40 Strange Historical Facts That You Didn’t Learn In History Class
How Peter Freuchen escaped an avalanche
One of the best things about researching strange historical facts is stumbling across badass people you might not have heard of. Take Peter Freuchen, for instance. There is A LOT about this guy to admire: he was an explorer, a journalist, writer, anthropologist, and a member of the Danish Resistance during the Nazi occupation of Denmark. But, despite this impressive resume, he’s most known for something else entirely. During an Arctic expedition, Freuchen was trapped under an avalanche that turned to ice. Without a knife or pick to get out, he fashioned a shiv out of his own frozen poop. Another time, he amputated his own frostbitten toes that had turned gangrenous and made himself a peg for a leg. A true boss.