Cool Dude | Arctic Explorer

POLARFORSKEREN OG FORFATTEREN PETER FREUCHEN MED SIN 2 KONE SKUESPILLER MAGDALENE VANG LAURIDSEN.

When I came across this picture, my mind was blown; how much awesomeness can one man possess? Truly larger than life. Arctic explorer, author, journalist, anthropologist, Peter Freuchen (1886-1957) is the real deal and some of his adventures simply sound too fantastical. When caught under several feet of snow he dug himself out by crafting a chisel from his own poo (a native technique). Married an Inuit women (the first of three wives), amputated his own frostbite toes with shears and a hammer, worked on an Arctic movie script for MGM and acted in it as well. He befriended Jean Harlow and Mea West while in Hollywood. Politically active and fiercely anti-Nazi he joined the Danish underground during WWII, survived a German death sentence and a train wreck in Russia and somewhere in between all these adventures found time to write several novels.

Photograph © Irving Penn
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