iPod Emerges from Ice and Still Works

Thinking it just another dog turd emerging from the melting snow (Whitehorse is awash in canine feces at this time of year), I at first ignored it. But dog crap is rarely rectangular, so I had another look.

And, hey, there was an iPod emerging from a block of ice.

iPod in the Snow

It was frozen in the bottom layer of snow near Takhini School. The thing has obviously been there since early winter.

I pried it out of the ice (it was frozen solid), and brought it home to see if it still worked. The thing booted up right away and after a few minutes of charge was in full operating order. It even had the correct date.

Ice Age iPod

So I’m impressed, that’s one hardy machine. Like some ice age caveman emerging from the depths of an ancient glacier, this iPod has thawed its way out of a block of months-old Yukon ice. The only difference is, the iPod has emerged alive.

I wiped the mud off and it’s not in bad shape. There are a few scratches and nicks, and some condensation under the glass over the screen, but otherwise it works fine.

Of course, there’s a name attached to the device, so it belongs to somebody.

I’ll give it a week I figure: if you lost an iPod near Takhini School in the Horse, drop me an email and tell me your name and the capacity of the iPod. If I don’t hear back, it’s finder’s keepers.

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40 thoughts on “iPod Emerges from Ice and Still Works

  1. Gigi says:

    Why don’t you send the story to Apple. They may want it and give you a new one in exchange.

    • cheeterio says:

      my friend found a backpack laying on the side of the road and opened it up. there was a broken bottle of vodka in it along with an ipod nano. he tried to get it running but it still had vodka in it and it wouldn’t start up so he threw it in his closet and forgot about it for 8 months. when school was done for the year he was packing and had found the ipod. he started it up and it worked!!!!

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  10. Sam says:

    I dunked my 2nd gen in the Yukon River during an accident canoeing through Miles Canyon, Opened that sucker up and forgot about it for a year. Slapped it back together and it booted no problem.

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  14. JustAnIdea says:

    If the iPod holds songs purchased on iTunes, you could probably run one of them through AtomicParsley and use the e-mail embedded in the file’s metadata to try to get in touch with the owner.

  15. salami95 says:

    Ho, I wish I had that luck, my Mp3 broke after a little…swim…in the sink.
    Any way, do you have any intention of returning it to who ever lost it?

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  18. Lora says:

    Lucky you! I got an iPod Touch myself. I’m not really impressed by that it still works after emerging from the ice though.

    - Lora

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  24. wow…really helpful post, thanks for sharing.

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    There is a name engraved on it??? Try to find the owner, honestly!

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    I believe the rule of law is, report it to the police as found property, and they will tag it. If at 90 days no one has asked about it, they give it to you.

    Dave

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  32. dude! great story.
    Never thought that was possible.

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  35. Davida says:

    funny, this is an old post, but I am not surprised, my husband found an older ipod (just before ipod touch came out I guess) frozen in our front yard, he brought it in, let it dry a bit and fired it up, worked just fine, we put it on facebook and Trader Time, no response so we cleared it and he has kept, its been working great ever since!

  36. luca says:

    once mt brother went to spain and he broughrt his ipod and in the sun it melted after a year or so i wenrt into his room brought it to my room found a charger and its in perfect working order.

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