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The Abominable Snowman

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The Abominable Snowman

1) Open cloze test. Complete the facts about the Yeti using only ONE word for each gap.


  • The name �Abominable Snowman� coined in 1921 by journalist Henry Newman mis-translated the Tibetan label Metoh-Kangmi, �dirty men in the snow�.

  • Mystery primates reported from every continent except Antarctica. They include the Sasquatch of North America, the Yowie in Australia, the Yeren of China, the Hibagon in Japan, the Orang Pendek in Sumatra, the Almasty of Russia, the Ferles Mor in Scotland, and the Mapinguari of Brazil.

  • The search to find the Yeti can 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 see one for himself, but local people told him they unable to present one because the creatures could not survive at that low an altitude.

  • The Yeti is big business in Nepal. Visitors can stay the luxurious Yak and Yeti hotel in Kathmandu and even travel with Yeti airlines.

  • Sherpa tradition holds the Yeti will only show itself to those who believe it.

  • Bigfoot sightings have reported in every US state except Hawaii.

  • In the 1950s the Nepali government cashed in on the increasingly popular Yeti myth by issuing Yeti-hunting licenses priced �400 per Yeti. To date no-one has succeeded capturing a specimen dead, or alive.

  • Possible explanations the unusually large footprints found over the years include the effect of evaporation and melting snow, the �overstepping� phenomenon in the longer tracks of an animal�s hind feet overlap and obscure the tracks of the shorter forefeet, and even the prints left nomadic mountain men wearing roughly-woven snow sandals.

From National Geographic (http://natgeotv.com/uk/abominable-snowman/facts)