A Colorado town created a festival to celebrate a frozen grandfather.
Bredo Morstoel is not your average dead body. For many years, he was frozen in liquid nitrogen in California. However, in 1993, his wife and son moved to a small town in Colorado, ostensibly to open a cryonic facility. Unbeknownst to the town, they brought Morstoel's body with them. This was discovered when the wife went into the town to fight an eviction.
While his wife and a grandson have since been deported on visa violations, they still pay a caretaker to haul 2,400 pounds of dry ice every month to
preserve Morstoel's frozen body.
You can read more of the details in a recent FOX News article titled "Colorado town's Frozen Dead Guy Days festival salutes chilly corpse."
If this story was not already strange enough, the town has an annual festival to celebrate, called Frozen Dead Guy Days. The festival includes a coffin race, costume ball and a feast. It is not known what the town might do if Morstoel's family no longer provides funds to preserve his body.
While this particular story is strange, cryogenics is becoming an increasingly popular method of postmortem disposition of human remains. Many people believe that if they have their bodies frozen, someday doctors will be able to unfreeze them, and provide a cure. However, there is no scientific evidence for this belief.
If you are someone who is interested in cryogenics, you might want to check with an estate lawyer. Plans should be made and legal documents drafted so your body does not end up in a small town festival.
Reference: FOX News (March 10, 2017) "Colorado town's Frozen Dead Guy Days
festival salutes chilly corpse."