posted on Feb, 21 2013 @ 02:03 PM
reply to post by RUFFREADY
Awww man! I was just writing up a thread on this!
I'm glad I checked before writing any more...this was what I had >
The Minnesota Iceman
was a travelling exhibit that was meant to be the frozen remains of a
'missing link.' It was called the 'Iceman' as it was displayed encased in ice with its face being partially concealed by the frosted covering.
Whatever it was, the face was clearly not that of a modern human and stories have varied over the years as to whether it was a real body or some latex
gaffe for the side-shows and carnivals.
Cryptozoological legend Ivan T. Sanderson
insisted that it was a genuine body and identified
it as a Homo Erectus. Those guys have been extinct for several hundred thousand years, but that was his position on the matter. Early viewers
maintained that it was a frozen, flesh 'n' blood critter that might even have had a bullet wound in its face.
Eventually the exhibit disappeared from sight and was, to all practical purposes, left as a mystery. Many believed the Iceman to be a hoax and others
speculated that the owner, Hansen, had disposed of 'the body' out of fear of murder charges.
So it goes! After the 'body' was allegedly disposed of, Hansen once again began touring with the Iceman only this one was claimed to be latex
reproduction of the original. In cryptozoology, it's a full-on legend with 1000s of internet words and several books being written for and
Hansen, however, was evasive about the creature’s origins and his motives for showing it. He told Sanderson that Russian sealers had found the
body off the coast of Kamchatka; he also said that Japanese whalers had fished the body from the sea. In either case, it ended up in Hong Kong, where
Hansen’s benefactor, a California millionaire, had purchased it. The mysterious owner had then leased it to Hansen for display at sideshows. Hansen
said that he didn’t know what the creature was and didn’t want to know. He also said that the wildman had been examined by scientists in Oklahoma,
who took hair, tissue, and blood samples.
Joshuah Blu Buhs; Bigfoot: The Life and Times of a Legend; p 147
Just this week, the latex gaffe has been sold for less than the asking price of $20 000. The buyer is currently unknown although it might be destined
for Loren Coleman's Crypto Museum.
Starred and flagged for a good OP and saving me some time