Yeti or Noti
Everyone has heard of the Yeti, the hairy bipedal creature who is said to live in the coldest regions on Earth. While scientists can't verify that the Yeti actually exists, they have come to the conclusion that there is such a creature as the Yeti Lobster. Once thought to be elusive, a hairy crustacean known as the Yeti lobster was sighted in January 2012 on the crowded beaches of South Florida as well as in lagoons off of Key West. This arthropod was spotted tying the shoelaces of unsuspecting patrons at a local restaurant and bar, leaving behind notes claiming that lobsters were better than reptiles (ICD-10-CM code Y93.83, Rough housing and horseplay). Although no one saw the shoestring-tying incidents, there were witnesses who claimed a lobster with long white hair was observed singing karaoke in a dive bar in the same area. Authorities will not confirm or deny any of these events to actually be the Yeti Lobster. However, they urge people to approach white hairy lobsters with caution and call local law enforcement. [Courtesy of The Spoof]
In the folklore of Nepal, the Yeti (translated as “snowman”), also called the Abominable Snowman, is an ape-like creature taller than an average human that is said to inhabit the Himalayan region of Nepal, Bhutan and Tibet at the snow line. The Himalaya mountain range is both remote and vast with a length of about 1500 miles and a width of 125-250 miles. The range includes Mount Everest, the highest peak on earth, standing at 29,028 feet high. The Yeti is said to roam between the tree line and permanent snow at 14,000 to 20,000 feet.
The Russian government has recently taken an interest in the Yeti, going so far as to organize a conference of Bigfoot experts and bringing them to western Siberia in October 2011. Bigfoot researcher and biologist John Bindernagel claimed that he saw evidence that the Yeti not only exist, but build nests and shelters out of twisted tree branches. That group made headlines around the world when they issued a statement that they had "indisputable proof" of the Yeti, and were 95 percent sure it existed based on some grey hairs found in a clump moss in a cave.
The scientific community has generally regarded the Yeti as a legend, given the lack of conclusive evidence. In one genetic study, researchers matched DNA from hair and bone samples found in the Himalaya with a prehistoric bear from the Pleistocene epoch. One mountain climber took a picture of a very large footprint in 1951, made by a heavy creature walking barefoot through the snow (ICD-10-CM code E003.9, Other activity involving ice and snow). However, Yeti themselves have never been caught on film; the Sherpa people say the Yeti are too quick to be caught, even with a camera.
The names Yeti, Meh-Teh and Metoh-Kanami (snow creature) are commonly used by the people indigenous to the region, and are part of their history and mythology. The Sherpas have two terms that they use for these frost giants, meh-teh and yeh-teh; it’s easy to see that yeh-teh could have become Yeti. Sherpa tradition holds that the Yeti will only show itself to those who believe in it. In some regional dialects, the terror titan was known as “Meh-teh” or “Migoi” – translated as “wild man of the snows.”
In addition, the Yeti’s origins may be tracked back to ancient pre-Buddhist religious rites. Mountain villagers once venerated the Yeti as a supernatural entity: a god of the hunt. Depicted in totems, temples and shrines, the Yeti appears as an ape-human hybrid brandishing a great stone weapon. Supposedly, the stench of a Yeti was so foul, it induced immediate nausea and occasional vomiting (ICD-10-CM code R11.2).
Stories of the Yeti first emerged as an aspect of Western popular culture in the 19th century, but the search to find the Yeti can be traced back to the time of Alexander the Great, who in 326 BC set out to conquer the Indus Valley. Having heard stories of the Yeti he demanded to see one for himself, but local people told him they were unable to present one because the creatures could not survive at that low an altitude. In the 1950s the Nepali government cashed in on the increasingly popular Yeti myth by issuing Yeti-hunting licenses priced at $515 per Yeti. To date no-one has succeeded in capturing a specimen dead, or alive. In fact, Sakteng Wildlife Sanctuary in Bhutan is a national park officially dedicated to preserving the Yeti.
In 2007, American TV show host Josh Gates claimed he found three mysterious footprints in snow near a stream in the Himalayas. Locals were skeptical, suggesting that Gates — who had only been in the area for about a week — simply misinterpreted a bear track. Nothing more was learned about what made the print, and the track can now be found not in a natural history museum but instead in a small display at Disney World. Possible explanations for other unusually large footprints found over the years include the effect of evaporation and melting snow, the ‘overstepping’ phenomenon in which the longer tracks of an animal’s hind feet overlap and obscure the tracks of the shorter forefeet (such as the gait of a bear), and even the prints left by nomadic mountain men wearing roughly-woven snow sandals.
A finger long believed to be from a Yeti found in a monastery in Nepal was examined by researchers at the Edinburgh Zoo in 2011. The finger generated controversy among Bigfoot and Yeti believers for decades, until DNA analysis proved that the finger was human, perhaps from a monk's corpse. In 1960, Sir Edmund Hillary, the first man to scale Mt. Everest, searched for evidence of the Yeti. He found what was claimed to be a scalp from the beast, in the temple of a village called Khumjung. Scientists later determined that the helmet-shaped hide was in fact made from a serow, a Himalayan animal similar to a goat (ICD-10-CM code S08.0XXA, Avulsion of scalp initial encounter).
Despite dozens of expeditions into the remote mountain regions of Russia, China, and Nepal, the existence of the Yeti remains unproven. Like Bigfoot and the Loch Ness monster, there is a distinct lack of hard proof for the Yeti's existence, though a few pieces of evidence have emerged over the years. But, the lack of hard evidence despite decades of searches doesn't deter true believers; the fact that these mysterious creatures haven't been found is not taken as evidence that they don't exist, but instead how rare, reclusive, and elusive they are. So, despite the many attempts to solve the mystery of the Abominable Snowman, the Yeti remains still-at-large – concealed within the craggy fortress of rock and ice known as the Himalayas (potentially ICD-10-CM Z72.81, Antisocial behavior). And maybe, for good reason. The Yeti may want to keep its distance from the deadliest of all Earth’s creatures – the men who hunt him.