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Saturday, October 22, 2005

WWII Pilot Is Found Frozen In Glacier

Just a couple of days ago, hikers in the Kings Canyon National Park discovered something amazing frozen in a glacier. They believe they have found a WWII airman frozen, still wearing his unopened parachute.

Park rangers and an anthropologist were busy beginning to excavate the body just Wednesday. The body was laying face down, and hikers in the Mendel Glacier area could see the body's head and arm protruding from the ice. This area is extremely remote and takes several days for even the most seasoned ice climbers to reach.

It's an unbelievable discovery, and they hope to unravel the mystery as to whom this man is. "It's almost a snapshot in time," said Dr. Bob Mann, deputy scientific director of the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command, based in Hawaii. "This crewman, whoever he turns out to be, he's somebody who went missing 60 years ago."

Prior to World War II, it's known that up to two dozen planes crashed in the Kings Canyon area during test flights. Historians believe that this airman might be the last remaining crew member from an AT-7 plane crash that occurred on November 18, 1942. A hiker found 4 of the bodies back in 1947.

Scientists will work on excavating the body and preserving it. Hopefully, the airman is still carrying some sort of identification, like dog tags. If not, they will do DNA analysis of the tissue. They say it will be a long tedious process of getting his body free of the glacier, but perhaps learning who this poor soul is will bring comfort to the mystery airman's family.

Interestingly, there have been some very monumental discoveries in glaciers and such. Here's a quick rundown of a couple lifeforms "on ice."

Frozen micorganisms...In 1997 and 1998 American and Russian scientists discover a plethora of new microscopic lifeforms trapped in ancient ice from the South Pole.

Wooly Mammoth...Only 50 of these prehistoric beasts have been found, and only 12 have been the entire body. In 1997, an entire mummified Woolly Mammoth was found in Siberian ice. It was removed in October 1999 to a frigid, underground cave where it has been carefully studied.

Oetzi, the original Iceman...He was discovered in the Italian Alps back in 1991. Oetzi was wearing goatskin boots and a grass cape. They also found him with a copper-headed axe and quiver full of arrows. Scientists believe Oetzi was in combat before he died. He had an arrow wound in his shoulder and a wound on his hand.

"Little Baby"...Celine Dion and hubby Rene used in vitro fertilization to conceive their first child, Rene Charles. Doctors were actually able to fertilize TWO embryos, and Celine has kept the remaining embryo frozen. She plans on defrosting Rene's brother soon. "We have a little baby waiting for us," she said. "I don't know if it's good forever but I think it lasts for a very long time. I'll go get it, that's for sure."

Her embryo will go on...and on...

Is that her son Rene Charles or a member of Hanson?


Blogger David Amulet said...

Some would say that Celine Dion's brain has appeared frozen for quite some time ...

Wouldn't we all shit in our pants (proverbailly ... please, only proverbially) if the newly discovered pilot turns out to be Amelia Earhart?

-- d.a.

10/22/2005 2:17 PM  
Blogger Kel said...

LOL! Celine Dion froze over one of her children. That's so funny and yet so... disturbing. I love how that went along with everything being "frozen in time". Very cool idea of an entry. I really enjoyed it!

10/22/2005 2:39 PM  
Anonymous melly said...

I've heard about the frozen pilot today too. So cool. If they could only revive him now... that would be a true sci-fi story coming true :)

10/22/2005 2:45 PM  
Blogger puremood said...

Ok that's just a little freaky.

10/22/2005 4:18 PM  
Anonymous Just Jack said...

Your blog looks so different now, but your writing has remained excellent. It looks great! I hope they can find out who the pilot is and give him a proper burial.

10/22/2005 4:20 PM  
Blogger RAVEN the PITA said...

cool stories phoenix! Lovin the button thanks!! :-)

10/22/2005 4:45 PM  
Blogger Andrew said...

Another fabulous post. How on earth do you get time to write such wonderful stuff?

This is an amazing discovery (the frozen airman), which will certainly bring comfort to his family and the veteran community. I hope they treat his remains with honour and respect, rather than as a scientific plaything.

10/22/2005 5:26 PM  
Blogger Sherri said...

I've been watching updates on the frozon pilot on the news for the past 2 days. Very interesting.

The Celine thing cracked me up!!

10/22/2005 5:59 PM  
Blogger DLAK said...

Great post, my balls are freezing.

10/23/2005 1:39 AM  
Blogger R. Edmondson said...

Great post Phoenix! I found it very interesting.

10/23/2005 2:54 AM  
Anonymous james said...

Wow, I don't think news of this has reached the UK (or I haven't read the papers for a while!)

Celine should be frozen in an iceberg so we can see just how long her heart will go on for.

10/23/2005 7:01 AM  
Blogger KC said...

Years ago Richard Ben Sapir wrote a book titled The Far Arena. The premise was that a frozen body found by an oil drilling team was that of a Roman Gladiator. They were able to bring him to life and all kinds of misunderstandings and trouble insued. Good story.

I'm not gonna touch the Celine Dion story.

10/23/2005 12:15 PM  
Blogger ObilonKenobi said...

That's amazing. Everytime I come to your site I learn something I wish i had known already. Great stuff. Now I understand Celine Dion's inner workings...

10/23/2005 9:36 PM  
Anonymous LorelieLong said...

I've seen Oetzi, here in Italy. It's a pretty cool museum and he's stuck in this little igloo-looking room.

11/01/2005 1:21 AM  
Blogger thebluestbutterfly said...

I would hope that his death was quick...doesn't sound like it though.

11/02/2005 8:19 PM  

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