What Are the Facts on the Abominable Snowman?


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The Abominable Snowman is also known as Yeti or Metoh and is a legendary bipedal creature believed by some to inhabit parts of the Himalayan mountains. The Yeti may either be classified as a mythological creature, not existing outside folklore or spiritual beliefs, or a cryptid, a creature that might exist, but has no scientific evidence to support its existence.

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The Abominable Snowman name was coined by writer Harry Newman in 1921. Newman erroneously translated "metoh" to "filthy." He took some creative liberty and changed "filthy" to "abominable" when writing a story about a supposed spotting during a Mt. Everest expedition.

The physical characteristics of the Yeti have been described differently, but most maintain that it is a very tall bipedal creature with dark hair, resembling an ape or a bear. Some Nepalese folklore claims that anyone who sees a Yeti will not live to tell the tale, yet there have been numerous alleged sightings reported. After Sir Edmund Hillary became the first to climb Mt. Everest, western curiosity brought a surge of explorers hoping to spot the creature. Even Hillary took an interest in the Yeti and set out on several expeditions, during which he claimed to have found Yeti footprints. In addition to the alleged sightings, some hairs have been offered as physical evidence, but nothing conclusive was ever discovered. Aside from sincere attempts to prove the Yeti's existence, there have also been numerous hoaxes claiming to have found it.

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