The story of curses, no matter how intimidating or interesting they are, eventually tell one thing about humans – “most of us are superstitious and only a few among us take advantage”. It is not that any curse actually kills us. We just die some way or the other. The curious case of the Ice Mummy Ötzi is one such example. The famous Ötzi Curse is nothing but a gimmick that was exploited by a few (perhaps the media) and hundreds and thousands of us fell victims. So, it is time that we uncover the truth behind the Ötzi Curse and in the process, learn 30 interesting facts about the Ice Mummy & Ötzi Curse. For the purpose of simplicity, we will break down this list into parts. We are ready. Are you?
Discovery of The Ice Mummy
1. September 19, 1991, in South Tyrol’s Ötztal Alps, two German hikers named Helmut Simon and Erika Simon spotted amongst the melting glacier something that looked ‘brown’.
2. Curiosity kicked in and they went close for inspection only to find to their horror, a human corpse lying on a flat rock with face down! That marked the discovery of The Ice Mummy.
3. Helmut and Erika thought it to be the corpse of an unfortunate hiker but never thought that they stumbled upon the best preserved and oldest of all mummies to exist in the entire world.
Facts about The Ice Mummy
4. The corpse they discovered was perfectly preserved in ice and hence, it was called by the name – The Ice Mummy.
5. Since The Ice Mummy was discovered in the Ötztal Alps, it was named as the Ötzi.
6. The official name of Ötzi is, according to South Tyrol Provincial Government, “Der Mann aus dem Eis” which in English translates to “The man who came from the ice”.
7. After the discovery of Ötzi, the Italians and the Austrians started fighting about the soil or ground where The Ice Mummy was found. Italians won and it was established through geographical survey that Ötzi was found in Italy.
8. The mummy was carbon dated and was found to be from the Neolithic Age, which was around 3,350 to 3,100 B.C. Yes, more than 5,000 years old.
9. The study of the mummy revealed that the man was about 5’ 3” tall and weighed around 110 pounds.
10. It was believed that Ötzi had blue eyes but later scientific studies claimed that Ötzi had brown eyes.