exposed - By the Cast!
June 21, 2011 12:05 AM EDT
The TV show Finding Bigfoot has a lot of critics debunking the evidence that the legendary cryptid really exists. That now includes the people who appear on the show itself.Cast members from the TV show have commented in various online forums that they are bugged by the heavy-handed editing done by producers of the series, and are not happy that they seem to be putting false words in their mouths. To say nothing of using tricks to make their actual findings more seemingly groundbreaking.