It seems so long ago that a couple of chancers from the state of Georgia declared that they had found Bigfoot. And it seems almost as long ago that it was discovered that they had merely purloined a gorilla suit and stuck it in a freezer.
However, one of the most renowned naturalists in the world, Sir David Attenborough, said this weekend that he still believes it might be out there.
Appearing with British talk show host Jonathan Ross, Sir David, the man whose whispering voice has never disturbed even the most skittish bird, said, "I'm baffled by the Abominable Snowman--very convincing footprints have been found at 19,000 feet. No-one does that for a joke."
I find myself on my knees and differing. Perhaps people might not do it only for a joke, but, as the Georgian scoundrels, Messrs. Dyer and Whitton, proved, you might be suppressing a giggle as you're reaching for a large wad of paper money.
However, if Sir David believes that it's out there, someone should really grab a few of the brightest and most underemployed enthusiasts around, and hike the Himalayas until they find the hairy beast.
Perhaps we could have a reality show in which two sets of teams are given a seemingly impossible task, and the first to achieve its goal wins $5 million and a mortgage.
I have a name for it: "Bin Laden or Bigfoot?" I think that I'll call Fox right now and pitch it.