Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Ötzi's Arrows

In 1991 on the border between Austria and Italy, a frozen mummy was found and was named Ötzi. Some people refer to him with the familiar form of his name, Frozen Fritz. Ötzi, according to Wikipedia, is Europe's oldest natural human mummy. A couple of interesting facts about our friend Frozen Fritz:
  • He had 57 tattoos.
  • His shoes were so cool that they have been replicated using boiled liver and pig brains and have been bought by a Czech footwear company for modern day production.
  • He made arrows with a plant named viburnum. Viburnum happens to be the same plant in our backyard (it constitutes 50% of the hedge bordering one corner) that I recently killed by trimming it right before the December frost.
Looks like Ötzi and the viburnum are not well equipped for the winter. Lesson learned. Click here for a picture of Ötzi (I thought it looked a little weird to post directly).

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