Word of the Day: pogonip

The strangest part of this story is that is based on a true story. Only the ending has been changed.

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Thirty-two years ago, Bredo Morstoel, died. At the time of his death, Morstoel, who neighbors referred to as “that crazy guy who lives next door and freezes things and throws cats at neighborhood children,” was put in cryostasis in hopes that one day he will be thawed and resume life amongst the not-so-frozen.

After his death, his grandson, brought him from Norway to the United States, specifically, the town of Nederland in Colorado.

Unfortunately, Bauge, who had been storing his grandfather in a storage shed, was forced to return to Norway in order to help other family members who were in danger of freezing to death due to the loss of their family home. Stranger yet, because Bauge, who had intended to return to the U.S. and put his
grandfather into a more appropriate facility before the onset of summer and a premature thaw, was unable to return, the body is now thawed, and Morstoel is actually alive and well at a local hospital. When asked about his “chilling” experience, Morstoel replied, “Heck, it was nothing more than the feeling of a deep Norwegian winter. In fact, I found it quite refreshing, just like the sensation of frozen particles hammering into your body during a brisk walk through a pogonip.”


Okay, so, Morstoel is still dead. And still frozen. In 2002, the town of Nederland started a festival in honor of their most frozen citizen, and called it “Frozen Dead Guy Days.”  The first weekend in March, the town holds coffin races, a frozen salmon toss, a brain freeze contest, a ball and tours of the “dead guy.” If you’ve a mind to go, well, head up to Nederland March 2-4, 2012 

pogonip: / paw – GEH – nip / a dense winter fog containing frozen particles.