Random Toe-tally related stories ‘Yeti’ footprints seen by Indian Army raise ridiculous questions This might be the worst Bigfoot sighting video of all time 1 Yetis and UFOs and sea monsters, oh my! (pictures) Comment On Wednesday, the FBI Records Vault Twitter account brought our attention to an intriguing set of documents involving the agency’s role in a Bigfoot investigation in 1976 and 1977. The collection spans 22 pages of correspondence and newspaper clippings starting with a letter the FBI sent in response to Peter Byrne, director of The Bigfoot Information Center in Oregon. The New York Times profiled Byrne’s work in 1976. He’s a former professional hunter who took up the futile cause of trying to prove Bigfoot is real.Enlarge ImageThe FBI examined this mysterious hair sample. FBI Byrne asked the FBI to analyze a sample consisting of “15 unidentified hairs and tissue.” Byrne wrote he thought the hairs “may be of importance.” The documents reveal a history of Bigfoot-related letters and memos leading up to the FBI Laboratory agreeing to examine the mystery hair. After a battery of tests and comparisons, the FBI reached a definite conclusion. It was no Bigfoot. The sample came from a creature in the deer family.This no doubt came as a disappointment to Byrne, who’s known for his book The Hunt for Bigfoot. Byrne remains a notable and controversial figure among Bigfoot aficionados. His persistence with the FBI back in the ’70s has gifted us a very entertaining FBI Vault file to enjoy, but we’re still waiting on some hard evidence that shows Bigfoot isn’t just a fantasy. Share your voice In the ’70s, G-men untangled a hairy case. Now you can comb through the archives and brush up on the details. Feargus Cooney/Getty Images Back in the days of bell bottoms, the FBI was willing to entertain the notion that Bigfoot, the mythical giant furry humanoid, might be more than a flight of fancy. The FBI Records Vault is an online Freedom of Information Act Library stocked with thousands of scanned documents covering fascinating and bizarre topics ranging from the Roswell UFO incident to a background investigation of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs. Tags 13 Photos
Jet Airways is reportedly in talks with Etihad Airways to raise funds as the airline looks to offload its huge debt burden.If the deal goes through, Etihad stake in the Naresh Goyal-promoted airline will go up to 49% from 24%. Etihad had bought 24% stake in Jet Airways in 2013 for $332 million.Jet Airways is looking to raise $300-400 million via convertible bonds in the current deal, sources familiar with the matter told The Economic Times.Both the parties are in negotiations on the valuations and the deal may be finalised by 31 March 2016, according to a source. The conversion of bonds could happen during 2018-19 period.Sources said the airline will utilise the funds raised from the stake sale to trim its debt, apart from using a part of it in expanding operations. Jet Airways has a debt of $1.7 billion or Rs 11,000 crore.However, an expert said that the deal could face troubles in getting approval due to the “sensitivity” of the aviation sector even as the foreign direct investment (FDI) in the sector is permitted up to 49%.Etihad also encountered some regulatory issues in Europe in the past when it attempted to raise stake in other carriers, according to an aviation industry expert.In a surprising move, Jet Airways’ Chief Executive Cramer Ball resigned last month, which the airline had said was due to “family reasons”. Ball was appointed CEO of the airline at the request of its partner Etihad Airways.Under Ball’s management, Jet Airways was able to turn profitable in the April-June quarter last year. The turnaround was also driven by falling jet fuel prices.Jet Airways earns over 55% of its overall revenues from the international routes as it faces less competition in the segment.But with the entry of new carriers Vistara and AirAsia, the domestic aviation landscape has undergone a sea change, resulting in increased competition to Jet Airways.Share prices of Jet Airways traded over 2% higher at Rs 754 on the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) on Wednesday and even as the benchmark indices remained almost flat.