YETI TRACKS SAID FOUND
For the second time within a year comes a report from the Himalayas of fresh Yeti footprints in the snow. Also known as the abominable snowman, the elusive bi-pedal creature has been dismissed as strictly mythical, despite persistent reports of sightings going back well over a century. The latest is by a team of Japanese explorers in Nepal.
According to London’s Daily Mail, Yoshiteru Takahashi, the Yeti project team leader, could barely contain his excitement as he described 8-inch long bare footprints closely resembling those of humans. Takahashi says the find came on a 25,135-foot peak near the spot where he claims to have seen a crouching figure, about 5 feet tall, in 2003. He is convinced this is, indeed, the Yeti. At last report, the group was planning to set up motion-sensitive cameras in an attempt to take pictures of the creature.
Late in 2007 an American television crew reported finding a Yeti footprint on the banks of the Manju river near mount Everest. Discovered at nearly 10,000 feet above sea level, the American find was almost 13 inches long and equally wide, clearly not the same creature as reported by the Japanese.
Josh Gates, the host of “Destination Truth” a program dealing with crypto-zoology and an archaeologist by training, reported the find which immediately drew massive international media exposure. Within days however, some, including Sherpa guides, were questioning its authenticity. The guides, while believing that the Yeti itself does exist, say the actual creature has four toes, not five as did the Manju river find. Gates himself professed to be somewhat mystified by his find.
A subject of myth and legend, the Yeti long ago captured the western imagination. Tibetan for “Rock Bear” the term Yeti is part of Himalayan folklore, though descriptions of its appearance and behavior vary somewhat depending on the region. In 1921 a royal Geographical Society expedition to Mt. Everest reported Yeti footprints in the snow at 21,000 feet. To date, though, no actual creature has been produced.
REWARD OFFERED FOR PROOF OF EVOLUTION
There is big money to be made these days by committed Darwinian evolutionistas. Turkish Islamic creationist Adnan Oktar has offered 10 trillion turkish lira (over 7 trillion dollars) to anyone who can produce fossil proof of evolution.
The reward is offered, says Oktar to “anyone who produces a single intermediate-form fossil demonstrating evolution.” He is referring to what were once called missing links, and which, according to most creationists, are still missing.
Oktar is best known as the main adversary of atheist Richard Dawkins (see our story elsewhere in this issue) whose web site Oktar has succeeded in getting banned in Turkey. Writing under the pen name Harun Yahya, Oktar has produced an 800-page book called The Atlas of Creation which has sold 10,000 copies worldwide and which supports his Islamic version of creation. Not surprisingly, his views are scoffed at by mainstream science, so this may provide the opening for which they have been waiting. The U.S. government might even consider getting involved, since we understand it could use a few extra trillion these days.