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Minnesota Iceman: Mysterious Frozen Creature

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#1    Still Waters

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Posted 29 June 2013 - 03:28 PM

In the 1960s, the "Minnesota Iceman" was paraded from mall to fairground, leaving rumors of Bigfoot, missing links and government conspiracy in its wake.

Then, just as quickly as the 6-foot-tall frozen beast surfaced, it vanished -- until now.

Earlier this year, Steve Busti -- owner of the Museum of the Weird in Austin, Texas -- bought the ice man from the family of its original owner in Minnesota. He's going to once again reveal the ape-like creature to the world starting July 3 at his museum.

http://www.huffingto..._n_3517680.html

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Posted 29 June 2013 - 04:37 PM

Very cool. I just hope that the coverage points out that the Iceman is fake - something HuffPo didn't do, but that doesn't surprise me given their love of woo.

Monstertalk did a great episode on the MIM and really delved into its sideshow roots - which was completely fascinating.

It's a true piece of Americana and I hope that folks embrace it for that aspect of it, because frankly that's much more fascinating.

Here's the link to the Monstertalk podacst.  There's also a transcript, but the podcast is much more enjoyable.

http://www.skeptic.c...rtalk/10/12/01/

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Posted 29 June 2013 - 06:30 PM

View PostRafterman, on 29 June 2013 - 04:37 PM, said:

Very cool. I just hope that the coverage points out that the Iceman is fake - something HuffPo didn't do, but that doesn't surprise me given their love of woo.

Monstertalk did a great episode on the MIM and really delved into its sideshow roots - which was completely fascinating.

It's a true piece of Americana and I hope that folks embrace it for that aspect of it, because frankly that's much more fascinating.

Here's the link to the Monstertalk podacst.  There's also a transcript, but the podcast is much more enjoyable.

http://www.skeptic.c...rtalk/10/12/01/

I've read about this so-called 'Iceman,' too, and it was as bogus as they come. These sideshow freaks are entertaining ,but there's a sucker born every minute. . .

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Posted 30 June 2013 - 01:09 AM

I remember seeing this at the mall when I was a kid.  It had to be the early 70's.  Cost a quarter to look at it, and you only could look for a little bit.   Probably the reason I am intrigued by bigfoot to this day.


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Posted 30 June 2013 - 03:59 AM

Well, if you want to go by Heuvelmans and Sanderson, there were actually two different things billed as the Minnesota Iceman. To be specific, there was a real one, and a fake one. Both toured around the Midwest in the care of a Mr. Frank Hansen, who exhibited them at state fairs, carnivals and other assorted events. The original was examined in 1967 by Bernard Heuvelmans and Ivan T. Sanderson, who came to the conclusion that it was an authentic frozen specimen of something unidentified. Hansen wanted it kept quiet, but both Sanderson and Heuvelmans published articles on it in magazines. Sanderson asked primatologist John Napier to investigate it, but before any serious study was undertaken, Hansen claims that the owner of the Iceman (an eccentric California millionaire) requested that it be pulled from exhibition. However, that's not quite the end of the story. In the early '70s, the Iceman "reappeared," once again shown by Frank Hansen. However, it's popularly believed that the new Iceman was in fact a latex prop and the real one is still out there somewhere.


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Posted 30 June 2013 - 07:58 AM

Wow! Another monkey suit in a freezer. That couldn't ever happen a second time.

......oh wait.


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Posted 30 June 2013 - 01:46 PM

View PostRavinoff, on 30 June 2013 - 03:59 AM, said:

Well, if you want to go by Heuvelmans and Sanderson, there were actually two different things billed as the Minnesota Iceman. To be specific, there was a real one, and a fake one. Both toured around the Midwest in the care of a Mr. Frank Hansen, who exhibited them at state fairs, carnivals and other assorted events. The original was examined in 1967 by Bernard Heuvelmans and Ivan T. Sanderson, who came to the conclusion that it was an authentic frozen specimen of something unidentified. Hansen wanted it kept quiet, but both Sanderson and Heuvelmans published articles on it in magazines. Sanderson asked primatologist John Napier to investigate it, but before any serious study was undertaken, Hansen claims that the owner of the Iceman (an eccentric California millionaire) requested that it be pulled from exhibition. However, that's not quite the end of the story. In the early '70s, the Iceman "reappeared," once again shown by Frank Hansen. However, it's popularly believed that the new Iceman was in fact a latex prop and the real one is still out there somewhere.

Sideshow Carnie magic my friend.  Pay your quarter and step right up - it could be the real one or it could be the fake one.

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Posted 01 July 2013 - 12:33 PM

If it was a dead Sasquatch, what a terrible shame to be killed and stuck in a freezer for all to gawk at for the price of admission.


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Posted 01 July 2013 - 01:53 PM

Maybe it's Jimmy Hoffa....... :gun:

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Posted 01 July 2013 - 02:24 PM

Good to know Cryptozoology recycles its Blockbusters as often as Hollywood...

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Posted 01 July 2013 - 04:21 PM

Well, the only way to tell if it's a fake or real is thaw it out or take an X-Ray.  "Amazing" that if it's real, this wouldn't have been done already.


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Posted 01 July 2013 - 06:30 PM

View Postpaperdyer, on 01 July 2013 - 04:21 PM, said:

Well, the only way to tell if it's a fake or real is thaw it out or take an X-Ray.  "Amazing" that if it's real, this wouldn't have been done already.

Agreed, along with tissue samples(if it is an animal) for DNA analysis.


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Posted 01 July 2013 - 08:15 PM

Can't wait for the modern pics...

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Posted 01 July 2013 - 11:02 PM

It could Be ManBearPig!!!!


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Posted 02 July 2013 - 02:17 AM

kinda looks like Khloe Kardashian





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