Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Yeti: Santa Claus for grown-ups?

I have been bedridden for the past few days due to a cold. I finally started feeling better today and should be on my feet tomorrow.

These past few days, I haven't been able to do much except surf the net, where I found some weird sites and lectures that I may blog about sometime. One of the amusing sites I came across this evening is the Yeti Project Japan. The first thing that caught my eye is that the project is backed by some major companies, which you can see at the bottom of the top page of their site.

According to their website, this year's project involved a team of seven guys who spent a couple of months in the mountains of Nepal trying to get a good shot of the elusive yeti. It is obvious from their site that they are true believers.

Looking at the official blog for their project, it appears that they have returned home with no good evidence other than something that looked like yeti footprints (whatever they may look like!). It seems like they got into this in 2003 when some people of their group spotted three human-like figures in the mountains and then rushed to the conclusion that they were indeed yeti.

The blog is a good example of the attitude of true believers: They have essentially returned empty-handed but consider their trip a complete success. They purport to have found more yeti-like footprints on this trip, and one of the members announced that (even though he has absolutely no convincing evidence) he still wants to believe (!) in the existence of yetis.

They report on their blog that NHK has done an interview with them that should be aired soon. With all the pseudo-science and fortune-tellers/aura-readers on TV in Japan these days, people will eat this up.

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