Minnesota Iceman

The Minnesota Iceman, something you may or may not have heard of before. He was a well known side show/circus display. He was on tour with Frank Hansen in the 1960’s and 1970’s in the United States until government agencies such as the FBI started to look into it, thinking that maybe this was actually a human body that Hansen had murdered and was keeping on ice and displaying as a creature in order to hide a murder. Other people, of the science nature, also wanted to examine this frozen body to do testing because they thought this Iceman was a missing link of sorts.

If you don’t know what I’m talking about, the Iceman

is supposed to be some kind of creature, over six feet in height who walked on two legs like a man but was covered in hair and not quite human.

There are varying stories of his origins. Hansen originally claimed he bought him off a millionaire in California who had gotten him in Siberia somehow, then later changed the story saying that he himself had shot the Iceman. There are bullet holes in the frozen man’s head. Although when the FBI started to look into the story, Hansen removed the Iceman from the circuit and he wasn’t seen again until now. He resurfaced not too long ago on eBay. He was purchased by the owner of the Museum of the Weird in Austin, Texas, and is now on display there, which is where I got to see him.

It is still unclear as to what this frozen being is, human murder victim, Cro-Magnon, something else, or just a fake. As is the truth behind his origins, which might never actually be known. But the owner of the museum may end up allowing DNA testing to be done on the frozen man, which could be very revealing.

Photo by cryptozoologica.blogspot.com

Photo by cryptozoologica.blogspot.com

If nothing else, it’s a pretty interesting story. And if you get the chance to check out the museum, the exhibit is only an extra three bucks and worth a look if you happen to be in the neighborhood.

He isn’t exactly the clearest thing to see, it’s hard to make out extremely distinct details through the ice. But you can see parts of his face pretty well. The teeth are extremely visible and disturbing looking, you can also make out an empty eye socket where he was supposed to have been shot. Also, you can see this pinkish red haze around his face in the ice, it was kind of creepy although I’m not quite sure what it was. footprint in snow

Hey, maybe it’s Bigfoot. I don’t know.

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Museum of the Weird

Last week I was in Austin, Texas, visiting my cousin and wanted to check out this museum I’d heard of on 6th Street, the Museum of the Weird. I wasn’t expecting much, to be completely honest, mostly because I hadn’t actually ever really hard of this museum except for in a random Google search when I was looking at museums in Austin for a completely different reason. It sounded interesting and like something I might want to check out when I was in town.

So my cousin and I made our way to the museum on a Friday afternoon, not too hard to find. We were a little surprised to hear about a new exhibit they had on display, which if we wanted to see we had to pay an extra 3 bucks, so instead of paying 8 we paid 12 each, not a big deal, so we could see some “Iceman” exhibit neither of us had ever heard of.

It wasn’t on the website when I’d looked it up, but I’d also looked up the museum in June and we were told the exhibit had only just opened about two weeks earlier. Pretty cool, yeah? So that was cool. And it gave us something to do.

So the museum itself isn’t very big. It’s pretty much a hallway with a lot of dead animals in cases with two heads and stuff. Kind of gross and I guess exactly what you’d expect to find in a place like that. There were some cool, really old skulls on display from like ancient primates or whatever, and I’m a nerd so that was cool. There was a Nile monitor they keep there, she was pretty cool because I’ve always wanted one as a pet, along with a bearded dragon and an iguana, both of which I have owned as pets before myself.

We did get to check out the Iceman exhibit, which was probably the coolest part of the entire museum. Worth 12 dollars? I don’t know. Maybe. We were some of the first people to get to see it though, since at that point it had only been open for about two weeks, so that’s kind of cool. I am kind of bummed that I didn’t take any pictures of it, but honestly, I’m not sure you’d be able to see much. It’s a person/creature/thing frozen in ice and looking at him through the door of a freezer makes it a little difficult to photograph. He definitely had some gnarly teeth though, probably the most prominent feature about him.

After our few minutes staring at the dead thing in a freezer in a sweltering, dark little room, we were led upstairs for a ‘freak show’. This consisted of a single man who used a bullwhip to put out a candle and then grabbed an electric wire to conduct a strong electric current through his body so he could make a light bulb light up by touching it.  That was the whole show, literally. Except him asking if people wanted to get a shock and then asking for tips.

The only freak part of the show was the thought of the man getting electrocuted. And the guy himself was a self-proclaimed freak. He claimed he was one of the only still working freaks in the world. The only freaky part I noticed was his facial hair his ability to conduct electricity. I was a little curious to know how he figured out that was possible but whatever.

Then that was over, we walked back through the hall of dead animals and hung out in the gift shop for a little while, bought some incense because I was out and then we left.

It was an interesting place, to say the least. I was hoping for a little more on the weird and paranormal side of things but for 12 bucks, I guess it wasn’t a huge loss. And it did have its redeeming qualities, mainly the Iceman and the cute reptiles roaming around.

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An Introduction

Paranormal, it is something out of the ordinary. Things that fall under that category are typically things like ghosts, demons, monsters or whatever sort of creature like that. Bigfoot or the Loch Ness or other creatures of that nature. Things I don’t really believe in. And trust me, I went hunting for Nessie once, it might have only been for a day but I was there and I went around that entire lake loch, looking for a beastie to pop out of the water. Sadly, it didn’t happen, found some rogue sheep that didn’t want to get out of the road when they were blocking the car though. Not a big deal though.loch ness monster1

What I’m more interested in though, are things of the ghost/spirit nature. Haunted houses, demonic possessions, fun things like that. Maybe I’m interested because it’s just something that is kind of cool in theory. Most people, even if they won’t admit it, are curious about what happens to you after you die and wonder if ghosts are real on some level. Haunted houses and stuff, its kind of fun to check out. Ghost hunting!

scared kidsI can’t say that I believe or don’t believe, one way or the other. I haven’t actually made a decision on that. But it is a fun thing to think about. Just like wondering if there is a Loch Ness monster or mermaids or whatever. It’s fun and sometimes, it can be pretty interesting. I also like science and so things that aren’t confirmed or denied by science, you know, the UNEXPLAINABLE, it’s interesting.

Everyone, or at least most normal people, grew up hearing and telling ghost stories, local legends, whatever to scare others and yourselves. Maybe you didn’t always believe the stories, and hey, maybe you did or still do even, I’m not judging. Who’s to say they aren’t true?ghost girl by window

Also, like I said, ghost hunting is fun because there is always that slight feeling of unease and fear that you might actually just find something. I’m no expert on any of that, but I do like to go and check things out. Seeing is believing, after all. And maybe not seeing is, not believing?

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