" Human Polar Bear "

With the frigid temperatures that we've been having across the country the last week, I can even imagine why someone would want to attempt this. It amazes me that a human heart can take the shock.

On January 23, 1963, the "Human Polar Bear", Gustave Brickner from Charleroi, Pennsylvania,  broke the World's Record for time & low-temperature submersion in icy waters: 6 minutes and 22 seconds at a recorded temperature of -18 degrees Fahrenheit.

The ice water submersion record was officially pulled from the Guinness World Records & attempts are no longer allowed, as multiple people have died while attempting to beat his record.
Before retiring, Brickner's official logged swimming distance was 38,500 miles total (noting that the circumference of the entire Earth at the equator is 24,901.55 miles). This record has yet to be beaten.

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  1. That is a pretty cool pic and story. Thanks for sharing it.

    1. You're welcome! The town he was from is very close to us but I had never heard this story before. Pretty amazing!


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