This week on The Gralien Report, as 75% of the US population is set to suffer below-freezing temps this week, we look at other winter-themed news, which includes how retreating arctic ice has exposed a landscape unseen for 120,000 Years. Also, while it’s tempting to think so, aliens didn’t create a weird swirling disk that recently appeared in a Maine river. Finally, this brings us to one of our favorite kinds of cold-weather phenomena: cryoseisms, or the so-called “frost quakes” that tend to occur around the first of the year, especially where there’s freezing.
Elsewhere, a team of divers believes they may have discovered part of Amelia Earheart’s plane… Micah tells us why he doesn’t think Earheart’s famous disappearance is particularly “mysterious”, before getting to a few listener emails, including one that tells of a curious “disappearing” photograph, as well as an update on a young man who went missing in a National Park in Georgia.
This brings us to the main discussion for this program, which involves the rescue of three-year-old Casey Hathaway, a young boy who managed to survive for 48 hours alone in freezing temperatures. The near-miraculous circumstances have captured the minds of people across America, particularly since Casey said he wasn’t alone: the boy told family members and law enforcement that his “best friend,” a bear, had been with him while he was missing. We look at this unusual statement and the ways that psychology could help us to understand what the boy meant by this, along with historical examples of similar incredible cases of survival.