Once upon a time—during the Eisenhower administration, to be exact—the U.S. State Department thought that it was entirely possible that abominable snowmen actually existed in Nepal. No, really. It was a thing.
So much so that, according to documents made available by the National Archives, the State Department, the Foreign Service and the U.S. Embassy in Kathmandu, Nepal put three separate regulations on the books requiring would-be monster finders to pay for a "Yeti hunting" permit, surrender all pictures of any such Yeti to the Nepalese government and clear any news surrounding said Yeti with the Nepalese government before going public.
Again, these were in official state documents. Don't believe me? Take a look:
Makes you wonder when we'll see the real-deal warrants for Peter Pan's arrest on suspicion of kidnapping and endangering minors.
(Via The Mary Sue)