March 14th, 2006

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I dated Siamese twins

I don't know how, but I'd completely missed Bigfoot's emigration to Johor, in Malaysia. But a team poking through the Endau-Rompkin National Park has found what they insist is a really big foot print, and they were on the evening news showing off dirt and branches. Syed Abdullah Al-Attas, with the paranormal investigations group ``Uncle Seekers'', claims to have found ten footprints. Lee Qing Yu, with the Singapore Paranormal Investigators group, brought a crime scene investigator kit and she helped make a plaster cast of at least one of the apparent footprints. (The ``uncle'' I believe is meant in the local vernacular, where if you don't know what to call an adult male, ``uncle'' will do.)

Based on the prints and broken branches they believe the creature may be three and a half meters tall, and weigh perhaps 200 kilograms. These Bigfoots, also referred to as tropical Yeti, or Mawas, allegedly moved down from the northern jungles of Perak in the 1970s. The Johor State Government has closed the vicinity to foreigners, but Malaysians who can swing an entry fee of five ringgit -- about US$1.50 -- are allowed in.

Further research expeditions are planned for next month. But at least one Johor Bahru shop, Pop Kaki Lima, which sells bags, shoes, wallets, and pouches, is using a ``Bigfoot mask'' -- it looks more to me like your (note, not my) average gorilla mask -- to draw in passers-by. The Johor Statue Government is encouraging Malaysians to view Bigfoot as part of their cultural heritage, whether or not he specifically happens to exist.

Trivia: Flush with pride at his (1882) proof that π is a transcendental number -- and incidentally that therefore a circle cannot be squared with straightedge and compass alone, solving the millennia-old mystery -- C L F Lindemann proposed a proof of Fermat's Last Theorem which was rather less successful. Source: The Mystery of the Aleph, Amir D Aczel.

Currently Reading: Alexander Hamilton: A Biography, Forrest McDonald.