Wondering (if not hoping) if my dreams would involve Sasquatch (they didn't) I did wake up this morning to this news item/filler in the local paper:
DNA analysis solves Yeti mystery: They're bears
After analyzing the DNA of nine purported Yeti specimens, scientists have found that five were, in fact, Tibetan brown bears, two were Himalayan brown bears and one -- a relics that looked like a fossilized hand -- belonged to an Asian black bear. (Register Guard, November 30, 2017)
No source as to who the scientists are or where the item came from. Just filler in the "Nation" section of the paper.
This is old news, especially the specimen that "looked like a fossilized hand."
The point is, the mystery of the Yeti has not been solved. Only that specimens brought in for analysis were not of a Yeti; not that the "mystery" of Yeti has been put to bed forever because now it's finally been debunked.
What was the point of this little item? Filler, sure. But why?
The little seed has been planted. Those who care at all with a whiff of doubt concerning the existence of Yeti/Sasquatch etc. will now feel vilified because they just read in the paper that the "mystery of the Yeti has been solved."
At school today, noticed a little boy running around in a tee shirt with a large Sasquatch silhouette and "Newport Sasquatch Society" or some such. I don't think that was it exactly, but it did have something to do with the Oregon coast. (Newport is an Oregon coastal town.)