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Document From National Archives Proves That the U.S. Government Believed in Yeti

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Sir Edmund Hillary with Yeti
Sir Edmund Hillary, who summited Mount Everest, shows a picture of an Abominable Snowman [a.k.a. “yeti], which he hoped to capture on his next expedition to the Himalayas. (Bettmann/Contributor)
The National Archives has been known to cough up some pretty odd material. One document, written at the tail end of the Eisenhower administration, might trump them all. In a foreign service dispatch dated December 1959—written on State Department letterhead from the U.S. embassy in Kathmandu, Nepal—an operative discussed the yeti as if it were a real-life creature and mapped out ways to hunt it down and catch it. Despite the U.S. government’s belief in the creature’s existence, to this day, the yeti has yet to be captured, dead or alive—or even on camera. Take a closer look at the document below.

Yeti Expedition Memo
(The National Archives)