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'The Iceman Cometh' to Sixth Street

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In the late '60s and early '70s, a hairy dude frozen in a block of ice made the rounds at state fairs and carnivals all across the nation.

For 25 cents you could see the "Minnesota Ice Man!"

After much speculation and controversy, the Iceman and his owner fell off the radar.

About 40 years later, he's back and he's right here at the "Museum of the Weird" on Sixth Street in Austin.

The Iceman is entombed in an icebox/coffin and museum owner Steve Busti is still trying to keep his frozen buddy frozen and ready for the big reveal.

Busti first saw the traveling exhibit at age 5.

"My aunt told me 'Okay come over here' and I got over right next to the head and she picked me up and I jumped up on it and I came face to face with the Minnesota Iceman," Busti said.

Seeing the mystery creature left an impression on him and forever filled his head with thoughts of Bigfoot, the Lochness Monster and all things strange.

"I believe had I not seen this at such a young age, I might not have ever taken the path my life took me and opened the 'Museum of the Weird.' It really is all due to this thing," Busti said.

Decades later, the Minnesota Iceman turned up in an unexpected place...eBay!

He says there was a "Buy it now" option!

"I made a big decision, it was $20,000. And I made the decision to go ahead and buy it. Mainly because it's such an important piece of American history but also my own personal history," Busti said.

But here's the real issue...what is it really?

Busti says Theory A is -- the Iceman is a frozen Neanderthal found in Siberia in the '60s.

Theory B is that the creature was some sort of bigfoot/missing link and was shot in Vietnam during the Vietnam war and smuggled back to the U.S. in a body bag.

"Of course there's always C. It could be a fake. And if Hansen did get Howard Ball to make a rubber dummy of the original body that he did supposedly have, it could be this. So...there's several theories as to what I have! I want people to come in, take a look at it and kind of get their own judgment from it," Busti said.

For those anxious to see this thing, Busti is hoping to get the exhibit up and running by the Fourth of July weekend, so stay tuned.

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