Scientists are baffled by the bizarre abilities of a Dutch man who can withstand freezing temperatures which would kill any normal person. Wim Hof, also know as “The Iceman,” has broken every World Record involving extremes of cold, including sitting in an ice bath for over an hour, swimming 80 metres (262 feet) under the ice at the North Pole, and running a half-marathon in his bare feet 100 miles north of the Arctic Circle. Through it all, Hof remains perfectly comfortable, his body inexplicably immune to frostbite and hypothermia. Last year Hof made his first attempt to climb Mount Everest wearing only boots and his shorts, making it all the way to the 7500 metre mark before bad weather turned him back. “It was quite easy,” he claims, and plans another attempt later this year, although he has received criticism for his cavalier attitide towards the challenge. When asked why he wanted to climb the mountain, Hof told a reporter: "Edmund Hillary's ascent of Mount Everest was a testament to human achievement, my climb of Mount Everest in my shorts will be a monument to the frivolous, decadent nature of modern society." (ABC News)

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