Science: The Traveling Snowman

Holiday skiers at the French Alpine-resort of Val-d'Isere were buzzing last week about the reported arrival of an uninvited winter guest: the Abominable Snowman, bristly bogeyman of the Himalayas. On the desolate Col de 1'Iseran, members of the British Olympic ski team spotted a line of well-marked footprints the size of small dinner plates, with clearly distinguishable pads and claws. To Veteran Skier and Team Manager Peter Waddell, they resembled nothing so much as photographs of the prints of the dread Himalayan Metohkangmi (literally, "Filthy Man of the Snow"). Like many Abominable Snowman...

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