Why Is the Indian Army Tweeting About Yetis?
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The Indian army has spurred an avalanche of jokes and bolstered the spirits of the occasional true believer with a tweet purporting to show evidence ofthe elusive yeti.

"For the first time,an #IndianArmy Mountaineering Expedition Team has sited Mysterious Footprints of mythical beast 'Yeti' measuring 32x15 inches close to Makalu Base Camp on 09 April 2019," the Indian army accounttweeted yesterday(April 29).“这个难以捉摸的雪人过去只在马卡卢巴伦国家公园被发现过。”

The army has not given any indication that it is joking.According toThe Times of India,officials said they were turning over the "evidence" to "subject matter experts" and wanted to go public to rekindle public interest in the mythical ape-like beast.[Real or Not?12次不寻常目击背后的科学]

Twitter users,though,immediately jumped on the opportunity for levity,with manytweeting goofy GIFs of dancing yetiand mocking the post.

The yeti is an old myth,originating with the people who call the Himalayas home.Its alternative name,theAbominable Snowman,came from a 1921 interview with British explorers of Mount Everest that was conducted by a journalist named Henry Newman.The adventurers claimed to have seen footprints on the mountain that their guide said came from a "metoh-kangmi," or "man-bear snow-man." Newman mistranslated "metoh" as "filthy," and then he decided to swap out that word for the more poetic "Abominable."

Alleged "yeti" have occasionally been sighted since,but none of the sightings has panned out.One of the most famous photographs of a purported yetiturned out to be a rock.

The pictures posted by the Indian army are hardly slam-dunk proof of a sighting.They consist of a few shots of a single-file line of impressions in snow that looks like it's experienced some partial melting — in one picture,small downhill lines show spots where chunks of snow or ice had skidded down the hillside.The tracks are indistinct and don't seem to preserve anything resembling claw or toe marks.的确,they look very little like something left by a bipedal animal,given that there is only one line of impressions.

Earlier yeti "evidence" has failed to provide any factual basis for the snow-loving creature.In 2011,a bone claimed to be a yeti finger turned out to belongto a long-dead human.每一个被测试过的所谓“雪人的头发”样本turned out to belong to bears or dogs.

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